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Franco said that the venture originally called for 761 parking spots but that a settlement with the coalition added 200, for a total of 961. But the current iteration calls for 22 fewer parking spaces, and Franco alleged that Sinex had decreased the number. “A settlement agreement with these guys isn’t worth the powder to blow it to hell,” Franco told Seven Days. Sinex countered that the parking had not changed. He said the initial plans were to accommodate 761 vehicles — not spaces. He said that tight valet parking explains the discrepancy. Demolition, meanwhile, has been under way. The pace slowed in January, however, when a contractor discovered asbestos in the glue used for rubber roofing membrane. It’ll be removed under a state-approved plan in April, but the discovery set the workers back two months, Sinex said. Sinex expects foundation work to start in June, construction in September. Read the full story and keep up with developments at

President Donald Trump pardoned a Navy sailor from Vermont who took pictures inside a sub. Friends in high places can get you out of tight spaces.


A burst pipe in Brandon leaked more than 1 million gallons of raw sewage into the Neshobe River, which eventually empties into Lake Champlain. That stinks.

1. “‘Shame On You’: In Milton, Pro-Gun Crowd Slams Vermont Politicians” by Taylor Dobbs. At a Town Meeting Day event, Vermont House leaders got pushback on their legislative efforts to prevent gun violence. 2. “Happy Town Meeting Day 2018, Vermont! Here’s What’s Happening” by Andrea Suozzo. We kept an eye on results in Burlington, Winooski and other cities across the state. 3. “Burlington Voters Approve Anti-F-35 Ballot Initiative” by Mark Davis. Queen City voters approved a ballot initiative to prevent basing F-35 fighter jets at Burlington International Airport. 4. “We the Young People: Seven Vermont Teens Who Are Making a Difference” by Dan Bolles, Taylor Dobbs, Sasha Goldstein, Katie Jickling, Rachel Elizabeth Jones, Ken Picard, Kymelya Sari and Sadie Williams. These Vermont teens are raising their voices to change things. 5. “Recordings Reveal: White Supremacist Group Changed Rally Plan Because of Info Leak” by Sasha Goldstein. Audio recordings and online chats reveal that Patriot Front members moved a rally at Staples Plaza to avoid counterprotesters.

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rooks Elder was taking his yellow lab, Scout, for a walk along a Burlington beach on March 6 when they came across something large and very, very smelly. The longtime New North End resident has seen dead fish and birds on the shores of Lake Champlain before. But Elder was stunned to find what he thought was a dead cow. It was close to the waterline, not far from where the Winooski River empties into the lake. The beach just “wouldn’t be enjoyable with a rotting carcass down there, especially in the spring,” Elders observed.

tions superintendent Deryk Roach. That, apparently, ended that. Elder took matters into his own hands, literally. He posted to Front Porch Forum, asking for help. Eventually, Sean McDonough stepped forward. Last Friday, he and Elder used a tarp to drag the remains to the nearby bike path, where, they hoped, someone would pick it up. Fish & Wildlife eventually came for the carcass. The department handles dead wildlife but not domesticated animals such as cows. Fortunately for Elder, he had misidentified the animal. Upon closer inspection, it was a deer, he said. Bleached white in places, it had some dark tufts of hair and, from a distance, resembled a Holstein. RIP.



Elders thought the problem would be easy to resolve. But what followed, he said, was a days-long trip down a rabbit hole of byzantine rules of animal disposal. Elder tried the city’s departments of Public Works; Parks, Recreation & Waterfront; and the police. He also called the Vermont State Police, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, and the homeowners’ association of the nearby Village at Northshore. Most of the people he spoke with claimed their agencies lacked jurisdiction or the proper equipment to remove the carcass. But city parks department employees did gamely try to drag the animal up to the path. “As they began to adjust the animal, they didn’t feel it would stay intact,” recounted parks maintenance and opera-




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he City of Burlington has approved changes to the ongoing Burlington Town Center redevelopment that will add 16 additional apartments and eliminate 40,000 square feet of retail space. The Department of Planning and Zoning approved the altered plans without public input. Earlier hearings on the mall redevelopment project attracted standing-room-only crowds. Developer Don Sinex said big projects inevitably get tweaked. “We didn’t change any aspect of the design. We didn’t change the square footage,” he told Seven Days’ Katie Jickling. Mary O’Neil, a city planner, confirmed: “We would expect a project of this size to make changes.” The 14-story development will now include 288 housing units, up from 272, but the overall size is the same. Attorney John Franco, who once sued to stop the plan on behalf of the grassroots Coalition for a Livable City, said he could take Sinex back to court if the developer insists on the modification.


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Thanks to Pamela Polston for her review of my book, The Most Hated Man in America: Jerry Sandusky and the Rush to Judgment [“Page 32,” March 7]. The only small issue I take with it is this sentence: “The author fiercely discounts the validity of accusations based on repressed memories and therapists who have, in his view, invented them.” This makes it sound as if the therapists were creating the memories and that they are sort of Svengalis, doing this intentionally. On the contrary, most such therapists are well intentioned and truly believe in repressed memories. They lead clients (often subtly) to believe that they were abused and forgot it and instruct them in how such memories might come back as visualizations or flashbacks, but they are not the ones who “invent” the memories. That is up to their clients. Mark Pendergrast


proficiencies are required for high school graduation. Showing proficiency in these requirements assumes an active and concerned citizen. How better to demonstrate proficiency in this area than to actively and responsibly use one’s voice? Students in the ’60s walked out of schools because the Vietnam War directly affected them. Their protests thankfully helped to end that war. Feeling safe in school is one of the first issues since then that students feel affects them — so much so that they are moved to use their voices. I find it ironic and perhaps hypocritical for the secretary of education to be suggesting students find another way to use their voices at the one moment they are being affected by laws and spurred to action.  Thankfully, my principal and superintendent support the walkout and have helped our students organize theirs so it is purposeful and focused. They also support students who do not agree with the walkout. I can’t — but want to — assume the same will happen in other schools.  Debra Stoleroff 


It was with great disappointment that I read Secretary of Education Rebecca Holcombe’s letter to superintendents and principals that “praised student activism but sought to dissuade participation in upcoming school protests” [Off Message: “In Memo, Vermont Ed Secretary Discourages Student Walkouts,” February 28]. Both the Vermont Global Citizenship and the Vermont Transferable Skills



Stoleroff is an educator at Twinfield Union School.


[Re “In Range,” February 28]: We have had semiautomatic firearms since 1903. They used to be called autoloader or selfloader. We never had a problem until they were glorified in graphic video games,



In last week’s “Page 32,” the date for the launch of The New Atlas of Vermont Trout Ponds, by Peter Shea, was incorrect. The author will appear on Tuesday, April 3, 7 p.m., at Phoenix Books Burlington and Thursday, April 5, 6:30 p.m., at Phoenix Books Rutland.

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It was wonderful reading the cover story “We the Young People” [March 7]. I recall helping to integrate the University of Virginia back in the late ’60s, and your story brought back so many memories.   As the Bible says, “A child shall lead thee.” The young people in those days led well, too, as de facto integration, more rights for women and an end to the Vietnam War resulted.  For the Montpelier High School faculty and administration, I would recommend three readings in particular: Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown,” which speaks to the issue of responding to peer pressure; Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery,” which talks about how important youth leadership is; and Howard Frank Mosher’s A Stranger in the Kingdom, which discusses the issue of racism in a small Vermont town. I will end this communication by further suggesting that those concerned also be sure to “walk a mile in the other person’s shoes” — a line borrowed from Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird — and try to understand why a child would want to use the N-word. Children are not born to be racists, so something might be going on in their home lives — such as poverty, unemployment, drug abuse, violence or divorce — that would make one or another of their parents need a FEEDBACK




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[Re Off Message: “‘Shame on You’: In Milton, Pro-Gun Crowd Slams Vermont Politicians,” March 7]: Kudos to those students who stood up to face an obviously National Rifle Association-organized gang that harangued Milton-area legislators for finally making a commonsense decision to rein in the uncontrolled scourge of semiautomatic assault weapons. I am both a teacher and owner of a 20-gauge shotgun, semiautomatic, with a threecartridge capacity that I occasionally use on marauding partridge. I am sorry, but I do not believe for a moment that anyone in Vermont really buys AR-15s for selfdefense. They buy them because they like guns. No one needs a 10-or-more-shot ammo clip for hunting. We keep hearing the NRA mantra that guns don’t kill people … blah blah blah. The fact is that any loon intent on killing innocents can be incredibly effective with

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movies and TV. I think we have a problem with people not doing their jobs, like the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the local sheriff in the Florida school shooting, and, in the Texas church shooting, the U.S. Air Force not reporting the dishonorable discharge of the man who killed so many. The only thing that stopped the latter man was a law-abiding citizen with an AR-15. Our National Instant Criminal Background Check System must be updated to be effective. Mental health records have to be accurate. We recently had a murder in South Royalton committed by a convicted felon who was currently on furlough with the Vermont Department of Corrections and had a restraining order to not be within 1,000 feet of the house where he killed his wife! We have enough laws already. We don’t need any more. The boy in Fair Haven had been in a mental facility in Maine, yet his name wasn’t on the NICS no-sell list! Why not? The reason legislators go after gun owners is that they are “soft targets” who abide by the law. Legislators don’t make it hard on criminals and the mentally ill because it would violate their rights. What about gun owners’ rights?

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For cyclists, there’s no better way to greet spring than to jump in the saddle and hit the road. Pedal pushers spin their wheels in the Cycle the City Ride, a guided 10-mile excursion highlighting the Queen City’s history and culture. This two-wheeled trek is hosted by Old Spokes Home as part of Ride 365 Day, a celebration of bicycling in Burlington.




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Something Wicked What is the cost of unbridled ambition? Theatergoers consider this question when the Plainfield Little Theatre presents Macbeth, William Shakespeare’s politically charged tragedy. Williamstown actor Matthew Grant Winston stars in the titular role of the Scottish general driven to murder and madness in his quest to be king. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 46


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n late 2016, a member of governorelect PHIL SCOTT’s transition team • Boys overnight camp at placed an exploratory call to a Camp Abnaki in North Hero prominent Vermonter: Would she be open to joining the new administration? “I said no, I wasn’t interested,” recalled CHRISTINE HALLQUIST, who was then CEO of Vermont Electric Coop. No specific job was offered, she said. “It was Untitled-29 1 3/12/18 12:18 PM just a general question: Would I be willing to serve?” Scott confirmed the trial balloon. “I’ve always appreciated her management style,” he said. That’s worthy of note, now that Hallquist is running for governor as a CHANNEL 15 Democrat, seeking to topple the incumbent Republican who could have been her boss. Not to mention the fact that she voted for Scott in 2016 and enters the race THURSDAYS > 6:00 P.M. as pretty much a political blank slate. It might make a Democrat wonder: Is GET MORE INFO OR she really one of us? WATCH ONLINE AT “When I think about who I am, I VERMONTCAM.ORG am the Democratic Party,” Hallquist asserted. “I have the party’s pamphlet on my desk. I look at everything in there 16t-vcam-weekly.indd 1 3/12/18 11:14 AM and say, ‘That’s what I’m all about.’” On a range of social and policy issues, that’s true. She’s in favor of a $15 minimum wage, legalized marijuana and affordable access to health care. LET’S NOT STOP NOW! She’s committed to boosting renewable energy. As a transgender woman, she has a first-person perspective on issues of equity and diversity. But when she talks about managing the government, she sounds a lot like Scott. Hallquist considers tax increases “a last resort” and “a cop-out for a leader. Your job is to do things most efficiently.” She’s a practitioner of “lean” management, one of the keystones of the Scott administration. She wants to grow the ther animals such as bald state’s economy — and sees growth, not eagles and bats are still at risk. raising taxes, as the way to increase By donating to the Nongame revenue. Wildlife Fund you protect And she’s a bit vague about her voting Vermont’s endangered wildlife record. “My voting history is primarily for future generations to enjoy. Democratic,” she said. “There have been Every $1 you give means an extra few exceptions. In the high-level races, $2 helping Vermont’s wildlife. the party becomes more important. In local races, the person is more imporLook for the loon on line 29c of tant. Governor of Vermont, we’re not a your Vermont income tax form huge state, so we’re somewhere in beand tween.” She couldn’t recall if she’d voted Nongame Wildlife Fund please for Scott in his three races for lieutenant donate. governor. .00 29c. “Really?” asked THEO FETTER, campaign manager for progressive-minded Democratic candidate JAMES EHLERS,









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when told of her spotty memory. He called her “not nearly progressive enough” and noted that in Hallquist and Scott, “We have to run against two trickle-down politicians this year. She’s selling an economic fairy tale.”


(The third Democrat in the race, did not respond to a request for comment by press time.) Hallquist says she has a simple, effective idea for creating jobs, especially in rural Vermont: universal broadband. “You will not get growth without fiber to every home and business,” she said, comparing it to America’s rural electrification program of the 1930s and ’40s. “We’re in the same situation today, but it’s not an electrical divide; it’s a digital divide.” Ehlers begs to differ. “The biggest problem [in rural Vermont] is insufficient water and wastewater infrastructure,” he said. “Broadband is important, but it’s not the most important factor.” He called Hallquist a product of career-long immersion “in the corporate world” and added, “This is what I’d expect from someone who’s lived a life of privilege.” Which is not at all how Hallquist views herself. The longtime Hyde Park resident sited her campaign office in Morrisville, a move both practical (minutes from her home) and symbolic (a commitment to rural Vermont). Beyond that, she claims a crucial difference between herself and Scott: a track record of actual performance. “I’ve been extremely effective in everything I’ve done. That’s just a fact,” she said. “It would be a real cop-out to say I have the solutions. What I have is the processes and the leadership to get the solutions.” As for being a product of corporate culture, Hallquist pointed out that the business she ran for almost 20 years is not a corporation but a co-op. “I’ve been running a cooperative democracy. I don’t think we run like a business,” she said, labeling her experience as “very translatable” to running state government. ETHAN SONNEBORN,

Hallquist will have to make her case to Democratic primary voters, a crowd that’s fonder of Sen. BERNIE SANDERS (IVt.) than of business people and lean managers. Ehlers can’t wait to engage with her. “I hope she agrees to as many debates as possible,” he said. This race promises a true contest of ideas, with committed candidates who believe in themselves. It should be both enlightening and very lively. Of course, the winner will still face a distinctly uphill battle against a popular incumbent.

Not All Guns and Butter

Gun-related issues have dominated the Statehouse in recent weeks. As the legislature returned from its Town Meeting recess this week, firearms remained front and center, as did bruising battles between the legislature and governor over taxes, budgets and school spending. But there’s plenty of other stuff to keep an eye on in the second half of the session. Here’s a sampler. Water quality. The Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee has approved S.260, which would create a pathway to sustainable funding for a federally mandated 20-year waterways cleanup. Despite strong opposition from Senate Agriculture Committee chair BOBBY STARR (D-Essex/Orleans), the bill is on its way to the Senate floor. Natural Resources chair CHRIS BRAY (D-Addison) is confident it will be approved and sent on to the House. Bray says Vermont will make “the largest investment in clean water work in state history” in the next fiscal year, thanks to capital expenditures approved last year,  and S.260 would task a legislative panel with producing a comparable funding stream for ensuing years. “We need it for at least five years,” said Bray, “so we will have something solid.” The bill seems designed to avoid a veto standoff with the governor, since it puts off the tough decisions until 2019. Minimum wage and paid family leave. An unpredictable House/Senate dynamic is in play. The House approved a family leave bill last year; the Senate has yet to take it up. Last month, the Senate approved a bill to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024, sending it on to the House. The two bodies


seem to be at an impasse, each waiting for the other to move first. Some lawmakers want to send both to Gov. Scott and give him uncomfortable choices to make; others want to move just one bill in hopes of sidestepping a veto showdown. Mental health infrastructure. The House Corrections and Institutions Committee will spend this week wrestling with the capital bill, which designates borrowed funds to pay for buildings and infrastructure. Committee chair ALICE EMMONS (D-Springfield) says it will include a secure residential facility, “a step-down unit for the state psychiatric hospital. Once a patient is stabilized, they don’t need full hospitalization but do need a secure facility.” The new beds would ease chronic overcrowding at the Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital. A secure forensic unit, to house inmates with significant mental illness, may not make the cut. The administration wants a placeholder unit at the Northwest State Correctional Facility. Emmons is skeptical: “Why should we put this kind of money into a temporary 12-bed facility? Is a prison the best setting?” She suggests the forensic unit “may be down the road.” Sexual harassment legislation. Last week, a House committee approved a wide-ranging bill to address sexual misconduct in Vermont workplaces. It’s aimed at enhancing protections for employees who are subject to harassment or assault and would extend those protections to contract workers, as well. It has attracted little opposition and seems likely to progress quickly through the legislature. Sexual harassment rules. The House Sexual Harassment Protection Panel has crafted a new process for handling complaints within the legislature. This week, the panel delivered a draft to its Senate counterpart; the two panels hope to agree on a common set of rules by the end of the session. The current process triggered some bad press earlier this year, when Vermont Public Radio revealed that a complaint against a sitting senator had been lodged and adjudicated by the Senate Sexual Harassment Panel, all behind closed doors. No one, not even Senate President Pro Tempore TIM ASHE (D/P-Chittenden) himself, was allowed to learn any details. The proposed rules would allow the pro tem and House speaker to be informed of any findings of misconduct — but no one else. Senate Majority Leader BECCA BALINT (D-Windham), chair

of the Senate panel, says confidentiality is needed to protect complainants. But it works both ways. “I see your point,” Balint said, when asked if secrecy protects offenders as well. “If a case results in sanctions, it seems to me that the public has the right to know. This will be a source for very robust conversation.” On such issues, lawmakers tend to keep their own interests at the forefront. It may be happening again in this case.


Media Notes

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We have four departures from the media scene to report, all pointing to a single fact: This is a tough business. Reporter and editor ADAM SILVERMAN has left the Burlington Free Press after nearly 20 years to become spokesperson for the Vermont State Police. “I hope to help them be open, transparent and responsive to the public,” said Silverman, who’s also resigning the presidency of the Vermont Press Association. The state police could use a little help on the transparency front. Silverman’s not alone. JENNIFER COSTA, investigative reporter for WCAX-TV, has taken a government relations position for the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network. “I got a really great opportunity doing something I feel strongly about,” Costa explained. Then she dropped the other shoe: “My husband and I had a child two years ago. It became more difficult to do TV news.” Also stepping away from daily journalism is former ABC 22/Fox 44 sports director ERIN COFIELL, known for her “Darin’ Erin” segments in which she took on challenges such as rhythmic gymnastics, ninja training and paddleboard yoga. She has taken a marketing job with Hall Communications, which operates multiple radio stations in Burlington. After years on the 3 p.m. to midnight shift, she wrote on Twitter, “I’m looking forward to finding a little more balance.” Last but certainly not least, LISA NAGLE is leaving WVMT AM 620, where she’s been one-third of its “Charlie + Ernie + Lisa in the Morning!” show. She offered praise for “two of the best brothers and mentors in radio, CHARLIE PAPILLO and ERNIE “THE LEGEND” FARRAR. But those early mornings take a toll, and it was one of three jobs Nagle was holding down. She still works for Ronald McDonald House Charities and runs a personal chef and party-planner business. “I throw spectacular parties,” she claimed. Can I get an invite? m


Unfunny Money? Anonymous Satirical Outfit Skewers Vermont Pols B Y TAY LO R D O B B S




t the beginning of a video posted online last month, “James,” a plaid-wearing thirtysomething with a five o’clock shadow, turns to his companion and asks, “What you got there, E?” Next to him on a couch, “Elizabeth” stares intently at a paper map. “I am designing an escape plan for Thunder Gov Phil and Mayor Miro,” she says. James raises an eyebrow skeptically and looks at the camera. “OK, I’ll bite. Why do they need an escape plan?” Elizabeth, appearing shocked at James’ ignorance, explains: “Trump and the feds are closing in” on Vermont Gov. Phil Scott and Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger for limiting cooperation between local police and federal immigration authorities. “Well, maybe they should have thought of that before they started flaunting [sic] the law,” James replies. The exchange is a typical dig at Republican Scott by an anonymously funded online media brand, News Done Right. Also known as Fan Club, its yearlong series of videos, tweets and Facebook posts has recently taken on other Vermont politicians, as well. While the videos are billed as political satire from a conservative viewpoint, they have prompted a complaint to the Vermont Attorney General’s Office that they constitute “electioneering communications” — meaning the makers should be required to disclose who is paying to distribute the videos and other News Done Right material as sponsored content on YouTube and Facebook. A spokesperson for Attorney General T.J. Donovan confirmed that the office is reviewing the complaint but declined to say whether there would be a formal investigation. News Done Right launched in March 2017 as the Phil Scott Fan Club, and its two hosts repeatedly characterize Scott as hopelessly liberal. After Scott recently announced support for new gun-control measures, for example, News Done Right took to Facebook and posted a mock certificate purporting to “certify” Scott as a “full-fledged Democrat.” Another episode ridiculed Scott’s approval of marijuana legalization with a video that portrayed him and his chief of staff, Jason Gibbs, as pot dealers. News Done Right hosts irreverently call Scott “Thunder Gov,” a reference to his auto racing at Thunder Road Speedbowl in Barre. At times, James and Elizabeth — the duo reveal no last names, though emails sent from their Gmail account identify the sender as “James Hunter”— have made straight-faced misstatements of fact. Last June, Elizabeth said Scott had a plan to pass “his” carbon tax, though Scott strongly opposes such a tax. In a November episode, James declared that Scott has “banned Columbus Day.” In fact, Scott declared October 9, 2017, Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Vermont but did not “ban” anything.

“Elizabeth” and “James” of News Done Right

As News Done Right’s brand shifted from Phil Scott Fan Club, its hosts turned their attention to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). In one video, James claims that a brain scan of Vermont’s junior senator showed that “80 percent of Bernie’s cognitive matrix is filled with ways to try and get other people to pay for his stuff.” The other 20 percent, James explains, is “full of ways to try and hide financial documents from federal election commissions … try and defraud banks with your wife, and, oh — latex fetish.” The video series also pokes fun at Vermont’s high cost of living and progressive politics. “You know how they say Vermont will lose half its population once … progressives get their carbon tax?” Elizabeth asks James in a video posted last month. She offers a solution: “800,000 illegal aliens” should be relocated to Vermont, where they could be employed installing solar panels. While James and Elizabeth claim to live in and tape their videos in Vermont — and have even casually displayed a print copy of Seven Days as apparent bona fides — the two turned down repeated email requests for in-person interviews and last week declined to speak on the telephone. The only person who professed to Seven Days any knowledge of News Done Right’s operations is Bradford Broyles, a former Rutland County Republican Party chair and filmmaker who splits his time between Los Angeles and Vermont. Broyles said in December that he knew people involved with News Done Right. “I know about it and I’ve seen it, and that’s all I’m gonna say,” Broyles said then. “I’m a ‘no comment’ on it.” Broyles did not respond to further inquiries last week. As late as mid-December, the domain name — — was registered to Howard Wall, director of the John W. Hammond Institute for Free Enterprise at Lindenwood University in St. Charles,

Mo., where he is a professor of economics. According to a Whois report about the domain on December 11, 2017 — which includes information about who has paid to register a web address — the website was registered to Wall’s name and home address. There is no evidence that Lindenwood is connected to News Done Right. More recent reports show the owner is using a privacy feature to conceal his or her identity. In an email exchange with this reporter, Wall said he sold the domain “months ago” and knows nothing about News Done Right. He declined to identify the buyer. Asked why his name was still listed as the owner in December, he responded: “No, I was not [the owner] … Your information is incorrect. Go fuck yourself.” Several people first raised questions about News Done Right and its origins last year on Reddit, the online news and discussion site. When News Done Right began posting its videos on Reddit, lifelong Vermonter Ed Schlak took notice. His take? “Not funny, was, I think, the big one,” he said. Schlak, 27, lives in Burlington and works at the University of Vermont. He said the videos were full of false accusations and half-truths. “They just would make stuff up,” Schlak said. “So my initial reaction was just kind of offense, as somebody who appreciates comedy and politics. It was just weird. They were aggressive and insulting and deceitful.” When another Reddit user shared a video of James and Elizabeth with one of the site’s larger “Subreddit” communities, one of its 700,000-plus members posted a “fun fact” in response. “This girl’s name is Rachel Alig, and she gets naked in a movie called Bikini Spring Break,” wrote a user going by Stezmyster. Indeed,



Such communication must include actress Rachel Alig’s online photos and video clips bear a striking resemblance information about who paid for it. News Done Right gives no hint as to who is to Elizabeth. According to multiple social media funding it. Goossen said that regardless profiles using Alig’s name and photo- of the political views they are pushing, graph, she is an actress who lives in that feels wrong. “I filed the complaint because I had Los Angeles. Her IMDb page shows she’s been in 73 productions, includ- been aware of their presence, and I was ing commercials, horror movies and a pretty certain they were not who they feature-length comedy called Last Call claimed to be,” he said. “And, essenat Murray’s. Alig’s Twitter, Instagram tially, [I] felt that they were not trying and Facebook profiles portray the life to positively affect Vermont politics of a 30-year-old actress trying to make but that they were trying to divide it in LA. According to a LinkedIn profile Vermont’s civil discourse.” in her name, she worked as a reporter Will Senning, the director of elecat WTOK-TV in Meridian, Miss., from tions and campaign finance for the 2009 to 2010. Vermont Secretary of State’s Office, said Her social media accounts make no there’s not much legal wiggle room. references to News Done Right, and at“The law is really clear: If it is an electempts to reach Alig for this story were tioneering communication, it requires unsuccessful. the ‘paid for by’ — the disAsked about Alig, closure language,” he said. Elizabeth responded from Senning didn’t offer an an email address that opinion about whether News Done Right posted News Done Right is violaton Twitter: “A lot of people ing the law — that’s the job look like a lot of people. I of the attorney general, he prefer to think I look more said — but he added that like Gal Gadot, minus the the videos clearly identify French accent of course,” Gov. Scott and cast him in the email said, referring a negative light, “so I think to the actress who stars in you can check that box.” Wonder Woman and who Under campaign finance ED SC HL AK is, in fact, Israeli. law, Scott qualifies as a Schlak said he sees candidate even though he the videos as more worrisome than hasn’t announced a bid for reelection entertaining. Besides not being funny, because he’s received and spent more he said, the News Done Right effort re- than $500 in contributions during the minds him of a hometown version of the current election cycle. Russian election-meddling allegations. Rebecca Kelley, spokesperson for “When it’s your state and your town, Scott, said the administration hasn’t and they’re talking about your politi- really noticed News Done Right and cians, it felt personal. It felt scary in that, if anything, the content reinforces the way that the larger story unfolding Scott’s image as a governor who puts didn’t,” Schlak said. Vermonters’ needs ahead of partisan After Reddit users spent the better politics. part of a year trying to figure out “However, if someone is spending who’s behind News Done Right, UVM a lot of money to try to influence the graduate student Caleb Goossen filed a political outcome in Vermont, that’s formal complaint on March 1 with the something the attorney general and Attorney General’s Office. secretary of state would no doubt look “It seemed that they were trying at closely, if they thought there was a to get involved with campaign discus- potential violation of campaign finance sions,” Goossen said, “and any other or electioneering laws,” Kelley said in an time I’ve seen that from a paid adver- emailed statement. tisement, [it] has the really familiar ‘paid Vermont Democratic Party staff have for by’ etc., etc. language at the end of it. taken notice. Rob Hipskind, who coordiAnd they clearly didn’t.” nates the party’s efforts with campaigns, Vermont law defines an “electioneer- acknowledged that News Done Right ing communication” as something that has largely avoided criticizing Dems. “refers to a clearly identified candidate “But there’s no reason to think for office and that promotes or supports it’s going to stop there,” he said. “If a candidate for that office or attacks or we start to see this money coming in opposes a candidate for that office, re- with no accountability, that’s bad for gardless of whether the communication democracy.” m expressly advocates a vote for or against Contact: a candidate.”



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Burlington-based company that monitors social media networks for threats to schools has seen a surge of new clients in the weeks since a teen gunned down 17 students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. It’s a morbid enterprise, but Social Sentinel founder and CEO Gary Margolis admits that business “is definitely booming” as schools nationwide look to add security measures. “We don’t cause the problems, but gosh, if we can help those who are hurting, we’re going to do everything we can,” Margolis said. The 20-year law enforcement veteran launched his company four years ago to provide online security for universities, schools, and large venues such as concert halls and sports stadiums. Social Sentinel’s algorithms scan a dozen social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, to identify phrases or words that indicate a threat, such as “kill” or “shoot.” Thousands of words make up an everevolving “language of harm” library, Margolis said, though he wouldn’t provide a list. If the technology turns up a threat against a university building or a concert venue that is a Social Sentinel client, the company sends out an alert to notify school administrators or security staff. “Our job is simply to make that assessment,” said Margolis. It’s up to the client to discern whether the comment warrants a follow-up or call to the police. Margolis believes the service, which he compares to a home alarm system, would have stopped Nikolas Cruz’s rampage last month. The Florida teen’s social media posts frequently featured pictures and messages about guns. His erratic behavior caught the attention of friends and neighbors, who reported him to the local police as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation. “It’s the exact reason we founded Social Sentinel,” Margolis told Fox Business News on February 15 during one of several national media interviews he’s done since the massacre. In his nondescript office in Burlington’s Innovation Center of Vermont, the 49-year-old CEO is no less evangelical, leaning forward as he


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speaks. The South End shop is home to several dozen employees who work from cubicles, staring at large-screen computers. They’re working for clients in 24 states. Margolis wasn’t always on the digital side of law enforcement. He served as a police officer in both Burlington and South Burlington before becoming chief of the University of Vermont police force. He later founded a security-consulting firm, Margolis Healy, which he sold last year. In 2011 he started Campus Sentinel, which aggregated crime and safety data at universities around the country.

The company rebranded as Social Sentinel in 2014. UVM was one of its early clients. The school gets between four and 10 alerts each month, according to UVM deputy chief Tim Bilodeau. He said the notices have been “useful” in preparing for big concerts and speaking events and have helped campus police intervene when a student is at risk of self-harm. To date, though, the service hasn’t thwarted a crime or large-scale threat. Another client, Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo, gave Social Sentinel a lukewarm review. His department pays the company $7,000

per year, and the chief said he can’t remember a single time when his officers responded to one of its alerts. Police did make use of the technology last month by setting additional search terms as Burlington High School prepared to raise the Black Lives Matter flag, a controversial event that did not require law enforcement. The three-year deal with Social Sentinel is set to expire at the end of June, and the police department won’t be renewing, said del Pozo. “It hasn’t been as useful as we had hoped,” the chief said. He plans to swap it out with the database tool CLEAR


to assist in the department’s detective work. Such online aids are necessary in modern-day policing, according to Vermont’s school safety liaison officer, Rob Evans. Margolis Healy employs Evans through a contract with the state, but he reports to both the Vermont Department of Public Safety and the Agency of Education. “The folks that perpetrate these types of crimes have these conversations or display behavior — there’s a post or a text,” Evans said. “If we had only connected the dots beforehand, maybe there’s a chance to do some intervention.”




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Margolis, who has two teenage children, added: “You have an entire generation … communicating everything on social media.” Local school threats have increased dramatically since the Valentine’s Day shooting in Parkland. Days later, Vermont police arrested 18-year-old Jack Sawyer and charged him with attempted murder related to a shooting plot against a Fair Haven school. Two juveniles were disciplined for school threats in Essex. Threats have roiled 10 other Vermont schools since Parkland, according to Evans. Margolis wouldn’t say whether any of the threatened Vermont schools were clients, but he did reveal that the number of Social Sentinel alerts generated since the shooting has doubled. Revenues in 2017 were up 75 percent from the prior year. What schools pay for the service depends on their size; it’s usually between $1 and $1.50 per student, per year, Margolis said. The company employs “several dozen” workers who look at a billion public social media posts each day. Posts made on a “private” Facebook page don’t trigger alerts, according to Margolis.

Margolis was guarded about some company specifics. He declined to list which social media platforms Social Sentinel scans — other than Twitter, Facebook and Instagram —  and would not show a reporter how the technology works in order to retain its “competitive advantage.” Early on, the company struggled with its public image, trying to strike the right balance between privacy and protection. A 2014 editorial in North Carolina’s Wilson Times criticized the program for snooping on students’ social media pages at the expense of taxpayers. “It continues a disturbing trend of extending public schools’ disciplinary authority into the home,” the editorial reads. Margolis has shifted his rhetoric accordingly. The company “scans” for threats — “We’re making sure we’re not surveilling, monitoring, following, investigating,” he said. “It might be a matter of semantics, but it’s important to us.” The general public is watching, too, noted Jon Rajewski, director of the Senator Leahy Center for Digital Investigation at Champlain College. Rajewski pointed to a 2016 case involving the American Civil Liberties Union about a similar company, Geofeedia, which was providing information to police to monitor protests. Amid backlash, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram refused to provide their information to Geofeedia, forcing the company to change its business strategy. Rajewski said Social Sentinel has found success by aggregating information that is otherwise publicly available. “They make it a nice turnkey solution that people can use right out of the box,” he said. As the online landscape changes, Margolis said, Social Sentinel will, too. “We’re evolving at the pace that social media is changing — how people use it, how we communicate, what people are saying, what services they use,” he said. The company is adding foreign languages to its database and is constantly updating the library of terms that trigger an alert. The sad reality, Margolis said, is that school threats aren’t going away. “We identified an issue, a need — and we were right,” he said. m



No Magic Formula: Education Finance Reform Falters B Y ALI CI A FR EESE




he 2018 legislative session began with a sense of optimism that Vermont might finally overhaul its famously complex education funding system. But by the time lawmakers dispersed for their weeklong Town Meeting recess, the search for a simpler formula was looking increasingly quixotic. House lawmakers are still hoping to create an income tax surcharge to reduce the statewide property tax, but even this scaled-back attempt faces an uncertain future. In January, Gov. Phil Scott gave lawmakers an ultimatum: Hold all taxes level, including property taxes, which are largely driven by local spending on schools. At the time, officials anticipated a $95 million shortfall in the state education fund that would require an increase in the statewide property tax of 9 cents per $100 of assessed value. Similarly concerned about ever-rising property taxes, House Speaker Mitzi Johnson (D-South Hero) announced that one of her top priorities was revamping the education finance system. Her thinking, she recently explained, was, “If we’re not at least attempting it, we’re not doing the job Vermonters sent us here for.” House Ways and Means Committee chair Janet Ancel (D-Calais) quickly began developing a simpler education funding formula that would encourage schools to spend less. She wanted to strengthen the connection between school districts’ spending decisions and their tax rates. She also wanted to shift some of the tax burden from property to income because the latter better reflects people’s ability to pay. Ancel’s counterpart on the House Education Committee, Rep. David Sharpe (D-Bristol), was enthusiastic. Speaking on Vermont Public Radio early last month, he declared the 20-year-old school funding system overdue for a makeover and said, “This year, there seems to be momentum.” The plan Ancel’s committee came up with was an amalgamation of old and new concepts proposed in past decades by Democrats and Republicans. The committee proposed slashing the average property tax rate by nearly half and creating a new income tax to make up for the lost revenue. Its plan would also have eliminated a provision in current law known as income sensitivity that allows two-thirds of Vermont residents to pay school taxes based on their earnings instead of their property value. And it would have caused tax rates to rise more steeply in school districts that spend more than a base amount, set at about $12,000 per student. Rep. Scott Beck (R-St. Johnsbury), who came up with this part of the proposal, noted that districts currently spend on average $15,500 per student. Lawmakers wanted a base amount lower than what districts currently spend because otherwise school boards might be tempted to increase spending to that amount, Beck explained. He added, “We didn’t want to make it too low because we didn’t want to encourage a race to the bottom.”

Ways and Means had been expected to approve the proposal on February 23 and send it on to the education committee. Instead, members abruptly scrapped the plan. What happened? Critics on the left disapproved of the elimination of income sensitivity, while critics on the right — including Scott — complained that the plan did nothing to drive down spending in 2019. The Ways and Means bill did not incorporate any of the cost-cutting suggestions Scott had offered to the committee in a January memo, including several different types of spending caps, mandated student-tostaff ratios and a statewide teachers’ health insurance benefit. Ancel said such pure cost-cutting measures fell outside her committee’s purview. What ultimately killed the bill, according to Ancel, was an analysis by the legislature’s financial experts that showed the new system would increase the tax burden on low- and middle- income residents who live in high-spending districts. “It was a big undertaking to do what we were trying to do in a short period of time,” she said. Sweeping reform began to seem less urgent after officials learned in February that the school budgets had risen only 1.5 percent, which was less than expected. There was still a hole in the education fund — largely because the state used onetime money and dipped into reserves last year — but it had shrunk to about $64 million, which would require just a 5 cent tax increase.

Both lawmakers and the administration can claim some credit for lower-than-anticipated spending. When Agency of Education finance manager Brad James asked school business managers why budgets had come in uncharacteristically low, a number of them cited Scott’s repeated calls for spending restraint, including a memo he sent last November asking boards to increase their budgets by no more than 2.5 percent. Another common answer was that a 2015 state law encouraging school district mergers had resulted in cost-saving consolidations. James cautioned, however, “One year does not make a trend.” Understanding this, Ways and Means went back to the drawing board. Just days after ditching its first plan, the committee voted out a scaled-back proposal. The new version would reduce property taxes by $59 million but raise the same amount with an income tax surcharge on all residents. It preserves the tax penalty for spending more than $12,000 per pupil so that, as Ancel put it, the “consequences of local spending decisions will be more strongly felt in the local tax rate.” As for the mission of creating a simpler system? “That was a goal I guess we have to postpone to another year,” Ancel said, noting that in tax policy, “there’s always a tension between simplicity and fairness.”



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Lawmakers have yet to produce an analysis of the bill’s tax impact on households with varying income levels, which is what sank the previous proposal. Because the current version maintains the income-sensitivity provision, however, it’s not as likely to drastically change tax bills. In the Senate, there’s been noticeably less talk about revamping education funding. Senate Education Committee chair Phil Baruth (D/P-Chittenden) praised Ancel for doing “yeoman’s work” on the proposal and said he’s open to it, noting that his committee has been “very interested in moving toward a more income-based formula.” Ancel’s counterpart, Senate Finance Committee chair Ann Cummings (D-Washington), said she’s prepared to review it, too. But, she said, “I don’t think that spending less on education is something we should necessarily be pushing for.” Perhaps most importantly, Scott doesn’t appear to be on board. “I don’t see that there’s been any serious look at cost-containment,” he told reporters when asked about the latest House proposal at a recent press conference. His most significant cost-cutting idea — a reduction of student-to-staff

ratios that he claims would save $30 million — has been deeply unpopular in the legislature. The House Education Committee did spend considerable time working on another proposal Scott supported: paying for special education with block grants. But that wouldn’t achieve immediate savings. And according to Rep. Kate Webb (D-Shelburne), who serves on the committee, lawmakers need more time to make sure the new funding system won’t run afoul of federal law. Johnson’s stance is that the Ways and Means proposal meets the governor’s mandate. “This bill drops property taxes by 14 or 15 cents,” she said. “We’ve done it.” That’s a tenuous position. As Scott pointed out, the House plan accomplishes this by increasing the income tax. “At the end of the day, if we’re not spending less, we’re gonna pay just as much,” he said. “It’s just gonna come out of a different pocket.” In fact, Scott said he worries that the tax shift might lead to more spending if voters mistakenly believe they’re getting a tax break. “I think that it just confuses people to change the formula without reducing costs, because it gives folks a false sense of security,” he said. Unless it closes the $64 million gap without raising new tax revenue, any legislative proposal is unlikely to pass muster with Scott. But given that most districts approved their school budgets last week, it’s not clear how lawmakers can meet Scott’s demand. If they can’t, the Democratcontrolled legislature could again find itself in a standoff with the Republican governor over education costs. Last year, Scott vetoed the budget because it didn’t take into account the $27 million he said could be saved in teachers’ health insurance plans. Rep. Kurt Wright (R-Burlington) is a member of the Ways and Means Committee. He voted to advance the latest plan but said he, too, wants the final version to account for immediate cost savings. Referring to the income tax surcharge, he said, “If Republicans are gonna swallow the pill of creating a new tax in order to reduce property taxes, then on the flip side you need to put something the Republicans and the governor want in terms of cost-containment.” “We have to do something,” Wright said. “People are tired of us talking about it and not doing anything.” m

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Still, Johnson is pleased with the effort and said that, among House members, at least, “there’s a lot of energy and excitement about it.” That isn’t the case at the left-leaning think tank Public Assets Institute, whose founder and executive director Paul Cillo has concluded that the proposal would make paying for schools “less simple, less understandable, less transparent.” Cillo, a former House member who helped design the current education-funding system, was referring in particular to the provision that creates steeper tax increases when districts spend more than $12,000 per pupil. Noting that the legislature passed something similar years ago only to repeal it, he said, “I think what they’re on track to do this year is make a change that they regret and are gonna have to undo next year.”

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Facing Budget Shortfall, Castleton to ‘Push Pause’ on Polling Institute

Burlington City Councilor Jane Knodell (P-Central District) will not seek a fourth one-year term as council president. “I think it is important to give others the opportunity to lead us, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to play this role,” she wrote in an email last week informing the council of her decision. Knodell said she had been “thinking for a while” about stepping down to make way for new leadership and to participate in meetings rather than facilitate the discussion, which is the president’s role. “I’m ready to get back into the debate,” she said. So far, just one person has put his name forward: Councilor Kurt Wright (R-Ward 4). A Democrat will likely run for the job as well, Councilor Chip Mason (D-Ward 5) confirmed in a text message to Seven Days. “We have not decided on which of us that will be,” he wrote. The council will elect a new president at its April 2 meeting. Wright, who served as council president from 2007 to 2009, said that his status as the sole Republican would allow him to run the council unencumbered by party pressure. “I think I am in a unique position, with no other allies from my party on Jane Knodell the council, to deliver balance, impartiality, fairness and equal treatment to every councilor,” he wrote in an email to councilors following Knodell’s announcement. “I think it’s vital that the council president come from a party other than the mayor’s party,” Knodell said. A longtime ally of Wright, she said she would support the Republican. The rest of the council includes five Democrats, three Progressives, two independents and one Democrat/Progressive. For his part, Wright said he would call each member of the council to seek his or her support. He praised Knodell for her hard work and an apolitical approach to managing council business. “Jane ran an incredibly efficient meeting,” he said.

