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COMING TO THE KINGDOM Christine Hallquist bought a house in Wolcott last year that had never had an internet connection. There was no mobile phone signal, either. Hallquist, who is the director of the Vermont Community Broadband Board, which leads the state’s efforts to expand high-speed digital access, decided to patch a solution together. “I said, ‘Look, I’m the head of this program,’” Hallquist said. “If I can’t make this happen, we’re in trouble.” Hallquist put up a dish to connect to Starlink, Elon Musk’s satellite internet venture; raised a 40-foot antenna to catch a mobile phone signal; and connected to a digital subscriber line, or DSL, through Consolidated Communications. She used software to create a system of coverage. Now she has a pile of power cords hidden behind her desk — and enough bandwidth to stream movies. But such solutions require technical skill, patience and big payments every month. For many unconnected Vermonters in the state’s northeastern corner, an easier solution is on the way through NEK Broadband, one of the state’s nine communication union districts, or CUDs. The district is the first in the state to get federal COVID-19 relief money for high-speed internet through Act 71, the $150 million broadband program lawmakers approved in 2021. NEK Broadband, which represents the towns in Caledonia, Essex and Orleans counties, as well as Wolcott, will administer nearly $16 million in coming years. The district has connected 30 homes in Concord through a

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pilot program that is stringing fiber-optic cable, but its ultimate goal is to connect the nearly 20,000 homes in the Northeast Kingdom that lack broadband access. The district is soliciting requests from homeowners who need a connection. Evan Carlson, who is chair of NEK Broadband, said the group is getting commitments from construction crews for next year, when its goal will be to build out 50 miles per month with an end goal of 2,700 miles. “We’re asking people to tell us, if we are coming by their home, do they want service?” Carlson said. The efforts are part of a drive to use Vermont’s $245 million share of federal COVID-19 relief money on broadband updates in underserved areas. The Broadband Board, established by Act 71, is giving out grants through Vermont’s nine CUDs, which cover 208 Vermont towns. Hallquist estimates it would take $550 million to connect every Vermont household that doesn’t have broadband; she’s hoping that the CUDs can make up the difference with revenue bonds and other financing. The timeline for completing the work — which is seen as critical to attracting residents to Vermont’s rural areas — is uncertain. “Statewide, we’re at the first 100 yards of a couple-mile race to get this initiative done,” Carlson said. “There are probably CUDs that are going to begin construction this year, and that’s a really exciting prospect.” Read Anne Wallace Allen’s full story at


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GOOD FIND In February, when JoAnn Yurchesyn, owner of ReFind Boutique in Richmond, heard that Russia had invaded Ukraine, she decided to close her shop for the weekend. It felt like the right thing to do. The following weekend, though, the thirdgeneration Ukrainian Canadian announced something radical: All proceeds from three days of sales at the secondhand shop would be divided between five charities benefitting Ukraine. Yurchesyn, who opened the boutique off East Main Street less than a year ago, was floored by the response. Customers arrived from all over the state to show their support.

It inspired her to open a new section of the store: the “Ukraine Support Center.” Customers can donate items that Yurchesyn will sell, with all proceeds going to defend Ukraine. Community members quickly showed up with antiques, clothing and even handmade sunflower brooches. One supporter is sending stained glass hearts from California. She had heard about the endeavor from a friend in Richmond and felt compelled to pitch in. Yurchesyn has managed to raise $14,000 to date. The Ukrainian flag flies proudly outside her store. “We live in a spectacular community, without a doubt,” Yurchesyn said. Yurchesyn’s grandparents emigrated from Western Ukraine to Canada at the turn of the century; she was born and raised in Nova Scotia among other Ukrainian families. She

moved to the U.S. in the early 2000s and settled in Vermont about eight years ago. Opening a secondhand store had been on her “bucket list” for years. Time spent abroad meant a refined eye for interesting art, and a soft spot for collecting odd knickknacks. Since opening last September, the treasure chest of a store has more than doubled its inventory and is looking to expand next door. If she gets the space, Yurchesyn said, it might house her Ukraine Support Center. With all the donations, she’s starting to run out of room. “It’s giving people a sense that they are in some small way making a difference, and that is just a very important and essential part of life right now,” Yurchesyn said. RACHEL HELLMAN SEVEN DAYS JUNE 8-15, 2022


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In [“Richmond Man Sentenced to Four Years for Brothers’ Fatal Overdoses,” online, May 27] it states that the Thibaults hired their own private detectives. I’m wondering — and hoping — that it helped in the case for their sons. My son also died from fentanyl poisoning. We and the Essex Police know who provided it, but unless he comes forward and admits that he knowingly sold them cocaine laced with fentanyl, the police said there’s nothing they can do. Who, knowing they would go to jail, would voluntarily offer himself up for the charge? I’m upset. Tommy Barr, my only child, died at age 40 on December 17, 2019. I’m told that he died between 3 and 3:30 a.m., but no one called for help until 9 a.m. What is wrong with this world that this is acceptable? No charges filed for any of it! I guess I’m wondering if the help the Thibaults received from those other than the police department was at all helpful. Jean Koch



[Re “Burlington Police to Have Stronger Downtown Presence This Summer,” online, May 19]: Stronger downtown presence?! Not long ago, I saw two uniformed police officers walking north on Church Street, chatting and sipping their coffee. Two bike riders whizzed past them and there was no, “Hey, didn’t you see the signs saying a $50 fine for bike riding?” What about skateboarding and smoking? All of the above is permitted on our


Last week’s cover story on the Flynn, “The Next Stage,” mischaracterized the fundraising record of former Flynn executive director Anna Marie Gewirtz. Under Gewirtz, the Flynn’s baseline fundraising increased over previous years. While net income dropped from fiscal year 2018 to 2019, the 2018 fundraising total was unusually large because it included a one-time campaign in honor of departing executive director, John Killacky. In addition: While Gewirtz was aware of staff complaints during her tenure, they did not affect the timing of her departure.



in Copenhagen in the 1960s, he witnessed the birth of the Strøget, the first major street in Europe to be closed to automobiles. Like the U.S., most streets in Europe were routinely surrendered to cars in the 1950s. The Strøget went against the grain. Bill brought that idea home to Burlington. Then he insisted on it becoming a reality. Two hundred years from now people will praise Bill Truex as a great architect, but even more importantly he will be forever renowned as the visionary architect of the best town square in the U.S. today. Rick Sharp



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of our properties last year, college rental properties were assessed as commercial at a lower rate increase on my street than owner-occupied homes. UVM’s CFO and the head of the trustees take no responsibility for the housing crisis in Burlington despite their students’ need for housing. This reminds me of the takeno-responsibility attitude of the Sackler family for the drug overdose crisis.

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I appreciated Courtney Lamdin’s article covering the perspectives of the stakeholders in UVM’s housing policy [“Gowntown Development,” May 25]. As an alumnus and as a neighbor of UVM for 48 years impacted by their business plan to place students in neighborhoods, I offer the following comments: Burlington is a “college town.” So is Winooski, but the residents on nearby streets are not surrounded by the lifestyles of 20- to 22-year-olds. UVM enrolls 11,000 undergrads and houses 5,452 on campus. That means 5,548 are housed off campus. Homeowners and long-term renters are expected to live among the majority of undergrads off campus. Having the same number of students living on Trinity campus as the athletic campus will open up rental units. The athletic campus has little impact on the three streets abutting that campus. Burlington thoroughly reviews the impact of noise and traffic in the neighborhoods if, for example, a Higher Ground or any other business wants to be permitted to locate in the city. In the reassessment



[Re “Bill Truex, ‘Citizen Architect’ Who Designed Burlington’s Church Street, Dies,” online, April 12; Life Lines, April 25; Feedback: “Remembering Truex,” May 18]: None of the obituaries for Bill Truex that I have read do justice to his incredible vision: the Church Street Marketplace. Recently receiving the ultimate acclamation of “best public square” in the entire country by USA Today, the Marketplace is the crowning jewel in Bill’s distinguished architectural career. But few understand just how special and unusual the Marketplace is. I think I saw that the “new urbanism” expert, Jeff Speck, notes that of over 200 street closings in the U.S. over the past 40 years, only 30 remain. The rest were failures and were converted back to streets. Only a handful of these pedestrian malls are considered successful today. The Church Street Marketplace not only survived, it thrived. It saved downtown Burlington from the cutthroat competition of interstate exit malls. Now those malls are failing, while Church Street is vibrant — a living monument to Bill’s vision. When Bill was in architectural school

I was very appreciative to see the article about Working Fields [“Reaching Out,” May 25]. A little over three years ago I had just got out of rehab and was trying to put my life back together. I was referred to Working Fields through Turning Point. I was offered a job at a diesel repair shop in Williston. I had no experience as a diesel mechanic but had been a welder for 20 years before alcoholism destroyed my life. The shop manager gave me a chance, and I worked there for two years until the shop closed due to COVID-19 in 2021. The manager also gave me a second chance when I relapsed after working there for two months and was a no-call/no-show for two days. He was sympathetic and understanding of my struggle to get sober and took me back, no questions asked. The company also gave me the flexibility in my schedule to attend IOP classes and meet with my counselor and recovery coach. If it wasn’t for Working Fields, I really don’t know how I would have gotten a job and a second chance to get my life together and reunite with my family. I have been in recovery for just over three years and have been able to take classes at CCV. I am now working for the Howard Center, which I have wanted to do for a long time, and I’m able help others as I have been helped. Justin Beebe




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FOOD+ DRINK 36 Farm to Fork

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Birds of a Feather


Deadly Descent

A Stowe zip line guide died after Vail refused to replace a $26 piece of equipment. Will his death spur change?

Help Needed

Chronic staffing problems stress Vermont’s childcare centers — and the families they serve

New Middlebury store and gallery Sparrow Art Supply aims to strengthen the local artists’ community

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Eva Sollberger asked viewers to choose the SUPPORTED BY: subject of Stuck in Vermont episode 666. The resounding answer: Vermont’s “Ghost-Master General,” author Joe Citro. Eva traveled to Woodstock with cinematographer Michael Fisher to meet up with Joe and get a tour of some of his favorite spooky spots.

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Get Together Greensboro United Church of Christ serves up a delicious dinner and good deeds at its Afghan/Ukraine Refugee Relief Dinner. Proceeds from the 120 available takeaway meals benefit the work of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants with Afghan refugees in the Green Mountain State and the work of Hungarian Interchurch Aid with Ukrainian refugees. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 64


Dancing Queen The local LGBTQ community grabs its glitter for the Central Vermont Drag Ball, a night of dancing and decadence at Barre’s Old Labor Hall. Before the show, veteran performers hand out drag tips to newbies and sell their used apparel and props. The stage show and dance party follow, with Babes Bar tending drinks and Woodbelly Pizza passing out slices. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 65


Throw Me a Line The Champlain Islands mark the arrival of Free Fishing Day with the Grand Isle Family Fishing Festival at the Ed Weed Fish Culture Station. Aspiring anglers of all ages cast their lots and learn tricks of the trade at the trout hatchery pond, with no licenses required. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department provides rods, reels and bait.


AFRO FUTURE The Vermont International Film Foundation screens Neptune Frost, a Rwandan science fiction musical, at the Film House at Burlington’s Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center. Cocreated by Black American multidisciplinary musician Saul Williams and Rwandan cinematographer Anisia Uzeyman, this cyberpunk fantasia follows a group of hackers as they resist colonialism via the cosmic power of love. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 62




Sauté Away Home cooks add a punch of flavor to their dinner repertoires with an aromatic online cooking class, Filipino Feast: Pinakbet, from chef Maria Garrido and City Market, Onion River Co-op. Garrido teaches attendees how to make a classic stew indigenous to the Philippines, featuring pork belly and vegetables flavored with shrimp paste. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 69

Fresh Beat New Music on the Point invites families and friends of the arts to the Middlebury New Music Crawl, a day-long smorgasbord of up-and-coming artists playing at venues from Middlebury Congregational Church to Edgewater Gallery. Performers include composers and percussionists Susie Ibarra and Levy Lorenzo, and the day closes out with a community jam session. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 65

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Stitch in Time Woodstock’s Billings Farm & Museum celebrates rural Vermont craftsmanship and a quintessential American art form with its 36th Annual Quilt Exhibition. The historic barn fills up with colorful textiles from local artists and the museum’s collection, and visitors can vote for which quilt should win the People’s Choice Award. SEE GALLERY LISTING ON PAGE 52





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Cover to Cover Every week the editorial team at Seven Days strives to come up with an assortment of articles on topics that we think you, the reader, will find timely, newsworthy, useful or just interesting to know about. Editors and writers brainstorm story ideas and make assignments; designers contract photographers and artists to illustrate them. On a good week it all comes together — though never quite like clockwork — and the end result is an attractive, readable magazine that reflects our shared Vermont community. From the start, the biggest challenge of this particular publishing project has been choosing the weekly cover story, one tale that somehow rises above the rest, ideally because it checks all the boxes: timely, newsworthy, useful and interesting. To do it right requires sufficient planning. For the first seven years, when cofounder Pamela Polston and I were the only staff writers and editors, that was a pipe dream. We scheduled plenty of stories more than a week in advance, but the exhilaration of getting an issue out was often followed by the sobering realization that we had no idea what to put on the cover of the next one. Some of our best ideas surfaced in the car on Tuesday nights — after we’d delivered the “boards” to the people who printed


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the paper. One week we asked ice cream mogul Ben Cohen to interview the Body Shop founder Anita Roddick, who was coming to Burlington to give a talk, and both dished about their businesses. Another week we assembled a forum of Vermont cartoonists and taped their conversation. Massively edited, it amounted to a great cover story. We also learned that having a plan isn’t a guarantee it will come to fruition. Sources get sick, back out or suddenly don’t want to be photographed — although we’ve been lucky on those counts. Over the years, as we’ve staffed up, Seven Days cover stories have gotten consistently better, deeper, more rigorous. Our current team of news and culture editors tries to schedule covers a month or more in advance, working with writers to vet and hone their pitches. We do everything we can to give them enough time to thoroughly research and write their stories. Still, shit happens. Dan Bolles spent weeks on last week’s Flynn investigation, but it didn’t run when originally scheduled because some key people got COVID-19. Weekly newspapering requires a schizophrenic skill set: obsessive management and monitoring of all the moving parts; then, if things fall apart, creative problem-solving to find an alternative — fast.

That’s what happened with this week’s cover story. Two ideas had already bitten the dust when we decided to profile a guy who, like so many Vermonters, makes his land accessible for public recreation. But this one owned a mountain — a popular hiking destination within driving distance of Burlington. Ken Picard had already interviewed the man, who has a fascinating backstory, and we took the first steps of arranging a drone shot of him atop his personal peak for the cover. Then, one week before the story was due, came an email: We could have the man, but not the mountain. The photo request had apparently prompted our source to consult with area landowners, who decided a Seven Days story would result in more traffic and parking problems for all of them. In a matter of hours, we had to change the cover concept from a single profile of a compelling guy with a mountain to a broader piece about public access on private land in Vermont. The plan was to find seven good examples of such spots across the state.

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We enlisted Sally Pollak to help Ken beat the bushes and compile a list. Together they scrambled — literally — to get out and visit the sites. This is not the kind of reporting you can do remotely, sitting in a chair. Each of them got to three. I volunteered to “do” the seventh. It was an opportunity to get out into the Vermont woods, have a new experience and also help the team. To disappear for four hours on a Thursday morning wildly complicated my week — but, for the most part, in ways I welcomed. Walking the Trail Around Middlebury, aka TAM, marveling at the beauty of Vermont’s forests and fields, was a timely reminder of why Pamela and I started Seven Days in the first place. Hopefully you’ll find the resulting cover story is also newsworthy, useful and interesting.

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Burlington Fire Chief to Leave for the Top Job in South Burlington B Y C O URTNE Y L A MDI N


Burlington Fire Chief Steven Locke is leaving his post to run the South Burlington Fire Department. Locke, 52, has been a firefighter since age 16. He took the top job in Burlington in 2016 after two decades at the Hartford Fire Department, including seven as chief. In South Burlington, he’ll manage a department of 30, compared to the 90-plus in Burlington. Hartford had a roster of 20. Locke always imagined moving on to a larger department but said the pandemic changed his outlook, particularly since he plans to retire in four to six years.


The zip line at Stowe Mountain Resort

Deadly Descent

A zip-line guide was killed in Stowe after Vail refused to replace a $26 piece of equipment. Will his death spur change? B Y D E REK BR OUW ER •


o those who behold them, mountains can exert an almost gravitational force. Scott Lewis let Mount Mansfield’s pull him in. He learned to ski on its slopes, and, once an adult and a father, he refashioned his life away from Wall Street in order to orbit Mansfield’s peak. Lewis hiked its trails and studied its topography with a joy that was palpable to those around him. In order to live near the mountain and support his three children, the 53-yearold also worked on it. During the winters, he gave skiing lessons at Stowe Mountain Resort. In warmer months, he assisted riders on the resort’s massive zip-line course, one of the longest in the country. Riders soared at highway speeds just above the dense canopy. Last September, Lewis was helping guide customers through the zip line’s 14

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three steep spans. For the final leg, a 3,484-foot line known as the Perry Merrill Zip, Lewis and a coworker slid down the pair of side-by-side cables so they would be able to then receive their guests at the bottom. Lewis reached speeds as fast as 82 miles per hour, according to a personal GPS tracker he wore. As he neared the end, two lanyards that were supposed to keep riders fixed to the cable trolley burst apart, hurtling Lewis past the landing platform and into a tower. He was dead moments later. The fatal accident on one of Stowe’s marquee summer attractions shook the community. More than six months later, the results of an investigation conducted by the Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration brought renewed grief.

In March, according to a report made public last month by the Stowe Reporter, the state’s workplace safety agency concluded that the lanyards Lewis wore to prevent catastrophic falls were old and worn — and likely failed as a result. The state investigation revealed that managers for Stowe’s corporate owner, Coloradobased Vail Resorts, had been instructed repeatedly by the zip-line course builder to replace the aged ropes, at a cost of $26 each, but refused. Lewis “would not have been killed,” a VOSHA investigator wrote in a closing statement for the report, “if the primary attachment lanyard had been replaced.” That revelation “devastated” Lewis’ family, his sister Hilary Elkins told Seven DEADLY DESCENT

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Fire Chief Steven Locke (right)

“I’ve had a great ride in Burlington, and it’s been really fun. I’m just ready to do something different,” Locke said. Locke’s last day in Burlington is June 30; his new gig starts July 11. Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger said he’s grateful for Locke’s service, particularly during the early days of the pandemic when the chief published daily COVID-19 briefings and helped coordinate the city’s virus response. Locke also served as the city’s interim chief administrative officer in 2019 and 2020. Locke will replace outgoing South Burlington fire chief Terry Francis, who will become the city’s fire marshal after 48 years in the firefighting profession. Locke said the department is “eager for change” and that he looks forward to collaborating with the South Burlington’s firefighter union, whose members are cross-trained as emergency medical technicians, as in Burlington. It’s unclear when the city will begin looking for Locke’s permanent replacement, though several searches are under way to fill other department head vacancies. Burlington has lacked a city attorney since May after Dan Richardson was named a Vermont Superior Court judge, and the Office of Racial Equity, Inclusion & Belonging has been without a leader since former director Tyeastia Green left in March. The city also has two acting department heads: aviation director Nic Longo, who has filled that role since his former boss was fired last fall, and police chief Jon Murad. m

