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Burlington Police Deputy Chief Jan Wright has resigned her post following weeks of scrutiny of her inappropriate use of social media. In a written statement Monday night, Mayor Miro Weinberger said that Wright “agreed to my request that her service to the City end at this time,” adding that she had taken “multiple actions that damaged City relationships and eroded the public’s and my trust in her judgment beyond repair.” Wright will remain on administrative duty until her last day, February 21, and will get a severance package that’s equivalent to 22 weeks’ pay, according to her separation agreement. In a different statement, Interim Chief Jennifer Morrison said Wright’s social media problems had “become an impediment to how we interact with and maintain trust with important segments of the Burlington community.” “The Burlington Police Department thanks Jan for over 18 years of outstanding service to the Burlington community and nearly 34 years to the profession,” Morrison’s statement says. “We wish her the best in future endeavors.” That separation agreement says the deputy chief is “resigning in good standing.” Wright is the second Queen City police leader to leave over the social media scandal. In December, then-chief

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1. “Vermont’s Last Dairy Farmer-Lawmaker Is Selling His Cows” by Kevin McCallum. Once Rep. Rodney Graham (R-Williamstown) sells his small herd, there will be no active dairy farmer serving in the state legislature.   2. “Developer and Philanthropist Robert ‘Bobby’ Miller Dies at 84” by Paula Routly. Vermont lost one of its most generous and colorful philanthropists on February 4, when developer Miller died of a heart attack. 3. “Medical Records Cases Lead Feds to Huge Settlements — and Purdue Pharma’s Doorstep” by Derek Brouwer. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Burlington has uncovered fraud involving electronic medical records companies, which led prosecutors to a conspiracy involving Purdue.  4. “A Facebook Group Brings Burlington’s History to Life” by Dan Bolles. A rapidly growing online community offers trivia and tidbits from the city’s rich history.  5. “Democratic Leaders Blame ‘Squirrelly’ Legislator for Override Fail” by Kevin McCallum. Democratic lawmakers feuded over their failure to override the governor’s veto on the paid family and medical leave bill.

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A Vermont State Trooper last week swooped in to save an owl from attackers along Interstate 91, where the raptor was losing a no-holds-barred brawl with some agitated crows. Trooper Chad Weikel was patrolling Newbury on February 5 when he saw the barred owl, which had fallen from a tree with an injured wing, under air assault. Fearing that he was about to witness a cold-blooded killing, Weikel shooed away the attackers. With the help of a Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department game warden, he secured the victim in his cruiser and brought it to the state police barracks,

where it “flew off on its own accord,” VSP spokesperson Adam Silverman told Seven Days.  State police detailed the assist on Facebook. Hundreds of people quickly commended Weikel for rescuing the majestic owl from its ominous assailants, which, one person noted, “can be very mean.” The post has been shared more than 2,300 times.  Vermont does not have a murder of bloodthirsty crows on the loose. Last week’s encounter was actually typical bird behavior known as “mobbing,” said Bren Lundborg, a wildlife specialist with the Vermont Institute of Natural Science. “They basically kind of harass them to get them out of their territory,” Lundborg said, explaining that to crows, owls are

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Disturbingly familiar tropes arose in Paul Heintz’s cover story [“‘Onward to Victory,’” February 5] about young Iowa voters, but one really stood out: Tamera Peake, 28, “who works in accounting and is studying web development,” expounding on a “wealth tax,” as if wealth weren’t taxed now. “How the hell can people afford a yacht while I’m working and going to school part time?” she asked, as if all “yacht” owners had never worked to pay for it and were undeserving of money

made by working or starting a business, all either trust funders or lottery winners as seen by kids duped by candidates promoting the politics of envy. I was once young and attending programming school nights. Although I’ve never owned a “yacht,” I do have a house that’s paid for and am retired in relative semi-comfort. I’ve traveled to all the states save Alaska and Oregon. Now I see folks my age that didn’t put in the time or effort and are in rough shape in their “golden years” because of it. Sure, there’s luck, health setbacks, hard knocks and other unexpected travails, but I learned one thing: If you did not get an education and work hard, you reaped what you sowed, and no politician or government program can promise otherwise. We have a guarantee of equal opportunity, but not equal outcomes. That is a promise that socialism and even communism TO ARD ONW have never delivered on — never could, and never will. Thinking we can build up all by KINDLING COMMUNITY MAKING HISTORY tearing down some is rank jealousy built on envy, a pandering of the worst sort that leads nowhere.

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The governor wants the state to take over keno gambling to increase revenues [“Betting Man: Gov. Scott’s Gambling Proposals Face Tough Odds in Legislature,” January 29]. Now, if people want to gamble, that’s their business, provided they can afford it and don’t deprive their children to feed their addiction. And if the government wants to make money off


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I was happy to see Seven Days bring attention to Gov. Phil Scott’s weak climate record [“The Hot Seat: Critics Are Cool to Gov. Scott’s Climate Policies,” January 29]. The modest steps he’s taken are not enough; it’s time for Scott to take meaningful action and support the climate solutions that are making their way through the Statehouse. Yes, Vermont’s emissions are a drop in the bucket when compared to total global outputs, but that is a weak justification for inaction. Vermont was home


Last week’s story on Vermont community wood banks, titled “Home Fires Burning,” misstated information about Vermont’s energy plan. The state aims to increase its use of burning wood to meet thermal energy needs. The Soundbites column incorrectly stated the origin of the musical project Bonny Light Horseman. Anaïs Mitchell and Josh Kaufman worked together before bringing in Eric D. Johnson.

to only a small percentage of America’s gay and lesbian population in 2000, but that didn’t stop us from making history with the civil unions act. Our action on the issue helped catalyze a national movement for marriage equality. We acted then for the same reason we should act now: It’s the right thing to do, and, despite our state’s smallness, our actions can inspire widespread change. Currently, we are behind our neighbors when it comes to climate action. Massachusetts has already passed its own Global Warming Solutions Act, with positive results, and Maine has enacted a statewide Green New Deal. The least Scott can do is support the modest platform of the Climate Solutions Caucus. If he wants to be a true climate champion, he should support the Green New Deal Fund bill. The time to act is now. Gov. Scott, we’re watching closely.  Finn Lester-Niles MIDDLEBURY


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Onstage Support More than 100 dancers from a diversity of disciplines make moves to support the Vermont Family Network and Puppets in Education. The 10th annual Dance Showcase spotlights professional and semiprofessional companies and soloists from New England and Montréal. Queen City troupe Merde and Boston belly dancer Di’Ahna Restry are among the acts to grace Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center in Burlington. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 54


SOCIAL BUTTERFLIES To celebrate “Return of the Butterflies,” a live tropical butterfly exhibit, Burlington’s ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain invites patrons to party with the colorful winged insects. During Butterflies After Dark, adults ages 21 and up flit around the museum with drinks and appetizers in hand. Deejayed tunes and a photo booth top off this entomological get-together.


Get Down What better way to get a jump on Fat Tuesday revelry than by boogying to the sounds of two legendary Louisiana ensembles? The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas bring their sizzling sounds to Stowe for Mardi Gras Boogaloo, a touring concert billed as a “Creole Zydeco-Brass Band Showdown.” SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 58


Truth to Power “We can’t rely on people in power to protect us,” said punk singer Shawna Potter when asked about the necessity of safe spaces in a 2019 interview with musician Meredith Graves on YouTube. Burlington music nonprofit Big Heavy World and the Vermont Department of Libraries present community conversations centered on Potter’s book Making Spaces Safer: A Guide to Giving Harassment the Boot Wherever You Work, Play and Gather. The first Making Spaces Safer Book Discussion is at Burlington’s Fletcher Free Library.




Going the Distance Brattleboro has a famous 90-meter hill. In a tradition nearly 100 years old, North American and European ski jumpers leap from this hill, traveling more than 300 feet in the air and landing before thousands of spectators. The Harris Hill Ski Jump features two days of high-flying competition and offers food, beer and souvenirs for viewers at the base of the jump. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 55



Lasting Impression Aiming to unify fine art, design and architecture, the Bauhaus art and design school operated in Germany from 1919 until 1933. On view at the Middlebury College Museum of Art, the exhibit “Weimar, Dessau, Berlin: The Bauhaus as School and Laboratory” highlights the institution’s impact on society, politics and art education. Amy Lilly reviews the show. SEE REVIEW ON PAGE 74


Party Starters DJ, play that again! Learning, networking and plenty of music are on the agenda for the Vermont DJ Meetup. This second annual event kicks off with Saturday’s preparty at the Monkey House in Winooski and continues with Sunday’s official gathering at Swan Dojo in Burlington. There folks find a panel discussion and performances by special guests DJ Killa-Jewel and DJ Throdown. SEE SOUNDBITES ON PAGE 67










Scott Vetoes Minimum Wage Bill, Setting Up Another Possible Override Vote B Y K EV IN M C C A LLU M

Gov. Phil Scott vetoed an increase of Vermont’s minimum wage, setting up another possible override fight in the legislature. The governor had until midnight Monday to take action on S.23, which calls for hiking the state’s minimum wage from $10.96 per hour to $12.55 by 2022. He released a statement at 8:30 p.m. announcing the veto, his second in as many weeks. Gov. Phil Scott



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Sanders wins New Hampshire, solidifying his status as front-runner BY PAUL HEINTZ


ew Hampshire, it seems, is still feelin’ the Bern. Four years after he first won the Granite State, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) again claimed the first-in-thenation presidential primary, cementing his status as the front-runner for the 2020 Democratic nomination. As he emerged onstage late Tuesday at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, Sanders pumped his fist in the air and clapped his hands. “Thank you! Thank you!” he said. “Let me take this opportunity to thank the people of New Hampshire for a great victory tonight.” After congratulating his rivals, Sanders vowed to carry his campaign to the general election and to remove President Donald Trump from the White House. “We are going to unite together and defeat the most dangerous president in the modern history of this country,” he said. “And the reason I believe we are

going to win is that we have an unprecedented grassroots movement from coast to coast of millions of people.” Trump wasn’t the only opponent on his mind. In a thinly veiled reference to several fellow Democrats, Sanders said that “at this point in the campaign, we are


Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who moved toward the front of the pack after a strong debate performance last Friday night. With 94 percent of the vote counted, she was holding on to 19.7 percent of the vote. Two early front-runners, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and former vice president Joe Biden, found themselves trailing the competition, with 9.3 and 8.4 percent, respectively. Clearly anticipating a rout in New Hampshire, Biden fled the state for South Carolina before the polls closed on Tuesday night. Hours later, entrepreneur Andrew Yang and Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) dropped out of the race. Former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick was reportedly planning to do the same on Wednesday. Though Sanders’ margin of victory was far slimmer than his 60 to 38 percent showing against former secretary of state





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The boost would have been more modest than the $15 minimum wage that many lawmakers had sought to have in place by 2024. But it still proved too much for the Republican governor, who said it would raise prices, harm economic growth and disproportionately affect rural areas. “I believe this legislation would end up hurting the very people it aims to help,” Scott said. Seeking to address concerns about the impact on rural parts of the state, House and Senate lawmakers struck a compromise last month that limited the increases to two years and tied future increases to inflation. “Today Governor Scott prevented 40,000 Vermonters who earn less than $12.55 an hour from getting a muchneeded raise,” Senate President Pro Tempore Tim Ashe (D/P-Chittenden) said in a written statement. “For those working full-time at the current minimum wage, the vast majority of whom are over the age of 22, the Governor’s veto just wiped out nearly $5,000 of income.” Attention will now turn to whether lawmakers can override the veto. A coalition of Democrats and Progressives last week failed to override his veto of a paid family and medical leave bill, falling short by one vote — an embarrassing miscalculation and crushing defeat for Democrats’ signature legislation.  Contact: kevin@sevendaysvt.com Disclosure: Tim Ashe is the domestic partner of Seven Days publisher and coeditor Paula Routly. Find our conflict-of-interest policy here: sevendaysvt.com/disclosure.


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amsay Mellish knew he would need to adapt if he wanted to survive in Vermont’s hard-pressed dairy industry. So, like many others in recent years, the first-generation farmer set out to diversify his crops and started growing hemp. Mellish and his wife, Caroline, did fine growing the plant last summer, he said, netting a few thousand dollars from selling much, but not all, of the harvest from their eight-acre field. They believed that growing hemp would prepare them to jump at a bigger opportunity: marijuana.

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In changing the legislation, members of the House Government Operations Committee said they want to protect Vermonters from big corporations that might swoop in and take advantage of those permissive farming laws. Such an influx would both deprive the state of significant tax revenues and prevent localities from deciding where these operations can be located, said committee chair Sarah Copeland Hanzas (D-Bradford). “We don’t want the R.J. Reynolds of cannabis coming into Vermont and all of a sudden being given all of the exemptions that our dairy farmers get, and having Vermonters be up in arms saying, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me! We’re going from prohibition to, they can grow this right next to my elementary school, and there’s nothing I can do about it?’” Copeland Hanzas said. GROW RULES

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Vermont lost one of its most generous — and colorful — philanthropists on Tuesday, February 4, when developer Robert “Bobby” Miller died of a heart attack, at the age of 84. A self-made man who grew up dirtpoor in Rutland, Miller gave away millions to Vermont nonprofits in cash donations and in-kind work through his company, REM Development. He and his wife, Holly, who survives him, contributed to the King Street Center, Champlain College, the Visiting Nurse Association, the VNA Respite House, the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts and other organizations. Their 2013 contribution to the University of Vermont Medical Center was valued at $13 million. Miller invented himself. With just a high school education, and a winning combination of charm and audacity, he worked his way up through the building industry in Vermont. Despite losing an arm at birth, he became an auto mechanic, then convinced a Burlington engineering firm to hire him as a draftsman. He started New England Air Systems in 1972. Twelve years later, he sold the business to his employees. “It gets companies spread out to people who would never own them,” he told me when I profiled the Millers 20 years ago in Seven Days. He started REM Development in 1984. Miller preferred verbal agreements to written ones and engaged in creative financing to spark economic development. He happily rented office space to Seven Days when the paper started in 1995 — a windowless room in the basement of his building, Miller’s Landmark, at the top of Burlington’s Church Street. He suggested we pay $300 a month and, if Seven Days were still in business after a year, we could pay him the difference between that sum and the real rent — aka a balloon payment. We had nothing in writing — just a handshake deal. When I expressed concern, Miller held out his good arm and suggested, with his signature grin: “Touch me, I’m gold.” In so many ways, he was. 

Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic primary, it was enough to solidify his standing as the front-runner in a crowded and volatile race. Supporters at his Manchester victory party appeared more than pleased. They erupted in applause throughout the night as a projector screen showed results trickling in to CNN. They chanted, “Bernie beats Trump!” “No more wars!” and “Not me, us!” When Buttigieg appeared on-screen shortly before 11 p.m., the crowd booed, then chanted, “Wall Street Pete!” The Democratic nominating contest now moves to a pair of states with far more diverse populations, setting up a key test of the front-runners’ ability to expand their coalitions beyond white voters. Nevada, which has a sizable Latino electorate, holds caucuses on February 22. South Carolina, where African Americans comprise roughly 60 percent of the Democratic vote, has a primary a week later. Sanders nearly won Nevada in 2016 and appears competitive there this year. He was clobbered in South Carolina four years ago, losing the black vote to Clinton 14 to 86 percent, according to exit polls. This time around, Biden is hoping to replicate Clinton’s success and reinvigorate his campaign there, but Sanders campaign cochair Nina Turner thinks the former vice president’s so-called “firewall” in South Carolina won’t hold. “We’re seeing it collapse, basically,” she told Seven Days. “We are giving South Carolina the attention that it deserves and want South Carolinians to know that [Sanders is] not taking the black community for granted in thinking that he’s owed their vote because of proximity to the first black president, but that he wants to earn their vote.” The real showdown comes on March 3, when 14 states award more than one-third of the pledged delegates to the Democratic National Convention. Sanders has been leading polls in the most critical Super Tuesday state, California, where voters began casting early ballots last week, and he has the financial resources to compete elsewhere. The senator from Vermont may also be able to count on an assist from an unintended ally. Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York City, has been plowing mounds of money into Super Tuesday states, which could make it difficult for a Sanders alternative — be it Buttigieg, Biden or Klobuchar — to consolidate the moderate vote well into March. By then, it may be too late to stop him.

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BLOOMBERG, A SELF-FUNDING FORMER REPUBLICAN, OR BUTTIGIEG, AN UNTESTED MODERATE WITH LITTLE SUPPORT FROM NONWHITE VOTERS. “With Joe Biden floundering, you’ve got the Democratic establishment and the corporate establishment trying to figure out who to get behind,” said Charles Chamberlain, executive director of the Burlington-based progressive group Democracy for America. “I think it’s exciting, on some level, to see the establishment in a bit of disarray.” Sanders certainly benefits from a divided field, because it takes fewer votes to win a plurality. And as Warren campaign manager Roger Lau argued in a strategy memo to reporters before the polls closed on Tuesday, the Vermonter has yet to demonstrate an ability to expand the base he built in the 2016 primary. “Senator Sanders starts with a ceiling that’s significantly lower than the support he had four years ago,” Lau wrote. “And he hasn’t yet faced the scrutiny of his record that will surely come with any further rise.” If the field does winnow, Sanders might welcome the opportunity to face off against Bloomberg, a self-funding former Republican, or Buttigieg, an

untested moderate with little support from nonwhite voters. In the eight days between Iowa’s muddled caucuses and New Hampshire’s primary, Sanders focused on the two candidates far more than his other opponents, contrasting his fundraising practices with theirs. After belatedly declaring a “very strong victory” in the Iowa caucuses last Thursday at a press conference in New Hampshire, Sanders debuted a new hit against Buttigieg on Friday morning. “I’m reading some headlines from newspapers about Pete Buttigieg,” Sanders said at a Politics & Eggs breakfast at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, referring to coverage of the former mayor’s wealthy campaign donors. “I like Pete Buttigieg. Nice guy. But we are in a moment where billionaires control not only our economy but our political life.” Echoing the labor refrain, he asked a question clearly aimed at the former mayor: “Which side are you on?” Sanders wasn’t the only one to target Buttigieg. At that night’s debate in Manchester, Biden and Klobuchar piled on, questioning whether he had the

experience to serve as commander in chief. In a digital ad released the next day, Biden mocked Buttigieg’s service as the mayor of a small city — an approach that likely did neither candidate any favors. As he traversed the state on Saturday, Sanders kept up his critique, focusing on campaign finance at every stop. “Billionaires by the dozen are contributing to Pete Buttigieg,” he told volunteers at a canvassing launch that morning in Dover. “If you are serious about political change in America, that change is not going to be coming from somebody who gets a lot of money from the CEOs of the pharmaceutical industry.” The message appeared to resonate with Sanders’ supporters. As he prepared to speak at the Rochester Opera House on Saturday afternoon, Danielle Goyette said that all of his competitors, particularly Buttigieg, were “owned” by special interests “I just can’t do Pete,” the 29-year-old teacher from Hampstead said. “I hope Bernie wins, because he’s the real deal to me.” Several Sanders supporters expressed a similar sentiment at events across New Hampshire, suggesting that if their candidate lost, they would not necessarily vote for the Democratic nominee. Jessica Keefe, a personal trainer from Madbury, said at the opera house that she had backed Sanders in the 2016 primary and had written him in during the general election. “It’s my opportunity to vote for who I believe,” she said, adding that she would “probably” do so again if Sanders lost. Keefe’s husband, Mike, a smallbusiness owner, said he wasn’t sure he would do the same. “It depends on the level of trickery involved in taking this away [from Sanders],” he said, referring to perceptions that the Democratic National Committee conspired against the Vermonter in 2016. At the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s annual fundraising dinner that night at the Southern New Hampshire University Arena in Manchester, raucous Sanders supporters made themselves heard when Buttigieg derided the senator’s long-promised “political revolution.” “With a president this divisive, we cannot risk dividing Americans further by saying that you must either be for a revolution or for the status quo,” Buttigieg told the crowd. “Wall Street Pete!” Sanders supporters chanted in response. Later, when the former mayor brought up health care reform, they shouted, “Medicare for all!” At nearly every appearance in New

Hampshire, Sanders went out of his way to pledge support for the eventual Democratic nominee — whether or not it’s him. That message appeared to resonate with some, but not all, of his most ardent supporters. Jane Tracey, a retiree from Jaffrey, voted for Sanders in the 2016 primary and was disappointed when he lost to Clinton. “He got robbed,” she said on Monday morning as he prepared to speak at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge. But Tracey eventually came around. In the general election that year, she said, “I didn’t want to, but I voted for Hillary — the lesser of two evils.” Tracey’s neighbor, Colleen Blais, did not. “I didn’t like Hillary. I thought she was a cheater,” she said, adding that she had written in Green Party nominee Jill Stein. This time around, Blais thinks that Buttigieg is a cheater. “He has something to do with the rigged vote in Iowa,” she said, repeating a debunked conspiracy theory about his association with the developer of the app used by the Iowa Democratic Party. “At one point, Bernie had over 6,000 more votes than Pete, and they still had him neck and neck. So how could that be?” Blais said she despises Trump. “He’s ruining the Earth. Everything he does is bad.” But she does not regret her decision to support Stein. “No, I’m a Bernieor-bust person,” she said, adding that this year, “I might just write Bernie in.” That night, at Sanders’ final event before Tuesday’s primary, 7,500 people showed up at the University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore Center Arena in Durham to hear from Sanders, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and the Strokes. There, the candidate dialed back his criticism of his fellow Democrats and instead trained his fire on Trump, who had held his own rally earlier that evening in Manchester. One attendee, 29-year-old wastewater operator Andrew Eberly, said he had made the drive from his Rhode Island home four times to volunteer for Sanders. Eberly said he, too, had voted for Stein in 2016 and thought Sanders’ current competitors — Buttigieg in particular — offered nothing but “platitudes.” But these days, Eberly regrets his 2016 decision. “I think I needed to learn how bad Trump was,” he said. “I feel foolish.” Even if Sanders loses the nomination, Eberly said, “I’m gonna vote blue no matter what, because I want to get Trump out of office. But I won’t be happy about it.” m



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news Grow Rules « P.13 Similar concerns led Rep. Jim Harrison (R-Chittenden) to vote against the bill in committee last year. “It’s not like living next to a hayfield, where some manure might be put out in the field and in a couple days it’s gone,” Harrison told Seven Days. “Cannabis is going to have a smell — if it’s anything like hemp, which I suspect it is — for a couple months.” Harrison is also worried about security, recalling thefts of hemp plants that were mistaken for marijuana. Though the bill requires that grow operations be in an “enclosed, locked facility” and away from public view, Harrison still envisioned them popping up in cul-de-sacs, surrounded by barbed-wire fences. For neighbors, it’s an issue of fairness, he said. After his committee removed the farming exemption, the Republican lawmaker changed his vote, believing that towns now would have a necessary layer of local control. Others, however, fear the move could cut out the very farmers that the legislature says it wants to help succeed. “The question that is missing — and no one is answering — is, what does this mean for farmers?” said Caroline Gordon, a lobbyist with Rural Vermont who advocates for farmers. Requiring a permanent, locked perimeter makes it nearly impossible for farmers to rotate crops, she said. And without farming protections, commercial growers would need to adhere to zoning regulations just like the state’s existing medical marijuana growing operations. Those local rules vary, giving prospective growers little clarity on where they might be able to set up shop.  The lack of clear, uniform local regs was apparent during an explanation of the changes at a House Democratic caucus last week. When asked whether a hemp grower who lives on land zoned for agriculture would be able to grow marijuana, Gov Ops vice chair John Gannon (D-Wilmington) replied, “It depends.”  “It’s on a town-by-town basis,” he said. For hemp farmer Jahala Dudley, that’s a concern. Dudley said she has been planning to buy land and grow weed for the commercial market. After looking for land zoned agricultural, she said she now wonders if her best bet would be to look in towns with no zoning laws at all. “That limits me tremendously,” she said. Lawmakers have tried to prevent communities from making unilateral decisions about cannabis. For example, one provision of the bill says municipalities could not rewrite zoning regulations to create an outright ban on marijuana retail or growing establishments. 16


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Still, a creative enough town could significantly limit where grow operations could be located. It’s not hard to imagine that scenario. Some communities have already preemptively prohibited retail marijuana sales, even though most lawmakers say the legislation would trump those bans. Copeland Hanzas conceded that lawmakers can’t envision all of the “weird intricacies” that might exist. “If you have a dairy farm and the rest of your neighborhood is zoned industrial or commercial, is a municipality actually going to preclude you from getting a cannabis license?” she asked. Or would a town rather allow those who already farm on their land to simply add marijuana to the mix? “We just don’t know,” she continued.  Such unknowns could discourage newcomers from growing cannabis, said Gordon, the Rural Vermont lobbyist. “If they open that door to local zoning, then a farmer cannot foresee what happens,” Gordon said. “That, of course, is an obstacle.”  Nearby states with retail weed markets have taken an approach similar to the one proposed by Gov Ops. Neither Maine nor Massachusetts extends ag zoning

exemptions to cultivators. But critics of S.54 say lawmakers should instead focus on creating a market the Vermont way. “Cannabis is a plant and should be permitted to be grown by families on their farms, as a means to support their lives, not mandated to be cultivated solely within large, environmentally detrimental commercial warehouses,” argues the Vermont Growers Association on its website, referring to how indoor grow operations, which rely on electrical light instead of sunlight, consume hefty amounts of energy. The trade group, which represents “cannabis professionals,” has started a campaign urging major changes to the bill and has created a boilerplate letter that supporters can send to lawmakers. The letter argues that the classification of cannabis as a nonagricultural product would impede or prevent local farmers from obtaining cultivator licenses, ceding the market to larger-scale indoor growers. Scott Waterman, a spokesperson for the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, echoed that sentiment. In an email to Seven Days, Waterman wrote that the committee’s decision contradicts the legislature’s declared intent of encouraging small-scale farming operations.

Copeland Hanzas was not blind to the unintended consequences. Lawmakers are trying “to meet the concerns of prohibitionists who still don’t believe it should be a legal product,” she said, “but also weave into that the concerns of people who would like to be able to get into this agricultural commodity as a way of saving their working landscape.” The House Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife Committee offered an amendment last month that would exempt outdoor growing operations — but not indoor ones — from local zoning. But lawmakers who want outdoor operations to pay full sales and property taxes like any other business decided the simplest legislative approach would be to determine that growing was not an agricultural practice. The bill recently passed through the House Ways and Means Committee, which added a combined 20 percent tax rate on retail cannabis sales. The measure is now before the spending-focused Appropriations Committee, its likely last stop before a vote of the full House. If it passes, it would then head to a conference committee, where House and Senate lawmakers would resolve differences in their versions of the bill. There, contentious provisions can often end up on the cutting-room floor. Tim Fair, a Burlington attorney who focuses on cannabis laws, said he expects House lawmakers will use the farming provision as a bargaining chip to win the Senate’s approval on other changes. “We may be arguing about something that’s not even included,” Fair said. For Gordon, the Rural Vermont lobbyist, the bill’s progress has been something of a roller coaster. Her group has been hesitant to oppose the legislation despite a number of concerns. “It’s a huge fight for so many advocates to just get legalization done, and we want to support that, because we do see it as a huge opportunity,” she said. But last week, after the farming exemption was removed, Rural Vermont decided to oppose the current bill. “Our farmers ... are all struggling with viability,” Gordon said. “For them, this should be the business opportunity in the future of farming in Vermont, but they are not considered.” m Contact: colin@sevendaysvt.com

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n the farthest of 14 rinks etched into a snowy Malletts Bay in Colchester, the men in red were going goal for goal with their Boston foes. Only a few people walked far enough onto frozen Lake Champlain to watch, but even from a distance, the Cyrillic-lettered jerseys were unmistakable. “It’s the Russians! It’s the Russians!” yelled a man from a team called the Wildcards, who had trudged over to wait his turn to play. His words rang out like those of a paranoid New Englander in the Cold War comedy The Russians are Coming! The Russians are Coming!  A few members of the foreign delegation watching the game turned their heads.  “That’s awesome!” the man added, as if to clarify. The Russkis had come at the invitation of their American counterparts in Burlington. Their visit was the latest cultural exchange in the long-standing “sister city” arrangement between the Queen City and Yaroslavl, a city of 600,000 northeast of Moscow. The relationship was forged in 1988 when Burlington’s mayor Bernie Sanders and Jane O’Meara Sanders stopped in Yaroslavl during what the mayor would call their “very strange honeymoon” in the Soviet Union. At some point on the trip, Sanders sat shirtless and singing “This Land Is Your Land” for his Soviet hosts at a table lined with vodka bottles. Video of the low-level diplomacy went

viral last year, and Republicans seized on it to paint the presidential candidate as a communist sympathizer. Over the years, the cities have exchanged artists, students, businesspeople and bureaucrats through visits organized locally by a volunteer nonprofit group. Their first foray into athletic competition took place in 1991, when Yaroslavl’s professional hockey team played an exhibition game against the University of Vermont squad. The Russians won, 3-1, despite missing some players because of the upcoming Winter Olympics, the Burlington Free Press reported at the time. Last weekend’s event could have been an episode of “Parks and Recreation.” The Yaroslavl Bears, as the team called itself, was an eight-man amateur squad composed mostly of municipal employees from the Yaroslavl region. Delegation head Aleksandr Legus, 32, runs Yaroslavl’s “physical culture and sports” department. He started playing hockey in 2014, inspired by the Olympic games in Sochi, Russia. The Bears signed up to play in the Labatt Blue-sponsored Lake Champlain Pond Hockey Classic, an annual openair tournament that draws die-hard amateurs from the Northeast and beyond. They competed in the Shinny 21+ division for less-skilled players who, according to the tournament description, “can still



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news Diplomacy on Ice « P.17 dangle and toss some sick sauce while taking some spins on the ice.” The tournament happened to coincide this month with the 40th anniversary of the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y., some 60 miles west, when the amateur American men’s hockey team famously upset a stacked Soviet squad on its way to earning gold. By Saturday afternoon, the Bears needed their own Miracle on Ice to advance to the tournament playoffs. After a week of meetings with UVM Russian language students, local collegiate hockey players and Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger, the Yaroslavl delegation played its first two games Friday during a blinding snowstorm. It lost both by wide margins. Clear skies on the second day turned the tournament “village” into a bustling tailgate that filled two parking lots, plus that of Rozzi’s Lakeshore Tavern above the bay. The 14 temporary rinks stretched out onto the ice in one long row, surrounded by hundreds of stick- and skate-toting players, spectators, and dogs. The ice rinks had been cleared of 15 inches of snow, which made them appear sunken beneath the surface of the lake. Kids dropped in between games to pass pucks while players warmed up in the beer garden. Others sipped their beverages beneath tent canopies staked into the ice along a row of trucks and RVs. A large “Trump 2020” flag flew proudly from one rink-side setup. After a horn blew to signal the end of each round of games, the narrow path connecting the rinks to the locker-room tents turned into a runway of player plumage. Team names emblazoned on jerseys were a mix of clever, campy and crass. Some of the afternoon’s more familyfriendly matchups included Net, Sticks and Chill versus Udder Confusion and Hot Mess Express versus Hockey Stank. The visitors from Yaroslavl documented it all on their phones, from the moment they walked onto the lake until seconds before face-off. Once inside the rink for their first game on Saturday, they cut short their pregame stretches to invite their opponents, the Boston-based No Shows, to pose for a group shot. Team interpreter Daina Rashchepkina, of Yaroslavl’s division of international relations, and Oliver Carling, president of the Burlington sister city program, cheered from the sidelines. The competitors, they observed, were playing more comfortably with two games under their belts. Pond hockey is different from indoor hockey in several ways, one of which is that there’s no goalie. Instead, each team protects two 18


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small nets that are shaped like a pair of six-packs set a few feet apart. The Bears also had a secret weapon. One of their players was sidelined with the flu, so in his place they subbed a former UVM club hockey player. Steven Ushakov, 25, was literally born of the sister city program. In the early ’90s his father, Sergei, traveled to Burlington as the sound technician for a Yaroslavl band. Through the musical exchanges, he fell in love with a Vermont woman and moved to Burlington, where Steven was born.  Wearing No. 37, Ushakov notched the Bears’ first goal of the day. The No Shows regained the lead on a long, lucky floating shot that somehow bounced off the cragged ice and into the Bears’ net. The Bears responded, and by the time the distant horn blew, they’d won, 5-4.  “I’m glad we got a win. That’s all I care about,” Ushakov told a friend outside the locker tent afterward.  Rather than imbibe a celebratory round of Labatt, the delegation tracked down tournament commissioner Scott Crowder, of New Hampshire, to give him a gift from the city.  Legus and Rashchepkina displayed an engraved wooden box that contained office supplies and a separate carving of the Yaroslavl coat of arms, which features a bear holding a medieval ax.  Crowder returned the appreciation. “Thank you guys for coming,” he said, noting that they’d traveled farther than any of the other 150 or so teams. “I know it’s a long trip, but it’s pretty awesome.” They sized up their next opponents, a Nashville, Tenn., team named the Sloppy Tape Jobs. One of Ushakov’s friends tried to explain the name to Rashchepkina by describing the process of wrapping tape around the blade of a hockey stick. The innuendo went untranslated.  The STJs jumped out to an early, insurmountable lead. The Bears’ cheering section shouted “Ya-ro-sla-vl!” and “Get it done!” Even a surprise boost from Burlington City Councilor and hockey buff Adam Roof, who put on the No. 37 jersey and scored a goal, wasn’t enough to lift the Russians. As the deficit grew, a few fans from the delegation danced to techno music echoing from a speaker inside a five-gallon bucket.  The game ended with a scrum for the puck involving Ushakov that turned to pushes and jawing. The beef was quickly forgotten, though, as the Yaroslavl players congregated at center ice. The loss meant their tournament was over, but no one seemed to care.  “Bears!” they said in unison, as they grinned for a camera one last time. Then they left for their hotel. m Contact: derek@sevendaysvt.com

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verything is spotless in Deb Lyons’ three-bedroom Airbnb on Burlington’s Archibald Street, where guests arrive to find homemade peanut butter chocolate cookies in the fridge. Her own landscape paintings grace the walls, and on a tour, she pointed to a handsome bureau. “That was my nana’s dresser,” she said. Lyons wants her guests to feel at home — and they pay between $175 and $250 a night for the experience. But now the roughly $29,000 in annual revenue Lyons makes from hosting could be in jeopardy. The city is weighing zoning restrictions on short-term rentals amid

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would be $1,700 for a studio, $7,930 for a one-bedroom, $19,015 for a two-bedroom and $42,950 for a three-bedroom. “Ouch!” Lyons responded. The 63-year-old converted her three-bedroom rental property to an Airbnb about four years ago and works two additional parttime jobs to make ends meet. Worse for her: The city also wants to enforce a widely ignored existing rule that property owners must live on the site of their short-term rentals — a law that already applies to Burlington’s 17 licensed bed-and-breakfast operators. Even though she lives next door, Lyons would not qualify.

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growing concerns that Airbnb and other DIY accommodations are diminishing Burlington’s supply of long-term rental properties. Officials fear that the hundreds of units listed on various platforms are exacerbating an affordable housing problem in a community where the rental vacancy rate hovers around 2 percent, according to a calculation from South Burlington real estate advisory firm Allen, Brooks & Minor. Calls for a crackdown — in the form of a suite of proposals — have emerged as a result of two Burlington Housing Summits organized last year by Mayor Miro Weinberger. One proposal under consideration would require that property owners who convert units from long-term to short-term rentals pay a “housing replacement fee.” The one-time charge

“It’s going to shackle me,” Lyons said about the proposed zoning, which would force her to go back to long-term renting, which she does not want to do. “Why are they burdening little people like me?” Lyons joined other hosts at a meeting in Burlington City Hall last month to protest the proposed changes. Kent Cassella, who would face a $7,930 conversion fee for Airbnbing one-half of his South End duplex, called them “draconian.” Cassella said he got out of the long-term landlord business a few years ago because it was difficult to recover financially after a problem tenant stopped paying rent. “I said, ‘I’m done with longterm renting,’” he huffed. City officials say the vast majority of short-term rentals in Burlington need a SHORT-TERM FIX?

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The Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee was discussing a proposal to establish criminal penalties for robocalls on Tuesday when Sen. Phil Baruth’s (D/P-Chittenden) phone lit up. “Here we go,” Baruth said, noting the call was from Florida. He set his device to speakerphone. A prerecorded voice filled the hearing room: “Get ready for the ultimate vacation!” it said. “It sounds too good,” Sen. Jeannette White (D-Windham) said with a grin. It’s better than some of the recorded messages that scammers send: Many warn that nonexistent car warranties are expiring, or that the Internal Revenue Service is out to arrest the person who answers. Sen. Randy Brock (R-Franklin) has introduced a bill that would criminalize what he called the “scourge” of robocalls. Brock got the idea after receiving 11 robocalls in a single day even though he uses software to screen them. S.324 would prohibit businesses from contacting Vermont consumers using automated call software with a few exceptions, such as announcing school closures or reminding people about appointments. The measure would allow the state to charge business owners who sponsor the calls. Federal law already enables states to level civil penalties against robocallers. Brock proposed establishing criminal penalties of up to $10,000 in fines and 18 months in prison. Charity Clark, chief of staff for Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan, said the office agrees with the concept. Yet she warned that those behind the calls are often overseas, and enforcement would be difficult. Still, Clark did raise concerns over the bill’s maximum prison sentence, which she said was a “severe” penalty for a single call. Lawmakers eventually decided on 90 days in jail. Committee chair Sen. Dick Sears (D-Bennington) said he plans to wait a week to move the bill so that the “robocall industry” has a chance to comment. “If they called in here, though, would it be a scam?” White quipped. “I think we should take their call,” Sears responded. m Contact: colin@sevendaysvt.com





bed-and-breakfast permit but are operating without one. Their owners are paying taxes, though, if they are listed on Airbnb. Since October 2016, the company has collected and remitted Vermont taxes on behalf of hosts. The state gets a 9 percent rooms and meals tax; in Burlington, the city takes another 2 percent. But Burlington still struggles to track and regulate the listings, whether they are spare bedrooms, lakefront homes or entire apartments. To keep up, last year the city contracted with a private company called Host Compliance that found 410 rentals on multiple platforms, including Airbnb, HomeAway and Vrbo. Many of those accommodations would likely shut down if the proposals pass. For example, even with the landlord living on-site, no one residence could have more than three short-term rental units. Otherwise, it would have to seek zoning as a hotel, and those are not allowed where many Airbnbs now operate. The joint meeting of the Burlington Planning Commission and the City Council Ordinance Committee on January 28 lasted for more than two hours. Most speakers, such as Julia Marks, went to the microphone to complain about the restrictions. “You are kind of putting me out of a job,” said Marks, who lives in Jericho and Airbnbs one unit of a three-unit building her family owns on Elmwood Avenue. She rents out the other two long-term. But a few attendees were supportive. Caryn Long, a longtime Burlington resident, said she doesn’t want out-of-town landlords profiting from Airbnbs and using Burlington as a “cash cow.” Maggie Sherman, a Lakeview Terrace resident who lists a private suite in her house and a converted garage in her backyard on Airbnb, has operated as a licensed bed-and-breakfast since 2004. Now she competes with multiple unlicensed shortterm rentals: at least 12, by her count, on her side of the street, which has spectacular views of Lake Champlain. That’s not a level playing field, said Sherman, adding that income from her One of a Kind B&B has dropped 20 percent in the past year. In a later interview with Seven Days, Sherman made the point that the city’s failure to enforce current rules has contributed to a “tsunami” of unlicensed short-term rentals. “And now the city’s like, ‘OK, I guess we should do something,’” Sherman complained. The public officials at the meeting had mixed reactions to the proposals. The crowd erupted into applause when planning commissioner Emily Lee questioned the need for action, suggesting instead that

the city start with a “light touch.” Require Portland, Ore., and other cities have all hosts to register, let the city gather added many new housing units by lifting data, and then review the situation, Lee zoning restrictions on such outbuildings; offered. Two other commissioners were as of July 2019, Burlington had only 48, also sympathetic to critics of the proposals. according to the city Department of PlanMany hosts said Airbnb helps them ning and Zoning. afford the city’s accelerating taxes. More The proposed changes in Burlington hikes could be coming: The Burlington would eliminate the current requirement school tax rate would rise 7.3 percent and that the units have off-street parking. They the municipal tax rate would rise about could also be larger, in some cases, than 4.8 percent if voters approve spending is currently allowed, and squeezed into proposals on the Town Meeting Day ballot tighter lots. in March. Burlington is also in the midst of While the units are intended to increase a citywide property reappraisal that could the city’s housing stock, the regulations increase assessments. would also allow property owners to use City Councilor Sharon Bushor them as short-term rentals. That (I-Ward 1), who serves on RY could prove more enticing to T the ordinance committee, W potential landlords. suggested the city might Weinberger, who consider a graduated strongly supports the payment plan for hosts accessory dwelling who would owe large unit proposals, isn’t housing replacement concerned. With at fees. But she expressed least three new hotels support for the fees, proposed in the city, which would go into the market conditions could city’s Housing Trust Fund, change — read: hotel prices a pot of money intended for could drop — and some new the creation and retention of accessory dwelling units used affordable housing in the city. initially as short-term rental “We hear from people … that listings might shift to long-term there isn’t enough housing, and rentals down the road, he said. we’re not talking about people The bottom line: Any who come to visit,” Bushor said increase in housing stock at the meeting. “We are talking would be progress, he said. about people who are trying to “We have, for some time, live in this community.” been attempting to eliminate D EB LYO N S That’s the message Charles barriers to the creation of new Winkleman has tried to convey homes, because we think we since he cofounded the Burlington Tenants have a supply problem,” Weinberger said. Union in 2018. Taking any units off the When it comes to regulating shortmarket for short-term rentals when so term rentals, Weinberger is still mulling many people struggle to find housing is the details. He wants to prevent entire wrong, he believes. apartment buildings from shifting to short“If we, as a community, care about term rentals, he said. But he isn’t sure he everyone ... we need to be focusing develop- supports the requirement that hosts live on ment on low-income housing, not hotels, the property or that they pay the proposed not Airbnbs,” Winkleman told Seven Days. housing replacement fee. “I am still listenHe acknowledged that some renters put ing and taking the public feedback,” Weinportions, or sometimes all, of their apart- berger said. ments up on Airbnb. He also acknowledged The Burlington City Council will hold a that the platform is used by seniors on fixed public hearing on the proposed accessory incomes who rent rooms to get by. dwelling unit zoning on Tuesday, February But if Burlington allows its housing 18. No date has been set for a council vote market to be geared toward tourists, it on the short-term rental regulations. will never be affordable for local workMeanwhile, Lyons is taking reservations. ers who “should not have to work two Last year she booked 144 nights, mostly jobs, 80 hours a week” just to have a during the busy summer and fall months. place to live, Winkleman said. She also works as a standardized patient at Yet another proposal from the housing the University of Vermont’s Larner College summit would ameliorate that situation, of Medicine and gives anti-bullying and according to Mayor Weinberger. It incen- wellness presentations in schools. tivizes construction of accessory dwelling “I need my Airbnb to be able to pay my units on existing single-family properties, mortgage, pay my taxes,” Lyons said, “and be they detached cottages in a backyard, to stay in my house.” m additions on a house, or apartments in converted attics or basements. Contact: molly@sevendaysvt.com KE

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1952-2020 BURLINGTON, VT. Peter Gerald Keegan of Shelburne Road, Burlington, Vt., passed away suddenly on Saturday, February 1, 2020, in Burlington. Peter was born in Watertown, N.Y., on January 10, 1952, to William and Agnes Flynn Keegan. He received his education at Holy Family School and Immaculate Heart Central and graduated from Oswego State College in 1974. The majority of Peter’s adult life was spent in northern Vermont. He was married to Meryl Lebowitz (Tanych) in 1978, which ended in divorce. They had two wonderful sons, Benjamin John and Graham. Peter had worked in the auto industry, from salvage to new and used car sales. At the time of his death, he was employed by Freedom Nissan in South Burlington, Vt. He was well thought of by his fellow workers, and his gift of gab and storytelling allowed him to become one of their best salesmen. Music was a lifelong passion for Peter. He was a self-taught guitarist and vocalist. His love of music began while singing on the

front porch with his brothers. This continued as he sang with the Young People at Immaculate Heart Central, the State Singers at Oswego State University, and many local theater performances. He and his brothers raised their voices in song too many times to count at family gatherings. Peter was predeceased by his parents, William and Agnes Flynn Keegan; and his sister, Mary Ann Keegan. He is survived by two sons, Benjamin John (San Francisco, Calif.) and Graham (Los Angeles, Calif.); four siblings, Deanne Jones (Gerold; East Aurora, N.Y.), Timothy Keegan (Johnstown, N.Y.), Sarah Morgia (Bruce; Watertown, N.Y.) and William (Ted) Keegan (David; New York, N.Y.); numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and cousins; and a grandniece. A gathering in his honor will be held at Finnigan’s Pub on College Street in Burlington on Saturday, February 8, at 7 p.m. All who knew him are invited to bring stories, songs and remembrances to share with friends and family. Memorial gifts in Peter’s name may be made to Lyric Theatre Company.

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1956-2020 COLCHESTER, VT. Longtime nurse, world traveler and proud grandmother checked a lot off her bucket list Ida Jean McNamara lost her spirited, two-year battle with ovarian cancer on February 4, 2020, on World Cancer Day, surrounded by her family. She was 63. Ida was born to Orie and Pearl Schaper on May 1, 1956, in Midland Park, N.J. She graduated from Midland Park High School in 1974 and received a BS in nursing from the University of Vermont in 1978. She began her nursing career at Beth Israel hospital in Boston and moved to the Waltham VNA and privateduty nursing for a severely handicapped infant before relocating to Vermont in 1985. In Vermont, she worked as a floor nurse at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont before joining University Pediatrics in 1987. Ida’s final career move was to the University of Vermont Medical Center’s Children’s Specialty Center, where she met the needs of infants, toddlers, children and teens with kidney ailments as a pediatric nephrology nurse, assisting her mentor and friend, Dr. Ann Guillot. She was a role model and mentor to many young residents and nurses who were privileged to work with her. Ida was predeceased by her parents, Pearl and Orie Schaper, and by her special brother Albert, who had Down syndrome. She is survived by her loving husband of 40 years, Mike of Colchester, Vt., and two daughters: Sarah Morneau and her husband, Brett, of Nantucket, Mass., and Rebecca Faour and her husband, Rami, of Colchester, Vt. She leaves four treasured young grandchildren: Rima and Aida Faour and Mac and Mary Morneau. She also leaves her brother William Schaper and his wife, Anne, of Midland Park, N.J.; her nephew William Schaper II and his wife, Michelle; her niece Holly Monroe; and her niece Laura Astorino and

her husband, Nick, all of New Jersey. Ida is also survived by her mother-in-law, Mary Delaney, of Peabody, Mass.; sister-in-law Maureen Delaney and her husband, Shaun MacCallum, and their sons David and James of Waltham, Mass.; and brother-in-law Joseph Delaney and his wife, Jennifer, and their children Matthew, Katie and Julia, all of Reading, Mass. Ida’s smile was genuine and beautiful; with a twinkle in her eye and easy manner, she made friends easily. She had much love for those with special needs, fostered by her close relationship with her brother Albert. Her love of infants and children was boundless, both professionally and personally. That she was blessed with four grandchildren in less than four years was the most precious gift she could have received. She was a marvelous cook, the principal architect of feasts at Thanksgiving and Christmas, and she always hosted and prepared the main course at the annual Fine Food and Wine dinner at the McNamaras. She loved slipping away with Mike to the Friends Lake Inn in the Adirondacks for long weekends of fun and fine dining. Ida loved Vermont, relishing road trips with Mike to the Champlain Islands, Lincoln Peak Winery

and foliage rides in the Northeast Kingdom. Her very favorite place was along the shores of Lake Willoughby, where she and Mike bought a place in 2015. She loved renovating and furnishing the cottage on the beautiful “Lake Lucerne of America.” Beyond Vermont, she loved trips with Mike to Naples, Fla.; the Caribbean; Big Sur; and Acadia and Grand Canyon national parks. Special trips included a jaunt to Paris with Mike and the girls, and an epic two-week road trip down the Oregon Coast with close friends Jon Harris, Linda Streeter, and Kenn and Judy Sassorossi that included Redwoods and Crater Lake national parks. Ida was a loyal fan of the Mets and Packers before she converted to the Red Sox and Patriots. She was an ardent UVM men’s basketball season ticket holder, and she attended the epic win over Syracuse in the 2006 NCAA Tournament. She and Mike followed the Cats to the Islands of the Bahamas Showcase in 2017, shortly before her cancer diagnosis. Ida’s final year was a bucket-list year: a trip to the Brooklyn Bowl to see NOLA friends John “Papa” Gros and the Stooges Brass Band in January; a week in Cocoa Beach with the kids and grandkids in February; a trip to Hartford to see UVM in

the NCAAs in mid-March; a Mardi Gras weekend at Hotel Vermont with Bonerama; the birth of grandchild No. 4 in late March; a long weekend in Boston for a Red Sox game and a visit to the Isabella Steward Gardner Museum in May; an amazing two-week road trip around the coast of Ireland with friends Jon Harris and Linda Streeter in July; a weeklong family reunion at Lake Willoughby in August; and a weekend at Patriot Place in October, seeing the Patriots beat the Browns. The family would like to sincerely thank Dr. Cheung Wong and his staff, Dr. Paul Unger and his staff, the staff at UVMMC’s Miller 5, VNA Home Hospice Staff, and the loving care from everyone at the McClure Miller Respite House. We especially thank all of the nurses involved for lovingly taking care of one of their own. God bless you all. A celebration of Ida’s life will take place in the spring, with a separate announcement. By her wishes, her ashes will be spread at Lake Willoughby this summer. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to one of Ida’s favorite charities: the Special Olympics, the Children’s Miracle Network and Healing Winds. Arrangements are in the care of Champlain Cremation (champlain cremation.com).


