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At least 231 people died from drug overdoses in Vermont last year, according to preliminary state data released last week — the latest indication that drugs remain a persistent, deadly problem.

e tally dropped 5 percent from the 244 deaths that Vermont recorded in 2022. e number may increase once the state reviews another 15 pending death certificates, but it represents a plateau after two years of staggering increases. e figure remains alarming, however, as a measure of Vermont’s efforts to limit the damage from a dangerous and unpredictable drug supply.

In a statement, Mark Levine, Vermont’s health commissioner, said the “bending of the curve” shows that harm-reduction efforts are working.

“While the decrease is not statistically large, it is significant where it matters most — fewer families have lost a loved one to opioids,” he said. “ e progress we have made is encouraging. It means we are on the right track, but we are far from out of the woods.”

A health department analysis found that, consistent with previous years, Vermont’s southern counties continue to be hard hit, with Rutland, Windsor and Bennington all reporting at least 53 deaths per

100,000 people, well above the state average of 35. In Chittenden County, meanwhile, more than 50 people died from overdoses for the third straight year. Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that gets mixed into street drugs, continues to be implicated in almost all the deaths. Cocaine was found in about 60 percent of drug deaths, a sharp increase from the previous year. e data reflect the continued rise of xylazine, an animal tranquilizer that can knock people out for hours and causes lesions that can lead to amputations and even death. e drug, which appeared in the systems of just five fatal overdose victims in 2020, was flagged in 69 deaths in 2022 and another 74 deaths last year.

at tracks with the findings of a recent study at the University of Vermont Medical Center, in which researchers say they’ve identified an overlap between drug users and a significant increase in certain serious blood infections documented in 2022 and 2023.

e data was released in the same week that state lawmakers signed off on a bill that would authorize the first overdose-prevention center.

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A man wearing slippers — only slippers — was spotted peacocking down Burlington’s Church Street, recording himself using a selfie stick. Weather must be warming up…


Police issued a Coventry woman a ticket after two of her cows got loose on I-91. Luckily, no humans or animals were injured.


Stowe Mountain Resort has reached a deal to build a paved parking lot with 150 spaces, according to the Stowe Reporter. More room for rippers.


Prosecutors said they won’t charge two student journalists who were arrested while covering pro-Palestinian protests at Dartmouth College. The right call.


That’s how much Vermont is getting from wireless carriers in a legal settlement over deceptive advertising practices.



1. “Cannabis Company Could Lose License for Using Banned Pesticide” by Sasha Goldstein. e Vermont Cannabis Control Board has issued a recall notice for all Holland Cannabis flower and pre-rolled joints.

2. “Driven by Grief and the Hope of Helping Others, Chip Piper Aims to Run 10 Marathons in 10 Days” by Hannah Feuer. e 55-year-old runner is working through the grief of losing his stepson to a fentanyl overdose.

3. “How Do I Get rough My First Mother’s Day Without My Mom?” by the Reverend. Our columnist, who lost her own mother, offers advice to a reader.

4. “New Marker Provides a Window Into the History of Burlington’s Battery Park” by Courtney Lamdin. A former glass company made sure its property became a park.

5. “Older Vermonters Who Have Given Up Driving Can Face Isolation, Loneliness” by Rachel Hellman. Our latest “ is Old State” story examines transportation challenges for seniors in rural Vermont.


Vermont officials have recovered an antique weather vane stolen in the last century, solving a 41-year-old cold case.

Modeled after the first steam locomotives, the five-foot-long copper piece was installed atop the White River Junction train station in 1910. It remained perched there until it was stolen in 1983 amid a rash of such thefts from buildings in northern New England.

“I don’t think anyone was expecting it to come back,” said

Judith Ehrlich, historic preservation officer for the Vermont Agency of Transportation. “It was definitely a surprise.”

e weather vane’s whereabouts were a mystery until last month, when it was consigned to the Sotheby’s auction house in New York.

e Art Loss Register, an organization that maintains the world’s largest private database of stolen art, works with auction houses to determine whether items have been ripped off. e organization compared the patina on the weather vane to a black-and-white

photograph of it taken at the White River Junction station.

Once Sotheby’s confirmed the weather vane had been stolen, it immediately withdrew the item from auction and contacted Vermont officials.

Ehrlich worked directly with the Art Loss Register to return the weather vane to Vermont, with Sotheby’s covering the $2,300 shipping cost. e state contacted local police, who said not much could be done to find and punish the perpetrator given how long ago the crime occurred.

According to Ehrlich, most

weather vanes of the period were purely decorative and depicted a wide variety of subject matter; horses were very common. e stolen weather vane is notably detailed, Ehrlich said.

She’s now working with Vermont state curator David Schutz to choose a safe and appropriate location to display it.

“We want to make sure we honor the original context of the weather vane, but in a facility that gets a lot of visitors,” Ehrlich said. “I’m so glad there’s a happy ending to this story.”


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things for their own political advantage. Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. recognized this, and those engaged in their civil disobedience campaigns were trained to accept beatings and arrests without fighting back. They were willing to go to jail for the cause. Actions were taken strategically, and people were reminded to “keep your eye on the prize.” Both campaigns, albeit with a great deal of sacrifice, were ultimately successful. There is a natural revulsion against deliberate law breaking — and violence in particular. There are those on both the right and left who would make excuses for unacceptable actions such as attacking police officers, storming the Capitol, destruction of property and endangering others. These actions have to be vigorously opposed no matter how passionate one feels. At the same time, those who engage in civil disobedience need to be extremely careful in how they proceed, keep the focus on the issue and be willing to accept the consequences lest the message they wish to send not only gets lost but becomes counterproductive to all they wish to achieve.


A story in last week’s paper, “You Can’t Get There,” misrepresented Dana Rowangould’s opinion. She said providing downtown housing for seniors could be an additional way to address the transportation problem — not an alternative way.

Seven Days does excellent investigations. Many of us in Burlington feel that an investigation of Wahl’s tenure is overdue. If the festival and the Flynn are ever to regain trust, credibility and integrity, Jay Wahl has to go.



Thank you for your coverage of the education funding crisis in our state. I am a teacher in the Harwood Unified Union School District, and we are facing issues similar to those in Roxbury.


Whatever Flynn executive director Jay Wahl may say, several facts stand out about this year’s Burlington Discover Jazz Festival [“Adi Oasis and the Flynn Announce the 2024 Burlington Discover Jazz Festival Lineup,” May 3]. The lineup is completely devoid of jazz elders of the stature of past artists such as Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and Dizzy Gillespie, and brilliant younger festival alumni like Dezron Douglas, Dianne Reeves and Luis Perdomo. Cécile McLorin Salvant is certainly a major figure in today’s music. But having looked at Adi Oasis’ Facebook page, I struggle to understand what qualifications she has to be curator. Of the few Vermont performers on the schedule, more than a couple don’t even play jazz.

Since he arrived, Wahl has shown nothing but disrespect and hostility to Vermont artists and the community. Wahl strongly dislikes jazz, knows nothing about it and has no respect for jazz musicians. Speaking solely from my experience: Former Flynn artistic director Steve MacQueen asked me to do a concert — with world-class players Stacy Dillard and Josh Roseman — and Wahl canceled it without even telling me; I found out by accident.

Other players have equally disturbing stories. I’ve also recently learned about some of Wahl’s shocking behavior toward longtime volunteers, Flynn Arts instructors, major donors and staff. Having played clubs and festivals from Monterey, Calif., to Berlin, Germany, I’ve never seen such unprofessional behavior — even from a hot dog vendor.

I do have a quibble with [“The Deepest Cut: Rising Costs and Property Tax Hikes Again Threaten the Survival of Small Schools,” March 27]. Alison Novak’s article noted: “Huge property tax hikes, prompted by rising education costs and tweaks to the state’s education funding formula, led voters around the state to reject dozens of school budgets on Town Meeting Day.”

We are not just dealing with a “tweak.” We have a broken funding formula that puts all the burden on property owners. Property is only one form of wealth.

Our first school budget was also rejected, and it already included cutting 12 people. The second one included more cuts and another 3.5 positions gone.

Yes, costs are up because ... costs are up. Health care: 16 percent; supplies, as much as 80 percent. But school districts are being asked to take it out on our students. Every lost teacher or support person means a decline in the quality of a child’s education. Today’s students need more, not less, personalized education, due in part to the challenges posed by the mental health crisis and what I’d call the “device crisis.”

Why are we penalizing students? Why aren’t we all marching in Montpelier to demand a different funding formula? And


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Schools of Fraught

As budget season drags on, residents put education

under the microscope Burlington O cials Outline Plan to Close Budget Gap

Heavy Hitter

Howard Dean’s potential run against Gov. Phil Scott is electrifying Dems eager for a competitive race

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Lawmakers Reach Late-Night Deals, Then Adjourn


Crossing Thresholds

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Burlington’s Ohavi Zedek Synagogue presents a benefit concert for its Full Circle Preschool featuring Boston-based From Another World After wine and cheese at an art show of works donated by OZ community members, musicians Jessica Kate Meyer, Hankus Netsky and Itay Dayan perform everything from soulful Carpathian Jewish songs to joyful klezmer jams.

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, more than 20 local stores pair up with Vermont beverage and food purveyors for a delicious day of drinking and supporting small businesses. Ticket holders pick up a map and commemorative tote bag before tracking down all the tastings, from mocktails at the Rutland County Pride Center to Golden Rule Mead at GreenSpell Plant Shop to Inspired Cookies’ whoopie pies at Phoenix Books.

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e at St. Johnsbury’s Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium returns with artist, author and birder ’s address “Panels and Pigeons: How Comics Help Us See Local Wildlife in New Ways.” e weekend fun continues with Mosco leading two kids’ cartoon workshops, a creative get-together over drinks at Kingdom Taproom and Table, and nature walks through Matsinger Forest in Danville.


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Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville invites art lovers to party like it’s 1984 at its “40 Years Together”

Visitors are invited to break out their hair crimpers and shoulder pads for a 1980s-themed reception on May 16, where they’ll get the first look at a vast collection of modern and historical works by Vermont artists, as well as originals by gallery founder Alden Bryan and his wife, Mary.

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Heavens Can’t Wait

I changed my vacation plans and flew from California to Vermont, with less than a day to spare, so I could catch the total solar eclipse on April 8. There was no way I was going to miss the experience. Conveniently, astronomers knew exactly when and where it was going to happen, weather permitting. That meant all manner of planners, from hotel owners to tra c flaggers, had plenty of time to prepare. Decades, in fact. The only requirement was to look up, at the right moment, to behold three glorious minutes of awe-inspiring celestial spectacle.

Exactly 32 days later, the star of our solar system put on another show — this one, unscheduled.

Last week, space weather watchers noticed a large number of powerful solar flares erupting on the sun’s surface. Such coronal mass ejections emit clouds of charged particles that, if aimed earthward at just the right angle, can manifest as shimmering colors in the night sky — aka the northern lights or aurora borealis.



This particular geomagnetic sun storm was so big, it lit up the heavens — in streaks of magenta, blue, green and purple — across the globe. People saw the display from as far south as Florida.

The lucky ones, that is. Predicting the paths of extraterrestrial orbs, and where they’ll cross in space, is a pretty exact science. But the aurora borealis is a fickler phenomenon. Northern lights enthusiasts often travel to places like Norway, Alaska and Iceland, where they’re more likely to be visible. Even then, there’s no guarantee: Chasing them requires patience, drive, faith and, more often than not, really warm clothes; also, countless nighttime hours not sleeping.

Last Friday afternoon on Vermont Public, I heard Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium senior meteorologist Mark Breen make a compelling case for sky-watching that night. His recommended time frame would accommodate my evening plans: dinner with neighbors. Afterward, when my partner, Tim, and I emerged onto Lakeview Terrace in Burlington, a guy on the street excitedly told us the aurora borealis had just been on display above us. He had pictures. But looking up, we couldn’t see squat. Back home, I used my iPhone to scan the sky, as instructed, and sure enough, the image had some color that I couldn’t detect with my naked eye. I half-heartedly suggested to Tim that we drive north, but instead, we went to bed.

Shortly before that, Colchester resident Adam Silverman had posted on social media: “Get outside now, Vermont.” A hobby

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photographer who works as public information o cer for the Vermont State Police, Silverman found the aurora borealis on dazzling display in Milton, along Du y and Marrs Hollow roads, and he was shooting up a storm. The 45-yearold former journalist stayed out until 2:30 a.m. and only came in because he hadn’t eaten dinner and forgot to bring snacks.

Every other time he’s photographed the northern lights in Vermont over the past 20 years, Silverman has set up his camera on a tripod facing north because “that’s where they are,” he noted. This time, however, the

corona was directly overhead, and the colorful lights were “pulsating, shimmering, dancing” all around him. “Never in a million years did I expect … to have trouble figuring out which direction to point my camera,” Silverman quipped. “It was an amazing night. My jaw is still on the floor.”

And, like so many other folks who missed it, I’m kicking myself for not making more of an e ort to notice a second stunning heads-up from the universe.

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Adam Silverman’s photos of the northern lights over the weekend in Milton

Burlington Officials Outline Plan to Close Budget Gap

Schools of Fraught

As budget season drags on, residents put education spending under the microscope

Last week, administrators in the Mount Abraham Unified School District invited Bristol parent Shawna Gabbeitt to their central o ce to look over financial documents. Gabbeitt, a bookkeeper, had filed an extensive request for public records about school spending after voters rejected the district’s budget on Town Meeting Day.

She had become more concerned about the district’s financial practices after receiving dozens of documents, Gabbeitt said, and later shared her misgivings on social media and at school board meetings. Her efforts, she believes, were a factor in the failure at the polls of Mt. Abe’s second budget proposal, on April 16.

Administrators wanted to give her more context about spending decisions and allay some of her concerns, superintendent Patrick Reen said. Gabbeitt remained unswayed, though. She said she still thinks the district didn’t follow proper protocols for spending money.

In years past, most Vermont districts passed school budgets easily. But with property taxes anticipated to rise sharply, 30 school districts failed to do so on Town Meeting Day. Now, as some districts prepare for a third or fourth vote on their spending plan, residents such as Gabbeitt are asking more questions — and pledging to continue voting no if they don’t like the answers. The growing discontent is fueling an erosion of trust in Vermont’s education system. School administrators and board members, meanwhile, are trying

to figure out how to convince voters that their money is well spent.

Mt. Abe, which serves 1,300 students in Bristol, New Haven and Monkton, is one of about 20 school districts that still does not have an approved budget. If voters don’t sign o before July 1, the start of the next fiscal year, those districts would need to borrow money, with interest, to continue operations — a nightmare scenario for school boards.

“Everyone wants to avoid that cli ,” Mt. Abe school board chair Erin Jipner said.

Slate Valley Unified School District, which serves Fair Haven, Orwell, Castleton and Benson, must now draft its fourth budget after three failures at the polls. Its most recent proposal, which voters

Burlington officials have proposed hiking certain taxes and using one-time funds to close the city’s $13.1 million budget shortfall. e plan would prevent layoffs but leave nearly two dozen vacant positions unfilled.

New taxes would raise about $5.6 million, with about $1.3 million of that generated from a higher public safety tax. Voters approved a 3-cent increase to that tax rate on Town Meeting Day, but officials are only proposing a 2-cent increase in an effort to reduce the burden on residents.

e city would also raise the gross receipts tax, from 2 to 2.5 percent, on meals and alcohol sales, a bump that would sunset after a year. e same tax on hotel stays would double, from 2 to 4 percent. Together, those hikes would generate an estimated $1.7 million.

Increasing various city fees, such as parking fines and the cost of summer camps, could raise another $1.5 million. Using the remainder of the city’s federal coronavirus aid would net $3.2 million.

Officials also found $2.5 million in savings, a process the mayor called “right-sizing” the city budget. at includes $1.4 million found by leaving 22 vacant positions unfilled and another $700,000 by scaling back spending on various city programs, though not cutting any completely.

At Monday night’s Board of Finance meeting, some city councilors expressed concern about the budget’s reliance on one-time funds — the use of which helped create the shortfall in the first place — and that upping the gross receipts tax would dissuade visitors from dining out downtown.

On Tuesday, Mayor Emma Mulvaney-Stanak committed to weaning off one-time money in future budgets. And she downplayed the effect on restaurant-goers, saying the impact would be minimal: Tacking an extra half-percent on a $100 bill would increase it by just 50 cents.

Councilors will continue to discuss the budget over several meetings this month. Mulvaney-Stanak will present her final proposal by June 15. ➆

Katherine Schad (left) and Mayor Emma Mulvaney-Stanak

Heavy Hitter

Howard Dean’s potential run against Gov. Phil Scott is electrifying Dems eager for a competitive race

Excitement is building in Democratic circles over the prospect that former governor Howard Dean will give Gov. Phil Scott something he hasn’t had in a long time — a serious challenger.

Dean confirmed late last month that he might run against Scott, who announced over the weekend he will, as expected, seek a fifth term. In a May 1 statement, Dean expressed concern about what he called a “poisonous atmosphere” in Montpelier and a lack of progress on important issues such as health care.

in order to get on the August primary ballot is May 30.

After hinting at his own decision in remarks to lawmakers during a session that stretched into early Saturday morning, Scott, 65, announced his candidacy on Saturday evening in an email to supporters. The message included a photo of him with his mentor, longtime state senator Dick Mazza, a Democrat who stepped down last month because he has cancer.

“After reflecting on all the work still left to do, I’ve come to realize I cannot step away at a time when Vermont’s Legislature is so far out of balance, so I’ve decided to run for reelection to keep working for you,” he wrote.

Scott had intimated for weeks that he felt obligated to continue using his o ce to prevent the Democratic supermajority in the legislature from advancing policies that would increase the cost of living.

“I believe Vermont is in real danger of losing much we have fought for and much of what we have accomplished in the atmosphere of anger and disrespect which permeates Montpelier,” he wrote. “And I believe we can do better together.”

In addition to testing some potential campaign themes, his statement accelerated a statewide signature-gathering campaign to get him on the ballot.

“Every person I’ve talked to about this has said, ‘Oh, my gosh, that would be extraordinary!’” Rep. Ti any Bluemle (D-Burlington) told Seven Days Bluemle said she recently had co ee with Dean in Burlington’s South End. She said she was struck by the physical and mental fitness of the 75-year-old former physician, governor and presidential candidate. When they parted ways, Dean told her he was heading to Winooski — on foot.

Dean declined an interview request, noting that he won’t speak to the press “until and if I submit signatures.” The deadline to submit 500 valid signatures

If Dean does enter the race, he’ll likely face former Middlebury Selectboard member Esther Charlestin, 33, who announced a run as a Democrat on January 5. Former Burlington mayor Miro Weinberger expressed interest in the job last fall, but last week a spokesperson said he had not made a decision.

Charlestin said she’s neither surprised nor concerned by the prospect of running against Dean for the party’s nomination.

“If he enters, great. If he doesn’t, great. I am still going,” she told Seven Days.

Dean’s potential candidacy has energized Democrats in a way that candidates for governor in recent elections have not. It has raised hopes that someone with his name recognition, experience as governor from 1991 to 2003, and fundraising ability could mount a formidable challenge to Scott, who has trounced his previous opponents.

“There is no question that there is a grassroots e ort to encourage him to run,” Sen. Jane Kitchel (D-Caledonia) said. She served in Dean’s administration for a decade, including two years as secretary of the Agency of Human Services.

Kitchel said she’s proud of the work they did to expand social services and

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Plainfield Co-op to Move to Plainfield Hardware

e Plainfield Co-op, a beloved institution, will relocate to the town’s hardware store on Route 2 in July.

Board members signed a purchase agreement with Plainfield Hardware earlier this month. e news comes after years of dwindling sales at the co-op due to the one-two punch of pandemic-related restrictions and the labor shortage. e hardware store will continue to operate at the location — and its staff will stay on — but the Plainfield Co-op will assume ownership and management.

Locals are hopeful that the relocation will breathe fresh life into the co-op, which was created in 1972 and is one of the oldest in the state. It had humble beginnings as a passion project of back-to-the-landers who wanted to live in accordance with their environmental and social values.

In 2022, the longtime owners of Plainfield Hardware — Richard and Gaye Christiansen — encouraged the co-op board to purchase the hardware store, which is located outside the town center. e deal means the co-op can combine two customer bases, attract Route 2 traffic and expand into a fullservice grocery.

Some residents have expressed trepidation about the move, particularly because the new location is not as accessible by foot.

Ultimately, a majority of co-op members supported the move in an August 2023 vote. e board has inked a $1.75 million agreement to buy both the hardware store building and its inventory. e sale is set to close on July 17, and the co-op should reopen in the new space shortly after.

Board members have lots of ideas about what they might do with the new space. Residents have suggested installing electric vehicle charging stations and community gardens. Board treasurer John Cleary is particularly excited to take advantage of the greenhouses attached to the hardware store.

e Plainfield Co-op board is committed to finding a good use for the old co-op building, which it will not sell immediately. A coffee shop is one option. ➆

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Dean was first elected to the Vermont House in 1982. He had served two and a half terms as lieutenant governor when governor Richard Snelling died of a heart attack in 1991, thrusting Dean into the role. Dean went on to win five consecutive terms, making him the longest-serving governor in state history. He was fiscally conservative, often battling with Progressives and other Dems to cut taxes and balance budgets, but socially liberal, supporting Vermont’s historic approval of civil unions.

Rep. Tristan Toleno (D-Brattleboro) said he was excited about Dean’s possible return. The current administration has kept more than 1,000 positions in state government open in order to balance the budget, which has increased wait times for state services, demoralized workers and contributed to high turnover rates, Toleno said; about 38 percent of new hires leave in less than a year, state workforce data show.

“If we can get someone who actually cares about the quality of state services and is actually leading and accountable for that, it’ll be breathtaking,” Toleno said.

of Scott’s leadership during the pandemic.

Two years later, without campaigning, he brushed aside Brenda Siegel, an advocate for Vermont’s homeless people and a Democrat, by 47 points.

The string of losses has embarrassed the Vermont Democratic Party, which has otherwise been gaining momentum in Montpelier in recent years.

But its power has limits. On April 30, the Vermont Senate voted not to confirm Scott’s pick for education secretary, former charter school executive Zoie Saunders. Immediately after the vote, the governor announced that he had named her interim secretary, which does not require confirmation.

Democrats have been deeply frustrated by Scott’s political dominance, which began when he defeated Democrat Sue Minter in 2016 by 9 percentage points. While Democrats hold a supermajority in the state legislature and occupy all other statewide o ces, many express frustration because the governorship continues to elude them. National polling also routinely finds that Scott is one of the most popular governors in the country.

“The fact is that Democrats haven’t really put up a viable candidate since Sue Minter,” Rep. Mike Mrowicki (D-Putney) said. “The governor has been able to take o the last two elections and call it in.”

In Scott’s 2018 reelection bid, he defeated Democrat Christine Hallquist, the first transgender candidate for statewide o ce, by 15 points. The gap has only grown: In 2020, Scott owned Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman, a Progressive/Democrat, by 41 points, an indication of the public approval

That crossed a line and laid bare the disdain Scott has shown for lawmakers, VDP executive director Jim Dandeneau said. The appointment galvanized many people who don’t typically pay attention to state politics, Dandeneau said, which led to “a pretty significant shift in the calculus” about Scott’s vulnerability.

“Phil Scott tries to put a charter school executive in charge of the state education system, and all of a sudden, having a Republican governor is something that matters to them,” he said.

Scott has defended his decision by noting that Saunders was one of three finalists the State Board of Education sent him. He blamed what he called “outside groups” for misrepresenting her record and whipping up opposition, clarifying that he was referring to the teachers’ union and superintendents’ association, among others.

For the past eight years, Vermont politics have been “within ... normal bounds” while national politics became a “fivealarm” crisis, Dandeneau said. Scott’s calm demeanor, nice-guy image and opposition to former president Donald Trump lulled many Democrats into supporting him, but that may be changing, Dandeneau said.

Matthew Dickinson, a professor of political science at Middlebury College, said Scott’s long stretch of popularity and lack of strong challengers may have left him with blind spots.

“I think there is a case to be made that Scott has overreached on a couple of


issues,” he said, citing Scott’s dismissal of widespread opposition to Saunders’ appointment. “He’s lost a little bit of touch with mainstream opinion here and could be vulnerable to a strong opponent.”

Dean confirmed his interest in running as the acrimony surrounding Scott’s choice of Saunders was rising. And he fired o his May 1 statement the day after Scott named her interim secretary.

In it, Dean also warned about “fiscal turmoil” ahead, as evidenced by the $13 million budget defi cit that the City of Burlington faces and what he called an “alarming” rise in property taxes to fund schools.

“I had my battles in Montpelier over money, but we always worked out our differences and the budgets were solid, thoughtful and mostly negotiated

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respectfully between the Governor’s o ce and the House and Senate,” Dean wrote.

Rebecca Ramos, a lobbyist who worked for Dean as a legislative liaison, said the “breakdown in communications” between lawmakers and Scott’s administration is preventing the kind of collaboration needed to move good policy forward.

“I’m sure governor Dean knows that it can be better and it can be di erent, and I’m sure that’s something that’s motivating him,” Ramos said.

If Scott is worried about the prospect of a showdown with a former governor, he’s keeping a poker face. He said Dean’s potential run was “interesting.”

“One thing I will tell you is — and you can take this one to the bank — 24 years from now, I will not be on the ballot,” Scott quipped at a press conference earlier this month.

tax increases residents are facing this year, he argued.

Dusting off Dean would only give Republicans an opening to tie him to that policy, Dame said. Dean’s long history in state and national politics and his reputation for bombast would also make his temperament an issue.

“It would be a stark contrast to have Gov. Scott, the epitome of quiet and mild mannered, and then to have Howard ‘the Scream’ Dean running against him,” Dame said.

That’s a reference to Dean’s notorious battle cry after the 2004 Iowa Caucus went viral, hobbling his presidential aspirations. Dean’s campaign had gained traction quickly and revolutionized online fundraising before his third-place finish in Iowa. Dean dropped out of the contest

Paul Dame, chair of the Vermont GOP, expects Scott to be more active to help Republican candidates win seats in the General Assembly and perhaps break the supermajority’s grip.

Dame said he was initially “perplexed” when Dean confirmed his interest in his old job after more than two decades out of public office. Now he thinks Dean is stepping forward to protect the party from another embarrassing defeat so younger o ceholders with gubernatorial aspirations can wait Scott out.

“Dean’s got nothing to lose,” Dame said.

And lose he most likely would, Dame predicted, especially given his vulnerability on the educationfi nance issue that is at the forefront of most voters’ minds. Dean supported the 1997 passage of Act 60, which established the statewide funding system that preserves local control over schools but recalculates state aid to reduce inequities between richer and poorer school districts. That system is at the heart of the sharp property

Dean continued to be a lightning rod as the chair of the Democratic National Committee from 2005 to 2009, as a media commentator and on social media.

“He’s been very boisterous in a way that I’m not sure Vermonters are really looking for,” Dame said.

Newer Democratic officeholders such as State Treasurer Mike Pieciak, Secretary of State Sarah Copeland Hanzas and Attorney General Charity Clark are, along with Zuckerman, often mentioned as potential future candidates for governor.

Pieciak, who served in the Scott administration, said he’s “humbled” to hear such talk but said there is “no grand plan” for Dean to take one for the team this election cycle.

He said Vermonters should be proud of Dean’s record as governor. Dean signed the nation’s first civil unions law in 2000, something Pieciak, who is gay, considers courageous. The idea of Dean returning to Vermont politics evokes for him a sense of nostalgia.

“It’s exciting to think about him coming back,” Pieciak said. “I’ve always admired him.” ➆

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Superintendent Brooke Olsen-Farrell said budget failures aren’t uncommon in her mostly conservative, rural district. But this year, the vitriol has been more intense than ever.

A school board member has been encouraging community members to reject the budget until the district gets rid of its proficiency-based grading system, which is used throughout the

that he considered too steep both this year and last. Data he found on the Vermont Agency of Education’s website show that many Twinfield students are performing below proficiency in math, Bingham said, which added to his feeling that out-of-control school spending is not yielding good results.

Bingham, who raised three kids in Marshfield, said living in Vermont is becoming increasingly unaffordable. He believes voting no on the Twinfield budget is a way to rein in what he calls an “overbloated” education system.

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Olsen-Farrell said she’s unsure about how to effectively communicate with “no” voters, since they don’t typically attend informational meetings about the budget. Staff morale is low, with some educators questioning whether they want to return next school year amid the hostility, Olsen-Farrell said.

“The rhetoric is far worse than I’ve ever seen,” Olsen-Farrell said. “It’s downright nasty.”

In the Twinfield Union School district, superintendent Mark Tucker is in an unusual position. Voters from Marshfield and Plainfield, who send students to one pre-K-12 school, approved the budget on Town Meeting Day by a three-vote margin. Two residents successfully petitioned for a revote, as allowed for under state statute. The same budget failed by 17 votes last week, despite a relatively small projected property tax increase — 2.6 percent in Plainfield and 8.3 percent in Marshfield.

Marshfield resident Dave Bingham, who organized the petition, said he was spurred to do so after budget increases

to Gov. Phil Scott’s remarks about school spending this spring.

Some believe the breakdown of trust can be traced to dwindling opportunities to engage in civil debate. Plainfield resident Sarah Galbraith, whose daughter attends Twinfield, said she would like community members to discuss and vote on budgets in person, as in past years, rather than with the paper ballots they cast these days.

“So that we could all be part of the same conversation, we’re all getting the same accurate information [and we’re] making decisions based on that,” Galbraith explained.

Tucker, who is retiring this year, is hoping disgruntled residents will weigh in on what they’d like to see cut from the budget before the next vote. He has pleaded with community members to share their thoughts at this week’s board meeting.

The superintendent thinks some of the heated rhetoric is trickling down from Montpelier. Gov. Scott, who stated publicly that he voted against the first school budget proposal in his hometown of Berlin, has said it’s “unacceptable” that some people might be hit with doubledigit property tax increases due to school spending.

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“At the end of the day,” Tucker said “the ultimate victims of this political wrangling are children who rely on public schools for their education.”

Reen, the Mt. Abe superintendent, said he believes frustration about property taxes — which were initially expected to increase between 13 and 16 percent — is just one of the factors that contributed to the two budget defeats in his district.

Students in several district elementary schools have exhibited challenging behaviors in recent years, leading to contentious public discussions on social media. Some community members have concluded the district isn’t doing enough to address the issue. Those discussions often “only include a part of the story,” Reen said, but it’s difficult for the district to share additional information publicly because of student privacy concerns.


“We’re left in this kind of defenseless position,” he said.

After Mt. Abe’s initial $37 million budget proposal failed in March, the district shaved off $1.3 million and tapped into its education reserve fund, removed $250,000 from its construction budget and left vacant positions unfilled. Because the district was obligated to give teachers their contracts by April 1, Reen also issued 17 reduction-in-force, or RIF, notices to teachers to lay the groundwork for cutting positions if subsequent budgets failed.

The RIFs upset some residents who believed teachers were actually being laid off, Reen said. Others felt like the district was threatening the community with cuts if they didn’t agree to the second budget, which voters ultimately rejected on April 16.

Gabbeitt, the Bristol resident, said she didn’t feel the initial budget effectively addressed the problems the district is facing. A $2 million construction line item in the revised budget seemed excessive, she said, especially in light of what she believes are dire special-education and behavioral issues. Her concerns spurred her to file the public records request; she raised $1,000 through GoFundMe to pay the school district for the labor required to produce an extensive trove of documents.

Those documents show that the district budgeted $1.7 million for a recent

lobby renovation project at Mount Abraham Union High School that ended up costing almost $3 million. She also viewed invoices that outline spending she considers extravagant on items such as furniture and a television. Further evidence suggested that the school district did not properly follow the bidding process when issuing contracts to businesses, she said.

Gabbeitt said she’ll continue to vote no on school budgets until the district does a better job of publicly sharing and explaining financial documents and grant information. She also believes the school board needs to demonstrate a willingness to hold superintendent Reen accountable.

“I want to see transparency, because it’s what we deserve to have,” Gabbeitt said.

Reen said he understands that voters would put past budget decisions under the microscope as districts face financial pressures, but it’s not necessarily productive. He said the lobby project went over budget because of supply chain issues and higher-than-expected construction costs and asserted he’s done nothing “illegal or immoral or unethical.”

“Any decision that I have to make is driven by what I believe is best for our students, first, and at a cost our taxpayers can afford,” Reen said. “Any thought or accusation or belief that there’s some ulterior motive … is just false.”

Jipner, the school board chair, said she hasn’t seen any evidence that the school district did anything improper, but the board and district staff are working to make financial information more accessible. Jipner also believes the 13-member board needs to take a different approach before a new budget is drafted and scheduled for a third vote.

To that end, the board scheduled multiple community forums this week that will be organized around two questions: “What do you want the board to know right now?” and “What would it take to make you feel positive about the budget?” The board also asked Reen to put together a presentation that addresses some of the questions members have heard from the community about topics including the number of administrators at each school, the salaries of central office and middlemanagement positions, and where money comes from to support capital improvements and construction.

If residents feel the board is listening to them, Jipner believes the contentiousness and anger will begin to dissipate.

The community “can’t sit in a stagnant place of just being angry,” she said. “We need to get to the place of marching in the same direction.” ➆

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Lawmakers Reach Late-Night Deals, Then Adjourn

Lawmakers held a marathon legislative session that stretched well past midnight last Friday as they sought compromise on controversial bills to set property taxes, protect people’s data and modernize Act 250 while speeding housing construction.

Last-minute disagreements between the House and Senate over several bills pushed exhausted lawmakers and staff to the brink. The Senate adjourned around 1:20 a.m., the House after 2 a.m., with each chamber agreeing to return on June 17 to address anticipated vetoes from Gov. Phil Scott.

Republican lawmakers, taking a cue from Scott, blasted the tax hike as unacceptable, noting that the bill contained no immediate changes to rein in costs.

“This has been perhaps the hardest session of my 20 years in the Statehouse,” Sen. Alison Clarkson (D-Windsor) told colleagues.

Just before the Senate adjourned, Scott gave customary remarks thanking lawmakers for their work. He said they all shared a vision of a Vermont with families breathing life back into communities, healthy children filling classrooms and a thriving economy.

“We just have a different vision on how to get there, and after this session, it’s clear we have a little more work to do,” Scott said.

The most closely watched bill was legislation that sets property tax rates, known as the yield bill. Lawmakers debated how to best shield property owners from increases that just a few months ago were predicted to exceed an average of 18 percent, depending on the size of school budgets and other factors.

Senators drafted a bill that wrestled that average increase down to 12.5 percent. They did so by plowing an additional $25 million in general fund dollars into the state education fund to “buy down” the amount that would have to be raised by property taxes.

They also proposed raising other taxes to buy down the property tax burden further. A sales tax on the use of online software would raise $14.7 million. And a 3 percent tax on short-term rentals was expected to raise $12 million.

The House worried that lower-income residents who rely on a property tax credit program would get hit hardest by the increase. So they proposed rejiggering the formula to increase those credits by $20 million.

That move, however, increased the total average property tax hike to 13.8 percent. The Senate reluctantly agreed to the House’s change.

“I cannot support a bill that has zero structural changes in it,” Rep. Pattie McCoy (R-Poultney) said.

The bill calls for the creation of a Commission on the Future of Public Education charged with reforming the structure and financing of education.

Scott has argued that lawmakers haven’t done enough to reduce the property tax increase. But Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Baruth (D/PChittenden-Central) said lawmakers had done as much as they responsibly could under the circumstances.

Scott’s only ideas for reducing that burden further involve borrowing money from reserves in a way that could negatively affect the state’s bond rating, Baruth said.

“He has relinquished his title as the fiscal adult in the room,” Baruth said of Scott, who is expected to veto the bill.

Another high-profile issue that legislators were under intense pressure to resolve was Act 250 reform. H.687 would overhaul Vermont’s 54-year-old land-use law while also streamlining housing production.

The bill has come under withering criticism from Gov. Scott. He supported the elements designed to make it easier to build housing near town and village centers but not measures meant to set the stage for additional protection of sensitive habitat such as forests, wetlands and river corridors.

The bill got hung up near the finish line on a somewhat tangential issue — how to raise money from property sales to fund new housing construction. The two chambers reached a compromise, and the bill will be sent to Scott.

Other bills that made it over the finish line include ones addressing data privacy, cannabis regulations and ethics codes for municipal officials. ➆

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Editor’s note: Seven Days has been covering the school budget situation in Roxbury. First the Town of Roxbury filed a lawsuit asking for an injunction to stop that vote, which was denied in an emergency hearing [“Court Rejects Roxbury’s Request to Block School Budget Vote,” April 24, online]. Then, on April 30, voters approved Montpelier Roxbury Public Schools’ revised budget, effectively green-lighting the closure of Roxbury Village School.



[Re “Ed Secretary Saunders Fields Questions at Confirmation Hearing,” April 23, online]: Vermont is poised to spend more on public school education than any other state. Yet for the past 20 years, student test scores have been declining. U.S. News & World Report recently published an article ranking the performance of high schools

across the country, with Massachusetts at No. 1, Florida at No. 5 and Vermont at No. 14.

The key rationale behind the opposition to Zoie Saunders as our next secretary of education is that she does not possess the same qualifications as the last two individuals who served as secretary. It seems their unique qualifications failed to achieve the primary goal of the position: ensuring that Vermont’s public-school children can meet basic educational standards. What’s the wisdom in not trying a new approach when the status quo has failed?

However, this is the approach of the Democrats, who oppose Saunders and lack the political will to fix our disastrous school funding system. Dems managed to kick the can down the road yet again by setting up a commission to study the issue. As a result, there will be no real solution for taxpayers — or, more importantly, students — until at least 2026 or 2027!

Instead of tackling the issue head-on, they just added a series of new taxes to the already-growing list to temporarily blunt the double-digit property tax increases

coming this year. It’s sleight of hand. They hope you won’t notice, especially when you go to the ballot box, that you’re still paying more in taxes — just not property taxes.


Last week the Vermont Senate passed H.72, an act providing for the implementation of an overdose-prevention center in Burlington [“Overdose-Prevention Site Bill Heads to Gov. Scott’s Desk,” May 7]. Chittenden County has led Vermont in accidental drug-overdose deaths consistently, with the majority of these deaths occurring in downtown Burlington, where the center would likely be located.

The current situation is nothing short of a public health emergency, with our past and present mayors, the Burlington City Council, our state’s attorney, and many local business owners, Burlingtonians and health care providers all calling for an overdose-prevention center in Burlington. The community of people using drugs in

Burlington has expressed its support and motivation to engage with such a center.

Twenty-one of the 29 senators voted yes on H.72. Yes to compassion. Yes to protecting Vermont’s most vulnerable. Yes to a nonpunitive approach to a population in need of safety and health care.

The vote represents the culmination of many years of advocacy and commitment to providing quality health care to Vermonters suffering from severe druguse disorder, a medically diagnosable disease. This effort has progressed very slowly, costing lives, because of stigma and entrenched opposition to controversial innovation.

