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SCOTT TO SEEK FOURTH TERM Vermont Gov. Phil Scott will run for a fourth two-year term this fall. He wrote in a campaign email early on Tuesday that “there is still much more work to do.” Scott, a Republican, was elected in 2016 and has easily won reelection two times since. National polling has consistently ranked him as one of the most popular governors in the country. Some of that has had to do with his administration’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis, especially earlier in the pandemic. Newfane political activist Brenda Siegel is the only declared Democratic gubernatorial candidate to date. Siegel ran for governor in 2018, coming in third in the primary with 21 percent of the vote behind eventual nominee Christine Hallquist and water quality advocate James Ehlers. “We’ve seen late entries before, so it’s not impossible, but at this point we haven’t heard of anyone else jumping in,” Vermont Democratic Party vice chair David Glidden wrote in a text, “and we are looking forward to Brenda Siegel taking on a Governor she’s already beaten before.” As an example of how she’s bested Scott, he cited Siegel’s vigil sleeping on the Statehouse steps for 27 nights last fall to call attention to the expiration of the state’s homeless motel program. Siegel and activist Josh Lisenby, who also slept out, sought to pressure state officials to restore the pandemic-era motel voucher program for


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homeless Vermonters. The state eventually announced guidelines that meant people who had been displaced from motels qualified once more for free stays. “That was our big ask, and we got it,” Siegel said at the time. Major-party candidates have until May 26 to register for the August primary. Scott indicated in his announcement that he doesn’t plan to spend a lot of time selling himself to voters. “My priority won’t be campaigning,” Scott said. “I will continue to focus on doing the job you hired me to do and leading our state.” Though more moderate than many of his national GOP colleagues, Scott has frequently butted heads with the Democratled General Assembly. He’s issued a historic number of vetoes, including several during the just-completed legislative session. “We’ve stopped multiple attempts to raise taxes, fees and the cost of living on already overburdened Vermonters,” he wrote in the email. “And while not nearly enough, we’ve even provided some much-needed tax relief.” He also noted other achievements, including “record investments in housing, infrastructure, broadband, combating climate change, and more.” Read Sasha Goldstein and Kevin McCallum’s full story and follow the race at


A Bellows Falls teen set a world record for longest tightrope walk in high heels. Ariana Wunderle traveled across a rope six feet above the ground — 52 times.


Don’t expect any construction this summer at the long-stalled CityPlace Burlington project, a city official told The saga continues.


That’s how many Vermont clinics — in Bennington, St. Albans, Middlebury and Hyde Park — Planned Parenthood plans to close on June 12. It has seven others in the state.



1. “Cycling Star and Vermont Native Killed in Texas” by Colin Flanders. Anna Moriah Wilson, a 25-year-old East Burke native, was fatally shot in Austin, Texas, where she had traveled from her Colorado home to compete in a race. 2. “Vermont Issues First Cannabis License for Legal Market” by Sasha Goldstein. The board gave Rutland Craft Cannabis, a small indoor cultivator based in Brandon, the green light to start growing. 3. “Half Pint Farm in Burlington Closes Permanently” by Melissa Pasanen. Co-owners Emily and Sean Mitchell confirmed the closure of the small Intervale farm they bought in 2019. 4. “SCOTUS Doesn’t Know How Abortion Rights Affect Women, Alito Wrote. A Midd Prof Says Otherwise.” by Derek Brouwer. Vermont-based economist Caitlin Knowles Myers has analyzed the impact of life after Roe. 5. “I Can’t Deal With My Friend’s Drama Anymore” by the Reverend. Just like couples, old friends sometimes have to go their separate ways, our columnist advises a reader.

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Earlier this year, Cabot resident Gwendolyn Hallsmith wanted to see her town begin to make amends for Vermont’s history of violence against Indigenous people. So, with the help of Don Stevens, chief of the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk-Abenaki Nation, Hallsmith drew up a petition to grant Abenaki people the right to forage for food, medicinal plants and artmaking materials in the Cabot town forest. “I really think that in order to address climate change and runaway inequality … we need to change our culture and adapt and regenerate,” said Hallsmith, founder of the nonprofit Vermonters for a New Economy, which advocates for repairing the Forest foraging harms of capitalism and environmental destruction. “And one really important step to do that is to make

reparations for the things our culture has done to other people.” Hallsmith collected enough signatures to get the proposal on this year’s Town Meeting Day ballot. On March 1, Cabot became the first municipality in Vermont to approve a ballot item granting Indigenous people the right to forage on public land. The town had no rules against foraging in the forest before the vote, explained Hallsmith, but she believes that these kinds of official declarations have power. “When I was collecting signatures, the most common reaction I’d get was, ‘Well, can’t they do that already?’” Hallsmith said. “Now, it’s explicitly allowed.” As a growing number of public and private institutions in the state adopt land acknowledgements — the practice of formally recognizing that white settlers stole what is now Vermont from Indigenous

people — Stevens said access agreements are the logical next step. “If you’re acknowledging that we’re on the unceded territory of the Abenaki, then you should give us land access so we can continue to gather our nuts, foods and medicines,” added Stevens. Several Vermont towns, including Richmond and Hardwick, are exploring similar measures. Stevens hopes that Cabot will provide a helpful case study for other communities as they reckon with Vermont’s legacy. “Would it be ideal to have our land back? Absolutely. Is that going to happen? Probably not,” Stevens said. “So if Europeans are uncomfortable with giving us the land, then the next best thing is that they continue to have control of it, but we still have access.” CHELSEA EDGAR SEVEN DAYS MAY 18-25, 2022



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A strong start to the comic replacing “Ope” in the Fun Stuff section! Ope always made me laugh, but Julianna Brazill came in swinging with a simple but chuckleinducing comic [May 11]. Cutting it out and adding it to my collection of Seven Days comics, for sure! Farewell, “Ope,” and welcome, Julianna!

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Editor’s note: We found not one but two local cartoonists to replace Phil Gerigscott’s now-retired “Ope”: Julianna Brazill will alternate weekly with Kristen Shull.


Having read “Berth to Death” [April 27] and Art Cohn’s follow-up letter [Feedback: “Save Our Ship,” May 11] supporting the use of wind-powered craft to transport goods today, I was encouraged to see a recent editorial from a Massachusetts news site on that very topic. It notes that several companies are considering the revival of this shipping method, including ocean travel, and the valid reasons behind the idea. Whatever happens to the Lois McClure, the boat has proven to be a bellwether for things to come.

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Regarding “Cottages Industry” [April 27], why we aren’t building some version of tiny houses or studios near our towns? We’ve considered doing so here in Colchester, but zoning doesn’t permit it. Vermont employers are desperate — as in, begging and groveling! — for employees. Lack of housing is utterly stifling small business growth. Maybe a tiny house is too small, but too many larger houses are going up. We suspect lots of people would be very happy with 800 to 1,000 square feet to call their own. Nearly all of the new homes on the market are in excess of 2,000 square feet. My partner and I live in 1,800 square feet, 600 of which are an oversize garage. We could certainly live in a smaller space. I guess lots of people would happily move into a tight space they could call their own.



of white male volunteers poured in from every free state — volunteers who realized that the moral high ground was not an impenetrable fortress and that defending it meant defending those outside, as well as within, its protective walls. Hundreds gathered in Morristown to mourn the murder of Fern Feather. More than 600,000 Vermonters were notably and achingly absent. In 1859, Henry David Thoreau delivered “A Plea for Captain John Brown” to an audience in Concord, Mass. Today, I’ve too many martyrs to name but plead just the same. Mia Kro



We need to build basic compact housing — or Vermont is going to be completely shut down to all small business growth. Any builders out there want to consider a village of small homes? Susan McMillan

Charles Darwin cited humans’ ability to pass on their stories and knowledge as a major element in their ability to adapt and evolve. Through focusing his life on such efforts, Bill has left this world a better place. Thank you, Bill.


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[Re “Bill Truex, ‘Citizen Architect’ Who Designed Burlington’s Church Street, Dies,” April 12, online]: Last December, Bill Truex and I finally got together for a visit. We had 46 years of journeys to catch up on. Bill and his partner, Gene Alexander, hired me straight out of architecture school in 1972, just before the recession hit and architectural jobs for interns dried up. I left for Alaska in 1975, retiring to Vermont in 2011. Contrary to commonly held notions that egos drive architects, most are dedicated to the hope of leaving this world a better place than when they arrived through developing and applying skills, knowledge and experience. Bill was the epitome of this: As we walked to lunch on Church Street, I recognized his own planning efforts and asked him if Burlington’s results reflected his expectations. His response was typical for Bill. He deflected any focus on his own efforts but rather cited the community’s success in achieving a more livable environment through its collective efforts. That was the Bill Truex that I had respected and honored all these years: humble and genuine, with a focus on public good rather than on himself. We just touched the surface on sharing our journeys last December and had planned on resuming this spring.


Fern Feather, stabbed to death days before a 30th birthday [“‘A Star-Being’: Friends Mourn Fern Feather, a Transgender Woman Killed in Morristown,” April 15, online]. Chunks of concrete hurled through the door of the Pride Center of Vermont in Burlington [“It’s a Really Tough Time’: Vandal Throws Rock Through Front Door of Pride Center,” April 26, online]. Let us take care not to take these events out of context. Throughout the U.S., states are waging and winning battles against their marginalized citizens. The victor in these battles is clear, for they have taken off their Klan robes and now sit proudly under the gilded domes of government. They want what they have always wanted: homogeneity through the exclusion and subjugation of all who differ. They are getting it. We need look back no further than the 1860s for proof that majority rule can and has crumpled under the weight of good versus evil. And when the gentler tools of diplomacy fail, our democratic society has one ugly fail-safe that has proven effective at resetting the conscience of the masses and restoring civility. In the first American Civil War, the oppressed did not free themselves. Scores

[Re “As Costs Rise, Vermont’s Largest Hospitals Demand More Money,” March 23, online]: In response to recent coverage about who pays for health care, I wanted to add another perspective I gained after working in the field of human resources. Prior to doing payroll and health care benefits administration, I had naïvely thought people on Medicaid were those who were unemployed or couldn’t work for some reason. I would love to see statistics on how many people working 30-plus hours a week are on Medicaid because they are paid such low wages that they qualify. It’s a great thing for the employees, and I’m grateful they have the option, but obviously someone is paying for it. While the federal government may be subsidizing commercially run insurances that provide Medicare, we are all subsidizing American companies that don’t pay their employees enough to afford the health care plans they offer. Many of these employees are also eligible for rent subsidies, and a few I know left one job after eight hours to go work a second job so they could make ends meet. FEEDBACK

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offers a “loan, not own” model for boating that takes a lot of the hassle — and some of the expense — out of getting on the lake (page 30). Those who venture out on the popular waterway may find it crowded by Canadian boaters. With the border reopened, Champlain Islands businesses expect an INFLUX OF TOURISTS — and tourism dollars — from our northern neighbors (page 15). Canadians won’t be the only visitors on the lake. The reopening of the Champlain Canal for the season has stoked fears that the ROUND GOBY, a super-invasive fish species wreaking havoc in the Great Lakes, will soon infest the onetime “sixth Great Lake” and cause widespread damage (page 14). Here’s hoping we won’t need a sequel to “NO OTHER LAKE,” a local documentary chronicling conservation efforts on Champlain (page 44). Someday, young local soccer fans might look back fondly on steamy evenings spent watching VERMONT GREEN FC. The new men’s semipro club kicks off its inaugural season in Burlington this month (page 36). 5/9/22 4:07 PM

For music fans, the best memories often have great soundtracks. Vermont’s wealth of POP, ROCK AND BLUEGRASS FESTIVALS offer help there (page 60).

For a more cultured vibe, check out the slate of SUMMER CLASSICAL FESTS AND SERIES throughout the Green Mountain State (page 48). To hit them all, we’d recommend traveling by electric vehicle like pianist DAVID FEURZEIG, who plans to perform in all 251 Vermont towns (page 46) and advocate for the planet. Outdoor types will flock to the SILVIO O. CONTE NATIONAL FISH AND WILDLIFE REFUGE in the Northeast Kingdom

to hike among flora and fauna found nowhere else in the state (page 34). Be on the lookout for LONE STAR TICKS, though (page 32). Of course, super summer memories often involve food and drink. Seven Days food writers dish on NEW SUMMERY SPOTS opening soon (page 38), and other staffers share their GO-TO SUMMER FOOD AND DRINK DESTINATIONS (page 42). Finally, generations of boaters have made CHARLIE’S BOATHOUSE a beloved Burlington landmark. It’s been closed since co-owner Charlie Auer died last year, leaving many to wonder about the fate of the popular lakeside spot. While no plans have been announced, Charlie’s sister invites anyone to visit (page 28). DAN BO LLE S




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Floating an Idea

Front Row Seat

Between a Lock and a Hard Place

A new threat to Lake Champlain reignites debate over invasivesuperhighway canal


Canadian tourists are returning to Vermont after years of pandemic precautions

Feeding Anxiety

The nationwide infant formula shortage is causing stress for Vermont families

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In Vermont’s U.S. House race, D.C. insiders, lobbyists sign up for Team Molly Gray

Champlain Fleet Club offers a “loan, not own” model for boating

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The bite of a lone star tick can cause alpha-gal syndrome, an allergy to meat and dairy

Second Act

Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge offers space for recreation and forest research

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Vermont’s new soccer team aims for social and environmental justice

Short film “No Other Lake” asks viewers to get connected to their environment

Tour of the Future

UVM pianist aims to bring a concert — and climate activism — to every Vermont town

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Dancing Through the Fire Jenna Perrapato hosts the Roar! Showcase at Burlington’s Vermont Comedy Club, a smorgasbord of sets from LGBTQ+, female and nonbinary comedians. This rip-roaring variety show features everything from standup to drag and improv to burlesque, and ticket sales benefit the grassroots abortion fund Vermont Access to Reproductive Freedom.





Raise Your Voice Audiences at Burlington’s Cathedral Church of St. Paul and Rutland’s Grace Congregational Church witness the triumphant springtime return of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus. The ensemble’s program centers on Gloria, John Rutter’s splendid threemovement piece for choir, brass and organ. Other selections include tango numbers, Cajun folk songs and a toccata by Johann Sebastian Bach. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 71


Lake a Leg The black flies may be fast, but the participants in the inaugural Black Fly Bike or Run are faster. Cyclists and joggers race for glory along a scenic Westmore route featuring stunning Lake Willoughby views, then enjoy a delicious postgame meal and brews. Free camping all weekend offers friends old and new an epic Northeast Kingdom experience.



SUNSET TRIP Middlebury Area Land Trust hosts Sunset Picnic, Live Music & Games at Otter Creek Gorge Preserve, Weybridge’s little slice of paradise. Locals pack a picnic dinner, partake in all-ages lawn games and enjoy the clawhammer stylings of banjo player Nate Gusakov around the campfire.









In Full Bloom The Friends of the Horticulture Farm celebrate floral fabulosity with the Bloom Time Festival and Open House, a day of live music, gardening activities and picnicking at the University of Vermont Horticulture Research Center. Familyfriendly activities of all sorts, such as face painting and wagon rides, delight visitors among all the flowering plants dressed in their springtime best. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 72

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Rainbow Connection Pride Center of Vermont volunteers join up with Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront for a Community Planting Day & Garden Planning event at Starr Farm Park. At the park’s community garden, the site of the center’s future trans and queer outdoor space, the team plants shrubs and perennials and shares ideas. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 72


As a Clam Sequels abound nowadays, but Rebecca Silbernagel’s “The Happy Place Project, Part 2” is a welcome one. The photographer and House clerk employee presents a follow-up to her 2020 exhibit, featuring portraits of Vermont state legislators at home or other beloved locations in their districts. The show is on view through May 27 in the Vermont Statehouse cafeteria in Montpelier. SEE GALLERY LISTING ON PAGE 57




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Vermont can be a challenging place to run a business — especially if it’s one that requires steady foot traffic to make ends meet. Even before the pandemic, the state’s tiny population, rugged geography, unpredictable weather, and housing and labor shortages presented obstacles for local shops of all sizes. On the flip side, Vermont customers are loyal. Appreciative. Many are willing to spend more money or travel farther — or both — to support a local business they have come to rely upon. Their love and support helped ease the economic devastation of the last two years on Vermont’s restaurants, cultural organizations and retail stores. While the pandemic revealed many things here to be more fragile than we imagined, it also confirmed that Vermonters are resilient, creative and caring. In recognition of that enduring, entrepreneurial spirit, Seven Days is bringing back our beloved “best-of” competition, the Daysies, to celebrate the state’s superlatives. After a two-year hiatus, it feels like the right time to revive the annual tradition, which kicked off on Monday with the first of two rounds of public voting. The nomination round ends on May 29; voting for finalists runs from June 20 to July 3. Historically, nearly 25,000 readers have been part of selecting the best of everything in Vermont, from murals to mountaintops, barbershops to beer. You can weigh in, too, at SEVENDAYSVT.COM/DAYSIES-VOTE. After careful tallying and deciphering, our reporters write up the results in a publication, All the Best, that gets inserted in Seven Days on August 3. Two days later, we host a rocking appreciation party at the ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain on Burlington’s waterfront. For small business owners, artists and journalists, the sunset shindig is a highlight of the year. I look forward to seeing Vermont’s pandemic-proven titans of local culture and enterprise gathered together in real life. I’ll be keeping an eye out, too, for If you like what we do and can afford to help the 2022 winner plaques, soon to be hanging pay for it, become a Seven Days Super Reader! in businesses around Vermont. They’ll be Look for the “Give Now” buttons at the top of a different color this year, but the featured Or send a check with your flower remains. address and contact info to: The Daysies are a play on our company SEVEN DAYS, C/O SUPER READERS name, of course, but the horticultural P.O. BOX 1164 BURLINGTON, VT 05402-1164 reference is also apt. Our kind of daisy is a humble delight, an oft-overlooked perennial For more information on making a financial whose yearly return is a sign of summer, new contribution to Seven Days, please contact life and survival. Corey Barrows:



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Champlain Canal in Whitehall, N.Y.

Between a Lock and a Hard Place

A new threat to Lake Champlain reignites debate over invasive-superhighway canal B Y CO L I N FL A ND ER S •


here’s an aquatic army at the gates of Lake Champlain — a battalion of bottom dwellers born to conquer. The round goby, an insatiable, hardy fish that reproduces prolifically, has already colonized the Great Lakes in its advance across the country, reshaping whichever freshwater ecosystems lie in its path. Recently, several gobies turned up in New York’s Hudson River near the entrance to the Champlain Canal, which connects the Hudson with Vermont’s shores. The canal has offered passage to many of the invasive species that already plague Lake Champlain. The goby may soon be next. The seasonal canal, closed since October, reopens this week. New York officials say they are working on a plan to keep the goby out of the lake and intend to release details soon. But anything short of indefinite closure won’t be enough to keep the invaders at bay, environmental advocates say. 14

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“If the lock opens this season, the round goby will be in Lake Champlain,” said Lauren Oates, director of policy and government relations for the Vermont chapter of the Nature Conservancy, one of the nation’s largest environmental groups. “There is no question about that.” Should that happen, the results could be far-reaching. Round gobies eat the eggs of native fish and can outcompete them for food. They also spread deadly diseases up the food chain that have been tied to major fish and bird die-offs. And they can reproduce every 2 0 days during summer months, making them virtually impossible to eradicate. Vermont’s biggest lake could be quickly overrun. Unlike some invasive fish species — looking at you, Asian carp — round gobies

are unlikely to offend on appearances alone. They usually grow between just three and six inches long, with a cylindrical body and a pair of big, bulging eyes often described as “frog-like.” They hatch slate gray but develop black spots as they age and can easily be mistaken for other mottled freshwater fish, such as the sculpin. Native to the Black and Caspian seas in Eurasia, gobies migrated to North America in 1990 in the ballast of seafaring ships. By the turn of the century, they occupied each of the Great Lakes, where they now number in the millions. They have spread to many other waterways from there, usually in the hulls of boats or the bait buckets of anglers. Last summer, four gobies were captured in the Hudson River, setting off alarm bells around Lake Champlain.

Recent water sampling hasn’t detected them in the Champlain Canal, but environmentalists say it’s only a matter of time. The Champlain Canal stretches 60 miles from Waterford, N.Y., to the southern tip of Lake Champlain in Whitehall, N.Y. It is operated by the New York State Canal Corporation, one of dozens of quasi-public corporations that run parts of the state’s infrastructure. New York’s governor appoints a director to oversee a staff of more than 400 people. The partially man-made canal, built nearly 200 years ago, consists of 11 independently operated locks. It was once an important trade route but now caters almost exclusively to local pleasure boaters and adventure tourists circling the Great Loop, a nearly 6,000-mile journey through connected waterways around the eastern half of the U.S. The canal corporation does not track exactly how many boats use the waterway to enter Lake Champlain annually, but the available numbers suggest it’s only several hundred, at most. Officials say traffic fell during the pandemic because of border closures and will likely rebound this season. While New York would need to close only one of the canal’s locks to prevent the goby — and other invasive species — from using it to reach Lake Champlain, doing so would also blockade boats. Supporters of the closure say it would only be temporary. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has spent the last several years exploring ways for boats to move through the locks without allowing in uninvited critters. The corps is expected to report its findings in the coming weeks. “We’re simply asking for time for them to get it done,” Oates, of the Nature Conservancy, said. But even a temporary lock closure could hurt the rural region’s tourist economy. “It’s not a lot of money, but it’s enough, especially for the marina industry,” said Mike O’Brien, president of the Vermont Boat & Marine Association. Many canal users also visit the New York towns and villages along its span, and some are drawn to the engineering relic itself, said Bob Radliff, executive director of the Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor. “Heritage tourism is a growing trend. People want to come visit authentic, historic sites,” said Radliff, whose organization was established by Congress two decades ago to promote New York’s canal BETWEEN A LOCK AND A HARD PLACE

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Canadian tourists are returning to Vermont after years of pandemic precautions BY A NN E WALL ACE ALLEN •



But they’ve started coming back. On April 1, Canada dropped its testing rules for people entering or reentering the country. Since then, Blouin has seen a change. “There has definitely been a pickup,” she said. It’s too soon to know whether visitor numbers will bounce back to pre-pandemic levels before the busy summer tourist season, but people who operate businesses in northern Vermont say the Canadians are trickling in. “People who have summer homes on the lake who we haven’t seen for two years are now starting to show up again at my store,” said state Rep. Mike Marcotte (R-Coventry), the longtime owner of the Jimmy Kwik gas station and convenience store in Newport. Many Canadians own second homes in


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Vermont, including along Lake Memphremagog. “And we’re starting to see more Canadian plates,” Marcotte added. Kevin Mack, the director of operations at the Burke Mountain Resort, has noted a surge in Canadian hotel bookings through Tuango, a Canadian app similar to Groupon that offers its members deals on getaways and events. “In the six days it’s been available, we’ve sold dozens of packages to our guests in Québec,” Mack said in late April. Data from AirDNA, which tracks the short-term rental industry, show how steeply Canadian travel to Vermont dropped in March 2020. Canadian reviews of short-term lodgings in the Green Mountain State fell off by about 90 percent in June, July and August 2020 compared to those months in 2019. The pattern played out last summer, too. And in the first two months of this year, reviews were again down more than 80 percent compared to 2019. Vermont has long had a close economic relationship with its neighbor to the north. The state shares its two largest bodies of water — Lake Champlain and Lake Memphremagog — with Canada. Vermont has a trade office in Montréal, and there are dozens of Canadian-owned businesses in the state, including two of Vermont’s biggest maple companies, Highland Sugarworks and Sapjack. Canada is Vermont’s largest foreign trade partner. Canadian tourists usually make up about a third of the visitors at Shore Acres Inn & Restaurant, a resort in North Hero. Some of the guests who canceled their reservations for the summers of 2020 and 2021 are calling to say they’re coming this summer, said Pamela Roberts, the resort’s assistant general manager. After the border testing requirement was dropped on April 1, “We got a flurry of calls: ‘We’re going to make it this year,’” Roberts said.

t’s been a long time since Sue Blouin has counted on Canadian customers to stop by her farm and store in Enosburg Falls for baked goods and goat cheese. Pre-pandemic, Canadians made up 15 percent of the traffic at her place. But for the past two years, that dwindled to nearly nothing. Although the Québec border is just 10 miles north of the Boston Post Dairy and its small store, the rigors of COVID-19 testing requirements for crossing all but choked off the flow of Canadian shoppers. “They just didn’t bother,” Blouin said. More than a million people passed into Vermont through the state’s 15 Canadian border crossings in the federal fiscal year that ended on September 30, 2019; just 437,000 did in 2020, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. In 2021, the number dropped to 82,000, the agency said.

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news Between a Lock and a Hard Place « P.14 system. “A working waterway is essential to the experience people come here seeking.” People also want to visit a healthy lake, though — especially anglers, whose sport would be affected by the goby. Voracious round gobies can be frustrating bait stealers. They also gorge on the eggs of important sport fish, including lake trout, which are finally thriving in Lake Champlain after decades of conservation efforts. Fears of a fouled fishery drove members of the governing board in Essex County, N.Y., to endorse a resolution earlier this year in favor of keeping the lock closed for the summer. Neither Radliff nor O’Brien would say whether they would support the move, even if it were truly the only way to keep the goby out of Lake Champlain this summer. Radliff said he was concerned about the precedent it would set, noting that there have been calls to close other parts of New York’s vast canal system. O’Brien said he would need to know more about the ramifications of a goby-infested lake.

“We’ve had invasive species in the past, and we’ve never closed the lock,” the marine group president said. The goby certainly wouldn’t be the first pest to infiltrate Lake Champlain through the canal. Researchers believe that almost half of the roughly 50 invasive species now present in the lake got there through the New York waterways, with many coming through the Champlain Canal.



Timothy Mihuc, director of the Lake Champlain Research Institute, was one of the researchers who first discovered the spiny water flea in the Champlain Canal a decade ago. The goby, he said, is simply the “most recent poster child” of how the canal serves as a conduit to invasive species.

Vermont officials, led by U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), pushed for a lock closure in 2012 to prevent the spiny water flea from invading the lake. The New York State Canal Corporation refused, citing the potential economic impacts. The water flea eventually made its way into the lake, though it is not clear whether the canal played a role. Leahy, who helped secure federal funding for the ongoing Army Corps of Engineers study, continues to support a lock closure. He and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) told Seven Days in a joint statement last week that the canal corporation must take immediate steps to keep the goby out of the lake, even if that means restricting boat traffic until a permanent barrier can be installed. Officials in Gov. Phil Scott’s administration aren’t willing to go that far. Citing the recent news that the goby has not moved any closer to the canal, Vermont Natural Resources Secretary Julie Moore said her agency was not asking New York to keep the lock closed at this time. She would not say at what point her agency might support such a move. “Our position will continue to be reconsidered and modified as needed,” she said.

Moore’s counterparts in New York have no control over the waterway and say they are working with the New York State Canal Corporation on mitigation measures. The canal agency, meanwhile, has not indicated whether it would even consider closing a lock this season. A spokesperson responded to an interview request by referring Seven Days to a press release the agency put out with the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation in March about steps it was taking to keep the goby out of the canal. The release listed a few immediate mitigation measures, such as a new “double draining” protocol aimed at better flushing out locks before boats pass through. And it promised a “rapid response” plan that the canal agency says will determine what happens if the goby was found in the canal. Solutions have been batted around for years, Mihuc said, but every time a new pest comes along, the same debate resurfaces. “We’ve had a lot of discussion,” he said. “It’s time to actually do something.” m

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Pamela Roberts at Shore Acres Inn & Restaurant


Many Vermonters have family members on both sides of the border, and in some northern communities, such as Derby Line — where the international border runs through the Haskell Free Library & Opera House — the towns were once practically merged. Over the decades, border residents have become accustomed to crossing back and forth through the small, rural U.S. Customs and Border Protection stations for groceries, work or family business. Canadians who lived near the border would often head south to buy gas, which was typically less expensive in the U.S. When the border closed abruptly in March 2020, business and essential travel continued. But the family visits ended, and so did tourism. Jay Peak Resort, which used to draw 50 percent of its visitors from Canada, saw those customers disappear in 2020. COVID-19 safety measures closed most of the resort’s operations in the early weeks of the pandemic, and even as Jay Peak started to reopen that summer, business at the resort — which also has a water park and an 18-hole golf course — looked dire. “Our Canadian business wasn’t down; it was nonexistent,” said JJ Toland, Jay Peak’s director of communications. Travel restrictions kept some

out-of-staters away; many local customers were reluctant to venture out for safety reasons; and complex social-distancing rules for hotels, restaurants and stores limited how many people could stay or dine. Guidelines for shopping, recreation and travel were even more confusing for Americans trying to get into Canada. And they’re still confounding. Gillian Sewake, who runs the St. Johnsbury Chamber of Commerce, said she recently struggled to figure out the rules as she planned a family trip to Canada for this fall. Sewake, whose office is housed at the visitor center in St. Johnsbury, said locals occasionally come in seeking help with the Canadian app, ArriveCAN. While the testing requirement is gone, anyone heading into Canada by road must still use the app to enter their proof of vaccination. Some who return to Canada are subject to random PCR tests. There’s no such requirement for those headed south into the U.S. “There remains a good amount of confusion,” Sewake said. Even before the recent loosening of border testing requirements, things had begun to look up at some Vermont tourist attractions. The missing Canadians were replaced by U.S. travelers, who put off overseas vacations and instead drove to destinations such as Vermont. Many of the state’s restaurants, stores and other

Ad paid for by BHAKTA Spirits attractions had very strong traffic during last fall’s foliage season — much of it from Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey — and expect a busy summer. Jay Peak took in its highest revenues ever in the fiscal year that ended in April, Toland said. “We came in 32 percent better than we thought we were going to be,” Toland said. “And it was 99.99 percent domestic. It more than made up for the loss of the Canadians.” Bookings for season passes and weekend stays are already up sharply at the golf course, where 70 percent of the visitors came from Canada pre-pandemic, Toland said. “This year, we expect close to a full return to normalcy,” Toland said. “We’re seeing a lot more Canadian postcodes.”



A similar phenomenon has played out on the shores of Lake Champlain. Jack Wallace, the co-owner of the Burlington Harbor Marina, relied on Canadians for about half of his business before 2020. They’ve largely stayed away for the past two years, but domestic boaters have filled the marina’s 180 slips, drawn to an activity that trade groups say has grown more popular. “So the U.S. customer has, fortunately for us, backfilled some of that demand that we have lost,” Wallace said. Wallace has rented almost all of his full-season slips for this summer. He also leaves open 40 slips for short-term bookings, and Canadian reservations for those stays are rising. The recent uptick in travel is going both ways. In mid-April, Marcotte, the Jimmy Kwik gas station owner, visited his in-laws in Canada for the first time in two and a half years. The family lives about an hour and a half north of the border, in Valcourt, Québec. Before COVID-19, Marcotte and his wife used to visit at least monthly and would stop at a Québec grocery store for French cheeses, gravy and smoked meats. Since their last visit, Marcotte’s mother-in-law had moved to an assisted living home. “It was good to have a meal with them and sit down and chitchat,” Marcotte said. m

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CRIPPLED PHINEAS WITHEY IV SEEKS ASSISTANCE! he return of the airborne menace known to all diligent readers as the “Griswold Griffin” had not come according to prophecy—proving anew that no man knows the hour of doom until he is caught quivering in his own pantaloons on the Poultney Riviera, watching helplessly as a winged beast lays waste to a most pleasing BHAKTA Jubilee party. . . As noted in last week’s volume, the Griffin has completed its seasonal migration from Lake Champlain to the Poultney River, where it set about a number of trespasses, which quite frankly I cannot print in a family newspaper for fear of offending mothers and grandmothers, provoking further prison riots, calling into question my reputation for impartial reporting, and causing the reading public to concoct all manner of conspiracy theories—of which, believe me, there have been many. On the topic of this destructive gossip, our nemesis Raff Bezaleel Jr. has (through his tangled web of small-time crooks and union bosses) compromised the editorial boards of both The New York Times and The Corn Whiskey Gazette into publishing a series of hit pieces suggesting that the mighty Griffin was in fact naught but a goofy fruit bat, and that we, the victims of the senseless fright, were exaggerating our plight in a desperate plea for Attention. Hogwash! Mr. Bhakta’s madcap Minister of Propaganda Andrew B. Lohsë, well-known for possessing an allergy to hyperbole, simply could not stand the insinuation that he had in some manner stretched the bounds of belief in his plainly-stated retelling—and found it well past time to put the matter to bed. He has dispatched me forthwith to correct the record. An inquest into the affair launched by H.O.G. Bhakta has culminated in the indictment of a crooked newspaperman, a shootout in the backroom of a local VFW, and the seizure of countless trunks of costumery containing the flamboyant disguises employed by Bezaleel Jr. in commission of his rumor campaign; these fanciful outfits are now safely in possession of the Green Mountain Community School’s Shakespearean Society. But I digress—finding my mind quite feeble from the crippling siege, which has left me predictably worse for wear. From here on out I shall write to you candidly regarding my struggles. I confess most humbly that I, your loyal purveyor of brandy and amusement, require your prompt assistance. I remain under strict orders of bedrest from Mr. Bhakta’s attending physician, Dr. Cooligan, whose prescription of 750 milliliters of BHAKTA 50 Barrel 23 “Morgan” to be ingested by means of a pewter funnel has proven revivifying. . . but has alas run out most swiftly, as it always does.

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Bathhouse, Bowling Alley Planned for Burlington Brownfield Site BY COLIN FLANDERS

Vermont will spend $6 million cleaning up a contaminated property along Burlington’s Pine Street so that the vacant land can be redeveloped into a Nordic bathhouse and a bowling alley. The money to rehab 453 Pine Street will come from a fund meant to help businesses and municipalities clean up brownfields, a type of contaminated land regulated by the state. The property, located south of the Maltex Building, sits near the old Barge Canal, where workers from a long-gone coal gasification plant used to dump coal tar, cyanide and other contaminated residue. Previous redevelopment efforts there have failed over the years, largely because of the massive remediation costs. State and city officials were scheduled to announce the new funding at a press conference on Wednesday, May 18. A press release about the event said two new businesses would open at 453 Pine and named two local entrepreneurs expected to attend: Alex Crothers, a co-owner of Higher Ground, and Jovial King, the founder and former owner of Urban Moonshine, a line of herbal tonics and digestive bitters. King, who did not respond to a call for comment on Tuesday morning, told Seven Days last fall that she wanted to build a botanically themed bathhouse somewhere in Burlington’s South End. A website for the project, Silt Botanica Bathhouse, says it is now planned for 453 Pine Street. A conceptual plan there also shows a bowling alley proposed right next door called Backside Bowl. The property’s owner, Rick Davis, has been trying to sell 453 Pine and an adjacent polluted lot, 501 Pine, for several years. Combined, they make up about eight acres, with an asking price of $2.5 million. The businesses would be located in a section of the Queen City that some say is ripe for more housing. Burlington entrepreneur Russ Scully has been urging the city to change its zoning rules so that residential properties could be allowed in a swath of the South End that now only allows light manufacturing and industrial uses. The city’s planning commission has not yet voted on the idea. m


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Feeding Anxiety

The nationwide infant formula shortage is causing stress for Vermont families B Y ALISO N NO VAK •


n March, Colchester resident Beth Raymond noticed it was becoming difficult to find the cans of Similac Sensitive infant formula she relied upon to feed her 6-month-old daughter. A few weeks ago, the situation worsened. Raymond couldn’t find any Similac Sensitive, forcing her to switch to the standard formulation of Similac, which her daughter’s stomach didn’t tolerate as well. Last week, Raymond couldn’t even locate that type, so she placed an online order for a few cans of soy-based formula from Target as a backup. “Shelves are bare,” Raymond wrote in a Facebook message to Seven Days. “It’s going to be completely gone soon and I’m not sure what we’re going to do.” Raymond is not alone in her worries. Across the state, families who rely on formula to feed their infants are struggling to find supplies and to understand when the situation will improve. For her part, Raymond is concerned about how so many changes in formula will affect her child, now 8 months old, who seems to be eating less. Raymond is even contemplating starting her daughter on whole milk, even though that’s not

recommended by doctors until babies are 12 months old. “You’re hitting moms at their biological level,” said Magdalene Miller, maternal child health manager for Northern Counties Health Care, which provides at-home nurse visits to pregnant women and new mothers in the Northeast Kingdom. “They need to protect and feed their babies, and babies must eat to survive, and they must eat an incredibly specific combination of things and a specific amount.” Lawmakers across the country are calling the shortage a national emergency because three-quarters of American babies rely on formula for at least part of their diet. The problem can be traced to supply chain issues and the February closure of one of the nation’s largest infant formula factories after bacterial infections sickened four babies, two of whom died. That Sturgis, Mich., factory — run by Abbott Nutrition, which makes Similac and several other common powdered formulas — remains closed, but Abbott officials announced this week that the company had reached an agreement with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration that would allow it to reopen shortly. Once

that happens, though, Abbott said it will take between six and eight weeks for its products to show up on store shelves. The closure of Abbott’s Michigan facility has led other U.S. companies to try to ramp up production. But besides Abbott, there are only three major formula manufacturers: Mead Johnson, which makes Enfamil; Nestlé USA, which makes Gerber; and Perrigo, which makes store-brand formulas for companies such as Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Target and Costco. The four producers are responsible for 90 percent of the U.S. supply of infant formula and are struggling to fill the void. Perrigo has a production facility in Franklin County. The Georgia, Vt., plant also makes formula for San Franciscobased startup Bobbie, an organic, European-style infant formula subscription service that has had to turn away new customers in recent weeks because of a surge in demand. In an statement emailed to Seven Days last Thursday, a Perrigo spokesperson said the company was “running at maximum capacity” and had “prioritized production of formulas and sizes that are in high demand.” But in an interview with Reuters last Friday,

The best time to buy Birkenstock® all year! Perrigo’s CEO and president, Murray Kessler, said that despite his company’s facilities running at 115 percent capacity, he expected shortages to last for the remainder of 2022. “We have stepped up and are killing ourselves to do everything we can,” Kessler told Reuters. In December 2020, the St. Albans Messenger reported that the company had plans to expand its Vermont plant, but a Georgia zoning official told Seven Days last week that Perrigo had not yet applied for any building permits. The U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform sent letters on Friday to Perrigo, Abbott, Mead Johnson and Nestlé USA requesting more informa-



tion by May 26 about when they became aware of the formula shortage and the steps they’ve taken to increase production. The Biden administration also has announced plans to import formula from countries that have an excess supply, though it’s unclear when that will begin. The uncertain timeline concerns those in Vermont who work with moms and babies. Miller said nurses at her agency saw an uptick in calls last week from families worried about not being able to find the brand of formula they are accustomed to — or, in some cases, substitute brands, either. Some of the families Miller works with in rural areas have had to travel long distances to find the formula they need, which she says is “not sustainable.” Miller has seen an increase in posts on Caledonia County’s Buy Nothing Facebook group, with people listing or seeking cans of formula. Further complicating the matter for Raymond, the Colchester mother, and many other Northeast Kingdom families Miller serves: Like thousands of low-income families in Vermont, they purchase formula through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, commonly known as WIC. More than half of the infant formula in the country is purchased by WIC recipients, who are only allowed to buy it at authorized stores. In Vermont, 108 grocery stores accept WIC payments, according the state’s WIC program director, Karen Flynn. So when Raymond finds formula

in stock at another store, she has to pay full price — usually $30 to $40 for a 30-ounce can of powder, which lasts around five to eight days. Flynn said staff in the 12 Vermont Department of Health regional offices have been working with families and vendors to try to improve access to formula. That means reaching out to WIC-authorized grocery stores to get a better gauge of available supplies and — since women sometimes supplement breastfeeding with formula — providing lactation support for mothers trying to increase the amount of milk they produce. To keep costs down, WIC is required by federal regulation to contract with an infant formula maker, Flynn said. Vermont, like the majority of states, has a contract with Abbott. But since the Michigan factory shutdown, Vermont’s WIC program has also made use of waivers offered by the USDA, allowing recipients more flexibility in the brands and sizes of formula they can purchase. Supply chain issues have been a challenge since the pandemic began, but the formula shortage feels like “another level of difficulty,” Flynn said. Some parents have found workarounds. Although the FDA does not allow European infant formula to be sold in the United States, Nycole Bubenko of Fairfax started ordering German formula on a third-party website in 2015 after not being able to produce enough milk to feed her first child and learning that most of the U.S.-made formulas were manufactured with corn syrup. The organic German formula was made with higher-quality ingredients and was gentler on her son’s stomach, Bubenko said. Now a mother of three, including a newborn, Bubenko has continued to order the German formula online. She says it’s comparable in cost to U.S.-made formula when bought in bulk and arrives in less than a week. As of last week, she’d been able to obtain it without any trouble. “There is another option, and it isn’t as out of reach as people may think,” Bubenko said. But the American Academy of Pediatrics cautions against importing formula from overseas because it is not subject to FDA regulations. Dr. Meghan Gunn, chief of pediatrics at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, supports that position. “In terms of their composition, they don’t necessarily meet U.S. requirements, but they are probably safe,” Gunn said. “I think we need the FDA to be involved in that importation before I feel comfortable recommending it.” FEEDING ANXIETY

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t a debate last month featuring the three leading Democratic candidates for Vermont’s lone U.S. House seat, moderator Mike Dougherty asked each whether she would “refuse future donations from registered state and federal lobbyists.” The question, at a forum hosted by, came shortly before the candidates filed reports disclosing money they’d raised during the first quarter of the year. Lt. Gov. Molly Gray, for one, was forthright. “I won’t here tonight say that I won’t accept state or federal lobbyist contributions, but I will be disclosing every dollar,” Gray said, “and Vermonters can judge who supports the campaign for themselves.” Two days later, Gray’s campaign finance report made clear just how successful she has been in raising cash from federal lobbyists and Beltway insiders. A Seven Days analysis found that the $628,000 she had raised through March includes tens of thousands of dollars from federal lobbyists who live in Washington, D.C.; Maryland; and Virginia. In fact, she received nearly $100,000 from people who live in the Beltway area — about 16 percent of her donations since her December 6 campaign launch. Her donors include high-profile Washington movers and shakers who have worked for former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, as well as her former bosses: U.S. Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and retiring U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt). Gray received money from lobbyists who have represented telecom giants including Verizon, AT&T, Samsung, Comcast, and T-Mobile, plus tech behemoths Oracle, Amazon, Google, Facebook/ Meta and Microsoft. Several lobbyists for defense contractors donated, as well as some who have represented pharmaceutical companies such as Horizon Therapeutics, Bayer, Catalent, Pfizer, Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline. The donor list solidifies Gray’s position as the establishment pick in what is expected to be the marquee Vermont race of the 2022 campaign season, with a slate of Democratic women vying to become the first of their gender to represent the state in Washington. While Gray has highlighted her childhood growing up on a Newbury farm, the list shows that she is comfortable asking for money in the Beltway world.



