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The Burlington City Council has advanced a possible fix-up of Memorial Auditorium, which closed in 2016 due to structural deficiencies. In March, voters approved spending $23.8 million to address various capital projects, with $1 million earmarked for Memorial. City officials asked councilors on Monday whether the city should spend the funds to stabilize the historic building or tear it down — and the body agreed it should be saved. Community & Economic Development Office officials estimate that the repairs needed immediately would require about $700,000 of the voter-approved funds. Demolishing the structure would have cost $3.35 million, according to the city’s most recent estimates. Councilors will vote on a contract for the stabilization work later this summer. Mayor Miro Weinberger said the council made the right decision. “This administration has never supported the demolition of Memorial,” he said. “Having the updated demolition figures, I think, does clarify what our option is at this point: stabilization or spending millions more to have an empty site.” What happens next remains unclear. Weinberger said that with an impending $181.3 million bond this November

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for a new high school, the city won’t have the borrowing capacity to make significant improvements to Memorial. CEDO staff suggested the city could consider a public-private partnership to develop Memorial or even the entire “gateway block” — the plot at the corner of Main Street and South Winooski Avenue that the city has sought to redevelop for years. The council expressed mixed thoughts on how to proceed. Councilors Joan Shannon (D-South District) and Gene Bergman (P-Ward 2) said the city should review a robust community survey from 2018 for direction on how to reuse the site. But Councilor Ali Dieng (I-Ward 7) said the city has changed since then. He suggested going back to the drawing board. Dieng also cautioned against spending large sums on the building, noting that voters turned down a proposed tax increase on the March ballot. “People have spoken so many times,” he said. “Maybe we have to listen here.” Councilors were more in sync about a proposed $25.9 million makeover of Main Street downtown. They unanimously approved the project design with one condition: that it include bike lanes along the entire route. Read Courtney Lamdin’s full story at


The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants wants to resettle more than 300 people in Rutland over the next three years. The more, the merrier.

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1. “Bathhouse, Bowling Alley Planned for Burlington Brownfield Site” by Colin Flanders. Vermont will spend $6 million cleaning up a contaminated property along Pine Street so that the vacant land can be redeveloped into a Nordic bathhouse and a bowling alley. 2. “Cycling Star and Vermont Native Killed in Texas” by Colin Flanders. Anna Moriah Wilson, 25, formerly of East Burke, was shot in Austin, where she had planned to compete in a renowned bike race. 3. “WTF: What’s to Become of Charlie’s Boathouse?” by Chea Waters Evans. The late Charlie Auer’s family says the public is welcome to stop by the Lake Champlain waterfront property, but it won’t be open for business this year. 4. “Vermont Issues First Cannabis License for Legal Market” by Sasha Goldstein. The board gave the green light to Rutland Craft Cannabis, a small indoor grower based in Brandon. 5. “Leunig’s Le Marché to Open This Summer in Shelburne” by Melissa Pasanen. Chefowner Donnell Collins of Burlington’s Leunig’s Bistro & Café has leased the former Harrington’s of Vermont Shelburne location for what she calls “a little French café and market.”

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TIKTOK TEACHER South Burlington middle school teacher Greg Wolf has demonstrated scientific principles to his students for more than 30 years. But now his interactive lessons are getting attention — a lot of attention — outside of his classroom. Fifteen months ago, Wolf started a TikTok account under the name Wolf_Science. He’s used it to teach about everything from how siphons work to whether Double Stuf Oreos are really double-stuffed. Along the way, he’s amassed almost 300,000 followers, and three of his videos have been viewed millions of times. The most recent viral video, which took off last week and now has more than 3.8 million views, shows Wolf illustrating Bernoulli’s

Principle — which holds that a fluid’s pressure decreases as its velocity increases — by blowing into a plastic bag. Wolf’s other viral videos include an explanation of how big the number 1 million is and a demo of an apparatus called a harmonograph that uses a pendulum to draw geometric images. At the urging of his eighth grade students, Wolf started posting science-related videos to social media last school year. When he showed them how to light methane bubbles on fire, they told him he needed to put the demonstration on TikTok, stat. Since then, Wolf has posted about one video a week and connected with educators from across the country. Wolf has amassed enough followers that he’s now classified as a TikTok “creator,” which means he gets a nominal

stipend when his videos go viral. Scientific equipment companies have started sending Wolf gadgets he can use in his videos. Though he’s retiring in June after 30 years at Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School, Wolf is hoping to parlay his newfound fame into a second act. He envisions a part-time job visiting different cities to teach educators how to incorporate engaging demonstrations in the classroom. The national exposure is exciting, Wolf said, but his favorite fans are former students who reach out to him after seeing their old teacher pop up in their social feed. Most of the comments on his videos are as wholesome as Wolf’s content, such as one on his latest post that reads: “Man, I would’ve loved to have you as my science teacher.” ALISON NOVAK SEVEN DAYS MAY 25-JUNE 1, 2022



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However, I would like to point out the omission of a very talented pie professional. Jonathan Davis is working miracles at Pie Society. His pie kitchen is in the same building as Davis Studio at 916 Shelburne Road in South Burlington. Every week, Pie Society changes its menu to offer two savory pies and one sweet. This week, for example, he is offering bratwurst, kale and ale gravy pie; butternut-sage pot pie; and rhubarb crumb pie. The savory pies typically cost less than $30, and the sweet pies less than $20. Jonathan is a craftsman of crust and a philosopher of filling. Every one of the Pie Society pies I have ordered, savory or sweet, has been a slice of heaven. I hope that we support such a talented young food creator in his quest for the ultimate pie. Danny Crytser


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on the rights of the law-abiding. The United States Postal Service, Vermont hospitals and doctors’ offices, and the Vermont Department of Buildings and Services already have rules prohibiting carrying firearms. In the case of the governmental entities, those rules are in clear violation of the U.S. Constitution. What is needed is the enforcement of existing laws and the handing out of the maximum punishments. The “relief from abuse orders” and “no-contact orders” and conditions of release are a waste; the abusers and drug users pay no attention to them. The “elite” — the lawyers, the doctors, many of the legislators and the National Education Association — have decided for the rest of us what is bad. Not all of us are taken in by the warped ideas of the gun-hating crowd. Kendel Stafford


in a December 15, 2020, piece: “Fresh From the Oven: Four New Vermont Bakeries Offer Their Wares Direct to Consumers.” Two months later, on February 25, 2021, he was the subject of a “Stuck in Vermont” video.


[Re “Under Pressure From Scott, Lawmakers Scrap Rental Registry,” May 11, online]. As I sit in the backyard of my apartment in Burlington’s Old North End and read about S.210, I am appalled. Requiring inspections of rental units would improve quality of life for many Vermonters, but I fear that due to buildings with fewer than four units being exempt, many would miss out. I look at my own building and those of all my neighbors; nearly all would be exempt. The same is true of my hometown of Springfield and my college town of Johnson. I appreciate the effort by the legislature and hope that Gov. Phil Scott does not veto such a transformative bill, but I fear that many Vermonters will miss out on its benefits. The proposed $35 fee is minuscule. Patrick Parillo



[Re “House Fails to Override Veto of Burlington’s ‘Just Cause’ Eviction Bill,” May 10, online]: I am a landlord in both Vermont and Washington, D.C., and I have already written in Seven Days how unfair and unnecessary it is that landlords are allowed to ask for first and last months’ rent and a security deposit from incoming tenants here in Vermont, a practice illegal

in D.C. [Feedback: “Protect Tenants,” November 24, 2021]. I get to know most of my tenants well, and I see the hardships. However, “no cause” evictions, which are illegal in D.C., afford tenants no real protection against higher rents and, I think, create a greater likelihood of adverse relationships between tenants and landlords. It is practically impossible to terminate a tenancy in D.C., but landlords with four or fewer rentals are allowed to raise rents pretty much as they please; with five or more units, landlords can still raise rents up to 10 percent every year, with just a 30-day notice. Here in Vermont, if a tenant takes simple action in response to a “no cause” eviction, it can take months — and now probably years, with the slowdown in the courts — before that tenant must vacate, and then the courts might find in their favor if the landlord is acting in retaliation to valid tenant complaints. I have had to use this option once, and it was to remove tenants from a multifamily building because those tenants were constantly harassing and disturbing the other tenants. Harassment as a “cause” is notoriously difficult to prove, and the option of a “no cause” eviction was important and much appreciated by the other tenants. Johanna Polsenberg



[Re Feedback: “Watch Your Gun Language,” April 13]: Vermont has gotten along fine for generations without the recently passed and proposed gun control laws. Gun laws do not deter criminals; they only infringe


[Re WTF: “What Are Cannabis THC Caps, and Why Does Vermont Have Them?” April 20]: Lawmakers in the Vermont House are following the science and support the 60 percent THC cap and are working to keep it in H.548. This was how Act 164 was sold to Vermonters in 2020: that the commercial sale of cannabis is “for the purpose of public health and safety.” What is new is the Cannabis Control Board’s push for these dangerous products before the market in Vermont is even off the ground. These are not products used by the casual cannabis consumer. In the 1990s, the average THC content in marijuana flower was less than 4 percent. It is now about 15 percent — and we’re talking about products with a potency of up to 80 or 90 percent THC. What do we know about these products? The science is settled that they are dangerous. The chair of the Vermont CCB testified, “I recognize that these concentrates are dangerous … They are FEEDBACK

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Un Nuevo Repertorio Dartmouth College’s Hopkins Center for the Arts presents the Music Mexico Symposium, a two-day extravaganza of performance and education highlighting the past, present and future of Mexican classical music. Attendees in Hanover, N.H., and online experience a stacked schedule of workshops, talks and concerts — including the world premiere of new pieces from the symposium’s composers in residence: Rodrigo Martinez, Nubia Jaime Donjuan and Juan Pablo Contreras. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 69




Ahead of the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, curator Michael Mwenso stops by Stowe Mountain Resort’s Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center to deliver an Ancestral Communal Listening Experience.. Alongside Flynn executive director Jay Wahl and Electric Root cofounder Jono Gasparro, Mwenso shepherds audiences through the history of Black music and discusses the intergenerational influence of great gospel, blues and jazz artists.

Root for the Home Team Locals ready their peanuts and Cracker Jack and head over to Burlington’s Centennial Field for the start of the Vermont Lake Monsters’ season. The Green Mountain State’s own Futures Collegiate Baseball League team faces off against new opponents each night. This week, it’s the Westfield Starfires, the New Britain Bees and the Brockton Rox, providing spectators ample opportunity to heckle their New England neighbors. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 72


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Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater teams up with New Haven’s Lincoln Peak Vineyard this summer for an outdoor concert series with a bold flavor and full-bodied feel: the World Music & Wine Series. The monthly shows kick off with Kenyan Afro-jazz singer KeruBo, and each one features multicultural, international sounds alongside delicious wines and global food offerings. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 72


What Time Is It? Summertime! Tälta Lodge Bluebird throws a Memorial Day weekend shindig to remember with a Summer Kickoff Celebration for all ages. While the Eames Brothers Band provide live tunes, Japanese pop-up Kitsune and food truck the Waffle Wagon serve locally sourced nosh. Plus, there are lawn games for the young, the old and the furry friends in attendance. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 72


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Shape of Things The Vermont Supreme Court Gallery in Montpelier presents Vermont artist Paul Gruhler’s “Harmonics,” a collection of bold, geometric abstract paintings. Combining works from shows spanning Gruhler’s 60-year career, as well as pieces from exhibitions that were canceled due to the pandemic, “Harmonics” is a colorful, eye-grabbing retrospective. SEE GALLERY LISTING ON PAGE 57

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Last Laugh Vermont International Film Foundation’s virtual cinema screens 2018 festival darling Donbass, a darkly satirical war film lampooning the Russian separatist movement in Ukraine. Viewers come away with a better understanding of both the political situation leading up to this year’s invasion and how humor can be a powerful tool for downtrodden populations. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 68





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To Run — or Not?

This Thursday is the deadline for major-party candidates to secure a spot on the ballot in Vermont’s August 9 primary elections. There was a monthlong window — from April 25 to May 26 — to submit the necessary paperwork to the Secretary of State’s Office. But plenty of politicians declared their intentions long before that. On November 15, news of Sen. Patrick Leahy’s retirement from the U.S. Senate triggered a small avalanche of what appeared to be carefully timed Monday announcements. A week later, U.S. Rep. Peter Welch said he would run for Leahy’s seat. Fourteen days after that, on December 6, Lt. Gov. Molly Gray declared her candidacy for Welch’s spot in the U.S. House. The following Monday, state Senate President Pro Tempore Becca Balint threw her hat into the ring. Many more candidates have since come forward — in part because a number of long-occupied elected offices have opened up in the past few weeks. It turns out Vermont voters will be choosing a new lieutenant governor, treasurer, secretary of state and attorney general this year, in addition to two-thirds of the state’s congressional delegation. Almost immediately, we started getting letters to the editor in praise of the contenders. We published those that referenced Seven Days stories — and cartoons! — but held back on printing the ones that were blatantly generic. Every newspaper in the state receives such endorsement letters, often written by campaign volunteers; it amounts to free political advertising. We’re seeing a lot more letters now that primary campaign season is “open.” But you won’t. Following the lead of the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus, Seven Days now has a written policy of rejecting partisan letters that promote or endorse local political candidates if they have no connection to our reporting. We turned down four such letters this week, for Gray, Balint, Rep. Kitty Toll — who’s running for Gray’s LG seat — and secretary of state candidate Chris Winters. Many local newspapers across the country are going the same route, and frankly it’s high time. While campaign ad dollars have migrated from newspapers to television, digital and direct mail — none of which offers a comparable free public forum for responses — print media has dutifully covered the races and published the letters for free while their own coffers have summarily dried up. Seven Days is not selling endorsement letters, as the Times Argus is doing for a nominal fee. All we ask is that your written thoughts relate to a story, ad or even another letter in our paper or on our website. Why else would they be directed “to the editor”? If you like what we do and can afford to help Want to make a case for a candidate? Our pay for it, become a Seven Days Super Reader! account reps will be more than happy to sell Look for the “Give Now” buttons at the top of you ad space so you can share your views. Or send a check with your The money will help fund our political and address and contact info to: other local reporting so that Seven Days can SEVEN DAYS, C/O SUPER READERS P.O. BOX 1164 continue to keep you informed about the BURLINGTON, VT 05402-1164 news, culture and elections that connect us.



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Former Cop Pleads Guilty to Assaulting Handcuffed Woman



B Y C O L I N F L A N D ER S A former St. Albans cop who punched a handcuffed woman in the face pleaded guilty on May 18 to simple assault. Jason Lawton, 33, could have faced up to a year in prison for the misdemeanor charge. But a plea agreement with the Vermont Attorney General’s Office caps any possible jail time at six months. The charge stems from a March 2019 incident caught on camera at the St. Albans Police Department involving Lawton, then a sergeant and shift supervisor, and Amy Connelly, who was being held in one of the station’s cells. Video showed Lawton eating dinner with a colleague when he walked over to Connelly’s holding cell and told her to stop kicking the door. He then pushed the handcuffed woman into a wall twice, punched her in the face and dragged her to the FILE: COLIN FLANDERS

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orey Parent loves nearly everything about representing Franklin County in the Vermont Senate. The Republican from St. Albans enjoys the collegial atmosphere at the Statehouse, finds the policy debates invigorating and is honored to serve his constituents. But as his legislative duties increasingly pulled him away from his 4-year-old son and 7-month-old daughter, he could no longer justify the sacrifices. “My son would look at me sometimes and say, ‘Daddy, are you going to be home for dinner tonight?’” Parent recalled last week. “It was just like, Oh, man.” Parent, the assistant manager of the Town of St. Albans, has joined a wave of lawmakers heading for the exits this year. After a full biennium conducted during a global pandemic, young and old are burned out, fed up, going broke or ready to retire.




Several are stepping down to run for higher office. To date, 11 of Vermont’s 30 senators and 41 of 150 House members have announced they will not seek reelection this year, a turnover unheard of in modern memory.



The final tally of departures won’t be known until the Thursday, May 26, deadline to file to run in the August 9 primary. But many lawmakers have already let colleagues and constituents know they won’t be back next year.

Nine of the 14 chairs of House standing committees are leaving — a huge chunk of Democratic leadership. Some have decades of service in state government. “This is going to be a sea change in many respects,” said Gov. Phil Scott, expressing surprise at the degree of churn. Scott, one of just two statewide officeholders to announce reelection bids, said the collective knowledge of the departing legislators will be missed. One of the committee chairs valued for deep experience in state government is Rep. Janet Ancel (D-Calais), who leads the powerful House Committee on Ways and Means. “I always said that once people refer to me as an institution, it was time to leave,” Ancel quipped. Ancel served as both legal counsel and tax commissioner under governor Howard FEELING THE BURNOUT

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ground. Medics eventually took her to the hospital, where she was treated for facial bruises. The Vermont State Police investigated the assault and arrested Lawton in November 2019. Six months later, Connelly sued Lawton and the City of St. Albans in federal court for civil rights violations. The case is still pending. Before approving Lawton’s plea deal last week, Judge Martin A. Maley asked state prosecutors why they had only charged Lawton with one misdemeanor. “I think it came down to the fact that there was a single punch,” assistant attorney general Paul Barkus responded. Maley was unpersuaded. “I don’t get to charge cases, but I’m curious, because it appears that the pushing into the wall, times two, the punching of the victim, and then the dragging of the victim out where she hits her head — I count, by that, four assaults,” he said. “But again, it’s the state’s decision as to how this case was charged, and here we are.” m

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raeden Stevens was a sophomore at Milton High School when he learned about the Burlington Technical Center’s aviation and aerospace technology program, the only one of its kind in the state. “I’m not one to sit in the classroom,” Stevens said. “It looked cool.” So, he enrolled. Now a senior, Stevens has spent the past two years learning how to take apart engines, use a welding machine and taxi an airplane. As the Burlington School District prepares to build a new tech center, it’s eyeing ways to attract more students like Stevens: expanding its aviation program with a $10 million federal grant, possibly adding construction and urban agriculture programs, and creating a bigger space that will allow for larger enrollment. Still, some in Chittenden County have questioned whether district leaders have fully considered how a new center could best serve the region. The district’s plans will have implications not just for Burlington students, they argue, but for all students in the region — and for the state’s economy, as well. Across Vermont, 5,000 students attend the state’s 17 career and technical centers, developing skills that will launch them into jobs in a range of fields, including nursing, cybersecurity, digital media and construction.

In 2019, just 53 percent of the state’s working-age population held any credential of value — defined as an associate’s, bachelor’s or graduate degree; professional license; or industry-recognized certification. Students who attend tech centers can earn those credentials “and immediately hit the labor market and have the skills needed to get a highquality job,” or can further pursue education, said Tom Cheney, executive director of the Winooski-based workforce development organization Advance Vermont. Despite the potential benefits of technical education, barriers discourage students from enrolling. Some are deterred by long bus rides or because the program they want is full. Others simply lack knowledge about what’s offered. In Chittenden County, only about 15 percent of high schoolers attend the region’s two tech centers, Burlington and the Center for Technology, Essex; the state average is 30 percent. Based on a Vermont Agency of Education survey, students at Cold Hollow Career Center in Enosburg Falls have a clearer understanding of how tech programs can prepare them for high-skill, high-wage, in-demand jobs than students at the Essex tech center, according to the

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news Feeling the Burnout « P.14 Dean before being elected to the House in 2005. She had planned to retire two years ago but changed her mind as the state went into lockdown and people and businesses were panicking over their personal and economic futures. “It just didn’t seem like a good time to step away,” Ancel said. So she ran again and won easily. She has slogged through legislating by Zoom and the seemingly endless additional meetings that COVID19 necessitated. “I think the pandemic prompted a lot of us to stay,” Ancel said, “and I think the pandemic has worn a lot of us out.” The attrition is particularly high in the four “money committees,” the two panels in each chamber that control taxes and spending. They labored under extreme pressure to work with the administration to get financial assistance to Vermonters pummeled by the pandemic. “Every committee has had a rough go of it, but the departures in the money committees really speak to the intensity of the last two years,” said Jim Dandeneau, the new interim executive director of the Vermont Democratic Party. Rep. Mary Hooper (D-Montpelier), chair of the House Committee on Appropriations, is retiring, citing the workload of preparing the largest budget in state history — $8.3 billion. Six others on her 11-member committee are not running again, meaning that nearly two-thirds of a committee with deep knowledge of one of the legislature’s most important oversight functions are calling it quits. Other House leaders who are packing it in include Agriculture and Forestry chair Carolyn Partridge (D-Windham); Judiciary chair Maxine Grad (D-Moretown); Government Operations chair Sarah Copeland Hanzas (D-Bradford), who is running for secretary of state; Health Care chair Bill Lippert (D-Hinesburg); Education chair Kate Webb, (D-Shelburne); Human Services chair Ann Pugh (D-South Burlington); and Energy and Technology chair Tim Briglin (D-Thetford). Briglin’s committee took the lead in drafting the clean heat standard bill, a Democratic priority, and many assume he is stepping down in frustration over the House’s failure to override Scott’s veto of it. But Briglin said he actually made his decision last summer so he can focus on his investment firm, Tuckerman Capital. “At the moment, my ‘day job’ requires more attention than I can possibly give it while also serving my constituents and chairing a House committee,” Briglin, 56, 16


weeks, from January to May, for an annual base pay of around $13,932. Legislators are also eligible for payments to cover the cost of housing in Montpelier, food and mileage. When working remotely, lawmakers were paid $75 per day for expenses. Like Briglin, Sen. Chris Pearson (P/D-Chittenden) is not running again — in part, he said, because he needs to focus on his business and young family. Pearson, 49, owns a small consulting firm, and he needs to build his client base to increase his income, he said.

HOUSE RETIREMENTS Janet Ancel (D-Calais) John Arrison (D-Weathersfield) Thomas Bock (D-Chester) Tim Briglin (D-Thetford) Selene Colburn (P-Burlington) Hal Colston (D-Winooski) Larry Cupoli (R-Rutland) Peter Fagan (R-Rutland) Martha “Marty” Feltus (R-Lyndon) John Gannon (D-Wilmington) Maxine Grad (D-Moretown) Bob Helm (R-Fair Haven) Mary Hooper (D-Montpelier), Kimberly Jessup (D-Middlesex) John Killacky (D-South Burlington) Warren Kitzmiller (D-Montpelier) Paul Lefebvre (I-Island Pond) Felisha Leffler (R-Enosburg Falls) Bill Lippert (D-Hinesburg) Marcia Martel (R-Waterford) Jim McCullough (D-Williston) Barbara Murphy (I-Fairfax) Terry Norris (I-Shoreham) Carolyn Partridge (D-Windham) Ann Pugh (D-South Burlington) Lucy Rogers (D-Waterville) Carl Rosenquist (R-Georgia) Heidi Scheuermann (R-Stowe) Linda Joy Sullivan (D-Dorset) Harvey Smith (R-New Haven) George Till (D-Jericho) Maida Townsend (D-South Burlington) Tommy Walz (D-Barre City) Kate Webb (D-Shelburne) Dave Yacovone (D-Morrisville)

who was first elected in 2014, wrote in an email. Some say the infusion of new blood into an aging institution is vital. “We should be taking our turns, not hogging the seat,” said Rep. Barbara Murphy (I-Fairfax), who is retiring after four terms. The challenges of serving in the parttime legislature are well known: low pay, an uneven schedule, lack of childcare and the expectation of helping constituents year-round. Lawmakers earn $774 weekly during the legislative session, with no health care benefits. The session typically runs 18

HOUSE MEMBERS SEEKING HIGHER OFFICE Sarah Copeland Hanzas (D-Bradford), running for secretary of state Leland Morgan (R-West Milton), running for Senate in Franklin County Robert Norris (R-Sheldon), running for Senate in Franklin County Charlie Kimbell (D-Woodstock), running for lieutenant governor Tanya Vyhovsky (P/D-Essex), running for Senate in Chittenden County Becca White (D-Hartford), running for Senate in Windsor County

SENATE RETIREMENTS Cheryl Hooker (D/P-Rutland) Corey Parent (R-Franklin) Chris Pearson (P/D-Chittenden) Alice Nitka (D-Windsor) Anthony Pollina (P/D-Washington) Michael Sirotkin (D-Chittenden) Joshua Terenzini (R-Rutland) Jeanette White (D-Windham)

SENATORS SEEKING HIGHER OFFICE Becca Balint (D-Windham), running for U.S. Congress Joe Benning (R-Caledonia), running for lieutenant governor Kesha Ram Hinsdale (D-Chittenden), running for U.S. Congress List as of May 24.

His wife is a teacher, and they have two daughters. The time commitment and low pay convinced him to make a change. “It’s just not sustainable,” Pearson said. Sen. Joshua Terenzini (R-Rutland), a 35-year-old father of four, is also stepping down partly because of family obligations. The exodus of younger lawmakers with children has again highlighted an imbalance in a legislature packed with retirees who have the time and means to serve. A 2015 study pegged Vermont’s average lawmaker age, then 61, as the nation’s fourth oldest.

Parent, 31, the youngest senator, worries what could happen if people like him couldn’t serve. Those in their thirties and forties are typically focused on building careers, coaching little league and getting involved in their communities, and it’s crucial that their voices are heard in Montpelier, he said. “It’s representation that’s needed, but we’re missing out on them,” Parent said. Policy debates on tax breaks for retired veterans or working families, or whether to provide help with childcare expenses, can all hinge on whether lawmakers face such challenges, he said. Raising salaries has been floated before. But it’s a “third rail” that doesn’t sit well with voters, who fail to realize that many lawmakers make less than minimum wage when all aspects of their work are considered, Parent said. Scheduling changes to limit floor votes and allow more remote work could help, he suggested; so could holding half the session in the winter and half in the fall. He noted that Texas gets by with legislative sessions every other year. Sen. Ruth Hardy (D-Addison) agrees that more flexible schedules could help, but she thinks better compensation is crucial. Next year, she plans to push for increased pay, health care benefits and bolstering legislators’ professional staff. Hardy, 52, has three kids — two will be in college this fall, and a third is in high school — and she works as a substitute teacher to make ends meet. She’s lucky to have a spouse with a full-time job with benefits. She said the package paid to Vermont’s lawmakers is paltry compared to that of other states. She served on a highly technical task force on pupil weighting last year. It took up the better part of six months, and she and her colleagues were paid $112 for each of 12 meetings. “If we want to have a diverse legislature that is filled with more than just retirees with money, we need to be able to provide more support and pay,” she said. One of the youngest House members, 26-year-old Lucy Rogers (D-Waterville), echoed concerns about workload and low pay when she announced her decision on Monday not to run again. “No matter how strong the passion for service, this makes the legislature inaccessible to many Vermonters who are not

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retired or independently wealthy,” she wrote to supporters. House Speaker Jill Krowinski (D-Burlington) said she plans to ask the Rules Committee to spend some time this summer exploring ideas for improving the legislature’s working conditions. Political parties drill into their members the need to help recruit their replacements, but challenges such as lack of childcare often prove insurmountable, Dandeneau of the Vermont Democratic Party said. “We are keeping people wholesale out of public office,” he said. Paul Dame, chair of the Vermont Republican Party, is beating the bushes hard for candidates this year. He has the added challenge of finding candidates who are willing to serve in the minority. The high turnover nevertheless poses an opportunity, and Dame is hopeful that the party will pick up seats. “One of the hardest things to do in Vermont is to unseat an incumbent; it doesn’t matter what party,” Dame said. Two attempts by Democrats to override Republican Scott’s vetoes this year failed by a single vote in the House. Democrats, independents and Progressives controlled 104 of the chamber’s 150 seats but couldn’t muster the two-thirds majority needed to thwart vetoes of Burlington’s “just cause” eviction measure or the establishment of a statewide clean-heat standard. That’s been a recruiting point for the GOP, Dame said. It’s also inspired Democrats to step forward to finish the work started by retiring legislators. Former education secretary Rebecca Holcombe, who is running to represent Norwich in the House, and former state economic development director Jarod Duval, running for Senate in Washington County, are both stressing urgent climate goals. Speculating whether Democrats will be able to expand their majority this fall is premature because far different dynamics will be at play than in 2020, Krowinski said. While there’s no presidential election, voters will have the chance to enshrine reproductive rights into the state constitution by passing Proposition 5 this November. That’ll likely drive voter turnout, and Krowinski is betting that voters who support Prop 5 will also support House Democratic candidates and strengthen their majority. “I think it’s a loss to our institution,” Krowinski said of the retirements, “and also an opportunity to give the next generation of leaders a chance to govern.” m

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Before him knelt a one-eyed woman wrapped in splendid robes who seemed to wave some manner of dangling contraption in the man’s face as she issued forth strange and melodic incantations. Her countenance was unmistakable. I recognized her immediately as the Seer of Borneo, a clairvoyant of ill repute said to have built her fortune by bewitching all manner of dukes, barons, and tycoons into revealing their inmost secrets—and signing away their domains. Mr. Bhakta is in trouble, I thought to myself at once; I felt for my pistol, but found only a knife. Knowing that I’d stand naught a chance in a clash of blades with the Seer, I elected to remain camouflaged in the shadows and notate all that could be gleaned from the infernal hypnosis. “Here is my secret plan in all totality,” mumbled H.O.G. Bhakta as the hypnotist dangled her tool of transfixment to and fro in front of his gaze. “Listen, Great Seer of Borneo, to the secrets which foretell the future of Griswold and that of all who journey here to find their spirit. Each week we all shall summon pilgrims from across the land to this fine locale, indulge them in a grand reception until the sun rises anew, employ The Griswold Method to revive their spirits, and then enlighten them, finally, with the wonders of the world’s oldest spirits. We shall fill drams of BHAKTA Armagnac pulled directly from the barrel, and no man shall see his snifter dry; we shall release the finest aged bourbon yet known in these free American states . . . my masterpiece, my magnum opus, my HOGSWORTH; we shall infuse our Colombian rum, STRONGCOQ, with the most vigorous herbs, and cure all woes of courtship forthwith; we shall take all the finest whiskies of the world, blend them into one barrel, and christen it EMPIRE. . . Great Seer, we shall do all such things and more. Why yes, yes we shall. But you must make an oath not to share these revelations with Raff Bezaleel Jr., lest a great and wicked calamity befall the House of BHAKTA and all of our magic may in turn be lost. . . ”





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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Brenda Siegel joined other drug law reform advocates in slamming Gov. Phil Scott last Friday for his veto of a bill that would have eliminated sentencing disparities between crimes involving crack and powder cocaine. Scott refused to sign H.505, which the legislature passed on May 2, claiming that the bill contained “absolutely no recognition of the often-disastrous health and safety impacts of using drugs like fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, [and] methamphetamines.” In addition to eliminating the cocainesentencing disparity, the bill would have created a Drug Use Standards Advisory Board. That body would have guided drug sentencing policy and recommended legal personal-use possession levels with the goal of “preventing and reducing the criminalization of personal drug use.” The panel would have been advisory only and under the control of the Vermont Sentencing Commission. Scott said he supports treating drug and alcohol use as an illness but argued that the bill fails to recognize the role law enforcement plays in “tracking down and stopping the dealers who seek to poison Vermonters — including children — for profit.” Supporters of the bill contend that, by blocking it, Scott was effectively preserving a racist status quo that punishes possession of crack cocaine more harshly than powder cocaine. For example, current sentencing laws consider a person caught with 150 grams of powder cocaine to be trafficking, with penalties of up to 30 years in prison and $1 million in fines. For crack cocaine, that amount is much less: 60 grams. “The War On Drugs is both racist and classist and to veto a bill that should be such an easy yes shows the Governor’s unwillingness to use data, science and lived experience experts to meaningfully address the overdose crisis in this state,” Siegel, a Newfane drug law reform advocate, said in a statement. The bill “would have eliminated the racist crack cocaine vs. cocaine trafficking penalty disparity,” American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont executive director James Lyall wrote in a statement, calling it “a disparity with no scientific basis and devastating real-world impacts.” m



Tall Order « P.15 agency’s career and technical education director, Ruth Durkee. That leads Durkee to believe that students and parents in some regions are better informed than others about alternative education paths. Students and their families in Chittenden County may not fully grasp the level of sophistication in today’s programs. Compare a car made in 1960 to a 21st-century Prius or Tesla, Burlington Technical Center director Jason Gingold said, and you’ll get a sense of how tech ed has changed in the decades since today’s parents were teens. His automotive students aren’t just learning how to use a wrench or change a tire, Gingold explained, but how to operate complex computer and electrical systems. As aviation and aerospace technology instructor Jason Cooper put it: “This is not woodshop.” Sixty-two percent of last year’s Burlington Technical Center students earned college credits, and 91 percent of its graduates went on to college, employment or the military. Gingold points to that as evidence that tech centers are doing a good job of preparing students for the future. And yet, as Burlington prepares to build a new, modern tech center, some board members from neighboring districts whose students will attend the program say the district needs to hear from a broader cross-section of stakeholders in the region to chart the right path. “This is probably going to be the biggest investment in technical education for 30 to 40 years,” Mount Mansfield Unified Union school board member Chuck Lacy told Burlington school commissioners last month. Lacy, who is president of the venture capital Barred Rock Fund and served as president of Ben & Jerry’s from 1990 to 1995, has been outspoken in his call for regional collaboration. Others joined him at a Burlington School Board meeting to urge its leaders to include the eight other school districts served by the Burlington Technical Center in planning for the new center. “I invite you to open up the process … to create the appropriate seats at the proverbial table for all sending districts as a way to share both the burden and the opportunity,” Champlain Valley School District school board chair Angela Arsenault told the Burlington school commissioners. The state is divided into 15 technical center regions; students in each typically have just one tech center they’re eligible to attend. But, because of Chittenden County’s large population, students in its eight high schools, as well as Bellows Free Academy-Fairfax in Franklin County, can choose between Burlington and Essex.

About 64 percent of the Burlington tech center’s 235 students and 75 percent of the Essex center’s 363 students come from outside their respective school districts. Lacy argues that the Burlington School District has “a fiduciary responsibility” to the 7,300 high school students in the region to ensure that the new tech center is a good fit for all. “Your job is to provide equitable access to all students,” Lacy wrote to the board. Burlington superintendent Tom Flanagan seemed receptive to that message at a recent meeting of the advisory board for Chittenden County’s tech centers. Every tech center region is required by state statute to have such

so Lacy wonders whether Burlington needs to create its own. Gingold and Bob Travers, director of the Essex center, said they do communicate regularly and work together to try to accommodate all students in the area who are interested in tech ed. Essex’s tech center is a full-time program, with academic subjects such as English and math offered on-site, while Burlington offers half-day programming, so the centers might appeal to different students, Gingold said. For example, some might choose Burlington rather than Essex because they still want to be able to take some classes at their home high school. There’s a waiting list for Essex’s construction trades classes, Travers

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a group, composed of representatives from each school district. Flanagan said that even though a conceptual design has been selected, there’s still plenty of time to refine the specifics based on feedback from other districts. Flanagan said he and Essex Westford School District superintendent Beth Cobb are planning to invite the districts in the region to a collaborative planning session this summer. Architect Carl Franceschi of DRA Architects, one of the firms designing the new center, told the regional advisory board he’s well aware of the importance of planning the tech center with flexible spaces that can be converted to different uses as needs change. Lacy and regional advisory board cochair Mary Anne Sheahan have also questioned whether the tech centers in Burlington and Essex are collaborating enough. Essex already has a robust construction trades program, for example,

said, so it makes sense for Burlington to explore a similar program. The state comprehensively reviews new programs to guard against unnecessary duplication. Another issue Lacy and others have raised is whether tech center programming can be more decentralized — using remote or hybrid instruction or setting up off-site programs — to cut down on transportation time for students from different towns. “We don’t bus kids across the county to take English or physical education. We don’t need to do it for engineering or digital media, either,” Lacy wrote in a recent op-ed. “We need less tech infrastructure and more tech faculty serving students where they are — in their own high schools.” The Essex center is taking baby steps by launching an advanced manufacturing class for sophomores at Mount Mansfield Union High School in Jericho next year,



Gingold is leaving the tech center in June to become the principal of Montpelier High School. Its next director will have a lot to manage. Milton Elementary School assistant principal Fieh Chan is the sole finalist for the position but has not officially been named to the role. Six years ago, Chan built a new STEM Academy at Stafford Technical Center in Rutland from the ground up. At an online public forum on May 12, he fielded questions about his vision for Burlington’s tech center. Outreach to other school districts is critical, Chan said. “We want to make it easy for students to have this experience,” Chan said, “and they may find a lifelong passion.” Or perhaps just a clear path to a goodpaying job. Braeden Stevens, the aviation program student, personifies the potential tech centers hold. In the fall, he’ll attend a one-year, postsecondary program at Burlington International Airport run by the tech center. Upon completion, he’ll be able to earn his aircraft mechanic certificate. Stevens is looking forward to it. So are his parents, who Stevens said were ecstatic and relieved when they realized he’d finally found an academic program that captured his attention. m

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hoping it leads to a new advanced manufacturing program for juniors and seniors at the tech center. But the Chittenden County tech centers’ administrators said they also see advantages to having all programs housed under one roof. When Burlington’s center was abruptly shuttered in fall 2020 after the discovery of PCB contamination, the district had to scramble to figure out where students would go. Its 11 programs had to be spread over nine locations; this year, they’re on five sites. Transportation, delivering meals, safety and communication pose challenges, Gingold said. Recruiting is harder because students can’t visit a central location to learn about all of the center’s offerings. Scattered programs also hinder the sense of community.

Ranked-choice voting is returning to Burlington. Last week, Gov. Phil Scott allowed a charter-change bill to become law without his signature. The enactment of H.744 reinstates a voting system that Burlingtonians repealed after a controversial mayoral race more than a decade ago. This time, voters will only elect city councilors using the voting system. In a letter to lawmakers, Scott said he allowed the bill to become law because of its limited scope. But he said he wouldn’t sign it because he’s opposed to instituting ranked-choice voting statewide. “I believe one person should get one vote,” Scott wrote, “and candidates who get the most votes should win elections.” In a ranked-choice election, voters assign rankings to each candidate in order of preference. If a candidate gets more than 50 percent of the firstchoice vote in the initial round, that person wins; otherwise, the election goes to an instant runoff. The lastplace finisher is eliminated, and votes that were cast for that candidate are reassigned to those voters’ second choices. The process continues until one candidate hits the 50 percentplus-one threshold. The voting system fell out of favor after the 2009 mayoral race, which crowned Progressive Bob Kiss the winner, even though he failed to win the most first-choice votes. He defeated major-party candidates Kurt Wright — a Republican who fell short of 50 percent — and Andy Montroll, a Democrat. Voters repealed the system in 2010. But in March 2021, more than 60 percent of voters approved the ballot measure to bring it back. The system will be used on Town Meeting Day 2023. m

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VTDigger Founder Anne Galloway Steps Down B Y D E REK BR OUW ER • later that year, and several employees told Seven Days at the time that they observed tension with Galloway over newsroom management. (Former Seven Days writer and political editor Paul Heintz has since replaced Meyn.) Management and the newsroom union, the VTDigger Guild, signed a collective bargaining agreement in December 2021. In a statement emailed to Seven Days in response to an interview request, Galloway said negotiating the contract was among her proudest accomplishments. “The Guild is so grateful to Anne for what she’s built,” union spokesperson and political reporter Lola Duffort said in an emailed statement on Monday. “Digger will only continue to grow and thrive, and that’s because she accomplished what she set out to do: create a financially sustainable, trusted, and local model for news.” Galloway, in her emailed statement, said her departure “gives a new generation of journalists and business thinkers the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to the VTDigger vision.”