This changed on May 1, when over twothirds of our state Senate, following this bill’s passing through the House, expressed the will of the people of Vermont clearly, with confidence and conviction.

We Vermonters choose to stand with our family members and neighbors at risk for accidental drug overdose. We choose to embrace science and research and to provide easy access to life-saving interventions.

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moved with her family to Burlington, Vt. She had many fond childhood memories, including Sunday family drives; summers spent at the Wantastiquet Trout Club in Weston, where her grandparents were the caretakers; and playing golf with her parents.

e summer before her senior year at Burlington High School, she met the love of her life, William L. Barrett, and three weeks later, they became engaged. ey were married on February 22, 1964, after which they moved to Portland, Maine, and she graduated from Deering High School that spring. In 1966, when Bill accepted a position at IBM, they moved to Vermont with their first child. Sandy had a strong work ethic that enabled her to manage a household, raise four children, and maintain a career as an office administrator in the construction and health

is survived by his loving sisters, Cathleen DaCosta Bombard and her husband, Jeffrey Brusven, of Laguna Beach, Calif.; and Molly Margaret Bombard and her husband, Connor Nolan, of Austin, Texas. Martin also leaves behind his adored nephew and nieces, Oscar Arthur Brusven, Violet Bird Brusven and Poppy Spelman Nolan. Surrounded by his large extended family, Martin had a childhood filled with idyllic summers by Lake Champlain, memorable birthdays camping with beloved friends on his uncle’s property and festive Christmases in Stowe, Vt. Martin thrived skiing on the weekends with family and friends, and his high school years were marked by his passion for football. He graduated from Burlington High School in 2008. Martin’s interests spanned from fishing to films, and he had a proclivity

care fields in the greater Burlington area.

Sandy’s greatest joys in life were her husband, children, grandchildren, holidays, watching the New York Yankees, and playing golf with her parents, husband and friends at the Williston Golf Club. She loved Christmas, and every year she and Bill hosted a party on Christmas Eve to celebrate with friends and family.

Everyone who knew Sandy appreciated her beautiful smile and generosity. She adored her grandchildren and always had an armful of gifts for each of them, no matter whose birthday was being celebrated.

She was predeceased by her loving husband, Bill, in 2016, after 52 years of marriage; her beloved sister, Judy, in 2022; and her dear friend Manola Byrd Benjamin earlier this year. She leaves her four

for building forts and bonfires on the beach. He possessed a unique bond with animals, keeping a pet squirrel and effortlessly catching fish with his bare hands. Birds would perch on his shoulders, and deer would approach him during walks in the woods, illustrating his innate connection to the natural world.

Despite Martin’s deep affection for the world around him and everyone in it, his profound sensitivity proved to be both a blessing and a curse. While he cherished his connections with his close friends and family, he struggled to cope with the intensity of his emotions. Unable to find solace in conventional means, Martin turned to substance use as a way to numb the overwhelming sensations that often consumed him. Nevertheless, Martin’s closeknit circle stood by him

children: William Jr. (Maggie Mullin) of Milton, Krista (Tim Mashrick) of Essex, Jennifer of Milton and Barby Jo (Jason Moran) of Essex; as well as seven grandchildren: Brian and Matthew Barrett; Max, Will and James Mashrick; and Jake and Kylie Moran. She also leaves her brother-inlaw, Michael Barrett, and his wife, Louise, of Lewiston, Maine; several nieces and nephews; and close friend Beth Wyman and her husband, Grayson.

A celebration of Sandy’s life will be held at her home on Sunday, July 7, 2024, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., for family, friends and neighbors. Please come, enjoy and share your memories. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to the McClure Miller Respite House, the American Cancer Society or the charity of your choice. To send online condolences, please visit

unwaveringly from boyhood to the very end.

In memory of Martin’s life, his family urges honesty and transparency about the circumstances surrounding his passing. ey believe that sharing Martin’s story may save lives and bring awareness to the epidemic of drug addiction. eir hope is that by speaking the truth, they can prevent others from experiencing the pain of addiction and loss.

ere is solace in knowing that Martin’s spirit is now free from the burdensome pain he endured on this Earth. Martin is now reunited with his grandparents, who loved him deeply.

He was our boy and forever will be.

Martin’s life will be celebrated in Burlington in July. In lieu of flowers, his family would appreciate donations to Howard Center (

Suzanne Kusserow


“She was a giant.” So said Sue Kusserow’s nearest neighbor on the hill in Underhill Center when describing her life and passing on April 19, 2024. And so she was, a gentle giant in the lives of family, friends and the community beneath Mount Mansfield where she lived for more than 65 years, beloved by all. Warm, kind and giving, a loving wife and supremely devoted parent, a compassionate caregiver, an accomplished teacher and writer, Sue was a beneficent force of nature. She will be dearly missed by the many and varied people whose lives she enriched.

Suzanne Margaret Kienholz Kusserow was born on May 16, 1932, in New Haven, Conn., where her father, A. Raymond Kienholz, was a researcher at the Yale School of Forestry, and her mother, Pearl Armstrong Keating Kienholz, ran a Montessori school. Following her father’s appointment as professor of botany at the University of Connecticut, she moved to Storrs, Conn., and spent summers in a cottage in the rural northwestern part of the state, surrounded by woods. Sue attended the Gilbert School in Winsted, Conn., and later graduated from UConn. At Yale School of Nursing, where she received a master’s degree, she met Bert(hold) Karl Kusserow, a medical student, and the two were married in 1954. ey soon moved to a hilltop farm in Underhill Center, when Bert, a pioneer in the development of the artificial heart, became professor of medicine at the University of Vermont.

ree children followed: Paul in 1961, Karl in 1963 and Adrie in 1966. During these years, Sue helped found the Visiting Nurses Association of Vermont and volunteered throughout the community, memorably

as the guitar-playing leader of the Underhill Congregational Church’s junior choir — a role she reprised decades later as “Gramma Sue” for the young students of the Underhill Central School. Life was idyllic until Bert’s tragic death in a car accident in December 1975. Left alone with children and in the prime of life, Sue bravely reinvented herself, working locally as a school nurse, in part to keep an eye on her children — and soon on others’ as well; later as state inspector of nursing homes, to which she traveled on her favorite back roads; and eventually as professor of nursing, first in Vermont, then in West Virginia, Oregon, in Zimbabwe as a Fulbright Scholar and ultimately back at the University of Vermont, where she earned her doctorate in her sixties.

She remarried in 1978 to William J. Lewis, a longtime UVM professor, and together they shared many good years, especially annual summer stays at Yellowstone National Park, where Bill was a renowned interpretive naturalist and Sue proudly donned a ranger’s uniform and helped staff the Museum of the National Park Ranger. Sue spent her last years with her beloved daughter and her family, on the same land where she lived throughout her years in Vermont. She rediscovered her love of writing and, during the last 15 years of her life, contributed hundreds of columns to the local newspaper, the Mountain Gazette, about family, nature, community and caregiving — the poles of her existence — some of which reappeared in the 2017 compilation Under the Mountain Sue loved this Earth: the flowers and the trees, the mud and the frogs. She loved people even more, and she engaged generously and joyously with all of them. She knew the names of just about everything that grows in northern Vermont and most of the people in Underhill. Above all, she loved family — her children and theirs: Maude, Marina, George, Ana, Francesca and Willem, as well as her children’s spouses, Serena, Robert and Nicola, all of whom in turn loved her deeply. In an essay written years ago in memory of another pillar of the Underhill community, Sue wrote, “We can cry that she has died, and we can smile that she has lived.” Yes to both. ank you, Mom; thank you, Sue.

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Guy Martin


APRIL 10, 1957-APRIL 29, 2024


Guy Martin Vanzo of Westford, Vt., passed away unexpectedly on Monday, April 29, 2024, in Paris, France.

He was embarking on a pilgrimage with his wife, Barbara, to Fatima and Santiago de Compostela, walking the Way of Saint James, and stopping to pick up their son, James, in Paris along the way. This pilgrimage tied together the three most important pillars of Guy’s life: faith, family and the outdoors. His last mass was at the Basilica of Sacré-Cœur in Montmartre, Paris, a name that recalled his childhood parish and school of the Sacred Heart in Highland Falls, N.Y., where he grew up with his parents, four sisters and extended family.

Guy attended SUNY Albany, graduating in 1979 with a bachelor’s of science in biology, after which he completed an associate’s degree in electrical technology from Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, N.Y. He met Barbara, his future wife and the love of his life, at SUNY Albany in 1978. The two married in 1981 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel

MAY 12, 1937-MAY 3, 2024


Michael Joseph Siciliano, 86, died on Friday, May 3, 2024, at his home in Essex Junction, Vt. He was born on May 12, 1937, and raised in Brooklyn, the son of Michael and Marion, née Masi.

His education was in the New York metropolitan area: the scientifically oriented Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan; Jesuit-run St. Peter’s College in Jersey City

in Middle Granville, N.Y. In 1982, Guy began working for IBM in East Fishkill, N.Y. In 1993, he transferred to the plant in Essex Junction, Vt., where he worked until 2019, retiring with the title of staff engineer and a patent to his name. During this time, he and Barbara raised their six children in Westford. Guy was a devout Catholic, and Christianity was a guiding principle of his life. He attended Saint Luke Church in Fairfax, Vt., participating actively in parish life and devoting years of service as a religious education teacher. He had a well-developed knowledge of scripture and Catholic teachings and never ceased to deepen his understanding. He led by example.

for his BS, received in 1959; and Long Island University in Brooklyn for his MS in biology, received in 1962. He took a junior faculty position at LIU while he matriculated at New York University for his PhD. He met and married Jeanette Boccard while at LIU and had two girls, Jeanne and Lorraine. He attained his PhD in molecular genetics in 1970, and the family moved to Houston, Texas, where he joined MD Anderson Cancer Center in a postdoctoral fellowship. His son, Peter, was born in 1971.

Michael joined the faculties of MD Anderson and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in 1972. He was awarded life tenure at LIU before he left and was continually tenured at MD Anderson since his first award in 1980. He enjoyed 36 continuous years of peerreviewed research funding and achieved the position of Kenneth D. Muller Professor of Tumor Genetics. The research he led and collaborated on furthered the knowledge of human genome mapping, genetic events associated

Guy was extraordinarily dedicated to his family. He was a steadfast presence to his wife, children and grandchildren, for whom he was like an oak tree. He supported them in all of their endeavors, taking an active interest in each of their pursuits.

Guy loved the outdoors. Some of his favorite activities were summers at the rustic family camp on Sebec Lake in Maine; participating in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts as cubmaster and troop leader; sugaring on his property; and going on countless hikes, both locally and in places as far flung as New Mexico, Washington and northern Italy. Sitting around a bonfire with family and friends was his favorite way to relax. He had a passion for collecting, tracking and reporting data about the natural world. He dedicated many years to the creation and maintenance of a family ice rink, which he took great pleasure in seeing family, friends and community using. In February, his years of meticulous effort were rewarded when the rink was used to host the unofficial Westford Broomball Tournament when the town rink was not able to host.

Guy was preceded in death

with myotonic dystrophy and strategies to help identify individuals at risk for certain cancers. His work resulted in 156 peer-reviewed journal articles, 52 invited book chapters and four awarded patents.

Michael was a tireless advocate of academic freedom and peer-reviewed due process. He was a major driving force in ensuring faculty participation in institutional governance and was elected to the Faculty Senate of MD Anderson Cancer Center, to the chair of the Faculty Senate and to the chair of the University of Texas System Faculty Advisory Council. Michael trained talented students from many continents, mentoring 14 graduate students to their PhD degrees, 10 postdoctoral trainees and 34 tutorial students.

Retiring in 2008, he cherished and maintained relationships with his former students and colleagues. He enjoyed adventures with his family and the camaraderie of his wide circle of friends in the

by his father, Alfred; his mother, Charlotte; and his grandson Howell Campbell. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; his children, James Vanzo, Mary (David) Chevalier, Bridget (David) Campbell, Martin (Emily) Vanzo, Thomas Vanzo and Sean Paul Vanzo; his grandchildren August and Leonie Chevalier and Ivy, Louis, and Georgia Campbell; and sisters, Regina (Mark) Fiorentino, Laura (Jeffrey) Marmor, Amy Vanzo and Allison (James) Skoog.

Those wishing to make a donation in his memory can do so to the Saint Luke Catholic Church, 17 Huntville Rd., Fairfax, VT 05454.

Guy’s family will receive friends and family in the comfort of their home in Westford, Vt., on Monday, May 20, 2024, from 4 to 7 p.m.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, 11 a.m., at Saint Luke Catholic Church, 17 Huntville Rd., Fairfax, VT 05454. Prayers of committal will follow at the Saint Luke Cemetery.

Honored to be serving the Vanzo family is Rett Heald of the Heald Funeral Home, where messages of condolence are welcome at

pursuit of improving his bridge and golf games, supporting Houston sports teams through periods of great achievement and grim despair, and his lifelong passion, fishing. Michael was never happier than when he was with family and friends, surf casting or captaining a boat in pursuit of a perfect confluence of wind and tide. From Matagorda Bay in the Gulf of Mexico to Shinnecock Bay in Long Island, all who shared his fishing adventures have legendary tales of his fishing prowess and defiance of inclement weather.

Michael is survived by his former wife, Jeanette; his daughters, Jeanne (Escott) and Lorraine (Brian); his son, Peter; his grandchildren, Kyle (Natalie), Kelly (Ben), Evan Michael and Alexander; his great-grandchildren, Owen, Elle and Mira; and his brother, George (Virginia).

A memorial service in celebration of Michael’s life will be held at a future date. Donations may be made in Michael’s memory to the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation.


Nicki Carmolli

The memorial service for Nicki Hanson Carmolli, 82, of Rutland, Vt., who died on October 14, 2023, will be held on Friday, May 17, 2024, 11 a.m., at St. Alphonsus Liguori Church in Pittsford, Vt. Tossing Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Joe Moore



All are invited to a celebration of life service for Joe Moore on Friday, May 24, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the First Unitarian Universalist Church (top of Church Street), 152 Pearl St., Burlington. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Vermont Blues Society, 1696 Maple St., Waltham, VT 05491, or online at Donations in Joe’s name will be used to aid in the formation of the Joe Moore Music for Youth Scholarship Fund, dedicated to supporting musical development of youth.

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Mary Kohler


Her children, friends far and wide, and the communities of North Bennington, Bennington and Shaftsbury are saying thanks for the gift of years with Mary Hawes Kohler, who died peacefully at Bromley Manor in Manchester on April 24, 2024.

e Hawes name, to which Mary was born in 1934, covered a meandering path from prerevolutionary coastal New England to Columbia and St. Louis, Mo. (where Mary picked it up), and back to Connecticut. Mary was visiting her mother, Janet, and stepfather, MacLean Hoggson, in New Canaan, taking a break from her work at the world’s first tissue transplantation lab at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, when she met Peter Kohler.


Hygiene, Mary sought out and found more space in remote Lloyd Harbor, where the family settled in 1975.

With the troops involved in school, sports and arts, Mary took a position with Automatic Data Processing. e cancellation of mental health care in the early ’80s canceled Peter’s work, and the family became reliant on Mary’s position and benefits. Peter would die in 1987, alerting Mary to her own stress and coping, which she undertook to remedy while considering where to live now that her husband was gone and three of her four children were out of the house.

Mary had graduated from Smith College and went on to Radcliffe College at Harvard before doing postgrad work in England at Cambridge on virology and tissue culturing, leading to her first employment at Mass General. Peter was in the graduate social work program at New York University when he and Mary fell in love and married in summer 1961. Mary left Boston to join the faculty at Uniondale High School on Long Island, while Peter finished his studies and counseled inmates on Rikers Island. Mary dropped Peter off at the Freeport train station daily before going to teach biology to ninth and 10th graders.

As she would recall it later, she was not unhappy to leave teaching high schoolers when the couple’s first child, Robert, arrived in ’62. en came Neil in ’64, Mary (“Molly”) in ’65 and finally James in ’67.

With “troops” in tow, the young family shifted to the north shore of Long Island for more space and water access. ere Mary and Peter taught their kids swimming, boating, foraging for shellfish, and how to bait a hook and filet flounder.

Mary volunteered at Glen Cove Hospital, sang in community choirs and otherwise brooded lightly over her free-range kids, whose ranginess suggested needing yet more room. And so, as Peter advanced in the ranks of the New York State Department of Mental

Jettisoning her office job, Mary took part-time work at a nursery while studying institutional cooking and hospitality, soon forming a company called Time Out for Innkeepers. With it, she would wander the eastern seaboard minding B&Bs and inns while their owners vacationed or were away from their business. A single ad in the back of one business publication netted Mary all the work she could handle, and she took most of it in New England, where she had history and bits of family.

e work was gratifying but barely covered costs on the large, now largely empty, Lloyd Harbor house. New England had, however, recast its spell, and after 24 years of family life, it was time to leave Long Island.

In 1991 her mother, Janet Hoggson, died in Conn., following shortly after her stepfather, MacLean. Janet was the daughter of Frederick Gardner, owner of St. Louis Coffin Co. and a one-term governor of Missouri. Janet left Mary her share of that residual estate, allowing a more expansive search for a new home with more land, which she desired simply so “the dogs would have some room to run.”

With youngest son James, Mary toured her old haunts near Smith College and Great Barrington, Mass., looking for an old house and a few acres of south-facing slope. When she crossed the state line into Vermont south of Bennington, she never looked back. As so often happens when one knows they’ve come home, the house appeared. For Mary, this happened almost immediately upon discovering the several covered bridges around North Bennington. She bought the house on a few acres, learning shortly after moving in that the McCullough family, across McCullough Road, would

be putting 200 acres up for sale. Mary committed to it before even walking the land, as most of it comprised the vista out her new front window. at was all she needed to know.

Upon closing, Mary ceded the development rights to the Vermont Land Trust and donated 100 of the acres to the Fund for North Bennington to help establish a contiguous open trail system through the entire village. She kept the 100 acres across from her house, leasing it for agricultural use for over three decades.

Over her long fourth act in the Southshire, Mary picked up several volunteer positions at the local hospital and joined the Quiet Valley Quilters Guild, the Twisted Branch quilting society and the board of the ParkMcCullough House historic site. She ran the treasury for the Bennington Quilt Festival and generously supported the McCullough Library, the summer music series at Park-McCullough and Keewaydin Camp, which generations preceding and following her attended in Dunmore, Vt., and Temagami, Ontario.

Mary’s favorite days were spent piecing quilts; knitting sweaters, mittens and Christmas stockings; making dolls and lap blankets for young hospital patients; and running her several generations of dogs across what the Fund for North Bennington would in 2006 dub “the KohlerMcCullough Fields,” today a popular destination for dogs (and their humans) from all over the region.

Mary cherished visits from her far-flung family, which included four children and their spouses, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. She always kept an open door to her Bennington community of fellow quilters, dog walkers and local friends who will miss the creative clutter of her house and walking with her in the fields. Every one of us has cause to celebrate Mary’s life, as do all those she’ll never meet who will rejoice no less for the many bits of comfort, commonwealth and colorful Vermont vistas she bequeaths to them.

Everyone who knew Mary knew what was important to her. The splendor of Vermont’s mountains, fields and woods were what she liked best to share. If you feel inspired to do a little something in remembrance of Mary and her love for her adopted state, she would be delighted for your donation to the Keewaydin Foundation, 500 Rustic Lane, Salisbury, VT 05769. You can also get in touch with Mary Welz: mary@ or 802-352-4247.

Joseph J. LaCroix Jr.

JUNE 26, 1952-MAY 8, 2024 MILTON, VT.

Joseph J. LaCroix Jr., affectionately known as “Joey,” departed this world on May 8, 2024, surrounded by the love of his family, after a courageous battle with Huntington’s disease, a testament to his extraordinary courage and resilience. He graced this world on June 26, 1952, and his journey was one filled with love, passion and remarkable achievements.

Joe’s tenure at IBM was marked by unwavering dedication and a profound sense of professionalism. As a worker, he not only excelled in his role but also touched the lives of his colleagues with his kindness and commitment. Beyond the confines of his profession, Joe found fulfillment as a volunteer firefighter in Milton, where he designed and engineered the utility 1 truck. He embodied the spirit of selflessness in service to his community. His interests were as diverse as they were enriching; from his love for photography to his deep connection with nature and his cherished Saint Bernards, Joe found joy in every moment.

A skilled woodworker, Joe handcrafted furniture, intricate clocks and ornaments, each piece a testament to his creativity and passion. He relished finding outdoor projects to do with his tractor, a symbol of his love for both nature and hands-on work.

Yet, amid his achievements, Joe’s greatest pride was reserved for his family. His love knew no bounds as he embraced his role as a devoted husband, father, grandfather and greatgrandfather. His family was his anchor, and he took immense joy in sharing his wisdom and passions with each generation.

Joe leaves behind a legacy of love and kindness

that will continue to inspire all who were touched by his presence. He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Linda Godin LaCroix, and his children, Sean LaCroix and his partner, Brenda; Scott LaCroix and his wife, Angelina; Chad LaCroix and his wife, Michelle; and stepson Henry Jerome and his partner, Sheri. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Chelsea, Avery, Kiley, Dartanyon, Marlee, Sam, Braden and Colby; six great-grandchildren; siblings Raymond, Donald, Leonard, Timothy and Joann; many nieces and nephews; and brothersin-law, Paul Godin and Jim Godin. He is now reunited with his parents, Fabia and Joseph J. LaCroix Sr., and siblings Reggie, Jerry, Peggy and Pauline, in eternal peace.

A visitation to celebrate Joe’s remarkable life will be held on May 18, 2024, 2 p.m., at Minor Funeral and Cremation Center in Milton, Vt. This gathering will provide an opportunity for family and friends to come together and honor the memory of Joseph J. LaCroix, a beacon of light whose legacy will endure in the hearts of all who knew him. The family would like to thank the University of Vermont Home Health & Hospice team for all of their loving care and support, especially Sarah, Jean, Stephanie and Joan. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Huntington’s Disease Society of America.

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Andrew “Drew” Lalumiere

FEBRUARY 8, 1989MAY 9, 2024


Our beloved champion, son, brother, cousin, nephew, friend and all around amazing human Drew Lalumiere was taken from us too soon, on May 9, 2024. Though we are heartbroken at his departure, we are all the better for having known and loved him, and he will live forever in our hearts and memories.

Drew was born 35 years ago on the banks of Otter Creek in Ferrisburgh, a fitting place for a boy who loved the natural world and all it had to offer. Taught to fish and hunt by a family that cherished those traditions, he took to the water like a fish himself, and his lifelong love of hunting and angling began. He would go on to fish and hunt all over the world, chasing his passion even on family vacations.

After college, Drew was drawn to the world of agriculture, where he proved,

Norman J. Gordon Jr.

DECEMBER 3, 1955MAY 6, 2024


Norman J. Gordon Jr. passed away on May 6, 2024, at the Burlington Health & Rehabilitation Center in Burlington after a recent diagnosis.

Norman was born to Patricia A. Camper and raised by both Wayne and Patricia in Burlington, where he continued to live during his childhood. Norm and his brother Gary would recite endless stories of what Catholic school was like for them, being sent to camp in the woods alone despite the weather, having to share a bike and Gramma Sweets’ fried potatoes. Norm fell in love with the outdoors, beginning with those very first adventures with his brother and from being a Boy Scout. His love for nature

as he always did, that he would succeed at anything he set his mind to. He cultivated the earth and honed his skills and soon produced some of the finest hay Vermont had to offer. He took immense pride in his work — in any job he did, really — and it showed, from bending hoops for his sister’s raised beds to nearly singlehandedly building a pole barn big enough for his kicker wagons. He could fix anything, build anything, mend anything and tend anything. He was as strong as a bull and as gentle as a soft rain and was that way with every person, animal and blade of grass in his life.

included gardening and a lifelong interest in flowers. He was self-reliant from the age of 7, walking over to Catherine Street in Burlington for his haircut, to years later teaching other stroke patients how to open milk cartons with one hand.

He moved to Colorado with his family and started his career as an arborist. In the ’80s, he returned to work for a tree company in Vermont, where an accident left him

Drew is survived by his longtime love and partner, Caitlin; sweet cat, Millet; mother, Deb; and sister, Andrea. He is predeceased by his father, Tony, and beloved beagle, Maggie. There isn’t enough ink or room to print the full list of the people who loved Drew and feel his loss. We are so very grateful for the outpouring of support our family has received during this time.

Besides his family and friends, there was nothing that Drew loved more than to cast a line or sight a buck, and so we ask that when next you bait a hook or check your windage, smile to yourself and know that this is the time when you are truly closest to our friend, brother, son.

A celebration of life open to all friends, family and loved ones will be held on June 1, 2024, 3 p.m., with a game supper to follow, at our home on Otter Creek. Donations in memory of Drew can be made to the Lake Champlain Walleye Association or Green Mountain Conservation Camp Scholarship Fund.

paralyzed on one side. After some rehabilitation and family support, Norm went on to live his life independently. He made many friends in the Queen City and was often referred to as “Stormin’ Norman.”

We are so thankful to all those that cared for Norm in his last few weeks and to Pierre, who called the ambulance. Thank you for allowing us to have these last weeks, enjoying and comforting him. Norman is survived by a daughter, Lisa Gordon; his mother, Patricia Camper; brothers Gary Gordon and wife Carolyn, Eric Camper and wife Deborah, and Rick Camper; and sister, Pam Isham, and husband Tom. Norm is predeceased by his father, Wayne G. Camper, and his brother Douglas Camper. Family and acquaintances of Norm’s are asked to gather for a circle of storytelling on June 1, 2024, 11 a.m., at Battery Park in Burlington.

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How warmer, wetter, wilder weather is compelling Vermont farmers to adapt

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At Dummerston’s Scott Farm, Erin Robinson lit fires to protect apricot blossoms from low temperatures. She now has a seven-foot mobile frost fan.

Scott Farm in Dummerston is known for heirloom apples. In a good year, its apple harvest totals more than half a million pounds of varieties such as copper-skinned Ashmead’s kernel and a 16th-century French apple called Calville blanc d’hiver.

Last year was not a good one. The orchard lost 90 percent of its apples to a record-breaking May 18 freeze, which was attributed, like many recent extreme weather events, to the destabilizing effects of climate change. Exceptionally low February temperatures had already decimated Scott Farm’s potential yield of peaches, apricots and other stone fruits.

“We got hammered,” orchard manager Erin Robinson, 41, summed up.

Which explains why she was out building predawn fires on April 24 and 25 this year to prevent frost from killing the buds on a dozen early-blooming Blenheim apricot trees.

Saving a few bushels of apricots would hardly make up for 2023, but last year’s dispiriting experience compelled the orchardist to light the fires. Recalling the helplessness she felt watching temperatures fall last May, Robinson was desperate to feel some sense of control in the face of nature’s threats. “I thought, If I can try and raise that temperature around those blooming trees, I have to.”

Each night the temperature dropped to its lowest point just before dawn, but Robinson suspected the chill she felt was also emotional. “I was nervous,” she said.

The fruit grower might have been speaking for fellow farmers around the state as they dive into a new season after last year’s apocalyptic weather, knowing full well that this year could bring more of the same.

As climate scientists continue to predict a frightening future roiling with heat waves, wildfires, floods and storms, farmers and food security experts around the world are rethinking what it will take to feed people.

Before last year, many Vermonters believed that our lush, green state would be spared the worst of it. 2023 was a rude reminder that we are vulnerable, too.

But it was no surprise to farmers and others working on the ground in Vermont agriculture. They had been trying to figure out how to keep growing food in an increasingly unpredictable climate even before a year that delivered not just a May freeze but devastating July and December flooding, as well as unrelenting rain and severe windstorms.

On top of the early losses to orchards and vineyards, floods drowned low-lying vegetable, hay and corn fields and even washed away some livestock. Rain rotted melons and berries. Wind tore up swaths of maple trees. Frequent lightning strikes

and noxious drifts of wildfire smoke chased farmers from their fields. The losses disrupted local supply chains, leaving restaurant and market buyers scrambling to replace food from local growers.

In all, last year’s weather cost Vermont farmers $55.8 million with food system ripple effects of far more. Federal, state and nonprofit programs have delivered just under $9 million in aid so far. Private and crowdsourced fundraising has helped, too, but it’s all a drop in the bucket of need.

And there’s no way to quantify the hefty toll on farmers’ psyches.

“You get to the point where you don’t want to go out anymore,” said Heather Darby, a University of Vermont Extension agronomist and Alburgh farmer. “It’s too hard to see the losses, the failures.”

She recalled telling her husband last year, “If this is what the future holds, I don’t know how people are going to grow food.”

about where to invest to protect land, animals and crops — not to mention their livelihoods and mental health.

For Robinson, the Scott Farm orchard manager, those choices included a decision to leave nighttime fires behind. During the April week of freezing temperatures, she overnighted an $8,700 check for a sevenfoot mobile frost fan, which can protect up to 10 acres by preventing cold air from settling around tender buds.

It arrived, to her relief, on April 29.


Navigating weather is nothing new for those who rely on Mother Nature to help them coax food from the earth. But people who study the intersection of climate and agriculture in the state believe we have reached a new level of unpredictability.

“Farmers rely upon weather to have certain patterns and norms,” said UVM

If this is what the future holds, I don’t know how people are going to grow food.

And yet, Darby said, with arid regions around the world becoming even drier, Vermont is lucky to have water. “We have to be really thinking about the role places like Vermont are going to play,” she said. “We need to be proactive about being able to grow food near us.”

Vermont farmers recognize that need. They are digging in and acknowledging that to survive, they must change: what they grow, where they grow, how they grow. They are building soil to better absorb water, excavating drainage ditches, moving crops under cover, and diversifying their products and how they sell them.

And they are making the hard choices

Extension research associate professor Joshua Faulkner, who coordinates the Extension’s Farming and Climate Change Program. The problem with current weather patterns, he noted, is that there aren’t any. “Abnormal is now normal.”

Faulkner coauthored the 2021 Vermont Climate Assessment Report, which cautions that extreme weather events are expected to become more frequent, as last year’s flooding made clear.

The report notes that average annual precipitation in Vermont has increased by nearly seven inches since 1960 with


Vermont’s average annual temperature is up 2 degrees since 1900, and winters are warming even faster than the rest of the year, with a 3-degree increase.

Since 1960, the number of very cold nights has decreased by more than seven days.

The freeze-free period in Vermont has lengthened by three weeks.


There are 2.4 more days of heavy precipitation (one inch or more).

Annual average snowfall has declined since 1960, but there’s more precipitation overall in the form of winter rain.


Expect more extreme weather events such as severe windstorms and wide swings in the concentration of precipitation within a season that lead to floods and droughts.

Source: The Vermont Climate Assessment 2021

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Farmer Hannah Doyle (left) and market garden assistant Kate Zoeller in a hoop house at Boneyard Farm in Fletcher

2.4 more days of heavy precipitation each year. At the same time, there are also wide swings in rain- and snowfall. In 2023, for example, some parts of the state su ered their wettest growing season on record, but the previous year saw drought. In other recent years, depending on the region, Faulkner said, “you could have one of the wettest Mays on record and then one of the driest Julys, all in the same season.”

For farmers trying to figure out where to invest limited time, energy and capital, the need to prepare “for both ends of the spectrum in the same year is extremely challenging,” Faulkner said.

Alissa White, New England deputy director for the national nonprofit American Farmland Trust, has done research on climate change and agriculture for more than a decade. In a nutshell, she said, “We’re expecting to see weather that is warmer, wetter and wilder.”

Vermont winters are an average 3 degrees warmer than in 1900 and, since 1960, have seen fewer very cold nights, less snow and more rain. For farmers, less snow cover and no hard freezes risks soil erosion and runo that can damage water quality. Many perennial plants su er without the insulation that snow provides or the deep cold they need to remain dormant. Pests and plant diseases are more likely to survive from year to year.

Warmer summers, up more than 1.5 degrees since 1900, and falls boost new scourges, like the raspberry-devouring spotted wing drosophila, or bring familiar ones at unexpected times. Extended hot spells reduce the nutrition and yield of forage crops and put stress on livestock that can cause poor health, failure to thrive and reproductive di culties. Farmworkers also su er in extreme heat.

Sugar makers are seeing consistently earlier starts to their season. That is not inherently problematic, said UVM Extension maple specialist Mark Isselhardt, as long as sugar makers are prepared for it and the season still brings the temperature swings that prompt sap runs. However, severe windstorms have wreaked major damage on some sugar bushes and there is concern that a warmer climate will invite new pests, diseases and invasive species to Vermont woodlands.

People often assume that the upside to the longer freeze-free period (three weeks more than in 1960) is an extended growing season. But the unpredictability of temperatures makes that risky, as evidenced by Scott Farm’s apricots. “We want there to be a silver lining,” White said, “but when you dig into it, it’s not really the case.”

Darby, the UVM Extension agronomist, agrees. Despite the longer growing season, she still recommends farmers plant shorter-season corn.

The weather is “just too erratic,” she said.


Much of Darby’s UVM Extension work focuses on helping farmers build soil structure. Healthy soil is a utility player; it can help a farmer through wet weather and drought conditions. “You have to build the ability of the soil to absorb water and hold on to water,” she said.

Kaity Mazza was working on just that during a recent phone conversation with Seven Days while she drove a tractor on one of her family’s fields in Williston. Mazza, 21, was also juggling her final semester at UVM as she started the season as her dad’s farm manager.

Paul Mazza has farmed for 38 years, his daughter said. The family’s 250 acres of fruits and vegetables are sold through their Essex and Colchester farmstands and in many local grocery stores and supermarkets.

The Mazzas su ered fruit losses from last May’s freeze. They took another blow when their Essex pick-your-own acreage and farmstand were swamped by eight feet of water in July and again in December. It took their crew 5,000 hours to clean up.

“We definitely don’t believe that they’re once in a lifetime anymore,” Kaity said of the floods. “Morale is low, especially going into this year with the water table still really high.”

The young woman had responded to an interview request directed to her dad. He was too busy to talk, she apologized, dealing with equipment repairs and trying to get things back on track after a miserable season.

Mazza’s Colchester location did not flood, Kaity said, but “last year was such a wet year anyway, not many of our crops

were really thriving to begin with.”

Paul was probably, in fact, too busy to speak with a reporter, but it became clear that Kaity was watching out for her dad. “I think he cheers up by being out in the field and doing the work,” she said. “I try to get him out and doing that.”

When the subject turned to tactics for managing excess water, Kaity said she and her dad are actively trying to improve drainage.

“I’m actually working in a field right now doing some subsoiling.”

After the Mazzas noticed a lot of standing rainwater in that field last year, they decided to pull out their subsoiler, which they hadn’t used a lot. The tractor attachment has a long, hooked shank that breaks up compacted soil deep in the ground with minimal disturbance at the surface. Loosened soil not only better absorbs excess water but allows roots to reach deeper, which also helps build healthy soil and more vigorous plants.

Kaity estimated it took her about 10 hours to subsoil the 30-acre plot, a big job to squeeze into the preseason sprint, especially when also juggling schoolwork.

Longer term, she and her dad are investigating other ways to improve soil structure, such as direct-seeding winter squash and pumpkins into cover crops.

“It can be a bit intimidating to change up production techniques,” she

acknowledged. “You don’t necessarily know what the result will be, and you invest a lot in it.”


Flood-devastated farms justifiably received a lot of attention last year, but almost all Vermont agriculture operations suffered from the rain. Jane MacLean recognizes that her Sweet Roots Farm & Market in Charlotte was lucky to escape flooding, but, she noted, “the rest of us didn’t have an umbrella over our farms.” MacLean did not mean that literally, but she is among the many Vermont farmers who are working to put more of their crops under cover — permanent umbrellas, if you will.

Growing in bare-soil hoop houses is among the most obvious — and most visible — adaptations farmers make to protect

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Paul Mazza and his daughter Kaity at some of the Mazzas’ farmland in Essex
Jane MacLean, co-owner of Sweet Roots Farm & Market in Charlotte, in 2021

There is no future in which Sweet Roots will be able to put a structure over its five acres of signature blueberries, but the MacLeans are erecting a used hoop house for plant propagation, as well as a planting of strawberries under cover. The project will cost them about $20,000, even with Dan doing most of the work.

MacLean has worked closely on planning with UVM extension specialists, including Becky Maden. The free services are highly valued by farmers. Maden consults annually with about 200 of them; she has also farmed for more than two decades herself.

their plants from unfavorable growing conditions. The plastic-wrapped high tunnels have sprouted like giant caterpillars on many vegetable and berry farms over the past decade, thanks in part to a federal cost-share program.

Originally pitched as season extenders, they help protect plants from the direct e ects of weather, as well as pests. Plants grow in the earth as they would in the field but with a layer between them and Mother Nature.

MacLean and her husband, Dan, took over the 57-acre former Charlotte Berry Farm on Route 7 in 2021 under a longterm lease with the Vermont Land Trust. Their farm was certified organic in 2023 and now includes a two-acre vegetable operation alongside the existing berry bushes and small orchard. Jane, 38, runs the bright, airy seasonal store stocked with food from many local farms.

Last year prompted the MacLeans to plan long-term for more covered cultivation space. Abundant natural irrigation plumped the berries, but frequent downpours literally knocked the fruit o plants. Constant moisture made crops vulnerable to disease and pests, a problem compounded by choking weeds, which flourished in waterlogged soil unnavigable to their heavy mower. Pick-yourown berry tra c slumped badly due to the weather.

At Singing Cedars Farmstead in Orwell, Maden and her husband grow vegetables almost exclusively under cover in 10 high tunnels on about half an acre. “We do very little out in the field, which is part of the climate story,” Maden said.

Maden explained that this adaptation is not immune from climate-related hurdles. With summer temperatures and humidity rising, she said, farmers need to figure out a way to provide cool, moving air. Without it, disease can run rampant in the warm, moist tunnels and heat spikes can impair fertility in fruiting plants such as tomatoes and peppers.

In Burlington’s Intervale, Nour El-Naboulsi is taking growing under cover to its extreme. In early May, he received a large shipment that will help produce fresh vegetables year-round completely insulated from weather.

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El-Naboulsi has spent many hours working in the Intervale’s organic fields a stone’s throw away. The 30-year-old farmer and community organizer is well aware that raising food hydroponically is unappealing, at best, to many Vermont farmers.

He codirects the People’s Farmstand, a nonprofit which gleans surplus Vermontgrown produce and collaborates with local farmers and community members to grow culturally relevant vegetables — such as mustard greens, bok choy and African eggplant — for free distribution.

Late last summer, for the first time in four seasons, the People’s Farmstand had no vegetables to give away. “We had to post on our social media that we just couldn’t show up,” El-Naboulsi said, clearly pained by the memory.

By that point, he had already launched a fundraising effort to test out a hydroponic operation for off-season growing. The climate crisis was initially a secondary motivation, but the disastrous 2023 season “bolstered the idea of Village Hydroponics 100 times over,” he said.