Robert E. “Bobby” Miller

COLCHESTER, VT. 1935-2020 Bobby Miller — community leader, philanthropist, businessman, devoted husband and family man — died Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at the University of Vermont Medical Center surrounded by his family. He was 84 years old. Born in Rutland, Vt., on August 9, 1935, he was the third of six children born to Ruth and Charles Miller. Born an entrepreneur, Bobby helped support his family through a variety of enterprises. He was always fascinated with construction. At the age of 6, he would hang around local sites where he worked his way up the ladder, first picking up dropped nails, soon being allowed to ride to the lumber store with the boss and eventually guarding the wet cement to make sure kids didn’t ride their bikes through it. His lifelong love of cars also started early. One of his favorite teachers, Mrs. Hart, introduced Bobby to her husband, who had an auto body shop. His first repair was his little red wagon that he used on construction sites. Bobby had that irresistible spark that drew people to him. The hard life continued

for the Miller family, with his mother working three jobs and his father having difficulty finding work. His maternal grandparents, Blanche and Edmund Elkey, were a strong and loving presence in his life, and he moved in with them for his high school years. He also developed an extremely close bond with his Aunt Pat and would remain close and devoted to her throughout her life, until her death in 2009. During high school, he was drawn to the industrial arts, including classes in auto mechanics and mechanical drawing, at which he excelled. These would serve him well in his future work in both heating and ventilating, as well as real estate development. Bobby’s early work ethic and resourcefulness brought

him income in those teen years. Renting a garage with a half-pit, he worked on cars in the evening, returning them to the owner by morning on his way to school. After high school, he worked for the Howe Scale Company as a timekeeper. He knew that a company with 400 employees would be to his benefit. Employees became his customers! He would work on their cars at night and, in the fall, would come to work with his car full of containers of antifreeze and boxes of thermometers. On his lunch hour, he could prepare five cars for winter driving, charging each $25. Resourcefulness was Bobby’s middle name! Bobby’s introduction to the engineering field in 1956 began with a firm in Hartford, Conn. Wishing to return to Vermont after three years, and with no jobs available in the Rutland area, he was hired in 1959 by Jennison Engineering in Burlington. This was the beginning of his long and fulfilling business career in this community. He subsequently was associated with Freeman, French and Freeman; Vermont Heating and Ventilating; and New England Air Systems, which he founded. When his skills and familiarity with all aspects of the industry

— including drawing plans, understanding all ordinances, designing plumbing, heating and electrical — all came together, he created REM Development in 1984. This business, which has only four employees, values a handshake over a contract and is committed to delivering quality work on time. REM has become a leader in the real estate industry. Bobby’s integrity, vision and determination shaped REM’s work. Bobby was well known to say he never worked a day in his life; for him, work was his hobby. His day started at 5:45 a.m. with his Mercedes parked in front of the local coffee shop, waiting for it to open and for his coffee buddies to appear. He loved touring around in his signature red Mercedes convertible to visit his properties and talk with contractors and just about anyone whose path he crossed. His one guilty pleasure was his nickel-and-dime Monday lunch-hour cribbage game with lifelong buddies! Bobby’s deepest values were about honesty, trusted relationships, giving back and love of family. With his marriage to Holly in 1986, family became their most prized possession. The many times spent with family, both at home and in travel, are

among their most cherished memories. Friendships that have endured over their many years together, especially those with friends from their earliest days in Rutland, are held with great care and regard. Bobby believed in giving back “in time, in talent and in treasure.” That was reflected in myriad aspects of his life. The most obvious are the countless ways he contributed to community, both in personal gifting and the numerous in-kind construction projects he completed. Sharing his success through philanthropy was very important to both Bob and Holly. Bobby had a personal relationship with his employees, showing appreciation for them and giving back to them on a regular basis. He was a wise, sought-out mentor for younger individuals in his industry. He served on many boards supporting excellence in education at all levels, the arts, the well-being of children and quality in health care. Bobby believed he was sent here to do a job. He and Holly, who considered him her Buddha, had an exceptional life together, and he extended the outreach of his good fortune toward making life comfortable and better for others. His generosity appeared boundless. His legacy

will be enduring. And the twinkle in his eye, for those who love him, will remain forever. Bobby is survived by the love of his life for 35 years, Holly; his children Tim Miller (Wendy), Stephanie Taylor (Mitch) and Erika Montgomery; his grandchildren Sarah Owen (Jason), Katie Gabree (Jeremy), Aaron Plunkett, Thomas Reiskin, Olivia Reiskin, Darian Montgomery, Austin Taylor and Carson Taylor; and one great-grandchild, Eloise Owen. He was also an integral part of Holly’s immediate family and is survived by Holly’s siblings, nieces and nephews, Dee Brightstar and her children Wendy and Peter Martin; Denny (Eileen) Dudley and their children Devon and Matt; and Tim (Mary Beth) Dudley and their children Ian, Jahala and Jessica. Visiting hours were held Tuesday, February 11, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Robert E. Miller Expo Center in Essex Junction. A celebration of life will follow on Wednesday, February 12, at 11 a.m., also at the Expo Center. Burial will be held privately in the spring. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Bobby’s memory to your favorite charity that supports families, children or end-of-life care.

She loved being with people. At gatherings every year, Laurie composed an essay she would read aloud to family and friends. She was happy to be a writer, just as many in her family are. She often wrote on her computer, and she sang karaoke with her cousin, using her own karaoke machine kept in her neat-as-a-pin bedroom. Laurie loved to travel, and for many years she drove with her parents to visit family in Tennessee in the spring. She loved the ocean and enjoyed vacations in Maine and Cape Cod.

Laurie is survived by her parents and brothers and sisters; their wives and husbands; and numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews and cousins across the United States and Canada. This is a poem Laurie wrote that was published in the CCS newsletter, “DIY”:

To be here to look at it Flowers come out in the spring I love going for walks and All the beautiful things The sky is blue and clouds are white.

And she did. She learned to read and write and engage the world. She loved life.

Laurie was a longtime client at Champlain Community Services (CCS) in Colchester, and she worked part time for more than 10 years at the Visiting Nurses Association in Colchester. She also worked part time at August First bakery and café in Burlington. She loved listening to music, especially Willie Nelson and Fleetwood Mac, among other musicians in her CD collection. She enjoyed the annual picnic sponsored by CCS and was ever ready to get up and dance.

Laurie Tedford 1961-2020 UNDERHILL CENTER, VT.

Laurie Tedford, 58, daughter of Walter “Ted” and Marie Tedford of Underhill Center, died peacefully at Pennington House group home in Burlington on Sunday, February 2. Laurie was born on July 26, 1961, in Manchester, Conn. She graduated from Essex (Vt.) High School’s Diversified Program. Laurie had Down syndrome but never let that stop her. Her refrain was, “I can do it!”

SPRING I like spring very much Yes I do like going for a walk in the park Yes I am so happy Spring is here to stay Yes that makes me very happy

Laurie is greatly missed. No immediate service is planned. A memorial celebration will be held in the spring. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to Champlain Community Services, 512 Troy Ave., Colchester, VT 05446.

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Readers continue to react to Chelsea Edgar’s provocative January 22 cover story “Degrees of Panic,” about ecoanxiety in Vermont. Edgar’s piece announced the launch of “Fired Up,” our new, semi-regular series exploring local efforts to mitigate the heating trend and strengthen resiliency. There were two “Fired Up” stories in the subsequent issue.


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What comes to mind as I read “Degrees of Panic” [January 22] … is the significant degree of irony that exists among those who are panicking. The increasingly intense calls for action are set against the background of solutions unused. I am puzzled, at best, as to why public transit buses largely run empty; why the rail cars that David Blittersdorf has so generously made available for solutions sit idle while he endures a ridiculous level of senseless bureaucracy about their use; and why we continue to pay ridiculous sums of money to improve highways and bridges without committing to investments in real and immediate alternative transportation. I am weary of the endless studies; of yet more money being funneled from hardworking Vermonters to the largely wealthy users of electric vehicles; and of bike path funding for a mode that is hard for people to use who are physically challenged or just plain unwilling to ride in the cold, ice and snow. So, please, let us panic less and work on the solutions right before us.   Gregory Maguire



[Re “Degrees of Panic,” January 22]: It’s been helpful for me to bear in mind two things as we confront climate and societal change. 1. Take a holistic approach. Become aware of the problem’s causes, who’s responsible and who’s complicit. The amount of responsibility put on the individual is out of proportion. For example, 100 companies are responsible for 70 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. While individual changes in consumption do make a difference collectively, I don’t think we should be made to feel dismay or guilt. It’s like Big Tobacco, but with the Earth’s wellness. We need to hold accountable those who are responsible.

2. We’re all on this rock together, so isolation and self-sufficiency are not a solution. (You can’t live off poisoned land.) While self-care and self-sufficiency are important, our belonging to a community is equally so. Protest, but also participate in and contribute to the community in a way that’s both sustainable and enjoyable to you. Imbalance is evident especially between public- and private-sector power. It seems to me we’re not only at a critical juncture with climate change, but with our social systems, too. To confront this daunting challenge, we must be both independent and interdependent. We know what the problems are; now we need to repair the damage done and regain balance. I think we can do it, together. Kevin Deutermann



Hooray for ample coverage of the climate crisis! My friends and I at 350Burlington were heartened to see so many pages and depth of reporting on this most important issue of our time [“Degrees of Panic,” January 22]. We are looking forward to more such articles, especially ones about what people are doing instead of panicking. Yes, we’ve been reading the deeply alarming news, like what’s in Chelsea Edgar’s article. We are not naïvely “hopeful,” the passive attitude which Greta Thunberg aptly rejects. We are busy doing what must be done, as best we can, often in coalition with groups all around our region.  Because you might as well, right?  Because joining with others and being part of the solution — however “David” we feel against the Goliath of the entrenched fossil fuel industry — may bring about some change and, at the very least, is an antidote to the spiral of depression and panic.  Some things we work on: community actions and education, legislative divestment, carbon sequestration, promoting renewable energy, keeping fossil fuels in the ground.  Our seven 350Vermont groups, Sunrise, Sierra Club, Extinction Rebellion and Sustainable Williston are all working toward a better future, come what may. I encourage your readers to reach out to any of these groups, and many others not named here. Find us on the internet and join us. 


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spending many evenings on the road meeting with and supporting Vermonters building local solutions to climate change. The compassion, leadership and dedication I witness fill me with inspiration and hope. I would encourage anyone grappling with the justifiable concern about our planet’s ecological plight to search out and find others who are working to turn that anxiety into a productive local response. You won’t regret it, and generations to come will thank you. Jon Copans


An aspect of Vermonters’ response to climate change was largely missing from Chelsea Edgar’s recent cover story [“Degrees of Panic,” January 22]. In town halls, granges and living rooms across Vermont, people are gathering to implement projects at the neighborhood and community scale to confront and prepare for the climate crisis. In Vermont, a small and unified band of motivated people can get real things done, and they are working to build community solar projects, host workshops and campaigns on energy choices, weatherize and solarize town and school buildings, and work to improve bikability and walkability.   The benefits of local action are multiple. Coming together with others and taking tangible steps locally are important antidotes to the anxiety we confront. The connections built through this work increase our community strength and resilience. Local climate initiatives often improve household and local economies and community vitality. This work is an inspiration and model for state and federal policy makers. And the local organizations rallying together are ready and able to take advantage of and implement new programs quickly.   In my work, I have the privilege of


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Thank you to Chelsea Edgar for her great reporting in “Degrees of Panic” [January 22]. I had only heard from the Vermont mainstream media on the climate emergency protest at Gov. Phil Scott’s State of the State address. They were calling it so inappropriate. Well, look how the Dems, Progs and Republicans have failed all Vermonters over these past 40 years on the climate issue. Now is not the time to protest, but the time to understand Vermont’s independent roots as a sovereign nation — from 1777 to 1791 — and begin your independent campaign for elected office in local and state government. Failure has become the norm for the parties. Running now as an independent candidate is all anyone can do!  The Secretary of State’s Office will aid you in understanding the process. The filing deadline is in April. Time to Run 2020! Better than panic!  Mason Wade

YES, Burlington’s Waterfront is majestic and is a space for all people to access for recreational activities. YES, the ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain is a fabulous educational center dedicated to the celebration and preservation of our fragile environment. YES, the arrival of Amtrak passenger trains to Burlington is fantastic and provides Vermonters with connections to Albany, New York City, and possibly Montreal. Amtrak passenger trains also bring us tourists to savor the splendor of our Queen City while stimulating our economy. YES, the Amtrak passenger train can drop off and pick up passengers in 10 minutes without destroying the existing pedestrian path and adding an unnecessary second set of tracks. YES, Vermont Agency of Transportation and Vermont Rail Systems and Burlington’s mayor are planning to destroy the Burlington Waterfront ripping up the existing people’s pedestrian path between King & College streets by extending the Burlington rail yard with a second set of tracks. YES, the primary reason for the second set of tracks is for Vermont Rail Systems to promote their dinner train. YES, if a second track is installed the VRS Dinner Train and any other train cars loaded with fuel pose an enormous risk to public safety to all residents recreating, living, and working along one of Burlington most vibrant urbanized neighborhoods. Please remember the 2013 Canadian Lac-Megantic train disaster claiming 47 lives, 30 buildings destroyed and cost over $400 million. YES, if a second track is installed we will have dangerous nitrogen dioxide levels exceeding the National Ambient Air Quality Standards any time an engine is running to humans within 50 feet. YES, polluting iron curtain train engines along with storage of fuel cars on an unnecessary second track in front of the environmentally conscious Leahy Echo Center is the definition of hypocrisy. NO answer from the Vermont Department of Transportation of where the estimated $2.0+ million is coming from to build an unnecessary second track. NO answer from Vermont Rail Systems of where the estimated $2.0+ million is coming from to build an unnecessary second track. NO answer from the Burlington Mayor’s Office of where the estimated $2.0+ million is coming from to build an unnecessary second track. NO answer from the SOV House or Transportation Committees of where the estimated $2.0+ million is coming from to build an unnecessary second track. YES the bulldozers are scheduled to begin construction of an unnecessary second rail within 90 days without anyone knowing the source or amount of the funding. Why? YES please contact your City Councilor RIGHT NOW and express your support for NO SECOND RAIL regardless of the mysterious funding source.


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hen NATHAN and HENRY WU say they can meet for an The two take turns chatting to audiences about their favorite hour at Barnes & Noble in South Burlington, it’s composers. They try to include pieces dating from the 1700s something of a miracle. The twin brothers, who are through the present day, ranging from familiar works to ones such seniors at Essex High School, will be featured as as the Russian composer Reinhold Glière’s Eight Pieces from 1909 soloists in the VERMONT YOUTH ORCHESTRA ASSOCIATION’s last concerts and a 1971 piece by Chinese composer Tan Dun. of the season. But that’s far from all they have going on. At school, Henry says, “We noticed that a lot of kids were Nathan is a violinist who studies with KATHmissing out on the beauty and power of classical LEEN KONO. He also skis on his school’s nordic music. We wanted to have a library series for both team, runs track, holds a student government the young and old.” office and competes in Science Olympiad, And they wanted to appeal to people with all Vermont-NEA Scholars Bowl and math league. levels of familiarity with the repertoire, Nathan adds. “We want to show people the lesser-known He would love to play in the school’s orchestra, but all his advanced placement classes preclude pieces that are just as beautiful.” rehearsals, so he plays percussion in the jazz As a sophomore, Henry was already lookK ATH L E E N KO NO band instead. He also plays piano. ing for ways to spread the word about classical Henry, who will play cello at the April concert, music. Online, he came across the “Back to fits the meeting in between his piano lesson with PAUL ORGEL and his BACH” Project, an international nonprofit that encourages K-8 cello lesson with EMILY TAUBL. He also plays in the pit orchestra for students to play instruments. Henry founded the Burlingtonhis school’s musical theater productions and is currently directing region chapter of the group and was recently named director of the middle school musical, Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka. global operations for the tri-region area (Burlington, Albany, N.Y., Both boys love to bring music to others. So, in 2018, they and Hanover, N.H.). created an hourlong duo program to present at local libraries. The fraternal twins have similar smiles but different personaliTo date, they’ve given 17 free public performances as part of an ties: Henry is serious and sincere, Nathan outgoing and humorinitiative they call Classical Music Encounters. ous. Only some teachers get them mixed up, they say. “Our first one was in the Winooski [Memorial] Library,” While both brothers are waiting to hear from a number of Nathan recalls. “I started with the Bach adagio from the first solo sonata — wait, did you start with that one?” he asks his brother.






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Vermont: Reflections on an Inner and Outer State late last year, well before Valentine’s Day. But gifting his book could serve as a romantic gesture toward, well, anyone you care about. Especially if that person happens to adore the state [If you cap it, I believe it means the government; please stet lower case, or just say Vermont] of Vermont. Meyer himself is even more expansive, dedicating the book “For all those who love and for all those who will love.” Love Poems is a collection of just that — verses that Meyer selected from more than 400 he penned between 2003 and 2019. Each consists of just five lines, a form he calls “short, post attention span poetry.” And each illustrates, as the subtitle suggests, inner and outer states of Vermont’s environment. Meyer’s volume differs from other Vermont-phile collections in its pairing of verse and images. He composed a poem first, then searched for a suitable setting to photograph that would reflect or complement the words. Meyer writes that he took “thousands” of photographs over 16 years to find his matching pairs. He is evidently as patient as he is prolific. Love Poems is distinguished in another way: by an extremely broad use of the pronoun you — or rather, You. Meyer always capitalizes the word and places it first in a line. Right up front, he QUICK LIT

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colleges, neither plans to major in music. Nathan wants to study biochemistry or biophysics. Henry is thinking of pursuing applied math and public policy together. “I hope to use data to design effective policy solutions for social issues,” he explains. Seven Days asked the boys’ private teachers about how common it is for their best students to decide against pursuing music. Kono, who teaches with the VYO and at the Integrated Arts Academy in Burlington, has been giving Nathan violin lessons since 2012. She recalls that it took only two months for the piano-trained rising fifth grader to reach the third-from-top level of orchestra. Before his first meeting with her, Nathan had already taught himself the first three Suzuki books. “He’s so ambitious that I can give him a piece with the fingerings, the bowings, the tempo, and he will come back with everything learned,” Kono says. “His attention to detail is pretty amazing.” Kono is not surprised that her star student is not going into music. “Kids who don’t do [sports] and don’t take a thousand AP courses, who just really love their instruments — those are the ones who are going to study music,” she says. “But [Nathan’s] passion lies with science. He’s a hard worker. That is the No. 1: He’s disciplined, determined, though he’s a lot more relaxed now — [and] takes a lot of things in stride. “I’m finding that other kids tend to be all about what chair they get, who they beat, “Kono adds. “Nathan celebrates other people’s successes. That kind of human nature is just really amazing. I love how he gives back to his community,” she continues. “[He and his brother] do it because they love it.” Taubl, who has taught Henry cello for the

past year, is principal cellist for the Springfield Symphony Orchestra in Massachusetts. “He’s won so many competitions. He’s just so impressive,” she says. Besides being unerringly prepared and a careful note taker, Henry is already technically proficient, Taubl says. Often, she adds, he “asks such great questions that I find myself having to practice what he’s working on in order to give him the best advice.” No matter what Henry studies, she says, “Some college will be very lucky to get him. He definitely could go to music school, but I’m sure the cello teacher and orchestra wherever he goes will be thrilled to have him.” Nathan and Henry’s parents are from China; the twins were born in Colchester, where their father worked at IBM. Their mother, Dongdong Lin, a food scientist, played violin briefly as a child, but she and her husband are not trained musicians. Lin has been an ever-present supporter of her

Quick Lit « P.26 explains that “You” can be “everyone, anyone, everything (including Vermont).” “You” might be someone whom you, the reader, “greatly love[s] or those who need help,” or a personal beloved or … “beyond beyond all of these.” In other words, You can interpret these poems just about any way You want to. Meyer does include his own annotation for each poem and photo pairing, however. For example, with his first poem, “You Sent Your White Horse,” he notes that the white horse “has symbolized the balance of wisdom and power, as well as purity, and more…” After searching high and low for the aptly colored animal, Meyer exults that he finally found one right down the road from his house. Here’s the poem: You sent your white horse To carry me away my beloved…



Where I go doesn’t matter anymore As long as You are the destination Meyer is a romantic, and some of his poems are a bit treacly. Others are more philosophical, almost Zen-like, and convey a longing for or appreciation of nature, such as “The Quiet in Here”: How can we get To the quiet in here? The quiet is there We just have to ignore The noise around it That poem appears with a photograph of a beckoning mountain trail near Ludlow. Meyer’s quest for images led him on many adventures around Vermont, and his stories about some of these are mini treasures for the reader, as well. Out of context, the poem “Bloodhound” seems kind of sexy: You made me the bloodhound,


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sons’ music making, attending lessons and helping them schedule concerts. Nathan is grateful for that support. “When I started playing piano,” he recalls, “I thought, Oh, this is cool! But once you get to practicing, it’s hard to persevere. Our parents are always there to keep us going.” Henry adds proudly, “Our dad is supportive. He wants to learn more. He actually has a really good ear. On the radio he recognized something we had played recently!” Each Wu brother won an audition competition to secure his upcoming senior solo with the VYO. Nathan will play the first movement of Samuel Barber’s violin concerto. “I’m super excited. It’s such a beautiful melody,” he says. “There are a lot of trade-offs between the violin and orchestra” — instead of the orchestra accompanying the soloist, as in many other concertos. “One of the funny stories about it is the discrepancy between Barber and the person he wrote it for,” Nathan continues. “The first two movements aren’t really difficult, so the Gave me a sniff of Your garment, then Sent me on a wild search For discovery. The photo depicts said dog, nose to the grass, in front of a summery riot of nasturtiums. Meyer tells us in the annotation that Northeast Kingdom resident Lisa Robinson offers the services of her bloodhound, Redford, to help people find lost pets. He calls her “one of Vermont’s great unsung heroes.” Viewed apart from the accompanying poetry or prose, Meyer’s photographs comprise a nature-focused tour of the state — from well-tended gardens to remote mountain trails to glittering lakes to the green forests that give Vermont its name. There are gorgeous images of the sky at all times of day and night. And Meyer turned his lens on Vermont in every season. All but one of the photos are unpeopled,

soloist made fun of it and said he wanted a more challenging, showier third movement. So the third movement is kind of crazy perpetual motion — it never stops.” Henry’s solo is the first movement of Joseph Haydn’s second cello concerto. The cellist “prefer[s] to play Romanticera pieces, but this is so bubbly and light and happy,” he says. Unlike in the Barber, he adds, “the orchestra is way under the soloist in terms of importance.” Nathan comments with a laugh that he is less than excited about accompanying Henry with a lot of “Duh-duh-duh-duh.” Not that there is a whiff of competition between the brothers. Henry, Nathan says, is “a really caring person, a really good musician, and I’m jealous because he has perfect pitch.” Nathan, according to Henry, is “very focused, something I have a hard time with. He never leaves things unfinished. He’s a very investigative learner, not afraid to dig deep into whatever problem is in front of him.” Nathan can’t help adding, “When Henry sees something that’s morally objectionable, he doesn’t shy away from it. He won’t just let things slide.” Turning to his brother, Nathan advises, “Don’t be a politician. Unless you can be a good politician.”  Contact: lilly@sevendaysvt.com

INFO Vermont Youth Orchestra Association Winter Concert, featuring violin soloist Nathan Wu, Sunday, February 16, 3 p.m., at Flynn MainStage in Burlington. $15-20. Vermont Youth Orchestra Association Hermance Prize Recital, featuring cello soloist Henry Wu, Tuesday, March 10, 7:30 p.m., at Elley-Long Music Center in Colchester. Free. vyo.org, flynntix.org, wubrothersmusic.com

though human presence is implied in pictures of farmsteads, church steeples and sailboats. Meyer acknowledges in his introduction that Vermont is not unspoiled; the state has its share of “strip malls and suburban sprawl.” But his distancing from all the noise is intentional. “I have focused on [Vermont’s] broader ability to inspire inner thoughts, inner sounds, art, and poetry,” Meyer writes. “This poetry adventure has deepened my love for Vermont and its ability to make one marvel externally while reflecting inwardly.” 

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Queens City « P.27 party concludes with a costume parade and the coronation of the drag king and queen. This year’s Drag Ball will celebrate a name change for the organization it has long benefitted, the Vermont People With AIDS Coalition. As of February 15, the nonprofit will be known as the Vermont Positive Living Coalition. According to coalition executive director DAVID SCHEIN, the group’s rebranding is in line with a national trend among HIV/ AIDS organizations. Most of them were founded in the 1980s and ’90s, he notes, when the disease carried a much heavier stigma and a high mortality rate. Since then, advances in treatment have greatly improved the quality and length of life for those diagnosed. In fact, the very definition of AIDS has changed to refer only to those with stage 3 HIV. “It’s not the death sentence it used to be,” Schein says. “And a whole new generation of younger people with HIV are living in a different reality.” The coalition works with a broad spectrum of people living with HIV and AIDS and their families and friends. The goal of the name change, which Schein says was initiated primarily by younger members of the Pride Center of Vermont who sit on the coalition board, is to reflect the entirety of that community, not just those with AIDS. “It’s important that we continue to represent younger people with HIV in the state,” Schein says. “Because that would be a drag for the younger folks.” “The face of HIV has changed drastically in the 40 years since the AIDS epidemic began,” coalition board member JOHNNY CHAGNON concurs. He’s the health and wellness coordinator of the Pride Center and has worked with several AIDS service organizations. “So the way we came up with the name was focusing on people living with the virus

and their whole wellbeing, as opposed to HIV itself.” Both Chagnon and Schein note that not everyone in the HIV/AIDS community supported the name change. “There was so much work to destigmatize that word, AIDS, back in the ’80s, that people have really held on to it, especially if they were there,” Chagnon says. “I think the thing we really need to recognize is that most people are not advancing to that final third stage of HIV, which is AIDS.” Gagnon is also a drag performer, part of a troupe called the HAUS OF STDS, which uses drag routines to educate about sexually transmitted diseases. Chagnon’s stage persona is GIARDIA B. Other members have similar STD-themed monikers, such as H.P. VERA, LADY DONNA RHEA and SIR PHILLIS. Under any name, Schein says that the support from the Drag Ball has been crucial to the coalition. “It’s raised half our budget, almost,” he says. “It’s meant our utter survival.” That, too, is likely to continue. “We don’t have the resources to give financially to organizations and to causes, but we do have the opportunity to lend our skills and talents to raise awareness and funds,” Bolyard says. “As long as I can do that, I’m gonna keep doing it.” That just leaves one question: What to wear? “The No. 1 motto from the very beginning is ‘Whatever drag is to you,’” Bolyard advises. “Everyone has that one outfit in their closet that they always want to wear but never have the opportunity to. This is the opportunity to wear it.” m Contact: dan@sevendaysvt.com

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ucky me, I said to myself as I motored south in my taxi, en route to an early morning Middlebury pickup. Dawn was breaking in a clear sky over the Green Mountains, and I had a front-row seat. “Lucky me” is a phrase typically employed ironically, but I meant it straight up. This aspect of my job never gets old, and for that I am grateful. Under any circumstances, sunrise in Vermont is an evanescent sight to behold, but its arrival after a night of snow showers served up a special visual feast. Like gesso on a painter’s canvas, the fresh white coating seemed to absorb and soften the first piercing rays of sunlight. Within a few minutes, the landscape was aglow in a pastel patchwork of pink, bronze and blue. Aha, I thought, my first brilliant idea of the day: This is why those French guys invented impressionism. As I pulled into my customer’s driveway, Lloyd Jones ambled out of his wellworn ranch house, suitcase in hand. He was a burly man with a bushy white beard and similarly adorned eyebrows. I had a feeling that all the white hair was premature and he was closer to 50 than 65. “My flight’s not until 9:30, so you don’t need to rush,” he informed me as he maneuvered his big frame into the shotgun seat. His voice resonated deeply, befitting a man of his formidable physique. “Thanks, Lloyd,” I replied. “That’s good to know, and I won’t.” “It’s not often that I leave the Middlebury area, let alone Vermont,” he shared as I leaned into the accelerator and steered the vehicle back north. “Are you a local boy?” I asked. “Yup, I grew up right in town. My father was the police chief in Vergennes, and my mother worked security at the college.”

“I see,” I said. “With both parents in that line of work, I’m guessing you couldn’t get too wild as a teenager.” “You’d think so, wouldn’t ya?” Lloyd replied with a chuckle. “But I just made the cut for the 18 drinking age when the state raised it to 21 in ’86, so I was legal to drink when I was still a teenager. There was quite the bar scene in Middlebury back in those years, and let’s just say I took full advantage. My folks both worked swing shifts, so they weren’t around all that much.”


“What have you done for steady work over the years?” “I’ve had two main jobs. For years, I worked at this high-end woodshop and got quite skilled at it. What held me back from moving into management was my epilepsy. It’s an unusual variety. I rarely have attacks — maybe once every couple years — but when I do, they come on quick and are real severe. Working around big saws and the like was always a problem, and there were some dangerous incidents. “Looking back,” Lloyd continued, “I really should have trained at desk work from the beginning. Anyway, eventually I left the factory and worked at a waste transfer station. That was at least a little safer for me with my condition.” “How you been lately?” I asked. “Haven’t had an episode in about three years, knock on wood. My boy researches medical stuff online and thinks I might be in remission.” “That’s great. I’ve heard that sometimes


“Oh, I’ve seen women now and then, and some good ones, but being a parent was my top priority. I had strong views about that, and I knew I would never compromise like you have to once you’re married.” “Like what strong views? Were you, like, real strict?” “No, nothing like that. Mostly, I tried to be there for him no matter what. Like I told you, my parents were never around. I was a top player on a couple of my high school teams, and they rarely, if ever, went to see me compete. I never forgot that. So I went to just about every one of my son’s games, and I know that meant a lot to him. I also would coach his Little League teams. Chuck was always my No. 1 priority, like I said.” “Well, I got to say, that’s beautiful, man. Good on you.” As we neared the airport, I asked Lloyd where he was flying out to. He said he was headed for North Carolina to visit with

Karen, “an old friend — scratch that — my best friend. “Yeah, we were an item for a hot minute back in high school, but we both quickly realized that wasn’t in the cards and we made more sense as friends. She lives in Mount Airy. Hey, does that town ring a bell for ya?” “Sort of,” I replied. “Was it the birthplace of somebody famous?” “Yup, it was the hometown of Andy Griffith. His TV show was based on his childhood there. He was essentially Opie.” “The Andy Griffith Show,” set in the fictional town of Mayberry, N.C., was a mainstay of my childhood. For eight seasons, we followed the story of Andy Taylor (played by Griffith), a widowed father and the Mayberry sheriff, as he raised his little boy, Opie (Ron Howard). On the short ride back into B-town from the airport, I found myself whistling the theme song of the show, one of the most famous of the mini genre I’ll dub “whistling songs.” If you’re a person of a certain age, the melody is likely embedded in your aural memory. Many have called the TV show’s portrayal of fatherhood idealized and unrealistic, but Andy Taylor was a consistently kind, fair-minded and loving dad to his motherless son. It made me think of the big man from Middlebury. m All these stories are true, though names and locations may be altered to protect privacy.

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Love, Vermont-Style Welcome to the Love & Marriage Issue


ere’s a hot take: Valentine’s Day gets a bad rap. Oh, sure, February 14 is easy to complain about. It’s nothing but a Hallmark holiday. It conflates love with consumerism and creates unrealistic expectations. It’s a lousy day to be single. It places outsize importance on one day of the year when we should really celebrate the ones we love all the time. (Because that’s realistic, right?) Conversation hearts taste like chalk. We get it. But hear us out.



What is so terrible about devoting a specific day to intentionally appreciating that special someone you love the most? How does doing so diminish your love the other 364 days of the year — or 365, in the case of this leap year? The answer: It doesn’t. But the key to enjoying Valentine’s Day is figuring out how to make it work for you and your significant other. And isn’t that also the key to lasting love? In this installment of our annual Love & Marriage Issue, you’ll meet folks who practice and celebrate love in a variety of diverse and personalized fashions. Take, for example,

Thomas McCurdy and his husband, Bailey Hale. They’ve got some good, SIMPLE TIPS FOR GETTING ROMANTIC with cocktails and Vermont cheese. Some couples really do go all out on Valentine’s Day. If you’re looking for that grand, classic gesture, one place to start is family-owned LIPPA’S ESTATE AND FINE JEWELRY. It’s been placing gems on fingers in Burlington for more than 80 years. Because, with apologies to Kay Jewelers, every kiss begins with Lippa’s. (Sorry.) But if you want to save some cash on wedding bands — or an actual wedding — you should check out this national trend: “FOREVER ENGAGEMENTS.” It’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Couples get engaged and stay that way, never marrying. That strategy has pros and cons. One downside? You’ll never get to have a WEED WEDDING. In the wake of the legalization of recreational cannabis, canna-nuptials are on the rise in Vermont. We asked some experts how to host them safely — and legally.





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Of course, it’s hard for some to really get in the spirit of Valentine’s Day when there is so much wrong with the world, from daily presidential scandals to the climate crisis. Chelsea Edgar riffs on those dire topics in a satirical essay on LOVE IN THE TIME OF THE APOCALYPSE. Maybe someone should send her a SINGING VALENTINE from the local Green Mountain Chorus barbershop ensemble. Last but not least, Valentine’s Day actually can be pretty sexy. Learn more about healthy sex attitudes and practices through comedian Jenna Emerson’s hilarious monthly variety show, “SEX W/JENNA.” 





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he first piece of jewelry Jeffrey Berger ever sold was a Timex watch. He was 10 years old, and it was Christmastime at his family’s jewelry store. How does a 10-yearold sell a watch? “With a smile,” Berger said, flashing one. Now 71, he has a grin that seems to take up his whole face. He said it’s because jewelry is a “happy business,” something people buy to celebrate and give to people they love. That first sale happened at the Plattsburgh, N.Y., location of Lippa’s Estate and Fine Jewelry, which has been in Berger’s family since 1933. It was founded in Burlington by Berger’s grandfather, a peddler who traveled between Vermont and Rhode Island buying scrap gold and refining it for resale. (The Plattsburgh store where Berger first worked opened in 1946 and closed in 1980.) Today, Berger said, Lippa’s is the oldest family-owned jewelry store in Vermont. After 50 years in the business, Berger is retiring and passing the store to his son, Michael, 43. Representing the fourth generation of the family to run the shop, Michael has helped Lippa’s make a transition to selling mostly vintage and estate jewelry. After Jeffrey’s grandfather died, his parents ran the store until their son was old enough to take it over. But going into the family business was no foregone conclusion for Jeffrey. “At one time, I thought it would be a great career to teach golf in the summer and teach skiing in the winter,” he admitted. Ultimately, it was the skiing that brought him back to Lippa’s. After college, in 1971, Jeffrey worked at Lippa’s Burlington location, then moved to New York to work for another jewelry store. There he lasted all of three days, he said. Driving back on a Friday afternoon in a nor’easter, he decided the commute to his favorite ski mountains was untenable. Jeffrey called his father and said, “I’ll be in on Monday.” Since then, Jeffrey has watched Church Street transform from a street with vehicle traffic into the pedestrian marketplace it is today, a shift that he said “brought downtown Burlington into the 20th century.” His dad would watch the store for him when he went to trade shows. His mother — until her death a

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few years ago at age 98 — also stayed involved, occasionally asking to check up on the books. Michael grew up in and out of Lippa’s just as Jeffrey had. But he, too, had initial doubts about wanting to make the store his career. He went to the University of Denver and studied marketing. Eventually, though, a specific aspect of the jewelry business drew him back: selling vintage pieces. “To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t a fan of history in school,” Michael said. But the stories behind the jewelry and the effort that went into preserving it fascinated him. To buy and sell estate jewelry effectively, a gemologist — as trained gemstone experts like Michael are called — must have a deep working knowledge of what certain stones, types of craftsmanship and eras of jewelry are worth. He has to understand where and how pieces were made, and if he doesn’t know, he has to know whom to call to find out.

Then there’s the matter of repairing or improving jewelry. Recutting a stone — a process in which the gemologist serves as design director and collaborates with a skilled gem cutter — can increase its value. Once certified as a gemologist at the Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad, Calif., Michael went to work in San Francisco for a friend of his father’s named Steve Silver. Under Silver’s tutelage, he handled millions of dollars’ worth of jewelry. In his first hiring test, Silver asked Michael to value a $200,000 sapphire necklace. Later, they oversaw the recutting of one of the largest red diamonds in the world. “We can look at something that’s been damaged and figure out what we can do to make it right,” Michael explained. “Also, how to improve colored stones by changing the orientation of the stone, changing angles.” In one case, he and Silver recut a blue diamond in a way that changed its color intensity. Michael said they increased the value of that stone fourfold.

“It was jewelry like I had never seen before,” he marveled. “What I saw, what I handled, most of the industry doesn’t see.” Eventually, Michael felt he’d learned all he could with Silver and returned to Burlington. Or, in the joking words of his father: “Twelve years later, he finally shows up.” Jeffrey was supportive as Michael gave Lippa’s a new focus on his estate jewelry passion. Both men say that the vintage jewelry business is booming and that the unique offerings at Lippa’s keep it relevant in the internet age. These days, Jeffrey pointed out, anyone can go on diamonds.com and buy an engagement ring, such as a popular halo style with a large diamond surrounded by smaller ones. While there’s nothing wrong with those rings, “you see them on everybody’s finger,” he said. He gestured to a store display of engagement rings from the 1930s and ’40s with less standard shapes and arrangements of stones. “You don’t see this all the time,” Jeffrey said.

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He added that the focus on estate jewelry has allowed Lippa’s to stand out in an increasingly crowded market — even though some other shops also offer estate and antique pieces. When he started in the biz, Jeffrey recalled, Chittenden County had four jewelry stores. Now, he counts about 20. Michael said there’s always something to learn as tastes and trends in jewelry evolve. For example, more women are eschewing large diamonds in their engagement rings, opting instead BERGE R for colored stones as a centerpiece. He’s also seen the emergence of “industrial-grade” diamonds — stones with natural deformities that are typically relegated to use as cutting implements rather than being made into jewelry. Customers are newly interested in these “salt-and-pepper” stones, which traditionally have been valued far less than clear diamonds. “Basically, the rules have been thrown out,” Michael said. He doesn’t mind, because working with unique pieces is the most interesting part of his job. “To me, it’s just a lot more fun.” m

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From left: Alex Niquette, Neil Schell, Nate Foster and Ed Hutchinson serenading Katie Hodges


atie Hodges barely batted an eye when she found four men in white tuxedos standing expectantly by her desk. As Seven Days’ sales and marketing coordinator and de facto front desk receptionist for about a year, she’s accustomed to, shall we say, unusual foot traffic coming through the front door. Hodges probably assumed the men had come to place a classified ad, or maybe to speak to an arts editor. She couldn’t have expected what happened next. “Hi, Katie,” Neil Schell said, grinning boyishly as he extended a red greetingcard envelope and some Lake Champlain Chocolates. “Cupid sent us a little bit early to deliver a singing valentine.” Standing to Schell’s right, Alex Niquette blew a note on a pitch pipe as a dazed Hodges accepted the card and sweets. The four penguins responded by singing a matching chord and then earnestly launched into a classic barbershop ballad, “Heart of My Heart,” in ringing four-part harmony. The quartet’s bright-red bow ties matched the shade that bloomed across Hodges’ face. As the singers crooned, “Light of my life, my darling, I love you, I love you,” she shuddered, sort of crylaughing with her hand to her chest. Then she muttered, “I’m gonna kill him.” Fortunately, no boyfriends were harmed in the aftermath of this little prank, which took place a couple of weeks before Valentine’s Day and was staged by Seven Days employees, not Hodges’ boyfriend. But on Valentine’s Day proper — this Friday, February 14, in case you’ve forgotten — similar scenes will play out in offices, restaurants, homes and other venues around the region. For 25 years, quartets from Green Mountain Chorus, Vermont’s preeminent barbershop ensemble, have delivered singing valentines to unsuspecting objects of affection across northern Vermont. And at least some of their musical love notes have elicited reactions similar to Hodges’. “My favorite part is the look of pure fear that comes over their faces,” joked Niquette, the chorus’ assistant music director. With the exception of the annual and holiday concerts, Valentine’s Day is Green Mountain Chorus’ biggest event of the year. That’s true in financial terms as well as in pure visibility. Singing valentines,




which include a card and chocolates, start at $25 when delivered by telephone; in-person serenades range from $55 to $100. Ten percent of the proceeds from the singing valentines go to the homeless advocacy nonprofit Committee on Temporary Shelter. The rest goes toward maintaining the chorus, which is a registered nonprofit itself. To pay nominal dues, members pass a hat at the chorus’ weekly Tuesday night rehearsals at the St. Francis Xavier School gym in Winooski. But anyone is welcome to drop in and sing along. “We’re always looking for new guys to join,” said Schell, who’s been in the chorus for 16 years and signs his emails “Sing-cerely, Neil Schell.” Founded in 1947, the all-male Green Mountain Chorus is the oldest barbershop chorus in the state. Its 40-some members represent the Burlington chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, a national

organization dedicated to preserving barbershop music. Last year, the organization began admitting women for the first time in its 82-year history. Schell says Green Mountain Chorus will remain all male, but the chapter would welcome female and mixed choruses. “We invite anybody and everybody into the chapter,” he said. “If there’s enough interest, we’ll start another chorus.” Green Mountain Chorus members have ranged from professional-caliber singers to amateur, sing-in-the-shower types. According to Schell, numerous local musicians have dropped in and out of the group over the years to improve their singing chops. In the early days of Phish, members joined the chorus to learn barbershop harmony. According to Jerry Walter, a chorus member for 49 years, Phish concerts still feature the version of “The StarSpangled Banner” that the band learned with the Green Mountain Chorus. Lyrically, much of the classic barbershop canon can feel a bit dated and a lot corny, qualities that its singers gleefully ham up. That’s why those old ditties are perfect for a Valentine’s Day serenade. Musically, though, barbershop singing is deeply challenging stuff. As Schell noted before a January rehearsal, barbershop

is often called “the black belt of singing.” That’s due to the style’s intricate and ear-tingling close harmonies, which are as beautiful to hear as they are difficult to sing. At that same January rehearsal, music director Neil Cerutti put the chorus through its paces in preparation for Valentine’s Day. Cerutti, who is a member of the acclaimed local vocal group Counterpoint, reinforced fundamentals such as proper breath support and accurate intonation, rhythm and tempo. He also homed in on more granular elements, picking apart individual phrases and measures down to the note. Cerutti’s instruction, along with that of assistant director Niquette, provides a high level of coaching for an amateur group. “It’s basically like free singing lessons every week,” Schell said. Even more than the music, what has drawn the Green Mountain Chorus together for more than seven decades is a kind of fraternal bond. That was evident in the jokes and good-natured ribbing throughout the rehearsal. This reporter’s school a cappella group jokingly described itself as “a frat with a singing problem.” Green Mountain Chorus has a similar vibe. “It’s guys’ night out for most of us,” Schell said. “I don’t really even listen to barbershop music,” Green Mountain Chorus president John Villere added. “It sounds cheesy, but it really is about the camaraderie. Barbershop just happens to be the mode it took.” That bond is evident in the unabashed way Green Mountain Chorus performs. Even in rehearsal, the group sings with earnest enthusiasm and, well, glee. It’s hard not to be charmed as the members croon through chestnuts such as “Coney Island Baby” or “Witchcraft.” As Hodges discovered, that’s especially true of the group’s intimate singing valentines. “Now I want to do it to other people,” she said with a laugh a few days after her serenade. “I want to send them to all my friends.”  Contact: dan@sevendaysvt.com

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ince Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize recreational marijuana, in 2012, it seems there are few aspects of American life that cannot, somehow, be infused with it. Americans are wrapping themselves in CBD spa treatments, dosing their anxious pets, attending cannabis art classes, buying pot-related cookbooks, scrolling the pages of cannabis Instagram influencers and looking for work in one of the fastest-growing industries in the country. On Etsy, we can buy anything from marijuana-leaf jewelry to custom stash tins to a hat emblazoned with “Make America Baked Again.” Given that 66 percent of U.S. adults support marijuana legalization, according to a 2019 Gallup poll, indulging in cannabis may become as mainstream as drinking alcohol. It’s no surprise, then, that cannabis is popping up in even the most tradition-steeped corners, including the wedding industry. 38


“It makes sense, because we celebrate with things that we like,” said Lizzie Post, copresident of the Emily Post Institute, the oft-cited etiquette arbiter founded by Lizzie’s great-great-grandmother. “A lot of people who like cannabis want to celebrate on that day with the thing they like.” In 2019, Post authored Higher Etiquette: A Guide to the World of Cannabis, From Dispensaries to Dinner Parties, the institute’s first foray into the world of marijuana manners. “This is something that’s been around for a while,” Post said of weed at weddings. But in Vermont, she has mostly experienced it in an informal manner — “hushhush, over back behind the barn,” she said. “I’m excited to see people embrace the idea of putting a little more structure around it.” It also makes sense economically. The global wedding industry is valued at $72 billion and, according to wedding planning company the Knot, couples in the U.S. already spend an average of $2,500

on booze for the event. More and more marrieds-to-be are choosing marijuana as a supplement to — or a replacement for — alcohol. There’s even a traveling Cannabis Wedding Expo, and the home page of the website Love and Marij, a directory of cannabis-friendly wedding vendors, declares, “Cannabis is the new champagne.” Vermont’s laws, however, are a bit behind the cannabis curve. Though the state legalized marijuana for medical purposes in 2004 and for recreation in 2018, it’s still illegal to buy and sell without a doctor’s approval. While people can legally possess up to an ounce of marijuana, grow plants in small numbers and give it away to one another, there’s no legal way to buy it for recreational purposes. Though sales are legal in nearby Massachusetts, it’s illegal to bring marijuana across state lines because it remains illegal federally. Still, Vermonters are getting high, and given that the state legislature may legalize

marijuana sales this session, some in the industry anticipate growth in pot-related event planning. Post said including cannabis in wedding planning could be as simple as a bride sharing a joint with her wedding party before the ceremony. Or the couple could incorporate it in food, offer it as a parting gift to guests or feature it in floral arrangements. “There’s so many places to go. When you think, I want cannabis at my wedding, what are you imagining?” Post said. “You can do anything, from just simply having cannabis as décor, all the way up to having a fully infused wedding with a bud bar, with a toasting toke, with a ceremonial bowl-smoking at the altar.” Post’s simplest advice is to go with what you personally enjoy. “For me, I roll joints. There will be joints if I ever get married,” she said. “But I might not go so far as to have a full bud bar and dab rig set up.” Of course, couples may have relatives who aren’t fully on board with marijuana. Post said it’s up to each couple to anticipate how their loved ones will react and decide whether to broach the topic. For some couples, a wedding represents their values and desires, and they won’t mind if family members who disagree choose not to participate. For others, making sure the event accommodates all invitees is a priority. If the couple chooses to incorporate cannabis, Post noted, they should provide equal options for guests who choose not to partake. Safety comes first, and any cannabis products should be labeled clearly and kept away from underage wedding attendees. Hosts should make sure guests have access to plenty of water, a ventilated space for smoking, and a safe way to get home or to a hotel at the end of the night. While Vermont doesn’t have a significant cannabis events industry yet, in states where marijuana is fully legalized, people are building businesses around marijuana experiences. John Maden founded his Boston-based business, Buddha Som, last year. He bills himself as a “cannabis sommelier,” offering his services as an educator and guide to the world of marijuana. Maden’s services are available to Vermonters, but he hasn’t yet done any business in the Green Mountain State. People usually hire Maden for in-home events, where he can offer samples of different strains of marijuana to pair with food, much like a wine sommelier, and talk

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about the history and science of cannabis. At larger events, he operates the bud bar, answers guests’ questions and generally serves as “the responsible steward of everyone’s experience.” “I think a lot of people don’t intentionally include cannabis in their weddings, [yet] it’s there,” Maden said. “It makes an appearance behind the stage or the barn. Usually it’s not a big deal, but if there’s alcohol being served, it can definitely lead to challenging situations … I think having it out in the open gives a bridal party a lot more control.” Knowing when to cut someone off and how to keep guests safe are among the most valuable services Maden offers, he said. And while people might think edibles are the easiest and most userfriendly way to serve cannabis, he often steers customers away from them. Even when he’s confident about the amount of concentrated THC in an edible candy



or snack, there’s still a lot of variability in how people will metabolize it, he noted. He believes joints or vape devices make the experience easier to control. Maden believes his services would be legal in Vermont through what some refer to as the “gifting loophole,” under which marijuana can ostensibly be given away when customers are paying for another service. (Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan issued an advisory in 2018 warning that, despite some businesses’ interpretations of this loophole, “Any transfer of marijuana for money, barter or other legal consideration remains illegal under Vermont law.”) The attorneys at Vermont Cannabis Solutions, a cannabis law and consulting firm founded in 2018, said there’s a lot of room for interpretation in Vermont’s current law. One of the most important legal considerations, though, is the venue. Any marijuana consumption has to occur on private property, the property owner


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bask in the glow of the same screen. For another, “The Bachelor” won’t be playing in the background, liquefying our brains into serotonin jelly, so we can fully concentrate on assembling a wish list of unattainable properties. I know, I know — we have no savings and approximately half a million dollars in student debt between us. But if we start setting up camp now, our squatters’ rights should kick in by the time civilization collapses, at which point money will be completely worthless anyway. Wait — babe, look at this! A 250-squarefoot post-and-beam shed on 30 acres in Richmond for half of what we’re paying in Burlington! The listing says it’s on an industrial cricket farm, so we’d probably need to invest in noise-canceling headphones for when the chirping gets too loud. Also, there’s no insulation, which is a bummer, but the shed is on an open hilltop, so we’d have a sick view of the vast, indifferent cosmos, with its promise of sweet release from the hellishness of modern existence. Sorry, did I say that out loud? I meant that we could contemplate our relative puniness in the grand scheme of the universe, and everything would be slightly less terrible, because at least we’d be tiny specks of stardust together.  Contact: chelsea@sevendaysvt.com



hate to break it to you, babe, but as stoked as I was to indulge in our Valentine’s Day tradition of spending a modest fortune on legume-forward small plates, I don’t have it in me this year to pretend that we’re not irrevocably screwed. The Senate acquitted Trump, the temperature reached 65 degrees in Antarctica last week, and one of Oprah’s favorite things of 2019 was an emergency survival backpack that costs more than the current trade-in value of my station wagon. Also, I just listened to a podcast about how we might be living in a computer simulation run by aliens. On top of everything, I’m still processing the fact that Mr. Peanut died last month at the age of 104, then came back as a baby peanut. I can’t explain why, but that destabilized me to my core. What is Valentine’s Day, anyway, other than a culturally enforced bonanza of glucose and heteronormativity that greases the wheels of capitalism? Didn’t we all suffer enough in elementary school, when our teachers shamed us into making cards for everyone in the class, even the kids who blew spitballs at us, and then gave us candy that turned to ash in our mouths? Why, in 2020, are we still doing this to ourselves? Given the mounting evidence that we’re careening toward Armageddon, I think we should refrain from all consumerisminflected expressions of romance. Please do not get me an expensive moisturizer that smells like an exploded apothecary or a life-size cardboard cutout of Lily Tomlin or an Intervale CSA share or a yearlong subscription to the Criterion Channel. Buy me none of those things for Valentine’s Day; in fact, never buy me anything again, except maybe that Lily Tomlin cardboard cutout, which would really enhance the corner of our living room with the Swiss cheese plant. The general situation seems hopeless, but my somatic therapist said something to me the other day that really shifted my perspective: Who says facing the prospect of civilization collapse has to mean surrendering in despair? So that got me thinking — what if we spent this Hallmark holiday embracing the apocalypse in the most sensuous manner possible? As a

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hen Anthony “A.J.” Browne was thinking about proposing to Kelly Clements during their romantic weekend getaway last month in Stowe, he was unsure about the perfect time and place: while out hiking in the woods that afternoon? Over dinner and drinks that evening? Later that night under the stars? Ultimately, Browne popped the question while they were chilling out on a couch with a glass of wine in their hotel room. To Browne, the setting was emblematic of their four-year relationship: easy, relaxed, casual. “I think I was in my pajamas,” he said. But, as Clements recalled, Browne didn’t ask her to be his wife. “He said, ‘Will you be my woman?’” Clements was surprised and thrilled by Browne’s proposal — she said yes — but she also knew that they wouldn’t actually get married. Instead, the Essex couple has chosen a path that may puzzle some people but has become a trend for couples of all ages: the so-called “forever engagement.” “A big part of our relationship is having the right expectations for each other and allowing each other to flex and bend with life’s changes and not be rigid,” Browne explained. “Life alters its course daily and, in some cases, pretty drastically, like a river. So being able to go with the flow is important to both of us.” Given the historical transactional nature of marriage — as a means of amassing wealth, forging political alliances and increasing the size of one’s clan — it’s understandable that this traditional institution isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, especially those who’ve previously tied the knot. Forty to 50 percent of all marriages in the U.S. end in divorce, according to the American Psychological Association. That said, legally recognized unions tend to fare better in Vermont, where the divorce rate is very low: It ranks 44th nationally, according to the U.S Census Bureau. But for Browne, 42, and Clements, 39, both of whom were married previously and had two kids apiece with their former spouses, their decision not to wed wasn’t a statement about marriage generally. “When I was growing up, I was the girl who bought wedding magazines, so

I’m not anti-weddings or anti-marriage at all,” Clements said. “Getting divorced revealed how unnecessary a wedding is to me. I’m so committed to A.J., and I don’t need a wedding to tell the world that.” “Me getting engaged to Kelly has everything to do with us and nothing to do with anyone else,” Browne added. “I wanted Kelly to know that she has me as a partner that she can trust and look forward to being with.” And, for him, an engagement ring is the perfect symbol of that lifelong commitment. One reason some couples may eschew formal nuptials is the huge price tag: rehearsal dinners, caterers, bands, flowers, photo booths, videographers and party favors, not to mention the single-use formal wear. In 2018, the average cost of a wedding in the Green Mountain State was $30,257, according to the wedding planning site weddingwire.com. For perspective, Vermont’s average income per person is $33,238.

