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THE TREES How the climate crisis and pests are impacting four arboreal species in Vermont’s woods



Barre City PD defends search efforts PAGE 16


Vermonters heal with ayahuasca PAGE 38


Three new spots for joe to-go PAGE 44


Designer Kat Whitledge pops up PAGE 53

City Hall Park Summer Programs

Summer 2021 will be one to remember! Join us for these new programs in the renovated City Hall Park. Programs run from June to mid September with specific schedules for each series. All programs are free and open to the public. Summer lineup coming soon to BURLINGTONCITYARTS.ORG.

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Ferene Paris-Meyer of All Heart Inspirations hosts a safe, enthralling, community storytelling session. Share your true stories with friends, neighbors, and total strangers!

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Kids, get your weekend started right with grooves from a local DJ and nonstop dancing in the interactive splash fountain!

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A staple of City Hall Park in the summertime, this series presents 23 free lunchtime concerts with a broad lineup of locally renowned acts.

Catch a concert on the lawn as the sun sets on City Hall Park. The inaugural lineup includes regional luminaries spanning the full spectrum of genres.

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Join hosts Gina Stevensen and Quinn Rol in this inspiring speaker series with amazing community heroes. Talk topics range from education and business to science, tech, and creativity.

CHP and chill! Join us for great flicks under the stars, with family-friendly fare and contemporary classics. Programming partners include Burlington Discover Jazz Festival and Vermont International Film Festival.

Stroll through the open-air market and feel good knowing the ceramic bowls or handcrafted earrings you just bought directly support a local artist and the creative economy.

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Lewis Creek Association founding member Marty Illick and her husband, Terrence Dinnan, died on Monday after their small boat capsized in the local waterway. Their 3.5-yearold grandson managed to make his way to safety and back to the couple’s home. The three had been on an outing in the boat near Spear Street in Charlotte, according to Vermont State Police. Fishermen reported to police at about 12:30 p.m. that they had discovered two bodies in the water. Troopers searched for the child for an hour before finding him safe in his grandparents’ car in their driveway. Illick, 70, and Dinnan, 71, lived on Lewis Creek Road. “The child was wearing a life vest, while the adults were not,” police said in a press release. “The child was able to make it to shore and then returned on his own to the vehicle outside the house. He was reunited with his parents at the scene.” Illick was one of a group of people who founded the influential Lewis Creek Association in the early 1990s to carry out conservation work in the Lake Champlain Valley. “The lake and the land have lost a great champion, and it’s going to be hard for her shoes to be filled,” said Dan Albrecht, a senior planner at the Chittenden County

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1. “Some Burlington Homeowners Shocked by Reappraisal Figures” by Courtney Lamdin. The city’s first reappraisal since 2005 is causing widespread sticker shock among homeowners. 2. “Burlington High School Could Be Demolished After More Contamination Found” by Alison Novak. Tests have revealed even more extensive chemical contamination on Institute Road. 3. “Ben Cohen’s New Pre-Rolled Joint Business Will Fund Black-Owned Cannabis Companies” by Sally Pollak. The Vermont entrepreneur is launching a venture in Colorado. 4. “Fox Market and Bar Coming to East Montpelier” by Melissa Pasanen. The store will carry wine, beer, local organic produce and specialty products. 5. “Soldier With Lengthy Criminal History Is No Longer in Vermont National Guard” by Matthew Roy. Daniel Blodgett, who is facing sexual assault charges, is no longer in uniform.


Voters once again rejected a proposed merger between the Town of Essex and the Village of Essex Junction. Marriage just isn’t for everyone.


A bill that would eliminate the statute of limitations in civil child-abuses cases is advancing in the Vermont legislature. Cold but not forgotten.

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COLLECTIVE IMPACT Champlain Valley Union High School senior Lena Kerest participates in an annual girls’ activism workshop in New York City and is a member of several high school clubs focused on social justice, women’s issues and human rights. Last summer, she decided to channel her benevolent energy in a new way — by starting a giving circle. Kerest recruited a dozen young women, all seniors at CVU, to join her. Each of them committed to contributing $25 to $50 twice a year to support a cause they felt strongly about. By pooling their money and soliciting additional

donations from family and friends, they raised $1,000 for the Vermont Racial Justice Alliance, an organization they decided to support in the wake of the Minneapolis police murder of George Floyd last May. Kerest learned how to create a giving circle by attending a training hosted by the Giving Project. Leslie Halperin of Burlington and Laura Latka of Shelburne launched the initiative last year, aiming to make philanthropy more accessible, especially to the younger generation.  Giving circles “are a wonderful way to gather people who care about similar issues but aren’t necessarily your closest friends,” said Latka, “whether they have $10 or $1,000.”  Kerest said she sees her giving circle as

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Sasha Goldstein’s [802 Much: “NameDropping,” March 31] about the Rochester/Randolph Sports Trail Alliance was nice — except for one big mistake! Executive director Angus McCusker is quoted as saying “There wasn’t a lot of thought” invested in the RASTA acronym, but it’s been used for eight years on the website. Local selectboards, school boards and newspapers know the organization as RASTA. The acronym made it what it is today. So why change it now? Could it be an effort by this trail alliance to promote Velomont, a huge statewide bike trail that would run from Massachusetts to Canada? Do all Vermonters want this running through our wilderness rehab efforts of decades? We as Vermonters need to vote on the project in the 2024 election. Until then, Gov. Phil Scott needs to shelve all startup work. Profiteers come in many shades. Democracy is the best way for us to decide on this project. Please ask the governor to put it on the ballot. Mason Wade



Loved the description of the King George School and farm [Nest: “Kingdom Jewel,” March 17]. As it turns out, my grandfather and grandmother were the owners. Grinnell Martin got his degree in farming from Harvard University in the early part of the century and, as soon as he could, went back to dairy farming. It is true that my grandmother was a tough cookie and lorded it over the area, but our grandfather was a charmer and loved to talk with the other farmers in the area. During the Depression, when folks were losing their farms, Grinnell purchased the eight farms and put them together. He made arrangements for every owner to stay on and live in their house and farm their land as they had before, only asking for support for haying to feed his cows during the winter. Of particular interest is the name of the place: King George Farm. It wasn’t



named for any king or for the Martins; it was named for the huge bull they brought in to start their herd of cows. What a colossal beast he was, living in a pen just north of the dairy farm house. John Mathers



Thank you, Alison Bechdel, for “Reentry” [“Bracing for Impact,” April 7]. You brilliantly illustrated my feelings and experiences of this past year. I felt like you wrote my story! It was such a relief to feel the camaraderie you depicted. I have shared “Reentry” with friends and family who would not otherwise see it and enthusiastically urged my local friends to read it. Alison, you and Holly Rae have lifted my heart, which was carrying more burden than I was acknowledging. Maggie Sherman



Dave Gram and I disagree on many topics. However, in his April 7 Fair Game [“Learning Curve”], I tend to agree with his grades for those in Montpelier on another “kick the can” on pension reform. Please add Secretary of State Jim Condos to the report card list. Give Condos what grade you may for his “deer in the headlights” response when town clerks testified, along with an apartment owner in Middlebury, about the lack of enforcement to stop ballot harvesting and other potential voter fraud abuses. Voter ID and one ballot, one vote make sense! I urge you to watch a 10-minute video provided by the Ethan Allen Institute that presents a strong case for the

potential for voter fraud by the mass mailing out of ballots. Three emails from me to Condos were met with just an auto-generated reply that he or someone in his office would reply. On another matter, Condos was clearly hesitant to take any meaningful action toward an incumbent reportedly seen sitting and campaigning in the “no-candidate zone” in Jericho two years ago. Back to Gram’s grades: spot-on that pension reform will be difficult but must be done! What is more frustrating is that we are still pumping tens of millions into our state college and university system, which needs support — but also a complete overhaul while on life support. Robert Devost



I would like to congratulate you on bringing back Fair Game with Dave Gram. This kind of analysis has been missing from Seven Days. I also really like the From the Publisher pieces by Paula Routly and Cathy Resmer. I’ve been reading your paper since its beginnings, but what always seemed missing was any word from the editors-publishers. The pieces that you have put into the paper have been very thoughtful and needed. I hope you continue to include them. Lisa Sammet



[Re Cannabis Issue, April 14]: Could you imagine what would happen if THC levels got out of control? A Vermont company might come along that makes a product with roughly double the THC content as an “average” product. And what if this product

gets sold in single-use containers that are 25 percent larger than traditional containers? This alone might not bring our state to ruin, but then what if this theoretical new intoxicant also boasts an enticingly pungent and unique flavor profile — say, and I’m just spitballing here, really strong grapefruit? And what if the product also has charmingly irreverent language on the packaging, which, along with the enticing aroma and next-level potency, combines to form an irresistible cultural phenomenon, catapulting the theoretical new intoxicant to the upper echelon of Vermont culture? And, before long, the new intoxicant is in such demand by Vermont residents that it routinely sells out at local vendors within seconds of being distributed? What will happen when residents of surrounding states start driving to Vermont to get the strong and tasty new item, so companies in Maine and New Hampshire and Massachusetts and Connecticut start making similar uniquely potent and aromatic products, while the Vermont company that started the whole craze brings in so much money that it erects a new multimillion-dollar facility in the most expensive town in Vermont? And then, what if this new product ascends to such unanimous fame that the definition of one unit of consumption gets all but redefined to include that extra 25 percent of extra potent product? Al Teodosio



Due to a production error, a quote from Will Raap in last week’s story “The Cannabis Market” was incomplete. It should have read, “We’re trying to build a Vermont Botanical Commons and branding [the] framework around all of these emerging botanicals [such as barley, wheat, rye, medicinal and culinary herbs]. And we’ll add to that hemp and cannabis.”

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Seed Savers

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Waking Up Three new spots for coffee and sweet treats in Chittenden County




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Self-Love Fans of Vermont theater may know the offbeat offerings of actor and writer G Richard Ames. In celebration of his 51st birthday, the award-winning performer puts on a 51-minute livestreamed show all about, well, him. Presented by Montpelier’s Lost Nation Theater, It’s Him Material: A G Richard Ames Retro-Spectacle features songs, stories and puns from the actor known for his comedy, wordplay and unique wardrobe.



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The climate crisis can be an overwhelming topic. Renowned activist Frances Moore Lappé shines light on possible solutions in her livestreamed Earth Day talk, “Climate Crisis in Focus: Finding Hope Through Democratic Action.” Hosted by Sustainable Woodstock and Pentangle Arts, Moore Lappé, who has penned more than 20 books on hunger, democracy and the environment, shares stories and facts to empower listeners to tackle root causes of changes to the global climate.

“Clark bridges a Tennessee landscape’s past and present in her stellar debut, evincing a potent mix of history, injury, and divided identity,” reads a Publishers Weekly review of prize-winning poet Tiana Clark’s 2018 collection I Can’t Talk About the Trees Without the Blood. Clark reads original passages on Tuesday and gives a craft talk on Wednesday, both hosted virtually by the Vermont Studio Center.




On the Go Spring is in full swing, drawing many a cooped-up Vermonter outdoors. Why not put some of that al fresco activity toward programs for athletes with disabilities? Participants in the virtual Dream Big 5K Run, Walk, Roll get a workout and raise funds for EDD Adaptive Sports, a nonprofit serving athletes with disabilities in Vermont and New York. Create or join a team to chip in and complete a mapped course in Essex Junction, or travel the route of your choice. LEARN MORE AT EDDFUND.ORG.


Civic Duty During the coronavirus pandemic, small businesses need support more than ever. The Great Montpelier Challenge encourages area residents to give downtown enterprises a boost and explore the Capital City through a scavenger hunt-type game. Participants snag a list of 30 tasks — think “Get a beverage to go” or “Visit the Vermont History Museum” — and check off items for the chance to win prizes. LEARN MORE AT MONTPELIERALIVE.COM.


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Looking to level up your kitchen game? City Market, Onion River Co-op in Burlington offers free livestreamed classes to help home cooks sharpen their culinary skills. Upcoming courses include All About Asparagus with executive chef Michael Clauss, who demonstrates his recipe for asparagus risotto topped with a poached egg.

The Middlebury Performing Arts Series Spring 2021 Virtual Season comes to a close with a celebration of Johann Sebastian Bach. Classical music lovers revel in a broadcast of the New York City-based Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performing the German composer’s six Brandenburg Concertos. CMS co-artistic directors David Finckel and Wu Han lead a Q&A with the artists. LEARN MORE AT MIDDLEBURY.EDU.


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Vermont Celebs on Getting the Vaccine:

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Anaïs Mitchell

John Kimmich

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I’m excited to get the COVID vaccine because my profession is rooted in community. I’m looking forward to a sense of normalcy, and this vaccine is a giant step in the right direction.

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We wanted to get the vaccine so we can safely enjoy creemees!

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Former Governor of Vermont

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We are getting vaccinated because we care about our community and really want to hug our friends and families again. Let’s all be part of the solution.

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Getting vaccinated meant I could protect my family and my staff, safely represent Vermonters, and help the state that we love to come through the pandemic not just stronger, but Vermont Strong.

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United States Senator



I can’t wait to get my shot to help protect my family, my town and the global live arts community.

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I’m dying to do a live performance again for all you folks! So, hurry up and get your shots. Don’t be a laggard!!!!

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I was thrilled to do my part and get vaccinated when it was my turn, because vaccinations are how we can put this pandemic behind us. As a greater number of Vermonters get their shots, I’m confident things will begin to feel normal again by summer.

Governor of Vermont



Join all these folks in keeping Vermont safe by vaccinating against COVID-19. Sign up and get your shot as early as possible. Then mask up and be patient for a little while longer—we’ll get there! Visit healthvermont.gov to learn more and register for a COVID-19 vaccination.




We got the vaccine so we could gather safely with other Vermonters to enjoy the arts because it just feels like freedom! JAY’S FIRST:


f you’re old enough to drive, you’re old enough to hit the road back to normal life by getting your COVID-19 vaccine. As more COVID-19 vaccine flows into Vermont, it’s important to get your shot when it’s your turn. The more of us who get vaccinated and the faster we do it, the sooner we can start doing the things we love again — with all of the people we miss so much right now. On April 19, anyone 16 or older can sign up at healthvermont.gov or with a national pharmacy chain to schedule an appointment for this important step in Vermont’s COVID-19 response. We asked a few prominent Vermonters why they’re getting their COVID-19 vaccines. We hope you’re as excited as they are!

Vaccines ensure we can all safely gather again. Keep up the good work, Vermont!

Jim Douglas

Getting my first shot gave me hope—hope for seeing everyone in the global Burton community, hope for future adventures and hope for humankind.

I’m getting vaccinated because I trust science, and I look forward to reopening and restoring our economy.

I’m counting the days till I can get the vaccine, which represents one tangible step toward returning to the performing arts world that I love!


Hire Purpose

Lots of energy goes into the selection, reporting and presentation of Seven Days’ journalism. But these days the 15 pages of help-wanted ads in back of the paper tell an important story, too: Vermont businesses are starting to rebound from the coronavirus pandemic. But slowing down the process is a shortage of labor. Our job ads highlight a wide array of local openings, a true crosssection of the Vermont economy. Employers are looking to hire security LOCAL EMPLOYERS officers, a chamber music festival director, an environmental reporter, ARE HIRING: a deputy city manager, boatyard help, housekeepers, a youth services librarian, cheesemakers, summer camp staff, a water well driller’s helper and a farmland conservation analyst. Some companies are offering bonuses, free training and generous pay and benefits, including profit-sharing, to new employees. Even if you’re not looking for a job, the classifieds section makes for interesting reading. After a terrifying, boom-and-bust year, Vermont appears to be a workers’ market. Companies of all stripes advertise their job openings in Seven Days. Their investment helps fund our award-winning newspaper. For most media companies, this particular source of revenue no longer exists. We built our classifieds section when Craigslist was catching on across the country, decimating newspapers in San Francisco, New York, Chicago and other large cities. In 2004, many of our independent weekly colleagues in other states gave up on traditional classifieds and made a deal with a national advertising website called backpage.com. Seven Days declined and stayed the course — dodging a bullet, as it turned out. We hired a software company in Montpelier, Bear Code, to put our classifieds online. By the time Craigslist arrived in Vermont, our site was well established. We’ve made some changes over the years. Bear Code delivered a few upgrades, and in 2017, Seven Days associate publisher and creative director Don Eggert moved the jobs section to a mobile-friendly site at jobs. sevendaysvt.com that makes it easier to apply for open positions and manage applications. Those technological improvements have helped us hold our own against national competitors including Monster, ZipRecruiter, CareerBuilder, LinkedIn and Indeed. There have been tough times — the recession of 2008, for example, and almost all of last year — but most Vermont businesses have eventually returned to us for help with their hiring needs. The ads work — in large part, because our readers do. “Applicants from Seven Days … are quality individuals who actually take the time to write thoughtful cover letters,” Carolyn Zeller of the Intervale Center noted in a testimonial that appears in this week’s paper. “That is not If you like what we do and can afford to help the experience I’ve had on bigger job boards like pay for it, become a Seven Days Super Reader! indeed.com.” Look for the “Give Now” buttons at the top of Zeller also noted the excellent customer sevendaysvt.com. Or send a check with your service she gets from employment rep Michelle address and contact info to: Brown — who, incidentally, just celebrated 24 SEVEN DAYS, C/O SUPER READERS years at Seven Days. P.O. BOX 1164 BURLINGTON, VT 05402-1164 Give Michelle’s section a glance this week, even if you’re not in the market. You probably For more information on making a financial know someone who is. It will take many hands contribution to Seven Days, please contact Corey Grenier: to make Vermont work again.


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Troubled Waters

Vermont’s lakes and rivers face emerging threats. Can we address them?



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ermont has spent nearly $200 million in the past five years to clean up its waterways. But the threats to water quality only seem to have intensified, reinforcing the questions in some quarters about whether the state really has the will to do what’s necessary to restore lakes and streams. Much of the focus in recent years has been on efforts to reduce phosphorus pollution, especially in Lake Champlain, because that nutrient fuels sometimestoxic algae blooms, turns the water green and closes beaches. Now there appears to be a new reason — or at least a newly discovered and scary-sounding one — to worry about the health effects of the blooms. It’s been known for some time that cyanobacteria, aka blue-green algae, produces toxins that can become airborne and are suspected of being factors in causing chronic neurological diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and possibly Parkinson’s disease. Now new research centered on a cyanobacteria-plagued pond on Nantucket has tied blue-green algae to a different natural but poisonous compound, anatoxin-a. It’s been linked to cattle deaths in Canada and has earned the ominous moniker VFDF — for “very fast death factor.” The Nantucket Land Council recently announced that air sampling in 2019 by its consulting scientists had, for the first time, detected the toxin airborne near a body of water. VFDF “can cause a range of symptoms at acute doses, including loss of coordination, muscular twitching and respiratory paralysis, and has been linked to the deaths of livestock, waterfowl and dogs from drinking contaminated water,” the council announced earlier this month. It’s “quite likely” that researchers would find the same toxin near parts of Lake Champlain and other Vermont bodies of water hit by cyanobacteria blooms, said Dr. ELIJAH STOMMEL, a neurologist at Dartmouth College’s Geisel School of Medicine and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock medical center. Stommel has been one of the leading researchers examining links between cyanobacteria and ALS. “If you get a bad enough bloom, [it] should aerosolize into the air around Lake Champlain as easily as it can into the air around Nantucket,” Stommel said. Is anyone checking in Vermont to see whether this might be happening? State toxicologist SARAH VOSE first cautioned

against exaggerating the danger found in Nantucket. Vose said the study was limited and detected the VFDF toxin under ideal circumstances, just a couple of feet above the pond. She said there’s no indication that it can hold up to travel in the air. Vose also recommended checking with JASON STOCKWELL, a University of Vermont researcher who has been on the hunt for cyanobacteria. His work so far has involved testing for cyanobacteria in the air around Shelburne Pond, which is a hot spot for the blooms. “However, COVID has greatly slowed our sample processing down, so we do not have any results yet,” he told Fair Game. Stockwell added that his team’s testing had included air sampling, but that it mainly had been looking for microcystins, a different toxin. Stommel said one factor that has slowed research such as this is that property and business owners — and especially politicians — often don’t want to know. “If you have bad blooms on any lake, it’s going to affect the economy,” Stommel said, pointing to algae-plagued places on Lake Champlain “where people can’t rent out their summer camps … It affects the economy whether you want to know it or not.” As if that weren’t enough to worry

about, PFAS-class chemicals, the stuff that has extensively polluted groundwater around North Bennington, have turned up in Shelburne’s drinking water, according to reporting by the Guardian newspaper and Consumer Reports. Shelburne is part of the Champlain Water District, which serves about 75,000 residents in eight towns. Seven Days’ KEVIN MCCALLUM reported that the Shelburne test result of 5.77 parts per trillion was well below the federal advisory level of 70 parts per trillion and Vermont’s more stringent 20-parts-per-trillion level. But any detectable level of a chemical tied to immune system problems and elevated risk for some cancers bears watching. JOSEPH DUNCAN, the water district’s general manager, told Seven Days that tests at the treatment plant and other spots in the distribution network haven’t turned up PFAS. The positive result came from sampling by volunteers. Water quality advocates such as JAMES EHLERS of Winooski say they’re worried not only about cleaning up existing problems, but that decisions being made now may cause new ones. Everyone wants more affordable housing, especially in our city and village centers. But Ehlers noted that every time a couple of flush toilets are installed in



a community where heavy rain triggers sewage overflows, you raise the future risk of cyanobacteria blooms in downstream waters. Despite those concerns, the Senate recently passed legislation to make sewer hookups for some new housing easier; it’s pending in the House. Ehlers also criticized lawmakers’ lack of action on ending the use of fire-fighting foams containing PFAS. Environmentalists want them banned to ensure that they cannot pollute water supplies. He said there are alternative foams but that lawmakers had backed away from requiring them under pressure from the Vermont National Guard. As if all that weren’t enough, there’s a plan by Lake Champlain Transportation to junk an obsolete ferry at the bottom of the lake, a mile off the Burlington waterfront. The company says the boat would be cleaned to federal Environmental Protection Agency standards before being sent to its watery grave. Environmentalists say the possibility of the boat’s lead paint and polychlorinated biphenyls leaching into the lake gives them a sinking feeling. Ehlers urged the public to rise up and “stop wealthy people from sinking their financial liabilities in an already compromised public drinking water supply [and] prevent the transfer of this liability to Vermont taxpayers and drinking water ratepayers.” If there is one unifying theme here, it’s that water quality takes close watching by the public. Eternal vigilance is the price


Stay healthy at the Y not just of liberty, but of ensuring that our kids and grandkids will have clean water to drink. The public should be pressing lawmakers to take these issues more seriously.

Waiting for Weighting

Nearly a quarter century after the Vermont Supreme Court’s landmark Brigham decision and follow-up legislation to equalize educational opportunities and school tax burdens around the state, the goal of equity remains elusive. According to researchers hired by the legislature in 2019, that’s largely because Vermont does an inadequate job of measuring how much it costs to educate individual students. Some pupils cost more to teach, including those from impoverished backgrounds, students who come from non-English-speaking families, and those who attend small, rural schools that are unable to take advantage of economies of scale. When state aid to local school districts doesn’t account for those higher costs, unfortunate results occur. Each school district gets funding based very roughly on how many students it has, but that’s an oversimplification. Different “weights” — meaning ability to attract funding — are attributed to each student. For example, each high school student secures a school district a bit more money than an elementary school pupil, because a high school offers a broader range of courses and is more expensive to run than an elementary school. Rural schools are among those clamoring the loudest for relief. There’s an expenditure cap in state law intended to discourage lavish spending, but some rural districts face such tough economy-of-scale issues that just providing a basic education puts them over that cap. As a result, they are hit with a penalty that requires them to pay into the state education fund $2 for every $1 they have spent over the cap. In Cabot, voters have balked at passing a school budget this year largely because they’re miffed about being hit with the penalty, Caledonia Central Supervisory Union superintendent MARK TUCKER said in an interview. It’s not just rural schools. Winooski, with many English language learners and students from low-income families, also shoulders extra education costs.


a member of the Winooski School Board, told Fair Game how the pupil weights called for in the 2019 report would benefit Winooski: The “weight” — or funding value — of each student would make it appear, for aid purposes, that the student body had roughly doubled in size. The researchers found that the current values badly underestimate the actual costs of educating a poor student. They wrote that each low-income student should be counted not as 1.25 students — as they are under the current formula — but as 3.97 students for calculating the school’s pupil count and state funding. Each English language learner would jump from being counted as 1.2 students to nearly 2.6. The new weighting recommendations date back to December 2019. Lawmakers punted on doing anything with them last year after COVID-19 struck. This year, a Senate-passed bill pending in the House would call for a special task force to look at how to implement the recommendations. Some districts have been advantaged by a faulty funding system. For problems to be fixed in places such as Cabot and Winooski, taxes in the communities that benefit from the current system would have to go up, or school budgets would have to be squeezed. Three lawmakers pushing for the new funding formula to be implemented, Reps. LUCY ROGERS (D-Waterville), KATHERINE SIMS (D-Craftsbury) and LAURA SIBILIA (I-Dover), all said they don’t want the process to devolve into a game of winners and losers. And they want the result tied to the solid social science research the 2019 study used to determine actual educational costs, rather than guesswork based on political horse-trading. “Once the weights are implemented, we won’t have winners and losers,” Rogers said in an interview. “We’ll have equitable education across the board.” In its 1997 Brigham decision, the Vermont Supreme Court said that was a worthy goal. It still is. To Vermont’s richer communities, it’s going to be tough. In fact, if the reaction to Act 60 in rich ski towns is any predictor, there will be a fresh round of screaming bloody murder. That’s because, as the late Supreme Court justice RUTH BADER GINSBURG put it, “To those accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression.” m


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Mobile Home Park Co-ops Thrive in Vermont

Sorting Out Recycling

How tons of dumped glass emboldened lawmakers to back an expanded bottle bill B Y K E V I N MCCAL L UM • kevin@sevendaysvt.com



irst-time purchasers of beverages in Vermont could be forgiven their puzzlement over the state’s bottle deposit law: Wine cooler containers require a 5-cent deposit; wine bottles don’t. Cans from local Zero Gravity Craft Brewery carry a nickel deposit; cans from local Citizen Cider don’t. And that plastic bottle of Poland Springs sparkling water gets returned, while the one without the bubbles goes in the blue recycling bin. For years environmental advocates have worked to widen the scope of the state’s bottle deposit law to cover the

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For years, efforts to change the law got nowhere, always batted back by the argument that the glass, aluminum and plastic beverage containers dutifully deposited into blue bins were still being recycled, just through a different — and more convenient, efficient and costeffective — system. That claim suffered a blow last year, when the Chittenden Solid Waste District admitted that instead of turning 18,000 tons of bottles from recycling bins into new glass, it had been crushing the containers and effectively dumping them without permits. Fo r ye a r s, t h e district used the material as fill “to repair a depression” in a closed Williston landfill, spread as base material beneath its large-scale composting operation, and pile high at the end of a road on its property, according to a 2020 settlement with the Attorney General’s Office. District officials argued for more than a year that they had done nothing wrong and that using the glass as fill was appropriate. Blue-bin glass, according to CSWD, is nearly worthless because of high transportation costs and because some of it is contaminated from being in the waste stream. Eventually the district agreed to pay $400,000 to settle the accusations of illegal dumping. While the settlement was steep, the real cost may have come to the district’s reputation with lawmakers. Its arguments against expanding the bottle bill once carried weight in Montpelier. But this year, officials’ repeated protests have proved far less effective.

Lawmakers listened patiently but skeptically as CSWD representatives outlined all the reasons why diverting more glass, aluminum and plastic containers from the blue bins would hurt their revenues and force them to increase fees.


Jennifer Holliday, director of public policy and communications for the district, said all the bill would do is shift an existing stream of recycling to a competing one. “All that cost would be passed on to Vermonters,” Holliday warned lawmakers in February. The arguments seemed to fall on deaf ears, particularly in the House Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife Committee, where Rep. James McCullough (D-Williston) curtly told Holliday they would not make policy based on “cherrypicked data.” “The credibility on the glass issue is looming very, very heavy for me, and I expect other representatives will bear that in mind as they consider your testimony,” McCullough told her. SORTING OUT RECYCLING

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B Y A N N E WA L L A C E A L L EN anne@sevendaysvt.com Just hours after the residents of the Sterling View Mobile Home Park in Hyde Park took ownership of their community through a newly formed cooperative on April 2, a pump that was part of the effluent system broke down. “We went from celebrating in the morning to not celebrating in the afternoon,” said Jan Kuhn, a retired elementary school teacher and resident who worked to put the deal together.   Fortunately, the former owner of the park had a new pump in storage, and he donated it. The celebratory mood returned. “It’s been an adventure, and it’s just beginning,” said Paul Nesky, president of the mobile home park’s board. Nesky and Kuhn worked with lenders and advisers to help their community buy Sterling View, a community for people ages 55 and over, for $3.25 million. The park has 113 homes. Nearly eight years ago, its residents started to look for ways to finance a purchase after the couple who owned the park told them they wanted to sell. About two and a half years ago, the pace of work picked up when Nesky and Kuhn started talking to the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity and the Cooperative Development Institute. The latter is a nonprofit organization in Northampton, Mass., that has helped 14 groups of Vermont mobile home park residents create cooperatives. The park cooperative borrowed the purchase price, and every household bought a share, said Nesky. Monthly payments — which previously landed between $300 and $318 — increased $48, which puts them well below the state average, he said. Vermont has 239 mobile home parks with about 7,000 households, according to the state Agency of Commerce and Community Development. In many other states, parks can be purchased by investors, often without any prior warning to residents. Vermont law requires that park owners notify residents when they plan to close or sell a park, to give them a chance to come up with an alternative such as cooperative ownership. Vermont’s 14 co-ops all formed during the past decade, and more are likely to organize. Two large parks in Colchester, Breezy Acres and Hillcrest, recently went up for sale. While the two attracted some private interest, the residents have been able to obtain agreements to purchase the parks as a cooperative, said Vermont Housing Commissioner Josh Hanford. m


A demonstrator at last week’s rally in Burlington

Case Dismissed?