“It’s not the answer, but it’s potentially one of the answers in the larger puzzle,” El-Naboulsi said. “We want to show that communities can aid in their own food self-sufficiency and climate resilience.”

Once the project is up and running, “If there was a flood today,” El-Naboulsi said, “we could plug in the container and have baby greens in three weeks, or microgreens out one week from today.”


After a year of torrential water, drought may not be at the top of most people’s minds. But farmers remember that before the rains of 2023 came the drought of 2022.

White, of the American Farmland Trust, grew up in New Hampshire in the ’80s and early ’90s. The data bear out what she’s observed anecdotally on farms around New England. “When I was a kid, none of the vegetable farms installed irrigation,” she recalled. “Now, every farmer needs it.”

And not just vegetable growers. At the top of a Shoreham hillside of blooming peaches and pears and budding apples, Bill Suhr pointed out a pond built to catch and hold rainwater. It is part of a $100,000 irrigation project that helps Champlain Orchards water some of its fruit tree acreage during dry years.

Suhr, 52, founded the orchard in 1998 and bought nearby Douglas Orchards in 2020. That 100-acre property had a reservoir, but he’s working on a $300,000

project to install a pump house and piping to deliver water efficiently to trees. All new plantings are installed with drip-irrigation systems. With so much uncertainty, Suhr said, “It’s a variable we can control.”

Most of the newer rows of trees are grown on trellises that can support protective drape netting, if needed, to shield fruit from hail, pests and sunburn. Best to be prepared for everything, Suhr said: “We’re not shocked by anything anymore.”

His orchards’ hillside location near Lake Champlain largely protected them during last year’s late frost, but rain claimed about 30 percent of the apple crop. With half an inch daily throughout much of July and August, organic and

conventional pesticide applications immediately washed away, opening the door to pervasive fungal disease. “We could’ve sprayed every other day, but that’s not the kind of fruit we want to market,” Suhr said.

The orchard team has diversified as much as possible to spread risk and gain flexibility. The business was able to keep fresh apples in the stores through spring by pausing sweet cider production. It’s adding hardier fruit tree varieties, agritourism offerings, and pies and other value-added products to use up cosmetically imperfect fruit.

Last year, Champlain Orchards launched a new cider garden where visitors could quaff the orchard’s hard cider

We’re not shocked by anything anymore.

within view of trees that bore its core ingredient.

Unfortunately, it rained 16 of the 18 weekends the outdoor space was open.


Pitchfork Farm co-owners Rob Rock and Eric Seitz have had more experience with destructive flooding than the average Vermont farmer. It comes with the territory: The pair leases land from the nonprofit Intervale Center. They raise organic vegetables on about 30 acres scattered across the fertile but naturally flood-prone bottomland around the Winooski River in Burlington.

Over the farm’s 18 years, the business partners have stopped counting the times they’ve flooded. Instead, they’ve changed what they grow for the quickest possible rebound.

“We’re smarter and nimbler,” Rock, 44, said on a cool April afternoon after a long day transplanting 4,000 chard and 8,000 kale starts. A small raptor sliced through the sky overhead, and the two looked up in admiration.

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Pitchfork Farm co-owners Rob Rock (left) and Eric Seitz at their farm in the Burlington Intervale Orchardist Bill Suhr among blooming peaches at Champlain Orchards in Shoreham
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Asked if they’d considered relocating, the farmers said they’d be hard-pressed to walk away from the $80,000 investment they made in a 600-square-foot storage cooler completed in 2020. The farm’s soil quality is unsurpassed, they added, and similar land is impossible to afford near Burlington.

Rock noted evenly that he and many peers chose a career in sustainable agriculture to help address climate change. “Now,” he said, “we are some of the first to confront it.”

Pitchfork has evolved to specialize in quick-growing crops such as herbs, radishes, salad greens and other leafy greens, which it sells to restaurants and other wholesale accounts. Rock and Seitz gave up farmers markets, which work best with a wider variety of offerings.

At summer’s peak, the farm produces around 1,500 pounds of greens weekly. “If we flood — when we flood, rather,” Seitz, 40, interrupted himself, “we can hopefully pivot and be back in action in four to five weeks.”

If, instead, they were growing substantial quantities of tomatoes or winter squash, “We’d be fucked,” he said.

Maden, of UVM Extension, sees many farmers taking a similar risk-reduction approach. “They’ll say, ‘I’m gonna focus on salad or things that don’t cost a lot to grow,’” she said. “If something happens, you can replant.”

The strategy has worked for Pitchfork. For several years between epic floods, Seitz said, “We made very good livings. We’ve been able to build a safety net for ourselves.”

A couple of years after Tropical Storm Irene, Rock and Seitz decided to invest in another safety net and started paying annual premiums of about $5,500 for insurance through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency. That puts Pitchfork in the distinct minority of Vermont farms, only 30 percent of which carry crop or livestock insurance, according to the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets.

After the 2023 flood, Rock and Seitz hoped the insurance they had funded for a decade would pay them $80,000 at the very least, against their $230,000 in losses. They recently learned the farm will receive just $22,000.

Their FSA agent assures them that the USDA is trying to come up with better insurance options for their type of farm. The Pitchfork farmers haven’t decided if they’ll keep shelling out for it, but they’re moving on.

We’ve diversified about as much as we can.

“Spring is hope. I’m ready to go,” Seitz said. “It’s like we’re gamblers,” he added with a grin.


While some farms have adapted by narrowing, others are broadening what and how they sell.

At Foote Brook Farm in Johnson, the propagation greenhouse was fuller than it’s ever been as Joie and Tony Lehouillier prepared to open on Mother’s Day weekend, a week earlier than normal. Their preseason veggie and flower plant sale normally grosses between $8,000 and $10,000, which they hoped to double this year. After half a million in losses from

world and are helping the family pay skyhigh electric bills from this year’s season.

The earlier start of the season is not a problem for the Branons, who set 93,000 taps across more than 3,500 acres of sugar bush. But the lack of extended cold periods between sap runs this year cost them. “It never froze up good and hard,” Cecile, 66, explained. That prevented them from the standard practice of periodically shutting off the electric vacuum pump systems that move sap from trees.

They have yet to even assess cleanup from the early January windstorm that took down several thousand maples.

The Doton sugar bush operation in Barnard was also badly damaged in a lightning strike the likes of which Paul Doton had never seen in his 74 years on the family farm.

It fried 2,500 feet of sap tubing and wire, which took 60 hours and $1,500 to repair at a time when there was little to spare of either labor or money.

Like many small-scale dairy farmers, Paul; his wife, Sherry; and their 37-yearold son, Bryan, have done what they can to make up for the fluctuating milk prices over which they have no control. They milk, set 3,000 taps and grow three acres of sweet corn. Bryan plows driveways in the winter, and his dad, a justice of the peace, presides over weddings.

“They say to diversify,” Paul said, sitting at the farmhouse dining room table recently, wearing red plaid slippers and pants with suspenders. One corner of the room was stacked high with plastic jugs of the farm’s maple syrup.

last year’s flood, “We need to make money fast,” Joie, 52, said.

This year, the Lehouilliers are also trying to attract more farmstand customers, whose purchases deliver a bigger margin than wholesale accounts. They’re devoting a small portion of their 45 acres of organic vegetable fields to sunflowers. Should they flood again, “it’s gonna be a lot less painful to lose a couple acres of a sunflower walk than an acre of onions,” Joie said.

In Fairfield, Cecile Branon has been putting in as many as 18 hours a day in the production kitchen at Branon Family Maple Orchards. Her spice blends, maple cream, maple Buffalo sauce and aged maple bourbon vinegars ship all over the

Across from the old red barn beside their sugarhouse, Richmond Brook burbled downhill. Its water efficiently cools the sugaring operation’s reverseosmosis system. Bryan loved to play in it when he was the same age as his towheaded 6-year-old, who peeked into the dining room at one point to say hi to granddad.

Last summer, the gentle brook jumped its banks and swallowed the farm’s three acres of sweet corn, depriving locals of a longtime summer tradition.

The Dotons also lost a big chunk of hay to flooding and rain, obliging them to downsize their milking herd by 10 cows, to about 60, due to lack of feed. The milkers spend the summer rotating through about 30 acres of grass, one crop that did well last year. “It grew like the devil,” Paul said.

But the family had to stop sending the cows to pasture, further ballooning the feed bill. The paddocks were fine, but the pathways to get there were impassable.

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Tony and Joie Lehouillier at Foote Brook Farm in Johnson with plants to be sold at their farmstand

over the decade since it was founded, Porter said.

The herd “would have gone right up to their knees in mud, which doesn’t help the ground or the cow,” Paul said.

The family is planning to deploy Natural Resources Conservation Services funding to build up water-resistant cow lanes between paddocks. They are also looking into ways to improve forage quality and soil health in some of their fields.

Paul said he’s not sure what else the family can do except to keep at it. “We’ve diversified about as much as we can. It takes labor to diversify, and we don’t have a lot of that.”

The lifelong farmer believes that agriculture done right can help address climate change. “If you go getting depressed you don’t help yourself or the rest of the world,” Paul said.


Paul Doton’s stoicism contrasts with the growing number of farmers who are openly sharing how the stress of farming, including weather pressures, affects their psyches — and, critically, are asking for help.

Leanne Porter is program manager at Farm First, which offers free support services to Vermont farmers and their families. The public/private not-for-profit program has seen a marked increase in inquiries for mental health counseling

In the past, callers would request financial or legal resources, and maybe, after a few interactions, a resource coordinator might delicately broach the subject of mental health. Now, Porter said, more farmers proactively bring it up “just like they would address a hole in the fence or a broken piece of equipment.”

Porter said it’s hard to parse whether need is higher or the stigma of requesting help is lower, but she believes it’s both. The unpredictable weather takes “a huge emotional toll,” she added, because “it’s so out of their control.”

Hannah Doyle of Boneyard Farm in Fletcher learned about Farm First at the 2023 Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont winter conference and later requested help to find a counselor. That call preceded what Doyle, 37, described as a “catastrophic” growing season that “certainly didn’t help our mental and financial health.”

Hannah and her husband, John, bought their Fletcher farm in 2021. Much of its 180 acres is forested. They do some logging, grow just under an acre of organic vegetables, and raise beef, lamb, pork and eggs.

The Doyles had high hopes for last year. “We’d poured so much of our household time, energy and money into our business,” Hannah said. “We needed to have a really good season, and we didn’t.”

We need resilient farms. But more than that, we need resilient farmers.

In September, Doyle posted a selfie on Instagram in which her muddy hand held a melon slice smile in front of her face. The text did not quite match the smile.

“It’s okay to feel sad when things end prematurely, and not on your terms,” she wrote. “It’s okay to feel exhausted after a particular season has kicked the crap out of you in almost every imaginable way.”

Doyle explained on Instagram that she needed to close Boneyard’s farmstand early for the season and skip the last few Jericho Farmers Markets in order to fill the final shares for her community-supported agriculture members.

John runs a fencing business, so Hannah works alone most of the time. Last year, she said, “that was a lot of me, layering up in rain gear and doing really unpleasant tasks by myself. I’d be out there with a shovel and a grub hoe trying to trench water away from my garden. It’s demoralizing.”

For 2024, she resolved to make some changes. Faulkner, of UVM Extension, came out to advise her on improving drainage around her market garden and her pair of high tunnels. She lined up an excavator

to dig those ditches and expects it to cost a few thousand dollars.

But what Hannah looks forward to most is company on the job. She has budgeted $10,000 for an assistant farmer who will work beside her for about 25 hours a week. It’s a “leap of faith” for an operation that netted $15,000 last year, Hannah acknowledged, but a necessary investment to support the farmer and her farm.

Faulkner would likely agree. “We need resilient farms,” he said. “But more than that, we need resilient farmers.”


There may be a climate future when all farming will be forced to retreat indoors from the weather like Nour El-Naboulsi’s hydroponics project. But for now, the state’s farmers — scattered across fields, valleys and hilltops — not only nourish Vermonters but also contribute significantly to its economic vitality and identity.

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Farmers John and Hannah Doyle with sons Reuben and Dimitri and market garden assistant Kate Zoeller (right) at Boneyard Farm in Fletcher

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According to the latest Vermont Farm to Plate report, Vermonters bought $371 million worth of local food in 2020, about 16 percent of all food purchases. The 2022 Census of Agriculture puts the market value of Vermont’s agricultural products overall at more than $1 billion.

It’s hard to imagine how Vermont would look and feel without farms, but 2023 provided a vivid reminder that the struggles of farmers should not matter only to farmers.

During the summer, Dean Thuma, purchasing director for the Farmhouse Group’s four Chittenden County restaurants, typically buys 250 pounds of mesclun and arugula weekly from Pitchfork Farm for the Farmhouse Tap & Grill in downtown Burlington.

“There’s a responsibility on consumers to respect that difficulty comes with a price,” Jane MacLean of Sweet Roots Farm said. “If we want to continue to have a vibrant agricultural landscape, we have to support the agricultural economy.”

There’s a responsibility on consumers to respect that difficulty comes with a price.

After the flood, he filled in Pitchfork’s six-week hiatus with some of the farm’s last-minute emergency harvest and with greens from other local farms.

Rather than worry about the fragility of Vermont agriculture in the face of climate change, Thuma said 2023 reinforced why he feels safer relying on local farmers than an anonymous global food system. Arizona and southern California had bad growing seasons, too, he said, which more than doubled prices for some ingredients Thuma sources nationally.

Pitchfork could have done the same after the flood but didn’t, though Thuma said he would have understood if it had. “It’s important to them that we stick around, and it’s important to us that they stick around,” he said.

Many farmers are grappling with whether to increase prices to help cover losses and the substantial costs of needed adaptations.

Joie Lehouillier of Foote Brook Farm knows she should raise prices this year but is reluctant to do so. It’s important to her that her Johnson neighbors can afford the farm’s organic vegetables. “I feel like I’m maxed out with what people are willing to spend,” she said.

When Foote Brook Farm went underwater, all the yellow potatoes in storage and in the field that had been allocated for Red Hen Baking’s potato bread were ruined. The Middlesex bakery’s co-owner Randy George could have found substitutes through national distributors for the thousands of pounds he needed, but he chose not to.

Instead, Red Hen stopped baking the bread for eight months. George wanted to make a point.

“There’s things like cornflakes that feel like they’re just going to be there forever,” George said. “Local food isn’t necessarily like that.”

In late March, Red Hen’s potato bread returned to store shelves. Tony Lehouillier had found just enough potatoes to meet the bakery’s production needs until he’s able to dig his new crop out of the ground. ➆

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Crossing Thresholds

A local veteran discusses lessons learned from war-gaming a second Trump presidency

It’s January 20, 2025, and Donald Trump is being sworn in for a second presidential term. In the weeks leading up to the inauguration, his rhetoric on border security has become increasingly inflammatory. Addressing a large rally, he has vowed to issue an executive order on his first day in office to “take back control of our border and use our powerful military and brave patriots to do the job that Biden failed to do.” In response, far-right extremist groups such as the Proud Boys and Three Percenters have deployed to the border in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.


On Inauguration Day, members of the Three Percenters ambush a family of migrants who have just crossed the southern border, killing three, including a child. A video of the incident goes viral, prompting widespread outrage. The newly inaugurated president defends the militia’s actions, spurring like-minded groups to stream to the border in solidarity.

Reacting to public outcry, the governor of Arizona activates the state’s National Guard to restore order, and New Mexico’s governor considers following suit. In response, Trump federalizes command of the National Guard in both states, setting up a constitutional showdown between state and federal executive authority. A burning question is on everyone’s mind: Will Trump invoke the Insurrection Act to deploy the U.S. military on domestic soil — and, in the process, grant himself virtually limitless authority?

This fictional — yet plausible — scenario was the starting point for Constitutional Thresholds, billed as an “interactive and immersive tabletop exercise and war game” and held on February 13 in Palo Alto, Calif., and Washington, D.C. The first of several war games planned for the coming months, it was organized by Veterans for Responsible Leadership, a political action committee founded and led by Dan Barkhuff of South Burlington.

Imagine a role-playing game with players who have served at the highest levels of government, politics and the U.S. military

— all of them plotting their moves in dead earnest. Their mission? To explore the possibility that the next president will have little to no regard for the U.S. Constitution or the rule of law. Given that Trump’s lawyers recently argued before the Supreme Court that he enjoys absolute “presidential immunity” for the “official acts” he undertook during the January 6, 2021, insurrection, this game seems all too real.

A retired U.S. Navy SEAL who served multiple combat tours in Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa, Barkhuff, 45, is now an emergency department physician at the University of Vermont Medical Center. He’s also an outspoken Trump critic. In 2020, he recorded a one-minute ad for the anti-Trump PAC the Lincoln Project, in which he called Trump “a coward” for failing to stand up to Russian President Vladimir Putin; in its first 24 hours, the ad was viewed more than 6 million times.

Since then, Barkhuff and Veterans for Responsible Leadership have enlisted the support of other veterans and neverTrump Republicans in the effort to prevent a second Trump presidency, which they see as an existential threat to U.S. democracy.

“We’re at an unprecedented, risky time in American politics,” Barkhuff said. “We’re walking this line of not wanting to be alarmist, but we kinda need to be.”

What Barkhuff and his colleagues can’t prevent, they hope to prepare for. To that end, they’ve organized the tabletop exercises, a training tool commonly used in the military and civilian emergency services to game out true-to-life scenarios. Afterward, participants and observers debrief and assess the strengths and weaknesses of their response.

For Constitutional Thresholds, in February, some two dozen participants in both California and D.C. were divided into two teams: the red cell, which represented senior Trump administration officials and militia leaders; and the blue cell, composed of anti-Trump state and local leaders, veterans, scholars and experts. As in other role-playing games, each participant was assigned a character and given a “role guide,” unseen by other players,

that describes their character’s priorities and loyalties. They then engaged in realtime role-playing and decision-making, communicating in person and through the instant messaging app Slack.

Veterans for Responsible Leadership isn’t the only organization rehearsing crisis scenarios that could unfold in a second Trump term. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection at Georgetown Law, for instance, are already drafting legal strategies to use if Trump were reelected and tried to push the boundaries of his executive authority.


But the Constitutional Thresholds simulation was notable for the high profiles of its participants. They included Miles Taylor, a chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security during the Trump years. As “Anonymous,” Taylor wrote the September 5, 2018, New York Times op-ed piece “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration.” During February’s tabletop exercise, he served as national security adviser to Trump, who was played by Bill Kristol, conservative political commentator and founder of the Weekly Standard.

Other participants included Charles Luckey, a retired lieutenant general in the U.S. Army; William Enyart, a retired adjutant general of the State of Illinois and former U.S. House member; Jean Galbraith, law professor and deputy dean of the University of Pennsylvania’s Carey Law School; and George Conway, a lawyer, anti-Trump activist and husband of former senior Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway.

Events unfolded rapidly during the sixhour exercise. At one point, Enyart, playing the role of adjutant general of the New Mexico National Guard, refused to execute an order from his state’s Democratic governor to disperse militia members. He was promptly relieved of command.

Barkhuff, who was assigned the role of a red cell militia leader, injected an unscripted variable into the game, which was permissible as long as it was consistent with his character’s profile.

“I wanted to see what would happen if we killed a police officer,” he said.

Later, 14 deputized militia members were killed in a shoot-out with authorities, providing legal justification for Kristol, as Trump, to invoke the Insurrection Act. Ultimately, Kristol opted not to pull the trigger. As he told the Atlantic’s Elliot Ackerman, the only member of the press invited to observe the war game, “Trump can be canny when his future is on the line. He’s got a sense that there are things he could do that would go too far ... He’s a very effective demagogue.”

But Kristol’s analysis offered Barkhuff little consolation.

“My biggest takeaway was, if this were to happen, it would be almost impossible to stop Trump,” Barkhuff said.

Benjamin Radd, a lecturer of global studies, international and area studies, and political science at the University of California, Los Angeles, designed the simulation and served as its impartial gamekeeper. Several themes emerged from his postgame assessment, which he compiled from the debriefing of participants and observers.

The blue cell, which seemed “decentralized and leaderless,” was “reactive rather than prescriptive,” Radd wrote, especially in the face of Trump’s “willingness to embrace chaos, pursue disorder, and break existing rules and norms.” While Trump and the red cell moved quickly, with military-style “shock and awe,” Radd continued, the slower-moving blue cell cared “more about getting it right,” with its “excessive reliance” on court orders, injunctions and other legal maneuvers.

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The consensus among players afterward was that, in an unfolding crisis with no precedent, Trump would ignore the courts, which lack boots-on-theground enforcement power. Radd issued a warning: “Do not assume there will be any ‘grownups in the room’ with Trump; what guardrails existed before may likely be dismantled in advance.”

Despite its poor performance, the blue cell emerged with an action plan for future war games. To prevent an authoritarian takeover, the participants agreed, the blue cell would need to give the president incentives not to overreach.

Legally, Trump could deputize the Proud Boys and Three Percenters,

according to several constitutional scholars Barkhuff consulted. However, he might be less inclined to do so if he knew beforehand that the International Longshoremen’s Association would react by striking, shutting down major ports throughout the U.S. Also, a walkout by even a small percentage of unionized commercial pilots, a third of whom have served in the military, could bring the economy to a standstill, Barkhuff said.

“We didn’t have the right people at the table,” he concluded. “We absolutely have to have organized labor.”

Barkhuff emphasized that the response from the left would need to be nonviolent for moral, ethical and practical reasons. As for the possibility of taking up arms against

Trump, he said, “I don’t want that. Nobody wants that.”

In his March 19 Atlantic story “WarGaming for Democracy,” Ackerman expressed skepticism about the exercise. He suggested that simulations such as Constitutional Thresholds are unhealthy for American democracy, regardless of who conducts them.

“Imagine if the Heritage Foundation, or any other right-wing advocacy group, hosted a set of veteran-led war games based around countering the sort of extraconstitutional violations that some conservatives already allege that Joe Biden is indulging,” he wrote. “It’s not hard to anticipate the denunciations that would flood in from the left.”

Barkhuff acknowledged the merit of Ackerman’s criticism — under normal circumstances, with any other Republican presidential candidate of recent years.

“But these are not normal times, and exceptional times demand exceptions,” he said. “If the fact that I fought in wars makes me a credible messenger, I’m going to use it to be a credible messenger. This is for all the marbles.” ➆ INFO

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Above: Illustrator David Junkin used photos from real events to depict scenes from a hypothetical Trump presidency, as might be envisioned in the Constitutional Thresholds game.

Raising the Bar

Robert Smith III leads a fresh chapter at Ferrisburgh’s Starry Night Café

The first Friday in May was a busy one at Ferrisburgh’s Starry Night Café. The sun was shining, and the team was snipping tulip stems and cleaning o outdoor tables to open the restaurant’s patio for the first time this year. Baby greens and herbs were peeking through the soil in the fine-dining restaurant’s new raised-bed vegetable garden. And as this reporter from Seven Days walked into the kitchen, a health inspector was wrapping up his surprise visit.

“I thought this interview would be the most nerve-racking thing today,” executive chef Robert Smith III joked, settling into a comfy new leather chair in the restaurant’s window-filled sunroom.

That room, formerly a screened-in porch warmed by space heaters, is just one of the updates recently undertaken at the destination restaurant on Route 7. Since Smith began leading Starry Night’s kitchen in late 2021, there have been three separate renovations. Most of the multiroom restaurant has been refreshed, including a hood expansion to accommodate a wood-fired grill in the kitchen, updates to the octagonal dining room and the porch winterization. The most recent project — a complete revamp of the front barroom, for which Starry was closed for five weeks this spring — has created a modern, downright swanky space.

A Jericho native, Smith already thought the restaurant was one of the most beautiful in Vermont when he arrived for his interview in November 2021, two days after moving back to Vermont from a seven-year stint at top restaurants in California. Now, thanks to all the investment from owners Mark and Molly Valade, the setting has a big-city feel befitting his big, bold menu.

Starry Night regular Bobby Berg, owner of Haute & Heady Cannabis Cuisine, told Seven Days the renovated restaurant “matches California’s wine country refinement with Vermont’s rustic, earthy palates.” Smith, recalling Berg’s feedback on a recent meal, summarized a more visceral take: “He said he wants to take a bath in the black garlic steak sauce.”

The new marble-topped bar is far from

a bathtub, but it’s the perfect place to soak up the delights of a cut-to-order, deconstructed steak tartare ($23) or luxuriate over a bowl of ribbony mafaldine pasta with wild morel ragù ($36) alongside a cocktail from bar pro Nick Roy.

Smith took a break from his busy day to chat about the renovations, forgotten rooms and what’s growing in the garden.

How’d the health inspection go?

I saw [the inspector], and I was like, [big sigh] ‘Hi!’ But it went well. I didn’t get the score yet, but I saw what he wrote down and have a good idea.

Executive chef

Italian-inflected California cuisine with fresh, seasonal ingredients

On-the-job training in Vermont, from dishwashing at Kitchen Table Bistro to holding all stations at Texas Roadhouse to three years cooking at Guild Tavern. Moved to Los Angeles at 22 and spent four years at chef Michael Cimarusti’s two-Michelin-starred Providence — including off-site events in Mexico and cooking onstage for Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead. Other California career highlights include San Francisco’s Flour + Water and Michelinstarred AL’s Place, as well as Sightglass Coffee’s 14,000-square-foot Hollywood expansion.

WHAT’S ON THE MENU: Coal-roasted oysters; crispy root vegetables with Cabot clothbound cheddar espuma; an epic deconstructed steak tartare; housemade pasta; and wood-grilled entrées, including black bass and picanha steak with loaded polenta, black garlic steak sauce, grilled lemon and sauce Bordelaise

I’m sure he was just here to check out this incredible new bar.

[Laughing] This used to be the forgotten room. You’d walk through the door right into the bar, and it was awkward.

A lot of guests would leave notes in their reservations saying they didn’t want to sit in the front room. The first week we were back, we had guests say, “Actually, I do want to sit in there.”

Beyond the physical changes, how has your menu evolved since you started here?

I look back in my pictures at early menu

stu , and I think I was really, really focused on “fine dining” and plating things that way. I’m getting more comfortable with my skill set and what I like.

We’ve gotten a lot more pasta-forward, too. I love northern Italian braises of pork and beef that take several days. We make ricotta and marinate the meat in the whey from that to tenderize it. We’ve even got a pasta extruder in the back, so we can make semolina dried noodles in-house — all kinds of shapes.

You posted a video of beet radiatori recently that looked pretty incredible. Several people thought that was hamburger — my parents and a delivery driver. He said, “Making hamburg?” I was like, What is hamburg? This is great.

If you were to pair a dish with each of the restaurant’s dining rooms, what would they be?

For the bar, grilled oysters, roasted veg and fun specials that we run. You can see the kitchen, so that makes sense to me there. This room [the former porch], I don’t know what it is, but it attracts the most pasta lovers. We’ll get tables of all pasta.

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Leo & Co. to Open in Essex’s Former Sweet Clover Market

The team from SALT & BUBBLES WINE BAR AND MARKET is branching out, but not far. This summer, they’ll open Leo & Co. down the sidewalk at 21 Essex Way, the previous site of Sweet Clover Market in the Essex Experience.

Owner KAYLA SILVER expects the casual counter-service café and market to start serving juices, smoothies, sandwiches, salads and soups in July. She will oversee operations with help from Salt & Bubbles general manager TAYLOR ROSNER. Burlington chef DIEGO TREVIÑO, previously Silver’s colleague at HONEY ROAD and sous chef at the former incarnation of DEEP CITY, will run Leo & Co.’s kitchen.

The small, independent Sweet Clover Market closed in February after more than 17 years. Co-owner HEATHER BELCHER told Seven Days at the time that she saw local demand for to-go lunches “but didn’t have the energy and tolerance for financial risk” to pursue that opportunity.

Silver has lamented a lack of casual lunch spots since moving to Essex in 2019.

“There’s nowhere to get a decent salad,” she said with a laugh. Sweet Clover Market was “a cornerstone” in Essex, in her view, and she plans to launch a “very similar business, just revamped and reimagined.”

“There’s never a good time to open a second business,” Silver continued, “but I doubt the opportunity would come again for my two businesses to be in the same 100-yard stretch.”

Salt & Bubbles’ new sister restaurant will be the daytime yin to its nighttime yang, Silver said, with a vibe that she describes as “if POPPY CAFÉ & MARKET and Tomgirl juice had a baby, but out here in Essex.” Leo & Co. will open early to serve commuters, then welcome families and remote workers looking for a place to hang out.

The café is named for Silver’s great-uncle, Leo Keiles, who escaped Germany for Ireland during World War II. The fine-foods merchant and candy shop owner lived to nearly 100 and “just wanted life to be beautiful,” she said.

“He wanted to bring joy to people and be a center of community, and we want to bring that same idea forward.”

Leo & Co. won’t have a liquor license, and there won’t be a creemee window this summer, Silver said. But it will sell local products, including freezer goods, produce, meat and RED HEN BAKING bread, a much-requested Sweet Clover staple. Jordan Barry

New Chef and Menu at the Big Spruce in Richmond

After a brief expansion to breakfast and lunch, the BIG SPRUCE in Richmond has returned to serving only dinner, with a fresh approach from newly hired executive chef CHRISTIAN KRUSE. As of the first week of May, the menu at the 3.5-year-old restaurant has completed its evolution from a Mexican roster of tacos and enchiladas to what Kruse described as contemporary American fare.

Current o erings range from poutine to shrimp ceviche in the “snacks” portion of the menu. Main courses include a tofu sloppy joe, a Montréalstyle smoked meat sandwich, a vegan mushroom Bourguignon served over rigatoni, and a boneless pork chop with potato gratin and charred asparagus.

The Big Spruce’s owner, Gabriel Firman, said that to be a successful small-town restaurant, “We need to speak to as many palates and people as possible.”

Firman, 50, added that the Big Spruce creemee window will reopen

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The larger dining room, it’s the big showstopper plates.

You’re adding Saturday lunch in June. What will be on the menu?

We’re gonna do some pastas — carbonara, vongole, a spring zucchini pasta with mafaldine — Korean spareribs, and some sandwiches on housemade buns. We’re working on some type of crispy fry thing. We don’t have a fryer in the kitchen, so that’s the dilemma.

Speaking of fryers, what was it like going from a chain restaurant to fine dining early in your career?

I was hired [at Texas Roadhouse] as a dishwasher and worked cold prep, hot prep, the line, grill. When the Guild was opening up, I was like, “This is sick — a new wood-grilled steakhouse.” I felt confident cooking steak. It’s different quality and seasonings, but you’re cooking a lot of steak at Texas Roadhouse. You get temperature and volume. Still, the Guild was an eye-opening experience. Chef Phillip Clayton was a really great mentor for me. When I left, he gave me a chef coat and a really nice good-grace note to anywhere.

How do you foster that sort of growth now that you’re the mentor?

It’s incredible to see people put more on their plate and just crush it. My sous chef, Eli Eppolito, is really tremendous. He keeps the kitchen afloat — and he’s six foot five and can dunk. He started as a cook; he graduated from UVM and didn’t want to be a sociologist.

I definitely like to promote from within. There’s no reason not to pursue what we have and invest more with them. We’ve got two guys who started in the dish pit, and now they’re on the pasta station and the grill. A chef friend of mine, Austin [Poulin of southern Vermont’s Restaurant at Hill Farm], dined here last week, and he said, “How old are these kids?” I was like, “Combined age of 39. And they’re doing great.” I don’t think they had encouragement like that before.

How do you find people to work here, being a destination spot?

We do a lot of carpooling. Most of us are commuting from Middlebury or Burlington. Staffing is the hardest. That’s why maintaining this team is so important — this is the best staff we’ve ever had. We have under 20 employees, and not all of

them are full time. But this restaurant’s only open 15 hours a week.

Even for diners, you’ve got to plan. You’re not often driving by here at 5:30 p.m. like, “Oh, I’m gonna swing in for dinner.”

As things start popping out of the ground, what are the next local ingredients you’re excited to put on the menu?

Asparagus, better peas — they’re starting, but they need to be a little sweeter — ramps and morels. Our six new garden beds were planted this week; Horsford [Gardens &


Nursery] built them, and Farmer Hil is maintaining them for us. As cooks, we’ll go out daily to pick herbs and stuff for a garden salad. I just had some lettuce, which I shouldn’t really be eating because it should grow. But it tastes so fresh.

What’s planted in there? It’s cool to see the beds from Route 7. Let’s walk out there. We’ve got radishes, beets, speckled lettuce, red Russian kale, red-veined sorrel, parsley chives, purple shiso. We got that from Farmer Hil last year for the tartare, and now it will be from here.

[ Pointing to plants ] Cilantro, curly parsley, chives, onions, sage, oregano, thyme, rosemary. It’s like the French Laundry.

Want to go in and light the grill? I have it all set up, because I figured this is a “grilling” thing. I’ll give you the blowtorch. ➆

This interview was edited and condensed for clarity and length.


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with no changes on May 22. “That’s hella happening,” he said with a laugh. “We don’t want to create revolt in this town.”

Kruse, 39, comes to the Big Spruce after 2.5 years as executive chef at BLACK FLANNEL BREWING & DISTILLING in Essex, where he received a 2022 James Beard Foundation semifinalist nod in the Best Chef: Northeast category.

Firman asked Kruse to meet for coffee last fall to talk about their

industry. “We became coffee buddies,” he said. When the opportunity arose to hire a new chef at the Big Spruce, “I thought it could be a nice partnership.”

Kruse brought sous chef CHASE DUNBAR with him from Black Flannel.

In mid-June, the executive chef expects to launch a series of six- or seven-course prix fixe dinners in the Big Spruce’s Parlour Room. Called Chef’s Table by Christian Kruse, the events will seat 20. Kruse said he is looking forward to having “a space for me to express myself.”


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In 1966, writer Doon Arbus got an assignment from the New York Herald Tribune to profile James Brown on the occasion of the singer’s first-ever show at Madison Square Garden. Long before most of white America had heard of the “Godfather of Soul,” Arbus, daughter of famed photographer Diane Arbus, spent hours with Brown at his house in Queens, N.Y., then traveled with him to a show in Virginia Beach. Arbus even convinced Brown to let her, a 20-year-old white woman, stay in the hotel with him and his all-Black entourage — no inconsequential act in the 1960s South.

“James has armed me with one of his suitcases and a pad and pencil, insisting that I carry the pad and pencil all the time, to prove that I’m a traveling reporter, and to guard against the assumptions of suspicious Southern minds,” Arbus wrote. She recounted Brown warning her, “You remember what they did to President Kennedy.”

The resulting story, “James Brown Is Out of Sight,” is one of 18 long-form profiles featured in a new anthology, What Makes Sammy Jr. Run? Classic Celebrity Journalism, Volume 1, 1960s and 1970s, available in print on May 20. Edited by Bristol journalist Alex Belth, the collection is noteworthy less for the fame of its writers or their subjects than for the timeless quality of its journalism. Many of these pieces spent decades buried in libraries and archival stacks until Belth got permission to republish them. All of them stand the test of time, o ering insights into the nature of fame and journalists’ sometimes conflicted relationship with it.

What Makes Sammy Jr. Run? also highlights the remarkable access journalists of that era enjoyed. In the modern age, celebrities can scrupulously manage and curate their public personas, requiring reporters to surrender their cellphones and sign nondisclosure agreements before ever setting foot inside their homes. When a megastar such as Taylor Swift can speak directly to 100 million of her fans via social media, she’s far less concerned with what a print publication with 100,000 subscribers might say about her — assuming she grants it access at all.

In contrast, these profiles from the 1960s and ’70s o er a fascinating view of celebrities when they still relied on print media to get themselves and their work noticed. It was also an era when magazines started giving writers more space and

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stylistic freedom to write long, candid, nuanced pieces, from which emerged the literary movement known as New Journalism.

“The happy result for us readers is a

trove of lively, interesting reportage that is both entertaining and historically intriguing,” Belth writes in the introduction. “The writers in this anthology, in a range of styles, all put us right there in the room with

the entertainers and artists who are grappling, in some way or another, with their fame. What it means to have it, sustain it, and lose it.”

Bearing a title that refers to its first profile, of entertainer Sammy Davis Jr., the book was a labor of love for Belth.

The 53-year-old Manhattan native, a selfdescribed “culture nerd” with no formal training in journalism or archiving, now works as editor of Esquire Classic, the magazine’s online archive. In an interview, he described unearthing these “gems,” many of which were never digitally archived, as “like tru e hunting.”

Given the space limitations and abundance of stories to choose from, Belth eschewed the more famous and easily accessible profiles of that era, such as Gay Talese’s April 1966 Esquire profile “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold” and Tom Wolfe’s June 1970 New York magazine piece “Radical Chic: That Party at Lenny’s.” While this collection features a few writers whose names are still familiar today, including Nora Ephron and Rex Reed, it also includes compelling work by ones Belth calls “short-timers” in the profession. Among them: John Eskow, who wrote “Oedipus Rocks,” a 1978 profile of Hank Williams Jr. for New Times; and Anne Taylor Fleming, who wrote the 1978 profile “The Private World of Truman Capote” for the New York Times Magazine

Also striking, Belth said, is the unadorned yet sophisticated prose of the youngest writers in this collection, Arbus and O’Connell Driscoll. The latter was a 21-year-old senior at the University of Southern California in 1974 when he penned the fascinating fly-on-the-wall profile “Jerry Lewis, Birthday Boy” for Playboy

“The sense of restraint and poise they showed as young writers really blew me away,” Belth said. “These writers didn’t necessarily feel awed by being around celebrities. They may have been very impressed with their talents. But they felt as if they were on the same terra firma.”

What Makes Sammy Jr. Run? also features work by veteran journalists such as Helen Lawrenson, who was in her seventies when she wrote “Warren Beatty Has Been Wronged!” for Cosmopolitan in 1970. In the 1930s, Lawrenson spent six months in Havana, Cuba, after which she penned an explosive piece for Esquire titled “Latins Are Lousy Lovers.”

Though Lawrenson’s takedown of Latin

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machismo isn’t in this collection, What Makes Sammy Jr. Run? begins with a publisher’s note addressing the inclusion of words and sentiments about gender, race, ethnicity, body image and socioeconomic status that some may find o ensive. While Belth didn’t include any profiles that a modern reader would find blatantly racist, sexist or otherwise cringeworthy, none was edited for space or content.

Nearly all the profiles do include detailed physical descriptions of their subjects, a practice that’s largely fallen out of favor in 21st-century journalism. As Belth explained, writers in the 1960s and ’70s used such descriptions not to ridicule or comment on celebrities but to paint a portrait for their readers in a far less visual age. While some of the subjects weren’t pleased with the final products, Belth included none that he considered mean-spirited.

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By his thirties, however, Belth was ready to move on from the film industry.

“It took me a while to realize I could do something di erent,” he said, “without feeling like a failure.”

