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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington has lost four priests from other countries because of visa issues. The diocese will shuffle priests around to cover for them.
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Thousands of University of Vermont students staged a mass walkout on Monday afternoon and marched through campus to protest the school’s handling of sexual assault allegations. The immense crowd formed on the lawn of the Redstone Campus around noon and weaved its way toward the Waterman Building, where students took over the front steps to share their own stories of sexual assault and slam the administration for failing to protect them. “I have heard countless ‘me toos’ shouted into the dark because our university doesn’t give a damn about what their students are going through or the safety of their students,” UVM senior and event co-organizer Syd Ovitt, 21, said into a megaphone. “That should not have to fall on any one person — that should fall on the university. It is their job to keep us safe. And it is their job to hold students accountable.” The demonstration was sparked by an April 26 Instagram post from UVM junior Athena Hendrick, who uses they/them pronouns. Their post, which has been liked more than 3,000 times, described how the university responded after they reported being raped by another student in February 2020. According to Hendrick, UVM’s Title IX office took more than three weeks to respond to their initial report, and the
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investigation was then delayed when the pandemic sent students home. The investigation finally began in April 2020 and concluded four months later, Hendrick wrote, finding that there was “not enough evidence.” Hendrick’s decision to publicly share their experience inspired dozens of other UVM students to come forward with stories of sexual violence last week. Some have posted on their own social media accounts, while others have contributed to an Instagram account called @shareyourstoryuvm. Created in the wake of Hendrick’s post, it has garnered more than 2,700 followers. This was the second time in the academic year that UVM has come under fire for its handling of a Title IX investigation. Last fall, UVM swimmer Kendall Ware accused the university of pressuring her into resolving her complaint about a men’s basketball player whom she accused of raping her. Addressing the crowd, Hendrick related a range of emotions: fear that so many others on campus have had similar experiences, anger that more hasn’t been done to help them and gratitude for Monday’s strong showing. “We are here because we love ourselves and we value ourselves,” Hendrick said. “We’re here because we love survivors.” Read Colin Flanders’ full story on sevendaysvt.com.
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1. “Companies Leap to Hire Koffee Kup’s Former Employees” by Anne Wallace Allen. Twincraft Skincare and other local companies quickly reached out to laid-off workers. 2. “Longtime Stowe Restaurateur Jack Pickett Lands Big Fish” by Melissa Pasanen. After a renovation, new eatery Big Fish will open in the Commodores Inn on South Main Street. 3. “Service Industry Pros Move to Burlington to Open Bar Called Good Trouble” by Jordan Barry. A laid-back neighborhood bar will occupy the funeral-parlor-turned-food-hub that also houses Folino’s. 4. “St. Johnsbury Brewery Tells ‘Globalists’ to Stay Away” by Colin Flanders. Many expressed anger at the brewery for using a term that has come to be associated with antisemitism and far-right conspiracies. 5. “Koffee Kup Bakery Closes Without Warning” by Anne Wallace Allen. Koffee Kup Bakery closed suddenly, surprising Vermont officials — and the company’s 156 Burlington employees.
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Jenny and Dave Rooke have operated Rookie’s Root Beer from their home in Burlington’s New North End since 2005. They sell soda almost exclusively on draft at restaurants and at the Burlington Farmers Market. After the pandemic torpedoed sales, the Rookes didn’t have the capacity to revamp their distribution model to sell cans to stores or ship to customers. Shortly after “our world shut down,” as Jenny put it, she received a gift from a girlfriend. It came with a note: “Sorry you just lost your business, but here’s an inflatable dinosaur costume. I hope it brings some joy to your life.” With little else to do, Jenny put on the costume and started walking up and down North Avenue
carrying a sparkly sign that said, “Be kind. Stay safe.” Jenny has a side hustle as a Zumba instructor. It was only natural that her T. rex was soon dancing around the neighborhood with a speaker blasting upbeat songs such as Kool & the Gang’s “Celebration” and the Isley Brothers’ “Shout.” One of her first destinations was Birchwood Terrace Rehab and Healthcare, where she knew residents were isolated and stressed. “I just thought, If that was my grandmother, what would I do for her?” Jenny said. “We all needed a little bit of light and a little bit of happiness.” Over the last year, the T. rex and a menagerie of inflatable friends have shimmied through about 400 “Happy Hours” at eldercare facilities, COVID-19 testing sites and domestic violence shelters. Their spirit-lifting antics have landed them in local
media, as well as on CNN and Fox News and even in an official Michael Franti & Spearhead music video for their song “How We Living.” But as Jenny danced her posse around Vermont spreading joy — occasionally selling some root beer along the way — she and her husband were barely getting by. Critical help came in January when PCC (Physician’s Computer Company) of Winooski offered to sponsor Rookie’s Happy Hour tour. “This is one small way for us to vicariously boost the spirits at nursing homes and in the local community,” PCC president and cofounder John Canning wrote in an email. Jenny never expected anyone to pay her dinosaur to dance but is very thankful, she said, to “live in a place where locals support locals.” MELISSA PASANEN SEVEN DAYS MAY 5-12, 2021
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UVM, the Counseling Program and all professional mental health associations declare deep commitment to racial justice because racism, white supremacy and anti-Blackness have powerful, established impacts on mental health. Experts recognize that students must be trained as multiculturally competent professionals because it is impossible to be an ethical, effective therapist without accurately understanding racism. It is impossible to be an ethical, effective teacher of counseling students without fully unpacking racism. Upholding academic standards doesn’t threaten free speech. Requiring professors to engage in personal reflection and to properly educate students about the effects of oppressive systems on mental health is a basic job requirement. Professionals in the field know that racism does not make for good counseling and that harmful rhetoric has no place in education. dark Portuguese boy. He eventually became a professor at Champlain College. That’s where my privilege began. After paying my own way through high school, I entered the Marines, then used my GI Bill to attend my dad’s college. I continued to Castleton, then rejoined the military as a Vermont guardsman. I also worked for the South Burlington Police Department. I supported restorative justice and numerous programs. I now live at the top of the hill. I hope that’s not a problem? Thomas Fraga
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I’ve recently noticed the use of the amalgam BIPOC in the state legislature and among the media to refer to Black, Indigenous and people of color. I urge you to refrain from using this term and to encourage your colleagues to do the same. When you use a term like BIPOC indiscriminately, you erase differences and minimalize each of these individual populations. The needs and experiences of these groups should be acknowledged, but they are very unique and different and should not be amalgamated as if they were all the same. People want to be named and recognized, not labeled. Bob Richard
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ity Market, Onion River Co-op, is a Vermont institution. From modest beginnings on Archibald Street in the Old North End, the member-owned cooperative has been providing local, organic and conventional food to the Burlington community for more than 40 years. Now it’s a huge force in the local food ecosystem. City Market works with more than 1,000 Vermont vendors from around the state. In 2020, its sales topped $53.8 million; Vermont products accounted for approximately 40 percent of that. And the co-op is about much more than making money. Promoting sustainable agriculture is part of its mission. So is ending childhood hunger and supporting essential community partners. That’s why City Market encourages shoppers to “round up” their purchases to the nearest dollar amount — it collects the extra cash and donates it to local nonprofits. In March alone, shoppers sent more than $18,000 to three organizations; Feeding Chittenden, the Burlington School Food Project and the Flynn Center. City Market also incentivizes members to earn discounts by volunteering with its 24 community partners. Last year its members completed more than 17,000 hours of volunteer work in 2020 for organizations including the Intervale Center, Hunger Free Vermont and Local Motion. City Market works with a variety of banks and credit unions, too. In 2015, it looked to them for a loan to expand and build a second location in Burlington’s South End. After reviewing the options, the leadership team chose a new partner: Mascoma Bank. The lender, which operates in Vermont and New Hampshire, financed construction of City Market’s 27,000-square foot store on Flynn Avenue; it opened in 2017. City Market Finance Director Madelyn Cataford explains that Mascoma saw value in the unique role the co-op plays in the community. Another factor, says General Manager John Tashiro: As a Certified B Corporation Mascoma is focused on the long-term impacts of its investments. “I think that’s quite unusual in the banking world,” he says. “That certainly resonates very strongly with us.” Tashiro says he’s seen evidence of that mission-driven commitment in Mascoma president and CEO Clay Adams, who visits Burlington regularly. “Clay is a big supporter of co-ops,” Tashiro notes. “He understands some of our challenges.” Important as all those factors are, Tashiro explains that the deal had to make financial sense; City Market’s member owners expect his team to do their due diligence. Mascoma checked that box, too. The bottom line? “They offered us a very good rate,” he says.
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Cacti and veggies and rosemary, oh my! Folks looking to spruce up indoor and outdoor spaces find a wide variety of horticultural offerings at the Pride Center of VT’s TransPlants Plant Sale. Shoppers browse houseplants, vegetable and herb starts, and seed packets as the Champlain Shoregasms and Ronnie Russell provide live tunes in the Pride Center’s Burlington parking lot. Funds raised support the center’s Transgender Program.
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Trail Work A through-hiker is someone who has hiked a long-distance trail from end to end. Experienced Long Trail through-hikers share their hard-earned knowledge during the Long Trail End-to-Ender’s Panel, hosted by the Green Mountain Club. Speakers in this online discussion and Q&A help hopeful hikers prepare with tips on food, equipment and planning. LEARN MORE AT GREENMOUNTAINCLUB.ORG.
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Pull Your Weight Looking for a special way to celebrate your family’s matriarch this Mother’s Day? Consider spending the holiday at the Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock, where moms get free admission for Draft Animal Day. Visitors at this working dairy farm marvel at the sheer strength as teamsters and their trained horses, steers and oxen demonstrate plowing techniques. Treat your loved one to Mexican fare from the Trail Break Taps + Tacos food truck and a refreshing beverage in the beer garden. LEARN MORE AT BILLINGSFARM.ORG.
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Tale of Two Countries The sixth annual Stowe Jewish Film Festival features four motion pictures illuminating the theme “A Virtual Tour of Modern-Day Israel.” The fest commences with an online showing of the 2016 documentary Mekonen: The Journey of an African Jew. This emotional movie follows Israeli Defense Forces commander Mekonen Abebe as he visits Ethiopia to explore his roots. LEARN MORE AT SPRUCEPEAKARTS.ORG.
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With Honors Writer Paisley Rekdal has accolades to spare. The Utah poet laureate has received Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and two Pushcart Prizes, among other honors. Fellow writers and lit lovers can listen in as the celebrated poet and essayist gives a virtual reading next Wednesday, hosted by Johnson’s Vermont Studio Center. LEARN MORE AT VERMONTSTUDIOCENTER.ORG.
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My kids have two moms, but only one of us gets gifts on Mother’s Day. My wife, Ann-Elise, laid claim to that holiday after giving birth to our son, Graham, 15 years ago. He and his sister, Ivy, call me Aimo, pronounced “eye-mo.” I chose that kind-of-random Scandinavian moniker, along with the date of Aimo’s Day: March 4th, the only day of the year that’s a command. On Sunday, May 9, our household will celebrate Ann-Elise. I’m fine with that. I think parents, whatever their gender, deserve a special day all to themselves, especially this year. Parenting through a pandemic has had its own special challenges. As a group, mothers arguably have had the toughest time this past year. The Center for American Progress reported that in September 2020, when kids returned to school — many of them remotely — four times as many women as men left the workforce. Both Seven Days and our monthly parenting publication, Kids VT, have documented the consequences of this gender imbalance, most recently in the March 10 Seven Days cover story, “Mother Load: A Year in the Life of Three Single Moms in Vermont.” The annual Mom & Baby Issue of Kids VT, which you’ll find inside this week’s Seven Days, has a more hopeful tone. It’s filled with advice, tips and reflections from local parents who’ve made it through turbulent times — starting with Eliana Castro, pictured on the cover with daughter Adelaide Galloway. Castro, now an associate professor of secondary education at the University of Vermont, found out she was pregnant while finishing her PhD program at Michigan State University. She and her fiancé, James Galloway, moved to Vermont last July and got married in August; Adelaide arrived days later. “I went from Ms. to Mrs. to Dr. to Mom in literally four days,” Castro told Kids VT contributor Cat Cutillo. “Saturday we got married. Monday I defended my dissertation. And then Tuesday she was born. Those were the wildest four days of our lives.” Also in Kids VT, managing editor Alison Novak — who covers K-12 education for Seven Days — recalls coming down with swine flu while pregnant with her now-11-year-old son. In “Vermont Visionaries,” Cutillo profiles 91-year-old Theresa Tomasi of Williston, a former social worker and director of Lund, who, as a single mom, adopted 27 children over the years. She might deserve her very own holiday. And Corey Grenier, marketing and events director for Kids VT and Seven Days, shares her experience as a type A mom-to-be feeling utterly overwhelmed by baby gear recommendations. Spoiler alert: She made a spreadsheet. Grenier, an event planner extraordinaire If you like what we do and can afford to help whose job has been completely disrupted by pay for it, become a Seven Days Super Reader! COVID-19, articulates one of this era’s most Look for the “Give Now” buttons at the top of important lessons in her essay: “This past year sevendaysvt.com. Or send a check with your has taught me that there will always be things address and contact info to: that are out of your control and you just have to SEVEN DAYS, C/O SUPER READERS P.O. BOX 1164 deal with them the best you can.” BURLINGTON, VT 05402-1164 You don’t have to be a mom to empathize For more information on making a financial with that sentiment. MAY 2021
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hen Vermont Senate Minority Leader RANDY BROCK (R-Franklin), who is Black, spoke last Thursday to fellow senators, his words may have been music to some people’s ears, but he appeared to be out of tune with the majority of his fellow lawmakers. Brock and colleagues had just heard a speech by Sen. RUTH HARDY (D-Addison) seeking support for H.210, “An act relating to addressing disparities and promoting equity in the health care system.” Hardy, who is white, told the Senate the state’s health care system fails to meet the needs of all Vermonters, especially those who have been discriminated against in the past. To right that wrong, she said, the bill would help build a more “inclusive system.” It would create an advisory commission on health equity that would include members selected by organizations representing racial, ethnic and sexual minority groups. That group would advise on the creation of a new Office of Health Equity in the Department of Health, an upgrade from the department’s current sole minority health officer, providing more authority and resources. Brock, a former state auditor and Republican nominee for governor in 2012, expressed deep skepticism about H.210. “There’s a tremendous push … often, in which if you find a group of people who are not doing as well as others, to blame it on discriminatory conduct, on racism or similar kinds of activities. And there’s this disparity [between] … outcomes and the explanation of why those things occurred,” the Swanton resident said. Brock has led a more privileged life than many Black people — and many white people, for that matter. Educated at Middlebury College and Yale University, Brock became a high-level executive at Fidelity Investments. Before he retired, he commuted to work daily by plane from Burlington to Boston. During the recent Senate debate, he argued against dividing racial minorities, LGBTQ people or those with disabilities into discrete populations that are subject to discrimination. “Our motto as a state is ‘Freedom and Unity’; it’s not freedom and diversity,” Brock said. “I see us going down a slippery slope in which, instead of ‘Freedom and Unity,’ we are promoting freedom and the creation of a whole bunch of quote, communities, unquote, as opposed to the community that we ought to be focusing on, and that’s Vermont.”
Brock’s speech echoed sentiments expressed a day earlier by the only Black Republican in the U.S. Senate in response to President JOE BIDEN’s address to Congress. “From colleges to corporations to our culture, people are making money and gaining power by pretending we haven’t made any progress, by doubling down on the divisions we’ve worked so hard to heal,” said Sen. TIM SCOTT (R-S.C.). “Hear me clearly. America is not a racist country. It’s backwards to fight discrimination with different discrimination.” After Brock spoke to his Vermont Senate colleagues, it was Sen. KESHA RAM ’s (D-Chittenden) turn. She said the need to address health disparities was demonstrated powerfully by how the COVID-19 crisis had affected Black and white Vermonters differently. “In October of 2020, at the height of the pandemic … we had a disparity in the COVID infection rate that had Black Vermonters at 10 times the infection rate of white Vermonters,” Ram said, adding soon after, “More than anything else,
the Department of Health highlighted systemic racism as underlying the disparities in this pandemic.” One factor, Ram said, was mistrust among some Black people for “a health care system that has long not just marginalized Black Americans but has experimented on them.” One notorious example was the Tuskegee Institute syphilis study. In 1932, employees of the U.S. Public Health Service recruited 400 sharecroppers with syphilis; they were denied treatment, and many died during the 40-year period the “experiment” ran, even after a cure for the disease was found. Ram, whose father emigrated from India and who has made issues affecting people of color central to her work as a senator, urged her colleagues to recognize other factors, as well: “a lack of access to health care, being more likely to work frontline jobs, and the deep disparities that have plagued our nation since it was founded on enslavement and subjugation.” Yes, enslavement and subjugation — those things and a promise of equality.
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We’re still working on that last part. So it’s a good thing that, after listening to Hardy and Brock and Ram, the Senate voted to advance the bill by a voice vote. It got final approval last Friday. Now, if you’re one of those people who think the worst problem with race relations in America is “wokeness,” you should skip to the next item in this week’s column. When we spoke earlier this week, Hardy said lawmakers had been struggling with the best language to use in writing the bill. The measure repeatedly uses the term “non-White” to describe the minority groups it is designed to assist. Backers hope the new advisory commission will suggest a different term because, she said, “‘nonWhite’ centers whiteness” and implies that others deviate from the standard. Getting one’s head around this stuff may take something else the bill calls for: “cultural humility.” That, the bill says, “means the ability to maintain an interpersonal stance that is other-oriented, or open to the other, in relation to aspects of cultural identity that are most important to the client or patient.” The new advisory commission is directed to advise lawmakers on how “cultural competency, cultural humility and antiracism” can be incorporated into training and continuing education for health professionals.
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In other words: Hey, Doc, try to put yourself in your patient’s shoes, even if that patient has much darker skin than you or an accent that originates in a different part of the world. Some people will tell you how this stuff drives them nuts and what a burden it is to be expected to think about it. I’d say that, as impositions go, it doesn’t quite match nearly 250 years of slavery and 100 years of Jim Crow. If you don’t want to be at least a little bit woke, go take a nap. Maybe the world will be a better place when you open your eyes.
The Burlington Free Press may not be the nation’s greatest daily newspaper, but in long-ago better days, the paper was respected and relied on by many in the community, despite its ownership by the distant Gannett. Now, the paper’s new corporate owners — Gannett merged with New Media Investment Group in 2019, though it kept the Gannett name — have stooped to the petty dishonesty of telemarketers as they try to shore up its circulation. (The Freeps, which once sold more than 50,000 newspapers a day, now sells fewer than 12,000.) A work colleague got a call last week from a number he didn’t recognize, but since his phone said the call was from Newfane, Vt., he picked up. A telemarketer said, “Hi, my name is Jane, and I’m calling on a recorded line from the Burlington Free Press.” She offered a subscription deal, which my colleague declined. And “Jane,” it turned out, wasn’t calling “from” the Burlington Free Press, or even from Vermont. When asked, she said she was dialing from St. Paul, Minn. She offered no explanation for why the call was listed as coming from an 802 number in Newfane. This is sad. The Freeps’ telemarketing strategy — fooling people into answering the phone — is a common one, but we expect more from an industry whose public service is so important that it is protected by the First Amendment. Well, at least we expect more than we do from the scam artists who call and tell me the warranty on my months-old car is about to expire. Among the expectations for a newspaper is that it tries to tell the truth, both in its journalism and its business dealings. Gannett did not reply to a request for comment sent through the Free Press.
But one thing’s clear: If the Free Press ever wants to connect with a broad swath of Vermonters again, it needs to think local and authentic.
When Washington, D.C., lawyer and conservative activist VICTORIA TOENSING was served with a search warrant by agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation last week, her last name likely rang a bell with some Vermonters. Agents took possession of Toensing’s cellphone, part of an investigation that led to raids the same day on the New York City office and home of RUDY GIULIANI, personal lawyer to former president DONALD TRUMP. Toensing is the mother of BRADY TOENSING, who until 2019 split his time between his home in Charlotte, Vt., and Washington, D.C., where he was a partner in the law firm that bears the name of his mother and stepfather, JOSEPH DIGENOVA. In Vermont, Brady Toensing was vice chair of the state Republican Party, led Trump’s 2016 campaign in the state and for years was the scourge of Vermont liberal politicians, demanding investigations into their alleged misdeeds. Among the allegations was that JANE O’MEARA SANDERS had inflated donor pledges to the now-defunct Burlington College, of which she was president, to secure financing for the college to buy the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington’s former headquarters property. He also alleged that her husband, Sen. BERNIE SANDERS (I-Vt.) had improperly pressured a bank to give the college the loan. Federal authorities investigated and dropped the matter without charges. In 2019, Trump’s attorney general, WILLIAM BARR, tapped Brady Toensing to be senior counsel in the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Policy. Not much has been heard from him since then in Vermont. His LinkedIn profile shows he rejoined diGenova and Toensing in February, following the change in administrations. He did not reply to a text from Fair Game asking about the search warrant served on his mother. The New York Times described Victoria Toensing as “close to Mr. Giuliani.” Her law firm said she is not a target of the investigation involving Giuliani. But she still had to hand over her cellphone. So if anyone’s tempted to say to her son, “B.T., phone home,” it might be tough. m
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couple of years ago, Winooski City Manager Jessie Baker had a frustrating problem. A staffer was performing all the duties of a human resource director, but Baker could not give her the job title because it was not in the city’s charter. Winooski would need to update the document through a lengthy process that required both a town-wide vote and legislative approval. By the time the issue came up for a vote last November, the staffer had already “left for another position where she could have access to that title,” Baker told Seven Days. Voters did ultimately support making the numerous charter changes, including the administrative one. But the Onion City is one of 10 municipalities seeking to amend their local charters this legislative session — and most are still waiting for state lawmakers’ stamp of approval. Some changes involve controversy, such as ongoing attempts to ban no-cause evictions and establish ranked-choice voting in Burlington, and proposals to allow noncitizens to vote in city elections in Winooski and Montpelier. Others are far more routine, such as the only charter change lawmakers have approved so far this session: a request from the Town of Barre to convert its elected treasurer and assessor positions into appointed ones and allow the selectboard to establish a personnel policy for town employees. Such paternalism has long defined the relationship between the legislature and
When Vermont evolved into a craftbrewing mecca, somehow Essex County, population 6,000, was left out. There doesn’t seem to be a microbrewery to be found in the state’s remote northeastern corner. But a couple from Connecticut is working hard to fix that, with plans to start serving up microbrews from their new Dirt Church Brewing in tiny East Haven on July 4. Bruce Lindsay and Anna Cronin have spent the latter half of the
pandemic renovating a 900-squarefoot church that Lindsay bought last September for $85,000. It came with a dilapidated former grange hall that the two have replaced with a post-andbeam seven-barrel brewhouse. Lindsay is a longtime homebrewer. With just 290 residents, East Haven itself isn’t a busy spot likely to draw drop-in visitors, but Dirt Church is located on Route 114, just up the road from Burke Mountain Resort and the town of East Burke, which has come to life in recent years thanks to its 100-mile mountain bike trail network, Kingdom Trails. The name of the business reflects the pair’s reverence for biking. Lindsay, 47, and Cronin, 33, first met while competing at Burke’s Circumburke Trail Challenge in 2018 and started dating after they bumped into each other at a bike event a year later. Cronin was working as a professional triathlete in New Hampshire, and Lindsay, an arborist, was a consultant tree warden for the Town of Westport, Conn. When the pandemic hit, Lindsay was able to keep doing his job remotely, but Cronin’s work as a coach and trainer disappeared. The pair had been visiting the Northeast Kingdom separately for two decades, she said, and they knew that was where they wanted to be. “We decided, ‘Let’s chase our dream,’” said Cronin. “We don’t know when this whole thing is going to end. But we know when it does end, we don’t want to be living the Connecticut rat race that is losing the mental health war.” The former Methodist church is now ready for events and its other planned use, as an art gallery. Cronin and Lindsay are lining up food trucks as they anticipate a busy summer of live music and activities. m
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any Vermont lawmakers say they are ready to ban the “forever chemicals” that have contaminated drinking water in parts of the state. They have many reasons. In Vermont’s best-known case, the chemicals known as PFAS contaminated hundreds of wells in Bennington after two former textile factories in the town baked them onto their products for years. Elsewhere in Vermont, evidence of contamination has turned up in the leachate of lined landfills because discarded rugs, furniture and clothes break down, and the PFAS-based waterproofing on fibers washes away. And in South Burlington, the foam that Vermont Air National Guard firefighters sprayed for decades on fuel fires at their base has contaminated area groundwater, sending a steady stream of PFAS pollution REP. DAN E into the Winooski River. PFAS is an acronym for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, a group of water-resistant substances first synthesized in the 1950s. The fluorinecontaining chemicals have been widely used in products from nonstick cookware to waterrepellent clothing to cosmetics. The long chains of carbon molecules that characterize many of the substances make them durable but also resistant to breaking down and therefore persistent in the environment. They have been linked to a variety of cancers and immune and reproductive disorders and have been discovered in water systems around the nation. This includes 10 small public water systems in Vermont, where five PFAS-class chemicals were detected at levels above the state’s standard of 20 parts per trillion. But when Vermont lawmakers this year sought to get a handle on the contaminatedwater problem by banning the sale of products made with PFAS, they found their power to do so limited by an unlikely source — the federal government.