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GRAY’S D.C. DONORS Nearly 200 people from the D.C. area have donated to the U.S. House campaign of Lt. Gov. Molly Gray. They include: Former U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) aide JOHN PODESTA ($500), a Washington insider who served as president Bill Clinton’s chief of staff and advised president Barack Obama. Podesta was also chair of Hillary Clinton’s failed 2016 run for president.

LESLIE DACH ($500), who served with Podesta in the Clinton White House and later joined Walmart, where he helped rebrand the company. He also served in the Obama administration and as a temporary adviser in the Biden administration.

MARTIN FRANKS ($1,250), a former Leahy chief

GREGORY CRAIG ($1,500), a powerful

of staff who went on to serve as a top lobbyist for CBS. His wife, SHERRY, gave $250.

Washington lawyer with Vermont ties who worked for both the Clinton and Obama administrations.

KAREN DUNN ($250), an attorney for former

president Obama and a star litigator who has represented Oracle, Facebook, Apple, Uber and SolarCity, a company now owned by Tesla. STEVEN ELMENDORF ($1,000), a highprofile Washington lobbyist who was chief of staff to former U.S. House speaker Dick Gephardt and worked on multiple presidential campaigns. CHRIS PUTALA ($1,000), a lobbyist and

former aide to President Joe Biden when he served on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Lobbyist JEFF RICCHETTI, whose brother Steve is a top Biden aide, gave $500. MICHAEL SMITH ($500), who has been “recognized by various publications as a ‘Top Hired Gun,’ a ‘Top Corporate Lobbyist,’ and a leading Democratic fundraiser,” according to the website of his company, Cornerstone Government Affairs.

WILLIAM GOODMAN ($3,000), lobbyist at

government contractor Applied Research Associates, served as senior defense adviser to Leahy and worked in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. TODD STERN ($250), the former U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change who helped negotiate the Paris Climate Accord in 2015. JUDITH MCHALE ($1,000), former CEO of Discovery Communications, served as under secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs under Obama. THOMAS “MACK” MCLARTY ($2,900), former chief of staff to president Clinton, cofounded McLarty Associates, an international trade consultancy. His cofounder, NELSON CUNNINGHAM ($2,000), also worked in the Clinton White House and, in the 1990s, as general counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“She just called me out of the blue one day,” lobbyist Nathan Daschle, the son of former Democratic Senate majority leader Tom Daschle, told Seven Days in an email. He counts 3M, Berkshire Hathaway Energy and Toyota as recent clients, records show. “She introduced herself and talked a little about the campaign, and I was impressed with her. I also appreciated that she wasn’t running as the candidate of the far left.” Gray asked for a donation, and Daschle, president of the Daschle Group, gave her $2,900, the max allowed for the primary election cycle. Gray’s supporters say her D.C. haul is a product of the relationships she formed while living and working on Capitol Hill. Those connections actually began in Vermont in 2005, when Gray interned in Leahy’s Burlington office. The next year, she worked on Welch’s winning campaign and moved to D.C. to take a job on his staff. From 2008 to 2011, Gray was a congressional affairs associate for the International Committee of the Red Cross. She worked with various congressional committees and led delegations on trips to developing countries “to promote greater understanding of and support for the ICRC’s work globally,” according to Gray’s campaign manager, Samantha Sheehan. Asked about Gray’s D.C.-area haul, Sheehan cited the “large ‘Vermont diaspora’” there, as well as the many people with whom Gray worked while at the Red Cross. “Her diverse support reflects that people know she will be ready to hit the ground running as an effective first congresswoman for Vermont,” Sheehan said. The other two top contenders for Vermont’s U.S. House seat raised far less from Beltway denizens: Vermont Sen. Kesha Ram Hinsdale (D-Chittenden) brought in about $40,000, while state Senate President Pro Tempore Becca Balint (D-Windham) raised about $22,400. Overall, Gray has so far raised about 49 percent of her total haul from donors with out-of-state addresses. For Balint, that figure was 41 percent; for Ram Hinsdale, about 47 percent. The next finance reports are due July 15. Aside from briefly working for Leahy, Gray has another tie to Vermont’s senior senator: Her uncle, the late Bill Gray, was a politician and a close friend of Leahy’s. Molly Gray’s success among D.C.-area BELTWAY BUCKS

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Some environmentalists were pleased with progress made this past legislative session toward addressing climate goals, but others felt stung by painful setbacks. On one hand, initiatives such as home weatherization and electric vehicle incentives enjoyed an unprecedented infusion of nearly $200 million in federal pandemic assistance. On the other, the highest-priority climate bill was blocked by Gov. Phil Scott, and Democratic efforts to override his veto blew up in their faces. “I’m feeling fairly sad and defeated for young people and future generations,” said Johanna Miller, energy and climate program director for the Vermont Natural Resources Council. “What will it take?” Democratic leaders thought they had the 100 votes to override Scott’s veto of their centerpiece climate initiative — a bill to promote cleaner heating sources. But they realized how wrong they were on May 10 when Rep. Tom Bock (D-Chester) voted against it. Rep. Mike McCarthy (D-St. Albans), House majority whip, noted that Bock had voted in favor of the bill on two separate occasions and gave leaders no indication he had changed in mind. “We trust members will talk to us if they have questions, and he broke that trust,” McCarthy said. Bock came under significant pressure to switch his vote the following day, something legislative rules allow in narrow circumstances. He did not budge. The three-term lawmaker and retired owner of a screen-printing shop is not running for reelection because he is moving to Colchester. Bock said he changed his mind about the bill in the final days of the session after getting deluged with emails and telephone calls from constituents questioning how it was drafted and its impact on low-income residents.

The bill would have allowed the Public Utility Commission to establish a program requiring fuel dealers to decrease the amount of fossil fuel they sell or pay fees in proportion to the carbon pollution those fuels produce. Alternatively, they could sell more biofuels, install electric heat pumps and weatherize homes to cut down on fossil-fuel consumption. Bock said he didn’t trust the commission to design the program properly. The state’s environmental organizations were split over the bill, with some, such as VNRC and the Vermont Public Interest Research Group, considering it a crucial step to rein in carbon emissions. Others, such as the Conservation Law Foundation and Vermonters for a Clean Environment, were concerned that the program would create incentives for fuel companies to switch to biofuels, which can also produce hefty carbon emissions. A separate effort to bolster forest protections under Act 250 and to change how the development law is administered also failed. Brian Shupe, executive director of the VNRC, called the collapse of that bill “a terrible outcome.” Not every environmentalist was in mourning, however. Robb Kidd, the conservation program manager at the Vermont chapter of the Sierra Club, said he was thrilled with the investments in the transportation sector included in the state’s $8.3 billion budget. He called the funding for EV incentives and infrastructure “unprecedented” and said they amounted to nearly $40 million. “In the transportation sector, we’ve made enormous progress,” he said. He noted that $80 million designated for weatherization and another $45 million to help cities and towns insulate public buildings will reduce heating pollution by boosting efficiency. m


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donors is noteworthy for a first-time candidate for federal office. It offers a peek into Leahy’s sphere of influence as he closes out a 48-year Senate career. At least 15 of Gray’s Beltway-area donors are current or former Leahy staffers, and many others have connections to senators in his orbit or did work for the various committees he’s served on. Although Leahy does not plan to endorse a candidate in the House primary, his daughter, Alicia Leahy, a lobbyist for the Motion Picture Association of America, gave Gray $250. Lobbyists Luke Albee, Ed Pagano and Marla Grossman — all former Leahy staffers — hosted D.C. fundraisers for Gray in March, and the three donated a combined $4,650 to her campaign. In an interview, Albee described his backyard event as low-key, featuring “pizza and Costco kale salad and beer.” “And a lot of the folks you see on that report came because … Molly’s the one candidate who worked in D.C. and who really left a mark,” said Albee, who served as Leahy’s chief of staff from 1993 to 2005. By his count, some 20 people who served as chiefs of staff for members of Congress or Democratic presidents have donated to Gray. Albee noted that first-year members of Congress hold little sway. “If you want to give donations to peddle influence,” Albee said, “this isn’t the race to start at.” Another lobbyist donor, Will Todd of Cornerstone Government Affairs, previously worked as a staffer on the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations. Todd donated $2,000, plus a $200 in-kind donation for a venue rental for a fundraising event. (Gray worked with Todd — “and other congressional staff” — during her time at the International Committee of the Red Cross, Sheehan noted). “The thing about Sen. Leahy is, he does, and always has, encouraged political activism among his staff,” said Carolyn Dwyer, Leahy’s longtime campaign spokesperson. She hired Gray to work on Welch’s campaign in 2006 and has been a mentor to her since then. “And so it really shouldn’t be a surprise to people that so many of them are politically engaged, either while they’re still working for him or once they’ve left his staff.” Outside of D.C., big Democrat donors have also joined Team Molly. Julie Packard, daughter of the cofounder of Hewlett-Packard and a conservationist and philanthropist, gave Gray $2,900. Andrew McCollum, a San Franciscobased angel investor and entrepreneur who cofounded Facebook, gave $5,800, as did Karla Jurvetson, a physician,


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philanthropist, and longtime Democratic activist and donor who gave nearly $15 million to Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) failed 2020 presidential campaign. Massachusetts-based Democratic mega-donors Nancy and Renier Beeuwkes each donated $5,800. (Donations in excess of $2,900 cannot be used until the general election.) “This race is on everybody’s screen because it’s so rare that there are open

seats in the Vermont federal delegation,” Albee said. Federal candidates must disclose the names of contributors who give more than $200 each cycle. Gray’s campaign was the only one in the race to publicly itemize all donations, including the smallest ones. Balint and Ram Hinsdale later shared their full donor lists with Seven Days. They also received money from lobbyists, though far less than Gray.

A fourth Democratic candidate who attended the debate, Sianay Chase Clifford, reported raising about $7,350 in the first quarter, though she only launched her campaign in mid-March. A fifth candidate, Dr. Louis Meyers, didn’t file a first-quarter campaign finance report. Balint, who at the April debate said she was unclear whether lobbyists had donated to her campaign, acknowledged in an email to Seven Days last week that some had. She also noted that, “for the first time in my political career … I don’t personally know everyone who’s giving me money.” “I will continue to accept donations from individuals and organizations that support my policy positions and believe in me and my approach to solving the challenges we face,” she said. Ram Hinsdale raised about $40,000 of her $444,000 campaign chest from donors in the D.C. area, or about 9 percent. Among them were Stephanie Peters ($500), a lobbyist for Microsoft; Miya Patel ($250), a lobbyist who’s worked for Tesla, Airbnb, Lyft and Google; software company executive Valerie Singer ($500); Celinda Lake ($1,250), a Democratic consultant and pollster; Shekar Narasimhan ($2,900), the chair and founder of the AAPI Victory Fund, a super PAC that supports Asian American and Pacific Islander candidates; Sheila Johnson ($5,800), the CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts; Benjamin Webb ($5,800), a software developer with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy; and Seema Nanda ($1,000), a former CEO of the Democratic National Committee who heads the solicitor’s office in the U.S. Department of Labor. “Progressives everywhere are rallying to send me to Congress and it’s inspiring,” Ram Hinsdale said in an email. “They see the leadership opportunity coming out of Vermont and they want to support it.” Balint brought in more than $22,000 of her $569,000 haul from D.C.-area donors, about 4 percent. Among them were Megan Hull ($2,900), a philanthropist known for donating to Democrats and progressive causes; and two lobbyists who also champion LGBTQ causes: Mary Beth Stanton ($1,000), who has represented defense contractor Raytheon Technologies, Home Depot, Toyota and student loan company Navient; and John Michael González ($1,500), who has represented Qualcomm and Microsoft, plus pharmaceutical companies such as Takeda, Merck and Amgen. J.W. “Joey” Kaempfer Jr., a D.C.-area developer and major Democratic donor, gave $1,000. “I am so grateful to all of the people across Vermont and across the country who have donated to my campaign,” Balint said in an email. All three candidates have sworn off corporate political action committee

money, but they all are accepting donations from special interest PACs. Balint, who seeks to become the first openly gay member of Congress from Vermont, took in $24,400 from D.C.-based PACs, including Equality PAC and the LGBTQ Victory Fund. Ram Hinsdale, who is of Jewish and South Asian descent, has made a point of emphasizing her support and endorsements from labor unions. She received $22,500 from D.C.-based PACs, including the National Rural Letter Carriers’

Association PAC and the Indian American Impact Fund. Gray took in about $11,000 from D.C.based PACs, including the American Association for Justice PAC and the Carpenters Legislative Improvement Committee United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners. She also received $5,000 from a Minnesota-based PAC, American Crystal Sugar Company, a cooperative of sugar beet farmers that gives money to candidates of all parties. Gray’s Leahy and Welch connections,

though, have proven the most fruitful for her Beltway fundraising. And she’s seized opportunities to emphasize her links to — and admiration for — two of Vermont’s most popular and powerful politicians. At the end of last month’s debate, Digger moderators asked the four candidates to name a “U.S. politician, living or dead, whose political values come closest to reflecting your own policy decisions.” Ram Hinsdale named U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), a progressive who represents most of Seattle and endorsed

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[Re “Charging Forward,” February 9]: Decoupling from fossil fuels is to be applauded. But a point is missed: Decoupling from heating needs is the target. Insulate, insulate, insulate and insulate more. The house may cost more, but return on investment can also be proven. We can sell homes when showing yearly heating costs are low. Naysayers have pea-size arguments to make. They may then go away so we all may work toward

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[Re “Leaked SCOTUS Abortion Ruling Is Likely to Buoy Prop 5 Support in Vermont,” May 3, online]: I am distressed that our legislators chose to pass a law in 2019 that contains the words “every individual who becomes pregnant.”

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In his recent letter [Feedback: “Way to Make a Difference,” May 4], Douglas Hoffman expressed an objection to meaningful climate regulations in Vermont based on the type of limited and constrained thinking typical of climate deniers and Republicans. Never mind that while it may be true that Vermont’s contribution to global CO2

emissions is minimal, choosing to do nothing is the moral equivalent of not voting. But who knows? Maybe Mr. Hoffman doesn’t vote. Instead, in referencing his state senator’s remark regarding Vermont’s role in providing climate leadership, he misses the point entirely. To interpret the senator’s remark as a need to “feel good” about oneself is a spectacular failure of understanding and imagination. It’s not about “feeling good.” It’s about moving away from 19th-century technologies while adopting 21st-century ones. It’s about recognizing that, among other things, if no effort is made to transition away from the world’s necessarily finite supply of fossil fuels, it is only then that we will have to “endure the hardships” that Mr. Hoffman seems keen to avoid. Most importantly, it’s about Vermont having the opportunity to demonstrate to the country and the rest of the world that a clean-energy economy can be vibrant and produce good-paying jobs. So cheer up, Mr. Hoffman; it’s very simple. Why not help out the next generation? Rick Weinstein


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Burlington airport commissioner, serving as chair from 2013 to 2021. Surviving are his wife, Mary Billings Munger; two daughters, Emma Ingalls (Kellen) of Underhill, Vt., and Hannah Munger of Brooklyn, N.Y.; a sister, Susan Munger, of Goshen, Vt.; two grandchildren, Harlowe and River Ingalls; and a cousin/”sister,” Martha Jackson of Rutland, Vt., who, upon the death of her parents, came with her brother to live with Jeff’s family. He was predeceased by his cousin/”brother,” Russ Munger.

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School, where he met his wife, Valerie Hurley. In the back-to-the-land days, they moved to a farm in

Bloomville, N.Y., where their daughters, Mara and Erin, were born. Mara died in 1987 at the age of 12. In 1989, the family moved to Charlotte, Vt. Among many talents, John was a master at managing finances, an avid sailor, and a gifted musician and playwright. His plays, which were short and funny, were produced in Boston, Cape Cod, New Hampshire and Vermont. For many years, he volunteered as a hospice visitor, lending his calm, steady presence to patients at the end of their lives. John was curious

about the world and cared deeply about protecting this country’s cherished democracy; he loved to discuss politics and wrote many letters to the editor. He had a gentle, beautiful spirit; an amazing intellect; and a comedic view of the world. He was loved by many people, including his wife, Valerie; his daughter Erin and daughter-in-law Terra; his grandsons, Grady and Jasper; his brothers, Arthur and Robert; his sister-in-law, Alison; and his cousin, Judy. Over the course of many years, but especially in the

last months of his life, John had outstanding medical caregivers. The family would like to extend their deep appreciation to all the wonderful doctors and nurses, both within University of Vermont Medical Center and beyond, who gave him excellent care and showed him profound compassion. A celebration of John’s life will be held in Westchester County, N.Y., in August. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to ProPublica, VTDigger, or University of Vermont Home Health & Hospice.

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Lawrence Meier

J. Jeffrey Munger, 79, of Burlington, Vt., died on May 8, 2022, at the University of Vermont Medical Center, surrounded by his family. Born in Summit, N.J., he was the son of the late Barbara Feigenspan and John Elliot Munger, and the stepson of Leslie Thomas. He grew up on the Jersey shore and learned to sail as a child. He was recruited to play football


Please join us for a memorial and to celebrate the life of Lawrence Meier. We will be gathering at 2 p.m. on May 21 at 291 Bostwick Farm Rd., Shelburne, to remember Larry, a wonderful father and friend who is greatly missed.

John Kern

SEPTEMBER 3, 1943MAY 8, 2022 BURLINGTON, VT. John Kern, 78, died peacefully on May 8, 2022, in Burlington, Vt., due to complications from an abdominal fistula. He was born in 1943 in Louisville, Ky., to Irving Kern and Beatrice (Rubenfeld) Kern and raised in Scarsdale, N.Y. As a Russian major, he received a bachelor’s degree from Brown University. He later earned an MBA at Columbia University and studied writing at the New

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Ann Denise “Dee Dee” Taylor 1951-2022

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harlie’s Boathouse sits on a grassy, quiet piece of land that’s just off the northernmost end of the Burlington bike path. It has a clear view of the Adirondack Mountains across Lake Champlain, and, on a warm May day, the snowy ski trails on Whiteface Mountain were still visible. But at the boathouse, dandelions were in bloom, the grass was lush and the sound of the waves hitting driftwood piled along the shore was peaceful. Visiting the place feels like stepping into nostalgia. It has a throwback vibe that’s palpable in the wooden signs nailed to trees announcing “Parking $5” and “Launching Boat $3.” It’s not hard to imagine kids running around barefoot, Nutty Buddy ice cream cones melting down sticky arms, a pile of wet life jackets on the grass and people drinking beer on a porch swing. But the boathouse has been quiet since its namesake, Charlie Auer, died in February of 2021. The once-bustling summer landmark didn’t open last summer. As walkers, cyclists and boaters return to the bike path and lake, many have wondered whether Charlie’s Boathouse will return this year — or ever. “Will the family reopen it this summer, or will they be selling it?” asked one Seven Days reader. “I hope you’ll consider looking into this beloved spot.”




Christine Auer Hebert

To find out, Seven Days contacted Chris- their cousins don’t have the ability to tine Auer Hebert, Charlie’s 95-year-old take weeks off during the summer to sister, who still goes to the boathouse most run a whole other business. days. She and Auer ran the seasonal busiAnd as far as the original siblings are ness together for decades after they and concerned, Hebert said, “I’m the last one.” two other siblings inherited the property; Last summer, Hebert said, she was it was known as the Auer Family Boathouse happy to let passersby and regulars use before they took over in the early 1990s. the space as a park. Currently, the famil“The lawyer told [my mother], ‘If one iar lawn gliders are dismantled, and there of you dies, you go right are stacks of tires and to the lawyer, even before sticks scattered about the you go to the undertaker, property. But there’s a litand you put the children’s tle red bench to take in the names on the boathouse,’” view and plenty of grass to Hebert recalled. lounge in. After Hebert’s father “I’m not going to open died, she said, her mother this summer because I enjoyed it so much as a did just that. As the only siblings still in Vermont, park last year,” Hebert said. She said she was Hebert said she and Auer C H R IS TINE AUE R H E BE R T surprised last year to find figured that if their mom did the books, Auer did the boats, and Hebert that even though she didn’t charge anyone kept the boathouse stocked and running, to use the property, folks left money they could keep it going. tucked under the door or even brought And so they did, selling sundries, snacks it to her house in appreciation. Some of and bait and renting out boats, for decades. those donations were sizable. Even during the pandemic summer of 2020, “With the donations, I got enough to the two siblings kept the place afloat. pay the taxes, and it was a happy year,” Hebert said she and Auer were able to Hebert said. “I had good people that came make the business work for so many years down, and good people that took care by carefully scheduling summer vaca- of the boathouse, and good people that tion weeks off from their full-time jobs helped us out for the tax money.” and with help from friends and family The property appears on Burlington’s members. Now, she said, her children and grand list with a total value of $461,300,

including the red clapboard boathouse, which Charlie Sr. constructed in 1928, listed at $38,200. The property taxes for 2022 are $10,771.72. In addition to the donations, Hebert said she was delighted to find that visitors were careful to pick up after themselves. On occasion, she added, people head down to the boathouse just to pick up trash and tidy the sticks and other debris that wash up on shore. She’ll continue like this, she said, until she can’t. “If I get enough money to pay the taxes, I’m all right,” Hebert said. “And if I can’t pay the taxes, I’m going to have to sell.” Hebert acknowledged that in the last year or so, someone offered to purchase the property from her, but not at an amount that would work for her family. The boathouse lot isn’t on the market, but she’s not opposed to selling it, she said. “If I sell it, it’s got to be a good price,” she said. “It’s not my fate, because I don’t need the money. I’m 95 years old. “If I sell, it’s got to be divided between the 10 grandchildren. That’s where the money is,” she continued. “I’m not going to let it go for nothing. We worked too hard, too long.” The boathouse shaped Hebert’s whole life. She and her husband, Ken, who is also 95, have been married for 73 years and together for 81. They met when they were 14 and he worked for her parents, cutting trees and opening the boathouse in the summer. “He helped my dad and my mom because he wanted to see the blonde,” she said. “I was the blonde.” The community support is heartwarming, Hebert said: “I can’t tell you how much this pleased us.” She said her father, Charlie Sr., established from the early days that running the boathouse wasn’t about the money; it was about being there. A colorful hand-painted sign hung above the doorway that read, “There is no place like this place anywhere near this place so this must be the place!” That place will keep going as long as she can make it work, Hebert said: “My dad always said, ‘You don’t have to buy. You don’t have to rent. Come sit on the shore and enjoy the view.’ “And that’s the way the boathouse is open,” she went on. “You don’t have to buy. You don’t have to rent. Come and sit on the shore and enjoy the view.” m

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Champlain Fleet Club offers a “loan, not own” model for boating BY S TE VE GO L D S TE IN •

Champlain Fleet Club owners Tricia (captain) and Phil Scott (front right) cruising on Lake Champlain in Colchester with passengers

I must go down to the Lake again, to the mooring I had to buy And all I ask of a boat leaking cash is help me remember: Why?


—Apologies to John Masefield

he sky was grayish-pink, with late afternoon sun dappling the clouds. Malletts Bay lay flat and silvery, a fast track. “How about some drug-smuggler speed?” I urged Champlain Fleet Club co-owner Tricia Scott, who was piloting the Regal 2300 Bowrider. She obliged by opening up the throttle, and the boat leapt from the water like a salmon fighting upstream. The wind threw haymakers. And then the red U.S. Coast Guard boat hailed us. The Coasties drew alongside, checked boat documents, life jackets, fire extinguishers and safety equipment — all was shipshape. The Champlain Fleet Club is well-known on the lake, and our random safety stop was largely due to the paucity of boats out in the first week of May. After some friendly banter, we were off again — though not, as Scott wisely elected, like a boat out of hell. 30

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A few years back, Phil and Tricia Scott — he a corporate marketing executive, she with an accounting background — conceived a plan to serve the boating public that didn’t want to own the vessels: a kind of floating Zipcar. “We knew the concept,” said Phil, having belonged to such a club when they lived in Florida. Vermonters played outdoors, they reasoned, but a relatively short season of warm weather challenges the notion of buying a boat. “So, we took the plunge,” he said. As the Champlain Fleet Club enters its fourth season, the couple’s deep dive appears to have paid off. A “subscription” model appeals to would-be boaters who want to be out on the water, not underwater, weighed down with ownership costs. As summer approaches, many Vermonters shift their recreational focus from the Green Mountains to the blue-black of Lake Champlain. The sixth Great Lake, as it was briefly designated during the Clinton administration, is a ship magnet. More than one-quarter of the state’s 645,000 residents live in the Champlain Valley. There are 836 recreational boats

registered to Vermont owners, according to a recent census by the website BoatInfoWorld, and many more from nearby states and Canada that ply the lake’s 435 square miles. The Scotts launched the CFC in 2019 with four boats and 18 members and saw business boom that year and in 2020 — not in spite of the pandemic, but because of it. “The borders closed, Vermonters took staycations and liked that they could go out on the lake with their families and be safe and socially distant,” Tricia said. Now, 160 members have access to 23 boats, ranging from pontoon boats to bowriders, spread across three locations: Ferry Dock Marina in Burlington, Bay Harbor Marina in Colchester and Apple Island Marina in South Hero. Members pay a one-time initiation fee of $3,900 — roughly the high end of what a slip costs per year, Phil explained — and then $250 to $355 per month, depending on the

number of reservations. The CFC insures the boats, cleans and maintains them, and provides safety equipment, toys, tubes, water skis, wakeboards and tow ropes. Members undergo about four hours of training. Then “they just turn the key and go,” said Phil. The real key, however, is availability. To ensure that supply satisfies demand, the Scotts try to keep a ratio of about eight members per boat. If membership outstrips that ratio, said Phil, “we buy another boat.” They’ve also licensed reservation software from a club in western New York that creates a standby system in the event of a cancellation or no-show. The subscription scheme has flourished in many locales. The Starbucks of this concept is the Freedom Boat Club, a national chain with 71 corporate locations and 270 franchisees. Founded in 1989 in Sarasota, Fla., Freedom has grown by targeting boating-rich environments — southwest Florida alone has more than 20 clubs — and blowing up traditional demographics. One-third of its members are new to boating, and 35 percent are women, said Scott Ward, vice president of corporate territories, in an interview with Seven Days.


Floating an Idea

The first rule of Fleet Club is know your market. Vermonters who live on or near the water, or who have the financial resources to support a boating habit, are not likely club members. John O’Neill, who spends summers at his lakeside cottage in North Hero and is not a club member, said, “I like the idea that I can walk out onto my dock and take the pontoon boat out anytime I want.” O’Neill, who runs a video production company, said he’s owned four boats and admitted “they can break your heart — and your bank account.”

They decided that a membership club was a good way to test boating’s appeal for them. “It is not cheap, but it’s a lot cheaper than having to buy a boat, run it and deal with all of that,” Keane said with her native Irish lilt. “So I feel like it makes that accessible to so many people that wouldn’t have that opportunity.” Nick Kyratzis was 30, single, living in Essex Junction, looking for something new and admittedly naïve about boating in 2019. “I just thought I’d go on Craigslist and buy a boat,” said Kyratzis,

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Chris Norris does not live near the water, nor did he have a slip or mooring. For five years, he and his family would trailer their boat from their Huntington home to Charlotte, a 30-minute trek on a good day. “There’s a lot of prep work when you have your own boat,” Norris said. “If the weather changes, all that prep can be for naught. We’d be lucky to get out a dozen times in a good year.” In 2019, faced with some pricey maintenance issues, Norris and his wife, Alice, began looking for alternatives, which led them to the CFC as it was just getting under way. Once they satisfied themselves that getting a boat at busy times was not a problem, they signed up. Said Norris: “We got out 30 times last year.” First-time boaters praised the training they got and the availability of assistance if something goes awry. “If the engine sounds weird or something, [the Scotts] are just a phone call away,” said Burlington spa owner Cynthea Hausman. South Burlington residents Elaine Keane and her husband, Barry Clogan, were scuba divers before their kids came along, but they had never been boating.

who works for Vermont Information Processing in Colchester. Owning was a stretch, he discovered, so he explored the rental option and that led him to the CFC. After doing a careful cost comparison, the CFC delivered the most boat for the buck. “It was really a no-brainer,” said Kyratzis, who has been the club’s top boatsman the last two years, getting out 60 times a season. “We call him ‘You again Nick,’” Tricia said. “We love the guy.” She expertly steered us back to the dock, the better sailor of the couple, with Phil’s own admission. As would any club member, we got out of the boat and walked away, no boat chores to perform and looking forward to turning the key again. Ironically, the enjoyment and satisfaction with the loan arrangement has caused some members to wonder: What if ? “I didn’t expect to like it as much as I do,” Keane said, giggling. “And that’s a problem — because I would actually love to buy a boat!” m

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n a camping trip nearly three years ago at the Nulhegan River in the Northeast Kingdom, Casey Gianfagna and his buddy ate a late-night snack of burgers while hanging out with family and friends. He felt fine when he went to bed but woke up in the middle of the night with a terrible headache and stomach cramps. “I was on fire,” said Gianfagna, 34, an emergency room nurse who lives in Huntington. “I ran out to the outhouse. I vomited. I had some diarrhea, and then I went back to bed.” The next morning, Gianfagna ate a breakfast burrito made with bacon. After a while, he was back at the outhouse, vomiting and sick. At the time, Gianfagna was a nursing student and emergency room technician. He attributed his sudden illness to eating contaminated, rare hamburger meat. He’d never before gotten sick from eating red meat. A couple of weeks later, Gianfagna was working on his house when he took a break for a burger at the Hindquarter in Huntington. A few hours later, he became ill with symptoms including a headache, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. He also felt “hot, hot, hot,” he said. Gianfagna looked in the mirror and saw that he was “red as a fire truck” and covered in hives: on his head, under his armpits, spreading across his stomach and down his legs. He was home alone. He called his wife, Alison, an herbalist, and told her he thought he was having an allergic reaction. “To what?” she asked. “I don’t know,” he told her. “I just had a burger.” Alison thought it could’ve been caused by a tick bite. She knew that a lone star tick could trigger an allergic reaction to red meat, a condition called alpha-gal syndrome. Gianfagna took Benadryl to quell his symptoms. But when he and Alison arrived at the University of Vermont Medical Center’s emergency room, he was still “feeling pretty awful,” he said. “When someone comes in with an allergic reaction, you get a lot of attention,” said Gianfagna, who works in the center’s ER. “Deep down, I was a little bit afraid,” he admitted. “I was also confident in my peers that I would be taken care of.” A quick assessment determined that his airways were open. He was given an

Alison and Casey Gianfagna with their son, Alder


IV with steroids and an antihistamine, monitored for a few hours, and referred to an allergist. At Timber Lane Allergy & Asthma Associates in South Burlington, Dr. Edward Kent did skin tests and blood work, Gianfagna recalled. The results indicated that he was allergic to red meat. A blood test showed he was “grossly positive for [alpha-gal],” Gianfagna said, “which points all arrows to the lone star tick.” Kent spoke with Seven Days about alpha-gal syndrome in general. For privacy reasons, he did not talk about a particular patient. “You can think of it like immunization,” Kent said of the tick bite. “The tick inoculates you through its saliva secretions with

this molecule that’s called alpha-gal.” The person can then develop allergic antibodies that remain in their system on cells called mast cells, he said. “They’re sitting there, armed and ready to go off,” Kent said. “And they will go off whenever you’re exposed to alpha-gal. Once you’ve developed an allergic antibody, you’re primed to have an allergic reaction.” Alpha-gal is a carbohydrate found in red meat, dairy and products that contain mammal meat, including certain antibiotics, cosmetics and gelatin. A carbohydrate allergen is unusual, Kent said: “Allergens tend to be proteins.” The type of allergic reaction depends on the amount of exposure, he said. Symptoms can include nausea, hives, itchy throat, swollen tongue and vomiting, and they usually occur several hours after exposure. This distinguishes alpha-gal from other allergens, such as a bee sting or peanuts, which typically cause symptoms in a matter of minutes, Kent said. It’s unclear why the onset is delayed with alpha-gal syndrome. It’s possible

that the carbohydrate is linked with lipids in food and takes longer to be absorbed, Kent said. He advises people who think they have alpha-gal syndrome or who have experienced symptoms consistent with it to see an allergist. “It’s worth stating that you really need to be careful with ticks, period,” Kent said. “And you cannot be too careful. People are well aware of other tick-borne diseases. This is an oddity, and you don’t want to have it. “There’s no clear evidence that alphagal can be carried by other ticks,” Kent continued. “But I think it’s likely it can be.” The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets recently conducted a survey to look for lone star ticks. Volunteers looked for the tick on 107 wild turkeys that had been shot by hunters. That type of tick “favors turkeys,” said Eliza Doncaster, the agency’s vector management coordinator. No lone star ticks were identified on the birds examined at wildlife checkpoints in six counties, she said. Only one tick was found on any of the turkeys: a black-legged

TICK AVOIDANCE TIPS Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease in Vermont, according to Natalie Kwit, the State of Vermont’s public health veterinarian. Lyme is an infectious disease transmitted by black-legged ticks, which are particularly active in late spring, early summer and fall, she said. Most human infections occur in the summer, when ticks are in their nymph stage. They’re abundant and small, about the size of a poppy seed. “They’re the driver of disease,” Kwit said, “compared to adults in the fall.” Kwit recommends taking precautions to minimize the risk of acquiring Lyme and other tick-borne infections: The goal is prevention. Avoid tick habitats, such as wooded or brushy areas and high grass. If you are in the woods or in a field, stick to the center of trails. On your skin, use a tick repellent registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Treat clothing with permethrin, a readily available insecticide that makes ticks unable to bite and can kill them. (Every year, Kwit treats two sets of clothing with permethrin; she wears them while gardening and hiking.) Wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts and light-colored clothing; this provides protection from ticks and makes it easier to spot them. Talk to your veterinarian about treating your animals with tick prevention medication. Check yourself and your dogs for ticks before coming inside. Dogs are “tick magnets” because they often accompany their owners on walks in woods and parks. If they’re off-leash, they can run through tick habitats. If you have outdoor cats, check them for ticks when they come in. When you come inside, put your clothes in the dryer on high heat for 10 minutes. Take a shower within two hours of being outside; unattached ticks will come off, and attached ticks can be removed. Make checking for ticks a daily habit. If you find one (or more), remove it from your body. The Vermont Department of Health advises people to call a doctor if they develop symptoms of a tick-borne infection. “It’s good practice anywhere you go,” Kwit said of tick checks. “The black-legged tick is so prevalent here in Vermont.”

tick on a bird in Addison County. The study indicates there is no breeding population of lone star ticks in Vermont, according to Doncaster. “We were really surprised that we didn’t find any,” she said. “But I’d rather find none than a bunch.” The results provide useful baseline information. “If we redo this survey in a few years, we might find something different,” Doncaster said. The lone star tick, as its name indicates, is from the southern part of the country. But in the past two decades its “distribution, range and abundance have increased,” including in the north and east, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Doncaster noted that lone star ticks have been identified on occasion in Vermont since the early 2000s. Experts believe they come on migratory birds, she said. In the early 2000s, about half a dozen were found on dogs with no travel history. A few were discovered in the spring of 2018 in a tick surveillance program. And in 2019, a person in Waterbury submitted a tick to state officials that was identified as a lone star, she said. That’s the year when Gianfagna, who hadn’t left the state, developed alphagal syndrome. He never saw the classic rash associated with a tick bite, but he

remembers a lesion on his inner thigh that was itchy and persistent. “I’ve had ticks on me many times before, but only one or two that have been embedded and engorged,” he said. “I’ve taken those off, no problem, and I didn’t Lone associate them with star tick any kind of adverse reaction.” Gianfagna has eliminated red meat and dairy from his diet in favor of a predominantly plant-based diet, plus chicken and fish. He said he has to be very careful in restaurants, where he can’t be certain of all the ingredients. At work in the ER, Gianfagna said, the staff routinely sees people with tickrelated ailments in the spring through fall. He thinks an annual physical should include blood work to check for tick-borne diseases. People should be aware of alpha-gal syndrome and take note if they become ill hours after eating red meat, he said. “It has impacted my life so profoundly,” Gianfagna said. “No one’s ever heard of it, nor do they believe it. They question if I’m being factual or if I’m bullshitting them. I can tell you with 100 percent certainty that it’s real.” m

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ith just 10 people per square mile, Vermont’s Essex County is the state’s most thinly populated region. Within the area’s Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, that peaceful isolation is manifestly clear. Spring comes late to Vermont’s far northeastern corner. Birdsong is still sporadic. But the roar of the Nulhegan River and a chorus of spring peeper frogs more than fill that aural space. Cellphones work little, if at all. A few birds of prey circle silently overhead. The Silvio O. Conte wildlife refuge, and the quarter-million acres of protected land around it, aren’t a regular stop on Vermont’s tourist map. The refuge’s visitor center in Brunswick is well over a twohour drive from Burlington, Vermont’s largest city, and the area’s attractions are low-key. But if you know where to look and you love the outdoors, there’s a lot to see and to learn. “One of the things I like most about it is there aren’t very many people out there,” said John Predom, an Island Pond resident who is president of the Green Mountain Club’s Northeast Kingdom section. Predom, 64 and a photographer, travels the refuge for bird-watching and has taken to studying the bogs and learning about their flora since he retired about five years ago. “There are some plants there that you can’t see anywhere else,” he said. A doe and fawn once walked right past him on shore when he was kayaking in Lewis Pond. Along with many miles of trails and gravel roads, the 26,000-acre Nulhegan Basin portion of the refuge features an array of boardwalks and observation decks, most of them built within the last year or two. Crews of students from the NorthWoods Stewardship Center in nearby Island Pond help construct the boardwalks and trails so that people of many physical abilities can reach the refuge’s wetlands. The popular Mollie Beattie Bog Boardwalk, built in the late 1990s to carry visitors to a black spruce woodland bog, was reconstructed in 2020. Silvio O. Conte was a Massachusetts member of Congress who worked to preserve the plants, fish, wildlife and habitat in the Connecticut River watershed in



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Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut. He died in 1991. The refuge bearing his name stretches across the four states and encompasses the entire watershed. It attracts only 30,000 visitors a year, but from a recreation and research standpoint, it’s a busy place. The 700-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail, which runs from New York to Maine, travels a stretch of the Nulhegan River in the refuge. A recently constructed 21-mile network of hiking trails extends all the way from Island Pond into the refuge without crossing a single road. And it’s one of the few places you can see the stateendangered spruce grouse in Vermont. Visitors are welcome to walk, bike or snowmobile on the refuge’s 40 miles of gravel roads and on its forest trails, and to hunt and fish there in season. Because of the non-native seeds they can carry, horses aren’t allowed at Silvio O. Conte or anywhere on the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s refuge system nationally, said Steve Agius, the manager of the refuge’s Nulhegan Basin division. People who use draft horses to remove moose from the

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woods in hunting season must get a permit to bring their horses in. There are 150 million acres protected in wildlife refuges nationwide, Agius said. U.S. Fish & Wildlife considers the Nulhegan River basin valuable because it’s the largest remaining section of cold-weather lowland habitat in the state. It is home to rare and endangered species, and the basin is the only known place in Vermont where a breeding Canadian lynx has been spotted, Agius said.