But if the sticker shock of a typical wedding is the primary or sole justification for not getting married, Christine Moriarty thinks that math doesn’t add up. The Bristol-based certified financial adviser and educator helps couples around the country better understand their emotional relationship to money and how it influences their behavior. Think of her as a “financial therapist,” she said. “If you’re not getting married because you say it costs too much, that’s not valid in my book,” she said. Instead, she suggested that budget-conscious couples who aren’t philosophically opposed to marriage go to their town hall, pay the $45 fee for a marriage license, exchange vows and be done with it. “The real financial angle is, what are you trading off by staying engaged versus getting married?” A lot, as it turns out. According to Moriarty, in the U.S. there are 1,138 rights and privileges that are automatically

granted to married couples that don’t go to couples who are just engaged or shacking up. These range from getting a spouse’s Social Security benefits when they die, to automatically having the right to visit them in prison. Admittedly, most couples, especially those just starting their lives together, probably don’t think much about whether they’ll inherit their sweetheart’s individual retirement account or get conjugal visits if they’re serving three to five years on a felony conviction. “Those are the kinds of conditions people don’t envision,” she said, “until it happens to them.” Moriarty emphasized that she is neither moralizing nor “pro-marriage.” She simply wants couples to consider all the legal, financial and inheritance ramifications of choosing an engagement path over a bridal path. As she put it, “You need to be in a relationship that matches the depth of your relationship.” In short, the ties that bind should be

strong enough to support that couple as its entanglements deepen. Among the most consequential of those entanglements is when a couple buys a house together. For unmarried couples, she said, it can be more difficult to secure a mortgage if the lending institution perceives an increased risk that the couple might split up. There’s nothing inherently wrong with a couple buying a house together without being married, Moriarty clarified, provided they draw up a legal document that spells out exactly what happens to the property if they later part ways. Oftentimes one partner will put in more money for a down payment than the other. In a marriage, state statutes and well-established case law determine who gets what. With an engagement, those decisions may require mediation or litigation. During a medical emergency, or if one partner becomes incapacitated due to mental illness or dementia, Moriarty continued, a spouse can automatically make decisions about their partner’s care absent a medical power of attorney or health care proxy. A fiancée cannot. Moriarty recounted the story of a friend whose partner was involved in a serious car accident. They’d been together for years but had never married. At the hospital, her friend would express her partner’s known wishes to the medical staff, “but no one would listen to her.” The next day, Moriarty recalled, the woman went out and bought a cheap wedding band and put it on her left ring finger before returning to the hospital.

Reportedly, the medical staff listened to her because they assumed she was the patient’s spouse. While today’s health care laws are more stringent than they were then, Moriarty acknowledged, the underlying point remains valid: “By not being married, you can create more issues for yourself in the long run.” Imagine that one partner dies prematurely. If someone is a public school teacher, works for the state or federal government, or served in the military and has a good defined-benefits retirement plan, Moriarty said, a spouse is




automatically entitled to those benefits. A fiancé or live-in partner isn’t. In fact, with a forever engagement, she noted, if the couple hasn’t drafted wills, their parent, child or even a sibling may have a stronger legal claim to the couple’s house, property and retirement funds than a fiancée. Still, many couples manage to make forever engagements work just fine. Leigh Bullock and Mike Avella, of Saratoga, N.Y., got engaged nine and a half years ago with no plans to get hitched. Why not?

“We have a great relationship. We have a lot of fun together. He’s my perfect partner, and I can’t imagine myself with anyone else,” explained Bullock, who’s never been married herself. “But neither one of us feels the need for a legal document to seal the deal.” Avella, who was married previously to his high school sweetheart, agreed. “I always knew I’d be with Leigh,” he said, “and the official filing of the license and the taking of vows doesn’t keep you married if you’re not in love anymore.” Bullock admitted that the nontraditional nature of their relationship has its minor drawbacks. When she tells people she’s engaged, the inevitable next question is, “So, when’s the wedding?” Then there’s the issue of what to call Avella when talking about him with others. “Boyfriend” and “girlfriend” sounds juvenile, given their midlife ages and the longevity of their relationship, Bullock said. “Partner” sounds businesslike and uptight. Fiancé? “Ugh! I can’t stand that word!” she said, because it’s so oriented around marriage, as though she’s merely in a holding pattern waiting for the big day. Avella — who, coincidentally, also proposed in his pajamas — calls Bullock “my lady friend” or simply “my wife.” And, as the couple made clear, because laws and societal norms haven’t quite caught up to their relationship, they’ve gotten all their legal and financial affairs in order. Though the two have separate bank accounts, they make

all their financial decisions together and have written wills and health care proxies. In Avella’s case, he made his sister his proxy should he become physically or mentally incapacitated and can’t make his own health care decisions. Why not Bullock? “I told Mike I would do everything in my power to keep him alive,” she explained, “so he cut me off.” One final irony about their forever engagement: Avella, who works as a lobbyist in Albany, N.Y., was instrumental in the passage of New York’s marriage equality law, which allows same-sex couples to legally marry. He considers it one of his proudest accomplishments. However, after the law took effect, Bullock’s employer changed its benefits policy, no longer granting benefits to employees’ domestic and live-in partners. In effect, Avella lobbied himself off of Bullock’s more generous insurance plan. For her part, Bullock said that the pair hasn’t completely ruled out the possibility of a wedding. “Maybe in our eighties we’ll get married,” she said. “We kid about it a lot. But I think we would be fine keeping it the way it is.”  Editor’s note: Leigh Bullock is the mother of Logan Pintka, a Seven Days account executive. Contact: ken@sevendaysvt.com

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inter slows things down. It muffles sound with a quilt of snow and mutes the landscape into a soft palette of white, gray and brown. On farms and orchards, winter offers the chance to take a breath and take stock. There is a little more space to think, though daily tasks still call. The pace may be slower, but farmers continue to go about the work that produces food. Animals need to be fed, dairy herds and flocks milked, dormant trees and vines pruned, and winter greens carefully covered during frosty nights. Here’s a window into an average winter day on three different types of local agricultural enterprise.  Farm Share is an occasional series of photo essays exploring daily life on Vermont’s food-producing farms. Contact: pasanen@sevendaysvt.com 44


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Yates Family Orchard, Monkton, yatesfamilyorchard.com When Jessika and Steven Yates moved back to their native state of Vermont in 2008, they bought a house on Monkton Ridge with panoramic views. The property also had about 100 apples trees dating back to the 1930s. “We were like, ‘Cool, there are apple trees,’” Jessika said. Initially, they operated the orchard as a hobby — a pick-your-own on the honor system — and also sold local honey and Jessika’s homemade jams. Although they had not necessarily planned to run an orchard, the couple felt the need to keep it open to the public. “A lot of people have picked here since they were kids,” Jessika said. Gradually, she and Steven grew the orchard to 350 trees on six acres and expanded the store’s offerings. Winter is about pruning the dormant trees. “You’re opening the trees up so that light, water and air can circulate, making sure there’s room for fruit to grow,” Jessika explained. She climbs up into the trees to prune. “As much as I love the hustle and bustle of sharing the orchard, I love wintertime,” Jessika said. “The trees are so old, and I get to know the character of each one. You can see the tracks of the critters in the orchard: the bunnies and the fox, the talon marks of birds of prey in the snow.” She treasures finding bird nests tucked into tree crooks. “It’s just very peaceful and very quiet,” Jessika said. THE QUIET SEASON » P.46


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in a former auto parts store at 242 North Winooski Avenue in Burlington. The grocery store is stocked with produce, dairy products, and (coming later this week) beer and wine. A deli counter serves breakfast sandwiches, burgers and a daily sandwich special. Jake’s, which has a sister business in Quechee, is open daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Housed within the market are two independent businesses: a small branch of Mascoma Bank and a coffee bar from CARRIER ROASTING, based in Northfield. Carrier was founded in a central Vermont barn in 2015 as a subscription bean service. Since then, it has opened a café in Northfield and expanded its wholesale operation with bean shipments across the country. At its Burlington location, Carrier prepares drinks, sells whole beans, and offers baked goods from nearby BARRIO BAKERY and MISS WEINERZ of Burlington. PK COFFEE of Stowe launched its Waterbury branch on February 10. The café at 40 Foundry Street serves baked goods, sandwiches “and some fun, creative savory bowls,” co-owner KATRINA VEERMAN told Seven Days in an email. In Waterbury, PK Coffee opens at 7 a.m. Friday through Tuesday, with plans to add Wednesday service and eventually to open daily, according to Veerman. MIRABELLES BAKERY hosts an opening

celebration with free coffee and cake on Wednesday, February 12, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., to mark its move to 3060 Williston Road in South Burlington. The bakery

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This winter, Bread & Butter Farm’s herd of about 65 grass-fed beef cows has been chowing down on round hay bales evenly spaced across a field. It’s called bale grazing, an example of regenerative agriculture, said farmer-owner Corie Pierce. As the cows graze, they spread some of the hay like mulch and also distribute manure, a natural fertilizer, as they do when feeding on pasture during the growing season. “We want to farm in a way that works with natural ecosystems to benefit the land and build the soil,” Pierce explained. The operation has gone through several iterations since it was founded in 2009. Today, Pierce works with a small team to run the diversified livestock and vegetable farm. The farm also hosts a café and farm store, year-round education offerings, and the Music for Sprouts program of Pierce’s husband, Chris Dorman. Vegetable production continues through the winter in three unheated, earth-floor hoop houses. Cold-tolerant greens such as kale and spinach grow from the soil protected only by light row covers and insulation provided by the air within the structure. “Winter is our chance to reflect and plan. We feel more in control,” Pierce said. “Well, the fact that we can think and plan gives us the feeling of being in control,” she amended with a chuckle.



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Does’ Leap Farm, Bakersfield, doesleap.com In 1997, when George van Vlaanderen and Kristan Doolan were both pursuing sustainable agriculture graduate studies, they bought land near where Doolan grew up in Fletcher. “We were just young and up for anything,” van Vlaanderen admitted. “Kristan said, ‘How about goats?’ And we figured cheese was the best way to make a go of it.” During summer, the two vend cheeses, kefir, pork and grilled sausages at the Burlington Farmers Market. With the help of one employee, they milk about 50 Alpine goats and move them to fresh pasture every 12 hours. They make cheese every other day, tend a couple dozen pigs, and hay and spread manure with draft horses. Winter is “just a much, much slower pace,” van Vlaanderen said. The goats are cozy in a large hoop structure. On sunny days, “they love to go outside and soak up some rays,” he said. About half are on milking break before kidding in March. The rest produce less milk than during grazing season, so cheesemaking is down to two to three times weekly. Van Vlaanderen logs with the horses, harvesting all the wood needed to heat two houses and power much of the creamery. Doolan and van Vlaanderen ski, and he picks up his banjo. “It’s a time to rejuvenate on a personal level but also plan for the upcoming year,” he said. See more photos online at sevendaysvt.com. SEVEN DAYS FEBRUARY 12-19, 2020


Be My (Simple) Valentine

A busy chef’s recipe for getting romantic with Vermont cheese and cocktails BY ME L IS S A PAS ANE N


t’s no news flash for longtime couples that Valentine’s Day expectations shift over the years. Early in a budding romance, you take care to secure the perfect restaurant reservation, or you painstakingly prepare a multicourse, candlelit home-cooked meal, channeling your best Julia Child or “Chopped” champion.

elegant Valentine’s dinner. McCurdy, a professional pastry chef, co-owns Ardelia Farm & Co. in Irasburg with his husband, Bailey Hale. With Hale’s support, McCurdy just finished hosting a year’s worth of weekly drool-worthy dinner parties, ranging from intimate casual gatherings to a 50th wedding anniversary celebration for more than 60 people.

Bailey Hale and Thomas McCurdy of Ardelia Farm & Co.

But Valentine’s Day, McCurdy said, is often a pretty simple affair for the couple. “It’s funny how one’s definition of ‘romantic’ can change after several years together,” he observed. “These days, Bailey would be more excited by a big sheet pan of nachos than he would by a filet mignon.” This February marks nine years since the pair met in Philadelphia, where they both lived at the time. McCurdy, now 32, was finishing up pastry school, and Hale, now 43, a trained opera singer, was also working as a floral and event designer. They met online and immediately found out they had mutual friends.

It was pretty much love at first sight, as McCurdy described it. “We both just knew right away: OK, I’ve found my person,” he said. “We had a lot to talk about, a lot in common. We were both raised as pastor’s kids. We are both very musical. We were a team from the get-go.” Although Hale was not involved with food professionally, he had a chicken coop, raised beds and beehives in his urban backyard. The pair also discovered a culinary connection early on. “We had the exact





A few years down the relationship road, it’s more like, Oh, crap, it’s Valentine’s Day again. By the time you remember, restaurants are booked solid, and who has the energy to cook on a weeknight anyway? You find yourself saying, “Honey, let’s order sushi.” (To be fair, one of my best recent Valentine’s meals was a take-out sushi spread in front of the fireplace.) Of all people, Thomas McCurdy should be able to throw together an effortlessly 48






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Shake all ingredients over ice. Strain into a rocks glass with one large ice cube. Garnish with a wide strip of orange peel. McCurdy recommends peeling the orange over the glass to take full advantage of any oils released. “If I’m feeling fancy,” he added, “I’ll rub the peel around the glass rim.”

same cast-iron pan,” McCurdy said. “The two live on our stove together now.” Within nine months of meeting, the couple had left Philadelphia to farm in New York State. They were married there in October 2013 in a wedding whose every element was handcrafted, from the garden setting they had cultivated to the meal cooked with ingredients they had raised. “We built all the tables ourselves,” McCurdy added. A bequest from Hale’s grandmother, Ardelia Moore, enabled the couple to buy property in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom in 2014. They started Ardelia Farm with some livestock, but Hale now focuses on cut flowers and McCurdy on baking. The couple has sold their wares at the summer Burlington Farmers Market since 2015. Fellow market vendors and other Vermont food producers inspired the low-fuss, high-impact, last-minute Valentine’s Day meal that McCurdy recommends. “I would do a really great cheeseboard with cured meats,” McCurdy said. “It’s something that anyone can do, and it can be as grand or tiny as you want … That’s my idea of a perfect dinner.”

The cheese selection would definitely include something from Ardelia Farm’s Northeast Kingdom neighbor Sweet Rowen Farmstead. McCurdy also suggested dried or fresh fruit and V Smiley Preserves. He likes the new goat salami from Vermont Chevon and a sliced Slowfire Bakery baguette or polenta loaf. (The cheeseboard pictured includes Sweet Rowen Farmstead Storm; Orb Weaver Creamery Frolic; a Blythedale Farm Brie button; Cobb Hill Good Old Gouda; Babette’s Table Toscano salami; V Smiley strawberry, rosemary and black currant preserves; and Backdoor Bread.) To drink with the board, McCurdy recommends a bottle from ZAFA Wines made by friend and Vermont winemaker Krista Scruggs. To sip before dinner, he appreciates a boulevardier made with Caledonia Spirits barrel-aged Tom Cat Gin as a ringer for the whiskey. Late last week, the couple had just returned from a warm-weather break and wasn’t yet focused on Valentine’s Day. McCurdy brainstormed: Dinner might be their own farm-raised pork chops fried in one of the cast-iron pans with a little butter and maple syrup and a squirt of Sriracha. He’d serve the chops with celery root purée, roasted winter squash, and white-wine-and-butter-sautéed chestnut mushrooms from 1000 Stone Farm in Brookfield. Or McCurdy might cook a heartshaped meatloaf. “I’ve always wanted to make one of those,” he mused. “Maybe this is the year for that.” Whatever their Valentine’s Day dinner is, “we’ll probably be eating in our pajamas on the couch,” McCurdy said. “It’s nice how things evolve.”  Contact: pasanen@sevendaysvt.com



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‘VISIBLE IN VERMONT: OUR STORIES, OUR VOICES’: Sha’an Mouliert leads a panel and community discussion centered on the experiences of people of color throughout the state. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 745-1393.


NORTH COUNTRY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BREAKFAST: Business people become familiar with the Chamber and the services offered throughout the region while enjoying the most important meal of the day. North Country Chamber of Commerce, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 8-9 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 518-563-1000.

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CITY COUNCIL FORUM ON LIVABILITY: Burlington City Council candidates hash out the future of transportation, housing, job growth and mobility. A dessert reception follows. Greater Burlington YMCA, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 877-926-8300. COFFEE TALK: Friends, neighbors and AARP Vermont volunteers catch up on upcoming activities and issues facing older Vermonters. JP’s Restaurant and Deli, Essex Junction, 9-10 a.m. Free. Info, vt@aarp.org.


ARTSY CRAFTY CLUB: Folks stitch, knit, crochet, draw or color while enjoying each other’s company. Milton Public Library, 6:30-7:45 p.m. Free. Info, 893-4644.

STEPS TO START A BUSINESS: Entrepreneurs learn what it takes to get a new enterprise off the ground. Center for Women & Enterprise, Burlington, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 391-4870.

KNITTER’S GROUP: 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.

VERMONT WOMENPRENEURS COFFEE & TEA MEETUP: Members of the business community share resources and feedback over hot beverages and pastries. The Great Northern, Burlington, 8:3010:15 a.m. Free. Info, mieko@ radiancestudiosllc.com.

KNITTING CLUB: Knitters of all levels stitch together. Room 207, St. Edmund’s Hall, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2000.


NACHMO VERMONT PERFORMANCE: Vermont choreographers including Alana Phinney, Willow Wonder, Joy Madden and others premiere new works created during National Choreography Month. Karma Bird House, Burlington, 7 p.m. $10-30. Info, joymadden cmt@gmail.com.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘EARTH FLIGHT 3D’: Revolutionary aerial techniques and state-of-the-art 3D cameras take viewers on a journey across the world on the wings of birds. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 11:30 a.m., 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $14-17; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848. ‘FLIGHT OF THE BUTTERFLIES 3D’: Monarchs make an extraordinary journey from Canada to Mexico in this immersive film experience. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 10:30 a.m., 12:30, 2:30 & 4:30 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $14-17; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 877-324-6386. ‘THE ISLAND LINE REVISITED’: A discussion with Local Motion cofounder Brian Costello follows a viewing of a film about the history, abandonment and rebirth of an iconic rail line as a recreational trail. Worthen Library, South Hero, 10 a.m.noon. Free. Info, 372-6209. ‘LOUISE BOURGEOIS: THE SPIDER, THE MISTRESS AND THE TANGERINE’: Shown as part of Great Art Wednesdays, a 2008 documentary profiles a modern-art icon. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 11 a.m. $8-13. Info, 382-9222. WED.12





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FIND MORE LOCAL EVENTS IN THIS ISSUE AND ONLINE: art Find visual art exhibits and events in the art section and at sevendaysvt.com/art.

film See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section and at sevendayst.com/movies.

music + nightlife Find club dates at local venues in the music + nightlife section and at sevendaysvt.com/music. All family-oriented events are now published in Kids VT,, our free parenting monthly. Look for it on newsstands and check out the online calendar at kidsvt.com.

Wonderful Woodwind Anne Janson’s flute expertise has earned her faculty positions at both Middlebury College and the University of Vermont. Playing music for the season of romance, the local instrumentalist treats music lovers to concerts on both campuses. Classical connoisseurs can expect to hear Sergei Prokofiev’s Flute Sonata and Claude Debussy’s Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp, as well as “Short Songs,” a new work by UVM professor of music theory and composition David Feurzeig. Pianist Annemieke Spoelstra McLane, harpist Rebecca Kauffman and violist Stephanie Taylor join Janson for both performances of her program “Sweet on Debussy.”

ANNE JANSON Friday, February 14, 7:30 p.m., at Robison Hall, Mahaney Arts Center, Middlebury College. Free. Info, 443-3168, middlebury.edu. Sunday, February 16, 3 p.m., at University of Vermont Recital Hall in Burlington. Free. Info, 656-3040, uvm.edu.

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FEB.14 | HOLIDAYS Drinks and Dialogue In addition to being a top-rated cable news anchor, Rachel Maddow is an amateur bartender and vintage cocktail aficionado. “I like making drinks even more than I like drinking them,” she told imbibe magazine in 2010. In a nod to Maddow’s taste for mixology, her biographer, New Hampshire author Lisa Rogak, comes to Vermont for an evening of cocktails and conversation. Rogak’s book Rachel Maddow, released in January, traces Maddow’s life from childhood to her college coming-out story to getting her own MSNBC spot, “The Rachel Maddow Show.” Superfans should arrive camera-ready to snap photos with a life-size cutout of Maddow mixing drinks. Cheers!

LISA ROGAK Sunday, February 16, 4 p.m., at Babes Bar in Bethel. Free. Info, 457-2411, yankeebookshop.com.

Book of Love Love has inspired great works of literature throughout history. Who could resist an expression of everlasting affection such as William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116? “Love’s not time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks / Within his bending sickle’s compass come / Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks / But bears it out even to the edge of doom,” it reads. The Northeast Storytellers, a group of readers and writers who meet monthly in St. Johnsbury, honor the patron saint of lovers with a sixth annual Valentine’s Day reading. Group members and guests gather to read and recite love-themed poetry and prose.

NORTHEAST STORYTELLERS: A SPECIAL ST. VALENTINE’S READING Friday, February 14, 3-4:30 p.m., at St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. Free; preregister to participate. Info, brookequillen@yahoo.com, stjathenaeum.org.



licia Olatuja was immersed in gospel, soul, jazz and classical music in her youth; went on to earn a master’s degree in classical voice/opera from the Manhattan School of Music; and has become a strong and versatile singer. Her multifaceted talent is on display on her 2019 sophomore album, Intuition: Songs From the Minds of Women, on which she breathes new life into works by women artists such as smooth-jazz singer Sade, bluesy folk songstress Tracy Chapman and experimental pop star Kate Bush. Possessing a voice that Downbeat magazine calls “rich as coffee, fluid as mercury,” Olatuja returns to the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, following a 2016 performance with jazz pianist Billy Childs.


ALICIA OLATUJA Friday, February 14, 6 & 8:30 p.m., at FlynnSpace in Burlington. $35. Info, 863-5966, flynntix.org.



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‘THE ODD COUPLE’: Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon appear in this classic comedy about two divorced men who become roommates. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. ‘SPACE JUNK 3D’: A growing ring of orbiting debris is at the center of an out-of-this-world film showing natural and man-made collisions. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $14-17; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848. ‘TINY GIANTS 3D’: An immersive film reveals the astonishing lives of the smallest of animals — think chipmunks and grasshopper mice. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, noon, 2 & 4 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $14-17; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848.

food & drink

CHOCOLATE WITH NUTTY STEPH: Sweets lovers indulge in samples and a talk from the founder of the small-batch chocolate producer now known as Rabble-Rouser Chocolate & Craft Co. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 6:45 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. COOK THE BOOK: Home cooks bring a dish from All About Dinner: Simple Meals, Expert Advice by Molly Stevens to a palate-pleasing potluck. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.


BRIDGE: Players of varying experience levels put strategic skills to use. Milton Public Library, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 893-4644. 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. MAH JONGG: Participants of all levels enjoy friendly bouts of this tile-based game. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 1-3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

health & fitness

ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION EXERCISE PROGRAM: 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. CHAIR YOGA: Whether experiencing balance issues or recovering from illness or injury, health-conscious community members drop in for a weekly low-stress class. Waterbury Public Library, 10:1511:15 a.m. Free. Info, 244-7036.


EKAM CIRCLE: Open-minded individuals come together to connect with others, nature, themselves and the divine. Call for details. Private residence, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 233-2638. RESILIENCE FLOW: Individuals affected by traumatic brain injuries engage in a gentle yoga practice. Sangha Studio — Pine, Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 448-4262. YOGA4CANCER: Meant for anyone affected by the illness, this class aims to help participants manage treatment side effects and recovery. Sangha Studio — North, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Donations. Info, 448-4262.


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. LUNCH IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE: SPANISH: ¡Hola! Language lovers perfect their fluency. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. ‘PARLIAMO ITALIANO’: Folks who have studied some Italian join Vermont Italian Cultural Association members for a biweekly conversation. Email for Colchester location. 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, vermontitalianclub@gmail. com.


‘SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS’: Six stressed-out city dwellers attempt a few days of self-care on a silent retreat in the Montréal premiere of Mess Wohl’s charming new play performed with very few words. Sylvan Adams Theatre, Segal Centre for Performing Arts, Montréal, 8 p.m. $45-59. Info, 514-739-7944.


Find club dates in the music section. FARMERS NIGHT CONCERT SERIES: ELDER’S STATESMEN: Vermont State Representative Caleb Elder proves to be multitalented as he enters the House Chamber with fiddle in hand for an evening of bluegrass. House Chamber, Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 828-0749. INVOKE & MOBIUS PERCUSSION: Two ensembles premiere pieces written by MFA in Music Composition students. College Hall Chapel, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, 8-9 p.m. Free. Info, 866-934-8232. MENTALLY INTUNE: Singers find harmony in a community chorus for people living with depression. No experience or talent required. Rumney Memorial School, Middlesex, 6:30-8 p.m. Donations. Info, 272-7209.


OLD NORTH END NEIGHBORHOOD BAND TEEN MUSIC JAM: Be they accomplished or beginner musicians, young players find harmony in the traditional music of Burlington’s past and present immigrant groups. Boys & Girls Club, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 881-8500.


VERMONT WOMEN’S MENTORING PROGRAM: MENTOR TRAINING: Community members prepare to be matched with incarcerated and court-involved women in order to coach them in transitioning to life in Northwest Vermont and Chittenden County. Mercy Connections, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 846-7164.


HOWARD COFFIN: Drawing from letters and diaries, the historian describes the lives of Vermont women during the Civil War. Shelburne Town Hall, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 985-3761. JON HAMMOND: Speaking as part of the Natural Sciences Department seminar series, the camp director outlines sustainability initiatives at Craftsbury’s Hosmer Point Camp. Room S-103, Thaddeus Fairbanks Science Building, Northern Vermont University-Lyndon, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, alan.giese@ northernvermont.edu. LINDA JOHNSTON: Speaking as part of the Vinspire: Informing and Inspiring the North Country series, the certified nurse midwife discusses “Sex in the City (of Plattsburgh).” Strand Center Theatre, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 518-563-1604, ext. 105. ‘RACIAL BIAS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE’: A League of Women Voters Criminal Justice in Vermont Speaker Series lecture looks at why people of color in Vermont are overrepresented in prisons. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.


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. TECH SUPPORT: Need an email account? Want to enjoy ebooks? Bring your phone, tablet or laptop to a weekly help session. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291. TECHNOLOGY NIGHT: Basic computer terms and operations become second nature during a class with Vermont Technical College’s Ken Bernard. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 5:306:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. WORDPRESS: A TWO-PART WORKSHOP: A two-part seminar gives participants the tools to create their own websites without design or coding skills. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 865-7217.


BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP: Bibliophiles delve into The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. SAM BRAKELEY: The scribe reads from Skiing With Henry Knox: A Personal Journey Along Vermont’s Catamount Trail, his memoir about traversing a route once traveled by a young American Revolutionary soldier. Bundle, Middlebury, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-2061. SYDNEY LEA: The former Vermont poet laureate and author of the 2019 collection Here makes an appearance as guest reader. Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 635-2727.

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CHOCOLATE & MODERN SLAVERY: A conversation delves into the dark side of the chocolate industry. Morrisville Food Co-op, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 8632345, ext. 3. LEGISLATIVE SERIES: REPARATIONS IN VERMONT: IS THAT A THING?: Vermonters exchange ideas regarding the extent to which harm done from slavery persists today. Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 532-3030. TOXIC WHITENESS DISCUSSION GROUP: Peace & Justice Center representatives facilitate a conversation on the harmful effects of white supremacy on communities and individuals. Peace & Justice Center, Burlington, 5:306:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-2345.

FOMO? Find even more local events in this newspaper and online:

art Find visual art exhibits and events in the art section and at sevendaysvt.com/art.

film See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section and at sevendayst.com/movies.

music + comedy Find club dates at local venues in the music + nightlife section and at sevendaysvt.com/music. All family-oriented events are now published in Kids VT, our free parenting monthly. Look for it on newsstands and check out the online calendar at kidsvt.com. Learn more about highlighted listings in the Magnificent 7 on page 11.


IN OUR OWN BACKYARD: CHARLIE NARDOZZI: Green thumbs pick up tips from the nationally recognized gardening expert and host of Vermont Public Radio’s “Vermont Garden Journal.” Stowe Free Library, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 253-6145.


BLOCK BY BLOCK: BUILDING STABILITY OF WOMEN & FAMILIES: Community members join United Way Women United for breakfast and a panel discussion focused on resources for advancing financial stability for working women and families. Saint Albans Museum, 8:30-10 a.m. $20. Info, 861-7831. CHITTENDEN COUNTY INTERSTATE 89 STUDY PUBLIC MEETING: Vermonters give their two cents on the I-89 corridor through Chittenden County. Dinner is provided. Williston Town Hall, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 865-1794. CITY COUNCIL FORUM ON LIVABILITY: See WED.12, Generator, Burlington. COFFEE TALK: See WED.12, Nomad Coffee — South End Station, Burlington. TRANSPORTATION & CLIMATE PUBLIC MEETINGS: Vermonters learn more about a collaboration between 12 Northeast and midAtlantic states and the District of Columbia that seeks to improve transportation, develop the clean energy economy and reduce carbon emissions. Burlington City Hall Auditorium, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, jsullivan@bcrcvt.org.


FIBER ARTS THURSDAYS: No matter their specialty, fiber artists hone their craft together. Sewing machines are available. 2Creative Community, Winooski, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 2creativecommunity@gmail.com.


UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT DANCE FACULTY SHOWCASE: Professional artists share moving works on stage. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 7 p.m. Donations. Info, 863-5966.


COMMUNITY CLIMATE ACTION FILM SCREENING & DISCUSSION: Selections from SunCommon’s Climate Action Film Festival shine a light on solutions to the climate crisis. Alumni Auditorium, Champlain College, Burlington, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 398-7118.


BUTTERFLIES AFTER DARK: Adults ages 21 and up spread their wings while exploring exhibits, including “Return of the Butterflies.” Drinks, appetizers, a DJ and a photo booth complete the evening. ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 6-9 p.m. $15-20 includes a welcome drink; preregister; cash bar. Info, kvonderlinn@echovermont.org.

TAX HELP: Low- and middleincome taxpayers, especially seniors, get help filing their taxes. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9:15, 10:15, 11:15 a.m. & 12:15 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-6955. TROPICAL FISH CLUB MONTHLY MEETING: Speakers ranging from local hobbyists to nationally known aquarium aficionados share their expertise. Essex Junction VFW Post, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 372-8716.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘EARTH FLIGHT 3D’: See WED.12. ‘FLIGHT OF THE BUTTERFLIES 3D’: See WED.12. NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: ‘ALL MY SONS’: Starring Sally Field and Bill Pullman, Arthur Miller’s play about a man forced to take responsibility for his past is broadcast from London to the big screen. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $16-25. Info, 748-2600. ‘SPACE JUNK 3D’: See WED.12. ‘TINY GIANTS 3D’: See WED.12.

food & drink

COMMUNITY LUNCH: Gardengrown fare makes for a delicious and nutritious midday meal. The Pathways Vermont Community Center, Burlington, 1-2 p.m. Free. Info, 888-492-8218, ext. 309. IN-STORE TASTING & DEMO: Sweets lovers drop in for dried cherry chocolate chunk cookies. Kiss the Cook, Middlebury, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 349-8803.


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. ESCAPE ROOM: Groups solve puzzles to break free from a mad scientist-themed space. Sugarbush Resort, Warren. $45 per group; preregister. Info, 583-6300.

health & fitness

CHAIR YOGA WITH SANGHA STUDIO: Supported poses promote health and well-being. Champlain Senior Center, Burlington, 10:3011:30 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. KARMA KLASS: DONATIONBASED YOGA FOR A CAUSE: Active bodies hit the mat to support local nonprofits. The Wellness Collective, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. Donations. Info, 540-0186. SEED CLINIC: Small magnetic beads taped to acupressure points offer support for those experiencing difficult or stressful times. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Montpelier, 6:30-8 p.m. Donations. Info, clinicseed@gmail.com.


TAI CHI FOR FALL PREVENTION: Active bodies boost their strength and balance through gentle flowing movements. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 9:30 & 10 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3322. YANG-STYLE TAI CHI: Slow, graceful, expansive movements promote wide-ranging health and fitness benefits. 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.


VALENTINE’S EVE SHOPPING EVENT: Boozy hot chocolate in hand, last-minute shoppers select the perfect gift from an assortment of specialties such as Belgian cognac truffles, marzipan hearts and chocolate-covered strawberries. Lake Champlain Chocolates Factory Store & Café, Burlington, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 864-1807.


HAVE LUNCH IN FRENCH: Bag meals in hand, attendees brush up on their linguistic abilities. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 793-1176.


Find club dates in the music section. MOBIUS PERCUSSION & HOUSEWARMING PROJECT: New pieces written by MFA in Music Composition students make their official debut. College Hall Chapel, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, 8-9 p.m. Free. Info, 866-934-8232. SONGWRITING WORKSHOP: Seth Melvin Cronin guides Burlington Writers Workshop musicians and singers in structuring original strains. 110 Main St., Suite 3C, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 578-3362.


CERTIFIED LEVEL I HIGH PERFORMANCE BUILDER PROGRAM PRESENTATION: Area builders and those interested in entering the trade learn about a Sustainable Energy Outreach Network certification program. The Center for Technology, Essex Junction, 5-6 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 376-9262.


CABIN FEVER LECTURE SERIES: GWENDOLYN CAUSER: Ornithology enthusiasts spread their wings in a workshop on the importance of native plants to the survival of birds. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 7-8 p.m. Donations. Info, 434-3068. FIRST WEDNESDAYS ENCORE: A video screening treats attendees to Dartmouth College professor Colin Calloway’s “The Indian World of George Washington.” Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.

JOTHY ROSENBERG: Sharing his own story of recovery, the founder of the Who Says I Can’t foundation discusses the physical and psychological impacts of having a disability. Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 253 8358.

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, fearnessence@gmail.com.

SOUTH BURLINGTON ROTARY CLUB WEEKLY MEETING SPEAKERS: Presenters share their expertise on a wide range of topics. 252 Tavern, DoubleTree by Hilton, South Burlington, 7:308:30 a.m. Cost of food and drink. Info, 864-6854.

QUEEN CITY CONTRA DANCE: Hull’s Union Victory Band comes through with live tunes while Ben Bergstein calls the steps. North End Studio A, Burlington, beginners’ session, 7:45 p.m.; dance, 8-11 p.m. $9; free for kids 12 and under. Info, 877-3698.

SPENCER CRISPE: The speaker recounts his journey to becoming the first person to climb and ski down every major mountain in the state in “Backcountry Skiing All 110 Mountains in Vermont Above 3000 Feet.” Green Mountain Club Headquarters, Waterbury Center, 7-8:30 p.m. $5. Info, 244-7037.



‘AS YOU LIKE IT’: Rosalind and Orlando face the trials and triumphs of love in Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, presented by Plainfield Little Theatre. Plainfield Town Hall Opera House, 7 p.m. $15. Info, 426-3384. ‘GOOD KIDS’: Set at a Midwestern high school, this fictional work written by Naomi Iizuka examines a sexual assault and its aftermath. Presented by Northern Vermont University Performing Arts department. Dibden Center for the Arts, Northern Vermont University-Johnson, 7 p.m. $10. Info, 635-1476. METROPOLITAN OPERA LIVE IN HD: ‘WOZZECK’: One of the most controversial yet defining musical works of the 20th century, this post-apocalyptic opera stars baritone Peter Mattei and soprano Elza van den Heever. Shown on screen. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, preshow talk, 1 p.m.; show, 2 p.m. $10-17. Info, 760-4634.


DAYTIME BOOK GROUP: Readers consider Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist by Eli Saslow. Milton Public Library, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info, 893-4644. POETRY OUT LOUD: Hazen Union School teens recite great works of poetry in a contest created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 533-2000.

FRI.14 dance

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. $10. Info, 862-2269.

Lost Luxuries: Ancient Chinese Gold THROUGH APRIL 19

TEEN ADVISORY BOARD: High school students come in for a craft and a snack. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 4:305:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.

fairs & festivals

GREAT ICE FESTIVAL: Skating, sled dog rides, fireworks and more make for three days of frozen fun. See greaticevt.org for details. GreenTARA Space, North Hero, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 355-2150. PEACHAM WINTER CARNIVAL: This sixth annual celebration commences on Friday with a paint-and-sip art class, then continues with a pancake breakfast, dog sledding, a lumberjack demo and other family-friendly festivities on Saturday. Various Peacham locations, 6:30-9 p.m. $5. Info, 592-3218. WOODSTOCK FLURRY: VERMONT SNOW SCULPTURE FESTIVAL & COMPETITION: In stunning displays of ingenuity, professional teams transform giant blocks of snow into eyecatching works of art. Weather dependent; call to confirm. Woodstock Village Green, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Free. Info, 457-3500.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ANIMÉ NIGHT: Enthusiasts view and chat about the latest animated shows from Japan. Enter through the side door. Laboratory B, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 777-9012. ‘EARTH FLIGHT 3D’: See WED.12. ‘FLIGHT OF THE BUTTERFLIES 3D’: See WED.12. ‘SPACE JUNK 3D’: See WED.12. ‘TINY GIANTS 3D’: See WED.12. ‘TRANSIT’: Released in 2018, this dramatic picture tells the story of a man who assumes the identity of a dead author, only to fall in love with the writer’s wife. Weston Playhouse Second Stage at Walker Farm, 7 p.m. $10. Info, 824-5288.

Weimar, Dessau, Berlin: The Bauhaus as School and Laboratory THROUGH APRIL 19

food & drink

PUBLIC CUPPING: Coffee connoisseurs and beginners alike explore the flavor notes and aromas of the roaster’s current offerings and new releases. Brio Coffeeworks, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 777-6641. FRI.14


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BRIDGE CLUB: See WED.12, 9:15 a.m. ESCAPE ROOM: See THU.13.

health & fitness

CHAIR YOGA: Students with limited mobility limber up with modified poses. Sangha Studio — North, Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 448-4262. EXERCISE FOR HEALTH: Strength training with light weights focuses on balance and lowerbody strength. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 10:40 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3322. FELDENKRAIS COMMUNITY CLASS: An open mind and the ability to get on the floor and back up are the only requirements for participating in slow, gentle movements that reveal new ways to live with the body. The Wellness Collective, Burlington, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Donations; preregister. Info, 540-0186. GONG MEDITATION: Sonic vibrations lead to healing and deep relaxation. Yoga Roots, Williston, 7:30-8:30 p.m. $18. Info, 318-6050. QIGONG FLOW: Gentle movements promote strength, balance and well-being. Waterbury Public Library, 10:15-10:45 a.m. Free; limited space. Info, 244-7036. SUN 73 TAI CHI: A sequence of slow, controlled movements aids in strength and balance. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 1-2 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3322. TAI CHI FOR FALL PREVENTION: Beginners and older adults in this eight-week class with instructor Kenneth Russell engage in a gentle workout done seated or standing. Waterbury Public Library, 11 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 244-7036. WARM GENTLE YOGA: Not too hot, not too difficult and not too expensive, this class is open to all ages and ability levels. Hot Yoga Burlington, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Donations. Info, 999-9963. YANG 24 TAI CHI: 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.


2C’S VALENTINE’S: STORYTELLING, ETHIOPIAN DINNER/DESSERT & OPEN MIC DANCE PARTY: Authentic cuisine and tales of love and loss pave the way for an open mic dance party. Instruments are welcome. 2Creative Community, Winooski, 6 p.m. $30; BYOB. Info, 2creativecommunity@gmail.com. EMMA BACK & LYN RYE: Hearts are full as two unique singersongwriters gift listeners with a Valentine’s Day concert. Montgomery Center for the Arts, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 793-5586.


NORTHEAST STORYTELLERS: A SPECIAL ST. VALENTINE’S READING: Love-themed poems and tales honor Saint Valentine. See calendar spotlight. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 3-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister to participate. Info, brookequillen@yahoo. com. SWEETHEARTS’ DANCE: Valentines go honky-tonkin’ with Vermont country and rockabilly trio the Starline Rhythm Boys. The Little Theater, Woodstock, 7:309:30 p.m. $20. Info, 457-3500. VALENTINE’S DINNER: A romantic night out includes a four-course meal, as well as beer, wine or a signature cocktail. The Woods Lodge, Northfield, 5:30-9 p.m. $50. Info, 778-0205. VALENTINE’S DATE NIGHT: A special evening starts with wine, confections from Laughing Moon Chocolates and sensual products from Three Buds Apothecary. Axel’s Gallery & Frame Shop, Waterbury, 5-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 244-7801. VALENTINE’S DAY AT THE GUILD: Be they couples, friends or family members, festive folks find live music, a photo book, bubbly beverages and a chocolate fountain. Milton Artists’ Guild Art Center & Gallery, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 891-2014. VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER: Love is in the air as dates dine on fine French cuisine. Bistro de Margot, Burlington, 5-9:30 p.m. $95; preregister. Info, 863-5200. VALENTINE’S DAY PARTY: A celebration of love, life and meaningful connection is complete with live music by Julia Rose, personal collaging and a community mural-creating experience. Rabble-Rouser Chocolate & Craft Co., Montpelier, 7-10 p.m. Free. Info, 225-6227.


Find club dates in the music section. ALICIA OLATUJA: The up-andcoming mezzo soprano serves up an intimate Valentine’s Day concert featuring songs from her sophomore album Intuition: Songs From the Minds of Women. See calendar spotlight. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 6 & 8:30 p.m. $35. Info, 863-5966. ANNE JANSON: The Middlebury College affiliate artist joins violist Stefanie Taylor and harpist Rebecca Kauffman for the program “Sweet on Debussy.” See calendar spotlight. Robison Hall, Mahaney Arts Center, Middlebury College, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. MAL MAIZ: Listeners can’t help but groove to Latin dance music by the Burlington-based band. Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, 7 p.m. $10-25. Info, 533-2000. SHYAM NEPALI: Drawing on the Gandharba musical tradition of Nepal, the virtuosic player brings the sounds of the sarangi, a fretless string instrument, to the Green Mountain State. Burlington Violin Shop, 6-7:30 p.m. $10-20. Info, mark.sustic@gmail.com.


THE SWEET REMAINS: Three-part harmonies are the bread and butter of these melodious modern folk rockers. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 7:30 p.m. $27-40. Info, 382-9222. TURTLE UNDERGROUND SHOWCASE: Students and members of the public convene for a complimentary concert in a coffee house-style setting. International Commons, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 6 p.m.-midnight. Free. Info, 654-2000. VCFA MFA IN MUSIC COMPOSITION: SONGWRITING SHOWCASE: Students, alumni and faculty members step into the spotlight with diverse, original works. College Hall Gallery, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, 8-9:30 p.m. Free. Info, 866-934-8232. WAVES OF ADRENALINE: A little guitar, a little cajón and a little harmony by these Vermont songwriters make for a lot of fun. Burlington St. John’s Club, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, artists@wavesofadrenaline.com. WINTER WINE DOWN MUSIC SERIES: Oenophiles let loose with live music by Dan Shepard, awardwinning wine and mouthwatering eats. Snow Farm Vineyard, South Hero, wine service begins, 5 p.m.; music, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost of food and drink. Info, 372-9463.


GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT: Citizen scientists join a worldwide effort to tally avian varieties. See birdcount.org for details. Various locations statewide. Free. Info, gbbc@cornell.edu.


HEALTH EDUCATION: ADVANCE DIRECTIVES: Attendees gather information on the legal document stating an individual’s wishes for medical treatment. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 12:301:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.


EDUCATION & ENRICHMENT FOR EVERYONE: Vermont Law School assistant professor Jared Carter clears up common misconception in “Impeachment: What it Was, What it Is and What it Is Not.” Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2-3 p.m. $5; $45 for the series. Info, 658-6554.


‘AS YOU LIKE IT’: See THU.13. ‘GOOD KIDS’: See THU.13. ‘METAMORPHOSES’: Northern Stage’s Youth Ensemble Studio brings King Midas, Orpheus and other characters from Ovid’s timeless myths to life in this Tony Award-nominated play. Barrette Center for the Arts, White River Junction, 5 p.m. $17.75. Info, 296-7000.