Help Needed

Chronic staffing problems stress Vermont’s childcare centers — and the families they serve BY ALISON N OVAK •


hen Georgia Kennedy’s son city, is playing out statewide. A March was born in 2018, she felt 2022 survey conducted by the Vermont lucky to find a spot for him at Association for the Education of Young the Greater Burlington YMCA’s early Children found that 86 percent of reguchildcare program. She came to love lated childcare centers are experiencing both the center and his teachers. In the staffing shortages. And from December fall of 2019, her infant daughter started 2019 through attending the center, too. Six months December 2020, later, COVID-19 hit. the number of The Y closed for several months, then people working reopened in the summer. Virus outbreaks in regulated childcare settings declined have occasionally disrupted the center, 14 percent, according to a Building Bright but this year, her kids’ two classrooms Futures report. Many early childhood have closed 10 times for another reason: educators who quit in the early days lack of employees. of COVID-19 decided to leave the field Other days, Kennedy has had to pick permanently, Faryniarz said. Childcare up both children early, also because of providers also report more staff absences staffing issues. Daily program hours this year due to illness or workers having have been shortened by 90 minutes, but to take care of their own sick kids. tuition hasn’t gone down; Kennedy and There’s been some state legislative her husband, who both work in higher ed, action aimed at easing the burden for spend just under $34,000 both working families and a year on childcare at the childcare centers — such as making more families Y. Kennedy often works through lunch so she can eligible for childcare make her kids’ 4 p.m. pickup financial assistance and time. After they go to bed, providing early childhood she sometimes logs back educators money for scholonto her computer to work. arships, loan repayments SARAH BASSE T T The pandemic has only and retention bonuses. But exacerbated problems with an already a permanent solution to the structurally broken childcare system in Vermont, flawed childcare system would require where high costs and limited access have an injection of public money to make long posed challenges for both families tuition reasonable and provide early and providers. After two stressful years, educators a living wage, said Aly RichKennedy — and other parents with young ards, CEO of childcare advocacy group children — told Seven Days that they feel Let’s Grow Kids. like they’ve been forgotten. Centers, After years of organizing Vermonters meanwhile, are having unprecedented around this issue, Richards is optimistic difficulty hiring and retaining staff in a that state lawmakers will introduce such field where many educators say they are a bill next legislative session. undervalued and overworked. “It’s all nibbling around the edges At the Greater Burlington YMCA, for until you pass the big policy framework instance, departing teachers have told that includes the money, because almost Marsha Faryniarz, senior vice president entirely, it’s the money that is the broken of the organization, that they’re burnt piece here,” Richards said. out. When the program has advertised The economics of the current system for lead teachers — a job that requires make little sense to Dani Fuoco, a Hinesan associate’s degree — it only gets a few burg mom of two. Fuoco’s 2-year-old applications or none at all, Faryniarz said. attends First Roots - Wild Roots in HinesThe staffing situation forced the Y to burg, which until recently was known as permanently close one classroom last Annette’s Preschool. It’s the only full-day, December and divvy up the children center-based childcare program in the into others. In August, two more class- town and serves around 100 children. rooms will close, though no families who Before the pandemic, the center was currently attend will be displaced. open 10 hours daily — from 7:30 a.m. The predicament at the Y, which is HELP NEEDED » P.20 located in Vermont’s most populous


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news Days in a statement. And in response to the report, friends of Lewis held a late May protest in Stowe, decrying the lack of any real punishment for the resort. In a written statement in response to questions, a Vail spokesperson indicated that the company has been cooperating fully with authorities regarding the accident. It will not operate the Stowe zip line this summer and will “reassess its opening at a future time.” “We at Stowe Mountain Resort have been deeply affected by the loss of a valued member of our team in this tragic accident,” the statement reads. “We continue to extend our most sincere sympathy and support to the family of the employee involved. The safety of our employees and guests is, and always will be, our highest priority.” Zip lining, like any activity involving heights and high speeds, is inherently risky. But Lewis’ death and the subsequent state investigation show how a burgeoning industry left to police itself has subjected riders and workers to avoidable dangers. An increasing number of states have enacted regulations to protect riders, but Vermont lawmakers passed on a chance to do so. That dearth of regulation at the state and federal levels appears to have hindered the state’s ability to hold Vail accountable for Lewis’ death. VOSHA cited Vail for two serious safety violations — failing to maintain a workplace free of hazards likely to cause death, and failing to train employees on proper care of protective equipment — and imposed the maximum fine for such infractions, totaling $27,306. Seven Days’ review of the investigative file found that the agency collected evidence that may have justified a much harsher penalty against Vail but elected not to pursue it. Days before closing the case, the office drafted a so-called “willful” citation, a type of violation reserved for instances in which an employer purposefully disregards a safety requirement. A willful violation would have carried a fine as much as 10 times higher than the one imposed and included the potential for a criminal referral to the Vermont Attorney General’s Office. But without explicit zip-line regulations for Vail to purposefully disregard, the state’s worker protection office says it abandoned that route in favor of a negotiated settlement with Vail.


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special inspection division in the Vermont Department of Labor. The rigs that send riders flying down the mountain receive almost no regulatory oversight. Independent government inspectors ensure the safety of restaurants, prescription drugs and ski lifts. But in Vermont, zip lines face no such scrutiny. Many ride operators choose to abide by a patchwork of standards developed by the industry itself, but they’re voluntary and not codified in state or federal law. Some operators hire outside inspectors, and some don’t. Zip lines use a fixed cable and trolley to transport people across rugged terrain. Originally created for practical and military purposes, they’ve become major recreational attractions worldwide over

the last two decades. Several hundred zip lines now traverse forests, mountains and canyons across the United States, according to market estimates published by Michael R. Smith. He’s an industry consultant, analyst and operator of the ArborTrek zip-line canopy tour at Smugglers’ Notch Resort. A handful of commercial zip lines and “canopy tours,” which incorporate zip lines into a forested adventure course, currently operate in Vermont. Most are associated with ski resorts, including Stowe, Bromley, Okemo, Smuggs and Killington. They vary widely in size. The ZipTour at Stowe, custom built by Utah-based Terra Nova, is by far the longest. When it opened in 2015, two years before Vail bought the resort, the tour was

billed as the second-longest course in the country, with nearly two miles of descending cable. Immense zip lines such as this one have fueled interest among thrillseekers and provided a new source of revenue for ski resorts seeking to become year-round destinations. Zip lines straddle the divide between amusement rides, which also strap in paying customers, and outdoor adventure sports, in which conditions are less controlled and safety risks are higher. A 2015 study in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine by Ohio State University researchers found that zip-line injuries sent 3,600 people to emergency rooms in 2012, mostly due to falls. About 12 percent of those riders had to be hospitalized — a rate that is “more consistent … with adventure sports,” the researchers said. Stowe Police have said Lewis’ accident marked the first time they’d responded to a report of an injury at Stowe’s ZipTour. But at least one other person has been seriously hurt riding a Vermont zip line. In 2013, a 76-year-old man sued a sinceclosed challenge course at Magic Mountain in Londonderry after he mistakenly attached his harness to a guy wire that ran parallel to the zip-line cable. He was carried into a tree and injured, according to court papers. Vail Resorts, a publicly traded company that had $1.9 billion in revenue last year, operates zip lines at many of its 40 resorts. In 2017, a woman suffered a traumatic brain injury when the braking system failed on a Vail-operated zip line in Colorado. Vail acknowledged in a subsequent lawsuit filed by the woman that 11 other zip-line riders had lodged injury claims against the company between 2013 and 2017. Large zip lines use teams of guides to check equipment, fasten riders to the cables and unclip them upon landing; the work often requires guides to ride the zip line themselves. Lewis isn’t the only zipline employee in the United States to die on the job. A California worker trying to pull a rider onto a receiving platform fell to his death last October; the company was fined. A guide at a course in Utah died the same way in 2015. The authors of the emergency injuries study said the increasing rates of injuries warrant government regulation and uniform safety standards. No federal regulations exist, but many states have created their own. Rules have been codified by at least 17 states, including New York, New Hampshire and Maine. Standards vary widely, as do inspection practices. New York requires proof of a third-party annual inspection, which is frequently conducted by the company

Ad paid for by BHAKTA Spirits that built the ride, raising issues around conflicts of interest. Maine sends state employees to inspect zip lines. Vermont state employees have long inspected the more than 200 chairlifts, gondolas, T-bars and rope tows around the state. Lifts cannot begin operating each season until an inspector from the Passenger Tramway Division of the labor department signs off, and any subsequent breakdowns and injuries must be promptly reported to the agency. No similar public accounting exists for Vermont’s zip lines. VOSHA only got involved in Lewis’ death because he was an employee, and, by law, the state must investigate all workplace fatalities. If Lewis had been a paying customer, there would have been no state investigation.

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MR. BHAKTA SUMMONS GREAT STATESMEN he tale of the “The Frenchman’s Folly” in last week’s Chronicle—in which Headmaster of Griswold (H.O.G.) Raj Peter Bhakta audaciously offered BHAKTA 27-07 Limited Edition for only $80—has put me, your loyal peddler of brandy and amusement, under quite a degree of scrutiny. My legal bills are mounting—as usual. Hogwash and hoaxery!


As the ZipTour approaches the base of the resort, it dips toward the treeline for a thrill that a Stowe Reporter writer’s first-hand account describes as “an arboreal version of the assault on the Death Star.” Riders can adjust their speed using a handbrake as they ease into a wooden landing platform. The cables stretch past the landing platform to a separate anchoring tower. Between the platform and the tower, the cables are outfitted with more than 60 feet of springs that serve as an emergency braking system. Witnesses saw Lewis careen over the landing platform and enter the spring array before being ejected from the harness system, according to interview notes recorded in the VOSHA file. Coworkers rushed to Lewis’ aid, but he was pronounced dead on the mountain. Two months after the accident, a fellow guide who witnessed Lewis’ death ended an interview with VOSHA investigator Samantha Slayton because the memory was too traumatizing. The coworker reported that he was seeing a therapist to help cope and said he would not work on the zip line anymore. Slayton examined why a pair of lanyards that were supposed to protect employees from falls didn’t work. The primary safety rope Lewis was wearing, called a JANE lanyard, had been manufactured by climbing-gear maker Petzl in 2017 and put into use at Stowe in the summer of 2018. The device had been utilized for nearly three full seasons when it burst apart last September. DEADLY DESCENT

Since Mr. Bhakta’s announcement that his rare, aged BHAKTA 27-07 Brandy has been made available at for an obviously cutthroat price, I have been battling all manner of inquiries, inquisitions, investigations, insurmountable bail bonds, allegations of impropriety, subpoenas, suspicions, felonies, false charges of fraternization and flatulence, and—quite frankly—I am fighting for my own good name within a shark tank of sin and sensation much deeper than even I am able to comprehend. But let’s cut the legalese. The international imbroglio caused by “The Frenchman’s Folly” has spurred an all-out trade war between France and America. This is no laughing matter—nor should it be. The unending flurry of orders to Mr. Bhakta’s e-commerce website for $80 BHAKTA 27-07 has crashed our telegraph wires so thoroughly that I suspect sabotage at the hands of “The Frenchman” himself, the wiley Giles Gascón—the last of the bewitched clan of Armagnac noblemen displaced by l’américaine Bhakta. What’s a man to do? The obvious, of course. I pulled rank on Mr. Bhakta’s Majordomo, slipped the guards a snifter of BHAKTA 1946, flashed my musket, and entered the H.O.G.’s home unannounced and far past the witching hour. There I found l’américaine in question deep into his slumbers with his most toothsome bride by his side—and thereupon I made my most humble and desperate plea. “Mr. Bhakta, please,” I heard myself to say. “There is a trade war afoot with our once-steadfast French allies. Please, good H.O.G., awake from your somnolence and assist me—and what remains of the free world—in this troubling strife. Our enemies are as mighty as the winter is long.” The good H.O.G. awoke as if sleep were the mere recreation of mortals. At once he set about to deliver all manner of orders and injunctions, to which I found myself stumbling backwards into a bureau of flannel overcoats. “Lieutenant Phineas, gather The Order of Griswold at once and summon the most fearless among ye, for a great journey across space and time awaits. Make haste, but slowly!” I heard him to say. And at once I was stumbling o’er my clodhoppers to the Griswold Time Machine.

Thereupon I laid tubing betwixt barrels of BHAKTA Vintages such that Mr. Bhakta could travel across time and summon the spirits of 1776, 1958, and 1979. I ordered a Greek Salad from Poultney House of Pizza for the Good Headmaster’s victuals, summoned his most loyal warriors, poured myself a snifter or four (or perhaps six) from his private stock, paired my phone to the laboratory’s Bluetooth speakers, played the Ray Charles rendition of “America the Beautiful,” and waited the arrival of my fearless brigadier. It was naught but a moment before the H.O.G. appeared on horseback into Griswold Library as though fresh from within an 1805 painting by Jacques-Louis David. With his steed baying, the good Mr. Bhakta charged at once into the brandy-fuel’d time travel portal. His first journey yielded a good man by name of Washington, himself on such a similar steed; his second, a French fellow by name of Charlie de Gaulle ready to usurp that which had taken hold of his Gallic peoples; his third, a most wide-haired feminine icon Ms. Margaret Thatcher, ready to suffocate all manner of conflict with her iron curls. “My good Washington, de Gaulle, and Thatcher, we must halt this tomfoolery posthaste,” I heard the H.O.G. to say. “Shall we let these overlords prevent us from selling our finest brandies to those who desire the rare, exquisite, and true?” “Such a thing offends my dignity as an American,” I heard George to say. “We shall never allow the invader to ruin our peoples,” said Charlie de Gaulle. “Sacre bleu!” “We shall break them posthaste,” said the steadfast Thatcher. And at once they charged—but I know not where, for I was quite dizzied by the spectacle of Time Travel and the surplus of exquisite brandy. However, if I may, I can attest to one final fact of the matter: Mr. Bhakta has released three rare barrels of his BHAKTA 50 on as “The Great Statesmen” Collection, which will, I daresay, memorialize this moment. Should you buy some, please endeavor to share with me further.




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Gov. Scott Signs Historic Housing Bills in Randolph B Y K E VI N M C C AL L U M

Gov. Phil Scott signed two key housing bills Tuesday that will pump $45 million in federal money into programs designed to make homeownership affordable for middle-income Vermonters and fix up run-down rental properties throughout the state. Officials gathered for the first public ceremonial signing since the pandemic started. It was held at the site of a former furniture factory in Randolph, where construction of nine new solar-powered homes and 12 apartments will be possible, partly because of the bills. Scott said the funding, when combined with another $50 million for affordable housing projects and other initiatives, represents the largest infusion of public money into housing in Vermont’s history. “Anyone who’s tried to buy a home or find an apartment to rent knows just how critical this is,” Scott said. Sen. Majority Leader Alison Clarkson (D-Windham) said lawmakers were able to work through thorny policy differences with Scott, which she called a rarity in today’s politics. “These bills represent getting to yes,” Clarkson said. The two bills address very different housing needs. S.210 establishes a statewide inspection program aimed at ensuring that rental housing is up to health and safety standards. The bill also contains $20 million to help owners fix up homes and apartments so that they can be rented, and to renovate properties to add accessory dwelling units. Twenty percent of this “rental housing investment program” will be set aside to help homeowners build such units, known as ADUs. Many view ADU development as a means to add housing in existing neighborhoods, sidestepping the battles that can bog down large housing projects.

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Property owners will be able to qualify for grants of up to $50,000 per project. The other bill, S.226, contains $15 million that Scott sought to support the construction of homes that middle-income residents, often referred to as the “missing middle,” can afford. “Building wealth through homeownership should be for everyone in the state,” said Rep. Tom Stevens (D-Waterbury), chair of the House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs. Nine of the new homes planned at the project in Randolph will likely benefit from the missing-middle incentives, said Julie Iffland, executive director of the Randolph Area Community Development Corporation, which is behind the 36-unit project. The bill contains provisions that allow the state to pay the difference between the cost of building a home that a middleincome family can afford and the appraisal figure — effectively keeping the price affordable and making the builder whole. The bill also establishes a home-contractor registry, requiring those who perform construction jobs worth more than $10,000 to sign up and pay a fee. The bill also includes $4 million to help people repair and upgrade manufactured homes, including down payment assistance for new energy-efficient homes. It further contains permitting flexibility and streamlining to make it easier to build housing projects close to downtowns. This includes doubling the size of priority housing projects in small towns that can be exempted from review under Act 250, the state’s land-use and development law. The bill would also make some properties in river corridors eligible to skirt Act 250 review. The Randolph project, called Salisbury Square, will also benefit from these Act 250 exemptions, which should speed up the permitting process and save money, Iffland said. Sen. Michael Sirotkin (D-Chittenden), who chairs the Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs Committee, wrote in a statement that making it easier to build homes is crucial. “We need to make housing easier, quicker and less costly to maintain, restore and develop,” he wrote. m KEVIN MCCALLUM

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The company that designed, installed and inspected the ZipTour, Terra Nova, had instructed Vail and its other commercial clients to replace the JANE lanyards every year, Slayton found. In an email to Terra Nova, Jamie Barrow, Vail’s Coloradobased director of operations training and risk management, said he was “not willing to accept” the company’s annual replacement requirement, which he considered a change from Petzl’s guidelines. In response, Terra Nova president Eric Cylvick referred to a Petzl document from 2003 which stated that the lanyard lifespan was one year under “intensive use.” “Terra Nova will not alter this requirement,” Cylvick wrote. A similar exchange took place again in 2019, when Terra Nova reiterated its position in a formal safety bulletin. In another reply, Barrow suggested the requirement was more about boosting “gear sales” than “thorough hazard analysis and real risk mitigation.” After 2019, Vail stopped using Terra Nova to inspect the ZipTour, according to the report. Since then, Slayton found, Stowe has not documented the age of its lanyards, harnesses and other safety equipment used on the zip line. VOSHA concluded that the voluntary inspections after 2019 were inadequate and zip-line employees insufficiently trained. State investigators also obtained an opinion from a zip-line safety expert, Mike Barker, who chairs a safety committee for the Professional Ropes Courses Association, an industry membership organization that maintains one of several sets of voluntary zip-line standards. In a sevenpage report he prepared for VOSHA, Barker concluded that Lewis’ death was “entirely avoidable.” “In what appears to me to be an effort to reduce costs,” Barker continued, “Vail Resorts had knowledge of but willfully did not comply with OSHA regulations,” zipline standards and safety notices. To issue a willful violation against a company, VOSHA must show that the employer knowingly violated a standard. Barrow’s emails provided strong evidence to support a willful violation against Vail, Slayton wrote in a February note to VOSHA program manager Dan Whipple. Dirk Anderson, the department’s director of workers’ compensation and safety, told Seven Days that the agency “considered, but ultimately rejected” a willful violation. “Because there are no zip line-specific OSHA standards or regulations, we did not believe we could prove a willful violation at trial,” he said. Though there are no workplace safety rules specifically for zip lines, the federal

Occupational Health and Safety Administration has alerted zip-line operators of their responsibilities to employees. In a 2016 bulletin, OSHA said they must provide protective equipment that is “in good working condition” and ensure fall protection systems are “properly maintained.” They must also train employees to inspect fall protection systems and follow manufacturer instructions for equipment use and maintenance.


VOSHA’s findings haven’t convinced some in the zip-line industry that Vail did anything wrong. Smith, the ArborTrek president, said the state’s investigation as publicized has painted a “misleading” picture of the incident at Stowe. The state’s workplace safety investigators are only charged with judging the actions of the employer, Smith said in an interview, not the companies that designed, manufactured or inspected elements of the course. “It’s only one perspective,” he said. “When you look at one perspective or one point of view, you’re often not getting the full picture.” Smith, a former board member of the Association for Challenge Course Technology, a trade group that maintains another set of voluntary zip-line standards, said it wasn’t unreasonable for Vail to push back against Terra Nova’s safety notices. “I suspect what we’re reading there,” he said, referring to the publicized emails, “is an operator doing its due diligence.” Three weeks after Lewis died, a third standards-making organization, ASTM International, presented Vail’s Barrow with a distinguished service award for his role in developing that body’s zip-line standards. The award recognized Barrow’s “steadfast sincerity and utmost dedication to the safety of participants in the Adventure Park industry.”


In 2018, Vermont lawmakers had a chance to create regulations for zip lines. Instead, they exempted them. The issue arose while the legislature was debating an amusement park ride bill. The bill, now law, requires operators of the rickety county-fair fixtures to submit proof of an annual third-party inspection. Lawmakers discussed whether the new rules should apply to ski resorts’ increasingly popular summer attractions, such as zip lines. In testimony at the time, the Vermont Ski Areas Association noted that industry


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standards for zip lines differed from those governing amusement park rides, so lawmakers would need to tweak the bill if they wanted it to cover them. The ski resorts did not oppose zip-line regs, but the association’s lobbyist, Molly Mahar, emphasized that the Vermont courses already undergo periodic voluntary inspections. “Zip lines seem dangerous to me, if they’re not properly maintained and inspected,” Rep. John Bartholomew (D-Hartland) said during a meeting of the House Committee on Agriculture and Forestry. Lawmakers amended the bill to exempt zip lines from the amusement ride inspection requirement. They also asked a University of Vermont student legislative research team to prepare a report on zip-line regulations in other states. Students completed a four-page memo in May 2019, but it’s not clear whether any lawmakers looked at it. The committee chairs who formally requested the research, Rep. Carolyn Partridge (D-Windham) and Sen. Bobby Starr (D-Essex-Orleans), couldn’t recall the document in recent interviews. Zip lines “were not really our focus, and I do not remember ever following up,” said Partridge. “I think we felt like, once we got the ag fairs through, it was ‘mission accomplished.’”

Starr, noting that the state closely inspects chairlifts, said that in light of the “mess in Stowe,” zip lines may need some oversight. Bartholomew said lawmakers should revisit the question. “It’s certainly something I think we need to be looking at,” he said. ArborTrek’s Smith said he wouldn’t oppose “mindful” state regulations, though he doesn’t believe they would make a significant difference. “I think, in general, our industry does a very good job of self-regulating,” he said.