He enjoys knowing the refuge system is protected from development. “It will forever be the land of the American public, set aside for wildland habitat,” he said. The refuge makes up just one parcel of forestland that passed from lumber companies into private hands in the 1990s. Much of the Essex County land belonged to the Champion International paper company, which sold off 132,000 acres of forest in 1998. The State of Vermont, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and the Seattle-based timber company Weyerhaeuser now own the land, most of which is preserved through a series of agreements with groups such as the Nature Conservancy, the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, and the Vermont Land Trust. The state calls that conserved forest the Kingdom Heritage Lands. The land was once home to the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk Abenaki Nation, whose traditional territories are the upper Connecticut basins of Vermont, northern New Hampshire, and the eastern townships of Québec, according to

the University of Vermont’s PLACE program, which researches the natural and cultural heritage of Vermont towns. Before it was extensively harvested for wood and pulp, the land produced huge white pine trees. Other common mountain species were red oak, balsam fir and red spruce. Spruce, maple, hemlock, ash, elm, butternut, cherry and hornbeam grew on the lower slopes and in the valleys. When the lumber industry was established in the early 19th century, French and English companies extracted logs to build homes and roads and sent the tall pines to Europe for use as ship’s masts. Lumber quickly became the area’s dominant industry, and millions of acres were cut in northern New England. In his History of Forestry in Vermont, 1909 to 1959, then-director of Forests, Parks and Recreation Perry H. Merrill wrote that Vermont revolutionary Ira Allen built the first sawmill near Burlington in 1786. By 1840, Vermont’s land was fast being cleared for farms, and there were more than 1,000 sawmills in the state. Thousands of feet of lumber were used for building plank roads; logs traveled out of state on the Connecticut River and Champlain Canal and by rail. By 1870, Burlington was one of the largest lumber processing centers in the United States, importing over 150 million board feet of lumber annually to be sorted and shipped to markets. Just 20 percent of the state was forested; most of Vermont’s land then was used for agriculture. But by the early 1900s, concerned state officials in Vermont were looking for ways to better manage what was left of the state’s trees. They commissioned a study of the remaining forest and creating a seedling tree nursery in Burlington. In 1947, Merrill called for forests to be managed not only as moneymaking enterprises but also for watershed protection, recreation and scenic values. “Forests have been considered as mines of wealth to be exploited at the whims of the owner; as an appendage to the farm to be ruined or saved according to personal desire or needs; or as a product to be removed from the land to make way, in many instances, for a dubious agriculture,” he wrote that year. “Our land-holding system tends towards depletion of our soil and timber resources.” The state has been working since then to balance the needs of the wood products industry with recreation, conservation and habitat protection. Today, forest makes up about 80 percent of Vermont’s land surface, and

that share is growing, according to the state Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation. There is still plenty of logging under way, but the cutting and replanting are carried out more judiciously. And scientists are now looking at ways to repair the logging-induced monocultures dominating some areas, including the Silvio O. Conte refuge. Tony D’Amato, a professor who is director of the University of Vermont’s forestry program, is leading an experiment at the refuge with several research partners to see if forest managers can restore the diversity that might help the forest adapt to the climate crisis. Through the project, about 400 acres that were cut and then planted repeatedly with spruce and fir trees for their value as fiber a half-century ago were cleared in patches last summer. Portions of the cleared area are being planted this spring with 14,000 tree seedlings to promote the growth of native plants, trees and animals, some of which haven’t been seen in the area for decades. One goal of the research is to examine whether restoring plant diversity will increase the area’s resilience to climate change. The area was logged so completely for so many years that it’s unlikely some of the original tree species can return on their own. “You can only harvest trees for so many years before there isn’t any seed source left,” Agius said. The goal of the project is to restore diversity not only in terms of species but also in terms of tree size and canopy — all qualities that help nurture more of the plants and animals that once called this boreal forest home. The refuge managers plan to put up signs explaining what’s going on, and D’Amato welcomes visitors to email him if they have questions about the project. “Our goal is to create many adaptive responses that the forest can have to deal with climate change,” D’Amato said. “We’re restoring the historic complexity.” Agius noted that once-common species such as the bumblebee and the monarch butterfly are being evaluated for inclusion on the federal endangered species list. “It’s a sad state of affairs,” he said. “If we don’t take action now to protect what we have, then when?” m

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he sun beat down on the soccer pitch, and the sounds rose in a cacophony familiar to anyone who has played the game: players calling for passes; teammates warning one another as a defender closed in; coaches barking instructions as they watched with calculating, shrewd expressions. The smile on Matt Wolff ’s face reflected more than pleasant memories of his own soccer career at Skidmore University in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. “These players have no idea they’re making our dreams come true,” Wolff said as he and Patrick Infurna, one of his fellow cofounders of Vermont Green FC, watched the practice at the University of Vermont’s Virtue Field, where the newly formed USL League Two team will play its home matches. “I know it sounds like a cliché, but this is literally a dream come true for us,” added Infurna. “To be where we were six months ago, sitting in front of our laptops and just seeing if something like this might work, to now be watching the players we’ve signed train before our first match on Sunday … It’s honestly surreal.” Wolff, Infurna and their third partner, 36

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Keil Corey, have established Vermont’s first semiprofessional men’s soccer team since the St. Albans-based Vermont Voltage folded in 2014. But the brand-new Burlington club has more than soccer

on its mind. When the partners envisioned their fantasy club, they wanted a team that would promote social and environmental justice. What’s more, they hoped to create a blueprint for other teams to follow. To that end, Vermont Green FC will donate 1 percent of its annual sales to environmental nonprofit organizations. For team merchandise, the club has partnered with Recover Brands, a company that makes 100 percent recycled products. The company will take back any used merchandise and repurpose it into new products, a method called circularity. “It’s a way to fight so-called ‘fast fashion,’” said Corey as he joined Wolff and Infurna by the field. The club’s recycled polyester uniforms are produced in Chinese factories that have been audited to substantiate their eco-friendly claims. That side of the business was a priority for Wolff, who was already well established in the soccer business and had designed uniforms for teams including Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire and

the 2018 World Cup-winning French national team. During the COVID-19 lockdown, he decided he wanted to use the lessons he learned in the industry to start his own team. He reached out to his friend and former Skidmore teammate, Corey, who would spearhead the environmental mission of the team, and then connected with Infurna, a Vermont native who works as the digital and social media producer for the German Bundesliga soccer club Eintracht Frankfurt. They quickly agreed to locate in Burlington because of its young, vibrant soccer community and progressive values. “The whole city has been eerily supportive so far,” Corey said. “From the youth clubs to UVM to sponsors like SunCommon, it’s been incredible. But that didn’t totally surprise me, really. Having grown up here, I know how much this community loves soccer and how well a team could do here. I also think our environmental mission will resonate with the city.” The founders also believe that environmental responsibility and social justice go hand in hand. “Racism in this sport is still sadly prevalent,” Infurna said. So, Vermont Green FC has joined a coalition called the Anti Racist Soccer Club, whose teams, players and coaches are committed to combating racism in American soccer. The club has also partnered with Juba Star FC, a soccer team formed by the Somali Bantu community in Burlington. A few of Juba Star’s players have signed on to play with Vermont Green for its inaugural season, a quick campaign that goes from May until mid-June — longer if the club qualifies for playoffs. “We’re going to play a friendly against Juba Star next week, then all have a big party together afterwards,” Infurna said with a grin. Most of the team’s other opponents are based in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and upstate New York. As the three founders stood watching, an errant pass flew toward them. Wolff hustled over to kick it back to his squad of mostly college-age players. Head coach Adam Pfeifer of Waterbury yelled to one of



his defenders, urging him to take a better first touch on the ball. A former USL League Two player himself, Pfeifer won two national titles with the Cape Cod Crusaders in 2002 and

2003. He now coaches men’s soccer at Norwich University. The Vermont Green founders brought Pfeifer on as head coach and technical director for his experience and for his understanding of how the

semiprofessional leagues can benefit college players. “Those years playing with Cape Cod were really great,” Pfeifer said, after practice ended. “You’re a bunch of young guys on this summer adventure, spending time and even living together. Ideally, you want them hanging out and becoming close, because that reflects on the pitch.” Pfeifer said he sees potential both in his new players and in the club itself. When he played for the Crusaders, his team’s biggest regional rival was the Vermont Voltage. Whenever they’d play the Voltage, he could see the passion for the sport in the Burlington area. “This has the opportunity to really resonate up here,” he said. While the partners have high hopes that Pfeifer is correct, Corey acknowledged that a friend of theirs who works in finance balked when they told him of their plans. “He was like, ‘What the hell are you guys doing?’” Corey recounted. “And, hey, it’s the first business any of us have ever started, so he’s not wrong about it being a risk. Though I felt a lot better about it once we locked down a sponsor.”

“We’re still firmly in the drinkingfrom-the-firehose phase of it all,” Infurna added. “We can’t look too far down the line just yet. We’ve just got to get people out to the matches and keep building what we’ve started.” Wolff can’t help but dream of the future a little bit, though. He pulled his baseball cap lower to shield his eyes from the sun as he watched one of his players take a furious shot on goal. Several other players, who had been teammates for all of two days, ran over to celebrate the goal, hugging and exchanging high fives as if old friends. “I hope we’re still around in six years,” he said. “Wouldn’t mind winning some trophies; that would be cool. There will be good seasons and bad, but if we build something here that really resonates with Vermonters, then I think we’ll be around for a while.” m

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maple-and-cider-brined roast chicken, fish and chips, burgers, and flatbreads. The cocktail program nods to Neil’s navy background and another piece of his personal story. Half of the menu, titled “Friends of Neil’s,” consists of cocktails inspired by specific former navy colleagues, such as the Slither, made with blueberry vodka, house-infused blueberry simple syrup and lemonade. Equally appealing are the nonalcoholic offerings, including a strawberrypineapple sparkler and Cuddles on the Beach, made with cranberry, grapefruit and peach juices, and coconut water. That section of the menu is called “Friends of Bill’s” — a reference to the late Bill Wilson, the native Vermonter who cofounded Alcoholics Anonymous. Hanny shared that he and Neil met when Neil became his AA sponsor more than eight years ago. The new venue’s tagline is “Make life BZ,” Hanny said. Bravo Zulu aims to make it easy for everyone to have a good time.

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Bravo Zulu Lakeside Bar & Restaurant, 237 Shore Acres Dr., North Hero, 372-8722,

When part-time South Hero residents Kelly and Neil Gillespie decided to buy the sleepy Shore Acres Inn & Restaurant in North Hero in 2020, they did it on the condition that their friend Jason Hanny would move from Virginia to manage the place.




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drinks by the end of June or the first week of July. The name Bravo Zulu, a naval signal meaning “well done,” pays homage to Neil’s stint as a U.S. Navy lieutenant. In addition to the all-weather, 72-seat patio with retractable awnings and walls, the restaurant will have boat docks, picnic tables, Adirondack chairs Jason Hanny (left) and Jim Buck of Bravo Zulu and firepits to which the Lakeside Bar & Restaurant staff can deliver food and drink. “We want to have fun Hanny grew up in Buffalo, N.Y., in a with the property,” Hanny said during a multigenerational restaurant family and recent tour of the construction zone, noting has degrees in restaurant and hospitality that it’ll be the 18th restaurant opening of management. Jobless due to the pandemic, his career. All of this fun adds up to some he accepted the Gillespies’ offer as soon serious investment, which Hanny estias he flew up and saw the beautiful spot, mated at $2 million. he recalled. Jim Buck, formerly of the North Hero After doing a light refresh of the main inn House, will be Bravo Zulu’s executive chef. building and restaurant, the trio decided to He is developing a menu of shareable bar go big and take advantage of Shore Acres’ snacks such as peel-and-eat shrimp, chips waterfront by adding a lakeside bar and and housemade dips, and skewers (ahem, casual restaurant on the north side of the “stuff on sticks,” per the menu) of cola46-acre grounds. Hanny expects the new and-hoisin-marinated steak or curried spot to open for daily lunch, dinner and seitan and vegetables. Mains include LUKE AWTRY


o matter what the calendar says, summer officially starts in Vermont when the snack shacks and food trucks open for business. And it ends when the risk of frostbite exceeds the desire for a maple creemee. We squeeze every last drop — or creemee drip — out of the fleeting time when vegetables fill farm fields and cooking and eating outside are a way of life, whether by the lake, in a backyard or on a restaurant patio. To celebrate the season ahead, here are five new or soon-to-reopen spots where you’ll find expertly grilled local fare, fresh frozen treats, lakeside sips or dressed-up hot dogs.





East Coast Ice, 3 Main St., Essex Junction, 324-4155, East Coast Ice on Facebook

Everything about East Coast Ice is bright: the signs on the wood-sided shack, the spoons that change color, the rainbow array of icy treats and the smiles. Definitely the smiles. Cindel and Kevin Otto started East Coast Ice last summer from a mobile trailer in the Big Lots parking lot in Essex Junction. This spring, they added the shack on the grassy area near Five Corners that was previously home to Nomad Coffee. The couple fell in love with the smooth, sweet frozen treat known as “Philadelphia water ice” while on vacation in Florida 10 years ago. “We decided to bring it here because we loved it so much, and there’s nothing like it here,” Cindel said. “It’s paradise in a cup.” A lot of people expect shaved ice, Cindel said, but Philadelphia water ice is closer to a creamy sherbet or Italian ice, minus the actual cream: It’s dairy-free, nut-free, glutenfree and vegan. East Coast Ice’s offerings are made from water, sugar and a rotating choice of 14 flavorings, including strawberry, watermelon, piña colada, creamsicle, Vermont maple, mint-chocolate chip and Swedish fish. The real fun comes in mixing flavors, OPEN SEASON

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Leunig’s Le Marché to Open This Summer in Shelburne Chef-owner DONNELL COLLINS of Burlington’s LEUNIG’S BISTRO & CAFÉ has leased the former HARRINGTON’S OF VERMONT Shelburne location for “a little French café and market,” she said. Construction and equipment deliveries permitting, Collins hopes to open her new LEUNIG’S LE MARCHÉ in July. Work on the 3,000-square-foot space at 5597 Shelburne Road started about two weeks ago. “We are renovating the kitchen to add a pretty goodsize bake shop,” Collins said. She added that the new bakery will most likely supply the LEUNIG’S PETIT BIJOU kiosk on Church Street, across from the original restaurant — “if I can hire a full-time baker.” Like the kiosk, the new deli, bakery and café will offer sandwiches, coffee and pastries. It will also sell specialty packaged foods from France, beer and wine, prepared meals, salads, and custom cheese plates. Sandwiches, such as the classic French jambonbeurre, will be available premade and made to order. Collins said Le Marché may also offer breakfast sandwiches and smoothies. There will be two or three tables, but the new spot will focus on food to go, including picnic fare for those

headed to Shelburne Museum or Shelburne Farms. “It is not my goal to be a sit-down restaurant,” Collins said. “I live in Shelburne, and I feel like there’s something missing here,” the chef continued. She said she is modeling Le Marché loosely on Burlington’s Cheese Outlet/Fresh Market, which closed in 2012 in the 400 Pine Street space currently occupied by ARTSRIOT. It’s been refreshing, she said, “to think about something a little bit different” from the bistro. In January 2020, Collins bought out her Leunig’s co-owner, BOB CONLON, to become sole owner of the popular downtown dining destination. Conlon, who had worked at Leunig’s for 38 years, was retiring at age 69. With Le Marché, Collins allowed that she might be looking ahead. “Is it my retirement plan?” she asked rhetorically. “Maybe.” At 44, Collins isn’t quite there yet, but she is thinking about a couple of her longtime employees who might like to slow down. “Leunig’s is a young man and young woman’s game,” Collins said. The new Shelburne operation “will be a lot simpler and easier to control. I have some staff who definitely deserve that.” m

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Open Season « P.38 whether for a tropical twist such as Island Breeze (passion fruit and mango), the patriotic U.S.A. (a red, white and blue swirl of cherry, lemon and blueberry) or a DIY combo. “It’s nice seeing people sit and enjoy, instead of just getting into their cars and going,” Cindel said of the new location, which offers seating at picnic tables and cabana-like benches. “And kids can run around when they’re done eating their ice.” The vivid ices are a big hit with the younger demographic, Cindel said, and the couple’s younger daughter confirmed it with a big, smiling nod. Her favorite flavor is cotton candy, which comes in a pink and blue swirl. The color-changing spoons are also a hit: Stick one in a cup of ice and watch it change from pink to purple or yellow to green. “People collect them,” Cindel said. “And not just the kids.” J.B.

Good Grocery at Après, 2038 Mountain Rd., Stowe, @apresvt and @goodgroceryvt on Instagram

One of Stowe’s hottest new après-ski spots is gearing up for après swim. With its clever cocktails made from local ingredients — sourced as locally as the farmers market across the street, which opened for the season on May 15 — Après was already a solid summer stop. Now it’s adding more eats. Through September 20, Burlington-based pop-up Good Grocery will show up regularly on the bar’s spacious patio and serve charcoal-grilled, vegetable-heavy dishes. Christopher Leighton opened Après in November 2021, creating a chic cocktail and wine lounge inside the new Stowe location of beauty store and spa Mirror Mirror. He shows off his years of bartending and distilling experience with drinks such as the Root of the Problem, a delightfully orange mixture of vodka, Benedictine, freshly juiced 40

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Inn at Shelburne Farms, 1611 Harbor Rd., Shelburne, 985-8498,

After two years, the stately Inn at Shelburne Farms reopened on May 13 for overnight stays and dining — with one big caveat. For the foreseeable future, those who want to eat in the elegant, marble-floored dining room or on the terrace with its gorgeous views of the gardens and lake will need to book a room to go with their dinner reservation. As the inn and restaurant get back up and running after the long pause, staffing has been a challenge, said Robin Turnau,

“It’s like going into battle with only generals,” Patterson said. “We really need experienced line cooks.” The staffing crunch has driven a new approach to the opening dinner menu, Patterson said. Relatively small, it will be served to each table family-style, rather than plated individually. The focus on seasonal and local fare will remain. “[Dishes] will be a really true expression of what’s popping at the moment,” Patterson said. That might mean whipped ricotta with fresh peas and mint served with housebaked focaccia, or braised beef short ribs with local polenta and glazed turnips. Farm-grown shiitake mushrooms might be marinated in mirin and white soy, then charcoal-grilled and served with pine shoot vinegar made with spruce tips foraged on the property. “After two years, I feel an immense amount of pressure,” Patterson said. But, he added, “I’m very excited to be cooking and putting things on plates.” M.P. MELISSA PASANEN

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featuring Barr Hill Gin, Lillet Blanc, houseclarified lime juice and housemade orange blossom water. Long is working on establishing a brickand-mortar home for Good Grocery, and he teased that this might be the last chance to get his food straight off the grill. “It’s gonna be a fun summer,” he said.


Good Grocery’s lamb and Wagyu kebab at Après

carrot and lemon, garnished with a watermelon radish. Après has carried soups from Good Grocery chef-owner Henry Long since it opened, but this summer’s full-service popups will amp up the collaboration between the two new businesses. Good Grocery will be on-site most Wednesday, Friday and Saturday afternoons and evenings, serving a selection of shareable small plates and larger-format dishes that feed two to three people, such as smoked chicken wings or bone-in Wagyu rib eye. “I knew I could help [Leighton] out here, because limitations work to my benefit and make for the best food,” Long said. He’ll cook on two induction burners and a charcoal grill — his signature tool, which he used last summer at Good Grocery popups on the lawn at Burlington’s Bayberry Commons. “People ask what style food I cook, and I tell them I burn things over charcoal,” Long said with a laugh. Burnt or not, Long expertly balances the intense flavors and char of the grill with

fresh herbs, crisp salads, and bright dips and sauces. On Good Grocery’s first Wednesday at Après, Long served a ramp salsa verde with tortilla chips and crispy potato wedges; charred, harissa-spiced carrots with a wood-fired maple syrup-and-sherry glaze; a shaved vegetable salad with Bayley Hazen Blue cheese and fistfuls of fresh spring herbs; and an unexpected, exceptional pasta dish: rigatoni alla vodka topped with burrata. Long works closely with Hinesburg’s Reap & Sow Farm to source vegetables and also gets most of his meat locally, including Wagyu from Sheldon Creek Farms. The Wagyu is a key component of Good Grocery’s signature dish, kabob spiced with sumac and Aleppo pepper and served with a wheatberry-cucumber salad, garlic yogurt, hummus and herbs. The dish pairs perfectly with Leighton’s take on the classic Jungle Bird cocktail, Long said. With the rigatoni, he recommends the Après original Thanks, It Has Pockets,

Chicago Dogg and “dirty” tots at Skreet Doggs

the nonprofit’s chief advancement officer. Management hopes to open dining to the public by the end of June, but that will depend on hiring progress. Executive chef John Patterson, who joined Shelburne Farms in 2019, said he looks forward to his first season helming the inn’s restaurant. During the pandemic, he and a skeleton crew made prepared foods with many farm-raised ingredients for sale at the property’s welcome center. “I’m really tired of putting everything in to-go containers,” Patterson said. At the season’s start, he’ll be on the line daily cooking breakfast and dinner, he said, working mostly solo except for five Culinary Institute of America interns. The chef always planned to build a training program at Shelburne Farms, but he didn’t anticipate doing it alone. He said he has managed to hire a chef de cuisine and an executive sous chef who will relocate from Key West, Fla., and New Orleans, respectively, over the next month.


Skreet Doggs, 19 Park St., Essex Junction, Skreet Doggs on Facebook

As of the first weekend of May, chef-owner Darrell Langworthy and his team are running three food destinations just off Five Corners in Essex Junction. In addition to Mark BBQ and Heart n Soul by Mark BBQ, which are side by side at 34 Park Street, Langworthy has opened Skreet Doggs, a brightly painted, seasonal food truck parked across the street in front of the former Domino’s Pizza. The name of the new, hot dog-centric business is a play on “street dogs.” It also honors a young soldier with whom Langworthy served in the U.S. Army. “He was a super good dude who is no longer with us,” the chef said. “He’d always say he was from the skreets. I’d say, ‘You mean streets.’ And he’d say, ‘No, skreets.’ So we nicknamed him Skreet Dogg.” Many of Skreet Doggs’ menu items start with an all-beef Vienna hot dog or a

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May is peak foraging season in Vermont, but it’s not all ramps and fiddleheads. The world of wild food stretches far beyond the springtime heavy hitters, and all kinds of Vermonters are out collecting the bounty in woods, fields, streams and lakes. “There’s a wonderful diversity of folks out pursuing these types of food sources — not just the dominant narrative of who you think is hunting and fishing,” said Shane Rogers, the Milton-based host of “Vermont Wild Kitchen,” a monthly cooking Watercress soup show on Facebook Live and YouTube. “We bring in people from all across the state — all different walks of life, all different identities — that are foraging and cooking with wild ingredients,” Rogers said. “We’re working to bring new people into the world of hunting and fishing while also connecting it back to what it means to eat locally.” The show, which began airing in April 2020, streams live on the third Thursday of the month. Presented by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and Rural Vermont, it features cooks in their home kitchens, including Missisquoi Abenaki chef Jessee Lawyer, who appears quarterly. “They demonstrate how easy it is to use these delicious things that are available for everyone, and we get to talk about bigger issues around food sovereignty and access,” Rogers said. “It takes some time and effort and encouragement to throw a line in the water for the first time, or to pick something like garlic mustard and feel comfortable eating it. We want to help people feel comfortable developing those skills.” Guest cohost Linda Lai Nga Li will lead the May 19 episode celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. South Burlington-based children’s book artist and author Jason Chin and his father, Dr. Raymond Chin, will cook watercress, a round-leafed peppery green that grows wild along streams and other waterways. Chin won the Caldecott Medal earlier this year for his illustrations of Watercress, written by Andrea Wang, about a daughter of Chinese immigrants growing up in rural Ohio, like Wang herself did. The fictional family harvests watercress from the side of the road and prepares it for dinner with garlic oil and sesame seeds. After his Caldecott Medal win, Chin told Seven Days he grew up eating watercress soup; while working on the book, he learned to make the garlicky “dinner from a ditch” described in the book. For “Vermont Wild Kitchen,” Chin and his father will cook live at Craftsbury Public House, a nonprofit collaborating with the show for this episode. Powered Magazine, a nonprofit founded by Black, Indigenous and people of color that reconnects BIPOC communities with nature through outdoor activities, is also assisting with the episode. “We want people to be able to tell their own story,” Rogers said, “and to be able to demonstrate what makes these ingredients special to them.” Tune in to “Vermont Wild Kitchen” on Facebook Live or YouTube on Thursday, May 19, at 5 p.m. to cook along. m

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tater tots complete the offerings. The tots come plain or topped with chili or “dirty” sauce. The latter is a fine, fresh grind of beef brisket simmered in housemade steak sauce. Manning the grill last Thursday, chef Shaun Trepanier recommended that I get my order of dirty tots with a sprinkle of raw diced onions. “It brings it all together,” he said, and indeed it did.


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My taste of summer is basically greasy fries and big burgers, because life is short. My jam is Beansie’s Bus. As soon as it’s nice and the sun is shining, I’m on the bike path, cruising the city. There’s no better way to make sure you don’t burn too many calories than stopping by Beansie’s for a double bacon cheeseburger. You’ve got the park, the lake and even the police station next door in case you overdo it.

I’m outside in the Mad River Valley, and I just went swimming in the river. I head to Canteen Creemee and order the grilled hot dog with sauerkraut or kimchi and a blueberry-and-honey-lemon creemee twist. I can eat with my fingers, listen to rock and roll in the parking lot, steal my friend’s onion rings, talk loud, and watch good-looking, sweaty people freak out over their food. Some of us are barefoot.

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Vermont boasts amazing natural beauty, but, especially during the summer, I miss the ocean. To console myself, I seek out waterfront lobster rolls. The Steamship Pier Bar & Grill in the Champlain Islands delivers an excellent execution of the classic in a vacationland setting. If I squint and take a big bite of sundried tomato aioli-dressed lobster, I can almost imagine I’m oceanside. A frozen piña colada tasting pleasantly of sunscreen kicks the summertime vibe into high gear.

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ilmmaker Jordan Rowell was chatting up an elderly fisherman when I met him last week at Derway Island Nature Trail near Lake Champlain in Burlington’s New North End. The grizzled old-timer seemed to know a lot about the history of the area, offering plenty of insight to Rowell, a 26-year-old University of Vermont student. The younger man listened intently, asking questions with genuine interest. It was like stepping into a scene from Rowell’s recent documentary, “No Other Lake,” an ecological think piece about Lake Champlain that he cocreated with filmmaking partner, fellow Essex native and lifelong best friend Duane Peterson III. In it, Rowell kayaks the entire length of the lake from Whitehall, N.Y., to the Missisqoui Bay in Québec. Throughout the two-week journey, which was shot in August of 2021, he also embarks on a listening tour. He interviews scientists, educators, ecowarriors, recreation enthusiasts, farmers and others, each sharing their perspective on lake conservation and stewardship. He asks how regular people can protect the lake from ecological destruction, such as invasive species and poisonous 44

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cyanobacteria, to preserve it for future generations. In case you haven’t heard, the lake isn’t doing so hot. The Lake Champlain Basin Program, a conservation organization that partially funded the film, published in its 2021 State of the Lake report that “phosphorus concentrations in Lake Champlain’s shallow bays are often above [normal] limits. Excessive phosphorus has a significant impact on a lake’s ecosystem and is a contributing cause of cyanobacteria blooms.”

At just under 40 minutes, “No Other Lake” doesn’t offer a definitive formula for saving Lake Champlain. Instead, it gives people a reasonable starting point: Get connected with your environment, literally. Hoping to capture a bit of the experience Rowell had while making “No Other Lake,” I asked him to take me out on the water. “If we’re going to solve the problems facing the lake, we have to start with our relationship with the place,” Rowell


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said as we paddled a canoe from the mouth of the Winooski River toward the Colchester Causeway. “We humans have seen ourselves as apart from the natural system instead of a part of it for too long,” Rowell continued. “What does it mean to shift that relationship?” An experienced outdoor recreation educator and enthusiast, Rowell moved around the United States in his early twenties, working in various outdoor rec and education capacities. Currently a thirdyear student at UVM’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, he had a brainstorm during lecturer Chris Brooks’ course on natural history and human ecology. “[I] was like, ‘Oh, my gosh, there’s so much about this place that I don’t know,’” Rowell recalled. While sitting in class, he texted Peterson to enlist him as editor and director of photography. Peterson, 28, studied film at Chapman University and the University of California, Santa Cruz. When Rowell pitched the film, one of Peterson’s first questions was: Who’s the antagonist? Who’s to blame for the phosphorusactivated cyanobacteria blooms and other problems plaguing the lake? That line of questioning quickly dissolved as they began work on the film. “That was me … thinking that this film would reveal some scandalous issues or point the finger at the problem,” Peterson told me while gazing at the Adirondacks at Burlington’s Perkins Pier. “I don’t think that’s a productive way of telling the story of the lake.” Instead, the filmmakers let the landscape and their interview subjects do most of the talking. Incorporating footage from a high-quality video camera and a GoPro, plus drone work from collaborator Ryan Malle, “No Other Lake” gives the viewer intimate and comprehensive views of the lake and Rowell’s journey. As he says early in the film, Rowell is not an avid kayaker and had only been in one a half dozen times. He also didn’t train for the journey, focusing more on setting up financing, working out some of the technical aspects of the film with Peterson and setting up interview subjects. For portions of the trip, Peterson filmed while traveling alongside Rowell in an inflatable motorboat they purchased for the film. Other times, Rowell paddled alone. He recorded himself with the GoPro, affixing it to his kayak and occasionally his paddle, dunking the viewer into the water. Composer Adam Wolinsky’s score envelopes the film in a dreamy softness as Rowell glides past wetlands, bays, beaches and rocky cliffs. Rowell’s interview subjects don’t try

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to solve the problem. Instead, they offer various perspectives that all lead back to the same conclusion of connectivity and stewardship versus a resource-taxing, self-centered mindset. Environmentalist Bill McKibben talks about the importance of having “long, deep, real conversations with people.” Abenaki Chief Don Stevens ponders the connectivity of the local watershed and the people who use its resources. Saint Michael’s College instructor of environmental studies and sciences Trevien Stanger talks about how societal despair can lead to the biggest moments of change.

“You really can’t say that with this topic and this movie, because it is affecting them and their families and their community,” she continued. Currently, “No Other Lake” isn’t streaming, though Rowell and Peterson hope it will someday. First, they’re submitting it to film festivals, including the Wild & Scenic Film Festival. They’re also touring it around Vermont in a series of live events, including on Friday, May 27, at the Worthen Library in South Hero. As Rowell and I paddled back to shore after spending nearly two hours on the lake, I asked him whether the film is activism.

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Brooks, the UVM lecturer, advised Rowell on the film. “Honestly, it’s such an ambitious project for an undergraduate,” he said. “I think it’s going to be such a valuable resource for many years.” Aside from raising awareness about issues facing the lake, Rowell and Peterson hope that “No Other Lake” will be used as an educational tool. They provide educators with fact sheets, discussion starters and project ideas to use in conjunction with the film. The documentary “really provides the real-world application of something students have seen before, they’ve touched, they’ve been to,” said Katherine Lee, assistant director of Two Roads Academy in Essex Junction, a private school for students with behavioral and emotional disorders. She said that students often question the importance of a subject or lesson if it doesn’t have an overt connection to their own lives.

“That’s kind of a loaded term,” Rowell said. Ultimately, he said, the film is more about education than a call to a specific action — though there are many things people can do that align with his vision of people becoming more connected to their land and natural resources: Join a conservation group, steward other areas of the Lake Champlain Basin, conserve your land if you own property — even, corny as it sounds, plant a tree. “If we want to protect water, we have to protect land first,” Rowell said. He certainly inspired me to get back on the lake. Gliding along the water makes you feel connected to it in a way that gazing at it from land cannot. m

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UVM pianist aims to bring a concert — and climate activism — to every Vermont town B Y A M Y L I L LY •


ike many Vermonters, David Feurzeig is alarmed about the climate crisis. The pianist and University of Vermont music professor lives in a net-metered house in Huntington that is heated mostly with heat pumps. He drives a Chevrolet Volt powered by a solar array built from scratch by his tech-savvy wife and grown children. But what separates him from most climate warriors is his decision never to fly again. It’s a laudable goal — and still unimaginable for many. So Feurzeig, 56, has embarked on a project to demonstrate that a plane-free life is possible, even for musicians who typically travel to give concerts. Play Every Town is Feurzeig’s project to play a free concert in every town in Vermont without releasing any carbon into the atmosphere in the process. The mode of transportation is his electric car. He estimates that, at the rate of at least one concert a week, it will take him four and a half years to reach all 251 towns. (After July, when Essex Junction becomes a city, that number will be 252.) He’s documenting his journey on Instagram, Facebook and a blog on his project website. At his launch concert on May 6, at the 46

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UVM Recital Hall in Burlington, Feurzeig didn’t immediately explain his motivation to the audience of about 70, presumably because the home crowd already knew about it. Instead, he mentioned that the concert was only the second he had performed live in two and a half years. Moving from the performance desert of the earlier pandemic to giving weekly concerts is, well, like going from zero to 60 in a very fast electric car. Feurzeig made plenty of his own analogies while chattily introducing pieces on his program. Before playing Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 2, No. 1, he noted that the composer famously “challenged every assumption, expectation, tradition” in music — “which is kind

of like what we have to do now” to combat global warming, he said. In an illuminating pairing, Feurzeig alternated the dances in Johann Sebastian Bach’s Partita No. 1 in B-flat Major, Op. 1 — a sarabande, a gigue (or jig) and so on — with American ragtime pieces. One was his own rag, a genre in which he composes regularly, titled “Happy Birthday, Martin.” Before playing the courante, a baroque dance with running steps, Feurzeig said it made him think of Bach’s 280-mile walk as a 20-year-old from Arnstadt to Lübeck, Germany, to see a famous organist play. Feurzeig cited the feat as proof that humans need not depend on carbonemitting modes of transportation. In a phone call before the concert, Feurzeig put his project into perspective. “It’s crystal clear that we don’t get out of [the climate crisis] with individual action. [A solution] requires radical revision of our entire society and legislation,” he said. At the same time, he noted, individuals shouldn’t downplay their own efforts to combat climate change, even if each has an “infinitesimal” effect. “When I stopped flying, I was really quiet about it, because who wants to be

that guy?” he said. “It’s a downer of a topic, and then people are immediately feeling defensive or shamed. Then I realized that we have to talk about this. We’re not going to change things by not flying here or there, but it’s impossible to imagine legislation — for example, that puts a surcharge on air travel — if we’re all just flying like it’s fine.” For the project’s logistics, Feurzeig, who is on sabbatical, has the help of three student interns he’s paying: senior Elizabeth Indorato, junior Brady Jalili and sophomore Willow Phoenix. The UVM music majors or minors are all doing a concentration in business and technology that Feurzeig helped develop five years ago. The Play Every Town project helps fulfill the concentration’s internship requirement. Describing their duties, Indorato said by phone, “I run the Facebook page, Willow runs the Insta, and Brady has done a lot of research into booking venues.” At the launch concert, the three were also in charge of filming the concert. Video clips of each performance will be posted online. Indorato is aiming for a career in social media management, tour booking or artist management; she said her “pipe dream” is managing a boy band. Of her professor’s project, Indorato said, “I really appreciate that it’s something he’s doing for climate change. David has sworn off flying, but I don’t know if that’s super achievable for all musicians.” Booking Play Every Town is a project in itself. Only the first two concerts have been announced on the website, though plenty are nearly finalized, according to Feurzeig. The second concert took place on May 15 at Brownington Congregational Church, where Feurzeig performed as part of the annual meeting of the 251 Club, a group of Vermont enthusiasts who commit to visiting every town in the state. Feurzeig aims to showcase local musicians and composers at the concerts whenever possible, he said. In Brownington, he accompanied the church choir on several pieces, played a duet with local violinist Darryl Kubian and accompanied Matthew Faust, a junior at Lake Region Union High School, on one song. As for finding the best venue and piano in a town, Feurzeig’s methods range from informally asking around to calling the town clerk — Huntington’s clerk “knows everything,” he quipped — to contacting the local piano tuners, who know which instruments have been well maintained. Music educators have also been a key resource, he said. Feurzeig got advice on finding venues from Freddie Hart of Brattleboro, who

coordinated a project of a similar scope for the Vermont Symphony Orchestra from 1984 to 1986. The 251 Project celebrated the VSO’s 50th anniversary by sending chamber groups to perform in every town in Vermont, a process that took two years. “I knew of the 251 Project, so it must have planted the idea,” Feurzeig said. Hart recalled by phone that she started her search by blanketing the towns with a form letter. “Then I began literally calling 251 towns, from the town manager to the person who ran the general store to somebody who worked at a bank,” she said. Feurzeig became aware of another precedent for his project through his colleague and fellow pianist Paul Orgel, who recommended a 2013 memoir by Adam Tendler, a New York City-based pianist originally from Barre. 88x50: A Memoir of Sexual Discovery, Modern Music and the United States of America chronicles Tendler’s project of performing in all 50 states.

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When Feurzeig got in touch with Tendler, he discovered that the latter is curating a concert series at the Adamant Community Cultural Foundation. Tendler will host Feurzeig’s Calais concert as part of the series on September 10. (Adamant is an unincorporated community within Calais.) While Feurzeig remains focused on using his project to demonstrate that a carbon-free performance life is possible, he is also aware of the cultural impact of providing free, live performances in small and, in some cases, isolated towns. “I got an email yesterday that choked me up, from the principal of a school in Sheffield,” Feurzeig said. “He described it as an impoverished region and a small school” — Sheffield’s population is 682 — “but somehow they’ve created this program in which every student has at least two years of violin. It’s like a miracle. He said, ‘It would be great if you could perform here.’” m

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The inaugural series is curated by Adam Tendler, a New York City-based pianist originally from Barre. Its six concerts feature solo performances by Tendler and Vermont pianists Claire Black, Alison Cerutti, Mary Jane Austin, David Feurzeig (see “Tour of the Future,” page 46) and Paul Orgel.

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Seasonal Strings A guide to this summer’s classical music festivals B Y A M Y L I L LY •


his year, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra embarks once more on its statewide Summer Festival Tour, serenading picnickers with pop favorites and upbeat classical selections. But that’s just the beginning of the classical music on offer this summer in Vermont. To help music lovers make their plans, we’ve compiled a list of seven large and small festivals happening in barns, concert halls and other venues all over the state.

Music in the Barn June 15 through September 7, West Monitor Barn, Richmond. $20.

This fledgling, formerly itinerant festival was founded two years ago by Liam John, a cellist and student at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, and VSO violinist Sofia Hirsch. Now it has a home, the West Monitor Barn in Richmond, and a fiscal sponsor, the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, from which tickets to the Wednesday and Thursday concerts may be purchased. John aims to get classical music out of the concert hall and into a casual, no-frills environment, he said. The opening-night concert, on June 15, features the Eclectica String Quartet, an ensemble of VSO players that includes John’s former teacher, cellist John Dunlop. The Jennings String Quartet will appear twice this summer, and more string ensembles will accompany composersinger Moira Smiley and indie-folk duo Cricket Blue. 48

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music for piano, flute, soprano and double bass. On July 24, the public can attend the Scrag Mountain Music performance of Scrag’s Lullaby Project. June 15 through 19 and July 24, various The unique and poignant project, now locations in Burlington, Montpelier IVER PARINI L in its third year, helps new O : E FIL and Putney. Pay what you can. parents at the Lund Family Center, the Chittenden Run by Northfield Regional Correctional couple Mary Bonhag, Facility and elsewhere compose lullabies for soprano, and Evan Premo, double bassist, Claire their babies. Bonhag, Scrag Mountain Music Black Premo and invited offers innovative musicians perform programs year-round, the songs as passionwith two events this ately as they would any summer. piece by Johann Sebas“Sutras for a Suffering tian Bach or Ludwig van World,” in mid-June, honors Beethoven. David Budbill, the Wolcott poet and playwright who died in 2016. Origi- Adamant Community nally scheduled for May 2020, the concert Cultural Foundation is a collaboration of Budbill’s wife, the Piano Concert Series artist Lois Eby; their daughter, Nadine June 25 through September 17, Frank Budbill; and the literary estate of David Suchomel Memorial Arts Center, Adamant. Free. Budbill. After a panel discussion on June 15, Adamant, an unincorporated community the programs from June 17 through in Calais, is a pianist’s haven. Long the 19 bring together several of Budbill’s home of the Adamant Music School, collaborators. William Parker, a New which hosts a summer residency and York City-based composer and free jazz master classes on its 50-piano campus, double bassist, often performed impro- the community will now host a brandvisations while Budbill read his poetry. new piano concert series. Organized He will play Budbill-inspired works with by the Adamant Community Cultural an ensemble of five vocalists, a drummer Foundation — no relation to the school — and a shakuhachi (Japanese flute) player. the concerts will take place in a hall newly Composers Premo and Erik Nielsen of named for Frank Suchomel, a longtime Brookfield both set Budbill poems to Adamant music supporter.

This is the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival’s first season under artistic director Elizabeth Chang, following the retirement of founder Kevin Lawrence after 17 years. (Lawrence will remain on the faculty.) Exciting changes are afoot, including the arrival of two new cellist faculty, Thomas Mesa and Christina Lamprea, who emerged from the Sphinx Organization, a nonprofit dedicated to the development of young Black and Latino classical musicians. The Classical Encounters program, in which students perform free daytime concerts in downtown Burlington locales, continues to expand its venues, which include NU Chocolat and the BCA Center. Among the faculty and guest artists featured at the festival’s eight professional concerts are cellist Emily Taubl and pianist Hiromi Fukuda, both of Burlington, who make up two-thirds of the Champlain Trio. The July 5 faculty concert features the visiting Parker Quartet, whose members are in residence and on faculty at Harvard University. On July 12, look for the Balourdet Quartet, another eminent guest-artist ensemble, which won the top prizes at the 2021 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition and the 2020 Fischoff National Chamber Music Association competition.

Craftsbury Chamber Players July 13 through August 18, Elley-Long Music Center, Colchester, and Hardwick Town Hall. $10-25; $135 season pass.

This Wednesday and Thursday concert series has been around since 1966. This year’s iteration is spearheaded by artistic director and cellist Frances Rowell and brand-new executive director Mavis MacNeil. Rowell’s detailed historical program notes make the series an enjoyable weekly destination, as does the phalanx of musicians who regularly show up, including her violinist sister, Mary Rowell; Oregon composer-violist Kenji Bunch; and VSO concertmaster Katherine Winterstein.

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Programs will offer works by familiar as well as under-recognized composers, including Italian Mario CastelnuovoTedesco, a World War II refugee who escaped to the U.S. and became a film composer. At the final concert, the players will mark the occasion of Beethoven’s 250th birthday by playing works dating from the composer’s five-year process of losing his hearing — music that nevertheless expresses a “pure joy and delight in life,” Rowell wrote in online program notes.

Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival August 20 through 28, Elley-Long Music Center, Colchester. Prices vary from free to $40.