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: ‘PRESENT LAUGHTER’: Andrew Scott, who played the Priest in “Fleabag,” stars in Nöel Coward’s comedy about an actor beset by an identity crisis. Performed at the Old Vic in London and shown on screen. Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7:30 p.m. $10-15. Info, 603-646-2422. ‘THE SEAGULL’: BarnArts Center for the Arts takes on Anton Chekhov’s masterpiece about the romantic and artistic conflicts between a group of artists gathered at a country estate. The Grange Theatre, South Pomfret, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $10-20. Info, 234-1645. ‘A SHOW WITH COOKIES!’: A oneperson show features Katherine Marino spinning trays, juggling hats, baking treats and even falling in love — all without speaking a word. Grange Hall Cultural Center, Waterbury Center, 7:30 p.m. $10-40. Info, grangehallcc@ gmail.com.


BOOK SALE: Bookworms browse a selection of fiction and nonfiction titles, CDs and DVDs. Richmond Free Library, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 434-3036. SPIRITUAL BOOK STUDY GROUP: Not a religious book club, this group focuses on examining worry, doubt, depression and other obstacles in everyday life. Barre Area Senior Center, 1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 479-9512.

SAT.15 activism

CHAMPLAIN VALLEY AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL MONTHLY MEETING: Activists gather with the goal of advancing human rights. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, champvalleyai@gmail.com.


FEBRUARY VACATION WEEKS: Families celebrate Vermont maple syrup with tastings and demos; peep draft horses, oxen, chickens and sheep; and tour a restored 1890 farm house. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $4-16; free for members and kids under 3. Info, 457-2355. NOFA-VT WINTER CONFERENCE: Farmers, gardeners and locavores alike gather for three days of learning and inspiration. See nofavt.org for details. University of Vermont, Burlington, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. $70-235. Info, 434-4122.community QUEEN CITY MEMORY CAFÉ: People with memory loss accompany their caregivers for coffee, conversation and entertainment. Thayer House, Burlington, 10 a.m.noon. Free. Info, 656-4220.


CARNEVALE MASK-MAKING: Crafty people young and old create disguises in honor of an Italian Mardi Gras-type festival. Pierson Library, Shelburne, noon-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 985-5124.


DANCE SHOWCASE: A varied lineup of regional performers takes the stage to raise funds for Vermont Family Network and Puppets in Education. Black Box Theater, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7 p.m. $25-28; free for kids under 1. Info, 863-5966. MONTPELIER CONTRA DANCE: Dugan Murphy calls the steps at a traditional social dance with high-energy music by Susan Reid, Dave Guertin and Gianna Marzilli Ericson. Capital City Grange, Berlin, introductory session, 7:45 p.m.; dance, 8-11 p.m. $5-15. Info, 225-8921. SHEN YUN: Versatile performers weave music and dance into a visual and sonic tapestry influenced by ancient China. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 6-8:30 p.m. $85-155. Info, 863-5966.


WINTER OPEN HOUSE: Potential students scope out the institution included in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges Rankings 2020 list of most innovative schools. Champlain College, Burlington, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 625-0201.


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. STUNT KITE FLIERS & ARCHERY HOBBYISTS MEETING: Open to beginning and experienced hobbyists alike, a weekly gathering allows folks to share information and suggestions for equipment, sporting locations and more. Presto Music Store, South Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 658-0030.


fairs & festivals

GREAT ICE FESTIVAL: See FRI.14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. PEACHAM WINTER CARNIVAL: See FRI.14, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. RANDOLPH WINTERFEST: Food, beer, fireworks, snow sports, an antique snowmobile exhibit and a kids’ igloo playground make for can’t-miss cold-weather revelry. Farr’s Hill, Randolph, 1-6 p.m. Free. Info, 249-9696. WOODSTOCK FLURRY: VERMONT SNOW SCULPTURE FESTIVAL & COMPETITION: See FRI.14, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘AND THEN WE DANCED’: A competitive dancer is shaken by the arrival of an unruly fellow male dancer in this drama from 2019. Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, Middlebury College, 3 & 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. ‘EARTH FLIGHT 3D’: See WED.12. ‘FLIGHT OF THE BUTTERFLIES 3D’: See WED.12. SATURDAY MATINEE: Complimentary popcorn and drinks augment a motion picture viewing experience. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 2-3:45 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. ‘SPACE JUNK 3D’: See WED.12. ‘TINY GIANTS 3D’: See WED.12.

food & drink

14TH STAR BREWING TASTING: Suds lovers sip samples of locally brewed beers. Harvest Market, Stowe, 2-5 p.m. Free. Info, 528-5988. CAPITAL CITY WINTER FARMERS MARKET: Meats, cheeses, crafts and more change hands at an off-season celebration of locally grown food. Caledonia Spirits, Montpelier, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 279-7293.

Find even more local events in this newspaper and online:

VERGENNES FARMERS MARKET: Local foods and crafts spice up certain Saturday mornings. Lu•lu, Vergennes, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 233-9180.



Find visual art exhibits and events in the art section and at sevendaysvt.com/art.


health & fitness


BLOOD DRIVE: The Essex Fire Department invites healthy humans to give life-sustaining pints to help their honorary fire girl Addi. See essexfire.com for ways to help. Founders Memorial School, Essex Junction, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 878-5308.

See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section and at sevendayst.com/movies.

music + comedy Find club dates at local venues in the music + nightlife section and at sevendaysvt.com/music. All family-oriented events are now published in Kids VT, our free parenting monthly. Look for it on newsstands and check out the online calendar at kidsvt.com. Learn more about highlighted listings in the Magnificent 7 on page 11.

NEWBIE NOON HOT YOGA: First-timers feel the heat as they get their stretch on in a (very) warm environment. Hot Yoga Burlington, noon. Free; preregister. Info, 999-9963.


ARMENIAN LANGUAGE CLASSES: Singing, dancing, drama and games promote proficiency. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 1-2 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211.




Merrill’s February Art & Design auction includes a hand-limited Edward Burtynsky large-format Fujicolor Crystal Archive print depicting the abandoned quarry in Barre, Vermont, as well as numerous fine pieces of Mid-Century Furniture, Decorative Objects, Paintings, Sculptures, Jewelry & Collectibles from area homes.



PRIDE HIKES: BURLINGTON’S INTERVALE: Clad in weatherappropriate clothing, LGBTQA+ hikers carpool to their destination for a meandering walk along the banks of the Winooski River. Shaw’s, Shelburne Rd., South Burlington, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, gcauser@audubon.org. PRIDE YOGA: LGBTQ individuals and allies hit the mat for a stretching session suited to all levels. Sangha Studio — Pine, Burlington, 5-6 p.m. Donations. Info, 448-4262. WINTER IS A DRAG BALL: SILVER JUBILEE: The House of LeMay hosts this 25th annual drag extravaganza benefiting the Vermont Positive Living Coalition. This year’s theme is “to be who you be.” Higher Ground, South Burlington, 8 p.m. $32-37. Info, 652-0777.


Find club dates in the music section. THE FAB FOUR: Fans go wild when a fully costumed quartet delivers note-for-note renditions of Beatles’ classics. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 7 p.m. $35-45. Info, 775-0903. HOUSEWARMING PROJECT: The jazz trio brings new pieces by MFA in Music Compositions students to life. College Hall Chapel, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info, 866-934-8232. JIM ROONEY & BOB AMOS & CATAMOUNT CROSSING: A roots and bluegrass collaboration presented by MountainFolk gets audience members on their feet. Seven Stars Arts Center, Sharon, 7:30 p.m. $15-20. Info, 431-3433. NORTHERN THIRD PIANO QUARTET: Elegant and emotive, the Vermont ensemble interprets classical selections by Beethoven, Debussy, Dvořák and Suk, as well as Don Jamison’s “Walking Meditation.” Brandon Music, 7:30 p.m. $20; $45 includes dinner; preregister; BYOB. Info, 247-4295. SATURDAY KARAOKE: Amateur singers belt out their favorite tunes. Burlington VFW Post, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Free. Info, 864-6532.

VERMONT PHILHARMONIC: Lou Kosma directs a winter concert featuring soloist Layla Morris on cello. Elley-Long Music Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 7:30 p.m. $5-20. Info, pansygirl113@aol.com. YANKS IN THE ATTIC: A rousing evening of Celtic jigs, reels and pub songs supports a Hazen Union School band and chorus trip to Ireland. Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, dance workshop, 6 p.m.; concert, 7 p.m. $10. Info, 533-2000.


ADIRONDACK SURPRISE HIKE: Outdoor adventurers with lots of experience tackle a difficult all-day excursion. Contact trip leader for details. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, robynnalbert@hotmail.com. BIRD MONITORING WALK: New birders and members of the Rutland County Audubon Society flock together to seek feathered friends on a 3.7-mile loop. Meet at the boardwalk on Marble St., West Rutland Marsh, 8-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, birding@ rutlandcountyaudubon.org. FEBRUARY BIRD MONITORING: GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT: Avian enthusiasts don binoculars and keep a checklist of feathered fliers. Office Building, Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington, 8-10 a.m. Donations. Info, 434-3068. FOREST BATHING: Folks unplug, slow down and experience nature through a guided mindfulness practice. Farm Barn, Shelburne Farms, 10 a.m.-noon. $25; preregister. Info, tmccarney@shelburnefarms.org. GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT: See FRI.14. WEEKEND SLEIGH RIDES: Giddyap! Weather permitting, horses trot folks over snowcovered open fields. Rides leave every half hour. Seats are first come, first served. Shelburne Farms, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $8-10; free for kids under 3. Info, 985-8442.


HARRIS HILL SKI JUMP: Elite skiers soar through the air during two days of international competition. Harris Hill Ski Jump, Brattleboro, 10 a.m. $12-20; free for kids under 6. Info, 254-4565.


INTRODUCTION TO EXCEL: Columns, rows, cells, formulas and data entry become second nature at a tutorial on electronic spreadsheets. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10:30 a.m.noon. Free; preregister. Info, 865-7217.


‘13’: Very Merry Theatre teens take the stage in a hilarious coming-of-age musical. Very Merry Theatre, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Donations. Info, 355-1461. ‘AS YOU LIKE IT’: See THU.13, 2 & 7 p.m.

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‘GOOD KIDS’: See THU.13. ‘METAMORPHOSES’: See FRI.14, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. ‘THE PHILADELPHIA STORY’ AUDITIONS: Thespians throw their hats into the ring for roles in an upcoming Lamoille County Players production. Hyde Park Opera House, 1 p.m. Free. Info, info@lcplayers.com. ‘THE SEAGULL’: See FRI.14. ‘A SHOW WITH COOKIES!’: See FRI.14.


BOOK SALE: See FRI.14, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 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. VOICING ART POETRY READING: Visual art meets the written word as poets share original pieces penned in response to the Flynndog Gallery exhibition “The Pleasures of Being a Ghost.” Nomad Coffee — South End Station, Burlington, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info, poartryproject@gmail. com.


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2C’S SUNDAY MARKET: From brewers and bakers to artists and farmers, purveyors tempt shoppers with locally produced offerings. 2Creative Community, Winooski, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 2creativecommunity@gmail.com.


COMMUNITY MINDFULNESS PRACTICE: Sessions in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh include sitting and walking meditation, a short reading, and open sharing. Evolution Physical Therapy & Yoga, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, newleafsangha@gmail. com.


ISRAELI FOLK DANCING: No partner is required for a beginnerfriendly 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. $5. Info, 864-0218. SALSALINA SUNDAY PRACTICE: Salsa dancers step in for a casual social. Salsalina Dance Studio, Winooski, 5-8 p.m. $5. Info, eingelmanuel@hotmail.com.


SPIRIT IN NATURE ANNUAL MEETING & PROGRAM: Middlebury College senior and climate activist Leif Taranta receives the Eco-Spirit Award. A presentation, socializing and refreshments round out this yearly gathering. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 2-3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 518-232-6776.


HOCUS POCUS MAGIC SHOW: Abracadabra! Blaine Goad makes items appear, disappear and float in the air in a family-friendly performance. Chandler Music Hall, Randolph, 2-3:30 p.m. $8-10. Info, 728-9878. 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. SOCIAL SUNDAYS: A weekly community event offers music, refreshments and art workshops for families. Milton Art Center & Gallery, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 355-6583. WINTER BRIDAL SHOW: Bridesto-be hear music, taste cake samples and immerse themselves in the latest trends in preparation for the big day. The Essex Resort & Spa, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $7-8. Info, 459-2897.


GREAT ICE FESTIVAL: See FRI.14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

DAN CLOSE: Audience commentary is encouraged at a reading of Abenaki poetry with the local author. Ethan Allen Homestead Museum, Burlington, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info, 865-4556. LISA ROGAK: Cocktails and conversation flow as the New York Times bestselling author signs copies of Rachel Maddow, her biography of the popular cable news anchor. See calendar spotlight. Babes Bar, Bethel, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 457-2411.

See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘EARTH FLIGHT 3D’: See WED.12. ‘FLIGHT OF THE BUTTERFLIES 3D’: See WED.12. JEWISH JOURNEYS FILM SERIES: ‘FÉLIX & MEIRA’: In this 2014 drama shown as part of the Jewish Journeys Film Series, an unlikely romance forms between two people in very different worlds. A discussion follows. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 2-4:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 862-5125. ‘LEONARDO: THE WORKS’: A 2019 documentary provides a close-up look at Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings and paintings. Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 4 p.m. $10-12. Info, 603-646-2422. ‘SPACE JUNK 3D’: See WED.12. ‘TINY GIANTS 3D’: See WED.12.

food & drink

PANCAKE BREAKFAST: Locals pile their plates with flapjacks while supporting the Opera House at Enosburg Falls and Lincoln Lodge #78. American Legion, Enosburg Falls, 9 a.m.-noon. $5-8. Info, 933-6171.


DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: Dungeon master Robby Schmidt runs a three-part workshop on this fantastical role-playing game. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-6 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. ESCAPE ROOM: See THU.13. GAMES PARLOUR: Strategic thinkers bring favorite tabletop competitions to play with others. Champlain Club, Burlington, 2-8 p.m. $5. Info, orsonbradford@ gmail.com.


SPRUCE PEAK CHAMBER SOCIETY: Skilled musicians put their hearts and souls into “Intimate Letters,” a tribute to love and Valentine’s Day. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 7-9 p.m. $38. Info, 760-4634.


‘DIMANCHES’ FRENCH CONVERSATION: Parlez-vous français? Speakers practice the tongue at a casual dropin chat. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, stevenorman@fastmail.fm.


‘SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS’: See WED.12, 7 p.m.

SPOKEN WORD SUNDAYS: Artful language used aloud inspires listeners. 2Creative Community, Winooski, 4-6 p.m. Donations. Info, 2creativecommunity@gmail. com.




Find club dates in the music section. ANNE JANSON: See FRI.14, University of Vermont Recital Hall, Burlington, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 656-3040. DARTMOUTH COLLEGE GLEE CLUB: Approximately forty student singers find perfect harmony. Top of the Hop, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 2 p.m. Free. Info, 603-646-2422. DARTMOUTH COLLEGE WIND ENSEMBLE: Student and community musicians band together to perform “A Day in the Light.” Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 2 p.m. $712. Info, 603-646-2422. NORTHERN THIRD PIANO QUARTET: See SAT.15, Plainfield Town Hall Opera House, 4-6 p.m. $5-15. Info, 498-3173. SIXTH FINGER OF JAZZ: Fans of the genre tap their toes to classic and original numbers performed by area musicians. Hinesburg Town Hall, 3-5 p.m. $10-15. Info, 238-8535. UKULELE MÊLÉE: Fingers fly at a group lesson on the four-stringed Hawaiian instrument. BYO uke. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-6 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. VERMONT PHILHARMONIC: See SAT.15, Barre Opera House, 2 p.m. $5-20. Info, 476-8188. VERMONT YOUTH ORCHESTRA: Violin soloist Nathan Wu joins the young ensemble in a challenging and exciting program showcasing pieces by Liszt, Mahler, Barber and Gaetano. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 3-5 p.m. $15-20. Info, 655-5030.


GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT: See FRI.14. RAVENS RIDGE HIKE: West-facing views reward participants on this





easy two-mile ramble with the Green Mountain Club Burlington section. Contact trip leader for details. Free; preregister. Info, 557-7009. WEEKEND SLEIGH RIDES: See SAT.15. WINTER BIRDING IN THE CHAMPLAIN VALLEY: Fans of feathered fliers carpool to Lake Champlain, where they keep their eyes peeled for eagles, raptors and waterfowl. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 8 a.m.4 p.m. $30-40; preregister. Info, 229-6206.


DIVORCE CARE CLASS: A 13-week course is geared toward those who are separated or divorced. Essex Alliance Church, 5:30-7:30

p.m. Free; preregister. Info, sandybrisson@gmail.com.

EFFICIENCY VERMONT IN YOUR COMMUNITY: Community engagement manager Becca White consults with those interested in Efficiency Vermont’s rebates, programs and home energy visits. Leach Public Library, Irasburg, 3:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 888-921-5990.



HARRIS HILL SKI JUMP: See SAT.15. 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.



‘13’: See SAT.15, noon-2 p.m. & 4-6 p.m.

Find even more local events in this newspaper and online:

‘METAMORPHOSES’: See FRI.14, 2 p.m.

art Find visual art exhibits and events in the art section and at sevendaysvt.com/art.

film See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section and at sevendayst.com/movies.

music + comedy Find club dates at local venues in the music + nightlife section and at sevendaysvt.com/music. All family-oriented events are now published in Kids VT, our free parenting monthly. Look for it on newsstands and check out the online calendar at kidsvt.com. Learn more about highlighted listings in the Magnificent 7 on page 11.


LAYER & PREPARE FOR WINTER ADVENTURE: Those who determined not to let the cold keep them from enjoying winter take notes on thermoregulation, layering systems and packing for harsh days in the backcountry. Fjällräven, Burlington, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 448-7197.

‘GOOD KIDS’: See THU.13, 2 p.m.

‘THE PHILADELPHIA STORY’ AUDITIONS: See SAT.15. ‘PRECESSION’: Middlebury Acting Company commences the fourth season of its Cutting Edge Staged Reading Series with the story of a prominent German scientist interrogated by a Jewish man from his hometown at the end of WWII. Byers Studio, Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 4 p.m. $10. Info, 233-5255. ‘THE SEAGULL’: See FRI.14, 2-4 p.m. ‘A SHOW WITH COOKIES!’: See FRI.14, 2 p.m. ‘TWO ON THE AISLE, THREE IN A VAN’ AUDITIONS: Experienced actors and newbies alike try out for the St. Johnsbury Players’ production of a comedy centered on life behind the scenes of a theater company. St. Johnsbury School, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, davedalylsc@ gmail.com.

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.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘EARTH FLIGHT 3D’: See WED.12. ‘FLIGHT OF THE BUTTERFLIES 3D’: See WED.12. ‘SIDEWAYS’: Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church portray two men on a road trip through California’s wine country in search of a bonding experience before one of them walks down the aisle. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. ‘SPACE JUNK 3D’: See WED.12. ‘TINY GIANTS 3D’: See WED.12.


802 CORN HOLE: Competitors vie for points in this popular lawn game during 10 weeks of league play. Barre Elks Lodge, registration, 6 p.m.; games, 6:45 p.m. $10; cash bar. Info, 479-9522. BRIDGE CLUB: See WED.12, 6:30 p.m. MAGIC: THE GATHERING — MONDAY NIGHT MODERN: Tarmogoyf-slinging madness ensues when competitors battle for prizes in a weekly game. Brap’s Magic, Burlington, 7-11 p.m. $8. Info, 540-0498.



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. COMMUNITY HERBAL CLINIC: Supervised clinical interns offer guidance and support to those looking to care for themselves using natural remedies. By appointment only. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Montpelier, and Railyard Apothecary, Burlington, 4-8 p.m. $10-30; additional cost for herbs; preregister. Info, 224-7100.


PLATTSBURGH CONVERSATION GROUP: French speakers maintain their conversational skills in a weekly meet-up. Plattsburgh Public Library, N.Y., 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, ajobin-picard@ cefls.org.


‘SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS’: See WED.12, 7 p.m.music Find club dates in the music section.

MAD RIVER CHORALE REHEARSAL: The community chorus welcomes newcomers in preparation for its spring concerts. Chorus Room, Harwood Union High School, South Duxbury, 7-9 p.m. $75 for the season. Info, 496-2048. SONGWRITING WORKSHOP SERIES: Local musicians Pat and Alison McHugh share tips and tools for structuring original tunes. Waterbury Municipal Building, 6-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 244-7036.


GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT: See FRI.14. WHITE ROCK/HUNGER LOOP HIKE: Snowshoe-clad hikers tackle a difficult 6.5-mile excursion with the Green Mountain Club Burlington section. Contact trip leader for details. Free; preregister. Info, jillghiker@ gmail.com.


STATE OF THE WORLD COMMUNITY DISCUSSIONS: Activist Sandy Baird leads an open forum reflecting on and analyzing current events in a nonjudgmental setting. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7211.


PLAYMAKERS: Playwrights develop new work in a collaborative setting. Off Center for the Dramatic Arts, Burlington, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Info, playmakersvt@gmail.com. ‘TWO ON THE AISLE, THREE IN A VAN’ AUDITIONS: See SUN.16.


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.





JUMPSTART: ‘HOW TO BUILD, TEST & BREAK NEW PRODUCTS’: Going beyond designing and building prototypes, Beta Technologies’ Kyle Clark talks about what it takes to foster true innovation. Generator, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0761. VERMONT PROFESSIONALS OF COLOR NETWORKING: Local professionals convene in an inclusive space to celebrate and learn from each other’s experiences. Light hors d’oeuvres are served. Deli 126, Burlington, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free; preregister; cash bar. Info, thefam@vtpoc.net.


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.


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.


BEING IN THE BODY: Rothrock resident Sara Shelton Mann leads a three-part workshop centered on communication through touch, sense, energy and physical puzzles. Dance Theatre, Mahaney Arts Center, Middlebury College, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, skann@middlebury.edu. SWING DANCING: Quick-footed participants experiment with different forms, including the Lindy Hop, Charleston and balboa. Beginners are welcome. Champlain Club, Burlington, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $5. Info, 448-2930.


MINDY BLANK & JEFF SCANNELL: In a Facing the Climate Crisis series event, two facilitators guide participants in an Extinction Café — a space for sharing emotions related to the climate emergency. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. TELL ME MORE WITH SECRETARY MOORE: Members of the public offer their two cents

during a discussion of environmental topics with Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Julie Moore. National Life Building, Montpelier, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 828-1294.


CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND: SPENCER PRIZE IN ORATORY: Five first-year students face off in this annual speech competition. Robison Hall, Mahaney Arts Center, Middlebury College, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. TAX HELP: See THU.13.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘BRINGING UP BABY’: Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn star in the story of a paleontologist pursued by a fickle heiress and her pet leopard. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 1:30 & 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. ‘EARTH FLIGHT 3D’: See WED.12. ‘FLIGHT OF THE BUTTERFLIES 3D’: See WED.12. ‘GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM’: In this 2014 drama, a woman seeks a divorce from her devout husband whose consent is required under the Orthodox rabbinical court. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. ‘SPACE JUNK 3D’: See WED.12. ‘TINY GIANTS 3D’: See WED.12. TUESDAY MOVIE: Folks watch a film while munching on popcorn and sipping drinks. Call for title. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 2:45-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.

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Designing Small Gardens with Big Attitudes Saturday, Feb., 22 • 11:30-1:00pm Burlington Garden Center Presenter: Kerry Ann Mendez Cost: $15

PENNYWISE PANTRY TOUR: On a guided exploration 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, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info, 861-9753.



BRIDGE CLUB: See WED.12, 7 p.m. CRIBBAGE LEAGUE: Participants aim for a value of 15 or 31 in this competitive card game. The Boardroom Café, Burlington, 6-9 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 540-1710.

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COMMUNITY HERBAL CLINIC: See MON.17, Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Montpelier, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. EKAM CIRCLE: See WED.12. REIKI CLINIC: Thirty-minute treatments foster physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. JourneyWorks, Burlington, 3-5:30 p.m. $10-30; preregister. Info, 860-6203. TAI CHI FOR FALL PREVENTION: See THU.13. TUESDAY GUIDED MEDITATION: Participants learn to relax and let go. Stillpoint Center, Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 318-8605. WARM GENTLE YOGA: See FRI.14.


‘LA CAUSERIE’ FRENCH CONVERSATION: Native speakers and learners say it all in French at a social conversational practice. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4:30-6 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0195. ITALIAN CONVERSATION GROUP: Parla Italiano? Language learners practice pronunciation and more in an informal gathering. Hartland Public Library, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 436-2473. 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. ¡Duino! (Duende), Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 430-4652. TUESDAY FRENCH CONVERSATION: Friends gather to pratiquer le français. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, stevenorman@ fastmail.fm.




Find club dates in the music section. ACOUSTIC OPEN MIC: Local musicians and spoken word artists step into the spotlight. Charlotte Grange, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, mikemando802@gmail.com.


BACKCOUNTRY SKIING: BEYOND THE GROOMED: Those looking to ski the path less traveled learn to take their skills off-trail. REI, Williston, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 316-3120.


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


CURRENT EVENTS DISCUSSION GROUP: Sandy Baird moderates a forum for the lively and courteous expression of views on the issues of the day. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. LINDSEY LATHROP: Partners gain a fresh perspective on joint financial conversations during a roundtable discussion titled “Money Date Night: Build Stronger Relationships With Healthy Financial Conversations.” Copper Leaf Financial, Williston, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 878-2731. RACE CONVERSATIONS: Guided by Ijeoma Oluo’s book So You Want to Talk About Race, community members explore concepts of culture, power and equity with facilitator Life LeGeros. Waterbury Public Library, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 244-7036.


BROWN BAG BOOK CLUB: Readers voice opinions about Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. BURLINGTON FREE WRITE: Aspiring writers respond to prompts in a welcoming atmosphere. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 999-1664. GEOF HEWITT: Lit lovers mush into dog sledding season with the first installment of “Dogged Resolve: Gary Paulsen’s Canine Adventures,” a two-part Vermont Humanities book discussion. South Burlington Community Library, University Mall, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140. ‘MAKING SPACES SAFER’ BOOK DISCUSSION: Community members tackle the task of creating comfortable environments for all during a conversation on Shawna Potter’s book Making Spaces Safer: A Guide to Giving Harassment the Boot Wherever You Work, Play and Gather. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. RICK SHARP: Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger is on hand for the release of the local author’s new publication The Burlington Bike Path and Waterfront Park: An Environmental Handbook for the Post Auto Era.


Phoenix Books, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 448-3350.


WINE & STORY OPEN MIC: Prompts inspire first-person narratives told to a live audience. Shelburne Vineyard, 7:30 p.m. $5. Info, 863-1754.

‘RIDE YOUR WAVE’: A surfer and a firefighter find common ground in this 2019 Japanese animated flick. Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington, 7 p.m. $11.50. Info, 660-9300.





GET YOUR BUSINESS FINANCED: Aspiring entrepreneurs bank strategies for securing funding for their enterprises. 14th Star Brewing Co., St. Albans, 9-11:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 828-4422.


AUTOCBD HEMP WORKSHOP: Those considering growing CBD hemp learn about avoiding the harvest bottleneck by adding an autoflower variety to their lineup. Dinner is provided. Delta Hotels Burlington, South Burlington, 2-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, hemp@kingsagriseeds.com.


CITY COUNCIL FORUM ON LIVABILITY: See WED.12, Robert Miller Community & Recreation Center, Burlington.


‘SPACE JUNK 3D’: See WED.12. ‘TINY GIANTS 3D’: See WED.12. ‘VINCENT SCULLY: AN ART HISTORIAN AMONG ARCHITECTS’: Shown as part of the Architecture + Design Film Series, a documentary examines the life and work of an influential art historian. Burlington City Hall Auditorium, reception, 6 p.m.; screening, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7166.


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ALMOST THERE: MOVIES ABOUT THE FUTURE: Humor and striking visuals set the story of a 23rd-century Brooklyn taxi driver apart. Call for title. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. ‘EARTH FLIGHT 3D’: See WED.12.

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GLAM GAYME NIGHT: Friends bond over contests ranging from easy to advanced-level. Bring or borrow a game. The Boardroom Café, Burlington, 6-9 p.m. Free. Info, 540-1710.

FARMERS NIGHT CONCERT SERIES: BRYAN BLANCHETTE: Dance demonstrations complement contemporary and traditional Abenaki songs. House Chamber, Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 828-0749.

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



REBECCA PINCUS: The Vermont Council on World Affairs 2020 Speaker Series kicks off with “Climate Change and a New Era of Geopolitics in the Arctic.” ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $15-30; free for students. Info, vcwa@vermont.org.


GERMAN CONVERSATION GROUP: Community members practice conversing auf Deutsch. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211.



MEMORABLE TIMES CAFÉ: Those 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.


‘WHEN HARRY MET SALLY...’: Can a man and a woman ever just be friends? Two pals played by Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan find out in this 1989 romantic comedy. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600.






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MARDI GRAS BOOGALOO: Revelers move and groove to the sounds of two legendary Louisiana musical acts: the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 7-9 p.m. $38-68. Info, 253-3637. OLD NORTH END NEIGHBORHOOD BAND TEEN MUSIC JAM: See WED.12. PAUL LEWIS & STEVEN OSBORNE: Two world-renowned players tickle the ivories in a four-hand piano program of pieces by Fauré, Poulenc, Debussy, Stravinsky and Ravel. Mahaney Arts Center, Middlebury College, preconcert lecture, 6:15 p.m.; concert, 7:30 p.m. $6-30. Info, 443-3168. 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.


HOME-BUYING ON ONE INCOME: Singles learn the ins and outs of purchasing property on one’s own. Queen City Brewery, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 879-8790. VERMONT WOMEN’S MENTORING PROGRAM: MENTOR TRAINING: See WED.12.


CHRISTINA LORREY: Speaking as part of the Natural Sciences Department seminar series, the Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs IT manager outlines what B-Corp. certification entails for a business. Room S-103, Thaddeus Fairbanks Science Building, Northern Vermont UniversityLyndon, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, alan. giese@northernvermont.edu. 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. JOHN COHN: The IBM fellow shares insight on “The Joy of Making Things” in a UVM Engineering Week public talk. Davis Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 656-2439. LAUREN HO: The public health advisor talks about her job with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Room 111, Cheray Science Hall, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2000. TONY REDDINGTON & STEVE GOODKIND: Two community activists lead a discussion titled “The Champlain Parkway: The Unfinished Business of BTV and the Road to Nowhere” as part of the Vermont Institute of Community and International Involvement’s Contemporary Issues Forum. Center of Recreation & Education, O.N.E. Community Center, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 355-4968.


TECH HELP WITH CLIF: See WED.12. TECH SUPPORT: See WED.12. TECH TUTOR: Techies answer questions about computers and devices during one-on-one help sessions. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 4-6 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918. WORDPRESS: A TWO-PART WORKSHOP: See WED.12.


IN TRANSLATION: HEBREW LITERATURE BOOK DISCUSSION: Bibliophiles delve into Dearest Anne: A Tale of Impossible Love by Judith Katzir. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. SAM BRAKELEY: See WED.12, Yankee Bookshop, Woodstock, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 457-2411. m

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art MIXED-MEDIA ART JOURNALING: We are all familiar with written diaries, but visual art journals go a step further by using images to tell a story. Visual art journals are made up of drawings, paintings, collaged images, old photographs and all manner of mementos. Come create your own beautiful, one-of-a-kind art journal. All materials provided. Tue., starts Mar. 10, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $85/4-week class. Location: Champlain Valley Union High School, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info: Access CVU, 4827194, access@cvsdvt.org, cvsdvt. ce.eleyo.com.

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Burlington City Arts winter/spring class registration is now open! Find these classes and many more at burlingtoncityarts.org. DARKROOM CRASH COURSE: Ages 18 and up. Instructor: Rebecca Babbitt. Explore the traditional, analog, black-andwhite darkroom! Learn how to properly expose black-and-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 and an exposed roll of black-and-white film to the first class. Register at burlington cityarts.org. Mon., Mar. 23-Apr. 13, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $180/person; $162/ BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Melissa Steady, 865-7166, msteady@burlingtoncityarts.org, burlingtoncityarts.org. DIGITAL PRINTING CRASH COURSE: Ages 18 and up. Instructor: Mark LaRosa. Prerequisite: proficiency editing digital photographs in Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom. Are you comfortable with organizing, editing and sizing your digital photographs in Photoshop or Lightroom but have never printed your work? Curious about testing paper surfaces or printing large? This intensive workshop goes through the basics of printing to the largeformat, archival inkjet Epson printers at the BCA Photo Labs. Bring a

selection of digital files on a Maccompatible external flash or hard drive to the first class. Register at burlingtoncityarts.org. Thu., Mar. 12 & 19, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $60/person; $54/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Melissa Steady, 865-7166, msteady@burlingtoncityarts.org, burlingtoncityarts.org. DRAWING, OPTION 2: Ages 18 and up. Instructor: Janet Armentano. 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, including beginners, are welcome. Price includes all basic drawing materials, as well as open studio access during the weeks of your class. Register at burlingtoncityarts.org. Tue., Mar. 10-Apr. 21, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Cost: $255/person; $229.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Melissa Steady, 865-7166, msteady@ burlingtoncityarts.org, burlingtoncityarts.org. EARRINGS: Ages 18 and up. Instructor: Sarah Sprague. Make a pair of earrings in our jewelry studio. Open to all skill levels. Class includes copper and brass, silver ear wire, and all basic tools. Silver can be purchased separately. Register at burlingtoncityarts. org. Thu., Feb. 27, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $45/person; 40.50/ BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Melissa Steady, 865-7166, msteady@burlingtoncityarts.org, burlingtoncityarts.org. FAMILY PRINTMAKING: Ages 6 and up. Instructor: Kate McKernan. 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. Register at burlington cityarts.org. Sun., Mar. 22, 10 a.m.-noon. Cost: $10/ person; $9/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Melissa Steady, 865-7166,

msteady@burlingtoncityarts.org, burlingtoncityarts.org. GRAPHIC NOVEL: Ages 18 and up. Instructor: Rachel Lindsay. 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. The class will also review the work of a variety of cartoonists as inspiration for student work. Some basic drawing experience is encouraged; students should be comfortable with and enjoy doodling. BCA will provide all basic materials. Register at burlington cityarts.org. Thu., Mar. 26-Apr. 30, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $225/person; $202.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Melissa Steady, 865-7166, msteady@burlington cityarts.org, burlingtoncityarts.org. LINOCUT: Ages 18 and up. Instructor: Ashley Stagner. Students create small designs with the relief technique of linoleum block printing. We will print these one-color blocks by hand or with the printing press, and then add color by experimenting with watercolor paints. A fun opportunity to make cards and other art to share, since we will have the chance to print multiples once you make your block. Please bring ideas or sketches (8” x 10” or smaller) to the first class so we can get started right away! All other materials will be provided. Register at burlingtoncityarts. org. Tue., Mar. 24-Apr. 14, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $150/person; $135/ BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Melissa Steady, 865-7166, msteady@burlingtoncityarts.org, burlingtoncityarts.org. PHOTOGRAPHY & SCREENPRINTING WORKSHOP: Ages 18 and up. Instructor: Renee Greenlee and Kate McKernan. Transform your digital photographs into screen-printed artwork in this immersive full-day workshop. Using the digital lab, students learn how to edit image files for screen-printing and print digital transparencies of their edited photographs. Using the

printmaking studio, students transform their images into prints on both paper and T-shirts, posters, bags and more. Bring a selection of digital images on a Mac-compatible flash or hard drive to the workshop. Register at burlingtoncityarts.org. Sat., Mar. 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $90/person; $81/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Melissa Steady, 865-7166, msteady@burlington cityarts.org, burlingtoncityarts.org. RINGS: Ages 18 and up. Instructor: Sarah Sprague. Make your own silver ring in BCA’s stateof-the-art jewelry studio. Open to all skill levels. All materials are included. Thu., Feb. 6, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $45/person; $40.50/ BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Melissa Steady, 865-7166, msteady@burlingtoncityarts.org, burlingtoncityarts.org. SCREEN PRINTING, OPTIONS 2 & 3: Ages 18 and up. Instructor: Kara Ware. This introduction to screen printing will show you how to design and print T-shirts, posters, fine art and more. Discover a variety of techniques for transferring and printing images using hand-drawn, photographic or borrowed imagery. Students will learn how to apply photo emulsion, how to use an exposure unit and how to print on a variety of surfaces. Class price includes the use of studio equipment, emulsion, transparencies and ink, as well as open studio access during the weeks of your class. Students can bring their screens or rent one through the studio. No experience necessary. Register at burlingtoncityarts.org. Thu., Mar. 19-May 7, 6:30-9 p.m.; or Tue., Mar. 24-May 12, 9:30 a.m.noon. Cost: $340/person; $306/ BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Melissa Steady, 865-7166, msteady@burlingtoncityarts.org, burlingtoncityarts.org. STUDENT-CENTERED ART PROJECTS: Ages 18 and up. Instructor: Carolyn Crotty. Learn strategies and lesson plans for how to integrate art projects that incorporate student well-being and support social emotional growth. Participants are guided in experiential activities that foster awareness and understanding of wellness in their own lives, as well as activities that can be adapted to support their students’ development of wellness habits across domains, including social, emotional and physical. Register at burlingtoncityarts.org. Fri., Mar. 6, 10 a.m.-noon. Cost: $25/ person; $22.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Melissa Steady, 865-7166, msteady@burlingtoncityarts. org, burlingtoncityarts.org. WATERCOLOR: Ages 18 and up. Instructor: Carolyn Crotty. Learn how to paint with watercolor. This class will focus on observational painting from still life, landscape and photos. Students will paint on watercolor paper and will gain experience with composition,

color theory, layering, light and shade. The class may move outdoors to paint en plein air on nice days! No experience necessary. Price includes all basic materials. Register: burlingtoncityarts. org. Wed., Mar. 25-Apr. 29, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $225/person; $202.50/ BCA members Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Melissa Steady, 865-7166, msteady@burlingtoncityarts.org, burlingtoncityarts.org.


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fitness NIA-CARDIO DANCE FITNESS: Nia is a cardio dance-fusion workout that develops and increases flexibility, agility, mobility, strength and stability for body and mind. For all body types and fitness levels, Nia encourages you to move your way and at your level. Experience dance for fun and fitness in a judgement-free space. daily, varying times. Cost: $15/1-hour class. Location: South End Studio, Burlington. Info: 540-0044.


DANCE STUDIO SALSALINA: Salsa classes: nightclub-style, group and private, four levels. Beginner walk-in classes, Tue., 7 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: 32 Malletts Bay Ave., Winooski. Info: Victoria, 598-1077, info@salsalina.com.

drumming DJEMBE & TAIKO: JOIN US!: New sessions Mar. 23, May 18, Jul. 6, Sep. 7, Oct. 26 & Jan. 18! Classes for adults, kids & parents. Parade & conga classes. Intermediate Taiko, Mon., 6-8:20 p.m. Taiko for adults, Tue., 5:30-6:20 p.m., and Wed., 6:30-7:50 p.m. Djembe for Adults, Wed., 5:30-6:20 p.m. Kids and Parents World Drumming, Wed., 4:30-5:20 p.m. Kids and Parents Taiko, Tue., 4:30-5:20 p.m. Drums provided. Montpelier-Barre classes coming soon! Schedule/register online. Location: Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave., Suite 3G, Burlington. Info: 999-4255, burlingtontaiko.org.

family COMMUNITY CLASS: HEALTHY EATING FOR FAMILIES: (Quick Meals for Your Health) Whole Health Nutrition. This class is taught by one of our skilled registered dietitians, and it will include a food demo and tasting. Registration is required. Please call us at 999-9207 or rd@

ACTION FILMMAKING: Green Screen & Special Effects w/ RETN. Ages 9-12. Instructors: Jamie Watkins & Ross Ransom, in partnership with Regional Educational Television Network (RETN). Storyboard, shoot and edit your own original short films! Over the course of this class, students will learn the basics of screenwriting, cinematography and postproduction while developing their understanding of good storytelling and collaboration. Students will develop their skills in camera work, digital editing and audio engineering while using industrystandard film equipment and software. Other culminating projects include completed scripts, storyboards, film scores and visual design concepts for original short films. Mon.-Fri., Feb. 24-28, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: $350. Location: FlynnArts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: Sarah Caliendo, 652-4537, scaliendo@flynncenter. org, flynncenter.org. AUDITIONS FOR FLYNN YOUTH SUMMER MUSICALS: ‘Junie B. Jones’: ages: 10-14. Rehearsals: Jul. 13-17 & Jul. 20-25, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Shows: Jul. 24 & 25. Tuition: $645. ‘Footloose’: ages: 13-20. Rehearsals: Jun. 22-26, Jun. 29-Jul. 3, Jul. 6-12, noon-5:30 p.m. Shows: Jul. 9, 10, 11 & 12. Tuition: $745. Feb. 15 auditions. Location: FlynnArts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: Sarah Caliendo, 652-4537, scaliendo@flynncenter. org, flynncenter.org. BROADWAY KIDS: Ages 6-8. Instructor: Annalisa Ledson. Our shining stars learn kid-friendly showstoppers, gaining confidence and onstage skills. We even discover some cool behind-thescenes secrets when we tour the backstage areas of the Flynn MainStage theater. A special FLYNNARTS


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Broadway-style performance for family and friends ends the week. Mon.-Fri., Feb. 24-28, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: $350. Location: FlynnArts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: Sarah Caliendo, 652-4537, scaliendo@flynncenter. org, flynncenter.org CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE: Ages 8-10. Instructor: Tracy VicoryRosenquest. Choose a character from your favorite movie or story to bring to life onstage in an adventure story in which the characters work together to overcome an obstacle. Create this story together, and become your favorite character! Mon.-Fri., Apr. 20-24, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: $350. Location: FlynnArts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: Sarah Caliendo, 652-4537, scaliendo@ flynncenter.org, flynncenter.org.

world every day. Camp concludes with a final performance at 2:30 p.m. on the last day. Mon.-Fri., Apr. 20-24, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: $350. Location: FlynnArts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: Sarah Caliendo, 652-4537, scaliendo@ flynncenter.org, flynncenter.org. YOUTH THEATER: SPROUTS: Age 4-grade 1. Instructor Tracy Martin. Session 2: Feb. 19-Mar. 25 (no class Feb. 26). Session 3: Apr. 1-29 (no class Apr. 22). Wed., 4-4:45 p.m. Cost: $55/5 weeks. Location: FlynnArts, 153 Main St.,

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gardening SEED STARTING : Presenter: David Boucher. Learn the basic science and techniques for seed-starting success from the get-go, and do it right the first time! Register at gardeners.com/store. Sat., Feb. 15, 9:30-11 a.m. Cost: $15. Location: Gardener’s Supply-Burlington, 128 Intervale Rd., Burlington. Info: Meredith White, 660-3505, meredithw@gardeners.com, gardeners.com/store.


MAGIC TREEHOUSE ADVENTURES: Ages 6-8. Instructor: Annalisa Ledson. Based on Annie and Jack’s journeys in the popular children’s series, we take thrilling trips through time and space — on pirate ships, elephants’ backs, through the Flynn theater and on rockets to outer space. Encouraged to let their imaginations take flight, children use drama and movement to discover a new

BUILD A CHERRY WOODEN TABLE: Learn skills to build your own table in the Generator woodshop! Coffee table, Shaker table or end table made of beautiful cherry wood. Learn your way around Generator’s state-of-the-art wood shop to gain familiarity with tools, including a table saw, bandsaw, compound miter saw, planer, joiner, drill press, sanders,


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BUILD YOUR OWN BOOKSHELF: Build in the metal and wood shop! Do you have books on the floor and no spot for your favorite light? In this four-week class, students will experience the Generator metal and woodshop. Students will build a bookshelf out of pine and steel using an angle grinder, band saw, MIG welder, plasma cutter, drill press, chop saw, orbital grinder and more. You will leave feeling comfortable in both shops, and you’ll own a handmade bookshelf for your home! Wed., 6-8:30 p.m., Feb. 19-Mar. 11. Location: Generator, 40 Sears Ln., Burlington. Info: Sarah Sprague, 540-0761, education@generatorvt. com, generatorvt.com. EVENING JEWELRY CLASS: Includes tool training. Over four sessions, students learn basic jeweler’s techniques. No experience 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. Each week there will be several demonstrations, including sawing, drilling, piercing, riveting, annealing, forming and soldering. We will complete a series of practice pieces out of copper, brass, nickel before designing and creating a wearable finished piece of art out of sterling silver (included with class). Tue., 6-8 p.m., Mar. 3-24. Location: Generator, 40 Sears Ln., Burlington. Info: Sarah Sprague, 540-0761, education@generatorvt. com, generatorvt.com.

healing arts ACUPUNCTURE FOR DEPRESSION: Come learn how acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help with depression, loss and separation. This talk is 30 minutes long with questionand-answer time, with Christina Ducharme, L.Ac, MAOM, of Blue Heron Acupuncture, LLC. Wed., Feb. 19, 6-7 p.m. Cost: $15/1hour class. Location: Railyard Apothecary, 270 Battery St., Burlington. Info: 540-0595, emma@railyardapothecary.com, railyardapothecary.com. AYURVEDA POSTPARTUM DOULA TRAINING: Serve the women and families in your community during a time of huge transition and growth. During this training, you will learn about pregnancy, birth and postpartum through the lens

and language of Ayurveda, while receiving training in traditional postpartum care practices balanced with practical understanding for modern women. Mon.-Fri., Apr. 6-10, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Cost: $995/5-day training. Location: The Ayurvedic Center of Vermont, 34 Oak Hill Rd., Williston. Info: Allison Morse , 872-8898, info@ayurvedavermont.com, ayurvedavermont.com.

herbs HERBAL REMEDIES AND AUTISM: In this class we’ll discuss herbs as well as nutritional and lifestyle factors that can be of support to people on the spectrum seeking a healthier, more balanced life. This class will be suitable for people looking for support for themselves or for people in a care-providing role. Mon., Feb. 17, 6:30-8 p.m. Cost: $20/1.5-hour workshop. Location: Railyard Apothecary, 270 Battery St., Burlington. Info: 540-0595, emma@railyardapothecary.com, railyardapothecary.com.

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Spanish language for adults, students and children. Travelers’ lesson package. Our 14th year. Personal instruction from a native speaker. Small classes, private lessons and online instruction. See our website for complete information or contact us for details. Location: Spanish in Waterbury Center, Waterbury Center. Info: 585-1025, spanishparavos@gmail.com, spanishwaterburycenter.com.

martial arts 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 bullyproofing and self-defense life skills to avoid 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, Brazil. 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@ bjjusa.com, vermontbjj.com.

massage ASIAN BODYWORK THERAPY PROGRAM: This program teaches two forms of massage: amma and shiatsu. We will explore oriental medicine theory and diagnosis, as well as the body’s meridian system, acupressure points, and yin-yang and five-element theory. Additionally, Western anatomy and physiology are taught. VSAC nondegree grants are available. FSMTB-approved program. Starts Sep. 2020. Cost: $6,000/625-hour program. Location: Elements of Healing, 21 Essex Way, Suite 109, Essex Jct. Info: Scott Moylan, 2888160, scott@elementsofhealing. net, elementsofhealing.net.