In 2002, while working a temp job in the finance department of media giant Time, Belth started a sports blog about the New York Yankees called Bronx Banter, written from a fan’s point of view. His research led him to bygone features in Sports Illustrated, which he republished on his blog with the writers’ permission.

Though Belth’s interest in sports blogging eventually waned, it sparked a new one in writing and archiving. In 2013, Deadspin, a sports blog then owned by Gawker, invited him to create a sports journalism reprint site. That led to his creation of a similar site devoted to show biz and entertainment for the Daily Beast, which in 2016 landed Belth his current gig at Esquire Classic. Belth has since created the Stacks Reader, his own free online archive of classic journalism about the arts, which he describes as “a museum for stories.”


Like the Stacks Reader, What Makes Sammy Jr. Run? didn’t emerge from nostalgia for some bygone golden age, Belth said, but from a desire to preserve stories that were written when journalism was more ephemeral. As its title suggests, this book is the first of three planned volumes, with Volume 2 covering stories from the 1980s and ’90s and Volume 3, the first two decades of the 21st century.

The editor came to this project no stranger to the world of celebrities. A native of Manhattan’s Upper West Side whose father worked in television production, Belth got a job right out of college as a messenger for filmmaker Ken Burns on the 1994 docuseries “Baseball.” From there, he worked on Woody Allen’s

“Without being corny about it ... I get to host somebody’s really great stu ,” he said. “To me, there’s no higher honor.” ➆


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Every summer, the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival gathers talented young violinists, violists and cellists from around the country on the Saint Michael’s College campus in Colchester for four intense weeks of instruction, training and performance. The students, who range from 13 to 30 years old, practice their instruments for hours every day and rehearse with fellow students in quartets to which they were assigned before arriving. They unwind in part by attending professional quartet performances by festival faculty and visiting artists.

Out of that crucible recently emerged a student quartet that won the preeminent U.S. prize for young chamber musicians: the Fischo National Chamber Music Competition. Its members met at the festival in 2021 and named themselves the FaMa Quartet after an abbreviation for the key of F Major. Violinists Ella Eom and Julie Kim, both from New Jersey, and cellist Ari Peraza-Webb, from Ohio, were 16 at the time; violist Jasper Sewell, from Tennessee, was 17. Two years later, the foursome won the 2023 Fischo junior division gold medal.

FaMa will reunite for a public performance this Saturday, May 18, at Isham Family Farm in Williston in honor of the festival’s upcoming 20th season, which runs from June 23 to July 21. In the spirit of the festival’s emphasis on community involvement, the free concert is a benefit for the Williston Community Food Shelf. Audiences are asked to bring monetary or food donations.

This may be FaMa’s last reunion for a while. Speaking by phone from his Chattanooga home, violist Sewell said all four members will head into even more intense training in the fall. Eom and Kim will attend the dual-degree program at Columbia University and the Juilliard School in New York City. Peraza-Webb will go to Juilliard, and Sewell will study at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Texas. Only Sewell will attend the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival this summer.

How does one end up as part of a prizewinning quartet? Nineteen-year-old high school senior Sewell said his mother started him on the violin at age 4.

“Mom wasn’t a musician, but she listened to a lot of Bach,” he said. “She noticed I’d laugh at some parts and had perfect pitch.” Thanks to his mom, he noted, all six of his younger brothers also play an instrument — and, like him, swim competitively.

After years of violin lessons, Sewell took up viola at age 13 at the Jacobs School of Music Summer String Academy in Indiana, in part because he could read the alto clef. During his first summer at the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, in 2019, he studied violin. When he returned

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Award-winning FaMa Quartet reunites to fête the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival


to Colchester in 2021, he recalled, “I opted to play violin in one chamber group, viola in another.” The latter became FaMa.

Liz Chang, the festival’s current artistic director, said she matches incoming students in quartets based on their ages, ranges of experience, teachers’ comments and audition videos. Each quartet is notified a few weeks before the start of the festival. Its members must get in touch, decide on a piece to play and learn their parts before the festival begins.

This year, Chang is sorting the festival’s largest incoming class ever — roughly 220 students — into 55-odd quartets, a task she described as currently “looming over me.” Her predecessor, festival founder Kevin Lawrence, matched the members of FaMa and stepped down the year they formed; he continues to teach as part of the faculty.

Sewell said the quartet didn’t click right away. Its members had chosen Felix Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 6 in F Minor.


“The first rehearsal, we all went into Ari’s dorm room. It was a very awkward dynamic. We ran the piece once, and no one said anything,” Sewell recalled.

It was their quartet coach, Bayla Keyes, a founding member of the Muir String Quartet, who “really broke that bubble. She encouraged us to put our own interpretation on it,” he said. Their eventual connection was “all about the music at a level that I hadn’t experienced before,” Sewell continued. “Our friendships really stemmed from the music first.”

Keyes asked the group to memorize the Mendelssohn in two weeks so that it could be performed in the festival’s third week.

“They had no idea that was impossible,” Chang said with a chuckle, adding that FaMa nevertheless succeeded. “There’s something to be said for [being young and] just not knowing what you’re doing.”

Sewell said the quartet has since memorized everything it has played. That includes a movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, which helped FaMa win second place at the 2022 Coltman Chamber Music Competition, a prize of the Austin Chamber Music Center in Texas; and Claude Debussy’s String Quartet in G Minor, part of its winning Fischo program. Saturday’s concert will feature the Debussy, the Mendelssohn’s first movement and a movement of Eugène Ysaÿe’s Sonata for Two Violins.

Sewell, who has also attended the similarly high-level Meadowmount School of Music in Westport, N.Y., said the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival’s rigor is “balanced” with hiking, amusement park trips and “community involvement on a large scale.”

Students participate in two weekend Quartet Hops, in which quartets perform free pop-up concerts at various shops and cafés in downtown Burlington and the South End. The May 18 concert and the festival’s final concert, by the more advanced fellows in the program, are collaborations with Music for Food, an initiative started by Boston-based violinist Kim Kashkashian to raise awareness of local hunger.

“This is a big part of our identity: providing students a place to grow, be an ambassador for music, give back to the community in a more tangible way,” Chang said. “They’re advocating for the thing they believe in.”

The students’ enthusiasm for the music they play will be evident to anyone who attends the festival’s public concerts and events — which tend to be packed and raucous a airs with more stamping and whooping than polite applause. (It helps to know exactly how hard it is to play the music.) This year’s lineup includes a tutorial with renowned violinist Hilary Hahn, who will appear via Zoom from Brazil, and concerts by the visiting Balourdet, Verona and Miró quartets.

The Balourdet Quartet, Chang mentioned, won the Fischo senior division gold medal in 2020; one of its members is a three-time Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival student. It’s not hard to imagine that the FaMa Quartet will be back one day, too. ➆


FaMa Quartet: Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival & Music for Food, Saturday, May 18, 7 p.m., at Isham Family Farm in Williston. Free; bring a monetary or food donation for the Williston Community Food Shelf.

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From the Ashes

Book review: The Cemetery of Untold Stories, Julia Alvarez

In Weybridge author Julia Alvarez’s abundantly populated new novel, an aging writer named Alma, who publishes under the nom de plume Scheherazade, decides to call it quits. She leaves Vermont and returns to her childhood home in the Dominican Republic, claiming a plot of derelict land she’s inherited but never seen. Her plan is to build a cemetery there, where she can entomb her never-completed book manuscripts:

She needed a place to bury her unfinished work, a space honoring all those characters who had never had the chance to tell their stories. She wanted to bring them home to their mother tongue and land.

In her readiness to be freed of artistic obligations, she may remind readers of

William Shakespeare’s Prospero, who, at the close of The Tempest, renounces his powers and vows to “drown my book.”

From this elegiac premise, the novel travels in numerous directions and widens to incorporate the stories of a dozen or more people whose histories and destinies adjoin. At first we expect Alma to be the novel’s main character, but others steadily move to the foreground. The novelist Alma — like the novelist Alvarez — glides offstage to a vantage point where she can observe and record in a compound narrative that spans generations.

Alvarez, the author of six novels, three books of nonfiction, three collections of poetry, and 11 books for children and young adults, was a writer in residence at Middlebury College until her retirement in 2016. Her accolades are legion. Her

Alvarez’s Afterlife was a lovely, thoughtprovoking novel that moved back and forth between two distinct storylines connected through Antonia, the book’s main character. The Cemetery of Untold Stories has considerably more complicated plotting, braiding four separate narratives and skillfully shifting among the perspectives of six characters. Alma must negotiate with her fractious and feisty sisters and a family lawyer to resolve a financial riddle their father, Manuel Cruz, left unsolved when he died. When Manuel takes a turn as the novel’s narrator, his voice speaks from one of Alma’s buried manuscripts, and we learn about his lifelong loneliness and the reasons for his secrecy.


His story is overheard by Filomena, an illiterate housekeeper who becomes the caretaker of Alma’s cemetery. Alvarez also gives us Filo’s sister Perla’s point of view for several episodes; having fled to New York with a lover, she’s pulled into a morass of infidelity and violence.

Pepito, son of Perla, also comes to the fore. He has grown up to be a professor, an expert reader of Alma’s writings, yet lives partly hidden as a gay man in a cruelly macho family culture.

1994 novel In the Time of the Butterflies, with over 1 million copies in print, was selected for the National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read program. In 2013, president Barack Obama awarded Alvarez the National Medal of Arts.

In many specific respects, Alma resembles her creator. They’ve both achieved significant literary success, among critics and scholars and also among everyday readers. Like the character Yolanda in Alvarez’s first book, How the García Girls Lost Their Accents (1991); like the character Antonia in her previous novel Afterlife (2020); and like Alvarez herself, Alma has three sisters. And also like her fictional protagonists in those previous books, Alvarez left the Dominican Republic for the United States as a child — her family escaped the oppressive regime of dictator Rafael Trujillo in 1960.

Another narrator overheard from an abandoned manuscript is the wounded but delightful Doña Bienvenida, cast-off wife of the tyrant Trujillo, whose story Alma had long hoped to write but never could figure out how.

The confluence of many different viewpoints, and the fugue-like shifts among perspectives, give the Cemetery of Untold Stories a spellbinding breadth and historical range. Stylistically, Alvarez’s writing is intricate and assured. She omits quotation marks from the dialogue, giving the narrative a pleasingly pell-mell speed. Alvarez also frequently stirs Spanish words and phrases into her vivacious narration:

The policewoman gestures with her chin, bunching her lips, a gesture that confirms she is indeed a quisqueyana. Ahí mismo, señora, she says, kindly escorting Perla to the subway stairs, explaining which

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is is not to be a run-of-the-mill cemetery, but a place of much respeto y orden. No riffraff, no freeloaders. As for spirits and ghosts, there’d be none of those either, as this is not to be a cemetery for people.

¿Para mascotas, entonces? ose who work as maids and gardeners know firsthand how attached the rich are to their pets. When their little dogs die, the owners mourn them more than they do other people’s children. But generally, these pets are buried on the grounds of their owners’ estates.

e foreman shakes his head. No, the cemetery is not for pets either.

But if not for people or animals, who is it for?

is is as much as the foreman has been told. All he knows is that he has never felt happier in a job. For the first time since he became a foreman, he pitches in, working the backhoe, removing stones alongside his Haitian crew. He leaves the job refreshed, no need to stop on the way home at the barra or colmado and pick up a bottle of ron and drown himself in forgetfulness, ignoring his mujer and swatting at his kids if they make too much noise. Instead, he converses openly with his wife and children, remembering things he has forgotten. Amorcito, his wife teases, did you eat parrot for your almuerzo today?

trains to take to the Bronx. They chat for a few minutes, Perla como si nada, the young woman talking in Spanglish like Perla’s Dominicanyork sons.

This could be taxing for an Englishonly reader, but often it’s easy to glean meanings by the similarity of cognates ( pasaporte : passport, secreto : secret,

desespere : despair), by context or because a translation is inlaid in the phrasing: “Por favor, he begs, sobbing, please.”

This reader kept a Spanish dictionary at hand, not because referencing one was necessary to enjoy the story, but because it was even more enjoyable to look up unfamiliar words and catch the added resonance. For instance, sinvergüenza means scoundrel, and chismes is gossip. And surely a reader conversant in Spanish will be pleased by the ways the two languages flirt and dance together here.

The novel’s most quietly consequential character is Filomena, so modest and discreet that she lives almost unnoticed by everyone else. But her story, which Alvarez follows from childhood to the present, reveals that she is a magnificent listener. It is she who can hear reverberant, confiding voices from the ashes of the cemetery’s burned manuscripts, and especially from the two cartons containing drafts that (magically) wouldn’t burn — the stories of dictator Trujillo’s cast-off wife Bienvenida and of Alma’s father, Manuel, whose tragedies were never shared while he was alive. Alma deeply regrets not having finished those books, and the poignancy of that failure is sharpened by the disclosure — to Filomena, and to the reader — of a bond between Bienvenida and Manuel that Alma never learns about.

Alvarez is acknowledging and mourning the fragmentary drafts every writer hauls along through the years. But Alma’s unfi nished stories are alive, and their protagonists are not ghosts but enigmatic — and enduring — creations. Even as Alma herself gives way to silence, her characters keep speaking.

It may be helpful, while reading, to make a little chart of who is who among the characters, grouped by family. You can use this as a bookmark. As Alvarez gradually reveals the crisscrossing relationships, the reader is allowed to understand sooner and more clearly than the characters themselves how their histories are connected.

Most of the novel’s characters never do see these connections, meaning that as readers, we become the recipients and caretakers of the marvelous tales bequeathed by Alma’s cemetery. Though she has foresworn the authorial struggle, her characters — in ways both supernatural and emotionally plausible — will not accept silence. ➆



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The pandemic changed the way people watch movies and the way critics write about them. Here at Seven Days, where we used to limit ourselves to reviewing films currently in local theaters, the choices have opened up to include new streaming fare.

The explosion of options is a welcome change for the most part: Who really wants to hear a critic’s take on something they would never choose to watch? We all have our personal tastes, and if you love inspirational sports dramas or Transformers or every single Marvel movie, I have no desire to kill your buzz. Given a choice, in this highly segmented marketplace, I would rather see a film that o ers me the possibility of something unpredictable or exciting.

The Idea of You ★★★ REVIEW

The downside of all this choice? More blandly positive reviews, fewer entertaining takedowns. Films that are decidedly “not for critics” can inspire the most creative criticism. Who could ever forget A.O. Scott’s review of The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure, in which he channeled the voice and spelling of a 7-year-old to evaluate a movie that no adult would view by choice? It may not have been “fair,” but it was funny.

All this is a long-winded way of saying that having a vast number of streaming options makes every choice more fraught. There’s an increasing sentiment (especially on social media) that if you don’t have anything nice to say, you shouldn’t say anything at all. But everyone was talking about the Anne Hathaway rom-com The Idea of You, now on Prime Video, so I watched it, and … I was not pleasantly surprised.

The deal

Solène Marchand (Hathaway) is not in the boy-band demographic. She’s a nearly 40-year-old divorced gallery owner with a Silver Lake Craftsman house to die for and an acerbic sense of humor. Even her teenage daughter, Izzy (Ella Rubin), has outgrown her interest in dewy-eyed crooners. But Solène’s clueless ex has gifted Izzy with a VIP meet and greet at Coachella with the band she was obsessed with in middle school. And that’s how our heroine ends up having a meet-cute with tween idol Hayes Campbell (Nicholas Galitzine) after she mistakes his trailer for a public restroom. Hayes is smitten with this woman 16 years his senior, who’s completely unimpressed by his celebrity. He pursues

Solène to her gallery — where he buys out her entire stock — and invites her to come on tour with him. Free of parenting duties for the summer, Solène abandons herself to the thrill of a private jet, screaming fans and steamy hotel-room assignations. It’s all too good to be true — until the press and social media find out and she has to decide whether the pop star is just a fling or something more.

Will you like it?

For many viewers, Solène’s story embodies an irresistible fantasy: being swept o your feet by Harry Styles or the like. The Idea of You, directed by Michael Showalter (The Big Sick) and based on Robinne Lee’s novel, is far from the first movie to cater to this fantasy — the entire After book and film series is based on One Direction fan fiction. The “rock star romance” trope is a perennial presence on bestseller lists; this is simply the version that comes closest to a traditional, mainstream rom-com.

Does The Idea of You work as pure escapist fantasy? Sure. As a rom-com? Less so. In the absence of colorful supporting characters such as the ones who populate, say, Notting Hill, the “comedy” here consists mostly of the banter between Hayes and

Solène, which is fine but not inspired. They have believable chemistry, but they don’t have believable problems, or really any problems other than ones stemming from the prejudices of benighted observers. It’s clear from their first scene that they belong together, and not even garden-variety relationship hiccups meaningfully disrupt that impression.

Hathaway is the film’s greatest asset. Yes, she looks 40 — a healthy, Hollywood, professionally made-up 40 — and her comic timing keeps that banter sizzling. When Solène talks passionately about the blandlooking work in her gallery, you believe she feels that passion. She’s sexy, witty, charming and fully alive on screen, and it never hurts to be reminded that none of those qualities has an age limit.

If your priority is watching sparks fly between two pretty people in pretty places, The Idea of You will do fine. But its laugh quotient is low, its suspense is nil, and its plot developments are relentlessly generic. The traditional third-act misunderstanding, for instance, feels shoehorned in rather than arising organically from any preexisting tension.

So, why did I watch it? Because I hoped for more. Rom-coms have been better than

this; they can and should be better than this. Let’s not give up on them.



MOONSTRUCK (1987; MGM+, Pluto TV, the Roku Channel, Tubi, rentable): e older woman/younger man romcom premise dates back to this goofy, operatic classic starring Cher, Nicolas Cage and a scene-stealing Olympia Dukakis. It benefits from a screenplay by playwright John Patrick Shanley.

NOTTING HILL (1999; MGM+, rentable): e fantasy of celebrities falling for normal folks has rarely been done better than in this rom-com rich in dry British humor.

GOOD LUCK TO YOU, LEO GRANDE (2022; Hulu): Solène grapples with society’s double standards when it comes to aging and sexuality. So does Emma ompson’s character, a repressed widow who hires a much younger sex worker, in this thoughtful and provocative exploration of the issue. (Caveat: It is not a romance.)

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BACK TO BLACK: Marisa Abela plays Amy Winehouse in this biopic about the making of her best-selling album, directed by Sam TaylorJohnson. With Eddie Marsan and Jack O’Connell. (122 min, R. Essex, Majestic, Roxy, Savoy)

IF: What happens to imaginary friends when their people grow up? A kid finds out in this family comedy-drama written and directed by John Krasinski, who costars with Ryan Reynolds and Cailey Fleming. (104 min, PG. Bijou, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Star, Sunset)

I SAW THE TV GLOW: A supernatural late-night show alters two teens’ view of reality in this A24 horror drama from Jane Schoenbrun (We’re All Going to the World’s Fair), starring Justice Smith and Brigitte Lundy-Paine. (101 min, PG-13. Roxy)

THE STRANGERS: CHAPTER 1: A couple make the mistake of taking refuge in a remote cabin in this prequel to the horror series about masked folks with an obscure agenda of terror. Renny Harlin directed. (91 min, R. Essex, Majestic)


ABIGAILHHH Criminals who kidnap a gangster’s cute ballerina daughter get a rude awakening in this horror flick. (109 min, R. Sunset)

CHALLENGERSHHHH1/2 A love triangle among three tennis pros (Zendaya, Mike Faist and Josh O’Connor) makes sparks fly when two of them face off years later in this drama from Luca Guadagnino. (131 min, R. Big Picture, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Roxy, Stowe; reviewed 5/1)

CIVIL WARHHHH Journalists race toward a Washington, D.C., threatened by rebels in this dystopian action thriller from Alex Garland, starring Kirsten Dunst and Wagner Moura. (109 min, R. Roxy; reviewed 4/17)

DRAGONKEEPER: A girl must find a dragon’s egg to save ancient China from an evil emperor in this animation. (99 min, PG. Welden)

DUNE: PART TWOHHH1/2 The saga of Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) and the spice planet Arrakis continues. (166 min, PG-13. Capitol; reviewed 3/6)

FALLEN LEAVESHHHH Two lonely working-class residents of Helsinki drift toward romance in this drama from Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki. (81 min, NR. Savoy; reviewed 1/17)

THE FALL GUYHHH1/2 Ryan Gosling plays an injured Hollywood stuntman who must track down a missing movie star in this action comedy from David Leitch, also starring Emily Blunt. (126 min, PG-13. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Paramount, Playhouse, Roxy, Star, Stowe, Sunset, Welden)

GHOSTBUSTERS: FROZEN EMPIREHH1/2 A new generation of ghostbusters joins the old one to fight an evil force that threatens Earth with a new ice age. (115 min, PG-13. Majestic, Star, Sunset)


On an Earth that has been ruled by apes for 300 years, a young chimp goes on a life-changing road trip in the latest series entry, directed by Wes Ball and starring Freya Allan. (145 min, PG-13. Big Picture, Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Paramount, Roxy, Star, Stowe, Sunset, Welden)

KUNG FU PANDA 4HHH Po (voice of Jack Black) must train his warrior successor in this animated adventure. (94 min, PG. Capitol, Majestic, Star, Welden)

LA CHIMERAHHHH1/2 A young Englishman (Josh O’Connor) has a sixth sense for tomb raiding in this trancey drama set in Tuscany from director Alice Rohrwacher. (130 min, R. Savoy; reviewed 4/24)


WARFAREHHH British special ops fight the Nazis in this action flick loosely based on Operation Postmaster, directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Henry Cavill. (120 min, R. Capitol)

NOWHERE SPECIALHHHH A terminally ill single dad (James Norton) seeks a new home for his young son in this drama from director Uberto Pasolini. (96 min, NR. Roxy)

TAROTHH Those tarot readings you thought were an innocent and enlightening pastime? In this horror flick, they can unleash evil. (92 min, PG-13. Majestic, Sunset)

UNSUNG HEROHH This inspirational biopic tells the story of a family’s rise in the Christian music industry. Star Joel Smallbone codirected with Richard L. Ramsey. (112 min, PG. Essex)

WICKED LITTLE LETTERSHHH The women of a small town investigate to see who has been sending profane missives in this comic period piece with Olivia Colman and Jessie Buckley. (100 min, R. Savoy)




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A Bloom of One’s Own

At the Phoenix, “Flora” is akin to a field of wildflowers

The rhyming dyad “flower power” is a throwback to 1960s hippie culture and anti-war demonstrations. But the expression could just as easily refer to the awesomeness of nature’s florescence every single year. Another time-worn phrase — “hope springs eternal” — suggests that blossoms symbolize optimism against all odds. And who couldn’t use that right now?

At the Phoenix gallery in Waterbury, an exhibition titled simply “Flora” delivers more than a seasonal punch in the psyche. Phoenix owner and curator Joseph Pensak and cocurator TR Risk assembled works of nine Vermont artists that present myriad — and sometimes unexpected — responses to the theme.

Perhaps none of the artists embraces the power of flowers more than Kelsey Telek. Her colored pencil drawing “KT X TR” immediately catches a visitor’s eye — it’s surely the biggest intermediate incurve chrysanthemum ever rendered. “I am inspired [by] how di erent flowers speak

to di erent people,” the Waterbury-based artist states on her website. “I capture the flowers that speak to me...” Telek takes that inspiration seriously and meticulously. Her 43.5-by-35.5-inch drawing reveals every luscious, unfolding petal of the mum in light purple hues. The mat board is otherwise untouched, leaving this wondrous blossom to float untethered in white space. The “TR” in the artwork’s title refers to Risk, who constructed its dark wood frame — and created nearly a dozen works in this exhibition himself.

Alison Scileppi, another Waterbury resident, also took the “Flora” theme to heart. According to Pensak, this is her first public exhibit, but a viewer wouldn’t guess that from the exuberant confidence of “Midsummer,” her 30-by-30inch painting on canvas. Red, yellow and magenta flowers dance with abandon against a turquoise ground, as if the artist has suspended the season in gel for all time. (Come to think of it, why hasn’t anyone invented flower globes?)

Painting isn’t even Scileppi’s main gig. The owner of Dora Blue Design, she provides event coordination and design services and is the mother of two. It’s no surprise to learn she’s also a gardener and floral designer. “Midsummer” is a painting to keep hope alive all winter long. Risk, primarily a furniture maker with clients nationwide, takes a similarly constructive approach to painting. Building up thick layers of acrylic paint — and often dirt, sand, sawdust or botanical detritus — he creates sparse groupings of stylized flowers that resemble dandelion pu s. His palette veers toward dusky, earthy hues, in which the blossoms appear ghostly. But he brightens some works with washes of color, such as the golden horizon in the 48-by-55-inch “Sky on Fire.”

In addition to his framed artworks in “Flora,” ranging in size from a few inches to more than 10 feet, Risk’s furniture and other paintings can be seen in his studio at the back of the gallery. The tables inside the Phoenix are his creations, as well.

Waitsfield artist Frankie Gardiner is known for her brushy, ethereal paintings, in which forms are whispersoft and sometimes inscrutable. In one of her two works in this exhibit, the lovely 30-inch-square “Green Moon,” we discern red flowers through a myopic blur, unencumbered by roots or the laws of gravity. In the 14-by-11-inch “White Violet,” the artist presents a single flower as impressionistic flu , with a supporting cast of greenery and a patch of blue sky. Gardiner seems to feel the intangible essence of being and transmute it into paint.

In stark contrast are Annemarie Buckley’s four geometric abstractions. The Burlington-based graphic designer has an eye for typography, crisp lines and vivid color. It takes imagination to see how her blocky compositions fit the theme of “Flora,” but the titles provide hints. Buckley’s 30-by-24-inch acrylic “Blue Mountains, Red Earth” invites the viewer to envision her ostensible subject matter as so many triangles, rectangles and squares. Call it landscape by way of math.

Similarly, Linden Eller’s three abstract mixed-media collages are all titled “Unknown Bouquet” (numbered 2, 3 and 4). Though the works don’t look like flowers, the Mount Holly-based artist does incorporate petals, along with paper, acrylic, graphite, pastel, colored pencil, oil stick, thread, lace and vellum. This inventive mix, which she calls “memory architecture,” somehow looks both spontaneous and carefully assembled. “She thinks of her work as layered field recordings that represent a oneness,” Eller’s website reads. “[It o ers] multiple perspectives and repetitions of the same shared story.”

Middlesex artist Axel Stohlberg is known for his architectonic assemblages in wood and found materials, but he

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tirelessly investigates multiple mediums and elemental shapes. His contributions to this exhibition are three 13-inchsquare “Night Drawings.” Rendered in white pastel on black paper, the petite forms look like spectral images of something that perhaps only a botanist could identify.

Equally enigmatic and dark but also very sparkly is “Demeter,” by Milton Rosa-Ortiz. The Burlington artist’s remarkable technique involves gluing Swarovski crystals on the tips of blackened brass pins, which are then arranged on black velvet in a pattern meant to represent the Greek goddess of harvest and agriculture — specifically, Rosa-Ortiz writes, “a medallion of Afghani poppies.” The work “addresses the persecution of the Baha’i” in that country.

small map of Afghanistan rendered in red crystals.

Two sculptures by Kristy Hughes, sited in the gallery’s front windows, bear no apparent political import.

The image’s significance may be lost on viewers who don’t read Rosa-Ortiz’s description, but its beauty and painstaking process are undeniable. Stepping back from the piece makes it easier to make out the shapes of poppies, as well as the

“Acoustic Mirror” and “Home Is Between Your Teeth” are colorful, nonrepresentational assemblages of handmade paper pulp, papiermâché, glue and wood found at Rock Point in Burlington. The Texas-born artist is currently a lecturer at the University of Vermont. Her work

“embraces personal conceptions of empowerment, gratitude, and the fundamental act of paying close attention,” according to her online artist statement, while drawing inspiration from her Hispanic, Indigenous and German lineage. But what’s more evident to the viewer is the artist’s dynamic vision and rollicking sense of fun.➆


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Swoon (American, born 1977), Nee Nee in Braddock [detail], 2014, 8-color silkscreen print on handmade paper, 31 x 22 inches. Collection of Middlebury College Museum of Art. Purchase with funds provided by the Foster Family Art Acquisition Fund, 2015.003. © Copyright Swoon. (Photo: Jonathan Blake, Vermont) “Flora” is on view through July 8 at the Phoenix Gallery in Waterbury. Clockwiser from top left: “KT X TR” by Kelsey Telek; “Home Is Between Your Teeth” by Kristy Hughes; “Midsummer” by Alison Scileppi


Elise Whittemore’s Monoprint ‘Quilts’ Explore Form, Pattern and Process

Last month, we all got a lesson in the power of negative space: that shift into the eclipse’s moment of totality, when the moon’s position moved just a little and everything was suddenly different, newly luminous, with the sun’s halo redefining the moon. “Black Quilts,” Elise Whittemore’s exhibition of monoprints at Soapbox Arts in Burlington, recalls that moment.

Her suite of abstract, geometric prints creates a musical movement across the gallery walls; she repeats forms, rotating, overlapping or flipping them, providing a sense of tempo and rhythm. “They all work off the idea of a quilt block, laying down a simple shape in a quadrant, then rotating it and repeating it to build out a pattern,” the Grand Isle artist described in an email. “I like the idea of simple building blocks creating something complex and changing, and the sense of time and space traversed.”

Some of the artist’s pieces are actually quilted. She sews multiple prints together with near-perfect stitches to create larger compositions, adding the striking visual element of a black dashed line to her geometries. All the pieces appear tactile, from the thread to the richness of the black ink to the impressions of the printing plates in the paper. That gives her monochromatic palette breadth and visual interest.

By printing white on top of black, and then sometimes again as a “ghost” on top of white paper, Whittemore achieves a range of ink tones and textures. This is especially apparent in “Black Quilt (Wander),” where many permutations seem like they’re marching all over the place.

It makes sense that Whittemore comes to this work with a background in graphic design and layout. Every inch of the frame is considered, especially the negative space and the balance between elements. One pleasant surprise is that her work isn’t fussy. Traces of ink remain from the edges of her plexiglass plates and vellum shapes; misregistrations are imprinted in the paper.

These reveal a physical process of investigation more than an exercise in perfect printmaking.

Whittemore’s attention to graphic precision is well balanced with her clear love of material and process. Gallerist Patricia Trafton said one visitor described the prints as “juicy but handsome.”

Seeing the show soon after Frank Stella’s death on May 4 made this viewer think of his Black Paintings (1958-1960). He was pursuing a way of painting that didn’t include representation, emotion or anything other than the process of putting paint on canvas — a record of stripes, leaving thin lines of raw canvas that delineate the brush’s path. Whittemore’s project isn’t as ambitious as upending abstract expressionism, but she also has a minimalist’s appreciation of art’s formal qualities.

Especially with her “Claimed/Unclaimed” series, Whittemore thinks about space and its possibilities. She describes her process as “figurative action taking place, and again, being reconsidered, moving in a different direction.” ➆




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“Black Quilts: Monoprints by Elise Whittemore” is on view through June 15 at Soapbox Arts in Burlington. Artist talk on Thursday, May 23. Clockwise from top left: “Black Quilt V (Named/UnNamed)”; “Claimed/UnClaimed III”; “Black Quilt III (Named/UnNamed)”



Artists are invited to create works on 10-by-10-inch panels (provided) to benefit AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, N.H. Register at Online, through May 24. Info, 603-448-3117.


SHOW: Canal Street Art Gallery in Bellows Falls seeks up to four submissions each from local and regional artists. Info and application at Online, through October 21. Free. Info, 289-0104.

CANAL STREET CERAMIC AND FIBER SHOW: Canal Street Art Gallery in Bellows Falls invites artists to submit up to nine pieces each for an upcoming exhibition. Info and application at canalstreetartgallery. com. Online, through August 26. Free. Info, 289-0104.

CANAL STREET SUMMER GROUP SHOW: Canal Street Art Gallery in Bellows Falls invites local and regional artists to submit up to three pieces each for an upcoming exhibition. Info and application at Online, through May 27. Free. Info, 289-0104.

DOWNTOWN LEBANON TUNNEL: Lebanon Artways seeks artists to design and create public art in the tunnel, which is 350 feet long and 18 feet high. Apply at Online, through May 20.

SOLO AND SMALL GROUP SHOWS: Studio Place Arts in Barre invites artists to submit proposals for 2025 exhibitions in the second and third floor galleries. Application at Online, through June 8. $10 nonmembers. Info, 479-7069.


‘40 YEARS TOGETHER’: An exhibition of older and newer paintings, particularly local landscapes, and a selection of paintings by Mary and Alden Bryan, in celebration of the gallery’s four decades. Reception: Thursday, May 16, 3-6 p.m., with an ’80s theme. Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville, May 15-August 25. Info, 644-5100.

ALEXIS SERIO & HOMER WELLS: “Borders & Boundaries,” abstracted landscapes and paintings on aluminum, respectively. Brunch reception with Homer Wells: Saturday, May 25, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Edgewater Gallery at the Falls, Middlebury, May 17-June 25. Info, 458-0098.

ART AT THE HOSPITAL: Artworks by Kate Runde, Trystan Bates, Judy Hawkins, Liz Buchanan, Colossal Sanders and Elizabeth Chapek. University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington, through September 30. Info, 865-7296.

ART RESOURCE ASSOCIATION: A 49th anniversary exhibit of works by more than 30 member artists. Reception: Wednesday, May 15, 3-5 p.m. Vermont Statehouse Cafeteria, Montpelier, through May 31. Info,

CAITRIN ROESLER: “Dance and Flow,” digital artwork inspired by rock, punk and folk music. Filling Station, Middlesex, through June 9. Info, 225-6232.

CAROLINE LOFTUS: “Blackbird,” an MFA exhibition of lumen photography. Closing reception and talk: Friday, May 17, 3-5 p.m. Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, Vermont State University-Johnson, through May 18. Info,

CHELSEA PAFUMI: “In the Beginning,” an MFA exhibition of mixed-media art and installations. Closing reception and talk: Friday, May 17, 3-5 p.m. Susan Calza Black Box Gallery, Visual Arts Center, Johnson, through May 18. Info, 635-1469.

‘EXPLORATIONS’: A group show of works by staff members Kristen Santucci, Kate Montross and Steve Simoes. Reception: Friday, May 17, 6:30 p.m. Axel’s Frame Shop & Gallery, Waterbury, May 15-June 22. Info, 244-7801.

FRAN BULL: “Space: an odyssey,” acrylic paintings inspired by cosmic imagery from the James Webb Space Telescope. Reception: Saturday, May 18, 5-7 p.m. Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts, Brattleboro, May 18-June 30. Info, 251-8290.

HANNAH AND BILL SESSIONS: “Night & Day: Reflections on the Vermont Landscape,” paintings by the daughter and father. Reception: Saturday, May 18, 4-6 p.m. Village Wine and Coffee, Shelburne, through June 29. Info,

LINDA SCHNEIDER: “Light and Shadows,” landscape paintings. Reception: Saturday, May 18, 3-5 p.m. The Tunbridge General Store Gallery, May 18-June 7. Info, 889-3525.

‘NEW ENGLAND WATERWAYS’: A group show of artists in a variety of mediums depicting regional bodies of water. Reception: Thursday, May 16, 3-6 p.m. Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville, May 15-July 7. Info, 644-5100.


ANDERSON, CALEB BROWN: The artists discuss their work, currently on view. AVA Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon, N.H., Thursday, May 16, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Info, 603-448-3117.

PAUL BOWEN: “Woodlark,” sculpture fashioned from scavenged seaside material and works on paper. Reception: Saturday, May 18, 5-7 p.m. Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts, Brattleboro, May 18-June 30. Info, 251-8290.

VERMONT FOLKLIFE EXHIBITION: “A Way to Keep Our Culture Present,” scenes from the traditional arts apprenticeship program documenting Abenaki

basketmaking, Bhutanese Nepali dance, Somali Bantu embroidery and other art forms. Burlington City Hall, through June 3. Info, 865-7296.

‘VOICES OF ST. JOSEPH’S ORPHANAGE’: An exhibition telling the story of former orphans and their accomplishments, presented by Vermont Folklife and the St. Joseph’s Orphanage Restorative Inquiry. Reception: Wednesday, May 29, 6 p.m., followed by discussion with former residents. Athenaeum Hall Gallery, St. Johnsbury, through June 30. Free. Info,


ARTS ACCESS SUMMIT: ‘RESILIENCY AND REST’: Inclusive Arts Vermont invites community members, organizations, artists and educators for an online day of learning and conversation on access in the arts, featuring disabled artists and accessibility experts. Online, Wednesday, May 15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $50 or sliding scale. Info,

PALETTE PERSPECTIVES: KRISTEN DONEGAN: Artist talk by the ceramicist and painter featured in current exhibit “Green Gold,” reservations required. Sparrow Art Supply, Middlebury, Thursday, May 16, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 989-7225.

KATE FETHERSTON ARTIST TALK: Kate Fetherston gives an artist talk in conjunction with her solo exhibition “Field Notes: An Essay.” The Front, Montpelier, Friday, May 17, 5:30-7 p.m. Info, info@

ANNUAL SPRING OPEN STUDIOS: Twenty artists in working studios display sculpture, assemblage, tile, weaving, DIY furniture, ceramics and more. Shelburne Pond Studios, Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 999-4394.

SERENA KOVALOSKY: The 2024 artist-in-residence invites visitors to drop in, chat and string beads that will become part of an installation called “Tomato Seed Journey,” exploring the origins and history of the tomato. Slate Valley Museum, Granville, N.Y., Saturday, May 18, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Included with museum admission. Info, 518-642-1417.

TOUR: ROBERT FOOTE SHANNON HOME AND GARDEN: Fourth Corner Foundation director Matthew Brader guides visitors through three sustainably designed buildings and interconnecting gardens, as well as an exhibition of the architect’s artwork. Registration required at Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Saturday, May 18, 1-4 p.m. $10, free for BMAC members. Info, 257-0124.

WORKSHOP: ‘IN CONVERSATION WITH DARK GODDESS’: Artists Shanta Lee and Damon Honeycutt help participants craft a response to works on view in the accompanying exhibition through image, writing, video and movement. Limit of 12 participants; register via email. Roundtable discussion and reception follow. Bennington Museum, Saturday, May 18, 1-5 p.m. Free. Info,

DANCE, PAINT, WRITE!: Explore the intersection of modalities in a meditative flow that weaves together movement, painting and writing. Accessible to adults and teen regardless of mobility. No experience required. Offered in person and via Zoom. Expressive Arts Burlington, Sunday, May 19, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $25 per session. Info, 343-8172.