The site of some of the worst PFAS contamination — the property shared by the Air Guard and Burlington International Airport — remains beyond the state’s regulatory reach. The Air Guard follows U.S. Department of Defense guidelines that require firefighting foam to contain PFAS chemicals because they are considered better at quickly smothering fuel fires. Similarly, the Federal Aviation Administration says airports with regular commercial air service must have at least one fire truck filled with PFAS foam ready to respond to emergencies. The Air Guard provides firefighting for the entire airfield. This includes its own fleet of F-35s, helicopters flown by the Vermont Army National Guard, and commercial jets that serve Burlington International Airport, as well as charter air flights and private WHITMAN aircraft. When state and federal aviation laws conflict, courts have held that the federal law takes precedence, a legal principle known as federal preemption. So while state lawmakers are considering restrictions on the sale of PFAS-containing consumer products, such as rugs, food containers and ski wax, they have no say over substances used by the airfield’s firefighters. “As a state legislature, our hands are tied as far as telling the airport and the National Guard what to do,” said Rep. Dane Whitman (D-Bennington). Guard officials say the military is trying to phase out the PFAS-based foams by 2024, but no alternative products meet current standards to put out fuel fires in 30 seconds or less. Congress has ordered the FAA to allow the use of fluoride-free foams at commercial airports by this October, assuming they are available. That deadline doesn’t mean much for Burlington, however, since the Guard takes orders from the Department of Defense. Airport director of aviation Gene Richards says he “wholeheartedly” supports
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news Alarming Stat About Women Seeking Unemployment Was Likely Wrong B Y A NNE WAL L A C E ALLEN email@example.com It was a startling statistic: Of the people who applied for regular unemployment in the state last fall, 73 percent were women, the Vermont legislature’s Joint Fiscal Office said. Vermont’s gender inequity appeared to be an outlier. Around much of the country, men and women had applied for unemployment last fall at about the same rate. But it looks like the number, which was widely quoted in January, was inaccurate, said Joyce Manchester, a senior economist at the Joint Fiscal Office, and Mat Barewicz, an economist at the state Department of Labor. It probably overstates the discrepancy. The figure was shared with lawmakers and by advocates for women. It prompted conversations about how to help women return to the workforce. Manchester said last week she had backed away from using the number. “I have been spreading the word that we may have been misled by data that somehow isn’t quite right,” said Manchester, who had cautioned in January that she needed to do more analysis on the data she was using. “There may be something funky in the data set.” Barewicz said his division is preparing a deeper analysis of unemployment during the pandemic. The 73 percent figure, reported in Seven Days and elsewhere, was based on a week’s snapshot of data used to estimate a quarterly figure, he said. Barewicz noted that the number of job losses doesn’t necessarily match the number of claimants. Not everybody is eligible for or chooses to claim unemployment benefits. The important thing, he said, is that research shows women have suffered more in the recession that has accompanied the pandemic. National Department of Labor data show that about 57 percent of the job losses affected women, compared to 43 percent for men, he said. That’s a widely held view. The Vermont Commission on Women’s COVID-19 dashboard says women make up 81 percent of Vermont’s tipped wage earners — the highest rate in the country. Their work was disrupted more by pandemic-related closures. The commission also says women in Vermont are more likely to hold part-time positions and account for a disproportionate share of the people earning less than $11 an hour, making them less likely to qualify for unemployment insurance. m
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Nanny State? « P.16 Known as Dillon’s Rule, Vermont’s legislative oversight system traces back to a pair of 19th-century rulings by Iowa Supreme Court justice John Dillon, who concluded that municipalities “owe their origin to, and derive their powers and rights wholly from, the legislature.” In other words: Municipalities should only be allowed to perform actions that the legislature has sanctioned. Dillon lived during a time of rampant corruption, and he harbored a great distrust of local government. He once asserted that people with the highest intelligence and moral character did not serve in local offices. Modern supporters of Dillon’s doctrine don’t go quite as far, but they do believe that the state still plays an important role in fostering uniformity — and preventing the locals from going rogue. “You don’t want one municipality to decide that they’re going to balance their town highway budget on traffic fines and decide that they’re going to lower all of their speed limits down to 15 miles an hour,” said Rep. Sarah Copeland Hanzas (D-Bradford), who chairs the House Government Operations Committee. Critics of Dillon’s Rule, on the other hand, say it gives state legislatures too much power to meddle in local issues and makes it harder for municipalities to come up with creative solutions to the buffet of problems they face. While most states still follow some form of Dillon’s Rule, a handful employ an alternative model known as home rule, which permits municipalities to pass whatever laws they see fit so long as they don’t defy the state or federal constitution. The League of Cities & Towns is not advocating for a switch to home rule, in part because it likely would never be approved here, said Karen Horn, the organization’s director of public policy and advocacy. “What we’re hoping to do is have the legislature cede some control to municipalities for decisions that affect only their community,” Horn said. According to Horn, Statehouse micromanagement has waxed and waned over the years. Some legislative sessions have taken a more laissez-faire approach to charter changes, largely accepting the will of the voters. Others, particularly the current crop of House lawmakers, are “intent on investigating every single detail,” she said, often rewriting provisions to their liking. “The biggest issue for us is that legislators who haven’t even necessarily been to a particular community are deciding what needs to happen in Colchester, or
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in Winooski, or in Killington,” Horn said. “That’s a problem for people who live in that town and the people trying to govern that town.” Copeland Hanzas disputed that characterization and said she and her colleagues never judge charter proposals based on whether they would want to adopt such ideas in their communities. Rather, they look to ensure that local governing boards adequately warned and explained the proposals, then consider whether the changes conflict with state law or would result in any unintended consequences. If all three bars are met, Copeland Hanzas said, the proposal typically moves forward. “It’s not my experience that the legislature weighs in with a particularly heavy hand,” she said. Some local officials say their experience suggests otherwise. When Bennington undertook a major rewrite of its charter several years ago, the House Government Operations Committee was “terribly difficult” to work with, said Town Manager Stuart Hurd. “I mean, they were very pleasant, but they really gutted the work we did,” Hurd said. “It left a sour taste in our mouth.” The legislative committee took issue
with how Bennington warned its vote, arguing that the town erred by not listing each of the individual changes on the ballot, which included everything from a new local option tax and an expansion of the town’s downtown improvement district to attendance requirements for selectboard members. Bennington officials said that doing so would have forced them to print 10-page ballots. They instead provided a summary in each voting booth and made the new charter available to those interested — efforts the Vermont Secretary of State’s Office determined were enough. Lawmakers, though, took it upon themselves to strike out several of the changes, convinced that voters couldn’t have possibly understood what they were being asked. When the legislature finally approved Bennington’s revised charter, it looked far different from the one voters approved. “I may get shot for saying this,” Hurd said, “but it seems like [the legislature] doesn’t trust local selectboards to make decisions.” Sometimes, entire proposals are scrapped. In 2014, Burlington voters approved a series of gun-control charter
changes that would have allowed police Rep. John Gannon (D-Wilmington), to confiscate guns from suspected vice chair of the committee and a member domestic abusers, prohibited them at of his local selectboard, told Seven Days he establishments with a liquor license and thought the proposals gave municipalities required that they be stored behind a too much latitude. He wondered whether lock. The city’s attorney said at the time they would be able to pick certain words that she believed the changes cleared any from various charters and come up with constitutional hurdles. But legislative “an entirely new provision.” attorneys still questioned the proposal’s With the legislature expected to legality, and lawmakers never took action adjourn later this month, most of the on it. nine pending charter changes will not There have been a number of efforts make it to the governor’s desk this to grant municipalities more autonomy session. Four are still in the House in recent years. Sen. Jeanette White Government Operations Committee. At (D-Windham), who chairs the Senate least one of those — a request to change Government Operations Committee, the makeup of the selectboard in the Town of Essex — appears introduced a bill in 2019 that would have created a to be moot given the failure municipal self-governance of a recent merger vote pilot program. It would have there, but the rest are still allowed up to 10 towns to in play, including Burlingsend charter change requests ton’s. Meanwhile, only two to a new commission, which of the five that have cleared would have vetted the the House are expected to proposals and made recomcome up for a Senate vote mendations to the legislathis year: Winooski’s and ture. Supporters of the idea Underhill’s thought it would make the The Senate Government process less political and Operations Committee is now working with the League of hoped that the commission Cities & Towns to identify might one day have final say. The pilot was based on certain municipal changes STUART HU RD a similar program in West that could potentially skip Virginia. Lawmakers there the legislative review process. expanded it statewide after determining The organization has included more than that the program helped municipalities 20 issues on its wish list, from local option save money, time and resources. taxes and sidewalk ordinances to voting The Vermont bill passed in the Senate eligibility expansions and selectboard 21-8 but was never taken up in the House; attendance requirements. White has not reintroduced it this Both Gannon and Copeland Hanzas biennium. said they are open to the discussion. But To continue the self-governance neither seemed in any rush to let go of conversation, the League of Cities & much control. Towns has encouraged some of its “You can’t just have a group of member municipalities to pass charter five members of a legislative body changes that would allow them to adopt in a town making decisions about any provision from any other charter changing how the town is going to around the state, as long as their commu- govern itself,” Copeland Hanzas said. nity voted in favor of it. Supporters “That’s not really democracy.” She said viewed it as a rational compromise, and the legislature ensures that voters had a voters in four municipalities approved the “voice” in the process. language within the last year: Brattleboro, Such comments do little to dispel Springfield, Williston and Winooski. accusations of paternalism. Baker, “It isn’t asking the legislature to adjust the Winooski city manager, said some the calibration of Dillon’s Rule and home lawmakers seem to forget that they were rule,” said Peter Elwell, Brattleboro’s elected by the same people who elect local town manager. “It’s simply saying, ‘If you officials. have found this to be acceptable in Spring“The devaluing of local elected officials field, why shouldn’t it also be acceptable is really unfortunate,” said Baker, who will in Brattleboro?’” become South Burlington’s city manager But when the first charter containing this summer. the provision reached the House GovernSen. White agreed. She said many ment Operations Committee earlier this lawmakers previously served on local month, legislative counsel deemed it an boards before moving to the Statehouse, unconstitutional attempt to usurp the “but for some reason, when we get to legislature’s authority, and lawmakers the legislature, we suddenly don’t trust nixed it. towns.” m
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“getting rid of this crap,” meaning PFASfoams. He has no say in the matter, however. “We don’t even have a seat at the table,” Richards said. While Whitman said he’s optimistic that the federal agencies will meet upcoming targets, others are less trusting of federal promises. Veteran clean-water advocate James Ehlers says there is no reason for the military or the FAA to delay switching to fluoride-free foams and for state lawmakers not to require it. “There are other alternatives,” Ehlers told Seven Days, “as other militaries have shown us, as other airports have shown us, as experts have testified to.” The issue is a personal one for Ehlers. As a junior officer on a U.S. Navy-guided missile destroyer for two years, Ehlers was acutely aware of the dangers of a fire at sea like the one in 1967 that killed 134 sailors aboard the aircraft carrier Forrestal. A power surge caused an F-4 Phantom to fire a rocket into another aircraft, causing a chain reaction of explosions that engulfed the flight deck. “It was drilled into every single one of us as a damage control officer: It was our responsibility to never, ever, ever — under any circumstances — allow that sort of scenario to proliferate,” Ehlers recalled. So while he understands the military’s need to quickly contain fuel fires at sea, Ehlers doesn’t think the same protocols should apply to a wide-open airfield, because the potential for water contamination is clear and the health risks of the chemicals have been known since the 1970s. Ehlers is far from alone in his concern. Air bases around the nation have become hot spots for PFAS pollution. Patrick Breysse, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Environmental Health, has called PFAS drinking water contamination “one of the most seminal public health challenges for the next decades.” The Air Guard says it has already replaced “legacy” firefighting foams with one thought to pose a lesser health risk. That current product, when mixed with water, creates a foam that deprives a fuel fire of oxygen and extinguishes it more quickly than water alone. The product — called Phos-Chek — still contains fluorinated chemicals, however. “We know that there are fluorinefree alternatives that are used by other countries and companies,” explained Col. Adam Rice, vice commander of the 158th Fighter Wing, which flies the F-35s. “But we are limited to a military specification approved by the Federal Aviation Administration.”
The base keeps about 1,400 gallons of the foam on hand. The department needs such volume to respond not only to aircraft accidents but also to any fires at tanks containing hundreds of thousands of gallons of aviation fuel, 158th Fighter Wing fire chief Brannon Soter explained. To minimize exposure to people and the environment, Guard firefighters no longer train with the foam. When it is handled, they wear protective gear and work to prevent and contain any spills, which are rare but must be reported, Soter said. “That’s just kind of the nature of the beast,” Soter said. “You can’t get away from it all.” Despite their environmental and health risks, these foams are used in military installations around the globe. Ehlers partly blames the influence of chemical manufacturers such as 3M and their lobbyists on the U.S. military. Instead of switching to fluorine-free alternatives, the Department of Defense bought into big chemical companies’ false claims that fluorine-free foams were less effective and their newer PFAS foams were safe, he said. “This isn’t about studying the effectiveness of alternatives; this is about giving the corporations that currently control the supply chain time to profit from the transition,” Ehlers said. He rejects the idea that lawmakers are unable to pass legislation in Vermont that conflicts with federal statutes and guidelines. They do it when sufficiently motivated, he noted, citing a state law that, starting next year, legalizes the sale of cannabis, an illegal substance under federal law. The military wasn’t the only obstacle facing lawmakers who want to limit use of the chemicals. Fuel dealers have also pushed back, arguing that they shouldn’t be forced to switch to a less effective product. “At this point, it would be irresponsible to get rid of it,” Tom Keefe, of Global Partners LP, which owns a bulk fuel terminal in South Burlington and 34 gas stations, told lawmakers. Legislators are putting the finishing touches on S.20, which would ban the sale and distribution of a variety of PFAScontaining products to which people have direct exposure, such as food containers and carpets. An early draft of the bill potentially gave wholesale fuel dealers — with a waiver from the state Department of Environmental Conservation — until 2028 to comply with the ban on foam with PFAS if no suitable alternatives were identified. That timeline wasn’t fast enough for some lawmakers, who shortened the waiver period to a single year. The current bill would require they switch no later than
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2024. That bill advanced in a unanimous House vote on Tuesday, and it heads back to the Senate next. Among the affected products, ski wax is of particular concern. University of Vermont head Nordic coach Patrick Weaver told lawmakers that cross-country ski waxes represent a health risk to those handling them. The waxes also rub off on snow and may contribute to some of the contamination plaguing several small water systems near Killington, according to Whitman, the Bennington legislator. And while the bill may not apply to the airfield, he noted it would ensure PFAScontaining firefighting foam would soon be a thing of the past everywhere else in the state. This change would build on the work of the state Department of Environmental Conservation to gather up PFAS foams from fire departments and have them destroyed. That effort was paused, however, after neighbors of the disposal site in Cohoes, N.Y., objected, and the incineration of the material was halted, Environmental Conservation Commissioner Peter Walke explained. Balancing the public safety need to effectively fight fires with removing dangerous toxins from the environment has been a challenge, but it’s one Whitman said he thinks the bill meets. Advocates such as Ehlers say they intend to lobby federal lawmakers, too, to phase out PFAS foams more quickly. On his list is U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who was instrumental in bringing the F-35 to Vermont. “If he can bring a $1.5 trillion warplane that the Air Force didn’t even want here,” Ehlers said, “can’t he bring a foam here that everyone says they want?” m
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OBITUARIES Andrea Lisle Miller FEBRUARY 26, 1949FEBRUARY 9, 2021 BURLINGTON, VT.
With sun shining through beautiful sparkling snowflakes outside the window, Andrea Westing Lisle Miller, 71, passed away at the McClure Miller Respite House on February 9, 2021. There was so much love with her daughter holding her hand, stroking her hair, and Joan Baez on the speaker. Though a fast and furious cancer diagnosis just four short weeks earlier overwhelmed her suffering body, it did not dim her warm and loving spirit in those last days. Andrea was born in New Orleans, La., to Mildred (“Midge”) Somers Westing. Shortly thereafter, Midge packed her wee infant daughter into a Model T Ford and, after a brief time in Texas where Midge babysat A.J. Foyt (yes, that A.J. Foyt!) to make money, she drove up the East Coast looking for a place to build a life for the two of them. She landed in the quaint village of Townshend, Vt. As the story goes, the small house she found to rent had a cow living in the basement that had to be evacuated before they could take up residence … a fitting start to a true Vermont existence. It just so happened that next door to the cowhouse stood the Townshend Furniture Factory, where Midge met the owner, Laurence (“Larry”) Lisle. Love sparked among the wood shavings and chair forms, as little Andrea looked on. Soon enough, they were married and Larry became Andrea’s adoptive father for the remainder of his life. Midge and Larry decided to build a home on a beautiful parcel of land in the hills of Grafton, Vt., and that was the home Andrea grew up in, running among the fields and trees in the warmer months and ice-skating on their pond and skiing the local mountains come winter. She happily welcomed her baby brother, Skip Lisle, 10
years later. Skip was always a great source of pride, joy and respite for his big sister right until her last moments. Andrea had a colorful spectrum of education. She attended high school at Northfield Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts, where she fell in love with the Spanish language and became fluent in its romantic tone. Upon her graduation in 1966, Andrea went on to the University of Vermont in Burlington, where she majored in English. Boy, did she love writing. Her words could draw you in until you felt every last one on the page. She was also an amazing editor for those of us who relied on her sharp wit and firm pen. It was a true gift. A bit later in life, while she was a wife and mother and working a full-time job, she embarked on a wonderful six-year certificate program of night and weekend classes at the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design in Providence to further advance her abilities in several artistic mediums. She was a tremendous talent in the areas of drawing, calligraphy, painting and collage, among others. When Andrea was attending UVM in the ‘60s, she met fellow student John Miller. They fell in love to the sounds of his guitar playing, lots of laughter and John’s crazy Phi Delta Theta fraternity brothers. As she would say, “Yes, it was Animal House in real life!” Their beloved daughter, Jennifer, arrived toward the end of the college experience, and she got to participate in some
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of the shenanigans, too ... such as little Jennifer being wrapped up in her mother’s L.L.Bean coat and snuck into the upper balcony of the Flynn theater in Burlington to take in all the glory that was B.B. King. There was always music in Andrea’s world: jazz, blues, folk. It was rarely quiet... It was wonderful. Andrea used to sing Jennifer to sleep playing the guitar and singing Joan Baez, Judy Collins and Bob Dylan. Soul filled the home they created. And though Andrea and John went their separate ways after 27 years of marriage, they remained good friends. After several years in Vermont, in 1977 the Millers moved to Rochester, N.Y., for four years, and then on to Rehoboth, Mass. In each of the places she lived, Andrea dedicated herself to a life of nonprofit work and creativity. Her career started with many years at various blood centers, recruiting blood donors through her creative marketing and communication efforts. She always said, “Though I’m in the back office, I still feel like I’m saving lives with the work that I do.” She felt so gratified with her role in these places. She also found her way to working in fundraising for the Providence Children’s Museum, as well as the Pomfret School in Connecticut. After her “big jobs” (as she liked to call them), she spent time enjoying several retail endeavors, where her gift of human connection proved to help her success in those venues, as well. Thankfully, just two years ago, Andrea moved back to her beloved Vermont after 36 years in Massachusetts to be closer to her daughter in Burlington and get back to her spirit place. Since her return, she was so happy to have such a wonderful group of people to work with at the Shelburne Museum gift shop. She loved being entrenched in such a place … a place that offered her all of the things she loved best: history, creativity and nature. Andrea’s deep love of natural wonders, combined
with an innate design sense, turned what some would see as just a stick or a feather or a stone into a wonderfully curated collection of natural objects that brought warmth and soul to her surroundings. Her generosity with her family and friends would oftentimes find us on the receiving end of one of her inspired creations: a fabulous rock-and-driftwood mobile, a watercolor inspired by Lake Champlain, a knitted hat when someone needed it most, or a poem penned by her beautiful calligraphy hand. No matter what the occasion, she always knew exactly what someone would enjoy. Thankfully, that means that her folks have many keepsakes to hold close to their hearts during this time of deep loss. To know her was to love her. Whether for friends, family or strangers, Andrea always carried with her a profound sense of curiosity and put people at ease with her warmth and inviting presence. Andrea will be lovingly remembered and dearly missed by her daughter, Jennifer Miller; brother Skip Lisle; sister-in-law Elise Lisle; niece Emma Lisle; nephew Forrest Lisle; and so many dear friends and wonderful cousins, near and far. A celebration of Andrea’s life will be planned for when it’s safe for family and friends to gather in her honor and enjoy each other’s warm embrace … otherwise known as a damn fun party filled with stories, laughter, hugs and music! In the meantime, her ashes are being scattered by some of those she held dear in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Washington, Maryland, the Pyrenees in France and, of course, multiple spots in Vermont: hills, lakes and yards. She wanted to be close to those she loved, and she didn’t want to miss a thing! If you are so inclined, donations can be made to the American Red Cross in Andrea’s honor to continue “saving lives.” To contact Andrea’s family, please contact Seven Days at email@example.com.
Elaine Rae Gove AUGUST 10, 1941-MAY 1, 2021 SHELBYVILLE, KY.
Elaine Rae Gove, 79, passed away on Saturday, May 1, 2021, in Shelbyville, Ky. She was a former resident of Essex Junction, Vt. She was an avid reader and enjoyed boating, quilting, painting, riding motorcycles (as a passenger) and RV camping. She raised four boys. She was a proud nurse and EMT. She was preceded in death by her son, Lewis Gove. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, David G. Gove; her sons Peter Gove (Brenda) of Northfield, Vt., Mike Gove (Cecile) of South Hero, Vt., and Paul Gove of Indiana; her six grandchildren; her four great-grandchildren; her sisters, Donna Gessner and Jean Kury; and her brother, Ron Coffin. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
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this past season; she took special pleasure in skiing with her four grandchildren. Shortly after earning a degree in nursing from the University of Vermont, Charlotte married her high school sweetheart, Thomas MacLeay, on June 5, 1971. They moved to Denver, where she followed in her mother’s footsteps, practicing nursing in a hospital setting, and then on to Phoenix, where she enjoyed her work as a public health nurse. After a stint in New
Jersey, Charlotte and Tom returned to Vermont and settled in East Montpelier, where they raised their son, David, and daughter, Kate. With young children at home, Charlotte also started a business as a childbirth educator, a relatively new field at the time. She went on to lead the formation of a statewide professional organization for childbirth educators, and she enjoyed the role she played in the births of hundreds of babies in central Vermont As her children grew, Charlotte shifted careers and became a school librarian at the Rumney School in Middlesex, Vt., where her work schedule aligned better with her duties as a mom. An avid reader, she loved researching and selecting the latest titles for the library and sharing her passion for reading with the young students. Charlotte was always active in the community. She volunteered as a Vermont
Statehouse tour guide and served on the board of Friends of the State House. She loved introducing her beloved Vermont to visitors from around the world and teaching school groups about the state’s history. She also had a long affiliation with Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, volunteering in various roles over the years and serving on the board of directors for several terms. In recent years, she participated on the UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences Advisory Board. All of these activities, and others, gave Charlotte a great deal of satisfaction and the joy of working alongside many friends and colleagues. Charlotte loved to travel and particularly liked planning and organizing trips with friends and family. Whether it was a domestic golf trip, a barge tour in France, walking trips in Italy, adventures with grandkids in Scotland and France, or meandering around
Europe’s less traveled regions with Tom, Charlotte joyfully attended to all the details and then reveled in the actual journey. Charlotte also loved time spent at home with family. She was, above all else, a loving mother, grandmother and spouse. As Charlotte’s health began to fail, her biggest disappointment was that “Mimi,” as she was known to her grandchildren, would not continue to be part of their lives. She cherished the experiences she shared with each of them. Charlotte was predeceased by her parents, Robert and Loree Ely; her brother, John Ely; and her brother-in-law William MacLeay. She is survived by her husband, Tom; son David and his wife, Alicia; daughter Kate Crespo and her husband, Joe; grandchildren Burke, Adelle, Amelia and Cooper; brother Eugene Ely and his partner, Lori Keenan; sisters-in-law Bunny Ely,
Sandy Bechtel and Maggie MacLeay; brothers-in-law Rick MacLeay and Hank Bechtel; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank Charlotte’s many friends who filled her life with joy, laughter and comfort; her amazing in-home caregivers, who became true friends; the incredibly caring staff at the McClure Miller Respite House; and especially the team at the Arbors, where Charlotte spent her most difficult months in the embrace of an exceptional group of remarkable people. A celebration of Charlotte’s life will be planned for later in the year, when it is safe to gather. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice (cvhhh. org) or to Ascutney Outdoors (ascutneyoutdoors.org). Those wishing to express online condolences may do so at guareandsons.com.