Nearly seven years after founding Vermont’s sole public polling operation, Rich Clark is preparing to mothball the Castleton Polling Institute. “I would be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed,” said Clark, the institute’s director and a professor at Castleton University. The state school has decided to “push pause” on its polling center, according to spokesman Jeff Weld, as part of a broader restructuring announced two weeks ago in response to a $1.5 million budget shortfall. “I think the hope is that when future times warrant it, we’ll be able to bring the polling institute back online,” Weld said. Castleton started trimming its polling operation last December, when it closed its Rutland call center and transferred associate director Amanda Richardson to another program. Clark, who has juggled classroom and polling responsibilities, will now teach a full course load. All told, the moves will result in $120,000 Rich Clark (standing) in annual savings, according to Weld. Founded in the fall of 2011, the Castleton Polling Institute was the brainchild of then-president Dave Wolk. He told Seven Days at the time that it would help put the university “on the national map.” It also provided, for the first time in recent memory, regular polling of Vermont politics. To Clark, the institute’s real utility was not providing horse-race polls of political races but surveying public opinion about policy matters. He noted that during Vermont’s recently revived debate over gun rights, news organizations have frequently cited Castleton’s polling on the issue to characterize public opinion. “What I think we were able to provide on certain policy issues was a data point that had some credibility and some transparency,” Clark said. Out of the public spotlight, Castleton also performed polling work for a variety of state agencies and private entities — sometimes outside of Vermont. While those contracts provided a revenue stream, according to Weld, the institute was never a break-even proposition. Clark said he hopes to remain at the university and perhaps restart the polling institute one day. But, he said, “I have no idea what the future holds.”



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Branagan to Retire, Parent Launches Bid for Her Vermont Senate Seat

State Rep. Corey Parent (R-St. Albans) announced Tuesday that he’ll run for one of Franklin County’s two seats in the Vermont Senate. His announcement came one week after incumbent Sen. Carolyn Branagan (R-Franklin) declared at her Town Meeting in Georgia that she would not seek reelection. The 27-year-old Parent touted his blend of youthful energy and legislative experience. He is in his second term in the House and is currently the ranking member of the Energy and Technology Committee. Town Meeting Day featured another high-profile retirement announcement: State Rep. David Sharpe (D-Bristol), who chairs the House Education Committee, said he wouldn’t seek a ninth two-year term. “It’s time to pass the torch, instead of waiting until you’re over the hill,” he told Seven Days.

Parent, meanwhile, launched his campaign for Branagan’s seat with a show of political strength: A press release he issued included endorsements from the district’s other incumbent senator, Randy Brock (R-Franklin), and Brock’s predecessor, Dustin Degree, who left the Senate last year to take a post in Gov. Phil Scott’s office. In the release, Degree praised the Senate hopeful as “a strong and consistent voice” in representing his constituents and their values. Brock, who was appointed by the governor in December to serve out Degree’s term, noted Parent’s “keen understanding of the issues facing his generation and our state.” Brock, a former GOP gubernatorial nominee, said Tuesday that he is planning to run for a full term this fall.





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One comment made by Skip Vallee [“‘The Last Minute to Play,’” February 14] struck me as particularly distressing. When, as a very wealthy person with unfettered access to the best health care, he says, “No hospital is ever going to turn anybody away,” he displays an ignorance about access to health care that can easily be interpreted as a privileged disregard for those less fortunate. Hospitals’ only requirement under federal law is to offer a medical screening examination to determine if the patient has an emergency medical condition or is in active labor. If either condition exists, the hospital is obliged to provide services within its capacity to stabilize the emergency condition or to provide maternity care to the woman and unborn child. All of this must be done regardless of the patient’s ability to pay. Once the emergency no longer exists or the maternity care is complete, patients can be admitted, transferred or discharged, and the ability to pay for further care becomes a factor. This law applies only to hospitals with emergency care facilities that also accept Medicare funds. All other kinds of medical care, prescription drugs and preventive care are provided depending on ability to pay. Patients can be seen in federally qualified health care centers, and the fees charged are on a sliding scale depending on the patient’s income. But access to care


Reading your cover story on Skip Vallee left me saddened [“‘The Last Minute to Play,’” February 14]. The man’s thinking seems to have regressed since I interviewed him in Bratislava when he was America’s ambassador to Slovakia. Abroad in 2005, Vallee championed better treatment of Slovakia’s harassed Romany population, he was aware of how awry his hero George W. Bush’s war in Iraq was going, and his mind remained flexible enough to learn the country’s language and take him out regularly among the people. Though no George Perkins Marsh, Vallee was also no lackey locked into an embassy abroad and indifferent to the peasants outside his compound. Vallee’s bout with cancer, with which I wish him well, seems in the feature not to have softened his salesman’s convictions about winning, money and checking the opposition until his last breath. If that’s the truth of the matter, it seems a shame. The St. Albans native seemed to possess more grit, heart and empathy than shines through on the page. For a while in Vermont politics, Vallee could have been a contender. Instead, his ideology hardened. His sprawling franchise, Maplefields, became just another token of CO2 emissions and erosion of Vermont’s historic village centers. Instead of moderating his Republican ideology, he still preaches the dogma of wealth in the hands of the few and health care for those, like himself, who can afford it. His heroes, like Bush, who appointed him as an ambassador in large part because of political contributions, seem limbed from the same tree. Most of them will go down in history as enemies of the new millennium — one they spent far too little effort understanding and far too much effort exploiting for their own gain as our seas rose, our economic imbalances tilted and the young finally ran out of patience for their elders in power. Joe Sherman MONTGOMERY




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[Re “We the Young People,” March 7]: Half a decade ago, kindergarten children and their teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., lost their lives or were wounded in a mass shooting. The present-day seniors and lower classes at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., were middle-school students at that time. While those who died at Sandy Hook have no voice, their now-grown Parkland schoolmates speak for them. Prompted by these students, a National School Walkout is planned for March 14 all across America to remember and give voice to those silenced at the hands of a few mad men who now languish in their graves. The largely unheeded cries of all the victims since Columbine over two decades ago now echo in the words and actions led by the students at Parkland. At long last!

doesn’t mean it’s free. As everyone knows, the bills for medical care can be ruinous. And while Vermont does better than most states, about 23,230 Vermonters still lack medical insurance. Many more are classified as underinsured. Lack of adequate insurance is a major reason that patients do not access medical care, and those with undertreated medical conditions are at risk for many other social problems. These are just some statistics that belie Vallee’s blithe comment and explain why such people see no need to improve our health care system.


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he GREEN MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL turns 21 this year, and executive director KAREN DILLON is determined to throw a big party. The “coming-of-age” theme informs much of the film and special events programming in Dillon’s rookie year at the helm. As usual, the 10-day event will dominate the SAVOY THEATER and touch down at other Montpelier venues. This year, though, the fest is also putting down a stake in Chittenden County. “We are really focused on getting the best possible films to the Green Mountain Film Festival so that the community can be inspired … [and] come together around critical conversations,” Dillon said. Featuring 82 feature films and 75 shorts, the fest will kick off with a theme party on Friday, March 16, at Montpelier’s VERMONT COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS. Guests are encouraged to dress in their best clothes that evoke the year 1968. “For many in the GMFF audience, ‘coming of age’ was defined by their experiences in ’60s counter-culture,” writes Dillon in the festival’s program. The year 1968, she continued, “was an era that proved a galvanized youth culture could disrupt a conservative society and shift its values.” This year, several films celebrate activism and community engagement. One of them is The Divine Order, a comedy about the female suffragette movement in Switzerland in the 1970s. “It’s very funny. It’s very warm. It’s a great women-empowerment movie,” Dillon said. Another film that celebrates resistance is The Maribor Uprisings, an interactive documentary about a revolt in the industrial city of Maribor in Slovenia. What makes it “interactive”? Director Milo Guillen, who will be present to facilitate a conversation with the audience, will also stop the film at certain points and ask viewers to choose which cameras they’d like to follow. The documentary will go in the direction they decide. “It’s kinda a ‘choose your own storytelling’ adventure,” Dillon said. From September through January, a 30-member screening committee watched and rated fest films submitted through the FilmFreeway website, as well as ones solicited directly from filmmakers and distributors. Films that haven’t yet screened at Vermont’s commercial theaters




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are festival highlights, including the German drama In the Fade, a Golden Globe Award winner; and political satire The Death of Stalin, from “Veep” creator Armando Iannucci. The programmers also included some films that didn’t receive high ratings from the screeners because they provide “great opportunities to create important community dialogue around a topic or subject,” said Dillon. It wouldn’t be the Green Mountain Film Festival without locally made coming-of-age films in the lineup. Off the Street, made in 1968 but not screened until 2017, documents a group of students who spent eight weeks at the Vermont Academy in Saxtons River months after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. The film’s Pavilion Building Auditorium screening on Saturday, March 17, has been paired with that of another short documentary about student activism — “Raise a Flag of Revolution: Black Lives Matter at the

University of Vermont.” UVM students MEGHAN NANAN and NISHANI KESSLER directed the documentary and will join a panel discussion on the connection between race and education in Vermont. For the first time since the inception of GMFF, films will also be screened at ESSEX CINEMAS in Essex Junction. “Bringing the festival to Essex really gives us a chance to make it bigger,” said ERIC REYNOLDS, who was instrumental in that shift. Now the Essex’s general manager, he was heavily involved in GMFF during his nearly 14 years of working at the Savoy Theater. In another nod to the coming-ofage theme, 21 films will be shown in Essex. Reynolds is looking forward to Rory Kennedy’s movie about a surfing pioneer, Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton, which will screen at the T-Rex Theater, the biggest in the state. “That particular film is going to play very well on a big, giant screen, with those giant waves,” Reynolds said.


The partnership with GMFF will allow Essex Cinemas to play art-house films that it doesn’t always get to screen, he added. Reynolds hopes that moviegoers in Chittenden County will turn up in strong numbers to send a clear message that they’re “interested in alternative programming.” “If they are able to support it, we can do this kind of thing again,” he said. Despite its name, the GMFF isn’t solely about films. “We wanted the Green Mountain Film Festival to really feel festive,” Dillon said. “We wanted it to feel like a party for everyone.” If a ’68 theme party isn’t enough to drive the March blues away, moviegoers can dress up as Charlie Chaplin, get their photos taken and watch a free screening of A Dog’s Life at the Savoy on March 17. This year, the festival also offers programming that combines film and a culinary experience. Four exclusive Film to Table events give members of the audience a chance to meet filmmakers in an intimate, dinner-party format. Viewers of films where food features prominently can enjoy meals that originate from those movies’ country or region of origin. For instance, on Sunday, March 18, at VCFA, Nipponophiles who wish they could taste the work of renowned chef Osamu Tomita, as portrayed in Ramen Heads, can opt for the next best thing: Watch a cook-off between New England Culinary Institute students, sample ramen dishes and vote on the winner. The last day of the festival will bring the Vermont Filmmakers Summit, dedicated to screening films about Vermont or made by a Vermonter. “I hope the day turns into more than just screenings,” said Dillon. She envisions filmmakers using the opportunity to build a stronger film network in Vermont. “I want to support film in Vermont, people who love film and audiences who love film,” she said. m Contact:


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multistep strategy that creatives use to generate and hone their ideas. The process emphasizes empathetic interviews, ideation, prototyping and testing. Friday evening’s session consisted mainly of icebreaker activities, along with the unveiling of the challenge. On Saturday, jammers began figuring out their direction. One group formed around the idea of educational voting opportunities for children. Its members interpreted the challenge as confusion about options on a ballot. The other team settled on the idea that Vermont’s branding as a farm-to-table state creates negative associations for some consumers who find they can’t, or don’t know how to, use their entire farm share. On Sunday, the groups presented their final projects to three Generator members. The first group presented a prototype for a kit that could be distributed to classrooms. Kids would bring in sample ballot items from current elections and create comics and art projects as a means of understanding the issues. The second group presented a prototype website that would act as a hub for CSA consumers and farms. Farms would input the contents of their weekly CSA, and members would get info about how to use different vegetables and how long they last, as well as recipes and games that would encourage them to use all of their weekly shares. Generator director CHRIS THOMPSON applauded Ozorio on the program. “You’ve just given everybody a tool for making new ideas — it’s a gift,” he said. Outreach director RACHEL HOOPER added that the projects were “exactly the kind of work we hope to see [at Generator].”



Over the weekend, nine people gathered at Burlington maker space GENERATOR for the first Vermont edition of the Global Service Jam. The activity prompts participants to engage in “design thinking” practices to solve a challenge. Leading the local group was CYBELE OZORIO, an “innovation process consultant.” She moved to Vermont last year from her native Brazil, where she led Service Jams for five years. Service Jams are one of three types of events organized by Germany-based WorkPlayExperience, a “service innovation and customer experience consultancy,” according to its website; the others focus on government and sustainability. The first Service Jam took place in 2011. Each year, participating jammers around the world receive an intentionally vague challenge. This year’s came last Friday evening in the form of a cryptic video message. It began with a snapshot of a group of people holding a saw, then transitioned to a fuzzy screen that flashed the words “Yes,” “No” and “Maybe.” Participants interpret such “challenges” in their own ways; the resulting “solutions” are usually as varied as the groups that create them. Over the weekend, Ozorio guided the participants — who organized themselves into two teams — in developing service-based solutions to the challenge. She taught them the principles of design thinking, a




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welve years ago, TOVE OHLANDER started buying apparel from by Dem, a clothing business in her native Sweden. She liked the company’s focus on socially and environmentally sustainable manufacturing and the fact that it was woman-run. Now, Ohlander has brought the brand to the U.S. with T BY DEM, her new, independent affiliate of by Dem. She opened her new shop last week on Burlington’s Pine Street behind AO GLASS, the facility she founded in 2007 with husband and fellow glassblower RICH ARENTZEN. Much of the clothing that T by Dem offers comes from the company’s existing line, including T-shirts, polo shirts, tank tops, hoodies, chef’s coats, and white and denim button-downs. Ohlander has also contributed a design of her own: the maker skirt, a hybrid of a wrap skirt and an apron designed for industrial femmes. She says she’ll continue to work on new designs with by Dem and its partner factories in Sri Lanka and India.







The maker skirt was inspired by Ohlander’s own experience as an industrial maker. In the city’s South End, she works in close proximity to other artists and artisans, as well as to food-service professionals at neighboring restaurants and cafés. The maker skirt has been “in the back of my mind as long as I worked in the glass industry producing things,” Ohlander says. “When you’re at work on a daily basis, or when you’re out — we’ve done farmers markets and events at Hotel Vermont — you want to look somewhat presentable, but you also want to be functional. Then where are the clothes? What is it that’s not just jeans with pockets?” she queries rhetorically. Unable to find what she was looking for, Ohlander made it herself. Unlike a traditional wrap skirt, the maker skirt closes in the back, so the flap doesn’t get in the wearer’s way. And, unlike typically

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pocket-free women’s clothing, this skirt has two large front pockets for tools and notepads. Keys can be clipped to a sewnin hammer loop, and a cellphone pocket on the side keeps the device away from sharp objects or worktables. Available in two lengths, the skirt can be worn alone or over pants like an apron. It retails for $90 to $130. Like the South End itself, Ohlander’s new operation is evolving. Currently the store occupies a small corner of AO Glass, which will expand over the next few months to accommodate increased

BUSINESS production. Until that renovation is complete, Ohlander won’t know for sure where T by Dem will settle; interior rental studios in the large warehouse are shifting, too. Wherever she ends up, walk-in retail for maker skirts, tees and other apparel will be part of the business. Ohlander is also taking wholesale orders for companies in the Burlington area and beyond. Locally, she says, she’s in negotiations with some food and beverage professionals. Scandinavia-based customers include the Barista League, an

organization that runs events for coffee professionals; and Oatly, which makes oat milk. Ohlander’s maker skirts are also available at Common Threads on Battery Street and in the Storsjöhyttan glass studio in Östersund, Sweden. “There is a lot of talk about local business in Vermont,” Ohlander writes in an email. “What I am intrigued by is that we are collaborating with two other small companies that just happen to be local in other locations of the planet — a redefinition, perhaps, of what it means to buy local.” Ohlander’s products travel long distances to reach her, but their sourcing and manufacturing are ethically and environmentally mindful, she says. All of by Dem’s cotton is fair-trade certified and organic, colored with sustainable or natural dyes that meet the Global Organic Textile Standard. (Upcoming versions of the maker skirt will be dyed with turmeric and other plants.) The clothing is sewn at two factories that pay livable wages, with healthy working hours, in Sri Lanka. And, when possible, the company “prioritize[s]” shipping methods that use fewer fossil fuels, according to its website. Annika Axelsson and Karin Stenmar founded by Dem in the early 2000s. The women have since received “green” awards in Sweden for their work. Axelsson frequently speaks publicly about sustainability and the textile industry. So far, Ohlander’s maker skirts have received accolades for more than their conscientious conception. SAS STEWART of Middlebury’s Stonecutter Spirits calls hers “the most practical and beautiful apron” she’s ever worn, and ordered some for her staff. She’s currently talking with Ohlander about how to modify the skirt for men. Ohlander says she makes a point of working with businesses that share her ideals. “We are supporting familyrun small enterprises whose values I respect,” she says, “and are making the world a bit smaller, friendlier and definitely more sustainable.” m Contact:

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An immediate question one might ask on scanning this title: maces? Sure. Maces are ceremonial staffs that stand as symbols of authority in certain of your more solemn official locales, including some American courtrooms. O’Neill plausibly calls maces and gavels “two of the least-considered components of the American legal profession.” To those few who care, though, they’re apparently inseparable, as evidenced by our other source, “The Mace and the Gavel: Symbols of Government in America,” published in 1997 by the Smithsonian historian Silvio Bedini. Of the two, it’s only O’Neill who explores where the gavel (maybe) came from. Short answer: He figures it’s the Freemasons. George Washington, Ben Franklin, and many of the country’s other founders were members of this group, a fraternal organization that had taken off in Europe circa 1700, then made the jump across the pond — a way for

professional types to pass the time before golf took over. The Masons were big on symbolism and ritual (the tinfoil-hat crowd will be happy to elaborate on this), and as part of claiming their ancestry in stoneworkers’ guilds of the Middle Ages, they worked various appurtenances of the lowercase-M mason’s trade into their shtick. The gavel began its career, O’Neill tells us, as a setting-maul, a mallet used to knock stones into place; in European Masonic lodges, the working tool became a token of authority granted to the presiding officer. As O’Neill writes, early Americans’ “familiarity with Masonic ritual and forms provided procedures for pre-Revolutionary committee meetings, and [these] were continued during the early republic in both legislative bodies, public ceremonies and courtrooms.” The most high-profile of such institutions was, again, the Senate, which adopted a symbolic gavel of its own; the


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sergeant-at-arms uncases it and sets it on the rostrum for the presiding officer’s use. What the Senate calls its gavel is actually a handleless ivory block, or “knocker”; at auction houses, O’Neill notes, you’ll find both handled and handleless gavels, so such a thing’s not unheard of. Auctioneering is an example of a profession that really relies on the gavel to get business done, in contrast to the mostly ceremonial function it performs in the legislature. Certainly, it’s not the only useless tool ever spotted on Capitol Hill. And even in the courtroom, the gavel mainly just gathers dust — according to a 2011 article in the New York Daily News, plenty of judges don’t even bother bringing it out of chambers. Our legal system has court officers to keep things ruly, and the image of the judge banging a gavel and shouting “Order!” is largely a cinematic convention. It’s a dogged one, though: To the periodic annoyance of UK judicial experts, gavels will pop up in British-made movies and TV shows portraying domestic legal proceedings. What’s the gripe? They don’t use the gavel in British courts; they never have.


his is an oddly tricky one you’ve stumbled upon. We’re not too sure where the word “gavel” comes from, much less the path by which the implement became a symbol of the American judiciary. Among the few things we can safely say here is that, like so many of our foundational mysteries, it probably involves the Masons. It’s not just in courtrooms but at various other formal gatherings where the gavel turns up, including auctions, board meetings and legislative sessions — notably those of the U.S. Senate, where a gavel opens and closes the proceedings. All the more striking, then, that the academic literature on the subject is so thin: In recent memory, it’s chiefly two articles. The more important for us is a 2001 piece in Massachusetts Legal History entitled “Of Gavels and Maces in the Modern Courts,” by Stephen C. O’Neill, then the curator at the Social Law Library in Boston. 

House of Representatives went with a mace. You’ll notice we still haven’t made it to court. Here the best O’Neill can do is that judges’ gavels “probably came into use because of the Senate’s and other early examples.” In other words, our country was set up by guys who generally liked to dress up their affairs with a little Masonic-style pomp, and next thing you know, judges have gavels.  O’Neill calls this the “most plausible explanation,” but you can see the material’s a bit thin. As we said up top, even the etymology’s foggy. The use of “gavel” to refer to the hammer can’t be traced beyond the early-19th-century U.S.; in medieval England the word was used for certain kinds of rent or fee, but lexicographers have never managed to conclusively connect the dots. Our other historian, Bedini, remains silent about Masonic influence on the Senate gavel, and on gavelry in general — they must’ve gotten to him. The gavel’s role in the Senate isn’t hugely different than in those old lodge meetings: It’s kept locked in a drawer until the body convenes, when the

Finding Her Voice





At Pepperbox Studio, songwriter and record producer Kristina Stykos offers artistic refuge STORY BY DA N BO L L E S • P H O TO S BY S AR AH P R IE S TAP


riel Zevon is demoing a new love song. It’s a pretty little thing, with light, lovelorn lyrics set to a melancholy melody that sticks to the ears. That is, until she gets to the hook. As the song reaches both an emotional and musical crescendo, something is off. The melody, which previously charmed with music-box simplicity, stumbles into dissonance against a swell of sustained electronic piano tones. Zevon’s voice and piano lines derail from the precise, metronomic beat of the click track in her headphones. At the end of the take, Zevon leans back from her keyboard, shrugs and shoots a bemused look at the recording engineer seated across from her, as if to say, “Got any ideas?” Indeed, she does. Kristina Stykos removes her headphones and rises from behind the console of Pepperbox Studio, her solar- and wind-powered, off-the-grid mountaintop recording studio/home/lair in rural — like, really rural — South Washington, Vt. Momentarily lost in thought, she runs a hand through her long salt-andpepper hair. Then a smile softens the sharpness of her features. “We can fix that,” she says. Stykos, 60, huddles with Zevon, offering words of encouragement as the two troubleshoot the offending passage. She suggests Zevon play the section on a loop. Once the singer nails a usable take or three — which she eventually does — Stykos can cut and paste those digitally into the original track, replacing the wayward passages. It’s recording science by way of Dr. Frankenstein. But the patchwork solution succeeds. Conjuring unconventional fixes to problems is something of a Stykos specialty. The recordings Stykos produces at Pepperbox — many of which she releases on her own label, Thunder Ridge Records — comprise a motley crew of Vermont artists. Her projects range from acts virtually unknown beyond Orange County to revered players and songsmiths such as Zevon, roots rocker Bow Thayer, acoustic guitar whiz Doug Perkins, and singers Susannah Blachly and Patti Casey. Some, such as Thayer, fiddler Patrick Ross and drummer Jeff Berlin, are among her regular ringers — musicians whom Stykos can call on to add a little extra to a recording when necessary. “She’s collected this wonderful cast of misfit characters,” says Robert Resnik, host of the long-running music show “All the Traditions” on Vermont Public Radio. He presumably means the term

seems to be joking, until Zevon chimes in: “There’s one on my album!” She’s referring to her 2018 Stykos-produced record The Detangler. A certain amount of ambient sound is part of the package at Pepperbox. Other albums feature rain on the roof or the chirps of birds and crickets outside. As a result, records made at Pepperbox tend to exude an atmospheric sense of place. The studio’s catalog offers not only a cross-section of styles but a reflection of Vermont itself. From the sophisticated mountain jazzgrass of Perkins’ Music for Flat-Top Guitar to the pastoral twang of Thayer’s Shooting Arrows at the Moon to the back-porch charm of Mary McGinniss’ Red Tails and the Road, Stykos helps craft musical portraits that are as quintessentially Vermont as the view from her backyard. But behind the idyllic beauty of Stykos’ home lurks another side of Vermont: a darker, harsher version that you don’t see on postcards. That quality is also evident in the Pepperbox recordings written and performed by an artist who is familiar with navigating life’s more daunting landscapes: Kristina Stykos herself.

‘I was sort of a wannabe.’

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Maybe I’ll never sing again, but I have a lot to say.


Stykos describes herself as someone who has always had a hard time fitting in. She grew up in Ithaca, N.Y., as a “Cornell faculty brat.” Her father was a sociology professor at the university, and her mother ran the school’s volunteer office. Her introduction to music came early. Dad was a jazz musician who tried to steer his daughter into classical guitar when she was young. But Stykos was far more interested in folk, rock and blues. She indulged those interests by apprenticing at a guitar store and later hanging around a coffee shop that regularly hosted touring musicians. Stykos caught some of the biggest names of the late 1960s and ’70s at Cornell, including Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, and Crosby, Stills & Nash. She also took guitar lessons from Cornell undergrads, many of whom were just getting into the blues. “A lot of them went on to become famous musicians,” Stykos says. “But at the time, they were just these dweeby little undergrads.” Russ Barenberg is one of those dweeb instructors-turned-stars. The Grammynominated bluegrass guitarist remembers an adolescent Stykos as someone who was “serious and focused about learning music” and “clearly had a drive and

Kristina Stykos’ house in South Washington


“misfit” lovingly, since he’s among their ranks. The multi-instrumentalist recorded his own album, Playing Favorites, with Stykos in 2012. “It really is a group of misfits,” confirms Thayer. “But it’s also a family.” That “collection” didn’t come together by accident. Stykos actively sought out many of the artists on the Thunder Ridge roster. Quite a few others have sought her. That’s no small thing, given the remoteness of her studio. Particularly in the winter, Stykos advises visitors to Pepperbox to follow her written directions instead of GPS. Otherwise, they could find themselves at the impassable end of a steep, miles-long mountain road that’s sometimes unnavigable even when plowed. To tweak an old Yankee aphorism, you can get there from here, but you’ll need time and good tires, and you might have to hoof it the last mile or so. “There is just no quick way to get to her,” says Resnik. But he’s one musician who considers the destination worth the inconvenience. “She’s building this shining tower of excellence,” he continues, “regardless of the fact that she lives halfway to the moon on that dirt road that lasts forever.” Stykos is a talented recording engineer armed with a music production certification from the Berklee College of Music and an insatiable curiosity and desire to learn. Her work ethic is as formidable as her unorthodox lifestyle suggests. When she’s not in the studio, Stykos runs her own landscaping business, which accounts for half of her income. Resnik believes she does this backbreaking work not just for money but because “she appreciates the aesthetics.” “When Kristina adds guitar or mandolin lines to somebody’s record, it’s like she’s planting zinnias,” he says, drawing a parallel between her music and landscape work. Stykos is also a fine songwriter and musician in her own right — “the best female guitarist in Vermont,” in the words of her friend and collaborator Blachly. In short, she’s a pro. If Stykos’ professionalism is a strong draw, so is her studio itself. With spectacular mountain vistas outside and homey warmth inside, Pepperbox feels like an artist’s retreat in a giant tree house. The rustic space’s quirks and personality often play a role in recordings there. Listening to a take, Zevon announces that she can hear the squeak of a chair against a hardwood floor in the background. “There’s a lot of chair noise on my albums,” Stykos says with a smile. She





Finding Her Voice « P.27 passion for it.” Many of her contemporaries today echo that impression. Stykos went to Boston University but soon dropped out and became immersed in the Rounder Records folk scene in Cambridge, Mass., where she gigged all over Harvard Square. Along the way, she met a hotshot young banjo player named Béla Fleck. They dated on and off for four years. “Then I dumped him,” Stykos says with a bemused chuckle. “I sort of regretted it later.” Regrets aside, touring with Fleck, who is widely regarded as one of the finest banjo players alive, opened a world of possibility for Stykos. “That jettisoned my music appreciation to a whole new level. It set the bar high,” she says. “I was never going to be a bluegrass guitar player, even though I knew a little about flatpicking. But I knew I wanted to do something great with music.” She just didn’t know what yet, and finding greatness in Boston would prove difficult. “I was sort of a wannabe,” Stykos says of her time in the city. “With my self-confidence issues, it was always hard to push my way in. Also, being female, there wasn’t a lot of support. You weren’t treated like an equal; you were a groupie — you must be sleeping with the musicians, unless you were a virtuoso.” She continues, “I’ve never fit into any of the various scenes that I hung out with, which has at times been disappointing, because I try so hard to enter a scene and be a part of it and belong. That’s just not my path, evidently.” Instead, Stykos’ path brought her from Boston to Vermont, where she initially came to attend a meditation retreat in Maple Corner. She fell in love with the state and a like-minded community around the retreat, and she soon relocated to Burlington. But things didn’t go as planned. “I thought I was going be some evolved spiritual hermit,” she says of her 1980 move to Vermont. “But I ended up with some shitty job in Burlington.” Evolution comes slowly, even for spiritual hermits. Eventually, Stykos began to find her niche, gigging with regularity. She switched from waiting tables to working for the now-defunct newspaper the Vanguard Press, an evolutionary forebear of Seven Days. One of the musical connections Stykos made in the Queen City was with Chuck Eller, keyboardist for the acclaimed local jazz band Kilimanjaro.

At the time, Eller had just opened his own studio on Burlington’s South Union Street after serving as the engineer at North Ferrisburgh’s Philo Records. He would later move his operation to Charlotte and build a reputation as one of the state’s premier engineers. Stykos was one of his first clients. Eller recorded her debut album, Crazy Sorrows, in Burlington and deployed an all-star backing band that included bassist Stacy Starkweather, guitarists Robin Gottfried and Paul Asbell, saxophonist Dave Grippo, and Eller himself. Recently married, Stykos brought her then-1-year-old daughter and a babysitter to the studio every day. “It was very ’80s,” says Stykos of that record. She’s not kidding. The LP cover art is reminiscent of the cover of Linda Ronstadt’s 1980 album Mad Love, which features a black-and-white image of that singer staring with smoldering intensity into the camera. Stykos says she’s heard the Ronstadt comparison more than once. “It’s very poppy and sort of campy,” she continues of Crazy Sorrows. “Like, I’m waiting for it to become retro enough that I can reintroduce it.” “The musicality is solid, and I’d like to think the tunes hold together,” says Eller of the record. “Kristina was one of my very first projects,” he adds, “and one of my favorites, for sure.” (Three decades later, Eller and his keyboard would turn up on another Stykos album, 2013’s Wyoming Territory.) Record in hand, Stykos set about making her way in the music business. Unfortunately, she found something other than success. “Disaster,” she says.

‘Life got really derailed.’ Crazy Sorrows would prove prophetically titled. The record didn’t do well, struggling to receive radio airplay. Worse, Stykos’ life outside of music began to crumble. “Life just took a big turn at that point, so my music career went in the gutter,” she says. Specifically, “I got in a bad marriage and had two kids. Life got really derailed.” Stykos divorced her husband and fled with her kids to “a shack” in Corinth so she could send them to the Wellspring Waldorf School in nearby Chelsea, which had opened a year earlier. It was a bumpy landing. “I remember getting there the first night like refugees,” she recalls. “We arrived, it’s the middle of the winter and there’s no door on the woodstove. We survived that.”

PEPPERBOX STUDIO: A SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY Kristina Stykos has recorded dozens of albums at Pepperbox Studio. Here are seven essential titles — most released on her own Thunder Ridge Records imprint — to serve as primer to that growing catalog. Kristina Stykos, Horse Thief (2015)

Stykos’ most recent album is also her best. It’s a raw portrait of solitude and loss made all the more vivid by her gravelly vocal delivery. Doug Perkins, Music for Flat-Top Guitar (2012) A rustic yet sophisticated record made by world-class players, the jazzgrass guitarist’s magnum opus might be the quintessential Pepperbox album. Ariel Zevon, The Detangler (2018)

Songwriting is obviously in Zevon’s DNA. But Warren’s daughter carves out her own folk-rock niche — with plenty of help from Stykos. Erin McDermott and the Dixie Red Delights, Bear Hoot (2008)

Formerly Montpelier-based, McDermott now calls Nashville home. The songwriter’s twangy debut is evidence that the Music City long beckoned. The Cousins Project, Beautiful Blood (2013)

The record is a beautiful collaboration of Stykos and Brooklyn songwriter Steve Mayone. The two are second cousins but only realized it in 2006, thanks to a chance meeting through mutual friend Bow Thayer. Bow Thayer, Shooting

Arrows at the Moon


Thayer didn’t want to make a stripped-down solo record. He only did so at Stykos’ insistence. The result is among the most compelling and intimate of his long career. Kristina Stykos,

Wyoming Territory (2013) Stykos’ country-rock gem, her fifth solo album, is a spiritual and stylistic cousin to Lucinda Williams’ own fifth record: the 1998 Grammy winner Car Wheels on a Gravel Road.

Her music career, however, did not — especially when she got pregnant again with a boyfriend. “Now I’m a single mom with three kids. I stopped playing for a while,” she says, citing both the practical time constraints of being a single mother and the emotional scarring from her failed marriage. But things eventually began to turn around. Using money from her divorce settlement, Stykos built a house and a small cabin in Chelsea. She found a couple to live on her property in exchange for helping out with the kids. “That made my life work a little better,” says Stykos, “because I could get out a couple nights a week.” She started attending weekly Celtic music jams in a friend’s kitchen in Montpelier — but as a guitarist, not a singer. “I thought, Just go play your guitar, have a good time and learn how to be with people,” recalls Stykos. “That was a nice way to get back into music and not face the struggles of a solo singer-songwriter. “You’ve got to have a lot of self-esteem [to go solo], and I just didn’t have it,” she concedes. Her favorite aspect of the jams was the anonymity they afforded her. “With Celtic music, you can just show up and play; you’re not in the spotlight,” Stykos explains. “It was great. It was healthy. It brought back a lot of psychological health. I highly recommend it.” With renewed confidence in her abilities, Stykos began collaborating with other musicians, largely as a rhythm guitar player and backing vocalist. Those collaborations included her runs with Wagtail, a central Vermont folk band fronted by Blachly; and Lunatique, a Celtic fiddle band with Nikki Matheson, Gigi Weisman and Resnik. Around the same time, Stykos began producing fundraising concerts for the Waldorf school featuring the likes of famed folk singer Cheryl Wheeler, and even her old flame Fleck. “It was a cool way to connect with a professional level of musicianship,” Stykos says of promoting concerts. “Even though I’m not playing nationally, I can make those connections, network and be inspired by it.” Inspiration would soon strike, coming from an unlikely source. In 2007, Stykos was in attendance when country-rock songwriter Jackson Browne played a fundraiser for Zevon’s now-defunct nonprofit LACE (Local Agricultural Community Exchange) at the Barre Opera House. Browne had been a close friend of Zevon’s father, the late rock icon Warren Zevon.

By this point, Stykos was living in her current South Washington home and was married to Froggy Bottom Guitars founder Michael Millard, who had donated a guitar to the fundraiser. “I wasn’t really a Jackson Browne fan,” she says. “But when he started playing, I just started gushing tears. I realized that he was an archetype for me, that what he does was pivotal to what I feel I am.” Stykos made a promise to herself that night to return to songwriting. She set up a rudimentary studio in what is now Pepperbox and began recording herself. “I wanted to create a laboratory for myself,” she explains. “I wanted it to be private.” Stykos is leery of the spotlight in general. But at this point, her desire for privacy stemmed from a more jarring concern. Namely, she had begun having problems with her voice. The pure tone she sang with in her twenties was gone, replaced by a deeper, rougher timbre. “I’d been in a few bands with Patti Casey, Susannah Blachly and that whole crew,” she says. “And they sing with these beautiful, pristine voices. But I just couldn’t conjure it up anymore. I couldn’t sing with them.” So she began to sing by herself.

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house and moving closer to Burlington, to be nearer to the city’s music scene and her now-grown children. If the house can be a burden, it’s also where Stykos rediscovered her voice, literally and figuratively. She was recently diagnosed with spasmodic dysphonia, a disorder that manifests in difficulty speaking or singing. It’s the same affliction that has famously plagued iconic British folk-rock singer Linda Thompson. Last fall, the condition got so bad Stykos couldn’t even talk on the phone. With the aid of a specialist based in Atlanta, Stykos has begun to reclaim her vocal facility. It’s unlikely she’ll ever recapture her past songbird glory, but she’s OK with that. “I’m learning to use what I’ve got,” she says. Demos for her forthcoming album, River of Light — which she’s recording with Browne’s guitarist, Val McCallum — show that sentiment has borne fruit. Stykos’ tuneful rasp lends gravity to her Vermont-gothic-style songwriting, long one of her strengths. “Kristina has a serious poetic streak,” says Thayer. “Her writing stands on its own without the music because she has such emotion in her wordcraft.” The Vermont Community Foundation thought so, too. Last year, Stykos received a grant from the organization to write a book of poetry.


A massive, antique, wood-fired cooking stove dominates a far sitting room. Nearly every one of the numerous nooks and crannies holds a musical instrument. The whole interior is humble, warm and inviting, much like Stykos herself. One can easily imagine how bright and full the large house has been over the years. Stykos’ contra-dance parties are the stuff of local legend, and many a recording session has ended with a hearty home-cooked meal around the large kitchen table. But it’s also easy to sense how vast and lonely the house can feel when it’s all but empty. As daylight fades, eerie winter twilight gives its surroundings an icy air of desolation — or at least of isolation. Outside is quiet, cold, barren. The sheer size and darkness of the house intimidate, casting strange shadows that play tricks with the senses. It’s haunting. Stykos has battled her share of personal demons in this house. She recently gave up drinking, as she recovered from a divorce from Millard three years ago. The songwriter penned her most personal and vulnerable album, a stark meditation on loss and aging called Horse Thief, between these cavernous walls in the aftermath of that split. “It’s a lot to deal with sometimes,” says Stykos of the property, seated before the first-floor hearth. She reveals she’s been thinking about selling the


Pepperbox perches on the top floor of Stykos’ home, which itself clings to the side of a windswept mountain. Approaching along the snowy, sundazzled pasture below, the looming three-story building emerges from behind a grove of spindly trees. Against a brilliant blue sky, the rustic wooden house stands tall, exuding a warm, magical radiance — as if the Burrow, the Weasleys’ home in the Harry Potter series, had been transported to a mountain in Vermont. It’s a setting that fosters creative flights of fancy. The house feels like an extension of Stykos, and not just because she gutted and renovated it many years ago. She raised and nurtured her families here — meaning her three children, as well as the vast collection of singers and players who have called the place a musical home over the years. “She kind of is the mother figure,” says Thayer. Redolent with a pleasant musk of woodsmoke, the house is filled with relics of Stykos’ past. Floor-to-ceiling shelves flanking a large hearth overflow with books, records and framed photos. Pots, baskets, snowshoes and other country knickknacks hang from exposed wooden beams in the large, open kitchen.

Kristina Stykos

Stykos also cohosts a weekly talkradio show, “11th Hour Radio,” on lowpower South Royalton community station WFVR-LP 96.5 FM. Every Friday morning, Stykos and Emily Howe riff on everything from national politics to hyper-local topics such as the condition of Stykos’ mountain road and confusing farm names. You might also hear the duo musing on poetry or philosophy or, as on a recent episode, a squirrel with a puppy-dog face. “We kind of just go with whatever is on our minds,” says Stykos. “It’s a little random and lot of fun.” She adds that conversational speaking — like on a quirky local radio show, for example — is good vocal exercise and likely won’t damage her voice any further. “I mean, how much worse could it really get?” she asks, both rhetorically and sarcastically. In fact, it could get worse — Thompson lost her voice for two years in the early 1980s. Thayer, however, counts himself a fan of Stykos’ hoarse delivery. “I think she struggles with it, but I don’t think she should,” he says. “Celebrate every croak and wrinkle.” “When a woman gets onstage, people expect her to have a pretty voice,” says Stykos. “So it’s hard to buck that, and it’s discouraged me from performing, feeling those expectations.” She adds that her speech therapist believes her dysphonia is neurological and triggered by trauma. “I’m a survivor, and I don’t ask for help unless I really need it,” she says. “But looking back, I’ve had a lot of emotional trauma in my life.” Stykos believes that the cumulative effects of those hardships finally caught up with her. “It’s just been a slow fall for me, and I basically hit bottom.” “Kristina is tough,” says Resnik. “But she’s also not so tough.” Stykos sees “special meaning” in the experience of losing her voice. “The idea of not having a voice is symbolic; it’s a feeling that you’re not being heard,” she explains. “As a female musician, I always felt that I was struggling to be heard, on the margins, not fitting in. So maybe it’s a metaphor for my core issue. “If I can’t sing, I’ll talk,” she continues. “Maybe I’ll never sing again, but I have a lot to say. I have a lot to write and to teach and share with the people that come here to work with me.” m

Aging Well

Three Army vets open a cooperage to supply oak barrels to local distilleries B Y KEN PICAR D

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ony Fletcher aimed a large propane torch at a small pile of scrap lumber stacked inside a coffee-can-size metal container and instantly set the wood ablaze. The torch, which resembled a flamethrower, seemed like overkill for igniting such a small blaze. But soon the fire was crackling, allowing one of Fletcher’s business partners, Josh Waterhouse, to position a ring of wooden staves over the flames. Fletcher, 41, and Waterhouse, 37, were working in the “bending room” — really, just a small, unfinished alcove — in Fletcher’s 1850s-era dairy barn in Richmond that’s now home to Green Mountain Grain & Barrel. The cooperage, or barrel-making operation, began producing barrels about 18 months ago and is the first in Vermont in at least two decades. The company’s third partner, Mac Broich, 43, explained that the “grain” in the GMGB name refers both to the grain of the white oak they use to make the barrels and to the barley, corn, wheat and rye that go into distilled spirits. As the wood staves slowly warmed over the flames, Waterhouse moistened them continuously with a wet rag to keep them from catching fire. This toasting process serves dual purposes, Fletcher explained: First, it makes the naturally rigid and straight oak boards pliable enough to bend into the curved barrel shape. Second, it softens the wood’s tannins, allowing them to better interact with the liquid — in this case, bourbon — that will age inside the barrel for as long as two years. After about an hour, Waterhouse used a pulley and winch attached to the wall to slowly bend and fit the staves together inside a galvanized steel hoop. Once the staves were firmly in place, he dropped another steel hoop over the barrel and hammered it snug. Later, they would char the barrel’s interior, cut and custom-fit circular “heads” at either end and drill a bunghole in the center. Once the 30-gallon cask is deemed watertight, the wood will be branded with the GMGB logo and delivered to the customer. Though the work is sometimes laborious, nothing about cooperage is mindless or mundane. If anything, the methods GMGB uses are the antithesis of mass production. The artisans use power tools to cut and sand the staves and heads, but each barrel is handcrafted and, hence, unique. Barrels were made by hand for centuries and used not just for aging liquor but also for storing dry goods. At one time, nearly every Vermont town had its own cooper. “A bunch of math is involved in making this simple container,” Broich said. “Do you remember learning trigonometry — when you were going over cones and parabolas and all that stuff? That’s what this is.” Beyond getting all the geometry just right, the coopers must pay attention to many other variables. If they cut the staves from wood with hidden knots, if the moisture content is too high or if the medullary rays — the radial

Left to right: Tony Fletcher, Josh Waterhouse and Mac Broich

ribbons that extend vertically through a tree — run at the wrong angle to the growth rings, the barrel may leak, requiring hours of troubleshooting. As Fletcher put it, “Every barrel is a problem-solving exercise.” But he, Broich and Waterhouse were trained to solve problems. All three are longtime members of the Vermont National Guard and deployed together to Afghanistan in 2010. A couple of years ago, three of their Army buddies, who’d also gone to Afghanistan before founding 14th Star Brewery in St. Albans, decided to branch out and produce bourbon and maple rum, too. Their new enterprise, which officially launched last year, TO NY F L E TC H E R is called Danger Close Craft Distilling. At the time, Fletcher recalled, the bourbon makers expressed concern about the difficulty of finding a steady supply of oak barrels. Under federal law, whiskey must be aged in new, charred-oak barrels before it can be called bourbon. The Danger Close distillers weren’t the only liquor producers facing that problem. Since about four years ago, the entire spirits industry has experienced a severe barrel shortage caused by a perfect storm: skyrocketing consumer demand for American bourbon, an explosion


in new distilleries entering the market and bad weather in the region where white oak was harvested. Fletcher, Broich and Waterhouse, all of whom still have day jobs, offered to help out their brothers-inarms and build barrels in their spare time. But, as the trio quickly discovered, crafting barrels is easier said than done. Though the men are experienced woodworkers, cooperage proved far more complicated than building kitchen cabinets or custom furniture. And, unlike with most wood crafts, there were no other coopers in Vermont to teach them the trade. So they spent their first six months trying to figure out how to make a solid, watertight barrel. Others in the industry weren’t exactly keen to help them. Large-scale cooperages in other states typically keep their operations secret and are averse to sharing their methods or materials. At one point, Fletcher traveled to a large cooperage in Louisville, Ky., that was getting rid of 10 stave wheels, which are five-foot blades used to cut staves at precise angles. Fletcher returned to Vermont and lined up the financing to purchase one. But before he could buy it, another large cooperage swooped in and bought all 10. Fletcher phoned the new owner and asked if he could buy just one. He was rebuffed. “I said, ‘Are you going to use them all?’” Fletcher recalled about the conversation. “‘No, I just like to buy up this stuff so no one else can get it,’” the competitor told him.

