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Ryan CochranSiegle of Vermont’s famed Cochran skiing clan crashed during his first run at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. He’s still a winner in our eyes.

1. “Slideshow: White Supremacist Rally Fizzles, but Fascist Fighters Show Up” by Sasha Goldstein. Patriot Front members didn’t show up at the Williston Road spot where they were rumored to be meeting — but a large group of counterprotesters did. 2. “Poké Bowls Coming to Williston” by Sally Pollak. Scale Poké Bar will offer up the trendy Hawaiian dish when it opens next month. 3. “Lawsuit: Vermont Hemp Company Founder Lifted Cannabis Crop” by Sasha Goldstein. A Burlington woman claims she agreed to grow hemp on her family farm, but the Vermont Hemp Company never paid up. 4. “Busts in Sleepy Lamoille County Show Heroin’s Long Tendrils” by Mark Davis. A pair of women charged with distributing heroin, fentanyl and oxycodone allegedly purchased a house in Morrisville to serve as their home base. 5. “Vermont Senate Democrats Strategize Behind Closed Doors” by Alicia Freese. The senators reluctantly granted access to two reporters who followed them to the meeting.

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WHAT’S WEIRD IN VERMONT Canna Care abides by the rule by having firsttime patients pay $105, wait 90 days, then pay another $105 for a second visit, when a health care professional generally approves a medical marijuana card for the patient. According to Kafka, the company has registered a combined 250,000 medical marijuana patients in Washington, D.C., and the nine states where it operates. But those numbers did not translate to success in Vermont. Lindsey Wells, the state’s medical marijuana program administrator, said Canna Care has registered no more than 50 patients since it opened. The state rejected some of its applicants because a physician involved was not licensed to practice medicine in Vermont, according to Wells. Dylan Raap, Green State Gardener’s CEO, believes overzealous regulators derailed the docs.

“We’ve encountered multiple accounts of people getting their med cards denied under the guise of clerical errors, but in truth they were rejected simply because the prescribing doctor was from Canna Care,” he told Seven Days. The state does appear to be cracking down. In its 2017 annual report, the Marijuana for Symptom Relief Oversight Committee specifically singled out Canna Care. “The committee is concerned with such practices not meeting the intent of the ‘bona fide health care professionalpatient relationship’ as defined in statute,” the report reads.

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health care practice intent on growing Vermont’s medical marijuana patient registry has stopped accepting new clients. Canna Care Docs, which operates a two-room clinic inside Green State Gardener in Burlington, is assessing its future in Vermont, founder Kevin Kafka said. When the company first opened in the Queen City in September, it planned to double the number of patients in Vermont’s medical marijuana program, Vermont Public Radio reported at the time. But the state requires patients to establish a three-month “relationship” with a doctor in order to prevent just anyone from getting a medical recommendation for the drug.







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tate Trooper Chris Brown and Richmond Police Officer Richard Greenough pulled over a man on Interstate 89 Sunday afternoon after his ex-wife reported that he was distraught. Motorist Benjamin Gregware got out of his car and held a 9mm pistol to his head, then walked toward the officers and ignored orders to stop. The cops fired 12 rounds and struck Gregware three times, killing him. It was the third fatal state police shooting in six months and the fourth shooting inivolving Trooper Brown. Less than a month earlier, on January 16, Brown was one of nine cops who opened up on Nathan Giffin, 32, on the grounds of Montpelier High School. Giffin had robbed a credit union nearby with what turned out to be a BB gun. Michael Battles had a similar faux firearm when Brown and four fellow troopers shot him in State Trooper Chris Brown (above) and Poultney on September 1, 2017. A trooper since 2012, Brown also shot a man in the Richmond Police Officer Richard leg in Fayston during a standoff in 2015. Greenough (below) State Police Col. Matt Birmingham said Monday that he was contracting with a consultant to review the department’s policies. “Certainly, there is great cause for concern when you have multiple officer-involved shootings in a short period of time,” he said. Birmingham said Brown will be on paid leave while authorities investigate the latest case. Police said Gregware’s ex-wife reported that she was worried about him. He had appeared intoxicated when he visited his children that day. She said he had recently lost his PHOTOS COURTESY OF VERMONT STATE POLICE job. After the visit, he let her know he’d headed to Walmart to buy ammo. A trooper called him, and Gregware, 42, reported that he had a handgun and was driving south on I-89 — and that he planned to kill himself when he ran out of gas. Before he did, Greenough and Brown pulled him over in Bolton. Read Mark Davis’ full post at


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“Two Against One” [January 31] attempts to summarize Mayor Miro Weinberger’s political history and campaign tenets. However, it is clear that Carina Driscoll is the candidate who is tickling reporter Katie Jickling’s fancy. Driscoll’s campaign methodology and philosophy are described in detail. The research into her past, interviews with supporters and cross-comparison to Weinberger create a clear view of her campaign. Infinite Culcleasure’s campaign, however, is briefly and abstractly covered. A few words from Genese Grill are given to describe Culcleasure’s validity, whereas Driscoll gets entire paragraphs. Culcleasure’s history is reduced to his occupation, his residency in Burlington and an ancient criminal violation. There is no detail of his ongoing involvement with local LGBTQA activist groups. His collegiate support goes unmentioned. In general, the words of sources chosen to represent the mayoral race are cherrypicked, obviously skewing the article. Culcleasure is portrayed as unrealistically progressive, underqualified or otherwise not measuring up to Weinberger and Driscoll. Culcleasure’s resistance to privatization of public resources such as Burlington Telecom and Memorial Auditorium and nuanced philosophy on keeping Vermont habitable to all residents are glazed over. I expect more neutrality from an article of this nature, with sufficient coverage of every candidate. I guess it’s become easy to write off individuals who don’t fit exactly into the prefabricated political molds we’ve come to expect. I hope to see future media coverage that accurately recognizes the strengths and ideologies of all potential political candidates. Ben Zelvis



[Re “Two Against One,” January 31]: The outcomes of this mayoral race are the first true test of the public’s appetite for the Miro Weinberger administration’s take on what Burlington needs to become a first-class city in the next 10 years. He primarily seeks to obtain more revenue for our city by working with larger-scale business, be it the downtown redevelopment he has championed or the sale of Burlington Telecom.





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On that fateful night, it might be assumed that Middlebury College student Liz Dunn and her host, like countless college kids across the nation, were taking the opportunity to titillate themselves in the heady atmosphere of intimacy and sexual interest. Dunn complains of having been “victimized.” Who is actually responsible? Is it a woman’s responsibility GAME CHANGER to set appropriate boundaries while assessing the SHARPER IMAGE value of such an invitation — ultimately, as with attaining orgasm, a responsibility only she can assume? Or does Dunn’s complaint suggest that women’s safety really is a man’s responsibility and that an update to assumptions fomented by the sexual and gender liberation movements of the last decades is necessary? Qualities of nuance and discretion have been thrown out wholesale as voices are raised in the #MeToo movement. Undoubtedly, many of the accused men are highly suspect or guilty. However, a rush to judgment that denies the due process guaranteed by our Constitution, and on which any woman must rely were she accused, opens the way for anarchy. The good intentions of the #MeToo movement must now be tempered with wisdom and prudence so that offenses are prosecuted in a way that ensures justice now and into the future.



This vision conflicts with major principles of sustainable development to achieve economic growth. It focuses too much on revenue for the city and our credit rating, policies that have demonstrably undermined local control of our key assets. As a board member of Keep BT Local, a role I no longer hold, I was able to observe very troubling tendencies and behaviors of the mayor. We know he never seriously considered the KBTL bid, as he stated privately that he would not allow a cooperative to take on the role of managing our crown telecom jewel. Once we obtained financing, he called on our board leaders to withdraw our bid, with the claim that it was too debt-laden. This was proven to be untrue. Then he berated our board leadership in an impatient and unpleasant manner when we continued to persevere.   Burlington needs a mayor who can work with the public on key decisions without using bullying tactics. Weinberger claims to be green, but his approach to developing our community assets does not reflect homegrown Vermont values.

I enjoyed reading your article regarding the University of Vermont Medical Center cardiac rehab program [“Heart Smart,” January 17]. My father benefited from this program several years ago, and my mother was able to join him there for support. So when I had mitral valve repair surgery in March 2017, it was only natural that I would go as well. Although I was already an advocate of exercise — I’ve run 18 marathons — I thought I, too, would participate in this program as a way of getting back to my former self in a safe way. Unfortunately, the program does not accommodate many of us working people. I was told the first 12-week program hours were 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., when many of us have to be at work. I would think they would offer earlier morning hours or early evening hours so as to accommodate those of us who find it hard to come in during those times. Then there is the cost, which can be high depending on insurance deductibles. It would be nice if they could develop a schedule that would accommodate us working people. That way, more may be able to participate in this valuable and worthwhile program. I wish I could have!

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The Air Force also made it clear that the F-35 would put over 6,600 residents in a zone the Federal Government declares to be “unsuitable for residential use.” 75% of the homes in Winooski would become unfit. Yet the Burlington City Council with full knowledge of these facts voted to allow F-35s at the airport, which is owned by Burlington.





One “reasonable alternative” is a transport plane, which would: • Keep the Air Guard flying • Create more jobs • Be no louder than commercial airliners • Not harm children or the elderly • Support our troops and could be used for humanitarian missions Over 2,700 Burlington citizens signed a petition to get an initiative on the March ballot to let the voters decide what we want for our city and our neighbors.

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Under the Influence Because Vermont artist and educator Edwin Owre’s career spans more than 50 years, he can draw on decades of inspiration. In “New Constructions,” an exhibition of watercolors and painted plywood abstract sculptures, Owre combines 1960s and ’70s sensibilities with contemporary techniques. Amy Lilly reviews the exhibit at the BCA Center in Burlington.





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Vermont’s citizens pitch in to collect data on winged wonders as part of the four-day, worldwide Great Backyard Bird Count. Fans of feathered fliers can also spread their wings during Saturday’s Winter Bird Monitoring Walk at the Green Mountain Audubon Center in Huntington and enjoy three days of avian activities at Quechee’s Vermont Institute of Natural Science Nature Center.


The town of Peacham is transformed into a coldweather wonderland for the Peacham Winter Carnival. The frosty fun commences on Friday with a library screening of the animated film Frozen and continues with a long lineup of festivities on Saturday, including a pancake breakfast, a dog-sledding demo and a lumberjack exhibition.


The University of Vermont Lane Series presents vocalist Tierney Sutton (pictured) performing well-known songs by pop artist Sting — with a twist. The program “The Sting Variations” features jazz renditions of hits such as “Message in a Bottle” and “Every Breath You Take.” Snap along at the UVM Recital Hall in Burlington.







ermont’s Senate Democrats got a bit of unwanted publicity last week over a “secret” meeting they held out of public view. It didn’t stay secret for long, thanks to reporting from Seven Days’ ALICIA FREESE, who crashed the party with colleague TAYLOR DOBBS and documented it. ther animals such as bald The meeting’s purpose: the search eagles and bats are still at risk. for a political narrative to counter the By donating to the Nongame simple sloganeering of Republican Gov. PHIL SCOTT. Wildlife Fund you protect It didn’t go well. In fact, more than Vermont’s endangered wildlife anything, it illustrated the Democrats’ for future generations to enjoy. problem. Every $1 you give means an extra There was widespread agreement $2 helping Vermont’s wildlife. that Scott’s approach to governance is Look for the loon on line 29c of often lacking in substance. On issue after your Vermont income tax form issue, senators said, the governor deals and in catchphrases and leaves the tough Nongame Wildlife Fund please choices on the legislature’s doorstep. donate. “He did a really good job of putting us .00 29c. in a box,” Sen. DICK SEARS (D-Bennington) told his fellow Dems. Some even tacitly acknowledged Scott’s likely reelection. “This is year two of how many years?” wondered Sen. 1 2/13/18 3:45 PM CHRIS BRAY (D-Addison). “An average governor serves six. So what are we thinking about now, so we’re not in the same place for four more years?” There were plenty of messaging ideas, but they were all over the map. Sen. CHRIS PEARSON (P/D-Chittenden) wanted to directly confront what he called “broken promises and affordability bullshit.” (He later apologized for the profanity in a Facebook video recorded in the office of Senate President Pro Tempore TIM ASHE and offered “malarkey” as a more polite substitute.) Sen. MICHAEL SIROTKIN (D-Chittenden) advocated passing bills that would trigger gubernatorial vetoes. “Take it to the goal line, and if he vetoes it, we bring it back next year,” Sirotkin said. “He’s different from where we stand on a lot of these issues, but we don’t rise to the challenge.” The caucus’ moderate members were more cautious. Sen. BOBBY STARR (D-Essex/Orleans) praised Scott’s affordability mantra and warned against Sirotkin’s approach. “Do you think that’s going to win us a lot of friends next November?” he said. “We’ve got to be smart about this stuff.” There are inherent difficulties in a legislative body trying to message against SOUTH BURLINGTON any executive. “The governor is one individual with one very loud microphone,”







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noted Rep. DYLAN GIAMBATISTA (D-Essex Junction) in a Statehouse interview. He was SHAP SMITH’s aide when Smith was House speaker, so he understands the realities of managing a caucus. “The legislature has 180 different voices … It’s much easier to speak with one voice than with many.”


True enough. But still, Senate Democrats seem particularly ineffectual. Take Ashe’s brief offensive over the “63-1” catchphrase Scott uses to describe Vermont’s demographics problem. The pro tem had a decent point to make: The 6, supposedly the number of workers Vermont loses every day, is based on carefully selected data. But Team Scott counterattacked in the halls of the Statehouse and on social media, accusing Ashe of denying the state’s real workforce issues. Ashe insisted that wasn’t what he meant, but within days he was trying to put the issue behind him. Finally, there’s an instinctive caution among many legislative Democrats. Bray, who chairs the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee, noted in caucus that while the Scott administration has failed to propose a funding source for a federally mandated waterways cleanup, “We just took testimony from [the Environmental Protection Agency], and we’re behind on three deliverables from our contract with the federal government on clean water.” Sounded like a prelude to action. But three days later, Bray’s committee jumped right back inside the box. It was considering a bill to establish an independent Clean Water Authority to oversee the massive cleanup effort. Instead, the panel carefully removed the teeth from the bill, eliminating the Clean Water Authority and calling for … wait for it … yet another study on the studied-to-death question of how to pay for the cleanup. No wonder they can’t get a handle on messaging. They don’t even know what the message is.

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There’s a little surprise tucked inside the Scott administration’s 18-page

transportation bill. It’s a feature that may have gone unannounced because it violates the governor’s “no new taxes or fees” pledge: a new fee for charging electric vehicles. Well, technically the bill doesn’t establish the fee, but it proposes that the Public Utility Commission do so as the best way to keep the state’s gas taxfueled transportation fund from going broke in future years. And if the bill passes as written, that recommendation would carry the imprimatur of governor and legislature. “Virtually all analysts agree that the transportation sector will electrify,” DAN DUTCHER, senior environmental policy analyst for the Agency of Transportation, told the House Transportation Committee last week. “The question is not if, but when.” The proposed fee is 4 cents per kilowatt hour, a level that would adequately fund the highway system but be “barely noticeable” to drivers, Dutcher said, because the cost of recharging an electric vehicle would still be cheaper than buying gas. (Roughly speaking, an electric vehicle needs 30 kwH to travel 100 miles. So the fee is a bit more than a penny per mile.) But still, it’s a new fee. And the governor constantly touts his opposition to any new tax or fee. When asked to resolve this apparent contradiction, Scott spokesperson REBECCA KELLEY broke out a rhetorical tap dance. “This bill does not include new fees, nor would these provisions mean new revenue directly back to the State,” she wrote in an email. “It … asks the PUC to contemplate a comparable electricity rate that could allow for a revenueneutral replacement to the current tax on gas.” Now there’s a neat rationalization. The fee is, indeed, meant to replace lost gas-tax funds, not generate new money. But it’s a new revenue mechanism just like the education tax reform plan proposed by the House Ways and Means Committee, which would cut property tax rates by almost half and establish an education income tax. It’s designed to be revenue neutral and increase transparency, just like the per-kwH fee. But heavens no, the governor won’t consider the education plan because, well, No New Taxes or Fees. The plan makes perfect sense. We’ll have to fund the highway system somehow.


But still, it does seem at odds with the governor’s sacred principle. Which kind of demonstrates the real-world complications of governing by sacred principle.

The Buzzards Descend

Ever heard of the “right to repair”? It’s a growing movement, aimed at countering the ever-increasing difficulty of repairing all kinds of consumer equipment. Manufacturers claim that their schematics, diagnostics and even replacement parts are proprietary — not to be shared with anyone other than authorized shops. Advocates of right-torepair say a lot of this is industry trickery, aimed at boosting profit margins by limiting consumer choice and encouraging replacement instead of repair. Right-to-repair bills have been introduced in 17 states including Vermont, where S.180, introduced by Sen. Pearson, is under consideration by the Senate Economic Development Committee. And, boy, did hearings on the bill last week attract an all-star cast of industry lobbyists. Not only the usual Montpelier suspects, but the Big Boys from Boston and Washington, D.C., speaking on behalf of America’s corporations. One after another they described the economic catastrophe the bill would trigger — and sometimes they darkly hinted at actual mayhem. TOM TREMBLE of the Advanced Medical Technology Association said his clients’ products should be exempt because of the “life and death” consequences of a bad repair job — as though a hospital would call Bud’s Bait Shop and MRI Repair to fix its high-tech scanner with, I suppose, chewing gum and duct tape. TIM WENTZ of the Northeast Equipment Dealers Association, argued that gaspowered vehicles like farm tractors should be kept out of the bill because “when customers modify code, bad things happen.” Like maybe driverless tractors roaming the landscape? The Computer Technology Industry Association’s KEVIN CALLAHAN warned of potential security breaches when access codes fall into the hands of “criminals and bad actors.” This onslaught of prospective catastrophe was particularly shameless, since there’s a real-world example of a state enacting right-to-repair legislation without the sky falling even one little bit. In 2013, the Massachusetts legislature adopted a right-to-repair bill specifically targeting the automotive industry. Seeing the writing on the wall, automakers quickly negotiated

a settlement binding them to meet the law’s requirements — nationwide — by the 2018 model year. And yet, somehow, they stayed in business and life went on. Even so, the lobbyists had an impact. Sen. Sirotkin, the committee chair, made it clear that he was looking for a way to significantly narrow the scope of the bill — perhaps applying it only to smartphones. This is the same brave heart who, at last week’s “secret” caucus, proposed passing a bunch of bills and forcing gubernatorial vetoes. But, as far as S.180 was concerned, Sirotkin pronounced himself “an incrementalist.” When push comes to shove, aren’t we all?


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Comings and goings aplenty on the media scene these days. MIKE SMITH, host of WDEV’s “Open Mike” call-in show, announced last week that his last day on-air will be February 19. The following day he starts a new job, as interim president and CEO of Vermont Information Technology Leaders. Vermont Public Radio hired former “Vermont Edition” producer SARAH ASHWORTH, now an editor at Minnesota Public Radio, as its news director. And WCAX-TV reporter TYLER DUMONT is heading to KPTV-TV in Portland, Ore. New faces, new places in the newsroom. Reporter XANDER LANDEN, formerly of the Keene Sentinel, has hopped on the business and economy beat. Reporter MIKE FAHER, who had been Digger’s southeast Vermont reporter, is now covering health care. JIM WELCH, formerly of the Burlington Free Press and USA Today, will serve as projects editor. ELLEN BARTLETT joins the crew as a part-time news editor; she began her journalism career at the Free Press and WCAX-TV and has also worked for the Boston Globe, Miami Herald and Dallas TimesHerald. And finally, COLIN MEYN replaces the departed RUTH HARE as news editor. (Hare just accepted a position with the Montpelier-based Regulatory Assistance Project.) Meyn comes to Digger from, of all places, Cambodia, where he was an editor and reporter for the English-language Cambodia Daily and Phnom Penh Post. m


Infinite Possibility? Mayoral Candidate Culcleasure Aims to Lead From Behind B Y KATI E JI CK LI N G





t a February 7 organizing meeting for Burlington mayoral candidate Infinite Culcleasure, three dozen supporters discussed the art of “guerilla-style canvassing” as they munched on tofu stir-fry. With 28 days remaining until the Town Meeting Day election, the group couldn’t afford to run a typical campaign, organizer Parker Beaupré told attendees, who sat in rows of folding chairs in the atrium of North End Studios. Instead, they would talk up their candidate everywhere: as they shopped at City Market, Onion River Co-op; at yoga class; or barhopping on a Friday night, Beaupré explained. The candidate himself spoke very little. Volunteers, a diverse crowd of musicians, artists and community organizers who have fervently dedicated themselves to the Culcleasure cause, led most of the evening’s proceedings. The 44-year-old Culcleasure sat in the back for much of the meeting, chiming in with clarifications on policy positions and happily taking advice and questions from his adherents. Such a meeting style serves as a model for the city government Culcleasure envisions. He wants to differentiate himself from the other candidates as a man of the people who has vowed, if elected, to run city government collaboratively by engaging new voices and “leading from behind.” “We know there are folks in the community that have untapped wisdom, that are not being listened to. We’ve experienced that firsthand,” he told supporters at a January gathering. So it was Beaupré, not Culcleasure, who fired up the volunteer crowd last week. “So many people voting don’t a) know there’s an election, b) know who Infinite is, c) know that they should be supporting him, because if they’re not supporting him, it’s going against their own self-interest,” Beaupré said. When he was finished, a supporter snapped her fingers, the group’s signature sign of appreciation. Culcleasure, a community organizer with no electoral experience, faces the longest odds of the three candidates in Burlington’s mayoral contest. Democrat Miro Weinberger benefits from incumbency and a well-oiled fundraising machine. Independent Carina Driscoll has established political networks and capital from her time spent in the state legislature, on the Burlington City Council and on the local school board. And she’s Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) stepdaughter, a connection she’s already used in appeals for money and volunteers. Victory for Culcleasure, he acknowledged, would require mobilizing the 23,330 registered Burlington voters who did not participate in the last election — and doing so with no campaign headquarters or paid staff. He’s raised $5,000 in campaign contributions compared to Weinberger’s $80,000 and Driscoll’s $33,000. But winning isn’t his team’s only goal, according to

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Culcleasure. He’s running to establish a grassrootsorganized left that can build up leadership among “the most vulnerable” and help decentralize power in city hall. “This is not about beating Miro,” Culcleasure said. “That’s very shortsighted and not really in line with what I want to accomplish.” Nor does Culcleasure intend to back down or drop out before March 6, he assured supporters at a meeting last week. He’s not concerned that splitting the vote with Driscoll will hand the victory to Weinberger. That scenario, examined in a Seven Days cover story two weeks ago, earned a sharp rebuke from Culcleasure and his supporters. The candidate refused to sit for a one-on-one interview with this reporter after the story ran. Among his concerns: The cover caricature made him look like Kanye West; his platform was not portrayed as credible; and the story itself perpetuated stereotypes of black men, he said in a 90-minute meeting in which he outlined his complaints and said he had no interest in speaking with Seven Days again. “We are being marginalized based on such superficial grounds as how we look and our lack of campaign resources,” he wrote on his website last week in a critique of the article. In reply to an email that contained some biographical questions, Culcleasure responded, “I don’t think Seven Days is qualified to tell my story.” Without Culcleasure’s full cooperation, it’s hard to piece together his narrative. Born and raised in

Brooklyn, he started life with the given name Percy — same as his dad. In 1991, soon after graduating from high school, he wound up in Vermont with $20 in his pocket, Culcleasure said during a February 5 mayoral forum. Within months, he started selling cocaine out of his Old North End apartment. “I didn’t want to go on food stamps,” he said, “and I did the stupidest thing and dealt drugs.” He was arrested as a result of a yearlong police investigation, one of eight swept up in a May 1992 drug raid, according to federal court documents. Culcleasure, who was 19 at the time, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for conspiracy to distribute cocaine, according a Burlington Free Press article. The prison stint served as a “coming-of-age period for me,” Culcleasure wrote in a January email to Seven Days. It was also when he changed his first name. Men in prison who “nurtured” Culcleasure “tried to school me on how to respect myself and bestowed the name Infinite upon me as something that I should aspire to, so that I would be confident in defining my own identity and purpose in the world,” he added in the email. When he got back to Burlington, Culcleasure started exploring the city’s nascent hip-hop scene. He’s still a DJ, said Eric Maier, a leader on the campaign team. Even now, the loft of Culcleasure’s Rose Street apartment is “half full of records, and the other half full of municipal, wonky policy documents,” Maier



said. “That’s a good illustration of where his head is at.” Culcleasure started taking classes at the University of Vermont but was arrested again in 1998 when police found crack cocaine in his apartment. Culcleasure pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine and was sentenced to more than three years in prison, according to court records. He eventually returned to UVM and earned his psychology degree in 2004. Graduation marked the beginning of Culcleasure’s “story of redemption,” according to Melo Grant, a longtime hip-hop

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DJ on WRUV 90.1 FM. Grant’s friendship with Culcleasure began in the 1990s, and she now backs his run for office. Culcleasure got his master’s degree in urban policy analysis and management in 2012 from New York’s New Schools for Public Engagement, in part to prove that “maybe two felonies might not matter. Maybe I’d demonstrate I’d rehabilitated myself,” he told supporters at a January meeting. Back in Burlington, Culcleasure worked with teens of color and helped integrate felons into the community after their release. He also served on the steering committee of the Old North End Neighborhood Planning Assembly. In 2015, he advocated for voting rights for noncitizens, a measure that failed at the ballot box.




Culcleasure has spent the last several years working as an organizer with Parents and Youth for Change, a program that works within Burlington and Winooski schools. His efforts resulted in a pilot school-bus program in Winooski, where the kids have long walked to school. But last month the mayoral candidate discovered he was not welcome aboard the buses, even as a volunteer. A background check is required to work in the district, including for bus monitors, and Infinite never submitted one, according to Superintendent Sean McMannon. Under current policy, people with felony convictions are not allowed to work in the school. Culcleasure didn’t reveal his criminal background when he announced his candidacy, so local news outlets did it for him. Most reporters  learned of his past convictions through an anonymous email tip. The resulting press coverage upset Culcleasure. He told Seven Days he considered it racially biased and sensationalist. To counter that coverage, he and his supporters have decided to do their own messaging. The campaign has embraced social media and posts regularly to Facebook. In one video, Culcleasure answered questions about his favorite cookie (oatmeal-raisin) and his desired superpower (invisibility, so he could “set my people free”). The group also touts the diversity of its campaign by posting photos of transgender supporters and people of color, along with descriptions of why they support Infinite. Culcleasure is admittedly more organizer than politician. At his first campaign meeting, he said, “I’m not really used to the public speaking part of this.” In fact, Culcleasure expresses himself with an air of calm self-assurance. But he gets sharp-tongued when talking about his political opponents and lashed out at Seven Days and other news media  at a recent community-organizing event. That strategy has worked for Sanders, and Culcleasure has publicly

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Amid Turnover, Educators Seek Burlington School Board Seats B Y M O LLY WA LSH


our people who are running unopposed for seats on the Burlington School Board would bring a pro-teacher bias to contract negotiations on pay and benefits, according to board member and former chair Mark Porter. Two of the candidates are retired teachers. One is a school librarian. The fourth is married to a teacher’s aide. They’ll all be on the Town Meeting Day ballot on March 6. The fact that they are running “just blows my mind,” Porter said during an interview, reiterating concerns he raised at a January meeting. “Ludicrous,” Darren Allen, a spokesman for the statewide teachers’ union, the Vermont-National Education Association, said in response. Teachers don’t leave their constitutional right to participate in the democratic process at the school door, he said. The candidacies in Burlington follow tense labor disputes. A bruising strike last fall drove a wedge between Burlington’s teachers and board members and did not resolve money woes. The $84.9 million school budget proposal heading to voters calls for a 7.9 percent property tax increase, one of the largest proposed in the region. And absent a blizzard of write-in ballots, the candidates will serve on a Burlington School Board that looks very different from today’s. Eight of 12 seats are up for election, and five incumbents are stepping aside, including Stephanie Seguino, a University of Vermont professor of economics who has been a chief negotiator on union issues, and David Kirk, who apologized in 2016 for social media posts that Superintendent Yaw Obeng blasted as “sexist, racist and ethnocentric.” The four candidacies rekindle debate about whether educators who serve on school boards have conflicts of interest. The issue came up during a late-night rant at the end of a board meeting last month, when then-chair Porter accused a fellow board member of racial bias, announced he was not running for reelection and riffed about the possible self-interest of NEA-connected candidates. Porter said he resigned as chair on February 3, partly over criticism he got for his remarks. Meanwhile, the four candidates strongly deny that they have any conflicts, taking the position of the Vermont-NEA. Allen said Porter “should do a little homework before he makes such obnoxious statements about educators.” State law prohibits educators from serving on school boards in districts where they are employed. And rightly so, because that would be a direct financial conflict of interest, Allen acknowledged. But Vermont allows teachers who work in one district and reside in another to serve on boards where they live — a common scenario. The way Porter sees it, teachers can increase their own pay through a regional strategy of pushing up






Incumbents not running: Mark Porter (Ward 1), Kat Kleman (Ward 2), Anne Judson (Ward 4), Stephanie Seguino (Ward 6) and David Kirk (Ward 7). The Ward 8 seat is currently empty.

“comparables.” Collective bargaining relies heavily on the district-to-district comparison of raises, pay and benefits. A salary bump for teachers in one town can help educators in neighboring towns. To illustrate his point during an interview, Porter brought up Martine Gulick, who is running unopposed to represent Ward 4 in the New North End and works as director of library media services at Essex High School — a teachers’ union job. “It’s not even indirect,”



Porter said. “If she voted for an increase in salary [in Burlington], she would actually be voting for an increase in salary for herself when Essex negotiates.” Not so, responded Gulick: “We have teachers all over the state who serve on their local community school boards so it’s not unusual at all, and it’s not a conflict of interest.” She added that she’d consider recusing herself from contract negotiations to avoid a perceived conflict. With the younger of her two children now graduated from Burlington High School, Gulick said, she finally

has time to serve the community. “I was certainly not in any way encouraged to run because I was a teacher,” she said. “I’ve sort of wanted to do this, as my husband would say, for the last 10 or 20 years.” Porter also pointed to Monika Ivancic, who is married to a teacher’s aide at Champlain Elementary School and is running unopposed to represent Ward 7, also in the New North End. “I mean, gosh, she’s going to vote for his salary. How can that be OK?” asked Porter. Her response? Unless barred by a specific policy, Ivancic said she will indeed vote on the para-educators’ union contract that sets her husband’s salary. Fair compensation helps ensure a good school system for kids, said Ivancic, a facility manager at the UVM chemistry department. She added that the contract “doesn’t represent just my husband; it represents many other paraeducators in our district.” Stephen Carey, who is running unopposed for a seat in Ward 2, taught at Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg for 39 years and now substitutes in the Burlington School District. He said he assumes he’ll have to stop once he’s on the board. Last fall’s strike and a narrowly averted walkout in 2016 helped motivate Carey to run and repair the relationship between teachers and the board. “The last two contract negotiations were kind of ugly,” Carey said. He sees no conflict, only a “continuation of interest” in his lifelong career. And yes, Carey said, he does want to improve teachers’ pay. “I think teachers are very much underpaid, quite frankly.” SCHOOL BOARD

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From Old Dogs to Future Searches, Cops Learn Tricks of Marijuana Law B Y M A R K D AV I S




efore Vermont lawmakers voted to allow adult marijuana possession, cops and prosecutors routinely weighed in, saying that they rarely pursued criminal cases for people found with pot. But as the July 1 legalization date approaches, authorities are realizing that legal weed will have an enormous impact — and some unintended consequences — for law enforcement. Marijuana is often a gateway drug that enables cops to justify searching people and cars. Those investigations often lead to unrelated charges such as possession of controlled substances or driving with a suspended license. It will still be illegal to drive under the influence or possess large quantities of pot. But no one is sure whether things police commonly notice — a whiff of weed, a pipe or crumbs of marijuana — can be considered signs of illegal activity. “The law is unsettled,” said Rick Gauthier, executive director of the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council, which certifies cops and sets training standards. “But I suspect those kinds of searches likely won’t happen.” Prosecutors and judges will ultimately decide whether cases using such evidence can proceed. But police fear that they will lose an important tool and be forced to let criminals go free. “That’s the booger in all of this,” said Colchester Police Chief Jennifer Morrison, who is also the president of the Vermont Association of Chiefs of Police. “A lot of times, our interdiction work starts at roadside stops with the odor of marijuana, and very frequently, we find other drugs — heroin, meth, cocaine. It remains to be seen what the impact will be, [but] we’re concerned, and we’re going to be looking for guidance.” Critics note, however, that police have also used marijuana as a pretext to conduct illegal searches. Last year, former Burlington police officer Christopher Lopez was charged with perjury after being caught on camera admitting that he lied about the smell of marijuana coming from a vehicle in order to justify a search. Prosecutors subsequently dropped 14 other criminal cases that relied on Lopez’s testimony. In many of them, Lopez conducted searches after he claimed he could smell pot. Lopez resigned.

“We want law enforcement to get with the times and stop treating marijuana as a justification to conduct invasive searches,” said Jay Diaz, a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont. “They should let it go and stop being drug warriors for what is going to be a legal substance.” The ACLU on Monday filed an appeal to the Vermont Supreme Court on behalf of Gregory Zullo, an African American who alleges in a lawsuit that a former Vermont State Police trooper racially profiled him during a 2014 traffic stop. Lewis Hatch pulled Zullo over because snow partially covered his license plate. Hatch later claimed he smelled marijuana. When Zullo refused to grant Hatch permission to search his car, Hatch had the car towed, forcing Zullo to walk eight miles home. No charges were ever filed. Documents showed that Hatch, who was eventually fired, had previously searched African Americans under

similar circumstances. On one occasion, Hatch strip-searched two black men whose vehicle, Hatch said, smelled of marijuana. He found no drugs. Windsor County State’s Attorney David Cahill and Chittenden County State’s Attorney Sarah George, who


preside over two of Vermont’s busiest court systems, both said they are unlikely to bring cases dependent on searches rooted solely in the suspicion that marijuana was present. Cahill compared pot to alcohol. A police officer who spots a six-pack of

beer in a car needs more evidence to justify searching it or to suspect the driver is under the influence. “[Legalization] turns the existing practice of considering marijuana as contraband upside down,” Cahill said. “It’s going to require some new investigative techniques.” Police officers will also be deprived of key allies: their drug-detecting canines. The dogs are trained to “alert” — which usually involves lying down, pawing or barking — when they smell drugs. That behavior helps police legally establish probable cause to believe that a crime has been committed, allowing officers to rummage through cars and conduct more invasive searches. But most police dogs weren’t trained to differentiate between drugs: There is no way to know whether a bark is for heroin or for marijuana. Once pot is legal, an alert would have little chance of holding up in court, prosecutors and police said, and any



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Judiciary Committee last week. “They shouldn’t have to keep being saddled with the conviction. [The bill] also recognizes that we’re looking at marijuana in a new light.” Under the proposed law, defendants would have to petition the court for expungement, and prosecutors could object. Officials are unsure how many people would be eligible under the bill. Vermont would not be the first state to take such a step. A bill progressing in the California legislature would require courts to automatically expunge records of marijuana convictions for actions that are legal there today. California’s 2016 voter referendum that legalized marijuana made the law retroactive, allowing residents to pursue expungements. Advocates in Vermont note that there is local precedent. In January 2017, then-governor Peter Shumlin pardoned 192 defendants with convictions for marijuana possession. The bill’s prospects are unclear. Committee chair Maxine Grad (D-Moretown) and two other committee members sponsored the legislation, and it has some key support. The Department of State’s Attorneys and Sheriffs has signed off, and George said she has discussed setting up an expungement clinic with Sand to help people in Chittenden County wipe their records clean. But the bill was filed late in the session, and Grad was unsure whether her committee would act before the deadline to send legislation to the other chamber. “It’s something we need to continue to look at as part of the wider reform,” Grad said. Rebecca Kelley, a spokesperson for Gov. Phil Scott, said the governor has no position on the bill — and no plans to issue pardons. m



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evidence it led to would likely be dismissed. “If I were a drug dealer, once marijuana is legalized, if a dog is going around the car and hits, the first thing I’d say to an officer is, ‘Oh, yeah, I’ve got some marijuana,’ and show him the bag and get away with the heroin and cocaine in the car,” Gauthier said. His council foresaw this dilemma. Two years ago, the police academy stopped training new dogs to detect marijuana. So half a dozen recent canine graduates don’t sniff out weed. But about 40 older canines on the job in Vermont will likely retire from the drug-search business, Gauthier said. It is apparently extremely difficult, if not impossible, to retrain a dog to ignore the scent of marijuana, he said. Viper, a Morristown Police Department dog, will retire — from his drug-sniffing duties, anyway. The German shepherd will stay on duty for community relations and to assist with search-and-rescue operations, Chief Richard Keith said. Viper, who is almost 4 years old, helped find a mother and child lost in the snowy woods on Christmas Eve 2016, forever proving his worth, Keith said. “[Viper] has been very good at locating people and, as far as I’m concerned, if that’s all we have him for, that’s fine,” Keith said. While law enforcement officials grapple with how to handle future marijuana cases, some Vermont lawmakers are pondering whether to revisit old ones. The House Judiciary Committee is considering a bill that would make it easier for people convicted of misdemeanor marijuana possession to have their records wiped clean. Under current law, people convicted of misdemeanors have to wait five years to pursue expungement. Criminal records make it difficult to get housing, jobs and student loans. People shouldn’t continue to suffer consequences for an offense that will no longer be illegal, according to Robert Sand, director of the Vermont Law School’s Center for Justice Reform. “When a person has paid their debt of a criminal conviction, that should be finite,” Sand told the House


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Infinite Possibility? « P.15 compared himself to Vermont’s junior senator: Both were born in Brooklyn and spurn party affiliation and media coverage. “In the first few pages of his last book, Bernie reflects on the way mainstream media outlets either mocked him or didn’t even cover his campaign trail at the beginning of the race because his platform was dismissed as unrealistic,” Culcleasure wrote in an article in the Burlington magazine 05401PLUS. Also like Sanders, he’s pitching himself as the only candidate with the firsthand experience needed to represent the working class. He notes that, unlike Driscoll, he’s working full time as he campaigns, and he lives in a housing co-op with his pregnant partner — who’s due the day after the election. If he wins, he’ll be the Queen City’s first nonwhite mayor. A big part of Culcleasure’s platform is the way he thinks decisions should be made. He advocates for participatory budgeting, community benefit agreements with developers, and more public input before moving forward on planned projects such as Champlain Parkway and the redesign of City Hall Park.

School Board « P.16 Under the current contract, Burlington teacher pay ranges from $43,914 to $87,940 for a 187-day work year. Another retired educator, Keith Pillsbury, taught middle school in Essex for 36 years and is unopposed in Ward 8. He previously served on the board from 1987 to 2014, except for a four-year gap. Pillsbury doesn’t believe educators have a conflict. “Mark Porter, that’s his opinion, and my constituents will make their own minds up,” he said. At the Vermont-NEA, Allen said he has no firm numbers on how many union members serve on school boards. It’s not many, he suggested. Allen also downplayed union efforts to muster candidates, as did Fran Brock, a Burlington High School teacher and president of the Burlington Education Association. The local union is not endorsing candidates this year and did no formal recruiting, Brock said, adding: “It’s easy to try to build some sort of conspiracy, but it isn’t there.” The union does sometimes jump into the fray. The BEA helped Mark Barlow defeat an incumbent, fiscal conservative Scot Shumski, in the New North End in

Attending a Ward 2/3 NPA meeting with Culcleasure on the agenda is “like going to a church and saying, ‘Do you want to hear about Jesus?’” quipped supporter Andy Simon. Indeed, at the NPA’s mayoral forum last week, Culcleasure earned applause — and finger-snapping — as he advocated for NPA decision-making power and rent control. Culcleasure has lived for decades in the Old North End, and his left-leaning platform will certainly find support there, the most progressive and diverse area of the city. He touted his bare-bones campaign as a resourceful use of money. “As a mayor, I’d do a lot more with $300 million than the current administration is doing,” he said to chuckles and applause. (Burlington’s budget is actually just over $200 million.) Such leadership, said Simon’s wife, Ruby Perry, will inevitably lead to longterm change — even if Culcleasure loses in March. The candidate “has his feet deep in the soil that is democracy,” Perry said. If new people “vote and stay active, everything will change, no matter who’s in that corner office.” m Contact:

2015. But after Barlow voted to impose a teachers’ contract in 2016, the BEA did not support his reelection last year. Barlow won anyway and agrees with Porter that NEA members on boards have a conflict. The question comes up regularly, said Nicole Mace, executive director of the Vermont School Boards Association. The NEA does “encourage folks to run for the board, which is not a problem, but it’s a fact,” she said. She’s not surprised to see in Burlington “an interest in having more representation on the board among teachers, given the last two rounds of bargaining.” The important thing is for board members to disclose and discuss conflicts of interest, Mace said. State law and local board policies, including Burlington’s, prohibit officials from voting to enrich themselves. But there are grayer areas, such as voting on a spouse’s contract. Mace said that the Burlington board should, for example, discuss Ivancic’s potential conflict regarding her husband. “The board should talk about it,” Mace said. “I don’t think it’s out of line for people to raise these concerns.” m Contact:

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A lawyer for the Vermont Hemp Company What happens when you stick five Vermont says a lawsuit filed by a woman who claims senators in a small room every day for weeks the business took her crop is “unfounded” and months on end? Well, they form bonds, and will be dealt with in court. find ways to work together and, once in a “There were no guarantees with respect while, get a little slaphappy. to definitive timelines, whether the crop Take, for example, the Senate Economic could be sold at a profit or whether the Development, Housing and General Affairs crop could be sold at all,” wrote attorney Committee, members of which have given Erin Miller Heins in a response posted on each other nicknames. And although she Vermont Hemp’s Facebook page. “Obviously, doesn’t come right out and say so, it’s pretty the ability to sell into the marketplace clear that the instigator is Sen. Becca Balint depends on market demand and the quality (D-Windham), aka Rally Monkey. of the harvested crop, variables that are “This is one of my goals in my work often unknown [at] the time of planting.” here, is to keep it joyful,” she said. Cynthea Hausman filed a suit “There’s a lot of doom and gloom. last month alleging that the But I have to keep it fun.” company’s founder, Joel Sen. Phil Baruth Bedard, guaranteed she’d (D/P-Chittenden) is make at least $45,000 on Grammar Man. “He’s an the sale of seven acres of English professor and hemp she grew on her family published author,” said ★ ★ ★ T H E S TAT E H O U S E S C E N E ★ ★ ★ farm in Addison. Instead, Balint. “And oftentimes she alleges, the company in committee, when harvested the crop in late October and has we’re at loggerheads over a particular pasyet to pay her any money. Hausman also sage, he’ll swoop in with a flourish and say, claims she’s asked the company to return ‘This is how we make it work,’ and we’ll say, her hemp so she can sell it herself. ‘Grammar Man to the rescue!’” But the company, in its statement, Then there’s Sen. Alison Clarkson denied any monetary guarantee and says (D-Windsor), who’s very energetic but also it still plans to sell the crop “when there is has just a hint of old-school high tea sufficient market demand.” Heins’ statement about her. says the company has even offered to return “The Dowager Clarkson came [about] Hausman’s crop but has yet to hear back because there are moments when we feel from her. like we’re in ‘Downton Abbey’ with her,” Balint “Our position is clear,” the company wrote explained. on its Facebook page. “If we are to have “Selleck is a funny one,” she said, referring a new economy based upon commercial to Sen. Michael Sirotkin (D-Chittenden), cannabis agriculture, then we have to get who was appointed to the Senate in 2014 used to things like contracts and taxes and after the death of his wife, longtime senator compliance.” Sally Fox. “That was a long, hard recovery for SASHA GOLDSTEIN him,” Balint noted. “And I think all of us were


Vermont Attorney General to Post All Public Records Requests Online Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan posted hundreds of his office’s documents online in a transparency campaign launched this week. The goal, Donovan said Tuesday, is to publish every public records request received by the office, along with its responses.

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happy to see him start to date again. And it became clear that he was, shall we say, much sought-after.” So, Selleck, after the mustachioed ladies’ man of “Magnum, P.I.” fame. “It embarrasses him. I think he also knows that it’s our way of saying, ‘We’re glad you’re finding joy again,’” Balint said.

“If we’re going to release it to somebody, let’s release it to everybody,” he said. The system is already online, showing some requests from 2018. Donovan’s office said Tuesday that all of the records from 2017 are posted. “On average last year, we did one [records request] every three days,” Donovan said. “We produced over 10,000 pages of records.” Transparency advocates said the new system is a victory for public access to government. “We think it’s great,” said Jay Diaz, a staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont. “It helps the public see what types of things are being denied, what types of things are not.” State law requires public officials to release certain files to anyone upon request. But those documents are typically sent directly to the person who made the request. If it’s a journalist or advocate, they might release the information for all to see. Other times, the files released are not publicized. Donovan’s new system aims to change that. “We’re essentially making accessible to everybody all of the records that we release,” Donovan said. The files posted so far include requests from ESPN, the Center for Public Integrity, WCAX-TV, Seven Days and law firms seeking information about complaints filed with the AG’s Consumer Assistance Program. Other requests sought information about the AG’s efforts on climate change initiatives and details on computers purchased by the AG’s office. “We applaud it and hope that every agency of the state does the same thing,” Diaz said. “Because, frankly, it’d be nice to know what is happening with all of the requests that our government gets.”

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Choruses Revive Works by Late Vermont Composer Richard Stoehr BY AM Y L I L LY

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VARDA IN VERMONT If you missed legendary filmmaker Agnès Varda’s Faces Places, the opening film at last fall’s Vermont International Film Festival, your second chance has arrived. The grandmother of the French New Wave’s latest essayistic documentary will screen at two locations in coming weeks: on Friday, February 16, at the BRIGGS OPERA HOUSE in White River Junction, presented by WHITE RIVER INDIE FILM; and on Thursday, February 22, at Burlington’s MAIN STREET LANDING FILM HOUSE, presented by the

wheat-pasted to barns, industrial fixtures and timeworn village façades. As an intergenerational road movie, Faces Places is charming. Prepare to delight in details such as Varda’s feet dangling from a bench, not reaching the ground. As a cultural document, it’s a nondidactic meditation on the unfailing magnetism of the human likeness and the power of scale, particularly in the social media age. Varda once famously said, “This is all you need in life: a computer, a camera and a cat.” Though soft in tone (and filled with computers, cameras and at least one cat), Faces Places practically bellows the needs not mentioned in her statement. Among them: creative kinship and the generous, unending authenticity of everyday people.