15 years, have experienced steep revenue declines and newsroom cuts. Galloway grew the website from a plucky blog into a statewide powerhouse with revenues in 2020 of $2.4 million. Along the way, VTDigger has become a national model for others looking to reinvigorate local news through reader contributions, grants and other new funding sources. “Anne is one of the great pioneers of local nonprofit journalism,” Sarabeth Berman, CEO of the philanthropic American Journalism Project, which has provided grants to VTDigger, tweeted on Monday. Galloway earned her reporting reputation — and that of VTDigger — by aggressively investigating the EB-5 scandal in the Northeast Kingdom, since documented as the largest known financial fraud in state history. Galloway said in the letter that she will continue covering the long-running scandal as she returns to her “roots as an investigative reporter.” The new role appears to be a detour from a route Galloway had previously envisioned. Asked during a 2019 interview where she expected to be professionally in 10 years, Galloway expressed ambition to become “head of a regional online news group.” The intervening years brought turmoil within VTDigger’s growing ranks. An internal survey found significant staff dissatisfaction, and in April 2020 newsroom employees unionized, citing low pay and high turnover. The newsroom’s managing editor, Colin Meyn, left

FILE: JEB WALLACE-BRODEUR founder Anne Galloway has stepped down as executive director of the state’s largest online news outlet. She will remain with the nonprofit as an editor at large, focusing on reporting projects, Galloway announced on Monday in a letter to readers. “It’s now time to let VTDigger thrive on its own,” she wrote. Senior editor Jim Welch has been named interim executive director while VTDigger conducts a national search for its next leader, members of the Vermont Journalism Trust board of trustees wrote in a parallel announcement. The trustees’ letter said Galloway, 57, was departing her role “to pursue other creative ventures.” She “leaves the hardworking Digger team in a position of strength to continue their vital work,” their letter reads. The VJT is VTDigger’s parent organization. Board president John Reilly responded to an interview request by forwarding a copy of the trustees’ published letter. He did not respond to follow-up questions about Galloway’s departure, which comes a few weeks after the organization completed its spring membership drive. Galloway told Seven Days in an email that she’d been mulling a transition for more than a year. Completion of a strategic plan in April provided “a natural point at which to make an announcement,” she wrote. Galloway started VTDigger in 2009 after she was laid off from the Rutland Herald and the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus, which, like many print media outlets over the last

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The Burlington Police Department is deploying more cops downtown this summer to combat what officials describe as a rash of unsavory behavior around Queen City tourist destinations. The summer staffing plan, which has been in effect for about three weeks, sacrifices patrols in quieter neighborhoods so that BPD officers can prioritize an area of the city that generates more than half of the department’s call volume. Under the new plan, BPD has assigned four people downtown during daytime hours. Two are traditional armed officers, and two are civilian staffers known as community service officers who don’t carry guns and can’t arrest people but can respond to quality-of-life complaints. Another two armed officers roam the rest of the city. It’s all part of a new downtown public safety plan that Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger has pitched as a way to foster a “safe, welcoming and inclusive” environment he says is lacking in the heart of the city. “Too often last summer we experienced disruptive, intimidating and even dangerous incidents at City Hall Park and on the [Church Street] Marketplace,” he said.

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Along with the new police plan, the city will also rely on civilian staff — including members of a new “urban park ranger” program — to perform outreach and keep tabs on public spaces. The city has also planned more than 100 events in an attempt to “bring the right people into the downtown,” acting police Chief Jon Murad said last Thursday. The new BPD plan represents a major shift from the way Burlington has historically been policed. For years, the department assigned cops to five zones across the 15-square-mile city — including two on the downtown beat. Many officers preferred this

model, Murad said, because it allowed them to become more familiar with the populations in their zone. But as staffing levels began to fall in the wake of the city council’s decision to downsize the police roster two years ago, the department could no longer staff each of the five zones. That forced police leaders to make tough decisions about where to deploy officers. That’s led to controversy at times. Murad faced criticism last year after Seven Days revealed that he was not staffing downtown on weekend overnights for at least part of the summer, despite the fact that it had a higher nighttime call volume than anywhere else in the city. Other neighborhoods, including the far less rowdy South End and the New North End, still had at least one dedicated late-night patrol. The department began using an alternative staffing model last summer that ditched the five zones and instead assigned officers to either a north or south region. The change allowed the department to better cover the entire city with fewer officers but left downtown without a dedicated patrol day or night.

“Having a public safety presence is important, and we struggled to provide that sufficiently last summer,” Weinberger said of downtown. That task has only become more difficult heading into this summer: BPD now has only 57 deployable officers, several dozen fewer than it had two years ago. The new staffing protocol will help BPD to “do more with less,” Murad said. But limitations remain. Officers will continue to respond to calls in other parts of the city, meaning that at times none will be in the immediate downtown area. The protocol also only works when there are four armed officers on patrol, which is why it will only be used during the department’s two daytime shifts. The “midnight shift,” from 10:15 p.m. to 8:15 a.m., only has two officers assigned to it right now, Murad said. That, of course, is when many of the most serious downtown incidents occur. Around 4 a.m. on Monday, one such call came in: A man had been shot in the head in City Hall Park.



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[Re “Burlington Takes Aim at Ending Homelessness With ‘Shelter Pod’ Community,” March 23]: I have been following homelessness since 1982 in the Santa Monica, Calif., region. I have read plan after plan to end it — a 10-point plan, five-point plan and so on. These “plans” are merely a way to look the part, like you are doing something, while doing absolutely nothing significant. And what about all the barriers that the folks who are trying to end homelessness face? What are these barriers? Who are the individuals who are putting up the barriers — where do they live, grocery shop and so on? What public schools do their kids attend? No one can answer this. So what are we really dealing with at the root of the homelessness predicament? In the words of Shakespeare’s Macbeth: “a tale told by an idiot … signifying nothing.” Think long and hard about that and write yet another letter to the editor. Kathryn Tate


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OBITUARIES Bruce Arthur Hogel

Robert Lawson

MAY 29, 1949APRIL 16, 2022 OAKLAND, CALIF.

Bruce was born in Burlington, Vt., on May 29, 1949, to Arthur Hogel and Phyllis Wright Hogel. Growing up, he enjoyed skiing, swimming and camping. He was an excellent student and an Eagle Boy Scout. He earned a civil engineering degree at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. After a short stint as a consulting engineer in Philadelphia and Peace Corps work in Barbados, he moved to Oakland, Calif., where he worked as a contractor for many years. He began taking studio art and art history courses at the Laney Community College, moving from ceramics to painting, watercolors, figure drawing and nature painting. He had an extensive library attached to his art, as well as books on mineralogy, chess, bridge and investing. He read fiction, travel and nonfiction constantly. He also collected vinyl records, hunted, fished and gardened. He studied deeply and was very talented. He was a good brother and a good neighbor. He died at home listening

to his favorite baseball team, the Oakland A’s. He is survived by three sisters and one brother: Karen Burke and her husband, John, of Colchester, Vt.; Cathy Kremer of Kennebunk, Maine; Barbara Hogel and her husband, Ron Smith, of Burlington, Vt.; and Douglas Hogel of Burlington, Vt. He also leaves four nephews and one niece: David Burke, Andrew Burke, Christopher Kremer, Robert Smith and Alexandra Smith. He was predeceased by his parents, Arthur and Phyllis Hogel, and by his brother-in-law, Vince Kremer. There will be a memorial service for Bruce at the First Congregational Church of Essex Junction on Saturday, June 18, at 3 p.m., followed by a reception.

JUNE 20, 1940-MAY 12, 2022 WILLISTON, VT.

Victor Fremeau

Robert Bernard Lawson, 81, of Williston, Vt., passed away on May 12, 2022, following a courageous, decades-long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Robert was born on June 20, 1940, to Robert Bernard Lawson Sr. and Isabella McPeake in Bronx, N.Y. After graduating in 1961 with a bachelor of arts in psychology from Monmouth College, Robert went on to earn a doctor of philosophy (1965) in behavioral science from the University of Delaware. Robert enjoyed a long and illustrious career as a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at the University of Vermont. During his 44-year tenure at UVM, he also served in multiple administrative roles. Robert’s professional accomplishments include publishing eight books and 30 journal articles, mentoring 11 PhD students, teaching a large variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, and receiving the prestigious George V. Kidder Outstanding Faculty Award (2003). Robert was an advocate for university athletics and a devoted fan of UVM Catamount Hockey. A beloved professor, community member and father, Robert led with courage and compassion. He shared his love for education, hockey and storytelling with his family, friends and colleagues.

Victor Joseph Fremeau, age 83, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 15, 2022. He was born in Winooski on December 21, 1938, to Edward and Corinne (St. Hilaire) Fremeau. Vic was a lifelong Winooski resident. He attended Rice Memorial High School (formerly Cathedral High School), graduating in 1959. After high school, he entered the Marine Reserves for three years, during which time he served as lance corporal. Later he graduated from the Vaughn United Barber School System in Hartford, Conn. Victor and his wife, Lucille, were married on February 24, 1962, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in South Burlington. They recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. He was a barber in his earlier work years and continued to be the unofficial Fremeau family barber for much of his life. He also worked at the Chittenden County Superior Court for over 30 years. Victor had a passion

DECEMBER 21, 1938MAY 15, 2022 WINOOSKI, VT.

Robert was predeceased by his sister, Mary Lawson Van Loon, and his brother, Charles Albert Lawson. Robert is survived by his wife, Eileen (Doris) Anderson; children, Christina Convertino (John and stepdaughter Mia), Steve Lawson (Amy), and Jennifer Lawson, and their mother, Jackie Lawson; stepdaughters, Mary Michalek (Art and son Walter) and Alyssa Anderson; four grandchildren, Kayleigh, Macy, Jack and Holden; nieces, Susan Van Loon and Dana Pounds; and nephews, Paul Van Loon, Gerry Van Loon and Sean Lawson. Family and friends are invited to Robert’s memorial on Saturday, June 11, 3 to 6 p.m., in the John Dewey Lounge (Old Mill Building, 94 University Place, Burlington). Donations may be made in honor of Robert to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (

IN MEMORIAM Stephen H. Gelatt 1939-2022

A celebration of the life of Stephen H. Gelatt will be held on Saturday, June 18, 11 a.m., in the Mt. Mansfield Unitarian Fellowship at 195 Route 15, Jericho, VT. Masks are requested.



Tom Simone 1943-2022

Friends and colleagues are invited to join a celebration of Tom’s life on Thursday, June 9, 3 to 6 p.m., in the John Dewey Lounge at the University of Vermont’s Old Mill building. Masks are appropriate. Please do not send flowers.

Nancy Means Wright 1927-2022

Salisbury — A celebration of life for Nancy Means Wright, who passed away January 19, 2022, will be held on Saturday, June 11, at 2 p.m. at the family cottage: 330 Leisure Lane, Lake Dunmore — just south of the Branbury Beach entrance.

for history and enjoyed traveling around New England. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Lucille (Cota) Fremeau; daughters, Colleen (Dean) Lafont and Christine (Paul) Shaw; and sons, Mark (Lynne) Fremeau and Michael (Amy) Fremeau. He was a wonderful Pepere to his grandchildren: Nathan and Katherine Lafont; Rachel, Seth and Ryan Fremeau; Laura Shaw; and Morgan and Briana Fremeau. He is also survived by his younger sister, Cecile Fremeau; and his brothers and sisters-in law: Robert Cota (Terrie), Kenneth Cota (Dottie), Annete Desorcie and Linda Vanzile (Hank); as well as many nieces and nephews. Victor was a very caring husband, dad, grandfather and friend. He was always willing to help others. He was well loved and will be missed by many.

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AUGUST 29, 1926MAY 7, 2022 GREENSBORO, VT. Margaret E. “Marg” Hale Bascom, 95, of Greensboro, Vt., died peacefully at home on May 7. Marg was born in Peking, China, on August 29, 1926, to William “Bill” and Elizabeth “Bess” Hale. She spent her early years in Tientsin, China, where her grandfather was a dentist. Marg’s family moved to Shanghai, where her father worked for Underwriters Bank (later American International Group) and where she attended Shanghai American School. Marg cherished summers at her grandparents’ seaside cottage in the north China village of Peitaiho. Early in World War II, Marg and her family were interned by the Japanese in Chapei Civilian Internment Camp in Shanghai. They were repatriated to the United States aboard the MS Gripsholm and arrived in New York City on December 1, 1943. The Hales learned of Greensboro from China friends, and this is where Marg met John T. “Jack” Bascom as a teenager. Marg graduated from Colby Junior College (1946) and Sarah Lawrence College (1949) before marrying Jack in 1949. With few exceptions, Marg, Jack and their extended families spent every summer in Greensboro. The Bascom family was very active. Marg encouraged her children to be “free range” and shunned housework for playing outside with Jack and the kids. She was involved with school events and being a Cub Scout leader, and later she volunteered at the Greensboro Free Library and Greensboro Historical Society. Marg became an avid

tennis and paddle tennis player in her forties. She was a member of Mountain View Country Club and loved playing women’s and mixed doubles. Marg treasured summers on Caspian Lake and hill picnics with family and friends. When sailing his Thistle, Jack would persuade Marg to be “ballast.” Perhaps her greatest legacy was being a “mom” to many of her children’s friends. After Jack’s death in 1993, Marg lived the rest of her life in Greensboro. Marg had a positive outlook on life and never dwelt on what she could not change. Her one regret was that her dear Jack did not live long enough to enjoy retirement in Greensboro. Marg was predeceased by her husband, John Bascom; her parents; and brothers Edward Hale and Richard Hale. She is survived by her sons, Dana Bascom of Wilmot, N.H., and Scott Bascom (Kathryn) of Barre, Vt.; daughter, June Bascom (Michael Hoffman) of Montpelier, Vt.; grandchildren, Sean, Jay, Tyler, Carter, Brett, Courtney and Austen; sisters-in-law, Sally Hale of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Janet Hale of Southbury, Conn.; and several nieces and nephews. Online condolences are welcome at In keeping with Margaret’s wishes, there will be no service. A private family graveside service at the Lincoln Noyes Cemetery will be held at a later date.

Alan Hamblin Pratt, 67, of Parkman, Maine, and Addison County, Vt., died suddenly on March, 27, 2022, from a work-related accident. Alan was born in Middlebury, Vt., on October 10, 1954, and was the third child of Stanton Ira Pratt and Elizabeth “Bette” Marion Swenor Pratt. Alan graduated from Mount Mansfield High School in 1973, after spending the majority of his childhood in Addison County. He was an enigmatic character who was well known and played many sports as a youth, his favorite being baseball, which he continued playing for many years. After a short time traveling and briefly living in Aspen, Colo., he returned to Vermont and raised a family, continuing to live in the Middlebury area for the majority of his life, where he became a wellknown tradesman in the field of tile, stone and slate roofing. He was a born woodsman

who continued to enjoy hunting and fishing throughout his life, a passion he would share with his children, raising them in the same area he spent his youth and taking them hunting in the Cornwall swamp with his brothers, cousins and friends. He would also venture on yearly trips to the deep northern woods of Maine with his oldest brother, Stan, and other family and close friends. There he would enjoy the companionship of those closest to him, as well as the solace of wilderness, occasionally spending winter nights alone deep in the forest tracking a deer. Later in life, he became an avid


In loving memory of Kristen Laure Charlebois SEPTEMBER 19, 1978MAY 29, 1995

To our very dear Kristy, It seems so incredible to believe that it has been 27 years since you passed. We will always treasure every memory of you and keep you close to our hearts until we are with you again. Much love, Mom, Dad, Kate and Randy

golfer, through which he reconnected with many of his old friends and continued making new ones in an ever-growing community that loved him. Al was a lover of food, drink and celebration, as well as someone who enjoyed peace and solitude. He was a lively character who loved telling stories and had a friendly personality. He was someone who truly enjoyed many activities and delighted in sharing them with others. He loved cooking, sports, hunting with his beagles, fishing and being on any body of water. He enjoyed travel and sailing, and, during his years raising a family, he and his former wife, Cynthia, would take their children on occasional long sailing trips exploring the Caribbean. His passion for wilderness and adventure was seen in his love of books and stories of exploration and rugged expeditions. Alan lived the last 15 years of his life in Piscataquis County in northern Maine with his partner and former high school love, Joanie White. There he rekindled

his love of gardening and homesteading, and together they created a peaceful life, with frequent visits from their families, spending time kayaking, fishing, gardening, cooking, playing cards and swapping stories on the front porch. Alan was the father of three sons, David, Tyler and Colin. He is survived by two of his sons, Tyler and Colin; his eight brothers and sisters, Cheryl, Stanton, Kathy, Johnathan, Laura, Melanie, Christopher and Randall, and their families; his loving partner, Joanie, and her two children, Oakley and Alice, and grandson, Felix; and a long list of dear friends in Vermont, Maine and beyond. There will be two gatherings on the weekend of June 18 and 19. On the morning of June 18, there will be a memorial golf tournament at Neshobe Golf Course to remember Alan, with refreshments to follow from 1 p.m. on. On June 19, there will be a celebration of life at 1596 Pearson Road in New Haven, Vt., from 1 to 5 p.m., with Alan’s extended family, friends and all who wish to join.

Virgina “Ginny” F. Walters A celebration of life will be held for Ginny Walters, who died on January 14, 2022, on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, from 3 to 5 p.m., at Lake Champlain Yacht Club, 2790 Harbor Rd., Shelburne, VT. Drive slowly and look for the small nautical flag at this address. RSVPs are appreciated. Email



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n Burlington, the fight to lease an apartment or buy a home is fierce. In the small city, the economic center of Vermont, locals compete against hordes of coeds at the University of Vermont and Champlain College. Some of those students have wealthy parents and education loans that give them an edge in the rental market. Others are simply trying to pay less than they would for a campus dorm room and are willing to pack into apartments with several rent-sharing friends. At UVM, which enrolls 11,000 undergraduates to Champlain’s 2,100, first-years 26


and sophomores must live on campus, but juniors and seniors are free to move into neighborhood homes that families or long-term renters might otherwise occupy. Certain streets have become synonymous with student housing, which has reduced the supply of homes for long-term residents and driven up rental costs citywide. The pandemic has only increased the competition for housing and pushed high prices ever upward. Recent listings on Zillow detail the damage: A one-bedroom pad on Park Street costs $1,800 a month, no utilities included. A studio apartment on Pearl

Street, just 461 square feet, is $1,700. At least it has air conditioning. A new plan may provide some relief. UVM has proposed a multibuilding development on its 21-acre Trinity Campus. Once a small Roman Catholic college for women that closed in 2000, the Colchester Avenue campus is now home to nearly 600 students. UVM’s plan would add 400 undergraduate beds, 120 graduate student apartments and a new dining hall. Since the university completed its last student housing project, in 2017, its enrollment has shot up. That’s prompting concerns from neighbors and city officials

that the new units at Trinity would be used for the overflow, and those folks would ultimately move off campus, too. Instead of easing Burlington’s housing crisis, they worry: Would this new development exacerbate it? No, say UVM brass. They’ll need to convince plenty of skeptics to make the university’s proposal a reality. The build-out requires an easing of city zoning restrictions on how high and close to Colchester Avenue the buildings could be — changes that have the support of Mayor Miro Weinberger and other city officials. The planning commission will likely discuss the request this summer, and a council vote is expected later this year. UVM’s Board of Trustees still has to vet the proposal. “We know we play a big part in the population of Burlington,” Wendy Koenig, UVM’s director of federal and state relations, told residents at a Wards 1 and 8 Neighborhood Planning Assembly meeting in February. “We definitely have a role in helping to solve this problem.” Vermont’s housing crisis has hit Burlington particularly hard. As of last week, there were only nine single-family homes for sale, and most were listed on Zillow for a half-million dollars or more. Surging prices have trapped potential buyers in rentals, driving demand for apartments even higher. National experts say a 5 percent vacancy rate is healthy, but in Burlington and Winooski it’s just 0.6 percent, according to South Burlington real estate firm Allen, Brooks & Minor. Burlington has taken steps to boost the housing supply, with mixed results. In 2020, city councilors approved zoning changes to encourage the construction


of accessory dwelling units — essentially small apartments — on single-family lots. Late last year, Weinberger announced a 10-point housing plan that includes rezoning the Trinity Campus and a section of the city’s South End where housing is currently prohibited. But an effort to regulate short-term rentals, leased on sites such as Airbnb and Vrbo, has come up short. In March, Weinberger vetoed a council plan that would have mostly restricted short-term rentals to the host’s permanent residence, leaving the units largely unregulated. A council committee is vetting a new proposal. But as long as Burlington is a college town, it’s a landlord’s market — and will stay that way until UVM feels compelled to alleviate the problem. To date, the city has had little luck convincing UVM to do its part. The university, which enrolls 700 more undergrads today than it did a decade ago, signed an agreement with Burlington in 2009 to build one new housing unit for each additional undergrad student. And while UVM generally met that goal, the agreement lapsed in 2019, and the university has refused to negotiate a new one. In 2015, Weinberger set a goal for the two colleges to build 1,500 new student beds by July 2020. Champlain created 715 beds; UVM just 325, city data show. Richard Cate, UVM’s chief financial officer, defended the school’s housing record and said the Trinity project would help address the long-standing issue. “It’s not going to cure the problem,” he conceded. “It’s a step in the right direction.” The city estimates that upwards of 3,400 students from the two schools live off campus. Longtime Burlington residents say they see a growing impact in their neighborhoods. Keith Pillsbury, a former Burlington school commissioner, has lived on University Terrace, near UVM’s Athletic Campus, for 48 years. When he and his wife first moved there, the dead-end street was populated with families and young couples. Now he estimates that 50 undergrads live there. Pillsbury says students in at least one house are openly flouting a city ordinance that bars more than four unrelated adults from living together, a legal standard set in 2000 to crack down on students who were overcrowding living quarters. Pillsbury supports the Trinity plan and thinks UVM needs to build even more housing. “This is an issue about priority of the limited housing we have,” he said. “Who gets to use it?” Recently elected City Councilor Ali House (P-Ward 8) understands the

City Councilor Ali House on Buell Street




frustration. She graduated from UVM last weekend and still lives in a student neighborhood. House said juniors and seniors would live on campus if UVM provided affordable options, but without them, students pack into subpar apartments downtown. It’s time UVM stepped up, House said. “This housing crisis is impacting everybody negatively, except for UVM,” she said. “They continue to profit while the entire city is … left to grapple with the fallout.”

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Sam Nylen’s first-year dorm room was cramped. It was built for two students, but UVM squeezed in three. Nylen lofted his bed so his desk could fit underneath; his roommates slept on bunk beds, their desks jigsawed on the remaining floor space. The three young men shared two closets. Last academic year, UVM housed 5,452 students on campus, 15 percent of them in triples, the university said. Student

newspaper the Vermont Cynic reported in April that more students will be placed in the dreaded forced triples as enrollment grows. And more students are on the way. This spring, a record-breaking 30,000 undergrads applied to UVM, which expects to admit almost 3,000 students this fall in what could be its largest first-year class ever. Nylen, who will be a second-semester junior in the fall, is already feeling the pinch. He’s found it increasingly difficult to sign up for certain classes. The demand was so high for one course last semester that the professor expanded the class size from 40 students to 119. Nylen, who was a Cynic staffer at the time, penned an editorial demanding that UVM stop over-admitting students. He told Seven Days in a recent interview that the housing situation is untenable. “If they want to keep welcoming larger class sizes, I think they really do need to be very explicit and transparent with their future housing plans,” Nylen said. But beyond confirming that UVM doesn’t have a housing plan, school officials have been anything but open about the university’s long-term vision for growth. Through a spokesperson, UVM president Suresh Garimella declined multiple requests to speak to Seven Days for this story and instead provided a statement that said the university “seeks to be part of the solution” when it comes to

housing. Two members of UVM’s Board of Trustees — including state Rep. Carol Ode (D-Burlington) — wouldn’t answer questions because, they said, only board chair Ron Lumbra is authorized to speak to the media. And although Lumbra did agree to an interview, the Westchester County, N.Y., resident said he can’t assess UVM’s impact on the housing market since the university is just one piece of the puzzle. Burlington’s housing crisis has worsened, Lumbra said, but UVM isn’t to blame. “There’s something going on more broadly,” he said. “There’s a lot to learn in terms of: What are the drivers? How can UVM help? What would help look like from us?” Lumbra also dismissed the speculation that building on Trinity is part of a plan to boost enrollment. He said it would be a “dangerous strategy” for UVM to bank on the premise of recruiting more students due to the declining number of high school graduates in New England. A recent report from the New England Board of Higher Education projects a 25 percent decline in college enrollment in the region from 2025 onward. Given the impending demographic cliff, “there’s not an explicit strategy to increase the student body,” Lumbra said. “That’s not what we’re trying to do.” GOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT SEVEN DAYS MAY 25-JUNE 1, 2022

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And yet, Lumbra’s assurances appear to run counter to the university’s own narrative. A press release from UVM earlier this month stated that the school had started recruiting outside of New England to address this very demographic shift. Nearly half of this fall’s incoming class will be from other regions — a total 13 percent higher than last year’s, the statement said. Garimella has also talked up enrollment. In the fall of 2019, he announced the first of what would become four consecutive years of tuition rate freezes, saying UVM would make up for lost revenue in part by enrolling more graduate and transfer students — neither of whom are guaranteed on-campus housing. (In addition to its undergrads, UVM enrolls about 1,600 grad students and 500 med students.) In 2020, Garimella indicated that Vermont’s relatively low number of COVID-19 cases could boost enrollment as parents looked for safe places to send their children. Mayor Weinberger says he appreciates the effort to make higher education more affordable but is keeping a wary eye on the student body’s growth. UVM enrolled a record 10,929 undergrads last fall, close to 350 more than the year prior. “If they are going to continue to grow, given the housing pressures we face, they need to be building housing to accommodate all that growth,” Weinberger said. “I’m going to do everything I can to work with them, support them and ensure we don’t go backwards.” Todd Schlossberg, for one, wants the mayor to be more aggressive. He’s lived on student-heavy Loomis Street since 1992 and was excited to hear about the Trinity plan at the NPA meeting in February. But his hopes sank when UVM officials said the dorms wouldn’t be reserved for juniors and seniors. Schlossberg grilled the officials: Would UVM publicly commit to capping enrollment if the city approved its zoning request? If the dorms wouldn’t be for juniors and seniors, how would the project actually help the housing crisis? Officials dodged his first question and, on the second, answered that Trinity would have room for some juniors and seniors. Schlossberg wasn’t impressed. He wants the city to only grant the permit if UVM commits to housing juniors and seniors at Trinity. There’s precedent in Burlington for such a quid pro quo: In 1989, the city approved UVM’s application for a new microbiology building on the condition that it also provide more on-campus housing and parking. “It’s not a tough issue,” Schlossberg said. “They want this. We have control.” Weinberger said Schlossberg’s suggestion may not be legal. But he said the 28



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city is exploring other possible permit conditions to ensure that “UVM is doing its part,” such as requiring the school to provide a master plan for the Trinity parcel, undergo a parking management study or commit to sharing more data about how many students live off campus. Weinberger has been unhappy with how little detail UVM has disclosed in the past, he said. “You put all those things and some other ideas together, and I think the city

will have some regulatory enforcement power,” he said. Burlington planning commissioner Emily Lee thinks it’s worth trying to negotiate UVM’s permit; she lives on Bradley Street, in a student neighborhood. But she’s also skeptical about how much leverage the city actually has. Prior city administrations have been unable to force UVM’s hand, Lee said, “and I’m not sure anybody wants to make it difficult for UVM to build housing.”

An expansive, sloping lawn welcomes visitors to the 21-acre Trinity Campus, across Colchester Avenue from the Masala Elaichi Indian restaurant. Widely recognizable Mercy and McAuley halls squat closest to Colchester Avenue — modernist style buildings constructed by Trinity College that today house more than 300 students. Out back, out of view from Colchester Avenue, five low-profile dorms are nestled among the trees. The geology department, UVM’s Gund Institute for Environment and a third academic building are also on the campus. And the defunct college’s first dorm, known as St. Joseph’s Villa, contains UVM’s Event Services office; it would be torn down as part of the redevelopment. The Sisters of Mercy, an order of Catholic nuns, founded Trinity College in 1925. Its first class convened with just 20 women, a mix of nuns and laypeople, most of whom lived at the Mount St. Mary’s convent on nearby Mansfield Avenue. Five students that year, known as “dayhops,” boarded with local families off campus. This arrangement became commonplace as the college’s enrollment grew in the 1930s and ’40s, according to A History of Trinity College: 1925-1975, by author Stephen Roth. In an observation that still resounds today, he wrote that students were “literally housed all over the city, which was a complication for everyone.”

Sisters of Mercy on Trinity Campus, 1961



Trinity students in the 1970s

College Spill

A conceptual design of a new Trinity dorm along Colchester Avenue

A quiet spot on campus


Nancy Kirby can point out every home on Colchester Avenue that’s been converted to a student rental since she moved to the area in 1975. Over the years, she’s made efforts to get to know the rotating cast of characters at the one next door. When the heat in the student rental stopped working a few winters back, Kirby let the young tenants sleep next to her woodstove for three nights until their landlord finally responded. She loans tools from her expansive collection to the six students who live there now. But Kirby also resents UVM for encroaching on her neighborhood, which she says has become more desirable to students the more the university’s


Trinity constructed McAuley Hall in 1958; the dorm was soon full and there was a long waiting list to get in, according to Roth. Trinity’s expansion continued into the 1970s, when the five dorms on the back lot were built. The state’s only women’s college, Trinity offered a robust liberal arts education to more than 5,000 students over the years, many from traditionally underserved populations. The college held weekend and evening classes for adult students, started classes for developmentally disabled learners and offered scholarships to single mothers who otherwise couldn’t have pursued higher education. Many students were the first in their family to attend college. After peaking in the 1980s, enrollment dropped and left the college strapped for cash. Trinity tried desperately to survive: It trimmed course offerings, rented out its buildings and even got backing from an investor. But a renewed recruitment effort in 1999 was unsuccessful, and Trinity had a budget shortfall that far exceeded its endowment. “It is just a bigger hill than we can climb,” the college’s president, Sister Jacqueline Marie Kieslich, told the Burlington Free Press at the time. Trinity College closed in September 2000. But the land was valuable. As developers showed interest in buying it, the city began a rezoning process that resulted in the setback, density and height rules that UVM is now seeking to change. City leaders told the Free Press in February 2002 that the new bylaws would help the Sisters of Mercy sell the property, ideally to a buyer who would preserve the surrounding neighborhood’s quality of life. Four months later, lightning struck the sandstone cross atop a Trinity academic building, shattering it. Some wondered if it was an omen. Prophetic or not, there was a change in the works: UVM purchased Trinity that fall for $14.3 million.

enrollment has grown. In January 2021, a couple from out of state knocked on her door at 339 Colchester Avenue and offered Kirby $625,000 in cash for her house. Their two sons hoped to attend UVM, they said. “I told them to get the eff off my porch,” Kirby said. On an unseasonably warm day this month, Kirby walked down her street with a measuring tape in hand, past porches full of students enjoying their last week of freedom before final exams. A few hundred yards away, undergrads lounged on the Trinity Campus lawn. Kirby stopped there, walking the measuring tape 25 feet from the edge of the sidewalk. She looked up. “Those big buildings are going to be right where those people are sitting,” she said, dejected. “This is going to destroy that green space.” Indeed, UVM is planning a 120-bed apartment complex for graduate students where Kirby stood. A multiwinged addition to Mercy and McAuley halls would accommodate 400 undergrads in traditional dorm rooms. UVM would also demolish the former St. Joseph’s Villa dormitory but leave the five smaller dorms on the rear of the lot untouched. The campus would also get a new cafeteria, though plans don’t specify where. The proposal requires a three-pronged zoning change. Under the current rules, structures must be built 115 feet from the Colchester Avenue property line. UVM’s proposal would cut this distance to 25 feet. Building heights would be capped at 45 feet at the front of the lot and 80 feet elsewhere, compared to the current max of 55 feet. And while UVM is only allowed to develop 40 percent of the lot, the proposal calls for a 60 percent allowance. Some nearby residents worry that dense development would erase the neighborhood feel and aggravate “town-gown” tensions. Others question whether juniors and seniors, should there be room for them, would even want to live on campus. And students are skeptical that the new dorms would be affordable. Former city councilor Sharon Bushor has lived a short walk from Trinity since 1972. In the late 1980s, she advocated for UVM to house sophomores on campus, a change the university made in 1990. She was also involved in the Neighborhood Project, an initiative to address qualityof-life issues in student areas. Bushor said she isn’t opposed to developing Trinity but thinks the proposed buildings would be too tall and too close to the road. And she’s frustrated that UVM


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hasn’t presented a long-term vision for Trinity before requesting a zoning change. “It doesn’t feel like a well-thoughtout plan, and that is the concern of the neighborhood,” Bushor said. “What we’re asking for is quality development, just like you get with any project.” Todd Spellman lives on East Avenue, the same street where he rented an apartment after graduating from UVM in 2000. He shares Bushor’s concerns about the project’s scale and said that by constructing traditional dorms, UVM is missing an opportunity to build attractive housing for juniors and seniors. He said the school should consider building something like the privately owned and managed Burlington

than 70 percent of those surveyed in 2019 said they wouldn’t consider living on campus “under any circumstances.” But David White thinks UVM relies too heavily on such data. White, who served as the city’s planning director for 14 years before leaving in November 2021 to start his own consulting firm, said juniors and seniors would choose on-campus housing with amenities that provide a sense of independence. “You can have some pretty nice units that look, feel, function just like market-rate units but are actually provided by the institution,” White said. “More and more students would find that actually living close to and even on campus could be pretty desirable.” UVM alumnus and City Councilor Jack Hanson (P-East District) agreed. Many

her room in a two-bedroom rental on Cliff Street. Nylen, the former Cynic staffer, now pays $740 a month for a spot in a five-bedroom house on North Street; next month, he and two roommates will move to Pearl Street and pay $650 each. Both he and Shuman said juniors and seniors would consider on-campus housing if it were comparably priced. “That would be a really attractive thing,” Nylen said. “If the university and the City of Burlington really want to work together on the housing crisis … you want to offer your students a cheap place to live.” University officials, however, say it’s not costlier to live on campus since off-campus renters often pay utilities in DARIA BISHOP

think what people hope would happen would be the end result.” City officials disagree and say that increasing student housing stock would drive down rental costs citywide. That happened in 2018, when Champlain College opened a 312-bed apartment complex on St. Paul Street at the site of the former Eagles Club. The new competition forced landlords to woo student renters by cutting prices, waiving deposits and even holding pizza parties. Brian Pine, director of the city’s Community & Economic Development Office, acknowledged that landlords have based their rental business on the level of income they can expect from students. But he said rents would stabilize or decrease if college kids were a smaller part of the equation. “It wouldn’t happen overnight, but it’s going to be about supply and demand. It comes down to some of those basic economic factors,” Pine said. “That’s why adding beds is so critical.”

Building Out Burlington

Cadence Shuman in front of her apartment

Co-housing East Village off East Avenue, a 32-unit development of townhomes, apartments and single-family homes that has a communal kitchen, workshop and meeting space. Students would prefer a living situation such as that over “a dump on Greene Street,” Spellman said. “UVM is an octopus on the hill that reaches their tentacles into the neighborhoods more and more,” he said. “They have a chance to step up and do the right thing, and they’re not.”

Finding Room

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students enjoy living downtown, but UVM’s only on-campus housing reserved for juniors and seniors is also extremely popular, he said. The Redstone Lofts and Redstone Commons — managed by the private development firm of the same name, on land leased from UVM — have been historically full every year. But the rent is out of reach for some students. Units in both developments run from $850 to $1,750 a month per bedroom. A traditional two-bedroom at the Lofts, a 400-bed complex on UVM’s Athletic Campus, costs each student $1,185 per month. Cadence Shuman, who just completed her senior year at UVM, couldn’t afford to stay on campus, though she wanted to. This past year, she paid $850 a month for

addition to rent. UVM facilities include amenities that apartments downtown lack, such as furnished rooms and public safety services. The Redstone Lofts have a fitness center and in-unit laundry. Cate, UVM’s CFO, said even if more students vacate off-campus apartments, many other renters wouldn’t be able to afford what landlords currently charge students. “If no UVM student lived downtown ... it doesn’t mean it would open up hundreds of beds for low-income people,” Cate said, noting that a group of students can pool funds to afford expensive rent. “It’s important that everybody try to understand what would happen if the students weren’t there,” he said. “I don’t

Mayor Weinberger knows that rezoning the Trinity campus alone won’t solve the city’s housing crisis. He’s proposed two other zoning reforms that he thinks would help: allowing residential growth in the city’s South End and encouraging denser development citywide. The first of Weinberger’s ideas isn’t entirely new — and wasn’t popular the first time around. In 2015, Weinberger proposed allowing residential development in the South End’s enterprise district, the city’s primary industrial area, where many older buildings have been repurposed as artist and maker space. The idea generated intense backlash from people who feared that they’d be priced out of their studios or evicted if the spaces were converted into apartments. Ahead of that year’s South End Art Hop, a group of artists erected a cardboard shantytown titled “Miroville” to mock the mayor’s plans. He canned the proposal shortly afterward. Burlington entrepreneur Russ Scully reprised the idea late last year with a request to rezone several vacant parcels for housing. Among them is a six-acre parking lot adjacent to his tech incubator, Hula, built in the former Blodgett oven factory on Lakeside Avenue. The planning commission has yet to act on Scully’s plan. Weinberger was less specific about what he envisions. “I’m looking for zoning that would take those massive parking lots and turn them into what we recognize as a walkable, bikeable, mixed-use neighborhood,” Weinberger

said. “I do think we should allow multistory development there.” Weinberger said the city is collecting public feedback on the concept and will present a more formal proposal later this year. His second zoning effort is one to create “missing middle” housing, or smaller, affordable multiunit projects such as triplexes and townhomes that fit in existing residential neighborhoods. Such projects are effectively prohibited in Burlington because much of the city is zoned for singlefamily homes or is subject to restrictive building rules. The term “missing middle” has also been used to describe housing for people who earn too much to qualify for subsidized housing but still can’t afford to buy at market rates. The mayor likened his multiunit “missing middle” effort to his recent push to build accessory dwelling units. Under rules passed in 2020, ADUs can be built without additional off-street parking and on lots that were previously deemed too small. Weinberger said “missing middle” zoning could rapidly increase the city’s housing stock. “We’ve got to find a way for this to be a citywide conversation and effort,” he said.

Weinberger has yet to firm up this proposal but said he will do so after a series of community meetings on the topic this year. The mayor said he hopes the council will approve both zoning reforms by mid-2023. Councilor Hanson is on board and only wants the administration to move faster. He said Weinberger’s proposals work in concert with a zoning reform he introduced that would no longer require developers to

Weinberger is banking on the zoning changes to realize his goal of building 1,250 more housing units by the end of 2026. About a quarter of those would be permanently affordable, with some reserved for formerly homeless residents. The city is working with nonprofit and private developers to meet the target. Some projects are already under construction, including a 32-unit complex


build parking for their housing projects. Without the added cost of parking, developers could instead create more housing units. The city’s planning commission is vetting the language, which the council will vote on this summer. “In general, making it easier to build housing throughout the city is critical,” Hanson said. “This ‘missing middle’ stuff? I’m ready. Let’s go.”

on South Champlain Street and a 49-unit apartment building on upper Pine Street. More are in the pipeline. The city recently modified an agreement with owners of the Cambrian Rise project on North Avenue to allow them to build 950 units there instead of the original 770. The Champlain Housing Trust is planning a 30-unit affordable apartment complex on South Winooski Avenue.