Fletcher was powerless to do anything about it. Fortuitously, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets stepped in last May and gave GMGB a $50,000 grant from its Working Lands Enterprise Initiative, which will help the company upgrade its equipment and increase production. (Currently, GMGB produces no more than half a dozen barrels per month.) The agency saw the cooperage as a long-term investment in Vermont’s craft spirits industry, which has grown from just three licensed distilleries in 2004 to 28 today, according to the Vermont Department of Liquor Control. But equipment isn’t GMGB’s only hurdle. “The thing I’m most worried about is our long-term sourcing of wood,” Fletcher admitted. “Right now we can

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say that all our barrels are made with Vermont wood. But there’s not a lot of white oak in Vermont.” Indeed, several large cooperages in the region have secured exclusive, longterm contracts with Vermont log yards to buy all their white oak, which is already an uncommon species in the state. According to Paul Frederick, wood utilization and wood energy program leader at the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, white oak lumber represented just 0.35 percent of the state’s annual hardwood harvest in 2016. And, as Frederick pointed out, finding white oak logs that are suitable for staves — that is, free of branches, knots and defects — will be an even taller order. Still, the coopers at GMGB are prepared to soldier on. As Fletcher put it, “We’ve encountered a lot of speed bumps, hiccups and barriers and navigated our way through all that.”

GMGB hit one such speed bump in 2016, shortly after it sold three barrels to one of its first customers, Mad River Distillers in Warren. “They [called me and] said, ‘All your barrels are leaking,’” Fletcher remembered. “I had this sick feeling in my stomach. That was everything we’d been working for.” Fletcher immediately rushed over to the distillery and was able to tighten the barrels, which had shrunk during the aging process. What could have been a costly error proved to be a valuable lesson for the new coopers. Fletcher said they now check the moisture content of all their wood throughout the process. If it exceeds 13 percent — about 10 percent is ideal — they set the wood aside to age longer. Alex Hilton, general manager and distiller at Mad River, said the leaky barrels weren’t a big deal. He’s had barrels from other cooperages leak before and called it “pretty common.” Hilton said he still has faith in GMGB’s craftsmanship and overall mission. “I love that they’re going for it,” he added. “Anything we can do to support local businesses and Vermontmade products, we’re all about it.” Other local distilleries seem to agree. According to Fletcher, SILO Distillery in Windsor just bought five GMGB barrels. Danger Close bought eight and plans to buy more. “Having GMGB produce our barrels brings great comfort, as we know the same effort and detail we put into our spirits will be the … level they put into their barrels, which should make for a tasty combination,” said Danger Close cofounder Zachariah Fike. “We also look forward to collaborating with them in the future both in the barrel- and spirit-making process, which should allow us both to refine our trades.” Thus far, the Richmond coopers have sold a few barrels to craft brewers, too, including Vitamin Sea Brewing, whose owner made the four-hour drive from Hull, Mass., to pick up just one. But, although GMGB has had numerous inquiries from out-of-state distillers, Fletcher said they’ve had to turn some of them away, at least for now. “We want to support the Vermont craft beverage industry,” he said. “We don’t mind expanding outside the state, but not at the [expense] … of Vermont businesses.”

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hen we’re hurtling the FBI comes calling. Seems through the air at 35,000 Sokolov might have been more than feet, we tend to think of the humdrum money manager he flight attendants as our appeared to be. devoted caretakers. For these consumFrom this gripping opening, mate customer-service professionals, Bohjalian spins out a tale that is half soothing sick, frightened or irritable jet-setting international thriller and passengers is part of the job. half character study. Besides Dubai, Because we expect them to be calm Rome is a major setting, and the and selfless when we aren’t, there’s a CIA, the Russian Federation’s FSB special frisson in stories about flight at- and drone warfare all figure at least tendants who misbehave once they’re peripherally in the plot. It’s a definite on the ground and off the clock. (The departure for a writer who more same is true for pilots, as the 2012 frequently concerns himself with Denzel Washington movie Flight dem- domestic dramas. onstrated.) And few flight attendants The protagonist is something of a could possibly misbehave with more departure, too. While Bohjalian has disastrous consequences than Cassie often written about well-meaning Bowden, the titular heroine of Vermont individuals caught in difficult cirauthor Chris Bohjalian’s 20th novel. cumstances, Cassie consistently The book opens with makes things more difficult for Cassie waking up beside herself. She has a perverse a near stranger in streak: When she steals a swanky hotel trinkets from hotels, in Dubai. The “She did it because night before, it was, like so she hooked up much else that with a firstmade her happy, class passendangerous and ger and then self-destructive blacked out and just a little — not unusual bit sick.” for this binge There’s cerdrinker in her tainly something late thirties. But fascinating about Chris Bohjalian this time there’s an watching an inveterate unexpected compliself-saboteur struggle to cation: The young hedge save her own life. “[A] part of fund manager beside her is dead, her had to see where this speeding his throat slit. train was going to crash and just how Panicking, Cassie flees the room cataclysmic would be the carnage,” rather than take her chances with the Bohjalian writes. For a counterpoint, local police. It’s an understandable reac- he gives us a second focal character: tion, perhaps, but also the first of a series a Russian covert agent named Elena, of spectacularly bad decisions she’ll who is as cold-blooded and full of make in this story. foresight as Cassie is a mess. She is For one thing, Cassie and the dead also, we learn very early in the book, man, Alex Sokolov, paused their tryst to Alex’s killer. socialize with a third person who could Why Elena didn’t also execute easily identify Cassie. For another, the Cassie, who can easily describe her hotel’s security cameras recorded the to the authorities as the victim’s flight attendant’s flight. Once Cassie other guest that night, is a question returns to her home base of Manhattan, that may bug readers of espionage

fiction. (It certainly bugs Elena’s superiors.) But Elena’s moment of mercy for the flight attendant makes her a richer character, and it allows Bohjalian to explore the unlikely parallels between the two women. Both seem to be living out the dark legacy of their fathers: Elena’s was a high-level KGB agent, Cassie’s a drunk who killed behind the wheel. Both wonder if it’s possible to start over. This human element ultimately dominates the novel and is most likely to appeal to Bohjalian’s preexisting readership. Up-to-themoment geopolitical conflicts serve as points of reference in Elena’s chapters, but they function as backdrop rather than being woven organically into the story. While the settings are well drawn, and some scenes suspenseful, the many elements the author has set in motion don’t come together in the climax quite as deftly as one might wish. At its core, this isn’t a novel of international intrigue but the story of one woman trying to contemplate the possibility of her own happy ending. (Throughout the book, Cassie reads Leo Tolstoy’s “Happy Ever After.”) Unlike the media, which style Cassie as the “Cart Tart Killer” once she becomes a murder suspect, Bohjalian doesn’t treat his heroine salaciously or imply that she brought on this plight by sleeping around. He’s clearly done his research on flight attendants, too. Working in the economy cabin, Cassie notes that her job is easier there because “the airlines had beaten out of them [coach passengers] the idea that they had virtually any rights at all.” Readers will find a wealth of detail and no ugly “Coffee, tea or me?” stereotypes here. If the material aspects are plausible, there’s still an undercurrent of


FROM THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT It was only dumb luck that she had no DUIs, no crimes and misdemeanors in her history, and thus was still allowed to fly. She thought once more of her father. As she dried herself— quickly, roughly—she recalled the men and the mistakes in her own past, and she counted once more all the different countries in which she had slept with strangers and woken up sick in unfamiliar beds. Even now, probably no one in the crew was thinking anything about the fact that she was not with them at their own hotel. Most of them barely knew her, but most of them knew women and men just like her. Her behavior might have been extreme, but it was not uncommon. If she hadn’t slashed the throat of the man who had tenderly washed her hair in the shower, she guessed she should be deeply grateful that whoever did hadn’t bothered to kill her. And that, in turn, suggested either a respect for human life or a distaste for collateral damage that was rather at odds with the ferocity with which he (or she or they) had murdered last night’s drunken dalliance. It also might mean that she was being set up. Someone—perhaps even that woman who had come to their room for a drink—wanted her to be blamed for this crime.

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been smoothed over with a little alcohol. Or, better still, with a lot.” While believable, this character analysis isn’t particularly fresh, and things do get a little mushy when Bohjalian brings Cassie’s story to its conclusion. Whether high-stakes suspense is a new trajectory for him or just a side trip, this reader, for one, would like to see Bohjalian tackle more self-reliant, prickly, morally ambiguous female characters like Cassie and Elena. They give his writing a charge that his novels with ingénue protagonists lack. And next time a flight attendant refills your drink or calms your nerves, maybe you’ll think more about all the work that goes into her steadfast smile. m

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Novel Romance Theater review: Sex With Strangers, Vermont Stage B Y A L EX BROW N



gniting a romance is easy. Two people alone in an isolated B&B closed for a snowstorm? Well, clothes are going to come off. But maintaining the tension of flirtation is even more fascinating and, in playwright Laura Eason’s snappy Sex With Strangers, extremely funny. The current Vermont Stage production of the 2011 play is buoyant comedy with crackling performances. The opposites who attract are both writers, with careers pointing in opposite directions. Ethan turned his Sex With Strangers blog into two best sellers, leveraged the books into a massive Twitter presence and capped that off by selling a screenplay based on his relentless sexual conquests. He doesn’t object to being called an asshole. Olivia’s literary first novel earned mixed reviews and didn’t garner enough momentum to keep her publisher or agent interested. The book was good, but the gates of fame didn’t open. Now, Olivia teaches and continues to write but has no intention of publishing again. Ethan has read her book and admires it. He’s also checked out photos of Olivia online and would not claim he’s interested only in her mind. So it’s not entirely an accident that he’s picked this B&B as a writing retreat to polish his screenplay. He’s learned Olivia will be there, though he couldn’t have counted on the accident of a snowstorm that’s left the place empty but for the two of them. Ethan gets what he wants from the moment he arrives, pounding on the door to the inn and plundering the kitchen for food. He’s playful, an adorable rule breaker who both fascinates and repels thoughtful Olivia. Conflicting feelings are the very fuel of flirtation, and soon the two strangers are investigating the pleasures and risks of trusting each other. Writing is almost the only thing they have in common. He’s an extrovert in his mid-twenties willing to write sexy snark if that’s where the audience is. She’s pushing 40 and unwilling to risk audience reactions to her work but not ready to give up writing. Now, Ethan might be able to help relaunch her career.






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But his ability to harvest online attention comes from being a sex memoirist without compunctions. Ethan’s blog was an acerbic chronicle of what it’s like to seduce a different woman every few days and make the whole adventure public. The ultra-ironic slant on modern dating was a hit, but Ethan claims it’s behind him now. Unlike a typical romance that just uncovers passion, Sex With Strangers puts Olivia in the difficult position of wondering whether she can know this stranger at all. Could this handsome, charming, funny younger man really be coming on to her? And is he a dickhead or a dreamboat? The script is stuffed with humor, but it takes actors of high caliber to bring out the laughs that rippled throughout Thursday’s performance. Cadden Jones, as Olivia, and Logan James Hall, as Ethan, forged a wonderfully high-voltage connection onstage. They delivered real, sexy sizzle and excelled at clever repartee. As the play begins, Jones coats Olivia with just enough ice to give Ethan something to thaw. The circumstances are straight out of a Harlequin romance novel, but Jones doesn’t overcompensate by portraying a tart, modern princess fighting off attention. She inhabits the script’s edgy humor with ease and makes Olivia’s keen intellect a human

quality, not a superpower. And Jones conveys the giddy fun of passion enjoyed as Ethan’s equal, not his trophy. Ethan is a house afire at the outset, then lets us see Olivia slowing him down. The plot takes away the B&B’s Wi-Fi, but what makes the characters click is Hall’s ability to show that no dis-


traction compares with Olivia. Hall isn’t just playing sincerity, he’s radiating it. His warmth contrasts with his past bro behavior, and Hall makes him entirely capable of both extremes. The acting challenge of the play lies in holding back. Any romantic story is about discovering another person, but this play is ultimately about how hard it is to know anyone. In a sense, the characters stay strangers. The actors must convey eagerness to connect plus a stillstronger desire to withhold, and Jones and Hall excel here. Director Jordan Gullikson keeps the energy pulsing but also gives the actors

room to build pauses and connect with each other. The comic banter becomes true exchanges in which characters react, retreat and engage. Sarcasm smolders and wit blooms. Using clever lighting effects, Gullikson integrates the sex in the story via suggestive freeze frames, a smart way to tell, not show. The set, designed by Jeff Modereger, has walls that spin to convert the B&B drawing room into Olivia’s city apartment for Act 2. Jamien Forrest’s lighting establishes mood and carries a share of the storytelling. Eason’s play is a taut, contemporary look at relationships. By creating a decade’s age difference between the characters, the playwright explores the changing nature of public and private. Olivia lives her personal life face-toface and without online updates to the world at large. For Ethan, real life isn’t that real until it’s shared and attracting comments. To the end, these characters remain hard to know because we see them as they present themselves, not necessarily as who they are. Does Olivia want love or a career boost? Is Ethan capable of deep feeling or nothing but misogyny? The woman who finally blooms under the right man’s attention is a standard romantic trope. Eason’s story follows that track but adds a modern twist by questioning romance as an end in itself. Does Prince Charming charm because he’s very, very good at feeding his insatiable appetite? And is sex, however good, the only thing a princess has to trade for success? This romance challenges the kneejerk expectation of a happily-ever-after. But the humor and lively performances are so engaging that it’s hard not to feel a strong rooting interest for these very modern, very funny lovers. m Contact:

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What Can Vermonters Do About Nuisance Drones?


Army Blackhawk helicopter providing security for a United Nations General Assembly meeting collided with a DGI Phantom drone off the coast of Staten Island. No one was hurt, but the threepound drone caused significant damage to the helicopter. Air traffic controllers at Burlington International Airport report no such

search-and-rescue operations and to surveil fires, floods, chemical spills and other disasters. Vermont also outlawed hunting with drones and outfitting them with projectiles or weapons. And nearly all New England ski areas have banned their use without written consent, as has the University of Vermont.

collisions locally. That said, on May 27, 2017, a northbound Cessna C-150 headed to BTV had to climb 100 feet to avoid a quadcopter in its flight path, according to an FAA incident report. And, in the summer of 2016, a Burlington pilot flying a floatplane over the Winooski River reported coming “uncomfortably close” to a UAV near Colchester. Federal law prohibits drones from flying over or near airports, military facilities, stadiums, crowds or public events. In the last three years, Vermont enacted its own laws further restricting their use. In 2016, police were banned from using drones to investigate, detect or prosecute crimes, though emergency responders can still use them for

But flying drones over private property is still legal. Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne is director of UVM’s Spatial Analysis Laboratory and runs its UAV program. The lab, which owns numerous drones worth more than $100,000, flies them for a variety of missions. For example, UVM drones are routinely used to create 3D maps of Burlington Electric Department’s woodpiles to estimate biomass fuel reserves for the McNeil Generating Station. They’re also used to document and measure riverbank erosion and to survey, map and inspect roads and bridges for the Vermont Agency of Transportation and other states’ transportation departments. On the day we

spoke, O’Neil-Dunne had FAA-licensed drone pilots at the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge in Swanton, helping wildlife biologists locate muskrat lodges. O’Neil-Dunne said that people sometimes express concerns about drones invading their privacy, but they never think about the dozen or more satellites that routinely shoot images of their houses. “I live in the New North End,” he added. “Delta and United have never called me up and said, ‘Jarlath, is it OK if we land at Burlington airport [by] flying over your property?’” Still, O’Neil-Dunne understands why UAVs sometimes get a bad rap. He’s seen flagrant examples of nuisance and dangerous drone activity, typically by recreational users. Notably, during last year’s Fourth of July fireworks show on the Burlington waterfront, O’Neil-Dunne spotted a DGI Phantom — the same type of drone that collided with the Army helicopter — several hundred feet above the crowd. Not only was the drone in restricted airspace, it was hovering over a crowd and flying after dark, all of which was illegal. Had the copter suffered a battery failure or propeller malfunction, he noted, it could have injured or killed someone. O’Neil-Dunne said that whenever UVM’s drone pilots are flying, they post signs, wear safety vests and even knock on doors to inform residents that drones are overhead. He said it also helps that they’re associated with UVM and have both women and men on their team. “So it’s not just a bunch of creepy old guys with a drone hovering in someone’s backyard,” he said. And what if someone encounters a drone buzzing around their windows like a hummingbird? Though O’NeilDunne emphasized that he’s not an attorney, he said that such activities are as illegal as someone sitting in a tree shooting photos with a telephoto lens. Your best bet is to snap a photo of the drone, shut the blinds and call the police. m Contact:

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ecently, a Seven Days staffer complained that someone in her Winooski neighborhood had repeatedly hovered, and occasionally landed, a drone in her backyard. Aside from objecting to the noise the quadcopter produced, she was understandably creeped out by a stranger’s drone invading her space — and potentially her privacy, especially if it was shooting video. Lest anyone is somehow unaware, a drone, aka an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) or unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), is a motorized flying machine with no pilot aboard. Typically, drones are operated via remote control, though some can be programmed to fly predetermined routes, perform various tasks and then land autonomously. Drones range in size from hobbyists’ toys, which are roughly as large as a dinner plate and can weigh less than a pound, to military drones such as the RQ-4 Global Hawk, a surveillance UAV that has a 131-foot wingspan and weighs 15,000 pounds. Drones aren’t a new phenomenon. Humans have been flying unpiloted objects — hot-air balloons, sky lanterns, model airplanes — for nearly as long as they’ve been tossing objects into the air. But the last decade has seen an explosion in the availability and affordability of consumer-grade UAVs. A Pew Research Center survey published in December found that 8 percent of Americans now own drones and 59 percent have seen one in action. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, more than 1 million drones are registered in the United States, nearly 900,000 of which are used recreationally. Though the FAA registry lists just 687 in Vermont, the actual number is probably higher. That’s because it wasn’t until December 2017 that the federal government reinstated an older rule, which had been suspended while challenged in court, requiring any drone or model aircraft weighing less than 55 pounds to be registered with the FAA and to display a unique ID number. With the rapid proliferation of UAVs, the FAA stepped up its regulations about when and where they can fly, in part to avoid conflicts with piloted aircraft. Last September, an


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Sustainably farmed caviar? A Richmond businesswoman aims to make it happen B Y SUZ A NNE M. PO DHAIZE R






itting at a table at Hotel Vermont in Burlington, clad in a black blazer over a white T-shirt, Iveta Sarova Parker scoops up a few pearls of glistening gray caviar with a mother-of-pearl spoon. The roe, she says, are from a freshwater variety of sturgeon called the sterlet. Although less known than beluga, osetra and sevruga caviar — three varieties traditionally harvested from wild fish caught in the Caspian or Black seas — it is highly prized. Parker takes a nibble, washed down with a sip of pinot gris. The 37-year-old is the owner of Mottra America Caviar, a sister company of Latvian Mottra Caviar, which produces caviar and meat from sustainably farmed sturgeon. Her headquarters is at 226 Bridge Street in Richmond, Vt. How did a company that sells fish eggs from northern Europe land in a Chittenden County town of 4,000 people? Romance. In 2013, while visiting Florida, Iveta met Josh Parker, a vice president and senior financial adviser at Merrill Lynch. Dining at a loud restaurant, she asked where he was from and heard him say, “England.” “That’s not so far [from where I live in Latvia],” she recalls thinking. It wasn’t until after they had fallen in love, Parker relates with a chuckle, that she realized he had said “New England.” In two years of frequent travel between Josh’s home in Williston and hers, Parker also fell in love with Vermont, which, she says, has a lot in common with her country of origin. Many Latvians, she points out, are committed to sustainable farming practices, and visitors head there from all over Europe for autumn “leaf seeing” — though there are no vivid maple trees. Parker was also thrilled to discover that sturgeon live in Lake Champlain, and that you can see them in a tank at the ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain. In 2015, the Parkers wed, and Iveta moved to Vermont full time in 2016,



bringing her business with her. Her first Vermont retail account was Dedalus Wine Shop, Market & Wine Bar on Pine Street in Burlington, and she’s working on getting local restaurants on board. Parker recently returned from serving her products at a San Francisco wine festival called La Paulée; in November, she’ll do the same at New York City’s La Fête du Champagne. LISTEN IN ON LOCAL FOODIES...

Mottra offers caviar from three types of sturgeon: Siberian, Russian and sterlet. The eggs from each kind of fish are available in various grades and jar sizes, but all are delicately saline and complex in flavor, with the savory, meaty, umami quality that is missing from less-prized versions. Dedalus’ artisan food manager, Rory Stamp, says he’s enamored of Parker’s


products. “In a world characterized by nefarious sourcing practices, hazy labeling and dubious quality, Mottra Caviar cuts through the bullshit,” he says. “From breeding to packaging, Mottra operates with total transparency and a commitment to sustainability. The result of these practices is some of the best osetra caviar I have encountered: clean, precise, delicate, yet complex. Certainly worthy of an excellent bottle of Champagne.” Dedalus currently offers three Mottra products in its meat case alongside cured hams, salami and jars of chicken-liver mousse. The roe it sells is $60 for twothirds of an ounce, or $80 per ounce. GO WITH THE ROE

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stabilize summertime income when the students are out of town, Vaughn also plans to sell retail beans at the BURLINGTON FARMERS MARKET. “That’s long term,” he said. “But if we raise enough money, we’ll do that from the beginning.” Vaughn is cofounding the business with his wife, CHRISTINE, a special educator — along with a team of educators, doctors and consultants who specialize in working with disabled communities. TAYLOR BOLIN, of Texasbased Ausome Adaptive, is the project lead. The Vaughns are providing the café’s Perky Planet’s Taylor Bolin startup capital. In in a Global Down Syndrome addition, Vaughn, Foundation T-shirt a Burlington-based former foodservice analyst he said, does more than and consultant for national improve their quality of life. It could help solve employchains such as Starbucks, Wendy’s and Tim Hortons, ment issues in the food and has launched an Indiegogo beverage industry, which has campaign to fund $20,000 in faced a dearth of entry-level specialty equipment, such as workers in recent years. automatic bean grinders and If things go well in Burlington, Vaughn hopes espresso machines, designed his business model — which to facilitate his workers’ induction into coffee culture. he’s building to be replicable “You can buy a machine and open-source — could be that’ll produce a fantastic applied in other cities. “If you have a profitable busilatte automatically, consistently, every time,” he said. ness model, you can really “There are ways to produce spark a systemic change a great cup using technology, in the business,” he said. and we intend to do that.” “That’s why I’m calling this a ‘social revolution.’” Vaughn said he became interested in working with Hannah Palmer Egan



Burlington has no shortage of coffee shops. But when PERKY PLANET opens on the first floor of a new Champlain College residential building at 170 St. Paul Street in Burlington this fall, it’ll be different from the rest, founder RICHARD “DICK” VAUGHN told Seven Days earlier this week. Like many others, the café will offer drip coffee, coldbrew and a full spectrum of espresso beverages, along with smoothies and fresh pastries from local bakeries. The difference? People with intellectual disabilities will staff it. Coffee will be roasted onsite and come from female growers around the world, sourced through companies such as Colombia’s AMACA Women Producers. To




its Vermont members to help pay for the cost of its expansion to the South End. The Burlington co-op, which has about 13,000 members, opened its second location, at 207 Flynn Avenue, last November. The cost of the project — from traffic studies and site remediation to construction — was about $20 million, according to ALLISON HOPE, the co-op’s director of community engagement. Before the store’s opening, the memberowned business launched a “targeted outreach” to certain members, seeking loans. More recently, the co-op has contacted “a wider swath of members” about its loan campaign, Hope said. The minimum loan a Vermont member can make to the co-op is $2,500, with no maximum amount, though certain regulations (and more paperwork) come into effect at $10,000 or more, Hope noted. “Our overall goal is $1.5 million,” she said, adding that about 80 members have lent money to the co-op so far. Loans can be made in six classes, options that come with different maturity dates and interest rates — from zero to 3.5 percent, according to Hope. For the loan campaign, City Market is partnering with Milk Money, a local business that pairs Vermont investors with Vermont businesses. The effort was initially designed to conclude at the end of March, but

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Go With the Roe « P.36 As Stamp suggests, the caviar industry has historically been a brutal one. Because roe is so highly prized, those who sold it would go to devastating lengths to acquire it. Endangered fish have been poached for their eggs, the meat left to rot. According to a 2016 story in National Geographic, which detailed the recent bust of an illegal caviar operation in Sacramento, chefs at California restaurants were purchasing black-market eggs

came to me like friends, with their noses up,” she recalls. “Like pets.” Taken with the dinosaur-like creatures and perturbed that they were sometimes used for their eggs while the meat went to waste, Parker began to get more involved in the industry. “I love caviar, but I wanted to flip [the focus],” she says. “First you should respect the amazing fish, and then the caviar should come.” At a 2010 conference, she met the owner of Mottra, which is based in Katlakalns, a neighborhood of Latvia’s

environment, the fish don’t need antibiotics. Mottra is known for another practice: milking, which makes it possible for sturgeon to survive a roe harvest. The fish, which can have a lifespan of 100 years, are otherwise killed when their roe is removed. Milking involves making a small incision in a fish’s side and massaging out its eggs. The fish are then placed in a special pool to heal. To milk roe without crushing them in the process, one






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for $150 per pound so they wouldn’t have to pay the more typical cost of $70 to $400 an ounce. In 2015, Business Insider reported on an incident in Russia: Police stopped a speeding hearse only to find that the coffins were loaded with $160,000 worth of caviar. For Parker, the fish themselves, not just the glamour, are part of the appeal of the caviar industry. She developed an interest in aquaculture while working for a Latvian feed company called Proventus Farms Pluss, which hired her in 2001 when she was a 21-year-old studying at the University of Latvia. The company brought her on full time when she graduated. Visiting government-run hatcheries, which help restock fish to boost wild populations, she noticed the sturgeon swimming in pools. “Those sturgeons


capital city, Riga, and raises sturgeon indoors instead of harvesting them from the wild. In 2011, Parker left Proventus to start her own caviar company, Osetra, which assisted Mottra with marketing, development and sales. Two years later, the companies merged and she became a Mottra shareholder. At Mottra’s state-of-the-art farm, Parker says, sturgeon swim in artesian well water drawn from nearly 500 feet underground and purified with ultraviolet light. Feed is made without GMOs and, because of the tightly controlled

must harvest eggs that are a little more mature than those of traditional caviar. As a result, milked caviar is on the firmer side and pops in the mouth instead of melting. Thus, some gourmets view it unfavorably. Mottra offers traditional caviar alongside the milked variation and turns the meat from the processed sturgeon into a traditional product called balyk, which is seasoned, cured and cold-smoked. Mottra’s balyk, Parker notes, is not yet available in the United States. However, now that she has established

herself in Vermont, Parker says, she hopes to grow the American market and expand the business. Her end game: a local sturgeon farm founded on the same environmental and ethical principles as the one in Latvia. The price tag to establish such a farm is $4 million to $5 million. Parker has already noticed that consumers’ ears perk up when she talks to them about being based in Vermont. “I love the message. When I say that I sell caviar from Vermont, people think, Here’s a quality product,” she says. Making caviar and smoked sturgeon in the Green Mountains, Parker suggests, would bring a surprising new element to her brand. She hopes to partner with vegetable farms that might benefit from the vitamin-enriched water in which the fish swim. Vermont as a caviar producer? While sturgeon and its roe aren’t currently common here, they used to be. The Lake Champlain International website notes that when European settlers first arrived in the United States, sturgeon were so plentiful in the waters off Burlington that locals considered them a “trash fish.” Farther south, according to an oftrepeated legend, one could stroll across the James River in Virginia on the backs of the spiny fish. The colonists took a while to take to sturgeon, but when they did, it was with a vengeance. They smoked the meat, used the oil for cooking and turned the sturgeon’s swim bladder into a product called isinglass, used as an adhesive and in paint. The skin of the fish was even tanned into leather. In the late 1800s, fishermen flocked to the East Coast in search of “black gold,” then shipped caviar to the cities to feed captains of industry. By 1900, the American sturgeon population was decimated. In Vermont and many other places, wild sturgeon are still considered endangered and designated illegal to catch. Creating a Vermont caviar industry based on sustainable farming, Parker suggests, would help highlight a species that used to be a part of New England cuisine and culture, bringing it back into the public eye. As she gets better acquainted with Vermont and Vermonters, Parker says, “I realize more and more that I’m in the most wonderful place, the right place.” m Contact:

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GREEN MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL: RAMEN FESTIVAL AND COOK-OFF COMPETITION Sunday, March 18, 3:15-6:30 p.m., Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier. $25; preregister. Info, 917-1225,

KILLINGTON IRISH FESTIVAL Visitors take in traditional Irish music and dance, as well as crafts, eats and beverages of the Emerald Isle. Friday, March 16, 3 p.m.-close, and Saturday, March 17, noon-close, O’Dwyer’s Public House at the Summit Lodge, Killington. Cost of food and drink. Info, 422-3535,

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The centerpiece of the room is a 600-pound bronze horse that dazzles from behind the bar. It is studded with jewels, medallions and other decorations that hold personal meaning for the family. The Rouilles met the artist, Nano Lopez, on a cruise to Antarctica several years ago and commissioned a piece with one request: that the horse be adorned with a deer head, which the artist placed at the sculpture’s tail end. On the cruise, at a stopover in the Falkland Islands, Lopez spent the day looking for branches from which to craft the antlers, Rouille said. The horse was in her South Burlington garage until she opened the Old Post and gave the beast a home. By the bar’s front door stands another animal sculpture: a bear and her cub in the hollow of a tree trunk, carved with a chain saw by Waterbury sculptor Charlie O’Brien. Adorning one wall is a blackand-white photo of Rouille and her

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Decree of Foreclosure entered July 12, 2017, in the above captioned action brought to foreclose that certain mortgage given by Jon M. Marcoux and Karen A. Marcoux to Centex Home Equity Company, LLC, dated August 12, 2005 and recorded in Book 726 Page 717 of the land records of the City of South Burlington, of which mortgage the Plaintiff is the present holder, by virtue of a corrective assignment of mortgage from Nationstar Mortgage LLC f/k/a Centex Home Equity Company, LLC to U.S. Bank National Association, as Trustee for Citigroup Mortgage Loan Trust, Inc. 2006-HE1, Asset-Backed PassThrough Certificates, Series 2006-HE1 dated November 15, 2011 and recorded in Book 1121 Page 21 of the land records of the City of South Burlington for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing the same will be sold at Public Auction at 299 Juniper, Unit 17A, South Burlington, Vermont on April 2, 2018 at 12:00 PM all and singular the premises described in said mortgage,

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To: Nichole Hough, mother of J.D. and J.N. and Jose DeJesus father of J.D., you are hereby MORTGAGEE’S NOTICE notified that a hearing to OF FORECLOSURE SALE consider the termination OF REAL PROPERTY of all your parental rights UNDER 12 V.S.A. sec 4952 to J.D. and J.N., will be et seq. held on March 29, 2018, at 8:30 AM at the Supeaccordance with the Using enclosedIn math operations rior Court ofthe Vermont, Judgment Order and



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EST IN THE LAND LECTIVELY REFERRED TO AND IMPROVEMENTS HEREIN AS THE “PROPCONSTITUTING THE ERTY”). THE POST OFFICE COMMON ELEMENTS ADDRESS OF THE UNIT OF THE CONDOMINIUM, IS 299 JUNIDPER DRIVE, LOCATED IN THE CITY OF SOUTH BURLINGTON, SOUTH BURLINGTON, VERMONT 05403. COUNTY CHITTENDEN THE LOCATION OF THE AND STATE OF VERMONT, UNIT, AND THE LAND DESCRIBED AS FOLCOMPRISING THE COMList your property here for 2 weeks for only $45! LOWS, VIZ: MON ELEMENTS OF THE Contact Ashley, 864-5684, BEING CONDOMINIUM CONDOMINIUM ARE UNIT NO. 17A (THE DEPICTED ON A PLAN “UNIT”) OF QUARRY ENTITLED: “CEDAR RIDGE ST. ALBANS BAY, VT. RIDGE TOWNHOMES TOWNHOMES, PATCHEN (THE “CONDOMINIUM”) ROAD, SOUTH BURLING10± acres. Unique environment/conservation property. Privacy + AS DESCRIBED AND TON, VERMONT, MASTER DEPICTED IN THE DECSITE PLAN,” PREPARED accessibility for residence. Property approved w/ designed septic LARATION OF CONDOBY TRUDELL CONSULTfor residence. Single-family or duplex if income is a desired goal MINIUM FOR QUARRY ING ENGINEERS, INC. from rental. Choose your lifestyle w/ conservation & environmental RIDGE TOWNHOMES, DATED MAY 9, 1996, projects. State of Vermont & federal grants & programs avail. for AND ALL EXHIBITS AND RECORDED AT MAP crafted interests: managed firewood production; wildlife habitat THERERTO, DATED VOLUME 386 AT PAGE 45 development; local gardening: food and herb cultivation; abundant JUNE 30, 1999 AND OF THE CITY OF SOUTH RECORDED ON JUNE BURLINGTON LAND spring water; wetland management designs. Recreation in the 30, 1999 IN VOLUME RECORDS, AND REVISED neighborhood. Close to hidden jewel St. Albans Bay Town Park, walk457 AT PAGES 196-234 PLAN ENTITLED: “QUARing path, lake access, playground, ball fields, picnic areas, horseshoes, OF THE CITY OF SOUTH RY RIDGE TOWNHOMES, volleyball, sunsets. Close to newly developed St. Albans Bay Marina: BURLINGTON LAND PATCHEN ROAD, SOUTH 156 slips + all boating amenities. Sale by owner, 802-782-7250. RECORDS, AS AMENDED BURLINGTON, MASTER $120,000. BY FIRST AMENDMENT SITE PLAN,” PREPARED TO DECLARATION OF BY TRUDELL CONSULTCONDOMINIUM DATED ING ENGINEERS, INC., OCTOBER 21, 1999 AND DATED JUNE 23, 1999 THE SPECIFIC LOCATION Reference is hereby RECORDED IN VOLUME ATTACHED AS EXHIBIT STATE OF VERMONT OF THE UNIT WITHIN ITS 1made to the above 464 AT PAGES 583-589 “B” TO THE DECLARA-FSBO-MichaelSullivan030718.indd 3/5/18 11:16 AM FRANKLIN UNIT, CIVIL BUILDING, ITS VERTICAL instruments and to the OF THE CITY OF SOUTH TION AND RECORDED IN DIVISION BOUNDARIES AND THE records and references BURLINGTON LAND REMAP VOLUME 430 AT VERMONT SUPERIOR FLOOR PLANS OF THE contained therein in CORDS (THE “DECLARAPAGE 101 OF THE CITY COURT UNIT ARE DESCRIBED further aid of this deTION”), TOGETHER WITH OF SOUTH BURLINGTON DOCKET NO: 254-7-16 AND DEPICTED IN EXscription. THE UNIT’S ALLOCATED LAND RECORDS, AND FRCV HIBIT “C” OF THE DECLAINTEREST IN THE COMAS FURTHER REVISED WELLS FARGO BANK, RATION, WHICH FLOOR Terms of sale: Said MON ELEMENTS OF THE BY REVISION DATED N.A. PLANS ARE RECORDED premises will be sold CONDOMINIUM AS DEOCTOBER 20, 1999 AND v. IN MAP VOLUME 450 AT and conveyed subject to PICTED AND DESCRIBED RECORDED IN MAP WILLIAM SAVARIA all liens, encumbrances, IN EXHIBIT “D” OF SAID VOLUME 450 AT PAGE 37 PAGE 34-36 OF THE CITY III AND KRISTIN M. OF SOUTH BURLINGTON unpaid taxes, tax titles, DECLARATION (THE UNIT OF THE CITY OF SOUTH SAVARIA LAND RECORDS (THE municipal liens and asAND ITS ALLOCATED BURLINGTON LAND REOCCUPANTS OF: 279 “FLOOR PLANS”). sessments, if any, which INTEREST ARE COLCORDS (THE “PLAN”). Complete the following puzzle by using the Swamp Road, Fairfax VT take precedence over numbers 1-9 only once in each row, column the said mortgage above MORTGAGEE’S NOTICE described. and 3 x 3 box. OF FORECLOSURE SALE OF REAL PROPERTY TEN THOUSAND UNDER 12 V.S.A. sec 4952 ($10,000.00) Dollars of et seq. the purchase price must be paid by a certified In accordance with the check, bank treasurer’s Judgment Order and or cashier’s check at the Decree of Foreclosure time and place of the entered May 30, 2017, in sale by the purchaser. the above captioned acThe balance of the purtion brought to foreclose chase price shall be paid by a certified check, bank that certain mortgage given by William Savaria treasurer’s or cashier’s III and Kristin M. Savaria check within sixty (60) to Mortgage Electronic days after the date of Registration Systems, sale. Inc., as nominee for Ark-La-Tex Financial The mortgagor is Services, LLC dba Benchentitled to redeem the mark Mortgage, dated premises at any time February 21, 2014 and reprior to the sale by paycorded in Book 234 Page ing the full amount due 123 of the land records under the mortgage, of the Town of Fairfax, including the costs and of which mortgage the expenses of the sale. Plaintiff is the present Other terms to be anholder, by virtue of an nounced at the sale. Assignment of Mortgage DATED: February 15, 2018 from Mortgage ElecNo. 523 Difficulty - Medium tronic Registration SysBy: /S/Rachel K. Ljungtems, Inc., as nominee gren, Esq. BY JOSH REYNOLDS Rachel K. Ljunggren, Esq. for Ark-La-Tex Financial Bendett and McHugh, PC Services, LLC dba DIFFICULTY THIS WEEK: ★★ Benchmark Mortgage 270 Farmington Ave., to Wells Fargo Bank, NA Ste. 151 Place a number in the empty boxes in such a way that each dated April 3, 2015 and Farmington, CT 06032 row across, each column down and each 9-box square contains recorded in Book 240 all of the numbers one to nine. The same numbers cannot be Page 371 of the land records of the Town of repeated in a row or column. Fairfax for breach of the conditions of said mortANSWERS ON P. C-6 gage and for the purpose ★ = MODERATE ★★ = CHALLENGING ★★★ = HOO, BOY! of foreclosing the same














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SEVENDAYSVT.COM/CLASSIFIEDS will be sold at Public Auction at 279 Swamp Road, Fairfax, Vermont on April 3, 2018 at 3:00 PM all and singular the premises described in said mortgage, To wit: Being all and the same land and premises conveyed to Patricia A. McGovern by Warranty Deed of Deborah G. Allinger (f/k/a Deborah Porter), dated July 12, 1995 and recorded in Volume 93, Page 434 of the Town of Fairfax Land Records. A parcel of land, consisting of 36,770 square feet of land, more or less, together with the buildings thereon, situated on the easterly side of Town Highway #28, commonly referred to as the “Swamp Road, approximately 1.2 miles northerly of the intersection of Town Highway #28 with State Aid Highway #2, and commonly known as 279 Swamp Road. Said land and premises are more particularly described by metes and bounds as follows: commencing at the southwesterly corner of a parcel of land containing 18 acres, more or less, and having been

conveyed to Arthur W. and Margaret C. Webb by warranty deed of Leno A. Wetherbee of record in Book 37, Page 232 of the Town of Fairfax Land Records, said corner being marked by a surveyor’s metal tee located at the intersection of the Town Highway right-of-way (1.5 rods easterly of and normal to the center line of the travelled way) and the boundary fence between the property now or formerly owned by the said Webbs and property now or formerly owned by Jean Guy Rainville; thence bearing N 9°33’ E for a distance of 150.63 feet along the easterly right-of-way boundary of Town Highway #28 to the northwesterly corner of the parcel herein conveyed, said corner being marked by a surveyor’s metal tee stake; thence bearing S 73° 33’ E for a distance of 190.81 feet across lands now or formerly owned by the said Webbs to a northerly internal corner of the parcel herein conveyed, said corner being marked by a surveyor’s metal tee stake; thence bearing N 78° 50’ E for a distance of 91.93 feet across lands now or formerly owned by the said Webbs to the northeasterly corner of the parcel

herein conveyed, said corner being marked by a surveyor’s metal tee stake; thence bearing S 18° 45’ E for a distance of 126.21 feet across lands now or formerly owned by the said Webbs and being also the interface between open meadow to the interior of these metes and bounds and wooded land to the exterior, arriving at the southeasterly corner of the parcel herein conveyed, said corner lying at the northerly boundary of the aforementioned Rainville property and being marked by a surveyor’s metal tee stake; thence bearing N 88°47’ W for a distance of 338.80 feet along the northerly boundary of the said. Rainville property, said boundary being marked by an existing stone wall and wire fence, to the point or place of beginning. The premises conveyed herein are subject to a right-of-way over and across a strip of land 150.63 feet in length and 1.5 rods in width between the center line and the easterly right-of-way line of Town Highway #28 along the westerly side of said premises.


