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Some Vermont students are restrained or secluded in school, with detrimental effects. Should the practices be eliminated?

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When Burlington High School’s Institute Road campus opened its doors to students in 1964, community members hailed it as a beacon of modernity.

One student described the edifice to the Burlington Free Press as a “palace of a building, with its shiny new floors and mazes of corridors.”

Just shy of 60 years later, its reign is over. On Monday, New Hampshire-based EnviroVantage began demolition of the first of Burlington High School’s five buildings, which are being razed because of PCB contamination.

Last year, Queen City voters approved a $165 million bond to fund a new school, which is slated to be finished by the end of 2025. Students have been attending classes in the former downtown Macy’s since March 2021.

Photos and videos shared by the Burlington School District on Monday documented the early stages of the demolition. A gaping hole through the brick façade of

Building A — the former site of the school’s main office, cafeteria, gymnasium and auditorium — exposed a tangle of wires and piles of rubble. A claw excavator jerkily dismantled the school’s covered entryway. A blue cannon shot water droplets into the air to suppress dust and prevent any toxins from spreading.

Construction of the new building will begin in July, though some demolition will run into October.

Burlington taxpayers may not be on the hook for the full cost of the project. U.S. Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) is trying to secure a $1.2 million federal grant for stormwater work. Earlier this month, state lawmakers approved a $16 million appropriation to help Burlington pay for remediation of PCBs.

Next year, the school district plans to lobby the legislature for funding for Burlington High School’s regional tech center, district spokesperson Russ Elek said.

Read Alison Novak’s full story at


Bethel’s sidewalks have seen better days. Over time, cracks and fractures have made the sidewalks difficult to navigate with a stroller, wheelchair or walker. And fixing them is expensive — too expensive, in fact, for the town to take on. But a new project spearheaded by a local artist aims to fix up the streets while also adding colorful flair.

Dayna Sabatino, owner of Day Breaks Glass Studio in downtown Bethel, is working with community members to create small mosaics to fill gaps in the sidewalk. Sabatino came up with the idea after seeing another artist pursue a similar


The University of Vermont named its honors college for former U.S. senator Patrick Leahy. What isn’t named for him at this point?


A divided Green Mountain Unified School District board in Chester decided to keep its high school’s mascot, the Chieftains. Some board members resigned in protest.


After decades of delays, a judge’s ruling will allow the City of Burlington to continue building the Champlain Parkway. A long and winding road…


A homeless man was charged with menacing people with an ax at a campsite in Mendon. Yikes.


That’s the listing price of a lakefront home on 20 acres in Shelburne, the Wall Street Journal reports.



1. “Former Penny Cluse Café Co-Owner Revamps Menu at Halvorson’s Upstreet Café” by Melissa Pasanen. Charles Reeves is behind the new menu at Halvorson’s.

2. “Seven Daysies Finalists 2023.” This year, 8,230 readers submitted 88,028 nominations. Voting goes live on May 29 at

3. “Dining Out: Winding rough the Woods to Queen Bee’s Snack Bar in Monkton” by Jordan Barry. Customers come from as far as Charlotte and Chittenden for Kim Jewell’s hand-cut fries and burgers.

4. “Madbush Falls Merges Biking, Beds and Booze” by Sally Pollak. Johnny Adler plans to open a Mad River Valley business with lodging, dining, drinking, and a bicycle store and repair/ rental service.

5. “Scientists Seek Solutions to the EverGrowing Problem of Ticks — and the Diseases ey Carry” by Anne Wallace Allen. Ticks suck, and researchers are seeking ways to reduce the threats they pose.

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project with potholes in Chicago. e low-cost solution spruces up the street, increases accessibility and allows community members to see their art en plein air, all the time.

“I love the combination of the functionality of the mosaics mixed with the surprise of art being in the community,” said Sabatino, who has been teaching stained glass and mosaics for more than 20 years.

Sabatino has enlisted the help of local middle schoolers, who prepared mosaics over the winter as part of an afterschool program. Older community members got involved through a class offered by Bethel University — the town’s pop-up, neighborto-neighbor class series — over the winter.

The amateur artists use tiles

donated to Sabatino’s studio, which are cut into a few generic shapes that can fit a wide variety of cracks. Flecks of gems and jewels are added to the mix for pizzazz. Participants can pick and choose which elements to include in their design, making each mosaic unique.

While Sabatino installed one test mosaic last summer — and it survived the winter “fantastically,” according to the artist — most will go in over the next few months.

“I’m excited for when people will walk down the road and will be like, at’s mine!’” Sabatino said.

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[Re “Media Note: Ledbetter Steps Down as Host of ‘Vermont This Week,’” May 17, online]: I had the pleasure of working with Stewart Ledbetter nearly 40 years ago in radio at WJOY and the old WQCR/Q99. Stewart left the station for a long career at WPTZ, and I became a longtime staffer for U.S. senator Patrick Leahy.

As Stewart steps down as host of “Vermont This Week,” I would like to congratulate him on a job well done. His solid efforts on that show contributed much to political discourse in Vermont.


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Back in the day, working with Stewart was so much fun. He always had solid journalistic instincts and was dedicated to getting it right. And he never lost his great sense of humor.

Throughout his career, dozens upon dozens of young reporters benefited from having Stewart as a mentor, and that may be his most important contribution to journalism in Vermont, New York’s North Country and across the country.

I’m not at all surprised by his magnanimous gesture in giving someone else a shot at hosting such an important program to Vermonters. That’s just Stewart, and we’re fortunate that we will continue to see his great work on MyNBC5.


[Re “Cyclist Killed in Crash With Truck While Riding in Rasputitsa Race,” April 30, online]: Unfortunately, accidents involving trucks are fairly common. I believe that this was simply a tragic event. It’s awful that it happened, but the truck driver isn’t entirely responsible for the death of Richard Wanstall.

There’s a point at which both parties have to take responsibility. According to the police, Alex Goss, the driver, was not speeding or under the influence. He simply was unaware of the cyclist’s

I enjoyed both the choice of subject — spotlighting the quiet industry of making stringed instruments in Vermont — and how in-depth you treated the various luthiers. But your “String Theories” story [May 10] left me saying, “What the heck?! Where’s the coverage of Warren Ellison?”

Our friend Warren makes violins and viola da gambas that you can’t believe were made by one person at the end of a dirt road, in the 21st century. His shop is in Jericho, and he’s been making violins for over 30 years. His work is so gorgeous and perfect that it blows my mind.

I was stunned when I saw in your otherwise laudatory and valuable May 10 cover article on Vermont luthiers [“String Theories”] that, despite interviewing him, you did not include Nowa Crosby, a renowned luthier of northern New England for 45 years.

He practiced his craft in Burlington for 26 years; his Randolin Music Instruments shop and showroom is now in Shelburne. He repairs, rebuilds, creates and sells all sizes and types of new and vintage instruments, including hammered dulcimers and orchestral harps. For me, Mr. Crosby has made a sixstring banjo, a widened custom fretboard for my Taylor dreadnought guitar and many minor adjustments over the years; he also quickly repaired and refinished my son’s electric bass.

He truly deserves his own write-up.

Thank you for including me among the group of instrument builders and repair technicians featured in your May 10 cover story [“String Theories”]. I felt lucky to see myself pictured with such talented company.

presence. While Goss is at fault for hitting the cyclist, Wanstall should have followed the rules and restrictions for bikers on the road. I believe that we as people need to work on paying more attention to cyclists.

We should be able to have both bikes and cars on the road without another

I know any such list will never be complete, but there are a few missing names that feel especially deserving of mention here. Joe Cleary of Burlington builds world-renowned mandolin and violin-family instruments under the name Campanella Stringed Instruments. His instruments are traditional but very clearly his own. He’s also a fantastic player.

Paul Languedoc of Westford, known for making the electric guitars played — for decades — by Vermont’s bestknown guitarist, Phish’s Trey Anastasio, is in a class of his own in terms of design and flawless execution.

Jake Wildwood of the Wildwood Flower in Rochester is such a rare

combination of good/fast/cheap that, I’m afraid, the secret is out about him. He’ll never tell you himself, but he routinely repairs and furnishes guitars for household-name players. All three of those fellows are worthy of as much attention and praise as anybody else.

incident like this. Drivers can try to be more aware of their surroundings, and bikers can educate themselves on basic riding etiquette. We should focus on and better the safety of everyone.

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[Re “Woman Wonder: The U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame Recognizes Stowe Adventurer Jan Reynolds,” March 15]: Janet started out at Middlebury Union High School under coach and chemistry teacher Dayton Wakefield of East Middlebury. The women won the championships during that time. The women respected and honored us at a special dinner at the Waybury Inn last year. Needless to say, it was an occasion we look back on with great pleasure and gratitude.


Great story [“Beloved Grill Cook Jimmy McHugh Retires After 45 Years at Al’s French Frys,” May 2, online]. Makes me wonder what the magic sauce is in the management of Al’s. I am stunned by a tenure of even 13 years, mentioned in the story.


Last week’s news story “Water Watchers” misstated what happens when lakes thaw and why that makes it a good time for testing. The lake water blends when the ice melts. The story also misstated Kellie Merrell’s role on S.146. She did not testify.

The True 802, “State Park Potables,” inaccurately described how much Whetstone Beer will donate to Vermont Parks Forever from sales of its specialty state park beers. The company will donate $1 for each draft beer sold and $1 for each fourpack sold.

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I agree fully with William Rice [Feedback: “Whither VTC?” May 3]. I am a 1973 graduate of the electrical program at Vermont Technical College. Since I was in high school, and even today, people have been telling me what a good school it is. And I agree 100 percent. With that in mind, I think Vermont Technical College should be kept. I do question why a small state like Vermont needs three four-year colleges.


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Rural mail carriers face pay cuts that could worsen service woes for Vermonters

Spring Cold Snap Ravages

Orchards, Vineyards

No Vacancy Burlington braces for more encampments as motel program for homeless people winds down Ledbetter Steps Down as Host of ‘Vermont This Week’

Accounting 101

Registrations drop sharply for next year’s classes at Vermont State University


Detour of Duty

A chilling new documentary with Vermont connections chronicles the growing threat of radicalized U.S. military veterans

A Storied Life Plainfield’s Country Bookshop nears the half-century mark


Road to Somewhere

A decade after its release, Imogen Binnie’s groundbreaking novel Nevada has found a second life

MacQueen Named Executive Director of Vermont

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e new Waterbury outpost of Stone’s row goes beyond pizza

Dumpling Discovery

Savoring unexpected Chinese comfort food at Middlebury’s Yogurt City

Home Brew

Braintree’s Bent Hill Brewery is as down-home as it gets

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To mark the 400th anniversary of the play’s publication, Vermont Repertory eatre presents , Shakespeare’s first comedy, in all its gut-busting slapstick sensibilities of this


e People’s Princess

Williston native playwright and performer Charlotte Munson presents Di Lady Di, her award-winning one-woman musical about Princess Diana, at the Black Box eater at Burlington’s Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center. Leaving behind gossip and glamour to dive deep into the mind of the Princess of Wales, Munson’s Hollywood Fringe Festival favorite brims with heart and humor.




Exhibit Yay

Ferrisburgh’s Rokeby Museum celebrates the start of its 2023 season at Music With the Museum, a benefit concert and silent auction to support its exhibition fund. Bluesmen Paul Asbell and Bob Stannard soundtrack the shindig at the Ferrisburgh Town Offices & Community Center. Auction items up for grabs include beach house stays, opera tickets, art, sailboat trips and golf excursions.



I Believe I Can Fly

At Flight Night & Trapeze Recital, New England Center for Circus Arts students and staff show off some of their most death-defying stunts to audience members in Brattleboro — and then invite them to join in. After two mind-boggling, 1980s-themed showcases, attendees ages 5 and up try out the trapezes for themselves.



All-Time Arlo

Folk icon Arlo Guthrie gets intimate on his “What’s Left of Me” tour, which makes a stop this weekend at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in Stowe. Joined onstage by Grammy Museum executive director Bob Santelli, Guthrie shares stories from a lifetime on the road, plays rarely seen performance footage and answers audience questions.



Beauties and Beasts

Vermont Studio Center in Johnson hosts acclaimed author K-Ming Chang for a featured reading. e author’s debut novel, Bestiary, is a queer, fabulist fairy tale that was long-listed for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, and her story collection Gods of Want was called “voracious, probing ... [and] exhilarating” by the New York Times


ONGOING A Day at the Vases

Burlington’s Frog Hollow Vermont Craft Gallery hosts “Eufloria,” a fabulously floral dual show by painter Annelein Beukenkamp and glassblower Janet Zug. Beukenkamp’s vivid, kaleidoscopic watercolors of blossoms and bouquets pair perfectly with Zug’s colorful, evocative vases.


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The bylines in Seven Days reveal who wrote what, but they almost never identify the editors who coach our journalists through the sometimes grueling process of reporting and writing their stories. Hidden, humble proxies for the reader, editors are the unsung heroes of journalism. This week I’m calling out one, Ken Ellingwood, who is making this newspaper better. Ken spent the past few weeks working with writer Alison Novak on her complicated cover article about the use of restraint and seclusion in schools; last Thursday the journalism prof and 20-year veteran of the Los Angeles Times squeezed in a lunchtime lesson on story structure for our entire writing staff.

It’s not easy to write a compelling story — about a complex subject — that is accurate and engages the reader from start to finish. Having the goods is step one. Then comes the daunting task of assembling the research, interviews and eyewitness reporting into a narrative. Potentially agonizing, especially in long-form stories, it’s a part of journalism that never makes it into the movies or TV shows. Nobody wants to watch Watergate reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein puzzling over story organization, making outlines or rearranging paragraphs. But, at the urging of vigilant editors, you can bet they did.

At every media outlet that cares about good writing, articles go through multiple iterations as the writer and editors work to make them better, with solid documentation, on-the-record examples and lively prose. For many of us at Seven Days, that is the job description. What’s rare is the chance to stop the hamster wheel and talk about it together.

Ken came to Burlington in 2021 when his wife, Monique Taylor, became the provost and chief academic officer of Champlain College. He agreed to be a contributing editor at Seven Days and soon met the inimitable Candace Page, who came to work for us a few years after she “retired” from the Burlington Free Press, in 2013. The two have decades of experience between them and share a desire to impart their knowledge to the next generation of reporters and editors. They compared notes and made a list of common challenges for writers, from crafting story leads to interviewing techniques. Just one of those was the focus of the first “Lunch and Learn” last summer at Burlington’s Spot on the Dock. More than 20 staffers

and freelancers came, and they wanted more. As the weather got colder and the pandemic waned, we moved the sessions into the office.

Ken is at ease in front of a crowd. After his work for the Times, covering Mexico and the Middle East, he taught journalism in China. His students were fascinated by his explanations of the U.S. media as well as stories about the protagonist of his recent book, First to Fall: Elijah Lovejoy and the Fight for a Free Press in the Age of Slavery, an abolitionist publisher murdered by a mob in the lead-up to the Civil War. Understated, wise and empathetic, Ken is a natural teacher and writing coach who now holds “office hours” every Thursday morning at Seven Days

Alison, a former teacher, has benefited from Ken’s one-onone sessions. “I find it tremendously useful to talk with him as I’m trying to figure out the angle or scope of a story,” she said. “He’s a great listener and someone who asks probing, insightful questions that prompt me to reflect on what the story is really about.”

As a story editor, Alison continued, Ken is “patient and methodical, helping me to be more precise in my word choice but also making sure the article captures the big picture. He also encourages me to try out new things — like ending a story in a way I’ve never thought of before.”

You can see the results of their collaboration on page 24.

At a time when newsrooms across the country are shedding veteran editors like Ken and Candy, we’re deeply grateful for the opportunity to work with and learn from them.

Paula Routly

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Problems at the Post Office

Rural mail carriers face pay cuts that could worsen service woes for Vermonters

The U.S. Postal Service has imposed big pay cuts on some Vermont workers in rural areas, leading to fears that carriers will quit and leave the postal service less able to provide reliable mail delivery.

The pay reductions are the result of a new system the postal service has adopted to calculate the salaries paid to rural mail carriers. Nationwide, two-thirds of those carriers will make less money.

“After two years of not taking any time o of work because of COVID, this is what our reward is?” a rural mail carrier in Windsor County said. The postal worker asked to remain anonymous because he is prohibited from speaking with reporters. He said the formula that took e ect on May 6 reduced his salary from $54,000

to $46,000 a year — a 15 percent pay cut. Meanwhile, his route and the time it takes to deliver the mail have not changed at all.

A rural mail carrier in Orange County echoed his dismay.

“There’s no transparency in any of this. We got numbers thrown at us, but none of them add up,” she said. Her pay was cut by $10,000, though she has worked for the postal service for nearly 24 years.

Her first instinct was to quit, she said, but for now, she’s decided to see whether the salary reductions remain in place. The workers’ union, the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, has filed a grievance, saying the postal service withheld

details on the data that underlie the pay calculations.

“I’m just gonna wait it out and see what happens. I don’t want to jump the gun,” she said, adding that she considers herself one of the lucky ones. She has coworkers whose salaries were cut and their routes got longer.

The changes in the way rural carriers’ salaries are calculated has been the focus of negotiations between the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association and the USPS for years. The postal service insists

Spring Cold Snap Ravages Orchards, Vineyards

A late-season freeze is feared to have widely damaged spring crops across Vermont last week, dealing a major blow to the state’s fruit growers.

“Time will really tell the impact,” Vermont Agriculture Secretary Anson Tebbetts said. “But a lot of people are telling us this is a significant loss.”

Temperatures plummeted across the Northeast during the overnight hours on May 17, with readings in the mid-20s throughout the Champlain Valley. Montpelier recorded a record low of 25 degrees, while Burlington tied its historic low of 28 degrees.

Many fruit crops, including apples, grapes and blueberries, had bloomed. Experts say the spring freeze was the worst they’ve seen in decades.

“In my 25 years of working with fruit crops in Vermont, I have never seen frost or freeze damage this extensive,” Terence Bradshaw, associate professor at the University of Vermont Extension Fruit Program, said in a press release on Tuesday. “ e widespread nature of this event is unprecedented.”

Orchards could prove to have been the hardest hit, as apples are more likely to be a total loss for the season. Scott Farm Orchard in Dummerston told the Keene Sentinel that its entire crop may be lost.

Vineyards may be able to salvage some grapes, as vines produce secondary shoots later in the season that usually yield some fruit, said Kendra Knapik, president of the Vermont Grape & Wine Council. But she feared that the roughly two dozen commercial vineyards across the state were still going to be hit with “some pretty big losses.”

State officials on Monday toured Shelburne Vineyard, one of Vermont’s largest grape producers, to assess the damage. Ethan Joseph, head winegrower and vineyard manager, estimated that 50 percent of the crop was gone. “And that number could climb,” he said. “We’re hoping it doesn’t, but we have to just see how everything unfolds.”

e Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets is encouraging growers to report their losses and is talking to Vermont’s congressional delegation about potential federal aid. ➆

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No Vacancy

Burlington braces for more encampments as motel program for homeless people winds down

In December 2021, Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger stood in front of city hall and pledged to end chronic homelessness within three years. The city had long worked to house those without shelter, but an infusion of federal cash during the pandemic would help Burlington pick up the pace, the mayor said.

“[We are] recommitting ourselves to that goal and resourcing this effort properly so that, this time, it does fully succeed,” Weinberger said.

address the influx. The predicament has become a political blame game in which Progressives on the Burlington City Council say Weinberger, a Democrat, hasn’t done enough to head off a humanitarian crisis. The mayor and his allies, however, say the city has already taken steps to address homelessness and that there’s only so much space and money to direct to the problem, which is not Burlington’s to shoulder alone. With nowhere else to go, people will likely end up pitching tents — a practice that’s allowed, for a fee, at just one Burlington campground but has been a means of survival in hidden pockets around the city for years.

Weinberger’s grand plans are about to encounter their biggest test. Next Thursday, 730 households will be turned out of Vermont motels when a 3-yearold pandemic-era program to shelter them comes to an end. State lawmakers decided earlier this month to stop funding it. More than a quarter of the soon-tobe-unhoused are already in Chittenden County, and the majority is expected to head for Burlington, where the rental vacancy rate is less than 1 percent and shelters are at capacity.

The city is lobbying the state for funds to open a new shelter but otherwise doesn’t have immediate plans to

Burlington’s handling of campsites has been controversial. In 2017, the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont sued the city on behalf of a homeless man who alleged that officials had trashed his encampment twice when traditional shelters were full. A settlement in 2019 prescribed a new policy that allows the city to remove camps on “public lands,” or city-owned properties, if the sites are endangering public health or safety. The agreement says the city must refer campers to social services and give them at least seven days’ notice to vacate, though the timeline can be condensed in the case of an emergency.

The city’s dismantling of the substantial Sears Lane encampment in late 2021 prompted calls to reform that policy. Weinberger originally gave the camp’s 40 occupants just five days to pack up

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Ledbetter Steps Down as Host of ‘Vermont is Week’

it is not cutting pay but just making “a change in the way rural routes would be evaluated,” according to spokesperson Stephen Doherty.

Unlike city mail carriers, who are hourly employees and are paid overtime, rural carriers are paid a salary based on an annual count of the amount of mail they handle daily and how long it takes to deliver. For years, the total was calculated manually. The new system uses data from the daily count of mail passing through sorting machines in postal facilities and from handheld scanners that carriers are required to take with them on their routes.

Stewart Ledbetter, the longtime host of “Vermont is Week,” is leaving the show.

Ledbetter, 61, has moderated the weekly journalist roundtable, which airs Fridays at 7:30 p.m., since 2007. He’s the third and longest-tenured host in the show’s 41-year history, a position Ledbetter held alongside his full-time gig as a reporter and anchor at NBC5. His final show will air May 26.

“It’s the best side hustle in Vermont journalism, but I thought it was time for someone else to have a shot,” Ledbetter told Seven Days

e show is the flagship televised news program for Vermont Public, the entity created two years ago when Vermont Public Radio and Vermont PBS merged.

Vermont Public does not have a replacement moderator lined up, the company said in a press release. Instead, the show will lean on a cast of rotating moderators while Vermont Public searches for a permanent host and “explores ways to build deeper audience engagement through the program.”

e show used a similar approach when previous moderators Jack Barry and Chris Graff departed, according to Michelle Owens, Vermont Public’s director of marketing and audience engagement.

In a statement, Sarah Ashworth, senior vice president of content, described Ledbetter as a “strong and steady presence” who encouraged civil discussion of contentious issues. Each week’s panel features journalists from news outlets around the state.

“He’s helped Vermonters understand their world a little better and built deep trust with them,” she said.

Ledbetter compared hosting “Vermont is Week” to “having a beer with your reporter friends after work and shooting the breeze about the news.”

“What’s more fun than that?” he added.

Ledbetter will continue delivering the news on WPTZ, the local NBC affiliate. ➆

But miscommunication and other discrepancies in implementation have led to inaccuracies, which the union and postal service have acknowledged. “We know and the USPS knows that there are errors that need to be corrected,” the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association said in an April message to members. “The USPS’s position is to implement and correct the errors later.”

Many rural mail carriers say they were not correctly trained on how to use the complicated scanner system that ultimately determines how much they earn. Carriers use the scanners to log dozens of data points throughout the day, from when they start work to how long their lunch break lasts. But because the scans are sometimes incomplete, inaccurate or simply done at the wrong time, the data underreport the time it takes to deliver mail on many routes, critics say. At the same time, many mail carriers say Amazon deliveries have made their routes busier than ever.

Of the 81,665 routes reevaluated by the postal service, 66 percent lost hours, resulting in lower pay, according to figures the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association sent to its members. Forty-four percent lost more than three hours a week. Only 14 percent gained more than three hours.

Doherty, the postal service spokesperson, downplayed the e ect of the new pay regime. “This is just a di erent formula for calculating the routes,” he said. “Hiring has actually been on the upswing, and I don’t anticipate that this will change that.”

Yet rural mail carriers across the country are already quitting, or considering quitting.

Online postal employee discussion forums are littered with comments from

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workers who are comparing the severity of their pay cuts and speculating how rural post o ces, already spread thin, are going to manage the workload with fewer employees.

One former rural mail carrier in Washington County said a recalculation of his salary with the new formula led him to quit his job in April. The carrier was making $100,000 a year — thanks to working overtime at Christmas — when he learned that his salary would be cut by 25 percent. “It was the last straw for me,” he said.

Morriah Signor Adams, the wife of a rural mail carrier in Vermont, said her husband is considering quitting his job after taking a cut of a few thousand dollars. “It’s creating a financial struggle,” she explained to Seven Days in a Facebook message. “Most of the carriers in


this area that are career have not quit due to the cuts, yet. But they may be left with no choice.”

The rural carrier in Windsor County agreed. He’s considering a return to his old job as a nursing assistant. “I wonder why I ever gave up my [nursing] license to begin with to do this,” he said. “It’s a real slap in the face.”

Lower pay, and its potential effect on service, matters to the people who receive mail, too. In recent years, mail delivery in Vermont has become unreliable at times, especially in rural areas. Front Porch Forum posts by neighbors inquiring about delayed or missing mail have become routine.

According to postal employees who spoke to Seven Days , some Vermont postmasters are driving to other towns to cover mail routes that have been left unsta ed. Mail carriers from other states are being brought in for weeks at a time to cover unfilled positions.

“It got to point where it was almost like: Let’s pick which route not to do today,” the Washington County carrier said, referring to the sta ng shortages felt in his post o ce.

Doherty, the postal service spokesperson, would not comment directly on the Vermont situation. But he said it’s routine to move workers among towns and states when needed. According to Doherty, the service employs 1,315 people in Vermont and currently has just 88 unfilled jobs.

Earlier this month, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was among six senators who penned a letter urging the postal service to delay implementing the new pay system until its “serious flaws” were dealt with.

And on May 17, U.S. Rep. Becca Balint (D-Vt.) questioned Postmaster General Louis DeJoy during a House Oversight and Accountability Committee hearing. Balint asked DeJoy to assure the public that his plan for the postal service would not result in service reductions for rural Americans.

“I didn’t leave with the assurances that I wanted,” Balint told Seven Days “One of the things that I hear from Vermonters is, ‘If my post office dies, it’s just another nail in the coffin for my town’ ... This is a vital service for rural America, and we should be willing to pay for that vital service.” ➆

Rachel Hellman covers Vermont’s small towns for Seven Days . She is a corps member of Report for America, a national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms. Find out more at

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Accounting 101

Registrations drop sharply for next year’s classes at Vermont State University

Registrations for fall classes at the Vermont State Colleges System have dropped 22 percent this year — a steep decline that signals its myriad struggles are keeping students away.

There is still time for the enrollment to climb. But any drop would be a blow to the beleaguered college system. The VSCS already is under orders from the legislature to solve its financial problems, which have required an infusion of $200 million from state coffers since 2021.

“The fall numbers are looking scarily bad. They’re low,” said Julie Theoret, a math professor at Northern Vermont University-Johnson. “But none of us are surprised, especially on the Johnson campus. We believe that recent decisions in the last several years have not done us any favors.”

Registrations and deposits are lower throughout the system, which includes the two colleges that make up Northern Vermont University, plus Vermont Technical College and Castleton University. The colleges will be merged as Vermont State University on July 1. Community College of Vermont will remain independent within the state college system.

Mike Smith, interim president of the future Vermont State University, said he already has budgeted for an enrollment drop of as much as 15 percent. A bigger decline would require the system to dip into its reserves of about $9 million.

Many alumni, students, staff and faculty blame the drop in registrations on publicity about the plan — announced in February but later reversed — to remove books from the college system’s libraries and replace them with computer-accessible materials. The board and then-president Parwinder Grewal also announced a plan to move sports at NVU-Johnson to a less prestigious athletic conference and to offer only club sports at Vermont Technical College.

Those cost-cutting plans prompted a loud and prolonged outcry, and Grewal resigned in mid-April. Smith, his replacement, quickly rescinded the library and sports decisions.

But maybe not soon enough. Smith said in an interview on May 16 that the registration figures were lower than he had anticipated.

Many students and parents have been deterred by the drawn-out and at times

chaotic attempts to solve the Vermont State Colleges System’s financial problems — including a 2020 proposal by then-chancellor Jeb Spaulding to close all campuses except Castleton’s. After intense backlash, Spaulding resigned a few months later.

Then, in 2021, the state colleges announced their restructuring into Vermont State University. That revitalization effort has already been marred by Grewal’s surprise departure in April after only eight months on the job.

Smith referenced larger forces to explain what he described as a temporary enrollment dip. The system is still struggling in the wake of the pandemic lockdowns, he indicated. Enrollment is declining at many other small colleges and universities, too, the result of a decline in the number of college-age people.

Smith said he’s focusing on the future and showing prospective students and employers what they can expect from the new Vermont State University.

“As we pull things together, it’ll take a year for us to sort through that brand change and move forward from there,” Smith said. He acknowledged that the uproar over the library and athletics announcement also likely played a role in the enrollment drop.

“The turmoil had some impact,” he said.

Enrollment numbers are a critical piece of the hoped-for recovery of the future Vermont State University system; Grewal said last year that he wanted to increase student numbers by 80 percent. The newly organized university is under orders from the Statehouse to cut its operating budget — this year, $153 million — by $25 million over five years, starting


with the current fiscal year, which ends in June.

Tuition revenue is expected to make up about 43 percent of the system’s income this year, and the state appropriation will make up about 35 percent — a change from the years before the pandemic, when the system relied on tuition for as much as 70 percent of its income.

Enrollment dropped slightly systemwide between fall 2021 and fall 2022, before the library and athletics decisions were announced. But unless registrations pick up, a much steeper drop is imminent.

The belt-tightening at the state college system, and questions about its future, are nothing new. As early as the 1970s, a study found that state spending on the Vermont State Colleges System had been slipping throughout the decade and recommended an increase. Legislators have since batted

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the issue around without taking decisive action.

This year, Smith said, the colleges system has saved about $5 million, mainly by finding efficiencies through attrition of staff, paying off a bond that was costing $1 million a year to service, and reexamining some of the campus contracts with goods and service providers.

Smith noted that more painful cuts will be coming. The $5 million in reductions mandated for each of the next four years will represent a growing portion of the system’s annual budget.

“I have told people it will get more difficult as we move into those outer years,” Smith said, adding that he plans to consolidate programs to create class

sizes of about 18. One-third of the classes at Castleton University, he said, have fewer than 10 students.

As for addressing enrollment, administrators do not yet have a plan for getting more students into the system’s classrooms, though Smith would like to keep the reduction to 15 percent. Maurice Ouimet, vice president of admissions and enrollment for the soon-to-be established Vermont State University, said his 20-person office has attended 900 student recruitment events since last September — representing a large increase over past efforts by the individual colleges.

Despite the drop in registrations, Ouimet said he thinks the new brand is helping with recruitment and said inquiries have picked up recently. At the Pittsburgh NACAC National College Fair in February, he said, his staffers received triple the usual number of inquiries. He added that it will be helpful that Vermont institutions no longer have to compete with one another for students.

“Having Vermont State University be our name is already giving us some instant credibility,” he said. “Each

institution had historically tried to be all things to all students. That’s just not sustainable. But as one university, each campus can have a niche.”

The system lowered tuition 15 percent for the coming school year. In-state tuition will be $10,000 to $25,000 a year, depending on the program, and $10,000 to $15,000 higher than that for out-of-state students. Typically, 83 percent of the state colleges’ students are Vermonters.

College employees, alumni and members of the public are openly skeptical that enrollment can increase enough to make up the difference between income and expenses at the system. The demographics of Vermont’s aging population are not working in the system’s favor, and competition from other online programs is fierce.

“There are lots of people who would say that Jeb Spaulding had it right when he proposed closing the campuses and moving the liberal arts residential college to Castleton,” said Rich Clark, a political science professor at Castleton University who is one of those people. “I think we have serious structural problems.” ➆

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until activists pressured him to extend the deadline by a week.

The specter of another Sears Lane has lingered just under the surface of policy debates as the motel program winds down. But campsites have already popped up around Burlington, including at Battery Park and in wooded stretches of the Intervale. Squatters have repeatedly broken into the vacant, graffiticovered College Street building that once housed the Greater Burlington YMCA; nearby, tents have been spotted outside the condemned Memorial Auditorium. A small fire broke out at an encampment near the Lake Champlain shoreline earlier this month, sending thick black smoke into the afternoon sky.

One camper had pitched a tent at the entrance to a park in the New North End, with city work trucks parked just feet away. The camper, who gave her name as Lavender, said camping isn’t so bad when it’s warm out. But she has trouble getting herself to needed services because she doesn’t see well.

“I can’t even walk down to COTS and take a shower,” she said, referring to the Committee on Temporary Shelter, which operates a day station on North Avenue.

Council Progressives have pushed for more permissive camping policies. At the May 15 council meeting, the caucus attempted to pass a resolution asking the mayor to consider allowing encampments in certain areas. City Councilor Joe Magee (P-Ward 3) said tenting isn’t a long-term solution but is the short-term reality.

“The more individual sites there are around the city, the harder it is to provide services,” he told Seven Days last week. “Sanctioned camping is really a way for us to manage that in the safest way possible and be able to provide resources where folks are all in one or a few spaces.”

Magee didn’t win over his Democratic colleagues, who have a functional majority on the council. The body instead supported a watered-down version of the resolution that asks city staff to research other, undefined “sheltering options” in lieu of traditional shelters.

Other cities are contending with the issue, too. In Montpelier, which tolerates camping in parts of the city that are not considered “high-sensitivity areas,” a Homelessness Task Force has prepared a “motel exodus” plan. It calls for providing people sanitation services, cellphone charging stations and parking spots where they can safely sleep in vehicles. In Brattleboro, preparations to distribute tents and camping gear are under way and town leaders are forming an emergency response team that will

meet weekly “for the foreseeable future,” according to a recent memo from the town manager.

Burlington officials are part of a countywide effort to address the problem. Weinberger defended his record in an interview with Seven Days, saying the city has “done an enormous amount” to combat chronic homelessness even before he announced plans to end it 18 months ago. In late 2020, the city helped open the

caseworkers to homeless folks to help them find permanent housing.

Those efforts, Weinberger said, “give us a much greater ability to weather the current moment than we would if we had not been working so hard on this for so long.”

The efforts have been complicated and at times difficult. The city struggled to find a partner to manage the pod village, a factor in a monthslong delay before the place could open in February. Michael Monte, the CEO of Champlain Housing Trust, which eventually agreed to run it, said eight residents have been evicted for threatening or assaulting people, not consistently using their shelter, or a combination of these issues. At least 100 people remain on a waiting list.

was only open seasonally — it was the fourth organization in five years to give it a try. No successor has yet come forward.

In recent weeks, the city has appealed for some of the $10 million that lawmakers included in the state budget to expand shelter capacity. Weinberger said he’s willing to open a new shelter within city limits if the state will pony up.

City Councilor Sarah Carpenter (D-Ward 4), who spent nearly four decades working for affordable housing nonprofits in Vermont, said the state and other towns need to open shelters or pay for supports to ease the transition from motels. Otherwise, she said, Burlington will inevitably see an increase in camping.

state’s first year-round low-barrier shelter at the former Champlain Inn; earlier this year, 35 homeless people moved into a “shelter pod” community on Elmwood Avenue, funded with federal coronavirus relief money. The city has also formed an urban park ranger team, hired several social workers and created a new “special assistant to end homelessness” position. The latter staffer, Sarah Russell, cochairs the Chittenden County Homeless Alliance, which oversees a program that assigns

Like many advocates, Monte believes the real solution is permanent housing. His organization has 84 units for formerly homeless people in the pipeline — 26 of which are currently under construction — but the balance won’t be complete until 2025.

Monte says in the near term, officials will have to consider expanding options for people who aren’t sober, particularly since the organization that runs the existing one is stepping down. Earlier this month, ANEW Place announced it would stop managing the former Champlain Inn this fall due to staff burnout. When ANEW Place started running the shelter in 2019 — back when it

The mayor’s office said the city won’t actively search for encampments this summer simply to dismantle them. But it will enforce the camping policy. That includes clearing sites if “serious concerns” develop, even if there’s nowhere else for people to go, Weinberger’s spokesperson, Samantha Sheehan, said in an email.

Carpenter agrees with the city policy, but she also knows it won’t solve the bigger issue.

“It’s sort of like — I hate to say it — Whac-a-Mole,” she said. “We try to move people ... but then you’ve just moved the problem somewhere else.”

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Alban Coghlan

JULY 9, 1940-MAY 8, 2023 BURLINGTON, VT.

Alban Joseph Coghlan, born on July 9, 1940, passed away on May 8, 2023. He was the third of eight children born to Ann and Matthew Coghlan. He grew up in Carrick-on-Suir, a small town in County Tipperary, Ireland. He spent much of his primary schooling in Carrick, apart from the last two years, when he attended De La Salle College in Waterford.

is was followed by six years at the University College of Dublin School of Medicine, his internship at Richmond Hospital and a year of psychiatric training at Saint John of God Hospital. During his training, he met, fell in love with and married Harmony Shields. After their marriage in Dublin, they crossed the pond to Topeka, Kan., where Alban completed a fellowship at the Menninger Clinic. While in Topeka, they welcomed the birth of their daughter, Clodagh. After completion of his training, Alban accepted a position at Columbia University; his focus was on adolescent

Ned Strianese

JUNE 4, 1956APRIL 22, 2023


With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Edward “Ned” J. Strianese of Burlington, Vt., 66, beloved brother, uncle, colleague and dear friend. Ned passed away in Costa Rica, enjoying the ocean, music and good company.

Ned, born in Armonk, N.Y., was the son of the late Edward and Corinne Strianese. Ned graduated from Byram Hills High School and Saint Michael’s College and went on to earn his master’s degree in special education from the University of Vermont.

Ned was a devout musician, fisherman and friend who had a brilliant sense of humor. His family and wide circle of friends were


psychiatry. His passion evolved into a position at a residential inpatient clinic for troubled young men. e couple resided in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Harmony died in 1970, and Alban was left to care for his young daughter, Clodagh. It did not take long for Alban to find love again. Mary “Gail” Ryan captivated his heart, as did her children, Abigail, Andy and Jack. ey married, and the adventures never ceased until her passing in 2018. While on their honeymoon in Manchester, Vt., they purchased an apple barn and renovated it, and the Mad Tom Barn became home for the Coghlan family. With the move to Vermont, another professional transition took place. Alban established his own private psychiatric practice, worked for Rutland County Mental Health Services and covered for inpatient services at Rutland Regional Medical Center until his focus was primarily on his own practice, which he shared with Gail and a group of colleagues. One of his colleagues shared, “Alban both comforted and soothed many but also challenged others to evolve.”

Alban will be remembered for

his adventurous spirit, athleticism and vast imagination, traveling to the Amazon and the Niger River in Timbuktu, and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and to Mount Everest base camp. ere were frequent trips home to Ireland, spending time with family he adored. He played rugby on the Irish turf and tennis on the clay courts of the DFC and ran over 20 marathons — there was no stopping him. His gardens and garden parties were the highlight for many of his friends each summer. His stories were endless. One of the all-time classics: In August 1969, he found his way to Woodstock. ere was a call for help in the medical “freak-out” tent. Rather than treating people with sedatives, he soothed their psyches with ice cream.