And then there’s CityPlace Burlington, the long-stalled downtown redevelopment of a former mall, which could add more than 400 apartments. It’s unclear, however, when or whether that project will finally break ground. If construction doesn’t begin by September, the developers must pay the cost of reconnecting St. Paul and Pine streets to the city grid instead of being reimbursed by tax-increment financing funds. The two streets were severed when the former mall was built. Pine, the CEDO director, said developers have already asked for an extension of that deadline. The city won’t entertain it unless the project team can show “substantial progress” toward construction, he said. Weinberger is optimistic his plan will succeed. After years of talking about the need for housing, he’s pleased that so many organizations are on board to address it — including UVM. The mayor said despite his concerns about enrollment, he’s felt “an increased sense of urgency” from UVM to build more housing. “The conversation we’re having now is very much aligned with where UVM wants to go,” Weinberger said. “That feels like a shift, and I’m hopeful we can make progress together.” m

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t a meeting in mayor Bernie Sanders’ office in the mid-1980s, city officials were discussing the Burlington waterfront. The city owned almost no land at the waterfront, yet department heads were considering its future and what might be possible at Burlington’s western edge. Mark Eldridge, director of planning and zoning, had an idea: What about a floating boathouse, similar to a mobile opera house in Italy that bobbed up and down the coast of the Adriatic Sea? The proposed structure in Burlington, if built on a barge, could move to the site that would become the focus of a waterfront reimagined for public use. Michael Monte, now CEO of Champlain Housing Trust, recalled that meeting in the mayor’s office nearly 40 years ago. At the time, he was assistant director of the Community & Economic Development Office. “The boathouse really was in the context of creating Burlington’s waterfront,” Monte said. Peter Clavelle, who would succeed Sanders as mayor, was director of CEDO. He, too, recollected the origin of the boathouse — and what its realization meant for Burlington. “The idea of reintroducing citizens to Lake Champlain, by the boathouse, it was just genius,” Clavelle said. “And Mark deserves much of the credit for hatching that idea and for building support around it.” The idea would come to fruition in 1988 with the opening of the Burlington Community Boathouse. It sits on a barge that was pushed from Texas to Burlington by a Lake Champlain Transportation vessel called Miss Piggy. In the Eldridge family, the Burlington landmark is known as “Daddy’s boathouse,” said Mark’s wife, Nancy Rockett Eldridge. That’s what their daughter and son called the structure when they were kids growing up in the New North End. The Eldridges were together last year at Christmastime, a final gathering of the 32


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From left: Elizabeth, Thomas and Mark Eldridge

foursome in their home. The family held a 24-hour vigil by Mark’s bedside for a week or so, with a Christmas tree placed at the foot of his bed. Mark died of multiple myeloma on December 27, 2021, Nancy said. He was 78. “It couldn’t have been a better environment to go,” she said. “He just didn’t want to die, of course.” Mark served as Burlington’s director of planning and zoning for two decades, from

about how we should grow and develop as a city,” Clavelle said. “The planning director has to deal with that on a daily basis, and Mark did that well.” Mark was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, the youngest of three sons of Elsom and Elizabeth Whitehead Eldridge. His father was an Episcopalian minister, and the family moved around during Mark’s childhood. Their steadfast home was a summer place in Heath, Mass., an old farmhouse Mark’s family bought in the 1940s. Later, when he, Nancy and their kids lived in Burlington, they would drive — singing along the way — to Heath for summer weekends. After graduating from high school in St. Louis, Mo., Mark went to Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. His creativity and interest in design were on display in the winter of 1965, when the ice sculpture he designed, titled “Fantasauraus,” won a first-prize award at Winter Carnival. Marc Efron, a college friend and retired 1985 to 2005. During his tenure, the city lawyer in Washington, D.C., remembers developed and implemented land-use and Mark pulling an all-nighter to construct housing policies that recognized equity, the piece, with help from his fraternity inclusion and affordability as core tenets, brothers. according to former colleagues. An ordiMark went on to attend graduate nance adopted under Mark’s leadership, school at the University of North Carolina known as inclusionary zoning, requires at Chapel Hill, where he earned a master’s that developments of a certain size include degree in urban planning. (A proud UNC affordable housing. alumnus, he was “smiling up there” in Another measure, the condominium April, Nancy said, when the Tar Heels c o n v e r s i o n o r d i n a n c e, beat the Duke University Blue p ro t e c t s t e n a n t s f ro m Devils in the Final Four of the displacement if their apartNCAA men’s basketball chamment is converted to a condo. pionship tournament.) Mark was not only an effecAfter grad school, Mark STORIES tive and forward-thinking joined the U.S. Navy, living city planner, according to and working on a naval people who worked with him, ship for four years before he was a kind and thoughtful embarking on his career in “Life Stories” is a person who stayed above the the Boston area. As assismonthly series profiling Vermonters fray of politics. tant director of planning for who have recently “One of the things that Brookline, Mass., he develdied. Know of makes Burlington a challengoped a nationally recognized someone we should ing place for a planning direcaffordable housing program, write about? Email tor is: We have not had, and called the Equity Transfer us at lifestories@ still don’t have, a consensus Assistance program.

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Nancy and Mark Eldridge


The Burlington Boathouse



Nancy and Mark met when she was hired to run that program, fresh out of graduate school at Tufts University. They were married in 1984 and lived in a house on Vermont Street in West Roxbury, Mass. After their home was broken into and vandalized while they were on vacation, the Eldridges decided to leave Boston. Burlington intrigued them, and Mark applied for the director’s position in the planning office. Erhard Mahnke, a longtime affordable housing advocate in Burlington, was on the planning commission and a member of its three-person hiring committee. “Mark came to us with a really solid reputation for promoting progressive land-use policies, especially around affordable housing,” Mahnke said. “That’s

one of the main reasons we chose to hire Mark.” Two years after he became planning director, Mark’s condominium conversion ordinance was enacted in Burlington. Its impact became clear in 1989, when the ordinance saved Northgate Apartments

from condo conversion, Monte said, preventing some 1,000 people from losing their homes. “In the ’80s, we coined a term, ‘Protect, Preserve and Produce,’” Monte said. “‘Produce’ was produce more housing. ‘Preserve’ was preservation of the

existing housing. ‘Protect’ was the protection of tenants and housing resources overall. Mark had a lot to do with the protection and preservation of things.” Meanwhile, Nancy built her own career in housing, with positions that included state director of housing and CEO of Cathedral Square. Mark selected the family’s own home: a flat-roofed brick house that Nancy called a “Frank Lloyd Wright knockoff.” He had eyed it longingly, telling Nancy that if the house ever went on the market, they’d buy it. “Over my dead body,” she recalled answering. “It looks like my elementary school.” But her husband prevailed, and the family has lived in it for 36 years. Mark placed objects he considered sculpture in the yard, such as a spiral-shaped something-or-other spotted at ReSOURCE and a piece of discarded building material, said his daughter, Elizabeth Eldridge, 32, an epidemiologist in Boston. When she was a kid, Elizabeth sometimes went after school to Mark’s office on the top floor of what would become the Firehouse Gallery (now BCA Center). She played behind his desk and remembered coloring a rendering of the Moran Plant, a waterfront building “he was really invested in preserving,” she said. In retirement, Mark pursued his interest in green roofs, filled his yard with bird feeders, played piano (skillfully and by ear), and kept up his love of listening to music. A favorite time for him was early June, when musicians would play in the streets during the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival. “I would say he was as passionate about his work at home as he was at work,” Elizabeth said. “He just kind of cared about the world.” In 1990, 25 years after graduating from Dartmouth and five years after his move to Burlington, Mark updated his classmates in a Dartmouth alumni publication. He told them about the “interesting change to a small but dynamic city that was being shaken up by the nation’s only Socialist mayor, Bernie Sanders.” His challenge, Mark wrote, was to “help Burlington maintain its recent designation as one of America’s ‘most livable’ small cities.” He succeeded, according to Mahnke: “Mark is one of the first people I think about when I think about who helped make Burlington the livable city that it is today,” he said. “The policies that he helped usher in, the projects that were subject to review while he was director, have literally made the face of Burlington what it is today. Minus the hole,” aka the CityPlace Burlington pit. m SEVEN DAYS MAY 25-JUNE 1, 2022




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Reaching Out

The addiction crisis prompts employers to make adjustments in the workplace B Y A NNE WAL L A CE ALLE N •


hino Foods, which makes cookie dough and other fillings for ice cream, has long sought to be welcoming to workers. The company has made it a policy to hire refugees and other New Americans, and it employs a coach to help workers meet needs such as transportation and childcare. Rhino even makes short-term and emergency loans available to staff. And Rhino is striving to be a recoveryfriendly workplace — that is, a company that provides support for employees who have been sidetracked from work by addiction, involvement with the corrections system or other problems. The concept of a recovery-friendly, or “inclusive,” workplace has been gaining attention lately, in part because of the 34


accelerating drug crisis. Misuse of opioids increased nationally and in Vermont during the two first years of the pandemic, according to public health reports. Opioid-related deaths increased in Vermont from 56 in 2011 to 215 last year. A federal study reported that illicit drug use cost the U.S. economy $94 billion in missed work in 2019. Rhino finds staff through Working Fields, a South Burlington-based missiondriven employment agency that provides training, coaches and other help for people with a history of substance use or legal convictions. And two years ago, Rhino hired a full-time recovery coach, someone trained in helping people find the support they need to stay on the job. Rhino is not the only Vermont business looking for ways to accommodate more

people who are trying to reenter the workforce while in recovery. South Burlington’s Best Western Plus Windjammer Inn & Conference Center signed up with Working Fields earlier this year to fill a restaurant position. The center employed the worker on a temporary basis for several weeks and recently offered him a permanent job, said Stacy Brockmyre, director of human resources for the Windjammer Hospitality Group. “He was awesome; he showed up every single day on time, and he missed not one day of work,” Brockmyre said. “He was able to accommodate our schedule.” “A lot of the folks who are benefiting from an inclusive hiring approach are really good workers who deserve the

opportunity, just like anybody else, to have a job,” Rhino vice president Rooney Castle said. “We think about how we can use our position as an employer not just to make a profit but to benefit our employees and the community around us.” Tammy Bushell, the human resources director at Edlund in Burlington, got on board with the recovery-friendly workplace movement after she watched her 25-year-old son experience substance-use disorder in 2017. Bushell set out to ease the stigma of addiction. “As an employer, I wanted to be able to support people in recovery, hoping that when my son was ready to get a job, there would be other employers out there to support people going through a difficult time,” she said. Bushell is certified as a recovery coach; her son is now in recovery and has a job. People who are rebuilding their lives often lack necessities such as transportation or housing, said Jason Siegel, a recovery coach for Working Fields. That’s where employers and coaches can help people in the first phase of returning to work.

“I can’t imagine getting sober living in a homeless shelter,” Siegel said. Scheduling can also pose problems. Some people in recovery or involved in the criminal justice system are required to attend meetings, counseling or medical appointments during the day. Working Fields encourages employers to be flexible with scheduling. “That time period doesn’t last forever,” Siegel said. “Even with people who need to go to the methadone clinic a couple of times a week, they get to the point where things are stable and they don’t have ask for those accommodations anymore.” The Montpelier nonprofit Recovery Vermont provides training for managers on how to create an inclusive work environment, and it runs the Vermont Recovery Coach Academy, whose graduates



are certified to assist the 12,000 people emerging from substance-use treatment in Vermont each year. The nonprofit’s interim director, Melissa Story, said it’s not just employers who benefit when people return to the workforce; work itself can play a role in helping people rebuild their lives. “Having a purpose is really important to everyone,” said Story, who has been in recovery from alcohol and drug abuse for 10 years. She said starting work again after a long pause was healing. “It feels good to be contributing to society and being part of something,” Story said. “Addiction is so isolating.” Ideally, she added, Recovery Vermont will someday create the kind of recoveryfriendly workplace certification program that’s been under way in New Hampshire since 2018. That state has half a dozen “navigators” who help companies get recovery-friendly workplace initiatives off the ground, and it offers a special designation for companies with policies that help employees in recovery. Working Fields founder Mickey Wiles credits New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu. “He really believed in recoveryfriendly workplaces,” Wiles said. “He dedicated resources and staff to it and, from the top down, put in the infrastructure to support it.” Wiles added that Vermont is ahead of New Hampshire in many areas of

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to feel confident when they see their reflection. The last decade has also seen the development of innovative new treatments. The medical spa now offers more than three dozen of them, including chemical peels to polish skin; Botox to remove wrinkles; dermal fillers to replace lost volume; sclerotherapy to remove spider veins; CoolSculpting to freeze and permanently remove fat cells; and a staff favorite, the O-Shot, aka the “orgasm shot,” an infusion of plateletrich plasma injected into the vaginal area. It’s designed to drastically increase sensation and stimulate more intense orgasms. Do you pee when you sneeze? Bare’s got a simple 15-minute treatment for you — the CO2RE Intima. Spa director Shelby Gillespie offered an inside perspective on Bare’s evolution. “Jamie has been so successful because she has her finger on the pulse of the industry that is ever-changing,” she said. “Because of that, we’re forever changing, so our services are always growing.” Bare’s medical team of well-trained, highly educated and talented clinicians is required to complete rigorous hours of training to provide these services. But, ultimately, the Bare experience is about relationships — understanding clients’ needs, building confidence,

bare medical spa takes self-care to a whole new level setting realistic goals and achieving results that can be life-changing no matter the service. It’s an approach that appealed to Susan Woloohojian. She and her husband live on a small dairy farm outside Middlebury. She heard that Bare offered laser treatments to reduce the signs of sun damage on her face, but she had never been to a medical spa before. When she walked into Bare for the first time seven years ago, she was wary.

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Woloohojian felt “extremely vulnerable,” she said, not knowing what to expect. But the staff at Bare immediately put her at ease. “The minute I walked in, they were so kind and knowledgeable,” she recalled. They took the time to explain the procedure in detail, answer all of her questions and allay her concerns. Woloohojian has had a variety of treatments since. “This is your skin and your face,” she said. “You want somebody who is

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‘A JUDGMENT-FREE ZONE’ Bare invites clients to relax and share their hopes and desires. “When you hold a mirror up and you ask somebody to reflect on the things that they’re wanting to tweak or adjust, that’s a very intimate conversation,” Gillespie said. Women aren’t the only ones having these conversations, Gillespie noted — at least 20 percent of clients are men. Bare also caters to people undergoing gender transition; they represent about 10 percent of the clientele, Spano said. “We’re an understanding place, a judgment-free zone for anybody who walks through our door. People feel comfortable and safe,” Spano said. The reward, she added, is “seeing the expressions on their faces, or tears of joy when they look in the mirror,” Spano said. “There is nothing more rewarding than making someone feel better about themselves and knowing they’re taking that positive feeling with them when they walk out of Bare.” When Woloohojian embarked on her Bare journey, she was concerned that her face would change and appear different, fake, like she had plastic surgery. Instead, she said, she simply looks like the healthiest version of herself. “Bare is very, very good about listening and taking it slow,” Woloohojian said. “When I look in the mirror, it’s me.” n

Vermont. I will always support her in that effort Laser hair removal is at the root of Bare’s success, going forward.” and it’s still one of its most popular services. “What she has built is truly unique for our area,” Wherever someone has unwanted growth, they Nancy added, “and trailblazing.” Intimate wellness can get rid of it. It’s an affordable, quick procedure, services that enhance with minimal discomfort, sexual experience and Spano said: “Throw away satisfaction are another those razors, guys, and groundbreaking realm cancel your wax appointfor Bare. Aging happens ment, ladies!” throughout the body, for Laser technology isn’t everyone. Bare recognizes just for hair removal; it this and offers different helps with facial rejuservices that are needed on venation, as well. Laser a more personal level. treatments can take In addition to the years off damaged skin, O-Shot, Bare also offers the improve overall texture, Emsella chair. This magic correct pigmentation, and throne uses high-intensity decrease fine lines and electromagnetic energy to wrinkles, leaving skin with stimulate contractions in a more youthful appearthe pelvic floor muscles, ance. Recovery time for providing the equivalent laser skin-care treatments of more than 11,000 kegel took weeks long ago, but exercises in less than 30 due to advancements in minutes. For clients that technology, patients can take pride in their looks experience amazing results “everywhere,” Bare offers with little to no downtime. a “Wing Lift.” As women CoolSculpting is a age, they naturally lose method of cryolipolysis, volume in their labia. The or freezing of fat cells. “If Wing Lift involves infusing you can squeeze it, we can the body’s own growth freeze it,” the Bare staff likes factors with dermal filler to say. Bare has completed into the labia. This can lead thousands of treatments to an increase in sensation over the last five years (for the woman and her — more than any other partner) and a more youthCoolSculpting provider in ful appearance. Vermont and more than In the near future, Bare all in the tristate area. In will be offering bioidentifact, Spano travels all over Top to bottom: CoolSculpting, Botox, IV therapy cal hormone replacement the country sharing her therapy. BHRT tempers knowledge and expertise fluctuating levels of natural hormones, which with other businesses as an Allergan Medical interfere with sex drive, mood, skin and body Institute Faculty Trainer. weight. An outside pharmaceutical company Bare offers the latest and greatest of CoolSwill process the bloodwork to analyze a person’s culpting machines, the CoolSculpting Elite®, hormone levels and customize a treatment which is able to “dual” sculpt, cutting the treatprotocol specific to them. Hormone pellets are ment time in half. This noninvasive procedure produced for that client’s specific imbalance eliminates 20 to 25 percent of fat cells in the area and are gently placed under the skin, where they treated. Nancy, a Bare client who asked to use slowly dissolve. only her first name, said she favors the EmSculpt “Your hormones level out, and you will notice Neo® for eliminating bulges. This machine targets an increase in your energy levels, a better night’s legs, thighs, buttocks and the abdominal area sleep and, for many, an increase in libido. This with strong electromagnetic pulses three times treatment can last up to four months,” Spano said. what muscles are capable of doing on their own. When was the last time you did 20,000 squats in a 30-minute session? It’s now possible at Bare. THIS ARTICLE WAS “I don’t want to go to New York City or even COMMISSIONED Montréal for these services,” Nancy said. “It’s really AND PAID FOR BY great that Jamie has brought these services to PHOTOS: DARIA BISHOP

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he Parkway Diner is back and bustling. After a closure of almost two years, servers are once again pouring endless streams of coffee into thick white mugs while cooks flip sizzling home fries, bacon and patty melts on the flattop grill. The South Burlington restaurant’s eyecatching red-and-white sign has been rehabbed and rehung, beckoning drivers on Williston Road. From 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, customers settle into booths and onto counter stools — all freshly reupholstered. A new outdoor eating area is ringed with flower planters.





Happily, not everything in the classic 1950s-era Worcester lunch car has been gussied up. The beige counter still bears its uneven patina of wear like a badge of honor. Who could count how many sturdy plates of over-easy eggs, pancakes and hot turkey sandwiches have grazed its surface in nearly seven decades? “We didn’t want to lose what makes the Parkway the Parkway,” said Brian Lewis, the diner’s new owner. The 44-year-old chef-restaurateur said he took on the vintage diner with care and respect for its past. Lewis grew up going to the similarly treasured Zip’s

Diner in Dayville, Conn. “It’s where we’d all go for breakfast,” he said. “I love diners.” But the experienced restaurant professional also saw room to update and expand the Parkway’s business. Along with classics from buttermilk pancakes ($8 for two) to steak and eggs ($18), patrons can order a falafel wrap ($14) or a close ringer for the much-loved Chipotle Mexican Grill barbacoa burrito ($12). They can even pair their meal with a Fiddlehead Brewing IPA ($8) or a Bloody Mary ($10). While Lewis acknowledged that a full bar, Vermont beer on draft and some new




menu items are not purist diner fare, everything on offer meets one criterion. “They are all gonna appeal to a broad base of people,” he explained. “That’s diner food.” Lewis moved to Vermont about four years ago to work as executive chef at Sugarbush Resort before deciding to go out on his own. In 2018, he opened Toast & Eggs in Waitsfield. In early 2021, Lewis launched the Filling Station, a Middlesex burger and sushi spot. He sold his


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Scout to Open Third Location, on Burlington’s Pine Street SCOUT owner ANDY BURKE has had his

eye on the former frozen yogurt shop next to NEW WORLD TORTILLA at 696 Pine Street for a long time. By the first weekend in June, it will become the third Burlington-area location for his espresso bar and ice cream company. “I grew up in the South End, and I’ve been driving past the old SoYo [Frozen Yogurt] building for years,” Burke said. “I told my partner, ‘If I could pick any location in the South End to have a Scout, it would be this one.’” The Pine Street shop will have the same menu — and the same hours, once things are up and running — as its North Avenue and Winooski sister shops. The café will brew beans from a rotating roster of coffee roasters, including Middlebury’s ILUMINAR COFFEE, and serve housemade ice cream in flavors such as vanilla and oak, smoked maple and sea salt, plum and candied black walnut, turmeric and cinnamon, and apricot and bitter almond. It won’t be the first South End location for Scout, which operated a café serving breakfast and lunch inside the Innovation Center of Vermont at 128 Lakeside Avenue from 2015 until the start of the pandemic.

The new Scout a few blocks away will occupy both the former fro-yo shop — which was most recently New World-owned Sweet Hazel Fresh & Frozen — and BRIO COFFEEWORKS’ original Pine Street roastery and training lab. The new café will resemble the North Avenue one in size and décor, Burke said, with concrete floors, lots of windows, plants and color on the walls. The original location on North Avenue opened as Scout & Co. in 2014, followed by the corner spot at 1 East Allen Street on the Winooski circle in 2015. After a rebrand earlier this year, the trio of shops will be known simply as Scout. “That’s what everybody calls us, anyway,” Burke said.




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What makes brunch brunch? For me, it’s the drinks. Without booze, a midmorning meal is just breakfast. And the more beverages, the better. When I sat down for brunch last month at Café Mamajuana, I had six lined up: coffee, water and a tropical mimosa flight of four juices — soursop, guava, papaya and passion fruit — mixed with Prosecco. It was the height of luxury and an opportunity to sip on flavors that are hard to find in Vermont. The Dominican-fusion spot in Burlington’s Old North End started serving brunch in early February, bringing a Saturday morning buzz to its Oak Street Cooperative home. Two weeks later, the restaurant was named a semifinalist for Best New Restaurant in the James Beard Foundation’s prestigious Restaurant and Chef Awards. The buzz turned into a roar. “Everything picked up pretty heavy,” owner Maria Lara-Bregatta, 29, said with a The Tatiana (back) and mimosa flight with laugh. “But I’ve been dreaming about having a soursop, guava, papaya and passion fruit juice breakfast space since I was in eighth grade. I just love breakfast food.” Customers can order online for takeout or eat at the small restaurant. Brunch is counter service, just like Mamajuana’s dinner, offered Wednesday through Friday. Empanadas are served at both meals, and they’re a must. The daytime versions ($4.50) include classic breakfast foods — such as bacon or mushrooms with scallion, egg and cheese — wrapped in the restaurant’s signature dough. Chicken-and-waffles empanadas ($10 for two) take the trick a step further: They’re filled with chicken and slightly sweet maplesoaked buttermilk waffles, then slathered in a maple-bacon gravy. I started my meal with them and slurped up the gravy so quickly it could have counted as another beverage. It would have been just right for banishing my hangover — if the lineup of drinks hadn’t already accomplished that. Whether a customer is hungover or not, Lara-Bregatta recommends starting with a café con leche ($3), Dominican-style, with condensed milk. “That’s Latin culture: starting your day with a cafecito and some kind of sweet,” she explained. Mamajuana delivers with doughnuts in rotating flavors — including arroz con leche, tropical fruits such as tamarind and passion Breakfast "paella" and chicken-andfruit, and head chef Eric Hodet’s recent clever waffles empanadas at Café Mamajuana play on an everything bagel with cream cheese. The menu also offers Dominican dishes, such as mangu con los tres golpes ($15) — mashed green plantains topped with “the three hitters”: fried cheese, fried egg and fried salami. I opted for the breakfast “paella” ($12), which combines Mamajuana’s excellent yellow rice and beans with fried eggs, sweet plantains, salsa and everything-bagel spice served in a delightful personal-size paella pan. It takes the restaurant’s go-to ingredients and dresses them up for breakfast. “Because anything can be breakfast if you crack a fried egg over it,” Lara-Bregatta said. On the lighter side, the restaurant offers a bowl packed with fresh tropical fruit, such as black sapote, papaya, star apple and yellow dragon fruit. Other fruit — including soursop, which Lara-Bregatta said is “like a giant Jolly Rancher” — makes its way into juices and the mimosa flights. Besides bumping up the drink count, those flavors are common in the DR, Lara-Bregatta explained, “and it just feels right — and ancestral — to have the fresh juice. It brings me joy.” m

said, “but if the food sucked, I wouldn’t come.” As Thomas’ repeat visits testify, the food at the new Parkway bats well above average. Corey Bolton, the Parkway’s executive chef, previously worked for Lewis at the Filling Station. The old changeable letter board sign on the wall states that the diner “features a scratch kitchen,” and that applies to almost everything on the menu. All bread — white, wheat and rye — is baked in-house, as are the yeasty English muffins. The corned beef for the

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ter said he was glad to find the spot open for a quick breakfast between flights. Soon after, an older man took a stool and declared, “It’s great to have the diner back.” At lunch a few days later, John Dasaro and Charlie Thomas, friends from Fairfield, were seated in a booth and tucking into burgers that they proclaimed “excellent.” Dasaro had tried the 50/50 Burger ($15), made with half pork and half beef and topped with roasted mushrooms, Swiss cheese and garlic aioli. He’d not been disappointed, Dasaro said. Thomas said it was his fourth time at the Parkway since it reopened. “I love the diner vibe,” he said. “It feels alive in here.” Thomas highly recommended the barbacoa eggs Benedict ($16), which he’d ordered twice. His daughter had also enjoyed her Belgian-style waffle ($10), he said. Thomas, who grew up south of Boston in Dorchester, said diners remind him of his childhood. “I love diners,” he

hash is brined on-site, and the excellent, deeply spiced barbacoa beef is marinated and then slow-cooked until it’s fall-apart tender. My go-to diner breakfast is cornedbeef hash with poached eggs. I give extra credit for housemade hash and perfectly poached eggs. The Parkway’s version ($14) scored high for egg technique and for the craggy, house-baked English muffin. The finely grained, crisp patty of hash diverged from the more common chunky hash but was very good in its own way. Other breakfast highlights included fat, flaky biscuits blanketed with a wellpeppered sausage gravy ($12) and a generously sized, cloud-fluffy, lightly tangy buttermilk pancake ($4). A side of rough-cut home fries was deeply browned, crunchy and oniony ($4). I could see ordering those topped with an egg or two and a side of the diner’s rich, dark, red-eye gravy ($4). Despite being quintessentially English

food+drink rather than American, the classic Brit breakfast — from-scratch baked beans, roasted tomato and mushrooms, sausage, ham, eggs, and toast ($13) — has been a sleeper hit, Lewis said. It’s his own morning favorite. At lunch, I could barely get my mouth around my BLT ($14), which was layered

each). Though they weren’t winning any prizes for beauty, I particularly enjoyed the custardy banana cream and looked forward to sampling the chocolate cream pie. Lewis noted that the diner team is still getting its new-restaurant sea legs and promised that the pie game will

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become more consistent. He’ll also be bringing in locally made doughnuts. Other plans include adding dinner hours in the coming months when staffing allows, as well as more cocktails. Those will be developed by Megan Mcginn, the Parkway’s co-assistant manager. She brings expert bartending chops, having served as opening bar manager for Honey Road on Burlington’s Church Street Marketplace. I can’t say I ever expected to head to the Parkway for a serious cocktail and barbacoa eggs Benedict, but I don’t see any reason why I won’t enjoy that meal in a diner booth. m

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high with crisp lettuce and bacon on thick slices of house rye. It came with a generous pile of fresh-cut, beautifully golden fries. The dessert menu includes housemade ice cream. I really wished for a milkshake to go with my sandwich, but it will have to wait, because the machine that makes them is pricey. (As Thomas, the regular from Fairfield, said, “If they serve beer, they should serve milkshakes.”) It was probably a good thing, though, because when I overheard a server tell another customer about an open-faced hot turkey sandwich special ($15), I had to order that, too. The ample portion of house-roasted turkey, closer to slabs than slices, served over the Parkway’s white bread and chunky mashed potato with gobs of caramel-colored gravy was like a hug on a plate. Lewis told me later that it will soon be a regular menu item. Sadly, the diner was out of pie that day. I had previously ordered slices of banana cream and key lime to go ($7

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Sunny-Side Up Randolph’s wit & grit. eatery serves up a cheerful morning menu B Y M EL I SSA PASANEN • If the restaurant thing doesn’t work out for wit & grit. coowners Hannah Arias and Ericka Grygowski, they may have a future in improv comedy. Their humorous social media videos have attracted a local following. But the women’s breakfast and brunch spot in downtown Randolph is hardly at risk. Barely 6 months old, it’s simmering along like a pot of golden, pepper-flecked sausage gravy. At wit & grit., that gravy is destined to blanket two buttermilk biscuits, each with a frilly doily of fried cheese griddled onto its bottom ($8). No less alluring is the Pile o’ Taters: It’s loaded with cheese, bacon, green peppers, housepickled jalapeños and spicy house mayo and topped with a fried egg ($7.25). The business partners are also good friends, as their easy on-screen repartee makes clear. Grygowski has family ties in Bethel, and Arias is originally from Bennington; each moved to Vermont with their spouses about four years ago. They have four daughters between them and met through their two youngest. In the videos, the women might banter about life as restaurateurs and as parents, or try to remember the name of Norm’s wife from “Cheers,” or refer to Mother’s Day as “laundrydoer day.” Sometimes, they even talk about their food: a doughnut French toast special, say, or the pickled jalapeños made from Grygowski’s mother’s recipe. Over the restaurant’s first months, Arias and Grygowski have kept the menu focused. Along with the biscuits and loaded tater tots, they offer several omnivore and vegan burrito options ($6.75 to $8.75) and brunch sandwiches and wraps ($7.50 to $10). Their kids favor the smaller-size Burrito Bro and the mini waffles served with fruit compote and maple syrup produced by Grygowski’s dad ($6.75).




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The restaurant, just a 10-minute drive from I-89’s Exit 4, is an easy refueling stop during wit & grit.’s Friday-throughTuesday hours. On a recent visit, we inhaled the biscuits and gravy; the Breakwich with a fried egg, melty cheddar, fried potatoes, choice of bacon or sausage, and the spicy sauce option ($7.50); and the Burrito Got Back, stuffed to the gills with scrambled egg, cheddar, potatoes, freshly chopped salsa fresca and sausage ($8.25). The latter was sealed with another golden splotch of fried cheese. “It’s like masking tape for burritos,” Grygowski explained. The Proud Mary cocktail ($10) was just-right spicy and named in honor of Tina Turner’s cover of the Creedence Clearwater Revival classic. “When is not the time for an ode to Tina Turner?” Arias pondered. Next month, wit & grit. will expand its offerings to include

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a salad version of the club sandwich, a local beef burger, and a nut- and gluten-free, vegan fruit crumble topped with house granola. There are still no grits planned for the menu, but Grygowski and Arias have demonstrated both wit and grit while navigating the launch of their new restaurant. m Note: Menu prices will increase slightly as of Memorial Day weekend.

INFO wit & grit., 29 Merchants Row, Randolph, 728-6776, witand Open Friday through Sunday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Monday and Tuesday, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wit & grit. will be closed Monday and Tuesday, May 30 and 31, for Memorial Day.

food+drink Entrées and Exits: Good Heart Farmstead to Open Worcester Store and Café; Pizza on Earth Closes KATIE SPRING and EDGE FUENTES of GOOD

HEART FARMSTEAD will open a new farm

store and café on Saturday, May 28, in the space previously occupied by the Post Office Café at 34 Worcester Village Road in Worcester. The GOOD HEART FARM STORE will sell plants and produce from the farm along with other locally grown and made groceries. To start, Spring said, the store will offer café service, including coffee, tea and baked goods on Saturdays only. This year marks the 10th season that the married couple has operated Good Heart Farmstead, which sells primarily to about 100 CSA members. The storefront offers an opportunity to expand their market and broaden access to local foods, Spring said. “We hear from our community that they want a place to buy food without driving to Montpelier or Morrisville,” she said. “This is a way to connect other farmers with eaters in the area.”

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Nicole Kubon, executive director of the Chittenden County-based nonprofit Steps to End Domestic Violence


‘I Felt Safe’

Steps to End Domestic Violence gives survivors hope for a better tomorrow


omestic violence can happen to anyone. If you’ve never experienced it yourself, chances are you know someone who has. “The statistics around domestic violence definitely suggest that everyone knows people who have experienced it or knows someone who is perpetrating violence,” said Nicole Kubon, executive director of the Chittenden County-based nonprofit Steps to End Domestic Violence.



Founded in 1974 as a women’s shelter and originally known as Women Helping Battered Women, Steps supports survivors of domestic violence; it now works with survivors of any gender, most of them in the Chittenden County area. Last year was a big one for the organization — it moved into a new building able to house its administrative offices and its shelter. Steps is now able to house more survivors in private quarters and provide programming on site. It also recently received a grant to fund domestic violence education and prevention efforts in schools.

The expansion helped Steps meet an increasing need. Kubon notes that, during 2021, Steps received 4,328 calls, emails and web chats through its 24-hour hotline — a 10 percent increase over 2020. It averaged 71 new callers every month. Steps also extended emergency shelter to 196 adults and 101 children. Many of the survivors who seek its services are parents. In 2021, Steps’ children and youth services program supplied advocacy, parenting support and resources to 131 adults and 380 children. Even more families benefited from Steps’ legal

advocacy programs, rental assistance and emergency short-term financial assistance. This support is life-changing for survivors who often have nowhere else to turn. “The help Steps provided me has saved my life,” one survivor said recently. “The hotline was a lifeline. The first time I called, it was hard to reach out; however, soon it became very comforting. You can’t just share what you are going through with just anyone. I wasn’t comfortable sharing things with my closest friends. I felt safe talking to the people on the other end.”

A NEW HOME Steps worked with the Champlain Housing Trust to find and finance its new space. The organizations had been in discussions for a couple of years, and the pandemic intensified their efforts. Last June, CHT helped Steps secure funding. Said CEO Michael Monte: “The Champlain Housing Trust was pleased to be able to step in and support Steps

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 in creating this critical community resource.” Renovations posed another challenge. To adhere to funding requirements, the work had to be finished and the building operational by the end of the calendar year. Steps’ donors, volunteers and dedicated staff made it happen: Staff and residents moved in by Christmas Day. The new building has 21 individual suites with their own kitchens and bathrooms. The previous location had just seven bedrooms, with shared bathrooms and one kitchen. This means that not only can Steps house more people but the new space feels more like an apartment building than a shelter. It’s more accessible, too: Previously residents needed to be dropped off a few blocks away. The current location is still discreet — and has staff on-site at all times — but residents can get dropped off and picked up, or do things like order pizza to the front door. Providing a sense of privacy, security and normalcy is so important, Kubon noted. “We can all relate to how hard it is to have roommates at any point in life. Think about having roommates when you’re in crisis,” she said. “Now parents can bathe their children in their own bathtub while dinner is in the oven. They can be annoyed at their teenager for taking too long in the shower in private.” Steps’ director of housing services, Ciara Kilburn, underscored that point. “Moving into our new space means hope that there is a better tomorrow,” she said. “We had one resident say that they had been to multiple shelters that had shared living spaces and they always found themselves going back to their abuser. They said that by having their own bathroom, bedroom, kitchen and privacy, they know now that they will be able to start building their life free from abuse.”

MORE THAN SHELTER The building’s living spaces aren’t the only upgrade: Steps can now offer case management, advocacy, childcare and workshops just steps away from where residents live. The building also includes staff offices. These rooms have a friendly feel, with plants decorating the window sills. Encouraging posters on the wall share messages of hope, conveying



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Kubon suggests some steps you can take: • Volunteer or donate at Direct a contribution to help Steps build a playground at • Attend events such as Steps for Social Change and community marches. • Become a Community Advocate — see training opportunities at • Speak up: If you see something that looks like abusive behavior, be open and honest with family and friends • If you have questions or are unsure how to respond in a sensitive situation, call Steps’ hotline: 802-658-1996. • If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, there is help available. It’s not your fault, and you’re not alone. For immediate help, call the Steps to End Domestic Violence hotline at 802-658-1996, or call the Vermont Domestic Violence hotline at 1-800-228-7395. Both lines are answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Rendering of new playground design

both comfort and security for intimate conversations. Steps’ new site also features a warmly decorated children’s playroom where groups can meet and families can relax. Oversize blocks, colorful floor mats and a play kitchen

engage kids’ imaginations. Beanbag chairs encourage little ones to crawl into their parents’ laps and read together. Steps is also planning to build a playground. Its goal is to create an interactive and enriching environment

 for kids of all ages to play, learn and feel safe. The group kicks off a fundraiser for it this week. If you’d like to sponsor or support the playground project with a donation, you can visit In addition to housing, Steps continues to enhance its education and prevention programming efforts, with help from a recently received three-year federal grant. Beginning in the Colchester School District, Steps will work with educators to create a comprehensive response to domestic violence and children who are affected by it. “This funding is an exciting chance to make sure that youth are in the driver’s seat of creating communities that see them, celebrate them and keep them safe,” said Amanda Rohdenburg, associate director at Outright Vermont, a partner on the project.. The goal is simple, said Kubon: “Educate everyone kids are coming in contact with.” Steps’ staff will train school administrators to do age-appropriate workshops for children and teenagers about healthy relationships, consent and teen dating violence. This will ensure that every administrator, coach and teacher knows the warning signs of domestic violence and can teach prevention-based strategies and educate students about the free community resources available to them and their families. Kubon has also implemented changes to ensure that Step staff prioritize self-care, because sustaining a career in anti-violence work can be challenging. “We’re an organization that actually encourages staff to take care of themselves so that we can put an end to violence in our community,” she said.  COMMISSIONED AND PAID FOR BY:






Get Well Soon Original musical Halfway There looks at mental illness in a new light

Director Peter Bowley (right) in rehearsal with the cast of Halfway There



ith masked faces, the cast and crew of the original musical comedy Halfway There circled up for rehearsal in a multipurpose room at Montpelier’s Bethany United Church of Christ. Set in a group home for people making the transition from inpatient psychiatric care to independent living, the show explores various states of mental well-being. With the team circled up around him, director and lead actor Peter Bowley relayed a grim message: With less than two weeks to go before the show’s opening, three cast members had contracted COVID-19. Though they were likely to recover by tech rehearsal the following week, their absence darkened the normally jubilant group. Then a cast member quipped, “Jim 46


can do five roles at once,” referring to the show’s writer and composer, Jim Thompson. The tension evaporated. “You should see me in heels,” Thompson snapped back, crossing the room. After a good laugh, the group carried on with a run-through of the show’s second act. That split-second shift from seriousness to whimsy crystallized the essence of Halfway There. But the outbreak was ultimately no laughing matter. The scene described above took place in April, when the show was originally scheduled to premiere. Because the virus continued to rip through the cast and crew, the show was postponed until this Friday and Saturday, May 27 and 28, at the Barre Opera House. Thompson, 67, said the postponement was “only going to make the show that

much better.” He pointed out that May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a happy coincidence. A longtime musician and educator, Thompson loosely based Halfway There on experiences that he had about 35 years ago while working at Plainfield’s Spruce Mountain Inn, a residential transitional living program. “[At first,] I was having trouble distinguishing between who were staff and who were clients,” he said during a video chat. In the show, new resident Claire (Erin Rathier-Bogart) initially mistakes fellow resident and love interest Max (Bowley) for a staffer. Her confusion, and Thompson’s, pose the question: What is “crazy,” a term used frequently in the show, and who gets to define it? The ensemble show features 16 actors

who play characters confronting their demons amid family drama and romantic tension. At the center is anxious, agoraphobic Max and his journey toward independence. The show’s plot and dialogue explore themes of psychological trauma and the stigma surrounding it. The set is divided between a stage-right staff room and a stage-left client room. Separated by a wall, the characters carry on distinct, crisscrossing, occasionally related conversations. Their segregation implies a similar societal divide, one that the show works to break down. Songs such as “I’m Crazy Too” and “A Little Crazy in Me” show how the characters define “crazy” and how supposed weaknesses can become strengths when seen in the proper light. For instance, in the latter number, case

VERY ACTIVELY PURCHASING manager Nancy (Ann Greenan Naumann) Are All Crazy,’” he said through a hearty expresses her envy of Claire’s wild streak, chuckle. even though Claire’s erratic behavior is Thompson conceptualized some of part of what landed her in psychiatric the show’s story and wrote a few songs care. during his time at Spruce Thompson drew inspiMountain Inn, he said, ration not only from his but he didn’t begin work time at Spruce Mountain in earnest until 2018. Inn but from his family’s A semiprofessional experiences with mental musician for decades, illness. His sister, Mary Thompson isn’t classiLou, died of complicacally trained and can’t tions related to anorexia. read music. But the magic His brother, Bobby, was of composing software diagnosed with schizohelped him transcribe his phrenia at a young age work into a formal score. and died in his twenties “Every tune has everyof a drug overdose. thing it would need to J IM THOMPSON Nonetheless, Thomphave when I’m looking son keeps up a lighthearted attitude. at a professional Broadway score,” musiHe recalled a remark his mother used cal director Dov Schiller said. Though all to make, inspired by Thomas Anthony of the songs are imbued with theatrical Harris’ 1967 self-help book, I’m OK panache, they hop genres from jazz to — You’re OK. “She said, ‘I’m gonna write a book: I’m OK, You’re OK, but My Kids GET WELL SOON » P.52

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...Shadow. It stops the blood. It stops the brain’s fragile traffic. It stops a buck, rumping a doe grazing near fast water. He lifts a tentative hoof and peers. As A Passable Man unfolds, though, Culver has more to offer than standard pastoral fare. Elegy is one of the book’s modes, and the poet writes movingly of his parents, particularly in the final section. At times, Culver sets aside personal narrative to craft tightly compressed lines that recall Louise Glück, one of several writers to whom he dedicates his work. “The bird makes its nest. / It has reasons. It is alive. / You want to leave it alone,” he writes in “Lyric.” The book is also packed with love poems, breakup poems and descriptions of sex. The second section treats the reader to a scene in which a mattress is dragged into a driveway and torched by a scorned lover, a rhyming ballad about open marriage, and some blush-worthy lines. “God, she said / I can feel you / up in my stomach,” Culver writes in “Black Sneakers,” while in “Tabernacle,” “a smear of red / sunset her menstrual blood / sings on my tongue.” Culver occasionally indulges in eyerolling braggadocio. “You Do What You’re Good At,” for example, is a litany of all of the places where the speaker has had sex, culminating in these lines: “they are 48


Book review: A Passable Man, Ralph Culver BY BE NJAMIN AL E S H IR E COURTESY OF HILARY APPELMAN

Passable Man, South Burlington poet Ralph Culver’s first full-length collection, ranges widely in style and subject matter. Published by MadHat Press, the book brings together decades of writing, including poems that appeared in Culver’s chapbooks: Both Distances, which won the 2012 Anabiosis Press Chapbook Contest, and So Be It (2018) from WolfGang Press. Originally from Pittsburgh, Culver studied at Goddard College in Plainfield and Warren Wilson College in North Carolina and has lived in Vermont for many years; he’s the past recipient of a poetry grant from the Vermont Arts Council. Culver divides A Passable Man into five sections. The opening poems place the book squarely in the lineage of what could be called the classical style of Vermont poetry. Their narrator is a wise and woodsy speaker who happens on a deer as one season passes into the next, an incident that spurs memories and meditations on mortality. Culver excels in this tradition, as is evident in these lines from “Prelude”:


Ralph Culver

“LASHED” FROM A PASSABLE MAN Binding himself to the mast as the storm comes on, tying the paintbrushes to hands knotted with arthritis and time. I don’t somehow think so. He was more like, Fuck that. I’m done with these goddamned words. And still he had his way with them to the end. Over the phone I always asked if he was reading any new writer he could recommend. The last time, before it became clear he thought I was his nephew Steve, he said, Jane Austen. That sly, that artful, that funny. Having his way with them, like a father coaxing his child to eat. Like a father coaxing his child to smile.

moaning over me, under me, / before and behind me, the list / of those having had none better / growing longer...” These cringe-inducing moments may generate doubt whenever Culver invites the reader to consider his declarations profound, which is often. In “Resolute,” for example, the author’s advice sounds more pompous than sage, like Polonius’ humorous monologue from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Culver writes: If we open ourselves to quintessence rather than particulars

we gain in clarity, the way a bee does not recall a flower but does its purposeful gavotte to point the way to an abundance. Sometimes the particulars really are more essential than the quintessential. By the book’s third section, the subject of sex has become a strange fixation for the author, resulting in convoluted personal references that are difficult to track. In “Digit,” a stream-of-consciousness poem in the third person, the speaker

describes accidentally cutting off the tip of his finger. After extended descriptions of how smaller fish escape “the nets tightening below the surface” and allusions to marital conflict and alcoholism, the speaker declares he is “now descending naked in a postcoital, orgastic, self-satisfied / shambles and earns this momentary glimpse / of the lurking dread that always culminates in balance wrack / and panic: captured, freed.” This section seems to connect to the book’s title, as if asking the reader to forgive the poet for some past transgression. “How can I still feel sorry for myself?” Culver writes in “Koan of a Sort.” Whether this refers to infidelity, alcoholism or something else, the conflict never quite comes into focus. “Paramouria” perhaps comes the closest to disclosure, describing a husband who faces the temptation of women flirting with him at a bar. But the poem climaxes with another moment of boasting (“You fuck / as though you were inventing the wheel”) and concludes with a line riffing on Jack Kerouac’s On the Road: “an accusative cascade / of sparks, across / the American Night!” Sex isn’t the only thing preoccupying the author. Culver depicts family tension and his relationship to alcohol with admirable self-awareness and vulnerability. “One dry, lying drunk knowing the other / dry, lying drunk is lying,” he writes in “Skill Without Action: Silk Kite, No Wind,” the second in a series of elegies. The fact that Culver’s father was also a writer — Montgomery Culver, who directed the University of Pittsburgh creative writing program for a decade — adds another layer of complexity to the book’s final section. In “Fishing With My Father, and the Craft of Poetry,” Culver describes himself as “Consecrating myself to the silence, and then / to what interrupts the silence.” Curiously, most of the blurbs and reviews of A Passable Man have gushed about the book’s Robert Frost-inflected poems and passed over its Charles Bukowski imitations. “Quiet wisdom, which is the best kind of wisdom, lives in his lines,” Nina MacLaughlin writes in the Boston Globe. Between the lines of such praise lies a vagueness that echoes the book’s undefined conflict — how can a poem’s speaker drip with self-pity and boast of sexual conquests in the same breath?