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In November 2021, the artistic directors of the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, pianist Gloria Chien and violinist Soovin Kim, won the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center award for “extraordinary service to chamber music.” The award recognized their untiring efforts to offer digital concerts and other programming — much of it free Marlboro Music Festival — during the pandemic. July 16 through August 14, Persons The star couple also direct chamber Auditorium, Marlboro. $30. series in Tennessee and Oregon, but Kim has ties to Vermont, having grown Led by artistic directors Mitsuko up playing in the Vermont Youth C O U R T E S Y O F JA YL Uchida and Jonathan Biss, Orchestra Association. . CL EN DE both pianists, the Marlboro This year’s festival NI Music Festival continues features the full range to be the ne plus ultra of master classes with of summer chamber chamber-music lumimusic in the country. Ignat naries, lectures by Emerging prodigies Solzhenitsyn resident composer and “senior artists” David Ludwig and even a family concert. play together daily for three weeks before But the main draw performing on five may be the Kalichsteinfestival weekends — but Laredo-Robinson Trio, only when they feel ready. featuring violinist and (Hence the lack of scheduled beloved former VSO music programs, though concert dates and director Jaime Laredo and his wife, times are set.) cellist Sharon Robinson. Among this year’s 80-odd participants The trio’s pianist, Joseph Kalichstein, are pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn, who grew died in March; Anna Polonsky will replace up in Cavendish; acclaimed composer him. On August 21, joined by violinistLibby Larsen; and returning cellists Marcy composer Nokuthula Ngwenyama, the Rosen and Peter Wiley. Audiences can’t group will perform Ngwenyama’s new go wrong, no matter which concert they work Elegy, a co-commission of LCCMF attend — and tickets go fast. and other U.S. presenters. m

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his fall, Burlington will once again hold an annual celebration of literature. The Green Mountain Book Festival, a newly minted nonprofit, will bring authors and readers to the Queen City’s downtown from September 23 through 25. So far, only the headliner has been announced, but she’s a heavy hitter: Ruth Ozeki. The American Canadian author of the novels My Year of Meats, A Tale for the Time Being (short-listed for the Man Booker Prize), and last year’s The Book of Form and Emptiness is also a filmmaker and a Zen Buddhist priest. Kim MacQueen, president of the Green Mountain Book Festival’s board of directors, said by phone, “We’ve got a small board of volunteers who are working really hard to bring [the fest] together.” She emphasized that the event is a book festival with a focus on recent releases, not a craft festival where authors meet to talk shop — at least for now. “We need to try to start small and do it really, really well,” she said. The new fest emerged from a confluence of local arts organizations, MacQueen said. Elaine Pentaleri, then cochair of the thriving Burlington Writers Workshop, approached Mike DeSanto, co-owner of Phoenix Books, and Barbara Shatara of the Fletcher Free Library. They’re now festival board members, along with author and writing instructor Angela Palm Hopkins, author and podcaster Shelagh Shapiro, and treasurer Lisa Hughes. The plan is to create an executive director position within the next three years, MacQueen said. Around the first of the year, the board started talking logistics. With Phoenix Books serving as majority stakeholder and sponsor, the organization has applied for grant funding from Burlington City Arts, the Vermont Arts Council and Vermont Humanities, MacQueen said. The festival will have six to eight hours of programming on Saturday and Sunday, most of it at Fletcher Free Library. Ozeki

will appear at Burlington City Hall Audi- Book Festival’s Facebook page, dated torium on Saturday afternoon. February 13, reads: “We look forward to “My absolute favorite author happened seeing you in the fall for a Celebration of to be available, and I was Vermont Authors. Dates in a position to bring her and details coming soon.” Reached by email, to Vermont, so I’ve been over the moon ever since,” Kisonak said the existence MacQueen said. of the Green Mountain The board is still Book Festival was news to narrowing down lists of him. Pentaleri contacted potential guests, she added. him in March 2020 about a Sunday will be “mostly collaboration between the dedicated to poetry.” BBF and the Burlington K IM MAC Q UE E N While authors in various Writers Workshop, but the genres and categories will two didn’t communicate be included — including a after the pandemic lockpanel on graphic novels — don’t expect down, he wrote. “Starting an imitation“a significant amount of children’s BBF modeled, obviously, on my design was programming.” never mentioned as a possibility,” Kisonak MacQueen emphasized that the new wrote. “This is the first I’ve heard about it.” fest has no connection to the Burlington Citing a Centers for Disease Control Book Festival. Under the leadership of and Prevention prediction of a fall surge founder Rick Kisonak, that event took in COVID-19 cases, Kisonak expressed place annually for 15 years before going doubts about putting on a full-scale festion pandemic hiatus. val in September. The most recent post on the Burlington “I’ve been hopeful as to a window in


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Among the many events delayed by the pandemic is an upcoming concert in memory of Julian Lamb Orgel, who died unexpectedly in 2018 at the age of 26. His parents, pianist Paul Orgel and psychologist and author Sharon Lamb, of Shelburne, spent a year planning a tribute that reflected their son’s wide-ranging musical interests. Then COVID-19 struck. “An Evening Remembering Julian” is now scheduled for Saturday, May 21, at the Elley-Long Music Center at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester as a live, in-person event that will also be streamed. The concert is part of a fundraising effort to endow a $50,000 scholarship for the Vermont Youth Orchestra in Julian’s name. Julian starting played cello at a young age at his parents’ suggestion; they hoped father and son would play together, which

they often did. Julian studied the Suzuki method with Anne Brown before studying with John Dunlop, the principal cellist of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. Julian played in all levels of the VYO through high school. The youth orchestra “was a constant for him for many years, and it was a very healthy, positive part of his life,” Orgel said by phone. As a high schooler, Julian Lamb Orgel Julian also took up trumpet and then studied jazz guitar. He played in the Flynn jazz program under the direction of Tom Cleary. And he became a devoted fan of Phish and the Grateful Dead. The memorial concert will showcase all of these interests, as well as pivotal figures from Julian’s musical life. Dunlop will join Orgel to perform Gabriel Fauré’s Elegy, Op. 24, from 1880, a piece whose long, gradually

descending lines in the principal theme express a somber pathos. Cleary, a pianist and keyboardist, and his wife, Amber deLaurentis, a jazz vocalist, will perform jazz standards and tunes, some of which Lamb chose because she used to sing them with her son while driving him to music lessons. Jazz guitarist Paul Asbell will play blues and songs Julian “would have loved,” according to program notes, in memory of the young man’s fearless experimentation on the guitar. Cleary, deLaurentis and Asbell — all Orgel’s colleagues in the Department of Music at the University of Vermont — will perform a Grateful Dead tribute. The heart of the concert will be a work written for and dedicated to Julian by the composer Curt Cacioppo, a family friend since the early 1990s, when he and Orgel taught at Haverford College. Cacioppo composed a song cycle for soprano and piano titled “Songs With and Without Words.” “Our kids grew up together in Pennsylvania,” Orgel said, and the pianist became “a champion of [Cacioppo’s] music.” In fact, Orgel performed Cacioppo’s “Pawnee Preludes” at the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in June 2018 with the composer in attendance, less than two weeks before Julian’s death. “[Cacioppo’s] response to finding out Julian died was to start writing these songs,” Orgel recalled.

For some songs, the composer set to music Lamb’s own Facebook posts about the aftermath of her son’s death. “She learned about [Cacioppo’s use of her posts] because he would start sending us these songs,” Orgel said. “He had a very strong response. He wrote this amazing piece. It’s a challenging song cycle in many styles — some jazz, blues, also American classical.” The performance of “Songs With and Without Words” will feature Orgel and Marshfield soprano Mary Bonhag, who frequently collaborates with the pianist. When asked what it’s like to play the piece, Orgel replied, “On one level, it’s a serious musical assignment. But on another, I’ll stop and look at it, and it’s very emotional for me. I’ll call Sharon from the other end of the house and say, ‘Here’s the part with the water on his gravestone.’” Nevertheless, Orgel highlighted the event’s beneficial intent and stressed the need to support the VYO. “It feels very positive to us. It’s very affirmative. And we’re doing it for the community and the orchestra.” m

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otorists minding the broad, curvy road through Lyndonville might overlook the Satellite Gallery & Community Space, tucked into a row of bricky storefronts. But the one-room venue is a worthwhile destination. Since August 2019, Satellite has hosted musical events, classes and art exhibitions — with pandemic-era adaptations. Founded by artist and teacher Martha Elmes, backed by a consortium of community partners and staffed by volunteers, the gallery is a bright spot of downtown revitalization. Passersby on foot can see why: The artwork visible through Satellite’s tall windows is beckoning. Currently that art belongs to Bradford artist Cindy Blakeslee; her exhibition of inventive found-object sculptures is called “Circular Logic.” That is the only title Blakeslee allows; her individual works are given meaning-free numbers. She wants viewers not to be influenced by words, she explained, and she seems to have no use for arbitrary concepts. What Blakeslee does have use for — oh, so many uses — is what the rest of us throw away. She is not the only person to make artwork from detritus, but Blakeslee has an unerring eye for how thing A might be combined with thing B to create a completely new and artful thing C. If she

hasn’t tattooed the “reduce reuse recycle” symbol on her person (as far as we know), Blakeslee comes to the art of assemblage from years of experience in junk reuse and environmental dedication. In the mid-1990s, she worked for the original ReStore in Montpelier. “It was designed to take scrap from Vermont manufacturers and resell it to the public,” Blakeslee said. “I went to many manufacturers across the state and explored their trash cans to see what was still usable.” A couple of years later, she started a nonprofit called the Center for Sustainable Building, which in turn launched Residuum in Barre. That store, too, collected reusable building materials from construction sites and offered them for resale. Blakeslee said she has reinvented herself several times — she’s also been the executive director of the Vermont Trial Lawyers Association, a technical writer and a “wannabe food writer.” Through all these chapters, art-making has been something she could return to. “It also permits me to fulfill my strongest urge, which is that of environmentalism,” she said. An unabashed dumpster diver, Blakeslee said she doesn’t throw anything away. She aims to elevate the stuff that others discard “into something interesting, humorous and/or provocative.” She achieves all of those objectives in





her current exhibition. Some assemblages do fit the circular theme: long chains of round or oval shapes that Blakeslee cut from scraps of plywood subflooring. “Installers throw out what they don’t use,” she noted. The largest one (“#203”), eight feet long and painted an audacious red, dangles from the ceiling in the front window. A triplet of shorter, pale-colored chains (“#185”) hangs against the gallery’s brick wall. A pair of black chains (“#186”) is suspended, chandelier-like, over a table. A few smaller, wall-hung works incorporate cut and painted circles of thin wood affixed to leftovers from wood-turning projects. Their geometric abstraction has decorative appeal, but another wall piece, “#196,” is more intriguing. Blakeslee cut a slab of plywood into a long oval, then cut a parallel oval ring within it, creating an oval “island” in the middle. She secured these pieces together, each painted in contrasting black and olive green stripes. The resulting work is a cohesive reimagining of discarded plywood. “Once I got into cutting circles, I started cutting ovals,” Blakeslee said. “I don’t know where my ideas come from.” Except for an early anthropomorphic piece in this “something of a retrospective,” as she put it, “Circular Logic” mainly presents assemblages that don’t try to emulate something else. But it’s hard not to indulge in interpretation for the piece that Blakeslee refers to informally as “two woks.” Officially “#133,” it is indeed two woks stacked and welded into a UFO shape and adorned with a ruffle of copper wire — hundreds of pieces of copper wire, laboriously cut and tied into tiny holes that Blakeslee drilled in the woks’ edges. Set on a thick wood pedestal, this post-culinary creation manages to be both silly and sophisticated at once. Its ruffle sparkles prettily in a sunny window. Space does not allow description of the many and diverse artworks in this exhibition. Suffice it to say that “Circular Logic” gives testimony to Blakeslee’s fecund imagination, productivity and evolving skills. “I’m limited by what comes to me,” she said modestly. “For me, it’s all about form and texture and if it’s an idea I’m amazed I came up with.” m

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ARTWORKS AT UVMMC: Oil paintings and watercolors by Susan Bull Riley (Main Street Connector, ACC 3); acrylic and ink paintings by Mike Strauss (Main Street Connector, BCC and Patient Garden); acrylic paintings by Brecca Loh (McClure 4); and acrylic paintings by Michelle Turbide (Pathology hallway, ACC 2). Curated by Burlington City Arts. Through May 31. Info, 865-7296. University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington. ‘DARK GODDESS: AN EXPLORATION OF THE SACRED FEMININE’: An exhibition of photographs by Brattleboro-based Shanta Lee Gander that employ ethnography and cultural anthropology to consider the meaning of the male gaze and the ways society confines females. Through December 9. Info, 6560750. Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont, in Burlington. DOUGLAS BIKLEN: Abstract fine-art photographs by the Vermont-based artist and author. Lorraine B. Good Room. Through June 15. ERIC AHO: “Headwater,” monumental paintings that capture the Vermont artist’s sensory experience of nature reconstructed through memory and invention. Through June 5. SARAH TRAD: “What Still Remains,” an exploration of personal and cultural identity using single- and multi-channel video and textile installations by the Philadelphia-based Lebanese American artist. Through June 5. Info, 865-7166. BCA Center in Burlington. ELIZABETH POWELL: Monotypes that reference the female form and explore the perplexities of femininity created by societal expectations. Through May 31. Info, 865-7296. Burlington City Hall. ‘FOOL ME ONCE’: A group show featuring works that utilize different mediums than the artists are used to, are made with the nondominant hand, show off mind-altering content or were entered under a false name. Through May 21. Info, spacegalleryvt@gmail. com. The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington.

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gallery in Montpelier appears to be an ode to swimming. Life-size plaster casts are displayed on either side of the entrance: one flipper-clad figure descending from the ceiling, the other emerging from blue “water.” But the show’s title, “inside&out,” hints at something more than pool-deep. “I reflected on my past to find some imagery that would tell stories about my life,” Ewing said, recalling times spent with friends and cousins. “It’s also about the freedom you feel in water. There’s no gravity, so it frees up expression in the body.” Ewing has had a multifaceted career: children’s book illustrator, graphic designer, landscape architect. In 2013 — once her two children were grown, she explained — she and her husband, musician-artist Bob Hannan, moved from the Boston area to Vermont. They now live in Calais. Ewing soon joined the Mud Studio, a clay workshop, finding not only new friends but also joy in making figurative sculptures. Though she still works in clay, her swimmers are fashioned from plasterdipped gauze over aluminum armatures. Their elongated bodies are clad in white bathing suits, caps and flippers. The figures have a Caucasian “skin” tone; none has articulated facial features. Ewing mounted the swimmers singly or in pairs on narrow ledges around the room, at roughly eye level. The viewer-facing sides of these platforms are cleverly painted with a blue-tile pattern to evoke a swimming pool. Sitting at the imagined water’s edge, the figures seem to be taking a break. Even without faces, their body language conveys social interactions. A more immersive experience awaits visitors behind a curtain at the back of the gallery. On one wall of the closet-size space, Ewing installed a diorama of an artist’s studio; the viewer’s window onto this scene is at the back. Two women — miniatures of the artist herself, seen from behind — seem to be in a figure-drawing session. A lighting and sound installation that’s best described as watery sets a contemplative mood. “A lot of the imagery for this came from my imagination and also meditation,” Ewing said of the diorama. “You’re peeking into another world. I was thinking how people enjoy coming to artists’ studios. It’s also about observing myself.” “Inside&out” is on view through May 29.

‘100+ FACES OF WINOOSKI’: Daniel Schechner of Wishbone Collective photographed more than 150 residents in conjunction with the Winooski Centennial Celebration. The collection can also be viewed online. Info, ‘MILL TO MALL: HISTORIC SPACE REIMAGINED’: An exhibition that tells the story of the public-private partnership that enabled the preservation and rebirth of a formerly derelict industrial building into a shopping center. Visitors are encouraged to add personal memories of the space to the community recollections. Through July 29. Free. Info, 355-9937. Heritage Winooski Mill Museum. BARBARA LANE AND BRENDA MYRICK: A motherand-daughter exhibition of paintings in acrylic and watercolor. Through May 31. Info, 458-1415. Charlotte Senior Center.


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LISA BALFOUR & KELLY O’NEAL: Acrylic paintings (Merrill Community Room) and photographs exploring place (Pierson Room), respectively. Curated by Burlington City Arts. Through June 15. Info, 865-7296. Pierson Library in Shelburne.

f PEGGY REYNOLDS: “What Happens When No One Is Looking?” an exhibition of self-portraits, a visual diary of passing thoughts, impressions and reactions, by the Vermont photographer. Reception: Sunday, May 22, 4-7 p.m. Through June 11. Info, 238 2647. Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction. ROSS SHEEHAN: “A Different Place, Altogether,” mixed-media works that investigate changing and forgotten physical environments, memories and dreams of and about South Burlington, seeking meaning in the city’s thresholds. Through May 31. Info, 775-303-8863. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall. ‘TUCKED IN: RESILIENCE IN SMALL MOMENTS’: Artwork created during the pandemic lockdown by Leslie Roth, Dianne Shullenberger and Elizabeth Fram. Through June 19. Info, 899-3211. Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho.


‘THE CATAMOUNT IN VERMONT’: An exhibition that explores the feline symbol of Vermont through the lenses of art, science and culture. Through May 31. ‘VOICES OF ST. JOSEPH’S ORPHANAGE’: An exhibition documenting the abuse of children who lived at the former Catholic Diocese-run orphanage in Burlington, and the stories of former orphans that led to changes in child-protection laws. Through July 30. Info, 479-8500. Vermont History Museum in Montpelier. HASSO EWING: “Inside&out,” a solo installation of new works that explore concepts of inner and outer worlds and the relationship between self and other. Through May 29. Info, The Front in Montpelier.

f ‘LOCAL PERSPECTIVES’: An exhibit by members of the Central Hub of the Vermont Pastel Society. f ‘THE PRINTMAKING INVITATIONAL 2022’: An exhibition of works by Vermont artists Janet Cathey, Lynn Newcomb and Michael Roosevelt, curated by Phillip Robertson. Reception: Friday, June 3, 4-8 p.m. Through July 8. Info, 262-6035. T.W. Wood Gallery in Montpelier.

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‘IN THE LIGHT OF SPRING’: Artworks in a variety of mediums by 32 members of the Art Resource Association, a Montpelier organization that supports visual artists through exhibition opportunities and workshops. Through June 27. Info, 229-6206. North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier.

MALTEX ARTISTS: New works by James Vogler, Myles Moran, Kathleen Grant, Nancy Tomczak, Kristina Pentek and Bear Cieri, in the hallways. Through August 31. Info, 865-7296. The Maltex Building in Burlington.

‘EYESIGHT & INSIGHT: LENS ON AMERICAN ART’: An exhibition of artworks that illuminates creative responses to perceptions of vision; four sections explore themes ranging from 18th-century optical technologies to the social and historical connotations of eyeglasses in portraiture from the 19th century to the present. Through October 16. ‘IN PLAIN SIGHT: REDISCOVERING CHARLES SUMNER BUNN’S DECOYS’: An online exhibition of shorebird decoys carved by the member of the Shinnecock-Montauk Tribes, based on extensive research and resolving historic controversy. Through October 5. ‘OUR



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COLLECTION: ELECTRA HAVEMEYER WEBB, EDITH HALPERT AND FOLK ART’: A virtual exhibition that celebrates the friendship between the museum founder and her longtime art dealer, featuring archival photographs and ephemera, a voice recording from Halpert, and quotations pulled from the women’s extensive correspondences. Through February 9, 2023. NANCY WINSHIP MILLIKEN: “Varied and Alive,” four monumental outdoor sculptures set in a pollinator meadow that embody the museum’s commitment to environmental stewardship and feature natural


materials intrinsic to the region. Through October 16. Info, 985-3346. Shelburne Museum. FAIR HOUSING EXHIBITION: A group show featuring works by artists who responded to the prompt, “What makes a thriving, inclusive community?” Presented by Arts So Wonderful and CVOEO’s Fair Housing Project. Through June 30. Arts So Wonderful Gallery in South Burlington. HOWARD CENTER ARTS COLLECTIVE: Sixteen members of the collective address the theme “Arrival


‘NOW YOU SEE IT’: A group exhibit involving illusion art that plays with perception of space and depth through paintings, sculptures and other works. Main Floor Gallery. Through June 25. MAGGIE NEALE: “Vibrations: Dance of Color and Form,” paintings. Third Floor Gallery. Through June 25. PAUL MARKOWITZ: “Family Affair,” kinetic art. Quick Change Gallery. Through May 21. SILENT ART AUCTION: Artworks and crafts in a variety of mediums; sales benefit SPA programs. Second Floor Gallery. Online catalog available. Bidding at SPA and Morse Block Deli. Through June 17. Info, 479-7069. Studio Place Arts in Barre. MAY EXHIBITS: Works in a variety of mediums including watercolor, oils, charcoal and colored pencil by Carolyn Zuaro, Heather Snyder and Lynn Spencer. Through May 29. Info, 279-5048. ART, etc. in Northfield. MICHAEL HEFFERNAN: “Toying With It,” paintings that feature playthings. Curated by Studio Place Arts. Through June 11. Info, 479-7069. AR Market in Barre. MICHAEL T. JERMYN: Photographs by the Montpelier artist. Through June 2. Info, 223-1570. Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin.




PAUL GRUHLER: “Harmonics,” geometric abstract paintings by the Vermont artist. Through June 30. Info, 279-5558. Vermont Supreme Court Gallery in Montpelier.

PRINDLE WISSLER: “It Runs With the Territory,” a retrospective exhibit of paintings and prints by the late local artist. Through June 30. Info, 388-1436. Jackson Gallery, Town Hall Theater, in Middlebury.

REBECCA SILBERNAGEL: “The Happy Place Project, Part 2,” black-and-white portraits, mostly of Vermont legislators, photographed at a place or doing an activity that grounds them. Through May 27. Info, Vermont Statehouse Cafeteria in Montpelier.

‘SENSE OF RELIEF’: A group exhibition celebrating the art of relief printing with 2D prints, book arts and mixed media by more than 20 artists. Through July 10. Info, 989-7225. Sparrow Art Supply in Middlebury.

‘THE WORLD THROUGH THEIR EYES’: Watercolors and drawings by 19th-century Norwich alumni William Brenton Boggs and Truman Seymour depicting scenes in North and South America, Asia, Europe and Africa. Through December 16. Info, 485-2886. Sullivan Museum & History Center, Norwich University, in Northfield.


‘TELL US A STORY’: A group exhibit in which artists were invited to convey a narrative in three pieces of work each. Through June 19. 2022 LEGACY COLLECTION: An exhibit of works by 16 distinguished New England landscape artists plus a selection of works by Alden Bryan and Mary Bryan. Through December 24. Info, 644-5100. Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville. 2022 STUDENT ART SHOW: An exhibit of artwork in a variety of mediums from Stowe-area students. Through May 28. Info, 253-8358. The Current in Stowe. ‘ART IN A TIME OF CRISIS’: Works in a variety of mediums by Rebecca Schwarz, Caroline Loftus, Kate Arslambakova and Martha Dunbar that address the question: “How does the changing climate affect artists and their practices?” DAN GOTTSEGEN: “I Give You Mountains and Rivers Without End,” abstracted landscape paintings in which patterned bands of color depict music. Through July 9. Info, 888-1261. River Arts in Morrisville. ‘THE ART OF THE GRAPHIC’: Eight displays of snowboards that let viewers see the design process from initial conception to final product; featuring artists Scott Lenhardt, Mark Gonzalez, Mikey Welsh, Mishel Schwartz and more. Through October 31. Info, 253-9911. Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum in Stowe.

f ‘CAN YOU HEAR ME?’: Works by India-based artists Biraaj Dodiya, Payal Kapadia and Vidha Saumya, whose mediums include installation, film, painting and book-making; part of a series of exhibitions featuring new female voices in South Asian contemporary art, presented by New Delhi curator Phalguni Guliani. Closing reception and curator talk: Wednesday, May 25, 5-7 p.m. Through May 25. Info, 635-2727. Red Mill Gallery, Vermont Studio Center, in Johnson. NINA BUXENBAUM: “A Topsy-Turvy World,” paintings by the Brooklyn artist, part of a Paracosm Pop-Up series presented by the gallery and the Alchemist. Through May 21. Info, 644-8183. Visions of Vermont in Jeffersonville. RENÉE LAUZON: “The Break Up,” a solo exhibition by the painter and sonic artist. Through July 3. Info, Minema Gallery in Johnson.

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f KASEY LOYER: Recent nature-inspired abstract paintings by the South Burlington artist. Reception: Friday, June 17, 6-8 p.m. Through June 18. Info, 244-7801. Axel’s Frame Shop & Gallery in Waterbury.

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HANNAH BUREAU: “Open Air,” new abstracted landscape paintings. Through June 1. Info, 989-7419. Edgewater Gallery at Middlebury Falls. ‘ITTY BITTY: TINY TEXTS IN SPECIAL COLLECTIONS’: Books from the 17th to 21st centuries that measure between 1.8 and 10 centimeters, from religious manuscripts to cookbooks, children’s books to Shakespeare. Visitors are not currently allowed in the library but may view the works online at Through May 31. Davis Family Library, Middlebury College.

SUSAN ABBOTT & MOLLY DOE WENSBERG: “Town and Country,” paintings of New England landscape from two very different perspectives. Through June 26. Info, 989-7419. Edgewater Gallery on the Green in Middlebury.


ALEYNA FEINBERG: “Gesture of something like home,” artwork in the windows that communicates a relationship to landscape that is about memory, otherness and feelings of belonging and not belonging. Through June 4. Info, 77ART in Rutland. BILL RAMAGE: “A Lamentation for a Lost Lexicon,” paper, canvas and installation works à la Jackson Pollock that address the CIA’s involvement with abstract expressionist art during the Cold War. On view by appointment only. Through June 30. Info, B&G Gallery in Rutland. ‘IMAGES OF OUR WORLD’: A photography exhibit and amateur photo contest featuring local artists, including a solo showcase by Rebekkah Ziel. Through May 27. Info, 775-0356. Chaffee Art Center in Rutland.


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f ‘VERMONT: IN THE COUNTRY’: The second of three all-member shows in all mediums celebrating our favorite state, from rolling farmland to lake scenes. Reception: Friday, May 27, 5-7 p.m. Through July 10. WARREN KIMBLE: “Artful Assemblages,” tableaux created from found objects by the renowned artist and Brandon resident. Through July 9. Info, 247-4956. Brandon Artists Guild. ‘WE’RE ALL AT A PARTY CALLED LIFE ON EARTH!’: An installation by Frobertan (partners Fran Bull and Robert Black) of painted figurative sculptures, architectural structures and works on paper that are inspired by commedia dell’arte and celebrate human diversity. Through June 11. Info, 247-4295. Compass Music and Arts Center in Brandon.

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‘FORM AND FUNCTION: WE ARE THE VESSEL’: Three collections with stories to tell: tea bowls by Jeanne Claire Bisson, weavings by Diane Elliott Gayer and 1940s clay pots from the Southwest. Through May 22. Info, 355-2150. GreenTARA Space in North Hero.

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AMANDA MARTINEZ: “Mutable Construct,” abstracted sculptural forms by the Brooklyn-based artist. Through May 29. Info, 347-264-4808. Kishka Gallery & Library in White River Junction. MARGARET LAMPE KANNENSTINE: Paintings focused on the Ottauquechee River by the Vermont artist. Through June 30. Info, 359-3194. Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee. ‘MATHEMATICIANS MADE VISIBLE’: A series of blockprint portraits of contemporary mathematicians, promoting a more diverse population in the field of math. Learn more about the educational mission at Through June 1. Info, 295-4567. Long River Gallery in White River Junction. STACY HOPKINS: “Shapeshifter,” linoleum prints of ravens by the gallery owner and jewelry artisan. Through July 31. Info, 603-443-3017. Scavenger Gallery in White River Junction.


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ANN YOUNG: “Now, You Tell the Story,” oil paintings of people by the Vermont artist. Through June 5. Info, 533-2000. Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro. CINDY BLAKESLEE: “Circular Logic,” sculpture created from found and cast-off items by the Bradford artist. Through May 30. Info, 229-8317. The Satellite Gallery in Lyndonville. ISA OEHRY: “Through the Window,” whimsical portraits of farm animals looking out of their barn windows. Through May 20. Info, 525-3366. The Parker Pie Company in West Glover. ‘MATERIAL DRAWING REDUX: DRAWN TO TOUCH’: Works by Audrey Goldstein, Michelle Samour, Julia Shepley and Debra Weisberg, who have been in conversation with each other for more than 15 years about their individual drawing practices. KATA HULL: “Thin Ice,” paintings and mixed-media works on paper, part of an ongoing series exploring global warming and its consequences. Through June 11. Info, 748-2600. Catamount Arts Center in St. Johnsbury. ‘A LIFE IN LISTS AND NOTES’: An exhibition that celebrates the poetic, mnemonic, narrative and enumerative qualities of lists and notes. The objects on display span myriad creative, professional, bureaucratic, domestic and personal uses of lists through the ages. Through May 31. Info, 626-4409. The Museum of Everyday Life in Glover. NICK PILIERO: “Flying Colors,” lively paintings by the local artist. Through June 4. Info, 748-0158. Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury.

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ANNE SPALTER: “The Wonder of It All,” the museum’s first-ever exhibition of non-fungible tokens (NFTs), featuring themes of travel, exploration, outer space and the unconscious mind by the pioneering digital artist. Through June 12. DELITA MARTIN: “Between Worlds,” a yearlong installation in the museum’s front windows that reimagines the identities and roles of Black women in the context of Black culture and African history. Through May 31. LOUISA CHASE: “Fantasy Worlds,” a survey of the late artist’s work, including sculpture, drawing, painting and prints from her 40-year career. Curated by Elissa Watters. Through June 12. M. CARMEN LANE: “(í:se) Be Our Guest/Stolen,” new experimental silkscreen prints based on the personal histories of displacement and dispossession in the African American and Native artist’s family. Curated by Mildred Beltré Martinez. Through June 12. MILDRED BELTRÉ MARTINEZ: “Between Starshine and Clay,” a diverse selection of work including drawing, textile and installation that speaks to the complexity of a Black, ethnic, gendered experience. Curated by Mara Williams. Through June 12. ROBERT VISANI: “Form/Reform,” digitally modeled DIY cardboard slave kits that reexamine art historical imagery depicting the institution of American chattel slavery. Curated by David Rios Ferreira. Through June 12. SACHIKO AKIYAMA: “Through Lines,” wall reliefs and mixed-media figurative sculptures invoking a variety of cultural traditions. Curated by Mara Williams. Through June 12. YVETTE MOLINA: “Big Bang Votive,” egg tempera paintings of objects that have brought people delight, such as cake, a bicycle, a tent, based on listening to their stories. Curated by Sarah Freeman. Through June 12. Info, 257-0124. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. LYDIA KERN: “Passages,” a multimedia exhibition including wall pieces, video and sculptural installations in doorways. Through June 25. Info, jamie. Epsilon Spires in Brattleboro. NATHAN SHEPARD & MEGAN BUCHANAN: Oil and gouache paintings and poetry, respectively. Through August 12. Info, 387-0102. Next Stage Arts Project in Putney.


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CALL TO ARTISTS 10 X 10 EXHIBITION AND FUNDRAISER: We are inviting all artists to pick up one or two 10-by-10-inch panels from the gallery, create something extraordinary, and then return the work as a donation to be sold in a fundraising event. Pick up between May 17 and 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. AVA Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon N.H. Info, 603-448-3117. 2022 PHOTOGRAPHY SHOOT-OUT: The theme for this year’s competition is “Reflections.” First-place winner gets a solo show at Axel’s in 2023. Two entries per photographer. Rules and details at axelsgallery. com/news. Axel’s Frame Shop & Gallery, Waterbury. Through October 8. $20. Info, 244-7801. AIAVT SEEKS APPLICATIONS FOR COMMUNITY OUTREACH GRANT: The Carol Miklos Community Outreach Grant was created to support initiatives and special funding requests which have the potential to foster engagement with architecture and design in Vermont’s communities. The grant, named in honor of AIAVT’s executive director from 2008 to 2018, is awarded once per year, with the amount up to $1,500. Details at aiavt. org. Deadline: May 31. Online. Free. Info, 448-2169. ART ON THE REFUGE 2022: For the annual Friends of the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge Art Show and World Bird Migration Day Festival, the focus will be on birds and their habitats, including birds that spend time on the refuge or migrate through the area. Two-dimensional art including photography accepted. Application and more info at Drop-off May 18, 6-7 p.m., at the visitor center or call 868-4781 to schedule. Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, Swanton. $15 per entry, includes year membership. Info, artshow@friendsofmis CHELSEA ARTS ON THE GREEN FESTIVAL: Artists, artisans and food vendors are welcome to apply to this Labor Day weekend event. Deadline: August 1. Details at Online. Info, FAIRY HOUSE SUBMISSIONS: HCA is looking for artists to join our whimsical fairy house trail exhibition opening on July 9. Artwork will be displayed outside for the duration of the summer, so should be able to withstand the weather. Fairy house creations should fit within a 2-by-2-foot base. Delivery date: June 22. Compensation includes admission to the Fairy Festival on July 9 and two complimentary tickets to a future HCA performance. Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro. Info, LADYBROAD LEDGER: Vermont’s free femme alt comics newspaper seeks submissions from Vermont-based ladyidentifying, lady-presenting or lady-adjacent cartoonists for the September issue. All subjects welcome, including fiction, nonfiction and autobio. Find submission info at ladybroad Deadline: June 1. Online. LOCAL ARTISTS AT VNRC: We’re seeking Vermont artists for three-month exhibitions starting as early as July 1. We are particularly interested in artists whose work connects with or complements our mission to protect and enhance the natural environments and wildlife, vibrant communities, productive working landscapes, rural character and a unique sense of place. To find out more, contact Alex Connizzo at or 223-2328, ext. 126. Vermont Natural Resources

Council, Montpelier, Through July 1. Free. Info, MAKERS’ MARKET: We’re looking for makers whose works aren’t usually represented in the farmers and craft markets. If you lurk in dimly lit garages, creating mad masterpieces, if your work has never or rarely been exhibited, apply to be a vendor at makersmarketvt. Deadline: July 29. Vermont Clothing Company, St. Albans. Free. Info, QUALIFICATIONS FOR OUTDOOR PERMANENT ART IN SOUTH BURLINGTON: The South Burlington Public Art Committee seeks qualifications from artists interested in creating outdoor public art valued at $2,000 to $10,000 to be commissioned over the next several years. This call will create a pipeline for original, permanent and specific art to establish a distinct sense of place, welcome community and create identity for the city. Artists must have a strong connection to Vermont. Details at Deadline: May 30, 10 a.m. Online. Free. Info, SEEKING ORIGINAL ART: The curator for the City of South Burlington is seeking artists interested in showing work in the public gallery at the public library and city hall. To learn more and submit interest, fill out this form: Online. Through June 30. Info, gallery@ ‘THE STORY’: Photographers are invited to submit images that tell a story or visual narrative evoking an emotional or visceral response from the viewer. May be digital or analog and can integrate documentary, fantastical or surreal, forced perspective, time lapse, candid, photojournalistic or long exposure. Open to artists 18 and older within the U.S. and Canada. Juried exhibit will be August 5 to September 11. Details at Deadline: June 15. Stone Valley Arts at Fox Hill, Poultney. $25 for up to 3 entries. Info, SUMMER MEMBERS SHOW: The annual exhibition is open to all artists whose memberships are valid through August 1. All mediums accepted; 2D work must be ready to hang. All work must be labeled. Drop-off June 15 to 24. Details and contract at or the gallery. Strand Center for the Arts, Plattsburgh, N.Y. Through June 24. Free. Info, 518-563-1604. ‘THAT CAT’: The Egyptians thought of cats as gods, shipyards put them to work to protect food stocks from vermin, others have viewed them as symbols of bad fortune. Cats have inspired poetry and prose. An upcoming show will feature work in any medium about domestic cats and their people. Submitted videos should not exceed one minute. Details at Deadline: May 27. Studio Place Arts, Barre. $10; free for SPA members. Info, 479-7069. TRANSGENDERLAND CALL TO NFT ARTISTS: Artists are invited to donate trans-friendly or gender-expansive works; NFTs, photos and other mediums are accepted. Vermont-based Transgenderland’s collection uses art to celebrate gender-expansive ideas, visibility and community building. Most art is shared through NFTs because they are nearly free to create and are accessible. Online. Through May 18. Free. Info, micdrophealth@

that aim to immerse viewers in the present moment. Closing reception: Saturday, June 11, 2-4 p.m. Through June 11. SPRING MEMBER EXHIBITION: SVAC artists and members of the Vermont Watercolor Society exhibit works in a range of mediums including painting, photography, textile, wood, glass and more. Through May 22. Info, 362-1405. Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester. ‘PARKS AND RECREATION’: An exhibition of paintings past and present that explores the history and artistic depictions of Vermont’s state parks and other formally designated natural areas. Contemporary works on loan from the Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville. Through November 6. MARION HUSE: “Picturing Pownal,” paintings and silk-screen prints by the artist (1896-1967) whose successful career spanned 40 years, and who maintained a studio in Pownal. Through June 22. THE STUDENT ART SHOW: Artwork in a variety of mediums by students at Mt. Anthony Union High School, Southwest Tech, Grace Christian School, the Vermont School for Girls, Hoosac School and Hoosick Falls Central High School. Through June 5. Info, 447-1571. Bennington Museum.


JULIA PAVONE: “Abstractions,” a solo exhibition of nonrepresentational paintings in oil, acrylic and encaustic. Through June 18. Info, 889-9404. Tunbridge Public Library.

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ADAM PENDLETON: “These Things We’ve Done Together,” the first solo show in Canada of the New York-based artist, whose work explores the relationships between Blackness, abstraction and the avant-garde. Through July 10. NICOLAS PARTY: “L’heure mauve” (“Mauve Twilight”), a dreamlike exhibition of paintings, sculptures and installation in the Swiss-born artist’s signature saturated colors. Online reservations required. Through October 16. Info, 514-285-2000. Montréal Museum of Fine Arts. ALEX REITER: “The New Surreal,” drawings and other works by the Plattsburgh native. Through May 27. Info, 518-563-1604. Strand Center for the Arts in Plattsburgh, N.Y. ‘IN THE MOMENT: RECENT WORK BY LOUISE HAMLIN’: Paintings and works on paper by the former Dartmouth College studio art professor and print maker. Through September 3. ‘PHOTOGRAPHS FROM HOLLYWOOD’S GOLDEN ERA’: Recently acquired from the John Kobal Foundation, the images include studio portraiture, publicity shots and film stills from the 1920s to ’50s. Through May 21. ‘THIS LAND: AMERICAN ENGAGEMENT WITH THE NATURAL WORLD’: Drawn from the permanent collection, the museum’s first major installation of traditional and contemporary Native American art set alongside early-to-contemporary art by African American, Asian American, Euro-American and Latin American artists, representing a broader perspective on “American” art. Through July 23. Info, 603-646-2808. Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H. JOHN DOUGLAS: Twenty-eight framed photographs of unconventional street scenes, portraits and landscapes, in the library’s Ledyard Gallery. Through June 1. Info, Howe Library in Hanover, N.H. ‘THE THING WITH FEATHERS’: Works by 19 visual artists and poets who responded to the question, “What brings you light and lifts you up?” for an exhibition in collaboration with West Central Behavioral Health and inspired by Emily Dickinson’s poem “Hope.” Through May 21. SAMANTHA M. ECKERT, CECELIA KANE & TARA WRAY: Solo exhibitions in different disciplines by the Vermont artists, each informed by interests in ancestry, family lore, identity, mapping time and memory. Through June 4. Info, 603-448-3117. AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, N.H. SENIOR BFA EXHIBIT: Artworks by the 2022 graduating class in fine arts. Through May 21. Info, 518-564-2474. Burke Gallery, Plattsburgh State Art Museum, N.Y. m


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Closing the Windows Ever notice that when you’ve been anticipating something for a long time, once it happens, it seems to flash by in the blink of an eye? That’s definitely what the Waking Windows festival felt like to me this past weekend. As I made my way back and forth across the Winooski rotary, hopping from show to show, it was almost like I felt a clock ticking down. Nonetheless, when Sunday’s festivities came to a close, I was beyond satisfied with what the Waking Windows folks had once again put together. Look, I’m a ’90s kid; DINOSAUR JR. were always going to be the main attraction for me. And, good gravy, did the Massachusetts power trio deliver. I have no data to back this up, but I can’t imagine there’s ever been a louder show on the Main Stage. Guitarist/vocalist J MASCIS, in particular, was monstrously loud, with three full-stack amplifiers lined up behind him like a series of monoliths. When bassist/vocalist LOU BARLOW looked at the nearby Spinner Place apartment building and joked the festival should be called Shaking Windows, he wasn’t far off. No. 2 on my list of must-see bands were GUERILLA TOSS, who recently put 60

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out one of my favorite records of 2022, Brattleboro’s THUS LOVE playing at the Famously Alive. Unfortunately, seems like Monkey House was a cool sight, as was everybody else had the same thought, and KIKAGAKU MOYO’s guitarist DAOUD POPAL the Waterworks River House Stage filled vibing to Dinosaur Jr. behind the stage up too quickly for me to get in without while they played. pulling some “press pass” bullshit, which And then … it was over. Another I never use to cut a line. Been on the other amazing weekend for the Waking end of that too many times! Windows crew — the festival sold out (OK, that’s a bit of a fib. I’d use the completely this year, even day passes. hell out it to get backstage at a When it was all said and done, F E L O L Y I O S T BU R TE RG COU WIGGLES concert, if only to I couldn’t help but wonder prove my assertion that when I’d get another fix of the Australian band, festival magic. adored by children around the globe, party hard. Besides, Myra Flynn “I Did Mushrooms With the Wiggles” would be the Fear not! The summer greatest headline of 2022 is full of music in my Seven Days festivals across the state, career.) including the return of Missing GT aside, mainstays and some brand-new my Waking Windows cup ones popping up. Here’s a rundown of ranneth over, and then some. some highlights, but keep an eye out for There wasn’t a dud on the bill this year: more as we get deeper into the summer. The touring acts played some incredible First up is the big one: the Burlington sets, and the local bands went toe-to-toe Discover Jazz Festival. For 10 days with the out-of-staters. beginning on June 3, the event will take There was plenty of crossover place in venues throughout Burlington, between artists, as well. Watching from downtown to Leddy Park in the New members of DRY CLEANING check out

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North End. The fest’s 39th iteration has a guest curator this year, musician and activist MICHAEL MWENSO. When I spoke with him a few months ago, Mwenso said he set out to deliver an experience he called “rooted in Black music and Black history, with lots of love.” The big fish is the free GEORGE CLINTON AND PARLIAMENT FUNKADELIC show at Waterfront Park on Friday, June 10. But Mwenso and cocurator and fellow Electric Root founder JONO GASPARRO have stacked the lineup. Highlights include composer and saxophonist JOSHUA REDMAN, New York City’s LAKECIA BENJAMIN AND SOUL SQUAD, drummer JOE FARNSWORTH (no relation), and the BRIANNA THOMAS BAND. As always, the robust local jazz scene is well represented, too. Jazz-fusion act CHICKEN FAT INJECTION, the DAN RYAN EXPRESS, Vermont-by-way-of-Kenya artist KERUBO and singer MYRA FLYNN are just some of the talents filling out the bill. It looks to be another banner year for the longrunning festival. Want to know what the young bands are up to? Stay ahead of the curve with the return of the Brattleboro Youth Rock Festival, aka BrattRock. Held on June 18 at the Stone Church, the show features area bands whose members are all under the age of 20. Highlights include dance and soul act MOXIE, punk rockers MAN MADE TRAGEDIES, and western Massachusetts’ BIG DESTINY. The festival aims to connect the young musicians on the bill with music industry professionals. A portion of the proceeds will go to Youth Services in Brattleboro, a nonprofit family support organization. Head over to Putney on May 29 to check out the Roots & Americana Festival, offered as part of Next Stage Arts’ Bandwagon Summer Series. The event features three killer Americana, bluegrass and roots acts: Woodstock, N.Y.’s the MAMMALS, Boston’s CORNER HOUSE, and indie folk and rock act the NEW DOMESTICS. The show will be held at Cooper Field, because there’s just something fitting about an Americana festival taking place on a baseball field. Plenty more festivals are in the pipeline. They include the Maple Roots Festival, which returns for its second year on July 23 at the Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks in Montpelier. The Festival of Fools is back for its 15th year, occupying downtown Burlington from August 5 to 7 with an assortment of dancers, acrobats, comedy and music. And then there’s the return of Grace Potter’s Grand Point North. Canceled in 2021, it’s scheduled for September 10 and 11 at Burlington’s Waterfront Park.