Questions persist about the police investigation into missing Vermont man Ralph Jean-Marie


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xactly one year to the day after a Black man in Barre vanished, local officials gathered members of the media for an update on the case. Standing on the front lawn of the Hollow Inn & Motel, where Ralph “Rizz” Jean-Marie was last seen, Barre City Police Chief Tim Bombardier and Washington County State’s Attorney Rory Thibault said the press conference was meant to drum up new interest and leads in the 38-year-old’s disappearance. But the two men also spent considerable time defending their investigation, arguing that they were doing everything in their power to find Jean-Marie. “We’ve conducted over 56 interviews,” Bombardier said. “We’ve done multiple searches — close to 30 searches — of different areas, including search warrants and outdoor searches, with canine teams, people, scuba teams and aerial drones. A lot of time and effort has been put into this case.” His comments appeared aimed at a dozen or so activists and community members in the crowd, who have accused the police of neglecting Jean-Marie’s case because of his race and socioeconomic

status. Authorities have deemed the disappearance “suspicious” but said they are no closer to solving it than the day it was reported; they’ve yet to identify a potential crime scene, find anyone who wanted to harm Jean-Marie, or determine whether he’s alive or dead. “It’s easy to say that that is indicative of a lack of effort, or a lack of resolve, on the part of law enforcement,” Thibault said. “Nothing could be further from the truth. No single case has had more resources devoted to it by Barre City than Ralph Jean-Marie the disappearance of Mr. Jean-Marie.” Both officials said it will take someone coming forward with new information to break the case. “I wish I could say that no stone is left unturned,” Thibault said. “But look around us. There are stones everywhere. There are people everywhere.” Some of those stones are living and breathing — and are still waiting to be turned. On the same day as the press conference, a woman who lives directly across the street from the motel told



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news Winooski Hires Yasamin Gordon as City’s First Equity Director B Y A NNE WAL L A C E ALLEN anne@sevendaysvt.com Arriving in Montpelier as a 10-year-old in 1992, Yasamin Gordon quickly learned what it was like to be part of a minority culture. She loved living in the capital city, but she also remembers difficult conversations with her parents about comments kids had made at school. Overall, “Montpelier was very welcoming” to the family, which had moved from Florida, Gordon said. Though she remembers only one other Black family in town, at most, “I loved growing up there.” Gordon went on to a career in education and as an advocate for equity and inclusion. On May 10, she starts a new position as the first equity director in Winooski, the most racially diverse municipality in Vermont. Gordon’s position was created by a three-year, $300,000 working communities grant program run by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. She’ll oversee aspects of the grant: creating an equity commission to ensure community members are heard during decision-making processes, and strengthening partnerships between schools, businesses and community organizations. “The whole point is to figure out how to bring marginalized people to the table, how to include them more in the process of policymaking,” said Gordon, who most recently worked as lead diversity, equity and inclusion coach for the Champlain Valley School District. She also was planning room director for the Shelburne Community School. She lives in Shelburne. Gordon said working face-to-face with people in the community — not through social media — is most effective. “COVID-19 has kind of exacerbated the lack of engagement for a lot of people who haven’t been able to access supports,” Gordon said. Winooski, a city of just one square mile, is home to resettled refugees from dozens of different places and cultures, making it the most culturally diverse city in northern New England. More than half of the pupils in the 870-student school district are from minority groups, making it Vermont’s only “majority-minority” school district. And almost a third of the city’s residents live below the poverty threshold, according to Census data cited by the Boston bank. Many residents “face very real language, cultural, and trust barriers to participating in community dialogue,” the bank said in its description of Winooski’s award. “Without intervention, more than one-fifth of the low-income community will have no voice in the decision-making processes that directly impact them.” m


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Case Dismissed? « P.17 Seven Days that detectives never interviewed her. Another neighbor two houses down said he, too, was not interviewed. Nor was a man whose backyard abuts the property. Seven Days spoke with six people who live in different homes within 100 yards of the motel who had not been contacted by the police about Jean-Marie’s disappearance. Several said months passed before they even learned someone was missing.  During an interview at the police station last week, Bombardier said his department interviewed the motel’s residents — many of whom, including Jean-Marie and his longtime girlfriend, were staying there with the help of a state voucher program for people experiencing homelessness. But Bombardier, a former chief criminal investigator with the Vermont State Police, did not know whether his detectives spoke to residential neighbors because, he said, he never thought to ask. “That had not been brought to my attention until today,” he said.  He later confirmed that the department had not canvassed the residential neighborhood. Asked whether this was a mistake, Bombardier replied that it is “always good to talk to more people than less.” He said detectives would perform the interviews in the coming days: “I just think it escaped their thought process.” A year later, none of the neighbors who spoke to Seven Days recalled anything notable about the night JeanMarie disappeared. But the fact that police skipped this rudimentary step has further convinced some people that Jean-Marie’s case isn’t a top priority because he is an impoverished Black man.  “I’m really, really mad,” said Fabiola Williams, a cousin of Jean-Marie who lives in Massachusetts. “Why are they not interviewing these people? Why not go and knock on doors?” “The fact that Ralph is Black — that’s why this case has gone dead,” she said. One neighbor, who requested anonymity to avoid drawing the attention of people she believes are engaging in criminal behavior at the motel, said she was “surprised, but not surprised” that police never interviewed her. Asked to elaborate, she alluded to the color of Jean-Marie’s skin and said, “I don’t think there’s been much urgency.” Lee Morrigan, a Burlington activist working to draw awareness to JeanMarie’s case, put it more bluntly. “That’s why I don’t trust them to handle this

case,” Morrigan said of the police. “They can’t even do the fucking bare minimum.” Little is known for certain about JeanMarie’s disappearance. Police have not ruled out the possibility of suicide but say no one recalled him ever speaking of depression or taking his own life. And the fact that his wallet, eyeglasses and medication were found at the motel suggests something more sinister than a purposeful departure, authorities say. The search for Jean-Marie has been complicated by a number of factors, officials say, starting with the initial report of his disappearance. A friend notified police Jean-Marie was missing on the

allegedly selling fentanyl-laced heroin to an Orange County man who died from an overdose. She was later released to home detention, and the case is pending. Last fall, state’s attorney Thibault pursued a confidential court process known as a criminal inquest that sought to compel testimony under oath. The prosecutor said at the time that he believed some witnesses were withholding information. Crime scene investigators also pored over the motel room looking for evidence of foul play. Thibault and Bombardier declined to detail those efforts but said they brought the case no closer to a conclusion.



Barre City Police Chief Timothy Bombardier

evening of April 15, 2020, at which point he had not been seen nor heard from in nearly three days. Jean-Marie’s girlfriend, Bridget Huckins, later told police that she last saw him walking away from the motel after they had a dispute around 1 a.m. on April 13. “We stand here today having to question what evidence was lost, what opportunities were missed, in the 60 hours that the people who knew him did not report him missing,” Thibault said at last week’s press conference. Police also doubt the veracity of their witnesses. Bombardier said it’s possible Jean-Marie didn’t leave the motel alive. “Does [her] story make sense to you?” Bombardier said of Huckins. “That [Jean-Marie] left all those things behind?” Seven Days’ attempts to reach Huckins were unsuccessful. She was jailed last August — four months after Jean-Marie’s disappearance — following an arrest for

Meanwhile, a swirl of rumors has sometimes sent detectives down rabbit holes in the name of due diligence. Facebook posts about Jean-Marie are filled with wild theories about his disappearance. Tipsters have even sent police videos and photos that they claim show Jean-Marie being killed, according to Thibault. One turned out to be a scene from a movie; another was a picture from a country in the Middle East. “Those are all things that, on face value, don’t really look that credible,” Thibault said in an interview. Police have worked to rule them out anyway, he said, to “ensure that stone, in that moment, does not remain unturned.” Asked about the police failure to interview neighbors of the motel, Thibault noted that the department has limited resources and must direct its focus toward the most “promising leads.” “I’m not going to second guess where they put their priorities,” he said, growing

VERY ACTIVELY PURCHASING frustrated with the line of questioning. “We could play what-ifs all day.” “It’s great that you have, I guess, exposed a flaw in the investigation,” he later told this reporter. “I hope that somebody did see something that leads to some fruitful or productive evidence.” Bombardier, for his part, said he doubts interviews with neighbors at this point would yield much information. Police have been requesting information from the public for months, he said, and have even offered a $5,000 reward. Still, “it’s part of crossing the Ts and dotting the Is and needs to be done.” Indeed, a main tenet of criminal investigations is that nothing can be taken for granted, according to Joe Giacalone, a former New York Police Department detective sergeant who once led a Bronx cold case squad. Managing thousands of such cases over a more than 20-year career taught Giacalone that good police work does not involve sitting back and waiting on witnesses to come forward. “You can’t rely on the public to do your job,” he said. Now an adjunct professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, Giacalone teaches students to canvass locations that “have eyes” on areas of interest — and the earlier the


HAD NOT CANVASSED THE RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD. better, since the rub of time can erase memories. “Maybe they heard an argument, or they saw somebody get pushed into a car,” he said. “You never know.” Roy Rose, who lives next door to the motel, echoed those words. While he did not now remember anything remarkable about the night Jean-Marie disappeared, he said he might have if police had asked him a year ago. “You never know,” he said. The interviews are not the only aspect of the investigation that Barre City Police might have overlooked. Bombardier said his detectives scoured South Main Street for any security footage that might have caught sight of Jean-Marie that night. But at least one business with cameras facing the street — Heath Self Storage, located a third of a mile from the motel — was never asked for footage, according to owner Herbert Heath. It’s too late to check the security system now: It only saves tape for 30 days, Heath said.

Asked about this, Bombardier said he was unaware that the storage facility had cameras facing the street, though he said he would look into it. The police chief declined to share a list of businesses that were asked to contribute footage. Williams, Jean-Marie’s cousin, recalled him as a soft-spoken, kind-hearted person. She said his disappearance has weighed heavy on their family, especially his two children who live in Massachusetts. His oldest son, age 16, has started seeing a therapist, Williams said, and recently told his mother: “They didn’t give me a chance for my dad to be here for me.” “Ralph is not resting,” Williams said. “Ralph needs justice.” In recent weeks, family members and activists have called on the Barre City Police to bring in the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a consultation. They also want Bombardier to release security footage from the motel. Many reiterated their demands at last week’s press conference and lobbed a series of other pointed questions and criticisms at the officials. Bombardier has brushed it all off. He said there’s no evidence to suggest JeanMarie’s disappearance has any elements that would prompt a federal investigation, nor is there even any evidence for FBI agents to consider. “They have offered any and all assistance,” Bombardier said in an interview. “So if we get to something that we think we can work with in furtherance of this case, there are resources available to us.” As for the footage, Bombardier would not even confirm any exists. “If we had any information — video, photo or a hard piece of evidence — that releasing to the public would bring closure to this case,” Bombardier said, “we would have already released it.” Just as frustrating to activists has been a lack of public attention to Jean-Marie’s case, particularly in Barre City. The first news coverage of his disappearance came two months after Barre City Police first put out a press release about it, and vigils and protests held in the city have been sparsely attended. The same was true for a rally in Battery Park in Burlington over the weekend. Organizers had hoped that news coverage of last week’s press conference would inspire people to show up. Anticipating a need for crowd control, several organizers wore reflective vests. But only a dozen people were on hand for the rally’s noon start time. “This almost proves my point,” said Morrigan, the Burlington activist, scanning the mostly empty park. “Vermont doesn’t care. I mean, I hate to generalize, but it is hard to generate care for a missing Black man. And what a crime that is.” m

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The convenience of being able to throw multiple kinds of recyclable material — paper, cardboard, plastic, glass and metal — into a single blue bin helped keep 225,122 tons of waste out of the landfill in 2019, according to the state. That’s a diversion rate of about 34 percent, a figure that has been gradually rising since Vermont passed its universal recycling law in 2012. The state faces the challenging goal of raising that rate to 50 percent by 2024, a key reason food scraps are no longer allowed in the waste stream. But as the CSWD case demonstrated, keeping something out of the landfill by putting it in the blue bin doesn’t necessarily mean it will be recycled into a usable product. Some of the material, about 15 percent, ends up in the landfill anyway because it was either not recyclable in the first place or was contaminated. This happens most often when bottles still containing food are discarded in blue bins. That’s where the “bottle bill” recycling stream differs from blue bin recyclables and why supporters say it’s worth the cost and inconvenience of expanding the system. Glass, plastic and aluminum bottles

returned for their nickel deposits are kept separate and remain cleaner than material jumbled together in the blue bin. Thus they are considered higher quality than blue-bin recyclables and increasingly prized by container manufacturers. Sixty percent of all the



recycled glass used to create new glass containers comes from the 10 states in the nation that have bottle bill programs, also known as bottle redemption programs, according to Scott DeFife, president of the Glass Packaging Institute, the largest trade group representing glass container manufacturers.

The industry wants to increase the percentage of recycled glass in its products from about one-third to one-half in coming years and supports expanding the number of containers covered by bottle bills across the nation, DeFife told lawmakers. Vermont recycles about 46 percent of the beverage containers sold in the state. That figure is 91 percent in Maine, where a redemption law has long covered a more expansive list. Expanding what is covered by the 5-cent deposit to include non-carbonated water bottles, sports drinks, fruit drinks, teas and coffees has long been a goal of organizations such as VPIRG, which came to the legislature this year armed with surveys showing that 88 percent of Vermonters approve of it, too. The group argued that shifting more material out of the blue bin and into the cleaner bottle bill recycling stream is more likely to result in the creation of actual recyclable products. “A product is not recycled until it is made into another product,” Rep. Kari Dolan (D-Waitsfield) said during the lengthy debate last week. It takes 95 percent less energy to make a recycled aluminum can than one made

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from raw materials, 35 percent less for recycled glass and 30 percent less for recycled plastic, she noted. Opposition to the bill was nevertheless fierce. Distributors successfully pushed back against the proposed increase in the deposit from 5 to 10 cents, which supporters had argued was necessary because the rate hadn’t increased in nearly 50 years. They argued this would raise prices at the register for consumers, exacerbate the price imbalance between Vermont and New Hampshire, and lead to fraud. “It’s kind of a shell game,” Bree Dietly, who represents the Beverage Association of Vermont, told lawmakers. “You’re going to be moving a lot of containers from one recycling system into another recycling system.” Casella Waste Systems, Vermont’s dominant trash hauler and the operator of the state’s sole remaining landfill, disputed the idea the bill would keep significantly more recyclable

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material out of the landfill. Casella sends its crushed glass by rail to North Carolina and is exploring ways to use it on local road projects instead of sand, said Kim

Crosby, the company’s environmental compliance manager. And manufacturers such as Justin Heilenbach, cofounder of Burlington’s Citizen Cider, argued that due to pandemic supply shortages, it was the wrong time for lawmakers to force him to figure out how to start selling cans stamped as returnable. He didn’t, however, try to make the case that it was unfair for him to have to play by the same rules as brewers, just that it has always been the “lay of the land” for cider producers to get a pass. “When we started making cider 10 years ago, that’s how it was written,” Heilenbach said during a press conference meant to pressure lawmakers to drop the bill. His appeal didn’t work. If anything, lawmakers seemed emboldened to stand up to a waste industry that has historically had an outsize influence in Montpelier. “This bill steps on big business’ toes, and they’ve invested considerable resources and energy to defeat it,” Rep. Scott Campbell (D-St. Johnsbury) said.

Campbell acknowledged that increasing the number of returnable containers that stores and redemption centers would have to accept, sort and store would create challenges. A number of Republican lawmakers with experience as store owners argued that, yet again, the burden would fall unfairly on small-business owners who may have neither the space nor the staff to accept a wider stream of recyclable material. A convenience store owner himself, Rep. James Gregoire (R-Franklin) said the bill would create an “undue burden for the small mom-and-pop” stores around the state that, unlike larger retailers, can’t afford the expense of reverse vending machines that simplify the process for retailers. But Campbell said he trusted the industry could figure it out, just as it did after the original law was adopted in 1972 and after it was updated in the 1990s to add 15-cent deposits for liquor bottles. “We live in a throwaway society,” Campbell said. “The volume of waste discarded by each one of us is, in fact, embarrassing. This is a small step toward taking responsibility for reducing our waste stream.” m

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OBITUARIES Amy Blanchard Darley

Amy and Henry worked at Tamarack Farm, a camp for young adults, at Farm & Wilderness in Plymouth, Vt., where Amy established and ran the organic gardens and camp gardening curriculum, and rejoiced in the daily ritual of song After they moved to North Montpelier, Amy continued her development as an environmental educator and artist at Goddard College and immersed herself in the local arts community. She later became a founding member of the Onion River Arts Council and spread her joy of movement and artistic expression

with children as an artist-inresidence and, later, coordinator of artists in schools for the Vermont Arts Council. After separating from Henry, Amy and her children remained in Vermont, settling in Plainfield. She soon met and fell in love with Avram Patt. The family moved to Worcester in 1989, and that winter Amy and Avram were married in the living room of their home on West Hill Road. The family lived there as Simeon and Willa grew, attended school and later began their own lives. Worcester remained their home until her passing. Amy’s love for children was ignited as a mother. She continuously encouraged her children to be curious, explore, and find themselves and their unique paths in life. She extended this care for childhood to her professional life. Amy joined the nonprofit that became the Family Center of Washington County, where she served six years, first as a parent educator and playgroup leader, then as Reach Up specialist and, later, the first Washington County Success by Six coordinator.

In 1996, she joined senator Jim Jeffords’ staff as his social service coordinator. For the next 10 years, until the senator retired, Amy championed the needs of children, women, families and seniors within the state, and she fought for their representation and support in state and federal policy and budgets. She was a builder of bridges, mentor to many, and fierce in her defense of resources, opportunity and equity for women, children and low-income Vermonters. She joined the state government as the director of childcare licensing at the Department for Children and Families. Before retiring in 2016, Amy focused on food insecurity at the 3SquaresVT program, where she trained district eligibility workers. Amy and Avram shared years of companionship and enjoyed traveling. They took annual trips to Cape Hatteras, N.C., in the summer and Culebra, Puerto Rico, in the winter. After much lobbying, Amy convinced Avram to go to Europe in 2019 — a lifelong dream fulfilled. A constant learner with

curiosity and a thirst for understanding, she often joked that she had a “PhD in life.” Amy loved gathering her family together and deeply enjoyed time with her children and grandchildren, to whom she was known as Nana — inheriting the name she called her own grandmother. She was overbrimming with life — loving movies and popcorn, sharing good books, enjoying wordplay and jokes, taking pictures, gardening, relishing time in nature, and, maybe most of all, giving deeply thoughtful presents and messages of love to dear ones. Since her passing, Amy’s friends, colleagues and neighbors have all used similar words in their remembrances of her: Joyful. Bright. Engaging. Passionate. Infectious. Caring. Exuding kindness and love. Radiant smile. Funny! Big thinker. Encouraging. Always curious. Shining light. This is how we remember Amy, because that is who she was — and still is, in our hearts. Amy was predeceased by her parents, Lois Meehan

Darley and John Wilmerton Darley, and is survived by her husband, Avram Isaac Patt; her son Simeon Darley Chapin, daughter-in-law Ela Abrams Chapin, and grandsons Ari Tobias Chapin and Ezra Kai Chapin; her daughter Willa Ruth Darley Chapin, son-inlaw Clancy Ian De Smet and granddog Arlo; her sister Lori Templeton Darley and brother-in-law Larry Leon; her brother John William Darley, sister-in-law Elizabeth Jones Darley, and nephews Chris, Will and Jack Darley; her best friend, Barbara Asen; and her furry canine companion Hobie. The family requests that memorial donations in her name be made to Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, the Family Center of Washington County and the Vermont Arts Council. An online memorial celebration of Amy’s life and memory will be held on Saturday, May 1, at 4 p.m. Please visit bit.ly/ABDobituary for more details. In advance of the memorial, all are invited to share a memory or tribute here: bit.ly/ABDkudoboard.

family, and those losses sunk you further into the sadness that kept you hooked. You struggled — for years. And by the time treatment was readily available and you could stop living in the shadow of your addiction,

your life had irreparably changed. Gone was your dream of being a teacher and living in a house with children and a white picket fence. Opiates had stressed your relationships, stolen your friendships and destroyed your life. But here’s what opiates didn’t take: your ineffable kindness. Your deep-seated goodness. Your huge heart (which was way too big for your five-foot-two frame). Your infectious laugh. The hilarious way you didn’t get half the jokes we told you. The not-so-hilarious way you drove a car. Your hugs that made us feel like the most loved people on the planet. Your sense of style and knack for dressing like a million

bucks on zero budget. Your beautiful long brown curly hair. And your love for your family, especially for Jeff and your nieces and nephew. Some will say that an obituary shouldn’t be the place for commentary on the opiate crisis. But you are a casualty of that crisis. You wouldn’t have died but for opiates, and we wouldn’t be writing this if it weren’t for the drug companies that made billions off of addicting people exactly like you. You join the thousands of Vermonters who have lost their lives to their greed. This isn’t to say you weren’t responsible for your actions. You were. But the drug companies are complicit in your death. When they knowingly sell a poison that alters

people’s brains and impairs their ability to make good decisions, they are as responsible as the people who take that poison. You will be deeply missed by your parents, John and Deanna Edwards of St. Albans; your sister, Wendy L. Fuller of St. Albans; and your brothers, Matthew C. Fuller of Clayton, N.C., Jeffrey Fuller of Craftsbury, Vt., and Jonathan Edwards of Stuart, Fla. Norah, Asa and Addie will forever remember their Aunt Jenny, and all of your aunts, uncles and cousins, especially Lisa Paige, will miss you and mourn your journey through this life. We hope you have found peace and are finally reunited with Dad, a man you grieved

every single day for the past 37 years. Rest easy, Jen. We will always love you. Our family welcomes you to join us at the Goss Life Celebration Home, 89 Grand Ave. in Swanton, on Sunday, April 18, 2021, from 2 to 4 p.m. A private burial will follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Jen’s name to a place she loved: Turning Point of Burlington, 179 S. Winooski Ave., Suite 301, Burlington, VT 05401, or online at turningpointcentervt.org. Goss Life Celebration Homes is the area’s exclusive provider of life celebration events. Please visit our website to share condolences, photos and favorite memories at gossfs.com.

JUNE 17, 1954-APRIL 3, 2021 WORCESTER, VT. Amy Blanchard Darley passed away on April 3, 2021, at 66 years of age. Her death was an unexpected shock to her family, friends and the larger community in Vermont to which she dedicated her personal and professional life. Amy was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on June 17, 1954, the eldest of three siblings. Her family moved to Schenectady, N.Y., and then to Long Island. She graduated early from high school to study dance at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She left Tisch to travel the country with the New York Street Theater and was a lifelong lover of dance and movement. She met her first husband, Henry Chapin, at Pinewoods Dance Camp. She gave birth to their son Simeon in 1976 in Watertown, Mass., where they lived for a short time. Their daughter Willa was born in Cavendish in 1978 at the Glimmerstone historic mansion, an artist collective at the time. With two young children,

Jennifer Fuller

JULY 14, 1970-APRIL 13, 2021 BURLINGTON, VT. Our beautiful Jen: Over 30 years ago, you started down a path that ended now. We’re sure you didn’t know the danger, or the years of pain you would endure, when you took that first pill. You were just a teenager, looking for a reprieve from the pain of life. In the early 1990s, we didn’t want to talk about those pills. You were the problem, even though you were just a kid. You were to blame for not having the strength to battle the drugs designed to addict you. You were weak for not conquering the demons that caged you. You lost close friends and

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MAY 15, 1944-APRIL 13, 2021 PORT CHARLOTTE, FLA., AND MIDDLESEX, VT. Sylvia Ann (Hood) LeBourveau, 76, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, in Sarasota, Fla. She was born May 15, 1944, in Montpelier, Vt., the daughter of James Sr. and M. Eva (Cassavaw) Hood. Sylvia attended St. Michael’s elementary, middle and high schools in Montpelier and St. Elizabeth College of Nursing in Utica, N.Y. Soon after graduating nursing school and becoming an RN, Sylvia met Ron LeBourveau, and they were married in Montpelier on August 2, 1969. The couple built a log home in Middlesex, where they settled and raised their children. Sylvia was a registered nurse, working many years at the Vermont Department of Health as a public health nurse, where she directed several successful community health initiatives during her tenure. She was also the director of nursing at Gifford Memorial Hospital in Randolph, Vt., school nurse at Hazen Union High School in Hardwick, Vt., and a home health nurse in both Vermont and Florida. Sylvia and her husband, Ron, owned and operated Ron’s Corner Store and Out to Lunch Deli on School Street in Montpelier during the 1980s and early 1990s. Sylvia also owned and operated Village Haven

Community Care Home in East Barre, Vt. Sylvia moved with her husband to Port Charlotte, Fla., in 1993, and they enjoyed being snowbirds until Ron passed in September 1996, following a battle with cancer. She continued to winter in Florida and summer in Vermont and, in 2001, was joined by her partner David Rokes, with whom she enjoyed sharing life until his death in January 2020. In her final years, Sylvia handled the progression of Alzheimer’s disease with grace and dignity, never losing her sense of humor or her positive perspective on life. She was a devout Catholic who believed in the power of prayer and the afterlife. Sylvia loved reading, gardening, music and spending time with her family. She was dedicated to monarch butterfly conservation and helped ensure the species’ survival by providing a pollinator garden and safe habitat during their development, then releasing

Leonard Leclerc JULY 8, 1935-APRIL 6, 2021 ST. ALBANS, VT.

Leonard Alfred Leclerc, age 85, passed away peacefully on April 6, 2021, surrounded by his wife of 66 years, Shirley Ann Leclerc, and his

them into the wild. Sylvia also traveled the world as a professional sword swallower, carrying her belongings in a brown paper bag and wearing a babushka. Her loving spirit and joyful heart touched the hearts and lives of many. Sylvia is survived by her children: daughter Danielle Ryan and husband James, of North Port, Fla., and son Frank LeBourveau and wife Kathe McCarney, of Middlesex, Vt.; and three grandchildren: Eva LeBourveau, Luke LeBourveau and Thomas LeBourveau. Surviving siblings and extended family members include four sisters, Mary Hood Alexander and husband Allen of Middlesex, Vt.; Darla Morissette and husband Michael of Middlesex, Vt.; Janice Hood and partner Robert Wells of Montpelier, Vt.; Robin Hood and husband Peter Charlton of Richmond, Vt.; as well as brother James Hood and husband Mark Schueppert of Boston, Mass. Sylvia was predeceased by her parents, James W. Hood Sr. and M. Eva Hood; brother Frank Hood; husband Ronald LeBourveau; partner David Rokes; and infant son Brock LeBourveau. A celebration of Sylvia’s life will take place this summer in Middlesex, Vt. Contributions in Sylvia’s memory may be made to the Family Center of Washington County, Vt. Online tribute gifts can be made at fcwcvt. org/donate or by mail to 383 Sherwood Dr., Montpelier, VT 05602.

family. Leonard was born on July 8, 1935, in Winooski to Leopold and Amelia (Couture) Leclerc. He spent much of his life raising his eight children in Colchester, Vt., and worked for over 35 years at the Lane Press in South Burlington, Vt. A private celebration of his life will be held at a later date, yet to be determined.


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li Enman had an inkling that more skiers were coming to his family’s cross-country trails in Huntington this winter when he had to clear his second, overflow parking area much more often than usual. He also added a third portable toilet to handle the flow. “We definitely had to keep an eye on our parking lot to make sure it didn’t get overcrowded,” said Enman, the general manager of Sleepy Hollow Inn, Ski & Bike Center. After the ski season ended in midMarch, Enman crunched the numbers. Those extra cars reflected a 27 percent increase in revenue for the cross-country operation this winter over the previous season. The spike came despite 14 fewer ski days than in 2019-20, the product of a late start — and an early end — to the season. When the flakes did fall, people eager to escape their COVID-19 confinement flocked to Sleepy Hollow’s 35 kilometers of trails for open-air, socially distanced activity. Season pass sales climbed more than 15 percent above the previous winter; the number of day-pass buyers and equipment renters held steady, Enman said. Other Nordic ski operations across the country saw similar boosts in traffic. In a report the Cross Country Ski Areas Association released in February, more than half of the venues that responded said their season pass sales jumped 20 percent or more. About 60 percent of operators reported an increase in day pass sales, as well. “Ultimately, we had a fantastic year,” said Reese Brown, executive director of the association, a North American group 26

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based in Woodstock. “Really, it became the who needed to buy passes on-site or get perfect outdoor recreation for COVID.” outfitted for rentals. Its indoor bathrooms Their success stands in stark contrast were closed to the public — hence the to what downhill resorts reported. Ski portable toilets. Vermont, the state’s industry trade group, The ski traffic helped Sleepy Hollow announced earlier this month that its offset steep losses in its warm-weather members lost an estimated $100 million wedding business. The property includes in revenue. It cited capacity a bed-and-breakfast with limits and other pandemiceight guest rooms and views era restrictions, as well as of the Green Mountains, plus the state’s travel and quarana round barn and pavilion tine rules, which kept many couples can use for their out-of-staters away. nuptials. Sleepy Hollow caters Sleepy Hollow had nearly more to locals. Numerous 25 weddings booked for last school ski teams and youth summer before Gov. Phil ski clubs train and race on Scott ordered nonessential its trails. And the pandemic businesses to close to stem sent additional groups their the spread of the coronaviway. The Mansfield Nordic rus. All events were canceled, Club’s adult program moved leaving about a $150,000 hole to Sleepy Hollow this winter in Sleepy Hollow’s balance E L I E NMAN and brought 60 to 80 new sheet. season pass holders, Enman There were some posisaid. The club’s usual home, at the Camp tives. Butternut Cabin, a rustic lodge only Ethan Allen Training Site in Jericho, has accessible by foot or skis at Sleepy Hollow, been closed to all nonmilitary traffic during usually is occupied for weddings. Suddenly, the pandemic. it had openings. Enman listed it on Airbnb In March, Sleepy Hollow hosted part last spring, where it was a popular rental, of the annual Bill Koch Youth Ski League then moved it to the Vermont Huts AssociaFestival, which usually gathers all clubs tion website. Overnight, the cabin garnered at a single New England site. This year, it more than 20 bookings at $100 per night. broke into smaller groups because of the Two rounds of federal Paycheck Proteccoronavirus. tion Program loans and a Vermont Agency To adjust for COVID-19 safety, Sleepy of Commerce and Community DevelopHollow updated its website, which already ment grant brought in almost enough to sold day passes, to add online ordering for plug the hole. Sleepy Hollow maintained season tickets and equipment rentals. It its 12 to 15 mostly part-time workers to help restricted indoor lodge access to visitors run the ski operation.