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Finished mural in Derby by Juniper Creative Arts

Black Joy in Derby A family collective is painting murals across the state


uniper Creative Arts was formed in 2020 by the Brandon-based Black and Dominican family collective of Will Kasso Condry, Jennifer Herrera Condry and their daughter, Alexa. They have combined their artistic talents to create 20 colorful murals across the state. Their work focuses on Black joy and features Black and brown people with themes of Afrofuturism and a series of mythical beings they call “Afro-Pollinators.” Last year, Juniper Creative transformed a wall at North Country Union High School in Newport with a Maya Angelou poem as part of its community residency series with schools. The collective has been visiting schools across the state for a two-week period and collaborating with students to create a mural at each school. For her latest episode of “Stuck in Ve r m o n t ,” Seven Days

senior multimedia producer Eva Sollberger caught up with the trio at North Country Union Junior High School in Derby on a sweltering Thursday, when they were in the first week of creating a mural. She interviewed the family and some of the students and spoke to Jayden, the reference model for a mythical being in the mural, about being one of just a few students of color at the school and how it felt to be seen and represented on the wall.

Unstuck: Episode Extras With Eva SEVEN DAYS: How did you hear about Juniper Creative Arts? EVA SOLLBERGER: Aziza Malik, a teacher at Champlain Elementary School, let me know about them in late 2020 after they finished their “Kelis the Afronaught” mural there. We had just published a story about Juniper Creative Arts, so I had to wait a few years before featuring them in a video. It is amazing how prolific they have been during that time. I was blown away

by their “Wall of Respect: Luminaries of Justice and Liberation” mural at Main Street Landing in Burlington. You could spend hours looking at it and reading about the 100 BIPOC revolutionary heroes featured there with the handy QR codes. The piece took the trio 11 months to create, and you can imagine all the sweat and hard work that went into it. I was lucky enough to see the Sistine Chapel in Rome in person, and this is right up there in terms of epic accomplishments. SD: Was Will in an earlier “Stuck in Vermont” video? ES: Yes, I met Will back in 2017 at Above the Radar, a graffiti festival in Burlington. He was painting a portrait of Jennifer to celebrate her birthday on part of a 260-footlong wall at the King Street Ferry Dock, alongside 30 other artists working on their own massive creations. So it was nice to see Will in action again and to meet his family. SD: How did you plan this recent video shoot?

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ES: Timing is everything. I had a long phone call with Will and Jennifer about the best time to capture them in action. They have been very busy this year with what Will calls their “Juniper creative tour,” making community mural projects in schools. They’re away from home for two-week residencies; sometimes they even do back-to-back residencies, which makes for an intense month. The first week involves work with the students, and the second week is when the family works alone to realize the students’ ideas. I decided to visit them in Derby during the first week of their residency to see the students painting. The only problem was that the mural was just a sketch. It changed a lot between May 12, when I filmed, and May 19, when the video came out. Jennifer was nice enough to send some photos and video on May 18 so I could include them in the end of the video to show the progress. Will works fast, so, in the afternoon I was

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SD: What do you think the kids will take away from this experience? ES: I was impressed that Juniper Creative are bringing their imaginative art and their message of Black joy to such remote schools. I attended predominantly white

my young mind. There is a lot of planning that goes into them before any paint touches the wall. The ideas for the mural come from a brainstorming session with the kids. The Derby junior high’s mascot is a falcon; in the new mural, the AfroPollinator’s falcon wings are the school colors. The students have a lot of school spirit, and you can tell that they take their


there, he filled in a lot of detail on the AfroPollinator character with falcon wings.

Will Kasso Condry working on the mural


schools in rural Vermont, so it seems important and even revolutionary to bring culture and Blackness into these spaces. To help Black and brown kids feel represented and seen is so essential. This is how change happens. As an arty, weird kid at Johnson Elementary School, I would have been so excited to meet Will, Jennifer and their daughter, Alexa, and to create with them. I was so hungry for culture and art. These imaginative murals would have blown

individual contributions to this mural seriously. They also contributed 385 painted shapes to the mural, which Jennifer says is the highest number of any project. SD: What surprised you about making this video? ES: First of all, the weather. It was almost 90 degrees the day we filmed, and I got a bad sunburn. There was rain the following week, and all these difficult outdoor conditions made mural painting

strenuous. The team lost a day to rain but still pulled through, and it was wonderful to see how the work evolved in the week since I was there. The Afro-Pollinator character and the bee became fully realized, and a new character is riding

the bee, leading the charge. I am really looking forward to seeing the finished piece. I imagine the students will be having conversations about community and belonging long after the artists have left. m

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culture Musical director Dov Schiller working with the cast of Halfway There

before the pandemic lockdown, she came to Vermont on her honeymoon with her American husband to visit family. After weighing their options, the couple decided to stay in the Green Mountains rather than return to Sydney. Bowley and Rathier-Bogart described their own experiences with mental illness. Rathier-Bogart said she’s struggled with

anxiety her whole life and sees a lot of herself in Claire. “It’s very rare to find a character that you can actually go, ‘They’re going through something pretty real that I can pull from,’” she said. Bowley recalled that his first year of college was particularly tough. “I was really depressed, and I ended

up taking medical leave,” he said. During his semester away from school, he was “forcibly admitted” to the University of Vermont Medical Center for three days, he said, because of potential for self-harming behavior. “It was a really mind-blowing, eyeopening experience,” he said. “Being [there] with other people, some of whom had been there for years, and sort of seeing what their lives were like and what their dreams were — I think I see a lot of that in this show.” Though its themes are heavy, Halfway There is primarily a hopeful story, and one likely to spark conversation. “I think the humor in the show almost makes the situations easier to swallow,” Rathier-Bogart said. “You could watch the show and [say], ‘That was really funny. But also, now I’m thinking about this, and maybe I’m a little uncomfortable because I laughed at that joke earlier on.’” m

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Doors of Perception What you see isn’t necessarily what you get in an exhibition at Studio Place Arts B Y PA M EL A POL ST O N •


evolution is infinitesimally subtle and yet evokes a sense of movement. Zimbalatti’s “Mapping Geometry” is a similar feat but achieved with hand-dyed masonry cord in blue and yellow (colors now forever linked to the Ukrainian flag). She painstakingly adhered the cord tightly to the surface of an odd-shaped piece of birch — imagine a square with

“USA” by Clark Derbes



Carleen Zimbalatti is known for her abstract, repetitively patterned paintings that seem illuminated from within. Their superpower is masterful gradations of color; when the eye follows, the mind bends a little. Zimbalatti has three pieces in this exhibition. The large-scale oil on birch plywood titled “Continuum” presents a vermicular pattern that shifts in hues of blue over electrified yellow to yellow-green. The




subtly shift in color. Viewers who look into this visual rabbit hole will encounter another optical illusion: The lights seem to rise into a mound, but, according to the gallerist, the interior surface is flat. Rhoades indicates that his construction’s components are glass, wood, LEDs and Arduino, but surely a bit of wizardry is involved? Chris Jeffrey’s “Untitled” is a lesstechy cousin to “Window Into Infinity,” relying on the fetching combo of mirrors, fluorescent paint and ultraviolet light. Inside a black-painted box, Jeffrey has formed a mini theater of multicolored fluorescent rods whose only role is to glow. They look like bioluminescent sea creatures.

"Window Into Infinity" (detail) by Stephen Rhoades



new exhibition at Studio Place Arts in Barre might mess with your brain. Titled “Now You See It,” it features art that “plays with perception of space and depth,” according to a gallery description. And, typical for a group show — 19 artists, 26 pieces — the assignment was interpreted broadly. The mediums, too, span from high-tech to very low. Upon entering Studio Place Arts, viewers can’t help but be lured straight to the giant cube toward the back of the gallery. Rather excessively titled, “Outside the Box: Attitude—Hopeless Reassurance,” by Matthew J Peake, features six large archival pigment prints, one on each of the cube’s sides. A pyramidal base holds the cube aslant; every plane of the work is framed in aluminum rails. The construction is a study in geometry and balance, but it’s the photos’ intriguing human content that captures the imagination. The images are all of the same couple — a white man with his outstretched arms placed on the shoulders of a Black woman. He looks directly at her face; she looks down. Both of them are dressed in a white shirt and black pants. The backdrop is bright blue, a sterile setting that seems to glare at the psychological ambiguity here. Peake, a former physician turned full-time artist, “plays” with the viewer’s perception in two ways: Each photo shows the same couple from a different physical perspective, including overhead and underneath; and the pair’s facial expressions and body language suggest a number of possible interactions, all influenced by parameters of gender and race. The piece is something of a triumphant cipher. Stephen Rhoades’ “Window Into Infinity” earns prolonged gazing, too, but for an entirely different reason: It’s really trippy. From across the room, the structure seems like nothing more than a waisthigh, pedestal-ish table. But its surface is topped with mirrored glass, and through this portal viewers see not only their own reflection but an inky-black interior with concentric rings of pinpoint lights that

“Mapping Geometry” by Carleen Zimbalatti


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“Exquisite Variants,” drawings and prints of animal/ botanical hybrid specimens, and sculptures that mimic ecosystems in states of flux, respectively. Closing reception and gallery talk: Friday, July 1, 6-7:30 p.m. May 30-July 1. Info, 635-2727. Red Mill Gallery, Vermont Studio Center, in Johnson.

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f SALLY LINDER: “Love Is,” new paintings by the Burlington artist that show us the many forms of love and ask us to meditate on its meaning. Reception: Friday, June 10, 5-7 p.m. May 27-July 27. Info, 355-2150. GreenTARA Space in North Hero. has created quite beautiful abstract expressions. Alexandra Bottinelli is also partial to transformation. In two petite works together titled “Honoring the Button/ Circle,” her alchemy involves olive green paint, encaustic "Mapping Geometry" and myriad white buttons. by Carleen Zimbalatti While they contribute an interesting, pebbly texture, the buttons are not merely surface decoration. The longer one looks, the more they resemble celestial bodies in a swirling cosmos. corners lopped and sides cinched Bottinelli’s pair of rectangles are like in. Zimbalatti wound the cord such invitations to contemplate the unbrothat the work’s midsection appears to ken circle, the infinite. rise to a plateau. Only by looking at Clark Derbes’ eye-befuddling sculpthe wall-hung piece from the side can ture, intriguingly titled “USA,” sits on one be convinced it is flat. The artist’s a table just inside the gallery entrance. sleight of hand is so remarkable that It’s essentially a parallelogram-shaped the viewer is delighted to be “tricked.” piece of wood that Derbes astutely Rob Hitzig’s wall-hung polygons painted to resemble the white “skelare not so much illusions as transfor- eton” of a rectangular box. The viewer mations. Over years of experimenta- “knows” the surface is flat but “sees” tion and patient sanding, painting and depth. shellacking, he has achieved surfaces Perspective is everything — a truth of alluring depth and complexity; it’s that powers this entire exhibit. m almost hard to believe they started out as plain old plywood. In his two INFO pieces for this exhibition, titled “Now You See It” is on view through simply “Green/light blue diptych” and June 25 at Studio Place Arts in Barre. “Orange pink/green diptych,” Hitzig

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f JEAN GERBER: “River Travel,” paintings inspired by trips to Alaska, the Yukon and Maine. Reception: Friday, June 3, 5-8 p.m. June 1-August 31. Info, 295-4567. Long River Gallery in White River Junction.

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‘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. June 1-30. Info, 514-235-2044. Montréal Museum of Fine Arts.

ART EVENTS ARTISAN MARKET: An outdoor marketplace featuring arts, crafts, specialty foods and other handmade items. Chaffee Art Center, Rutland, Saturday, May 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Info, 775-0356. ARTIST & CURATOR TOUR: ROBERTO VISANI AND DAVID RIOS FERREIRA: A walk-through of Visani’s “Form/Reform,” an exhibition of cardboard slave kits, for a small group of in-person participants as well as a virtual audience. Register for either at Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Thursday, May 26, 7 p.m. Free or $10 donation. Info, 257-0124. DIANE GABRIEL AWARD & RECEPTION: A closing reception for spring exhibitions and announcement of the 2022 winner of the annual visual artist award. BCA Center, Burlington, Wednesday, May 25, 5-7 p.m. Info, 865-7166. FAMILY ART SATURDAY: A make-and-take mini felted panel activity that connects to the current exhibition “Sarah Trad: What Still Remains.” BCA Center, Burlington, Saturday, May 28, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7166. FIGURE DRAWING SOCIAL: Bring your own supplies and draw a live model. Proof of vaccination required. RSVP at Wishbone Collective, Winooski, Wednesday, June 1, 6-8 p.m. $15. Info, 662-3050. OPEN STUDIO: The center takes part in Vermont Craft Council’s 30th Open Studio Weekend, presenting exhibitions on all floors. Center for Arts and Learning, Montpelier, Saturday, May 28, and Sunday, May 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Info,


OPEN STUDIO AT BAG: Member artists share their artistic process with weekend visitors. Also on view is a member show exploring the rural beauty of the Vermont landscape and assemblages by Warren Kimble. Brandon Artists Guild, Saturday, May 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, May 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Info, 247-4956. OPEN STUDIO FRIDAYS: Wind down from your week with a self-initiated project or activity — from art to writing to reading — in the companionable company of others online. Details at Online, Friday, May 27, 6-8 p.m. Free; donations appreciated. Info, “Honoring the Button/Circle” by Alexandra Bottinelli

OPEN STUDIO WEEKEND AT BLUE ROOF: Hand-bound journals, photo albums and guest books by Elissa Campbell using traditional bookbinding techniques and handmade papers and materials from around the world. Tour, demonstrations and conversations about

the world of handmade books. Blue Roof Designs, Montpelier, Saturday, May 28, and Sunday, May 29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Info, 229-1342. SPRING OPEN STUDIO: Explore more than 50 welded-steel sculptures surrounding the artist’s 1800s farmhouse. Gerald K. Stoner Sculpture, Underhill, Saturday, May 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, May 29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Info, 324-3897. VERMONT OPEN STUDIO WEEKEND: The Vermont Crafts Council’s 30th anniversary statewide event invites visitors to tour and shop at more than 150 art studios and galleries, including glassblowers, potters, metalworkers, jewelers, weavers, painters, woodworkers, photographers and more. Details at vermontcrafts. com. Various Vermont locations, Montpelier, Saturday, May 28, and Sunday, May 29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Info, VISITING ARTIST TALK: EJ HAUSER: The Brooklynbased painter discusses her works, which are graphic and open to interpretation, familiar yet abstract. Red Mill Gallery, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Friday, May 27, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, communications@

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‘DARK GODDESS: AN EXPLORATION OF THE SACRED FEMININE’: An exhibition of photographs by Brattleboro-based Shanta Lee Gander that employ ethnography and cultural anthropology to consider the meaning of the male gaze and the ways society confines females. Through December 9. Info, 6560750. Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont, in Burlington. DOUGLAS BIKLEN: Abstract fine-art photographs by the Vermont-based artist and author. Lorraine B. Good Room. Through June 15. ERIC AHO: “Headwater,” monumental paintings that capture the Vermont artist’s sensory experience of nature reconstructed through memory and invention. Through June 5. SARAH TRAD: “What Still Remains,” an exploration of personal and cultural identity using single- and multi-channel video and textile installations by the Philadelphia-based Lebanese American artist. Through June 5. Info, 865-7166. BCA Center in Burlington. ELIZABETH POWELL: Monotypes that reference the female form and explore the perplexities of femininity created by societal expectations. Through May 31. Info, 865-7296. Burlington City Hall. MALTEX ARTISTS: New works by James Vogler, Myles Moran, Kathleen Grant, Nancy Tomczak, Kristina Pentek and Bear Cieri, in the hallways. Through August 31. Info, 865-7296. The Maltex Building in Burlington.

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

f BONNIE ACKER: “Living Color,” oil paintings by the Burlington artist. Reception: Friday, June 17, 5-6:30 p.m. Through July 9. Info, 985-3848. Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne. ‘EYESIGHT & INSIGHT: LENS ON AMERICAN ART’: An exhibition of artworks that illuminates creative responses to perceptions of vision; four sections explore themes ranging from 18th-century optical technologies to the social and historical connotations CHITTENDEN COUNTY SEVEN DAYS MAY 25-JUNE 1, 2022

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of eyeglasses in portraiture from the 19th century to the present. Through October 16. ‘IN PLAIN SIGHT: REDISCOVERING CHARLES SUMNER BUNN’S DECOYS’: An online exhibition of shorebird decoys carved by the member of the ShinnecockMontauk Tribes, based on extensive research and resolving historic controversy. Through October 5. ‘OUR COLLECTION: ELECTRA HAVEMEYER WEBB, EDITH HALPERT AND FOLK ART’: A virtual exhibition that celebrates the friendship between the museum founder and her longtime art dealer, featuring archival photographs and ephemera, a voice recording from Halpert, and quotations pulled from the women’s extensive correspondences. Through February 9, 2023. NANCY WINSHIP MILLIKEN: “Varied and Alive,” four monumental outdoor sculptures set in a pollinator meadow that embody the museum’s commitment to environmental stewardship and feature natural materials intrinsic to the region. Through October 16. Info, 985-3346. Shelburne Museum.

Vermont Open Studio Weekend Martha Fitch was there at the beginning: a “chief organizer,” as she put

ists wanted to partici-

it, of the Vermont Crafts Council in 1990. The nonprofit’s first director

pate. Now virtually every

was Charley Dooley (founder of Craftproducers), but Fitch took over

art form is represented, as

about a year later. ‘I’ve been the director for 31 years,” she said. “I keep

are a number of galleries.

joking that I missed my chance to move on to another job.”

In 2011, the crafts council in-

But it’s a job she’s apparently loved. And this Saturday and Sunday,

unfortunately, Tropical Storm

Vermont Open Studio Weekend.

Irene made the event a wash, liter-

LISA BALFOUR & KELLY O’NEAL: Acrylic paintings (Merrill Community Room) and photographs exploring place (Pierson Room), respectively. Curated by Burlington City Arts. Through June 15. Info, 865-7296. Pierson Library in Shelburne. PEGGY REYNOLDS: “What Happens When No One Is Looking?” an exhibition of self-portraits, a visual diary of passing thoughts, impressions and reactions, by the Vermont photographer. Through June 11. Info, 238 2647. Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction. ROSS SHEEHAN: “A Different Place, Altogether,” mixedmedia works that investigate changing and forgotten physical environments, memories and dreams of and about South Burlington, seeking meaning in the city’s thresholds. Through May 31. Info, 775-303-8863. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall. ‘TUCKED IN: RESILIENCE IN SMALL MOMENTS’: Artwork created during the pandemic lockdown by Leslie Roth, Dianne Shullenberger and Elizabeth Fram. Through June 19. Info, 899-3211. Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho.


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



ally, for some parts of the state. Since then,

al event to promote professional artisans scattered around the state.

Fitch said, “the only time we’ve canceled [the event] was spring and

Back then, the only way for them to access a market was through a

fall 2020.”

gallery or craft fair, Fitch observed in a phone call. And yet, the “big

She’s pleased with the number of venues this year — 150 — and

five” crafts — clay, fiber, glass, metal and wood

the opportunities for artisans to show and sell their work, and per-

— were underrepresented or nonexistent in art

haps inspire others. “When I find out people became an artist be-

FAIR HOUSING EXHIBITION: A group show featuring works by artists who responded to the prompt, “What makes a thriving, inclusive community?” Presented by Arts So Wonderful and CVOEO’s Fair Housing Project. Through June 30. Arts So Wonderful Gallery in South Burlington. HOWARD CENTER ARTS COLLECTIVE: Sixteen members of the collective address the theme “Arrival and Departure” in a variety of mediums. Skyway. SAM MACY: Shadow box wood constructions. Gates 1-8. Through June 1. Info, 865-7296. Burlington International Airport in South Burlington.

troduced a fall weekend tour;

she’ll have yet another milestone to celebrate: the 30th anniversary of The crafts council was just 2 years old when it launched the annu-

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cause of attending Open Studio,” Fitch said, “it just makes me feel

galleries at the time. The point of establishing the crafts council “was out of a desire to bring the high-quality work of Vermont craftspeople to

so good.” Open Studio Weekend is Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in most locations. Learn more at

the public,” Fitch said. The point of Open Studio Weekend was to bring "They Drifted Through the Night" by Kristin Richland

the public to the artisans. The idea Hybrid Windsor bench by Timothy Clark

was that potential patrons, locals and tourists alike, could see not only the work but where and how it’s

made. They could also talk to the artisans, whom Fitch called “intelligent, friendly, gracious people willing to share what they do.” The tour would be free and self-guided. It still is. But three decades ago, the internet and smartphones and GPS did not yet exist. In rural Vermont, some roads did not even have signs. Finding an artist’s studio might have required stopping at a general store for directions. Of course, that’s still a thing in some parts of this broadband-challenged state. But now studio-hoppers can download a map or just refer to the website en route. Either way, yellow wayfinder signs help tourists reach their destinations. Fitch noted that the craft council used the fallow period of the pandemic to update its site. New this year are 14 “loop tours” — compilations of all the participating artisans in each region of the state. “In the past we resisted that because we didn’t want to get in the way of people designing their own tour,” Fitch said. “But they can still do that.” Not long after Open Studio Weekend began, Fitch said, fine artworlds and the relationship between self and other. Through May 29. Info, The Front in Montpelier. ‘IN THE LIGHT OF SPRING’: Artworks in a variety of mediums by 32 members of the Art Resource Association, a Montpelier organization that supports visual artists through exhibition opportunities and workshops. Through June 27. Info, 229-6206. North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier.


JEROME LIPANI: “Visual Fugue,” analytical abstractions and assemblages of found materials. Through September 30. Info, Plainfield Co-op.

f ‘LOCAL PERSPECTIVES’: An exhibit by members

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Phillip Robertson. Reception: Friday, June 3, 4-8 p.m. Through July 8. Info, 262-6035. T.W. Wood Gallery in Montpelier. ‘NOW YOU SEE IT’: A group exhibit involving illusion art that plays with perception of space and depth through paintings, sculptures and other works. Main Floor Gallery. Through June 25. MAGGIE NEALE: “Vibrations: Dance of Color and Form,” paintings. Third Floor Gallery. Through June 25. SILENT ART



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AUCTION: Artworks and crafts in a variety of mediums; sales benefit SPA programs. Second Floor Gallery. Online catalog available. Bidding at SPA and Morse Block Deli. Through June 17. Info, 479-7069. Studio Place Arts in Barre. MARK GRASSO: Pastels, in originals and prints, of the natural world: lakesides, landscapes and seascapes. Through June 28. Info, 479-0896. Espresso Bueno in Barre. MAY EXHIBITS: Works in a variety of mediums including watercolor, oils, charcoal and colored pencil by Carolyn Zuaro, Heather Snyder and Lynn Spencer. Through May 29. Info, 279-5048. ART, etc. in Northfield. MICHAEL HEFFERNAN: “Toying With It,” paintings that feature playthings. Curated by Studio Place Arts. Through June 11. Info, 479-7069. AR Market in Barre. MICHAEL T. JERMYN: Photographs by the Montpelier artist. Through June 2. Info, 223-1570. Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin. PAUL GRUHLER: “Harmonics,” geometric abstract paintings by the Vermont artist. Through June 30. Info, 279-5558. Vermont Supreme Court Gallery in Montpelier.

BILL RAMAGE: “A Lamentation for a Lost Lexicon,” paper, canvas and installation works à la Jackson Pollock that address the CIA’s involvement with abstract expressionist art during the Cold War. On view by appointment only. Through June 30. Info, B&G Gallery in Rutland. ‘IMAGES OF OUR WORLD’: A photography exhibit and amateur photo contest featuring local artists, including a solo showcase by Rebekkah Ziel. Through May 27. Info, 775-0356. Chaffee Art Center in Rutland. ‘IMAGINATION GROWS ON MAIN STREET’: An exhibition of student artwork in a variety of mediums from six local schools. Through June 12. Info, Stone Valley Arts in Poultney.

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

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AMANDA MARTINEZ: “Mutable Construct,” abstracted sculptural forms by the Brooklyn-based artist. Through May 29. Info, 347-264-4808. Kishka Gallery & Library in White River Junction. MARGARET LAMPE KANNENSTINE: Paintings focused on the Ottauquechee River by the Vermont artist. Through June 30. Info, 359-3194. Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee. UPPER VALLEY

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ALEYNA FEINBERG: “Gesture of something like home,” artwork in the windows that communicates a relationship to landscape that is about memory, otherness and feelings of belonging and not belonging. Through June 4. Info, 77ART in Rutland.


RENÉE LAUZON: “The Break Up,” a solo exhibition by the painter and sonic artist. Through July 3. Info, Minema Gallery in Johnson.



f ‘CAN YOU HEAR ME?’: Works by India-based artists Biraaj Dodiya, Payal Kapadia and Vidha Saumya, whose mediums include installation, film, painting and book-making; part of a series of exhibitions featuring new female voices in South Asian contemporary art, presented by New Delhi curator Phalguni Guliani. Closing reception and curator talk: Wednesday, May 25, 5-7 p.m. Through May 25. Info, 635-2727. Red Mill Gallery, Vermont Studio Center, in Johnson.

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


‘THE ART OF THE GRAPHIC’: Eight displays of snowboards that let viewers see the design process from initial conception to final product; featuring artists Scott Lenhardt, Mark Gonzalez, Mikey Welsh, Mishel Schwartz and more. Through October 31. Info, 253-9911. Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum in Stowe.

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


‘ART IN A TIME OF CRISIS’: Works in a variety of mediums by Rebecca Schwarz, Caroline Loftus, Kate Arslambakova and Martha Dunbar that address the question: “How does the changing climate affect artists and their practices?” DAN GOTTSEGEN: “I Give You Mountains and Rivers Without End,” abstracted landscape paintings in which patterned bands of color depict music. Through July 9. Info, 888-1261. River Arts in Morrisville.

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


2022 STUDENT ART SHOW: An exhibit of artwork in a variety of mediums from Stowe-area students. Through May 28. Info, 253-8358. The Current in Stowe.

‘ITTY BITTY: TINY TEXTS IN SPECIAL COLLECTIONS’: Books from the 17th to 21st centuries that measure between 1.8 and 10 centimeters, from religious manuscripts to cookbooks, children’s books to Shakespeare. Visitors are not currently allowed in the library but may view the works online at tinybooks. Through May 31. Davis Family Library, Middlebury College.


‘TELL US A STORY’: A group exhibit in which artists were invited to convey a narrative in three pieces of work each. Through June 19. 2022 LEGACY COLLECTION: An exhibit of works by 16 distinguished New England landscape artists plus a selection of works by Alden Bryan and Mary Bryan. Through December 24. Info, 644-5100. Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville.

HANNAH BUREAU: “Open Air,” new abstracted landscape paintings. Through June 1. Info, 9897419. Edgewater Gallery at Middlebury Falls.



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

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


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

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‘MATHEMATICIANS MADE VISIBLE’: A series of block-print portraits of contemporary mathematicians, promoting a more diverse population in the field of math. Learn more about the educational mission at Through June 1. Info, 295-4567. Long River Gallery in White River Junction. ‘MENDING THE SPACES BETWEEN: REFLECTIONS AND CONTEMPLATIONS’: Prompted by a vandalized Bible, 22 artists and poets respond to questions about how we can mend our world, find ways to listen and work together. Through November 30. Info, 649-0124. Norwich Historical Society and Community Center.

f ‘SPRING INTO SUMMER’: The annual members show featuring prints in a variety of styles and techniques. Reception: Friday, June 3, 5-8 p.m. Through June 26. Info, 295-5901. Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction. STACY HOPKINS: “Shapeshifter,” linoleum prints of ravens by the gallery owner and jewelry artisan. Through July 31. Info, 603-443-3017. Scavenger Gallery in White River Junction.

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ANN YOUNG: “Now, You Tell the Story,” oil paintings of people by the Vermont artist. Through June 5. Info, 533-2000. Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro. CINDY BLAKESLEE: “Circular Logic,” sculpture created from found and cast-off items by the Bradford artist. Through May 30. Info, 229-8317. The Satellite Gallery in Lyndonville. ‘MATERIAL DRAWING REDUX: DRAWN TO TOUCH’: Works by Audrey Goldstein, Michelle Samour, Julia Shepley and Debra Weisberg, who have been in conversation with each other for more than 15 years about their individual drawing practices. KATA HULL: “Thin Ice,” paintings and mixed-media works on paper, part of an ongoing series exploring global warming and its consequences. Through June 11. Info, 748-2600. Catamount Arts Center in St. Johnsbury. ‘A LIFE IN LISTS AND NOTES’: An exhibition that celebrates the poetic, mnemonic, narrative and enumerative qualities of lists and notes. The objects on display span myriad creative, professional, bureaucratic, domestic and personal uses of lists through the ages. Through May 31. Info, 626-4409. The Museum of Everyday Life in Glover. LYNNE BERARD: “Dream Journey,” paintings in vibrant colors of harmony and gratitude. Through June 28. Info, 525-3366. The Parker Pie Company in West Glover. NICK PILIERO: “Flying Colors,” lively paintings by the local artist. Through June 4. Info, 748-0158. Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury.

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ANNE SPALTER: “The Wonder of It All,” the museum’s first-ever exhibition of non-fungible tokens (NFTs), featuring themes of travel, exploration, outer space and the unconscious mind by the pioneering digital artist. Through June 12. LOUISA CHASE: “Fantasy Worlds,” a survey of the late artist’s work, including sculpture, drawing, painting and prints from her 40-year career. Curated by Elissa Watters. Through June 12. M. CARMEN LANE: “(í:se) Be Our Guest/ Stolen,” new experimental silkscreen prints based on the personal histories of displacement and dispossession in the African American and Native artist’s family. Curated by Mildred Beltré Martinez. Through June 12. MILDRED BELTRÉ MARTINEZ: “Between Starshine and Clay,” a diverse selection of work including drawing, textile and installation that speaks to the complexity of a Black, ethnic, gendered experience. Curated by Mara Williams. Through June 12. OASA DUVERNEY: “Black Power Wave,” a window installation of drawings by the Brooklyn artist, inspired by images of Chinese Fu dogs, the cross and the Yoruba deity Èsù. Through May 6, 2023. ROBERT VISANI: “Form/Reform,” digitally modeled



CALL TO ARTISTS 2022 PHOTOGRAPHY SHOOT-OUT: The theme for this year’s competition is “Reflections.” First-place winner gets a solo show at Axel’s in 2023. Two entries per photographer. Rules and details at Axel’s Frame Shop & Gallery, Waterbury. Through October 8. $20. Info, 244-7801. AIAVT SEEKS APPLICATIONS FOR COMMUNITY OUTREACH GRANT: The Carol Miklos Community Outreach Grant was created to support initiatives and special funding requests that have the potential to foster engagement with architecture and design in Vermont’s communities. The grant, named in honor of AIAVT’s executive director from 2008 to 2018, is awarded once per year, with the amount up to $1,500. Details at Deadline: May 31. Online. Free. Info, 448-2169. CHELSEA ARTS ON THE GREEN FESTIVAL: Artists, artisans and food vendors are welcome to apply to this Labor Day weekend event. Deadline: August 1. Details at Online. Info, CLIMATE FARMER STORIES PROJECT: Vital Communities seeks professional artists from Vermont and New Hampshire to portray the region’s leading climate farmers in original portraits. Artwork will be reproduced in a marketing campaign and exhibition that will promote sustainable farms and educate the public on the value of ecological farming. BIPOC and LGBTQI+ artists especially encouraged. Details and application at Deadline: May 27. Online. Free. Info, 291-9100. FAIRY HOUSE SUBMISSIONS: HCA is looking for artists to join our whimsical fairy house trail exhibition opening on July 9. Artwork will be displayed outside for the duration of the summer, so should be able to withstand the weather. Fairy house creations should fit within a 2-by-2-foot base. Delivery date: June 22. Compensation includes admission to the Fairy Festival on July 9 and two complimentary tickets to a future HCA performance. Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro. Info, LADYBROAD LEDGER: Vermont’s free femme alt comics newspaper seeks submissions from Vermont-based ladyidentifying, lady-presenting or lady-adjacent cartoonists for the September issue. All subjects welcome, including fiction, nonfiction and autobio. Find submission info at ladybroad Deadline: June 1. Online. LOCAL ARTISTS AT VNRC: We’re seeking Vermont artists for three-month exhibitions starting as early as July 1. We are particularly interested in artists whose work connects with or complements our mission to protect and enhance the natural environments and wildlife, vibrant communities, productive working landscapes, rural character and a unique sense of place. To find out more, contact Alex Connizzo at or 223-2328, ext. 126. Vermont Natural Resources Council, Montpelier. Through July 1. Free. MAKERS’ MARKET: We’re looking for makers whose works aren’t usually represented in the farmers and craft markets. If you lurk in

DIY cardboard slave kits that reexamine art historical imagery depicting the institution of American chattel slavery. Curated by David Rios Ferreira. Through June 12. SACHIKO AKIYAMA: “Through Lines,” wall reliefs and mixed-media figurative sculptures invoking a variety of cultural traditions. Curated by Mara Williams. Through June 12. YVETTE MOLINA: “Big Bang Votive,” egg tempera paintings of objects that have brought people delight, such as cake, a bicycle, a tent, based on listening to their stories. Curated by Sarah Freeman. Through June 12. Info, 257-0124. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.

dimly lit garages creating mad masterpieces, if your work has never or rarely been exhibited, apply to be a vendor at makersmarketvt. Deadline: July 29. Vermont Clothing Company, St. Albans. Free. Info, QUALIFICATIONS FOR OUTDOOR PERMANENT ART IN SOUTH BURLINGTON: The South Burlington Public Art Committee seeks qualifications from artists interested in creating outdoor public art valued at $2,000 to $10,000 to be commissioned over the next several years. This call will create a pipeline for original, permanent and specific art to establish a distinct sense of place, welcome community and create identity for the city. Artists must have a strong connection to Vermont. Details at Deadline: May 30, 10 a.m. Online. Free. Info, iblanchard@ REACT!: Across Roads Center for the Arts presents an EcoArt Call to Action: Recycle, repurpose, reuse, repeat. An exhibit (August 11 to October 16) will encompass art, activities and education on the theme of eco-art and celebrate the 10th anniversary of Vermont’s Universal Recycling Law. Events will include an “Iron Artist” challenge, workshops and auction fundraiser. Application deadline: June 26. Grange Hall Cultural Center, Waterbury Center. Free. Info, info.acrossroads@ SEEKING ORIGINAL ART: The curator for the City of South Burlington is seeking artists interested in showing work in the public gallery at the public library and city hall. To learn more and submit interest, fill out this form: forms. gle/QH7kcLA33n1frF8N7. Online. Through June 30. Info, ‘THE STORY’: Photographers are invited to submit images that tell a story or visual narrative evoking an emotional or visceral response from the viewer. May be digital or analog and can integrate documentary, fantastical or surreal, forced perspective, time lapse, candid, photojournalistic or long exposure. Open to artists 18 and older within the U.S. and Canada. Juried exhibit will be August 5 to September 11. Details at Deadline: June 15. Stone Valley Arts at Fox Hill, Poultney. $25 for up to 3 entries. Info, SUMMER MEMBERS SHOW: The annual exhibition is open to all artists whose memberships are valid through August 1. All mediums accepted; 2D work must be ready to hang. All work must be labeled. Drop-off June 15 to 24. Details and contract at or the gallery. Strand Center for the Arts, Plattsburgh, N.Y. Free. Info, 518-563-1604. ‘THAT CAT’: The Egyptians thought of cats as gods; shipyards put them to work to protect food stocks from vermin; others have viewed them as symbols of bad fortune. Cats have inspired poetry and prose. An upcoming show will feature work in any medium about domestic cats and their people. Submitted videos should not exceed one minute. Details at Deadline: May 27. Studio Place Arts, Barre. $10; free for SPA members. Info, 479-7069.