He earned numerous awards from the Vermont Press Association for news writing, editorial writing, sports writing and music criticism. He was seven times the winner of editorial awards from the International Society of Weekly News Editors and was inducted into the New England Newspaper & Press Association’s Hall of Fame in 2015. He married Marjorie Balgooyen in 1975. The couple moved into the Drysdale family home on Labounty Road, where they have lived ever since, and raised two
sons, Robin Bruce and James Monteath Drysdale. He was treasurer of the Vermont Press Association for 25 years. He was a past president of the Randolph Chamber of Commerce and the Randolph Rotary Club. He also served on the Randolph Area Community Development Corporation. For 25 years, he directed the Randolph Singers, introducing a whole generation of singers to the great choral masterworks. An excellent tenor, he sang with the Bel Canto Chamber Singers, the Sounding Joy! vocal ensemble, Ken’s Barbershop Quartet, the Onion River Chorus and, of course, the Randolph Singers. Of Scottish heritage on his father’s side, Dickey developed a deep love for Scottish and Celtic music. Each year, he helped to plan Chandler’s New World Festival, a celebration of French Canadian and Celtic music. He served for many years on the board of the Albert B. Chandler Foundation, dedicated to the restoration of Randolph’s Chandler Music Hall. He was a lifelong member of Bethany Church in Randolph, where he enjoyed
giving children’s sermons and teaching Sunday school classes. In 2015, he and Marjorie were given the Jim Hutchinson Award for community service. In 2016, Dickey and Marjorie were asked to lead the Randolph Singers through to 2018, the chorus’ 50th anniversary, or Golden Jubilee. In December of 2018, their tenure concluded with the Singers’ traditional holiday concert, where Dickey picked up his baton for the very last time. The Drysdales were a hiking family, summiting many of the high peaks in the Adirondacks, the White Mountains, the Green Mountains and the Katahdin region of Maine. Even as his health deteriorated, Dickey tried to get outdoors every day to take a few steps around his home or to take a scenic car ride. Invariably, he would gaze at the countryside, then at his wife, and declare, “I’m so lucky.” Downhill and crosscountry skiing were lifelong passions. He learned to ski at Randolph’s Farr’s Hill and later served on the board of Randolph’s Pinnacle Skiways.
He greatly enjoyed travel, but there was no place like home. He felt that he had the best neighbors in the world. He loved to walk in his woods, swim in the pond, ski out his back door and cut wood for the winter months, saving an ample supply for March, when the Drysdale family would make maple syrup together. Dickey had enormous respect for the people in his town and surrounding communities. He featured them in editorials and essays, many of which also were published in Vermont Life and Yankee Magazine. He especially held farmers in high regard, in awe of their many skills and tireless work ethic. He wrote three books –– Vermont Moments, a book of essays and poems; Dancing in the Potato Patch, a book of poetry; and Not a Bad Seat in the House, a history of Chandler Music Hall. With his staff at the Herald, he produced The Wrath of Irene, illustrating the effects of Hurricane Irene in the White River Valley. Dickey was a beloved choral conductor, pianist, singer and fiddler. He was a
masterful wordsmith with an encyclopedic knowledge of local, state and national government. He was an eloquent poet, a vigorous hiker, a man of wit and an absolutely elegant skier. Above all, he was a kind and loving husband and father. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Marjorie; his sons, Robin Bruce Drysdale of Brooklyn, N.Y., and James Monteath Drysdale of Stevensville, Mont.; his sister Ellen Drysdale and her husband, Bob Squires, of Berlin, Vt.; his sister Isobel Drysdale of Pueblo, Colo.; 10 nieces and nephews; and 13 grandnieces and -nephews. A celebration of his life will take place this summer, when it is safer for people to gather together. Memorial contributions in his honor can be made to the Chandler Center for the Arts, 71 N. Main St., Randolph, VT 05060 (chandler-arts.org/ donate-1), or to the Randolph Singers, P.O. Box 192, Randolph, VT, 05060 (randolphsingers. org/home/donate). Online condolences may be left at dayfunerals.com. Arrangements are by the Day Funeral Home in Randolph, Vt.
OCTOBER 8, 1949APRIL 25, 2021 MONTPELIER, VT.
Charlotte Ely MacLeay passed away peacefully at the McClure Miller Respite House in Colchester, Vt., on April 25, 2021, after a difficult battle with a rapidly progressing dementia. She was a caring and communityminded nurse and educator who deeply loved her family, greatly enjoyed meeting new people, and greeted everyone with a warm and engaging smile. Born on October 8, 1949, to Robert H. and Loree C. Ely in Brownsville (West Windsor), Vt., Charlotte grew up skiing on Mount Ascutney, where her father designed and cut the trails and was the first to make snow in Vermont. Her love of skiing endured throughout her life, including
Maurice Dickey Drysdale NOVEMBER 10, 1944APRIL 28, 2021 RANDOLPH, VT.
Maurice Dickey Drysdale, 76, editor/publisher emeritus of the White River Valley Herald, died early Wednesday morning, April 28, 2021, in his home on Labounty Road in Randolph, Vt. He was born on November 10, 1944, in Concord, Mass., to John and Eleanor Drysdale. Six months later, the Drysdales moved to Randolph, Vt., where John purchased the White River Valley Herald. He was its editor/publisher for the next 30 years. Dickey graduated from Randolph Union High School in 1962 and Harvard University in 1966. He worked at the Springfield (Mass.) Union newspaper from 1966 to 1969 and earned his master’s in public administration from the University of Pittsburgh in 1971. He then returned home to Randolph to take the reins from his father at the White River Valley Herald, where he remained as editor/publisher for the next 44 years.
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hile shopping along Burlington’s Church Street Marketplace last week, Haley Moriarty spotted the perfect graduation dress on a rack at Ecco Clothes. The high school senior from Connecticut, who plans to attend the University of Vermont in the fall, fell in love with the creamy white mini with spaghetti straps and a bow across the open back. While Moriarty’s mother mulled it over, Ecco salesperson Ava Vacherot offered them the 10 percent UVM student discount, though Haley hadn’t yet started on campus. Then Vacherot slipped into the boutique’s back room and returned with a black graduation gown for Moriarty to try on over the little white dress. That clinched it. “I think it’s beautiful,” Moriarty said. Her mother, Karen Moriarty, agreed to buy the $148 dress and a pair of tan sandals for her oldest daughter to wear on graduation day. They’d dropped into Ecco before dinner on Saturday, lured by brightcolored frocks in the front windows. “I like how there’s dressy, casual, shoes and accessories,” Karen said, looking around the store. Of Haley, she added, “This is her style.” That’s the ideal shopping experience Ecco owner Lara Heath Allen yearns to give customers in her store — especially now, after an arduous year of shutdowns, apprehension and economic devastation for retailers and other businesses. Spring is generally lively at Ecco, a go-to spot for teens and grandmothers alike to find special-occasion dresses and full finery for proms, graduations and weddings. But a year ago, the coronavirus forced all nonessential businesses to close and events to cancel. Ecco, which also carries some men’s clothing, lost two months of prime-time sales. The rest of the year wasn’t much better, and Ecco ended 2020 with about 50 percent of its usual annual revenue, Allen said. In business for 29 years, Allen had worked her way through other economic ups and downs. Never before, though, had she confronted the fear she felt after locking her doors last March, she said. Her fate was suddenly out of her control. “Especially when you have a business for a long time, you develop a formula,” Allen said. “There’s a flow. Even when you go through dark times, you know you come out of them.”
A customer walking into Ecco Clothes in Burlington
EVEN WHEN YOU GO THROUGH DARK TIMES, Store manager Kate Hayes (left) and Lara Heath Allen
She had confidence in her skills as a retailer, “but this past year, it just felt like my hands were tied,” she said. “And that was a really awful feeling for somebody that has always been so driven.” Allen, 53, who lives in Shelburne, grew up in Burlington’s Old North End with a single mom and a younger brother. Money was tight, she said. During high school, Allen worked her first retail jobs — including at Magram’s department store, where Ecco resides today — and waited tables to supplement the family’s finances. After she earned an English degree from UVM, Allen went to work for a boutique on College Street that she loved. When that store closed, Allen took over the space and opened Ecco in 1992. She knew that Burlington needed a good source for reasonably priced dresses. When Allen graduated from college a few years earlier, her mom wanted her daughter to have something special to wear to celebrate the accomplishment, and options were limited. “There was a really expensive store, and she sprung for it, even though we couldn’t afford it,” Allen said.
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After three years on College Street, Ecco moved to a small Church Street space, then quickly expanded into adjacent quarters. Allen began selling jeans, which became another staple of Ecco’s business; the store now features more than half a dozen coveted designer denim brands. In 2009, Allen leased a 4,300-squarefoot space in the Howard Opera House building at the corner of Church and Bank streets, with windows on two sides. That year, in the thick of the recession, traffic remained steady, and the volume that Ecco could sell in the large showroom helped it thrive, Allen said. More recently, she added a few clothing lines at lower price points to supplement sales of her more expensive brands. That boosted Ecco’s revenue to an all-time high in 2019, she said. Entering 2020, Allen saw a chance to relax a little, maybe travel with her two sons, as her business reached a safe level of stability. When the pandemic hit, Ecco benefited from those foundational years. Longtime loyal customers placed orders by phone, email and online, once Allen
updated the website for e-commerce. She continued to pay her staff, even during the store’s closure from mid-March to early June. Allen’s team homed in on social media, constantly updating the store’s Instagram feed with new inventory and curated outfits. The all-female employees — who call themselves “Ecco babes” — communicated with customers via direct message or text to pick a T-shirt in the desired shade of lavender or the right size of camouflage jogger pants. “The community that came forward to support small businesses was unbelievable,” Allen said. Financial support also provided a crucial crutch. Ecco received two rounds of federal Paycheck Protection Program loans and a state grant. Her landlord, she said, checked in regularly to see how she was doing and sat with her on the bench in front of her store many times as she cried or fretted. “He would give me pep talks,” she said. “When we were all shut down, he let rent slide. And as I started to get back on my feet, we would come up with what would keep me going, what would keep me in business. And he would let me do that. And I’m now back to paying my full rent.” It made good business sense to offer longtime tenants like Allen the flexibility to stay afloat, said Steve Schonberg, one of Howard Opera House’s owners who manages its daily operation. Ecco’s continued success in such a prominent space benefits the building and all of Church Street, he added: “She has worked really hard and has built that business.” During the throes of the pandemic, Allen said, she would invariably cross paths with someone who recognized her and shared — from a six-foot distance — what a difference Ecco has made. One woman talked about a favorite green floral dress that she had bought at Ecco for a wedding years before. “The smallest things meant the world,” Allen said. “People sharing their heart with me, as they always have, and their lives with me ... Having that thread go through this past year in a really significant way was really, really important and really pulled us through.” m
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Burlington’s property reassessment has set record-high values. What’s the cost to residents? S TO RY BY SA SHA GOLDSTE IN & COU RTN E Y L AM D IN • P H O TO S BY L UK E AW TRY
THE DATA DIVE Seven Days used data on about 10,400 taxable Burlington properties that the city provided in mid-April. These data included addresses with previous assessed values and the new, preliminary property values the city assigned during the recent reassessment. We geocoded the property addresses to obtain latitude and longitude, then used those coordinates to identify each property’s city ward. We calculated the percent increase of each property relative to its previous valuation. We then averaged the percentages overall by each Burlington land use code, of which the city has nearly two dozen, and by ward. For more data and interactive graphics, visit sevendaysvt.com.
elly Brigham has lived her entire life in Burlington’s only mobile home park. The resident-owned North Avenue Cooperative has 114 homes, including Brigham’s gray single-wide, purchased with an inheritance from her late mother in 2016. At the time, the city assessed the home for $69,300. Brigham, 54, has since paved her parking lot, installed a privacy fence and added an entrance ramp. Still, when the results of Burlington’s first citywide reassessment in 16 years arrived in mid-April, she was one of hundreds of homeowners who gasped at the numbers on their notices. The valuation of Brigham’s home had more than doubled, rising by nearly $100,000. She wasn’t alone: Around her neighborhood, the average mobile home had doubled in value, according to the city’s data. Some valuations had more than tripled. Park residents, who are among the city’s lowest-income homeowners, worry that the new values will mean higher taxes on the city bills they’ll receive in July. 26
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“I thought I would be here for the rest of my life, but I’m not sure I can afford it,” Brigham told Seven Days soon after receiving her notice. “I don’t have anything else.” Brigham’s panic subsided a bit the following week when a city-hired firm announced it had overvalued the park’s
values, which have been driven up by a hot housing market. The last citywide revaluation happened in 2005, though some properties have been reassessed in the years since. A Seven Days analysis of property data the city provided in mid-April found that the average value of a single-family
A Seven Days analysis of property data found that the average value of a single-family home has risen to nearly $450,000. homes. Several residents had already appealed their valuations to the city, arguing that a double-wide would never sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars. The city is recalculating the values this week. Other Queen City neighborhoods and homeowners are less likely to see a blanket reconsideration of their newly assessed
home — the most prevalent property type in Burlington — has risen to nearly $450,000. That’s an average increase of 56 percent. Of single-family homes, the median value, which helps eliminate outliers on the higher and lower ends of the spectrum, is now $380,200. Before the reassessment, that figure was $237,250.
Seasonal homes, duplexes and apartment buildings citywide appreciated even more than single-family homes, the analysis shows. The data did not include about 400 tax-exempt properties, including churches, the University of Vermont and the University of Vermont Medical Center. The sharpest rise in single-family home values occurred in Ward 5 in the city’s South End and in Ward 3, which contains some of downtown and the Old North End. The average Ward 5 home was valued at $518,200 — a 65 percent increase. The new median value: $448,700. Burlington’s highest-valued single-family home, a mansion on 17 acres off South Prospect Street, nearly doubled in value, from about $3.5 million to $6.4 million. Even before the reassessment, taxes on the eightbedroom, seven full-bath and four half-bath Colonial estate came in at about $108,000. Its owner, philanthropist and racehorse breeder Amy Tarrant, could not be reached for comment. On the opposite end of the spectrum, just 66 of the city’s 10,400 properties lost value since they were last assessed. Many of those were commercial properties. The Burlington Country Club, for example, dropped nearly $1 million in assessed value. Hotels, too, saw marked decreases, losing a combined $13.3 million in valuation, largely due to travel restrictions and lost business during the coronavirus pandemic, according to City Assessor John Vickery.
The total value of all taxable property in Burlington increased by 61 percent. But Vickery says that preliminary number will likely shrink substantially — to closer to 40 percent — after appeals and other adjustments. The final grand list will be calculated in late June. The potential drop seems steep, but Vickery said a single change in a commercial property’s valuation can reduce the grand list by millions of dollars. The developers of the unbuilt CityPlace Burlington project, for example, have already appealed multiple properties they own downtown, including the infamous “pit,” according to Vickery. The coming reductions are unlikely to dramatically alter most homeowners’ property values. And if Vickery’s estimate is correct, and if the city budget is the same as the current one, people whose property values increased by more than 40 percent would pay higher taxes this coming fiscal year; those with smaller increases would pay less. Property owners won’t know their tax bill until both the municipal and education tax rates are set in June. Both rates will be lower to compensate for higher property values, as the city charter dictates that the citywide reassessment be revenue neutral. This year’s process did not involve indoor visits to most residential properties. Instead, the city’s consultant, Tyler Technologies, reviewed real estate sales information from 2017 through early 2021, permit histories and other city data to calculate valuations using an algorithm that also considered location, nearby schools and other amenities. Assessors reviewed high-definition photos, taken from the ground and the air, of all homes, and only entered residences upon request. They inspected every commercial property in the city, Vickery said. “The metric here is for fairness and equity,” Vickery said. “We want people to help us make corrections.” The new assessments have been the talk of the town, with residents trading horror stories about their new valuations and the steps they have taken to try to correct errors made by the city or Tyler Technologies. Others have pestered their city councilors or passed around spreadsheets detailing the winners and losers, noting that some high-profile names — including Mayor Miro Weinberger, whose Hill Section home went up just 29 percent — would likely see their taxes decrease. A lack of communication and transparency from the city has been frustrating, said Ben Katz, a Hill Section homeowner who has had two appeal hearings to try to lower his valuation.
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Average value increases of single-family homes in Burlington
“When you’re talking about fair and equitable — this is a small community; our neighborhoods are really close,” Katz said. “And you don’t want to look at a neighbor and be like, ‘Why are you paying $5,500 less in taxes a year for the same house?’” Appeals are a normal part of the process, and Vickery said the city encouraged property owners to request a hearing if something didn’t look right. About 18 percent, or 1,884 properties, were appealed by the April 30 deadline. Vickery, who has been the city’s assessor for 19 years, said the number of appeals this year was more than in 2005, though he did not provide the exact number. For many homeowners, this year’s assessment simply recognizes the fact
that their homes are worth more because of Burlington’s desirability. For years, demand for housing in the city — a university town that is the state’s economic center and a tourist destination — has outpaced its supply.
The pandemic, coupled with low interest rates and a strong stock market, has only tightened the squeeze. In 2020, Burlington homes sold after being listed an average of 32 days, a rate twice as fast as the average northwest Vermont home, according to a market report from Coldwell Banker earlier this year. The upward pressure on home prices has been partly driven by out-of-state buyers who flocked to Vermont during the pandemic, scooping up $1.43 billion worth of Green Mountain State property, a report from the Vermont Center for Geographic Information shows. Sales to non-Vermonters jumped 38 percent between 2019 and 2020, exacerbating problems with supply that have plagued the state and, to a greater degree, Chittenden County. New construction isn’t keeping pace with demand, according to Staige Davis, the president of South Burlington-based Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty, the state’s highest-volume brokerage. And many Vermont residents aren’t moving — in-state, anyway — because the market is too tight. Instead, they’re staying in their homes and planning renovations or other upgrades, which in turn has raised prices on goods such as lumber and made new appliances hard to find.
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Gilded Age « P.27 Contractors are busy — as is Davis’ firm, which assisted sellers and buyers on $1.4 billion in transactions across Vermont and New Hampshire last year. Most listings now attract multiple offers, Davis said; some folks are sending the sellers “love letters” to explain why they deserve the home, a practice Davis doesn’t endorse. “It’s been crazy,” he said. Each year, the state reviews three years of property sales data to determine each towns’ common level of appraisal, a number that compares assessed values to market prices to determine whether a town is contributing enough to the state education fund. A single year of hot sales could be just a blip in the state’s calculations. But if prices continue to skyrocket, they could knock home values out of whack and force a municipality to reassess, said Casey Michael O’Hara, program director for the Vermont Department of Taxes’ Division of Property Valuation and Review. The state steps in whenever home values in a community dip below 85 percent or above 115 percent of their fair market value. Burlington’s common level of appraisal was 74.77 percent before its revaluation, making it one of the most under-assessed cities in the state. South Burlington recently underwent a reassessment, too. Vickery, the city assessor, acknowledged that the pandemic drove residential valuations higher and depressed some commercial buildings’ worth. Both property types could theoretically be reassessed in the coming years if their respective markets changed substantially, he said. But, he noted, “this is what the market is telling us today.” Vickery seemed confident that Burlington’s inflated home market is here to stay. The last time there was a nationwide housing bubble, in the lead-up to the Great Recession of 2008, Burlington’s balloon never really popped, he noted. In any case, the findings should not overly burden many of those whose assessments have increased, he said, which he described as “just resetting the equity.” Those with spikes in value “should be thankful that their valuation has increased their property value, because it can sell for more,” Vickery said. “They’ve been underpaying [taxes]. And the folks that have had a more modest increase technically have been subsidizing the other folks.” That’s little consolation to Dave Davidson, a real estate agent whose Pitkin Street home increased in value by 155 percent. Given the number of properties that appreciated, and significantly, 28
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he’s struggling to determine whose taxes wouldn’t go up. “It’s just unfathomable to me — I can’t figure out a way the math works,” he said. “It just seems, for all of these comforting reassurances that it’s somehow making it more equitable, all it really seems to be doing is favoring people who have tremendous disposable income that don’t really have to think about these things.” He continued, “Like it’s just some sort of game where [officials] can pat themselves on the back that, you know, ‘Oh, we made it more equitable.’ But, like, how? For who? Did they make it more equitable by making it more expensive for the low-income and less expensive for the high-income?” To better understand the effects that Davidson and other property owners are worried about, Seven Days analyzed city data to identify reassessment hot spots and talked with property owners across the city — in low- and middle-income neighborhoods, along a busy retail and restaurant corridor, and in a secluded community of summer homes.
Old North Enders
As redeveloper Stu McGowan’s family had dinner one night in 2006, one of his daughters, who was home for college, kept looking out the window of their Old North End home with a puzzled look on her face. Finally, she burst out, “What the hell is going on with all of these people jogging in my neighborhood?” A demographic shift was under way in the working-class bastion, one that has only accelerated in the 15 years since. Single-family homes in Ward 3 are now valued at an average of 70 percent more than when they were last assessed. In Ward 2, the increase was about 60 percent. Historically, the Old North End has been a landing spot for the city’s immigrant communities. French Canadians flocked there, as did Eastern European Jews, who created a “Little Jerusalem” many decades ago. Some owned stores along North Street, which is now dotted with Southeast Asian markets operated by New Americans who arrived after Burlington became a refugee resettlement community in 1980.
McGowan and his wife, Joan Watson, raised their kids at their Intervale Avenue home, where they still live. Stu and Joan considered themselves pioneers when they moved to the neighborhood in the late 1980s. It was a working-class and affordable place; the couple had college degrees, unlike most of their neighbors. Abandoned homes blighted some streets. The area was considered unsafe and drug-ridden; living there carried a stigma. “What they did not have,” McGowan said, referring to his kids, “what nobody in this neighborhood had, was any social capital at all. If you ever told anybody you were from the Old North End, you would be immediately shut out of everything.” Glenn Eames remembers the ribbing he received in 1991 when he told some cop friends that he and his wife had bought a home on Murray Street. “They were like, ‘You’re crazy for moving into that part of town,’” said Eames, a former partner in outdoor gear store Skirack. He later started the Old Spokes Home bike shop.
AT-HOME TIRE & CAR SERVICE He and his wife, Mary Manghis, paid about $85,000 for their three-bedroom house. “We liked the neighborhood. We liked the house,” Eames said. “And it was an opportunity. This is what we could afford.” Affordability drew the next wave of newcomers in the late 1990s, according to McGowan. Many were artists drawn to “a great neighborhood with cheap housing” who were willing to live with “leaky faucets or whatever” because they weren’t making much money. McGowan, an independent video producer at the time, began buying and rehabbing rental properties in the neighborhood around 2000. What started with a building or two turned into 15 that contained 30 total units by the time a citywide reassessment rolled around in 2005. McGowan was shocked when his tax bill increased by $80,000. He had — and still has — a policy of not raising rents for current tenants. Rather than break that promise in 2005, McGowan said he went on a buildingbuying spree. His empire of houses that he paints in neon-bright colors now numbers nearly 30 properties with approximately 80 units. “If I didn’t expand and buy more, I would have gone bankrupt real fast,” he said. The most recent tide of new residents started arriving around 2005. Many were millennials just out of college “who craved what the Old North End was,” McGowan said. “A real neighborhood, real community, real cool corner stores, really cool people,” McGowan said. “You know, it was a sea change in attitude. And it wasn’t just that they had lower rents, but they wanted to be able to walk or bike downtown. They wanted to rub shoulders with people of color and poor people. They wanted that, whereas in the past, nobody wanted that.” McGowan despises the G-word — gentrification. Instead, he calls the neighborhood changes “diversification.” New businesses soon followed the new residents. North Winooski Avenue, once lined with empty commercial spaces, became hot. The thoroughfare is now home to some of the city’s most popular restaurants, which serve cuisines from around the world and draw people from Burlington and beyond. Eames’ reassessment reflects the neighborhood’s recent revival: The city valued his Murray Street home at $422,200, a 111 percent increase from the $200,000 assessment in 2005. Using a city calculator that estimates taxes for next year, Eames found that his bill would rise about $3,000, to more than $9,000.