Eli’s parents, David and Sandy Enman, bought Sleepy Hollow in 1999 from previous owners, who had planned to build a golf course and condominiums on the site but sold in the face of community opposition. The Enmans took over the cross-country trail system, added lighting for night skiing, and turned the old lodge and restaurant into the inn. Eli and his sister, Molly Peters, were both All-American skiers at Middlebury College. As adults, they both came to work at Sleepy Hollow, and each moved with their families into homes that they and their father, a builder by trade, constructed on the property. Peters is Sleepy Hollow’s events coordinator. Sandy Enman, an accountant who ran her own firm, does the books. David Enman also operates an antique-books shop in the basement of the round barn; sales there quadrupled over the past year, he said. In winter 2012, Vermont’s natural snowfall gave Sleepy Hollow just 27 days of skiing. That painfully short season prompted the Enmans to install the first leg of snowmaking equipment. They have extended it a little at a time, along with lighting, now driven mostly by solar power and covering about 2.5 kilometers of trails to date. The ski area can create its own white stuff when Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate; the resulting boost in skiing days has justified the investment, Eli Enman said. As the ski season winds down each year, the 800-acre property yields another revenue stream: maple. A March warm-up may have brought an early end to Vermont sugaring this year, but Enman collected a record 816 gallons of sap. He had recently added 400 taps, bringing the operation to 2,500 total. Enman sold a large portion of his haul to Trillium Hill Farm in Hinesburg, which ran out of its own supply. Mountain bikers take over the Sleepy Hollow trails by mid-May. Last summer, again, Enman noticed his parking lots full — even though the closed northern border blocked the usual crowd of Canadian visitors. Enman hopes to see similar biking numbers this year. Sleepy Hollow also has rescheduled most of last year’s canceled weddings, as well as slotted in some additional ones. All of that puts him in a more comfortable position than during the “complete roller coaster” of 2020, Enman said. “With weddings, it was way down. With skiing, it was way up,” he said. “So overall, it was just a really weird year.” m

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s truck traffic groaned down Montpelier’s Main Street one recent Monday, John Snell paused by a large curbside ash tree whose trunk was nicked and scraped. Street trees don’t have an easy life: bombarded with road salt, climbed by children and dinged by the occasional front bumper. But the 15 green ash trees in downtown Montpelier face a greater threat than overzealous parkers. The city’s tree board, which Snell cochairs, has treated them with an insecticide to ward off the emerald ash borer, an invasive bug first found in Vermont in 2018. Unchecked, the beetle can kill an area’s ash trees in the space of five years, turning a line of street trees into brittle wooden skeletons. “To use pesticides downtown wasn’t something we did lightly,” Snell said, “[but] we just knew we had to keep them. If we cut this tree out and planted another tree here, what we’d have is a little short tree for however many years.” Like Snell, foresters and tree lovers across Vermont are struggling to understand, and respond to, the growing number of threats to the state’s mountain forests and urban treescapes as we now know them. The state’s forests have never been static. Humans have played a role for centuries; by the close of the 1800s, loggers and sheep farmers had stripped 80 percent of Vermont of its trees. Human choices and practices changed and, by the close of the 1900s, forests had rebounded to cover 80 percent of the state. The human-induced climate crisis — compounded by global trade patterns that invite non-native pests — may present the greatest challenge to forest management yet. Vermont is becoming warmer and wetter, creating conditions that benefit insects and diseases capable of wiping out a species. While a single threat might not be enough to bring down a tree, compounding pressures can. Less-thanideal soil conditions, for example, might stress a tree but not kill it. But that stress could make the tree more vulnerable to an insect, drought or herd of browsing deer. Learning about the emerald ash borer is like opening an attic hatch and unleashing a shower of bugs and blights upon your head. Dutch elm disease killed 75 percent of elms across North America in the 20th century and is the reason cities such as Montpelier have an Elm Street but few elm trees. Beech bark disease has been killing Vermont beech trees for decades. The southern pine beetle is steadily marching northward. The hemlock woolly adelgid has infested its namesake trees in southern Vermont. “How hard are we willing to resist and fight? And when do we start saying, ‘We’re 28

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overwhelmed and there’s just too many things’?” asked professor Tony D’Amato, director of the University of Vermont’s forestry program. “We’re not at that point right now,” he said. “But maybe in 50 years, add seven more beetles and 10 more invasive plants, and then that might be a pretty tough scenario.” To explore those questions, Seven Days looked at the current health and likely future of four species at home — or once at home — in Vermont. Because the climate crisis and other threats are human-driven, are we not obligated to help our forests adapt? Or would such actions constitute

further meddling in natural processes? Should we work to maintain forest species as we know them now or strive to engineer forests better suited to Vermont’s future climate? D’Amato advocates “a big dose of humility.” Humans who set out to alter a forest landscape should heed the words of conservationist and wildlife ecologist Aldo Leopold, who said: “To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering.” In other words, value every plant and animal and keep your options open. “When you’re thinking about Vermont’s forests and managing for the future, you’re

still trying to factor in that there might be some species, or there might be some attributes, that we don’t even know are important,” D’Amato said. “So let’s make sure we’re conserving those as we do some of these actions, because they might be pretty important as part of the ability of Vermont’s forests to be resilient into the future.” Forest stewards can work to preserve plant species, trim back their competitors and even move them to new sites where they’re better equipped to survive. But, as state botanist Bob Popp, who studies Vermont’s rarest plants, mused, “At what point does it become gardening?”

In 50 years, add seven more beetles and 10 more invasive plants, and then that might be a pretty tough scenario. TONY D’AMATO


Three species of ash — green, black and white — comprise about 5 percent of Vermont’s forests. Little can be done to save many of those 150 million trees, foresters say, since most have no resistance to the emerald ash borer. But in Vermont cities and towns, where ash are a valued shade tree in backyards and along roadways, towns and landowners are working to slow the insect’s spread. Once a tree dies, it becomes much more expensive and dangerous to remove. So

homeowners and arborists have three choices: remove ash trees promptly, before the bug can get to them; wait for signs of the borer, then begin removing trees; or inoculate trees with an insecticide to protect them from the beetle. Inoculation, which has to be done every two to three years, is not practical for a majority of trees, so cutting them down is the most common approach. In Williston, where 51 percent of street trees were ash as of 2014, officials began removing them and replanting other species in 2015. They’ve removed and replaced about 190 trees so far, according to Melinda Scott, the town’s conservation planner.

Green Ash

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In Burlington, arborists haven’t yet removed many ash trees, but they’re anticipating it, according to city arborist Vincent Comai. Currently, the Department of Parks, Recreation & Waterfront is planting other trees between the city’s streetside ash so that when the ash are removed, established trees will remain. “To date, we have already planted replacement trees for just shy of 50 percent of our greenbelt ash,” Comai said. “We’ve got a hell of a jump start.” Preventive cutting alarms Don Stevens, chief of the Nulhegan Band of the CoosukAbenaki Nation. The cure has the same effect as the disease, he said: “People cutting them down to try to prevent it — [they’re] doing the work of the borer.” Black ash, which grows in wetter, swampy areas, is particularly significant to the Abenaki. The tree is part of the tribe’s creation story and the source of the material its members use in weaving baskets. “Trees have sap running through their veins like we have blood running through ours, which both contain life-giving water,” said Stevens. “It connects us to that environment and web of life.” He and other tribal members have spoken with towns about the trees, encouraging them to salvage and protect rather than remove living trees. “They’re looking at it from a cost and liability standpoint,” Stevens said of those ready to preemptively cut down the ash. “You have to look at it as preservation. What do these trees do? What do they mean?”

The emerald ash borer, the source of this dilemma, is a pretty bug. Metallic green with hints of copper and a reddish body under its bladelike wings, it’s small enough to fit on a penny. In its native Asia, the borer feeds on Chinese and Japanese ash species and is merely a nuisance. The trees have developed natural resistance, and the bug’s population is kept in check by predators. But possibly as early as the 1980s, the emerald ash borer hitched a ride across the Pacific Ocean, likely in a shipping crate. Most North American ash trees had no natural resistance, and no insect predators hunted the bug. By the time it was discovered in Michigan in 2002, the borer had begun an unstoppable march across the United States — west into Colorado, south into Louisiana and north into New England. In Montpelier, the borer has landed in a line of green ash outside the hilltop office of the National Life Group. The golden dome of the Statehouse is visible between the trees’ branches. To the untrained eye of a reporter, there was no visible damage to the trees, which National Life Group is treating with insecticides. Just down the hill, the city is using similar treatments to protect curbside trees that provide shade, an increasingly important service in the era of the climate crisis. Board chair Snell has taken thermal images of the corner of State and Main streets in the summer. On one sweltering day, the crosswalk had heated to 133 degrees Fahrenheit; in the shade of the ash trees, the sidewalk was just 77 degrees. Human movement plays a huge role in how pests spread. On its own, the emerald ash borer would naturally only spread one to two miles per year. But the movement of ash wood by people, especially as firewood, has allowed the beetle to spread much more quickly, despite attempts at education and firewood quarantines. Josh Halman, a forest health specialist at the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, said there may be biological controls for the emerald ash borer. A lab in Michigan is raising parasitoid wasps that feed on the borer’s larvae and reduce populations, a method that “has been showing promise,” Halman said, during trials in 30 states, including Vermont. It might seem like lot of effort, but the impacts of ash on the landscape go far beyond shade on urban streets. Snell pointed out that dozens of insect species rely on ash for food. “There are entire ecosystems that are based off interplay of many species of trees and plants,” said Joanne Garton, technical assistance coordinator for the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry program. “You take out one piece, and you don’t know what the reverberations are.” THE FOREST AND THE TREES SEVEN DAYS APRIL 21-28, 2021

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We would have to plant … two and a half million trees every year for 200 years to actually restore the ecological function of [American chestnuts]. K EN D R A C O L L I N S

Trees in Shoreham


The largest American chestnut in Vermont is dying. For years, it and two other chestnut trees near a road in rural Berlin were holdouts, the remnants of a species that once blanketed the eastern U.S. Today, only two of those 80-year-old trees are left. They stand in a patch of forest on ground so thick with leaves that it’s soft and spongy underfoot. The state record holder is tall and sprawling, but the bark has sloughed off its upper branches, now stark like scaffolding against the sky. Inside the deep-set rivulet patterns on its bark are hints of orange, a telltale sign. The tree is a victim of a fungus called chestnut blight, which eats away at the layer of cells just under the bark where new growth begins. Eventually it girdles the tree, cutting off nutrient flow and killing it. Perhaps because they live at the northernmost edge of the tree’s range, the Berlin chestnuts escaped the functional extinction of their species in the first half of the 20th century. But now the two remaining trees are “just about dead,” said Burlington’s Kendra Collins, the American Chestnut Foundation’s New England regional science coordinator. And Collins would know — she spends much of her time with dying chestnuts as part of an effort to restore the species. On a secluded parcel at UVM’s Horticulture Research and Education Center in South Burlington this month, she stood 30

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among rows of planted chestnuts of varying sizes, many displaying blight in prominent orange cankers across the bark. As she walked, Collins talked about the 40-year, uphill battle to breed a blight-resistant American chestnut. “You have to plant an awful lot of them, challenge an awful lot of them and keep very few,” Collins said. “The hope from early breeders was that this [was] a really simple trait to pass on … one gene, like giving your child your eye color. It is not nearly that simple.” Since the 1980s, the foundation has been crossbreeding American chestnuts with blight-resistant Chinese chestnuts, hoping to create a tree that looks and acts like an American chestnut but can withstand the blight. Researchers repeatedly cross the offspring of American and Chinese chestnut with other American chestnuts to recover American characteristics, Collins explained. “We want to get as close to the American tree as we can, because we know that tree evolved to grow in our forests,” she said. “That tree has the tools it needs to

live in the eastern United States … [Chinese chestnuts] don’t compete in our forests.” Collins exposes trees from each crossing to the blight to understand how resistant they are. Resistance operates more like a continuum than an on-off switch. The goal isn’t a tree that’s immune to blight but one that can tolerate it and survive its attacks. After establishing a crossed species with the characteristics she wants, Collins will breed it with another crossed species and test those trees, too. It’s a slow process that requires countless hours of volunteer citizen scientists

American Chestnut

Castanea dentata who plant chestnut crosses in backyards and parks and track their progress. Researchers in New York have developed a different, more controversial tool. They’ve genetically modified a blight-tolerant American chestnut and are seeking U.S. Department of Agriculture approval to distribute the trees widely. It would be the first genetically modified

organism designed and approved to reproduce in the wild, the researchers say. “They’ve given [the American chestnut] one gene that imparts blight tolerance and, so far, does not look to have any other ill effects,” Collins said. Just as there are divisions about how humankind should combat the emerald ash borer, not everyone is happy with the genetic engineering approach. Two board members of the Massachusetts and Rhode Island chapters of the American Chestnut Foundation resigned in protest of the organization’s support of the genetically modified tree, and anti-GMO groups led public campaigns against the New York researchers’ petition for federal approval. Even with a federal go-ahead, plenty of testing and controlled planting are still necessary before the trees are planted widely, Collins noted. “We would have to plant, I think, two and a half million trees every year for 200 years to actually restore the ecological function of [American chestnuts],” she said. “Right now we plant 30,000 a year, maybe, across the [species’] whole range.” Yurij Bihun, a forest resources analyst and former president of the Vermont/ New Hampshire chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation, said some chestnut restoration volunteers have a personal history with chestnut trees. “Then there are people like me, who are foresters or scientists, who see this as a challenge that hasn’t been met,” he said. “No one has taken on a large-scale restoration of a species like this … There are people that are just willing to see if we can move this along — and are hopeful that, with some luck and science and hard work, we get here.” Collins hopes chestnut restoration will provide lessons in how to stave off pests that threaten other species. “I think the possibility of working toward fixing something that we, as humans, broke — that piece appeals to a lot of people,” she said. THE FOREST AND THE TREES

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Otter Creek in Middlebury


Hikers climbing in the Green Mountains ascend through a layer cake of ecosystems, from lower-lying hardwood forest to the nearly treeless alpine tundra atop Mount Mansfield and Camel’s Hump. Between these two zones, at roughly 3,000 feet, hikers find themselves in stands of evergreens dominated by red spruce and balsam fir. “When I pass that threshold where I’m now into the conifers — you’re pretty late in your hike … and you’re getting kind of tired, but it’s getting cooler,” said Kenna Rewcastle, a doctoral student at UVM’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. “It almost has this ethereal feel to it, because there’s more mist. There’s moss everywhere. The colors of the forest change. It’s not just a change in tree species but a total change in the ecosystem.” Those red spruce, in particular, demonstrate that what humankind damages, 32

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humankind can, sometimes, help to mend. Under the best conditions, a red spruce can live 400 years and grow 75 feet tall. Its wood is particularly valued for making musical instruments; the Abenaki used its sap to seal canoes and its needles for medicinal tea. A carbohydrate layer under the bark is edible, in a pinch, Chief Stevens said. A dominant species in Vermont’s precolonial forests, red spruce was largely cut off in the heyday of logging. As forests later regrew, hardwoods became more dominant; red spruce retreated to high elevation and parts of the state with poor soils in which species such as maple cannot thrive.

But even when timber cutters turned their attention to other species, humans weren’t done with red spruce. In the early 1980s, UVM researchers began to sound the alarm: Red spruce, particularly on Camel’s Hump, were dying. The blame fell on acid rain, created by emissions from power plants

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and gasoline-fueled engines. Scientists’ warnings helped usher in the 1990 amendments to the Clean Air Act that began to curb those emissions and reduce the acidity of rainfall. Stands of spruce responded. A 2018 study by researchers from UVM and the USDA Forest Service’s Northern

Research Station found that 75 percent of red spruce trees across five states had grown in size since 2001. In 2008, UVM ecologist Brian Beckage was the lead author on a paper that estimated the boundary between northern hardwood stands and the spruce-fir boreal forest was moving upslope at a rapid clip (rapid for forests, that is, which “move” by depositing seeds and growing new trees). But in 2015, D’Amato, the UVM forestry researcher, and a University of Minnesota forest ecologist conducted a wider survey and came to a different conclusion: that the softwood-hardwood boundary had remained stable or shifted slightly downward by an average 1.5 meters every year in the Green Mountains. The authors hypothesized that, though the warming climate was pushing the boundary upward, the recovery of red spruce and the decline of harvesting was counteracting the climate impact. THE FOREST AND THE TREES

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“Just driving around Vermont, when you look at where the hardwoods end and the spruce begins, it’s often a pretty linear line,” D’Amato said. “And that’s a pretty human-generated line in some places, where people were cutting up the mountain and taking the spruce out. “Next time you’re out in the woods,” he suggested, “look as you start to enter into that spruce-fir zone. Just downslope from that, you start seeing a lot of young spruce. So we’ve been seeing this passive recovery of that species into places where it likely was in 1850.” Of bigger concern to D’Amato is the balsam fir, which often grows with red spruce at high elevations and in the Northeast Kingdom. Vermont is the southern end of its range. “That’s a species that I think many of us are concerned will experience pretty significant impacts over time as things get warmer,” he said. “It’s already somewhat outside of the center of its climate niche, and so it’s much more vulnerable to any slight change in that condition.” Mike DeBonis, a forester and executive director of the Green Mountain Club, said that the changes on mountaintops will likely be site-specific. More rain and heavier storms could cause blowdowns, create new openings in the canopy and affect soil retention. And the growing number of hikers — trail use rose by 35 percent last year — creates more wear and tear and more risk to the fragile alpine ecosystem. “The species change is going to take time, but some of the things that people are going to notice now are the big storm events and maybe more invasive species,” DeBonis said. “There’s definitely real impacts [on] our management, like where we put trails, how we design them, how big infrastructure has to be, how we manage use and how we interact with the public.”

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At first, it might seem counterintuitive to plant red maple in a sugar maple forest. Red maples can be tapped, but the sap is a little less sweet, meaning it requires more boiling to make desirable syrup. Red maple doesn’t live as long as sugar maple, but it has a few advantages: a broader range, more adaptability to different conditions, and characteristics unappealing to the forest tent caterpillar, a pest that munches sugar maple leaves with abandon. At UVM’s Proctor Maple Research Center, researchers have tapped more and

more red maples; the trees now account for some 25 percent of taps, according to Mark Isselhardt, UVM Extension’s maple specialist. “Sugar makers absolutely pay attention to the species mix,” Isselhardt said. “It’s been heartening that there has been an increased approach of adding diversity in their woods. The [forest with] classic, widely spaced, big legacy sugar maples with very little understory is really an image from the past.” A diverse forest is more resistant to the impacts of invasive species and diseases,

whereas a monoculture is vulnerable to a single, sweeping threat. David Marvin, founder of Butternut Mountain Farm, an international maple supplier based in Morrisville, is also a consulting forester whose team assists landowners in managing 100,000 acres of woods. In a conversation about sugar maples, he spoke of the importance of the butternut trees on his family’s 1,650 acres. Butternut trees were never a dominant species there, but now their numbers have been greatly reduced by a deadly fungus. THE FOREST AND THE TREES

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“Even a native insect like the forest tent caterpillar that has a preference for some species over others can just move through a whole stand very rapidly,” Marvin said, “because there are no other species to interrupt that stand and to break up the banquet.” Sugaring has been integral to Vermont’s identity since Indigenous people taught white settlers how to tap maples. The state is the country’s top maple producer. The UVM Center for Rural Studies found that the maple industry contributed more than $300 million to the Vermont economy in 2013 — not including the spending of leaf peepers in the fall. The importance of the sugar maple has led in recent years to a flurry of studies and news articles about whether and how the climate crisis might affect Vermont’s maple industry. They often posit a gloomy future: Sugar maple forests may slowly retreat north; warmer winters mean a shorter sugaring season. But the UVM researchers say the story is more complicated than that. “Everybody wants to lump trees into either being a winner or a loser,” D’Amato said. “The way I always look at it, because I am a sports fan, is that the last team in the standings still wins some games sometimes.” Isselhardt, too, thinks many stories on maple are “unnecessarily” gloom and

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doom. Despite the fact that between 1965 and 2015 Vermont lost about 3.3 days of the sugaring season due to warmer weather, syrup production in Vermont has increased steadily since the 1990s. Vermont sugar makers are tapping more trees and using new technology to get a higher yield from each tap. Another concern is that tree species acclimated to warmer weather will spread their range north as climate temperatures rise and will displace sugar maples until the maples’ ideal range

shifts northward out of Vermont. But this theory of species migration, Isselhardt pointed out, assumes individuals on the ground aren’t doing anything to counteract it. “Sugar makers are not going to wake up one day and be like, ‘Why are all these oak trees growing in my sugar bush?’” Isselhardt said. “They are very active managers.” Marvin and his employees, for example, pull out invasive Japanese honeysuckle by hand or burn it off with a propane torch. Warmer late-winter weather can cut short sugaring season, as it did this year. Eric Sorkin, co-owner of Fairfax’s Runamok Maple, estimated that most producers in the region saw only 50 to 65 percent of their average annual crop. Even if average temperatures change only slightly, he said, weather volatility worries him. Isselhardt said the most likely immediate effect of the climate crisis on sugaring is an increase in these weather anomalies. The trees won’t die, but the sugaring yields may become inconsistent. Marvin said he’s relatively optimistic for the sugar maples but concerned about the other species that have faded in his forests. He saw the decline of the elm trees, is watching beech and butternut disappear, and knows the future of the ash is bleak. “I only can think of a couple of trees that are healthy now,” Marvin said of the butternut. “But it’s not valuable enough for people to care that much ... It never had

the value, either aesthetically or economically, to engender the kind of research and work that ash and maple and elm have had.” As Marvin knows, the story of the climate crisis and Vermont’s forests can’t focus only on maples. We have to think about the overall forest and its individual species at the same time and learn to look at the world through both a micro and a macro lens.

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rothers Ryan and Rory Van Tuinen are closer today than they’ve ever been before. Seeing one’s sibling almost die repeatedly forges a powerful fraternal bond. For years, Ryan and Rory lived in emotional isolation from their family and each other. Ryan, now 26, drank heavily and suffered from depression and social anxiety, which at times left him feeling suicidal. Unable to cope with the stress of college life, he dropped out and moved back in with his parents. Rory, now 28, wrestled with his own demons. His nine-year addiction to opioids followed a cyclical pattern of overdoses, rehab attempts, methadone treatments and interludes of sobriety followed by relapse. Today, the Van Tuinens said, they’re healthy, sober and doing much better. They live together in their family’s Waterbury home, where they have a Sunday ritual of hiking in the woods, meditating and discussing their emotions. Last year they founded a nonprofit, Cultivating Connections, to help other Vermonters struggling with addiction, mental illness and past trauma. Both brothers attribute their recoveries to a transformative plant-based medicine: ayahuasca, used for thousands of years by Indigenous people in the Amazon Basin. Ayahuasca contains the powerful psychoactive compound N,N-Dimethyltryptamine. A Schedule I drug, DMT is illegal to possess or consume in the United States, though religious groups have won court cases allowing its use in rituals. Last year, as the pandemic drove Vermonters into isolation, the Van Tuinens began speaking publicly about their ayahuasca use — in YouTube videos, on their blog and in an online support group they launched last May. Soon, dozens of other Ve r m o n t e r s c a m e forward to share their own stories about how ayahuasca had helped them overcome addiction, mental illness and post-traumatic stress disorder. As one support group attendee put it, “For a lot of people, it’s a last resort.” “Ayahuasca showed me the potential that I had for change,” Rory said. “It was one of the most enlightening experiences I’ve ever had.” The Van Tuinens believe that sharing their stories can pave the way for greater

Rory (left) and Ryan Van Tuinen

social acceptance and legalization of this traditional remedy. And a state lawmaker has joined their effort. In February, Rep. Brian Cina (P/D–Burlington) introduced H.309, which would decriminalize the psychoactive compounds in certain plants and fungi, including ayahuasca, peyote, mescaline, psilocybin and ibogaine. All have long histories of use by Indigenous cultures in physical, emotional and spiritual healing. Cina acknowledged that his bill is unlikely to move this year. But despite the pandemic — or because of it — he still intends to push for its passage. “I see it as important in the recovery from COVID, because we are going to be facing a mental health and substanceabuse pandemic that is connected to the COVID pandemic and its aftermath,” Cina said. “We need to let people have access to the treatments and tools that work best for them.” Critics may deride H.309 as yet another attempt to legalize recreational drugs. Mental health and addiction treatment

experts contacted for this story either were unfamiliar with the bill or declined to comment on it. But, given the opposition to cannabis legalization by the Vermont Medical Society, the Vermont Public Health Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and other medical and mental health professionals, the bill is likely to face intense scrutiny. Despite such traditional opposition, in the past decade proponents have deepened their understanding of the power and potential of hallucinogens — and, in some places, that change has broken down legal barriers to their therapeutic use. Last November, Oregon became the first state in the country to legalize the clinical use of psilocybin, the psychoactive compound in “magic” mushrooms. “Like many, I was initially skeptical when I first heard of Measure 109,” Oregon Gov. Kate Brown wrote in a statement last month about the ballot initiative approved by voters. “But if we can help people suffering from PTSD, depression, trauma and addiction — including veterans,

cancer patients, and others — supervised psilocybin therapy is a treatment worthy of further consideration.” Vermont may never follow in Oregon’s footsteps. But some Vermonters who are already taking ayahuasca and similar psychedelics view them as a way to jar their brains out of neurological ruts and gain new insights into previously intractable problems.

‘Something That Could Help My Brother’

Ryan Van Tuinen was first diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder at 16 and with depression at 19. Pharmaceutical therapies — SSRIs, benzodiazepine, Adderall — gave him temporary relief but killed his motivation. Ryan consulted a neurologist, only to be disappointed when the doctor told him there was nothing wrong with his brain. “I walked out of that office feeling hopelessly depressed,” he said. “That was a real turning point. I realized for the first time that, if I was going to overcome

my depression, it would have to be self-driven.” While researching alternative medicines with antidepressant properties, Ryan discovered studies being done at Johns Hopkins University and the Centre for Psychedelic Research at Imperial College London. Both involved the effects of psilocybin and ayahuasca on anxiety, depression and addiction. Ryan was intrigued but scared. “I had always stayed away from psychedelics,” he said. “The propaganda was that you could lose your mind on them, and that terrified me.” Desperate, Ryan tracked down some ayahuasca, which is made by combining two South American plants to release the DMT. Rick Strassman, clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, called DMT “the spirit molecule” in RORY VAN a book and documentary of the same name, referring to its tendency to induce mystical, life-changing experiences in users. Ryan’s first ayahuasca trip, which lasted several hours, was exhilarating and terrifying. For three days afterward he had the greatest existential panic of his life, he recalled, and thought he’d permanently damaged his brain. A breakthrough came on the fifth day. “I know it sounds cliché, but I felt reborn,” he said. “I felt better than I had in my entire life … The depression and the anxiety? It finally felt like it had a purpose.” Weeks later, Ryan had a dream in which he was working as a psychedelic therapist. When he awoke the next morning, he reenrolled at the University of Vermont. In December 2019, Ryan graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology; he plans to help others suffering from similar problems. He said he hasn’t felt the desire to take ayahuasca since. “But I knew this was something that could help my brother,” he added. When Rory was 18, his best friend committed suicide; he was in San Francisco at the time and missed his friend’s final phone call. Already diagnosed with anxiety, Rory found himself experiencing depression, too. Three months later, Rory’s neck was broken in a car accident. He distinctly remembers the euphoria he felt when he woke up after three days in intensive care with a morphine drip. Rory came home from the hospital with 120 pills of Dilaudid, a potent opioid

used for severe pain. Within a year, he had a five- to 10-bag-a-day heroin habit and was abusing cocaine. “He overdosed three times that we were aware of,” Carol Rooke Van Tuinen, Rory and Ryan’s mother, said in an interview last year. “No, it was even more than that,” Rory corrected her. By any standard, Rory wasn’t lacking for conventional addiction treatments. Carol, a nurse practitioner since 1977, has a master’s degree in psychiatric nursing and worked for years in methadone clinics and alcohol treatment facilities. Rory’s father, Craig Van Tuinen, has been a psychiatrist since 1984. But after Rory’s multiple ove rd o s e s a n d f a i l e d attempts at rehab, counseling and medication-assisted treatments, his parents were at a loss. TU IN E N “We had tried everything that we possibly could, and nothing worked,” Carol said. “It got to the point where we had totally given up.” In 2019, after one of Rory’s overdoses, Ryan told his parents about his recent ayahuasca experience, then suggested that it might help Rory. Carol was skeptical. The product of an Irish Catholic family from Springfield, Mass., where many of her relatives were police officers, she had never touched illegal drugs. Craig also had “very real concerns” about Rory taking hallucinogens. “If it really did change everything,” he asked, “where would he end up?” In addition to their trepidation about Rory’s precarious mental state, Craig and Carol had practical concerns, including the legal and professional ramifications. As licensed medical personnel, neither could participate in or sanction the illegal use of a controlled substance. But Craig had read about a 2004 Johns Hopkins study on psilocybin, which is chemically similar to DMT. He found it “truly fascinating” that people could take a single psychedelic dose and rate it years later as among the most profound experiences of their lives, on par with getting married and having children. “Ryan’s experience clearly opened my eyes to the huge potential of it, because his experience had had a huge effect on his approach to life [and] his perspective on things,” Craig said. Carol also witnessed those changes. “In the days, weeks and months that followed [Ryan’s ayahuasca use], I saw



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Psychedelic Solution « P.39 a profound difference in the way that he was living life,” she said. “He became more interactive with people — with all of life, actually. It was really remarkable.” And, she noted, the only treatment they could offer Rory was more of the same. As she put it, “We were desperate.” So, on Thanksgiving Day 2019, Rory ingested ayahuasca. Hours later, he joined his family for dinner. Rory had taken LSD and eaten mushrooms before. This was different, he said — not just the trip itself but, more importantly, the revelations that came to him days later. “Ayahuasca helped me get in touch with the love I have for myself and my life,” Rory said. “It’s a love that had been dormant since I was a child.” Rory’s family was astonished by his transformation. Craig described it as “profound, persistent and stable,” as his son maintained sobriety for weeks, then for months. “I’ve never seen anything quite like it,” he said.

‘The Dope-Slap Effect’

In his 2018 best seller How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence, Michael Pollan cites various metaphors that research subjects use to describe the impact hallucinogens had on their minds: “rebooting the computer,” “shaking the snow globe” and “flicking a light switch in a dark house.” Matthew Johnson chose a more headjarring metaphor: “the dope-slap effect.” Johnson is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and associate director of the Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research. One of the country’s leading experts on psychoactive drug use and addiction, he’s published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and supervised more than 600 psychedelic sessions. In 2008, Johnson published safety guidelines for using psychedelics, which helped resurrect research on them. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has since used those protocols in at least 30 high-dose psilocybin trials. On January 10, 2020, Johnson gave the psychiatry grand rounds lecture at the Robert Larner College of Medicine at UVM. It was a homecoming of sorts for Johnson, who completed his doctoral degree at UVM. His talk, which the Van Tuinens attended, addressed the use of “classic psychedelics” — LSD, mescaline, 40

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ayahuasca and psilocybin — in treating psychiatric disorders and addiction. Johnson characterized those conditions as “a narrowing of a behavioral and mental repertoire.” Psychedelics, he explained, seem to induce “plasticity” in the brain, allowing rigid patterns of thought and behavior to become more malleable and changeable. Johnson cited one study in which subjects were given a single psilocybin dose to help them quit smoking. Eighty percent were still tobacco-free six months later. Though that number dropped to 60 percent two years later, he said, it’s still double the success rate of the best smoking-cessation medications. And that was only one of many effects, Johnson noted. The study participants had lower incidence of anxiety, restlessness, depression, irritability and tobacco cravings. They reported other life improvements, including a greater sense of interconnectedness and altruism and a heightened aesthetic appreciation. The people who experienced the most enduring impact, Johnson emphasized, were those who reported having had a mystical experience on psilocybin. “It’s not just having an intense drug experience,” he said. “There seems to be something about the nature of those

subjective effects that has a relationship to long-term positive outcomes.” Johnson’s talk addressed many of the common concerns surrounding hallucinogens. Classic psychedelics, he said, “don’t appear to be drugs of addiction, and by that I mean that they don’t appear to be drugs that lead to compulsive drug seeking.” Likewise, the proverbial bad trip can happen — Johnson calls it a “challenging experience” — but he’s had success in mitigating such experiences by building rapport beforehand between subjects and the guides administering the sessions. Guides remind subjects of what’s happening and tell them to surrender to the experience rather than fight it. Still, psychedelics aren’t without very real risks, Johnson warned. Because they can elevate pulse and blood pressure, they aren’t advised for people with cardiac conditions. They can also be dangerous to people with psychoses or predispositions to conditions such as schizophrenia. Johnson does thorough prescreening of his subjects to exclude those in whom these compounds are more likely to provoke psychotic episodes. “None of this research should encourage do-it-yourself use of psychedelics,” Johnson cautioned. “There are risks … so don’t try this at home.”