With Faces Places, Varda returns to familiar thematic stomping grounds. She finds a new way to move lithely among images and the built landscape (as in 1981’s Mur murs) and to show the real lives of the French working class (as in 2000’s The Gleaners and I). Presented with confidence and simplicity, the film follows Varda, now 89, and slick, Godardesque, thirtysomething French photographer and muralist JR as they rove the French countryside in a truck that doubles as a digital printing lab. Together, they seek so-called ordinary people to photograph and memorialize with larger-than-life images



INFO Faces Places screens on Friday, February 16, 7:30 p.m., at the Briggs Opera House in White River Junction. $8-12.; and Thursday, February 22, 7 p.m., at Main Street Landing Film House in Burlington. $5-8.



n 1938, a well-respected and prolific Viennese composer named Richard Stöhr fled Nazi-occupied Austria for America. At 63, he had been teaching at the Vienna Conservatory for 34 years. Though he had converted to Christianity in his twenties, Stöhr had been born a Jew. After plummeting wartime enrollment put an end to his teaching stint at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, he found lasting refuge in 1941 at, of all places, Saint Michael’s College in Colchester. Stoehr, as he spelled his name in this country, had living quarters at Prevel Hall. He taught at the college until 1950 and continued composing until 1955. After he died in 1967, his family donated his handwritten music manuscripts and other papers to the college. The material remained relatively unknown until 2002, when St. Mike’s archivist ELIZABETH SCOTT asked newly arrived music professor NATHANIEL LEW about the composer, she recalls. That launched a process of reintroduction of Stoehr’s works to the music world, due in part to Lew, who now chairs the department of fine arts and directs the college’s choral activities. On Sunday, February 18, audiences will be treated to the largest effort yet to revive Stoehr’s choral music. Three choruses will perform an all-Stoehr program at the McCarthy Arts Center: COUNTERPOINT, an a cappella group led by Lew; BELLA VOCE WOMEN’S CHORUS OF VERMONT; and SOLARIS VOCAL ENSEMBLE. Artistic director DAWN WILLIS leads the latter two groups. Stoehr’s oeuvre comprises 141 works, among them seven symphonies, two operas and 27 choral works. He wrote roughly half that output while living in Vermont, including an “Ave Maria” for


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the new St. Mike’s men’s glee club in 1954, one of his last works. At the February concert, selections will span Stoehr’s Vienna and Vermont periods and include three songs for women’s chorus, the men’s “Ave Maria” and the three-chorus finale “A Grace for Christmas.” Lew previously revived some of the composer’s music for the 2004-05 college centennial celebrations and held a major concert of Stoehr’s Christmas choral works in 2010. In a “labor of love,” the professor has transcribed many of Stoehr’s works note by note into digital files. (The manuscripts are hard to read, and no scan-and-convert software yet exists.) This digitization has allowed Scott to email the works to professional musicians who request them. According to Scott, such requests now arrive in increasing numbers from parties ranging from the Juilliard School to European conservatories. Michigan-based cellist Stefan Koch recently recorded two CDs of Stoehr’s music, one featuring works for piano


and cello in 2014 and one of chamber best works are truly rich and deserve music in 2018. to be heard more often.” Much of the In 2017, the Vienna Conservatory composer’s time was taken up by his mounted an exhibit about Stoehr’s renowned teaching; Stoehr also wrote life, which culminated in a concert of widely translated conservatory textselected works. That conservatory’s books on form, counterpoint and music archivist, Lynne Heller, who wrote the theory. exhibition catalog, collaborated closely Lew describes Stoehr’s general style with Scott, visiting the St. Mike’s ar- as “conservative,” harking back to the chive several times; Scott attended the 19th century, but he also identifies a exhibit and concert in Vienna. shift that occurred after the composer’s Lew, who describes the trend as a move. “The American stuff is more “slow rediscovery” of Stoehr’s works by extroverted, a lot more fun,” Lew says. performers, notes that the composer’s “I feel that he’s trying to sound more most productive year was 1942-43 — his American.” The composer chose to set second in Vermont. In the catalog, Heller his choral works to poems by beloved attributes this prolific period partly to “middlebrow” poets such as Alfred the composer’s loneliness as a refugee. Tennyson and Henry Wadsworth Before fleeing Vienna, he managed to Longfellow; unlike his Austrian complace his 16-yearpositions, those old son, Richard, works “end big,” with friends in Lew says. Scandinavia; his For Scott, who 12-year-old daughhas studied history ter, Hedi, escaped and religion in adto England on a dition to library Kindertransport. science, Stoehr’s NAT HANIEL LEW Stoehr left behind struggles as a his wife, Mitzi, who refugee remain was Christian and, therefore, denied absorbing. “I’m fascinated by how much entry to the U.S. for lack of imminent legwork it took to be able to stay in the danger. Nine years later, the family fi- U.S.,” she says. “After Curtis, he worked nally reunited in Vermont. really hard to find sponsorship and asHedi, whose married name was sistance.” Scott notes Stoehr’s numerous Ballantyne, lived out her adult life in letters to aid committees, friends and Montpelier and died just last month. acquaintances. She had been planning to attend the Nearly four months passed before concert; a piece in it is dedicated to her. a newly hired St. Mike’s social science Some of Stoehr’s grandchildren will professor — Karl Schwenger, whose wife attend, including Chicago resident Dan had been Stoehr’s student in Vienna — Stoehr, son of Richard Jr. invited Stoehr to stay with the couple Lew and Willis spent hours sifting in Burlington while awaiting word from through the archive to identify Stoehr’s various aid committees about sponsorbest works. Willis, whose two ensembles ship. Those four months were a time have performed individual works by the when Stoehr depended financially on composer in recent concerts, describes others, with no guarantee of remaining their joint selections as “sophisticated in the U.S. None of the sponsorships he and moving” and as “contain[ing] beau- sought came through, but the college tiful melodies supported by rich and at agreed to hire the composer to direct times surprising harmonies.” The three musical activities and teach German. choruses plan to record the music using “From a historian’s perspective,” says donations made at the concert, which is Scott, “you wonder what would have free. Theirs will be the first recording of happened if he hadn’t got the [ job].” m Stoehr’s choral music. Cellist Koch described Stoehr’s Contact: music in a 2014 blog post as “not of uniformly high quality, but his best works span styles from the Schumann/Brahms INFO brand of Romanticism to more chro- “Echoes: Choral Music of Richard Stoehr,” matic later Romantic influences, with featuring Bella Voce Women’s Chorus of Vermont, Counterpoint and Solaris Vocal Ensemhere and there a touch of the modern.” ble, Sunday, February 18, 3 p.m. at McCarthy While concurring that Stoehr’s Arts Center Recital Hall, Saint Michael’s work is uneven, Lew believes that “his College, in Colchester. Free.

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verhead projectors may not be used much in schools anymore, but that doesn’t mean they’re obsolete. In the hands of Chicago performance company Manual Cinema, the humble light-and-mirror box becomes a tool for elaborate and emotional storytelling. On Wednesday, February 21, the company’s multimodal narrative prowess will be on full display in “Ada/Ava” at Burlington’s FLYNN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS. “Ada/Ava” is not a puppet show, and it’s not a movie; it’s an inventive hybrid of both and much more. With four overhead projectors, five puppeteers, live actors, a live score and some 400 shadow puppets and slides, the company enlists the raw building blocks of cinema to tell the story of Ada, a septuagenarian grieving the loss of her twin sister, Ava. “It’s made to look like animation or



a film, but it’s all created live in front of you,” explained Manual Cinema coartistic director Drew Dir. “What you’re seeing as an audience is a finished product, but you’re also seeing how we’re making it.” Lauded as “an unclassifiable story of spectral beauty” by the New York Times, “Ada/Ava” won Best in Festival at the 2013 National Festival of Puppeteers of America in Swarthmore, Penn., and has traveled to Iran, Scotland, China, Germany, France and Mexico. The show’s origins are humble. The version being performed at the Flynn premiered in New York in 2015, but, Dir noted, “The story and the concept is actually a lot older.” One of Manual Cinema’s very first works, he said, “Ada/ Ava” “started out as a little 10-minute puppet show that we performed in my apartment window.”


On Halloween night in 2010, Dir and co-artistic director Sarah Fornace hung a sheet in the window of their first-floor apartment and put speakers on the sidewalk outside to broadcast accompanying music. Friends and

A Trio of Sports Books With Vermont Ties Hits the Shelves B Y DA N B O LLES


ermont may never be known as a bastion of sports writing, yet the state quietly fields a potent lineup of such scribes, most notably Sports Illustrated’s ALEXANDER WOLFF. And he’s hardly the only sports journalist to call Vermont home or to find athletic inspiration in the Green Mountains. To wit: Three new sports books with significant local ties have been, or are about to be, released — including Wolff ’s latest project. Just in time for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games and March Madness, we offer a look at this rare literary hat trick.

Norwich: One Tiny Vermont Town’s Secret to Happiness and Excellence

Karen Crouse, Simon & Schuster, 288 pages. $26 hardcover.

Pop quiz: Which U.S. municipality boasts the highest number of Olympic athletes per capita? If you guessed Norwich, Vt., congrats on correctly reading the headline above! Though that trivia tidbit may be apocryphal — definitive numbers are tough to come by — it’s certainly remarkable that the Upper Valley hamlet of roughly 3,000 has sent athletes

to nearly every winter Olympiad for the past 30 years. And, according to New York Times sportswriter KAREN CROUSE, that’s indicative of a unique sense of community that manifests in successes beyond skiing and snowboarding. In Norwich, her first book, Crouse offers an intimate portrait of the town and its inhabitants — athletes and regular folks alike. Through vivid stories and profiles, she examines how the bedroom community of nearby Dartmouth College has become such an unlikely Olympic breeding ground.


passing trick-or-treaters gathered for the spectacle. “We’ve remade it, almost like a film is remade, about three times since then,” Dir said of “Ada/Ava.” “It’s kind of the show that we cut our teeth on; it

What Crouse discovers is that Norwich’s athletic success is not an end game; rather, it’s the byproduct of a larger shared ethos rooted in hard work and togetherness with a goal of raising happier, healthier kids.

World Class: The Making of the U.S. Women’s CrossCountry Ski Team

Peggy Shinn, ForeEdge, 248 pages. $19.95 paperback.

The U.S. women’s cross-country ski team is a favorite at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. In a sport historically dominated by teams from Sweden, Finland, Norway and Russia, that’s impressive. It’s also improbable, given that the team has only been around since 2002. In her new book World Class, Vermont author and sportswriter PEGGY SHINN chronicles the unlikely rise of the American Nordic ski team from nascent nobodies to global powerhouse. Shinn homes in on competitors in the 2018 Winter Olympics by focusing on the team’s past five


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years — during which the U.S. women have enjoyed unprecedented success on the World Cup circuit. While a book about cross-country skiing might appeal to a narrow audience, Shinn transcends niche by taking a broader look at the issues female athletes face throughout American sports.

INFO “Ada/Ava,” by Manual Cinema, Wednesday, February 21, 7:30 p.m. at Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington. $15-38 (or pay what you can day of show).,

Alexander Wolff has compiled what could be the defining collection of basketball writing. Covering 80 years of history, the Vermont-based writer’s anthology includes many of the game’s most iconic names, such as Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, Pat Summitt, LeBron James and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar — the last of whom penned the book’s foreword. Wolff ’s book — slated for release later this month — also includes some of the most iconic names in sports writing: Frank Deford, Charlie Pierce, Red Smith, David Halberstam and Rick Reilly, among many others. There’s even a chapter penned by basketball’s Canadian American inventor, James Naismith, who died in 1939. It seems the only great basketball writer Wolff overlooked was himself. 

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The storyline had several seeds: “We were interested in telling a story about identical twins, and we wanted it to be in the style of a Hitchcock thriller,” Dir recalled. When he first conceived “Ada/Ava,” his grandmother had just passed away, and he became absorbed in observing how his grandfather went about reconfiguring his life. “I was struck and really moved by how grief manifests itself in really small, routine ways,” Dir said. The result? A Hitchcockian New England gothic — Ada lives alone in a windswept lighthouse — that’s rich with emotional nuance. On the day of the show, the Flynn will offer rare pay-what-you-can tickets for “Ada/Ava.” After every performance, Manual Cinema invites the audience onstage to observe the tools of its craft and see precisely how the magic is made. 

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Are there extinct species that we really wish we hadn’t wiped out? I don’t mean we now say, “Gee, what a shame.” I mean, is there anything where we now say, “Oh $#!&, we screwed ourselves!”? Like when the Chinese thought getting rid of all the sparrows was a good idea. — Lumpy, via the Straight Dope Message Board




f you’re not as up on your People’s Republic of China history as Lumpy here, allow me to read you in. Having become concerned about sparrows eating the grain Chinese farmers were growing, in 1958 Mao Zedong ordered the birds’ extermination, and an estimated billion of them were killed. Problem was, those sparrows had also been eating locusts that liked to eat grain themselves, and with nothing keeping them in check, the bugs commenced to eat the fields bare. Together with various other agricultural policies of the Great Leap Forward, the sparrow campaign helped lead to the starvation deaths of tens of millions of people; as far as history’s gravest unintended consequences go, this one’s in the hall of fame. And as Lumpy suggests, it’s a particularly vivid illustration of how humans can bollocks up a functioning

NSAID.) This made them a reliable firebreak between humans and some major infectious diseases, including tuberculosis and rabies, whereas the less hardy rats and wild dogs that have taken over the carrion gig tend to spread these scourges around. With vultures on the ropes, India faces a publichealth disaster. So far, we’ve yet to mention an animal that’s been wiped out altogether, but don’t get too hung up on extinction per se. Sure, the disappearance of the last member of a species is a grim milestone. The consequential problem, though, is a species’ general disappearance from an ecosystem, even if a few individuals keep on keeping on. Just a modest decline in the populations of key creatures can screw things up, and a steep drop can be devastating; however circuitously, those effects will come back to bite us.

found its way to humans, and there are other scary primate viruses out there ready to make their move. 3. In the centuries since wolves were hunted out of the British Isles, deer have become rampant in the UK. With their numbers now at a thousandyear high, they’re responsible for some 50,000 traffic accidents annually, plus they impede forest regeneration by eating all the seedlings. The animals represent such a pain in Britain’s ass that there’s a project afoot (inspired by a successful initiative at Yellowstone National Park) to bring back the wolves. One hears a lot about how we’re in the midst of a mass extinction, the sixth in history. Ecologists believe that losing large carnivores will be the really big deal here, setting in motion the follow-on effects seen above: more fires, invasive species, carbon pollution, agricultural problems, infectious diseases, and on and on — widespread ecosystem malfunction that reconfigures the whole food chain and whose costs to us keep compounding over time. The technical name for this process is “trophic cascading,” but I can think of more colloquial phrases that might work here, too — “You break it, you bought it,” for one.


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ecosystem by intervening without thinking through the bigger implications. Are there others? Sure. Turn your attention to present-day India, where since just the early ’90s three once-abundant species of vulture have all but died off — officially they’re critically endangered, but according to some scientists they’re “functionally extinct.” This one’s on us, too: The birds were feeding on the decaying flesh of cows that Indian farmers had fed with a particular painkiller, diclofenac. In cows it soothed aching hooves; in vultures it led to fatal kidney failure. Appearance-wise, vultures don’t do much to pretty up a biome, true, but in south Asia their carrion-eating was a vital public service. Remember, these are birds that can put away an anthrax-infected carcass and go back for more. (Pity they couldn’t handle a common

For example: 1. In the late 1880s, Italian army livestock in East Africa introduced a highly lethal bovine disease called rinderpest: It devastated sub-Saharan herbivores from pigs to wildebeest and starved a lot of people who relied on cattle for food, nomadic herders and colonial farmers alike. The deaths of all those grazers and browsers also led to a steep growth in plant biomass, leading to a century of worse and more frequent wildfires — leading in turn to property damage, fire-suppression costs and tons of carbon dumped into the atmosphere. 2. These days, sub-Saharan Africa is contending with the decline of its apex predators via hunting, habitat loss, etc. Fewer lions and leopards means, among other things, more olive baboons, who’ve encroached further into human territory, bringing competition for food and an uptick in intestinal parasites for both the humans and the baboons. This isn’t the worst to come out of the complex relationship between food chain and disease on that continent: Industrial overfishing in the Atlantic has led West Africans to increasingly seek other protein sources, including primate bushmeat. If you’ll recall, eating chimp flesh is thought to be the conduit through which HIV

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cases of throat cancer and hypertension early, before the afflicted show up at their local emergency departments? If nothing else, those companies must have a vested interest in their customers seeing well enough not to step in front of an oncoming bus. As in much of health care, the explanation has more to do with historical factors than with logic or common sense, said Jeanne Keller. Until her retirement two years ago, Keller spent more than 30 years as a health care policy expert, most recently with the Burlington consulting firm Keller & Fuller. She pointed to the origins of Blue Cross and Blue Shield, which were separate companies until they merged in 1982. The former was founded in 1929 by hospitals as a way to ensure reimbursement for their services. Blue Shield formed a year later to make sure physicians were duly compensated, too. “So the insurance plans they sell are deeply, historically embedded with the

… medical community,” Keller said. In short, Blue Cross and Blue Shield were created by and for hospitals and physicians, who didn’t consider dentists and ophthalmologists “real doctors” — at least where financial reimbursement was concerned. Not until the 1980s and ’90s did dentists and ophthalmologists begin presenting themselves as primary-care providers and forming their own insurance carriers, such as Delta Dental. Along the way, other health care professionals, such as osteopaths, naturopaths and chiropractors, lobbied to get their own slices of the pie. Another historical factor, Keller noted, is that health insurance in the U.S. is still predominantly employerbased, unlike the nationalized systems in Canada and the UK. Sure, employers can purchase add-on dental and vision plans if their pool of employees is big enough to make the plans costeffective. But individuals who try to buy their own dental riders find that

insurers tack on long waiting periods to foil consumers who are just trying to cover that root canal surgery scheduled for the following week. As Keller put it, “You can’t buy insurance on your house if it’s on fire.” Still, don’t insurance companies ultimately reap the benefits of preventative care? Not in a fee-for-service model, Keller said, where cost savings in one area aren’t readily transferable to others. Other health care models, such as that of Kaiser Permanente, take a more logical approach. Because Kaiser owns the hospitals and has doctors on salary, Keller explained, if the consortium sees more tooth abscesses coming through its ERs, it can invest in oral screenings to reduce that number. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s largest health insurance provider, covering roughly three out of four Vermonters. Asked why its basic plan doesn’t include dental and vision care, Sara Teachout, BCBSVT’s director of government, public and media relations, said she hears that question “all the time.” Teachout acknowledged that the reasons are more historical than rational — “pretty much like everything else in health care,” she said. She noted that companies like hers typically follow the lead of Medicare and Medicaid. In short, BCBSVT recognizes the human and cost benefits of creating an integrated health care model that includes dental, vision and mental health services and the like. “But we’re all very, very slow at changing the way we approach health care,” Teachout said. “We know that integration is the way to go, but dental and vision are probably not [going to be] first on the list.” To quote President Donald Trump, “Nobody knew health care could be so complicated” — except anyone who’s ever looked into it. m Contact:

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ost of the time, this column answers questions that are specific to Vermont: Why is there a phallic mushroom sculpture on Burlington’s waterfront? Why is the Lord’s Prayer carved into a boulder outside Bristol? Why does a golf-ball-shaped dome stand atop a mountain overlooking St. Albans? This week, we tackle a nogginscratcher that applies to most consumers across the U.S.: Why don’t most basic health insurance plans cover routine eye exams and visits to the dentist? Why have these two areas of human anatomy been deemed less worthy of routine maintenance and upkeep? Even viewed strictly in financial terms, the practice seems to make as little sense as insuring medical treatments for right kidneys but not left ones. After all, eye doctors aren’t just in the business of selling contact lenses, prescription sunglasses and tiny screwdrivers, nor are dentists mere delivery systems for premium toothbrushes and dental floss. Consider the health benefits that a competent ophthalmologist can impart. In addition to diagnosing eye disorders such as glaucoma and cataracts, an eye doctor can recognize signs of multiple sclerosis, diabetes, hypertension, leukemia, sickle cell anemia and lupus. More than just windows to the soul, eyes are peepholes to the brain through which an ophthalmologist can catch an undiagnosed brain cancer — or polyps in the colon. Talk about retina-to-rectum results. Similarly, a dentist can save the life of a patient who came in for a toothache. A study published in the September 2013 issue of the Journal of Endodontics looked at medical complications resulting from tooth abscesses over a nineyear period. Between 2000 and 2008, 61,439 hospitalizations nationwide were attributable to abscesses, 89 percent of which occurred on an emergency basis; 66 of those patients ultimately died of their complications. The average hospital stay was three days. More than three-quarters of those hospitalizations were paid for by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance. So why don’t insurance carriers recognize the dollars and sense in catching


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Oil mogul and Republican provocateur Skip Vallee takes the fight to cancer BY PAUL H E I N T Z

n a subterranean hospital room on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Skip Vallee rolled up the right sleeve of his dress shirt and rested his arm on a pillow. A nurse pressed a needle-nosed tube into a vein near his wrist. “Relax your fingertips,” the nurse said. “There you go. Much more relaxed.” Vallee, 57, was finishing his 48th chemotherapy treatment since he was diagnosed last spring with multiple myeloma, a particularly aggressive form of blood cancer. “Hopefully the last,” he told the nurse at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. “Not that I don’t like you guys.” The Vermont gasoline mogul, GOP donor, political muckraker and former hockey star isn’t used to playing defense. Over the past three decades, he has turned his family’s sleepy fuel delivery company, R.L. Vallee, into an oil empire that now claims 46 gas stations and 700 employees. He’s raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Republican politicians, helping to elect governors and presidents — and earned an ambassadorship to Slovakia in the process.

Though no longer an omnipresent voice of Vermont conservatism, Vallee continues to cast a long shadow over the state’s political scene. To his allies, he’s a brilliant businessman, quick-witted strategist, loyal friend and devoted family man. To his adversaries, he’s a profiteering One Percenter, polluting the planet one gallon of gas at a time — as Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) spokesman once put it, a “junior varsity” Koch brother. Now the cheerful political combatant and relentless competitor is up against a disease he acknowledges is incurable. Asked how long he has to live, Vallee responded with a shrug, “You know, I think it’s a big unknown.” As the nurse hooked him up to a bag, Vallee held up the second part of his three-drug cocktail: five mint-green steroid pills in a clear plastic cup. “They don’t taste very good, so you want to take it in one shot,” he said, tossing the pills back with a glass of water. Vallee’s closest friends call him “the man who never sleeps.” These days, due to the steroids, he really can’t sleep. The night before, he said, he had woken at 2 a.m. — though he’d refrained from emailing friends and colleagues the steady

stream of Breitbart stories and business directives he refers to as “chirps” until 4. Since his diagnosis last May, Vallee has channeled his unflagging energy into managing his illness. A college biology major who seriously considered medical school, he has immersed himself in research and clinical trials, in search of the most promising treatment. “The last thing you want to do as a cancer patient is google life expectancy on your disease, because most of those are based on data from four or five years ago,” he said as the drugs trickled into his veins. “The technology has, you know, moved so rapidly.” With his treatment wrapping up, Vallee would learn within two weeks whether eight months of chemo had managed to suppress the malignant plasma cells in his bone marrow. If so, a move to a maintenance drug might forestall further treatment for five or more years — beyond the median life expectancy for a myeloma patient. “You know, six years is like a Senate term, right?” he said, as always framing the world in political terms. “The theory

is that, in that period of time, they would come up with a new set of drugs.” Though others afflicted with a fatal disease might reexamine their convictions, Vallee has not. He stubbornly insists that the free market is his savior and that liberalism would do him in. “I really have no patience for politicians that trash our Big Pharma companies,” he said from his hospital chair, alluding, as he often does, to Sanders. “These discoveries, at all levels, for all cancers, would never have been made in Canada or in England, with socialized medicine.” Whether all myeloma patients have access to those discoveries — and the first-rate care of Sloan Kettering’s docs — is a question Vallee seems reluctant to answer. To him, the upshot of his ordeal is not that cancer treatment is out of reach for many Americans but that it can really get in the way of “the non-cancer part of people’s lives.” “If you’re a single mom working in Brooklyn, and I see them in here all the time, that’s a real disruption to your life,” Vallee said. “And I think I have a better appreciation for that.”

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endless political commentary, which appears designed to provoke. He delighted in a story about encountering members of the Women’s March the previous weekend and asking his wife whether he could shout “MAGA” at them, referring to President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, “just to piss them off.” As he marched north, Vallee recalled his decision to leave the city in 1989

Asked whether he had any regrets in life, Vallee brushed off the question. “Not socializing more in business school,” he offered. Other than that? “I don’t have too many,” he said. Asked again, Vallee’s voice grew quiet and steely. “I don’t have too many,” he repeated. “Just barrel on forward,” he added, turning his attention to the geese. “Don’t lose.”


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some unsavory characters. At a beach party in Rhode Island, he met a Merrill Lynch bond salesperson from North Carolina named Denise Mack, and he married her in 1988. Vallee’s “forced march” begins barely a block from his apartment, at the Central Park Zoo, and cuts a clockwise path around the perimeter of the park. It is punctuated — at least, on this windy January day — by Vallee’s

and return to the family business. At the time, R.L. Vallee was still a regional home-heating company with a handful of gas stations and wholesale delivery contracts. Skip and brother Tim, who bought out their father in 1992, set about acquiring and consolidating other propane distributors and, a few years later, sold them to a Québec City conglomerate. With the proceeds, the brothers made a strategic shift toward the gas retail market. They’d realized they sold as much fuel at a single truck stop as the entire legacy home-heating business. In 1997, a Mobil station in Woodstock became the first Maplefields convenience store. Vallee made sure its bathrooms always featured fresh flowers, a touch he replicated at the dozens of Maplefields he has opened since. “It sets the tone for the rest of the store,” he explained. “And I think you get a lot of repeat business because of the clean bathrooms.” Vallee huffed up a hill overlooking the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, where a flock of Canada geese perched on a thin sheet of ice.


The last thing you want to do as a cancer patient is google life expectancy on your disease.

Vallee hasn’t always been a cardcarrying conservative. Between Williams and Wharton, he recalled, he was “this cute little environmentalist” with “far left-of-center” views who had voted for president Jimmy Carter and spent a summer working for the National Audubon Society. But in the fall of 1982, a decision was made for him that would change the trajectory of his political life. Vallee applied for jobs with Vermont’s two U.S. senators: a mail room position with Democrat Patrick Leahy and a campaign gig with Republican Robert Stafford. He was rejected by the former and hired by the latter. After Stafford won reelection, Vallee drove his green Volkswagen Rabbit to Washington, D.C., and went to work for Vermont’s senior senator on the Senate Subcommittee on Education, Arts and the Humanities. “Skip was just so enthusiastic,” said Bruce Post, a veteran Vermont politico who also worked on the subcommittee. “He’d want to jump to a conclusion before he’d heard the whole thing.” Rick Green, another young Stafford aide, recruited Vallee to an office softball team and eventually roomed with him near Dupont Circle. The two would argue late into the night, with Green staking out positions to the left of their moderate Republican boss and Vallee somewhat to the right. “I never really thought he was a hard-core, right-wing kind of guy, as he’s sometimes painted in Vermont,” said Green, now assistant managing editor of the Hartford Courant. “Because I always thought he was willing to examine his own opinions and rethink things.” But by the late 1990s, when he emerged on the Vermont political scene as national committeeman for the state GOP, Vallee had clearly aligned with the conservative wing of his party. In 2000, he served as finance chair of Ruth Dwyer’s fire-and-brimstone


Since well before his diagnosis, Vallee and his wife, Denise, have rented an apartment just two and a half blocks west of Sloan Kettering’s outpatient cancer center. “We’re not complaining about logistics,” Vallee said as he walked toward the 10-story building at 64th and Park Avenue. The couple’s sixth-floor, three-bedroom suite is decorated with modern art, mementos from Slovakia and photos of their two sons: Teddy, 27, who works in finance, and Charlie, 23, who works for a foreign policy think tank. “So this,” the ambassador declared with a typical dose of irony, “is my prison.” Vallee traded his hospital attire for a sweat suit and hiking boots and covered his bald dome with a blaze-orange Beretta baseball cap. Tufts of graying dark hair, matching his bushy eyebrows, protruded from the back of the hat, forming a minor mullet. The aging athlete was ready for what he called his “forced march” — a daily, four- to fivemile walk or run through Central Park, which has kept him relatively fit through months of treatment. Vallee certainly didn’t look like a man fighting cancer. Back downstairs, he bantered for a moment with the building’s doorman, Steve, then greeted the red-capped porters next door at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée. “Bonjour!” he shouted. “Comment ça va?” “Bonjour, Monsieur Vallee,” a hotel employee responded, pronouncing the Vermonter’s name the way his French Canadian great-grandfather, Rodolphe Armand Vallee, might have. In 1942, Rodolphe Armand’s son, Rodolphe Louis, founded a kerosene delivery business in St. Albans. Skip, whose given name is Rodolphe Meaker Vallee, grew up delivering coal and propane for the company — and resenting the long hours his father, Rodolphe James, worked. “We wouldn’t get to presents on Christmas until midmorning because he would be on the phone dispatching,” he recalled. Vallee spent much of his youth hunting and playing hockey, though an early interest in politics led to his election as “secretary of state” at the Green Mountain Boys’ State competition. He won four state championships on the Bellows Free Academy hockey team and spent two years as captain of the Williams College squad.

“I was a pretty ferocious forechecker,” the former forward said immodestly. Vallee’s competitive drive took him to the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, where he earned an MBA, and then to Wall Street in the mid-1980s. There, he worked for the trash-burning power plant division of a renewable energy company and found himself negotiating ash disposal with

‘The Last Minute to Play’ gubernatorial campaign, which embraced the state’s “Take Back Vermont” movement and vigorously opposed its legalization of same-sex civil unions. That year, for the first and last time, Vallee sought elected office himself: a seat representing Chittenden County in the state Senate. Though he opposed abortion rights and civil unions, he took a more pragmatic position than Dwyer and downplayed those positions in his own campaign. Democrats nevertheless attacked Vallee in a mailing as “too extreme for Chittenden County” and eviscerated him for spending a record $123,000 on the race, including $60,000 of his own money. He lost that November by 1,333 votes. (Vallee said he has since become “more libertarian” and now supports same-sex marriage.) In May 2001, Vermont’s centrist U.S. senator, Jim Jeffords, fled the Republican Party, handing control of the Senate to Democrats. Vallee was apoplectic. “My concern for Jeffords is that his legacy will be as one of Benedict Arnold,” he said on the eve of the senator’s decision. Though Jeffords was an ideological heir to Stafford, Vallee had become an uncompromising Republican — and Jeffords had deserted the team. In interviews after the switch, Vallee described feeling “a sense of betrayal” and “real anger,” and he demanded that Jeffords return campaign contributions he’d received from Republican donors. Vallee’s greatest contribution to the party and its candidates has been as a fundraiser. When his friend, state treasurer Jim Douglas, sought the governorship in 2002, Vermont’s strict campaign finance laws limited each donation to $400. “You had to really shake the trees,” Douglas recalled recently. Vallee did just that, helping Douglas raise close to $1.2 million, while Democrat Doug Racine took in just $840,000. Vallee took delight in lambasting Democrats in the press, accusing Racine at one point of “Enron-style accounting” for allegedly understating his wealth. Even some of Vallee’s adversaries enjoyed sparring with him in that era. “You know, there are backstabbers and front-stabbers, and I think we were both front-stabbers,” said Luke Albee, a former Leahy chief of staff. But sometimes, Vallee would cut too deep, according to governor Howard Dean. During the Democrat’s gubernatorial and presidential campaigns, he said, Vallee pushed a false story that he

had covered up allegations of domestic abuse by a member of his security detail. “I found Skip a little too big for his own britches,” Dean said. “I mean, he resorted to stuff that people in Vermont don’t do.” Asked recently about Dean’s charge, Vallee refused to say whether he had spread the story but lashed back at the former governor. “So I presume he agrees that the accusers of Roy Moore should have shut up?” Vallee said, referring to the 2017 Alabama Senate candidate accused of sexual misconduct. These days, Vallee isn’t as politically active as he once was, but he continues to contribute to the cause. He, members of his family and the businesses they control donated $80,000 to state Republican candidates during the 2016 election. Vallee supported and raised money for Gov. Phil Scott, though the two aren’t as close as Vallee was to Douglas. “I’m a George W. Bush conservative,” he said. “I don’t think Phil Scott is a George W. Bush conservative.” Vallee describes that as one who seeks to limit the role of government, preserve the “freedom to succeed or fail” and provide a safety net to those who truly need it. Vallee seems as driven by style as he is by ideology. In a 2005 speech he wrote for the Conservative Club of Bratislava, he focused on the macho morality of his three favorite presidents: Teddy Roosevelt Jr., Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. “For each of these presidents, rounded in the rugged robustness of the American West, principles of freedom and moral clarity mold their cores,” he declared. During the crowded 2016 presidential primary, Vallee sided with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and raised more than $100,000 for him during a fundraiser at his Shelburne home. “I viewed him as having the most raw political talent,” Vallee explained, and, therefore, the best chance to win. In the general election, he claimed, he wrote in Douglas’ name for president because he objected to Trump’s “style.” He has since come around — inspired, he said, by “derangement on the left” — and says he would now vote for Trump. Whether Vallee would have become a die-hard Democrat had he joined the other team in 1982 is a question even Leahy has pondered. “I know that he would have been a great asset to my office, and I cannot help but wonder if perhaps his political life might have tracked in different directions than it has,” the senator mused when Vallee was nominated for the ambassadorship. “Ah, but we shall never know.”

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The Vallee estate, a vine-covered fauxchâteau on Spear Street in Shelburne, stands at the end of a half-mile driveway on 100 acres of land. Its north wing consists of a two-story library that serves as the ambassador’s home office and man cave. The library’s maroon walls feature all the trappings of a red-blooded American alpha male: mounted roebuck, Roosevelt portraits, a photograph of a bloody polar bear and a collection of axes. Vallee reserves a prime set of shelves on the first floor for biographies of Republican presidents. “The only Democrat that’s allowed here is Truman,” he said with the air of a boy showing off his toys. “Oh, and Jackson.” The rest of the Dems — plus president Richard Nixon — are relegated to a remote shelf on the library’s balcony. One president occupies more wall space than the rest combined: Bush the younger, who appears in half a dozen photos with Vallee and his family. After raising more than $200,000 for W.’s 2004 reelection campaign, Vallee found himself face-to-face with the president at a White House Christmas party. “He said, ‘Vallee, I’m working on something I’d like you to do.’” Bush’s personnel director soon told the Vermonter that an ambassadorship was in the offing and asked where he’d like to serve. “I said it was important for my boys to continue their sports: hockey and soccer,” Vallee recalled. A doting father, he rarely misses an opportunity to talk up his sons’ athletic exploits. The family arrived in Slovakia in August 2005 and took up residence on the fourth floor of the American embassy in Bratislava. Fourteen-year-old Teddy and 11-year-old Charlie joined local soccer teams, and Vallee went on the road, meeting with members of parliament and city mayors — and fielding questions from Slovaks about American visas and the National Hockey League. Classified diplomatic cables, obtained and published by Wikileaks in 2010, show Vallee and his embassy staff adjusting to a newly elected nationalist government and seeking to convince its leaders to remain engaged in the Iraq War. The cables, some of which were written by Vallee and all of which bear his name, capture the Vermonter’s sly sense of humor. A sub-headline in one dispatch to the U.S. State Department describes a group of corrupt environmental ministers as “Not a Bunch of Crunchy Tree Huggers.”

A couple of years after returning to the U.S. in December 2007, Vallee floated his name for statewide office, as he had done several times before. As usual, he blinked. “I don’t know that a Bush conservative could win in Vermont,” he explained. Moreover, a run for higher office would bring unwanted scrutiny to the family business. Such scrutiny, it seems, was unavoidable. In the summer of 2012, Sanders started beating the drum about northwestern Vermont’s comparatively high gasoline prices. He suggested that a lack of competition between the top four gas chains, R.L. Vallee among them, was “ripping off consumers.” Vallee punched back as hard as he could. That winter he commissioned a television advertisement questioning Sanders’ commitment to the environment. He followed up with another, accusing the senator of seeking to despoil the state’s ridgelines with wind turbines. A third ad, in September 2014, went for the jugular: It slammed his wife, Jane O’Meara Sanders, for taking a $200,000 “golden parachute” when she was forced out as president of Burlington College. “Vallee clearly doesn’t like it that Bernie has exposed his rip-offs,” Sanders’ then-spokesman, Michael Briggs, said in an unusually harsh response. “So instead of treating his Vermont customers fairly, this junior varsity version of the Koch brothers is dipping into his fortune to bankroll a smear ad campaign. How pathetic.” The spat had consequences. A national law firm filed a $100 million class-action lawsuit against R.L. Vallee and its peers, alleging that the companies had conspired to fix the price of gasoline. O’Meara Sanders, meanwhile, soon faced a federal investigation into her activities at Burlington College. Despite the headaches and legal bills — nearly three years later, the suit continues to wind its way through the courts — Vallee stubbornly insists it was worth the price to rattle Sanders’ cage. “If it takes me running an ad to get interest from the press, so be it,” he said. Sanders declined to comment. Vallee seems to relish the thought of running against Sanders and says “there’s always a chance” he will do so when the senator seeks a third Senate term this fall. But even he admits that’s unlikely. “If you’re serious about the race, you can’t sort of show up in April and say, ‘I’m gonna run for Senate,’” he conceded.

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Winning — or even just making a credible showing — requires years of preparation and campaigning, and Vallee hates to lose. “If you’re a serious candidate, you gotta do that — and I’ve been hooked up to chemo machines,” he said. That doesn’t mean potential rivals are resting easy. “The way he plays the game is extremely aggressive,” said Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.), who is friendly

letter signed by 168 people, they question whether it would impede traffic safety and diminish the town’s “rural character.” Vallee doesn’t seem worried. His modus operandi is to wear down his opponents and wait them out. In the past 20 years, he claims, he has had to shelve just two proposals due to local opposition: one in Hartland and another on Pine Street in Burlington. The gasman is more than willing to use Vermont’s restrictive environmental rules himself to protect his

of the toxic sludge. “Now it seems to be chronic.” Asked how so much bloom-breeding phosphorous had ended up in the lake, Vallee said, “It’s a mixture of stuff: farm runoff, parking lot runoff, sewer system runoff.” Had the asphalt expanses at his own gas stations played a role in polluting those “precious beaches”? “I think anybody who owns a parking lot has contributed to what’s going in the lake, for sure,” he said. “I feel, as you move forward, you’ve got to do your part to rectify the problem.”

trees. “All of this woods was my hunting territory,” he said. Vallee is protective of his vision of Vermont — and can’t stand the thought of ridgeline wind turbines and large-scale solar. “They destroy the scenic beauty of this great state,” he said with a grin. It’s a complaint he’s heard about the Maplefields stores that have sprouted up across Vermont. In recent months, residents of Charlotte have banded together to oppose a 5,000- square-foot Maplefields proposed for the corner of Route 7 and Church Hill Road. In a

oil empire. For more than a decade, he has successfully fought Costco Wholesale’s efforts to pump gasoline at its Colchester warehouse, a direct threat to a nearby Maplefields. He argues — with a somewhat straight face — that he is motivated by concern for “a sensitive wetland area” and “Lake Champlain’s precious beaches.” When he reached the lake, Vallee turned right on Georgia Shore Road. He gestured toward his family’s camp across St. Albans Bay and bemoaned the growing prevalence of blue-green algae in the waters of his youth. “I remember it as a child, but it was episodic,” he said

Vallee has taken some steps to do so. Four years ago, he approached the Conservation Law Foundation to ask what he could do to reduce pollution in the bay. “He was basically saying, ‘We can’t use the water, and it’s horrifying to me,’” said CLF vice president Chris Kilian. The conversation prompted Vallee to design a comprehensive — and expensive — wastewater system for his St. Albans gas station. “He didn’t have to do it. That was a substantial amount of money,” Kilian said. “I think Skip’s environmentalism is real.” That doesn’t mean he accepts


“As you can see, the family has a pretty big presence in the town of Georgia,” Vallee said as he steered his gray Land Rover past his brother’s beef farm and sugarhouse. He shifted uncomfortably in the driver’s seat. Two days earlier, his doctors had extracted bone marrow from his hipbone to gauge the effectiveness of his treatment. Now he was nervously waiting to learn his fate. On the road to Lake Champlain, Vallee pointed out the 500 acres his father owns and conserves, noting that his brother taps some 35,000 maple





Skip Vallee inside the Colchester Maplefields store

with Vallee and has dined at his home. “I never forget for a moment that if he thought he could beat Patrick, me or Bernie, he’d be there in a heartbeat.”

‘Precious Beaches’ Vallee was raised not in the “rugged robustness of the American West,” but in the rural Franklin County town of Georgia. There, hunting partridge and collecting sap, he forged an appreciation for the environment and Vermont’s bucolic landscape that would seem at odds with a career in oil and development.

irrefutable evidence that carbon emissions are changing the climate. “That’s speculative science that I am just not qualified to answer,” he said, raising the prospect that sunspots might be more dangerous than the carbon spewed by gas-guzzling cars. Asked whether he thought rising global temperatures might cause great suffering in the coming decades, Vallee said, matter-of-factly, “I don’t.” Could it be that a man who sells gasoline for a living just can’t bring himself to admit that climate change is real? “No, I think those are completely separate,” he insisted. “I don’t really conflate the two.”

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Vallee hopped out of the Land Rover in the parking lot of his newest Maplefields, on a tributary of the Lamoille River in downtown Johnson. Noticing something amiss, he walked to the curb and dusted a sheath of snow off a sandwich board advertising 99cent coffee. To Vallee, the Johnson outpost represents the Maplefields of the future. The company is no longer interested in 2,000-square-foot stores and is instead building 5,000-square-foot retail and food-service operations. It seems that “Gasoline Vallee,” as the late Seven Days columnist Peter Freyne dubbed him, is preparing for a postgasoline world. “We view ourselves almost more as store people than gas people,” he said. “Everything we have done in the last decade and a half has been to create a retail store ... that has a lot of appeal.” Inside the Johnson store, Vallee showed off the chain’s latest technology, which he hopes to roll out to all of his Maplefields: a computerized ordering system at the sandwich counter and two self-checkout stations. The goal of this automation, Vallee argues, is to increase efficiency and

improve customer service, not reduce his workforce. “Our biggest challenge now is finding labor for the stores,” he said. On the ride home from Johnson, Vallee was in a feisty mood and again brought up his favorite subject: Sanders. “As somebody who is basically alive now because of the scientists that work at places like Merck, I’m offended when these politicians seek to blame everything on these drug companies that employ so many Americans and do so much good for the country,” he declared. Asked whether everybody ought to have access to the same health insurance he has, Vallee argued, “No hospital is ever going to turn anybody away.” Describing what sounded like trickle-down cancer treatment, he said, “Institutions around the country are the beneficiaries” of the research performed at facilities such as Sloan Kettering. As for whether his own experience had changed his views about American health care, Vallee still wasn’t budging. “I think our health insurance system is a mess, but I don’t know enough about it to give you a solution,” he said, appearing to duck the question. But Sanders is wrong to seek a socialized system? “If you want to wait nine months to get my treatment, Bernie’s is a great answer,” he said. “Why are all the Canadians coming down for treatment in the U.S.? It’s not because they have this greater system. Look at all the wait times in Britain now for basic kinds of things.” No, he repeated, “Bernie’s is not the answer.” Four days later, Vallee returned to Sloan Kettering to meet with his doctor and learn the results of his latest bone marrow tests. The news was not the worst, but it was also not the best. Vallee’s doctor had found fewer myeloma cells, but they “continue to be present in detectable numbers,” the patient reported. As long as there’s hope, Vallee sounded determined to keep fighting. “I’ll approach this like I have approached this cancer from the beginning, personal attacks by Bernie Sanders, setbacks in my business, challenges as ambassador or being down 3-1 going into the third period against Middlebury,” he wrote in an email. “Prepare well, regroup and always forecheck like it’s the last minute to play.” m

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Poppy Culture Is Vermont ready for a museum devoted to its history of opiate abuse? B Y K EN P I C A R D

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overdoses, 8,600 people seeking opioid-dependency treatment and 76 accidental deaths. Will locals rally behind a museum devoted to Vermont’s history of drug abuse? As of press time, few

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Enosburg Falls residents seemed aware of the project, including several town leaders contacted for this story. The opiate museum is the brainchild of business partners Tim Camisa and Mike Rooney. They own the so-called Spavin Cure Building, a mostly vacant structure on North Main Street in Enosburg Falls, where they hope to unveil the museum as early as June 2019. The two are looking to piggyback on a campaign launched in September called the Enosburg Initiative, which aims to revitalize the village downtown on the model of communities such as St. Albans. And they have a compelling argument for their choice of location: Enosburg Falls could be called the town that opium built, with Spavin Cure as its cornerstone. “Spavin Cure: What was it? Basically, opium in a bottle,” Camisa said on a recent tour of the building, which is currently under renovation. “This is the perfect place to house [an opiate museum] because this is where it was made and sold with a smile.” Built in 1880 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Spavin Cure Building once housed the B.J. Kendall Company, which manufactured numerous patent medicines, including a wildly successful veterinary product called Kendall’s Spavin Cure that was used to treat joint ailments in horses.