Those who knew Lewis, however, say something needs to change. In late May, a few families who were close to Lewis held a silent public protest. They stood near Stowe’s busiest intersection with signs that read “Hold Vail Accountable” and waved at drivers for two hours on a Friday evening. Some passersby gave thumbs up; others, apparently unsure about the purpose of the protest, grumbled about the resort’s new $30 ski parking fees. In an interview on the sidewalk, Stowe resident Emily Rosenbaum said Lewis, with his scraggly beard and customized Chevy Suburban he’d dubbed “Bessie,” had a magnetic personality. With his

death, she said, Stowe “lost someone who cared about this community.” “He was central to a lot of peoples’ lives,” she said. Lewis loved spending time with his three boys and being on Mansfield, the friends said. “He was the happiest outdoors and the very, very happiest on that mountain,” protester Laura Goddard Weber said. After he died, Lewis’ family paid to hold his memorial service at the resort. Lewis’ talents extended beyond his work on the slopes. He skippered sailboats, piloted helicopters, edited crossword puzzles and cocaptained a local trivia team. “Unlike most of us,” Lewis’ family wrote in his obituary, “Scott had become the person he wanted to be: he was doing what he loved, raising the kids he loved in the mountains he loved.” Weber, who cocaptained the trivia team with Lewis, said Vail should face more serious repercussions for his death. Worker’s compensation laws, intended to compensate employees for on-the-job injuries regardless of fault, generally bar injured parties from seeking additional damages in civil court. The VOSHA fine alone, Weber said, is unlikely to stop Vail from “cutting corners” in the future. “What’s $27,000 to Vail?” she said. “It’s nothing.” m

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Goodwin also enrolled fewer children in some classrooms this current school year to lessen the chance that the center will have staffing issues. Early childhood educators around the state seem to be leaving the field mostly due to low wages and lack of benefits, Goodwin said. One of her teachers just relocated to Florida, partly because the cost of living is so much cheaper there. Goodwin recently offered a job to another teacher who ultimately declined after being unable to find affordable housing in the area. Goodwin is a member of the Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children’s “Advancing as a Profession” task force. The group seeks formal recognition of their profession and well-defined levels of early educators based on training, with a pay scale that provides fair wages. This school year, staff at Pine Forest wrote a letter to families explaining their advocacy work around the issue. They asked that the center be called a school rather than a daycare and that parents refer to them as early childhood educators. Recently enacted legislation could help begin the process of overhauling the field. Act 45, passed in 2021, set two goals for the childcare system: to ensure that families don’t spend more than 10 percent of their gross annual income on childcare; and to

provide early childhood educators with compensation that is commensurate with their peers in other fields, such as public school teachers. The law also called for two studies. One, analyzing Vermont’s existing early childhood education governance structure and exploring alternatives, is due to the legislature on July 1. Another, a financing study by the Joint Fiscal Office to determine the cost and potential funding sources for a transformed childcare system, is due in January. Once those studies are complete, lawmakers can start the 2023 legislative session with a fuller picture of what’s needed to “fix this system structurally, once and for all,” said Richards of Let’s Grow Kids. Rep. Jessica Brumsted (D-Shelburne) is hopeful that lawmakers will act. She has five grandchildren living in Vermont and said she understands the impact the labor shortage is having on both parents and providers. “We’re going to work hard to try to get something to the floor next year that would begin to alleviate some of these issues,” Brumsted said. “We have to do something.” Sarah Bassett hopes they do. A rising senior at the University of Vermont, Bassett is an early childhood education

major who taught in the Burlington Y’s childcare program part time during the school year. She’ll be there full time this summer. During a gap year after high school, Bassett taught at a preschool in Massachusetts and realized she loved the work and had a gift for it. Bassett has noticed a lack of respect for early childhood educators, especially compared to public school teachers. When she tells people what she’s studying, they sometimes don’t even understand what early childhood education is, she said. She’s talked with other students in the early childhood ed program about their experience working in childcare centers, part of the requirement for the major. One of the common themes is how exhausted many of the teachers seem. When the Y is understaffed, Bassett said, the job can feel like putting out fires rather than providing the enriching education she knows her students deserve. Bassett wants to work in early childhood education in Vermont but isn’t sure yet whether it makes sense financially. It’s a decision she’ll have to grapple with when she graduates next year. “Can I make a living wage doing this work?” she said. “If the state is able to put money into this, it would just be a game changer.” m

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OBITUARIES Jody (Utton) Burns OCTOBER 8, 1970MAY 8, 2022 WOODSTOCK, GA.

Jody Lee (Utton) Burns passed away unexpectedly and walked through heaven’s gates at her home in Woodstock, Ga., on May 8, 2022, at the age of 51. Jody was a loving wife to her husband, Micheil Burns, for 21 years and a devoted and incredible mother to Ryan and Brylee. She was also a caring and generous daughter, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, friend, nurse, coworker, neighbor, soccer teammate and so much more. Jody was radiant, a kind and thoughtful person who touched everyone around her and got joy from making others happy. Jody cherished being a mother to Ryan (19) and Brylee (17). She loved creating experiences and memories for them that helped them learn about the precious parts of life, nature and sports that she so appreciated. Jody met Micheil in Vermont and moved to Atlanta areas in 1996. She loved adventure and family trips to the beach, hiking trips to waterfalls, the mountains of Tennessee and snowmobiling in Wyoming. Jody was never happier or more passionate than when speaking of her children, and she supported both

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in their academic studies and in their chosen sports. She especially enjoyed the many softball road trips with Brylee and considered the team an extended family, as well as watching Ryan play lacrosse growing up. Ryan and Brylee were Jody’s pride and joy, and she considered them her greatest accomplishments. Jody was born in her beloved home state of Vermont on October 8, 1970. She grew up surrounded by love from her family, three sisters and many friends. She was gifted with the ability to nurture at a young age and a love for exercise. She combined these two passions and graduated with a BS in physical education from Castleton University in 1992 and went on to earn an AD in nursing from the University of Vermont. Jody was a dedicated learner in her field and was proud to have been published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 1996. She went on to

have an impressive career in nursing for almost 25 years and earned an additional BS in nursing in 2019. Jody loved her role at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and her coworkers and medical team. She especially treasured caring for her “NICU babies,” and it was her true calling. Jody was very athletic and loved softball and soccer. She played soccer in college and continued with an adult soccer league team into her fifties. She also loved to run, especially with her “Sole Sisters.” She made true friendships and special bonds with people everywhere she went; whether it was on sports teams or soccer leagues, as a board member (treasurer) at Sequoyah school, at CHOA, or in her Laurel Brooke neighborhood, she had a rich community of loving friends she adored. In addition to her husband, children and fluffy goldendoodle Kenzie, Jody is survived by her father, Curt Utton (Debra), and mother, Susan Utton, of Vermont; and sisters Kelly of Vermont, Jamie (fiancé Jack Bissette) of Tennessee and Courtney of Vermont. “Always 4.” A Vermont-based celebration of life is being planned. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Jody’s favorite organization, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

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OBITUARIES Anna Elizabeth MacWilliams Neville

JULY 22, 1924-JUNE 2, 2022 GEORGIA, VT. On the 2nd of June, 2022 Anna Elizabeth MacWilliams Neville died after 98 years of a life well lived. She was at the home she grew up in, with her daughter, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other family members — all spending time together, just how she wanted it. Born in St. Albans, Vt., on July 22,1924, she was the first child of Pearl Ann (Grant) MacWilliams of Miragamish, Nova Scotia, and Ralph Caldwell MacWilliams of Elysburg, Pa. Her father, the Franklin County agent for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, purchased the farm on Georgia Shore Road in 1926, and it remains the much-loved “home base” of the family. Anna loved accompanying her father as he visited local farms, learning about agriculture, lessons on a lifetime of public service, and where the best homemade cookies were to be found. Thanks to her mother, Anna was one of Vermont’s first Girl Scouts and later a local troop leader introducing girls to camping and the adventures of hiking the Long Trail. Later she would work for the GS Council of greater Detroit as a leader of one of the nation’s earliest integrated troops. Anna had an early interest in aviation, decorating the attic playroom with posters of planes. She had ambitions of being a pilot and traveling the world, the latter of which she admirably achieved. For her 12th birthday in 1936, she took her first flight on Central Vermont Airways from Burlington to Montpelier. After being graduated from Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans in 1942, Anna headed down Route 7 to Middlebury College, where she majored in sociology and graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in just three years. A month before graduation, she and her mother took the train to Boston so that Anna could join the U.S. Navy. Since she wasn’t yet 21 years old, she needed a parent’s permission to become one

of the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service, or WAVES. She served in Long Beach, Calif., as a pharmacist’s mate, second class. Even after leaving the Navy, she retained much of the sailor’s vocabulary she had acquired and applied it in conversation as circumstances warranted. After doing her part to pave the way for women in the U.S. military, Anna used her G.I. Bill benefits to attend Columbia University Teachers College, where she lived at International House and earned a master’s degree in international and intercultural education. There, she met Linda Tsao Yang, her dear friend of more than 75 years, and studied under Margaret Mead at the American Museum of Natural History, a place she later delighted in taking her grandchildren to visit. In 1954 she returned home to Vermont and began a career of more than 30 years with Social Rehabilitation Services (now the Vermont Department for Children and Families). As a social worker and later as district director for Franklin, Grand Isle, and Lamoille counties, she oversaw the busiest office in the state and was always quick to attribute their success to having the best staff in Vermont. From her earliest days in the department, Anna was clear that the needs of the child came first — bureaucratic rules were always second to the welfare of her “kids.” She was ahead of her time in her role, seeing the value in every individual no matter their background. Bryant Reynolds, a retired Navy officer and college professor who met Anna as a foster child and became a true part of her family, called her “my guiding light for 71

years who helped me acquire my success in life.” Anna maintained an encyclopedic knowledge of her foster kids and their family connections, believing that they deserved to know their history and the truth of their own stories. Throughout the decades she was approached by former foster children, many of whom she was able to help reconnect with their families of origin. Her best and most interesting work was her kids, and she was proud of all they achieved. In a time when many others were reluctant to question authority or to confront medical providers, she took it upon herself to educate physicians about what they needed to know and to stubbornly advocate for her kids. Dr. Fred Holmes said that “she was like a guardian angel” to him and taught him that what was really important was the relationships between people, regardless of whether you had an MD after your name. Upon her retirement, and with the support of her staff, local law enforcement and the courts, a special room at the Franklin County District courthouse was designated the Anna Neville Children’s room — a safe place for children and families waiting in the courthouse. Along with Frank McNeil and others, she founded Franklin-Grand Isle Mental Health, now Northwestern Counseling and Support Services. She was dedicated to the community, serving on many boards, including the American Heart Association, Franklin Grand Isle United Way and Franklin County Home Health Agency, whose caring staff (especially Sarah) provided her with support in her last days. Like her father, she served as a deacon at First Congregational Church in St. Albans, and, as one fellow board member stated, “Anna had a lot of common sense and institutional knowledge. She was a real spitfire.” After finishing at Social Rehabilitation Services, Anna served as the director of the Saint Albans Museum and enjoyed her years working with Rear Admiral Warren Hamm, laying the groundwork for the success of the

museum. She worked hard to build the volunteer base and always said that the success of the museum was in the volunteers. Starting just after WWII, Anna began to participate in cultural exchange programs that brought the world to Franklin County and Franklin County to the world. From Dutch and Norwegian farmers who came to learn from her father, to her husband’s international business associates, to her second career as an exchange student coordinator, Anna loved cultivating relationships with interesting people from all around the world. During the 1990s and early 2000s, working as a student placement coordinator for EF, Anna helped over 100 foreign exchange students find American homes in Franklin County. She placed more Indonesian exchange students than any other coordinator and was even the surprise star of an Indonesian television commercial. Rommy, Merle and Stefani each lived with Anna and have remained important members of the family. In 1958 she married David Neville at the Little Church Around the Corner in New York City, and they made their home in Franklin, Vt., where they renovated a cottage on the Middle Road. In February 1963, Anna drove herself to the hospital in a snowstorm, where she gave birth to her daughter, Jennifer. Anna returned to work at Social Rehabilitation Services three months later, entrusting much of the daily care of her infant daughter to Winifred and Elbridge Pierce and their five children, establishing a bond with the Pierce family that continues today. As Jennifer grew up, Anna shared her love of travel and international adventures. In one early road trip around the UK, Anna resorted to her habit of asking the local police for a place to stay. All the B&Bs were full, but the police promised to keep an eye on them, so she and Jennifer spent a night car camping in the cattle yards of Slough. On another occasion, Anna famously spent the night in a cell in the Lima Heights, Ohio, police station — but as a guest and not an inmate!

Jennifer’s love of travel took her all over the world for her studies, and Anna followed, visiting her in Taiwan, England and Indonesia and traveling with her through mainland China, where they hiked the Great Wall together. Anna was the New England representative to Clan Grant and loved attending Highland Games with her sister and indoctrinating her family with a love of bagpipe music and Scottish folk songs. Anna was a passionate gardener, maintaining all kinds of flowers and vegetables at her family’s homes. Her knowledge of plants was comprehensive and inclusive — there were very few plants that she didn’t like and thought almost all of them deserved a chance to grow. When she wasn’t traveling or gardening, she loved to read about traveling and gardening. She read widely and instilled the love of books in her daughter and grandchildren, leaving them with a vast personal library. In the 1940s, her love of nature led her to become an early section hiker of the Vermont Long Trail, and in retirement she loved working with naturalist Kurt Valenta, bringing nature knowledge to elementary school children. Later she donated 35 acres of land along the Mill River and the shores of Lake Champlain to the Vermont Land Trust. She was a dedicated believer in the value of preserving Vermont’s natural landscape for future generations to enjoy. The sign at the Mill River Falls Natural Area reads, “As the result of her vision and passion for history, Mill River Falls is now a favorite place for families to explore, bird watch, fish, or find a moment of tranquility.” Anna was immensely proud of her daughter, three grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren. Even now we remain skeptical that her transition into the next world will prevent her from continuing her involvement, given her often reiterated promises of haunting and her supernatural tenacity. If anyone could pull it off, it’s Grandma. She taught us how to drive (too fast), how to pursue our passions (intensely), how to do what’s right (even when it’s unpopular) and how to

confidently build unique lives. Anna was an inimitable figure who leaves an indelible mark on Franklin County and beyond. As a small child Anna famously said, “I was not born to sleep in the daytime. I might miss a rabbit.” She will be remembered for that energy and stubbornness, her fierce and generous spirit, and her mischievous sense of humor. Anna loved the long light of the late afternoon, a well-tilled garden, a good cup of tea, and a job to do. We loved her and will miss her always. Anna was predeceased by her mother, her father, her husband and her beloved sister, Margaret Kline. She is survived by Jennifer Bright, Bryant Reynolds, Caroline Winanna Bright (Joel), William Bright (Dominique), Ian Bright, Elizabeth Winanna Bright, Tobias Bright, Betsy Dorminey (Blair), Kathy Eakins, Rowan, Richard Cowperthwait, Robin McManus, the Pierces, Hannah Taylor and hundreds more of her “kids.” Whether they became hers through chance, choice or biology, they remain her best legacy and greatest achievement. Instead of a traditional funeral, the family invites those who wish to remember Anna to join them for cookies, tea and remembrances at a garden reception memorial hosted by Anna’s daughter and family at The Old Mill River Place (6206 Georgia Shore Road, St. Albans, 05478) on Saturday, June 11, from 2 to 5 p.m. Attendees are invited to bring their favorite cookies, flowers from their garden or their favorite memories of Anna to share. The family asks that contributions in Anna’s honor be sent to Anna’s Kids, Inc., a nonprofit established to honor Anna’s legacy by providing support to Franklin County foster children and youth. Checks can be mailed to Anna’s Kids at PO Box 862, St. Albans VT, 05478, and donations can be made online by visiting Honorary pallbearers: Bryant Reynolds, Richard Cowperthwait, Blair Dorminey, William Bright, Ian Bright, Joel Rice Bright, and Rommy Fauzi.

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Promised Lands

Seven spots where Vermonters open their private land to the public


Vermont is the fourth most forested state in the country, with three-quarters of it covered in woods. Nearly 80 percent of its forests — an estimated 3.5 million acres — are owned not by the state or federal government but by private landowners. The majority of those holdings — about 2.7 million acres — belong to local families, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service. Visit any of Vermont’s most popular recreational spots — Camel’s Hump, Mount Mansfield, Mount Pisgah — and you’ll invariably tread on some private land. Ride on the more than 100 miles of mountain bike trails managed by the Kingdom Trails Association, or the more than 5,000 miles of snowmobile trails maintained by the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers, and you’ll cross a patchwork of private property made accessible by thousands of Vermont families. In short, the Green Mountain State remains green because Vermonters want to keep it that way — for themselves and their neighbors. In a March 2020 survey 24

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of Vermont landowners conducted by the forest service, they cited aesthetics, protection of wildlife, privacy and access to nature as top reasons for keeping their woods wild. Personal financial gain, including investment, timber harvest and tax benefits, was not a major motivator. In this story, Seven Days highlights seven hikes on private property and the landowners who generously allow the public to use them. We chose these locations for their diversity in geography and size — they range from 35 to 4,000 acres. Some, like Tracy Woods in South Hero, offer well-worn trails that have been used for decades. Others, like Black Hills in Glover, have newly built trails. Vermont’s tradition of open access to private land is as old as the state itself. Vermonters have long abided by a land-use

ethos that, unless otherwise posted, welcomes visitors, provided that they respect the land and cause no damage. Because of this informal arrangement, Vermont was among the last states in the U.S. to adopt a recreational use statute. The 1998 law limits landowners’ liability for property damage or personal injury to people who visit their land unless either results from the “willful or wanton misconduct of the owner.” But limiting liability, by itself, doesn’t ensure that private lands will forever remain accessible. Unlike state parks and national forests, landowners can quickly close their gates to the public if users don’t respect the land or its owners. In 2019 three landowners pulled their property out of the Kingdom Trails network due to ongoing conflicts between

mountain bikers and landowners, as the New York Times noted in a May 23 story titled, “In Northern Vermont, Trying to Smooth the Ride for Mountain Biking.” Other landowners are wary of publicity. A number of those contacted for this story declined to allow Seven Days to feature their properties, citing ongoing concerns about parking, overuse, trail damage and less-thanneighborly behavior by some visitors. “This is a reciprocal relationship,” said Abby White, vice president for engagement for the Vermont Land Trust, which has conserved more than 620,000 acres across the state through land purchases, donor bequests and conservation easements. “It requires some give-and-take on everyone’s part.” In addition to the Vermont Land Trust, many state and local land trusts help property owners conserve and manage their land for public and private use. Six entities make their private land available as part of the 19-mile network of trails that encircles the town of Middlebury, for example, overseen and expertly maintained by the Middlebury Area Land Trust. Seven Days publisher Paula Routly spent the better part of a morning exploring a section of it.

‘MY CHURCH’ Forest land in Glover and Greensboro owned by Black Hills Timber. Public access at 282 Black Hills Drive, Greensboro. About 13 miles of trails are easy to strenuous depending on distance and route.

When foresters walk through woods, they look down, not up. What’s growing at ground level tells them a lot about the health of the woodland, said Richard “Carbo” Carbonetti, an Albany-based forester with 44 years of experience. Scouting a 1,700-acre parcel of Glover woods more than a quarter century ago, Carbonetti saw stinging nettle, ramps, maidenhair fern, and red and blue cohosh. The plants were indicative of nutrient-rich soil and a healthy and productive northern hardwood forest. It means “Mother Nature has given you a wonderful palette to work with,” Carbonetti said.

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Mud Pond in Glover

Richard Carbonetti

Some of the trails featured below aren’t so well marked; others have no signage at all. Whenever possible, hikers should verify in advance the location of trailheads and parking areas, and they should always abide by posted no-trespassing signs. I learned that lesson the hard way. During one outing for this story, I had the landowner’s permission, but inaccurate

directions, to visit the property. Inadvertently, I crossed a gate onto someone else’s private land. Hours later, when I returned to my car, I heard a gunshot whiz through the trees. The message behind the warning shot was clear: Not all Vermonters welcome uninvited visitors. K . P.