‘Like 10 Years of Therapy in One Evening’

Jodi Whalen had no interest in taking psychedelics, at home or anywhere else. Aside from one experience eating mushrooms at a Santana show in the 1990s, she said, “It wasn’t something I was ever attracted to. It was too intimidating.” Whalen, 53, is cofounder and co-owner with her husband, Phil Merrick, of August First bakery and café in Burlington. About two years ago, she said, “I had come to the end of my rope” in dealing with PTSD from her childhood. She had tried therapy, meditation, even running marathons. But the ghosts of her past still haunted her, affecting her personally and professionally. “I wasn’t a good boss for years,” she said. “There was a … deep level of damage to my psyche and my spirit that I couldn’t make go away. I was a reactive person. I was snappy at people, impatient and often not kind.” Whalen grew up in a working-class neighborhood in Gibraltar, Pa., a town of about 680 people. Her home was within earshot of a family whose father routinely raped his daughters. “Everybody knew that,” she said. “You could hear the screams.”


Because Whalen’s cousins were Whalen, who kept in touch with other regularly beaten with belts, she retreat participants, emphasized that assumed that the less intense violence most of them took ayahuasca not for fun  she suffered at home “wasn’t that bad.” but out of desperation. Though there was It wasn’t until her forties, when her some laughter, there were far more tears. therapist used the word “abused” to Whalen described her experience as describe her upbringing, that Whalen a privilege that isn’t available to most FRIDAYS > 10:00 P.M. recognized her scars were actually open Vermonters. wounds. “This is something that is life changIn February 2020, Whalen spent ing,” she said. “We owe it to the Indige$3,000 to attend a seven-day ayahuasca nous people who have used this medicine retreat at the Soltara Healing Center in and brought it to us, and we owe [it] to Costa Rica. On four of the seven nights, the people who are desperate for healing she participated in ayahuasca ceremo- here, to decriminalize this.” nies with 16 other participants and two 16t-vcam-weekly2021.indd 1 4/19/21 16t-shoplocal-guy.indd 3:25 1 16t-vcam-weekly.indd 1 11/2/20Untitled-1 3:07 PM 1 ‘Most Proficient Mind’ shamans. Participants sat on mats in an open- Neither Rory nor Ryan Van Tuinen air hut and decided for themselves took a straight and unwavering path to how much ayahuasca to take. As each recovery after his ayahuasca experience. drank the brew, Whalen said, the heal- Since Seven Days first interviewed them ers sang icaros, or healing songs, meant in January 2020, Rory quit methadone to pull them deeper into the treatments. He relapsed, medicine. overdosed twice and nearly On her second night, died before checking himself Whalen had an experience into rehab. Despite those she finds hard to describe. setbacks, he’s been off opioids and methadone again since She likened it to a peak April 2020, and he credits moment in meditation when you suddenly feel connected ayahuasca with saving his life. to everything. Ryan has quit alcohol and all prescription pharmaceu“I saw time in a different way. I saw my childhood fold ticals; he said he barely even 8h-CSWD040721 1 up upon itself,” she said. “I drinks coffee anymore. J ODI WHALEN understood that all we have “My habits with substances are healthier than they’ve ever is the present, and what happened to me back then doesn’t need been,” he said. “For the first time in my to affect me now. That time is gone, and life, I feel like my sober mind is the most that child no longer exists.” proficient mind to handle life.” When the shaman came to her and Such reports are powerful — and, of Route 7 - Charlotte, VT began singing, Whalen broke down and course, anecdotal. Despite his belief in wept profusely. The woman pressed her the potential benefits of psychedelics, lips against Whalen’s head and inhaled Johnson, the Johns Hopkins profesdeeply. sor and researcher, warned of “selling “And just like that, I stopped crying some snake oil” based on limited data. … and I knew it was over,” Whalen said. He believes that any therapeutic use of “I could think of the people who hurt psychedelics should be “solidly based in me; I could think of those times, all of empirical science.” the mistakes that I’ve made, and there Craig and Carol only know what was no longer that surge of shame and they’ve witnessed in their sons. After pain. initial reluctance, they agreed to be iden“There’s a saying [about ayahuasca]: tified in this story because of the profound ‘It’s like 10 years of therapy in one changes that ayahuasca induced in their evening,’” Whalen added. “And it is abso- family. As medical professionals, they lutely, positively true.” firmly believe this medicine can help For weeks afterward, Whalen felt other Vermonters who struggle with “blissed out,” like she’d just received a addiction and despair. wonderful massage. Family and friends “Both my sons were kind of lost to us. noticed that she seemed calmer and Their physical bodies were still here, more soft-spoken; nothing seemed to but … their personalities were gone,” bother her. Carol said. “And now, because of their Essential to her healing, Whalen use of the psychedelics, they’ve come said, was integration — that is, the back to the people they used to be … It processing of her experience to give it really reconnected them to life, and to meaning and purpose after she returned each other.” m to normal life. “A lot of the work takes place after the INFO experience is over,” she said. Learn more at cultivatingconnectionsvt.com.


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n a corner of the recently expanded Charlotte Library, a two-drawer card catalog sits on a mustard-yellow floral tablecloth. But instead of old-school index cards listing books, its drawers hold small paper envelopes of old-school seeds with evocative names such as Dragon Langerie bush bean, Brandywine tomato and Corno di Toro (horn of the bull) pepper. There is no fee for the seeds, just as there is no fee to borrow books. Library patrons are encouraged to take what they would like to grow in their gardens. (This year, due to the pandemic, patrons request seeds in advance and pick them up in the library vestibule.) Ideally, participants “return” their seeds at the end of the season in the form of seeds saved from the plants they grew.

Linda Hamilton is the seed library’s co-coordinator. The connection between a town library and a seed library is not obvious to everyone, she acknowledged during a recent conversation. Charlotte’s seed library opened in 2013 but was dormant by 2017, when Hamilton volunteered to reinvigorate it. She has since been joined by fellow Charlotte resident and volunteer Karen Tuininga, a certified master gardener. The pair has expanded the library and its associated programming with the support of library director Margaret Woodruff. A seed library is a collection of seeds, Hamilton explained, just as traditional libraries are collections of books and other sources of information. To Woodruff, it makes all the sense in the world: “Seeds contain information, too,” she said. “It’s all right there,” Tuininga said, gesturing at a handful of magenta-striated tan beans scattered on the tablecloth. “It’s mind-boggling when you see how tiny the seeds are, and then they burst forth with so much life.” “The idea is that seeds are a public resource,” Hamilton concluded. “The library is a public resource, too.” The Charlotte Library is one of an estimated dozen around Vermont that host a seed library. That figure comes from a University of Vermont student research project done last year under the

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t takes a lot of caffeine to keep up with Vermont’s ever-evolving coffee industry. The pandemic might have disrupted the routine of stopping for a daily cuppa on the way to the office or an afternoon pick-me-up with coworkers, but it hasn’t prevented new cafés from opening. Vivid Coffee took over the New Moon Café space on Burlington’s Cherry Street in November 2020; Uncommon Coffee opened for curbside pickup in the Essex Experience a couple of months before that. PK Coffee reopened in a new Stowe location this winter; 802 Coffee launched a café and roastery in Barre in March; and the owners of Vittles Espresso & Eatery are in the process of taking over the Local Buzz in downtown Bradford, adding a brick-andmortar spot to their existing coffee-truck business. In 2021, three additional businesses have joined the coffee scene in Chittenden County. I’ve missed everything about coffee shops: making small talk with talented baristas; the soundtrack — gentle clacking of keyboards, grinders pulverizing beans, bursts of steam, a killer playlist; even sharing tables with strangers. And then, of course, there’s the coffee itself, made with care by pros. I decided to check out the newbies, easing back into their worlds of caffeination with takeout as I — and many working in the industry — await full vaccination.


The Great Northern and Zero Gravity Craft Brewery, 716 Pine St., Burlington, 489-5102, thegreatnorthernvt.com; 497-0054, zerogravitybeer.com

The first time I noticed the new roadside sign in front of the Great Northern and Zero Gravity Craft Brewery’s tasting room, I thought pandemic isolation had finally gotten to me. “Waffee and Coffles”? I need new glasses. Or a new brain. Or waffles? Oh, waffles! “We were aghast when the sign came back from the printers and they’d mixed that up,” Jamie Barrat-Bluck deadpanned during a recent phone call. After a pause, he chuckled and added, “We try not to waste opportunities at being irreverent.” The waffles coming out of the walkup window at the Pine Street hot spot are seriously good, though. They’re buttery, brioche-like, yeasted waffles, with crispy, 44

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I sat and enjoyed the relative quiet of mid-morning on the Zero Gravity outdoorVERMON patio. Later, Barrat-Bluck described what I’d done as “the height of the experience.” “There’s sort of an aesthetic ideal to sitting down here with a couple of waffles and a cappuccino,” he said. “And, I don’t know, reading some Baudelaire or something.” Modernité at its finest.


Black Cap Coffee & Beer, 42 Church St., Burlington, 540-1744, blackcapvermont.com



lacy edges and insides so light and pillowy you could nap on them. The whimsical waffles are fun-size; unlike their bulky Belgian-style brethren, these fit in your palm and should be eaten with your hands. Think of them as a snack or a coffee accompaniment, not a full-blown breakfast ($2 for one waffle, $3 for two). This new aspect of the combined businesses launched in mid-January. BarratBluck, whose title is now “Coffee/Waffle Person,” had been working at the brewery’s tasting room as a bartender. When he expressed interest in utilizing his background in coffee, Zero Gravity and the Great Northern quickly jumped on board. “The [Great Northern’s] espresso machine just sitting there idle was sort of sad for everybody,” Barrat-Bluck explained. “It represents a nice, normal base for things, to be able to get coffee in the morning.”

Walking into Black Cap Coffee & Beer on the Church Street Marketplace felt like stepping into a time warp. It wasn’t the décor. The shop nails the contemporary rustic-industrial combo of white subway tile, reclaimed Great Northern’s wood and dangling Edison bar manager, Jeff bulbs. And it wasn’t the menu, Baumann, was the which offers locally roasted catalyst for the waffles coffee, pastries baked in-house — when the word was and a cooler full of the state’s mentioned, he immebest microbrews. diately ordered a waffle It was that people were An iced maple latte and a cannoli from iron. The project went sitting in a coffee shop, Black Cap Coffee from conception to realslowly sipping ization in about a week, lattes and cups Barrat-Bluck said; the of tea while Great Northern kitchen reading books staff “clapped their and working hands and made the on laptops. It waffle recipe appear was a scene out out of nothing.” of the Before Brio Coffeeworks Times, complete owners Magda and with a barista politely Nate Van Dusen helped repeating the phrase, “There’s an dial in the coffee side. almond milk chai ready on the bar,” trying The coffee menu is short and sweet: to grab the attention of a customer deep in filter coffee, espresso (Brio’s Belle Epoch conversation with a long-lost friend. blend), cortado, cappuccino, latte, latte The familiar layout of the space, which with maple, mocha — all with oat or was the longtime home of Uncommon whole milk; some are also available iced. Grounds, added to the effect. The coffeeI think a cortado ($3.50) — a few ounces roasting machine formerly by the front smaller than a cappuccino — is the perfect door has been replaced by fridges full of ratio of espresso to milk, so that’s what I beer and shelves of artisan goods. But the ordered. The oat milk was well steamed, counter still stretches down the rightthe espresso shots perfectly pulled. It lived hand side of the café, with a pastry case full up to the promise that was underlined of cookies, cakes, quiches, croissants and above the takeout window: “Beer, Food, churro morning buns tempting customers Cocktails, Wine, & Damn Good Coffee.” as they wait to order.

food+drink The chocolate-dipped cannoli ($4.95) caught my eye. I paired my pastry with an iced maple latte from the “Favorite Lattes” section of the menu ($5.90 for 20 ounces). Black Cap uses coffee from Waterbury’s Brave Coffee & Tea; the two shots of espresso stood up well to the maple’s sweetness, and it was easy to see why it’s a favorite. I missed the breakfast sandwiches by a few minutes — they’re available until 11:30 a.m. daily. But the café serves lunch all day, with a variety of sandwiches available on toasted ciabatta or gluten-free bread. Black Cap’s version of the Vermonter ($9.95) is a tasty take on the state’s unofficial sandwich, with smoked turkey, crisp apples, Cabot cheddar and perfectly caramelized onions. The Church Street outpost opened in February, joining the original Black Cap location in Stowe, which opened in 2010, and one in Morrisville that opened in 2017.


Rosie’s Confections, 7 W. Canal St., Winooski, 829-8316, rosiesconfections.com

“It’s like a bath bomb, but better.” That’s how Alexander Brooks, the barista at Winooski’s


newest chocolate Nomadic Kitchen inside a chocoshop, market and café, late shell; when hot milk hits the A hot cocoa bomb and an apple galette from described the hot cocoa shell, it melts and the marshmalRosie’s Confections bombs — and how I lows pop out, leaving a decadent almost ended up buying chocolaty drink. a basketful to bring home “They were so popular at our soft and fill my tub. opening that they Rosie’s Confections first launched as a CBD sold out twice,” edibles company in JanuRose said. “I ary 2020, based in basically spent St. Albans but selltwo weeks in ing mostly through the kitchen e-commerce and making more.” farmers markets. The café serves The brick-and-mortar coffee from Pennsyllocation in Winooski vania’s Moka Origins, held its soft opening in a bean-to-bar chocoFebruary 2021 and added late and specialty coffee pastries and coffee for its grand opencompany that started as a commuing on Easter weekend. nity-farming project in Cameroon. Rose The tiny family-run shop is stocked first found Moka in her quest to source a with ethically sourced goods, including high-quality, direct-trade white chocolate owner and head chocolatier Emma Rose’s — which she now uses in confections such elegant handcrafted chocolate and CBD- as the green- and pink-splattered rose and infused confections. The hot cocoa bombs pistachio bonbon ($5), which I couldn’t are on the café menu, too ($7), served with resist adding to my order. steamed milk (or oat milk for 50 cents “We’re very, very picky with our coffee, more). The fist-size bombs contain drink- and Moka made the cut,” she said. “It’s just ing chocolate and marshmallows from really good espresso.”

The coffee menu hits the classics — espresso, Americano, cappuccino, latte, mocha, maple latte — and offers a 10mg CBD upgrade for $1.50. Rosie’s sister company, Be-Leaf & Terps, developed the flavorless water-soluble tincture. “We’ve definitely got a few people coming in every day now asking for three pumps of CBD,” Rose said. I rounded out my to-go order with an apple galette ($4) from the pastry case, though I also eyed the sky-high croissants. All of the pastries at Rosie’s are from Red Hen Baking; Rose’s mother once worked for the Middlesex bakery, and their use of local ingredients was a natural fit for Rosie’s ethical sourcing mission. Rose said Red Hen doesn’t deliver its pastries — only bread — but Brooks lives in Barre and picks up the freshly baked goods on his commute to Winooski every morning, making the café one of the only other places to sell them. Rosie’s is currently running the Save Chocolate Campaign, which uses chocolate tastings, trivia and other events to teach customers about the chocolate industry. I’ll happily take a side of education with the shop’s sweet treats. m


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Seed Savers « P.42 supervision of Daniel Tobin, assistant professor of community development and applied economics. Tobin is working on a larger research project on seed systems in New England. “What I’m really interested in is alternative seed systems to the highly corporate, consolidated seed system and how we can maintain genetic diversity of our crops,” he said. Seed libraries like the one in Charlotte can contribute to this goal. “It’s super cool to put [seeds] in the public library,” Tobin said. “It takes seeds and puts them in the public sphere.” In Charlotte, the seed library team works to educate the public on everything from garden design to cooking, with an emphasis on heirloom seeds. Last year, Hamilton did a parking lot demo of canning dilly beans. “We’re trying to tickle people’s interest in different ways,” she said. The library is midway through a virtual series featuring the latest book by Manchester-based garden designer and author Ellen Ecker Ogden, The New Heirloom Garden: Designs, Recipes, and Heirloom Plants for Cooks Who Love to Garden. Ogden will speak at the second online session on April 23 (see sidebar). The first session, on April 16, drew about 10 experienced and novice gardeners. Tuininga began the virtual discussion with a definition of “heirloom” as the word relates to plants and seeds. Unlike a grandparent’s heirloom steamer trunk, she noted, garden heirlooms provide a view into both past and future. Often, they come with stories of a particular family or community that preserved the variety. Then, after the growing season, “you can save seeds from those plants, and [if you plant those seeds the following year,] you’ll get a plant pretty much like what you started with.” This is not true of all seeds, Tuininga continued. Many commercially available seeds are hybrids, which have been purposely crossbred by large seed companies for specific traits and whose saved seed will not reproduce the same plant. Tuininga illustrated her point with the example of Sungold versus Brandywine tomatoes. Both are delicious, she acknowledged, but Sungold is a proprietary hybrid whose seeds will not reliably grow another Sungold plant, which means you must repurchase the seed every year. In contrast, the Brandywine tomato, which is among the three dozen-plus varieties at Charlotte’s seed library, is an heirloom and is open-pollinated. Its saved seeds will grow another Brandywine plant. 46

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ELLEN ECKER OGDEN CELEBRATES GARDENING AND COOKING WITH HEIRLOOMS With her fifth solo book, The New Heirloom Garden: Designs, Recipes, and Heirloom Plants for Cooks Who Love to Garden, Ellen Ecker Ogden of Manchester makes the compelling case that heirloom varieties are worth the attention of gardeners and eaters alike. In support of that thesis, she offers charming garden designs, gorgeous fruit and vegetable photographs, and 50 mouthwatering recipes. Heirloom openpollinated seeds, Ogden writes, are a “way of continuing the cycle of life and a guarantee that there will be another garden the following season.” Find her recipe for Rhubarb Pie With Ginger and Lemon at sevendaysvt.com. Ogden will speak at an online event hosted by the Charlotte Seed Library on April 23. She chatted with Seven Days by phone.

SD: Your book features many specific varieties. Do you have a few favorites you could share? EEO: I love my Italian purple pole beans, the Trionfo Violetto. I like pole beans over bush beans because they don’t take up as much space in the garden, and they’re very dramatic and tall. They come in close first place with another Italian heirloom called Anellino, which is a curly, cute little bean. You’ll never see it in the market, but I tell you, it is really delicious. I have a particular affection for red deer-tongue lettuce. Another is the husk cherry, also called ground cherry or golden tomatillo. The seed is tiny, and it’s like a tomato, very tender. But if you can get a plant going, you’re going to get a really nice harvest, and they have that butterscotchpineapple flavor.

SEVEN DAYS: What made you decide to write a book devoted to heirloom gardening and cooking? ELLEN ECKER OGDEN: When I thought of heirlooms, it was usually in relation to something old and dusty. [But then] there was that moment that I realized I’ve been growing heirlooms. Why do I like them? One of the reasons I liked them is because I can save the seed, and I’m quite fascinated by the way seed looks and the way it grows inside the pods. There is the diversity angle that to me is also really important. And flavor, too. When we had The Cook’s Garden seed catalog [a specialty catalog Ogden cofounded with her former husband], really what we focused on were the most flavorful varieties. We’d do tasting trials with 50 different types of tomatoes and 12 different kinds of beans or carrots. It was always the heirloom varieties that really, clearly had the most flavor.

SD: Why save seeds? EEO: To be able to take one seed, a single seed, and put it in the ground, and that seed will grow a plant that will produce a hundred seeds. I mean, it’s better than money in the bank. You can give the seeds away to friends. You have enough for next year’s garden. It’s an extraordinary sense of satisfaction to be able to grow a garden from seed to seed. Why would we be paying $4 a packet for something we can grow for free? I was so pleased when the Charlotte Library reached out to me. I hope [it represents] a trend. We need to educate people on how to start from seed, how to grow seeds and how to store seeds. There are so many exciting varieties that we’re going to lose if we don’t start saving seeds. This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity and length.

For centuries, Hamilton told Seven Days, people saved their own seed because they had little choice. That changed after what she called “the postWorld War II era of commercializing seed and commodifying food.” Although commercial hybrid seed production has reduced the workload for gardeners and farmers and created popular new varieties, it has decreased seed diversity and made people reliant on big seed companies. That cost was brought home to Hamilton when a favorite heirloom tomato called Lillian’s Yellow disappeared from seed catalogs. Public seed libraries aim to put the power of seeds back in the hands of everyone. “We are trying to increase understanding of the value of tried-andtrue varieties,” Tuininga said, “[to] keep those alive in the community, so we are not dependent on commercial seed.” There are hurdles to overcome. The UVM research team found that seed libraries tend to lack dedicated funding and rely on volunteers who, while committed, cannot do everything. In particular, “saving seeds can be tricky,” Tuininga noted. Many libraries, including Charlotte’s, currently depend on donations of seed from regional seed companies that focus on heirloom varieties. By educating the public on seed saving, they could open up more opportunities to replenish their stock with locally grown seed. To further those education efforts, Tobin successfully applied for a $5,341 City Market Co-op Seedling Grant to fund workshops at seed libraries in Charlotte, Jericho, Montpelier, Brandon, Barton and Stamford. The fall 2021 program will be developed by Sylvia Davatz of Hartland, “a nationally renowned seed saver,” according to Tobin. The Charlotte Library team is excited to host a workshop. While its members appreciate the specialty seed companies from which they draw much of their stock, they hope to move beyond them. “We have a sort of five-year plan that more of our seed will be maintained and stewarded by our community,” Tuininga said. With a nod to the card catalog, Hamilton said, “My goal is that the little cabinet will hold local favorites.” m

INFO Learn more and register for Ellen Ecker Ogden’s April 23 talk at charlotteseedlibrary.org. The New Heirloom Garden: Designs, Recipes, and Heirloom Plants for Cooks Who Love to Garden by Ellen Ecker Ogden, Rodale, 256 pages. $24.99. ellenogden.com


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the state’s universal guidance. But the overall experience will be more relaxed than last year’s, and the number of vendors will approach full capacity, new market manager HANNAH STEARNS told Seven Days. “We’ve done away with the one-way shopping, so people can move freely throughout the market,” Stearns said. Shoppers will also be able to consume prepared foods on-site, and they may even see samples from vendors. “We’re excited to have people eating their food and getting as close to back

Several markets will return this year after a 2020 hiatus. The SHELBURNE FARMERS MARKET opens for the season on Saturday, May 29, in a temporary home at PALMER’S SUGARHOUSE. New manager JEANNE KACZKA-VALLIERE wrote in an email that organizers hope the market will eventually return to its usual location at the Shelburne Parade Ground. For now, it will spread out in the space around the historic sugarhouse. Starting June 6, the WINOOSKI FARMERS MARKET will be back on Winooski Falls The Capital City Farmers Market in 2020

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to normal as we can at the moment,” Stearns said. “I think we’re all expecting a really busy season.” Stearns also manages the STOWE FARMERS MARKET, which will move to 2043 Mountain Road. The market will operate at full capacity on the green between the Stowe Motel & Snowdrift and EDELWEISS MOUNTAIN DELI beginning on Sunday, May 16. In Montpelier, the CAPITAL CITY FARMERS MARKET hosted bimonthly outdoor markets during the winter at 133 State Street. On May 1, weekly summer markets will start at the same site, with nearly 50 vendors filling the lot. Masks are required, and eating and drinking are allowed only at designated picnic tables, manager KERI RYAN said. But live music is back, with Julia Ribak kicking things off.

Way every Sunday. The market is hiring a new manager, and vendor applications are open through April, Downtown Winooski executive director MEREDITH BAY-TYACK confirmed. Thursday evenings will be bustling in downtown Waterbury starting June 10, when the market returns to Rusty Parker Memorial Park. The Rotary Club of Waterbury’s Summer Concerts in the Park also resumes on June 17, market manager ARIEL MONDLAK said. The VERGENNES FARMERS MARKET will return to the city green on Main Street on Thursday afternoons as of June 17, manager CHRIS RECK wrote in an email, adding, “It’s exciting to be coming back after a difficult year.”

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THEATER Clockwise from left: Satomi Hofmann, Gracie Winchester and Jason O'Connell

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hen theater on Zoom is laugh-out-loud funny and manages a goofy but real actor-audience connection, it’s evidence that live performance has nearly magical power. With professional actors hitting the comic notes, the Northern Stage production of a new, irreverent adaptation of The Lodger uses Jack the Ripper as a backdrop for an amusing meditation on suspicion itself. Mud Season Mystery: The Lodger wrings out every capability of Zoom, including an application of breakout rooms that involves, of all things, a dose of suspense. The performances are live, and the audience is present through chat. A few willing volunteers get a direct role in the show. Now that we’ve all spent a year learning how to mute and unmute ourselves, here’s a comedy to celebrate the online idiom that kept us together. It’s time to use it to laugh. In 1911, Marie Belloc Lowndes wrote a short story called “The Lodger,” inspired by the Jack the Ripper murders, and later expanded it into a novel. It forms the rough scaffolding for Brenda Withers’

play, which keeps the story in Victorian London but frames it with a contemporary narrator, who’s made a modern pinup board of victim photos with that maybeas-crazy-as-the-killer vibe of the obsessed. The tone is light and funny, and the real quarry here is not the perpetrator of the 1888 Whitechapel murders but the theater’s fourth wall. Ronnie, the narrator, starts the show by asking viewers where they’re from, and the chat panel immediately bursts with place names for Ronnie to riff upon. It’s nearly a person-by-person welcome, and the audience is woven into the show. The typical murder mystery invites the reader to solve the crime. Withers makes the crime an afterthought and challenges viewers to be sure of the conclusions they’re drawing. The focus is on an ingénue who could be the next victim, and she’s surrounded by clichéd menace. Taking everything at face value seems to be a trap, as the clever Ronnie continually warns us. The chat bubbles with theories throughout the show. Each of the four 19th-century characters uses Victorian wallpaper as a Zoom background. Daisy is an aspiring actress,

currently relegated to a chorus role in a sentimental musical but thrilled to seek her big break in London. She lives with her aunt, Mrs. B, who frets about money and Daisy’s lack of practicality. At the very least, Daisy shouldn’t be walking home after the theater now that a brutal murderer has been dispatching young women late at night. The answer to Mrs. B’s financial woes comes knocking in the form of a Mr. Sleigh (say it out loud) who’d like to overpay for lodgings in an attic room. He’s suspiciously unburdened with luggage and suspiciously partial to shadows. The final caricature is Joe, who introduces himself to Daisy on the street as a police detective concerned for her safety. He seems to know an awful lot about her nightly performances and relishes painting a picture of nighttime danger. If the abiding tension of a serial killer’s rampage is boiled down to the shortest list of suspects, the vaguest of motives and the shallowest depth of character, it’s to make room for another focus altogether. It’s wit that makes the play tick, wit based on the deceptions both theater and criminals share. The audience is swept into the story as the actors test and tease viewers about trusting their own perceptions. Director Jess Chayes adds buoyancy to stereotypes so weighty they would sink a less playful director. The performers exaggerate their hackneyed dilemmas while letting just enough honest emotion flicker behind the overacting. Imagine five people inflating balloons, each knowing just how big and silly they can go before bursting the bubble.