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MAKING MAGIC WITH COMPOSITION AND LIGHTING: Move beyond basics with this workshop that makes your videos “pop”! You will learn how to frame your shot, light your subject and incorporate camera movements to tell your story. Completion of a camera workshop or previous experience using video cameras is required for this workshop. Register at bit.ly/btvmediafactory or call 651-9692. Wed., Feb. 19, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $25/suggested donation. Location: Media Factory, 208 Flynn Ave., Suite 2G + 2K, Burlington. Info: Gin Ferrara, 651-9692, ginf@retn.org, bit.ly/ btvmediafactory. MEDIA FACTORY ORIENTATION: The gateway to checking out gear and using our facilities. We’ll take a tour of the Media Factory, go over our policies and the cool stuff you can do here, and fill out paperwork. Required: Photo ID and live, work or study in our service area. Register at bit.ly/ btvmediafactory or call 651-9692. Sat., Feb. 15, 11 a.m. Location: Media Factory, 208 Flynn Ave., Suite 2G + 2K, Burlington. Info: Gin Ferrara, 651-9692, ginf@retn. org, bit.ly/btvmediafactory. VIDEO PRODUCTION WITH CANON XA-10: The perfect place to begin learning video-making skills! Explore the basics of videography and learn the functions of our Canon XA-10 HD cameras. Learn to properly adjust focus, audio, color balance and exposure. Register at bit.ly/btvmediafactory or call 651-9692. Mon., Feb. 24, 6-8 p.m. Location: Media Factory, 208 Flynn Ave., Suite 2G + 2K,

LEARN TO MEDITATE: Taught by qualified meditation instructors at the Burlington Shambhala Meditation Center: Wed., 6-7 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-noon. Free and open to anyone. Free public meditation: weeknights, 6-7 p.m.; Tue. and Thu., noon-1 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-noon. Classes and retreats also offered. See our website at burlington.shambhala.org. Location: Burlington Shambhala Center, 187 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 658-6795,

tai chi NEW BEGINNER TAI CHI CLASS IN WINOOSKI: We practice Cheng Man-ching’s “simplified” 37-posture Yang-style form. The course will be taught by Patrick Cavanaugh, longtime student and assistant to Wolfe Lowenthal, student of Cheng Man-ching and founder of Long River Tai Chi Circle. Patrick is a senior instructor at LRTCC in Vermont and New Hampshire. Starts Mar. 10, 6-7 p.m., open registration until Mar. 31. Cost: $65/month. Location: North End Studios Winooski, O’Brien Community Center, 32 Malletts Bay Ave., Winooski. Info: Long River Tai Chi Circle, Patrick Cavanaugh, 490-6405, patrick@ longrivertaichi.org, longrivertaichi. org. SNAKE-STYLE TAI CHI CHUAN: The Yang Snake Style is a dynamic tai chi method that mobilizes the spine while stretching and strengthening the core body muscles. Practicing this ancient martial art increases strength, flexibility, vitality, peace of mind and martial skill. Beginner classes Sat. mornings & Wed. evenings. Call to view a class. Location: Bao Tak Fai Tai Chi Institute, 100


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well-being ZERO BALANCING 1: ZB is a profoundly effective, leading-edge, body-mind therapy changing lives by promoting resilience, coherence and integration in the nervous system through somatic repatterning. 25 CEUs for MT, PT, OT, LAc, DC, RN. Applicable for Yoga teachers and mental and integrative healthcare. Michele Doucette, DC, practices in VT and teaches internationally. Apr. 2-5, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $595/person if registered by Feb. 2; $695 by Mar. 2. Location: Vermont Center for Acupuncture & Wellness, 161 North St., Burlington. Info: Michele Doucette, 464-2361, bones@sover. net, drmicheledoucette.com.

yoga 200-HR YOGA TEACHER TRAINING: The UVM Campus Rec 200-HR Yoga Teacher Training is all new for 2020-21! Learn all about the enhancements we’ve made and get all of your questions answered at our upcoming info sessions. Early registration open Feb. 14-Mar. 20. Don’t miss out on the discounted rate! go.uvm.edu/yoga. Location: UVM Campus Rec Studio, 97 Spear St., Burlington. Info: John McConnell, 488-0124, mindbodyfitness@ uvm.edu, uvmcampusrec.com/ sports/2017/7/5/yoga-school. aspx. EVOLUTION YOGA: Practice yoga in a down-to-earth atmosphere with some of the most experienced teachers and therapeutic professionals in Burlington. All are welcome. Fundamentals Series: Thu., Jan. 23-Feb. 27. Yoga for a Healthy Back: Tue., Jan. 14-Feb. 18. We are all beginners. This is your invitation to enjoy learning the basics and start exploring the benefits of a yoga


practice. Daily drop-in classes, including $10 community classes, Yoga Wall and Yoga Therapeutics led by physical therapists. Dive deeper into your practice! $10-15/ class; $140/10-class card; $10/ community class. New students $100/10-class card. New! Student Monthly Unlimited just $55/ mo. Location: Evolution Yoga, 20 Kilburn St., Burlington. Info: 8649642, evolutionvt.com. LAUGHING RIVER YOGA: Located in a beautiful setting overlooking the Winooski River. We offer inspirational classes, workshops and trainings taught by experienced teachers from a place of wisdom and love. Class types include Vinyasa, Katonah, Kripalu, Jivamukti, Yin, Restorative and Gentle. All bodies and abilities welcome. Explore our Prenatal Yoga training March 28-29. Daily classes, workshops, 200- and 300-hour yoga teacher training. Cost: $49/first month of unlimited classes; workshop & training prices vary. Location: Laughing River Yoga, Chace Mill, Suite 126, Burlington. Info: 343-8119, laughingriveryoga.com. SACRED VIBRATIONS: HATHA YOGA & TRE: Students will be guided through a combined practice of hatha yoga and TRE (tension and trauma release exercises), designed to promote whole-body relaxation. These methods rely on the innate wisdom of the body to return to a place of equilibrium and wellness. Sat., Feb. 22, 1:30-3 p.m. Cost: $25/1.5-hour class. Location: Railyard Apothecary, 270 Battery St., Burlington. Info: 540-0595, emma@railyardapothecary.com, railyardapothecary.com.


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Jenna Emerson mixes humor and education in the variety show “Sex w/Jenna”


ome students at the University of Vermont might know Jenna Emerson as “the condom lady.” True, one of the 30-year-old health and sexuality educator’s responsibilities is to distribute prophylactics to dormitory resident advisers like a sex-positive Santa Claus. But her duties extend far beyond passing out protection. Along with peer-to-peer training, event planning and cultivating programming for the school’s Center for Health & Wellbeing, Emerson’s most crucial contributions might be her open office hours. “I talk with students one-on-one,” she explains in a secluded corner of a Burlington cocktail bar. “I mostly give information, reassurance and validation. There’s an element that can feel therapeutic, but it isn’t therapy.” In late 2018, Emerson’s zeal for sex education merged with another one of her passions: comedy. An experienced improviser and burgeoning standup comic, she began producing the monthly variety show “Sex w/Jenna” at Burlington’s Revelry Theater. Equal parts standup showcase, improv session and sex ed class, “Sex w/ Jenna” — staged on the fourth Saturday of





the month — simultaneously stimulates the consent, domestic violence — which is very intellect, funny bone and erogenous zones. important to understand,” she says. “But “Every show really is different,” Emerson often what’s missing is, before we talk about says. “I’m not holding myself to a formula, consent and how to do it, what do you even because I like the full freedom of doing want? Like, before we get there, who are whatever the fuck I want to do.” you?” This includes ending her shows with In other words, before she’ll plow into a ribald song parodies. She’s penned lavish conversation about having anal sex for the lampoons such as “Straight to Queer,” a send- first time, she wants to make sure students up of threesomes set to Sia’s “Chandelier”; take into account all of the other factors “Groin on Fire,” an STIthat led to the moment inspired takeoff of Alicia of uncertainty regarding Keys’ “Girl on Fire”; and backdoor hanky-panky: “Under the Sheets,” a lubeWhat is your gender? What centric spoof of “Under is your sexuality? Do you the Sea” from Disney’s The know how to make yourself Little Mermaid. Clearly, feel good? nothing is sacred if it can be “She’s really able to reworked into a lascivious relate and be honest and ditty. nonjudgmental and have J E NNA E ME R S O N Born in California and these conversations with educated in Seattle and students that allows them Philadelphia, Emerson came to her position to be their most open, vulnerable selves at UVM in 2017 after attaining a master’s without fear of judgment or stigma or degree in human sexuality from Widener shame,” says Emerson’s colleague, Sarah University. The cornerstone of her message Mell, education and outreach coordinator to students is positive sexuality. at the UVM Women’s Center. “[She] does “I think that a lot of people from univer- it with a great deal of kindness and realness sities focus on sexual violence prevention, that the students really appreciate.”



Emerson seamlessly transplants her work ethos into her comedy act. “I usually have too many ideas and don’t get them done in time,” she says, chuckling. Indeed, “Sex w/Jenna” is packed with various segments and changes from month to month. Though it’s educational, the show primarily aims to entertain. During January’s installment, standup comedians delivered bawdy material, and then a troupe of long-form improvisers created scenes rooted in the raunchy concepts and scenarios mentioned earlier in the show. But even the strictly educational portions of the show are funny and easily digestible. Backed by R&B powerhouse Ginuwine’s platinum-selling grind “Pony,” Emerson introduces a recurring segment called “JennaTalia,” a deep dive into the oft-ignored internal clitoris. “I didn’t know that the clitoris had an internal structure until I was in grad school for sex ed,” Emerson admits. As she learned, many people were in the same boat regarding “the little man in the boat.” The bit, which she includes in every “Sex w/Jenna” show, involves a custom-made clitoris costume. Made out of an old shirt, cardboard and hot glue, the piece originally served as a Halloween costume when Emerson was still in grad school. Now it helps her teach. As she points out and describes the mechanical structure of the clitoris on her anatomically correct garment, Revelry founder, artistic director and board member Anthony Apodaca, who works sound and lights for “Sex w/Jenna,” periodically drops “Pony” and switches to intense stripper lighting. In near-Pavlovian response, Emerson pauses her lecture to dance, twerk and mount nearby set pieces in scandalous positions, completely blurring the line between sex educator and exotic dancer. Another informational segment involves interviewing a member of a local nonprofit whose mission intersects with the theme of sexuality. Emerson donates a portion of each show’s proceeds to the featured organization. January’s guest was the Pride Center of Vermont’s Anne Moyerbrailean, the org’s SafeSpace anti-violence coordinator and head of Glow, its social program for LGBTQ+ women. “I think [Emerson] has exposed me to different issues that people are facing in the community,” says Apodaca. “I didn’t know any of these groups existed.” Recently, Emerson has taken to playing games with her nonprofit guests. To promote a queer birding club, GOOD TOUCH

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Meanwhile, the Toulises recently launched High Output Productions, a multifaceted events production company and recording studio.

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News and views on the local music + nightlife scene B Y J O R D A N A D A MS

Calling the Corners Big news out of Calais: The Maple Corner Community Store & Whammy Bar is under new ownership. Former owners ARTIE and NANCY TOULIS sold the general store and music venue in late December to 200 individual stakeholders who now collectively own the business. “A community group, including myself, got together and said, ‘We can’t let this store fail,’” said longtime Calais resident JAMIE MOORBY in a recent phone call with Seven Days. She noted the unfortunate trend of Vermont’s cherished country stores going by the wayside and the great lengths to which locals have gone to save them, which Seven Days has reported on previously. The Toulises listed the store for sale about two years ago. “We were there for 12 years, and it was just our time,” Artie said by phone. “You never want to be the owner that’s

selling when things are miserable. We’d rather go out when things are good.” After about a year and a half of meeting and planning, a group led by Moorby, ANNE MARIE SHEA and CAITY KAYE, the newly reopened store and bar’s board of directors, was able to go public with its plan. Shares were sold starting at $500 a pop, and all investors have equal voting rights no matter how much they invested. For the foreseeable future, all profits will be reinvested in the business. Other than a much-needed facelift and some new-product trials, not much has changed at the Maple Corner store. But, according to Moorby, big things are coming to the Whammy Bar. A new septic system upgrade this spring will allow the club to expand its seating capacity. Additionally, a major renovation project is scheduled for the fall. Eventually, the club plans to offer live music four nights per week, as opposed to the current Thursday through Saturday schedule.

This week, multiple music news outlets reported a catastrophic fire at Apollo Masters in Banning, Calif. The facility produces “the lacquer used in the production of master discs, from which commercial vinyl records are made, as well as the styli used in the pressing process,” according to Consequence of Sound. The blog went on to report that “the loss could lead to a major delay or reduction in the production of vinyl records on a worldwide scale.” That got me thinking: Will this calamity trickle down to our local Burlington Record Plant? The word from the plant’s owner JUSTIN CROWTHER is: maybe, but probably not. “At this time, I’m not really concerned, considering our size, but it’s too early to know for sure,” he wrote in an email. He explained that, of the two main lacquer cutting engineers used by the plant, one sources exclusively through MDC Master Lacquers, a Japanese company. (Consequence of Sound named MDC the world’s other major source of lacquer in its article.) Crowther says they are taking orders as normal for the time being and that they’re connected with a New Englandbased creator of copper metal masters, a potential substitute for lacquer. “The vinyl record industry is unique and somehow always seems to find a way through,” he continued. Here’s hoping.


This weekend, DJs from Vermont and all over the Northeast converge for DJ Appreciation Weekend. Two events stand out amid the two-day hoopla: an official pre-party on Saturday, February 15, at the Monkey House in Winooski, and the main celebration on Sunday, February 16, at the Swan Dojo in Burlington. Both events aim to celebrate and elevate local DJ culture. They’ll offer attendees the chance to hear a bunch of killer local and nonlocal mix-masters, and help aspiring local DJs connect with experienced club veterans. Note: The Swan Dojo event is BYOB. RSVP at churchstreetdjs.com. SOUNDBITES

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Christine Malcolm (folk) at Moogs Place, Morrisville, 8 p.m. Free.

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Open Mic Night at Stone Corral, Richmond, 8 p.m. Free.

The Mosaic Band (funk, jam) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 8 p.m. $5/8. 18+.

Open Mic with Andy Lugo at Manhattan Pizza & Pub, Burlington, 9:30 p.m. Free.

Paul Asbell Trio (jazz) at Leunig’s Bistro & Café, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

Open Mic with Austtin at Monopole, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 10 p.m. Free.

The Ray Vega Quartet (jazz) at Juniper, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.


Open Mic at Whammy Bar, Calais, 7 p.m. Free.

Wednesday Night Dead (Grateful Dead tribute) at Zenbarn, Waterbury, 7 p.m. Free.

Open Mic Night at Whammy Bar, Calais, 7 p.m. Free. Open Mic Night at Moogs Place, Morrisville, 8:30 p.m. Free.


Berklee American Roots Night at Zenbarn, Waterbury, 7 p.m. Free.

Dan Ryan Express (jazz) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Danny Cole (acoustic) at Tap 25, Stowe, 7:30 p.m. Free. Especially Cowboys (bluegrass) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free. First Taste: Ivana, Mal Devisa, David Chief (indie) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 9:30 p.m. Free/$1/$3. Lara Cwass Band (rock) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free. Light Club Jazz Sessions and Showcase at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 10:30 p.m. Free. Lyrics Born (hip-hop) at Pickle Barrel Nightclub, Killington, 8 p.m. $12.72. Shane Hardiman Trio (jazz) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free. Tauk, RCA (featuring members of Dopapod and Kung Fu) (jam) at Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 8 p.m. $15/18. Tom Caswell Blues Band at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. Free. Universal QuirkyAlone Day with Sabrina Comellas and Princess Nostalgia (singer-songwriter) at SideBar, Burlington, 8 p.m. $3. Yitzi (singer-songwriter) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Zoe Christiansen (singersongwriter) at Rabble-Rouser Chocolate & Craft Co., Montpelier, 6 p.m. Free.


Bella’s Bartok Masquerade Ball, the Useless Cans (alt-punk) at Zenbarn, Waterbury, 9:30 p.m. $12/15.

Blues Jam with Nobby Reed at Twiggs — An American Gastropub, St. Albans, 6 p.m. Free.

Irish Sessions at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

Francesca Blanchard, Hammydown (indie pop) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 8 p.m. $5.

CBC4 (rock) at Charlie-O’s World Famous, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free.


Familiar Faces (open jam) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.

Criagen: Craig Mitchell and Matt Hagen (acoustic) at Orlando’s Bar & Lounge, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

Blackwolf (blues, Americana) at Edson Hill Dining Room & Tavern, Stowe, 6:30 p.m. Free.

open mics & jams

West End With his 2003 debut album Later That Day…, San Francisco Bay Area rapper

Open Mic with Alex Budney at Localfolk Smokehouse, Waitsfield, 8:30 p.m. Free. LYRICS BORN


himself as one of the fiercest voices in hip-hop. Two years later, he doubled down with an album of remixes called Same !@#$ Different Day, an amped-up reworking of his debut that also include new material. Fans at the time had likely followed the Tokyo-born artist since he broke out years earlier as one half of Latyrx, a duo with fellow freestyler Lateef the Truthspeaker. The pair reunited in 2013 to make their first collaborative album in more than 15 years. Check out Lyrics Born on Thursday, February 13, at the Pickle Barrel in Killington, or Saturday, February 15, at Nectar’s in Burlington. Local funk-hop band JUICEBOX add support.

Charlie Jack Country Band at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 9 p.m. $5.

Garden State Radio (covers) at Pickle Barrel Nightclub, Killington, 8 p.m. $10-20.

Cold Lazarus (jam) at Monopole, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 10 p.m. Free. The Conniption Fits (rock) at Gusto’s, Barre, 9:30 p.m. $5.

George Murtie (rock, country) at the Old Foundry at One Federal Restaurant & Lounge, St. Albans, 6:30 p.m. Free.

Connor Hamilton (singersongwriter) at Stone Corral, Richmond, 8 p.m. Free.

Guthrie Galileo Plays Ursha Baby IV (Usher tribute) at SideBar, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. $5.

Cooie and Bob (jazz) at Trapp Family Lodge Lounge, Stowe, 7:30 p.m. Free.

The High Breaks (surf) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 8 p.m. Free.

Cookie & D (jazz) at Highland Lodge Restaurant, Greensboro, 6:30 p.m. Free. Dark Star Project (Grateful Dead tribute) at Orlando’s Bar & Lounge, Burlington, 9:30 p.m. Free.

Homebrew (Celtic, jazz) at Gusto’s, Barre, 5 p.m. Free. Honky Tonk Happy Hour with Mark LeGrand at Sweet Melissa’s, Montpelier, 5:30 p.m. Free. Hostel House Band (funk, rock) at Hostel Tevere, Warren, 9 p.m. Free.

Dead Sessions Lite (Grateful Dead tribute) at Moogs Place, Morrisville, 9:30 p.m. $7.

In the Pocket (David Epstein) (jazz) at Bleu Northeast Seafood, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

The Dirty Looks Band (rock) at the Old Post, South Burlington, 8 p.m. Free.

It Hurts Me Too: A Very Jerry Valentine featuring the Zach Nugent Acoustic Band (Grateful Dead tribute) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 9 p.m. $10.

FAR Trio (soul, blues) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free. The Franky James Project (rock) at the Tap Room at Switchback Brewing Co., Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.

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Jacob Green (singer-songwriter) at Tap 25, Stowe, 7:30 p.m. Free. Jesse Agan (singer-songwriter) at 1st Republic Brewing Company, Essex Junction, 6 p.m. Free. Joe Wright, Matthew Wright (singer-songwriter) at ArtsRiot, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. $15.

John Lackard Blues Band at Moogs Joint, Johnson, 8 p.m. Free. Kind Bud (acoustic) at the Public House at Quechee Gorge, 7 p.m. Free. Mt. Pleasant (rock) at Red Square, Burlington, 7 p.m. $5. Rebecca Padula (Americana) at El Toro, Morrisville, 7 p.m. Free. Reid Genauer (sold out) (folkrock) at Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 8 p.m. $20/23.

Allen Church Project (Celtic, bluegrass) at the Old Foundry at One Federal Restaurant & Lounge, St. Albans, 6:30 p.m. Free. Annie in the Water with Hayley Jane (jam) at Stowe Cider, 7:30 p.m. $12. Barry Bender (singer-songwriter) at Bagitos Bagel and Burrito Café, Montpelier, 11 a.m. Free. Birdcode (jazz) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Can Am Jazz Band at the Parker Pie Company, West Glover, 8 p.m. Free.

The Restless Age (indie rock) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 10 p.m. $5.

Chris and Erica (rock, country) at Smitty’s Pub, Burlington, 8 p.m. Free.

Seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Sticks & Stones (rock) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 9 p.m. Free. Strange Purple Jelly (jam) at James Moore Tavern, Bolton, 9 p.m. Free.


The Big Pick (open bluegrass jam) at Hatch 31, Bristol, 8 p.m. Free. Dave Mitchell’s Blues Revue at Red Square, Burlington, 3 p.m. Free.



Reid Parsons, Tom Larsen & Friends (folk-rock) at Double E Performance Center’s T-Rex Theater, Essex Junction, 8 p.m. Free.

Sara & Soots (jazz) at Whammy Bar, Calais, 7:30 p.m. Free.

Open Stage Night with Marshall Dominguez and Friends at Orlando’s Bar & Lounge, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free.

Carter Glass (rock) at Hostel Tevere, Warren, 9 p.m. Free.

Chris Peterman (jazz) at Bleu Northeast Seafood, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. The Cobras (rock) at the Old Post, South Burlington, 8 p.m. Free. Cold Lazarus (jam) at Red Square, Burlington, 6 p.m. $5. Dead Not Dead (Grateful Dead tribute) at Zenbarn, Waterbury, 9 p.m. $5.

Irish Session at Bagitos Bagel and Burrito Café, Montpelier, 2 p.m. Donation.


Family Night (open jam) at SideBar, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free. Open Mic at SideBar, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Open Mic Night with Kyle Stevens at the Double E Lounge at Essex Experience, Essex Junction, 6:30 p.m. Free.


Irish Sessions at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. John Lackard Blues Jam at Sweet Melissa’s, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free. Old Time Sessions at Rabble-Rouser Chocolate & Craft Co., Montpelier, 6 p.m. Free. Open Mic with Andy Lugo at Manhattan Pizza & Pub, Burlington, 9:30 p.m. Free. Open Mic with Austtin at Monopole, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 10 p.m. Free. Tom Caswell Blues Jam at Hatch 31, Bristol, 7 p.m. Free.


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FEBRUARY 14, 15 & 16

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Also on Saturday, two local bands go head-to-head at Burlington’s ArtsRiot in a battle royale to determine who’s more ’90s-y. Dubbed “Hella Mega Fight Night,” indie rockers PAPER CASTLES take on emo champions WEEZER’s catalog, while punk outfit PREECE take the stage as GREEN DAY. I’d just like to set a few ground rules: No Weezer tunes past the band’s third album, Weezer (Green Album), shall be played, and selections from said 2001 album shall be kept to a bare minimum. (Read: You can play “Hash Pipe,” but not “Island in the Sun.”) A similar stipulation shall be applied to Green Day, except the cutoff is 2000’s Warning. Talent bookers, club promoters, venue owners (including DIY spaces) and music fans in general should take note of an upcoming talk on Tuesday, February 18, at the Fletcher Free Library in Burlington. Big Heavy World and the Vermont Department of Libraries team up to bring in SHAWNA POTTER, front person of Baltimore punk band WAR ON WOMEN and author of Making Spaces Safer: A Guide to Giving Harassment the Boot Wherever You Work, Play or Gather. BHW writes in a press release, “[The book] is a concise guide to building a healthier, more inclusive culture in the music industry and cultural spaces of all kinds. Through personal stories, case studies, sample policies, and advice like ‘How to flirt without being a creep,’ Potter shows why safer spaces are important and offers realistic, practical and actionable steps to achieve them.” Fans of punk band the DEAD MILKMEN should head out to Charlie-O’s World Famous in Montpelier on Saturday. The group’s guitarist and co-front person JOE



JACK TALCUM (aka JOE GENARO) headlines

the intimate dive bar. It’s a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with the cult band’s singer. The Dead Milkmen cranked out records from the mid-’80s to the mid-’90s, reunited in the late 2000s and subsequently released 2011’s The King in Yellow. Lehigh Valley, Pa., punkers the MEGA YEAH add support. Congrats to Burlington singer-songwriter FRANCESCA BLANCHARD for premiering her new single and music video, “Ex Girlfriend,” with billboard.com. Blanchard teams up once again with formerly local director wunderkind KAYHL COOPER for what the artist describes as her “love/hate letter to social media.” The tune continues the shift in the singer’s direction away from folk music into the indie-rock sphere. At this time, no official release date has been set for a new EP or LP. 

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Listening In If I were a superhero, my superpower would be the ability to get songs stuck in other people’s heads. Here are five songs that have been stuck in my head this week. May they also get stuck in yours. Follow sevendaysvt on Spotify for weekly playlists with tunes by artists featured in the music section. LYRICS BORN, “Shake It Off (Bad Dreams Part II)” POLIÇA, “Forget Me Now” GAVIN TUREK, “Remember” SHOPPING, “All or Nothing” ORVILLE PECK, “Queen of the Rodeo”

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Hot Nights Cuban-born



Dead Sessions Lite (Grateful Dead tribute) at Moogs Place, Morrisville, 9 p.m. $7.



his home country and its enduring musical sound on his latest work,

Dogs in a Pile, Blackwolf (jam) at Orlando’s Bar & Lounge, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.

On Any Given Night in Havana.

Emma Back, Lyn Rye (avantfolk) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 8 p.m. $5.





Empire Rooks (soul, reggae) at Monopole, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 10 p.m. Free.


The Fabulous Wrecks (rock) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 5 p.m. Free.

alive. The composer also recently

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in the mid-20th century, come released Cinque. The album is a

Far Trio (folk) at the Skinny Pancake, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

five-movement suite inspired by the

Full Share (rock) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 9 p.m. Free.

actions of Joseph Cinqué, the African

Garden State Radio (covers) at Pickle Barrel Nightclub, Killington, 8 p.m. $10-20.

slave who inspired the revolt on the Amistad. Villafranca performs on

Hella Mega Fight Night: Paper Castles as Weezer and Preece as Green Day at ArtsRiot, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. $10.

Sunday, February 16, at the Double E Performance Center’s T-Rex Theater in Essex Junction.

Jacob Green (singer-songwriter) at 14th Star Brewing Co., St. Albans, 6 p.m. Free. Joe Jack Talcum (the Dead Milkmen), the Mega Yeah (punk) at Charlie-O’s World Famous, Montpelier, 9:30 p.m. Free. Josh Panda’s Misty Mountain Hop: A Led Zeppelin Tribute at Tres Amigos & Rusty Nail Stage, Stowe, 9 p.m. $8/12. Julia Rose (singer-songwriter) at Babes Bar, Bethel, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kava Express (rock) at Whammy Bar, Calais, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kind Bud & Nug (acoustic) at Sugarbush Resort, Warren, 3 p.m. Free. Left Eye Jump (blues) at Red Square, Burlington, 2 p.m. Free. Lyrics Born, Juicebox (hip-hop) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 9 p.m. $12/15. Northeast Traffic (jam) at James Moore Tavern, Bolton, 9 p.m. Free.

The Sweet Remains (folk-rock) at Double E Performance Center’s T-Rex Theater, Essex Junction, 8 p.m. $22-50. Tim Brick (country) at Stone Corral, Richmond, 8:30 p.m. Free. ToasterBasket (funk, rock) at the Howlin’ Mouse Record Store, Rutland, 7 p.m. $5. Trae Sheehan (singer-songwriter) at the Den at Harry’s Hardware, Cabot, 7 p.m. Free. Useless Cans (folk-punk) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Wylie Shipman (country) at El Toro, Morrisville, 7 p.m. Free.


Ben and Katie Morey (singer-songwriter) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.

On the Sun (funk) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 8 p.m. Free. The Red Newts (country, blues) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 10 p.m. $5.

djs WED.12

DJ KermiTT (open format) at Red Square, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. DJ Two Sev (open format) at Red Square, Burlington, 11 p.m. Free. Subtronics, HE$H, Chee, Bommer, Level Up (electronic) at Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, 8:30 p.m. $20-99.


D Jay Baron (open format) at Red Square, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.


DJ A-RA$ (open format) at Red Square, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. DJ Abby and Friends (vinyl DJs) at Dedalus Wine Shop, Market & Wine Bar, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. DJ Bay 6 (hits) at Gusto’s, Barre, 8 p.m. Free. DJ Cre8 (open format) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 10:30 p.m. Free. DJ Disco Phantom (open format) at Finnigan’s Pub, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.


DJ Bounce (hits) at City Limits Night Club, Vergennes, 9:30 p.m. Free.


Burlington Writers’ Workshop Benefit featuring Seth Cronin, Jason Baker and Charlie Messing (singer-songwriter) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. donation.

Matt Hagen’s Murder Ballads and Fairy Tales (singer-songwriter) at Hostel Tevere, Warren, 5 p.m. Free.

Provisional Mailorder (experimental) at Autumn Records, Winooski, 7 p.m. Free.

Pete Sutherland and Tim Stickle’s Old Time Session at Radio Bean, Burlington, 1 p.m. Free.

razrfish (hip-hop) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free.

Elio Villafranca (jazz) at Double E Performance Center’s T-Rex Theater, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. $22-55.

TheLionPavillion Part III featuring Carl Livingston (reggae) at Tres Amigos & Rusty Nail Stage, Stowe, 9 p.m. $8/12.

Eric Friedman (folk) at Bagitos Bagel and Burrito Café, Montpelier, 11 a.m. Free.

ToasterBasket (funk-rock) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.

Some Hollow (rock) at Lawson’s Finest Liquids, Waitsfield, 5 p.m. Free.


Ursa and the Major Key (indie) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 9:30 p.m. Free.

Erica B., Hannah Hausman, Allison Fay Brown, Tom Pearo (folk) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 9:30 p.m. Free. Fiddle Witch (bluegrass) at the Skinny Pancake, Burlington, noon. Free. Jack Schroeder (acoustic) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 1 p.m. Free.

Dirt Merchant Mondays featuring Shitangel and Obtusum (metal) at Orlando’s Bar & Lounge, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free. Erin Cassels-Brown (indie folk) at Monkey House, Winooski, 6 p.m. Free.

Rooftop Trees (psych rock) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free. Seth Yacovone (blues) at Moogs Place, Morrisville, 7 p.m. Free.

Vince Herman and Drew Emmitt (Leftover Salmon) (bluegrass) at Zenbarn, Waterbury, 7 p.m. $30/35.


John Lackard (blues) at James Moore Tavern, Bolton, 4 p.m. Free.

Lily Wade (singer-songwriter) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

DJ Craig Mitchell (open format) at Red Square, Burlington, 11 p.m. $5.

Tell All Your Friends: Emo Night at Club Metronome, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.

DJ Stevie B (open format) at Rí Rá Irish Pub & Whiskey Room, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.

DJ Kelli Story (hits) at Twiggs — An American Gastropub, St. Albans, 8 p.m. Free.


DJ Taka (eclectic vinyl) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 11 p.m. $5.

DJ Stevie B (open format) at Three Needs Brewery & Taproom, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free. DJ Taka (eclectic vinyl) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 11 p.m. $5.

C-Low and Big Dog (hip-hop) at Three Needs Brewery & Taproom, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free. DJ A-RA$ (open format) at Red Square, Burlington, 10 p.m. $5. DJ Earl (hits) at City Limits Night Club, Vergennes, 9 p.m. Free.

DJ Vince Lepeltier (open format) at Rí Rá Irish Pub & Whiskey Room, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.

DJ Kaos (hits) at Gusto’s, Barre, 9:30 p.m. $3.

Molly Mood (house) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 10 p.m. $5.

DJ Raul (Latin) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 5 p.m. Free.

DJ Killa-Jewel (hip-hop) at Red Square, Burlington, 11 p.m. $5.

David Shane Smith (avant-pop) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Dead Set (Grateful Dead tribute) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 9 p.m. $5/8. 18+. Erin Cassels-Brown (indie folk) at Manhattan Pizza & Pub, Burlington, 9:30 p.m. Free. Grup Anwar (classical Arabic) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free. The Guest Policy (soul, indie rock) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 9:30 p.m. Free. Honky-Tonk Tuesdays with Pony Hustle at Radio Bean, Burlington, 10 p.m. $5. Jake Whitesell Trio (jazz) at Leunig’s Bistro & Café, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Lowell Thompson and Friends (roots-rock) at Hatch 31, Bristol, 7 p.m. Free. Mike Doughty (singer-songwriter) at ArtsRiot, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. $17. September Mourning, Madame Mayhem, American Grim (rock) at Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $10/15. Ukulele Kids with Joe Beaird at the Skinny Pancake, Burlington, 9:30 a.m. Free.


Bright Brown (art rock) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 9:30 p.m. Free. Christine Malcolm (folk) at Moogs Place, Morrisville, 8 p.m. Free. Cooie Sings (Americana) at Big Jay Tavern, Montgomery, 6 p.m. Free. David Beats Goliath (folk) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free. The Human Fly, Lean Tee, A Box of Stars (indie) at Monkey House, Winooski, 8 p.m. $3/8. 18+. The Mosaic Band (funk, jam) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 8 p.m. $5/8. 18+. The Ray Vega Latin Jazz Sextet at Juniper, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.

Chris Lyon (Americana) at Moogs Place, Morrisville, 7:30 p.m. Free.

DJ Vince Lepeltier (open format) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 11 p.m. $5. Reign One (house) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 11 p.m. $5. Vermont DJ Meetup Pre-Party (eclectic DJs, live hip-hop) at Monkey House, Winooski, 9 p.m. Free. Y2K Pop: A 2000s Pop Dance Party with D Jay Baron at Club Metronome, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.


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Disco Brunch with DJ Craig Mitchell at Misery Loves Co., Winooski, 11 a.m. Free. Vermont DJ Meetup (eclectic DJs, live hip-hop) at Swan Dojo, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free.


Vinyl Night with the Bubs and DJ Disco Phantom (vinyl DJs) at Monkey House, Winooski, 7:30 p.m. Free.


DJ KermiTT (open format) at Red Square, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. DJ Two Sev (open format) at Red Square, Burlington, 11 p.m. Free.




REVIEW this The Rix, Steering Pete’s Course: Maritime Songs From the Seeger Songbag (SELF-RELEASED, CD, DIGITAL)

It’s no secret that late folk music legend Pete Seeger loved the water, and the Hudson River in particular. He sailed and sang of it for the entirety of his career, writing tributes in songs such as “My Dirty Stream.” In 1966, he and his wife, Toshi, founded Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, a foundation dedicated to preserving the beauty of the river he admired so much. Monticello, N.Y.’s Rick Nestler and Vermont’s Rik Palieri, known in aggregate as the Rix, both met and started playing with Seeger in the 1970s. Much of their relationship centered on the famous folkie’s love of sailing the Hudson. So, after years of playing with Seeger and performing his songs on their own, the two songwriters have teamed up on a maritime-themed tribute to their mentor.

Kevin Lewis, Songs for the Fireplace (SELF-RELEASED, DIGITAL)

Kevin Lewis is a budding singer-songwriter from Burlington by way of Plattsburgh, N.Y. He specializes in lo-fi, bedroom-popstyle rock, and he’s recently released his second album, Songs for the Fireplace. The title is a bit misleading, to say the least: This is a loud, urgent piece of work, cut straight from the heart. For his 2016 debut, Elizabeth, Lewis convened a cast of local musicians to help out. But for his latest effort, he took the one-manband approach. The drums are mostly canned percussion, a drum machine counterpoint to his human touch. Sometimes that juxtaposition coheres nicely, as on the intro to the slow-burn ballad “Never Ends.” Mostly, though, the computerized beats just amplify the album’s home-demo feel, especially when Lewis’ strings meander out of time.


Steering Pete’s Course: Maritime Songs From the Seeger Songbag is simultaneously a love letter to a subgenre of folk music and a toast to one of America’s greatest songwriters. The album contains traditional tunes and material written by the Rix, along with Seeger’s songs. Nestler and Palieri are perfect Seeger torchbearers. Both are lifelong folk musicians themselves, and their involvement with the Clearwater project adds extra authenticity. A host of singers and friends who knew and performed with Seeger join in, as well, including David Bernz, Guy Davis, Melissa Ortquist and Sarah Underhill. Their collected talents add to the friendssinging-on-a-ship vibe. This album isn’t trying to win over anyone who isn’t into maritime-themed folk; rather, it’s for initiates and lovers of Seeger’s seminal talents. His songwriting towers like a colossus on tunes such as “Sinking of the Reuben James,” which features a wonderful intro in which Nestler and Palieri talk about Seeger writing the song. They urged him to write a chorus for others to sing along to. The Rix work well together. Both artists

have the hint of grit that age can bring to voices, but they sing the songs with clarity, pureness and a reverence that matches their expertise. On “Sailing Down My Golden River,” Nestler’s 12-string guitar and Palieri’s T! banjo form a latticework of notes that reel OU LD off like waves hitting a ship’s stern. SO The record does have a current of sadness — or at least a sense of old NEXT WEEKEND: traditions lost and, perhaps, the passing THU 20 | FRI 21 | SAT 22 of a simpler world. Maybe it’s just the natural melancholy of folk, but many of Seeger’s songs almost feel like J.R.R. Tolkien describing a disappearing world. “Song of the World’s Last Whale,” a lesser-known composition, carries heavy regret, and Nestler sings Seeger’s words like a plea: “So here’s a little test to see how you feel / Here’s a little test for this Age of the ALL-FEMALE LINEUP: Automobile / If we can save our singers in GALENTINEʼS DAY COMEDY! the sea / Perhaps there’s a chance to save THURS, FEB 13 | 7PM you and me.” That notion of preserving our waters saturates Steering Pete’s Course. And as good as the Rix are at covering the master musically, one gets the feeling that the steering part is what would make Seeger (802) 859-0100 | WWW.VTCOMEDY.COM most happy. 101 main street, BurlingtoN Steering Pete’s Course: Maritime Songs From the Seeger Songbag is available at 8v-vtcomedyclub021220 1 2/10/20 12:44 PM CDBaby.

With such uneven production values, the spotlight turns to the songs themselves. Lewis comes off as an earnest, innocent soul, penning straightforward tracks about the confusion of the human condition. All of the songs are serious and introspective, often nakedly personal. His writing can get muddled, but you’ll never doubt that he means every word. Which brings us to Lewis’ singing. What he lacks in pitch and technique he attempts to make up for with sheer gusto: He absolutely hollers his balls off on most of these songs. The result is something like Tenacious D minus the chops — and the winking self-awareness. It can be hard to sit through someone belting off-key, and that’s mostly what Songs for the Fireplace has to offer. So, rather than a polished product, the album is more like a document of an artist in progress. As such, it’s genuinely charming, in a primitive-art sort of way. Furthermore, I hate to be so hard on a young man who is clearly so hard on himself. Some of his

songs, especially “Taste,” are brutally selfrecriminating — it’s almost like listening to a total stranger work through a therapy session. Although Lewis seems most at home bashing out power chords or jangling along on rhythm guitar, he injects some surprising stylistic shifts along the way. “Worth in Myself” takes a turn into bare-bones, blueeyed reggae for some riffs on the healing power of love. Then there’s “Something About Your Hair,” a sad waltz about picking up the pieces of a broken relationship. The writing is carefully observed, and the song features some of the best guitar work on the album. It’s a fine, mature composition, giving us a glimpse of the artist Lewis could become. While Songs for the Fireplace shows promise, it also indicates that working with other musicians may be the best way for Lewis to realize that potential. With his move to Burlington, he’s definitely landed in the right scene to make connections and further hone the rough edges of his sound. Songs for the Fireplace is available at kevinlewis.bandcamp.com.









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music+nightlife live music WED.19 CONTINUED FROM P.70 Robe, Sophie Ward (hip-hop) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free. Sam Talmadge (acoustic) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Wednesday Night Dead (Grateful Dead tribute) at Zenbarn, Waterbury, 7 p.m. Free.


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Coughing. A jarring blend of funk, jazz and rock — not to mention the front person’s distinct, gravelly voice — made the group stand out in a sea of burgeoning alternative rock groups. But Soul Coughing were short-lived compared to Doughty’s prodigious solo career. He’s released more than a dozen albums and wrote The Book of Drugs, a memoir chronicling the implosion of his former band, his opiate addiction and his subsequent recovery. Catch Doughty on Tuesday, February 18, at ArtsRiot in Burlington.


Karaoke at JP’s Pub, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.

Ilana Glazer (sold out) (standup) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7 & 9:30 p.m. $35/45.

Karaoke with DJ Amanda Rock at City Limits Night Club, Vergennes, 9 p.m. Free. Karaoke with Glitter Bomb Entertainment (Spanish karaoke) at Dale Boca Argentinean Café, Winooski, 8-11 p.m. Free.


Boom City (improv) at Revelry Theater, Burlington, 8 p.m. $7/8.

Trivia Night at Moogs Place, Morrisville, 5:30 p.m. Free. Trivia Night at the Parker Pie Company, West Glover, 7 p.m. Free.

Ilana Glazer (sold out) (standup) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7 & 9:30 p.m. $35/45.

Trivia Night at Spare Time Family Fun Center, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free. Trivia with Tim Rouselle at Mill River Brewing BBQ & Smokehouse, St. Albans, 7 p.m. Free.



Trivia Mania at Nectar’s, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Trivia Night at 1st Republic Brewing Company, Essex Junction, 6 p.m. Free.


Happy Hour Tunes & Trivia with Gary Peacock at Monopole Downstairs, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 5 p.m. Free. Karaoke at JP’s Pub, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free. Karaoke Night with Jenny Red at Park Place Tavern & Grill, Essex Junction, 9:30 p.m. Free.

Karaoke with Dave Bourgea at Burlington St. John’s Club, 8:30 p.m. Free. Trivioke with Glitter Bomb Entertainment (trivia and karaoke) at Dale Boca Argentinean Café, Winooski, 6 p.m. Free. Untapped: A Night of Burlesque and Drag at Monkey House, Winooski, 9 p.m. $10.


Karaoke at JP’s Pub, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free. Karaoke with Mike Lambert at Park Place Tavern & Grill, Essex Junction, 9:30 p.m. Free. Winter Is a Drag Ball (drag, variety) at Higher Ground, South Burlington, 8 p.m. $32/37.



‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1’ (film screening) at Babes Bar, Bethel, 7 p.m. Free. Karaoke with Rob Jones at Manhattan Pizza & Pub, Burlington, 9:30 p.m. Free.

Moyerbrailean brought in pictures of various birds and a list of famous queer women and nonbinary celebrities. The audience collectively matched up names such as Janelle Monae and Jane Lynch with their most similar-looking feathery counterparts. Emerson also serves on Revelry’s board of directors and recently starred in an improvised musical comedy called Abortion, The Musical. The collaboratively written show, which is being revamped, restaged and partially recast this spring, stars Emerson as Rosemary, a young devout woman who’s SEVEN DAYS FEBRUARY 12-19, 2020

Karaoke at JP’s Pub, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free. Karaoke with DJ Amanda Rock at City Limits Night Club, Vergennes, 9 p.m. Free.

Lamp Shop Lit Club (open reading) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.


String Band Karaoke at the Skinny Pancake, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.

Hotel Karaoke at Orlando’s Bar & Lounge, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free. Karaoke with DJ Molotov at Charlie-O’s World Famous, Montpelier, 9:30 p.m. Free. Trivia at the Skinny Pancake, Hanover, N.H., 6:30 p.m. Free. Trivia with Top Hat Entertainment at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. Free.

been immaculately impregnated by God — or so she thinks. Horror aficionados should detect a clue in the name “Rosemary” as to how the story unfolds. “At first, I really struggled,” says Emerson of finding her way to Rosemary. “I’m not religious, and I’ve never had an abortion. But, as I was getting into her, I realized how similar we actually were [in terms of ] seeking external validation and looking for other people to define her self-worth.” Another issue she faced was keeping her professional persona intact after putting together and starring in a show that treats a serious topic so irreverently.

Mike McDonald’s Comedy Extravaganza at Lebanon Opera House, , N.H., 7:30 p.m. $34.50-39.50.



Karaoke with Glitter Bomb Entertainment (Spanish karaoke) at Dale Boca Argentinean Café, Winooski, 8-11 p.m. Free.

Karaoke with Samantha Dickey at Ruben James, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.

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The Mainstage Show (improv) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. $5.

Bingo at the Skinny Pancake, Hanover, N.H., 6 p.m. Free.

Karaoke with DJ Jon Berry & DJ Coco at Olive Ridley’s, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 8 p.m. Free.

Togetherness! (improv) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7 p.m. $5.

Galentine’s Day (variety) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7 p.m. $10.


Karaoke at JP’s Pub, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.

Open Mic at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.

Comedy Club Night (standup) at the Engine Room, White River Junction, 7 p.m. $10.

trivia, karaoke, etc.

Boogie Bingo with DJ Matt Hagen at Lawson’s Finest Liquids, Waitsfield, 5 p.m. Free.


Trivia Night at Moogs Place, Morrisville, 5:30 p.m. Free. Trivia Night at the Parker Pie Company, West Glover, 7 p.m. Free. Trivia Night at Spare Time Family Fun Center, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free. Trivia Night at Stone Corral, Richmond, 7:30 p.m. Free.

Ilana Glazer (sold out) (standup) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7 & 9:30 p.m. $35/45.


Comedy & Crepes featuring Dan Wilbur at the Skinny Pancake, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.


Improv Class Performance at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Level 1 Standup Class Show at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.

Trivia with Tim Rouselle at Mill River Brewing BBQ & Smokehouse, St. Albans, 7 p.m. Free. m

“I really had to grapple with taking off my sex educator hat,” she says. “Because this is not how I would talk about abortion. The musical was probably one of the scariest things I’ve done in my comedy career.” This from a person who dons a graphic depiction of a woman’s lady parts onstage on a regular basis. Apodaca says he never imagined a show like “Sex w/Jenna” would grace Revelry’s stage. “I was hoping someone would produce a show like it, but I didn’t know what it was,” he confesses. Emerson hopes her monthly presentation

stimulates audiences — in more ways than one. Furthermore, she aims for her work at UVM to potentially inspire the next wave of sex educators. “I want students to see that this is a valuable, viable option in terms of [a] career,” Emerson says. m Contact: jordan@sevendaysvt.com

INFO The next installment of “Sex w/Jenna” is Saturday, February 23, 9:30 p.m., at Revelry Theater in Burlington. Recommended 18+. $10. revelrytheater.com

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History in the Haus


“Weimar, Dessau, Berlin: The Bauhaus as School and Laboratory,” Middlebury College Museum of Art B Y AMY LI LLY


ast year, museums around the world mounted special exhibitions marking the centennial of the Bauhaus — an experimental and profoundly influential school of art, design and architecture founded in Germany in 1919. In fall 2019, Middlebury College assistant professor Erin Sassin offered a class in the history of art and architecture department called “Exhibiting the Bauhaus,” in which 17 students plotted their own exhibit about the famous school. Their focus was its original intent: experimental learning, unfettered by hierarchical distinctions between craft and art. Besides learning about the Bauhaus’ 14-year existence before it closed in 1933 under pressure from the Nazis, Sassin’s students studied its curriculum, trying out creative prompts devised by its teachers a century ago. And they discussed how to engage present-day museumgoers in similarly interactive modes of learning. The result of their work is the imaginative exhibit “Weimar, Dessau, Berlin: The Bauhaus as School and Laboratory,” which opened at the Middlebury College Museum of Art last Friday. A reception this week features a talk by Sassin and a performance of dance and music by Middlebury faculty members Laurel Jenkins and Matthew Evan Taylor, respectively. The show’s cocurators were Sassin and Sarah Briggs, a graduate fellow of the Serge and Vally Sabarsky Foundation in New York, which loaned many of the works. They helped the students devise the curatorial narrative and drafted wall texts, along with other aspects of the show. That narrative focuses on the radical ways in which the Bauhaus fostered artistic innovation, and how these changed under different directors and as the school moved from Weimar (1919-25) to Dessau (1925-32) to Berlin for the last year of its existence. As its subtitle suggests, the exhibition is organized similarly to the Bauhaus’ workshops and classes, with sections on printmaking, interior furnishings, life drawing and sculpture, theater, music, and surface form. On display are 52 works — prints, lithographs, photographs, sculptures, posters, furniture and more — produced by both “apprentices” and “masters” — the Bauhaus lingo for students and professors. Other than one book from Middlebury’s collection, all of the works are loaned.

Wall text notes that the Bauhaus had no architecture workshop, despite its legacy being most closely associated with architecture. Instead, Bauhaus students gained experience in the field through the commissions and teaching of the directors — Walter Gropius, Hannes Meyer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe — all of whom were practicing architects. In that spirit, the center of the Middlebury gallery features an architectural installation: an open-structure “workshop” room built by exhibition designer Ken Pohlman. Its main wall evokes the structural grid of the glass curtain wall that Gropius designed for the studio and workshop building of his Dessau campus. That building, completed in 1926, became one of the Bauhaus’ most recognizable visual signifiers. The workshop room is dedicated to the Bauhaus’ half-year Preliminary Course, required of all its students. Lithographs by its master teachers, Johannes Itten, László Moholy-Nagy and Josef Albers, hang there. Equally compelling are the studentcreated responses in paper and other materials to the German teachers’

prompts. A central worktable invites visitors to make their own responses, and similar participatory prompts appear below the wall texts introducing each section of the exhibition. In the theater and music section, for example, visitors are invited to “Make a movement with

your body (big or small). Draw the shape or shapes of that movement.” Among the Middlebury students’ other original creations on view are a virtualreality tour of the Dessau campus (screening on a video loop) and a row of postcards designed to promote this very exhibit.