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Reference is made to a Map entitled “Ronald Morrissette, Map of Property Survey” dated April 14, 1970, and prepared by Buck and Pierce, Civil Engineers and designated Project 70-4-18-11 and recorded in the Town of Fairfax Land Records in Map Slide 12813.

virtue of his relationship as husband of the said Deborah G. Ailinger. Parcel ID # SP0279.

including the costs and expenses of the sale. Other terms to be announced at the sale.

Reference is hereby made to the above instruments and to the records and references contained therein in further aid of this description.

Being all and the same land and premises conveyed to James R. Boudah and Deborah Porter, now Deborah G. Ailinger, by warranty deed of Michael E. Grant and Elizabeth A. Grant dated August 21, 1985 and recorded in Book 56, Pages 474-475 of the Fairfax Land Records; title vested in Deborah Porter by virtue of a quit-claim deed from James R. Boudah dated December 13, 1990 and recorded in Book 74, Pages 287-288 of the Town of Fairfax Land Records.

Terms of sale: Said premises will be sold and conveyed subject to all liens, encumbrances, unpaid taxes, tax titles, municipal liens and assessments, if any, which take precedence over the said mortgage above described.

DATED: February 12, 2018 By: /S/Rachel K. Ljunggren, Esq. Rachel K. Ljunggren, Esq. Bendett and McHugh, PC 270 Farmington Ave., Ste. 151 Farmington, CT 06032

Reference is hereby made to the aforementioned instruments and their records and to the references therein contained in further aid of this description. Mark R. Ailinger joins in this deed to convey any interest he may have by

TEN THOUSAND ($10,000.00) Dollars of the purchase price must be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check at the time and place of the sale by the purchaser. The balance of the purchase price shall be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check within sixty (60) days after the date of sale. The mortgagor is entitled to redeem the premises at any time prior to the sale by paying the full amount due under the mortgage,


tion brought to foreclose that certain mortgage given by James D. Shepherd and Martha W. Shepherd to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for IndyMac Bank, F.S.B., dated December 22, 2006 and recorded in Book 670 Page 171 of the land records of the Town of Stowe, of which mortgage the Plaintiff is the present holder, by virtue of the following Assignments of Mortgage: (1) Assignment of Mortgage from Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for IndyMac Bank, F.S.B. to Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC dated June 30, 2014 and recorded in Book 891 Page 23 and (2) Assignment of Mortgage from Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC to U.S Bank Trust, N.A., As Trustee For LSF9 Master Participation Trust dated April 27, 2016 and recorded in Book 959 Page 318, both of the land records of the Town of Stowe for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing the same will be sold at Public Auction at 117 Sterling Woods, Stowe, Vermont on March 27, 2018 at 2:30 PM all and singular the premises

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described in said mortgage, To wit: All that certain parcel of land being situated in the Town of Stowe, County of Lamoille, State of Vermont, being known and designated as a part of all and the same land and premises conveyed to Nelson S. Riley, III, by Sterling Valley, a Limited Partnership, by its Warranty Deed dated August 7, 1981, and of record in Book 103 at Pages 137138 of the Town of Stowe Land Records. Being Lot No. 8 as shown on a survey plan titled “Sterling Woods Community” by Paul C. Harrington dated September, 1983, as recorded in Map Book 4 at Pages 114-115 of the Town of Stowe Land Records. Excepting and reserving unto Grantor, his heirs, successors and assigns as a right appurtenant to Lot 12, at all points within a 100 foot radius of the pin marking the common corner of Lots 8 and 9 and which is in the sideline of Lot 12, the right to conduct all surface activities including, without limitation, the





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I have been appointed to administer this estate. All creditors having claims against the decedent or the estate

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DATED: February 12, 2018 By: /S/Rachel K. Ljunggren, Esq. Rachel K. Ljunggren, Esq. Bendett and McHugh, PC 270 Farmington Ave., Ste. 151 Farmington, CT 06032



TEN THOUSAND ($10,000.00) Dollars of the purchase price must be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check at the time and place of the sale by the purchaser. The balance of the purchase price shall be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check within sixty (60) days after the date of sale.

The mortgagor is entitled to redeem the premises at any time prior to the sale by paying the full amount due under the mortgage, including the costs and expenses of the sale. Other terms to be announced at the sale.


take precedence over the said mortgage above described.

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Name of publication Seven Days Publication Dates: 3/14/2018 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. 283-3-18 CNPR In re Estate of Richard A. Jacobson Late of Shelburne, Vermont NOTICE TO CREDITORS

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Terms of sale: Said premises will be sold and conveyed subject to all liens, encumbrances, unpaid taxes, tax titles, municipal liens and assessments, if any, which

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Reference is hereby made to the above instruments and to the records and references contained therein in further aid of this description.

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right to landscape, plant or remove vegetation and to alter the surface of the area excepted and reserved unto Grantor provided however, that the right to conduct surface activities excepted and reserved shall not include the right to erect any building or structure on any part of the land and premises excepted and reserved. As to all points more than 100 feet but less than 175 feet from the above-referenced pin, no cutting of live trees or fencing activities shall occur except with the mutual consent of Grantor and Grantee and their heirs, successors and assigns.



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To The Creditors Of: Richard A. Jacobson late of Shelburne, Vermont. I have been appointed to administer this estate. All creditors having claims against the decedent or the estate must present their claims in writing within four (4) months of the date of the first publication of this notice. The claim must be presented to us at the address listed below with a copy sent to the Court. The claim will be barred forever if it is not presented within the four (4) month period. Dated: March 12, 2018 Signed: Deborah J. Burton, Executor Address: c/o Little & Cicchetti, P.C. P.O. Box 907, Burlington, VT 05402-0907 Telephone: 802-8626511 Email: ben.luna@lclawvt. com Name of Publication: Seven Days Publication Date: 3/14/2018 Address of Court: Chittenden Unit Probate Court P.O. Box 511 Burlington, VT 054020511 STATE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT CHITTENDEN UNIT PROBATE DIVISION DOCKET NO. 302-3-18 CNPR In re Estate of Herbert L. Greenhaus Late of Shelburne, Vermont

NOTICE TO CREDITORS To The Creditors Of: Herbert L. Greenhaus late of Shelburne, Vermont. I have been appointed to administer this estate. All creditors having claims against the decedent or the estate must present their claims in writing within four (4) months of the date of the first publication of this notice. The claim must be presented to us at the address listed below with a copy sent to the Court. The claim will be barred forever if it is not presented within the four (4) month period. Dated: March 12, 2018 Signed: Douglas I. Greenhaus, Executor Address: c/o Little & Cicchetti, P.C. P.O. Box 907, Burlington, VT 05402-0907 Telephone: 802-8626511 Email: ben.luna@lclawvt. com Name of Publication: Seven Days Publication Date: 3/14/2018 Address of Court: Chittenden Unit Probate Court P.O. Box 511 Burlington, VT 054020511 THE CONTENTS OF STORAGE UNIT 0200142 LOCATED AT 28 ADAMS DR. OR 48 INDUSTRIAL DR., OR WINTER SPORT LANE WILL BE SOLD ON OR ABOUT MARCH 29TH, 2018 TO SATISFY THE DEBT OF WILLIAM AUSTIN. Any person claiming a right to the goods may pay the amount claimed due and reasonable expenses before the sale, in which case the sale may not occur. VERMONT NATURAL RESOURCES BOARD NOTICE OF ACT 250 JURISDICTIONAL OPINION On March 9, 2018, the District #4 Coordinator issued Act 250 Jurisdictional Opinion #4-264 pursuant to 10 V.S.A. 6007(c) and Act 250 Rule 3(C), in response to a request made in a letter dated February 16, 2018 from Shawn Cunningham, EI, O’Leary-Burke Civil Associates, PLC. The Jurisdictional Opinion states that, based on research subsequent to issuance of Land Use Permit #4C0287, the project therein does not

constitute development under Act 250 Rule 2 and does not require a Land Use Permit. Under 10 VSA §6007(c), Land Use Permit #4C0287 will be abandoned after requisite notice. Copies of this jurisdictional opinion have been served on all persons specified in 10 V.S.A. 6007(c) and Act 250 Rule 3(C). A copy of the jurisdictional opinion may be obtained by contacting the District Coordinator at the address/telephone number below. Reconsideration requests are governed by Act 250 Rule 3(C)(2) and should be directed to the District Coordinator at the address listed below. Any appeal of this decision must be filed with the Superior Court, Environmental Division (32 Cherry Street, 2nd Floor, Ste. 303, Burlington, VT 05401) within 30 days of the date the decision was issued, pursuant to 10 V.S.A. Chapter 220. The Notice of Appeal must comply with the Vermont Rules for Environmental Court Proceedings (VRECP). The appellant must file with the Notice of Appeal the entry fee required by 32 V.S.A. § 1431 and the 5% surcharge required by 32 V.S.A. § 1434a(a), which is $262.50. The appellant also must serve a copy of the Notice of Appeal on the Natural Resources Board, 10 Baldwin Street, Montpelier, VT 056333201, and on other parties in accordance with Rule 5(b)(4)(B) of the Vermont Rules for Environmental Court Proceedings. Dated at Essex Junction, Vermont this 9th day of March, 2018. Stephanie H. Monaghan, District Coordinator District #4 Commission 111 West Street Essex Junction, VT 05452 802-879-5662 stephanie.monaghan@

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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). 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 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. 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. HEARING VOICES SUPPORT GROUP This Hearing Voices Group seeks to find understanding of voice hearing experiences as real lived experiences which may happen to anyone at anytime.  We choose to share experiences, support, and empathy.  We validate anyone’s experience and stories about their experience as their own, as being an honest and accurate representation of their experience, and as being acceptable exactly as they are. Weekly on Tuesday, 2-3 p.m. Pathways Vermont Community Center, 279 North Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 802-777-8602, abby@ 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. HELLENBACH CANCER SUPPORT Call to verify meeting place. Info, 388-6107. People living with cancer & their caretakers convene for support.

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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. 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 LGBTQ SURVIVORS OF VIOLENCE SafeSpace offers peerled support groups for survivors of relationship, dating, emotional &/ or hate violence. These groups give survivors a safe & supportive environment to tell their stories, share information, & offer & receive support. Support groups also provide survivors an opportunity to gain information on how to better cope with feelings & experiences that surface because of the trauma they have experienced. Please call SafeSpace 863-0003 if you are interested in joining. 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


BABY BUMPS SUPPORT GROUP FOR MOTHERS AND PREGNANT WOMEN Pregnancy can be a wonderful time of your life. But, it can also be a time of stress that is often compounded by hormonal swings. If you are a pregnant woman, or have recently given birth and feel you need some help with managing emotional bumps in the road that can come with motherhood, please come to this free support group lead by an experienced pediatric Registered Nurse. Held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Birthing Center, Northwestern Medical Center, St. Albans. Info: Rhonda Desrochers, Franklin County Home Health Agency, 527-7531.

BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION OF VERMONT Montpelier daytime support group meets the 3rd Thu. of the mo. at the Unitarian Church ramp entrance, 1:302:30 p.m. St. Johnsbury support group meets the 3rd Wed. monthly at the Grace United Methodist Church, 36 Central St., 1:00-2:30 p.m.  Colchester  Evening support group meets the 1st Wed. monthly at the Fanny Allen Hospital in the Board Room Conference Room, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Brattleboro meets at Brooks Memorial Library on the 1st Thu. monthly from 1:15-3:15 p.m. and the 3rd Mon. monthly from 4:15-6:15 p.m. White River Jct. meets the 2nd Fri. monthly at Bugbee Sr. Ctr. from 3-4:30 p.m. Call our helpline at 877-856-1772.

CELEBRATE RECOVERY Overcome any hurt, habit or hangup in your life with this confidential 12-Step, Christ-centered recovery program. We offer multiple support groups for both men and women, such as chemical dependency, codependency, sexual addiction and pornography, food issues, and overcoming abuse. All 18+ are welcome; sorry, no childcare. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; we begin at 7 p.m. Essex Alliance Church, 37 Old Stage Rd., Essex Junction. Info:, 878-8213.

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ALL CANCER SURVIVORS Join the wellness classes at Survivorship NOW, created by cancer survivors for survivors of all cancers. Benefi ts from lively programs designed to engage and empower cancer survivors in our community. Email: info@ Call Chantal, 777-1126,

ARE YOU HAVING PROBLEMS W/ DEBT? Do you spend more than you earn? Get help at Debtor’s Anonymous plus Business Debtor’s Anonymous. Wed., 6:307:30 p.m., Methodist Church in the Rainbow Room at Buell & S. Winooski, Burlington. Contact Jennifer, 917-568-6390.

BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP IN ST. JOHNSBURY Monthly meetings will be held on the 3rd Wed. of every mo., 1-2:30 p.m., at the Grace United Methodist Church, 36 Central St., St. Johnsbury. The support group will offer valuable resources & info about brain injury. It will be a place to share experiences in a safe, secure & confidential environment. Info, Tom Younkman,, 800-639-1522.

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ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Daily meetings in various locations. Free. Info, 864-1212. Want to overcome a drinking problem? Take the first step of 12 & join a group in your area.

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION TELEPHONE SUPPORT GROUP 1st Monday monthly, 3-4:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required (to receive dial-in codes for toll-free call). Please dial the Alzheimer’s Association’s 24/7 Helpline 800-272-3900 for more information.

BEREAVEMENT/GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP Meets every other Mon. night, 6-7:30 p.m., & every other Wed., 10-11:30 a.m., in the Conference Center at Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice in Berlin. The group is open to anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one. There is no fee. Info, Ginny Fry or Jean Semprebon, 223-1878.

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AL-ANON For families & friends of alcoholics. For meeting info, go to or call 866-972-5266.

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION SUPPORT GROUP This caregivers support group meets on the 3rd Wed. of every mo. from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Alzheimer’s Association Main Office, 300 Cornerstone Dr., Suite 128, Williston. Support groups meet to provide assistance and information on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. They emphasize shared experiences, emotional support, and coping techniques in care for a person living with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia. Meetings are free and open to the public. Families, caregivers, and friends may attend. Please call in advance to confirm date and time. For questions or additional support group listings, call 800-272-3900.


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LEGAL ASSISTANT Small law firm focusing on medical malpractice, personal injury, and federal criminal work is looking for a bright, hardworking legal assistant/paralegal who is computer savvy and personable. Beautiful office on the waterfront, one month paid vacation, competitive salary based on experience, new graduates welcome. Full/part time. Please send resumes to: 1/15/182h-ThomasSherrer030718.indd 1:48 PM 1



Saint Michael’s College seeks applications for an Assistant Director for Annual Giving. This position offers an incredible opportunity to join a dynamic, innovative team of professionals at an exciting time for the College. The successful candidate will be responsible for: managing the student calling program, overseeing a successful 2:49 PM student philanthropy program, and doing outreach and engagement to alumni and parents. They will recruit, train, motivate and lead a group of student employees. Benefits include health, dental, vision, life, disability, 401(k), generous paid time off, employee and dependent tuition benefits, and discounted gym membership.

Gleaning Coordinator

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The Healthy Roots Gleaning Coordinator works with Healthy Roots staff to facilitate on-farm gleans and distribution of gleaned produce throughout Franklin and Grand Isle counties. This part-time, limited service, seasonal position (May to October) will be housed at Northwest Regional Planning Commission on Fairfield Street in St. Albans. The Gleaning Coordinator will spend 80% of their time in the field and delivering product to charitable food sites. They will spend 20% of their time data tracking, coordinating timing with farmers and charitable food sites, and team meetings. The Gleaning Coordinator must be comfortable leading groups on farms. Willingness to work in inclement weather and ability to lift 50lbs on regular basis are required. Prior on farm experience is preferred. Email resumes to, or visit

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For further information on this position, please contact Celia Rainville by email ( or phone (802-656-4003). Applicants must apply by submitting a cover letter, resume and three references. Application review will begin immediately.


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Building a community where everyone participates and everyone belongs.

ADA Coordinator

Direct Support Professional Join a team of direct support professionals who work with a considerate, resourceful wheelchair-using man with a budding talent for photography and political activism. You will support him in his home and a variety of community activities based on his interests. Multiple 24-hour shifts available. Compensation is $200/day including asleep overnight hours. Candidates must be able to lift fifty pounds, operate a hoyer lift, and be comfortable providing personal care. Driver’s license and background checks are required. Experience is helpful but willing to train the right candidate. To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and three professional references to

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Assist the Title IX Coordinator/Compliance Officer in coordinating Middlebury’s efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Act, and other related laws and regulations regarding students with disabilities in all Middlebury programs, as applicable. The ADA Coordinator develops, oversees and administers Middlebury’s policies regarding disability services and accommodations for students in accordance with applicable law, which includes processing student requests for accommodations, facilitating reviews by the appropriate certifying committee or individual(s), developing services and accommodation plans for students with disabilities, and managing the Student Accessibility Service Office. BA required; masters and/or substantial experience in a related field preferred. 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.


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It is what we do at Twincraft Skincare every day. We are the industry’s premier manufacturer of top-quality skin care for the world’s leading personal-care brands. We produce visually unique products with superior formulations. We are seeking innovative, forward-thinking individuals to join our team of dedicated professionals. Do you want to work at a company where your input is truly valued?

Role: Kitchen Director - Waterworks restaurant is creating a new type of position in the Greater Burlington Restaurant market. We seek to leverage the strengths of an Executive Chef or experienced Sous Chef who is looking to grow and no longer wants the restaurant grind of 70 hours a week and weekends. Think all the fun and excitement without the crazy shifts!

Looking for a Sweet Job? Our new, mobile-friendly job board is buzzing with excitement. Job seekers can: • Browse hundreds of current, local positions from Vermont companies. • Search for jobs by keyword, location, category and job type. • Set up job alerts. • Apply for jobs directly through the site.

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Full & part time positions available with flexible hours. Seeking PREP, FLATBREAD, LINE COOKS AND DISHWASHERS.

Responsibilities Include: • Oversee and manage all aspects of the kitchen • Hiring, Training & Team building • Systems development & implementation • Ef • Inventory control and food costing • Menu Design and implementation

Expected Hours: M-F 9am-5pm

• Experience cooking in high volume restaurant • Management & Scheduling Experience • Inventory & Food Cost control experience

To apply please submit your resume with 1-2 references. Waterworks Food + Drink | 20 Winooski Falls Way | Winooski, VT 05404

We have an upbeat, fun approach with a focus on the guest experience and genuine hospitality. We emphasize a team environment and offer competitive pay, bonus structure, and benefits in a professional environment with room to grow. More information upon inquiry. Please email resume and availability options to or applications are available in person or at Attn: Human Resources 20 Winooski Falls Way #201 Winooski, VT 05401

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Client Services Team/Account Managers Do you enjoy building, managing, and creating relationships with customers? Are you resourceful, proactive, and able to persevere through challenges? Do curiosity and the courage to generate creative solutions inspire you? If so, we want to talk to you! Our Client Services Team is looking for dynamic and spirited individuals to join our rapidly growing business with two locations in Chittenden County. The ideal candidates will have a college degree or one to three years’ related experience. You must possess strong project management skills and the willingness to go the extra mile. It’s essential you have a team oriented mindset and enjoy working collaboratively with internal teams. This position requires flexibility throughout the work day. Please submit resume and cover letter to 9t-Twincraft031418.indd 1

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We’re all about mission at Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC). Help us fulfill our mission of providing all Vermont students with information and financial resources to reach their educational goals. You’ll work in a relaxed yet challenging environment.

Truck Driver/Laborer

This full-time position requires truck driving, snow plowing, operating a loader and other equipment, and daily physical labor. Candidate must have a CDL or the ability to obtain a CDL within 6 months, and must be located within one hour from time called to work. Drug & alcohol testing and background check will be required. See full job description at Excellent pay and benefits. The Town of Shelburne is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Submit resume or application to: Susan Cannizzaro, Town of Shelburne, P. O. Box 88, Shelburne, VT 05482 or

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DENTAL HYGIENIST Full time opening for dental hygienist in an exciting community family group practice located in Winooski. Applicant must be able to adapt to a variety of situations, multitask, and have excellent clinical skills and a positive work ethic. Contact Susan at 655-8826 or email adminmanager@


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Bristol, Vermont The Town of Bristol is seeking a Chief of Police to lead a 3-person Police Department. Bristol (pop. 3,894) is a steadily growing, vibrant community located in the Champlain Valley in Addison County, Vermont.

A detailed job description is available at Salary: $55,000 to $65,000 commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package. The hiring process will include initial screening with a 5-member hiring committee and one or more public interviews with the Selectboard. To apply, please e-mail a confidential cover letter, resume, and three references to with Bristol Police Chief Search in the subject line or send to:

Application Deadline March 22, 2018 Arcana Gardens and Greenhouses, a certified organic, highly diversified nursery and farm in Jericho, VT, is seeking a focused, detail oriented plant person to help operate our perennial nursery. This permanent position will be part of a team of two people who maintain the perennial nursery’s day to day operations, including plant care, nursery retail work, and maintaining a database. For the full job description and more details, email Eva at

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Operations and Help Desk Supervisor We’re looking for an experienced person to join our Information Technology Team. You will oversee IBM iSeries operations and desktop/laptop help desk activities, direct a team, ensure costeffective operations, and help forecast equipment and software needs for VSAC. Our ideal candidate will be a strong team leader who is proficient in a variety of technical applications, tools, and operating systems (mostly windows), has great interpersonal and communication skills and wants to continue to learn and grow both themselves and those around them. If you have about five years of experience in a service oriented leadership position in a technical area, can help lead our back office operations and our front line help desk team as we all work together to serve Vermonters, we want to hear from you. (Experience with IBM iSeries administration, project management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or related discipline would be preferred, but don’t let that hold you back if you’re the right person to join our team.) VSAC offers a dynamic, professional environment with competitive compensation and generous benefits package. Apply online only at VERMONT STUDENT ASSISTANCE CORPORATION PO Box 2000, Winooski, VT 05404 EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled

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A Master’s degree in counseling, education or related field is preferred along with experience working with youth in educational settings. The ideal candidate will have experience working with youth; have an understanding of the socioeconomic and academic needs of firstgeneration, modest-income students and families; have excellent communication and organizational skills; have an ability to work independently; and possess a working knowledge of adolescent development, career development, post-secondary options and financial aid. The successful candidate will create a curriculum plan that includes the full spectrum of career and college planning services and will have skill working with students in groups and one-on-one. Presentation skills are essential, as is establishing a good rapport with middle and high school students, area schools, agencies and college 12:45 PM personnel. Familiarity with school systems is preferred. Must have a valid driver’s license verified by a Motor Vehicle Record Report, a willingness to travel up to 1,200 miles a month, a properly inspected, registered, and insured motor vehicle for business use and must provide own workspace when working away from VSAC offices. Candidate must also successfully complete a criminal background check. This is a grant funded position that is contingent upon continued grant funds.

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The Police Chief is the face of the Bristol Police Department and is expected to direct and manage all operations of the Department to ensure the protection of life and property and the prevention and suppression of crime. This salaried, exempt position is considered a “working” Chief, taking an active part in the law enforcement duties and patrols, working closely with residents, businesses, schools, emergency services/emergency management, and other local, county, and state law enforcement agencies. The Department is in the process of negotiating a 3-year Agreement between the Town and New England Police Benevolent Association Local 421.

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Talent Search Outreach Counselor VSAC is seeking a VSAC Talent Search Outreach Counselor to provide career and college readiness services at middle and high schools in the Chittenden County area. This full-time position will have a start date in late August to correspond with the start of the next academic year.

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GLOBAL PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Looking for a Super Turtle who can work effectively with vendors around the world on costing, quality, and product specifications; process, track and expedite purchase orders; work with our Logistics Turtle to coordinate overseas shipments; accurately process bills of material in our inventory management system; and stay current on US import requirements. This is just for starters! You will work collaboratively with our design team on sample tracking, our accounting team to process deposits and payments to our numerous overseas vendors, and customer service on key account activity. You must multi task, communicate clearly and effectively, process mountains of work accurately and think creatively to identify and solve inefficiencies. Experience with business computing software a huge plus. Speed and competency with Excel a requirement. Apply with cover letter and resume via email to No phone calls, please. 146 Industrial Park Drive, Morrisville, VT 05661 | (802) 888-6400 5h-TurtleFur030718.indd 1

MANAGER AND ASSISTANT MANAGER JOBS • Chittenden County • Franklin County • Washington County Competive Pay, Health Benefits,Vacation and Match 401K To Apply Email or call 802-527-3275 ext 44.

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We’re seeking RNs & LPNs to join our team! The UVM Health Network - Central Vermont Medical Center is an equal-opportunity employer offering competitive compensation along with a wide array of benefits. A sign-on bonus of $8,000 is now available for full-time positions throughout CVMC (bonus is pro-rated for parttime). Openings are available in our hospital, at Woodridge Rehabilitation & Nursing, and in our medical group practices. Interested in learning more about the CVMC community? Apply online at or call our Recruitment Team at (802) 371-4191

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NOW HIRING! Happy Tails Pet Resort and Spa is an upscale full-service pet care facility. We are committed to providing a safe, clean and fun environment for our employees and the pets in our care. PET GROOMER: Experience and skills to successfully groom a variety of sizes/breeds of canines and felines. Must be able to work independently in a fast-paced setting. PET CAREGIVER: Seeking an energetic, conscientious 1:33 PM and motivated person to be responsible for the daily care of our guests (dogs and cats). Experience in an off-lease pet care facility a must!

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We are looking for a highly-motivated Implementations Project Manager with the right cultural fit to coordinate internal and client resources for the deployment of OpenTempo software to a new clinical practice, department or health system. The 3v-HappyTails031418.indd 1 3/9/18 Implementations Project Manager will develop and manage project plans and timelines, measure project performance, create and maintain comprehensive project documentation, and work closely with OpenTempo Management Consultants to develop communication plans, stakeholder analyses, minimize project risk, and ensure that projects are delivered on-time and within scope. The Implementations Project MAKE EXTRA MONEY Manager job is a full-time, exempt position.

SUPPORT ANALYST We are looking for a highly-motivated Support Analyst with the right cultural fit to work closely with our clients to provide real-time support and training for new and existing administrators, diagnose problems within our cloud-based workforce optimization platform for healthcare, and provide creative solutions. The Support Analyst will primarily handle client tickets and calls to the Client Services team, and will work closely with peers around the company, including consultants, technical specialist and development. The Support Analyst job is full-time, non-exempt position. Please visit for complete job descriptions. Please email your resume and why you would be a great fit to Our compensation package is very competitive, complete with 401k, medical, dental, and disability insurance. Get ready to be challenged, grow and have fun.

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GMCS is hiring staff for our event security team • Part Time and Full Time • Choose your own schedule • Great second job • Nights and weekends • No experience necessary, we will train you!

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VICE PRESIDENT FOR HUMAN RESOURCES Vermont CARES: Full time Case Manager (Serving primarily Chittenden County). Dynamic position working with HIV+ individuals to facilitate medical connections and housing; some prevention and harm reduction work incorporated. Knowledge of HIV/AIDS, community resources, and harm reduction model necessary. Reliable transportation needed. Full time position (37.5 hours/wk) based in Burlington with generous benefits (health, vision, PTO). Salary range: $28,000-30,000. All those looking for challenging role that directly impacts HIV/AIDS in Vermont, please apply. Email cover letter and resume by March 26th to: Jean Sienkewicz, Services Director, Vermont CARES at

Saint Michael’s College is seeking a Vice President for Human Resources to oversee all HR functions including organizational development, talent and engagement, employment and employee relations, labor relations, compensation and benefits as well as training and development. Provides leadership and direction to staff and faculty and acts as senior level advisor to the President and other members of the Cabinet. Ensures that the HR department is responsive to the changing demands of a diverse employee population. Requires an advanced degree and a minimum of 10 years of senior management experience. SCP or SPHR strongly preferred. Benefits include health, dental, vision, life, disability, 401(k), generous paid time off, employee and dependent tuition benefits, and discounted gym membership.

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Administrative Assistant Ivy Computer has been named the fastest growing technology company in the state by Vermont Business Magazine. We are in need of an Administrative Assistant to join our team. This is a full-time position supporting senior managers. If you are interested in joining our team, please send a cover letter and resume to For more information, visit

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Administrative Assistant

Minimum Qualifications: High School diploma and familiarity with retail sales and convenience store/café operations. Knowledge of computer operations and data entry. Deferred Maintenance Project Coordinators - Physical Plant Department - #S1487PO & #S1488PO - The Physical Plant Department of UVM is hiring two DM Project Coordinators to provide engineering and assistance in the design, analysis and development of documents, drawings, 12:52 PMprogramming, estimating and project management related to University initiatives and deferred maintenance. These positions will:

Seeking Administrative Assistant to work in fast paced environment. Must be able to multitask and provide complete accuracy in logging and recording information and dates. Duties include: Answering phones; Writing and distributing mail, memos, letters, and forms; Proofreading; Maintaining supplies; Acting as a point of contact for clients. 2 years office experience required.

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Seeking a position with a quality employer? Consider The University of Vermont, a stimulating and diverse workplace. We offer a comprehensive benefit package including tuition remission for on-going, full-time positions. These openings and others are updated daily. Services Support Clerk - UVM Bookstore - #S1485PO - The UVM Bookstore is hiring a Services Support Clerk to assist in the smooth operation of the Cat Pause Convenience Store, as well as in the main UVM Bookstore and Henderson’s Café, all located in UVM’s Davis Center. This 30 hour per week position requires stocking of merchandise, operating a cash register, maintaining displays, cleaning, making coffee and specialty drinks and providing exceptional customer service and product delivery in a very fast-paced environment. The successful candidate will also be an individual who actively engages in learning and practicing principles of social justice and inclusion, environmental sustainability and delivering outstanding customer service.

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LNAs Needed At UVM Health Network - Central Vermont Medical Center, we value the crucial role our LNAs play in caring for our patients and our community. That’s why we’ve increased the starting base pay to $14.61 per hour. Earn excellent pay for the exceptional care you deliver. FT, PT, and per diem positions available at Woodridge Rehabilitation and Nursing.


• Oversee a variety of facilities projects on campus and supervise contractors. • Coordinate engineering of projects, evaluate building and facility components/equipment, and recommend design changes. • Perform engineering studies on existing systems, identify deficiencies, and recommend system changes. • Identify technical problems and propose solutions in facility operations.





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Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and two to four years’ experience in project management and engineering-related disciplines required. The Department seeks candidates who can demonstrate an ongoing commitment to workplace diversity, sustainability and delivering exceptional value and great experience to customers.

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For further information on these positions and others currently available, or to apply online, please visit our website at:; Job Hotline #802-656-2248; telephone #802-656-3150. Applicants must apply for position electronically. Paper resumes are not accepted. Job positions are updated daily. The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Applications, from women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and people from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

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America’s premier innovator, designer, and manufacturer of high performance wire and cable with a 60-year history of providing solutions to the toughest problems in the world’s most extreme environments. We excel at developing customized products, utilizing our cross-linked irradiation technology, that meet power, signal and data transmission needs – no matter how demanding the challenge – while exceeding standards for quality, durability, and safety.

The Vermont Arts Council seeks a parttime, experienced finance assistant to be responsible for all aspects of day-to-day bookkeeping/accounting processes. Working closely with the director of finance, administrative staff, and program staff as needed, the finance assistant ensures the accuracy, integrity, and timely entry of all financial transactions into IntAcct (fund) accounting software and in accordance with GAAP. Compensation will be competitive and based on experience. More information available at Applications will be accepted until March 25, 2018, although interviews may begin earlier.

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ACCOUNTING SPECIALIST This position will report to our controller in the finance department at our Colchester, VT facility. This is a full-time (9-5) job with the primary responsibilities of entering invoices into our ERP system, monthly A/P sub-ledger closing, bi-weekly A/P check run, and reconciling monthly bank statements, to name a few. You will also be processing documentation and providing accurate information to internal customers including QA, Sales, Planning and Manufacturing. Other responsibilities, roles, and requirements: • Voucher A/P invoices into ERP system. This includes CTL freight invoices. Verify unit price, quantity, account coding, etc. 3:42 PM

• Run bi-weekly A/P check run. This includes pre-check run report, printing checks, pulling invoice backup & mailing vendor checks. • Close A/P sub-ledger monthly.

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Are you interested in public health? The Immunization Public Health Specialist position is a great opportunity to get experience working for the Vermont Department of Health. You will conduct site visits (60-70 per year) to ensure that health care providers around the state manage vaccines according to the requirements of the federal Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program. This program enables health care providers to offer low cost or free vaccine to people who are unable to pay. Your job is to monitor vaccine management including storage and handling, train nurses and other office staff to follow regulations and create databases that track site visits. The successful candidate will have excellent organization and communication skills, and expertise with Microsoft Office is required. For more information, contact Ines Burazerovic at 802-865-7755 or email Department of Health. Reference Job ID #622661. Location: Burlington. Status: Full Time. Application Deadline: 03/18/2018.

• Audit A/R invoices on a daily basis for copper escalation, unit price, quantity & freight. • Close A/R sub-ledger monthly. • Reconcile bank statements monthly and voucher expense reports. • Manage consignment – send tag detail to vendors, process AP, reconcile unbilled tags. • Work with Credit Manager, purchasing & receiving to ensure A/P invoices are vouchered in timely manner & correctly. This will make A/P check run more efficiently. • Call vendors to receive all AP invoices on time to help with A/P close.


• Work with sales team to resolve any A/R issues.

Department of Labor is looking for self-motivated individual with insurance adjusting and/or paralegal & informal dispute resolution skills. Full-time position with Workers’ Compensation Program in Montpelier, VT, responsible for informal disposition of contested WC claims. Must have excellent written & oral communication skills, be able to read & apply statutes/regulations & efficiently manage heavy caseload of complex claims. Prior legal, medical and/or insurance work experience is preferred. For more information, contact Kristina Bielenberg at Reference Job ID #621819. Status: Full Time. Application Deadline: 03/18/2018.

Vocational Rehabilitation is seeking an experienced professional with the ability to provide managerial, project and change management work for the Division with the responsibility to monitor, assess and improve the quality of DVR services. A primary focus area is project management of major systems reform, including the development of a statewide quality improvement plan for DVR involving all levels of staff of the division and all 12 districts. Duties include identifying areas of need and setting priorities for program improvement, contributing to the develop the Vocational Rehabilitation annual State Plan, leadership of the DVR Implementation Team, and overseeing the programmatic, compliance and quality assurance elements of the new case management system (AWARE). Act as primary VR content expert and conduct post-implementation monitoring and assessment of the new case management system, including any needed training, support and trouble-shooting. Develop and implement a strategy to maximize use of the new case management system as a quality assurance tool. For more information, contact James Smith at 802241-0320 or Disabilities Aging and Ind. Living. Reference Job ID #622930. Status: Full-time. Location: Waterbury. Application Deadline: 03/21/2018.

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Qualifications: • Bachelor’s or Associate’s Degree, preferably in finance or accounting. • At least two (2) years of finance or accounting experience. • Excellent computer skills, especially with Excel and ERP systems. • Be detailed oriented and knowledgeable on ERP systems function. • Work with minimal supervision (i.e. self-starter) and handle a variety of tasks.


• Clarify inventory detail to process & reconcile consignment.

We are ISO & TS-16949 certified and offer excellent benefits and competitive wages based on experience. Apply here or you can email your resume and/or cover letter to If you prefer, you can mail your resume and cover letter to Champlain Cable Corp. Attn: HR Dept., 175 Hercules Drive, Colchester, VT 05446. No phone calls please. 10v-ChamplainCable031418.indd 1


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Promote healthy workplaces. Innovative, statewide Employee Assistance Program seeks dynamic associate to provide superior customer service, professional networking, engaging presentations and data reporting. We require an articulate and outgoing selfstarter who is proficient with current technology. The desired candidate will have business presentation experience, the ability to work independently and follow directives. Hours are flexible and range from 2 to 5 hours per week, primarily during business hours. The right candidate will also facilitate engaging workshops from prepared material. Send resumes to:

SALES LEAD – TECHNOLOGY PRACTICE Fletcher/CSI (FCSI), a global provider of competitive strategy consulting services, seeks a Sales Lead for its Technology Practice. The Technology Practice Sales Lead is responsible for revenue generation and practice development and allocates time between generating new logo business and account management/growth duties with existing clients. FCSI’s Technology Practice works with leading software, services, cloud, IoT, and hardware companies from around the world. The Sales Lead engages with senior level executives to sell customized consulting services including win/loss analysis, competitive intelligence, primary research, and training/ consulting. The right candidate should have experience with consulting or services sales, a deep knowledge of the global business environment, and current knowledge of the Tech industry. Prior use of CRM and other internal systems is a plus. Travel includes trade shows and client/prospect visits and is approximately 25% of total time. FCSI is headquartered in Williston, VT with offices in Boston, Palm Beach, Vancouver, and London. The Sales Lead reports to the COO and is based in the Williston office. Please send cover letter and resume to



South Burlington, VT 05403 Williston, VT 05495 Must have transportation and be able to pass a background check. Office/Warehouse cleaning includes sweeping, mopping, dusting, vacuuming, restrooms and emptying trash. $14.00/Hr. Call 716-854-1409 to place your name on the Interview List or email resumes to cthrun@ Morning shift, parttime and full-time.

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Direct Support Professional CCS is an intimate, person centered developmental service provider with a strong emphasis on employee and consumer satisfaction. Provide inclusion supports to individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism. Help people realize dreams and reach goals. This is an excellent job for applicants entering human services or for those looking to continue work in this field. Starting wage is $14.35 per hour with mileage compensation and a comprehensive benefits package. Interested in joining our team? Send your application and cover letter to Karen Ciechanowicz at

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Cambridge Afterschool Program is searching for someone to design and implement our summer programming. Must possess a BA or BS and one of the following: at least 10 months of experience working with school age children, VT On-the-Job Training Certificate, VT Afterschool Professional Credential, VT Program Director Credential, VT Teacher Licensure, or Master’s Degree in a youth related field. Candidates must have previous staff supervisory experience and administrative skills. Familiarity with QuickBooks, VT State Childcare Regulations, CACFP Food Program and State Childcare Financial Assistance Program a plus. Dates May 29th – August 3rd. Pay based on experience and education. Send resume to or call 802-644-8888 for further information.

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PRODUCTION TEAM MEMBERS Middlebury, VT Agri-Mark is seeking full-time 2nd and 3rd shift Production Team Members to work at our manufacturing plant in Middlebury, VT. Positions require the ability to work on fast-paced production lines, performing a variety of tasks in the manufacturing of cheese and whey products, while ensuring that the highest quality and safety standards are in place. Previous production and/or manufacturing experience is preferred, but we are willing to train individuals who are dependable and motivated to succeed. Candidates with maintenance experience are also encouraged to apply. Qualified candidates must possess a High School diploma or GED and be able to frequently lift up to 40 pounds, while consistently adhering to GMP and safety practices. Agri-Mark/Cabot Creamery offers a competitive rate of pay and a comprehensive benefits package, to include pension plan. Apply online to, or mail your resume to:

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The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts seeks applicants for a part-time position in our Box Office. This is a great opportunity to become a part of the exciting world of the performing arts.

CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE Our part-time Customer Service Representatives are responsible for telephone and in-person window ticket sales. Requirements include excellent customer service skills, attention to detail, and accuracy and speed with data entry. This is a part-time position that requires scheduling flexibility, including some evening, weekend, and weekday availability. For a full job description and how to apply, please visit: Please submit cover letter and resume by March 26,2018 to: Flynn Center - Attn: Human Resources 153 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401 or email:

Janitronics Facility Services company is currently hiring for Supervisor needed to oversee hourly janitorial and custodial duties of front line staff in the Burlington Vermont area. M-F 2nd shift may include some weekends! Starting Pay $18/hour. Travel within the Burlington area counties (mileage is compensated). Primary responsibilities include: Ensuring high-level customer satisfaction and performance of cleaning staff to client specifications as well as staff hiring, administration and training. Requirements:

• Proven track record of managing staff and customer relations in a Facilities or Janitorial/Custodial setting. Experience with broad range of appropriate chemicals, supplies, and equipment utilized in various environments and applications preferred. • To be considered for this position, candidates must display high-level motivation, cooperative personality and the ability to listen and communicate effectively with customers and management personnel. • Generous compensation plan to include Health, Retirement, Vacation, and possible career advancement based on performance and market growth. • Qualified applicants will be subject to extensive background check and drug testing.

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Lake Champlain Transportation is looking for an energetic, adaptable individual to join our paint crew. This position is based out of Burlington, but may require travel to our other crossings as work arises. Must be comfortable working on the water and in changing weather conditions. General duties include painting, scraping, sand blasting, and other support duties as needed. Full time, Monday through Friday, $13.00 - $15.00/ hour based on experience. Eligible for benefits after completing introductory period. Email your resume to 802-864-9804

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Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Trainer sought. Experience training adults; knowledge of child development & child abuse; experience as a foster parent and/ or a child care provider helpful. Northern Lights certified instructor a plus. This full-time training position requires reliable transportation due to statewide travel. MA degree preferred. Fluency in French and/or Spanish a plus. Please send cover letter, resume and 3 references to: or Prevent Child Abuse Vermont, Search, PO Box 829, Montpelier, VT EOE 05601.