As Joe, Grayson DeJesus uses every inch of his Zoom box, peering close in the frame and fixing the viewer with a fiercely arched eyebrow. His hard-boiled policeman has a vivid working-class accent and a penchant for philosophy. “We crave fear. We trust it,” he says, inviting the audience, as well as the imperiled Daisy, to ponder when to yield to suspicion — suspicion that might well be trained on Joe himself. Satomi Hofmann plays Mrs. B as a woman shuffling a deck of rationalizations and always finding a card to her liking. The lodger seems sketchy — but isn’t prepaying the rent a sign of something good? Hofmann’s mobile expressions zip between fretting for Daisy and smiling with glee at the girl’s theatrical success. When she pets her real live cat, Zoom takes on drawing-room domesticity. Gracie Winchester is all heart as Daisy. She is earnest, trusting, sweet and, of course, quite possibly doomed by those very qualities. Winchester nearly floats with eager naïveté yet never gets too sugary as she sprinkles her clever quips with just enough irony. Jason O’Connell, as Mr. Sleigh, unnerves the other characters by popping out of the shadows, no mean feat on Zoom. Lighting and camera switching do part of the work, but O’Connell’s dark presence seals the deal. He packs a lot of menace into an idle “Oh?” and keeps us guessing, especially when solemnly lecturing Daisy on theater’s deceit. As Ronnie, Moira Stone maintains direct contact with the audience, and her improvisation skills shine. She’s a charming host, and her only flaw might be keeping the pace brisk when her interactions could be slowed down and savored. When not administering instant polls or checking the chat, Ronnie gets to ponder the nature of guilt, including a surprising way to sidestep it. Northern Stage maintains its professional standards, with first-rate costumes, sound, music and props. If the show offers only a tissue-thin mystery, it shakes every theatrical possibility out of the virtual platform. Laughing alone at this inventive use of live performance is the next best thing to laughing together in an audience. m

INFO Mud Season Mystery: The Lodger, by Brenda Withers, directed by Jess Chayes, produced by Northern Stage. Livestreaming through May 2: Thursday, April 22, 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Friday, April 23, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 24, 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, April 25, 5 p.m.; Tuesday, April 27, 7:30 p.m.; and Wednesday, April 28, 7:30 p.m. Website for additional dates. $29. northernstage.org SEVEN DAYS APRIL 21-28, 2021



Archetype Casting Tiger Girl and the Candy Kid rediscovers America’s original gangster couple


veryone’s heard of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, the gangster couple who robbed and shotgunned their way into American folklore during the Great Depression. Nearly 90 years after they were killed in a shoot-out with police, Bonnie and Clyde remain embedded in pop culture and synonymous with lovers on the run. But they were hardly the first American gangster couple — or even the best. That title could well belong to Margaret and Richard Whittemore, aka Tiger Girl and the Candy Kid. “Everybody knows who Bonnie and Clyde were,” author Glenn Stout said in a recent interview. “But Richard and Margaret were more successful, better looking and made a lot more money.” They were also, for a period in the mid1920s, two of the most famous people in America, criminal or otherwise. “They were as famous then as Kim Kardashian and Kanye [West] are now,” Stout said. In his new book, Tiger Girl and the Candy Kid: America’s Original Gangster Couple, Stout introduces us to the Whittemores, whose dramatic and bloody exploits captivated America in the Jazz Age but have since been lost to history. Through meticulous research and cinematic storytelling, he re-creates the duo’s thrilling and ultimately tragic story. Stout also explores how the couple shaped archetypes of American gangsters, even as they were largely forgotten as individuals. Stout, who has lived in Vermont for more than 20 years, is the author of several sports histories, including The Pats: An Illustrated History of the New England Patriots; Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway’s Remarkable First Year; and Young Woman and the Sea: How Trudy Ederle Conquered the English Channel and Inspired the World. That last tale is in the works as a Disney+ film starring Daisy Ridley. Stout was also the longtime series editor of The Best American Sports Writing, an annual anthology that published its final edition in 2020. He will helm


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a new series, The Ederle, Young Woman and the Sea. I kept Year’s Best Sports Writing, due out this seeing these headlines fall. Tiger Girl and the about Tiger Girl and Candy Kid is Stout’s the Candy Kid. I was 100th book — that initially intrigued by number includes their nicknames — who wouldn’t be? The all his works as a writer, ghostwriter more I researched GL E NN S TO UT or editor. the story, the more I Seven Days spoke wondered, Why didn’t with him by phone from his home in I know about them? In the New York Times Alburgh. alone there were 40 front-page stories about them and their gang in a six-month period. SEVEN DAYS: Most people know you How did they become forgotten? as a sportswriter, so it’s interesting that your 100th book has nothing to SD: Reading the book, I had a similar do with sports. Was this a passion reaction: How had I not heard of these project? people? So, how had I not heard of GLENN STOUT: It really was. I was onto them? this story in 2006, when I stumbled onto GS: Part of it was that this was before it working on my biography of Gertrude talking pictures. Once talking pictures



came in, so did newsreels with voiceovers. So the Depression-era gangsters — Bonnie and Clyde, John Dillinger, Pretty Boy Floyd — they could pair pictures and films of them with voice-over narration and deliver it into theaters every day in between features. That wasn’t the case with Tiger Girl and the Candy Kid. They existed only in print. Another factor is, after the 1920s, after the stock market crash and the Great Depression, people didn’t want to look back at the 1920s. It was too painful to go back and think about how great everything was. So you had Bonnie and Clyde and Dillinger in newsreels, and Richard and Margaret just got left behind. They’d occasionally be talked about as two of the most notorious criminals of the time, but, by World War II, even that had faded. SD: And yet you make the case that they had a profound impact on gangster archetypes in American pop culture. How did that happen? GS: Many of the journalists who covered them later went to Hollywood and became screenwriters and producers. And there are elements of Tiger Girl and the Candy Kid in a host of gangster films produced in the 1930s, like The Roaring Twenties [based on a story] by Mark Hellinger. Their story is embedded in all these gangster films. They’re not identified by name, but there are bits and pieces of their story. Richard is the archetype of the tough guy with a heart. Margaret is the archetype of the gun moll. You see them over and over again in gangster films of the 1930s all the way up to today. SD: The Whittemores were widely covered by newspapers. As you note in the book, journalism was different in the 1920s. There were no probing, Vanity Fair-like profiles. Yet you paint a vivid and detailed picture of who they were. How did you conjure them from straight news reports? GS: The bulk of the research is from period newspapers. And if you go back 80, 100 years, major metropolitan areas didn’t just have one or two newspapers. Buffalo alone, where some of the story takes place,

had six daily newspapers. Baltimore had four. New York City had about a dozen. So the way you take a two-dimensional story and make it three-dimensional — and this is the same process I used for sports history, too — is you look at everything. If you look at six or eight stories about a single jewel heist, each story contributes a little bit more. One might mention the make of the getaway car. Another might mention what the robber said. Another might say how they were dressed. The metaphor I use is that it’s kind of like a 3D printer. You’re just layering these accounts until eventually you have enough information to bring it to life. Then it suddenly becomes cinematic and tells a story rather than just being a story. SD: I gather that was easier to do with Richard than it was with Margaret. GS: There was a certain chauvinism to the journalism of the age, where women were dismissed — even Margaret was dismissed. She wasn’t really even in the newspapers until their final arrest. She’s quoted a lot, but there really aren’t the details of her that there were about Richard or other members of the gang. So you kind of tell her story through the story of women and culture of the time: as a flapper, as a working-class woman with few options, someone who’s obsessed with the movies. That was a challenge, and my fear going in was: Can I make Margaret a three-dimensional character? A friend of mine gave me the best advice after he read an early draft. He said, “More tiger, less candy.” SD: You give her top billing for the book. GS: They were a pair. Even though she wasn’t participating in the crimes



as actively as he did, she benefited materially. She was very much a part of it. She was the gun moll. In New York at the time there was a pretty strict gun-control law called the Sullivan Act, where if you were arrested We are fully stocked with a gun, you were gonna go to prison. with soils, So the gang said, “Well, we’ll have the Buildasoil, Kis organics, woman carry VT compost company, Fox Farm, Roots Organic’s, the guns. That Coast of Maine, and all way, we won’t get types of Down to earth caught. We’re all amendments convicted felons, but she’s a woman. as always, LED’s, HPS, They won’t arrest CMH lights, grow tents her. They’ll go easy and fans too! on her.” Because at the open 11-5 tues-sat time, there was 802-453-4797 11 MAIN ST BRISTOL a repeating story of “flappers gone Just come on down or 2638 Ethan Allen Hwy bad,” young women Stay connected on New Haven, VT 05472 led astray by a man. facebook and instagram 802-453-5382 Margaret kind of fit DON’T FORGET OUR NOVELTY SEEDS greenhavengardensandnursery.com that mold, though I emeraldrosegrows.com don’t think she was led astray. But they thought the police 8V-emeraldgrows041421.indd 1 4/8/218V-greenhaven042121.indd 1:45 PM 1 4/19/21 might think that, so they’d have Margaret go get the guns at Penn Station before a job and bring them back so they wouldn’t get caught carrying around all this heavy weaponry.

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SD: That’s actually pretty clever. GS: They took advantage of a cultural prejudice of the time that said women aren’t evil, men are. SD: Do you see parallels in Richard and Margaret’s story today? GS: There is some resonance between this time and that time. Richard and Margaret were coming out of World War I, a pandemic and an economic downturn. So there’s that. And that was the beginning of the age of celebrity, and they were kind of famous for being famous, so there’s some resonance there, too. In many ways, we’re still living in the world that was created in the 1920s. And Margaret and Richard’s experience says a lot about that. m This interview has been edited and condensed for length and clarity.

INFO Tiger Girl and the Candy Kid: America’s Original Gangster Couple, by Glenn Stout, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 384 pages. $27.

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Above: Kat Whitledge; at right: Patricia Trafton modeling a KWBB jumpsuit


aking clothes specific to individual bodies, particularly female bodies, verges on a lost art. A wedding dress might be the only “fitted” item some women ever own, and most never experience the kind of tailoring that goes into, say, a man’s formal suit. Kat Whitledge aims to change that, one body at a time. The HQ of Kat Whitledge Basics & Bespoke is a third-floor studio in a Winooski rental. (Like many thirtysomething couples in Vermont, Whitledge and her partner are seeking a house.) The pleasantly busy atelier — filled with fabrics, neat stacks of finished pieces, a rack of in-process outfits, a sewing machine and a worktable — gives clients a glimpse of Whitledge’s realm of possibilities. On Friday, April 30, and Saturday,

May 1, the public can get a look at KWBB creations at a pop-up at Soapbox Arts in Burlington. Visitors may recognize gallerist Patricia Trafton as a model on the KWBB website; the two women met a couple of years ago and became friends, Whitledge said. Trafton’s partner, Burlington commercial photographer Homer Horowitz, was enlisted to do KWBB’s fashion shoots. The pop-up show will feature samples of one-of-a-kind clothing but lean more heavily on the “basics” side, including aprons in a couple of styles, sturdy “Vermont chic” gardening gear and cloth bags. The approach of Mother’s Day inspired the timing of the event. As a tailor, Whitledge naturally champions “slow fashion,” described in part on her website as “a real consideration of what we



wear and how it is made.” Consistent with that sustainability ethos, she uses fabrics such as cotton, linen, Tencel and silk. Her timeless designs have “long, clean lines with a touch of something unique,” Whitledge said. “I don’t get super flashy; if someone wants frills and sequins, I’ll send them to a different designer.” She works with clients to manifest their own visions, and she has remade “beloved items for people because they’re worn out.” But, she clarified, “I don’t do alterations.” Whitledge’s path has hardly been a straight line; she grew up in Arkansas, Vermont and Egypt, the last her stepfather’s home country. Her forays among continents and cultures included obtaining an undergraduate degree in painting and sculpture at Bennington College and a master’s of education at Ohio’s Antioch College. She taught for four years at an American elementary school in Cairo, until the Arab Spring uprisings began to roil the city. Whitledge returned to Vermont in 2012. She initially worked in a lifestyle boutique in Brattleboro, where “I would notice people coming out of the dressing room frustrated, not finding the right fit,” she recalled. She thought, I know how to sew and began to contemplate making garments herself. As her family planned another trip to Cairo, Whitledge decided to take a chance and inquire about apprenticing with Egyptian fashion designer Sylva Nasrallah of Nagada Egypte. “I was really drawn to her clothing because lots of differentsized women can find something that fits well,” she said. Nasrallah accepted her, and Whitledge worked directly with

the designer for three months. “[Nasrallah] taught me everything by hand,” she said. “You don’t get that kind of opportunity in the U.S.” Back in Brattleboro again, Whitledge opened her own design studio. But after moving to Winooski in 2018 — to be near other family members — she found that “the back-and-forth just wasn’t working,” so she closed her southern Vermont quarters. As everything shifted during the pandemic, Whitledge said, “I wanted to add to the bespoke aspect” of the business. Her dream is to grow KWBB to the point where she can train someone else to handle the “basics” aspect. Making oneof-a-kind apparel is clearly her personal passion. “Tomorrow I’m meeting with a [bride] who wants a jacket with a way to tie flowers into the back,” Whitledge enthused. “And I’m making my first $1,000 suit for a client in New York.” Sydney Kalas is one of her satisfied local clients. By “asking around,” the 29-yearold found Whitledge, whom she asked to create an elopement ceremony dress. “Kat seemed to have a vision that most matched my personal aesthetic (not frilly, basic and chic, well executed),” Kalas wrote in an email. “I sent her a photo of a dress I liked as a base idea. Together, we chose a white fabric/embroidery pattern for the outer layer and she chose a very soft and cozy white bamboo fabric for the base layer. “The dress is knee length with short sleeves,” Kalas continued. “The best part is that at the bottom, she sewed in little GOOD FIT

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File Under ‘Rabbit Hole’ Everyone knows the childhood game of Telephone, right? Well, imagine if, instead of being a linear progression from one ear to the next, the prompts went to multiple people at once, creating more of a family tree than a telephone wire. And, instead of a continuum of words that are misconstrued along the way, the medium of the prompt transforms as it filters from one artist to another; for example, a painting might be translated into music, or poetry, or dance. That is the simplest description of Telephone. The international art project and game launched on March 23, 2020, and has concluded with a massive online exhibition. The collection of interconnected pieces went live for public viewing on April 10. Telephone’s press release is an exercise in superlatives. Nine Vermonters were among more than 950 artists in 489 cities and 70 countries who took part. The team of 10 volunteer administrators came from some of the biggest tech companies in the world. The online exhibition integrates more than 10,000 artist files. A viewer can choose among hundreds of “pathways” leading from original to final artwork. Exactly nobody made any money from the project. Telephone’s originator is Seattle artist and UX designer Nathan Langston; a previous game was in 2015, and its prompt had something to do with the sea. On the website, Langston explains how he chose trees as a general topic for this Telephone, searching thousands of sources for a prompt. He found it in an obscure Newsweek article on “The Majesty and Mystery of India’s Sacred Banyan Trees” by

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Instead of following a straight progression, as in the 2015 game, Langston threw a curveball. “Halfway through the game, we reverse the process,” he writes. “We start assigning multiple artworks to a single artist. We ask each artist to find what the works have in common and to create a translation of that into their own art form.” Somehow, it’s all meant to conclude with a single artwork. The Vermont contributors to Telephone were painters Larry Bowling, Adelaide Murphy Tyrol, Kathy Stark and Elizabeth Nelson; sculptors Sam Talbot-Kelly and Janet Van Fleet; filmmaker Michael Chinworth; and poet Rage Hezekiah. Cabot-based Van Fleet said the artwork she received for inspiration was a mixed-media collage by a Canadian artist named Sahar Hakimi. She submitted the following explanation of her own creation, an hourglass-shaped construction made from wire she found in her barn. “The grid/window in the piece that was whispered to me suggested the liminal zone between inside and outside, past and future, you and me, the human and non-human worlds,” wrote Van Fleet. “Suddenly, I began to see it as an hourglass — the sand falls down, you turn it over, and then it starts flowing all over again.” The Telephone administrators dispatched an image of Van Fleet’s work to another artist. Neither she nor the other nearly 1,000 participants had any idea what the cumulative results would be until the reveal on April 10. “The vision for this thing was really, really cool,” Van Fleet said. PA M E L A POL S T ON

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Whitledge intends for KWBB to become more “social” this year, she said, beads from the earrings that my mom wore which includes having a presence at the for her own elopement-style wedding. The summer Winooski Farmers Market. Evendress is so, so special and personal, and tually, she’d like to be a “traveling tailor” Kat seemed to around the state. really care about “I could visit ensuring that it’s friends, spend a special.” weekend, do some Whitledge also measurements, cares about allaycome back, make ing women’s anxisome clothes,” she ety and confusion mused. But first, regarding size. Whitledge said, The numbering “I consider the systems used by pop-up to be my different off-thelaunch.” SY DN E Y KAL AS rack clothing For her part, manufacturers are inconsistent — never Trafton said she loves the idea of using mind the hazy parameters of small, medium her gallery as a resource “for other busiand large — and accommodate only “stan- nesses who may not have the space.” And, dard” proportions. At KWBB, measurements yes, she’s got her own outfit on order from are specific to the client. KWBB — “an olive-green balloon-sleeve “I work in centimeters,” Whitledge wrap top with a Tencel A-line skirt,” she said with a grin. “It’s how I learned, but said. “It’s a curator’s dream collection of it’s a good psychological trick, because clothing.” m people don’t know what ‘size’ they are in centimeters! INFO “People have cried walking out of Kat Whitledge Basics & Bespoke Pop-Up, here with clothing that really fits their Friday, April 30, and Saturday, May 1, 11 a.m. to body,” she added. 5 p.m., at Soapbox Arts in Burlington. kwbb.net




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Prince Among Men Locals sing the praises of DJ Craig Mitchell for his 50th birthday BY J O R D AN AD AMS • jordan@sevendaysvt.com


o one in local nightlife has quite the same cachet and name recognition as Craig Mitchell. The career DJ arrived in Vermont more than 30 years ago, making him one of the longest-serving DJs currently active in the Green Mountain State. Mitchell has deejayed at practically every bar and club this side of Lake Champlain, and he was particularly known for his renowned sets at Burlington’s bygone queer hub, 135 Pearl. He’s well known in major cities, including New York City and Montréal, too. An associate of defunct ’90s funk behemoth Belizbeha, Mitchell currently dazzles audiences with his live band, Purple: A Tribute to Prince, which captures the essence of the late artist like few tribute acts do. Most recently, Mitchell has provided vocals for the nascent R&B outfit San Mateo. At 50 years old as of Tuesday, April 20, he is a local legend. But relegating Mitchell to the world of bars and nightclubs doesn’t fully capture his influence. He also has made a name for himself as an activist, commentator and sort of an unofficial mayor of Burlington. And, frankly, he’s just one of the nicest, friendliest, most accepting and most positive people you’re likely to encounter. It’s no wonder that, when asked by Seven Days to comment on Mitchell for this surprise salute, locals had more to say about him than could possibly fit in print. In addition to talking to this publication, a few of Mitchell’s friends recently teamed up to pen an homage. As Triple Decker, longtime Mitchell collaborators DJ Fattie B, Matt Hagen and Jennifer Hartswick joined forces for “50 Is Nifty,” a silly-sweet hip-hop banger that benefits Recovery Vermont with every download. Grab it at tripledecker.bandcamp.com. Mitchell celebrates his milestone at two events this month. He spins decadespanning hits on Thursday, April 22, and performs with Purple on Friday, April 30, both at Nectar’s. Read on to find out what makes Mitchell so essential to Vermont culture.



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Anne Rothwell, former owner of Club Metronome



place in this world is said best through his own mantra: “Within these walls, on this dance floor, there’s no gay, no straight, no white, no black, no man, no woman. We’re all one people, united by rhythm.”


Craig’s charisma, enthusiasm and deep love of music draws people to his shows and to the man himself. People sense his empathetic soul and trust him with their secrets and struggles. Craig’s stories would send us into hysterics, often a recounting of his own self-described embarrassing actions or tricky situations. It is a joy to be around him.


Jeremy Skaller, Belizbeha keyboardist

I learned about being an ally through Craig: what it meant to listen and to learn and when to act. His powerful sense of justice drove him to fight for LGTBQ+ rights at a time when he was often standing quite alone. He rallied everyone to the fight via his unparalleled ability to make everyone feel the truth. He did this through poetry, deejaying and, of course, songwriting and singing. Craig is one of the most influential people in my life, and I wouldn’t be half the man I am today without his friendship.


DJ Manny Ward, based in New York City

Craig Mitchell is the kind of person that will give accolades to the ones most deserving without pause or trepidation. His talent as a DJ had me put my tail between my legs. He constantly blew me away with his style and intensity. As our DJ duo Contorto, he made me a better DJ all around by making me work harder and be more creative. Our flow was effortless. And I haven’t even touched on the work that he does for the community. The lifelong relationship with my Burlington family will last forever, thanks to Craig.

Robert Toms, former owner of 135 Pearl

Craig has been part of my life for over 27 years. Through those years I have experienced many incarnations of Craig Mitchell, from DJ extraordinaire to activist. His dedication to the community is inspiring. He stands in his truth and leads by example. There is no wonder why so many embrace him.

Dennis Wygmans, former co-owner of Club Toast

The importance of Craig Mitchell cannot be overstated. When he first arrived on the Burlington scene, DJ culture was highly competitive and almost exclusively white. He was never competitive and always had a smile. In the ’90s, Craig introduced many straight Vermonters to gay culture when he deejayed at 135 Pearl, helping Vermont to become one of the first states to legally recognize that we can all love who we love. Craig is also a champion for racial justice. Because Craig bridges gaps, he can be trusted to express the need for change in a way heard by even the most reluctant. House music culture is about love. Craig lives love. That’s not always the easiest way to live, but he’s one of my heroes for it.

DJ Fattie B, Belizbeha MC Craig MItchell in 1999


moves people and makes our community a better place to be.

Matt Hagen, Purple: A Tribute to Prince, San Mateo Mitchell in 1996

Melo Grant, WRUV 90.1 FM DJ

Craig has always amazed me, and continues to. I feel blessed to be in his musical orbit. He is a truly versatile entertainer who

Craig inspires by letting others inspire him. As a musical collaborator, he lets me be myself and doesn’t try to change that. He absorbs who you are, what you bring to the table, and finds a comfortable place to sit within that. Energy is reciprocal with Craig. And if he instigates high emotion when performing, it’s hard not to feel driven to show him that you feel it, too. His openness and willingness to understand everybody’s


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Alex Fredericks, former Belizbeha manager

What I would like to think is so special about Craig Mitchell is the ideal he holds for all of us. He is an imperfect guy who unabashedly allows the world to see that through his art, which is his life. What’s special about Craig is that he is authentic. Win, lose or draw, he is just what he is and shares it with the world, uncompromised. We all aspire to be so raw and so honest and so in the moment, but most of us hide it away, just shown in a glimpse here and there to a trusted few. But not Craig Mitchell. Craig is gonna put some stank on it all and serve it up for your betterment.

I just really appreciate him (and hope more people begin to, as well) for all of the charity and selfless work he does almost daily. He is a champion for the voiceless, whether it be the LBGTQ community, nonprofits like Recovery [Vermont], the homeless or just friends who need a helping hand. As good as Craig is as a DJ (and that is even somehow underappreciated to a certain extent), he is a far greater human being. He deserves all the love.

Jim Lockridge, executive director of Big Heavy World

Craig is the candle that burns brightest, steadiest and strongest unprotected in a hurricane. It takes purpose and choice to bring comfort to others, to see them for who they are and embrace them with a universal love that defies the harms swirling through the human experience. I’ve witnessed and been humbled by Craig’s daily gift to other people — of kindness, service and uplifting spirit. The world is better thanks to Craig’s 50 years in it; we’d be blessed for 50 more. m

INFO “50 & Fabulous AF: The Music That Made Me,” with DJ Craig Mitchell, Thursday, April 22, 6 p.m., at Nectar’s in Burlington. 21+. Free. “Purple: A VT Tribute to Prince,” Friday, April 30, 6 p.m., also at Nectar’s. 21+. $35. SEVEN DAYS APRIL 21-28, 2021



music+nightlife REVIEW this Silence_castor, Portals (SELF-RELEASED, DIGITAL)

Silence_castor’s YouTube page displays dozens of demo videos featuring the electronic artist’s synth collection. The dazzling array of colorful boxes is a garden of tech. Knobs and buttons sprout up from the units like spring buds. Twisting, rainbow-hued wires connect one piece to another like roots and vines. Silence_castor, aka graphic designer Nathan Hicks, is prolific, having released many singles and EPs in the past few years. Dropping free-flowing, emotive lyrics over a shifting patchwork of glitchy synths and beats, the South Burlington artist writes songs that, at their core, are as experimental as the manner in which he brings them to life. His new mini LP, Portals, is a conceptual dive into the life cycle, beginning with

fetal heartbeats on opener “Birth” and concluding with imposing, hellacious synths on final track “Death.” What passes between these cuts is, presumably, a life. But it’s not clear whether it’s a literal human life or the life of a concept, state of mind or relationship. Perhaps it’s all of these things — or none of them. Hicks and guest vocalist Danielle Ferrara verbalize only sparingly, as on “Eyes,” which sounds like a distress call from the cockpit of a glittering spacecraft, and “Projection,” a woozy, atmospheric piece. These transmissions are like high art, begging interpretation and resisting meaning. “And she’s closing her lids / I see the forest downed / I see the world spin round,” Hicks sings on “Eyes.” This final string of words, which follows his reaction to “another miracle of light,” becomes a smear, its lingering echo transformed into a stain of sound. The

emotional information in how these words are delivered, and how they dissolve into the composition, is more prominent than their literal meaning. Hicks’ instrumental work dominates Portals. “Sleep” and “Windows,” two of the record’s most humble pieces, are finely appointed works of hushed blips

beat or breaks character. Perhaps that’s because the character he’s assuming is so familiar. The music on INSULT TO INJURY is refined but also strikingly generic. Most of the bars here remix the same posturing that’s shaped the past decade of rap. That includes lines such as “I’m not the average,” “I ain’t really with the games” and “I’m not here for

long” — as well as boasts about living the high life, vague threats aimed in all directions and multiple songs devoted to the same women he insists he has no time for. So while all this is paint-by-numbers boredom to an old head like me, it must be said: This is a gloriously consistent album — a vibe, as the kids say. The production is superb, and the sequencing keeps things fresh. (There are, of course, no album credits, since rappers are too cool to share the spotlight these days. But Bilé owes most of his sound to his producers and engineers.) Still, claiming the throne around here is a tall order. Compared to 802 projects with similar vibes, such as HANKNATIVE’s landmark Problem Child or the latest Sasha Travis EP No Going Back, Bilé doesn’t have enough juice yet to stand out from the pack. That’s especially true with so many other locals in his lane, such as Wap Bleu, Quinn the Eskimo and March


Rap life is an act of self-creation: You choose a new name, then spend the rest of your career becoming it. Bilé — pronounced bee-lay — is a young Burlington artist who started that journey with 2020’s PICCO. EP, a bright blast of emo trap. His debut LP, INSULT TO INJURY, is a quantum leap in quality. Where PICCO. hit like an uneven demo tape, Bilé’s latest is a glittering, professional product. The beats mix syncopated trap drums, a thumping 808 pulse and warped, woozy melodies. This is squarely the sonic space carved out by Future and Travis Scott. Even the ad-libs here are shaped by that Atlanta sound. From opening cut “STANDBY” to the radio-ready closer “WAY TO GO,” this is a clinic in cool, confident, caps-lock swagger. Bilé never loses a


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and impressionistic tones. They stabilize the album’s center point in preparation for the darkness that follows. “Drugs” daunts the listener with sinister synths and a menacing beat that ticks like a clock counting down to certain doom. The song intensifies as it progresses, working its various synth elements into a low-key fugue. “Death,” in all of its demonic glory, simmers with flickering beats and a synth that sounds like it emanates from a monster’s belly. Brassy blasts of sound crescendo and decrescendo atop a plodding bass line, ending the record with a white-knuckle finale. Hicks makes good use of his impressive collection of musical toys on Portals. He excels at atmosphere, creating worlds both relaxing and tense, all of which are a pleasure to visit. Portals is available at silencecastor. bandcamp.com.


Davis (fka Neffy) — not to mention the Hella Fader family and St. Albans’ own Savvy Row. Perhaps it’s unfair to scrutinize the boasts of a young artist like this, but when you spend nearly half of your album dismissing your competition, it’s gonna come up. Then again, does the local scene even matter? Rap artists in Vermont aren’t competing with each other; they’re competing with a million other hungry dreamers on Spotify. So while there’s heavy irony in Bilé proclaiming, “I know I be different, you could tell it all along,” while sounding like everyone else, it also doesn’t necessarily preclude a successful career in a copycat industry like the music biz. So, fuck it. Critics are just haters with paychecks, and “scenes” mean nothing when every venue is closed. By this time next year, Bilé might easily be too big for BTV. Catch him while you can. INSULT TO INJURY is available at soundcloud.com/bilevenxox.


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What Lies Below HHH ALL WET Horvath plays a teen who tangles with creatures of the deep in UVM grad Duemmler’s first feature.



ur streaming entertainment options are overwhelming — and not always easy to sort through. As the Oscars approach, many of us seek out serious films about the human condition. But … sometimes we just want to see the movie about the sexy fish-alien that everyone’s talking about — the one that inspired a flurry of clickbait headlines such as “What Lies Below Director Is Getting Hate Mail Over the Film’s Ending” and “What Is What Lies Below, the Horny Sea-Monster Movie That’s No. 1 on Netflix?” What is What Lies Below, indeed — besides having a title that makes it easy to confuse with the Vermont-shot thriller What Lies Beneath (2000)? As it happens, this 2020 film (on Netflix and rentable elsewhere) has its own Green Mountain connection: Writer-director Braden R. Duemmler is a 2007 University of Vermont grad. Though Duemmler shot the bulk of the film in the Adirondacks, he got some b-roll in Burlington with the help of current students, according to UVM Today. I took a dive into this fishy phenomenon to see if it holds water. 60

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The deal

Sixteen-year-old Liberty Wells (Ema Horvath) returns from archaeology camp to the news that her mom (Mena Suvari) is getting very serious about her new boyfriend. His name is John Smith (Trey Tucker), and he has the abs of an underwear model and the overbearing delivery of a novice Method actor. A beauty with a brain, John has installed giant tanks of lampreys in the basement of the women’s lake house as part of his research into marine adaptability — which, he informs us solemnly, is vital in this time of climate crisis. Libby is suspicious of John’s too-goodto-be-true-ness, but he’s clearly pumping out powerful pheromones, because she’s also ogling him at every opportunity. When she glimpses John in town with a strange woman — or so it appears — she keeps it to herself. Then John and Libby go boating while she’s riding the crimson tide, and he reacts in a way that crosses the line from dreamy into über-creepy. Can she save herself — or her mom — from this ripped representative of the life aquatic?

Will you like it?

If we live in an attention economy, Duemmler has hit pay dirt. Dozens of low-budget horror and sci-fi movies hit streaming services every month, and most of them disappear without a ripple. If What Lies Below has instead been written up in Newsweek, Slate and Entertainment Weekly, that’s not a testament to its quality, nor is it a tribute to viral marketing à la The Blair Witch Project. Rather, I think, it’s an indication of just how rigidly categorized and predictable our genre entertainment has become. When you crank up Netflix and grab a random scary movie, there are certain things you expect, and a hunky guy rhapsodizing about lampreys and licking menstrual blood off his fingers is not among them. Nor are you prepared for an elliptical ending that no screenwriting manual would countenance. Art film viewers might not blink at such provocations, but What Lies Below is no art film. It’s shot with more competence than creativity, featuring the chiaroscuro lighting effects we expect

from a spooky thriller. In the acting department, Horvath is a strong central presence, projecting a convincing mix of fear and attraction. But the awkward storytelling and dialogue don’t feel meaningful or deliberate, and the ending isn’t tantalizing so much as mishandled. There’s nothing unusual about a shaky narrative in this genre. But all the ways in which What Lies Below fulfills our expectations just make the ways in which it doesn’t fulfill them stand out. And that standing-out has apparently made it worthy of lengthy exegeses on Reddit. What Lies Below gets people’s attention not because of its transgressive use of the “female gaze” — the tale that Duemmler has been cleverly spinning in interviews — but because it’s just a bit genuinely weird, in a way we rarely see these days in B-movies. And a bit incompetent, and probably a lot lucky. By calling your attention to it, I’ve already spoiled it, because this movie can’t survive any degree of hype. It was made for people to half-watch at 3 a.m. and then wonder if they dreamed it. And if Duemmler reaps the benefits of their discovery, more power to him.

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• Under the Skin (2013; Showtime, rentable): For a genuinely arty execution of a premise similar to that of What Lies Below, try this cult fave in which Scarlett Johansson plays a too-goodto-be-true woman picking up men on the roads of Scotland. Better yet, read Michel Faber’s source novel. • The Shape of Water (2017; Hulu, rentable): Or, if you’re mainly intrigued by the fish-guy-sex theme, try the only Academy Award for Best Picture winner that’s all about fish-guy sex (but with a ravishing visual texture!). • Serenity (2019; Amazon Prime Video, rentable): But if what you really want is a fish story so bad it’s good, then you want this travesty of a noir starring Matthew McConaughey as a deep-sea fisherman and Anne Hathaway as the one who got away. MARGO T HARRI S O N margot@sevendaysvt.com

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Fill the grid using the numbers 1-6, only once in each row and column. The numbers in each heavily outlined “cage” must combine to produce the target number in the top corner, using the mathematical operation indicated. A onebox cage should be filled in with the target number in the top corner. A number can be repeated within a cage as long as it is not the same row or column.

Place a number in the empty boxes in such a way that each row across, each column down and each 9-box square contains all of the numbers one to nine. The same numbers cannot be repeated in a row or column.


