Bauhaus workshop installation built by Ken Pohlman

Postcard designed by Middlebury College student Isaac Ducker

"Kleine Welten V" by Wassily Kandinsky


The latter were created in the spirit of the Bauhaus’ two-month Ausstellung, or international exhibit, which drew thousands of visitors in 1923. At a side station labeled “Play. Experiment. Create. Discover,” students have equipped an activity table with replicas they made of designer Alma SiedhoffBuscher’s 1923 set of colorful wooden sailboat building blocks and sculptor Josef Hartwig’s 1924 wooden chess set. The geometric shapes of the latter are an elemental demonstration of form following function. Play was a central part of Bauhaus student life, an aspect captured in two photographs in the Middlebury exhibit. One is by Bauhaus student T. Lux Feininger, whose father, Lyonel, was master of the printmaking workshop. It shows three raucous student musicians horsing around: A trombonist plays while balancing on a tipping ladder held up by a buddy wearing a banjo, which a third friend is strumming. Bauhaus student Edmund Collein took the shot “Bauatelier Gropius” (aka Gropius’ Bauhaus Atelier, 1927-28), which depicts his classmates crammed individually or in pairs into stacked wooden cubbies, peering around at one another or brandishing spoons and teacups. Sassin, who joined Briggs to give this reviewer a tour, declared the photo one of her favorite items in the exhibit. “I love the zany clothes,” Sassin said. “They look so contemporary; they look like art students today.” The Bauhaus students ended up giving Gropius the photo as a parting gift. Still, Sassin pointed out, “[They] often made fun of the stodgy masters.” The exhibit amply demonstrates how imaginative those masters were. Marcel Breuer, a Bauhaus student who became master of the cabinet-making workshop in Dessau, pioneered furniture made from the new seamless tubular steel being used in bicycles. On loan from the Gropius House in Lincoln, Mass., are Breuer’s model B5 chair (1926-27), with its distinctive seat material stretched around the tubing and held with crossties underneath; and a set of his model B9 nesting tables (1925-26). Beside them sit a chrome floor lamp by Marianne Brandt, head of the metal workshop from 1928 to 1929, and Peter Keler’s iconic Bauhausian cradle from 1922. The latter is formed from a basic circle and triangle, which were then assigned colors according to the theory of Russian artist

Wassily Kandinsky, master of the wall painting workshop through 1925. On a separate wall, Kandinsky’s 12 “Kleine Welten” (“Small World”) woodcuts and drypoints encourage viewers to puzzle out those theories, which associate particular shapes and colors. Some of the works are colored, others black and white. Similarly inspired by Kandinsky’s colorform theory, the exhibition design team devised a graphic for the show: an intersecting blue circle, red square and yellow triangle. “Because it is the Bauhaus, we’re going a little crazy,” Pohlman explained. A few of the pieces are surprises. Theater and sculpture master Oskar Schlemmer practically saw the human body as an arrangement of geometric shapes — witness his “Triadic Ballet” on YouTube. The poster advertising it appears here. The exhibit also features a 1934 woodcut portrait of Schlemmer by one of his friends, German expressionist Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. The work’s distorted lines look out of place in an exhibit celebrating the Bauhaus aesthetic. For different reasons, artist Paul Klee’s pedagogical sketchbook from 1925, detailing his theory of form based on the relationship of point, line and plane, surprised this reviewer. Known for an idiosyncratic style inspired by the spiritual, children’s art and the mentally ill, Klee appears to have been instrumental in shaping the Bauhaus’ elementary theory of “surface” (i.e., two-dimensional) forms. “Students and masters alike regarded Klee’s instruction … as foundational for applied work,” the wall text notes. Sassin and her Middlebury students refer briefly in their texts to the enormous impact of the Bauhaus on art, architecture and industry worldwide. “Weimar, Dessau, Berlin: The Bauhaus as School and Laboratory” is itself a measure of that impact; clearly, the pedagogical side of the pioneering school still inspires students today. As Briggs explained, the framers of the German school “wanted students to generate original thought. [This exhibit] is really what the Bauhaus was all about.” m



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Edgewater Gallery

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f ‘THE ART SHOW’: An unjuried show in which artists are invited to bring one piece each in any size or medium; the people’s choice winner takes home a mini grant. Reception: Friday, February 14, 6-9 p.m., voting closes at 8 p.m. February 14-29. Info, publicartschool@gmail.com. The Gallery at RL Photo in Burlington.

windows at the back afford a stunning view of

mad river valley/waterbury

those windows currently features abstract pieces

the cascading Otter Creek. Inside, Edgewater presents a wide selection of contemporary works in multiple mediums and styles. One wall near on paper and pane by Jane Davies — works

f ORAH MOORE: “Faces of Vermont,” portraits by the fine-art photographer. Reception: Friday, February 21, 6-8 p.m. February 18-March 28. Info, 244-7801. Axel’s Gallery & Frame Shop in Waterbury.

whose own energy is a counterpart to the roaring waterfall. On her website, the Rupert-based

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painter, teacher and writer says, “I believe that making art is a journey, with very few hand-holds

f ‘ASK THE RIVER’: A community art and creative placemaking project addressing the nearby Connecticut River, including large cyanotypes, mixed-media sculpture and visitor-made postcards. Reception: Saturday, February 15, 11 p.m. February 15-March 7. Info, 257-0124. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.

and only a general road map.” That spontaneity is manifested in her animated explorations of shape, line and color, the results of which compel a dialogue with the viewer. Through February 29.

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f 12TH ANNUAL HIGH SCHOOL EXHIBITION: Artworks in a variety of mediums and styles by area students. Reception and awards ceremony: Friday, February 14, 5-7 p.m. February 14-March 13. Info, 603-448-3117. AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, N.H.

Art” on Saturday, February 15, at the gallery. Pictured: “Aftermath #2.”


‘SHIFTING THE LENS’: Contemporary Indigenous Australian photography from the permanent collection featuring images by Christian Thompson, Fiona Foley, Bindi Cole, Michael Cook, Darren Siwes, Tony Albert and Michael Riley. February 15-June 21. Info, 603-646-2426. Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H.

ART EVENTS 20TH ANNIVERSARY RECEPTION: The community arts center and gallery space celebrates 20 years in 2020 with an exhibition of historic photos, a showcase of programs and refreshments. River Arts, Morrisville, Thursday, February 13, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 888-1261. ARTIST INFORMATION SESSION WITH JILL MADDEN: The round-table discussion focuses on “The Artist as Entrepreneur.” Red Mill Gallery at Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Thursday, February 13, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 635-2727. ‘BENEATH THE SNOW’: WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP: What lies beneath the snow as we wait for spring to emerge? The forest floor is buried, but a whole other world exists that we cannot see. This class will cover techniques (including some experimental ones), materials and brushwork. Suitable for all ages, but children must come with an adult. Preregistration required: 457-3368, ext. 222, or emma_beck@ partner.nps.gov. Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Woodstock, Saturday, February 15, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. CLIMATE CRISIS WORKSHOP: PROTEST POSTERS: Darcie Rankin and friends worked with participants to design and create inspirational signs, discuss activism and look at examples of student activist creations. Now, participants meet in front of the Richmond Town Center and march for climate action. During this time, students will use artistic photography to capture the event. Richmond Town Hall, Monday, February 17, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, radiate.art.space@gmail.com. COMMUNITY ART OPEN STUDIO: A self-guided art-making event for all ages. Many art materials to choose from. Expressive Arts Burlington, Wednesdays, February 12 and 19, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., and Thursday, February 13, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 343-8172. CONVERSATIONS AND CONNECTIONS GALLERY TALK: The curators of current exhibition “School Photos and Their Afterlives” give a lunchtime talk titled “What Do School Photos Do?” Hood Museum,




‘ALL THE FEELS’: A group exhibition of artwork that exudes emotion and feeling and causes reactions. Through February 29. Info, 578-2512. The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington. Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., Wednesday, February 12, 12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 603-646-2426. CURATOR’S TOUR: ‘TIME LAPSE’: Carolyn Bauer gives a special tour of the current exhibit on contemporary analog photography. Preregistration appreciated but not required. Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, Shelburne Museum, Saturday, February 15, 2 p.m. Info, 985-3346. FIGURE DRAWING SOCIAL: A two-hour session to allow artists to practice figure drawing and form study in a friendly, inclusive environment. Model provided; all skill levels welcome. BYOB. Wishbone Collective, Winooski, Wednesday, February 19, 6-8 p.m. $5-10 donations. Info, 662-3050. GLASSBLOWING CHALLENGE: VALENTINE’S DAY EDITION: In this free glassblowing event, participants have three minutes to blow the largest clear marble they can. Prizes and trophies will be given. The Bern Gallery, Burlington, Saturday, February 15, 1-7 p.m. Info, 207-233 5325. THE GLOBAL DAY OF CLAY: In honor of this worldwide celebration of ceramics in all its forms, come to the ceramics studio, receive one pound of clay and hand-build anything you like with our tools. Projects will not be fired, but the clay is yours to keep. ArtisTree Community Arts Center & Gallery, South Pomfret, Wednesday, February 12, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 457-3500. MARBLE ART WORKSHOP: A free one-day stonecarving class for local high schoolers, focusing on tools and technique, and taught by marble sculptor Steve Shaheen. Preregister. The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center, West Rutland, Wednesday, February 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Info, 438-2097.


OPEN STUDIO FIGURE DRAWING: Sessions featuring a variety of approaches to working from the figure are suited to all levels of drawing, painting and sculpture backgrounds and expertise. Easels and tables available. River Arts, Morrisville, Tuesday, February 18, 3-5:30 p.m. $10. Info, 888-1261. PAINTING ON THE BOX: Artist-in-residence Kristina Rodanas leads a workshop in which participants paint an 8-by-8-inch keepsake wooden box to take home. Instruction and materials provided. BYOB. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, Sunday, February 16, 2-4 p.m. Info, 457-2355. TALK: ‘A LOVE LETTER TO PROCESS’: Vermont cross-disciplinary artist Wylie Garcia discusses how she explores themes of identity and place through process and material-based projects. Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont, Burlington, Wednesday, February 19, 6 p.m. Info, 656-0750. TALK: JUSTINE KURLAND: The photographer and visiting artist presents a lecture, “Girl Pictures, and the American Road.” Williams Hall, University of Vermont, Burlington, Wednesday, February 19, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-2014. TALK: NANCIE RAVENEL: The objects conservator presents “How Come It Looks Like That?” — a discussion about how provenance and folklore factor into conservation treatment decisions. Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, Shelburne Museum, Wednesday, February 19, 2-3:30 p.m. Info, 985-3346. WALTER UNGERER: An evening of experimental short films by the internationally known filmmaker. T.W. Wood Gallery, Montpelier, Thursday, February 13, 5-7 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Info, 262-6035.


f ‘ANEW’: A traveling exhibition of works in a variety of mediums and styles by 29 local artists with disabilities, presented by Inclusive Arts Vermont. Reception: Saturday, February 15, 1-3 p.m. Through April 24. Info, 652-4500. Amy E. Tarrant Gallery in Burlington. ‘ANIMAL TRANSFORMATIONS’: Objects from the permanent collection that represent animalhuman relationships, curated by UVM’s Museum Anthropology class, led by professor Jennifer Dickinson and the museum’s manager of collections and exhibitions, Margaret Tamulonis. ‘LET’S HAVE A BALL’: Vibrant paintings by Samuel Wood Gaylor featuring spirited social scenes from the New York art world circa 1913 to ’36. ‘WARP: WAR RUGS OF AFGHANISTAN’: Woven rugs that document the history of the war-torn region, incorporating stylized representations of political figures, Kalashnikovs, flags, maps, drones and more amid floral and geometric patterns. Reception and costume art ball: Thursday, February 20, 5:30-7 p.m. Through May 8. Info, 656-0750. Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont, in Burlington. BRENDAN BUSH: “A Cross Section,” artwork with intersecting colors, interrupted visual patterns and imperfect lines, reflecting the artist’s attempts at love and acceptance of self. Through February 29. Info, 859-9222. Speeder & Earl’s Coffee in Burlington. ‘CREW NECK’: New artwork from 12 artists using T-shirts as their canvas: Annemarie Buckley, Noah Butkus, Aaron Draplin, Cody Hudson, Marin Horikawa, Scott Lenhardt, Sarah Letteney, Zak Jensen, Byron O’Neill, Tyler Stout, Jackson Tupper and Ty Williams. Proceeds from sales will be used to provide art classes for children. Through March 5. Info, 2332943. Safe and Sound Gallery in Burlington.




JESSE MILES: Fresh artwork, including technicolor animals, anxiety paintings and fornicating food products, that straddle gruesome and beautiful, funny and sexual. Through February 27. Info, 338-7441. Thirty-odd in Burlington. JUSTIN LEE HOEKSTRA: “The Pleasures of Being a Ghost,” a suite of seven site-specific paintings, the continuation of a yearly series of paintings in which the artist eliminates all color from the process and utilizes only black and white paint. Through February 28. Info, flynndogexhibits@gmail.com. Flynndog Gallery in Burlington. KASEY CHILD: “Plastic River,” a solo exhibition of large-scale paintings focused on climate change by the Burlington artist. Through February 29. Info, 652-2400. The Silo in Burlington. ‘A LINK TO THE PAST’: Immerse yourself in a retro gaming experience spanning several decades and many platforms, all drawn from the Game History Teaching Collection in the college’s Game Studio. Through February 27. Info, 865-8980. Champlain College Art Gallery in Burlington. SHARON RADTKE: “Wild Things,” photography that captures the personalities of birds and other wildlife in the artist’s backyard in Milton, and beyond. Through March 14. Info, 865-7211. Fletcher Free Library in Burlington. VANESSA KOTOVICH: “Lugo-Natura,” photographs by the Hinesburg artist focused on sanctuary and history. Through February 29. Info, 391-4083. The Gallery at Main Street Landing in Burlington.

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BARBARA WATERS: “2020 Hindsight,” a 25-year retrospective of the artist’s creative explorations. Through February 29. Info, 425-6345. Charlotte Senior Center. ‘CREATURE COMFORTS: ANIMALS IN THE HOUSE’: An exhibition of objects from the museum’s permanent collection as well as on loan that illustrate the human-animal bond, including domestication, emotional connections and ethical treatment. Through August 23. ‘TIME LAPSE: CONTEMPORARY ANALOG PHOTOGRAPHY’: An exhibition of 14 national and international artists who use the darkroom as a laboratory and find inspiration in 19th-century photographic processes. Also on view are historic photographs from the museum’s permanent collection. Through March 8. Info, 985-3346. Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, Shelburne Museum. ‘HEART SHOW’: More than 100 heart-shaped works by local artists, sales of which benefit Camp Thorpe in Goshen, a summer camp for children with disabilities. All donations matched up to $15,000. Bid online through February 29. Through March 29. Info, 448-0108. Rustic Roots in Shelburne. MAGGIE CAHOON: “Wild Harmonies / Vast Horizons,” encaustic paintings that evoke the inner and outer landscapes of the human psyche, and the possible realities that lie just beyond ordinary awareness. Through February 26. Info, 985-3819. All Souls Interfaith Gathering in Shelburne. ‘NOT MY AMERICA’: An exhibition of film, visual and performance art featuring Aaron Masi, Bettina Desrochers, David Schein, Dominique Vitali, Doug Hoffman, Eden Stern, Jen Berger, Jenni Bee, John Douglas, Kate Longmaid, Kelly Hickey, Kristian Brevik, Matt Morris, Maxwell Comejean, Michael Kuk, Rhoda Ratray, Rob Koer, Ross Connelly, Sara Baker, Travis Will and Vanessa Compton. Through March 17. Info, 718-415-7135. 2Creative Community in Winooski. SCOTTIE RAYMOND: Opening for “Hardened Lines Softened Time,” new works by the graffiti artist and member of Anthill Collective. Through February 29. Info, 391-9560. Ante Gallery in Shelburne.


‘20 YEARS OF SPA!’: A celebratory exhibit including highlights from shows that took place in each of the years since 2000. 3rd Floor Gallery. ‘BOTANICAL BLITZ’: A group exhibit of colorful works that depict the plant, insect and animal worlds. JANET VAN FLEET: “Offerings,” found wood sculptures in the Quick Change Gallery, a former phone booth. LOIS

BEATTY: “Making My Mark,” recent monoprints. 2nd Floor Gallery. Through March 7. Info, 479-7069. Studio Place Arts in Barre. ANNUAL INVITATIONAL GROUP ART SHOW: An exhibition of works in a variety of mediums by 17 artists, each of whom had previous solo shows at the library. Through February 27. Info, 426-3581. Jaquith Public Library in Marshfield.

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f BREAD AND PUPPET THEATER: “The Bad Bedsheet Existibility Show Part I,” featuring works by founder Peter Schumann and the renowned Vermont-based puppet theater troupe. Reception: Saturday, February 15, 4-6 p.m., with a Bread and Puppet performance Through February 20. Info, 262-6035. T.W. Wood Gallery in Montpelier. f CAT MCQ & JEANNE THURSTON: “United Signs of America,” photographs by McQ in the second-floor gallery, takes the viewer on a road trip looking backward. Paintings by Thurston, on the first floor, feature intense, dimensional bars of color. Reception: Saturday, February 15, 4-6 p.m. Through March 28. Info, 595-5252. Center for Arts and Learning in Montpelier. HEATHER KRALIK: “Within Landscapes,” paintings by the Vermont artist. Through March 31. Info, 2296206. North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier. JAMES SECOR: “Peanut Butter Garlic Toast,” 12 acrylic paintings that include responses to scenes in Montpelier, Barre, Idaho and Québec, curated by Studio Place Arts. Through February 29. Info, 479-7069. Morse Block Deli & Taps in Barre. KATHLEEN GRANT & SUE DUPRAT: Paintings in a variety of mediums, and handcrafted leather and wood journals, respectively. Through February 29. Info, 223-1981. The Cheshire Cat in Montpelier. NITYA BRIGHENTI: “Of Cities and Deserts,” oil paintings and watercolors featuring nomadic landscapes, still lifes and portraiture by the Vermont artist, poet and architect. Through March 30. Info, 279-5558. Vermont Supreme Court Gallery in Montpelier.

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‘SHOW 37’: The gallery kicks off 2020 with the first of six all-member shows. Through March 1. Info, 552-0877. The Front in Montpelier. ‘THAW: A CONVERSATION’: A multimedia exhibition by artist Evie Lovett and poet Diana Whitney, whose encaustic paintings and poetry, respectively, are inspired by the Connecticut River. Through March 14. Info, 738-3667. The Garage Cultural Center in Montpelier.

f ‘VERMONT ARTISTS TO WATCH 2020’: The Vermont Art Guide and Vermont Arts Council present a survey of contemporary local art in exhibition and print. Curator Ric Kasini Kadour asked 10 Vermont art professionals to nominate other artists who are making work that commands attention. Reception: Thursday, February 13, 5-7 p.m. Through March 27. Info, 828-3291. Spotlight Gallery in Montpelier. ‘VERMONT ETUDES’: Images of the state’s landscape by Norwich photographer Kip King. Through February 29. Info, 223-3338. Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier.

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‘ART OF SOUND’: In participation with 2020 Vision: Seeing the World Through Technology, a statewide initiative of the Vermont Curators Group, this group exhibition created by Kelly Holt features works that present a variety of ways to interact with sound, from ambient to immersive. Artists are John Bauer, Susan Calza, Sean Clute and Otto Muller of the Rural Noise Ensemble, and Kathryn Lipke Vigesaa. Through April 30. Info, 760-4634. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort.

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f CYNTHIA BOWLER: A retrospective of mixedmedia work by the late Vermont artist. Reception: Wednesday, February 12, 3-5 p.m. with gallery talk by Susan Calza Through March 13. Info, 635-1469. Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, Northern Vermont University, in Johnson. f JILL MADDEN: “Woods,” meditative plein air paintings by the artist-in-residence. Artist STOWE/SMUGGS SHOWS

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talk: Thursday, February 13, 4-5 p.m., followed by reception 6-8 p.m. Through February 29. Info, 635-2727. Red Mill Gallery at Vermont Studio Center in Johnson.

College led Jill Madden to some global adventures — such as studying

Chinese ink painting in Taiwan and teaching both Mandarin and art in Alaska. With an MFA from Boston University and a residency

‘LOVE LETTERS’: A group show of nine local and international artists that celebrates the concepts of love and relationships of many kinds. Through April 18. Info, 253-8358. Helen Day Art Center in Stowe.

at Vermont Studio Center under her belt, the artist has exhibited her work around the U.S., as well as in England and Ireland. She’s

‘ORIGINS: SKIING AND RIDING IN VERMONT’: “Green Mountains, White Gold” is a photographic journey through Vermont’s ski history, and “Surfing Snow: Vermont Inspired Boards” tells the story of snowboard technology with examples from Burton’s archives, curated by VTSSM Hall of Famer John Gerndt. Through October 31. Info, 253-9911. Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum in Stowe.

now based in Weybridge and returns to the center this month for an exhibition of plein air paintings and collages collectively titled “Woods.” Her artist’s statement explains that the show “celebrates places I’ve come to know intimately over the many years … visiting a small corner of the Green Mountain National Forest.” The exhibit

‘THANK OUR FARMERS FOR THE VIEW’: The Lamoille County Conservation District; artists Jess Graham, Jennifer Hubbard and Rett Sturman; and local high school students partner on an exhibit that highlights the fragile beauty of Vermont’s agricultural landscape. Through February 25. Info, 888-1261. River Arts in Morrisville.

opens on Thursday, February 13, with an artist information session — focusing on “The Artist as Entrepreneur” — followed by a reception. Through February 29. Pictured: “Alpenglow.” Royalton artist. Through March 31. Info, 295-4567. Long River Gallery in White River Junction.

f VANESSA SPROATES-HORL: “Lost and Found,” analog and digital photography by the MFA student at NVU-Johnson. Reception: Thursday, February 13, 3-5 p.m. Through February 15. Info, 635-1469. Black Box Gallery, Visual Arts Center, in Johnson.

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‘WINTER IS HERE’: Photographs of the season by Orah Moore, Dorothy Koval and Ross Connelly, members of the River Arts Photo Co-op in Morrisville. Through April 23. Info, 253-2691. Plate in Stowe.

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f ‘ARTISTIC EXPRESSIONS IN WOOL’: Fifteen artists exhibit works that show the creative potential of sheep’s wool, as well as its practical qualities. Part of the Vermont Wool Felting Project. Open house: Saturday, February 15, noon-2 p.m., with presentations by grazing specialist Kimberly Hagen and sheep farmer Mary Kasamatsu Through March 13. Info, 244-7036. Waterbury Public Library. AXEL STOHLBERG: “Structures,” the artist’s continuing exploration of the house shape in collage and sculpture. Through February 15. Info, 244-7801. Axel’s Gallery & Frame Shop in Waterbury. ‘HEARTFULLY YOURS’: A valentines-themed exhibition featuring artworks by Jenni Bee, Monica Callan, Madeline Clark, Geoff Hewitt, David Klein, Nicole Knowlton, Joanne Lattrell, Dawn Littlepage, Emma McCallum, Jerry Rayla and Joy Spontak. Through March 1. Info, grangehallcc@gmail.com. Grange Hall Cultural Center in Waterbury Center. ‘RUSSET RESPLENDENCE’: Engraved designs using pyrography — the art of applying burn marks on wood with a heated object — by Barb Godwin; and digitally manipulated fine-art photography by Roarke Sharlow in which color is removed from an image and replaced with a sepia tone. Through February 29. Info, 496-6682. Vermont Festival of the Arts Gallery in Waitsfield.

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CORRINE YONCE: “Somewhere Between Place and Home,” a multimedia exploration of three projects by the community organizer, artist and documentarian that considers what it means when one’s primary residence is something other than fully home. Through February 29. Info, 388-4964. Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury. ERIN DAIGLE: A dozen plein air oil paintings of downtown Vergennes storefronts, restaurants and street scenes, all of which are featured in a 2020 calendar. Through February 29. Info, 324-7140. Kennedy Brothers Building in Vergennes. ‘LOST LUXURIES: ANCIENT CHINESE GOLD’: An exhibition exploring the artistry and history of ancient Chinese gold (circa 500 BCE-900 CE) and the story of how it entered American museum collections. Digital features bring to life recent excavations and traditional goldsmithing techniques. Through April 19. ‘WEIMAR, DESSAU, BERLIN:




THE BAUHAUS AS SCHOOL AND LABORATORY’: An exhibition of artworks that considers the Bauhaus’ (1919-33) far-reaching influence on the practice and teaching of art, design and architecture, as well as its enormous social and political impacts. Through April 19. Reception: Thursday, February 13, 4:30 p.m. HONG CHUN ZHANG: “Hair Story in Charcoal and Ink,” drawings by the contemporary Chinese American artist in which waves of hair become a channel for her explorations of personal identity. Through May 3. Info, 443-5007. Middlebury College Museum of Art. KATHLEEN KOLB: “A Winter Series,” realist paintings that capture the magic of the season. Through February 29. Info, 458-0098. Edgewater Gallery on the Green in Middlebury. WOODY JACKSON AND JANE DAVIES: Colorful Vermont landscapes with iconic Holsteins by featured artist Jackson, and vivid abstract paintings on paper by Davies. Through February 29. Info, 458-0098. Edgewater Gallery at Middlebury Falls.


f ‘FAMILY TIES’: A group exhibition of photographs

that depict the complicated result of picturing one’s family intensely. Closing reception: Saturday, February 22, 4-6 p.m. Through February 22. Info, 4685611. Castleton University Bank Gallery in Rutland. ‘PORTRAITS & DREAMS’: Works by community artists and juried gallery members that fit the theme. Through February 14. Info, 775-0356. Chaffee Art Center in Rutland. STUDENT ART EXHIBIT: An annual exhibit of new artwork by local students, grades K to 12, in Otter Valley UHS, Barstow Memorial, Neshobe Elementary and Lothrop, Sudbury and Leicester elementary schools. Through March 1. Info, 247-4956. Brandon Artists Guild.

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‘ELEMENTS OF GLASS: FROM THE WORKSHOP OF SIMON PEARCE’: A collaborative exhibition with the renowned Vermont glassmaker explores the transformation from sand to glass, from design to finished product. Through March 31. Info, 649-2200. Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich. JOAN HOFFMANN: “America’s Public Lands,” impressionistic plein air oil and watercolor landscapes at national parks and monuments by the South

EXHIBIT: Tiny works measuring no more than two inches square by artists of all ages. Closing reception: Tuesday, March 17, 6 p.m. Through March 19. Info, barclay.tucker@northernvermont.edu. Quimby Gallery, Northern Vermont University-Lyndon. THE 99 FACES PROJECT: Photographic portraits, without labels, featuring people on the bipolar or schizophrenia spectrum and those who love them. Through March 2. Info, 748-7313. Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury. AMANDA CAMARGO: “The Friends of My Youth,” photographs. Through March 3. Info, 525-3366. The Parker Pie Company in West Glover. ‘INSIDE OUT: HIDDEN ART IN NATURAL HISTORY COLLECTIONS’: X-ray images of taxidermied animals and seashells, along with historic mounts and photographs of the objects as they have been mounted. Through December 31. Info, 748-2372. Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium in St. Johnsbury. KINGDOM EAST ART SHOW: Artwork in a variety of mediums, styles and subject matter by students from seven schools in the Northeast Kingdom. Through February 29. Info, 229-8317. The Satellite Gallery VT in Lyndonville. MARK BARRY: “Snow Daze,” paintings depicting the joyful activities of winter. Through February 16. Info, 533-2000. Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro. TERESA CELEMIN: “Look at Me & Let Me Explain,” colorful new drawings by the Vermont artist. Through February 22. Info, 748-0158. Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury. VANESSA COMPTON: “Sisters of the Dune,” collages by the Vermont artist. Through February 26. Info, vanessa_compton@yahoo.com. Bread & Butter in St. Johnsbury.

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‘ALCHEMY: METAL, MYSTERY AND MAGIC’: A group show featuring sculptures and painting by Jeanne Carbonetti, Sabrina Fadial, Alexandra Heller, Peter Heller, Pat Musick, Dan O’Donnell, Gerald Stoner and Johnny Swing. Through February 29. Info, 258-3992. The Great Hall in Springfield. FAFNIR ADAMITES: “Interfere (with),” a sculptural installation created with felted wool and burlap that focuses on intergenerational trauma and genera-

tional emotional turmoil. GORDON MEINHARD: “The Lives of Tables,” modernist still life paintings of tables that appear to become more animated as the series progresses, by the cofounder of the museum. Through March 7. Info, 257-0124. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.


‘MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE’: A suite of exhibitions addresses topical issues: Photographic portraits from the Yellow Tulips Project tackle the stigma associated with mental illness; the Forty-Seven Main Street Artists Group demonstrates the inspirational power of abstract self-expression in paint; Gisela Gamper documents her personal journey of love and mourning; Terry Boddie examines the legacy of the transatlantic slave trade; Carl Austin Hyatt shows portraits made from two decades of travels in the Andes of Peru; and local students present themselves as they want to be seen in mixed-media portraits. Through March 15. Info, 362-1405, info@ svac.org. Yester House Galleries, Southern Vermont Arts Center, in Manchester. RICHARD D. WEIS: “Beyond Words,” a solo show of paintings by the Vermont artist. Through March 14. Info, 768-8498. Ellenbogen Gallery in Manchester.


CHRIS GROSCHNER: Found-object assemblages inspired by the seasons, the time of day, the past and the endless river of time. Through March 14. Info, 685-4699. North Common Arts in Chelsea. JORDAN LAURA MCLACHLAN & MORTON BARTLETT: “Family Matters,” a special exhibition of outsider art, in association with Marion Harris Gallery in New York City. Through February 29. Info, 767-9670. BigTown Gallery in Rochester. KATE REEVES: “My Winter World,” a solo show of acrylic and watercolor paintings by the Barnard artist. Through February 18. Info, 889-9404. Tunbridge Public Library.

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BEN FRANK MOSS: “An Imaginative Life,” vibrant abstract paintings by the late Dartmouth College professor, curated by Hood Museum of Art director John R. Stomberg. Through March 6. Info, 603-4483117. AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, N.H. ‘CIPX DARTMOUTH WITH KALI SPITZER & WILL WILSON: Photographer Wilson conceptualized the Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange, which responds to ethnographic photography of Native Americans in the early 20th century. He and Spitzer take tintype photos of locals during a residency and display them alongside labels written by the subjects. Through March 29. COLLEEN RANDALL: “In the Midst of Something Splendid,” abstract paintings on canvas and paper by the art faculty member. Through May 31. ‘RECONSTITUTION’: A group exhibition of artists who counter the long-held Eurocentric


narratives of museums and encourage agency in creating current and future histories. Through May 31. ‘SCHOOL PHOTOS AND THEIR AFTERLIVES’: An exhibition that sets an array of school photographs in dialogue with works by contemporary artists who have reframed them, drawn from the museum’s permanent collection as well as loaned images. Through April 12. Info, 603-646-2426. Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H. DAVID KANIETAKERON FADDEN: “Indigenous Reflections,” paintings by the renowned New York State artist. Through February 28. Info, 518-5631604. Strand Main Gallery in Plattsburgh, N.Y.

CALL TO ARTISTS ‘2-BY-2’ COMMUNITY EXHIBIT: Artwork measuring two inches square welcome from artists of all ages for an exhibit through March 19. Work can be brought to the gallery or mailed to gallery director Barclay Tucker, Quimby Gallery, NVU, 1001 College Rd., Lyndonville, VT 05851. Quimby Gallery, Northern Vermont UniversityLyndon. Through March 17. Info, barclay.tucker@ northernvermont.edu. ‘2020 VISION: SEEING THE WORLD THROUGH TECHNOLOGY’: Now accepting applications for a partially crowdsourced exhibit on Vermont innovation and technology in the Local History Gallery as part of this statewide project. Details and application at vermonthistory.org. Deadline: February 28. Vermont Historical Society, Barre. Info, 479-8500. ‘THE ART SHOW’ CALL TO ARTISTS: Seeking artwork for a show in which anyone is invited to bring one piece. All sizes/media accepted. Drop-off time for artwork is every first Friday of the month between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Opening reception 6-9 p.m., with people’s choiceawarded mini grant. The Gallery at RL Photo, Burlington. Through July 3. $10 entry fee. Info, publicartschool@gmail.com. ‘BORDERS: ILLUSIONS THAT CONSTRAIN US’: The museum seeks works that share visions of birds, borders and boundaries for our 2020 art exhibit. What borders do birds encounter? How do their boundaries connect to human borders or those of other species? How do and will these encounters alter us, birds and the borders themselves? Submission info: birdsofvermont.org. Deadline: March 16. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington. Free. Info, 434-2167. CALL TO ART-LOVING WRITERS: VOICING ART POETRY READING: Calling for original poetry written by all ages and experience levels in response to Justin Hoekstra’s “The Pleasures of Being a Ghost: Burlington” art exhibit at Flynndog Gallery, or other art of the writer’s choice, for the February 15 Voicing Art poetry reading. Submission guidelines at poartry.org. Deadline: February 14. Nomad Coffee — South End Station, Burlington. Free. Info, poatryproject@gmail.com. CALL TO ARTISTS: EARTH DAY 2020: In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, a group exhibition will honor our planet through art. All artwork inspired by the Earth is welcome. Details at whiterivercraftcenter.org. Deadline: March 1. White River Craft Center, Randolph. Free. Info, 728-8912. CALL TO ARTISTS: ‘THE PARADE IS COMING!’: This show (July 7 to August 22) includes work in a variety of mediums and installations that depict the excitement, content and colors associated with parades, as well as more solemn processions and marches. In addition to works on the walls, we’ll assemble a parade involving a group of artists’ sculptural works. Deadline: April 24. Info at studioplacearts.com. Studio Place Arts, Barre. $10; free for SPA members. Info, 479-7069.

‘EGYPTIAN MUMMIES: EXPLORING ANCIENT LIVES’: An international exhibition created by the British Museum combines arts and science to tell the stories of six people who lived along the Nile in ancient times. Through March 29. Info, 514-2852000. Montréal Museum of Fine Arts. JUDY GUGLIELMO: Watercolor and acrylic paintings by the month’s featured artist, along with other gallery artists. Through February 28. Info, 518-563-1604. Strand Center for the Arts in Plattsburgh, N.Y. m

COMEDY AND ART TOUR: Nonprofit Arts So Wonderful is planning a three-venue performance to fundraise for recording equipment in the new South Burlington center. Seeking an artist to showcase their work. Deadline: February 22. ASW Art Gallery, Burlington. Info, artssowonderful2@gmail.com.


‘ECOSYSTEM SERVICES THROUGH AN ARTISTS’ EYE’: The MAC Center, in partnership with the Orleans County Natural Resources Conservation District, seeks artwork related to ecosystem services protected and enhanced by Vermont farmers and foresters. All mediums welcome, must not exceed 48 inches in height or width. Deadline: March 2. Juried show to open April 3. More info at vacd.org/conservation-districts/ orleans-county, or contact Emily Irwin at emily. irwin@vt.nacdnet.net. MAC Center for the Arts, Newport. Free. Info, 624-7022.

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‘THE MAGIC OF LIGHT’ CALL TO ARTISTS: How do you express the magic of light in your art? As the sun warms up and the light becomes brighter, all mediums accepted for a March show. Submit jpegs of work to melmelts@yahoo.com. Deadline: February 22. The Satellite Gallery VT, Lyndonville. Free. Info, 229-8317.


PRINTMAKERS EXHIBIT: This time of year we hope to honor that which has begun to grow, out of sight, in the darkness and far from warmth. What is it that causes or allows anything to make its first emergence or transformation? What is left behind or let go of? Submissions accepted through February 22 for an exhibition March 5 to April 18. Info at northerndaughters.com. Northern Daughters, Vergennes. Free. Info, 877-2173. RESIDENCY FELLOWSHIPS: Fellowships are merit-based awards open to all artists and writers living and working anywhere in the world. More than 63 new residency fellowships will be awarded. There are also a number of special awards, many with stipends. See complete list and other info at vermontstudiocenter.org. Apply at vsc.slideroom.com. Deadline: February 15. Vermont Studio Center, Johnson. $25. Info, 635-2727. SABLE PROJECT ARTIST RESIDENCY: A summer artist-in-residence program is geared to younger artists in their twenties or thirties; deadline March 15. The summer guest artist residency is for professional individuals or groups, who will be asked to teach a workshop or present their work; deadline April 1. Apply at thesableproject. org. The Sable Project, Stockbridge. Info, info@ thesableproject.org. SPRING NEW MEMBER JURY: All styles of fine art and crafts welcome. Judging criteria include originality, impact, clarity, craftsmanship, consistency of style and quality, presentation and marketability. Apply at brandonartistsguild.org. Brandon Artists Guild, Through March 13. Free. Info, thebag@brandonartistsguild.org.


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TRUCKIN’ TUESDAYS: Seeking family-friendly musicians to busk for at least one hour from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesdays through the summer. More info at vtapple@upickvermont.com. Adams Farm Market, Williston. Through April 30. Info, 879-5226.


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crowded, crumbling projects. Tasked with keeping a lid on things is the Street Crimes Unit; as the film opens, an officer new to the area has just been introduced to his partners. Ruiz (Damien Bonnard) is immediately nicknamed “Greaser” by Chris (Alexis Manenti) and Gwada (Djebril Zonga), who take him on a tour of the district. Think Training Day with street markets. It quickly becomes apparent that Chris is prone to overstepping his authority. He hassles pretty girls at a bus stop and then smashes a cellphone when one attempts to record him (a savvy bit of foreshadowing by the filmmaker). Just as quickly, it becomes apparent Ly has seen the same police procedurals the rest of us have and means to subvert expectations at every turn. Viewers ride along as Ruiz meets the neighborhood players. Members of the Muslim Brotherhood; groups of African descent, including a faction led by a figure known as the Mayor; and various criminal crews all vie for power in the impoverished community. Just when it appears the tinderbox of tensions will erupt over petty disagreements between turf holders, something 100 percent unexpected happens. The area erupts over police violence instead. It all comes out of nowhere. The script by Ly, Manenti and Giordano Gederlini is a marvel of misdirection. One minute, the movie

POLICE BRUTALITY Street kids use excessive force against cops they consider corrupt in Ly’s arresting feature debut.

Overhead, a neighborhood boy’s drone documents the tragedy, sending the officers in desperate search of its owner. He’s in trouble, you think. The next thing you know, though, it’s the cops who are cornered by a mob of armed and angry children led by a wrathful Issa. The final scene is nothing short of breathtaking. Les Misérables. Watch it once and forget all about Russell Crowe’s singing forever.

seems headed down mean but familiar streets; the next, it swerves into alien territory. A small army of Romani from a visiting circus descends on the Mayor and threatens fire and fury unless a lion cub stolen by a local kid is returned. Half a dozen twists and turns later, the unit arrests a boy named Issa (Issa Perica), the cat is reunited with its owner and the case looks all but closed. Then the kid makes a run for it and is gravely hurt by one of the cops (not the one you think).


Birds of Prey ★★★★ WARNER BROS.


irds of Prey is to most superhero movies as last year’s Hustlers is to The Irishman. This uncaped-crusader flick from DC Comics and director Cathy Yan distinguishes itself from its more touted brethren with an all-female ensemble, a grubby B-movie aesthetic and a refusal to take itself seriously. Birds of Prey isn’t going to win awards, and its family-unfriendliness (R rating for violence and cussing) may have sealed its fate at the box office. But it’s kind of a blast, and its themes of solidarity feel surprisingly genuine. In comics, Birds of Prey is a Gotham City superhero team, few of whose members feature here. The movie is mainly an effort to cash in on the popularity of the character Margot Robbie played in the critically reviled Suicide Squad (2016), as indicated by its official silly subtitle (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). Suicide Squad revolved around the splashy depiction of the bad romance between psychiatrist-turned-psycho Harley Quinn and the Joker (Jared Leto). This movie dispenses with that tiresome fellow in the first scene, which shows Harley storming away from their breakup. From then on, she’s a singleton, in all her roller-derbying, Hot Topic-wearing, id-driven glory. Harley, who narrates the film, has the voice of a ’30s-movie gangster moll, the morals of an alley cat and a surprisingly sympathetic side. (Also, the film informs us in a throwaway joke 80 SEVEN DAYS FEBRUARY 12-19, 2020

GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Basco and Robbie play unlikely slumber-party buddies in a goofy, low-stakes superhero flick.

that the Washington Post deemed coverageworthy, she voted for Bernie.) She’s never not fun, and the movie spends so much time tagging along with her that the actual plot of Christina Hodson’s screenplay takes its time coalescing. That plot concerns a crime lord (an amusingly preening Ewan McGregor) gunning for the young pickpocket (Ella Jay Basco) who pinched something he wants. Unbeknownst to him, his henchwoman,


y copy of Les Misérables had collected dust in a stack of “for your consideration” DVDs since before the holidays. I’d meant to watch it. But every time I saw that title, all I could think of was the 2012 musical of the same name, with Anne Hathaway looking like she just escaped from a concentration camp and Russell Crowe singing in a way you know his creator never intended him to sing. But France’s Oscar nominee finally made it to Vermont, and all I can say is, what a difference eight years makes. Director Tom Hooper won Oscars with Les Miz the musical. In December, he committed career hara-kiri with Cats. Currently at the other end of the professional spectrum is director Ladj Ly, whose feature debut catapulted him onto the world stage. Winner of the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, his Les Miz isn’t another Hollywood adaptation of Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel. It’s a ripped-from-the-headlines riff on race, class and oppression set in the Paris suburb where much of the book’s action took place. Montfermeil is a multiethnic melting pot constantly on the brink of boiling over due to conflict between factions that live in its over-

the vocally talented Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), has divided loyalties. She tips off a veteran detective (Rosie Perez). Meanwhile, Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays a mystery woman who goes around murdering wise guys with a crossbow. In fairly subtle ways, we’re shown that these disparate characters are united by their histories of having been exploited or underestimated or brutalized by men. Eventually, they

team up to take the power back, using balletic high kicks and roller skates. Aside from one early CG explosion, Birds of Prey looks less like a superhero movie than a gritty urban exploitation flick from the 1970s. No skyscrapers are destroyed in the climax, which instead features papier-mâché masks and a seaside fun house. The fight choreography is pleasantly visceral, and the production design supplies consistent eye candy. If Joker is the miserabilist version of Gotham, this is the carnival version. Because the plot is lopsided and Harleycentric — Winstead’s character, in particular, is short-changed — Birds of Prey ends up feeling like the extended setup for a sequel that’s unlikely to materialize. The filmmakers dodge the thornier issues inherent in having a villain protagonist; when Harley shoots cops with a confetti cannon and other nonlethal weapons, it’s a handy cop- out (so to speak) that lets us enjoy her antics with less guilt. Overall, though, the sharply scripted movie is way better entertainment than this viewer expected. It lacks the high-mindedness of Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman, but not all girls want their role models to be model citizens. The movie gives its ensemble a twisted, bickering camaraderie, anchored by Robbie’s bratty charisma and Perez’s seen-itall authenticity. Pray for a sequel, if only to see whether Bernie again secures the Quinn vote. MARGO T HARRI S O N

NEW IN THEATERS DOWNHILL: It’s hard to imagine anything less romantic than realizing your spouse wouldn’t save you first in a catastrophe. That’s the subject of this comedy-drama remake of the Swedish film Force Majeure, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell. Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (The Way Way Back) directed. (86 min, R. Capitol, Majestic, Palace)




FANTASY ISLAND: Dreams come true at a tropical resort — with a dark twist — as Blumhouse attempts to transform the cheesy ’70s TV show into a horror property. With Michael Peña as Mr. Roarke, Lucy Hale and Maggie Q. Jeff Wadlow (Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare) directed. (110 min, PG-13. Essex, Majestic)

THE GENTLEMENHH1/2 An unscrupulous private detective (Hugh Grant) tangles with a drug lord (Matthew McConaughey) who has ties to Britain’s aristocracy in this action flick from cowriter/director Guy Ritchie, also starring Charlie Hunnam and Michelle Dockery. (113 min, R)

THE PHOTOGRAPH: A famous photographer’s estranged daughter (Issa Rae) falls for a journalist who’s writing about her late mother in this drama from director Stella Meghie (The Weekend). With LaKeith Stanfield and Chelsea Peretti. (106 min, PG-13. Essex, Palace)

GRETEL & HANSELHHH1/2 Osgood Perkins (The Blackcoat’s Daughter) directed this creepy-looking version of the Grimm fairy tale about two babes in the woods and a culinarily gifted witch, starring Sophia Lillis, Alice Krige and Samuel Leakey. (87 min, PG-13; reviewed by M.H. 2/5)

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG: The classic Sega game comes to multiplexes as a family adventure about a smalltown cop enlisted to help a speedy blue critter defeat an evil mastermind (Jim Carrey). With Ben Schwartz and James Marsden. Jeff Fowler makes his feature directorial debut. (99 min, PG. Bijou, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Palace, Paramount, Stowe, Welden)

JOJO RABBITHHHH Everybody has an opinion on this anti-Nazi satire from Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok), in which a young follower of Hitler (Roman Griffin Davis) makes discoveries that change his world. With Thomasin McKenzie, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell and Rebel Wilson. (108 min, PG-13; reviewed by R.K. 11/13)

NOW PLAYING 2020 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS: Look for some heavy, adult fare in this year’s selection of honored animated shorts (83 min, PG-13). Or catch separate programs of live-action (104 min, R) and documentary (160 min, R) subjects. 1917HHHH1/2 Director Sam Mendes brings us a one-take World War I movie about two privates tasked with carrying a crucial message across enemy lines. With Andrew Scott, Benedict Cumberbatch and Richard Madden. (118 min, R; reviewed by R.K. 1/15) BAD BOYS FOR LIFEHHH Will Smith and Martin Lawrence return as the titular maverick cops (last seen in 2003) to take down a Miami drug boss in this action comedy threequel. With Vanessa Hudgens. Adil El Arbi and Billal Fallah (Gangsta) directed. (123 min, R) BIRDS OF PREYHHHH In the latest installment of the DC Comics cinematic saga, Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) leaves the Joker and teams up with a group of female superheroes on a rescue mission. Also starring Mary-Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez and Ewan McGregor. Cathy Yan (Dead Pigs) directed. (109 min, R; reviewed by M.H. 2/12) DOLITTLEH1/2 The doctor who can talk to animals, last played by Eddie Murphy, returns in an adventurecomedy reboot of the classic children’s property starring Robert Downey Jr. The actors voicing the menagerie include Emma Thompson, Rami Malek and John Cena. Stephen Gaghan (Syriana) directed. (106 min, PG; reviewed by M.H. 1/22) FANTASTIC FUNGIHHH1/2 This documentary that the New York Times called “informative and kooky” suggests that mushrooms might be the cure for what ails us — and the planet. Louie Schwartzberg directed; Brie Larson narrates. (81 min, NR) FROZEN IIHHH1/2 Royal sisters Anna and Elsa must find the source of Elsa’s icy powers to save their kingdom in the sequel to Disney’s animated mega-hit. With the voices of Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Idina Menzel. Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee again directed. (103 min, PG; reviewed by M.H. 11/27)



JUDYHH Renée Zellweger portrays Judy Garland in this biopic that focuses on the star’s attempt at a London concert comeback in 1968, with flashbacks to her unhappy youth. With Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock and Rufus Sewell. Rupert Goold (True Story) directed. (118 min, PG-13; reviewed by R.K. 10/16)




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JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVELHH1/2 Teens caught in a virtual-reality game face yet more dangerous challenges in this sequel to the 2017 comedy-action hit Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, again directed by Jake Kasdan. Karen Gillan, Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart and Awkwafina star. (123 min, PG-13; reviewed by M.H. 12/18) JUST MERCYHHHH Michael B. Jordan plays civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson in this drama about his fight to free a death-row prisoner. With Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson. Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12) directed. (136 min, PG-13; reviewed by M.H. 1/15) KNIVES OUTHHHH1/2 Daniel Craig plays a detective investigating the death of a crime novelist in writerdirector Rian Johnson’s dark comic riff on Agatha Christie-style mysteries. The all-star cast includes Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson and Toni Collette. (130 min, PG-13; reviewed by M.H. 12/4) LES MISÉRABLESHHHHH France’s Oscar nominee for Best International Feature Film takes place in modern, multicultural Paris, following three cops through an eventful day of policing. With Damien Bonnard, Alex Manenti and Djebril Zonga. Director Ladj Ly makes his feature debut. (104 min, R; reviewed by R.K. 2/12) LITTLE WOMENHHHH1/2 Director Greta Gerwig offers her take on the Louisa May Alcott novel about four spirited young New Englanders weathering the Civil War, with Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh and Eliza Scanlen as the March sisters. (134 min, PG; reviewed by R.K. 1/8) PARASITEHHH An unemployed family finds plenty to do — and money to be made — in an affluent home in this satirical drama from Bong Joon Ho (Snowpiercer), which won the Palme d’or at the Cannes Film Festival. With Kang-ho Song and Yeo-jeong Jo. (132 min, R; reviewed by R.K. 11/6) THE RHYTHM SECTIONH1/2 Is Blake Lively taking the Taken path? In this action drama, she plays a woman seeking vengeance for her family’s deaths in a not-so-accidental plane crash. With Jude Law and Sterling K. Brown. Reed Morano (I Think We’re Alone Now) directed. (109 min, R; reviewed by R.K. 2/5) STAR WARS: EPISODE IX — THE RISE OF SKYWALKERHH1/2 The Resistance and the First Order face off as the third trilogy of this space-opera saga draws to a close. With Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, Billie Lourd and Keri Russell. J.J. Abrams directed. (141 min, PG-13) UNCUT GEMSHHHH1/2 Adam Sandler plays a New York jeweler with a high-stakes gambling habit in this acclaimed drama from directors Benny and Josh Safdie (Good Time). With Julia Fox and Idina Menzel. (135 min, R)

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Closed for the season.


48 Carroll Rd. (off Route 100), Waitsfield, 496-8994, bigpicturetheater.info

wednesday 12 — thursday 13 1917 (Thu only) **After Parkland (Wed only) Birds of Prey friday 14 — sunday 16

friday 14 — wednesday 19 1917 (with open-caption screening Sat only) Bad Boys for Life Birds of Prey Dolittle (with open-caption screening Sat only) *Fantasy Island The Gentlemen Gretel & Hansel *The Photograph (with opencaption screening Sat only) *Sonic the Hedgehog (with sensoryfriendly screening Sat only)


Birds of Prey

190 Boxwood St. (Maple Tree Place, Taft Corners), Williston, 878-2010, majestic10.com

Rest of schedule not available at press time.

wednesday 12 — thursday 13

Closed Mondays.