Alban will be missed by all who crossed his path, especially his children, grandchildren and siblings. ere will be a graveside service at Saint Jerome Cemetery on July 29, 1 p.m., with a celebration afterward to be determined. We could not let his passing go without raising a glass of Guinness Black Velvet in his honor.

“May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, the rains fall soft upon your fields, and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.”

Glenn Taulton

OCTOBER 31, 1951-

MAY 13, 2023


Glenn Edward Taulton, 71, of Burlington Vt., was born on October 31, 1951, in McKeesport, Pa. He was the beloved son of the late Joseph and Agnes (Battle) Taulton.

Music was his greatest love, and it started at an early age. His grandfather, James “Boogie” Taulton, was a well-known traveling jazz club pianist, and Glenn got his start singing in the Morning Star Baptist Church choir in Clairton — a church that counted among its founders his great uncle, Rev. John Cyrus Taulton. Glenn attended Clairton High School, where he played the tuba in the marching band. In college, he joined the jazz club and often played conga drums with an Afro-Latin music group in the neighborhood. He graduated with a degree in music education from Duquesne University in 1973 and was proficient in tuba, string bass and voice.

extremely important to him.

Ned taught in the Underhill and Burlington schools for more than 25 years.

Hundreds of those students remember his fierce advocacy for their education and wellbeing, which extended into their adult years. is was particularly true of the Somali Bantu students who had recently moved to Vermont. Ned’s commitment came not

from the latest “central office” initiative but rather from a profound belief that all people had a right to dream and live a full and healthy life. He was a compassionate elder who generously shared his time, knowledge and kindness with younger generations. His heart was always open to those in need, and many people from all walks of life found solace in his company. Ned’s love of music was well known. He spent many hours serenading his neighbors, friends and family on porches, in living rooms and beyond. In the last years of his life, Ned traveled across the country and to Costa Rica, fishing and camping to his heart’s content.

He is survived and will be deeply missed by his sister, Nancy “A Ray” Strianese, and partner, Eddie Rios, of Cape Cod, Mass.; and brother, omas “TJ Ray” Strianese,

and his wife, Liz Strianese, of Wappingers Falls, N.Y.; as well as his two nieces, Hannah “Del Ray” Strianese of Denver, Colo., and Edie Rae Strianese. Ned is also survived by his true loves and friends, of whom there are many.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate Ned’s life — one fully lived — and pay their respects on Monday, June 26, 4 to 9 p.m., at the St. John’s Club, 9 Central Ave., Burlington, VT. Personal reflections will be at 5 p.m., followed by food and music. Burial will take place privately.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Ned’s name to Clark Teacher Diversity Scholarship at the Vermont Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 2000, Winooski, VT 05404 or Young Tradition Vermont at Vermont Folklife, 88 Main St., Middlebury, VT 05753.

After graduating, he worked as a music teacher for a time before getting married and joining the Navy as a bandleader and cryptologic technician. He traveled with his family to Pensacola, Fla., and Sabana Seca, Puerto Rico, before being honorably discharged and settling in Manassas, Va. ere, he got a job in the clean tech lab at IBM. He stayed there for nearly 20 years and moved his family to Vermont to work at the Essex plant when the Virginia plant closed.

At a time when there were few other Black people in the state, Glenn quickly found friends with new residents from all across the African diaspora. His children fondly remember eating Jamaican patties made by Patrick, getting African outfits from Miss Lydia and attending salsa parties with Pete. ey also remember watching their dad entertain crowds with his voice and string bass on Church Street, playing conga

drums for African dance workshops and acting in Finian’s Rainbow with Lyric eatre. He felt loved by the Burlington community and chose to remain, even after his wife moved back to Pittsburgh following their separation. His love kept him active, and he attended rallies to fight for labor rights and equality for all and campaigned for Bernie Sanders. He also continued to dance and play music — whether it was singing karaoke at the St. John’s Club or gospel with Nu Alpha and later at the First United Methodist Church of Burlington, or performing with friends at the Flynn theater.

Glenn departed this life on May 13, 2023, at his residence in Burlington, Vt. He was preceded in death by his sister Gail Taulton; his mother, Agnes (Battle) Taulton; and his father, Joseph Taulton.

Glenn is survived by his former wife, Frances; loving children, Tiffany, Glenn Jr., and James (Carolina); brother, Byron, of Adrian, Mich.; sister, Agnes Josephine; grandchildren, Michael, Jamie and Mya, all of Pittsburgh, Pa.; Zoe Fleming, of Burlington, Vt., whom he helped raised; and many beloved extended family and friends around the world.

A funeral was held at his family’s home church in Clairton on Monday, May 22. A memorial service at the First United Methodist Church of Burlington, Vt., will be held on June 4 at 11 a.m. A GoFundMe campaign has been created to support the family with his final expenses.




Lee-Anna Sindle

JULY 15, 2015-MAY 14, 2023 ENOSBURG FALLS, VT.

Lee-Anna Lorraine Sindle, a young girl with a bright smile and an infectious personality, left this world too soon at the age of 7. She passed away in her mother’s arms on Sunday, May 14, 2023, at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington.

Lee-Anna was a miracle baby, born on July 10, 2015, in St. Albans to Desiree Brunelle and Doug Sindle. She attended Enosburg Elementary School, where she loved playing with her friends, learning math and reading. Lee-Anna lived her life to the fullest, and her favorite pastime was spending time with her mom, exploring the outdoors. Together, they could often be found playing outside, listening to music, doing cartwheels, climbing her favorite rock, playing with her animals or having a picnic at their “Happy Place” in Montgomery by the brook. Lee-Anna’s mom was her best friend, and their bond was unbreakable.

She was a social butterfly and a bundle of sunshine who made friends easily and was loved by everyone who knew her. Despite her young age, Lee-Anna had a profound impact on those around her and had the ability to light up every room she walked in. Her kind heart, sassy energy and

love for others will never be forgotten. She was a true beautiful unicorn in every sense of the word.

Lee-Anna leaves her mother and best friend, Desiree Brunelle, of Enosburg Falls; her father, Doug Sindle, and his family; grandparents Charles Brunelle and his significant other, Debra Wagner, and Evelyn Parks; aunts and uncles, Vanessa Brunelle, Shane Riehs and Charles Brunelle and their families; godparents, Tim Irons, Scott Allen and Nickie Arel; guardian angel, Gwen Gray; bunny, Piper; cat, Axel; guinea pig, Peaches; and beloved principal, teachers and countless friends. She was predeceased by her grandfather Richard Rotunno.

Family and friends are invited to Lee-Anna’s life celebration and are asked to wear her favorite colors, blue and green, on June 17, 2023. e celebration will include a memorial service at 5 p.m., followed by visitation until 7 p.m., at the GossSpears Life Celebration Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls, VT 05450.

In honor of Lee-Anna’s love of animals and her dream to be “Dr. Veterinarian,” donations in her loving memory may be made to the Franklin County Animal Rescue, 30 Sunset Meadows, St. Albans City, VT 05478. Rest in peace, Lee-Anna. Your light will continue to shine in the memories of those who loved you.

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Saul Agel

MAY 13, 1931-MAY 15, 2023 SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT.

Saul Lee Agel passed away on May 15, 2023.

Saul was born on May 13, 1931, in Plattsburgh, N.Y., the son of Philip and Mildred Agel. He attended Burlington elementary schools, Burlington High School (1948), the University of Vermont (1952) and the Boston University School of Law (1957). He served as a sergeant in the Korean War (1952-54), was a Burlington city grand juror in the early 1960s and practiced law in Burlington for over 30 years. He was a past president of the UVM Athletic Council, where he received the Distinguished Service Award in 1979. He was also a past president of the Burlington Country Club and was a playing member for over 50 years. He represented longtime friend Joe Scannella when Joe became the head coach of the Montréal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.

Pauline Jeanette Flanders

JULY 25, 1930-MAY 18, 2023 SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT.

Pauline Jeanette Flanders, age 92, went home to be with the Lord on May 18, 2023.

Pauline was born on July 25, 1930, in Johnson, Vt., the daughter of the late Henry and Dolorese (Bergeron) Maynard. She was predeceased by her husband, Earl, of 59 years.

Pauline was a resident of South Burlington for the past 64 years. She was a life member of the St. John Vianney Catholic Church in South Burlington and also a member of Our Lady’s Blue Army, going on many religious pilgrimages with her friends at church. She devoutly said her rosary twice a day and her chaplet in the afternoons and often sought solace in Saint Anthony and Saint Luke, with Saint erese (the Little Flower) being her favorite.

She joined the South Burlington Senior Citizens in 1990 and enjoyed helping in their kitchen until 2015.

Agel; niece and nephew, Julie Agel and Jesse Agel; and dear friends Stan Fleischman and Eddie Pollack.

Saul was predeceased by his parents, Philip and Mildred Agel; his brothers Jerry and Michael, his golden retrievers Murphy and Willy, and his dear friends Sondra Corman and Lenny Miller.

Saul was a lifelong UVM men’s basketball fan and loved golf, OTB, scratch lottery tickets, “Jeopardy!” and the Red Sox. He was a long-suffering football fan of the New York Giants and never missed reading his daily sports bible — the New York Post

Saul is survived by his wife, Kathy; their daughter, Sally, and her husband, Norman Carnick, of Amherst, N.H., and their children Ben and Eliza; their son, Jason, of Colchester, Vt., and his son, Cooper; sister-in-law, Nina

Special thanks to Dr. Gene Moore and Dr. Muriel Nathan for their years of caring and support, the staff at the Green Mountain Nursing Home, and the University of Vermont Medical Center & Hospice Team.

Services were held at Hebrew Holy Society Cemetery at 315 Patchen Rd., South Burlington, Vt., on ursday, May 18. ere will be no calling hours or shiva at home. In lieu of flowers, donations in Saul’s memory can be made to Lund, P.O. Box 4009, Burlington, VT 05406 or the South Burlington Food Shelf, 356 Dorset St., South Burlington, VT 05403.

and her husband, Dale, of Essex Junction, Vt., Dolores (Lori) Flanders of Williston, Vt., and Amy Turner and her husband, Ken, of Plattsburgh, N.Y.; her grandchildren, Elizabeth (Patrick) McFadden, Heather Custeau (fiancé Stephen Bickmeyer), Avery ompson, Cedric ompson (Nicole Campos), Ian Turner and Abigail (Abby) Turner; great-granddaughter Ariana Rose McFadden; and many nieces and nephews.

She was an excellent mother and cooked and baked many delicious meals over the years. She loved gardening, growing African violets and cacti, taking care of the birds, and knitting and crocheting, giving away many handmade lap blankets, hats and mittens. Sitting in the sun and watching nature and the world around her was another enjoyable pastime. She was also fond of dolls and elephants. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She is survived by her four daughters, Ruth Custeau and her husband, Chuck, of Milton, Vt., Mary ompson

e family would like to extend a special thank-you to all the friends, neighbors, family and medical personnel who took such great care of her.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, May 26, 3 p.m., at the St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 160 Hinesburg Rd., South Burlington, with Rev. Timothy Naples officiating. Interment will follow at a later date.

Donations can be made to her favorite charitable organizations: St. Joseph’s Indian School, Christian Appalachian Project or EWTN Global Catholic Network. Please visit to share your memories and condolences.

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Edmund Joseph “Nick” Necrason Jr. SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT.

Edmund Joseph “Nick” Necrason Jr. of South Burlington, Vt., exited this life peacefully on April 17, 2023, at the University of Vermont Medical Center. Nick, or “Popi,” as he was known to his grandchildren, was 81 years old.

Born in Kingston, N.Y., Nick was the oldest of four children born to Edmund Joseph and Charlotte Pierson Necrason. He grew up in Oneonta, N.Y., where he graduated from Oneonta High School. He then followed in his father’s footsteps and graduated with an engineering and management degree from Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y., where he was a member of his father’s fraternity, Sigma Delta.

Nick met his wife, Joanne, while they were college students. They married in Rochester, N.Y., in 1965 and began their careers in Boston, Mass. Nick’s first position out of college was offering technical assistance and management for new hydrocarbon products in the Esso Division of Humble Oil. After Boston, he continued with the company in Bayway and Bayonne, N.J. While working in New Jersey, he received his MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck. He moved on to a national position with Valley Metallurgical Company.

In 1970, he and Joanne chose to bring their young family back to the Cooperstown and Oneonta, N.Y., areas, where Nick had grown up, had many relatives and could join his father’s company, Paragon Engineering. It was meaningful to him to come full circle, as he had grown up working — as a teen and during college summers — in the business. He began as a water truck driver and then became a mechanic’s helper, working on TD 24 Dozers, Westinghouse Earth Movers and P&H Cranes. As his surveying skills matured, he began laying out grade stakes on new road projects. Once Nick joined his father in 1970, Paragon Engineering incorporated and became Necrason and Sons, and he and his father expanded the company to include building new homes.

While raising his family in Oneonta, Nick was an active volunteer for the Boy Scouts and Planned Parenthood and coached Little League Baseball. He also belonged to the Elks Club. Nick loved golf and playing at the Oneonta Country Club, where he scored a hole in one at a tournament. Nick also enjoyed playing in tournaments all up and down the East Coast with his golfing crew, which he continued into retirement.

His next career move took him to the Albany office of the New York State University System, working in the division that designed and expanded SUNY campuses. He was privileged to work with several national and international architectural, structural and MEP firms. His projects included the Upstate Medical

Center in Syracuse and many New York State campuses.

In 2002, he and Joanne moved to Lake Champlain in Vermont. Nick became the regional manager of the North Country section of SUNY campuses and established headquarters in Plattsburgh. After retiring to Vermont, he was active in Grand Isle County Democratic politics and served on town and state committees and traveled throughout Vermont for the Democratic Party. He became a justice of the peace but was sad he never got to conduct any marriage ceremonies. He was also involved in the Alburgh Historical Society. He was especially proud of his role in fundraising and then, with John Skutel, overseeing the construction of a new building for the Champlain Islands Parent Child Center, located in South Hero.

Nick also played a supportive role in the 2005 creation of Vermont Shakespeare Festival, the theater company created by his daughter, Jena, and her husband, John. Nick cleared land, built sets, put up tents, sold tickets, housed and fed actors, and even did a cameo as Nell, the kitchen maid, in the 2008 production of The Comedy of Errors

After 11 years in the Champlain Islands, Nick and Joanne moved to South Burlington, Vt. Nick served on the board of the Village at Dorset Park and was a member and supporter of South Burlington Land Trust. He continued to drive to North Hero for his weekly game with his bridge buddies.

Throughout his life, Nick was known for his sense of humor, his love of birdwatching and sunsets, and his telling of long, funny stories. He also liked to recite long poems. Robert Frost was his favorite poet, so it is fitting that his later years were spent in Vermont.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Jena Necrason, and her husband, John Nagle, and grandson Jackson Nagle of South Burlington. He is also survived by his son, Adam Necrason, Diana Necrason; and grandchildren, Delilah Necrason of Portland, Maine, Dave Necrason of Kofu, Japan, Abigail Necrason of Williston, Vt., and Theodore Necrason of Jericho, Vt.

He leaves behind a brother, Tom Necrason, of Saranac, N.Y.; sister-in-law Patricia Necrason of Plattsburgh, N.Y.; sisters Charlotte Hanson of Oneonta, N.Y., and Christine Rabbia of Dunedin, Fla.; sisterin-law Meg Zoberbier of West Viginia; 12 nieces and nephews; maternal aunt Connie Fitzelle of Rhode Island; and a forever friend, Doug Layman, of Oneonta, N.Y.

A private service and celebration of life will be held for the family and friends in July. Arrangements are in the care of the Ready Funeral & Cremation Service in Burlington, Vt. To send online condolences to his family, please visit readyfuneral. com. Memorial contributions may be made to Planned Parenthood of Northern New England.

Mark Jackson


Mark Jackson, 68, of Ferrisburgh and previously Jericho, Vt., passed away on May 18, 2023, peacefully and surrounded by family, after a long illness.

Mark was born in Michigan but moved to Vermont with his parents and siblings when he was still very young. He grew up in Shelburne and attended Champlain Valley Union High School, graduating in just three years. He had a fascination with the history of the Revolutionary War, especially the naval battles held on Lake Champlain.

Mark was forever the dreamer. At a young age, he started Champlain Divers with his brother David, the first scuba diving business in the Burlington area. He was involved in numerous underwater projects, even searching for the mysterious missing Learjet in 1971. He discovered a “holy stone” during one of his dives, a shaped and banded block of sandstone that was used to scrub the decks of wooden ships. This was donated to and is on display at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. He continued these adventures later in life by starting another diving business, Marine Tech, and participating in multiple search and recoveries. In the 1990s, he heard the

Jirina “Ina” Hladky

JULY 28, 1959-MAY 14, 2023 ESSEX JUNCTION, VT.

Jirina “Ina” Hladky, 63, passed away peacefully on May 14, 2023, at her home in Essex Junction, surrounded by her loving husband and her two sons. Ina was born on July 28, 1959, in what was then Czechoslovakia, where she grew up, graduated from university and married her husband. Together, they fled the country in 1986 and were welcomed to Vermont later that year, where they built their home and their family.

Growing up, Ina was an avid skier and had an affinity for the outdoors. She was able to continue to indulge her passions after moving to Vermont and shared them with her family. With time,

and renovation, finishing it over a single weekend.

warnings and became an industry leader in zebra mussel protection even before they became prolific in Lake Champlain.

Mark was forever the romantic. He married his best friend, Alecia Pingree, in 1975. Together, they hiked New England and vacationed in Maine; Burton Island, Vt.; and Pompano Beach, Fla. Mark was never shy to show his affection for Alecia, routinely bringing home flowers for her. Together, and with the help of friends and family, they built a log cabin from scratch on land they purchased in the woods of Jericho.

Mark was forever the helper. He was well known in the community for always being willing to drop everything at a moment’s notice and lend assistance to someone in need. He spent countless hours in the community in this regard. On one occasion, he became aware of a veteran in dire straits and organized a complete apartment cleaning

Mark was forever a nurturer. As a loving dad and a father figure to many others, Mark demonstrated what it was to be a parent. He loved to act like a kid and play, even as he grew older. When his wife, Alecia, passed away after a courageous battle with breast cancer, he paid for a small number of family members and friends to take a remote vacation so they could have time away to grieve.

Mark spent his last remaining years living near Lake Champlain in Ferrisburgh. He enjoyed working on his boat and other projects. To those who knew him best, he will always be known as a dreamer. He leaves behind a large hole in the lives of his friends and family that will never be able to be filled.

His family would like to thank the staff of the Medical ICU at the University of Vermont Medical Center, especially RNs Kristin and Michael, who helped make his last days dignified and peaceful and brought much comfort to his family.

A nonreligious remembrance of Mark’s life, hosted by Roland and Cindy Ostrout, will be held on June 10, 2 p.m., at Knight Point State Park, 44 Knights Point Rd., North Hero, VT. Instead of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Mark’s name.

she also picked up gardening and developed a love for books. Additionally, Ina built a successful career as a structural engineer and designed schools, offices, homes and other buildings in Vermont and across New England. But most of all, she was a loving and dedicated mother and wife who took extraordinary care of her family.

Ina will be deeply missed by her husband of 40 years, Vladimir Hladky; her two sons, Andrew and Michael; her extended family in the Czech Republic; and her father. Ina also leaves her beloved friends, many of whom supported her and her husband when they first arrived in Vermont and, more recently, following Ina’s cancer diagnosis. Ina’s family would especially like to thank those friends who helped out over the last four years and the incredible staff at the DanaFarber Cancer Institute and the University of Vermont Cancer Center, particularly Dr. Clough, Sandra, Julie and Dee from the University of Vermont Home Health & Hospice department.

Per Ina’s wishes, a private service was held. Please visit to share your memories and condolences.

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Physical Education

Some Vermont

Should the practices be eliminated?

For weeks, the second grader spent class breaks at his southern Vermont elementary school in a room called the “crash pad” — an 8-by-10-foot space with bare, padded walls and a beanbag chair in the corner.

A behavior analyst hired by the school recommended using the room as a way for the boy to “calm down and de-escalate” every 30 to 45 minutes to help address “ongoing challenging behavior,” which she said included ripping up classroom materials, putting objects in his mouth, and climbing and crawling under furniture.

But the child’s paternal grandparents, who are his legal guardians, didn’t know the “crash pad” existed at Westminster Center School. When his grandmother laid eyes on the room last month, they decided to withdraw the boy, who qualifies for special education and had endured a traumatic early life that included multiple foster care placements.

In the past, the grandparents, Jill and Chris, remembered their grandson being allowed to decompress in a di erent room, one outfitted with stimulating objects and fidget toys meant to calm anxiety and relieve stress. The behavior analyst explained that their grandson liked to be in the “crash pad,” but their question was more basic: Why was the boy, barely 8, being repeatedly brought to this celllike space in the first place? (Seven Days agreed not to publish the couple’s last names in order to protect the privacy of the child.)

Jill and Chris, who took custody of their grandson more than two years ago, consulted with a special-education advocate and even called Vermont Legal Aid to discuss how they could ensure that the boy wouldn’t be isolated in what they called “the rubber room” for exhibiting problematic behavior.

“Nobody really had a good answer,” Chris said. So, they filled out homeschooling paperwork required by the Agency of Education and yanked him from school. So far, the couple said, their grandson seems happier and more relaxed than when he was going to school. A separate parent at the school told Seven Days that her son, who also qualifies for special education, had been taken to the “crash pad” when he was acting out.

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students are restrained or secluded in school, with detrimental effects.

According to Andy Haas — superintendent of Windham Northeast Supervisory Union, of which Westminster Center School is a part — the school has a “sensory room” that contains a “sensory pillow” and a glass window for some students with specialized learning plans to take breaks. These breaks are monitored by an adult, in accordance with state rules, Haas said.

Students with behavioral challenges are facing similar treatment around Vermont: being confined to small, institutional rooms to calm down, or being immobilized when they act out — sometimes without the knowledge of parents and caregivers.

The far-flung cases reflect the statewide reach of long-standing practices known as seclusion — placing a student in a space from which they are prevented from leaving, or believe they are not free to leave — and physical restraint. An assortment of staff members in every public and therapeutic school — from special educators and paraprofessionals to administrators — is trained in the use of these physical interventions through one of six programs recommended by the state.

Outside of the educational setting, the use of forcible restraint has been in the national spotlight in recent years following horrific high-profile cases, including the deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis in 2020 and Jordan Neely on the New York City subway earlier this month. But some

Vermont’s State Board of Education established guidelines in 2011 that prohibit the use of restraint and seclusion unless “a student’s behavior poses an imminent and substantial risk of physical injury to the student or others.” But under that directive, known as Rule 4500, the state only requires that schools report incidents to the Agency of Education when they meet a narrow set of criteria. And there is little in the way of consequences or remedial support for schools that overuse the practices.

Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who now chairs the Senate committee that oversees education, voiced his support for the measure in a May 18 press release, calling it “our moral responsibility to ban these practices once and for all.”

version of restraint and seclusion is also employed thousands of times a year in Vermont’s public and so-called therapeutic schools, according to the most recent federal data. That’s despite the fact that many medical professionals, and even the U.S. Department of Education, warn that the practices are ineffective and can leave lasting psychological scars. Vermont is one of only 13 states that allows for prone, or face-down, restraint in schools.

Just how widespread the practices are in the state is difficult to gauge. Deficiencies in state recordkeeping make it impossible to determine exactly how often restraint or seclusion is used, or to allow meaningful comparisons between schools.

Federal data on restraint and seclusion are more comprehensive but outdated; the 2017-18 school year is the most recent for which numbers are available. Seven Days’ calculations of the school-by-school data show that restraint was employed in Vermont schools more than 2,300 times and seclusion more than 1,100 — figures that previously have not been totaled or made public. In Vermont and elsewhere, the practices tend to be used disproportionately on students who are eligible for special education, and on boys. Students of color and elementary-age children are also more likely to be restrained and isolated, research shows.

Last week, federal lawmakers reintroduced the Keeping All Students Safe Act, which would ban seclusion and prone restraint; the bill has been introduced multiple times in Congress since 2009 but has failed to gain traction. U.S. Sen.

The issue has begun receiving increased scrutiny at the state level, too, after an educator in Waterbury went public last year with concerns that his school was relying too heavily on the techniques. A bill this year in the legislature, sponsored by Rep. Theresa Wood (D-Waterbury) and 32 other lawmakers, sought to prohibit the use of restraint and seclusion in schools, but it stalled in committee. Wood is hopeful that lawmakers will take it up again next year.

On school campuses, however, some administrators and the state’s main teachers’ union argue that the push to curb the use of restraint and seclusion oversimplifies the issue. The practices, they say, remain an essential last resort to ensure the safety of students — whose mental health and behavioral challenges have been aggravated by the pandemic — and teachers. Without the resources to provide the scope of therapeutic care that some students require to remain safe at public schools legally bound to accept them, it would be unrealistic to eliminate the practices completely, these officials say.

“I don’t think kids should be held, and you can’t let a student harm themselves,” said Erin Maguire, codirector of student support services at the 4,000-student Essex Westford School District, which reported 68 restraints and 90 seclusions during the 2017-18 school year. “We have to hold those two things together as true somehow.”

Cycles of Trauma

Seventeen-year-old Aiden Katz was born addicted to drugs and adopted as a baby out of foster care. He started kindergarten at his local public school, Marion Cross in Norwich. But after several years, the school decided that Aiden needed an alternative place to learn because of his behavior, which included defiance and property destruction. He ended up at the Wilder School, a program in Windsor County that serves students with behavioral issues from several surrounding school districts.

During his approximately two years at Wilder, Aiden described being subjected to restraint and seclusion on an almostdaily basis.

Sometimes, he said, he was grabbed and dragged down the hall for behavior such as yelling at a teacher. He was often put

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into a small seclusion space that the school called “the quiet room.” Once, when fighting back as several people forced him inside the room, Aiden said he threw his head back and broke a staff member’s nose. He still remembers the sensation of panic and the adrenaline rush that would take over — like a “wild animal,” his mother, Nancy Katz, said.

Aiden stopped wanting to go to school; sometimes his parents would beg him to so they could go to work. “I think that was his way of protecting himself, handling a place that was scary to him, where he didn’t know what was going to happen,” his mother said.

Aiden ended up leaving Wilder after a few years and bounced from one alternative school to another during his middle and early high school years. Now, he’s back in public school, attending part-time classes at Hanover High School in New Hampshire. Doug Heavisides, who has since taken over as principal of Wilder, declined to comment on how the school now uses restraint and seclusion.

Recently, Aiden found out that a tutor who currently works with him is trained in those techniques, which rekindled his old feelings of wariness and distrust.

Those emotions are not uncommon for students subjected to restraint or seclusion, who can suffer long-lasting detrimental effects, medical professionals say.

Mel Houser, a Montpelier family physician who treats patients with neurological differences such as autism, ADHD and learning disabilities, said that when children become “dysregulated” — unable to control their emotions or behavior — they go into a “fight-or-flight” mode that blocks the parts of the brain responsible for impulse control, decision making and other so-called executive-function skills. That could prompt a child to flail and strike an approaching adult, who could, in turn, lose control out of fear for their own safety.

“We’re talking about responding to dysregulation by introducing more dysregulation,” Houser said. “We’re creating patterns and cycles of trauma.”

Houser said she’s observed heightened stress and anxiety in young patients who have been subjected to restraint or seclusion in school. “Their bodies are in a state of fight-or-flight in the long term,” making it more difficult to learn, she said.

Of further concern is the fact that students with disabilities represent nearly four out of five of those subjected to restraint and seclusion in schools


Vermont educator Brian Dalla Mura described two of the restraints he’s seen most frequently used during his career, based on training from the Crisis Prevention Institute.

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nationwide. They are often those “with the least capacity to manage the traumatic impact” of the practices because they may already have high levels of anxiety and can be susceptible to sensory overload, said Kirsten Murphy, executive director of the Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council. Often, those students have experienced previous trauma, such as abuse or neglect; being restrained or secluded is, in effect, layering fresh damage on top.

Restraint and seclusion is “a pretty heavy-handed tool,” Murphy said. “Our understanding of trauma is it shortens people’s life expectancies. It creates longterm health problems.”

Finn, an 11-year-old from Burlington with ADHD, said being subjected to restraint and seclusion multiple times at his public elementary school, starting at age 6, made him “stressed, angry, confused and worried.”

Finn and his mom, Robyn FreednerMaguire, said he was subjected to the practices for nonviolent behaviors, such as sliding down a banister or not complying with directions. For several months, Robyn homeschooled him because of the treatment. Now at a different school in the Burlington School District, Finn — who spent his early years in Department for Children and Families custody — hasn’t been restrained or sent into isolation. But Robyn is still exploring the idea of sending him to a school that is better able to address students’ past experiences with trauma.

Teachers “should get trained more about what to do” when kids are having a hard time, Finn said, “and probably get to know kids more to understand what they need when they’re upset.”

‘Never Good’ — Sometimes Necessary?

More than a decade ago, the U.S. Department of Education published guidance for schools about restraint and seclusion, stating there was “no evidence” the practices were effective in curbing the behavioral problems that prompt their use. Even so, some administrators say they can’t currently imagine eliminating them. Public schools are required by law to take every student who shows up, but some arrive with intensive needs that chronically understaffed schools struggle to meet.

“Ultimately, we never want to put our hands on kids and put them in a seclusion space,” said Elaine Collins, superintendent of North Country Supervisory Union, which serves students in the Newport area. But when kids are physically hurting adults, other students or themselves, “[we] have to put hands on,” she said.

Maguire, the administrator in the Essex Westford district, said she sees restraint and seclusion as “emergency procedures” for use only in cases of “very severe selfinjurious behavior or extremely unsafe behavior that might severely harm another person.”

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“These practices are never good. I would like to see our numbers be zero,” Maguire said. But because of staffing shortages and wait lists at specialized, therapeutic schools, sometimes there is no other option.

The state’s biggest teachers’ union maintains a similar viewpoint.

While the Vermont-NEA supports a goal of eliminating restraint and seclusion in schools, “[we] insist that schools be given the proper training, resources and staffing levels to effectively respond to the issues that give rise to these extremely difficult situations,” union spokesperson Darren Allen said in a statement.

Drew Gradinger, director of Kindle Farm School in Newfane, one of around 30 specialized, therapeutic schools in the state, said trying to eliminate restraint in schools wouldn’t work in one like his, which serves 48 elementary, middle and high school boys from surrounding districts who have learning disabilities, autism or emotional disturbances. Roughly 80 percent of them are referred there due to safety concerns in their home districts, Gradinger said. Although Kindle Farm does not use seclusion, he estimated that staff members are called upon to restrain mostly younger students about 100 times a year.

He said conduct such as flipping desks, ripping other students’ papers and grabbing supplies might trigger a restraint. A teacher may use prone, or face-down, restraint “as a last resort,” if a child can’t be contained through standing or sitting restraint procedures, Gradinger said. His staff members are trained through Handle With Care, one of the state’s recommended training programs, to perform prone restraint in a way that does not cause chest compression, which has been shown in rare cases to cause asphyxia and even death.

“If I can’t keep my own staff safe trying to keep the kids safe, then I can’t take the kid,” Gradinger said. “And if I can’t take the kid, there’s no local option.”

A Whistleblower and a Bill

Soon after Brian Dalla Mura started working as a special educator at Waterbury’s Brookside Primary School in 2021, he noticed something that alarmed him.

Dalla Mura said he saw students being restrained there at least once per day — sometimes in a prone position and often for behavioral issues rather than over safety concerns. He also observed a practice called “quiet twos,” in which students had to sit quietly in a room with their backs against a padded wall for two minutes while a staff member timed them. If the student moved or spoke, the timer would be reset, and the “quiet two” minutes could stretch to two hours, Dalla Mura said. Often, he asserted, the practices weren’t being reported to parents or administrators, as required under Rule 4500.

Dalla Mura said much of the restraint and seclusion at Brookside was carried out by staff from Washington County Mental Health Services, with which the school district has a contract to provide services to behaviorally challenged students.

Jessica Kell, director of the Children, Youth & Family Services division of Washington County Mental Health, said the agency uses a variety of strategies when working with students and that restraint and seclusion are rarely employed and only by “highly trained staff.” Kell said the practices are “an important tool, when all else fails, to avert serious injury to a child or to those around them.”

When Dalla Mura looked into the 201718 federal data on restraint and seclusion, he was further dismayed to learn that Harwood Unified Union School District, which includes Brookside, had recorded 451 cases of restraint — more than double the number in any other school district and the highest in the state.

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Early in Dalla Mura’s career as a behavior interventionist in Arizona, he had been trained to use restraint and did so regularly, but he later came to believe that it was harmful to children and the adults carrying it out.

Dalla Mura said he took his concerns to Harwood administrators at the time but was told he didn’t have the expertise to judge the district’s approach to restraint and seclusion. He decided to go public.

Last spring, Dalla Mura made local news after speaking out — at school board meetings and in letters to the editor of the Waterbury Roundabout — about what he saw as excesses at the school. He also reached out to his state legislator, Theresa Wood, who represents the district where Brookside is located.

It was conversations with Dalla Mura that were the genesis for H.409, the bill to prohibit the use of restraint and seclusion in schools.

“I personally was not aware to the extent that it was being used in my home school district,” Wood said.

This spring, Vermont’s House Education Committee got a primer on the issue through several hours of hearings on the topic.

Among those testifying was Guy Stephens, a Maryland-based activist who told legislators he was surprised that Vermont still allows prone restraint. (Rule 4500 states that prone restraint “may be used only when the student’s size and severity of behavior require such a restraint because a less restrictive restraint has failed or would be ineffective to prevent harm to the student or others.”)

Stephens, who started a nonprofit group in 2019 after his son was restrained and secluded in his public school, also contends that Vermont’s reporting requirements are inadequate. Rule 4500 requires school districts to report uses of restraint or seclusion to the Agency of Education only when it results in death or serious injury, lasts more than 30 minutes, or violates Rule 4500 standards, such as if the restraint or seclusion was employed as punishment or carried out by a staff member untrained in its use.

Under those guidelines, the state tallied 69 instances of restraint and seclusion at public schools and 55 at therapeutic schools from mid-October to early April, the only period for which it has reportable data. At least one student was restrained or secluded as many as 25 times, and five incidents resulted in injury that

required outside medical treatment or hospitalization.

But, Stephens said, instances of restraint and seclusion are often undercounted because schools are reporting their own data and may hold varying understandings of what qualifies.

Agency of Education spokesperson Ted Fisher said the state offers technical support to certain school districts that have reported cases of restraint or seclusion, but he acknowledged the

shortcomings in the state-run collection system.

“The agency only receives some of the reports of restraint and seclusion under certain criteria,” Fisher told the House Education Committee in April. “We review the reports and we take a series of actions, but in the past, we haven’t collated the data in a way that’s really meaningful.”

Wood, the lawmaker, said part of the problem is understaffing at the Agency of Education, rendering it unable to enforce

Rule 4500. Schools also need more training and support, she said, and that would likely require more state personnel to provide it.

Wood said a law governing restraint and seclusion should have teeth that the State Board of Education’s current rule lacks.

“Something that is illegal has a whole different enforcement mechanism,” Wood said. Legislation would have the effect of making “school districts stand up and take notice.”

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Problem Solving vs. Punishment

Some schools are already trying alternative approaches to dealing with students’ behavioral challenges.

Centerpoint, a therapeutic school in Winooski serving adolescents with emotional, behavioral and academic issues, eliminated restraint and seclusion more than two decades ago. Educational director Katie Cunningham said the shift owed much to the school’s embrace of a model created by Ross Greene, a Maine clinical psychologist and national expert on working with behaviorally challenged students.

Instead of focusing on a student’s difficult behavior, Cunningham said, the school helps them identify the environmental factors or triggers for that behavior, then figures out how to manage those factors by teaching skills such as self-regulation.

Every Centerpoint student develops a self-care plan that reminds them of helpful strategies and coping mechanisms — skills that Cunningham said will aid them in adulthood, when they are unlikely to encounter restraint and seclusion. In cases where a student is at imminent risk of harming themself or others, Centerpoint consults with the Winooski Police Department; in rare cases, law enforcement has been called in to intervene.

Public schools, too, have worked to change their practices around restraint and seclusion.

Elaine Collins encountered what she called “a system in crisis” when she became principal of the 378-student Newport City Elementary School in 2016. Federal data counted 85 restraints and 223 seclusions among students from pre-K to grade 6. Before Collins took over, the school had cycled through six principals in five years, and a large number of students were not getting the extensive behavioral support they required, she said.

Collins took steps to reduce restraints and seclusions by training school staff on how to respond to behavioral issues in a less punitive and reactive way, as well

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as by introducing yoga and mindfulness instruction and holding weekly meetings to develop strategies for students in need. So far, the approach appears to have reduced the use of restraint and seclusion at the Newport City school, which registered around 40 combined instances last year. Collins, who is now in her first year as superintendent of North Country Supervisory Union, said she isn’t sure if a total ban is realistic. But, she added, “if we’re careful and intentional — we can drastically reduce the numbers.”

Meanwhile, in the Harwood district, where Dalla Mura blew the whistle on restraint and seclusion last spring, a new superintendent has led an effort to change the culture. Mike Leichliter, who became Harwood’s leader this school year, was formerly a superintendent in Pennsylvania, where prone restraint in schools is banned. In August, Leichliter imposed a moratorium on prone and supine, or face-up, restraints in the district’s seven schools and removed the doors from Brookfield’s seclusion room. He also created a task force, which has drafted a policy that would permanently ban the use of prone and supine restraints and end seclusion starting at the beginning of the 2024-25 school year. The school board plans to vote on the proposal before the end of this month.

Leichliter also invested in more staff training on how to calm students in crisis, taking into account brain science and the impacts of trauma. So far this year, the Harwood district has recorded 38 restraints and zero seclusions — a significant drop from last year.

Though the controversy around restraint and seclusion spurred Dalla Mura to take a new job in the Winooski School District, he believes Harwood is heading in the right direction. Leichliter seems to understand the ways in which the practices of restraint and seclusion have an outsize impact on children with disabilities, Dalla Mura said.

Wood, the lawmaker, agrees.

“It took a strong leader to say, ‘This is not something we are going to do in our school district. We are going to learn a new way,’” Wood said. “It shows you that it can be done.” ➆

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Detour of Duty

A chilling new documentary with Vermont connections chronicles the growing threat of radicalized U.S. military veterans

After nightfall, a unit of heavily armed American soldiers fanned out across the rooftop of an urban building and set up their defense perimeter. Clad in military fatigues and state-of-the-art tactical gear, they locked and loaded their AR-15-style rifles, then scanned the streets below for enemy targets.

“They light shit on fire, we can shoot on them, right?” one soldier asked.