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be prepared unless the Commission holds a public hearing. If you feel that any of the District Commission members listed on the attached Certificate of Service under “For Your Information” may have a conflict of interest, or if there is any other reason a member should be disqualified from sitting on this case, please contact the District Coordinator as soon as possible, and by no later than May 10, 2021. If you have a disability for which you need accommodation in order to participate in this process (including participating in a public hearing, if one is held), please notify us as soon as possible, in order to allow us as much time as possible to accommodate your needs. Parties entitled to participate are the Municipality, the Municipal Planning Commission, the Regional Planning Commission, affected state agencies, and adjoining property owners and other persons to the extent that they have a particularized interest that may be affected by the proposed project under the Act 250 criteria. Non-party participants may also be allowed under 10 V.S.A. Section 6085(c)(5). Dated at Essex Junction, Vermont this 15th day of April, 2021. By: /s/ Stephanie H. Monaghan Stephanie H. Monaghan, District Coordinator 111 West Street Essex Junction, VT 05452 802-879-5662 Stephanie.monaghan@vermont.gov CITY OF BURLINGTON: IN THE YEAR TWO THOUSAND TWENTY, A REGULATION IN RELATION TO RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE TRAFFIC COMMISSION—SECTION 19, PARKING RATES Sponsor(s): Department of Public Works Action: Approved Date: 03/17/2021 Attestation of Adoption: Phillip Peterson EI, Associate Engineer, Technical Services Published: 04/21/21 Effective: 05/12/21 It is hereby Ordained by the Public Works Commission of the City of Burlington as follows: That Appendix C, Rule and Regulations of the Traffic Commission, Section 19, Parking Rates, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Burlington is hereby amended by amending Section (b), as follows: Section 19. Parking Rates. (a) As written. (b) (1)-(7) As written. (8) College Street Parking Garage: First two (2) hours free; one dollar ($1.00) per one-half (1/2) hour after two (2) hours for next two (2) hours; one dollar ($1.00) per hour after four (4) hours; maximum daily rate of eight dollars ($8.00). Eighty dollars ($80.00) for a five (5) day per week monthly lease and ninety-six dollars ($96.00) for a six (6) day per week monthly lease. College Street / Lakeview / Westlake Parking Garage Facility. a. Hourly, Maximum Daily Rates. One dollar ($1.00) per hour; first two (2) hours free; maximum daily rate of eight dollars ($8.00). b.

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c. Monthly Permit Rates. Eighty dollars ($80.00) for a five (5) day per week monthly permit; the five days per week shall be Monday through Friday. Ninety-six dollars ($96.00) for a seven (7) day per week monthly permit. Twenty dollars ($20) for a 5 day per week monthly permit for City Employees when paid for by a City of Burlington department. Zero dollars ($0) for a restaurant/ retail/service worker seven (7) day per week


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No hearing will be held and a permit may be issued unless, on or before May 10, 2021, a person notifies the Commission of an issue or issues requiring the presentation of evidence at a hearing, or the Commission sets the matter for a hearing on its own motion. Any person as defined in 10 V.S.A. § 6085(c)(1) may request a hearing. Any hearing request must be in writing to the address below, must state the criteria or sub-criteria at issue, why a hearing is required and what additional evidence will be presented at the hearing. Any hearing request by an adjoining property owner or other person eligible for party status under 10 V.S.A. § 6085(c)(1)(E) must include a petition for party status under the Act 250 Rules. Prior to submitting a request for a hearing, please contact the district coordinator at the telephone number listed below for more information. Prior to convening a hearing, the Commission must determine that substantive issues requiring a hearing have been raised. Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law may not


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(10) Marketplace Parking Garage: First two (2) hours free; three dollars ($3.00) per next one-half (1/2) hour after two (2) hours; one dollar ($1.00) per one-half (1/2) hour for next one and one-half (1 1/2) hours; one dollar ($1.00) per hour after four (4) hours; maximum daily rate of ten dollars ($10.00). Eighty dollars ($80.00) for a five (5) day per week monthly lease and ninety-six dollars ($96.00) for a six (6) day per week monthly lease. Reserved. (11)-(16) As written. (c) As written. (d) As written. (e) As written. (f) As written. ** Material stricken out deleted. *** Material underlined added. CITY OF BURLINGTON: IN THE YEAR TWO THOUSAND TWENTY, A REGULATION IN RELATION TO RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE TRAFFIC COMMISSION—SECTION 7A. ACCESSIBLE SPACES DESIGNATED. Sponsor(s): Department of Public Works Action: Approved Date: 03/17/2021 Attestation of Adoption: Phillip Peterson EI, Associate Engineer, Technical Services Published: 04/21/21 Effective: 05/12/21 It is hereby Ordained by the Public Works Commission of the City of Burlington as follows: That Appendix C, Rule and Regulations of the Traffic Commission, Section 7A, Accessible spaces designated, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Burlington is hereby amended as follows: Section 7A Accessible spaces designated.

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DENIS N. LINEHAN, W.C.A III ASSOCIATION, and OCCUPANTS residing at 4232 Bolton Valley Access Road, Unit 3-L, Bolton, Vermont, Defendants.

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By virtue of the Judgment Order, Decree of Foreclosure, Shortened Redemption Period and Order for Public Sale entered on November 19, 2020, and in execution of the Power of Sale contained in a certain Mortgage given by Denis N. Linehan, dated March 31, 2015, and recorded in Volume 89 at Page 124 of the Town of Bolton Land Records, which Mortgage Terese M. Ayer is the present holder, for breach of the conditions of said Mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing the same, the undersigned will cause to be sold to the highest bidder at Public Auction at 4232 Bolton Valley Access Road, Unit 3-L, Bolton, Vermont, at 10:00 a.m. on the 5th day of May, 2021, all and singular the premises described in said Mortgage. The property is known as 4232 Bolton Valley Access Road, Unit 3-L, Bolton, Vermont. The real estate is described in the aforesaid Mortgage is as follows: Being all and the same lands and premises conveyed to Denis N. Linehan by Warranty Deed of Patrick Ayer and Terese M. Ayer dated March



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confirming the sale. Before being permitted to bid at the sale, bidder shall display to the auctioneer proof of the ability to comply with these requirements. The successful bidder, other than the Mortgagee, must sign a NO CONTINGENCY Purchase and Sale Agreement satisfactory to Mortgagee at the sale. Title will be transferred by the Order Confirming Sale. The person holding the sale may, for good cause, postpone the sale for a period of up to thirty (30) days, from time to time, until it is completed, giving notice of such adjournment and specifying the new date by public proclamation at the time and place appointed for the sale, or by posting notice of the adjournment in a conspicuous place at the location of the sale. Notice of the new sale date shall also be sent by first class mail, postage prepaid, to the Mortgagor at the Mortgagor’s last known address, at least five (5) days before the new sale date. The public sale may be adjourned for a period of time in excess of thirty (30) days by agreement of the Mortgagor and Mortgagee or by order of the court. Other terms to be announced at the sale or contact Ward Law, P.C., 3069 Williston Road, South Burlington, Vermont 05403; (802) 863-0307. The record owner is entitled to redeem the premises at any time prior to the sale by paying the full amount due under the Judgment Order, Decree of Foreclosure, Shortened Redemption Period and Order of Public Sale dated November 19, 2020, including the costs and expenses of sale. Dated at Bridport, Vermont this 25th day of March, 2021. WARD LAW, PC Attorneys for Plaintiff By: /s/ Cynthia R. Amrhein Cynthia R. Amrhein, Esq. 3069 Williston Road South Burlington, VT 05403 (802) 863-0307 STATE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT PROBATE DIVISION CHITTENDEN UNIT, DOCKET NO.: 21-PR-01792 In re ESTATE of William Moffett NOTICE TO CREDITORS To the creditors of William Moffett, late of Essex. 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 me at the address listed below with a copy sent to the court. The claim may be barred forever if it is not presented as described within the four (4) month period. Dated: April 13, 2021 Signed: /s/ Launa L. Slater Executor/Administrator: Derek Moffett c/o Launa L. Slater, Jarrett & Luitjens, PLC 1795 Williston Rd., Suite 125 South Burlington, VT 05403 802-864-5951 launa@vtelaw.com Name of Publication: Seven Days Publication Date: April 21, 2021 Name of Probate Court: Chittenden Probate Court Address of Probate Court: P.O. Box 511, Burlington, VT 05402-0511


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YOU ARE BEING SUED. The Plaintiff has filed a lawsuit against you. A copy of Plaintiff’s Complaint against you has filed been and may be obtained at the Vermont Superior Court, Chittenden Civil Division, 175 Main Street, Burlington, Vermont 05401.


2. PLAINTIFF’S CLAIM. Plaintiff’s claim is for relief for personal injuries he sustained as a result of being assaulted by John Meunier at 97-101 Elmwood Ave, Burlington Vermont on June 24, 2019 and the negligent conduct of the named Defendants in this action. 3. YOU MUST REPLY WITHIN 42 DAYS TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS. You must file a written Answer Plaintiff’s Complaint within 42 days after the date this Summons was first published on April, 2021 and file it with the Vermont Superior Court, Chittenden Civil Division at 175 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401. You must send a copy of your Answer to Plaintiff’s attorney, Stephanie M. Greenlees, at KAPLAN AND KAPLAN, 95 Saint Paul St., Ste. 405, Burlington, VT 05401. 4. YOU MUST RESPOND TO EACH CLAIM. The Answer is your written response to Plaintiff’s Complaint. Your Answer must state whether you admit or deny each paragraph of the Complaint. If you believe Plaintiff should not be given everything asked for in the Complaint, you must say so in your Answer. 5. YOU WILL LOSE YOUR CASE IF YOU DO NOT GIVE YOUR WRITTEN ANSWER TO THE COURT. If you do not file your Answer with the Court within 42 days after the date this Summons was first published and send a copy of it to Plaintiff, the Court may enter judgment by default against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. 6. YOU MUST MAKE ANY CLAIMS AGAINST PLAINTIFF IN YOUR ANSWER. Your Answer must state any related legal claims you have against Plaintiff, which are called Counterclaims. If your Answer does not state in writing any counterclaims you have against Plaintiff, you will thereafter be barred from making such claims. Even if you have insurance and the insurance company will defend you, you must still file any Counterclaims you have. 7. LEGAL ASSISTANCE. You may wish to get legal help from a lawyer. If you cannot afford a lawyer, you may ask the court clerk for information about getting free legal help. ORDER IT IS ORDERED that service of the Summons and Complaint cannot be made with due diligence by methods provided in Vermont Rules of Civil Procedure 4(d)-(f), (k), and (l). Accordingly, it is ORDERED that service of the Summons set forth above shall be made upon the Defendant, John Meunier, by publication pursuant to V.R.C.P. 4(d) (1) and (g). This Order shall be published in Seven Days, a newspaper of general circulation in Chittenden County, Vermont, once a week for two weeks beginning on April 14, 2021. A copy of this Summons and Order as published shall be mailed to the Defendant, John Meunier, if an address is known. DATED at Burlington, Vermont this 8th day of April, 2021. /s/ Samuel Hoar

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OCCUPANTS OF: 49 Country Way, Barre VT MORTGAGEE’S NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE OF REAL PROPERTY UNDER 12 V.S.A. sec 4952 et seq. In accordance with the Judgment Order and Decree of Foreclosure entered November 6, 2019, in the above captioned action brought to foreclose that certain mortgage given by James McSparran a/k/a James A. McSparran and Nancy McSparran to Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., dated April 23, 2013 and recorded in Book 276 Page 415 of the land records of the City of Barre, of which mortgage the Plaintiff is the present holder, for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing the same will be sold at Public Auction at 49 Country Way, Barre, Vermont on May 12, 2021 at 10:00AM, all and singular the premises described in said mortgage, To wit: ALL THAT CERTAIN LAND SITUATED IN THE STATE OF VERMONT, COUNTY OF WASHINGTON, CITY OF BARRE, DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: BEING LOT #5, TOGETHER WITH IMPROVEMENTS THEREON, AND LOCATED ON AND KNOWN AS 49 COUNTRY WAY, BARRE CITY, SAID LOT CONTAINING APPROXIMATELY 13, 577 SQUARE FEET, AS SHOWN ON A PLAN OF LOTS ENTITLED “COUNTRY WAY, OFF WESTWOOD PARKWAY, BARRE CITY, VERMONT, PROPERTY SUBDIVISION” RECORDED ON NOVEMBER 3, 1989, IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 48 OF THE CITY OF BARRE LAND RECORDS. APN #: 0432-0049-0000 Commonly known as: 49 Country Way, Barre, VT 05641 Reference is hereby made to the above instruments and to the records and references contained therein in further aid of this description. Terms of sale: Said premises will be sold and conveyed subject to all liens, encumbrances, unpaid taxes, tax titles, municipal liens and assessments, if any, which take precedence over the said mortgage above described. TEN THOUSAND ($10,000.00) Dollars of the purchase price must be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check at the time and place of the sale by the purchaser. The balance of the purchase price shall be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check within sixty (60) days after the date of sale. The mortgagor is entitled to redeem the premises at any time prior to the sale by paying the full amount due under the mortgage, including the costs and expenses of the sale. Other terms to be announced at the sale. DATED: March 31, 2021 By: /s/ Loraine L. Hite Loraine L. Hite, Esq. Bendett and McHugh, PC 270 Farmington Ave., Ste. 151 Farmington, CT 06032

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STATE OF VERMONT VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT WINDSOR UNIT, CIVIL DIVISION DOCKET NO: 3548-18 WRCV ARGOLICA LLC v. JANET DIMICK, AS ADMINISTRATOR TO THE ESTATE OF NINA GRACE DIMICK, CREDIT ACCEPTANCE CORPORATION, CAPITAL ONE BANK (USA), N.A., HSBC FINANCE CORPORATION AND BENEFICIAL MORTGAGE CO. OF NEW HAMPSHIRE OCCUPANTS OF: 2247 E Woodstock Road, Woodstock VT MORTGAGEE’S NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE OF REAL PROPERTY UNDER 12 V.S.A. sec 4952 et seq. In accordance with the Judgment Order and Decree of Foreclosure entered August 2, 2019, in the above captioned action brought to foreclose that certain mortgage given by Nina Grace Dimick to Beneficial Mortgage Co. of New Hampshire, dated May 13, 2002 and recorded in Book 159 Page 70 of the land records of the Town of Woodstock, of which mortgage the Plaintiff is the present holder, by virtue of the following Assignments of Mortgage: (1) Assignment of Mortgage from Beneficial New Hampshire Inc. to Wilmington Savings Fund Society, FSB d/b/a Christiana Trust, not in its individual capacity but solely as trustee for the RMAC Trust, Series 2015-5T dated August 20, 2015 and recorded in Book 252 Page 667; (2) Assignment of Mortgage from Beneficial New Hampshire Inc., successor by merger to Beneficial Mortgage Co. of New Hampshire to Citibank, N.A., not in its individual capacity, but solely as trustee of NRZ Pass-Through Trust VI dated January 12, 2018 and recorded in Book 263 Page 171; (3) Assignment of Mortgage from Wilmington Savings Fund Society, FSB d/b/a Christiana Trust, not in its individual capacity but solely as trustee for the RMAC Trust, Series 2015-5T to Citibank, N.A., not in its individual capacity, but solely as trustee of NRZ Pass-Through Trust VI dated June 14, 2018 and recorded in Book 264 Page 582; (4) Assignment of Mortgage from Citibank, N.A., not in its individual capacity, but solely as trustee of NRZ Pass-Through Trust VI to Atlantica, LLC dated July 9, 2019 and recorded in Book 269 Page 339; (5) Assignment of Mortgage from Atlantica, LLC to Cilici, LLC dated July 11, 2019 and recorded in Book 269 Page 340; (6) Assignment of Mortgage from Cilici, LLC to Alaska Louisiana Partners, a Limited Partnership, an Alaskan Limited Partnership dated July 7, 2020 and recorded in Book 274 Page 370; and (7) Assignment of Mortgage from Alaska Louisiana Partners, A Limited Partnership, An Alaska Limited Partnership to Argolica, LLC dated September 16, 2020 and recorded in Book 275 Page 577 all of the land records of the Town of Woodstock for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing the same will be sold at Public Auction at 2247 E Woodstock Road, Woodstock, Vermont on May 7, 2021 at 10:30 AM all and singular the premises described in said mortgage,

WATER CONVEYED TO US TO (SIC) BY ZINA GEORGE WHICH SPRING IS NO LONGER USED AT THIS RESIDENCE. ALSO CONVEYING A SMALL PARCEL OF LAND ON THE NORTHERLY SIDE OF THE MAIN HIGHWAY ABOVE REFERRED TO AND BEING ALL THE SAME LAND AND PREMISES CONVEYED TO HAROLD L. POTWIN AND MYRLE E. POTWIN BY HENRY G. GRAMLING AND EUNICE B. GRAMLING BY DEED AUGUST 21, 1951, RECORDED IN THE LAND RECORDS OF WOODSTOCK ON PAGE 323 OF BOOK 51. THE PARCEL HEREBY CONVEYED IS DESCRIBED AS BEGINNING AT AN IRON STAKE AND STONES SITUATED ON THE NORTHERLY SIDE OF SAID HIGHWAY NEAR A BIRCH TREE, WHICH IS THE SOUTHEASTERLY CORNER OF THE PREMISES HEREBY CONVEYED; THENCE FOLLOWING WESTERLY 665 FEET ALONG THE HIGHWAY ABOVE MENTIONED TO A CORNER MARKED BY AN IRON STAKE AND STONES; THENCE NORTHERLY DOWN THE BACK TO THE OTTAUQUECHEE RIVER; THENCE EASTERLY ALONG THE OTTAUQUECHEE RIVER 665 FEET TO A CORNER AND THENCE SOUTHERLY UP THE BANK TO THE IRON STAKE AND STONES FIRST ABOVE MENTIONED AS THE POINT OF BEGINNING. Reference is hereby made to the above instruments and to the records and references contained therein in further aid of this description. Terms of sale: Said premises will be sold and conveyed subject to all liens, encumbrances, unpaid taxes, tax titles, municipal liens and assessments, if any, which take precedence over the said mortgage above described. TEN THOUSAND ($10,000.00) Dollars of the purchase price must be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check at the time and place of the sale by the purchaser. The balance of the purchase price shall be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check within sixty (60) days after the date of sale. The mortgagor is entitled to redeem the premises at any time prior to the sale by paying the full amount due under the mortgage, including the costs and expenses of the sale. Other terms to be announced at the sale. DATED: March 24, 2021 By: /s/ Loraine L. Hite Loraine L. Hite, Esq. Bendett and McHugh, PC 270 Farmington Ave., Ste. 151 Farmington, CT 06032 TOWN OF ESSEX PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA/PUBLIC HEARING MAY 13, 2021-6:30 P.M. This meeting will be held remotely. - Join via Microsoft Teams https://www.essexvt. org/869/Join-Teams-Meeting-Essex-PC Depending on your browser, you may need to call in for audio (below).

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- Visit our website www.essex.org 1. Public Comments 2. CONSENT AGENDA: - Simple Parcel: Sandy & Nancy McCall: Proposal to subdivide a 1.46-acre lot into two lots located at 50 Pinecrest Dr. R2 Zone. Tax Map 47, Parcel 102. 3. SKETCH: Negesse & Juanita Gutema: Proposal for a 4-unit, 5-lot PUD-R located at 137 Towers Road. AR & R1 zones. Tax Map 14, Parcel 39-11. 4. SITE PLAN: State of VT: Proposal to remove & rebuild a facility for a 16-bed institution located at 26 Woodside Dr. O1 Zone. Tax Map 5, Parcel 3-1. 5. Minutes: April 22, 2021 6. Other Business


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• Safety & Training Coordinator • Creamery Supervisor - 2nd Shift • HR Coordinator At Vermont Creamery, our employees are our greatest resource. We are a community that empowers our team to engage and live our mission every day. We know that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and here, the whole is powered by a spirit of collaboration and transparency. Benefits matter; that’s why we offer a competitive package. Our benefits program includes medical, vision & dental insurance, retirement plans & a total well-being approach. Perks to keep you healthy & happy include a wellness program, time off & tuition assistance. A certified B Corp since 2014, we’re using our business as a force for good. To apply, please call 802-479-9371 or apply online at: careers.landolakesinc.com/vermontcreamery.

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LIBRARY STAFF The South Burlington Public Library will be moving in July into a new 28,000 sq ft library. To support this long awaited move into a beautiful new building, we are looking for several motivated, detail oriented and welcoming applicants. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. For more information, please check out our website.

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INFORMATION SYSTEMS MANAGER Lead the installation, maintenance, support and development of all information and communication systems and related equipment for 3:33 PM our natural foods cooperative grocery store. Develop and maintain computer programs, databases, and reporting systems to support Coop goals for margins, turns, inventory management, membership data management, pricing, sales, and profits. Supervise two staff in providing these services. Participate in storewide strategic business planning. Qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in computer science, a related field or equivalent job experience. Experience in managing networked information systems and applications in a retail or similar environment including a retail point of sale system (installation, configuration, maintenance) highly desirable. Experience as a supervisor in a retail or customer service setting is preferred, especially in natural food stores. This position reports to the General Manager, will be a lot of fun for the right candidate,and is full-time,salaried with comprehensive employee benefits. We have additional openings, also. Check out our website for all opportunities: hungermountain.coop/employment. Hunger Mountain Co-op is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, veterans, and members of the LGBTQ community are encouraged to apply. Hourly employees are represented by UE Local 255.

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The Abbey Restaurant, Sheldon, Vermont The Abbey is a family-owned restaurant and pub located in Sheldon, Vermont. We have been in continual operation for over 40 years and have no plans of slowing down. It is a neighborhood kind of place with an everyone-is-your-friend vibe. We have a lot of fun here. We strive to provide high-quality pub favorites and delicious seasonal specials for our regulars and tourists.

VEDA is looking for an experienced Agricultural Loan Officer to join our team located in our new building on Exchange Street in Middlebury, Vermont. Due to COVID-19, this position is expected to be remote based for a period of time. VEDA has a strong commitment to the Addison County agricultural community and this position will work with farm and forestry applicants and borrowers in Addison County as well as throughout the state. Responsibilities include analyzing loan requests, preparing loan writeups, servicing a diverse loan portfolio and performing annual financial analyses. In addition, the successful applicant for this position will be able and willing to mentor and teach co-workers with less experience. A high level of agricultural and/or forest industry knowledge; strong written, verbal, and computer skills; excellent customer service; and a proven team approach are required. The preferred, successful applicant will have at least 3-7 years of agricultural lending experience, a bachelor’s degree in a related field, and leadership experience. This position requires travel within the State of Vermont. VEDA offers a very competitive salary and benefits package and is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer. We are interested in increasing staff diversity and welcome job applications from all qualified candidates. To apply, please email resume and cover letter to Cheryl Houchens: chouchens@veda.org.

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The Lamoille County Planning Commission (LCPC) is accepting applications for a full-time, self-motivated Assistant Planner. This is an entry level position with excellent opportunity for advancement. The Assistant Planner works with senior planning staff to implement a broad range of projects and programs. This position participates in both land use and emergency management planning activities; researches and drafts documents for review; and assists with grant writing. The position requires attendance at outside meetings as well as some fieldwork. For more information about the Lamoille County Planning Commission please visit, lcpcvt.org. Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree in land use planning or a related field. Applicant must have knowledge of general land use planning principles, and possess strong customer service skills and ethic. Applicants must be able to work both as a team member and independently. This position requires establishing and maintaining effective working relationships. The position may require occasional evening meetings and public hearings. Starting salary ranges from $34,000 to $40,000. LCPC offers an outstanding work environment and benefits. Please submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for 3 references via email by May 7, 2021 to tasha@lcpcvt.org. For further information: Tasha Wallis, Executive Director, LCPC, PO Box 1637, Morrisville, VT 05661, 802-851-6346. E.O.E.

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Assistant Director of National Service Programs If you are an organized and detail-oriented person with good written and verbal communication skills, computer proficiency, administrative experience, and a positive attitude, then this may be the job for you. Prior National Service or Peace Corps experience a plus. This position is one of three Assistant Directors who help manage two statewide AmeriCorps programs. Duties: recruit, support, and manage AmeriCorps members and sites; help manage grants and write reports; coordinate and facilitate monthly training; implement public relations campaigns; maintain data bases and websites; and monitor members and sites. Send cover letter and resume to Hiring Committee at vydc.recruitment@wcysb.org by 28 April 2021.


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Driver wanted to transport an individual twice a day, morning and afternoon, M-F. We provide vehicle, maintenance, fuel, and insurance.

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Farmland Conservation Analyst Join our team, evaluating farmland conservation grant applications and assisting with the administration of the VHCB Farmland Conservation Program to conserve important agricultural land. Help with policy development and provide technical assistance and capacity-building support in collaboration with applicants and partners. Qualifications include experience with agricultural land conservation easements and transactions; additionally, knowledge and experience in natural resources and land use planning desired. Proficiency in data and financial analysis and management is important. Strong organizational skills, keen attention to detail, and excellent written and oral communication skills and proficiency with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required. Experience working with non-profit organizations, municipalities, and state and federal agencies is important. Full-time position with competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. For the full job description visit: vhcb.org/about-us/jobs. EOE. Please reply by April 27 with cover letter and résumé to: jobs@vhcb.org.

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Through gardening, our customers control their access to safe and affordable food, and grow food to share with their neighbors. At Gardener’s Supply, we are committed to doing everything we can to help our customers keep gardening, but we need your help. We’re hiring for SEASONAL POSITIONS AT ALL LOCATIONS: • Pick/Pack customer orders at our DISTRIBUTION CENTER IN MILTON • Provide exceptional customer service to our customers over email at our CONTACT CENTER • Help customers with their gardening needs at our WILLISTON GARDEN CENTER • Manufacture high-quality products at our PRODUCTION FACLITY FACILITYIN INGEORGIA, GEORGIA,VT VT We are 100% employee-owned and a Certified B Corporation. We offer strong cultural values, competitive wages and outstanding benefits (including a tremendous discount!). Please go to our careers page at www.gardeners.com/careers and apply online!

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PART-TIME BOOKKEEPER The Central Vermont Solid Management Waste Management The Central Vermont Solid Waste District (CVSWMD)is is seeking an experienced, District (CVSWMD) seeking an experienced, part- parttime (20 bookkeeper in ourinoffice in ce in time (20hours hoursa week) a week) bookkeeper our offi Montpelier, Vermont. Ideal candidate has bookkeeping Montpelier, Vermont. Ideal candidate has bookkeeping experience, works with staff, vendors, and and experience, workseffectively effectively with staff, vendors, customers, and loves the world of financing. customers, and loves the world of financing. Minimum qualifications include an Associate’s Degree in Accounting and twoinclude years of relevant Minimum qualifications an Associate’s experience, plus at least one year using QuickofBooks Degree in Accounting and two years relevant accounting software and Microsoft Office. experience, plus at least one year using Quick Books Compensation: Betweenand $15Microsoft and $19 per accounting software Offihour, ce.

commensurate with experience, plus excellent prorated benefits. Between For more information Compensation: $15 and and $19to per hour, review the job description visit cvswmd.org/ commensurate with experience, plus excellent employment--rfps pro-rated benefits. For more information and to Apply to administration@cvswmd.org; include review the job description visit please cvswmd.org/ Bookkeeper in the subject line. Applications must employment--rfps include a cover letter, resume, and three professional references. This position is open until filled. Apply to administration@cvswmd.org; please include

DONOR MANAGER Good Samaritan Haven is looking for a Donor Manager to support its fundraising efforts. This team member is responsible for managing the database and donor relations with an ability to focus on both big picture needs and the smallest details. This position requires comfort and experience with technology as well as an ability to be congenial and effective with both staff and donors. The successful candidate will be professional, and have a demonstrated commitment to serving those in need. This position for the right candidate is a great opportunity for professional growth and advancement in the field of philanthropy. The Donor Manager reports to the Executive Director, works closely with the development team and collaboratively with all staff.

POSITION DETAILS: Full time position, though willing to consider candidates who want to work 30+ hours. Flextime. During covid work will be performed remotely. After, the job will require some time in the office along with remote work. Must be willing to work occasional evenings and weekends. Salary range $39,000 - $45,000. Good Samaritan Haven is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace. We seek to strengthen our organization by encouraging candidates from various backgrounds and experiences. For more information and to apply: goodsamaritanhaven.org/employment/

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We are seeking an Accountant to join the Finance Team at Capstone Community Action. The Accountant’s primary responsibility is performing general accounting, reporting and analysis duties. Additional duties include preparing periodic reports to funding sources and back up for payroll function. The ideal candidate would have an associate’s degree in accounting, experience in a fast-paced fund accounting/bookkeeping environment and possess a solid understanding of computers and software – notably Microsoft Excel. Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume to: Capstone Community Action, Inc. Human Resources, 20 Gable Place, Barre, VT 05641 Or email to: jobs@capstonevt.org Capstone Community Action is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Provider. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse backgrounds are encouraged. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

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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. Student Accessibility Specialist - UVM Center for Academic Success - #S2782PO - Ensure students with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations and services necessary for access to coursework, programs, services, extracurricular activities and facilities at the University of Vermont (UVM). Determine coverage under relevant disability law by reviewing pertinent documentation and student narratives, then design accommodations and services on an individualized basis. Work with other SAS Specialists in a team environment to ensure that students’ accommodations are reasonable and appropriate. Foster an inclusive and welcoming environment for students from diverse backgrounds. The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the institution. Applicants are required to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal. For further information on this position and others currently available, or to apply online, please visit www.uvmjobs.com. Applicants must apply for positions electronically. Paper resumes are not accepted. Open positions are updated daily. Please call 802-656-3150 or email employment@uvm.edu for technical support with the online application. The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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Hiring Super Star CAREGivers Like You!

Director of Public Safety and Emergency Operations

SALES/CUSTOMER SERVICE We are looking for an outgoing, team oriented, full time sales and customer service person. Knowledge of bike and ski products and passion for outdoor recreation is essential. Job requires friendly customer service in person, by phone and email; assisting in the sales of retail products; and stocking and displaying inventory on our sales floor. Pay is based on experience and includes industry benefits. Housing may be available.

EXPERIENCED BIKE MECHANIC We are looking for a full-time experienced Bike Mechanic to join our team, right in the heart of Kingdom Trails! Must be able to tune bikes efficiently and work in a high volume, fast-paced work environment. Must be able to work weekends and holidays. Pay is based on experience and includes industry benefits! Send cover letter with job title & resume to: info@eastburkesports.com.

Benefits include health, dental, vision, life, disability, 401(k), generous paid time off, employee and dependent tuition benefits, and discounted gym membership.