The land impressed and excited him. Little did he know that one day he’d be in a position to open it to the public. Carbonetti is a partner at LandVest, a Boston-based company that manages 2.5 million acres of timberland from northern Maine to Virginia. His botanical reconnaissance that day in 1994 was on behalf of a Canadian client named Robert Louis Irwin, a onetime professor of organic chemistry at Goddard College. Irwin purchased the Glover timberland, property that would become part of Irwin’s Vermont forest holdings of roughly 5,400 acres. When Irwin died in 2009, at 89, Carbonetti was one of three people named in his will, the forester said. The estate was settled in 2013, and Carbonetti became owner of 1,927 acres of timberland in Orleans County. The majority is in Glover, with 189 contiguous acres in Greensboro. “I call this my church,” Carbonetti, 67, said on a recent afternoon in the woods, looking at the leafy tops of rod-straight, century-old maples. “I took this very personally as a sacred trust.” At roughly three square miles, the woodland is the largest piece of private property in Glover. Under Carbonetti’s ownership, it’s open to the public; a conservation easement with the Vermont Land Trust ensures that the land will never be developed or subdivided. The agreement allows for one cabin, which Carbonetti is building on 10 acres he’s keeping private. People are welcome to walk — but not bike — on all but

that piece, except during hunting season. For safety reasons, from the beginning of September until the end of December, he limits access to members of the Black Hills Hunt Club. The key to the timberland’s health and resilience is the careful and patient method by which it’s been managed for the last half century, Carbonetti explained. Forestry, he noted, is a “long-term enterprise.” “You manage the forest carefully and extract a judicious amount of value over time,” he said. “We’re growing more trees than we’re cutting.” Orleans County forester Jared Nunery oversees the forest management plan for the property. A significant and beneficial feature of the woodland is that it’s part of a large tract of contiguous, conserved land, he said. It’s adjacent to Vermont Land Trust and Nature Conservancy properties, comprising a total of roughly 3,000 acres of forest. In managing land, a forester doesn’t need trails, Carbonetti said. “That’s not what we’re about.” But he likes trails. And he wants his Glover property not only to be accessible to the public but also enjoyable. So he’s clearing and marking 18 miles of trails, routes he has mapped out in his head. Some follow old lumber roads; others are narrow pathways past stands of maple, beech and yellow birch. An offshoot trail leads to Mud Pond — vast, lovely and still on a warm spring day. Another path runs past a spring-fed brook where trout dart in the water and hide under sticks. Walking on a three-mile loop through the woods, which rise on his property to 2,300 feet at the top of Black Hills, Carbonetti noted moose tracks, beaver lodges and saplings where moose had fed. He observed a path cleared by wildlife that crosses one made by humans. Carbonetti also pointed out a cellar hole on the Greensboro portion of the land — a relic of a home once inhabited by author Wallace Stegner. (See “A Family Tradition” on page 26.) The forester stopped at a granite marker that he had placed under a tall maple. The stone commemorates Irwin and honors the former owner’s “vision and ethics” in caring for the woods. Carbonetti plans to build a kiosk at the entrance to his property with a sign-in log, a map of the trails and a box for questions for the forester. His answers, which he plans to send via email, are likely to engender greater understanding of and appreciation for the land. For any piece of land, Nunery noted, what’s important is the landowner’s connection to it. “We’re here for a finite period of time,” he said. “The land’s here for longer.” S .P. PROMISED LANDS SEVEN DAYS JUNE 8-15, 2022

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The state of Vermont is at an “inflection point” regarding land stewardship and outdoor recreation, said Becca Washburn, director of lands administration and recreation at the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. The moment is both a “tremendous opportunity and a challenge,” she told Seven Days. It comes as greater numbers of people are spending time outdoors – hiking, mountain biking and participating in other activities — and some are perhaps not fully aware of the “stewardship ethic, the trail ethic,” Washburn said. “If there’s something that keeps me up at night, it’s how to be a leader in outdoor recreation,” she said, “and thinking about practicing good stewardship.” Washburn advises that people be “mindful about what it means to be on someone else’s land and using it at the generosity of that landowner.” She warned that if outdoor enthusiasts fail to follow guidelines or practice sound stewardship, they risk losing the opportunity to recreate on private property. A hiker and mountain biker, Washburn provided the following guidance for recreating on other people’s property. Stay off closed trails during mud season. Consider volunteering with your local trail organization to help with maintenance. Leave no trace. Take all your garbage with you. Don’t damage trees or remove anything, such as rocks. Respect wildlife and other users. Stay on marked trails. By staying on the trail, you keep your impact minimal. You also show respect for landowners, who often use their property for multiple purposes. Respect each other and build an inclusive outdoors. We all love to play outdoors. Make sure everyone’s experience is enjoyable and do your part to ensure that the land is available for the next visitor. Keep pets under control. Be an active part of making the outdoors welcoming and inclusive for all abilities and identities. Show appreciation for landowners. Trails rely on the generosity and care of public and private landowners. Respect signage and be aware of your surroundings. Trailheads are often busy places located in communities where people live. Drive slowly and don’t block driveways or roadways.


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Clive Gray

The Barr Hill Trail passes by cushiony moss, open fields, raspberry bushes, hardwoods, evergreens and wildflowers.

A FAMILY TRADITION Barr Hill Trail, Highland Lodge, 1608 Craftsbury Road, Greensboro. Roughly two miles of moderate trails.,

In 1971, retired Scripps College English professor Philip Gray gave the Nature Conservancy a piece of hilltop land in Greensboro that presents a glorious view to the southwest and invites exploration of surrounding woods and nearby meadows. Gray donated the 256-acre Barr Hill Natural Area on behalf of himself and his late wife, Margaret “Peg” Day Gray. “Our family was very attached to Barr Hill,” said Clive Gray, 88, one of Philip and Peg’s six children. “They wanted to keep it open for families to enjoy.” The Barr Hill Trail passes by cushiony moss, open fields, raspberry bushes, hardwoods, evergreens and wildflowers. It follows an old horse trail and is marked, maintained and easy to follow. The last section, Mossy Trail, leads to the 2,100-foot summit and its marvelous view of distant peaks, from Killington to Mansfield. When Philip gifted the natural area to the Nature Conservancy, he expressed a wish that one day nearby Baker Hill, also Gray family land, would also be conserved. In 2021, half a century later, his descendants did just that: They donated the conservation easement on 79 acres of

Barr Hill Natural Area

Baker Hill, conserving a trail that crosses family land en route to Barr Hill. “It’s a desire to preserve open land in Greensboro,” said Clive, chair of the Greensboro Land Trust, noting that 21 percent of the town is conserved. “A desire to see Greensboro stay as close as possible to what I had experienced during my lifetime.” This particular trail up Barr Hill starts behind Highland Lodge, a hillside inn that overlooks Caspian Lake. A sign on a barn points hikers in the right direction on a dirt road; a second one, partially obscured

by foliage and marked simply “BH,” directs walkers into the woods. The roughly twomile trail traverses two pieces of private property — the lodge’s and the Grays’ — before reaching the nature preserve for the last stretch to the summit. About halfway to the top, the path emerges from the woods onto a gently sloped meadow called Gray’s Field. It’s a lovely moment, when the landscape changes in a step or two from forest to field: ferns and moss give way to high grass; dappled rays, to full sunlight. Barr Hill has been a popular hiking and

The view … is not grand in the way of western landscapes. What gives it its charm is the alternation of wild and cultivated, rough woods ending with scribed edges against smooth hayfields — this and the accent dots of white houses, red barns, and clustered cattle tiny as aphids on a leaf … Green woods and greener meadows meet blue water, and it all looks nearly as wild as it must have looked to General Hazen’s men, cutting a road to Canada through these woods during the Revolution. Clive no longer hikes at Barr Hill. But he and his wife, Nancy Hill, love to go to the natural area, which is accessible by car up a narrow dirt road. “I take sandwiches and sit up there,” Clive said. S. P.

ISLAND OASIS Tracy Woods Community Trail, 36 Tracy Road, South Hero. The one-mile trail is easy and level.

Like generations of kids who grew up in the Champlain Islands, Naomi King spent time exploring Tracy Woods, a 35-acre forest off Route 2 in South Hero. Charles Tracy, the forester whose family has owned the land since 1841, regularly took local schoolchildren and scout troops on nature hikes along the trails he had cut. Along the way, he identified trees and wildflowers and pointed out wildlife not found in most other areas of Grand Isle County. “Everybody in town remembers walking and camping as kids here,” said King, now 54. “So it’s got all these happy memories associated with it.” Eventually, King married the forester’s son, Hobart Tracy. The couple still live on


picnicking spot since the 19th century, Clive said. His family has been going there since 1910, when his maternal grandparents traveled with their daughters from New Haven, Conn., to spend summers in Greensboro. Peg, Philip and their kids also summered in Greensboro. In 1938, the couple introduced the place to author Wallace Stegner and his wife, Mary, who were close family friends. The Stegners adopted it as their summer home and lived there seasonally until Stegner’s death in 1993. In 1972, Stegner won a Pulitzer Prize for Angle of Repose; in 1987 he published Crossing to Safety, a novel about Greensboro and his friendship with the Grays. In it, he wrote about Barr Hill, which he called Folsom Hill. His description is printed in the trail brochure.

Round barn near the Tracy Woods trailhead

snowshoeing and skiing; cycling and motorized vehicles are prohibited. Dogs are permitted but must be leashed to prevent them from harassing livestock and wildlife. K.P.

FOREVER GLADES Braintree Mountain Forest, Riford Brook Road, Braintree. There are 15 miles of strenuous trails with occasional steep climbs.

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that property, where they raise chickens and sheep — “fat pets,” she joked — and King runs Lemon Lily Farm, a small business that sells perennials. But managing both a farm and a forest is hard work. So in 2016, King, Tracy and his daughter, Anne, partnered with the South Hero Land Trust and the Lake Champlain Land Trust to preserve and manage a portion of their land as a community resource for future generations. The newly named Tracy Woods, free and open to all, consists of 35 acres of managed woodland, seven acres of active farmland and 450 feet of Lake Champlain shoreline. With funding from the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, the land trusts built an eight-car parking lot and erected an informational kiosk at the trailhead on Tracy Road. The trail begins near a small round barn that, according to King, Tracy’s father built in the early 1960s using cedar posts he cut from the forest and plans he mail-ordered from Yankee magazine. On a recent visit, Chris Boget, executive director of the Lake Champlain Land Trust, and Matt Fidler, the organization’s restoration and stewardship coordinator, were walking the trails to remove invasive garlic mustard. Fidler generously provided insect repellent, which was essential that

afternoon; Tracy Woods has a swamp that gets buggy this time of year. From a mowed path along the southern edge of a field, the trail becomes a wellworn path in the woods, which include a healthy mix of new and old growth: cottonwood, hickory, sugar maple, ash, paper birch, and 100- to 250-year-old oak. “It’d take two of us to hug that tree,” Boget remarked, pointing to a gnarled oak. Hikers walking at a brisk pace can complete the looped trail in half an hour or less; a short spur offers views of Mount Mansfield and Camel’s Hump on clear days. But by racing through the woods, you’re likely to miss many of its more subtle natural features. In early spring, hikers can spot wildflowers, such as bloodroot, jack-in-the-pulpit and trillium. There’s also plenty of wildlife. Within minutes, I spotted two pileated woodpeckers, a turkey vulture and a great blue heron. Tracy Woods is also home to coyotes, mink, foxes, deer, skunks, owls and bobcats. “Wildlife just respond to areas like this,” Boget said. “If you just take a moment, you can see the dragonflies and butterflies being a bit more abundant than when you’re in your own backyard. They’ve been here forever, and, luckily, we’re saving it.” The trails are open year-round, from dawn until dusk, for walking, running,

It seemed almost a shame to visit the Braintree Mountain Forest for the first time in warm weather. Almost. The forest is beautiful at any time of year. But in winter the views from the stunning ridgeline, visible from the west side of Exit 4, are wide open in all directions and, as many locals have discovered, the backcountry glades are deep in snow. How good are those glades for skiing? Paul Kendall, who, along with his wife, Sharon Rives, donated this 1,547-acre tract of woodlands to the New England Forestry Foundation in 2013, called the 1,000-foot elevation drop “a black-diamond dive, with trees in the way.” That was abundantly clear as I climbed a steep trail from the Braintree home of Kendall and Rives to the top of 2,525-foot Thunder Mountain. Though some park their cars on Kendall Road and hike across the couple’s fields, there are two public trailheads along Riford Brook Road, which are maintained by volunteers from the nonprofit Ridgeline Outdoor Collective. Both display maps of the area. Those trails lead to four other peaks within Braintree Mountain Forest: Round Top (2,778), Twin Peaks (2,896), Skidoo Peak (2,901) and Braintree Mountain (3,030). In essence, the forest is a large basin that serves as the headwaters for Riford Brook. Two things are immediately evident on Thunder Mountain. First, the limited switchbacks and steep ascent reveal that this trail was initially made for logging — not hiking. Second, based on the ample vegetation on the trail itself, the mountain receives far less foot traffic than comparable peaks in Vermont. It’s a pleasant surprise to discover moss-covered rocks and untrammeled pine cones at the summit. I didn’t see another soul. A New York native, Kendall first began coming to Braintree after his parents purchased a rundown sheep farm in 1951 that later became the family’s summer camp. But it was no lazy vacation getaway, Kendall noted. As one of five kids, he spent 10 weeks each summer with his family PROMISED LANDS SEVEN DAYS JUNE 8-15, 2022

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The trailhead on Riford Brook Road

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The Trail Around Middlebury. A 19-mile network of easy and moderate trails. 802388-1007,

Who imagined a 21st-century Vermont town could be circumnavigated by a footpath so well designed that it’s mud-free in June? Founded in 1987, the nonprofit Middlebury Area Land Trust worked for decades to build the 19-mile Trail Around Middlebury, parcel by parcel, connecting conserved private property, town parks and acreage owned by Middlebury College with three pedestrian bridges over the Otter Creek. The loop, aka the TAM, which locals regularly walk, run, cross-country ski and bike, is a compelling case for land protection and stewardship through municipal public recreation. During the pandemic, traffic doubled, according to lead trail volunteer John Derick, whose talents range from handson engineering to organizing work crews. He also does landowner relations. “If they’ve got a problem, they call me,” he said with a laugh. I had consulted the organization’s interactive online trail maps to plan my shortened, sample route, which would take me from Weybridge’s Route 23 through the Otter Creek Gorge Preserve and Wright Park into Middlebury from the north. While the combined mileage of each distinct stretch wasn’t easy to calculate, I could see that paved roads intersected the nature trail frequently enough that I could bail if I had to — one of several benefits of urban hiking. I easily spotted the parking area off Weybridge Road and the info kiosk that marks the start of the Jackson Trail

— one of a dozen trailheads that designate distinct sections of the TAM. I locked my car and headed north on a short stretch of boardwalk into a forest that climbed gently above the wetland below. Despite some very motivated mosquitoes, I immediately noticed how the path through the woods twisted and turned — over pine needles, wood chips, and occasional gravel — in ways that enhanced the natural area’s beauty. In addition, the ups and downs were easy on the knees, and, miraculously, the trail was mostly dry. It stayed that way, and so did my feet, for the next six miles. I soon discovered another benefit of being close to civilization: frequent scenery changes. After the first half hour in the forest, the trail opened up into a grassy field through which a six-foot-wide path had been mowed. I walked in the sunshine amongst red-winged blackbirds until I got to Hamilton Road. The trail continued past

Ups and downs on the TAM

A section of the TAM near Route 23


fixing up the house and surrounding property. Kendall’s parents named the place Todhah Hill, from the Hebrew word for thanksgiving. In the 1970s, Kendall began acquiring adjoining parcels of forestland around the farm. Eventually, he and Rives formed the Todhah Hill Foundation to preserve access to their land, which locals had used for decades for hunting, skiing, hiking and snowshoeing. In 2013, Kendall and Rives, who ran the foundation together, transferred its ownership to the New England Forestry Foundation. They chose the foundation, Kendall explained, because of its commitment to maintaining the land as a working forest, with occasional timber harvests. The forest remains largely undeveloped, but Kendall noted that there are hints of past inhabitants, including the occasional cellar hole. About halfway up Skidoo Peak, hikers come upon the Bell Gates Cabin. Available for day use only, it serves as a warming hut for glade and cross-country skiers.

Thunder Mountain is about a two-hour round-trip hike; getting to the ridgeline on the Twin Peaks Trail can take half a day or more. According to Kendall, many people enjoy hiking to the top of Braintree Mountain — also called “30-30” for its 3,030-foot elevation — for the summit views. He estimated that it’s a four-hour trip “depending on how fast you go and whether you get lost.” In Kendall’s experience, visitors are generally respectful of the land and appreciative of its owners. Though bicycles, ATVs and other motorized vehicles are not permitted in the forest, in winter the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers maintains a trail that passes through the property. “They park along the road and wave to us as they go up through the woods,” Kendall said. “Every year there’s going to be some jerk, OK? But we’re not gonna close the trail because of one jerk.” In fact, Kendall emphasized that his experience with the public has been overwhelmingly positive. Meeting other people who appreciate the land the way he and Rives do, he said, is “a real joy. People just love it.”



Patty and Ken Valentine walking their dog Una on the Templeton-Fairmont Trail

FARM TO TRAIL Templeton-Fairmont Trail, trailheads on Dodge Road and Center Road, East Montpelier. A 1.5-mile easy trail with one steep section.

a building owned by Monument Farms Dairy — there were two trucks along the side — and another hayfield, this one neatly trimmed. I followed the siren song of a bullfrog north to a pond that was busy with birds. Guided by eye-catching signage, I walked for about three hours total, up and down a ladder, past wild iris, across a bridge suspended over roaring Belden Falls to the eastern side of Otter Creek. Never did I wish that a particular section would come to an end. My only regret was that I couldn’t do the whole 19-mile trek, which includes views from Chipman Hill, the site of Middlebury’s Snow Bowl precursor; and the cross-country ski trail through the college’s golf course. After walking through Wright Park, I arrived at the official entrance and picked up a proper paper map. The trail turned into the paved Seymour Street Extension,

and I switched from birding to people watching. The view was entirely new to me, even though I lived on that same street, closer to town, for a year when I attended Middlebury College some 40 years ago. Similarly, when the Pulp Mill Covered Bridge suddenly appeared, I barely recognized the local landmark. Although TAM signs pointed left to downtown, I asked a man wearing pink shorts for directions, just to be sure. A hot, half-mile sidewalk stroll later, I walked into editor/publisher Angelo Lynn’s office at the Addison County Independent, and we shared a great mosquitofree lunch at Costello’s Market. I got a good last look at modern Middlebury — still charming with a new train tunnel now buried under its historic downtown — before he gave me a most welcome ride back to where I’d started. P. R .

The springtime central Vermont sounds of birdsong, sweet and high, and tractor, low and rumbling, come together in a alfalfa field in East Montpelier. You don’t need to be a farmer to experience this seasonal delight. Walkers will hear the birds and machinery — and may also smell freshly spread manure — while ambling along the Templeton-Fairmont Trail. It’s part of the 15-mile East Montpelier Trails network, which is almost entirely on private land yet open to the public for walking and some biking. (E-bikes aren’t allowed.) One end of the Templeton-Fairmont Trail starts on Dodge Road near its intersection with Partridge Run, where a small parking area and signage mark the spot. Here, the 1.5-mile trail begins with a pleasant walk on an old town road that passes through woods and leads to Fairmont Farm. Where road meets farm field, a stone marker describes the area’s history and its 1788 settlement by brothers-in-law from Peterborough, N.H. From the agricultural land, a view of mountains to the east includes Spruce Mountain in Plainfield. The trail then turns west and follows a farm road bordering the field. No rest is necessary, but a wooden bench on a pair of logs offers a sweet spot to take in the surroundings. The path then heads into

the woods, descends and crosses property owned by Templeton Farm, which also grants public access. “We’re happy to let people enjoy it,” said Clara Ayer, 33, of Fairmont Farm. The multigenerational dairy farm grows crops in several towns on about 3,500 acres, some of which it rents, and milks 1,450 cows. “We use the trails, and we love them, too,” Ayer said. She asks that people stay on the marked trail. At its other end, the Templeton-Fairmont Trail meets up with the larger trail network on Center Road, where walkers can choose between two paths. One is the Ormsbee Trail, an easy one-mile loop that also edges a rolling farm field and cuts into woods. Nearby homes signal that the tranquil and scenic route traverses a town of about 2,500 people. The nonprofit East Montpelier Trails, formed in 1993, maps, marks and manages the trails. The volunteer-run organization is currently working to add three miles of trails to its network. “The ultimate goal is to create a circular network where you can begin and end in the same spot without retracing [your steps,]” said board member Dave Webb, an environmental engineer with the Agency of Natural Resources. The nonprofit has a volunteer list of about 70 people, Webb said. On trail work days, anywhere from a dozen to 20 people pitch in. But the effort started with one person, Nona Estrin, and her two late dogs, Buddy and Zephyr — a pair of “Vermont yellows,” as she call the rescue dogs. About 40 years ago, Estrin, 82, a longtime East Montpelier resident, found herself putting her dogs in the car and driving to nearby towns to go for walks. There must be another way, she thought. One day she decided that she and her dogs would stick to their hometown. “I went out the back door, walked for three days and came home through the front door,” Estrin said via telephone. “I took my time, and I looked around.” Before she left on her walkabout, Estrin got permission from landowners to be on their property. That three-day hike would become the basis of today’s trail network. To formalize it, Estrin and others worked with the Vermont Land Trust, philanthropists, farmers and other landowners to conserve land through easements and to ensure public access. “I was the person who had the dream, and I talked a lot,” Estrin said. “I was lucky enough to see it happen. The timing was right.” S .P.


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UNDER THE RADAR East Mountain, Radar Road, Victory. The twomile paved road is moderate to strenuous.