“Yep,” a colleague chirped.

“Well, very fucking well,” the first one replied matter-of-factly. “Hopefully, they light shit on fire.”

This real-life footage appears for the first time in Against All Enemies, a documentary, with funding from a Vermontbased organization, that will premiere in June at the Tribeca Festival in New York City. The scene was shot not in Fallujah, Kabul or another overseas war zone but in Louisville, Ky., in September 2020, during a street demonstration several months after the police shooting of Breonna Taylor. The rooftop “soldiers” weren’t national guardsmen or police officers but members of the Oath Keepers, a far-right paramilitary group led by founder Stewart Rhodes.

“It’s almost like we’re in a foreign country doing a stability operation against an insurgency,” Rhodes told the film’s director, Charlie Sadoff, at the time. “That’s the same kind of shit [these men] have been

doing their whole career. But now they’re doing it here within the United States.”

In November, Rhodes was found guilty of seditious conspiracy and other crimes for his involvement in the January 6, 2021, insurrection in Washington, D.C. The former U.S. Army paratrooper and Yale Law School grad is believed to have recruited as many as 35,000 police officers, active U.S. service members and veterans to his anti-government militia. Though only slightly over 6 percent of all Americans have served in the military, approximately 15 percent of the more than

1,000 people charged with storming the U.S. Capitol to try to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election have military or law enforcement backgrounds.

Vermonter Dan Barkhuff is deeply troubled by this disproportionate representation of American vets in the ranks of the January 6 insurrectionists. A former U.S. Navy SEAL who did multiple combat deployments in Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa, Barkhuff is an executive producer of Against All Enemies and founder and president of the South Burlington-based Veterans for Responsible Leadership. The

political action committee raised nearly $200,000 to help get the documentary made and signed up many of its on-air participants.

Narrated by actor Peter Coyote, Against All Enemies features chilling footage and compelling interviews with military veterans and members of Congress who were in the Capitol building during the siege. It reveals how violent extremist groups such as the Oath Keepers, Proud Boys and Three Percenters offer veterans a sense of identity, camaraderie and mission that’s often missing from their civilian lives. In turn, these veterans become “force multipliers,” lending their legitimacy, organizational skills and lethal fighting power to domestic terror groups.

Barkhuff, 44, lives in South Burlington and works as an emergency medicine physician at the University of Vermont Medical Center. For the film’s production, he enlisted the help of other veterans who are alarmed by the rise of violent extremist groups that target vets for recruitment.

Like all U.S. service members, he noted, he swore an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic” — an oath that would be violated by taking up arms against fellow Americans.

“We’re at an extremely risky time in

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American history,” Barkhuff told Seven Days . “You’ve got this 20-year war [in Afghanistan], fought by volunteers who’ve been told for 20 years that they’re special and doing God’s work … and [their] actions are true and just.”

Once those soldiers leave the military, Barkhuff explained, many don’t know what to do next. Without the sense of common purpose that combat provided, a small percentage get radicalized and bring the war home with them.

Barkhuff describes himself as a traditional conservative, a gun owner who supports individual freedoms, the Constitution, smaller government and adherence to the rule of law. In 2020, he criticized then-president Donald Trump as a fake conservative in an ad produced by the Lincoln Project political action committee.

“I don’t agree with Joe Biden on many issues,” Barkhuff said in the ad. “But one thing we agree on is that we are a nation of laws, and the Constitution is a sacred document — a document that I fought for and some of my friends died for.”

In October 2020, Barkhuff and other members of Veterans for Responsible Leadership were disturbed by the news that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had arrested 14 members of a far-right extremist group for plotting to kidnap and assassinate Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-Mich.). Many of those involved were former military.

After the January 6 attack, Barkhuff and other members of his group’s board, including Kenneth Harbaugh, a retired U.S. Navy pilot, began talking about how they and other vets could counter this growing domestic terrorist threat. Harbaugh, one of the film’s writers, used his connections in Washington, D.C., to line up interviews with members of Congress who were in the Capitol building that day. They include Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-N.J.), a former U.S. Navy helicopter pilot; Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.), a former U.S. Army Ranger; and Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), a former U.S. Marine Corps officer.

“I often ask myself: How did I wind up on one side of that door [in Congress],” Moulton says in the film, “and my fellow veterans, who raised that same right hand and took that same oath, how did they wind up on the other side?”

Against All Enemies also features interviews with retired U.S. Army general Stanley McChrystal, who served as commander of the Joint Special Operations Command; and Denver Riggleman, a former U.S. Air Force officer who later served as an adviser to the January 6 commission. Interspersed with those interviews is footage shot by director Sadoff, who spent nearly a year


embedded with the Oath Keepers during their training and field operations.

In addition to his fundraising, Barkhuff recruited Sebastian Junger to the project as an executive producer and adviser. The journalist, author and filmmaker, whose works include the best-selling 1997 book The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea and the 2010 Academy Award-nominated documentary Restrepo, was “a natural intellectual ally for the film,” Barkhuff said.

“You’re in the military ... and you’re part of this tribe, where you contribute to the tribe and protect the tribe and the tribe protects you,” Barkhuff said, echoing a major theme of Junger’s 2016 book Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging. “That’s this really powerful feeling. And it’s being manipulated by domestic extremists.”

Seeing the Proud Boys, Oath Keepers and Three Percenters at rallies in tactical gear and fatigues, it’s tempting to dismiss them as posers, special ops wannabes who run around in the woods on weekends with military-style rifles to feel macho. Some members do fall into that “knucklehead” category, Barkhuff said. But he cautioned that many others are decorated, battle-hardened combat vets who are spoiling for a fight.

Barkhuff pointed to the recently closed paramilitary training facility in West Pawlet, known as Slate Ridge, as an example of this kind of extremism “coming

home to roost” in Vermont. Earlier this month, Gov. Phil Scott signed legislation making such training facilities illegal.

But it’s not the tactical training and combat expertise in these violent extremist groups that worry Barkhuff the most. It’s the legitimacy and social cachet that veterans bring to them.

“If you’re this impressionable young white male — and let’s be honest, most of them are young white males — and you see somebody who did two tours in Iraq is a Proud Boy, that’s where it matters,” he said.

Part of the problem, Barkhuff continued, is the way in which society has lionized veterans and military service in recent decades. Much of this adulation was a reaction to the disrespect that was hurled at Vietnam vets upon their return home in the 1960s and ’70s.

While appealing to young people’s patriotism and their sense of duty and higher purpose can be a good thing, Barkhuff said, it has had unintended consequences. To get people to enlist and fight the country’s wars, the military drums into new recruits’ heads that they’re exceptional and elite — a phenomenon he experienced firsthand as a Navy SEAL.

“You have so many people telling you you’re special all the time. And in certain ways, you are,” Barkhuff said. “The work is special. But it doesn’t make you a ‘special person’ to have done the work.”

Offering workable solutions to the current threat isn’t the focus of Against All Enemies; the documentary devotes more screen time to tracing the historical roots of Christian white nationalism in many of these extremist groups. Among those featured prominently in the film, however, is someone who is pursuing solutions: Kristofer Goldsmith, an Iraq War veteran who became famous for infiltrating the white nationalist group Patriot Front. His organization, Task Force Butler Institute, tracks neo-Nazis to expose their fascist intentions.

As for Barkhuff, he believes all those who served in the military and swore the oath to support and defend the Constitution should speak out against these groups, which he sees as the greatest current threat to the nation’s domestic security.

“We, meaning other veterans, are the only ones who can call them out,” he said. The challenge is that many of these far-right extremists, including the Oath Keepers, believe that they’re upholding the same vow.

“The scary part of all this stuff is, they think they’re right ... with just as much conviction as I think I’m right,” Barkhuff added. “And so how do you walk back from that?” ➆

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A Storied Life

Plainfield’s Country Bookshop nears the half-century mark

Ben Koenig was a conscientious objector fulfilling his public service duty at a children’s hospital in Westchester County, N.Y., when he enrolled in Goddard College’s adult degree program. It was the late 1960s, and times were good at Goddard. Folks called the low-residency program in Plainfield the “adultery program,” Koenig recalled.

“It was a friendly place,” he said.

Born and raised in the Bronx, Koenig had never been to Vermont before his student days at Goddard. He became enamored of the state on his trips to Plainfield.

“The names of the towns — Springfield, Brattleboro — were so poetic,” he said. “And the place was so beautiful.” With each on-campus residency, it was harder for Koenig to go back to the Bronx.

“I’ve been here ever since,” he said. Koenig, 81, is the owner of the Country Bookshop, which has been in central Vermont almost as long as he has. Nearing its 50th year, the shop holds 70,000 used and rare books in a big white house in the center of Plainfield, across from a little park overlooking the Winooski River. Its side porch, with a shelf of free books, serves as the entrance. A sign in front, partially obscured by tree branches, lists the offerings within: Old Books; Used Books; Bought & Sold; Old Paper & Post Cards; Copies & FAX.

Koenig also can be found within: He lives above the bookshop. For a while, his kids lived there, too; now their rooms are filled with books. Koenig has amassed an impressive collection, in depth and variety, as well as heft.

“I live in a warehouse,” he said. Koenig was only half kidding when he said it’s a wonder that the late 19th-century house hasn’t collapsed under the weight of the books. (Or maybe they’re holding it up.)

Koenig started the business in 1974 in a trailer in Moretown, where he lived after his 1970 Goddard graduation. A folk musician, he had studied coal-mining songs and music education at Goddard. In Moretown, he worked as an administrator in an educational training and outreach program. In his spare time, he started traveling to area auctions and estate sales, where books were among the items for sale. One day Koenig saw an ad in a journal: “Become A Book Scout: Send $1 For Details.”


Koenig sent his $1 to a bookseller in California. In return, he received a booklet advising him to subscribe to AB Bookman’s Weekly, a trade publication for rare books. It listed pages and pages of titles that people were seeking. Koenig went on the hunt in rural Vermont for these books — and others. In search of additional volumes, he put out his own advertisement, “Ben Buys Books,” in the local newspaper, the Washington World.

As he drove the back roads to estate sales, Koenig thought to himself: “Why am I doing this?” He found the answer in old farmhouses and barns.

“You’d wind up with great books,” he said. “You’d get a box of books for a quarter at estate sales.”

And so the Country Bookshop took shape as a side gig in a trailer and evolved over the years. Koenig moved back to Plainfield in 1976 and brought the store with him. The business occupied two locations — including a barn next to its current spot — before settling in the house on Mill Street almost 35 years ago.

“It’s not like selling groceries,” Koenig said of being a bookseller. “If you run out of cans of peas, you call someone up and they deliver cans of peas for you to sell. There’s no distributor. It’s you.”

The Country Bookstore is stocked with general-interest volumes arranged by topic and organized alphabetically by author. Categories include landscaping, cooking, poetry, folklore, folk music, history, children’s books, bells, evolution and astronomy.

Ninety-five cent mysteries crammed on shelves turn over quickly, as mystery lovers plow through one book and come back for another. Vermont-centric books range from Vermont in the Civil War, an 1886 volume by Burlingtonian and Medal of Honor recipient G.G. Benedict, to Walking to Gatlinburg, the 2010 Civil War novel by Howard Frank Mosher. One bookcase holds Complete Poems of Robert Frost, a two-volume set signed by the poet and published in 1950 by the Limited Editions Club; it’s priced at $1,500.

A book Koenig can’t keep in stock is The Apples of New York; the early 20th-century title would sell fast for $150 or $200 if he acquired it. Along with its companion

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Ben Koenig Bookshelves at the Country Bookshop

volumes, including The Cherries of New York and The Plums of New York , the government-published reference books are “one of the best uses of tax money,” Koenig said.

A spare piece of floor is stacked with books by Charles Dickens, one of several spots in the shop where you’ll find the British writer’s novels. “Dickens is everywhere,” Koenig said. “Dickens people still read and buy his books. Nobody walks in here and says, ‘Do you have any Thackeray?’”

Plainfield resident Anji Domino speaks fondly of the store, where she and her now-grown children have found “funky old jazz tapes” and snagged beloved books.

“I have purchased many a book there over the years and spent many a quiet moment in those creaky aisles looking at all those treasures,” said Domino, a cashier at the Plainfield Co-op.

For many years, the bookstore was open seven days a week. In part, this was to accommodate people waiting to eat at River Run, when the popular restaurant was in the small clapboard building across the street. They’d wander into the

bookstore before their meal. For about a decade in the 1990s, Koenig was a weekly drive-time guest on the WCVT radio station, talking about books. He sometimes reported from an out-of-state book fair, where he was a vendor.

He was attending a book fair in New York City’s Greenwich Village in March 2020 when COVID-19 emerged. Two booksellers died after that fair, Koenig said. “I was lucky to escape,” he added.

Back in Vermont, as the pandemic shut down commerce, Koenig closed his shop, let his employees go and conducted a little business online. His workers had made valuable contributions to the business, Koenig said, including organizing books and placing them on shelves — tasks that he dislikes.

“I like to buy books,” he said. “I like people. I like to talk to people. I don’t like alphabetizing.”

These days, the Country Bookshop is open by appointment. People who call for a visit generally want to buy a book, making the arrangement a favorable one.

“I’ll never get rich in this business,” Koenig said. “But I eat every day.”

The Country Bookshop, 35 Mill St., Plainfield, 454-8439,

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Hot Spot

e new Waterbury outpost of Stone’s row goes beyond pizza

Each location of Stone’s Throw Pizza has its own personality.

The original, in Fairfax, is a cozy hometown spot. In Richmond, the restaurant is surrounded by lush gardens where sta grow vegetables that end up topping the pies. Charlotte’s tiny takeout joint doubles as the best wine and beer shop in town.

With the opening of its latest outpost, on Stowe Street in Waterbury, Stone’s Throw has added a luxe wine bar to its multicounty lineup. The elegant, almost Gilded Age décor nods to the space’s history as a haberdashery. So do the names of the new-to-Stone’s Throw cocktails, such as Ribbons Down My Back and Top Hat and Tails. The wine list spans the globe, the beer is local, and the cider is available by the glass. But don’t worry, there’s still pizza.

Childhood friends Silas Pollitt and Tyler Stratton returned home to open the fi rst Stone’s Throw in November 2018, along with Stratton’s wife, Allison. The three co-owners opened their second location, in the former On the Rise Bakery beside Richmond’s Volunteers Green, in January 2020. Their takeout-only Charlotte spot opened a year later, in the height of COVID-19 winter.

In Waterbury as in Richmond, the trio ended up in their new location thanks to a cold call from the building’s owner. The restaurant’s predecessor, the Blue Stone, closed in late 2021; the building sat empty for six months before the Stone’s Throw team toured it.

“We thought it was perfect,” Pollitt told Seven Days in December. “We’ve always really, really enjoyed Waterbury. There’s just so much fun going on here.”

They joined that fun in late December, when the restaurant started o ering takeout. After a gut renovation — replacing old booths, rebuilding the bar, swapping out the bar top and changing the dining room layout — Stone’s Throw Pizza &



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The new restaurant will serve shareable plates and appetizers, co-owners LUCAS BATTEY and RANDI TAYLOR told Seven Days.

“It won’t be Spanish or Mediterranean, necessarily,” Battey said. “There will be components of that, but [the menu] is derived from our travels and some of our favorite foods.”

Red Panda Adds Restaurant in Shelburne

On Sunday, RED PANDA SHELBURNE joined the local group of related Nepali/Indian/ Indo-Chinese restaurants named for a small animal native to the Himalayan mountain range. The new location at 2403 Shelburne Road is owned by DAN RAUT, who also owns RED PANDA ESSEX at 163 Pearl Street in Essex Junction. The Shelburne restaurant space was most recently Royal Buddha Restaurant & Bar.

The extensive menu at Red Panda Shelburne includes Indian-style chicken tikka masala and tandoori chicken; lamb, goat and tofu curries; and the handmade dumplings from Nepal and Tibet known as momos. Breads, such as naan, are baked fresh in a tandoor oven.

The menu resembles that of the original RED PANDA, which opened in July 2019 at 161 Church Street and is now solely owned by LAKPA SHERPA. Raut said a Milton location called New Red Panda, under di erent ownership, closed two months ago.

New to Red Panda on the Shelburne menu is a small section of Mediterranean dishes, such as beef and lamb gyros and grilled chicken with rice. There’s also a burger with fries.

“Many people like momos,” Raut said. But, he added, “If we have a mix of people and kids, we want to serve them, as well.”

Raut said he has sta ed the 60-seat restaurant with experienced Nepali cooks

from New York and New Jersey. His spices come from much farther away: He travels two to three times a year to Nepal to bring back ginger, black and green cardamom, cumin, and cinnamon.

Red Panda Shelburne will be open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. It does not serve alcohol, but customers may bring their own, Raut said. Learn more at

Short Notice to Open in Randolph

Randolph will soon get a new tapas-style restaurant with a menu that draws from a variety of global cuisines. An early June opening is planned for SHORT NOTICE at 29 North Main Street, the former home of Kuya’s Sandwiches + Kitchen, which moved down the block to become KUYA’S AT ONE MAIN last September.

Among the choices might be garam masala meatballs with yogurt sauce, musubi with gochujang-braised chicken, roasted carrot fries with tahini and herb dressing, housemade pretzels, seasonal salads and sandwiches, and cheese and charcuterie boards. Short Notice will also o er a full bar with cocktails, beer and wine.

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“About a year ago, we decided that we were done traveling for a while,” Battey said. “We wanted to have a home and a community, and this seemed like a good way to go about that.”

Short Notice will be open from lunch through dinner, with afternoon cocktail and snack options and late-night food. The schedule has yet to be finalized, but the owners plan to be open Sunday and Monday, when many restaurants in town are closed.

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Wine o cially fl ung open its doors in Waterbury earlier this month.

The 70-seat restaurant — Stone’s Throw’s largest — has everything its regulars have come to expect on the pizza front. Among its classic and creative pies are the Homesteader, with red sauce, kalamata olives, spinach, feta and preserved lemon; the Nomad, with white sauce, glazed pork belly, housemade kimchi, shaved leeks and drizzled egg yolk; and the Forager, with white sauce, broccolini, mushrooms, roasted garlic, shaved Asiago and fresh sage.

eager to sample the restaurant’s brandnew cocktails. While the martinis were tempting, I opted for a nonalcoholic drink from the menu’s brief yet thoughtful “ZeroProof Potions” section: the Beaded Dress ($8), with rosemary tea simple syrup, lemon and club soda. The other option, the Sequined Gown, features grapefruit, lemon and Athletic Brewing’s nonalcoholic Upside Dawn golden ale.


Dumpling Discovery

Savoring unexpected Chinese comfort food at Middlebury’s Yogurt City

I’m a regular at Yogurt City in Middlebury, but not once have I had its frozen yogurt. I go for the dumplings — and the 2000s pop music that’s always playing in the shop.

Although the candies, cookies and gummy worms at the frozen yogurt topping bar are enticing, the overloaded concoction I’d create couldn’t possibly compete with the dumplings that owner Andy Li has perfected.

$12.99 gets you 10 artfully folded pouches of dough served in a black to-go container. Pop the top, and the vesselturned-dumpling-sauna will release enticing aromas of ginger and garlic.

ese dumplings set Li’s shop apart from other Yogurt City locations, including one in Williston. Added to the menu after customers asked for additional food options, they’re easy to miss amid the plethora of smoothies, bubble teas, yogurts and candy toppings. Advertised only on an 8.5-by-11inch sheet of printer paper posted on the wall behind the cash register are three dumpling varieties: pork and leek; chicken with peas and corn; and vegetarian, which are filled with purple and white cabbage, corn, and noodles.

All three share one common denominator: ginger. Generous amounts of the fresh, fragrant root are a trait unique to Li’s recipe.

Li’s culinary career long predates the opening of his Yogurt City shop eight years ago. After emigrating from China in 1997, he started out in the kitchen of his family’s business, Number One Chinese Restaurant in Burlington. e restaurant is now called Fu Da and owned by Li’s brother.

Inheriting his family’s entrepreneurial spirit, Li made his way to Middlebury and opened China House. He later sold the establishment, having grown weary of the long hours of the restaurant business. He switched to retail, purchasing Middlebury’s Ben Franklin store and building with his

sister and her husband in 2009. While running the store, which closed in 2018, Li saw the potential success of a Yogurt City franchise shop amid the treat’s growing popularity elsewhere. He launched that biz in 2014 and still runs it out of a portion of the Ben Franklin building.

At Yogurt City, my go-to dumpling is the chicken. e peas and crisp corn snap and pop with each bite. e ginger complements the sweetness of the corn and contrasts the savory flavors of garlic, oyster sauce, soy sauce and onion powder.

ere’s nothing sweet about the pork variety, and the ginger shines in a different way, turning savory. It adds depth to the subtle oniony green leeks and the pink pork. Steamed just enough to be soft and chewy, yet still sufficiently sturdy to maintain their structural integrity in the face of my subpar chopstick skills, both the pork and chicken dumplings feature a thin, almost translucent skin of dough, per customers’ requests.

e veggie version requires a thicker dough. Full of skinny noodles and slightly crunchy cabbage, its ginger is more subdued — a warm, aromatic zing in each bite.

When asked if he has plans for future menu expansions, Li mentioned the possibility of adding noodle soup to the menu.

Likely nodding my head or tapping my foot to Demi Lovato, Katy Perry or Karmin, I’ll be the first in line to try any new dish. ➆

“One Dish” is a series that samples a single menu item — new, classic or fleeting — at a Vermont restaurant or other food venue. Know of a great plate we should feature? Drop us a line:

Yogurt City, 63 Main St., Middlebury, 398-2001. Learn more on Facebook.

The new outpost also has a few only-in-Waterbury additions, including seasonal small plates, an expanded dessert menu, cocktails and nonalcoholic mixed drinks.

“We knew we wanted to expand before we actually had the location,” Pollitt said. “So we invested in management and had a lot of mental firepower going into this big project. The size and the scope of this place lets us experiment a lot more.”

I witnessed that fi repower in action on a recent Wednesday visit. Stone’s Throw beverage manager Adam Goddu and Waterbury general manager Rachael Brown were working together, pouring wine and shaking dirty martinis. The two share a background working in the cheese biz in New York City — Brown at Bedford Cheese Shop and Goddu at Murray’s Cheese — and they were quick to point out the martinis’ olive garnishes, which are stu ed with blue cheese in-house.

Goddu has been with Stone’s Throw since February 2021. Originally hired to develop the retail beverage program in Charlotte, he’s filled in where needed, working as general manager in Richmond and behind the bar in Waterbury while things get up and running. Brown, who lives in Waterbury, joined in January to steer the ship.

“We needed this in town,” Brown said. “It’s a place that’s still casual: It’s pizza. It’s good wine. But it feels a little more adult and upscale.”

Stone’s Throw’s beverage options have always been a draw for me. Occasionally, I’ll stop at the Charlotte location just to buy a bottle of wine or local cider or a four-pack of beer, though I’m a fan of the pizza, too.

On this trip, I chose seats at the bar,

“Having a couple of nonalcoholic things on the menu is important to me, because I have a lot of friends in town who don’t drink,” Brown said. “They still want to be able to come out and drink something delicious that’s not just club soda.”

The six-item cocktail list is meant to be accessible, Brown said, with twists on classics that people will recognize.

My husband opted for the Ribbons Down My Back ($14), which combines mezcal, black tea simple syrup, cherry and lemon.

Most of the restaurant’s beer is from Vermont producers, with one sneaky exception: Goddu loves Maine Beer’s

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Dumplings at Yogurt City Marinated broccolini

Lunch, a clean, straightforward American IPA.

“Without really telling anyone, I made that our house IPA,” he said with a laugh. “But it’s gotten a great response. People are excited that they can get it here.”

The wine offered in Waterbury is in line with the retail program Goddu has built for Stone’s Throw’s Charlotte and Richmond locations: It’s all sustainable, if not biodynamic, and made with the minimal intervention and native fermentation common among natural winemakers. Bottles come from around the world, including Austria, Italy and upstate New York.

What makes the Waterbury location’s list special is that much of the wine is available by the glass at very reasonable prices. If diners have questions about a particular grape variety, wine style or producer, Goddu will open a bottle to let them try it. Then the restaurant will sell glasses of it for the rest of the day.

Cider, too, is available by the glass. Goddu, who previously worked for Eden Ciders, is an advocate for Vermont’s small-batch producers, such as Eden and the Mad River Valley’s Tin Hat Cider.

“Folks have been super surprised to know that cider can come in a 750-milliliter bottle,” he said. “Especially for those who don’t want wine or beer, it’s another option that’s really freaking good.”

A month into sit-down dining, Stone’s Throw already has regulars who stop in for a casual drink and a snack. The front of the restaurant, with floor-to-ceiling windows, features a lounge area that is ideal for lingering while sampling marinated olives ($7); house dilly beans (made with “too much dill,” according to the menu, $6); or mozzarella pearls with preserved lemon, chile flakes and fresh basil ($8).

As excited to try the small plates as the cocktails, I quickly ordered the mozz pearls, marinated broccolini ($8), and a

mezze trio ($8) with white bean dip, baba ghanoush and tapenade. I also opted for a special: shaved asparagus with cherry tomato, black garlic ricotta, cured egg yolk and lemon ($9).

I often get a small, 12-inch pie for myself at Stone’s Throw — usually the Hunter ($18), with red sauce, glazed pork belly, charred peppers, grilled onions and fresh rosemary; or the Forager ($18), which is the restaurant’s default veggie pie. But even the glowing neon “Hot Pies” sign above the bar couldn’t sway me to make my typical order once the small plates started arriving. They were a meal unto themselves.

My husband stuck to the usual plan — smartly, as I ate most of the fresh, springon-a-plate asparagus dish — and ordered a small Caruso ($18). The slightly spicy red-sauce pie is loaded with bacon, pickled serrano peppers, smoked pineapple sauce and fresh basil. A recent Stone’s Throw Instagram post described it as “ham and pineapple pizza’s fancy older relative.”

The current pizza menu will be the same all summer across all of Stone’s Throw’s locations. The restaurant also offers an excellent gluten-free crust, vegan pies and create-your-own options.

“The pizzas we wanted to have a little bit more uniform, for dine-in and takeout,” Goddu said. “But Waterbury is its own thing, because we can do the small plates and change up specials, desserts and cocktails really quickly.”

That adaptability of décor, offerings and personality might be the real secret to the restaurant’s success. Whatever mood you’re in, the right meal is just a Stone’s Throw away. ➆


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Home Brew

Braintree’s Bent Hill Brewery is as down-home as it gets

If the lawn around Bent Hill Brewery in Braintree is bereft of the fuzzy yellow flowers we’re seeing everywhere else right now, look for them on the menu.

Fresh off their annual mud season break, 34-year-old brewery owner Michael Czok and his five-person team are welcoming neighbors and tourists alike back to this idyllic hillside in the White River Valley.

Currently, that means picking the flowers as fast as they can for use in a fanfavorite fried snack: dandelion fritters.

“As much as we hope to pick enough [to last] until the fall, sometimes we get burned out,” Czok said, explaining that after picking, they must then pluck all the petals from each flower for use in the fritters.

The first sunny evening after a week of raw temps and rain in early May was the perfect time to check out the scene at Bent Hill — or so I thought. The Seven Days food team is hitting the road before the summer rush, revisiting some of our favorite outdoor dining spots around Vermont. I beat the crowds, but I beat the dandelion fritters, too, by just a couple of days. It was

one of a few dishes that hadn’t yet made it onto the summer menu — which, by the way, is entirely meatless.

I can’t pass up a locally foraged delicacy, and had the fritters been on offer, my dinner decision would have been even harder to make. As it was, I assigned my husband my second-choice entrée before I realized that wasn’t exactly polite. We ended up sharing both. Was he mad about splitting three overstuffed maple-Buffalo cauliflower tacos ($16) and an oyster mushroom po’boy ($16) that fully required two hands to hold? I promise you he was not. I also let him pick the appetizer — crispyon-the-outside, fluffy-on-the-inside grit sticks with herb-flecked marinara for dipping ($8) — and we shared a couple of flights to maximize the beers we could try ($2 per pour).

As we sipped a quartet of fruitforward beers perfect for summer — as well as a more classic array comprising a Kölsch, a pale ale, a maple red ale and a farmhouse saison — I admired the scenery through the wood frame of the taproom’s sizable deck: an expansive, verdant yard; tree-covered hillsides just starting to pop with color; and a mountain peak in the distance.

Inside the taproom, at a window facing the same gorgeous view, a small group seemed unaffected by the landscape — to these diners, it was a familiar sight. Two of the three were a current and a former teacher from Braintree Elementary, a school just down the hill.

“The whole staff loves it here,” said Janni Jacobs, 64, who teaches fourth, fifth and sixth graders. “It doesn’t matter if I run into parents here. It’s a community place.” Once upon a time, one of her students was a fifth grader named Michael Czok.

While the teachers joked that they certainly weren’t the ones who taught Czok how to brew beer, I soaked in the good vibes. Turns out, Bent Hill feels homey because it is: Czok grew up in the house on the property where he now lives, so when he’s welcoming people to the brewery, he’s sharing his actual home.

“There’s something about Braintree that’s just so serene and peaceful,” he said. “I wanted people to come and enjoy the space that I live in. They don’t really get this kind of experience anyplace else.” ➆


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Fifteen years ago, when Imogen Binnie started the novel that would become Nevada, she had pink hair and lived with approximately four roommates in a communal dwelling in Oakland, Calif., called the Bad Idea House. She published Nevada in 2013 with Topside Press, a now-defunct Bay Area outfit that focused on literature by and for trans people, with no expectation of critical or commercial success. In the punk spirit of anti-capitalism, Topside released it under a Creative Commons license so that people could distribute free PDFs of the book online.

Today, Binnie lives outside Brattleboro with her wife and their two young children. Her hair is silvery brown. And Nevada is still circulating, on a much larger scale. Almost a decade after the book’s initial release, Farrar, Straus and Giroux issued a second edition last June.

Binnie got an inkling that she’d struck a chord during her first Nevada book tour — a mostly self-funded, “couch-surfing a air,” she recently told Seven Days. Trans women showed up en masse to her readings, eager to tell her how the book had changed their lives. But Binnie never imagined that her novel would become an underground classic of the queer literary canon and a formative influence on other trans writers, including Torrey Peters, author of the 2021 bestseller Detransition, Baby.

“I think what happened is the thing that you want to happen with your indie rock band, where you play your music and you become popular among the people who like your band,” Binnie said. “And then, very gradually and naturally, the interest develops until you can sustain, like, a big tour or whatever.”

Nevada wasn’t the first book by a trans author that depicted trans lives, critic Stephanie Burt noted in the New Yorker last June. But it was groundbreaking in its refusal to cater to cisgender readers — this is a book that assumes you already know the meaning of “cisgender,” and if you don’t, that’s on you — and in its stylistic fidelity to the world from which it came.

“Nevada seemed to be the first booklength realist novel about trans women, in American English, with an ISBN on it, that was not only written by one of us but written for us,” Burt wrote.

The protagonist of Nevada, 29-year-old Maria Gri ths, is a trans woman trying to get her shit together. She struggles to make sense of her emotions, in part because she feels so alienated from her body. As a kid, the book tells us, “being present in her

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body meant feeling things like: My gender is wrong, and My body feels weird, and My mind feels like it’s being ground into the concrete by how bad I need to fix that.”

Then Maria’s girlfriend dumps her for being turtled up in her own head, and she gets fired from her job at a venerable bookstore for habitually slacking off while on the clock. In a burst of agency, Maria steals her ex’s car and embarks on a cross-country odyssey to figure out how, in Binnie’s words, “to exist like a threedimensional person who cares about her body and her mind and her life and her friends and her lovers and is able to exist in a relationship with another person.”

Her vision quest leads her to a Walmart in Nevada, where she meets a store clerk named James, a stoner who is apathetic about his relationship with his girlfriend and confused about his gender identity. Maria sees in James a baby version of herself and decides to make a project of him, which, predictably, goes poorly for her. To the extent that Nevada contains object lessons, one is that nobody can help you with your own story.

Nevada is steeped in the vernacular of the early-aughts internet, where many trans people, Binnie and her protagonist included, first found the language to describe themselves. The tone is vintage LiveJournal and Tumblr — glib and overcaeinated and angsty-funny. (One eminently quotable passage: “That stereotype about transsexuals being all wild and criminal and bold and outside the norm and, like, engendering in the townsfolk the courage to break free from the smothering constraints of conformity? That stereotype is about drag queens. Maria is transsexual and she is so meek she might disappear.”)

Nevada is a trans novel in which nobody transitions, a road-trip story in which the driving happens o the page and no one gets high on the heroin in the glove compartment. (The previous sentence contains no spoilers; such plot intricacies are beside the point.) In a new afterword to the second edition, Binnie writes that she consciously refrained from indulging non-trans readers’ curiosity about what it means to transition.

“One of the things I wanted to confront in Nevada was the cisnormative idea that for trans people, first you are one of The Two Genders, then you are in a fascinating in-between place while you transition, and then you are more or less uncomplicatedly the other of The Two Genders,” Binnie writes. “And because the mysterious in-between phase is the most salaciously

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interesting thing to people who don’t have to go through it, I decided to cut it out.”

Binnie, who is 44, grew up in western New Jersey, in a place not unlike Maria’s fictional hometown in rural Pennsylvania, and earned her undergraduate degree in English and psychology from Rutgers University. Not long after Nevada was first published, Binnie and her partner replied to a Craigslist ad from someone in Westminster who was seeking horse care and $400 a month in rent in exchange for housing in a 400-square-foot cottage.

These days, Binnie spends most of her time working as a therapist for a community mental health organization in Windham County. During a recent Zoom interview with Seven Days, Binnie kept at least one white wing-tip-eyelinered eye on her 3-year-old, who was roughly 45 percent engaged in watching Rad, a 1986 movie about a teenage BMX racer.

What was your life like when you started writing Nevada?

I was either living in a little house in Berkeley or a place in Oakland, and I was working in a bookstore called Pegasus Books, which I will always love. I was also volunteering for an agency called Community United Against Violence, which was a domestic violence agency in the Bay Area that was specifically focused on working with queer people. And I was singing and playing guitar in a band called Angela Chase. We were kind of awesome and — I was gonna say “kind of terrible.” But we were really terrible.

In what way were you terrible?

Well, I was a singer, and I’m not good at singing. That was, like, a flaw the band had.

[Binnie then receives an urgent summons from her 3-year-old, who wants her to join him in the living room for the scene in Rad in which Lori Loughlin and Bill Allen dance on their bicycles to a gauzy ’80s synth-pop soundtrack. Binnie twirls around the room, and her son executes a few remarkably competent 360-degree turns on his small bike, which has no pedals.]

OK. What were we talking about?

Binnie and her wife have since moved to a bigger house, though she said their increased square footage has been more or less canceled out by the presence of two small cohabitants: a 6-year-old who, according to Binnie, “is really into animals and being superintense about, like, death,” and a 3-year-old who is “always kind of stoked to be hanging out.”

In recent years, Binnie has written for a number of television shows, including the CBS legal drama “Doubt,” starring trans actress Laverne Cox. A movie adaptation of Nevada, directed by nonbinary filmmaker Jane Schoenbrun, is currently in the works, though Binnie said she’s not very involved in the production.

You were saying that you were broke and living in the Bay Area. Yeah. I was broke, and I was hanging out with the queers. And during that time, I was like, I have found a queer women’s community. Why do I feel like shit all the time? I had been a reader forever — I did an English and psychology major as an undergraduate — and I had been working in bookstores for a long time. And I was like, Why is there no overlap here? Why am I seeing so little non-shit trans representation?

I didn’t have the confidence to think, I’m gonna nail this and have an Italian publisher in 15 years. But I was also like, Well, why not? I had done zines and lots of making stuff with no expectation of having it get big, and that was the idea — that maybe this book would get published by some small press in the Bay Area. And it just kind of took off. I made so many things

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that nobody cared about. Like, it’s lovely to have people be so stoked on this.

What was the evolution of Maria?

Did you know who she was when you started the book?

Totally. I also knew who James was, and I knew the structure was going to be in two parts. I wanted to engage with the idea that being trans is relevant before and after transition. What’s often seen as so fascinating about trans people is the transition, where they’re, like, growing boobs or cutting off boobs or whatever — these things that the right wing of our country is so focused on right now. And I was like, No, I’m not going to give you that. So the book was about putting stuff on the table and playing with it the way I’m choosing to play with it, rather than giving you what you’re expecting.

But Maria is kind of an archetype: a white trans woman who grew up middle class and then lost access to that. I’ve known a lot of Marias. To some extent, I was a Maria. And it’s that thing in writing where you get more universal by getting really specific — I think part of the reason that the book has resonated outside of circles of trans women is that a lot of this is normal, human stuff. So much of Maria’s internal monologue is just anxiety. This is

what it looks like when we’re stuck on a thing.

In the book, Maria copes by dissociating into this hyper-cerebral state. The only time she can really access her inner world is when she’s writing on the internet. What’s going on there? The internet changed being trans, because you could explore this stuff in a way that was not about your face and your body, or being in a room with people, or being seen. I remember getting to college in 1997 and thinking, I have no idea what’s going on with me, but now that I’ve got access to the internet, I’m gonna figure out my stuff.

For a lot of trans people, being a kid and not having the language or paradigm of being trans, or being able to be trans, is traumatic. And there’s a trauma response that’s about being in your head rather than

in your body. I think Maria hasn’t figured out how to be in her body, and she’s trying to theorize her way out of a discomfort that’s just, like, in her nervous system. You can’t think your way through that.

The tone of Nevada is very much of the 2000s internet. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that so effectively employs “like” as a sentence-starting conjunction.

Yeah. Some people have responded poorly to that. But a big thing I was trying to do with Nevada in terms of tone was that, if we’re taking trans women’s experiences seriously, in a way that I’ve rarely seen anywhere, the prose has to grab you and sweep you along and get as close as possible to the person having these emotional experiences. I was trying to write things the way Maria would say them. So being that informal was a choice. We’re not being pretentious. We’re not doing gender theory.

Does your job as a therapist give you creative energy, or would you like to focus exclusively on your writing at some point?

I don’t trust trying to make a living from writing, which probably comes from having been barely employable for so long and barely scraping by. I’ve written for a couple TV shows, and hustling to get work in LA is not appealing. I really want to be in Vermont now. And I like doing social work. I like connecting with people. It would be weird to just be in my room writing all day.

I would rather be in a position where I don’t need to make a hit in order to live. Like, Nevada came from a place of audacity: Could you believe we might have a book about trans women that took our experiences seriously and also did literary things? Being able to write like that — to be able to say, “I have a terrible idea, and I’m gonna make this thing and not worry about selling it so we can pay our rent” — feels important to me. ➆ INFO

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MacQueen Named Executive Director of Vermont International Film Festival

Steve MacQueen, former artistic director of Burlington’s Flynn, will be the new executive director of the Vermont International Film Festival, the organization announced on Monday.