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The Old Round Church in Richmond was built in 1813 and deeded by the Town of Richmond to the Richmond Historical Society in 1976. It was once a center of activity in the town, hosting Town Meeting Days and as many as 35 weddings per summer. The historical society’s vice president, RYAN ACKLEY, wants to bring some attention back to the beloved old building. “I live right next door to the church,” he said by phone. “It’s such a beloved thing to Richmond. It’s been here for 200-plus years, so there’s a lot of attachment to the church. I want to reincorporate the community into Mikahely utilizing the space more.” Toward that aim, Ackley and the Richmond Historical Society have booked Burlington funk act SOUL PORPOISE to play a free show this Sunday, May 22, right on the church lawn. Food vendors will be on hand, and the historical society will be accepting donations. All proceeds will fund church maintenance. “There’s always some upkeep with a place as old as this,” Ackley said. Ackley, who also helps with the historical society’s treasury, hopes the show is the first of many at the church. “Eventually, I’d love to do not just music but comedy shows and live storytelling,” he said. “But the RHS moves a little slow sometimes, so we’re talking baby steps with the idea.”

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a new EP, Bike Flipper. In an email, Kolchalka wrote that the record is loosely a concept album about when the Burlington cartoonist and rocker flipped his bike near the start of the pandemic, shattering his wrist. “It’s also the culmination of a musical idea I had in the fall of 1985,” he wrote. “I thought that as a ‘nonmusician’ who can’t play an instrument that I should just go into the studio and record all the instrument parts with my own voice.” At the time, it was pure fantasy, but 37 years later, he’s actually done it, performing all the sounds on Bike Flipper with his own voice. The EP is available on all streaming services. Madagascar-born Burlington singersongwriter MIKAHELY has released a new single titled “Miara Nono Zaza.” The song will appear on his forthcoming LP, Offshoots. In an email to Seven Days, Mikahely wrote that the song is about “the special bond between mother and child.” A video for the track drops on Wednesday, May 18, on YouTube. m SEVEN DAYS MAY 18-25, 2022 4v-artsriot051822


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Bluegrass & BBQ (bluegrass) at Four Quarters Brewing, Winooski, 6:30 p.m. Free. Irish Sessions (Celtic) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Jazz Night with Ray Vega (jazz) at Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.


Jazz Sessions with Randal Pierce (jazz open mic) at the 126, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free. Logan Whaley Band & Hilltop (pop) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 9 p.m. $5. Spaghetti & Meatballs Special (rock) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Wednesday Night Dead (Grateful Dead covers) at Zenbarn, Waterbury, 7 p.m. $5. Ween Wednesday: Knights of the Brown Table (Ween tribute) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.


Al’s Pals with Steve Hadeka (jam, Do you sell or serve 5/2/22 11/2/20 12:28 3:07 PM PM rock) at Butter Bar and Kitchen, Burlington, 5:30 p.m. Free. food in Vermont? Bonji Ellison (folk) at Charlie-O’s

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World Famous, Montpelier, 8 p.m. Free. Burlington Electronic Department Presents: Barra’s Rub (dance) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free. JPEGMAFIA (hip-hop) at Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, 8 p.m. $30/$35. Lady Lamb with Lake Waves (rock) at ArtsRiot, Burlington, 8 p.m. $20. Learning to Fly: A Music Recital (recital) at Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Mary Carter (singer-songwriter) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Maya De Vitry (singer-songwriter) at Richmond Congregational Church, 7 p.m. $15. Patti Casey & Colin McCaffrey (singer-songwriter) at Filling Station, Middlesex, 6 p.m. Free. Roar! Showcase (comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 8:15 p.m. $10.

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Scuzz with Radio Compass (punk) at 4/18/22 9:46 AM Monkey House, Winooski, 8:30 p.m. $5.

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Session Americana with Ali McGuirk (Americana) at Zenbarn, Waterbury, 8 p.m. $17/$20.


Adam Brooks (singer-songwriter) at Charlie-O’s World Famous, Montpelier, 6 p.m. Free. Bumbling Woohas (rock) at Charlie-O’s World Famous, Montpelier, 9:30 p.m. Free.

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has garnered a reputation for capturing the

minutiae of everyday life with her confessional songwriting. Originally releasing music as Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, the Brooklyn singer-songwriter shows more and more of the real her with each successive release. Her latest, the stark and haunting single “Wolves of My Want,” continues this trend, featuring some of Spaltro’s strongest lyrics to date: “Some days the world is a beautiful brain / That I cannot understand, that I cannot penetrate / So I sing its refrain.” She brings her heart-onsleeve songs to Burlington on Thursday, May 19, at ArtsRiot with local support from LAKE WAVES.

Cheryl Wheeler and Kenny White (folk) at Next Stage Arts Project, Putney, 7:30 p.m. $22/$25. Dub Apocalypse Meets Green Lion Crew (dub, reggae) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. $10/$12.

Grocer with Clever Girls, Lily Seabird (indie rock) at Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $13/$15. Kiel Love (singer-songwriter) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

Eric George (folk) at Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 4 p.m. Free.

Kotoko Brass (funk) at Zenbarn, Waterbury, 9 p.m. $10/$12.

Fetish Radio Techno Showcase featuring Nat Turner, Vault, Luminescu (electronic) at Orlando’s Bar & Lounge, Burlington, 9:30 p.m. Free.

Larkspur (folk) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free.

Wine Lips with Greaseface (garage rock) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 10:30 p.m. $10.


Atlantic Crossing opens Summer Music Series (folk) at Meeting House on the Green, East Fairfield, 5 p.m. $10. Chloe with Die the Monk, Teenage Halloween, Thus Love (punk, indie rock) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 7 p.m. $10.

Gutted Alive, Balor, Faced, Hell Priest and Infinite Sin (metal) at Swan Dojo, Burlington, 8 p.m. $10.

Sean Kehoe (singer-songwriter) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free.

High Summer (funk) at Zenbarn, Waterbury, 9 p.m. $10/$12.

Spaghetti & Meatballs Special (rock) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free.

Lavendula with New Erotics (indie rock) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 9 p.m. Free.

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

Marble Eyes and Escaper (jam, rock) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 8 p.m. $10/$12.


Troy Millette and the Fire Below with Jesse Taylor Band, Owl Stars, Ryan Sweezy (rock) at Monkey House, Winooski, 6:30 p.m. $10. Windjammers Tour featuring Mister Burns, Jarv, Eyenine and Dillon (hip-hop) at Charlie-O’s World Famous, Montpelier, 9:30 p.m. Free.


The Big Takeover with Pete Muller & the Kindred Souls (reggae) at the Putney Inn, 5 p.m. $20/$25. PnB Rock (hip-hop) at Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, 6 p.m. $35/$40. Sunday Brunch Tunes (various) at Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 10 a.m.


Cloud Nothings with Sunburned Hand of the Man (indie rock) at Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $17/$20. Lil Tecca (hip-hop) at Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, 6 p.m. $45/$50.


Dead Set (Grateful Dead tribute) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 7 p.m. $10. Hannah Frances (singersongwriter) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 7 p.m. $5. Honky Tonk Tuesday featuring Pony Hustle (country) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 9 p.m. $5. Iceage with Wiki (punk) at Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $20/$22.



Mi Yard Reggae Night with DJ Big Dog (reggae and dancehall) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 9:30 p.m. Free.


Comedy Night (comedy) at ArtsRiot, Burlington, 7 p.m. $7. Josh Gondelman (comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. $25.



BASSment 008 (electronic) at Orlando’s Bar & Lounge, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free. DJ Taka (DJ) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 11 p.m. $10. No Scrubs: ’90s Night with DJ Ron Stoppable (DJ) at Club Metronome, Burlington, 10 p.m. $5.


Emo Night (emo DJ) at Monkey House, Winooski, 11 p.m. Free.


Mo’ Monday with DJs Craig Mitchell and Fattie B (soul, R&B) at Monkey House, Winooski, 7 p.m. Free.

open mics & jams WED.18

Open Mic (open mic) at Monopole, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 10 p.m. Free.


Poetry Riot (poetry open mic) at ArtsRiot, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.

Open Mic with D Davis (open mic) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free.

Elma Niacci (Celtic, folk) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 11 p.m. $5.


King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard with Jess Cornelius (indie rock) at Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, 7 p.m. $49.50.

Roar! Showcase (comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. $10.

Y2K Pop: 2000s Pop Dance Party with D Jay Baron (DJ) at Club Metronome, Burlington, 10 p.m. $5.

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

Jazz Sessions with Randal Pierce (jazz open mic) at the 126, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.

Mothra! A Storytelling/ Improv Comedy Show (comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $10.


DJ Taka (DJ) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 11 p.m. $10.


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

Comedy Showcase (comedy) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free.


Andy Statman and Jake Eddy (bluegrass) at Peru Congregational Church, 7 p.m. $20.

Irish Sessions (Celtic) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.


Lit Club (poetry open mic) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

Open Mic (open mic) at Monopole, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 10 p.m. Free.

comedy WED.18

Sasheer Zamata (comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. $20. Standup Comedy Open Mic (comedy open mic) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.

Josh Gondelman (comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. $25. Comedy Open Mic (comedy) at the 126, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.


Standup Comedy Open Mic (comedy open mic) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free. Whale Tales: An Evening of Comedic Storytelling (comedy) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free.

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Trivia (trivia) at Jericho Café & Tavern, 6 p.m. Free. Trivia & Nachos (trivia) at Four Quarters Brewing, Winooski, 6 p.m. Free. Trivia Night (trivia) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free.


Untapped: A Night of Drag & Burly-Q (Drag show) at Monkey House, Winooski, 7:30 p.m. $12.


Disney Trivia Brunch (Disney trivia) at Happy Place Café, Burlington, 11 a.m. Free.


Trivia with Brian & Ian (trivia) at Charlie-O’s World Famous, Montpelier, 8:30 p.m. Free.


Karaoke with DJ Party Bear (karaoke) at Charlie-O’s World Famous, Montpelier, 9:30 p.m. Free. Trivia Night (trivia) at the Depot, St. Albans, 7 p.m. Free. Tuesday Night Trivia (trivia) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free.

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Every week, Seven Days gets scores of submissions from Vermont musicians. Music editor Chris Farnsworth listens and gives you the skinny on a wide-ranging selection of eclectic Vermont-made music. Read on for six new albums to check out.

Danny & the Parts, Making Believe

Michael Gormly, It’s Not About You

Danny LeFrancois is a ubiquitous presence in the local music scene. If one is out and about for a night of music on the town, chances are there’s a Danny & the Parts gig somewhere. With 2021’s Drifting, the band (a rotating cast of local musicians behind LeFrancois) established itself as a top Americana act in Vermont. Making Believe deviates from that sound. The three-song EP finds LeFrancois leaning hard into indie rock and bringing out the electric guitar for some searing solos. It’s a good fit for the band, a welcome expansion of its sound. Even on songs such as the title track — which has the bones of an Americana song — LeFrancois sprinkles in programmed beats and Pavement-like vocals to rough up the song gloriously. KEY TRACK: “Ben” WHY: The band goes full shoegaze, with slow, expansive drumming and a killer guitar solo. WHERE: Spotify

Michael Gormly’s new record is something of a departure from his earlier sound. On 2019’s Tekno, the Burlington musician made a record full of glitchy beats and ambient sounds. It’s Not About You is an altogether different proposition. Gormly previously worked with loops and samples, but the new record is full of indie rock and pop sensibilities. On opener “Hello Pt.1,” Gormly creates a new wave-influenced sonic palette with suitably pop lyrics, such as “Hello / I think I love you / Hello / Why don’t we get in from the rain?” There are also deviations toward harder rock, such as the title track, which shades into ’90s melodic rock. Gormly’s voice even bears a slight resemblance to Dinosaur Jr. front man J Mascis. It’s Not About You is a wildly eclectic record, walking the line between electro-pop and heavier, darker margins. KEY TRACK: “Can’t Believe It This Time” WHY: A perfect encapsulation of the album, the track features a monster guitar riff over a programmed beat, and Gormly leaves behind the softer singing for some full-throated screaming. WHERE:


Robin Gottfried, Dreams and Extremes (SELF-RELEASED, DIGITAL)

Robin Gottfried’s 2020 LP, Our Trip Up in Time, was a record of mixed fortunes but loads of promise. Dreams and Extremes doubles down on Gottfried’s previous work, showcasing his crystal-clear vocal melodies, jam-rock-flavored guitar and strong, idiosyncratic songwriting. There’s a late ’70s filter on the album, with one foot in yacht rock and another in blues on songs such as “Take Me to That Place,” which could almost be a theme song for a lost sitcom. It’s a big album: The Burlington-based Gottfried wrote all 14 songs, which feature some of his best material to date. One gets the impression that Gottfried knew exactly what kind of record he wanted to make — and then made it. KEY TRACK: “Unseen Marauder” WHY: Multi-instrumentalist Gottfried builds a groove on piano and funky guitar runs to create a song that combines yacht rock and a Phish influence. Didn’t see that one coming. WHERE:

Glenn Weyant, Mud on the Tracks (SELF RELEASED, DIGITAL)

The ever-prolific Glenn Weyant is back with another record of soundscapes, ambient noise and general weirdness. The East Montpelier musician and sonic mad scientist has released records full of lawn mower symphonies and studies of the sound of air. With Mud on the Tracks, Weyant has made a tribute to every Vermonter’s favorite time of year: mud season. On the first track, aptly titled “Mud,” you can hear wind blow through the trees and the sound of Weyant’s boots trudging through the muck as he announces, “Mud season came early this year.” He goes on to narrate his walk through the mud, noting the distant sounds of helicopters and dogs barking. It’s essentially a field recording of a hike, but as with much of Weyant’s other work, he seems to pull some kind of cosmic meaning out of the most mundane details. KEY TRACK: “Guitar” WHY: There’s a fucking instrument on this record? I’m in. WHERE: 64

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Tyler Mast, In the Company of a Friend (SELF-RELEASED, CD, DIGITAL)

Tyler Mast has been a mainstay on the local scene for over 15 years. The singer-songwriter and ace Hammond organ player has fronted bands such as Bearquarium and Tyler Mast & Paradise Divide, expertly mixing soul and jazz. With In the Company of a Friend, Mast pushes into folk-rock territory but never really loses his earlier sound. There’s a strong jam-rock flavor to the record — hardly surprising, considering Mast has shared stages with the likes of the Trey Anastasio Band, moe. and the Derek Trucks Band. Mast is a skilled composer who exerts complete control over the styles he wields, never letting one overtake another. Soul-folk? Jam-jazz-rock? I don’t know, but I know he pulls it off effortlessly. KEY TRACK: “In the Lupines” WHY: Mast launches into a jaunty rocker that gives him an excellent platform for engaging in organ wizardry. WHERE:

Silence_castor, 98se (SELF-RELEASED, CD, DIGITAL)

I love a dystopian concept record. With 98se, Silence_castor, aka South Burlington graphic designer Nate Hicks, has delivered a truly bonkers story about societal collapse in an alternate timeline wherein technology progressed slightly quicker in the 1990s. In the narrative, a new operating system called 98se is introduced, allowing the full digitalization of the human brain and giving users the chance to relive their own pasts in real time. Anyone who has ever read sci-fi knows that no good can come from such a thing. And, sure enough, it all goes to shit. The tale is largely told through Hicks’ ambient music, with soft synths and sound effects interspersed with dialogue. It’s an unnerving yet oddly sonically pleasing record, like a neon-lit sort of gloom-and-doom manual. Spoiler alert: On final track “Y2k: You’re Too Kind (feat. Ashen Maw),” the last of the dirty bombs go off and, well, that’s all she wrote for humanity. KEY TRACK: “Digital Nomad (feat. Terminal Floor)” WHY: Hicks builds a synth arpeggio over a beat that sounds like it’s crumbling in real time. WHERE: Spotify




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The deal

Two young people in Burundi, both on the run, connect through a mystical dream of a “Wheel-Man,” who urges them to “hack” their dystopian world and find freedom. Matalusa (Bertrand Ninteretse) is fleeing a life of brutal drudgery as a miner of coltan, a metallic ore used in electronic devices and mined in several African nations. After witnessing the murder of his brother, Tekno (full name: Technology), he finds his way to a makeshift village of hackers that is said to exist in another dimension. Meanwhile, Neptune (Elvis Ngabo) violently rebuffs the attentions of an intrusive priest, tosses a pair of high heels and a stunning red dress in a bag, and lights out across the country. Called “intersex” in the film’s description, Neptune initially presents as male but soon experiences a transformation into a powerful female incarnation (Cheryl Isheja). When Neptune and Matalusa meet in the hacker village, sparks fly. The whole internet feels the power of their connection. And Matalusa’s name gives birth to the phrase Martyr-Loser-King, the watchword of a techno-revolutionary movement.

Will you like it?

Neptune Frost is a hard movie to summarize and an even harder movie to look away from. It proceeds less like a conventional narrative than like a poem composed of words, images, sounds, physical gestures and freighted metaphors. Take the Frost part of the title: It’s the name of a white dove smeared with red (a combination echoed visually in some of the characters’ makeup) that appears to facilitate the protagonists’ passage to the 66

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LADY IN RED Isheja lights up the screen in Williams and Uzeyman’s mesmerizing Afrofuturist, cyberpunk musical.

other-dimensional village. “They fly through portals where pain is the only passport,” we’re told of such birds. But whose pain? Why a dove? Why frost? Does it matter? Neptune Frost is part of a larger multimedia project by Williams, including music albums and a graphic novel, so it’s entirely possible that this universe has a comprehensive wiki that answers such questions. Viewers may find it easier just to let the movie wash over them, however, because this avant-garde concoction is hypnotic from beginning to end. The film has a low-budget, DIY feel, yet every single frame conveys loving intention. Every element — lighting, blocking, music, inventive costuming and props — plays a role in transporting the viewer into a liminal space where anything might happen. Even the natural landscape imposes a vibrant presence. Despite being highly theatrical in style, Neptune Frost rarely feels as if it’s shot on a soundstage. Consider a short scene, unusually naturalistic for this movie, in which Neptune rides a ferryboat across a lake at twilight. Still played by a man at this point, Neptune removes the hidden high heels and tries them on. A female passenger smiles, seemingly approving. The calm lake, the silent

exchange, the enticing, hurdy-gurdy-like musical riff in the background — all add up to a magical moment in which gender becomes overtly fluid and transgression possible. The story is set in an alternate reality in which people carry hexagonal cellphones and toil for an oppressive regime called the Authority, which is represented, in a whimsical touch, by cops in crisp pink shirts. But make no mistake: The real enemy is us — that is, the viewer in the so-called “developed” world who buys the cheap devices that coltan miners make possible with their hard labor. A series of rousing protest songs, one called “Fuck Mr. Google,” makes the film’s underlying message crystal clear: “They use our blood and sweat to communicate with each other,” Matalusa says, “but have never heard our voice.” The movie carries a subtler message, too: The technology that exacerbates such inequalities also makes it possible, by connecting all of us, to amplify unheard voices until they can no longer be ignored. An experience not to be missed, Neptune Frost contains far more ideas and iconography than I can decipher. For more insight, check out WRIF’s panel discussion on “Afrofuturism and Unpacking Neptune

Frost” on Sunday, May 22, with Dartmouth College faculty members Desirée J. Garcia, Iyabo E. Kwayana and Misty De Berry. MARGO T HARRI S O N

IF YOU LIKE THIS, TRY... AFTER SHERMAN (2022; Saturday, May 21, 3 p.m., at WRIF): Jon-Sesrie Goff’s acclaimed documentary is painfully relevant to today’s headlines. The film’s second half explores the aftermath of Dylan Roof’s murder of nine congregants at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church — where Goff’s father handled the funerals as interim pastor. STOP-ZEMLIA (2021; Friday, May 20, 7 p.m.,

at WRIF): The festival’s opening-night film, from Ukrainian director Kateryna Gornostai, is a coming-of-age story about high school students in Kyiv. Donations support five Ukrainian families with children studying at Dartmouth College. HIT THE ROAD (2021; Saturday, May 28, 7

p.m., at WRIF): This debut from Iranian director Panah Panahi tells the ostensibly humorous, low-key story of a family on a road trip. But they have more urgent motives than just seeing the sights.



n Friday, White River Indie Films returns for its 17th annual festival with a program of 11 features and assorted shorts, most of them screening over two weekends at Briggs Opera House in White River Junction. On Saturday, May 21, at 7 p.m., WRIF offers Neptune Frost, a nominee for two awards at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival. Filmed in Burundi and billed as an Afrofuturist “sci-fi punk musical,” the movie is a directorial collaboration of American slam poet and musician Saul Williams and Rwandan playwright and actor Anisia Uzeyman. There’s a good chance it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

NEW IN THEATERS DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA: In 1928, members of the Crawley family find themselves exploring a recently inherited villa in the south of France. Simon Curtis directed this sequel to the 2019 film based on the TV series. Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern and Maggie Smith star. (125 min, PG. Big Picture, Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Savoy, Star, Sunset, Welden) MEN: Jessie Buckley plays a young widow who gets more than she bargained for when she rents a vacation getaway in the English countryside in this folk-horror flick written and directed by Alex Garland (Ex Machina). With Rory Kinnear and Paapa Essiedu. (100 min, R. Essex, Roxy, Savoy)

CURRENTLY PLAYING THE BAD GUYSHHH A crew of animal outlaws tries to convince the world they’ve reformed in this animated comedy from director Pierre Perifel, featuring Sam Rockwell and Awkwafina. (100 min, PG. Bijou, Essex, Majestic, Paramount, Stowe, Sunset, Welden) DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESSHHH Benedict Cumberbatch returns as the magic-using Marvel hero, whose life gets a lot more complicated when he opens a doorway to alternate realities. Sam Raimi directed. (126 min, PG-13. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Paramount, Playhouse, Roxy, Star, Stowe, Sunset, Welden) THE DUKEHHH1/2 Jim Broadbent plays a taxi driver who steals a priceless painting and holds it for ransom, demanding better state care for the elderly, in this fact-inspired comedy from director Roger Michell (Notting Hill), also starring Helen Mirren. (95 min, R. Roxy) EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCEHHHHH Michelle Yeoh plays a woman who must travel the multiverse — including her own alternate lives — to save the world in a surreal adventure comedy from Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (Swiss Army Man). With Stephanie Hsu. (139 min, R. Majestic, Roxy, Stowe; reviewed 4/13) FANTASTIC BEASTS: SECRETS OF DUMBLEDOREHH1/2 The Harry Potter prequel saga continues as Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) sends Newt (Eddie Redmayne) on a mission. David Yates directed. (142 min, PG-13. Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Sunset) FIRESTARTERH1/2 On the run from the feds, a young girl (Ryan Kiera Armstrong) tries to control her psychic power to set things aflame in this new adaptation of Stephen King’s horror novel, also starring Zac Efron as her dad. Keith Thomas directed. (94 min, R. Essex, Majestic, Star, Sunset)

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HAPPENINGHHHH1/2 In this César Award-winning adaptation of Annie Ernaux’s book, Anamaria Vartolomei plays a young woman who goes on a harrowing quest for an abortion in France in the 1960s, when the procedure was illegal. Audrey Diwan directed. (100 min, R. Roxy) THE LOST CITYHHH A best-selling romance novelist (Sandra Bullock) and her cover model (Channing Tatum) get pulled into a real-life jungle adventure in this action comedy, also starring Brad Pitt and Daniel Radcliffe. (112 min, PG-13. Majestic)

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THE NORTHMANHHHH A Viking prince (Alexander Skarsgård) sets out to rescue his mother (Nicole Kidman) and avenge his father in a historical epic from Robert Eggers (The Witch). (136 min, R. Big Picture, Majestic, Roxy, Star, Sunset, Welden; reviewed 4/27) PETITE MAMANHHHH1/2 A child (Joséphine Sanz) who has just lost her grandmother forms an unusual friendship with a girl she encounters in the woods in this award-winning French drama from Céline Sciamma (Portrait of a Lady on Fire). (72 min, PG. Roxy; reviewed 5/11) SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2HH1/2 The villainous Dr. Robotnik returns to challenge the title character in this sequel to the animated family hit. With Ben Schwartz, Idris Elba and Jim Carrey. (122 min, PG. Bijou, Capitol, Majestic, Sunset)

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REBECCA RUPP: The author and biologist discusses the stories behind many of our favorite garden vegetables, including the pumpkin and Vermont’s Gilfeather turnip. Worthen Library, South Hero, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 372-6209.


THE CONNECTION BETWEEN MIND, BODY & SPIRIT IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Female and nonbinary business owners of color discuss how to tend to their mental health and nourish their passions in this workshop series. Hula, Burlington, 5-6:30 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 391-4873.


COMMUNITY EDUCATION SERIES: PANEL DISCUSSION: A panel of experts discusses how Vermont — one of the nation’s least diverse states — can be more welcoming to people of color. Presented by Howard Center. 6-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 488-6912.


DANCE FOR PD: David Leventhal of Mark Morris Dance Group leads a movement class for people with Parkinson’s disease and their families, friends or caretakers. Elley-Long Music Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-5966.



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City adult store throws a sultry soirée featuring a “tasting menu” of toys and themed cocktails. Monarch & the Milkweed, Burlington, 5-10 p.m. Free. Info, hello@


See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘BACKYARD WILDERNESS 3D’: Cameras positioned in nests, underwater and along the forest floor capture a year’s worth of critters coming and going. 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. ‘DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA 3D’: Moviegoers join scientists on a journey through a surreal world of bug-eyed giants and egg-laying mammals. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, ongoing, 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. ‘DONBASS’: Vermont International Film Foundation’s virtual cinema screens a darkly satirical 2018 drama lampooning the Russian separatist movement in Ukraine. $6-12; VTIFF members benefits apply. Info, 660-2600. ‘MEERKATS 3D’: A tenacious mammalian matriarch

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fights to protect her family in a desolate environment. 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, $11.50-14.50; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: Sparkling graphics take viewers on a mind-bending journey from the beginning of time through the mysteries of the universe. 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. ‘THE THIRD MAN’: In this 1949 postwar noir, an out-of-work pulp novelist must solve his friend’s murder. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600.

food & drink

AFRICAN CUISINE POP-UP DINNER: Local chef Said Bulle serves up Somali delights for pickup, including fried chicken, beef sambusa and vegetable stew. Tiny Community Kitchen, Burlington, 4 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, jilib DEDALUS FREE WEEKLY WINE TASTINGS: Themed in-store tastings take oenophiles on an adventure through a wine region, grape variety, style of wine or producer’s offerings. Dedalus Wine Shop, Market

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& Wine Bar, Burlington, 5-8 p.m. Free. Info, 865-2368.

Public Library & City Hall, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140.


WILD WOODS SONG CIRCLE: Singers and acoustic instrumentalists gather over Zoom for an evening of music making. 7:15-9:15 p.m. Free. Info, 775-1182.

MAH-JONGG CLUB: Tile traders of all experience levels gather for a game. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 888-3853.

health & fitness

ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION EXERCISE PROGRAM: Those in need of an easy-on-the-joints workout experience an hour of calming, low-impact movement. United Community Church, St. Johnsbury, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 751-0431. AYURVEDA: Maryellen Crangle and Dorothy Alling Memorial Library host a seven-week introduction to this ancient Indian and Nepalese healing and lifestyle tradition. 2-3:30 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, programs@ BONE BUILDERS/ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION EXERCISE PROGRAM: Folks of all ages ward off osteoporosis in an exercise and prevention class. Online, 7:30 a.m.; and in person at Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 9 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3322. 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.


ELL CLASSES: ENGLISH FOR BEGINNERS & 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@ SPANISH CONVERSATION MEETUP ONLINE: Fluent and beginner speakers brush up on their español with a discussion led by a Spanish teacher. Presented by Dorothy Alling Memorial Library. 3-4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918.


‘APRIL FOOLS: AN ADULT ROCK CABARET’: A forbidden love affair rocks a woman’s sense of self and sexuality in this sensual musical spectacular. Sylvan Adams Theatre, Segal Centre for Performing Arts, Montréal, 8 p.m. $25-88. Info, 514-739-7944. 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,


OPEN MIC: Artists of all stripes have eight minutes to share a song, story or poem. Virtual option available. South Burlington


U.S. CITIZENSHIP TEST PREPARATION: Adult learners study English, history, government and geography with personal tutors. Virtual options available. Mercy Connections, Burlington, 9-11 a.m. Free. Info, 846-7063.


BYOB VIRTUAL BOOK GROUP: Lit lovers bring whatever they’re currently reading to this cozy Morristown Centennial Library book club. 6-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 888-3853. PHOENIX BOOKS VIRTUAL POETRY OPEN MIC: Wordsmiths read their work at an evening with local performance poet Bianca Amira Zanella. 7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 855-8078. SO YOU HAVE A MANUSCRIPT, NOW WHAT?: ARCHER & MARGOT MAYOR: Two best-selling crime authors explain the publication process to mystery writers who are ready to get their stories out there. Presented by St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. 7-8:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 748-8291. SUE SCAVO: The author reads from her new book of poems, Buried [A Place], and leads a class on working with dreams in writing, storytelling and imagining. Virtual option available. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 6:30-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-3338.



GARDEN LIKE A FARMER: COMPOSTING: Amateur agriculturalists learn the basics behind the science, technique and upkeep of backyard composting. Intervale Center, Burlington, 5-6:30 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 660-0440.


BIPOC BUSINESS ROUNDTABLES: The Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity invites business owners of color to discuss recommendations to the State of Vermont on how best to support POC business development. 7-8 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 254-2972. HIRING2DAYVT VIRTUAL JOB FAIR: The Vermont Department of Labor gives job seekers a chance to meet with employers from around the state. 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 828-4000. MAY JOB FEST: Addison County job seekers meet with prospective

employers. Middlebury Recreation Park, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 828-4000.


NEEDLEPOINT GET-TOGETHERS: Embroidery enthusiasts bring their needles and threads to stitch together and encourage each other. Norman Williams Public Library, Woodstock, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info, programs@ THURSDAY ZOOM KNITTERS: The Norman Williams Public Library fiber arts club meets virtually for conversation and crafting. 2-3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info,


GREEN BOOKS DISCUSSION GROUP: A Norman Williams Public Library book club reads a new nonfiction about sustainability and the environment each month. 3:30-5 p.m. Free; preregister. Info,


REASON TO HOPE DINNER: Alzheimer’s Association honors the contributions of a Vermont family at a fundraising gala. Hilton Burlington, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $250; preregister. Info, 316-3839.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘BACKYARD WILDERNESS 3D’: See WED.18. ‘DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA 3D’: See WED.18. ‘DONBASS’: See WED.18. ‘MEERKATS 3D’: See WED.18. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: See WED.18.

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SUP CON GUSTO TAKEOUT SUPPER SERIES: Philly transplants Randy Camacho and Gina Cocchiaro serve up three-course and à la carte menus shaped by seasonal Vermont ingredients. See to preorder. Richmond Community Kitchen, 5-8 p.m. Various prices. Info,


BRIDGE CLUB: A lively group plays a classic, tricky game in pairs. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 6-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, morrisvillebridge@ WHIST CARD GAME CLUB: Players of all experience levels congregate for some friendly competition. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 12:30-3 p.m. Free. Info, 888-3853.

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CHAIR YOGA WITH LINDA: Every week is a new adventure in movement and mindfulness at this Morristown Centennial Library virtual class. THU.19

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ONLINE PRENATAL YOGA: Mothers-to-be build strength, stamina and a stronger connection to their baby. 5:45-6:45 p.m. $5-15. Info, 899-0339.


CRAFTERNOON: Weaving, knitting, embroidery and paper crafting supplies take over the Teen Space. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.

the ancient Japanese art of bracelet weaving. Waterbury Public Library, 6-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, cynthia@

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ACORN STORY TIME: Kids 6 and under play, sing, hear stories and take home a fun activity. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 10-10:30 a.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 745-1391.

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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; preregister; limited space. Info, 878-4918.

STEAM ACTIVITY: Little engineers and artists gather for some afternoon fun. Grades 3 and up. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.


CARDBOARD REVOLUTION: Crafty kids ages 8 through 13 design bookshelves, dioramas and other clever devices out of cardboard. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 2:30-5 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 426-3581.


TEEN KARAOKE: Singers ages 12 through 18 croon, belt or scream along to their favorite jams. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 888-3853. WEDNESDAY CRAFTERNOON: A new project is on the docket each week, from puppets to knitting to decoupage. Ages 7 and up. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, youthservices@

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TEEN ART CLUB: Crafty young’uns ages 12 through 18 learn kumihimo,


CELEBRITY STORYTELLERS: STEVE MILIZIA, DARRYL GRAHAM & MOUNIR KHOURI: The 99.3 WBTV announcers and their special guest, former Major League baseball player Len Whitehouse, read Casey at the Bat by Ernest Lawrence Thayer. See calendar spotlight. Boys & Girls Club, Burlington, 10:30 a.m.noon. Free. Info, 730-0289.

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LEGO CLUB: Children of all ages get crafty with Legos. Adult supervision is required for kids under 10. Winooski Memorial Library, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 655-6424.

LEGO BUILDERS: Elementary-age imagineers explore, create and participate in challenges after school. Ages 8 and up, or ages 6 and up with an adult helper. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140.

JAMES KOCHALKA: The Eisner Award-winning cartoonist leads a drawing lesson and story time featuring his new book Banana Fox and the Gummy Monster Mess. Presented by Phoenix Books. 11 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 448-3350.

ONLINE PRENATAL YOGA: See WED.18, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

STEAM SPACE: Kids explore science, technology, engineering, art and math activities. Ages 5 through 11. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.

PRESCHOOL PLAYTIME: Kiddos and their caregivers convene for casual fun on the patio. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. READ TO A DOG: Little ones get a 10-minute time slot to tell stories to Lola the pup. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918. STORY TIME: Babies, toddlers and preschoolers take part in reading, singing and dancing. Winooski Memorial Library, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 655-6424.


CARDBOARD REVOLUTION: See WED.18. PRESCHOOL STORY TIME: Energetic youngsters join Miss Meliss for stories, songs and lots of silliness. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.


BABY & TODDLER MEETUP: Tiny tots and their caregivers come together for playtime, puzzles and picture books. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 888-3853. MYSTICAL CREATURES & ANIMALS CLUB: A local elementary student leads a group for imaginative kids to write stories, study myths and legends, and share their ideas about fantastical creatures. Ages 9 through 12. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 3:304:30 p.m. Free. Info, 888-3853.

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ANNUAL YOUTH SUMMIT: The Youth Advocacy Council, a community service organization of teens and young adults with disabilities, invites youth and their caregivers to a day of learning and connection. 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info,

MAKERSPACE: Builders and crafters get messy while embracing new creative hobbies and projects. Ages 10 and up. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3:304:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.

with dungeon master Andy. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 3:304:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 888-3853.



BOOK CLUB FOR KIDS K-2 & PARENTS: Little bookworms and their caregivers learn to love reading together through sharing, crafts and writing activities. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 4-5 p.m. Free; preregister. Info,

BABYTIME: Teeny-tiny library patrons enjoy a gentle, slow story time featuring songs, rhymes and lap play. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 846-4140.




Famous First Words Libraries around the state participate in the ongoing Celebrity Storytellers series, featuring local luminaries reading classic picture books at extra-special story times. Singer-songwriter Ariel Zevon stops by the Greensboro Free Library to read Timothy Basil Ering’s wacky, fantastical tale The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone; former lieutenant governor David Zuckerman regales KelloggHubbard Library patrons with legendary Maine artist Dahlov Ipcar’s One Horse Farm; at the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington, three WBTV announcers read Ernest Lawrence Thayer’s Casey at the Bat with former Major League Baseball player Len Whitehouse; and WLVB presenter Roland Lajoie and his wife, Debbie, lead an art project based on Bunny’s Book Club by Annie Silvestro.

CELEBRITY STORYTELLERS Thursday, May 19, through Thursday, May 26, at various locations statewide. Free. Info, 730-0289.

champlain islands/ northwest

INFANT/TODDLER PLAYGROUP: Little ones ages 3 and under sing and play in the great outdoors while their caregivers catch up. BYO picnic blanket and snack. Fairfax Recreation Trail, 9:30 a.m. Free. Info,

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TODDLER STORY TIME: Toddling tykes 20 months through 3.5 years hear a few stories related to the theme of the week. Norman Williams Public Library, Woodstock, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 457-2295.

northeast kingdom

CELEBRITY STORYTELLERS: ARIEL ZEVON: The singer-songwriter reads The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone by Timothy B. Ering. See calendar spotlight. Greensboro Free Library, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 533-2531.


ONLINE PRENATAL YOGA: See WED.18, 12:30-1:15 p.m.

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FRIDAY MOVIE: A rebellious rooster spurs a chicken revolt in a beloved Claymation adventure. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140. LEEP: PIZZA & ‘FINDING NEMO’ INTERACTIVE MOVIE: Middle schoolers snack on ’za, play pool and test out an interactive script for a future movie night. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 5-7:45 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-6956.


CELEBRITY STORYTELLERS: DAVID ZUCKERMAN: The former lieutenant governor reads One Horse Farm by Dahlov Ipcar. See calendar spotlight. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 223-3338. STORY TIME & PLAYGROUP: Participants ages 6 and under hear stories, sing songs and eat tasty treats between outdoor activities. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 426-3581.


DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: Players ages 9 through 13 go on a fantasy adventure

FAMILY PLAYSHOP: Kids from birth through age 5 learn and play at this school readiness program. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10:15-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.

chittenden county

KARMA KIDZ YOGA OPEN STUDIO SATURDAYS: Young yogis of all ages and their caregivers drop in for some fun breathing and movement activities. Kamalika-K, Essex Junction, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Donations. Info, 871-5085. LEGO FUN: Wee builders of all ages construct creations to be displayed in the library. Children under 8 must bring a caregiver. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 878-6956. NEW VILLAGE FARM OPENING DAY 2022: Visitors get in the agricultural spirit with free herbalism workshops, baby animal meet-and-greets, and tours of the pick-your-own gardens. New Village Farm, Shelburne, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 265-0555. SAXON HILL SCHOOL 5K & FUN RUN: Kids and adults hoof it to raise funds. Saxon Hill School, Jericho, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $5-25; preregister. Info, 899-3832.


‘PEPPA PIG’S ADVENTURE’: Kids follow their favorite British piggy and her friends on a delightful camping trip full of singing, dancing, games and surprises. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 2 p.m. $35-53. Info, 775-0903.

champlain islands/ northwest

‘PAW PATROL’ CHARACTER BREAKFAST: Chase and Skye preside over a buffet breakfast party. The Depot, St. Albans, 9-11 a.m. $12.50-17.50. Info, 443-798-5380.

brattleboro/okemo valley

QUEER & ALLIED YOUTH SUMMIT: Outright Vermont throws a fantasythemed dance party, open mic and parade for LGBTQ teens from across the state. Transportation available. SAT.21

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OPENS MAY 20 | FILM Movie Magic A new smorgasbord of selections for cinephiles rolls down the river with the return of White River Indie Films’ annual film festival. In an opening night not to be missed, gala attendees support independent filmmaking while listening to live jazz and dining on Caribbean food from Fulla Flava, then take in Stop-Zemlia, an experimental Ukrainian coming-of-age drama filmed in Kyiv just before the invasion. Other screenings include After Sherman, a moving documentary about the Black experience in South Carolina; Rwandan sci-fi musical Neptune Frost (pictured); and Carajita, a tender found-family story from the Dominican Republic.

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DARTMOUTH IDOL & GOSPEL CHOIR: Current students and alumni take to the stage to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the perennial favorite singing competition. Alumni Hall, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth

College, Hanover, N.H., 6 p.m. $15-25. Info, 603-646-2422. RCPCC FUNDRAISER: Beatles tribute band Studio Two does the twist to raise money for the Rutland County Parent Child Center. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 7 p.m. $25. Info, 775-0903.