Legal Assistant Burlington Office

Prestigious law firm seeks experienced legal assistant. Candidates must possess excellent communication skills, be able to work in a fast-paced environment, have initiative, be detail-oriented, organized, computer literate, capable of learning new technologies and show a willingness to adapt to changing priorities. Law firm experience preferred, competitive salary & benefits package. Please reply with cover letter and resume to: Nikki Stevens, Firm Administrator Langrock Sperry & Wool, LLP 210 College Street, P.O. Box 721 Burlington, VT 05402-0721 Or via email to: nstevens@langrock.com www.langrock.com

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Do you love working with our littlest community members? Are you an amazing collaborator who thrives on working with a team to help kids grow and foster their love of learning? Sara Holbrook Community Center is actively seeking an Early Education Director to oversee the daily operations and administration of our Toddler and Pre-K programs in collaboration with Champlain Valley Head Start. The ideal candidate will be experienced in the field with a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in early childhood (or related field), have an educator’s license, and meet or be willing to meet the VT Childcare Center-Based Childcare Licensing staff requirements in section


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Allenbrook is a residential program serving youth between 11 and 18 years old, which embraces the principles of the Teaching Family Model to support residents in their home and community. We are currently seeking experienced, flexible individuals to join our team as full time Teaching Parents. Teaching Parents provide comprehensive care to the residents, but in a role similar to that of a foster parent or mentor. We are looking for team players with excellent interpersonal skills, a bachelor’s degree, and experience with parenting and/or managing a household. Full-time positions include four-day work weeks and a comprehensive benefits package. Some evenings and one weekend day required. A valid driver’s license and criminal background check required. Please apply online at www.nfivermont.org/careers. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and celebrate the diversity of our clients and staff.

Caring for seniors is a labor of love. Home Instead is awaiting your talents. Flexible scheduling. No experience necessary. P/T and F/T positions. Let’s get to know each other. Sign up today! $14-$18.50 per hour. FT starts at $15/hour.


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Finish Carpenters, Carpenters and Carpenters Helpers. Good Pay, Full Time and Long Term! Chittenden County. Call Mike at 802-343-0089 or Morton at 802-862-7602.

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Stewardship Coordinator

We are looking for a self motivated person with a "clean" DMV record and reliable transportation, who takes pride in being on time and is willing to work 40+ hours a week. Position requires driving company vehicles. Must pass pre-employment drug test. Strong mechanical and technical abilities and a basic understanding of electrical wiring and plumbing, Must be able to lift and move 100 lbs; ability to work outdoors in all types of weather. Applicants will be able to with training pass the required certifications within 2 years of hire as a condition of employment. All training will be provided including safety training. Competitive wages and benefits offered (health insurance, life insurance, vacation and more). Please submit resume in person or email to our office: Spafford and Sons, 11 North Main St., Jericho Vt. Monday - Friday between 7:00 am and 4:00 pm. Starts immediately. info@spaffordwaterwells.com

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To be successful as the SHCC Early Education Director, you will need a wealth of current knowledge of early education and possess excellent interpersonal, collaboration, and communication skills as well as embody the belief that a strong early education sets the stage for years to come. This is a full-time, benefited position. To see the full position posting and to apply, visit saraholbrookcc.org/ employment-opportunities.

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Saint Michael’s College is accepting applications for Director of Public Safety and Emergency Operations. This position requires the ability to oversee and manage a wide range of individuals often under stressful or emergency situations. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to work effectively in a college environment seeking a balance between education and enforcement in the performance of duties. Maintaining a safe campus includes the performance of routine services, response to incidents and emergencies, and the completion of necessary documentation and follow up.

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Northeast Wilderness Trust seeks a well-organized, detail-oriented candidate with experience in stewardship of conservation easements and land trust-owned property, excellent GIS mapping skills – and who is capable of coordinating the work of stewardship staff and volunteers. Visit newildernesstrust.org to learn more.

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Vermont Parks Forever (VPF), the foundation for Vermont State Parks, would like to welcome an


Vermont State Parks is seeking a full-time, year-round Parks Regional Operations Manager to work in some of the most scenic locations in Vermont.

to join our executive director and development and communications director by providing administrative support for operations, fundraising, and communications for this small and growing nonprofit. This 15 - 20 hours/ week position will wear many hats and be a critical part of VPF’s team.

The ideal candidate is an energetic, outgoing, positive individual with a thorough understanding of Vermont State Parks' operations. Candidates must be able to work independently, multi-task, possess excellent communication skills both orally and in writing, provide excellent customer service, and succeed as part of a collaborative team in a fast-paced environment.

View the full position description at vermontparksforever.org and submit a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your favorite outdoor experience, and your resume to info@vermontparksforever.org by May 3rd.

Based in Rutland, this advanced operations position is responsible for the recruitment, hiring, training and supervision of seasonal park managers and staff that work in up to 12 state parks in the southwestern region of Vermont State Parks spanning from Woodford to Charlotte. Other job duties include, but are not limited to, working on projects involving park interpretation, community partnerships, and park planning. Candidates must be flexible, willing to work in public settings, be customer oriented and enjoy the outdoors. Vermont State Parks strives to ensure a workplace that is welcoming, safe and inclusive for all.

VPF is an equal opportunity employer, all are encouraged to apply.

Apply at: humanresources.vermont.gov/careers. Application deadline is May 2.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for the outdoors, be organized, dependable, and committed to professional development in justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. The organization is based in the Montpelier area and a flexible work at home schedule will be offered.

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


Seeking a Chronic Disease Program Specialist with a passion for improving health equity in Chittenden County. Current focus of the work is COVID-19 pandemic response. We are committed to building and maintaining a multicultural and diverse workforce which reflects the populations we are dedicated to serving. During COVID-19 response, work outside regular hours is expected. For more information, contact Heather Danis at Heather.Danis@vermont.gov or 802.951.0061. Department: Health. Status: Full Time. Job ID #14106. Application Deadline: April 28, 2021.


The Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital (VPCH) is seeking a Psychiatric Social Worker for a collaborative position within their facility. This position is responsible for professional level social work as part of a clinical treatment team, both in treatment and after release. This position requires consultation and coordination with community mental health agencies and other supports to provide optimal care for individuals who are treated within the facility. For more information, contact Julie Vose at Julie.Vose@vermont.gov or 802-828-2550. Department: Mental Health. Status: Full Time. Job ID #13997. Application Deadline: May 2, 2021.


The Attorney General’s Office seeks a talented and motivated Paralegal to assist the General Counsel and Administrative Law Division in providing legal services to State agencies and representing the State before various boards. Duties include drafting legal documents and correspondence; preparing discovery; and assembling exhibits, gathering information and evidence. Please Note: This position is being recruited at multiple levels. If you would like to be considered for more than one level, you MUST apply to the specific Job Requisition. For more information, contact Jacob Humbert at Jacob.humbert@vermont.gov. Department: Attorney General’s Office. Status: Full Time. Job ID #14199, 14222 & 14223. Application Deadline: May 4, 2021.

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Seeking a Public Health Nurse with a passion for improving the social determinants of health in Washington and Northern Orange Counties, with an emphasis on health equity. Current focus of the work is COVID-19 pandemic response. The Health Department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the department’s diversity and commitment to foster an environment of mutual respect, acceptance, collaboration, and equal opportunity. Please Note: This position is being recruited at multiple levels. If you would like to be considered for more than one level, you MUST apply to the specific Job Requisition. For more information, contact Tonya Crawford – Stempel at Tanya.Crawford-Stempel@vermont.gov or 802-476-0163. Department: Health. Status: Full Time. Job ID #14289 & 14300. Application Deadline: April 29, 2021.

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The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Executive Director

The Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, based in Burlington, VT, is currently seeking an Executive Director who will sustain LCCMF’s 12-year history of artistic excellence and community building.

Responsibilities include: • Planning, promoting, and producing the annual summer festival and other events during the year • Nurturing and growing relationships with donors, including individuals, foundations, corporations, and government arts agencies • Managing LCCMF’s education projects in the community • Nurturing collaborations with other arts organizations • Understanding our audience and donors and addressing their needs • Collaborating with the Artistic Directors and Board to refine and refresh the mission, vision, and future plans of the organization • Creating an annual budget of $350,000, and managing the finances of the organization, including its endowment • Operating the organization in a fiscally responsible manner • Managing and leading the day-to-day operations, staff, and volunteers • Facilitating, supporting, and guiding the Board of Directors • Documenting & sharing the history of the organization with the region, nation and the world

The ideal candidate will have: • A passion for chamber music, collaboration, and communication • A successful track record of fund raising for arts organizations, including writing and management of grants • A working understanding of the greater Vermont community • Comfort and knowledge of a wide range of communication strategies • Comfort and knowledge of management computer tools Applicants must be located in Vermont or willing to relocate. This position is full-time and offers a competitive salary of $60,000 annually. Ideally, the candidate would begin to take over responsibilities in early June 2021. Send a resume, cover letter, and list of 3 references to jobs@lccmf.org or mail to: ED Search, Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, 20 Winooski Falls Way, Suite, 7, Winooski, VT 05404. MORE ABOUT the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival: Our Mission/Our Vision: lccmf.org 9t-LakeChamplainChamberMusicFestival041421.indd 1

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PROCUREMENT COORDINATOR Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP | Cureblindness), a VT-based nonprofit, is actively seeking a Procurement Coordinator. Please visit our website for complete job description, cureblindness.org/careers.


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Waterbury hotel is hiring full-time room attendants (32 hours or more). We are looking for detailed oriented people who can clean 10-15 rooms WHERE YOU AND 3/26/21 11:51 AM 4t-UVMMedCenter042821.indd 1 daily, be reliable, and work weekends YOUR WORK MATTER... and holidays. Excellent attendance is imperative. We will provide you a Vermont Department of Buildings and uniform, and sick and vacation days, use of our health club and pool. Our General Services is seeking a award-winning team can take home $100-200 additional in tips. The GROUNDS AND LANDSCAPE SPECIALIST usual working hours are 8:30-4:30 The Grounds and Landscape Specialist will perform a variety of daily. If you have experience, we will maintenance functions according to facility and/or seasonal needs. compensate you accordingly. If you The Specialist will function as subject matter expert in planting, are new to the trade, we will train you mulching, pruning, fertilizing and nurturing. The incumbent is and re-evaluate your skills in 90 days. responsible for all gardens and plantings throughout the Waterbury The salary range is $15-17 p/hr. District. Operation of lawn tractors, hedge trimmers, mowers, We are also hiring a full-time and other equipment is required. During the winter months, this maintenance person and full-time position will perform snow removal, including sanding or salting. breakfast staff. We have a great team, Apply online at humanresources.vermont.gov/careers. lots of company perks, and we look forward to hearing from you. Email For more information contact: your resume to info@bwpws.com Dave Jennison: 241-6545, David.Jennison@vermont.gov or call 802-244-7822 to schedule an interview. DEADLINE TO APPLY: 5/4/21

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You are a systems mastermind who likes people. You know first-hand the power of technology to unlock potential. You will bring your expertise to a mission-driven organization.

Immediate openings for skilled landscape installers on our stonework crews. Two to three years experience installing stacked stone walls, dry laid patios and retaining walls required. Experience operating excavation equipment and trucks a plus. This is a full time position mid-March through mid to late December with work available in the snow removal operation during winter months. Pay range $18.50-$22.00 per hour depending on experience. Full time employees are eligible for employer sponsored health plan, vacation & retirement plan.

BED MAINTENANCE CREW MEMBER Seasonal position available on our bed maintenance crew, full time May through end of August. Our bed maintenance crew services high end residential and commercial clients by providing watering services, annual flower planting and bed maintenance. This is an excellent opportunity for someone looking to enter the green industry and works well with the college summer break schedule. Pay range $12.00-$14.00 per hour depending on experience.

MAINTENANCE CREW MEMBERS Seasonal (April through October) and year round positions available on our maintenance crews. Our maintenance crews provide seasonal cleanups and regular mowing maintenance to our clients. Ideal candidates will have commercial mowing experience operating zero turn mowers, walk behind lawn mowers and trucks with trailers. Year round positions are eligible for employer sponsored health plan, vacation & retirement plan. Pay range $15.00-18.00 per hour depending on experience.

Full job descriptions and to apply to go: vermontstone.com/employment

We are seeking a people-focused leader, someone: • who can transform our Information Technology in support of our strategic evolution • who is customer-focused to the core • who seeks to join a collaborative and respectful culture of fun, dedicated people. Apply today at vlt.org/employment. Position will stay opened until filled. The Vermont Land Trust is an E.O.E. We honor and invite people of all backgrounds and lived experiences to apply.

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ECHO seeks an experienced team player to provide building maintenance and custodial services in a unique 36,000 square foot, LEED-certified aquarium and science center. The full time position provides a diverse set of responsibilities that includes interior and exterior daily cleaning of guest, staff and service areas as well as seasonal grounds maintenance. This position will also assist in interior and exterior building maintenance including painting, flooring, plumbing, carpentry, lighting, HVAC, and exhibit setup and maintenance.

• Work inside in a controlled environment every day • Consistent Hours: 7am3:30pm (potential for overtime)

• Steady, full time, year round work • Paid time off, Health benefits and more!

REQUIREMENTS: • Professional painting experience • Attention to detail

The Building Maintenance Technician position is an experienced team player who likes working in a fast paced environment. The ideal candidate has demonstrated knowledge and a background in both general building maintenance and custodial services.

• Positive attitude

• Valid driver’s license or reliable and on time transportation to Williston every day • Ability to follow directions and work independently.

Competitive pay with benefits including paid time off, health and simple IRA retirement plan. Call Peter - 802-238-0406

This position will be full time, non-exempt and will be scheduled for five, eight-hour days per week, including weekends. Occasionally, this position will be required to work full weekends, holidays and overtime. For a full job description please visit echovt.org/jobs.html

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ECHO is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes candidates for employment who will contribute to our diversity. Please submit cover letter and resume to jobs@ echovermont.org with Building Maintenance Technician Position in the subject line. Apply by May 15th.



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Savings Bank, founded in 1867, is the largest banking institution headquartered in Vermont. As an essential workforce, we strive to serve our employees as well as our communities. We are looking for a professional to join our Mortgage Banking team in Chittenden County.


Carpenters, Carpenters’ Helpers, Laborers DEW Construction Corporation is seeking reliable and self-motivated Carpenters and Carpenters’ Helpers to work in the Chittenden County/Northern, VT area. Commercial construction experience is a must and an exceptional safety record is required. We also have immediate full-time openings for Laborers. We want people who are willing to do whatever is asked while learning a trade. This includes odd jobs, cleaning, and helping out where needed. DEW offers an excellent benefit package including: health and dental insurance, 401(k) with a company contribution, life insurance, short and long term disability, paid holidays and vacation. If you would like to become part of one of Northern New England’s most dynamic construction companies and a named best place to work for 3 years in a row, please e-mail us a resume. Please also complete an application, which can be found on our website, dewconstruction.com/about/careers/. A signing bonus is offered. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. • Job Type: Full-time • Pay: $18.00 - $28.00 per hour COVID-19 considerations: We have a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place for all job sites and follow all federal and state guidelines. Employee safety is our primary concern.

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The successful candidate will understand the borrower’s needs and will aid our customers with their purchase from application to closing. This position will be responsible for originating a variety of new residential loans. A bachelor’s degree or two-to-four years of experience in a financial institution or related area is required along with registering with the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System.


NSB encourages career development and has a variety of training platforms available, including tuition reimbursement. The average years of service for a NSB employee is 9! If you’re looking to settle down in your career, join our team!


Competitive compensation; combination of base salary plus commissions. Well-rounded benefits package. Profit-Sharing opportunity. 401(k) matching retirement program. Professional development. Work-Life balance!

PLEASE SEND AN NSB APPLICATION + RESUME IN CONFIDENCE TO: Careers@nsbvt.com or Northfield Savings Bank Human Resources | PO Box 7180, Barre, VT 05641

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Looking to Hire a skilled trades person to help at our stone processing facility. Job would include building maintenance, machinery repair and assisting with day to day operations. Willing to train the right person. Must have valid driver’s license and reliable transportation. Wages based upon experience; carpentry skills & electrical experience a plus.

We’re looking for the right mix of production and management skills to add to our Farm-toInstitution social enterprise, Just Cut!

CATMA seeks a dynamic, knowledgeable, and team-oriented individual to support our growth in Chittenden County. We serve as a regional gateway to connect businesses, developers and municipalities with convenient, reliable and economical transportation options and solutions.

Apply: john@vtverde.com.

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Just Cut is a social enterprise of the Center for Agricultural Economy and an essential connection between food growers and buyers that operates out of one of the Vermont Food Venture Center’s (VFVC) commercial kitchens. We purchase, inspect, wash, prepare (by hand and machine) and deliver Vermont-grown produce to kitchens both large and small. By partnering with local farmers, food buyers across New England, and a regional delivery network, we help ensure the viability of Vermont’s working landscapes and provide greater accessibility of high-quality produce to all markets. Just Cut’s highest aspiration is to show that a conscious, conscientious supply chain is possible - one that strives to do well by all food system participants, from the land to the farmer to the processor to the consumer. For more info visit: hardwickagriculture.org/about/news/nowhiring-local-food-production-manager.

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Moogs Joint in Johnson is looking for help in our kitchen, bar, restaurant & snackbar. We are gearing up for a very busy season at our restaurant and live music venue, and we are looking for some help to round out our amazing team. We are currently accepting applications for all positions:

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The University of Vermont Health Network is seeking a freelance content writer who will embrace journalistic storytelling to drive awareness of -- and engagement with -- our hospitals and home health organizations. This person will be skilled in translating complex topics in clear, relatable ways and be able to produce tightly written, informative and compelling stories on deadline. The freelance content writer will support UVM Health Network’s Communications and Engagement Strategies and understand the important role that precise communications plays in a health care environment. Content will focus on our patients, employees, impact and innovation to underscore the value of the UVM Health Network. Responsibilities • Communicate directly with leadership, providers and patients for interviews and story gathering. • Research industry-related topics (combining online sources, interviews and studies) • Produce error-free, engaging articles on time • Digital-first content packaging mindset (engaging and accurate headlines, teasers, pull quotes, social copy, etc) • Conduct simple keyword research and use SEO guidelines to increase web traffic Requirements • 6+ years’ journalism, marketing, agency or in-house PR writing experience • Excellent writing/editing skills; strong attention to detail • Experience conducting research using multiple sources • Ability to meet deadlines • Knowledge of and adherence to UVM Health Network brand standards and AP style • An understanding of SEO best practices Send resumes and writing samples to: Mary.Hegarty@uvmhealth.org.

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The Analyst is essential to designing and managing CATMA’s data systems, which are fundamental in calculating and monitoring the travel behavior and emissions of our membership. Primarily responsible for producing plans and reports, in collaboration with CATMA team, external stakeholders, and members, to influence decision makers on innovative sustainable transportation policy. The Analyst must work closely, courteously, and cooperatively in a small office environment.

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REGIONAL/LAND USE PLANNER MORRISVILLE, VT Join the planning team in one of Vermont’s premier recreation destinations. The Lamoille County Planning Commission seeks a versatile, results-oriented planner with experience in community development or local and regional planning. This position is multifaceted and requires broad knowledge of municipal and regional comprehensive planning as well as federal and state planning law. Knowledge of Natural Resources and Transportation planning and of a variety of implementation techniques, including municipal zoning bylaws, subdivision regulations, and nonregulatory tools would be helpful. The planner will help to build strong rural communities by implementing project and programs of the Commission. The planner may also assist communities and the region to integrate land use planning and community development with emergency preparedness and mitigation planning initiatives to build community resiliency. This position requires effective written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to translate complex planning concepts, data and technical language into a form that is meaningful and accessible to board members and local officials. Applicants must be able to work in a team environment as well as independently and must possess a strong customer service ethic. The position requires a bachelor’s degree in planning or a closely related field and at least 3 years of relevant experience. Salary between $40,000 and $50,000, commensurate with experience. LCPC offers an excellent work environment and health and retirement benefits. Please submit a cover letter, resume, 3 references, and salary requirements by April 30, 2021 via email to Tasha Wallis, Executive Director, at tasha@lcpcvt.org. For additional information, visit lcpcvt.org. E.O.E.

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Champlain Community Services is proud to be voted as one of the “Best Places to Work in Vermont” for the third year in a row and we want you to be a part of our team! Our current openings offer opportunities to make a positive impact on someone’s life, and in yours. CCS employees receive a comprehensive benefits package, including paid time off, affordable health insurance, paid holidays and more.

Program Manager Coordinate residential and community supports for a humorous woman who leads an active life and likes to spend time outside. The ideal candidate will enjoy working in a teamoriented position, have strong clinical skills, and demonstrated leadership. Client therapeutic needs require a female program manager, and two overnight shifts are required. This position is an excellent opportunity to continue your work in the field of human services and offers a $750 signing bonus.

Employment Specialist CCS’ leading supported employment program, Way2Work, is seeking a creative and outgoing individual to join their dynamic team. The Employment Specialist is responsible for supporting individuals in developing career goals, job seeking skills, securing employment, and on the job training. This position also collaborates with businesses to build partnerships for long-term community-based employment. The ideal candidate will demonstrate reliability, strong communication skills, and the ability to solve problems effectively and professionally. 4t-ShelburneFarms042121.indd 1

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NETWORK AND SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR PCC is growing—Join us and work in a fantastic team culture! Our friendly, informal, hardworking, and client-focused environment supports our 90+ employees to have work-life balance while delivering an industry-leading software solution to pediatricians nationwide. We are seeking a Network and Systems Administrator to join our Technical Solutions Team.

Join our Direct Support Professional team to work one-to-one with individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism. Feel good about what you do while enjoying your job, receive a comprehensive benefits package (including $100 sign-on bonus!) and feel a deep sense of appreciation from your employer. This is an excellent job for applicants entering human services or for those looking to continue their work in this field.

Service Coordinator CCS’ Adult Family Care program, Homeward, is hiring a Service Coordinator to provide case management supports to individuals who have transitioned into a community home setting and help them lead fulfilling, healthy lives. This is an excellent opportunity to be a part of a comprehensive, and unique, health care program for individuals in need. The ideal candidate will have strong clinical, organizational & leadership skills and will enjoy working in a team-oriented position while improving the lives of others.

Direct Support Professional Overnights

Our Technical Solutions Team provides a broad range of technical services for our clients, and is an escalation point for our staff regarding client infrastructure concerns. They perform remote server and network administration, perform upgrades and preventive maintenance, and develop new tools to deploy, manage, and monitor client systems. We stay on top of technology and continuously research and develop new solutions for our clients.

Seeking experienced individuals to support a dynamic young woman with a quick wit and energetic personality. She loves cars, animals, and a range of indoor and outdoor physical activities. She needs staff with patience, clear communication skills, and the ability to set strong boundaries. This position supports her in her home and the community in 24-hour shifts, including asleep overnights in a private, furnished bedroom. Compensation is $250/day including asleep overnight hours, PLUS a $500 signing bonus.

Applicants for this position should have three or more years of experience providing systems support in a fast-paced, professional environment. Technical skills should include Linux (RHEL/CentOS), Windows and MacOS; server virtualization; Google Cloud and/or AWS; bash, python or perl scripting; configuration management tools (e.g. Ansible); and TCP/IP networking including LAN, WAN, firewalls, wireless, and VPN. Knowledge of good security practices is essential.

Open your home to an individual with and intellectual disability or autism. We have a variety of opportunities that might be perfect for your lifestyle. This position includes a generous tax-free stipend, ongoing supports, assistance with necessary home modifications, respite and a comprehensive training package.

Shared Living Provider

This position requires strong technical expertise along with exceptional customer service and communication skills. Some travel may be required.

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To learn more about PCC and benefits, please visit our website at pcc.com/careers. To apply, please submit cover letter and resume to jobs@pcc.com with “Network and Systems Administrator Position” in the subject line. This position is open until filled.


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SEEKING reliable, motivated, and enthusiastic individual to join our team. Fast pace work environment filling and packaging products. Prior experience not necessary but encouraged. Must be 18 and over. Starting pay $16.00 per/hr. with full benefits offered after 6 months. Email application and resume to sharon@rozelle.com or by mail at: Rozelle Inc. Attn: Sharon, P.O. Box 70, Westfield, VT 05874 Other positions may be available, specify experience on application.

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There is no better time to join NSB’s team! Northfield Savings Bank, founded in 1867, is the largest banking institution headquartered in Vermont. We are adding to our teams! We are looking for professionals to join our Direct Banking department as Call Center Representatives. Additionally, we are looking for a Community Banker professional to join our team in our Williston, Taft Corners branch. Each position will require a high school diploma or equivalent, excellent customer service skills, and strong written and verbal communication.


The successful candidate will be comfortable with digital and online banking systems and will be eager to provide prompt, accurate, and confidential information to our customers.


The Community Banker will be responsible for receiving and processing customers’ financial transactions, matching customers’ needs with appropriate products and services, protecting customer information, and maintaining customer confidentiality.

OPPORTUNITY FOR GROWTH NSB encourages career development and has a variety of training platforms available. The average years of service for a NSB employee is 9! If you’re looking for a career in the banking industry, this is a great place to start!

WHAT NSB CAN OFFER YOU Competitive compensation based on experience. Well-rounded benefits package. Profit-Sharing opportunity. 401(k) matching retirement program. Professional development. Weekends off!

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

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It is our mission to provide opportunities for children and families to recognize their individual strengths while supporting them to grow and contribute within our communities. We offer highly specialized educational, therapeutic, and behavioral support programs designed to meet the distinctive needs of the children, youth, and families we serve.

BEHAVIOR INTERVENTIONIST – LARAWAY SCHOOL The person in this position will provide daily educational behavioral support to individual students struggling to find success in the educational setting. Candidates will also support individualized academic plans, classroom based activities; community based service learning and school to work initiatives. Time will also be spent in the outdoor learning environment. Bachelor’s Degree, or pursuing Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in human services is required. We are seeking both parttime and full-time candidates. FULL TIME, PART TIME and SUMMER ONLY opportunities are available.

BEHAVIOR INTERVENTIONISTS BACKPACK PROGRAM Seeking skilled and motivated individuals to join our team. The interventionist will provide individualized support to a child or youth struggling to find success in the public school due to social-emotional and behavioral challenges. Successful candidates will have enthusiasm and talent in implementing and engaging students in behavioral programming. Some flexibility and travel may be required. Bachelor’s Degree, or pursuing Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in human services is required. Relevant experience is preferred. We are seeking both part-time and full-time candidates. Seeking candidates to work in Lamoille and other surrounding counties.

CLINICAL CASE MANAGERS – LARAWAY SCHOOL The Clinical Case Manager works in concert with a multi-discipline treatment team consisting of behavioral staff, special educators and teachers to provide trauma informed care for students and support for staff. The Clinical Case Manager works in a therapeutic milieu to provide treatment planning, behavior planning and clinical guidance for staff. The position requires close collaboration with school staff and community partners. Good communication skills and flexibility is a must for this position. Requirements: LCSW or LMHC preferred (or pursuing and nearing completion). Prior experience working in a clinical setting with youth is a bonus. Opportunities are available in Johnson and Hardwick VT. Internship opportunities and access to supervision towards licensure are available. FULL and PART TIME opportunities are available.

SPECIAL EDUCATION CASE MANAGERS The Special Educator Case Manager will case manage the aspects of a student’s services related to the students special education services, while adhering to all state and federal regulations. This position supports the student, team, teachers and family in carrying out education and treatment goals. The Special Education Case Manager works in collaboration with teachers, families and community partners. Requirements: Special Education Licensure (or nearing completion) and prior experience working in an educational setting with emotional and behavior disorders is preferred. Opportunities are 12t-Laraway042121.indd 1

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available in Johnson and Hardwick, VT. FULL TIME, PART TIME and SUMMER ONLY opportunities are available.

COMMUNITY & RESIDENTIAL SUPPORT STAFF We are seeking to fill several full and part time positions. Individuals will provide support to clients in a community and/or residential setting. Actual shifts will vary by position, most requiring afternoon, evening and/or weekend work. Candidates must be flexible and patient, enthusiastic about working with youth and enjoy physical activity. The role provides one-on-one supports in social, recreational, and educational settings. Positions require the ability to engage in physical activities, some strenuous, including hiking, biking, fishing, canoeing, swimming, etc. Prior experience working with youth that have emotional behavioral disorders is a plus. High School Diploma or equivalent is required.

CASE MANAGER – RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM The Case Manager role provides coordination of ongoing supports and services in the Substitute Care Residential Home. The Case Manager will provide management supports for children and their team, working in collaboration with other agencies. They will provide support and supervision to assigned clients and provide mentoring, supervision and support to assigned Residential Support Staff. Good communication skills and flexibility is a must for this position. A Bachelor’s Degree in human services with relevant experience is preferred but pursuit of a degree with relevant experience will be considered.

HUMAN RESOURCES GENERALIST Under the guidance of the HR Director, the HR Generalist will provide HR related supports and guidance to assigned population, including recruitment, employee relations, Workers Compensation, training, etc. This position will also be responsible for the day-to-day logistics and administration of employee benefits, recruitment and onboarding. A Bachelor’s Degree in related field is preferred however, at least 2 years of relevant work experience and/or HR Certification will be considered.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION • All candidates must be at least 21 years of age, pass a criminal record check, have a safe driving record, and access to a reliable, registered and insured vehicle. • If you are interested in being a part of a dynamic organization that encourages creativity, growth and collaboration…come join our team! • A comprehensive compensation and benefits package is offered to all full-time employees. Submit resume and three references to: Laraway Youth & Family Services – Attn: H.R. P.O. Box 621, Johnson, VT 05656 Phone: 802-635-2805 Fax: 802-635-7273 Email: apply@laraway.org LYFS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 4/19/21 12:24 PM




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BOATYARD HELP Looking for summer boatyard help. Duties include boat assembly, cleaning, rigging, delivery and some heavy lifting. Boating experience helpful. Driver’s license required. Start immediately. Call 985-5222 or apply in person. Small Boat Exchange 2649 Shelburne Rd. Shelburne.

Hayward Tyler, a leading manufacturer of industrial pumps and motors in Colchester, is seeking candidates to fill the roles of IT Support Specialist, Inside Sales Representative, Assembly Technician, Quality Control Inspector and Quality Assurance Engineer.

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IT Support Specialist

This position is responsible for supporting the Information Technology department at Hayward Tyler Inc. They will primarily be responsible for the company’s helpdesk ticketing system and participate in the on call rotation. The ideal candidate will be highly motivated, friendly, courteous, and willing to work as part of a team The candidate should also have experience supporting a Windows based network system.

Inside Sales Representative

This candidate provides daily customer communication and is the main point of contact for activities such as preparing and maintaining accurate and complete quotes, lead times and pricing. Reviews customer requests, technical specifications, terms and conditions and works with stakeholders in collaboration to identify any exceptions or deviations. Close attention to detail and excellent communication skills are essential.

Assembly Technician

This is an entry level assembly team member who should possess the ability to follow work instructions from his/her supervisor and experienced team members. The candidate must be able to work in all areas of assembly (DCI, Build and Wind) with the ability to understand drawings and work instructions.

Quality Control Inspector

The candidate will be responsible to perform receiving and final inspection of parts and units, verification that all operations are signed off and closed prior to releasing to Manufacturing, responsibility for correct materials and batch numbers being issued to Manufacturing.