MacQueen assumes leadership of the Burlington-based nonprofit on June 12, succeeding Orly Yadin. VTIFF presents films and affiliated programming year-round, including three annual film festivals: its namesake festival and the Made Here and Global Roots film festivals.

“I’m absolutely thrilled,” MacQueen, 59, told Seven Days. “It’s everything I’ve loved to do since I was a kid — see films and go to movies — and all the professional things I’ve done: running festivals and being an arts administrator. It’s a meeting of the two.”

MacQueen was artistic director of the Flynn for 10 years, until he resigned in February 2022. Two months later he became executive artistic director of Circus Smirkus, the Greensboro-based children’s circus organization. He left that job in April — and said he “trusted the universe” that a new opportunity would come along.

“It felt like a good time for me to step out and for them to hire someone more circus-centric to run the show,” MacQueen said, noting that he and others at Circus Smirkus had addressed the challenges presented coming out of the pandemic.

Yadin announced in February that she would leave her role as executive director of VTIFF, a position she’s held since 2012. The festival, which was founded in 1985 at Marlboro College, has grown under her leadership. Its annual budget is roughly $300,000, and it presents about 100 films a year to Vermont audiences.

“I think Steve is a perfect fit for the position and look forward to seeing VTIFF continue to grow and serve the community through film,” Yadin said in a press release from VTIFF announcing MacQueen’s appointment. “He’s very passionate about film as an art form, and he has local, regional and national connections that will greatly benefit the festival.”

Yadin will help with the transition and serve as acting director of this year’s 10-day Vermont International Film Festival, to be held in October.

As he looks forward to leading VTIFF, MacQueen said he intends to become “rooted” in the organization and his role there before instituting changes. He hopes to continue the nonprofit’s expansion but said he will observe and take a wait-and-see approach before determining what form growth might take.

“It’s not an organization that needs blowing up,” MacQueen said. “It’s running well. I want to spend time watching and getting to know the board.”

Board president Arnie Malina, who was MacQueen’s predecessor at the Flynn, said in the press release: “With his love and knowledge of film, deep connection to the Vermont community and administration of the arts, Steve was a commanding choice of the search committee. We are happy to welcome him to the helm of VTIFF.”

MacQueen has served on the VTIFF board since last August. He’ll step down from that role when he becomes its executive director next month. ➆

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Making a Mark

Adrian Tans’ public chalk art brings smiles to Woodstock

At the intersection of Elm and Central streets in downtown Woodstock, people, cars and trucks pass by in a steady stream. But during the pandemic, Woodstock emptied out and, like many places across the country, became a ghost town. Suddenly there weren’t community events to post on the Town Crier, a decades-old public message board owned by the Woodstock History Center.

So, in spring 2020, artist Adrian Tans co-opted the chalkboard and turned it into the Town Smiler. He began by sharing notes from the community and soon shifted to drawing elaborate chalk illustrations with seasonal or holiday themes.

Tans is the youth services director at the Norman Williams Public Library, a block away from the Smiler. In this tight-knit community, all ages flock to the board to see what new chalk creation Tans will share each month.

In her latest episode of “Stuck in Vermont,” Seven Days senior multimedia producer Eva Sollberger visited Tans on a sunny spring day to watch him work on a new piece inspired by spring and Mother’s Day. Community members and tourists stopped by to see

the work as it progressed. Over the span of five hours, the piece took shape, with pops of bright yellow dandelions filling the frame.

Sollberger spoke with Seven Days about filming the episode.

How did you hear about the Woodstock Town Smiler?

I first met Adrian back in summer 2007, the year I started making “Stuck in Vermont.” He was one of the organizers of Field Day, a “war of the wards” competition during the Ramble festival in Burlington’s Old North End. It is pretty fun to watch that ancient, grainy video — we sure were younger then. Last summer I was filming a video about Joseph Citro in Woodstock when we ran into Adrian and he pointed out the Smiler. I vowed to return to cover it someday.

Chalk is such an ephemeral medium. It’s true, and this is not the only temporary medium that Adrian works with. He is also a snow sculptor with Team Vermont, which has been competing for over 20 years. Its members have won national and international awards for their gravity-defying sculptures and have done

Vermont proud. I was able to catch them in action back in 2011 for the Vermont State Snow Sculpting Competition. Adrian wasn’t there for that event, but I interviewed his teammates and friends.

There is something very gutsy — and zen — about making art in such temporary mediums that will melt or brush away. Before starting a new drawing, Adrian often asks people passing by to erase his last chalk creation, and they express dismay at the idea of wiping out all that hard work. There is a magic to these fleeting art forms — you can’t get too attached.

Adrian is also a children’s book illustrator and a visual artist. He has gotten a few commissions from his chalk artwork and has a calendar featuring his chalk drawings coming out this year.

He works at a busy intersection. Woodstock is a quiet, quaint town, but that intersection is where all the action happens. There are a ton of art galleries, cute shops and places to eat. Tourists and locals wander the streets. So many community members stopped by to sing Adrian’s praises. He said it felt like being at his funeral and hearing all the nice things people had to say.

Sleeping babies were wheeled by. A group of schoolkids walked past in single file and called out, “Hello, Adrian!” Teenagers stopped to say hi. They didn’t realize that their librarian was also the chalk artist until that day. A woman in a wheelchair paused to watch. Dog walkers slowed. Tourists from Washington, D.C., and Somerville, Mass., took photos. I set up a GoPro to film a time lapse of the chalk piece, and everyone very thoughtfully stepped around it to avoid getting in the shot. There is a constant stream of vehicle tra c, with big logging trucks making tons of noise.

I am not sure how Adrian is able to concentrate in such an active space! But he managed to make huge progress in five hours, with a quick lunch break and a jaunt home to give his dog a pill. This image took a total of 12 hours, with three hours of planning and another four hours of drawing after I left. The town doesn’t pay Adrian to make the chalk drawings, but maybe it should.

ere must be a lot of logistics to shooting in a downtown.

Yes. Thank you to everyone who talked to us and took the time for an interview! I always feel a bit awkward accosting strangers on the street, but people were happy to talk about Adrian and his work. I want to thank Encore Designer Consignment for letting me park in its lot, right by the Smiler. Adrian was nice enough to get that parking spot for me, but his car, parked on the street, got a ticket! I also want to thank Becky Brettell of the Woodstock Gallery for letting me use her facilities. It’s the little things that make a big di erence when you are on location all day.

Final thoughts?

I have never seen chalk applied so creatively. Watching the image transform from a sketch into a final artwork composed of a million colorful marks and smudges was thrilling. And spending the day talking to another artist about the artistic process is priceless for me. ➆

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In “One + One Is Greater an Two,” artists find strength in numbers

Repetition is everything; we’d scarcely learn anything without it. Practice makes perfect, we’re told, and that holds true whether tying our shoelaces, nailing a guitar solo or piloting an aircraft. Doing something over and over again is how we manage not to be dolts.

If the brain is wired to recognize patterns, is it any wonder that repeated motifs are so common — and so innately pleasing to the eye — in art and design? Cognitive science may not have been the impetus behind the exhibition “One + One Is Greater Than Two,” at Studio Place Arts in Barre, but its theme is on point: multiples, patterns and relationships. Nearly 30 artists responded with works in a variety of interpretations and mediums, from paint to ceramic, wool to Wite-Out.

Leslie Fry truly took the assignment to heart — and hand. According to SPA executive director Sue Higby, she was the only artist who met the curatorial mission with not only multiple pieces but more than


“One + One Is Greater an Two,” on view through June 24 at Studio Place Arts in Barre.

one medium. Ten of Fry’s untitled hand sculptures in painted and pigmented resin are displayed on tables near the gallery’s front door; some are from her “Cu ed” series. The hands are smaller than lifesize, with slender, tapered fingers. They recall Renaissance paintings of delicate ladies who have not known manual labor. There the similarity ends.

Fry produced her resin hands in a rainbow of colors and paired them with botanical or architectural elements. One is “cu ed” with a nautilus shell, another with a many-petaled blossom. A slightly creepy variation is two hands conjoined at the wrist and colored bright yellow and orange. Fry’s gouache-and-monotype print and an ink transfer on vintage linen — both featuring multiple hands — hang on opposite walls.

Marcie Scudder’s creation “My Mother’s Garden” is draped gracefully in the gallery’s front window. It consists of a multitude of circular shapes cut from paper, these printed with images of flowers, and strung together like sculptural kudzu.

Many contributions to the exhibit rely on both repeated elements and a neat symmetrical presentation. Arthur Schaller lined up six small, amusing acrylic and collage paintings on wood that each depict “Drones Over Co ee.” Kristen Dettoni arranged four square framed pieces from her “Braille Series,” which used a needle punch on o -white sheep’s wool to produce dots that mean words to people with vision loss. Visitors are usually forbidden to touch artworks in a gallery, but in this case it’s frustrating not to do so.

Similarly, one wants to play with Stephany Komen Hasse’s two sets of “Art Blocks.” The pit-fired brown clay, in cubes, rectangular columns and arched shapes, is carefully arranged on display stands. As objets d’art, the earthy ceramics dramatically illustrate the e ects of flame and botanical elements included in the kiln. As blocks, they evoke both childhood and the human inclination to build.

Dominique Gustin refers to another form of labor in her mixed-media piece “Timesheet.” Sixteen encaustic paintings of various phases of dishwashing are mounted on blocks, which in turn are a xed to a wood backing. Both the activity depicted and the presentation of the images are repetitive and fastidious.

In Matthew J. Peake’s two pieces, one in pastel and one in oil, multiplication appears on the canvas. In both works, he has painted

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four individuals as seen from above and in similar proximity to each other, walking on an orange tiled floor. All of them are wearing clothes in the same shade of purple-blue. Peake’s “Overlook #22 Four Shadowing” is the larger work, in pixelated hues, and is mounted on a RoFrame — the artist’s invention that allows the painting to be swiveled. Wall text invites viewers to shift the painting to one side or the other, observing how the diagonal view impacts their relative perspective.

Jessica Scriver encourages viewers to contemplate a mind-boggling multiverse of replication. Her “Untitled” acrylic painting on panel depicts an optical illusion of sorts: a matrix of white squares on deep blue whose arrangement challenges our sense of perspective — and reality. It looks like the answer to a math problem we can’t even conceive.

Chris Jeffrey’s untitled group of wood constructions, painted in black and white and aligned horizontally, confound the eye in physical space. Each square contains within it another square

formed from thin, parallel strips of wood. Depending on how they are painted and the angle at which one sees them, the shapes shift and shadow appears as gray. Je rey brilliantly expands the concept of multiple points of view. His creations are also feats of construction.

Several artists in the exhibit decided that two would do — that is, a pair of artworks that barely meet the parameters of the theme. But sometimes, perhaps, three is a crowd. ➆

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Mary Tapogna

e title “Hail Mary, Full of Glass” is the first indication of Mary Tapogna’s irreverent sense of humor. Wordplay and visual puns are sprinkled throughout her exhibition of mosaic works at the Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild’s Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury. A circular portrait of her namesake is titled “Round Yon Virgin.” A cross with a bovine at its center is, naturally, “Holy Cow.”

A particularly punny piece, “Wok With Mary,” is in Tapogna’s mosaic cookware series. A petite statue of the Virgin stands in the middle of the pan, seeming to admire the lovely mosaic pattern surrounding her. And no, this cookware is no longer functional — though it would make a nice font for holy water.

Tapogna was born in Springfield, Ohio, the eighth of nine children, and grew up attending mass. “I’ve always been inspired by the iconography,” she said. “I would sit in church just staring at everything.” She described her current religious affiliation as “spiritual.”

In 1990, after earning a degree in photography at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, Tapogna headed to Portland, Ore.; she worked a variety of jobs, including shooting for the daily paper. She began “dabbling in mosaic arts” — at first making frames for her photographs — and eventually decided to open a studio/gallery she named Hail Mary. For 12 years it was an arts and community fixture, she said, and during that time she cemented her reputation for making both quirky and increasingly sophisticated mosaic pieces.

Tapogna stamped her presence in the city with public and commercial installations. She still makes lamps for a Portland-based restaurant chain.

Last year, Tapogna made a

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dramatic transition, moving crosscountry to the much smaller burg of Lyndonville, Vt. She had fallen in love with the state during prior residencies at Vermont Studio Center in Johnson and Catamount Arts in St. J. Since arriving 11 months ago, Tapogna has been getting her work out there — including in a recent group exhibit at Studio Place Arts in Barre — while tackling her West Coast commissions. And she’s still unpacking and hanging mosaics around the “ridiculously big house” she bought in Lyndonville.

“One vision for my work is to open up my house and let people come in and see it,” she said. For now, the curious — and collectors — can make an appointment. Ask to see the rosary room.

Tapogna is actually making less Catholic-adjacent work now, she said. Many of the wall-hung pieces in the Backroom Gallery are

PARTICIPATE IN INSTALLATION OF NEW EXHIBITION: All ages and skill levels are welcome to help install the 2023 exhibit, “Wheels,” including building display structures, landscaping, painting, spackling, sewing and mounting labels. e opening celebration will be Saturday, June 3. Use the “contact us” form at to let staff

portraits, both of herself at various ages and others. Viewers old enough to remember “Newhart” — a 1980s sitcom purportedly set in Vermont — might immediately recognize the guy in “Blessed Be Bob.” Corralled in a thrift-shop frame, Bob has blue eyes, a receding hairline and his signature expression of patient forbearance.

None of the mosaics in Tapogna’s Black Lives Matter series is on view in St. Johnsbury, but they can be seen on her Instagram. e first one, a beautiful and emotionally charged paean to George Floyd, was in the SPA exhibit.

Backroom Gallery does include a variety of Tapogna’s lamps, both table and pendulum styles, as well as vases and maple syrup bottles — all covered in intricate arrangements of glass, ceramic, and odd bits and baubles. e detail is astonishing.

“It’s just my way to recycle,” Tapogna said. “ at’s the heart and soul of my work.”

“Hail Mary, Full of Glass” is on view through July 1 at the Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild’s Backroom Gallery. Learn more at marytapogna. com.

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‘ABENAKI: FIRST PEOPLE EXHIBITION’: The council and members of Alnôbaiwi (in the Abenaki way) and the museum open a new exhibition featuring the Abenaki Year, the seasonal calendar of people who lived in the area for more than 8,000 years before Europeans arrived, as well as works by contemporary Abenaki artisans and a replica of a 19th-century Abenaki village. Through October 31. Info, 865-4556. Ethan Allen Homestead in Burlington.

ANNUAL MEMBERS’ SHOW: A showcase of artworks in a variety of mediums by gallery members. Exhibition also on view in the Soda Plant Hallway through June 28. Reception: Friday, June 2, 5-9 p.m. Through June 30. Info, spacegalleryvt@ The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington.

ART AT THE HOSPITAL: Acrylic paintings by Matt Larson and Julio Desmont (Main Street Connector, ACC 3); photographic giclées by Jeffrey Pascoe (McClure 4 & EP2 Healing Garden); photographs by Sharon Radtke (EP2); and oil paintings by Judy Hawkins (BCC). Curated by Burlington City Arts. Through May 31. Info, 865-7296. University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington.

ART AT THE MALTEX: Paintings by Julia Purinton, Carol Boucher, Erika Lawlor Schmidt, Brecca Loh and Elizabeth Nelson. Through August 15. Info, 865-7296. Maltex Building in Burlington.

‘BLACK FREEDOM, BLACK MADONNA & THE BLACK CHILD OF HOPE’: Designed by Raphaella Brice and created by Brice and Josie Bunnell, this mural installed for Burlington’s 2022 Juneteenth celebration features a Haitian-inspired image of liberation. Through June 18. Info, 865-7166. Fletcher Free Library in Burlington.

COLOSSAL SANDERS: “Something’s Gone Terribly Wrong,” handmade art toys that examine human folly: destroying the natural world and its inhabitants, wrecking cars, and just plain ignorance. Through May 31. Info, 338-7441. Thirty-odd in Burlington.

‘CONNECTIONS’: Howard Center Arts Collective presents an art installation of painted mailboxes and mosaics, inviting viewers to reflect on the benefits of old-fashioned mail delivery and to consider whether mailboxes have become relics of the past. Through July 31. Info, artscollective@ Howard Center in Burlington.

‘EUFLORIA’: Watercolor paintings by Annelein Beukenkamp and glass vases by Janet Zug. Watercolor demo: Saturday, May 27, 2-4 p.m., followed by closing reception, 4-6 p.m. Through June 1. Info, 863-6458. Frog Hollow Vermont Craft Gallery in Burlington.


ART’: Drawings, paintings and 3D works by area artists Larry Bissonette, Denver Ferguson, June Gutman, Chip Haggerty, Liza Phillip, Pamela Smith, Thomas Stetson and Kalin Thomas.

Through September 17. FAITH RINGGOLD: “Jazz Stories,” four works in silkscreen, serigraph and acrylic on paper from the artist’s series begun in 2004 . Through July 16. HYUNSUK ERICKSON: “Thingumabob Society,” multicolored, towering, playful sculptures that suggest sprouting seeds or family groupings. Through September 17. Info, 865-7166. BCA Center in Burlington.

MARY LACY: “Anatomy Of,” drawings and mixedmedia mosaics of body parts and figures. Artist talk: Thursday, June 1, 6-7 p.m., with artist Wylie Garcia. Through June 17. Info, 324-0014. Soapbox Arts in Burlington.

PIEVY POLYTE: Paintings by the Haitian artist, coffee farmer and founder of Peak Macaya Coffee. Curated by Burlington City Arts. Through August 31. Info, 865-7296. Burlington City Hall.

SARAH ROSEDAHL: “Coffee Break,” paintings of farm animals enjoying a cup. Curated by SEABA.

Through June 27. Info, 859-9222. Speeder & Earl’s Coffee in Burlington.

‘WHENEVER FOREVER’: A group exhibit featuring works by members of Iskra Print Collective and other local artists. Through June 17. Karma Bird House Gallery in Burlington.

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‘ABENAKI CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE VERMONT COMMUNITY’: A series of murals designed by Scott Silverstein in consultation with Abenaki artists Lisa Ainsworth Plourde and Vera Longtoe Sheehan and members of Richmond Racial Equity; the 10 panels celebrate the Abenaki origins of practices still important to Vermont culture. Through May 31. Info, Richmond Town Hall.

DEB PEATE: “Whimsical Heads,” wall sculptures featuring William Morris textile designs and vintage jewelry. Through July 1. Info, 863-2569. Healthy Living Market & Café in South Burlington.

EL EMIGRANTE: Paintings of imagined landscapes by the Mexican migrant working in Vermont, and a display of his story from the comic “Algo Adentro/Something Inside.” Through June 30. Info, Brownell Library in Essex Junction.

GREG NICOLAI: Black-and-white and color photographs. Curated by Burlington City Arts. Through June 23. Info, 865-7296. Pierson Library in Shelburne.

KAREN BELL: Traditional and innovative works in Scherenschnitte, the art of cutting paper into decorative designs. Reception: Sunday, June 11, 2 -4 p.m. Through June 25. Info, 899-3211. Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho.

‘OBJECT/S OF PLAY’: An interactive exploration of the creative processes of American toy designers Cas Holman and Karen Hewitt. ‘POP UP’: An exhibition of contemporary inflated sculptures inside and outside the museum featuring three artists and artist teams from the field of pneumatic sculpture: Claire Ashley, Pneuhaus and Tamar Ettun. (Outdoor sculptures not on view on days with excessive wind.) STEPHEN HUNECK: “Pet Friendly,” an exhibition of hand-carved and painted furniture, sculptures, relief paintings, bronze sculptures and more by the late Vermont artist. Through October 22. Info, 985-3346. Shelburne Museum.

ROSS SHEEHAN: “Defects and Other Objects,” works on paper and canvas featuring patterns that exist in eyes, teeth and fingerprints, as well as small mixed-media sculptures. Through May 31. Info, 846-4140. South Burlington Public Library Art Wall. ‘VERMONT VERNACULAR’: Paintings, mixed-media works and photography by Linda Finkelstein, Kathleen Fleming, Susan Larkin and Phil Laughlin. Through May 30. Info, gallery@southburlingtonvt. gov. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall.


‘A THIRTY-YEAR CONVERSATION ABOUT ART’: Works in a variety of mediums by Alexandra Bottinelli, Cheryl Betz, Larry Bowling, Maggie Neale, Elizabeth Nelson, Kathy Stark, Janet Van Fleet and Ann Young, Third Floor Gallery.

Artists talk: Tuesday, June 13, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Preregister. Through June 24. ‘ART IT UP!’: An annual exhibition and silent auction to benefit the art center’s programs. View and bid in person, in the Second Floor Gallery, or online. Through June 16. ‘ONE + ONE IS GREATER THAN TWO’: Works by 29 artists that depict multiples, patterns and relationships, Main Floor Gallery. Through June 24. Info, 479-7069. Studio Place Arts in Barre.

BETH BARNDT & LINDA FINKELSTEIN: An exhibition of collage, postcards, monotypes, paintings and mixed-media works, including eco dyeing and printing. Through June 28. Info, 479-0896. Espresso Bueno in Barre.

BRIAN HERRICK: “Season’s Shift,” grid-based paintings drawn from nature by the Montpelier artist. Reception: Friday, June 2, 4-8 p.m. Through July 30. Info, Woodbelly Pizza in Montpelier.

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CHIP HAGGERTY: “Thank You Notes,” large-scale paintings on brown bag paper. Through June 3. Info, The Front in Montpelier.

CHRISTINE HENNINGER: “Buen Provencho,” recent digital photographs. Curated by Studio Place Arts. Through July 1. Info, 479-7069. Morse Block Deli & Taps in Barre.

DIDI & GEORGIANNA BRUSH: “Brush Strokes,” a mother-and-daughter exhibition of paintings. Through June 30. Info, Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin.

HILARY ANN LOVE GLASS: Mixed-media drawings and paintings of flora and fauna. Through June 30. Info, 229-6206. North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier.

KATE BURNIM: “Liminal Arc,” paintings that contemplate space, time, separation and togetherness, boundaries, transition, and memory. Through June 30. Info, 279-5558. Vermont Supreme Court Gallery in Montpelier.

MICHAEL STRAUSS: “Selected Works,” vibrant paintings of life in Vermont by the South Burlington artist and writer. THE PRINTMAKING

INVITATIONAL 2023: A showcase of prints by Vermont artists Brian Cohen, Maureen O’Connor Burgess and Daryl Storrs, curated by Phillip Robertson. Through May 25. Info, 262-6035. T.W. Wood Gallery in Montpelier.


‘NATURE’S RESILIENCE’: A showcase of works in a variety of mediums by 17 artists exploring the human impact on climate change. Through July 2.

‘THE CREATIVE PROCESS’: An exhibition of works by 40 artists as well as their reference photos, test strips, sketches or other supportive materials.

Through September 3. LEGACY COLLECTION: A showcase exhibition of paintings by gallery regulars as well as some newcomers. Through December 23. Info, 644-5100. Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville.

‘HOME AND HOW WE MAKE IT’: An exhibition of 30 miniature rooms, as well as woodworking, textiles and paintings that define visually and conceptually what home means. Through June 1. Info, 888-1261. River Arts in Morrisville.

PAMELA WILSON: “Potentiality,” paintings, ceramics, textiles and ephemera. Through July 1. Info, 646-519-1781. Minema Gallery in Johnson.

SCOTT LENHARDT: An exhibition of graphic designs for Burton Snowboards created since 1994 by the Vermont native. Through October 31. Info, 253-9911. Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum in Stowe.

‘WORLDS COLLIDE’: A group exhibition of photography by Green Mountain Tech Creative Media Art & Design students. Through June 2. Info, 635-2727. Red Mill Gallery, Vermont Studio Center, in Johnson.

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‘DESIGN MADE VISIBLE’: A multidisciplinary group exhibition exploring the table as metaphor. Through June 22. Info, 496-6682. The Gallery at Mad River Valley Arts in Waitsfield.

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COMMUNITY, HISTORY & COLLAGE’: Digital and analog collages by 23 artists from seven countries that reflect on the idea of community in the 21st century. Through August 26. ‘STELLAR STITCHING:

19TH CENTURY VERMONT SAMPLERS’: An exhibition of needlework samplers made by young girls in the 19th-century that depict alphabets, numerals and decorative elements. Through January 13.

‘VARIETY SEW: A SAMPLING OF TEXTILE TOOLS AND DEVICES’: Sewing machines, spinning wheels and myriad sewing paraphernalia from the permanent collection. Through September 30. Info, 388-2117. Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History in Middlebury.

CARLA WEEKS: “Verdant,” large paintings that examine the relationship between architecture and nature, all in green. Through June 15. Info, 877-2173. Northern Daughters in Vergennes.

‘INTRODUCING!’: A group exhibition featuring new Edgewater artists Tracy Burtz, Melanie Considine, Marcia Crumley, Larry Horowitz, Julie Keller and Sasha Dorje Meyerowitz. Through May 25. Info, 458-0098. Edgewater Gallery at the Falls in Middlebury.

‘LIFT EVERY VOICE’: An exhibition of 15 hooked rugs reproduced from the “I Am a Black Woman” series by Elizabeth Catlett (1947). Guest curated by Maddy Fraioli. Through June 10. Info, 877-3406. Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh.

RORY JACKSON: “Seasonal Majesty,” a solo exhibition of new paintings by the local artist.

Reception: Thursday, June 8, 5-6:30 p.m. Through June 27. Info, 989-7419. Edgewater Gallery on the Green in Middlebury.

WINSLOW COLWELL: “#Skylights,” paper constructions, light boxes, kite art and folded lanterns by the Ripton artist. Through June 10. Info, 382-9222. Jackson Gallery, Town Hall Theater, in Middlebury.


‘IT’S ALL ABOUT THE ARTS’: A showcase of work by artists in grades pre-K-12 from Vermont schools and homeschoolers. Through May 26. Info, 775-0356. Chaffee Art Center in Rutland.

NEW MEMBERS EXHIBITION: Fused-glass work by Garrett Sadler, woodcrafts by Guy Rossi, landscape paintings by Brian Hewitt, pastel paintings of animals and nature by Lynn Austin, and sculpture and realist paintings by Liza Myers. Through October 31. Info, 247-4956. Brandon Artists Guild.

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BECCA LOWRY: Biomorphic, wall-hung sculptures carved from assemblages of laminated plywood and heavily ornamented in mixed media. Through May 27. Info, 347-264-4808. Kishka Gallery & Library in White River Junction.

‘ECLECTRICITY’: Photographs by Natalie Boze and paintings in various mediums by Becky Cook that encompass nature and man-made structures, real or imagined. Through June 29. Info, artbcook@ Norwich Public Library.

‘EMERGENCE’: A group exhibition of monoprints, woodcut prints, paintings and collages by studio artists and friends. Through May 28. Info, 295-5901. Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction.

JOHN LEHET: “Spring Hopes Eternal,” seasonal nature-based photography. Through July 3. Info, 295-4567. Long River Gallery in White River Junction.

LYNN GRAZNAK: “I Dream the Ghosts of Houses,” video art by the multidisciplinary artist. Through May 31. Free. Info, 295-6688. Junction Arts & Media in White River Junction.

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ANN CREAVEN: “Black & White and In Between,” photographs. Through June 27. Info, 525-3366. Parker Pie in West Glover.

DELIA ROBINSON: “Magical Thinking,” narrative daydream-inspired paintings by the Vermont artist. Through June 4. Info, 533-2000. Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro.

‘IN FOCUS’: A group exhibition of photographs by Rob Boskind, Lawrence Cincotta, Karl Ehrlich, Steve Malshuk, Elinor Osborne and Ralph Zimmerman. Through June 17. Info, 334-1966. MAC Center for the Arts Gallery in Newport.

MARY TAPOGNA: “Hail Mary, Full of Glass,” mosaic works using found and recycled materials and depicting religious and secular subjects. Through July 1. Info, 748-0158. Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury.

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ROSS CONNELLY: “Variables,” photographs by the Hardwick-based photographer and retired journalist. Through June 30. Info, oliveylin1@gmail. com. 3rd Floor Gallery in Hardwick.

‘TEETERING BETWEEN’: Paintings, photography and sculpture by Molly Boone, Linda Bryan, Harrison Halaska and Mike Howat, curated by Samantha M. Eckert of AVA Gallery and Art Center.

WILLIAM BETCHER: “Ghosts: Civil War Portraits,” a reanimation of daguerreotypes, ambrotypes and tintypes of soldiers and women in the 19th century using modern technology. Through June 4. Info, 748-2600. Catamount Arts Center in St. Johnsbury.

‘WONDERLANDS’: Paintings of Cuba by James Rauchman and figurative works by the late self-taught artist Gayleen Aiken. Through June 30. Info, 533-9370. GRACE in Hardwick.

YOUNG ARTISTS SHOW: A group exhibition of works by area kids and young adults. Through May 31. Info, The Satellite Gallery in Lyndonville.

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ANDY WARHOL: “Small Is Beautiful,” 100 of the artist’s smaller-format paintings, from the Hall collection. RON GORCHOV: A 50-year survey of the American abstract artist’s work, featuring shaped canvases from the 1970s to large-scale paintings in his last years. SUSAN ROTHENBERG: Nearly 30 figurative, gestural paintings by the late American artist from throughout her career. Weekends only; reservation required. Through November 26. Info, Hall Art Foundation in Reading.

‘THE ART OF HANDMADE PHOTOGRAPHY’: A group exhibition in a variety of genres, mediums, styles, sizes and approaches by more than 30 local and national photographers, juried by Dale Rio. Through July 2. Info, 251-6051. Vermont Center for Photography in Brattleboro.

‘KEITH HARING: SUBWAY DRAWINGS’: Samples from the more than 5,000 chalk drawings the New York City artist made from 1980 to 1985 in subway stations. CATHY CONE: “Portals and Portraits,” modified tintypes and mixed media by the Vermont photographer that speak to the power and limitations of memory. DANIEL CALLAHAN: “En-MassQ,” works from two series in which the Boston-based artist painted his own face and the faces of others and detailed the performances with photographs, writing, and audio and visual vignettes. JUAN

HINOJOSA: “Paradise City,” collaged figures made from found objects that reflect on the challenges of immigrants creating a new home in a new place.

MITSUKO BROOKS: “Letters Mingle Souls,” mail art that incorporates imaginary letters addressed by survivors to their deceased loved ones and explores the impacts of mental illness and suicide. Through June 11. Info, 257-0124. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.

CHARLES W. NORRIS-BROWN: “Distant Thunder Studio, “ original artworks from the late artist’s graphic novel Thunder Basin within a recreation of his studio as an interactive exhibition. Through June 10. THE SPRING SALON: Artwork in a variety of mediums by 35 area artists. Through June 3. Info, 289-0104. Canal Street Art Gallery in Bellows Falls.

JOHN R. KILLACKY: “Flux,” an exhibition of objects from a wordless, process-based video inspired by scores, propositions and performative actions of Fluxus-era artists; cinematography by Justin Bunnell, editing by C. Alec Kozlowski and sound composition by Sean Clute. Through August 30. Info, 257-7898. CX Silver Gallery in Brattleboro.

KAREN BECKER: “Bearing Witness, Part 2,” a 40-year retrospective of artworks in a variety of mediums featuring landscapes and animals. Through August 13. Info, 387-0102. Next Stage Arts Project in Putney.


ALBERTO REY: “Cultural Landscapes,” a major exhibition featuring the artist’s Battenkill River project, including large-scale paintings, drawings, notes and photographs; as well as Rey’s Cuban heritage and bicultural identity. Through June 25. Info, 367-1311. Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester.

‘A HISTORY OF BENNINGTON’: An exhibition of artifacts that invites viewers to examine how history informs and affects our lives. Through December 31. ‘NEBIZUN: WATER IS LIFE’: An exhibition of artwork by Abenaki artists of the Champlain Valley and Connecticut River Valley regions to illustrate the Abenaki relationship to water, our awareness of water as a fundamental element necessary for all life, and concern about pollution of our water. Curated by Vera Longtoe Sheehan. Through July 26. Info, 447-1571. Bennington Museum.

SPRING/SUMMER 2023 MEMBER EXHIBITION: An annual exhibition of works in painting, drawing, prints, textile/fiber, sculpture, photography, ceramics and more by member artists. Through July 16. Info, 362-1405. Yester House Galleries, Southern Vermont Arts Center, in Manchester.



RYERSON: “Full Circle,” ink and watercolor abstract paintings, and poetry; and “Mother Nature’s Liquid Gift,” a retrospective of water-inspired photography and poetry. Through May 31. Info, artetcvt@gmail. com. ART, etc. in Randolph.

JOHN DOUGLAS: “My World in Black and White,” photographs by the Vershire artist. Through June 10. Info, 889-3525. The Tunbridge General Store Gallery.

‘RE: VISIONS’: A group exhibition of artworks in various mediums by local artists. Through July 1. Info, 728-9878. Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph.

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‘AN ASSEMBLAGE OF BREATHS’: The third annual exhibition in support of mental health awareness, in collaboration with West Central Behavioral Health, featuring 30 regional artists. Through June 17. KATHY BLACK, MICHAEL HEFFERNAN, SUSAN CALZA & HARRISON HALASKA: Paintings and video installation by the regional artists in four galleries. Through June 3. Info, 603-448-3117. AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, N.H.

‘PARALL(ELLES): A HISTORY OF WOMEN IN DESIGN’: A major exhibition celebrating the instrumental role that women have played in the world of design, featuring artworks and objects dating from the mid-19th century onward. Through May 28. ‘VIEWS OF WITHIN: PICTURING THE SPACES WE INHABIT’: More than 60 paintings, photographs, prints, installations and textile works from the museum’s collection that present one or more evocations of interior space. Through June 30. DEMPSEY BOB: “Wolves,” a retrospective of totem poles, sculptures and masks by the Canadian master carver. Through September 10. Info, 514-285-2000. Montréal Museum of Fine Arts.


A Smithsonian American Art Museum traveling exhibition featuring 119 artworks by more than 74 artists of Mexican descent and allied artists active in Chicanx networks. Through June 11. KENT MONKMAN: “The Great Mystery,” four new paintings by the Cree artist along with five works in the museum’s collection that inspired them, by Hannes Beckmann, T.C. Cannon, Cyrus Edwin Dallin, Mark Rothko and Fritz Scholder. Through December 9. Info, 603-646-2808. Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H. ➆

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GRANT: The $1500 Carol Miklos Community Outreach Grant was created to support initiatives and special funding requests that have the potential to foster engagement with architecture and design in Vermont’s communities. Deadline: June 1. Application at Online. Free. Info, 448-2169.

ART SHOW NO. 2 SUBMISSIONS: The First Friday Art Gallery is now accepting artworks by women only for a monthlong online exhibition. All skill levels and mediums accepted; one or two entries per artist. Details at Deadline: May 30. Online. $5 per image. Info, theartdamessociety@

ARTS ON THE GREEN: Calling artists and artisans to the fourth annual outdoor arts market and festival in Chelsea. The September 2 event includes vendor booths, live music, food trucks, auction tent and family art activities. Find application details at

Deadline: July 30. Online. $50 for vendor booth. Info,


The Burklyn Arts Council is accepting applications for vendors at the 54th annual craft fair on July 1. (Members of NEK Artisans Guild, Artisans Hand Craft Gallery or Vermont Hand Crafters don’t need to jury.) Burklyn is holding a special for new vendors on Saturday, May 27, 9 a.m. to noon, at Satellite Gallery in Lyndonville; email to reserve a time. Find application at

Deadline: June 1. Bandstand Park, Lyndonville. $105 per booth. Info,

‘CELEBRATION’: Artists are invited to submit one or two pieces of artwork in any medium that expresses the theme of celebration, for a summertime exhibition at Jericho Town Hall. Details and registration at

Online. Through May 26. Info, catherine.

COMICS & CARTOONS: Mad River Valley Arts in Waitsfield is taking submissions for an upcoming exhibit, “Mad Contemporary.” Info and application at

Online. Through June 30. Info, 496-6682.

CREATIVE FUTURES GRANTS: The Vermont Arts Council awards grants of up to $200,000 to creative sector organizations and businesses, including sole proprietors, that can demonstrate economic harm caused or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Application at Deadline: June 30. Online. Info, creativefutures@

GATEWAY MURAL PARK: The Montpelier Public Arts Commission is awarding two grants to Vermont-based visual artists or artist teams for designing and painting murals below the Montpelier I-89 Interstate bridge within the new Gateway Mural Park. More info at Deadline: June 15. Online. Info,

‘ICE CREAM CASTLES IN THE SKY’: Submissions are open for an upcoming curated exhibition at AVA Gallery and Art Center inspired by the Joni Mitchell song “Both Sides Now.” More info and application at Deadline: June 12. Online. $15. Info, 603-448-3117.

MOTHERSHIP MONTHLY FILM CHALLENGE: You and your crew have one month to create a film of 10 minutes or shorter. All experience levels and any genre welcome. All films will be screened at the Mothership on July 1. A winner will be crowned and must defend their title the following month. If interested, email for details. MothershipVT, Burlington. $10-15 suggested donation. Info,

PUBLIC ART AT GREEN STREET SHELTER: The Vergennes Partnership, recipient of a $15,000 Vermont Arts Council grant, is seeking an artist or artist team to reimagine the Green Street bus shelter area. Find guidelines and details at Deadline: June 20. Online. Info, 598-7424.

QUEER ARTS FESTIVAL: Apply to vend or perform at a one-day event on August 26 at the Plainfield Recreational Field. Queer AF! celebrates rural queer life, art and craft.

Application at Deadline: June 15. Online. Free. Info, vtqueercraft@gmail. com.

RABBLE-ROUSER ART GALLERY SHOWCASE: Black, Indigenous, people of color and queer artists are encouraged to apply to an open themed monthly exhibition. Art can be unconventional, multicultural, political, seek to break societal constructs, question norms, foster social change or just make people ponder. Send artwork samples or portfolio along with name, medium, artwork description and size and price per piece, if applicable, to

Rabble-Rouser Chocolate & Craft Co., Montpelier. Through June 30. Free. Info, 225-6227.

‘ROCK SOLID’: Applications are open for the annual stone sculpture show featuring a variety of classical and contemporary pieces; some 2D works are included. Exhibition dates are September 13 to October 28. Email submissions to:

Deadline: August 1. Studio Place Arts, Barre. $10 nonmember applicants. Info, 479-7069.

SEEKING ARTIST MEMBERS: The Front gallery in Montpelier is looking for new artists. Members contribute time, energy and financial support to keep the gallery running. We have a new show every month, featuring all members’ work in six group exhibitions, alternating with six solo shows each year. Info and application at

Deadline: June 17. Online. Info, apply@thefrontvt. com.

SEEKING EXPERIMENTAL ARTISTS: Under Radar is an underground punk zine looking for experimental Vermont artists in photography, dark fantasy, collage, poetry, surrealism, contemporary art, lowbrow comix/illustrations and more. Submission guidelines on Instagram at @ underadarzine or at Deadline: June 1. Online. Free. Info, underradarzine@gmail. com.