AUDUBON WEST RUTLAND MARSH BIRD WALK: Enthusiastic ornithologists go on a gentle hike and help out with the monthly marsh monitoring. Meet at the boardwalk on Marble Street. West Rutland Marsh, 7-10 a.m. Free. Info, birding@rutland SUNSET PICNIC, LIVE MUSIC & GAMES: Middlebury Area Land Trust hosts a serene nature experience, complete with a crackling campfire, outdoor games and banjo music by Nate Gusakov. BYO picnic and blanket. Rain date: May 26. Otter Creek Gorge Preserve, Weybridge,

6:30-8:30 p.m. Free; donations accepted; preregister. Info, 388-1007. URBAN HERBAL MEDICINE WALK: Locals explore common medicinal weeds that grow in backyards and urban spaces with herbalist Katherine Elmer. City Market, Onion River Co-op, Burlington (South End), 5:306:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info,


THOUGHT CLUB: Artists and activists convene to engage with Burlington‘s rich tradition of radical thought and envision its future. Democracy Creative, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info,







Athenaeum, 6-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, henningsmh@

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MULTI-FAMILY TAG SALE: Local families hawk their gently used treasures. The Schoolhouse, South Burlington, 3-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, zetaowls@theschool


RESILIENT VERMONT CONFERENCE 2022: Community leaders unite for interdisciplinary discussions of social, environmental and economic issues in Vermont. Norwich University, Northfield, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 485-3138.


‘SENTIENT SALON’: Local dancers present an evening of poetry, voice, movement and feeling. Flynndog Station, Burlington, 7 p.m. $15-50; preregister; limited space. Info, hannasatt@gmail. com.


TRUE CRIME: BURLINGTON: Author Thea Lewis indulges true crime curiosity on a walking tour of the Queen City. 199 Main St., Burlington, 7 p.m. $25. Info, 324-5467.


‘AMÉLIE: TEEN EDITION’: The adolescent thespians of the Spaulding Drama Club re-create the cult classic French rom-com onstage. Spaulding High School, Barre, 7-9 p.m. $5-10. Info, 476-4811.


CHRIS BOHJALIAN: The author celebrates the launch of his new suspense novel, The Lioness, in which a Hollywood starlet’s safari goes terribly wrong. Briggs Opera House, White River Junction, 7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 649-1114. EMILY BERNARD & NICHOLAS REGIACORTE: The authors of Black Is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time and Mine and American Massif present a joint reading. Sanborn House, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, english. INQUISITIVE READERS BOOK CLUB: Bookworms discuss a new horizon-expanding tome each month. St. Johnsbury

POP-UP BEER GARDEN WITH FULL BARREL COOPERATIVE: The Queen City’s first co-op brewery pours pints out in the sunshine. 12-22 North Street, Burlington, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 518-649-6464.

game session. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

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ONLINE GUIDED MEDITATION: 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@


‘MEERKATS 3D’: See WED.18. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: See WED.18. WRIF 17TH ANNUAL FILM FESTIVAL: Films from Ukraine, Vermont, the Dominican Republic and beyond make for an overflowing buffet of viewing experiences. See for full schedule. See calendar spotlight. Various White River Junction locations, 5:30-9 p.m. Prices vary. Info, 478-0191.

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SPRING CLEANING BOOK SALE: Shoppers buy books, DVDs, CDs and more for all ages to help fund the library’s programs and summer renovation. Brandon Free Public Library, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Info, 247-8230.

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VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION: Locals learn how their skill sets can be put to work on the PJC’s current campaigns and projects. Peace & Justice Center, Burlington, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-2345.


ANNUAL PLANT SALE: 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.


MULTI-FAMILY TAG SALE: See FRI.20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. SHORE ACRES ARTISAN MARKET: Local artists and craftsfolk sell their wares while live music plays. Shore Acres Inn & Restaurant, North Hero, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free; cash bar. Info, 372-8722.


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ETHIOPIAN & ERITREAN CUISINE TAKEOUT: Foodies from the Old North End and beyond sample Mulu Tewelde’s spicy, savory, succulent meals. Vegetarian options available; bring your own bag. 20 Allen St., Burlington, 4 p.m. $23; preregister. Info,

BLOOM TIME FESTIVAL & OPEN HOUSE: The Friends of the Horticulture Farm celebrate floral fabulosity with a day of live music, wagon rides, gardening activities and picnicking. University of Vermont Horticulture Research Center, South Burlington, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, info@friendsofthehort

See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘BACKYARD WILDERNESS 3D’: See WED.18. ‘DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA 3D’: See WED.18. ‘DONBASS’: See WED.18. GREEN MOUNTAIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Audiences screen a well-curated selection of 34 short-form video projects, including Paige Sciarillo’s ‘My Castle,’ Brock Burnett’s ‘LIT’ and Kyla Carter’s ‘Karma.’ Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. $20. Info, 508-564-0718, ‘LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR’: Powerhouse soprano Nadine Sierra brings her virtuosic vocalism and captivating stage presence to the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of the tragedy. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 12:55 p.m. $16-25. Info, 748-2600. Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 1 p.m. $10-22. Info, 603-646-2422. ‘MEERKATS 3D’: See WED.18. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: See WED.18. WRIF 17TH ANNUAL FILM FESTIVAL: See FRI.20, noon-11:30 p.m.

OLD NORTH END REPAIR CAFÉ: Volunteers troubleshoot computers, bikes, furniture and more — and teach locals how to fix their things themselves. Old North End Repair Café, Burlington, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 540-2524.



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MONTPELIER CONTRA DANCE: To tunes by the Turning Stile and gender-neutral calling by Will Mentor, dancers balance, shadow and do-si-do the night away. Newcomers lesson, 7:40 p.m. Capital City Grange, Berlin, 8-11 p.m. $5-20. Info, 225-8921. SHEN YUN: Through graceful movement, exquisite costumes and heavenly storytelling, the classical Chinese dance group takes audiences on a journey through 5,000 years of history. The Flynn, Burlington, 1 p.m. $86156. Info, 863-5966.

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CAPITAL CITY FARMERS MARKET: Meats and cheeses join farm-fresh produce, baked goods, locally made arts and crafts, and live music. 133 State St., Montpelier, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, montpelierfarmersmarket@


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. PUZZLE SWAP: Folks of all ages looking for a new challenge trade their old puzzles. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.

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IYENGAR-INSPIRED YOGA FOR ALL LEVELS & ABILITIES: Kara Rosa of the Iyengar Yoga Center of Vermont teaches this accessible class oriented toward gradual, steady progress. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10:15-11:45 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, SUN-STYLE TAI CHI FOR FALL PREVENTION: Seniors boost their strength and balance through gentle, flowing movements. Father Lively Center, St. Johnsbury, 10-11 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 751-0431.


COMMUNITY PLANTING DAY & GARDEN PLANNING: Volunteers plant shrubs and perennials in the future home of the Pride Center of Vermont community garden. Starr Farm Park, Burlington, noon-3 p.m. Free. Info, PRIDE HIKES: VERMONT YOUTH CONSERVATION CORPS: All ages, orientations and identities are welcome to explore the VYCC’s organic gardens and preserved woodlands. Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, Richmond, 1-3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, gwendolyn.causer@audubon. org.


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CANTRIP: Pipes, fiddle, guitar and three-part harmonies combine traditional Scottish music with modern influences for a foot-stomping sound. Highland


Center for the Arts, Greensboro, 7-9 p.m. $20. Info, 533-2000.

‘GLORIA’: See FRI.20. Grace Congregational Church, Rutland.

CAPITAL CITY CONCERTS: ‘OH, FOR THE LOVE OF BACH’: Chamber performers delight with a sublime concert of sonatas, arias and concertos. Bethany United Church of Christ (Montpelier), 7:30 p.m. $15-25. Info,

MEET THE SINGERS: Opera Company of Middlebury performers share their favorite arias and showtunes. Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, Middlebury, 5 p.m. $35. Info, 382-9222.



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Attendees under 18 must preregister by May 13. Brattleboro Union High School, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 865-9677.


ONLINE PRENATAL YOGA: See WED.18, 10:15-11:15 a.m.




STORIES WITH MEGAN: Bookworms ages 2 through 5 enjoy fun-filled reading time. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.

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INDOOR PRESCHOOL STORY TIME: Small groups enjoy a cozy session of reading, rhyming and singing. Birth through age 5. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30-11 a.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 878-4918. STORY TIME INDOORS: Little lit lovers settle in for reading, rhyming and crafting. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. TEEN NIGHT: FOOD FOR THOUGHT: New and old members are welcome to share ideas and chow down on pizza at this meeting of the Teen Advisory Board. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library,

performances honor the life of the late Vermont Youth Orchestra cellist. Livestream available. Elley-Long Music Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 7:30 p.m. $25. Info, 655-5030.


AUDUBON CENTURY COUNT: Rutland County Audubon Society leads intrepid birders on a quest

to log at least 100 avian species in the area. BYO lunch and hiking boots. West Rutland Marsh, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, birding@ BLACK FLY BIKE OR RUN: Speedsters run or ride beautiful backroads with views of Lake Willoughby. After-race meal provided, featuring live music. Camping option available. Lake

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PLAYGROUP & FAMILY SUPPORT: Families with children under age 5 play and connect with others in the community. Winooski Memorial Library, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 655-6424.

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BABY/TODDLER STORY TIME WITH MS. CYNTHIA: Tiny tykes have fun, hear stories and meet new friends in the children’s section. Waterbury Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 244-7036.


ONLINE PRENATAL YOGA: See WED.18, 12:30-1:30 p.m.


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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DRAW TOGETHER: Artists ages 8 and up (or 6 and up with an adult helper) paint along to a virtual art class. Watercolors and other supplies provided. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall,

SPRING BIRD WALK: Naturalists Taber Allison and Bradley Materick lead a woodsy expedition in search of local warblers. Stranahan Town Forest, Marshfield, 7:30-10 a.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 578-3050.


Williston, 5-6 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918.

CELEBRITY STORYTELLERS: ROLAND LAJOIE: The WLVB presenter reads Bunny’s Book Club by Annie Silvestro, and his wife Debbie leads kids in an art project. See calendar spotlight. Lanpher Memorial Library, Hyde Park, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 888-4628.

Willoughby and Mt. Pisgah, Westmore, 8 a.m. $25-75; preregister. Info, 535-9864.

PRESCHOOL STORY TIME ON THE GREEN: Dorothy Alling Memorial Library leads half an hour of stories, rhymes and songs. Williston Town Green, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. TEEN WRITERS CLUB: Aspiring authors unleash their creativity through collaborative and independent writing games. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-6956. TODDLERTIME: Kids ages 1 through 3 and their caregivers join Miss Kelly and her puppets Bainbow and La-La for story time. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 846-4140.


MEDICINAL PLANTS: Local herbalist Kenzie Khaliq takes kids on an adventure through the wild woods to learn the secret superpowers of flowers and herbs. Ages 8 through 13. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 2:30-5 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 426-3581. PRESCHOOL STORY TIME: See THU.19. ROBIN’S NEST NATURE PLAYGROUP: Outdoor pursuits through fields and forests captivate little ones up to age 5 and their parents. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 229-6206.

PRESCHOOL STORY TIME: Kiddos 5 and younger share in stories, crafts and rhymes. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 888-3853. STEAM AFTERSCHOOL: Kids learn art, science and math through games and crafts, including paper airplane races, Lego competitions and origami. Ages 6 and up. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 888-3853.

BABY STORY TIME: Librarians and finger-puppet friends introduce babies 20 months and younger to the joy of reading. Norman Williams Public Library, Woodstock, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 457-2295.


YOUTH EMPOWERMENT & ACTION: Activists ages 14 through 18 discuss community service, climate action, LGBTQ rights and social justice. BALE Community Space, South Royalton, 3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 498-8438.




WEEKLY EVENT: Racers tear up the track in pursuit of the title. Devil’s Bowl Speedway, West Haven, 6 p.m. $5-20; drive-in free for kids 12 and under. Info, 265-3112.


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AFTERSCHOOL CRAFT: STORYTELLING DICE: Budding authors engrave wooden dice with writing prompts. Grades 3 and up. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 2-3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918. BABYTIME: See WED.18. LEGO BUILDERS: See WED.18.




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L.I.F.T. (LGBTQIA+ INSPIRATION & FRIENDSHIP AMONG TEENS): Queer and trans kids ages 13 through 18 build connections, pursue their interests and find empowerment together. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 3:304:30 p.m. Free. Info, 888-3853. WEDNESDAY CRAFTERNOON: See WED.18.

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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, Last Wednesday of every month, 3-4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 244-7036.

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ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES APPRAISAL: Experts inspect locals’ family heirlooms, with donations supporting the Westford Historical Society. Up to three hand-held items per person. Red Brick Meeting House, Westford, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Donations. Info, 878-8929.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘BACKYARD WILDERNESS 3D’: See WED.18. ‘DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA 3D’: See WED.18. ‘DONBASS’: See WED.18. ‘MEERKATS 3D’: See WED.18. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: See WED.18. WRIF 17TH ANNUAL FILM FESTIVAL: See FRI.20, noon-9 p.m.

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COMMUNITY MINDFULNESS PRACTICE: New and experienced meditators are always welcome to join this weekly practice in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hahn. Sangha Studio — Pine, Burlington, 6:30-8:15 p.m. Free. Info, SUNDAY MORNING MEDITATION: Mindful folks experience sitting and walking meditation in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Shambhala Meditation Center, Burlington, 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Info,


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BANJO MEETUP: Bluegrass instrumentalists jam together in a small group. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, noon-2 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403. DAR WILLIAMS: The acclaimed folk singer displays her trademark blend of optimism and gravitas. Award-winning multi-instrumentalist Sophie B. Hawkins opens. Double E Performance Center’s T-Rex Theater, Essex Junction, 8 p.m. $35. Info, info@doublee HANDEL SOCIETY & GLEE CLUB: Led by Director Filippo Ciabatti, two ensembles and a full orchestra perform Haydn’s Creation to thrilling effect. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover N.H., 1 p.m. $15-25. Info, 603-646-2422. HINESBURG ARTIST SERIES: DAN FORREST’S ‘JUBILATE DEO’: The American composer’s piece explores Psalm 100 in seven languages. Hinesburg St. Jude Catholic Church, 2-3:15 & 4:305:45 p.m. $10-20; free for kids under 12. Info, 373-0808. THE RAY VEGA LATIN JAZZ SEXTET: The fiery Nuyorican outfit presents an evening of funky original tunes. Plainfield Town Hall Opera House, 4-5 p.m. $20. Info, 498-3173.


EARLY BIRDER MORNING WALKS: An experienced birder leads a walk to discover who’s singing, calling, nesting or flying around the grounds. BYO binoculars and wear good walking shoes. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 7-8:30 a.m. Free; donations accepted; preregister. Info, 434-2167. WOMEN WHO BIRD: MAY MIGRATION: Women and nonbinary folks of all birding abilities seek out springtime warblers at this outing cohosted by Pride Center of Vermont. Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington, 8-11 a.m. Pay what you can; preregister. Info, 434-3068.


RACE AROUND THE LAKE: Athletes take on a 5K run/walk or a 10K run to raise funds for BarnArts. Virtual options available. Silver Lake State Park, Barnard, 10K, 10:30 a.m.; 5K, 11 a.m. $10-35. Info, 234-1645.

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MARTIN LUTHER KING III: On the 60th anniversary of his father’s own speech at Dartmouth College, the lifelong civil rights advocate addresses the audience and introduces the Dartmouth 2022 Social Justice Awards. Virtual option available. See calendar spotlight. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 603-646-2422.

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FORGING A CAREER IN FINANCE: One Day in July founder Dan Cunningham offers valuable insights on how to forge a career in the financial industry. Lunch provided. One Day in July, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 518-522-8048.

‘DONBASS’: See WED.18.

CEDRR LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST: Chamber & Economic Development of the Rutland Region members meet up with local lawmakers over pancakes. Southside Steakhouse, Rutland, 7:30-9 a.m. $20; preregister. Info, 773-2747.


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‘DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA 3D’: See WED.18. ‘MEERKATS 3D’: See WED.18. ‘MOTHERLOAD’: In Liz Canning’s crowdsourced 2019 documentary, the cargo bike is a vehicle for examining motherhood in the age of climate change. Cohosted by Sustainable Woodstock and the Upper Valley Sierra Club. Free; preregister. Info, 291-1003. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: See WED.18.

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WEEKLY CHAIR YOGA: Those with mobility challenges or who are new to yoga practice balance and build strength through gentle, supported movements. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 3 p.m. Free; preregister; donations accepted. Info, 223-3322.

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DEVELOPING SELF: Participants reflect on their experiences and reconnect with their values in order to address life’s challenges. Mercy Connections, Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 846-7063. U.S. CITIZENSHIP TEST PREPARATION: See WED.18, noon-1:30 & 3:30-4:45 p.m.




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MURDER IN PLAIN SIGHT? AN ABENAKI/ SETTLER MYSTERY ON THE VERMONT FRONTIER: Genealogists, historians and amateur detectives gather for discussion of the true story of an unsolved 1790 murder in central Vermont. Presented by Kellogg-Hubbard Library. 7-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-3338.


MONTHLY BOOK GROUP FOR ADULTS: The Other Bennett by Janice Hadlow inspires a lively conversation. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. MONTHLY TRUSTEE MEETING: Members of the public are encouraged to attend and ask questions as the Norman Williams Public Library board meets over Zoom. 5:15-7 p.m. Free. Info, 457-2295.

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VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF LABOR WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT: Employment seekers drop in for tips on résumé writing, applying for jobs, and training. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 9:30 a.m.noon. Free. Info, 888-3853.

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CURRENT EVENTS DISCUSSION GROUP: Brownell Library hosts a virtual roundtable for neighbors to pause and reflect on the news cycle. 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.


SWING DANCING: Local Lindy hoppers and jitterbuggers convene at Vermont Swings’

weekly boogie-down. Bring clean shoes. Beginner lessons, 6:30 p.m. Champlain Club, Burlington, 7:30-9 p.m. $5. Info, 864-8382.


HOMESTEADERS’ MEETUP: Like-minded neighbors gather to talk about sustainability, food systems and off-grid living. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 888-3853.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘BACKYARD WILDERNESS 3D’: See WED.18. ‘DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA 3D’: See WED.18. ‘DONBASS’: See WED.18. ‘MEERKATS 3D’: See WED.18. ‘MOTHERLOAD’: See MON.23. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: See WED.18.

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ETHIOPIAN & ERITREAN BREAKFAST FOR DINNER: Mulu Tewelde teaches home cooks how to prepare Kita FirFir, a simple flatbread fried with butter and berbere and served with yogurt. Presented by City Market, Onion River Co-op. 5:30-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, info@ JESSICA FORMICOLA: The cookbook author launches Beef it Up!: 50 Mouthwatering Recipes for Ground Beef, Steaks, Stews, Roasts, Ribs and More with a virtual cooking demonstration. Presented by Phoenix Books. 7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 448-3350.


PLAY CHESS & BACKGAMMON!: Everyone — beginners and experts, seniors and youngsters — is welcome at this weekly board game night. Norman Williams Public Library, Woodstock, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 457-2295.

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

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

film See what’s playing at 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.


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SUN STYLE TAI CHI: A sequence of slow, controlled motions aids in strength and balance. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3322.


ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNING & ACADEMIC TUTORING: Students improve their reading, writing, math and ELL skills through one-on-one time with experienced tutors. Mercy Connections, Burlington, 9-11 a.m. Free. Info, 846-7063. LET’S SPEAK ARABIC!: Beginners learn crucial words and grammar in a fun, casual environment facilitated by local Arabic speaker Mona Tolba. Winooski Memorial Library, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 655-6424. PAUSE-CAFÉ IN-PERSON FRENCH CONVERSATION: Francophones and Frenchlanguage learners meet pour parler la belle langue. Burlington Bay Market & Café, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 343-5166.


QUEER PLEASURE & CONTRACEPTION FOR ALL GENDERS: The Pride Center of Vermont teams up with Planned Parenthood to give a hands-on look at safer, happier sex for people across the gender spectrum. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.




SLOW BIRDING WITH BIRD DIVA BRIDGET BUTLER: Bird-curious locals learn how to spot their river-dwelling, feathered neighbors during a leisurely walk along the Lamoille Rail Trail. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 9-10 a.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 888-3853.


MAP!: MAKE AN ACTION PLAN: Guest speakers and the Mercy Connections team help students plan how to live their best post-pandemic lives. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 846-7063.


JEFF FRIEDMAN & MEG POKRASS: Two authors discuss The House of Grana Padano, their new collection of fabulist, tragicomic microfiction. Presented by Norwich Bookstore. 7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 649-1114. READ BETWEEN THE LINES: Longtime Norman Williams Public Library volunteer Donna Steed leads a group in a discussion about a new novel each month. 6-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, programs@ WORK IN PROGRESS: Members of this writing group motivate


each other to put pen to paper for at least an hour, then debrief together. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 888-3853.

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GARDENING CLUB: Growers of all ages and experience levels convene to swap ideas for planned raised flower and herb beds at the library. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 888-3853.



business on how to attract and retain talent in a post-Great Resignation world. Vermont Futures Project executive director Kevin Chu keynotes. Queen City Brewery, Burlington, 3-6 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 861-7580. ROCK OF AGES VISITOR CENTER CHAMBER MIXER: The Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce hosts a networking get-together featuring refreshments and a raffle benefiting the Renita Marshall Helping Hands Foundation. Rock of Ages Quarry, Graniteville, 5-6:30 p.m. $10; free for members. Info, 229-5711.


10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 878-4918.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘BACKYARD WILDERNESS 3D’: See WED.18. ‘DAYS OF HEAVEN’: A young couple scraping by at the turn of the century agree to a proposal that takes an unexpected turn in this 1978 drama. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. ‘DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA 3D’: See WED.18. ‘DONBASS’: See WED.18.

CURRENT EVENTS: Neighbors have an informal discussion about what’s in the news. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston,


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THE ROAD TO MOBILITY WEBINAR SERIES: Experts from AARP Vermont, UVM Medical Center and the Vermont Highway Safety Alliance explore how we can all keep older Vermonters safe, mobile and independent on the roads. Noon-1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, alexandra.







of civilian conservation camps in Vermont. Waterbury Public Library, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 244-7036.





JEFF DEUTSCH: The Chicago bookseller and lifelong reader presents his new book, In Praise of Good Bookstores. Norwich Bookstore, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 649-1114. A SLICE OF LIFE: Eager storytellers who’ve submitted their names in advance are randomly selected to share a true short story related to one of the evening’s themes. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-3338. m


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art DAVIS STUDIO ART CLASSES: Discover your happy place in one of our summer en plein air painting or summer independent study classes. Making art boosts well-being and brings joy, especially while connecting with other art enthusiasts. Now enrolling adults for summer and fall in drawing, painting and fused glass. Spots fill quickly. Don’t delay! Location: Davis Studio, 916 Shelburne Rd., South Burlington. Info: 425-2700,

optional. Secure your spot online at or just drop in. Thu., 6-7:30 p.m. Cost: $15. Location: The Karma Birdhouse Gallery, 47 Maple St., Burlington. Info: Kirsten Hurley, 391-0722,,

LIFE DRAWING: This is a 90-minute self-led drawing class with a clothed model. Model will hold poses for from 30 seconds to 30 minutes. All skill levels welcome. Bring your own supplies. Drawing boards and newsprint available for use. Masks

craft VT FOLKLIFE SUMMER INSTITUTE: A series of in-person and online courses grounded in the methods of cultural documentation, ethical media making and archival research used by VT Folklife Center staff every day. Suitable for educators serving K-16 spaces and anyone interested in contributing to local knowledge for the benefit of community needs. Jul. & Aug. (in-person & online options). Cost: $400/person. Sliding scale pricing avail. For credit option: add an additional $125. Location: In person & online, 118 Elliot, Brattleboro, & St. Albans Museum. Info: Vermont Folklife Center, 388-4964, mwesley@vermontfolklifecenter. org, summer-institute.

language ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE SUMMER SESSION: The Alliance Française of the Lake Champlain Region is offering a new series of French classes for adults, from beginner through advanced levels. Private lessons are also available. Starts Jun. 13. Location: Zoom or Alliance Française, 43 King St., Burlington. Info: Micheline Tremblay,

LEARN SPANISH LIVE & ONLINE: Broaden your world. Learn Spanish online via live video conferencing. High-quality affordable instruction in the Spanish language for adults and students. Travelers’ lesson package. Our 16th year. Personal small group and individual instruction from a native speaker. See our website for complete information, or contact us for details. Location: Spanish in Waterbury Center, online. Info: 585-1025,,

martial arts AIKIDO: Discover the dynamic, flowing martial art of aikido. Learn how to relax under pressure and how aikido cultivates core power, aerobic fitness and resiliency. Aikido techniques emphasize throws, pinning techniques and the growth of internal power. Visitors are always welcome to watch a class! Starts Tue., Jun. 7; meets 5 days/week. Membership rates incl. unlimited classes. Contact us for info about membership rates for adults, youth & families. Location: Aikido of Champlain Valley, 257 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Benjamin Pincus, 951-8900, bpincus@burlington,

IBJJF-certified seventh-degree coral belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and self-defense instructor under late grand master Carlson Gracie Sr. currently teaching in the USA. Accept no Iimitations! Location: Vermont Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 55 Leroy Rd., Williston. Info: 598-2839,,

music VERMONT BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU: This school was developed to communicate the importance of proper, legitimate and complete Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instruction. We cover fundamentals of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with a realistic approach to self-defense training skills in a friendly, safe and positive environment. All are welcome; no experience required. Develop confidence, strength and endurance. Julio Cesar “Foca” Fernandez Nunes was born and raised on the shores of Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Earning his black belt and representing the Carlson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Team, Julio “Foca” went on to become a five-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu National Champion, three-time Rio de Janeiro State Champion and two-time IBJJF World JiuJitsu Champion! Julio “Foca” is the only CBJJP, USBJJF and

DJEMBE & TAIKO DRUMMING: Join us! New classes (outdoor masks optional/masks indoors). Taiko Tue., Wed.; Djembe Wed.; Kids & Parents Tue., Wed. Conga classes by request! Schedule/ register online. Location: Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave., Suite 3G, Burlington. Info: 999-4255,,

shamanism APPRENTICESHIP IN SHAMANISM: Rare opportunity to apprentice locally in a shamanic tradition. To read and learn about this offering, go to: heartofthe For more details, including cost, location and times, please email thomas.mock1444@ or text 369-4331. Five weekends over a year; first one is Aug. 5-7. Location: St. Albans. Info: Thomas Mock, 369-4331,

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SEX: 2-year-old spayed female REASON HERE: She was brought to HSCC because she was not a good fit in her previous home. ARRIVAL DATE: April 26, 2022 SUMMARY: This wiggly, bouncy girl is up for any adventure! She’s a fun-loving pup with lots of energy for hiking mountains, jogging around the neighborhood, or playing in the back yard – or all of the above! Lucy prefers the company of people over other animals, but she’s got plenty of love to give as your one-and-only pet. With her big smile and adorably scruffy face, it’s easy to fall in love with Lucy; even more so once she settles into your lap for snuggles. Come meet this cutie and see if she’s the pup for you!

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DOGS/CATS/KIDS: Lucy needs a home without other pets, but she has lived with and done well with young children in the past. Visit the Humane Society of Chittenden County at 142 Kindness Court, South Burlington, Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 4 p.m., or Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 862-0135 or visit for more info.



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CARS/TRUCKS 2022 WHITE TOYOTA HIGHLANDER HYBRID Seats 7. 4,500 miles. Sunroof. Nokian Black snow tires & summer. All the bells & whistles. $46,000 nonnegotiable. 802-338-6263. CASH FOR CARS We buy all cars! Junk, high-end, totaled: It doesn’t matter. Get free towing & same-day cash. Newer models, too. Call 1-866-5359689. (AAN CAN) DONATE YOUR CAR TO KIDS Your donation helps fund the search for missing children. Accepting trucks, motorcycles & RVs, too! Fast, free pickup, running or not. 24-hour response. Maximum tax donation. Call 877-2660681. (AAN CAN)

RECREATIONAL VEHICLES CONVERTED CAMPER SCHOOL BUS Blue & white. 2 generators, BA, refrigerator, awning, AC. Can be hooked up at a campsite. $10,000. 802-338-6263.


FOR RENT 10 TYLER WAY, WILLISTON Independent senior living. Newly remodeled 2-BR unit on main floor avail., $1,445/mo. incl. utils. & cable. NS/pets. Must be 55+. cintry@ or 802-879-3333.

CLASSIFIEDS KEY appt. appointment apt. apartment BA bathroom BR bedroom DR dining room DW dishwasher HDWD hardwood HW hot water LR living room NS no smoking OBO or best offer refs. references sec. dep. security deposit W/D washer & dryer

EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968 and similar Vermont statutes which make it illegal to advertise any preference, limitations, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, handicap, presence of minor children in the family or receipt of public assistance, or an intention to make any such preference, limitation or a discrimination. The newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate, which is in violation of the law. Our


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HOUSEMATES REDUCED RENT IN COLCHESTER Active couple offering reduced rent of $300/mo. in exchange for twiceweekly companionship w/ kind gentleman who enjoys chess, bocce & exercise. 802-863-5625, for application. Interview, refs, background checks req. EHO. SHARE S. BURLINGTON CONDO Tidy, comfortable home to share w/ busy professional in her 50s who enjoys travel & movies. $650/mo. all incl. 802-863-5625, homesharevermont. org for application. Interview, refs, background checks req. EHO.

OFFICE/ COMMERCIAL PSYCHOTHERAPY OFFICE SPACE Dolan House Psychotherapy Practice open to additional therapists. 156 College St., 1 block from Church St. Handicapped accessible. Offices from $475-525/mo. + electric/shared office expenses. Carolyn, 802-657-3647. OFFICES FOR RENT Psychotherapy offices for rent at 92 Adams St., Burlington, between S. Union & Winooski aves. Well-maintained, historic building, collegial setting, excellent location w/ privacy & easy downtown access, clinician & client parking in back. Optionally furnished. Incl. all utils., shared waiting rooms, BAs, clinician break room & option to share Wi-Fi & answering service. Contact Marcia Hemley at marciawhemleyphd@ or 802-999-5819.

readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. Any home seeker who feels he or she has encountered discrimination should contact: HUD Office of Fair Housing 10 Causeway St., Boston, MA 02222-1092 (617) 565-5309 — OR — Vermont Human Rights Commission 14-16 Baldwin St. Montpelier, VT 05633-0633 1-800-416-2010


BIZ OPPS BECOME A PUBLISHED AUTHOR We edit, print & distribute your work internationally. We do the work; you reap the rewards! Call for a free Author’s Submission Kit: 844-511-1836. (AAN CAN)

COMPUTER COMPUTER & IT TRAINING PROGRAM Train online to get the skills to become a computer & help desk professional now. Grants & scholarships avail. for certain programs for qualified applicants. Call CTI for details! 1-855-554-4616. (AAN CAN)

EDUCATION TRAIN ONLINE TO DO MEDICAL BILLING! Become a medical office professional online at CTI! Get trained, certified & ready to work in months. Call 866-243-5931. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (AAN CAN)

FINANCIAL/LEGAL DO YOU OWE BACK TAXES? Do you owe over $10,000 to the IRS or state in back taxes? Our firm works to reduce the tax bill or zero it out completely fast. Let us help! Call 877-414-2089. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-5 p.m. PST. (AAN CAN)

HEALTH/ WELLNESS MASSAGE FOR MEN BY SERGIO Spring is finally here. Brush off the cold weather blues. Call me & make an appt.: 802324-7539, sacllunas@ AAAAH MASSAGE Relaxation, Swedish & deep tissue. Biotone products. Outcalls avail. 802-829-3773.

MASSAGE THERAPY Roaming Remedy massage therapy is located at 431 Pine St., Burlington, Vt. Connect w/ us to schedule a treatment at; email roamingremedy.; call/text 802-751-5409. PSYCHIC COUNSELING Psychic counseling, channeling w/ Bernice Kelman, Underhill. 30+ years’ experience. Also energy healing, chakra balancing, Reiki, rebirthing, other lives, classes & more. 802-899-3542,

HOME/GARDEN BATH & SHOWER UPDATES In as little as 1 day! Affordable prices. No payments for 18 mos.! Lifetime warranty & professional installs. Senior & military discounts avail. Call 1-877-649-5043. (AAN CAN) WALLPAPERING Wallpaper hanger & mural installer. 1 wall or whole rooms. Start your transformation today! Call/text Kathleen at 919-270-7526 or email her at kathleenpeden@


AUDITIONS/ CASTING GIRLS NITE OUT 2022 SHOW Open auditions for GNOP’s production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike May 19-20 (show dates Nov. 9-19). M/F actors of various ages. Info at FIGURE MODELS NEEDED Fine art photographer seeks part-time figure models. No experience necessary. Must be 19+. Send photos & phone number for interview. Attention: Max, 12 Kelly Rd., Underhill, VT 05489.

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INSTRUCTION GUITAR INSTRUCTION All styles/levels. Emphasis on building strong technique, thorough musicianship, developing personal style. Paul Asbell (Big Joe Burrell, Kilimanjaro, UVM & Middlebury College faculty). 233-7731, pasbell@

B&W FILM DARKROOM Complete photographic darkroom for medium & large format B&W film & print processing. 2 enlargers: 2 1/4 (Durst) & 4x5” film (Omega), enlarging lenses & darkroom processing sink & trays, safe lights, film tanks & washers, print washer, temp controls, print dryer, & other accessories. $10,000 OBO. Contact, 802-343-0544.

4G LTE HOME INTERNET Now avail.! Get GotW3 w/ lightning-fast speeds & take your service w/ you when you travel! As low as $109.99/mo.! 1-888-519-0171. (AAN CAN) DIRECTV SATELLITE TV Service starting at $74.99/mo.! Free install! 160+ channels avail. Call now to get the most sports & entertainment on TV! 877-310-2472. (AAN CAN) VIAGRA & CIALIS USERS 50-pill special: $99 w/ free shipping! 100% guaranteed. Call now!

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TOP CASH PAID FOR OLD GUITARS 1920-80 Gibson, Martin, Fender, Gretsch, Epiphone, Guild, Mosrite, Rickenbacker, Prairie State, D’A ngelico, Stromber, & Gibson mandolins/banjos. 877-589-0747. (AAN CAN)

GARAGE/ESTATE SALES PRE-MOVING GARAGE SALE Burlington, 97 Prospect Pkwy. China, crystal, furniture, art, rugs & many more treasures! Come take a look. Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. MOVING SALE Sat., May 28, 10 a.m. Furniture, TV stands, gun cabinet, pictures, candles, glasses, several tools, misc. odds & ends. Come join us & see if you see something you like! 363 Mechanicsville Rd., Hinesburg, 802-324-1128.

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800-474-6132 Foreclosure: 3BR/2BA Milton Mobile Home Tuesday, June 7 @ 1PM 155 Dewey Dr, Milton, VT

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NEIGHBORHOOD GARAGE SALE Williston Golf Links (Fairway Dr., Hillcrest Ln., Tamarack Dr.) is having a multifamily garage sale on Sat. May 21, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. & Sun., May 22, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  800-634-SOLD 6v-hirchakbrothers051822 1

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GOLDENDOODLE PUPPIES Vet certification & shots incl. Raised in my home. Breeding for 15 years. $1,500. 802-338-6263.

WANTED: OLD MOTORCYCLES Top dollar paid! Buying in any condition, as is. Pre-1980 Kawasaki, Honda, Norton, Triumph, Harley, Indian, BMW-BSA, etc. For a cash offer, call 800-220-9683. wantedoldmotorcycles. com.

PORTUGUESE WATER DOG PUPPY Newborn Portuguese water dog puppy! Will deliver to your doorstep. 8 weeks old on Memorial Day. Female; male puppies avail. Text Rob at 330-275-9772. PYRENEES/GOLDEN PUPPIES Loving pets. Great guard dogs. Vet certification & shots incl. Raised in my home. Breeding for 15 years. $1,500. 802-338-6263. STANDARD POODLE PUPPY Male. Last of litter. Born on Sep. 28. Housebroken, smart, playful, friendly w/ dogs & cats. Parents are amazing, gentle, smart, affectionate, loving, committed companions. Puppy vetted, &


LOST: BRAIDED GOLD RING Last seen on Apr. 10 in Williston near the ReSource Store, Goodwill & Hannaford. Great sentimental value. Please contact me if found at 802-8791087 or 802-373-4616.


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This application can be viewed online by visiting the Act 250 Database: ( aspx?Num=4C1346). No hearing will be held and a permit will be issued unless, on or before May 31, 2022, a party notifies 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 defined in 10 V.S.A. § 6085(c)(1) may request a hearing. Any hearing request must be in writing, must state the criteria or sub criteria at issue, why a hearing is required, and what additional evidence will be presented at the hearing. Any hearing request by an adjoining property owner or other person eligible for party status under 10 V.S.A. § 6085(c)(1)(E) must include a petition for party status under the Act 250 Rules. To request party status and a hearing, fill out the Party Status Petition Form on the Board’s website: party-status-petition-form, and email it to the District 4 Office at: NRB.Act250Essex@vermont.

By: /s/Rachel Lomonaco Rachel Lomonaco District Coordinator 111 West Street Essex Junction, VT 05452 802-879-5658 AUCTION – MOBILE HOME Sale Date and Location: Monday, 5/23/22 at 11:00 a.m. – Mountain View Mobile Home Park, Lot #13, 19 Bear Lane in Hinesburg, Vermont. For more info. call (802) 860-9536. 1979 Skyline, Homette, 14’ x 70’, Min. bid $14,170.75 Must be moved 5 days after sale. Auctioneer: Uriah Wallace – Lic. #057-0002460 BURLINGTON DEVELOPMENT REVIEW BOARD TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2022, 5:00 PM PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE Remote Meeting Zoom: 27?pwd=SGQ0bTdnS000Wkc3c2J4WWw1dzMx UT09 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-22-175; 58 Hyde Street (RM, Ward 2C) Robert Atkins / Macallan Atkins Convert one duplex unit within existing residence to establish a bed and breakfast (short-term rental).



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2. ZP-22-217; 69 Orchard Terrace (RH, Ward 8E) Bijan Salimi / Brandon Salimi Change use of existing residence to a twobedroom bed and breakfast (short-term rental). 3. ZP-22-184; 13 Lakeview Terrace (RM, Ward 3C) Jonathan Maguire Establish short-term rental within existing duplex unit(s). 4. ZP-22-221; 425 Manhattan Drive (RM, Ward 2C) Evan Watson Convert existing duplex to a single-family residence, moving second unit to detached rear structure as a PUD. 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 office is considered public and cannot be kept confidential. This may not be the final order in which items will be heard. Please view final Agenda, at drb/agendas or the office notice board, one week before the hearing for the order in which items will be heard. CITY OF BURLINGTON: IN THE YEAR TWO THOUSAND TWENTY-TWO, A REGULATION IN RELATION TO RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE TRAFFIC COMMISSION— SECTION 5 ONE-WAY STREETS DESIGNATED. SECTION 7 NO-PARKING AREAS. Sponsor(s): Department of Public Works Action: Approved Date: 12/15/2021 Attestation of Adoption: Phillip Peterson EI Public Works Engineer, Technical Services Published: 05/18/22 Effective: 06/08/22 It is hereby Ordained by the Public Works Commission of the City of Burlington as follows: That Appendix C, Rule and Regulations of the Traffic Commission, Section 7 No-parking areas, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Burlington is hereby amended as follows:



ACT 250 NOTICE MINOR APPLICATION 4C1346 10 V.S.A. §§ 6001 - 6111 On April 26, 2022, Champlain Housing Trust, Inc., 88 King Street, Burlington, VT 05401 filed application number 4C1346 for a project generally described as the first phase of construction for a multi-unit residential housing project, only including the demolition of five existing buildings. The project is located at 3164 Shelburne Road in Shelburne, Vermont.

For more information contact Rachel Lomonaco at the address or telephone number below. Dated this May 10, 2022.


For more information contact Stephanie H. Monaghan at the address or telephone number below.

By: /s/ Stephanie H. Monaghan Stephanie H. Monaghan District Coordinator 111 West Street Essex Junction, VT 05452 802-879-5662

gov. Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law may not be prepared unless the Commission holds a public hearing.


No hearing will be held and a permit will be issued unless, on or before June 1, 2022, a party notifies 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 defined in 10 V.S.A. § 6085(c)(1) may request a hearing. Any hearing request must be in writing, must state the criteria or sub criteria at issue, why a hearing is required, and what additional evidence will be presented at the hearing. Any hearing request by an adjoining property owner or other person eligible for party status under 10 V.S.A. § 6085(c)(1)(E) must include a petition for party status under the Act 250 Rules. To request party status and a hearing, fill out the Party Status Petition Form on the Board’s website: party-status-petition-form, and email it to the District 4 Office at: NRB.Act250Essex@vermont. gov. Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law may not be prepared unless the Commission holds a public hearing.

Dated this May 10, 2022.


ACT 250 NOTICE MINOR APPLICATION 4C1005-15 10 V.S.A. §§ 6001 - 6111 On April 26, 2022, Northeast Territories, Inc, 20 South Crest Dr., Burlington, VT 05401 and Neagley and Chase Construction, 66 Bowdoin St., South Burlington, VT 05403 filed application number 4C1005-15 for a project generally described as construction of a 21,790 GSF office building and contractors’ yard with supporting utilities, parking lot and stormwater management facilities on a 3.96 acre parcel (Lot 7) within the Meadowland Business Park. The project is located at 39 Bowdoin Street in South Burlington, Vermont. This application can be viewed online by visiting the Act 250 Database: ( aspx?Num=4C1005-15 ).