Eames, 68, and his wife are retired and on a fixed income. They worry about the impact the reassessment could have on their finances. “It’s not like we have an opportunity here to renovate and rent a portion of it to offset any tax increases or whatever,” he said. He also worries about his neighbors, some of whom have lived in the area longer and would be less able to afford an increase. And he said he worries about the future of the city, too. “I don’t see how people are going to be able to afford to live here in Burlington, to be able to buy, and then be able to afford the taxes,” Eames said. While he and his wife love living in Burlington, Eames said, who would move in if they left? “Take a young family in their midthirties: What sort of income would you have to generate to be able to afford paying the taxes to live here?”
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In the 1970s, property owners began turning the Old North End’s single-family homes into duplexes or multiunit apartment houses, making the neighborhood into a renters’ haven. The area is now home to about 1,310 rental properties, nearly 42 percent of all such properties in the city. Rental properties in Ward 3 went up in assessed value by about 72 percent; in Ward 2, about 68 percent. Some worry those increases will mean higher taxes — and higher rents. “That’s the most likely outcome,” said City Councilor Brian Pine (P-Ward 3), who is interim coordinator for the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition. Landlords “may be able to keep rents from increasing very much until some big cost hits them,” he added. “By and large, most of them will pass that cost on to tenants.” Burlington landlord Mark Porter, who owns 26 units, says he won’t hesitate to raise rents if his taxes go up dramatically — and he worries they might. Porter spent about $900,000 on an 18-unit apartment building at 71-73 Elmwood Avenue in 2018, when it was assessed at $852,700. Three years later, the property is valued at $1.8 million. Porter has appealed the valuation. “No decrease in property tax rates is going to lower this below what [I was] currently paying,” he said, adding, “If there’s an increase, I would just have to raise the rents accordingly.” Porter said he absorbs other annual costs, such as the heating bill, without GILDED AGE
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Gilded Age « P.29 raising tenants’ rents. Even when taxes go up, Porter said he considers whether collecting more rent would be worth losing a good tenant. But now that he’s retired, Porter said he depends more on his rental income. Renter Rachel Cronin said she’d understand if her landlord raised the rent for her one-bedroom apartment on Canfield Street in the Old North End — especially since the property’s valuation nearly doubled. While she could handle a moderate increase, she is concerned that lower-income renters in her neighborhood may struggle. “In one way it feels fair: This property should not be assessed at that low amount given what everything else sells for in Burlington,” Cronin said. “But on the other hand, it’s not gonna be the landlords that pay this; it’s gonna be the renters. And that sucks.” Cronin, who works at the University of Vermont, has rented in Burlington since 2010 but has been house-hunting since last summer. Though she’d like to buy in the Queen City, Cronin’s recent searches yielded disappointing results: A twobedroom, two-bathroom townhouse-style home in Burlington’s South End is listed for $459,000; an 800-square-foot condo on Main Street is the same size as Cronin’s apartment but would cost her more per month. Cronin has even made offers well above asking price on homes in Chittenden County’s outer suburbs. “It’s just not enough,” she said. “People are coming in with cash offers for these tiny places … It’s bonkers.” Laine Margolin, Cronin’s real estate agent, said she’s seen an influx of buyers who opt to skip the typical bank appraisal and home inspection to win bidding wars. They often pay in cash, pricing out her clients, who have offered up to $100,000 over the asking price just to compete. “I’m telling my buyers, ‘Really, it comes down to how badly you want it, more than what I think it’s actually worth,’ which is a strange thing to say to somebody,” she said. “That is pretty much the conversation I’m having, seemingly weekly.” Cronin’s difficulty finding a home isn’t unique, according to Maura Collins, executive director of the Vermont Housing Finance Agency, which finances mortgages and provides down payment assistance to first-time buyers. Not only are home prices escalating, but so are rents, Collins said, making it difficult for renters to save up for a home. Compounding the issue is the lack of housing stock, specifically starter homes in Cronin’s price range, Collins said. And buyers making cash offers aren’t helping, either. 30
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One factor that’s not to blame? The reassessments, Collins argues. “The real concern here is the lack of affordable housing, the chronic shortage of units and the limited incomes that people have to be able to live near where they work,” she said. “This issue is just shining a light on a market reality.” Collins commended the steps Burlington has already taken to combat these trends, such as its inclusionary zoning policy, which requires that developers build a certain percentage of “affordable” units in larger developments. She also applauded zoning changes that streamlined the process for building accessory dwelling units — small apartments within a home or on the same lot as a single-family dwelling — and that did away with parking
minimums in some areas of the city, reducing the cost to develop more housing. Mayor Weinberger said he looks forward to discussing other policies this summer at the city’s second housing summit. The mayor, who was a housing developer before taking office, said he’s interested in the Missing Middle Housing initiative being championed by the AARP, a national nonprofit that advocates for senior citizens. The effort seeks to boost the creation of small- to midsize multiunit homes for middle-income buyers in walkable neighborhoods. While some residents may fear that new zoning rules would degrade their neighborhood’s character, Weinberger said the alternative is far worse. “More and more middle-class and lower-income households are being priced entirely out of Burlington,” he said, adding that it would be worthwhile to explore other housing models “if we are going to seriously expand homeownership opportunities in Burlington and do something about these dramatic upward market pressures.”
For years, Champlain Housing Trust has bought, rehabbed and resold affordable housing stock, using programs that make it easier for people with lower incomes to purchase their own homes. Under one program, the trust makes the down payment for a buyer, who is
then responsible for the mortgage. When that buyer is ready to sell, they keep only a quarter of the appreciated value; the rest goes toward the down payment for the next buyer. In some cases, the trust owns the land the homes sit on and remains on the deed for each transaction to ensure the long-term affordability. Champlain Housing Trust has such resale restrictions on 243 homes in the city, including 87 in the Old North End and 58 in the South End. Fourteen percent are owned by people of color, who have purchased 25 percent of trust homes sold during the last five years, according to Chris Donnelly, the nonprofit’s spokesperson. Several homeowners have called with concerns about the new valuation, Donnelly said. “We’ve been advising people how to appeal, but we’re not representing anybody,” he said. State law limits taxing this affordable housing stock to just 60 to 70 percent of its assessed value. Despite those limits, the homeowners could receive a much bigger tax bill after the recent reassessment, which valued some of these trust-acquired properties at many times their prior worth. That’s what happened to Davidson, the Pitkin Street resident. He could not have afforded his place without assistance when he bought it in 2006, he said. The trust program put about $80,000 toward the $185,000 purchase price of the threebedroom half of a duplex. The city last
assessed it at about $91,000. This year, the assessment jumped to $232,600 — a 155 percent increase. While he understands paying his fair share, Davidson worries that what he gets for his taxes is losing value. F-35 jets scream by overhead; the city high school his daughter attended is now shuttered and could be torn down while she attends class in a former Macy’s building. “There’s nothing that anchors real estate value like a good school district,” he said. “So when word gets out that we don’t have a functional high school and real estate values start plummeting, then we’re locked into this rosy, high-peak estimation of our value. There’s a really dangerous mismatch there.” Davidson is concerned he’ll have to pay hundreds, maybe thousands, more in taxes. He didn’t file an appeal, though, because he doesn’t think he has a case, “other than, ‘It’s not fair.’” “The city councilors are quick to reassure us that, ‘Oh, it’s revenue neutral,’ which really is not the same thing as saying your taxes will not increase,” Davidson said. “What matters most to the homeowner is, What am I going to be paying? How am I going to adjust to this discomfort?” The city, however, would argue that Davidson had been underpaying his taxes for years. He bought the place for
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Pat Robins, a philanthropist and retired Burlington businessman, worries the new tax hits could force families out of the community. Many “are pretty average folks” and not multimillionaires, he said. Robins’ grandfather built a camp in 1922, and Robins, now 82, bought a place of his own — Flynn’s original camp — in 1972 for $17,500. It’s now valued at $782,700. He can weather the increase. Others, some of whom go back several generations, cannot. “This will break it up. That’s the problem,” Robins said. “Not this year, but over the next few years … I’d hate to see that. I think it’s a wonderful institution.”
Perhaps no Burlington neighborhood has changed more in the last 15 years than the Pine Street corridor. Once an industrial area that became a haven for artists, it’s now a thriving strip, home to one of the city’s biggest employers — Dealer.com — stores, restaurants, art galleries and several breweries. The city’s well-loved farmers market sets up in a Pine Street parking lot each summer Saturday. Cementing its status as a complete neighborhood? City Market, Onion River Co-op opened a South End branch on Flynn Avenue, just off Pine, in 2017. The neighborhood’s status as a beer destination has even landed it a local nickname. “At first I giggled when I heard somebody refer to Pine Street as ‘Pint’ Street,” said Johanne Yordan, who lives on Birchcliff Parkway, less than 1,000 feet from two breweries. “There’s a lot of good things. You want all these small businesses to flourish, to thrive, but it brings a lot of tourists and it brings a lot of traffic.” Steve Conant remembers when he and other artists, craftspeople and entrepreneurs flocked to the strip, which runs through the city’s South End, in the early 1980s. Former warehouses made great, cheap studio spaces where he could experiment with his now-famous metal creations. He still owns 270 Pine Street, which he bought in 1984 for $50,000. Its value now: $435,000, a 125 percent increase over its most recent valuation. His tax hit is even higher because the city taxes commercial buildings at 120 percent of their value. Conant acknowledges that the hike won’t put him out of business, though. Twenty years ago, he bought the next-door Soda Plant building, which he recently remodeled and from where he runs his business, Conant Metal & Light. He’s done well for himself. He’s tried to pay that back by keeping rents affordable for young entrepreneurs hoping to make a go of it, especially on Pine
Street, which Conant is dedicated to trying to keep funky. But he worries that the new assessments will make the area even more exclusive than it’s already become. Conant has been successful at keeping an incubator-type vibe in his buildings, but, he said, the area is “now attractive to more mature, profitable businesses and investors. “So there’s risk in what’s happened,” he said.
dozens of people at planning meetings expressed fear that new housing would jack up rents in commercial spaces and drive out artists and small businesses. A group of artists even erected an installation titled “Miroville,” a cardboard house wedged into a green space, to mock the mayor’s pro-housing agenda. The Weinberger administration had argued that the dearth of housing in the coveted area was
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Conant and City Councilor Joan Shannon (D-South District) were both involved with a zoning rewrite in the early 2000s that allowed a wider variety of businesses to operate in the “enterprise zone,” an area encompassing the Pine Street strip. In 2019, the rules were modified again to allow Burton to build a planned entertainment hub featuring Higher Ground, the state’s largest performing arts venue. The South End City Market also needed a zoning change. One use that’s still not allowed in the zone? Housing. A proposal to change that touched off a heated debate in 2015, when
driving up housing costs, but the mayor eventually relented. “While we were not ready as a community to expand housing opportunities in the South End several years ago, I do think this is a conversation we will need to revisit in targeted, strategic ways in the years ahead,” Weinberger said in an emailed statement. “For housing to truly be a human right, for our community to be truly inclusive and welcoming, for us to meet our climate emergency goals, we need to create a lot more homes. The South End needs to be part of that solution.”
With no new housing developments in the pipeline, the existing stock in neighborhoods on both sides of Pine Street is in high demand. Councilor Shannon, a real estate agent, said South End homes had been selling for twice their assessed value even before the pandemic boom, which has only exacerbated the situation. Where many buyers were once looking to downsize, they’re now seeking homes with a “Zoom room” for each family member, Shannon said. Ward 6’s Hill Section, known for its larger abodes, has become more desirable as a result, she said. “Multiple kids all trying to attend school at the same time, and parents, many of whom are also working remotely — it has put a lot of pressure on the home itself,” Shannon said. “It’s happening all across the country.” Erik and Kathryn Trinkaus moved to Ward 6 from Missouri in 2019 after they both retired from Washington University in St. Louis. They rented in Colchester for a year before they bought on Cliff Street just as the pandemic began last March. They paid about $520,000 for the home, which the city had valued at $374,000 in 2005. They have since put about $100,000 in upgrades into the place. Their new valuation, though, blew them away: $876,600.
The couple later learned the city had incorrectly recorded some information that had increased the value of their home. They pleaded their case at an appeal hearing last month. The reassessment was a rude awakening for the new arrivals. “We have worried about whether it will change the nature of our neighborhood,” Kathryn said. “This is a very pleasant, family-oriented neighborhood with a mix of young families and older folks. We’d hate to see that change.” The Birchcliff Parkway area, where Yordan lives, has also become more attractive. The network of midcentury homes, arranged on streets named after tree and plant species, is trendy despite boasting less square footage than the “Sears catalog homes” of the older Five Sisters neighborhood, Shannon said. A handful have turned over to new owners during the pandemic. A three-bedroom split-level ranch near Yordan’s house, valued at $286,000 before the reassessment, sold in January for $528,500 — $65,000 more than its new assessment. That same month, another three-bedroom on nearby Bittersweet Lane, which was valued at $234,300 prior to the reassessment, sold for $431,000. Yordan’s family is one of the originals. In 1966, her father purchased the home where she still lives, one of the first to be built in the development. The working-class neighborhood was safe and isolated, Yordan said, recalling playing in the streets with her friends until dinnertime. Many of their fathers worked at the former General Electric plant on nearby Lakeside Avenue. Yordan considered selling her childhood home and met with a real estate agent last fall. She had just learned that Burlington High School, where her 16-year-old daughter was enrolled, was contaminated with cancer-causing chemicals. And she’s long been frustrated by the city’s high taxes. She wanted out. But Yordan soon realized that she couldn’t compete with other buyers’ cash offers if she went in search of a new home. Her daughter will transfer to a new high school in the fall, solving one problem. The reassessment, however, has caused Yordan to reconsider staying put. Her home’s value, which she has appealed, increased by 50 percent, to $434,600. She fears that she and her neighbors will owe even more taxes. “Most of us have a really, really hard time believing that Burlington isn’t going to start taxing us a lot more,” she said. “If it’s not this next tax bill coming in, it’ll be the next one.” m
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hen Laura Hill bought a house in Burlington’s Old North End, she was warned about the lead. Until it was banned in the U.S. in 1978, lead paint was used in many homes. Lead remediation had been done inside the home, but Hill said there were likely still high levels of lead on and around the outside walls and in the soil. “It struck me, because it was my neighborhood and I saw people growing food in their yards next to their house,” she said. Hill is a plant biologist and senior lecturer at the University of Vermont. “I’m always looking for ways to improve life with plants,” she said. In 2019, Hill and an undergraduate student, Mariah Cronin, launched a research project to see whether phytoremediators — plants that clean up the environment around them — could successfully reduce the presence of lead and other heavy metals in soil. Sponsored by the Environmental Program at UVM, they planted sunflowers and hemp (Cannabis sativa), two known phytoremediators, at their research site in the ONE — that is, Hill’s backyard. First, they tested the soil for lead in 90 separate plots of the yard. The levels came up highly variable, from 29 to 1,600 parts per million. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency defines dangerous lead levels in bare soil as higher than 400 parts per million in areas where children play and higher than 1,220 parts per million elsewhere. Then Hill and Cronin planted three “treatments”: hemp, sunflowers and a combination of the two. All plants take up some amount of whatever is in the soil, but phytoremediators are particularly good at absorbing and sequestering pollution. Hemp plants were even used to remove heavy metals from soil near the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster site in the 1990s. In the case of hemp and sunflowers, the metals are held in the spaces between cells, so there’s no negative impact on the plant itself. At the end of the season, if the plant is disposed of properly — removed from the site instead of composted — the metals go with it. “Plants that are known phytoremediators are plants that create a lot of biomass,” Hill said. “That just means they grow really big.” In the case of sunflowers, the metals
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are stored mainly in the stem and leaves, meaning there’s not much heightened risk to the animals that feed on the seeds. Hill and Cronin’s experiment proved successful: The hemp plots had a 48 percent decline in lead levels, sunflower plots a 70 percent decline, and the mixed plots a 68 percent decline. There was a complicating factor, though: Five hemp plants were stolen from Hill’s yard that summer. She posted social media warnings not to try to smoke the plants, because the level of THC wasn’t enough to get anyone high, plus they were likely loaded with heavy metals.
“Whoever got these plants didn’t get anything out of it and potentially could have gotten neurotoxic effects,” Hill said. At the end of the season, she and Cronin bagged up the plants and disposed of them at the Chittenden Solid Waste District’s Environmental Depot, eliminating the lead they’d absorbed from Hill’s yard. Hill began working with Burlington’s Community Economic Development Office to spread the word about the power of the phytoremediators and wants to continue that outreach this summer. “We’re always trying to figure out ways to spread the word on lead poisoning prevention,” said Margaret Williams, Burlington’s Lead Program coordinator. Her team plans to distribute sunflower seeds this year. Williams said there aren’t many other options for homeowners to remove the lead from their soils. Her main recommendation is to cover bare soil with grass, stones or mulch; avoid tracking soil inside
the house; and teach kids to wash their hands. Lead is particularly dangerous to children younger than 6 and can affect the body in a variety of ways, such as stunting growth and causing learning disabilities, hearing loss and seizures. Small children are also the most likely to end up with dirt or paint in their mouths. Plants’ capacity for absorption means that people gardening in lead-heavy soils could be consuming the metals. Leafy greens such as kale and lettuce are particularly likely to absorb lead, Hill said. Williams suggested gardening in raised beds and avoiding growing food in greenbelts by the roadside, because emissions from leaded gasoline, which wasn’t phased out until 1995, deposited lead in those soils. The public can have soil tested for lead at the UVM Agricultural and Environmental Testing Lab. m
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n White River Junction, among a bevy of hulking metal machines, Amanda Kievet and Peggy Allen are making yarn. In April, the pair opened Junction Fiber Mill, a boutique mill to process fleece from Vermont’s small-scale sheep farmers. The industrial space houses half a dozen large machines, some 80 years old. There’s a machine to hoist sopping bags of fleece in and out of steaming hot water, a machine to pick the fleece apart and make it fluffy, machines to comb the fibers to prep the fleece, and a machine to spin it all into skeins of yarn. Running all this equipment is new to Kievet, 29, and Allen, 63, two knitters who came to Vermont from careers in web development and broadcasting and met at a farmers market in 2019. But they believe the mill fills a gap in the state’s agricultural infrastructure. In 2017, according to the most recent U.S. Department of Agriculture farm census, there were 704 sheep farms in Vermont, 541 of which had 24 animals or fewer. “There’s a real shortage of ... cottage mills, or mini-mills, that service sheep farmers,” Allen explained. “There are some mills that have two-year wait lists.” She would know. Allen, who used to run the Live Well Network for the DisneyABC Television Group, now raises sheep at Savage Hart Farm, which she owns with her husband, Todd. One recent season, she went all the way to Harrisburg, Pa., to get her fleece processed. Last year, she had a disappointing experience at another mill where she found the quality lacking. After their meeting in 2019, Allen invited Kievet and her husband, Cody Williams, to help shear sheep at Savage Hart Farm. Before that could happen, though, Allen had an injury that landed her in the hospital for weeks. Kievet and Williams showed up to help shear in her absence and ended up moving onto the farm to help Todd with lambing season. “We knew nothing about sheep, except that they were cute, and I liked to knit,” Kievet said. On their first night, Kievet and Williams helped deliver triplets. From then on, it was a full-time job for several weeks. When Allen recovered, the farmers gifted Kievet and Williams with two ewes as thanks for their hard work. That bond laid the groundwork for their ambitious new venture: the mill.
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Kievet and Allen bought their equipment from Michael Hampton, who operated a small mill in Richmond. In 2017, Hampton stopped taking custom processing orders from sheep farmers to focus on making his own yarn, leaving a gap in the market. Kievet and Allen had joked about buying Hampton’s milling equipment, but it took a pandemic-induced revelation to make Kievet really interested. “I was so excited about this idea, not knowing any of the hard work it would take to get to today. And, luckily, she wanted [to go] along,” Kievet said of Allen. In 2020, Kievet and Allen made an offer on Hampton’s mill equipment, plus training from him in its operation and maintenance. Finding a physical space was another matter. They needed a lot of square footage and cement floors that could support thousands of pounds of metal. Once they found the space and moved the machines in, they started making yarn right away
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using wool from Allen’s sheep. They were thrilled with the results. “I think that this yarn that we made for [Allen] this year has been one of the finest that [she’s] had, really,” Kievet said.
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ated on a constant six-month backlog from the moment he started processing wool in 2009. “There’s definitely a nice little niche market,” he said. Vermont has other mills, including Mad River Fiber Arts & Mill in Waitsfield, Vermont Fiber Mill & Studio in Brandon, and the Green Mountain Spinnery in Putney. But Hampton said the equipment Kievet and Allen now own and operate is unique. “They’re doing a really fantastic job,” Hampton said. He added that he’s happy “to have [the equipment] stay in Vermont and have it go to somebody else who is as passionate about it as I am.” Getting the mill running hasn’t been entirely smooth sailing. Neither woman had experience working with heavy machinery before this venture. “The goal was yarn and wool and sheep and fiber,” Kievet said, “[but] the reality is cold, hard metal, grease, heaviness, sharpness, things that could take your arm off. It’s very contrasted with
supported each other through the learning curve. “Having a partner is invaluable,” Allen said. “When there are problems to be solved, it’s good to have a partner, and when there are things to celebrate, it’s good to have a partner.” Junction Fiber Mill opened for yarn processing on May 1. Kievet and Allen have already had interest from as far away as Maine and Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. Kievet said that farmers need to be able to put “an immense amount of trust” in their miller. “It’s our honor to process someone’s hard-earned fleece,” she said, “because we know everything that goes into shepherding a flock through the middle of winter, when you’re out there solving a water problem because it’s freezing or you’re in the barn delivering lambs at two in the morning. There’s so much passion that goes into this stuff.” m
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he daffodils are blooming along the driveway to Horsford Gardens & Nursery in Charlotte. At the edge of the greenhouses, tulips that two weeks ago were bent and obscured by spring snow have rebounded in vibrant colors. The black locust trees by the garden shop, growing side by side for a century, will soon leaf out. The two trees were in rough shape when Eileen Schilling and Charlie Proutt purchased Horsford 35 years ago. The couple planted a flower garden around the trees, built a small stone wall, and rerouted a road that ran past them. Before long, the black locusts “started growing STORIES like teenagers,” according to Proutt. Many projects “Life Stories” is a took root and monthly series grew at Horsford profiling Vermonters over the decades who have recently that Schilling and died. Know of Proutt owned and someone we should operated the busiwrite about? Email us at lifestories@ ness. They include sevendaysvt.com. the creation of propagation and display gardens, the installation of antique greenhouses, and the activities of actual teenagers — their three children — who grew up in the family’s home at the nursery. This season at Horsford is dedicated to Schilling, who died of cancer on March 19. Her death occurred a month before she was to turn 63, a mid-April birthday that coincides with the start of the gardening season. “Eileen has been the voice and tone of the nursery for decades,” Proutt wrote in a company newsletter. “We will strive to listen to her guidance in planting, in working, and in sharing plant expertise as we find a way to carry on.” Schilling was a dynamo who stood barely five feet tall and weighed about 100 pounds. She loved cosmos and zinnias and worked in every part of the nursery, driving around the grounds in a gray pickup truck, propped up in the driver’s seat with pillows. Visitors to Horsford might find her in the greenhouse, in the field of perennials or at the garden center retail shop. “Eileen was a doer,” Proutt said. “She wasn’t a manager. She was a doer.” Schilling was a student at the University of Vermont, studying early childhood
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education, when she and Proutt got together. They met through her roommate, who worked on the landscaping crew at Horsford with Proutt. “I ended up taking her out to the Last Chance Saloon,” Proutt recalled, referencing the long-gone basement bar on Main Street in Burlington. “We sat at the bar and drank — the way people used to meet.” Schilling and Proutt were married in 1983 at Blueberry Hill Inn in Goshen.