SOLO & SMALL GROUP SHOWS: Studio Place Arts in Barre invites artists to apply for 2024 exhibitions in its second- and third-floor galleries. Application info at Deadline: June 3. Online. $10 nonmembers. Info,


Artists and vendors are invited to sign up to participate in Burlington’s largest art festival in September. Details and application at seaba. com. Online. Through July 31. Info, 859-9222.

‘VERMONTERS’ VIEWS OF CUBA’: Artists are invited to contribute to an upcoming show that will parallel the “Four Cuban Photographers” events in June. Email submissions to More info at Deadline: May 28. GreenTARA Space, North Hero. $10 suggested contribution.

‘YOU’RE ABSOLUTELY SPINELESS’: Artists are invited to contribute to an upcoming show that highlights invertebrates, large and small, frightening and beautiful. Traditional and nontraditional mediums, including installations, are acceptable. For more info and applications, email submissions. Deadline: May 27. Studio Place Arts, Barre. $10 nonmember applicants. Info, 479-7069.

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Do Androids Dream of Electronic Birthdays?

Few things annoy me more in this world than when friends invite me to their children’s birthday parties. What an incongruence! You get hyped for a party, but then you read the text more closely and realize it’s at a pizza place and the theme is Underwater Robots or Monkeys Who Like Math.

(Look, I don’t know what kids like, OK?) It’s such a downer. Do you even recall any of your childhood birthday parties? No! No one gives a shit about any of their birthday parties until alcohol or sex becomes involved. You can quote me on that — I’m an awardwinning journalist nowadays. Also, maybe I just had lame childhood birthday parties? Both things can be true, my friends.

That said, I was very excited when I got the invite to a one-year birthday blowout this Thursday, May 25, at Radio Bean in Burlington. The things might be pointless when some soon-to-be amnesiac baby — childhood amnesia is a thing; look it up! — is getting their cake, but not when it’s the anniversary of the formation of the coolest department

of local government in Burlington history. Don’t @ me, Public Works and Parks, Recreation & Waterfront stans. No amount of bike lanes or summer camps can compete with the mystery, the rush of sonic mayhem, and tidal waves of synths, synths and more synths that BURLINGTON ELECTRONIC DEPARTMENT commands.

Launched in 2022 by ZACK SCHUSTER, the mastermind behind synthwave outfit ROOST.WORLD, the BED isn’t a liated with the City of Burlington. Though, really, why not? C’mon, Miro. This city needs fucking synthwave dance parties, and you know it

For now, Schuster runs and curates the live series and is prepared to give a full yearly report of the Department’s initial returns.

According to an email from Schuster, the Department is continually “trying to generate value for our consumers. But at the same time, we are analyzing the trends and figuring out what this company and its shareholders really need in the grand scheme.”

If that all sounds very administrative, fear not — this is still a birthday party, and the lineup features a jumbo-size helping of killer electronic music. Taking over both the Bean and the Light Club Lamp Shop, the celebration includes APPALLED EAGLES, DISCO PHANTOM, DUTCH EXPERTS, GENDERDEATH, TAKAHIKO MATSUI (aka DJ TAKA), Roost.World and plenty more — 19 acts and seven hours of music, all told. If that’s not community service, I don’t know what is.

To further commemorate the occasion, the BED is releasing its first company video on Wednesday, May 24, with a compilation album, Burlington Electronic Department Compilation 001, out the following day. The album features a bevy of remixes from a wide range of local(ish) talent, such as XEN CHRON, FAMOUS LETTER WRITER and many of the artists on the birthday show bill. It will be available in physical form only at the show on Thursday, with a digital release in June.

As for what the Department has planned for its second year, Schuster noted that a new Roost.World album is on the way, as well as a “free party for the people” in the summer.

“We don’t really know what’s next for the company,” they wrote. “But I imagine it will involve trends and numbers … and maybe some more parties.”

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On the Beat

Innovative Vermont composer and multi-instrumentalist MICHAEL CHORNEY is back with a new project — sort of. The VIPERHOUSE founder is the current leader of prog-jazz outfit FREEWAY CLYDE and has released an album of that band’s songs with Brooklyn-based violinist DANA LYN The Melodia of Freeway Clyde features stripped-down versions of Chorney’s compositions, performed by Chorney and Lyn and showcasing the hypnotic interplay of acoustic guitar and violin for an almost cinematic e ect.

The duo has also released a music video for the track “Ephrata.” Directed by Burlington expat singer-songwriter FRANCESCA BLANCHARD, the video sets the arctic-chill elegance of the song against a montage of footage of empty fields, abandoned shacks, windmills and battered fences. Check it out now on YouTube, and stream The Melodia of Freeway Clyde at michaelchorney.

Williston duo TRANSITORY SYMPHONY is “closing up shop,” according to an email from cofounder JIM HELTZ. He and TOM HANEY are ending the project after 10 years; a handful of weird folk-rock, psych-jazz records; and (who can forget) one ode to the giant pit that still sits in the middle of Burlington.

Listening In

(Spotify mix of local jams)

leave one last o ering: She says, “I’ve Got Your Number” is a four-song EP coda from the band, available at It also released two final videos, one for the title track and one for “the clouds INSIDE,” which you can watch on YouTube.

Vermont singer-songwriter NOAH KAHAN has released two new singles on Spotify. The first is a new version of Kahan’s hit song “Orange Juice,” in which the onetime Stra ord resident strips the tune down to a hushed piano ballad. The other release is a cover of the JASON ISBELL song “If We Were Vampires,” on which Kahan duets on with LUMINEERS vocalist WESLEY SCHULTZ.

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I’m sad to see the band go because it was strange in all the best ways. Though Haney is retiring from music, Heltz said he’ll be back with a new project in the future. In the meantime, Transitory Symphony

Eye on the Scene

Last week’s live music highlights from photographer Luke Awtry

NICOMO SECRET SHOW AT SOMEWHERE, BURLINGTON, MAY 21: Sunday, 9 p.m. I am in sweatpants. e cats have settled in around me. I’m exhausted, but what could possibly be happening — at this hour, no less? en I begin to recall week-old whispers that Burlington expat NICO OSBORNE and his post-SMALLTALKER project, NICOMO, are playing a secret show, along with locals JEREMY MENDICINO and ADDIE HERBERT. Unsure of the location and already an hour past the rumored start time, I run to my car and head across town to a secret location. e parking lot is unusually empty, but just as disappointment sets in, Mendicino’s unmistakable songwriting drifts past, and I pull back a curtain to reveal 25 fully engaged attendees and one distracted Pomeranian. All three acts are lovely, but I’m especially floored by Herbert, having never heard her perform solo. at’s the beautiful thing about Burlington: ere’s always music happening … somewhere.

“Getting a chance to perform one of the greatest songs ever with one of my biggest influences ever was one of the highlights of my life,” Kahan wrote in the press release for the singles. Describing the Isbell song as being about “time, aging, and what true love really is,” Kahan related that he fell in love with “If We Were Vampires” when he was young and his mother played it on a road trip. Getting to record it with Schultz was especially meaningful for Kahan, as he grew up an avid fan of the Denver alt-folk act.

Both tracks are exclusively streaming on Spotify. ➆

On the Air

Where to tune in to Vermont music this week:

“WAVE CAVE RADIO SHOW,” Wednesday, May 24, 2 p.m., on 105.9 the Radiator: DJs FLYWLKER and GINGERVITUS spin the best of local and nonlocal hip-hop.

“ROCKET SHOP RADIO HOUR,” Wednesday, May 24, 8 p.m., on 105.9 the Radiator: Folk singer NICK CARTER plays live in studio.

“THE SOUNDS OF BURLINGTON,” ursday, May 25, 9 p.m., at Host TIM LEWIS plays selections of local music.

“CULTURAL BUNKER,” Friday, May 26, 7 p.m., on 90.1 WRUV: Host MELO GRANT plays local and nonlocal hip-hop.

“ALL THE TRADITIONS,” Sunday, May 28, 7 p.m., on Vermont Public: Host ROBERT RESNIK plays an assortment of folk music with a focus on Vermont artists.

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live music


Bent Nails House Band (rock) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free.

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

Hannah Frances, Mary Esther Carter, Will Davis (singer-songwriter) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 9:15 p.m. $5.

Jazz Jam Sessions with Randal Pierce (jazz) at the 126, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free.

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

Justin Plakias & Friends (jazz) at Red Square, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free.

Les Dead Ringers (jazz) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free.

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

Paul Asbell & Clyde Stats (jazz) at American Flatbread Burlington Hearth, 5:30 p.m. Free.

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

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


Ali T (singer-songwriter) at Filling Station, Middlesex, 6 p.m. Free.

Andriana Chobot (indie pop, jazz) at Black Flannel Brewing & Distilling, Essex, 6 p.m. Free.

Band Legrand (country) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free.

Burlington Electronic Department’s 1-Year Anniversary Party (electronic) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 7 p.m. $10/$15.

Cooie DeFrancesco (Americana) at Blue Paddle Bistro, South Hero, 5:30 p.m. Free.

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Ryan Sweezey (singersongwriter) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 6 p.m. Free.

Soul Indomitable (funk) at Zenbarn, Waterbury Center, 7 p.m. $15.


Artie’s Birthday Blues Extravaganza (blues) at Whammy Bar, Calais, 7 p.m. Free.

Avery Cooper (jazz) at the Venetian Soda Lounge, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.

Blowtorch, the Wet Ones!, the Stop Signs (punk, surf) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. $10/$15.

Blue Fox (acoustic) at Gusto’s, Barre, 6 p.m. Free.

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

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

ELEVEN (rock) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 9 p.m. Free.

George Nostrand (singersongwriter) at Taps Tavern, Poultney, 6 p.m. Free.

Get Up With It, Julia & the Nightcaps (jazz, folk) at CharlieO’s World Famous, Montpelier, 6 p.m. Free.

Mark Legrand & Sarah Munro, the Bar*Belles (singersongwriter, folk) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 6 p.m. Free. MSMW:BTV (Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood tribute) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 8 p.m. $15. Putumayo’s 30th Anniversary Celebration (world music) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 6 p.m. $10/$15.

Tim Brick (country) at the Old Post, South Burlington, 8 p.m. Free.

Tom Caswell (blues) at Red Square, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.


Bearded Belligerents (metal) at Gusto’s, Barre, 9 p.m. Free.

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

Breanna Elaine (singersongwriter) at Taps Tavern, Poultney, 6 p.m. Free.

Come Mierda, Black Axe, Corrupt World (metal) at Charlie-O’s World Famous, Montpelier, 9:30 p.m. Free.

Dave Keller (blues) at the Venetian Soda Lounge, Burlington, 8 p.m. $10.

Dead Set (Grateful Dead tribute) at Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, 8:30 p.m. $17/$20.

A pivotal member of the Chicago underground EDM scene for more than 20 years, COLETTE has had a storied career as a DJ, vocalist and founder of Candy Talk Records. In 2020, she released an album titled The Pete Moss Remixes, composed of six tracks remixed by iconic Philadelphia DJ PETE MOSS. The two join forces for a special 25th anniversary edition of Sunday Night Mass on Sunday, May 28, at Club Metronome in Burlington. The show promises to bring the jams with support from Montréal DJ FRED EVERYTHING and locals JUSTIN B, D-LAV and JUSTIN R.E.M

Grace Palmer and Socializing for Introverts (rock) at Red Square, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.

Ira Friedman (jazz) at Hugo’s Bar and Grill, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free.

Jaded Ravins (Americana) at Red Square, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Jazz with Alex Stewart and Friends (jazz) at the 126, Burlington, 8:30 p.m.

Jeff Shelley (singer-songwriter) at 1st Republic Brewing, Essex, 6 p.m. Free.

Nefesh Mountain, ivamae (folk) at Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 7 p.m. $25/$30.

Pleasant Nectar (bluegrass) at Charlie-O’s World Famous, Montpelier, 8 p.m. Free.


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

Jesse Agan (singer-songwriter) at 1st Republic Brewing, Essex, 6 p.m. Free.

Justin LaPoint (singersongwriter) at the Tap Room at Switchback Brewing, Burlington, 5 p.m. Free.

Kyle Stevens (covers) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 5 p.m. Free.

The Lloyd Tyler Band (blues) at Jericho Café & Tavern, 7 p.m. Free.

Marcie Hernandez (singersongwriter) at Stone’s Throw Pizza, Richmond, 6 p.m. Free.

Dutch Experts, Fuzzy Bones, Last Minute (synth, indie rock) at the Barrage, Holland, 7 p.m. $10.

The Full Cleveland (yacht rock) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 9 p.m. $10/$12.

Josh Glass (singer-songwriter) at 1st Republic Brewing, Essex, 6 p.m. Free.

Justin Howl (acoustic) at Martell’s at the Red Fox, Jeffersonville, 9:30 p.m. $5.

Kudu Stooge, Robber Robber, PRUNE (indie rock) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 9 p.m. $10/$12.

The Lebowski Trio (covers) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 5 p.m. Free.

Celebrate summer at Shelburne Museum and join us for Free First Friday Eve events this season. Enjoy an evening of live music, lawn games, food trucks, and special exhibitions–the entire Museum campus will be open and FREE to all!

Free First Friday Eves is generously sponsored by

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Left Eye Jump (blues) at Red Square, Burlington, 2 p.m. Free.

Loud Moon (folk) at the Den at Harry’s Hardware, Cabot, 6 p.m. Free.

The Lowmen (rock) at Monopole, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 10 p.m. Free.

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

Sarah Bell (singer-songwriter) at Whammy Bar, Calais, 7 p.m. Free.

Seth Yacovone (acoustic) at 14th Star Brewing, St. Albans, 2 p.m. Free.

Soul Remnants, Lightcrusher, Cruentation, Forest Thrall, Hell Priest (metal) at Monkey House, Winooski, 8 p.m. $10/$15.

Steve Blair (jazz) at Bleu

Northeast Kitchen, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free.

Trade (jam) at Red Square, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

We’re From Antartica, Leatherbound Books (folk) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free.


Allegra Krieger, Frances Chang, Lily Seabird (indie) at Monkey House, Winooski, 8 p.m. $10/$15.

The Jim Branca Experience (blues) at Red Square, Burlington, 3 p.m. Free.

John Drew Peterson (folk) at Lawson’s Finest Liquids, Waitsfield, 3 p.m. Free.

Marcus Rezak with members of Twiddle (jam) at Red Square, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

Sunday Brunch Tunes (singersongwriter) at Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 10 a.m.

Troy Millette and the Fire Below (folk) at 14th Star Brewing, St. Albans, 1 p.m. Free.


The Bandit Queen of Sorrows, Johanna Rose, Lilith (folk) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 6 p.m. $5/$10.

Big Easy Tuesdays with Back

Porch Revival (jazz) at the 126, Burlington, 8 p.m. Free.

Bluegrass Jam (bluegrass) at Taps Tavern, Poultney, 7 p.m. Free.

Get Up With It, Gibson & Crawford (jazz) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free.

Grateful Tuesdays (tribute) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. $20.

Honky Tonk Tuesday with Wild Leek River (country) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free.

Lazer Dad (covers) at Lawson’s Finest Liquids, Waitsfield, 5 p.m. Free.


Bent Nails House Band (rock) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free.

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

Field Day Kickoff with Noah

Kesey Magic Band, Rockin’ Worms, Greaseface, Verboten (indie rock) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $5.

Jazz Jam Sessions with Randal Pierce (jazz) at the 126, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free.

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

Les Dead Ringers (jazz) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free.

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

Raavi, No Fun Haus, Earthworm (indie) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 9 p.m. $10/$15.

The Runaway Grooms (rock) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 9 p.m. $10.

Sam Atallah (jazz) at American Flatbread Burlington Hearth, 5:30 p.m. Free.

Wednesday Night Dead (Grateful Dead covers) at Zenbarn, Waterbury Center, 7 p.m. $5. Willverine (electronic) at the Wallflower Collective, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free.



The Mid-Week Hump with DJ Fattie B, Craig Mitchell (DJ) at Monkey House, Winooski, 7 p.m. Free.


DJ Chaston (DJ) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 10:30 p.m. Free.

DJ Two Sev (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free.

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

Silverback Jamboree (DJ) at Club Metronome, Burlington, 9 p.m. $40.

Vinyl Night with Ken (DJ) at Taps Tavern, Poultney, 6 p.m. Free.


Dig: Queer Dance Party (DJ) at Monkey House, Winooski, 9 p.m. Free.

DJ C-Low (DJ) at Club Metronome, Burlington, 10 p.m. $5.

DJ Craig Mitchell (DJ) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free.

DJ Kaos (DJ) at Gusto’s, Barre, 9 p.m. Free.

DJ Kata (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.

DJ Taka (DJ) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 11 p.m. $10/$15.


Blanchface (DJ) at Manhattan Pizza & Pub, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.

DJ A-Ra$ (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, midnight. Free.

DJ Raul (DJ) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.

DJ Ron Stoppable (DJ) at Club Metronome, Burlington, 10 p.m. $5.

DJ Taka (DJ) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 11 p.m. $10/$15.

Matt Payne (DJ) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.

Molly Mood (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.

Taylor Swift Dance Party with Julia Kate Davis (DJ) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free.


Colette & Pete Moss (electronic) at Club Metronome, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. $25.


Local Motives Tuesday (DJ) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.


Queer Bar Takeover (DJ) at Charlie-O’s World Famous, Montpelier, 7:15 p.m. Free.

open mics & jams


Irish Sessions (Celtic, open mic) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.

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

Open Mic with JD Tolstoi (open mic) at Taps Tavern, Poultney, 7 p.m. Free.


Open Mic (open mic) at Whammy Bar, Calais, 6:30 p.m. Free.

Open Mic (open mic) at Orlando’s Bar & Lounge, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.


Open Mic Night (open mic) at Despacito, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.


Venetian Soda Open Mic (open mic) at the Venetian Soda Lounge, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.


Irish Sessions (Celtic, open mic) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.

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

Open Mic with JD Tolstoi (open mic) at Taps Tavern, Poultney, 7 p.m. Free.



Max’s Sport Themed Birthday Party Comedy Show (comedy) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 7 p.m. $5/$10.

Standup Comedy Open Mic (comedy open mic) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 8:30 p.m.

Teacher’s Lounge (comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.


Kingdom Kids Present: Home Planet (comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7 p.m. $5. Mothra! A Storytelling/ Improv Comedy Show (comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.


Shh... It’s a Secret! (comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. $15.

Three Leaves Comedy Showcase (comedy) at the 126, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.


Hello Summer: A Comedy Burlesque Show (burlesque) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 9:30 p.m. $20. Vermont Comedy Awards (comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.


Comedy Open Mic (comedy open mic) at the 126, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.


Mix Tape: Show & Jam (comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7 p.m. Standup Comedy Open Mic (comedy open mic) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 8:30 p.m.

trivia, karaoke, etc.


4Qs Trivia Night (trivia) at Four Quarters Brewing, Winooski, 6 p.m. Free.

Nerd Nite Trivia (trivia) at Citizen Cider, Burlington, 6:30-9 p.m. Free.

Trivia Night (trivia) at Stone Corral, Richmond, 7 p.m. Free. Venetian Trivia Night (trivia) at the Venetian Soda Lounge, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.


Karaoke Night (karaoke) at Zenbarn, Waterbury Center, 7 p.m. Free.

Trivia Night (trivia) at McGillicuddy’s Five Corners, Essex Junction, 6:30 p.m. Free.

Trivia Night (trivia) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free.

Trivia Thursday (trivia) at Spanked Puppy Pub, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free.


Venetian Karaoke (karaoke) at the Venetian Soda Lounge, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.


Trivia with Craig Mitchell (trivia) at Monkey House, Winooski, 7 p.m. Free.


Karaoke hosted by Motorcade (karaoke) at Manhattan Pizza & Pub, Burlington, 9 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.

Trivia Tuesday (trivia) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. Free.

Tuesday Night Trivia (trivia) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.


4Qs Trivia Night (trivia) at Four Quarters Brewing, Winooski, 6 p.m. Free.

Nerd Nite Trivia (trivia) at Citizen Cider, Burlington, 6:30-9 p.m. Free.

Trivia Night (trivia) at Stone Corral, Richmond, 7 p.m. Free. ➆

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Jewelry Company, Romance Scam Online


Memo to people in relationships, especially those who’ve been in them for years: It is rough out there right now for singles trying to find love. Hell, it’s an ordeal just trying to find a date or hookup. People who paired o before apps facilitated 90 percent of romantic congress (a totally accurate statistic — don’t challenge me) have no idea what a nightmare it is just trying to find some play.

Never mind the di culties that arise from technologically filtered attempts at conversing. Bots, hackers, spammers and scammers have become harder and harder to spot. You might be a few texts into a chat before you realize the other person doesn’t want you, just your Social Security number.

It’s hard for an elder millennial like me to imagine what dating is like for Zoomers who may have no experience outside of Tinder, Grindr, etc. Manriel Grant and Ezra Ouellette, the duo composing Burlington electro-R&B outfit Jewelry Company, were born on the generational cusp. Twenty-eight and 26, respectively, they’re just old enough to know there has to be a better way to find love. And they get into it in glossy detail on their exceptional debut LP, Romance Scam Online.

After forming in 2016, Jewelry Company emerged on the Queen City scene in 2020 with their EP, Cheap Drugs. It’s worth noting that Grant has a Burlington-famous aunt: City Councilor Melo Grant (P-Central District), who for nearly four decades has hosted the WRUV hip-hop radio program “Cultural Bunker.” Her nephew’s band makes precisely the type of local music you’d expect Melo to play on her show.

The titles of Jewelry Company’s releases underscore their cyber-centric POV, each alluding to spam or otherwise dubious online chicanery. But the genericness of these titles, and even the band’s name, cheekily subverts best SEO practices. They know the rules and can therefore break/have fun with them.

By email, Grant and Ouellette explained that, despite not getting smartphones until they were adults, they were very

online in their formative years. They played computer games extensively, downloaded music through file-sharing platform LimeWire and got deep into gaming forums. Though they didn’t spend middle and high school with pornography machines in their pockets at all times like (we can assume) a lot of their cohort did, technology has been an omnipresent influence on their culture.

Their music reflects that. A scintillating blend of electronic subgenres, such as drum and bass, UK garage and acid house, Jewelry Company’s music pulses with now-ness. As they interrogate the world of online dating and how it bleeds into their psyches, they ensconce themselves in propulsive beats and a fleet of synths of various tones and textures. Grant and Ouellette sing with smooth detachment. They’re calm and collected in the face of so much chaos.

Appropriately titled opener “Loading” takes a minute to bu er but contains the album’s thesis: “Who I am is in my pocket / But the world’s on my screen.” They seem to say, “The internet contains multitudes, yet we’d rather use it to curate an easily marketable version of ourselves.” Culminating in boots-and-cats beats, the foreboding track previews and teases some of the subsequent 11 songs.

“Persona” sets ablaze the everyday fiction of life on social media. Grant and Ouellette take aim at filtered selfies and all manner of fakery, including the way people hype themselves. Bass and drums do the heavy compositional lifting, occasionally assisted by quick blasts of MIDI horn fanfare.

“I swear I could find your hubris with my eyes closed,” Grant sings on a verse that suggests things don’t necessarily get better in person — one of the album’s many bons mots. The pair are just as adept at wordplay as slinging vibes.

One of the most brilliant examples of their lyrical genius is on diss track “Cold,” probably the record’s best cut. (TBH, it’s hard to pick a favorite.) On a foundation of icy, Whitney Houston synth, Jewelry Company concoct one of the sickest burns I’ve heard in years.

“You’re not who I complain about,” they sing on a loop. Deceptively simple, the phrase says so much by saying so little. The things we complain about are the things that make us feel passionately. You don’t complain about someone you don’t care about, even if they actually have you “in a cold sweat” and “losing sleep.”

“You’re not who I complain about” equals “I don’t think about you at all.” Chef’s kiss — even if it masks a deeper truth.

Though most of the record is a dance party, slow jam “French” is a much-needed pit stop. Its instrumentals are some of the oldest on the record, originating in 2017, according to a press release. Another song full of clever barbs, “French” sports beta-blocked beats and chillwave, sandededge synths. Kicked o by Grant, the song indicts high-society snobbery — or, even worse, people who front like they’re high class but are actually trash.

“It don’t make you cuter ’cause you said it in French / You’re not excused for being rude because you have a French accent,” Grant croons.

Grant and Ouellette seem to have a truly equal partnership. They point out in press materials that they work side by side on composition and production at Ouellette’s home studio. Ouellette also explains how they know a song is up to snu : “If the instrumental sounds like an ’80s pop ballad took molly the night before, it’s a good instrumental.” I concur.

Jewelry Company’s members may feel bewildered by modern romance and communication, but they’re clear-eyed and confident when it comes to telling stories and lighting up the dance floor. Someone, please date them.

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The Power ★★★★ TV REVIEW

When I read Naomi Alderman’s best-selling 2016 novel The Power, my first thought was, This would work better on TV, because it reads a bit like an elaborate pitch to a streaming service. Starting from a high-concept premise, a quasi-reversal of The Handmaid’s Tale, Alderman’s narrative jumps all over the globe. There’s such an array of characters that — to this reader, at least — few of their stories felt convincingly developed. A series o ers the time to spool out each of those subplots more naturally.

Prime Video took the bait, and the first nine-episode season of “The Power” is now available to stream. Just don’t expect it to complete the book’s narrative; the show ends on a cli -hanger, setting viewers up for a second season that hasn’t yet been confirmed.

The deal

All over the world, teenage girls spontaneously develop a new organ that gives them the power to generate electricity and wield it as a weapon. They transfer this power, known as electric organ discharge or EOD, to older women, and suddenly the battle of the sexes tilts in a new direction.

In Nigeria, freelance journalist Tunde Ojo (Toheeb Jimoh) goes viral with the first footage of EOD. In Seattle, Mayor Margot Cleary-Lopez (Toni Collette) becomes a champion of the freedom to use the power after policies designed to contain it a ect her daughter (Auli’i Cravalho). In the Bible Belt, troubled teen Allie (Halle Bush) uses EOD to murder her abuser, then hears the voice of a female God who instructs her to make it the basis of a new religion. In the UK, Roxy (Ria Zmitrowicz) deploys the power to claim her birthright in a gangster family. In an Eastern European dictatorship, victims of human tra cking wield it to mount a coup. Some of these stories will intersect by the season’s end, as the world’s men realize they just might be in trouble.

Will you like it?

Don’t try to make scientific sense of EOD; both book and show hand-wave away the specifics. “The Power” is essentially a thought experiment: What would happen

if women (cis and trans alike, plus some intersex people) were suddenly physically stronger than men? How would the world change?

I’ve seen a few reviews describing the series as a straightforward rah-rah feminist story — which is odd, because the novel’s thesis is far darker than that. Like Margaret Atwood, Alderman doesn’t have a rosy view of human nature, and she depicts power as leading naturally to abuse and subjugation, no matter who wields it. In this story, fascism has no gender.

While early scenes do show women as underdogs, triumphing over small and large forms of male oppression, the real question is what comes after this radical shifting of the global balance. Will empowered women turn men into second-class citizens, or will they uphold ideals of equality? Will women who have su ered at men’s hands resist the temptation to take revenge?

The series explores the first question through Collette’s character: As she advocates for superpowered women in the public sphere, she struggles to maintain her relationship with her husband (John Leguizamo), who feels threatened by her own power for the first time.

The character of Tatiana, the dictator’s cosseted and virtually captive trophy wife, embodies a less civil reaction: payback. Croatian actor Zrinka Cvitesic simmers

with repressed rage in her stylized scenes. With the help of newly added backstory, she takes a villainous stereotype and makes her disturbingly real.

On the level of writing and visuals, “The Power” has an unevenness that keeps things interesting. Some subplots feel like earnest prime-time dramas, others like B movies, others like teen fare, others like indie lite. It’s the performances, though, that make the series really watchable, giving the characters new and welcome layers.

As Allie, the traumatized would-be messiah of this new world, Bush has a damaged, searching quality that raises questions about where religions come from. (The voice of her “God” could be a fantasy of the loving mother she never had.) I still don’t understand why the Hamlet -esque gangster saga of Roxy takes up so much of the plot, given that it feels tangential to the story’s themes. But Zmitrowicz lends the character a likable swagger, and veteran actor Eddie Marsan matches her perfectly as her dad.

One particularly unsatisfying character in the book is the only central male one: Tunde the journalist, who travels around the world serving as a reader surrogate. As his elation over what he’s seeing turns to horror, so does ours — but he lacks much personality of his own. Here, Jimoh (known for his role on “Ted Lasso”) makes

Tunde radiate decency and empathy, so it’s easy to accept him as our moral compass.

“The Power” is a little more rambling than it needs to be, and it remains to be seen whether its creators, who include Alderman, can bring the darkest parts of her vision to life. But for lovers of thoughtprovoking dystopias, this is a worthy watch.


“THE HANDMAID’S TALE” (five seasons, 2017 to present; Hulu): is culturally resonant adaptation of Atwood’s 1985 novel about a fascist, evangelical-ruled America paved the way for “ e Power.”

“DEAD RINGERS” (2023; Prime Video): Want to watch another series about dangerous women? Rachel Weisz commands the screen in this surprisingly great (but not-for-thesqueamish) show based on the same source material as the 1988 David Cronenberg film.

DISOBEDIENCE (2017; Netflix, rentable): Speaking of Weisz, she also costars in this film adaptation of Alderman’s very different novel about lesbian longing in an Orthodox Jewish community.

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ABOUT MY FATHER: It’s culture-clash comedy time when a man introduces his salt-of-the-earth dad (Robert De Niro) to his WASP fiancée’s parents. With Sebastian Maniscalco and Leslie Bibb. (89 min, PG-13. Capitol, Essex, Majestic)

IT AIN’T OVER: Sean Mullin directed this documentary about New York Yankees legend Yogi Berra. (98 min, PG. Palace)

KANDAHAR: Gerard Butler plays an undercover CIA agent trying to escape from enemy territory in Afghanistan in this action thriller directed by Ric Roman Waugh. (120 min, R. Essex, Majestic, Palace)

THE LITTLE MERMAID: Halle Bailey is the sea princess who longs to walk the earth in Disney’s latest live-action version of its own animated property. With Melissa McCarthy as Ursula; Rob Marshall directed. (135 min, PG. Big Picture, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Palace, Paramount, Roxy, Star, Stowe, Sunset, Welden)

THE MACHINE: Bert Kreischer plays a version of himself in this action-comedy adaptation of his standup routine about how a semester abroad came back to haunt him. Mark Hamill plays his dad. (112 min, R. Essex, Majestic, Palace, Sunset)

MASTER GARDENER: A horticulturalist (Joel Edgerton) hides dark secrets from his wealthy employer (Sigourney Weaver) in this thriller from Paul Schrader (First Reformed). (111 min, R. Savoy)

NRI WIVES: This Bollywood film shot in the U.S. explores the Indian diaspora. (145 min, NR. Majestic)

YOU HURT MY FEELINGS: Julia Louis-Dreyfus plays a novelist who’s deeply wounded by her husband’s reaction to her new book in the latest comedydrama from Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said). (93 min, R. Savoy)


ARE YOU THERE, GOD? IT’S ME, MARGARET. HHH1/2 Kelly Fremon Craig directed this adaptation of Judy Blume’s classic. (105 min, PG-13. Palace, Roxy; reviewed 5/3)

BLACKBERRYHHHH Remember the first smartphone? This biopic of sorts from Matt Johnson (The Dirties) explores what happened to it. With Jay Baruchel and Glenn Howerton. (120 min, R. Roxy, Savoy)

BOOK CLUB: THE NEXT CHAPTERHH1/2 Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen and Diane Keaton play four friends who bring their book club to Italy in this comedy sequel. (107 min, PG-13. Bijou, Majestic, Palace, Welden [Wed only])

CARMENHHH Choreographer Benjamin Millepied offers a “reimagining” of Georges Bizet’s opera with a new plot and score, starring Melissa Barrera and Paul Mescal. (116 min, R. Savoy)

COCAINE BEARHH1/2 Elizabeth Banks directed this comedy-thriller about a bear that terrorizes the countryside after going on a coke binge. (95 min, R. Sunset; reviewed 3/8)

FAST XHHH The son of a drug kingpin comes for revenge on everyone’s favorite fast-driving “family.” (141 min, PG-13. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Palace, Paramount, Roxy, Star, Stowe, Sunset, Welden)

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 3HHH1/2 The intergalactic crew regroups after a crushing loss in yet another Marvel Cinematic Universe extravaganza. James Gunn wrote and directed. (150 min, PG-13. Big Picture, Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Roxy, Star, Stowe, Sunset, Welden)

LOVE AGAINH1/2 What if your dead fiancé’s phone number were reassigned … to someone really attractive? Jim Strouse directed this rom-com. (104 min, PG-13. Big Picture)

MONICAHHH1/2 A woman (Trace Lysette) returns home to care for the ailing mother (Patricia Clarkson) from whom she’s estranged in director Andrea Pallaoro’s drama. (106 min, R. Catamount)

NEFARIOUS: A serial killer claims he will transfer his inner demon to the psychiatrist examining him in this horror flick from the writers of God’s Not Dead (97 min, R. Roxy)

THE SUPER MARIO BROS. MOVIEHH1/2 Chris Pratt voices a Brooklyn plumber in the Mushroom Kingdom in this animated adaptation of the Nintendo game. (92 min, PG. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Sunset)


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(* = upcoming schedule for theater was not available at press time)

*BIG PICTURE THEATER: 48 Carroll Rd., Waitsfield, 496-8994,

*BIJOU CINEPLEX 4: 107 Portland St., Morrisville, 888-3293,

CAPITOL SHOWPLACE: 93 State St., Montpelier, 229-0343,

CATAMOUNT ARTS: 115 Eastern Ave., St. Johnsbury, 748-2600,

ESSEX CINEMAS & T-REX THEATER: 21 Essex Way, Suite 300, Essex, 879-6543,

MAJESTIC 10: 190 Boxwood St., Williston, 878-2010,

MARQUIS THEATER: 65 Main St., Middlebury, 388-4841,

*MERRILL’S ROXY CINEMAS: 222 College St., Burlington, 864-3456,

PALACE 9 CINEMAS: 10 Fayette Dr., South Burlington, 864-5610,

PARAMOUNT TWIN CINEMA: 241 N. Main St., Barre, 479-9621,

*PLAYHOUSE MOVIE THEATRE: 11 S. Main St., Randolph, 728-4012,

SAVOY THEATER: 26 Main St., Montpelier, 229-0598,

STAR THEATRE: 17 Eastern Ave., St. Johnsbury, 748-9511,

STOWE CINEMA 3PLEX: 454 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-4678,

SUNSET DRIVE-IN: 155 Porters Point Rd., Colchester, 862-1800,

WELDEN THEATRE: 104 N. Main St., St. Albans, 527-7888,

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BRAINSTORMING SESSION: Working folks in their twenties through forties meet up to network and build initiatives.

14th Star Brewing, St. Albans, 5-6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 524-2444.


Fresh off a 12-week accelerator program, nine startup teams pitch their products to judges and audience members. Generator, Burlington, 5-8 p.m. Free; cash bar; preregister. Info, 540-0761.



INTERNATIONAL GROUP: Local professionals make crucial contacts at a weekly chapter meeting. Burlington City Arts, 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 829-5066.


NATHAN BACON: e cofounder of local organic herb farm Hillside Botanicals describes how to grow organic cannabis. Brookfield Old Town Hall, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 276-3103.


CURRENT EVENTS: Neighbors have an informal discussion about what’s in the news.

Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m.noon. Free. Info, 878-4918. etc.


TO TELL: Prompts from group leader Maryellen Crangle inspire true tales, told either off the cuff or read from prewritten scripts. Presented by Dorothy Alling Memorial Library. 2-3:30 p.m. Free;

preregister; limited space. Info, 878-4918.

See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section.

‘9 TO 5’: A Dolly Partonsoundtracked tale follows three workers taking revenge on their icky boss. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600.

‘COOKED: SURVIVAL BY ZIP CODE’: Sustainable Woodstock screens this documentary about the economic inequality that worsened the deadly 1995 Chicago heat wave. Free; preregister. Info, 457-2911.

‘JOURNEY TO SPACE 3D’: Sparkling graphics and vibrant interviews take viewers on a journey alongside NASA astronauts as they prepare for stranger-than-sciencefiction space travel. Northfield Savings Bank 3D eater: 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.

‘MYSTERIES OF THE UNSEEN WORLD 3D’: Stunning footage takes viewers on a mind-bending journey into phenomena that are too slow, too fast or too small to be seen by the naked eye. Northfield Savings Bank 3D eater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, noon, 2 & 4 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $14.50-18; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848.

‘WILD AFRICA 3D’: Viewers are plunged into the magical


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vistas of the continent’s deserts, jungles and savannahs. Northfield Savings Bank 3D eater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $14.50-18; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848.

‘WINGS OVER WATER 3D’: Sandhill cranes, yellow warblers and mallard ducks make their lives along rivers, lakes and wetlands. Northfield Savings Bank 3D eater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 11:30 a.m., 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $14.50-18; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848.


MAH-JONGG OPEN PLAY: Weekly sessions of an age-old game promote critical thinking and friendly competition. Manchester Community Library, Manchester Center, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 362-2607.

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HARRIERS: Beer hounds of legal age take an invigorating jog along a trail of brews. Ages 21 and up. Various Chittenden County locations, Burlington, 6:30-9 p.m. Free. Info,

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. RACHEL BREM AND CHRISTY TEAL: Two


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Mother’s Day

It took Vermont playwright Erin Galligan Baldwin 20 years of brainstorming and six years of development to bring her new play, My Mother’s ree Mothers, to life. is week, Lost Nation eater presents its world premiere. Blending emotional complexity and riveting drama with heartwarming humor and universal themes, this moving work tells the true story of Baldwin’s mom’s search for and reconnection with her own birth mother. A five-actor ensemble serves as both the rotating cast of characters and a Greek chorus guiding the audience through the generations.


ursday, May 25, through Saturday, May 27, 7:30-9:30 p.m.; and Sunday, May 28, 2-4 p.m., at Lost Nation eater, Montpelier City Hall. See website for additional dates. $10-30. Info, 229-0492,

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BABYTIME: Librarians bring out books, rhymes and songs specially selected for young ones. Pre-walkers and younger. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.

STEAM SPACE: Kids explore science, technology, engineering, art and math activities. Ages 5 through 11. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 5-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.

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AFTERSCHOOL ACTIVITY: CRAFT: Handy kiddos get creative after class. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

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 a.m. Free. Info, 846-4140.

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


CHESS CLUB: Kids of all skill levels get one-on-one lessons and play each other in between. Ages 6 and up. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 3:30-5 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.

NATURECAMP AFTERSCHOOL: Nature educator Ange Gibbons teaches kids how to spot animal tracks, build campfires, identify edible plants and other outdoor skills. Ages 10 through 12. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 3-5:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 426-3581.

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LEGO CHALLENGE CLUB: Kids engage in a fun-filled hour of building, then leave their creations on display in the library all month long. Ages 9 through 11. Waterbury Public Library, 3-4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 244-7036.