Spavin Cure was invented by Enosburgh physician B.J. Kendall, who had studied medicine under William Mayo, a founder of the Mayo Clinic. After returning to Enosburgh in the 1870s, Kendall opened a drugstore on Main Street, where he peddled his own medicinal concoctions. As demand for Spavin Cure exploded, especially among local farmers, Kendall took on three business partners to help with its production, sales and distribution. Though Spavin Cure was ostensibly an equine medicine, it was also ingested by the people who bought it and eventually marketed as a cure-all for “man or beast.” Like many such 19th-century tonics and tinctures, Camisa noted, it was unregulated by the federal government. In many respects, Kendall and Spavin Cure put Enosburg Falls on the map. At its peak, the town was home to six patent-medicine manufacturers, whose products were distributed worldwide. Each spring the Kendall Company dispatched teams of salespeople as far west as Kansas, via railroads and horse-drawn wagons, to sell their wares, accord-






hen Dr. Ashbel Parmlee Grinnell conducted a study of Vermonters’ opiate usage, he couldn’t believe the results. According to Grinnell’s statewide survey of physicians, druggists, store owners and medical wholesalers, the state’s population was consuming 3.3 million doses of opiates per month. The University of Vermont physician, professor and dean was so surprised by the results that, initially, he assumed the respondents had misunderstood his query and reported their annual sales figures. But the numbers weren’t overstated. Grinnell eventually concluded that the consumption of opiate-based medicines was likely underreported by a factor of five, because many Vermont doctors and pharmacists, suspicious of his motivations, didn’t respond to the survey. As the Burlington physician later asserted in a report titled “Use and Abuse of Drugs in Vermont,” the Green Mountain State was in the grips of a public-health crisis aided and abetted by the state’s medical and pharmaceutical industries. The year of that grim warning? 1900. And Grinnell was only one of several Vermont doctors to sound the alarm in that era, according to Shrewsbury author Gary Shattuck. His article “Opium Eating in Vermont: ‘A Crying Evil of the Day,’” published in Vermont History Journal in 2015, describes the widespread availability and consumption of medicines containing opium, morphine, laudanum, alcohol and cocaine in 19th- and early-20th-century Vermont. In 2017, Shattuck, a former federal prosecutor, assistant Vermont attorney general and retired state police commander, published Green Mountain Opium Eaters: A History of Early Addiction in Vermont. Much of that book’s narrative could soon inform exhibits and programming at an unusual history museum proposed for Enosburg Falls — one devoted entirely to Vermont’s centuries-old struggle with substance abuse. By any measure, the problem continues to this day. In 2015, more than 601,500 prescriptions were issued for opioid pain medications statewide — nearly one for every Vermonter, according to data from the state Department of Health. Abuse of opioids that year resulted in 1,375 emergency-response calls for drug

ing to the Enosburgh Historical Society. The Kendall Company’s enormous profits eventually funded the construction of the Enosburg Opera House as well as the town’s water system, electrical grid, sewers, public parks, sidewalks and public library. But the Kendall Company’s financial success came at a devastating price, Camisa pointed out, as customers





stymied, in part, by repeated vandalism, Camisa said, including the smashing of more than 90 windows in recent weeks. Thieves recently broke into the building and stole $25,000 worth of broadcast equipment from the third floor. Among the seven businesses that Camisa and Rooney own — including Vermont Organics Reclamation in St. Albans, two Lovermont 802 retail stores in the Burlington area and Ethan Allen Coachworks in Williston — is WEVT-FM radio,

which broadcasts from an antenna atop the Spavin Cure Building. Many locals seemed unaware of the museum project. One who knows of its existence — though she said she had few details — is Suzi Hull-Parent, treasurer of the Enosburg Business Association, who’s also involved in the Enosburg Initiative. While Hull-Parent acknowledged the Spavin Cure Building’s historic significance, “I think that when you say ‘opiate addiction,’ it makes some people alarmed,” she said. “It all depends on how it all gets presented — if it ever happens.” Daryl Robtoy owns Cold Hollow Computing, an electronics repair business on Main Street several blocks from the Spavin Cure Building. Robtoy, who also writes a newsletter for the Enosburg Historical Society, said he thinks an opiate museum is “a great idea,” but he’s not yet convinced that Camisa is the one to do it. “He’s talked about doing this forever,” Robtoy said. “Whether he has the means to do it or the will, I don’t know. But you can tell he’s excited about it.” Reached by phone, Shattuck called the museum concept “a terrific idea” but clarified that, except for having provided Camisa and Rooney with a rough historical timeline, he’s not personally involved in the project. Camisa and Rooney sounded confident that they could make the museum work but described themselves as reluctant to proceed without community support. Camisa suggested that a cultural heritage museum devoted to the history of opiates could become a huge tourist attraction for the town. And, he noted, an educational one. As he pointed out, even Kendall wasn’t immune to the power of his own medicine. At one point, Kendall’s business partners offered to buy out his share of the company for $100,000. Instead, they eventually had him committed to a sanitarium for his opium addiction, where Kendall died penniless. “There’s a big lesson there,” Camisa said. “You can be on top of the world and quickly end up on the bottom.”  Contact: The Spavin Cure Building today


got hooked on the opium it contained. As he put it, “These people actually built great wealth from a lot of people’s addiction.” The problem wasn’t unique to Vermont. As Shattuck explains in his 2015 article, widespread and unrestricted access to opium and morphine was the norm in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Opiate-laced products were especially popular among women, who routinely used them for, among other things, relief of menstrual pain. Opiate-based meds were also commonly administered to children to calm coughs or, Shattuck notes, to calm the kids themselves, freeing their mothers or maids to perform other tasks. Stricter federal regulations eventually brought the turn-of-the-century opiate epidemic under control. Soon after Grinnell and other physicians issued warnings about opiate consumption, Congress passed the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906, banning the manufacture, sale, distribution and mislabeling of foods, beverages and medications containing poisons or other dangerous ingredients. As automobiles replaced horses, Spavin Cure and the Kendall Company went into steady decline; the company finally closed in 1954. Camisa and Rooney currently plan to end their museum’s historical timeline at that point. That said, it’s hard to envision such a retrospective ignoring more recent developments in Vermont’s war on opiates, such as then-governor Peter Shumlin’s 2014 decision to devote his entire State of the State address to the drug scourge. The proposed museum would occupy 5,000 to 6,000 square feet in the basement and first floor of the Spavin Cure Building. Because neither Camisa nor Rooney are historians, they’ve sought guidance from Shattuck and professors in UVM’s History Department and Historic Preservation Program. They’re looking to recruit UVM students as interns, possibly as early as this summer, to help conduct more research and create exhibits. Camisa said that, while they’re interested in seeking state or federal grants, thus far no applications are in the works. There’s plenty to display: Camisa and Rooney said they’ve already amassed “a couple thousand artifacts” — including original medicine bottles, wooden crates and advertising materials — that they either salvaged after buying the building in 2000 or purchased from antiques dealers. Evidently, some of Kendall’s products remain potent. A few years ago, Camisa recounted, he was contacted by a man interested in selling a crate of Spavin Cure bottles, their contents intact. Because the man was unaware of their history, Camisa mentioned that they contained opium, then offered to buy them. “Well, he never brought it down to sell to me,” Camisa recalled. “He was on TV a couple weeks later for doing armed robberies to buy more drugs.” Before the museum can mount any displays of antiquated meds, Camisa acknowledged, the structure needs another estimated $60,000 to $80,000 in improvements. Those renovation efforts have been

Breaking the Backlog

Middlebury documentary screening brings questions about the nationwide rape-kit crisis to Vermont B Y L UKE BAYNES


n a 2010 episode of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” New York Police Department Detective Olivia Benson, played by Mariska Hargitay, travels to Detroit to collect evidence on a serial rapist who has assaulted women across the country. Arriving at a police evidence storage facility, she stops dead in her tracks. “You’ve got to be kidding me,” she mutters as she surveys racks piled to the ceiling with thousands of untested sexual-assault kits. While the show’s story line is fictional, it’s based on fact. In 2009, the Wayne County, Mich., prosecutor’s office discovered more than 11,000 untested rape kits sitting in storage. As detailed in the Hargitay-produced documentary I Am Evidence — which will be screened Sunday, February 18, as part of the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival’s third annual Winter Screening Series — rape-kit backlogs similar in scope to Detroit’s were discovered in major cities around the country, including Cleveland; Memphis, Tenn.; and Los Angeles. “At the end of the day, [rape-kit testing] is a very important public safety issue to save lives,” says I Am Evidence codirector Trish Adlesic in a phone interview from New York. “These kinds of crimes escalate, and we want to keep people safe. We have the science so readily available.” That science isn’t always being used to track and test kits, though — even in Vermont, where the backlog of untested kits is smaller but still a matter of recent legislative concern. A rape kit is a package of biological evidence gathered from a victim following an allegation of sexual assault. The examination takes four to six hours and is highly invasive. A victim doesn’t have to report a crime to have a rape kit collected, but the evidence gathered during the exam can be used to form a DNA profile for prosecution in a criminal case. The causes of the national rape-kit backlog are varied and complex. One issue is cost: A basic serology exam is about $300 to $400, but more extensive DNA testing can run $1,500 or more for a single kit. I Am Evidence also examines

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systemic issues such as sexism and the role institutional racism played in the predominantly African American city of Detroit. The documentary features interviews with multiple victims of sexual assault, including Los Angeles resident Helena Lazaro, whose story formed the basis for that groundbreaking “SVU” episode about the rape-kit backlog. A powerful



segment crosscuts between testimonials by Lazaro and a woman from Ohio, both of whom were raped by the same longdistance trucker. Had Lazaro’s rape kit not been kept in untested limbo for more than 13 years, the subsequent assault might have been prevented. Adlesic, who served as a location manager on “SVU” from 1999 to 2014, notes that the two women linked by shared trauma met for the first time at the documentary’s Tribeca Film Festival premiere. “One of the things around the film that’s been so profound is just that, by giving people an opportunity to be heard

and supported, it’s almost transformative,” Adlesic says. In 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice estimated that there were roughly 400,000 untested rape kits nationwide. End the Backlog, an initiative of the Hargitay-founded Joyful Heart Foundation, provides detailed information on a statewide basis. Vermont is one of 13 states whose backlog is listed as “unknown.” A recent audit uncovered the extent of the problem in the Green Mountain State. The Sexual Assault Evidence Kit Study Committee, which the Vermont legislature created as part of Act 68 last year, found that 58 kits had been identified as unaccounted for between 2012 and 2017. “Many of these kits are likely stored in evidence lockers at various law enforcement agencies or may have been discarded at various points in the transport chain,” the panel concluded in a report issued November 15. Vermont Forensic Laboratory director Trisha Conti, who served on the kit-study committee, tells Seven Days that the final number of missing kits was actually 63. She says the forensic lab has been working with the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence to contact hospitals and law enforcement agencies and track down the kits. Thus far, Conti notes, one kit has been identified as having been destroyed; eight kits were opened at a hospital but

never used; four kits had already been tested but weren’t properly accounted for; eight kits were found and have been submitted for testing in Vermont; and 10 additional kits were discovered that fell under the law enforcement jurisdiction of other states. (The last scenario tends to arise near the state border where the alleged assault and the hospital are in different jurisdictions.) That leaves 32 kits whose whereabouts remain unknown. A final report from the kit-study committee, submitted to the legislature on December 29, recommended that Vermont adopt a web-based kittracking system to consolidate the reporting methods of hospitals, law enforcement agencies and the forensic lab. Specifically, the committee advised that the state implement a solution similar to the system adopted by Connecticut in 2017, which uses UPS Trackpad software that functions much like the parcel service’s home-delivery package tracker. The report notes that the monthly cost of the system is approximately $600. “I think, regardless of whether or not the legislature gives us funding for it as a separate line item, we’re going to try to come up with the funds to move forward with it anyway, just because I think it would be so much more efficient than what we have now,” Conti says. The Sunday screening of I Am Evidence in Middlebury will be followed by an in-person Q&A session with Adlesic, moderated by Vermont filmmaker Bess O’Brien. MNFF producer Lloyd Komesar, who met Adlesic at the Savannah College of Art and Design’s film festival in October, says the winter screening of her documentary is part of MNFF’s ongoing focus on social issues and the work of female directors. “The untested rape-kit issue is massive,” Komesar says, “and I think this film brings a rather searing spotlight on just how large the problem is and how much effort, collectively, is going to have to be expended to make a difference.” m

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ermont foodies know Diane St. Clair as the maker of the high-end butter named for her Animal Farm. She sells the hand-churned golden dairy product to a small number of prestigious restaurants including the French Laundry and Per Se. Recently, though, the 61-year-old Orwell farmer made the transition to a new medium: perfume. St. Clair Scents launched in early February as an online store. To start, St. Clair is selling three scents that she developed, mixed and bottled herself. She plans to add more, then perhaps to place her products with a niche perfume retailer. The launch is the culmination of six years of exploration and study, the last three under the long-distance tutelage of London- and New York City-based perfumer Eliza Douglas. As part of that process, St. Clair received critiques on her formulas from prestigious perfumers such as Christophe Laudamiel, who employs Douglas at his fragrance company DreamAir. The creator of blockbuster scents like Polo Blue for Ralph Lauren and Happy for Clinique, Laudamiel is also the author of Liberté, Égalité, Fragrancité: A Fragrance Manifesto, in which he calls for a world where the public is educated to appreciate scent as an art form. Such visions of democratization aside, the perfume industry remains incredibly exclusive, says Douglas in a phone interview. Aspiring perfumers, she says, typically study at one of two perfume schools in France or one of the few major fragrance houses, such as Firmenich or Takasago International. Douglas received her training at the Grasse Institute of Perfumery in France. By contrast, St. Clair worked with her teacher primarily over Skype. If St. Clair’s path to this new career is unusual, so is her product. The burgeoning perfumer makes sophisticated scents that are informed by her rural surroundings. The olfactory concoctions often seem animalistic, a bit dirty, yet they also incorporate florals, resulting in exquisite, complex mixtures. St. Clair started delving into the world of perfume because “I’ve always

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been really interested in smell,” she says. “It’s a really undervalued sense.” She began reading about perfumes, ordering decants online and smelling them. “It went from that to breaking them down further into the ingredients themselves,” she explains. After three years of self-guided exploration, St. Clair took a perfumemaking class in New York with Douglas. She wanted to continue, but the buttermaking business kept her in Vermont. So she and Douglas struck a deal: St. Clair would create her own accords — the scent combinations that form the building blocks of perfumers’ complex recipes — and send them to Douglas for evaluation. The two then discussed her progress online. “I haven’t come across anyone else who is doing [what we’re doing],” Douglas says of this remote apprenticeship. “I think this is the problem with the industry, in that it’s quite hard to get training. And the more you

learn, the more you realize you don’t know.” Since she began this arrangement with St. Clair, Douglas notes, she has taken on a few other long-distance clients. For St. Clair, at least, it seems the unconventional method is paying off. Master perfumer Laudamiel exchanged his critiques of her perfumes for packages of her highend butter. (St. Clair is still producing that, with help from her partner, veterinarian Al Clarisse.) The award-winning perfumer says in an email that he agreed to the deal because he was intrigued by St. Clair’s work with farm animals. “People don’t usually talk about farm animals in perfumery,” he writes, “or when it happens, it’s [usually because of ] a bad sentiment or scent.” Furthermore, the farmer’s lauded butter — which sells for as much as $50 per pound — convinced Laudamiel that

“she likes high quality, and knows what it takes to get there.” At least to a novice nose, it seems she has. The three perfumes for sale on the St. Clair Scents website share a sense of greenery. Gardener’s Glove, inspired by the worn leather accessory so often in contact with flowers and soil, is the most floral of the bunch. It starts off heady, green and punchy, then mellows to a softer, flowery scent cut with green stems and something earthy. Frost — named for the powerful evocation of scents in Robert Frost’s poem “To Earthward” — is a little darker. It starts off almost airy and floral and mellows to something smoky or charred, giving an impression of wet wood. First Cut, so called after the summer’s hay harvest, unfolds with a glimmer of honey and sunshine — an effect St. Clair says she achieves through the alchemy of scents such as yuzu and bergamot.




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Beyond these three scents, which she sells for $75 per 13 milliliters — or $18 for one-milliliter samples of each, for those who like to try before they buy — St. Clair is working on a duo of perfumes in which she aims to capture the essence of stark autumn light and shadow. Another new scent will be composed of various “holy woods,” she hints. The perfumer maintains that all her scents are unisex, rejecting the notion that floral scents are “for girls” and woody notes are “for boys” as “just a construct.” “I don’t see why people, no matter their gender, can’t wear and enjoy different kinds of fragrance,” St. Clair says. “Why is it OK for women to wear rose perfumes and like woody perfumes, but men can [only] like woody perfumes and not rosy perfumes? We all have the same nose.” St. Clair’s formulas are generally 80 percent natural perfume oils and isolates and 20 percent synthetics, she says. All of her perfume oils use alcohol. While she tries to use as many natural oils as possible, she says doing so isn’t always in the best interest of the consumer’s wallet, the environment or animal welfare. St. Clair cites ethical

problems with harvesting scents such as civet, from the glandular secretions of African civet cats, as a reason that “none of my animalic smells are natural.” She makes only sparing use of perfume oils that come from endangered or threatened species, such as rosewood and sandalwood. Another reason to use some synthetic components, she notes, is that they help perfumes last longer. “Very few people want to spend the amount of money it takes to make that natural perfume and have it on them for [only] two to three hours,” she says. That said, St. Clair’s perfumes still lean to the natural side; her scents unfold to a soft yet appreciable hum on the skin after about eight hours. A Chanel perfume sampled in the afternoon, by contrast, will still be quietly evident at nine the next morning. The people St. Clair is trying to reach with her creations aren’t looking for department store scents, she suggests, and will appreciate that she has ownership over every aspect of production except the harvest of the essential oils. Her perfumes are for “people looking for something made in small batches, as wearable art. Something that’s different,” she asserts. Her teacher agrees. “[St. Clair] has such a specific voice, and it comes through in her work,” Douglas says. “She’s really genuine and passionate and uses unusual raw materials and natural materials … That’s what’s so special about it. [Her perfume is] really representative of her environment and her experiences.” Can perfume convey the essence of a farm, of open pastures and worn wood and spring rain on a dirt road? St. Clair often pairs earthier scents with heady florals such as tuberose and jasmine but says she doesn’t shy from the former. “I think people get scared of animalic things,” the perfumer says. “But I’m around animals a lot and the more earthy, musky soil plants.” A 2016 Taste Talks article on “The Terroir of Butter” cited Animal Farm as the prime example of a choice dairy product that reflects the taste of place. Now, it seems, St. Clair has devoted herself to evoking the scents of place, too. “The natural environment I’m around forms a lot of the palate that I bring to my perfumes,” she says. m

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Pastoral Pen Pals NOFA-VT cultivates low-tech links between farmers and kids B Y M EL I SSA PASANEN


ircled up last Friday morning of the role farming and farmers play in in their Robinson Elementary the landscape and the economy.” School classroom in StarksThis year, the correspondence boro, Ruth Beecher’s third and program budget and staffing of the fourth graders considered why it might mentor program will see small reducbe important to learn about farming in tions and restructuring — a reflection their community. of the shifting needs of organic farmers, “Because people are cutting down educators and community members, trees, and we need to keep nature,” Nelson said. Still, Vermont teachers and suggested Thompson Davis. farmers in both rural and urban commu“Farmers use nature to help them nities continue to adapt the corresponfarm,” added Carter Antos-Ketcham. dence program to their needs, using it The students were about to finish to foster direct, personal connections in letters they were writing to farmer Euge- their communities. Many noted that, for nie Doyle of Last Resort Farm in Monkton through the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont Farmer Correspondence Program. In return, every couple of months, the farmer shares stories and photos of activities SCOU T PROFT on the organic vegetable, berry and hay operation she and her husband youngsters growing up surrounded by the started in 1986. constant buzz of technology, the pen pal NOFA-VT’s decade-old farmer pen approach is refreshingly low-tech. pal project is part of the nonprofit’s Farm Designed to take place mostly during to Community Mentor Program, which winter and spring when farmers have has been around almost twice as long. more time to write, the program culmiWhile most Vermont schoolchildren take nates with an optional farm field trip at seasonal field trips to local sugarhouses, the end of the school year. Some farmers apple orchards or pumpkin patches, the also visit the classroom occasionally, as Farmer Correspondence Program aims Doyle did last Friday. to go deeper, fostering meaningful, longTeachers can apply to NOFA-VT for term relationships between kids and funding to cover transportation to the farmers. farm — an application that will be streamOver the years, said NOFA-VT food lined this year — and farmers receive systems education director Abbie Nelson, some compensation for their time. the organization’s mentor structure has Nelson said the program has averaged served “as an umbrella for projects that about 80 classroom-farmer pairs over help farmers connect to their commu- the past 10 years and has funded up to 20 nities … The goal is to build a genuine field trips a year, serving mainly gradeunderstanding of agriculture in Vermont, school students.






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Scout Proft, a longtime NOFA-VT member and farmer at Someday Farm in East Dorset since 1983, was a driver of the original mentor and correspondence programs. She was motivated by customers who articulated an “incredible desire to connect their children with farmers,” she recalled. Proft piloted the correspondence program, developing guidelines to help farmers craft their communications and field trip activities to meet student needs. “It’s a wonderful learning opportunity for farmers, too,” she said. These days, such programs aren’t the only ways in which kids are likely to learn about where their food comes from. Since NOFA-VT launched the mentor program, “We’ve seen an evolution of agriculture education and ag literacy,” Nelson said.


She pointed to a wealth of newer regional organizations such as Food Connects in Brattleboro, Northshire Grows in southwestern Vermont and Green Mountain Farm-to-School in the Northeast Kingdom. In addition, statewide programs such as Open Farm Week, Vermont Breakfast on the Farm and Agriculture Literacy Week have increased public awareness and understanding of local agriculture. “This is all stuff that wasn’t happening 18 years ago,” Nelson said. “Letters are not the only connection anymore.” As the correspondence program’s share of NOFA-VT’s budget shrinks, demands on farmers and teachers have grown. Both must navigate increasing PASTORAL PEN PALS

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(or may not) remember Strawberry Fields’ smoothie, falafel and burrito stands from BEN & JERRY’S summer festivals, reggae fests and Phish’s multiday concerts. These days, the concession rolls with the national festival circuit, popping up in food villages at places like Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Electric Daisy Carnival. In St. Albans, La Casa Burrito chef VALERIE CHRISTOPHER takes a from-scratch approach. “Everything is made fresh,” Smith said. “The rubs, the salsas — everything!” La Casa Burrito is now open daily for lunch and dinner. In a few weeks, the restaurant will swap its evening burrito line for sit-down dinner service, with beer and wine pending a liquor



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The move adds the Vergennes bakery and restaurant to a hearty list of eateries that raise some of their capital from patrons and repay them in credit. The BOBCAT CAFÉ & BREWERY in Bristol, which opened in 2002, was one of the first to adopt the CSR model. Others include the GLEANERY in Putney and MISERY LOVES CO. in Winooski. At the Laundry, various support levels are available: Patrons who offer $250 up front receive $300 in credit, while those who become Wine & Dine Members for $1,000 get $1,200, plus the chance to throw a cocktail party for 20 friends on an off night. Those dollars buy everything from early morning croissants and cardamom buns to dinner dishes such as spicy baby shrimp ceviche and sherry-braised pork cheeks.

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SHANTY ON THE SHORE is adding a deck to its building at 181 Battery Street in Burlington, said KIM GOBEILLE, who owns the restaurant with her husband, AL GOBEILLE (who’s also secretary of the Agency of Human Services). The open-air deck will be constructed on three sides of the building — north, south and lakeside. Kim said she hopes it will be open for outdoor dining in May.


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work with a variety of local retailers to provide the freshest, highest quality groceries to our customers.” The company is expected to employ about 100 “shoppers” in the area, forming a cadre of people who will shop for others at stores including PRICE CHOPPER, SHAW’S, COSTCO WHOLESALE, CVS Pharmacy and Petco, according to Instacart. Although phone calls to management of local stores revealed some were not aware of Instacart’s arrival, a company spokeswoman confirmed on Monday that the service will begin operating locally on Wednesday. Instacart will be available to residents of Burlington and beyond, reaching from St. Albans to Bolton. The delivery fee is $5.99 for orders of $35 or more. An express membership, at $149 a year, offers unlimited


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An online grocery service called INSTACART will open for business in the Burlington area on February 14, according to a company news release. Customers will be able to order groceries and other products at or via a mobile app, then choose a time frame for delivery within an hour or two of the order. An Instacart “shopper” will use the online order to shop for the customer and deliver the goods. “Over the past year, we’ve seen incredible demand in the Burlington area,” said Instacart general manager Walker Dieckmann, as quoted in the release. “We


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Pastoral Pen Pals « P.42 paperwork requirements. Teachers are coping with tighter budgets and changing curriculum mandates, while, for farmers trying to meet year-round demand for local food, winter is not as quiet as it once was. Teacher Aziza Malik brought the correspondence program to fourth and fifth graders at Champlain Elementary School six years ago. She’s made it relevant to her curriculum by integrating the program in the fall “land and water” unit, convinced that her urban students benefit from connecting with the Intervale Community Farm in Burlington. “It is so important for kids to know where their food comes from,” Malik said. “Even though it’s not in the curriculum, this helps us wedge it in there.” In Starksboro, Beecher’s classes have been writing to and visiting Doyle at Last Resort for seven years. The farmers’ son, Silas, 30, joined his parents a few years ago and is now “the boss,” Doyle wrote to students in January. “Silas is a good boss, especially when he agrees with what I want to do!” Students respond with tales of their own lives and questions about the farm. “We have been tracking for outdoor ed,” a trio of students wrote in their joint letter to Doyle. “Do you do any tracking around your farm?” Doyle has an easy rapport with her young pen pals, thanks in part to her experience as an environmental educator, 4-H leader and children’s book author. In fact, the program inspired her 2016 picture book Sleep Tight Farm: A Farm Prepares for Winter, published by Chronicle Books. “I have always had an interest in things that kids can learn about farms and learn about life through farming,” she said. Last Resort hosts a variety of school field trips, but Doyle believes the experience is richer for Beecher’s students. “They are the best-prepared kids. They

Eugenie Doyle of Last Resort Farm showing the Korean translation of her book Sleep Tight Farm to Ruth Beecher’s class

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feel like they already know me, and they love to act like little experts,” she said. In turn, Doyle feels enriched by the program: “I’ve been able to continue to feel connected to a local school, to the kids in the area,” she said. The farmer also appreciates that the program “was designed not to cost us, to be very easy for us … It means a lot that we are compensated for our time.” Beecher, a 27-year teaching veteran, said the correspondence program delivers for her students in multiple ways. “Place-based education has always been near and dear to my heart,” she said, “as well as making connections with food and nutrition and knowing where our food comes from.” She uses the program to meet curriculum goals in writing, science and even history. The students were excited this year to connect their studies of the Abenaki First Nation with artifacts discovered during an excavation on Last Resort.

Although some might view written correspondence as itself a historical practice, Beecher said, “We all have stories to tell and share, and letter-writing is a great way to tell stories.” At Hardwick Elementary School, second- and third-grade teacher Sara Behrsing has worked for three years with farmer Bill Half of Harvest Hill Farm in Walden. “School budgets are getting slashed, and busing is very expensive,” said Behrsing; for her, she noted, the NOFA-VT field trip funding makes a difference. Half, who also works with two other schools, hosts the student field trips twice a year: to plant potatoes in late spring and to harvest them in the fall. Behrsing acknowledged that it’s not always easy to find time in her busy classroom schedule for activities such as letter-writing and hands-on field trips, “but it’s what the kids need. It’s so good for them to know their words on a page have meaning to somebody,” she

said. Despite the school’s rural location, Behrsing pointed out, “A lot of kids don’t get out of Hardwick. Just because you live in Hardwick doesn’t mean you see farmers.” For his part, Half loves interacting with local kids. Sometimes, when he’s at the farmers market, he said, his pen pals recognize him. He recalled one student who originally “didn’t want any part of it” and only reluctantly got her hands in the dirt. She ended up working on his farm crew. “You never know the impact you’re having,” Half said. “It’s an opportunity that will stay with some of them.” Proft of East Dorset recalls a gratifying experience at the NOFA-VT Winter Conference several years ago. Two young women tapped her on the shoulder to tell her she had written to them as fourth graders; both were now farming. “Eighteen years ago, kids thought all farmers wore overalls and a straw hat and worked in a red barn,” Proft said, reflecting on Vermont’s progress in agricultural literacy and awareness. “Now, if you ask, ‘What does a farmer look like?’ the answer is ‘They look like everybody,’” she said. “That’s the change we’re seeing, and I attribute it in large part to farmers getting out into the community, putting a face to the farmer, a story to the farmer.” Some Vermont kids have their own first-person farm stories, of course, as showcased in the new short documentary “Vermont Farm Kids: Rooted in the Land.” Produced by NOFA-VT’s farmto-community mentor Maria Buteux Reade and filmed by James Chandler, it will screen at 2:15 p.m. during a Sunday, February 18, workshop at NOFA-VT’s Winter Conference this weekend in Burlington. But the correspondence program’s work isn’t finished, Proft suggested; the personal links cultivated through simple pen pal letters are as relevant and valuable as ever. “We all want these connections within our community,” she said. “These are the programs that are making it happen.” m Contact:

INFO NOFA-VT Winter Conference, Saturday, February 17, through Monday, February 19, at the Dudley H. Davis Center, University of Vermont, in Burlington. $70-235; $0-30 sliding scale for children’s conference. Learn more about the Farmer Correspondence Program at


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By: /s/ Rachel Lomonaco Rachel Lomonaco District #4 Coordinator 111 West Street Essex Junction, VT 05495 802-879-5658 Rachel.lomonaco@ ACT 250 NOTICE MINOR APPLICATION #4C0041-1 10 V.S.A. §§ 6001 - 6093 On February 6, 2018, the Philbrick Family Revocable Trust, c/o Kenneth and Martha Philbrick filed application #4C0041-1 for a project generally described as a two lot subdivision where Lot #1 will be 1.16-acres and Lot #2 will be 1.00-acres, and where an existing 5-bedroom residence will remain on Lot #1 and a proposed 4-bedroom residence will be constructed on Lot #2. The project is located 13 Ross Lane in Jericho, Vermont. The District #4 Environmental Commission is reviewing this application under Act 250 Rule 51 - Minor Applications. A copy of the application

No hearing will be held and a permit may be issued unless, on or before March 9, 2018, 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 hearing on its own motion. Any hearing request must be in writing to the address below, must state the criteria or subcriteria 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 interested person must include a petition for party status. Prior to submitting a request for a hearing, please contact 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 will 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, no later than prior to the response date listed above. Should a hearing be held on this project and you have a disability for which you are going to need accommodation, please notify us by March 9, 2018. 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 they have a particularized interest that may be affected by the proposed project under the 10 criteria. Non-party participants may also be allowed under 10 V.S.A. Section 6085(c)(5). Dated at Essex Junction, Vermont this 8th day of February, 2018. By: /s/ Rachel Lomonaco Rachel Lomonaco District #4 Coordinator 111 West Street Essex Junction, VT 05495 802-879-5658 rachel.lomonaco@ ACT 250 NOTICE MINOR APPLICATION #4C0329-7B-1 10 V.S.A. §§ 6001 - 6093 On January 25, 2018, F.I.M. Partners, Ltd., PO Box 8767, Essex, VT 05451 filed application #4C0329-7B-1 for a proj-

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ect generally described as the construction of an additional 32,188 sf. to the existing warehouse; adding 25 new employees for a total of 90; and expanding parking, stormwater management and utility infrastructure. The Project is located at 6 Thompson Drive in Essex, Vermont.

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 will not be prepared unless the Commission holds a public hearing.

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 “4C0329-7B-1”.

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, no later than prior to the response date listed above.

No hearing will be held and a permit may be issued unless, on or before February 26, 2018, 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 hearing on its own motion. Any hearing request must be in writing to the address below, must state the criteria or subcriteria 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 interested person must include a petition for party status. Prior to submitting a request for a hearing, please contact the district coordinator at the telephone number

Should a hearing be held on this project and you have a disability for which you are going to need accommodation, please notify us by February 26, 2018. 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 they have a particularized interest that may be affected by the proposed project under the 10 criteria. Non-party participants may also be allowed under 10 V.S.A. Section 6085(c)(5). Dated at Essex Junction, Vermont this 31st day of January, 2018.



No hearing will be held and a permit may be issued unless, on or before March 2, 2018, a person notifies the Commission of an issue or issues requiring the presentation of evidence at a 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, no later than prior to the response date listed above.

Dated at Essex Junction, Vermont this 5th day of February 2018.

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 “4C0041-1”.


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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 “300007-3A”.

nicipality, the Municipal Planning Commission, the Regional Planning Commission, affected state agencies, and adjoining property owners and other persons to the extent they have a particularized interest that may be affected by the proposed project under the 10 criteria. Non-party participants may also be allowed under 10 V.S.A. Section 6085(c)(5).


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ACT 250 NOTICE MINOR APPLICATION #300007-3A 10 V.S.A. §§ 6001 - 6093 On February 1, 2018, Peter & Iva Smejkal, 12 Oak Creek Drive, South Burlington, Vermont filed application #300007-3A for a project generally described as the construction of a 990 square foot addition to the north side of an existing building and addition of two parking spaces to an existing parking lot. The project is located 174 Avenue C in Williston, Vermont.

or the Commission sets the matter for hearing on its own motion. Any hearing request must be in writing to the address below, must state the criteria or subcriteria 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 interested person must include a petition for party status. Prior to submitting a request for a hearing, please contact 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 will not be prepared unless the Commission holds a public hearing.


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[CONTINUED] By: Stephanie H. Monaghan District #4 Coordinator 111 West Street Essex Junction, VT 05452 802/879-5662 stephanie.monaghan@ BURLINGTON DEVELOPMENT REVIEW BOARD WEDNESDAY MARCH 7TH, 2018, 5:00 PM PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Burlington Development Review Board will hold a meeting on WEDNESDAY March 7th, 2018 at 5:00pm in Contois Auditorium, City Hall. 1. 18-0603CA; 141 North Willard St (RM, Ward 2C) Yellow Dog Management LLC Appeal of administrative zoning permit to install kitchen hood vent and rooftop screening.





Plans may be viewed in the Planning and Zoning Office, (City Hall, 149 Church Street, Burlington), between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Participation in the DRB proceeding is a prerequisite to the right to take any subsequent appeal. Please note that ANYTHING submitted to the Planning and Zoning office is considered public and cannot be kept confidential. This may not be the final order in which items will be heard. Please view final Agenda, at pz/drb/agendas or the office notice board, one week before the hearing for the order in which items will be heard. STATE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT CHITTENDEN UNIT CIVIL DIVISION DOCKET NO. 866-1016 CNCV CIT Bank, N.A., Plaintiff v. Vaughn S. P. Comeau, Administrator of the Estate of Phyllis Aube, United States of America Secretary of Housing and Urban

Development and Occupants residing at 1015 Carpenter Road, Charlotte, Vermont, Defendants

sale date without prior notice.


CIT Bank, N.A. By: Grant C. Rees, Esq. Grant C. Rees Attorney, PLC 30 Kimball Ave., Ste. 307 South Burlington, VT 05403 Attorney for Plaintiff

By virtue and in execution of the Power of Sale contained in a certain mortgage given by Phyllis Aube (now deceased) to Merrimack Mortgage Co, Inc. dated January 26, 2010 and recorded in Volume 184, Page 357, which mortgage was assigned to CIT Bank, N.A. by an instrument dated March 9, 2016 and recorded on May 23, 2016 in Volume 223, Page 343 of the Land Records of the Town of Charlotte. Pursuant to the power of sale in the subject mortgage, of which Plaintiff is the present holder, for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purposes of foreclosing the same, the collateral property will be sold at Public Auction at 11:45 A.M. on February 27, 2018, at 1015 Carpenter Road, Charlotte, Vermont all and singular the premises described in said mortgage: To Wit: Being all and the same lands and premises conveyed to Bernard N. Aube and Phyllis Aube by Quit Claim Deed of George R. Aube and Claire C. Aube dated November 6, 1997 and recorded April 21, 1998 in Volume 98, Page 382 of the Land Records of the Town of Charlotte and being more particularly described as follows: Terms of Sale: $10,000.00 to be paid in cash or cashier’s check by purchaser at the time of sale, with the balance due at closing. The sale is subject to taxes due and owing to the Town of Charlotte and any liens against the property. The sale is also subject to post-sale redemption rights of the United States of America Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. 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 costs and expenses of the sale. Other terms to be announced at the sale or inquire at Grant C. Rees Attorney, PLC, 30 Kimball Avenue, Ste. 307, South Burlington, VT 05403, (802) 6609000. This sale may be cancelled at any time prior to the scheduled

Dated at South Burlington, Vermont this 24th day of January, 2018.

STATE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT CHITTENDEN UNIT PROBATE DIVISION DOCKET NO. 110-1-18 CNPR In re estate of Richard Parrott. NOTICE TO CREDITORS To the creditors of Richard Parrott late of Burlington, VT. I have been appointed to administer this estate. All creditors having claims against the decedent or the estate must present their claims in writing within four (4) months of the first publication of this notice. 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: 2/8/2018 /s/ Peter B. Schubart, Esq. Signature of Fiduciary Peter B. Schubart, Esq. Executor/Administrator: 33 Dorset St. South Burlington, VT 05403 802-859-0059 Name of publication Seven Days Publication Dates: 2/14/2018 Name and Address of Court: Vermont Superior Court Chittenden Probate Division PO Box 511 Burlington, VT 05402 STATE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT CHITTENDEN UNIT PROBATE DIVISION DOCKET NO. 116-1-18 CNPR In re estate of Robert J. Young. NOTICE TO CREDITORS

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: 2/1/18 /s/ Larry Young Signature of Fiduciary Larry Young, Executor Executor/Administrator: c/0 Law Office of David M. Sunshine PC P.O. Box 900 Richmond, VT 05477 802-434-3796 Name of publication Seven Days Publication Dates: 2/14/2018 Name and Address of Court: Chittenden Probate Division PO Box 511 Burlington, VT 05402 WARNING & NOTICE OF VOTE TO INCUR A BONDED DEBT The legal voters of the City of Burlington, Vermont are hereby warned and notified to come and vote on whether or not to incur a bonded debt at the Annual City Meeting on: Tuesday, the 6th day of March, 2018 between 7:00 a.m., the hour the polls open, and 7:00 p.m., the hour the polls close, in their respective wards, at the following designated polling places, viz: Ward One/East District: Mater Christi School, 100 Mansfield Ave. Ward Two/Central District: H.O. Wheeler School (Integrated Arts Academy), 6 Archibald St. Ward Three/Central District: Lawrence Barnes School (Sustainability Academy), 123 North St. Ward Four/North District: Saint Mark’s Youth Center, 1271 North Ave.

To the creditors of Robert J. Young late of Richmond, VT.

Ward Five/South District: Burlington Electric Department, 585 Pine St.

I have been appointed to administer this estate.

Ward Six/South District:

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One Hundred Thousand Dollars and 00/100 ($6,100,000.00), to fund capital improvement infrastructure projects of the City and its departments in furtherance of the City’s ten-year capital plan, with the expectation that the University of Vermont and Champlain College will make contributions 2/5/18 3:23 PM of bonds or notes 1not vote by Australian ballot voters of the Champlain to the City in support FSBO-Clark020718.indd in excess of anticipated on the following articles Valley School District of such ten-year capital revenues for the next of business: authorize the Board plan that will reduce fiscal year? ARTICLE VIII: Shall the of Directors to borrow the amount of property ARTICLE IV: Shall the voters of the Champlain money by issuance of taxes needed for future voters of the Champlain Valley School District notes not in excess of debt service on such Valley School District approve the expendiFour Hundred Eightybonds or notes?” authorize the Board ture by the Board of Five Thousand Dollars of School Directors to School Directors of the ($485,000) for the provide a mailed notice sum of Seventy-Six purpose of purchasing of availability of the AnMillion, Eight Hundred six (6) school buses? Thirty-Eight Thousand, ARTICLE XI: Shall Eight Publication Dates: Seven nual Report to residents in lieu of distributing the Forty-One Dollars Hundred Nineteen ThouDays, February 14, 21 & Annual Report? ($76,838,041) which is sand, Six Hundred Sixty28, 2018 ARTICLE V: Shall the the amount the Board Five Dollars ($819,665) Burlington, Vermont voters of the Champlain of School Directors has of unexpended proceeds Valley School District determined to be necesof the former Shelburne WARNING confirm and ratify the sary for the ensuing Town School District’s CHAMPLAIN VALLEY creation of a capital fiscal year commencJuly 1, 2016 School SCHOOL DISTRICT reserve fund as of July ing July 1, 2018? It is Building Improvement ANNUAL MEETING 1, 2017 into which have estimated that the Bond be used to make FEBRUARY 22, 2018 been deposited capital proposed budget, if mechanical, electrical AND MARCH 6, 2018 reserve fund balances approved, will result in and structural upgrades The legal voters of the transferred from the education spending of and repairs to Allen Champlain Valley School Champlain Valley School Fifteen Thousand, Seven Brook, Charlotte Central, District, are hereby District forming School Hundred Forty-Nine Hinesburg Community notified and warned to Districts? Dollars ($15,749) per and Shelburne Commeet at the Champlain ARTICLE VI: To establish equalized pupil. This munity schools? Valley Union High School the date of the Champrojected spending per POLLING PLACES Room 140/142 in the plain Valley School equalized pupil is 2.3% Charlotte Town of Hinesburg at six District Annual Meeting higher than spending for Charlotte Central School o’clock in the evening of March 4, 2019 at 5pm the current year. – Multi Purpose Room (6:00p.m.) on February at CVU High School and ARTICLE IX: Shall the 22, 2018, to transact any recessed and opened voters of the Champlain Hinesburg of the following business back up at Australian Valley School District Hinesburg Town Hall – not involving voting by ballot voting on Town authorize the Board Upstairs Australian ballot, and to Meeting Day. of School Directors to conduct an informationARTICLE VII: To transact allocate its current Shelburne al hearing with respect any other business fund balance, without Shelburne Town Center to Articles of business proper to come before effect upon the District – Gymnasium to be considered by Austhe meeting. tax levy, as follows: tralian ballot on March BALLOT QUESTIONS assign, Seven Hundred Williston 6, 2018. The legal voters of the Fifty Thousand Dollars Williston Central School ARTICLE I: To elect a Champlain Valley School ($750,000) of the school – Dining Room moderator, clerk and District, are hereby district’s current fund treasurer. notified and warned to balance as revenue for St. George ARTICLE II: To hear and meet at their respecthe 2018-2019 operating St. George Town Hall/ act upon the reports tive polling places on budget, and assign the Red Schoolhouse of the school district Tuesday, March 6, 2018, remaining balance One officers. at seven o’clock in the Million, Six Hundred Ballots shall be transARTICLE III: Shall the forenoon (7:00a.m.), Twenty-Five Thouported and delivered to voters of the Champlain at which time the polls sand, Eight Hundred the Champlain Valley Valley School District will open, and seven Seventy-Seven Dollars Union High School in the authorize the Board of o’clock in the afternoon ($1,625,877) as revenue Town of Hinesburg and School Directors to bor(7:00p.m.), at which time for future budgets? there commingled and row money by issuance the polls will close, to ARTICLE X: Shall the counted by members of

SEVENDAYSVT.COM/CLASSIFIEDS 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 23, 2018. Received for record and recorded in the records of the Champlain Valley School District on January 24, 2018. ATTEST: Joan G. Lenes, District Clerk and David Connery, Chairperson WARNING MARCH 6, 2018 ANNUAL CITY MEETING PUBLIC INFORMATION HEARING A Public Information Hearing on the Public Questions to be voted on at the Annual City Meeting will be held on

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. in Contois Auditorium City Hall, 149 Church St., Burlington, VT The hearing will provide information on the following public questions that have been placed on the ballot, the full text of which can be found in the Meeting Warning posted in the City Clerk’s Office and through the City’s webpage https://www. Copies-of-SampleBallots-Warnings-andNotices: 1. Approval of School Budget for Fiscal Year 2019 2. FORMATION OF A UNION MUNICIPAL DISTRICT TO PROVIDE REGIONAL EMERGENCY DISPATCH 3. ISSUANCE OF GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS FOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS AUTHORIZED 4. ADVISORY BALLOT QUESTION RE: CLIMATE ACTION 5. ADVISORY BALLOT QUESTION RE: LOCAL OPTION TO FUND PERPETUALLY AFFORDABLE

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ford Town Office, 1713 VT Route 128, Westford, Vermont. Purpose: The Planning Commission is proposing to amend the Westford Land Use & Development Regulations for the following purposes: To correct 1) and clarify certain spelling, grammatical, punctuation and reference errors that appeared in the second edition of the new regulations; 2) To revise and refine the second edition the new regulations based on feedback from the Development Review Board, Administrative Officer, Town Attorney and members of the public. Geographic Area Affected: Entire Town. Table of Contents & Summary of Changes to the Westford Land Use & Development Regulations: PART 1. GENERAL; Chapter 100. Legal Framework; Section 101. Enactment and Authority; Section 102. Purpose; Section 103. Applicability; Section 104. Effective Date; Section 105. Amendment; Sec-

tion 106. Severability; Chapter 110. Exemptions & Limitations; Section 111. General Exemptions; Section 112. Agriculture & Silviculture; Section 113. Utility, Energy and Telecommunications Infrastructure; Section 114. Public Facilities; Section 115. Group Home; Chapter 120. Vested Rights & Existing Conditions; Section 121. Prior Permits or Approvals; Section 122. Filed Applications; Section 123. Pre-Existing Uses; Section 124. Existing Lots; Section 125. Nonconformities; Section 126. Abandonment and Discontinuance; Section 127. Incomplete Development; Section 128. Damaged or Destroyed Structures; Section 129. Demolition; PART 2. ZONING DISTRICTS & STANDARDS; Chapter 200. General Provisions; Section 201. Establishment of Zoning Districts; Section 202. Description of District Boundaries; Section 203. Interpretation of District Boundaries; Section 204. Principal Uses or Structures on a Lot; Section 205. Lots in More than One District; Chapter 210. Common (C) District; Section 211. Purpose; Section 212. Dimensional Standards; Section 213.

Open 24/7/365. Post & browse ads at your convenience. Use Standards - added two family dwellings as permitted uses; Section 214. Planning and Design Standards; Chapter 220. Village (V) District; Section 221. Purpose; Section 222. Dimensional Standards – revised density calculation method to be based on principal residential structures as opposed to dwelling units; Section 223. Use Standards added two family dwellings as permitted uses; Section 224. Planning and Design Standards; Chapter 230. Rural 3 (R3) District; Section 231. Purpose; Section 232. Dimensional Standards - revised density calculation method to be based on principal residential structures as opposed to dwelling units; Section 233. Use Standards added two family dwellings as permitted uses; Section 234. Planning and Design Standards; Chapter 240. Rural 5 (R5) District; Section 241. Purpose; Section 242. Dimensional Standards - revised density calculation method to be based on principal residential structures as opposed to dwelling units & increased allowable multifamily dwelling and nonresidential lot

coverage; Section 243. Use Standards - added two family dwellings as permitted uses; Section 244. Planning and Design Standards – revised & clarified DRB procedures for determining whether a proposal meets the Planning and Design Standards requirements & clarified and specified the intent and intended requirements of the Planning and Design Standards; Chapter 250. Rural 10 (R10) District; Section 251. Purpose; Section 252. Dimensional Standards - revised density calculation method to be based on principal residential structures as opposed to dwelling units & increased allowable multifamily dwelling and nonresidential lot coverage; Section 253. Use Standards - added two family dwellings as permitted uses; Section 254. Planning and Design Standards; Chapter 260. Form-Based Code (FBC) Overlay District; Section 261. Purpose; Section 262. Applicability – added two-family dwellings; Section 263. Planning and Design Standards - revised density calculation method to be based on principal residential structures as opposed to dwelling

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units, exempt parcels accessed via a private right of way from having to conform with design standards for garage & revised the accessory structure setback from 20 ft. to 5 ft. behind the principal structure’s façade; Chapter 270. Water Resources (WRO) Overlay District; Section 271. Purpose; Section 272. Application; Section 273. Permitted Uses – changed Accepted Agricultural Practices to Required Agricultural Practices, require essential services to conform to the MRGP and ANR BMPs; Section 274. Conditional Uses – clarify private driveway and roads are a conditional use; Section 275. Planning and Design Standards; Chapter 280. Flood Hazard (FHO) Overlay District; Section 281. Purpose; Section 282. Compliance with State and Federal Law; Section 283. Exempt Uses - adds essential services as an exempt use if said work conforms to the MRPG and ANR BMPs; Section 284. Prohibited Uses; Section 285. Permitted Uses; Section 286. Conditional Uses; Section 287. Planning and Development Standards;









[CONTINUED] Section288. Administrative Procedures; Section 289. Definitions; PART 3. DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS; Chapter 300. Standards for Specific Uses; Section 301. Home Occupation; Section 302. Accessory Dwelling Units; Section 303. Adaptive Re-Use of Historic Barns; Section 304. Agricultural Enterprises; Section 305. Auto-Oriented Uses; Section 306. Movement of Earthen Material; Section 307. Wireless Telecommunications Facilities; Chapter 310. Subdivision & PUD Standards; Section 311. Basic Subdivision Design – moved the Subdivision Criteria to this section; Section 312. Common and Village Subdivision Design; Section 313. Rural Subdivision Design - revised and clarified cutting restrictions; Section 314. Planned Unit Development (PUD)revised density bonus calculation method to be based on principal residential structures as opposed to dwelling units & omitted requirement that only 20% of the designed open space be the WRO, FHO, Steep slopes or ledge outcroppings; Section 315. Fire Suppression Water Supply –revised thresholds for requiring fire ponds; Section 316. Legal Requirements; Chapter 320. Site Design & Engineering Standards; Section 321. Driveway & Private Road Standards – significantly revised, clarified and corrected the driveway and private road standards; Section 322. Parking and Service Areas - changed references to cars to vehicles & added two family dwellings; Section 323. Landscaping and Screening – allows the DRB to consider topography and contours when considering landscaping and screening requirements; Section 324. Outdoor Lighting; Section 325. Outdoor Display and Storage; Section 326. Signs; Section 327. Erosion Control and Stormwater Management; Section 328. Water and Wastewater Systems; Section 329. Source Protection Areas – revised protection areas to match State

approved Source Protection Plans & revised prohibited and conditional uses in these areas; Section 3210. Natural Resource Protection – increased the area of ledge outcropping that can be disturbed; Chapter 330. Performance Standards; Section 331. Applicability; Section 332. Sound; Section 333. Vibration; Section 334. Airborne Particulates and Odors; Section 335. Hazards and Hazardous Waste; PART 4. ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES; Chapter 400. Authorization; Section 401. Administrative Officer; Section 402. Development Review Board; Section 403. Planning Coordinator; Section 404. Planning Commission; Section 405. Fees; Section 406. Site Visits and Inspections; Section 407. Surety; Section 408. As-Built Drawings and Designer Certifications; Section 409. Other Approvals, Permits or Certifications; Chapter 410. Zoning Permit Procedures; Section 411. Zoning Permit Required – allows the Administrative Officer to issue a temporary zoning permit for storage of material and belongings when associated with zoning permit for a principal structure; Section 412. Applying for a Zoning Permit; Section 413. Reviewing a Zoning Permit Application; Section 414. Acting on a Zoning Permit Application; Section 415. Zoning Permit Effect, Expiration and Extension; Section 416. Inspection during Construction; Section 417. Zoning Permit Revocation; Section 418. Certificate of Occupancy; Section 419. Administrative Amendments – requires adjoining landowners to be notified of Administrative Amendments as opposed to individuals in attendance at the original hearing; Chapter 420. Development Review Board Procedures; Section 421. Site Plan Review; Section 422. Conditional Use Review; Section 423. Appealing an Action or Decision by the Administrative Officer; Section 424. Waivers and Variances – revised applicability and criteria for granting waivers; Section 425. Combined Review; Section 426. Modification of Approved Plans; Chapter 430. Subdivision and PUD Procedures; Section 431. Applicability; Section 432. Boundary Line Adjustment and Lot Merger; Section 433. Deferred Approval; Section 434. Sketch

Plan Review – revised noticing requirements; Section 435. Master Plan Review; Section 436. Preliminary Plan Review; Section 437. Final Plan Review; Section 438. Filing Requirements – requires plat to be recorded after the appeal permit has expired; Chapter 440. Notice, Hearing & Decision Procedures; Section 441. Warning a Hearing; Section 442. Conducting a Hearing; Section 443. Recessing a Hearing; Section 444. Development Review Board Decisions; Section 445. Appeal of Development Review Board Decisions; Chapter 450. Enforcement Procedures – revised the number of days in which a violation must be cured to match state statute; Section 451. Type of Ordinance; Section 452. Fines; Section 453. Applicability; Section 454. Action; PART 5. DEFINITIONS; Chapter 500. Use of Terms; Section 501. Interpretation; Chapter 510. Defined Terms – revised definition of affordable housing and lot, included definition for façade, traditional Vermont building and two family dwelling types & omitted definition for Vermont vernacular architecture; PART 6. APPENDIX WITH MAPS Location Where Full Text May be examined: Copies of the full text of the proposed amendment to the Westford Land Use & Development Regulations are available at the Westford Town Office, 1713 VT Route 128, and Westford, Vermont or may be viewed on the Town of Westford website at www.westfordvt. us Dated at Westford, Vermont this 14th day of February Gordon Gebauer, Westford Planning Commission Chair

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CELIAC & GLUTENFREE GROUP Last Wed. of every month, 4:30-6 p.m., at Tulsi Tea Room, 34 Elm St., Montpelier. Free & open to the public! To learn more, contact Lisa at 598-9206 or 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 it to provide the best possible information to parents of children living with the complex condition of cerebral palsy. cerebral-palsy/ PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP Held every 2nd Tue. of the mo., 6-8 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, 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, 191 Bank Street, Burlington. Tom, 238-3587, 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. 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. 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@ 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.

SEVENDAYSVT.COM/CLASSIFIEDS 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, corner of Bank St., Burlington. (Across from parking garage, above bookstore). 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 group. Meets once a month on Mondays in Burlington. Please call for date and location. RSVP or call 310-3301 (message says Optimum Health, but this is a private number).

commonality: learning to live life on life’s terms. Every Tue. & Thu., 4 p.m. G.Y.S.T. PYNK (for young women) meets weekly on Wed., 4 p.m. Location: North Central Vermont Recovery Center, 275 Brooklyn St., Morrisville. Info: Lisa, 851-8120.

HEARTBEAT VERMONT Have you lost a friend, colleague or loved one by suicide? Some who call have experienced a recent loss and some are still struggling w/ a loss from long ago. Call us at 446-3577 to meet with our clinician, Jonathan Gilmore, at Maple Leaf Clinic, 167 North Main St. All are welcome.

GRIEF & RECOVERY SUPPORT GROUP 1st & 3rd Wed. of every mo., 7-8 p.m., Franklin County Home Health Agency (FCHHA), 3 Home Health Cir., St. Albans. 527-7531.

HELLENBACH CANCER SUPPORT Call to verify meeting place. Info, 388-6107. People living with cancer & their caretakers convene for support.

HEARING VOICES 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@

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 or call 899-4151 for more information.

G.Y.S.T. (GET YOUR STUFF TOGETHER) GYST creates a safe & empowering community for young men & youth in transition to come together with one Using the enclosed


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NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS is a group of recovering addicts who live w/ out the use of drugs. It costs nothing to join. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using. Info, 862-4516 or Held in Burlington, Barre and St. Johnsbury. NAR-ANON BURLINGTON GROUP Group meets every Monday at 7 p.m. at the Turning Point Center (small room), 191 Bank St., Burlington. The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of addiction in a relative or friend. Info: Amanda H. 338-8106.