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Engineering, MIS, CIS, Mathematics, or equivalent is required with 1-3 years’ experience developing software in a C# .NET environment while following coding and quality standards. POST YOUR AT position SEVENDAYSVT.COM/JOBS FOR FAST RESULTS, This isJOBS a great if you are a new graduate! OR CONTACT MICHELLE BROWN: MICHELLE@SEVENDAYSVT.COM For a more detailed description and to apply online, visit


JOIN THE MOST ADMIRED COMPANY Marathon Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer IN VERMONT AS LISTED ON MSN.COM!

Marathon Health is seeking a Reporting Analyst and I.T. Helpdesk Technician to work at our office in Winooski. Named one of the Best Places to Work in Vermont, we serve businesses and municipalities throughout the United States, providing a different kind of healthcare program that emphasizes patient involvement, prevention, risk reduction and outcomes. To learn more about these opportunities and submit your resume, visit our website:

Marathon Health promotes a culture of health and wellness in everything we do. It is for this reason we seek to hire individuals who embrace wellness and model healthy behaviors in their own lives. We are proud to be a drug and tobacco free company. We value the richness diversity brings to our workforce and are committed to being an equal opportunity employer and provider (EOE). 5h-MarathonHealth031418.indd 1

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Howard Center has ongoing foster parent or weekend buddy needs for children ranging in ages from 7 to 16. Some need caring adults to support them over the weekend, others need a family for a school year and some are looking for adoptive families. There are over 1,300 children in the Vermont foster care system and over 60 children in need of an adoptive family. You don’t have to be married, rich or own a home. You will be supported every step of the way!


Are you interested in taking an innovative, high energy, proven business in the VT mountains to new heights with us? Help us build the future as our

Distillery General Manager

This is What You’ll Do • Skillfully lead the charge in all phases of both production and retail operations to meet goals • Work with budgets, data analysis, and manage staff • Ensure high standards and continuous improvement • Prepare state and federal regulatory documents • Produce company financial information – invoicing, cost accounting We’re Looking for Someone • Who has demonstrated skills/successful experience in the “What You’ll Do” areas above • Who has experience in leadership and direct management of staff • Who is self-motivated, detail oriented, organized and an excellent communicator • Who is eager to work in a great team at a rapidly growing, awardwinning company Send cover letter and resume to Compensation includes 401(K) plan. No phone calls, please. Learn more about us at E.O.E.

Howard Center’s Shared Living Program creates opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities to live in the community. We are accepting expressions of interest from experienced caregivers to provide a home, day-to-day assistance and support tailored to the needs of individuals seeking caregivers. This is a rewarding employment opportunity for individuals interested in working from home while making a meaningful difference in someone’s life. We use a careful matching process to ensure that each placement is mutually compatible. A generous tax-free stipend, room and board, respite budget, training and team support are provided. Potential opportunities below: 1. 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. 2. 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. 3. 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. 4. Medically aware SLP who is 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. 5. Experienced caregiver(s) to live with and support two delightful women in their seventies who reside in a three-bedroom home in Essex. Sense of humor helpful; patience necessary. To learn more about these opportunities, contact or call (802) 488-6372. 9t-HowardCenterSLP/Foster031418.indd 1

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Special Investigator The Lamoille County Sheriff’s Department is seeking a qualified individual to fill a Special Investigator position. The applicant will be part of the Lamoille County Special Investigation Unit and will work closely with the Lamoille County State’s Attorney’s Office and area law enforcement agencies. Duties will include the investigation of all allegations of sexual assault; domestic assault; child sexual abuse and other related offenses. Applicant must have the ability to respond to after-hour calls and have the aptitude to work with children. Desired attributes include full-time certification by the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council, supervisor experience, leadership skills and strong work ethic. Applicant must work well with community members and general public. Salary will be commensurate with experience. The Lamoille County Sheriff’s Department is a professional, community-oriented law enforcement agency. For more information contact Office Administrator, Kara Gates. Lamoille County Sheriff’s Department PO Box 96 Hyde Park, VT 05655 Phone: 802-888-3502 Fax: 802-888-2564

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School Bus Aide/Backup Busy Burlington Law Firm seeks a part-time Office Bus Driver Assistant to begin immediately. The ideal candidate The Bus Aide will also be the will be personable, motivated and professional, with backup school bus driver in the strong communication, computer and organizational event the regularly scheduled skills. The ability to multi-task and work in a fast driver is not available. CDL Bus paced environment is also essential. In addition to Endorsement is a requirement for permanent employment; providing support to all firm members, this position however, BSD will offer covers all reception duties including fielding calls, mail training and support for an distribution, maintaining office supplies, and overflow individual to receive any such clerical support as needed. required school bus licensure. Qualifications: $15.00-$17.00 Per Hour, Full time, school year position • Comfortable with basic administrative tasks with competitive benefits and • Positive, enthusiastic and flexible attitude retirement plan. To apply, visit • Experience in working in a fast paced environment and click on “Careers” for current listing of Lynn, Lynn, Blackman & Manitsky focuses its practice employment opportunities. on insurance defense, personal injury and education law. We offer competitive salary and a fun, family friendly work environment. 2v-BurlingtonSchoolDistrictBUS031418.indd 31/12/18 12:23 PM New college graduates are welcome to apply. Please send your resume to:

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Spring Job Fairs Wednesdays, March 14, 21 & 28 3:00–5:30 PM We have SEASONAL call center positions through JUNE

Application Deadline March 21st, 2018 Winooski Housing Authority, a progressive owner, manager and 2:04 PM developer of affordable housing, seeks a highly motivated Maintenance Technician to join our team. Experience in general facilities maintenance a plus. Must possess a valid driver’s license, an acceptable literacy level and be willing to be a part of the on-call rotation. Competitive starting salary with a generous benefits package. Please send your resume to Debbie at dhergenrother@, or mail in (stop in for an application) to WHA, 83 Barlow Street, Winooski, VT 05404. Attn: Debbie EOE

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Vermont CARES: Regional Case Manager (based in Montpelier) Dynamic position working with HIV+ individuals to facilitate medical connections and housing; some prevention and harm reduction work incorporated, including HIV education presentations and staffing syringe exchange in nearby Barre. Knowledge of HIV/AIDS, community resources, and harm reduction model necessary. Reliable transportation needed. Full time position (37.5 hours/wk) based in Montpelier with generous benefits (health, vision, PTO). Salary range: $29,000-31,000. All those looking for challenging role that directly impacts HIV/AIDS in Vermont, please apply. Email cover letter and resume by March 19th to: Jean Seinkewicz, Services Director, Vermont CARES at

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“Make a difference in the life of a child!”- NFI Vermont, a leader in specialized trauma and adolescent development, is looking to expand our team of innovators. Full time and part time positions available. Competitive wages, training opportunities, flexible work schedules and family oriented culture. Excellent benefits with tuition reimbursement offered for 30 or more hour employees. 1:31 PM

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We are expanding! Full and Part Time. Days or Evenings. 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 longterm 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.

Landscape Technicians Needed for fast approaching season. Reliable transportation, Valid VT drivers license and clean driver’s record a must. Previous Landscape, stonework, or construction experience a must. Attention to detail, communication, respect and hard work are what put us a step above. Work begins soon and lasts through November at least. Pay based on Experience. Please respond to: with a cover letter/letter of intent, and a description of your talents or resume.

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Looking for an exciting new opportunity? NFI has one for you! CBS is seeking a full time Clinical Case Manager to join our amazing team of mental health professionals and our positive and supportive work environment. Responsibilities include working with children, adolescents, and families with mental health challenges both in the community and in their homes. Ideal candidates work well both autonomously and collaboratively on treatment teams, have a Master’s degree in mental health or social work, have related work experience, have a valid driver’s license, and have reliable transportation. Come be a part of our positive culture which includes a generous benefits package, $300 sign on bonus, tuition reimbursement, paid time off, and more. Please send a cover letter and resume to

Community Integration Specialists - $300 Sign on Bonus Community Based Services

CBS is committed to empowering youth by providing family based treatment through innovative, diverse and community integrated methods. CBS is seeking full time community integration specialists to join our talented team of mental health professionals. Responsibilities include working individually with children and adolescents with mental health challenges both in the 1:19 PM community and in their homes. The opportunity to bring personal interests/hobbies to share with youth is encouraged. Ideal candidates must have a bachelor’s degree, be able to work afternoon and evening hours, have a valid driver’s license, and reliable transportation. A Generous benefits package is provided, which includes tuition reimbursement, and a $300 sign on bonus. Please send a cover letter and resume to

Family Engagement Specialist – Sign on Bonus St. Albans

• Full-time breakfast/lunch cook. Four day work week. Paid Vacation. Send resumes to:

Family Engagement Specialists work directly with children and families involved with DCF, who experience multi-system issues, including substance abuse, domestic violence, and mental health challenges. Responsibilities include coordinating and facilitating large meetings, teaming with community service providers, creating treatment plans through collaboration with DCF, and parent education. We are looking for candidates with strong communication and documentation skills, who work well in a team setting. Experience with Family Time Coaching, Family Safety Planning and Family Group Conferencing preferred. This full time position, with a $500 sign on bonus, requires a Bachelor’s degree and/or two years’ experience in related field. Please submit cover letter and resume to

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

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program year. We are seeking highly motivated individuals with a background in environmental conservation, natural or agricultural sciences, environmental studies, engineering, government/policy, communications or other related fields. Preference may be given to applicants with a college degree. ECO AmeriCorps members serve at host sites across Vermont with a focus on projects to improve water quality and reduce waste in Vermont. Full-time: 40 hours per week, September 2018-August 2019. Benefits include: an AmeriCorps living allowance of $16,500, paid in bi-weekly stipends; health insurance; child-care assistance; professional training and networking; studentloan forbearance; and a $5,920 AmeriCorps Education Award. Application deadline is March 30. Apply online, and learn more about ECO AmeriCorps at

In this position, you will be a member of a small experienced team responsible for our flagship software product. Our ideal candidate will have a MSCS, BSCS and/or BSSE degree or equivalent with five years of experience writing Windows PC Applications in a Visual Studio development environment. The successful candidate will be comfortable performing all phases of a software project from initial conceptual design through final implementation and integration, including all ISO required documentation. Experience with some of the following would be a plus: • Imaging (histogram analysis, pattern finding, dilation) • Windows UX experience • MFC based applications • Math skills (statistics, matrices, curve fitting)

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Vermont CARES: Colchester: Harm Reduction Manager Looking for a non-judgmental, harm-reduction focused individual to manage all aspects of a harm reduction program across the state of Vermont that currently includes syringe exchange and support services, along with naloxone distribution, wound care, and other services to reduce the impact of overdose or HIV/HepC infection. Responsibilities include ordering and managing stock of quick-moving materials, as well as data collecting and reporting, staffing multiple exchange sites as needed, supervising a team of diverse staff and volunteers, community education and engagement, managing harm reduction-related research projects, and ensuring quality participant-focused service. Role involves heavy travel to office-based or mobile clinics; transportation is required. Generous benefits (health, vision, PTO). Send cover letter and resume to Peter Jacobsen, Executive Director, Vermont CARES by email to Resumes must be received by 5pm on March 23, 2018.

BioTek has been voted the Best Place to Work in Vermont, and attributes its success to our dedicated employees. Although we are in a serious business, our employees like to have fun! We offer a casual and flexible, yet professional, work environment as well as a competitive benefits package. To learn more, please visit our website at To apply, send resumes to or mail them to: BioTek Instruments, Inc. Attn: Human Resources Box 998, Highland Park Winooski, VT 05404 EOE/AA 10v-BioTek031418.indd 1

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The Vermont Center for Anxiety Care, a psychology private practice directed by Paul Foxman, Ph.D. on the Burlington waterfront, has an opening for licensed psychotherapist (M.A., MSW, Ph.D, LCMHC) or master’s degree intern. Collaborative group with holistic approach and multiple specialties. Child therapy desirable. Clinical supervision by Dr. Foxman towards licensure and business coaching provided as needed. Visit web site: Send cover letter and resume to Paul Foxman, Ph.D., 86 Lake Street, Burlington, VT 05401 or email:

Part-time Sales Employee Seeking part-time retail sales employee for our shop. Successful candidate will have: Retail sales experience (preferably craft store), familiarity with Ravelry, accomplished knitter (or other fiber crafter), flexible scheduling required (weekend & weekday hours and some special events). Please send cover letter with resume to:

Clinician(s) & Supervisor – ASSIST

Multiple full-time evening and overnight positions available to provide support services to adults in psychiatric, emotional and/or substance crisis in crisis stabilization residential setting (bachelor’s degree and experience with mental health/substance use disorder and crisis de-escalation required). Supervisor position also available to assist with client care coordination, staff scheduling and supervision (master’s required; supervision experience preferred).

Clinician – Medication Assisted Treatment

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.

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.

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Duties and Responsibilities include: Acts as a primary contact for answering phones and coordinating employees, family and partner requests and questions in our general office and supports our virtual office. Assists the Board of Directors, Executive Director and staff as workload allows. Serves as our internal bookkeeper utilizing QuickBooks proficiently in partnership with our external bookkeepers to process vendor invoices, employee expense reports, employee payroll, prepare checks and deposits, account payable and receivable. A minimum of three years’ experience. Part Time up to 24 hours per week. Monday – Friday with a flexible schedule during regular business hours. Compensation starting at $16.50 based on experience. Send resumes to:

Seeking a Cook for the Lakeview Community Care Home. Individual will plan and prepare nutritionally balanced meals for residents. Full-time, benefits-eligible position.

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Now Hiring! Phoenix Books Burlington is seeking full time and part time booksellers. Ideal candidate will be positive, energetic, enthusiastic and customerfocused. Must love reading, books, and interacting with the public. Evenings and weekends required. Prior retail, bookstore, or library experience preferred. Job requires strong computer skills, critical thinking, and problem-solving. Manager/ supervisor role possible depending on experience. Please fill out our online application and read about our hiring process here: Phoenix Books Burlington is seeking part time office assistance. 10-15 hours a week. Position is to assist bookkeeper. Must be detail oriented. Ideal candidate will have excellent phone skills, be proficient with MS Office, and familiar with bookkeeping software. Also involves data entry, opening and sorting mail, reconciling financial data, filing, and other tasks as assigned. Please email cover letter and resume to or drop off same at Phoenix Books Burlington, 191 Bank Street.

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 position if you have a master’s degree, are licensed/license-eligible, and have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record.

Registered Nurse – Medication Assisted Treatment Program

Two full-time positions available. 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.

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.

Residential Counselor – Lakeview (Awake Overnight)

Establish and maintain a therapeutic and stable permanent residential housing environment for adults with mental health/substance use challenges and a history of homelessness. Bachelor’s degree required. Full time.

Residential Programs Coordinator Seeking individual to supervise two licensed residential programs serving adults diagnosed with major mental illness and some co-occurring substance use issues to ensure that state, federal, HUD and agency regulations are adhered to. Master’s degree required. Five years of experience in mental health and substance abuse required.

SUB – Registered Nurse – Medication Assisted Treatment Program

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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interactions, the hugs,” Rouille said on a snowy Sunday afternoon as she poured me a strong Bloody Mary spiced with horseradish and garnished with olives. “It’s about seeing people all the time and hearing their stories,” she continued. Rouille encourages people who are upset to “Let it go. Don’t hold it in,” she said. “You listen to them, and life goes on.” The bar that afternoon was ringed by a group of men, with only one female customer among the 15 or so patrons. Laura Schiele, 26, who works at and lives in the neighborhood, said Rouille has created an inclusive and welcoming environment. “The first time she gave me a hug, I don’t think we’d said a word to each other,” Schiele remembered. “If you want to sit and do your own thing, everybody’s going to be respectful of that. And if you want to socialize, there’s a space for that, too.” Playing trivia at the Old Post is an appealing combination of doing your own thing and socializing. Team members converse among themselves to answer the questions, but each team is also part of a larger group that has a common focus when the MC reads the answers. A can or two of Citizen Cider, we found, can inspire (or diminish) the recall of useless information lingering in the recesses of one’s mind. Who was that figure-skating champ from decades past?

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CREATING PLANT & POLLINATOR SANCTUARIES IN GARDENS & FARMS: Green thumbs learn to boost pollinator habitat and provide protection to Vermont’s endangered and threatened flora. Fletcher Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. $1-10. Info, 495-1270.


LEVERAGING ONLINE MARKETING BASICS FOR YOUR BUSINESS: Proprietors prepare to give their enterprises a push through an effective online presence. New England Federal Credit Union, Williston, 5:30-7 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 764-5899.


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@

COFFEE TALK: Friends, neighbors and AARP Vermont volunteers catch up on upcoming activities and issues facing older Vermonters. Maglianero, Burlington, 9-10 a.m. Free. Info,


FIBER RIOT!: Crafters get hooked on knitting, crocheting, spinning and more at an informal weekly gathering. Mad River Fiber Arts & Mill,


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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. MAKE A DROP SPINDLE: Fiber fanatics learn to craft the apparatus used to spin wool into yarn without the need for a full spinning wheel. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.


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. ‘THE FLAMES OF PARIS’: Bolshoi Ballet dancers leap and twirl across the stage in a story of love and revolution, broadcast to the big screen. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $6-18. Info, 748-2600. 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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taste of the learning community. Lake Champlain Waldorf School, Shelburne, 8:30-10 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 985-2827.


LEGEND OF THE BANSHEE BUS TOUR: Queen City Ghost Walk’s Thea Lewis leads an exploration of Burlington’s colorful Irish history and most intriguing haunts. Arrive 10 minutes early. Burton Flagship Store, Burlington, 7 p.m. $32.50. Info, 863-5966. 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, VERMONT SUPREME COURT SESSION: The state’s highest judges hear oral arguments on five cases. Room 109, Oakes Hall, Vermont Law School, South Royalton, 9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 831-1000.

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BURLINGTON IRISH HERITAGE FESTIVAL: The best of Ireland comes to the Queen City and surrounding areas via music, dance, workshops and presentations. See for details. Various locations statewide. Prices vary. Info, CULTURAL FESTIVAL: A wide array of events and activities celebrate local, regional and international cultures. See for details. Lyndon State College. Prices vary; most events are free. Info, 800-225-1998. WED.14

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MAR.21 | THEATER Mirror, Mirror Every day is truly a new day for Claire, the main character in David Lindsay-Abaire’s 1999 play Fuddy Meers. She has psychogenic amnesia, meaning she can retain information on a short-term basis but wakes each morning with a clean mental slate. Student Jillian Kenney portrays the protagonist in the Saint Michael’s College theater program production of this critically acclaimed dark comedy. Peter Harrigan directs the action, performed in an intimate setting with the audience seated onstage. Fuddy Meers is not for the faint of heart: It contains strong language and mature situations.

‘FUDDY MEERS’ Wednesday, March 21, 7 p.m., at McCarthy Arts Center, Saint Michael’s College, in Colchester. See website for additional dates. Free; preregister. Info, 654-2000,


Feel the Rhythm As artistic director of the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Steve MacQueen has witnessed his fair share of noteworthy performances. So, when he described classical tabla player Zakir Hussain in a press release as “the greatest musician” he’s ever seen, we took note. MacQueen isn’t alone in his reverence for the Indian hand drum player: The Telegraph’s Ivan Hewett describes him as “the presiding genius and global ambassador for North Indian classical music.” Flutist Rakesh Chaurasia joins Hussain for a percussive performance on the Flynn MainStage.

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Monday, March 19, 7:30 p.m., at Flynn MainStage in Burlington. $15-45. Info, 863-5966,

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ountry music fans know there’s much more to singer Lee Ann Womack than her bestknown single, 2000’s “I Hope You Dance.” From her 2005 Country Music Association Album of the Year Award for There’s More Where That Came From to 2008’s achybreaky Call Me Crazy, Womack has solidified her standing in authentic American music. Now, the East Texas native is on the road with songs from her latest release, 2017’s The Lonely, the Lonesome & the Gone, featuring a blend of country, soul, gospel and blues. “I’m drawn to rootsy music,” the songbird states in her bio. “It’s what moves me.” LEE ANN WOMACK

Saturday, March 17, 8 p.m., at Paramount Theatre in Rutland. $35.50-45.50. Info, 775-0903,



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Saturday, March 17, 1-4 p.m., at Heritage Family Credit Union in Rutland. $30-35; free for kids’ fun run. Info, 888-252-8932.


Rutland-area athletes don their best green garb and celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day in style with the Shiver Me Shamrocks 5K Fun Run & Walk. This fundraiser for the Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum kicks off with the children’s Leprechaun Leap Fun Run. Next, it’s the grown-ups’ turn to make strides in this fourth annual excursion by traversing a 3.1-mile route. Participants rehydrate at an after-party at Hop’n Moose Brewing, where first-place prizes reward runners in each age group, as well as the best-dressed man, woman and child. Strollers are strongly discouraged, and dogs should stay at home — sorry, Scruffy.




calendar See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘DOLORES’: This 2017 documentary focuses on feminist and labor activist Dolores Huerta. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.

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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. A MOSAIC OF FLAVOR: CONGOLESE MUAMBA NSUSU & UGALI: A seasoned cook demonstrates how to prepare traditional dishes from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Community Teaching Kitchen, City Market, Onion River Co-op, Burlington South End, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 861-9700. VERMONT FARMERS MARKET: Local products — veggies, breads, pastries, cheeses, wines, syrups, jewelry, crafts and beauty supplies — draw shoppers to a diversified bazaar. Vermont Farmers Food Center, Rutland, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 342-4727.


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.

health & fitness

ALL-LEVELS HATHA YOGA: With a focus on connecting breath to movement, this class offers yoga for everybody. Zenbarn Studio,

CBD GUIDED MEDIATION: Free your mind rejuvenating journey with Marysa of Marysa Mind Body Spirit. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 7-8 p.m. $15. Info, 598-4323. 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, FALLING AWAY: A mindful exploration of being moves beyond a Western view of self and psychotherapy. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 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. PILATES: Students are put through the paces in a strengthand mobility-boosting workout. Women’s Room, Burlington, 4:30 p.m. $16. Info, beth@ PRENATAL YOGA: Moms-to-be prepare their bodies for labor and delivery. Women’s Room, Burlington, 12:15 p.m. $16. Info, RECOVERY COMMUNITY YOGA: Folks in recovery and their families enrich mind, body and spirit in an all-levels class. All

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‘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.

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,

RESTORATIVE YOGA: Props support the body, leaving participants free to truly relax into long-held poses. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 5:30-6:30 p.m. $12. Info,


‘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; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848.

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.

props are provided; wear loose clothing. Turning Point Center, Burlington, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 861-3150.



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VIGOROUS VINYASA FLOW: Students link breath with movement as they transition through a series of strengthening and lengthening poses. Sangha Studio — Pine, Burlington, 9-10 a.m. $10-15. Info, hannasatt@ WEDNESDAY GUIDED MEDITATION: Individuals learn to relax and let go. Burlington Friends Meeting House, 5:306:30 p.m. Free. Info, 318-8605. WELLNESS WALKS: Pups and pals in tow, pedestrians make strides toward heath. Tomgirl Juice Co., Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0337. WINTER SKIN EVENT: Complimentary eye treatments to help soothe, hydrate and depuff peepers. La Bella Derma, Winooski, 2-6 p.m. Free. Info, 735-3031.


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.


Find club dates in the music section. ‘SHORT CIRCUITS’: Middlebury musicians present a spontaneous evening of improvised music featuring multiple instruments, singing and lots of electronics. Robison Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. VERMONT’S 40TH ARMY BAND: The Farmers Night Concert Series continues with an evening of patriotic tunes. House Chamber, Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 828-2228.


BETHEL UNIVERSITY: Fifty-five community pop-up classes covering everything from comic books to gardening during the month of March. See for details. Various Bethel locations. Free; preregister. Info, GRANT SEEKER WORKSHOP: CULTURAL FACILITIES & HISTORIC PRESERVATION: Folks get the facts on seeking awards for nonprofit organizations and municipalities to enhance, create or rehabilitate historic and community buildings. Brandon Town Hall, 1-3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 828-3292. INTRO TO FLY TYING: The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has anglers in knots during a four-week course covering techniques and terminology. ANR Annex, Berlin, 6-8 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, 265-2279. NATURAL MARSHFIELD: Wildlife experts uncover the wonders of the local environment. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581.


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.


COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS SERIES: ‘THE HUMAN CONNECTION’: Fran Stoddard moderates a gathering aimed at engaging Vermonters in the lost art of conversation. All Souls Interfaith Gathering, Shelburne, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 985-3819. EVERY WOMAN HAS A STORY: Fierce females of Castleton University share 15-minute personal stories in honor of Women’s History Month. Alumni Room, Huden Dining Hall, Castleton University, noon. Free; $4 for lunch. Info, 800-639-8521. GLENN ANDRES: In “Building for a Guided Age,” the architecture professor explores how the United States positioned itself on the world stage for architecture at the turn of the 20th century. Goodrich Memorial Library, Newport, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 334-7902. KEVIN JOHNSTON: Natural science enthusiasts hear “Space Matters in Biological Processes: Designing Wildlife Corridors Using a GIS.” S-102, Thaddeus Fairbanks Science Wing, Lyndon State College, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 626-6459.


DOWNLOAD & LISTEN TO PODCASTS: Folks bring a phone or a tablet to a lesson on accessing online audio programs. Waterbury Public Library, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, delia@

INTRODUCTION TO HTML5 & CSS3: Tech-savvy students in this four-part workshop learn the base language supporting all webpages. 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: Facebook photo 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.


‘DISGRACED’: Escalating tensions at a dinner party drive this Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a successful Pakistani American lawyer and his white artist wife. Barrette Center for the Arts, White River Junction, 10 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. $15-59. Info, 296-7000. ‘SEX WITH STRANGERS’: Vermont Stage performs Laura Eason’s sexy play about a pair of mismatched writers, one a 40-year-old novelist and the other an online memoirist who exposes his flings to the world. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $29.70-38.50. Info, 863-5966.


BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP: Fans of the written word delve into Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. PROSE MASTER CLASS: Prompts from instructor Baron Wormser inspire writers to broaden their approach to material. 110 Main St., Suite 3C, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister at; limited space. Info, 383-8104. SUE HALPERN & BILL MCKIBBEN: Two authors excerpt their respective page-turners, Summer Hours at the Robbers Library and Radio Free Vermont. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 745-1393. 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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ED EVERTS SOCIAL JUSTICE ACTIVIST AWARD CELEBRATION: An evening recognizing Isaiah Hines and Muslim Girls Making Change features a chili dinner and a dance party with DJ Brunch and Crystal Jonez. ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 5:30-9

p.m. $25; free for high school students; preregister; cash bar. Info,


VERMONT ORGANIC DAIRY PRODUCERS CONFERENCE: Organic Valley’s northeast milk quality coordinator, Amber Brown, shares moo-ving remarks at this agricultural gathering. Judd Gym, Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center, 9 a.m.4 p.m. $25 includes lunch. Info, 524-6501.


FRANKLIN COUNTY REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MIXER: Friends and colleagues catch up in a relaxed environment. Jeff’s Maine Seafood, St. Albans, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $5-8; preregister. Info, 524-2444. FRESHTRACKS CAPITAL PEAK PITCH: Chairlift rides provide an opportunity for entrepreneurs to network with potential investors. Gatehouse Lodge, Sugarbush Resort, Warren, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, holly@ THE WONDERLAND AUCTION: Attendees make their way down the rabbit hole for a witty, whimsical networking event with the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce. Champlain Room & Terrace at Champlain College, Burlington, 5:30-8 p.m. $12-15. Info, 863-3489.


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. DANCE MASTER CLASS: Brian McGinnis schools movers on contemporary modern technique. Dance Theatre, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.

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

art Find visual art exhibits and events in the art section and at

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

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


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. LEGEND OF THE BANSHEE BUS TOUR: See WED.14.

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See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘AGENTS OF CHANGE’: A 2016 documentary reveals the racial conditions on college campuses in the 1960s that led to student protests. Mt. Mansfield Union High School, Jericho, 6-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, CASTLETON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Movie lovers feast their eyes on a diverse lineup of foreign cinema. See for details. Castleton University, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 800-639-8521.

‘A NATURAL HISTORY OF VERMONT’: A new wordless film offers a meditative journey through the Green Mountain State. A filmmaker Q&A follows. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 229-6206.


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COMMUNITY LUNCH: Farmfresh 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.

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 CHUAN: Standing and moving exercises in this foundational class are suitable for all levels and ages. Sacred Mountain Studio, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. $15. Info, 373-8060. 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, 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. 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@ MEDITATION IN EVERYDAY LIFE: A four-part course gives neophytes the tools needed to develop a regular mindfulness practice. St. Johnsbury Shambhala Meditation Center, 6-8 p.m. $25. Info, 748-4240. 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@


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


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Find club dates in the music section. 802 MUSIC: Crazyhearse and Miss Guided Angels represent the Green Mountain State at a night spotlighting local talent. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 7:30 p.m. $15-20. Info, 775-0903. NORTHERN VERMONT SONGWRITERS: Melody makers meet to share ideas and maximize their creativity. Call for details. Catamount Outback Artspace, St. Johnsbury, 6:45 p.m. Free. Info, 467-9859. OPEN MIC NIGHT WITH JIM YEAGER: Musicians show off their skills in a supportive atmosphere. ArtisTree Community Arts Center & Gallery, South Pomfret, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 457-3500.

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ROCKIN’ FOR A REASON: Concertgoers move and groove to the sounds of King Me and Renegade Groove, network, and bid in a live auction to support the United Way of Northwest Vermont. Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 6-11 p.m. $20. Info, 877-987-6487. SOPHIE & FIACHRA: Québécois and Irish traditions meet in this duo’s invigorating music. Burlington Violin Shop, 6-8:30 p.m. $20. Info, mark.sustic@


BETHEL UNIVERSITY: See WED.14. SCOTT KETTNER WORKSHOP & CARNIVAL CARIVAN: A seminar for teachers offers a unique opportunity to learn the traditional rhythms of New Orleans and Brazil. Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington, 4 p.m. $25. Info, 863-5966.


GREG GUMA: The Vermontbased author and activist reads between the lines in “Journalism in the Era of Fake News.” University of Vermont Alumni House, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. THU.15

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UVM MEDICAL CENTER FARMERS MARKET: Locally sourced meats, vegetables, bakery items, breads and maple syrup give hospital employees and visitors the option to eat

health & fitness

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, beth@


BREAKFAST IDEAS: Home cooks learn a simple, nourishing and immune-boosting recipe. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6-7 p.m. $8-11; preregister. Info,

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.





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.


‘IT’S CRIMINAL’: Director Signe Taylor sticks around for a discussion following a screening of her 2017 documentary examining who is in prison and why. Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, 7:30-9 p.m. Donations. Info, 457-3981.

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calendar JOHN STAUFFER: Two historical figures come into focus in “Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.” St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291.

MICHELLE COURNOYER: Towering peaks, glacial lakes and coffee plantations populate the talk “The Salkantay Trek: The Other Inca Trail.” Green Mountain Club Headquarters, Waterbury Center, 7-8:30 p.m. $5-8. Info, 244-7037. ONE WORLD LIBRARY PROJECT: After driving from Starksboro to São Paulo, Brazil, to raise funds for a Vermont health clinic, couple Christiane Kokubo and Nate Shepard recount their journey. Lawrence Memorial Library, Bristol, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 453-2366. WOMEN IN CONSERVATION: MARY POWELL & ELIZABETH WILSON: Listeners hear from the president and CEO of Green Mountain Power and the Dartmouth College environmental studies professor. Room 028, Silsby Hall, Dartmouth College, Hanover N.H., 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 649-2200.






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.


‘DISGRACED’: See WED.14, 2 & 7:30 p.m. ‘AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE’: Set in Florida in the 1990s, this adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s play follows a doctor’s fight for coral reefs. Hepburn Zoo, Hepburn Hall, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. $5. Info, 443-3168. ‘MACBETH’: Morality, decency, friendship and honor fall to the wayside in the face of unbridled ambition in Shakespeare’s tragedy, put on by Plainfield Little Theatre. Plainfield Town Hall Opera House, 7 p.m. $12-15; limited space. Info, 229-5290. NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: ‘HAMLET’: Fans are treated to an encore of a 2015 broadcast production starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $1625. Info, 748-2600. ‘SEX WITH STRANGERS’: See WED.14.

FRI.16 comedy

BREW HAHA: Justin Lander of Modern Times Theater emcees a gut-busting evening of local comedy. A pie auction, Pizza on Main slices and Rock Art Brewery suds top off the fun. River Arts, Morrisville, 6-8 p.m. $10. Info, 888-1261. BREWHAHA: Marc Price headlines a showcase of up-and-coming comedians complete with big laughs and local ales. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 7:30 p.m. $44; limited space; for ages 21 and up. Info, 775-0903. PAULA POUNDSTONE: Razorsharp wit from the Emmy Awardwinning farceur splits sides. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 8 p.m. $15-42. Info, 863-5966.


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.

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ADVANCED CONTEMPORARY TECHNIQUE: Led by Hanna Satterlee, this class involves technical challenges and spatial experiments. North End Studio A, 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: Adina Gordon leads hoofers in steps popular in the time of Jane Austen. Aaron Marcus, Laura Markowitz and Ana Ruesink provide the music. Elley-Long Music Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 7-9:30 p.m. $10-15. Info, 881-9732. NIA WITH SUZY — MOVE. SWEAT. BREATHE.: Drawing from martial, dance and healing arts, sensory-based movements push participants to their full potential. North End Studio A, Burlington, 8:30-9:30 a.m. $15. Info, 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. $10; free for tango lesson. Info,


LEGEND OF THE BANSHEE BUS TOUR: See WED.14. MONTSHIRE UNLEASHED: AN EVENING FOR ADULTS: Grown-ups 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,

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See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. GREEN MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL: An annual cinematic celebration delights moviegoers with a diverse lineup of films and events. See for details. Various locations statewide. Prices vary. Info, 917-1225.


Williston, 5:30-6:15 p.m. $12. Info, 343-5084.

WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL: More than 50 pictures shown over three weekends tell compelling stories about sports, art, activism and more. See for details. New England Youth Theatre, Brattleboro, 6-8 p.m. Prices vary. Info, 257-7364.

QIGONG: Gentle movements promote strength, balance and wellbeing. Waterbury Public Library, 11-11:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 244-7036.


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LUNCH & LEARN: Age Well’s Rachel Cummings and Sara Wool speak about the agency’s array of services aimed at enabling Northwestern Vermont’s population to grow older with confidence. Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, noon. $6. Info, 863-4214.

SANDI EARLE: Gourmands give the chef their full attention for a talk on her book, My 30 Year Love Affair With Food in Vermont. Phoenix Books Burlington, 6:30 p.m. $3. Info, 448-3350.




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FRIDAY MORNINGS AT TANDEM: 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, PORK LOIN TAKEOUT DINNER: Diners end the week in style with a spread of pork, gravy, applesauce, mashed potatoes, salad and dessert. Waterbury Center Community Church, 4-6 p.m. $9; preregister. Info, 244-8089.


BRIDGE CLUB: See WED.14, 9:15 a.m.

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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. BUTI YOGA: See WED.14. CANDLELIGHT YOGA TO REST & RESTORE: Slow, grounded movement with plenty of props brings balance. Sangha Studio — North, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. $20-25. Info, 448-4262. 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. FRIDAY NIGHT POWER YOGA: Practitioners get their sweat on during a full-body, flow-style mindful workout. Kismet Place,

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. TAI CHI AT WATERBURY PUBLIC LIBRARY: Those with arthritis or mobility challenges are welcome to join in a mild lesson with optional seated movements. Waterbury Public Library, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 244-7036. TAI CHI AT ZENBARN STUDIO: Beginners learn the fundamentals of Yang style slow set, tai chi gong and basic warm-ups. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 9-10 a.m. $12. Info, taichivermont@


IRISH DINNER & MUSIC: Barry Hayes serenades diners with the sounds of the Emerald Isle at a festive benefit for Meals on Wheels. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 5-7 p.m. $5-10. Info, 223-3322.


Find club dates in the music section. DANIEL ROTEM GROUP: Saxophone, piano, bass and drums set fingers snapping. Woodstock middle and high school music students open. ArtisTree Community Arts Center & Gallery, South Pomfret, 7-9 p.m. $5-10. Info, 457-3500. NIGHT TREE: Traditional music rooted in Celtic culture gets a boost from energetic performers. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 7:30 p.m. $10-20. Info, 603-448-0400. WINTER WINE DOWN MUSIC SERIES: Oenophiles let loose with live music by the Buck Hollers, 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.




EDUCATION & ENRICHMENT FOR EVERYONE: State architectural historian Devin Colman digs into the past in “Historic Architecture of South Burlington 1800-1965.” Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2-3 p.m. $5. Info, 846-5132. GEORGE LAKEY: The author of Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians Got It Right — and How We Can, Too asks what Americans can learn from Nordic society and politics. First Unitarian Universalist Society,

Burlington, 7 p.m. Donations; preregister for childcare. Info, ‘PROMOTING JUSTICE FOR MILITARY SERVICE MEMBERS AND VETERANS’: Discharge upgrades and the transgender military ban are among the topics on the table during an afternoon of discussions with legal experts and veterans advocates. Yates Common Room, Vermont Law School, South Royalton, 12:454:45 p.m. Free. Info, 831-1500.


TECH TUTOR: Techies answer questions about computers and devices during one-on-one help sessions. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 4-6 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918.


‘ANNE OF GREEN GABLES — THE MUSICAL’: An 11-year-old girl wins over her new family, school and neighbors in an adaptation of L.M. Montgomery’s novel, brought to life by Poor Lost Circus Performers. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $15-20. Info, 382-9222. ‘THE BASIC BYE-BYE SHOW’: Bread and Puppet Theater performs a manifesto on transformation, inspired by Albrecht Dürer’s apocalyptic woodcuts and the daily news. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. $5-25. Info, 540-0406. ‘DISGRACED’: See WED.14, 7:30 p.m. ‘AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE’: See THU.15. ‘MACBETH’: See THU.15. ‘SEX WITH STRANGERS’: See WED.14. ‘VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE’: Island Stage launches its inaugural season with Christopher Durang’s gut-busting comedy centered on three middle-aged siblings. Folsom Education & Community Center, South Hero, 7-10 p.m. $12-15. Info, 777-4326.


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. MAKE BELIEVERS! A LITERARY CABARET & OPEN MIC: Writers and artists of all stripes share words they love however they like as part of a monthly literary performance series. College Hall, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Info, 552-0692. POEM-A-DAY RECORDING SESSIONS: Rick Agran captures poems for posterity and possible radio broadcast on WGDR. Participants receive a digital recording of their poem. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, noon-2 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.


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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,


PRUNING & GRAFTING FRUIT TREES: Mike Hebb helps orchard owners and home horticulturalists prep apple trees for spring. Justin Morrill Homestead, Strafford, 1-4 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, 765-4288.


BAKE & BOOK SALE: Homemade treats sustain bookworms as they browse bargain-priced titles. United Church of Fairfax, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 849-6313.


CANNABIS CULTIVATION CLASS: SETUP & SUPPLIES: First-time growers and old hobbyists alike learn what it takes to give plants a healthy start. Green State Gardener, Burlington, 11:30 a.m.1 p.m. Free. Info, 540-2097.


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.



See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. GREEN MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL: See FRI.16. ‘MOUNTAIN TOP’: This 2017 drama tells the story of a smalltown lawyer-turned-preacher who agrees to assist an eccentric man in court. Concessions are available. The Baptist Fellowship of Randolph, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 565-8013. ‘ONCE’: A street musician and a Czech immigrant fall in love in this modern musical set in the streets of Dublin. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 3 & 5 p.m. $9-11; preregister. Info, 457-2355. ‘SILENCE’: In medieval Japan, two Catholic priests played by Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver search for their mentor, who is rumored to have renounced his religion. Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, Middlebury College, 3 & 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS 3D’: See WED.14. WEEKEND MOVIE: BUSTER KEATON SPECIAL: Laughs galore are in store, courtesy of the master of silent comedy. Norwich Public Library, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 649-1184. WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL: See FRI.16, noon-8 p.m. ‘WONDERS OF THE ARCTIC 3D’: See WED.14.

food & drink

CALEDONIA WINTER FARMERS MARKET: Fresh baked goods, veggies, beef and maple syrup encourage foodies to shop locally. St. Johnsbury Welcome Center, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 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. JUNIOR IRON CHEF VERMONT: Middle and high school students put their culinary skills to the test in this annual statewide competition highlighting local ingredients. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $3; $5 per family. Info, 434-3821. 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,

VERMONT FARMERS MARKET: See WED.14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. WOODBURY PIE BREAKFAST: Neighbors catch up over sweet and savory desserts. Live music and a used-book sale are the cherry on top. Woodbury Elementary School, 8:30-10:30 a.m. $4-7. Info, 279-9266.





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health & fitness

AERIAL YOGA FOR DEEP REST: Fabric supports students as they sink into sustained postures. Sangha Studio — North, Burlington, 4-5 p.m. $15-20. Info, 448-4262. BUTI FLOW: Yogis benefit from power yoga and deep abdominal toning. Women’s Room, Burlington, 9 a.m. $16. Info, CAPOEIRA: A blend of martial arts, music and dancing challenges adults and kids. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 1-2 p.m. $12. Info, EQUINOX AERIAL FLOW: Supported inversions and powerful standing postures help individuals embody their intentions for spring. Sangha Studio — North, Burlington, 2-3:30 p.m. $20-25. Info, 448-4262. ESSENTIAL AYURVEDA FOR WOMEN: THE 3 VITAL TOOLS: Not feeling your best? Attendees learn to boost their energy, balance their mood and nourish their cells through oils, herbs and breath. Railyard Apothecary, Burlington, 5-7 p.m. $25. Info, 540-0595. FITNESS BOOT CAMP: Ma’am, yes, ma’am! Exercise expert Ginger Lambert guides active bodies in an interval-style workout to build strength and cardiovascular fitness. Middlebury Recreation Facility, 8-9 a.m. $12. Info, 343-7160. HARRY POTTER FLOW: Muggles hit the mat for a themed yoga practice. Sangha Studio — North, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $15-20. Info, 448-4262. INTRO TO SUN SALUTATIONS: Yogis move all the major joints and engage the major muscle groups while exploring 12 postures. Balance Yoga, Richmond, 4-5:30 p.m. $20. Info, LOVEYOURBRAIN FOUNDATION MINDFUL MARCH BENEFIT CLASS: An all-levels flow yoga session raises funds for a nonprofit dedicated to improving the quality of life of individuals affected by traumatic brain SAT.17



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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.