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GRADES 1-4: Students make friends over crafts and story time. George Peabody Library, Post Mills, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 333-9724.

PRE-K STORY TIME: Little ones and their caregivers hear a different farmthemed tale every week in May. Snacks included. Ages 3 through 5. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 9:30-11

a.m. $10-12; preregister. Info, cpeavey@

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MCL FILM CLUB: Teen auteurs learn how to bring stories to life on camera. Manchester Community Library, Manchester Center, 3:30-5 p.m. Free. Info, 362-2607.

NEW MOMS’ GROUP: Local doula Kimberleigh Weiss-Lewitt facilitates a community-building weekly meetup for mothers who are new to parenting or the area. Manchester Community Library, Manchester Center, 9-10 a.m. Free. Info, 549-4574.

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PRESCHOOL YOGA: Colleen from Grow Prenatal and Family Yoga leads little ones in songs, movement and other fun activities. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.

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CASUAL CRAFTING FOR KIDS: Imaginative kiddos get creative after class. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

LEGO TIME: Builders in kindergarten through fourth grade enjoy an afternoon of imagination and play. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

MIDDLE SCHOOL MAKERS: COOKING: Students in grades 5 through 8 make delicious homemade snacks. ADA accessible. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140.


BASSICK: e singer and storyteller extraordinaire leads little ones in indoor music and movement. Birth through age 5. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

PRESCHOOL PLAYTIME: Pre-K patrons play and socialize after music time. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.



Youngsters make pictures out of colorful, meltable doodads. Ages 8 and up. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 3:30-5 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.

NATURECAMP AFTERSCHOOL: See WED.24. Ages 7 through 9.

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.


WEE ONES PLAY TIME: Caregivers bring kiddos 3 and younger to a new sensory learning experience each week. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 888-3853.

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JUBAL HARP & SONG: Judi Byron plays folk ditties, rhymes, and counting and movement songs for babies, toddlers and preschoolers to sing and dance along to. Waterbury Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 244-7036.

PRESCHOOL PLAY & READ: Outdoor activities, stories and songs get 3- and 4-year-olds engaged. Waterbury Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 244-7036.

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LAPSIT STORY TIME: Babies 18 months and younger learn to love reading, singing and playing with their caregivers. Siblings welcome. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 745-1391.

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DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: Imaginative players in grades 5 and up exercise their problem-solving skills in battles and adventures. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.

KIDS’ MOVIE IN THE AUDITORIUM: Little film buffs congregate in the library’s Katie O’Brien Activity Room for a screening of a G-rated movie. See southburlingtonlibrary. org for each week’s title. ADA accessible. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 1-3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140.


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.

upper valley

STORY TIME: Preschoolers take part in stories, songs and silliness. Latham Library, etford, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 785-4361.

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ACORN CLUB STORY TIME: Kids 5 and under play, sing, hear stories and take home a fun activity. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 10-11 a.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 745-1391.

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YOUNG ADULT DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: Teens battle beasts with swords and spellbooks in this campaign designed to accommodate both drop-in and recurring players. Ages 12 through 16. Manchester Community Library, Manchester Center, 2-4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 549-4574.



MUSICAL STORY TIME: Song, dance and other tuneful activities supplement picture books for kids 2 through 5. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 888-3853.

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NOTORIOUS RPG: Kids 10 through 14 create characters and play a collaborative adventure game similar to Dungeons & Dragons. Manchester Community Library, Manchester Center, 1-2 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 362-2607.

STEAM SATURDAY: Little ones play around with foundational science and art fun. Manchester Community Library, Manchester Center, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 362-2607.



FAMILY CONTRA DANCE: No experience is necessary at this all-ages line dance featuring live tunes by Maeve Fairfax and Brian Perkins. StudiOne Dance, Burlington, 1:30-3:30 p.m. $8-20 suggested donation. Info, calling.luke@


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ACORN CLUB STORY TIME: See FRI.26, 2-2:30 p.m.

DANCE PARTY MONDAYS: Little ones 5 and under get groovy together. Siblings welcome. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 745-1391.



PIZZA AND PAPERBACKS: Teen bibliophiles discuss their latest reads over a slice. Ages 11 through 18. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 5-6 p.m. Free. Info, 540-2546.

SING-ALONG WITH LINDA BASSICK: Babies, toddlers and preschoolers sing, dance and wiggle along with Linda. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.

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CRAFTYTOWN: From painting and printmaking to collage and sculpture, creative kids explore different projects and mediums. Ages 8 and up, or ages 6 and up with an adult helper. ADA accessible. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140.

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.

PRESCHOOL STORY TIME: Little ones enjoy a cozy session of reading, rhyming and singing. Birth through age

5. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

TEEN GAME NIGHT: Countless board games are on the menu at this meetup for adolescents ages 12 and up. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 5-6 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

TODDLERTIME: Kids ages 1 through 3 and their caregivers join Miss Alyssa for a lively session of stories, singing

and wiggling. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 9:15-9:45 & 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 846-4140.




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; donations accepted. Info, 229-6206.

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ISSUES AND IDENTITIES BOOK GROUP: Using current and past Golden Dome Award nominees, readers ages 9 through 12 discuss social issues such as race, gender and disability. Waterbury Public Library, 3:45-5 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 244-7036.

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STORY TIME: Youth librarian Carrie leads little tykes in stories and songs centered on a new theme every week. Birth through age 5. Manchester Community Library, Manchester Center, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 362-2607.

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LEGO BUILDERS: See WED.24. MEDITATIVE COLORING: Soothing sounds and quiet coloring make for a calming afterschool activity. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

TEEN NIGHT: FOOD FOR THOUGHT: e Teen Advisory Board meets over pizza to brainstorm ideas for library programming. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 5-6 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918.



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expert doctors launch their guidebook No Longer Radical: Understanding Mastectomies and Choosing the Breast Cancer Care That’s Right for You. Presented by Phoenix Books. 7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 448-3350.

SEATED & STANDING YOGA: Beginners are welcome to grow their strength and flexibility at this supportive class. Manchester Community Library, Manchester Center, 9-10 a.m. Free. Info, 549-4574.


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@

IRISH LANGUAGE CLASS: Celticcurious students learn to speak an Ghaeilge in a supportive group. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.


FESTIVAL ACCÈS ASIE: The annual Asian Heritage Month extravaganza features art shows, film screenings, play readings, food tastings and more. See for full schedule. Various Montréal locations. Prices vary. Info, 514-298-0757.



The Celtic music power couple plays foot-tapping reels and heartrending ballads on the fiddle, piano, bagpipes and guitar. Fuller Hall, St. Johnsbury Academy, 7 p.m. $15-52; free for students under 18. Info, 748-2600.

ZACH NUGENT UNCORKED: The sought-after guitarist plays a weekly loft show featuring live


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music, storytelling and special guests. Shelburne Vineyard, 6-8:45 p.m. Free. Info, 985-8222.



DISCUSSION: Librarians team up with the Williston Criminal Justice Center for a conversation about Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:307:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.




STRATEGIES: New England Federal Credit Union advisers help attendees understand the ins and outs of writing a will and leaving assets to heirs. Noon-1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 764-6940.


DRAGONS AWAKE!: In a practice rooted in ancient Chinese tradition, Dragonheart Vermont “wakes up” its dragon boats for the season. U.S. Coast Guard Station. Waterfront Park, Burlington, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 999-9042.


TENNIS CLUB: Ping-Pong players swing their paddles in singles and doubles matches. Rutland Area Christian School, 7-9 p.m. Free for first two sessions; $30 annual membership. Info, 247-5913.

VERMONT LAKE MONSTERS: Spectators buy some peanuts

Ball of the Wild

The Green Mountain State’s shiny new soccer team kicks off its second-ever season this week with two home games against the Albany Rush and the CS Mont-Royal Outremont. Founded in 2022 and competing in the men’s USL League Two, the Vermont Green has two goals: the one you’re thinking of, and environmental justice. The club has built climate crisis work into its DNA, from its plans to become a net-zero carbon emissions organization to its commitment to anti-racism. And those stunning jerseys? Made from recycled plastic bottles.


Friday, May 26, and Wednesday, May 31, 7 p.m., at Virtue Field, University of Vermont Archie Post Athletic Complex, in Burlington. See website for additional dates. $8-15; free for kids 5 and under. Info,,

and Cracker Jack to watch the Green Mountain State’s own Futures Collegiate Baseball League team face off against new opponents each night. Centennial Field, Burlington, 6:35 p.m. $6-17; $125-418 for season passes. Info, 655-4200.


‘SO I’VE BEEN TOLD’: Storyteller Tim Jennings debuts a new session of ghost stories, folk humor and fairy tales that he’s collected over the years. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.




CONSERVATION STRATEGY: University of New England professor Noah Perlut teaches listeners how farming practices can help make a better world for bobolinks and savannah sparrows. Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, registration@


KNITTING GROUP: Knitters of all experience levels get together to spin yarns. Latham Library, Thetford, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 785-4361.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section.

‘BEST OF ENEMIES’: David Harewood and Zachary Quinto star as political opponents

Burlington, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 865-2368. Dedalus Wine Shop, Market & Bakery, Stowe. Info, 585-7717.


THE CHECK MATES: Chess players of all ages face off at this intergenerational weekly meetup. Manchester Community Library, Manchester Center, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 549-4574.

DUPLICATE BRIDGE: A lively group plays a classic, tricky game with an extra wrinkle. Waterbury Public Library, 12:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 244-7223.

health & fitness

SIMPLIFIED TAI CHI FOR SENIORS: Eighteen easy poses help with stress reduction, fall prevention and ease of movement. Manchester Community Library, Manchester Center, 3:15-4 p.m. Donations. Info, 362-2607.

TAI CHI THURSDAYS: Experienced instructor Rich Marantz teaches the first section of the Yang-style tai chi sequence. Manchester Community Library, Manchester Center, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 645-1960.

LGBT+ RIGHTS IN THE WORKPLACE: Two attorneys give queer and trans people tools to recognize and fight harassment and discrimination. Presented by Pride Center of Vermont. 7-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 860-7812.





REHEARSAL: Local musicians bring their instruments to practice every week. St. Mark Catholic Parish, Burlington, 6:45-8:45 p.m. Free. Info, 343-3856.

FEAST & FIELD MUSIC SERIES: YOUNG TRADITION VERMONT: Farm-fresh foods and folk tunes are on the menu at a pastoral party. Fable Farm Fermentory, Barnard, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $5-25. Info, 234-1645.

William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore

Vidal in this award-winning drama, streamed live from London’s National Theatre. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $615. Info, 748-2600.






food & drink

FREE IN-STORE TASTINGS: Themed wine tastings take oenophiles on an adventure through a region, grape variety, style of wine or producer’s offerings. Dedalus Wine Shop, Market & Wine Bar,

MUSIC WITH THE MUSEUM: A silent auction and a set from Paul Asbell and Bob Stannard raise funds for Rokeby Museum’s exhibition fund. Ferrisburgh Town Offices & Community Center, 6 p.m. $30-45; preregister. Info, 877-3406.


DUQUETTE: Acoustic tunes and imaginative harmonies characterize this roots duo’s vibe. Willey Memorial Hall, Cabot, 7-9 p.m. $12. Info, 793-3016.



MONITORING WALK: Community scientists watch for warblers, spy sparrows and hear hawks to contribute to Audubon’s database. Green Mountain Audubon Center,

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Huntington, 7-9 a.m. Free. Info, 434-3068.



ORIENTATION: Outdoorsfolk learn about opportunities to maintain trails, greet visitors, or lead familyfriendly art and science activities. Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Woodstock, 3-4 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,




COMPATIBILITY: New England Federal Credit Union hosts a discussion with experts on merging finances with a partner. Noon-1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 764-6940.


Experts clear up common questions about enrolling in state health insurance for seniors. Presented by New England Federal Credit Union. 6-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 764-6940.


VERMONT LAKE MONSTERS: See WED.24, 6:35 p.m. tech

TECH AND TEXTILES: Crafters work on their knitting or crocheting while discussing questions such as how to set up a new tablet or what cryptocurrency even is. George Peabody Library, Post Mills, 1-5 p.m. Free. Info, 333-9724.


‘THE COMEDY OF ERRORS’: On the 400th anniversary of its publication, Vermont Repertory Theatre presents Shakespeare’s first comedy in all its gut-busting glory. Isham Family Farm, Williston, 7-9 p.m. $10-25; free for kids under 16. Info,

‘MY MOTHER’S THREE MOTHERS’: A woman’s search for her birth mother sends shockwaves through the generations in this world premiere of a new play by Erin Galligan Baldwin. See calendar spotlight. Lost Nation Theater, Montpelier City Hall, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $10-30. Info, 229-0492.


BRENT KENDRICK: A scholar of the late Vermont author Mary E. Wilkins Freeman launches Green Mountain Stories, a new edition of her work. Phoenix Books, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 448-3350.

EVENING BOOK GROUP: Readers discuss last year’s Vermont Reads pick,The Most Costly Journey, in a relaxed round-robin. Virtual



SOCIAL HOUR: The Alliance Française of the Lake Champlain Region hosts a rendez-vous over cocktails. Juniper Bar & Restaurant, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, mjuneau@aflcr. org.




FAREWELL REUNION CONCERT: Music lovers gather to appreciate the sounds of the YTV Youth Commission and Québécois musician Pascal Gemme. Grace Episcopal Church, Sheldon, 7-9 p.m. $20 suggested donation. Info,

‘FROM EAST TO WEST’: Japanese, Chinese and Russian composers take inspiration from Western music and vice versa in this delightfully diverse program from pianist Michael Arnowitt. Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $15-25. Info, 223-7861.

JUSTIN HOWL: A roving bluesman stops by to drop some mind-blowing harmonica tunes. Shelburne Vineyard, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 985-8222.

option available. ADA accessible. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140.

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ANNUAL PLANT SALE: Gardeners pick from a vast variety of annuals and perennials. Event runs until sold out. Vermont Granite Museum, Barre, 6:30 a.m. Free. Info, 793-7720.


SCRAPBOOKING GROUP: Cutters and pasters make new friends in a weekly club. Manchester Community Library, Manchester Center, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 549-4574.


ART + EDM NIGHT: The creative community gets together for an evening of making connections and hitting the dance floor. Catamount ArtPort, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600.


RECITAL: After a 1980s-themed showcase by students and staff, audience member ages 5 and up get to try some high-flying tricks themselves. New England Center for Circus Arts, Brattleboro, 7-9 p.m. Donations; $10-20 for trapeze lessons. Info, 254-9780.

Meet Your Baker

Vermonters who aren’t already planning a Montréal trip in the next three weeks may want to change their tune. Rising star Tymisha Harris plays the title role in Josephine: A Musical Cabaret, an award-winning one-woman show about the 20th century’s first Black, bisexual international celebrity. Baker was a singer, movie star, activist and spy in World War II, and Harris brings her to vivid life through a stunning, sparkling combination of musical theater and burlesque brimming with Jazz Age glamour.


Sunday, May 28, 1:30 p.m., and Monday, May 29, through Wednesday, May 31, 8 p.m., at Sylvan Adams Theatre, Segal Centre for Performing Arts, in Montréal. See website for additional dates. $25-67. Info, 514-739-7944,


See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section.

‘THE GUIDE’: An orphaned American boy becomes a blind Ukrainian bard’s guide in this 2014 drama. Proceeds benefit relief in Ukraine. Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $5. Info, 457-3981.




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ALL THINGS MAPLE: Maple baked beans, a bake sale and a mini tag sale fête Vermont’s famous flavor. Waterbury Center Community Church, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 244-8089.


Beer lovers start Memorial Day weekend off right with pints of IPAs, mango-flavored sips and nonalcoholic brews. 12-22 North St., Burlington, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, fullbarrelcoop@gmail. com.

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ONLINE: Dorothy Alling Memorial Library invites attendees to relax on their lunch breaks and reconnect with their bodies. Noon-12:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, programs@




LIMITS: The local brewer serves up samples of cream ales and doughnut porters to shoppers. Vermont Flannel, Woodstock, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Info, 457-4111.


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PICNIC CONCERT SERIES: MARC AND BILLY: A newfangled oldtime duo keeps this outdoor music series going. Picnic dinners available for purchase. Knoll Farm, Fayston, 6-9:30 p.m. $10. Info,

SENIOR WEEK CHORAL CONCERT: Student singers celebrate graduation with a slate of songs selected by the seniors. Robison Concert Hall, Mahaney Arts Center, Middlebury College, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.


SPRING BIRDING: Folks of all interests and experience levels seek out feathered friends in flight. All supplies provided. Sodom Pond, Adamant, 7-9 a.m. Free; donations accepted. Info, 229-6206.


VERMONT GREEN FC: The state’s newest men’s soccer club kicks off its second year with flair and a focus on environmental justice. See calendar spotlight. Virtue Field, University of Vermont Archie Post Athletic Complex, Burlington, 7 p.m. $8-15; free for kids 5 and under. Info, club@



‘DI LADY DI’: A one-woman musical takes a new look at the glamorous but approachable powerhouse that would become royalty. Black Box Theater, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $25. Info,

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WRITE TIME: Trained instructor Mary Ann Fuller Young leads a supportive workshop for anyone looking to explore the craft of writing. ADA accessible. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 1:15-2:45 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140.



VILLAGE YARD SALE: Bargain hunters bag gently used treasures at this benefit for the Jaquith Public Library. Old Schoolhouse Common, Marshfield, 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 426-3581.



Vermont Ballet Theater School Center for Dance students of all ages give a spectacular springtime showing. The Flynn, Burlington, 1 & 6:30 p.m. $17.7828. Info, 863-5966.


VEGAS’: Movement students ages 2 through adult hit it big at this spring showcase. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 4 p.m. $25-30. Info, 775-0903.

SPRING SHOWCASE & ‘ALICE IN WONDERLAND’: Ballet Wolcott students present a year of work alongside an interpretation of Lewis Carroll’s beloved adventure. Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, 1-3 & 4-6 p.m. $5-15. Info, 533-2000.


Find even more local events in this newspaper and online: art

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


See what’s playing at theaters in the On Screen section.

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Find club dates at local venues in the Music + Nightlife section online at music.

Learn more about highlighted listings in the Magnificent 7 on page 11.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section.


SERIES: ‘MALCOLM X’: Rajnii Eddins hosts a screening of this biopic starring Denzel Washington and directed by Spike Lee. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 2:30-6 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.

‘DON GIOVANNI’: Maestro Nathalie Stutzmann makes her Metropolitan Opera debut in this broadcast performance of Mozart’s most infernal opera. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 12:55 p.m. $16-25. Info, 748-2600.





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HAYMAKER FARM FANCY FEAST: A four-course summer supper celebrates nearby farms with ultra-local offerings such as porchetta, asparagus au poivre and confit potatoes. Haymaker Bun, Middlebury, 5:30 & 7:30 p.m. $91; preregister; limited space. Info, 248-224-7539.


BURLINGTON FARMERS MARKET: Dozens of stands overflow with seasonal produce, flowers, artisanal wares and prepared foods. 345 Pine St., Burlington, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 560-5904.


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@

NORTHWEST FARMERS MARKET: Locavores stock up on produce, preserves, baked goods, and arts and crafts from over 50 vendors. Taylor Park, St. Albans, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 242-2729.


CHESS CLUB: Players of all ages and abilities face off and learn new strategies. ADA accessible. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140.








ARLO GUTHRIE: You can get anything you want (exceptin’ Alice) when the iconic folk songwriter stops by to share songs and stories from a life on the road. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center,

Stowe Mountain Resort, 7 p.m. $35-55. Info, 760-4634.


CROCODILE RIVER MUSIC: Weaving together influences from Africa, Brazil and the Caribbean, this joyful group gets picnickers moving to the rhythm. Retreat Farm, Brattleboro, 6-8 p.m. $2025; free for kids under 12. Info, 387-0102.

DIANA FANNING: The concert pianist highlights compositions by Schubert, Chopin, Lili Boulanger and Ravel. Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, 7-9:30 p.m. $10-45. Info, 728-9878.

‘HEAR OUR PRAYER’: The Montpelier Community Gospel Choir showcases the joyful music of composers including Moses Hogan, Ysaÿe M. Barnwell and Walter Hawkins. Virtual options available. Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 2-3 p.m. $10-40; pay what you can for live stream; limited in-person space. Info, 595-9801.

MAL MAÏZ: A Costa Rican multiinstrumentalist and his Afro Latino orchestra make an appearance at a wine lovers’ picnic concert series. Lincoln Peak Vineyard, New Haven, 6 p.m. $16-20; free for kids 12 and under. Info, 382-9222.


BAND: Central Vermont’s premier Jewish folk band plays its final concert before members Steven and Kathy Light move away. Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 7-9 p.m. $20 suggested donation. Info, 498-3173.

THE VILLALOBOS BROTHERS: The Xalapa-born brothers blend jazz, classical and Mexican folk music. Potluck and opening youth act, 5:30 p.m. Barnard Town Hall, 7 p.m. $10-50. Info, 234-1645.



TOWN TRAILS: Green Mountain Audubon leads a trek through coniferous and deciduous avian habitats. Westford Elementary School, 7-9 a.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, gmas@




‘DI LADY DI’: See FRI.26, 2 & 7:30 p.m.

‘THE COMEDY OF ERRORS’: See THU.25, 2-4 & 7-9 p.m.



POETRY EXPERIENCE: Local wordsmith Rajnii Eddins hosts a supportive writing and sharing circle for poets of all ages.

Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.

SPRING BOOK SALE: Books, DVDs, audiobooks and board games go on sale out in the sunshine, and all proceeds fund library programming. Latham Library, Thetford, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Donations. Info, 785-4361.

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See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section.





food & drink

THE LUSH LIFE: WINE & CAVIAR PAIRINGS FOR SUMMER: A sommelier and an Italian caviar expert walk into a bar — and share some luxe pairings of champagne and fish eggs. Dedalus Wine Shop, Market & Wine Bar, Burlington, 1-2 p.m. $75; preregister; limited space. Info, 865-2368.

STOWE FARMERS MARKET: An appetizing assortment of fresh veggies, meats, milk, berries, herbs, beverages and crafts tempts shoppers. 2043 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, stowefarmersmarket@gmail. com.

health & fitness

KARUNA COMMUNITY MEDITATION: A YEAR TO LIVE (FULLY): Participants practice keeping joy, generosity and gratitude at the forefront of their minds. Jenna’s House, Johnson, 10-11:15 a.m. Free; donations accepted. Info,




CABARET’: Tymisha Harris stars in this sparkling one-woman show about the groundbreaking life of Black singer, spy and civil rights activist Josephine Baker. See calendar spotlight. Sylvan Adams Theatre, Segal Centre for Performing Arts, Montréal, 1:30 p.m. $25-67. Info, 514-739-7944.


‘HEAR OUR PRAYER’: See SAT.27, 4-6 p.m.

THE MORNING DUDES: Two lifelong fans cover a wide variety of songs by Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead. Shelburne Vineyard, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 985-8222.

‘SING INTO SPRING’: Local vocalists and instrumentalists play cheerful classical tunes. Bethany United Church of Christ, Montpelier, 2-3:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 522-7649.

THE SAMPLES: Picnickers enjoy an evening of reggae-influenced rock jams. Chad Hollister opens. Trapp Family Lodge Concert Meadow, Stowe, 6-8 p.m. $31.80. Info, 253-5769.


60TH MEKKELSEN RV MEMORIAL DAY CLASSIC: The racetrack’s 2023 season continues with a nailbiting competition. Thunder Road Speedbowl, Barre, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

$10-25. Info, info@thunderroadvt. com.

VERMONT CITY MARATHON & RELAY: The 34th annual race winds through Burlington and along Lake Champlain. Waterfront Park, Burlington, 7 a.m. $175-325; preregister. Info, 863-8412.





OPEN MIC POETRY: Resident poet Bianca Amira Zanella welcomes writers and listeners of all stripes to an artful afternoon of readings. Phoenix Books, Rutland, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 855-8078.



FIBER ARTS FREE-FOR-ALL: Makers make friends while working on their knitting, sewing, felting and beyond. Artistree Community Arts Center Theatre & Gallery, South Pomfret, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, theknittinkittenvt@

KNIT WITS: Fiber-working friends get together to make progress on their quilts, knitwear and needlework. Manchester Community Library, Manchester Center, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 362-2607.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section.



WORLD 3D’: See WED.24.



health & fitness

ADVANCED TAI CHI: Experienced movers build strength, improve balance and reduce stress. Holley Hall, Bristol, 11 a.m.-noon. Free; donations accepted. Info, jerry@

LAUGHTER YOGA: Spontaneous, joyful movement and breath promote physical and emotional health. Pathways Vermont, Burlington, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info,

LONG-FORM SUN 73: Beginners and experienced practitioners learn how tai chi can help with arthritis, mental clarity and range of motion. Holley Hall, Bristol, 11 a.m.-noon. Free; donations accepted. Info, wirlselizabeth@

YANG 24: This simplified tai chi method is perfect for beginners looking to build strength and balance. Congregational Church of Middlebury, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Free; donations accepted. Info,


‘JOSEPHINE: A MUSICAL CABARET’: See SUN.28, 8 p.m. words


COMPANY: Poets, playwrights, novelists and memoirists of every experience level meet weekly for an MFA-style workshop. Swift House Inn, Middlebury, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info,

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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. dance

MORRIS & MORE: Dancers of all abilities learn how to step, clog and even sword fight their way through medieval folk dances of all kinds. Revels North, Lebanon, N.H., 6 p.m. Pay what you can. Info, 603-558-7894.

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, 7:309 p.m. $5. Info, 864-8382.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section.


‘MRS. DOUBTFIRE’: This Robin Williams-starring classic follows a divorced dad’s unconventional attempts to spend more time with his kids. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info,



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NORTHFIELD FARMERS MARKET: A gathering place for local farmers, producers and artisans offers fresh produce, crafts and locally prepared foods. Depot Square, Northfield, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 485-8586.

health & fitness

QI GONG FOR VITALITY & PEACE: Librarian Judi Byron leads students in this ancient Chinese practice of mindful movement and breath. Waterbury Public Library, 10-11 a.m. Free; preregister. Info,

TAI CHI TUESDAY: Patrons get an easy, informal introduction to this ancient movement practice that supports balance and strength. Manchester Community Library, Manchester Center, 9-10:15 a.m.

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS: Instructor Andrea Thulin helps non-native speakers build their vocabulary and conversation skills. Manchester Community Library, Manchester Center, 5:307 p.m. Free. Info, 549-4574.


GROUP: Francophones and French-language learners meet pour parler la belle langue Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 5 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.




COMMUNITY SINGERS: A weekly choral meetup welcomes all singers to raise their voices along to traditional (and notso-traditional) songs. Revels North, Lebanon, N.H., 7:30 p.m. Pay what you can. Info, 603-558-7894.



BIRD WALK: A slow, all-levels, three-mile trek gets birders invigorated. Delaney Woods Trail, Wells, 7:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 598-2583.


BRAIN CLUB: BOOK CHAT: Participants discuss The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy With Autism by Naoki Higashida. Presented by All Brains Belong VT. 6-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, contact@allbrainsbelong. org.


GROUP: The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life by Anu Partanen inspires a lively discussion. Latham Library, Thetford, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 785-4361.


GROUP DISCUSSION: The Burlington Literature Group reads and analyzes this influential postmodernist novel over 13 weeks. 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, info@nereadersandwriters. com.

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COMMUNITY PARTNERS DESK: TURNING POINT CENTER: Representatives post up in the main reading room to answer questions and provide resources. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section.



‘PRIDE’: Ahead of Pride Month, this 2014 film tells the true story of a group of London gay and lesbian activists working to support striking Welsh miners. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600.

‘THE QUARRY PROJECT’: A 40-minute film captures last summer’s sold-out, site-specific dance theater performance at Wells Lamson quarry. Q&A follows. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 426-3581.



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LOVERS’ GROUP: A monthly discussion group samples new topics of tasty conversation at every meeting. Manchester Community Library, Manchester Center, 2-3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 549-4574.

ITALIAN WINE PAIRING DINNER: A five-course seasonal menu pairs perfectly with libations sure to satisfy any foodie. Edson Hill Dining Room & Tavern, Stowe, 6-8:30 p.m. $230; preregister. Info, 253-7371.

MOTHER SHUCKER TASTING PARTY: One ticket buys five pours of the lush bubblies and acidic whites that pair best with à la carte oysters. Dedalus Wine Shop, Market & Wine Bar, Burlington, 5-7 p.m. $25; preregister; limited space. Info, 865-2368.



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OUR VOICE: NEURODIVERSITY AND DISABILITY: Speakers from Pathways Vermont and the Disabled Students Union discuss their experiences at the newest installment of this patientcentered medical narrative series. Davis Auditorium, Medical Education Center Pavilion, University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, lcomourvoice@gmail. com.










NATURE PADDLE: A naturalist leads a leisurely row past waterfalls, shoreline and beaver dams. BYOB boat and life vest. Ages 12 and up. Wrightsville Reservoir, 6-8 p.m. $20; preregister; limited space. Info, 229-6206.

PICK YOUR PADDLECRAFT: Beginning rowers learn the ins and outs of kayaking equipment, transport and trip planning. REI, Williston, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 316-3120.


30TH ANNIVERSARY GALA: Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist George Will keynotes this party thrown by conservative think tank the Ethan Allen Institute. DoubleTree by Hilton, South Burlington, 6 p.m. $125; preregister. Info, 695-1448.





K-MING CHANG: The Lambda Literary Award- and Center for Fiction First Novel Prizenominated author of Bestiary reads from her work. Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, 7:308:30 p.m. Free. Info, 635-2727.

MEG REYNOLDS: After an open mic session, a Pushcart Prizenominated poet reads from her new collection, Does the Earth. Black Flannel Brewing & Distilling, Essex, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 857-5629. ➆


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Discover your happy place in one of our weekly classes. Making art boosts emotional well-being and brings joy to your life, especially when you connect with other art enthusiasts. Select the ongoing program that’s right for you. Now enrolling youths and adults for classes in drawing, painting and fused glass. Location: Davis Studio, 916 Shelburne Rd., S. Burlington. Info: 802-425-2700,

LIGHT, COLOR AND COMPOSITION: is workshop offers a guided learning opportunity to immerse yourself in a multiday experience painting outdoors with Tracy. We will paint together in and around picturesque Warren, Vt. We will primarily focus on simplifying the majesty of nature through composition, value control and color. Topics will include choosing a painting site, exploring compositions, using value to create structure and creating color harmony, among others. We will also discuss equally important aspects of painting such as active looking, focus, mindset and expectations. Our days will include live painting demos, discussion, ample time to paint, individual guidance and feedback, and connection with like-minded artists. Jun. 20-22, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $540/3 full days. Location: e Pitcher Inn and the Village of Warren, 275 Main St., Warren. Info: Edgewater Gallery, eresa Harris, 802-9897419,,



CHARCUTERIE BOARDS: Join Stephanie for a hands-on demo charcuterie class, featuring local cheeses, meats and products. By the end, you will be proud of your board and brag about it to family and friends. Invite your friends!

Stephanie guides everyone as you create an aesthetically appealing, delicious charcuterie board. Ages 21+. Fri., May 26, 5:30 p.m. Cost:

$65. Location: Maverick Market at 110, 110 Main St., Suite 1C, Burlington. Info:,


CLASS: In this workshop, we will talk about what makes this great American classic so irresistible. You will then assemble and decorate your very own eight-slice version to take home and enjoy for the weekend. In addition, you will receive a copy of Janina’s recipe for this dessert following the class.

u., Jun. 15, 6 p.m. Cost: $10-45. Location: Red Poppy Cakery, 1 Elm St., Waterbury Village Historic District. Info: 203-400-0700, sevendays


BRAVE COFFEE AND TEA: Tackle a handful of recipes for the perfect teatime and learn more about brewing the tea to go with it, served hot,

iced or infused into lemonade. We’ll enjoy the fruits of our labor toward the end of the workshop and take home some Brave Tea for future brewing. Sat., Jul. 22, 11 a.m. Cost: $40. Location: Red Poppy Cakery, 1 Elm St., Waterbury Village Historic District. Info: 203400-0700,

THE BASICS OF CAKE DECORATING: Learn the basics of filling, crumb-coating, getting nice smooth edges and some rosette piping. You’ll take home great new techniques plus a six-inch cake that serves 12. You can select your flavor! Gluten-free, vegan or both are available. Please disclose allergies when registering.

Tue., Jul. 25, 6 p.m. Cost: $85. Location: Red Poppy Cakery, 1 Elm St., Waterbury Village Historic District. Info: 203-400-0700,


QUEER BOTANY SERIES: DO PLANTS HAVE GENDER?: June is U.S. National Pollinators Month! In this second class our focus is on the interactions between plants and insects, as well as other third parties that plants invite — and rely on — in order to reproduce. Who’s doing it with whom and what’s the best method of seduction? Tue., Jun. 6, 5-6:30 p.m. Cost: $15. Scholarships & discounts avail. Location: Red Wagon Plants, 2408 Shelburne Falls Road, Hinesburg. Info: Red Wagon Plants, 802-482-4060,,


GENERATOR is a combination of artist studios, classroom and business incubator at the intersection of art, science and technology. We provide tools, expertise, education and opportunity – to enable all members of our community to create, collaborate and make their ideas a reality.

ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR SKILLS WORKSHOP: is workshop will cover the basics of Adobe Illustrator but also leave enough flexibility in the curriculum to allow for student-chosen skills and

applications. You will leave with a strong foundation of skills and a knowledge of “shortcuts” in the program and application for the files you create. Wed., May 31 & Jun. 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $99. Location: Generator, 40 Sears La., Burlington. Info: 802-540-0761,

PIERCE, SIFT, FIRE: Learn the process of fusing powdered glass to metal using torch-firing. First, we will design and saw a copper pendant, then apply several layers of enamel on both sides of the pendant to add color. e result is a smooth, colored surface. e pendant can be worn using cotton cord. Sat., Jun. 3-Sun., Jun. 4, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost: $175 incl. materials. Location: Generator, 40 Sears La., Burlington. Info: 802540-0761,

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VERMONT BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU: We offer a legitimate Brazilian jiu-jitsu training program for men, women and children in a friendly, safe and positive environment.

Julio Cesar “Foca” Fernandez Nunes; CBJJP and IBJJF seventhdegree Carlson Gracie Sr. Coral Belt-certified instructor; teaching in Vermont, born and raised in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! A two-time world masters champion, five-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu national champion, three-time Rio de Janeiro state champion and Gracie Challenge champion. Accept no limitations! 1st class is free. Location: Vermont Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 55 Leroy Rd., Williston. Info: 802598-2839,,


ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE: e Alliance Française of the Lake Champlain Region is offering a new series of French classes for adults from beginner through advanced levels. e summer session begins on Jun. 5. Specific class offerings may be found at the Alliance Française website. Please contact Micheline Tremblay for more information. Jun. 5.

Location: Alliance Française, Burlington. Info:


ECO-RESILIENCY GATHERING: is is a free monthly space to gather with others who are interested in exploring ecological questions, emotional elements of climate change, ideas of change, building community, and creating a thriving world. Come together, share, engage and learn. Each month we center on topics related to the ecological and climate crises. Wed., Jun. 7, 6-7 p.m. Free. Location: Zoom. Info:,



SHAMANISM: Rare opportunity to apprentice locally in a shamanic tradition. Receive personal healing, learn to create your own Mesa, cultivate a relationship with the unseen world and discover your personal guide(s) who will help you “re-member” your new path of expanding possibilities. Weekend-long sessions: Jun. 16-18; Sep. 22-24; Jan. 12-14, 2024; Jun. 21-23, 2024. Location: Heart of the Healer, St. Albans. Info: omas Mock, 802-3694331, thomas.mock1444@gmail. com,


A UNIQUE STYLE: SVAROOPA YOGA: Gentle, deep and profound, this unique style of yoga releases the core muscles wrapped around your spine, creating changes in your body and mind. is affects joints, aches, pains and your inner state of mind. Transcend the athleticism of modern yoga by exploring the yogic mystery hidden within. Free half-hour session to learn the basics and propping. New class forming for beginners. Private sessions and yoga therapy also available by appointment. Ongoing classes Sun., 3-4:30 p.m. & Wed., 6-7:30 p.m. Cost: $21/ class; $108 for 6-class card to be used within 7 weeks. Location: Zoom. Info: 802-333-9477, annie@center4integrative

HATHA YOGA CLASSES IN MONTPELIER: Daily evening hatha yoga classes in Montpelier. 26 and 2 series. Call for more information. All levels welcome! 5:30-7 p.m. daily. Location: Hatha Yoga, 26 State St., 2nd Floor, Suite 4, Montpelier. Info: 802-223-1987.

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ARRIVAL DATE: April 11, 2023

SUMMARY: Sweet Lola is playful, energetic and guaranteed to make you laugh when she chases her little nub of a tail! She likes toys and being with her people and will make a great hiking buddy. She likes car rides, playing ball, walks, going to the dog park, bones and playing tug-of-war. Lola is looking for a family who can continue to work with her on her training needs, and her adoption fee will include up to three training sessions with our partner, GoodPup. Stop by to learn more about this silly-faced pup today!

DOGS/CATS/KIDS: Lola has done well with other dogs, but she can be a rough-and-tumble, vocal player who may not be a good fit for all dogs. She may do OK with dog-savvy cats who can tolerate her. Lola needs a home without kids.

Visit the Humane Society of Chittenden County at 142 Kindness Court, South Burlington, Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. or Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 862-0135 or visit for more info.


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Application 4C1187-10 from Cochran’s Ski Area, LLC, 910 Cochran Road, Richmond, VT 05477 and Cochran Family LLC, 910 Cochran Road, Richmond, VT 05477 was received on February 15, 2023 and deemed complete on May 11, 2023. e project is generally described as the installation of additional hill lights to facilitate night skiing, the replacement of 36’x36’ barn with 24’x36’ barn in a different location on the project tract to be used for the storage of mowers, tbar and groomer parts, in addition to an upstairs room for meetings and more storage of rental skis and bikes as needed, and the regrading of the bottom of the race trail. e project is located at 910 Cochran Road in Richmond, Vermont.

is application can be viewed online by visiting the Act 250 Database: ( aspx?Num=4C1187-10).

No hearing will be held and a permit will be issued unless, on or before June 8, 2023, a party notifi es the District 4 Commission in writing of an issue requiring a hearing, or the Commission sets the matter for a hearing on its own motion. Any person as defi ned in 10 V.S.A. § 6085(c)(1) may request a hearing. Any hearing request must be in writing, must state the criteria or 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: https://nrb., and email it to the District 4 Offi ce at: NRB. Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law may not be prepared unless the Commission holds a public hearing.

For more information contact Kaitlin Hayes at the address or telephone number below.

Dated this May 16, 2023.

By: /s/Kaitlin Hayes

Kaitlin Hayes

District Coordinator 111 West Street Essex Junction, VT 05452 (802) 622-4084


In the Year Two ousand Twenty-three

A Regulation in Relation to Rules and Regulations of the Traffi c Commission—

Section 7 No-parking Areas.