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: 2nd Wed. of every mo., 6-7:30 p.m. Winooski United Methodist Church, 24 W. Allen St., Winooski. Info: hovermann4@comcast. net. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS 12-step fellowship for people who identify as overeaters, compulsive eaters, food addicts, anorexics, bulimics, etc. Tue., 7 p.m., St. James Episcopal Church, 4 St. James Place, Essex Jct. All are welcome; meeting is open. Info: Felicia, 777-7718. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Do you promise you’ll only have one more but then you eat the whole bag? Have you tried every diet possible and nothing works? There is hope. Come to an Overeaters Anonymous meeting and find out about a 12 step program of recovery. There is a solution! Turning Point Center, 191 Bank Street, Suite 200, Burlington. Weekly on Thursdays, 7 p.m. Info: Elise, 302-528-6672. OA Big|Book Solution Group of Burlington. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Do you worry about the way you eat? Overeaters Anonymous may have the answer for you. No weigh-ins, dues or fees. Mon., 5:30-6:30 p.m. Temple Sinai, 500 Swift St., S. Burlington. Info: 863-2655. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS (OA) Meetings in Barre Tue. 5:30-6:30 p.m. and Sat. 8:30-9:30 a.m., at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 39 Washington St. Info, Valerie 279-0385. Meetings in Burlington Thurs. 7:30-8:30 a.m., at the First United Church, 21 Buell St. Info, Geraldine, 730-4273. Meetings in Johnson occur every Sun., 5:30-6:30 p.m., at the Johnson Municipal Building, Rte. 15 (just west of the bridge). Info, Debbie Y.,




NAMI FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP Brattleboro, 1st Wed. of every mo., 6:30 p.m., 1st Congregational Church, 880 Western Ave., West Brattleboro; Burlington, 3rd Wed. of every mo., 6 p.m., Community Health Center, Riverside Ave., Mansfield Conference Room; 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, 4th Wed. of every mo., 6:30 p.m., Equinox Village, 2nd floor; Rutland, 3rd Mon. of every mo., 6 p.m., Rutland Regional Medical Center, Leahy Conference Ctr., room D; Springfield, 3rd Wed. of every mo., 6:30 p.m., HCRS (café on right far side), 390 River St.; St. Johnsbury, 4th Wed. of every mo., 5:30 p.m., Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital Library, 1315 Hospital Dr. 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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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 Tue. at 6:30 p.m. and Sat. at 2 p.m. at Turning Point Center, 191 Bank St., suite 200, Burlington. 861-3150.

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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

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,



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NAMI CONNECTION PEER SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS Bennington, every Tue., LGBTQ SURVIVORS OF 1-2:30 p.m., CRT Center, VIOLENCE United Counseling SafeSpace offers Service, 316 Dewey St.; peer-led support Burlington, every Thu., groups for survivors 3-4:30 p.m., St. Paul’s THE MEMORY CAFÉ of relationship, dating, Cathedral, 2 Cherry St. The Memory Café is emotional &/or hate (enter from parking lot); where people with violence. These groups Berlin, second Thu. of memory loss disorders give survivors a safe & the month, 4-5:30 p.m., and their care partners supportive environment CVMC Board Room, 130 can come together to to tell their stories, Fisher Rd.; Rutland, connect and support share information, & every Sun., 4:30-6 p.m., one another. Second offer & receive support. Rutland Mental Health Saturday of each Support groups also Wellness Center, 78 S. month, 10-11:30 a.m. provide survivors an Main St.; St. Johnsbury, Montpelier Senior opportunity to gain every Thu., 6:30-8 p.m., Activity Center, 58 information on how Unitarian Universalist Barre St., Montpelier. to better cope with Church, 47 Cherry St. Info: 223-2518. feelings & experiences If you have questions that surface because of a group in your Complete the following puzzle by about using the

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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 & 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



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XA – EVERYTHING ANONYMOUS Everything Anonymous is an all encompassing 12-step support group. People can attend for any reason, including family member challenges. Mondays, 7-8 p.m. Turning Point Center, 191 Bank St., Burlington. Info: 777-5508, definder@




YOGA FOR FOLKS LIVING WITH LYME DISEASE Join as we build community and share what works on the often confusing, baffling and isolating path to wellness while living with Lyme disease. We will have a gentle restorative practice suitable for all ages and all levels from beginner to experienced, followed by an open group discussion where we will share what works and support one another in our quest for healing. By donation. Wear comfortable clothing. March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4. 2-3:30 p.m. More information at laughingriveryoga. com


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WOMEN’S CANCER SUPPORT GROUP FAHC. Led by Deb Clark, RN. Every 1st & 3rd Tue., 5-6:30 p.m. Call Kathy McBeth, 847-5715.



VEGGIE SUPPORT GROUP Want to feel supported on your vegetarian/ vegan journey? Want more info on healthy veggie diets? Want to share & socialize at veggie potlucks, & more, in the greater Burlington area? This is your opportunity to join with other like-minded

folks. veggy4life@, 658-4991.



TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) chapter meeting. Hedding United Methodist Church, Washington St., Barre. Wed., 5:15-6:15 p.m. For info, call David at 371-8929.


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

SUICIDE HOTLINES IN VT Brattleboro, 257-7989; Montpelier (Washington County Mental Health Emergency Services), 229-0591; Randolph (Clara Martin Center Emergency Service), 800-639-6360.

SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE — BURLINGTON Who: Persons experiencing the impact of a loved one’s suicide. When: 1st Wed. of each mo., 6-7:30 p.m. Location: Comfort Inn, 5 Dorset St., Burlington. Facilitators: Myra Handy, 951-5156 or Liz Mahoney, 879-7109. Request: We find it important to connect with people before their first meeting. If you can, please call one of the facilitators before you come. Thank you!


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.

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

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.

THE COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS SUPPORT GROUP The Compassionate Friends international support group for parents, siblings and families grieving the loss of a child meets every third Tuesday of the month, 7-9 p.m., at Kismet Place, 363 Blair Park Rd., Williston. Call/email Jay at 802-373-1263, compassionatefriendsvt@


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PEER ACCESS LINE Isolated? Irritable? Anxious? Lonely? Excited? Bored? Confused? Withdrawn? Sad? Call us! Don’t hesitate for a moment. We understand! It is our choice to be here for you to listen. Your feelings do matter. 321-2190. Thu., Fri., Sat. evenings, 6-9 p.m.

SEX & LOVE ADDICTS ANONYMOUS 12-step recovery group. Do you have a problem w/ sex or relationships? We can help. Ralph, 658-2657. Visit slaafws. org or for meetings near you.

SURVIVORSHIP NOW Welcome, cancer survivors. Survivorship NOW has free wellness programs to empower cancer survivors to move beyond cancer & live life well. Regain your strength & balance. Renew your spirit. Learn to nourish your body with exercise & nutritious foods. Tap in to your creative side. Connect with others who understand the challenges you face. Go to survivorshipnowvt. org today to sign up. Info, 802-7771126, 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.



OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS 12-step. Sat., 9-10 a.m. Turning Point Center, 182 Lake St., St. Albans. Is what you’re eating, eating you? We can help. Call Valerie, 825-5481.

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.

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; school-age children (ages 8-12) & parents (meeting separately): 4:15-5:15, 2nd Thu. monthly. Pomeroy Hall (489 Main St., UVM campus. Info:, burlingtonstutters@, 656-0250. Go Team Stuttering!

SUPPORT GROUP FOR WOMEN who have experienced intimate partner abuse, facilitated by Circle (Washington Co. only). Please call 877-5439498 for more info.



888-5958. Meetings in Montpelier occur every Mon., 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Bethany Church, 115 Main St. Info, Joan, 2233079. Steps to Food Freedom Meetings in Morrisville occur every Sat., 10-11 a.m., at the First Congregational Church, 85 Upper Main St. Contacts: Anne, 888-2356. Big Book Meetings in Morrisville occur every Tue., 6 p.m. at the North Central Recovery Center (NCVRC), 275 Brooklyn St. Info: Debbie, 888-5958.

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QUIT TOBACCO GROUPS Are you ready to be tobacco free? Join our FREE fi ve-week group classes facilitated by our Tobacco Treatment Specialists.  We meet 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@

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SHELBURNE FARMS ACCOUNTING ASSISTANT Shelburne Farms is seeking an Accounting Assistant to join our fast paced team. We share multiple responsibilities, and this position’s focus is on Accounts Payable and Payroll. This is a year round, 40 hour a week position with full benefits. For a job description, please visit our website at Please email a cover letter and resume to 3h-ShelburneFarms021418.indd 1

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The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts seeks applicants for a full-time Staff Accountant to join our team and be a part of northern New England’s premier performing arts center.

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Phoenix House VT is currently seeking qualified individuals to The 2018 Burlington Career Fair fill our Risk Reduction Programs Wednesday, February 21st, 3:00pm-6:00pm Interventionist position. The Holiday Inn 1068 Williston Road, South Burlington, VT position responsibilities include Employers will be available to discuss job opportunities in a delivery of group facilitation variety of industries including Sales, Retail, Manufacturing, services with a focus on Hospitality, Customer Service, Construction, and many others. moderate to high risk offenders For more information, please call the in Chittenden and Franklin VT Dept. of Labor at (802) 863-7676. Or go to Counties. Interventionists will use specific curricula designed to address anti-social thinking, challenging behaviors and substance use disorders, 4t-VTDeptLabor021418.indd 1 2/12/18 10:33 AM in order to reduce the risk of recidivism upon re-entry into the Channel 17/Town Meeting Television opens the doors of local community. government by producing and airing public meetings and events We are looking for a person with in and around Chittenden County on local cable channels an open mind, compassion, and and flexibility who would integrate well in our highly structured Channel Coordinator environment. Master’s degree The Channel Coordinator has their finger on the pulse of local preferred; but all educational government in Chittenden County and uses this knowledge to levels will be considered. schedule and manage the production of public meetings and Please send cover letter events that will air on Channel 17’s cable channels and online and resume to outlets. The Channel Coordinator is dedicated to free speech Recruitment@ and open government, enjoys communicating with people from a variety of backgrounds, is detailed oriented, and has with “NW Risk Reduction demonstrated professional video production/post-production Curriculum Facilitator” in the experience and a facility for managing schedules and production subject. Phoenix House is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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The Staff Accountant assists the Finance Department in all phases of accounting procedures while also providing support to Human Resources and Administration. Bachelor’s degree in accounting and at least five years of relevant experience, along with knowledge of general account procedures, ability to analyze and interpret basic financial and accounting records, experience in Microsoft Excel, and excellent communication skills are required. Reconciling, monitoring, analyzing, and processing transactions to and from multiple sources are the Staff Accountant’s main responsibilities. The successful candidate will be detail-oriented and work well with customers and co-workers while multi-tasking and prioritizing a busy workflow. For a detailed job description and more information, visit our website at:

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Flynn Center for the Performing Arts Human Resources Department 153 Main Street Burlington, Vermont 05401 or email

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Computer & Network Technician Alario Tech is seeking a skilled Computer & Network Technician experienced in both Windows and Mac environments. The ideal candidate will be conversationally articulate and highly computer literate with 5+ years of relevant experience. Alario Tech offers a competitive salary, benefits and fun perks. A full job description can be found at

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Director of Nursing/Resident Services

We are expanding! Full-Time. Any Shift. Vermont’s premier continuing care retirement community seeks a dedicated nursing professional with a strong desire to work within a community of seniors. Wake Robin provides high quality nursing care in a fast paced residential and long-term care environment, while maintaining a strong sense of “home”. Wake Robin offers an opportunity to build strong relationships with staff and residents in a dynamic community setting. We continue to offer generous shift differential for evenings, nights and weekends! Interested candidates please email a cover letter and resume to or complete an application online at Wake Robin is an EOE.

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This is a responsible managerial position for a Vermont Registered Nurse to provide oversight of all medical responsibilities and be an active participant in residents’ physical and emotional health. Must be a team player, have positive coaching and interpersonal skills. Supervision experience preferred. Experience in long-term care a plus. On call is required. If you like to provide an individualized resident centered approach to care and want to make a positive impact in the lives of our Residents then come Lead our team of Caregivers! Hours are negotiable. We offer flexible scheduling, benefits and a collaborative working environment. Please send cover letter and resume to or mail to Kimberly Roberge, 1784 East Craftsbury Rd, Craftsbury, VT 05826

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FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY Bergeron Paradis & Fitzpatrick LLP is seeking an attorney to join its busy family law practice in the firm’s Burlington office. The ideal candidate will have a strong desire to pursue a career as a divorce and family law attorney. The firm offers competitive pay and benefits as well as a dynamic and collaborative work environment. Apply by emailing a resume and cover letter to

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School Bus Aide/Backup Bus Driver This person will also be the backup school bus driver in the event the regularly scheduled driver is not available. CDL Bus Endorsement is a requirement for permanent employment; however, BSD will offer training and support for an individual to receive any such required school bus licensure. Full time, school year ONLY position. All positions must be able to pass a background check. EOE. To apply, visit and click on “Careers” for current listing of employment opportunities.

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Assistant City Clerk

Waitsfield, VT office

Full-Time The City of Winooski seeks a full-time Assistant City Clerk to support the customer service function of the Clerk’s Office. This position staffs the front desk of the Clerk’s Office, greets customers and responds to inquiries on the phone, via email, and in person. In addition this position provides general administrative support for the leadership team. High school diploma or equivalent and two to four years of related work experience, with preference given to work in a government setting. This position also requires a criminal background and employment reference check.

Accounting Clerk Part-time (12 hours per week) The Accounting Clerk provides support to the Staff Accountant with administrative and accounting related functions including monthly bank reconciliation, accounts payable, journal entries and other clerical support. Ability to manage documentation and data entry in a timely and accurate manner are primary components of the job. High School diploma or equivalent required. This position also requires a criminal background and employment reference check. For more information and complete position posting please visit our website at

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Responsibilities will include utilizing both quantitative and qualitative research for sales presentations, authorization requests, and to address business questions. The ideal candidate will be able to synthesize data to build a strong sales story and provide a voice for consumers, using insights from Cabot’s online community, and from the IRI market and panel database. Position requires a BA/BS degree, preferably in Marketing, Business Administration or other related field. Qualified candidates must be detail-oriented, and love working with numbers and analyzing complex market research data. Must be able to meet tight deadlines, juggle and prioritize multiple projects, and able to work effectively both as a team player and independently. Position requires proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel and PowerPoint, and competency working with AS400/e-Commerce systems. Familiarity with market research data, to include ACNielsen and Spectra, is highly desirable. We offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package to include pension plan. Apply online to, or mail your resume w/ cover letter to: Cabot Creamery Attn: Human Resources 193 Home Farm Way Waitsfield, VT 05673 EOE M/F/D/V

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Little Lambs Childcare


Full- and part-time openings at early care center in Montpelier for warm, nurturing, and patient team players, willing to learn and engage in Waldorf and Pikler philosophy. See for job description.


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Temporary Recruiter New England Federal Credit Union (NEFCU) is looking to hire a temporary full-cycle recruiter for a period of approximately six months. This position will be responsible to recruit for all levels of positions at the Credit Union. This position is scheduled to work 8:305:00 Monday-Friday from our Colchester location. Ideal candidate will have professional experience in recruiting. To apply for this temporary position, please visit our career page located on our website at

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Currently seeking sales associates for multiple departments including: The Run Center, Bike Store, Receiving Dept., Tech Service Dept. • Experience preferred. All will be trained. • Candidates are personable, detail oriented, have strong time management & organization skills, • Understand inventory management, can handle a fast paced work environment. • He/she is a strong problem solver, quick learner, and can lift 50 lbs. • Basic computer literacy and strong customer service skills are required, & retail experience is preferred. • Depending on dept. applying for, familiarity with bike parts, ski equipment, athletic & lifestyle clothing, running shoes, shipping logistics are a plus, as well as a strong interest in the outdoors. • Excellence with all customers and team work environment are high priority.

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Skilled Maintenance Technician

Bennington County, Vermont

Champlain Valley School District is looking for a skilled technician with mechanical, plumbing & heating, construction and electrical knowledge. This position will include day to day building needs for the school district.

Founded in 1971, The Tutorial Center, Inc., is a non-profit community education organization providing educational support to children and adults to help them achieve personal, academic, and employment goals. We deliver an array of services including tutoring, adult literacy, alternative high school education, afterschool and summer programs, GED preparation, work readiness and job training, on-the-job literacy, technology education, and English language instruction for nonEnglish speakers. Our work is concentrated in Bennington County. We operate two physical learning centers – in Bennington and in Manchester – but also provide educational services at local community sites as appropriate.

Preference will be given for certified/licensed HVAC, Electrical or AC Technician.

The Executive Director is the key management leader and is responsible for fulfilling The Tutorial Center’s mission by leading and overseeing the administration, learning centers, programs, staff, and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include program development; contracts, grants and fundraising; marketing; and community outreach. The position manages a budget of approximately $1,000,000 and oversees a staff of 25+ full-time and part-time employees and volunteers.

Apply online at: or email resume to For further information call Kurt Proulx at 802-482-7177.

For a complete job description and to learn more about The Tutorial Center, visit our website: Application Deadline: March 2, 2018 Expected Start Date: June 2018 Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to: Jack Glade, Executive Director,

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Our company is seeking a qualified physical therapist who possesses strong clinical reasoning skills with an orthopedic background Untitled-34 and/or interest in Postural Restoration. Opportunities for clinic directorship/ ownership. Compensation packages include a base salary, profit sharing, and continuing education. The ideal candidate must be able to manage a case load of diverse patients - athletes, performing artists, and orthopedic patients from adolescents to seniors. The candidate is expected to maintain daily electronic medical records, communicate with referral sources, establish the value of PT with patients, and engage in a caring environment. The candidate will have demonstrated strong skills in time management, organization and interpersonal skills. Vermont licensed physical therapist or eligible to obtain a Vermont license is required. Forward resume and cover letter to

The Tutorial Center, Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics.The successful candidate will undergo a Criminal Record Check.


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Bristol, Vermont The Town of Bristol is seeking highly motivated candidates for the position of Recreation Director. Bristol (pop. 3,894) is a steadily growing, vibrant community located in the Champlain Valley in Addison County, Vermont.

The Selectboard is seeking an individual with strong interpersonal, management, and organizational skills to plan, organize, and coordinate a year-round community recreation program for seniors, adults, youth, and visitors, including physical activities, special interest classes, summer programs, and seasonal community events and to supervise the Hub Teen Center/ Skatepark and Bristol Pottery Studio staff.


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Seeking highly organized individual for the position of front desk Staff Assistant in the Burlington office of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders. We are looking for someone with excellent communication skills and the ability to multitask while paying attention to details. Must also have the temperament to listen respectfully to a wide range of opinions while answering phones, and be comfortable representing the Senator’s positions on current issues. Duties also include writing letters to constituents and administrative tasks. Ability to work as part of a team in a demanding work environment is essential, as is knowledge of government and the legislative process.

A detailed job description is available at Salary: $35,000 to $45,000 commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package.

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CRT Team Leader The Community Rehabilitation & Treatment Team (CRT) is seeking a strong clinician who is highly organized and energetic. The CRT program serves individuals with severe mental illness. The Team Leader will work closely with the CRT Program Manager and the CRT Leadership team to provide safe and clinically sound services for individuals enrolled in the program. Must work in a supportive role to the Program Manager to ensure responsible administrative oversight of the CRT Program. Will also provide both administrative and clinical supervision to direct line staff and coordinate with State and Community resources. Strong supervisory experience is essential. Knowledge of Evidence Base Practices is a plus. Master’s Degree, licensed or license eligible and minimum of 2 years’ relevant experience are required. This position is eligible for a sign-on bonus. Our clinic is located close to Interstate 89 and is a short commute from Burlington and surrounding areas. To apply for this position, please visit our website at or email us your resume and cover letter at NCSS, 107 Fisher Pond Road, St. Albans, VT 05478 | | E.O.E.

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Middlebury College seeks an Assistant Director of Annual Giving to cultivate and solicit Middlebury constituents for leadership-level Annual Fund gifts. The Assistant Director of Annual Giving will coordinate and monitor the hallmark 25th reunion and the 1800 Society leadership gift programs and potentially other signature programs. The ideal candidate will have expertise in face to face solicitation, excellent communication skills, be highly collaborative and a skilled problem solver, and have strong analytical capabilities. Bachelor’s degree required along with two or more years of experience in development or a related field. To view the full job description and apply online, please visit: Middlebury College employees enjoy a high quality of life with excellent compensation; competitive health, dental, retirement, and vision benefits; and educational assistance programs. EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability

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Donor Relations Manager Want to help save the planet? THE NATURE CONSERVANCY in Vermont seeks a dynamic professional to serve as its full-time Donor Relations Manager. This is an exceptional career opportunity for a highly motivated, capable individual interested in joining the world’s leading conservation organization. The Donor Relations Manager works as part of the philanthropy team to identify and qualify major gift prospects. He/she will coordinate and implement effective multi-year strategies and plans for gift prospects, including corporate, foundation, and individual donors. We are seeking an energetic and dedicated professional with experience in philanthropy who works best in a collaborative, fast-paced environment and enjoys being on the road and out with donors. Our ideal candidate will have a deep commitment to conservation and the ability to build and leverage strong community relationships in Vermont. We have a fantastic office environment located in Montpelier, VT, and offer a competitive salary with great benefits. Bachelor’s degree and 2 years’ related experience or equivalent combination required. For a complete position description and to apply, visit and search for job #46228. The application deadline is 11:59 PM EST March 9, 2018.

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Director of Marketing/ Resident Services

Reporting to the President/CEO, the Director of Marketing/Resident Services is a collaborative member of the senior leadership team. The director provides overall leadership and direction for managing the relationship continuum that attracts prospective residents and supports them as they become members of the Wake Robin Community. The Director is responsible for creating and implementing marketing and PR strategies that generate broad interest in Wake Robin, cultivate relationships with prospective residents, and ultimately result in their moving to Wake Robin. In addition, the director supports the Wake Robin experience for residents through the provision of events and services designed to assist and support those living in Wake Robin’s independent living neighborhoods. Candidates will have at least 5 years’ experience in a leadership role in a field related to marketing/development, with demonstrated skills in long term relationship cultivation, community building, and familiarity with senior living. This position is highly visible and accessible to members of this resident-centered community. Our candidate will have a strong sense of customer service and a love for highly engaged problem-solving. Interested candidates please send resume and cover letter to or visit our website,, to complete an application. Wake Robin is an EOE. 7t-WakeRobinDIRECTORmarketing021418.indd 1

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Communications & Digital Outreach Coordinator

OFFICE ASSISTANT Fast-paced law firm located in Burlington seeks parttime office assistant. A good candidate will demonstrate the ability to multi-task, take initiative and have excellent computer and communication skills. Attention to detail and an eagerness to learn are essential. Must be able to work independently and as part of a team. Office, filing and legal experience preferred. RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE: answering telephones, photocopying, faxing, filing and file management and computer entry.

The Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) has an exciting opportunity for an outgoing person who wants to have a significant impact on the future of Vermont. We are looking for a motivated person to serve as our Communications and Digital Outreach Coordinator. VNRC is Vermont’s oldest independent environmental advocacy organization. We work at the state and local level to advance policies, programs and practices that strengthen the foundation upon which Vermont thrives — vibrant communities, clean and abundant fresh water, working farms and forests, wild places, and clean energy. The successful candidate will be self-directed and have excellent writing skills; be able to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences, including members and activists, the general public, and policy makers; be able to work collaboratively in a busy office environment; have experience in strategic use of digital advocacy tools and online and social media, including website management; and be committed to working on behalf of Vermont’s citizens, environment and communities. Experience with membership development and fundraising is a plus. Applicants should have a B.A. or B.S. in a relevant field (although pertinent life experience may be substituted for education) and, preferably, experience with an advocacy organization.

Monday through Friday: 25 hours per week; paid hourly; no benefits. SEND COVER LETTER AND RESUME TO:

Jennifer Welsh, Office Manager Lynn, Lynn, Blackman & Manitsky, P.C. 76 St. Paul Street, Suite 400 Burlington, VT 05401

Starting salary is commensurate with experience. Email a letter of interest, resume, and three references to Brian Shupe, Executive Director, at, no later than Friday, March 2, 2018.


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We are Age Well - the leading experts and advocates for the aging population of Northwestern Vermont.

Gallagher, Flynn & Company, LLP is a growing professional services firm providing clients with tax, audit, and business consulting services. Are you hoping to join a solid team in a professional, friendly office environment in South Burlington?

Committed to employee wellness and work-life balance, we offer competitive pay and extensive benefits, including generous paid time off, affordable and comprehensive health, dental and vision insurances, and more!

We are looking for a full-time receptionist to greet and welcome clients, answer calls and handle inquiries in a busy professional firm. The ideal candidate will have multi-line phone system experience, enjoy working in a fast paced environment and have a pleasant and friendly demeanor. This position would also provide administrative support and general clerical functions as a member of the administrative team when needed.

Job Openings at Age Well:

All candidates for these positions will possess: • Flexibility, team attitude and attention to detail • Ability to work in a changing environment • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite required, especially Word • Excellent computer skills and the ability to learn new technology

• Care and Service Coordinator – Addison and Franklin/Grand Isle • Nutrition Support Specialist • RN, Care & Services Supervisor The successful candidates will be supportive and enthusiastic voices for Age Well’s mission: to provide the support and guidance that inspires our community to embrace aging with confidence. Bachelor’s degree required. Experience preferred.

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• Excellent verbal and written skills

Since 1974, we have provided Northwestern Vermonters with essential services to help them age well.

We offer a competitive benefits and salary package. Interested candidates should e-mail their resume in confidence (no phone calls, please) to Jennifer Jeffrey.

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City Manager Posting Police Chief

Be part of an initiative to prevent psychiatric hospitalizations, reduce high medical

The CityCity of South Burlington is seeking a Chief of Police to lead a The of South Burlington, Vermont seeks a collaborative, energetic, and utilization, professionaland improve outcomes for individuals who are reluctant to seek care. The dynamic police department. The Police(population Chief will be17,900) a transformative City Manager. South Burlington is a growing, dynamic community Mobile Outreach team works closely with our crisis service and requires teamwork with and visionary leader. The Police Chief is the publicLocated face of the South to Lake Champlain with a strong tradition of civic engagement. adjacent and the providers, law enforcement and other agencies in the community. Ability to work under Burlington police department and fosters effective relationships University of Vermont, the city includes a nationally recognized school system, thriving within the department and with the community, elected officials, pressure and retail and hospitality sectors, hospital and world class recreational opportunities. In 2008, maintain a positive attitude in a constantly changing atmosphere. Ideal and City administration. candidate will have their bachelor’s degree with experience. Also willing to consider

Family Circle magazine recognized South Burlington as one of the “Ten Best Towns for

individuals with a Master’s Degree who require supervision towards licensure. Position Families.” Possessing outstanding communication, advocacy and strategic thinking skills, the successful candidate will demonstrate a creative offers excellent benefits and a flexible work schedule. Our clinic is located close to Interstate and proactive lawreports enforcement background,City withCouncil a provenintrack The manager to a five-member a traditional council-manager 89 and is a short commute from Burlington and surrounding areas. To apply for this record changeThe management, 21st Century policing and employees and 50+ part-time forminofeffective government. manager supervises 127 full-time position, please visit our website at or email us your resume and innovative strategic leadership. Department comprised ofa 44 and seasonal employees, develops and administers $13sworn million operating budget, and cover letter at and 9 civilianallmembers. oversees personnel, financial, departmental, and labor-relations matters. A detailed NCSS, 107 Fisher Pond Road, St. Albans, VT 05478 | | E.O.E. job description available under “Employment Opportunities.” Qualifications: TheisCity seeks a at Vermont Level III-certified law enforcement officer with a minimum of 15 years progressive law enforcement experience, and 5 of moreto years’ cross-functional The Council will select a manager be anofactive partner in community and governing1 5h-NCSS020718.indd and progressively in an and implementation. South discussions andresponsible to provideexperience, leadershipincluding in policyserving formulation executive leadership BA/BSwill degree. degreeofpreferred.) Burlington’s nextrole. manager face(Master’s the challenge assisting the Council in balancing the growth that comes from being a desirable with the community’s wish to Advanced law enforcement training preferred, fromcommunity the FBI National preserveSouthern open space. Academy, Police Institute, Law Enforcement Executive Program, Law Enforcement Executive Leadership Institute, or other The salary range is $95,000-$115,000 and is commensurate with experience, and includes recognized long course executive law enforcement program. SEEKING FOSTER

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an excellent benefits package. A Bachelor’s degree is required; a Master’s in public City of South Burlington, Human Resources Department Howard Center has ongoing foster parent or weekend buddy needs for children ranging in administration, business administration or other relevant field is desirable. Five years 575 Dorset Street, South Burlington, VT 05403 Or via email to ages from 7 to 16. Some need caring adults to support them over the weekend, others need previous experience in municipal government is preferred.

a family for a school year and some are looking for adoptive families. There are over 1,300

Deadline to submit application is August 1, 2013. To apply, please send children a confidential in the Vermont foster care system and over 60 children in need of an adoptive cover letter, resume, and three references to: family. You don’t have to be married, rich or own a home. You will be supported every step


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Champlain Valley School District has an immediate opening for an South Burlington City Manager Search experienced Finance Director. The Finance Director is responsible Resources Dept. for c/o the Human management and monitoring of the District’s fiscal affairs, 575 Dorset Street including but not limited to budget development and oversight, Southcontrols, Burlington, VT 05403 internal financial reporting and grant tracking.

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Howard Center’s Shared Living Program creates opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities to live in the community. We are accepting expressions of interest Requirements: from experienced caregivers to provide a home, day-to-day assistance and support tailored Applications also accepted via email to: with South Burlington in the •subject A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, to the needs of individuals seeking caregivers. This is a rewarding employment opportunity line. Accounting or a related field for individuals interested in working from home while making a meaningful difference in • Public finance with Burlington a preferenceisfor a someone’s life. We use a careful matching process to ensure that each placement is mutually Theexperience City of South an work equalinopportunity employer. school setting. compatible. A generous tax-free stipend, room and board, respite budget, training and team • Demonstrated knowledge of school finance practices support are provided. Potential opportunities below: • Experience with Tyler Technologies Munis or similar ERP Responsibilities: • Establishes and maintains efficient procedures and effective controls for all expenditures of district funds in accordance with adopted budgets, district policies and State and Federal Regulations. • Establishes and maintains a sound system of internal controls for use by the district and central office personnel to protect the district financial resources. • Implements and maintains generally accepted accounting principles, practices and procedures in performing and reviewing accounting transactions. • Coordinates audits with external auditors • Maintains and manages the district’s financial information system • Provides leadership and direction to central office staff and local school bookkeepers Please apply online to

1. Experienced and attentive SLP to support a fun-loving 24-year-old man. He wishes to have the support of a strong male role model who exhibits clear boundaries and confidence. 2. SLP to support a 30-year-old man who enjoys taking walks, playing music and helping others. He seeks a roommate to share a furnished, centrally located home in Essex Junction. 3. A young woman who utilizes a wheelchair is looking for an accessible home (or one willing to make alterations). This position is two weeks on, two weeks off. Must be willing to learn special care procedures and how to use a lift. 4. SLP with a background in mental health/human services who can create a safe and nurturing home for a 25-year-old male. He uses facilitated communication and enjoys alone time, walks, hikes and swimming. 5. Medically aware SLP, comfortable with personal care and can offer a clean, structured and calm home for a social and music-loving 59-year-old woman. Wheelchair/walker accessible home. To learn more about these opportunities, contact or call (802) 488-6372. 9t-HowardCenter021418.indd 1

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Lecturer in Human Development & Family Studies Full-time Teaching Position

Effective Date of Appointment: August 20, 2018

The full position description including responsibilities and expectations will be found on the UVM job Website at:

To Apply: Applicants must submit an application via the UVM Job Website with Resume/Curriculum Vitae, letter of interest, statement of teaching philosophy, statement regarding potential contributions to diversity, and names and contact information for three [3] professional references. For more information about the position, please contact: Dr. Lawrence G. Shelton, HDFS Program Coordinator, at

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Vermont State Parks is hiring 2 full-time, seasonal Innkeepers for 10-month positions for one of Vermont’s most unique state parks. Seyon Lodge is an historic lodge on Noyes Pond in Groton, VT. Seeking responsible and creative individuals, a couple, or close companions to live at and manage operations that cater to fly fishing, weddings/civil unions, small group functions, dining and overnight lodging. Min. Qualifications: 2-4 years’ experience in hotel/resort, restaurant, or park/ recreation management, or a related leisure/travel services field. Positions begin mid-April 2018. Visit to apply online. Resumes may also be sent to: Parks Operations Manager, 5 Perry Street, Suite 20 Barre VT 05641, or Deadline: March 5, 2018.

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Administrative Assistant General administrative support as part of a small collaborative office team in a pleasant work environment at Rock Point. Must have good people skills, be attentive to detail, and have strong technical skills in all areas of administrative support including use of the Microsoft Suite and FileMaker Pro. Bookkeeping experience would be a plus. Send resumes to: pvandegraaf@

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TRUST OFFICER South Burlington

Community Financial Services Group, LLC is the trust and investment affiliate of the National Bank of Middlebury, Community National Bank and Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank. The company, which manages $700 million in Vermont and New Hampshire, is seeking a qualified individual with solid sales and administrative skills for the position of Trust Officer in its South Burlington, Vermont office. This position will be responsible for administering and servicing a number of asset management and brokerage account relationships and developing new business. Desired Attributes: • Self-motivated, hard-working 4t-UrsaMajor051717.indd 1

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• Persuasive communication skills • High degree of organization and time management ability • Bachelor’s degree in related field • Strong administration skills

CASHIER/CARD OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR Saint Michael’s College seeks an energetic, motivated professional for the full-time position of Cashier/Card Office Administrator. The Cashier/Card Administrator will serve the College Community by managing the software and processes to support the College’s cash card system, purchasing card system, card production, and POS system. Salary will be commensurate with the successful candidate’s level of experience. Benefits include health, dental, vision, life, disability, 401(k), generous paid time off, employee and dependent tuition benefits, and discounted gym membership. For full job description and to apply online go to:

• Focus on delivering outstanding client service Benefits: • Competitive salary plus attractive incentive plan • Excellent medical, dental and life insurance coverage • Potential profit sharing and 401(k) match • Working with a growing Vermont-based company Submit cover letter and resume by March 2nd to: Community Financial Services Group, LLC Pauline A. Staples No telephone calls, please. 9t-CommunityFinancial020718.indd 1

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Customer Service, Sales & Marketing Assistant Health-focused, earth-loving, think-outside-the-box world changers operating VT’s first full-scale cricket farm are seeking someone with passion, creative energy and a whole lot of drive to assist the Head of Sales & Marketing with administrative, sales, customer service, & marketing. 30 hours per week. Job description & application info: or send resume to

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The Underhill-Jericho Fire Department Inc. is seeking a qualified person to fill the role of Firefighter/ EMT/Admin. This is a full time position with competitive pay and benefits. Hours and full job description and requirements can be found at If you would like to join our team, please e-mail a cover letter along with your resume (or CV) in a .pdf format to on or before 5:00PM on February 23, 2018 for consideration.

Multiple Positions Service Available! Coordinator Pathways Vermont, a statewide Pathways Vermont’s non-profit organization, seeks Housing First Program motivated individuals to fill both programmatic & administrative seeks a full-time Service positions. Coordinator to provide Since 2009, Pathwayssupport Vermont community-based has presented alternatives to clients struggling within Vermont’s mentalwith health system. mental We are health dedicated to serious ending chronic homelessness and and housing-related supporting individuals chosen pathsin to Chittenden wellness in an challenges atmosphere of dignity & choice. County. Pathways Vermont utilizes a clientjobs.html centered, harm-reduction framework within the Housing First model to address client needs. Lived experience of similar challenges and/ or prior experience in human services are assets to this position. See full job description at

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Join a dynamic team of dedicated professionals at an exciting institution! Middlebury seeks an Assistant Director, Graduate Annual Giving to raise current-use funding in support of the Middlebury Institute for International Studies, Bread Loaf School of English, Language Schools, New England Review, and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. The Assistant Director, Graduate Annual Giving will manage annual fundraising campaigns targeted to alumni of these programs and constituencies. The ideal candidate will have 3-5 years of fundraising experience with a preference for annual giving in a higher education environment, superior communication skills and strong organizational and computer software skills. Bachelor’s degree required. To view the full job description and apply online, please visit: Middlebury College employees enjoy a high quality of life with excellent compensation; competitive health, dental, retirement, and vision benefits; and educational assistance programs. EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability

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Clinical Training and Development Consultant


RECEPTIONIST/LEGAL ASSISTANT Busy Burlington Law Firm seeks a full-time Receptionist/Legal Assistant to begin in mid-May. The ideal candidate will be energetic, motivated and polished, with strong communication, computer and organizational skills. In addition to providing legal assistant support to one attorney, this position covers all reception duties including greeting visitors to the firm and fielding calls, mail distribution, maintaining office supplies, and overflow clerical support as needed.

Do you want to be a part of a team that’s designing a better future for the health care of Vermonters? The landscape of health care is changing rapidly, and you can play a major part in it as our clinical training and development consultant. Our goal is to improve the health of Vermonters through the design of more integrated, efficient health care by collaborating with our growing network of partners and stakeholders throughout Vermont.

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and related litigation. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, and a family friendly work environment. New college graduates are welcome to apply. Please send your resume to: Deborah Sabourin, Business Manager 275 College Street, Burlington, VT 05401 or email

The clinical training and development consultant is responsible for increasing our team’s knowledge and experience as it relates to programs and initiatives in our integrated health department. The consultant will develop learning content and performance objectives for clinicians and clinical support staff in coordination with the management team. Bachelor’s degree in nursing or Master’s degree in behavioral health services with current licensure is preferred with experience in continuous process improvement and employee training and development required. Minimum 5–7 years of direct clinical experience and 5–7 years of health plan industry experience or business/operational experience preferred. Training or certification in motivational interviewing and/or health coaching desired. Willingness to travel. Position based in Berlin, Vermont. At Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont, we know that our employees are our most valuable resource. That’s why we offer each employee more than just competitive salary and benefits packages. We offer an exciting health and wellness program, a large selection of onsite professional development classes and opportunities for career advancement—all in a friendly and positive work environment.

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Medical Assistant We’re looking for an energetic team player to work with our clinic staff as a Medical Assistant. Experience in Women’s Health is a plus but not required. This position has potential to be a full time role of 40 hours per week. Experience in phlebotomy, electronic health records, taking medical history from patients, occasionally providing support in the front office scheduling appointments and checking patients in/out. Interested candidates should send resume and cover letter to

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Fast-paced law firm located in Burlington seeks full-time file clerk. Candidates will be responsible for managing and maintaining our filing system. A good candidate will demonstrate the ability to multi-task, take initiative and have excellent computer and communication skills with an eagerness to learn and grow within the firm. Office experience required.

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CROSSING GUARD ESSEX WESTFORD SCHOOL DISTRICT The Essex Westford School District has a part-time position available to safely cross students in the Essex Junction community. We have one morning shift (approximately 7:25-8:10) available at the corner of Lincoln Terrace and School Street. Position pays $22.52 per hour. For consideration, please apply at (Job ID 2891013) or stop by to complete an application: Essex Westford School District 51 Park Street Essex Jct., VT 05452

Director of Donor Relations Join our team of motivated and dynamic development professionals! Middlebury seeks a Director of Donor Relations to manage a comprehensive donor relations program, including stewardship communications and events to engage donors at all levels. The ideal candidate will be a skilled development/communications professional with experience planning complex events and managing donor relationships. To view the full job description and apply online, please visit: Middlebury College employees enjoy a high quality of life with excellent compensation; competitive health, dental, retirement, and vision benefits; and educational assistance programs. EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability


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Full-Time Days Vermont’s premier continuing Care Retirement Community seeks a member to join our housekeeping team. Housekeepers work collaboratively to support residents who live independently as well as those who live in residential care. Housekeepers are critical to the well being of residents and the quality of the Wake Robin environment. Candidates must have housekeeping or industrial cleaning experience. This shift will be TuesdaySaturday.


Full-Time Evenings This service position performs a variety of custodial, floor maintenance, light maintenance and repair duties under general supervision throughout the Wake Robin campus, common areas, independent living units, and health center. A minimum of one year of hands-on experience as custodian/housekeeper or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required. This shift will be Monday-Thursday 3:00-11:30 pm, and Sunday 7:00 am-3:30 pm. Wake Robin offers an excellent compensation and benefits package and an opportunity to build strong relationships with staff and residents in a dynamic community setting. Interested candidates can send their resumes to or fill out an application at Wake Robin is an EOE. 7t-WakeRobinHOUSEutility021418.indd 1


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We have three exciting opportunities to be on the front lines of protecting public health in Vermont. The successful candidates will conduct a variety of public health inspections of general sanitation practices or environmental health conditions. You must apply to each specific job opening you are qualified for (Public Health Inspector I, Job Opening #622746, #622723; Public Health Inspector II Job Opening #622748, #662742; Public Health Inspector III, Job Opening #622747, #622775; Public Health Inspector IV. For more information, contact Elisabeth Wirsing at elisabeth. Department of Health. Status: Full Time. Application Deadline: 02/25/2018.




Voc Rehab Vermont is seeking a team-orientated individual with very strong customer service, interpersonal and administrative skills for our Newport Office. This candidate will be the face of the office, the first point of contact a consumer will have with the organization for the Newport District. The Candidate must be able to juggle multiple priorities and perform complex tasks involving state and federal programs. Must be a self-starter and have strong computer and technical skills. Tasks include reception, administrative support to counselors and employment staff, technical support, and a wide range of other administrative duties. Travel is not required. For more information, contact Hib Doe, at or 802-498-4935. Disabilities Aging and Independent Living. Reference Job ID# 622828. Status: Part Time. Application Deadline: 03/04/2018.


The Natural Resources Board (NRB) Act 250 program seeks a Project and Communication Coordinator in our Montpelier office. We are a small, dedicated team of professionals who share the outcome for a better future by protecting the environment and encouraging economic prosperity through smart growth development. Ideal candidates have competencies in project management, social media, and graphic and illustrative design. We may request recent examples of your communication and design work. For more information contact Kimberley Lashua at kimberley. Reference job ID #622807. Status: Full Time. Application deadline: 02/26/2018.

The Vermont Department of Health Laboratory is seeking candidates to lead its interesting and dynamic inorganic chemistry testing program. You will oversee a wide range of inorganic chemistry testing services and supervise a staff of professional laboratory scientists. You should have at least four years of professional experience in a public health, environmental or related laboratory setting and demonstrated strong supervisory and laboratory testing program management skills, including planning, monitoring and technical evaluation. For more information, contact Mary Celotti at Vermont Department of Health. Reference Job ID #622637. Status: Full Time. Application Deadline: 02/20/2018. Buildings and General Services is seeking a self-starter for the Design and Construction Division to lead cross-functional project teams that manage design and construction projects of varying degrees and complexity. The incumbent will be responsible for design, permitting, and construction phases serving as the point of contact for project management activities. Candidates must have the ability to establish effective working relationships and thrive in a fast-paced environment with a high degree of independence. For more information, contact Joe Aja at or 802-828-5694. Reference Job ID #622765. Status: Full Time. Application Deadline: 02/23/2018. The Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center has an exciting opportunity to join our team as our Chief of Clinical Services. This position for Chief of Clinical services will provide overview of best practices clinical services in a secure treatment facility for adjudicated youth ages 10-18. For more information, contact Lisa Jennison at or 802-655-4990. Children’s and Families Services. Reference Job ID #622587. Status: Full Time. Application Deadline: Open until filled.

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Provide services through Chittenden Clinic’s outpatient opioid treatment program to patients dependent/recovering from dependence on opioids. In addition to service delivery, assist in developing and implementing clinic policy and procedure. Master’s degree required. LADC or clinical license preferred.

Clinical Director – Park Street Program, Rutland, Vt.

Provide clinical supervision and consultation, oversee implementation of treatment plans, and provide program evaluation/development to ensure that best practice models are reflected in all aspects of treatment. Consider this position if you have a master’s degree and hold a Vermont clinical license.


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Community Health Social Worker Facilitate access to health care, provide case management and provide community resource referral for New American patients at Adult Primary Care – Burlington (UHC). Master’s degree required.

Home Health Services Coordinator Work with clients and community partners as part of a Howard Center team serving individuals receiving medication-assisted treatment through the Chittenden Clinic/HUB. Consider this 1:34 PM position if you have a master’s degree, are licensed/license-eligible, and have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record.

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Program Coordinator – Transition House

Responsible for overall clinical and administrative oversight of the Transition House, offering leadership, supervision, expertise and care coordination. The Transition House is a four-bed residential treatment program in Essex, Vt. Consider this position if you have a master’s degree, are licensed/license-eligible, and have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record.

REACH UP – Case Manager

Provide mental health and substance abuse services including outpatient counseling, assessment/ screening, referral, therapy groups and case management to Reach-Up clients. Master’s degree and licensed/license eligible.

Residential Coordinator – Northern Lights

Maintain a DBT-informed transitional house for incarcerated women. Supervises the residential treatment program to ensure that state, federal and agency regulations are adhered to, provide clinical supervision and training to staff, and assist in the creation of treatment plans, crisis plans, etc. Master’s degree and licensed/license eligible.

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Direct Support Professional Enjoy each workday while providing one on one inclusion supports to a variety of individuals with developmental & intellectual disabilities. This is a great opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life while working in a supportive, person centered environment. We are currently hiring for several, benefitted positions as well as per diem shifts. Join our team! Submit your letter of interest and resume to Karen Ciechanowicz,

Provide care coordination and psychotherapy to a diverse set of clients. Approximately 50% of the position will be providing care coordination to clients receiving buprenorphine treatment through Howard Center’s new “Spoke” program. The remaining portion of the job will be to provide individual and/or group psychotherapy to adults, children, families and/or clients with intellectual disabilities. Great opportunity to work within a team of outpatient clinicians providing an array of different services to a diverse population. Full time. Master’s degree and LCMHC or LICSW or LADC required.


Seeking subs to cover vacancies. Our nurses are responsible for safely dispensing methadone and buprenorphine products and maintaining all Nursing Dispensary operations. Must have excellent attention to detail and organizational skills plus strong interpersonal and communication skills.

Howard Center offers an excellent benefits package including health, dental and life insurance, as well as generous paid time off for all regular positions scheduled 20-plus hours per week. Please visit our website, Enter position title to view details and apply.

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Year of the Dog Sit for a five-course feast of handcrafted Chinese fare from chef Vicky Regia. Start the evening with sesame-and-shiitake congee, then move on to smoked-duck salad, braised pork ribs, and hand-pulled noodles with Chinese sausage, shrimp and veggies. Savor a sweet, gingery “bird’s nest” soup to finish. A vegetarian option is available.


CHINESE NEW YEAR DINNER Friday, February 16, 6-8 p.m., Brandon Music. $45, reservations required. Info, 247-4295,

CHEESE 101: LEARN CHEESE BASICS Cheesemonger Rory Stamp guides participants through tasting, selecting and pairing cheese at this hands-on class. Sunday, February 18, noon-1:30 p.m., Dedalus Wine Shop, Market & Café, Burlington. $45, preregister. Info, 8652368,


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1ST REPUBLIC BEER DINNER Chef Darrell Langworthy pairs hush puppies, bulgogi and pesto chicken kebabs with brews by Shawn Trout and Kevin Jarvis. Saturday, February 17, 6-9 p.m., 1st Republic Brewing, Essex Junction. $65; reservations required. Info, 857-5318,


INTRODUCTION TO SMELTING Fishermen review the equipment and techniques used to effectively catch smelt through the ice. Thursday, February 15, 4-7 p.m., Waterbury Reservoir. Free, preregister. Info, 265-2279,


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Meet the repair guy who keeps Vermont’s coffee joints grinding, pressing and perking


n a sunny, snowy day in February, Ben Colley, owner of Java Joe’s Coffee + Espresso Equipment Service in Waterbury, is tucked in a back room at the Colchester Costco Wholesale, digging stuck beans and stale grounds out of a Bunn grinder. He tests to make sure the machine is properly calibrated, making small adjustments. Moments after Colley returns the contraption to its spot near the store’s exit, an elderly man in jeans and a gray tweed cap dumps a five-pound bag of beans into the hopper and pushes a button. The burrs whir, and the spigot


spits out a mountain of grounds — enough to make about 100 cups of very strong coffee, or 127 double shots of espresso. Just a few minutes after being repaired, the machine is on its way to needing its next service call. When Colley, 39, was growing up in Pennsylvania, and later, when he studied religion and music at the University of Vermont, he never imagined he’d end up repairing coffee equipment. “I didn’t know this job existed,” he says. “You walk into a commercial kitchen and see how many machines there are … They all need maintenance at some point.” Indeed, nearly every restaurant, café,

hotel and gas station has grinding and brewing equipment that will inevitably need repairs, and that makes people like Colley the unsung heroes of our caffeine buzzes. Without their fix-its, it would be hard to get a reliable fix. Because there are few people in his line of work, Colley is willing to drive three hours each way — as far as upstate New York and New Hampshire — to ply his trade. He sells and installs new and used equipment and repairs and recalibrates existing machines. His regular clients include Starbucks, Costco and plenty of small local coffee shops such as Speeder & Earl’s Coffee.