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USA DANCE VERMONT SOCIAL DANCE: Whether clad in bluejeans or formal wear, twinkletoed movers cut a rug in a relaxed setting that celebrates the art of ballroom dance. Elley-Long Music Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 6:30-11 p.m. $10-15. Info, 999-2434.




CONTRA DANCE: A traditional social dance comes complete with music by Dave Langford and Colin McCaffrey, and calling by Nils Fredland. Capital City Grange, Berlin, instruction session, 7:35 p.m.; dance, 8-11 p.m. $5-15. Info, 249-7454.

fairs & festivals

NEW YORK STATE MAPLE WEEKEND: Maple producers open their doors to the public for tastings, pancake breakfasts and more. See mapleweekend. com for details. Various New York locations, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Prices vary; most events are free. Info, 518-726-7139.


COMPOSITION, IMPROVISATION, MOVEMENT & PLAY: Vermont Dance Alliance founder and director Hanna Satterlee leads an open-level workshop. Ackley Hall, Green Mountain College, Poultney, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, info@

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.

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calendar NEWBIE NOON INTRO TO HOT YOGA: First-timers in loosefitting clothing get their stretch on in a comfortably warm environment. Hot Yoga Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 999-9963. R.I.P.P.E.D.: Resistance, intervals, power, plyometrics, endurance and diet define this high-intensity physical-fitness program. North End Studio A, Burlington, 9-10 a.m. $10. Info, 578-9243.


CHOCOLATE SCULPTURE DEMO: Artist Emily McCracken gives cacao a wow factor when creating an Easter-themed confection. Lake Champlain Chocolates Factory Store & Café, Burlington, 2 p.m. Free; limited space. Info, 864-1807.





SHIVER ME SHAMROCKS 5K FUN RUN/WALK: Runners make strides for Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum, then unwind at an after-party at the Hop’n Moose. See calendar spotlight. Heritage Family Credit Union, Rutland, 1-4 p.m. $30-35; free for kids’ run. Info, 888-252-8932. ST. PATRICK’S DAY BELLS: Traditional Irish tunes ring out from giant bronze instruments. Trinity United Methodist Church, Montpelier, 11:58 a.m. Free. Info, 229-9158. ST. PATRICKS’ DAY WITH ALTAN: Hailing from the Emerald Isle, the band celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with traditional tunes with a contemporary twist. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 8 p.m. $15-48. Info, 863-5966. ST. PATRICK’S DAY WITH PETE’S POSSE: Three generations of players come together to create dynamic roots music. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 7:30 p.m. $20-25. Info, 760-4634.


ARMENIAN CONVERSATION GROUP: Singing, dancing, drama and games promote proficiency. Community Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. DUTCH LANGUAGE CLASSES: Planning a trip to Amsterdam? Learn vocabulary and grammar basics from a native speaker. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, bheeks@


Find club dates in the music section. AN EVENING OF SONGS & ARIAS: Middlebury College students travel from the baroque era to the present with varied compositions. Robison Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. GRÁINNE HAMBLY & WILLIAM JACKSON: Spirits soar during a Celtic harp concert. Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, 7:30 p.m. $17-20. Info, 728-9878. IAN ETHAN CASE: Wielding a 12-string, double-neck guitar, the virtuoso and his trio dazzle audience members with intricate rhythms. Brandon Music, 7:30 p.m. $20; $45 includes dinner; preregister; BYOB. Info, 247-4295. LEE ANN WOMACK: One of country music’s standout singers takes the stage as part of her All the Trouble tour. See calendar spotlight. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 8 p.m. $35.50-45.50. Info, 775-0903. PRYDEIN: The local group teams up with Catamount Pipe Band to belt out Celtic rock. Vergennes Opera House, 7:30 p.m. $15-20. Info, 877-6737. SUGAR DAZE: Revelers rock out to the sounds of Blues Traveler at an outdoor stage. Braiden Sunshine and Jake Kulak and the Pete Kilpatrick Band open. Courtyard, Jackson Gore Inn, Okemo Mountain Resort, Ludlow, 3:30 p.m. Free; $75 for VIP passes. Info, 228-1600.


MUD SEASON (MAPLE SEASON) BIRD MONITORING WALK: Experienced birders keep their ears and eyes open for winged wonders. Office Building. Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington, 8-10 a.m. Donations. Info, 434-3068.


RICK HUBBARD: Using loaned iClicker devices, audience members weigh in during a conversation about the state of our democracy. South Burlington Community Library, 10 a.m.noon. Free. Info, 999-3905.



VCAM ORIENTATION: Videoproduction hounds master basic concepts and nomenclature at an overview of VCAM facilities, policies and procedures. VCAM Studio, Burlington, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 651-9692.

Thinking News Consumer.” Ethan Allen Room, Capitol Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, Montpelier, noon. $5 includes lunch; preregister. Info, 899-3657. PECHA KUCHA: THE BICYCLE AS A TOOL FOR SOCIAL CHANGE: Using 20 slides in 20 seconds, presenters tell fast-paced stories celebrating cycling. Maglianero, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 863-4475.


24 HOURS OF STRATTON: Winter enthusiasts ski and ride around the clock to fight children’s poverty and hunger in Vermont. Stratton Mountain Resort, 9 a.m. Funds raised. Info, 297-2096. CYCLE THE CITY RIDE: Pedal pushers welcome spring on a 10-mile guided tour through historic Burlington. Old Spokes Home, Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 863-4475. WINOOSKI WIGGLE FAT BIKE RIDE: Adventure seekers comfortable riding in sloppy conditions traverse the urban wilds of the Onion City and Burlington. Old Spokes Home, Burlington, 1-4 p.m. Free. Info,


CHET MACKENZIE: Something seems fishy! A bony-plated species comes to life in “Sturgeon: Prehistoric Giant of Lake Champlain.” A vegetarian meal from Farmhouse Catering precedes the talk. Unitarian Church of Montpelier, dinner, 6 p.m.; talk, 7:30 p.m. Free; $20 for dinner; preregister. Info, saddleshoes2@ JOHN CHRISTIE & NAOMI SCHALIT: Two veteran media professionals lead the spirited discussion “Integrity of Journalism: How to Be a Critical

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into the realm of metaphor. 110 Main St., Suite 3C, Burlington, 10:30 a.m. Free; preregister at; limited space. Info, 383-8104.



WHITMAN BROOK ORCHARD GUIDED WALK — PRUNING: Participants see examples of care techniques carried out on apple trees of various ages. Whitman Brook Orchard, Quechee, 1:30-3:30 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, 765-4288.



YOGA FOR HIPS, HAMSTRINGS & THE LOWER BACK: Tension, be gone! Grounded static postures target the joints, fascia and connective tissue. Sangha Studio — North, Burlington, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $20-25. Info, 448-4262.

TRANS 20SOMETHINGS MOVIE NIGHT: Individuals who identify as trans or nonbinary gather for popcorn and a picture. Pride Center of Vermont, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, sunshine@

USING FACEBOOK FOR GENEALOGY RESEARCH: Participants gain the skills to reach the outer limbs of their family tree with the help of the social networking platform. Vermont Genealogy Library, Fort Ethan Allen, Colchester, 10:30 a.m.-noon. $10. Info, 310-9285.

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YIN YOGA: Students hold poses for several minutes to give connective tissues a good stretch. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 8-9:30 a.m. $12. Info, studio@

PAINT: A DRAG CABARET: Pickle hosts “Fractured Fairytales,” a display of sass and class featuring an all-professional drag troupe. Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 9 p.m. $10-15; for ages 18 and up. Info, 877-987-6487.


injury. Sangha Studio — North, Burlington, 10-11 a.m. Donations. Info, 448-4262.




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


‘ANNE OF GREEN GABLES — THE MUSICAL’: See FRI.16, 2-4 & 7:309:30 p.m. ‘DISGRACED’: See WED.14, 2 & 7:30 p.m. ‘AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE’: See THU.15. ‘FROM THE POSSIBILITARIAN ARSENAL: A CANTASTORIA EXTRAVAGANZA’: Bread and Puppet Theater tackles urgent themes of the moment through song, movement, text and puppetry. Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, Middlebury, 7 p.m. $10-25. Info, 525-3031. ‘MACBETH’: See THU.15. ‘THE MAGIC SHOW’: Teen magician Ben Zabin inspires shock and awe with illusions, mind reading and sleight of hand, all served with a dash of comedy. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. $13. Info, ‘THE ODD COUPLE (FEMALE VERSION)’ AUDITIONS: Actors step into prospective roles in a Stowe Theatre Guild production. Stowe Town Hall Theatre, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. Info, info@ ‘SEX WITH STRANGERS’: See WED.14. ‘VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE’: See FRI.16.


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. POETRY MASTER CLASS: Writer Karin Gottshall leads a deep dive

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,


ISRAELI FOLK DANCING: No partner is required for a beginner-friendly session of circle dances. Social Hall, Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, 7:309:30 p.m. $2. Info, 864-0218. NIA WITH SUZY — MOVE. SWEAT. BREATHE.: See FRI.16. WINTER DANCE GALA: New works by choreographers from around the state take center stage in this Vermont Dance Alliance spectacular. Ackley Hall, Green Mountain College, Poultney, 2 p.m. $5-25. Info,


MISSISQUOI RIVER BASIN ASSOCIATION’S ANNUAL FORUM: A discussion of 2017 water-quality-monitoring results paves the way for a soil health seminar for aspiring backyard farmers. Westfield Community Center, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 393-0076.


AARP TAX AIDE PROGRAM: Low-to-moderate-income seniors get help filing their taxes. Community Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 12:30, 2 & 3:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 865-7211. JAZZ BRUNCH: Yummy eats, a silent auction and live music by Jenni Johnson & the Jazz Junketeers are on the menu at this library fundraiser. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $45; cash bar. Info,

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BURLINGTON IRISH HERITAGE FESTIVAL: See WED.14. MAPLE FESTIVAL: Music, demos, sweet treats and a silent auction are on the menu at a day dedicated to maple syrup in all its glory. Middletown Springs Historical Society, 1-4 p.m. Free. Info, 235-2376.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. GREEN MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL: See FRI.16. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS 3D’: See WED.14. WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL: See FRI.16, noon-8 p.m. ‘WONDERS OF THE ARCTIC 3D’: See WED.14.

food & drink

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. GRAIN-FREE BAKING: Mike Proia of Blank Page Café and Stephanie Bless of Bread and Butter Farm share their kitchen expertise. Community Teaching Kitchen, City Market, Onion River Co-op, Burlington South End, 12:30-2:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 861-9700. NEW YORK STATE MAPLE WEEKEND: See SAT.17.


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

CBD GUIDED MEDITATION: See WED.14, Railyard Apothecary, Burlington, 3:45-5 p.m. $15. Info, 540-0595. 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, TAI CHI CHUAN: See THU.15, Stepping Stone Yoga Studio, Jeffersonville, 10:30 a.m.-noon. $18. Info, 323-9555. 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, VINYASA FLOW 1/2: This dynamic yoga practice joins physical postures with the rhythm of the breath. Evolution Physical Therapy & Yoga, Burlington, 8:45-10 a.m. $15. Info, YOGA FOR FOLKS WITH LYME & RECOVERY GROUP: A restorative yoga practice paves the way for


an open discussion focused on the path to wellness. Laughing River Yoga, Burlington, 2-3:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 343-8119.


EASTER CHOCOLATE TASTING: Friends and families hunt for the perfect flavor, from caramel to peanut butter to coconut cream. Lake Champlain Chocolates Factory Store & Café, Burlington, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 864-1807.


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


QTPOC BOWLING: LGBTQ people of color hit the lanes to topple pins. Spare Time Family Fun Center, Colchester, 8-10 p.m. $10. Info, sunshine@pridecentervt. org.


ONE-DAY FRENCH IMMERSION: DISCOVER MONTRÉAL FROM SKY TO EARTH: Beginner-level Francophones are transported to Montréal via private van, where they develop their language skills on a guided tour of the city. Starbucks, South Burlington, 8 a.m. $239; preregister; limited space. Info, yourfrenchconnection123@


Find club dates in the music section.

THE GIFT OF MUSIC GALA: Eleven performers bring a variety of sounds to the stage to support the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital. University of Vermont Recital Hall, Burlington, 4-6 p.m. $50. Info, 782-4331.

WINDSONG WOODWIND QUINTET CONCERT: Compositions by Piazolla, Bach and others put smiles on faces. Refreshments are provided. Ferrisburgh Town Office & Community Center, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, 877-2211. ZOE & CLOYD: Appalachian sounds come to the Green Mountain State by way of this renowned multi-instrumental duo. Private residence, Montpelier, 4 p.m. $15; preregister for directions. Info, 793-3016.


WILDLIFE TRACKING CLUB: Outdoor enthusiasts seek signs of species in Burlington’s urban wilds. Rock Point Nature Trails, Burlington, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info,




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.


WILLIAM PARKINSON: Through stories and photos, “A History Tour of Fort Ethan Allen” offers a look at the site’s military and civilian evolution from the 1890s to the present. Ethan Allen Homestead Museum, Burlington, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info, 865-4556.


‘ANNE OF GREEN GABLES — THE MUSICAL’: See FRI.16, 2-4 p.m. ‘THE BASIC BYE-BYE SHOW’: See FRI.16, Old Labor Hall, Barre, 5-7 p.m. $10-25. Info, 479-5600.

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. OPEN HOUSE: Parents of potential students learn the ABCs of the independent educational institution by talking to teachers and touring the campus. Orchard Valley Waldorf School, East Montpelier, 6:30-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 456-7400.


Burlington’s newest dining experience is a departure from the ordinary! Join us for a relaxing round-trip train ride through the Champlain Valley. Savor delicious dishes and signature drinks in a historic dining car. Departs from Burlington Union Station on Friday and Saturday evenings, May 11th through September 1st. Special packages and group rates available!

JOB HUNT HELP: See THU.15, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. MAINTENANCE MONDAYS: With lubricant, cleaner, grease and air, cyclists keep their bikes in working order through the sloppy weather. Old Spokes Home Community Workshop, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 863-4475. SERVICE PROJECT PRESENTATIONS: College students look back on their experiences on volunteer trips to sites in the U.S. and Central America. Room 207, Bentley Hall, Johnson State College, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1408. Untitled-44 1




See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. GREEN MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL: See FRI.16. MOVIE: Snacks are provided at a showing of a popular flick. Call for details. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. 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.

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CONTACT IMPROV: See WED.14, Aikido of Champlain Valley, Burlington, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $4. Info, 864-7306. SALSA MONDAYS: Dancers learn the techniques and patterns of salsa, merengue, bachata and cha-cha. North End Studio

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‘MACBETH’: See THU.15, 2 p.m.

‘DISGRACED’: See WED.14, 5 p.m.


LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST: Members of the business community start the day with a hot meal and engaging conversation. Trader Duke’s Restaurant & Lounge, South Burlington, 7:30-9 a.m. $27-31. Info, 877-686-5253.

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HINESBURG ARTIST SERIES: Conductor Rufus Patrick leads the South County Chorus and the HAS Orchestra in a varied program including selections from Handel’s “Messiah.”



FIDDLE & BANJO WORKSHOPS: Hailing fro Asheville, N.C., the husband-wife duo Natalya Zoe Weinstein and John Cloyd Miller lead a string-instrument lesson. Center for Arts and Learning, Montpelier, 1 p.m. $25. Info, 793-3016.

ROBYN BOLLINGER: Multimedia historical presentations and live personal narratives meld with musical performance in the violinist’s program “CIACCONA: The Bass of Time.” All Souls Interfaith Gathering, Shelburne, 7-9 p.m. $5-25. Info, 846-2175.

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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.

A, Burlington, fundamentals, 7 p.m.; intermediate, 8 p.m. $12. Info, 227-2572.


COLLEGE CHOIR BALTICS TOUR CONCERT: Audience members get a preview of the vocal ensemble’s upcoming performances in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Mead Memorial Chapel, Middlebury College, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.

Hinesburg St. Jude Catholic Church, 4:30 p.m. $15-20. Info, 863-5966.

BRIDGE CLUB: See WED.14, 6:30 p.m. MON.19

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CHESS CLUB: Checkmate! Players make strategic moves and vie for the opposing king. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:304:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. 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.

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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.

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. ZAKIR HUSSAIN & RAKESH CHAURASIA: Celebrated musicians forge intricate music with innovative tabla and flute. See calendar spotlight. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $15-45. Info, 863-5966.

CLEARING THE SUBCONSCIOUS: Students cast off negativity and fear in favor of renewal, love and clarity in this class complete with guided meditation and gong healing. Chai Space, Dobra Tea, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. $18. Info, 318-6050. GENTLE HONEY FLOW: A slowmoving yoga class awakens the body for the week ahead. Women’s Room, Burlington, 12:15 p.m. $16. Info,



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, studio@zenbarnvt. com. 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. TIBETAN YOGA: A cleansing practice leads to greater clarity off the mat. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, noon-1:15 p.m. $12. Info, VIGOROUS VINYASA FLOW: See WED.14, 4:30-5:30 p.m.



YIN YOGA: See SAT.17, 12-1:15 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. 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.






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RUTLAND YOUNG PROFESSIONALS MARCH MIX: Area business people mix, mingle and learn about the everchanging solar industry over appetizers, beer and wine. Same Sun of Vermont, Rutland, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 775-7900.




VERMONT FARMERS MARKET CONFERENCE: Learning and networking opportunities engage market managers, board members and organizers. Vermont Law School, South Royalton, 8:30 a.m.4:30 p.m. $40-50. Info, 434-3821.




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ALEXIS VAHLAS: Drawing on his knowledge of international affairs, the University of Stasbourg professor puts forward “Allies and Adversaries: NATO’s Evolving Role.” Kreitzberg Library, Norwich University, Northfield, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 485-2000. GILLIAN CRANE-KRAMER: The assistant professor delivers “Investigating Social Stigma in the Past: The Medieval Leper; Fear, Loathing and the Crossing of Societal Borders.” 30 City Place, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 518-564-5279.




‘BLITHE SPIRIT’: Community members take on randomly selected roles for a reading of Noël Coward’s comic play. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info,


MONDAY NIGHT POETRY WORKSHOP: Wordsmiths analyze creative works-inprogress penned by Burlington Writers Workshop members. 110 Main St., Suite 3C, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister at; limited space. Info, 383-8104. 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.


COMMUNITY CRAFT NIGHT: Makers stitch, spin, knit and crochet their way through projects while enjoying each other’s company. Local History Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403. SPRING WREATH MAKING: Creative types give decorative arrangements a seasonal touch with flowers, birds’ nests and grape vines. Fairfax Community Library, 6-8 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, 849-2420.


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, BEGINNING LINDY HOP: In weekly sessions, hoofers learn the foundation of the swing-dance style developed in the 1920s and ’30s. Champlain Club, Burlington, 6:30-7:30 p.m. $10. Info, contact@ 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, 7:309:30 p.m. $5. Info, 448-2930.


SPRING MIGRATING AMPHIBIANS: Why did the salamander cross the road? Animal lovers find out in a presentation by herpetologist Kate Kelly. Carpenter-Carse Library, Hinesburg, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 482-2878. WORLD WATER DAY: A viewing of student art sets the stage for a talk by Stephanie Hurley on solving water problems with nature’s design. ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 4-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 372-3213.


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.

fairs & festivals

BURLINGTON IRISH HERITAGE FESTIVAL: See WED.14. JOB, INTERNSHIP & GRADUATE SCHOOL FAIR: Individuals identify potential career and educational opportunities. Spartan Athletic Complex, Castleton University, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 468-1339.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. CASTLETON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: See THU.15. GREEN MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL: See FRI.16. ‘LOVING VINCENT’: Rendered in oil-painted animation, this 2017 biographical film follows a young man in the last hometown of artist Vincent van Gogh. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 1:30 & 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. ‘THE MOMENT’: Refreshments from Havoc Mean fuel adventure seekers for a screening of this documentary about the birth of freeride mountain biking. Outdoor Gear Exchange, Burlington, 7:45 p.m. $5. Info, 860-0190. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS 3D’: See WED.14. ‘WONDERS OF THE ARCTIC 3D’: See WED.14.


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

health & fitness

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. FELDENKRAIS AWARENESS THROUGH MOVEMENT: See FRI.16, 5:30-6:30 p.m. GENTLE FLOW YOGA: See THU.15. 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,

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.

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.

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, studio@zenbarnvt. com. 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. VINYASA FLOW 1/2: See SUN.18, 5:45-7 p.m. 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. YOGA CORE FOR BABES: See THU.15.


‘LA CAUSERIE’ FRENCH CONVERSATION: Native speakers and learners are welcome to pipe up at an unstructured conversational practice. El Gato Cantina, Burlington, 4:30-6 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0195. LUNCH IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE: ITALIAN: Speakers hone their skills in the Romance language over a bag lunch. 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, 6:30-8:30 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.


Find club dates in the music section. APOLLO’S FIRE: Charismatic harpsichord virtuoso Jeanette Sorrell leads the Cleveland ensemble in the music of J.S. Bach and his most admired colleagues. Fuller Hall, St. Johnsbury Academy, 7 p.m. $15-54; free for students. Info, 748-2600. MONTPELIER UKULELE GROUP CONCERT: Music lovers celebrate the first day of spring with the joyous sounds of the four-string instrument. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.

BETHEL UNIVERSITY: See WED.14. EPIC HOMEBUYING / DIY SERIES: Mortgage and real estate experts bust myths around purchasing a home, then Anne Duany Whyte of Vermont Homebrew Supply covers the basics of producing one’s own beverages. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0406. WOOF! WHAT’S THE DOG SAYING?: A canine communication and safety lecture demystifies Fido’s body language. Please leave pups at home. Williston Central School, 6-7:30 p.m. $1015. Info,


‘DEFENDING OUR DEMOCRACY: TRANSPARENCY, CYBER SECURITY AND VOTING RIGHTS’: Terri Hallenbeck moderates a discussion with Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos, state senator Chris Pearson and cyber-security expert Justin Fimlaid. Shelburne Town Offices, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 363-0539. MARY FILLMORE: “Resistance Then and Now” draws on the World War II Dutch opposition as an example to consider when contemplating whether to stand up to what one feels is wrong. Fletcher Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. ‘RACIAL JUSTICE AND THE CATHOLIC CHURCH’: At a luncheon, faculty members exchange ideas on Bryan N. Massingale’s book Racial Justice and the Catholic Church. Farrell Room, St. Edmund’s Hall, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 12:15 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 654-2766.


INTERMEDIATE MICROSOFT WORD: Students work with the word processor’s advanced features and customization options. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 865-7217.


BROWN BAG BOOK CLUB: Readers voice opinions about Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger. 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. Pickering Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, btvpoetry@ CREATIVE NONFICTION WORKSHOP: Folks give feedback on essays, poetry and journalism written by Burlington Writers Workshop members. 110



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‘LA LA LAND’: Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone star as a pianist and an actress who fall in love in Los Angeles. Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, 6-8 p.m. $5. Info, 533-2000. ‘LOVING VINCENT’: See TUE.20, 7 p.m.







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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.



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.

CHUNHOGARANG: Six instrumentalists serve up traditional Korean chamber music. Robison Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.






AMPHIBIAN MONITORING PUBLIC TRAINING NIGHT: Citizen scientists pick up tips for safely observing migrating salamanders and frogs. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 7-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 229-6206. BETHEL UNIVERSITY: See WED.14. GRANT SEEKER WORKSHOP: CULTURAL FACILITIES & HISTORIC PRESERVATION: See WED.14, Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm. INTRO TO FLY TYING: See WED.14. WOOF! WHAT’S THE DOG SAYING?: See TUE.20, Barlow Street Community Center, St. Albans, 6:30-8 p.m. $10-13.


BANISH THE BURLINGTON MARATHON BLUES: Running instructor Sarah Richardson touts tips for staying injury-free while training for a long-distance race. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, info@



CONVERSATIONS SERIES: RELATIONSHIPS ACROSS DIFFERENCE: MEETING AT THE CROSSROADS: Nature Connection Guide’s Duncan Murdoch and High Reach Farm’s Steven Parker delve into the topic of “Nature as Our Guide.” Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, Shelburne Museum, 6:30 p.m. Donations; preregister. Info, 985-3346.

‘FUDDY MEERS’: Saint Michael’s College theater program students entertain onlookers with David Lindsay-Abaire’s comical trip through the mind of a young woman with amnesia. See calendar spotlight. McCarthy Arts Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 654-2000. ‘SEX WITH STRANGERS’: See WED.14.

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.

‘THE STALLION HOWL’: Rutland High School’s Encore Theatre presents Dale Wasserman’s comedic play about a married couple under pressure. Rutland High School, 7 p.m. $5. Info, 770-1134.



LAURA SPENCE: The speaker looks to the future in “Steppe Changes: Predicting the Effects of Climate Change on the Mongolian Mountain-Steppe.” S-102, Thaddeus Fairbanks Science Wing, Lyndon State College, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 626-6459. PATRICIA JULIEN: With the aid of recorded and live performances, the professor of music elucidates her creative process in “Stories About Composing.” Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building, University of Vermont, Burlington, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-3040. TEDX BROWNELL LIBRARY: Lifelong learners watch TED Talk videos centered on the theme of “A Spark of Inspiration.” Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.


‘INNOVATION ITERATION’ OPENING EVENT: A weeklong showcase of Emergent Media Center projects commences with free food and interactive demos. Champlain College Art Gallery, Burlington, 4-6 p.m. Free. Info, INTRODUCTION TO HTML5 & CSS3: See WED.14.


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COOK THE BOOK: Foodies bring a dish from The New Basics Cookbook by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins to a palatepleasing potluck. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.


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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DINNER & A MOVIE: NEW DATE. A summertime-themed potluck meal paves the way for a viewing of A Green Mountain Journey. Milton Historical Society, 6 p.m. Free. Info, miltonhistorical@








‘THE SALT OF THE EARTH’: This 2014 documentary, shown as part of the Architecture + Design Film Series, turns the lens toward photographer Sebastião Salgado, who spent four decades chronicling remote cultures. Burlington City Hall Auditorium, 6 p.m. Free. Info, adfilmseries@


COUNTERPOINT: The Farmers Night Concert Series continues with an evening of vocal music celebrating local composers Richard Stoehr and Robert De Cormier. House Chamber, Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 828-2228.


WORKSITE WELLNESS AWARDS & CONFERENCE: WORKSITE WELLNESS ESSENTIALS FOR A THRIVING WORKPLACE: Business owners and human resource professionals convene for educational sessions and a keynote address by Wellness Council of America’s Sara Rauch. DoubleTree by Hilton, South Burlington, registration, 7:30 a.m.; conference, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. $78-128; preregister. Info, 863-7200.

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.



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.

‘THE BEST OF YOUTH’: Film buffs watch the first of three parts of a 2003 Italian drama that follows two brothers from the 1960s to the 2000s. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.


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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 foundation 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. 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, 324-5769, theshamanstouch@, theshamanstouch. com.

WATERCOLOR NOW: CONTEMPORARY APPROACHES WITH WATERCOLOR: A variety of papers, composition and non-composition, mark making, and other contemporary ideas will be explored in traditional, innovative and experimental ways. Instructor: Suzanne Siegel. Sat. & Sun., Mar. 24-25, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $250/person; $225/ members. Location: Helen Day Art Center, 90 Pond St., Stowe. Info: 253-8358, education@,






art STORYTELLING FOR SOCIAL CHANGE: Take a critical and analytical look at the history of documentary work and learn the basics of skills such as interviewing, story circle facilitation and ethnographic observation. We will also cover the technical aspects of storytelling, providing an introduction to tools for minimal-resource and mobile audio recording. Mar. 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $95/6-hour workshop. Location: Helen Day Art Center, 90 Pond St., Stowe. Info: Vermont Folklife Center, Mary Rizos, 388-4964, mrizos@,


ADULT: ALTERNATIVE FIRING: Instructor: Rik Rolla. Explore clay on the wheel in a creative, mixed-level, supportive environment. Examine properties of form, function, color and glazes. Fire finished pieces in the primitive pit, the Raku Kiln with the option to explore other firing techniques. Gas reduction kiln and electric kilns are also available. Mon., 6-8 p.m., Mar. 26-May 21; no class April 23. Cost: $335/ person; member discount avail. Location: The Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648, info@theshelburnecrafts, theshelburne ADULT: ART 101: Instructor: Kristen Maniscalco. Visual art for beginners! This is a technique-based 2-D sampler series that offers a little bit of everything: drawing, watercolor, collage, painting and mixed media. Students will gain an overview of the history behind each technique while exploring and playing with each medium. Mon., 1-3 p.m., Apr. 2- Jun. 4; no class Apr. 23 or May 28. Cost: $248/person; member discount avail. Location: The Shelburne

Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648, info@, ADULT: DRAWING FOUNDATIONS: Instructor: Neil Berger. Learn the fundamental skills of observational drawing. Explore the technical and conceptual foundation of drawing using a variety of drawing materials such as graphite, charcoal, pen and ink. Develop personal goals while examining creative concepts through demonstrations. Materials not included. Thu., 10 a.m.-noon, Mar. 22-May 17, no class Apr. 25. Cost: $248/ person; member discount avail. Location: The Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648, info@, ADULT: INTRO TO METALS: Instructor: Brenda-Lee May Prescott. Explore the basics of metalsmithing in this six-week class. Learn how to saw, file and solder using a torch to make a small piece in copper or brass. Then, using sterling silver, make a ring or small pendant. Tue., 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Mar. 20-May 1; no class Apr. 17. Cost: $370/ person; member discount avail. Location: The Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd, Shelburne. Info: 985-3648, info@, ADULT: LIFE DRAWING: Instructor: Misoo Filan. Practice the traditional art of drawing the human figure in a supportive and respectful atmosphere. With a life-drawing model present at each class, students will be able to capture the human form in varying mediums and develop drawing skills by studying human anatomy. Bring your favorite medium (water based). Basic drawing experience recommended. Mon., 6-8 p.m., Mar. 12-Apr. 2. Cost: $142/person; member discount avail. Location: The Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne, Info: 985-3648, info@, ADULT: MIXED-LEVEL WHEEL: Instructor: Rik Rolla. Further develop the fundamentals of wheel-throwing. Explore techniques through demonstrations and hands-on assistance. You set the pace and gain experience through guided individualized practice. Gas reduction kiln and electric oxidation kiln are available for firing, including an option to explore other firing methods. Wed., 6-8 p.m., Mar. 28-May 23; no class Apr. 25. Cost: $335/ person; member discount avail. Location: The Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648,, ADULT: PAINTING PRACTICE: Instructor: Neil Berger. Together we will explore painting as performance: a series of gestures more like a dance than a marathon. We will look at pictures as holistic arrangements of shapes

and colors instead of “subject matter” and learn to trust the intimate, awkward and natural encounter with paint. Tue, 10 a.m.-noon, Mar. 20-May 15; no class April 24. Cost: $248/ person; member discount avail. Location: The Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648, info@, ADULT: RAISING METAL: Instructor: Michael Coffey. Raising is used to create threedimensional forms out of sheet metal, often in the form of cups, bowls or other voluminous vessels. Learn proper tool usage, materials selection, annealing/ stress relieving and more. Finish this four-week-long class with at least one cup, bowl or other vessel. Tue., 6-9 p.m., May 1-22. Cost: $245/person; member discount avail. Location: The Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648, info@, ADULT: SHAKER HALL TABLE: Instructor: Ryan Cocina. Learn a comprehensive introduction to woodworking. This course explores basic principles of lumber selection, hand-tool and machinery usage, milling, joinery, and finishing. You will build a Shaker-style hall table, taking the project from blueprint through completion, while gaining familiarity with the woodshop environment. Mon., 6-9 p.m., Mar. 26-Jun. 11; no class Apr. 23 & May 28. Cost: $565/ person; member discount avail. Location: The Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648, info@, ART AND CRAFT CLASSES: Art and craft studios located in Shelburne Village. Since 1945, our historic campus has been a home to arts and crafts people looking to create in clay, woodworking, visual arts, metals and glass. With year-round classes for adults and kids, we offer a one-of-a-kind creative experience. Ongoing person; member discount avail. Location: The Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648, info@, BLACKSMITHING 1: Instructors: Michael Coffey and Mark Hemley. Using a forge, students will learn basic blacksmithing techniques such as building and maintaining a fire, hammer control and more. Students will create hooks, pokers and small leaves during this two-day workshop. Materials included. Please bring a sack lunch. Sat. & Sun., Jun. 2 & 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $235/ person; member discount avail. Location: The Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648, info@,



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

ANGELS WORKSHOP: Learn how you can work more consciously with the inner energies that have been called “angels.” Through dozens of examples and exercises, discover how to contact your inner guides and bolster your trust in the universe. Led by Sue Mehrtens. Mar. 21 & 28, Apr. 4 & 11, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $60/person. Location: Jungian Center for the Spiritual Sciences, 55 Clover Ln., Waterbury. Info: Sue Mehrtens, 244-7909,

DSANTOS VT DANCE CLASSES: New classes, new location! Come join the fun. Weekly classes in salsa, bachata, kizomba, kuduro. No partner or experience needed. Beginner drop-in classes. Salsa, Mon., 7-8 p.m.; Kizomba, Wed., 8-9 p.m.; Bachata, Thu., 6-7 p.m. Cost: $15/1-hour class. Location: Dsantos VT Dance Studio, 294 N. Winooski Ave., Unit 112A, Burlington. Info: Jon Bacon, 227-2572,

Feldenkrais UNLOCK YOUR JAW WORKSHOP: This workshop will deliver an engaging and gentle series of Awareness Through Movement® lessons designed to reduce muscular tension and promote relaxation and ease throughout the jaw, mouth and throat. People who suffer from TMJ, teeth grinding at night, neck discomfort and tension around their voice box will find this workshop particularly to their benefit. Sat., Mar. 17, 3-5 p.m. Cost: $30/2-hour workshop. Location: Sacred Mountain Studio, 215 College St., Burlington. Info: Vermont Feldenkrais, Uwe Mester, 735-3770,,


design/build TINY HOUSE ‘GARDENEER’: In class: tool type and use, materials, parts of a house, lumber list, cut list. In field: We will frame a floor, deck it, get a rafter pattern and put up two walls, framed for window and door. Forestry walk: cruising timber, dropping, limbing, chunking, splitting, stacking cord wood. Garden tour: tools, layout and utilities. Creating a “destination CSA” for progressive share cropping. Mar. 17 & 18. Cost: $250/weekend; on-site camping avail.; pre-registration required. Location: Bakersfield, Vermont. Info: 933-6103,

drumming TAIKO AND DJEMBE CLASSES IN BURLINGTON!: New drumming sessions begin weeks of Mar. 3 and May 1. Taiko for Adults: Tue., 5:30-6:20 p.m.; Wed., 6:30-8:20 p.m. Djembe for Adults: Wed., 5:30-6:20 p.m. Taiko for Kids and Parents: Tue., 4:30-5:20 p.m. Djembe for Kids and Parents: Wed., 4:30-5:20 p.m. Drums provided. Conga classes, too! Online schedule, registration. Location: Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave., Suite 3G, Burlington. Info: 999-4255,

FRUIT TREES: Fruit trees make a bountiful and delicious addition to your landscape. Learn how to choose the right one for your space and taste. The pruning seminar is an ideal companion. Presenter: Charlie Nardozzi. Sat., Mar. 31, 9:30-11 a.m. Cost: $15. Location: Gardener’s Supply, 128 Intervale Rd., Burlington. Info: 660-3505, gardenerssupply GARDENING AND ORNAMENTAL GRASSES: Learn about using ornamental grasses in home landscapes. Come learn about the presenter’s favorite varieties, why they work, how to use them successfully in combination with shrubs and perennials, and how to extend the season with fall color. Presenter: Silvia Jope. Sat., Mar. 24, 9:30-11 a.m. Cost: $15/person. Location: Gardener’s Supply, 128 Intervale Rd., Burlington. Info: 660-3505, ORCHIDS 101: Learn the basics of orchid care with practical, easy-to-understand advice from our orchid expert, Ellen. During this workshop, you will learn all the basics of successful orchid growing plus have an opportunity to repot your orchid. Fee includes: workshop, one orchid and an orchid pot. Sun., Apr. 1, 2-4 p.m. Cost: $45. Location: Gardener’s Supply, 472 Marshall Ave., Williston. Info: 660-3505,



BUILD A FIRE PISTON: The lathe is typically used to create cylindrical or tapered objects in plastic or metal. In this safety and basic use course, we will learn metal turning, selecting speeds and cutting tools right for the task. To help learn the application, we will build a functional fire piston. Learn more about classes at Mon., Mar. 26 & Apr. 2, 6-8:30 p.m. Location: Generator, 40 Sears Ln., Burlington. Info: 540-0761. LASER CUT BOARD GAME DESIGN: One of the things we love about tabletop games is the look and feel of an awesome game. Now you can make your own game with components that are beautiful to look at and use. This is a project-based class that relies primarily on the laser machine. Learn more about classes at Wed.,: Mar. 28, Apr. 4 & 11, 5:308:30 p.m. Location: Generator, 40 Sears Ln., Burlington. Info: 540-0761. WOOD COVER SKETCHBOOK WORKSHOP: Never buy another journal or sketchbook again. Learn the craft of bookbinding by making your own sketchbook in just two evenings. Students in this workshop will learn different methods of bookbinding and make sample mini books. Learn more about classes at Tue., Mar. 20 & 27, 6-9 p.m. Location: Generator, 40 Sears Ln., Burlington. Info: 540-0761.

ABSOLUMENT FRENCH CLASSES: Oh la la! Spring French Adult Session. Rev up your brain! Been wanting to learn French for awhile?! Held in beautiful cozy studio. Interactive, fun, structured, supportive. Experienced instructor, lived in West Africa/ Paris. Makes a great gift aussi for the francophile in your life! Wed., Mar. 28-May 16. Beginner French: 5-6:30 p.m. Adv. Beg./ Intermediate French: 6:30-8 p.m. Cost: $240/8-week class. Location: Wingspan Studio, 4A Howard St., Burlington. Info: Madame Maggie Standley, 2337676, maggiestandley@gmail. com, ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE 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@, ANNOUNCING SPANISH CLASSES: Spanish classes start in March. Learn from a native speaker via small classes or personal instruction. You’ll always be participating and speaking. Lesson packages for travelers. Lessons for young children; they love it! English as second language instruction online. Our 12th year. See our website or contact us for details. Starting Mar. 26. Cost: $225/10 weekly classes of 90+ min. each. Location: Spanish in Waterbury Center, Waterbury Center. Info: 585-1025, spanishparavos,

martial arts MARTIAL WAY: Colchester and Milton locations. Classes in selfdefense, karate, kung fu, jiu jitsu and tai chi. We have 14 different age and experience levels, so the training is always age- and

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, 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 Vermont, born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. A five-time Brazilian National Champion; International World Masters Champion and IBJJF World Masters Champion. Accept no Iimitations! Location: Vermont


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 Saturday of each month, 9 a.m.-noon. An open house (intro to the center, short dharma talk and socializing) is held on the third Sunday 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,

tai chi 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,, 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.

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, naomimitsuda@gmail. com.

yoga EVOLUTION YOGA: Practice yoga in a down-to-earth atmosphere with some of the most experienced teachers and therapeutic professionals in Burlington. Daily drop-in classes, including $5 community classes, Yoga Wall and Yoga Therapeutics classes led by physical therapists. Join our Yoga for Life Program to dive deeper into your practice, or register for our Yoga Teacher Training for Health and Wellness Professionals. We offer specialty workshops, series and trainings, rooted in the art and science of yoga as a healing practice for body, mind and spirit. $5-$15/ class; $140/10-class card; $5-10/ community class. 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. Brand-new

FUN CAMPS CLOSE TO HOME • Engaging camps for boys and girls ages 5 to 16 • Day camps in Burlington, or hop on the bus to Greylock

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 200- and 500-hour levels, as well as children and dance teacher training courses. Check our our website for dance classes and yoga summer camps! Daily classes & workshops. $50/new student (1 month 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: 497-0136, honestyogastudio@, honestyogacenter. com. NEK YOGA TEACHER TRAINING: Step into your purpose and path. This Yoga Teacher Training/ Life Enrichment program will weave the transformative benefits of yoga and leadership into all areas of your life. Shift your awareness to embody greater freedom, ease, joy, love and connection. Open to profound healing for yourself and all you come in contact with. Monthly, starting Apr. 5. Cost: $2,500/200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher Training. Location: Heart Space Yoga Center, 446 Railroad St., St. Johnsbury. Info: Andrea Thibadeau, 626-3398,, 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/month and practice as often as you like! Daily. Location: Sangha Studio, 120 Pine St. and 237 North Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 448-4262, Info@

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WOOD LATHE WORKSHOP: The Rockwell Delta Wood Lathe is the perfect tool for carving a bowl, cylindrical box, furniture legs and more. Students will gain confidence in spindle gouge, roughing gouge and scraper with the skew chisel and bowl gouge. Learn more about classes at Tue., Mar. 20, 6-8 p.m. Location: Generator, 40 Sears Ln., Burlington. Info: 540-0761.


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Screaming Females’ Marissa Paternoster talks tattoos, basement culture and contentment







ower trio Screaming Females emerged in the early to mid-aughts from the DIY basement scene in New Brunswick, N.J. Since 2006, they’ve released seven albums, including 2018’s All at Once — a fitting title for an era when endless knowledge and entertainment are just a few clicks away. Front woman and guitarist Marissa Paternoster, 31, finds troublesome the never-ending stream of input made possible by smartphones. It distracts from the part of life that she feels is the most important: the middle place, the space between all of the highs and lows. “That’s kind of when some of the best stuff happens,” she told Seven Days. “That in-between time is the time you use to create the highs. That’s the only way the lows can exist.” Paternoster is known for her distinct, quivering vocals and formidable guitar skills. To wit: In 2012, Spin named her the 77th best guitarist of all time. Her group’s recent efforts boast sharper production values and more adventurous compositions than its early work, but its bedrock of gritty punk remains intact. Screaming Females perform a sold-out show on

Friday, March 16, at the Monkey House in Winooski. Radiator Hospital add support. Seven Days caught up with Paternoster by phone. SEVEN DAYS: In a feature for Vinyl Me Please, the writer reckons that All at Once is about “the broad space between joy and sadness” — and you seem to concur. MARISSA PATERNOSTER: Yeah. Life is mostly really boring. SD: I feel like a lot of people ignore or even resent that part of life. MP: I have more difficulty being quote-unquote bored or unoccupied as I get older. I think it was a lot easier to be unoccupied when I didn’t have a window to the world in my pocket all the time. The bulk of our lives is this in-between, and it’s very nuanced and isn’t without merit [or] worth — but it’s never really acknowledged. I guess because I’ve been having increased difficulty focusing and being calm and relaxed when I am in that in-between world, I definitely think about it more.