Section 7A Accessible spaces designated.

Section 9 Fifteen-minute parking.

Section 10 Two-hour parking.

Section 10-1 Time limits two-hour parking.

Section 11 One-hour parking.

Section 11-1 irty-minute parking

Section 12-1 No parking except vehicles loading or unloading.

Sponsor(s): Department of Public Works

Action: Approved

Date: 2/15/2023

Attestation of Adoption:

Phillip Peterson, PE

Public Works Engineer, Technical Services

Published: 05/24/23

Effective: 06/14/23

It is hereby Ordained by the Public Works Commission of the City of Burlington as follows: at Appendix C, Rule and Regulations of the Traffi c Commission, Section 7 No-parking areas, Section of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Burlington is hereby amended as follows:

Section 7 No parking areas.

No person shall park any vehicle at any time in the following locations:

(1)-(114) As written.

(114) In front of the handicap walkway at 358 North Winooski Avenue for a distance of eight (8) feet. On the east side of North Winooski Avenue beginning at North Union Street and extending north to Riverside Avenue.

(115)-(286) As written.

(287) In the space in front of 343 North Winooski Avenue. Reserved.

(288)-(365) As written.

(366) On the east side of North Winooski Avenue for a distance of 90 feet from North Union Street. Reserved.

(367)-(450) As written.

(451) On the east side of North Winooski Avenue for a distance of fi fteen (15) feet immediately south of the driveway to 274 North Winooski Avenue. Reserved.

(452)-(500) As written.

(501) On the east side of North Winooski Avenue for a distance of fi fty (50) feet in front of # 246. Reserved.

(502)-(556) As written.

(557) For twenty (20) feet south of the southernmost driveway entrance at 242 North Winooski Avenue. Reserved.

(558)-(581) As written.

Section 7A Accessible spaces designated.

No person shall park any vehicle at any time in the following locations, except automobiles displaying special handicapped license plates issued pursuant to 18 V.S.A. § 1325, or any amendment or renumbering thereof:

(1)-(147) As written.

(148) On the east side of North Winooski Avenue, in the space immediately north of the driveway to 264 North Winooski Avenue. On the west side of North Winooski Avenue in the fi rst space south of the driveway at 321 North Winooski Avenue.

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(149)-(173) As written.

Section 9 Fifteen-minute parking.

(a) No person shall park a vehicle longer than fifteen (15) minutes, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m., Sundays and holidays excepted, in the following areas:

(1)-(42) As written.

(43) In the parking space in front of 366 North Winooski Avenue. Reserved.

(44)-(60) As written.

(61) In the parking space in front of 294 North Winooski Avenue. Reserved.

(62)-(75) As written.

(76) In the parking space in front of 236 North Winooski Avenue. Reserved.

(77)-(126) As written.

(b) No person shall park any vehicle, at any time, longer than fifteen (15) minutes at the following locations:

(1)-(19) As written.

(20) In the 2 spaces between the driveways at 294 North Winooski Avenue. On the west side of North Winooski Avenue in the sixth and seventh space north of the driveway at 321 North Winooski Avenue from Noon to 9 p.m.

(21)-(34) As written.

(c)-(d) As written.

Section 10 Two-hour parking.

No person shall park a vehicle for a period longer than two (2) hours between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Sundays and holidays excepted, in the following locations:

(1)-(18) As written.

(19) On the east side of North Winooski Avenue beginning sixty (60) feet south of Riverside Avenue and continuing for sixty (60) feet south. On the west side of North Winooski Avenue in the first three (3) spaces south of Riverside Avenue, (20) As written.

Section 10-1 Time limits two-hour parking.

No person shall park a vehicle for a period longer than two (2) hours in the following locations:

(1) On the west side of North Winooski Avenue in the first four (4) spaces north of the driveway at 321 North Winooski Avenue from Noon – 9 p.m.

(2) On the south side of Archibald Street in the first three spaces west of North Winooski Avenue from 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.

(3) On the west side of North Winooski Avenue in the first four (4) spaces north of the driveway at 241 North Winooski Avenue from 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.

(4) On the west side of North Winooski Avenue in the first two (2) spaces north of Decatur Street from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

(5) On the north side of Decatur Street in the first two (2) spaces west of North Winooski Avenue from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Section 11 One-hour parking.

(a) No person shall park a vehicle for a period longer than one (1) hour between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Sundays and holidays excepted, in the following locations:

(1)-(11) As written.

(12) On the north side of North Winooski Avenue in the first three (3) spaces south of Riverside Avenue.

(13) As written.

(b)-(e) As written.

Section 11-1 Thirty-minute parking.

No person shall park any vehicle, at any time, longer than thirty (30) minutes at the following locations: (1)-(15) As written.

(16) On the west side of North Winooski Avenue in the second and third space south of the driveway at 241 North Winooski Avenue. The restriction is in effect Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., holidays excepted. On the south side of Riverside Avenue in the first three spaces west of North Winooski Avenue. The restriction is in effect Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., holidays excepted.

(17) As written.

Section 12-1 No parking except vehicles loading or unloading.

No person shall park a vehicle at the following locations unless engaged in loading or unloading the vehicle:

(1)-(28) As written.

(29) On the east side of North Winooski Avenue in front of 258 North Winooski Avenue starting immediately south of the 258 North Winooski Avenue parking lot entrance and extending sixty (60) feet southward between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. and between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. On the west side of North Winooski Avenue in the fifth, sixth, and seventh space north of the driveway at 321 North Winooski Avenue from 7 a.m. – Noon.

(30) Reserved. On the west side of North Winooski Avenue in the first two (2) spaces south of the driveway at 237 North Winooski Avenue from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.

** Material stricken out deleted.

*** Material underlined added.

TD: BCO Appx.C, Sec 7, Sec 7A, Sec 9, Sec 10, Sec. 10-1, Sec 11, Sec 11-1, & Sec 12-1 2/15/23


MONDAY, JUNE 05, 2023, 5:30 PM


A public hearing will be held during the regular meeting of Burlington City Council on Monday, June 5, 2023, at 5:30 pm, in person at Contois Auditorium, Burlington City Hall, 2nd floor, 149 Church Street, Burlington, Vermont 05401 or by video conference, accessible by link on the City’s website, to be posted no less than 48 hours prior to the hearing 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.

The Marketplace Commission is proposing a continuation of the current standards, which include a per-square-foot cost based on a building’s ground floor square footage, and an increase in the per-square-foot cost for FY24 of 5%: $3.02 per square foot for all properties, along with the recommendation Common Area Fee spreadsheet:

Miscellaneous/Copy of CSM Common Area Fees FY 24_Attachment A.xlsx

The 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. The written appeal may be delivered by any means, but must be received by the City Clerk prior to the public hearing to be considered. Following the public hearing, the Council will make

a final determination of the common area fees to be assessed.

For further information please contact:




By law, public notice of proposed rules must be given by publication in newspapers of record. The purpose of these notices is to give the public a chance to respond to the proposals. The public notices for administrative rules are now also available online at SOS/rules/ . The law requires an agency to hold a public hearing on a proposed rule, if requested to do so in writing by 25 persons or an association having at least 25 members.

To make special arrangements for individuals with disabilities or special needs please call or write the contact person listed below as soon as possible. To obtain further information concerning any scheduled hearing(s), obtain copies of proposed rule(s) or submit comments regarding proposed rule(s), please call or write the contact person listed below. You may also submit comments in writing to the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules, State House, Montpelier, Vermont 05602 (802-828-2231).

10 V.S.A. Appendix § 44, Furbearing Species. Vermont Proposed Rule: 23P015

AGENCY: Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board

CONCISE SUMMARY: The furbearing species rule sets forth hunting and trapping regulations. These rule amendments include: the BMP trap requirements for foothold traps such as: limits on the size of traps, swivels, pan tension; a ban on meat based body-gripping traps unless placed underwater, in an enclosure, or 5 feet above the ground; a requirement that bait be covered; trap placement setbacks from trails on state lands (except for Wildlife Management Areas) and on public highways; dispatch/legal methods for furbearers (gun, crossbow and bow and arrow); the application of some of the BMPs to persons who trap in defense of property for compensation; a limit of 4 Department registered dogs when taking coyote with the aid of dogs; no relaying; the use of GPS and control collars for dogs used to take coyote; the requirement for a GPS log; a hunting season of December 15 through March 31; and a training season of June 1 through September 15 for taking coyote with the aid of dogs, during daylight hours only.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Catherine Gjessing, Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, 1 National Life Drive, Davis 2 Montpelier, VT 05620-3208 Tel: 802-595-3331 Fax: 802-8281250 Email: URL: fish-and-wildlife-board.

FOR COPIES: Mark Scott, Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, 1 National Life Drive, Davis 2 Montpelier, VT 05620-3208 Tel: 802-777-4217 Fax: 802-828-1250 Email:



Pursuant to Title 24 VSA, Chapter 117, the Development Review Board will hold a public hearing on June 14, 2023 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) VAR-23-03 STEWART HALL: Variance application seeking relief under §9.05L of the Colchester Development Regulations to run overheard electricity across Sunset View Road and along approximately 550 ft of the subject property to serve previously approved building lots at 0 Moonlight Ridge and 81 Moonlight Ridge. Subject property is located at 0 Moonlight Ridge, Account #71-003033-0000000.


LLC: Conditional Use Application in conjunction with SP-23-25 to modify a previously approved

conditional use approval for a 3-story multi-family dwelling with first-floor multi-family residential in the Sunderland Farm Community PUD. Proposed amendment includes 1) altering the building footprint from 16,007 sf to 15,897 sf; 2) increasing unit count from 42 to 45 units, and 3) relocating site amenities, recreational facilities, and supporting infrastructure on Lots 5, 5A, and 5B of the Sunderland Farm Community PUD. Subject property is located at 114 Dylan Avenue, Account #04-030053-0000000; 0 Dylan Ave, Account #04-030383-0000000; and 0 Stuart Ave, Account #04-030283-0000000.

May 24, 2023


POSTED: MAY 22, 2023 BIDS DUE: JUNE 22, 2023 New Haven River Fishing Platform Repair at Eagle Park

Bristol, Vermont

The Town of Bristol is seeking competitive bids to repair the fishing platform on the New Haven River at Eagle Park. The project includes repair of the concrete access walkway, stabilization of a boulder that the platform is mounted on, installation of a split rail fence, and installation of two posts at the entrance to the new path. Project construction is anticipated between August 1 and October 1, 2023. The project is being funded in part with hazard mitigation funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Companies that are womenowned, minority-owned, Section 3, and local small businesses are encouraged to submit bids. A complete scope of work and other information can be found on the Vermont Bid System website ( or the Town of Bristol’s website (http://www.Bristolvt. org). For more information, contact Valerie Capels, Bristol Town Administrator, at (802) 453-2410 ext. 1 or at

A pre-bid site showing is planned for Tuesday June 6, 2023 at 10:00 am. Meet at Eagle Park.

Bids will be accepted until 10:00 AM, Thursday, June 22, 2023 by mail or hand delivery to the Town of Bristol, P.O. Box 249, 1 South Street, Bristol, Vermont, 05443, Attn. Town Administrator, or by Email to The Selectboard has the right to accept or reject any and all bids. The Town of Bristol is an equal opportunity provider and employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion, gender, or familial status.





By virtue and in execution of the Judgment and Decree of Foreclosure by Judicial Sale dated October 31, 2022, for a breach of: (1) a Mortgage dated May 28, 2015 and recorded on June 4, 2015 in Volume 425, Page 810 of the Town of Shelburne Land Records; and (2) a second Mortgage dated May 28, 2015 and recorded on June 4, 2015 in Volume 425, Page 827 of the Town of Shelburne Land Records (the “Mortgaged Property”); and for the purpose of foreclosing the same, the Mortgaged Property will be sold at public auction on Wednesday, June 28, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. at the Mortgaged Property located at 344 Acorn Lane, Shelburne, more particularly described as follows: Being all and the same lands and premises conveyed to Daniel J. Casey by Deed of John W.

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Paterson and Kimberly Paterson, and Susan Mary Bell of approximate even date herewith and to be recorded in the Town of Shelburne Land Records. Said lands and premises being more particularly described as follows:

Being all and the same lands and premises conveyed to John W. Paterson and Kimberly Paterson by Warranty Deed with Life Estate Reservation of Susan Bell dated November 25, 2008 and recorded on January 15, 2009 in Volume 357 at Page 355 of the Land Records of the Town of Shelburne and being more particularly described as follows:

The address of Lot No. A-3 is Townhouse A-3 Gardenside Townhouses, Acorn Lane, Shelburne, Vermont. Said lands and premises are located in Shelburne, Vermont and being all of Lot No. A-3 as set forth on a plan recorded at Map Slide 660A of the Land Records of the Town of Shelburne.

The property is subject to the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions dated February 8, 1983 and recorded in Volume 86 at Page 86 of the Land Records of the Town of Shelburne.

The Grantor (CVD, Inc.) for so long as it owns any lands at Gardenside, a townhouse regime, reserves the right from time to time, to create as many as an aggregate of 66 Lots, and to install and construct, and to maintain, repair and replace water, sewer, telephone, electric and other utility lines and services in the areas designated as road, roadways, Common Element or any other lands not designated as Lots, for the benefit of Gardenside, a townhouse regime, and other lands, including lands of the Grantor.

The Lot shall be used for residential purposes only and shall not be subdivided. The Lot may also be subject to certain provisions regarding party walls, as more fully set forth in the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions. Such provisions shall be and are covenants real and are incorporated herein by reference.

Included herewith is a right of way over Acorn Lane, so-called, until such time, if ever, as it is accepted as a public street.

By acceptance of this deed, the Grantee, for herself and her heirs and assigns, covenant and agree to become, and hereby comes, a member of Gardenside Townhouse Association, a non-profit corporation, and of Gardenside Home Owners Association. The Grantee for herself, her heirs and assigns further covenant to pay, from time to time as and when assessed, the Grantee’s annual charges.

Reference is hereby made to Gardenside Townhouse Association, Inc. Notice Concerning Recorded Plans dated March 20, 2015 and recorded on March 20, 2015 in Volume 424 at Page 413 of the Land Records of the Town of Shelburne.

TERMS OF SALE: The Mortgaged Property will be sold “AS IS WHERE IS” to the highest bidder for cash or wire funds only. The sale of the Mortgaged Property is subject to confirmation by the Vermont Superior Court, Chittenden Unit, Civil Division. The Mortgaged Property will be sold subject to unpaid taxes, municipal assessments, and superior liens, if any.

The public sale may be adjourned one or more times for a total time not exceeding 30 days, without further court order, and without publication or service of a new notice of sale, by announcement of the new sale date to those present at each adjournment or by posting notice of the adjournment in a conspicuous place at the location of the sale. Notice of the new sale date shall also be sent by

first class mail, postage prepaid, to the mortgagors at the mortgagors’ last known address at least five days before the new sale date.

Defendant Daniel Casey is entitled to redeem the Mortgaged Property at any time prior to the sale by paying the full amount due under the Mortgage referenced above, including the costs and expenses of the sale.

MORTGAGED PROPERTY DEPOSIT: A nonrefundable deposit for the Mortgaged Property in the amount of $10,000.00 shall be paid by the high bidder by cash, certified check or bank draft to Prozzo Auctions, which shall hold the deposit until the closing. The balance of the purchase price for the Mortgaged Property shall be due and payable within the latter of 10 days from the date of confirmation of said sale by the Vermont Superior Court, Chittenden Unit, Civil Division or 45 days from the date of public auction. If the balance of the purchase price for the Mortgaged Property is not paid within the period set forth herein, the deposit shall be forfeited and shall be retained by Plaintiff herein as agreed liquidation damages and the Mortgaged Property may be offered to the next highest bidder still interested in the Mortgaged Property.

PURCHASE AND SALE CONTRACT: The high bidder for the Mortgaged Property shall be required to sign a no contingency contract of Purchase and Sale at the public auction, agreeing to purchase the Mortgaged Property in its “AS IS WHERE IS” condition, as a result of being the successful and high bidder at the sale.

OTHER TERMS TO BE ANNOUNCED AT SALE: Inquiries can be made to Prozzo Auctions, 207 N Main St, Rutland, VT 05701; (802) 773-2691.

Dated: May 16, 2022.


By:/s/ Alexandra E. Edelman

Alexandra E. Edelman, Esq.

Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer PC 30 Main Street, Suite 500 P.O. Box 1489 Burlington, VT 05602-1489 (802) 864-0880



In re ESTATE of Peter M. Elder


To the creditors of: Peter M. Elder, late of Burlington, 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: May 15, 2023

Signature of Fiduciary: /s/ Thomas Elder

Executor/Administrator: Thomas Elder, PO Box 83 Salem, OR 97308,, (602) 390-2894

Name of Publication: Seven Days

Publication Date: 05/17/2023

Name of Probate Court: Vermont Superior Court, Chittenden Unit, Probate Division

Address of Probate Court: PO BOX 511, Burlington VT 05402




OCCUPANTS OF: 36 Forest Street, South Burlington VT


In accordance with the Judgment Order and Decree of Foreclosure entered October 4, 2022, in the above captioned action brought to foreclose that certain mortgage given by Theresa A. Poro and the late Patricia M. Poro to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for HomeBridge Financial Services, Inc., dated September 30, 2016 and recorded in Book 1344 Page 233 of the land records of the City of South Burlington, of which mortgage the Plaintiff is the present holder, by virtue of an Assignment of Mortgage from to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for HomeBridge Financial Services, Inc. to NewRez LLC D/B/A Shellpoint Mortgage Servicing dated November 18, 2020 and recorded in Book 1566 Page 73 of the land records of the City of South Burlington for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing the same will be sold at Public Auction at 36 Forest Street, South Burlington, Vermont on June 13, 2023 at 10:00 AM all and singular the premises described in said mortgage,

To wit:

Being all and the same lands and premises conveyed to Theresa A. Poro and Patricia Poro by Deed of Corey Hutchins and Kendra Hutchins of approximate even date herewith and to be recorded in the City of South Burlington Land Records.

Being all and the same lands and premises conveyed to Corey Hutchins and Kendra Hutchins by Warranty Deed of Steven Tahair and Mary Tahair dated April 4, 2008 of record at Book 811, Page 357 of the City of South Burlington Land Records.

A lot of land with all buildings thereon, situated on the easterly side of Forest Street, so-called, and having a frontage of 75 feet, a south line of 114.65 feet, a north line of 117.85 feet, and a rear or east line of 75 feet. All dimensions being more or less. Being Lot No. 44 as shown on a plan entitled “Fireside Park Subdivision, South Burlington, Plot Plan” dated July 18, 1963 and recorded in Volume 49 (Plans), Page 95 of the City of South Burlington Land Records. The dwelling house on said lot being known and designated as 36 Forest Street.

The herein described property is subject to the terms and conditions of Protective Covenants dated August 22, 1963, and of record in Volume 67, Page 285 of the South Burlington Land Records.

Reference is hereby made to the above instruments and to their records, and to all deeds and records therein referred with all the privileges and appurtenances thereto, in further aid of this description.

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

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

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

wire, certified 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”.

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

Other terms to be announced at the sale.

DATED : April 24, 2023

By: /s/ Rachel K. Ljunggren Rachel K. Ljunggren, Esq. Bendett and McHugh, PC 270 Farmington Ave., Ste. 151 Farmington, CT 06032




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In Re: S. P. March 14, 2023

TO: Douglas D. Potter


You are hereby notified that a petition requesting the adoption of Sierra Rose Potter has been filed in this court by Kandy-Kay Potter and Ernest Carrier. The petitioners are represented by Paul R. Morwood, Esq. Attorney Morwood’s law office is located at 333 Dorset St., So. Burlington, VT 05403. Attorney Morwood’s phone number is 802-862-2135.

This is the first action in this proceeding. If you want to receive notice of future hearings, events, or motions which may occur in this matter until it is concluded you must enter an appearance in this proceeding with the court. This can be accomplished by returning to the court a completed “Notice of Appearance” form which can be found on the public website, www.vermontjudiciary. org. If you have questions about the nature of this proceeding or the purpose or content of this notice, you may inquire by calling or writing to the Probate Division.

Douglas: please take this notice seriously. If you do not file a written appearance with the court, within 20 days of service of the notice, or if you do not contact the court in some way to express a wish to participate in this case, within 20 days of service, then you will lose the right to contest the adoption petition and you will not be a party to this case. Please contact the Chittenden Probate Court (contact information is at top of page) with any questions.

Electronically signed on March 14, 2023 pursuant to V.RE.F. 9(d)

/s/ Gregory Glennon

Gregory Glennon

Judge Panipca-700-00132-Notice to Interested Persons

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CASE NO. 23-CV-02074


Breezy Acres Cooperative, Inc. v. Christopher Tilford

This is to notify you to appear at the Court named above in connection with the above-named case on:

DATE: June 08, 2023

TIME: 1:30 PM

DURATION: 15 Minutes

HEARING RE: Motion for Hearing - Abandoned

Mobile Home

“YOU MAY ATTEND THIS HEARING IN PERSON AT THE COURTHOUSE OR REMOTELY. See attached instructions for remote appearance.”

Electronically signed Tuesday, May 16, 2023 pursuant to V.R.E.F. 9(d)

/s/ Nancy L. Bean

Nancy L. Bean

Judicial Assistant – Chittenden Civil Division

Vermont Superior Court

175 Main Street Burlington, Vermont 05401

Any individual with a disability requiring assistance accessing the services, programs, and/or activities at the Courthouse should contact the Clerk’s office at the above address for further assistance.






NOW COMES Plaintiff Breezy Acres Cooperative, Inc. by and through counsel Steven J. Kantor, and hereby makes this complaint:

1. Plaintiff, with a principal business located in Colchester, County of Chittenden, State of Vermont, is the record owner of a mobile home park known as Breezy Acres Mobile Home Park, located in the Town of Colchester, Vermont.

2. Defendant Christopher Tilford (deceased) is the record owner of a certain mobile home in the Park, described as a 1991 Commodore Parkhill, 14x70, Serial Number CP 22282 A and located at #95 Breezy Acres Park in Colchester, Vermont.

3. Defendant Tilford’s last known mailing address is 96 4th Street in Colchester, VT.

4. Defendant leased a lot in Breezy Acres Mobile Home Park under the terms of a written uniform Mobile Home Lot Lease. He passed away on July 20, 2020 and no one has resided at the mobile home since that time

5. The last known resident at the mobile home was Mr. Tilford.

6. Upon information and belief, Amy Brown, surviving family member of Defendant

Tillford , has abandoned any interest in the mobile home. No petition to open a probate estate has been filed for Tilford per the Chittenden Probate Division.

7. The following liens and encumbrances appear of record with respect to the mobile home:

a. Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance UCC lien

b. Delinquent Property taxes to the Town of Colchester, Vermont in the amount of $2,520.87 through April 3, 2023.

7. Mobile home lot rent has not been paid since December 2022 and continues to accrue at the rate of $540.00 per month. Rent due to Breezy Acres Cooperative, Inc. as of May 5, 2023 totals $2,700.00. Court costs and attorney’s fees incurred by Breezy Acres Cooperative continue to accrue.

8. Plaintiff sent written notice to the Town Clerk of the Town of Colchester on April 6, 2023 of Plaintiff’s intent to commence this action.

9. Charles Bolton is a person disinterested in the mobile home or mobile home park who is able to sell the mobile home at a public auction.

WHEREFORE, Plaintiff respectfully requests that the Honorable Court enter an order as follows:

1. declaring that the mobile home has been abandoned; and

2. approving the sale of the mobile home at a public auction to be held within 15 days of the date of judgment, pursuant to 10 V.S.A. §6249(h); and

3. granting judgment in favor of Plaintiff and against the mobile home for past due and unpaid rent through the date of judgment, together with Plaintiff’s court costs, publication and mailing costs, and Plaintiff’s counsel fees incurred in

connection with this matter and enforcement of the Lease.

DATED AT Burlington, this 16th day of May, 2023.


/s/Steven J. Kantor, Esq. Steven J. Kantor, Esq. Doremus Kantor & Zullo 346 Shelburne Road, Suite 603 P.O. Box 445 Burlington, VT 05402-0445 (802) 863-9603

Attorney for Breezy Acres Cooperative, Inc.

DATED AT Colchester, Vermont this 15th day of May, 2023.

/s/Jessica Blanchard-Patenaude

Duly Authorized Agent of Breezy Acres Cooperative, Inc.



At Colchester, in said County and State, this 15th day of May, 2023, personally appeared Jessica Patenard, Duly Authorized Agent of Breezy Acres Cooperative, Inc., and he/she/they swore to the truth of the foregoing.

Before me,

/s/ Scott Michaud

Notary Public

Print Name: Scott Michaud

Commission Expires: 1/31/2025

Commission No.: 157.0010133

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Vermont Tent Company is currently accepting applications for the following positions for immediate employment, and future summer/fall employment starting in May. Full time, part time, after school and weekend hours available for each position. Pay rates vary by position with minimum starting wage ranging from $19-$23/ hour depending on job skills and experience. We also offer retention and referral bonuses.

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• Drivers/Delivery

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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.

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Clean Water Program Director

Are you knowledgeable and passionate about clean water, climate resilience, and land conservation? The Clean Water Program Director leads VHCB's work with state and local partners to implement and grow water quality projects in the Memphremagog Basin to help achieve Vermont's clean water goals, with potential to further develop our climate resilience work. VHCB is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we strongly encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply. To learn more, visit To apply, reply to: with your cover letter and resume.

Fork in the Road food truck, a youth job training program run by the Burlington School Food Project, is hiring a Food Truck Manager for its summer season.

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Are you passionate about partnering with others and driving change to solve some of Vermont’s biggest health care challenges?

Bi-State Primary Care Association’s Vermont Rural Health Alliance is at the nexus of public health, health care, and health policy.  Join our team to solve problems and create positive outcomes by sharing best practices, facilitating trainings, connecting partners, and developing actionable data in service of a strong health care safety net. View the full job description for this and other open positions by visiting This position is based in Montpelier, VT. Bi-State offers a comprehensive benefit package. To apply, send cover letter (including salary expectations) and resume to

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This position is responsible for ensuring the smooth operation of all technologyrelated systems and equipment. This position will work on various projects as assigned. Individuals in this position are expected to perform at a high degree of independence and may provide instructions or assistance to entry level technicians.


•Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science; or three years of equivalent training and work experience from which comparable knowledge and skills are acquired

•Valid VT Operator’s License and transportation

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We are currently seeking enthusiastic and customer focused individuals to join our team as a Seasonal Retail Associate at our Ferrisburgh Dakin Farm Retail Store.

This is an excellent opportunity for individuals who thrive in a fast-paced retail environment and enjoy interacting with customers.

This position is part-time through September and full time September-December. We offer competitive wages, generous employee discounts, and hours that meet your schedule.

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







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We’re looking for individuals who enjoy work that exercises both body and mind and are passionate about making great food. We are committed to using high quality, organic ingredients, and work with many local farmers to source these. We opened in 1999 and remain dedicated to excellence in our baking and cooking as well as creating an environment for people to thrive. We offer great pay and benefits including paid vacation/sick days, retirement plan, and health insurance.

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Nursing Grads: We need you!

• Join our six-month nursing residency program. Get all the fundamentals needed to build a lifelong career in nursing.

• Get valuable education and clinical training as you work.

• Serve with our tight-knit team in the heart of beautiful Lamoille County.

• Please apply by June 18.

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John Graham Housing & Services (JGHS), a nonprofit organization providing emergency shelter and affordable housing services in Addison County, is seeking a full-time Housing Navigator. The Housing Navigator provides logistical and housing support to households preparing to move into permanent housing. Full-time work (M-F 8:30 am - 4:30 pm) is onsite in Vergennes with some off-site work within Addison County.



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American Flatbread, in Waitsfield, is looking for a few good folks to join our team. Help is needed both in front and back of house in our fun and fast-paced restaurant Thursday - Sunday evenings. Experience with food is preferred, but we are willing to train someone with an appreciation of great food, an eye for detail and a willingness to work as part of an exceptional team. Long term commitment preferred. Potential for additional hours. Please contact Alison or Willis at 496-8856 if interested, or email

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Lareau Farm and American Flatbread: Lareau Farm is a 25acre farm located along the Mad River in scenic Waitsfield, VT. We operate a 12-bedroom B&B, host weddings & events, operate an offsite catering wood fired oven, and are home to the original American Flatbread restaurant, serving farm to table flatbread baked in a wood fired earthen oven.

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AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP Program Director

Work at an organization that cares as much about you as the clients it serves! Our employees appreciate their health benefits, employer paid retirement plan contributions, flexibility, professional development opportunities and positive work environment. We seek new team members who can empathize with others, are comfortable with computers, are strong communicators and are enthusiastic about growing as professionals. For more information, visit:

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Provide community-based case management services to adults in Chittenden County living with psychiatric disabilities and some with co-occurring substance use challenges.

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We are looking for an experienced massage therapist to join our beautiful downtown spa. If you have spa experience, that is a plus. Need to be available for Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday shifts, & possible other shifts to cover for other therapists. If you have excellent customer service skills and are a team player, we would like to meet you! Please send your resume and we will be in touch.

Thank you for your interest.

JOIN OUR TEAM Developmental Services Director

The Developmental Services Director is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the DS program. The DS Director assures that the Agency is providing quality programs and acts as an advocate for consumers and families. The DS Director may need to be on call after hours or during the weekend for emergencies.

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Join our community in Craftsbury Common, Vermont.

Dean of Work-Learning:

Stewards experiential learning in the Work Program and in Experiential Endeavors.

Director of Residential Life:

Support an engaged, welcoming, and vibrant student community.

Admission Counselor:

Responsible for effective communication with prospective students, families and counselors.

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Salary: $73,028 to $101,754/year + Benefits

The Director of Finance & Administration oversees budget and fiscal functions, HR functions, IT, and administrative systems for Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont Inc. and Vermont Organic Farmers LLC. Key responsibilities include creating and managing the finance and operations structure, overseeing a ~$4.5 million budget, directing accounting activities, ensuring compliance with legal requirements, and supervising department staff. Qualifications include 5-10 years of non-profit financial management experience, a degree in accounting or finance (MBA or CPA preferred), proficiency in QuickBooks and Excel, and an interest in organic agriculture. For more details and to apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact info for two references to with "Director of Finance & Administration Application" in the subject line. NOFA-VT is an equal opportunity employer.

Donor Relations MANAGER

Outright Vermont is hiring a Donor Relations Manager. The person in this role will work along with our development team to implement an expanded program for donor engagement, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. Through personalized communication and deepened relationships with current and prospective donors (individuals, corporations, and foundations), this role will broaden Outright’s base of support, furthering our mission to build a Vermont where LGBTQ+ youth have hope, equity, and power.

We’re looking for someone with three years of fundraising experience who is comfortable engaging with donors in writing, person, by phone, and remotely. Apply: jobs-and-internships


We are seeking workers to join our dedicated Warehouse team during our busy season. This is a temporary position for the months of June through approximately January, with some flexibility on available time frame and full-time or part-time hours. General warehouse duties include, unloading trucks, order picking and stocking items received. We are a caring, close-knit team and offer a safe, fun, and reliable work environment.


Since 1982 Turtle Fur® has been a leading headwear and accessories brand in the outdoor, snow sports, and lifestyle markets. Our mission is to inspire an outdoor lifestyle by promoting socially and environmentally conscious living and creating comfortable products for every adventure(r). Turtle Fur prides itself on holding true to its pillars of adventure, community, comfort, and quality.


• Up to 6 paid days off per year

• 7 paid holidays per year

• 401k with company contribution after completing eligibility period.

• Employee discounts on product

• Corn hole tournaments, and so much more. For more information, visit

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Highway Foreperson

The Town of Hinesburg is seeking an individual to serve as the Highway Foreperson. This is a supervisory position that is responsible for overseeing the maintenance of the town’s highway infrastructure. A valid VT issued CDL Class A license is required. Required skills include proficient operation of a road grader, excavator, front-end loader, backhoe, and tandem plow truck. Starting pay is $32.00 - $38.00 an hour depending upon qualifications. Benefits include: health, dental and disability insurance; paid time off; pension plan; and 13 paid holidays. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact the Town Manager at todit@ or 482-4206 For job description and highway employment application, visit: The position is open until filled and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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Spend your summer having fun in the sun leading guided Segway tours of downtown Burlington. Memorization of a narrative of the history of Burlington is required. Our season starts in mid-May and runs through the fall. Part time or full time. Flexible hours. Check out our website for further details: www.

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CATMA seeks a dynamic, knowledgeable, and team-oriented individual to contribute to the growth and success of our organization serving Chittenden County. We are a regional gateway connecting businesses, developers and municipalities with effective sustainable transportation options and solutions.

The Analyst is essential to managing CATMA’s data collection systems, which are fundamental in evaluating the performance of our transportation demand management programs, as well as calculating and monitoring the travel behavior and emissions of our membership. Primarily responsible for all aspects of commuter travel surveys, analysis and reporting and interpreting data to inform outcomes, policies and strategic solutions that reduce use of single occupant vehicles. The Analyst must work closely, courteously, and cooperatively with a small team in the office and remotely.

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Executive Director

Help strengthen and preserve the heritage and future of the Central Vermont art community as Executive Director of the T.W. Wood Gallery, a nonprofit arts and education institution located in downtown Montpelier. Your engaged, entrepreneurial leadership and commitment to art, creativity, donor relations, and operations will inspire and benefit the gallery’s staff, volunteers, and local artists as well as the Central Vermont community as a whole.

We’re looking for proven leadership, hands-on operational management, community building, and passion for art in the community. Experience with educational programming, working with a Board of Trustees, budgeting, planning, and fundraising are also desirable.

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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 & resume via email ONLY to E.O.E.

Administrative Coordinator

Population Media Center (PMC) is seeking an experienced Administrative Coordinator to help us achieve our vision of a sustainable planet with equal rights for all. Our entertainmenteducation programs empower people around the world to live healthier lives and live sustainably with the world’s renewable resources.

You: You are organized, disciplined, possess extraordinary attention to detail, and actively seek out new challenges and creative solutions. You are a natural multitasker and provide top-notch customer service in a poised, professional manner. You are proficient in Office 365 applications, have experience working with transactional database systems and possess excellent grammar, editing, and business correspondence skills.

Why Work for Us: Our tight-knit team is energized by our mission and empowered with autonomy and creativity in their day-to-day work. PMC offers its employees competitive pay and excellent benefits including paid time off, health and dental insurance, and a generous 401(K) contribution. Visit for full details. Send cover letter and resume to Review of applications to begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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Now Hiring! Manufacturing Maintenance Technician

Our Maintenance team is seeking a skilled, hard-working, and enthusiastic self-starter who is looking to further develop a maintenance/mechanical career in food manufacturing. As a Maintenance Technician with Lake Champlain Chocolates, you’ll be responsible for the prompt repair and ongoing maintenance of facilities, equipment, and company vehicles. You’ll identify, monitor, and troubleshoot problems as they arise, order supplies as needed, and keep careful records of your work.

Your regular schedule will be full-time at 40 hours each week in our clean, vibrant factory space in Williston, Vermont. Overtime & some weekend hours may be required during our peak seasons.

What Lake Champlain Chocolates offers:

• An inclusive workplace where diversity is championed

• Excellent health, dental, vision and 401K plans

• Ample paid time off

• Competitive compensation with eligibility for annual pay increases

• Wellness bene ts such as chair massages, monthly healthy snacks, and more

• An abundance of free chocolates, daily

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The Town of Bristol is seeking qualified candidates for the newly created full-time position of Grant Writer / Administrator to assist the Town in securing and administering a wide range of grants to support the operations of each department and other municipal government functions. Bristol (population approximately, 4,000) is a steadily growing, vibrant community located in the Champlain Valley in Addison County, Vermont.

A detailed job description is available at

Compensation: $22 to $30 per hour commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package. To apply, please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and three references to with Grant Writer in the subject line or send to:

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P.O. Box 249, Bristol, VT 05443

The Town of Bristol is an equal opportunity provider and employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, gender, or familial status.


Busy family practice looking for an experienced nurse with a valid Vermont nursing license. This position is full time. Must be organized, efficient, detail oriented, and enjoy working with patients. Familiarity with family practice helpful. Experience using an electronic health record required. Competitive pay with an excellent benefit package.

Send resume and cover letter to: Cheryl McCaffrey, Practice Administrator, TCHC, 586 Oak Hill Rd., Williston, VT 05495 or email: cheryl.mccaffrey@


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This is a full-time position. Pay is commensurate with knowledge and experience. Position includes a generous benefit package. Town residency is not required.

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Join Country Walkers and VBT Bicycling Vacations, an award-winning, Vermont-based active travel company, and be part of our high performing, international team.

We have amazing opportunities for Sales, Service and Operations Professionals interested in supporting worldwide travel adventures with a leader in the industry, positively impacting established brands and working with a team of collaborative and gifted travel pros.

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Two leaders, eight campers, two-week sessions, ages 12 to 15, exploring the mountains and lakes of the six million acre state park. Based at Timberlock, a full service resort on the shores of Indian Lake.

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Highway Laborer

The Town of Georgia is now accepting applications for a full-time Highway Laborer. We offer Municipal benefits, competitive pay and a friendly working environment. Position consists of driving trucks, plowing, road construction, maintenance & other related duties.

Requirements: The candidate must live within 30 minutes of Georgia and possess a valid Vermont CDL Driver’s License.

Please send resume to Todd Cadieux at 47 Town Common Rd. N.,  St. Albans, VT  05478 or by email to: roadforeman@

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SCHIP is seeking two candidates to join our dynamic team:

• Part Time Warehouse/ Merchandise Associate beginning immediately

• Part Time Sales Associate beginning 8/15/23

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Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital is seeking full-time or per-diem physicians, an experienced full-time ED physician assistant, and experienced registered nurses to join its growing ED team. Join us while we expand our services to the community. NVRH employees enjoy a wide range of opportunities for growth, a competitive salary and more.

NVRH offers excellent benefits, including student loan repayment, generous paid time off, health/ dental/vision, 401k with company match & more!



We have two new positions on our data team open immediately. Both positions are full time with the potential to be a 0.8 FTE. Positions are home-based with the option to work in BBF’s Williston headquarters. BBF is a great place to work; we are a small, vibrant, and collaborative team. We offer a range of benefits including health insurance, retirement contributions, and generous paid time off (including Fridays off in the summer!) Check out these positions and application requirements at

Data Coordinator: The Data Coordinator will join a collaborative team dedicated to using evidence and data to inform policy as a key component to improving the wellbeing of children and their families across Vermont. The Data Coordinator will support BBF in the administration and execution of all data and evaluation activities. This is a grantfunded position through December 31, 2025.