Quality Assurance Engineer

This position is responsible for providing a high level of quality assurance engineering work. Qualified candidates are able to plan, complete, and direct quality engineering work associated with the HTI Quality Program. Must be able to establish priorities for work assigned and Work co-operatively with all departments and suppliers to exceed customer expectations. For complete job descriptions, please visit: haywardtyler.com. We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits package. If you meet our requirements and are interested in an exciting opportunity, please forward your resume & salary requirements to: Hayward Tyler, Inc - Attn: HR Department 480 Roosevelt Highway - PO Box 680, Colchester, VT 05446 Email: Careers@haywardtyler.com Equal Opportunity Employer.

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DIRECTOR OF PHILANTHROPY & COMMUNICATIONS The Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) serves Addison, Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties through its Community Action work and we also have statewide programs focusing on education and advocacy. Our mission is to address the fundamental issues of economic, social, and racial justice and work with people to achieve economic independence. CVOEO is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in all its practices. In so doing, we strive for a just society in which everyone belongs. CVOEO seeks an experienced, energetic, and committed Director of Philanthropy and Communications with a high degree of initiative to join our team to work closely with the Executive Director and Board Development Committee to sustain and expand our fundraising program. The Director will be responsible for overseeing philanthropy and communication strategies for CVOEO with a goal of sustaining existing programs and efforts and supporting new program initiatives that align with CVOEO’s strategic planning process. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director will work closely with and supervise the Associate Director of Development and Communications to create an annual development plan, a communications plan, and to achieve financial objectives. The Director will have experience in effective fundraising practices that support the mission and programs of CVOEO, and coordinate effective marketing and communications strategies to support those practices. We are seeking candidates with a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Development or Marketing and/or equivalent prior experience. In addition, candidates should have 3-5 years’ development or fundraising experience in a nonprofit organization; proven track record of achieving fundraising targets; effective verbal and written communication skills, bilingual abilities a plus; and a commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment.

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We offer an excellent benefit package including medical, dental and vision insurance, generous time off, a retirement plan and discounted gym membership. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our Agency. Please apply by sending a cover letter with salary requirements, resume and a statement explaining your commitment to diversity and inclusion to: Develop2021@cvoeo.org. Deadline to submit applications is close of business Friday, April 30, 2021. To learn more about CVOEO and this position please visit cvoeo.org/careers. CVOEO IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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Career Opportunities at Northeast Kingdom Human Services Northeast Kingdom Human Services (NKHS) is a 501(c)(3) private not-for-profit organization offering high quality, comprehensive community mental health programs in Vermont’s beautiful Northeast Kingdom. NKHS has the following openings in the Caledonia and Orleans County areas:

Outpatient Therapist Positions NKHS has opportunities for an Outpatient Therapist in our Child, Youth and Family Services and Adult Outpatient and Co-occurring departments. Outpatient Therapists provide individual, couple, group, and family counseling services, and develop and implement effective client treatment plans. The ideal candidate will have a master’s degree and be dually licensed as an LADC and LCMHC, but candidates may also be Master’s level and working towards licensure. Experience working with children, adults and addictions services is preferred. We have full-time positions available in our St. Johnsbury and Newport offices, with a salary range of $42,640-$65,000, depending upon education, experience, and license status.

Director of Community Rehabilitation & Treatment Services The Director of Community Rehabilitation and Treatment (CRT) services administers, coordinates and manages programs and services for NKHS’ CRT Department. This position will provide oversight of the CRT Department in the areas of clinical and administrative supervision, budgetary controls, initiation and review of policies and procedures, and participation in quality control, assurance and improvement. This is a full-time position that will provide support to the CRT teams in our Newport and St. Johnsbury offices. The qualifications for this position include Vermont licensure in an appropriate human services field (social work, counseling, psychology), five years of professional experience, and at least three years of supervisory experience. The annual salary range for this position is $57,200-$83,000, depending upon education, licensure status and experience.

Billing & Support EMR System Analyst The Billing & Support EMR System Analyst is a full-time position that will specialize in the billing and administrative support service functions of the Agency’s EMR system. This EMR software analyst will work with EMR users in our billing and administrative departments to solve problems, test cost-effective solutions, and provide ongoing training and support to ensure efficient daily operation of the organization’s EMR system. The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related field, or an equivalent combination of related education, training and experience. 3-5 years of information systems experience preferred and 1-2 years of training experience is a plus. This position will provide EMR support to both our Newport and St. Johnsbury offices, and has an annual salary range of $43,680-$65,000, depending upon education and experience.

Mental Health EMR System Analyst The Mental Health EMR System Analyst is a full-time position that will specialize in the functions of the Agency’s EMR system specific to mental health services. This EMR software analyst will work with EMR users in our mental health service departments to solve problems, test cost-effective solutions, and provide ongoing training and support

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to ensure efficient daily operation of the organization’s EMR system. The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related field, or an equivalent combination of related education, training and experience. 3-5 years of information systems experience preferred and 1-2 years of training experience is a plus. Familiarity with the Vermont Department of Mental Health payment model is also a plus. This position will provide EMR support to both our Newport and St. Johnsbury offices, and has an annual salary range of $43,680-$65,000, depending upon education and experience.

IDDS EMR System Analyst The IDDS EMR System Analyst is a full-time position that will specialize in the functions of the Agency’s EMR system specific to Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Services (IDDS). This EMR software analyst will work with EMR users in our IDDS departments to solve problems, test cost-effective solutions, and provide ongoing training and support to ensure efficient daily operation of the organization’s EMR system. The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related field, or an equivalent combination of related education, training and experience. 3-5 years of information systems experience preferred and 1-2 years of training experience is a plus. Understanding of Vermont Designated Agency and/or specifically State IDDS payment and reporting system is also a plus. This position will provide EMR support to both our Newport and St. Johnsbury offices, and has an annual salary range of $43,680-$65,000, depending upon education and experience.

Information Systems Report Designer The IS Report Designer provides report writing and design services across the organization. This position will work closely with system users to determine reporting needs and create new reports or redesign existing reports to meet users’ information needs. The IS Report Designer will also be responsible for maintaining, scheduling, running and distributing recurring reports. The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of related education, training and experience. A minimum of three years of experience in report design with a large database, and experience creating complex reports is preferred. This is a full-time position with an annual salary range of $43,680-$65,000, depending upon education and experience. Benefits for full-time employees include: Health insurance (vision and prescription coverage included), dental insurance, life insurance, shortterm and long-term disability, long-term care, AFLAC supplemental insurance plans, 125 Flex Plan-medical and dependent care flexible spending accounts, 403(b) retirement plan with company match, generous paid time off (including 12 paid holidays) and an outstanding employee wellness program. Join our team and advance your career today! For a complete list of our current job openings, please visit our careers page at nkhs.org. Apply through our website or send resume and letter of interest to jobs@nkhs.net. NKHS is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace dedicated to pursuing and hiring a diverse workforce. 4/16/21 5:02 PM




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Our Lady of Providence is a 46-room residential care community in the heart of Winooski. We serve a community of vibrant active elders in a homelike setting. We are looking for a reliable, dedicated cook to join our team. The ideal candidate will have experience and knowledge of food preparation, the ability to work independently and be able to work collaboratively with our residents.

Full or Part Time Bergeron, Paradis & Fitzpatrick has an immediate opening for a full or part-time legal assistant for real estate transactional work. Please send resumes to the attention of Robin Beane, PO Box 174, Essex Jct., VT 05453, or email to: rbeane@bpflegal.com.

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Immediate full-time opening in the Waitsfield office for a highly qualified professional to be a key member of PH’s Senior Management Team and oversee all accounting and financial functions. Demonstrated experience in non-profit accounting, business management, organizational leadership, and be highly adaptable to new online management systems. Knowledge of U.S. federal grant management and compliance is a must. Oversee all financial and accounting systems and reporting; supervise accounting staff; develop and manage the annual budget process, annual audit, 990, and NICRA proposal; manage cash management and cash-flow; monitor investments and line of credit; approve reports, invoices, journal entries, and transactions; prepare monthly account reconciliations; ensure internal procedures are followed for new awards, cost share, sub recipients, and procurement; and lead financial report preparation and reporting for Senior Management and the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors. Experience working with international field offices and with multi-company accounting and consolidated financial statements is a plus; demonstrated experience with federal and state regulations related to payroll; effective problem solving, critical thinking, and systems evaluation skills; experience in organizational leadership and supervising staff. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION & APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS AT: PH-INT.ORG/VACANCIES. Application deadline: May 24, 2021. EOE.

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15-20 hours per week, flexible schedule on varying weekdays. Must enjoy working with seniors, 9:45 AMbe organized, detail oriented, flexible, outgoing, and have intermediate computer skills. Responsibilities include managing data and information; recruiting/ training Center volunteers. See the full job description at CharlotteSeniorCenterVt.org

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Needed 1 to 2 days a week. Days & hours are your choice. House work, some cooking, drive to appt, errands, shopping. Looking for for an outgoing, interested, fun person. We run a small family business out of our home and the right person would need to fit in and like to be around people.

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PH International (Project Harmony, Inc.) is an international non-profit with 35 years of experience focusing on civic engagement, cross cultural learning, and increased opportunities in the digital age. The U.S. headquarter office is located in Waitsfield, VT with field offices in Armenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Republic of Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine with projects implemented in other countries.

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To apply send cover letter and resume by May 1 to: charlotteseniorcenter@ 7:19 PM gmail.com or to: Charlotte Senior Center Board P.O. Box 207 Charlotte, VT 05445

Montpelier, the capital city of Vermont, is seeking a Staff Accountant reporting to the Director of Finance and Administration and Senior Accountant. The professional in this position will be responsible for accounts payable and receivable functions, construction project accounting, grant management as well as submission of state and federal fund reimbursement requests. This person will oversee daily accounting functions, maintenance of financial records and coordination of quarterly water, sewer utility billing. This position requires knowledge of fund accounting, excellent independent judgment and decision-making skills, and the ability to work with members of the public and outside agencies.

On-site start in early June. Center is currently offering courses remotely with full reopening scheduled for later this year.

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The salary range is $42,453 to $53,019 annually based on qualifications. The City offers an excellent benefits package and a dynamic professional environment. This position has opportunity for significant professional growth and exposure for the right candidate. Montpelier is an equal opportunity employer.


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The successful applicant will have the following qualifications: • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or significant equivalent work experience in a related field and knowledge of Government and/or Fund Accounting. • Experience in Payroll, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable and General Ledger as well as general office operations. • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and Word and experience with computer accounting software. • Federal grant management skills or construction accounting experience preferred.

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Seven Days has an amazing reputation in our community. We know Vermonters are reading it, and that’s why we choose it for recruitment. We advertise our jobs in print and online. Applicants from Seven Days tend to be more authentic, and more familiar and aligned with our mission. They are quality individuals who actually take the time to write individualized and thoughtful cover letters. That is not the experience I’ve had on bigger job boards like indeed.com. Seven Days employment rep Michelle Brown is amazing! She’s extremely responsive, and I always feel so taken care of. It’s like she knows our nonprofit personally because we’ve been working together since 2016. I can only imagine how many job connections she has facilitated for local companies in the 20 years she has been doing this. I would absolutely recommend Seven Days to anyone who is looking to recruit for a position. It’s a local company, too, that makes our communities stronger. CAROLYN ZELLER Intervale Center, Burlington

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ridicule anyone for a whole day. Have a luxurious shower with your favorite music playing. Remember your dreams. Fantasize about the life you would lead if failure didn’t exist.



Some traditional Buddhist monks sit on city streets in Asia with a “begging bowl” in front of them. It’s a clay or iron container they use to solicit money and food from passersby who want to support them. Contemporary American poet Mariannne Boruch regards the begging bowl as a metaphor that helps her generate new poems. She adopts the attitude of the empty vessel, awaiting life’s instructions and inspiration to guide her creative inquiry. This enables her to “avoid too much self-obsession and navel-gazing” and be receptive — “with no agenda besides the usual wonder and puzzlement.” I recommend the begging bowl approach to you as you launch the next phase of your journey, Taurus.


(March 21-April 19): Blogger Emma Elsworthy wrote her “Self-Care List.” I’ll tell you a few of her 57 action items, in hopes of inspiring you to create your own list. The coming weeks will be a perfect phase to upgrade your focus on doing what makes you feel healthy and holy. Here are Elsworthy’s ideas: Get in the habit of cooking yourself a beautiful breakfast. Organize your room. Clean your mirror and laptop. Lie in the sunshine. Become the person you would ideally fall in love with. Walk with a straight posture. Stretch your body. Challenge yourself not to judge or

(May 21-June 20): Gemini-born Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) is today regarded as an innovative and influential painter. But his early years provided few hints that he would ultimately become renowned. As a teenager, he attended naval preparatory school, and later he joined the French navy. At age 23, he became a stockbroker. Although he also began dabbling as a painter at that time, it wasn’t until the stock market crashed 11 years later that he made the decision to be a full-time painter. Is there a Gauguinlike turning point in your future, Gemini? If so, its early signs might show themselves soon. It won’t be as dramatic or stressful as Gauguin’s, but I bet it will be quite galvanizing.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): A research team found that some people pray for things they are reasonably sure God wouldn’t approve of. In a sense, they’re trying to trick the Creator into giving them goodies they’re not supposed to get. Do you ever do that? Try to bamboozle life into offering you blessings you’re not sure you deserve? The coming weeks will be a favorable time for you to dare such ploys. I’m not guaranteeing you’ll succeed, but the chances are much better than usual that you will. The universe is pretty relaxed and generous toward you right now. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): In 2013, the New Zealand government decided to rectify the fact that its two main islands had never been assigned formal names. At that time, it gave both an English and Maori-language moniker for each: North Island, or Te Ika-a-Maui, and South Island, or Te Waipounamu. In the spirit of correcting for oversights and neglect, and in accordance with current astrological omens, is there any action you’d like to take to make yourself more official or professional or established? The coming weeks will be a favorable time to do so. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Author Grant Morrison observes that our heads are “big enough

to contain every god and devil there ever was. Big enough to hold the weight of oceans and the turning stars. Whole universes fit in there!” That’s why it’s so unfortunate, he says, if we fill up our “magical cabinet” with “little broken things, sad trinkets that we play with over and over.” In accordance with astrological potentials, Virgo, I exhort you to dispose of as many of those sad trinkets and little broken things as you can. Make lots of room to hold expansive visions and marvelous dreams and wondrous possibilities. It’s time to think bigger and feel wilder.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Libran author bell hooks (who doesn’t capitalize her name) has a nuanced perspective on the nature of our pain. She writes, “Contrary to what we may have been taught, unnecessary and unchosen suffering wounds us but need not scar us for life.” She acknowledges that unnecessary and unchosen suffering does indeed “mark us.” But we have the power to reshape and transform how it marks us. I think her wisdom will be useful for you to wield in the coming weeks. You now have extra power to reshape and transform the marks of your old pain. You probably won’t make it disappear entirely, but you can find new ways to make it serve you, teach you and ennoble you. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): I love people who inspire me to surprise myself. I’m appreciative when an ally provides me with a friendly shock that moves me to question my habitual ways of thinking or doing things. I feel lucky when a person I like offers a compassionate critique that nudges me out of a rut I’ve been in. Here’s a secret: I don’t always wait around passively hoping events like these will happen. Now and then I actively seek them out. I encourage them. I ask for them. In the coming weeks, Scorpio, I invite you to be like me in this regard. SAGITTARIUS

(Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “Where did last year’s lessons go?” asks Gillian Welch in her song “I Dream a Highway.” Now I’m posing the same question to you — just in time for the Remember Last Year’s Lessons Phase of your cycle. In my astrological opinion, it’s crucial for you to recollect and ruminate deeply on the breakdowns and breakthroughs you experienced in

2020, on every spiritual emergency and spiritual emergence you weathered, on all the scary trials you endured and all the sacred trails you trod.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Capricorn painter Henri Matisse had a revolutionary influence on 20th-century art, in part because of his raucous use of color. Early in his career he belonged to the movement known as Fauvism, derived from the French term for “wild beasts.” During his final years, he invented a new genre very different from his previous work: large collages of brightly colored cut-out paper. The subject matter, according to critic Jed Perl, included “jungles, goddesses, oceans, and the heavens” and “ravishing signs and symbols” extracted from the depths of “Matisse’s luminosity.” I offer him as a role model for you, Capricorn, because I think it’s a perfect time to be, as Perl describes Matisse, both “a hardnosed problem solver and a feverish dreamer.” AQUARIUS

(Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “The guiding motto in the life of every natural philosopher should be, ‘Seek simplicity, but distrust it.’” Aquarian philosopher Alfred North Whitehead wrote that, and now I’m proposing that you use it as your motto in the coming weeks, even if you’re not a natural philosopher. Why? Because I suspect you’ll thrive by uncomplicating your life. You’ll enhance your well-being if you put greater trust in your instinctual nature and avoid getting lost in convoluted thoughts. On the other hand, it’s important not to plunge so deeply into minimalism that you become shallow, careless or unimaginative.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In ancient Greek comic theater, there was a stock character known as the eiron. He was a crafty underdog who outwitted and triumphed over boastful egotists by pretending to be naïve. Might I interest you in borrowing from that technique in the coming weeks? I think you’re most likely to be successful if you approach victory indirectly or sideways — and don’t get bogged down trying to forcefully coax skeptics and resisters. Be cagey, understated and strategic, Pisces. Let everyone think they’re smart and strong if it helps ensure that your vision of how things should be will win out in the end.


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AN EDELWEISS IN BLOOM The brunette behind the counter. We talked about the I-Spy, and you said you’ve never been spied. I’ve never spied before and thought it would be fun to send a shout-out to the awesome personality at Edelweiss in Stowe. You have a warm, welcoming and contagious “eye” smile (unfortunately a rarity these days)! So, thanks for that — and the cookies! When: Tuesday, April 13, 2021. Where: Edelweiss. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #915257 ARCHITECT ENJOYING LAKE CHAMPLAIN I read your profile elsewhere but hope this connection will take. I won’t use your name but will respond only to you. M is closed: perhaps Leunig’s in May, a mid-Saturday afternoon? A relationship by design. When: Tuesday, April 13, 2021. Where: in his writing. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915256 CO-OP KITCHEN GUY The secret is out and the deli person knows who they are, as I confessed about the ad today. I never intended to cause any trouble for partnered people, and I likely read into it too much — sorry, folks! Awkwardness of the situation aside, you seem like a cool person, and I’d enjoy a friendly hangout if you’re interested. When: Thursday, April 8, 2021. Where: Hunger Mountain Coop. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915255 CO-OP DELI GUY This has been the subject of much discussion, as nearly all the kitchen/ deli guys wear black shirts and green hats at one point. Some with partners are already in trouble for giving eyes. Can you be more specific? We do all wear name tags. Just saying. When: Thursday, March 18, 2021. Where: Hunger Mountain Coop. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915254

SHAMWOW And maybe when the time is right, we can meet again as strangers who know each other a little far too well. When: Sunday, April 4, 2021. Where: in my dreams. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915253 YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE Missing my sunshine. MSG needs his ray of light. When: Saturday, April 3, 2021. Where: Montpelier. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915252 MAN AT MEHURON’S You had on a Joe’s Pond hat in the liquor department. Your basket was scantily clad with North Country smoked hot dogs, cheese puffs and Cabot Salsa Grande Dip. Your shining silver hair didn’t distract me from the six-pack of Heineken bottles you picked up. Call me Debbie, ‘cause I won’t be late for dinner. When: Monday, March 29, 2021. Where: Mehuron’s. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915251

RUNNER BABE WITH DOG I was with six friends walking up from the bike path. You were running with your dog, and we passed you right at the bottom of Maple. You were turning onto the bike path. You have a very nice face. Email me; let’s take a walk with your dog. :) When: Sunday, March 28, 2021. Where: Maple St., Burlington. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915248 BIKINI-CLAD WOMEN, BOLTON VALLEY 3/23 and 3/25: Did not mean to be rude to you on the 25th when I saw and spoke with you. In all my years skiing, I’ve never had the pleasure to follow what I did on the 23rd. Next week, if BV still has skiing and the weather is warm? My friends don’t believe I saw you. You both ski quite well! —An old GSr. When: Tuesday, March 23, 2021. Where: Bolton Valley. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915247 SEVEN DAYS PERSONALS We met online through Seven Days. Started making a plan to met in person, but somehow we’ve been blocked from communicating with you. Hope to see you sometime at Three Penny! When: Tuesday, March 23, 2021. Where: Seven Days Personals. You: Man. Me: Couple. #915246 BARTENDER AT STONE CORRAL Sir. You are amazing. I was here on Saturday. I could not stop staring. When: Saturday, March 20, 2021. Where: Stone Corral. You: Man. Me: Man. #915245

GREEN CAP GUY, ESSEX HANNAFORD I saw you loading groceries in your gray Nissan Altima in the Essex Hannaford parking lot. Super cute guy with a green baseball cap. Caught your gaze for a moment. I think we should meet up! Maybe in EJ on Hawthorn? AFsDay! When: Thursday, March 18, 2021. Where: Essex Hannaford. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915250

COOP KITCHEN DUDE GIVING EYES I see you. Your little looks have become a cute piece of my weekly shopping trip. Am I reading into it too much? Hard to strike up a conversation when you’re across the room — not to mention we both seem a bit shy. Let’s hang out sometime. You: green hat, black shirt. When: Thursday, March 18, 2021. Where: Hunger Mountain Coop. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915244

TATTOOED HOTTIE WORKING AT COSTCO I commented on your gorgeous tattoos. You told me your artist was out of Waterbury. I should have given you my number. I also have lots of ink, but I forgot your artist’s name; let’s grab a coffee and talk tattoos. When: Sunday, March 28, 2021. Where: Costco, Colchester. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915249

6 YEARS SINCE FL-FT BP: It’s been six years since our first FaceTime. You are still the first person I think of every morning and the last person when I go to bed. I miss seeing you every day. I miss your gorgeous brown eyes, your sexy voice and your killer smile! iwyrhcimdwc! PP. When: Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Where: FaceTime, Florida. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915243


Irreverent counsel on life’s conundrums

Dear Reverend,

It seems like the only thing anyone is talking about on social media these days is the COVID-19 vaccine — how hard it was to get an appointment, when their appointment is, they already got it, how they’re reacting to it. I swear, if I see another vaccine selfie or a photo of a vaccine card, I’m going to puke. I got my shot, but I didn’t feel the need to tell the world about it — just like I don’t tell everyone that I’m going to the gynecologist. Why is everyone doing this, and why does it bug me so much?

Over Sharon

(FEMALE, 43)

Dear Over Sharon,

You really like raining on everyone’s parade, don’t you? Just kidding. I understand where you’re coming from, because the postings make me feel a little conflicted, as well. On the one hand, they can seem a little boastful: “Hey! Look how lucky I am!” Especially when you realize that not everyone has equal or easy access to vaccines. On the other hand, so many people sharing that they’ve gotten the shot might encourage others who are on the fence to do the same.

HEARTTHROB AT HANDY’S Peter — was that your name, or the name I dreamt for you? A gray sweatshirt, dark hair and a jawline that won’t quit. Bellied up to the breakfast bar at Handy’s Lunch. You ordered French toast, or was it eggs? Anyways, let’s French sometime. When: Friday, March 12, 2021. Where: Handy’s Lunch. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915242 FIREWORKS ON THE BIKE PATH It was dusk on the bike path. My dog was freaking out about fireworks at the skate park. You stopped briefly to spare a comforting comment about how your dog does the same thing. Fireworkfree dog walk? When: Thursday, March 4, 2021. Where: bike path by the skate park (date is approximate). You: Man. Me: Woman. #915241

KAREN AT HOME DEPOT I think you know I’m crushing on you. Would enjoy coffee or a walk with you. Actually, anything more than a one-minute conversation on the checkout line. :) When: Sunday, February 21, 2021. Where: Home Depot. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915235 KNOCKOUT WAITRESS AT ROZZI’S Your name is Devan. We’ve made great eye contact a few times in the restaurant, but you were never my waitress. Wondering if you are single. When: Thursday, January 21, 2021. Where: Rozzi’s Lakeshore Tavern. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915234 SUNSHINE SD Just would like to say I’m sorry, and I miss you terribly. When: Wednesday, February 17, 2021. Where: Montpelier. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915233

BEST BUY BABE We locked eyes from across the customer service desk at Best Buy on March 11. Was it the Canadian tuxedo you were wearing that had me interested? I’m not sure, but I’d love to get to know you and your man bun better. Coffee? When: Thursday, March 11, 2021. Where: Best Buy. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915240

HEY JUNE LETTERPRESS IN RICHMOND I was shopping for some stationery. You were talking to a friend about bullet journals. Wanna meet at Sweet Simone’s for a coffee to-go sometime? When: Saturday, February 13, 2021. Where: Hey June Letterpress Studio. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915232

ALWAYS ALWAYS LAND You’re still in my thoughts ... every day. When: Saturday, March 6, 2021. Where: my dreams. You: Man. Me: Man. #915239

STARBUCKS ON WILLISTON ROAD 1 p.m. You: a lovely blond woman. We exchanged glances. Care to chat? I’ll buy the next round. When: Thursday, February 11, 2021. Where: Starbucks, Williston Road. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915230

CARAMN 52 Dating site you said you wanted to meet. I wanted to meet you, too. I sent you a message and checked the next day. It wasn’t there anymore, and I couldn’t find your profile anywhere. Even after asking them specifically, they consistently screwed things up. But I’d still like to meet. Contact me here. I’ll show a picture of me. When: Wednesday, November 4, 2020. Where: on Zoosk dating site. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915237

GREASY BABE RADICALIZING KIDS Hey, coach. I saw you at the climbing gym explaining to some kids how to undermine the ruling class. You were wearing a sexy yellow tank top, looked like you could kick my ass, and I can tell you don’t wash your hair, but it still looks hot. How about we eat a quesadilla and talk about late capitalism sometime? When: Wednesday, February 3, 2021. Where: climbing gym. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #915229

HOT COP AT CUMBIES UVM officer by St. Mike’s. I don’t know what goes on on campus, but you are definitely prepared for it — from gear to physical fitness. Would be interested in chatting more. Please include the reason you let me go ahead of you in line. When: Saturday, February 27, 2021. Where: Cumbies. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915236

MAPLEFIELDS I saw you around 3:30. You got a 12-pack of Bud, Slim Jim and Doritos. I would like to meet you. I had a black and gray North Face coat. I said hello to you at the beer cooler. When: Thursday, February 4, 2021. Where: Maplefields, Woodstock. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915227

Let’s face it. We’ve been living through a global pandemic for the past year. People are going to be excited

about seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, and they’re going to want to share that excitement. It’s not a bad thing, for goodness’ sake. As with anything you see on social media, if it bothers you, simply keep scrolling along. Better yet, why not take a little break from it altogether? Put down your phone. Step away from the screen. Take some time to get outside and appreciate the fact that you’re still here. Good luck and God bless,

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64-y/o SWF seeking SM, 50 to 75 y/o, for companionship. Must be Catholic or Protestant, clean, COVID-free. Interests: the arts, teaching, cooking, watching shows, Hallmark movies. Love animals, walks, coffee, tea, sunrises, sunsets. Consider a man’s heart more important. Phone number, please. #L1494 GWM looking for springtime hookups or longer if all goes well. Easygoing, nice guy in Rutland County. I like to play and like everything. Respond with phone number. #L1493

GWM, mid-60s, 5’11, slim build. Blue eyes, decent looking. Like walking, hiking, swimming. Enjoy music, movies, gardening. Mindful and kind. Looking for LTR. 420-friendly. Southwest Vermont. Seeking GM, 55 to 70, tall, intelligent, humorous, energetic with integrity. Nonsmoker who enjoys nature. #L1498 No more ancient than the great Madonna, and just as hot. Camera shy and social media challenged, so 2021 times leave me at — where’s my man? Take care of me so I can take care of you, or just lead back to the music. #L1497

I’m a man who’s served our country honorably, looking for a tenderhearted woman, 56 to 67, with grit. I like to travel, go out to eat, go to the movies, play golf and listen to live music. I own a home in Burlington and a camp in the mountains. I’m financially secure. I have a grateful and humble attitude for everything in my life. #L1496 56-y/o SW. Humbled, thoughtful. Hoping for a safe, kind, honest relationship with a man. Calm in nature, love for nature. Morning coffees, long walks, talks, sunsets, art, music, dance, friends, family, laughs! Willing to see and resolve suffering. Unconditional love and support find me at home. Phone number, please. #L1486

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Older yet still younger person seeking any age to bring back that lovin’ feeling. Long-distance runner, speed walker, hiker. 5’9, 160 pounds. Biker, aerobics lover, looking for a fine friendship or more. I love music, drawing, poetry, guitar, literature, yoga, philosophy. Mostly vegetarian looking for values, humility, kindness, smiles, even magic. #L1492

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Reply to these messages with real, honest-to-goodness letters. DETAILS BELOW. Woman with no commitments interested in dating younger to older men. Please answer to talk about music or whatever your passion, work experience or education. Namaste. #L1489 I’m a 39-y/o male seeking a female 18 to 45. Looking for a friend and pen pal first. I’m an honest, loyal, loving and determined person. I’m a Pagan (Asatru). I’m also a dork. I look forward to writing you. #L1488 60-y/o male seeking 40to 80-y/o male or female. Seeking other nudists for companionship in northern Vermont. #L1487

Bi male, slightly older. Live in New York but can travel. Clean, COVIDfree. Slim but in good shape. 6’1, 180 pounds. Mostly a bottom; looking for a nice guy who’s a top. #L1491

Seeking pen pervs and phone freaks who will share their closet kinks. I’m open-minded, nonjudgmental and eager to hear all of your sexy stories. #L1483

I’m seeking a Robert De Nirotype man: handsome, well educated, lots of fun with good manners, class and panache. I’m a 60-something blond girl. Still have my cheerleading legs. Lover of delicious. He must respect my dog. #L1490

SWM, late 50s, seeking W, M, Couples roughly 30 miles from capital. Love getting off on phone fantasies. Send number and best times. Meeting or photos possible. No text. Let’s get off safe and hot! Hope to have hot fun. #L1485

Wanted: Black women, young or old. Love Black feet and butts. Nice guy. #L1484 66-y/o bi male, 5’4, 150 pounds, brown eyes, salt-and-pepper hair. Very handsome, warm, kind person. Looking for goodlooking bi or gay male. Must be DD-free, 420-friendly. Prefer little body hair, must shave and be circumcised. Would like to meet good-looking gay couple for ongoing thing. Very oral. #L1482 Do you seek a soul mate who loves music, travel and lively conversation? I’m an active retired woman in Addison County (5’5, slender, nonsmoker) who enjoys the outdoors. Friends consider me smart, funny and caring. My hope: to make a warm, healthy connection, sharing interests and chemistry, with a good man. #L1481 54-y/o SWM seeking 45- to 60y/o SWF. I’m a good man looking for a sweet, fit and attractive lady. A man who will love you for yourself. Central Vermont area. #L1480

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