For people who have espresso machines in their kitchens, Colley makes home visits, too. On his way back from the Costco job, Colley decides to swing down the road to Scout & Co. in Winooski for a latte, his second of the day. “I’m a two-to-three-cup-a-day guy,” he says. “I definitely make a latte first thing in the morning. Depending on where I go, I’ll usually have a couple more.” His home espresso maker, Colley says, is a $600 Rancilio from Italy. These days, he often buys his beans from Burlington’s Brio Coffeeworks. “I think they



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How did Colley, who spent five years baking the rounds at Burlington Bagel Bakery, come to work on espresso machines? In 2009, his father-in-law, Joe Danaher, who had been laid off by IBM after 25 years, got training in coffee equipment repair from an out-of-state cousin in the biz. Danaher started Java Joe’s, where Colley helped out part time, then full time. “I tried this and realized I really enjoy fixing things and understanding how they work,” Colley says. “I was definitely a coffee drinker [already], but once I started working on the equipment, it perked my interest even more.” This January, Danaher retired, and Colley became Java Joe’s sole owner. Some of Colley’s work is scheduled, but generally he’s responding to reactive calls after something goes awry. A steam wand might break down and stop getting milk hot and foamy. Leaks might be caused by a host of finicky things. Surprise problems make for urgent repair needs: “When customers can’t have their cappuccinos,” they get disappointed, he points out. Although he services all kinds of equipment, Colley prefers to work on espresso machines. “They fascinate me,” he says. The various brands of equipment are designed to do the same task — force steam through coffee grounds — yet they do so in an array of ways. “It’s interesting seeing all of the variations between the brands,” he says. “I like understanding the different things that can go wrong.” And Colley likes to help people make things go right. “Making espresso is an

art and a science at the same time,” he suggests. “I love helping clients dial in that perfect shot.” In addition to repairing, Java Joe’s consults with new businesses, guiding them through the process of choosing equipment, installing it and using it to its full potential. “That’s becoming more of a focus,” Colley says. Sometimes he even makes people’s coffee for them. In 2017, Ben and his wife, Becky Colley, started a pop-up coffee shop called Petit Noir. Based in Waterbury, the biz, which brews beans from Chicago’s Intelligentsia as well as Brio, shows up at local events with espresso, coffee pour-overs, caffeinated and decaf teas, and baked goods. It’s just another way for the Colley family to put their coffee expertise to work. Colley’s got a hand in many aspects of Vermont’s coffee industry, but not all of them. Although his office is in Waterbury, home of Keurig Green Mountain — which is planning a merger with the Dr Pepper Snapple Group — he seldom works on Keurig machines, which are owned by an estimated 20 percent of American households. It’s not that he’s snobby about Keurigs — he used to own one — just that it’s often not worth the trouble. “They only cost around $100 … I’m not sure if they want you to try to fix them,” Colley says. Unlike espresso makers, with their steampunk metal bits, Keurigs are mostly made of plastic, he explains. For the cost of parts and a service call, for which Colley charges $75 an hour, a client could purchase a new machine. When he was a liberal arts student at UVM, digging into the ways our brains process religion and faith, Colley never imagined he would end up in a trade. But he likes his “hands-on job.” “I am doing something completely different,” he acknowledges. “Looking back, maybe I should have been in the sciences, but no regrets. They say a liberal education teaches you how to think.” And, of course, there are few things quite as conducive to deep thinking as a good coffee buzz. m



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GREENER DRINKS: Supporters of commonsense cannabis reform sip beverages and discuss the culture, industry and politics of the agricultural product. Zenbarn, Waterbury, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, info@


FIBER RIOT!: Crafters get hooked on knitting, crocheting, spinning and more at an informal weekly gathering. Mad River Fiber Arts & Mill, Waitsfield, 5-8 p.m. Free. Info, 496-7746. GREEN MOUNTAIN CHAPTER OF THE EMBROIDERERS’ GUILD OF AMERICA: Needleand-thread enthusiasts finetune their techniques. Living/ Dining Room, Pines Senior Living Community, South Burlington, 9:30 a.m. Free for first-timers; bring a bag lunch. Info, 372-4255.






CONTACT IMPROV: Movers engage in weight-sharing, play and meditation when exploring this style influenced by aikido and other somatic practices. The Everything Space, Montpelier, 7-8:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 232-3618. DROP-IN HIP-HOP DANCE: Beginners are welcome at a groove session inspired by infectious beats. Swan Dojo, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $15. Info, 540-8300. HIP-HOP DANCE: A high-energy class mixes urban styles of dance. Women’s Room, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $16. Info,


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‘THE LADY OF THE CAMELLIAS’: In a broadcast production, the Bolshoi Ballet interprets the story of a bourgeois who falls in love with a courtesan. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $6-18. Info, 748-2600.


VISITING MORNING: Class observations and faculty meet and greets give parents a taste of the learning community. Lake Champlain Waldorf School, Shelburne, 8:30-10 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 985-2827.


OPEN MIC NIGHT: Feats of comedy, music, poetry and storytelling fill five-, 10- and 15-minute time slots. Main Street Museum, White River Junction, 7-9 p.m. Donations. Info,


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘EXHIBITION ON SCREEN: DAVID HOCKNEY AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS’: Viewers embark on a journey into the life and work of one of Britain’s most popular artists. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 11 a.m. $8-13. Info, 382-9222. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS 3D’: An out-of-thisworld film brings audience members closer than ever to far-off planets and galaxies. Northfield Savings Bank Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 11 a.m., 1 & 3:30 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $11.50-14.50;



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‘TELL THEM WE ARE RISING: THE STORY OF BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES’: This 2017 documentary schools viewers on historically black institutions of post-secondary education. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.

Friday, February 16, 7:30 p.m., at Barre Opera House. $36-42. Info, 476-8188,

‘WONDERS OF THE ARCTIC 3D’: Pioneering scientists seek to answer questions about the impact of human activities on this fragile frontier. Northfield Savings Bank Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, noon & 2:30 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $11.50-14.50; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848.

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COMMUNITY MEAL: Diners dig into a hot lunch. United Church of Johnson, 11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1247. COMMUNITY SUPPER: A scrumptious spread connects friends and neighbors. The Pathways Vermont Community Center, Burlington, 5-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 888-492-8218, ext. 300.



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Colorado band Hot Rize hit the bluegrass scene with a bang in 1978. Tim O’Brien, Pete Wernick, Nick Forster and the late Charles Sawtelle struck a chord with their distinctive style of traditional bluegrass peppered with swing and old-time Appalachian sounds. After rave reviews, international tours and a Grammy Award nomination, the foursome retired as a full-time act in 1990. Now, with guitarist Bryan Sutton on board (Sawtelle passed away in 1999), the group showcases its stringinstrument chops at the Barre Opera House as part of its 40th-anniversary reunion tour.

GINGERFIELD NOODLES POPUP: Natural wines and cold Vermont brews complement a palate-pleasing Taiwanese feast. Cork Wine Bar & Market, Waterbury, 5-9 p.m. Cost of food and drink. Info, 882-8227. VERMONT FARMERS MARKET: Local products — veggies, breads, pastries, cheeses, wines, syrups, jewelry, crafts WED.14

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A Voice to Remember In a review of vocalist Dianne Reeves’ February 2015 concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater, the New York Times dubbed her “the most admired jazz diva since the heyday of Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.” Along with garnering critical acclaim, the Detroitborn songbird has earned five Grammy Awards, performed at the White House and toured the world. Reeves draws on her extensive body of work to give voice to jazz selections new and old at the Flynn MainStage. Pianist Peter Martin, bassist Reginald Veal, drummer Terreon Gully and Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo join the singer.

DIANNE REEVES Thursday, February 15, 7:30 p.m., at Flynn MainStage in Burlington. $15-52. Info, 863-5966,


COLLECTORS’ FAIR Sunday, February 18, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at Orleans Elementary School Gymnasium. Free; preregister to exhibit. Info, 754-2022,


Friday, February 16, 7-9 p.m., at Fletcher Free Library in Burlington. Free. Info, 863-3403,

Being a pack rat doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Take the exhibitors at the 17th annual Collectors’ Fair, presented by the Orleans County Historical Society and the Old Stone House Museum. Individuals of all ages display clusters of everything from small steam engines and antiques to postcards and comics — the only items offlimits are weapons, due to the fair’s school location. Whether hoping to buy, sell, trade or simply mingle with fellow collectors, folks find what they’re looking for at this emporium billed as “the ultimate showand-tell.” Homemade doughnuts, beverages and a savory lunch are for sale to benefit the Brownington Ladies Aid.



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For many Vermonters, there’s no better way to spend a winter’s evening than with a good book. The Fletcher Free Library invites lit lovers to come in from the cold for an evening of poetry with acclaimed Irish-born wordsmith Greg Delanty. The Saint Michael’s College professor of English appears in celebration of the October 2017 release of Selected Delanty, a collection of original poems and translations. Winner of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship for poetry in 2007, Delanty treats listeners to a reading, discussion and signing. Light refreshments and books for purchase round out the evening.



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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: Players 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.

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BUTI YOGA: A fusion of vinyasa yoga, plyometrics and dance is set to upbeat music. Bring water and a towel. Women’s Room, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. $16. Info, CHAIR TAI CHI: Age and ability level are no obstacles to learning this slow, easy exercise routine. Champlain Senior Center, Burlington, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 316-1510.





EMPOWERED YOGA FLOW: A rejuvenating practice for all levels weaves movement, breath and mental focus. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 9-10 a.m. $12. Info, FREE YOGA CLASSES: Yogis hit the mat during complimentary sessions. Om Studio, Montpelier, 8:45 a.m. Free. Info, 324-1737. GENTLE YOGA IN RICHMOND: A gong savasana closes out an all-levels class benefiting the Williston Community Food Shelf. Partial proceeds are donated. Balance Yoga, Richmond, 11 a.m.-noon. $10; preregister. Info, GENTLE YOGA IN WATERBURY: Practitioners with limitations and seasoned students alike hit the mat for an all-levels class. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 9-10 a.m. $12. Info, GINGER’S EXTREME BOOT CAMP: Triathletes, Spartan racers and other fitness fanatics challenge themselves to complete Navy Seal exercises during an intense workout. Come in good shape. Private residence, Middlebury, 7-8 a.m. $8-12; for ages 16 and up. Info, 343-7160. NIA WITH LINDA: Eclectic music and movements drawn from healing, martial and dance arts propel an animated barefoot workout. South End Studio, Burlington, 8:30-9:30 a.m. $14; free for first-timers. Info, 372-1721.

RECOVERY COMMUNITY YOGA: Folks in recovery and their families enrich mind, body and spirit in an all-levels class. All props are provided; wear loose clothing. Turning Point Center, Burlington, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 861-3150. RESILIENCE FLOW: Individuals affected by a traumatic brain injury engage in a gentle yoga practice. Sangha Studio — Pine, Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 448-4262. WEDNESDAY GUIDED MEDITATION: Individuals learn to relax and let go. Burlington Friends Meeting House, 5:306:30 p.m. Free. Info, 318-8605.


DRUNK IN LOVE DINNER: A buffet-style meal by Southern Smoke Cajun & Caribbean BBQ features more than 15 all-natural aphrodisiac ingredients. The Tap Room at Switchback Brewing, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $28 includes meal and one Switchback brew. Info, 651-4114. ONE SOUR? ONE SWEET?: Paramours pile their plates with sweet and sour pork over rice, tossed salad, rolls and dessert on Valentine’s Day. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 4-7 p.m. Donations. Info, 223-3322. SPEAKING VALENTINES: From witch-inspired clothing to paddles and jewelry, items at this sexy pop-up shop satiate desires. Speaking Volumes, Burlington, 5-9 p.m. Free. Info, 249-4945. TWO TO TANGO: A VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER: Foodies and their better halves celebrate with a special menu and the musical stylings of La Rebelión del Tango. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 6 p.m. $40 for table reservation; preregister; limited space. Info, 540-0406. VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER: A romantic night out includes bread, shrimp cocktail, house salad, choice of beef tenderloin, pan-seared tuna, chicken florentine or vegetable kebabs, dessert and a drink. The Woods Lodge, Northfield, 5:30-9 p.m. $40; preregister. Info, 778-0205. VALENTINE’S DAY DIY CRAFTING: Creative types transform assorted materials into tokens of affection. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 2-5 p.m. Free. Info, 745-1391. VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER AT BLUEBERRY HILL INN: A four-course meal kicks off with Vermont cheese and charcuterie. Blueberry Hill Inn, Brandon, 6:30 p.m. $55; preregister; BYOB. Info, 247-6735.

VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER WITH A KIDS’ MOVIE: Romantic partners share a meal while tots watch 2017’s Beauty and the Beast in a separate room. Hardwick Street Café at the Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, 5:30-8 p.m. Cost of food; preregister. Info, 533-9399. VALENTINE’S DAY: LOVE OUR PLANET & OUR CLIMATE: Environmentally conscious community members engage in a discussion of global warming. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581.

VALENTINE’S DINNER: Gourmands celebrate their love over five signature dishes. The Lincoln Inn & Restaurant at the Covered Bridge, Woodstock, 6:30 p.m. $110; preregister. Info, 457-7052.


BEGINNER ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASS: Students build a foundation in reading, speaking and writing. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. INTERMEDIATE-LEVEL SPANISH CLASS: Pupils improve their speaking and grammar mastery. Private residence, Burlington, 6 p.m. $20. Info, 324-1757. INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASS: 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. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.


SLEIGH RIDE WEEKS: Horses offer scenic rides across frosty fields, followed by visits to livestock barns and a historic 1890 farmhouse. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $4-14; free for members and kids under 3. Info, 457-2355. WINTER BIRDING SERIES: Avian enthusiasts home in on aspects of Vermont’s feathered fliers at an educational gathering. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 1:30-2:30 p.m. $5; preregister. Info, janevossler@


WOMEN’S PICKUP BASKETBALL: Players dribble up and down the court during an evening of friendly competition. Lyman C. Hunt Middle School, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $3; preregister at Info, 540-1089.

bold climate solutions are a top priority. Pizza and childcare are provided. Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 490-6393.

‘VERMONT VERSUS HOLLYWOOD’: The Farmers Night Concert Series continues with a talk exploring 100 years of the Green Mountain State in TV and film. House Chamber, Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 828-2228.

MOTHER UP! MONTHLY MEET-UP: Families discuss the realities of climate change and what that means on a local level. A vegetarian meal and childcare are provided. First Unitarian Universalist Society, Burlington, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info,




BONE BUILDERS EXERCISE CLASSES: Folks of all ages ward off osteoporosis in this exercise and prevention class. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 7:30-8:30, 9:15-10:15 & 10:4011:40 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3322.

PRENATAL YOGA: Moms-to-be prepare their bodies for labor and delivery. Women’s Room, Burlington, 12:15 p.m. $16. Info,


VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER AT BRANDON MUSIC: Three yummy courses prepared by chef Vicky Regia add flavor to the most romantic day of the year. Brandon Music, 6-8 p.m. $45; preregister. Info, 247-4295.

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ALL-LEVELS HATHA YOGA: With a focus on connecting breath to movement, this class offers yoga for everybody. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 6-7 a.m. $12. Info,

PILATES: Students are put through the paces in a strengthand mobility-boosting workout. Women’s Room, Burlington, 4:30 p.m. $16. Info, beth@

RUTLAND YOUNG PROFESSIONALS FEBRUARY MIX: Area business people learn the ABC’s of the tech center’s career education programs while noshing on appetizers provided by STC’s culinary arts program. Stafford Technical Center, Rutland, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 775-4321.







INTRODUCTION TO GOOGLE DRIVE: Folks who are familiar with using the internet get dialed into the basics of cloud computing. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 865-7217. 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. TECHNOLOGY NIGHT: Online calendar management becomes second nature during a class with Vermont Technical College’s Ken Bernard. Bring your own device. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.


‘ONLY YESTERDAY’: Beatles fans get a behind-the-scenes look at Paul McCartney and John Lennon courtesy of an intimate play by Hollywood writer Bob Stevens. Barrette Center for the Arts, White River Junction, 11 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. $15-59. Info, 296-7000.


BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP: Popular page-turners inspire dialogue. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403. WRITING CIRCLE: Words flow when participants explore creative expression in a lowpressure environment. The Pathways Vermont Community Center, Burlington, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 888-492-8218.

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MOUNT MANSFIELD SCALE MODELERS: Hobbyists break out the superglue and sweat the small stuff at a miniature construction skill swap. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:308:30 p.m. Free. Info, 879-0765.


BALLROOM DANCING: Members of the University of Vermont Ballroom Dance Team teach new steps each week. Champlain Senior Center, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 316-1510. FOR REAL WOMEN SERIES WITH BELINDA: GIT UR FREAK ON: R&B and calypso-dancehall music is the soundtrack to an empowering sensual dance session aimed at confronting body shaming. Swan Dojo, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. $15. Info,




JOB HUNT HELP: Community College of Vermont interns assist employment seekers with everything from résumé-writing to online applications. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 2:305:30 p.m. Free. Info, 745-1393. 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.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘13TH’: Director Ava DuVernay’s 2016 documentary takes a hard look at the role of race in the United States justice system. Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, 7:30-9:10 p.m. Donations. Info, 457-3981. ‘ARGO’: Ben Affleck stars in this drama, based on true events, about the covert operation to rescue six American hostages from Tehran in 1980. Catamount

Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. ‘MAN IN RED BANDANA’: Making its Vermont premiere, a 2017 documentary tells of Welles Remy Crowther, a man who saved lives after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Casella Theater, Castleton University, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 468-1013. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS 3D’: See WED.14. ‘WIND: A STRUGGLE FOR THE CHARACTER OF VERMONT’: A new documentary explores clean energy and its implications for ecosystems, communities and local democracy. A director Q&A follows. RETN & VCAM Media Factory, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 654-7980. ‘WONDERS OF THE ARCTIC 3D’: See WED.14.

food & drink

COMMUNITY LUNCH: Farm-fresh 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. UVM MEDICAL CENTER FARMERS MARKET: Locally sourced meats, vegetables, bakery items, breads and maple syrup give hospital employees and visitors the option to eat healthfully. Davis Concourse, University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington, 2:30-5 p.m. Free. Info, 847-5823.


POKÉMON LEAGUE: I choose you, Pikachu! Players of the trading-card game earn weekly and monthly prizes in a fun, friendly environment where newbies can be coached by league leaders. Brap’s Magic, Burlington, 5-8 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0498.

health & fitness

BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE SUNSTYLE TAI CHI, LONG-FORM: Improved mood, greater muscle strength and increased energy are a few of the benefits of this gentle exercise. Winooski Senior Center, 6:45-8 p.m. Free. Info, 735-5467. BEGINNERS TAI CHI CLASS: Students get a feel for the ancient Chinese practice. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3322. BUDDHIST BABES GENTLE YOGA: Lessons for peaceful living pave the way for a moderate flow-style practice set to music. Women’s Room, Burlington, 5 p.m. $16. Info, CHAIR YOGA: Students with limited mobility limber up with modified poses. Sangha Studio — North, Burlington, 2-3:15 p.m. Free. Info, 448-4262. CHAKRA EXPLORATION SERIES: Attendees embark on an indepth exploration of the body’s seven energy centers, focusing on a different one each week. The Marbleworks, Middlebury, 6-7:30 p.m. $20 per class. Info, 845-642-6403.


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. FORZA: THE SAMURAI SWORD WORKOUT: Students sculpt lean muscles and gain mental focus when using wooden replicas of the weapon. North End Studio A, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. $10. Info, 578-9243. FREE YOGA CLASSES: See WED.14, 5-5:45 p.m. GENTLE FLOW YOGA: Individuals with injuries or other challenges feel the benefits of a relaxing and nourishing practice. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 9-10 a.m. $12. Info, studio@ HEALING THROUGH YOGA: Participants with a history of cancer boost their energy, strength and flexibility. Sangha Studio — North, Burlington, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 448-4262. SLOW FLOW YOGA: Tailored to meet students’ needs, this foundational class facilitates overall wellness. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 7:30-8:30 a.m. $12. Info, TAI CHI CHUAN: Beginners and seasoned practitioners alike explore the style of moving meditation passed down through the Tung family lineage. Richmond Congregational Church, 10-11 a.m. $10. Info, taichivermont@ VINYASA FLOW: A well-balanced flow pairs movement with breath to create a stronger mind-body connection. Kismet Place, Williston, noon-1 p.m. $12. Info, 343-5084.


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


Find club dates in the music section. DIANNE REEVES: The five-time Grammy Award-winner explores new and old jazz selections. See calendar spotlight. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $15-52. Info, 863-5966. JOAN OSBORNE: One of the great vocalists of her generation, the multiplatinum recording artist lends her powerful pipes to an all-Bob Dylan set. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 7:30 p.m. $33-48. Info, 603-448-0400.




BURLINGTON MAYORAL FORUM: Carina Driscoll, Infinite Culcleasure and Miro Weinberger consider the future of transportation, housing, job growth and mobility in the Queen City. ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 877-227-7451. VERMONT BUSINESSES FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY LEGISLATIVE RECEPTION: A night of networking brings business leaders, policy-makers and state officials together. Montpelier Room. Capitol Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, Montpelier, 5 p.m. $10; free for members. Info, 862-8347.


WILDLIFE TRACKING: TIPS & TALES FROM THE TRAIL: Outdoors lovers learn to read the language of our wild neighbors. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 7-8 p.m. Donations. Info, 229-6206.


MICHAEL ZELDIN: Seen on CNN, the legal analyst sounds off in “Mueller v. Trump: The White House on Trial.” Chase Community Center, Vermont Law School, South Royalton, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, jtaub@


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PAUL HELLER & PAUL CARNAHAN: The story of one of Montpelier’s favorite landmarks unfolds in “The Pavilion Hotel.” Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 479-8500. SHABANA BASIJ-RASIKH: Listeners lend their ears to the author of the TED Talk “Dare to Educate Afghan Girls.” KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. SOPHIE MAZOWITA: The Burlington Tracking Project founder shares her expertise in “Tracking Tips and Tales From the Trail.” North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 7 p.m. $5-10. Info, 229-6206.

Winners of the International Bluegrass Music Associations first Entertainers of the Year Award, and part of the pantheon of great bands in the genre, Hot Rize, reunites for its 40th anniversary tour. Truly one of the greatest bluegrass bands of all time!

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TECH SUPPORT: Need an email account? Want to enjoy ebooks? Bring your phone, tablet or laptop to a weekly help session. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291, ext. 302.

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‘BIG LOVE’: An ancient Greek play about a group of women fleeing marriage gets a modernday interpretation in this Johnson State College theater troupe production. Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson State College, 7 p.m. $10. Info, 635-1476.

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FOUR ONE-ACT PLAYS: St. Johnsbury Academy Theatre actors captivate audience members. Stuart Black Box Theater. Morse Center for the Arts, St. Johnsbury Academy, 6 & 8 p.m. $5. Info, 748-8171. ‘ONLY YESTERDAY’: See WED.14, 2 & 7:30 p.m.





BANKER’S VIEW: UNDERSTANDING YOUR BUSINESS’ FINANCIAL STATEMENT: Proprietors pick up tips for managing their monetary needs more effectively. Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce, Berlin, 7:30-9 a.m. $15-20. Info, 229-5711.

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BEGINNER-LEVEL SPANISH CLASS: Basic communication skills are on the agenda at a guided lesson. Private residence, Burlington, 6 p.m. $20. Info, 324-1757.

LUNCH & LEARN: Eileen Whalen retraces her journey from trauma nurse to president of the University of Vermont Medical Center. Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, noon. $6. Info, 863-4214.


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YOGA CORE FOR BABES: An empowering practice focuses on the abs and the pelvic floor. Women’s Room, Burlington, 12:15 p.m. $16. Info,

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Y12SR YOGA: Modeled on the structure of 12-step meetings, this class includes a group sharing circle and an intentional, themed practice. Sangha Studio — Pine, Burlington, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 448-4262.

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.

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RICK STEVES: On the heels of Vermont’s historic legislative vote, the cannabis advocate shares his thoughts on taxation and regulation. The Skinny Pancake, Burlington, noon. Free; limited space. Info, eli@


FEAST TOGETHER OR FEAST TO GO: Senior citizens and their guests catch up over a shared meal. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, noon-1 p.m. $7-9; preregister. Info, 262-6288.


CRAFTY CRAP NIGHT: Participants bring supplies or ongoing projects and an adventurous attitude to share creative time with other people in recovery. Turning Point Center, Burlington, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 861-3150. KNIT NIGHT: Fiber fanatics make progress on projects while chatting in front of a fireplace. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.





ADVANCED CONTEMPORARY DANCE: Movers infuse technique with improvisation, composition and play. North End Studios, Burlington, 10:30-11:45 a.m. $16. Info, BALLROOM & LATIN DANCING: Learn new moves with Ballroom Nights, then join others in a dance social featuring the waltz, tango and more. Singles, couples and beginners are welcome. Williston Jazzercise Fitness Center, lesson, 7-8 p.m.; dance social, 8-9:30 p.m. $10-14; $8 for dance only. Info, 862-2269. ECSTATIC DANCE VERMONT: Jubilant motions with the Green Mountain Druid Order inspire divine connections. Christ Episcopal Church, Montpelier, 7-9 p.m. $10. Info, 505-8011. ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE: Peter Macfarlane, Chris Rua and Sarah Babbitt Spaeth provide music for newcomers and experienced movers alike. Martha Kent and Val Medve call the steps. Elley-Long Music Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 7-9:30 p.m. $10-15. Info, 881-9732. QUEEN CITY TANGO MILONGA: Participants put their best feet forward in a lively social dance. Champlain Club, Burlington, beginner Argentine tango lesson, 7-7:45 p.m.; milonga, 7:45-10:30 p.m. $5-10; free for tango lesson. Info,



LET’S HAVE DINNER!: Patagonia Burlington hosts a lineup of inspiring speakers, including Mayor Miro Weinberger, sharing their personal stories of climate activism. Burlington City Hall

Auditorium, 7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 923-2910.


MONTSHIRE UNLEASHED: AN EVENING FOR ADULTS: Grownups unleash their scientific curiosity during after-hours activities. Local fare, wine and Jasper Murdock’s Alehouse brews are available for purchase. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 6:30-9 p.m. $7-10; free for members; for ages 21 and up. Info, 649-2200. TAROT READINGS: A spiritual mentor consults her cards to offer guidance and clarity. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $1 per minute; preregister. Info,

health & fitness

ACUDETOX: Attendees in recovery undergo acupuncture to the ear to propel detoxification. Turning Point Center, Burlington, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 861-3150. ADVANCED TAI CHI CLASS: Participants keep active with a sequence of slow, controlled movements. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 1-2 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3322. BONE BUILDERS EXERCISE CLASSES: See WED.14, 7:30-8:30 & 10:40-11:40 a.m.

fairs & festivals

PEACHAM WINTER CARNIVAL: Sleigh rides, snow sculptures, a pancake breakfast and more make for a fun-filled day for local families. Various Peacham locations, 5-9 p.m. $5. Info, 592-3218. VERMONT FLURRY: SNOW SCULPTURE FESTIVAL: In stunning displays of ingenuity, professional teams transform giant blocks of snow into eye-catching works of art. Weather dependent; call to confirm. Woodstock Village Green, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Free. Info, 457-3981.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘FACES PLACES’: An 89-yearold director and a 33-year-old photographer form an unlikely friendship on a journey through France. A Q&A follows. Briggs Opera House, White River Junction, prescreening party, 6:45 p.m.; screening, 7:30 p.m. $8-12; cash bar. Info, 478-0191. ‘GROUNDHOG DAY’: Bill Murray portrays an obnoxious weatherman forced to relive the same day over and over again. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS 3D’: See WED.14. ‘WONDERS OF THE ARCTIC 3D’: See WED.14.

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‘CHEFS: THE SIZZLING KITCHEN SHOWDOWN’: Hilarious hunks slice, dice and spice their way through a series of culinary challenges. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 8 p.m. $34. Info, 775-0903. COFFEE | PASTRIES | TOAST POP-UP: Foodies start the day with provisions from Brio Coffeeworks, V Smiley Preserves and Coop to Kitchen Bakery. Stay in or order to go. Tandem, Bristol, 7 a.m.-noon. Cost of food and drink. Info, honeyjam@


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CHINESE NEW YEAR DINNER: Diners sit down to a five-course meal crafted by chef Vicky Regia. Brandon Music, 6-8 p.m. $45; preregister. Info, 247-4295.


Find club dates in the music section. DARTMOUTH COLLEGE GLEE CLUB: Student singers lift their voices in Carissimi’s oratorio “Jepthe.” Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 6:30 & 9 p.m. $9-10. Info, 603-646-2422. GRACE KELLY QUARTET: At just 25 years old, the saxophonist, singer and composer shares her musical gift with jazz fans. Robison Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. $6-28. Info, 443-6433.

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BUTI YOGA: See WED.14. FELDENKRAIS AWARENESS THROUGH MOVEMENT: Aches and pains, be gone! The physically challenged to the physically fit increase flexibility and body awareness with this form of somatic education. The Wellness Collective, Burlington, 12:30-1:30 p.m. $10. Info, 560-0186. FREE YOGA CLASSES: See WED.14, noon & 5:30 p.m. FRIDAY NIGHT POWER YOGA: Practitioners get their sweat on during a full-body, flow-style mindful workout. Kismet Place, Williston, 5:15-6:15 p.m. $12. Info, 343-5084. LIVING RECOVERY YOGA: An all-levels class targets those in addiction recovery or affected by the addictive behavior of others. Sangha Studio — Pine, Burlington, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 448-4262. MOULIN ROUGE BUTI: Voulezvous Buti avec moi? A themed Buti yoga class is followed by a tantalizing display of treats. Sangha Studio — Pine, Burlington, 7:30-8:45 p.m. $12-15. Info, 448-4262. RECOVERY COMMUNITY YOGA: See WED.14. REFUGE RECOVERY: A LOVE SUPREME: Buddhist philosophy is the foundation of this mindfulness-based addictionrecovery community. Turning Point Center, Burlington, noon. Free. Info, 861-3150. RESTORATIVE YOGA: LOVE YOUR HEART: Martha Whitney guides students into supported, restful poses. Evolution Physical Therapy & Yoga, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. $25; preregister. Info, 864-9642. TAI CHI: Beginners learn the fundamentals of Yang style slow set, tai chi gong and basic warmups. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury,

HOT RIZE: The award-winning bluegrass quartet reunites for an evening of foot-stomping fiddle and string music. See calendar spotlight. Barre Opera House, 7:30 p.m. $36-42. Info, 476-8188. THE MACHINE: Dramatic lighting and video enliven a musical tribute to Pink Floyd. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 7:30 p.m. $25-55. Info, 603-448-0400. THE SWEET REMAINS: Threepart harmonies are the bread and butter of these melodious modern folk rockers. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 8 & 10 p.m. $25. Info, 863-5966. TIERNEY SUTTON: Pop songs by Sting get a jazz treatment by the Grammy Award-nominated vocalist. University of Vermont Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $10-53. Info, 656-4455. TRIO JOTA SETE & MICHAEL ZSOLDOS: Guest performer and St. Albans native Michael Zsoldos sits in for an evening of jazz. The Bellows Free Academy jazz band opens. Bellows Free Academy, St. Albans, 7-9:30 p.m. $15. Info,stalbanscommunityarts TURNMUSIC: Area instrumentalists give classical music a contemporary tune-up in “Roots Inspired.” Green Mountain Club Headquarters, Waterbury Center, 7:30 p.m. $20; free for students. Info, 578-5028. WINTER WINE DOWN MUSIC SERIES: Oenophiles let loose with live music by Jon Sochin, award-winning wine and mouthwatering eats. Snow Farm Vineyard, South Hero, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost of food and drink. Info, 372-9463.


FAMILY OWL PROWL: Whoo’s out there? A snowshoe hike grants explorers access to the habitat of the birds of prey. Vermont Institute of Natural Science Nature Center, Quechee, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $12.50-16;


MUSIC FOR INFINITE: A BENEFIT FOR INFINITE CULCLEASURE’S MAYORAL CAMPAIGN: Melo Grant, Sabouyouma, Julia Caesar and Madaila rock out to support the independent candidate. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $12-15. Info, 540-0406.


EDUCATION & ENRICHMENT FOR EVERYONE: Elaine Collins schools listeners with “The Emergence of Northern Vermont University: Liberal Arts and Professional Programs on Two Unique Campuses.” Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2-3 p.m. $5. Info, 846-5132.


‘1984’: The Dartmouth College Department of Theater stages a fast-paced, mixed-media adaptation of George Orwell’s novel about a man who rebels against a totalitarian society. Moore Theater, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 8 p.m. $10-12. Info, 603-646-2422. ‘BIG LOVE’: See THU.15. ‘BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS’: BarnArts Center for the Arts presents Neil Simon’s pre-World War II comedy about a baseballloving Brooklyn boy. The Grange Theatre, South Pomfret, 7:309:30 p.m. $10-18. Info, 234-1645. FOUR ONE-ACT PLAYS: See THU.15. ‘ONLY YESTERDAY’: See WED.14, 7:30 p.m.


BOOK SALE: Bookworms browse a selection of fiction and nonfiction titles, CDs and DVDs. Richmond Free Library, 5:308:30 p.m. Free. Info, 434-3036. FRIDAY MORNING WORKSHOP: Wordsmiths offer constructive criticism on works in progress by Burlington Writers Workshop members. 110 Main St., Suite 3C, Burlington, 10:30 a.m. Free; preregister at; limited space. Info, 383-8104. GREG DELANTY: Lovers of verse lean in for a reading and discussion of Selected Delanty, a new book by the Irish-born poet. See calendar spotlight. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.

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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, 238-7634. TALKING WITH KIDS ABOUT RACISM: A three-part facilitated

discussion addresses the farreaching effects of prejudice and white privilege. Kimball Public Library, Randolph, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 863-2345, ext. 6.


NOFA-VT WINTER CONFERENCE: Farmers, gardeners and locavores alike gather for three days of learning and inspiration. See for details. University of Vermont, Burlington, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. $70-235; up to $30 for children’s conference. Info, 434-4122. SEED SWAP: Green thumbs stock up on a variety of garden starters. Fairfax Community Library, 10-11 a.m. Free; bring seeds to share. Info, 849-2420.


HEMP SHOWCASE: Interest in Vermont’s hemp and CBD industry grows as attendees sample local offerings. Maglianero, Burlington, 4-6 p.m. Free. Info, 733-6284. ‘MARY JANES: THE WOMEN OF WEED’: Cannabis industry leaders serve up stories and strategies in this 2017 documentary. Merrill’s Roxy Cinemas, Burlington, 7 p.m. $25. Info, 733-6284.


COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER DAY: Helping hands pitch in alongside local nonprofits. Patagonia Burlington, Skinny Pancake breakfast, 8:30 a.m.; carpools leave, 9 a.m. Free. Info, 923-2910. 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.


PAINTED MARBLED GLASSWARE: Participants add personal flair to a set of two drinking vessels, sipping mead samples all the while. Arrive 15 minutes early to register onsite. Colchester’s Mead Hall, 5-6 p.m. $25; limited space. Info,


CONTRA DANCE: Bill Olson calls the steps at a spirited social dance with music by Dead Sea Squirrels. Capital City Grange, Berlin, instruction session, 7:35 p.m.; dance, 8-11 p.m. $5-15. Info, 249-7454. DANCE SHOWCASE: ‘EMBRACING INCLUSION THROUGH MOVEMENT’: 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. LIQUID STRENGTH: Students in Christal Brown’s technique laboratory discover intersections between technique and performance. Studio 109, Mahaney



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

MIDWINTER DANCE PARTY: A screening of the Talking Heads documentary Stop Making Sense sets the stage for a night of boogying to celebrate Montpelier city clerk John Odum’s 50th birthday. Lost Nation Theater, Montpelier City Hall, 7-11 p.m. Free; cash bar. Info, 477-3131.

CAPITAL CITY WINTER FARMERS MARKET: Root veggies, honey, maple syrup and more change hands at an off-season celebration of locally grown food. City Center, Montpelier, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 793-8347.

‘AMERICAN HONEY’: Sasha Lane stars as a teenage girl who trades her troubled home for a world of law-breaking, partying and love. Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, Middlebury College, 3 & 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.

CHOCOLATE TASTING IN BURLINGTON: With the help of a tasting guide, chocoholics of all ages discover the flavor profiles of four different confections. Lake Champlain Chocolates Factory Store & Café, Burlington, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 864-1807.

BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL FILM SERIES: Rajnii Eddins curates cinematic selections and conversations. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.


OPEN HOUSE: Students, families and friends scope out a wide variety of study programs, ranging from auto body to culinary arts to medical and sports sciences and beyond. Burlington Technical Center, 9:30 a.m.noon. Free. Info, 864-8426.

‘LOOK & SEE: A PORTRAIT OF WENDELL BERRY’: This 2016 documentary turns the lens toward the works of a farmer, writer and activist. A Q&A follows. Grand Maple Ballroom, Davis Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. $10; preregister. Info, 434-3821.


INDEPENDENT COMMUNITY MEETING PLACE: Brainstorming leads to forming activity groups for hobbies such as flying stunt kites and playing music. Presto Music Store, South Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 658-0030.

VERGENNES FARMERS MARKET: Local food and crafts, live music, and hot eats spice up Saturday mornings. Kennedy Brothers Building, Vergennes, 9 a.m.noon. Free. Info, 233-9180. VERMONT FARMERS MARKET: See WED.14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.



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‘STEVE MCQUEEN: AMERICAN ICON’: A 2017 documentary focuses on the movie star’s faith. The Baptist Fellowship of Randolph, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 565-8013. ‘WONDERS OF THE ARCTIC 3D’: See WED.14.

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AUTHENTIC ETHIOPIAN NIGHT: Alganesh Michael serves up traditional African dishes, family style. Richmond Community Kitchen, 5-6:15 & 6:30-7:45 p.m. $11-22; preregister. Info, info@ richmondcommunitykitchen. com. CALEDONIA WINTER FARMERS MARKET: Fresh baked goods, veggies, beef and maple syrup encourage foodies to shop

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‘SIMON OF THE DESERT’ & ‘PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC’: Movie mavens marvel at two iconoclastic classics shown on 16mm film. Newman Center, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7 p.m. Donations. Info, serious_61@

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health & fitness

BUTI FLOW: Yogis benefit from power yoga and deep abdominal toning. Women’s Room, Burlington, 9 a.m. $16. Info, beth@prenatalmethod. com.


PEACHAM WINTER CARNIVAL: See FRI.16, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Save the Pollinators Saturday, Feb. 24 • 11:30-1:00pm Burlington Garden Center Presenter: Kerry Mendez Cost: $15

MIDDLEBURY WINTER FARMERS MARKET: Crafts, cheeses, breads, veggies and more vie for spots in shoppers’ totes. VFW Post 7823, Middlebury, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, mosefarm@gmail. com.

fairs & festivals

ART BIGGER: This celebration of creativity comes complete with an arts and crafts show, a silent auction, open mic, bake sale, workshops, and more. Missisquoi Valley Union Middle & High School, Swanton, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. $5 for open mic. Info, 782-5095.

Budge-wise Gardener Saturday, Feb. 24 • 9:30-11:00am Burlington Garden Center Presenter: Kerry Mendez Cost: $15

HOMEMADE SPAGHETTI DINNER: Diners pile their plates with pasta and meatballs. A cookie walk and a raffle round out the evening. Waterbury St. Leo’s Hall, 5-7:30 p.m. $8-11; free for kids 5 and under. Info, 496-2035.

OSCAR-NOMINATED SHORT FILMS: Cinephiles screen live action and animated films in the running for Academy Awards. See for details. Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 5 & 8 p.m. $5-10. Info, 603-646-2422.

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.

Mushroom Cultivation Saturday, Feb. 17 • 9:30-11:00am Burlington Garden Center Presenter: Ethan Thompson Cost: $15

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


Find club dates in the music section. CABIN FEVER SERIES: An annual concert series continues with an intimate performance by 3 Ravens. WalkOver Gallery and Concert Room, Bristol, 8-10:30 p.m. $15-20. Info, 453-3188, ext. 2. GOBSMACKED: World-class voices, jaw-dropping beatboxing and heart-stopping harmonies push the limits of the human voice. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 7 p.m. $32. Info, 775-0903.


PAUL ASBELL: The lifelong guitar player tunes into his own blend of jazz, roots and blues. Robison Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. ROUGH FRANCIS: Fans get fired up for a raucous punk-rock set. Lake Superior and Tin Talisman open. College Hall Gallery, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, 7-10 p.m. $10. Info, TURNMUSIC: See FRI.16, FlynnSpace, Burlington, 8 p.m. $20. Info, 863-5966. WORLD MUSIC PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE: Hafiz Shabazz directs a full band in the beat-driven program “Songs of Change: The Music of Fela Kuti, Bob Marley and Cheikh Lô.” Faulkner Recital Hall, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 8 p.m. $9-10. Info, 603-646-2422.



ANIMAL TRACKING — WORKING WOODLANDS WORKSHOP: Nature lovers seek signs of local species. Bring water, a snack and snowshoes. Marsh-BillingsRockefeller National Historical


‘1984’: See FRI.16. ‘THE AUSPICIOUS ADVENTURES OF AN IMPROBABLE PRINCESS’: Staged in conjunction with the exhibition “Puppets: World on a String,” a Now or Never Theatre production uses shadow puppetry, video and an original score to depict a woman’s transformation. Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, Shelburne Museum, 4 p.m. Regular admission; $510; free for active military and kids under 5; preregister. Info, 985-3346.

ID CLUB: Folks nerd out over the finer points of nature — think counting metacarpal pads and making spore prints. Rock Point Nature Trails, Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 557-7127. NATURE MINDFULNESS: LOVE & NATURE: A certified nature and forest therapy guide leads a gentle saunter followed by foraged hot tea in the forest. All Souls Interfaith Gathering, Shelburne, 10 a.m.-noon. $20. Info, 491-4027.

SLEIGH RIDE WEEKS: See WED.14. WINTER BIRD MONITORING WALK: GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT: Avian enthusiasts don binoculars and keep a checklist of feathered fliers. Office Building. Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 434-3068.


END OF LIFE CHOICE: OPTIONS & AUTONOMY: Attendees leave with a deeper understanding of advance directives, palliative care and more. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $12; preregister. Info, 223-2518. INTRODUCTION TO DNA TESTING: An overview of the genealogical research tool reaches the outer limbs of family trees. Vermont Genealogy Library, Fort Ethan Allen, Colchester, 10:30 a.m.-noon. $10. Info, 310-9285. VCAM ORIENTATION: Videoproduction hounds master basic concepts and nomenclature at an overview of VCAM facilities, policies and procedures. VCAM Studio, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 651-9692.


PUBLIC SKATING: Active bodies coast across the ice. Stafford Ice Arena. Plattsburgh State Fieldhouse, N.Y., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $2-3; additional cost for rentals. Info, 518-564-4136.


Burlington, noon-2 p.m. & 7-9 p.m. Donations. Info, 355-1461.

Orleans Elementary School, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 754-2022.

Meeting House, 3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 233-6377.



TRADITIONAL YOGA FLOW: Breath accompanies each transition during a vinyasa flow focused on body awareness and self-acceptance. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 9-10:15 a.m. $12. Info,

BOOK SALE: See FRI.16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. CABIN FEVER SPELLING BEE: Readers compete against local writers in this words-worthy showdown benefitting the library. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7-9 p.m. $12-15; preregister to compete. Info, 223-3338. POETRY EXPERIENCE: Rajnii Eddins facilitates a poetry and spoken-word workshop aimed at building confidence and developing a love of writing. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211.

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OPEN MUSEUM FOR THE GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT: Citizen scientists join a worldwide effort to tally avian varieties. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Donations. Info, 434-2167.

ALYSSA BENNETT: The biologist spreads her wings in the slideshow “Embattled Bats.” Unitarian Church of Montpelier, vegetarian dinner, 6 p.m.; talk, 7:30 p.m. Free for talk; $20 for dinner; preregister; limited space. Info,


‘MUSIC, MEMORIES & MILESTONES: TARYN NOELLE IN CONCERT’: The vocalist teams up with jazz artist Joe Davidian for an evening of favorites from the Great American Songbook. Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, 7-9 p.m. $25. Info, 533-9075.

GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT: Citizen scientists join a worldwide effort to tally avian varieties. Guided walks, activities and live raptors round out the fun. Vermont Institute of Natural Science Nature Center, Quechee, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Regular admission, $13-15; free for members and kids 3 and under. Info, 359-5000.


MARTIN SEXTON: Soul, gospel, country, rock and blues blend by way of the American singer-songwriter. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 1:30 p.m. $2065. Info, 760-4634.

TECH HELP: Electronics novices bring their questions and devices to a hands-on help session with a trained troubleshooter. Fairfax Community Library, 9-11 a.m. Free. Info, 849-2420.

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GRAND HARMONIE: Chamber music lovers warm up after a day on the slopes with hot cocoa and favorites by Mozart and Beethoven. Stowe Community Church, 6-7 p.m. $20. Info, info@


Park, Woodstock, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 457-3368, ext. 222.





‘BIG LOVE’: See THU.15. ‘BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS’: See FRI.16. FOUR ONE-ACT PLAYS: See THU.15, 1 & 3 p.m. ‘GYPSY’ AUDITIONS: Adults and children give their all for roles in a Stowe Theatre Guild musical production. Stowe Town Hall Theatre, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. & 2-5 p.m. Free. Info, info@stowetheate. com. ‘MADAMA BUTTERFLY’: Puccini’s popular opera, presented by Barn Opera, tells of the epic romance between a young Japanese geisha and an American lieutenant. Brandon Music, cash bar, 7 p.m.; performance, 7:30 p.m. $50; preregister; limited space. Info, 247-4295. THE METROPOLITAN OPERA LIVE IN HD: ‘L’ELISIR D’AMORE’: A romantic comedy about a smitten peasant who employs a magic love potion is broadcast to the big screen. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, noon. $1625. Info, 748-2600. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, preshow talk, 12:15 p.m.; show, 1 p.m. $1024. Info, 382-9222. MUD SEASON VARIETY SHOW AUDITIONS: Group acts and solo performers throw their hats in the ring for roles in this community talent showcase. Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 728-9402. ‘ONLY YESTERDAY’: See WED.14, 2 & 7:30 p.m. ‘SCHOOL OF ROCK’: Very Merry Theatre teens tell the guitarshredding tale of a wannabe rock star who poses as a prep-school teacher. Very Merry Theatre,

PRIVILEGE & ACCOUNTABILITY FOR ASPIRING ALLIES: Attendees gain the skills to effectively support others in addressing racial oppression. Waitsfield United Church of Christ, 4-6 p.m. Free. Info, 8632345, ext. 6.


NOFA-VT WINTER CONFERENCE: See SAT.17, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.


COMMUNITY MINDFULNESS PRACTICE WITH NEW LEAF SANGHA: 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@ COMMUNITY MINDFULNESS WITH THE CENTER FOR MINDFUL LEARNING: Peaceful people gather for guided meditation and interactive discussions. Burlington Friends Meeting House, 5-7 p.m. $10. Info, assistant@


TREES FOR THE FUTURE: PLAN(T)ING FOR A CHANGING CLIMATE: A seminar with educator Jacob Holzberg-Pill focuses on arboreal species selection for diversity and resilience in days to come. Ira Allen Chapel, University of Vermont, Burlington, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 656-5440.


WINTER BRIDAL SHOW: Bridesto-be taste appetizers, listen to music and mingle with industry professionals. The Essex Resort & Spa, 11:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m. $6-7. Info, 459-2897.

fairs & festivals

COLLECTORS’ FAIR: Pack rats display sets of small steam engines, arrow heads, stamps and more at an ultimate showand-tell. See calendar spotlight.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘EXHIBITION ON SCREEN IN HD: CANALETTO & THE ART OF VENICE’: Art hounds embark on a journey into the life and work of painter Giovanni Antonio Canal. Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 4 & 7 p.m. $15. Info, 603-646-2422. ‘I AM EVIDENCE’: This 2017 documentary turns the lens toward the handling of sexual assault cases across the country. A Q&A with director Trish Adlesic follows. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 2 p.m. $12. Info, 382-9222. NO MAN’S LAND FILM FESTIVAL: Award-winning short flicks feature adventurous women excelling in sports such as extreme skiing and synchronized swimming. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-10. Info, 603-646-2422. ‘ONLY GOD CAN’: In this 2015 film, five longtime friends find strength in their faith. United Church of South Royalton, 4:306:30 p.m. Free. Info, 565-8013. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS 3D’: See WED.14. ‘WONDERS OF THE ARCTIC 3D’: See WED.14.

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CHOCOLATE TASTING IN BURLINGTON: See SAT.17. CHOCOLATE TASTING IN MIDDLESEX: Candy fanatics get an education on a variety of sweets made on site. Nutty Steph’s Granola & Chocolate Factory, Middlesex, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 229-2090.


GAMES PARLOUR: Strategic thinkers bring favorite tabletop competitions to play with others. Champlain Club, Burlington, 2-8 p.m. $5. Info, orsonbradford@ POKÉMON LEAGUE: See THU.15, noon-5 p.m.

health & fitness

GONG & SOUND IMMERSION: With the help of props, participants embark on a sonic journey of relaxing and restorative vibrations. Balance Yoga, Richmond, 6:30-8 p.m. $20; preregister; limited space. Info, KARMA YOGA: Attendees practice poses while supporting the Richmond Food Shelf. Balance Yoga, Richmond, 10:30-11:30 a.m. $10; $5 with a food donation. Info, MOVING MEDITATION WUJI GONG: Jeanne Plo leads pupils in an easy-to-learn form of qi gong known as “tai chi for enlightenment.” Burlington Friends


CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION: Foodies ring in the Year of the Dog with a traditional eight-course feast benefiting the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. A Single Pebble, Burlington, 6 p.m. $100; preregister; limited space. Info, 863-5966. VALENTINE’S DAY BRUNCH & SILENT AUCTION: The Smokey Newfield Project provide the tunes at a bash benefiting People Helping People Global. Sunset Ballroom, Comfort Suites, South Burlington, noon-2 p.m. $12-25. Info, 318-4488. VALENTINE’S WEEK APOLOGISTS’ BRUNCH: Forgot to do something special for your sweetheart? Couples connect over palate-pleasing fare and Silo Distillery spirits. Rí Rá Irish Pub & Whiskey Room, Burlington, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $18. Info, 860-9401.


FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUP: Parlez-vous français? Native speakers and students alike practice the tongue at a casual drop-in chat. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, stevenorman@


Find club dates in the music section. BELLA VOCE, SOLARIS & COUNTERPOINT: Three Vermont choral ensembles join forces to perform the works of Richard Stoehr. McCarthy Arts Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 3 p.m. Free. Info, COUNTRY CHORUS: New members join instructor John Harrison for ten weeks of fun, learning and singing. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 3:30-5 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-6954. DARTMOUTH COLLEGE WIND ENSEMBLE: Music from Japan, China and Thailand delights listeners. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 2 p.m. $9-10. Info, 603-646-2422. GREEN MOUNTAIN HORN CLUB: Ten french horn players perform works from a wide variety of periods and styles. College Street Congregational Church, Burlington, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 498-8367. NATASHA KOVAL PADEN: The Middlebury College affiliate artist tickles the ivories in pieces by Liszt, Chopin and Lyapunov. Robison Hall, Mahaney Center for

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in Vermont and New York. Ethan Allen Homestead Museum, Burlington, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info, 865-4556.

Kitchen, City Market, Onion River Co-op, Burlington South End, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 861-9700.




‘1984’: See FRI.16, 2 p.m.

STOWE PINNACLE HIKE: A valley view rewards outdoor adventurers on this moderate three-mile snowshoe. Contact trip leader for details. Free; preregister. Info,



‘ONLY YESTERDAY’: See WED.14, 5 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, 6:30-10 p.m. $8. Info, 540-0498.

‘SCHOOL OF ROCK’: See SAT.17, 4-6 p.m.

health & fitness

MAKING FRIENDS & FINDING COMMUNITY AS AN ADULT: After hearing a talk by local author Ryan Kriger, grown-ups get to know each other in a casual environment. Three Penny Taproom, Montpelier, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 646-245-5564. YOUR PARENTING: BEYOND RULES & CONSEQUENCES: Moms and dads challenge what they think they know about child-rearing. Women’s Room, Burlington, 2-3:30 p.m. $20. Info, 881-4161.


CAMEL’S HUMP CHALLENGE: Backcountry skiers circumnavigate the state’s third highest peak at this fundraiser for the Vermont chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Camel’s Hump Nordic Ski Area, Huntington, 7:15 a.m.3 p.m. Funds raised. Info, 719-684-3284. WOMEN’S PICKUP SOCCER: Swift females shoot for the goal. Robert Miller Community & Recreation Center, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. $3; $50 for unlimited drop-in pass. Info, 864-0123.






NOFA-VT WINTER CONFERENCE: See SAT.17, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.


CONTACT IMPROV: See WED.14, Aikido of Champlain Valley, Burlington, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $4. Info, 864-7306. GAGA PEOPLE FEBRUARY MASTER CLASS: Dancers improve flexibility, stamina and agility while lightening the senses and imagination in a training session with Maree ReMalia. North End Studio A, Burlington, 6:30-7:30 p.m. $10-15; preregister. Info, info@ SALSA MONDAYS: Dancers learn the techniques and patterns of salsa, merengue, bachata and cha-cha. North End Studio A, Burlington, fundamentals, 7 p.m.; intermediate, 8 p.m. $12. Info, 227-2572.


CAMPUS TOUR: Potential students ages 16 through 24 check out a facility offering free housing, meals, career technical training, high school diplomas, driver’s licenses and job placement. Northlands Job Corps Center, Vergennes, 9:45 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, 877-0121.




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See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. PALESTINE & ISRAEL IN FILM: Documentaries and dramas lay the groundwork for respectful discussions with local activists Kathy Shapiro and Mark Hage. Call for titles. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 6:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, 223-2518. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS 3D’: See WED.14.

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ALL-LEVELS HATHA YOGA: See WED.14. BONE BUILDERS EXERCISE CLASSES: See WED.14. BUTI YOGA: See WED.14. CAPOEIRA: A blend of martial arts, music and dancing challenges adults and kids. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 4:30-5:30 p.m. $12. Info, studio@

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GENTLE HONEY FLOW: A slowmoving yoga class awakens the body for the week ahead. Women’s Room, Burlington, 12:15 p.m. $16. Info, beth@ MEDITATION: A group practice including sitting, walking, reading and discussion promotes mindfulness. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, POWER YOGA: Yogis move, sweat and rock out to fun music. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 6-7 p.m. $12. Info, RECOVERY COMMUNITY YOGA: See WED.14. SEATED TAI CHI: Movements are modified for those with arthritis and other chronic conditions. Winooski Senior Center, 11 a.m.noon. Free. Info, 735-5467. TAI CHI: Beginners learn the fundamentals of Yang style slow set, tai chi gong and basic warmups. Richmond Free Library, 9-10 a.m. $14. Info, taichivermont@ TIBETAN YOGA: A cleansing practice leads to greater clarity off the mat. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, noon-1:15 p.m. $12. Info,

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YIN YOGA: See SAT.17, noon-1:15 p.m.


ADVANCED-LEVEL SPANISH CLASS: Language learners perfect their pronunciation with guest speakers. Private residence, Burlington, 4:30-6 p.m. $20. Info, 324-1757.

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JOB HUNT HELP: See THU.15, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

ADVANCED SUN-STYLE TAI CHI, LONG-FORM: Elements of qigong thread through the youngest version of the Chinese martial art. Winooski Senior Center, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 735-5467.


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BRIDGE CLUB: See WED.14, 6:30 p.m.


SUSAN OUELLETTE: In “The Journal of Phebe Orvis, 18201830,” the professor reads into the life of a 19th-century woman

‘BIG LOVE’: See THU.15, 2 p.m.

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LUNCH IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE: AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE: Bring a bag lunch to practice the system of communication using visual gestures. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. SPANISH GROUP CLASSES: Speakers brush up on their language skills en español. New Moon Café, Burlington, 5-6:30 p.m. $25. Info, maigomez1@


Find club dates in the music section. KIND BUD’S KIND DUBS: The skillful guitarist finds eager ears with a mixture of original and well-known groovy tunes. Spruce Base Camp, Stowe Mountain Resort, 1-5 p.m. Free. Info, 253-3000.




PUBLIC SKATING: See SAT.17, 5:30-7 p.m.


JOEL PARKER: The associate professor of biology delivers “How CRISPR Technology Has Moved Us Closer to Editing the Human Genome.” 30 City Place, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 518-564-5279.



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.





FEAST TOGETHER OR FEAST TO GO: See FRI.16. PUBLIC HEARING: Williston residents offer their two cents on a proposed speed-limit reduction on Old Stage Road. Williston Town Hall, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-0919. TUESDAY VOLUNTEER NIGHTS: Helping hands pitch in around the shop by organizing parts, moving bikes and tackling other projects. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Bike Recycle Vermont, Burlington, 5-8 p.m. Free. Info, 264-9687.



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, 863-3403.


BEGINNER WEST COAST SWING & FUSION DANCING: Pupils get schooled in the fundamentals of partner dance. North End Studio B, Burlington, 8-9 p.m. $11-16. Info, burlingtonwestie@gmail. com. INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED WEST COAST SWING: Fun-loving folks learn the smooth, sexy stylings of modern swing dance. North End Studio A, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. $11-16. Info, 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.


CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND: SPENCER PRIZE IN ORATORY: Five first-year students face off in this first annual speech competition. Robison Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. DANCE, PAINT, WRITE: DROP-IN: Creative people end their day with an energetic meditation, music, movement, intuitive painting, free writing and de-stressing. Expressive Arts Burlington, 7-9 p.m. $15. Info, 343-8172.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘THE ARTIST’: A 2011 comedy follows the careers of a silent movie star and a young dancer. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. ‘BEFORE THE FLOOD’: A 2016 documentary brings the effects of climate change into focus. A discussion follows. Craftsbury Outdoor Center, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $5. Info, 533-9370. ‘CASABLANCA’: Here’s looking at you, kid. Cinephiles see this 1942 romantic drama starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS 3D’: See WED.14. ‘WONDERS OF THE ARCTIC 3D’: See WED.14.


BRIDGE CLUB: See WED.14, 7 p.m.

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50/50 POWER/YIN YOGA: Physical therapist Kyle McGregor designed this class to address the needs of cyclists and those with a sedentary lifestyle through a strengthening warmup and restorative poses. Kismet Place, Williston, 4-5 p.m. $12. Info, 343-5084. BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE SUN-STYLE TAI CHI, LONGFORM: Improved mood, greater muscle strength and increased

energy are a few of the benefits of this gentle exercise. South Burlington Recreation & Parks Department, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 735-5467. BEGINNERS TAI CHI CLASS: See THU.15. BRANDON FITNESS BOOT CAMP: Hop to it! Get fit with strength, endurance, agility and coordination exercises. Otter Valley North Campus Gym, Brandon, 5-6 p.m. $12. Info, 343-7160. DE-STRESS YOGA: A relaxing and challenging class lets healthy bodies unplug and unwind. Balance Yoga, Richmond, 5:45-7 p.m. $14. Info, 434-8401.

language over a bag lunch. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. PAUSE-CAFÉ FRENCH CONVERSATION: Frenchlanguage fanatics meet pour parler la belle langue. Meet in the back room. ¡Duino! (Duende), Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 430-4652. SOCIAL GATHERING: Those who are deaf or hard of hearing or want to learn American Sign Language get together to break down communication barriers. The North Branch Café, Montpelier, 4-6 p.m. Cost of food and drink. Info, 595-4001.

FELDENKRAIS AWARENESS THROUGH MOVEMENT: See FRI.16, Sacred Mountain Studio, Burlington, 9:30-10:30 a.m. $15; free for first-timers. Info, 735-3770.


LOW-IMPACT FITNESS BOOT CAMP: Strength, agility, coordination and heart-healthy exercises are modified for folks of all ability levels. Charlotte Senior Center, 9:15-10 a.m. $10. Info, 343-7160. PEACEFUL WARRIOR KARATE: Martial-arts training promotes healthy living for those in recovery. Turning Point Center, Burlington, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 861-3150. PILATES: See WED.14, Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 7:30-8:30 a.m. $12. Info, REIKI CLINIC: Thirty-minute treatments promote physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. JourneyWorks, Burlington, 3-5:30 p.m. $10-30; preregister. Info, 860-6203. R.I.P.P.E.D.: See SAT.17, 6-7 p.m. $10. Info, 578-9243. VINYASA FLOW: See THU.15.



MOMENTUM PIZZA PARTY: Piping hot slices put smiles on faces at this gathering hosted by a network of LGBTQ+ individuals dedicated to making Vermont a vibrant community for folks over 40. Pride Center of Vermont, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Info,


Find club dates in the music section. OPEN JAM: Instrumentalists band together for a free-flowing musical hour. Borrow an instrument or bring your own. The Pathways Vermont Community Center, Burlington, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 888-492-8218, ext. 300. PETER CILUZZI: Jazz, rock, classical, bluegrass and world influences shine through evocative fingerstyle guitar compositions. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 7:30-9 p.m. $10. Info, 434-4563.

YOGA AT THE WINOOSKI VFW: Certified instructors guide veterans and their families through a series of poses. Arrive five to 10 minutes early. Second floor, Winooski VFW Hall, 6-7 p.m. Donations. Info, 655-9832.






‘LA CAUSERIE’ FRENCH CONVERSATION: Native speakers and learners are welcome to pipe up at an unstructured conversational practice. El Gato Cantina, Burlington, 4:30-6 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0195. LUNCH IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE: ITALIAN: Speakers hone their skills in the Romance

DIGITAL ORGANIZING: Computer users pick up tips for finding order in files and photos. Waterbury Public Library, 11 a.m.noon. Free; preregister. Info, 244-7036. MARKETING YOUR SELFPUBLISHED BOOK: Authors get schooled in social media marketing, approaching independent bookstores and other practical skills. Bear Pond Books, Montpelier, 7-8:30 p.m. $25. Info, 229-0774. WORKING PARENT’S HERBAL: Say goodbye to illness! A practical guide to keeping family members healthy emphasizes building kids’ immune systems. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Montpelier, 6:309:30 p.m. $21-25; preregister. Info, 224-7100.



HATHA YOGA FLOW: This practice provides a great stretch and strengthens the body through a combination of sustained and flowing poses. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 5:30-6:45 p.m. $12. Info, studio@


CENTER STREET NIGHT SLEDDING: The young and the young at heart zoom downhill. Downtown Rutland, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 773-9380.

Q&A WITH MONTPELIER CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES: The League of Women Voters of Vermont moderates a public forum. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, noon-2 p.m. Free. Info, 223-2518.

INTRODUCTION TO FACEBOOK FOR SENIORS: Folks ages 50 and up who are comfortable using the keyboard and mouse and have an email address learn the ABCs of the socialnetworking tool. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 865-7217.


BROWN BAG BOOK CLUB: Readers voice opinions about The Trespasser by Tana French. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. BURLINGTON POETRY GROUP: Writers of verse ages 18 through 30 field constructive feedback on original works. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, CREATIVE NONFICTION WORKSHOP: Folks give feedback on essays, poetry and journalism written by Burlington Writers Workshop members. 110 Main St., Suite 3C, Burlington, 10:30 a.m. Free; preregister at; limited space. Info, 383-8104. WINE & STORY OPEN MIC: Prompts trigger first-person narratives told to a live audience. Shelburne Vineyard, 7:30 p.m. $5. Info, 863-1754. WINTER LITERATURE READING SERIES: Ambitious readers cover selected pages of George Eliot’s Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life. 110 Main St., Suite 3C, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister at; limited space. Info, 383-8104.

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CENTRAL VERMONT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MIXER: Area professionals rub elbows over refreshments. Family Center of Washington County, Montpelier, 5-7 p.m. $10-15; preregister. Info, 229-5711.




DONNA DRUCHUNAS: Fiber fanatics get fired up for a discussion of The Art of Lithuanian Knitting: 25 Traditional Patterns and the People, Places and History That Inspire Them. Phoenix Books Essex, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 872-7111. FIBER RIOT!: See WED.14.




PLANTS FOR BIRDS HOUSE PARTY: Nature lovers warm their toes by a fire while discussing native plants and swapping gardening stories. Location provided upon registration. 7-8:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 434-3068. WINTER RENAISSANCE FAIRE PREPARTY: Families gear up for the March festival with raffles, live music, food and drink specials, and more. Rí Rá Irish Pub & Whiskey Room, Burlington, 6-9 p.m. Free. Info, 778-9178.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘12 YEARS A SLAVE’: Chiwetel Ejiofor portrays a free black man who is sold into slavery in this critically acclaimed historical drama. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. ‘GOOD THINKING, THE DOCUMENTARY: THOSE WHO’VE TRIED TO HALT NUCLEAR WEAPONS’: Anthony Donovan’s documentary elucidates the history and dangers of nuclear weapons. Peace & Justice Center, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, MANUAL CINEMA: Intricate shadow puppetry and a live score tell the tale of twin sisters in Ada/Ava. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $15-38. Info, 863-5966. MOVIE NIGHT: Film buffs point their eyes toward the screen for a popular picture. Call for title. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS 3D’: See WED.14. ‘STONE RISING: THE WORK OF DAN SNOW’: Shown as part of the Architecture + Design Film Series, this documentary lets viewers in on a master wall builder’s creative process. Burlington City Hall Auditorium, 6 p.m. Free. Info, adfilmseries@ ‘WONDERS OF THE ARCTIC 3D’: See WED.14.

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BASIC KNIFE SKILLS: Chef Michael Clauss covers slicing,


dicing and everything in between. Community Teaching Kitchen, City Market, Onion River Co-op,Burlington South End, 5:30-7 p.m. $5-10. Info, 861-9700. COMMUNITY DINNER: Winooski School District and City of Winooski representatives present their yearly budget during a neighborhood feast hosted by the Winooski Partnership for Prevention. O’Brien Community Center, Winooski, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 655-4565. COMMUNITY NIGHT: Foodies dig in for a cause at an evening benefiting the Vermont Dance Alliance. Partial proceeds are donated. Bluebird Barbecue, Burlington, 5-9 p.m. Cost of food and drink. Info, COMMUNITY SUPPER: See WED.14. SIMPLE SOUP SUPPER: Proceeds from a homemade meal benefit the Lamoille Community Food Share. St. John’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church, Stowe, 5:30-7 p.m. $5-8. Info, 253-7578. VERMONT FARMERS MARKET: See WED.14.


BRIDGE CLUB: See WED.14. CHESS CLUB: Strategy comes into play as competitors try to capture opposing game pieces. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

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BEGINNER ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASS: See WED.14. FRENCH WEDNESDAY: SOCIAL EVENT: Francophones fine-tune their French-language conversation skills over cocktails. Bar, Bleu Northeast Seafood, Burlington, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, GERMAN CONVERSATION GROUP: Community members practice conversing auf Deutsch. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403. INTERMEDIATE-LEVEL SPANISH CLASS: See WED.14. INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASS: See WED.14. LUNCH IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE: SPANISH: See WED.14.


Find club dates in the music section. DON WILKINSON, MARY CICCONETTI & ANYA SHEMETYEVA: The Farmers Night Concert Series continues with “Vermont Headstones,” a cycle of 12 songs by Stanley Charkey. House Chamber, Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 828-2228. KINGDOM ALL-STARS: Student musicians band together for a lively concert. Fuller Hall, St. Johnsbury Academy, 10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. $4. Info, 748-2600. RED BARAAT: World-music lovers can’t help but move to the horn-driven sounds of the Brooklyn-based band. Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson State College, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1408.

JASON HILL: Fans of feathered fliers flock to hear “Flights Into the Darkness: Illuminating the Mystery of Migration.” Richmond Free Library, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, gmas@greenmountainaudubon. org. JOANNE POLENSHEK: The genealogist sheds light on local history with “Slavery in Sheldon, Vermont.” Sheldon Elementary School, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 370-4148.


INTERMEDIATE EXCEL: Formula entry, formatting, freeze pane and simple plotting become second nature at a tutorial on electronic spreadsheets. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 865-7217. TECH HELP WITH CLIF: See WED.14.


‘DADDY LONG LEGS’: Tim Guiles Productions presents a heartwarming Cinderella story about a young college student and her mysterious benefactor. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 7:30 p.m. $18. Info, 382-9222.

IN CELEBRATION OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH: ALL OUR BLACK VOICES: Books in hand, lit lovers join local poet Toussaint St. Negritude for an open reading-in-the-round of favorite African American poets. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.



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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.



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BRENDAN NYHAN: In “Why Facts Don’t Always Change People’s Minds,” the Dartmouth College professor considers what makes individuals vulnerable to misinformation. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291.




ALISON BECHDEL: In an illustrated talk, the comics artist discusses how her cartooning has evolved over four decades. Silver Maple Ballroom, Davis Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6954.


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‘THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES’: Students honor V-Day with a performance of Eve Ensler’s 1996 play giving voice to females in scenes ranging from playful to healing. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $9-10; free for students with ID. Info, 603-646-2422.

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.










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agriculture BEEKEEPER APPRENTICESHIPS: You can learn how to be a successful beekeeper with a full season of essential skills. This apprenticeship program will cover foundational concepts, information and philosophies for a full warm-weather season of beekeeping. It is my honor to help you explore the world of the sacred honeybee. -Anthony. May-Oct. Cost: $35/single day; $300/10 days before April 15; $350/10 days after April 15. Location: The Shaman’s Touch Apiary, Morrisville. Info: Anthony Pauly, 3245769, theshamans,


art BEAUTY IN PROCESS: This acrylic painting workshop will mine the depths of intuitive abstraction through process painting and manipulation of materials. Instructor: Galen Cheney. Sat., Mar. 10, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Cost: $135/person; $110/members. Location: Helen Day Art Center, 90 Pond St., Stowe. Info: 253-8358, education@helenday. com,




ayurveda 20 BASIC QUALITIES OF AYURVEDA: There are 20 basic qualities used to describe everything in the universe, including food, events, emotions and mental states. We discuss how to identify the qualities in our physical, mental and emotional bodies. Understanding of the qualities provides a lens through which to view ourselves and the world around us with more compassion and less judgement. These qualities are used to describe everything in the universe. Sun., Feb. 18, 10 a.m.-noon. Cost: $35/2-hour workshop. Location: The Ayurvedic Center Of Vermont, 34 Oak Hill Rd., Williston. Info: Stable In Self Ayurveda, Regan Wendell, 520303-3604, stableinself@gmail. com,

instructors learning the basics of wheel throwing with clay. This is a great introduction to our studio for those who don’t have time for an eight-week class or who just want to have fun with other beginner potters. There is a $5 additional fee per clay piece to be kept, fired and glazed. No registration necessary, but space is limited. First come, first served. Groups larger than six people are encouraged to set up a private workshop. Fri., Jan. 26-May 18, 7:30-9 p.m. Cost: $10/ person; $9/members. Purchase a drop-in card and get the 6th visit free! Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7157. BANGLES: Come check out the jewelry and fine metals studio by making your silver, copper or brass bangle. Open to all skill levels. All materials included. Thu., Feb. 15, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $37/person; $33.30/ members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166.

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Call 865-7166 for info or register online at Teacher bios are also available online. ADOBE LIGHTROOM: Learn how to easily upload, organize, edit and print your digital photographs using Adobe Lightroom. RAW file management, exposure/white-balance corrections and printing high-quality archival inkjet prints on our Epson printers will be covered. Students will leave with the skills and confidence to join the digital lab as a member. Bring a Mac-compatible portable drive with your images to the first class. No experience necessary. Mon., Mar. 19-Apr. 23, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $275/person; $247.50/ members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. ADULT WHEEL DROP-IN: Curious about the pottery wheel? Spend a Friday night with our pottery

DARKROOM CRASH COURSE: 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 film, paper and darkroom supplies included. Bring your manual 35mm or medium format film camera to the first class. No experience necessary. Mon., Mar. 19-Apr. 9, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $180/ person; $162.50/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. DIGITAL PRINTING CRASH COURSE: Are you comfortable with organizing, editing and sizing your digital photographs in Photoshop or Lightroom but have never printed your work? Are you curious about testing paper surfaces or printing large? This intensive workshop will go through all of the basics of printing to the large format, archival inkjet Epson printers at the BCA Photo Labs. Bring a selection of digital files prepped and ready to print on a Mac-compatible external hard drive. Fri., Mar. 30, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost: $45/person; $40.50/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. DIGITAL SLR CAMERA: Explore the basic workings of the digital SLR camera and learn how to take the photographs you envision. Demystify f-stops, shutter speeds, sensitivity ratings and exposure, and analyze the basics of composition. Bring your camera and owner’s manual to the first class. Pair with Adobe Lightroom to learn how to edit

and print your images. Tue., Apr. 3-May 15, 10 a.m.-noon (no class Apr. 24). Cost: $180/person; $162/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. DIY DESIGN: SCREENPRINTED TOTE BAGS: Learn to pull a print from an existing silk screen and decorate your tote bag! We’ll discuss the process of creating silk screening from start to finish, and, using one of four designs, you will use fabric ink to create your washable tote bag that will be ready to take home and use at the end of the workshop. All materials provided. Registration required. Mon., Mar. 12, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $30/person; $27/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. DIY DESIGN: SUNPRINTS: Create unique prints using photo-sensitive paper and everyday objects. Local artist Laura Hale will lead you through this simple way to create beautiful artwork and will show you how to frame the results. All participants will leave with one framed sun print. All materials provided. Registration required. Mon., Apr. 30, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $30/person; $27/ members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166.

incorporate individual visions. Benefit from constructive feedback and gentle coaching in this supportive environment. Class price includes basic drawing materials. Prerequisite: Some drawing experience is recommended. Thu., Jan. 25-Feb. 15, 9:30-12:30 p.m. Cost: $180/person; $162/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166.

behind this mysterious process. We will cover families or types of glazes, the breakdown of components in a glaze, common and less-common raw materials, and the basics of what you can do to start making and troubleshooting your glazes. Mon., Apr. 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $25/person; $22.50/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166.

FAMILY ART SATURDAY AT BCA CENTER: Get creative and make art together! Families are invited to drop in to the BCA Center and enjoy an art activity inspired by our current exhibitions. On each scheduled Saturday, BCA will offer a different art-making project that will ignite the imaginations of kids and adults. Admission is free. Third Sat. of the month, 11-1 p.m. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. Info: 8657166,

GRAPHIC NOVEL: Learn the art of visual storytelling through this immersive class in the comics discipline. Students will learn a broad range of techniques for communicating with both words and pictures, with an emphasis on using pen and ink. 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. Wed., Mar. 21-Apr. 25, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $255/ person; $229.50/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. HIGH SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHY: Tell your story with photographs in this sixweek session for high school students! You will explore your ideas, go on group photo shoots, process and print digital photos and zines in our digital lab, experiment with film photography in our darkroom, and participate in supportive discussions and critiques. All supplies and cameras provided. Scholarships are available. Ages 14-18. No experience required. Fri., Apr. 6-May 18 (no class Apr. 27), 4:30-6:30 p.m. Cost: $150/person; $135/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166.

DIY DESIGN: TERRARIUMS: Join artist Laura Hale and create your custom-designed terrarium. You’ll learn how to choose the right plants and create the right soil conditions for them to thrive. You’ll leave with your custom creation and care instructions for keeping it healthy and vibrant. All materials provided. Registration is required. Mon., May 14, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $30/person; $27/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. DOCUMENTARY STORYTELLING: Learn how to tell a compelling story with your photographs! This six-week class will introduce participants to the process of documentary storytelling and include discussions of subject matter, composition, editing and story structure. Group discussion and critiques as well as shooting assignments, readings and writing exercises will give participants the opportunity to begin a new photographic project or refine works in progress. Film or digital photography acceptable. Thu., Feb. 8-Mar. 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $180/person; $162/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. EXPERIMENTAL DRAWING: Expand on your drawing skills, while discovering the possibilities of abstract drawing styles and compositions. A variety of drawing mediums, sizes and techniques will be explored, with plenty of flexibility to

FAMILY WHEEL DROP-IN: Explore BCA’s clay studio while hanging out with the family. Try the pottery wheel or create fantastic clay sculptures while our staff gives demonstrations. There is a $5 additional fee per clay piece to be kept, fired and glazed. No registration necessary, but access to wheels is limited. Groups larger than six people are encouraged to set up a private workshop. All ages. Fri., Jan. 26-May 18, 5-7 p.m. Cost: $10/person; $9/members. Purchase a drop-in card and get the 6th visit free! Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7157, GLAZE CHEMISTRY: For ceramics artists, glazing can be a daunting and mysterious process: part alchemy, part magic and part pure luck. During this two-hour lecture, we will pull back the curtain to reveal the science

JEWELRY: Learn the basics of creating metal jewelry. Techniques covered will include sawing, piercing, filing, annealing, soldering, texturing, cold connections, basic hollow construction, ring sizing and more, so that students can create at least two completed pieces. The class includes copper and brass and use of all basic tools, as well as studio access during the weeks of your class. Tue., Jan. 23-Feb. 27, 5:30-8 p.m. Cost: $255/person; $229.50/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. LIFE DRAWING DROP-IN: Spend the evening with other local artists drawing from one of our experienced models. Please bring your drawing materials and paper. No preregistration is necessary. Ages 18 and up. Fri., Jan. 26-May 18, 7:30-9 p.m. Cost: $10/ person; $9/members. Purchase a drop-in card and get the 6th visit free! Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. MIXED-LEVEL JEWELRY: This is a less-structured fine metals


jewelry class for students who would like to work on a specific project, brush up on their techniques or learn some new techniques with the aid of an instructor there to coach them. Open to all skill levels, but some experience is helpful for this open-style class. Tue., Mar. 13Apr. 17, 5:30-8 p.m. Cost: $255/ person; $229.50/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. MIXED-LEVEL WHEEL THROWING: Mixed-Level Wheel supports students across a range of skill and experience levels who have thrown on the wheel. This eight-week course is rooted in fundamentals and encourages individual projects. Demonstrations and instruction will cover centering, throwing, trimming and glazing, as well as forms and techniques determined by students. Prerequisite: wheel-throwing experience required. Option 1: Wed., Jan. 24-Mar. 21 (no class Feb. 14), 1:30-4 p.m.; Option 2: Wed., Mar. 28-May 16, 9:30 a.m.noon; Option 3: Wed., Apr. 4-May 23, 1:30-4 p.m.; Option 4: Thu., Mar. 29-May 17, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $340/person; $306/ members. Class includes 1st bag of clay; additional bags can be purchased separately. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166.

CRAZY CREATURES: Create awe-inspiring creatures out of the pages of your favorite book, from your favorite movie or your imagination. Will your creature have two or four heads? Will it be an animal or vegetable? You get to decide in this fun one-day camp that lets you get creative, through drawing, painting and craft. Ages 6-8. Wed., Apr. 25, 8-3 p.m. Cost: $70/ person; $63/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. MINI WORLDS: Shrink down with us and create small beautiful worlds. Campers will be encouraged to explore a variety of craft media to develop tiny, intricate terrariums, doll houses or fairy worlds. Ages 6-11. Thu., Apr. 26, 8-3 p.m. Cost: $70/person; $63/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Explore photography in our black and white darkroom and digital lab! Campers will go on guided photo shoots and will create prints in this fun, hands-on day. Ages 9-11. Wed., Apr. 25, 8-3 p.m. Cost: $70/ person; $63/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. POTTERY WHEEL: This day is all about learning the basics of the ever-popular pottery wheel. Students will have all day to get their hands into clay, spinning it into small bowls or cups to be fired and glazed by the studio. All items will be dishwasher

feldenkrais LENGTHENING THE HAMSTRINGS: Find out how to comfortably lengthen your hamstrings without stretching (proven by a study published in Physical Therapy, the journal of the American Physical Therapy Association). Uwe Mester will teach a two-hour workshop in Burlington, and he will also start a five-week series in Richmond and Middlebury. For all details, visit vermontfeldenkrais. com. Sat., Feb. 17, 3-5 p.m. Cost: $30/2-hour workshop. Location: Sacred Mountain Studio, 215 College St., Burlington. Info: Vermont Feldenkrais, Uwe Mester, 7353770,,

business STRESS LESS PRESENTATIONS: Stress Less Public Speaking Workshop with Leora Dowling. Six-person, six-session workshop in relaxing space with public speaking coach and consultant Leora Dowling. Overcome your anxiety and insecurities by learning to create and deliver powerful presentations in a small, safe environment. Connect with your audience; fulfill your goals; feel the success. Wed., Feb. 21-Mar. 28, 6:30-8 p.m. Cost: $275/ six 90-min. classes. Location: Trinity Episcopal Church parlor, 5171 Shelburne Rd. (Rte. 7), Shelburne. Info: LEESPEAK LLC, Leora Dowling, 989-3250, leora@,

craft DROP-IN SPINNING: Want to learn a new technique, fine-tune your spinning wheel and enjoy a day of spinning? This is an informal gathering where what we do is up to you. Bring your own drop spindle or wheel, or use the equipment at the shop. Stay as long as you want. Mon., Feb. 19, 1-4 p.m. Cost: $30. Location: Mad River Fiber Arts & Mill, 6163 Main St., Waitsfield. Info: Susan Snider, 496-7746,, RIGID HEDDLE WEAVING: This is easy to learn and offers a world of creativity. A great first step for new weavers. It is a great stash buster for knitters and spinners. You will learn how to dress the loom and explore techniques incorporating color and texture. Everyone goes home with their sample. Sat., Feb. 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $125/person; includes materials and use of loom. Location: Mad River Fiber Arts & Mill, 6163 Main St., Waitsfield. Info: Susan Snider, 496-7746,,

dance DANCE STUDIO SALSALINA: Salsa classes, nightclub-style, group and private, four levels.

with parents) Mon., Tue. & Wed. in Burlington. Wed. a.m. or Fri. a.m. in Hyde Park. Thu. in Montpelier. Most classes are in the evenings or after school. Conga classes, too! Visit our schedule and register online. Location: Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave., Suite 3G, Burlington; Capital City Grange, 6612 Rte. 12, Berlin; Moonlight Studios, 1670 Cleveland Corners Rd., Hyde Park. Info: 999-4255,

DSANTOS VT SALSA: Experience the fun and excitement of Burlington’s eclectic dance community by learning salsa. Trained by world-famous dancer Manuel Dos Santos, we teach you how to dance to the music and how to have a great time on the dance floor! There is no better time to start than now! Mon. evenings: beginner class, 7-8 p.m.; intermediate, 8:15-9:15 p.m. Cost: $12/1-hour class. Location: North End Studios, 294 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: Jon Bacon, 355-1818, crandalltyler@hotmail. com, LEARN TO DANCE W/ A PARTNER!: Come alone or come with friends, but come out and learn to dance! Beginning classes repeat each month, but intermediate classes vary from month to month. As with all of our programs, everyone is encouraged to attend, and no partner is necessary. Private lessons also available. Cost: $50/4week class. Location: Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington. Info: First Step Dance, 598-6757,,

drumming DJEMBE & TAIKO: Classes in Burlington, Hyde Park and Montpelier. Drums provided. Classes for adults (also for kids

gardening BUDGET-WISE GARDENER: Discover a wealth of ideas for getting the best price and value for exceptional plants. The plant sources and strategies will surprise you! Presenter: Kerry Mendez. Sat., Feb. 24, 9:30-11 a.m. Cost: $15/person. Location: Gardener’s Supply, 128 Intervale Rd., Burlington. Info: 660-3505, READY. SET. SOW.: Learn about the basics of having a successful garden. Simplify when and what to plant and learn which plants to plant together, tips on weeding and watering, and basic soil care for vegetables and herbs. Presenter: Lisa Coven. Sat., Mar. 3, 9:30-11 a.m. Cost: $15/person. Location: Gardener’s Supply, 128 Intervale Rd., Burlington, Info: 660-3505, SAVE THE POLLINATORS: Learn about low-maintenance gardens filled with “moving art”: birds, butterflies and other pollinators. Presenter: Kerry Mendez. Sat., Feb. 24, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost: $15/person. Location: Gardener’s Supply, 128 Intervale Rd., Burlington. Info: 660-3505,


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SEE.THINK.DO!: See.Think.Do! invites youth and adults to the BCA Center for an interactive arts experience. Visits begin in the gallery with inquiry-based exploration, lively discussion and active multidisciplinary learning. Programs conclude in the studio classroom where students explore artists’ processes and materials and create works of art inspired by exhibition themes. Groups may schedule a one- or two-part program, with tours lasting approximately one hour, and full programs lasting 1.5 to two hours. Weekly on Mon., Tue. & Fri., 9:30-11:30 a.m. Custom scheduled days and times are based on availability. Cost: $5/ per student; individuals and groups are invited to apply for a partial or full scholarship. Location: Burlington City Arts, 135 Church St., Burlington. Info: Melinda Johns, 865-7551,,

PAINTING: This one-day camp is designed for the young painter who wants to go beyond the typical tempera. Join us at BCA’s painting studio to experiment with watercolors and acrylic on paper or canvas, large or small. Have fun while learning new techniques that will help you make even better paintings. Ages 6-11. Tue., Apr. 24, 8-3 p.m. Cost: $70/person; $63/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166.

POTTERY WHEEL: This day is all about learning the basics of the ever-popular pottery wheel. Students will have all day to get their hands-on clay, spinning it into small bowls or cups to be fired and glazed by the studio. All items will be dishwasher safe and lead-free. Ages 6-11. Mon., Apr. 23, 8-3 p.m. Cost: $70/ person; $63/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166.

Beginner walk-in classes, Wed., 6 p.m. $15/person for one-hour class. No dance experience, partner or preregistration required, just the desire to have fun! Drop in anytime and prepare for an enjoyable workout. Location: 266 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Victoria, 598-1077, info@


PHOTOGRAPHING POTTERY & CERAMIC ART: Learn how to take professional-quality digital images of your ceramic work in this hands-on workshop in our

Choose from 1 to 5 days of art workshops for your child during Spring School Break. All basic supplies are included. Students must bring their bag lunch, and snacks will be provided.

safe and lead-free. Ages 6-11. Fri., Apr. 27, 8-3 p.m. Cost: $70/ person; $63/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166.


PHOTOGRAPHING PAINTINGS & PRINTS: Learn how to take professional-quality digital images of your paintings or prints in this hands-on workshop in our lighting studio. Whether you’re applying to art school, submitting work for an exhibition or putting together a website, you’ll leave this workshop with techniques that improve your images and enhance your presentations. Bring up to five 2D pieces no larger than 40x60 inches. Wed., Apr. 11, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $45/person; $40.50/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166.

PHOTOSHOP CRASH COURSE: Learn the basics of photo editing and printing using Adobe Photoshop in this three-evening intensive workshop. You’ll learn to upload and save images for print and the web, navigate the workspace and adjustment layers, and use basic editing tools. Bring images on a Maccompatible portable drive to class. No experience necessary. Mon., May 7-21, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $135/person; $121.50/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166.

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PAINTING SEMINAR: COLOR HARMONY: Immerse yourself in the vibrant world of color in this one-day, hands-on seminar. Focus on the vital role of color harmony and how to achieve it. Guided exercises will stimulate awareness of color changes and temperatures and will show how to mix colors simply and accurately. Also, learn how various application techniques affect the appearance of color. Sat., May 5, 9:30-4 p.m. Cost: $100/ person; $90/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166.

lighting studio. Whether you’re applying to art school, submitting work for an exhibition or putting together a website, you’ll leave this workshop with techniques that will improve your images and enhance your presentations. Bring a selection of pieces. Wed., Apr. 18, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $45/person; $40.50/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166.




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jewelry JEWELRY CLASSES: Learn how to make your own jewelry in a fully equipped studio with a German-trained goldsmith in a private and bright atmosphere. Besides creating my own collections and custom designs, I also teach all skill levels, “make your own wedding bands,” summer camps for teenagers, private lessons, etc. For existing students: drop-in hours are Mon. & Thu., 1-4 p.m. Mon. & Thu., 9:30 a.m.noon (ongoing). Cost: $160/10hour class + cost of silver ($3/ gram). Location: 26 Spring St., Burlington. Info: Jane Frank Jewellery Design, Jane Frank, 999-3242, info@,





language ALLIANCE FRANCAISE SPRING SESSION: CONTINUONS: Elevenweek and six-week French classes for adults starting on March 12. Morning, afternoon and evening classes available in Burlington and evening classes only in Colchester and Montpelier. We serve the entire range of students from the true beginners to those already comfortable conversing in French. Starts Mar. 12. Info: Micheline Tremblay, michelineatremblay@, JAPANESE LANGUAGE CLASSES (SPRING): The Japan-America Society of Vermont (JASV) is offering beginning Japanese language courses, Levels 1 and 2, on the campus of Saint Michael’s College. Classes begin on Mon., Feb. 19 (Level 1) and Wed., Feb. 21 (Level 2), 6:30-8 p.m. Each class continues for 10 weekly sessions. Main textbook: Japanese for Busy People I. Level 1 covers the first half of the book and Level 2, the second. Location: St. Michael’s College, Saint Edmunds Room 105, Colchester. Info:, LEARN SPANISH OR ENGLISH, SWC: We provide high-quality, affordable instruction in the Spanish language for adults, students and children. Travelers lesson package. Small classes or private lessons. Our online English classes are live, engaging, face-to-face interactions, not computer exercises. In our 12th year. See our website for complete information or contact us for details. Location: Spanish

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@,

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in Waterbury Center, Waterbury Center. Info: 276-1255,, spanishwaterburycenter. com.

martial arts COMBAT FITNESS MARTIAL ARTS: Vermont’s premier mixed martial arts academy: Brazilian jiujitsu, boxing, Muay Thai kickboxing, judo, MMA and Filipino martial arts. Combine fitness and skills-building to learn self-defense and confidence. Classes six days a week. Private lessons available. Located at 276 East Allen St. off Exit 15 in Winooski. Call 655-KICK (5425). combatfitnessmma. com. See website for schedule. Membership and drop-in rates. Location: Combat Fitness Mixed Martial Arts Academy, 276 E. Allen St., Winooski. Info: Vincent Guy, 655-5425, vteguy25@gmail. com, MARTIAL WAY: Colchester and Milton locations. Classes in self-defense, Karate, Kung Fu, Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi. We have 14 different age and experience levels, so the training is always ageand skill-appropriate. Beginner or experienced, fit or not yet, young or not anymore, we have a class for you! Days and evenings; see website for schedule and fees. Location: Martial Way Self Defense Center, 73 Prim Rd., Colchester. Info: David Quinlan, 893-8893, info@martialwayvt. com, VERMONT BRAZILIAN JIUJITSU: Brazilian jiujitsu is a martial arts combat style based entirely on leverage and technique. Brazilian jiujitsu self-defense curriculum is taught to Navy SEALs, CIA, FBI, military police and special forces. No training experience required. Easy-to-learn techniques that could save your life! Classes for men, women and children. Students will learn realistic bully-proofing and self-defense life skills to avoid them becoming victims and help them feel safe and secure. Our sole purpose is to help empower people by giving them realistic martial arts training practices they can carry with them throughout life. IBJJF & CBJJ certified black belt sixth-degree instructor under Carlson Gracie Sr.: teaching in

dharma talk and socializing) is held on the third Sun. of each month, noon-2 p.m. Instruction: Sun. mornings, 9 a.m.-noon, or by appt. Sessions: Tue. & Thu., noon-1 p.m., & Mon.-Thu., 6-7 p.m. Location: Burlington Shambhala Center, 187 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 658-6795,

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, yin yang and fiveelement theory. Additionally, 100 hours of Western anatomy and physiology are taught. VSAC non-degree grants are available. NCBTMB-assigned school. Starts Sep. 2018. Cost: $5,000/600hour program. Location: Elements of Healing, 21 Essex Way, Suite 109, Essex Jct. Info: Scott Moylan, 288-8160, scott@, elements

meditation LEARN TO MEDITATE: Through the practice of sitting still and following your breath as it goes out and dissolves, you are connecting with your heart. By simply letting yourself be, as you are, you develop genuine sympathy toward yourself. The Burlington Shambhala Center offers meditation as a path to discovering gentleness and wisdom. Shambhala Café (meditation and discussions) meets the first Sat. of each month, 9 a.m.-noon. An open house (intro to the center, short

join the discussion as we share and support one another on the often confusing and isolating journey to wellness while living with Lyme disease. Wear comfortable clothing. Sign up or find more information at Mar. 18, Apr. 8, 2-3:30 p.m. By donation. Location: Laughing River Yoga, The Chase Mill, 1 Mill St., Burlington.

ACTIVATE INNER PEACE: Change your life with Tai Chi, Qigong, and Taoist meditation and philosophy. Join our group with other friendly adults to learn quickly and well in a lighthearted, encouraging environment. We teach ancient arts in a modern manner. Our teachers are traditionally trained and authentically qualified to teach. Fri., 6-7 p.m. & 7-8 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-noon & noon-1 p.m.; Tue., 6-7:30 p.m. Cost: $12/1-hour class; $40/ mo. (incl. all classes offered); first class free. Location: 303 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Info: Wu Xing Chinese Martial Arts, 355-1301, info@wxcma. com,


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 Church St., Burlington. Info: 864-7902,

EVOLUTION YOGA: Practice yoga in a down-to-earth atmosphere with some of the most experienced teachers and therapeutic professionals in Burlington. Daily drop-in classes including $5 community classes, Yoga Wall and Yoga Therapeutics classes led by physical therapists. Join our Yoga for Life Program to

well-being INTUITIVE AWARENESS, ENERGY WORK, E.F.T. & EXPRESSIVE ARTS CLASSES: Open to joy! Tune into your body, mind and spirit. Learn tools to clear and reset your energy; develop clarity, awareness and compassion; and live from a place of well-being, truth and joy. Taught by Naomi Mitsuda, Reiki Master, certified practitioner of E.F.T., Intuitive Awareness, Expressive Arts, and Energy Medicine. Offered this winter/spring at Spirit Dancer, Sacred Mountain Studio, and other venues in Burlington, VT. Location: Various locations around Burlington. Info: Naomi Mitsuda, 658-5815,, YOGA & RECOVERY GROUP FOR FOLKS LIVING W/ LYME DISEASE: Join us as we practice gentle restorative poses suitable for all levels. Afterward,

BALANCE YOGA CLASSES/ WORKSHOPS: Offering a variety of yoga classes and wellness workshops to meet individual needs, from beginners to experienced yogis seeking to deepen their practices. Our welcoming community offers support to experience and explore yoga, meditation, sound therapy and bodywork. First class free for Vermonters! Schedule private and group sessions at balanceyogavt. com. See website for daily class schedule. Cost: $15/drop-in class; $130/10-class card; $70/5-class card; $120/monthly unlimited. Workshop cost will vary. Location: Balance Yoga, 840 W. Main St., Richmond. Info: Lynn Clauer, 9220516,,

dive deeper into your practice or register for our Yoga Teacher Training for Healthcare Providers. We offer specialty workshops, series and trainings, rooted in the art and science of yoga as a healing practice for body, mind, and spirit. Cost: $15/ class; $140/10-class card; $5-10/ community classes. Location: Evolution Yoga, 20 Kilburn St., Burlington. Info: 864-9642, HONEST YOGA: Honest yoga offers practices for all levels. We just expanded to have two practice spaces! Your children can practice in one room while you practice in the other. No need for childcare. Yoga and dance classes ages 3 and up. Brandnew beginners’ course: This includes two specialty classes per week for four weeks plus unlimited access to all classes. We have daily heated and alignment classes kids classes in yoga and dance. We hold yoga teacher trainings at the 200and 500-hour levels, as well as children and dance teacher training courses. Check out our website for dance classes and yoga summer camps! Daily classes & workshops. $50/new student (1 mo. unlimited); $18/ class; $140/10-class card; $15/ class for student or senior; or $110/10-class punch card; $135/ mo. adult memberships; $99/ mo. kid memberships. Location: Honest Yoga Center, 150 Dorset St., Blue Mall, next to Hana, South Burlington. Info: 4970136, honestyogastudio@gmail. com, SANGHA STUDIO | NONPROFIT, DONATION-BASED YOGA: Sangha Studio builds an empowered community through the shared practice of yoga. Free yoga service initiatives and outreach programs are offered at 17 local organizations working with all ages. Join Sangha in both downtown Burlington and the Old North End for one of their roughly 60 weekly classes and workshops. Become a Sustaining Member for $60/mo. and practice as often as you like! Daily. Location: Sangha Studio, 120 Pine St. and 237 North Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 448-4262. Info@sangha

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R&B singer-songwriter Princess Nostalgia answers to no one but herself BY J O R D AN AD AMS


ineteen-year-old musician/ producer Lilian Traviato arrived in Burlington last fall as many young adults do: restless, eager, totally alone and ready to begin her college experience at the University of Vermont. But a globe-trotting gap year, which included a stint at a Danish folk school near Copenhagen, left the first-year student in a bit of a fog as structure returned to her life. “The first month I was here, I was miserable,” the R&B singer-songwriter says while sipping tea in a downtown Burlington café. “I wasn’t involved in anything yet,” Traviato continues. “But as I’ve discovered Burlington and gotten involved — like, complete 180. I love Burlington and UVM. I feel like I’m self-actualizing here.” Evidence of Traviato’s burgeoning self-assuredness can be seen, and heard, in her work under the moniker Princess Nostalgia — in particular, in her recently released music video for “Lost and Found,” the opening cut from her 2017 eponymous album. Both song and video are strong productions, characterized by a playful and timely subversion of gender roles and power dynamics. Together they suggest that Traviato isn’t just in tune with the zeitgeist,  she is the zeitgeist: a young, self-empowered female artist in complete control of her creative life,  from engineering to video directing to album art. She’s a master craftswoman in the making. The petite brunette artist was born in Rome. In a mellow, friendly voice, she describes her pre-tween years as an idyllic childhood, recalling carefree days Rollerblading in the gardens of the Villa Borghese, a palace turned art gallery. She relocated to Pittsburgh with her mother, artist Shannon Pultz, and brother at age 8. Transitioning from international hub to rust-belt industrial city was a drastic change. Traviato’s father, Ralph, still lives in Italy, and she visits him regularly. “I’ve talked to other people who’ve, in a sense, been pulled from their homes,” says the self-taught electronic producer. “When you go back, [there’s] this feeling that people who’ve been in one place their whole life don’t get —  especially when you’re pulled away at a young age.”