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Together, they raised a son and two daughters, now in their thirties, and ran Horsford, which they purchased as young employees of the business. Schilling was a “greenhouse girl,” as the position was called 40 years ago.
“This was a big step for us to buy Horsford,” Proutt explained, adding that he and his wife borrowed the full price to purchase it — $285,000. Founded in 1893 by noted botanists Frederick Horsford and Cyrus Pringle, the business was failing when Schilling and Proutt took over. “It took a long time to make money, and we did it the best we could,” Proutt said. “You have to love horticulture, or else you can’t make it work.” Greenhouse manager Steve Davidson said he owes his career to Schilling. She taught him about plants, gave him autonomy and the opportunity to pursue his own interests, and demonstrated the drive for hard work. Schilling and Proutt created and ran an ethical workplace, he said. “I was basically being paid to learn how plants are grown,” Davidson, 33, said. “It’s invaluable. I get to spend the rest of my career teaching other people what I was given.” Schilling grew up in Middletown Township, N.J., a town near the shore at Sandy Hook. She was the third child in a family of seven kids, with grandparents and cousins nearby. Summer days were spent riding bikes, swimming in the ocean and
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her grandparents’ pool — and weeding and eating from her father’s quarter-acre vegetable garden. “I don’t think we liked it so much when were forced to [weed],” said Margy Schilling, Eileen’s older sister. “But quite a few of us are still into gardening today.” Eileen Schilling left New Jersey for a year of college in Boston and Los Angeles before winding up at UVM. En route east from California, she traveled by bus to Phoenix, and then “hitched a ride with a bunch of strangers” from Phoenix to New York City, Schilling’s son, Henri Proutt, said. She was to meet her father at the Port Authority, a bus terminal in midtown Manhattan.
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Looking around the bus terminal, Greg Schilling didn’t see his daughter. But he did see people moving out of the way, making room for a diminutive person pushing through the crowd, an Army duffle bag slung over her shoulder. “Well, there’s my daughter!” he exclaimed, according to Henri, who recounted the story by telephone from San Francisco. “She was, pound for pound, the strongest person I know,” Henri said of his mother. “She could probably carry a 50-pound tree in each hand.” Schilling valued her kids’ individuality and encouraged their independence, according to family and friends. Her children never had a standard bedtime when they were little and were disallowed from spending the day inside. “She was just a fabulous mother,” said
Naomi Greenwald of South Burlington, a 40-year friend of Schilling’s. “She didn’t coddle her kids. She raised them to be very independent.” When Elizabeth, Schilling’s youngest, was a student at the University of Colorado, she went to Henri’s place in San Francisco for Thanksgiving break. Schilling sewed place mats and napkins for their holiday meal and mailed them to her kids with candles and little packets of spices and seasonings. “All things that a twentysomething guy would have never thought about in trying to cook a Thanksgiving,” Henri wrote in an email, “but made us feel like we were home.” Beyond the nursery, Schilling engaged in a variety of activities. She painted with watercolors; volunteered in a kindergarten class at Lawrence Barnes School in Burlington (now called the Sustainability Academy); and skied, hiked and kayaked with friends. True to her Jersey-girl roots, Schilling sought out beach life — on vacations with her family to the Jersey shore and on trips with her friend Susan Hong. The annual excursions with Hong, who also owned a Charlotte business with her husband and has three children, started 22 years ago when Schilling called Hong with a proposal: “‘My sense is that your husband, like mine, would be OK if we left them with the kids and took off,’” Hong recalled. This set in motion a late-winter trip to a sunny beach — Bonaire or Curaçao — for snorkeling and other adventures. The pair proved to be excellent travel buddies, from giving each other space to skipping lunch in favor of exploring a coral reef. Schilling made her laugh, Hong wrote in an email, “and what a gift that is in this world where it’s so easy to find strife and despair.” In her last year, Schilling found special joy in her 1.5-year-old granddaughter, Penelope, the daughter of her middle child, Catherine Jenkins. Schilling lit up when she saw Penelope, Jenkins said by email, and Penelope adored her grandmother. “She was so supportive of me during my first year of motherhood,” Jenkins wrote, “and from her I have learned countless lessons on how to be the best possible mother, daughter, and friend.” This Sunday, May 9, is Mother’s Day, traditionally a busy day at Horsford. Families mark the occasion with a trip to the nursery for lilacs, roses and hanging baskets. Talking to Schilling, who helped with purchases and offered advice on plants and flowers, has been part of that tradition. Her kids, when they were young, made their mother a bouquet, picking flowers that were blooming in the gardens by their home. m
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Québec natives Rosario and Marie Jeanne Gingue put down roots in 1935. Today, two generations work together to raise replacement heifers for other dairies. They sell composted manure, as well as straw, farm-grown beef and sweet corn. But the newest agricultural enterprise — NEK Grains, which grows wheat and barley for bakers and brewers — is the foundation on which Rosario’s great-grandson Shawn and his wife, Sara, hope to build a long-term future for the farm. This year, the Gingues will grow 50 acres
of wheat and 70 acres of barley. Last year’s 60-ton wheat harvest is almost sold out, Shawn said. More importantly, it is generating meaningful income, as is the barley. “We’ve been able to set our price [based] on what it cost and have a decent margin: enough to raise our family, grow crops and invest in the farm,” said Shawn. “With milk, it was so tight there was nothing left at the end of the day. It was just pennies — pennies.” Shawn grew up doing chores on the family farm. He always thought he’d be a
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dairyman like his father, grandfather and great-grandfather, whom he called Grandpère. He’s lived in Waterford for all of his 40 years except the seven when he and one of his brothers ran their own dairy in Fairfax. In 2014, the brothers returned to the home farm “to invest and modernize,” Shawn said. “But the milk price was just not going to support that.” It was a tough decision to sell the herd, but the reprieve
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Adding to the recent proliferation of Himalayan and Nepali restaurants in Chittenden County, RUP MIZAR and NEEMA TAMANG have opened HIMALAYAN KITCHEN AND BAR at 3182 Shelburne Road in Shelburne. Most recently occupied by Bella Luna, the space is best known as the longtime home of Italian restaurant Buono Appetito. The co-owners are originally from Bhutan but came to Vermont after spending years in refugee camps in Nepal, according to RANJITA MIZAR, Rup’s daughter, who added that her father is a former co-owner of FRIEND’S NEPALI in Winooski. Tamang also owns a gas station and convenience store on Riverside Avenue in Burlington. Ranjita said the location appealed to her father and his business partner because “there is no Nepali restaurant around this area,” referring to the towns immediately south of Burlington. The spacious restaurant with a bar was another draw, she added. Representing the blended cuisine of the Himalayan region, the broad menu includes traditional Nepali
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from nonstop chores and price pressure “gave me space to think,” he said. Seeking new opportunities, in 2018 Shawn attended the Grain Growers Conference, a joint presentation of Northern Grain Growers Association and the University of Vermont Extension’s Northwest Crops and Soils Program. “I went completely openminded, thinking, Let’s see what else we can grow,” he said. He was amazed to learn, he recalled, that “There’s people growing barley for beer! [And] wheat for bread!” At the conference, he met Andrew Peterson of Peterson Quality Malt, now based in Charlotte. Peterson convinced Shawn there was a healthy market for grain for local breweries and bought the Gingues’ first harvests of wheat and barley in 2018 and 2019. About a year after the conference, the Gingues met Blair Marvin and Andrew Heyn, the married baker-millers who own Elmore Mountain Bread. “They were on a mission to source all their grains from Vermont,” Shawn said. In 2020, after visiting the farm and running protein and milling tests on the grain, Marvin and Heyn bought 10 tons of the Gingues’ wheat harvest. They have used it to make more than 4,000 pizzas so far for the busy Fire Tower Pizza operation at the Elmore Store. “We are interested in participating in this blossoming sector of agriculture in Vermont to help [the Gingues] build their model and build the local grain economy,” Marvin said. Elmore Mountain Bread also plays the crucial role of milling flour for the Gingues to sell directly to other customers, including Local Donut in Woodbury, Trenchers Farmhouse in Lyndonville and Slowfire Bakery in Charlotte. The company goes above and beyond the function that any miller would perform. As Marvin put it, “the flour is milled by a baker who knows how to mill it and make it useful to bakers.” The Gingues also package flour, wheat berries and pancake mix for home cooks. On a recent Wednesday afternoon, the packaging line ran down the kitchen island of Sara and Shawn’s tidy ranch house on Route 18. (The state highway runs between the original 1935 farm and the farm that Shawn’s grandparents, John and Fran, bought from Rosario and Marie Jeanne for $1 in 1950.) The couple’s two older daughters helped label bags of whole-wheat flour as their mom measured out ingredients for pancake mix. A fancifully decorated cake and frosting-swirled cupcakes served as tempting evidence of the versatility of their sifted whole-wheat flour. Sara, 35, started a small home-based
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bakery, Sugar Buckets, a year ago. She joked that the kitchen island has become “prime real estate” for packaging NEK Grains products and cake orders, not to mention feeding the family of six. Two large tubs of flour, one whole wheat and one sifted whole wheat, sat nearby. Elmore Mountain Bread mills fresh batches weekly in a mill crafted by its sister business, New American Stone Mills. The Gingues grow a variety of hard red winter wheat called warthog. “It makes it through the winter well, it mills well, and it has great taste,” Shawn said. Their whole-wheat flour contains the whole milled wheat berry, including the bran and germ. For the sifted version, some bran and germ are removed — though not all. “You can still see little bits of the germ,” Sara noted, holding out a handful. “If someone wants a white cake, I always explain it’s not going to be as white as they might be used to.” When Sara launched Sugar Buckets with a Mother’s Day 2020 pop-up, she used store-bought flour. Then she started experimenting with the farm’s own grain milled by Elmore Mountain Bread. When it comes to local flour, Sara said, “A lot of people think of bread, but the
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sifted is great for cakes and cupcakes.” The proof was in the pudding — or rather, in her fluffy chocolate cupcakes and denser but moist and buttery white layer cake, speckled with Funfetti. “Before we met Blair and Andrew, I didn’t think that flour had a taste,” Sara
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other Vermont grains that tend to have a more “grassy, field-pea aroma.” Slowfire Bakery owner Scott Medellin uses the wheat flour in his baguettes — where, he said, it contributes a “sweet, nutty, spicy kind of aroma” and a less chewy, softer crumb. Beyond the Gingues’ product, Medellin said he also appreciates “the way they’re growing it.” Like the famous picture-book ducklings, the family waited for a break in the traffic to cross busy Route 18 and show off their fields. The kids ran ahead past a large, ramshackle red barn dating back to the early days of Gingue farming. “This is next year’s flour,” Shawn said of a field striped with grassy tufts. The fall-seeded winter wheat, now sprouting, is surrounded by straw mulch left over from the barley harvest, he explained. “The more organic matter left in the field, the more you get good, healthy soil,” Sara said. “It helps fight erosion and runoff and helps smother weeds,” Shawn continued. “My grain should have all the jazz to grow right up out of that.” The Gingues have been working closely with an agronomist on sustainable farming practices, including no-till planting and cover cropping. While the product isn’t certified organic, they use no pesticides, fungicides or herbicides. Pastured beef cows will play an important role in the crop rotation plan. “It’s about building up soil health,” Shawn said. A warm spring brought the wheat up relatively early this year, the couple said. They were looking forward to the rain forecast last week and hope to avoid a repeat of last year’s drought. “As farmers, we’re perpetually hope-
ful,” Sara said. “I guess you have to be when you’re dealing with Mother Nature as your biggest partner.” Shawn admitted that he was initially skeptical about the prospects of selling as much as they planted for 2020, but his wife pushed him. “I said, ‘God’s got a purpose for every single grain,’” Sara said with a smile. The couple is finalizing loan paperwork that will enable them to build an expanded farmstand with a “grain center” and move their packaging operation off the kitchen island. Also in their immediate plans is getting new equipment so they don’t have to rely on supportive fellow grain farmers and customers for grain storage and cleaning help. Their goal of buying the farm from Shawn’s parents is still a few years out, but it feels achievable, the couple said. They hope to branch out into custom seeding and grain processing for other farms, a way to help farmers like themselves find new markets and fill growing demand. Shawn appreciates the support that has enabled the young business to get off the ground. “Everyone’s been really receptive and helpful,” he said. “There’s a need for what we’re doing.” When he was a commodity dairy farmer, Shawn never knew exactly where his milk went. Now that he grows grains, he said, “The best part is being connected to the customers and to the product through eating the bread and pasta and doughnuts. And,” he added with a laugh, “drinking the beer.” m
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irst of all, don’t fear.” That was Brian Stefan’s solid — if easiersaid-than-done — advice for tackling the takeout box full of tiny, alien-like crustaceans I picked up on a recent Saturday evening. Diving into a pound of crawfish is a sloppy, visceral experience. And for those of us who didn’t grow up in Louisiana eating mudbugs from a young age, it’s easy to hesitate — especially if you don’t like your food to look at you. “Just separate the head and the tail, then suck the juice out of the head,” Stefan, chef/owner of Southern Smoke Cajun & Caribbean BBQ, said nonchalantly. After a pause, he chuckled and added, “That’s usually where I lose people.”
On May 17, Stefan’s food truck business will celebrate its 10th anniversary. For about a year, Stefan, 39, has been slinging weekly to-go dinners from the truck’s home base and prep kitchen next to the original Four Quarters Brewing location on West Canal Street in Winooski. In the past, Stefan had collaborated with the brewery to host a few dinners — they’d spread the heaping piles of crawfish, potatoes, andouille sausage and corn onto barrels and tables, letting people dive right in. When the food truck’s usual slate of catering events began canceling last spring, Stefan realized the meal would work for takeout. He offered it most weekends through the middle of the summer. In mid-April, I caught Southern Smoke’s
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second crawfish boil of 2021. Crawfish season is March to July, Stefan explained. Once the yearly supply of the freshwater crustaceans is big enough for companies to begin shipping, he has them flown up from Louisiana. When the live crawfish arrive, he sets to work washing and picking through the “field run,” which includes sizes from tiny to langoustine to small lobsterlike. He prefers this to ordering only the preselected, perfect ones. “I kind of enjoy that part,” Stefan said. “I sit down on my bucket and play music and pick through my crawfish.” Stefan learned the process in New Orleans, training at restaurants on frequent trips to visit friends. One of those restaurants,
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In January 2021, Stefan used part of Southern Smoke’s pandemic-relief funding to purchase a used minibus. Now that the weather is warm enough for paint to stick, he’s turning it into a functional food truck. So far he’s gutted and painted the inside and paneled the blue exterior with slats of reclaimed pallet wood. The bus will be called Maple & Smoke, after Stefan’s sauce line, Vermont Maple & Smoke. His spicy maple-mustard barbecue, smoked-apple barbecue and maple-mole sauces are available statewide through specialty food distributor Vermont Roots, as well as at several Brian Stefan places Stefan stocks himself, including City Market, Onion River Co-op. The new truck’s menu will feature the sauces, along with housemade sausage and other local ingredients. “More riffs on food that’s from the North,” Stefan explained. “Southern Smoke was about coming to Vermont with something different. This is taking food that’s from Vermont and sharing it.” Adding Maple & Smoke’s bus will essentially double the business’ presence and ability to cater events, especially during the busy late-summer season. Based on Stefan’s calculations, the weather is nice enough for people to eat outside about 26 weeks of the year. Of those weeks, Friday and Saturday are the busiest days; that boils down to a food truck season of 40 to 50 days, weather permitting. Southern Smoke will stick to what it’s Good To-Go is a known for: fried chicken sandwiches, ribs series featuring and other Southern specialties. Stefan well-made takeout expects to continue the weekly takeout meals that highlights how restaurants and on West Canal Street, too. When TO-GO dinners other food establishments it’s warm enough, he’ll cook out of the VERMONT are adapting during the trailer, adding fried chicken and other COVID-19 era. Check out specials to the takeout menu. GOODTOGOVERMONT.COM to see what Stefan still hopes to open a small brickyour favorite eateries are serving up via takeout, delivery and curbside pickup. and-mortar restaurant someday. Maybe even soon, if the right situation presented itself, he said. But for now, adding a The ribs are a Southern Smoke staple, second truck was a more sustainable served with the same sides as the craw- VERMONT move for both his finances and his time. fish boil for $18. The slow-smoked pork, Stefan and his wife adopted their now which came from regional farms via Black 1-year-old son right before the pandemic River Produce, was slathered in a classic began, and he’s been soaking up their barbecue sauce. Stefan described it as the time at home together. “spicy marinara-style sauce they refer to “I’ve been watching a lot of ‘Sesame as ‘Creole sauce’ in culinary school.” He Street,’ and Cookie Monster has a food simmers onions, green peppers, celery truck,” Stefan said with a laugh. “When and chiles, then blends in molasses rather I saw the bus on Craigslist, I was like, than ketchup. ‘You know what? We can wait for these One benefit of offering these weekly other things, which are completely new, preordered, takeout-style dinners has or we can expand on what’s already in our been that customers are buying more full wheelhouse.’” m meals, Stefan said. When the Southern Smoke trailer is at events, it can be diffi- INFO cult to predict whether people will order Southern Smoke Cajun & Caribbean BBQ, sides, and they tend to opt for just a sand- 150 West Canal St., Unit 3, Winooski, wich. “This way, I get to serve a vegeta- southernsmokefoods.com. Check social ble,” he said with a laugh. media for takeout dinner dates.
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etween Zoom fatigue and pandemic cabin fever, many of us have never wanted to get outside and exercise more than we do this spring. So it’s a propitious moment for the release of Bolton cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s third graphic memoir, the successor to 2006’s Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (which was adapted for a Tony Award-winning musical) and 2012’s Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama. The Secret to Superhuman Strength is about the author’s lifelong passion for physical fitness. Beyond the pursuit of “superhuman strength,” however, Bechdel takes aim at a broader human phenomenon: the quest for selfimprovement. That, too, has flourished 46
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during quarantine, with folks embracing transformation in ways that range from finally writing that novel or baking bread for their neighbors to becoming devotees of QAnon. Bechdel’s memoir takes readers from her birth to the present, only briefly touching on the pandemic at its conclusion. But she dissects in minute detail that restless urge to become somebody different, somebody more. Her book zeroes in on the common impulse at the root of the 19th-century romantic movement, the fitness crazes of the late 20th century and the popular adoption of Buddhism in the West: the hunger for transcendence. “Join me in my quest to get out of my head and transcend my ego,” Bechdel suggests early on. Her cartoon avatar
issues this invitation while dangling upside down in a gear shed stuffed with decades’ worth of sporting equipment — and doing a full split. The Secret to Superhuman Strength is full of this sort of playful imagery, making it clear that Bechdel sees the funny side of such pronouncements. The thread of irony continues through her tale of how she “hared off after almost every new fitness fad to come down the pike for the past six decades.” The book’s title evokes the bodybuilding ads in classic comic books, for which the younger Bechdel had a wholly unironic
appreciation. As a child, she neither knew nor cared that the ads enforced rigid gender roles. “I just knew I wanted muscles like that,” she writes. “To be bigger and stronger than everyone else!” But weight training for girls was unheard of in the 1960s and ’70s, so young Alison instead became a self-taught runner. Here, as throughout the book, she uses each detailed panel to place her athletic obsession in the context of an amusingly oblivious world: the family cat, TV-watching siblings, a farmer who
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responds to the strange spectacle of a jogger with a droll “He went thataway!” Readers of Bechdel’s two previous memoirs will already be familiar with the basics of her story: her father’s death, her coming out, her blossoming in New York’s supportive lesbian community, her career drawing the weekly strip “Dykes to Watch Out For” (which this newspaper carried), and her eventual move to the wilds of Vermont. In this book, those events become a backdrop to Bechdel’s ever-evolving quest for physical and spiritual advancement. In New York, she does karate and experiences “an ecstatic feeling of union” on mushrooms. In Minnesota, she discovers yoga and mountain biking. In Vermont, she masters high-intensity interval training, but she also becomes dependent on alcohol and sleeping pills to bring her down from marathon sessions of exercise and cartooning.
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It’s not a spoiler to say that Bechdel never achieves “superhuman” status. Nor, by her account, did any of the famous seekers whose stories she intersperses with her own: Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Jack Kerouac, Adrienne Rich. Some of them, instead, succumbed to addiction. A second, darker thread runs through the book: The drive for transcendence sometimes becomes paired with less healthy compulsions. At one point, Bechdel depicts herself at a Vermont
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meditation center watching her teacher “suck down multiple cigarettes” during breaks; the center’s founder, she notes, had “drunk himself to death in his forties.” With models like this, is it any wonder that she can only muddle toward enlightenment? “For every step forward on the path, I took an equidistant step backward,” Bechdel admits. The Secret to Superhuman Strength reflects the cyclical, rambling nature of her quest, and some readers may be frustrated by the lack of a more definitive catharsis. But what Bechdel’s words can’t always supply, her drawing does. Each section of the book covers a decade of the author’s life and closes with a glorious two-page watercolor. In these lyrical images, the heroine recedes into the landscape, and the universality of her quest comes into sharp relief. “I see now,” Bechdel says on one of these splash pages, “that my yearning for self-transcendence is in some ways an attempt to avoid the strain of relating to other people.” As we emerge from our pandemic hibernation caves, transformed or not, some of us may be feeling that strain, too. Bechdel’s latest is funny, relatable, beautifully and expressively colored, and equipped with a hilarious illustrated rundown of the “The Semi-Sadistic 7-Minute Workout.” Fellow self-improvers won’t find the secret to superhuman strength here, but they might end up a little less sheepish about being human. m
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n a 2017 interview on the Violin Channel, renowned violinist and conductor Jaime Laredo was asked which side of him the public never sees. “I’m very cranky, and I’m very often in a terrible mood,” he answered with a laugh. “Nobody ever sees that of me.” Indeed. As Laredo’s 20-year tenure as music director of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra comes to an end this week, people around the state are remembering him as the nicest guy ever — as well as a beloved musician and mentor. “He’s so generous and so kind, and I think that vibe has become a part of who the orchestra is,” said David Ludwig, who became the VSO’s composer-in-residence in 2004 and is now the new-music adviser. “Orchestras often reflect their conductors, and this orchestra is a family.” Orchestra manager Eleanor Long, who joined the VSO as an oboist in 1974, offered a similar perspective. “I’ve heard about tension with music directors in other orchestras. Here, [VSO musicians] have found it an amazing experience because of [Jaime],” she said. “They want to do their best for him.” Realizing that the pandemic would prevent Laredo from conducting his final concerts scheduled for April 24 and 25, Long coordinated a farewell tribute that has chiefly consisted of flooding the music director with snail mail. The orchestra’s 46 contracted musicians and other players were invited to write letters to him. Characteristically, Laredo, who only recently started using email, has asked for their addresses to write each a thank-you note, Long said. Laredo also received a copy of the Vermont legislature’s joint resolution, offered by Rep. Sara Coffey (D-Guilford), honoring his career in Vermont, and a Jaime Laredo letter of congratulations from Gov. Phil Scott. The VSO board of direc48
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tors sent a commemorative plaque adorned with a baton, and the staff sent a huge bouquet of flowers. Second flute player Anne Janson created a photo book of all the musicians with mini bios, each of which ends with “Favorite Conductor: Jaime Laredo.” More photo books came from regional Friends of the VSO groups. One, from the Central Vermont Friends, includes odes to Laredo written by members and interspersed with photos of past programs and venues where he conducted.