Section 5 One-way streets designated. The following streets are hereby designated as one-way streets, and all traffic and travel thereon, except pedestrians, shall pass in the directions indicated and not otherwise: (1) Repealed. University Place in a northerly direction, with the exception of bicycles traveling southbound in the designated contra-flow lane. (2) – (42) As written. Section 7 No-parking areas. No person shall park any vehicle at any time in the following locations: (1) – (209) As written. (210) Reserved. On the east side of University Place with the exception of the vehicle loading zone in front of Ira Allen Chapel and the food truck parking in front of the Royal Tyler Theatre. (211) – (580) As written. ** Material stricken out delete. *** Material underlined added. NOTICE OF SALE According to the terms and conditions of a Judgment and Decree of Foreclosure by Judicial Sale (the Order) in the matter of Vermont Housing Finance Agency v. Mechenna H. Ford, Cayman Ford and Any Tenants Residing at 101 West Milton Road Unit 21 (nka 155 Dewey Drive), Birchwood Manor Mobile Home Park, Milton, VT, Vermont Superior Court, Chittenden Unit, Civil Division, Docket No. 770-8-19 Cncv, foreclosing a mortgage given by Mechenna Ford to Opportunities Credit Union dated July 29, 2005 and recorded in Volume 326, Page 361 of the Milton land records. Said mortgage was assigned to Vermont Housing Finance Agency by Assignment dated January 25, 2006 and recorded in Volume 479, Page 62 of the Milton

SEVENDAYSVT.COM/CLASSIFIEDS land records (the Mortgage) presently held by Plaintiff Vermont Housing Finance Agency for the purpose of foreclosing the Mortgage for breach of the conditions of the Mortgage, the real estate with an E-911 address of 101 West Milton Road Unit 21 (nka 155 Dewey Drive), Birchwood Manor Mobile Home Park, Milton, VT (the Property) will be sold at public auction at 1:00 p.m. on June 7, 2022 at the location of the Property. The Property to be sold is all and the same land and premises described in the Mortgage, and further described as follows: Mechenna Ford and Cayman Ford acquired the property in a Vermont Mobile Home Uniform Bill of Sale from Mechenna Ford, dated October 30 and October 31, 2013, and recorded on November 1, 2013 in Volume 441, Page 570 of the Milton land records. Mechenna Ford acquired the Property by Vermont Mobile Home Uniform Bill of Sale of Brault’s Mobile Homes dated July 28, 2005, and recorded on January 6, 2006 in Volume 326, Page 358 of the Milton land records. Astro Mobile Home Model 3A103A/B, 2004, serial number DC00156A/B. The Property may be subject to easements, rights-of-way and other interests of record Terms of Sale: The Property will be sold to the highest bidder, who will pay $10,000.00 at sale in cash, certified, treasurer’s or cashier’s check made payable to Thomas Hirchak Company (or by wire transfer, if arrangements for wire transfer are made in advance, confirmation of wire transfer is available before commencement of sale and bidder pays additional fees required for wire transfer), will pay the remaining balance of 10% of the highest bid to Thomas Hirchak Company within five (5) calendar days of the sale and will pay the balance of the highest bid price within fifteen (15) days of the issuance of an Order of Confirmation by the Vermont Superior Court. The successful bidder will be required to sign a Purchase Agreement. Copies are available by calling the telephone number below. If the successful bidder fails to complete the purchase of the Property as required by the Agreement, the $10,000.00 deposit will be forfeited to Plaintiff. The Property is sold “AS IS” and the successful bidder is required to purchase the Property whether or not the Property is in compliance with local, state or federal land use laws, regulations or permits. Title to the Property will be conveyed without warranties by Order of Confirmation. This sale is exempt from federal lead based hazards disclosure. 24 CFR Section 35.82. Redemption Benefits of Mortgagor: The mortgagor is entitled to redeem the Property at any time prior to the sale by paying the full amount due under the Mortgage, including the costs and expenses of sale. Other terms to be announced at the sale or inquire at Thomas Hirchak Company, 1-800-634-7653.


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Paul White # 116 and 147 (size10x20 each) Said sales will take place on 6/4/22, beginning at 10:00am at Malletts Bay Self Storage, LLC, (MBSS, LLC)115 Heineberg Dr, Colchester, VT 05446. Units will be opened for viewing immediately prior to auction. Sale shall be by sealed bid to the highest bidder. Contents of entire storage unit will be sold as one lot. The winning bid must remove all contents from the facility at no cost to MBSS, LLC on the day of auction. MBSS, LLC reserves the right to reject any bid lower that the amount owed by the occupant or that is not commercially reasonable as defined by statute. PUBLIC HEARING-COLCHESTER DEVELOPMENT REVIEW BOARD Pursuant to Title 24 VSA, Chapter 117, the Development Review Board will hold a public hearing on June 8, 2022 at 7:00pm to hear the following requests under the Development Regulations. Meeting is open to the public and will be held at 781 Blakely Road. a) BRAD BENOURE: Final Plat application for a minor Planned Unit Development to add four (4) new residential units in the Residential Three (R3) District. Lot is presently developed with the existing single-family dwelling unit, and proposal will add 1 duplex dwelling unit and 2 detached single family dwellings on footprint lots, all to be served by a new private driveway. Subject Property is located at 1036 Holy Cross Road, Account #46-029002-0000000. b) ALLEN BROOK DEVELOPMENT INC: Preliminary Plat application for a four (4) lot, twenty-four (24) unit Planned Unit Development. Lot #3 to be undeveloped, Lot #3A to include Common Land A to be 12.13 acres developed with 13 single family dwelling units and 1 duplex dwelling unit on footprint lots; Common Land B to be 1.43 acres developed with 7 single family dwelling units and 1 duplex dwelling unit on footprint lots. Common Land C to be 0.19 acres and left undeveloped. Proposed subdivision is to be served by a new public road, community on-site wastewater, municipal water, and on-site stormwater management. Subject property is located at 203 Belwood Avenue, Account #48-037002-0000000 and 0 Caleb Court, Account #50-046032-0000000. c) EUGENE BUTTON AND VERMONT LAND TRUST: Conditional Use Application for a wetland restoration project at the site of an earthen dam and impoundment area including the removal, clearing, and excavation of over 100 cubic yards of earth material within the Water Protection Overlay District. Subject Property is located at 0 Roosevelt Highway, Account #08-030003-0000000. May 18, 2022

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Lending Corporation, by publication as provided in Rule 4(g) of those Rules.


This order shall be published once a week for 3 weeks beginning on or before June 1, 2022, in the Seven Days, a newspaper of general circulation in Franklin County, and a copy of this summons and order as published shall be mailed to the United Companies Lending Corp., if an address is known.

1. YOU ARE NAMED AS A PARTY IN A DECLARATORY JUDGMENT ACTION. The Plaintiff has started a declaratory judgment action naming you as a party. A copy of the Plaintiff’s Complaint is on file and may be obtained at the office of the clerk of this court, Vermont Superior Court, Civil Division, Franklin Unit, located at 17 Church Street, St. Albans, Vermont. Do not throw this paper away. It is an official paper that affects your rights. 2. PLAINTIFF’S CLAIM. Plaintiff’s claim is for a judicial determination that it has marketable title to the property located at 44 New Street in Swanton, Vermont and the mortgage to United Companies Lending Corp. encumbering the Plaintiff’s property is discharged and released. 3. YOU MUST REPLY WITHIN 41 DAYS TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS. You must give or mail the Plaintiff a written response called an Answer within 49 days after the date on which this Summons was first published, which is June 1, 2022. You must send a copy of your Answer to the Plaintiff’s attorney: Chad V. Bonanni; 34 Pearl Street, PO Box 174, Essex Junction, VT 05453; cbonanni@ You must also give or mail your Answer to the Court located at: 17 Church Street, St. Albans, VT 05478. 4. YOU MUST RESPOND TO EACH CLAIM. The Answer is your written response to the Plaintiff’s Complaint. In your Answer you must state whether you agree or disagree with each paragraph of the Complaint. If you believe the Plaintiff should not be given everything asked for in the Complaint, you must say so in your Answer. 5. JUDGMENT BY DEFAULT. If you do not send the Plaintiff your Answer within 49 days after the date on which this Summons was first published and file it with the Court, the Court may grant the relief requested by the Plaintiff. You will not get to tell your side of the story, and the Court may decide against you and award the Plaintiff everything asked for in the Complaint. 6. YOU MUST MAKE ANY CLAIMS AGAINST THE PLAINTIFF IN YOUR REPLY. Your Answer must state any related legal claims you have against the Plaintiff. Your claims against the Plaintiff are called Counterclaims. If you do not make your Counterclaims in writing in your Answer, you may not be able to bring them up at all. Even if you have insurance and the insurance company will defend you, you must still file any Counterclaims you may have.

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Notice is hereby given that the contents of the self-storage units listed below will be sold at public auction by sealed bid.


This matter involves Plaintiff’s request for a judicial determination of title to property located at 44 New Street in Swanton, Vermont. The affidavit, motion and exhibits filed in this action shows that service cannot be made with due diligence by any of the methods provided in Rule 4(d)-(f), (k), or (l) of the Vermont Rules of Civil Procedure. Accordingly, it is ORDERED that service of the summons set forth above shall be made upon the Respondent, United Companies

Dated: May 5, 2022 /s/ Robert W. Scharf, Esq. Robert W. Scharf, Esq. Attorney for Plaintiff

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7. LEGAL ASSISTANCE. You may wish to get legal help from a lawyer. If you cannot afford a lawyer, you should ask the court clerk for information about places where you can get free legal help. Even if you cannot get legal help, you must still give the court a written Answer to protect your rights or you may lose the case.

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Dated at St. Albans, Vermont, this 11th day of May, 2022. /s/ Honorable David A. Barra Judge of the Superior Court, Civil Division, Franklin Unit STATE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT PROBATE DIVISION CHITTENDEN UNIT DOCKET NO.: 22-PR-02305 In re ESTATE of Robert Corti NOTICE TO CREDITORS To the creditors of: Robert Corti, late of Westford, Vermont. I have been appointed to administer this estate. All creditors having claims against the decedent or the estate must present their claims in writing within four (4) months of the date of the first publication of this notice. The claim must be presented to me at the address listed below with a copy sent to the Court. The claim may be barred forever if it is not presented within the four (4) month period. Dated: 5/4/2022 Signature of Fiduciary: /s/ William D. Corti Executor/Administrator: /s/ William D. Corti, c/o Jeff Wick, 1 Grove Street, Essex Jct., VT 05452 Name of Publication: Seven Days Publication Date: May 18, 2022 Name of Probate Court: Chittenden Probate Court Address of Probate Court: 175 Main Street, Burlington, Vermont 05401 STATE OF VERMONT VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT LAMOILLE UNIT, CIVIL DIVISION DOCKET NO: 21-CV-02745 BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON TRUST COMPANY, N.A. AS TRUSTEE FOR MORTGAGE ASSETS MANAGEMENT SERIES I TRUST v. ANDREW H. MONTROLL, ESQ., ADMINISTRATOR OF THE ESTATE OF HERBERT A. EMERSON JR. AND SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT OCCUPANTS OF: 963 Pinewood Estates, Morrisville VT MORTGAGEE’S NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE OF REAL PROPERTY UNDER 12 V.S.A. sec 4952 et seq. In accordance with the Judgment Order and Decree of Foreclosure entered March 28, 2022, in the above captioned action brought to foreclose that certain mortgage given by the late Herbert A. Emerson Jr. and the late Muriel V. Emerson to Financial Freedom Senior Funding Corporation, dated August 16, 2007 and recorded in Book 144 Page 192 of the land records of the Town of Morristown, of which mortgage the Plaintiff is the present holder, by virtue of the following Assignments of Mortgage: (1) Assignment of Mortgage from Financial Freedom Senior Funding



Legal Notices [CONTINUED] Corporation to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for Financial Freedom Acquisition LLC dated September 25, 2009 and recorded in Book 149 Page 522; (2) Assignment of Mortgage from Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for Financial Freedom Acquisition LLC to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A. as Trustee for Mortgage Assets Management Series I Trust dated July 18, 2019 and recorded in Book 266 Page 251; and (3) Assignment of Mortgage from Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A. as Trustee for Mortgage Assets Management Series I Trust to Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A. as Trustee for Mortgage Assets Management Series I Trust dated October 22, 2019 and recorded in Book 270 Page 240, all of the land records of the Town of Morristown for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing the same will be sold at Public Auction at 963 Pinewood Estates, Morrisville, Vermont on June 13, 2022 at 10:30 AM all and singular the premises described in said mortgage, To wit: Being all and the same land and premises conveyed to Herbert Andrew Emerson, Jr. and Muriel V. Emerson by Quit Claim Deed of Franklin Lamoille Bank, Trustee dated April, 1987 and recorded May 1, 1987 in Volume 86, Page 491 of the Town of Morristown Land Records. Being all and the same land and premises conveyed to Franklin Lamoille Bank, Trustee by Quit Claim Deed of Hebert Emerson and Muriel Emerson dated October 2, 1986 and recorded October 17, 1986 in Volume 86, Page 213 of the Town of Morristown Land Records. Being all and the same land and premises conveyed to Hebert Emerson and Muriel Emerson by Warranty Deed of Willis G. Hicks and Lillian Hicks dated April 28, 1979 and recorded in Volume 73, Page 425 of the Town of Morristown Land Records. This property has benefi t of the following: 1. 1/9th interest in a water system, as referenced in Volume 73, Page 425. 2. 1/6th interest a lot with a pond, referenced in Volume 78, Page 84. Reference is hereby made to the above instruments and to the records and references contained therein in further aid of this description. Terms of sale: Said premises will be sold and conveyed subject to all liens, encumbrances, unpaid taxes, tax titles, municipal liens and assessments, if any, which take precedence over the said mortgage above described. TEN THOUSAND ($10,000.00) Dollars of the purchase price must be paid by a certifi ed check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check at the time and place of the sale by the purchaser. Th e balance of the purchase price shall be paid by a bank wire, certifi ed check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check within sixty (60) days after the date the Confirmation Order is entered by the Court. All checks should be made payable to “Bendett & McHugh, PC, as Trustee”. Th e mortgagor is entitled to redeem the premises at any time prior to the sale by paying the full amount due under the mortgage, including the costs and expenses of the sale. Other terms to be announced at the sale. DATED : May 5, 2022 By: /s/ Rachel K. Ljunggren Rachel K. Ljunggren, Esq. Bendett and McHugh, PC


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270 Farmington Ave., Ste. 151 Farmington, CT 06032 THE CONTENTS OF STORAGE UNIT 01-04901 LOCATED AT 28 ADAMS DRIVE, WILLISTON VT, 05495 WILL BE SOLD ON OR ABOUT APRIL 26TH 2022 TO SATISFY THE DEBT OF MAXWELL LINDFORS. Any person claiming a right to the goods may pay the amount claimed due and reasonable expenses before the sale, in which case the sale may not occur. TOWN OF ESSEX, VT 81 MAIN ST CONFERENCE ROOM ZBA AGENDA 6/2/22 @6:00 PM IN PERSON OR VIRTUALLY Join Virtually: - Microsoft Teams: https://www.essexvt. org/870/5481/Join-ZBA-Meeting - Conference call (audio only): (802) 377-3784 | Conference ID: 480 347 627# - Public wifi: content/public-wifi -hotspots-vermont CONDITIONAL USE: EOF Outlets, LLC: Proposal for outdoor restaurant seating at 21 Essex Way, MXD-PUD Zone & B-DC Overlay. Tax Map 92, Parcel 2-1. CONDITIONAL USE: EOF Outlets, LLC: Proposal to operate a light manufacturing cidery at 25 Essex Way, MXD-PUD Zone & B-DC Overlay. Tax Map 92, Parcel 2-2. VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT CHITTENDEN UNIT PROBATE DIVISION, SS. DOCKET NO. 22-PR-02675 IN RE THE ESTATE OF JOHN D. VOGELSANG, JR LATE OF SHELBURNE, VERMONT NOTICE TO CREDITORS To the creditors of the Estate of JOHN D. VOGELSANG, JR, late of Shelburne, Vermont. We have been appointed to administer this estate. All creditors having claims against the decedent or the estate must present their claims in writing within 4 months of the date of the publication of this notice. Th e claim must be presented at the address listed below with a copy sent to the court. Th e claim may be forever barred if it is not presented as described above within the four [4] month period. Dated: May 16, 2022 Signed: s/Carol Farley and Sarah Vogelsang-Card, Co Executrices Address: c/o David C. Buran, Esq. Law Offi ces of David C. Buran PC 13 Appletree Ct Milton, VT 05468-3609 Telephone: (802) 878-8588 Address of the Court: Superior Court, Chittenden District Probate Division P.O. Box 511 Burlington, VT 05402-0511 Name of Publication: Seven Days First Publication Date: 5/18/22 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING, MONDAY, JUNE 06, 2022 A public hearing will be held during the regular meeting of Burlington City Council on Monday, June 06 at 7 pm, on the standards to aid in the determination of common area fees and on the annual common area fees for properties in the Church Street Marketplace District proposed by the Church Street Marketplace Commission. Th e Marketplace Commission is proposing continuation of the current standards, which include a per square foot cost based on a building’s ground floor square footage, and no increase in the per square foot cost for FY 23: $2.87 per square foot for all properties, along with the recommendation Common Area Fee spreadsheet:

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Th e provisions applicable to common area fees can be found in the Burlington City Charter, Title VIII, Section 326, which can be located on the City website. Any assessed party who feels aggrieved by this proposal may appeal the assessment to the City Council by delivering the appeal, in writing, to the City Clerk at City Hall, 149 Church St., Burlington, Vermont. Th e written appeal may be delivered by any means, but must be received by the City Clerk prior to the public hearing to be considered.

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Following the public hearing, the Council will make a final determination of the common area fees to be assessed. For further information please contact: Kara Alnasrawi Director, Church Street Marketplace 802-238-1910

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Administrative Professionals Needed UVM’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences is hiring for the following positions: Office/Program Support Generalist in the Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science Office/Program Support Generalist to provide administrative support to the undergraduate and graduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Ph.D in the Inter-Professional Health Sciences Dean's Office Support Senior to provide operational and administrative support for the Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences

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OFFICE MANAGER & EVENTS COORDINATOR Detail-oriented, multi-taskers with a team-focused, high quality service mindset are encouraged to apply. If you are personally driven to make a difference and looking to grow within an administrative role, this job may be for you. Oversee all office functions and logistical needs, and coordinate our annual events – Farm to Plate Network Gathering, Forest Industry Network Summit, and the DeltaClimeVT reception. FT salary between $47-$52k, great benefits, casual but professional hybrid work environment, and an organizational culture where people feel valued, are energized, and can generate forwardthinking solutions to our economic, social and climate challenges. VSJF is an E.O.E. committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and a strong sense of belonging in the workplace. Job description at Send cover letter & resume to by 5pm 5/13/22.

THE NATURE CONSERVANCY in Vermont seeks an organized and detail oriented full-time Operations Coordinator to join our dynamic and growing office in Montpelier. The right candidate will be responsible for all aspects of office management, including maintaining office systems and equipment, working with landlords and utility vendors, managing vehicle maintenance and use, receiving and distributing mail, processing accounts payable, and serving as a liaison to the technology department. Experience troubleshooting and problem solving to reach resolutions, including challenges with computer hardware, software, and office equipment, is highly desired. Responsibilities also include support with donor and public events, coordinating meeting logistics, and public reception. For a complete position description and to apply for this position, visit and apply online to Job #51436. The application deadline is May 27, 2022. The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


RATE OF PAY: $23-$33/HR 2+ years of experience as Diesel Tech CDL License a PLUS Diagnosing & repairing heavy duty vehicles Writing up accurate & descriptive work performed details • Verifying vehicle performance by conducting test-drives Competitive hourly wages and benefits including PTO, 401K match and Kenworth sponsored training. Email resume and salary requirements to: or call 802.985.2521 and ask for Charlie Sweeney.

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The Vermont Mortgage Bankers Association (VMBA) seeks a part-time Executive Director to lead the association into the future. The ideal candidate for this part-time remote position will be an energetic, self-starter with strong organizational, relationship building, communication, administrative, event planning, and financial management skills. Maintaining and growing the association’s membership along with promoting the association and its activities through its website and social media are central to this position.

• Amazing coffee This position will be MondayFriday at our South Burlington location, 5:30am-1pm. Learn more or on Instagram @kestrelcoffees.

Programs and Partnerships Manager & Bike Mechanic Join the team at Old Spokes Home working to build community and opportunity through access to bikes. We strive to be an inclusive place where people come to learn about bicycles and connect with others who ride. Our fulltime permanent Programs and Partnerships Manager will join the OSH leadership team and oversee all youth and bike access programs. We are also hiring an experienced Bike Mechanic, also with the potential to be a fulltime permanent position.

Experience in the residential real estate industry and/or the residential mortgage loan industry is preferred, although not required. Position is expected to average ten hours a week.

Learn more about both positions here: employment-opportunities

To inquire or apply please provide a cover letter and resume to For more information about the VMBA:

Old Spokes Home is committed to making the cycling industry an inclusive space as outlined by the Cycling Industry Pledge.



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PART TIME ELL INSTRUCTOR Seeking a qualified English Language Learning (ELL) Instructor to provide in-person instruction for adult beginninglevel English students. Classes begin July 5 and follow a semester basis – fall, spring and summer. ~12 hours/week, potentially more in the future, includes some evening hours. EOE. Position is open until filled. To apply, send cover letter & resume to: ashaw@

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LEGAL CLERICAL ASSISTANTS Recruiting in Chelsea, St. Albans, Brattleboro, Bennington, Burlington, Rutland, Middlebury, White River Junction. Looking to enter the legal world and make a difference? $17.49 per hour, recruiting for permanent full-time & limitedservice positions. The Judicial branch of state government is rapidly expanding. We offer a competitive rate with top-notch health, dental, paid time off and pension. The successful candidate has 2 years’ general office experience, and is a team player, good communicator, able to use technology, organized, and seeking a prestigious and professional atmosphere. For a more detailed description and how to apply: E.O.E.

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$3000 SIGN-ON BONUS The Residence at Quarry Hill is seeking compassionate caregivers and the location is great! Call the community at 802-652-4114 to set up an interview. Or apply online and receive a free gift card on the spot at time of interview: Interested in becoming a Medication Technician? We can train you. • Full and Part-time shifts available • Competitive pay • Shift & Weekend Differentials • Attendance and shift pick-up giveaways • Paid Time Off • Travel Stipend • Flexible Scheduling COME JOIN OUR FANTASTIC TEAM

For a list of open positions go to: and click on careers. • Location: St. Albans • $3,000 Relocation Reimbursement Program • $2,000 NEW HIRE BONUS 400 Industrial Park Road St. Albans, VT 05478. 802-528-3359 Scan QR code to view open positions:




Goddard College, a leader in non-traditional education, has the following full-time, benefit eligible and part-time position openings:

DATA SYSTEMS SPECIALIST NVRH is looking for dedicated and compassionate RNs, LPNs and LNAs to join our team and provide high quality care to the communities we serve. NVRH provides a fair and compassionate workplace where all persons are valued by the organization and each other, providing ongoing growth opportunities. FT and PT employees are eligible for excellent benefits including student loan repayment, generous paid time off, health/dental/vision, 401k with company match and much more!


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CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER The Stern Center for Language and Learning is a non-profit organization dedicated to learning for all through direct support to learners and transformative programs for educators. We invite applications for our Chief Financial Officer position. The CFO leads the Stern Center’s financial, accounting, legal, and compliance dimensions and proactively manages risk in these areas. This strategic role is pivotal to maintaining and growing the Stern Center’s success and extending our mission. Come join our thriving, forward-thinking organizational culture with a shared dedication to improving the lives of learners. Learn More & Apply:

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Gravel & Shea PC, a law firm in downtown Burlington, Vermont is looking for a legal assistant for our litigation practice group. The ideal candidate will have experience working as a legal assistant, extensive knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, and experience with editing and formatting documents, experience with Juris software a plus. In addition, this position requires a strong work ethic, eagerness to learn and acquire new skills, and excellent typing skills. Communication skills are a must, as Gravel & Shea legal assistants work as a team with paralegals, lawyers and other legal assistants. Minimum qualifications include an Associate’s degree or a minimum of three years of experience as a legal assistant. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package including health insurance, 401(k) and Profit Sharing. E-mail cover letter, résumé & references to:

Gravel & Shea PC is an Equal Opportunity Employer




MAY 18-25, 2022

Programming Librarian


WAIT STAFF WITH SENIOR LIVING STYLE POSITIONS FOR SUMMER AND BEYOND Full Time or part time Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner shifts 6:00 am – 2:30 or 3:30 – 7:30 This is a perfect opportunity for individuals who are interested in a start in the health care field. Similar to a PCA or caregiver role, our wait staff in skilled nursing play an important role in the dining experience for our residents.

Part-time Food Runner in our Elegant Main Dining Room 4:00-8:30 pm

Marketing Director

Create and execute the Lawson’s Finest Liquids marketing strategy to help achieve company financial and branding goals.

Marketing Brand Manager Develop and implement the Lawson’s Finest Liquids brand strategy.

The Programming Librarian develops & plans programming for our community online and in person (when this becomes possible). This position is 25-30 hours a week and includes two evenings and two Saturdays per month. Priority deadline is May 27.

Cleaning Crew

$22/HOUR (AFTER 90 DAYS OF EMPLOYMENT) Help us keep our brewery and taproom looking their best. Evening & weekend part-time positions available. Experience preferred.

Preferred Qualifications: a college degree, and previous library, educational or programming experience is helpful. Adaptability, care and kindness are our leading values as an organization.

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This position is great for anyone with the time and drive to begin their working experience, or for professionals who wish to supplement their current career endeavors. Join our fun and dynamic team of wait staff and get to know the residents who make Wake Robin the wonderful community that it is. Wake Robin offers excellent compensation, benefits package & an opportunity to build strong relationships with staff and residents in a dynamic community setting. Interested candidates please visit Wake Robin is an equal opportunity employer; honoring diversity inclusively as one of our core values.


DISABILITY LAW ATTORNEY Vermont Legal Aid is re-opening the search for a full-time Disability Law Attorney to work in the southern part of the state. The position is remote, until VLA changes its remote work policy this summer, after which it will be based out of either our Rutland or Springfield Offices. 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. Responsibilities include individual and systems advocacy in a variety of forums on behalf of persons with disabilities. Case work is primarily in the area of disability-based discrimination, special education, government benefit programs, guardianship, and other areas concerning individual rights. Starting salary is $57,500+, with additional salary credit given for relevant prior work experience. Four weeks paid vacation and retirement, as well as excellent health benefits. Attorney applicants must be licensed to practice law in Vermont or eligible for admission by waiver. In-state travel in a personal vehicle required. Application deadline is May 31st. Your application should include a cover letter and resume, bar status, writing sample, and at least three professional references with contact information, sent as a single PDF. Send your application by e-mail to with the subject line “DLP Staff Attorney May 2022.” Please let us know how you heard about this position. See for additional information and job description.

Northfield Savings Bank, founded in 1867, is the largest banking institution headquartered in Vermont. All operations, leadership, and governance are in Vermont. Decisions are made here. Communities, customers, and employees have a respected voice on how we conduct business. We have strong financial resources and invest in people, programs, and technology. We are committed to providing a welcoming work environment for all. We are looking for a professional to join our team as a VP COMMERCIAL BANKER in our Chittenden County region.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES & REQUIREMENTS: Upon appointment, you will be assigned to an existing portfolio of relationships. You will be responsible for client credit management and business development. You will have marketing and administrative support, including NSB partners in cash management and direct banking. You will report to NSB’s Chief Lending Officer. QUALIFIED CANDIDATES WILL HAVE: Five years business banking experience; relationship management history; demonstrated commercial credit skills; knowledge of the assigned market; bachelor’s degree; and ability to independently pursue objectives while also participating in a collaborative culture. OPPORTUNITY FOR GROWTH: NSB encourages career development and promotes personal growth.

Average Years of Service at Northfield Savings Bank is above 9! Join a company that has a positive impact on the communities it serves for the long-haul.

WHAT NSB CAN OFFER YOU: NSB offers a competitive compensation based on experience. Benefits package including medical, dental, vision, combined time off, 11 paid holidays, a wellness program and more! Profit sharing opportunity and an outstanding employer-matching 401(K) retirement program. NSB offers professional development opportunities, and a positive work environment supported by a team culture. HOURS OF OPERATION ARE: Monday – Friday, generally 8:00am to 5:00pm. We understand the importance of having evenings and weekends with our friends, families, and our community. Please send your application along with your resume in confidence to: Donna Austin-Hawley, Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer By Email: By Mail: Northfield Savings Bank, Human Resources, P.O. Box 7180, Barre, VT 05641-7180 Equal Opportunity Employer / Member FDIC


Environmental Cleaning Technician We are seeking an experienced, professional cleaner to provide highlevel cleaning services at various sites throughout Chittenden County. The right person is experienced, energetic, detail-oriented and enjoys working independently. This is an immediate opening! If interested please contact 802.777.3824 or email: to set up an interview. Time Commitment: 27-40 hours/week (flexible hours, mostly evenings) Must have vehicle & valid driver's license. Compensation: $16.50-$18.00 hourly (based on experience). Apply: champlainvalleycleaning@


Would you like to be part of the VPR/Vermont PBS technical team that keeps radio broadcasting 24-7? Do you like troubleshooting, solving problems, and working with skilled people? Are you familiar with traffic scheduling and quality control? Join our Operations Team and keep the foundations of our services strong. A Bachelor’s degree and two years of relevant experience in radio broadcasting, or related fields preferred. This position is part of the Bargaining Unit at the compensation rate of $24.00 or more per hour.

News Producer VPR seeks a creative, enterprising, and thoughtful journalist to produce our successful local news shows. We’re looking for someone excited about new ways to engage our audience on-air, digitally, and through live events.

We offer compensation of $55-65,000 per year, 5+ weeks of paid time off, paid FMLA, life insurance, 401K, health, dental & vision plans.

Edgewater Gallery seeks a gallery associate who will work closely with the gallery director. This is a part-time position with the possibility of full time employment depending on the applicant. The gallery associate will be responsible for the retail sales of fine art and will be involved in all aspects of the gallery including inventory, installation, and customer relations. Strong candidates will have a background in fine art, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and a willingness to learn all aspects of the business. Applicants must be available for weekend hours. Send resumes to: theresa@

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Traffic Specialist

You must love the medium of public radio and talk shows, but you don’t need direct broadcast experience. We’re looking for at least two years of journalism experience.

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Read the full job descriptions at or VPR/Vermont PBS is a proud equal opportunity employer.

Community Outreach Coordinator Seeking an AmeriCorps VISTA to boost diverse and inclusive engagement in communities across Vermont as they identify and implement critical projects for the future. This position will work with the VCRD team to identify and carry out outreach strategies to build inclusive community process; identify strategies and protocols to meaningfully engage lower income and BIPOC community members; engage new volunteers and leaders as community projects are identified; identify and outline community development, policy and engagement trends; and support VCRD’s ongoing Community Visit and Community Leadership Network programs. This full-time one-year position starts August 15, 2022. VISTA member will receive a living allowance of $15,000 for the year (pre-tax), and an education award of $6,345 (pre-tax) upon successful completion of service. Other benefits include health insurance, federal school loan deferment or forbearance, and various training and networking opportunities. The position is located at the VCRD office in Montpelier Vermont and remote, and will also include offsite activities and meetings in communities across the state. To learn more about the Americorps VISTA program and application process visit:

Summer Community Bankers Gain valuable work experience with our NSB Team!

Northfield Savings Bank, founded in 1867, is the largest banking institution headquartered in Vermont. We are committed to providing a welcoming work environment for all. We are looking for full-time support as TEMPORARY COMMUNITY BANKERS in our Chittenden County region.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES & REQUIREMENTS: The successful candidate will consistently provide outstanding customer service, have excellent communication skills, and maintain customer confidentiality. A high school diploma, general education degree (GED), or equivalent is required. Individuals must be 18+ and have reliable transportation. OPPORTUNITY FOR DEVELOPMENT: We offer a comprehensive Community Banker training program to assist with learning the fundamentals of this position. NSB encourages career development and often has many returning temporary employees.

WHAT NSB CAN OFFER YOU: Competitive compensation based on experience. Professional development. Weekends off! Positive work environment supported by a team culture. Please send an NSB Application + your resume in confidence to: or Northfield Savings Bank Human Resources, PO Box 7180, Barre, VT 05641 Equal Opportunity Employer

Administrative Assistant Vermont-NEA is seeking a highly qualified Administrative Assistant to provide support to our professional staff. This position includes the opportunity for telework in addition to inperson work in our Montpelier office. In addition to the specific qualifications below, this position requires exceptional interpersonal skills, careful attention to detail, excellent oral and written communication skills, managing multiple ongoing projects, and a commitment to confidentiality, all within the context of a highly professional and advocacyoriented membership organization. Specific qualifications: This is not an entry-level position. BA or higher degree; at least 3 years’ experience in an administrative assistant position; appreciation for the role of labor unions and for the work of public school educators; advanced proficiency in Microsoft Excel is required. To apply, send a cover letter and resume, including names and contact information for at least 3 references to:

TO APPLY, visit:

Jeff Fannon, Executive Director, Vermont-NEA 10 Wheelock Street, Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Applications accepted on a rolling basis until 7/20/22 or until position is filled so we encourage you to apply early!

Or via email to This position will remain open until filled.




MAY 18-25, 2022

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT MAJOR GIFTS & PLANNED GIVING MANAGER Join one of the Best Places to Work in Vermont. United Way of Northwest Vermont is hiring a Major Gifts & Planned Giving Manager on our Donor Relations team. This role is responsible for creating, managing, and implementing a year-round program to enhance relations among donors and volunteers. This includes the management of a portfolio of qualified donors, engaging them, and moving them along a commitment continuum. In this role, you will: • Develop and implement a recognition plan for leadership-level donors and a growth strategy to move donors to new giving levels • Cultivate and manage a portfolio of leadership-level donors • Perform recruitment, training and management support for the Donor Engagement Committee. United Way of Northwest Vermont employees enjoy a range of excellent benefits, including health, dental, and vision insurance, a generous paid vacation policy, 11 paid holidays, 403(b) contributions, a robust wellness program, and much more. Interested candidates may visit for the full job description. To apply, candidates should send via e-mail a resume and cover letter by 06/03/2022 to:

True North Wilderness Program in Waitsfield seeks a full time Administrative Assistant. The Administrative Assistant is central to the success of our program by providing outstanding customer service to colleagues and to external clients and business partners. This position requires strong written and verbal communication skills, problem solving, and a high level of organization and attention to detail. The successful candidate will be proficient using Microsoft Word and Excel, Google Drive and Gmail, and in data entry. Tasks include answering the phone, managing correspondence, scheduling appointments, drafting insurance writeups and participation in student enrollment and discharge. True North is a nationally recognized wilderness therapy program located in the beautiful Green Mountains of Central Vermont. As a small, independently owned program, True North provides personalized therapeutic interventions and transition support for 14-17 year old adolescents and 18-25 year old young adults with an emphasis on assessment and family participation. We are committed to enriching the experience of our students, families, and team by celebrating an inclusive work environment. We seek to recruit a broadly diverse staff who will contribute a variety of viewpoints and experiences to ongoing program development and superior support of our clients. We encourage applications from individuals from underrepresented groups including professionals of color and diverse gender identities. All True North employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and have received the booster dose of the vaccine if eligible. To apply visit:


CASE MANAGER Come work with a great team, in a job where each day is different, and you meet wonderful and interesting people (and their pets)! HomeShare Vermont is a 40-year-old non-profit, dedicated to promoting intergenerational homesharing to help homeowners age in place, while creating affordable housing arrangements for others. We have an opening for a Case Manager in our Montpelier office. The Case Manager will work with applicants looking for housing and those who want to share their homes. Community outreach about homesharing is also an important part of the job. Job includes travel throughout Washington, Orange, and Lamoille counties so a reliable vehicle is a must. Position is full-time with excellent benefits & flexible schedule. Send cover letter and resume via email ONLY to Joyce@ EOE.

Join one of the Best Places to Work in Vermont. United Way of Northwest Vermont is hiring a Campaign & Donor Relations Associate on our Donor Relations team. This role is responsible for managing campaign and donor information within the organization’s CRM. This role will also be responsible for managing assigned accounts of the Annual Community Campaign. In this role, you will: • Manage assigned accounts of the Annual Community Campaign • Provide ongoing reporting for campaign analysis • Support the daily operations of the database to include data mining, report generation, analysis and process improvement United Way of Northwest Vermont employees enjoy a range of excellent benefits, including health, dental, and vision insurance, a generous paid vacation policy, 11 paid holidays, 403(b) contributions, a robust wellness program, and much more. Interested candidates may visit for the full job description. To apply, candidates should send via e-mail a resume and cover letter by 06/03/2022 to:

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

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PROGRAM SPECIALIST Center for Health and Learning, a dedicated health-focused non-profit organization, is seeking a motivated Program Specialist to join our team. We are seeking someone with a passion for working with healthcare education and community providers, and across sectors, to plan and carry out programmatic initiatives related to mental health promotion, suicide, and substance use and misuse prevention.

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Front Office ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT The Colchester School District is seeking a full-time, full-year Front Office Administrative Assistant. The Administrative Assistant performs a variety of interpersonal, secretarial, and organizational responsibilities that contribute to the efficient management and coordination of assigned school-based tasks. The Colchester School District offers employees a generous benefits package, including a competitive wage and an excellent BCBS healthcare plan. In addition, the benefits include dental insurance, long-term disability, retirement plan, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement. Apply at Job ID # 3843726

We’ve got the job for you! The Schoolhouse Learning Center in South Burlington seeks an Assistant Preschool Teacher for our nature- and play-based preschool program. Candidates should enjoy spending a lot of time outdoors in all weather, hiking, exploring, and teaching children about the natural world, as well as supporting a social-justice focused preschool curriculum.


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EASEMENT & CONSERVATION PROGRAMS ASSISTANT The Vermont Association of Conservation Districts (VACD) seeks qualified applicants for a full-time EASEMENT AND CONSERVATION PROGRAMS ASSISTANT position. This position supports the work of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) by providing assistance to NRCS’ Easement and Programs staff that facilitate and oversee financial assistance programs offered by NRCS. The position will be located at the Colchester NRCS State Office. The Programs Assistant (PA) will be a skilled and experienced administrator who will work alongside NRCS State Office staff as they implement USDA Farm Bill conservation and easement programs and will be responsible for accurate documentation and tracking of applications, contracts, and financial records utilizing customized software as well as maintaining on-going communications with customers and partners. Excellent verbal, written, computer and customer service skills required. The ideal candidate will be well organized and able to work independently with accurate attention to detail. Bachelor's degree with an interest in conservation is preferred. Starting salary is $17.52 per hour and includes yearly salary advances, health benefits and a generous holiday, vacation and sick leave package. Visit for a detailed job description. Send resume, cover letter & contact information for three references by May 23rd to: Joanne Dion at or to VACD, PO Box 889, Montpelier, VT 05601. Equal Opportunity Employer.

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MAY 18-25, 2022

Centers for Wellbeing

WORKSITE WELLNESS & CLIENT RELATIONSHIPS MANAGER We are a clinical and wellness non-profit agency supporting workplaces and employees with counseling, wellness services, mental health and life resources, and more. We have an exciting opportunity for the right high-level professional to work with our client relations team as we deliver these innovative occupational wellness and engagement programs. Primary responsibilities of this role include: • Cultivate and grow our client engagement and partnerships with employers across Vermont and beyond • Develop/Implement employee wellness & educational programs; • Identify and help create engaging communications strategies and new resources for our members; • Assist our team in the day-to-day-operations of the program, including many deliverables and deadlines. You’ll find that our team is engaging and supportive; we work to create an environment where our employees feel a sense of belonging and are valued for their individual contributions and perspectives. Please submit cover letter and resume to Gen Habeck at by June 1, 2022. We are an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

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Seeking a position with a quality employer? Consider The University of Vermont, a stimulating and diverse workplace. We offer a comprehensive benefit package including tuition remission for on-going, full-time positions. Business Support Generalist - College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean’s Office - #S3552PO - Business Support Generalist to assist and support the faculty, staff and students of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences with financial transactions based on a comprehensive knowledge of University policies and procedures as well as the ability to operate various financial systems. Position location is on campus in Burlington, Vermont but can be flexible. Effective communication, analytical, and team-collaboration skills and a demonstrated commitment to customer service required and proficient in spreadsheet, database and word-processing applications. An Associate’s degree in a related field and one to three years of specialized experience is required or equivalent combination of education and experience. A basic understanding of PeopleSoft software is desired. We offer a comprehensive benefit package for this 37.5 hour per week position. Applicants must submit a cover letter and resume to be considered for the position. The University is especially interested in candidates, who can contribute to the diversity of the institution. Applicants are encouraged to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal. For further information on this position and others currently available, or to apply online, please visit 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. The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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CIRCULATION LIBRARIAN THE STOWE FREE LIBRARY is seeking a customer service and detail oriented individual to fill the position of Circulation Librarian, and to assist in fulfilling our mission: “To Welcome, To Inspire, To Enrich the Mind.” This position involves direct contact with the public, supervising volunteers, and maintaining the library’s patron database. The Stowe Free Library is a cherished community institution and has 6,400 registered borrowers and 25,000 volumes in its collection. It is located within the historic Helen Day Memorial Building in the center of Stowe, a premier four-season resort community with a year-round population of 5,225 and a large number of second homes. A Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required, and an MLS from an ALA accredited school or a Vermont Department of Libraries Certification is preferred. Working knowledge of and experience with computers, Integrated Library Systems (ILS), data base management, and current technologies are preferred. Good verbal and written communication, excellent customer service, organizational and supervisory skills, and the ability to work with a team are required. Candidates must be able to perform detailed work and to lift and shelve books. This position includes some evenings and Saturday hours, comes with excellent benefits and a starting salary of $17.92 – $19.76 per hour, contingent upon qualifications and experience. A job description and employment application can be obtained on the Town of Stowe website: Send employment application, letter of interest and resume to: Town of Stowe, Attn: Recruiter, PO Box 730, Stowe, VT 05672, or email Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. E.O.E.