SILENT ART AUCTION: A benefit for the nonprofit North Branch School in Ripton. RSVP recommended. Tourterelle, New Haven, Sunday, May 19, 3:30-5 p.m. $20 includes drink ticket. Info, joanna@

SCULPTURE UNVEILING: A celebration of the 12th monument on the Rutland Sculpture Trail, honoring late Rutland resident Ernie Royal, a national leader in the food service industry and the first Black restaurateur in Vermont, and his wife, Willa. Designed by Amanda Sisk and sculpted by Don Ramey. 89 Merchants Row, Rutland, Wednesday, May 22, noon. Info, 793-4031. ➆

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Heard It in a Love Song: Big Thief Guitarist Buck Meek Opens Up His Heart

There was a long, long pause over the phone as the conversation ground to a sudden halt. Ordinarily, such a stretch of silence would unnerve me or make me wonder if I’d asked an o ending question. Fortunately, I’d read about the way BUCK MEEK is in interviews; the guitarist and songwriter is not one to speak o the cu or rush his response.

So I let him cook, holding my tongue while the native Texan, who is best known as the lead guitarist for indierock powerhouse BIG THIEF, ruminated on perhaps the biggest staple of pop music: the love song.

“I...” he started, the word trailing o into a sigh. “Well, I just really love the relationship between truth and abstraction. There’s such a thin line between history and myth.”

I waited to speak, something that takes rigid control from an extroverted motormouth like myself. But I knew Meek was just warming up to his point.

“I’ve come to trust honest, simple

language in a song, combined with abstraction,” he continued. “Writing this album and performing it live has been an e ort on my part to surrender to the simplicity, open up and write more confessionally.”

The album Meek was referencing is his third full-length solo LP, Haunted Mountain, released last summer.

Fans of Big Thief know him as the mercurial lead guitarist creating soundscapes behind Lincoln-based singer

ADRIANNE LENKER, who’s also his ex-wife. Haunted Mountain recasts him as a troubadour, tapping into his upbringing playing jazz manouche and western swing rhythm guitar in Kerrville, Texas.

playing them for a room full of people,” Meek said, pointing out the reciprocal relationship between performer and audience. “With Big Thief, being an instrumentalist supporting a songwriter has taught me so much. But when you’re the one singing at the front of the stage, confessing your own story and guiding the audience through a narrative, that’s a very di erent responsibility.”

love songs. While he appreciates the simplicity of Cooke’s music, he noted the nuance of Prine’s love songs, using “Far From Me” as an example.

“You’ve got this song where a guy is talking to a waitress, and you don’t know if they’re in love or just talking or what,” Meek recounted. “Each verse, the story changes a little and you learn more, making the chorus mean something di erent every time it comes around. By the end, I’m left with this feeling that love is so much bigger than the binary concepts of marriage.”

Meek su uses the songs on Haunted Mountain with love: for his wife, Dutch singer-songwriter GERMAINE DUNES, in the tender ballad “Secret Side”; for his family on the nostalgic track “Cyclades.”

“We channel our love into human emotions, but it’s all in the same well,” Meek said after another drawn-out pause as he contemplated what a love song represents to him. “One of my favorite things about songwriting is dipping into that well and capturing important moments of truth. It creates a sort of journal I can go back to later, and it enables me to empathize with my past self.”

That past self wrote songs through characters and other techniques that created a little separation between himself and his art. While Meek finds no fault with those methods or his previous work, lately he prefers the naked vulnerability of writing from his own standpoint.

“It’s always worthwhile to push into new directions,” Meek asserted. “But I’ve found that, over time, the songs that were easiest for me to write were the ones where I just sort of stepped out of my own way.”

And Meek’s narratives on Haunted Mountain come with a message that it’s time to sing about love again. The record is rich in contemplations of love, be it romantic, platonic, familial, or attached to traditions or the shadow of something that has disappeared.

Solo work also gives Meek a chance to approach the guitar di erently. Longtime friend and collaborator ADAM BRISBIN handles most of the lead guitar on his solo albums. Meek said he loves getting to be the rhythm guitarist, as he did when he jammed with older musicians as a kid in Texas.

Having toured the record out west and in Europe, Meek comes to South Burlington for a performance at the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge on Saturday, May 18, with singer-songwriter JOLIE HOLLAND opening.

“You learn a lot about your songs,

“It feels like we’re in the phase right now where there’s this sort of taboo around love songs,” Meek said. “But it feels so good to listen [to] — and to sing — those great old love songs, back when people were unabashedly singing them.”

Meek named SAM COOKE and JOHN PRINE as two of his favorite writers of

“These old-timers would have me chugging away on all these close-voiced chords, holding it down four on the floor and keeping the time,” he recalled with unmistakable fondness. “With Big Thief, Adrianne is such an incredible guitar player who works with all these open tunings and is an amazing lead player, as well ... Often it feels like those songs need more ambient soundscape stu or to interlock with what she’s playing.”

It’s a fascinating side of Meek, who is proving that he can belt out a heartfelt love song just as skillfully as he can craft a gorgeous guitar solo. ➆

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On the Beat

Remember phone booths? You know, those big glass things where Superman used to get naked all the time? (Side note: Where does Supes strip these days? Does he just swing through rest stop bathrooms? Department store fitting rooms?) Gen Zers have most likely never laid eyes on one, but Rutland’s NICK GRANDCHAMP aims to fix that.

We have cellphones now, and everybody hates speaking on the phone anyway, so why is Grandchamp, a veteran of the Vermont punk scene,

installing a phone booth at Mountain Music record shop in Rutland?

“I want to remind everyone of a time when our phones didn’t have screens,” Grandchamp told me during a phone call — not a Zoom (phew!). “I fucking hate being on my cellphone. But I love old things; I’m a sucker for nostalgia. I think phone booths are awesome and this piece of history that a lot of younger people have never really experienced.”

Before you ask — no, you can’t actually call anyone from the phone booth, because, well, that would be pointless in modern American society.

Eye on the Scene

Last week’s live music highlights from photographer Luke Awtry

SATYRDAGG AT THE PALACE, BURLINGTON, MAY 11: At an undisclosed location in town, a former social club occasionally gets restored to its former glory for an evening of music and socializing. Unlike a lot of Burlington apartments, this site retains an old charm that helps it live up to its nickname, the Palace. e whimsical decorations and glittering drapes evoke a sense of being not just elsewhere but in an alternate-reality version of Burlington, perhaps? I came in late, just as SATYRDAGG, bassist MOWGLI GIANNITTI’s “alchemical art rock” project, was setting up. I had seen them before, 10 deep with a mighty horn section, but on Saturday the band consisted of just Giannitti, AVERY COOPER on sax, IRENE CHOI on trombone, MARC EDWARDS on guitar and JACK MCCHESNEY on drums. e musicianship of the five seemed to recognize no boundaries, and though they jumped between genres, rhythms and tempos ferociously and without warning, the groove was ever-present and remained danceable throughout. Giannitti’s compositions are unlike anything I’ve heard, so maybe I did get a peek into a different dimension. Let’s hope it’s one where I can actually dance.

Instead, with a lot of help from his friends, Grandchamp has turned the phone booth into a jukebox of sorts.

After buying the booth online last fall and drilling open the locked doors using an industrial-grade drill press, Grandchamp installed a Raspberry Pi computer, linking it up to the original phone dial pad. Then he loaded the phone with more than 100 sound clips, ranging from music by IGGY POP and the MC5 to films such as Empire Records to field recordings of ambient sounds to motivational speeches to jokes for kids.

“Each clip has its own number you can dial,” Grandchamp explained. “And there’s a phone book inside the booth, as well.”

On Monday, the booth debuted at the Rutland record shop, where it rests beside another creation of Grandchamp’s: the Mystery Art Machine, an old sticker machine that he loaded up with works by local artists.

The phone booth is free to use, though the quarter slot still works if you want to leave a donation toward Grandchamp’s next project. While he o ered no hints, I’ll take a ballpark guess and say he’s going to rig up an old Atari into an industrial weed grinder. Or maybe turn a fax machine into a karaoke machine? Those ideas are free of charge, Nick.

After 29 years, the Ripton Community Co ee House music series will come to a close with one last show.

“RICHARD RUANE and I have been involved

Listening In

(Spotify mix of local jams)

1. “FLYING HOME (LIVE)” by Satyrdagg

2. “LISTEN CLOSE” by Raw Deff, Wombaticus Rex

3. “ON YOUR SHELF” by Phil Cohen

4. “DOUBLE HONEY” by project jelinora

5. “TALKING TO YOURSELF” by Freya Yost



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BBQ and Bluegrass (bluegrass) at Four Quarters Brewing, Winooski, 6:30 p.m. Free.

Bent Nails House Band (blues, rock) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 8 p.m. Free.

Bob Gagnon (jazz) at Two Heroes Brewery Public House, South Hero, 6 p.m. Free.

Jazz Night with Ray Vega (jazz) at Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.

Jazz Sessions (jazz) at the 126, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free.

Jesse Again (rock) at 14th Star Brewing, St. Albans, 6 p.m. Free.

Kath Bloom (singer-songwriter) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 7 p.m. $15/$20.

Live Jazz (jazz) at Leunig’s Bistro & Café, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free.

Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog (jazz) at Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 7 p.m. $27/$32.

Queen City Rounders (singersongwriter) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

Uncle Baby Trio (rock) at Red Square, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.

Wednesday Night Dead (Grateful Dead covers) at Zenbarn, Waterbury Center, 7 p.m. $5.

Willverine (electronic) at the Wallflower Collective, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free.

The Wizard, the Hive (rock) at Despacito, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. $5.


AliT (singer-songwriter) at Stone’s Throw, Waterbury, 6 p.m. Free. Champlain Shoregasm, Sturgeon, Mondayze (rock) at Despacito, Burlington, 8 p.m. $5.

Chicky Stoltz (rock) at Filling Station, Middlesex, 6 p.m. Free. Frankie & the Fuse (rock) at Red Square, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

Friedman and Quigley Duo (jazz) at Hugo’s, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free.

Good Gravy (bluegrass) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 9 p.m. Free.

Kirkland The Band (rock) at 1st Republic Brewing, Essex, 6 p.m. Free.

Lincoln Sprague (jazz) at Venetian Cocktail & Soda Lounge, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free.

Mitch Terricciano (covers) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 6 p.m. Free.

Raised by Hippies (rock) at Black Flannel Brewing & Distilling, Essex, 6 p.m. Free.

Sam Atallah Quintet (jazz) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

Satsang (folk rock) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 8 p.m. $20/$25.

Making Love at Midnight

Who says you can’t time travel? Burlington’s own captains of leisure, the FULL CLEVELAND, don’t need a DeLorean going 88 mph to bring back the days of sipping piña coladas on Pismo Beach while the sweet sounds of sax solos ripple across the marina. Vermont’s self-described “only” premier yacht-rock band is on a (very) relaxed mission to bring the smooth tones of one-hit wonders and cocaine anthems from the ’70s to audiences looking to escape the less-suntanned music of the 21st century. Throw on your captain’s hat and turn back the clock with the band at Nectar’s in Burlington on Saturday, May 18.


Cliffside Push (Phish tribute) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 8 p.m. $10.

Dan Parks, Mark Steffenhagen (acoustic) at Gusto’s, Barre, 6 p.m. Free.

Dave Mitchell’s Blues Revue (blues) at Red Square, Burlington, 2 p.m. Free.

D.Davis, Bob Wagner (jazz, blues) at Whammy Bar, Calais, 7 p.m. Free.

The Dorado Collective (jazz) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 9 p.m. Free.

The Duel (rock) at 14th Star Brewing, St. Albans, 6 p.m. Free.

Ecstatic Dance with Cornflower, Sound Bath by Stephen Scuderi (live looping, hip-hop) at Railyard Apothecary, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. $15.

George Nostrand (acoustic) at Poultney Pub, 6 p.m. Free. GIFT, Robber Robber (indie rock) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 9 p.m. $15.

Griffin William Sherry, Saints & Liars (Americana) at Zenbarn, Waterbury Center, 8 p.m. $20/$25.

Jaded Ravins (Americana) at Two Heroes Brewery Public House, South Hero, 6 p.m. Free.

Jessica Pavone String Ensemble & Liew Niyomkarn (classical) at the Phoenix, Waterbury, 7:30 p.m. $15-30.

John Lackard Blues Band (blues) at American Legion Post 3, Montpelier, 6 p.m. Free.

Justice 3 (covers) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 9 p.m. Free.

Kayla Silverman (pop) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free.

Last Pages (rock) at Monopole, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 10 p.m. Free.

Lauren Larken, Stephen Scuderi, Sulk Fangs, Jo Bled, Ben Mayock (experimental, ambient) at Community of Sound, Burlington, 7 p.m. $5.

Lowell Thompson (singersongwriter) at Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 4 p.m. Free.

Middle-Aged Queers, the Path, SLOBDROP, Burly Girlies, Robbery (hardcore, punk) at Despacito, Burlington, 8 p.m. $10.

Pitt Crew (rock) at Red Square, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

Quadra (covers) at the Old Post, South Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

Raised by Hippies (rock) at Hugo’s, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free.

Rap Night Burlington (hip-hop) at Drink, Burlington, 9 p.m. $5.

Shane’s Apothecary (covers) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 5 p.m. Free.

Smile Empty Soul, Hearts & Hand Grenades, Kamenar (rock) at Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 6:30 p.m. $20/$25.

Steve Blair (jazz) at Bleu Northeast Kitchen, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free.

The Stragglers (folk) at Jericho Café & Tavern, 7:30 p.m. Free.

The Tenderbellies (bluegrass) at Stone’s Throw, Richmond, 6 p.m. Free.

Vallory Falls, Phantom Suns, Model 97, Assorted Fruit (punk) at Charlie-O’s World Famous, Montpelier, 9 p.m. Free.

VT Bluegrass Pioneers (bluegrass) at Double E Performance Center’s T-Rex Theater, Essex, 8 p.m. $10/$15.

The Wormdogs (bluegrass) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 8 p.m. $5.


50 Cal (rock, country) at Red Square, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

Aaron Audet (singer-songwriter) at Poultney Pub, 6 p.m. Free.

Astrocat, Sabrehound, Cancel Vulture (rock, punk) at Despacito, Burlington, 8 p.m. $5.

Bad Luck Bliss (rock) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 9 p.m. Free.

Bob Gagnon (jazz) at Jericho Café & Tavern, 7:30 p.m. Free.

Buck Meek, Jolie Holland (indie) at Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $20/$25.

Coral Grief, Paper Castles, Mad (indie) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 11 p.m. $10.

Diamond Special (rock) at Gusto’s, Barre, 9 p.m. Free.

Food Not Cops Benefit (indie rock) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 8 p.m. $10.

The Full Cleveland (yacht rock) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 8 p.m. $15.

Geeked Out, Dead Solace, Farsight, Choke Out (hardcore, punk) at Monopole, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 10 p.m. Free.

Grace Palmer (singer-songwriter) at Bleu Northeast Kitchen, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free.

Green Heron (Celtic, folk) at Ripton Community House, 7 p.m. $15-25.

Jason Baker (singer-songwriter) at the Den at Harry’s Hardware, Cabot, 7 p.m. Free.

Johnny Dynamite, Snoozer (rock) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 8 p.m. Free.

Left Eye Jump (blues) at Red Square, Burlington, 2 p.m. Free.

Live Music Saturdays (live music series) at Dumb Luck Pub & Grill, Hinesburg, 7 p.m. Free.

Maple Grove (country, rock) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 9 p.m. Free.

Marc Delgado (singer-songwriter) at Whammy Bar, Calais, 7 p.m. Free.

The PET Project (covers) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 5 p.m. Free.

Pete Bernhard, Seth Eames (Americana) at Monkey House, Winooski, 7 p.m. $10.

Ryan Osswald Quintet (jazz) at Hugo’s, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free.

Shanty Rats (sea shanties) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free.

Slightly Used (alt-rock) at Charlie-O’s World Famous, Montpelier, 9:30 p.m. Free. Wolves & Wolves & Wolves & Wolves, Miracle Blood (punk) at the Underground, Randolph, 7:30 p.m. $14-17.


Bluegrass Brunch (bluegrass) at the Skinny Pancake, Burlington, noon. Free.

Bob MacKenzie Trio (blues) at Red Square, Burlington, 3 p.m. Free.

Dan Bishop (singer-songwriter) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 1 p.m. Free.

Frankie White (singer-songwriter) at Venetian Cocktail & Soda Lounge, Burlington, 9 p.m. $5. The Steepwater Band (rock) at Alfie’s Wild Ride, Stowe, 8 p.m. $8. Sunday Brunch Tunes (singersongwriter) at Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 10 a.m.


Blind Adam and the Federal League, Matt Pless (Americana) at Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $15/$18.

Sun Junkies, BOYSCOUTMARIE, Neato, Jonah Eichner (indie) at Despacito, Burlington, 8 p.m. $5.


Big Easy Tuesdays with Jon McBride (jazz) at the 126, Burlington, 8 p.m. Free. Bluegrass Jam (bluegrass) at Poultney Pub, 7 p.m. Free. Chris Peterman Quartet (jazz) at Lawson’s Finest Liquids, Waitsfield, 5 p.m. Free. Forest Station (bluegrass) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 7 p.m. $5.

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Termanology, Time Is Currency

In a genre full of hard workers, Boston rapper Termanology has distinguished himself as one of the most prolific artists in the game. A lifelong genre purist who’s been hustling rhymes since high school, he celebrates his legacy on Time Is Currency, his latest, and 50th, album. That is not a typo, but it is one hell of an achievement. It also happens to be a huge win for one of Vermont’s most respected hip-hop talents — Burlington’s Nastee, who produced the album.

“I’m what Dre is to Compton, or Jay is to Brooklyn, and Scarface to Houston,” Termanology raps on “Stay Out the Way (feat. Solene & Fabeyon).” It’s a fair claim. Few New England rappers are as visible, and it’s debatable whether any of them can match his sheer output. These days, Termanology is simply a historical fact, a king of the underground who’s been around forever. But it’s instructive to consider how he got here.

Back when rap culture was aflame with debates over the infamous 2006 Nas album Hip Hop Is Dead, a young Daniel Carrillo had zero doubts about the future. He was just getting started. Hot o an appearance in The Source’s legendary “Unsigned Hype” column in October 2005, the rapper was flooding the market with his “Hood Politics” mixtape series and laying the groundwork for his 2008 debut album, Politics as Usual.

To casual observers, it may seem strange to talk about the “debut album” of an artist who already had nearly a dozen releases. The dividing line here is albums versus mixtapes. The latter are fast and raw and involve a lot of uncleared samples and classic instrumentals (and, ideally, a lot of the DJ screaming and scratching). By contrast, Politics as Usual was the product of years of careful work. Clearly patterned after Nas’ 1994 album Illmatic, it featured production credits that were an A-list of New York City talent, including Easy Mo Bee, Large Professor and Pete Rock. It was a landmark

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with the concert series since its inception,” ANDREA CHESMAN wrote in an email. “But the pool of volunteers has grown smaller and older, and it is time to stop.”

Over the past three decades, the nonprofit series has presented almost 900 performers at the historic Ripton Community House on Route 125, serving as a vital source of live music in the region. Chesman said the series will conclude with a performance by New England folk duo GREEN HERON this Saturday, May 18, though there is talk of doing one last show in May 2025 to make it an even 30 years.


LP for Boston hip-hop and the blueprint for everything Termanology has done since. His quality control as an independent artist is exacting, and his albums are always carefully calibrated experiences. The man may work fast, but he never cuts corners.

The same is true of his bar game. Early on, Termanology distinguished himself with his jigsawtight lyrical workouts, a mix of Big Pun and Big L, all rhyme schemes and punch lines. His studio albums, however, have always had a heavy West Coast influence, and he often cites Dr. Dre’s classic The Chronic as one of his biggest inspirations. While his music is melodic and funky, he stays absolutely true to the drum-break aesthetics of ’90s East Coast hip-hop.

Termanology’s flow has relaxed notably over the years. He can still machine-gun the bars when he wants to, as on “Get Em (feat. Kool G Rap & Lil Fame),” where he steps it up to match a prime Kool G Rap verse. But he’s equally comfortable laid back in the groove, and some of his best verses here draw from Texas and Los Angeles more than the five boroughs.

While Time Is Currency is a major hip-hop release, period, it’s also got deep roots here in Vermont. Producer Nastee is a Burlington legend who has been shaping the state’s growing hip-hop scene for decades. An accomplished beat composer and audio engineer, he has quietly launched an independent label, AfterLyfe Music. It’s mostly been an in-house imprint for his releases with Konflik, who is often hailed as the 802’s greatest MC. With this newest release, though, the upstart label stakes a much bigger claim.

No question, Nastee is a born self-promoter. But when he says Time Is Currency is “probably one of the biggest releases connected to Vermont hip-hop,” he’s not

stretching it one single inch. Since the album dropped on May 2, it has topped the iTunes Hip-Hop/Rap charts, racked up six figures in Spotify streams and earned a million YouTube views for the lead music video, “Uptown Fly.” In our fractured, distraction-prone digital age, that’s what success looks like. Our tiny state doesn’t have a lot of artists competing at that level, aside from North Ave Jax and the 99 Neighbors cinematic universe.

The success of Time Is Currency is proof there’s still a robust global demand for good old-fashioned boombap fundamentalist rap. It also proves that longevity in the genre looks very di erent these days. For decades, people have repeated the accepted wisdom that hiphop was a youth-driven phenomenon, but it’s hard to miss that the youths are having a mighty hard time moving units in 2024. Meanwhile, old-head rappers are headlining festivals, dropping new (physical, actual, real) albums and gaining new fans. Most of them are doing it all independently, too.

While Termanology and Nastee are big stories in their own rights, I can’t shake the suspicion that the bigger headline here may prove to be the launch of AfterLyfe Music. Nastee has paid dues across the industry, building a reputation for authenticity and high standards. All that work is going to start paying huge dividends soon. I won’t steal any thunder here, but the AfterLyfe imprint has some big announcements coming before the year is over.

For now, Time Is Currency is 44 minutes of topnotch throwback hip-hop, a full-course meal cooked up by two masters. What’s most impressive about this monumental album is the amount of e ort Termanology still puts in. This is a victory lap that sounds every bit as hungry as his debut album did.

Whether he’s swapping classic conspiracy theories with Reks on the crushing “PSP” or penning immaculate concept tracks such as “Tell Me” and “Lied 2,” not a single beat is wasted here. In an industry where rappers tend to clock out decades before they actually retire, it’s remarkable how much Termanology is out to prove himself, every time. Then again, that’s exactly what put him on the map.

As he jokes on “Fifty,” the triumphant opening cut, “Will I make a hundred albums? Nobody knows. But for now, I’m Mayweather, baby, 50 and 0.” Here’s hoping we’ll all still be here to check out that 100th album when it inevitably drops in 2036.

Time Is Currency is available on all major platforms. Limited-edition CDs are available at termanologyst.

WGDR, the former Goddard College radio station turned community radio station that has broadcast from Plainfield since 1973, is celebrating the big five-oh — and the big five-one. The station hosts a weekend of 51st-anniversary programming from Friday to Sunday, May 17 to 19, on the network’s dual stations, WGDR 91.1 FM and WGDH 91.7 FM out of Hardwick. The lineup will include live, in-studio performances, interviews with past and present program hosts, and fundraising e orts.

A “51st Party at the Pratt” is scheduled for Saturday, May 18, at the Plainfield station. Featuring food, live music from bluegrass outfit the GRASSERS and

tours of the station, it’s an open house for community members to come see how the (radio) sausage is made.

“We are so excited to celebrate this incredible milestone for WGDR,” station manager LLU MULVANEYSTANAK said. “So many Vermonters have a connection to the station as a listener or as a programmer ... The station has flourished by centering the community in all we do on the air and how we run the station day-today.”

For more info on the party, visit Happy birthday, WGDR! ➆

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e Heavy Heavy, Sugadaisy (rock) at Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 7 p.m. $25/$28.

Honky Tonk Tuesday with the Hogtones (country) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 9 p.m. $10.


BBQ and Bluegrass (bluegrass) at Four Quarters Brewing, Winooski, 6:30 p.m. Free.

Jazz Night with Ray Vega (jazz) at Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.

Jazz Sessions (jazz) at the 126, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free.

Live Jazz (jazz) at Leunig’s Bistro & Café, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free.

Queen City Rounders (singersongwriter) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

Wednesday Night Dead (Grateful Dead covers) at Zenbarn, Waterbury Center, 7 p.m. $5. Willverine (electronic) at the Wallflower Collective, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free.



DJ CRE8 (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, 11 p.m. Free.

Local Dork (DJ) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.


DJ Chaston (DJ) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 11 p.m. Free.

DJ Two Sev (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, 11 p.m. Free.

Vinyl Night with Ken (DJ) at Poultney Pub, 6 p.m. Free.


DJ Craig Mitchell (DJ) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.

DJ Kata (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.

DJ Taka (DJ) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 11 p.m. $10/$15.

DJ Two Rivers (DJ) at Gusto’s, Barre, 9 p.m. Free.

Latin Night with DJ JP Black (DJ) at Einstein’s Tap House, Burlington, 8 p.m. Free.


Blanchface (DJ) at Manhattan Pizza & Pub, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.

D Jay Baron (DJ) at Einstein’s Tap House, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.

DJ A-Ra$ (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, midnight. Free.

DJ Raul (DJ) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.

Matt Payne (DJ) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.

Molly Mood (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.

Behind the Curtain

Fans of comedy might not realize how many times they’ve laughed at JOSH GONDELMAN’s jokes. Though he’s released several albums of standup comedy, appeared on “Conan” and “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” and is a regular panelist on NPR’s “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!,” Gondelman is just as funny behind the scenes. The New York-based comic has written for “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” and Showtime’s “Desus & Mero.” And he cocreated the massively popular X account @SeinfeldToday, in which he reimagines characters from the sitcom in modern-day situations. He’ll be front and center for a three-day, fiveshow run at the Vermont Comedy Club in Burlington from Thursday, May 16, to Saturday, May 18.

NDK, Scott Carlson, No Fun Intended (EDM) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 11 p.m. $10.


Mi Yard Reggae Night with DJ Big Dog (reggae and dancehall) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free.


e Vanguard: Jazz on Vinyl (DJ) at Paradiso Hi-Fi, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.


Local Dork (DJ) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.

open mics & jams


Bluegrass Jam (bluegrass open jam) at Stone’s row, Richmond, 6:30 p.m. Free.

Irish Sessions (Celtic, open mic) at Burlington St. John’s Club, 6:30 p.m. Free.

Open Mic (open mic) at Monopole, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 10 p.m. Free.

Open Mic with Danny Lang (open mic) at Poultney Pub, 7 p.m. Free.


Open Mic (open mic) at Whammy Bar, Calais, 7 p.m. Free.

Open Stage Night (open mic) at Orlando’s Bar & Lounge, Burlington, 8 p.m. Free.


Olde Time Jam Session (open jam) at the Den at Harry’s Hardware, Cabot, noon. Free.


Open Mic (open mic) at Despacito, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.


Open Mic Night (open mic) at Drink, Burlington, 8 p.m. Free.


Irish Sessions (Celtic, open mic) at Burlington St. John’s Club, 6:30 p.m. Free.

Open Mic (open mic) at Monopole, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 10 p.m. Free.

Open Mic with Danny Lang (open mic) at Poultney Pub, 7 p.m. Free.



Good Tape (comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7 p.m. $5.

Standup Comedy Open Mic (comedy open mic) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 8:30 p.m.


Josh Gondelman (comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $25. Live, Laugh, Lava: A Comedy Showcase (comedy) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $5.

Stand-up Comedy (comedy) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Unrescripted (comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 9 p.m. $5.


Josh Gondelman (comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. $25. Next Stop Comedy (comedy) at 14th Star Brewing, St. Albans, 7:30 p.m. Free.


Good Clean Fun (comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 5:30 p.m. $10.

Josh Gondelman (comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. $25.

Naked Comedy (comedy) at Main Street Museum, White River Junction, 7 p.m. $10.


Vermont Comedy Awards (comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.


Free Stuff! (comedy) at Lincolns, Burlington, 9:30 p.m. Free.


Kingdom Kids (comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. $5.

Standup Comedy Open Mic (comedy open mic) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 8:30 p.m.

Trivia Night (trivia) at McGillicuddy’s Five Corners, Essex Junction, 6:30 p.m. Free.

Trivia Night (trivia) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free.

Trivia Night (trivia) at Babes Bar, Bethel, 7 p.m. Free.

Trivia ursday (trivia) at Spanked Puppy Pub, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free.


Karaoke (karaoke) at McKee’s Pub & Grill, Winooski, 9 p.m. Free.

Karaoke Friday Night (karaoke) at Park Place Tavern & Grill, Essex Junction, 8 p.m. Free.

Karoke with DJ Big T (karaoke) at McKee’s Pub & Grill, Winooski, 9 p.m. Free.


Sunday Funday (games) at 1st Republic Brewing, Essex, noon. Free.

Sunday Funday Karaoke (karaoke) at Pearl Street Pub, Essex Junction, 3 p.m. Free.

Venetian Karaoke (karaoke) at Venetian Cocktail & Soda Lounge, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.


Trivia (trivia) at the Filling Station, White River Junction, 6 p.m. Free.

Trivia with Brain (trivia) at Charlie-O’s World Famous, Montpelier, 8 p.m. Free.


Godfather Karaoke (karaoke) at the Other Half, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.

Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

trivia, karaoke, etc.


Karaoke Night (karaoke) at Drink, Burlington, 8 p.m. Free.

Musical Bingo (trivia) at Orlando’s Bar & Lounge, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

Trivia Night (trivia) at Stone Corral, Richmond, 7 p.m. Free.

Venetian Trivia Night (trivia) at Venetian Cocktail & Soda Lounge, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.

Wednesday Team Trivia (trivia) at Einstein’s Tap House, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free.


Karaoke (karaoke) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free.

Karaoke and Open Mic Night (karaoke, open mic) at 14th Star Brewing, St. Albans, 6:30 p.m. Free.

Karaoke Night (karaoke) at Zenbarn, Waterbury Center, 7 p.m. Free.

Trivia (trivia) at Highland Lodge, Greensboro, 7 p.m. Free.

Trivia Night (trivia) at Four Quarters Brewing, Winooski, 6 p.m. Free.

Karaoke Tuesdays (karaoke) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free.

Karaoke with DJ Party Bear (karaoke) at Charlie-O’s World Famous, Montpelier, 9:30 p.m. Free.

Karaoke with Motorcade (karaoke) at Manhattan Pizza & Pub, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free.

Music Bingo (music bingo) at Stone Corral, Richmond, 7 p.m. Free.

Taproom Trivia (trivia) at 14th Star Brewing, St. Albans, 6:30 p.m. Free.

Trivia Night (trivia) at the Depot, St. Albans, 7 p.m. Free.

Trivia Tuesday (trivia) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. Free.

Tuesday Trivia (trivia) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.


Karaoke Night (karaoke) at Drink, Burlington, 8 p.m. Free.

Musical Bingo (trivia) at Orlando’s Bar & Lounge, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

Trivia Night (trivia) at Stone Corral, Richmond, 7 p.m. Free.

Venetian Trivia Night (trivia) at Venetian Cocktail & Soda Lounge, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.

Wednesday Team Trivia (trivia) at Einstein’s Tap House, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free. ➆

Whale Tales: An Evening of Comedic Storytelling (comedy) at Club Metronome,


MAY 15-22, 2024




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GATHERING: “RELATIONALITY OF GEOENGINEERING”: Environmentalists gather online monthly to discuss ecological questions, emotional elements of climate change, ideas of change, building community and creating a thriving world. 6-7 p.m. Free. Info,


YARN CRAFTERS GROUP: A drop-in meetup welcomes knitters, crocheters, spinners, weavers and beyond. BYO snacks and drinks. Must Love Yarn, Shelburne, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 448-3780.


WEST COAST SWING DANCING: People pair up for a partner dance and move to every genre of music. Bring clean shoes. North Star Community Hall,

Burlington, lessons, 7 p.m.; dance, 8-9:30 p.m. Donations. Info, team@802westiecollective. org.


SPENCER HARDY: A biologist discusses the more than 350 species of wild bees that make Vermont their home. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581.


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

‘BLUE WHALES: RETURN OF THE GIANTS 3D’: Andy Serkis narrates the journey of a lifetime into the world of the world’s largest mammals and the scientists who study them. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 10:30 a.m., 12:30, 2:30 & 4:30 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $14.50-18; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848.

‘FUNGI: THE WEB OF LIFE 3D’: Sparkling graphics take viewers on a journey into the weird, wide world of mushrooms, which we are only just beginning to understand.

Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center

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sommeliers blind-taste four wines from Vermont and beyond. Shelburne Vineyard, noon-6 p.m. $15. Info, 985-8222.


for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $14.50-18; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848.

‘OCEANS: OUR BLUE PLANET 3D’: Scientists dive into the planet’s least-explored habitat, from its sunny shallows to its alien depths. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, noon, 2 & 4 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $14.50-18; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848.

‘TINY GIANTS 3D’: Through the power of special cameras, audiences are transported into the world of the teeniest animals on Earth. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 11:30 a.m., 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $14.50-18; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848.

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COOK THE BOOK: Home chefs make a recipe from Totally Kosher by Chanie Apfelbaum or The Jewish Food Hero Cookbook by Kenden Alfond to share at a potluck. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.


Foodies enjoy sweet and savory French pancakes picnic-style at this monthly community meal benefiting local nonprofits. Scott Farm Orchard, Dummerston, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $20. Info, 356-8265.




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See what’s playing at theaters in the On Screen section.

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PUZZLE SWAP: Participants bring completed puzzles in a ziplock bag with an image of the puzzle and swap for a new one. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 2:30-5 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140.

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CHAIR YOGA: Waterbury Public Library instructor Diana Whitney leads at-home participants in gentle stretches supported by seats. 10 a.m. Free. Info, 244-7036.

COMMUNITY FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT CLASS: TUNING INTO FUNCTION: Attendees learn proven techniques for releasing tension and improving posture. Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 9:3010:45 a.m. Free. Info, 355-1227.


BEGINNER IRISH LANGUAGE CLASS: Celtic-curious students learn to speak an Ghaeilge in a supportive group. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.

ELL CLASSES: ENGLISH FOR BEGINNERS AND INTERMEDIATE STUDENTS: Learners of all abilities practice written and spoken English with trained instructors. Presented by Fletcher Free Library. 6:30-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, bshatara@

INTERMEDIATE IRISH LANGUAGE CONVERSATION AND MUSIC: Speakers with some experience increase their fluency through conversation and song. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 863-3403.

SPANISH CONVERSATION: Fluent and beginner speakers brush up on their español with a discussion led by a Spanish teacher. Presented by Dorothy Alling Memorial Library. 5-6 p.m. Free; preregister. Info,


MATT QUINN: Mt. Joy’s guitarist and songwriter presents an intimate solo experience. Troy Millette opens. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 7-9 p.m. $75100. Info, 760-4634.


FESTIVAL ACCÈS ASIE: The annual Asian Heritage Month extravaganza features art shows, film screenings, play readings, food tastings and more. See for full schedule. Various Montréal locations. Prices vary. Info, 514-298-0757. ‘POTUS, OR BEHIND EVERY GREAT DUMBASS ARE SEVEN WOMEN TRYING TO KEEP HIM ALIVE’: Veep fans laugh their pantsuits off at this comedy about an incompetent president and the beleaguered White House

staffers who have to repair his blunder of global proportions. Sylvan Adams Theatre, Segal Centre for Performing Arts, Montréal. 8 p.m. $25-68. Info, 514-739-7944.


ECOGATHERINGS: Sterling College hosts online learning sessions digging into big ideas such as joy, rage, climate change, mutual aid, food and art. See for upcoming topics. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, ecogather@



TENNIS CLUB: Ping-Pong players swing their paddles in singles and doubles matches. Rutland Area Christian School, 7-9 p.m. Free for first two sessions; $30 annual membership. Info, 247-5913.


‘TICK, TICK... BOOM!’: Vermont Stage presents an autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson, the late creator of Rent Black Box Theater, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $34-64. Info, 862-1497.

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CUT FLOWER GARDENING TALK: The owner of Broken Shard Garden speaks about flower farming from planning to harvest. Horsford Gardens & Nursery, Charlotte, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 425-2811.



JOB FAIR: Job seekers get a chance to meet with employers from around the state, thanks to the Vermont Department of


Find even more local events in this newspaper and online: art

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See what’s playing at theaters in the On Screen section.

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Find club dates at local venues in the Music + Nightlife section online at music.

Learn more about highlighted listings in the Magnificent 7 on page 11.


Labor. 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 828-4000.


FLOOD LEGAL ASSISTANCE CLINIC: Vermont Law & Graduate School volunteers answer questions and help locals file for funding and housing assistance. VFW Post 7779, Hyde Park, noon-4 p.m. Free. Info, ROOTS OF PREVENTION COMMUNITY AWARDS

CELEBRATION: The Burlington Partnership for a Healthy Community recognizes outstanding contributions to community wellness. Burlington City Hall Auditorium, 5:15-8 p.m. Free; donations accepted; preregister. Info, 652-0997.


KNIT FOR YOUR NEIGHBOR: All ages and abilities are invited to knit or crochet hats and scarves for the South Burlington Food Shelf. All materials are provided. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 2-5 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140.

KNITTING GROUP: Knitters of all experience levels get together to spin yarns. Latham Library, Thetford, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 785-4361.


RECIPROCITY: THE LEGEND OF THE CRANE WIFE: Audiences enjoy an intimate, 25-minute dance performance that explores themes of connection, sacrifice, selflessness, betrayal and loss. Soapbox Arts, Burlington, 7:308:30 p.m. $15. Info, 793-4546. film

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



‘TINY GIANTS 3D’: See WED.15. food & drink

DOWNTOWN SIP + SHOP: Neighborhood stores team up with local brewers and distillers to offer shoppers samples of mead, beer, cider and wine. Downtown Rutland, 5-8 p.m. $1525; preregister. Info, 773-9380. FREE WINE TASTING: Themed wine tastings take oenophiles on an adventure through a region, grape variety, style of wine or producer’s offerings. Dedalus Wine Shop, Market & Wine Bar, Burlington, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 865-2368.


DINNER: Foodies enjoy Spanish small plates, from chorizo and salad parador to alfajores and milk soup. Stowe Street Café, Waterbury, 6-8 p.m. $60. Info, 882-8229.

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FAM JAM: Vermont Folklife hosts a tuneful get-together for musicians of all ages and skill levels. BYO instruments. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:307:30 p.m. Free. Info,

STEAM SPACE: Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade explore science, technology, engineering, art and math activities. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.

TODDLER TIME: Librarians bring out books, rhymes and songs specially selected for young ones 12 through 24 months. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.

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BABYTIME: Caregivers and infants from birth through age 1 gather to explore board books and toys. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 846-4140.

PLAY TIME: Little ones build with blocks and read together. Ages 1 through 4. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 1010:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.


‘A COUNTRY STORE OPERA’: Teen vocalists from 10 local schools tell a very Vermont tale by way of works from the Italian bel canto tradition. Community Church, Stowe, noon-1:30 p.m. $10-20 suggested donation. Info, 382-9222. mad river valley/ waterbury

TEEN HANGOUT: Middle and high schoolers make friends at a no-pressure meetup. Waterbury Public Library, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 244-7036.