Vermont goes to great lengths to preserve historical artifacts from its involvement in the American Revolution, the War of 1812 and the Civil War. But it largely ignores the remnants of a more recent conflict: the Cold War. That’s readily apparent to anyone who’s made the trip, either on foot or by vehicle, to the top of East Mountain in Victory. There, visitors find spent fireworks, empty shotgun shells and discarded beer bottles littered amid the crumbling, graffiti-tagged ruins of the East Haven Radar Base. But the steep access road, in surprisingly good condition, winds uphill through a thick alpine forest where hikers pass streams and ponds, as well as evidence of wildlife, including bear, moose and deer. The 3,438-foot summit offers stunning views of Camel’s Hump to the west and Mount Washington to the east. The mountain seems ideally suited to become another state park. Built in the mid-1950s, the radar station was commissioned by U.S. Air Force General Curtis LeMay, considered by some to be the inspiration for the paranoid, cigar-smoking General Jack D. Ripper in Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 film, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. For seven years, the East Haven Radar Base served as one of hundreds of earlywarning stations across the northern U.S. Their job was to alert Strategic Air Command to incoming bombers and intercontinental ballistic missiles headed over the North Pole from the former Soviet Union. At its peak, the East Haven facility employed about 175 military and civilian personnel, until the U.S. Air Force decommissioned it in August 1963. Its sister facility in Vermont, the golf ball-shaped radar dome, or radome, that sits atop Bellevue Hill in St. Albans, is still used by air traffic controllers at Burlington International Airport. Mathew Rubin of Montpelier is president of Spruce Mountain Design and a developer and operator of solar and hydroelectric energy projects throughout Vermont. About two decades ago, Rubin bought 40 acres on East Mountain, intending to install wind turbines on its summit. That idea was scuttled in 2004 after the Vermont Public Service Board denied him a permit. Rubin said he has no current plan to develop the property. 30

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East Mountain Radar Base trailhead

Ruins of a radar dome atop East Mountain

A view from the summit of East Mountain

“If anyone has an inspiration for what to do with it,” he said, “I’m open to suggestions.” Although boulders and a large, rusty metal tank ostensibly block the trailhead, four-wheelers have carved a rutted path around them. But Rubin doesn’t allow motorized vehicles, so visitors should park at the bottom and hike up. At the base of the road are the remains of the old mess hall, motor pool and assorted other outbuildings. At the summit, the 84-foot-tall main building

is surrounded by four smaller structures that once housed radomes. Rubin called it “classic Cold War architecture.” As for vandalism, he added, “There’s nothing to steal. If you’re up there and want to take some scrap metal, please do!” Though Rubin said he doesn’t stop people from hiking to the summit, he strongly advises that visitors not enter any of the buildings, which contain asbestos, or climb staircases or ladders, all of which are in disrepair. In all, the abandoned base has an eerie,

post-apocalyptic feel that would seem quaint were it not for the tragic events unfolding in Eastern Europe. Getting to the trailhead for East Mountain requires several miles of driving on unpaved roads. From the NEK town of Victory, take Victory Road to Radar Road, then follow it uphill about five miles to its terminus. Don’t take Radar Road from North Concord, no matter what a GPS advises. Part of that end of the road is private and posted. K.P.

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paint, brushes, canvases, sketchbooks, colored pencils, pens, linoleum blocks, air-dry clay and other art supplies. The smaller room is a gallery featuring works by local artists. The store’s only decoration of note is a light-up blue sparrow hung on the blackand-white-painted wall behind the cash register. When Svenningsen and Bluestein first moved to Vermont, they quickly realized that his remote work and her freelance art work, along with strict COVID-19 guidelines, would allow for little social interaction. The pair took up bird watching as a way to explore their new home and learn about the wildlife population of Addison County. Svenningsen named the store for the American sparrow, the first bird she learned to identify and one that came to represent her love for the local arts community.

“It feels fitting to have a name so full of hope,” she said. Svenningsen has an extensive arts background. After graduating from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., with a degree in studio art, she worked in freelance set design for theater, dance, film and window displays in New York City. She then returned to school for a master’s degree in graphic design, which she completed right before the onset of the pandemic. The relationships that Svenningsen forged in the Brandon Artists’ Guild helped inform the 40-page business plan with which she won the Kick Start Middlebury grant. She also researched existing stores in Middlebury, foot traffic to the downtown area and visitors’ shopping patterns. She spoke with the owners of art supply stores in similarly sized college towns across the country,

who provided helpful advice on their business models. “[The business plan] actually made a significant difference in me realizing that this could be possible,” Svenningsen said. Karen Duguay, executive director of Experience Middlebury and coordinator of the grant program, said the selection committee liked Svenningsen’s vision of Sparrow as more than just a retail store, with a gallery space that could draw visitors downtown. “We were so excited to see the application from [Svenningsen] come through, because we knew she had a lot of energy, and she wanted to be community-minded,” Duguay said. The current exhibit in Sparrow’s gallery, “Sense of Relief,” features the relief prints of about 20 artists from across the state, including Halina Lyons of Middlebury, Janet Seaburg of Vergennes, Dawn Leone PHOTOS: CALEB KENNA

eth Svenningsen was fresh out of graphic design school, searching for a job in New York City, when the pandemic hit. She and her fiancé, Mitch Bluestein, had long dreamed of making the move north to Vermont to be closer to skiing and hiking trails like the ones they had explored in Addison County. When Bluestein’s podcast production job became remote, it seemed like the ideal time for a move from Brooklyn to Middlebury. When Svenningsen, 30, and Bluestein settled in Middlebury in December 2020, she immediately began searching for places to buy supplies for her watercolor painting. She discovered that the closest stores were in Burlington and Montpelier, a 55-minute and 75-minute drive, respectively, from her new home. “I know people in Vermont are OK with driving places, but it just seemed so far,” Svenningsen said. Shortly after her move, Svenningsen joined the Brandon Artists’ Guild to meet other local artists and learn about the creative community. There she learned that many local artists bought supplies online because of the dearth of local stores. But that isn’t a great option, Svenningsen said, because shopping for art supplies is such a tactile experience. “If you are shopping online, you don’t have those chance discoveries,” she explained. Svenningsen didn’t seriously consider opening an art supply store of her own, however, until she learned about the Kick Start Middlebury grant. Sponsored by the Town of Middlebury and the Better Middlebury Partnership, and funded by local organizations and the town business development fund, the grant offers $15,000 to $20,000 to six entrepreneurs to open or expand businesses in downtown Middlebury. Svenningsen applied, and she received a Kick Start Middlebury grant in July 2021. In November, she signed a lease on a storefront, and on March 11 she opened Sparrow Art Supply. The store is located downstairs at 52 Main Street beside Middlebury Mountaineer, with the Otter Creek Falls just outside. Its wooden-floored white interior is minimally decorated, drawing visitors’ eyes to its colorful contents. The main room holds


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Acrylic paints at Sparrow Art Supply

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he classroom doors opened, unleashing the sounds of a propulsive, booming beat as Jason Raymond walked out to meet a reporter. He’s the Digital Media Lab instructor at the Burlington Technical Center and the founder of the Make Music Club, an after-school program for aspiring student music producers. His attempted greeting was lost in a swell of synthesizer samples. “We’re in the thick of it right now,” Raymond said as he reentered the lab. Inside, groups of student producers, their faces illuminated by the glow of computer screens, were scattered about the room working on their projects. In a recording booth, one student rapped over a freshly made beat while several others wearing headphones listened outside the booth by a computer. Sparsely lit, the Digital Media Lab has the feel of a recording studio but also a clubhouse — which is exactly what it is. “It’s so cool to watch the process happening,” Raymond said. Raymond’s students come from high schools around Chittenden County. They’re here to learn the ins and outs of digital music production and, in some cases, to create backing tracks that will be used by actual rappers. Local MCs who have dropped in to rap in the Make Music Club booth include North Ave Jax, Kami OK! and HakimXOXO. The program has attracted some national collaborators, as well. Like most tech-center programs — including Digital Media Lab programs in filmmaking, photography and other mediums — the club aims to give students the

basic tools to pursue professional careers. Just as importantly, the Make Music Club offers students a safe space in which to be creative, be themselves and connect with other like-minded kids. “You can see the agency this gives them, the purpose and focus,” Raymond said. “Especially after being shut down during COVID, these opportunities for students are just so important.” However, Raymond didn’t start the Make Music Club with any of those lofty goals in mind. It began in 2018 as a sort of compromise between him and then Burlington High School principal Noel Green. “We realized that a lot of kids were skipping class to attend the Digital Media Lab,” Raymond recalled with a sardonic

grin. “And some of the students were really just there to hang out while their friends recorded beats or shot music videos.” Raymond created the Make Music Club so that those kids, as well as other area students, could attend after school rather than skip classes. The program was an immediate success, and in 2019 Raymond won a Voya Unsung Hero Award — a national program for K-12 educators — for outstanding teaching. Raymond grew up in Buffalo, N.Y., where he was immersed in hardcore music. After graduating from Bennington College, he moved to Portland, Ore., in 1997 and witnessed the rise of the riot grrrl scene. His roommates played in

bands that shared the stage with the likes of Sleater-Kinney and Miranda July. “I saw this thing created,” Raymond recalled, “this scene built with a DIY sensibility, that knew the importance of building an inclusive community, and it really resonated with me. I wanted to create something like that for my students.” He moved back to Vermont in 2016 — fittingly, the year that Burlington’s Memorial Auditorium and its all-ages music venue, 242 Main, closed its doors. Raymond immediately recognized the need for something to fill the vacuum and give aspiring young musicians real opportunities to connect. But where 242 Main fostered generations of punk and hardcore kids, Raymond was working with students who were more into hiphop and electronic music, as well as kids from refugee populations with a whole different set of influences. “I knew a lot of the students were into hip-hop, particularly Chicago drill and trap, but then you have kids who spent a lot of time in Tanzania coming in, rapping in French,” Raymond said. “There’s kids rapping in Bhutanese, but also being influenced by music from Thailand.” When kids with such farranging influences collaborate, Raymond continued, “you can see the gears turning in their heads as they expose each other to new sounds.” “This place changed my life,” Essex High School senior Isaac Dodge said, praising Raymond and the quality of the gear at the lab, much of which was donated by local recording engineer Justin Gonyea. “I’ve met so many other people here who make music that inspires me. Everyone just builds off one another.” Dodge, who records under the moniker Isaac and the Brain, is moving to Chicago next year after graduation to study audio acoustics. While the thought of leaving the lab and the Make Music Club saddens him, he knows what the program made possible for him. “Just about everything in my portfolio that I showed the school came from the lab,” Dodge said. Helping aspiring artists take that next step is one of Raymond’s primary goals. He established the lab as an affiliate program of Full Sail University and has seen his students matriculate to places such as Berklee College of Music and Drexel University Music Industry Program, as well as regional schools including Champlain College and the University of Vermont. As he gave a reporter a tour of the lab, Raymond gestured to another room, where a group of students gathered around a

television, watching a soccer match and snacking. “They’re here, they’re creating and socializing with other kids,” Raymond explained. “But at some point, they need to learn how to turn this stuff into a business venture, if that’s the road they want to take.” To that end, he’s working with other local nonprofit organizations such as the Vermont Small Business Development Center to help teach his students how to work for themselves. And local musicians, including DJ and rapper Fattie B, DJ Craig Mitchell, and rapper Konflik, have paid visits to the program, giving students insights into the challenges that making music professionally can present. “They need to understand what they’re getting into and how to market themselves and their music,” Raymond explained. He already sees some of his tutelage paying off. A host of students that came through the lab and the Make Music Club have begun to release music and play at local clubs. Program alums Bilé, HakimXOXO and Deluxe recently opened for Chicago rapper Smokepurpp at Higher Ground in South Burlington.


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Raymond wishes there were more opportunities for his kids to perform live. “It’s the one part of the process we can’t

offer here yet, which is a safe place for youth to perform,” Raymond said. He noted that spaces like 242 Main not only give young

artists the chance to get stage time but also to learn other aspects of gigging, such as creating advertising and merchandise. “Without that, we’re missing a key ingredient,” he continued. “We have all these producers who are collaborating, but they need a place to showcase their work.” As Raymond spoke, one of his students exited the vocal booth after laying down some tracks. A group of aspiring producers huddled around, congratulating the student on a good take and comparing production notes. “They really support each other, man,” Raymond said with pride. “It’s, frankly, beautiful to see.” The Make Music Club will be stationed at the Burlington Tech Center for three more years until the new Burlington High School is scheduled to open. While Raymond hopes the new facilities will work for the club, he knows it’s all about giving his students the right environment in which to be themselves. “With this age group,” he said, “if they have a focus for their creativity, the sky is the limit.” m

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Just-made mozzarella at Broadfork Farmstead

Farm to Fork

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hree ducks stood sentry at the driveway leading to Broadfork Farmstead in Greensboro last Monday afternoon. The menagerie on the 13-acre, solar-powered homestead also includes dogs, goat mamas and their six kids, a goose couple guarding eggs, a laying flock, a set of chicks, and two guinea fowl. Broadfork owner Carol Fairbank keeps the beautifully speckled guineas “because they’re cool,” she said. Their small eggs make perfect, poppable hard-cooked eggs, she added, while the large, rich duck and goose eggs are especially good for baking. She recently used one goose egg in place of three chicken eggs to make the “fluffiest, nicest pancakes ever.” The first week of June would bring more animals to the homestead where Fairbank lives with her two twentysomething sons. She was expecting two pigs and her first group of meat birds, of which the family will raise 100 this year. The Fairbanks also tend bees, a hoop house,

extensive gardens, and a small orchard of apple, pear, plum and tart cherry trees. When the family moved from Athol, Mass., to Greensboro in 2014, “we started off with the intent of providing food and

nourishment and activity for ourselves,” Fairbank, 49, said. “Then, it became, well, why shouldn’t everybody be able to do this?” To answer that question, Fairbank

Carol Fairbank (right) leading a mozzarella-making class with Indigo Pearl

became a self-employed teacher of homesteading arts. She partners with such organizations as the Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union and the Grow Your Own project (a collaboration of the Center for an Agricultural Economy, Rural Arts Collaborative and the Hardwick Area Food Pantry) to offer mostly free or by-donation classes. In local schools, at community centers and at her homestead, she teaches skills such as drilling a mushroom log, breaking down a whole chicken, starting vegetable seeds and storing food for winter. Schoolkids make scones and shake cream into butter while the scones bake. “People make shiitake logs with me and then take the log home,” Fairbank said. The homesteader’s past employers range from a huge tech company to a tiny arts nonprofit. In her new occupation, “It’s about, what can we teach other people to do?” she said. “What can they do to become more food independent, more self-sufficient, more able to adapt to these changes in the economy [like] we have right now, where people are struggling to be able to buy gas and food? The more you can do for yourself, the more resilient you are.” Fairbank estimates that she produces about 70 percent of the food her family eats. She sells farm-grown and -made products such as baked goods, jams, eggs and meat at the Hardwick, Greensboro and winter Montpelier farmers markets and through two online Harvest Hub markets. Broadfork also generates some income from rentals of a small on-farm camper bus and campsite for $49 and $29 a night, respectively, but Fairbank readily accepts farm labor hours in exchange for overnight stays. She sets a high bar with her example of self-sufficiency. But, with a warm and encouraging manner, Fairbank notes that mastering even one food production skill is an achievement. “You don’t have to do all of the things,” she said. “I’m doing all of the things because this is my full-time job.” Fairbank had set up an outdoor classroom on her deck, in view of a squirrel performing circus-worthy moves to eat from a bird feeder, to demonstrate her most popular course: making fresh mozzarella. Two “students,” camper bus guest and traveling musician Indigo Pearl and East Hardwick resident and filmmaker Elizabeth Rossano, were excited to give it a go. A roughly $4 gallon of milk, Fairbank said, yields about $15 worth of cheese. The FARM TO FORK




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Brothers RAJ and KABI ADHIKARI are in the final stages of renovation at 146-148 Church Street, where they hope to open LALIGURAS by the end of June. Raj, the younger of the two, said the date will depend on receiving necessary inspections. The new restaurant’s address is best known as the longtime location of the Rusty Scuffer. It will have 68 inside seats and another 30 outside in front. The brothers decided on the Church Street spot, Raj said, “because I like the busy place.” Originally from Bhutan, the Misery Loves Co. chef-owner Aaron Josinsky (right) with manager Logan Bouchard in 2020

Adhikari family spent years in Nepalese refugee camps before arriving in Vermont 11 years ago. They opened EVEREST INDIAN-NEPALI RESTAURANT in South Burlington in 2018; Raj and Kabi’s sister, Kumari Adhikari, now operates it. Laliguras is named for the red rhododendron, the national flower of Nepal. Raj said the menu at the new restaurant will be similar to that of Everest — but more extensive, with pork dishes. The main cook will come from Newark, N.J.

Misery Loves Co. to Add Second Winooski Restaurant The MISERY LOVES CO. team will open a second Winooski food and drink establishment later this summer, said LAURA WADE, who co-owns the restaurant with her husband, chef AARON JOSINSKY. “We’re going to be opening an evening concept and keeping Misery as the day concept,” she said, noting that details are still in the planning stages. Wade tentatively expects the asyet-unnamed spot to open in July. It SIDEDISHES

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Vermont legislature expands market for ready-to-drink spirits beverages B Y J O R D AN BAR RY •


fter five years of product development and planning, Smugglers’ Notch Distillery is set to flip the tab on its canned vodka sodas. And thanks to a bill recently passed by the Vermont legislature, the Jeffersonville-based distillery will have an expanded market for the ready-to-drink products. The bill, H.730, creates a new category within Vermont’s Title 7 statute, the state’s liquor laws, for “ready to drink spirits beverages.” Instead of controlling their distribution through the Vermont Department of Liquor and Lottery and limiting their sale to 79 state-contracted 802 Spirits stores, the bill allows spiritsbased beverages that are 12 percent alcohol or less — and packaged in containers no greater than 24 fluid ounces — to be distributed by private-sector wholesalers and sold in the state’s nearly 1,000 grocery


stores, convenience stores and gas stations. It landed on Gov. Phil Scott’s desk on June 1, and he signed it into law on Tuesday. “The extra opportunity is going to be wonderful for brand awareness for us,” said Smugglers’ Notch president and co-owner Jeremy Elliott. “I launched my first product in 2010, so we’re pretty wellknown. But this is going to give us a greater opportunity to hit more consumers.” Smugglers’ Notch originally planned to release two ready-to-drink vodka sodas — Maple, Lime & Ginger and Moroccan Rose & Grapefruit — in 2019. The company regrouped at the start of the pandemic, “then I was waiting for this legislation to go through,” said Elliott, who is also president of the Distilled Spirits Council of Vermont. “We’ve been pushing for this for a while, and it’s taken a lot of sweat to get here.” Four-packs of the 5 percent alcohol,

12-ounce sleek cans are scheduled to arrive on grocery store shelves in the first or second week of July, Elliott said. The bill’s passage is the culmination of three years of legislative work to carve the growing category of ready-to-drink beverages out of the Department of Liquor and Lottery’s control. The state’s distillers, beverage wholesalers and other advocates sought parity with beer and wine — which are sold through the private sector — for spirits-based products with similar alcohol content. For Rep. Matt Birong (D-Vergennes), it’s all about modernizing Vermont’s prohibition-era liquor laws in a way that supports the state’s producers. “I believe our distillers are going to do very similar things to what our brewers have done and create really cool, unique products with a local focus and flair,” Birong said.

While other control states have made a similar move to reclassify spirits-based ready-to-drink beverages, Vermont is among the first to reduce excise taxes on the category, Birong said. Rather than tax them as spirits — currently $7.68 per gallon — ready-to-drink spirits beverages will be taxed at $1.10 per gallon. The rate is still higher than the tax on beer and wine, but the move to lower it caught the attention of lobbyists representing Big Beer, who considered the proposal a threat to their products’ market share. Many of the country’s largest beer producers have jumped into the hard seltzer market in recent years. Those malt-based beverages are allowed on Vermont grocery store shelves. The beer industry believed spirits-based drinks were a direct competitor, occupying shelf space traditionally given to their products.