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There’s a word for that feeling, and it’s incorporated into her moniker. “Nostalgia is my favorite feeling,” she says with a smile. Traviato’s musical education began with classical training on the double bass, which was twice her size when she started playing at age 9. Though she doesn’t play currently, electronic bass is prominent in her music. “I think what I learned from playing the bass was how to arrange things,” she muses. “I usually start with a bass line.” The first Princess Nostalgia tracks emerged around the time Traviato graduated from high school in 2016. Prior to that, her only music production experience was augmenting Apple loops to soundtrack “embarrassing” videos she made with her friends growing up. Deep synth tones drive many of her soulful, danceable pop jams, such as the wonky bump-and-grind “Let It Spin” — from her debut 2016 EP Practically Civilized — and the slow-burning “Dr Dogma,” from her self-titled 2017 follow-up. Incidentally, the latter includes a track called “Princess Nostalgia,” written earlier in her career. Traviato retroactively appropriated the title as her stage name. Lyrically, she combines abstraction with transparent intimacy. On “Princess Nostalgia” she sings plaintively, “I like to take my time / I can’t tell wrong from right.” While on “Lost and Found,” she confounds, singing, “Tabula rasa / My only master / Join the disaster / She’s the mold, and you’re the plaster.” With an overflowing MIDI library of instruments and samples, such as flutes, strings and all manner of synthesizers, Traviato never wants for dynamic sounds. She sometimes ponders what her work would sound like if fleshed out with live instrumentation, but she always arrives at the same decision. “I would love to have real instruments and to connect with people in that way would be amazing,” she says. “But I love not answering to anyone. Having full control is what makes it so fun.” Her empowerment is realized in the “Lost and Found” video, which marks her third directorial outing. Dressed in a dapper men’s suit and puffing a fat cigar, Traviato lords over a coterie of scantily FREE REIGN

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News flash: Wednesday, February 14 — aka the street date of this column — is Valentine’s Day. If you aren’t busy

Folks, a band called TROLL 2 performs on Wednesday, February 21, at Radio Bean in Burlington. I’m pointing this out because the Boston-based folk-punk outfit sports the name of one of the worst films of all time, and I think that’s genius — and hilarious. If you’ve never seen it, allow me to fill you in. Troll 2 is to ’80s-era creature features as Tommy Wiseau’s The Room is to early-2000s indie dramas. In other words: It’s a god-awful mess of amateur filmmaking, incoherent story lines and terrible acting. Actually, it would make a pretty great entry into DAVID ZEIDLER’s ongoing Cinema Casualties film screening series. Unlike the aforementioned turd of a flick, Boston’s Troll 2 seem like a pretty dope group! Ferocious punk rock meets Appalachian folk’s rustic charms in an explosive and nuanced combination. According to their website, they “[enlighten] people about important social and political issues like climate justice, addiction, carpet bombings, our breakups and alien abduction.” I’m sold. OK, one more thing about Troll 2, the movie: Other than its title, Troll 2 bears no connection to the 1986 film Troll.

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Troll Call

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One mildly frustrating thing about writing a weekly print column is that I have to wait at least until the following week’s paper to address any clarifications, corrections or updates about news I’ve broken or events I’ve previewed. And sometimes it takes longer than that. For instance… Two weeks ago, in the January 31 Soundbites, I mentioned that PAPER CASTLES and ERIN CASSELS-BROWN would perform on Wednesday, February 7, at the next round of Big Heavy World’s Rocket Shop Live at ArtsRiot. If you recall, the weather that night was the definition of shitty, and the show was thus postponed until Saturday, February 24. Um … yay? Everybody’s working for the weekend, after all. Also, I previewed JUPTR’s return in the first 2018 edition of this column on January 10. The neo-soul ensemble was supposed to perform on Saturday, January 13, at Nectar’s in Burlington but had to cancel the show — news that didn’t break until after the paper went to press. If you haven’t figured it out by now, the kindasorta reincarnation of SMOOTH ANTICS is one

of my favorite new acts in the area, and I was pumped to catch that Nectar’s set. This week, the group makes its triumphant return alongside VINEGAR MOTHER on Saturday, February 17, at Foam Brewers in Burlington. The waterfront craft beer factory is where I fell in love with JUPTR in the first place, so I’m sure it’s going to be a magical evening. One more thing: Last week, I probably should’ve noted that JAMES KOCHALKA’s appearance at Zeno Mountain Farm’s 24-hour dance marathon technically runs contrary to his announcement last year that he was retiring from performing. I guess his set at the semipublic event didn’t violate his withdrawal from the stage. “When I retired, I told Zeno that I would play any shows they want, whenever they want,” Kochalka writes in an email. I guess that settles it!

making googly eyes over an overpriced prix fixe dinner or snuggling up on the couch to binge-watch every Nicholas Sparks movie with your sweetie, you might consider saying “Screw you” to that insipid archer Cupid in favor of something a wee bit darker. Two top-notch Burlington bands, SWALE (who, for this event, shall be known as BLACK SWALETH) and SURF SABBATH (who look a whole darn lot like local surf-rock band the HIGH BREAKS) team up at Nectar’s for a tribute to recently retired metal pioneers BLACK SABBATH. Swale plan to take on the group’s seminal 1970 album Paranoid, and Surf Sabbath will provide a smattering of choice cuts from across the UK rockers’ discography. This is neither group’s first attempt at rejoicing in the satanic Brits’ shadowy splendour, so you’re in pretty good hands. (See what I did there? That’s the British spelling of “splendor.” I’m so fancy!)

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ARTSRIOT: 2 to Tango: A Valentine’s Day Dinner with La Rebellión del Tango (music of Astor Piazzolla), 6 p.m., $8/10. JP’S PUB: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free. JUNIPER: The Ray Vega Quartet (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free. LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Irish Sessions (traditional), 7 p.m., free. Nina’s Brew (blues, roots), 9:30 p.m., free. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Open Mic with Andy Lugo, 9 p.m., free. NECTAR’S: Justin Panigutti (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free. A Night of Black Sabbath featuring Swale and Surf Sabbath, 9 p.m., $5/10. 18+. RADIO BEAN: DJ Two Sev (eclectic vinyl), 4 p.m., free. John Powell (reggae, folk), 7 p.m., free. RED SQUARE: DJ KermiTT (eclectic), 7 p.m., free. DJ Cre8 (hip-hop), 11 p.m., free. RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB & WHISKEY ROOM: Gypsy Reel (traditional Irish, folk), 7:30-10 p.m., free. SIDEBAR: Guthrie Galileo plays Ursha, Baby! (Usher tribute), 8 p.m., $3. VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Matthew Broussard (standup), 7 & 9 p.m., $15/20.

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

JERICHO CAFÉ & TAVERN: Leno, Young & Cheney (rock), 7 p.m., free. MONKEY HOUSE: Dark Star Project (Grateful Dead tribute), 5 p.m., free. Adam Wolf (EP Release), Ivamae, Limousines, Tuft (rock), 9 p.m., $3.

NECTAR’S: Tuesday Bluesday Blues Jam with Collin Craig and Friends, 6 p.m., free. Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free. Pappy & the Pards (cosmic country and bluegrass), 9:30 p.m., $5/10. 18+.

VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Nick Griffin (standup), 7 p.m., $15-27.

WHAMMY BAR: ‘Sing to Your Sweetheart’ Valentine’s Day Party with Lewis Franco (swing), 7 p.m., free.

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

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LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Shane Hardiman Trio (jazz), 8:30 p.m., $5-10. Aaron Lucci Quintet (jazz), 10:30 p.m., free.

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

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VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Nick Griffin (standup), 7 & 9:30 p.m., $15-27.

JP’S PUB: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free.

CHARLIE-O’S WORLD FAMOUS: All Request Video, 9 p.m., free.

TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free. Open Mic Night, 9 p.m., free.

THE TAP ROOM AT SWITCHBACK BREWING: The Franky James Project (rock), 6 p.m., free.

HALF LOUNGE: SVPPLY (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

SIDEBAR: Full Walrus, the Thursday Torys, Winnebago Vacation, Schmave (indie), 9:30 p.m., $5.

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

SOCIAL CLUB & LOUNGE: Green Jellÿ (rock), 7:30 p.m., free.

FOAM BREWERS: Bob Gagnon Quartet (jazz), 7 p.m., free.


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SIDEBAR: Avery Cooper Quartet (jazz), 7 p.m., free. DJ A-RA$ (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

FINNIGAN’S PUB: DJ Craig Mitchell (open format), 10 p.m., free.

RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Cre8 (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

ZENBARN: Zach Nugent’s Acoustic Dead (Grateful Dead tribute), 7 p.m., free.

RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB & WHISKEY ROOM: DJ Supersounds (hits), 10 p.m., free.

CLUB METRONOME: I Love Bass featuring HIRAM, AVRGE, JOE, Abstractivve, Kastaway, Monava Musique (EDM), 9 p.m., $5.

STONE CORRAL BREWERY: Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m., free.

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RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ KermiTT (eclectic), 10 p.m., $5.

ARTSRIOT: The Wormdogs, Brennan Kensey (bluegrass, rock), 8 p.m., $5.

RED SQUARE: Zach Rhoads Trio (rock), 7 p.m., free. D Jay Baron (mashup, hip-hop), 11 p.m., free.

TRAPP FAMILY LODGE: Cooie & Skip (Americana), 7 p.m., free.



JERICHO CAFÉ & TAVERN: Steve Hartmann (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free.

IDLETYME BREWING COMPANY: The Idletyme Band (blues, rock), 8 p.m., free.

RED SQUARE: Andriana Chobot (singer-songwriter), 4 p.m., free. The Growlers (rock), 7 p.m., $5. DJ Craig Mitchell (open format), 11 p.m., $5.


HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Papadosio, Aqueous (jam), 8:30 p.m., $17/20.



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

RADIO BEAN: DJ Chia (house), 4 p.m., free. Kaomi Kingsley (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free. Belle of the Fall (indie folk), 8:30 p.m., free. Ben Patton Band (pop-rock), 10 p.m., free. Dr. Sammy Love (soul and R&B covers), 11:30 p.m., free.

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BACKSTAGE PUB & RESTAURANT: Trivia, 9:30 p.m., free. JERICHO CAFÉ & TAVERN: Irish Session, 7 p.m., free. MONKEY HOUSE: Anthill Presents Third Thursdays: HLR Takeover featuring Drive, Modest, Biozone, Self Portrait, Street Religion, Boomslang, Bar None the Best with host Mike ‘Philly’ Fulton (hip-hop), 9 p.m., free. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Jenni and the Jazz Junketeers, 7 p.m., free. ONE RADISH EATERY: Art Herttua with Ray Carroll (jazz), 6 p.m., free.


BAGITOS BAGEL AND BURRITO CAFÉ: Italian Session (traditional), 6 p.m., free. DEMENA’S: Two Cents in the Till (bluegrass), 8 p.m., $5. WHAMMY BAR: Willa Mamet and Paul Miller (singersongwriter), 7 p.m., free.

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ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Bethany and Troy (rock), 5 p.m., free. Strange Purple Jelly (jam), 9 p.m., free. RECESS

are a playful bunch. There’s a sense of fanciful experimentation that permeates

the nine-piece ensemble’s jazz-fusion compositions. Its works flit from chilled-out lounge to upbeat modern jazz and make lengthy stopovers in funk territory. The only rule to which the assemblage subscribes is having fun. On the recently released EP Consensus, the group adds socially conscious pop vocals to its eclectic sound. Check out the Recess Bureau on Friday, February 16, at Radio Bean in Burlington.


MOOGS PLACE: Open Mic with Allen Church, 8:30 p.m., free. SUSHI YOSHI (STOWE): Moroz, Carr and Morse (jazz), 4:30 p.m., free.

mad river valley/ waterbury LOCALFOLK SMOKEHOUSE: Open Mic with Alex Budney, 8:30 p.m., free.

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CITY LIMITS NIGHT CLUB: Mike Brinkman’s Open Mic Series, 8:30 p.m., free. TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: DJ Da.Root (hits), 10 p.m., free.

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JP’S PUB: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free.

THE SKINNY PANCAKE (HANOVER): Revels Pub Sing (sing-along), 6 p.m., free.

LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Jeff Przech (Album Release) (alt-country), 7:30 p.m., free. Brightbird (folk), 9 p.m., free. DJ Taka (eclectic vinyl), 11 p.m., $5.

OLIVE RIDLEY’S: Karaoke with DJ Jon Berry & DJ Coco, 9 p.m., free.



ARTSRIOT: Music for Infinite: A Benefit for Infinite Culcleasure’s Mayoral Campaign with Madaila, Julia Caesar, Sabouyouma and Melo Grant (indie), 7 p.m., $12/15.


BLEU NORTHEAST SEAFOOD: Chris Peterman (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free.

PICKLE BARREL NIGHTCLUB: Richard James’ Krewe Orleans: A Mardi Gras Experience (jam, covers), 8 p.m., $12.84.

CLUB METRONOME: Night Protocol, Champagne Dynasty (synthwave, ’80s covers), 9 p.m., $5.

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FOAM BREWERS: The Ladies (folk), 8 p.m., free.

PARKER PIE CO.: Dana & Sue Robinson (folk), 7:30 p.m., free.

HALF LOUNGE: Half Lounge Cabaret (drag), 8 p.m., free. Crusty Cuts (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

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

JUNIPER: Lowell Thompson (alt-country), 9 p.m., free.

MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Ramblin’ Dan Stevens (blues), 10 p.m., free. NECTAR’S: Seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., free. Richard James’ Krewe Orleans: A Mardi Gras Experience featuring members of Pink Talking Fish, Trey Anastasio Band, Barika, Giant Country Horns and Special Guests (jam, covers), 9 p.m., $12/15. RADIO BEAN: Friday Morning Sing-Along with Linda Bassick & Friends (kids’ music), 11 a.m., free. DJ Ryan Kick (eclectic), 4 p.m., free. BEDS (indie rock, ambient folk), 7 p.m., free. Micah Resney (singer-songwriter), 8:30 p.m., free. The Giant Peach (indie, art-rock), 10 p.m., $5. The Recess Bureau (jazz fusion), 11:30 p.m., $5.

STONE CORRAL BREWERY: The Brevity Thing (Americana), 7 p.m., free. WATERWORKS FOOD + DRINK: DJ Fattie B (hip-hop, open format), 9 p.m., free.


BAGITOS BAGEL AND BURRITO CAFÉ: Dave Loughran (singersongwriter), 6 p.m., free. CHARLIE-O’S WORLD FAMOUS: Dallas Higgins (acoustic), 6 p.m., free. Apollyon, Manic Abraxis, Lightcrusher (metal), 9 p.m., free. GUSTO’S: Elizabeth Renaud (acoustic), 5 p.m., free. DJ LaFountaine (pop, house), 9:30 p.m., $3. POSITIVE PIE (MONTPELIER): Gang of Thieves (funk, rock), 10 p.m., $5. SWEET MELISSA’S: Honky Tonk Happy Hour with Mark LeGrand, 5:30 p.m., donation.


EL TORO: Rebecca Padula (folk), 7 p.m., free. MOOGS PLACE: Chris Lyon (solo acoustic), 6 p.m., free. Lesley Grant (Americana), 9 p.m., free. TRES AMIGOS & RUSTY NAIL STAGE: Bardela (Americana, Grateful Dead tribute), 9 p.m., $5/8.

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CITY LIMITS NIGHT CLUB: V//D Dance with DJ Ryan Donnelly (hits), 9:30 p.m., free.


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And there aren’t even any trolls in it. The creatures in the flick are goblins. Goblins!

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Listening In

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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.



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“A Fuckton of Cats” AMRIT, “Lies” SAINT CAVA, “No One’s God” EBN EZRA, “Across the Green Steppe” PRINCESS NOSTALGIA, “Robert Says”



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Funk-rockers DR. NO and the MANGROVES host the Icebreaker Ball on Saturday, February 17, at Nectar’s. Along with bluesy JEFF SALISBURY and his band, the groups throw down the funky-fresh jams as per usual. What’s different is that everyone in attendance sports a name tag. Think of it like the first day of a corporate team-building conference, except in this case you might actually want to be there. 

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By this time last year, the crew behind Waking Windows had already announced the lineup for its three-day music festival in Winooski. That means the roster for this year’s edition, which spans Friday through Sunday, May 4 through 6, is coming any day now — specifically Friday, February 16. If I were you, I’d keep myself glued to my various social channels in anticipation of an imminent notification. Beyond the lineup, I also speculate that this year’s festival will have some fun new locations. For instance, there’s now a record store on the Winooski roundabout: Autumn Records. I mean, jeez, how could it not be utilized? Furthermore, if the former KeyBank building on the corner of Main and West Allen streets remains vacant, it could potentially be a pretty cool, industrial concert venue. Overnight Projects had a hand in making the space tenable for its event with Portland, Maine’s performance-art group HI TIGER last October. Again, I’m speculating. The only thing we know for sure is that Waking Windows will kick all of our collective asses with its amazingness.


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rutland/killington PICKLE BARREL NIGHTCLUB: Never in Vegas (rock), 8 p.m., $10-20.

champlain islands/northwest TWIGGS — AN AMERICAN GASTROPUB: Bob MacKenzie Blues Band, 7 p.m., free.

northeast kingdom HIGHLAND LODGE: Dana & Sue Robinson (folk), 6:30 p.m., free.

On the Road

ERIN HARPE & THE DELTA SWINGERS provide a rip-roarin’ soundtrack perfect for crowded dive bars

and late-night, gin-soaked mayhem. The front woman and her husband, Jim Countryman, formed the group after years of tearing up the dance floor in their glittery project Lovewhip. The couple has transmuted that act’s electro-funk energy into down-home, rootsy grit with the Delta Swingers. Though the band hails squarely from Yankee territory — Jamaica Plain in Boston, to be precise — it skillfully mines the Deep South sounds of Delta blues. Touring in support of their new album, Big Road, Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers perform on Saturday, February 17, at Red Square in Burlington. Check for additional Vermont dates.

VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Nick Griffin (standup), 7 & 9:30 p.m., $15-27.

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

HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Kung Fu (funk, rock), 8:30 p.m., $15/18.

THE SKINNY PANCAKE (HANOVER): Psych Unit (drone, psychedelic), 9 p.m., free.

HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Mr. Carmack, Tsuruda (electronic), 8:30 p.m., $18/20.


JERICHO CAFÉ & TAVERN: Smokey Newfield Project (rock), 7 p.m., free.

ARTSRIOT: Kevin Devine, Maryse Smith, ouzqxklzn (indie), 8 p.m., $15/18.

ON TAP BAR & GRILL: The Natural Selection (rock), 5 p.m., free. Shake the Band (rock), 9 p.m., free.


STONE CORRAL BREWERY: McKew (rock, country), 7 p.m., free.

BLEU NORTHEAST SEAFOOD: Steve Blair (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free. CLUB METRONOME: Retronome With DJ Fattie B (’80s dance party), 9 p.m., free/$5. FOAM BREWERS: JUPTR, Vinegar Mother (neo-soul), 8 p.m., free.


HALF LOUNGE: Erin CasselsBrown (indie folk), 8 p.m., free. CLASS featuring DJs Chia and Shawn Williams (house), 10 p.m., free.


THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Masefield, Perkins and Bolles (jazz, bluegrass), 8 p.m., free.

SOCIAL CLUB & LOUNGE: Valentine’s Day Bash with Joell Ortiz and Judah Priest (hip-hop), 9 p.m., $27/130.


MONOPOLE: The English Project (jam), 10 p.m., free.


SIDEBAR: Sharkat (eclectic), 8 p.m., free. SideBar Sundays (eclectic), 9 p.m., free. SVPPLY (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

SMITTY’S PUB: Jeff Przech (alt-country), 8 p.m., free.

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RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB & WHISKEY ROOM: DJ Dodg3r (EDM, hits), 10 p.m., free.

barre/montpelier JP’S PUB: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free. JUNIPER: John Abair (folk), 9 p.m., free. LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Ver Sacrum (Album Release) (freak-folk), 7:30 p.m., free. Tom Pearo (ambient), 9 p.m., $3. DJ Taka (eclectic vinyl), 11 p.m., $5.

Free Reign « P.62 clad, good-looking dudes. They fan her, feed her grapes, polish her shoes, and also endure a bit of harassment and, most notably, objectification. For instance, in a spoof of Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio’s famous “Draw me like one of your French girls” scene in James Cameron’s Titanic, Traviato subverts gender roles by placing herself behind the sketch pad while a nearly naked gent poses on a chaise lounge. Oblique connections to the #MeToo movement are evident, but they aren’t the main focus. “I try to stay away from being too overly political,” Traviato says, noting her preference for whimsy. “I wanted to do [the video] without getting too dark or heavy in a way that’s too angry or hateful.” Repeat performances at the Light Club Lamp Shop’s weekly literature

MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Ramblin’ Dan Stevens (blues), 10 p.m., free. NECTAR’S: Wylie Shipman Duo (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free. Icebreaker Ball featuring Dr. No and the Mangroves (rock, funk), 9 p.m., $5.

open mic, as well as her positive outlook, caught the attention of Rajnii Eddins, a poet and rapper who organizes poetry events in the area. He tapped Traviato as the only invited guest at ArtsRiot’s January Poetry Riot.


“Expect to see great things from this rising star,” Eddins writes in an email to Seven Days. He adds that Burlington is “fortunate to have her adding her light to our music and poetry communit[ies].” And he’s not the only one who’s taken notice. “[I] get so many guys approaching [me] — not only being creepy, but asking me to collaborate with them in a way

RADIO BEAN: Hawthorn, Stace and Eleanor (folk, singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free. American Beauties (folk-rock), 10 p.m., $5. Sabouyouma (West African fusion), 11:30 p.m., $5.

RED SQUARE: Left Eye Jump (blues), 3 p.m., free. Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers (blues), 7 p.m., $5. RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Raul (salsa, reggaeton), 6 p.m., free. DJ Reign One (EDM), 11 p.m., $5.

that’s actually insulting,” Traviato says in a slightly exasperated tone. “It’s clear they don’t respect the amount of work and effort [I put in]. “They just want my vocals on their track,” she continues, explaining that she feels those invitations reduce her to her singing voice. “I don’t want to do that, because I consider myself primarily a producer and a writer. I have my own voice.” That’s not to say Traviato is entirely opposed to musical partnerships — she’s just skeptical. So far, collaborations have been minimal. Pittsburgh singer-songwriter HANK the Businessman provided guitar samples for her two latest tracks, “Satisfied” and “All It Takes.” Additionally, Traviato says some coproductions with Burlington rapper/producer Christopher Morel (formerly Face One) are forthcoming. “I’ve been nothing but enthralled by her work,” Morel writes, citing her

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songwriting, poetry, visual art and videos. “She embodies beauty amid every platform she embrace[s].” Traviato’s output is prolific. New songs appear on her SoundCloud page frequently. “I release singles when I’m excited,” she says. “Once it feels like a certain phase or period is complete, I put them all out [as an album] and move on. There’s no structure or plan.” That may be true of how Traviato rolls out her recorded work, but her strategy is unambiguous when it comes to the expansion of her local profile. “It’s about networking with other people who care,” she says. “[Until recently,] my only audience was Facebook — and no one gives a shit.” m Contact:

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Sometimes you’re lucky enough to encounter an album that not only resonates with you on an emotional level but also perfectly captures and mirrors the world around you at the moment you first hear it. To wit: For months on end, Vermont’s wintry pallor ranges merely from ghostly to alabaster, and the metaphorical weight of continuous precipitation can leave you feeling strangled — especially when a thaw’s momentary relief is stifled by yet another snowfall. The same washed-out bleakness and unbearable suffocation pervade Adam Wolf’s debut EP, Songs I/II. You may know the singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist as Adam Wolinsky, bassist in Burlington’s slumbercore quartet Sleeping In and drummer in metal band Wolfhand. Here, the 26-yearold introduces us to his lupine, country-


doing your homework / Cross-legged on top of your bed) and alt-country platitudes (“This Tully’s got me seein’ double”). If the booze reference feels played out in “Homework,” it gets teeth in the sobriety ditty “The Sailor.” Stamp gives voice to a narrator who has let his or her health and friendships fall away in favor of the drink: “Empty stools replaced my friendships, unpaid tabs at every door / So I stumbled to the next one evermore.” It’s never a good sign when a listener asks, “Wait, didn’t this song play already?” Stamp wisely gives a change of pace by placing “Gas Pump Epiphany,” a moody number with synth-y undertones, in the middle of the EP’s otherwise acoustic offerings. Telling the story of a hard-time family, the song juxtaposes rural North Country references with modern-sounding music — and a dramatic narrative twist. The Burlingtonian keeps it local in “Summit St.,” an ode to a former flame and

their old Queen City haunts. Stamp goes gospel, pleading, “Deliver me to Summit St.” over soulful organ sounds. The goodbyes go on in “Good Boy,” a tear-jerking farewell to man’s best friend, which gives way to the melancholy closer “Running Away.” Though he uses the phrase “altcountry” when describing his songs, Stamp doesn’t sing with an affected twang — a maddening trait that sometimes comes with the genre. Rather, he delivers an easy-on-the-ears tone that sounds natural and effortless. He also plays all of the instruments on the EP, which was mastered at Lane Gibson Recording and Mastering in Charlotte. Stamp wrote, recorded and mixed That Old Familiar Heartbreak last spring and summer while couch surfing in Burlington. That he made this album with no home base seems appropriate for an effort that’s so much about being without. If Stamp or his characters have suffered casualties, he’s spun them into a rich collection of songs. That Old Familiar Heartbreak is available on iTunes, Spotify and CD Baby.





























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Whether it comes in the form of a breakup, a damaged friendship, a departed pet or the end of a bad habit, loss is an inevitable fact of life. It’s also a theme that threads through Vermont singersongwriter Will Stamp’s debut release, That Old Familiar Heartbreak, a collection of six countrytinged acoustic tracks. The former University of Vermont student sets the tone on the album’s first cut, “Homework.” Singing over acoustic guitar, Stamp claims, “You could get rich from these fountains / Collecting the pennies I’ve thrown / From wishing that I’ll sleep beside you again / And this ache in my stomach was gone.” The lyrics here flip-flop between relatable observations that hint at a bigger story (“I wish I was

punish yourself for your feelings than it is to explore what’s behind them. “Rooted” drowns in an onerous bog of throbbing riffs and low-key cascades of cymbals. Wolinksy sings of fighting lethargy, but the billowing mass of sound he creates implies he’s losing the battle. The artist’s desperation peaks as his vocals soar and plummet, only to be washed away by swells of jagged chords. Arguably the most “country” song included, “Not the Light” features picked guitar more prominently than the EP’s other four tracks, as well as a slight uptick in tempo. We find Wolinksy processing the pain in the world around him and — big surprise — taking it out on himself: “Your life’s been hard / Even though I wanted to pick you up / I let you down.” Songs I/II is a thunderous, gloomy introduction to the work of an indelible new artist. He pulls off a tricky feat: Despite his dour tone, he spins his personal grief into something truly comforting. Songs I/II is available at Adam Wolf celebrates his EP release on Friday, February 16, at the Monkey House in Winooski.


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shoegaze solo project. Similarities exist between the EP and Sleeping In’s 2017 debut LP, Let You In, such as thick riffs and a crushing sense of despair. But the pace of Wolinsky’s premiere barely rises above a seasoned marathon runner’s resting heart rate — unlike the sometimes-spastic velocity at which Let You In sears by. The St. Albans native’s guitar and drum work smolders in a perpetual haze. Lap steel, courtesy of Ben Chussid, lurks in the crevices of the album’s elemental rock sounds, adding a spectral quality. Throughout, Wolinsky’s lyrics are dry, obtuse and self-effacing. He touts the collection as country, yet he creates a space independent of the genre’s associative elements. It’s a lovely and compelling union of grungy disillusionment and despondent twang. On “Voyeur,” Wolinksy casts aspersions on himself, the song’s titular character. He craves closeness but likens his feelings to something perverse. Perhaps it’s a coping mechanism: Sometimes it’s easier to

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GUSTO’S: Dr. Strangeways (Kiss tribute), 9 p.m., $5. WHAMMY BAR: Steady Betty (reggae, rocksteady), 7 p.m., free.

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MOOGS PLACE: The Ramblers (bluegrass), 9 p.m., free. TRES AMIGOS & RUSTY NAIL STAGE: Sticks and Stones (rock), 8:30 p.m., $5.

mad river valley/ waterbury CORK WINE BAR & MARKET (WATERBURY): Sticky Bone (jug-band jazz), 6 p.m., free.


EL TORO: John Smyth (Americana), 7 p.m., free.

FOAM BREWERS: EmaLou and Phineas Gage (folk), noon, free. HALF LOUNGE: Comedy Open Mic and Showcase, 8 p.m., free. STRYTLLR (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Game Night, 8 p.m., free.


champlain islands/northwest TWIGGS — AN AMERICAN GASTROPUB: Ryan Sweezy (folk), 7 p.m., free.

northeast kingdom PARKER PIE CO.: Comedy Night with ‘A Slice of This’, 8 p.m., free.


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VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Hop Characters (beer-related improv), 7 p.m., $5. Gross & Fancy (improv), 8 p.m., free.

CROSSROADS BAR & GRILL: Kind Bud’s Kind Dubs (singersongwriter), 8:30 p.m., free.

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PICKLE BARREL NIGHTCLUB: Never in Vegas (rock), 8 p.m., $10-20.


MONOPOLE: OAKHEART, Fathom Farewell, BETWEEN NOW AND FOREVER, Granite Mouth, Illwilled (metal), 10 p.m., free.

RADIO BEAN: Pete Sutherland and Tim Stickle’s Old Time Session (traditional), 1 p.m., free. Jake Slater (folk, psychedelic), 7 p.m., free.

CITY LIMITS NIGHT CLUB: DJ Earl (open format), 9:30 p.m., free.

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HEALTHY LIVING MARKET & CAFÉ: Art Herttua (jazz), 11 a.m., free. MONKEY HOUSE: Emo Night BTV, 8 p.m., free.

rutland/killington PICKLE BARREL NIGHTCLUB: The Nerds (covers), 8 p.m., $10-20.

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LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Lamp Shop Lit Club (open reading), 8 p.m., free. Maryse Smith and Michael Chorney (indie folk), 10 p.m., $5. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., free. NECTAR’S: Scuba Party, Apple Juice Jones, Freeway Revivial (psychedelic rock), 9 p.m., free/$5. 18+. RADIO BEAN: Tristan Leggett (folk, rock), 7 p.m., free. Matt Minigell (folk), 8:30 p.m., free. SIDEBAR: Open Mic, 7 p.m., free. Family Night (open jam), 9 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Comedy & Crêpes (standup), 8 p.m., free.

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HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: ZZ Ward, Black Pistol Fire, Billy Raffoul (pop-rock, blues), 7:30 p.m., $20/23/99.


BAGITOS BAGEL AND BURRITO CAFÉ: Bleecker & MacDougal (folk), 11 a.m., free.

MONKEY HOUSE: Erin CasselsBrown (indie folk), 6 p.m., free. Runaway Brother, Full Walrus, Belly Up (rock), 8:30 p.m., $5/7. 18+.

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



STOWE MOUNTAIN RESORT MIDWAY BASE LODGE: Cooie & Skip (blues, country), 1 p.m., free. TRES AMIGOS & RUSTY NAIL STAGE: Gang of Thieves (funk, rock), 9 p.m., $10.

MOOGS PLACE: Seth Yacovone (blues), 7 p.m., free.

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MOOGS PLACE: Cal Stanton (acoustic), 7:30 p.m., free. FOAM BREWERS: Local Dork (eclectic vinyl), 6 p.m., free. THE GRYPHON: P’tit Trio (jazz), 8 p.m., free. HALF LOUNGE: DJ Taka (eclectic), 10 p.m., free. LEUNIG’S BISTRO & CAFÉ: Cody Sargent Trio (jazz), 7 p.m., free. LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Danza Del Fuego (gypsy-infused world music), 7:30 p.m., free. LINCOLNS: Laugh Shack (standup), 8:30 p.m., $5. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Ian Greenman (singer-songwriter), 9:30 p.m., free.

RADIO BEAN: DJ Lee J (eclectic), 4 p.m., free. Lokum (music of the Near East), 6:30 p.m., free. Grup Anwar (classical Arabic), 8:30 p.m., free. Thanya Iyer (pop, experimental), 9:30 p.m., free. Honky Tonk Tuesday with Ponyhustle, 10 p.m., $5.

SIDEBAR: Seth Yacovone (blues), 7 p.m., free. Blackout Barbie and SVPPLY (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

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TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: Karaoke with DJ Chauncey, 9 p.m., free.

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

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CLUB METRONOME: Anthony B & the Bonfire Band, DJs Big Dog and Jahson (reggae), 9 p.m., $25/30. THE DAILY PLANET: Tom Pearo (ambient, experimental jazz), 8 p.m., free. HALF LOUNGE: DJ Maglico (eclectic), 10 p.m., free. JP’S PUB: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free. JUNIPER: The Paul Asbell Quartet (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free.

CHARLIE-O’S WORLD FAMOUS: All Request Video, 9 p.m., free. SWEET MELISSA’S: D. Davis (acoustic), 5:30 p.m., donation. WHAMMY BAR: Open Mic, 7 p.m., free.

RED SQUARE: DJ KermiTT (eclectic), 7 p.m., free. DJ Cre8 (hip-hop), 11 p.m., free.


mad river valley/ waterbury ZENBARN: Zach Nugent’s Acoustic Dead (Grateful Dead tribute), 7 p.m., free.

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

PICKLE BARREL NIGHTCLUB: Brandon ‘Taz’ Neiderauer & His Band (jam), 8 p.m., $10.70.

champlain islands/northwest BIG JAY TAVERN: Cooie Sings (Americana), 7 p.m., free.

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CHARLIE-O’S WORLD FAMOUS: Karaoke with DJ Vociferous, 9:30 p.m., free.

RADIO BEAN: DJ Two Sev (eclectic vinyl), 4 p.m., free. Poor Eliza (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free. Troll 2 (folk, punk), 9 p.m., free. The Red Newts (country, blues), 10:30 p.m., free.





MOOGS PLACE: Val Davis (singer-songwriter), 8:30 p.m., free.


NECTAR’S: Justin Panigutti (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free. Vibe & Direct (rock, electronic), 9 p.m., free/$5. 18+.


IDLETYME BREWING COMPANY: The Idletyme Band (blues, rock), 8 p.m., free.

LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Irish Sessions (traditional), 7 p.m., free. Nina’s Brew (blues, roots), 9:30 p.m., free.

WATERWORKS FOOD + DRINK: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.



TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free. Open Mic Night, 9 p.m., free.

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

SWEET MELISSA’S: Open Mic, 7 p.m., free.


LEUNIG’S BISTRO & CAFÉ: Queen City Hot Club (gypsy jazz), 7 p.m., free.

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

BAGITOS BAGEL AND BURRITO CAFÉ: Old Time Music Session (traditional), 6 p.m., free.

VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Standup Open Mic, 7 p.m., free. Songs in the Key of Slink (improv), 8:30 p.m., $5.

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HATCH 31: Erin Cassels-Brown (indie folk), 6 p.m., free. Kelly Ravin and Lowell Thompson (country), 7 p.m., free.

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

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NECTAR’S: Tuesday Bluesday Blues Jam with Collin Craig and Friends, 6 p.m., free. Dead Set (Grateful Dead tribute), 9:30 p.m., $5. 18+.

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disenchanted with the sterile office practice expected of architects. Along with Yale architecture students William Reineke and Peter Gluck, Sellers and Owre set out to design by building experimentally using cheap materials, including plywood. Their method was to create as they went along rather than adhere to a master plan. Owre and Sellers collaborated on two early Prickly Mountain projects in 1966: the Tack House, which still stands (with additions) in the Mad River Valley; and the Bridge House, which burned in 1978. Period photos of these two structures appear in Janie Cohen’s Architectural Improvisation: A History of Vermont’s Design/ Build Movement, 1964-1977 (University of Vermont Press and Robert Hull Fleming Museum, 2009). The book contains a priceless 1967 shot of the Bridge House’s interior, showing brightly painted angled or rectilinear geometric walls with cutouts built to accommodate bedroom lofts and cubbies reached by climbing rungs. These forms and colors are strikingly evoked in, for example, Owre’s wall-hung “A Delicate Balance.” Other works in this exhibition, such as the wall-hung “Fleurs du Mal” and the small construction “Waters Edwin Owre viewing his constructions of March,” echo the Tack House’s exterior features as captured in a different photo: drawing and sculpture at the University the steep angles of a narrow, shed-roofed of Vermont, it demonstrates the influstructure separated from the blocky ence of the era’s aesthetic on the artist’s masses of another by a column of snowy current work. landscape. Over nearly 35 years of teaching, Early photos of the 1970 Warren Owre taught countless students to create Airport (now the Warren-Sugarbush experimentally. Many attended a recent Airport) — with its interplay of voids conversation with the 89-year-old Owre, and masses, sharp angles and squares moderated by his former colleague Bill — also distill the formal essence of Lipke, a professor emeritus of art hismany of Owre’s works. Though Sellers, tory. (Lipke also wrote the exhibition fellow Yale architecture student Charles brochure’s riveting essay.) The event Hosford and builder Warren Ketchum was presented in part by the BCA Center created that Prickly Mountain structure and UVM’s Mollie Ruprecht Fund for after Owre had left in 1969 to teach Visual Arts.




dwin Owre’s “New Constructions,” currently on view on the second floor of the BCA Center in Burlington, radiate a can-do exuberance. Here is 1960s hard-edged geometric abstraction made playful, accessible and nearly three-dimensional. The constructions are made from that most democratic of materials: plywood. Picture a rectangular plywood sheet from which geometric (or, in a few instances, biomorphic) shapes have been cut with a plane saw. In each case, some of these cutouts have been used to build up other parts of the work. The result is an assemblage of voids and projections, creating a bas-relief whose different parts cast shadows of varying depth. At BCA, 10 of these works, each measuring 22 by 30 inches, have been wallhung on French cleats, which emphasize the shadows by setting the works off the wall another inch. Eighteen smaller, freestanding constructions fill a central worktable and occupy the room’s fireplace mantel. Four framed abstract watercolors, reminiscent of Christo’s preparatory sketches and titled “Aquifer,” “Pyramid,” “Deluge” and “High Plains,” round out the show. Owre’s process of creating constructions begins with works on paper, though these watercolors did not lead to constructions. Both the choice and application of color are striking in Owre’s constructions. Bars of bright pink or purple cut through earthy greens; sponged daubs and workmanlike splashes appear among carefully edged blocks of solid color. Heavy watercolor paper, cut to fit the forms and painted or drawn on with pencil, overlays some surfaces. Elsewhere, the artist painted the plywood forms directly. Haunting the show like revenants are the forms, colors and materials of the Prickly Mountain design/build movement. Owre came to Vermont in 1965 with that movement’s cofounder, David Sellers. Owre had recently completed an MFA in sculpture at Yale University; Sellers, a student at the university’s school of architecture, had become

Stories of Owre’s teaching abounded in that conversation. His students once made working violins and violas out of scrap material. They were asked to dismantle an engine, draw the parts and reassemble it. One class spent months making a sculpture installation at Shelburne Farms using 90 donated hay bales and a pile of two-by-fours. During the talk, however, Owre seemed most interested in revisiting his Prickly Mountain days. “I’d like to hear a little more from Dave [Sellers] about design/build — that was such an influence on me,” he said at one point. Sellers was in the audience. How do these new constructions move beyond that influence? Whether because the pieces are not required to serve a practical purpose, unlike the houses, or because a lifetime of democratic art practice has freed Owre from any sense of constraint, the works at BCA seem to have been built purely for fun. There is a devil-may-care quality to their final appearance, as if their essential raison d’être was to allow Owre to work out some problem of form, building or design. Viewers of this show can delve further into the artist’s process on Vimeo, where retired UVM photography professor Dan Higgins has uploaded an 18minute video he made in 2011 of Owre at work in his South Hero studio. Then 83, the artist was building some of the pieces that appear at BCA, including



“Cross Talk” and “Gravity Undone.” (The BCA labels, all indicating 2016 or 2017, refer to dates of completion.) In the video, Owre explains to Higgins that, though each piece starts as a “contemporary American landscape” on paper, he eschews matting and framing in favor of low-relief-construction mounting “to have it animated as people walk by it.”

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CALL TO ARTISTS ‘BARN ART’: Seeking submissions of artworks related to barns for an upcoming juried exhibition. For guidelines and to submit, visit cmacvt. org. Deadline: February 23. Compass Music and Arts Center, Brandon. Info,

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VERMONT STUDIO CENTER RESIDENCY FELLOWSHIPS: Artists and writers are encouraged to apply for residencies to automatically qualify for program fellowships. For details on residencies and specific available fellowships, visit Deadline: February 15. Vermont Studio Center, Johnson. $25. Info, 635-2727.



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‘FRESH PERSPECTIVE’: The gallery is currently accepting submissions for the second annual show of works by emerging artists under 35. To submit, send images with title, price, medium, handling instructions, etc., to meredith@ Deadline: February 15. Frog Hollow Vermont Craft Gallery, Burlington.

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‘COMMON GROUNDS’: In recognition of 100 years of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and its conservation consequences, the museum seeks bird-oriented artworks for an exhibit to open in May. Art of and about birds, exploring commonality, conservation, migration, habitat, protection and/or coordination among peoples, species, places and/or time will be considered. To submit, email up to three JPEG images to Deadline: March 27. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington. Info, 434-2167.

‘TELL ME’: There are currently 6,909 living languages. What do the connected sounds and symbols of words suggest for the visual arts? Studio Place Arts is seeking diverse languages and letterforms (real or invented), new communication technologies, censorship, graffiti, collage and urgent messages to create a Tower of Babel in the center of the gallery. Proposals for this structure in whole or part are welcomed. Deadline: April 6. For info and submission guidelines, see Studio Place Arts, Barre. Free for members; $10 for nonmembers. Info, 479-7069.

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CALL FOR LARGE OUTDOOR SCULPTURE: The Shoreham sculpture park is accepting submissions for the 2018 season. Sculptures must be exterior and able to withstand Vermont weather. Accepted works will be installed for one to two years. Interested artists should submit résumé, artist statement and images to Deadline: April 1. Lemon Fair Sculpture Park, Shoreham.

SEXUAL VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH ART SHOW: Burlington’s Hive Collective seeks art from artists who identify as survivors of sexual violence for an April show sponsored by H.O.P.E. Works. For details and to submit, email Rachel at The Hive Collective, Burlington. Through March 25.

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BURLINGTON CITY ARTS COMMUNITY FUND: The Burlington City Arts Community Fund welcomes applications for one-year grants of up to $3,000 for Burlington-based practicing artists, creative professionals or small arts organizations to develop projects that engage and connect the community and address community needs, challenges and priorities through the arts. For details and to apply, visit Deadline: April 16. BCA Center, Burlington. Info, 865-7166.

‘SCORCHED’: This 2018 group show involves work in which the effects of heat and fire can be easily seen and experienced, including encaustic media, singed paper and other ephemeral materials, charred wood, pit-fired vessels, and hammered-metal and blown-glass objects. Deadline: May 18. For more info and submission guidelines, see Studio Place Arts, Barre. Free for members; $10 for nonmembers. Info, 479-7069.

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DUSTY BOYNTON: “From Within,” works that merge memory and personal experience for a childlike appearance that is nonetheless sophisticated in gesture and expression. EDWIN OWRE: “New Constructions,” an exhibition of works that reference the formative American art movements of the 1960s and ’70s while embracing contemporary expressions of mark-making. ELISE WHITTEMORE: “One by One,” works that explore the physicality of printmaking, as well as formal constructs inherent to the natural world. Through April 7. Info, 865-7166. BCA Center in Burlington.

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‘ENCOUNTER EMPTY’: Installations by Kevin Donegan, Samantha Eckert and Lydia Kern reflecting on the physical, psychic and spiritual architecture that holds emptiness. Through April 24. Info, New City Galerie in Burlington.


NEW THIS WEEK f JAMES SHEUREN: “A Picture of Santa Barbara,” a series of large-format composite images taken from 2016 to 2018 in Texas, Maine and Vermont. Reception and artist talk: Wednesday, February 21, 6 p.m. February 19-March 2. Info, mildredbeltre@ Francis Colburn Gallery, University of Vermont, in Burlington. ‘PUPPETS: WORLD ON A STRING’: An introductory survey to the art of puppets, presenting a range of historical to contemporary works in a variety of mediums and forms, from 19th-century marionettes to digital installations. February 17-June 3. Info, 985-3346. Shelburne Museum.

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EXHIBITION: Works by area high school students in a range of media. Reception and award ceremony: Friday, February 16, 5-7 p.m. February 16-March 9. Info, 603-448-3117. AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, N.H.

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*NSYNC’s “Bye Bye Bye” music video to Being John Malkovich to Bread and Puppet Theater’s timeless, timely productions, the (sometimes-sinister) allure of puppets is unlikely to ever fade. Opening on Saturday, February 17, an exhibition at the Shelburne Museum pays tribute to the quintessentially human art form, from the Muppets of Jim

60+ ART GROUP: A free meet-up for folks 60 or older who’d like to be creative and make art in a social environment. River Arts, Morrisville, Thursday, February 15, 10 a.m.-noon. Info, 888-1261.

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BIG & MESSY ART SPACE: A weekly child-led, process-based open art space featuring mural painting, light and shadow play, and more. River Arts, Morrisville, Sunday, February 18, 10 a.m.-noon. $5 suggested donation. Info, 888-1261.


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ART EVENTS ARTIST TALK: ALISON BECHDEL: The cartoonist and graphic memoirist offers an illustrated lecture discussing how her work has evolved during her career. Ira Allen Chapel, University of Vermont, Burlington, Wednesday, February 21, 7-8:30 p.m. Info, 656-0750.

CLASS: ‘UNUSUAL LANDSCAPES FROM AROUND THE WORLD’: Instructor Jan Danziger leads this educational visual art series. Call to register. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, Friday, February 16, 3-5 p.m. Info, 223-6954. COFFEE DISCUSSION WITH VT CREATIVE NETWORK’S CHITTENDEN COUNTY CREATIVE ZONE: A conversation about how best to pursue county-wide community building among creative industries. SEABA Center, Burlington, Friday, February 16, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Info, 865-1140. COLLAGE WORKSHOP WITH JACK SABON: An Artist Resource Association workshop for teens and adults. Materials provided, but feel free to bring magazines or books to work with. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, Saturday, February 17, 1-3 p.m. Info, 223-3338. COMMUNITY ARTS OPEN STUDIO: A weekly workshop where children with caregivers are invited to make their own self-directed art projects using a diverse assortment of art supplies. AVA Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon N.H., Saturday, February 17, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Info, 603-448-3117. FAMILY ART SATURDAY: Families are invited to drop in and enjoy an art activity inspired by current exhibitions. Burlington City Arts, Saturday, February 17, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Info, 865-7166. FILM: ‘STONE RISING: THE WORK OF DAN SNOW’: Burlington City Arts’ Architecture + Design Film Series presents the 2005 documentary about the master waller who creates works in stone throughout southern Vermont and New Hampshire. Burlington City Hall Auditorium, Wednesday, February 21, 6:30 p.m. Info, 865-7166.

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GORDON GLOVER: “Composite/Synthesis,” mixed-media works by the Champlain College professor of creative media. Through April 30. Info, New Moon Café in Burlington.

GALLERY TOUR: ‘ILLUMINATING WORDS: ARTISTS’ BOOKS AT UVM’: A guided tour of this exhibition featuring artists’ book selections from

Henson to Andy Warhol’s snapshot of Howdy Doody. Whether they hang from strings is not the sole domain of children. Through June 3. Pictured: Tony Oursler, “Plaid Doll,” 1992. Cloth, metal and video projection, 40 x 10 x 2 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Lisson Gallery. © Tony Oursler. the Department of Art and Art History and Special Collections. Francis Colburn Gallery, University of Vermont, Burlington, Wednesday, February 14, noon. Info, 656-2014.

TALK: SUKI FREDERICKS: The Vermont-based paintings conservator speaks on art collections and collecting. BigTown Gallery Vergennes, Thursday, February 15, 6 p.m. Info, 349-0979.

‘LOST AND FOUND’: An “art treasure hunt” instigated by Vermont artist DJ Barry, in which he places stenciled woodcuts in various locations, free to those who find them in exchange for paying it forward. Find the artist on Facebook for clues. Various Vermont locations, Wednesdays, February 14 and 21. Info,

WORKSHOP: ‘FEARLESS ART’: Local artist Julie Griffis leads participants in experimenting with different tools and mediums to create a mixed-media art piece to take home. Fairfax Community Library, Tuesday, February 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Info, 849-2420.

OPEN HOUSE: BIRDS OF VERMONT MUSEUM: Visit the bird-feeding station, explore museum exhibits, drink bird-friendly coffee and learn more about the Great Backyard Bird Count. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, Saturday, February 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Info, 434-3068. OPEN STUDIO FIGURE DRAWING: An all-levels drop-in workshop featuring a live model. River Arts, Morrisville, Tuesday, February 20, 3-5:30 p.m. $10. PHOTO CO-OP: Lens lovers gather to share their experience and knowledge of their craft. Gallery at River Arts, Morrisville, Thursday, February 15, 6-8 p.m. $5. Info, 888-1261. SOCIAL SUNDAYS: A weekly community event featuring music, refreshments and art workshops. Milton Art Center & Gallery, Sunday, February 18, noon-3 p.m. Info, 355-6583. TALK: ‘‘[SHE IS] BEAUTIFUL’: THE DOUBLE PIPE IN GREEK MUSIC, RELIGION AND VASE PAINTING’: Professors Damascus Kafumbe (music), Pavlos Sfyroeras (classics) and Pieter Broucke (art history) team up for a multi-pronged contextualization of the musical ritual on an alabastron by the Emporion Painter that was recently acquired by the museum. Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, Friday, February 16, 12:30 p.m. Info, 443-5258.


WORKSHOP: GALLERY TOURS FOR PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA: Gordon Sasaki leads this web-based workshop introducing participants to the use of museum-setting artwork to facilitate group discussion for individuals with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, including caregivers and all group members. Registration required. Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington, Wednesday, February 14, 9:45 a.m.-noon. Info, 871-5002.