BABYTIME: Pre-walking little ones experience a story time catered to their infant interests. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.

GROW PRESCHOOL YOGA: Colleen from Grow Prenatal and Family Yoga leads little ones in songs, movement and other fun activities. Ages 2 through 5. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.

LITERACY AT THE LAUNDROMAT: Becca and Julie from Fletcher Free Library read stories to little ones and hand out library cards. Free laundry for participants. King Street Laundry, Burlington, 3-4 p.m. Free; limited space. Info, 863-3403.

MAY 17 & 18 | FAMILY FUN

Child’s Play

The 39th annual Kids Weekend in Burlington — practically a holiday around these parts — returns to furnish Queen City youngsters with two days of music, merrymaking and memories. Split between the Old North End’s Roosevelt Park on Friday and Waterfront Park on Saturday, the program features performances by A2VT and Emma Cook, games and sports galore, and awe-inspiring circus acts. Kids have the chance to get chummy with Champ, meet Miss Vermont 2024, nosh on Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and Folino’s pizza, have their caricatures drawn, and get silly in the bounce house to their hearts’ content.


Friday, May 17, 4-7 p.m., at Roosevelt Park in Burlington; and Saturday, May 18, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at Waterfront Park in Burlington. Free. Info,,

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PRESCHOOL MUSIC WITH LINDA BASSICK: The singer and storyteller extraordinaire leads little ones in indoor music and movement. Birth through age 5. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

PRESCHOOL PLAYTIME: Pre-K patrons play and socialize after music time. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

READ TO A DOG: Kids of all ages get a 10-minute time slot to tell stories to Lola the therapy pup. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 878-4918.

STORY TIME: Little ones from birth through age 5 learn from songs, crafts and picture books. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.


WEE ONES PLAY TIME: Caregivers bring kiddos 3 and younger to a new sensory learning experience each

week. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 888-3853.


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PRESCHOOL STORY TIME: Games, activities, stories and songs engage 3through 5-year-olds. Waterbury Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 244-7036.

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KIDS WEEKEND: Music and magic abound at a two-day extravaganza of family-friendly fun. See calendar spotlight. Roosevelt Park, Burlington, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, ODD FELLOWS ALL-AGES MOVIE NIGHT: ‘A TOWN CALLED PANIC’: This 2009 French stop-motion film follows the adventures of a cowboy, a Native American and a horse. Odd Fellows Lodge, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info,

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KIDS’ MOVIES IN THE AUDITORIUM: Little film buffs congregate for a screening of a G-rated film. See southburlingtonlibrary. org for each week’s title. ADA accessible. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 1-3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140.

LEGO BUILDERS: Aspiring architects enjoy an afternoon of imagination and play. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140.

TEEN ADVISORY GROUP: Teenagers in grades 6 through 12 meet new friends over pizza and take an active role in their local library. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.

TODDLER STORYTIME AT THE SANCTUARY: Farm-themed stories and meetings with rescued farm creatures delight little ones. Merrymac Animal Sanctuary, Charlotte, 10:30-11:30 a.m. $10-15. Info,

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STORY TIME: Preschoolers take part in tales, tunes and playtime. Latham Library, Thetford, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 785-4361.

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‘SNOW WHITE’: Cinephiles of all ages watch the 1916 silent flick that inspired Walt Disney, accompanied by a live harp-and-viola score. Epsilon Spires, Brattleboro, 7-8:30 p.m. $5-15 suggested donation. Info,

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FAMILY PLAYSHOP: Kids from birth through age 5 learn and play at this school readiness program. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.

KIDS WEEKEND: See FRI.17. Waterfront Park, Burlington, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

STORIES WITH GEOFF: Little patrons of the library’s new location enjoy a morning of stories and songs. Fletcher Free Library New North End Branch, Burlington, 11:15-11:45 a.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.

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BIKE RODEO: Kids ages 5 and up learn about bicycle safety and gets their rigs tuned up. ADA accessible. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140.

IF YOU PLANT A SEED …: Little gardeners of all ages listen to a story and plant seeds to grow at home. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.

KIDS TO PARKS DAY: All-ages games, giveaways, food and fun delight local families. Williston Village Community Park, noon-2 p.m. Free. Info, 876-1160.

SATURDAY STORIES: Kiddos start the weekend off right with stories and songs. Ages 3 through 7. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.


SPRING FAMILY NATURE DISCOVERY HIKE: Trail trekkers connect with the natural world, from the singing birds to the blooming flowers. Families with kids ages 6 and up. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 10-11:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 229-6206.

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‘QUILL AND FOYLE’S HASTY COMPOSURE’: No Strings Marionette puppets bring composer Paul Perley’s chamber compositions to life in this all-ages show. The Phoenix, Waterbury, 3-4:30 & 7-8:30 p.m. $15-30. Info, 355-5440.

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ADAM RUBIN & LINIERS: The author and illustrator read from their satirical sendup of conspiracy theories, The Truth About the Couch. Norwich Bookstore, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 649-1114.

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COMICS AND CRITTERS: Creative kids make funny, educational comic strips about nature with professional cartoonist Rosemary Mosco. Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, St. Johnsbury, ages 8 and 9, 11 a.m.; ages 10 and 11, 2 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 748-2372.




Colchester Peer Growth & Lifelong Learning hosts a get-together full of fun, music and friendship. ADA accessible. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140.

DUPLICATE BRIDGE: A lively group plays a classic, tricky game with an extra wrinkle. Waterbury Public Library, 12:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 244-7223.

WEEKLY CHESS FOR FUN: Players of all ability levels face off and learn new strategies. United Community Church, St. Johnsbury, 5:30-9 p.m. Donations. Info, lafferty1949@

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ANDREA GRAYSON: The author of The Sweet Tooth Dilemma starts a conversation about sugar. Greater Burlington YMCA, Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 862-9622.

MONTHLY SOCIAL BIKE RIDE: Cyclists over 50 connect on an AARP-guided trek, followed by a cool-down at a nearby bar or restaurant. BYO bike. Leddy Park, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 866-227-7451.


ITALIAN CONVERSATION GROUP: Semi-fluent speakers practice their skills during a conversazione with others. Best for those who can speak at least basic sentences. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.


TILLIE WALDEN: The Vermont cartoonist laureate presents a look at the intersection of indie comics and LGBTQ identity. CarpenterCarse Library, Hinesburg, 6:307:30 p.m. Free. Info, 482-2878.



ANOTHER WORLD): Jessica Kate Meyer, Hankus Netsky and Itay Dayan perform everything from soulful Carpathian Jewish songs to joyful klezmer jams at this benefit for Ohavi Zedek’s Full Circle Preschool. Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, 6:30-9 p.m. $5-36. Info, 864-0218, ext. 801.

HANNEKE CASSEL BAND: The Boston fiddler fuses effervescent influences from both sides of the pond. Guitarist Yann Falquet opens. Live stream available. Next Stage Arts Project, Putney, 7 p.m. $10-25. Info, 387-0102.

HUNGRYTOWN: Multiinstrumentalist Ken Anderson and writer Rebecca Hall make up a folk duo characterized by remarkable harmonies and literary lyrics. Willey Memorial Hall, Cabot, 7-9 p.m. $12-15. Info, 793-3016.


MAY BIRD-MONITORING WALK: Community scientists watch for

warblers, spy sparrows and hear hawks to contribute to Audubon’s database. Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington, 7-9 a.m. Free. Info, 434-3068.





SKILLS: Renters learn everything they need to know about tenant rights, fair housing law, eviction prevention and beyond. Presented by Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity. 5-6:30 p.m. Free. Info,




RACE: Preregistered individuals and teams of business, government and nonprofit employees make strides on a 5K run or walk. Virtual option available. Festivities follow. Vermont Statehouse lawn, Montpelier, 6 p.m. Free for spectators. Info,


‘TICK, TICK... BOOM!’: See WED.15.



CLUB: Bookworms dig into a new horizon-expanding tome each month. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 6-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, henningsmh@

RENÉE BERGLAND: The Simmons University professor shares from her latest book, Natural Magic: Emily Dickinson, Charles Darwin and the Dawn of Modern Science. Norwich Bookstore, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 649-1114.

STEPHEN RUSSELL PAYNE: The author of You Were Always There discusses the 1970s Northeast Kingdom setting of the novel. St. Albans Free Library, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 524-1507. STORY JAM: HAREBRAINED ADVENTURES: Based on the theme, Upper Valley neighbors share five-minute, unrehearsed tales from their memories. Junction Arts & Media, White River Junction, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 295-6688.

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PITCH: Vermont Works for Women and other local organizations help women who own or are starting a small business convey their passion and purpose in this webinar. Noon-1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 860-1417, ext. 112.

MAY 18 & 19 | MUSIC

Dinner and a Show

If you’re still bummed about the announcement that this season will be JAG Productions’ last, never fear: There are two more chances to catch a show from the Upper Valley’s premier Black theater company, and the penultimate one is this weekend. Why Have I Never Heard of You?, a one-man cabaret created by Broadway star Alex Joseph Grayson and directed by JAG founder Jarvis A. Green, offers audiences the unique opportunity to take in a world-class performance over drinks or dinner. Grayson incorporates songs by the likes of Soundgarden and Luther Vandross as he tells the musical story of his journey to stardom.

‘WHY HAVE I NEVER HEARD OF YOU?’ Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19, 7 p.m., at Sawtooth Kitchen, Bar and Stage in Hanover, N.H. $20-70; preregister. Info, 332-3270,




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

48-HOUR FILM SLAM KICKOFF: Filmmakers fight against the clock to write, shoot and edit a short in just two days. Junction Arts & Media, White River Junction, 5 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 295-6688.






MAH-JONGG: Tile traders of all experience levels gather for a game. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

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ONLINE: Dorothy Alling Memorial Library invites attendees to relax on their lunch breaks and reconnect with their bodies. Noon-12:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, programs@


RPG NIGHT: Members of the LGBTQ community gather weekly to play games such as Dungeons & Dragons and Everway. Rainbow Bridge Community Center,

Barre, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 622-0692.


BLUEGRASS & BBQ: BLOODROOT GAP: The band tickles the banjo strings while Southern Smoke and Adventure Dinner provide the nosh. Shelburne Vineyard, 5:30-9 p.m. $10; free for kids under 12; preregister; limited space. Info, 985-8222.

FRIDAY NIGHT PIANO: A performance of piano rolls from the 1900s through the present — and from ABBA to Led Zeppelin — entertains as audiences eat snacks around the firepit. Main Street Museum, White River Junction, 5-10 p.m. Free. Info,


SPRING BIRDING: Folks of all interests and experience levels seek out feathered friends in flight. All supplies provided. Catamount Outdoor Family Center, Williston, 7-9 a.m. Free. Info, 229-6206. québec



WILLIAM EDDY LECTURE SERIES: ROSEMARY MOSCO: The artist, author and birder gives an address titled “Panels and Pigeons: How Comics Help Us See Local Wildlife in New Ways.” St. Johnsbury School, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2372.


MORNING TECH HELP: Experts answer questions about phones, laptops, e-readers and more in one-on-one sessions. ADA accessible. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 846-4140.


‘LOVE LETTERS’: This two-person production, presented by QuarryWorks Theater, follows a pair of long-term pen pals through various stages of life. Frank Suchomel Memorial Arts Center, Adamant, 7:30-9:15 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 229-6978. ‘TICK, TICK... BOOM!’: See WED.15.

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Neighbors sell their tomato starts, houseplants and more, with expert gardeners on hand to answer questions. Craftsbury Public Library, Craftsbury Common, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 586-9683.


QUEST: Farm staff guide visitors through the climate-friendly facilities, pointing out native plants and regenerative techniques along the way. Cedar Circle Farm & Education Center, East Thetford, 10-11 a.m. Free; preregister by May 15. Info, 2919100, ext. 114.


Green thumbs buy and trade houseplants, seedlings, herbs and perennials. Proceeds benefit Slate Valley Cares’ Right-to-Food Center. Fair Haven Village Green, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $5 per plant; free to swap. Info, 265-3666.



A springtime bazaar features vendors selling art, food and plants. Moscow Mill Studios, East Calais, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Info, 272-8688.



AND WALTZING: To live tunes and gender-neutral calling, dancers balance, shadow and do-si-do the night away. Capital City Grange, Berlin, special waltz session, 7 p.m.; beginners’ lesson, 7:45 p.m.; contra dance, 8-11 p.m. $5-20. Info, 225-8921.


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MEET THE LAMBS: An all-ages festival features lawn games, garden activities, wagon rides, wool products for sale, and baby goats, lambs and chickens. Merck Forest and Farmland Center, Rupert, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 394-7836.


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




3D’: See WED.15.

‘THE RIGHT TO READ’: A panel discussion follows the screening of this new documentary about America’s literacy problems and Oakland NAACP activist Kareem Weaver’s efforts to help. The Screening Room @ VTIFF, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 4-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.


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MARKET: Dozens of stands overflow with seasonal produce, flowers, artisanal wares and prepared foods. 345 Pine St., Burlington, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 560-5904.

CAPITAL CITY FARMERS MARKET: Meats and cheeses join farm-fresh produce, baked goods, locally made arts and crafts, and live music. Capital City Farmers Market, Montpelier, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 272-6249.


BEGINNER DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: Waterbury Public Library game master Evan Hoffman gathers novices and veterans alike for an afternoon of virtual adventuring. Teens and adults welcome. Noon-4 p.m. Free. Info, 244-7036.

CHESS CLUB: Players of all ages and abilities face off and learn new strategies. ADA accessible. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140.

ST. PETER’S CEMETERY COMMITTEE BINGO: Players vie for cash prizes at this weekly event to support cemetery improvements. St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Vergennes, 5-9 p.m. $5-10. Info, 877-2367.

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COMMUNITY YOGA CLASS: An all-levels session offers a weekly opportunity to relax the mind and rejuvenate the body. Wise Pines, Woodstock, 10-11 a.m. Free; donations accepted. Info, 432-3126.


FAIR: A family-friendly, fully accessible neighborhood walk and wellness fair raise funds for the senior center’s programming and meals for seniors. Heineberg Senior Center, Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 863-3982.


Find even more local events in this newspaper and online: art

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

See what’s playing at theaters in the On Screen section. music + nightlife

Find club dates at local venues in the Music + Nightlife section online at music.

Learn more about highlighted listings in the Magnificent 7 on page 11. = ONLINE EVENT


VAUDEVILLE VORTEX: Grimm’s Domain hosts an unforgettable evening of glamorous drag, burlesque and cirque. Lumière Hall, Burlington Beer, 7-10 p.m. $20. Info, 216-9099.


ARTEMIS: The singular supergroup gives a staggering showing to jazz-loving audiences. Vermont Jazz Center, Brattleboro, 7:30 p.m. $26-61. Info, 254-9088.

BANDWAGON SUMMER SERIES: MEHRNAM RASTEGARI AND HABBINA HABBINA: A Persian violinist and a Middle Eastern psychedelic ensemble transport audiences to West Asia and the Mediterranean. The Putney Inn, 6 p.m. $20-25; free for kids under 12. Info, 387-0102.


‘FAR-FLUNG FRENCH’: Husbandand-wife duos Edward Arron and Jeewon Park and Sophie Michaux and Adam Simon perform Gallic ditties for cello, piano and voice at this tuneful double date. Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 7:30-9 p.m. $15-30. Info, info@capitalcityconcerts. org.


NIGHT: Entertaining ensemble Rock Hearts deliver an evening chock-full of traditional tunes. United Community Church, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free; donations accepted. Info, 748-2600.


Intimate performances of favorites from La Traviata, Madama Butterfly, Pagliacci and beyond delight viewers. Barn Opera, Brandon, 7:30-9 p.m. $35. Info, 772-5601.

‘SINGING AND LIVING IN HARMONY’: Bella Voce Women’s Chorus teams up with the Hildegard String Quartet for a program of works by female composers Hildegard von Bingen and Ola Gjeilo. College Street Congregational Church, Burlington, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $530. Info, 999-8881.

UPPER VALLEY BAROQUE: The ensemble performs Bach’s major oratorio St. John Passion Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 7 p.m. $25-45. Info, baroqueuv@

‘WHY HAVE I NEVER HEARD OF YOU?’: JAG Productions’ penultimate show sees Broadway actor Alex Joseph Grayson performing a one-man cabaret for dinner crowds. See calendar spotlight. Sawtooth Kitchen, Bar and Stage, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $20-70; preregister. Info, 332-3270.


BIRDING WALK: Folks of all interests and experience levels seek out feathered friends in flight with Terry Marron. Catamount Outdoor Family Center, Williston, 8-10 a.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 878-4918.

SLOW BIRDING: The Bird Diva Bridget Butler teaches folks of

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ALIVE’: See WED.15, 8 p.m. seminars


Cartoonist Rosemary Mosco teaches amateur artists ages 21 and up how to draw comic strips about the wildlife around them. Kingdom Taproom, St. Johnsbury, 6 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 748-2372.


AFFAIR: Lefties learn about the anarchist origins of International Workers’ Day. Peace & Justice Center, Burlington, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 863-2345.




Hard-hitting skaters give a heart-pounding showing against New York’s Salt City Roller Derby. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $18-20. Info, info@gmrollerderby. com.


‘LOVE LETTERS’: See FRI.17, 2-3:45 & 7:30-9:15 p.m.

‘TICK, TICK... BOOM!’: See WED.15.



HOUSE: Lit lovers enjoy a screening of Ruth Stone’s Vast Library of the Female Mind and readings from poets Bianca Stone and Ben Pease. The Brandon Inn, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 352-0218.

WRITERS’ WERTFREI: Authors both fledgling and published gather to share their work in a judgment-free environment. Virtual option available. Waterbury Public Library, 10 a.m.noon. Free; preregister. Info, judi@

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WALK: Led by various experts, birders amble through museum grounds in search of native birds. Bring tick repellent and binoculars. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 7-8:30 a.m. $5-15 suggested donation. Info, 434-2167.


FUNDRAISER: Shrubs, flowers, veggies and herbs are available for trading. Purchases benefit the Vermont Herb Center’s sliding-scale clinic. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Goddard College, Plainfield, 10

a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, info@


PROGRESSION III: Plant enthusiasts explore trails in search of spring wildflowers and ephemerals. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 10 a.m.-noon. $10 suggested donation. Info, 434-2167.


MAY MARKET AT THE MILL: See SAT.18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. community

COMMUNITY CARE DAY: Volunteers hand out food, clothing and other necessities to community members in need. Rainbow Bridge Community Center, Barre, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 622-0692.

HUMAN CONNECTION CIRCLE: Neighbors share stories from their lives and forge deep connections. Pickering Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, humanconnectioncircle@


YARN CRAFTERS GROUP: See WED.15, 1-3 p.m. etc.



Motorcyclists dressed in their vintage best ride their refurbished rigs through the countryside to raise funds for men’s mental health and prostate cancer research. See calendar spotlight. Classic Bike Experience, Essex, 10:30 a.m. Donations; preregister. Info, 878-5383.


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

48-HOUR FILM SLAM SCREENING & AWARDS CEREMONY: Audiences enjoy the fruits of a frantic two days’ work by local filmmakers. Junction Arts & Media, White River Junction, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 295-6688.





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Foodies from the Old North End and beyond sample Mulu Tewelde’s spicy, savory, succulent meals. Vegetarian options available; bring your own bag. O.N.E. Community Center, Burlington, 4-5:30 p.m. $23-24; preregister. Info, 881-9933.

STOWE FARMERS MARKET: An appetizing assortment of fresh veggies, meats, milk, berries, herbs, beverages and crafts tempts shoppers. Stowe Farmers Market, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Free.

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The motorcycles may be classic, but the mission is consummately modern at the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, returning to Chittenden County for the seventh year. Dressed in their dapper best — think bow ties, waistcoats and newsboy caps — men and women on their vintage rigs take off from Classic Bike Experience in Essex and ride through the countryside to Milton’s Arrowhead Lodge. Both ends of the ride feature swanky celebrations and opportunities to sweep the “Most Dapper” awards. The whole to-do raises funds for men’s mental health and prostate cancer research — a gentlemanly goal, indeed.

THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN’S RIDE Sunday, May 19, 10:30 a.m., at Classic Bike Experience in Essex. Donations; preregister. Info, 878-5383,

Info, stowefarmersmarket@gmail. com.

VERSHIRE ARTISAN & FARMERS MARKET: Foodies, farmers and their friends buy and sell freshgrown produce and handmade finds. Vershire Town Center, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Free. Info,

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MEDITATION: A YEAR TO LIVE (FULLY): Participants practice keeping joy, generosity and gratitude at the forefront of their minds. Jenna’s House, Johnson, 10-11:15 a.m. Free; donations

RACE AROUND THE LAKE: Athletes of all ages take on a 5K run/walk or a 10K run to raise funds for BarnArts. Silver Lake State Park, Barnard, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $15-25. Info, 234-1645. music

LET US ENTERTAIN YOU: Jugglers, musicians and Broadway singers fill the galleries at this gala and auction. Monument Arts & Cultural Center, Bennington, 4-9 p.m. $150. Info, 318-4444.

‘SINGING AND LIVING IN HARMONY’: See SAT.18. Stowe Community Church, 4-6 p.m. $5-30.

SOUL PORPOISE: Inspired by the likes of Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock, this five-piece funk machine gets audiences dancing with organ-driven tunes. Plainfield Town Hall Opera House, 4-6 p.m. $20 suggested donation. Info,

UPPER VALLEY BAROQUE: See SAT.18. Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, 3 p.m. $15-45. ‘WHY HAVE I NEVER HEARD OF YOU?’: See SAT.18.


WALK IN THE WOODS: William Eddy Lecture Series speaker Rosemary Mosco leads an exploration through the nature preserve for all ages. Matsinger Forest, Danville, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 748-2372. québec



LAURA A. MACALUSO: A historian and author gives a lecture titled “Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia.” Ethan Allen Homestead Museum, Burlington, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info, 965-4556.


‘LOVE LETTERS’: See FRI.17, 2-3:45 p.m.


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MEDITATION FOR ALL: Silence and contemplation welcome participants from all spiritual traditions. First Church in Barre, Universalist, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info,

Find club dates at local venues in the Music + Nightlife section online at music.

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‘TICK, TICK... BOOM!’: See WED.15, 2 p.m.



BOOK CLUB: Lovers of magical myths discuss the Dungeons & Dragons-inspired romance Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree. Phoenix Books, Rutland, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 855-8078.



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FUSION POP-UPS WITH THE HEALER CHEF: Foodies delight in the Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flavors of hummus, Iranian stew, seitan kebabs and more. Pickup or dine-in options available. Stowe Street Café, Waterbury, 5-9 p.m. $8-32. Info, 882-8229.



Discounted wine by the glass fuels an evening of friendly competition featuring new and classic board games, card games, and cribbage. Shelburne Vineyard, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 985-8222.




ALIVE’: See WED.15, 7 p.m. theater


VAUDEVILLE REVUE’: Teen and adult acting students present an evening of laugh-out-loud skits, short plays, comedy and music. York Street Meeting House, Lyndon, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600.




MANAGEMENT: AARP Vermont and Vermont Garden Network host a hands-on workshop on identifying and managing creepy-crawlies. Tommy Thompson Community Garden, Burlington, 5-6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 866-227-7451.



DISCUSSION GROUP: Brownell Library holds a virtual roundtable for neighbors to pause

and reflect on the news cycle. 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.


LEARN TO CROCHET AND KNIT: Novices of all ages pick up a new skill. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 5-6 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.


SWING DANCING: Local Lindy hoppers and jitterbuggers convene at Vermont Swings’ weekly boogie-down. Bring clean shoes. North Star Community Hall, Burlington, beginner lessons, 6:30 p.m.; dance, 7:30-9 p.m. $5. Info, 864-8382.


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BICYCLING BASICS FOR FUN AND SAFE RIDING: Cycling students learn skills such as proper helmet wearing, road safety and tire patching over six weeks. BYO bike and helmet. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, saddleshoes2@

ROBERT WILDIN: A professor of pathology and former chief of the Genomic Healthcare Branch at NIH discusses gene-based health care. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.



MOVIE NIGHT: A short flick and group discussion offer English learners a chance to practice and connect. ADA accessible. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140.


CIRCLE: Volunteers from Vermont Chinese School help students learn or improve their fluency. ADA accessible. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 11 a.m.noon. Free. Info, 846-4140.


CONVERSATION: Francophones and French-language learners meet pour parler la belle langue Burlington Bay Market & Café, 5-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 343-5493. québec




WORKSHOP: TENANT SKILLS: See THU.16, 1-2:30 p.m.


FELLOWSHIP OF THE WHEEL ENDURO AT CATAMOUNT: New and experienced mountain bike riders gather in the spirit of sportsmanship. All can participate in a casual enduro-style race, where prizes are awarded for having the most fun. Catamount Outdoor Family Center, Williston, 5-7:30 p.m. $18-23. Info, info@


CHRISTOPHER DANT: A local novelist and photographer uncovers the little-known history of Alexander Gardner, who captured famous images of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. Yester House Galleries, Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, 5:30-7 p.m. $22; preregister. Info, 867-0111.

words BOOK CLUB BUFFET ONLINE: Readers dig into The Girls in the Stilt House by Kelly Mustian over lunch. Presented by Dorothy Alling Memorial Library. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, daml@

BURLINGTON LITERATURE GROUP: LÁSZLÓ KRASZNAHORKAI: Readers analyze the Man Booker International Prize-winning novel Seiobo There Below over seven weeks. 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info,

WINE & STORY: Lovers of libations and tellers of tales gather for an evening of good company. Shelburne Vineyard, 6:45-9:30 p.m. $5. Info, rhamrell@together. net.



GREENING SMALL SPACES: Green thumbs with limited square footage learn how to buff up their container gardens. ADA accessible. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 5:45-7 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140.





CURRENT EVENTS: Neighbors have an informal discussion about what’s in the news. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 878-4918.









THE HARWOOD ASSEMBLY BAND: A 14-piece band made up of some of Harwood High School’s best teen talent plays funk, pop and rock favorites. Camp Meade, Middlesex, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, info@

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KATE HOSFORD: The Waitsfield author reads her new picture book, You’ll Always Be My Chickadee, and leads kids in a craft. Inklings Children’s Books, Waitsfield, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 496-7280. outside vermont

SUZUKI SHOWCASE: Mini musicians ages 3 through 18 display what they’ve learned this year on the violin, viola and cello. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 3 p.m. Free; donations accepted. Info, 603-448-0400.



PRESCHOOL STORY TIME: Bookworms ages 2 through 5 enjoy fun-filled reading time.


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


ESSENTIALS OF CAMERA OPERATION: Aspiring photographers and cinematographers learn how to shoot like the pros.

The Media Factory, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free; donations accepted; preregister. Info, 651-9692.




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LISA MASÉ: The author of The Culinary Pharmacy: Intuitive Eating, Ancestral Healing and Your Personal Nutrition Plan discusses her cookbook. Phoenix Books, Rutland, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 855-8078. WHAT’S THAT WINE WEDNESDAYS: See WED.15.

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Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.

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STORY TIME WITH BETH: A bookseller and librarian extraordinaire reads two picture books on a different theme each week. Norwich Bookstore, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 649-1114.

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FREE BEGINNER GUITAR LESSONS: New fingerpickers learn from Aram Bedrosian of Burlington Music Dojo. BYO guitar highly encouraged. Ages 11 through 18. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 863-3403.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO SOX!: Little library patrons celebrate the resident robo-cat with birthday treats. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-6 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403. SING-ALONG WITH LINDA BASSICK: Babies, toddlers and preschoolers sing, dance and wiggle along with Linda. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.

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CRAFTYTOWN: From painting and printmaking to collage and sculpture, creative kids explore different projects and mediums. Ages 8 and up, or ages 6 and up with an adult helper. ADA accessible. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140.

PRESCHOOL STORY TIME: Little ones enjoy a cozy session of reading, rhyming and




MOIRA SMILEY & THE RHIZOME QUARTET WITH COMMUNITY CHOIR: Moira Smiley performs folk song arrangements for voice and string quartet. Richmond Congregational Church, 7:30-8:30 p.m. $22. Info, 355-5440. québec FESTIVAL ACCÈS ASIE: See WED.15.


THE DILEMMA OF RETIREMENT INCOME: Specialists demystify pensions, Social Security and other types of saving plans. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 825-1976.


‘TICK, TICK... BOOM!’: See WED.15. ➆

singing. Birth through age 5. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

TODDLERTIME: Lively tykes gather for short stories, familiar songs, rhymes and fingerplays. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 846-4140.


HOMESCHOOL FAMILY MEET-UP: Kids who learn at home and their caregivers bond over crafts and games. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, noon-2 p.m. Free. Info,

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ANI-MAY: An anime-themed party entices teen fans with games, snacks, VR adventures and crafts. Ages 11 through 18. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.



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LEGO CHALLENGE CLUB: Kids engage in a fun-filled hour of building, then leave their creations on display in the library all month long. Ages 9 through 11. Waterbury Public Library, 3-4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 244-7036. K

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NOT YOUR AVERAGE PAINT AND SIP WITH JESSE MILES!: Explore an exciting and unconventional paint and sip experience with local artist Jesse Miles. Tue., May 21, 6:30-9 p.m. Cost: $40.

Location: Standing Stone Wines,

6-7:30 p.m. SOLD OUT Cost: $85.

Location: Red Poppy Cakery, 1 Elm St., Waterbury Village Historic District. Info: 203-400-0700,

CUBAN NIGHT: Join us for Latin flavor and fun!


Janina will teach her family recipes for ropa vieja, yucca con mojo and a Vermont twist on a Cuban classic for dessert – maple flan. You’ll learn to make all three recipes, and we’ll finish off the class by having dinner together to enjoy all our hard work. Fri., May 17, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $100.

Location: Red Poppy Cakery, 1 Elm St., Waterbury Village Historic District, VT. Info: 203-400-0700,

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DECORATING: You’ll learn the basics of filling and crumb-coating a cake and styles of buttercream piping, with lots of fun colors to make your cake special. You’ll go home with some great new techniques and a 6-inch cake that serves 12. Select your flavor in the questionnaire section when you register. u.,May 30,

AIKIDO: THE WAY OF HARMONY: Cultivate core power, aerobic fitness and resiliency. e dynamic, circular movements emphasize throws, joint locks and the development of internal energy. Not your average “mojo dojo casa house”; inclusive training and a safe space for all. Scholarships and intensive program are available for serious students. Visitors are always welcome! Free workshops for adults: Jun. 4; youths: Jun. 8. Membership rates incl. unlimited classes. Contact us for info about membership rates for adults, youths & families. Location: Aikido of Champlain Valley, 257 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Benjamin Pincus, 951-8900, bpincus@

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e Richmond Selectboard shall hold a public hearing on Monday, June 3, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. to hear public comment on proposed amendments to the Municipal Park Ordinance.

is hearing may be attended in person at 203 Bridge St. Richmond, VT or by phone or online via Zoom

Zoom Meeting: pwd=OU1rZDY2UStLL2ZqV1Q0a0pKSUhJZz09

Meeting ID: 846 1116 4424

Passcode: 304382

Join by Phone: +1 929 205 6099

Copies of the proposed ordinances are available at the Town Clerk’s Offi ce, 203 Bridge Street Richmond, or by calling 434-5170, and under “Ordinance & Policies” at



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All interested persons may appear and be heard. Persons needing special accommodations or those interested in viewing the ordinance should contact the Richmond Town Manager’s Offi ce (802) 434-5170.

Summary of Changes to Municipal Park Ordinance

Changes GENERAL section to include Round Church Green in the Ordinance.

Amends Attachment A, Municipal Park Map, to show location of Round Church Green.


Champlain Valley Self Storage, LLC shall host an auction of the following unit on or after 6/1/24:

Location: 78 Lincoln St. Essex Jct., VT Contents: household goods

Tricia Worthen: #108

Location: 2211 Main St Colchester, VT 05446

Contents: household goods

Hannah Smith: #686 Angie Bell: #535

Auction pre-registration is required, email info@ to register.


MAY 20, 2024, 6:35 PM

e Selectboard of the Town of Essex, VT hereby gives notice that a public hearing to discuss proposed changes in water and sewer rates for the Town of Essex will be held in person and online via Zoom:

Monday, May 20, 2024, 6:35 PM at the Town Offi ces at 81 Main St., Essex Junction and online or by telephone (dial (888) 788-0099 and enter meeting ID: 98785691140, passcode: 032060

Water rates are proposed to increase by 2.99%, from $6.18 per 1,000 gallons to $6.36 per 1,000 gallons. e yearly minimum public water charge is proposed to increase from $190 per year to $210 per year. Water initiation fees for new customers are proposed to remain at $5.90 per GPD of allocation plus a $1,000 base fee.

Sewer rates are proposed to increase 4.80%, from $10.91 per 1,000 gallons to $11.43 per 1,000 gallons. Sewer initiation fees for new customers are proposed to remain at $10.60 per gpd of allocation plus a $1,000 base fee.

Interim or fi nal billing requests shall continue to be charged a fee of $35 for the service.

e proposed water and sewer budget and rate methodology are available at

Please direct questions to Public Works Director Aaron Martin, P.E. or Water Quality Director Annie Costandi, P.E. at 802-878-1344 or amartin@essex. org and

Tracey Delphia, Chair Essex Selectboard


Hybrid & In Person (at 645 Pine Street) Meeting Zoom: pwd=SGQ0bTdnS000Wkc3c2J4WWw1dzMxUT09

Webinar ID: 832 2569 6227

Passcode: 969186

Telephone: US +1 929 205 6099 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799

1. ZP-24-159; 144 Wildwood Drive (RL, Ward 4) Wild Dale, LLC / Matt Brouillard

Proposed subdivision of existing parcel to create a new 5,793.50 square foot lot.

Plans may be viewed upon request by contacting the Department of Permitting & Inspections between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Participation in the DRB proceeding is a prerequisite to the right to take any subsequent appeal. Please note that ANYTHING submitted to the Zoning offi ce is considered public and cannot be kept confi dential. is may not be the fi nal order in which items will be heard. Please view fi nal Agenda, at or the offi ce notice board, one week before the hearing for the order in which items will be heard.

e City of Burlington will not tolerate unlawful harassment or discrimination on the basis of political or religious affiliation, race, color, national origin, place of birth, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, veteran status, disability, HIV positive status, crime victim status or genetic information. e City is also committed

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Pursuant to 24 V.S.A. Chapter 117 and the Westford Land Use & Development Regulations, the Selectboard will hold a public hearing to consider amendments to Chapter 320, Section 326 of the Westford Land Use & Development Regulations. This hearing will be held at the Westford Town Office and via ZOOM at 6:30pm on Thursday, May 23, 2024. Public comment at this hearing is welcomed and encouraged. The proposed amendments to the town’s Land Use & Development Regulations include:

• Add internally illuminated signage for commercial properties to Section 326.D (Exempt signs) with specific provisions including:

o Maximum square footage and quantity

o Prohibition of movement, flashing, blinking, etc.

o Prohibition of branded product advertisement

o Illumination limited to business hours

• Remove Section 326.C(8)

• Amend Section 326.C(9) to add the phrase “free-standing.”

• Amend Figure 3-11 (Maximum Sign Area and Height) to include internally illuminated interior signs.

• Adds Figure 3-11-A: Sign Area Calculation

• Add definition for internally illuminated signs. Copies of the full text of the proposed amendments to the Westford Land Use & Development Regulations are available at the Westford Town Office, 1713 VT Route 128, and Westford, Vermont or may be viewed on the Town of Westford website at planning-zoning/

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For information call the Town Offices at 802-878-4587.



Selective Vegetation Control

Vermont Electric Cooperative, 42 Wescom Road, Johnson, Vermont 05656 has been issued a permit from the Vermont Secretary of Agriculture to apply herbicides. All herbicides will be applied by ground-based, hand-held equipment. This notice constitutes a notification to residents along the right-of-way that water supplies and other environmentally sensitive areas near the right-ofway should be protected from spray and that it is the resident’s responsibility to inform the contact person of the existence of a private water supply near the right-of-way. The contact person at VEC is Sara Packer, Vegetation & Right-of-way Management Program Manager, (802) 730-1104, or 1-800-832-2667 (ext. 1104). Further information may also be obtained from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets, 116 State Street, Montpelier, Vermont 05620-2901, telephone (802) 828-2431.

Operations will commence on or about June 24, 2024 using one or more of the following herbicides: Escort® XP or Patriot® (metsulfuron methyl), Krenite® S (fosamine ammonium), Arsenal® Powerline™ or Polaris® (imazapyr), AquaNeat or AquaMaster® (glyphosate) and Garlon® 4 Ultra (triclopyr).

Maintenance will be conducted on transmission lines in the following towns:


Line C31 Highgate/Enosburg

Line C32 Enosburg Tap

Line H15 Irasburg

Line H16 Irasburg VELCO to Burton Hill

Line 463 Pleasant Valley Pleasant Valley 463R Breaker

Switch 31M

Switch 11, 17N & 17S

418R Recloser

116R Recloser

R343 Recloser


Highgate, Sheldon, Enosburg



Irasburg, Barton Cambridge Cambridge Barton Jay Eden Johnson Fairfax

Maintenance will be conducted on select portions of distribution lines in the following towns: Albany, Barton, Craftsbury, Glover, Greensboro, Irasburg, Sheffield, Lyndon, Wheelock, Berkshire, Brighton, Newark, Westmore, Warren’s Gore, Canaan, Lemington, Derby, Holland, Morgan, Charleston, Fairfield, Fairfax, St. Albans Town, Swanton, Highgate, Newport City, Coventry, North Hero, Norton, Richmond, Hinesburg, Huntington, Williston, Underhill, Jericho, Essex, Westford, Cambridge, Johnson, Waterville, Belvidere, Eden



Essex Westford School District is seeking bids for woodchip boiler control upgrades at Westford School. Bids must be submitted no later than Wednesday, May 29, 2024 at 2:00 pm.