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food+drink “They were vehemently opposed to this moving forward at all,” Birong said. The change doesn’t apply to takeout cocktails, which restaurants and bars are allowed to sell through July 2023, thanks to a two-year extension of Gov. Phil Scott’s March 2020 executive order. Instead, the new definition refers to the growing category of spirits-based,

single-serve, ready-to-drink packaged products, often called “RTDs.” The RTD market is dominated by national cannedcocktail brands such as High Noon, which sells vodka-based hard seltzer, and Cutwater Spirits, which offers an array of tequila, vodka, rum, whiskey and gin cocktails. “Even though it’s a fast-growing category, the scope of it is very small compared

Distilling and the soon-to-open ArtsRiot distillery. “And I know that a lot of others were waiting to see, because this obviously opens the market tremendously,” she added. Not all spirit-based ready-to-drink products will leave 802 Spirits stores when the law goes into effect in July. Mad River Distillers’ bottled cocktails — including a new Maple Fig Madhattan made with the



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to our total sales volume,” said Wendy Knight, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Liquor and Lottery. Roughly 70 low-alcohol RTD products are for sale in Vermont, Knight said, though she expects new ones to hit the market, now that the law has changed. “There are a number of Vermont distillers that have these products and that were developing these products during the session,” Knight said, including SILO Distillery, Black Flannel

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more room for the distillery’s boozeforward cocktail products. “Everything is going to look more similar and make more sense for consumers,” Buttenheim said. “I think it’s great for Vermont.” The legislature considered a similar redefinition of fortified wine to allow it to be sold in grocery and convenience stores. But that change — as well as a proposal to allow Vermont distillers to ship their products directly to consumers — failed to make it into the final bill. The bill does create a definition for cider — to give the category its own clear identity and to update how ciders are taxed, starting in July 2023. It also allocates $50,000 from the general assembly to the state Agency of Administration to conduct a third-party study “concerning the potential privatization of Vermont’s alcoholic beverage market” by 2024. It’s not the first time Vermont has evaluated its control-state model, Commissioner Knight said. “It’s helpful for policymakers and legislators and regulators to periodically identify whether or not the systems are working, and who they benefit,” Knight said. “It’s always good to ask questions and reevaluate.” m

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process, which takes only 30 to 45 minutes, is so gratifyingly speedy and shape-shifting that she has dubbed it “the party trick.” On a more practical level, making the mild, stretchy cheese is a great example of how a small investment of money and time can produce something most people would never think of making for themselves. Fairbank was one of those people until she hit about 30. As a child, she and her mother lived with her grandparents in Salem, Mass. Her grandmother had grown up on a farm and was full of stories. “I grew up constantly hearing about ‘Oh, on the farm, it was like this,’” she recalled. “I just dreamed of that.” But it wasn’t until she visited an aunt who did traditional household tasks by hand, such as making candles, that Fairbank decided to venture into some of “those forgotten crafts, the old things that people used to do.” Lacking in-person mentors, Fairbank turned to books and dove in. “I think, really, the best way to learn is just to do it or to go see somebody else do it,” she said. After starting out with a small homestead in Athol, Fairbank found herself drawn to Vermont. It felt like the right place to realize her “back-to-land, out-of-the-rat-race” dream, she said. “All those clichés are 100 percent true for me.” Her then-adolescent sons were not as enthusiastic when she first showed them the Greensboro property. “This was a shack in a field when I got here,” she said, gesturing to the tidy, shingled home. “None of the outbuildings were here. There were no gardens.” The seasonal cottage barely had electricity and running water. “It had 60-amp electric that clicked and ticked when you plugged anything in,” Fairbank recalled with a chuckle. She did as much of the work herself as she could and worked remotely in her tech job for a couple of years to fund the transition. The land, too, needed a lot of love. After years of haying with no measures to add fertility, the soil “had been completely depleted,” Fairbank said. “All the dirt that’s here, we had to build from nothing.” The name Broadfork references a tool that is fundamental to Fairbank’s regenerative approach. The large, wide hand tool with heavy tines renders soil loose enough to be worked and to absorb water without destroying the life below the surface. It “just disrupts and aerates enough,” Fairbank said. The technique also minimizes the release of carbon into the atmosphere. But before Fairbank could work the soil, she had to rebuild it. She described her homegrown fertility method succinctly, with a grin: “The poop stays in the loop.” All of the 40

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animal bedding and manure is composted with green material grown on the farm and then applied to the gardens and to fields that have been seeded with deep-rooted prairie grasses. “It’s just so beautiful and green now,” Fairbank said. “I’m gonna die on this hill.” Her hillside acreage would not work for commercial crops but makes good grazing land, Fairbank noted. The 15-year vegetarian started eating meat again when she started farming. “If I’m going to eat it, I’m going to raise it,” she said. Finishing up a quick tour of the farm-

stead, Fairbank pointed out overgrown rows of strawberry and blueberry bushes that she and Pearl would clean up over the next few days in exchange for a couple of nights’ stay in the camper bus. Fairbank popped into her small hoop house to snip some basil for the mozzarella the class was about to make. Inside, twine divided raised beds into squares, each holding different plants: herbs, peppers, eggplants, tomatoes, carrots, radishes and arugula. The technique, called squarefoot gardening, is another favorite that Fairbanks teaches. For less experienced

gardeners, she said, “it makes it a lot less daunting.” Back on the deck, she set a pot of local whole milk over a burner. “Raw milk works best,” Fairbank said, “but gently pasteurized is the next best thing.” Using supermarket milk would result in failure, she cautioned, because standard pasteurization destroys milk-fat structure. A good thermometer is indispensable, she added, since each step of the process requires bringing the milk to a specific temperature. While heating the milk, one gently stirs in diluted citric acid and then vegetable rennet. “When I teach this at schools, the kids do all the steps,” she said. During the final heating to between 105 and 110 degrees, the milk visibly thickened into soft, custardy curds, which Fairbank lifted from the liquid whey into a strainer. “Next, we’re gonna beat the heck out of it: knead, pull, stretch,” she said. The curd-free whey went back over the burner to heat up to 175 degrees, while Fairbank pressed as much whey as she could from the curds in the strainer. Pearl and Rossano donned surgical gloves for sanitation and to protect their hands. “Everybody grab a piece and squeeze as much whey out as you can,” Fairbank instructed. “Drop it into the hot whey for a few seconds and then scoop it out with the slotted spoon.” The next step involved squeezing, flattening and pulling the developing cheese and then several repetitions of the hot whey bath and aggressive massage. “This is the part where we get out our frustrations,” Rossano said. Magically, the curd became stretchy and shiny. Fairbank twisted hers into a long rope. Rossano’s mozzarella ball looked remarkably professional for a firsttimer. “You’re a master,” her teacher said. The trio sat down to enjoy the results of their (minimal) labor. “We made that!” Pearl said. “This is why I like to teach,” Fairbank said. “If you can get excited about it, it’s not a chore.” As they relished bites of fresh cheese with basil and tomato, the three discussed uses for leftover whey, including baking, fermenting vegetables and feeding pigs. Pearl, who recently returned for a second bus stay in one month, said that camping at Broadfork delivered joys and renewed optimism. “I believe Carol is doing something really right. She is doing the life she wants to live and she is making a living at it,” Pearl said. “It gives me hope that there can be a harmonious and sustainable way of living that actually feeds us.” m

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will take over the spot most recently occupied by EL at 3-5 East Allen Street at the top of the rotary. The Winooski El Cortijo closed in September 2021, with a social media announcement describing it as a temporary closure due to “chronic short staffing” and a desire to focus on El Cortijo’s Burlington location. The El Cortijo brand is part of the Farmhouse Group, which owns FARMHOUSE TAP & GRILL, El Cortijo Burlington, PASCOLO RISTORANTE and GUILD TAVERN. Those four restaurants have all fully reopened after pandemic-related full or partial closures, Farmhouse Group owner JED DAVIS said via email. “We had every intention of reopening Cortijo Winooski but, quite frankly, I’m just not sure that we had the bandwidth,” Davis wrote. The couple’s decision to expand “is all about Winooski,” Wade said. “Winooski is our town. The proximity to Misery was huge for us.” As previously reported by Seven Days, Misery Loves Co., which has focused on takeout, prepared foods and specialty grocery items since the start of the pandemic, closed temporarily in mid-May for a renovation. Wade said she expects it to reopen by the end of June. The couple feels good about the business expansion, Wade said. “We have such an awesome team.”


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Pioneer Lakeshore Café Trades Breakfast for Dinner A year after opening PIONEER LAKESHORE CAFÉ in Malletts Bay, co-owners LINDSAY and JEAN-LUC MATECAT are switching things up. Although the Colchester restaurant developed quite a roster of morning regulars — and a following for its egg sandwiches — its weekday breakfast is now a thing

of the past. As of June 1, the couple has shifted their focus to lunch and dinner. “It’s what we do best,” Lindsay said. “We used to be a food truck; we’ve done lunch and dinner for five years, and that’s been our thing. Now we’re leaning into what we already are.” The new all-day menu, available Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., features the café’s popular crispy chicken sandwiches, fried fish sandwiches, BLTs, Bay Burgers and the Big Pac, a burger made from local alpaca meat. The couple will also serve fried clam rolls all summer long. Rising costs for breakfast ingredients — the price of eggs has increased by 300 percent in the year Pioneer has been open, chef Jean-Luc said — reduced the already slim profit margins on the morning meal. “I want to build some kind of recession-proof model,” Jean-Luc said, “because who knows what’s over Pioneer Lakeshore Café's fried clam roll the horizon?” Pioneer will still offer brunch on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., with new items such as eggs Benedict and biscuits with alpaca-sausage gravy. “We couldn’t leave our breakfast regulars in the dust,” Jean-Luc said. “We’ll just go the whole nine on Sundays and blow it out with a big menu of all the fun stuff.” “And we put the hash brown on the [regular] menu so you can get it every day,” Lindsay said. “That will soothe some of the pain.” Jordan Barry

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y the night when The Lifespan of a Fact opened on Broadway in October 2018, Donald Trump had told 6,135 lies as president, and everyone knew what a fact-checker did. The play is the true story of trying to tell a true story. A prestigious writer with little concern for strict accuracy goes head-to-head with a fresh-faced magazine intern who intends to verify every statement in his piece. Comedy ensues. Earning a reader’s trust is what’s at stake. The hyperbolically diligent fact-checker believes any misstatement undermines the essay, while the author thinks he can’t make his point without taking liberties. In the Vermont Stage production, their battle is both funny and thought-provoking. Time for a fact-check — was it exactly 6,135 lies? Nope, that’s an extrapolation from competing counts of Trump’s falsehoods, but a number gives the sentence authority. That’s the essence of the debate in Lifespan, so pick your side by choosing 42

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whether the number is a useful illustration or an unacceptable claim. The play, by Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell and Gordon Farrell, is based on real-life magazine writer John D’Agata and fact-checker Jim Fingal. The two had a sufficiently memorable ordeal fact-

huffing, stomping, staying up all night and never giving an inch. D’Agata’s writing style relies on swamping the reader with details, collecting diverse and seemingly unconnected elements to make his descriptions jangle with kaleidoscopic specificity. Whatever



checking a D’Agata story that they ended up coauthoring a book about creative license and the definition of nonfiction. The play’s characters may well stray from their real-life counterparts, but the essay they tussle over remains the same. In its first sentence, D’Agata writes that there are 34 strip clubs in Las Vegas. Fingal notes that the best source puts the number at 31. D’Agata won’t budge: 34 just sounds better. And they’re off,

the artistic merits of stringing together so many particulars, each one of them is a fact ripe for checking. Never mind that very few of the facts are anything more than atmosphere, employed only to show the breadth of his brush. Fingal is going to verify them. The play’s humor comes from the characters’ intransigence about facts that mean very little on their own. The battle is about credibility, and both the liberty-taking

writer and the punctilious fact-checker have good points. Unfortunately, an abstract argument like this can only get louder when the stakes themselves remain so low. In this production, the two main performers more than compensate as they spar and sputter and finally connect, but the play’s conflict isn’t about truth and society: It’s about minutiae exaggerated for comic effect. Straining to keep these combatants harnessed to a common cause is the magazine’s editor, Emily Penrose. She has the crucial job of keeping the deadlock from bogging down the play, pulling alternately on each side in this tug-of-war. The playwrights invented Penrose, along with an artificial publishing deadline and some fairly silly excuses to get all three people in the same room (theater!) for a task normally handled by phone and email (reality). D’Agata’s essay — he considers himself far too important an author to call it an “article” — concerns a teenager who

L FE is GOOD. jumped to his death from the tower of the Stratosphere Hotel in Las Vegas. The story is about Vegas, suicide and American culture in general, and, as the play progresses, we see that each character has experienced a loss that shapes his or her concern for getting every word in the story right. But they differ, to the bitter end, on what “right” means. Timmy Lewis, as Fingal, unravels beautifully as his trials take their toll. He never breathes too hard on the comic bellows; he lets the circumstances stay funny while the character stays earnest.

his own artistic license, creating an antiseptic, upper-class living room when the script calls for the working-class Las Vegas house of D’Agata’s mother. Lighting designer John B. Forbes makes clever use of pinpoint spotlights, and sound designer Harry Chaikin lets us hear the whoosh of emails flying. Costumer Cora Fauser gives Penrose a bit of Manhattan flash, wraps what must be Fingal’s first on-the-job tie around his neck and puts D’Agata in the modern equivalent of Norman Mailer’s man-ofthe-people wardrobe.

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And he captures youth itself, blindly confident enough to confront D’Agata and craven enough to hide in a closet. Jordan Gullikson plays D’Agata as an artist, not a blowhard. Gullikson gives him a steely passion, but when D’Agata starts swatting at the fly he believes Fingal to be, he drops his egomania to take a closer look. As the two of them connect and grow curious about each other, this production takes off. Maria Hendricks, as Penrose, reacts to each event as if it were an emergency never before seen in publishing. Her shrieks are too overwrought for comedy and too silly for crisis. Still, in the play’s final scene, Hendricks creates a solemn moment for the three of them. Director Cristina Alicea orchestrates some precision door slams and eye rolls, but her main job is keeping a conceptual argument engrossing. She makes it pedalto-the-metal comedy, and the pace is invigorating. Scenic designer Chuck Padula takes

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“Facts are stubborn things,” founding father John Adams said when presenting evidence in defense of the British soldiers who fired on the crowd at the Boston Massacre. Indeed, facts often get in the way of what we wish were true. In 1988, Ronald Reagan tried to quote Adams but delivered a slip of the tongue: “Facts are stupid things.” Let the record show he corrected himself in the moment, but the sentiment has taken on a life of its own. The play’s protagonists sit at those two poles. And they never reach a truce.

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BOOKS EXCERPT FROM AURELIA, AURÉLIA When it comes to life with a dying person it is difficult to tell the difference between the futile and the impossible. No matter how tedious the demands — organizing a compartmented pill tray around a week’s worth of thirty-four different kinds of pills totaling 420 pills in all, separated according to time of day (morning, noon, evening, bedtime), not to mention tracking down things that are vital to what’s left of the dying person’s happiness, that maple creemee in a wafer cone and not in a fucking dish for instance, that least favorite but crucial Nero Wolfe paperback (Homicide Trinity) that had to be physically applied to the upper chest totemically, like a mustard plaster, to ward off the shocking pain of shingles — that path was the one I cleaved to. “Rise up! Rise up, Eric!” I should have said that. I told myself what I was following was the path of goodness but I knew goodness wasn’t going to do a bit of good.

Nerval that Davis calls “romantic obsession taken to the point of madness.” Aurelia, Aurélia. There’s a kind of transit that occurs between the place in your mind where memory resides, as firmly planted as the house you grew up in, and the operative tool of thought, designed to transport you and your memory elsewhere, as if across the ocean in a boat. This memoir’s narrative route is peripatetic, mimicking how in our lives (and in our minds, remembering) we wander among happenstances. Davis moves forward and backward among recollections, elucidating an absence that’s become a different form of presence. She says she’s seeking “an abstraction ... but close up, particular, a vision of the particular self at a particular moment, requisite to memory’s need for

a host to carry it as far away from memory lane as possible.” Surely by “memory lane” she means the wishful versions many of us succumb to when reminiscing. By contrast, Davis’ view of the past is tough and exact. Writing of childhood, she portrays herself as a girl mostly separate from the commotion around her — and always reading. Her literary loves have been lasting: Edgar Allan Poe, Gustave Flaubert, Virginia Woolf, Samuel Beckett, and, to a powerful degree, the bizarre tales of the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen. Also stirred into this memoir’s bouillabaisse of associations are the flotsam and jetsam of an era: Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal, the musical Brigadoon, illustrated Golden Books, James Bond and Dr. No’s metal hands, the comic strip “Mark Trail,” Barbie dolls, Jell-O, Vicks VapoRub, and Lipton’s Noodle Soup.

HOW’S THE RIDE FEELIN’? Davis doesn’t chronologically sequence her scenes of childhood, of her reading and writing life, of her romantic adventures, or of her husband’s terrible illness. The end of his life comes not at the end of the book but in the middle: It’s different washing the body after the person has died. Running a damp washcloth over the forehead, the brow, the eyelids — the eyeballs motionless. The wish to inflict no harm is still there, elevated by the absence of response to something resembling desire. The pale-blue washcloth swimming in the pan of warm sudsy water. If emancipation has occurred, the body will not smell. The body will glow. Is this an expression of shock and grief? Not in the usual manner. But countering that passage’s lift into metaphysics is an extremely tactile depiction of preparing a body: the soberness of a mourner doing what’s needed before the cadaver goes to a crematorium’s furnace. In the byways and culde-sacs of Davis’ prose, readers can follow the narrator’s search for confirmation that what she believes she remembers was actually real, still echoing with meaning. At times she seems to long to be haunted, and she wonders whether Lucy, the family dog she and Eric walked together in Hubbard Park, might still see him:

ecstasy that is an unmistakable symptom of the creative act”: Your tenure on this earth, where you might choose to stay (despite its perils, the perverse machinery of cause and effect embodied in snuffbox goblins and gumdrop poodles), would be infinite, yet once you died you’d have no choice but to go on forever and ever. You had only to imagine a door, the door through which you couldn’t step, and the next thing you knew that door would be opening and behind it would be ... another door! And another! Beyond death, Eric continues to appear in the story — for example, in a description of his helping plan his own memorial gathering. In remembered scenes from before and after, he both was and is. While this memoir’s sequence is disorderly — some might say deranged — a reader paying close attention will find many handholds such as recurring words, developing questions. The book’s brevity makes it possible to keep all of the parts in mind. In effect, this book is all transitions, never arriving or settling comfortably into place. Recalling a pianist friend playing Ludwig van Beethoven’s Bagatelles, Op. 126, “the last music for piano he wrote before he died,” Davis considers how this music juxtaposes “the sublime and the antic.”



That flash of something unseen from the corner of your eye — it didn’t need to manifest itself to let you know that where you are isn’t any place you’ve been before, the world’s surface a mess like it’s been from the beginning, tree roots and stones underfoot — until, all at once, a blade of sun! icemelt dripping from an overhanging tree onto deadfall, and up ahead a dark shape like a stone perched on a picnic table, slightly hunched and unrecognizable, Lucy on the ground at its feet. This isn’t grief as primal scream but elegy with an uncannily light touch. The effect might even be called comic in the Shakespearean way of enfolding sorrow within enchantment. Memory opens and reopens and keeps leading back to the fact of a beloved’s death; the outcome, however, isn’t just loss but transformation. As in the fairy tales Davis loved as a child, which gave her “that shiver of

On the face of it the contrasts are so wild you’d think the overall effect would be unconsonant, chaotic even, yet — as Lois plays it for me — the music seems to inhabit both realms equally, almost as if simultaneously, the sweetness made more sweet by its leap into disharmony, the disharmony more jarring for its embrace of sweetness. Craftily defending her own juxtapositions of smooth and abrupt, continuous and disjunctive, Davis writes, “A transition — the moment of transition — when achieved as perfectly as Beethoven did in his bagatelles and the late quartets, is able to perform this sleight of hand, the moment-between, the ghost-moment, inhabited by both parts.” m

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was reading it as we made the video. No one really knows who made the structures — or when or why. I felt that an earthy stone hut would be the mystical end the video needed. So we went to an undisclosed location to film one and found out later that the property owners had issues with trespassers and asked us not to use the footage. So Joe helped us find a different stone hut in another remote spot, and we did a take two. And, of course, we almost didn’t find each other on that afternoon, probably because a witch placed a misdirection spell on us. I’m superstitious and didn’t want to anger any spirits or goblins while making this video. Knock on wood.

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or almost four decades, Joseph A. Citro has investigated and documented the mysterious legends and ghost tales that twist throughout the underbelly of the Green Mountains. During his illustrious career as Vermont’s beloved folklorist and author, Joe has written 20 books, including fiction and nonfiction. His latest book, Loose Ends: Memories of a Life Not Yet Lived, is a memoir featuring short vignettes from his childhood in Ludlow and Chester and his adulthood in Burlington and Windsor. Seven Days senior multimedia producer Eva Sollberger asked people on Facebook whom she should feature for episode No. 666 of “Stuck in Vermont.” The resounding answer was Citro, Vermont’s “Ghost-Master General.” She traveled to Woodstock with cinematographer Michael Fisher to meet up with Citro and tour some of his favorite spooky spots. They looked for his books at the Norman Williams Public Library, hunted vampires on the town green, chased ghosts at F.H. Gillingham & Sons, and sat down for an interview at the Woodstock History Center. Later, the adventurers sought out a mystical location in an unnamed town where things turned upside down and everything went awry. Was this the final episode of “Stuck in Vermont”? Tune in to see more.

Unstuck: Episode Extras With Eva SEVEN DAYS: Congrats on 666 episodes! How many years have you been making “Stuck in Vermont”? EVA SOLLBERGER: I started making Stuck back in February of 2007, which feels like a million years ago but is only actually 15. I don’t have children, but these videos feel like my kids to me. I put a lot of time and effort into them, and they are my legacy. Hopefully, they will long outlast me and continue to share my unique perspective of Vermont with the wider world. And No. 666 had to be special! SD: Why did you crowdsource the subject of this episode? ES: I’ve had great luck with reaching out to viewers on Facebook for photos, videos and ideas. It is such an easy way to reach people, especially during the pandemic. There were lots of great suggestions for episode No. 666, but Joe Citro was the clear favorite. I first met Joe back in 2009 while making a “Stuck in Vermont” video about the Vermont Horror Fest. He was kind enough to meet up with me in a cemetery for an interview. Joe is an iconic Vermont author, and, with 20 books under his belt, he was long overdue for a video profile.