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‘THE ART SHOW’: A community-sourced art exhibition in which artists are invited to contribute one piece and compete for a “People’s Choice” minigrant. Through February 23. Info, publicartschool@ RL Photo in Burlington. BELCATE SCHOOL AND HOWARD CENTER ARTS COLLECTIVE: New work by artists from the collective alongside art students. Through February 28. Info, 598-6698. Fletcher Room, Fletcher Free Library, in Burlington. ‘CONSTRUCTED GESTURES’: Collages, montages and digitally manipulated photography by Wendy James, Greg Merhar, Sandy Milens, Bruce Pendleton, Paul Reynolds and Derrick Senior. Through March 31. Info, 652-4500. Amy E. Tarrant Gallery in Burlington.


HONORÉ DAUMIER’S ‘BLUESTOCKINGS’: “Les Bas Bleus,” a series of 40 lithographs by the French caricaturist, satirizing groups of upper-class women who sought intellectual stimulation in defiance of their narrowly proscribed roles in society. ‘SELF-CONFESSED! THE INAPPROPRIATELY INTIMATE COMICS OF ALISON BECHDEL’: Works by the renowned Bolton cartoonist and graphic memoirist that span her decades-long career. Through May 20. Info, 656-0750. Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont, in Burlington. ‘HUSK’: A group exhibition featuring works that consider parasitic relationships. Through February 24. Info, 578-2512. The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington. ‘ILLUMINATING WORDS: ARTISTS’ BOOKS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT’: Artists’ books selected from UVM’s Department of Art and Art History and Special Collections. Through February 15. Info, 656-2138. Colburn Gallery in Burlington. JEFFREY ROBBINS: Works in watercolor by the Burlington artist and the 25th South End Art Hop jury winner. Through February 28. Info, 658-6016. Speeder & Earl’s Coffee in Burlington. JOHN R. KILLACKY: “Embodied Voice: Video Narratives,” works by the artist, performer and Flynn Center executive director including AIDSrelated videos from the 1990s, disability-themed pieces from the 2000s, and recent collaborations with Vermont artists Todd R. Lockwood and Art Bell. Through February 16. Info, 865-6432. Champlain College Art Gallery in Burlington. KYLE MICHAEL LAPINE: Recent multimedia paintings and sculptures exploring themes of trauma, transformation, hope and ritual. Through February 28. Info, 859-9222. The Gallery at Main Street Landing in Burlington. LYNN CUMMINGS: “Shapes, Signs & Symbols: Legacy of the Ancients,” works inspired by the artist’s observations of evidence of the ancients, particularly in the southwestern U.S., as well as several cultures in the South Pacific, Peru and Colombia. Through March 31. Info, 859-9222. SEABA Center in Burlington. MARTIN BOCK: Photographs and paintings by the Vermont artist. Through March 31. Info, 863-3403. Fletcher Free Library in Burlington. MARY LACY: “Pollination,” new works by the Vermont painter, inspired by pollinators and their counterparts, flowers. Through March 2. Info, Karma Bird House in Burlington. ‘MY SKY’: An exhibition inviting children and adults to explore the sun, moon and stars together in an immersive, family-friendly environment. Through May 6. Info, 864-1848. ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain in Burlington.




f OPEN PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT: The fifth annual open exhibition of works by Vermont photographers. Reception: Friday, March 9, 5-7 p.m. Through March 30. Info, 859-9222. Art’s Alive Gallery in Burlington. VALENTINES POP-UP SALE: Local, handmade gifts by resident artists. Through February 14. Info, E 1 Studio Collective in Burlington. ‘WISSLER’: A retrospective of work by Frog Hollow founder Richard Wissler and his mother, Prindle. Through February 28. Info, 863- 6458. Frog Hollow Vermont Craft Gallery in Burlington. ZOE BISHOP & ADAM FORGUITES: Paintings inspired by Friedensreich Hundertwasser and repetitive, spontaneous production, respectively. Through February 28. Info, 363-4746. Flynndog in Burlington.

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‘HEART SHOW’: More than 80 artist-created hearts, available for purchase to benefit the Janet S. Munt Family Room. Through March 25. Info, 985-9511. Rustic Roots in Shelburne. MELANIE CASTILLO: Works by the graduating Saint Michael’s College senior. Through February 18. Info, McCarthy Arts Center, Saint Michael’s College, in Colchester.

f MOUNT MANSFIELD UNION FINE ART SHOW: Works by high school students in a variety of mediums. Closing reception: Sunday, February 18, 1-3 p.m. Through February 18. Info, ealexander22@ Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho. ‘PAINTING FOR A CURE’: A collection of recent works by local artist/architect Ted Montgomery. Proceeds support the University of Vermont Cancer Center research team headed by Dr. David Krag. Through March 30. Info, 985-8222. Shelburne Vineyard. RIK CARLSON: “50 Years of Art in the Marketplace,” automotive and scenic photography and a retrospective presentation of the former Emerald City boutique’s archives. Through February 28. Info, Charlotte Senior Center. ‘SWEET TOOTH: THE ART OF DESSERT’: An exploration of the American appetite for sweets and its impact on modern visual culture. Through February 18. Info, 985-3346. Shelburne Museum.


‘ART FROM BEHIND BARS: WORKS BY VERMONTERS IN PRISON’: Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform presents this group exhibition of more than 21 works by incarcerated Vermonters. Through March 5. Info, 828-0749. Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier.

CAROLINE TAVELLI-ABAR: “Glimpse: an evolution in water, line, and collage,” abstract geometric paintings. Through February 28. Info, 828-3291. Spotlight Gallery in Montpelier.

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NITYA BRIGHENTI: “Light and Shadows,“ paintings. Through February 28. Info, 223-3338. KelloggHubbard Library in Montpelier. RYAN GEARY: “America Falling,” one year of collages processing postelection anxiety syndrome. Through March 1. Info, 595-4866. The Hive in Middlesex.

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‘SEVEN WAYS OF SEEING’: Works by members of the f7 photography group. SUSAN ABBOT AND AXEL STOHLBERG: New paintings by the Vermont artists. Through February 23. Info, 262-6035. T.W. Wood Gallery in Montpelier. SHOW 23: A showcase of the latest works by gallery members plus paintings by guest artist Jeanne Thurston. Info, 552-0877. The Front in Montpelier. TIKI KELVIE: “Glitterati,” works on canvas exploring the properties of glitter. Through April 1. Info, Espresso Bueno in Barre. ‘WAKE UP TO DYING’ MULTIMEDIA ART AND RESOURCE EXHIBIT: Images, writing samples, audio recordings and interactive activities meant to inspire contemplation about the end of life. Through March 30. Info, 223-2518. Montpelier Senior Activity Center.


BURTON SNOWBOARDS RETROSPECTIVE: Vintage to modern snowboards, original outerwear and images and stories from the Vermont company’s 41-year history. Through April 15. Info, 760-4634. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort. ‘CURIOUS & COOL’: Unusual and seldom-seen artifacts of ski culture from the museum’s archives. Through October 31. Info, 253-9911. Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum in Stowe. DENNIS SHEEHAN: “Late for the Sky,” winter landscapes in the style of the Barbizon School and the American tonalists. Through March 9. RORY JACKSON: “Coming In From the Cold,” a new collection of Vermont landscape paintings. Through February 20. Info, 760-6785. Edgewater Gallery in Stowe. JAMES PETERSON: “Dreamcatcher,” an immersive installation by the artist-in-residence from Los Angeles. Through September 30. Info, 253-8358. Spruce Peak at Stowe.

f JASON ECKENROTH: “Run Rabbit — Chase,” a multimedia yarn mural and video poem that explores contemporary anxieties through the character of a rabbit. Reception and artist’s talk: Thursday, February 15, 3-5 p.m. Through March 9. Info, 635-1469. Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, Johnson State College. STOWE/SMUGGS SHOWS

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CLAIRE VAN VLIET: “Sky and Earth,” pulp paintings using mineral pigments and handmade paper by the renowned Vermont artist between 1995 and 2011. Through March 30. Info, 828-0749. Vermont Supreme Court Gallery in Montpelier.

MICHAEL JERMYN: “New American Impressionism,” photographs. Through February 28. Info, 223-1570. City Center in Montpelier.

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JAQUITH INVITATIONAL GROUP ART SHOW: Works by Terry Allen, Lorilla Banbury, Jennifer Barlow, Chuck Bohn, Juliana Fletcher, Diane Fitch, Tracey Hambleton, Viiu Nuiiler, Marge Pulaski, Helen Rabin, Frederick Rudi, Michael Schumacher and David Smith. Through February 28. Info, 426-3581. Jaquith Public Library in Marshfield. LINDA MIRABILE: “Avian Inspired,” bird-inspired paintings by the Vermont artist. Through March 30. Info, 828-0749. Governor’s Gallery in Montpelier.

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‘THE ART OF GRANITE’: An exhibition exploring the use of Barre granite in sculpture, highlighting a continuity between classical techniques and the innovation and creativity of today’s artists. Through March 30. Info, 479-8500. Vermont History Center in Barre.

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ALEXY J. LANZA: “From the Death of One Star/ Por La Muerte De Una Estrella,” a series of 20 large woodcut prints based on ancient Mayan glyphs, 580 BC to 964 AD. Through April 10. Info, 322-1604. Goddard Art Gallery, Pratt Center, Goddard College, in Plainfield.

‘GOLDEN’: A group exhibit with work in multiple mediums exploring aspects of aging. ‘SHOCKWAVE’: Art and poetry by contributors to Shockwave Magazine, an arts collective organized through Washington County Mental Health Services. ROSALIND DANIELS: “Shape Shifting,” photographs of abstracted shapes and light. Through March 17. Info, 479-7069. Studio Place Arts in Barre.

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‘WATER’: Water-themed works by 13 Burlingtonarea photographers. Through February 27. Info, 434-5503. Healthy Living Market & Café in South Burlington.

‘EXPLORERS OF NORWICH’: An exhibition exploring the lives of Norwich University alumni who shaped and changed the U.S. during the mid-19th and early 20th centuries. Through June 30. Info, 485-2183. Sullivan Museum & History Center, Norwich University, in Northfield.

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JOAN BRACE O’NEAL: “The White Slip Drawings,” an ongoing series of figurative works in graphite. Through February 25. Info, 888-1261. Gallery at River Arts in Morrisville.

Saint Valentine would most definitely approve: This second annual benefit exhibition at Shelburne’s Rustic Roots restaurant features more than 80 artistic takes on the quintessential symbol of L-O-V-E. From wood scraps to sequins to felted wool, the

JUSTIN KENNEY: “The Parley of the Curve,” works made with shellac, paper, inks and graphite, representing the architecture of society in opposition with nature. Through February 25. Info, 888-1261. River Arts in Morrisville.

variations seem endless, and creativity abounds. Enamored guests are invited to purchase a heart or two to take home or give to their sweetheart, with all proceeds benefiting the Janet S. Munt Family Room, a Burlington parent-child center. Through

‘LOVE LOST & FOUND’: A juried exhibition of 28 works by 23 artists, including oils, watercolor, mixed media, photography, collage and textile art. Through April 1. Info, 644-5100. Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville. ‘ORDINARY TIME’: Paintings by Maine artist Grace DeGennaro and kinetic sculpture by Boston artist Anne Lilly. PHILIP HERBISON: “The Infinite Shapes of Water,” large-scale digital photo prints. Through April 14. Info, 253-8358. Helen Day Art Center in Stowe.

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BELLE MACDOUGALL: “Bringing Color Into the Dark of Winter,” pastels by the local artist. Through March 3. Info, 244-7036. Waterbury Public Library. JIM DODDS: “Jimages,” digital poster art by the Vermont artist. Through February 28. Info, jemd@ Three Mountain Café in Waitsfield. JOSH AXELROD: “A Man and His Camera,” fine art photographs by the Roxbury artist. Through March 30. Info, 496-6682. Vermont Festival of the Arts Gallery in Waitsfield. KATHY STARK: “Mostly White,” a series of mixed-media paintings made through building and manipulating layers of paint and other materials. Through February 17. Info, 244-7801. Axel’s Gallery & Frame Shop in Waterbury.

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MATT LARSON: “Abstracting Nature,” a collection of mixed-media works by the Waterbury Center artist, who finds inspiration from natural systems and ecological processes. Through March 2. Info, 244-6636. White Meeting House in Waterbury.

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‘10 YEARS: THE CAMERON PRINT PROJECT’: Works created by Cameron Visiting Artists, in collaboration with students of Hedya Klein’s silk-screen and intaglio classes, including Mark Dion, Derrick Adams, Tomas Vu, Kati Heck and Rona Yefman. Through April 29. Info, 443-5258. Middlebury College Museum of Art.

f ELINOR STEELE FRIML: Tapestries from the 40-year career of the Vermont designer and weaver, including abstract and impressionistic images, landscapes and geometric compositions. Reception: Friday, February 16, 5-7 p.m. Through March 31. Info, 382-9222. Jackson Gallery, Town Hall Theater, in Middlebury.

‘UP HOME: HAND-COLORED PHOTOGRAPHS BY SUSANNE AND NEIL RAPPAPORT’: Images that document the late Minnie Griswold’s Pawlet home. Through March 31. Info, 388-4964. Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury. ‘WHILE THE TREES RUN’: Works by gallery artists and two new additions, Californian artists Katie Ruiz and Heather Gordon. Through March 11. Info, 877-2173. Northern Daughters in Vergennes. ‘WINTER INTO SPRING’: A group exhibition featuring works by Klara Calitri, Linda Hampton-Smith, Molly Hawley, Patricia LeBon Herb and Yinglei Zhang. Through March 30. Info, 388-4095. Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury. WINTER-TERM STUDIO ART EXHIBITION: Students from winter-term classes exhibit work including photography, drawing and painting. Through February 15. Info, 443-3168. Johnson Memorial Building, Middlebury College.


2018 STUDENT ART SHOW: Works by students from first through 12th grade, from Barstow Memorial, Leicester Central, Lothrop Elementary, Neshobe Elementary, Otter Valley Union, Sudbury Country and Whiting Elementary schools. Through February 27. Info, 247-4956. Brandon Artists Guild. ‘ART OF RUTLAND COUNTY’: Inaugural gallery show featuring works by 34 area artists, including Bonnie Baird, Joan Curtis, Kerry O. Furlani, Warren Kimble, Grace Mellow and Erika Lawlor Schmidt. Through March 30. Info, The 77 Gallery in Rutland. JESSICA ADAMS: “A piece of string or a sunset, each acts,” a solo exhibition of mixed-media works by the Brooklyn artist. Through March 3. Info, The Alley Gallery in Rutland. JOAN CURTIS: “Living With the Earth,” three collections of paintings by the Brandon artist. Through March 31. Info, Rutland City Hall.


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‘BODY LANGUAGE’: A collaboration of poems and prints by Don and V. Shalvah Herzberg. Through March 31. Info, 295-5901. Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction. CECILY HERZIG: “Dark Botanicals and Swamp Nonsense,” new paintings. Through March 31. Info, Zollikofer Gallery at Hotel Coolidge in White River Junction. ‘IT’S COLD OUTSIDE’: New paintings by members of the Odanaksis ArtGroup. Through February 14. Info, 436-2473. Hartland Public Library. LAURA DI PIAZZA: “Vox Somnium,” mixed-media works exploring irregular spaces, complicated positions and meditative interactions. Through May 23. Info, 296-7000. Barrette Center for the Arts in White River Junction. ‘THE LIGHT AROUND US’: An interactive, educational exhibition exploring the physics of light and how we see it. Through May 2. Info, 649-2200. Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich. ‘WINTER MAGIC’: Watercolors and pastels by Donalyn Burch and Kate Reeves. Through March 14. Info, 295-3133. The Quechee Inn at Marshland Farm.

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‘ARTS CONNECT AT CATAMOUNT ARTS’: An exhibition juried by Hood Museum of Art director John R. Stomberg, featuring outstanding work submitted by emerging and established artists from across the country. Through February 16. Info, 748-2600. Catamount Arts Center in St. Johnsbury. ‘BELLS & WHISTLES’: An exhibition exploring the myriad forms and associations connected to these ordinary objects. Through May 1. Info, 626-4409. The Museum of Everyday Life in Glover.

BEN BARNES: Paintings by the Northeast Kingdom artist. Through March 31. Info, 472-9933. 3rd Floor Gallery in Hardwick. CHARLES TROTSKY & BEN BARNES: A new series of enamel and mixed-media prints that blend printmaking and graffiti, accompanied by furniture by local designer Barnes. Through February 28. Info, 748-0158. Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury. ELIZABETH NELSON: “The Book of Changes: Symbolic Landscapes of the I Ching,” 64 paintings inspired by the Chinese divination tool. Through February 18. Info, 533-9075. Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro. GERRY TREVITS: New oil paintings of local landscapes. Through March 9. Info, 525-3366. Parker Pie Co. in West Glover.

‘WILDLANDS’: Works by 10 artists that celebrate public lands, national parks and wilderness. Through March 30. Info, 885-3061. The Great Hall in Springfield. ‘WINTER GROUP 2018’: New works by Jackie Abrams, Eric Boyer, Josh Bernbaum, Tiffany Heerema, Anne Johnstone, Gene Parulis, Torin Porter, Erika Radich, Donald Saaf and other gallery artists. Through March 18. Info, 251-8290. Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts in Brattleboro.


‘A CLOSER LOOK’: Paintings and photographs by the three “People’s Choice” award winners of 2017 Area Artists Show: Valerie Auffray Daniel, Judy Laliberte and Jo Lavasseur. Through March 3. Info, 728-9878. Chandler Gallery in Randolph.

f MEMPHREMAGOG WATERSHED ASSOCIATION: Artworks created by the Plein Air NEK group featuring local waters as well as soil and water conservation practices. Reception and talk: Wednesday, February 14, 5-7 p.m. Through March 30. Info, 533-9370, Brown Library, Sterling College, in Craftsbury Common.

HADLEY GREENE: “From a Teenage Perspective,” photographs inspired by the Sharon Academy senior’s love of animals. Through February 28. Info, 685-2188. Chelsea Public Library.

‘PEOPLE: PORTRAITS. POSES, GESTURES AND DREAMS’: Art from the collections of artists Marjorie Kramer and Sam Thurston. Through March 23. Info, 323-7759. The 99 Gallery and Center in Newport.

NANCY TAPLIN: A select retrospective of paintings by the Vermont artist. Through March 31. Info, 767-9670. BigTown Gallery in Rochester.

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ANILA QUAYYUM AGHA: “Shimmering Mirage,” a sculptural light installation inspired by Islamic architecture. Through March 10. Info, 257-0124. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. BRIAN COHEN: Works on paper by the founding member of Two Rivers Printmaking Studio. Through February 23. Info, 869-2960. Main Street Arts in Saxtons River.

JENNIFER PALKOWSKI JACQUES: “Before the Storm,” abstract landscapes. Through March 7. Info, 889-9404. Tunbridge Public Library.

‘POST-APOCALYPSE FOR 3/4 EMPIRE’: Prints on fabric by Peter Schumann and Lila Winstead, inspired by Albrecht Durer’s 1495 apocalypse woodcuts. Through March 2. Info, 498-8438. White River Gallery @ BALE in South Royalton. ROSS SHEEHAN: “Cuprum Papyrus,” more than 25 artworks including copper sculptures and works on paper, all sharing common archaeological themes from skeletal blueprints to studies in identification. Through February 20. Info, 800-431-0025. Hartness Library in Randolph Center.

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BRENDA PHILLIPS: The artist, who is a survivor of childhood abuse, uses painting as a therapeutic tool and draws inspiration from Christian theology and Greek mythology featuring strong female characters. Through March 9. Info, 603-448-3117. AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, N.H. CATHERINE HARTUNG: Nature-inspired paintings by the New York artist. Through February 23. Info, Strand Center for the Arts in Plattsburgh, N.Y. KADER ATTIA: “Reason’s Oxymorons,” a researchdriven video installation consisting of a range of interviews with philosophers, psychiatrists, anthropologists, traditional healers, historians, musicologists, patients and immigrants. The conversations are organized around the ways in which non-Western and Western cultures approach psychiatric conditions and emotional breakdowns. Through March 18. Info, 603-646-2426. Hood Downtown in Hanover, N.H. ‘LEONARD COHEN: A CRACK IN EVERYTHING’: A collection of brand-new works commissioned from and created by local and international artists who have been inspired by Leonard Cohen’s style and recurring themes, in honor of the late poet and musician. Through April 9. Info, 514-847-6226. Montréal Museum of Contemporary Art. ‘MNEMOSYNE’: An exhibition pairing ancient and modern European works with contemporary art by Canadian artists. Through May 20. Info, 514-2852000. NADIA MYRE: “Scattered Remains,” the first survey exhibition of the indigenous Québec artist. Through May 27. Info, 514-285-1600. Montréal Museum of Fine Arts. m


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movies The 15:17 to Paris ★★★★


lint Eastwood will be 88 in May. This is the director’s 36th film. I mention these facts up front because The 15:17 to Paris makes one thing abundantly clear: It’s not at all clear the filmmaker still knows what he’s doing. But, Rick, you gave the movie four stars. And I’d have added a question mark if I could. I’m going out on a critical limb in deference to the double Oscar winner’s accomplishments, wagering that this stunningly dull work is stunningly dull by design. That he isn’t in the early stages of dementia but at the peak of his powers, experimenting with radical new approaches to narrative. That Eastwood has gone avant-garde. At first glance, his latest appears to be in the vein of recent work. American Sniper and Sully celebrate everyday men who rise to extraordinary occasions. The 15:17 to Paris does likewise, recounting the true story of three friends who made headlines on August 21, 2015, by subduing an ISIS-inspired terrorist before he could massacre everyone on board Thalys train 9364. Ayoub El-Khazzani had zero reason to believe he wouldn’t succeed that day. What chance would passengers trapped inside a speeding steel tube have against an asshole

armed with an AK-47, 9mm automatic Luger, box cutter, canister of gasoline, nine loaded magazines and nearly 300 rounds of ammunition? That train had 554 passengers. You do the math. Here’s where things get all Jean-Luc Godard. Eastwood originally intended to cast actors to play Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler. His choices were announced in the trades last June. Then he decided to go in a different direction. The filmmaker reconceived the project with the childhood friends playing themselves. He structured it such that 99 percent of the film is devoted to chronicling their Christian upbringing, military training and serial selfie-taking while on European vacation before the fateful train ride. Make no mistake, all of that — especially the childhood stuff — is excruciatingly boring. First-time screenwriter Dorothy Blyskal displays a flair for transforming the merely banal into the synapse-slaughteringly tedious. As for the nonactors, they elevate not acting to a not-art form. Even the climactic clash, finished in minutes, is anticlimactic. So what’s the deal? I posit that Eastwood could be at-


BULLET TRAIN Eastwood shoots himself in the foot commercially with this experiment in cinema vérité.

tempting something truly revolutionary. In “Dream Song 14,” the poet John Berryman wrote, “Life, friends, is boring.” My theory is that the director made an artistic choice to roll the cameras and let virtually every minute of this movie stand for life by screaming, This isn’t interesting! Famous for his unfussy style, Eastwood shot even fewer takes this time than usual — just one, in fact, of the picture’s key sequence. The result is a stilted, super-snoozy monument to uneventfulness. The movie’s creators take a pass on character development completely. Ironically, it’s the ultimate anti-action film. But what Eastwood may be embracing is the uneventfulness of everyday life. Like all

art that employs negative space, The 15:17 to Paris is really about what the audience doesn’t see: in this case, the unthinkable horror El-Khazzani would have unleashed if a handful of ordinary people hadn’t done what they did. It’s as if Eastwood is saying, “Look, this may not be terribly dramatic, but neither is life most of the time. On that August day, life got the better of death. Let’s celebrate that with a big fat serving of reality in all its glorious ho-humness.” Unless I’m wrong. In which case, this is merely the most stunningly dull movie the man has ever made. RI C K KI S O N AK





Fifty Shades Freed ★★


tried to give the Fifty Shades of Grey movies the benefit of the doubt. Watching the first film, I told myself it was just a wish-fulfillment fantasy, and fantasies are OK. I tried to be grateful that E.L. James’ best sellers about a bondageloving billionaire and his demure bride-tobe make for racier, more eventful romances than Nicholas Sparks’ output ever could. But enough with benefit-of-the-doubt giving. It took only a few minutes of Fifty Shades Freed — directed, like the second installment, by the once-reputable James Foley (Glengarry Glen Ross) — to make me long for freedom from this particular cinematic dungeon. Those first few minutes are all about the wedding and honeymoon of Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson), and they feel like a video ad for a swanky nuptial package that won’t stop playing. Everything is catalog-bland and generically luxurious, until Ana attempts to go topless on the French Riviera and Christian blows his top, reminding us that he is a possessive, paranoid, controlling asshole. Or an adorable controlling asshole, as your preference may be. The pattern continues as our lovebirds return to Seattle. Having purchased the publishing company where Ana works, Christian proceeds to monitor every aspect of her life, bombarding her with worried texts when she dares deviate from her schedule to have drinks with a friend.

FIFTY SHADES OF MEH Johnson and Dornan tie the knot, and some other knots, in the third film based on E.L. James’ best sellers.

Ah, but he’s totally justified in this behavior! Because Ana’s lecherous former boss, Jack Hyde (Eric Johnson), has taken to stalking the couple. His reasons for doing so are absurdly contrived; suffice it to say that, in this cinematic universe, everyone who isn’t a fervent cheerleader for the Ana-Christian relationship is a jealous wretch hell-bent on sabotaging it. No supporting character has much interior life or interest in anything besides the central couple.

And that couple is ... not so interesting. Johnson brings a certain liveliness and humor to Ana’s meekness; even her defiance is self-effacing, but defiant nonetheless. She’d excel at rom-com-style sparring, but no sparks fly here, because Dornan’s performance is a blank. He’s not hatefully arrogant or charismatically cocky; he’s just there, looking good, much like Christian’s cars and clothes and real estate. The most frustrating thing about the film

is that, when it’s not serving up hard-core lifestyle porn or very soft-core porn porn, it occasionally broaches real questions about how to make a relationship work — then drops them. At one point, Christian does something nasty during a sexual encounter to “punish” Ana for her growing independence, and she calls him on it. Does this reality check lead to soul searching, hard discussions, character growth? Nope: Christian “apologizes” by sending Ana on a lavish trip to Aspen, Colo., with her friends. This appears to be his version of compromise: If he can’t be the only person in his beloved’s life, he can at least mastermind and finance every aspect of it. Perhaps Fifty Shades Freed is the ideal romance for an age of naked greed and acquisition. Mainly, though, it’s alternately dull and disorienting. Swoony, teasing, withholding sex scenes segue directly into car chases and abductions that evoke a hastily written daytime soap. Fine films have been and can be made about BDSM relationship dynamics, in and out of the bedroom — for an arty, selfaware take, try The Duke of Burgundy (2014). Fine films have fleshed out fantasy fodder, too. But Fifty Shades Freed has the paperthinness of a coffee-break daydream. Unless you’re a die-hard fan, steer clear of Mr. Grey’s playroom. MARGO T HARRI S O N


NEW IN THEATERS BLACK PANTHER: Endowed with superhuman powers, the young king (Chadwick Boseman) of African nation Wakanda grapples with the threat of civil war in this Marvel production, which takes place after Captain America: Civil War. With Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira. Ryan Coogler (Creed) directed. (134 min, PG-13. Big Picture, Bijou, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Palace, Paramount, Roxy, Stowe, Welden) EARLY MAN: Two cavemen must mobilize against an invading Bronze Age force in this Aardman Animations family comedy. With the voices of Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams and Eddie Redmayne. Nick Park (The Curse of the Were-Rabbit) directed. (89 min, PG. Essex) SAMSON: Inspirational-film purveyor Pure Flix retells the biblical story of the Hebrew strongman (Taylor James) and the Philistine princess (Caitlin Leahy). With Jackson Rathbone and Billy Zane. Bruce Macdonald (The Perfect Wave) directed. (109 min, PG-13. Palace)

FOREVER MY GIRLHH In this romantic drama based on the novel by Vermonter Heidi McLaughlin, a bad-boy rock star (Alex Roe) returns home to reconnect with his high school sweetheart (Jessica Rothe). Bethany Ashton Wolf directed. (104 min, PG) THE GREATEST SHOWMANHH1/2 This original musical, “inspired by the imagination of� circus entrepreneur P.T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman), appears to be less about the gritty facts of his life than about celebrating show biz. With Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson and Zac Efron. Michael Gracey makes his directorial debut. (105 min, PG) HOSTILESHH1/2 In this revisionist western from director Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart), set in 1892, Christian Bale plays a U.S. army captain escorting the family of a Cheyenne chief through a hostile area. With Scott Shepherd, Rosamund Pike and Jesse Plemons. (134 min, R; reviewed by R.K. 1/24)


I, TONYAHHHHH This no-holds-barred biopic tells the story of former Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie), banned from her sport for her role in conspiring to injure a rival, as a dark comedy of errors. Allison Janney and Sebastian Stan also star. Craig Gillespie (The Finest Hours) directed. (120 min, R; reviewed by M.H. 1/17)

12 STRONGHHH Warfare on horseback is the centerpiece of this action drama about the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11, based on Doug Stanton’s book Horse Soldiers. Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon and William Fichtner star. Nicolai Fuglsig directed. (130 min, R)

JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLEHHH Four teens are trapped in a video game where they’re represented by human movie clichÊs (Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart and Jack Black) in this belated sequel to the 1995 action comedy. Jake Kasdan (Bad Teacher) directed. (119 min, PG-13)

THE 15:17 TO PARISHHHH Three American soldiers (Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos) who foiled a 2015 terrorist attack on a European train play themselves in this drama based on the events, directed by Clint Eastwood. With Judy Greer and Jenna Fischer. (94 min, PG-13; reviewed by R.K. 2/14)

LADY BIRDHHHH Actor Greta Gerwig wrote and directed this acclaimed coming-of-age tale about a Sacramento teen (Saoirse Ronan) navigating her senior year. With Laurie Metcalf and Lucas Hedges. (93 min, R; reviewed by M.H. 11/29)

THE 2018 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS: Fifteen Academy Award nominees play in three separate groups: live-action, animated and documentary, with subjects ranging from Kobe Bryant to a late-in-life same-sex wedding to racial violence to Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes. (Runtime N/A, NR) CALL ME BY YOUR NAMEHHHHH A restless teenager (TimothÊe Chalamet) falls for his dad’s research assistant (Armie Hammer) in this atmospheric summer romance set in 1983 Italy, from director Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love). With Michael Stuhlbarg. (132 min, R; reviewed by R.K. 1/17)

DEN OF THIEVESHH1/2 An elite team of outlaws plots to rob LA’s Federal Reserve Bank in this action thriller that follows both the thieves and their nemeses at the sheriff’s department. Gerard Butler, 50 Cent and Pablo Schreiber star. Screenwriter Christian Gudegast makes his directorial debut. (140 min, R)

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CANCER (June 21-July 22): Ray Bradbury’s dystopian best seller Fahrenheit 451 was among the most successful of the 27 novels he wrote. It won numerous awards and has been adopted into films, plays and graphic novels. Bradbury wrote the original version of the story in nine days, using a typewriter he rented for 20 cents per hour. When his publisher urged him to double the manuscript’s length, he spent another nine days doing so. According to my reading of the planetary configurations, you Cancerians now have a similar potential to be surprisingly efficient and economical as you work on an interesting creation or breakthrough — especially if you mix a lot of play and delight into your labors. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Poet Louise Glück has characterized herself as “afflicted with

longing yet incapable of forming durable attachments.” If there is anything in you that even partially fits that description, I have good news: In the coming weeks, you’re likely to feel blessed by longing rather than afflicted by it. The foreseeable future will also be prime time for you to increase your motivation and capacity to form durable attachments. Take full advantage of this fertile grace period! VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In 2004, a man named Jerry Lynn tied a battery-operated alarm clock to a string and dangled it down a vent in his house. He was hoping that when the alarm sounded, he would get a sense of the best place to drill a hole in his wall to run a wire for his TV. But the knot he’d made wasn’t perfect, and the clock slipped off and plunged into an inaccessible spot behind the wall. Then, every night for 13 years, the alarm rang for a minute. The battery was unusually strong! A few months ago, Lynn decided to end the mild but constant irritation. Calling on the help of duct specialists, he retrieved the persistent clock. With this story as your inspiration, and in accordance with astrological omens, I urge you Virgos to finally put an end to your equivalent of the maddening alarm clock. (Read the story at alarmclockmadness.)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Was Napoléon Bonaparte an oppressor or liberator? The answer is both. His work in the world hurt a lot of people and helped a lot of people. One of his more magnanimous escapades transpired in June 1798, when he and his naval forces invaded the island of Malta. During his six-day stay, he released political prisoners, abolished slavery, granted religious freedom to Jews, opened 15 schools, established the right to free speech and shut down the Inquisition. What do his heroics have to do with you? I don’t want to exaggerate, but I expect that you, too, now have the power to unleash a blizzard of benevolence in your sphere. Do it in your own style, of course, not Napoléon’s. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “Trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit,” said French playwright Molière. I’m going to make that your motto for now, Scorpio. You have pursued a gradual, steady approach to ripen-

ing, and soon it will pay off in the form of big bright blooms. Congratulations on having the faith to keep plugging away in the dark! I applaud your determination to be dogged and persistent about following your intuition even though few people have appreciated what you were doing. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): The growth you can and should foster in the coming weeks will be stimulated by quirky and unexpected prods. To get you started, here are a few such prods. 1. What’s your hidden or dormant talent, and what could you do to awaken and mobilize it? 2. What’s something you’re afraid of but might be able to turn into a resource? 3. If you were a different gender for a week, what would you do and what would your life be like? 4. Visualize a dream you’d like to have while you’re asleep tonight. 5. If you could transform anything about yourself, what would it be? 6. Imagine you’ve won a free vacation to anywhere you want. Where would you go? CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You may think you have uncovered the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. But according to my analysis of the astrological omens, you’re just a bit more than halfway there. In order to get the rest of the goods, you’ll have to ignore your itch to be done with the search. You’ll have to be unattached to being right and smart and authoritative. So please cultivate patience. Be expansive and magnanimous as you dig deeper. For best results, align yourself with poet Richard Siken’s definition: “The truth is complicated. It’s twotoned, multi-vocal, bittersweet.”

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Now that you

have finally paid off one of your debts to the past, you can start window-shopping for the future’s best offers. The coming days will be a transition time as you vacate the power spot you’ve outgrown and ramble out to reconnoiter potential new power spots. So bid your crisp farewells to waning traditions, lost causes, ghostly temptations and the deadweight of people’s expectations. Then start preparing a vigorous first impression to present to promising allies out there in the frontier.


ARIES (March 21-April 19): At 12,388 feet, Mount Fuji is Japan’s highest peak. If you’re in good shape, you can reach the top in seven hours. The return trip can be done in half the time — if you’re cautious. The loose rocks on the steep trail are more likely to knock you off your feet on the way down than on the way up. I suspect this is an apt metaphor for you in the coming weeks, Aries. Your necessary descent may be deceptively challenging. So make haste slowly! Your power animals are the rabbit and the snail. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): In 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright made a few short jaunts through the air in a flying machine

they called the Flyer. It was a germinal step in a process that ultimately led to your ability to travel 600 miles per hour while sitting in a chair 30,000 feet above the Earth. Less than 66 years after the Wright Brothers’ breakthrough, American astronauts landed a space capsule on the moon. They had with them a patch of fabric from the left wing of the Flyer. I expect that during the coming weeks, you will be climaxing a long-running process that deserves a comparable ritual. Revisit the early stages of the work that enabled you to be where you are now. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): In 2006, 5 percent of the world’s astronomers gathered at an international conference and voted to demote Pluto from a planet to a “dwarf planet.” Much of the world agreed to honor their declaration. Since then, though, there has arisen a campaign by equally authoritative astronomers to restore Pluto to full planet status. The crux of the issue is this: How shall we define the nature of a planet? But for the people of New Mexico, the question has been resolved. State legislators there formally voted to regard Pluto as a planet. They didn’t accept the demotion. I encourage you to be inspired by their example, Gemini. Whenever there are good arguments from opposing sides about important matters, trust your gut feelings. Stand up for your preferred version of the story.


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SEEKING MARRIED OR ATTACHED WOMAN! Hi there. 43-y/o, cute, in-shape, professional, Burlington-area married male here. Looking for either a married or an attached woman. Maybe, like myself, you long for that spark that comes from being admired by someone new. Who knows what I’m looking for. Maybe we could make each other laugh. Life’s too short! Hope to hear from you. Take care. SeekingFun, 44 COOKING ON ALL FOUR BURNERS Passionate man who loves to cook looking for a woman to sizzle with. I still like to rock and roll or jazz it up Saturday nights (though at a lower volume), with Mozart, omelettes and you for Sunday brunch. Fruit and yogurt on the side? I’m funny, smart, resilient and sometimes silly. Hopefully you are, too. May I take your order? BrunchMan, 58, l EASYGOINGCHILLYCOLOR Passionate about life and human rights, arts and apartheid, environment and environmentalist, rain forests and clear-cutting, and the air we want to breathe. SolInvictus, 53, l LET’S SEE WHAT’S NEXT TOGETHER Hello. I have been divorced for a long time now and feel like it would be nice to have a partner again — hopefully my best friend (in the perfect world). I have many hobbies and interests (past and present). Please feel free to ask. Thanks, and good luck in your search. 802guy4u, 60, l ITALIAN LOOKING FOR HIS LADY Traveled, open-minded, sense of humor, attentive, good conversationalist, listener, romantic. Some interests: traveling, bicycling, walking, crosscountry skiing, snowshoeing, theater, cinema, dining in and out. Looking for someone with some similar interests who is open-minded. Denero, 78, l DIRTY BEARDED WIZARD Dirty bearded wizard is back and requesting additional labor resources for wooded outpost. Receptive, self-sufficient females requested for childbearing. Must be comfortable with extreme PDA. Redneck smokeshow farmer’s-daughter type with full set of teeth preferred but not required. HardwoodSoftheart, 30 LOOKING FOR LOVE 48-y/o retiring firefighter EMT. I enjoy hiking, kids, going to breweries and wineries, concerts. I have four kids: two older in their twenties and two younger (11 and 7) who live mostly with their mom. I am honest, and I love with all my heart and soul. Looking for that special person for hiking, breweries and wineries. Kevin48, 48, l TRUSTWORTHY, FUNNY, LOYAL, SMART, INTERESTING Hello, my name is Paul! I like music, movies, singing, and visiting with friends and family. I don’t have a car, unfortunately. I like dogs and playing with my bass. And what I’m looking for is a girl who is compassionate, trusting, loyal. If you think we’re a good match, please reach out and contact me. Thanks so much. Ph123, 25, l KIND, LOYAL, FUNNY I’m just a guy who loves life. This world is a beautiful place, and I appreciate the beauty. Earning happiness one day at a time. Let’s be happy together! Reddred, 37, l

CURIOUS INTRO/EXTROVERT SEEKING THOUGHTFUL OTHER About me: I truly love life with all its ups, downs and brief moments of clarity. :) Every morning I start my day going to the window, looking out with curiosity, awe, optimism and appreciation for another day. I try to harness for the day the clear optimism I feel in those brief morning moments. easygoing1, 61 SECRET DOWN-TO-EARTH DREAMER Well, this is intimidating! Boasting about myself at work is easy, but in a personal setting, I am usually rather quiet. I like very small groups so I can connect, and big groups are fun to people-watch, but somehow I find myself just by myself. Hopefully this is going to grab the attention of someone traditional but with an unusual twist. makemysevendays, 50 HELLO, I’M LOOKING FOR HONESTY Hello, my name is Reynald. I’m 27 y/o and am a hard worker. I love being outside and just about every outdoor activity there is: camping, hunting, fishing, hiking, biking and sports. I work as an auto mechanic and as a tattoo artist. I play guitar and sing as well. My ideal partner is smart, funny and pretty. Find me. InTheBoonies, 27, l SUBMISSIVE CUCKOLD PANTY SNIFFER Single, submissive male experienced in erotic massage and oral body cleaning. Seeking women to serve. singlecuckold, 51 LOOKING FOR SOME NSA FUN! Nice, easygoing guy looking for some NSA fun. Let’s have a few drinks and have some erotic fun! 420 friendly. MikePop, 40 LAID-BACK, HONEST, FUNNY I don’t take myself too seriously. I can see the good side of everyone I meet. Pretty positive most od the time. A little company wouls be great. I’d like to make someone else happy. Dghacket, 54, l LOVING, SPONTANEOUS, DRIVEN, HARDWORKING Spotty instances of happiness just kinda suck, and I want my partner to be part of what makes everything better just by looking at me. I look forward to stupid jokes only we get, and it’s the small quirks that make things special. I want to share my life with someone special who feels the same way about me. day_after_day007, 42 PEACE, QUIET IN THE NEK Life in the NEK is peaceful and quiet but also kind of boring. Seeking friendship, companionship, ???. If you enjoy music, classic movies, playing pool or good conversation, look me up. Cosmos, 55, l

WOMEN Seeking WOMEN LET’S GET IT ON Looking for male or female. Would love to be friends, date or just be friends with benefits. Love to hang out and have fun! Sammy12, 34

TRANS WOMAN SEEKS SOUL MATE I love being active outside, and love animals, music, dining out, being crafty. I am looking for a partner in crime with whom I share a lasting bond. Someone who will treat me like the lady I am and loves me for me. If you’re curious, let me know! 802Butterfly, 33, l

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I ‘RECALL’ YOU You worked with me via email to schedule a recall appointment on my vehicle. After the appointment was over, you told me about the area and a restaurant I must try, as I am new to the area. Your name is Ray. Had we met outside of your work, I would have asked if you wanted to go to that restaurant sometime. When: Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Where: Barre. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914265 THINGS I REGRET You don’t know who I am now. You have no right to dismiss me like this. I could give you a lot in the ways of love and life. I messed up, but this isn’t fair, CM. I do love you, and I do remember why. When: Sunday, September 10, 2017. Where: Montpelier. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914264





PARTING IS SUCH SWEET SORROW Dear smart__beautiful woman who helped me discover my truth: You are a precious part of my story. “Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” —Nathaniel Hawthorne. And so I sit until the day when you feel it is time to alight upon me. When: Friday, January 12, 2018. Where: Shelburne Bay. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #914263 SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS! Had I been more precocious, I would have spied you sooner. Your beauty, wit, spunk and style have always been obvious, but recently I’ve discovered your heart and soul. You’ve made me happier than I ever thought possible, simply by being you. I’m so stupid in love with you, at times I’m overwhelmed. My heart, body and spirit thank you! When: Sunday, November 26, 2017. Where: Essex. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914262 UPPER DECK PUB Your eyes are amazing! If only I were brave enough to say something to you. You had a logo on your shirt. Tell me what it was so I can be sure it is you! When: Tuesday, February 6, 2018. Where: Upper Deck Pub. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914261 CITY MARKET MISSED CONNECTION In the produce section on Monday night. You had long black hair and a long puffy black winter jacket, and you’re really pretty. I was wearing a red and gray jacket. We crossed eyes a few times, but I never spoke up. Regretting it now. Maybe I can make up for it and buy you a drink? ;) When: Monday, February 5, 2018. Where: City Market. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914260 BEEFY BURROWS STUD Aloha, Chip Chip! Remember when we did the “5 Banger”? Come home, and we can make it a “10 Banger.” Don’t get the bite! —Pierre. When: Thursday, February 1, 2018. Where: Camel’s Hump. You: Man. Me: Man. #914253

THIRD WHEEL AT REVOLUTION KITCHEN A great addition to my friend date. I was calling the shots and happy having you facilitate such a decadent evening. So heroic to turn on the vents to save our burning eyes! I’d like to hear the story behind the pin-up girl on your forearm. Mixing the desserts was brilliant. What other tricks do you have up your sleeve? When: Thursday, February 1, 2018. Where: Revolution Kitchen. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914258 I SEE YOU... Trying to become a better self. Trying to let go of the past. Taking whatever comes your way without expectation or judgement. I know it’s hard sometimes, but good things are coming. You are beautiful and so deserving. Do what you must, but don’t lose hope. Good things are coming. I love you. When: Thursday, February 1, 2018. Where: right here, right now. You: Man. Me: Man. #914257 NO WALLYNESS? Though we see a latte of each other, I don’t have the curry to tell you how I really feel. I am an egg in your hands, scrambled under your hot meat. I am like so much cheese, melting on the grill of your gaze. Oh, my sandwich warrior, you are beautiful in so many nontypical ways. When: Saturday, February 3, 2018. Where: Wally’s Bagels. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914256 RE: HOME DEPOT CUTIE, 12/16 Did this take place in the checkout line? I seem to vaguely recall you. Coffee and polite conversation sometime? You may pay, and I’ll forgive you for snubbing me. Deal? When: Saturday, December 16, 2017. Where: Home Depot. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914255 JAMES FROM WATERBURY You have the best dog, like to go overseas as often as possible and are a creative type. You sparked my interest, but I erroneously swiped left when you appeared on my app (rookie OKC mistake). I have two great dogs and a valid passport! Talk over a beer sometime? When: Wednesday, January 31, 2018. Where: OKCupid. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914254 THINNING-HAIRED MAN IN MY HOUSE Spotted: thoughtful guy trying to cut back on his cookie consumption. Hopefully someone special is supplying plenty of sweetness. May she be able to keep it up for the years to come. I’ll keep my eye out for you around the living room. When: Tuesday, January 30, 2018. Where: Loomis Street. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914252 HEY, QUEEN BEE I left the hive. But you know how to find me. Come on over and pay me a little visit. :) I will show you the Lakeside neighborhood. We can catch up! When: Tuesday, January 23, 2018. Where: South End Hive. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914251

QUIET LITTLE NUT JOB Last year, to celebrate one year, you asked if I’d like to aim for another. This year, we decided to give it a go for life! I can’t wait to spend my life in a quixotic haze with the only person who makes me feel alone. But first, a Heady Topper at OP. I love you more... When: Tuesday, January 30, 2018. Where: the OP. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914250 STUNNING BLONDE IN CHARLOTTE You were walking on Sunday morning. We shared a wave and a smile. I wish I had turned around and said hi! When: Sunday, January 21, 2018. Where: Ferry Road, Charlotte. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914249 THREE NEEDS You winked at me (very cute, by the way) and then asked me about Chicago. I was flustered, but I’d like to change that. When: Monday, January 22, 2018. Where: Three Needs. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914248 MAIN STREET SMALL DOG RESCUERS To the two young women who helped me get my small, aging, runaway dog around 9 p.m.: Please stop by the Lang House Inn so I can properly thank you! When: Saturday, January 20, 2018. Where: Main Street. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #914247 POWDER BLUE From Olive Drab (actually “Moss”). You stopped to let me pass on the trail, but it wasn’t necessary, as you certainly wouldn’t have slowed me down. Any interest in hiking at the same pace? When: Saturday, January 20, 2018. Where: SuckerBrook Trail. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914246 REIKI SHARE AND POSITIVE ENERGY I met you at the Reiki share and loved your energy. Then I saw you on Bumble the next day! I swiped right. You’re beautiful both physically and metaphysically, and I wanted to share that with you. When: Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Where: Shelburne. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914245 BEARDED UNICORN Maybe you aren’t a unicorn, but you are beautiful and bearded. You work at Misery, and it’s your place of work so I didn’t want to take advantage, but you’re beautiful and seated me and my mom. You did a lap around the tables while we thought. I was in a walking boot, and you were strutting like a gazelle. When: Thursday, January 18, 2018. Where: Misery Loves Co.. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914244 LIQUOR GUY Liquor department in a local, familyowned grocery store. A friendly face, checkered shirt, jeans, snazzy shoes. You’ve been spied “doing an awesome job.” Oh, and those fancy shoes totally did it. When: Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Where: Mehuron’s. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914243 BLACK-AND-WHITE-STRIPED PANTS GIRL, JP’S Your cute bum in black-and-white pants caught my eye when you walked in. Our eyes met a few times until I sang a duo, “Country Road.” Was hard to get eye contact after that. Wanted to say hi, but too shy. Would love to change that. Me: black tee with white writing, shaved head, glasses, terrible singer. When: Saturday, January 13, 2018. Where: JP’s. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914242

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ASK ATHENA Dear Athena,

My girlfriend and I have lived together four years. Two years were rocky because I wasn’t taking my anxiety meds. She left three months ago, and we are trying to work it out. She said she can’t get over her resentment and that she wants to miss me like she used to before she comes home to stay. Help!


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I Want My GF Back

Patience is indeed a virtue. It will serve you now as you manage the time apart from your girlfriend, and it’s sure to come in handy when she moves back in. Seeing as how she has coming home to you on her agenda, I wonder: What do you need help with specifically? It seems like you’re on the right track. You’ve identified one of the factors that led to rockiness in the past. You are “working it out.” And she has explained her feelings about moving forward. She needs time, so your job now is to wait. I don’t mean sit around and twiddle your thumbs. Spend this waiting period actively reconnecting, courting each other again and jumpstarting your love. Patience coupled with effort will make this in-between phase a learning experience — one that can bring you closer and heal old wounds. While you’re taking care of your relationship, make sure to take care of yourself. You mentioned that stopping your anxiety medication was a source of struggle for you both. I certainly don’t want to assume anything about your mental health, but please see your doc if you’re continuing to struggle with your anxiety or your meds. And ask yourself this: Was your decision to stop taking meds the only cause of your relationship challenges? I doubt it. Each half of a couple plays a pivotal role in how things go down. You and your GF have a fresh start ahead. Take time to clear the air now so you can make it count.



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