To read the full RFP, go to (see News section): purchasing-bids


Northstar Self Storage will be having a public and online sale/auction on May 23, 2024 at 9am EST at 205 Route 4A West, Castleton, VT 05735 (3-37), 130 Taconic Business Park, Manchester Center, VT 05255 (M203), 1124 Charlestown Road, Springfield, VT 05156 (Units S56, S108, CC07) and online at at 9:00 am in accordance with VT Title 9 Commerce and Trade Chapter 098: Storage Units 3905. Enforcement of Lien

Unit # Name Contents

1 3-37

Thomas Amerio Household Goods

2 M203 Cory Hazelton Household Goods

4 S56 Bobbie Bennett Household Goods

5 S108 Helena Bundy Household Goods

6 CC07 April Epperson Household Goods


PHASE-1 3/18/24

1. Background On March 5, 2024, the residents of Town of Jericho voted to approve a bond of $4.15 million for the construction of a new town maintenance facility. Following this approval, the Town is seeking the services of a Municipal Project Manager (MPM) to assist with permitting, design and construction of the facility. MPM services will be split into two phases. Phase-1 Preconstruction and Phase-2 Construction. In advance of the bond vote, the Town completed a feasibility study prepared by Ascent Consulting LLC. To review the study, follow this link: https://jerichovt. org/Highway-Department/news_feed/townmaintenance-facility-2 The Town reserves the right to negotiate Phase-2 Construction Services with the successful Phase-1 Preconstruction Services provider. All questions related to this project should be directed to Paula Carrier, Interim Town Administrator

2. Schedule

The following dates will drive the anticipated schedule for Phase 1 planning.

a. 3/25/24: Post Phase-1 MPM RFP Services b. 5/20/24: RFP Response Due, 5PM EDT c. June 2024: Selection of MPM Services

d. June 2024-April 2025: Duration of Phase-1 Services

e. June 2025: Construction Starts

3. Scope of Services

The MPM will provide services and guidance to the Town and its municipal interest. The town requires the following services for the Phase-1 Preconstruction. The purpose of Phase-1 Preconstruction is to assist the town with the design, permitting and preparation for the bid package. It is anticipated that the design will be at 100% by end of January 2025 for February 2025 bidding.

a. Duration of Phase-1 Preconstruction Services is from May 2024 through April 2025.

b. Prepare RFP for design services for civil, architectural, structural, MEP/FP, special inspections. Respond to design services RFIs and document. Assist the Town with posting and advertising the RFP.

c. Analyze design service proposals and make recommendations to the Town.

d. Prepare design services contracts, review pay requests for Town approval.

e. Attending design meetings, ensure design is aligned with schedule and budget.

f. Assist with State and local permitting requirements.

g. Facilitate a design kick-off meeting outlining schedules and goals of the project to the design team.

h. Document updates to design and permitting status. Report to the Selectboard at meeting on the first Thursday of each month.

i. Provide cost estimates as the design progresses to ensure the project design aligns with budget.

j. Assist and provide Value Management services as needed. Provide guidance to design team regarding lessons learned from previous maintenance facility projects.

k. Prepare prequalification RFP for general contractor bidders. Post, review and background check qualifications, make recommendations to the Town.

l. Prepare bid package, send to prequalified bidders, respond to RFIs, assist the Town with bidding process, prepare bid analysis, perform descoping and make recommendations to the Town.

m. MPM is to include in their cost for computer, cell phone, vehicle, business and vehicle insurance and personal protective equipment. Reimbursable costs are to be included in the cost of services.

n. Clearly identify any services that will be performed by a sub-consultant.

4. Submission requirements

To be considered responsive to this RFP, each response to the RFP must include the following requirements. The Town reserves the right to reject all proposals resulting from this RFP to: 1. negotiate with any or all qualified proposers 2. to waive any formality and technicalities 3. to solicit new proposals or 4. to cancel in part or in entirety this RFP if found to be in the best interest of the Town. Solicitation of this RFP in no way obligates the Town to award a contract. Each respondent is responsible for their own cost in preparation of this RFP. Late proposals will not be accepted. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. It will be the responsibility of the respondent to confirm proposals have been received by the Town.

Electronic submissions are due no later than 5PM EDT on 5/20/24 to Paula Carrier at pcarrier@ There will not be a public bid opening. Complete RFP will include:

a. Cover letter

b. Overall Consultant Description: provide primary contact information, location of office, any and all staff or sub-consultant who will be involved in the project.

c. Resume of each staff member

d. Project experience with references e. Proof of business insurance f. Cost Proposal

5. Evaluation and Selection

The Town of Jericho Selectboard will evaluate the proposals. Selection criteria will be based on maintenance facility project experience, estimating capabilities, staff experience and cost proposal. The Town reserves the right to request additional information and or require an onsite interview of party submitting.


The Burlington School Board invites interested Contractors to submit a Letter of Interest and Pre-Qualifications for School Board determination of eligible prospective project bidders. The Board of School Commissioners has established pre-qualification criteria which a contractor must meet. The criteria and the full Request for Qualifications document are available upon request.

All firms submitting a request for pre-qualification determination will be notified, in writing, 30 days or more prior to the proposed bid opening. The Board of School Commissioners reserves the right to reject any and all submitted Pre-Qualifications, to re-advertise, and to waive any and/or all informalities.

Project Description: Rehabilitation of the existing South Hangar at 200 DaVinici Drive, So. Burlington,

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to convert the existing hangar building into an Aviation Technical Center for the Burlington School District. Reuse existing building shell and utility services and fully reconstruct the building interior to house the Burlington School District’s Aviation Tech program. Constructed in 1984, the existing hangar building is approximately 33,000 square feet consisting of open hangar space, offi ces, and an elevated storage mezzanine. e two-story offi ce/mezzanine space occupies approximately 4,400 square feet and is located along the east side of the building. e building is constructed of cast-in-place concrete foundations with a PreEngineered Metal Building (PEMB) superstructure. e mezzanine area is constructed of structural steel girders and joists with a three-inch total thickness concrete slab-on-deck fl oor. e building has most recently been used for aircraft storage and maintenance. As a part of this project, the building is proposed to be renovated into spaces designed for high school and adult technical education.

e project start date is September 2024, to be completed by August 2025.

is project is being funded by federal Congressional Grant funds which will require contractors to follow federal grant requirements.

Pre-qualifi cation statement & submission information: Burlington School District Board requests General Contractors submit Letters of Interest and pre-qualifi cation statements in electronic format no later than June 7, 2024 at 3:30 to PCI - Capital Project Consulting. Contact Marty Spaulding at to obtain the full RFQ and pre-qualifi cation criteria.Marty Spaulding at to obtain the full RFQ and pre-qualifi cation criteria.

ACT 250 NOTICE MINOR APPLICATION 4C0971R-5 10 V.S.A. §§ 6001 - 6111

Application 4C0971R-5 from Champlain Valley School District, 5420 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, VT 05482 was received on March 15, 2024 and deemed complete on May 10, 2024. e project is generally described as the installation of two modular temporary classroom units adjacent to the main entrance of the Allen Brook School


building. e project is located at 497 Talcott Road in Williston, Vermont. is application can be viewed online by visiting the Act 250 Database: ( aspx?Num=4C0971R-5).

No hearing will be held and a permit will be issued unless, on or before June 5, 2024, a party notifi es the District 4 Commission in writing of an issue requiring a hearing, or the Commission sets the matter for a hearing on its own motion. Any person as defi ned in 10 V.S.A. § 6085(c)(1) may request a hearing. Any hearing request must be in writing, must state the criteria or subcriteria at issue, why a hearing is required, and what additional evidence will be presented at the hearing. Any hearing request by an adjoining property owner or other person eligible for party status under 10 V.S.A. § 6085(c)(1)(E) must include a petition for party status under the Act 250 Rules. To request party status and a hearing, fill out the Party Status Petition Form on the Board’s website: https://nrb., and email it to the District 4 Offi ce at: NRB. Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law may not be prepared unless the Commission holds a public hearing.

For more information contact Stephanie H. Monaghan at the address or telephone number below.

Dated this May 13, 2024. By: Stephanie H. Monaghan

District Coordinator 111 West Street Essex Junction, VT 05452 802-261-1944



Pursuant to Title 24 VSA, Chapter 117, the Colchester Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, June 4, 2024 at 7 P.M. at the Colchester Town Offi ces, 781 Blakely Road, for the purpose of considering amendments to the Colchester Development Regulations. e proposed amendments are as follows: a. Modify bylaw relating to non-conforming uses [§2.12-A, Article 12]; b. Clarify bylaw relating to assignment of uses as residential vs non-residential for purposes of height maximums in the LS1 and LS2 districts [Table A-2].

ese are a summary of the proposed changes. Copies of the adopted and proposed regulations can be found at the Town Offi ces at 781 Blakely Road and may also be reviewed online at http:// To participate in the hearing, you may 1) attend in person or 2) send written comment to the Colchester Planning Commission via USPS at the address herein or via email to Cathyann LaRose,

Colchester Planning Commission

Publication date May 15, 2024


e Burlington Code of Ordinances, Appendix A, Burlington Comprehensive Development Ordinance has been amended by ZA-24-02, Neighborhood Code, Part 1. Amendment ZA-24-02 is a comprehensive revision modifying Articles 2, 4, 5, 6, 11, 13 and Appendix A.

e amendment:

1) Amends Article 4 – Zoning Maps and Districts to create new residential district framework and eliminates several overlay districts.

2) Replaces and reorganizes residential district standards in Sec. 4.4.5 to replace density limits with standards for massing and units per building, update lot coverage and setback standards, and allow multiple units per building in all districts.

3) Amends specifi c standards to facilitate the implementation of new housing types enabled in residential districts.

4) Addresses internal consistency per the following above changes, by updating section numbers, map numbers, and other organizational details.

5) Amends Article 2 to increase compliance and accountability for permit applicants.

e amendment modifi es numerous sections of the Burlington Comprehensive Development Ordinance. e amendments include: Sec. 2.7.8, Withhold Permit; Sec. 4.3.1, Base Districts Established; Map 4.3.1-1, Base Zoning Districts; Sec. 4.3.2, Overlay Districts Established; Sec. 4.4.3, Enterprise Districts; Table 4.4.3-1, Dimensional Standards and Density; Map 4.4.3-1, Enterprise Districts; Sec. 4.4.5, Residential Districts; Map 4.4.5-1, Residential Zoning Districts; replaces Tables 4.4.5-1, 4.4.5-2, 4.4.5-3, 4.4.5-5, 4.4.5-7, and 4.4.5-8 with new Tables 4.4.5-1 through 4.4.5-6; adds Sec. 4.4.5(e); modifi es Map

4.4.6-1, Recreation, Conservation and Open Space Districts; Sec. 4.5.1(b), Design Review Areas Covered; deletes Sec. 4.5.3, RH Density Bonus Overlay District and Map 4.5.3-1; deletes Sec. 4.5.5, RL Larger Lot Overlay District and Map 4.5.5-1; renumbers Sec. 4.5.4, Natural Resource Protection Overlay (NR) District and Map 4.5.4-1 and updates internal references within this and other Sections with new numbering; renumbers Sec. 4.5.6, Mouth of the River Overlay District and Map 4.5.6-1 and updates internal references within this and other Sections with new numbering; renumbers Sec. 4.5.7, Centennial Woods Overlay District and Map 4.5.7-1 and updates internal references within this and other Sections with new numbering; and renumbers Sec. 4.5.8, South End Innovation District and Maps 4.5.8-1 and 4.5.8-2 and updates internal references within this and other Sections with new numbering as well as other modifi cations; modifi es section 5.1.2, Structures; deletes standards associated with Sec. 5.2.1, Existing Small Lots, and replaces it with a reserved section header; amends Sec. 5.2.4(a), Buildable Area Calculation; amends Sec. 5.2.5(b)7 regarding driveways; amends internal references within Sec. 5.3.4 and Sec. 5.4.8 to be consistent with new section numbering; amends Sec. 5.4.12(a), Mobile Home Parks, amends Sec. 6.2.2(h), Design Review- Building Location and Orientation; amends Sec. 6.3.2(a), Relate Development to its Environment, including 6.3.2(a)1, Architectural Review- Massing, Height and Scale; amends Sec. 11.1.3 and 11.1.4 regarding standards for Planned Unit Development; amends Article 13- Defi nitions with updated internal reference; and amends Appendix A- Use Table to remove separate residential waterfront districts and add a Residential Corridor district as well as other modifi cations.

e full text of the Burlington Comprehensive Development Ordinance is available online at www. e amendments may be viewed online at https://www.burlingtonvt. gov/DPI/CDO/Amendments or, a hard copy of the amendments can be viewed at the Clerk’s Offi ce located on the second fl oor of City Hall, 149 Church Street, Burlington, 05401--Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. upon request. Questions may be directed to Meagan Tuttle at the City’s Planning Offi ce at or 802-865-7193.

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Please join our parent-led online support group designed to share our questions, concerns & struggles, as well as our resources & successes!

Contribute to our discussion of the unique but shared experience of parenting. We will be meeting weekly on Wed., 10-11 a.m. For more info or to register, please contact Heather at, 802-498-0607,


Please join our parent-led online support group designed to share our questions, concerns & struggles, as well as our resources & successes!

Contribute to our discussion of the unique but shared experience of parenting. We will be meeting weekly on Fri., 10-11 a.m. For more info or to register, please contact Heather at hniquette@, 802-498-0607, family-support-programs.


Please join our parent-led online support group designed to share our questions, concerns & struggles, as well as our resources & successes!

Contribute to our discussion of the unique but shared experience of parenting. We will be meeting weekly on Mon., 10-11 a.m. For more info or to register, please contact Heather at hniquette@, 802-498-0607, family-support-programs.


For families & friends of alcoholics. Phone meetings, electronic meetings (Zoom) & an Al-Anon blog are avail. online at the Al-Anon website. For meeting info, go to vermontalanon or call 866-972-5266.


Do you have a drinking problem? AA meeting sites are now open, & online meetings are also avail. Call our hotline at 802-864-1212 or check for in-person or online meetings at


Support groups meet to provide assistance & info on Alzheimer’s disease & related dementias. They emphasize shared experiences, emotional support & coping techniques in care for a person living w/ Alzheimer’s or a related dementia. Meetings are free & open to the public. Families, caregivers & friends may attend. Please call in advance to confirm the date & time.

The Williston Caregiver Support Group meets in person on the 2nd Tue. of every mo., 5-6:30 p.m., at the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library in Williston; this meeting also has a virtual option at the same time; contact support group facilitators Molly at dugan@ or Mindy at The Middlebury Support Group for Individuals w/ Early Stage Dementia meets the 4th Tue. of each mo., 3 p.m., at the Residence at Otter Creek, 350 Lodge Rd., Middlebury; contact Daniel Hamilton, or 802-989-0097. The Shelburne Support Group for Individuals w/ Early Stage Dementia meets the 1st Mon. of every mo., 2-3 p.m., at the Residence at Shelburne Bay, 185 Pine Haven Shores, Shelburne; contact support group facilitator Lydia Raymond, lraymond@residenceshelburnebay. com. The Telephone Support Group meets the 2nd Tue. of each mo., 4-5:30 p.m. Prereg. is req. (to receive dial-in

codes for toll-free call). Please dial the Alzheimer’s Association’s 24-7 Helpline, 800-272-3900, for more info. For questions or additional support group listings, call 800-272-3900.


VT Active Amputees is a new support group open to all amputees for connection, community & support. The group meets on the 1st Wed. of the mo. in S. Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Let’s get together & be active: running, pickleball & ultimate Frisbee. Email or call Sue at 802-582-6750 for more info & location.


Do you spend more than you earn? Get help at Debtor’s Anonymous & Business Debtor’s Anonymous. Wed., 6:30-7:30 p.m., Methodist Church in the Rainbow Room at Buell & S. Winooski, Burlington. Contact Jennifer, 917-568-6390.


Pregnancy can be a wonderful time of your life. But it can also be a time of stress often compounded by hormonal swings. If you are a pregnant woman, or have recently given birth & feel you need some help w/ managing emotional bumps in the road that can come w/ motherhood, please come to this free support group led by an experienced pediatric registered nurse. Held on the 2nd & 4th Tue. of every mo., 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Birthing Center, Northwestern Medical Center, St. Albans. Info: Rhonda Desrochers, Franklin County Home Health Agency, 527-7531.


American Lung Association support group for people w/ breathing issues, their loved ones or caregivers. Meets on the 1st Mon. of every mo., 11 a.m.-noon at the Godnick Center, 1 Deer St., Rutland. For more info, call 802-776-5508.


Vermont Center for Independent Living offers virtual monthly meetings, held on the 3rd Wed. of every mo., 1-2:30 p.m. The support group will offer valuable resources & info about brain injury. It will be a place to share experiences in a safe, secure & confidential environment. To join, email Linda Meleady at & ask to be put on the TBI mailing list. Info: 800-639-1522.


Looking for a fun way to do something active & health-giving? Want to connect w/ other breast cancer survivors? Come join Dragonheart Vermont. We are a breast cancer survivor & supporter dragon boat team who paddle together in Burlington. Please contact us at for info.


Tue. nights, 7-9 p.m. in Burlington. Free of charge, 30 years running. Call Neils 802-877-3742 or email neils@


The Champlain Valley Prostate Cancer Support Group meets online on the 2nd Tue. of the mo., 6-7:30 p.m., via Zoom. Whether you are newly diagnosed, dealing w/ a reoccurrence or trying to manage the side effects of treatment, you are welcome here! More info: Andy Hatch, group leader, ahatch63@gmail. com.



Last Thu. of every mo., 7:30 p.m. in Montpelier. Please contact Lisa Masé for location:


Cerebral Palsy Guidance is a very comprehensive informational website broadly covering the topic of cerebral palsy & associated medical conditions. Its mission is to provide the best possible info to parents of children living w/ the complex condition of cerebral palsy. Visit cerebral-palsy.


CoDA is a 12-step fellowship for people whose common purpose is to develop healthy & fulfilling relationships. By actively working the program of Codependents Anonymous, we can realize a new joy, acceptance & serenity in our lives. Meets Sun. at noon at the Turning Point Center, 179 S. Winooski Ave., Suite 301, Burlington. Info: Tom, 238-3587,


The Compassionate Friends international support group for parents, siblings & families grieving the loss of a child meets every 4th Tue. of the mo., 7-9 p.m., at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 160 Hinesburg Rd, S. Burlington. Call/email Alan at 802-233-0544 or Claire at 802-448-3569.


We welcome anyone, including family & friends, affected by any kind of substance or activity addiction. This is an abstinence-oriented program based on the science of addiction treatment & recovery. Meets are online Sun. at 5 p.m. at the link: meetings.smartrecovery. org/meetings/1868. Face-to-face meetings are 1st & 3rd Sun. at 3 p.m. at the Turning Point of Chittenden County. Meetings for family & friends are online on Mon. at 7 p.m. at the link: meetings/ Contact volunteer facilitator Bert at 802-399-8754 w/ questions. You can learn more at

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUPPORT Steps to End Domestic Violence offers a weekly drop-in support group for female-identified survivors of intimate partner violence, including individuals who are experiencing or have been affected by domestic violence. The support group offers a safe, confidential place for survivors to connect w/ others, to heal & to recover. In support group, participants talk through their experiences & hear stories from others who have experienced abuse in their relationships. Support group is also a resource for those who are unsure of their next step, even if it involves remaining in their current relationship. Tue., 6:30-8 p.m. Childcare is provided. Info: 658-1996.


This support group is a dedicated meeting for family, friends & community members who are supporting a loved one through a mental health crisis. Mental health crisis might include extreme states, psychosis, depression, anxiety & other types of distress. The group is a confidential space where family & friends can discuss shared experiences & receive support in an environment free of judgment & stigma w/ a trained facilitator. Wed., 7-8:30

p.m. Downtown Burlington. Info: Jess Horner, LICSW, 866-218-8586.


Wed., 6:30-8 p.m., Holy Family/St. Lawrence Parish, 4 Prospect St., Essex Jct. For info, please visit thefamily or contact Lindsay Duford at 781-960-3965 or 12lindsaymarie@


Families Coping w/ Addiction (FCA) is an open community peer support group for adults (18+) struggling w/ the drug or alcohol addiction of a loved one. FCA is not 12-step-based but provides a forum for those living the family experience, in which to develop personal coping skills & to draw strength from one another. Our group meets every Wed., 5:30-6:30 p.m., live in person in the conference room at the Turning Point Center of Chittenden County (179 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington), &/or via our parallel Zoom session to accommodate those who cannot attend in person. The Zoom link can be found on the Turning Point Center website (turningpointcentervt. org) using the “Family Support” tab (click on “What We Offer”). Any questions, please send by email to thdaub1@gmail. com.


A breast cancer support group for those who’ve had mastectomies. We are a casual online meeting group found on Facebook at Fiercely Flat VT. Info:


Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? FA is a free 12-step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, under-eating or bulimia. Local meetings are held twice a week: Mon., 4-5:30 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church, Norwich, Vt.; & Wed., 6:30-8 p.m., at Hanover Friends Meeting House, Hanover, N.H. For more info & a list of additional meetings throughout the U.S. & the world, call 603-630-1495 or visit


Are you a family member who has lost a loved one to addiction? Find support, peer-led support group. Meets once a mo. on Mon. in Burlington. Please call for date & location. RSVP to mkeasler3@ or call 310-3301 (message says Optimum Health, but this is a private number).


Sharing your sadness, finding your joy. Please join us as we learn more about our own grief & explore the things that can help us to heal. There is great power in sharing our experiences w/ others who know the pain of the loss of a loved one & healing is possible through the sharing. BAYADA Hospice’s local bereavement support coordinator will facilitate our weekly group through discussion & activities. Everyone from the community is welcome. 1st & last Wed. of every mo. at 4 p.m. via Zoom. To register, please contact bereavement program coordinator Max Crystal, or 802-448-1610.


Meet every 2nd Mon., 6-7:30 p.m., & every 3rd Wed. from 10-11:30 a.m., at Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice in Berlin. The group is open to the public & free of charge. More info: Diana Moore, 224-2241.


A retired psychotherapist & an experienced life coach host a free meeting for those grieving the loss of a loved one. The group meets upstairs at All Souls Interfaith Gathering in Shelburne. There is no fee for attending, but donations are gladly accepted. Meetings are held twice a mo., the 1st & 3rd Sat. of every mo. from 10-11:30 a.m. If you are interested in attending, please register at allsoulsinterfaith. org. More information about the group leader at


This Hearing Voices Group seeks to find understanding of voice-hearing experiences as real lived experiences that may happen to anyone at any time. We choose to share experiences, support & empathy. We validate anyone’s experience & stories about their experience as their own, as being an honest & accurate representation of their experience, & as being acceptable exactly as they are. Tue., 2-3 p.m. Pathways Vermont Community Center, 279 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 802-777-8602, abby@pathways


People living w/ cancer & their caretakers convene for support. Call to verify meeting place. Info, 388-6107.


Interstitial cystitis (IC) & painful bladder syndrome can result in recurring pelvic pain, pressure or discomfort in the bladder/pelvic region & urinary frequency/ urgency. These are often misdiagnosed & mistreated as a chronic bladder infection. If you have been diagnosed or have these symptoms, you are not alone. For Vermont-based support group, email or call 899-4151 for more info.


Free weekly peer-led support group for anyone struggling w/ eating &/or body image. The only requirement is a desire to make peace w/ food & your body. Meeting format is: a short reading from Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole & Elyse Resch, 4th edition, followed by open sharing & discussion. Come find community through sharing struggles, experience, strength & hope. Located at the Pickering Room, Fletcher Free Library, Sun. 1-2:30 p.m. Contact 202-553-8953 w/ any questions.


The Kindred Connections program provides peer support for all those touched by cancer. Cancer patients, as well as caregivers, are provided w/ a mentor who has been through the cancer experience & knows what it’s like to go through it. In addition to sensitive listening, Kindred Connections provides practical help such as rides to doctors’ offices & meal deliveries. The program has people who have experienced a wide variety of cancers. For further info, please contact


A support group for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. Led by a trained representative & facilitator. Meets on the 2nd Tue. of every mo., 6:30-7:45 p.m., at Milton Public Library. Free. For more info, call 802-893-4644, email or visit 561452568022928.


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Spontaneous, genuine laughter & gentle breathing for physical & emotional benefi t. No yoga mat needed! is group is held every Mon., 2-3 p.m., at Pathways Vermont Community Center, 279 North Winooski Ave., Burlington. Contact Chris Nial for any questions: chrisn@


e SafeSpace Anti-Violence Program at Pride Center of Vermont offers peer-led support groups for survivors of relationship, dating, emotional &/or hate-violence. ese groups give survivors a safe & supportive environment to tell their stories, share info, & offer & receive support. Support groups also provide survivors an opportunity to gain info on how to better cope w/ feelings & experiences that surface because of the trauma they have experienced. Please call SafeSpace at 863-0003 if you are interested in joining.


Share the struggles & celebrate the joys of being a service member & LGBTQIA+ in this peer-led discussion group. Meetings are at the Rainbow Bridge Community Center in Barre on the 2nd & 4th Tue. of each mo. Visit for more info.


Gifford Medical Center is announcing the restart of its grief support group, Living rough Loss. e program is

sponsored by the Gifford Volunteer Chaplaincy Program & will meet weekly on Fri., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., in Gifford’s Chun Chapel. Meetings will be facilitated by the Rev. Timothy Eberhardt, spiritual care coordinator, & Emily Pizzale MSW, LICSW, a Gifford social worker. Anyone who has experienced a signifi cant loss over the last year or so is warmly invited to attend & should enter through the hospital’s main entrance wearing a mask on the way to the chapel. Meetings will be based on the belief that, while each of us is on a unique journey in life, we all need a safe place to pause, to tell our stories &, especially as we grieve, to receive the support & strength we need to continue along the way.


Do you have a problem w/ marijuana?

MA is a free 12-step program where addicts help other addicts get & stay clean. Ongoing Wed., 7 p.m., at Turning Point Center, 179 S. Winooski, Suite 301, Burlington. Info: 861-3150.


Area myeloma survivors, families & caregivers have come together to form a Multiple Myeloma Support Group. We provide emotional support, resources about treatment options, coping strategies & a support network by participating in the group experience w/ people who have been through similar situations. 3rd Tue. of every mo., 5-6 p.m., at the New Hope Lodge on East Ave. in Burlington. Info: Kay Cromie, 655-9136,


Weekly virtual meetings. If you have questions about a group in your area, please contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Vermont, program@ or 800-639-6480. Connection groups are peer recovery support group programs for adults living w/ mental health challenges.


Weekly virtual & in-person meetings. ASL interpreters avail. upon request. Family Support Group meetings are for family & friends of individuals living w/ mental illness. If you have questions about a group in your area, please contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Vermont, or 800-639-6480.


Narconon reminds families that overdoses due to an elephant tranquilizer known as Carfentanil have been on the rise in nearly every community nationwide. Carfentanil is a synthetic opioid painkiller 100 times more powerful than fentanyl & 1,000 times stronger than heroin. A tiny grain of it is enough to be fatal. To learn more about carfentanil abuse & how to help your loved one, visit parents-get-help.html. Addiction screenings: Narconon can help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family. Call today for a no-cost screening or referral: 1-877-841-5509.’

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS is a group of recovering addicts who live without the use of drugs. It costs nothing to join. e only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using. Held in Burlington, Barre & St. Johnsbury. Info, 862-4516 or

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


e Children’s Room invites you to join our weekly drop-in support group. Come unwind & discuss your experiences & questions around infant care & development, self-care & postpartum healing, & community resources for families w/ babies. Tea & snacks provided. u., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Bring your babies! (Newborn through crawling stage.) Located in atcher Brook Primary School, 47 Stowe St., childrensroom Contact childrensroom@ or 244-5605.


A meeting of cancer patients, survivors & family members intended to comfort & support those who are currently suffering from the disease. 2nd u. of every mo., 6-7:30 p.m., St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 11 Church St., St. Albans. Info: stpaulum@myfairpoint.

net. 2nd Wed. of every mo., 6-7:30 p.m., Winooski United Methodist Church, 24 W. Allen St., Winooski. Info:


A 12-step program for people who identify as overeaters, compulsive eaters, food addicts, anorexics, bulimics, etc. No matter what your problem w/ food, we have a solution! All are welcome, meetings are open, & there are no dues or fees. See for the current meeting list, meeting format & more; or call 802-863-2655 anytime!


Pondering Gender & Sexuality is a twicemonthly facilitated mutual support group for folks of any identity (whether fully formed or a work in progress) who want to engage in meaningful conversations about gender, sexuality & sexual orientation, &/or the coming-out process. Discussions can range from the personal to the philosophical & beyond as we work together to create a compassionate, safe & courageous space to explore our experiences. e group will be held on the 2nd Sun. & 4th Tue. of every mo., 1-2:30 p.m., either virtually or at Pride Center of Vermont. Email for more info or w/ questions!


Anyone coping w/ potato intolerance & interested in joining a support group, contact Jerry Fox, 48 Saybrook Rd., Essex Junction, VT 05452.

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Vermont Tent Company is currently accepting applications for the following positions for immediate employment and future summer/fall employment starting in May. Full time, part time, after school and weekend hours available for each position. Pay rates vary by position with minimum starting wage ranging from $19-$23/hour depending on job skills and experience. We also offer retention and referral bonuses.

• Tent Maintenance

• Tent Installation

• Drivers/Delivery

• Load Crew Team

Interested candidates submit application online: employment. No phone calls, please.



We’re Hiring!

Employees enjoy competitive pay and benefits, including 13 paid holidays and generous paid time off.

Food Service Specialists

Full-time and part-time positions available

Our mission: Lund helps children thrive by empowering families to break cycles of poverty, addiction and abuse. Lund offers hope and opportunity to families through education, treatment, family support and adoption.

Long-Term Care OMBUDSMAN

Vermont Legal Aid seeks two full-time, Long-Term Care Ombudsmen: one for Chittenden and one for Bennington county, VT.

General responsibilities: Advocate for long-term care recipients. Identify, investigate, and help resolve complaints made by, or for, individuals receiving long-term care services in long-term care facilities and in the community through Vermont’s Choices for Care Medicaid program. Visit long-term care facilities to talk with residents and monitor conditions. Empower long-term care recipients to direct their own care. See for details.

We encourage applicants from a broad range of backgrounds, and welcome information about how your experience can contribute to serving our diverse client communities. Applicants are encouraged to share in their cover letter how they can further our goals of social justice and individual rights. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to a discrimination- and harassment-free workplace. Please visit:

Starting salary is $48,200, with additional salary credit given for relevant prior work experience. Four weeks’ paid vacation and retirement, as well as excellent health benefits.

One position will focus on Chittenden County, the other will focus on Bennington County. Significant in-state travel in a personal vehicle required (with travel reimbursement).

Application deadline is May 27, 2024. Your application should include a cover letter (specify location preference), resume, writing sample, and three professional references with contact information, sent as a single PDF. Applicants must be able to pass conflict of interest review and background check. Email your application to; include in the subject line your name and “VOP Ombudsman May 2024.” Please let us know how you heard about this position.

Job Fair

Construction Jobs At Cityplace #Buildingcityplace

Saturday 5/18, 9am-1pm Bank and St. Paul St.

Representatives And Subcontractors From The Project Will Be On-Site Interviewing Interested Applicants & Taking Applications.

Trades Involved:

Sitework – Concrete – Carpentry – Framing & Drywall

Interior Finishing – Electrical – Mechanical & Plumbing

Subcontractors On-Site: S.D. Ireland – Farrington Construction Omega Electric – A.B. Construction - D.W. Danforth

For More Information Contact Dave Farrington: 802-316-6452 Or Email At Info@Buildingcityplace.Com

Energy Engineer

Evernorth’s vision is people in every community have an affordable place to live and opportunities to thrive. Our mission is to work with partners to connect underserved communities in the northern New England region with capital and expertise to advance projects and policies that create more inclusive places to live.

Evernorth is hiring an Energy Engineer, who will be responsible for design review and commissioning of new projects, retro commissioning of select existing properties, evaluation of building performance via the Parsons Platform data collection system and other methodologies and reporting those findings to stakeholders and the Director of Energy Services (DES).  A successful candidate will have 3-5 years’ experience in buildings and energy systems, be a self-starter with excellent mechanical and problem-solving skills who can collaborate with others. Knowledge of python, Grafana, power BI or SQL is preferred. This position requires a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, engineering technology or related field, PE or CBCP a plus and the ability to travel throughout the state of Vermont.

To apply, go to

Evernorth is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

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Come work with us!

Apply today for our annual evidence-based Registered Nurse Residency Program

Be part of a six-month bridge program for RNs with less than one year of nursing experience to transition into professional hospital nursing positions. Work with a preceptor and improve skills through hands-on experiences and simulations. Estimated start date is in mid-July.

For more information visit or contact Kaitlyn Shannon, Recruiter, at 802-888-8144 or

Line Cook/Chef

General Stark’s Pub at Mad River Glen is looking for a year-round, part-time/full-time Line Cook/Chef with culinary experience and an understanding of ski area culture. The ideal candidate for this position will be able to prepare and cook pub menu items in a fast paced, high volume restaurant environment. This position involves cooking on the line in the summer up to 5 days a week (Wednesday - Saturday) from 2pm - 10pm and brunch on Sundays from 8am - 3pm as well as 40hrs a week in the winter during ski season. We are looking for an individual who is team oriented and can be available to prepare the occasional banquet meal as well. Food ordering and inventory experience are a plus. This is an hourly position that comes with an employee ski pass & other benefits at Mad River Glen. Winter schedules are flexible. Pay is based on experience. Interested candidates please send resume, cover letter & 2 references to or call 802-496-3551 for more information.

Leadership positions at meditation retreat center:

Karmê Chöling is hiring for three leadership positions at our meditation retreat center in the Northeast Kingdom. Our core sta form the heart of a community inspired to practice mindfulness and compassion.

Guest Services Director

Personnel Director

Finance Director

In addition to room and board and a modest salary, sta receive support for their meditation practice and ample time o . While core sta are encouraged to live at Karmê Chöling, commuting is an option for some positions.

For more information and to apply: jobs-volunteer/job-opportunities

Forest Preschool Aftercare & Robin’s Nest Teacher

NBNC is hiring for a Forest Preschool (FPS) Aftercare & Robin’s Nest Teacher. This part-time position works collaboratively with the FPS Director and other FPS teachers to facilitate child-centered play and learning with nature, and is responsible for a regular aftercare teaching schedule and leading Robin’s Nest Playgroup once a week. The FPS Aftercare & Robin’s Nest Teacher helps nurture student growth through aftercare activities including outdoor and indoor free play, snack, reading time, cooking, games, and crafts; and works with the rest of the FPS team to manage risks, indoor and outdoor spaces, and materials.

Learn more and apply at employment. This position will start in August 2024.

Maintenance Operator

CSWD’s Maintenance Department supports operations through maintenance and transporting materials. This position does a variety of tasks, including basic electrical/ plumbing/carpentry, mowing, plowing, landscaping, front-end loader and skid steer operation, basic vehicle maintenance and materials transport.

A minimum of two years’ general maintenance experience and/ or driving required. Full-time position. $22-$24/hour with an excellent benefit package. CDL a plus, but not required.

For more information on the positions and CSWD, visit cswd. net/about-cswd/job-openings Submit application or resume to Amy Jewell: This position is open until filled.

Direct Support Professional

Why not have a job you love?

Provide direct supports to individuals with intellectual disabilities or autism in their home, the community or their workplace. This is a great entry level position to human services and for those looking to continue their work in this field. Starting wage is $20/hr with a sign on bonus of $1,000 at 6 months.

Benefit package includes 29 paid days off in the first year, comprehensive health insurance plan with premium as low as $13 per month, up to $6,400 to go towards medical deductibles and copays, retirement match, generous signon bonus and so much more. And that’s on top of working at one of the “Best Places to Work in Vermont” for six years running. Make a career making a difference and apply today:

Seasonal Lawn/ Landscape Job

Must be at least 16 years old, a team player who works well alone or in a small group, is able to operate a commercial mower, can perform typical lawncare work, is able to lift up to 50 lbs. and safely use ladders. This up-to 40 hours per week seasonal position without benefits is available now. The pay-rate is $20/hour. Contact (802) 985-9218 or email: bmercure@

Development Assistant

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum seeks part-time, in person Development Assistant. Integral member of fundraising team, responsible for data entry/reporting and support for mailings/special events. 20 hours/week, $22/hour.

See for full position description and application instructions.

Are you looking for an innovative, dynamic, and collaborative place to work?

Are you looking for an innovative, dynamic, and collaborative place to work?

We are seeking a teacher for our rising fourth grade, a cheerful, enthusiastic group of children. Base salary of $42,000 plus additional increments for years of experience up to $72,000+. Employees also receive a benefit payment of $8,400 annually in lieu of health insurance and other benefits including a signing bonus for qualified candidates.

Join us at Lake Champlain Waldorf School to deliver a holistic and developmental approach to education.

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Production & Warehouse Manager

Manager - BHAKTA Spirits is looking for an experienced production and warehouse manager to own, manage and optimize the production, shipping and inventory of the distillery and bottling line. Salary - $50k based on experience, benefits and bonus.

Apply at:

Administrative Director (Half-time)

Salary: $25,000 - $30,000

Deadline: 6/1/24

Seeking an organized individual to manage fundraising efforts, financial tracking, website and social media oversight, liaison duties with artistic organizations, and manage staff team to steer the company through a growth phase.

Learn more: bit.lyAdminOCM


Driver wanted for contracted transportation.

$20 - $25/hour including health benefits, 401K and profit sharing plans. We provide vehicles, maintenance, fuel & insurance. Must be reliable, have a clean driver’s license and must be able to pass a background check.

Respond to info@, subject: DRIVER WANTED

Camp Director

Waterbury Recreation is looking for multiple Camp Directors to lead the 2024 Summer Camp. The Camp Directors will implement and supervise the 2024 Summer Camp for the Town of Waterbury. The Camp Directors will work directly with campers to provide a safe, responsible, well-supervised camp. The positions are responsible for implementing activity planning and projects, a positive learning environment, establishing a positive rapport with students, guardians and counselors, and preparing materials and supplies. Ahead of summer hours, Camp Directors will be required to have 1-3 planning sessions with the Recreation Director and Program Coordinator to prepare for camp.

Interested applicants should complete an employment application and email to Katarina Lisaius at: with their cover letter and resume. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Administrative Coordinator

Work in collaboration with Vermont Center on Behavior and Health (VCBH) Director and Principal Investigators. Responsible for personnel, operations, financial and business activities and services for the research grant portfolio. Perform budget management, lab procurement and management, as well as operational and protocol development/oversight for research centers. Coordinate with the Psychiatry Department Administrator, or the HR Specialist position, to manage needs for personnel, effort reporting, institutional cost sharing, and salary distribution changes. Work closely with UVMMC and Psychiatry department to ensure consistency of changing aims, research effort and other administrative activities that cross institutions. Administratively supervise team and functionally supervise and approve time/schedules and purchasing cards for multiple trainee associates and research staff. Apply at

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New GRAD RN program helps ensure success!

Kick-start your nursing career at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH) with our innovative Nurse Residency Program. Designed for passionate new grads, the program offers wrap-a-round support for long-term career excellence. Beginning in summer 2024, full-time positions will be available in departments such as Med Surg, Emergency and more. Applicants need a Vermont or multi-state RN licenses, BLS certification, and to be a graduate of an accredited nursing program. Program pillars include Leadership, Patient Outcomes, and Professional Roles. New grads are provided daily support and collaborative guidance. Join NVRH for competitive compensation, benefits, and a supportive environment where patients, community and employees thrive. St. Johnsbury, Vermont.

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change in VT communities. The director oversees members of the Grants & Community Impact team, collaborates with diverse stakeholders to create community impact strategies, and sets departmental goals for impact and success. If this sounds like a good fit for you, visit VERMONTCF.ORG/CAREERS for a complete job description and instructions for applying.