1917 Bad Boys for Life Birds of Prey Dolittle Frozen II Jumanji: The Next Level Knives Out Little Women Star Wars: Episode IX — The Rise of Skywalker


Route 100, Morrisville, 888-3293, bijou4.com

wednesday 12 — thursday 13 Birds of Prey Dolittle Jojo Rabbit Uncut Gems friday 14 — tuesday 18 Bad Boys for Life Birds of Prey Jojo Rabbit Jumanji: The Next Level (except Mon & Tue) *Sonic the Hedgehog


93 State St., Montpelier, 229-0343, fgbtheaters.com

wednesday 12 — thursday 13 1917 Birds of Prey Dolittle Gretel & Hansel Little Women The Rhythm Section friday 14 — thursday 20

friday 14 — thursday 20 1917 Bad Boys for Life Birds of Prey Dolittle *Downhill *Fantasy Island Frozen II Jumanji: The Next Level Knives Out *Sonic the Hedgehog Star Wars: Episode IX — The Rise of Skywalker


65 Main St., Middlebury, 388-4841, middleburymarquis.com

wednesday 12 — thursday 13 1917 Birds of Prey **Climate Action Film Festival (Wed only)




wednesday 12 — thursday 13

wednesday 12 — thursday 13

1917 Bad Boys for Life Birds of Prey **The Doors: Break on Thru — A Celebration of Ray Manzarek (Wed only) Gretel & Hansel Jojo Rabbit Judy (Wed only) Just Mercy Little Women The Rhythm Section **Rigoletto on the Lake (Thu only)

2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Animated (Thu only) 2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Live Action (Wed only) Fantastic Fungi Les Misérables Parasite

10 Fayette Dr., South Burlington, 864-5610, palace9.com

friday 14 — thursday 20 1917 Birds of Prey *Downhill Jojo Rabbit Judy (except Thu) Just Mercy Little Women **National Theatre Live: Cyrano de Bergerac (Thu only) Parasite *The Photograph **Ride Your Wave (Wed only) *Sonic the Hedgehog

1917 Birds of Prey Dolittle *Downhill Jumanji: The Next Level (Fri-Sun only) Little Women

friday 14 — thursday 20

Open-caption screenings on Wednesdays (first evening show) and Sundays (first matinee).

222 College St., Burlington, 864-3456, merrilltheatres.net

wednesday 12 — thursday 13

wednesday 12 — thursday 13

Bad Boys for Life Birds of Prey


21 Essex Way, Suite 300, Essex, 879-6543, essexcinemas.com

wednesday 12 — thursday 13 1917 Bad Boys for Life Birds of Prey Dolittle The Gentlemen Gretel & Hansel Little Women **Love Story: A 50th Anniversary Event (Wed only) *The Photograph (Thu only) The Rhythm Section *Sonic the Hedgehog (Thu only) Star Wars: Episode IX — The Rise of Skywalker



Birds of Prey *Sonic the Hedgehog


1917 2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Animated 2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Documentary 2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Live Action Birds of Prey Knives Out Little Women Parasite Uncut Gems (extended cut) friday 14 — thursday 20 1917 2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Animated 2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Documentary 2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Live Action Birds of Prey Knives Out Little Women Parasite Uncut Gems

26 Main St., Montpelier, 229-0598, savoytheater.com

friday 14 — thursday 20 2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Animated (Sat only) 2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Live Action (Sun only) Fantastic Fungi Just Mercy Parasite **The Wind Rises (Sun only) Open-caption screenings on main screen on Mondays.


454 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-4678, stowecinema.com

wednesday 12 — thursday 13 1917 Bad Boys for Life Birds of Prey friday 14 — thursday 20 1917 Birds of Prey *Sonic the Hedgehog


241 N. Main St., Barre, 479-9621, fgbtheaters.com


155 Porters Point Rd., Colchester, 862-1800, sunsetdrivein.com

friday 14 — thursday 20

Closed for the season.

Bad Boys for Life *Sonic the Hedgehog Open-caption screenings on Wednesdays (first evening show) and Sundays (first matinee).


104 N. Main St., St. Albans, 527-7888, weldentheatre.com

wednesday 12 — thursday 13


11 S. Main St., Randolph, 728-4012, playhouseflicks.com

Bad Boys for Life Birds of Prey Dolittle (Thu only)

wednesday 12 — thursday 13

friday 14 — thursday 20


Birds of Prey (except Wed) Dolittle (Sat & Sun only) Parasite *Sonic the Hedgehog

friday 14 — sunday 16 & wednesday 19 — thursday 20 Knives Out Closed on Monday and Tuesday.



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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY BY ROB BREZSNY REAL FEBRUARY 13-19 in the same way he made love: “a total embrace, without caution, prudence thrown to the winds, nothing held back.” In accordance with astrological omens, I invite you to invoke a similar attitude with all the important things you do in the coming weeks. Summon the ardor and artistry of a creative lover for allpurpose use. Happy Valentine Daze, Taurus!



Aquarian author Derek Walcott had a perspective on love that I suspect might come in handy for you during this Valentine’s season. “Break a vase,” he wrote, “and the love that reassembles the fragments is stronger than that love which took its symmetry for granted when it was whole.” I urge you to meditate on how you could apply his counsel to your own love story, Aquarius. How might you remake your closest alliances into even better and brighter versions of themselves?

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Now that she’s in

her late forties, Aries comedian and actress Tig Notaro is wiser about love. Her increased capacity for romantic happiness has developed in part because she’s been willing to change her attitudes. She says, “Instead of being someone who expects people to have all the strengths I think I need them to have, I resolved to try to become someone who focuses on the strengths they do have.” In accordance with this Valentine’s season’s astrological omens, Aries, I invite you to meditate on how you might cultivate more of that aptitude yourself.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Taurus artist Joan Miró loved to daub colored paint on canvases. He said he approached his work

(May 21-June 20): In 1910, Gemini businessman Irving Seery was 20 years old. One evening he traveled to the Metropolitan Opera in New York City to see an opera starring the gorgeous and electrifying soprano singer Maria Jeritza. He fell in love instantly. For the next 38 years he remained a bachelor as he nursed his desire to marry her. His devotion finally paid off: Jeritza married Seery in 1948. Dear Gemini, in 2020, I think you will be capable of a heroic feat of love that resembles Seery’s. Which of your yearnings might evoke such intensely passionate dedication? Happy Valentine Daze!

CANCER (June 21-July 22): I’ve been married twice, both times to the same woman. Our first time around, we were less than perfectly wise in the arts of relationship. After our divorce and during the few years we weren’t together, we each ripened into more graceful versions of ourselves; we developed greater intimacy skills. Our second marriage has been far more successful. Is there a comparable possibility in your life, Cancerian? A chance to enhance your ability to build satisfying togetherness? An opening to learn practical lessons from past romantic mistakes? Now is a favorable time to capitalize. Happy Valentine Daze! LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): In 1911, the famous Rus-

sian poet Anna Akhmatova and the famous Italian painter Amedeo Modigliani were in love with each other. Both were quite poor, though. They didn’t have much to spend on luxuries. In her memoir, Akhmatova recalled the time they went on a date in the rain at the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris. Barely protected under a rickety umbrella, they amused each other by reciting the verse of Paul Verlaine, a poet they both loved. Isn’t that romantic? In the coming weeks, I recommend you experiment with comparable approaches to cultivating love. Get back to raw basics. Happy Valentine Daze!


SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): The poet

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In the course of your life, how many people and animals have truly loved you? Three? Seven? More? I invite you to try this Valentine’s experiment: Write down their names on a piece of paper. Spend a few minutes visualizing the specific qualities in you that they cherished and how they expressed their love and how you felt as you received their caring attention. Then send out a beam of gratitude to each of them. Honor them with sublime appreciation for having treasured your unique beauty. Amazingly enough, Libra, doing this exercise will magnetize you to further outpourings of love in the coming weeks.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): [Warning: Poetry alert! If you prefer that your horoscopes be exclusively composed of practical, hyperrational advice, stop reading now!] Happy Valentine Daze, Capricorn! I invite you to copy the following passage and offer it to a person who is ready to explore a more deeply lyrical connection with you. “I yearn to earn the right to your whispered laugh, your confident caress, your inscrutable dance. Amused and curious, I wander where moon meets dawn, inhaling the sweet mist in quest of your questions. I study the joy that my imagination of you has awakened. All the maps are useless, and I like them that way. I’m guided by my nervous excitement to know you deeper. Onward toward the ever-fresh truth of your mysterious rhythms!”

(Aug. 23-Sept. 22): [Warning: Poetry alert! If you prefer that your horoscopes be exclusively composed of practical, hyperrational advice, stop reading now!] Happy Valentine Daze, Virgo! I hope there’s someone in your life to whom you can give a note like the one I’ll offer at the end of this oracle. If there’s not, I trust you will locate that person in the next six months. Feel free to alter the note as you see fit. Here it is. “When you and I are together, it’s as if we have been reborn into luckier lives; as if we can breathe deeper breaths that fill our bodies with richer sunlight; as if we see all of the world’s beauty that, alone, we were blind to; as if the secrets of our souls’ codes were no longer secret.”

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): [Warning: Po-

etry alert! If you prefer that your horoscopes be exclusively composed of practical, hyperrational advice, stop reading now!] Happy Valentine Daze, Scorpio! I invite you to copy the following passage and offer it to a person who is receptive to deepening their connection with you. “Your healing eyes bless the winter jasmine flowers that the breeze blew into the misty creek. Your welcoming prayers celebrate the rhythmic light of the mud-loving cypress trees. Your fresh dreams replenish the eternal salt that nourishes our beloved song of songs. With your melodic breath, you pour all these not-yet-remembered joys into my body.” (This lyrical message is a blend of my words with those of Scorpio poet Odysseus Elytis.)

Virgil, a renowned author in ancient Rome, wrote three epic poems that are still in print today. His second was a masterpiece called the Georgics. It took him seven years to write, even though it was only 2,740 lines long. So, on average, he wrote a little more than one line per day. I hope you’ll use him as inspiration as you toil over your own labors of love in the coming weeks and months. There’ll be no need to rush. In fact, the final outcomes will be better if you do them slowly. Be especially diligent and deliberate in all matters involving intimacy and collaboration and togetherness.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Piscean poet Saul Williams wrote a meditation I hope you’ll consider experimenting with this Valentine’s season. It involves transforming mere kisses into sublime kisses. If you choose to be inspired by his thoughts, you’ll explore new sensations and meanings available through the act of joining your mouth to another’s. Ready? Here’s Saul: “Have you ever lost yourself in a kiss? I mean pure psychedelic inebriation. Not just lustful petting but transcendental metamorphosis, when you became aware that the greatness of this other being is breathing into you. Licking your mouth, like sealing a thousand fleshy envelopes filled with the essence of your passionate being, and then opened by the same mouth and delivered back to you, over and over again — the first kiss of the rest of your life.”


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BABE AT BABES QDP You: beautiful, dark curly hair, double bun, reddish lipstick. We made eyes while “Despacito” played. I was shy, wearing a vest over turquoise and leading my tall friend in salsa spins. Wanna dance with me? When: Saturday, February 1, 2020. Where: Babes Bar, Bethel. You: Woman. Me: Genderqueer. #914982

DAZZLED AT ICE ON FIRE You: shiny silver boots with mintgreen one-piece ski suit with fun black fuzzy hat. I said hi once you said hi back. Ski, hike, tea or coffee sometime? Didn’t get the opportunity to introduce myself. When: Sunday, February 2, 2020. Where: Ice on Fire. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914978

‘I BEEN SEARCHIN’’ Heard you complain your sandwich was on the small end of the rye. I took it back and got you a big fat egg sandwich. We sat and talked a while. Didn’t get your name because “Our Day Will Come,” and we’ll be “Reunited.” Remember, “My Mission’s to Please You!” I’m at Wally’s every morning! LOL. When: Friday, January 24, 2020. Where: Wally’s bagels, South Hero. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914981

COOL GIRL TRYING SNOWBOARD BOOTS Cool chicka in OGE: WOW! You: leggings and skirt with tank top, shawl-like sweater and trucker cap trying on white and day-glo orange snowboard boots. Me: svelte, noir cross-country dude with purple print kufi hat, sunglasses, playing with phone. You smiled, but I had to run ‘cause my meter was up. I should have stayed and asked you to lunch. HMU! When: Wednesday, February 5, 2020. Where: Outdoor Gear Exchange. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914980

SALLY, WAS THAT YOU? One year ago, I saw you in Nutty Steph’s. Your smile captured me, although we didn’t speak, and I was stunned, crushed that I didn’t say anything before you drove off. Three weeks later, we were in love and living together. I’m so grateful that you I-Spied me, babe. One year, and our love is only growing. Another year together? When: Thursday, February 7, 2019. Where: Nutty Steph’s parking lot. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914979 KINNEY DRUGS, MILTON, JANUARY 30 Keith sitting outside. Hiked from California. Black hat, backpack. I gave you hot chocolate, a sandwich. I left, came back to get you, but you were gone. Been looking for you. If you see this, I want you to know I came back for you. If anyone comes across him, please contact me. When: Thursday, January 30, 2020. Where: Kinney Drugs, Milton. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914977

WINTER SHORTS, SUMMER UKE A tall, skinny male in shorts and a tight-fitted sweatshirt. You were doing laundry in the afternoon. I’ve seen you in the summer mountain biking and playing music by the water. I hope I can kiss you before the summer begins again. When: Monday, January 27, 2020. Where: King St. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914974 BRIGHTER THAN THE SUN Six years now I have known the other part of my heart. Six years it’s been since you held me with your arms. I wish you were still here and not floating around hurt. Six years of missing a chance. What could be, we’ll only want to know. Someday I’d like to know. CM. When: Monday, January 26, 2015. Where: Montpelier. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914973

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY, LULLABY LAD Everything about you resonates with me. Our heartwarming relationship deserves two [injured] thumbs up. I sure am glad we both swiped right. Love you ’til your teeth turn black — oh wait, they already have! Xoxo. When: Thursday, November 21, 2019. Where: Hinge. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914983

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HARDWICK DINER THURSDAY NIGHT I was in a booth in a dirty hooded sweatshirt. You: beautiful beyond words, long dark hair, eyes to get lost in. You knocked on the window and blew me a kiss. My heart melted, and I haven’t stopped smiling. Let’s meet there for breakfast. When: Thursday, January 23, 2020. Where: Hardwick. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914972

CLINIC LOVER Asmar, you are great security and very kind and handsome. I am bettering my life, and you are a good part of why. I have liked you since you started here, and I want to know if we can sometime go get baklava or Booger Bubbles together. Let’s talk soon! When: Wednesday, January 29, 2020. Where: Chittenden Clinic. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914975

PEEK UNDER MY HOOD! You: in your Bokan uniform, covered in oil and smelling like a long day. I love the way you look at me in such a loving way. If only I had the nerve to tell you how I really feel. It’s a love to last a lifetime that is so very real. Oops, guess the word is out! If you feel the same, give me a shout! When: Sunday, December 3, 2017. Where: Highgate. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914971

Ask REVEREND Dear Chomping at the Bridal, 

Irreverent counsel on life’s conundrums

Dear Reverend,

My boyfriend and I have been living together for six years. I think we should get married, but anytime I bring it up, he changes the subject. How can I get him to commit? Should I give him a deadline to propose, or else we’re through?

Chomping at the Bridal (WOMAN, 28)

My short answer is: absolutely not. No magnificent marriage story has ever included the bride saying, “I told him it was time to shit or get off the pot.” Although that may be humorous, forcing someone’s hand in a marriage proposal is decidedly unromantic. The two of you have been together long enough that you should be able to talk about anything. Let him know you want to have a serious conversation, then set a time to do it. Be honest about why marriage is important to you. Find out how he feels about it. Is he against

BLOND HAIR, BLUE EYES Thanks for the art. Who knew Crayola could look so good? Let’s do that together sometime. When: Wednesday, January 15, 2020. Where: Burlington. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914969 BEAUTIFUL LIZ! Just visiting Match, but I saw you there and cannot believe someone with as much to offer in fun and beauty and values would be single. We are acquaintances already. I don’t kite surf, but I can learn, and everything else sounds sweet. Say hello? When: Tuesday, January 21, 2020. Where: Match. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914970 BRUNETTE AT MONKEY DO SATURDAY To the beautiful brunette who was there with her son and daughter: You are beautiful, and I just wanted to have a conversation with you. You were wearing black leggings and a brown sweater. I didn’t see a ring on your finger, and I’m hoping you see this. I was there with my son and his friend. When: Saturday, January 18, 2020. Where: Monkey Do. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914968

DANCING AT RED SQUARE I danced with an attractive women. She took my hand to dance. I hope she is not already significant to someone else. Would love to go to dinner and get more acquainted. When: Sunday, December 29, 2019. Where: Red Square. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914964 CUTIE AT THE GAME STORE Hey. I was buying a game. You were working: dyed bright blond hair, and I think you had snake bites. Me: tall, awkward and feeling like a fool. Wanna connect and play a game or share some coffee? P.S. This is making me choose gender, but I don’t know ‘cause I didn’t ask. When: Thursday, January 9, 2020. Where: Williston. You: Group. Me: Man. #914963 HAMBURGERS AT BK Very nice lady in line, way back in June of 2019. We had a very nice chat as we worked our way through the line, and you asked the cashier about me after I left. I would love to chat more over coffee. Tell me what we talked about. When: Friday, June 28, 2019. Where: Burger King, St. Albans. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914962

THE LAMP SHOP BATHROOM We both wanna move in. We were at Emma’s show a few weeks ago. I almost went last night to see if you were there, but I couldn’t think of a way to ask if you are single. If you are, reply to this message. When: Friday, December 13, 2019. Where: LCLS. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914967

SALAD LOVER You followed me around the salad bar. I would love to buy you something more than just salad. I was wearing a headband and pink lipstick; you were wearing a black jacket and hat. When: Monday, January 6, 2020. Where: Hannaford, Essex Junction. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914961

RUNNING MAN OBSESSED WITH GREEN Your lean physique more than makes up for your questionable penchant for lime tones. Running in 25 degrees must mean you have a stoked inner fire. Let me warm my hands over you? When: Saturday, January 30, 2016. Where: OP. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914966

DO YOU STILL READ THESE? There’s a lady with a blue jacket and pink headband ... not pink gloves, though. I stopped ladling chili to watch you and your boy ski for a minute. I love stealing glimpses of you two together; it’s beautiful and makes me smile. Hope you’re good or, at least, not bad. When: Sunday, January 5, 2020. Where: zipping across the snow. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914960

STEALING GLANCES AT TACO GORDO We stole a few glances. Couldn’t decide if it was reciprocal. When my takeout order was ready, I got toppings. You followed, asked what they were. I ran out the door. Honestly, every part of me wanted to stay, but I was terrified, because, for years, I was convinced I was gay. And you made me think twice about it. When: Friday, January 10, 2020. Where: Taco Gordo. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914965

the concept as a whole, or is he just not ready to jump the broom quite yet? If you truly love each other, a piece of paper and a

WE MET AT KKD Ken who works at TD Bank: We met over our sandwich order and shared a few laughs. Your cute smile has been stuck in my head since. I’d love to meet up for a Cajun BLT and talk about the seasons again. When: Friday, January 3, 2020. Where: KKD. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914959

couple of rings aren’t going to make much of a difference, aside from some legalities. (Read this week’s story about “forever engagements” on page 42 for more on this.) However, if you’re willing to scrap the whole relationship based on this one thing, maybe it’s time to reconsider why you’re with him in the first place. It’s 2020, honey. Waiting around for a man to propose is so last century. If you really want to marry him, how ’bout you be the one to do the asking? If he says no, you can decide if it’s time to cut bait. If he says yes … I’m available for officiating. Good luck and God bless,

The Reverend

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Online Ends: Tue., February 18 @ 6PM 1236 US-4, Rutland, VT Preview: Thursday, February 13 from 10AM-1PM After a delicious run serving the Rutland, Vermont area, our friends at Coach’s Deli are moving on and we have been commissioned to sell at auction a very clean, well-maintained lineup of commercial restaurant equipment and fixtures.

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8 of the Mountain View 6/6/16 4:34 PM Office Park subdivison. The Project is located at 47 Tilley Drive in South Burlington, Vermont. The District 4 Environmental Commission is reviewing this application under Act 250 Rule 51—Minor Applications. A copy of the application and proposed permit are available for review at the office listed below. The application and a draft permit may also be viewed on the Natural Resources Board’s web site (http://nrb.vermont. gov) by clicking on “Act 250 Database” and entering the project number “4C1153-8.” No hearing will be held and a permit may be issued unless, on or before February 24, 2020, a person notifies the Commission of an issue or issues requiring the presentation of evidence at a hearing, or the Commission sets the matter for a hearing on its own motion. Any person as defined in 10 V.S.A. § 6085(c)(1) may request a hearing. Any hearing request must be in writing to the address below, must state the criteria or sub-criteria at issue, why a hearing is required and what additional evidence will be presented at the hearing. Any hearing request by an adjoining property owner or other person eligible for party status under 10 V.S.A. § 6085(c)(1)(E) must include a petition for party status under the Act 250 Rules. Prior to submitting a request for a hearing, please contact



Dated at Essex Junction, Vermont this 3rd day of February, 2020.

[CONTINUED] the district coordinator at the telephone number listed below for more information. Prior to convening a hearing, the Commission must determine that substantive issues requiring a hearing have been raised. Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law may not be prepared unless the Commission holds a public hearing. If you feel that any of the District Commission members listed on the attached Certificate of Service under “For Your Information” may have a conflict of interest, or if there is any other reason a member should be disqualified from sitting on this case, please contact the District Coordinator as soon as possible, and by no later than February 24, 2020. If you have a disability for which you need accommodation in order to participate in this process (including participating in a public hearing, if one is held), please notify us as soon as possible, in order to allow us as much time as possible to accommodate your needs. Parties entitled to participate are the Municipality, the Municipal Planning Commission, the Regional Planning Commission, affected state agencies, and adjoining property owners and other persons to the extent that they have a particularized interest that may be affected by the proposed project under the Act 250 criteria. Non-party participants may also be allowed under 10 V.S.A. Section 6085(c)(5).

By: /s/ Stephanie H. Monaghan Stephanie H. Monaghan District Coordinator 111 West Street Essex Junction, VT 05452 802-879-5662 stephanie.monaghan@ vermont.gov FULL BOARD OF ABATEMENT OF TAXES, FEBRUARY 18, 2020 NOTICE CITY OF BURLINGTON FULL BOARD OF ABATEMENT OF TAXES The Full Board of Abatement of Taxes of the City of Burlington will meet in Contois Auditorium, at City Hall, 149 Church Street on Tuesday, February 18, 2020* to hear and act upon the requests for abatement of taxes and/ or penalties from:

BURLINGTON Active man in his 80s seeking a tidy housemate to cook meals to share & attend some sporting events together! $250/mo.

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Ruthine Brunette 85 Randy Lane 025-2-098-000

To the creditors of Barbara M Deslaurier, South Burlington, Vermont.

Richard A. Wilbert 321 Manhattan Drive 039-4-083-000

I have been appointed executor of 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. The claim must be presented to me at the address listed below with a copy sent to the court. The claim may be barred forever if it is not presented within the four (4) month period.

David and Heatherly Allard 25 Alexis Drive 027-4-034-000 Gail Wilcox Holmes Revocable Trust 19 East Village Drive 051-1-020-019 City of Burlington Treasurer’s Office Multiple Locations Multiple BPP Parcels *The City Council Meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. The Full Board of Abatement of Taxes Meeting is part of this agenda, no set start time. STATE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT CHITTENDEN UNIT PROBATE DIVISION DOCKET NO. 103-1-20 CNPR In re Estate of Barbara M Deslaurier

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Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020 /s/ Craig J. Deslaurier Signature of Fiduciary Executor: Craig J. Deslaurier 6 Woodland Place South Burlington, VT 05403 (510) 620-4067 cjdport@comcast.net Name of publication Seven Days Publication Date: February 5, 2020 Name and Address of Court: Chittenden District Probate Court PO Box 511 Burlington, VT 05402

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To the creditors of Guy D. Sweeney, late of Milton, VT.

To the creditors of Brenda W. Temple, Charlotte, Vermont.

I have been appointed executor of 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. The claim must be presented to me at the address listed below with a copy sent to the court. The claim may be barred forever if it is not presented within the four (4) month period.

I have been appointed executor of 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. The claim must be presented to me at the address listed below with a copy sent to the court. The claim may be barred forever if it is not presented within the four (4) month period.

Date: January 30, 2020

Date: February 7, 2020

/s/ Stewart E. Sweeney Signature of Fiduciary

/s/ Stacey Lee Doborowlski Signature of Fiduciary

Executor: Stewart E. Sweeney PO Box 217 Milton, VT 05468 802-324-0906 Name of publication Seven Days

Executor: Stacey Lee Doborowlski 1517 Whalley Road Charlotte, VT 05445 802-324-0224 sharrington1235@gmail. com

Publication Date: February 5, 2020

Name of publication Seven Days

Name and Address of Court: Chittenden District Probate Court PO Box 511 Burlington, VT 05402

Publication Date: February 12, 2020 Name and Address of Court: Probate Division of Vermont Superior Court, Chittenden Unit

PO Box 511 Burlington, VT 05402 STATE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT CIVIL DIVISION CHITTENDEN UNIT DOCKET NO. 106-2-20 CNCV IN RE: ABANDONED MOBILE HOME OF PATRICIA S. BADGER NOTICE OF HEARING A hearing on The Housing Foundation, Inc.’s Verified Complaint to declare as abandoned and uninhabitable the mobile home of Patricia S. Badger located at the Birchwood Manor Mobile Home Park, Lot #98, 149 Owen Court in Milton, Vermont has been set for February 26, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at the Vermont Superior Court, Chittenden Unit, Civil Division located at 175 Main Street, Burlington, Vermont. Dated February 4, 2020 Nancy J. Bean, Deputy Clerk/Docket Clerk VERIFIED COMPLAINT FOR ABANDONMENT PURSUANT TO 10 V.S.A. § 6249(i) (Uninhabitable) NOW COMES The Housing Foundation, Inc. (“HFI”), by and through its counsel Nadine L. Scibek, and hereby complains as follows: 1. HFI, a Vermont nonprofit corporation with a principal place of business in Montpelier, County of Washington, State of Vermont, is the record owner of a mobile home park known as

the Birchwood Manor Mobile Home Park (the “Park”) located in the Town of Milton, Vermont (the “Park”). The Park is managed by the Vermont State Housing Authority. 2. Patricia S. Badger (“Badger”) is the record owner of a certain mobile home, described as a 1980 Skyline, 14’ x 64’ with 14’ x 14’ addition, bearing serial number 0116-0381N (the “Mobile Home”), located on Lot #98, Birchwood Manor Mobile Home Park, 149 Owen Court in Milton, Vermont. See attached. 3. Badger leased a lot in the Park for her mobile home from HFI pursuant to a written lease. Badger paid no security deposit to HFI. 4. Badger is deceased. Badger’s date of death is September 28, 2010. See attached Death Certificate. 5. No petition to open a probate estate has been filed for Badger per the Chittenden County Probate Court. 6. The last known occupants of the mobile home were Connie & Eric Cooper who continued to reside at the mobile home after Badger passed away. They vacated the mobile home at the end of August, 2019 due to mold issues. The mobile home has been empty since that time. 7. The following security interests, mortgages, liens and encumbrances appear of record with respect to the mobile home: a. Badger is in arrears on obligations to pay property taxes to the Town of Milton, Vermont in the aggregate amount of $899.44, plus any additional interest and penalties. The delinquent property taxes are now a lien on the property. b. Badger is in arrears on obligations to pay water bills to the Town of Milton, Vermont in the aggregate amount of $354.30, plus any additional interest and penalties. The delinquent water bills are now a lien on the property. 8. Mobile home storage fees continue to accrue at the rate of $321.00 per month. Rent, storage fees and late charges due HFI as of February, 2020 total $2,245.37. Court costs and attorney’s fees from this action to date exceed $750.00.

9. HFI sent written notice by certified mail to the Town of Milton on November 27, 2019 of HFI’s intent to commence this abandonment action as required by statute. See attached. 10. The mobile home is uninhabitable. Thomas Young, Property Manager and duly authorized agent for the Park owner, will testify under oath as to the poor and unlivable condition of this mobile home at the abandonment hearing. WHEREFORE, HFI respectfully requests that the Honorable Court enter an order as follows: 1. Declare that the mobile home has been abandoned; 2. Transfer the mobile home which is unfit for human habitation to the Park owner, HFI without a public auction so that it may be removed and disposed of accordingly. 3. Order pursuant to 10 V.S.A. § 6249(j) that the mobile home and any security deposit paid be conveyed to the Park Owner in “as is” condition, and free from all liens and other encumbrances of record. DATED AT Burlington, Vermont this 4th day of February, 2020. By: Nadine L. Scibek, Attorney for The Housing Foundation, Inc. DATED at Burlington, Vermont this 4th day of February, 2020. By: Thomas Young, Duly Authorized Agent The Housing Foundation, Inc. VERIFICATION STATE OF VERMONT CHITTENDEN COUNTY, SS. At Burlington, on this 4th day of February, 2020, Thomas Young, duly authorized agent of The Housing Foundation, Inc., owner of the Birchwood Manor Mobile Home Park in Milton, Vermont, being first duly sworn, made oath that he has read the foregoing Complaint, and that the facts contained therein are true. Before me, Notary Public – Nadine L. Scibek Commission Expires: 1/31/21 Lic. #157.0007638


STATE OF VERMONT VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT WASHINGTON UNIT, CIVIL DIVISION DOCKET NO: 457-8-18 WNCV DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR MORGAN STANLEY ABS CAPITAL I INC. TRUST 2005-HE1 MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2005-HE1 v. SCOTT MCALLISTER, ESQ., ADMINISTRATOR OF THE ESTATE OF NORA E. JARVIS OCCUPANTS OF: 119 Prospect Street, Barre 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 December 10, 2019, in the above captioned action brought to foreclose that certain mortgage given by Nora E. Jarvis and Donald J. Jarvis Jr. to Option One Mortgage Corporation, a California Corporation, dated August 23, 2004 and recorded in Book 215 Page 974 of the land records of the City of Barre, of which

mortgage the Plaintiff is the present holder, by virtue of an Assignment of Mortgage from Option One Mortgage Corporation, a California Corporation to Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, as Trustee for Morgan Stanley ABS Capital I Inc. Trust 2005-HE1 Mortgage PassThrough Certificates, Series 2005-HE1 dated April 27, 2006 and recorded in Book 231 Page 045 of the land records of the City of Barre for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing the same will be sold at Public Auction at 119 Prospect Street, Barre, Vermont on March 3, 2020 at 10:00 AM all and singular the premises described in said mortgage, To wit: Being all and the same lands and prmeises conveyed to Nora E. Jarvis and Donald J. Jarvis, Jr. by Warranty Deed of Marc P. Maurice and Tammy C. Maurice dated October 4, 2001 of record at Book 188, Page 550 of the City of Barre Land Records. Being those lands and premises more commonly designated as 119

Prospect Street in the City of Barre, County of Washington and State of Vermont. 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. The 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. The 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


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costs and expenses of the sale. Other terms to be announced at the sale. DATED : January 13, 2020 By: /S/Rachel K. Ljunggren, Esq. Rachel K. Ljunggren, Esq. Bendett and McHugh, PC 270 Farmington Ave., Ste. 151 Farmington, CT 06032 TOWN OF BOLTON NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The Development Review Board will hold two public hearings on Thursday, February 27, 2020, starting at 6:30 pm at the Bolton Town Office to consider the following applications: Application 2020-05-CU: Applicants & Owners: Sharon Murray & Robert Fett. Request Conditional Use approval to remove hazardous trees within Gleason Brook buffer and stabilize streambank at 3249 Duxbury Rd. This property is located within the Rural 1 district and Flood Hazard Overlay District. (Tax Map # 15-0013249) Application 2020-06-CU: Applicant: Richard J. Weston, Property Owner: (same) – Request Con-

ditional Use approval to build 1,290 sq. ft. single family dwelling at 1811 Happy Hollow Rd. The property is located in the Forest Zoning District. (Tax Map # 12-4101901) The hearings are open to the public. Additional information may be obtained at the Bolton Town Office, Mon.-Thur. from 8:00-4:00PM. Pursuant to 24 VSA §§4464(a)(1)(C) and 4471(a), participation in this local proceeding, by written or oral comment, is a prerequisite to the right to take any subsequent appeal. If you cannot attend the hearing, comments may be made in writing prior to the hearing and mailed to: Zoning Administrator, 3045 Theodore Roosevelt Highway (US Route 2), Bolton, Vermont 05676 or via email to: zoningbolton@gmavt. net WARNING CHAMPLAIN VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT ANNUAL MEETING MARCH 2, 2020 AND MARCH 3, 2020 The legal voters of the Champlain Valley School District, are hereby notified and warned to meet at the Champlain

Open 24/7/365. Post & browse ads at your convenience. Valley Union High School Room 160 in the Town of Hinesburg at five o’clock in the evening (5:00pm) on March 2, 2020, to transact any of the following business not involving voting by Australian ballot, and to conduct an informational hearing with respect to Articles of business to be considered by Australian ballot on March 3, 2020.

ARTICLE V: To establish the date of the Champlain Valley School District Annual Meeting of Monday, March 1, 2021 at 5pm at CVU High School and recessed and opened back up at Australian ballot voting on Town Meeting Day. ARTICLE VI: To transact any other business proper to come before the meeting.

ARTICLE I: To elect a moderator, clerk and treasurer.


ARTICLE II: To hear and act upon the reports of the school district officers. ARTICLE III: Shall the voters of the Champlain Valley School District authorize the Board of School Directors to borrow money by issuance of bonds or notes not in excess of anticipated revenues for the next fiscal year? ARTICLE IV: Shall the voters of the Champlain Valley School District authorize the Board of School Directors to provide a mailed notice of availability of the Annual Report to residents in lieu of distributing the Annual Report?

The legal voters of the Champlain Valley School District, are hereby notified and warned to meet at their respective polling places on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at seven o’clock in the forenoon (7:00am), at which time the polls will open, and seven o’clock in the afternoon (7:00pm), at which time the polls will close, to vote by Australian ballot on the following articles of business: ARTICLE VII: Shall the voters of the Champlain Valley School District approve the expenditure by the Board of School Directors of the sum of Eighty-Two Million, Three Hundred NinetyEight Thousand, Seven Hundred Sixty-Nine Dollars ($82,398,769) which is the amount

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the Board of School Directors has determined to be necessary for the ensuing fiscal year commencing July 1, 2020? It is estimated that the proposed budget, if approved, will result in education spending of Sixteen Thousand, Five Hundred Eighty-Five Dollars ($16,585) per equalized pupil. This projected spending per equalized pupil is 3.2% higher than spending for the current year. ARTICLE VIII: Shall the voters of the Champlain Valley School District authorize the Board of School Directors to allocate its current fund balance, without effect upon the District tax levy, as follows: assign Seven Hundred TwentyFive Thousand Dollars ($725,000) of the school district’s current fund balance as revenue for the 2020-2021 operating budget, and assign the remaining balance, One Million, Seven Hundred Fifty Thousand, Four Hundred and Seven Dollars ($1,750,407) as revenue for future budgets? ARTICLE IX: Shall the voters of the Champlain Valley School District






[CONTINUED] authorize the Board of Directors to borrow money by the issuance of notes not in excess of Two Hundred SixtySix Thousand Dollars ($266,000) for the purpose of purchasing three (3) school buses? ARTICLE X: Shall general obligation bonds or notes of Champlain Valley School District in an amount not to exceed Six Million Dollars ($6,000,000), subject to reduction from the application of available state and federal grants-in-aid and reserves, be issued for the purpose of financing the cost of making certain public school building improvements, namely (1) Charlotte Central School building mechanical, electrical and energy efficiency upgrades ($4,500,000), (2) Champlain Valley Union High School grounds and building repairs and replacements ($545,000),

(3) Hinesburg Community School grounds and building repairs and upgrades ($395,000), (4) Shelburne Community School building and grounds repairs and upgrades ($380,000), (5) Allen Brook School security upgrades ($90,000), and (6) District-wide stormwater management improvements ($90,000), the aggregate cost of such improvements estimated to be Six Million Dollars ($6,000,000). State funds may not be available at the time these projects are otherwise eligible to receive state school construction aid. The District is responsible for all costs incurred in connection with any borrowing done in anticipation of the receipt of school construction aid. POLLING PLACES Charlotte - Charlotte Central School – Multi Purpose Room Hinesburg - Hinesburg Town Hall – Upstairs Shelburne - Shelburne Town Center – Gymnasium Williston - Williston Armory St. George - St. George Town Hall/ Red Schoolhouse

Union High School in the Town of Hinesburg and there commingled and counted by members of the Boards of Civil Authority of several towns under the supervision of the Clerk of the Champlain Valley School District. The legal voters of the Champlain Valley School District are further notified that voter qualification, registration and absentee/early voting relative to said annual meeting shall be as provided in Section 706u of Title 16, and Chapters 43, 51 and 55 of Title 17, Vermont Statutes Annotated. Adopted and approved at a duly noticed, called and held meeting of the Board of School Directors of the Champlain Valley School District on January 21, 2020. Received for record and recorded in the records of the Champlain Valley School District on January 22, 2020. ATTEST: David Connery, District Clerk ; Lynne Jaunich, Chairperson

Ballots shall be transported and delivered to the Champlain Valley


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ADDICT IN THE FAMILY: SUPPORT GROUP FOR FRIENDS AND FAMILIES OF ADDICTS AND ALCOHOLICS Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m., Holy Family/St. Lawrence Parish, 4 Prospect St., Essex Junction. For further information, please visit thefamilyrestored. org or contact Lindsay Duford at 781-960-3965 or 12lindsaymarie@ gmail.com. ADULT SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE LOSS SUPPORT GROUP Meetings are every third Thursday of the month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Williston, VT. The support group is for anyone who has been touched by suicide loss recently or long ago who wants to work through their grief in a safe, respectful environment. Contact Joanna at joanna. colevt@gmail.com or

AL-ANON For families & friends of alcoholics. For meeting info, go to vermont alanonalateen.org or call 866-972-5266. ALATEEN GROUP Alateen group in Burlington on Sundays from 5-6 p.m. at the UU building at the top of Church St. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Daily meetings in various locations. Free. Info, 864-1212. Want to overcome a drinking problem? Take the first step of 12 & join a group in your area. ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION SUPPORT GROUP This caregivers support group meets on the 2nd Tue. of every mo. from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Alzheimer’s Association Main Office, 300 Cornerstone Dr., Suite 130, Williston. Support groups meet to provide assistance and information on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. They emphasize shared


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ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP Meets the second Monday of the month at Milton Public Library. Led by Alzheimer’s Association representative and trained facilitator. Free. For more information, call 802-893-4644 or email library@miltonvt. gov. Facebook.com/ events/5476882 85632277.


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ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION TELEPHONE SUPPORT GROUP 2nd Tuesday monthly, 4-5:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required (to receive dial-in codes for toll-free call). Please dial the Alzheimer’s Association’s 24/7 Helpline 800-272-3900 for more information.




experiences, emotional support, and coping techniques in care for a person living with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia. Meetings are free and open to the public. Families, caregivers, and friends may attend. Please call in advance to confirm date and time. For questions or additional support group listings, call 800-272-3900.

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ARE YOU HAVING PROBLEMS W/ DEBT? Do you spend more than you earn? Get help at Debtor’s Anonymous plus Business Debtor’s Anonymous. Wed., 6:307:30 p.m., Methodist Church in the Rainbow Room at Buell & S. Winooski, Burlington. Contact Jennifer, 917-568-6390. BABY BUMPS SUPPORT GROUP FOR MOTHERS AND PREGNANT WOMEN Pregnancy can be a wonderful time of your life. But, it can also be a time of stress that is often compounded by hormonal swings. If you are a pregnant woman, or have recently given birth and feel you need some help with managing emotional bumps in the road that can come with motherhood, please come to this free support group lead by an experienced pediatric Registered Nurse. Held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Birthing Center, Northwestern Medical Center, St. Albans. Info: Rhonda Desrochers, Franklin County Home Health Agency, 527-7531. BETTER BREATHERS CLUB American Lung Association support group for people with breathing issues, their loved ones or caregivers. Meets first Monday of the month, 11 a.m.-noon at the Godnick Center, 1 Deer St., Rutland. For more information call 802-776-5508. BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP IN ST. JOHNSBURY Monthly meetings will be held on the 3rd Wed. of every mo., 1-2:30 p.m., at the Grace United Methodist Church, 36 Central St., St. Johnsbury. The support group will offer valuable resources & info about brain injury. It will be a place to share experiences in a safe, secure & confidential environment. Info, Tom Younkman, tyounkman@vcil.org, 800-639-1522. BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION OF VERMONT Montpelier daytime support group meets the 3rd Thu. of the mo. at the Unitarian Church ramp entrance, 1:302:30 p.m. St. Johnsbury support group meets the 3rd Wed. monthly at the Grace United Methodist Church, 36

Central St., 1:00-2:30 p.m. Colchester Evening support group meets the 1st Wed. monthly at the Fanny Allen Hospital in the Board Room Conference Room, 5:30-7:30 p.m. White River Jct. meets the 2nd Fri. monthly at Bugbee Sr. Ctr. from 3-4:30 p.m. Call our helpline at 877-856-1772. CANCER SUPPORT GROUP The Champlain Valley Prostate Cancer Support Group will be held every 2nd Tue. of the mo., 6-7:45 p.m. at the Hope Lodge, 237 East Ave., Burlington. Newly diagnosed? Prostate cancer reoccurrence? General discussion and sharing among survivors and those beginning or rejoining the battle. Info, Mary L. Guyette RN, MS, ACNS-BC, 274-4990, vmary@aol.com. CELEBRATE RECOVERY Overcome any hurt, habit or hangup in your life with this confidential 12-Step, Christ-centered recovery program. We offer multiple support groups for both men and women, such as chemical dependency, codependency, sexual addiction and pornography, food issues, and overcoming abuse. All 18+ are welcome; sorry, no childcare. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; we begin at 7 p.m. Essex Alliance Church, 37 Old Stage Rd., Essex Junction. Info: recovery@essexalliance. org, 878-8213. CELEBRATE RECOVERY Celebrate Recovery meetings are for anyone with struggles with hurt, habits and hang ups, which includes everyone in some way.  We welcome everyone at Cornerstone Church in Milton which meets every Friday night at 7-9 p.m. We’d love to have you join us and discover how your life can start to change. Info: 893-0530, julie@mccartycreations. com. CENTRAL VERMONT CELIAC SUPPORT GROUP Last Thu. of every month, 7:30 p.m. in Montpelier. Please contact Lisa Mase for location: lisa@ harmonizecookery.com. CEREBRAL PALSY GUIDANCE Cerebral Palsy Guidance is a very comprehensive informational website broadly covering the topic of cerebral palsy and associated medical conditions. It’s mission

SEVENDAYSVT.COM/CLASSIFIEDS it to provide the best possible information to parents of children living with the complex condition of cerebral palsy. cerebralpalsy guidance.com/ cerebral-palsy.

at essexalliance. churchcenter.com. For more information, call Sandy 802-425-7053.

CODEPENDENTS ANONYMOUS CoDA is a 12-step fellowship for people whose common purpose is to develop healthy & fulfilling relationships. By actively working the program of Codependents Anonymous, we can realize a new joy, acceptance & serenity in our lives. Meets Sunday at noon at the Turning Point Center, 179 So. Winooski Ave., Suite 301, Burlington. Tom, 238-3587, coda.org. DECLUTTERERS’ SUPPORT GROUP Are you ready to make improvements but find it overwhelming? Maybe two or three of us can get together to help each other simplify. 989-3234, 425-3612. DISCOVER THE POWER OF CHOICE! SMART Recovery welcomes anyone, including family and friends, affected by any kind of substance or activity addiction. It is a science-based program that encourages abstinence. Specially trained volunteer facilitators provide leadership. Sundays at 5 p.m. at the 1st Unitarian Universalist Society, 152 Pearl St., Burlington. Volunteer facilitator: Bert, 399-8754. You can learn more at smartrecovery. org. DIVORCE CARE SUPPORT GROUP Divorce is a tough road. Feelings of separation, betrayal, confusion, anger and self-doubt are common. But there is life after divorce. Led by people who have already walked down that road, we’d like to share with you a safe place and a process that can help make the journey easier. This free 13-week group for men and women will be offered on Sunday evenings, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Sep. 8 through Dec. 1, at the North Avenue Alliance Church, 901 North Ave., Burlington, VT. Register for class

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUPPORT Steps to End Domestic Violence offers a weekly drop-in support group for female identified survivors of intimate partner violence, including individuals who are experiencing or have been affected by domestic violence. The support group offers a safe, confidential place for survivors to connect with others, to heal, and to recover. In support group, participants talk through their experiences and hear stories from others who have experienced abuse in their relationships. Support group is also a resource for those who are unsure of their next step, even if it involves remaining in their current relationship. Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. Childcare is provided. Info: 658-1996. EMPLOYMENTSEEKERS SUPPORT GROUP Frustrated with the job search or with your job? You are not alone. Come check out this supportive circle. Wednesdays at 3 p.m., Pathways Vermont Community Center, 279 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: Abby Levinsohn, 777-8602. FAMILIES, PARTNERS, FRIENDS AND ALLIES OF TRANSGENDER ADULTS We are people with adult loved ones who are transgender or gender-nonconforming. We meet to support each other and to learn more about issues and concerns. Our sessions are supportive, informal, and confidential. Meetings are held at 5:30 PM, the second Thursday of each month at Pride Center of VT, 255 South Champlain St., Suite 12, in Burlington. Not sure if you’re ready for a meeting? We also offer one-on-one support. For more information, email rex@ pridecentervt.org or call 802-238-3801.


FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF THOSE EXPERIENCING MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS This support group is a dedicated meeting for family, friends and community members who are supporting a loved one through a mental health crisis. Mental health crisis might include extreme states, psychosis, depression, anxiety and other types of distress. The group is a confidential space where family and friends can discuss shared experiences and receive support in an environment free of judgment and stigma with a trained facilitator. Weekly on Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. Downtown Burlington. Info: Jess Horner, LICSW, 866-218-8586. FCA FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP Families coping with addiction (FCA) is an open community peer support group for adults 18 & over struggling with the drug or alcohol addiction of a loved one. FCA is not 12-step based but provides a forum for those living this experience to develop personal coping skills & draw strength from one another. Weekly on Wed., 5:30-6:30 p.m. Turning Point Center, 179 So. Winooski Ave., Suite 301, Burlington. thdaub1@gmail.com. FOOD ADDICTS IN RECOVERY ANONYMOUS (FA) Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? FA is a free 12-step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, under-eating or bulimia. Local meetings are held twice a week: Mondays, 4-5:30 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church, Norwich, Vt.; and Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m., at Hanover Friends Meeting House, Hanover, N.H. For more information and a list of additional meetings throughout the U.S. and the world, call 603-630-1495 or visit foodaddicts.org. G.R.A.S.P. (GRIEF RECOVERY AFTER A SUBSTANCE PASSING) Are you a family member who has lost a loved one to addiction? Find support, peer-led support


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group. Meets once a month on Mondays in Burlington. Please call for date and location. RSVP mkeasler3@gmail. com or call 310-3301 (message says Optimum Health, but this is a private number). GRIEF AND LOSS FOCUS GROUP FOR MEN Fridays, 10-11:30 a.m. Continues through March 27. Please join us as we learn more about our own grief and explore the things that can help us to heal. There is great power in sharing our experiences with others who know the pain of the loss of a loved one, and healing is possible through the sharing. BAYADA Hospice’s local bereavement program coordinator will facilitate this weekly, eight-week group through discussion and activities. Everyone from the community is welcome; however, space is limited. To register, please contact Bereavement Program Coordinator Kathryn Gilmond at kgilmond@ bayada.com or 802448-1610. Start date to be determined, based on registration. bayada. com. GRIEF SUPPORT GROUPS Meet twice a month: every second Monday from 6-7:30 p.m., and every third Wednesday from 10-11:30 a.m., at Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice in Berlin. The group is open to the public and free of charge. More info: Diana Moore, 224-2241. HEARING VOICES SUPPORT GROUP This Hearing Voices Group seeks to find understanding of voice hearing experiences as real lived experiences which may happen to anyone at anytime.  We choose to share experiences, support, and empathy.  We validate anyone’s experience and stories about their experience as their own, as being an honest and accurate representation of their experience, and as being acceptable exactly as they are. Weekly on Tuesday, 2-3 p.m. Pathways Vermont Community Center, 279 North Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info:

802-777-8602, abby@ pathwaysvermont.org. HELLENBACH CANCER SUPPORT Call to verify meeting place. Info, 388-6107. People living with cancer & their caretakers convene for support. HELP AND HEALING FOR THOSE WHO ARE GRIEVING Wednesdays, 5:30-7 p.m. Walking With Grief: Sharing your sadness, finding your joy. Please join us as we learn more about our own grief and explore the things that can help us to heal. There is great power in sharing our experiences with others who know the pain of the loss of a loved one, and healing is possible through the sharing. BAYADA Hospice’s local bereavement support coordinator will facilitate our weekly group through discussion and activities. Everyone from the community is welcome. To register, please contact Bereavement Program Coordinator Kathryn Gilmond at kgilmond@bayada. com or 802-448-1610. Bayada Hospice, 354 Mountain View Dr., Ste 305, Colchester. INTERSTITIAL CYSTITIS/PAINFUL BLADDER SUPPORT GROUP Interstitial cystitis (IC) and painful bladder syndrome can result in recurring pelvic pain, pressure or discomfort in the bladder/pelvic region & urinary frequency/ urgency. These are often misdiagnosed & mistreated as a chronic bladder infection. If you have been diagnosed or have these symptoms, you are not alone. For Vermont-based support group, email bladder painvt@gmail.com or call 899-4151 for more information. KINDRED CONNECTIONS PROGRAM OFFERED FOR CHITTENDEN COUNTY CANCER SURVIVORS The Kindred Connections program provides peer support for all those touched by cancer. Cancer patients as well as caregivers are provided with a mentor who has been through the cancer experience

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Post & browse ads at your convenience. & knows what it’s like to go through it. In addition to sensitive listening, Kindred Connections provides practical help such as rides to doctors’ offices & meal deliveries. The program has people who have experienced a wide variety of cancers. For further info, please contact info@vcsn.net. KINSHIP CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP A support group for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. Led by a trained representative and facilitator. Meets the second Tuesday monthly from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. (Jan. 14, Feb. 11, Mar. 10, Apr. 14) at Milton Public Library. Free. For more information, call 802-893-4644 or email library@ miltonvt.gov. Facebook. com/events/5614525 68022928. LGBTQ SURVIVORS OF VIOLENCE SafeSpace offers peer-led support groups for survivors of relationship, dating, emotional &/or hate violence. These groups give survivors a safe & supportive environment to tell their stories, share information, & offer & receive support. Support groups also provide survivors an opportunity to gain information on how to better cope with feelings & experiences that surface because of the trauma they have experienced. Please call SafeSpace 863-0003 if you are interested in joining. LGBTQ VETERANS GROUP This veterans group is a safe place for veterans to gather and discuss ways to help the community, have dinners, send packages and help the families of LGBTQ service people. Ideas on being helpful encouraged. Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday, 6-8:30 p.m., at Christ Episcopal Church (The Little Red Door), 64 State Street, Montpelier. RSVP, 802-825-2045. LIVING THROUGH LOSS: WEEKLY SUPPORT GROUP The Volunteer Chaplaincy Program at Gifford Medical Center invites community members to

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attend “Living Through Loss,” a grief support group from noon to 1:30 p.m. every Friday in the Gifford Medical Center Chapel. The group is open to anyone who has experienced loss. Each of the Friday sessions is facilitated by Gifford Volunteer Chaplain Anna Mary Zigmann, RN, an ordained minister and spiritual care provider specializing in trauma and loss, or by the Rev. Timothy Eberhardt, spiritual care coordinator for the Chaplaincy Program. There is no religious component to the group apart from the Serenity Prayer to close each meeting. For more information, email teberhardt@ giffordmed.org or  azigmann@gmail.com, or call 802-728-2107. MALE SURVIVOR OF VIOLENCE GROUP A monthly, closed group for male identified survivors of violence including relationship, sexual assault, and discrimination. Open to all sexual orientations. Contact 863-0003 for more information or safespace@pride centervt.org. MARIJUANA ANONYMOUS Do you have a problem with marijuana? MA is a free 12-step program where addicts help other addicts to get & stay clean. Ongoing Wed. at 7 p.m. at Turning Point Center, 179 So. Winooski, Suite 301, Burlington. 861-3150. MYELOMA SUPPORT GROUP Area Myeloma Survivors, Families and Caregivers have come together to form a Multiple Myeloma Support Group. We provide emotional support, resources about treatment options, coping strategies and a support network by participating in the group experience with people that have been though similar situations. Third Tuesday of the month, 5-6 p.m. at the New Hope Lodge on East Avenue in Burlington. Info: Kay Cromie, 655-9136, kgcromey@aol.com.