LEON GOLUB: Nearly 70 expressive figurative paintings that explore man’s relationship with the dynamics of power, spanning the American artist’s career from 1947 to 2002. LOIS DODD: A survey of some 50 paintings by the American artist from the late 1950s through last year that depict places she lives and works, from rural Maine to New York City. Through November 27. Info, vermont@hallart Hall Art Foundation in Reading.

LYDIA KERN: “Passages,” a multimedia exhibition including wall pieces, video and sculptural installations in doorways. Through June 25. Info, jamie. Epsilon Spires in Brattleboro. NATHAN SHEPARD & MEGAN BUCHANAN: Oil and gouache paintings and poetry, respectively. Through August 12. Info, 387-0102. Next Stage Arts Project in Putney.


f ‘EXHALE: A MULTISENSORY ART EXPERIENCE’: Works in a variety of mediums by Brian C. O’Malley, Sophia Ainslie, Steven Subotnick, Lauren Mantecón, Daniel O’Neill, Joseph Fortune and John DeVault that aim to immerse viewers in the present moment. Closing reception: Saturday, June 11, 2-4 p.m. Through June 11. Info, 362-1405. Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester. ‘PARKS AND RECREATION’: An exhibition of paintings past and present that explores the history and artistic depictions of Vermont’s state parks and other formally designated natural areas. Contemporary works on loan from the Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville. Through November 6. MARION HUSE: “Picturing Pownal,” paintings and silk-screen prints by the artist (1896-1967) whose successful career spanned 40 years, and who maintained a studio in Pownal. Through June 22. THE STUDENT ART SHOW: Artwork in a variety of mediums by students at Mt. Anthony Union High School, Southwest Tech, Grace Christian School, the Vermont School for Girls, Hoosac School and Hoosick Falls Central High School. Through June 5. Info, 447-1571. Bennington Museum.


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

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ADAM PENDLETON: “These Things We’ve Done Together,” the first solo show in Canada of the New York-based artist, whose work explores the relationships between Blackness, abstraction and the avant-garde. Through July 10. NICOLAS PARTY: “L’heure mauve” (“Mauve Twilight”), a dreamlike exhibition of paintings, sculptures and installation in the Swiss-born artist’s signature saturated colors. Online reservations required. Through October 16. Info, 514-285-2000. Montréal Museum of Fine Arts. ALEX REITER: “The New Surreal,” drawings and other works by the Plattsburgh native. Through May 27. Info, 518-563-1604. Strand Center for the Arts in Plattsburgh, N.Y. ‘IN THE MOMENT: RECENT WORK BY LOUISE HAMLIN’: Paintings and works on paper by the former Dartmouth College studio art professor and print maker. Through September 3. ‘THIS LAND: AMERICAN ENGAGEMENT WITH THE NATURAL WORLD’: Drawn from the permanent collection, the museum’s first major installation of traditional and contemporary Native American art set alongside early-to-contemporary art by African American, Asian American, Euro-American and Latin American artists, representing a broader perspective on “American” art. Through July 23. Info, 603-646-2808. Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H. JOHN DOUGLAS: Twenty-eight framed photographs of unconventional street scenes, portraits and landscapes, in the library’s Ledyard Gallery. Through June 1. Info, Howe Library in Hanover, N.H. SAMANTHA M. ECKERT, CECELIA KANE & TARA WRAY: Solo exhibitions in different disciplines by the Vermont artists, each informed by interests in ancestry, family lore, identity, mapping time and memory. Through June 4. Info, 603-448-3117. AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, N.H. m

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at Higher Ground in South Burlington, bought some more tests and hung out at home until I was sure I hadn’t caught it. A week later, another musician I’d spoken with told me they had it, too. Soon after, I learned that the entire cast of a show I was set to preview had caught it. Each time, I had to shut down plans for a few days and make sure I wasn’t being a super-spreader, all while missing shows. Now, when I can make a show, I’m that much more grateful it’s even happening. So, to Vermont’s musicians who’ve persevered through such a strange and challenging couple of years: Thank you for keeping at it! It’s been surreal and amazing to watch and listen to you refuse to be stopped. And it’s truly my honor to document it all. COURTESY OF LUKE AWTRY PHOTOGRAPHY

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editors would attend every show, every night, notebook in hand. I do pretty well, if I do say so myself, but I’m not going to lie: COVID-19 has made the whole equation very difficult. Ever since I caught the dreaded virus last October, I’ve been dodging it like, well, the plague — and trying hard not to spread it. For example, a few weeks ago a person I had interviewed in person called to tell me that they’d tested positive for the virus just a few hours after we spoke. Great! I canceled my plans to see a show Concertgoers dancing at Swan Dojo


Singer-songwriter BECK once compared time to a piece of wax falling on a termite that’s choking on splinters, but I occasionally find time handy to mark certain moments. I’m nearing the end of my first year as music editor of this wonderful publication. It has gone by in the blink of an eye — and been one of the longer years of my life. Unlike some of my predecessors, I learned some things about the job by contributing as a freelancer, but there have still been all sorts of surprises and challenges. Perhaps the biggest lesson I’ve learned is that timing is everything, in the best and worst sense. It was great timing to take the editor gig just as many of Vermont’s best artists were preparing to release new music. Every week I received album after album of music that musicians had been hoarding during the pandemic. One of the reasons I began writing record reviews with six selections instead of two was simply to keep my head above water! That has resulted in the most concentrated listening experience of my life. I honestly can’t think of a genre that I haven’t come across this year. And that relates to something I’ve heard from musicians, comedians, drag queens,

writers, DJs, former senators, promoters and even clowns: Vermont punches well above its weight when it comes to creative output. I’m truly in awe of the volume and quality of music coming out of our little scene. On the flip side, the timing of my music editor gig wasn’t so great, due in part to the pandemic. I get the type of feedback all our music editors have received over the years: Why weren’t you at the [fill in the blank] show? It’s unrealistic to expect that our music

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One of Burlington’s coolest venues is reaching out to the community for a little help. Hidden away on the second floor of 19 Church Street in downtown Burlington, Swan Dojo has been a DIY center of dance and music for almost seven years, since owner LOIS TROMBLEY took over. “At first, my focus was only on dance,” Trombley wrote by email. “But then live shows at the space became a thing.” While the venue had been known to host a show from time to time, it wasn’t really until the pandemic that Swan became a haven for Burlington’s music scene. It filled a void for a lot of indie bands struggling to find a venue, and, indeed, it was the first indoor club I visited after the start of the pandemic. I’ll never forgot that feeling of joy and relief as I watched the JESSE TAYLOR BAND rip through a set of songs for an audience starved for live music. There was magic in that tiny space that night, a sentiment I’ve heard echoed by others who’ve seen shows at Swan. “Between other venues closing and musicians entering a time of uncertainty for gigs in general, Swan became a hotbed for the revival of this scene,” said RAF SOTO, a Burlington musician and DIY promoter who often books shows at the space. Soto asserted that, though the venue has become more and more integral to the scene with an ever-larger calendar of shows, its financial security is far from certain. The danger of Swan “closing its doors to make way for the next bougie tourist clothing outlet or … jewelry store,” Soto said, “is fucking real.” Trombley revealed that Swan

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didn’t qualify for much financial support during the pandemic because most government loans were tied to businesses’ profits and losses. The venue had just started to break even before the shutdown. Despite a fundraiser last year, Swan almost closed its doors a few times. What’s kept the space going, Trombley said, is the team of indie promoters and small business owners who help fill the calendar, including Soto, DIY punk show promoters the WESTON COVE and pole dancing SEVEN VEILS STUDIO. “I guess that was always the vision,” Trombley wrote, “to have a team of people all working together but also independently being able to support their art through the dojo.” Trombley wants it to continue as a type of incubator space for the local arts community, as does Soto, who launched a fundraiser to help keep the venue afloat. If you want to help Swan continue to host music and dance, head over to its social media pages for details.

tools not only to enrich our own culture but to facilitate connections between cultures and advance cultural diplomacy. Our bill would help facilitate performances, educational events and cultural programs in communities large and small around the world. I have seen firsthand the power that music has to bring people together from all walks of life, and I am proud to join this effort.” The bill marks Leahy and Tillis’ second music-themed collaboration in recent months. In March, they introduced the SMART Copyright Act of 2022, which is designed to facilitate removing copyrighted material from streaming and download sites. Aimed at combating online piracy and broadly supported by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Music Publishers’ Association, the proposed act has generated controversy, prompting Tillis to release a “Myths vs. Facts” list. The never-ending debate about what constitutes a free and open internet continues.


Burlington indie producer and musician WILLVERINE is getting ready to release his latest record: Who Can Wave Me to the Way Out is due on June 12. In anticipation, the local remix king, real name WILL ANDREWS, has dropped a new single. He cowrote “No More Staying 8v-boardroom040622.indd Up Late” with frequent collaborator SAM DUPONT, aka indie folk artist BLACKMER. The song is a slow-burning, reflective piece of music that Andrews said in an accompanying social media post is “about learning to be okay with the decisions you’re making and how they affect the people around you.” The single is available on all streaming services now. m


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Andy Statman and Jake Eddy (bluegrass) at Peru Congregational Church, 7 p.m. $20. Bluegrass & BBQ (bluegrass) at Four Quarters Brewing, Winooski, 6:30 p.m. Free. Courtyard Music Series: Jeff Wilson & Tyler Lehern (benefiting the Intervale Center) (folk) at Halvorson’s, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free.

Jazz Sessions with Randal Pierce (jazz open mic) at the 126, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard with Jess Cornelius (indie rock) at Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, 7 p.m. $49.50. Sean Kehoe (singer-songwriter) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free.


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

Rare Air It’s a good time to be a Burlington jazz band. The 39th Burlington Discover Jazz Festival is nigh, and there’s a feeling that the local talent can hold its own with the bigger,

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Catch a pre-festival set this Thursday, May 26, at Radio Bean in Burlington.

Freeway Clyde (jazz) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 8 p.m. $10.

The Burning Sun with Cowgirl and Father Figuer (indie rock) at ArtsRiot, Burlington, 8 p.m. Free.

Cam Gilmour Band (jazz) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 9:30 p.m. Free.

jes (psych rock) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

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

Breathwork (jazz) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 10 p.m. $10.

The Bubs (indie rock) at ArtsRiot, Burlington, 8 p.m. $10.

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

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Al’s Pals with Abby Sherman (jam, rock) at Butter Bar and Kitchen, Burlington, 5:30 p.m. Free.

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

ELEVEN (covers) at the Depot, St. Albans, 9 p.m. Free.

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

Acoustic Thursdays with Zach Nugent (singer-songwriter) at Red Square, Burlington, 5 p.m. Free.

Bob Log III with the Red Newts (rock) at Monkey House, Winooski, 8:30 p.m. $10/$12.

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio (jazz, funk) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 8 p.m. $30/$35.

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

like BREATHWORK. An all-star trio of sorts, the group features guitarist Xander Naylor, bassist format and honoring the likes of jazz greats such as guitarists Bill Frisell and Ry Cooder.

Jaded Ravins (Americana) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 6 p.m. Free.

Noah Matthew Goodman (singer-songwriter) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free.

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

Remi Russin, Beneath Black Waves and Rangus (indie rock) at Monkey House, Winooski, 8 p.m. $5/$10.

Martin Fogel Quartet (jazz) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.

Sarah Grace & Friends (folk) at Zenbarn, Waterbury, 7 p.m. Free.

Thomas Gunn (singer-songwriter) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 8 p.m. Free.


Anaïs Mitchell with Samantha Crain (folk) at Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, 7 p.m. $25/$30.

Bear’s Tapestry (folk) at ArtsRiot, Burlington, noon. Free.

Blues for Breakfast (blues) at Moogs Joint, Johnson, 6 p.m. $20.

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

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

The Aerolites (psychedelic rock) at Moogs Joint, Johnson, 5 p.m. $10.

Joyer with Aunt Ant, Lily Seabird, Dari Bay (indie) at Monkey House, Winooski, 8 p.m. $5/$10. Kudo Stooge with Ursa and the Major Key (rock) at Monopole, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 10 p.m. Free.

The Full Cleveland (yacht rock) at Zenbarn, Waterbury, 9 p.m. $10/$12. Guy Ferrari, the Dead Shakers, Lake Over Fire (indie rock) at the Barrage, Holland, 7 p.m. $10. Kudu Stooge with Double You (jam, rock) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 8 p.m. $8/$10. Kyle Stevens (singer-songwriter) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 5 p.m. Free. The Last Optimist: Charity Folk Show to Raise Awareness and Empathy for Mental Health (folk) at College Street Congregational Church, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Left Eye Jump (blues) at Red Square, Burlington, 2 p.m. Free.

Nico Suave and the Mothership (Led Zeppelin tribute) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free.

Rehab Roadhouse (blues) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 9 p.m. Free.

The Painted Birds (folk, Americana) at Zenbarn, Waterbury, 9 p.m. $5.

‘Rent’-Inspired Burger Pop-Up to Benefit the Pride Center of Vermont (benefit, burger pop-up) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 2 p.m. Free.

Patrick Sweany (singer-songwriter) at Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 7 p.m. $15/$18. Rough Suspect Acoustic (covers) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 5 p.m. Free. Snock Night: A Tribute to Michael Hurley (Michael Hurley tribute) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 8 p.m. Free. Wendigo (rock) at Red Square, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.

Bar Belles (Americana) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 8 p.m. Free.

The Rollin’ Rust (folk) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 8 p.m. Free. Root Down (reggae, hip-hop) at Red Square, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. A Tribute to Summer Jam: Watkins Glen 1973 (Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers Band, the Band tribute) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 2 p.m. $25/$30. Worpaint (hip-hop) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free.


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Breanna Elaine (folk) at Stage 33 Live, Bellows Falls, 7 p.m. $10/$15.

DJ Craig Mitchell (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.

Blackwolf (rock) at Moogs Joint, Johnson, 5 p.m. $10.

Greenbush (rock) at Red Square, Burlington, 3 p.m. Free. Pontoon (yacht rock) at Red Square, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Sunday Brunch Tunes (acoustic) at Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 10 a.m.


Future Islands with Oh, Rose (synth-pop) at Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, 7 p.m. $29.50/$34.50. Primitive Man with Montiferum, Jarhead Fertilizer, Body Void and Elizabeth Colour Wheel (metal) at Monkey House, Winooski, 7 p.m. $15.


Dead Set (Grateful Dead tribute) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 7 p.m. $10. Honky Tonk Tuesday featuring Wild Leek River (country) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 9 p.m. $5. LIam Kazar with Bear’s Tapestry (rock) at Monkey House, Winooski, 8:30 p.m. $10/$12. Long John Gone (folk) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.


Bluegrass & BBQ (bluegrass) at Four Quarters Brewing, Winooski, 6:30 p.m. Free. Courtyard Music Series: Steve Hartman (benefiting Sail Beyond Cancer) (singersongwriter) at Halvorson’s, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Irish Sessions (Celtic) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.

ATAK (DJ) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 11 p.m. Free.

DJ Taka (DJ) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 11 p.m. $10. Memery (DJ) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free. Old School, New School with BriiDJ (DJ) at Club Metronome, Burlington, 10 p.m. $5.


DJ A-Ra$ (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free. DJ Raul (DJ) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. DJ Taka (DJ) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 11 p.m. $10. Reign One (DJ) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free. SLAPS: Mashup Night with CRWD CTRL (DJ) at Club Metronome, Burlington, 10 p.m. $5. Space Daddy, Warco and Jahwize (EDM) at Monopole, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 10 p.m. Free.


DJ Two Sev (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, 11 p.m. Free. Mi Yard: Holiday Sunday Edition (reggae) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 9 p.m. $5. Sunday Night Mass featuring H-Foundation, Justin B., Grasshopper, Melo Grant, Vetica and Left Cat (DJ) at Club Metronome, Burlington, 9 p.m. $18/$20.


Colby Stiltz (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, 11 p.m. Free. DJ4D (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

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


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

DJ A-Ra$ (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.

The Wailers with the Reflexions (reggae) at Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, 8 p.m. $25/$30. Wednesday Night Dead (Grateful Dead covers) at Zenbarn, Waterbury, 7 p.m. $5.

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Dan & Grace (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, 8 p.m. Free. DJ CRE8 (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, 11 p.m. Free. DJ Steal Wool (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, 5 p.m. Free.


DJ Baron (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, 11 p.m. Free. DJ Molly Mood (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, 8 p.m. Free.

Ben Blanchard (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.

Local Dork (DJ) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.

open mics & jams WED.25

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


Lit Club (poetry open mic) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Open Mic with D Davis (open mic) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free.


comedy WED.25

Standup Comedy Open Mic (comedy open mic) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free. Villains! Improv Show (improv comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7 p.m. $5. Whale Tales: An Evening of Comedic Storytelling (comedy) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free.


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Kingdom Kids: Nice Show, Don’t It? (comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 8:15 p.m. $5. Mothra! A Storytelling/ Improv Comedy Show (comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $10.



Dating! A Variety Show (comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 9:15 p.m. $20. Nightcap! NYC Improv (improv comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $20.

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Nightcap! NYC Improv (improv comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $20. NYC/VT Improv Throw Down (improv comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 9:15 p.m. $10.


Comedy Open Mic (comedy) at the 126, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

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Miss Jubilee’s Bingo Bang Bang Drag Night (drag show) at Charlie-O’s World Famous, Montpelier, 8:30 p.m. Free.


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


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

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

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

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REVIEW this Ben Campbell and Caleb Elder, Night Orbs (SELF-RELEASED, DIGITAL)

I’ve been having a recurring dream about a former roommate for years now. He died not long after he moved out, but I saw him once in the interim. I was walking along a wooded path when he appeared, smiling in the afternoon sun, immortal in that moment. We said hello and moved on, both of us unaware we’d never see each other again. Now, Brian appears every few months in my dreams, often looking just as he did that day on the trail, never with much to say but carrying some sort of unspoken message every time. Brian’s appearances in my dreams remind me of how instrumental music can stick in my brain and change over time. Without lyrics to etch themselves

Camden Joy, Rerouting (SELF-RELEASED, DIGITAL)

I have seldom had a more engrossing experience reviewing an album than I did with Camden Joy’s latest offering, Rerouting. The project is a hot and tangled mess of lo-fi primitivism, joyfully juvenile catharsis and deep, abiding sorrow. And a lot of accordion. Camden Joy is the pseudonym of a long-established music writer-turnedmusician, an alter ego that has grown into a legend all its own. While I must acknowledge that Middlebury resident Tom Adelman exists, he’s a footnote in his own story now, much like Minnesota native Robert Zimmerman: a ghost. What we’re left with is a writer bursting at the seams. Camden Joy is both chameleon and oracle here, his tone ranging from archly literate sarcasm to

into memory, instrumentals linger in a slightly freer fashion than, say, pop songs. They lend themselves to emotional verisimilitude; they shift over time and age with one’s feelings. Night Orbs is a record full of such songs. The 11-track LP by Ben Campbell (Luminous Crush) and Caleb Elder (Sugarworks) plays out like a dream journal, colored by gentle piano figures and sweeping strings. Opener “JJ19” comes in like a story halfway through the telling, with Campbell’s piano holding a conversation with Elder’s violin that feels like it has been going on for years. “Remote Start” shades into electronica as chords blip and shine like lights in the darkness over a programmed beat. But, more often than not, the music

dwells in that realm of ambience built on austere beauty and deft use of space. “Sight of the Sound of the Cars” holds on to a pensive tone, similar to the way a filmmaker builds a scene, with little details slowly coalescing to form a prevailing feeling. Yet my second and third listens of Night Orbs rarely felt like rewatching old scenes. The somber, gorgeous ballad “Astronaut’s Resignation” hit wildly differently only a few days after my first listen. The stark, reverb-laden strikes of piano initially felt downright glacial alongside Elder’s keening strings, but repeated listens revealed a warmth in the juxtaposition of the two instruments. Much like Brian appearing in the vistas of my mind, the song arrived as is, then expanded into

its surroundings to color in the lines and flesh out its meaning. The strength of Night Orbs lies in how Campbell’s chord structures interact with Elder’s ethereal work on the violin and viola. Elder, who also serves as a state representative in Addison County, has a knack for using strings to inject a powerful sense of the dramatic into the compositions. That tendency to spice up the proceedings plays off Campbell’s delicately constructed songs, such as “Dark Downhill Corridor,” a tune built so tightly it sounds like a clock ticking. Campbell and Elder have created an album that serves as a soundtrack to a night of deep sleep. Like a lost friend reappearing in your dreams, its songs can haunt you and take on new meanings, which is a powerful sort of alchemy. Listen for yourself at saintalbums.

dead-earnest heartache. Even seemingly passing ditties such as “Starling” and “Today’s the Day” reveal his pursuit of something perfect and pure, Old Testament, cut to the bone. This is more than just natural talent at work. Camden Joy followed the river to the source, spending decades immersed in centuries of Americana — and not in the contemporary sense of coffeehouse-safe acoustic product. I mean the fullspectrum mythopoeic cultural earthquake of folk into country, blues into rock, novelty hits into pop stuff. So, yeah, about the actual music. Jokes aside, Elizabeth Steen is an excellent accordion player. The rhythm section here is suitably dirty and loose, and every track sounds like a relic from

another time. At the center of it all stands the fact that Camden Joy is a confidently bad singer. Clearly well aware, he leans into it playfully on song after song. That may be a problem for many listeners, but the roughness suits his music. Rerouting harks back to garage bands cutting DIY singles by any means necessary, back to Moses Asch and Harold Courlander seeking out the flame keepers of dying musical traditions and recording them in their homes. These were not “American Idol” contestants; they were American icons. For all that erudition, though, Camden Joy remains a strange dude making strange music. This is an album that starts off with a short song about kidnapping his ex’s kid, then launches

into a scatological dis track to the Trump administration. Things improve considerably from there. “My Last Great Rise and Fall” and “Killing Shoes” are two outstanding back-to-back short stories steeped in vast mystery. “Nobody Knows” takes a completely different tack, channeling another voice from another time. My personal favorite is “Jimmy and Me Driving 99,” a bleak road trip packed with dazzling non sequiturs. I listened to all of it, many times over, and I checked out his earlier albums, too. Like I said, engrossing. It’s strange: I cannot honestly say I like Camden Joy’s music, yet I’m still a fan. I want to sit at a bar with him and talk about Freddy Fender and Eddie Noack. Presumably, he would consider that a success. Rerouting by Camden Joy is available at





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on screen Men ★★★★


inemaScore is a company that polls ticket buyers on opening night to find out if a given film has mass appeal. Men, the latest from writer-director Alex Garland (Ex Machina, Annihilation) received a D+ from the service. Considering that in more than 40 years only 21 movies have ever earned an F CinemaScore, that means a lot of viewers hated this one. So, consider this fair warning: Garland’s surreal horror movie about misogyny may not be for you. For me, though, Men was a feast for the eyes and the brain, one that began with healthy spring greens and ended with disturbingly rare meat.


The deal

Will you like it?

Here’s an interesting thing about the horror genre: While much of its audience is male, its default protagonist is female. Viewers seem more comfortable seeing women express terror than men, which is why slasher films typically have “final girls” rather than final boys. That convention makes horror a fertile genre in which to explore gender relations, and such exploration happens on many levels in Men. Most obviously, the whole creepy village is a materialization of Harper’s fears of men and her unresolved feelings toward her husband. Each of the doppelgängers represents a particular 66



Harper (Jessie Buckley), a young London businesswoman, has just lost her estranged husband (Paapa Essiedu) in a horrifying way. Shell-shocked, she gives herself the gift of a holiday in a mansion in the countryside. The owner of the rental, Geoffrey (Rory Kinnear), is a hail-fellow-well-met type who inquires pointedly about Harper’s marital status. Though this makes Harper uncomfortable, she shakes it off and explores the countryside, where she finds some of the peace she craves. Then, at the end of an abandoned railway tunnel, she spots the figure of a man — a naked man, who looks suspiciously like Geoffrey, following her. We soon discover that every man or boy in the village shares this strange resemblance. (Kinnear plays all of them, with digital assistance.) Harper’s getaway becomes a nightmare as she learns that each of these doppelgängers has a sinister interest in her.

MASCULINE MYSTIQUE Men torment Buckley in all sorts of guises in Garland’s surreal horror film with a #MeToo subtext.

flavor of toxicity: the too-friendly landlord, the unsympathetic cop, the taunting kid, the vicar who uses God to justify his misogyny. Buckley skillfully portrays the complex dance that women perform to avoid direct confrontation with any of these types of men — until they can’t avoid it anymore. But Men is also stuffed full of iconography of the Green Man, a cross-cultural symbol of male potency and rebirth. (His image presides over the vicar’s church.) So this isn’t just a timely allegory of toxic masculinity; it’s also a folk horror tale that harks back to a classic of the genre. In The Wicker Man (1973), a naïve cop investigates a disappearance in a remote English village. Sexy pagan ladies tempt him at every turn, eventually forcing him to play a key role in their ritual of renewal. In Men, Harper is the unwitting outsider whom the town (or the supernatural force that dominates the town) is determined to use to its own ends. But she’s far better prepared than the protagonist of The Wicker Man, and she fights back. So, is this a “You go, girl!” movie? Not in any obvious or crowd-pleasing way, that’s for sure. Harper is remote from us, enclosed in her grief, and the whole film

has an aesthetic remoteness, too. At first, it’s a jewel box of a movie, full of luminous greens like those of John Everett Millais’ painting “Ophelia.” Later, the palette runs red — yes, with blood — but the carnage still feels more abstract than visceral. It’s easy to see why some moviegoers have walked out of Men, because Garland doesn’t focus on scaring the audience. He seems to have an array of motives, some aesthetic and some political, and the result is undeniably a bit of a mess. But it’s a wild, glorious, mesmerizing mess. Men makes me think of an intricately woven tapestry with dueling images on its two sides. On one side is a woman’s nightmare of being assailed by an endless stream of men whose love is impossible to distinguish from hate and violence. On the other is an equally hyperbolic male nightmare of being discarded as redundant by women who no longer depend on men for survival, or perhaps even for reproduction. Unlike the hero of The Wicker Man, Harper isn’t easily tempted by pagan sex cults because she’s not full of repressed desires: All she really wants is some alone time. She has no use at this point in her life for men and the drama they bring her. And

that, to every male character in the movie, is the greatest horror of all.


IF YOU LIKE THIS, TRY... EX MACHINA (2014; Kanopy, Showtime,

rentable): Tensions between men and women — or woman-shaped robots, anyway — also feature prominently in Garland’s breakthrough sci-fi film, in which Alicia Vikander plays an artificial intelligence matching her wits against human Domhnall Gleeson. MOTHER! (2017; Kanopy, rentable): One

of the 21 films to earn the infamous F CinemaScore is Darren Aronofsky’s biblical/environmental allegory, set entirely in one house, in which an artist (Javier Bardem) torments his wife (Jennifer Lawrence). As many folks have noted on Twitter, it would make an ideal double feature with Men, but expect to argue afterward! MIDSOMMAR (2019; Kanopy, Showtime,

rentable): Ari Aster’s sun-washed horror film is an obvious influence on the trancey style of Men, not to mention its folkloric elements.

ANEK: Ayushmann Khurrana plays an undercover cop in this Hindi-language political action thriller from India, directed by Anubhav Sinha. (147 min, NR. Majestic) THE BOB’S BURGERS MOVIE: The Belcher family faces an existential threat to its burger-joint livelihood in this big-screen adaptation of the Emmy Award-winning animated sitcom. With the voices of H. Jon Benjamin and Kristen Schaal. Loren Bouchard and Bernard Derriman directed. (102 min, PG-13. Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Sunset) THE TALE OF KING CRAB: This art-house adventure from Alessio Rigo de Righi and Matteo Zoppis follows the legendary figure of a 19th-century exile from Italy (Gabriele Silli) who seeks a mythical treasure in Argentina. (105 min, NR. Savoy) TOP GUN: MAVERICK: Thirty-six years after the original action hit, Tom Cruise’s daredevil Navy pilot character is older but still flying test flights in this sequel directed by Joseph Kosinski (Oblivion). With Jennifer Connelly, Mils Teller and Val Kilmer. (131 min, PG-13. Big Picture, Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Paramount, Roxy, Star, Stowe, Sunset, Welden)

CURRENTLY PLAYING THE BAD GUYSHHH A crew of animal outlaws tries to convince the world they’ve reformed in this animated comedy. (100 min, PG. Essex, Majestic, Sunset) DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESSHHH Benedict Cumberbatch returns as the magic-using Marvel hero, whose life gets a lot more complicated when he opens a doorway to alternate realities. Sam Raimi directed. (126 min, PG-13. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Paramount, Roxy, Star, Sunset, Welden)

DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERAHHH In 1928, members of the Crawley family find themselves exploring a recently inherited villa in the south of France. Simon Curtis directed this sequel to the 2019 film based on the TV series. (125 min, PG. Big Picture, Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Playhouse, Roxy, Savoy, Star, Sunset, Welden) EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCEHHHHH Michelle Yeoh plays a woman who must travel the multiverse — including her own alternate lives — to save the world in a surreal adventure comedy from Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (Swiss Army Man). With Stephanie Hsu. (139 min, R. Majestic, Roxy; reviewed 4/13) MENHHHH Jessie Buckley plays a young widow who gets more than she bargained for when she rents a vacation getaway in the English countryside in this folk-horror flick written and directed by Alex Garland (Ex Machina). (100 min, R. Essex, Majestic, Roxy, Savoy; reviewed 5/25) THE NORTHMANHHHH A Viking prince (Alexander Skarsgård) sets out to rescue his mother (Nicole Kidman) and avenge his father in a historical epic from Robert Eggers (The Witch). (136 min, R. Roxy; reviewed 4/27)


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NOAH PERLUT: The grassland bird and conservation expert explains how Vermont farmers can help halt the decline of local avian populations. Shelburne Farms, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 985-8686.


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


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.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘BACKYARD WILDERNESS 3D’: Cameras positioned in nests, underwater and along the forest floor capture a year’s worth of critters coming and going. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 10:30 a.m., 12:30, 2:30 & 4:30 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $14.50-18; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848. ‘DAYS OF HEAVEN’: A young couple scraping by at the turn of the century agree to a proposal that takes an unexpected turn in this 1978 drama. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. ‘DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA 3D’: Moviegoers join scientists on a journey through a surreal world of bug-eyed giants and egg-laying mammals. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $14.50-18; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848. ‘DONBASS’: Vermont International Film Foundation’s virtual cinema screens a darkly satirical 2018 drama lampooning the Russian separatist movement in Ukraine. $6-12; VTIFF members benefits apply. Info, 660-2600. FILM SCREENING: The library screens the first widerelease movie ever made by

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a completely Indigenous cast and crew. Discussion follows. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140. ‘MEERKATS 3D’: A tenacious mammalian matriarch fights to protect her family in a desolate environment. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 10:30 a.m., 12:30, 2:30 & 4:30 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $11.50-14.50; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: Sparkling graphics take viewers on a mind-bending journey from the beginning of time through the mysteries of the universe. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 10:30 a.m., 12:30, 2:30 & 4:30 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $14.50-18; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848.

food & drink

DEDALUS FREE WEEKLY WINE TASTINGS: Themed in-store tastings take oenophiles on an adventure through a wine region, grape variety, style of wine or producer’s offerings. Dedalus Wine Shop, Market & Wine Bar, Burlington, 5-8 p.m. Free. Info, 865-2368.


MAH-JONGG CLUB: Tile traders of all experience levels gather for a game. Morristown Centennial Library,

FIND MORE LOCAL EVENTS IN THIS ISSUE AND ONLINE: art Find visual art exhibits and events in the Art section and at

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

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Ode to Joy Vermont’s choral community comes together this weekend to celebrate the life and legacy of Larry Gordon (pictured), founder of Village Harmony and a giant of the Green Mountain State’s community choir scene, who passed away last fall. The two-day outdoor music festival features a full day of free programming on Saturday, including Larry’s favorite — shape-note singing — as well as Balkan and English country dancing, opportunities to jam and make art together, and a funeral march by Bread and Puppet Theater. A benefit concert follows on Sunday, featuring performers from around the state and beyond; proceeds from tickets with sliding-scale prices benefit Village Harmony’s diversity scholarship fund and memorial online music library.

LARRYFEST Saturday, May 28, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday, May 29, 1-4 p.m., at Goddard College in Plainfield. $5-100 for Sunday concert; free for Saturday attendees. Info,, Morrisville, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 888-3853.

health & fitness

ARON STEWARD: The psychologist addresses mental health and leads attendees in a short, helpful exercise. Presented by the University of Vermont Health Network. 7-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 844-886-4325. ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION EXERCISE PROGRAM: Those in need of an easy-on-the-joints workout experience an hour of calming, low-impact movement. United Community Church, St. Johnsbury, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 751-0431. AYURVEDA: Maryellen Crangle and Dorothy Alling Memorial Library host a seven-week introduction to this ancient Indian and Nepalese healing and lifestyle tradition. 2-3:30 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, programs@ BONE BUILDERS ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION EXERCISE PROGRAM: Folks of all ages ward off osteoporosis in an exercise

and prevention class hosted by Twin Valley Senior Center. Online, 7:30 a.m.; in person, Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 9 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3322. CHAIR YOGA: Waterbury Public Library instructor Diana Whitney leads at-home participants in gentle stretches supported by seats. 10 a.m. Free. Info, 244-7036.


ELL CLASSES: ENGLISH FOR BEGINNERS & INTERMEDIATE STUDENTS: Learners of all abilities practice written and spoken English with trained instructors. Presented by Fletcher Free Library. 6:30-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, bshatara@


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,


DEVELOPING SELF: Participants reflect on their experiences and reconnect with their values in order to address life’s challenges. Mercy Connections, Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 846-7063. THE ROAD TO MOBILITY WEBINAR SERIES: Experts from AARP Vermont, UVM Medical Center and the Vermont Highway Safety Alliance explore how we can all keep older Vermonters safe, mobile and independent on the roads. Noon-1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, alexandra. U.S. CITIZENSHIP TEST PREPARATION: Adult learners study English, history, government and geography with personal tutors. Virtual options available. Mercy Connections, Burlington, 9-11 a.m. Free. Info, 846-7063.


EYE DOTTING CEREMONY: 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, 5:45 p.m. Free. Info, 999-9042.


CHARLOTTE BARRETT: The historical preservationist discusses the legacy of immigrant familyowned markets in Burlington and Winooski. Champlain Room & Terrace at Champlain College, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 651-5976. MARTY PODSKOCH: The author and historian traces the history of civilian conservation camps in Vermont. Waterbury Public Library, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 244-7036.


‘LISTEN UP!’: The original musical based on the true stories of Vermont teens aims to destigmatize tough topics. Refreshments served; childcare available; Q&A follows. Champlain Valley Union High School, Hinesburg, 5:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 652-0997.


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

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HIRING2DAYVT VIRTUAL JOB FAIR: The Vermont Department of Labor gives job seekers a chance to meet with employers from around the state. 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 828-4000.


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


CLEAN WATER LECTURE SERIES: LAURA LAPIERRE: A wetlands expert explains why Vermonters should care about their local marshy ecosystems. Presented by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation. Noon-12:45 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 828-1550.


MUSIC ON THE FARM: PETE’S POSSE: Farm-fresh foods and folk tunes are on the menu at a pastoral party. Fable Farm Fermentory, Barnard, food and bar service, 5:30 p.m.; music, 6 p.m. $5-20; preregister; limited space. Info, 234-1645.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘BACKYARD WILDERNESS 3D’: See WED.25. ‘DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA 3D’: See WED.25. ‘DONBASS’: See WED.25. ‘MEERKATS 3D’: See WED.25. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: See WED.25. WRIF 17TH ANNUAL FILM FESTIVAL: Films from Ukraine, Vermont, the Dominican Republic and beyond make for an overflowing buffet of viewing experiences. See for full schedule. Various White River Junction locations, 6-8 p.m. Prices vary. Info, 478-0191.

food & drink

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


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

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CHAIR YOGA WITH LINDA: Every week is a new adventure in movement and mindfulness at this Morristown Centennial Library virtual class. 10:15-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 888-3853.




MUSIC MEXICO SYMPOSIUM: Attendees experience a two-day extravaganza of performance and education highlighting Mexican classical music. See for full schedule. Virtual option available. Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 4:30-10 p.m. $10-20; free for virtual attendees; preregister. Info, 603-646-2422.



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,




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


BILL MCKIBBEN: The author and environmentalist kicks off the book tour for The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon: A Graying American Looks Back at his Suburban Boyhood and Wonders What the Hell Happened. Bear Pond Books, Montpelier, 7-8 p.m. Free; limited space. Info, 229-0774. BOOK GROUP DISCUSSION OF ‘THE BURIED GIANT’: KelloggHubbard Library patrons break down Nobel Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro’s fantasy novel. 6:30-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-3338. CHRISTOPHER M. FINAN: The historian discusses his new book, How Free Speech Saved Democracy: The Untold History of How the First Amendment Became an Essential Tool for Securing Liberty and Social Justice. Norwich Bookstore, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 649-1114. LISA HSIAO CHEN: The author of the novel Activities of Daily Living gives a reading. Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, 7-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, communications@vermont



GRANITE CENTER GARDEN CLUB ANNUAL PLANT SALE: Gardeners pick from a vast variety of annuals and perennials to benefit Barre beautification projects and the Spaulding High School Scholarship Fund. Vermont Granite Museum, Barre, 6:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 793-7720.


DARTMOUTH DANCE ENSEMBLE: Student and faculty dancers share new works developed throughout the past year. Moore Theater, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7:30 p.m. $9-15. Info, 603-646-2422.


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Keep landscaping and large objects away from your meter Please do not place mulch, topsoil or rocks in contact with your meter. Be careful when mowing and report any damage. If your meter is located where large objects, such as vehicles or dumpsters, could collide with it, a barricade should be installed. Contact us about barricade options at 802-863-4511.

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Natural gas is normally odorless. A distinctive, pungent odor, similar to rotten eggs, is added so that you will recognize it quickly.

Sight You may see a white cloud, mist, fog, bubbles in standing water, or blowing dust. You may also see vegetation that appears to be dead or dying.

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SPLASH DANCE: Kids soak up some summer fun in the fountain while DJs spin family-friendly tracks. See calendar spotlight. Burlington City Hall Park, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7166.


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.



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

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: Players ages 9 through 13 go on a fantasy adventure with dungeon master Andy. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 3:304:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 888-3853.


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CRAFTERNOON: Weaving, knitting, embroidery and paper crafting supplies take over the Teen Space. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403. MAKERSPACE: Builders and crafters get messy while embracing new creative hobbies and projects. Ages 10 and up. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3:304:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403. STEAM SPACE: Kids explore science, technology, engineering, art and math activities. Ages 5 through 11. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.

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AFTERSCHOOL CRAFT: STORYTELLING DICE: Budding authors engrave wooden dice with writing prompts. Grades 3 and up. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 2-3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918. BABYTIME: Teeny-tiny library patrons enjoy a gentle, slow story time featuring songs, rhymes and lap play. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 846-4140. LEGO BUILDERS: Elementary-age imagineers explore, create and participate in challenges after school. Ages 8 and up, or ages 6 and up with an adult helper. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140.


MEDICINAL PLANTS: Local herbalist Kenzie Khaliq takes kids on an adventure through the wild woods to learn the secret superpowers of flowers and herbs. Ages 8 through 13. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 2:30-5 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 426-3581.