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SD: Did this video take a lot of planning? ES: Oh, yes. Lots of work went into this video. Joe and I started talking back in early April, and our first shoot was at the end of April in Woodstock. I was brainstorming ideas with him and Michael Fisher. Michael and I worked together on “The 500th Stuck in Vermont” musical episode, and he made it look epic and cinematic. I’m a big fan of The Blair Witch Project, so that was a big inspiration for this episode. I vividly remember going to see the film in the theater in 1999 based on word-of-mouth reviews. I was scared to death. That film was way ahead of its time. Obviously, those are big shoes to fill, but we had fun making this episode. I even wrote a script for it, which is pretty unusual. So the video had some narrative scripted elements and the normal documentary bits, as well. SD: Was episode No. 666 cursed? ES: Oh, yes. You don’t mess around with the number 666 without getting burnt. Ancient stone structures, like the one in this video, are scattered across our state, and one is featured in Joe’s first book, Shadow Child. I

SD: Is this the last episode of the series? ES: Ha! Never! After 15 years, it will take more than some spooky effects to stop me. I do wonder when and how I will end this video series, though. Maybe with episode No. 1000 when I am in my early 60s? But that would be about 13 years from now, and I’m not sure if I have the stamina — though hard-working people like Joe inspire me. He has such an illustrious career and came to writing later in life. And he is still plugging away, writing an autobiography and making comics with Robert Waldo Brunelle Jr. SD: For fans of Joseph Citro, this video is a real treat. ES: Joe is a charming person and such a talented writer and storyteller. No one has documented Vermont’s darker tales like Joe, and I loved hearing his yarns about Vermont’s Hellmouth, aka Woodstock. It was a pleasure to work with him on this video, and he put a lot of time and energy into it. He was game to try anything, so we spent hours traipsing around Woodstock and driving down remote dirt roads to get what we needed. SD: The Woodstock locations are great. ES: Yes, I am so grateful to Clare McFarland at the Norman Williams Public Library, Tanya Parker at F.H. Gillingham & Sons, and Matthew Powers at the Woodstock History Center. They were so generous with their magnificent spaces and let us film there very last-minute. Michael did a great job setting up the lights for the main interview, and I filmed much of the video with my iPhone 13 Pro and my GoPro. I think if they made The Blair Witch Project today, they’d probably make it with smart phones.

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n opening the door of the former cow barn at the Hall Art Foundation in Reading, a visitor is confronted — there is no other word — with “An Arrest,” a 10-by-nearly-12foot unframed canvas hung from grommets. The artist, Leon Golub (1922-2004), derived its subject from a newspaper photograph of the arrest of the Northern Irish politician John Hume by a British soldier in 1971, during the Troubles. But Golub, painting in 1990, reworked the image into a Black man’s arrest at the hands of a leering white man. The latter holds a gun at the head of his spread-eagled victim while pressing bodily against his back in a stance that threatens sexual violence. The terrified face of a third person, also Black, observes the action from the painting’s lower left. It’s difficult to distinguish these largerthan-life figures from the room in which they’re depicted: Both are painted in highly textured, predominantly ashen hues, as if violence is simply a part of the lived environment. Visitors who follow the chronological 48

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path of the show from pole barn to horse barn to cow barn have received plenty of preparation for “An Arrest” in the form of the artist’s earlier work. Yet, like school shootings, each instance of violence in Golub’s work is a shock. “Leon Golub” is one of two exhibitions at the Hall this season. The foundation, under Maryse Brand’s direction, organized the show to reveal Golub’s progression — a decades-long exploration of male abuses of power — in 67 works dating from 1947 to 2003. Approximately a third of the works are on loan from the Ulrich Meyer and Harriet Horwitz Meyer collection in Golub’s native Chicago. The rest were collected by Andy and Christine Hall, on whose collection the Hall draws, along with the foundation’s own collection, as sources for its shows. “There is virtually no location where enormous types of violence have not occurred or are going to occur or are happening right at this minute,” Golub once said, according to an introductory panel. (Aside from those panels, all the works’ labels are accessible via QR codes, which

also connect viewers to further information about certain paintings and media images from Golub’s vast file collection.) Golub’s grim focus on violence was counterbalanced during his lifetime by his wife of nearly 50 years, the artist Nancy Spero (1926-2009), whose work addressed the feminist movement and celebrated women’s gains. The couple shared a studio, collaborated and often exhibited together. At the Hall, Golub is undiluted, and the artist’s biography becomes a key to understanding his deep dive into depicting violence committed by men. Golub was the son of Jewish immigrants from Ukraine and Lithuania. An early encounter with Picasso’s “Guernica,” in 1939, gave him the idea of becoming an artist, though he started by earning his bachelor’s in art history at the University of Chicago in 1942. Serving as a cartographer during the war, Golub encountered “firsthand witnesses and photographic evidence” of the Nazi death camps, according to a label. Back from Europe, Golub changed course and earned a bachelor’s in fine arts in 1949,

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followed by a master’s in 1950, at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The earliest piece in the show is a 1947 sketch on paper, “Skull,” which depicts a squat, monumental male head reminiscent of the primitive Easter Island stone carvings. Golub’s early influences included African and pre-Columbian artifacts, classical sculpture he encountered while living in Italy, and the French artist Jean Dubuffet, who championed art by “outsiders” over academic training. Dismissing the American art world’s veneration of abstract expressionism in the 1950s and ’60s, Golub embraced figuration from the start. His paintings from this early period are shown in the Hall property’s pole barn. They explore male power in front-facing, static portraits that are punishingly scraped, such as “Head (XIV)” (1962), which depicts a Hellenistic head as mottled as a corroded bronze. It’s a wonder such paintings aren’t actually punctured, so gouged do they appear. Golub adopted his scraping technique from Dubuffet, eventually favoring a meat cleaver for the job.


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The violence of Golub’s technique and materials — including sketches in sanguine, a chalk or clay containing iron oxide or red ocher that is the color of dried blood — evolves into depictions of active violence starting in the mid-’60s. The Vietnam War was raging, and Golub and Spero, both lifelong anti-war activists, joined protests. War, eternal and generalized, is the subject of the monumental “Gigantomachy III” (1966). On a 114-by-212-inch canvas, four men attack a fifth, who lies contorted on the ground, while a sixth runs by in the distance. Their whitish, practically flayed bodies resemble ghostlike afterimages, as if they are already dead, though each sinew and muscle stands out. The main attacker’s foot and leg are oddly bent and enlarged, an awkwardness that somehow increases the visual impact of the violence. “Gigantomachy III,” in the former horse barn, is paired with Golub’s 1970s acrylic portraits of male public figures on linen canvases roughly 20 inches square. These lesser-known works indirectly evoke more specific political violence. Developed from news photos, each of which is given a date in the title, the portraits depict a smiling Mao Tse-tung, an affable-looking General Augusto Pinochet and other powerful men — visages jarringly at odds with the destruction of human life for which those dictators are held responsible. U.S.-sponsored state violence and oppression around the world, including in El Salvador and Iran, increasingly fuel the later works, in the cow barn. Most of these paintings, from the 1980s and early ’90s, are gigantic, as if to mirror the scale of the damage. Yet they depict only a few figures caught mid-crime or in menacing poses — a reminder that, as in Golub’s Mercenaries series, individual men carry out the work of the state.

These paintings are Golub’s most realistic: The figures are dressed rather than looking like flayed nudes, trading weighted looks with each other and with visitors. “White Squad X” (1986), part of a series that features a blood-red background, depicts a trio of men. One, blond and smiling, presses the head of a victim against the floor while holding a gun in the other hand; his partner, with back to the viewer, reaches for the gun at his hip and peers over his shoulder. That exemplary glance, implicating the viewer in the action, helps account for the horror that Golub’s works inspire. Not only is the violence inescapable, larger than life, but the perpetrators’ aggression reaches into the viewer’s space. In the 1988 documentary Golub, amid footage of the artist and his assistants on the floor scraping down “White Squad X” with meat cleavers, we hear Golub give his work an art-historical context. “If you look at Renaissance art, medieval art, Assyrian art,” he says, “it tells you a lot about who has power and who is getting the stick. It’s a report. It’s a report on how things are today.” Golub wanted his later work to be “reportage,” as he called it, of Americansponsored atrocities. “Our foreign policy is that we subsidize actions like this in various parts of the world,” he says in the film. “I would say virtually every country does things of this kind. And the most powerful countries do it the most. “You know that old saying,” he adds. “We’ve met the enemy and it is us.” m

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f ‘ABENAKI CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE VERMONT COMMUNITY’: A series of murals designed by Scott Silverstein in consultation with Abenaki artists Lisa Ainsworth Plourde and Vera Longtoe Sheehan and members of Richmond Racial Equity; the 10 panels celebrate the Abenaki origins of practices still important to Vermont culture. Reception and dedication ceremony: Saturday, June 11, 10:30-11:30 a.m. June 11-May 31. Info, com. Richmond Town Hall.



exhibition of member-submitted artworks in a variety of mediums. Reception: Thursday, June 9, 5-7 p.m. June 9-July 23. Info, 253-8358. The Current in Stowe.

OPEN STUDIO: The Howard Center Arts Collective offers an opportunity for art-making every Monday this summer. Art supplies provided. Adult artists who have lived experience with mental health challenges or substance-use disorder are welcome to join. Expressive Arts Burlington, Monday, June 13, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, artscollective@ 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, June 10, 6-8 p.m. Free, donations appreciated. Info, SIP & SKETCH WITH THE LADYBROAD LEDGER: Get hyped for Issue #5. BYO art supplies. Artists of all gender identities welcome. Uncommon Coffee, Essex Center, Sunday, June 12, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info,

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middle of a pandemic, celebrating its first birthday is a big, happy deal. More than three dozen artists have donated works for an auction to benefit Kishka Gallery & Library in White River Junction. The show opened with a packed reception last Friday. Partners Ben Finer and Bevan Dunbar launched the nonprofit art space — which is named after a Polish sausage — in June 2021. The inviting two-room spot on Gates Street boasts a uniquely patterned Marmoleum floor and floor-to-ceiling shelves stuffed with art books. Over the gallery’s first year, the couple has mounted eclectic monthly exhibits. “All are artists we’ve met, from back in art school in 1998 to people we met last year,” Finer said in a phone call. “It’s a wild retrospective of our creative ventures.” Finer grew up in Norwich but left to attend the Rhode Island School of Design, then spent a decade in New York City. He met Dunbar, a fiber artist, when both worked for

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took a job as director of the Aidron Duckworth Art Museum in Meriden, N.H.,

exhibition featuring Vermont painters, photographers, potters, jewelry makers, glassblowers and sculptors. Reception: Friday, August 12, 5:30 p.m. June 8-August 19. Info, 496-6682. Mad River Valley Arts Festival Gallery in Waitsfield.

in 2017. But when that facility closed a couple of years later, and the pandemic followed, he “was in limbo for a bit,” Finer said, and returned to freelance fabrication work.


“The job market didn’t look like it was going to be roaring back, at least not

f VERMONT PASTEL SOCIETY: A juried exhibition

in the creative field,” he continued. “I was having a hard time getting hired by

of 58 pastel paintings by members of the association. Reception: Saturday, June 11, 4-6 p.m. June 11-July 22. Info, Chaffee Art Center in Rutland.

local institutions, so we thought, Well, let’s create an institution of our own.” After years away from Vermont’s creative scene, Finer said he was

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DAVID STROMEYER: The artist’s outdoor venue featuring 70 large-scale contemporary sculptures is open for the season, Thursday through Sunday. June 11-October 10. Info, 512-333-2119. Cold Hollow Sculpture Park in Enosburg Falls.


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CYNTHIA STEIL: “Paint, Feathers and Bones,” a retrospective of paintings from around the Northeast Kingdom and travels abroad by the Ryegate artist. June 9-July 16. Info, 748-0158. Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury.

f LOIS EBY & JUDITH WREND: “In Motion,” lyrical paintings and kinetic sculptures, respectively. Reception: Saturday, June 11, 5-7 p.m. June 11-July 24. Info, 533-2000. Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro.

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‘MUSEUM OF THE ART OF TODAY: DEPARTMENT OF THE INVISIBLE’: Installations, sculptures, photographs, paintings and videos collected by Montréal artist Stanley Février that represent artists from a variety of cultural backgrounds. June 15-August 28. 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, June 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Info, 775-0356. BTV MARKET: An expansion of the former BCA Artist Market includes arts, crafts and other wares, as well as food and live music. Burlington City Hall Park, Saturday, June 11, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 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 15, 6-8 p.m. $15. Info, 662-3050.


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ART AT THE HOSPITAL: Acrylic paintings of Haiti by Pievy Polyte (Main Street Connector, ACC 3); hand-cut paper artworks by Adrienne Ginter (Main Street Connector and BCC); oil paintings of nature by Nancy Chapman (Main Street Connector and McClure 4); acrylic paintings by Lisa Balfour (Pathology Hallway, EP2); and oil paintings of nature by Joy Huckins-Noss (BCC, EP2). Through September 19. Info, 865-7296. University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington. ‘FROM THE ARCHIVES: BURLINGTON DISCOVER JAZZ FESTIVAL’: Images of players and performances of past festivals by Vermont photographers Luke Awtry, Brian Drourr and Mark Harlan. Lorraine B. Good Room. Through July 3. Info, 865-7296. BCA Center in Burlington. KELLY HOLT: “Streetstyle,” mixed-media urban photography by the Burlington artist. Through June 30. Info, 540-0406. ArtsRiot in Burlington. 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. ‘PORTRAITS OF PRIDE’: An exhibition of photographs by M. Sharkey of individuals who were part of the 1983 Pride March; presented by the Pride Center of Vermont and the Vermont Folklife Center. Through September 30. Info, 865-7296. Burlington City Hall.

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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


a gallery,” he said. “We’ve had shows where there wasn’t even anything to buy, and those shows have been well attended.” Finer and Dunbar, who holds an administrative position at Dartmouth College, have finessed their respective contributions to Kishka over the year. “We’d never really worked together before as creatives, so that’s been another whole learning process as well,” Finer said. As with any nonprofit or startup, the biggest challenge is financial. Kishka’s founders aim to keep the art affordable, and take only a 20 percent commission. “We’ve reached out to foundations, and we get grants,” Finer said. “This is the first time we’ve done a public fundraiser.” The silent auction is on Instagram — — and the works can be seen in the gallery through June 26. Pictured: Ben Finer and Bevan Dunbar with furry friends. 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.

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 of eyeglasses in portraiture from the 19th century to the present. Through October 16. ‘IN PLAIN SIGHT: REDISCOVERING CHARLES SUMNER BUNN’S DECOYS’: An online exhibition of shorebird decoys carved by the member of the Shinnecock-Montauk Tribes, based on


extensive research and resolving historic controversy. Through October 5. ‘OUR 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. MARIA SHELL: “Off the Grid,” 14 contemporary quilts that push the boundaries of the traditional gridded format by the Alaska-based quilter. Through October 16. NANCY WINSHIP MILLIKEN: “Varied and Alive,” four monumental outdoor sculptures set in a pollinator meadow that embody the museum’s commitment to environmental stewardship and feature natural materials intrinsic to the region. Through October 16. Info, 985-3346. Shelburne Museum. FAIR HOUSING EXHIBITION: A group show featuring works by artists who responded to the prompt, “What makes a thriving, inclusive community?” Presented by Arts So Wonderful and CVOEO’s Fair Housing




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and share what they’re thinking about. Through July 31. Info, 224-6827. Montpelier City Hall.

f LINDA BLACKERBY: Vibrant abstract paintings by the Vermont artist. Reception: Wednesday, June 22, 6 p.m. Through October 2. Info, contact@ Shelburne Vineyard.

SHOW 49: Paintings, drawings and sculptures in diverse styles by 16 members of the cooperative gallery. Through June 26. Info, 552-0877. The Front in Montpelier.

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.

SUSAN CALZA: “Bubbles and the Big Head: a meditation on plastic,” mixed-media installation. Through July 24. Info, 224-6827. Susan Calza Gallery in Montpelier.


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.

‘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.

ROSS SHEEHAN: “A Different Place, Altogether,” mixed-media works that investigate changing and forgotten physical environments, memories and dreams of and about South Burlington, seeking meaning in the city’s thresholds. Through June 30. Info, 775-303-8863. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall.

‘THE WORLD THROUGH THEIR EYES’: Watercolors and drawings by 19th-century Norwich alumni 16t-vcamWEEKLY.indd 16t-vcam-weekly.indd 1 1 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.

‘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.



‘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. JANET VAN FLEET: Wood and mixed-media sculptures: boats, figures, oracles and prophets. Through June 30. Info, 613-3182. J. Langdon Antiques & Art in Montpelier. JEROME LIPANI: “Visual Fugue,” analytical abstractions and assemblages of found materials, conceived as scores for music and dance improvisation. Through September 30. Info, jeromelipani@ Plainfield Co-op. LIZ LE SERVIGET: “Tracking Time Through COVID,” a solo show of small watercolor paintings made every day since mid-March 2020 by the Montpelier artist. Through August 5. Info, 595-5252. Center for Arts and Learning in Montpelier. ‘LOCAL PERSPECTIVES’: An exhibit by members of the Central Hub of the Vermont Pastel Society. ‘THE PRINTMAKING INVITATIONAL 2022’: An exhibition of works by Vermont artists Janet Cathey, Lynn Newcomb and Michael Roosevelt, curated by Phillip Robertson. 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 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. MICHAEL HEFFERNAN: “Toying With It,” paintings that feature playthings. Curated by Studio Place Arts. Through June 11. Info, 479-7069. AR Market in Barre. PAUL GRUHLER: “Harmonics,” geometric abstract paintings by the Vermont artist. Through June 30. Info, 279-5558. Vermont Supreme Court Gallery in Montpelier. ‘RED OCULUS’: A hut-like installation by Susan Calza, sited outside city hall, houses a tape recorder and a notebook and invites passersby to drop in

‘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. ALTERNATIVE TAKES GALLERY: An exhibition by Misoo Bang, Richard Britell and Mary Reilly featuring three different perspectives on the world, from the architecture of western civilization to the natural world, to the individuals navigating both, accomplished with paint, collage and graphite. Through October 31. Info, 760-4634. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort.

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16T-BiteClubfiller.indd 1 ‘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.

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

f MAGGIE NOWINKSI & ALICIA RENADETTE: “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. Through July 1. Info, 635-2727. Red Mill Gallery, Vermont Studio Center, in Johnson. NORTHERN VERMONT ARTISTS ASSOCIATION: The 91st annual juried member exhibition featuring artworks in a variety of mediums. Through July 9. Info, 644-8183. Visions of Vermont in Jeffersonville. RENÉE LAUZON: “The Break Up,” a solo exhibition by the painter and sonic artist. Through July 3. Info, Minema Gallery in Johnson.


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

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late local artist. Through June 30. Info, 388-1436. Jackson Gallery, Town Hall Theater, in Middlebury. ‘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. ‘SUMMER SUITE’: Paintings by Jill Matthews and Katie Runde. Through July 27. Info, 989-7419. Edgewater Gallery at Middlebury Falls. 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.


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. ‘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. ‘VERMONT: IN THE COUNTRY’: The second of three allmember shows in all mediums celebrating our favorite state, from rolling farmland to lake scenes. 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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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. Through July 27. Info, 355-2150. GreenTARA Space in North Hero.

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36TH ANNUAL QUILT EXHIBITION: “Piecing the Past to the Present,” a juried display of works from Windsor County quilters, as well as a pair of historical quilts from the museum’s collection. Through July 10. Info, 457-2355. Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock. ANNIVERSARY AUCTION: An exhibition and silent auction of donated artworks to celebrate the gallery’s first year of existence. See on Instagram to bid. Through June 26. Info, 347-264-4808. Kishka Gallery & Library in White River Junction. JEAN GERBER: “River Travel,” paintings inspired by trips to Alaska, the Yukon and Maine. Through August 31. Info, 295-4567. Long River Gallery 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. ‘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. ‘SPRING INTO SUMMER’: The annual members show featuring prints in a variety of styles and techniques. 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.


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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. 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, chelseaartscollective@ 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, INVITING SOLO & SMALL GROUP SHOWS: SPA’s second and third floors are used for solo and small group shows; now seeking proposals for shows in 2023. Submission info at Deadline: June 25. Studio Place Arts, Barre. $10 entry fee; free for SPA members. Info, 479-7069. 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 dimly lit garages, creating mad masterpieces, if your work has never or rarely been exhibited, apply to be a vendor at Deadline: July 29. Vermont Clothing Company, St. Albans. Free. Info, PLAINFIELD CO-OP 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: Submit proposals for visual work

Through July 31. Info, 603-443-3017. Scavenger Gallery in White River Junction.