Seven Days Issue: 5/18 Due: 5/16 by 11am PUBLIC3.83 ACCOUNTING - EXPERIENCED CPA Size: x 5.25 MJK is a public accounting firm 1 providing accounting, & tax services. Cost: $476.85 (with weekaudit, online)

Located in Montpelier, Vermont, our professionals work in a hybrid environment with flexible work schedules & a focus on strong client service. Responsibilities: • Supervise and/or perform high quality audits from planning to finish • Become familiar with firm resources, standards, & procedures • Coordinate with clients & team members to achieve accurate, efficient results • Develop clear audit findings & recommendations • Research complex audit, accounting or tax issues & apply solutions • Identify client opportunities for operational improvements • Develop & maintain professional skills Qualifications: • CPA or CPA candidate with more than 5 years of experience • Working knowledge of accounting principles, auditing standards, & reporting requirements • Experience with governmental and/or not-for-profit accounting & auditing • Knowledge of current taxation requirements • Ability to manage effectively, & work independently or as a team member • Capable of travelling to clients throughout Vermont • Strong documentation & communication skills Compensation: • Competitive salary & benefits • Career advancement opportunities Send resumes to:

LIMITED GRANT-FUNDED HYBRID POSITION Join a statewide Community Health Worker (CHW) workforce project to advance health equity for underserved Vermonters! Work as a member of the project team and resource for Community Health Workers and ally organizations in one assigned region. Forge professional networks and sustain community partnerships. Coordinate training opportunities for CHWs, their employers and organizations. Conduct outreach to CHWs as co-creators of a CHW Member Association. In-person and remote at 24-32 hours (TBD) per week with pro-rated benefits through May 31, 2023, with possible extension.

Send resumes to: CKNIGHT@SVTAHEC.ORG

LEGAL ASSISTANT Sheehey Furlong & Behm P.C. • Norwich, VT Sheehey Furlong & Behm is accepting applications for a legal assistant in its Norwich office. The successful candidate will be detail-oriented, possess strong written and verbal skills and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment. Proficiency in MS Office applications is required. 1-3 years of legal experience is preferred. Competitive pay and comprehensive benefits package. Forward cover letter and resume to, subject “Legal Assistant.”



93 MAY 18-25, 2022

Pearl Street Pizza in Barre is looking to expand our team as we get into our first Summer season! We are currently seeking skilled and experienced candidates for the following positions:

Companion $20 per hour.

Need Companion for our 28-year-old daughter. She is developmentally delayed. She takes full care of herself, just needs a little companionship and company. Must have driver’s license and car. No smoking.

PIZZA CHEF Day-to-day operation of the wood-fired oven in an open kitchen atmosphere, preparing authentic Neapolitan-style pizza. Understanding of basic cooking techniques required to prepare additional items that support the station.

Tuesday-Friday, 1 day or more. Please call or email with questions. Morton Bostock, 802-862-7602



DOUGH PRODUCTION MANAGER Experience in scaling ingredients, mixing, portioning and properly storing doughs in accordance with recipes. Familiarity with proper usage and cleaning of dough production equipment such as commercial mixers and scales as well as general kitchen appliances.


PUBLIC WORKS TECHNICIAN The Village of Poultney is looking for a Public Works Technician to hire as part of our team. The Candidate will be trained as a Water Resources Registered Apprentice. The primary responsibility of the candidate will be to participate in the Vermont Rural Water Associations Water and Wastewater Apprenticeship Program while learning the water and wastewater systems that serve the Town/Village of Poultney. For a complete description of the position please email poultneymanager@ or mail to: Village of Poutlney Attention Village Manager P.O. Box 121 Poultney, VT 05764 This is a full-time position which provides competitive wages, participation in a retirement plan, paid holidays and vacation. Individuals who possess a water (VT Class 3) or wastewater (Class 2 DM) are encouraged to apply. This position is open until filled. The Village of Poultney is an equal opportunity employer.

Seeking professional, approachable servers to join our team in a moderately paced dining room atmosphere. Willingness to learn our menu and weekly specials while properly articulating them to our guests. Being comfortable answering questions and communicating with customers and coworkers in both FOH+BOH.


Backlot & Maintenance Supervisor

Head Cook

Cooks Tent Crew Concessionaires

Cooks Health Professional


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The Town of Stowe is seeking a full-time custodian. This position is responsible for cleaning municipal buildings to ensure a safe, clean, and attractive workplace for municipal employees and the public. It also includes some light maintenance.

5/16/22 10:37 AM

Delaney Meeting & Event Management is hiring! We are the largest conference and event management firm in Northern New England. We annually plan and execute over 50 events around the country. We are a woman owned business that is celebrating 25 years of success in 2022.

Three years’ work experience, with custodial experience preferred. Requires a valid driver’s license, to be able to use cleaning supplies, operate small equipment, and the ability to lift up to 50lbs. Pay is in the $16.33 to $20.57 range, based on experience. This position includes a comprehensive benefit package which currently includes paid leave, sick time, health and dental insurance and a retirement program. Employment application and job descriptions can be found on our website Email employment application to or by mail to: Recruit, Town of Stowe, PO Box 730, Stowe VT 05672. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. E.O.E.

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If you have skills in project management, event coordination, and love working in a fast-paced environment, we have the opportunity for you. We are hiring for: MEETING PLANNER: For a seasoned professional with 3-5 years of project or event management experience, loves working with boards and committees, and has an interest in travel, this is the job for you. We are seeking a proven leader who can juggle competing priorities with various clients creating events from start to finish. ASSISTANT MEETING PLANNER: For a new professional with some experience managing events and committees, a keen attention to details, and an interest in learning the ropes, this is the job for you. We’ll train you in fundraising, marketing, content development and coordination and facility logistics. EVENT SUPPORT SPECIALIST: Your exceptional administrative skills will be an asset to our team of 7 planners and 4 specialists. You’ll provide support to our registration manager, assist with program coordination, and managing our office. Detailed job descriptions available at




MAY 18-25, 2022

RNs & LNAs Needed Are you a nurse or LNA in search of a position that brings joy and fulfillment personally and professionally? The Converse Home is an Assisted Living Community located in downtown Burlington and we may be the place you have been looking for. We are seeking strong team players to join our amazing caregiving staff. • Full-Time Night Charge of shift Nurse (LPN or LNA) 10:30pm to 7am, includes every other weekend. • Full-time Evening Nurse (RN or LPN) 2:30-11pm The Converse Home offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits including medical, dental, life insurance, retirement, and vacation time. Visit to fill out an application and learn more about our community! Please send your resume to

BOOKKEEPER Nonprofit organization seeking an experienced, organized, motivated Bookkeeper. Candidate will be highly attentive to details, thorough, personable and maintain utmost confidentiality. Strong organizational skills, well developed communication skills, solid people skills, knowledge of bookkeeping and generally accepted accounting principles and advanced Excel skills required; familiarity with Sage accounting software and Paydata/ Assure payroll platform preferred. Duties include: accounts receivable, accounts payable, cash management, monthly reconciliations, payroll and benefits administration. Position works closely with CFO and all staff.

Program Specialist Vermont Works for Women seeks a Program Specialist responsible for coordination and delivering employment support programs to incarcerated women and gender expansive individuals. To see the full job description and detail on how to apply, visit employment. If reasonable accommodation is needed to apply, please contact us at jobs@vtworksforwomen. org or 802-655-8900 x100.

Part-time position; hours will average 15 hours per week at our Montpelier office. Work schedule can be flexible based on individual preferences, workload, and organizational needs. Additional hours may be available for administrative support. Salary commensurate with experience. Send a cover letter, two references and resume to: Meghan Monahan - Clean Energy Group, Inc. 50 State Street, Suite 1, Montpelier, VT 05602

A Career Focusing on Better Health


The City of South Burlington is currently looking for candidates to fill the positions of:

Spend More Time With Patients

Children’s Library Assistant

Work Side-by-Side with a Dedicated Care Team

Custodial Support Specialist

Enjoy Work/Life Balance

Deputy Director of Capital Projects


Now Hiring! SOUTH BURLINGTON • Full-time Medical Assistant • Full-time Family Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant • PRN Registered Nurse or PRN Licensed Practical Nurse • PRN Family Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant

NORTH CL ARENDON • Full-time Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant

Join Our Team!

We are seeking a dynamic Administrative Assistant/ Receptionist to join our growing team at Capstone Community Action. The Administrative Assistant/Receptionist is responsible for supporting the Executive Staff, Administrative Team and all programs. Position provides full time reception services, assistance to front line staff, and information and referral to clients. Must have exceptional customer service skills, communication skills (written and oral), computer skills with minimum typing speed of 60 WPM, and proficiency in Microsoft Office 6.0. Ideal candidate will have a High School Diploma or Equivalent. Associate’s degree highly desirable. Minimum of 3 years working in a community based organization or nonprofit organization, knowledge of Human Services programs & resources, & knowledge of issues relating to poverty are a plus. We offer a competitive wage and benefits package. Interested applicants should submit letter of interest & resume to: Capstone Community Action, Inc. Human Resources, 20 Gable Place, Barre, VT 05641 Or e-mail to: We value the richness diversity brings to our workforce and are committed to being an equal opportunity employer and provider (EOE).

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Capstone Community Action, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Provider. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

Deputy Director of Water Resources Facilities Manager Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician Mechanic (3 positions) Network and Systems Administrator Police Officers (6 positions) Public Safety Dispatcher Public Service Center/ City Clerk Department For further information please go to our website at To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and references to Jaimie Held, Human Resource Manager, at jheld@



95 MAY 18-25, 2022

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Full-Stack Software Developer We are seeking a Full-Stack Software Developer to join our growing team. The position is full-time and primarily remote. Be part of a world-class team of engineers. Help us fulfill our community-building mission.


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We We are are looking looking for for a a sharp, sharp, experienced controller with a a experienced controller with strong strong financial financial and and accounting accounting background background to to join our team. join our team. Ideal Ideal candidate candidate must have both payroll and and must have both payroll benefits benefits experience experience and and understanding understanding of of employment employment compliance. compliance. 4+ experience. 4+ years' years experience.

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5/16/22 5:35 PM

VHCB is seeking a highly skilled accounting professional for the role of Controller. Join the financial team of an innovative funding organization with a mission that encompasses affordable housing and community development, land conservation and historic preservation. Manage the preparation of monthly financial statements, ensure accurate accounting and reporting of federal and state grants management, and support the management of VHCB’s loan portfolio, budget, and audit process. Applicants will have experience creating multi-fund financial statements and managing a complex general ledger as well as a working knowledge of governmental and/or fund accounting and GAAP. Experience and familiarity with federal grants management and federal administrative regulations is required, as is a degree in accounting and a minimum of eight years’ experience in accounting. Strong analytical skills, attention to detail, and a concern for accuracy are a must to work in this fast paced, interesting, and supportive environment.

Clean Water Programs Manager Are you knowledgeable and passionate about clean water, agriculture and land conservation? Do you have strong technical, organizational, and communication skills? Join our team, managing VHCB’s role as Clean Water Service Provider in the Memphremagog Basin, overseeing non-regulatory water quality projects. Working with state and local partners, help achieve Vermont's clean water goals using various strategies including conservation easements, land acquisition, wetlands restoration, and best management practices. Qualifications: Prior experience and training in natural resources, agriculture, environmental studies, land conservation, physical science, or engineering. Data management and financial analysis skills are required; experience in grant and budget management and with federal or state grant programs is preferred. Keen attention to detail and excellent written and oral communication skills are important, as is experience with capacity building and working with boards, non-profit organizations, municipalities, and state and federal agencies. Full-time positions with competitive salary and excellent comprehensive benefit package. Equal Opportunity Employer. Reply with cover letter and résumé to: Positions will remain open until filled. Read the job descriptions at:

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DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES AND ADMINISTRATION Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA), located in Burlington VT, is recruiting for a new Director of HR & Administration. Formed in 1974, VHFA’s mission is to finance and promote affordable, safe, and decent housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income Vermonters. As one of Vermont’s leading non-profits in the affordable housing sector, the Agency needs a bright, innovative individual to work closely as a part of the Agency’s Executive Management team to attract, motivate and retain a dedicated team of 42 professionals. As an independent manager solely responsible for all of the Agency’s human resource functions, this position is charged with understanding the pulse of the workforce and bringing programs, policies, issues and opportunities forward so that VHFA can remain one of the best places to work in Vermont. The Director of HR & Administration will work closely with managers to continually improve management skills and coach individual staff as needed. They will administer all aspects of the Agency’s benefits, compensation, recruitment, training and performance evaluation, and onboarding and departing staff needs. Additionally, this position oversees the Office Manager and all associated administrative functions, including acting as a back-up for that role if needed. A minimum of five years of direct Human Resources management or administration experience, including extensive experience in the areas of benefit administration, employment law, payroll administration, and employee coaching is required. Two years’ supervisory experience is required. Demonstrated experience in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion including professional development, a high level of cultural awareness, attentiveness, and interpersonal skills is highly desired. High-level proficiency in Microsoft Office products is required. Experience with SharePoint is desired. Consistently named one of the “Best Places to Work in Vermont,” the Agency offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. The salary range for this position is $90,000-$105,000. For a detailed job description and benefits overview, please see the Careers section of To apply, send cover letter (required; otherwise your application will not be considered), resume, and references to the Human Resources Department at Please consider including in your cover letter a description of how your unique background and experiences would contribute to the diversity and cultural vitality of VHFA. Position will be open until filled. VHFA is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workplace. We highly encourage people from historically underrepresented groups to apply including persons with disabilities, LGBTQ+ and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.

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MAY 18-25, 2022

FOOD JOBS WITH A WORK-LIFE BALANCE Sound too good to be true? Not at Red Hen!


Vermont Commodity Manager

We’re hiring for a pastry baker to assist in production of everything from cookies and scones, to pies and croissants. Professional baking or cooking experience is required. You must enjoy working independently and with a team. Schedule includes early mornings and weekends.

Salvation Farms in Morrisville is looking for a detail oriented and organized team leader to fill the Vermont Commodity Manager position. This staffer is responsible for developing and managing the non-profit’s line of minimally processed products and expanding its surplus food handling and brokering operations. For more information visit,

Please e-mail a letter of interest and resume to

For over 20 years, we have been providing great career opportunities in the food industry. Get in touch with us if your passion is great food, and your needs include:

• Consistent schedule: 40 hr/weeks • A livable wage & Health care


• Paid time off • Retirement plan with company match

Do you have a passion for early education and positive youth development, a love for adult learning, and experience in organizational development? Sara Holbrook Community Center seeks to fill this new position that will be responsible for the design and implementation of an organization-wide training and development program, as well as playing pivotal roles in newhire onboarding and employee evaluation. The ideal candidate has a skill set that includes a strong strengths-based approach, the ability to effectively mentor and coach staff, volunteers, and interns, strong early education and positive youth development knowledge base, and a proven ability to support adult learners. This position is full-time, with a starting salary of $52,000, and includes occasional evening hours.

VEIC Is Hiring! VEIC is a non-profit organization on a mission to generate the energy solutions the world needs. For over 30 years, VEIC has worked with governments, utilities, foundations, and businesses across North America to develop and deploy clean energy services that provide immediate and lasting change.


We’re fortunate to be mindfully growing and looking for talented colleagues to join our mission!

Do you love working with our littlest community members? Are you an amazing collaborator who thrives on working with a team to help kids grow and foster their love of learning? Sara Holbrook Community Center is actively seeking a qualified Early Education Director who will oversee the daily operations and administration of our toddler and pre-K programs in collaboration with Champlain Valley Head Start. The ideal candidate will be experienced in the field of Early Childhood Development with a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in early childhood or early childhood special education and meet or be willing to meet the VT Childcare Licensing Center-Based Childcare Licensing staff requirements. To be successful as the SHCC Early Education Director, you should come with a wealth of current knowledge of early education and possess excellent interpersonal, collaboration, and communication skills as well embody the belief that a strong early education start sets the stage for years to come. This position is full-time, with a starting salary of $50,000, and includes occasional evening hours.

Energy Efficiency Metering Specialist This role proactively manages the obligations of VEIC Energy Efficiency Utilities (EEU) for the metering and verification of program energy savings, load shifting, and demand reduction of commercial and industrial customers. This position is a hybrid (remote/in-person) role requiring both travel within the State of Vermont and the ability to physically report to our Winooski, Vermont office.

IT Specialist This role drives efficiency and collaboration within the Helpdesk team, supporting the entire national organization. The Helpdesk team responds to and resolves technology issues as reported by VEIC’s staff. This role identifies opportunities to better support staff’s changing technology needs and improves existing processes. When directed, participates in the planning and implementation of Infrastructure projects. This position is a hybrid (remote/in-person) role and must be able to go into the Winooski, Vermont office. Additional open positions include: • Program Managers • Engineering Consultants

Full benefits package included with health, dental, vision, short and long-term disability, paid family leave, paid time off and 401K w/contribution included. Visit employment-opportunities for more information and to apply.

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• Customer Engagement Manager • Recruiter/Talent Acquisition Partner

For more information and to apply, please visit our careers page at

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Sheehey Furlong & Behm P.C. • Burlington, VT Sheehey Furlong & Behm, an established, growing law firm located near the Burlington waterfront, is accepting applications for a legal assistant. The successful candidate will be detail-oriented, possess strong written and verbal skills and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment. Proficiency in MS Office applications is required. 1-3 years of legal experience is preferred. Competitive pay and comprehensive benefits package. Forward cover letter and resume to, subject: Legal Assistant.

GALLERY ASSISTANT Merrill’s Auctions is one of the northern New England’s premier antiques and fine arts sellers with a history dating back to 1931. We are hiring a motivated Gallery Assistant to help our staff with house calls, cataloging and organizing our busy auction gallery in Williston. Our ideal candidate will have a keen interest in history, art or design. Our shop is a fast paced environment and you should be able to comfortably lift and move at least 50 pounds in a variety of settings. We will train the right applicant, and this is a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the antiques and fine arts world. Interested parties should send a letter of intent with a resume/CV to

97 MAY 18-25, 2022

OFFICE SUPPORT PROGRAM GENERALIST Responsible for supporting the UVM CORA Clinical Rapid Response Team and Clinical & Translational Core administrative needs, as well as providing additional administrative support for the Center on crosscutting relevant projects. Assist team members by coordinating and scheduling peer recovery coaching and mentoring as it relates to acceptance of care with regard to COVID-19 treatment. Provide scheduling and logistical support for a variety of settings including groups, individual clinics, hospitals, and homes, and help with follow up. Support other newly requested projects from HRSA focused on COVID-19 vaccine uptake and other related topics by assisting faculty and staff as they disseminate content, trainings, education, support, and other evidence-based resources. Associate’s degree in a related field and one to three years’ related experience supporting lab or center operations and outcomes. Familiarity with project management, Microsoft Office suite (e.g., Word, Excel, and Power Point), and preparation of data and presentations. APPLY ONLINE:

OUTREACH COORDINATOR UVM CORA supports rural treatment providers and staff in their efforts to treat patients with substance use disorder (SUD) by providing consultation, resources, education, and technical assistance in evidencebased best practices for SUD treatment. Primary responsibilities include building and maintaining partnerships and communication with clinicians and partners in local rural communities as well as with national partners. Duties

include developing and overseeing externally focused community services, resources, and educational projects. Additional responsibilities include providing leadership in utilizing practitioner expertise and coordinating clinician efforts to support UVM CORA programs, topicbased presentations, and curriculum components. Lead efforts to organize and oversee needs assessments and evaluations of UVM CORA clinical educational offerings. Bachelor’s degree in specific or related science and two to four years’ related experience required, preferably in a related field such as behavioral or biological sciences, psychology, social work, or medical areas. Experience with productivity software applications required. APPLY ONLINE:

RESEARCHER ANALYST Design and lead data collection efforts, conduct complex statistical analyses, and interpret resulting data for ongoing brief needs assessment, a research project evaluating contingency management psychostimulant use and a multipartner regional clearinghouse to identify predictors of rural substance use disorder treatment response. Responsible for creating clear and useful data-based reports and recommendations for UVM CORA faculty and staff, partners, and stakeholders. Provide technical assistance on data collection, data sources, and statistics. Collaborate with the UVM CORA Clinical Core to plan and oversee research activities, validate methods, and evaluate progress and results directly related to UVM CORA’s recent supplemental funding including HRSA-requested deliverables related to COVID-19 vaccine confidence and uptake. Master’s degree in specific or related science and three to five years’ related

experience required, preferably in a related field such as statistics, behavioral or biological sciences, psychology, social work, or medical areas. Experience with statistical analysis software (STATA, SAS, etc) required. Experience with the Microsoft Office suite (e.g., Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) required. APPLY ONLINE:

ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR The Administrative Coordinator will provide high-level administrative and operational support and leadership to the HRSA-funded UVM CORA, specifically the Clinical & Translational Core and the UVM CORA Clinician Advisory Board that is crucial to the Center’s success. Responsible for organizing, supporting and engaging in strategic planning for core operations, working with Center faculty and staff to complete HRSArequested deliverables focused on identifying OAT providers/clinics who treat pregnant people, coordinating and organizing activities related to the Center’s other clinically-oriented programs, and developing and maintaining processes for tracking complex Clinical and Translational Core activities. Bachelor’s degree in a related field and two to four years’ of administrative experience supporting lab or center operations and outcomes. Proficiency with project management software and Microsoft Office suite (e.g., Word, Excel, and PowerPoint). APPLY ONLINE:




MAY 18-25, 2022


GROUNDS CREW & TREE CLIMBERS Our busy season has arrived, and we are seeking grounds crew and tree climbers. Experience a plus but not necessary. Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to show up consistently and work hard. Our family-owned business has been operating in the Upper Valley of Vermont for over 40 years, with our main shop based in Barnard. We offer opportunities for employees to learn a new trade and grow within the industry. We will help dedicated employees earn credentials to become ISA Certified tree care professionals. Come learn a new trade and work outside with us! Competitive pay and excellent career opportunities. Give us a call (802)234-5441 or email your resume:

Join the Ten Thousand Villages Burlington team in the role of Assistant Store Manager! We are seeking candidates interested in working 30-40 hours per week. This job plays a vital role in effectively carrying out the day-to-day operations of the store, engaging customers with the highest level of customer service, and promoting and maintaining a positive work environment for all staff and volunteers while achieving or exceeding sales goals. Those with relevant experience and a desire to positively impact and grow the Ten Thousand Villages mission are encouraged to apply today! Send resumes to: manager.burlington@

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Outdoor laborer for firewood, Maple Syrup & Handyman If you like to work outdoors and enjoy physical labor and want to learn this might be the job for you. Working outdoors with firewood processor & Sugar House canning, packing & shipping, plus many other odd tasks. You will have flexible hours Monday-Friday. Machinery knowledge helpful, must like to work outdoors, be self-motivated & organized. We provide a good working environment and value our employees.

Household Help Personal Assistant We need help with Multiple Jobs • Housework • Small Flower Garden • Drive vehicle for Appointments • Shopping • Some interior painting • Organize Storage Room & Closets • 20-30 flexible hours This list is to acquaint you with what we may be getting into. Send application to or call Craig or Cindy at: 802-899-3088


Project Manager Teri Maher Interiors is seeking an organized, self-motivated Project Manager. Candidate must be eager to learn, pleasant, comfortable in a fast-paced environment and have the ability to prioritize tasks. Project Manager is not a creative design position but will contribute to the success of the firm by assisting with all aspects of client relations and project implementation. This is a part-time position, 24-30 hr/week, with potential to become full time. $25-35/ hour based on experience.

in Burlington, VT is seeking candidates to continue BHA’s success in promoting innovative solutions that address housing instability challenges facing our diverse population of extremely low-income families and individuals. Join us & make a difference in our community! CONTROLLER manages the accounting operations of the Authority. The responsibilities for this position include preparing timely and accurate accounting records and financial reports; managing operating budgets; and maintaining a comprehensive and effective system of internal controls, all of which are designed to ensure the accuracy of BHA’s reported results, mitigate risk, and ensure that resulting financial statements comply with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requirements. The Controller also hires, trains, manages and retains skilled accounting staff. LEASING COORDINATOR is responsible for the waitlist selection, screening for program eligibility, gathering information for Property Managers to screen for tenant suitability, processing lease ups, processing tenant move out files, monitoring vacancies and providing back up assistance to the Property Managers. MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN performs general maintenance work in BHA owned and managed properties, including building exteriors, common areas, apartments, building systems, fixtures, and grounds. Our Maintenance Techs are required to participate in the on-call rotation, which covers night and weekend emergencies. PROPERTY MANAGER serves as a critical member of our property management team. This position will provide oversight of day-to-day operations to ensure long-term viability of the properties assigned within BHA’s property portfolio. This position requires independent judgment, timely management of deadlines as well as discretion in carrying out responsibilities. SITE BASED SERVICE COORDINATOR supports those who have mental health and substance abuse challenges and/or who have moved from homelessness to Decker Towers, South Square, and 3:03 PM Champlain Apartments. This position works closely with the Property Manager and other site-based staff to identify challenging behaviors and respond with appropriate direct service and coordination of community services with a goal of eviction prevention and facilitating a healthy tenancy. *To learn more about BHA & these career opportunities, please visit: 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! BHA offers a competitive salary, commensurate with qualifications and experience. We offer a premium benefit package at a low cost to employees. Benefits include 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 and critical illness insurance and access to reduced cost continuing education. We also offer a generous time off policy including paid time off, sick, and 13 paid holidays. If interested in these career opportunities, please submit your resume and cover letter to: Burlington Housing Authority is an E.O.E.

Teri Maher Interiors has an emphasis on environmentally conscientious methodology and natural materials. We are also an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and a strong sense of belonging in the workplace.


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MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN Keens Crossing – Winooski, VT 05404 Hours: 40 Hours Full Time HallKeen Management is seeking a motivated and experienced Maintenance Technician to enhance current skills, acquire new knowledge and grow with our company. Responsibilities are quite diverse including but not limited to Apartment turnovers, grounds keeping, various janitorial duties, painting, appliance, electrical, heating, plumbing and safety equipment repair and replacement, and providing assistance at other company properties when needed.



Team Leader and Mover Temporary Positions Hours: Full Time 30 hours per week

Hiring full-time, self motivated, skilled carpenter who works well with others.

HallKeen Management is seeking a Team Leader and Mover who are energetic, responsible, motivated and reliable for residential property located in Winooski, VT. Will be required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl and must regularly lift and move up to 10lbs, frequently lift up to 25lbs & occasionally lift up to 50lbs.

The qualified candidate must have reliable transportation and have the ability to assist in carrying appliances and climb ladders as needed. Please e-mail resumes to

Apply at:

Why not have a job you love? Join our dedicated team and together we’ll build a community where everyone participates and belongs. Positions include a $500 sign on bonus, a strong benefits package and the opportunity to work at one of the “Best Places to Work in Vermont.”

Direct Support Professional: Provide 1:1 supports to help individuals reach their goals. Full and part time positions available starting at $18/hr.

Shared Living Provider: Open your home to someone with an intellectual disability or autism and open a whole world to them, and to you. There are a variety of opportunities available that could be the perfect match for you and your household.

Residential Direct Support Professional: Work just two days, receive full benefits and have five days off each week! Provide supports to an individual in their home and in the community in 24-hr shifts including asleep overnights in a private, furnished bedroom. Starting wage is $18/hr.

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“I am so beautiful, sometimes people weep when they see me,” declares comedian Margaret Cho. I would love for you to summon her level of selfesteem and bravado in the coming weeks. According to my interpretation of the astrological omens, you now have the right and duty to boost your self-worth. All of creation is conspiring with you to develop more faith in yourself. And if you do the work to deepen your confidence and self-esteem, there will be an added bonus: a health breakthrough. As spiritual author Caroline Myss says, “Belief in oneself is required for healing.” My prediction: You will rouse an enhanced power to get the soul medicine you need.

ARIES (Mar. 21-Apr. 19): “The only way to the truth is through blasphemy,” declared Aries author Flannery O’Connor. I appreciate the cheeky sentiment, but I don’t believe that all truth requires blasphemy. In many cases, rebellion, irreverence and skepticism may be enough to pry loose hidden and buried information. Outright blasphemy isn’t necessary. What does this have to do with you? Well, I’m hoping you will be feisty and audacious in your quest for interesting truths. As you dig, I invite you to be less than perfectly polite. Don’t be rude or unkind, of course. Just be charmingly bold.

the blogger Artemisiasea, “The grandeur of life is the attempt, not the solution. It’s about behaving as beautifully as one can under completely impossible circumstances; making room for what breathes in the presence of the attempt — in the coming-to-be.” I invite you to embrace that wisdom in the coming weeks, Gemini. You won’t be dealing with impossible circumstances, but you may have to navigate your way through fascinating brainteasers and heart riddles. Whatever your destination might turn out to be, enjoy the ride with all the verve you can summon. At least for now, put aside your longing for particular results and instead simply live your life as if it were a magnificent work of art.

CANCER (Jun. 21-Jul. 22): It will be in your interest to change more than usual in the coming weeks. I suppose you could wait around passively and scramble to adjust as life flings challenges your way. But the better approach would be to make conscious decisions about how you want to transform. Identify the situations that would most benefit from modification and then initiate the transitions. Rather than depend on fate to provide you with random wake-up calls, choose constructive wake-up calls that are fun and invigorating. LEO (Jul. 23-Aug. 22): “If everyone likes you, it probably means you aren’t saying much,” declared politician Donna Brazile. I suspect you will disprove her theory in the coming weeks. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you will have a lot to say; your communications will be even more interesting than usual. And yet, I also expect you will receive extra respect and appreciation from others. While you may articulate ideas that are challenging to some, you will do so with enough charisma to disarm agitated reactions. A winning combination: expressiveness and approval. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sep. 22): Have you heard of Virgo adventurer Reinhold Messner? The man is a marvel — and not just because he’s a passionate environmental activist. He was the first mountaineer to reach the top of Mount Everest alone, as well as the first to ascend

Everest without supplemental oxygen. No one before him had ever climbed all 14 of the world’s peaks higher than 26,000 feet. He has transited Greenland and Antarctica without the aid of dog sleds or snowmobiles. He also completed a solo trip across the Gobi Desert. I propose we make Messner your inspirational role model for the next four weeks. You may not achieve history-making triumphs like him, but you could surpass what you assumed were your limits. I trust that you will break at least one of your personal records.

really was spurred to formulate the theory of gravity when an apple fell from the tree he was sitting beneath. This much is certain: Newton lived in the home near the famous apple tree. And that tree is alive today, 380 years after his birth. Ripe apples still fall from it. Is there an equivalent landmark or keystone from your own past, Capricorn — where an important insight arose or pivotal event happened? The coming weeks would be a good time to revisit that power spot, at least in your imagination, in quest of fresh inspiration.

LIBRA (Sep. 23-Oct. 22): “The world is a very puzzling place. If you’re not willing to be puzzled, you just become a replica of someone else’s mind.” Author Noam Chomsky said that. It’s useful counsel for you right now. I’ll go even further. I will advise you to relish the healthy pleasures of being both mysterious and mystified. Seek out fertile enigmas and be a fertile enigma yourself. Explore the rejuvenating wisdom of being indefinable and uncategorizable. Exult in the quizzical joys of Eternal Paradox.

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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Have you ever contemplated the beauty of the people and animals you care for and thought, “I would love to give them the strongest blessings I have to give, the smartest love I can express and the best listening I’m able to provide.” If so, Scorpio, the coming days will be an excellent time to do that. You will have an extra capacity to offer exceptional gifts that are useful and inspirational. You will be at the peak of your ability to home in on what your beloveds need. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Sagit-

tarian author Madeleine L’Engle told us, “The discoveries don’t come when you’re looking for them. They come when for some reason you’ve let go conscious control.” That approach isn’t absolutely true, but it may be useful for you to deploy in the coming weeks. I invite you to relinquish at least a modicum of your conscious control. And if zesty discoveries start flowing in, consider relinquishing even a bit more conscious control.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Is it a legend or a true story? Scholars disagree about whether Capricorn scientist Isaac Newton

poet Jack Gilbert devoted himself to soulful beauty. I swooned when I first read his line, “We must unlearn the constellations to see the stars.” I cried for joy when he said, “We must have the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthless furnace of this world.” On the other hand, I suspect Jack may have been overly consumed with his pursuit of lyrical moments. His girlfriend Linda Gregg said, “All Jack ever wanted to know was that he was awake — that the trees in bloom were almond trees — and to walk down the road to get breakfast. He never cared if he was poor or had to sleep on a park bench.” I bring this up, dear Aquarius, hoping you will avoid Gilbert’s lack of attention to practical matters. In the coming weeks, I invite you to be your extravagant, idiosyncratic, interesting self to the max. But also be sure to eat healthy food, engage in pleasurable exercise and get plenty of rejuvenating sleep — preferably in a comfortable bed rather than on a park bench.

PISCES (Feb. 19-Mar. 20): The Uberfacts Twitter account informs me that if you were to consume the amount of food equivalent to what a hummingbird eats, you would eat 300 hamburgers or 7,800 cabbages per day. To match the amount of exercise a hummingbird gets while burning all those calories, you’d have to do approximately 37 bazillion jumping jacks. You will never do this, of course. But in the coming weeks, you may be more metaphorically hungry than usual. I predict you will be voracious for new information and novel experiences and fresh ideas. Not 300 hamburgers or 7,800 cabbages’ worth — but still, a lot. My advice: Have fun being insatiably curious and greedy for stimulation.


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SMITTEN ON MOUNT HUNGER I was hiking down, and you were hiking up the Waterbury Trail. You stepped aside so I could pass, but I said, “No, you go first. I don’t want to break your cadence.” I was thrown off balance the whole way down by your sparkling eyes and cheerful disposition. Accord, Arteon, and GTI in parking lot. Hike or coffee sometime? When: Tuesday, May 10, 2022. Where: Mount Hunger Waterbury Trail (5:30 p.m.). You: Woman. Me: Man. #915550 NTH POWER SHOW AT FOAM You were dancing up front and commented to me that the last song, Earth, Wind & Fire’s “That’s the Way of the World,” was relatable given that you are of a certain age. I agreed with your sentiment. Wanna hit another show sometime this summer? When: Saturday, April 30, 2022. Where: Foam Brewers. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915549 GODDESS BEGONE! I spy a woman who needs to find her own man and stay away from my husband. It’s all fun and games until you can’t play by the rules. I’ve said it not once, not twice, but thrice — the game is over! Your actions most definitely do not represent those of a goddess, and you are giving women a bad name. When: Monday, April 25, 2022. Where: in my husband’s text messages. You: Woman. Me: Couple. #915548 WONDERFUL SMILE, M&M BEVERAGE, BARRE! 6:30ish. Just returned to my car with a coffee and looked up to see your sweet face smiling at me on the way to your vehicle. Our eyes kept catching each other, exchanging grins. Wish I had said hi or how your smile lights you up, like it did for me! Hopefully you read these things. When: Friday, April 22, 2022. Where: M&M Beverage, Barre. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915546


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Dear Reverend,

I was in line at a department store dressing room, behind a person who realized they were accidentally in the ladies’ line. The store employee looked surprised and said, “You want to use the men’s dressing room?!” The person said yes and headed over there. Then the employee said, kind of to no one, but I was there to witness it, “But you’re a woman!” I was pretty horrified on behalf of this other customer and stunned speechless. I wanted to say something to this clueless employee, but I froze! What would you do in this scenario?

Shocked Shopper (FEMALE, 34)

WATERBURY MAPLEFIELDS RECYCLING CYCLIST You were enjoying coffee after recycling, and I wasn’t an idler, just a VPR listener. We chatted about cycling. When: Saturday, April 23, 2022. Where: Waterbury Maplefields. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915547 UNFINISHED SONGS, BROKEN HEARTS It was a warm day in January when we met. On the same day this year, it was frigid the whole day. You gave up on me in my time of need. Are you still content with your decision? On warm days like this, I can’t help but think of you. Are you happy? Is your life better without me? When: Saturday, January 11, 2020. Where: Muddy Waters. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915545 MET OUTSIDE OF KNEAD BAKERY We met outside. You were waiting for your mom; I was waiting for food. My dog was super thankful for the pets. I’d love to talk again, if you’d like. When: Wednesday, April 6, 2022. Where: Knead Bakery. You: Woman. Me: Trans woman. #915544 BUBBLE FAIRY! I am looking for Emily the Bubble Fairy from Bolton Valley. You were blowing bubbles of happy from the chairlift. We took a picture on the tower at sunset, and I thought I’d see you again. I didn’t. There’s no way this is gonna work, but how serendipitous the whole thing would be if it did... When: Saturday, April 2, 2022. Where: Bolton Valley. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915543 I REMEMBER IT ALL I forget about you long enough to forget why I needed to / ’Cause there we are again in the middle of the night, / dancing ’round the kitchen in the refrigerator light / Up the stairs, I was there ... / Maybe we got lost in translation, / maybe I asked for too much, / maybe this thing was a masterpiece ’til you tore it all up. When: Friday, April 1, 2022. Where: in dreams. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915542 NORTH WILLARD SIREN I did not see you, and you cannot have seen me, but I heard you singing on a porch around 8 p.m. Your creamy, unaffected alto lingers in my mind, and I can’t remember my own name. Oh, Jeremiah, indeed. When: Thursday, March 31, 2022. Where: North Willard, near Archibald. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915541

Dear Shocked Shopper,

STOWE DUNKIN’ SPICY SKIER CHICK It was morning. “After you,” you said. “No, after you,” I insisted. Your outfit: green snow pants, dark red floral coat, hat and sunglasses. Me: black diamond-quilted coat with black Carhartt bibs and a hat. You ordered a beverage; I did, too. As you turned to leave, we exchanged smiles. I wish I said hi. When: Wednesday, March 30, 2022. Where: Stowe Dunkin’. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915540

GOODWILL LADY SAID HELLO Nice lady said hello. Brightened my day. Would like to get together for coffee or something. Would love to say hello again. When: Friday, March 18, 2022. Where: Goodwill, Williston. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915534 BRYCE AT FEDEX Bryce, you saved the day for me by finding my package, and when you came walking out, I kind of lost my breath. You are such a sweetheart and the most beautiful! Hoping I find a reason to see your gorgeous smile again one day. When: Friday, March 18, 2022. Where: FedEx. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915532

WYLTK Just got your flirt today and noticed that your profile is hidden. Am I too late? Should I still message you? Please let me know. When: Monday, March 28, 2022. Where: Seven Days. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915539

DEEP SUDS IN WATERBURY I climbed on top of the washer to help free your sleeping bag, which had been taken over by suds; the washer door refused to open. You had just driven to town to work at Stowe for the rest of the season. Catch me here! When: Wednesday, March 9, 2022. Where: Waterbury Laundromat. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915531

HOT PINK BABE AT BABE’S I wore a hot pink dress, and you were the man with tattoos I asked to dance. We had an awkward goodbye as I was leaving; I wanted to give you my number — maybe you wanted to do the same? Care to connect more over a walk and spy some central Vermont spring ephemerals? When: Saturday, March 19, 2022. Where: Queer Dance Party at Babe’s Bar. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915538 TRADER JOE’S SALAD THIEF If the title means anything to you, then you know who you are! Want to talk? When: Sunday, March 20, 2022. Where: Trader Joe’s. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915537 KRU COFFEE READER It was the first day of spring, and you were wearing an orange beanie. You sat two spots away from me, facing the window to read, and had a cute smile and a tasty-looking doughnut. I wanted to say hi but got nervous. Maybe we can grab coffee and chat next time? When: Sunday, March 20, 2022. Where: Kru Coffee. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915535 CRUNCH HOODIE FLYING THROUGH CHICAGO After flying from Burlington to Chicago, you grabbed my roller suitcase with the Library Thing sticker instead of yours. Your red pleather pants and CRUNCH hoodie miss you. My heart is breaking without my L.L.Bean slippers. Holding my breath until I hear from you. (And holding my hands out in front of me, because my glasses were in that bag.) When: Thursday, March 3, 2022. Where: BTVORD. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #915533

I hope I would at least give the salesperson my sharpest eye daggers, but I’d be most concerned about the other customer. If I could tell they were upset by the encounter, I would try to casually offer some support. I imagine I’d say something along the lines of “That person was a real turd. Don’t let ’em get you down.” But it’s impossible to be sure without being in the moment. Since you feel strongly enough to ask me about this, I think you should call the store and talk to the manager. If it’s a big chain, you could also send an email or letter to the corporate headquarters. Make sure

OCEAN EYES You used to send me songs and would say they are just good songs with no meaning. I find that hard to believe. It’s been a while, and fashion week is over. Are you calm and relaxed now? When: Thursday, February 10, 2022. Where: salon. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915530 CORY AT ESSEX PRICE CHOPPER Morning, around 9 a.m. You: in a white jacket. Very cheerful for early morning. We chatted about masks and the people of Ukraine. Guessing I will never see you again unless you see this. Maybe I do need that haircut after all. When: Wednesday, March 9, 2022. Where: Essex Price Chopper. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915529 NEW WORLD TORTILLA MYSTERY GUY Lunch time. Me: purple knit hat with two other cute ladies. You: curly hair, beard, chatted with us but forgot to get a phone number. One of us is married, but the other two are single. Reach out if you want to find out who’s who over drinks. When: Friday, March 4, 2022. Where: New World Tortilla. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915528

to note the date and time of the incident and give a description of the salesperson. It couldn’t hurt to suggest that they do some sensitivity training with their employees. In a perfect world, we would always be ready to stand up to whatever nasty “ism” raises its ugly head, but nothing about this place is perfect. Unfortunately, this most likely won’t be the last time you’re confronted by behavior like this. Spend some time envisioning how you could react in similar situations, and you’ll be more prepared to speak up. Good luck and God bless,

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