L.I.F.T. (LGBTQIA+ INSPIRATION & FRIENDSHIP AMONG TEENS): Queer and trans kids ages 13 through 18 build connections, pursue their interests and find empowerment together. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 3:304:30 p.m. Free. Info, 888-3853. WEDNESDAY CRAFTERNOON: A new project is on the docket each week, from puppets to knitting to decoupage. Ages 7 and up. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, youthservices@centennial



MAY 27 & 28 | FAMILY FUN mad river valley/ waterbury

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 12. Waterbury Public Library, 3-4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 244-7036.

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


ONLINE PRENATAL YOGA: See WED.25, 12:30-1:30 p.m.


BREAKERSPACE: Kids 10 and up channel their inner engineer and take apart old tech for a better understanding of how the gadgets we use every day work. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.

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LEGO CLUB: Children of all ages get crafty with Legos. Adult supervision is required for kids under 10. Winooski Memorial Library, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 655-6424. PARACHUTE FUN!: Little ones frolic under the rainbow ‘chute and play with hula hoops. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. PRESCHOOL MUSIC WITH LINDA BASSICK: The singer and storyteller extraordinaire leads little ones in indoor music and movement. Birth through age 5. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30-11 a.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 878-4918. PRESCHOOL PLAYTIME: Kiddos and their caregivers convene for casual fun on the patio. Dorothy Alling Memorial

All summer long, kids wade in the water and dance to the music at Burlington City Arts’ Splash Dance, a biweekly boogie-down in the fountains at Burlington City Hall Park. After an off-the-charts 2021 season, Splash Dance happens on Fridays and Saturdays this year, providing double the chance for little ones and their parents to suit up, beat the heat and get their groove on. Each week, a different beloved Vermont DJ spins family-friendly tunes at the turntable.

SPLASH DANCE Friday, May 27, 4-5:30 p.m., and Saturday, May 28, 1-3 p.m., at Burlington City Hall Park. Free. Info, 865-7166,

STORY TIME: Babies, toddlers and preschoolers take part in reading, singing and dancing. Winooski Memorial Library, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 655-6424.


MEDICINAL PLANTS: See WED.25. PRESCHOOL STORY TIME: Energetic youngsters join Miss Meliss for stories, songs and lots of silliness. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.


BABY & TODDLER MEETUP: Tiny tots and their caregivers come together for playtime, puzzles and picture books. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 888-3853.

mad river valley/ waterbury

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.



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Library, Williston, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.


middlebury area

CELEBRITY STORYTELLERS: DAVID ZUCKERMAN: The former lieutenant governor reads One Horse Farm by Dahlov Ipcar. Bixby Memorial Library, Vergennes, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 877-2211.

champlain islands/ northwest

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

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


ONLINE PRENATAL YOGA: See WED.25, 12:30-1:15 p.m.

FAMILY PLAYSHOP: Kids from birth through age 5 learn and play at this school readiness program. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10:15-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 863-3403. SPLASH DANCE: See FRI.27, 1-3 p.m.

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ARABIC-ENGLISH BILINGUAL STORY TIME: Ms. Tolba reads in both languages to little ones and their caregivers. Winooski Memorial Library, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 655-6424. KARMA KIDZ YOGA OPEN STUDIO SATURDAYS: Young yogis of all ages and their caregivers drop in for some fun breathing and movement activities. Kamalika-K, Essex Junction, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Donations. Info, 871-5085. MARC SHAPIRO & BILLY CORBETT: The local bluegrass duo gives a familyfriendly showing inspired by the past year’s Vermont Reads book, Sarah Henstra’s We Contain Multitudes. Williston Town Green, noon-1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

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SHEEP & WOOL DAY: Visitors travel back in time to the museum’s former life as a sheep farm with an afternoon of lamb meet-and-greets, kid-friendly history talks, spinning demonstrations and more. Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburgh, noon-3 p.m. Free. Info, 877-3406.


ONLINE PRENATAL YOGA: See WED.25, 10:15-11:15 a.m.



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INDOOR PRESCHOOL STORY TIME: Small groups enjoy a cozy session of reading, rhyming and singing. Birth MON.30

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20TH ANNUAL FAREWELL REUNION: Young Tradition Vermont and Grace Church raise funds with a delectable Caribbean dinner on the lawn and a concert featuring Corner House, the YTV Youth Commission, and Oliver Scanlon & Pete Sutherland. Grace Episcopal Church, Sheldon, 5:30 p.m. $10-35; preregister. Info, summermusicatgrace@



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WORLD MUSIC & WINE SERIES: KERUBO: The Kenyan jazz singer kicks off this summer-long series that combines global sounds with global food and wine. Lincoln Peak Vineyard, New Haven, 6 p.m. $15-18; price of food and drink; free for kids 12 and under. Info, 382-9222.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘AWARE: GLIMPSES OF CONSCIOUSNESS’: The Milarepa Center screens a 2020 documentary tracking the recent explosion of research into the science of consciousness. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 633-4136. ‘BACKYARD WILDERNESS 3D’: See WED.25. ‘DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA 3D’: See WED.25. ‘DONBASS’: See WED.25. ‘MEERKATS 3D’: See WED.25. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: See WED.25. WRIF 17TH ANNUAL FILM FESTIVAL: See THU.26, 6-10 p.m.

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ALL THINGS MAPLE SALE: Maple baked beans, a bake sale and a mini tag sale fête Vermont’s famous flavor. Waterbury Center Community Church, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 244-8089. ARTSRIOT TRUCK STOP: Mobile kitchens dish out mouthwatering meals and libations. Live DJs and outdoor entertainment add to the fun. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 4:30-9 p.m. Cost of food and drink. Info, 540-0406.

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BONE BUILDERS/ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION EXERCISE PROGRAM: See WED.25. ONLINE GUIDED MEDITATION: Dorothy Alling Memorial Library invites attendees to relax on their lunch breaks and reconnect with their bodies. Noon-12:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, programs@ QIGONG WITH GERRY SANDWEISS: Beginners learn this ancient Chinese practice of meditative movement. Presented by Norman Williams

Public Library. 8:30-9:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, programs@


AFLCR SOCIAL HOUR: The Alliance Française of the Lake Champlain Region hosts a beginner-friendly, in-person cocktail hour. Juniper Bar & Restaurant, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, barbara@adapt CINÉ CLUB: The Alliance Française of the Lake Champlain Region hosts a virtual discuss of the French reality show L’Agence. 7-8 p.m. Free. Info,




ELAINE GREENFIELD: At the release party for her new album, Ravel Compared, the pianist shares insights from her eightyear project and plays music from the recording. Proceeds support the Vermont Foodbank. The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Burlington, 7 p.m. $20-25. Info, MUSIC MEXICO SYMPOSIUM: See THU.26, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. WIND ENSEMBLE: Student instrumentalists celebrate Mexican music with three new works by rising composers Rodrigo Martinez, Nubia Jaime and Juan Pablo Contreras. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7:30 p.m. $5-12. Info, 603-646-2422.


SPRING SLOW BIRDING WITH BRIDGET BUTLER: The Bird Diva teaches folks of all experience levels a mindful form of birding that prioritizes a connection to the land. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 7-9 a.m. Free. Info, 229-6206.

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music + nightlife Find club dates at local venues in the Music + Nightlife section online at music. Learn more about highlighted listings in the Magnificent 7 on page 11.



VERMONT LAKE MONSTERS: Spectators buy some peanuts 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. $6-25; $125-418 for season passes. Info, 655-4200.


GERETTE BUGLION: The author and educator raises awareness of the dangers of cults, drawing on her own experience as a survivor. Livestream available. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 1-2 p.m. Free. Info, 888-3853.


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

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PLANT SALE, BAKE SALE & LUNCHEON: Cookies, cauliflower starts and coleslaw make for a cracking start to Memorial Day weekend. Brandon Congregational Church, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 779-7909.


CELEBRATION OF DANCE: Vermont Ballet Theater School Center for Dance students of all ages give a spectacular springtime showing. The Flynn, Burlington, 1 & 6:30 p.m. $18.2528. Info, 863-5966. DARTMOUTH DANCE ENSEMBLE: See FRI.27.


HEART’S DELIGHT SPRING PREMIERE: The Miner Institute horse show returns for the second year running. Clinton County Fair, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 518-846-7121. SUMMER KICKOFF CELEBRATION: Food, drink, lawn games and live music make for a Memorial Day weekend shindig to remember. Tälta Lodge, Stowe, 5-9 p.m. $10; preregister. Info, 253-7525.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘BACKYARD WILDERNESS 3D’: See WED.25. ‘DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA 3D’: See WED.25. ‘DONBASS’: See WED.25. ‘LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR’: Powerhouse soprano Nadine Sierra brings her virtuosic vocalism and captivating stage presence to the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of the tragedy. Catamount Arts Center,




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MAY 29 | FOOD & DRINK St. Johnsbury, 12:55 p.m. $16-25. Info, 748-2600. ‘MEERKATS 3D’: See WED.25. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: See WED.25. WRIF 17TH ANNUAL FILM FESTIVAL: See THU.26, noon-9 p.m.

food & drink

ADVENTURE DINNER: MOUNTAIN DINNER: Outdoorsy foodies explore the springtime forest before sitting down to an al fresco, multicourse meal straight off the wood-fired grill. Common Ground Center, Starksboro, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $165; preregister; limited space. Info, 248-224-7539. ALL THINGS MAPLE SALE: See FRI.27. CAPITAL CITY FARMERS MARKET: Meats and cheeses join farm-fresh produce, baked goods, locally made arts and crafts, and live music. 133 State St., Montpelier, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, montpelierfarmersmarket@

health & fitness

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



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Adventure Dinner offers an unbeatable Memorial Day feast at its North Country Seafood Boil, a send-up of summer flavors and picnic vibes. Against a backdrop of Green Mountain views, chefs serve up fresh, salty shellfish, local beer and strawberry shortcake to diners on blankets or at picnic tables. After the meal, the real fun begins with swimming, hiking, mini-golf, badminton and bocce, sure to amp up the grown-up summer camp experience. A cash bar is available for additional drinks, and optional overnight lodging is provided by the center’s Eco-Lodge and rustic cabins.

ADVENTURE DINNER: NORTH COUNTRY SEAFOOD BOIL Sunday, May 29, 2-6 p.m., at Common Ground Center in Starksboro. $82.50; preregister; limited space. Info, 248-224-7539,


CORNER HOUSE: A four-piece band combines Celtic and Appalachian influences for a soulful, earthy performance. Whallonsburg Grange Hall, N.Y., 7:30-10 p.m. $5-15. Info, 518-963-7777. LARRYFEST: Shape note singers, Balkan folk dancers, Bread & Puppet theater and Village harmony ensembles celebrate the life of the late Larry Gordon with an outdoor festival and benefit concert. See calendar spotlight. Goddard College, Plainfield, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, larryfest


EARLY BIRD NATURE WALK: Bird expert Sue Wetmore teaches new birders how to look for and identify the avians of spring and signs of spring migration. Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. Mount Independence

State Historic Site, Orwell, 8-10 a.m. Free. Info, 828-3051. MAY BIRD-MONITORING WALK: Birders at every experience level join museum staff in recording all the feathery friends living on the grounds. BYO binoculars. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 7:30-9 a.m. $5-10 suggested donation; preregister; limited space. Info, 434-2167. ROCK RIVER BIRDING BY KAYAK: Paddlers listen for birdsong along a slow-moving stream, gaining a unique perspective on the floodplain ecosystem. Rock River Public Boat Launch, Swanton, 7:30-10:30 a.m. Free; donations accepted; preregister; limited space. Info, gmas@green


NORTHEAST CRATE NATIONALS: Racers tear up the track in pursuit of the title. Devil’s Bowl Speedway, West Haven, 7 p.m. SAT.28

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RACE TO READ CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT: Racecar fans compete at cornhole to raise funds for the track’s literacy program, followed by a free rock concert from Native Tongue. Thunder Road Speed Bowl, Barre, 4:30-8 p.m. $60 per team; preregister. Info, vtcornhole802@

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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 CLEANING BOOK SALE: See FRI.27.

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See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘BACKYARD WILDERNESS 3D’: See WED.25. ‘DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA 3D’: See WED.25. ‘DONBASS’: See WED.25. ‘LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR’: See SAT.28. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 12:55 p.m. $23. Info, 775-0903. ‘MEERKATS 3D’: See WED.25. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: See WED.25. WRIF 17TH ANNUAL FILM FESTIVAL: See THU.26, noon-9 p.m.

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ADVENTURE DINNER: NORTH COUNTRY SEAFOOD BOIL: Chefs serve up a Memorial Day feast, beer and shortcake, followed by mini-golf and bocce on the lawn to kick summer off right. See calendar spotlight. Common Ground Center, Starksboro, 2-6 p.m. $75; preregister; limited space. Info, 248-224-7539. PANCAKE BREAKFAST: Hungry locals pile their plates with flapjacks, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and Vermont maple syrup. Cathedral of St. Joseph, Burlington, 9-11:30 a.m. $6-8 suggested donation. Info, 862-5109.



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

‘VERMONT ALMANAC: STORIES FROM & FOR THE LAND’: The farmers, writers, loggers, artists, scientists, poets and thinkers featured in the anthology’s second volume get together for an evening of storytelling. Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, 7 p.m. $10-35. Info, 728-9878, ext. 1.

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THE AVETT BROTHERS: The North Carolina Music Hall of Famers’ Americana strains soar out over Midway Lawn. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. $65. Info, 652-0777. BACH’S ‘MASS IN B MINOR’: Upper Valley Baroque performs the classical masterpiece on period instruments. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 4 p.m. $20-40. Info, 603-448-0400. ELAINE GREENFIELD: See FRI.27. Richmond Free Library, 3 p.m. LARRYFEST: See SAT.28. 1-4 p.m. $5-100. PAUL ASBELL QUARTET: The veteran jazz group serenades outdoor concertgoers with their bluesy strains. Mt Foolery, Charlotte, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free; donations accepted; preregister. Info, 800-366-5379. ROOTS & AMERICANA MUSIC FESTIVAL: Bands including the Mammals, Corner House and the New Domestics deliver an afternoon of thrilling outdoor music. Cooper Field, Putney, 1-6 p.m. $22-25; free for kids under 12. Info, 387-0102.

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59TH MEKKELSEN RV MEMORIAL DAY CLASSIC: The racetrack’s 2022 season continues with a nail-biting competition. Thunder Road Speed Bowl, Barre, 1:30-5:30 p.m. $10-25. Info, NORTHEAST CRATE NATIONALS: See SAT.28, 5 p.m. PEOPLE’S UNITED BANK VERMONT CITY MARATHON & RELAY: SOLD OUT. The 33rd annual race winds through Burlington and along Lake Champlain. Waterfront Park, Burlington, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. $150; preregister. Info, 863-8412. VERMONT LAKE MONSTERS: See FRI.27, 5:05 p.m.

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See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘BACKYARD WILDERNESS 3D’: See WED.25. ‘DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA 3D’: See WED.25. ‘DONBASS’: See WED.25. ‘MEERKATS 3D’: See WED.25. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: See WED.25.


BRIDGE CLUB: See THU.26, 1-2 p.m.


BONE BUILDERS/ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION EXERCISE PROGRAM: See WED.25. WEEKLY CHAIR YOGA: Those with mobility challenges or who are new to yoga practice balance and build strength through gentle, supported movements. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 3 p.m. Free; preregister; donations accepted. Info, 223-3322.


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ANNUAL VERGENNES MEMORIAL DAY PARADE 2022: American Legion Post #14 hosts a patriotic parade and chicken barbecue. Vergennes Union High School & Middle School, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 877-3216.




See what’s playing at theaters in the On Screen section.

music + nightlife Find club dates at local venues in the Music + Nightlife section online at music. Learn more about highlighted listings in the Magnificent 7 on page 11.


DEVELOPING SELF: See WED.25. U.S. CITIZENSHIP TEST PREPARATION: See WED.25, noon-1:30 & 3:30-4:45 p.m.





facilitated by local Arabic speaker Mona Tolba. Winooski Memorial Library, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 655-6424.

CROP MOB AT THE PEOPLE’S FARM: Volunteers grow fruits and veggies for folks experiencing food insecurity. BYO water and gloves, and wear long pants and close-toed shoes. Intervale Center, Burlington, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info,

PAUSE-CAFÉ IN-PERSON FRENCH CONVERSATION: Francophones and Frenchlanguage learners meet pour parler la belle langue. Burlington Bay Market & Café, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, pause-cafe+owner



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


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


SWING DANCING: Local Lindy hoppers and jitterbuggers convene at Vermont Swings’ weekly boogie-down. Bring clean shoes. Champlain Club, Burlington, beginner lessons, 6:30 p.m.; social dance, 7:30-9 p.m. $5. Info, 864-8382.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘BACKYARD WILDERNESS 3D’: See WED.25. ‘DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA 3D’: See WED.25. ‘DONBASS’: See WED.25. ‘MEERKATS 3D’: See WED.25. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: See WED.25.


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

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


ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNING & ACADEMIC TUTORING: Students improve their reading, writing, math and ELL skills through one-on-one time with experienced tutors. Mercy Connections, Burlington, 9-11 a.m. Free. Info, 846-7063. LET’S SPEAK ARABIC!: Beginners learn crucial words and grammar in a fun, casual environment


DELANEY WOODS BIRD & WILDFLOWER WALK: Rutland County Audubon and Slate Valley Trails host a slow-paced stroll with opportunities for avian observation and photography. BYO water, snack, binoculars and camera. Delaney Woods Trail, Wells, 7:30-11 a.m. Free. Info,


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




‘JERSEY BOYS’: Hits such as “Sherry” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” pepper the Tony Award-winning true story of the musical group the Four Seasons. The Flynn, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $71-96. Info, 863-5966.


WORK IN PROGRESS: Members of this writing group motivate each other to put pen to paper for at least an hour, then debrief together. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 888-3853.

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BIPOC BUSINESS ROUNDTABLES: The Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity invites business owners of color to discuss recommendations to the State of Vermont on how best to support POC business development. 7-8 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 254-2972. CENTRAL VERMONT JOB FAIR: Job seekers meet employers, learn about career opportunities and even apply to positions on the spot. Barre City Auditorium, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 223-4654.


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DE MAISON IMPORTS FRENCH WINE-TASTING DINNER: Diners gather around the table to experience a très spécial wine-pairing menu from Edson Hill chef Jerome Picca and De Maison Imports’ Andrea Fullbright. Edson Hill, Stowe, 6-9 p.m. $150. Info, 253-7371. DEDALUS FREE WEEKLY WINE TASTINGS: See WED.25.




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MICHAEL MWENSO’S ANCESTRAL COMMUNAL LISTENING EXPERIENCE: The Burlington Jazz Fest curator shepherds audiences through the history of Black music and discusses the intergenerational influence of the great gospel, blues and jazz artists. Livestream available. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 760-4634. WILD WOODS SONG CIRCLE: Singers and acoustic instrumentalists gather for an evening of music making. Zoom option available. Godnick Adult Center, Rutland, 7:15-9:15 p.m. Free. Info, 775-1182.




‘THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT’: A determined young fact checker squares off against a famous author in a comedic, highstakes showdown. Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $31.0538.50. Info, 862-1497. m

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


ONLINE PRENATAL YOGA: See WED.25, 12:30-1:30 p.m.


SING-ALONG WITH LINDA BASSICK: Babies, toddlers and preschoolers sing, dance and wiggle along with Linda. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 1111:30 a.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.

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ARTS & CRAFTERNOONS: From painting to printmaking and collage to sculpture, creative kids explore different projects and mediums. Ages 8 and up,

or ages 6 and up with an adult helper. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140. 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 ON THE GREEN: Dorothy Alling Memorial Library leads half an hour of stories, rhymes and songs. Williston Town Green, 1010:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. TODDLERTIME: Kids ages 1 through 3 and their caregivers join Miss Kelly and her puppets Bainbow and La-La for story time. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 846-4140.


GOATING AROUND: Nature educator Nicky Auerbach teaches kids how to groom, milk and hike around with goats. Ages 8 through 13. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 2:30-5 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 426-3581. PRESCHOOL STORY TIME: See THU.26. ROBIN’S NEST NATURE PLAYGROUP: Outdoor pursuits through fields and

forests captivate little ones up to age 5 and their parents. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 229-6206.

20 months and younger to the joy of reading. Norman Williams Public Library, Woodstock, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 457-2295.



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

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ART CLUB!: Artists ages 6 and up learn a new technique, style or craft every week. Waterbury Public Library, 3-4 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info,

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





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AFTERSCHOOL LEGO TIME & BOARD GAMES: Blocks and boards make for a fun, creative afternoon. Kindergarten and up. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

SEA LIFE SCAVENGER HUNT: Little marine biologists who find all the sea life posters around the library get a prize. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9 a.m.8 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.





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

FELTED BAG RETREAT: Local needle-felting artist Kathy Giroux will lead participants in creating a felted bag. With Kathy’s assistance, participants will design, sew and line a cross-body bag or handbag, then embellish it with needle felting, embroidery, buttons and/or beads. No experience in sewing, needle felting or embroidery required. Stay on-site (accommodations extra) or commute! Fri., Jun. 10Sun, Jun. 12. Cost: $300/person for weekend retreat. Location: Two Sisters Mill & Mercantile, 143 Main St., Jeffersonville. Info: Tamra Higgins, 881-8997,,

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

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

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SEVENDAYSVT.COM/CLASSIFIEDS generally described as construction of a 3,155 sf building addition associated with rebranding for the existing South Burlington Mazda car dealership. Supplemental parking, sidewalk and utility revisions and improvements are proposed to support the project. No change in use, increase in employees or anticipated patrons is proposed with this project. The project is located at 1795 Shelburne Rd. in South Burlington, Vermont. This application can be viewed online by visiting the Act 250 Database: ( Act250/Details.aspx?Num=4C0339-8B). No hearing will be held and a permit will be issued unless, on or before June 6, 2022, a party notifies the District 4 Commission in writing of an issue requiring a hearing, or the Commission sets the matter for a hearing on its own motion. Any person as defined in 10 V.S.A. § 6085(c)(1) may request a hearing. Any hearing request must be in writing, must state the criteria or sub criteria at issue, why a hearing is required, and what additional evidence will be presented at the hearing. Any hearing request by an adjoining property owner or other person eligible for party status under 10 V.S.A. § 6085(c)(1)(E) must include a petition for party status under the Act 250 Rules. To request party status and a hearing, fill out the Party Status Petition Form on the Board’s website: https://nrb., and email it to the District 4 Office at: NRB. Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law may not be prepared unless the Commission holds a public hearing. For more information contact Stephanie H. Monaghan at the address or telephone number below. Dated this May 12, 2022. By: /s/ Stephanie H. Monaghan Stephanie H. Monaghan District Coordinator 111 West Street Essex Junction, VT 05452 (802) 879-5662 ACT 250 NOTICE MINOR APPLICATION 4C0526-2C 10 V.S.A. §§ 6001 - 6111 On May 3, 2022, Rieley Cohen Partnership, LLC, Attn: Scott Rieley and Matt Cohen, P.O. Box 4279, Burlington, VT 05406 filed application number 4C0526-2C for a project generally described as construction of a 5,280 square foot addition to an existing property management and landscaping company building, and expansion of the outside storage area with associated utility and sitework. The project is located on Lot 3 of the Bartlett property subdivision at 4 Harbor View Road in South Burlington, Vermont. This application can be viewed online by visiting the Act 250 Database: ( aspx?Num=4C0526- 2C). No hearing will be held and a permit will be issued unless, on or before June 6, 2022, a party notifies the District 4 Commission in writing of an issue requiring a hearing, or the Commission sets the matter for a hearing on its own motion. Any person as defined in 10 V.S.A. § 6085(c)(1) may request a hearing. Any hearing request must be in writing, must state the criteria or sub criteria at issue, why a hearing is required, and what additional evidence will be presented at the hearing. Any hearing request by an adjoining property owner or other person eligible for party status under 10 V.S.A. § 6085(c)(1)(E) must include a petition for party status under the Act 250 Rules. To request party status and a hearing, fill out the Party Status Petition Form on the Board’s website: https://nrb., and email it to the District 4 Office at: NRB. Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law may not be prepared unless the Commission holds a public hearing. For more information contact Stephanie H. Monaghan at the address or telephone number below. Dated this May 11, 2022.


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By: /s/ Stephanie H. Monaghan Stephanie H. Monaghan District Coordinator 111 West Street Essex Junction, VT 05452 802-879-5662 ACT 250 NOTICE MINOR APPLICATION 4C0560-4 10 V.S.A. §§ 6001 - 6111 On May 11, 2022, David and Heidi Crean, 14 Cushing Rd, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481 filed application number 4C0560-4 for a project generally described as re-aligning the driveway, constructing a new accessory barn structure, and constructing several minor building additions at the existing residence located at 222 McNeil Cove Rd in Charlotte, Vermont. This application can be viewed online by visiting the Act 250 Database: ( aspx?Num=4C0560-4). No hearing will be held and a permit will be issued unless, on or before June 8, 2022, a party notifies the District 4 Commission in writing of an issue requiring a hearing, or the Commission sets the matter for a hearing on its own motion. Any person as defined in 10 V.S.A. § 6085(c)(1) may request a hearing. Any hearing request must be in writing, must state the criteria or sub criteria at issue, why a hearing is required, and what additional evidence will be presented at the hearing. Any hearing request by an adjoining property owner or other person eligible for party status under 10 V.S.A. § 6085(c)(1)(E) must include a petition for party status under the Act 250 Rules. To request party status and a hearing, fill out the Party Status Petition Form on the Board’s website: https://nrb., and email it to the District 4 Office at: NRB. Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law may not be prepared unless the Commission holds a public hearing. For more information contact Stephanie Monaghan at the address or telephone number below. Dated this May 17, 2022. By: Stephanie H. Monaghan District Coordinator 111 West Street Essex Junction, VT 05452 802-879-5614 ACT 250 NOTICE MINOR APPLICATION 4C1106-3C 10 V.S.A. §§ 6001 - 6111 On April 8, 2022, O’Brien Farm Road, LLC, 1855 Williston Road, South Burlington, VT 05403 and Green Mountain Development Group, Inc., 7 Aspen Drive, South Burlington, VT 05403 filed application number 4C1106-3C for a project generally described as the construction of two 47-unit residential buildings on Lots 10 and 11 of the Hillside at O’Brien Farm Community, and the construction of parking areas, roadways and associated improvements. The project is located at 255 Kennedy Drive in South Burlington, Vermont. The application was deemed complete on May 16, 2022 after the receipt of supplemental information. This application can be viewed online by visiting the Act 250 Database: ( aspx?Num=4C1106-3C). No hearing will be held and a permit will be issued unless, on or before June 7, 2022, a party notifies the District 4 Commission in writing of an issue requiring a hearing, or the Commission sets the matter for a hearing on its own motion. Any person as defined in 10 V.S.A. § 6085(c)(1) may request a hearing. Any hearing request must be in writing, must state the criteria or sub criteria at issue, why a hearing is required, and what additional evidence will be presented at the hearing. Any hearing request by an adjoining property owner or other person eligible for party status under 10 V.S.A. § 6085(c)(1)(E) must include a petition for party status under the Act 250 Rules. To request party status and a hearing, fill out the Party Status

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Petition Form on the Board’s website: https://nrb., and email it to the District 4 Office at: NRB. Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law may not be prepared unless the Commission holds a public hearing. For more information contact Aaron Brondyke at the address or telephone number below. Dated this May 17, 2022. By: /s/Aaron Brondyke Aaron Brondyke State Coordinator 111 West Street Essex Junction, VT 05452 802-595-2735 NOTICE OF SALE According to the terms and conditions of a Judgment and Decree of Foreclosure by Judicial Sale (the Order) in the matter of Vermont Housing Finance Agency v. Mechenna H. Ford, Cayman Ford and Any Tenants Residing at 101 West Milton Road Unit 21 (nka 155 Dewey Drive), Birchwood Manor Mobile Home Park, Milton, VT, Vermont Superior Court, Chittenden Unit, Civil Division, Docket No. 770-8-19 Cncv, foreclosing a mortgage given by Mechenna Ford to Opportunities Credit Union dated July 29, 2005 and recorded in Volume 326, Page 361 of the Milton land records. Said mortgage was assigned to Vermont Housing Finance Agency by Assignment dated January 25, 2006 and recorded in Volume 479, Page 62 of the Milton land records (the Mortgage) presently held by Plaintiff Vermont Housing Finance Agency for the purpose of foreclosing the Mortgage for breach of the conditions of the Mortgage, the real estate with an E-911 address of 101 West Milton Road Unit 21 (nka 155 Dewey Drive), Birchwood Manor Mobile Home Park, Milton, VT (the Property) will be sold at public auction at 1:00 p.m. on June 7, 2022 at the location of the Property. The Property to be sold is all and the same land and premises described in the Mortgage, and further described as follows: Mechenna Ford and Cayman Ford acquired the property in a Vermont Mobile Home Uniform Bill of Sale from Mechenna Ford, dated October 30 and October 31, 2013, and recorded on November 1, 2013 in Volume 441, Page 570 of the Milton land records. Mechenna Ford acquired the Property by Vermont Mobile Home Uniform Bill of Sale of Brault’s Mobile Homes dated July 28, 2005, and recorded on January 6, 2006 in Volume 326, Page 358 of the Milton land records. Astro Mobile Home Model 3A103A/B, 2004, serial number DC00156A/B. The Property may be subject to easements, rights-of-way and other interests of record Terms of Sale: The Property will be sold to the highest bidder, who will pay $10,000.00 at sale in cash, certified, treasurer’s or cashier’s check made payable to Thomas Hirchak Company (or by wire transfer, if arrangements for wire transfer are made in advance, confirmation of wire transfer is available before commencement of sale and bidder pays additional fees required for wire transfer), will pay the remaining balance of 10% of the highest bid to Thomas Hirchak Company within five (5) calendar days of the sale and will pay the balance of the highest bid price within fifteen (15) days of the issuance of an Order of Confirmation by the Vermont Superior Court. The successful bidder will be required to sign a Purchase Agreement. Copies are available by calling the telephone number below. If the successful bidder fails to complete the purchase of the Property as required by the Agreement, the $10,000.00 deposit will be forfeited to Plaintiff. The Property is sold “AS IS” and the successful bidder is required to purchase the Property whether or not the Property is in compliance with local, state or federal land use laws, regulations or permits. Title to the Property will be conveyed without warranties by Order of Confirmation. This sale is exempt from federal lead based hazards disclosure. 24 CFR Section 35.82.

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Redemption Benefits of Mortgagor: The mortgagor is entitled to redeem the Property at any time prior to the sale by paying the full amount due under the Mortgage, including the costs and expenses of sale. Other terms to be announced at the sale or inquire at Thomas Hirchak Company, 1-800-634-7653. Dated: May 5, 2022 /s/ Robert W. Scharf, Esq. Robert W. Scharf, Esq. Attorney for Plaintiff NOTICE OF SELF STORAGE LIEN SALE: MALLETTS BAY SELF STORAGE, LLC 115 HEINEBERG DRIVE COLCHESTER, VT 05446 Notice is hereby given that the contents of the self-storage units listed below will be sold at public auction by sealed bid. Name of Occupant Storage Unit Paul White # 116 and 147 (size10x20 each) Said sales will take place on 6/4/22, beginning at 10:00am at Malletts Bay Self Storage, LLC, (MBSS, LLC)115 Heineberg Dr, Colchester, VT 05446. Units will be opened for viewing immediately prior to auction. Sale shall be by sealed bid to the highest bidder. Contents of entire storage unit will be sold as one lot. The winning bid must remove all contents from the facility at no cost to MBSS, LLC on the day of auction. MBSS, LLC reserves the right to reject any bid lower that the amount owed by the occupant or that is not commercially reasonable as defined by statute. SEVEN DAYS NOTICE OF LEGAL SALE View Date 06/02/2022 Sale Date 06/03/2022 Debora Lamphere Unit# 228 & 127 Thomas Crossman Unit# 114 Josh Wells Unit# 17 Easy Self Storage, 46 Swift St, South Burlington Vt 05403 802-863-8300 STATE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT CIVIL DIVISION FRANKLIN UNIT DOCKET NO. 22-CV-01510 PROPERTY COUSINS, LLC Plaintiff v. UNITED COMPANIES LENDING CORPORATION Defendant AFFIDAVIT SUMMONS AND ORDER OF PUBLICATION THIS SUMMONS IS DIRECTED TO UNITED COMPANIES LENDING CORPORATION 1. YOU ARE NAMED AS A PARTY IN A DECLARATORY JUDGMENT ACTION. The Plaintiff has started a declaratory judgment action naming you as a party. A copy of the Plaintiff’s Complaint is on file and may be obtained at the office of the clerk of this court, Vermont Superior Court, Civil Division, Franklin Unit, located at 17 Church Street, St. Albans, Vermont. Do not throw this paper away. It is an official paper that affects your rights. 2. PLAINTIFF’S CLAIM. Plaintiff’s claim is for a judicial determination that it has marketable title to the property located at 44 New Street in Swanton, Vermont and the mortgage to United Companies Lending Corp. encumbering the Plaintiff’s property is discharged and released. 3. YOU MUST REPLY WITHIN 41 DAYS TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS. You must give or mail the Plaintiff a written response called an Answer within 49 days after the date on which this Summons was first published, which is June 1, 2022. You must send a copy of your Answer to the Plaintiff’s attorney: Chad V. Bonanni; 34 Pearl Street, PO Box 174, Essex Junction, VT 05453; You must also give or mail your Answer to the Court located at: 17 Church Street, St. Albans, VT 05478. 4. YOU MUST RESPOND TO EACH CLAIM. The



Legal Notices [CONTINUED] Answer is your written response to the Plaintiff’s Complaint. In your Answer you must state whether you agree or disagree with each paragraph of the Complaint. If you believe the Plaintiff should not be given everything asked for in the Complaint, you must say so in your Answer. 5. JUDGMENT BY DEFAULT. If you do not send the Plaintiff your Answer within 49 days after the date on which this Summons was first published and file it with the Court, the Court may grant the relief requested by the Plaintiff. You will not get to tell your side of the story, and the Court may decide against you and award the Plaintiff everything asked for in the Complaint. 6. YOU MUST MAKE ANY CLAIMS AGAINST THE PLAINTIFF IN YOUR REPLY. Your Answer must state any related legal claims you have against the Plaintiff. Your claims against the Plaintiff are called Counterclaims. If you do not make your Counterclaims in writing in your Answer, you may not be able to bring them up at all. Even if you have insurance and the insurance company will defend you, you must still file any Counterclaims you may have. 7. LEGAL ASSISTANCE. You may wish to get legal help from a lawyer. If you cannot afford a lawyer, you should ask the court clerk for information about places where you can get free legal help. Even if you cannot get legal help, you must still give the court a written Answer to protect your rights or you may lose the case. ORDER This matter involves Plaintiff’s request for a judicial determination of title to property located at 44 New Street in Swanton, Vermont. The affidavit, motion and exhibits filed in this action shows that service cannot be made with due diligence by any of the methods provided in Rule 4(d)-(f), (k), or (l) of the Vermont Rules of Civil Procedure. Accordingly, it is ORDERED that service of the summons set forth above shall be made upon the Respondent, United Companies Lending Corporation, by publication as provided in Rule 4(g) of those Rules. This order shall be published once a week for 3 weeks beginning on or before June 1, 2022, in the Seven Days, a newspaper of general circulation in Franklin County, and a copy of this summons and order as published shall be mailed to the United Companies Lending Corp., if an address is known. Dated at St. Albans, Vermont, this 11th day of May, 2022. /s/ Honorable David A. Barra Judge of the Superior Court, Civil Division, Franklin Unit STATE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT PROBATE DIVISION CHITTENDEN UNIT DOCKET NO.: 22-PR-05395 In re ESTATE of Robin Latulippe NOTICE TO CREDITORS To the creditors of: Robin Latulippe, 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: September 27, 2021 Signature of Fiduciary: /s/ Alicia Latulippe Executor/Administrator: /s/ Alicia Latulippe, c/o Jeff Wick, 1 Grove Street, Essex Jct., VT 05452 917-282-5256 Name of Publication: Seven Days Publication Date: May 25, 2022 Name of Probate Court: Chittenden Probate Court Address of Probate Court: 175 Main Street, Burlington, Vermont 05401



STATE OF VERMONT VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT LAMOILLE UNIT, CIVIL DIVISION DOCKET NO: 21-CV-02745 BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON TRUST COMPANY, N.A. AS TRUSTEE FOR MORTGAGE ASSETS MANAGEMENT SERIES I TRUST v. ANDREW H. MONTROLL, ESQ., ADMINISTRATOR OF THE ESTATE OF HERBERT A. EMERSON JR. AND SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT OCCUPANTS OF: 963 Pinewood Estates, Morrisville VT MORTGAGEE’S NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE OF REAL PROPERTY UNDER 12 V.S.A. sec 4952 et seq. In accordance with the Judgment Order and Decree of Foreclosure entered March 28, 2022, in the above captioned action brought to foreclose that certain mortgage given by the late Herbert A. Emerson Jr. and the late Muriel V. Emerson to Financial Freedom Senior Funding Corporation, dated August 16, 2007 and recorded in Book 144 Page 192 of the land records of the Town of Morristown, of which mortgage the Plaintiff is the present holder, by virtue of the following Assignments of Mortgage: (1) Assignment of Mortgage from Financial Freedom Senior Funding Corporation to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for Financial Freedom Acquisition LLC dated September 25, 2009 and recorded in Book 149 Page 522; (2) Assignment of Mortgage from Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for Financial Freedom Acquisition LLC to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A. as Trustee for Mortgage Assets Management Series I Trust dated July 18, 2019 and recorded in Book 266 Page 251; and (3) Assignment of Mortgage from Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A. as Trustee for Mortgage Assets Management Series I Trust to Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A. as Trustee for Mortgage Assets Management Series I Trust dated October 22, 2019 and recorded in Book 270 Page 240, all of the land records of the Town of Morristown for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing the same will be sold at Public Auction at 963 Pinewood Estates, Morrisville, Vermont on June 13, 2022 at 10:30 AM all and singular the premises described in said mortgage, To wit: Being all and the same land and premises conveyed to Herbert Andrew Emerson, Jr. and Muriel V. Emerson by Quit Claim Deed of Franklin Lamoille Bank, Trustee dated April, 1987 and recorded May 1, 1987 in Volume 86, Page 491 of the Town of Morristown Land Records. Being all and the same land and premises conveyed to Franklin Lamoille Bank, Trustee by Quit Claim Deed of Hebert Emerson and Muriel Emerson dated October 2, 1986 and recorded October 17, 1986 in Volume 86, Page 213 of the Town of Morristown Land Records. Being all and the same land and premises conveyed to Hebert Emerson and Muriel Emerson by Warranty Deed of Willis G. Hicks and Lillian Hicks dated April 28, 1979 and recorded in Volume 73, Page 425 of the Town of Morristown Land Records. This property has benefit of the following: 1. 1/9th interest in a water system, as referenced in Volume 73, Page 425. 2. 1/6th interest a lot with a pond, referenced in Volume 78, Page 84. Reference is hereby made to the above instruments and to the records and references contained therein in further aid of this description. Terms of sale: Said premises will be sold and conveyed subject to all liens, encumbrances, unpaid taxes, tax titles, municipal liens and assessments, if any, which take precedence over the said mortgage above described. TEN THOUSAND ($10,000.00) Dollars of the purchase price must be paid by a 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 : May 5, 2022 By: __/s/ Rachel K. Ljunggren___ Rachel K. Ljunggren, Esq. Bendett and McHugh, PC 270 Farmington Ave., Ste. 151 Farmington, CT 06032 TOWN OF COLCHESTER SELECTBOARD NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Pursuant to Title 24 VSA, Chapter 059, Sec. 1972(c), Section 103 through 109 of the Town of Colchester Charter, and Section 1-4 of the Colchester Code of Ordinances, the Colchester Selectboard will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at 6:35 PM for public comment regarding the following proposed amendments to the Colchester Code of Ordinances, Chapter 9, Article III: - Delete “or on multipurpose paths” under section 9-52 (a) so it is clear that dogs must be on leash on all recreation paths - Add Section 9-52 (a) 1) “On multipurpose paths and sidewalks, all dogs must be leashed on a maximum six-foot leash.” - Add “pedestrians” to section 9-46 as this section provides requirements for pedestrians. - Add “in Parks and on Recreation Paths” to Section 9-52 to be clear this applies to pets in multiple locations in Colchester. - Add to section 9-31 Definitions: Recreation Path any trail, path or sidewalk in the Town of Colchester on Town owned Land or Town or State of Vermont Right of Way, made of gravel, dirt, pavement or concrete. The complete set of documents for the proposed amendments can be found here: https://bit. ly/3PCaKmf. The meeting is currently scheduled to take place at the Town of Colchester Town Offices, 781 Blakely Road, Colchester, Vermont, in the Outer Bay Conference Room on the third floor. Alternatively, you can email a note, up to 1,000 words, to with “Proposed Edits to Chapter 9” in the Subject and include your name. As with in-person Citizens to be Heard, we ask that you SHARE YOUR ADDRESS. The email will be shared with the entire Selectboard prior to the meeting and included in the information packet at the next meeting. You may watch the Selectboard meeting on live stream TV: http:// If you have questions regarding these amendments, please contact the Colchester Department of Parks & Recreation at 802-264-5640. TOWN OF COLCHESTER SELECTBOARD NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Pursuant to Title 24 VSA, Chapter 059, Sec. 1972(c), Section 103 through 109 of the Town of Colchester Charter, and Section 1-4 of the Colchester Code of Ordinances, the Colchester Selectboard will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at 6:35 PM for public comment regarding the following proposed amendments to the Colchester Code of Ordinances, Chapter 4: - Revisions to formatting and removal of duplicative statements; - A change in the title of the article, from Building Code and Building Code Construction Ordinance to Building Code and Building Safety Ordinance. - Definitions have been added or updated to provide improved clarity and consistency. - Section 4-8 under Article II, Permits and Fees, reflects a substantive change in permitting requirements which would raise the threshold for dollar value necessitating permit requirements from $2500 to $15,000, while slightly broadening the types of improvements needing approval under the chapter. New Article VII proposes the addition of new egress requirements. These require the installation of a secondary means of escape for all new construction and for converting/changing an existing area into new living space in single-family dwellings. The complete set of documents for the proposed amendments can be found here: https://bit.