SD: One line that really strikes me from your song “Soft Domination” is, “And I need you to know me / So that no one else owns me.” I’ve read that you don’t really like to talk about your lyrics, but is there any chance we can talk about what’s going on there? MP: I’ll do it for you. That song’s kind of like about the way capitalism can kind of seduce you as a young person, kind of the same way an abusive partner might — promising you a lot of wonderful things like unconditional love or gifts and a nice house and good job and stuff. And then you get super involved, and all of a sudden you’re older, and you’re like, “I don’t want to be part of this at all, but I can’t get out of it.” SD: That’s much darker and scarier than I thought it would be. MP: Yeah, it’s not about romance. It could be if you want it to. I’m not in charge. I tell everybody [it’s] listener’s choice. However someone wants to interpret it is absolutely fine by me — as long as it brings them joy. LOUD AND CLEAR

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

Tips for the Band(s)

Make sure to include all relevant information and that everything is accurate and looks professional. I can’t tell you how often I receive emails that don’t include the date of the show a singer is trying to promote or links to their new album. It’s a bad look. Spelling and grammar mistakes are a big turnoff, too. Pro tip: Print out what you’ve written and read it out loud. You’ll catch so many more mistakes than if you read silently from a screen. Then have someone else print it out and read it aloud. Repeat until it’s perfect.



Once you have the images, never embed them in the body of an email. You can attach one or two, but better yet, send them via Google Drive or Dropbox, along with other assets such as press releases, onesheets, album art, song lyrics, etc. SOUNDBITES

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THU 3.15

Rockin’ For A Reason

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The Kids Are Alright

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Fractured Fairytales

ft. Renegade Groove, King Me

ft. Julia Caesar, Swale, Madaila

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Soulfly as Nailbomb

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Boogie T & Squnto

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That 1 Guy

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Black Tiger Sex Machine

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Too Many Zooz

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Kai Wachi, Sullivan King, Lektrique

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JUST ANNOUNCED: 4.19 Blackfoot Gypsies 4.26 Rasputina 6.21 Robert Earl Keen 6.22 Cold War Kids 1214 Williston Road, South Burlington 802-652-0777 @higherground @highergroundmusic

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Boasting stats is most likely pointless. I can only speak for myself, but I don’t care how many Spotify plays, YouTube views or Twitter followers you have. That information has no bearing on who you are as an artist and likely won’t serve editorial content


Have high-res photos. I’ve mentioned this before because it’s especially important for print media. In my experience, even if you don’t have a nice camera yourself, most creative folks at least know someone who does. Hit them up. And if you don’t know anyone with a decent camera, even a top-of-theline smartphone will shoot a decent image in good lighting. A few weeks ago, I snapped some pics of local singersongwriter/producer PRINCESS NOSTALGIA with my Droid phone and they turned out great — but a DSLR camera would have produced even better shots.

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Know whom you’re contacting. Browse a print copy or peruse the website of the outlet from which you’re seeking coverage. Does it focus only on artists working in the Chesapeake Bay area? Does it only cover bluegrass musicians? Is there a particular writer or editor who seems to run point on music stuff ? If you can answer any of these questions definitively, you’re off to a good start.


well. On the other hand, if you’re trying to license your music for commercial use, you probably do want to mention that stuff. I would imagine marketers and advertisers care a great deal about numbers — and rightly so. I also don’t care with whom you’ve “shared stages.” It’s basically meaningless to say you shared a stage with the BLACK KEYS or FATHER JOHN MISTY — unless you were direct support for an entire tour. “Shared a stage” could mean that you and 150 other bands all played the same music festival, which is not super-relevant info. That’s not to say that you should never name-drop. If you remixed an A$AP ROCKY track or DAVID FINCHER directed your latest music video, definitely mention it, because that’s cool! In short, focus on sharing your artistic accomplishments. Give me links to your best online content. Speaking of which…



Timing is everything. Figure out whether the publication to which you want to submit works on a cycle. If it’s a blog, it probably has some kind of schedule but is likely pretty flexible. If it’s a print publication like Seven Days, things need to be planned out further in advance. I’m always shocked when publicists reach out to me for coverage within 48 hours of an event. That’s not nearly enough time. For us, timing is particularly important when we schedule album reviews. Ideally, we look for what we call “time hooks.” For example: If you have an album-release show planned, we like reviews to appear the same week, if possible. Since we only publish two reviews per week, reaching out at least four weeks in advance to try to claim one of those slots is smart. But again, schedules will vary from outlet to outlet.


Recently, I received an email from a regional artist looking for coverage opportunities in Seven Days. The person used a particularly unusual phrase: They were looking to set something up that felt “mutual in terms of promo.” I had no idea what this person meant by that, so I asked. Their response confused me all the more. The artist said they would be excited “to do something that would create original content for the issue.” Say what? Every issue is literally cover-to-cover original content. Then it dawned on me: The artist probably thought Seven Days was something more akin to Burlington’s Noise Ordinance. The online music publication and production company works directly with artists to create original studio sessions and bio videos. Not only does this benefit Noise Ordinance itself by building out its brand and raising awareness for the live events it presents, but the musicians with whom it works walk away with impeccably produced content. They can then disseminate the clips across social channels as promo material. Mutually beneficial, as it were. Eventually, the artist and I cleared it all up. But it got me thinking: I might have a few helpful things to share with you that I’ve learned about the back end of music publicity. For anyone seeking a slice of the spotlight, either locally or beyond, here are seven tips that could serve you well in your quest. And if you aren’t a musician, I apologize, because this week’s column might not be that relevant to you.


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Street Smarts For years, comedian and licensed cabdriver

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surprised unsuspecting New Yorkers on his vehicular TV quiz show “Cash Cab.” After

ARTSRIOT: Rocket Shop Live with Cricket Blue and Francesca Blanchard (indie folk), 7:30 p.m., free. THE DAILY PLANET: John Abair and Collin Cope (Americana), 8 p.m., free. FOAM BREWERS: Familiar Faces (jam), 6:30 p.m., free. HALF LOUNGE: AQUG (bass music), 10 p.m., free.

flagging him down for a ride, passengers spontaneously become contestants as Bailey asks general-knowledge questions while shuttling them to their destination. The Emmy Award winner also hosted the short-lived trivia competition “Who’s Still Standing?” As and, of course, his life behind the wheel. Bailey performs Thursday through Saturday,

JP’S PUB: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free.

March 15 through 17, at the Vermont Comedy Club in Burlington.

RADIO BEAN: Jesse Taylor (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free. Albert Savage (jam), 10:30 p.m., free.

LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Irish Sessions (traditional), 7 p.m., free. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Open Mic with Andy Lugo, 9 p.m., free.

RED SQUARE: Tiny Montgomery (Bob Dylan tribute), 7 p.m., free. D Jay Baron (mashup, hip-hop), 11 p.m., free.

NECTAR’S: Troy Millette (acoustic), 7 p.m., free. JUPTR, Dr. Sammy Love (neo-soul), 9 p.m., $5/10. 18+.

SIDEBAR: Hotel Karaoke, 9 p.m., free. VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Standup Open Mic, 7 p.m., free. March Madness (improv), 8:30 p.m., $5.





chittenden county CITY SPORTS GRILLE: Trivia Night, 7:30 p.m., free.

HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Dustbowl Revival, Twisted Pine (Americana, funk), 7:30 p.m., $12/14.

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LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Cynthia Braren (jazz), 7 p.m., free. James Harvey Group (jazz), 8:30 p.m., $5-10. Warm Water (jazz, soul), 10:30 p.m., free. NECTAR’S: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free. Rob Compa (Dopapod) and Mike Gantzer (Aqueous) (jam), 9:30 p.m., $5/10. 18+.

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

RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB & WHISKEY ROOM: Gypsy Reel (traditional Irish, folk), 7:30-10 p.m., free.

FOAM BREWERS: Dan Ryan Express (jazz), 7 p.m., free.

a standup comic, Bailey riffs on terrible job interviews, falling down Google rabbit holes

JUNIPER: Ray Vega Latin Jazz Sextet, 8:30 p.m., free.

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

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

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

JP’S PUB: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free.

RADIO BEAN: Sofia Donavan (pop, R&B), 9 p.m., free. The Stash! Band (bluegrass), 9:30 p.m., $5. Staygold & the Ponyboys (alt-country, pop), 10:30 p.m., free.

THE DAILY PLANET: Mike Santosusso (rock, bluegrass), 8 p.m., free.

RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Cre8 (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. SIDEBAR: KingFischer, Birdgangs, Stace Brandt (indie), 9 p.m., free. VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Ben Bailey (standup), 7 p.m., $15. The Daily Grind: Diane Sullivan (improv), 9 p.m., $5.


chittenden county JERICHO CAFÉ & TAVERN: Bluegrass Session, 7 p.m., free. MONKEY HOUSE: Quiz for a Cause: Literary Trivia, 7 p.m., $10. STONE CORRAL BREWERY: Open Mic Night, 7 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.


IDLETYME BREWING COMPANY: The Idletyme Band (blues, rock), 8 p.m., free. MOOGS PLACE: Abby Sherman (Americana), 8:30 p.m., free.

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ZENBARN: Bob Wagner and D. Davis (roots, Americana), 8 p.m., free.

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



Be personal. Automated services like MailChimp make sending out publicity emails so much easier than doing them individually, but they also strip away the human touch. Speaking

from experience, mass emails are way easier to ignore than ones that were written out specifically for the intended recipient. Also, think outside the box when you make an introduction. Be weird. Be creative — but don’t go as far as to write your own album review. You want your writer or reviewer to have just enough to pique their curiosity

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

BACKSTAGE PUB & RESTAURANT: Trivia, 9:30 p.m., free.


CHARLIE-O’S WORLD FAMOUS: Jesse Gile, Dan Zura (rock), 9 p.m., free.


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

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

middlebury area

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.

rutland/killington PICKLE BARREL NIGHTCLUB: Rustic Overtones (rock), 8 p.m., $10-20.

northeast kingdom HIGHLAND LODGE: Trivia Night, 6:30 p.m., free. PARKER PIE CO.: Jeane & Jim (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., free.

outside vermont

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

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HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Rockin’ for a Reason: The Renegade Groove, King Me (funk-rock), 6 p.m., $20.


outside vermont

MONKEY HOUSE: Anthill Presents Third Thursdays featuring Uncle Sam, Evilldewer, Jacobsen, Mycelium MC (hip-hop), 9 p.m., free.

ARTSRIOT: Bread & Puppet Presents: The Basic Bye-Bye Show (puppetry, eclectic), 7:30 p.m., $10-25.

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

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



ARTSRIOT: Trivia Night: The Oscars, 7:30 p.m., free.

ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Jenni and the Jazz Junketeers, 7 p.m., free. ONE RADISH EATERY: Art Herttua and Ray Carroll (jazz), third Thursday of every month, 6 p.m., free.

but not enough so that the narrative is already constructed. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. There are many more dos and don’ts, some of which my predecessor DAN BOLLES wrote about in a January 2015 edition of this column. Definitely check that out, too. The truth is, there’s no surefire way to ensure coverage. You’re at the mercy of someone else’s tastes, goals and timetable. But if you follow some of this advice, you might have a leg up in a crowded sea of eager creators trying to get their names and music out into the world. 


BLEU NORTHEAST SEAFOOD: Jeff Wheel (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free. CLUB METRONOME: Stiltz Brand and East Coast Indie: March Radness (hip-hop), 9 p.m., free.


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Listening In If I were a superhero, my superpower would be the ability to get songs stuck in other people’s heads. Here are five songs that have been stuck in my head this week. May they also get stuck in yours. Follow sevendaysvt on Spotify for weekly playlists with tunes by artists featured in the music section. SARAH BRIGHTMAN, “By Now” YEARS & YEARS, “Sanctify” AIR, “Ce matin-là” GUORDAN BANKS, “Keep You in Mind” ROYAL CANOE, “Love You Like That’”


Loud and Clear « P.54 SD: Have you ever been truly wowed by an unexpected interpretation of one of your songs? MP: No. SD: Ha! MP: I can’t think of an instance in which that has happened, but I’d be pleased to hear it someday. Usually people are just like, “I love that song. I was having a hard time, and it made me feel better.” And that’s all I think someone could ever want if you love making music, is to make someone feel happy or comforted.


SD: You have a number of tattoos, correct? MP: I do. SD: Did you design any of them? MP: A lot of the ones on my legs I did myself. They’re stupid. One’s, like, a whale with a hand coming out of its blowhole. I don’t really know what the deal with that is. One’s a weird lady. I don’t have anything very complex. They’re stickand-pokes. I guess I did quote-unquote design them, but I don’t know if I’d describe it that way. I drew some shit on my leg, and it won’t come off. SD: Who are all of the animals in your Instagram feed? MP: Oh, well, I want to give a big shoutout to my man, Mister, the cat. [He] passed away a couple days ago. SD: Aww! MP: I’m gonna miss him. It was very peaceful. Twelve-year-old man. I love him. He’s on the rainbow bridge. I also have a dog named Little. She’s perfect. She has these cute little marble, deadblack eyes. And she has a haircut like [young] Devon Sawa. 

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SD: Contentment seems to be a running theme in your work. What’s something that pushes you away from that feeling? MP: From our little microcosm looking out on the world, it’s a very scary place. That in and of itself is reason enough to feel anxious. But for the most part, I’m self-aware enough to know that I’m very lucky to get to do what I do. I think everybody — no matter how much fun you’re having or how much of the dream you’re living — people are always looking for the perfect place where they feel safe and at home and

SD: DIY and basement-type spaces foster a lot of creativity and community. How do you think journalists should best cover those spaces without blowing up their spot? MP: Oh, jeez. I don’t really know! I’ve never really thought about it before. I’m trying to think of times when I’ve read about DIY spaces, and it’s always in zines. Whenever [media outlets] that might be unfamiliar with DIY or underground spaces write about them, it always [seems] silly. Maybe it’s better [to be] hands-off. Whenever bigger publications would write about New Brunswick basement shows, there [was] a feeling that the person writing about it had no idea what the hell they’re talking about. But that’s just me being really presumptuous.


SD: After 12 years of putting out albums, how do you keep yourselves from feeling like you’ve plateaued? MP: When we first started playing, our goal was never to reach some kind of weird, mythical pinnacle of success. Even though we were young when we started, I think we were all kind of smart enough to know that was not something that would make us happy. We’ve always guided our band toward sustainability. I think that there’s no real arc in sustainability. You try to maintain some semblance of homeostasis and make sure everyone’s having a good time in their personal lives and that they’re contributing creatively and are feeling satisfied with the work that we’re doing.

happy. What does the bumper sticker say? “Happiness is a journey, not a destination.” You can quote me on that.

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take their name from a small island just off the coast of Savannah, Ga. And the Atlanta

psych-folk band’s music feels appropriately breezy. The eclectic six-piece infuses folk fundamentals with soul and jazz tendencies, resulting in a gorgeous pan-Americana sound. Its grand, unfamiliar melodies are both jovial and serene, fitted with string arrangements that add a chamber-pop feel. Promotion for the band’s current co-headlining run with the REIGN OF KINDO includes a scavenger hunt

at each tour stop, details of which can be found on LT’s website. Little Tybee perform on Friday, March 16, at the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge in South Burlington. HORACE BRAY opens.

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FOAM BREWERS: LUX the Band (funk, soul), 8 p.m., free. HALF LOUNGE: J’Beau (R&B, indie), 8 p.m., free. DJ Cre8 (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. JP’S PUB: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free. JUNIPER: Brett Hughes (country), 9 p.m., free. LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Songwriter Showcase featuring Zack DuPont, Django Soulo and Hannah Fair (folk, acoustic), 7:30 p.m., free. DJ Taka (eclectic vinyl), 11 p.m., $5. NECTAR’S: Seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., free. Swimmer, Eggy (jam), 9 p.m., $5.

RADIO BEAN: Friday Morning Sing-Along with Linda Bassick & Friends (kids’ music), 11 a.m., free. Jonah Salzman (Americana), 7 p.m., free. The Jeb Bush Orchestra (funk), 3/12/18 12:20 PM10 p.m., $5. Dr. No (funk, rock), 11:30 p.m., free.


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RED SQUARE: Shrimptunes (rock), 4 p.m., free. Bombay (rock), 7 p.m., $5. DJ Craig Mitchell (open format), 11 p.m., $5. RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ KermiTT (eclectic), 10 p.m., $5. RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB & WHISKEY ROOM: DJ Supersounds (hits), 10 p.m., free. SIDEBAR: NRTHRN, Plastique Mammals (post-rock), 7 p.m., free. Rekkon (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

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

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BACKSTAGE PUB & RESTAURANT: Karaoke with Jenny Red, 9 p.m., free. HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Little Tybee, the Reign of Kindo, Horace Bray (psych-folk), 8 p.m., $10/12. JERICHO CAFÉ & TAVERN: Tiny Montgomery (Bob Dylan tribute), 7 p.m., free. MONKEY HOUSE: Dark Star Project (Grateful Dead tribute), 5 p.m., free. Screaming Females, Radioator Hospital (indie), 9:30 p.m., $12-19.


BUSTIN BELLY BAR, GRILL & DELI: All Green Everything St. Patrick’s Day Bash featuring DJ Mega, Antidote Lareceta, TKillz (hits), 9 p.m., $10. EL TORO: Erin Cassels-Brown (indie folk), 7 p.m., free. MOOGS PLACE: Chris Lyon (solo acoustic), 6 p.m., free. Greenbush (blues, funk), 9 p.m., free. TRES AMIGOS & RUSTY NAIL STAGE: Josh Panda and the Hot Damned (rock, soul), 8:30 p.m., $8/10.

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MONOPOLE DOWNSTAIRS: Happy Hour Tunes & Trivia with Gary Peacock, 5 p.m., free. OLIVE RIDLEY’S: Glengarry Bhoys (Celtic fusion), 10 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (HANOVER): Matt Seiple (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., free.



ARTSRIOT: VSO presents Jukebox: A Warehouse Chamber Music Project, 7:30 p.m., $5-25/65/125. BLEU NORTHEAST SEAFOOD: Dan Ryan Express (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free.

ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Shane’s Apothecary (Americana), 5 p.m., free. A House on Fire (rock), 9 p.m., free.

ZENBARN: Emma Cook & Questionable Company (indie pop, soul), 9 p.m., $5.

STONE CORRAL BREWERY: Red Hot Juba (country, jazz), 7:30 p.m., free.

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CLUB METRONOME: Retronome With DJ Fattie B (’80s dance party), 9 p.m., free/$5.

CITY LIMITS NIGHT CLUB: Twist of Fate (rock), 9:30 p.m., free.

FOAM BREWERS: Dale and Darcy (folk, Celtic), noon, free.


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

WATERWORKS FOOD + DRINK: Dakota (hits), 9 p.m., free.


BAGITOS BAGEL AND BURRITO CAFÉ: Dave Loughran (acoustic), 6 p.m., free. CHARLIE-O’S WORLD FAMOUS: Helen Hummel (singer-songwriter), 6 p.m., free. Suburban Samurai, Powder Keg, Red Ledger (punk), 9 p.m., free. DEMENA’S: Madman3 (rock, electronic), 8 p.m., $5.

THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): The Giant Peach (indie), 8 p.m., free.

POSITIVE PIE (MONTPELIER): Barika (world, ethereal dub-scape), 10 p.m., $5.

THE TAP ROOM AT SWITCHBACK BREWING: Wendy Jo Girven (singersongwriter), 6 p.m., free.

SWEET MELISSA’S: Honky Tonk Happy Hour with Mark LeGrand, 5:30 p.m., donation.

PICKLE BARREL NIGHTCLUB: High Five Swan Dive (covers), 8 p.m., $10-20.

champlain islands/ northwest

BLUE PADDLE BISTRO: Kaomi Kingsley (singer-songwriter), 6:30 p.m., free. TWIGGS — AN AMERICAN GASTROPUB: Tim Brick Duo (country), 7 p.m., free.

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MONOPOLE: Lord Electro (live electroncia), 10 p.m., free.

JP’S PUB: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free. LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: La rebelión del tango (tango, world music), 7 p.m., free. Izzy Heltai and Jake Klar (folk), 9 p.m., free. DJ Taka (eclectic vinyl), 11 p.m., $5. NECTAR’S: Head for the Hills, the Wormdogs (bluegrass), 9 p.m., $5. RADIO BEAN: Micah Resney (folk), 8:30 p.m., free. Malarky: A Tribute to the Cranberries, 10 p.m., $5. Stains of a Sunflower (folk-rock), 11:30 p.m., free.


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Doll Gods are a Vermont band that never really happened — that is to say, they never performed live and broke up shortly after recording their debut LP, Summerhead. Three of the lo-fi, alt-punk quartet’s members — drummer Aaron Wright, rhythm guitarist/ vocalist Allison Carey and bassist Callan Clarke — now reside in Boston. Only lead guitarist Paul Ouellette remains in the 802. Recorded live with minimal overdubs, Summerhead is charmingly rough around the edges. It seems the group indulged all of its wild and wacky instincts without judgment or overthinking, which gives the seven-track album a fleeting, spontaneous energy. Experimentation is manifested in full force: atonal screaming, bass so overdriven it sounds as if it’ll tear apart your speakers and spastic guitars that seem



to be in the throes of a tickle attack. It’s whimsical, chaotic and bewildering. Carey intones her phrases with caustic riot-grrrl modulation but occasionally drifts away from spunky Kathleen Hanna fury into a place that seems more punitive than righteous. Mostly, her scathing grit is captivating. “There’s fire in my feet,” she sings on opening cut “I’m a Witch.” Part alt-’90s misanthropy, part backwater twang, the wholly empowering song is about not shutting the fuck up. It figuratively nods to folks clad in pink pussy hats. A dark, fuzzed-out surf riff opens “Ally” before erupting into double-time madness. In shouted bursts, Carey condemns American decay. Ratcheting up the mania, the tempo rises like mercury before a savage conclusion of wailing and indiscriminate shredding. “Dumpster Head” is an even-keeled, two-chord ode to fringe-dwelling freaks who refuse to be marginalized. Carey opts for more singing than shouting, channeling

’80s ladies such as Belinda Carlisle and Kate Pierson as she chants, “Come closer, bulldozer / Six feet under / We’ll play red rover / And I’ll tell you when it’s over.” The only instrumental track, “Wave Upon Wave,” starts with thick bar chords before morphing into psychedelic mayhem. Meandering, effects-laden licks intertwine with shuffling drums that shift into an epic, tom-heavy solo. “Snakes in the Grass” brings the record back to the beach with more surf vibes, but it’s a cloudy day. A shapeless intro of forlorn, picked guitar and shimmering cymbals dissolves into a lyrically unsettling, minor-key romp. Set against the song’s inky palette, there aren’t many ways to interpret lines like, “A diamond hymen / A girl so frail / I keep on tryin’,” or “Snakes in the grass / I wait for her after class.” Though we may not hear from Doll Gods again, we’re lucky to have the artifact they left behind. It’s fearless and brash, and its very existence is evidence that it’s always best to go for it even when the road ahead is uncertain. Summerhead is available at dollgods.

the time. Regardless of who was on the mic, inspiration struck and a young producer was born on the spot. James took a longer route to BTV hiphop. His path has included an art degree in Plattsburgh, N.Y., and years on the West Coast, but he’s had a real impact on the scene since he arrived. A prolific producer and talented photographer, James was also a founding member of hip-hop group Self Portrait, who released the urgent Primal Union LP last year. Alongside rapper Trono and the gifted hands of DJ Kanga, the trio put on a fierce live show. ILLu and James have much more in common than rapper-related project delays. They’re both sonic explorers more interested in stretching out than perfecting a personal sound. James has stayed busy doing side work for the likes of Bless the Child rapper Humble and the crew at the Milkhaus, in addition to a string of instrumental EPs. ILLu seems to reinvent himself with every project. One of the most interesting was Fresh Patterns, his collaboration with Mister Burns on lyrics and Marek Lorenc on clarinet. Sounds dubious, I know, but it slays live. The point is, ILLu and James are

artists first, keenly interested in the music Untitled-4 1 THIS WEEK AT 3/9/18 11:48 AM side of the music business. And it shows. As an instrumental set, Waiting for Rappers passes the single most important test: It’s an interesting listen. The two #DESTROYAPATHY producers are experienced enough to layer movement, motion and dozens of drops on 3.14 ROCKETSHOP LIVE WITH CRICKET BLUE every cut. AND FRANCESCA BLANCHARD The standards for instrumental hip-hop 3.15 OSCARS TRIVIA NIGHT are flexible. For instance, purists such as DJ Food or the Avalanches can spend years honing hundreds of samples into a single song. Then you’ve got producers such as Madlib or Daringer, who are happy to let the FRIDAY, 3.16 perfect loop play out for 32 bars at a stretch. Throughout Waiting for Rappers, the duo strikes a balance between those two BREAD & PUPPET extremes, and the result is a very accessible project. Listeners who are turned off by the mention of “beat tapes” should be pleasantly surprised by the offerings. SATURDAY, 3.17 Expect to see more local hip-hop record labels cropping up in 2018. The scene is too diverse to fit under any one brand name. But it will be interesting to see what ILLu James build from here. They are young, talented and driven. Great careers have JUKEBOX been built on less. Tired of Waiting for Rappers: An 3.20 FAIRWAY INDEPENDENT MORTGAGE CORPORATION Instrumental Series Vol. 1 is available March HOMEBYING & DIY EVENT 23 on digital platforms, including iTunes, Bandcamp, Spotify and Amazon. 3.21 IDEAS ON TOP






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RED SQUARE: Left Eye Jump (blues), noon, free. Everybody’s Favorite Irish Drinking Songs Band, 3 p.m., free. B-Town (rock, blues), 6 p.m., free. Luis Calderin (open format), 10 p.m., $5. RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Raul (salsa, reggaeton), 6 p.m., free. DJ Reign One (EDM), 11 p.m., $5. RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB & WHISKEY ROOM: DJ Dodg3r (EDM, hits), 10 p.m., free.


SIDEBAR: Crusty Cuts (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Swale (indie rock), 8 p.m., $5.


SOCIAL CLUB & LOUNGE: DJ Cole B (hip-hop, house), 8 p.m., free.



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ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Sam & Dylan (rock), 5 p.m., free. The Tricksters (rock), 9 p.m., free. STONE CORRAL BREWERY: The Brevity Thing (rock, folk), 7:30 p.m., free.

VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: March Madness (improv), 7 p.m., $5.




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MONOPOLE: Jiggawaltz (funk, metal), 10 p.m., free.

CHARLIE-O’S WORLD FAMOUS: Trivia: Nerds on the Third, 9 p.m., free.

LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Ro Colvegrove and Jeff Butcher (folk), 7:30 p.m., free.

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

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RADIO BEAN: Pete Sutherland and Tim Stickle’s Old Time Session (traditional), 1 p.m., free. Gabrielle Hall (folk, blues), 7 p.m., free. Kaomi Kingsley (singer-songwriter), 8:30 p.m., free. Surfer R Cool (surf), 10:30 p.m., free.

JERICHO CAFÉ & TAVERN: Smokey Newfield Project and the McCormick School of Irish Dance (folk-rock), 6 p.m., free.

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THE ENGINE ROOM: Groove Sum (blues-rock, Americana), 8 p.m., free.

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

ZENBARN: Zack DuPont (folk), 8 p.m., free.

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

LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Game Night, 8 p.m., free.

HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Paint: A Drag Cabaret presents ‘Fractured Fairytales’, 9 p.m., $10/15.

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upper valley

THE GRYPHON: P’tit Trio (jazz), 8 p.m., free.

MOOGS PLACE: Dead Sessions Lite (Grateful Dead tribute), 9:30 p.m., $5.


HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Soulfly (as Nailbomb), Today is the Day, Lody Kong, Uncured (metal), 7 p.m., $20/23.

HALF LOUNGE: Comedy Open Mic and Showcase, 8 p.m., free. STRYTLLR (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

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


TWIGGS — AN AMERICAN GASTROPUB: Uncle Jimmy (rock), 7 p.m., free.

FOAM BREWERS: Local Dork (eclectic vinyl), 6 p.m., free.



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FOAM BREWERS: Warm Water (acoustic), noon, free.

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


NORTH HERO HOUSE INN & RESTAURANT: Cooie Sings (Celtic), 6 p.m., free.


BAGITOS BAGEL AND BURRITO CAFÉ: Irish Session, 2 p.m., donation. Ancient Voices (folk), 6 p.m., free.


THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Comedy & Crêpes (standup), 8 p.m., free.


HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: The Kids Are Alright featuring Julia Caesar, Swale, Madaila, DJ Djoeh, Autumn Spencer (eclectic), 12:30 p.m., $5-12.


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

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

OLIVE RIDLEY’S: Sound Obsession (hits), 9 p.m., free.

VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Nathan & Natalie’s Happy Place (improv), 6 p.m., free. Ben Bailey (standup), 7 & 9:30 p.m., $20/27.


SISTER WICKED: Blues Jam with host Tom Caswell, 8 p.m., free.

PICKLE BARREL NIGHTCLUB: High Five Swan Dive (covers), 8 p.m., $10-20.

RICK & KAT’S HOWLIN’ MOUSE: Brain Habits, Castors Hollow, Subtleties, Misanthrope (hardcore, punk), 8 p.m., $5.


BAGITOS BAGEL AND BURRITO CAFÉ: Eric Friedman (folk), 11 a.m., free. SWEET MELISSA’S: Live Band Karaoke, 8 p.m., donation.

middlebury area ROUGH CUT: Kelly Ravin (country), 5 p.m., free.

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HALF LOUNGE: Lapis Pop, Alex Raine, Helen Hummel (indie), 10 p.m., free. LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Lamp Shop Lit Club (open reading), 8 p.m., free. Dan Zura (country, folk), 9:30 p.m., free. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., free.


HALF LOUNGE: DJ Taka (eclectic), 10 p.m., free.

LINCOLNS: Laugh Shack (standup), 8:30 p.m., $5. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Poor Eliza (singer-songwriter), 9:30 p.m., free. NECTAR’S: Dead Set (Grateful Dead tribute), 9:30 p.m., $5. 18+. RADIO BEAN: Callahan/Mack/ Childs featuring Avery Cooper (jazz), 7 p.m., free. Honky Tonk Tuesday with Ponyhustle, 10 p.m., $5. RED SQUARE: DJ A-RA$ (open format), 8 p.m., free. SIDEBAR: Seth Yacovone (blues), 7 p.m., free. Blackout Barbie and SVPPLY (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

chittenden county ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Trivia with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., free. WATERWORKS FOOD + DRINK: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.


BAGITOS BAGEL AND BURRITO CAFÉ: Old Time Music Session (traditional), 6 p.m., free. CHARLIE-O’S WORLD FAMOUS: Karaoke with DJ Vociferous, 9:30 p.m., free.

NECTAR’S: Strangecreek 2018 Battle of the Bands: Mease, the Mangroves, Dr. No (eclectic), 9 p.m., free/$5. 18+.

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

RADIO BEAN: Ryan Fauber (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free. ouzqxklzn (experimental), 8:30 p.m., free. Beeef (indie), 10:30 p.m., free.

EL TORO: The AccaFella (a cappella), 7 p.m., free.


MOOGS PLACE: Bobby G and the 2Ds (bluegrass, Celtic), 7:30 p.m., free.



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planned to be a one-off Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute act. But they quickly abandoned the twangy concept as their punchy rock sound began to take shape. With garage-pop aesthetics at its core, the band’s work evokes new-wave punk with driving bass lines and peppy, picked guitar melodies. Meanwhile, melancholy shoegaze riffs recall the nonchalant malaise of ’90s slacker rock. Nostalgic feelings and a predilection for summertime culture propel the quartet’s debut, A Beeef CD. Beeef perform on Monday, March 19, at Radio Bean in Burlington. Untitled-9 1

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ZENBARN: Jenna Moynihan and Mairi Chaimbeul (folk), 7:30 p.m., donation.

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

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RADIO BEAN: Sean Kehoe (singer-songwriter), 9 p.m., free. The Stash! Band (bluegrass), 9:30 p.m., $5. ce qui nous traverse (post-rock, experimental), 10:30 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: Hotel Karaoke, 9 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.


IDLETYME BREWING COMPANY: The Idletyme Band (blues, rock), 8 p.m., free. MOOGS PLACE: Abby Sherman (Americana), 8:30 p.m., free.

ZENBARN: Bob Wagner and D. Davis (roots, Americana), 8 p.m., free.

VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Standup Open Mic, 7 p.m., free. March Madness (improv), 8:30 p.m., $5.

middlebury area

THE DAILY PLANET: Zack DuPont (folk), 8 p.m., free.

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

HALF LOUNGE: DJ Craig Mitchell (house), 10 p.m., free. JP’S PUB: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free. JUNIPER: The Marty Fogel Quartet (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free. Marty Fogel Quartet (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free. LEUNIG’S BISTRO & CAFÉ: Paul Asbell Trio (jazz), 7 p.m., free.

HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Boogie T & Squnto Strike Back, Prophet (EDM), 8:30 p.m., $18/22. HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: That 1 Guy (experimental, funk), 8 p.m., $15/17. STONE CORRAL BREWERY: Bluegrass Jam Session, 7:30 p.m., free.

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

CITY SPORTS GRILLE: Trivia Night, 7:30 p.m., free.

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


FOAM BREWERS: Comedy Night (standup), 7 p.m., free.


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

NECTAR’S: Troy Millette (acoustic), 7 p.m., free. JUPTR, Lux (neo-soul), 9 p.m., $5/10. 18+.



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

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

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so much enjoyable detail to savor that viewers should be prepared to get a little lost — and to laugh. At the gallery entrance, Bechdel has painted a large-scale line drawing directly on the wall. In it, she depicts herself in the middle of cleaning her cat’s litter box — what could be more intimate? Nudity, perhaps. Just inside the gallery, another large-scale wall painting gives the viewer the sensation of walking into the pages of a Bechdel story. This image is of a lithe, curly-haired woman in the buff holding a pot of coffee. The caption reads: “Marianne, dissatisfied with the breakfast brew.” She is the very

first “dyke to watch out for,” initially drawn in a 1983 letter Bechdel wrote to a friend. On the adjacent wall, a multipanel “Cartoonist’s Introduction” gives visitors a humorous crash course in Bechdel’s trajectory from early college to drawing her cartoon strip to being an adult who “forgot to get a job!” In these panels, Bechdel is shown knocking on the door of her own archives. She recalls the entwined intellectual and sexual pursuits of her undergraduate years at Oberlin College. Reading Adrienne Rich and hooking up with girls gives way to an “MFA program of the streets” — that is, Bechdel’s early COURTESY OF NEW YORK: HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT, 2012



n 2018, the curated confessional is a cultural staple. We tap, click and swipe every day, allowing vague audiences to glimpse our bodies, thoughts, communities and politics. We simultaneously archive and broadcast our fragmented selves with ease. To say the least, “making visible” ain’t what it used to be. But, long before social media, Boltonbased cartoonist Alison Bechdel was honing her brand of humorous, heartbreaking auto-ethnographic narrative. Currently on view at the University of Vermont’s Fleming Museum of Art, “Self-Confessed! The Inappropriately Intimate Comics of Alison Bechdel” takes a deep dive into her illustrious career of nearly four decades. Visitors should give themselves ample time to soak in this exhibition. Since the early days of her serial syndicated comic “Dykes to Watch Out For” (1983-2008), Bechdel has done a lot. Her accomplishments include inadvertently spawning film’s feminist litmus test, publishing two graphic memoirs — Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic and Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama — becoming a MacArthur Fellow in 2014, and being named Vermont’s third cartoonist laureate in 2017. Part greatest hits, part exegesis, the show is laid out in loose chronological order. It includes a wealth of materials: original drawings, reproduced panels, archival treasures, published works and video clips from the 2015 Broadway musical adaptation of Fun Home — plus a miniature model of the stage. There’s


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encounters with the world(s) of New York City lesbians. “And yes,” the caption reads, “I wanted to have sex with each and every one of these compelling creatures.” It continues: “But even more compelling was a desire to capture them somehow.” More than simple exposition, these panels serve as Alison Bechdel 101. On full display is her uncanny ability to be both astoundingly real and consciously, hilariously melodramatic. She extrapolates stories from her own life that are as highly personal as they are relatable and historically relevant. Deep and heady questions — for example, about the slippery nature of essentialism, or agency within the space-time continuum — mix comfortably and casually with daily minutiae and memories. “By drawing the everyday lives of women like me,” cartoon-Bechdel says, “I hoped to make lesbians visible not just to ourselves, but to everyone.” And, whew, did she ever. A large portion of the gallery is dedicated to the lifespan of “Dykes to Watch Out For.” Original drawings for “The Rule,” the 1985 strip that gave birth to the Bechdel Test, are here. (“The rule” is that one will see only movies in which at least two women talk to each other about something other than a man.) So is a map of the characters’ fictional midwestern city. Exhibition text introduces the strip’s core cast, and plenty of original drawings show them in action through the years. Accompanying these selections are various ephemera, ranging from



A RIGOROUS SEARCH FOR SELF AND SOCIAL UNDERSTANDING UNDERLIES HER ENTIRE CAREER. monthly breast exam stickers featuring “DTWOF” character Jezanna to a short-lived “DTWOF” catalog. Vermont is well represented, from a 1997 issue of now-defunct newspaper Out in the Mountains to an advertisement drawn for Burlington’s Peace & Justice Center to a 1993 Pride parade button. Also included are more recent, Trumpinduced revivals of “Dykes,” including the November 23, 2016, cover of Seven Days. Elsewhere in the gallery, Bechdel’s relationship to Vermont is explored in greater depth through reproductions of the comic essay she contributed to the 2009 book State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America. In it, Bechdel notes that she and the von Trapp family of The Sound of Music moved to Vermont for similar reasons: “Absence of Nazis, presence of hills.” Bechdel’s 2006 graphic memoir, the critically acclaimed, best-selling Fun Home, is a raw examination of her coming of age and her relationship to

her father. She followed it in 2012 with Are You My Mother? Featuring select reproductions, a portion of the gallery is dedicated to the themes of Bechdel’s most personal works, among them maps, archives, mirrors and literary references. Of all the “confessions” in this show, Bechdel’s description of her impulse to capture and classify seems most potent. Viewers can see that a rigorous search for self and social understanding through observation, experience and representation underlies her entire career. With sharpness and dedication, Bechdel has elevated the feminist adage that “the personal is political” to heights wholly her own. m Contact:

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TALK: ‘MEMOIRS OF AN ART DEALER’: James Maroney, former Head of American Paintings at Christie’s and Sotheby’s, shares stories of his experiences in the art world of the 1970s. Norwich Congregational Church, Wednesday, March 14, 7-8:30 p.m. Info,


f MIKE CLOUD: New works by the Brooklyn painter. Reception and gallery talk: Wednesday, March 21, 5:15 p.m. March 19-30. Info, 656-2014. Francis Colburn Gallery, University of Vermont in Burlington.

TALK: ‘WOMEN, QUILTS AND FIBER ARTS’: Shelburne Museum curator Katie Wood Kirchhoff will explore the connections between art, industry and women’s work in her new research about women quilters in Addison County. Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, Thursday, March 15, noon-1 p.m. Info, 828-0749.

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f HEAVEN CHARTIER: “10-57,” works by the Saint Michael’s College senior. Reception: Saturday, March 24, 4-6 p.m. March 19-25. Info, 654-2851. McCarthy Arts Center, Saint Michael’s College in Colchester.

TOUR & ARTIST TALK: DUSTY BOYNTON: A twopart program featuring a gallery talk on the artist’s current exhibition of paintings and monoprints, followed by a discussion on her evolution and insights as a professional artist. Burlington City Arts, Thursday, March 15, 6-7:30 p.m. Info, 865-7166.


NITYA BRIGHENTI: “Altri Tempi,” oil paintings of family and friends made over a decade. March 14-31. Info, The Drawing Board in Montpelier.

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f MATILDE ALESSANDRA: “FLOW,” ink drawings

and light sculpture by the New York artist. Reception: Friday, March 16, 5-8 p.m. March 16-April 27. Info, 571 Projects in Stowe.

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f HANNAH SECORD WADE: “Everything All

Together,” a solo exhibition of new large-scale oil paintings by the Maine-based artist. Reception: Friday, March 23, 5-8 p.m. March 15-April 29. Info, 877-2173. Northern Daughters in Vergennes.

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f HIGH SCHOOL DESIGN EXHIBIT: A display featuring posters designed by competing teams of high school students. Reception and award ceremony: Friday, March 16, 4 p.m. March 16-19. Info, 626-6459. Quimby Gallery, Northern Vermont University-Lyndon in Lyndonville.

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ALFRED LESLIE: “100 Views Along the Road,” black-and-white watercolors of Americana made between 1981 and 1983. March 17-June 17. GLORIA GARFINKEL: Interactive sculpture that invites viewers to explore the relationships between colors. March 17-June 17. f GOWRI SAVOOR: “We Walk in Their Shadows,” sculptures and drawings depicting a journey across boundaries. Reception: Saturday, March 17, 11 a.m. March 17-June 17. Info, RICHARD KLEIN: “Bottle in the River,” sculpture made from found and salvaged glass. March 17-June 17. STEVE GERBERICH: “Best of ‘Springs, Sprockets & Pulleys,’” kinetic sculptures by the artist, inventor and packrat. March 17-October 8. SUSAN VON GLAHN CALABRIA: “Hereandafter,” still life paintings by the former BMAC education curator. March 17-June 17. Info, 257-0124. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.


f JOHN DUFFY: “Where We Live,” 20 photographs by the South Royalton artist. Reception: Sunday, April 8, 2-4 p.m. March 16-April 23. Info, 889-9404. Tunbridge Public Library in Tunbridge Village.

ART EVENTS 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, March 18, 10 a.m.-noon. $5 suggested donation. Info, 888-1261. 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, March 17, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Info, 603-448-3117.

Steve Gerberich Working in the rich tradition of scavenged sculpture,

the New York artist, inventor and “pack-rat extraordinaire” presents a best-of selection from his traveling show “Springs, Sprockets & Pulleys.” Opening Saturday, March 17, at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, the exhibition invites viewers into Gerberich’s buzzing world of mechanized detritus, which he refers to as “analog work for the digital age.” The artist will give a guided tour of his show on Sunday, June 17. Through October 8. Pictured: “Cash Cow.”