NAMI CONNECTION PEER SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS Bennington, every Tue., 12-1:30 p.m., CRT Center, United Counseling Service, 316 Dewey St.; Burlington, every Thu., 3-4:30 p.m., St. Paulâ??s Cathedral, 2 Cherry St. (enter from parking lot); Berlin, second Thu. of the month, 4-5:30 p.m., CVMC Board Room, 130 Fisher Rd.; Rutland, every 1st and 3rd Sun., 4:30-6 p.m., Rutland Mental Health Wellness Center, 78 S. Main St. If you have questions about a group in your area, please contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Vermont, program@ namivt.org or 800-6396480. Connection groups are peer recovery support group programs for adults living with mental health challenges. NAMI FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP Bellows Falls, 3rd Tue. of every mo., 7 p.m., Compass School, 7892 US-5, Westminster; Brattleboro, 1st Wed. of every mo., 6:30 p.m., 1st Congregational Church, 880 Western Ave., West Brattleboro; Burlington, 2nd & 4th Tue. of every mo., 7 p.m., HowardCenter, corner of Pine & Flynn Ave.; Berlin, 4th Mon. of every mo., 7 p.m. Central Vermont Medical Center, Room 3; Georgia, 1st Tue. of every mo., 6 p.m., Georgia Public Library, 1697 Ethan Allen Highway (Exit 18, I-89); Manchester, 3rd Mon. of every mo., 6:30 p.m., Equinox Village, 2nd floor; Rutland, 1st Mon. of every mo., 6 p.m., Rutland Regional Medical Center, Leahy Conference Ctr., room D; St. Johnsbury, 4th Wed. of every mo., 5:30 p.m., Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital Library, 1315 Hospital Dr.; Williston, 1st & 3rd Mon. of every mo., 6 p.m., NAMI Vermont Office, 600 Blair Park Rd. #301. If you have questions about a group in your area, please contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Vermont, info@namivt. org or 800-639-6480. Family Support Group meetings are for family & friends of individuals living mental illness.


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SEXUAL VIOLENCE SUPPORT HOPE Works offers free support groups to women, men & teens who are survivors of sexual violence. Groups are available for survivors at any stage of the healing process. Intake for all support groups is ongoing. If you are interested in learning more or would like to schedule an intake to become a group member, please call our office at 864-0555, ext. 19, or email our victim advocate at advocate@ sover.net.


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SEX & LOVE ADDICTS ANONYMOUS 12-step recovery group. Do you have a problem w/ sex or relationships? We can help. Shawn, 660-2645. Visit slaafws.org or saa-recovery.org for meetings near you.



OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS (OA) A 12-step program for people who identify as overeaters, compulsive eaters, food addicts, anorexics, bulimics, etc. No matter what your problem with food, we have a solution! All are welcome, meetings are open, and there are no dues or fees. See oavermont.org/ meeting-list for the current meeting list, meeting format and

QUEER CARE GROUP This support group is for adult family members and caregivers of queer, and/or questioning youth. It is held on the 2nd Monday of each month from 6:30-8 p.m. at Outright Vermont, 241 North Winooski Ave. This group is for adults only. For more information, email info@outrightvt. org.


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OPEN EARS, OPEN MINDS A mutual support circle that focuses on connection and selfexploration. Fridays at 1 p.m., Pathways Vermont Community Center, 279 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: Abby Levinsohn, 777-8602.


NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS is a group of recovering addicts who live w/ out the use of drugs. It

NEW (AND EXPECTING) MAMAS AND PAPAS! EVERY PRIMARY CAREGIVER TO A BABY! The Children’s Room invites you to join our weekly drop-in support group. Come unwind and discuss your experiences and questions around infant care and development, self-care and postpartum healing, and community resources for families with babies. Tea and snacks provided. Weekly on Thursdays, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Bring your babies! (Newborn through crawling stage). Located within Thatcher Brook Primary School, 47 Stowe Street, childrens roomonline.org. Contact childrens room@wwsu.org or 244-5605.

QUEEN CITY MEMORY CAFÉ The Queen City Memory Café offers a social time & place for people with memory impairment & their fiends & family to laugh, learn & share concerns & celebrate feeling understood & connected. Enjoy coffee, tea & baked goods with entertainment & conversation. QCMC meets the 3rd Sat. of each mo., 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Thayer Building, 1197 North Ave., Burlington. 316-3839.

SCLERODERMA FOUNDATION NEW ENGLAND Support group meeting held 4th Tue. of the mo., 6:30-8:30 p.m. Williston Police Station. Info, Blythe Leonard, 878-0732.



NARCONON SUNCOAST DRUG AND ALCOHOL REHABILITATION AND EDUCATION Narconon reminds families that overdoses due to an elephant tranquilizer known as Carfentanil, has been on the rise in nearly every community nationwide. Carfentanil is a synthetic opiate painkiller 100 times more powerful than fentanyl and 1000 times stronger than heroin. A tiny grain of it is enough to be fatal. Click here to learn more about carfentanil abuse and how to help your loved one. You can also visit narconon-suncoast. org/drug-abuse/ parents-get-help.html for more information. ADDICTION SCREENINGS: Narconon can help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family. Call today for a no cost screening or referral: 1- 877-841-5509

NAR-ANON BURLINGTON GROUP Group meets every Monday at 7 p.m. at the Turning Point Center, 179 So. Winooski Ave., Suite 301, Burlington. The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of addiction in a relative or friend. Info: Amanda H. 338-8106.

POTATO INTOLERANCE SUPPORT GROUP Anyone coping with potato intolerance and interested in joining a support group, contact Jerry Fox, 48 Saybrook Rd., Essex Junction, VT 05452.

in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. You may qualify for a FREE 8-week supply of nicotine replacement therapy. Contact us at (802)-847-7333 or quittobaccoclass@ uvmhealth.org.



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NORTHWEST VERMONT CANCER PRAYER & SUPPORT NETWORK A meeting of cancer patients, survivors & family members intended to comfort & support those who are currently suffering from the disease. 2nd Thu. of every mo., 6-7:30 p.m., St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 11 Church St., St. Albans. Info: stpaulum@myfair point.net. 2nd Wed. of every mo., 6-7:30 p.m. Winooski United Methodist Church, 24 W. Allen St., Winooski. Info: hovermann4@ comcast.net.

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costs nothing to join. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using. Info, 862-4516 or cvana.org. Held in Burlington, Barre and St. Johnsbury.

STUTTERING SUPPORT GROUPS If you’re a person who stutters, you are not alone! Adults, teens & school-age kids who stutter & their families are welcome to join one of our three free National Stuttering Association (NSA) stuttering support groups at UVM. Adults: 5:30-6:30, 1st & 3rd Tue. monthly; teens (ages 13-17): 5:30-6:30, 1st Thu. monthly; schoolage children (ages 8-12) & parents (meeting separately): 4:15-5:15, 2nd Thu. monthly. Pomeroy Hall (489 Main St., UVM campus. Info: burlingtonstutters.org, burlingtonstutters@ gmail.com, 656-0250. Go Team Stuttering! SUICIDE SURVIVORS SUPPORT GROUP For those who have lost a friend or loved one through suicide. Maple Leaf Clinic, 167 N. Main St., Wallingford, 446-3577. 6:30-8 p.m. the 3rd Tue. of ea. mo. SUICIDE HOTLINES IN VT Brattleboro, 2577989; Montpelier (Washington County Mental Health Emergency Services), 229-0591; Randolph (Clara Martin Center Emergency Service), 800-639-6360. SUPPORT GROUP FOR WOMEN who have experienced intimate partner abuse, facilitated by Circle (Washington Co. only). Please call 877-5439498 for more info. SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE If you have lost someone to suicide and wish to have a safe place to talk, share and spend a little time with others who have had a similar experience, join us the 3rd Thu. at the Faith Lighthouse Church, Rte. 105, Newport (105 Alderbrook), 7-9 p.m. Please call before attending. Info: Mary Butler, 744-6284. SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE, S. BURLINGTON Who: Persons experiencing the impact of a loved one’s suicide. When: first Wednesday of each month, 6-7:30 p.m. Location: S. Burlington. This group is currently full and unable to accept new participants. Please call Linda Livendale at 802-272-6564 to learn about other groups within driving distance. We are sorry for the inconvenience. Thank you!

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Experienced Buyer ARA’s Integrated Products Division is actively seeking an experienced buyer to support our manufacturing business at our Randolph, Vt., location. If you thrive in a fast-paced environment, have excellent verbal and written communication, enjoy dealing with others, and have previously worked in procurement, please apply! This position is a central part of our operation, and allows you to work collaboratively with both fellow employees and our product vendors. As our buyer, you will be responsible for purchasing all of our necessary materials, supplies and services while considering price, quality and delivery. For additional information and an opportunity to join our unique team, please visit our career portal at www.careers.ara.com to apply. EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER/PROTECTED VETERANS/INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES


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ESSENTIAL SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS Bookkeeping experience: 2 or 4 yr. degree is desired or a combination of education and experience that provides a good base of understanding of financial transactions, general ledger, financial reporting and taxation. In addition, candidate should possess: • Proven high level of Quickbooks proficiency (Desktop Pro preferred) • Excellent communication skills; collaborative team player • Personal connection to the Farmers To You Mission Contact: Humanresources@farmerstoyou.com. Job Description: farmerstoyou.com/employment.php

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Please apply directly at: schoolspring.com/search.cfm, Elementary # 3187773, Secondary #3187775. Per School Board, the terms of employment will follow the Support Staff Agreement if the position exceeds 20 hours/week; otherwise, per current Handbook for Non-Union Support Staff Personnel.

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The Office Manager is responsible for accounting, bookkeeping and administrative HR functions at FTY. They will also be responsible for ensuring that the office is staffed during regular business hours. This position will be a member of the admin/finance team. Working with the Owner and Comptroller, the Office Manager is responsible for ensuring sufficient internal financial controls are in place to validate the integrity of the financial statements, and responsible for adhering to financial policies and procedures. In addition, compliance with GAAP as well as Federal, State and local tax and employment tax requirements.

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Colchester School District is seeking candidates to fill several paraeducator positions at the elementary and secondary levels. The Paraeducator will assist classroom teachers and/or instructional support service teacher in meeting the instructional needs of assigned students. Ideal candidates will possess experience and/or demonstrate ability working with students. Candidates must also possess skills in curriculum adaptation, behavior management techniques, and record keeping. Responsibilities may include implementing lesson plans for students individually, in small group, or within classrooms along with following behavioral management plans. Candidates must be patient, adaptable, responsive, and have a passion for education and children.

U.S. Probation Officers work for the federal court, conduct bail and presentence investigations, and supervise federal defendants released to community supervision. The District of Vermont is hiring one officer. The minimum requirement is a bachelor's degree in an approved major. The position is a hazardous duty law enforcement. Prior to appointment, applicants considered for this 12:45 PM position will undergo a full background investigation, as well as undergo a medical examination & drug screening. Starting salary range is from $51,623 to $100,571 (CL 27 to CL 28), depending on qualifications.

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Seeking applicants with: • Strong interpersonal & organizational skills • Excellent customer service skills • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite • Full-Time (PT available)

For further information and application instructions visit: vtp.uscourts.gov/careeropportunities. Deadline for complete applications is the close of business March 3, 2020. EOE.

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Bridges to Health of UVM Extension seeks a part time (20-25 hours a week) Care Coordinator to facilitate access to health care services for immigrant farmworkers across the state. The Care Coordinator will collaborate with Bridges to Health outreach team and health access volunteers to ensure health access for this population. Candidate must have advanced oral and writing skills in Spanish and English. $15.50 per hour. For a full job description: go.uvm.edu/bth-care-coordinator.

2/11/20 STEAM Outreach Coordinator

Don’t have full stack experience, but have built a career creating responsive front end web applications using HTML, CSS, Javascript, or any front end framework such as React, 1:26 PM Angular or Vue? We’d love to hear from you! As a Benefit Corporation, we place high value on client, employee & community relationships. We offer a friendly, informal, and professional work environment. PCC offers competitive benefits as well as some uncommon perks.

The University of Vermont College of Engineering and Mathematical Science is looking for a part-time STEAM Outreach Coordinator. This position will provide program development support and planning oversight for the CEMS Dean’s Office in program areas including STEAM related training events and STEAM Educational Outreach. Provide direction plan and implement for outreach events. Assist in the development of events, training programs, and community outreach activities. Form and manage strategic community partnerships. Develop, plan, coordinate, and implement community services, programs, educational projects in support of CEMS outreach to include the development and submission of extramurally funded work (grants, cooperative agreements, endowments, and gifts), serving as primary programmatic liaison for outreach activities.

Our ideal candidate is fast and flexible, great at finding and squashing bugs, and ready to work well with team members in a cross-functional development environment. Our work culture is casual and our employees are clever and dedicated. We strive for client satisfaction and our customer reviews are among the very best in our industry. While our preferred candidate will have hands on experience with either Ruby on Rails or PHP, we’d love to hear from you if you have any full stack experience with other web based technologies such as Python or Java.


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PCC, a private, Winooski based healthcare IT Benefit Corporation, seeks web developers to join our growing team. Bring your problem-solving skills and creativity to the table building web applications in an Agile development framework, assisting in not only extending current products, but also creating new product lines.

To learn more about PCC, this role and how to apply, please visit our website at pcc.com/careers. Position open until filled. No phone calls please. AA/EOE

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CLINICAL PATIENT SAFETY ATTENDANT The Clinical Patient Safety Attendant (CPSA) is responsible for specific aspects of direct patient care and monitoring focused on safety, under the direct supervision of a Registered Nurse. LEARN MORE & APPLY: uvmmed.hn/sevendays

to support our Call Center in Williston, VT.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: answer and track incoming calls, conduct phone interviews, collect scripted information, analyze, write reports, and disseminate information received and provide direct assistance as needed, with excellent oral and communication skills. Must have a High School Diploma, with minimum of 3 years of specialized experience in support of a Contact Center, answering and responding to inbound calls. All candidates must be a US Citizen and be able to pass background check. Multiple openings with attractive compensation and benefits packages – apply directly at careers@e2zintegral.com!

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We’re all about mission at Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC). Help us fulfill our mission of providing all Vermont students with information and financial resources to reach their educational goals. You’ll work in a relaxed yet challenging environment. We offer many top-notch benefits. VSAC is looking for a goal oriented team player and change agent to join its Aspirations Project team. This full-time, 46-week/year position is instrumental in working directly with High School students, families and school staff to increase exposure to college and career planning. The Aspirations Project provides resources, strategies and access to career and college readiness preparation through information and activities designed with host schools to build a school’s college and career culture and capacity to engage all students in future planning. The Aspirations Project Coordinator works with VSAC’s Aspirations Supervisor and each School’s Steering Committee at Spaulding High School, Twinfield Union High School and Central Vermont Career Center as well as on-site at VSAC. The ideal candidate will be a team player and action oriented, have a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Counseling or related field, experience in working with whole schools, a valid driver’s license and a satisfactory motor vehicle and background check. This is a grant funded position that is contingent upon continued grant funds. VSAC offers a dynamic, professional environment with competitive compensation and generous benefits package. Apply ONLY online at vsac.org. 7-VSAC021220.indd 1

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PARK MAINTENANCE Maintenance Technicians 34 week seasonal position: 40 hours, $16.50 hour, Start 3/27 Laborers 14 week Summer position: 40 hours, $14 hour, Start 5/15 Qualified applicants apply: Colchestervt.gov for job description & application. EOE.


Flooring Sales/Project Manager Current opening for a retail flooring sales professional. Come work in a fast paced environment engaging with the public and construction professionals. Position is extremely dynamic. A typical day may consist of sales floor work, interior design, project management, field measuring, and estimating. Candidate must have strong basic math skills and great attention to detail. Must be highly organized, punctual and able to handle multiple tasks and responsibilities concurrently. We are a small company that has been around for nearly forty years. We strive to have a positive work environment and try to laugh as hard as we work. We offer health insurance, a matched 401k, paid vacation time, year end bonuses and other perks. We are not open on the weekends so that we can all have time for family and leisure. Experience in sales or construction is preferred, but we are willing to train the right candidate. Salary is negotiable. Send resumes to: bcherry@nefcvt.com.


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$20 per hour. Need Companion for our 26-year-old daughter. She is developmentally delayed. She takes full care of herself, just needs a little companionship and company. Must have driver’s license and car. No smoking. 6 to 8 hours a day for Thursdays and Fridays. Other times flexible. $20 per hour. Please call or email with questions. Morton Bostock, morton.bostock@gmail.com 802-862-7602

VEDA has an immediate opening for a full-time Accounting Specialist in its Montpelier office. This position is responsible for all bookkeeping functions including loan accounting, general ledger and processing accounts payable. Responsible for input of loan disbursements and other loan maintenances in loan system. Will also provide financial information to borrowers and related businesses. For a complete job description visit veda.org or call 802-828-5627. Email cover letter and resume to Cheryl Houchens, Chief Risk & Resources Officer: c houchens@veda.org. VEDA offers a competitive salary and benefits package and is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.

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Positions in Burlington and St. Albans. High School graduate & two years of clerical, or data entry experience required. Starting at $17.11 per hour. Permanent positions come with excellent benefits, paid holidays and leave time.

Seeking full time experienced medical assistant to join our busy OB/GYN practice clinical team. Experience in women’s health is preferred but not required. Looking for someone that can work accurately and efficiently in a fast paced environment. The position requires competency in taking vitals, phlebotomy, immunization administration, assisting with medical procedures and medical intake. Candidate should also be comfortable with EMR systems, medical terminology, and general computer skills. Looking for an individual with good interpersonal and communication skills, who understands the importance of providing quality customer service and has a willingness to be flexible with duties in order to meet the needs of the patients and the clinic. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to jobs@maitriobgyn.com.

Go to vermontjudiciary.org/employmentopportunities/staff-openings for more details, how to apply and other recruitments. Open until filled. Equal opportunity employer.

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The Vermont Judiciary is recruiting for a full-time, permanent & part time temporary Docket Clerk positions, that will perform specialized clerical duties including data entry and extensive customer service over the phone.

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SSTA, a local non-profit, is looking to hire a full time auto technician/mechanic to assist with the daily maintenance of a fleet of medium and light duty vehicles. Responsibilities will include oil changes, suspension and brake work, alignment and tire work and computer diagnostics. Ability to diagnose, troubleshoot and work independently. We offer a robust benefits package, competitive pay, paid holidays, and vacation time.


To apply for this position, please download an application from sstarides.org or stop by our office at 2091 Main Street, Colchester, Vermont. For more information contact us at 878-1527, attention Human Resources. SSTA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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The Vermont Public Power Supply Authority, located in Waterbury Center, Vermont is seeking a Manager of Field Services to join our team. This a senior leadership position that will provide on the ground supervisory support to the Authority’s member electric utilities as well as overseeing the operations of VPPSA’s Project 10 peaking generation plant and GIS mapping program. Essential functions include: Provides management services to member utilities on both a temporary and ongoing basis, manages operation of VPPSA’s Project 10 generating station to ensure compliance with permit conditions, oversees the GIS mapping function to both facilitate maintenance of accurate member system maps and the use of those maps for analytical activities, manage VPPSA’s safety program, manages engineering contracts, and provides legislative and regulatory support on topics of relevance. Knowledge of utility management, field operations and safety practices, project management, and engineering practices equivalent to completion of four years of college and ten or more years of progressively responsible related experience preferably in a utility operating in a fully regulated environment. Senior level municipal utility management experience preferred. VPPSA is building a team of professionals who are passionate about helping Vermont’s communities meet their future energy needs. If you are a team player and enjoy a fast-paced collaborative environment we want to hear from you. Please send resumes and salary requirements to: Vermont Public Power Supply Authority, PO Box 126, Waterbury Ctr., Vermont 05677 Attn: General Manager, or to knolan@vppsa.com. The position will be open until filled.

STEPS TO END DOMESTIC VIOLENCE is the largest provider of domestic violence-related support and prevention services in Vermont. Celebrating over 40 years of community service, we are a catalyst for cultural change, working towards the goal of eliminating domestic violence through direct services, survivor empowerment, systems advocacy, education, prevention and outreach. Steps to End Domestic Violence 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 & fiscal management; will have extensive fundraising & 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 will have experience & knowledge of issues surrounding domestic violence and related public health and social justice issues. The candidate must have demonstrated experience in leading the development and implementation of organizational policies and practices that promote a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion. The candidate selected will be well versed in the evolving dynamics within the community, will be intentional in supporting and advocating for all individuals regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, or physical abilities, and will create an environment for all individuals to thrive and be their authentic selves. The candidate chosen to fill this position will be the face and voice of the agency and must be an accomplished public speaker and an expert in building community relationships. A full job description and information about how to apply can be found at stepsVT.org. EOE. Members of marginalized communities and those who have experienced domestic violence are encouraged to apply.

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GIS TECHNICIAN The Vermont Public Power Supply Authority, located in Waterbury Center, VT, is seeking a GIS Technician to join our team. This position will manage the administration of the Authority’s ESRI based mPower GIS mapping software, assist in data collection related to member utility electric & water system maps, perform map data confirmation & input, and mapping related analytical functions. Primary functions include: Act as the administrator for the GIS mapping system including managing member accounts, collect, or work with member staff to collect field data, assist members in developing & maintaining adequate policies & procedures related to mapping data, perform map updates using mPower ESRI based GIS software, perform validation of data input by member field staff, maintain integrations between the GIS system & other electronic data sets, & the development of map data related & other analytical queries for further analysis & reporting. Demonstrated knowledge of Geographic Information Systems, utility field operations and database management equivalent to completion of two years of college and one to three years of progressively responsible related experience preferably in a utility operating in a fully regulated environment. VPPSA is building a team of professionals who are passionate about helping Vermont communities meet their energy needs. If you are a team player and enjoy a fast-paced collaborative environment we want to hear from you. Please send resumes and salary requirements to: Vermont Public Power Supply Authority, PO Box 126, Waterbury Ctr., Vermont 05677 Attn: General Manager, or to knolan@vppsa.com. The position will be open until filled.

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SSTA, a local nonprofit, is looking for a dynamic individual to join our team! The Accounting Manager will be responsible for the preparation and direction of SSTA’s financial accounting, goals, objectives & budgets. The manager will develop & manage the agency budget, strategies and long-range plans and implement internal financial controls and procedures. This role will also be responsible for managing SSTA’s accounts receivable and payable functions. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES • Prepare financial statements, business activity reports and forecasts • Monitor financial details to ensure that legal requirements are met • Manage organizational cash flow and forecasting • Supervise controls for accounting procedures and systems • Supervise employees who do financial reporting and budgeting • Review company financial reports and seek ways to reduce costs • Coordinate and lead the annual audit process, work with external auditors and the board of directors To apply for this position, please download an application at sstarides.org or stop by our office at 2091 Main Street, Colchester. For more information contact Human Resources at 878-1527.

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The Vermont Historical Society seeks a full-time Public Relations & Sales Coordinator based in Montpelier. The Coordinator conveys VHS’s story to the public through all media channels, as well as administering the Society’s retail sales, and coordinating guest services at the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier. Bachelor’s degree and experience in a public relations and/ or retail environment required. Strong customer service and computer skills preferred. Full job description at vermonthistory.org/ career-opportunities. To apply, send a cover letter and resume to eileen.corcoran@ vermonthistory.org.

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FoodScience Corporation, developer of nutritional supplements for humans and pets, is seeking:


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DIRECTOR OF FINANCE Shelburne Farms is an educational organization located on a 1,400-acre working farm and forest in Shelburne, VT. We are hiring for the following seasonal education positions:

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The Executive Director’s work includes: Grant Administration: Payroll, reporting, project/ employee supervision, financial management (budgets & reporting). Communications: Grant writing/editing, newsletter writing and editing, press releases, Board communications, and the redevelopment of a popular community-wide newsletter in digital formats. Program Development: Exploration of new projects in collaboration with administrators & educators of six schools and multiple community organizations.

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Centurion, in partnership with the VT Department of Corrections, offers excellent opportunities for Board-Certified Primary Care Physicians, Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners. We are seeking Primary Care Providers for direct care to patients at two locations. Provide chronic and acute care along with annual physicals, review labs, prescribe as needed. Collaborate with other healthcare staff. Will consider F/T, P/T, and PRN. Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility, CRCF So. Burlington, VT Northwest State Correctional Facility, NWSCF Swanton, VT Correctional Medicine offers: • Guaranteed compensation without managed care pressures • Regular hours with clinically diverse caseloads • Positive impact on underserved population Please contact: Diana Connerty, diana@teamcenturion.com, 508-214-4524

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Vermont Youth Conservation Corps believes young people change the world. Through meaningful work that connects us to the land, community, and one another, we aim to help them do this! We are looking for new staff to join our team in the following positions:

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• Forestry Program Manager • Community Health Manager • Recruitment and Alumni Manager • Food and Farm Project Leads (seasonal) Corps Member positions are open for young people ages 15-26 for seasonal crew work in spring, summer, or into the fall. More at VYCC.org/Apply. VYCC has a deep commitment to excellence. We believe we are strongest when our team includes members with a broad range of life experiences. We strive to achieve this at all levels of our organization, and actively encourage, recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse applicant pool.

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The VSCS is seeking candidates for the position of System Controller. The position reports to the VSCS Chief Financial Officer and is an integral member of the senior leadership team. Responsiblilites: Oversees accounting system management and control, manages the System’s annual single and financial audits, prepares audited financial statements and internal financial reports, assists with System budget preparation and analysis, and ensures System compliance with regulations and reporting. Manages and oversees all VSCS financial operations, including accounting, accounts payable, billing/accounts receivable, grants and payroll. Manages 8-10 accounting and business services professionals. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business, or other appropriate discipline required, with advanced degree desirable, plus seven to ten years of relevant technical and administrative experience, or a combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills are acquired. Higher education experience a plus.

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The Store Manager weaves high standards for service and quality into day-to-day retail store operational functions, such as cash management and loss prevention, while also setting a positive tone when overseeing hiring, maintaining general associate relations and scheduling.

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Admin. Assistant 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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The Department of Mental Health (DMH) is seeking a highly skilled and experienced Policy Director with strong organizational and project management abilities. This position provides professional policy leadership and development to strengthen the Vermont mental health system of care. Work involves policy research, formulation, direction and coordination utilizing partnership and engagement with other state and private partners The Director will help shape, lead and implement policy strategies that support DMH’s mission. For more information, contact Sarah Squirrell at 802-241-0137 or sarah.squirrell@vermont.gov. Department: Mental Health. Status: Full Time. Job ID # 5246. Application Deadline: February 19, 2020.

MEDICAID OPERATION ADMINIS TRATOR – WATERBURY The State of Vermont seeks a candidate knowledgeable and interested in health care, program operations, and public education to support the Promoting Interoperability Program. The Program is a federal incentive effort aimed at supporting providers in adopting and using Electronic Health Records. Preferred applicants have excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to translate policy into operational processes, and have proven knowledge of data management, analysis, and presentation. Interest and experience with health-IT desired. For more information contact Emily Richards 343-8218 Emily.Richards@ Vermont.gov Reference Job ID #5569 Location: Waterbury. Status: Limited Service, Full Time. Application Deadline: February 25, 2020.


The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is seeking a candidate for their Fleet Services Program Technician III position who is excellent at multitasking, customer service/communications, both face to face and on the phone, and who can focus while working in a repair facility with many distractions. The position works with all the divisions in DPS for vehicle and driver-related services. There are over 600 vehicles, Trailers, Boats and Snowmobiles in the DPS inventory. For more information contact David Tifft at david.tifft@vermont.gov Reference Job ID #5746 Location: Colchester. Department: Public Safety. Status: Full Time. Application Deadline: March 2, 2020.

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Population Media Center has an administrative support role for an entry level professional who’s ready to help us achieve our vision of a sustainable planet with equal rights for all. Our entertainmenteducation programs empower people around the world to live healthier lives and live sustainably with the world’s renewable resources. You: Organized, disciplined, possess extraordinary attention to detail, and actively seek out new challenges and creative solutions. You are a natural multi-tasker and provide topnotch customer service in a poised, professional manner. You are proficient in Word, Excel and PowerPoint and possess excellent grammar, editing and business correspondence skills. Why Work For Us: Our tightknit team is energized by our mission and empowered with autonomy and creativity in their day-to-day work. PMC offers its employees competitive pay and excellent benefits including paid time off, health and dental insurance, and a generous 401(K) contribution. Visit populationmedia.org/jobs for details. Cover letter & resume to LBleau@populationmedia.org. Review of applications to begin immediately & continue until the position is filled.

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Shelburne Road & Chittenden County - Floating There is no better time to join NSB’s team! Northfield Savings Bank, founded in 1867, is the largest banking institution headquartered in Vermont. We are looking for professionals to join our team as a Community Banker for our Shelburne Road Branch and for a Community Banker – Floating for Chittenden County. As a Community Banker-Floating you will have the opportunity to work in multiple branches within our Chittenden County region. Both positions offer an excellent opportunity to work for an established & growing premier Vermont mutual savings bank.

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Assistant Clinical Services Coordinator - Center for Health and Wellbeing - #S2409PO - The University of Vermont invites applications for the position of Assistant Clinical Services Coordinator to join our dynamic Counseling and Psychiatry Services (CAPS) team. CAPS is staffed by a collaborative multidisciplinary team of clinical professionals in two campus offices as well as within identity centers and other drop-in locations across campus. CAPS is integrated within the Center for Health and Wellbeing which includes Student Health Services, Athletic Medicine, and Education/Outreach (Living Well). We are seeking professionals with well-developed therapeutic skills, ability to carry a diverse clinical caseload, and experience in supervision. Ideal applicants should be energetic professionals with the skills and creativity to share our commitment to improving the health of UVM students. It is essential that applicants have a deep understanding and commitment to diversity and inclusion. The ideal candidate exhibits flexibility in both their therapeutic and collegial style and thrives in the fast-paced and cyclical nature of a college counseling center. This is a clinical and administrative focused position that requires the ability to juggle various responsibilities including managing a caseload comprised of students with a wide range of clinical severity within a brief treatment frame and administrative responsibilities. Responsibilities: Responsible for collaborating with the Clinical Services Director regarding the operational and systems planning for clinical and crisis intervention services. Coordinate oversight for clinical and administrative activities in Counseling and Psychiatry Services (CAPS). Provide counseling services to undergraduate and graduate students. Consult with students, faculty, and staff around mental health issues, provide administrative and/or clinical supervision, and community outreach in support of the UVM community. Stay current with best practices in service delivery models in college mental health. Provide supervision to staff, temporary staff and trainees. Coordinate with CAPS leadership in developing and monitoring clinical policies and procedures, quality improvement, clinical data collection and analysis, adherence to ethical and legal standards and compliance with accreditation standards. Represent CHWB in coordinated care initiatives and practices and serves as the primary clinical liaison to Health Information Systems and Student Health Services. Responsible for professional development opportunities for staff with a focus on systems for clinical services. Minimum Qualifications: Master’s degree in counseling psychology, clinical psychology, social work or other related discipline. Independently licensed and eligible for VT licensing by start date of employment. Experience with mental health issues for college age students. one year experience with clinical and administrative supervision. Experience with electronic health record systems. Ability to enthusiastically support UVM’s commitment to enhance a diverse campus culture and inclusive student experience. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience, and includes a generous benefit package. Please include cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three references. For further information on this position and others currently available, or to apply online, please visit www.uvmjobs.com. Applicants must apply for positions electronically. Paper resumes are not accepted. Open positions are updated daily. Please call 802-656-3150 or email employment@uvm.edu for technical support with the online application. The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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LEAD BACKCOUNTRY CARPENTER Are you a carpenter with a love for hiking trails? The Green Mountain Club is seeking an experienced carpenter with backcountry experience to lead projects on the Long Trail such as construction, restoration, and/ or repair of historic shelters, cabins, bridges, outhouses, and kiosks. Shelter repairs may include replacing/ repairing roofs, replacing footings or joists, more. Lead crew of two or three. Work is Mon-Fri in the field. Days-off housing provided! Season runs May 11-Oct 23. Read FULL job description and apply at: greenmountainclub.org/seasonal

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Are you a person who is committed to helping conserve energy and lessening Vermonter’s energy footprint? Do you have strong customer service skills? Are you a technically oriented person? Want to join the Green Collar Worker movement? Then you might be the person that CVOEO is looking for to join our Weatherization Team as our Targeted High Use Technician. The Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) Weatherization Program is the local service provider for VT’s Weatherization Program. We are looking for an individual who is a team player yet can work on their own. You will travel around our service areas composed of Addison, Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties visiting our Vermont neighbors. These Vermont homes have an electrical energy burden greater than 3% of their household income. You will educate these residents on how to live more efficiently. You will assess their electrical appliances and determine if there is a more energy efficient option for them and then work with other staff members of CVOEO and local contractors to get this work done. Sound interesting? Our ideal candidate will have the following minimum requirements: Bachelor’s Degree in appropriate discipline and one to three years’ relevant experience; understanding of building systems and codes - basic understanding of energy efficient construction a plus; and excellent verbal and written communication skills - bilingual abilities are a plus. Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation required. To learn more about this 5:41 PM position please visit www.cvoeo.org/careers. We offer a great working environment, starting pay, paid time off, compressed work week and benefits package. Please submit resume and cover letter via email to: WXTechnician2020@cvoeo.org. Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until suitable candidates are found. No phone calls, please.

Capstone Community Action is dedicated to creating resilient households and sustainable communities. Working at Capstone, especially as it enters a new phase of growth and innovation, is a dynamic opportunity to have an impact. This is an opportunity to be part of something vital in our community - addressing income inequality & advancing economic, social & climate justice. The Development Director is responsible for increasing the funding to fuel Capstone’s diverse program areas, and for sharing Capstone’s story through branding and marketing. As a member of Capstone’s leadership team, the Development Director supports the Executive Director in setting organizational priorities and develops and executes a comprehensive individual, corporate, and foundation giving plan to fund the work. The Development Director manages a small team and leads by example on the organizational culture of mission-driven participation and accountability. Capstone offers competitive salaries, comprehensive benefits, & a friendly, informal work environment. Please send your resume, cover letter & at least 3 references. Review of applicants will begin on February 12th and the position will remain open until filled. A more detailed job description is available at: capstonevt.org.

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DIRECTOR OF NURSING Our Lady of Providence is a Residential Care Community whose mission is supporting the spiritual, emotional, and physical well being of those entrusted to our care. We are looking for a Director of Nursing to organize and oversee all nursing responsibilities in our Community. Being efficient, dedicated, compassionate, a good listener, and a problem solver is what will open our door for you. This position is full time but we may consider part time for the right candidate. The DNS must also hold a RN license. We offer a competitive salary and benefits including health, vision, dental, short term & accidental insurance. Other benefits include paid time off, discounted meals while working, and most importantly the chance to make a difference in the lives of others. Send resumes to:


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LEGAL ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Sheehey Furlong & Behm P.C., a Burlington, VT law firm, is seeking to hire a motivated individual to provide administrative support to attorneys within several practice groups. Candidates should be detail-oriented while maintaining efficiency and have strong verbal, written, organizational and comprehension skills. Flexibility and the ability to manage multiple projects for multiple attorneys, strong technology skills and a working knowledge of MS Office applications a must. Prior office/business experience or legal/business education is preferred. Forward cover letter and resume to: Human Resources, Sheehey Furlong & Behm P.C., PO Box 66, Burlington, VT, 05402-0066, or by email to hiring@sheeheyvt.com, subject “Legal Admin.”


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Office and production management for a summer chamber music festival. A strong applicant should love classical music and have business management experience. Considered a ¼ time position (mainly June, July, & Aug). For more info see our website, craftsburychamberplayers.org/ job, or contact current E.D. Hal Parker at 1(800) 639-3443 or halparker@ craftsburychamberplayers.org. Submit cover letter and current C.V. to craftsburycppresident@gmail.com.

DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain is a dynamic, nationally acclaimed science and nature center committed to inspiring and engaging families in the joy of scientific discovery, wonder of nature, and care of Lake Champlain. Our vision is a science-savvy community where people and nature thrive together.

(Franklin County)

Sara Holbrook Community Center & Franklin Square (Burlington, VT)

Provide services in home-based settings to program participants to: support prenatal education and Responsibilities include: Theoutcomes Center Cook/Maintenance prepare and serve services to promote healthy prenatal for pregnant women; will provide or support the care of highand quality meals be an integral part ofsocial, cleaning the center. The individual infants toddlers so asand to enhance their physical, emotional, and cognitive development; support theoutcomes-oriented, care and nurturing ofteam their infants and toddlers; parents move will parents work ininan environment underand thehelp supervision of toward and independent the self-sufficiency Head Start County Supervisor;living. ensure program compliance with Head Start

ECHO seeks a strategic, thoughtful and experienced senior human resources professional to advance the recruitment, retainment, and development of ECHO’s team, which includes full, part-time and seasonal employees as well as interns and volunteers. This key leadership position will manage ECHO’s performance management and compensation systems. The HR Director will recruit, hire and retain a team of well-trained, motivated employees, interns and volunteers, develop and implement strategies to support professional development, create a positive, engaging workplace culture that embraces lifelong learning and establishes fair and equitable organizational policies that clearly communicate and integrate our mission, vision, and core values into our daily practice.

Federal Performance Standards, Vermont Child Care Licensing regulations, asfield, RequiRements: Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or related education well as all other applicable regulations, best practices, and Agency and program with demonstrable experience and training in the provision of services for infants and toddlers. 40 policies and52 procedures. hours per week, weeks per year. Starting wage upon completion of 60 –working day period: $16.30 to 18.36/ per hour. Health plan and excellent benefits.

Requirements: High School diploma plus 1-3 years’ related experience, or a

SuCCESSful appliCantS HavE: excellent verbalcomparable and written communication combination of educationmuSt and experience from which knowledge skills; skills in documentation and record-keeping; proficiency in mS Word, e-mailwithin and internet; and skills are acquired. ServSafe certified or able to complete certification exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail. must be energetic, positive, mature, 60 calendar days of hire. 25 hours per week, approx. 40 weeks per year (based on professional, diplomatic, motivated, and have a can-do, extra-mile attitude. a commitment to school calendar). Starting wage, upon completion of 60-working day period, is social justice and to working with families with limited financial resources is necessary. Clean $19.63/hour. Health plan and excellent benefits. driving record and access to reliable transportation required. must demonstrate physical ability to carry out required tasks. Successful applicants must have excellent verbal and written communication

skills – bilingual abilities plus;with skills in work documentation recordPlease submit resume and coveraletter three references viaand email to pirish@cvoeo.org. keeping; proficiency in Microsoft Word, e-mail and internet; exceptional No phone calls, please.

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The position requires a dynamic thinker and doer who takes initiative and actively engages in building positive organizational and human resource best practices to create a fun and effective workplace. The ideal candidate will embrace continuous learning, thrive in a fast-paced environment, and have a proven ability to build strong internal relationships and external partnerships. Full job description at:

ECHOVT.ORG/JOBS.HTML ECHO is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes resumes from individuals who will contribute to our diversity.

To learn more about Champlain Valley Head Start please visit: champlainvalleyheadstart.org

Send resume and cover letter to jobs@echovermont.org titled Director of Human Resources. Apply by Friday, February 28, 2020.


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Craftsbury Chamber Players

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organizational skills and attention to detail. Must be energetic, positive, CVOEO IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER mature, professional, diplomatic, motivated, and have a can-do, extra-mile attitude. A commitment to social justice and to working with families with 7t-ChampVallHeadStart-093015.indd 1 9/24/15 limited financial resources is necessary. Clean driving record and access to reliable transportation required. Must demonstrate physical ability to carry out required tasks. Please submit resume and cover letter with three work references via e-mail to: hdstjobs@cvoeo.org. No phone calls, please.


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Our enthusiastic & passionate RNs continue to learn & grow thanks to our tuition reimbursement, loan repayment & scholarship programs. Using excellent communication skills, RNs coordinate total patient care needs for medical, surgical, outpatient observation, swing bed and pediatric patients. New grads and experienced RNs welcome. NVRH offers competitive wages, including shift differentials. Robust benefits package includes student loan repayment, relocation assistance, free gym memberships, low cost prescriptions, 401k with company match and more. *Current VT RN License required. Apply: nvrh.org/careers.

OCCC is looking for an energetic, engaged community member to lead OCCC into its second decade. OCCC supports children facing food insecurity who could benefit from a locally run, non-profit, free summer camp and food program for area residents ages 5-13, with job training for older teens. This year round, part time, paid position is responsible for overseeing functions of the camp in addition to keeping up with the business components, including fundraising. Please visit ourcommunitycarescamp.org for application instructions and job description. Application letters and resumes accepted until position filled.

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For Our Community Cares Camp Summer Food Service Program & Enrichment Camp, Serving Eastern Chittenden Country, Vermont.

Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital’s award winning Med/Surg team is hiring RNs. The recipient of the Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses PRISM Award® 2018 & the 1st hospital in Vermont to receive this award, the Med/Surg team provides unparalleled care.





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Crime Research Group is a non-profit research and evaluation organization seeking experienced research assistants. The responsibilities include working with senior staff to plan research projects, collect, and analyze qualitative and quantitative data, create data visualizations, conduct literature reviews, perform program evaluations, and assist with grant writing. For a full job description go to crgvt.org.

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ASK-int Tag, LLC dba PARAGON ID is a premier manufacturer of RFID products. At ASK, quality is always paramount as we take great pride in satisfying our customers with the very best products and services we can provide. Currently, the following job opportunities are available at our Essex Junction, Vermont facility:

Manufacturing Process Engineer This key position will lead the Engineering function as well as manage the company’s process improvement initiatives from conceptual inception to full implementation. The incumbent plans, coordinates and drives manufacturing & engineering processes to the outcomes of achieving optimum results. Will contribute and participate as section leader for plant-wide metrics. Must be adept at developing project ideas into a well-defined project scope including resource justifications and expected outcomes. Requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (Mechanical or Electrical preferred) and demonstrated ability to marry the equipment, process, and product sides of issues, focusing on delivering the right results for the customer, as well as optimal business results for the company. Exposure to RFID products and services a plus.

Hiring Now! $20.00/hr

Production Team Members

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Production team members will contribute an excellent work ethic and attention to detail toward the manufacture of ASK’s RFID products and services. Currently, we have an urgent need to fill positions on our 3rd shift production floor and are offering a competitive shift premium in exchange for a commitment to working on that shift. Minimum requirements for these positions include a high school diploma or equivalent, the ability to remain focused while performing repetitive work, and a commitment to achieving excellence in job execution. ASK-intTag/PARAGON ID offers employees a full benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, life and disability coverages as well as 401(k) participation after the successful completion of 60 days of satisfactory service. To apply for one of the positions above, please forward a resume with cover letter to: ASK-int Tag/PARAGON ID Attn: Demetra Fisher, HR Mgr 1000 River Street, Mailbox 169 Essex Junction, VT 05452 or if preferred, submit a cover letter & resume by e-mail: demetra.fisher @paragon-id.com

1-855-JOB-2020 1-855-JOB-2020 For more information or help applying, please call For more information or help applying, please call Federal Relay Service: 1-800-877-8339TTY/ASCII Federal Relay Service: 1-800-877-8339TTY/ASCII www.gsa.gov/fedrelay www.gsa.gov/fedrelay The U.S. Census Bureau is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The U.S. Census Bureau is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC SAFETY The Town of Milton is currently hiring for a Director of Public Safety.


Full job advertisement and employment application are available on the town website: miltonvt.gov/employment.

We’re Growing

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Do you want to work for an organization with a mission to make a difference in Vermont? Are you in search of a position that helps to make Vermont a great place to live, work and play, while achieving personal fulfillment and career satisfaction? Vermont’s largest statewide business organization is seeking the ideal candidate to take the lead role working with and engaging the business community.

If you are: • Curious, enthusiastic, adventurous • Good listening skills, attention to details

Build Your Future With Us!

Senior Project Architect Bread Loaf Corporation, Vermont’s integrated company of architects, planners and builders is excited to add a Senior Project Architect to its highly successful and diversified design team. We are looking for Architects with strong design portfolios, the ability to think on their feet and solve problems. We want people who enjoy working in a team environment and are interested in the integrated project delivery approach. The ideal candidate will have the ability to meet with clients to review and determine project requirements, develop project design alternatives, and collaborate with in-house Estimators and Project Managers to develop estimates and schedules. This person will participate in business development activities, draft, negotiate and execute consultant agreements, acquire necessary approvals and permits, and develop design within prescribed budgets and contracts.

• Outgoing, social, team & goal-oriented • Interested in helping businesses thrive, taking pride in work

What we’re looking for: • Develop new & existing business relationships • Advocate & connect the business community • Stay current with member needs, issues, emerging technologies & marketplace trends • Maintain relationships & build a quality network for member retention • Recruit new Chamber members

A minimum of eight years of experience doing commercial, industrial and institutional work required. Candidates must understand the design process from conception to completion including constructability, schedules and budgets. State license and NCARB registration required. Interested applicants send your resume and work samples to: 1293 Route 7 South, Middlebury, VT 05753 or email to: resumes@breadloaf.com.

Project Manager

• Manage member service programs that increase stakeholder engagement

What it’s like to work here: Our team members share positive attitudes, problem solving abilities, years of knowledge and a desire to learn. Our culture and environment make us a small but mighty team of professionals who will help you achieve success. Don’t miss out on this unique opening with us! Ready to apply? Please send your cover letter and resume to the attention of Chris Carrigan, jobs@vtchamber.com. The Vermont Chamber is the state’s largest private, not-for-profit business organization. We represent nearly every industry sector. Our mission is to create an economic climate conducive to business growth and the preservation of the Vermont quality of life.

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Our Project Managers are key members of our integrated project management teams – providing support through design and taking the lead through construction. Ideal candidates will be deep in construction knowledge, a schedule wizard, able to balance multiple projects, a collaborative team player and have a customer service focus as well.

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A Bachelor’s Degree in engineering or construction related field and at least ten years of construction management experience are preferred. Experience managing projects ranging from $115 million desired. To apply online: http://www.breadloaf.com/ contact/careers or email to: resumes@breadloaf.com. Bread Loaf offers a competitive salary and benefits package including health, dental and vision plans, short and long term disability plans, an HRA, a flexible spending plan, life insurance, paid vacation and a 401(k) plan with employer match. Visit our website at www.breadloaf.com for a full company description.

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