ly/3Nxqu8o. The meeting is currently scheduled to take place at the Town of Colchester Town Offices, 781 Blakely Road, Colchester, Vermont, in the Outer Bay Conference Room on the third floor. Alternatively, you can email a note, up to 1,000 words, to with “Proposed Edits to Chapter 4” in the Subject and include your name. As with in-person Citizens to be Heard, we ask that you SHARE YOUR ADDRESS. The email will be shared with the entire Selectboard prior to the meeting and included in the information packet at the next meeting. You may watch the Selectboard meeting on live stream TV: http:// If you have questions regarding these amendments, please contact Colchester Planning and Zoning Director, Cathyann LaRose at 802-264-5602. TOWN OF ESSEX PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA/PUBLIC HEARING JUNE 9, 2022-6:00 P.M. 81 MAIN ST., ESSEX JCT., VT - Zoom link: Join-Zoom-Meeting-Essex-PC - Call (audio only): 1-888-788-0099 | Meeting ID: 923 7777 6158 # | Passcode: 426269 - Public wifi: content/public-wifi-hotspots-vermont 1. Public Comments 2. CONSENT AGENDA: - BOUNDARY LINE ADJUSTMENT: A & R Siegriest: Proposal to convey 0.06 acres to 236 from 232 River Rd located in the R2 & C2 Zones. Tax Map 4, Parcels 10 & 10-3. 3. Minutes: May 26, 2022 Visit our website at WINOOSKI DEVELOPMENT REVIEW BOARD PUBLIC HEARING The Winooski Development Review Board will hold a public hearing on Thursday, June 16, 2022 beginning at 6:30 p.m. to consider the following: Subdivision of Land - 165 East Spring Street Applicant has submitted a zoning permit application requesting the subdivision of land at 165 East Spring Street creating one new lot for a total of two lots. The Development Review Board will consider this request against the standards outlined in Section 6.2 of the City’s Unified Land Use and Development Regulations The Development Review Board will hold a public hearing on this request before rendering a decision. Decisions of the Development Review Board can be appealed by “interested persons” (as defined by 24 V.S.A. §4465) to the Environmental Division of the Vermont Superior Court. This public hearing will begin at 6:30pm. Members of the public that are interested in participating in this hearing can do so by attending in person at Winooski City Hall, 27 West Allen Street, or electronically by visiting https://us06web.zoom. us/j/87041238822 or by calling (301) 715 8592 and using Webinar ID: 870 4123 8822. Toll charges may apply. Members of the public interested in participating are requested, but not required to make their intentions known by completing the public comment request form located on the City’s website at Human-Resources-6/Public-Comment-Request Form-61 at least 24 hours in advance to ensure this information is included in the record of the hearing. Failure to provide information in advance will not prohibit your participation at the meeting. Questions or comments can be directed to Eric Vorwald, AICP, City of Winooski Planning & Zoning Manager by emailing evorwald@winooskivt. gov. Information related to this project can also be viewed at AgendaCenter and navigating to the Development Review Board section. BURLINGTON PLANNING COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE Burlington Comprehensive Development Ordinance Amendment ZA-22-03: Steep Slopes ZA-22-05: Burlington High School Zoning ZA-22-06: Transitional Shelter ZA-22-07: Maximum Parking & TDM

Pursuant to 24 V.S.A. §4441 and §4444, notice is hereby given of a public hearing by the Burlington Planning Commission to hear comments on the following proposed amendments to the City of Burlington’s Comprehensive Development Ordinance (CDO). The public hearing will take place during the Planning Commission meeting on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, with the hearing starting at Time Certain 6:45pm. You may access the hearing/meeting as follows: To join virtually from a Computer, please click this URL to join, and enter the Webinar ID if prompted: Link: https://us02web.zoom. us/j/85626575088 Webinar ID: 856 2657 5088 To join virtually by phone, dial this number and enter the Webinar ID when prompted: Number: +1 312 626 6799 Webinar ID: 856 2657 5088 To join the meeting in person: Sharon Bushor Room, Room 102, City Hall, 149 Church Street, Burlington, VT 05401 Pursuant to the requirements of 24 V.S.A. §4444(b): Statement of purpose: The purpose of the proposed amendments are as follows: ZA-22-03: To identify areas within the city with 15% or steeper slopes and adjacent upslope lands and outline criteria for addressing slope stability and suitability for development ZA-22-05: To rezone the Burlington High School site on Institute Road to enable public schools as a permitted use in a new Burlington High School Campus Overlay Zone ZA-22-06: To enable for managed temporary shelters as a form of emergency shelter for people experiencing homelessness ZA-22-07: To replace minimum parking requirements with maximums, modify transportation demand management requirements, and revise certain use and situational parking standards Geographic areas affected: These amendments apply to the following areas of the city: ZA-22-03: All areas and zoning districts within the city. ZA-22-05: The Burlington High School propert located at 52 Institute Road ZA-22-06: All areas and zoning districts within the city ZA-22-07: All areas and zoning districts within the city List of section headings affected: The proposed amendments modify the following sections of the Burlington Comprehensive Development Ordinance: ZA-22-03: Modifies Sec. 5.2.4; Creates Map – Steep Slopes Overlay District ZA-22-05: Modifies Sec. 4.4.4-A; Sec. 4.4.4-C; Creates Sec. 4.5.2-B(6) – Burlington High School Campus; Creates Sec. 4.5.2-H – District Specific Regulations: Burlington High School Campus (BHS); Creates Map 4.5.2-8 ICC-BHS: Burlington High School Campus; Creates Sec. 4.5.2.H-4 and 4.5.2.H-5 ZA-22-06: Modifies Sec. 5.4.13, Sec. 3.2.7, and Sec. 13.1.2 ZA-22-07: Modifies Sec. 4.4.1-D, Sec. 4.4.5-D, Sec. 4.5.3-C, Sec. 4.5.6-C, Sec. 5.1.1-C, Sec. 5.1.1-D, Sec. 5.3.6-C, Sec. 5.4.12-A, Sec. 8.1.3, Sec. 8.1.3-A, Sec. 8.1.3-B, Sec. 8.1.3-C, Sec. 8.1.4, Sec. 8.1.5; Deletes Sec. 8.1.6, Sec. 8.1.7; Modifies Sec. 8.1.8; Deletes Table 8.1.8 - Minimum Off-Street Parking Requirements; Modifies Sec. 8.1.9; Modifies Table 8.1.9-1 – Maximum Off-Street Parking Requirements; Modifies Sec. 8.1.9-A, Sec. 8.1.12; Deletes Sec 8.1.15; Modifies Sec. 8.1.16-B; Sec. 8.1.16-C; Modifies Sec. 8.3.3, Sec. 8.3.4 and Sec. 8.3.5. The full text of the Burlington Comprehensive Development Ordinance is available online at The proposed amendment can be reviewed in hard copy posted on the first floor of City Hall, 149 Church Street, Burlington or online at https://www.

Support Groups VISIT SEVENDAYSVT.COM TO VIEW A FULL LIST OF SUPPORT GROUPS A CIRCLE OF PARENTS FOR MOTHERS OF COLOR Please join our parent-led online support group designed to share our questions, concerns & struggles, as well as our resources & successes! Contribute to our discussion of the unique but shared experience of parenting. We will be meeting weekly on Wed., 10-11 a.m. For more info or to register, please contact Heather at, 802-498-0607, A CIRCLE OF PARENTS FOR SINGLE MOTHERS Please join our parent-led online support group designed to share our questions, concerns & struggles, as well as our resources & successes! Contribute to our discussion of the unique but shared experience of parenting. We will be meeting weekly on Fri., 10-11 a.m. For more info or to register, please contact Heather at, 802-498-0607, A CIRCLE OF PARENTS WITH LGBTQ+ CHILDREN Please join our parent-led online support group designed to share our questions, concerns & struggles, as well as our resources & successes! Contribute to our discussion of the unique but shared experience of parenting. We will be meeting weekly on Mon., 10-11 a.m. For more info or to register, please contact Heather at, 802-498-0607, AL-ANON For families & friends of alcoholics. Phone meetings, electronic meetings (Zoom), & an al-Anon blog are avail. online at the Al-Anon website. For meeting info, go to or call 866-972-5266. ALATEEN GROUP Alateen group in Burlington on Sun. 5-6 p.m. at the UU building at the top of Church St. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Daily meetings in various locations. Free. Info, 864-1212. Want to overcome a drinking problem? Take the 1st step of 12 & join a group in your area. ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUPS Support groups meet to provide assistance & info on Alzheimer’s disease & related dementias. They emphasize shared experiences, emotional support & coping techniques in care for a person living w/ Alzheimer’s or a related dementia. Meetings are free & open to the public. Families, caregivers & friends may attend. Please call in advance to confirm date & time. Four options: 1st Mon. of every mo., 2-3 p.m., at the Residence at Shelburne Bay, 185 Pine Haven Shores, Shelburne; 4th Tue. of every mo., 10-11 a.m., at the Residence at Quarry Hill, 465 Quarry Hill Rd., South Burlington; 2nd Tue. of every mo., 5-6:30 p.m., at the Alzheimer’s Association Main Office, 300 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 130, Williston; 2nd Mon. of every mo., 6-7:30 p.m., at Milton Public Library, 39 Bombardier Rd., Milton. For questions or additional support group listings, call 800-272-3900.

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION TELEPHONE SUPPORT GROUP 2nd Tuesday monthly, 4-5:30 p.m. Preregistration is required (to receive dial-in codes for toll-free call). Please dial the Alzheimer’s Association’s 24/7 Helpline 800-272-3900 for more info. ARE YOU HAVING PROBLEMS W/ DEBT? Do you spend more than you earn? Get help at Debtor’s Anonymous plus Business Debtor’s Anonymous. Wed., 6:30-7:30 p.m., Methodist Church in the Rainbow Room at Buell & S. Winooski, Burlington. Contact Jennifer, 917-568-6390. BABY BUMPS SUPPORT GROUP FOR MOTHERS AND PREGNANT WOMEN Pregnancy can be a wonderful time of your life. But it can also be a time of stress often compounded by hormonal swings. If you are a pregnant woman, or have recently given birth & feel you need some help w/ managing emotional bumps in the road that can come w/ motherhood, please come to this free support group led by an experienced pediatric registered nurse. Held on the 2nd & 4th Tue. of every mo., 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Birthing Center, Northwestern Medical Center, St. Albans. Info: Rhonda Desrochers, Franklin County Home Health Agency, 527-7531. BETTER BREATHERS CLUB American Lung Association support group for people w/ breathing issues, their loved ones or caregivers. Meets on the 1st Mon. of every mo., 11 a.m.-noon at the Godnick Center, 1 Deer St., Rutland. For more info call 802-776-5508. BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP Vermont Center for Independent Living offers virtual monthly meetings, held on the 3rd Wed. of every mo., 1-2:30 p.m. The support group will offer valuable resources & info about brain injury. It will be a place to share experiences in a safe, secure & confidential environment. To join, email Linda Meleady at lindam@vcil. org & ask to be put on the TBI mailing list. Info: 800-639-1522. BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION OF VERMONT Montpelier daytime support group meets on the 3rd Thu. of every mo. at the Unitarian Church ramp entrance, 1:30-2:30 p.m. St. Johnsbury support group meets on the 3rd Wed. of every mo., at the Grace United Methodist Church, 36 Central St., 1:00-2:30 p.m. Colchester evening support group meets on the 1st Wed. of every mo., at the Fanny Allen Hospital in the Board Room Conference Room, 5:30-7:30 p.m. White River Jct. meets on the 2nd Fri. of every mo., at Bugbee Sr. Ctr. from 3-4:30 p.m. Call our helpline at 877-856-1772. CANCER SUPPORT GROUP The Champlain Valley Prostate Cancer Support Group will be held every 2nd Tue. of the mo., 6-7:45 p.m. via conference call. Newly diagnosed? Prostate cancer reoccurrence? General discussion & sharing among survivors & those beginning or rejoining the battle. Info, Mary L. Guyette RN, MS, ACNS-BC, 274-4990, CELEBRATE RECOVERY Overcome any hurt, habit or hangup in your life w/ this confidential 12-Step, Christ-centered recovery


program. We offer multiple support groups for both men & women, such as chemical dependency, codependency, sexual addiction & pornography, food issues, & overcoming abuse. All 18+ are welcome; sorry, no childcare. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; we begin at 7 p.m. Essex Alliance Church, 37 Old Stage Rd., Essex Junction. Info: recovery@, 878-8213. CELEBRATE RECOVERY Celebrate Recovery meetings are for anyone struggling w/ hurt, habits & hang ups, which includes everyone in some way. We welcome everyone at Cornerstone Church in Milton, which meets every Fri. at 7-9 p.m. We’d love to have you join us & discover how your life can start to change. Info: 893-0530, Julie@mccartycreations. com. CENTRAL VERMONT CELIAC SUPPORT GROUP Last Thu. of every mo., 7:30 p.m. in Montpelier. Please contact Lisa Mase for location: lisa@harmonizecookery. com. CEREBRAL PALSY GUIDANCE Cerebral Palsy Guidance is a very comprehensive informational website broadly covering the topic of cerebral palsy & associated medical conditions. Its mission is to provide the best possible info to parents of children living w/ the complex condition of cerebral palsy. CIRCLE Online on Thu., 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Continues through Jun. 23. Circle is a supportive online experience, led by Sister Ann Duhaime, where people reflect on peace, hope & healing. Participants find renewal & gain strength as they listen to & talk about experiences & insights. Take this special time to feel part of a nurturing community & imagine new possibilities! Free. 802846-7063, hgilbert@mercyconnections. org, schedule. CODEPENDENTS ANONYMOUS CoDA is a 12-step fellowship for people whose common purpose is to develop healthy & fulfilling relationships. By actively working the program of Codependents Anonymous, we can realize a new joy, acceptance & serenity in our lives. Meets Sun. at noon at the Turning Point Center, 179 So. Winooski Ave., Suite 301, Burlington. Tom, 238-3587, DECLUTTERERS SUPPORT GROUP Are you ready to make improvements but find it overwhelming? Maybe 2 or 3 of us can get together to help each other simplify. 989-3234, 425-3612. DISCOVER THE POWER OF CHOICE! SMART Recovery welcomes anyone, including family & friends, affected by any kind of substance or activity addiction. It is a science-based program that encourages abstinence. Specially trained volunteer facilitators provide leadership. Sun. at 5 p.m. The meeting has moved to Zoom: smartrecovery.zoom. us/j/92925275515. Volunteer facilitator: Bert, 399-8754. You can learn more at We hope to return to face-to-face meetings this summer.

DIVORCE CARE SUPPORT GROUP Divorce is a tough road. Feelings of separation, betrayal, confusion, anger & self-doubt are common. But there is life after divorce. Led by people who have already walked down that road, we’d like to share w/ you a safe place & a process that can help make the journey easier. This free 13-wk. group for men & women will be offered on Sun., 5:30-7:30 p.m., Sep. 8 through Dec. 1, at the North Avenue Alliance Church, 901 North Ave., Burlington, VT. Register for class at For more info, call Sandy 802-425-7053. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUPPORT Steps to End Domestic Violence offers a weekly drop-in support group for female-identified survivors of intimate partner violence, including individuals who are experiencing or have been affected by domestic violence. The support group offers a safe, confidential place for survivors to connect w/ others, to heal & to recover. In support group, participants talk through their experiences & hear stories from others who have experienced abuse in their relationships. Support group is also a resource for those who are unsure of their next step, even if it involves remaining in their current relationship. Tue., 6:30-8 p.m. Childcare is provided. Info: 658-1996. EMPLOYMENT-SEEKERS SUPPORT GROUP Frustrated w/ the job search or w/ your job? You are not alone. Come check out this supportive circle. Wed. at 3 p.m., Pathways Vermont Community Center, 279 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: Abby Levinsohn, 777-8602. FAMILIES COPING WITH ADDICTIONS (FCA) GROUP (ADDICTION SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES) Families Coping W/ Addiction (FCA) is an open-community peer support group for adults 18+ struggling w/ the drug or alcohol addiction of a loved one. FCA is not 12-step based but provides a welcoming & stigma-free forum for those living this experience, in which to develop personal coping skills & to draw strength & insight from one another. Group meets weekly on Wed., 5:30-6:30 p.m., on Zoom. Check Turning Point Center website ( for Zoom link, listed under “Family Support” (click on “What We Offer” dropdown). FAMILY & FRIENDS OF THOSE EXPERIENCING MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS This support group is a dedicated meeting for family, friends & community members who are supporting a loved one through a mental health crisis. Mental health crisis might include extreme states, psychosis, depression, anxiety & other types of distress. The group is a confidential space where family & friends can discuss shared experiences & receive support in an environment free of judgment & stigma w/ a trained facilitator. Wed., 7-8:30 p.m. Downtown Burlington. Info: Jess Horner, LICSW, 866-218-8586. FAMILY RESTORED: SUPPORT GROUP FOR FRIENDS AND FAMILIES OF ADDICTS AND ALCOHOLICS Wed., 6:30-8 p.m., Holy Family/St. Lawrence Parish, 4 Prospect St.,



Support Groups [CONTINUED] Essex Junction. For further info, please visit thefamilyrestored. org or contact Lindsay Duford at 781-960-3965 or FIERCELY FLAT VT A breast cancer support group for those who’ve had mastectomies. We are a casual online meeting group found on Facebook at Fiercely Flat VT. Info: FOOD ADDICTS IN RECOVERY ANONYMOUS (FA) Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? FA is a free 12-step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, under-eating or bulimia. Local meetings are held twice a wk.: Mon., 4-5:30 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church, Norwich, Vt.; & Wed., 6:30-8 p.m., at Hanover Friends Meeting House, Hanover, N.H. For more info & a list of additional meetings throughout the U.S. & the world, call 603-630-1495 or visit G.R.A.S.P. (GRIEF RECOVERY AFTER A SUBSTANCE PASSING) Are you a family member who has lost a loved one to addiction? Find support, peer-led support group. Meets once a mo. on Mon. in Burlington. Please call for date & location. RSVP mkeasler3@ or call 310-3301 (message says Optimum Health, but this is a private number). GRIEF AND LOSS SUPPORT GROUP Sharing your sadness, finding your joy. Please join us as we learn more about our own grief and explore the things that can help us to heal. There is great power in sharing our experiences with others who know the pain of the loss of a loved one, and healing is possible through the sharing. BAYADA Hospice’s local bereavement support coordinator will facilitate our weekly group through discussion and activities. Everyone from the community is welcome. First and last Wednesday of every month at 4 p.m. via Zoom. To register, please contact bereavement program coordinator Max Crystal, or 802-448-1610. GRIEF SUPPORT GROUPS Meet every 2nd Mon., 6-7:30 p.m., & every 3rd Wed. from 10-11:30 a.m., at Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice in Berlin. The group is open to the public & free of charge. More info: Diana Moore, 224-2241. HEARING VOICES SUPPORT GROUP This Hearing Voices Group seeks to find understanding of voicehearing experiences as real lived experiences that may happen to anyone at anytime. We choose to share experiences, support & empathy. We validate anyone’s experience & stories about their experience as their own, as being an honest & accurate


representation of their experience, & as being acceptable exactly as they are. Tue., 2-3 p.m. Pathways Vermont Community Center, 279 North Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 802-777-8602, HELLENBACH CANCER SUPPORT Call to verify meeting place. Info, 388-6107. People living w/ cancer & their caretakers convene for support. INTERSTITIAL CYSTITIS/ PAINFUL BLADDER SUPPORT GROUP Interstitial cystitis (IC) & painful bladder syndrome can result in recurring pelvic pain, pressure or discomfort in the bladder/pelvic region & urinary frequency/urgency. These are often misdiagnosed & mistreated as a chronic bladder infection. If you have been diagnosed or have these symptoms, you are not alone. For Vermont-based support group, email or call 899-4151 for more info. KINDRED CONNECTIONS PROGRAM OFFERED FOR CHITTENDEN COUNTY CANCER SURVIVORS The Kindred Connections program provides peer support for all those touched by cancer. Cancer patients, as well as caregivers, are provided w/ a mentor who has been through the cancer experience & knows what it’s like to go through it. In addition to sensitive listening, Kindred Connections provides practical help such as rides to doctors’ offices & meal deliveries. The program has people who have experienced a wide variety of cancers. For further info, please contact LGBTQ SURVIVORS OF VIOLENCE The SafeSpace Anti-Violence Program at Pride Center of Vermont offers peer-led support groups for survivors of relationship, dating, emotional &/or hate-violence. These groups give survivors a safe & supportive environment to tell their stories, share info, & offer & receive support. Support groups also provide survivors an opportunity to gain info on how to better cope w/ feelings & experiences that surface because of the trauma they have experienced. Please call SafeSpace at 863-0003 if you are interested in joining. LGBTQ VETERANS GROUP This veterans group is a safe place for veterans to gather & discuss ways to help the community, have dinners, send packages & help the families of LGBTQ service people. Ideas on being helpful encouraged. Every 2nd & 4th Wed., 6-8:30 p.m., at Christ Episcopal Church (the little red door), 64 State St., Montpelier. RSVP, 802-825-2045. LIVING THROUGH LOSS Gifford Medical Center is announcing the restart of its grief support group, Living Through


Loss. The program is sponsored by the Gifford Volunteer Chaplaincy Program & will meet weekly on Fri., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., in Gifford’s Chun Chapel beginning on Aug. 6. Meetings will be facilitated by the Rev. Timothy Eberhardt, spiritual care coordinator, & Emily Pizzale MSW, LICSW, a Gifford social worker. Anyone who has experienced a significant loss over the last year or so is warmly invited to attend & should enter through the hospital’s main entrance wearing a mask on the way to the chapel. Meetings will be based on the belief that, while each of us is on a unique journey in life, we all need a safe place to pause, to tell our stories &, especially as we grieve, to receive the support & strength we need to continue along the way. MARIJUANA ANONYMOUS Do you have a problem w/ marijuana? MA is a free 12-step program where addicts help other addicts get & stay clean. Ongoing Wed., 7 p.m., at Turning Point Center, 179 So. Winooski, Suite 301, Burlington. 861-3150. MYELOMA SUPPORT GROUP Area Myeloma Survivors, Families & Caregivers have come together to form a Multiple Myeloma Support Group. We provide emotional support, resources about treatment options, coping strategies & a support network by participating in the group experience w/ people who have been through similar situations. 3rd Tue. of every mo., 5-6 p.m., at the New Hope Lodge on East Ave. in Burlington. Info: Kay Cromie, 655-9136, NAMI CONNECTION PEER SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS Weekly virtual meetings. If you have questions about a group in your area, please contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Vermont, program@ or 800-639-6480. Connection groups are peer recovery support group programs for adults living w/ mental health challenges. NAMI FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP Weekly virtual meetings. If you have questions about a group in your area, please contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Vermont, info@namivt. org or 800-639-6480. Family Support Group meetings are for family & friends of individuals living w/ mental illness. NARCONON SUNCOAST DRUG AND ALCOHOL REHABILITATION AND EDUCATION Narconon reminds families that overdoses due to an elephant tranquilizer known as Carfentanil have been on the rise in nearly every community nationwide. Carfentanil is a synthetic opioid painkiller 100 times more powerful than fentanyl & 1,000 times stronger than heroin. A tiny grain of it is enough to be fatal. To learn more about carfentanil abuse & how to help your loved one, visit for more info. Addiction screenings: Narconon can help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family. Call today for a no-cost screening or referral: 1- 877-841-5509. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS Is a group of recovering addicts who live w/out the use of drugs. It costs nothing to join. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using. Info, 862-4516 or Held in Burlington, Barre & St. Johnsbury. NARCANON BURLINGTON GROUP Group meets every Mon. at 7 p.m., at the Turning Point Center, 179 So. Winooski Ave., Suite 301, in Burlington. The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of addiction in a relative or friend. Info: Amanda H. 338-8106. NEW (& EXPECTING) MAMAS AND PAPAS! EVERY PRIMARY CAREGIVER TO A BABY! The Children’s Room invites you to join our weekly drop-in support group. Come unwind & discuss your experiences & questions around infant care & development, self-care & postpartum healing, & community resources for families w/ babies. Tea & snacks provided. Thu., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Bring your babies! (Newborn through crawling stage). Located w/in Thatcher Brook Primary School, 47 Stowe St., Contact childrensroom@wwsu. org or 244-5605. NORTHWEST VERMONT CANCER PRAYER & SUPPORT NETWORK A meeting of cancer patients, survivors & family members intended to comfort & support those who are currently suffering from the disease. 2nd Thu. of every mo., 6-7:30 p.m., St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 11 Church St., St. Albans. Info: 2nd Wed. of every mo., 6-7:30 p.m. Winooski United Methodist Church, 24 W. Allen St., Winooski. Info: OPEN EARS, OPEN MINDS A mutual support circle that focuses on connection & self-exploration. Fri. at 1 p.m., Pathways Vermont Community Center, 279 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: Abby Levinsohn, 777-8602. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS (OA) A 12-step program for people who identify as overeaters, compulsive eaters, food addicts, anorexics, bulimics, etc. No matter what your problem w/ food, we have a solution! All are welcome, meetings are open, & there are no dues or fees. See for the current meeting list, meeting format & more; or call 802-863-2655 anytime! PONDERING GENDER & SEXUALITY Pondering Gender & Sexuality is a twice-monthly facilitated mutual support group for folks of any identity (whether fully formed or a work in progress) who want to engage in meaningful conversations about gender, sexuality & sexual orientation,

&/or the coming-out process. Discussions can range from the personal to the philosophical & beyond as we work together to create a compassionate, safe & courageous space to explore our experiences. The group will be held on the 2nd Sun. & 4th Tue., 1-2:30 p.m., of every mo., either virtually or at the Pride Center of Vermont. Email pgs@ for more info or w/ questions! POTATO INTOLERANCE SUPPORT GROUP Anyone coping w/ potato intolerance & interested in joining a support group, contact Jerry Fox, 48 Saybrook Rd., Essex Junction, VT 05452. QUEEN CITY MEMORY CAFE The Queen City Memory Cafe offers a social time & place for people w/ memory impairment & their friends & family to laugh, learn, & share concerns & celebrate feeling understood & connected. Enjoy coffee, tea & baked goods w/ entertainment & conversation. QCMC meets on the 3rd Sat. of every mo., 10 a.m.12 p.m., at the Thayer Building, 1197 North Ave., Burlington. 316-3839. QUEER CARE GROUP This support group is for adult family members & caregivers of queer &/or questioning youth. It is held on the 2nd Mon. of every mo., 6:30-8 p.m., at Outright Vermont, 241 North Winooski Ave. This group is for adults only. For more info, email info@ READY TO BE TOBACCO-FREE GROUPS Join a free 4-5-wk. group workshop facilitated by our coaches, who are certified in tobacco treatment. We meet in a friendly, relaxed & virtual atmosphere. You may qualify for a free limited supply of nicotine replacement therapy. Info: call 802-847-7333 or email quittobaccoclass@ to get signed up, or visit to learn more about upcoming workshops! RECOVERING FROM RELIGION Meets on the 2nd Tue. of every mo., 6-8 p.m., at Brownell Public Library, 6 Lincoln St., Essex Junction, unless there’s inclement weather or the date falls on a holiday. Attendees can remain anonymous if they so choose & are not required to tell their story if they do not wish to, but everyone will be welcome to do so. The primary focus of a Recovering From Religion support group is to provide ongoing & personal support to individuals as they let go of their religious beliefs. This transitional period is an ongoing process that can result in a range of emotions, as well as a ripple effect of consequences throughout an individual’s life. As such, the support meetings are safe & anonymous places to express these doubts, fears & experiences w/o biased feedback or proselytizing. We are here to help each other through this journey. Free. SCLERODERMA FOUNDATION NEW ENGLAND Support group meeting held on the 4th Tue. of every mo., 6:30-8:30 p.m., Williston Police

Station. Info, Blythe Leonard, 878-0732. SEX & LOVE ADDICTS ANONYMOUS 12-step recovery group. Do you have a problem w/ sex or relationships? We can help. Shawn, 660-2645. Visit slaafws. org or for meetings near you. SEXUAL VIOLENCE SUPPORT HOPE Works offers free support groups to women, men & teens who are survivors of sexual violence. Groups are avail. for survivors at any stage of the healing process. Intake for all support groups is ongoing. If you are interested in learning more or would like to schedule an intake to become a group member, please call our office at 864-0555, ext. 19, or email our victim advocate at advocate@ STUTTERING SUPPORT GROUPS If you’re a person who stutters, you are not alone! Adults, teens & school-age kids who stutter, & their families are welcome to join 1 of our 3 free National Stuttering Association (NSA) stuttering support groups at UVM (join by Zoom or in person). Adults: 5:30-6:30 p.m., 1st & 3rd Tue. monthly; teens (ages 13-17): 5:30-6:30 p.m., 2nd Thu. monthly; school-age children (ages 8-12) & parents (meeting separately): 4:15-5:15 p.m., 2nd Thu. monthly. Pomeroy Hall (489 Main St., UVM campus). Info:,, 656-0250. Go, Team Stuttering! SUICIDE SURVIVORS SUPPORT GROUP For those who have lost a friend or loved one through suicide. Maple Leaf Clinic, 167 N. Main St., Wallingford, 446-3577. 6:30-8 p.m., on the 3rd Tue. of every. mo. SUICIDE HOTLINES IN VT Brattleboro, 257-7989; Montpelier (Washington County Mental Health Emergency Services), 229-0591; Randolph (Clara Martin Center Emergency Service), 800-639-6360. SUPPORT GROUP FOR WOMEN who have experienced intimate partner abuse, facilitated by Circle (Washington Co. only). Please call 877-543-9498 for more info. SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE If you have lost someone to suicide & wish to have a safe place to talk, share & spend a little time w/ others who have had a similar experience, join us on the 3rd Thu. of every mo., 7-9 p.m, at the Faith Lighthouse Church, Route 105, Newport (105 Alderbrook). Please call before attending. Info: Mary Butler, 744-6284. SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE: SO. BURLINGTON This group is for people experiencing the impact of the loss of a loved one to suicide. 1st Wed. of each mo., 6-7:30 p.m., at the Comfort Inn & Suites, 3 Dorset St., Burlington. Info: Heather Schleupner, 301-514-2445,

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DIRECTOR OF STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES Harwood Unified Union School District I Start Date: July 1, 2022 The Harwood Unified Union School District (HUUSD), is seeking a Director of Student Support Services to begin on July 1, 2022. HUUSD is a PreK-12 school system comprised of 1,900 students, seven schools, and approximately 350 faculty and staff. As the Director of Student Support Services, you will oversee the special education, guidance, health, and psychological services of the district. You will be responsible for collaborating closely with building administrators, educators, support staff, and families to help meet the needs of each and every student through academics, behavior, and social-emotional learning (SEL) interventions. Salary and benefits are competitive. To apply, go to or go to and search Job ID# 3890306. Positions open until filled. E.O.E.

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COUNSELING/ AGRICULTURE RESOURCE COORDINATOR Farm First provides immediate resources and support for farmers experiencing high levels of stress. We seek an energetic Coordinator to connect farmers with resources related to both agriculture and emotional support, and take the program to the next level. This position is open for both full and part-time applicants. We seek candidates with either a strong agriculture or counseling/social work background, or both. Experience fundraising, bilingual in Spanish, and a mental health license are significant plusses. Please submit resume & cover letter to Karen Crowley: by May 31 before 4pm EST.




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Media Specialist-Master Control Vermont PBS is seeking a Media Specialist to be a part of the team that brings our educational, news, and entertainment programs to our viewers. You will be responsible for on-air program execution. We are looking for someone comfortable with technology, willing to learn new things, and eager to work with the teams who create broadcast VT PBS.

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

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Provide payroll support and customer service to all employees. Requires: AS in Accounting or business related field with 3+ years’ experience in payroll administration.

Front Office ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT The Colchester School District is seeking a full-time, full-year Front Office Administrative Assistant. The Administrative Assistant performs a variety of interpersonal, secretarial, and organizational responsibilities that contribute to the efficient management and coordination of assigned school-based tasks. The Colchester School District offers employees a generous benefits package, including 2:47 PM a competitive wage and an excellent BCBS healthcare plan. In addition, the benefits include dental insurance, long-term disability, retirement plan, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement. Apply at Job ID # 3843726


Director of Development Vermont Adult Learning, a nonprofit organization with a $4.5+ million budget, provides adults 16 years and older with the necessary skills to successfully transition to employment and post-secondary education. At Vermont Adult Learning, individuals transform their lives through the integration of education, life and work skills. We are seeking a fundraiser, grant writer and overall communications person. Responsibilities also include campaign planning, donor cultivation and solicitation with the Executive Director, collaboration on program development, coordination of mailings and events, public relations, website / social media work, strategic planning, needs assessments and participation on the Leadership Team. Requires: 3+ years’ related experience, excellent writing skills, as well as strong communication, organizational and computer skills. Prefer: BA/BS in relevant field or equivalent experience. MA/MS a plus. Knowledge of the Vermont fundraising donor network is a plus. Full-time (40 hours) or, for the right person, this could be a 32-hour position, with competitive salary, excellent benefits. This position can be done remotely, although an office can be made available at any one of our seven (7) sites throughout Vermont. This position requires occasional travel to meet staff, students and donors across the state. Send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to:

Responsible for application configuration, testing and support; business process analysis; and functional application system management for the payroll systems. Requires Baccalaureate Degree in Business, Accounting or related field and 4+ years’ experience in analysis and configuration utilizing computer based Payroll and Timekeeping/Workforce Management systems.

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

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

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Stowe Land Trust, a local land conservation nonprofit serving the Stowe, Vermont area, is hiring a Conservation Program Manager to manage SLT’s Stewardship Program and its portfolio of conservation easements and fee lands. The Program Manager also plays a central role with completing new land protection projects and assists with program-related outreach and events. Stowe Land Trust is committed to creating a supportive work environment defined by a culture of responsibility, integrity, and inclusion. We strongly encourage people of color, indigenous, immigrants and refugees, LGBTQ+ and people with disabilities to apply. This position reports to the Executive Director and works closely with all other staff.

The O&M (Operations and Maintenance) Service Technician is a key member of the Asset Management team. The O&M Service Technician will perform and oversee subcontractor performance of various O&M activities at large commercial and utility-scale solar PV plants located through the northeastern United States.

Please visit for a full job description and how to apply. Open until filled.


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

This position works at existing PV power plants and manages health and safety, quality control, and other duties. The O&M Service Technician manages subcontractors and coordination between engineering, design, procurement, construction, and O&M. This is a full-time, salaried position with full benefits package and bonus potential. The ideal candidate will reside near White River Junction, Brattleboro, or Burlington. Visit our career page to view the full job description and to submit your application and resume at

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


(SERVERS, LINE COOKS & DISHWASHERS) To view position descriptions and application instructions, please visit our website:

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Mentoring & Outreach AmeriCorps VISTA Member

Water & Wastewater Operator

Want to support college students' experiential, community-based learning?

The Town of Hinesburg, Vermont seeks qualified applicants for the position of Water and Wastewater Operator. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will remain open until filled. Materials should be submitted electronically to

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The Center for Community Engagement seeks a motivated, organized, and compassionate individual for a one-year VISTA position at Middlebury College. The VISTA member will work closely with the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) team to help coordinate and advise youth and mentoring initiatives. The VISTA will help build capacity in programs and community partnerships that improve college aspirations and success and help children, primarily from low-income backgrounds in Addison County, thrive. The VISTA will build capacity around college-positive volunteerism and first-generation college student access and success by providing support to Middlebury College students as they pursue community-based endeavors. Additionally, the VISTA will support communications initiatives (social media, e-newsletter, etc.) to promote the work of the CCE on and off campus. For more information, please visit Applications reviewed on a rolling basis.


ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Location: Winooski, VT 05404 Hours: Part time, 26 hours per week Temporary (May to August) Property management team is seeking an articulate, energetic people-person to join their team. The ideal candidate will enjoy becoming involved in a variety of tasks in a team-based supportive environment. As an administrative assistant, you would assist with the leasing and marketing initiatives at Keens Crossing. Some of these tasks include: communicating with prospective renters over the phone and email, processing and managing applications, meeting with applicants, taking work orders from residents, providing extraordinary customer service to current residents including any concerns they may have, scheduling appointments, and several administrative tasks such as filing, copying, making phone calls and supporting the property manager in the needs of the property. Must be able to multitask and thrive in a fast-paced environment. Computer proficiency is required. The work schedule is Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday from 12-5 and Friday from 11-5. Schedule may vary and can include coming in on weekends for tours. Candidate must be flexible and willing to work as needed. In order to be considered for this position, we will need for you to email us a resume and cover letter including your salary requirements. In your cover letter tell us about yourself and what strengths you could bring to the position. If you are interested in applying or know someone to refer for the position, please e-mail resume to Diane Finnigan at

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Join our Team to nurture our shared economic prosperity, ecological health, and social connectivity for the benefit and well-being of all who live in VT. Responsible for grants management and major donor relationship development.

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FT salary between $65-$75k, great benefits, casual but professional hybrid work environment, and an organizational culture where people feel valued, are energized, and can support forward-thinking solutions to our economic, social and climate challenges.

• Inventory Maintenance Team – Warehouse

VSJF is an E.O.E. committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and a strong sense of belonging in the workplace. See job description at

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UVM STUDENT SERVICES COORDINATOR, CESS Perform roles for the Office of Student Services that involve providing general advice and guidance to numerous stakeholders as well as handling first point-ofcontact, confidential, and sometimes complex and crisis management communications. Coordinate front office operations, student success tactics, record-keeping, and large-scale events. Provide general guidance and advising to prospective students, matriculated students, faculty, and staff. Serve as program resource and as liaison with internal and external constituents; interpret information, provide procedural, program and referral guidance and assistance to students related to academic, personal, internship or career opportunities and issues. May serve as an academic advisor for a small cohort of students. Oversee and make recommendations for various marketing, social media, and data/systems management functions. Work within a team to help advance student success, inclusive excellence, and enrollment management functions. For more information and to apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, diversity statement and contact information for three references at this link:

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


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NFI Vermont, a $22M multi-program non-profit agency, is looking for an experienced financial/business manager to join our team. Primary responsibilities: managing the accounting processes for the agency including accounts payable, budgeting, and financial statements; reporting, monitoring, and updating business accounts/contracts with vendors. Requirements include BA in Accounting or Business, 3-5 years’ relevant experience, and proficiency in Microsoft Excel and office. This full-time position offers competitive salary and benefit package. Apply online at: We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and celebrate the diversity of our clients and staff.