Laredo had just received a Jaime Laredo bobblehead from the board when Seven Days reached him at his Cleveland residence last week. (He and his wife, cellist Sharon Robinson, have taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music since 2012 but consider Guilford their home.) “It’s the funniest thing I’ve ever seen,” Laredo said of the bobblehead. “I tell you, I’ve been needing a lot of Kleenex lately.” According to Robinson, when the couple sat down to read a batch of letters the other day, both ended up “teary.” It was moving
“to know the difference he’s made to so many people in our home state,” she said. Laredo, who will turn 80 on June 7, was appointed music director in 2000. At the time, he already knew Vermont well. He and Robinson were regulars at the Marlboro Music Festival and had purchased their nearby home in 1985. Laredo even soloed in a violin concerto with the VSO in 1993. Long, the orchestra’s unofficial historian, has a signed photo from that appearance on which Laredo wrote, “To the Vermont Symphony — What a pleasure it was to make music with you, and I look forward to many more times!” “Little did he know then what the relationship would turn into!” Long joked. By the time he took up the VSO baton, Laredo had been a star for years. A violin prodigy in his native Bolivia by age 6, he debuted with the San Francisco Symphony at age 11 and gained international recognition at 17 when he won the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium. Laredo studied under such musical greats as cellist Pablo Casals and conductor George Szell. In a phone conversation, he described Szell’s conducting as his best training in the art. Laredo appeared multiple times with the Cleveland Orchestra under Szell’s baton, as well as with many other important orchestras, but has no formal training in conducting. He would go on to guest-conduct all over the world, and since 1993 he has conducted the New York String Orchestra Seminar at Carnegie Hall, a winter-break session for promising 16- to 23-year-old musicians. In addition to the Cleveland Institute of Music, Laredo taught at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia for 35 years and Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music for seven years. Former students include current star violinists Leila Josefowicz, Hilary Hahn, Jennifer Koh and Bella Hristova. Laredo has collaborated with just about everybody in the classical stratosphere. An accomplished chamber musician, he played viola in a quartet with Isaac Stern, Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax for 15 years. In 1976, he cofounded the
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Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio with his invited Isaac Stern and him [and Robinwife and pianist Joseph Kalichstein; they son] over to his house, and it was such a still perform around the country, includ- weird experience. ing as ensemble-in-residence at the John “The whole table went quiet; someone F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. dropped a fork. We said, ‘You mean, Frank Find, fix and feather with Part of Laredo’s legacy at the VSO is Sinatra?’ Nest Notes — an e-newsletter that he enticed many friends and former “The point of the story was not to filled with home design, students to perform in Vermont. name-drop,” Cadwallader continued. Vermont real estate tips “He brought so many artists that I “It was that Frank Sinatra was a curious and DIY decorating doubt we would have been able artist — he wanted to understand to get,” violinist Sofia Hirsch said the alchemy of making classical inspirations. — “stars like Peter Serkin, Yo-Yo music. For Jaime, that was what Sign up today at Ma, Emanuel Ax, Leon Fleisher — was so special about the guy, that sevendaysvt.com/enews. twice — and André Watts. I don’t here’s one of the greatest artists in 8 SO. MAIN STREET, know if they’re all just like this normally, history, and he still wants to learn.” ST. ALBANS SPONSORED BY but with Jaime they were just such warm, The ending of his VSO tenure is “still 524-3769 generous musicians who treated us like a sinking in,” Laredo said. But he decided great orchestra.” to step down for the orchestra’s sake. “It’s RAILCITYMARKETVT.COM “I will always be grateful for being able healthy for the orchestra to have a different to play Brahms with Peter Serkin,” princi- view, something new. Twenty years is the pal cellist John Dunlop recalled. He added maximum,” he said. 12V-Nest042821.indd 1 4/27/2112v-railcity050521.indd 4:05 PM 1 4/30/21 12:32 PM that Ma’s appearance “would never have Will Vermonters now get to see that happened without Jaime being his friend.” cranky side of him — if it exists? Yet Laredo has never “That is really true,” played up his fame. Robinson confirmed. “We “He’s just about the most call him the Grumpy Old humble, gracious human Man.” But, she added, CLASSIC HITS of the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s being you’ll ever meet,” Laredo shows that side Hirsch said. “I never saw him only to her, their daughter, make any attempt to show Jennifer, and occasionally that he’s a world-class violinKalichstein. • BIGGEST PLAYLIST ist … We have been — what Locals are likelier to • FEWEST BREAKS witness more evidence would be the word? — unbelievably blessed to have the of Laredo’s well-known chance to work with him.” warmth and affection for Musicians said that, as Vermont. While the farea conductor, Laredo was well concerts would have informed by a keen musifeatured works by Ludwig cianship but was never and solo performances by demanding. As Dunlop put his wife, Hristova, Laredo SOFIA HIRSCH it, “He trusted the musisounded almost grateful cians, but he also had a clear idea of what they weren’t able to happen. “All I can say he wanted. If he asked for something more is, I’m so glad we’re not in person, because than twice, then we got the idea that we I would have made a fool of myself and really weren’t getting it yet.” broken down,” he said. Ben Cadwallader, the VSO’s former Vermont audiences will see Laredo executive director — a role now filled by again in guest appearances, though the Elise Brunelle — credits Laredo with conductor has sworn off any while the launching his career in music administra- VSO is auditioning candidates for his job, tion. Speaking from California, where he’s a process that will resume in October. now executive director of the Los Angeles Meanwhile, fans can send him letters of Chamber Orchestra, Cadwallader recalled, their own via the VSO office, post memo“I was an intern for him while I was still ries on social media and contribute in his on the path to being a professional oboist. name to the orchestra’s endowed fund At Least 50 Minutes of Music an Hour He took me aside and said, ‘You know, Ben, for senior artistic leadership. 20 Hours a Day - 10:00 AM – 6:00 AM you’re good at this, and in this industry we “It’s important to know that everyone need people like you.’ To have someone of in this business knows and loves Jaime CENTRAL VERMONT Jaime’s stature validate me in that way was Laredo,” Cadwallader said. “When I literally life-changing for me.” mention that I worked with the Vermont NORTHERN VERMONT Cadwallader remembered a postcon- Symphony Orchestra, you’ll see [people’s] CHAMPLAIN VALLEY cert dinner conversation at Burlington’s faces soften, their eyes light up: ‘Oh, Jaime Farmhouse Tap & Grill that illustrated Laredo!’ Having had him at the helm for Laredo’s reach and humility alike. “We’d so many years has been an incredible gift & STREAMING all get burgers — he loved the lamb burg- to Vermont.” m ers, and he’d have his Scotch — and a Frank Sinatra song came over the radio. 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oward Ball is what’s known in Yiddish as a kochleffel — literally, a “pot stirrer.” He spent years fighting for civil rights and racial equality in the South and getting himself into what the late U.S. representative John Lewis called “good trouble.” Now 83, Ball has written 37 books, including several since his 2002 retirement from the University of Vermont, where he is professor emeritus of political science and a former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. His latest book, Taking the Fight South: Chronicle of a Jew’s Battle for Civil Rights in Mississippi, is a memoir of 1976 to 1982, when Ball; his wife, Carol; and their three young daughters lived in Starksville, Miss. Ball’s family and friends were flabbergasted by his decision to teach at Mississippi State University. He writes that his mother called him “meshuganah” — Yiddish for “crazy” — believing that “Mississippi was an evil third-world country … where Jews were eaten after being boiled to death.” But the Bronx, N.Y., native saw the job as an opportunity to study up close what he’d spent years researching and writing about from afar. “I felt this would be a laboratory for me,” Ball told Seven Days. “I had not expected to be as involved in confronting racism as I was.” Ball got deeply involved. He recruited and traveled with Black referees to officiate high school football games, Mississippi’s other dominant religion. He did volunteer legal work for the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi and the NAACP to challenge the police treatment of Black people. In 1981, he testified before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee to encourage extension of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 — which, he wrote, “did not endear me to a great many Mississippians.” Not until Ball began writing Taking the Fight South did he learn from his now-adult daughters the depth of their childhood fears of the Ku Klux Klan, fueled by years of latenight phone calls and anonymous threats. The threats weren’t always anonymous. In January 1982, after the Washington Post published Ball’s op-ed “Mississippi’s Voting
Wrongs,” Mississippi’s then-U.S. senator John Stennis called MSU’s president to demand Ball’s dismissal. (Ball had tenure and kept his job.) Seven Days spoke to Ball at his Richmond home on a day when systemic racism was major news: The country awaited a verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the white former Minnesota cop convicted of murdering George Floyd. SEVEN DAYS: You write that your father was overtly racist. Was he just a product of his generation? HOWARD BALL: My father was embittered because as a Jew he wasn’t allowed in the union, and union plumbers made very good wages. In his view, he wasn’t getting the benefits that the Blacks were. He was seeing the influx of minorities into cities, especially New York, and he couldn’t grapple with that. And he was frightened because of the stereotypes society had created about Blacks on television and in movies.
SD: That didn’t rub off on you as a child? HB: No. From the time I was 5, I began reading books from the public library. By the time I was 10, I was into civil rights. As I entered high school, I had friendships with Black students. One of my closest friends, the head cheerleader at Taft High School, was Black. I wanted my father to meet her and some other close friends, but he absolutely refused. He didn’t go to my high school graduation or my college graduation … because they were integrated. SD: You describe your childhood family as “Larry David Jews” — meaning, I assume, that you were culturally but not religiously Jewish? HB: Yes. But ever since I was preparing for my bar mitzvah, my rabbi was constantly pushing [the first-century Jewish scholar] Hillel’s view: “If you don’t do it, who will? If not now, when?” I didn’t need to offer arguments [against antisemitism] when
I lived in New York because I didn’t have those kinds of encounters. I was living in the Jewish ghetto. SD: Where did you first experience antisemitism? HB: In the barracks at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. I had experienced racial discrimination when I was picketing Woolworth’s [department store] as a college undergraduate, but I had never seen religious discrimination firsthand. In that 60-man group, more than half were from Alabama and Mississippi, and they just expressed their racism and antisemitism openly. SD: Margaret Cho, the Korean American actress and comedian, once said that she prefers her Klansmen “crazy and foaming at the mouth, with the Grand Wizard outfit on,” because then you see their true colors. HB: Absolutely! Because they were there,
culture and they were bad, and they did terrible things. But you weren’t surprised. You prepared yourself. SD: So is it better to see racism openly, so we can address it? Or does overt racism, especially by politicians, give it legitimacy? HB: Or the third option is to have those racial and religious prejudices within you but, given the societal pressure [not to open] up about them, they’re kept quiet. I’ve seen [Cho], and she says that you want to know the evil you’re confronting. I hope [the openness] will lead to the kind of systemic change that America needs. But I see it as a forlorn hope. SD: What surprised you most about the antisemitism in Mississippi? HB: That they were so frank and open about it. One of the religious people I spoke to said, “I know you’re Jewish, and we don’t really like many Jews. But you’re safe because the Black is the lightning rod for prejudice and discrimination. You and the Catholics are safe because you’re white.” I got used to that kind of unbelievable frankness. Every time our daughters attended a new school, we had to go in to the principal to talk about the in-class Bible readings. And we knew, after our daughters left, that they would revert back [to Bible readings]. Even when our daughters were there, it was only their HOWARD classes that had no prayers. But the Jewish community kept a low profile and didn’t stick their necks out. So when Carol and I did the stuff with prayers in the schools and all the other things that became very visible, they grew very concerned about us.
mother, to create an integrated Girl Scout troop, and we just pushed our way in. SD: You did the same to integrate football referees. HB: I remember that first year when we [Ball and a Black referee] walked around the field pregame to make sure everything was OK. It was dead quiet in the stands. There’s this bearded white guy and this Black guy talking. I loved refereeing. I was hoping that the bond we had, our love of the game, would translate into changing minds. Most of the officials were Mississippians and Alabamans. I always remember the drives our group took to the game. And I remember the first time we drove to Neshoba County, the place where the Klan killed three civil rights workers in 1964. SD: In 2005, you covered the trial of Edgar Ray Killen, the Klansman accused and later convicted of those murders. Why did you want to be there? HB: I had to see it for myself, because that kind of trial — a white man charged with murdering a Black man — had never taken place in Mississippi. There were cases in 1967 when 17 Klansmen were brought into federal court, but they weren’t charged with murder. They were found guilty, not of taking lives but of denying the due-process rights of the three civil rights workers.
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SD: Did you ever wonder why the late-night death threats never led to something more serious? HB: Ten years earlier they would have. While we were in Mississippi, some of my close friends were saying, “Why the hell are you doing this? You’re just antagonizing the people you’re attacking.” Like the Girl Scouts: Our daughters were friends with Black kids, but they couldn’t get a troop organized because of the integration [issue]. So my wife just took it upon herself, with a Black
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Timeless Art A 36-year retrospective of Bread and Puppet Theater calendars
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hirty-six years ago, Peter and Elka Schumann started making calendars. The collaboration merges the artwork of Peter, founder of Bread and Puppet Theater, and the editorial direction of Elka, his longtime partner in marriage and art. Each calendar has a theme that the two discuss and arrive at together. This is not standard-issue calendar fare but farther-reaching and original, with subjects such as Resistance, Basic Needs, Russian Proverbs, 12 Reasons to Visit Grandma, and Bread and Puppet Museum.
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Next, Elka plays a particularly crucial role “by bugging her husband to make the pictures in time, whether woodcuts or drawings,” Peter said. “And to criticize those things; to reject some and admit others into the calendar. And so forth. That’s how it goes.” The scope of that work — which literally marks the passage of time — can be seen in a retrospective at the Hardwick Inn, “1,111 Copper Nails: Bread and Puppet Calendar Prints – A 36-Year Retrospective.” The name refers to the number of nails it took to mount the exhibit.
An annex show, with four years of calendars and prints for sale, is on display at Hardwick’s Front Seat Coffee, down the street from the main exhibition. Curator Alexis Smith called this collection the exhibit’s “launching pad.” Displayed in a mazelike exhibit hung throughout the sprawling, three-story Hardwick Inn, “1,111 Copper Nails” contains every page of each Bread and Puppet calendar, as well as every year’s full calendar in bound form. Viewing the full exhibit can take more than one pass through the building; prints hang in nooks and crannies, doorways
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and narrow hallways that dead-end at an office in the multiuse space. Peter said that when he and Elka went to the exhibit, which is dedicated to her, it felt like they were participating in a “sports event.” “For us, it was like climbing Mount Everest,” Peter, 86, said. “For Elka, to walk up the stairs, to get around corners, to peek around one stairwell that we can’t do and go into another niche, it was a really lovely sports event.” Elka, 85, uses a wheelchair and a walker. She said she’s had bad falls and a stroke, and she isn’t very mobile. The Schumanns, who worked on the calendars with print shop manager Lila Winstead, created their first calendar in 1986. The idea came from a similar project on the Lower East Side of New York, where Peter founded Bread and Puppet in 1963. The Schumanns had two close friends, described by Peter as “powerhouse” women, whose kids played with their kids. The women worked at Henry Street Settlement, a social service agency, and made woodcut calendars with kids who attended programs there. “That was so beautiful, we never forgot,” Peter said. “We remembered, and we wanted to make that also.” The resulting calendars on view feature images both simple (bread, broom, garden) and more complex (puppet parade, happiness, the “limited timespan” of a grandmother’s life). Elka paired each artwork with a calendar month. “Elka’s really aware of the fact that you can’t only put skeletons and naked ladies on a wall in a family calendar,” Peter said. The theme of the inaugural calendar is the washerwoman,
a well-known figure and character in the puppet theater and related art. She is, Smith said, “an iconic image, the Russian peasant-style woman, in the likeness of Elka.” Smith, who has curated Peter’s work for more than 25 years, conceived of the calendar exhibit. In the process of putting it together, a digital archive was made of all of the images in the calendars.
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“I thought that having a picture of the grand arc of the work that Elka had done in her lifetime on the calendar would be a really important overview of her life’s work,” Smith said. An anonymous donor contributed $3,000 to pay for printing and production costs, she noted. It took Smith a couple of years to create this exhibition. The effort involved uncovering old calendars in various places at Bread and Puppet’s home base in Glover and searching for a suitable place to mount the show. “It was my gift to [the Schumanns],” Smith said. “I searched far and wide for somebody that could help me with the project.”
The gift was well received; the Schumanns expressed their appreciation of Smith’s work and the presentation. “The hanging of the calendar pages is all Alexis Smith,” Elka said. “It was lovely and so nice to see all the calendars.” Smith said she “bought out every copper nail in every hardware store that I could get to” to hang the exhibit. “I just thought it was beautiful with these paintings, and simple,” she added. “It was me and my hammer and volunteers. Bread and Puppet does not function without volunteers.” The calendar exhibit is part of a broader initiative to show more of Peter’s art in Vermont. Another show recently opened at Rabble-Rouser Chocolate & Craft in Montpelier titled “The In and Out Show — Off We Go — Riding Through ‘the All’ With Bed Sheet Mitigations.” The paintings are on view inside and outside the Main Street chocolate shop and café. “Peter’s been producing a tremendous amount of work,” Smith said. “He wanted all the exhibits to be in the state of Vermont and drivable for him and Elka to participate in them. He wanted Vermonters to see what he was doing.” When Peter himself saw the years of calendar art, he was reminded of “what we have found already, surprisingly already, how old we are,” he said. “It surprises us even more. My God, how did that thing come together?” m
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File Under ‘Expat’ Four new albums from formerly local artists BY J O R D AN AD AMS • email@example.com
ermont’s music community is vast compared to the state’s small population. It’s also eclectic. That means Seven Days never runs out of interesting albums to review. In fact, we get more submissions than we know what to do with. This has never been truer than now. One of the only positive things to come out of the pandemic has been a surge of creativity from homebound artists of all disciplines. Musicians have been particularly busy — including formerly local bands and artists. Though our focus tends to be hyper-local, once in a while we like to check up on some of our expatriated musicians — especially after a year like the one we just weathered. Read on for quick hits on four recently released albums from folks who used to call the Green Mountains home.
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Sonic sculptor Henry Birdsey issues a challenge to listeners with his new album, Half-Dragged. Be warned: Half-Dragged is not an easy listen. But those with inquiring minds are likely to be sucked into the four soundscapes included in this 40-minute exploration. Birdsey, a Ripton native now based in Connecticut, is the protégé of Kyle Gann, a New York City composer whose work is often classified as microtonal. Essentially, artists like Birdsey and Gann fixate on tunings — or rather, the spaces between what’s been established and venerated in Western tonality. That’s why Birdsey is referred to above as a sonic sculptor: He carves and shapes sound in palpable ways. Atonality and discord seem to be of great interest to the artist. Opener “HD - ,” a nearly 12-minute drone, roils with tension and foreboding. Feedback and a grinding, metallic noise populate the equally monstrous “HD - ,” while “HD - ” delves into spiked, tactile acoustic manipulations. Closer “HD - ” leans heavily into bass sounds, like a bow being dragged across a cello at a fraction of its normal speed. By giving his songs perfunctory, nondescript titles, Birdsey does little to manipulate the expectations of listeners. People will hear what they hear and make associations based on their own experiences. And that’s what the most stimulating art does. Listen to Half-Dragged at henrybirdsey.bandcamp.com.
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Kalbells, Max Heart (NNA Tapes, vinyl, CD, digital)
Indie-dance band Rubblebucket were quite the Burlington party monsters when they were on the local scene in the aughts and early teens. After relocating to New York City several years ago, creative masterminds Alex Toth and Kalmia Traver each began to pursue their own solo projects. Toth became the wry singer-songwriter Tōth, while Traver delved into playful electro-pop with her band, Kalbells. The word “playful” might be overused in music writing, but it’s one of the most apt descriptors of Kalbells’ canon, including the newly released Max Heart. Just in the first few moments of opener “Red Marker,” a song whose title instantly evokes childhood art projects, Traver whispersings a skewed nursery rhyme: “One two three four / Why do we have to go to war? / Five four three / I feel peace when I’m free.” One of Kalbells’ strongest qualities is the ability to pair childlike exuberance with thought-provoking lyrics. Play is a foundational element in childhood, providing a mechanism for kids to
learn about the world and themselves. Kalbells never stopped playing, which can be heard in the group’s whimsy and experimentation. Brooklyn rapper Miss Eaves’ guest spot on the empowering “Pickles” is an album highlight. Her bars are unambiguously affirming: “So mad you can’t have this juicy pickle back / I’m a meal not a snack / Let your lips smack.” Listen to Max Heart at kalbells. bandcamp.com.
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Composer Ben Cosgrove makes music that begs the listener to stop, drop and recollect. His neoclassical, instrumental compositions are immediately evocative and fully arresting. His work brims with technical mastery and emotional capital, evident in the recently released The Trouble With Wilderness. Technically Boston-based, Cosgrove is a wanderer through and through. That was true even when he was in Vermont, and a nomadic spirit runs through his music. His work sounds expansive, a sonic equivalent of vistas seen from mountaintops. Cosgrove is no stranger to nature; he’s performed in national parks all over the country. But for the new album, he wanted to find similar depth and beauty in everyday locations, “not just places ‘set aside’ for their scenic attributes,” as he states in a press release previewing the album.
The Cush, Riders in the Stardust Gold (Mad Bunny Records, digital)
Based in their home state of Texas since 2010, husband-and-wife duo Burette and Gabrielle Douglas operated their group, the Cush, in Burlington for a decade during the aughts. Their newest LP, Riders in the Stardust Gold, is their first to be released via Mad Bunny Records, an imprint founded by singer-songwriter Ben Harper. After nearly 20 years of playing music together, the Cush are more locked in and cohesive than ever. Riders in the Stardust Gold is a six-track collection of astral, shoegaze-tinged rock with a chewy Americana core. Its album art is a pastiche of Victorian-era and 1960s pop-art styles, subtly implying that time is meaningless and that history always repeats. The band doubles down on this notion through a sparse description of the album found on its website: “‘Haters,’ ‘Beneath the Lines,’ ‘Chariots of Smog,’ ‘Ajna Returns,’ ‘Fly,’ and ‘Daydream Beach’ each take you on a
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In addition to Cosgrove’s primary instrument, the piano, he outfits his compositions with a host of synthesizers and organs, accordion and stringed instruments. He lightly envelops his piano work with atmospheric resonance, such that the additional instrumentation creates a glowing aura of sound. Though stylistically sleek and modern, The Trouble With Wilderness incorporates flourishes of jazz, as in opener “The Machine in the Garden,” while hints of Appalachian folk dot the textured “Cairn.” Listen to The Trouble With Wilderness at bencosgrove.bandcamp.com.
journey to be returned with a new state of being before going into the stardust again.” Note the word “again” at the end of the sentence. This has all happened before… Gabrielle’s vocals are subdued and serene on the opening track, “Haters.” A percussion-laden backdrop, tempered with heavy reverb, creates an ornate tapestry for the singer’s wispy words. The spaciousness and sultry atmosphere introduced in the first song continue throughout. “Chariots of Smog” centers fat, grungy electric guitars and jingle bell spangles. Things get intensely psychedelic on the following cut, “Ajna Returns,” its gnarly riffs spiraling like distant galaxies. “Daydream Beach” erects a blaring, sizzling wall of guitars, explosive as fireworks. The song closes the album with passion and fury. Listen to Riders in the Stardust Gold on all major streaming services. m
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“It feels strange to fit most of my creative output of the pandemic into this 5x5.5” book,” wrote Burlington singer-songwriter Eric George in a March Instagram post promoting his new album, Valley of the Heart. Is the prolific folk troubadour doing something unusual by releasing a pandemic album? Probably not. My reviewer’s instinct says a deluge of similarly themed songs and records is on the horizon. But Valley of the Heart is special due to George’s focus on the seemingly small and
Doctor Sailor, Running Over the Road (SELF-RELEASED, DIGITAL)
I wonder how many records were made because someone went west to find better fishing? I’m going to go out on a limb and say one. There’s an album that happened specifically because a fisherman, who is also an indie-rock musician, felt like hunting the icy waters off the Alaskan coast. (Note to anyone thinking of sending me a Jimmy Buffett record: 1. Gross. 2. Even if he did go fishing in Alaska and wrote a song called “King Crabs Got Me Down,” it doesn’t count. Don’t @ me.) That musician is Burlington’s Tristan Baribeau. Way back in 2013, the songwriter,
mundane — a meal of bread and butter, a cold cup of coffee, the cover of a paperback Western. These little observations stand in for big feelings. “Blue Plate Special” gets its title from the low-price diner menu option that originated during the Great Depression. It’s an apt reference in the second economic crisis of the 30-year-old musician’s lifetime and an appropriate title for this Americana accounting of quarantine blues. George’s musical style is rooted in folk, country and Delta blues. “Never You,” however, features the poppiest melody I’ve heard from the Massachusetts native. The acoustic guitar-driven tune has the feel
of Jim Croce’s “Operator” reworked as a country crossover song. “Everybody’s Got a Right to Cry” touches on shared experiences of grief and confusion. The message? Let it out, y’all. Social commentary is in George’s wheelhouse, and he gets into it here. “Pretty Things” is an ironically jaunty climate crisis PSA. “I Don’t Like Steve” describes a grade A jerk in painfully specific terms: “He’s always asking everyone around / What they think about this or that / Then he’ll tell you his opinion / Halfway through your sentence / And then says thanks for the chat.” I’m willing to bet Steve has never read Rebecca Solnit’s priceless essay, “Men Explain Things to Me.” Critiquing toxic masculinity has emerged as a theme across several of George’s recent releases. He’s addressed it in songs such as “All She’s Got” on his 2019
punk album Song of Love and now again in “Looking for a Man,” a retro rock number with Sean Preece of pop-punk band Preece on drums. An Eric George album wouldn’t be complete without folk-art-inspired presentation. Like 2017’s Not About Nightingales, Valley of the Heart comes with a hand-bound booklet. Original photo collages featuring childhood snapshots of George, as well as images of home and nature, are tucked between pages of lyrics. On his 10th full-length album, George maintains his strong track record for vision, direction and editing. There’s no navel-gazing here, just relevant and poignant expressions of his coronavirus-era reflections and experiences. Valley of the Heart is available at ericgeorge.bandcamp.com.