The Town of Hardwick Electric Department (HED) is looking for fully qualified First-Class Lineworkers to fill vacancies within our operations team. With 325 miles of overhead/ underground power facilities, we serve over 4,000 customers in 11 Vermont towns.

Applicants must be proficient in performing all overhead/underground transmission and distribution operations, construction, maintenance, and restoration duties in accordance with industry standard safe work practices for both energized and de-energized equipment. Successful candidates will be in the on-call rotation for after-hours outage response. Successful candidates will possess and maintain a Vermont Class A Commercial Driver's License. Position requires probationary period of six months.

In addition to a competitive wage, HED offers an excellent benefits package.

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Engaging minds that change the world

Seeking a position with a quality employer? Consider The University of Vermont, a stimulating and diverse workplace. We offer a comprehensive benefit package including tuition remission for on-going, full-time positions.

Humanities Liaison Librarian - UVM Libraries - #F3063PO - The University of Vermont Libraries seek a creative and collaborative research and instruction librarian to join the Libraries’ Information and Instruction Services Department. The new hire will support the teaching, learning, and research endeavors of the University and will serve as the Libraries’ Liaison to a number of departments in the humanities, including English, Film and Television Studies, Religion, and possibly other areas. We seek both experienced librarians and those who are new to the field. Come and grow with us!

For further details about this position (including salary information) and to apply online, please visit our website. The search will remain open until the position is filled. For best consideration, complete applications should be received no later than May 27, 2024. For additional, please contact search co-chair Aaron Nichols,

For further information on this position and others currently available, or to apply online, please visit Applicants must apply for positions electronically. Paper resumes are not accepted. Open positions are updated daily. Please call 802-656-3150 or email for technical support with the online application.

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Tamarack and Pretrial Services Coordinator

Community Justice Center

Do you or someone you know want to work to address the roots of crime and conflict? Do you have professional or lived experience in the substance use and/or mental health fields?  This position provides case management supports and services to those who are referred by the Prosecutor, Defense Attorney, and the Court for those whose crimes are related to underlying substance use and/or mental health needs. The position works with community service providers to provide pretrial or diversion intervention. The position also helps to facilitate restorative processes, involving affected parties and community representatives on appropriate Tamarack cases. The hourly pay rate for this position is $28.73 – $32.03 and comes with a comprehensive benefits package, including health, dental, life insurance, retirement plan, FSA, and much more!

We believe in promoting a culture that reveres diversity and equity. The City of Burlington is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and we are strongly committed to creating a dynamic and equitable workforce.

To learn more and to apply:

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Conservation Crew Leader

Work outside this fall. Make a difference. Complete paid training, then co-lead a camping crew. Hands-on projects will improve water quality, forest health, and outdoor recreation infrastructure.

Dates: Aug 19 - Nov 2

Schedule: Depart Richmond each Monday morning; camp & work until Friday.

Compensation: $715 – $760/week Age requirement: 21+

Howard Center is seeking its next Program Director for the Chittenden Clinic.

Provides daily and strategic oversight in collaboration with the Leadership Team and other Supervisors, including working with nationally recognized Medical Director, Clinical Director, Director of Nursing and Security Supervisor.

Starting in 2002 the Chittenden Clinic was the first Opioid Treatment Program in Vermont and later became the first hub in the state’s innovative Hub & Spoke model. Now one of the largest medication treatment programs for opioid use disorder in the country, serving approximately 1,000 patients.

Our program and its staff have been recognized regionally and nationally for outstanding performance, high-quality healthcare services, and a patient-centered approach. We use evidence-based interventions and strive to reduce the adverse consequences of substance use, through a harm reduction approach, to support the health and wellbeing of all patients.

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Executive Director

Do you love local history? Are you ready to make a difference working with a community-focused nonprofit? The Saint Albans Museum seeks a full-time Executive Director to manage all day-to-day operations and ensure all programs, activities, and special events are carried out in accordance with our mission, strategic plan, and core values. Visit stamuseum. org/jobs to learn more.

To apply, email a cover letter and resume to hiring@ Applications will be reviewed starting June 3, 2024. Applications received after that date will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Saint Albans Museum is an E.O.E.

General Assembly

The Legislative support offices are currently hiring. The nonpartisan offices are an interesting, challenging, and exciting place to work.

You will be part of a highly professional and collegial team that is proud of, and enthusiastic about, the mission of the state legislature.

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Drop-Off Center Operator

CSWD is seeking a highly motivated individual to work at various busy Drop-Off Centers.  Must enjoy interacting with the public, must have the ability to operate a point-of-sale system (training provided) and be able to keep calm under pressure.  Moderate to strenuous physical effort is required as is the ability to work outdoors year-round. Customer service experience a plus.  Self-starters and those with a passion for recycling, composting, and waste reduction are strongly encouraged to apply. Full-time and part-time positions available. $19.14/hour with an excellent benefit package.

For more information on the positions and CSWD, visit cswd. net/about-cswd/job-openings. Submit application or resume to Amy Jewell: This position is open until filled.


We have a fun, friendly work environment and are looking to hire an Operations Coordinator! This position is a key part of our operations team and will assist with daily operations, including scheduling of awning projects and services, as well as order processing. This key role also provides exemplary customer service to current and prospective clients. If you enjoy multi-tasking with critical thinking in a fast-paced role, we encourage you to apply!


Full-time, permanent positions, part-time and temporary seasonal positions are available. Willing to train! These positions will be a part of our team based out of Williston, VT. The successful candidates will work with our installation teams to install custom awning and shade products throughout Vermont, parts of New York and New Hampshire. High School diploma or equivalent required. Company provided clothing and transportation to job sites, and a fun, positive working environment!

To apply, please visit our website and complete our online application:

School of World Languages & Cultures LECTURER OF SPANISH (Full-time)

The School of World Languages and Cultures at the University of Vermont invites applications for a full-time, non-tenure track position in Spanish language, at the rank of Lecturer. The initial appointment term is for the 202425 academic year and is renewable, based on the factors outlined in the current Collective Bargaining Agreement. The position will start in the Fall of 2024 (August 19, 2024).

The successful candidate should:

• Hold a M.A. or higher degree in Spanish language pedagogy or relevant areas;

• Have native or near-native fluency in both Spanish and English, and at least two year experience teaching Spanish to students in North America at the college level.

The successful candidate will assume a range of responsibilities that include:

• Teaching Spanish language in the elementary and intermediate sequence.

• Working cooperatively with other members of the Spanish faculty.

• The position is a full-time position at 1.0 FTE, with eight courses anticipated for the academic year.

Application Process: Review of applications will begin on May 15, 2024 and continue until the position is filled. Anticipated start date is August 19, 2024. Please apply online at at

Applicants are asked to include:

• Curriculum vitae (CV);

• Letter of application with a link to a 50-minute classroom teaching video;

• Contact information for three professional references. The reference providers will be emailed with instructions to upload their letters.

• Statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion

For more information about the position, please contact Joseph Acquisto, Director of the School of World Languages and Cultures, at

For more detailed information, visit our web pages at the School of World Languages & Cultures: cas/swlc; the College of Arts & Sciences:; and the University of Vermont’s website,

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e Mission of Mans eld Hall is to build a community that empowers and supports students with diverse learning needs to earn a college degree, develop authentic living skills, and create a meaningful life.


As an Executive Director at Mans eld Hall, you will manage all overall operations at your designated site, with support from the Executive Team. ere is not a position that includes managing a board or fundraising. You will be at the forefront of our e orts to create an inclusive and supportive environment for our students, helping them to succeed in the Four Core Areas of Living, Learning, Giving, and Engaging.


• A holder of a graduate degree in social or behavioral sciences. • Experienced with a minimum of 3-5 years in a leadership role, preferably in educational settings.

• Adept in various evidence-based practices, including Neurodiversity, Autism, and Executive Functioning Challenges. • Experience with co-occurring mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, selfharm and suicidal ideation. • Committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Impact: Make a meaningful di erence in the lives of young adults, your team, and changing the narrative of disability in our society.

Culture: Join a team that values respect, inclusion, and professional growth.

Bene ts: Competitive salary, comprehensive health bene ts, and a supportive work environment.

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Union Organizer

The Vermont State Employees’ Association Seeks Experienced Union Organizer

Join Vermont’s most dynamic independent statewide union. VSEA is a democratic and increasingly activist union, where 18 dedicated union staff work hand in hand with more than 6,000 members across Vermont to confront and combat workplace and contract injustice. The important and meaningful work is conducted in one of the nation’s most politically progressive states, and the workload is manageable. VSEA’s headquarters is located in beautiful Montpelier, Vermont.


Leadership Development:

Identify existing leaders within VSEA and build relationships with those members through the work of building the union; Identify and recruit members to fill leadership roles within the structure of VSEA; Educate members on ways in which they can talk to their colleagues about: the union, effective strategies for identifying issues, and using direct action to make workplace improvements

Support VSEA’s Broader Organizational Goals and Activities:

Facilitate turnout to events, trainings and meetings; Support key legislative, political, and community or workplace actions as outlined by the VSEA Strategic Plan

Identify Issues with Members and Move a Plan of Action:

Meet with members to discuss current issues that are of importance; Work to develop and execute a clear work plan around the issues

Increase Union Membership:

Demonstrate success in signing up non-members and new employees as VSEA members while engaging union activists and leaders in the recruitment process

Communication with Members:

Have a regular and frequent presence in worksites, holding face-to-face conversations with VSEA leaders, activists, and rank-and-file members; Provide the VSEA Communications Department with regular updates on internal and external organizing efforts; Update VSEA bulletin boards in worksites by providing activists and leaders with updated materials as often as possible.

VSEA seeks to interview dynamic candidates with a track record of commitment to the labor movement and preferably two (2) years of experience as a union or political organizer. Any applicant must have reliable transportation as daily instate travel is expected.

Interested and qualified candidates are encouraged to submit their resume, salary requirements, and a cover letter detailing their labor or political experience to Exceptional candidates will be scheduled for an interview.

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Seeking a responsible, creative, kind, spirited, initiative-taking individual to help my son continue to improve his living, recreation and communication skills. Alternating weekends each month, Friday 5:00 pm — Saturday 5:00 pm, $500 per day, or 2 consec. weeknights from Mon to Th, 5-10 pm, $25/hr.

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Veterinary Receptionist/ Patient Care Coordinator

Qi Veterinary Clinic

We’re looking for someone who is:

• Passionate

• A strong communicator in person, via email and phone

• Loves animals and the people who care for them

This is a full-time position consisting of four 10 hour shifts per week. Pay range is $18-$25 and includes the following benefits:

• 40 hours paid personal/sick time per year

• 80 hours paid vacation time/year

• 52 hours paid major Holidays per year

• $2,600 contribution towards healthcare premium per year

• Simple IRA with matching up to 3%

• Staff Lunches 2-3 times/week

Serious applicants must submit a resume, include a cover letter telling us why you're the right person for us and 3 references. One reference must be from a direct supervisor. Send resumes:

Phone Reception

Be the first friendly and welcoming contact on phone and via email to customers calling to ask about the small passenger boat “Buttercup” which offers cruises departing from Burlington. Learn Buttercup’s online reservation system to make bookings for customers. Work from home, as long as you can answer calls immediately.

Two positions. Full time or part time. About a few hours of work per day but paid $16/ hour for entire time you are on standby for calls. Perk: Free cruises for you and friends or family. Seasonal job from May through Oct. 15.

For information and to apply, please call Buttercup Captain Mathias at 802-373-1284 No email applications please.

Full Charge Bookkeeper

Local established flooring contractor. Fluent in QuickBooks and Excel a must, online and certified payroll, A/P, A/R, AIA contract billing, financial reporting, sales tax filing, bank recons, year end prep for accountant. Must be a team member and able to work in an open office floor plan. Must be able to work independently and willing to jump in as needed in our small 7 person office.

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Burlington Housing Authority (BHA)

Are you interested in a job that helps your community and makes a difference in people’s lives every day? Consider joining Burlington Housing Authority (BHA) in Burlington, VT to continue BHA’s success in promoting innovative solutions that address housing instability challenges facing our diverse population of low-income families and individuals. We are currently hiring for the following positions:

Building Operations Technician:

Performs general maintenance work in BHA owned and managed properties. This includes building exteriors, common areas, apartments, building systems, fixtures, and grounds. Our Building Operations Techs are required to participate in the on-call rotation, which covers night and weekend emergencies.

Housing Retention Services – Site

Based: Responsible for supporting those who have mental health and substance use challenges and/or who have moved from homelessness to Bobbin Mill, Wharf Lane, and other BHA properties. The position works closely with property management and other site-based staff to identify challenges and respond with appropriate direct service and coordination of community services, with a goal of eviction prevention and facilitating a healthy tenancy.

Offender Re-entry Housing

Specialist: Provides support to men and women under the VT Department of Corrections supervision from prison back to Chittenden County. The ORHS focuses on high-risk men and women who are being released from jail and graduating transitional housing programs and in need of permanent housing. The ORHS provides intensive retention and eviction prevention services and works collaboratively with the Burlington Probation and Parole Office. Additionally, the ORHS works with various case workers, Re-Entry staff and the Administrative Staff from the VT Department of Corrections and the broad network of COSA staff as necessary throughout Chittenden County.

For more info about these career opportunities:

BHA serves a diverse population of tenants and partners with a variety of community agencies. To most effectively carry out our vision of delivering safe and affordable housing to all, we are committed to cultivating a staff that reflects varied lived experiences, viewpoints, and educational histories. Therefore, we strongly encourage candidates from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ individuals, and women to apply. Multilingualism is a plus!

Our robust benefit package includes premium medical insurance with a health reimbursement account, dental, vision, short and long term disability, 10% employer funded retirement plan, 457 retirement plan, accident insurance, life insurance, cancer & critical illness insurance.

We provide a generous time off policy including 12 days of paid time off and 12 days of sick time in the first year. In addition to the paid time off, BHA recognizes 13 (paid) holidays and 2 (paid) floating cultural holidays. Plus, a sign on bonus!

Interested in this opportunity? Send cover letter/resume to: humanresources@

Human Resources

Burlington Housing Authority 65 Main Street, Suite 101 Burlington, VT 05401

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Minifactory (cafe & grocery) homes V Smiley Preserves (jam company) in downtown Bristol, Vermont. This hybrid restaurant, grocery & production model hums with daily activity. 16 Main St (our location) has operated continuously as a bakery/cafe for over 4 decades.

We serve coffee, manufacture and sell our preserves in house while serving an all-day-style menu. Biscuits w/ Ham & Peach Tomato Jam, 24 Hour Yogurt w/ Braised Greens and Crispy Lentils, Radicchio w/ Honey Creme Fraiche & Lemon, Chickpea Pancakes w/ Herby Urfa Biber Chicken.

Currently hiring with pay $20-28/hr, DOE:




Bristol, Vermont is located in Addison County. The area is agricultural and adjacent to the mountain communities of Lincoln and Starksboro. We are a 40 minute drive to Burlington, 25 minutes to Middlebury.

V Smiley Preserves and Minifactory are queer owned/run. Full descriptions & application details:

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ECO AMERICORPS is accepting applications for the 2024-25 program year. Members serve at host sites across Vermont with a focus on projects to improve water quality and ecosystem function, reduce waste, and address climate resiliency in Vermont. We are seeking highly motivated individuals with a background in natural or agricultural sciences, environmental studies, conservation, engineering, government/policy, communications or other related fields. Preference may be given to applicants with a college degree. Full-time: 40 hours per week, September 17, 2024-August 15, 2025. Benefits include

• Living allowance of $26,000

• Health insurance

• Professional training and networking

• $7,395 Segal Education Award

Application deadline is May 24, but applications may be accepted on after the deadline. To view open positions, apply, and learn more about ECO AmeriCorps visit

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Vermont Legal Aid seeks a highly organized individual who enjoys working as part of a team, with a desire to further our mission. We have a full-time position available in Burlington, VT.

We encourage applicants from a broad range of backgrounds, and welcome information about how your experience can contribute to serving our diverse client communities. Applicants are encouraged to share in their cover letter how they can further our goals of social justice and individual rights. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to a discrimination-and-harassment-free workplace. Please read our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion:

Responsibilities include general office management and front desk duties (answering phones, client contact, data entry, typing, file/document/database management), as well as providing administrative support to multiple attorneys and paralegals. Experience in an administrative support role is preferable. Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite required. Fluency in French, Spanish, Swahili, Kirundi, Somali, Arabic, Nepali, or Burmese is a plus. For job description and details:

Base salary is $42,480 with salary credit given for relevant prior work experience. Benefits include: Four weeks paid vacation, retirement, and excellent health benefits; possibility for law office study. Application deadline is May 20, 2024, or until filled. Send cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references as a single PDF file with subject line “Support Staff – May 2024” to Please tell us how you heard about the position.

Business Associate

For position details and application process, visit jobs.plattsburgh. edu and select “View Current Openings”

SUNY Plattsburgh is an AA/EEO/ADA/VEVRAA committed to excellence through diversity and supporting an inclusive environment for all.

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As a member of the Student Government Association (SGA) team, the Business Associate will provide key management and operationalization of critical business functions. Responsibilities including management of the online payment platform, administering purchasing card and fleet card programs, reconciling expenses, and managing communications regarding revenue and expenses. The Associate responds to inquiries and supports student leaders in navigating business processes, collaborates on financial reporting, administers purchasing processes, and other business needs. As a member of the Business Office, the Associate will adhere to federal, University, and SGA policies, procedures, and guidelines, and perform other administrative functions. Our staff support and promote a safe and inclusive environment while supporting the mission and philosophy of the Department of Student Life, the Division of Student Affairs, and the University of Vermont. This is an 11-month position.

The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other category legally protected by federal or state law. The University encourages applications from all individuals who will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the institution. Submit your application online

Are you motivated and energized? Do you have a desire to mentor youth and young adults? Minimal outdoor experience necessary. We are looking for individuals who are empathic and caring, and natural leaders and strong communicators. The Guide role is perfect for someone who is eager to learn and enhance their therapeutic skill set. Guiding is a full-time, year-round position with seasonal opportunities available. Guides work a 4 day on/ 3 day off schedule. Guides work in teams of two to provide supervision for a group of up to 7 students. A day in the field can include: facilitating/participating in daily activities (hiking, backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, paddle-boarding, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing, games, art, yoga, disc golf, movie nights), teaching outdoor skills (camping, firebuilding, outdoor cooking, map and compass navigation), and helping students achieve therapeutic goals. Must be 21 years or older. Bachelor’s degree preferred. Average starting pay is $1,050 per 4 day shift. Comprehensive benefits include health insurance, an employee assistance program, an annual wellness fund, student loan repayment reimbursement and an employer matched SIMPLE IRA.

Program Manager

True North is seeking a Program Manager to join our team. The ideal candidate is an adaptable team player, with a positive attitude and leadership skills who is

willing to work both indoors and outdoors. The Program Manager will be working closely with all departments at True North to help facilitate daily programming for the students, coordinate and execute schedules, supervise and train guides (direct care staff), and support the therapeutic goals for students. Candidates must be willing to work weekends and occasional evenings. Competitive salary and comprehensive benefits offered. Benefits include health, dental, vision, accident insurance, an employee assistance program, SIMPLE IRA, access to an employee wellness fund, and opportunity for student loan reimbursement.

Office & Medication Administrator

True North is actively hiring for an Office and Medication Administrator who can assist in day-today office administrative tasks, organize and pack student medications, and effectively communicate and collaborate with parents, doctors, and various True North departments. The ideal candidate is an organized, flexible team player with a warm and friendly personality. This is an in-person, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. position. Competitive salary and comprehensive benefits offered. Benefits include health, dental, vision, accident insurance, an employee assistance program, SIMPLE IRA, access to an employee wellness fund, and the opportunity for student loan payment reimbursement.

For more information: Relocation stipends available on a case by case basis.

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House Manager/Personal Assistant

Stowe/Morrisville: Personal Assistant sought for a family office located in Morrisville, Vermont to provide administrative support to both the professional and personal life of the Principal and her family. Duties are varied and will partially be administrative in nature as well as project-based work that requires research and creative thinking. The Personal Assistant must be an organized self-starter with the ability to work independently. Responsible for executing a variety of duties in alignment with the Principal’s wishes using resourcefulness and sensibility. The ideal candidate is bright, tech savvy, a consummate professional, interested in the arts and the world at large, and possesses a good sense of humor as it is a congenial place to work. Be willing to serve as driver on occasion. The successful candidate will be willing to work in a home office in a private residence in the country with other employees on property.

The position is full-time. Minimum three years as a PA/EA required. Please send resume, references, and starting salary requirements to


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.


The AOE Student Pathways Division seeks an Education Coordinator II to provide statewide leadership, oversight, and support to supervisory unions and districts for education technology, computer science, and digital infrastructure. We’re looking for someone with experience in contracting, technological and digital infrastructure, web and cloud-based platforms, and the theory and application of integrating technology, digital literacy, and computer science into effective instructional practices. For more information, contact Lisa Helme at lisa.helme@vermont. gov. Department: Education. Location: Montpelier. Status: Full Time. Job Id #49870. Application Deadline: May 19, 2024.


The Division for Historic Preservation seeks an energetic Sites Chief with a passion for history and interpretation to join our hardworking State Historic Sites Program. The Sites Chief is responsible for the administration, operations, curation, and marketing of 22 historic sites with 74 buildings, shops, museums, archives, collections, and trails. Become a part of Vermont’s heritage at the places where state and national history happened, stretching from Bennington to Fairfield, Windsor to Orwell. For information, contact Laura Trieschmann at Department: Commerce & Community Development. Location: Montpelier. Status: Full Time. Job ID #50064. Application Deadline: May 19, 2024.


The Transportation Board & Motor Vehicle Arbitration Board have an immediate opening for an exempt Executive Secretary. This position will work 32 hours per week with full benefits. The position is responsible for assuring the efficient administration of the two quasi-judicial Boards in all their duties – judicial, regulatory, and policy-making/advisory. A law degree is beneficial but not mandatory. Public Administration experience desired. For more information, contact John Zicconi at john.zicconi@vermont. gov. Department: Transportation Board. Location: Montpelier. Status: Full Time, Exempt. Job ID #50105. Application Deadline: June 6, 2024.

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Chief Development Officer for International NGO

PH International (Project Harmony, Inc.) is an international non-profit with 40 years of experience focusing on civic engagement, cross cultural learning, and increased opportunities in the digital age. The U.S. headquarters is located in Waitsfield, VT with field offices in Armenia, Republic of Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine, with projects implemented globally.

PH International is seeking a full-time Chief Development Officer based in the Vermont office. This is a senior management position leading the design and development of new funding and outreach opportunities. The CDO will be a dynamic and creative individual with excellent technical writing and communication skills. A solid understanding of program development, implementation, and crosscultural considerations is essential. Experience with USG funding, compliance, OMB requirements, and budget development are required. Working in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment, the CDO will have opportunities to lead and learn about new technologies and best practices at the cutting edge of citizen engagement, exchange programming, civic education, youth-oriented programs, crossborder initiatives, legal education, and educational reform.

For job description and to apply: Application deadline: May 26, 2024.

Head of Rescue Services

The Town of Shelburne is seeking candidates for a full-time, exempt leadership role for their Rescue Department (Shelburne Rescue). This position is Shelburne Rescue’s first full-time non-volunteer Head of Rescue Services. Shelburne Rescue is a municipal, combination (paid/ volunteer) ambulance service providing 911 emergency medical services to the Town and its neighboring communities. The Head of Service has the primary responsibility for executive oversight for Shelburne Rescue. The Department Head serves as the chief executive of the squad and represents both the Town of Shelburne as well as the Department and its providers to the public, the district and the state. The Department Head is expected to participate in emergency responses and is responsible for the leadership, management, and administration of the Department. This is to be accomplished through departmental planning, strategic visioning, and the development of long-term and short-term goals for the Department and its providers. Through the supervision of the Training Officer and lead providers (“Crew Chiefs”), the Department Head ensures the professional and efficient conduct of the Department operations.


• National Registry of EMTs Paramedic Level Certification

• 5+ years’ experience in EMS with increasing levels of responsibility

• Emergency Vehicle Operations Certification or similar


• Supervisory/leadership experience

• VT EMS District 3 Credentialing / Paramedic Experience

• Firefighting experience (FFI or above)

• Interest in supporting the Town of Shelburne Fire Department emergency responses

• Bachelor’s Degree in EMS/Paramedicine/Emergency Management or similar


Please submit your resume and complete the employment application, or contact Adam Backus, Town of Shelburne HR Assistant, at (802) 985-5121, Equal Opportunity Employer

Hospitality Coordinator

Responsible for assisting in all aspects of hospitality operations. This includes ensuring exceptional guest experiences, effective staff management, efficient operations, and financial success. Assist with weekly events, housekeeping, tours, managing inventory, provide meal prep and provide excellent customer service. You must be available to work a 10-hour shift (between 8:00am-1:00am) at a minimum of 3 days per week, weekends and holidays. Salary $45k with an onsite housing option available and company benefits. Send resumes to:

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Hypothetically, you could learn to give a stirring rendering of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 on a slide whistle. Or you could perform the “To be, or not to be” soliloquy from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet for an audience of pigeons that aren’t even paying attention. Theoretically, you could pour out your adoration to an unattainable celebrity or give a big tip to a waiter who provided mediocre service or do your finest singing at a karaoke bar with two people in the audience. But I hope you will offer your skills and gifts with more discernment and panache, Taurus — especially these days. Don’t offer yourself carelessly. Give your blessings only to people who deeply appreciate them.

ARIES (Mar. 21-Apr. 19): Polish-born author Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) didn’t begin to speak English until he was 21 years old. At 25, his writing in that language was still stiff and stilted. Yet during the next 40-plus years, he employed his adopted tongue to write 19 novels, numerous short stories and several other books. Today he is regarded as one of the greatest writers in the English language. You may not embark on an equally spectacular growth period in the coming months, Aries.

But you do have extra power to begin mastering a skill or subject that could ultimately be crucial to your life story. Be inspired by Conrad’s magnificent accomplishments.

GEMINI (May 21-Jun. 20): When I lived in San Francisco in 1995, thieves stole my Chevy Malibu. It was during the celebratory mayhem that swept the city following the local football team’s Super Bowl victory. Cops miraculously recovered my car, but it had been irrevocably damaged in one specific way: It could no longer drive in reverse. Since I couldn’t afford a new vehicle, I kept it for the next two years, carefully avoiding situations when I would need to go backward. It was a perfect metaphor for my life in those days. Now I’m suggesting you consider adopting it for yours. From what I can discern, there will be no turning around anytime soon. Don’t look back. Onward to the future!

CANCER (Jun. 21-Jul. 22): Cancerian basketball coach Tara VanDerveer is in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. She won more games than anyone else in the sport. Here’s one aspect of her approach to coaching: She says the greatest players “have a screw loose” — and she regards that as a very good thing. I take her to mean that the superstars are eccentric, zealous, unruly and daring. They don’t conform to normal theories about how to succeed. They have a wild originality and fanatical drive for excellence. If you might ever be interested in exploring the possible advantages of having a screw loose for the sake of your ambitions, the coming months will be one of the best times ever.

LEO (Jul. 23-Aug. 22): Am I one of your father figures, uncle figures or brother figures? I hope so! I have worked hard to purge the toxic aspects of masculinity that I inherited from my culture. And I have diligently and gleefully cultivated the most beautiful aspects of masculinity. Plus, my feminist principles have been ripening and growing stronger for many years. With that as our background, I encourage you to spend the coming weeks upgrading your own relationship to the masculine archetype, no matter which of the 77 genders you might be. I see this as an excellent time for you to take

practical measures to get the very best male influences in your life.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sep. 22): Now that your mind, your heart and your world have opened wider than you imagined possible, try to anticipate how they might close down if you’re not always as bold and brave as you have been in recent months. Then sign a contract with yourself, promising that you will not permit your mind, your heart and your world to shrink or narrow. If you proactively heal your fears before they break out, maybe they won’t break out. (PS: I will acknowledge that there may eventually be a bit of contraction you should allow to fully integrate the changes — but only a bit.)

LIBRA (Sep. 23-Oct. 22): I would love you to cultivate connections with characters who can give you shimmery secrets and scintillating stories you need to hear. In my astrological opinion, you are in a phase when you require more fascination, amazement and intrigue than usual. If love and sex are included in the exchange, so much the better — but they are not mandatory elements in your assignment. The main thing is this: For the sake of your mental, physical and spiritual health, you must get your limitations dissolved, your understanding of reality enriched and your vision of the future expanded.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Scorpio writer Andrew Solomon made a very Scorpionic comment when he wrote, “We all have our darkness, and the trick is making something exalted of it.” Of all the signs of the zodiac, you have the greatest potential to accomplish this heroic transmutation — and to do it with panache, artistry and even tenderness. I trust you are ready for another few rounds of your mysterious specialty. The people in your life would benefit from it almost as much as you.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Have you been nursing the hope that someday you will retrain your loved ones? That you will change them in ways that make them act more sensibly? That you will convince them to shed qualities you don’t like and keep just the good parts? If so, the coming weeks will be an excellent time to drop this fantasy. In

its place, I advise you to go through whatever mental gymnastics are necessary as you come to accept and love them exactly as they are. If you can manage that, there will be a bonus development: You will be more inclined to accept and love yourself exactly as you are.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): I brazenly predict that in the next 11 months, you will get closer than ever before to doing your dream job. Because of your clear intentions, your diligent pragmatism and the Fates’ grace, life will present you with good opportunities to earn money by doing what you love and providing an excellent service to your fellow creatures. But I’m not necessarily saying everything will unfold with perfection. And I am a bit afraid that you will fail to capitalize on your chances by being too insistent on perfection. Please assuage my doubts, Capricorn! Welcome imperfect but interesting progress.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In his book Ambivalent Zen, Lawrence Shainberg mourns that even while meditating, his mind is always fleeing from the present moment — forever “lurching towards the future or clinging to the past.” I don’t agree that this is a terrible thing. In fact, it’s a consummately human characteristic. Why demonize and deride it? But I can also see the value of spending quality time in the here and now — enjoying each new unpredictable moment without compulsively referencing it to other times and places. I bring this up, Aquarius, because I believe that in the coming weeks, you can enjoy far more free time in the rich and resonant present than is normally possible for you. Make “Be here now” your gentle, relaxing battle cry.

PISCES (Feb. 19-Mar. 20): Two-thirds of us claim to have had a paranormal encounter. One-fourth say they can telepathically sense other people’s emotions. One-fifth have had conversations with the spirits of the dead. As you might guess, the percentage of Pisceans in each category is higher than all the rest of the zodiac signs. And I suspect that number will be even more elevated than usual in the coming weeks. I hope you love spooky fun and uncanny mysteries and semi-miraculous epiphanies! Here they come.


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Fate, an enigmatic force guiding life’s course, entwines destiny with chance. It weaves intricate patterns, shaping moments into narratives both profound and unexpected. Love lost is a haunting melody, echoing the ache of separation. It leaves hearts adrift in a sea of memories, yearning for what once was, mourning the beauty now gone. I will forever love you, Babe! When: Saturday, May 11, 2024. Where: Calais. You: Woman. Me: Man. #916002


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You: gorgeous butch(?) with alive eyes offering food at the show. Me: nonbinary queer in Carhartt jacket taken by your smile and attention. Do you eye-gaze all the gays? I was prepared with a handful of verbal inanities after the show to linger in your presence, but you had disappeared! Wanna try and linger longer sometime? When: Tuesday, April 23, 2024. Where: Michael Hurley show, East Fairfield. You: Group. Me: Nonbinary person. #915990


Devastating, darling, just one of kind. At comedy improv, you sat so close but had someone else sit on your lap. We drank; we sang. We got up to play improv games together. at sparkle in the eye, echoes of an Irish wild ancestress! You know I know. I know you know. We know we know. Remembering the good times. When: Saturday, March 30, 2024. Where: Hugo’s, Montpelier. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #915989

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I cleaned your apartment in 2023. You were moving out of it. I ripped out your carpet on the stairs. Super rainy day. I thought you were both very cute but didn’t want to be forward and tell you that I’d love to be your third wheel.

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I was running late for work; you were paying for your gas. Gazes met; quick and charming smile. I got to the counter to pay; you came back in and sheepishly said a once-in-a-lifetime thing just happened: You tried to take the pump with you. I like to think our brief connection flummoxed you into your first pump drive-away. Single? When: Tuesday, April 16, 2024. Where: Arandas in downtown Montpelier. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915986


You might build floating shelves for your tiny kitchen, and you liked my smile. My kitchen is big and in need of a sous chef (though maybe we could take turns being head chef). Let’s make scrumptious meals together and fend off the crudeness of reality with the culinary arts. Bon appétit! When: Wednesday, April 17, 2024. Where: City Market. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915984


I noticed you early in the cruise: tall, gray hair, dark jacket, 60s-ish. You sat on the deck in the stern, middle section, for a few minutes. I wish I had been braver and chatted with you. I was wearing a teal Patagonia jacket, gray hair in a ponytail and solar glasses. When: Monday, April 8, 2024. Where: Spirit of Ethan Allen eclipse cruise. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915983


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You served me a latte with almond milk. You: beautiful smile, jeans and black top. Would love to chat. Sigh. When: Saturday, April 6, 2024. Where: Healthy Living, Williston. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915975

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I have a friend who always wants to borrow something of mine: clothes, books, tools, games — you name it, he needs it. I am a very generous person and like helping out, but either he never returns my stuff or he returns it in worse condition. It’s really starting to get on my nerves. How do I handle this situation without being a jerk?


We were standing next to each other in different lanes. I made a comment that it was as busy as I had ever seen it, and you said it must be the solar eclipse. You got through your lane a cart ahead of mine. If you see this message, I would like to get together sometime and chat some more. When: Saturday, April 6, 2024. Where: Milton Hannaford checkout line. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915979


You laughed. You liked the word “queue,” found it quaint. Asked me, “Do you come here often?” You kept brushing your hands all over me! Long-bearded man, rough-handed construction man. Foxy Market was so busy that night. We had to fly, my friend and I, to Barre. You have my number? ose breeze-block dogs, give me a call! When: Friday, April 5, 2024. Where: East Montpelier. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915978


How did you know my true wild name? Clever, bravo! You see my beauty! I’ll play on this brand-new day. e sun is up, with an eclipse. Time to make a move. I’m wearing that daisy chain, eyes wide open. Looking up, as the light goes to dark. Sing to me. I want to hear your heart’s desire sung. When: ursday, April 4, 2024. Where: central Vermont. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915977


You came to my show. We made lots of eye contact throughout and chatted afterward. I loved your dance moves and long hair. You were tall, named Austin and originally from the Carolinas. You commented on my eye shadow and left before I could ask for your number. Let’s go dancing together sometime? When: Saturday, April 6, 2024. Where: Good Measure Brewery. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915976


You were waiting for your sandwich beside the table where I was eating, and you left an impression on me. You were wearing a long, dark green coat, a light olive-green dress and dark stockings. You had a winter hat on with a pom-pom on top. I think I overheard the deli staff call you “Caroline.” I’d love a chance to introduce myself over a cup of coffee. When: Wednesday, April 3, 2024. Where: Top of the Block Sandwich Shop. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915972

You shouldn’t worry about being a jerk, because it’s obviously your friend who’s playing that part. Although he may not be doing it on purpose, he’s taking advantage of your generous nature, and that’s just not cool. Borrowing something and not returning it is basically stealing.

e next time your pal wants to borrow something, set a date that you want it back by and let

him know that you expect it to be returned in the same condition. Make a note of it in your phone calendar and set a reminder alarm. When the day arrives, if he hasn’t returned your item, ask him for it. If it comes back in bad shape, point it out right away and tell him that you need either a replacement or cash to cover the damage.

In Hamlet, William Shakespeare wrote: “Neither a borrower nor a lender be.” at’s great advice, but I know it can be hard to heed, especially as a giving person. You really need to set boundaries for your friend and yourself.

doesn’t him,

If that feels awkward or uncomfortable for you, then you should simply stop loaning him things. You can do that in a roundabout way if you like. Any time he asks to use something, make it unavailable. Better yet, tell him that you’ve decided to stop loaning your stuff to friends because you’ve been burned too many times. Even if he doesn’t realize you’re talking about him, he should get the hint.

Good luck and God bless,

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24-y/o independently wealthy male looking for two young partners of any kind for some double ramming. Bipolar but will do my best to treat you amazingly. #L1751

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Come dance with me in the gazebo. Nice guy, 5’10, 195 pounds. 74 y/o but looks younger, new to the market. Seeks a good woman/partner 55 to 75 y/o to love and be loved by. Very attentive and affectionate, likes to have fun and travel. 420 friendly. #L1749

He needs it bad, and she needs it more: ISO ideal M/F couple in need of attentive oral assistance to complete their lovemaking pleasure. Mature M welcomes your thoughts. #L1747

I’m a gay male, 65 y/o, seeking gay men for new friendships. Outgoing, fun, loving person seeking meaningful connections. “Best friend” kinda guy here! is is not an ad for sex; friendship only. Looking forward to hearing from you. #L1746

70, young-looking, good shape. Enjoy karaoke, singing, comedy. Seek female, 45 to young 70s. I am 5’9, hazel eyes, 163 pounds, black hair. #L1743

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Woman, 63. NEK, single, work full time. Healthy, adventurous, curious, kind. Seek male friend to hang out with, explore, share conversation, meals. Not into divisive politics. Definitely into nature/beautiful surroundings. If romance happens, that would be wonderful. #L1744

I’m a SWM, early 60s, island dweller seeking a SF. Do you like shots of tequila and getting caught in the rain? Do you like walks in the islands and the taste of Champagne? Do you like making love at midnight in a sweet summer sweat? Do you like any of these items? Come with me and escape. Active. Athletic. Adventurous. #L1742

I’m a 73-y/o male desiring a woman in her 70s or 80s to experience together the joys of a sensuous relationship. Phone number, please. #L1741

I’m a SWM seeking a bi male and bi female for fun times. Clean, nonsmoking, drink ok. Any age, race. Nudist, movies, porn. Send phone number. #L1739

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Active, elderly gent who lives alone seeks a lady with similar interests to share his lovely home. Splendid views, huge deck, paved highway, free TV and Wi-Fi. I enjoy snowmobiling, antiques, classic cars, parades, eating out, and community involvement. Seeking woman who enjoys the same. #L1738

NEK prince, 74, seeks princess. I’m very attentive, sweet and good-looking, seeking the same in a woman, 60 to 74. Writer a plus. Don’t need a maid; want a partner to love and be loved by. Nice home on romantic property. No Trumpers. #L1737

Not a romantic/sexual request! Young, handsome woman seeking butch mentor (25 to 45) for guidance in self-expression, strength and intersocietal relations. #L1735

I’m a woman, 80 y/o, seeking a man, 70 to 80 y/o. I want a companion. Like the outdoors in the summer. Swimming, boating and just reading at home. Like going out to eat once in a while. #L1734

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