DROP-IN PRINTMAKING: An open studio for aspiring and working printmakers, with some materials provided. River Arts, Morrisville, Sunday, March 18, 1-3 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, FAMILY ART SATURDAY: Families are invited to drop in and enjoy an art activity inspired by current exhibitions. Burlington City Arts, Saturday, March 17, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Info, 865-7166. FILM: ‘THE SALT OF THE EARTH’: A screening of the 2014 documentary about the life and work of photographer Sebastião Salgado, who has spent 40 years documenting deprived societies in hidden corners of the world. Burlington City Hall Auditorium, Wednesday, March 21, 6:30 p.m. Info, 865-7166. GRANT SEEKER WORKSHOP: CULTURAL FACILITIES AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION: The Vermont Arts Council, the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation and the Preservation Trust of Vermont partner to offer this workshop for any organization interested in applying for a facilities grant through either the Cultural Facilities or Historic Preservation Grant programs. Brandon Town Hall, Thursday, March 15, 1-3 p.m. Info, 828-3291. GRANT SEEKER WORKSHOP: CULTURAL FACILITIES AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION: The Vermont Arts Council, the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation and the Preservation Trust of Vermont partner to offer this workshop for any organization interested in applying for a facilities grant through the Cultural Facilities or Historic Preservation Grant programs. Weston Playhouse, Wednesday, March 21, 1-3 p.m. Info, 828-3291. LADYBROAD LEDGER #3 RELEASE PARTY & COMIC JAM: Artists of all gender identities and skill levels are invited to celebrate the latest issue of the free, femme-focused comic paper and to make comics


and draw with the Ladybroads. BYO art supplies. Words & Pictures, Essex Junction, Saturday, March 17, 6-9 p.m. Info, OPEN STUDIO FIGURE DRAWING: An all-levels drop-in workshop featuring a live model. River Arts, Morrisville, Tuesday, March 20, 3-5:30 p.m. $10. OPEN STUDIO: HOPE JOHNSON: The fiber artist showcases her honeybee-themed art quilts and linens. Guests are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item for the Shelburne Food Shelf. Roadhouse Studios, Burlington, Friday, March 16, 5-8 p.m. Info, 985-9747. PHOTO CO-OP: Lens lovers gather to share their experience and knowledge of their craft. Gallery at River Arts, Morrisville, Thursday, March 15, 6-8 p.m. $5. Info, 888-1261. PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB: Join fellow shutterbugs of all levels to talk photography and take shots. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, Thursday, March 15, 5:30-7 p.m. Info, 878-4918. TALK: ‘APPLES TO APPLES: DECIPHERING SOUNDS AND IMAGES IN AN ERA OF MEDIA SATURATION’: University of Vermont professor David Jenemann discusses how the intellectual history of the 20th century has prepared us to be more efficient and critical readers of mass media. ArtsRiot, Burlington, Wednesday, March 21, 5:30 p.m. Info, 540-0406. TALK: GREGG BLASDEL: The Burlington expert on outsider art speaks about his work in the genre. BigTown Gallery Vergennes, Thursday, March 15, 6 p.m. Info, 349-0979. TALK: KATHARINE MONTSTREAM ON MARKETING YOUR ART: The Vermont landscape artist discusses her career and marketing tactics for artists. Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville, Saturday, March 17, 1-3 p.m. Info, 644-5100.


‘BRENDA AND OTHER WORKS’: Works by artist and former UVM professor Edwin Owre. Through April 1. ‘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. 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. Through May 20. Info, 656-0750. Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont in Burlington. CLAY MOHRMAN: A collection of lighting pieces made from Vermont wood found in the woods and shores surrounding Lake Champlain. Through April 6. Info, 516-263-7335. Karma Bird House Gallery 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. 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. ‘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. FRANK DEANGELIS: “Paint Mayhem Under the Influence of Loud Fast Music,” new paint experiments produced with spray paint, acrylics, oils and other substances by the Burlington artist. Through April 30. Info, 859-9222. The Gallery at Main Street Landing in Burlington. THE GOLD BROTHERS: Works in multiple media by siblings Robert, Steve and Dennis Gold. Through May 31. Info, 651-9692. VCAM Studio in Burlington. GORDON GLOVER: “Composite/Synthesis,” mixed-media works by the Champlain College professor of creative media. Through April 30. Info, New Moon Café in Burlington.




GRANT RECIPIENT EXHIBIT: Works created by the eight artists who received Frog Hollow grants in 2017: Diane Shullenberger, Eve Jacobs-Carnahan, Francesca D’Elia, Holly Walker, Irene Lederer LaCroix, Jane Kirby, Jeremy Ayers and Jon Black. Through March 31. Info, 863-6458. Frog Hollow Vermont Craft Gallery in Burlington. ‘IN THE MOMENT’: Works of collage by Ashley Roark, Barbee Hauzinger and Christy Mitchell. Through March 31. Info, 578-2512. The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington. JOHN ROVNAK: “Speedy Delivery,” street photography taken by the Burlington artist and USPS postman. Through May 31. Info, p2p.rovnak@ Vermont Comedy Club in Burlington.


DRAWINGS IN SITU’: In the surrealist tradition, William Ramage and nine other artists draw directly onto the gallery wall: Jessica Adams, John Brodowski, Renee Bouchard, Jason Clegg, Jason Drain, James Harmon, Dasha Kalisz, Robert Johnson and Whitney Ramage. Closing reception: Friday, April 27, 6-9 p.m. Through April 27. Info, Flynndog 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. ‘WOMEN SPEAK: RESISTANCE ART’: Works created in response to the 2016 U.S. presidential election by Meta Strick, India Tresselt and Sarah Rosedahl. Through March 30. Info, MARTIN BOCK: Photographs and paintings by the Vermont artist. Through March 31. Info, 863-3403. Fletcher Free Library in Burlington.

culture and digital artifacts evoke life in a fictional Vermont city. Through March 23. Info, erikee@ Champlain College Art Gallery in Burlington.

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.

f ‘A SHOW OF HANDS’: The sixth annual exhibi-

‘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.

tion featuring 100 artist-decorated wood cut-out hands to be auctioned in support of HANDS, a local nonprofit that provides food for older adults. Silent auction: Thursday, March 29, 6-8 p.m. Through March 29. Penny Cluse Café in Burlington. TERESA CELEMIN: Drawings by the Burlington artist and illustrator. Through May 31. Info, 658-6016. Speeder & Earl’s Coffee in Burlington.

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CAROL DULA: “Avoid the Crowd,” landscape photographs. Through May 31. Info, avoidthecrowd@ Charlotte Congregational Church. ‘THE 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. LILLIAN KENNEDY: “A Brush With Nature,” large acrylic and small watercolor and gouache landscape paintings, created as devotionals to what the artist calls her mother: Earth. Through March 31. Info, 985-3819. All Souls Interfaith Gathering in Shelburne. ‘OPEN’: An open juried photography exhibition. Through March 18. Info, 777-3686. Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction. ‘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. ‘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. Through June 3. Info, 985-3346. Shelburne Museum.

OPEN PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT: The fifth annual open exhibition of works by Vermont photographers. Through March 30. Info, 859-9222. Art’s Alive Gallery in Burlington.

‘WHAT DID THE ROCK SAY? PART 1’: Works from a two-year collaboration of artists Dianne Shullenberger and John Snell. Through March 18. Info, 899-3211. Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho.

‘QUALITY OF LIFE: THE RALSTON HISTORICAL MUSEUM’: Author Erik Esckilsen’s narrative works inspire this installation designed and curated by Dana Heffern and Jane Adams, in which material


ALEXY J. LANZA: “From the Death of One Star/ Por La Muerte De Una Estrella,” a series of 20 large

‘SHOW 24’: The latest works of the gallery’s Vermont-based member-artists, with guest artist Athena Petra Tasiopoulos. Through April 28. 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.

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.

‘WAKE UP TO (LIVING AND) DYING’ MULTI-MEDIA EXHIBIT: An interactive exhibit featuring audio stories and questions meant to provoke thinking about how to live well through a conscious awareness of death. ‘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.

‘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.

f WORKS PROGRESS ADMINISTRATION EXHIBIT: Works commissioned by the WPA on loan from the collection of Montpelier’s T.W. Wood Gallery. Reception: Thursday, March 15, 4:30 p.m. Through March 31. Info, 279-6403. Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin.

‘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.


GROUP SHOW: Students of Sylvia Walker’s MSAC painting workshop exhibit the fruits of their labor. Through April 1. Info, 477-3181. East State Salon in Montpelier.

‘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.

JANE ENGLISH: A retrospective featuring photographs and books, including images from a best-selling translation of the Tao Te Ching. Through May 3. Info, 426-3581. Jaquith Public Library in Marshfield.

DIANNE SHULLENBERGER: “After the Frost: Moments in Nature,” mixed-media and fabric collage. MARCIA HILL: “The Spirited Landscapes,” scenic works in pastel. Through April 29. Info, info@ River Arts in Morrisville.

KUMARI PATRICIA: Self-reflective, narrative acrylic paintings. Through May 31. Info, 595-4866. The Hive in Middlesex.

f GALEN CHENEY: “Look Up,” new abstract mixed-media works by the Massachusetts artist. Reception: March 23, 5:30-7 p.m. Through May 4. Info, 760-6785. Edgewater Gallery in Stowe.

LINDA MIRABILE: “Avian Inspired,” bird-inspired paintings by the Vermont artist. Through March 30. Info, 828-0749. Governor’s Gallery in Montpelier. ‘NOURISHMENT’ JURIED SHOW: Works by Vermont artists including Josh Axelrod, Stella Ehrlich, Linda

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.


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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.

EKPHRASTIC POETRY: The museum welcomes submissions of poetry written in response to a work or works in its collection. Selected writers will be invited to read at an April 18 event, and their poem will be featured in a printed booklet. For details and to submit, visit or email Deadline: March 16. Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont, Burlington. Info, ‘LOCKS & KEYS’: The Glover museum-in-a-barn invites submissions from artists and community members consisting of or relating to all aspects of locks and keys, from padlocks, key cards and chastity belts to works that explore concepts of imprisonment. Contributions including finished artworks, installation ideas and theoretical writings are welcome. To submit a proposal, use the “Contact Us” form at Deadline: April 15. The Museum of Everyday Life, Glover. Info, ‘MOMENTA IV’ JURIED PRINT EXHIBITION: Printmakers are invited to submit to this May exhibition, to be juried by James Stroud. For

‘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. Members free, nonmembers $10. Info, 479-7069. SEEKING MURAL ARTIST: The Downtown Lyndonville Vermont Revitalization Committee seeks an artist to design and execute a large permanent outdoor mural. For consideration, email résumé, artist statement and images of previous work to Kim Crady-Smith at Deadline: March 31. Various Burke & Lyndonville locations. Info, 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. Info, outreach@ THIRTY-ODD ARTISTS’ SHOP: New South End shop seeks artists to rent vendor spaces. Rental starts at $110 per month, and artists retain 100 percent of their sales. For details and to apply, visit Deadline: April 30. Thirty-odd, Burlington. Info,

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‘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

‘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.

details and to submit, visit Deadline: April 23. Two Rivers Printmaking Studio, White River Junction. $25. Info,


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 lemonfairsculpture@ Deadline: April 1. Lemon Fair Sculpture Park, Shoreham. Info, Studio Place Arts, Barre. Free for members; $10 for nonmembers. Info, 479-7069.


BRANDON ARTISTS GUILD: The Brandon Artists Guild welcomes applications for exhibiting members. Artists and artisans working in media include oil painting, watercolor, ceramics, fiber arts, fine furniture, metalwork, jewelry and more are invited to apply. To submit, visit Deadline: March 19. Brandon Artists Guild. $25. Info, 247-4956.


‘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.

‘ARTISTS TO WATCH, PART I’: The Vermont Arts Council, Ric Kasini Kadour and six guest curators showcase Vermont artists on the verge. Through April 29. Info, 828-3291. Spotlight Gallery in Montpelier.

Di Sante, Carole Naquin, Roger Weingarten and Frank Woods. Through April 27. Info, 262-6035. T.W. Wood Gallery in Montpelier.



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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 JOHN MILLER: “Dialogue With Resonance: Recent Collages From Italy,” a series of photo collages using grids and images made during the artist’s residencies at the American Academy in Rome. Reception: Thursday, March 15, 3-5 p.m. Through April 6. Info, 635-1469. Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, Northern Vermont University in Johnson. ‘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.

‘POWER & PIETY: SPANISH COLONIAL ART’: Drawn from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection, this exhibition reveals the great wealth of the region from the late 17th century until the 1820s. Through April 22. Info, 443-5258. Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College. RICK SKOGSBERG: “Can’t Lose Shoes,” an installation featuring the irreverently handpainted shoes of the Rochester artist. Through March 30. Info, 349-0979. BigTown Gallery Vergennes.

‘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.

‘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.

‘TUESDAY NIGHTS’: A collection of poetry by River Arts Poetry Clinic participants. Through March 30. Info, 888-1261. Morrisville Post Office.

‘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.

‘VERMONT LANDSCAPES’: An exhibition featuring 38 landscape paintings by 19 Vermont artists. Through June 30. Info, 644-5100. Lamoille County Courthouse in Hyde Park.

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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.

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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. ELINOR STEELE FRIML: Tapestries from the 40-year career of the Vermont designer and weaver, including abstract and impressionistic images, landscapes and geometric compositions. Through March 31. Info, 382-9222. Jackson Gallery, Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. SEVENDAYSVT.COM

‘NEVER FELT BETTER: FIBER TRANSFORMED’: Works created with the world’s oldest textile technique by member artists Deb Allen, Marsha Chase and Celia Oliver, and guest artists Kathy Giroux, Kim Goodling, Nancy Hayden, Muffy Kashkin-Grolier, Lynn Ocone, Susi Ryan and Linda Veilleux. Through April 8. Info, 877-3850. Creative Space Gallery in Vergennes.


‘ART FROM FARM TO TABLE’: Pastel works by Middlebury artists Judy Albright and Cristine Kossow. Through April 2. 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.

f ‘FROM FARM AND FIELD’: Sculpture by Joe Lupiani and paintings by Hannah Sessions. Reception: Friday, March 23, 6 p.m. Through April 21. Info, Castleton University Bank Gallery in Rutland. JOAN CURTIS: “Living With the Earth,” three collections of paintings by the Brandon artist. Through March 31. Info, Rutland City Hall.

f KATE LONGMAID: “Hear Our Voice,” portraits

overlaid with graffiti-style quotes and political

phrases. Reception: Saturday, March 18, 2-4 p.m.; artist talk, 3 p.m. Through May 5. Info, 747-0527. The Alley Gallery in Rutland.

conservation practices. Through March 30. Info, Brown Library, Sterling College in Craftsbury Common.

‘THE LABORING SELF’: An exhibition by professors xtine burrough and Dr. Sabrina Starnaman that juxtaposes the tools of craft with the spirit of the maker space. Through March 30. Info, galleries@ Christine Price Gallery, Castleton University.

‘MUSE’: Vermont artists Jess Polanshek, Kristin Richland and Amanda Weisenfeld reflect on spirit guides, journeying, introspection and winter’s quiet. Through May 28. Info, 533-2000. Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro.

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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. 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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‘SEASONAL EXPRESSION’: Paintings by Prilla Smith Brackett, Elizabeth Nelson and Jane Sherrill that explore the expressive force of nature. Through April 14. ALICE KITCHEL: “Four Seasons,” paintings by the Danville artist. Through April 20. 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. MEMPHREMAGOG WATERSHED ASSOCIATION: Artworks created by the Plein Air NEK group featuring local waters as well as soil and water

Frog Hollow Grant Recipients

Frog Hollow Vermont Craft Gallery,



an organization dedicated to nurturing Vermont’s




several grants each year to emerging and established artists working in the state. This month its Burlington venue features the eight 2017 recipients with works ranging




sculpture by Irene Lederer LaCroix of Jericho to the contemporary functional ceramics of Waterbury potter Jeremy Ayers. The other grantees are Dianne Shullenberger, Eve Jacobs-Carnahan, Francesca D’Elia, Holly Walker, Jane

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Kirby and Jon Black. Through March 31. Pictured: “Oriole Nest” by Shullenberger.

‘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. RACHEL LAUNDON: “Wet, Wild and Wonderful,” vibrant handpainted folk-art fish and fish masks. Through April 17. Info, 748-0158. Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury.

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‘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.


JULIA R. SEYFERTH: “Feathered,” works on paper in pen, ink and watercolor by the Bennington native. Through April 2. Info, 681-2889. Southern Vermont College Gallery in Bennington.


NANCY TAPLIN: A select retrospective of paintings by the Vermont artist. Through March 31. Info, 767-9670. BigTown Gallery in Rochester. TONI GILDONE: “Depth of Expression,” photographs of children. Through April 28. Info, 685-2188. Chelsea Public Library. ZYLA NUITE: “Bees of Central Vermont,” photographs of native and non native bees spotted on flowers in Brookfield and Randolph. Fridays. Info, Hartness Gallery, Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center.

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JAN BALET: “What Was He Thinking?” lithographs and watercolors by the German-born artist. Through March 16. Info, 518-564-2474. Myers Fine Arts Building, SUNY 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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our years ago, film scholar and reviewer Matt Zoller Seitz published something between a manifesto and a call to arms on, where he’s the editor in chief. Decrying the state of film journalism, “Please, Critics, Write About the Filmmaking” entreated colleagues to contribute to “visual literacy” by offering analysis of the art form’s technical aspects — “the compositions, the cutting, the music, the décor, the lighting, the overall rhythm and mood of the piece.” Seitz made a fair point. As with any good thing, though, it was only a matter of time until too much came along. I realized we’d arrived at this point recently, while reading a rapturous review of The Strangers: Prey at Night. Written by Mark Dujsik, the critique is so incredibly, obsessively dense with references to technique that it makes almost no sense at all. Unsurprisingly, it appeared on the site overseen by Seitz. Directed by Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down), this is the delayed-action sequel to Bryan Bertino’s 2008 home-invasion thriller The Strangers, in which a threesome of masked maniacs terrorize a random couple at night. This time around, Bertino was content to cowrite the screenplay with Ben Ketai and let Roberts deal with the demands of

staging grisly mayhem. Not the highest artistic calling, surely, but a reliably marketable skill in our culture. In the decade since the original, the psycho killers have branched out. No longer satiated by menacing random couples, Dollface (Emma Bellomy), Pin-Up Girl (Lea Enslin) and Man in the Mask (Damian Maffei) now target a random family of four. The dad (Martin Henderson), mom (Christina Hendricks), troubled teen (Bailee Madison) and older brother (Lewis Pullman) are introduced in an expansive prologue that delineates their dysfunctional dynamic as though it were the story’s subject. The device might qualify as a nifty Hitchcockian bit of misdirection (à la Psycho) if not for the fact that every human being in the world who sees this movie will go in knowing it’s a slasher film and not a coming-of-age saga. So, kind of a waste of time. Which should shock absolutely no one. This, as I mentioned, is the guy who gave us 47 Meters Down. Spoiler alert: Family members one by one meet gruesome fates. With the exception of some hand-to-hand combat in a swimming pool, none of this is orchestrated in a particularly innovative manner. To the contrary, a preponderance of the picture’s bloody bedlam is straight out of the Halloween (1978)

TRIPLE THREAT There’s no reason for a third installment in this series and, unfortunately, no reason to believe there won’t be one.

playbook. Much of the silliness — slain bad guys getting back up again and again, victims momentarily getting the upper hand only to leave the attacker unconscious with their ax or butcher knife thoughtfully placed beside them — is precisely the sort of nonsense common in horror cartoons of that time. Also, Michael Myers, let’s remember, wore a mask. And was a moral cipher like the ultraviolent trio of The Strangers. Roughly the same age, too: 23. (We recall him as older, right?) I’m not sure why the film’s creators imagined any of this would interest audiences.

Even more unfathomable, now that I’ve seen the movie, is the aforementioned adoring review. If you can tell me what Dujsik is so excited about, please shoot me an email. All things considered, my advice is to skip this insipid rip-off and just hold out for the latest Halloween. No fooling. Forty years later, John Carpenter is still at it, though now as exec producer and composer. Coming October 19, it’s called Halloween. Some things never change. RI C K KI S O N AK





Thoroughbreds ★★★★


ow much do you want to see a movie in which the sociopath is the most likable character? The answer may determine viewers’ responses to Thoroughbreds, the feature debut of writer-director Cory Finley, which made a splash at the Sundance Film Festival last year. In the tradition of classic noir, this tense, claustrophobic little film has a core of perversity. Most of its run time is devoted to two characters and a single setting — a palatial family home — yet Finley plays with these materials artfully, producing an alienating and exhilarating watch. The sociopath in question is Amanda (Olivia Cooke), a teenage equestrian who is under heavy psychiatric care after having done something unspeakable to her thoroughbred horse. (Eventually, she will explain what and why.) On her mom’s orders, she’s come to the home of her estranged childhood friend, Lily (Anya Taylor-Joy), for tutoring. Lily is shocked when Amanda confides that she fakes emotions rather than feeling them. But there’s more to Lily’s own picture-perfect preppy façade than meets the eye. As the two bond over old movies, Lily confesses her seething hatred for her stepfather (Paul Sparks). Amanda casually suggests she bump him off. It’s the kernel of so many noir plots: A weak, broken person is tempted to commit a stupid murder for stupid reasons. As the tempter, Amanda plays the femme fatale role;

GIRLS GONE HOMICIDAL Two affluent teens team up for murder in Finley’s diabolical noir.

she even teaches Lily how to cry on cue. But the power balance between the girls swings continually and sometimes dramatically, keeping us on our toes. The actors are up to the challenge. Taylor-Joy, who made a memorable debut in The Witch, uses her sloe-eyed reserve to hint at the steel core in this fresh-faced ingénue. Cooke, who brought complexity to her underwritten roles in “Bates Motel” and

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, comes into her own here with Amanda’s cuttingly selfaware dialogue. “It’s not that I’m a bad person,” she muses. “It’s just that I have to try harder than everybody else to be good.” These two schemers find a fine foil in the late, talented Anton Yelchin as Tim, the unfortunate screwup they enlist to execute their plan.

While the script is talky — Finley based the film on his own play — it doesn’t feel oppressively so, largely because the filmmakers know how to use their limited space. In one scene, the camera tracks through a sinister hallway just in time for us to catch an ominous line of dialogue from the television. In another, it pushes in on a static tableau while we strain to hear the real action happening off-screen. Like Amanda, Thoroughbreds has a disturbingly self-aware quality; it feigns normalcy, tricking us into thinking we know what to expect, only to withhold it. Some viewers may feel there’s not a lot of substance behind all these subterfuges; Lily’s motive for murder is thin at best, and Amanda seems to goad her out of nothing but boredom and curiosity. Still, by the end of the film, there’s an odd poignancy to Amanda, the only character who doesn’t delude herself about having a higher purpose. While Lily and Tim harbor adolescent fantasies of prestige and power, Amanda lives in the moment, calling out the bullshit of her elders and peers alike — Holden Caulfield rewritten as a sociopath but without the smugness of, say, Christian Slater’s character in Heathers. While the film evokes plenty of comparisons, she’s a thoroughbred creation that bodes well for Finley’s filmmaking future. MARGO T HARRI S O N


NEW IN THEATERS 7 DAYS IN ENTEBBE: This thriller dramatizes the events following the 1976 terrorist hijacking of an Air France flight, including the Israeli government’s daring rescue mission. Rosamund Pike, Daniel Brühl and Eddie Marsan star. José Padilha (Elite Squad) directed. (106 min, PG-13. Capitol, Roxy) I CAN ONLY IMAGINE: This inspirational family drama from directors Andrew and Jon Erwin (Moms’ Night Out) explores the story behind the titular Christian rock hit by MercyMe. J. Michael Finley, Brody Rose and Dennis Quaid star. (110 min, PG. Essex) LOVE, SIMON: In this comedy-drama based on Becky Albertalli’s YA novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, a closeted gay high schooler faces the possibility that he’ll be outed. Nick Robinson, Josh Duhamel and Jennifer Garner star. Greg Berlanti (Life As We Know It) directed. (109 min, PG-13. Essex, Majestic) TOMB RAIDER: Hollywood has another go at adapting the popular video game series into an action franchise; this time around, Alicia Vikander plays adventurer Lara Croft, who seeks her missing father on a mysterious island. With Dominic West and Walton Goggins. Roar Uthaug (The Wave) directed. (118 min, PG-13. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Palace, Stowe, Welden)

NOW PLAYING ANNIHILATIONHHHH Jeff VanderMeer’s cerebral sci-fi trilogy comes to the screen, with Natalie Portman playing a biologist who embarks on an expedition into an environmentally distressed area that seems to defy natural laws. With Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tessa Thompson. Alex Garland (Ex Machina) cowrote and directed. (120 min, R; reviewed by M.H. 2/28) BLACK PANTHERHHHH 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; reviewed by M.H. 2/21)

DARKEST HOURHHHH1/2 Gary Oldman plays Winston Churchill in this historical drama about his crucial decisions in the early days of World War II from director Joe Wright (Atonement). With Lily James and Kristin Scott Thomas. (125 min, PG-13; reviewed by R.K. 2/7)

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JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLEHHH Four teens are trapped in a video game where they’re represented by human movie clichés (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) 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) PETER RABBITHH1/2 Beatrix Potter’s classic kids’ tale of a clever rodent — with some of her other beloved barnyard personae — comes to the screen as a family animation, directed by Will Gluck (Annie). With the voices of James Corden, Domhnall Gleeson, Fayssal Bazzi and Sia. (93 min, PG)



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RED SPARROWH1/2 A ballerina (Jennifer Lawrence) becomes a Russian spy assigned to seduce a CIA agent in this thriller from director Francis Lawrence (the last three Hunger Games movies). Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts and Charlotte Rampling also star. (139 min, R; reviewed by R.K. 3/7) THE SHAPE OF WATERHHHH1/2 A mute janitor (Sally Hawkins) at a government lab falls for a mysterious marine creature in this arty riff on classic monster flicks from cowriter-director Guillermo del Toro. With Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins and Octavia Spencer. (123 min, R) THE STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT 1/2H In this sequel to horror flick The Strangers, masked psychos disrupt a family’s attempt to vacation peacefully at a deserted mobile home park. With Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison and Martin Henderson. Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down) directed. (85 min, R; reviewed by R.K. 3/14)


THOROUGHBREDSHHHH Two privileged teens (Anya Taylor-Joy and Olivia Cooke) team up on a devious plan in this indie thriller from writer-director Cory Finley. The late Anton Yelchin costarred. (92 min, R; reviewed by M.H. 3/21) THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURIHHHHH In this drama from writerdirector Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths), Frances McDormand plays a grieving mom who doesn’t take kindly to the local sheriff’s failure to arrest her daughter’s killer. With Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell and Caleb Landry Jones. (115 min, R; reviewed by R.K. 11/29) A WRINKLE IN TIMEHH1/2 A young girl (Storm Reid) must travel the space-time continuum to find her missing scientist dad (Chris Pine) in this Disney adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s kids’ classic from director Ava DuVernay (Selma). With Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon. (109 min, PG)


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DEATH WISHH1/2 Horror director Eli Roth (Hostel) remade the 1974 action hit about a family man (Bruce Willis) who starts dealing vigilante justice after a brutal attack on his loved ones. With Vincent D’Onofrio and Elisabeth Shue. (107 min, R; reviewed by M.H. 3/7)

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CALL ME BY YOUR NAMEHHHHH A restless teenager (Timothée 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)

GAME NIGHTHHHH1/2 Folks who meet regularly for friendly competition find themselves instead trying to solve a real-life murder in this action comedy. With Rachel McAdams, Jesse Plemons and Jason Bateman. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Vacation) directed. (100 min, R; reviewed by R.K. 2/28)

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Although her work is among the best Russian literature of the 20th century, poet Marina Tsvetayeva lived in poverty. When fellow poet Rainer Maria Rilke asked her to describe the kingdom of heaven, she said, “Never again to sweep floors.” I can relate. To earn a living in my early adulthood, I washed tens of thousands of dishes in restaurant kitchens. Now that I’m grown up, one of my great joys is to avoid washing dishes. I invite you to think along these lines, Pisces. What seemingly minor improvements in your life are actually huge triumphs that evoke profound satisfaction? Take inventory of small pleasures that are really quite miraculous.

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(May 21-June 20): The iconic 1942 movie Casablanca won three Academy Awards and has often appeared on critics’ lists of the greatest films ever made. That’s amazing considering the fact that the production was so hectic. When shooting started, the script was incomplete. The writing team frequently presented the finished version of each new scene on the day it was to be filmed. Neither the director nor the actors knew how the plot would resolve until the end of the process. I bring this to your attention, Gemini, because it reminds me of a project you have been working on. I suggest you start improvising less and planning more. How do you want this phase of your life to climax?

CANCER (June 21-July 22): If all goes well in the coming weeks, you will hone your wisdom about how and when and why to give your abundant gifts to deserving recipients — as well as how and when and why not to give your abundant gifts to deserving recipients. If my hopes come to pass, you will refine your ability to share your tender depths with worthy allies — and you will refine your understanding of when not to share your tender depths with worthy allies. Finally, Cancerian, if you are as smart as I think you are, you will have a sixth sense about how to receive as many blessings as you disseminate. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): How adept are you at playing along the boundaries between the dark and the light, between confounding dreams and liberated joy, between “Is it real?” and “Do I need it?”? You now have an excellent

opportunity to find out more about your capacity to thrive on delightful complexity. But I should warn you: The temptation to prematurely simplify things might be hard to resist. There may be cautious pressure coming from a timid voice in your head that’s not fierce enough to want you to grow into your best and biggest self. But here’s what I predict: You will bravely explore the possibilities for selftransformation that are available outside the predictable niches.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Cultivating a robust sense of humor makes you more attractive to people you want to be attractive to. An inclination to be fun-loving is another endearing quality that’s worthy of being part of your intimate repertoire. There’s a third virtue related to these two: playfulness. Many humans of all genders are drawn to those who display joking, lighthearted behavior. I hope you will make maximum use of these qualities during the coming weeks, Virgo. You have a cosmic mandate to be as alluring and inviting as you dare. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): I suggest you gaze at exquisitely wrought Japanese woodcuts ... and listen to jazz trumpeter Miles Davis collaborating with saxophonist John Coltrane ... and inhale the aroma of the earth as you stroll through groves of very old trees. Catch my drift, Libra? Surround yourself with soulful beauty — or else! Or else what? Or else I’ll be sad. Or else you might be susceptible to buying into the demoralizing thoughts that people around you are propagating. Or else you may become blind to the subtle miracles that are unfolding and fail to love them well enough to coax them into their fullest ripening. Now get out there and hunt for soulful beauty that awakens your deepest reverence for life. Feeling awe is a necessity for you right now, not a luxury. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In the Sikh religion, devotees are urged to attack weakness and sin with five “spiritual weapons”: contentment, charity, kindness, positive energy and humility. Even if you’re not a Sikh, I think you’ll be wise to employ this strategy in the next two weeks. Why? Because your instinctual nature will be overflowing with martial force, and you’ll have to work hard to channel it

constructively rather than destructively. The best way to do that is to be a vehement perpetrator of benevolence and healing.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): In 1970,

a biologist was hiking through a Brazilian forest when a small monkey landed on his head, having jumped from a tree branch. Adelmar Coimbra-Filho was ecstatic. He realized that his visitor was a member of the species known as the golden-rumped lion tamarin, which had been regarded as extinct for 65 years. His lucky accident led to a renewed search for the elusive creatures, and soon more were discovered. I foresee a metaphorically comparable experience coming your way, Sagittarius. A resource or influence or marvel you assumed was gone will reappear. How will you respond? With alacrity, I hope!

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): The Velcro fastener is a handy invention that came into the world thanks to a Swiss engineer named George de Mestral. While wandering around the Alps with his dog, he got curious about the bristly seeds of the burdock plants that adhered to his pants and his dog. After examining them under a microscope, he got the idea to create a clothing fastener that imitated their sticking mechanism. In accordance with the astrological omens, Capricorn, I invite you to be alert for comparable breakthroughs. Be receptive to help that comes in unexpected ways. Study your environment for potentially useful clues and tips. Turn the whole world into your classroom and laboratory. It’s impossible to predict where and when you may receive a solution to a longrunning dilemma! AQUARIUS

(Jan. 20-Feb. 18): On May 29, 1953, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay climbed to the top of Mount Everest. They were celebrated as intrepid heroes. But they couldn’t have done it without massive support. Their expedition was powered by 20 Sherpa guides, 13 other mountaineers and 362 porters who lugged 10,000 pounds of baggage. I bring this to your attention, Aquarius, in the hope that it will inspire you. The coming weeks will be an excellent time to gather more of the human resources and raw materials you will need for your rousing expedition later this year.


ence fiction TV show “Dr. Who” has appeared on BBC in 40 of the last 54 years. Over that span, the titular character has been played by 13 different actors. From 2005 until 2010, Aries actor David Tennant was the magic, immortal, time-traveling Dr. Who. His ascendance to the role fulfilled a hopeful prophecy he had made about himself when he was 13 years old. Now is an excellent time for you, too, to predict a glorious, satisfying or successful occurrence in your own future. Think big and beautiful!

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): New York City is the most densely populated city in North America. Its land is among the most expensive on Earth; one estimate says the average price per acre is $16 million. Yet there are two uninhabited islands less than a mile off shore in the East River: North Brother Island and South Brother Island. Their combined 16 acres are theoretically worth $256 million. But no one goes there or enjoys it; it’s not even parkland. I bring this to your attention, Taurus, because I suspect it’s an apt metaphor for a certain situation in your life: a potentially rich resource or influence that you’re not using. Now is a good time to update your relationship with it.


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DECEMBER, PARK PLACE, ESSEX Pre-Christmas, I saw you sitting watching karaoke. You: jeans, black coat and beautiful green eyes set off by shoulder-length blond hair. Me: jeans, white long-sleeved oxford, playing pool. I was too nervous to approach. Care to meet for coffee or lunch? I promise not to sing! When: Saturday, December 16, 2017. Where: Park Place, Essex. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914297

KING ARTHUR CAFÉ Waiting for coffee (you) and coffee/ hot chocolate (me). And it was taking a long time. We talked about the inefficiency of their system. Still waiting. Finding we both had Midd kids. And still waiting. Your coffee came first, and you headed back to Burlington, I think. When: Saturday, February 17, 2018. Where: King Arthur Café. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914289

I MUSTACHE YOU A QUESTION Saw your mustache, definitely on fleek. You got the whole Dodgeball Goodman thing going on. Noticed everyone following your lead; quite the trendsetter you are. How’s about we find somewhere to talk about the next one? When: Monday, March 5, 2018. Where: Mehuron’s Market. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914296

WINTER BLUES We were both there to see Bob Wagner and Josh Panda. Several times you looked over at me and smiled. I looked at you; you were with someone, and I try to respect that. You are a very pretty young woman with medium-length blond hair. I should have tried harder. I hope it’s not too late! When: Thursday, March 1, 2018. Where: ArtsRiot. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914288

KINDNESS MATTERS I was wearing a lot of comfy plaid due to a recent surgery. I’m happily married, but I have a number of really great single friends. I’m pretty intuitive, and I liked your vibe. If you are single, I would be happy to subtly introduce you. If not, platonic friendship is also very available. When: Friday, March 9, 2018. Where: Williston Goodwill drop-off. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914295


DIGITAL CAFÉ DENIZEN Where: most BVT coffee shops. When: one to five times per week. Why: Laptops have supplanted the brick-andmortar. Working from home is lonely. Caffeine addiction. Tech-induced social ineptitude. I would say we should grab a coffee, but at this rate I doubt our adrenals could handle it. Not trying to pick you up, but I’m curious — who are you, office mate? When: Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Where: all the coffee shops. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914293 PEANUT BUTTER ROMANCE Brown-haired lady, lovely lady, buying peanut butter in her own jar. I asked about peanut butter; we agreed it’s a dietary staple, a foundation of the food pyramid. I dig your cuteness and energy and the definitive way you told the cashier that your jar weighs 0.6. I’m a writer/farmer/teacher/jack-of-manytrades, crayons beside a Rolex. Let’s talk over drinks. When: Tuesday, March 6, 2018. Where: City Market, Onion River Co-op. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914292




DOG STRUT I was walking out of Bath & Body and made deep and meaningful eye contact with your dog. I just want to follow that up. Your beard is invited, too. When: Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Where: Church Street. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914294

SANDY, YOU WERE SKATE-SKIING I helped you with your ski pole straps and said that I’d be happy to give you a lesson sometime. You seemed smiley, attractive and good-natured. Are you single? If so, would you like to go for a ski or hike? When: Saturday, February 10, 2018. Where: Morse Farm. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914290

RED HEN BAKERY ON SATURDAY We were standing in line, and I was focused on the cinnamon buns — that is, until you caught my eye and we tried to pronounce the name of that baked good. If you want to meet back up to sample some of their other goodies (and practice pronouncing that name), please let me know. I enjoyed our short encounter! When: Saturday, March 3, 2018. Where: Red Hen. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914287 HOT PSYCHOLOGIST IN VERGENNES You came into the bar. I made an ass out of myself but bought you a drink to apologize. You had to run out and do some shopping. That night in December still makes me chuckle. Maybe I’ll see you at the bar again sometime. Summer is coming! When: Thursday, December 21, 2017. Where: Church Street. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914286 LANTMAN’S, MONDAY 2/26 We exchanged several glances around 6:45. You have black hair and a black beard. I was wearing a black hat, a black jacket and have long curly hair. If you’re single, we should grab a coffee/drink sometime. Reply back to this I-Spy with the color of my hair. When: Monday, February 26, 2018. Where: Lantman’s, Hinesburg. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914285 THOUGHT YOU WERE FROM NZ OK, I was wrong about you being from NZ. (Doesn’t happen often, LOL). We have a North Ave. connection. Anyhow, would you two like to have dinner sometime soon? Can’t get in trouble that way. I know a good restaurant or two. When: Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Where: North Ave. pub. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914284 A COUPLE GLANCES AT HANNAFORD We shared a couple of glances the other day. (6 p.m.) Thought moments later that I should have asked you out for a drink. Then, on second thought, maybe she doesn’t drink? In those few moments, I was intrigued. Coffee, maybe? When: Monday, February 26, 2018. Where: Hannaford, North Ave. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914283

LAURA I really didn’t have any reason to stop by. It was only to say hi to you. Enjoy the real sunshine. When: Tuesday, February 27, 2018. Where: S. Royalton. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914282 RADIO BEAN Corner booth: Damn. When: Saturday, February 24, 2018. Where: Radio Bean. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914281 WILL, I AM LOOKING FOR YOU! Will: Wait, what just happened? We first connected online, and you had me at “Once you meet me, you won’t need to meet anyone else.” We connected on Google hangouts, and there was a technical glitch and you cut me off! Just want to say I am the real deal. It’s the gypsy woman from Waterbury. When: Wednesday, February 14, 2018. Where: online. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914280 GOOD DANCER, EH? To the dark-haired, sharply dressed gent: Overheard a conversation about you being a really good dancer. Maybe a twirl around the dance floor sometime? Spoiler alert: I can’t dance, but I can be a good student! When: Thursday, February 15, 2018. Where: Mehuron’s Market. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914279 NORTH CAPTIVA You screamed my name like Brando. / So many flavorful memories: Kismet, Honey Road, Maglianero… / It is no coincidence that I met you. / My toes are painted Carolina blue. / I wanted to go to Bubba’s island with you. When: Saturday, February 10, 2018. Where: Juniper, Burlington. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914278 LOST PEN, FOUND CONNECTION? You played a super fun show with Big Night. You borrowed my pen, and I offered to let you keep it. I regret not attaching my number to it. Hopeful for a second opportunity. Any chance you’d want to grab a drink and help me perfect my two-step? When: Tuesday, February 20, 2018. Where: Radio Bean. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914277 POOKEY ARTICHOOKEY I’m doing it. Life is meant to be lived. My favorite moment is when you had me stop driving out of Camel’s Hump so you could pick flowers. I hope to see you soon, and perhaps this is a catalyst for you to finally see me the way I see you. When: Thursday, February 22, 2018. Where: Burlington. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914276 2,000 YEARS A strange but familiar feeling that we had secrets from another lifetime. The intense moment when my soul recognized yours before we were ever introduced. The most beautiful view my eyes have ever seen has been watching happiness fill every inch of your being. Kirby, cheers to our friendship, our passion and our future. When: Friday, September 1, 2017. Where: Positive Pie, Barre. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914274 CRUELTY, MANIPULATION, MEANINGLESSNESS “Nobody sits like this rock sits. You rock, rock. The rock just sits and is. You show us how to just sit here, and that’s what we need.” Let’s go out to dinner and see a movie. Happy birthday, CA. When: Sunday, January 28, 2018. Where: Jay Peak. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914273


I like this guy, but we live in different countries. I see him twice a year, but there’s another problem: He’s my friend’s brother. I’ve known the family since I was 4, and he is almost three and a half years older. I saw him last in the summer, but we’ve texted since. He kept nagging me to kiss him this coming summer, and I really want to, but I’m scared. Today he texted me, hungover, saying he wants to have sex. That’s a big step, and I’m still a virgin. I’ve never kissed anyone, besides a peck on the lips at age 12. I’m attracted to him, even though I don’t like the idea of a summer fling, as I’ll get emotionally attached. I want to have sex with him, but not for my first time. I’m worried my friend will find out and be mad, as will my protective older brother (who’s friends with this guy). I’m hoping when I’m older to move to where he is anyway — not because of him, BTW! I’d maybe give it a go when I’m older, but for now, what do I do?


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Having sex for the first time is a big step, and you should have that experience with someone who respects and honors you. This decision is not just about what to do right now. It is about your future and what kind of person you want to be. Go with your instincts. You have a lot of reservations about having sex with this guy, and they all make good sense. You’ve even said you don’t want him to be your “first.” To me, he sounds kind of pushy and inattentive. When he brought up sex and nagged you for a kiss, did he ask what you wanted? Is he worried about complicating your other relationships — like the ones with your friend and your brother? You say you’re attracted to him, but how much do you really like this guy? Do you trust him? The next time he mentions sex, tell him straight up that you’re not ready for it and see how he reacts. Set boundaries and see if he pushes them. Is he respectful, or does he pressure you? Does he seem more concerned with his own desires than with yours? Whether you’re having sex for the first time or 50th, you deserve to be with someone who treats you well. You should never have sex if you don’t want to, and you should never do it just to please someone else. When you’re really ready, you may still have some reservations — that’s natural. But you’ll also feel happy and excited, not worried and scared!



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