who also played with indie rockers Villanelles, made the trek out west in search of a better haul. Between his fishing trips and visits home, Baribeau recorded seven songs chronicling his various experiences, mishaps and oscillating emotions. Such was his level of transience at the time that at some point Baribeau seemingly forgot Running Over the Road existed. “Life happens,” he explains on the rediscovered album’s Bandcamp page. “Money and time run out. Things change. People change.” What doesn’t change is the appeal of a talented songwriter with a bruised heart, traveling and singing about the rough times. With his solo project Doctor Sailor, Baribeau wears that hat well. The record starts off with the title track, a slice of pop-infused indie rock that
breezes by like an intriguing stranger on a bike. Maybe it’s that earworm refrain of “la la la la la” that Baribeau sings, but “Running Over the Road” conveys just a hint of British psychedelic tendencies — an amuse-bouche of weird that peeks out from his robust pop sensibilities. That push/pull tension of Baribeau’s songs, the bobbing and weaving between sugary pop and his darker influences, creates its own kind of dynamism. Instead of using big guitars or sudden drum breaks to shift mood, he’ll let a playful jazz progression, such as the one that starts “Either Way,” creep into a lush, new-waveleaning chorus. “Baby, love always finds a way,” Baribeau sings, the melody all but floating over the sound. Tabi Trahan adds sumptuous harmonies throughout the song. A kind of detached awe hangs over many of the tracks on Running Over the Road. It manifests in the slow burn and yearn of “Color of Wine,” as Baribeau sings, “We worry about things like the color of wine /
but I just don’t give a shit most of the time / ’Cause it’s a long way down / Falling at the speed of sound.” The sensation is something many travelers will recognize. There’s a specific kind of feeling in finding yourself in strange lands and needing to keep your shit together, particularly in times of trouble. “Columbia River Blues” has the same vibe — that of a stiff upper lip while navigating the unknown. It lends the record an air of adventure. For an album recorded and forgotten about more than seven years ago, Running Over the Road has thematic fidelity, strong songwriting and overall great sounds. Baribeau recorded most of it himself but handed it over to Eric Maier at Future Fields to mix and master. The result is a record full of longing, discovery and, most importantly, killer songs. Download Running Over the Road at
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ur streaming entertainment options are overwhelming — and not always easy to sort through. Lately, everybody’s been talking about Best Summer Ever, a musical that was produced and shot in Vermont by Zeno Mountain Farm, a Lincoln nonprofit that runs retreats and camps for people with and without disabilities. Directed by Michael Parks Randa and Lauren Smitelli, the movie features Hollywood talent in front of and behind the camera. Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard, who have a home in Vermont, show up in cameos as TV journalists and count among several celebrity executive producers. 2638 Ethan Allen Hwy Cast and crew members are a mix of New Haven, VT 05472 pros and non-pros; more than half of them 802-453-5382 | Open 8-5 Daily have a disability. Best Summer Ever drew greenhavengardensandnursery.com big buzz at South by Southwest in March, and a recent Variety article suggests that it “Serves as Template for Disability Repre8V-greenhaven050521.indd 1 5/3/21 4:06 PM sentation in Hollywood.” It's rentable on various platforms.
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At a dance camp in Vermont, teens Sage (Shannon DeVido) and Tony (Rickey Alexander Wilson) meet and discover the joys of summer lovin’. But when autumn comes, both must return to their real lives, about which they haven’t been entirely frank with each other. Tony, who presented himself as a New York dance kid, is actually a football hero in a small Pennsylvania town that depends on him to break its homecoming game losing streak. Sage travels the nation in an Airstream with her free-spirited moms, who are itinerant pot growers staying one step ahead of the law. Then a breakdown strands Sage in — you guessed it — Tony’s town. Dreaming of a “normal” life, she persuades her moms to let her enroll in school (that’s Bristol’s Mount Abraham Union High School on-screen). When the two lovers reunite, worlds collide, cheerleaders fume and dance numbers take over whole streets. These kids are footloose and fancy-free, and love will lift them up where they belong.
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aimed to break out of the Hollywood pattern of presenting disabilities as obstacles to overcome and disabled people as sources of inspiration for abled people. “We beg the question,” Halby said, “‘why is it not more normal, not just on film, but in the world, in general, to see this level of integration in our day to day lives?’” It’s a good question and a reminder of the power of casting decisions and other artistic choices to shape our sense of what’s possible in the world. A pure shot of fun and optimism, Best Summer Ever is just as radical as it is conventional, because it makes us ask ourselves why we haven’t been seeing characters like these in movie musicals all along. Everybody deserves a chance to sing their heart out.
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Note to Prospective Parties: Pursuant to Vermont statute and Act 250 Rules, any person seeking to participate as a party to this proceeding MUST make such a request “on or before the first prehearing conference.” Accordingly, all prospective parties must log in or call into the Prehearing Conference scheduled below, or file a written party status petition (including email address, street address, and mailing address) in advance with the Commission at NRB.Act250Essex@ vermont.gov. Failure to timely appear on the Prehearing Conference call or video conference call, or to timely file a written request by the date of the Prehearing Conference might result in the forfeiture of your rights relative to this matter. A Prehearing Conference is hereby scheduled to convene: Date: Friday, May 14, 2021 In-Person Site Visit: 1:00PM at 290 Lagoon Road in Hinesburg Prehearing Conference: 3:00PM via Microsoft Teams (see below) Site Visit Instructions: Please visit nrb.vermont. gov/covid and click ‘Mandatory Instructions for Site Visits’ for important COVID-19 related requirements.
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STATE OF VERMONT PROBATE COURT DISTRICT OF CHITTENDEN SS, DOCKET NO.: 21-PR-01401 In re ESTATE of Anne Adams
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To the creditors of the estate of Anne Adams, late of Milton, Vermont. 4/26/21 4:17 PM 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 above within the four (4) month period. Dated: April 30, 2021 Signed: /s/ Abigail Adams Print name: Abigail Adams 372 Bean Road Colchester, Vermont 05446 802-233-6532 Name of Publication: Seven Days Publication Date: 5/5/21 Name of Probate Court: Vermont Superior Court, Chittenden Unit, Probate Division Address of Probate Court: 175 Main Street - PO Box 511, Burlington, VT 05402-0511 STATE OF VERMONT PROBATE COURT DISTRICT OF CHITTENDEN SS, DOCKET NO.: 21-PR-01797 In re ESTATE of James E. Little, Late of Burlington, Vermont. NOTICE TO CREDITORS To the creditors of the estate of James E. Little, late of Burlington, Vermont: I have been appointed personal representative of this estate. All creditors having claims against 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 filed with the Register of the Probate Court. The claim will be forever barred if it is not presented as described above within the four (4) month period. Dated: April 28, 2021 Signed: /s/ Thomas A. Little Print name: Thomas A. Little Address: c/o Little & Cicchetti, P.C. P.O. Box 907, Burlington, VT 05402-0907 802-862-6511 Name of Publication: Seven Days First Publication Date: 5/5/21 Second Publication Date: 5/12/21 Address of Probate Court: Chittenden District Court, 175 Main Street, PO Box 511, Burlington, VT 05401
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Signed: /s/ Yvette Blair Fiduciary/Administrator: Yvette Blair c/o Geraldine E. Stewart, Esq., Jarrett & Luitjens, PLC 1795 Williston Rd., Suite 125 South Burlington, VT 05403 (802) 864-5951 Name of Publication: Seven Days Publication Date: May 5, 2021 Name of Probate Court: Chittenden Probate Court Address of Probate Court: P.O. Box 511, Burlington, VT 05402-0511
STATE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT PROBATE DIVISION CHITTENDEN UNIT, DOCKET NO.: 21-PR-01603 In re ESTATE of Rosemary Yaecker NOTICE TO CREDITORS To the creditors of Rosemary Yaecker a/k/a Rosemary Elizabeth Yaecker-Chipman, late of Shelburne, Vermont. I have been appointed to administer this estate. All creditors having claims against the decedent or the estate must present their claims in writing within four (4) months of the date of the first publication of this notice. The claim must be presented to 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: 4/28/21 Signature of Fiduciary: /s/ Maria Seiler Executor/Adminstrator: Maria Seiler c/o Jarrett & Luitjens, PLC 1795 Williston Rd., Suite 125 South Burlington, VT 05403 802-864-5951 Name of Publication: Seven Days Publication Date: May 5, 2021 Name of Probate Court: Vermont Superior Court, Chittenden Unit, Probate Division Address of Probate Court: 175 Main St., Burlington, VT 05401 STATE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT PROBATE DIVISION LAMOILLE UNIT, DOCKET NO.: 198-1020 LEPR In re ESTATE of Richard A. Parker late of Eden, Vermont. NOTICE TO CREDITORS To the creditors of Richard A. Parker late of Eden, Vermont. I have been appointed to administer this estate. All creditors having claims against the decedent or the estate must present their claims in writing within four (4) months of the date of the first publication of this notice. The claim must be presented to 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: May 5, 2021 Signed: /s/ Daniel R. Parker Daniel R. Parker, Executor Little & Cicchetti, P.C. P.O. Box 907, Burlington, VT 05402-0907 802-862-6511 email@example.com Name of Publication: Seven Days Publication Date: May 5, 2021 Address of Probate Court: Lamoille Unit Probate Court, P.O. Box 570, Hyde Park, VT 05655
STATE OF VERMONT VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT WASHINGTON UNIT, CIVIL DIVISION DOCKET NO: 379-7-19 WNCV REVERSE MORTGAGE FUNDING, LLC v. LAWRENCE J. MILLER, RANDALL G. MILLER, STEVEN A. MILLER, PAMELA J. MARTIN, SUSAN L. MILLER AND SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT OCCUPANTS OF: 16 North Parkside Terrace, 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 January 25, 2021 in the above captioned action brought to foreclose that certain mortgage given by Sylvia D. Miller to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for Reverse Mortgage Funding LLC, dated June 8, 2015 and recorded in Book 289 Page 154 of the land records of the City of Barre, of which mortgage the Plaintiff is the present holder, by virtue of an Assignment of Mortgage from Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for Reverse Mortgage Funding LLC to Reverse Mortgage Funding, LLC dated May 8, 2019 and recorded in Book 351 Page330 of the land records of the City of Barre for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing the same will be sold at Public Auction at 16 North Parkside Terrace, Barre, Vermont on May 28, 2021 at 9:30 AM all and singular the premises described in said mortgage, To wit: THE LAND REFERRED TO HEREIN BELOW IS SITUATED IN THE COUNTY OF WASHINGTON, CITY OF BARRE STATE OF VERMONT, AND IS DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: IT BEING THE SAME LAND AND PREMISES AS WAS CONVEYED TO RUSSELL W. BRECHIN AND ALBERTINE M. BRECH1N BY THE WARRANTY DEED OF JEANETTE HOOKER DATED SEPTEMBER 13, 1968 AND RECORDED IN BOOK 82, PAGES 503-505 OF THE LAND RECORDS OF THE CITY OF BARRE, AND FURTHER DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCING AT THE INTERSECTION OF THE WESTERLY SIDE OF NORTH PARKSIDE TERRACE, SO-CALLED, WITH THE BOUNDARY LINE BETWEEN LOT NO. 47 AND LOT NO. 48, AS SHOWN IN A CERTAIN PLAN OF LOTS ENTITLED: “SUB-DIVISION OF PROPERTY, LAGUE, INC. JUNE 1960, WHITE & MARTIN, SURVEYORS: THENCE RUNNING IN A GENERAL WESTERLY DIRECTION IN A STRAIGHT LINE A DISTANCE OF 81.9 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE TURNING TO THE LEFT AND RUNNING IN A GENERAL SOUTHERLY DIRECTION 1000 FEET TO THE GENERAL NORTHERLY SIDE OF A PROPOSED STREET; THENCE TURNING AN ANGLE TO THE LEFT AND RUNNING ALONG THE NORTHERLY SIDE OF SAID PROPOSED STREET IN AN EASTERLY DIRECTION A DISTANCE OF 56.9 FEET: THENCE TURNING AND RUNNING GENERALLY NORTHERLY AND EASTERLY A DISTANCE OF 56.9 FEET; THENCE TURNING AND RUNNING GENERALLY NORTHERLY AND EASTERLY IN A CIRCULAR DIRECTION AT THE INTERSECTION OF SAID PROPOSED STREET AND NORTH PARKSIDE TERRACE TO THE WESTERLY EDGE OF NORTH PARKSIDE TERRACE; THENCE RUNNING IN A STRAIGHT LINE ALONG THE WESTERLY EDGE OF NORTH PARKSIDE TERRACE IN A GENERAL NORTHERLY DIRECTION A DISTANCE OF 75 FOOT TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. MEANING HEREBY TO CONVEY ALL OF LOT NO. 48 AS SHOWN ON THE AFOREMENTIONED PLAN, TOGETHER WITH THE BUILDINGS THEREON STANDING. PARCEL ID # 1100-0016.0000 THIS BEING THE SAME PROPERTY CONVEYED TO GEORGE W. MILLER AND SYLVIA MILLER FROM RUSSELL W. BRECHIN AND ALBERTINE BRECHIN IN A DEED DATED JANUARY 7, 1978 AND RECORDED JANUARY 7, 1978 IN BOOK 87 PAGE 230. GEORGE W. MILLER LEFT THIS LIFE ON JULY 19, 1989 IN THE TOWN OF BERLIN, VT. TITLE NOW VESTS SOLELY IN SYLVIA MILLER.
Property Commonly Known As: 16 North Parkside Terrace, 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: April 19, 2021 By: /s/ Loraine L. Hite Loraine L. Hite, Esq. Bendett and McHugh, PC 270 Farmington Ave., Ste. 151 Farmington, CT 06032 THE CONTENTS OF STORAGE UNIT 02-00225 LOCATED AT 48 INDUSTRIAL AVE, WILLISTON VT, 05495 WILL BE SOLD ON OR ABOUT THE OF MAY 17TH 2021 TO SATISFY THE DEBT OF EDWARD BROWN. Any person claiming a right to the goods may pay the amount claimed due and reasonable expenses before the sale, in which case the sale may not occur.
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TOWN OF ESSEX PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA/PUBLIC HEARING MAY 13, 2021-6:30 P.M. This meeting will be held remotely. Visit our website www.essex.org for the full agenda Minor Site Plan Amendment: Asch Enterprises, LLC: Expansion of manufacturing operations and addition of 2 exterior chillers located at 34 River Rd in the I1 Zone. Tax Map 64, Parcel 3-4.
THE CONTENTS OF STORAGE UNIT 00-004402 LOCATED AT 28 ADAMS DRIVE , WILLISTON VT, 05495 WILL BE SOLD ON OR ABOUT THE OF MAY 17TH 2021 TO SATISFY THE DEBT OF MARK MILLINGTON. Any person claiming a right to the goods may pay the amount claimed due and reasonable expenses before the sale, in which case the sale may not occur.
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Grill Chefs & Kitchen Workers Marketing & Communications Coordinator The Marketing and Communications Coordinator works closely with the Marketing and Communications Director to implement the strategic marketing and communications strategy for NOFA-VT and VOF. This includes helping to tell the story of our programs and missiondriven work, promoting the VOF certification brand, coordinating print and electronic campaigns, coordinating NOFA-VT's web and social media presence, supporting press relations, event promotion and staffing, and a coordinating production of our quarterly print newsletter and VOF’s annual producer directory. For more information and to apply please visit: nofavt.org/about-us/ join-our-team.
Vermont Tent Company is currently accepting applications for immediate employment as well as future summer/fall employment starting in May. We have full time, part time, after school and weekend hours available for each position. Pay rates vary by position with minimum starting wage ranging from $15$20/hour depending on job skills and experience.
Archie’s Grill is on a mission to find top grill chefs and kitchen workers. We are looking for dynamic, energetic, and ambitious team members who do not simply want to earn an income, but also want to grow, learn, develop new skills, and have fun at work daily.
Archie’s Grill is more than just burgers – It is a locally sourced, freshly prepared menu designed for all ages! With our open kitchen we put on a daily show for our customers. We are part of the Shelburne community and we are growing. We have cultivated and nurtured an atmosphere of respect, dedication, and creativity and would like the right individuals to join us. Opportunities are available for advancement in our restaurant as you work to develop your career. Our goal is to provide work that you want to go to every day!
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We offer flexible scheduling and full or part time positions. All job openings at Archies are tipped positions. Your Total starting wage and tips combined will be over $20 per hour.
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Gallery Sales Associate Part Time
Seeking a motivated individual who is enthusiastic about local artisan crafts. Must work well with others and accommodate a wide variety of personalities as they relate to both customers and artists. Duties include point of sales, keeping the gallery clean and tidy and any other task related to the running of a small local business. Computer skills would be great. Must be able to work at least one day on the weekends and some holidays. Employee should have reliable transportation as we are open no matter the weather! Send resume & cover letter to: info.northwoodgallery@ gmail.com
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IT Administrative Assistant • Year round position • Lamoille North Modified Unified Union School District • Information Technology (IT)
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. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.
4/30/21 Lamoille North School District proudly serving the towns of Hyde Park,4t-DEW050521.indd 1 Eden, Johnson, Waterville, Belvidere, and Cambridge VT is seeking an Administrative Assistant to join our Information Technology team. The ideal candidate for this position has great organizational, computer, clerical, time management, collaboration, and inter-personal communication DRVT seeks an Office Manager skills and attention detail. The Administrative Assistant will be responsible for providing administrative support to ensure efficient operation of Disability Rights Vermont, our state’s non-profit Protection & the deparment. Supports the Director of IT and IT employees through a Advocacy system, is seeking a skilled, responsible Office Manager. variety of tasks related to organization and communication. Responsible The position includes providing assistance to the Executive Director for confidential and time sensitive material. Familiar with a variety of the in a variety of tasks and logistical support to Advocates, Attorneys, field's concepts, practices and procedures is a plus. Business Manager and the Board of Directors.
Salary is commensurate with experience and we offer an excellent benefits package. This is a grant funded 2-year full-time year round position beginning July 1, 2021. #administrative assistant To submit your application online, please visit SchoolSpring.com to apply. Applications will be attention: Brian Pena, IT Systems Manager, and will include a cover letter and three current reference letters.
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Applicant must have excellent communication and computer skills and be organized and detail-oriented. Light bookkeeping, general office management, IT support skills, web and graphic design experience preferred. College graduate preferred. DRVT is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please send a letter of interest, résumé, and three references to: A.J. Ruben DRVT, 141 Main St., Suite 7, Montpelier, VT 05602 or email to AJ@DisabilityRightsVt.org
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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.
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VEDA has an excellent opportunity for a motivated individual to join its Commercial Lending Team as a Commercial Credit Analyst. Due to COVID-19, this position is expected to be remote-based for a period of time, with the permanent work location being flexible. VEDA provides financing to businesses and farms across Vermont, often in partnership with private financial institutions and government agencies. This position will work under the supervision of the Director of Commercial Lending and general direction of VEDA Loan Officers, providing credit analysis and loan origination and loan servicing support. Primary responsibilities include reviewing loan applications, preparing loan narratives/credit writeups and keeping borrower financing information up-to-date. Preferred candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree in economics, finance, accounting, business, or related field and at least three years of credit analysis experience. Duties include entering data to financial accounting software, preparing and analyzing spreadsheets, drafting credit memorandums and letters for review by the commercial lenders. VEDA offers a competitive salary and excellent health and retirement benefits packages. Other perks include a flexible work environment, opportunities for professional development and access to networking opportunities around Vermont. VEDA is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer and is interested in increasing staff diversity. We welcome job applications from all qualified candidates. To apply, please email resume and cover letter to Cheryl Houchens: email@example.com
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PREPARED FOOD COOK
Mirabelles Bakery, South Burlington Hiring a prepared food cook. This person should have restaurant experience, strong culinary foundation and cooking theory, and excellent knife skills. Five day work week usually Tuesday-Saturday 6a.m.- 2p.m. 2 weeks’ paid vacation. Resumes: firstname.lastname@example.org
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PATIENT ACCESS SPECIALIST Sign-on bonuses up to $4,000 are available! Make a difference and inspire others at UVM Health Nework’s Patient Access and Service Center. Join the 4:04 PM team at our bright office space in South Burlington or at our Berlin office with free on-site parking. The role includes proactive appointment scheduling, entering referrals, assisting patients with tech support, and more. Some roles may be eligible for a combination of remote work and in-office.
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VHCB is seeking an experienced and collaborative housing professional to join our team, supporting the development of affordable housing in Vermont. Work with the housing staff on 4t-UVMMedCenter050521.indd 1 4/23/21 policy and program development, new initiatives, and delivering support and funding to VHCB’s housing partners. CoorThe Community Sailing Center (CSC) is urgently hiring for the sailing season! dinate training and technical assistance programs; evaluate Part-time and Full-time jobs are available. affordable housing applications and make recommendations for action; and support the overall effectiveness of VHCB housing proSAILING INSTRUCTOR Would you love to share your passion for grams. Qualifications: demonstrated commitment to affordable sailing with others? Do you enjoy working housing, prior experience and training in housing development, with youth and adults? If you answered financial analysis, and project underwriting, strong communication yes, check out our Sailing Instructor position. Our team of US Sailing certified skills, and a commitment to collaborative problem solving. Experience instructors spend the summer on the water providing a once in a lifetime experience to participants of all ages and abilities. Sailing instructors working with non-profit organizations, municipalities, housing develdeliver on-the-water instruction for various classes and programs and are opment groups, and state agencies is important. Experience with responsible for delivering a formal curriculum and teaching practical skills. project management and coordination of housing programs is preA US Sailing Level 1 certification or the ability to earn one is required. Full and part time positions are available. ferred. For the full job description visit: vhcb.org/about-us/jobs.
Housing Program Assistant We're looking for an experienced administrative professional to provide support for our state and federal housing programs, including the HOME Program, National Housing Trust Fund (HTF), and Housing Opportunities for People With AIDS. Duties include tracking and updating project information, compliance monitoring, database entry and reporting, and document management. Work in collaboration with VHCB housing staff to monitor and ensure regulatory compliance for various housing programs. Qualifications: Proficiency with Microsoft Office software, good communication skills, strong attention to detail, ability to learn and utilize data and file management systems. Experience with federal housing programs a plus. For the full job description visit: vhcb.org/about-us/jobs. __________________________________________________ Please reply with letter of interest and résumé to: Laurie Graves, VHCB, 58 E. State Street, Montpelier, Vt. 05602 or jobs@vhcb. org. Position open until filled. Full-time positions with competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. EOE.
Do you prefer being out on the water? Do you have experience handling power boats and possess a valid Boater's License? Do you have an eye for detail and water safety awareness? Check out our Waterfront Coordinator positions! WCs supervise and manage the waterfront and our docks. They frequently help customers with their rentals, direct dock traffic, bring customers to moorings, and keep the waterfront flowing smoothly. Outstanding boating skills and customer service are required. A boating license or ability to acquire one is required. Full and part time positions are available.
Do you enjoy working with guests and have a knack for excellent customer service? Do you thrive in busy environments? Do you like having different aspects to your day to day job? Check out our Office Coordinator position! We are looking for friendly and organized people to help run our office this season. Typical tasks include welcoming and registering participants, answering phones, answering program questions, booking reservations and handling transactions. Experience with Google and Office are preferred. No boating experience is needed. Full and part time positions are available. All positions offer competitive pay and staff receive a free rental pass. We are willing to train the right candidates for any position. Sign on bonuses are offered depending on the role. If you have any questions about your qualifications or how to earn certifications please contact Program Manager, Tom Tucker at email@example.com.