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VICE PRESIDENT COMMERCIAL BANKING CHITTENDEN COUNTY There is no better time to join NSB’s team! Northfield Savings Bank, founded in 1867, is the largest banking institution headquartered in Vermont. All operations, leadership, and governance are in Vermont. Decisions are made here. Communities, customers, and employees have a respected voice on how we conduct business. We have strong financial resources and invest in people, programs, and technology. We are committed to providing a welcoming work environment for all. We are looking for a professional to join our team as a VP COMMERCIAL BANKER in our Chittenden County region.

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

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

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

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


candidate will consistently provide outstanding customer service, have excellent communication skills, and maintain customer confidentiality. A high school diploma, general education degree (GED), or equivalent is required. Individuals must be 18+ and have reliable transportation.

OPPORTUNITY FOR DEVELOPMENT: We offer a comprehensive Community Banker training program to assist with learning the fundamentals of this position. NSB encourages career development and often has many returning temporary employees.

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

Seeking a position with a quality employer? Consider The University of Vermont, a stimulating and diverse workplace. We offer a comprehensive benefit package including tuition remission for on-going, full-time positions. Business Support Generalist - College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean’s Office - #S3552PO - Business Support Generalist to assist and support the faculty, staff and students of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences with financial transactions based on a comprehensive knowledge of University policies and procedures as well as the ability to operate various financial systems. Position location is on campus in Burlington, Vermont but can be flexible. Effective communication, analytical, and team-collaboration skills and a demonstrated commitment to customer service required and proficient in spreadsheet, database and word-processing applications. An Associate’s degree in a related field and one to three years of specialized experience is required or equivalent combination of education and experience. A basic understanding of PeopleSoft software is desired. We offer a comprehensive benefit package for this 37.5 hour per week position. Applicants must submit a cover letter and resume to be considered for the position. The University is especially interested in candidates, who can contribute to the diversity of the institution. Applicants are encouraged to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal. For further information on this position and others currently available, or to apply online, please visit Applicants must apply for positions electronically. Paper resumes are not accepted. Open positions are updated daily. Please call 802-656-3150 or email for technical support with the online application.

RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGER Manage client expectations, project budgets, and construction schedules; support the Lead Carpenter in the field; and work in tandem toward a mission of efficient execution, smooth processes, and a happy client throughout the build. This is a client-facing, dynamic position. Applicant must be: • A proven, problem-solving builder with several years of experience in residential construction • Experienced in construction cost estimating and scheduling • Capable of managing relationships with architects and clients with clear communication, humility, and a spirit of cooperation • Simultaneously manage 2-3 large, high-end residential projects, in addition to a few smaller jobs, and develop supporting documentation to execute them.

RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION PROJECT ANALYST Part of the client-facing team that facilitates all details and processes from project concept to completion. Daily workload generally consists of but is not limited to: • Estimating (material takeoffs, material & labor allowances, subcontractor pricing) • Selections (plumbing & electrical fixtures, paint, countertops, finish surfaces) • Procurement (material cost tracking/sourcing, order processing, lead time tracking) • Communications (meeting participation/follow up/correspondence with clients, architects, designers, subs, staff) Full descriptions & to apply:


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photograph & coordinate our commercial auctions. Thomas Hirchak Company is an at will employer. See details at:

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Sun Ray Fire & Security & Vermont Central Vacuum were established in 1989 with a goal of meeting Security & Fire Alarm System & Central Vacuum System needs for both Residential & Commercial customers. We are a well-established/progressive company located in Essex Junction, VT.

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ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT • Seeking a Reliable, Conscientious “team player”. • Attributes to include Professional Customer Service Skills. • Attention to Detail & a Positive Personality. Multi-tasking a Must and Accurate Office/Computer Skills required. • Quick Books/Accounting experience Required. Position requires A/R & A/P, Invoicing, Proposals and Collections, Human Resource Issues and Business Associated Taxes; Ordering Equipment & Inventory for future jobs; Shipping, etc. • This is a Full Time Position, 40 Hours per week, Monday-Friday. We offer Health & Dental Insurance, Retirement Plan, Paid Vacation and Paid Holidays. Salary Commensurate with Qualifications.

FIRE & SECURITY ALARM TECHNICIANS Join an established company of Team Players. We are seeking a reliable employee with good customer service skills to install, inspect and service: • Security/Fire Alarm Systems - CCTV - Access Control, etc. • Experience necessary and a valid driver’s license is a must. Martha Benway, 1 Marketplace, Unit #29, Essex Junction, VT 05452 or call Ray at 802-878-9091 or 802-233-2991.

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Forest Preschool Co-Teacher North Branch Nature Center has an opening for a Forest Preschool Co-Teacher to join our education team. This position facilitates child-centered play and learning with nature for 3.5-5 year olds, and leads the weekly Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup. 28 hours/ week during the school year, starting in August.

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Centers for Wellbeing We are a counseling and wellness non-profit supporting workplaces and employees with counseling, wellness services, resources and more. The following two newly created positions provide an exciting opportunity for high-level professionals to join our dynamic team.

Resilient Workplace & Workplace Injury Manager (full-time) Implement and expand behavioral health-related programs as part of multi-year program to (1) develop a resilient workplace certification program for Vermont businesses, and (2) facilitate the return to work of injured or ill workers. Work with employers and other participating organizations to define resilient workplace components and certification criteria. Facilitate and ensure participating primary care practices refer injured workers with behavioral health risk factors to our counselors. Requires high level of independence, organizational and project planning skills, and excellent communication skills. Motivational Interviewing Counselor (full or part-time) Mental health counselor/social worker interested in learning and applying expert-level Motivational Interviewing (MI) to work shortterm with individuals with a range of behavioral health risks, such as depression and substance use. Must be committed to using MI without combining with other counseling approaches. We will provide training. Experience with SBIRT a plus. Full-time position would also include providing more eclectic short-term solution focused counseling to a range of adults. Please send cover letter (explaining the position for which you are applying and desired hours per week) and resume to: Steve Dickens at by June 6.

CLIENT CARE COORDINATOR Burlington Emergency & Veterinary Specialists (BEVS) is looking for Client Care Coordinators. Our Client Care Coordinators are front line professionals who provide exemplary customer services to our clients. Friendly, professional and courteous, our client care team greets clients, answers phones, creates accurate and detailed client records, schedules appointments and takes payments. Client Services set the tone for our client interactions and as such our Client Care Coordinators liaise with clients, veterinarians and veterinary technicians in providing optimal care to our customers and their pets. BEVS is a 24/7 facility, varying full and part-time shifts are available, including swing shifts (4pm–1am) and weekends. Pay Range: $17–19 per hour. If you are reliable, detail oriented, interested in working with kind, caring colleagues and you love animals, this role is for you! Interested? Please submit a resume and cover letter to




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

Gravel & Shea PC is an Equal Opportunity Employer

DISABILITY LAW ATTORNEY Vermont Legal Aid is re-opening the search for a full-time Disability Law Attorney to work in the southern part of the state. The position is remote, until VLA changes its remote work policy this summer, after which it will be based out of either our Rutland or Springfield Offices. We encourage applicants from a broad range of backgrounds, and welcome information about how your experience can contribute to serving our diverse client communities. Applicants are encouraged to share in their cover letter how they can further our goals of social justice and individual rights. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to a discrimination-and-harassment-free workplace. Responsibilities include individual and systems advocacy in a variety of forums on behalf of persons with disabilities. Case work is primarily in the area of disability-based discrimination, special education, government benefit programs, guardianship, and other areas concerning individual rights.

Application deadline is May 31st. Your application should include a cover letter and resume, bar status, writing sample, and at least three professional references with contact information, sent as a single PDF.

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The Town of Lincoln, Vermont, seeks a part-time Zoning Administrator (ZA) for approx. 20 hours per week. Pay is commensurate with experience. The ZA administers and enforces zoning regulations and supports the Planning Commission and Development Review Board. Minimum qualifications include one year relevant work experience, excellent oral & written communication skills & attention to detail. For complete job description, please contact Ann at the Lincoln Town office at: or (802) 453-2980.

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



We are a clinical and wellness non-profit agency supporting workplaces and employees with counseling, wellness services, mental health and life resources, and more. We have an exciting opportunity for the right high-level professional to work with our 12:59 PM client relations team as we deliver these innovative occupational wellness and engagement programs. Primary responsibilities of this role include: • Cultivate and grow our client engagement and partnerships with employers across Vermont and beyond • Develop/Implement employee wellness & educational programs; • Identify and help create engaging communications strategies and new resources for our members; • Assist our team in the day-to-day-operations of the program, including many deliverables and deadlines. You’ll find that our team is engaging and supportive; we work to create an environment where our employees feel a sense of belonging and are valued for their individual contributions and perspectives. Please submit cover letter and resume to Gen Habeck at by June 1, 2022. We are an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

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

Vermont Adult Learning is looking for an Educational Advisor located with the Burlington Learning Center serving students in the Chittenden County area. The Educational Advisor works closely with adult students (ages 16 and up), families, local high schools, and community partners to develop Personalized Learning Plans (PLPs) that will help students reach their educational and career goals.

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Experience preferred with at-promise students, alternative educational systems, and adult educational practices. This position requires a commitment to racial equity, as well as other forms of educational equities around class, ability, language, gender and sexuality. Candidates should be excited to work with diverse students, especially students of color, English Language Learners, and LGBTQIA+ students.

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Executive Director (ED) Public Assets Institute seeks an ED to bring transparent and visionary leadership and embody the organization’s commitment to racial, social, and economic equity. The ED will provide oversight of operations, culture, values, staff, and financial affairs, and spearhead the development and implementation of strategies to ensure organizational health and further its mission— working to build power within Vermont’s broad and deep advocacy community. Salary: $90,000-$100,000/year. Full time, generous paid leave, other benefits. 5-10 years’ experience in social policy research and management. More information at Applications due 5:00 pm on June 17, 2022.

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

The Vermont Bond Bank is seeking a highly qualified individual to serve as a Loan Officer. Initially part-time, the position has the potential to expand to full-time with experience and availability.

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The Loan Officer will assist the organization in originating, reviewing, and monitoring loans to governmental units throughout the state while serving as the first point of contact for existing and new borrowers. This position will provide a unique opportunity to contribute to the Bond Bank’s work while maintaining work/life flexibility. Unlike a private lender, the Bond Bank is mission driven and, ultimately, the financial health of Vermont’s communities is the priority. As a result, the Loan Officer will also provide technical assistance on financing questions regardless of whether the related loan is ultimately provided by the Bond Bank. The Loan Officer will also generally assist the organization with a focus on business development activities.

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Vermont Works for Women seeks a Program Specialist responsible for coordination and delivering employment support programs to incarcerated women and gender expansive individuals.

Join one of the Best Places to Work in Vermont. United Way of Northwest Vermont is hiring a Campaign & Donor Relations Associate on our Donor Relations team. This role is responsible for managing campaign and donor information within the organization’s CRM. This role will also be responsible for managing assigned accounts of the Annual Community Campaign.

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BREAD BAKER We’re looking for someone who values good bread and enjoys work that exercises your body and your mind. Bakery or kitchen experience is required. Red Hen is a mid-sized bread bakery focused on handcrafted, long-fermented breads. 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 the integrity of the bread baking processes and creating an environment for our bakers to thrive. Contact Douglas at

NIGHT BREAD PACKER If you like going to work when most others are headed home, we’ve got just the job for you. We’re looking for a night owl to fill wholesale bread orders four nights a week. Applicants must enjoy physical work, be detail oriented and work well with others as well as alone. Basic computer skills a must. Meet new friends and earn a good living while you do it! Please e-mail a letter of interest and resume to

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

True North Wilderness Program is seeking a fulltime, 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 running our program. Tasks including food packing and rationing, gear outfitting, transportation and facilities maintenance. Candidates must be willing to work weekends and occasional evenings. A clean and valid driver’s license is required. Competitive salary and comprehensive benefits offered. Benefits include health, dental, vision and accident insurance, an employee assistance program, a Wellness Fund, student loan repayment reimbursement, and a SIMPLE IRA. All True North employees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination status prior to employment. Please apply at:

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LECTURER, THEATRE Vital Communities, a regional nonprofit located in White River Junction, VT, aims to increase the availability & affordability of high-quality ECE in the Upper Valley

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Early Care and Education Initiative PROJECT COORDINATOR The Project Coordinator will provide administrative and project support to the ECE Project Manager, from planning and project design to execution and reporting. The role will support the ECE Steering Committee and will directly engage with ECE work groups and community members. Successful candidates will excel at organizational skills, attention to detail, management of day-to-day issues, and prioritization across multiple tasks and needs. We will begin reviewing applications on 5/25/22.

Early Care and Education Initiative PROJECT MANAGER The Project Manager will work with our bi-state networks of businesses, municipal leaders, and other economic development stakeholders as we partner with the ECE sector in developing and implementing a coordinated approach to addressing the region’s childcare crisis. Successful candidates will have ECE expertise, experience with Collective Impact models, and outstanding facilitation and project management skills.

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT/INTAKE COORDINATOR Vermont Center for Anxiety Care/Matrix Health Systems Exclusive Burlington waterfront location Duties: • Telephone screening of new clients • Health insurance verification • Manage client wait list • Coordinate case assignments • Telephone and in-person patient reception • Implement health safety protocols • Administrative support to practice director Required skills: • Friendliness and effective verbal communication • Computer skills: spreadsheets, scanning, faxing, email, MS Word • Efficiency and organization Send resume to Alesia:

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MAJOR GIFTS & PLANNED GIVING MANAGER Join one of the Best Places to Work in Vermont. United Way of Northwest Vermont is hiring a Major Gifts & Planned Giving Manager on our Donor Relations team. This role is responsible for creating, managing, and implementing a year-round program to enhance relations among donors and volunteers. This includes the management of a portfolio of qualified donors, engaging them, and moving them along a commitment continuum. In this role, you will: • Develop and implement a recognition plan for leadership-level donors and a growth strategy to move donors to new giving levels • Cultivate and manage a portfolio of leadership-level donors • Perform recruitment, training and management support for the Donor Engagement Committee.

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United Way of Northwest Vermont employees enjoy a range of excellent benefits, including health, dental, and vision insurance, a generous paid vacation policy, 11 paid holidays, 403(b) contributions, a robust wellness program, and much more. Interested candidates may visit for the full job description. To apply, candidates should send via e-mail a resume and cover letter by 06/03/2022 to:

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The Vermont League of Cities and Towns (VLCT) seeks an organized, efficient, and computer-savvy administrative assistant who has demonstrated multi-tasking skills. This position provides administrative support for the Safety and Health Promotion (Loss Control) Division as well as the Director and Deputy Director of the Risk Management Services Department. This position has remote work flexibility, potential for growth and a career path opportunity in Risk Management Services for the right person. Primary Responsibilities: • Provide administrative and organizational support to loss control team staff, programs, and workshops • Serve as first point of contact and initial source of information regarding loss control division services for member municipalities • Coordinate the PACIF grant and related programs in accordance with prescribed guidelines • Coordinate other educational programs in support of members and loss control staff • Coordinate member usage of the PACIF Learn learning management system • Manage and develop the PACIF grant Access database Requirements: • High school diploma (business school certificate or applicable experience and education preferred, bachelor’s degree desirable) • Proficiency with Microsoft 365, including Excel, Access, and PowerPoint • Excellent customer service skills • Good organizational and communication skills • Experience in a municipal, insurance or risk management setting is a plus The Vermont League of Cities and Towns offers an excellent total compensation package a trusted reputation, and great colleagues! To review the full job description and apply, please visit Application deadline: Friday, June 3. Resumes reviewed upon receipt. Position open until filled. EOE.



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DISTRICT HVAC TECHNICIAN The District HVAC Technician performs skilled mechanical maintenance, including inspections, repair, installation of equipment i.e. heating, ventilation, A/C and refrigeration systems and performs preventative maintenance for the Champlain Valley School District. Qualifications: · High school Diploma or GED Certificate · Documented work experience in building maintenance · 2 years’ documented HVACR maintenance and repair experience

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“Reality is not simply there; it does not simply exist,” claimed author Paul Celan. “It must be sought out and won.” I think that is excellent advice for you right now. But what does it mean in practical terms? How can you seek out and win reality? My first suggestion is to put your personal stamp on every situation you encounter. Do something subtle or strong to make each event serve your specific interests and goals. My second suggestion is to discern the illusions that other people are projecting and avoid buying into those misunderstandings. My third suggestion is to act as if it’s always possible to make life richer, more vivid and more meaningful. And then figure out how to do that.

ARIES (Mar. 21-Apr. 19): In defining the essential elements at play in a typical Aries person’s agenda, I’m not inclined to invoke the words “sometimes” or “maybe.” Nor do I make frequent use of the words “periodically,” “if” or “ordinarily.” Instead, my primary identifying term for many Aries characters is “now!!!” with

on’s definitions of self-respect. As you enter a favorable phase for deepening and enhancing your self-respect, they may be helpful. Didion said self-respect is a “sense of one’s intrinsic worth,” and added, “People who respect themselves are willing to accept the risk that the venture will go bankrupt, that the liaison may not turn out to be one in which every day is a holiday. They are willing to invest something of themselves.” And maybe the most essential thing about self-respect, according to Didion, is that it is “a discipline, a habit of mind that can never be faked but can be developed, trained, coaxed forth.”

CANCER (Jun. 21-Jul. 22): Wilma Mankiller was the first female Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. She said, “The cow runs away from the storm, while the buffalo charges directly toward it — and gets through it quicker.” Political analyst Donna Brazile expounded on Mankiller’s strategy: “Whenever I’m confronted with a tough challenge, I do not prolong the torment. I become the buffalo.” I recommend Mankiller’s and Brazile’s approach for you and me in the coming days, my fellow Cancerian. Now please excuse me as I race in the direction of the squall I see brewing in the distance. LEO (Jul. 23-Aug. 22): The New Yorker is an influential Pulitzer Prize-winning magazine that features witty writing and impeccable fact-checking. In 2017, its stories exposed the extensive sexual misconduct committed by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein — and helped lead to his prosecution. How did the magazine get its start? It was cofounded in 1925 by Harold Ross, who had dropped out of school at age 13. He edited every issue for the next 26 years. I’m sensing the possibility of a comparable development in your life, Leo. In the coming months, you may get involved in a project that seems to be beyond the reach of

your official capacities or formal credentials. I urge you to proceed as if you can and will succeed.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sep. 22): Virgo-born Jocko Willink is a retired naval officer and author. In his book Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual, he lays down his manifesto: “Become the discipline — embrace its cold and relentless power. And it will make you better and stronger and smarter and faster and healthier than anything else. And most important: It will make you free.” While I don’t expect you to embrace Willink’s rigorous ethic with the same fanatical grip, I think you will benefit from doing the best you can. The cosmic rhythms will support you if you make a fun and earnest effort to cultivate liberation through discipline. LIBRA (Sep. 23-Oct. 22): “Some nights you are the lighthouse, some nights the sea,” writes Libran author Ocean Vuong. According to my astrological analysis, you are better suited to be the lighthouse than the sea in the coming days. Lately, you have thoroughly embodied the sea, and that has prepared you well to provide illumination. You have learned new secrets about the tides and the waves. You are attuned to the rhythms of the undercurrents. So I hope you will now embrace your role as a beacon, Libra. I expect that people will look to your radiance to guide and inspire them. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “Movie people are possessed by demons, but a very low form of demons,” observes author Edna O’Brien. She should know. She has hung out with many big film stars. Since you’re probably not in the movie business yourself, your demons may be much higher quality than those of celebrity actors and directors. And I’m guessing that in the coming weeks, your demons will become even finer and more interesting than ever before — even to the point that they could become helpers and advisors. For the best results, treat them with respect and be willing to listen to their ideas. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): I’m all

in favor of you getting what you yearn for. I have no inhibitions or caveats as I urge you to unleash all your ingenuity and hard work in quest of your beautiful goals. And in the

hope of inspiring you to upgrade your ability to fulfill these sacred prospects, I offer you a tip from Sagittarian author Martha Beck. She wrote, “To attract something that you want, become as joyful as you think that thing would make you.”

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): According to author Caroline Myss, “You should see everything about your life as a lesson.” Whoa! Really? Each trip to the grocery store should be a learning opportunity? Myss says yes! For example, let’s say you’re in the snack foods aisle and you’re tempted to put Doritos Nacho Cheese Tortilla Chips and Lay’s Barbecue Potato Chips in your cart. But your gut is screaming at you, “That stuff isn’t healthy for you!” And yet you decide to ignore your gut’s advice. You buy and eat both bags. Myss would say you have squandered a learning opportunity: “You’ve harmed yourself by blocking your intuitive voice,” she writes. Now, in accordance with astrological omens, Capricorn, here’s your homework assignment: Regard every upcoming event as a chance to learn how to trust your intuition better. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): An Aquarian

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PISCES (Feb. 19-Mar. 20): “I need a playlist of all the songs I used to love but forgot about,” wrote Tumblr blogger Yuyuuyuyuu. I think you could use such a playlist, too, Pisces. In fact, I would love to see you receive a host of memos that remind you of all the things you love and need and are interested in — but have forgotten about or neglected. The coming weeks will be an excellent time to recover what has been lost. I hope you will reestablish connections and restore past glories that deserve to accompany you into the future.


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BEAUTIFULLY PATIENT First of all, I’m not used to this. Last dating experience online wasn’t all that great, but I’m here to try again. I’m looking for a man who is well grounded. A real gentleman would be nice. Friends to get to know each other would great. If that’s what you’re looking for, let me know. Lilgirly, 58, seeking: M, l ENTHUSIAST, FOODIE, SUMMER LOVING Looking for a summer love, like in the movies. I love food in all its forms; I love gardening, cooking, exploring new restaurants and recipes. I love adventures, no matter how large or small. I am a massive romantic, ready with flowers and handwritten notes for the first willing person. bakingplantmama, 24, seeking: W, TW, Q, NC, NBP, l LET’S HAVE A KIKI! Say adieu to your ennui. I am hoping to meet a nice person who has a good sense of humor, is honest and active. Do you hike? Like to swim or kayak? Enjoy an occasional outdoor concert? Perhaps you have a garden or could join me in mine! Greengirl, 63, seeking: M, l WINEMAKER/VINEYARD JACK-OF-ALL-TRADES Open-minded, kind, and emotionally and financially stable widow. I have a vineyard/winery. Did not expect to be doing this alone, with help, but when you are handed lemons, I guess you make wine. Love to ski, music, theater and museums. Looking for someone who just feels comfortable to be with, makes me laugh, enjoys going out and spending time with friends/family. Ladyvintner, 61, seeking: M, l OUTDOORSY, HONEST, HEALTHY, MUSIC LOVER Independent, active, outdoorsy person who thrives on music, enjoys cooking, traveling, hiking, kayaking, hanging out with friends and family. Looking for a kind, honest gent who has integrity and is independent but is looking for a friend to enjoy all that Vermont has to offer. Excessive drinkers and smokers need not apply. Friendship first, and perhaps an LTR afterward. Bella2020, 64, seeking: M, l WELL-PRESERVED ANGEL SEEKS COMPANION I work full time, so my availability is limited. Angelface777, 60, seeking: M, l

BRING ON THE AMPHIBIANS! Some of my favorite things: tiny houses, dogs, big trees, cooking, gardening, audiobooks. I am a work in progress: climate change, war, bigotry, loneliness and zealots are challenges I rise to ... on a good day, with grace and compassion. Naturalized Vermonter: here now more than half my somewhat colorful life. Grateful for that and much more. Where is my mate? Kindred, 55, seeking: M, l KIND, FUN AND HONEST Honest and caring woman seeking an active man with whom to have fun as well as to relax and enjoy each other’s company. I enjoy running, hiking, snowshoeing, kayaking, golf and volleyball. Being active is an important part of my everyday life. If you are active and interested in someone to enjoy life with, let’s connect! Startingagain, 62, seeking: M, l SURPRISE ME! I am smart and cute. Self-reflection and personal growth are key. I work hard, play hard, love hard. I care deeply about humans. I am very independent and love attention. I can be socially inept but mean no harm. Processing through miscommunications is a must. Keep the sweeping under the rug or ’round Robin’s barn to a minimum. foryouilook1, 61, seeking: W, Cp STILL BELIEVE IN THE LOVE Believe in love at first sight and second sight and third sight. Love those blue-eyed blondes, though. Hopeless romantic. Always tell my truth and expect the same in return. Life’s a beautiful thing. Sharing it peacefully is divine. Heart2heart, 75, seeking: M ACTIVE, OUTDOORSY I like to be outside in almost any kind of weather, hiking, skiing, kayaking, riding my bike or my horse. I enjoy off-the-beaten-path traveling but am content right outside my front door. I am looking for someone to share activities with and to share life’s highs and lows. I am college educated, financially independent. Have grown children. NEK026, 60, seeking: M, l

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I MIGHT BE THE ONE! Life is too short to spend it alone. I love great conversations, time spent with my kids and grandkids, board games, country drives, fun with friends, shelling on the beach, camping, and so much more. FoxyKnoxy, 58, seeking: M, l

LET’S PLAY DOCTOR! A orgasm a day keeps your worries away. Looking for a woman to enjoy being spoiled at times, with and without your clothes on. Romantic dinners and random trips included. I’m a businessman, musician, photographer, lover of life. Discretion is always honored with me. DoctorM, 63, seeking: W, l

I VALUE KINDNESS AND GENEROSITY I’m interested in meeting interesting people who like to laugh. I’m 73, unpretentious, open-hearted, a writer who loves good writing, independent movies, Québécois music and jazz. Ireland is my favorite place to travel. I liked Bhutan, too, but it’s too far. Thai food! Chai lattes! Ain’t life grand? John Prine. mountainviews, 72, seeking: M, l

EASYGOING LOOKING FOR SAME I’m a grown-ass man born and raised in Burlington but not smart enough to have left yet. Looking for company or anything more that might develop. Work a lot and have a dog, so not a lot of spare time. If you want to message/ email and see if we might enjoy one another’s company, please hit me up. roscoebob, 39, seeking: W, l


WILLING TO TAKE A CHANCE I believe I am an honest, empathetic and caring individual. I am looking for a friend or partner who enjoys biking, kayaking, watching the sunset, walks holding hands and being with a person who likes being special in my life. I enjoy making people laugh and consider being lonely a thing of the past. I hope you enjoy feeling cherished. lookingforsomeonespecial, 67, seeking: W, l HAPPY IN LIFE I am almost working or cleaning most of the time. Looking to get to meet someone independent. And who has some free time. I like to make people laugh. Life is too short to be unhappy. Alittleshyguy, 60, seeking: W JUST A FOOL GETTING BY A laid-back single dad who raised two awesome sons who are now living away from home. A music lover and Deadhead. I’m navigating the pandemic as best I can. I prefer meeting people organically, but that’s been difficult in the last few years, so figured I’d dip my toes into the water here. Looking forward to seeing how the stars align. GreenVT, 56, seeking: W, l PHYSICALLY ACTIVE, LAID-BACK GUY I am fairly athletic, financially secure (not rich) and mostly sane. I have a sense of humor that has gotten me both in and out of trouble. I like being active and have bikes, skis, kayaks. I also swim year-round. I’m looking for someone who is smart, fit and adventurous. I hear the clock ticking. uppervalleyman, 69, seeking: W, l SUCCESSFUL, ACTIVE, LOYAL, HONEST I enjoy meeting new people and learning about their life stories. I enjoy being out in nature, and a nice meal and a nice bottle of wine. Most important to me is spending time with family and friends. If this sounds like we are a good match, drop me a line. JohnB, 64, seeking: W, l AWARE AND ENGAGED I am looking for a connection. Someone to hang out with and laugh. I have a good sense of humor and appreciate authentic people. Not into drama and am easy to talk to. I am independent and mature, looking for the same in a FWB. Not looking for long-term but not ruling it out, either. FrankUser, 47, seeking: W FUN SWM IN DECENT SHAPE I’d like to find a submissive woman who also wants to be pleased. timage, 52, seeking: W CREATIVE, ARTSY, FREE THINKER Looking for that special friend with whom to listen to jazz and share a cup of tea. Going kayaking, hiking or glamping would be awesome, too! How about we cook dinner together, sit for a while eating and chatting about a whole lot of nothing in particular? DogberryTouchstone, 58, seeking: W, l LAID-BACK, CALM, EASYGOING I’m open to a life partner to laugh along with the absurdity of it all while creating meaningful experiences. I have a great sense of humor. trueloveagain, 57, seeking: W, l LET’S HANG OUT I like to hang out with other guys from time to time. If you have any interest, reach out and say hi. Hanging, 62, seeking: M

EXPLORING THE NEXT LEVEL I am looking to meet new people and have new experiences. I am looking for someone to walk, talk, hike, swim, kayak, try new foods and go to shows with. I’d rather win with an ace pair than a full house. SimonSaaz, 42, seeking: W ADVENTUROUS I’m looking for an open-minded someone to go on adventures. Blueorange90, 35, seeking: W LET’S GIVE THIS A TRY Conversation is the best way to answer any question. LetsTry, 65, seeking: W, l

NONBINARY PEOPLE seeking... CARING PERSON TRYING THEIR BEST My hobbies include hanging with animals, watching spooky movies, baking, video games, reading and hiking. I care about people and do my best to help. This life can be tough; we should have each other’s backs. I’d love to take you out to grab some food and then see a show or go on a nice walk in nature. LetsGrabLunch, 28, seeking: W, TW, NBP, l



QUEERART Looking for queer folx to talk about art with. LadyVermont, 45, seeking: M, W, Q, NC, l

TRANS WOMEN seeking... T GIRL LIVE IN VT 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, ride the bike path and see 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, 62, seeking: M, W, TM, TW, Q, NC, NBP, l

COUPLES seeking... LET US SPOIL YOU ROTTEN We are a couple looking for a bi female or couple. We are looking for someone to form a relationship with. A close friend(s) with benefits. Someone to live, love and laugh with. CowboyNAngel, 50, seeking: W, Cp LOOKING FOR FUN We are looking for a man to have sex with my wife as I watch or join in. I want no interaction with the man. Just fun. No STDs, but bareback. Can be more than one man with my wife. tracker17, 66, seeking: M, l FUN FOR THREE Attractive, fun, practical couple. FM couple into having sexual encounters with the right lady. We love the outdoors, wet sports and sunshine. We are city kids who love Vermont and playing house in the woods. How about you? unsureinVT, 51, seeking: W, Cp, l COUPLE LOOKING FOR SOME FUN My husband and I are looking for some fun with a women, or a couple to join us for some drinks and a good time. Let us know if you are interested. Torshamayo, 39, seeking: M, W, Cp GREEN MOUNTAIN FUNTOWN Adventurous, educated, attractive couple married 14 years interested in meeting others for some wine, conversation, potential exploration and safe fun. She is 42 y/o, 5’11, dirty blond hair. He is 43 y/o, 5’10, brown hair. ViridisMontis, 44, seeking: Cp, W


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LAUGHED AT COLCHESTER FOOD SHELF I was behind your car in line first thing at Colchester food shelf for a couple of months. Exchanged a few words, and you made me laugh. Would like to laugh more — maybe a quick meetup. Maybe laughing friends ... they would be nice. So new at this. Let’s be kind. When: Tuesday, May 3, 2022. Where: Colchester food shelf. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915558 RE: GODDESS BE GONE It takes two to tango and also to text back and forth. Empty threats on a public forum may not be the most effective or successful strategy to find a resolve. Hope you consider my words. Affairs begin in the mind. Best. When: Friday, May 20, 2022. Where: iSpy. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #915556 DIRTY LAUNDRY, BEAUTIFUL SMILE We exchanged smiles in the laundry and again in the back parking lot. I wish I had introduced myself but was deep in errand mode, as I’m sure you were. I was in shorts, white shirt, black bucket hat and black truck. You were in jean shorts, Nike sneakers and a blue SUV. Drinks or coffee sometime? When: Monday, May 16, 2022. Where: Laundromat by City Market. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915555 NICELY TATTED OVERHEAD DOOR TECHNICIAN Your body works hard. You deserve a massage. Let me give you a free, relaxing experience, your body rejuvenated and pleased. The massage is all to your comfort level, full body or just the back, draped or not. It is about meeting your needs. Trained masseur for your pleasure. When: Monday, May 9, 2022. Where: University Medical Center loading docks. You: Man. Me: Man. #915552

RICE CAKES Sweet girl looking for rice cakes. You really impressed me with your positive, upbeat attitude. You seem like such a lovely person, a rare thing these days. I hope you always find what you need! You found the rice cakes, didn’t you? Peace and good health to you. Peter. When: Friday, May 13, 2022. Where: Middlebury Hannaford. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915554 PING IN CO-OP PARKING LOT Thank you to the kind woman who let me listen with her to the “Snap Judgement” show about Ping on VPR in the parking lot of the downtown co-op two weeks ago. Wow. What a story. Thanks for sharing the moment with me and trusting a stranger. I hope I run into you again sometime! When: Thursday, April 28, 2022. Where: downtown co-op parking lot. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915553 TRAVIS 64 CADDY, CHARLIE-O’S, MAY 6 Hey Travis, we never got to finish that conversation, and I didn’t get your number. I’m back in Florida. Called Charlie-O’s, and the bartender suggested I post here. I hope your dog is well and the caddy had a smooth “first time out in six months” run. Would not mind getting to know you better at all. When: Friday, May 6, 2022. Where: CharlieO’s. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915551 SMITTEN ON MOUNT HUNGER I was hiking down, and you were hiking up the Waterbury Trail. You stepped aside so I could pass, but I said, “No, you go first. I don’t want to break your cadence.” I was thrown off balance the whole way down by your sparkling eyes and cheerful disposition. Accord, Arteon, and GTI in parking lot. Hike or coffee sometime? When: Tuesday, May 10, 2022. Where: Mount Hunger Waterbury Trail (5:30 p.m.). You: Woman. Me: Man. #915550


Irreverent counsel on life’s conundrums

Dear Reverend,

I have a brother who is approaching 65 who uses drugs and alcohol daily. I don’t know if he’s ever had a job for any length of time. He still asks my mother and sister for money. It’s hard for me to spend time around him. I feel self-righteous, and I’m judging him when I have no right to. How do I get over this? Do I fake it ’til I make it? Do I tell him I love him when I feel so angry and I don’t know if I do?

Slacker’s Sibling (FEMALE, 69)

NTH POWER SHOW AT FOAM You were dancing up front and commented to me that the last song, Earth, Wind & Fire’s “That’s the Way of the World,” was relatable given that you are of a certain age. I agreed with your sentiment. Wanna hit another show sometime this summer? When: Saturday, April 30, 2022. Where: Foam Brewers. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915549 GODDESS BEGONE! I spy a woman who needs to find her own man and stay away from my husband. It’s all fun and games until you can’t play by the rules. I’ve said it not once, not twice, but thrice — the game is over! Your actions most definitely do not represent those of a goddess, and you are giving women a bad name. When: Monday, April 25, 2022. Where: in my husband’s text messages. You: Woman. Me: Couple. #915548 WONDERFUL SMILE, M&M BEVERAGE, BARRE! 6:30ish. Just returned to my car with a coffee and looked up to see your sweet face smiling at me on the way to your vehicle. Our eyes kept catching each other, exchanging grins. Wish I had said hi or how your smile lights you up, like it did for me! Hopefully you read these things. When: Friday, April 22, 2022. Where: M&M Beverage, Barre. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915546 UNFINISHED SONGS, BROKEN HEARTS It was a warm day in January when we met. On the same day this year, it was frigid the whole day. You gave up on me in my time of need. Are you still content with your decision? On warm days like this, I can’t help but think of you. Are you happy? Is your life better without me? When: Saturday, January 11, 2020. Where: Muddy Waters. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915545 MET OUTSIDE OF KNEAD BAKERY We met outside. You were waiting for your mom; I was waiting for food. My dog was super thankful for the pets. I’d love to talk again, if you’d like. When: Wednesday, April 6, 2022. Where: Knead Bakery. You: Woman. Me: Trans woman. #915544

Dear Slacker’s Sibling,

Not wanting to hang out with your brother is a bummer, but such is life. You should realize that if he’s been using drugs and alcohol daily for many years, it’s quite possible he may not be around much longer. I’ve known people a heck of a lot younger than him who have keeled over from indulging too much, too long. You should have a talk with him and tell him exactly how you feel. He might be drunk and high and nothing might sink in, but do it anyway, even if only for yourself. You don’t want to regret not saying

WATERBURY MAPLEFIELDS RECYCLING CYCLIST You were enjoying coffee after recycling, and I wasn’t an idler, just a VPR listener. We chatted about cycling. When: Saturday, April 23, 2022. Where: Waterbury Maplefields. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915547 BUBBLE FAIRY! I am looking for Emily the Bubble Fairy from Bolton Valley. You were blowing bubbles of happy from the chairlift. We took a picture on the tower at sunset, and I thought I’d see you again. I didn’t. There’s no way this is gonna work, but how serendipitous the whole thing would be if it did... When: Saturday, April 2, 2022. Where: Bolton Valley. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915543 I REMEMBER IT ALL I forget about you long enough to forget why I needed to / ’Cause there we are again in the middle of the night, / dancing ’round the kitchen in the refrigerator light / Up the stairs, I was there ... / Maybe we got lost in translation, / maybe I asked for too much, / maybe this thing was a masterpiece ’til you tore it all up. When: Friday, April 1, 2022. Where: in dreams. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915542 NORTH WILLARD SIREN I did not see you, and you cannot have seen me, but I heard you singing on a porch around 8 p.m. Your creamy, unaffected alto lingers in my mind, and I can’t remember my own name. Oh, Jeremiah, indeed. When: Thursday, March 31, 2022. Where: North Willard, near Archibald. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915541 TRADER JOE’S SALAD THIEF If the title means anything to you, then you know who you are! Want to talk? When: Sunday, March 20, 2022. Where: Trader Joe’s. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915537 WYLTK Just got your flirt today and noticed that your profile is hidden. Am I too late? Should I still message you? Please let me know. When: Monday, March 28, 2022. Where: Seven Days. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915539

STOWE DUNKIN’ SPICY SKIER CHICK It was morning. “After you,” you said. “No, after you,” I insisted. Your outfit: green snow pants, dark red floral coat, hat and sunglasses. Me: black diamond-quilted coat with black Carhartt bibs and a hat. You ordered a beverage; I did, too. As you turned to leave, we exchanged smiles. I wish I said hi. When: Wednesday, March 30, 2022. Where: Stowe Dunkin’. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915540 HOT PINK BABE AT BABE’S I wore a hot pink dress, and you were the man with tattoos I asked to dance. We had an awkward goodbye as I was leaving; I wanted to give you my number — maybe you wanted to do the same? Care to connect more over a walk and spy some central Vermont spring ephemerals? When: Saturday, March 19, 2022. Where: Queer Dance Party at Babe’s Bar. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915538 KRU COFFEE READER It was the first day of spring, and you were wearing an orange beanie. You sat two spots away from me, facing the window to read, and had a cute smile and a tasty-looking doughnut. I wanted to say hi but got nervous. Maybe we can grab coffee and chat next time? When: Sunday, March 20, 2022. Where: Kru Coffee. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915535 GOODWILL LADY SAID HELLO Nice lady said hello. Brightened my day. Would like to get together for coffee or something. Would love to say hello again. When: Friday, March 18, 2022. Where: Goodwill, Williston. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915534 CRUNCH HOODIE FLYING THROUGH CHICAGO After flying from Burlington to Chicago, you grabbed my roller suitcase with the Library Thing sticker instead of yours. Your red pleather pants and CRUNCH hoodie miss you. My heart is breaking without my L.L.Bean slippers. Holding my breath until I hear from you. (And holding my hands out in front of me, because my glasses were in that bag.) When: Thursday, March 3, 2022. Where: BTV-ORD. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #915533

anything after he’s gone. Let him know that you want to love him because he’s your brother, but his behavior has been making it difficult. Your mom and sister are adults. As long as they aren’t in financial trouble because of your brother, what they do with their money is their business. Perhaps the three of you could talk to him together and offer to find him the recovery help he needs. I’m a relentless optimist, and I like to believe that people of any age can change their ways. However, I do realize that’s often just not the case. If he doesn’t take your advice, at least you will have tried. Good luck and God bless,

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