Data Manager: The Data Manager will join BBF’s Data and Policy Team and the Vermont Early Childhood Data and Policy Center at to meet our goal of making data-informed decisions in Vermont’s early childhood system. Using evidence to inform policy is a key way to improve the well-being of children and their families across Vermont. is a critical tool for answering policy questions by centralizing data from across the complex early childhood system. The Data Manager will support BBF in the execution of all data and evaluation activities, policy and early childhood data integration efforts, and some administrative tasks directly related to our data efforts. This is a permanent position.

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Provide management and oversight to quality improvement processes. Develop and implement Quality improvement strategic plans. Responsible for professional and technical work involving data collection, analysis and reporting. Responsible for data management and production, and information dissemination to support LCMHS business and communication functions.

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Benefit package includes 29 paid days off in the first year, a comprehensive health insurance plan with your premium as low as $13 per month, up to $6,000 to go towards medical deductibles & copays, a retirement match & so much more.

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CCS is thrilled to be voted as one of the “Best Places to Work in Vermont” for the fifth year in a row and we would love to have you as part of our team. Join Us!

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The Town of Georgia is currently accepting applications/resumes to fill a Treasurer position. This would be part-time, up to 30 hours a week at a pay rate of $25-$35 per hour. Relevant degree or equivalent experience in accounting, finance, and/or bookkeeping required. Please submit your resume to administrator@ or by mail to: Town of Georgia, 47 Town Common Rd. No., St. Albans VT 05478 Attn: Administrator. Posting will remain active until the position is filled.

The Town of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity Employer.




Our apprenticeship program is a paid opportunity to become a phlebotomy technician with NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED.

• One paralegal will work with clients who have legal issues related to their disabilities or to a crime they experienced, and will be located in our Springfield office.

• One paralegal will work with the Director of the Disability Law Project to create and pilot a program for persons with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injury, and can be located in any of our five offices.

• One paralegal will work in the Medicare Advocacy Project representing Medicare beneficiaries in administrative appeals, and can be located in our Burlington, Montpelier or Springfield offices.

Responsibilities may include interviewing, advising, and advocating for clients, including written and oral communications, participating in court hearings, conducting administrative hearings and appeals, organizing and maintaining large sets of documents, and assisting project attorneys with cases.

• Paid Certified Phlebotomy Technician Exam


External candidates are eligible for a one-time sign on bonus paid over 3 installments. Amounts reflect gross pay, prior to applicable tax withholdings and deductions require by law. Current University of Vermont Health Network employees are excluded and additional terms and conditions apply.

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We encourage applicants from a broad range of backgrounds, and welcome information about how your experience can contribute to serving our diverse client communities. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to a discriminationand harassment-free workplace. Please see our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion:

Prior advocacy experience desirable. Knowledge of database software a plus. Bachelor’s degree or four years’ professional work experience required, or a comparable mix of education and experience. Some weekend work and in-state travel necessary.

Base salary is $44,200, with starting salary determined by a candidate’s relevant skills and experience. Generous benefits package including four weeks paid vacation, retirement, and excellent health benefits. Opportunity for law firm study.

Application deadline is June 11, 2023. Your application should include a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three references, all combined into one pdf, sent by e-mail to with “Paralegal – June 2023” in the subject line. Please let us know how you heard about this position.

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Parks Maintenance Crew Member

Want to make a difference this summer, work outside, and be a part of a talented team providing recreation access and natural resource management? Winooski Valley Parks District seeks selfmotivated, hardworking, energetic individuals to assist in maintaining 19 Natural Areas in the Winooski River watershed, based in Burlington, Vermont.

Applicants must be able to work 40 hours/week (M-F, 8am-4pm). The position runs from mid-May until the end of October (some flexibility with start/end date.)

Duties include landscaping and carpentry, and equipment, trails, buildings, and grounds maintenance. Experience or a desire to learn about mower use/ maintenance and trails upkeep necessary. Applicants must be able to work outside in all weather conditions, lift 50 lbs., and be on your feet all day.

Please e-mail a resume and brief letter of interest to Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

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We offer competitive wages & a full benefits package for full time employees. No auction experience necessary.


• Full Time Automotive Auction Clerk: MS Office, Excel, computer, and cashier skills a must! Title & Sales paperwork knowledge a plus. Assist in processing, launching & managing auctions.

• Marketing Director: Develop, grow, & sustain our reputation of providing amazing results for our clients.

• Auction Site Techs: Part-time positions open. Tasks: sorting, cataloging, photographing & managing assets.

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Landscape positions open to all motivated people who love to be outdoors! Driver’s license a plus. Mowing, trimming, pruning, weeding etc. Competitive pay! Apply:

OPERATIONS SUPPORT : Seeking full-time, year-round Operations Support person. The ideal candidate is an adaptable team player with a positive attitude who is willing to work both indoors and outdoors performing a variety of tasks associated with the logistics of operating the program.

Responsibilities: Tasks including food packing and rationing, gear outfitting, transportation and facilities maintenance. Candidates must be willing to work weekends and occasional evenings and are part of an on-call rotation.

Qualifications: A clean and valid driver’s license is required.

True North is a therapeutic program located in the beautiful Green Mountains of Waitsfield, Vermont.

Compensation: Salary is competitive, and commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefits include health, dental, vision and accident insurance, an employee assistance program, an annual wellness fund, student loan repayment reimbursement and an employer matched SIMPLE IRA.

PROJECT MANAGER - Transportation & Open Spaces

Are you a dynamic and innovative individual with Capital Improvement Project management experience? Do you enjoy being an integral part of a creative and top performing team that literally has direct impact on improving the infrastructure of your community? The City of South Burlington has a unique and challenging position opening as a Project Manager – Transportation and Open Spaces. We have one of the most generous BENEFITS programs around. Visit:

Under the general supervision of the Deputy Director of Capital Projects, this position is responsible for the oversight of capital improvement projects encompassing multi-modal transportation and open-space, from development and planning through construction. Work includes managing consultants and contractors, as well as interacting with the public as necessary to ensure successful project implementation.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - Bachelor’s Degree in construction management, transportation management, engineering or related field plus two years’ experience in transportation engineering and/ or project management, construction management, open-space management, engineering or related field required, or equivalent combination of education and experience considered.

APPLY NOW - Review of applications will begin June 19, 2023. Send a City employment application form, confidential cover letter, resume & three references to: with “Project Manager” in the subject line.

True North is a small, independently owned program, providing 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. This is an excellent opportunity to work for a nationally recognized therapeutic wilderness program, be part of a dynamic, supportive team and live and work in a fantastic community.

True North promotes an inclusive work environment. We seek to recruit diverse staff who will contribute a variety of perspectives in our mission to help young people and their families. We encourage applications from individuals from underrepresented groups including professionals of color and non-conforming gender identities.

Salary is competitive, and commensurate with experience. All positions must pass background checks and a drug test. See each job description for responsibilities, qualifications, and compensation package. Apply here: truenorthwilderness. com/careers/ or use the QR code listed in this ad.

MEDICAL COORDINATOR : Seeking a Medical Coordinator to coordinate medical needs and medication management for all students.

Responsibilities: Manage and dispense medications for students at True North. This includes close communication with parents, doctors, pharmacies, and other members of the True North team. Support medical needs that may come up for students in the field, depending on level of experience. The job is generally 9-5, Monday through Friday, and there may be flexibility of hours within the parameters of the job requirements.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate is highly organized, very comfortable with medical information, and has superior interpersonal communication skills. Nursing or other medical training is preferred but not required.

Compensation: Salary is competitive, and commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefits include health, dental, vision and accident insurance, an employee assistance program, an annual wellness fund, student loan repayment reimbursement and an employer matched SIMPLE IRA.

ADVENTURE COORDINATOR: Seeking an Adventure Coordinator to facilitate day outings with students including hiking, water sports (canoeing, kayaking, and paddle boarding), backcountry cooking, yoga, disc golf, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing.

Responsibilities: Oversee and facilitate the adventure activities at True North. Adventure coordinator is a 5 day/week role with some responsibility on weekends and “on-call.”

Qualifications: Candidates must be at least 21 years old. Bachelor degree preferred. WFA certification, competency and leadership skills in the listed activities, and the ability to facilitate meaningful and intentional experiences. Certifications in any of the listed disciplines is preferred.

Compensation: Salary is competitive, and commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefits include health, dental, vision and accident insurance, an employee assistance program, an annual wellness fund, student loan repayment reimbursement and an employer matched SIMPLE IRA.

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Landlord Liaison

Are you highly effective in working objectively with a diverse group of people, groups & organizations?

Chittenden Community Action, a program of Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, has an opening for a Landlord Liaison. The Landlord Liaison will be responsible for working with property owners, landlords, property managers and housing authorities to create housing opportunities for people who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. They will establish relationships with private landlords, state housing authorities and local housing providers, keep current on unit availability and tenant eligibility requirements and be a source of information to the community.

If you have a Bachelor’s degree in a related human services field, 2 years of supervised social work experience working directly with individuals; effective verbal and written communication skills, bilingual abilities are a plus; proficiency in Microsoft Word, e-mail and internet; exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail; a valid driver’s license, a clean driving record and access to reliable transportation; we’d like to hear from you!

We offer an excellent benefit package including medical, dental and vision insurance, generous time off, a retirement plan and discounted gym membership. Please apply at and include a cover letter and resume. CVOEO is interested in candidates who can contribute to our diversity and excellence. Applicants are encouraged to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal.



Seeking a high-level executive assistant to support a local entrepreneur who is a chef, gardener, farmer and artist. She is looking for a right-hand person who will help organize and execute a full array of personal and professional projects and events with efficient administrative support.


• Excellent organizational skills

• Bachelor’s degree or higher not required but preferred

• Proficiency with technology and social media

• Strong verbal communications skills

• Excellent administrative skills

• Excellent writing skills : handwriting, grammar, composition

• Quick, proactive and independent thinker, able to be resourceful and adaptable under pressure

• Strong time management skills

• High level of discretion and diplomacy in all professional interactions

• Comfortable in work boots, a kitchen apron or sitting at a desk

COMPENSATION: Compensation will be commensurate with skills and experience with a $65,000 base.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Candidates should send a cover letter, available start date, resume and salary parameters to Qualified candidates will be contacted directly.

No phone calls, please.

Tourism Specialist

The Burlington Waterfront Information Center is looking for employees with great customer service skills and a passion for the Burlington area to work a few days a month at the Center.

The Information Center is open seasonally from 10am to 4pm.

To apply or for more information, please email

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


The State of VT Department of Buildings & General Services is seeking to fill many positions within the historic Montpelier complex and Berlin. We are looking for Custodians and a Grounds Maintenance Mechanic. These are full-time positions that require successful completion of background checks. For more information, contact Jonathan Rutledge at jonathan.

Department: Buildings & General Services. Location: Montpelier and Berlin. Status: Full Time. Job Id #45972 for Custodian II or #46073 for BGS Maintenance Mechanic I or #45973 for BGS Institutional Custodian. Application Deadline: June 6, 2023.


The Vermont Human Rights Commission is seeking qualified candidates for its next Executive Director. This is the chief legal, education, policy, and administrative management position of the Vermont Human Rights Commission; a state government agency that enforces the state’s antidiscrimination laws. For more information, contact Maia Hanron at human.

Department: Human Rights Commission. Location: Montpelier. Status: Exempt, Full Time. Job Id #47335. Application Deadline: June 2, 2023.


Do you thrive at making connections and creative problem-solving, all while promoting great customer service? This position develops relationships with the medical community to expand the division’s network of providers and aid in our mission of providing accurate and timely decisions to disability applicants, resolves issues, and facilitates efficient flow of medical records. Work is performed at the DDS office with option to telework 2-3 days per week. Some travel required. For more information, contact Jessica Ettinger at

Department: Children and Families. Location: Waterbury. Status: Full Time. Job Id #47330. Application Deadline: June 4, 2023.

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CCTV Co-Director

We are hiring! CCTV Center for Media and Democracy is a nationally recognized & locally appreciated community media center making the transition from a founding executive director to a co-director leadership model to include a Director of Operations and Director of Projects.

The Director of Operations is a newly created position responsible for supervising and working with the Business Manager, Technical Services Director/team, and the Development Director/team to ensure financial security and continuity of operations.  The Director of Operations oversees four key areas: Financial Management, Technical Support, Revenue Development, and Human Resources. Finance and Budget experience is required. Business Development is suggested.

Come be part of a creative team that moves this organization into the next decade to serve our community and staff in the pursuit of community building and media justice. CCTV is an equal opportunity employer. The position is 36 hours a week with a flexible schedule.

To read a complete job description, including salary range and resume scoring rubric, go to: CCTV is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Chittenden Solid Waste District – Job Openings

The Chittenden Solid Waste District is seeking several fulltime and part-time employees to join an incredible team, whose mission is to reduce and manage the solid waste generated in Chittenden County. CSWD recognizes that our employees are our most valuable asset. We pay competitive wages and have an excellent benefit package. We rarely have full-time job openings! Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of a professional team that works hard, cares passionately about the environment and likes to have fun.

Construction Project Manager: Knowledge in construction & contract management, matched by a drive for innovation and constant improvement. Position is responsible for managing all phases of construction projects, including bid & evaluation, and construction oversight. Responsible for in-house design and permitting. Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management, Civil Engineering, or related field with 5 years of experience.

Maintenance Operator: This position works with a team of Maintenance employees who support operations through maintenance and transporting materials. Knowledge of basic electrical and plumbing skills, painting, sandblasting equipment, mowing, plowing, and basic vehicle maintenance. A minimum of two years’ general maintenance experience and the ability to drive a roll-off truck required.

Drop-Off Center Operators: Seeking highly motivated individuals to work at our busy Drop-Off Centers. Openings for full-time, Saturday only, and on-call. Operators must enjoy interacting with the public and be able to operate a pointof-sale system and keep calm under pressure. Moderate to strenuous physical effort is required as is the ability to work outdoors year-round. Customer service experience a plus. Selfstarters and those with a passion for recycling, composting, & waste reduction are strongly encouraged to apply.

For more information on these positions and CSWD, visit Submit cover letter and resume, by June 7, 2023, to Amy Jewell:

Are you interested in working as an Attorney in Vermont? Yes? Well, that’s great news!

If living and working in Vermont has been your dream, the Vermont Department of State’s Attorneys and Sheriffs wants to hear from you. We have openings for Deputy State’s Attorneys in various offices throughout Vermont.

Come enjoy Vermont’s outstanding recreational opportunities; the beauty of Vermont’s natural and clean environment; the renowned farm-to-plate cuisine; a lively arts and music scene; best-in-the-East skiing and boarding; miles of scenic hiking, biking and rail trails; and sailing on Lake Champlain, and all this with easy commutes to Boston, Portland, Montreal and New York.

Vermonters steadfastly value our culture of civility, and our citizeninvolved local and state politics. We embrace our centuries-long tradition of being welcoming and inclusive to all individuals. With so many “firsts” in the nation on positive, people-oriented issues, we think Vermont has well-earned its reputation as “A Special Place”.

If interested, send us an email to:, or give us a call at 802-828-2891

A Deputy State’s Attorney represents the State’s Attorney’s Office in prosecuting criminal and certain civil offenses. Admission to the Vermont Bar, or a candidate pending bar results or admission may be considered. Excellent State of Vermont employee benefits.

For a complete list of openings and full job descriptions, go to

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Forensic Assertive Community Treatment Program Lead

Help provide compassionate, community-based services and leadership for a dynamic team working with justice-involved individuals in our Forensic Assertive Community Treatment (FACT) Program. Your lived experience can make a positive di erence for others.

The Forensic Assertive Community Treatment Program Lead’s role includes working in person in Chittenden County to:

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Wildscape Design currently seeks a professional and dependable performer for a fast-paced and constantly evolving outdoor work environment, committed to creating & managing landscapes that improve people’s lives & benefit Vermont’s ecology. Apply:


The soon-to-open Red Clover Children’s Center is looking for a founding Director to be responsible for ensuring the health, safety, and quality of education for all children within the center’s care. The Director will lead & oversee final steps of opening the center, including hiring staff, achieving state licensure & more. Visit to learn more about our center, the position & apply. We look forward to receiving your application!

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Northfield Savings Bank, founded in 1867, is the largest banking institution headquartered in Vermont. We are commi ed to providing a welcoming work enviroment for all.

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Your meandering trek through the Unpromised Land wasn’t as demoralizing as you feared. The skirmish with the metaphorical dragon was a bit disruptive, but, hey, you are still breathing and walking around — and even seem to have been energized by the weird thrill of the adventure. The only other possible downside was the new dent in your sweet dream. But I suspect that, in the long run, that imperfection will inspire you to work even harder on behalf of your sweet dream — and this will be a blessing. Here’s another perk: The ordeal you endured effectively cleaned out stale old karma, freeing up space for a slew of fresh help and resources.

ARIES (Mar. 21-Apr. 19): My reading of the astrological omens inspires me to make a series of paradoxical predictions for you. Here are five scenarios I foresee as being quite possible in the coming weeks: 1) An epic journey to a sanctuary close to home. 2) A boundary that doesn’t keep people apart but brings them closer. 3) A rambunctious intervention that calms you down and helps you feel more at peace. 4) A complex process that leads to simple clarity. 5) A visit to the past that empowers you to redesign the future.

TAURUS (Apr. 20-May 20): Do you want a seed to fulfill its destiny? You must bury it in the ground. There, if it’s able to draw on water and the proper nutrients, it will break open and sprout. Its life as a seed will be over. The plant it eventually grows into will look nothing like its source. We take this process for granted, but it’s always a miracle. Now let’s invoke this story as a metaphor for what you are hopefully on the verge of, Taurus. I invite you to do all that’s helpful and necessary to ensure your seed germinates!

CANCER (Jun. 21-Jul. 22): Testing time is ahead, but don’t get your nerves in an uproar with fantasy-spawned stress. For the most part, your challenges and trials will be interesting, not unsettling. There will be few if any trick questions. There will be straightforward prods to stretch your capacities and expand your understanding. Bonus! I bet you’ll get the brilliant impulse to shed the ball and chain you’ve been absentmindedly carrying around with you.

LEO (Jul. 23-Aug. 22): Biologist Edward

O. Wilson said the most social animals are ants, termites and honeybees. He used the following criteria to define that description: “altruism … instincts devoted to social life, and the tightness of the bonds that turn colonies into virtual superorganisms.” I’m going to advocate that you regard ants, termites and honeybees as teachers and role models for you. The coming weeks will be a great time to boost your skill at socializing and networking. You will be wise to ruminate about how you could improve your life by enhancing your ability to cooperate with others. And remember to boost your altruism!

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sep. 22): Jack Sarfatti is an authentic but maverick physicist born under the sign of Virgo. He suggests that if we make ourselves receptive and alert, we may get help from our future selves. They are trying to communicate good ideas to us back through time. Alas, most of us don’t believe such a thing is feasible, so we aren’t attuned to the potential help. I will encourage you to transcend any natural skepticism you might have about Sarfatti’s theory. As a fun experiment, imagine that the Future You has

an important transmission for you — maybe several transmissions. For best results, formulate three specific questions to pose to the Future You.

LIBRA (Sep. 23-Oct. 22): I have five points for your consideration. 1) You are alive in your mysterious, endlessly interesting life, and you are imbued with the fantastically potent power of awareness. How could you not feel thrilled? 2) You’re on a planet that’s always surprising, and you’re in an era when so many things are changing that you can’t help being fascinated. How could you not feel thrilled?

3) You have some intriguing project to look forward to, or some challenging but engaging work you’re doing, or some mind-bending riddle you’re trying to solve. How could you not feel thrilled? 4) You’re playing the most enigmatic game in the universe, also known as your destiny on Earth, and you love ruminating on questions about what it all means. How could you not feel thrilled? 5) You never know what’s going to happen next. You’re like a hero in an epic movie that is endlessly entertaining. How could you not feel thrilled?

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “Trust those that you have helped to help you in their turn,” advises Scorpio author Neil Gaiman. Let’s make that one of your mantras for the coming weeks. In my astrological understanding, you are due to cash in on favors you have bestowed on others. The generosity you have expressed should be streaming back your way in abundance. Be bold about welcoming the bounty. In fact, I hope you will nudge and prompt people, if necessary, to reward you for your past support and blessings.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): So many of us are starved to be listened to with full attention. So many of us yearn to be seen and heard and felt by people who are skilled at receptive empathy. How many of us? I’d say the figure is about 99.9 percent. That’s the bad news, Sagittarius. The good news is that, in the coming weeks, you will have an exceptional ability to win the attention of good listeners. To boost the potential healing effects of this opportunity, here’s what I recommend: Refine and deepen your own listening skills. Express them with panache.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Because you’re a Capricorn, earthiness is probably one of your strengths. It’s your birthright to be practical and sensible and well-grounded. Now and then, however, your earthiness devolves into muddiness. You get too sober and earnest. You’re bogged down in excess pragmatism. I suspect you may be susceptible to such a state these days. What to do? It may help if you add elements of air and fire to your constitution, just to balance things out. Give yourself a secret nickname with a fiery feel, like Blaze, or a crispy briskness, like Breezy. What else could you do to rouse fresh, glowing vigor, Breezy Blaze — even a touch of wildness?

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): I love to use metaphors in my writing, but I hate to mix unrelated metaphors. I thrive on referring to poetry, sometimes even surrealistic poetry, but I try to avoid sounding like a lunatic. However, at this juncture in your hero’s journey, Aquarius, I frankly feel that the most effective way to communicate with you is to offer you mixed metaphors and surrealist poetry that borders on sounding lunatic. Why? Because you seem primed to wander around on the edges of reality. I’m guessing you’ll respond best to a message that’s aligned with your unruly mood. So here goes: Get ready to surf the spiritual undertow all the way to the teeming wilderness on the other side of the cracked mirror. Ignore the provocative wasteland on your left and the intriguing chaos on your right. Stay focused on the stars in your eyes and devote yourself to wild joy.

PISCES (Feb. 19-Mar. 20): “The gift of patience opens when our body, heart, and mind slow enough to move in unison.” So says Piscean poet Mark Nepo. I feel confident you are about to glide into such a grand harmony, dear Pisces. Through a blend of grace and your relaxed efforts to be true to your deepest desires, your body, heart and mind will synchronize and synergize. Patience will be just one of the gifts you will receive. Others include: a clear vision of your most beautiful future; a lucid understanding of what will be most meaningful to you in the next three years; and a profound sense of feeling at home in the world wherever you go.

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I am an easygoing guy looking to share life’s experiences with someone! Travel. Road trips. Taking walks. More! At home watching a movie or out and about! I have been described as having a big heart and caring for the community! Let’s share in the beauty and challenges of life! Virtualpilot 45, seeking: W, l


Looking for the right person or people to play with! Sexy, handsome, versatile male. Will serve you! Send me a message. I’ll sext you a reply. Mtcb 36, seeking: M, W, TM, TW, Q, NC, NBP, Cp, Gp SINGLE AND LOOKING

Easygoing people person. Native Vermonter. I like to laugh and have a good time. Looking for someone who enjoys camping and/or road trips. Must love dogs. Ram_7356, 59, seeking: W, l


I am happy, well traveled, educated and outgoing. I enjoy gardening, fishing, animals, dining, theater, travel, reading and movies. Age is just a number, and I’ve been blessed with good health and a great family. I’m looking for a classy, respectable, educated, fun-loving lady with whom I can share time walking a beach or trail, boating, cuddling, and traveling. howie 84 seeking: W, l


50-something mature male looking for a woman or couples who are needing/wanting a little extra. 7plusyou 55, seeking: W, Cp

OUTDOORSY, CREATIVE, LOVING LIFE! Have you ever met someone where you immediately just feel a real connection, maybe those butterflies? With me, that’s pretty much how it has to be, wouldn’t you agree? I’m into evolving and being a better person every day, creating art, enjoying outdoor (and indoor) adventures, and chilling on my sunny dock. Seeking a young heart to enjoy life together. Blueskies 62, seeking: W, l


Lavender moon appears and vanishes / behind half-clothed autumn birches / follows me down this rocky ridge, / its light and shadows / spooling across the trail / drawing me ever forward, / ephemeral as a wind-blown butterfly... I like the feeling of my body in motion, hiking, biking, kayaking, dancing. Sharing intimacy. Out-of-the-box, road-less-traveled person. 5’9, 154 pounds. Slender build. Ex-tree-climber/ surgeon. Longtime Vermonter, currently based in northeast Florida. Willing to relocate. el_guapo, 76, seeking: W, l


Been told I am a great communicator. I love to support the passions of intelligent, focused women. I can lead or follow. I used to teach dance. I play several instruments and sing. I am a homebody and an introvert, yet I can be very outgoing with the right company. A great smile and laugh are my Achilles’ heel. MacOdin 54 seeking: W, l


Attractive, intelligent, creative, sincere IT professional by day, musician some nights and weekends. When I’m not doing those, I love to be outdoors absorbing some natural energy. I enjoy many things about my life; what’s missing is a companion, friend, partner if we connect deeply. Get in touch. Let’s see how our lives and our ways mesh. cpsx90, 57 seeking: W, l


I’m an open male seeking an openminded and free-spirited lady who doesn’t need a male but wants a partner in these adventures in learning. Life is nothing more than a series of experiences that mold us into something new. This lady should be herself, know herself, and be able and willing to communicate her/our wants and desires. tothefuture 80, seeking: W, l


I like good companionship and an educated person. Honestly is a must. I am a classy guy who has been around the block. I like music and movies. I enjoy talking to someone for hours, as long as they’re interesting. I like keeping active. I enjoy playing pool and bowling. I read quite a bit. Whispers, 66, seeking: W, l


Looking for a FWB when time allows. Looking for someone in the same situation. Looking for someone to chat with. Someone to get excited to see messages or emails from, leading to some excitement and physical play. Fill the void that we are not getting at home. Fit4fun 49 seeking: W

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Tall, smart trans woman looking for my people. I live in Middlebury. Any background in punk or politics is a plus — let’s make some noise! sashamarx 53 seeking: M, W, TM, TW, Q, NC, NBP, Cp, l


I’m a feminine trans woman with a good sense of humor. I want a special someone. I like dinner and a movie or a baseball game, riding the bike path and seeing shows at Higher Ground. I love my record collection and taking care of my house. I’m looking for some companionship and love, building a good relationship. Luv2BaGurl 63 seeking: M, W, TM, TW, Q, NC, NBP, l

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I am very active and in good shape. Love being outdoors. Like fourwheeling, snowmobiling, camping. veronawalk 64, seeking: W



We are a gender-queer couple looking to find obedient worshippers to tease and taunt. Be good, and we will bless you. Be bad, and we will punish you. Send us a worthy tribute to be considered. godexxxes 34 seeking: M, W, TM, TW, Q, NC, NBP, Cp, Gp



Mature man seeks relationship to share my fem side. Seeking married or committed couple in a long-term relationship, or a single woman, to visit periodically perhaps once a month, to share friendship and explore a service role. Sincerity, discretion, a sense of humor, a twinkle in the eye and maturity are desired attributes. Mellow_Fellow 73, seeking: W, TW, Q, NC, NBP, Cp



Been out of the dating scene for quite a while and want to meet new people! Looking for friends who could turn into more. Open to FWB. I’m honest to a fault, love all animals, and think they all deserve love and kindness, just like any of us. BBW420, 39 seeking: M, W, TM, TW, Cp, l REALIST WHO IS OPEN-MINDED

I’m an honest, down-to-earth person who has been through a lot in life and is looking for companionship since I’m new to the area. I’m not like most people in that I feel people are afraid to talk to me. I don’t go out of my way to make friends. I wait for them to come to me. BreBri2022, 37 seeking: M, W, Cp

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We are a 40s couple, M/F, looking for adventurous encounters with openminded, respectful M/F or couples. Looking to enjoy sexy encounters, FWBs, short term or long term. sunshines 42, seeking: M, W, Q, Cp EXPLORING THREESOMES AND FOURSOMES

We are an older and wiser couple discovering that our sexuality is amazingly hot! Our interest is another male for threesomes or a couple. We’d like to go slowly, massage you with a happy ending. She’d love to be massaged with a happy ending or a dozen. Would you be interested in exploring sexuality with a hot older couple? DandNformen 66 seeking: M, TM, NC, Cp, l

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Saw you sitting with a cute spotted dog and an eye patch. We made voluptuous eye contact that was borderline heretical. Meet for some Tony Danza and margs? When: Monday, May 15, 2023. Where: waterfront.

You: Woman. Me: Man. #915771


You were a cute male driving an Audi with your snow tires in the back seat. We chatted in the checkout line — waved to each other at least six times as we parted ways. Were you just super friendly, or were we flirting? If you see this, I would like to get to know you better. When: Tuesday, May 16, 2023. Where: Hannaford, Essex outlets. You: Man. Me: Man. #915770


You: upper middle-aged man with white locks driving a bomb-ass convertible. Me: middle-aged woman driving a different color, same make convertible going the opposite way. Your smile is contagious, and I appreciated the super enthusiastic wave. You’ve got a pretty fantastic ride, and mine makes me smile like a damn fool, too! When: Saturday, May 6, 2023. Where: Colchester. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915767



We were walking into the market at the same time on Monday night. I told you how I liked your “Don’t Jersey Vermont” bumper sticker. You smiled; we talked; I almost fainted. We bumped into each other again, made another quick comment, but then we both kept walking. I fully regret not asking you for your name or number. When: Monday, May 1, 2023. Where: South End City Market. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915766


We chatted about selenium and refrigerated Brazil nuts. I enjoyed our brief interaction (and your good looks). If you’re single and would like to see if we have anything else to chat about, drop me a line. When: Sunday, April 30, 2023. Where: City Market South End. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915769


You and your friend/relative left shortly after my group of six arrived; we caught each other’s eye more than once, and I had no clue how to stop you and introduce myself. Your eye contact convinced me you’re someone I was meant to know. Me: six feet tall, short-clipped beard, blue jacket, greenish shirt. Can I treat you to lunch somewhere? When: Sunday, April 30, 2023. Where: the Rez, Waterbury. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915765


I stopped at Mac’s Quick Stop on South Main Street in St. Albans about eight months ago. You smiled really big and said “Hi!” in a really flirty way. You were about five foot eight, blond and gorgeous and were driving a white GMC work truck. I have found myself missing you like you are a part of me. What. e. Hell. When: Saturday, September 17, 2022. Where: St. Albans. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915764



Always enjoyed seeing you as I did laps on Morse Highlands, squeezing in snippets of conversation each time I was getting on the chair. I was usually in a black/ blue plaid coat and electric blue pants. Maybe it was you who waved to me on a last day going up Mogul Mouse and you were at top of Magic Carpet. Connection?

When: Wednesday, March 29, 2023. Where: Morse Highlands Lift at Smuggs. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915762


De Rev end,

I recently started casually dating a guy who is smart, clever and generally great fun to spend time with — until we kissed. Disgusting. I had to quickly excuse myself to grab a paper towel to clean up the drool. I’ve never in my life experienced anything like that. It might be a medical condition? I’m not invested enough at this point to develop a relationship, but should I tell him why I no longer want to see him? Awkward!


8:30 a.m. You were walking a dog for your roommate; I was looking at birds. We chatted briefly, exchanged names. You told me what “rovering” is. Was there a little spark there?

Wishing I’d had the nerve to ask you for your number. When: Saturday, April 29, 2023. Where: Waterfront Park. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915763


A warm ursday evening. Both of our gas pumps were giving us all kinds of hell at the same time, causing a stereo cacophony of beeping. Is it your pump or mine? anks for the laugh, sharing your smile and conversation, and sending me into the evening with a laugh. Would love to see you again under quieter circumstances.

When: ursday, April 27, 2023.

Where: Cupboard Deli, Jeffersonville. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915761


I saw you in the parking lot, and you helped me find my car (which was, like, 10 feet away from me). You were wearing a hat and had a lot of tattoos. I was wearing a blue shirt and a black skirt. You seemed cool. If you see this and want to hang out sometime, let me know. When: Friday, April 28, 2023. Where: Shaw’s parking lot. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915760


We had an awkward interaction when you asked if I needed help finding anything. I was the guy with the short mullet and glasses. We kept making eye contact and smiling at each other after that. I asked you about the difference between the two copies of Kate Bush’s Hounds of Love. I bought the remastered version. When: Saturday, April 22, 2023. Where: Buch Spieler, Montpelier. You: Man. Me: Man. #915759


Dear woman, I viewed you from my window as you did your job at my neighbors’ last week. Always lovely to see you! Could we share burgers and beers on my back deck some pleasant evening? e past is behind us. Let’s choose friendship and peace instead. Always... When: Wednesday, April 19, 2023. Where: central Vermont. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #915758

De Sally Vate,


Did we have a moment of connection while you helped my dad and me load up compost into a red Tacoma last week, or was it just a beautiful spring day? If both, LMK. When: Tuesday, April 25, 2023. Where: Vermont Compost. You: Gender nonconformist. Me: Woman. #915757


I loved talking to you while trying the honey vodka. We were sharing housing ideas. You in Montpelier, me in Vergennes. I am kicking myself for not getting your number. Loved your glasses. Let me know if you want to share a hike and tea. Or, as you said, travel with someone. I thought there was a connection. When: Friday, April 14, 2023. Where: Caledonia Spirits distillery. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915756


We talked about Genesis, our love of hockey and, of course, Pink Floyd. We seamlessly called the songs. You wore a Canadiens cap. I had on a yellow dress. Trying to make it to public skate but have been ill. Can’t get your smile out of my mind. Had a wonderful time. When: Friday, April 7, 2023. Where: Higher Ground. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915755


You were watching Air on a Sunday evening. You were one of only three people there, including myself and my mom. I thought you were cute and would have started a conversation had I been alone. Did you like the movie? What brought you to the theater that night? Let’s talk about it if you were interested, too. When: Sunday, April 16, 2023. Where: Palace 9. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915754


What was I thinking?! I should have given you my contact info. LMK if you would like it. When: Sunday, April 16, 2023. Where: Champlain Farms on North Ave. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915753


Harriet was thirsty. Your smile, so warm. I am curious if you are single. If not, then your partner is super lucky. If yes, then perhaps we could take Harriet for a walk sometime? Please share when you respond why I had my vest on during a 80-plus-degree day so I know it’s you! When: Sunday, April 16, 2023. Where: South Burlington bike path. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915752

If you’ve only been on a few dates with this guy, there’s no need to go into the juicy details about why you don’t want to see him anymore. Spare yourself — and him — the awkwardness and bow out gracefully without much explanation. But if he checks a lot of other boxes, are you sure you want to put the kibosh on him for one sloppy smooch?

I’d be more apt to give you the thumbs-up to move right along if you were in your twenties. However, as we get to be of a “certain age” — and I only say this because I’m right there with you — the dating pool isn’t as big as it used to be. If you’re up for it, I vote for giving this fella another chance.

HOT AT HUNGER MOUNTAIN CO-OP 9:30 a.m. You: masc.-presenting, short dark hair, tattoos, black tank top, black suspenders, tan Carhartts. Me: masc.-presenting, brown hair, goatee, flowers and skulls outfit. Briefly made eye contact when you were looking at breads. Care for a spring fling? When: Sunday, April 16, 2023. Where: Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier. You: Man. Me: Genderqueer. #915751


I was jumping into my Jeep when traffic was stopped on Route 116 in Hinesburg. You rolled down your window and gave me a thumbs-up, saying you loved all my bumper stickers. I said thanks. e light turned green before I could ask if you were single. I am! You wore a suit and blue tie and drove a Volkswagen. When: Friday, April 14, 2023. Where: Route 116, Hinesburg. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915750


Hi. Pulled up next to you at the intersection of North Ave. at the exit off the Beltline with my friend. Made eye contact with you, and you smiled at me, which made my night. Up for meeting up sometime to see how things go?

When: Saturday, April 15, 2023. Where: North Ave. intersection off the Beltline. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915749


Our paths crossed at the elevator. I think I caught you by surprise as I stepped out and you were stepping on. When our eyes met, it felt like maybe we knew each other. We probably don’t, but it would be nice to change that. Spy back if you can! When: ursday, April 6, 2023. Where: Bare VT elevator. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915748


I’m missing the prettiest optician in Burlington. If you see this, please contact me by telegram. When: Friday, February 10, 2023. Where: Vision Center. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915747


You came in with a couple of friends and sat at the counter. I had just flown in and was sitting with my parents. We kept glancing at each other, and I thought you were cute AF, but I couldn’t really figure out how to say hi. Maybe we can go for a walk or something. When: Sunday, April 9, 2023. Where: Parkway Diner. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915746

If he had a medical condition, you probably would have noticed some non-kissing-related saliva situations. is guy just might not be a great kisser, or perhaps he got a little overenthusiastic. Open-mouth kisses with a lot of tongue action can get messy. If you give it another shot, lead by example. Slow things down and focus on the lips. He should take the hint, but when you’re in the moment, you can straight up tell him how you like to be kissed.

Kissing is a very intimate act, and it takes time to get in the groove with a new partner. e path to the perfect pucker may get a little damp at times, but you can have fun experimenting along the way.

Good luck and God bless, The Rev

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I’m a very unique lady who likes to walk this beautiful Earth, garden, watch the birds and butterflies. I love music and a very good movie. I’m a true lover of a friend or partner, as well. I also look great for my age. I hope to meet a gentleman with the same likes as myself. #L1668

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Attractive man, 57, never married with no kids. Seeking full-figured/busty woman. Seeking a travel partner who enjoys being touched and loved. Begin as FWB, but open to LTR. Please include phone and/or email. #L1669

32-y/o female seeking a man, 32 to 42 y/o. Creative, grounded, open-minded F seeking a communicative, emotionally mature, fun-loving M. Looking for a slow burn; seeking friendship first with the possibility of something more. #L1665

I’m a man in my 60s seeking a woman, 50s to 60s. I am an active and caring male. Looking for a kind, friendly and curious woman to go hiking, have dinner with and play pickleball. #L1664

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56-y/o world-traveled Canadian single dad, home educator, homemaker, cook and breadwinner seeks cooperative feminine wife with traditional Christian values to increase family size and tackle half the duties and responsibilities of an uncomplicated home life.


I’m a baby boomer and nonsmoker seeking a woman for companionship and a future. Older, healthy, handsome SMC graduate is active and genuine, loves the outdoors, and cares about how I treat a woman. Not into drugs or alcohol. Enjoy a female experiencing happiness. #L1653

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Woman, 58. Not married. No children. Searching for a man in the same position. Home away from busy world. Rockers on porch. Gardens. Sunsets. Love. Hope. Been a while. Phone number, please. #L1655

72-y/o male, cozy home in the country, financially secure, healthy, trim, seeks kind, liberal, open-minded, country-loving female. Great communicator, abhors narcissism, fun, kind, respectful, feminist, intelligent, secure, loving. Divorced 20 years. Hope not too late to start fresh. #L1652

73-y/o male, single, nice country home in central Vermont. Like to travel all over Vermont and beyond. Financially secure. College educated. Keep healthy and energetic. Would like to meet a nice lady 64 to 85 who would like to explore a possible connection. Promise to always be respectful and sincere with some excitement along the way. Hope that a special classy feminist type will respond. Phone number, please. #L1658

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