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VACATION RENTAL PROPERTY MANAGERS Warren/Ludlow
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Small shop specializing in custom cabinetry and furniture looking to add a full-time woodworker (should be comfortable with basic shop tools such as table saw, miter saw, jointer, planer, routers, sanders, etc.) and a full-time finisher (should be comfortable with spray finishing equipment). Flexible schedule, pay dependent on experience.
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RESALE STORE MATERIALS HANDLER HOPE seeks a team member for our resale store warehouse. Duties include assisting people donating goods for resale, cleaning and preparing items for the sales floor, loading and unloading our box truck, general maintenance, and more. Applicants should have solid communication skills, be able to work independently and as part of a team, lift up to 25 lbs. on a regular basis and up to 40 lbs. occasionally, and stand for periods of time. Forklift experience and mechanical ability helpful. Store profits benefit our poverty relief programs. If you want a job where you can pitch in, work hard, and know that your work is making a difference in the lives of others, we’d like to talk with you!
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Local (Adirondacks) premier builder seeking experienced craftsmen to join our team. Our team is growing and we’re seeking:
CABINET SHOP, CARPENTERS & FOREMEN We are fortunate enough to build the unique collaborations of our architects and customers – making their projects come to life. Our projects are anything but ordinary – and have earned us placement on the cover of Architectural Digest. We are seeking experienced shop members with a combination of cabinetry shop, custom milling and furniture building experience to join our team. We are also looking to add skilled carpenters & foremen to our field team.
PROJECT MANAGER The Project Manager is responsible for the daily management of current projects. Duties include financial, schedule and quality management, construction operations - including hands-on field work, as well as the oversight of the project team. They engage day-to-day with Owners, Architects, Engineers, Designers, Subcontractors and work alongside and closely with the company President. You will contribute to the overall operations of our company and to the future direction of our organization.
Project Manager Experience:
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INFORMATION SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR NSB’s Team is Growing!
Northfield Savings Bank, founded in 1867, is the largest banking institution headquartered in Vermont; we strive to serve our employees as well as our communities. Our IT Team is growing, and we are looking for a professional to join our IT department as an Information Systems Administrator in a hybrid capacity, with a flexible working schedule available. This position will train and periodically work in our Berlin Operations Center as well as have remote capabilities.
JOB RESPONSIBILITIES & REQUIREMENTS
• The Information Systems Administrator develops, optimizes, and maintains the bank’s client/server environment. • We are looking for someone who is a great team player that can also work well independently. • Effective communication skills and offer a high level of customer service to both internal and external customers. • An associate degree plus five or more years of service in a technical field is required.
OPPORTUNITY FOR GROWTH
• NSB has training opportunities to engage employees and assist with personal development within our company. • Average Years of Service at Northfield Savings Bank is above 9! If you’d like to settle down in your career, join our team!
WHAT NSB CAN OFFER YOU
• NSB offers a competitive compensation based on experience. • Benefits package including medical, dental, combined time off, 10 paid holidays, a wellness program and more! • Profit sharing opportunity and an outstanding employer-matching 401(K) retirement program. • NSB offers professional development opportunities, and a positive work environment supported by a team culture. • Hours of operation are Monday – Friday, generally 8:00am to 5:00pm. We understand the importance of having evenings and weekends with our friends, families, and our community. Please send an NSB Application + your resume in confidence to: Careers@nsbvt.com, or mail to: Northfield Savings Bank H.R. P.O. Box 7180, Barre, VT 05641-7180 Equal Opportunity Employer
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WHERE YOU AND YOUR WORK MATTER... EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - CANNABIS CONTROL BOARD - MONTPELIER
Hayward Tyler, a leading manufacturer of industrial pumps and motors in Colchester, is seeking candidates to fill the roles of Inside Sales Representative, Assembly Technician, and Quality Assurance Engineer.
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.
The State of Vermont is seeking an Executive Director, for appointment by the State Cannabis Control Board. The Board is newly created to equitably and effectively implement and administer the laws and rules regulating adult-use cannabis in Vermont to ensure the safety of all Vermonters and the health of our youth. The Board is responsible for establishing, administering, and regulating a cannabis regulatory system for commercial cannabis cultivators, wholesalers, product manufacturers, retailers, and testing laboratories. The Board shall also take over responsibility for the regulation of medical cannabis dispensaries and the administration of the Medical Cannabis Registry, currently administered by the Vermont Department of Public Safety. Candidates must be an attorney. Experience in legislative or regulatory matters with excellent communication skills preferred. For more information, contact James Pepper at email@example.com. Job ID #15050. Status: Exempt. Application Deadline: 5/11/21.
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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 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.
COORDINATED ENTRY ADMINISTRATOR The Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) seeks a Coordinated Entry (CE) Administrator who will work to ensure that persons experiencing homelessness in our area receive consistent, appropriate, and equal access to local housing and services. This role serves as a liaison between service users, outreach staff, shelters, case management/housing navigation services, and housing providers as they strive for seamless and efficient coordination of services. The CE Administrator will analyze and present data, prepare applications and grant reports, maintain the housing prioritization list, and supervise at least one other staff person. Successful applicants will have a Bachelor’s degree and 2-4 years’ relevant experience; a commitment to diversity; effective verbal and written communication skills – bilingual abilities are a plus; the ability to communicate respectfully and with compassion; knowledge of Housing First approaches, familiarity with case management principles and procedures, program management skills, database skills, staff supervision, and meeting facilitation/presentation. A clean driving record and access to reliable transportation are required. We offer an excellent benefit package, generous time off, retirement plan and discounted gym membership. To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter via email to: CEAdmin2021@cvoeo.org. CVOEO is interested in candidates who can contribute to our diversity and excellence. Applicants are encouraged to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal. To learn more about this position, please visit cvoeo.org/careers.
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MANUFACTURING OPENINGS FULL-TIME POSITIONS 1st & 2nd Shift We continue to grow! Wearelookingtofilla number of manufacturing positions in several areas: Forge • Assembly • Weld • Finish
• Comprehensive Health Benefits • 401(k) Contribution • Shift Differential • Production Bonus • Opportunity for Skills Development In addition to Full-Time Employees (year ‘round), we are also welcoming Short Term Assignment Full-Time applicants (now ‘til Labor Day, with the potential to become Full-Time).
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Seasonal Public Works Laborer The Town of Essex Public Works Department is receiving applications for summer seasonal employees to assist in all highway and building/grounds maintenance activities. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a valid VT Driver’s License and a good work ethic. Contact the Public Works office for information at 878-1344 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Apply online: essexvt.bamboohr.com/jobs The Town of Essex is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Transportation Security Officers Part-time positions starting at $18.30 per hour*
Permanent, full time positions available for a variety of machine operators on all three shifts. This exciting career comes with competitive wages, incredible benefits and so much more! We offer health, dental, vision, short term disability, life insurance and 401k with employer match. Raises every 6 months. We offer on the job training with no experience necessary. Strong math skills and mechanically inclined a plus. Come join our team!
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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.
SUS TAIN ABILIT Y AND INNOVATION PROJECT MANAGER – BARRE You will be responsible for developing, launching, and managing programs that implement the Agency of Transportation’s sustainability and technology innovations. If you are a self-starter, thrive in a fast-paced environment and enjoy the challenge of building a program from scratch, this job is for you. You must have experience in project management and public administration, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and be capable of fostering positive working relationships. For more information, contact Joe Segale at email@example.com or 802-477-2365. Department: Transportation Agency. Status: Full Time. Job ID #14841. Application Deadline: May 16, 2021.
TRANSPOR TATION PLANNING COORDIN ATOR – BARRE
Your experience and insight will find a welcome home at TSA. Previous work in security isn’t required. We’ll provide paid on-the-job training, along with great federal benefits. Join our team at Burlington International Airport in a mission that matters.
VT Agency of Transportation (VTrans) has an exciting opportunity for an experienced transportation planner to work in a fast-paced innovative environment. Work collaboratively with VTrans colleagues, state, regional and municipal agencies to evaluate policies, and prepare planning documents that inform Agency investments and legislation. Candidates must demonstrate knowledge of transportation planning principles, practices, and theory, work collaboratively, and communicate effectively. For more information, contact Amy Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org or (802) 279-0783. Department: Transportation Agency. Status: Full Time. Job ID #15045. Application Deadline: May 25, 2021.
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The District Facilities Manager (DFM) will oversee the Northeast region. This position will be responsible for administrative, planning, maintenance, and supervisory work at several locations. DFM will coordinate assignments, providing assessments and recommendations during the budget planning process for their district, and ensuring that staffing levels for all shifts are appropriately met. Will travel to various facilities and should be prepared to respond when emergencies occur. For more information, contact John Hebert at email@example.com. Department: Buildings & General Services. Status: Full Time. Job ID #15041. Application Deadline: May 17, 2021.
PUBLIC GUARDIAN – HOME BASED The Office of Public Guardian seeks an independent, enthusiastic and organized person to protect and monitor the legal and human rights of individuals under court-ordered guardianship. The position is designated as home based and covers a caseload of individuals with developmental disabilities or age-related cognitive impairments in Lamoille, Orange and Washington counties who require assistance and judgment for critical decision making in several life domains. For more information, contact Sarah Nussbaum at 802.828.3622 or sarah.nussbaum@vermont. gov. Department: Disabilities Aging & Independent Living. Status: Full Time. Job ID #14761. Application Deadline: May 9, 2021.
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PROGRAM ASSISTANT: WRITING Position Summary: The Program Assistant works with the Program Director and Assistant Director to organize materials and arrangements for the program and semi-annual residencies. Typical tasks include copying, filing, data entry, tracking information and forms, among numerous other program tasks. The person will assist as needed with the daily functions of the program’s residencies. The position will average 30-35 hours per week but this person will need to adapt to a varying and flexible schedule.
MATH TEACHER Burlington School District is seeking a qualified individual to teach mathematics to high school students, including planning and providing instruction and related services to all assigned students to enable them to maximize their potential as learners. This position requires teaming with other math teachers to plan a continuum of mathematical offerings aligned with the common core and to support students from diverse backgrounds finding success in high school.
The qualified applicant will possess good communication and interpersonal skills, be highly organized, technologically proficient and excellent attention to detail.
SPECIFIC DUTIES INCLUDE: • maintaining knowledge of pedagogical practices and curriculum content to mathematics; • planning instruction and classroom activities that meet the individual needs, interests and abilities of all students; • showing written evidence of preparation upon request of immediate supervisor; • establishing clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicating these objectives and their purpose to students in harmony with the parameters of district adapted curricula; • selecting a variety of instructional methods and materials that are most appropriate for meeting stated learning objectives; • meeting and instructing assigned classes in the locations and at the times designated; • assessing and recording learning for all students on an ongoing basis and adjust instruction based on the assessments; • referring students with special learning needs to appropriate staff according to district/ building/department procedures; • creating a classroom environment that is conducive to learning and appropriate to the maturity and interest of all students; • assisting students in attaining an acceptable level of proficiency in related computer work; • collaborating with colleagues; • actively working with educational support teams, English Language Learner Teachers, and special educators to meet the needs of all students, including students with disabilities; • maintaining a safe learning environment and taking all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, materials and facilities; • participating productively in staff meetings and professional committees, and other teams (data, curriculum, climate, action and strategic planning); • participating in scheduled in-service days; • co-planning, coordinating, and aligning units of study, instruction, common assessments, and student support supports and monitoring student progress data with teaching colleagues; • using discretion in discussing school affairs, recognizing the value of positive school-community relations; • complying with board and administrative policies, regulations, and procedures and reinforcing students doing the same; • maintaining a high level of confidentiality; • preparing/completing appropriate reports/paperwork as requested in a timely manner; • complying with federal and state regulation, including but not limited to Vermont EQS and US DOE ESSA; • performing other tasks and duties as appropriate and/or assigned.
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REQUIREMENTS: • The minimum requirements for this position are a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics or a related field, and demonstrated experience teaching courses at the high school level, including Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1 and 2, and/or Geometry to high school students. • Must be licensed or eligible for State of Vermont teaching certification with endorsement in math.
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you opt for the “vulgar” “Mona Lisa,” not the “heavenly” one, as your metaphor of power. Favor what’s earthy, raw and unadorned over what’s spectacular, idealized and polished.
TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20):
Taurus poet Vera Pavlova writes, “Why is the word yes so brief? It should be the longest, the hardest, so that you could not decide in an instant to say it, so that upon reflection you could stop in the middle of saying it.” I suppose it makes sense for her to express such an attitude, given the fact that she never had a happy experience until she was 20 years old and that, furthermore, this happiness was “unbearable.” (She confessed these sad truths in an interview.) But I hope you won’t adopt her hard-edged skepticism toward yes anytime soon, Taurus. In my view, it’s time for you to become a connoisseur of yes, a brave explorer of the bright mysteries of yes, an exuberant perpetrator of yes.
ARIES (March 21-April 19): Created by Leonardo da Vinci in the 16th century, the “Mona Lisa” is one of the world’s most famous paintings. It’s hanging in the Louvre museum in Paris. In that same museum is a less renowned version of the “Mona Lisa.” It depicts the same woman, but she’s unclothed. Made by da Vinci’s student, it was probably inspired by a now-lost nude “Mona Lisa” painted by the master himself. Renaissance artists commonly created “heavenly” and “vulgar” versions of the same subject. I suggest that in the coming weeks
(May 21-June 20): In Indigenous cultures from West Africa to Finland to China, folklore describes foxes as crafty tricksters with magical powers. Sometimes they’re thought of as perpetrators of pranks, but more often they are considered helpful messengers or intelligent allies. I propose that you regard the fox as your spirit creature for the foreseeable future. I think you will benefit from the influence of your inner fox — the wild part of you that is ingenious, cunning and resourceful.
(June 21-July 22): “The universe conspires in your favor,” writes author Neale Donald Walsch. “It consistently places before you the right and perfect people, circumstances, and situations with which to answer life’s only question: ‘Who are you?’” In my book Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia: How the Whole World Is Conspiring to Shower You with Blessings, I say much the same thing, although I mention two further questions that life regularly asks, which are: 1. What can you do next to liberate yourself from some of your suffering? 2. What can you do next to reduce the suffering of others, even by a little? As you enter a phase when you’ll get ample cosmic help in diminishing suffering and defining who you are, I hope you meditate on these questions every day.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The poet Anne Sexton wrote a letter to a Benedictine monk whose real identity she kept secret from the rest of us. She told him, “There are a few great souls in my life. They are not many. They are few. You are one.” In this spirit, Leo, and in accordance with astrological omens, I invite you to take an inventory of the great souls in your life: the people you admire and respect and learn from and feel grateful for, people with high integrity and noble intentions, people who are generous with their precious gifts. When you’ve compiled your list, I encourage you to do as Sexton did: Express your appreciation, perhaps even send no-strings-attached gifts. Doing these things will have a profoundly healing effect on you.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “It’s a temptation for any intelligent person to try to murder the primitive, emotive, appetitive self,” writes author Donna Tartt. “But that is a mistake. Because it is dangerous to ignore the existence of the irrational.” I’m sending this message out to you, Virgo, because in the coming weeks it will be crucial for you to honor the parts of your life that can’t be managed through rational thought alone. I suggest you have sacred fun as you exult in the mysterious, welcome the numinous, explore the wildness within you, unrepress big feelings you’ve buried and marvel adoringly about your deepest yearnings. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Science writer Sharman Apt Russell provides counsel that I think you should consider adopting in the coming days. The psychospiritual healing you require probably won’t be available through the normal means, so some version of her proposal may be useful: “We may need to be cured by flowers. We may need to strip naked and let the petals fall on our shoulders, down our bellies, against our thighs. We may need to lie naked in fields of wildflowers. We may need to walk naked through beauty. We may need to walk naked through color. We may need to walk naked through scent.” SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): As Scorpio author Margaret Atwood reminds us, “Water is not a solid wall; it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it.” According to my reading of the astrological omens, being like water will be an excellent strategy for you to embrace during the coming weeks. “Water is patient,” Atwood continues. “Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.” SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): In a let-
ter to a friend in 1856, Sagittarian poet Emily Dickinson confessed she was feeling discombobulated because of a recent move to a new home. She hoped she would soon regain her bearings. “I am out with lanterns, looking for myself,” she quipped, adding that she couldn’t
help laughing at her disorientation. She signed the letter “From your mad Emilie,” intentionally misspelling her own name. I’d love it if you approached your current doubt and uncertainty with a similar lightheartedness and poise. (PS: Soon after writing this letter, Dickinson began her career as a poet in earnest, reading extensively and finishing an average of one poem every day for many years.)
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Now is a favorable time to celebrate both life’s changeableness and your own. The way we are all constantly called on to adjust to unceasing transformations can sometimes be a wearying chore, but I suspect it could be at least interesting and possibly even exhilarating for you in the coming weeks. For inspiration, study this message from the “Welcome to Night Vale” podcast: “You are never the same twice, and much of your unhappiness comes from trying to pretend that you are. Accept that you are different each day, and do so joyfully, recognizing it for the gift it is. Work within the desires and goals of the person you are currently, until you aren’t that person anymore.” AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Aquarian au-
thor Toni Morrison described two varieties of loneliness. The first “is a loneliness that can be rocked. Arms crossed, knees drawn up; holding, holding on, this motion smooths and contains the rocker.” The second “is a loneliness that roams. No rocking can hold it down. It is alive, on its own.” Neither kind is better or worse, of course, and both are sometimes necessary as a strategy for selfrenewal — as a means for deepening and finetuning one’s relationship with oneself. I recommend either or both for you in the coming weeks.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): England’s Prince Charles requires his valet to iron his shoelaces and put toothpaste on his toothbrush and wash all of his clothes by hand. I could conceivably interpret the current astrological omens to mean that you should pursue similar behavior in the coming weeks. I could, but I won’t. Instead, I will suggest that you solicit help about truly important matters, not meaningless trivia like shoelace ironing. For example, I urge you to ask for the support you need as you build bridges, seek harmony and make interesting connections.
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HEY 19 You: wearing purple in the sun by a dogwood in full bloom. Me: wearing a gray suit and sunglasses. Him: a cute but young interloper. We made a pledge to love each other (and him) forever. It worked! See you in the pink room. When: Tuesday, May 4, 2021. Where: a wedding. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915272 CUTE BLONDE AT HEALTHY LIVING You: blonde, white top/athletic shorts, in line across the smoothie bar. You looked as if you came from a run or workout with friends. Wearing the hell out of those shorts. ;) I would’ve stopped to talk, but I was with someone who had to leave. Maybe we can work out sometime? Me: Dark hair, black jacket over hoodie, dark pants When: Friday, April 30, 2021. Where: Healthy Living, South Burlington. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915271 TABLE AT EL GATO WEDNESDAY To the five absolute legends that I served: You left me (Jamie) a phat tip and a nice handwritten note. I would love to buy you guys a drink to thank you! Will I ever see you five again? Made my night DIALED! You left a Seven Days mag on the table, so crossin’ my fingers and toes you’ll see this. When: Wednesday, April 28, 2021. Where: El Gato Cantina, Church Street. You: Group. Me: Woman. #915270 BURLINGTON BAY LIQUOR BOY You played with your hair when I got my creemee. Found an excuse to go inside while “sheltering from the rain.” I’m older, but you’re 18+. So, if it melted the creemee off your spoon the way it did mine, next time I wander in on a perfectly nice, warm day, don’t blame it on the weather. Melt my creemee. When: Friday, April 30, 2021. Where: Burlington Bay. You: Man. Me: Man. #915269
BLUE TOYOTA TACOMA Oops, is that what is meant by brake lights, brake lights: “STOP, let’s meet”? LOL! Seven Days email sent in inbox or spam folder. When: Friday, April 30, 2021. Where: Route ?. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915268 WHOOKNEW I’m not certain if you’re trying to communicate with me or not? You’ve blocked me and then reached out. If the roles were reversed, how would you feel? When: Thursday, April 29, 2021. Where: here. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915267 STOWE SHAW’S CHECKOUT LINE You smiled through your mask while behind me in the grocery line. You were tall, shaven-headed (friendly?) and seemed to have a proclivity for oranges. I had shortish curly hair, greenish/colorful glasses and an issue with a rotten carrot. If you’re single, wanna make me some OJ? Or at least go for a hike. When: Thursday, April 29, 2021. Where: Stowe Shaw’s. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915266 DENTAL DREAMS I was your 9 a.m. dental cleaning. You told me about your shark dreams. We share the same name. Were you feelin’ the vibe? I’d love hear more about your dreams. :) When: Monday, April 26, 2021. Where: dentist office. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #915264 PUFFY JACKET SPORTY SPICE Spotted you slinking through the cheese section. You said I smelled divine as I swooned for your Aubrey Plaza eyes. Care for a date? I’ll bring orange tulips if you bring Earthshaking poetry. When: Friday, April 23, 2021. Where: City Market. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #915263
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The other day, my mother came into my bedroom without knocking and caught me masturbating. I don’t think she really saw anything because I was under the covers, but I’m pretty sure she knew what I was doing. She said something about dinner, left the room quickly and closed the door behind her. I’m so embarrassed, I might die.
WHITE ACURA It would be nice to meet up in person one of these days instead of passing by each other on the road. When: Tuesday, April 27, 2021. Where: on the road. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915265 WITCH AT PINGALA First time at the café and was served by an incredibly kind and amazing-looking woman in a witch-inspired getup. I was carrying a giant bamboo walking stick and ordered a coffee while we smalltalked about gothic dresses. Would love to be able to talk about other cool things over a picnic lunch, if the concept isn’t too terrible! When: Saturday, April 24, 2021. Where: Pingala Café. You: Woman. Me: Trans woman. #915262 CANNONDALE SPEED DEMON ON ROUTE 2 Fast biker wearing a neon vest, green fast goggles, riding a Cannondale. I’m positive you had a mustache; I just knew even though you were moving too quickly to tell. You seem like the kind of guy to cook me a gourmet meal and chat about golf? Only reply if you’re willing to earn my respect. When: Saturday, April 3, 2021. Where: Route 2 in Bolton. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915261 BEHIND THE COUNTER AT WALGREENS You: behind the counter. Me: not. I think I could see you every day if you let me. You took care of my photos, and I appreciate it more than you know. You’re K—s-al, and I’m not. Thank you for the wonderful customer service. When: Tuesday, April 20, 2021. Where: Walgreens, Milton. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915260 HONKING LADY I saw you on the corner at a red light. You were honking your horn for an unknown reason. I pulled up next to you. We had a brief conversation, and I joined you in blaring our car horns together. I would like to see you again sometime. When: Tuesday, April 20, 2021. Where: St. Paul and Main streets in Burlington. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915259
However mortifying that may have been, it’s most likely not what will cause your demise. There are certainly worse things that could happen. When I was maybe 17, my boyfriend and I were full-on having sex in his bedroom when his mother walked in. There were no covers involved and absolutely no mistaking what was going on. I don’t quite know how I survived that godawful incident, yet here I am. Masturbating is nothing to be ashamed of.
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
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 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Everybody does it, and it’s perfectly normal and healthy. Especially when you’re a teenager. As hard as it is to believe, your mother was once a teenager, too. And she likely engaged in sexual activity at some point in her life because, well, you’re here. Your mom is probably almost as embarrassed as you. I bet you both would be just fine acting like it never
happened and going on about your regularly scheduled programming. If you do feel the need to talk to her about it, remember the issue here is not that you were masturbating; it’s that your mother has to learn to respect your privacy. Whether you want to discuss it in person or perhaps write her a note, you don’t have to get into specifics about what happened. Just let her know that you would appreciate it if she knocked before she entered your room. You may be her kid, but you have every right to privacy in your own home.
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
RANDOMDORKY NAME Curious if you are actually interested or not, with our age differences. I am very serious in my post and what I want and am looking for on here. Are you? Not sure where you are located, but distance would never be an issue with me. Give me a clue about what the next move will be. When: Sunday, April 18, 2021. Where: Seven Days. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915258
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I live in Rutland. I truly believe in honesty. Caring, understanding, independent, generous, easygoing, active, fit, fun, flexible. I’ve traveled the world extensively. Allergic to cats. I like to believe I’m a family man. Friends tell me I’m a clean-cut guy. #L1501 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
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