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‘COMING CLEAN’: An exhibition that considers bathing practices throughout time and across cultures, including religious immersion and ritual purification, bathing as health cure, methods of washing in extreme environments, and much more. All kinds of bathing and scrubbing implements are on display. Through April 30, 2023. Info, 626-4409. The Museum of Everyday Life in Glover. ‘MATERIAL DRAWING REDUX: DRAWN TO TOUCH’: Works by Audrey Goldstein, Michelle Samour, Julia Shepley and Debra Weisberg, who have been in conversation with each other for more than 15 years about their individual drawing practices. KATA HULL: “Thin Ice,” paintings and mixed-media works on paper, part of an ongoing series exploring global warming and its consequences. Through June 11. Info, 748-2600. Catamount Arts Center in St. Johnsbury. 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.

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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

and/or performance for a November group show. We aim to honor folks who have shown or performed here over the last 50 years while also welcoming those new to the scene. We want to feature your art, poetry, music, dance, films, videos, memorabilia, as well as educational/community events and classes. Contact Alexis Smith at Deadline: September 1. Plainfield Co-op. 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, SEEKING NEW ARTIST-MEMBERS: The Front gallery is seeking artists of all backgrounds interested in provoking curiosity, exchanging ideas, and promoting engagement with the visual arts. We feature members’ work in six group exhibitions alternating with six solo shows annually. Members can use the gallery for talks, performances, movies and critiques. Find application at The Front, Montpelier, Through June 15. Free. Info, 552-0877. 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. 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 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. 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@hallartfounda 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. 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.


2022 CARTOONISTS THESIS EXHIBITION: The final projects by this year’s graduates of the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction. Through June 30. Info, 295-3319. Online.

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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. Through June 30, 2023. Info, 514-235-2044. 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. Info, 514-285-2000. 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. Montréal Museum of Fine Arts. ‘IN THE MOMENT: RECENT WORK BY LOUISE HAMLIN’: Paintings and works on paper by the former Dartmouth College studio art professor and printmaker. 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. JORDAN KING: “Blurred Lines,” paintings distorted with the use of tape. Through June 24. Info, 518563-1604. Strand Center for the Arts in Plattsburgh, N.Y. m

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Day, but Vermont said, “Fuck that. Hold our maple syrup,” and registered the whole damn state. Granted, our population is less than a borough of New York City, but the Green Mountain State is taking the event seriously, with music in Randolph, Springfield, Milton, Fairfield, St. Albans, Montpelier, Bennington and many other locales. Burlington will host music at multiple sites for the day, including City Hall Park, the Church Street Marketplace and the Andy A_Dog Williams Skatepark. DAVID SCHEIN, who is coordinating the Vermont events on behalf of BIG HEAVY WORLD, believes this is just the start for World Music Day here. “This is going to become a big deal and will only get bigger next year,” Schein said by phone. “We already have 50 or 60 spots booked, and more are still coming in.” One reason the event is gathering steam, according to Schein, is accessibility: Anyone can participate. COURTESY OF MATTHEW PERRY

You know that thing where you watch a beloved film from your youth, only to discover that it, in fact, sucks? We’ve all been there. I still recall getting super excited to show a friend the movie Singles, CAMERON CROWE’s ode to the Seattle music scene in the ’90s, easily one of my favorite films of my younger days. “Look,” I said, “they’re at a club and ALICE IN CHAINS is playing! That’s CHRIS CORNELL walking into the frame! EDDIE VEDDER is acting!” I also remember how quickly into the rewatch I realized that the movie was cheesier than Wisconsin and full of terrible romantic comedy clichés. Even worse, it reintroduced me to how bad PAUL WESTERBERG’S non-REPLACEMENTS catalogue is. The other film I tried to go back to recently was Independence Day. I know what you’re thinking: We knew that movie sucked when it came out. You’re not wrong! But it was the pandemic, I was bored, yada yada yada. I watched the thing, all right? Yes, it’s still a bloated, big-action movie featuring WILL SMITH warming up his slapping hand on aliens instead of on CHRIS ROCK. But there was one scene I still really enjoyed: when the scattered nations of Earth finally band together to coordinate the attack on the

alien ships. Maybe it was the state of the world, maybe I’m just a sucker for a big team-up, but the thought of something binding us all together, even for a moment, moved me. Whether or not we’d really join forces to fight off asshole aliens, I can’t say. But we will absolutely get together one day a year to make music across the globe. How do I know that, you say? Because we already do! World Music Day, which takes place every year on June 21, the summer solstice, is a daylong celebration of music and how it can bring people closer across cultural World Music Day divides. The event started in France in 1982 as Fête de la Musique but quickly expanded into a worldwide jam, with tens of thousands of performances taking place in more than 120 countries on every continent. Hundreds of cities in America have signed up to participate in World Music

“One of the beautiful things about the Music Day phenomenon is that it’s open and free to the public,” he said. “A 4-yearold can play mud buckets as part of a library program and a wailing rock band can play in a club or a studio.” Schein himself plans to perform, playing his ukulele from his front porch — though he swears he’ll change out of his pajamas and put on a pair of jeans to mark the event. Some highlights of the day include banjo player and troubadour RIK PALIERI holding a folk jam at Kingsland Bay State Park in Ferrisburgh. A large group of acoustic players and singers will spread out on the porches of the park’s old cabins, playing from noon to dusk. Randolph is actually throwing a parade for the big day, as well as featuring music across its downtown. At night, the music will shift to the Underground, a recording studio that is debuting a new venue at its downtown digs at 24 Pleasant Street. “Our gem of a town will be exploding with music, showing the diversity and depth of musical talent,” Randolph Arts & Culture Committee chair JESS WILKINSON wrote in a press release. Brattleboro’s All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church is getting in on the act, too, hosting music during the day. Pastor Telos Whitfield wrote, “Music is a powerful force for healing, the common language that transcends all boundaries. As we live through these complicated times, we need the hope and joy that music brings.” Want to participate in World Music Day? It’s not too late! Registration continues right up until June 20. Just head over to makemusicvt and tell them where you want to make music. I’ll give any aspiring trumpet players a little encouragement: Schein is still hoping to find a trumpet player to hike the Long Trail and play some tunes. “I want them to find a nice cliff or something and play some MILES DAVIS, some long cornet chords,” Schein said with a laugh. “I’d love if the bears and the deer heard some music on World Music Day.”

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Drama Club

Man, oh man, do I love some touring drama! Having been on a few terrible tours myself, you’d think I’d be more sympathetic, but touring drama is my break-out-the-popcorn time. I love all the greatest hits of tour drama such as: Van fights! Leaving the bassist in Des Moines! Eating the headliners’ food! (If you’re reading this, WOLF PARADE, it was me who devoured that deliciouslooking entrée outside your green room. I’d do it again, too! Bwahahaha!) The latest tour drama involves southern Vermont’s own SAVING VICE. The metalcore act was all set to embark on a big U.S. tour supporting nu metal act the DROPOUT KINGS and rapper LIL XAN, before headliner Xan pulled out at the last moment. Citing struggles with sobriety and unhappiness with Dropout Kings’ management, Lil Xan essentially stranded both the Dropout Kings and Saving Vice on the road, with multiple canceled dates. Saving Vice vocalist TYLER SMALL commented on the situation, throwing some doubt on the rapper’s claims.

“Lil Xan did this to himself,” Small wrote in a press release. “This had nothing to do with the agents, they were doing their jobs. He came up with a list of excuses, but, long story short, we are doing the best we can to salvage the rest of the tour.” Small pointed out that members of Saving Vice are, in fact, sober, and drummer SAM WHELTON is actually working as a recovery specialist. The Dropout Kings had even more shade to throw, taking to Instagram to drag the “Betrayed” rapper, whose Born Dead clothing line was also sponsoring the tour. “Straight up fuck Lil Xan 100%,” the band wrote. “Dude is a total piece of shit for doing this to all the artists and staff involved in this.” Saving Vice and the Dropout Kings are working to put the tour back together, redubbing it the “Fuck Lil Xan Tour.”

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Andrew Richards & Company (jazz) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 9 p.m. $10.

Jazz Festival, releasing the pro-vaccination anthem “Chanjo,” and dropping her debut

“Big Joe’s” at VCC (jazz) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 10 & 11:55 p.m. Free.

built momentum. She and her band, featuring partner and guitarist Michael Webster,

Black Market: A Tribute to Weather Report with Breathwork (Weather Report tribute) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. $10. Bluegrass & BBQ (bluegrass) at Four Quarters Brewing, Winooski, 6:30 p.m. Free. Burial in the Sky, No Soul, Keepsake, Komodo VT (metal, hardcore) at Monkey House, Winooski, 8 p.m. $10. Courtyard Music Series (blues, jazz, rock) at Halvorson’s, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. The Discussions (jazz, fusion) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 11 p.m. $10. ELEW (jazz, rock) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Jazz Night with Ray Vega (jazz) at Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free. Jazz Sessions with Randal Pierce (jazz open mic) at the 126, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free. Mob Barber (jazz) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 7 p.m. $10. Queen City Bones (jazz) at ArtsRiot, Burlington, 7 p.m. $5. Satta Sound (reggae) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Troy Millette Presents: Sample Sets (singer-songwriter) at 14th Star Brewing, St. Albans, 6 p.m. Free. Wednesday Night Dead (Grateful Dead covers) at Zenbarn, Waterbury, 7 p.m. $5.

record, 2021’s Hali Ya Utu,, the singer — real name Irene Kerubo Webster — has steadily have a busy schedule at this year’s jazz fest. Having already played a free show at Leddy Park last week, KeruBo heads downtown to Leunig’s Bistro on Saturday, June 11.

Yes, Ma’am with Tasche & the Psychedelic Roses (indie rock) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 11 p.m. Free.


Acoustic Ruckus (bluegrass) at Charlie-O’s World Famous, Montpelier, 8 p.m. Free. Alex Stewart Quartet (jazz) at the 126, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free. Big Joe’s at VCC (jazz) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free. Caio e Jess (jazz) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Dan Ryan Express (jazz) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Dirk Quinn Band (jazz) at Red Square, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Freeway Clyde (jazz) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 8 p.m. $10. Jesse Cook (classical guitar) at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 7 p.m. $35/$55. Mark Abair Unplugged (acoustic covers) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 6 p.m. Free. msmwbtv (Medeski, Martin and Wood tribute) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 9 p.m. $12/$15. Roots Night Bluegrass Jam (bluegrass) at Zenbarn, Waterbury, 7 p.m. Free. Satyrdagg (big band) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 10:30 p.m. $10.

Please contact event organizers about vaccination and mask requirements. Shanty Rats (Celtic folk) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Strange Purple Jelly (jazz) at Red Square, Burlington, 2 p.m. Free. Tyler Mast (singer-songwriter) at Filling Station, Middlesex, 6 p.m. Free.


Andrew Richards Quartet (jazz) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free. The Apollos (rock) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 8:30 p.m. Free. Barbacoa (surf rock) at Four Quarters Brewing, Winooski, 5 p.m. Free. Big Joe’s at VCC (jazz) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free. Breathwork (jazz) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Eric George (folk) at Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 4 p.m. Free. Get Up With It (jazz) at Charlie-O’s World Famous, Montpelier, 6 p.m. Free.


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Joe’s Big Band (jazz) at ArtsRiot, Burlington, 8 p.m. $10. King Me (covers) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 5 p.m. Free. Mal Maiz (Latin dance) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 10 p.m. $10. Maple & Hanson (covers) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 9 p.m. Free. Mark Legrand (country) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 6 p.m. Free. Matt the Gnat & the Gators (folk) at Red Square, Burlington, 3 p.m. Free. MLS Coalition (jazz) at Red Square, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Mwenso & the Shakes (jazz, blues) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 11:55 p.m. Free. Phantom Airwave (rock) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 9 p.m. Free. PRIDE Evening Drag Show (drag show) at the Depot, St. Albans, 8 p.m. $25/$40.

Oceanography (indie rock) at Charlie-O’s World Famous, Montpelier, 9 p.m. Free.

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

Some Hollow (folk rock) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 8 p.m. Free.

Ween Wednesday: Knights of the Brown Table (Ween tribute) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 8 p.m. Free.

Tiffany Pfeiffer Trio (jazz) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 2:30 p.m. Free. The World Famous Treme Brass Band with Gentleman Brawlers (brass band) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 8 p.m. $10.


djs WED.8

DJ CRE8 (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.

Alex Stewart Quintet (jazz) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 2 p.m. Free.

Men of Distinction (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.

Andriana Chobot (soul, jazz) at Red Square, Burlington, 3 p.m. Free.


Big Joe’s at VCC (jazz) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free. Erisy Watt with Cricket Blue, A Box of Stars (folk) at Monkey House, Winooski, 7:30 p.m. $5. Mango Jam (jazz) at Red Square, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

DJ Baron (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free. DJ CRE8 (DJ) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 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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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.


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

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Second Wednesday Comedy Jam Live! (comedy) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free.

Sunday Brunch Tunes (singer-songwriter) at Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 10 a.m.

Mi Yard Reggae Night with DJ Big Dog (reggae) at Club Metronome, Burlington, 9:30 p.m. Free.



True Color Jazz Duo (jazz) at Stone’s Throw Pizza, Richmond, 6 p.m. Free.

Dead Set (Grateful Dead tribute) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 7 p.m. $10.

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

Three Leaves Comedy Showcase (comedy) at Monkey House, Winooski, 8 p.m. Free.

Wild Leek River (country) at Charlie-O’s World Famous, Montpelier, 9:30 p.m. Free.

Folk Talk Trio (folk) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

Ben Blanchard (DJ) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free.


Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls with the Bronx, Pet Needs (rock) at Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, 6:30 p.m. $29.50/$35.

DJ Craig Mitchell (DJ) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 11 p.m. Free. DJ Taka (DJ) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 11 p.m. $10.

Honky Tonk Tuesday featuring Wild Leek River (country) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 9 p.m. $5.

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

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


Satyrdagg (big band) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 10:30 p.m. $10. Stray Local (folk, pop) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free.

Zach Bryson & Chris Acker (jazz) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.


Ancestral Papa Joe with T.J. Reddick (jazz) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Andrew Richards & Co. featuring Connor Young with Matt Dolliver Quartet (jazz) at ArtsRiot, Burlington, 8 p.m. $20. The Apollos (rock) at Monopole, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 10 p.m. Free. Ben Patton (pop, jazz) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 4 p.m. Free. Big Joe’s at VCC (jazz) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free. Bobby Coe and the Hive with Zonkey & McAauley Kart (funk) at Monkey House, Winooski, 8 p.m. $5. Bumpin’ Uglies with Joe Samba (punk, reggae) at Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $17/$20. Double You (rock) at Monopole, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 10 p.m. Free. Fleece (dream pop) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free. Jack Hanson and Friends (jazz, soul) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 5 p.m. Free. Jonathan Scales Fourchestra (jazz) at Red Square, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. KeruBo (Afro-jazz) at Leunig’s Bistro & Café, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Kip de Moll (singer-songwriter) at ArtsRiot, Burlington, noon. Free. Left Eye Jump (blues) at Red Square, Burlington, 2 p.m. Free. Misty Blues (blues) at Zenbarn, Waterbury, 8 p.m. $8/$10. MLS & Friends, featuring members of Brawlik (jazz) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free. Nancy Smith (singer-songwriter) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 6 p.m. Free.


Bluegrass & BBQ (bluegrass) at Four Quarters Brewing, Winooski, 6:30 p.m. Free. Carissa Johnson (singer-songwriter) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 11 p.m. Free. Courtyard Music Series (blues, jazz, rock) at Halvorson’s, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Courtyard Music Series: Brisson, Boss, & Pelletier (benefiting American Cancer Society) (blues) at Halvorson’s, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. DJ Steal Wool (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, 5 p.m. Free.

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. No Scrubs: ‘90s Night with DJ Ron Stoppable (DJ) at Club Metronome, Burlington, 10 p.m. $5. PRIDE Weekend (DJ) at the Depot, St. Albans, 9 p.m. $5 C. Reign One (DJ) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free. Thin Mints with DJ Dillanwithaq (DJ) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, noon. Free.

Erin Cassels-Brown and Evan Allis (of Fever Dolls) (indie) at Monkey House, Winooski, 8 p.m. $5.


GWAR with Goatwhore, Nekrogoblikon, The Native Howl (metal) at Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, 6 p.m. $35/$39.


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

DJ Two Sev (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, 11 p.m. Free. Colby Stiltz (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, 11 p.m. Free. DJ A-Ra$ (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, 8 p.m. Free.

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

DJ4D (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.

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

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

The Kaleidoscope Kid (indie rock) at Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $10/$15. Kristin Ford (singer-songwriter) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free. Troy Millette Presents: Sample Sets (singer-songwriter) at 14th Star Brewing, St. Albans, 6 p.m. Free.



Ray Harrington (comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7 p.m. $20. Big Apple Comedy Series (comedy) at American Flatbread Pavilion, Middlebury, 8 p.m. Free.


Ray Harrington (comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7 p.m. $20.


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


Anyone But Me: A Standup Showcase (comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Standup Comedy Open Mic (comedy open mic) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 8 p.m. Free.

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


Untapped: A Night of Drag & Burly-Q (drag) at Monkey House, Winooski, 8 p.m. $12.


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

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

Tuesday Night Trivia (trivia) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free.

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Sten Bowen belongs to a particular sect of pop-leaning Vermont home-recording artists who rarely, if ever, play live. The unofficial club of singer-songwriter/multiinstrumentalist/producer types is vast and includes ethereal electronic producer Christopher Hawthorn, electric desert-folk singer-songwriter Osage Orange, indie-folk wanderer Glorious Leader, and new-wave revivalist Love and Japan, to name a few. Love and Japan’s Edward Jahn, a high school classmate of Bowen’s, plays bass on 12:31 PM his new album, Tender Pioneer. The last we heard from Bowen (at this publication, anyway) was 2018’s The Farthest Sun, a sprawling, 25-track record with an eclectic sensibility that mostly camped out in a zone between pianodriven baroque-pop and psychedelic folk-rock. It’s like a more polished version of Bowen’s incredibly raw, undeniably intriguing 2016 effort, Four Living Creatures. His 2019 album, California Piano, flew right under my radar. The Huntington-based artist’s new record retains the weirdness and unpredictability of his previous releases


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“Banjo Dan” Lindner’s lucky number is seven. That’s because seven was the number worn by New York Yankees great Mickey Mantle, writes Lindner in the liner notes to Spirits, his seventh solo album. Linder also reveals that after 50 years, 17 studio albums — including many with his trailblazing Vermont bluegrass band the MidNite Plowboys — two live records and one DVD, Spirits is his last record. Having covered Lindner for the past 15 years — amazingly, just a fraction of his career — I’ll say this: I’ll believe that when I see it. Or rather, when I don’t. After the Plowboys called it quits in 2012 following a 40-year run, Lindner didn’t slip quietly into retirement. He continued to perform and record at an admirable clip. And the Plowboys have been known to reappear on stages around the Green Mountains from time to time, as well. But if Spirits really is Lindner’s last record, it’s a heck of a “swan song,” as he puts it. It’s actually 13 swan songs, if we’re

while focusing all of his tendencies into a much tighter and more digestible form. His production has evolved, too. The new album’s sound is huge, rich and complex compared to the often-scrappy construction on his past albums. Bowen relentlessly adds layer upon layer of musical elements. Just when you think he’s pushed a song to its compositional limit, he finds a way to expand it. Conceptually, Bowen lingers on the religious themes that quietly drove Four Living Creatures. He mentions Jesus, angels, four horsemen, salvation and his soul. The people he sings about, including himself, appear on the water and on mountaintops and rise through the sky — all biblical touchstones. Though his lyrics are often poetic, ambiguous and probably tell stories with any number of meanings or interpretations, they’re inlaid with unmistakable reverence and spirituality. Bowen builds his songs to thrilling climaxes. “So Wild So Far Out,” “I Wipe Them Away,” “On the Rooftop on the Same Block” and “Everytime” reach surging pinnacles full of counterpoint and sonic maximalism.

“On the Rooftop” might be the catchiest track on the record. Its light, pop-rock motif snowballs into a grandiose, symphonic super-jam. About halfway through, Bowen introduces a looped hook with tight rhymes upon which he shellacs multiple countermelodies, crashing symbols, a wall of strings and space-age synth. Its hugeness cannot be overstated. Bowen does quiet similarly well. Final song “I Found a World of Light” is a softly strummed lullaby. But even when Bowen’s music simmers (as opposed to the rolling boil that propels much of the album), he adds slight expansions, such as the cooed background vocals and melancholy melodica that close the album. Though we’ll likely never see a fully realized live performance of Tender Pioneer, it’s fun to imagine how those songs, fleshed out by a huge band or orchestra, would make listeners feel — that is, pretty damn incredible. But the record itself has the same effect. Tender Pioneer is available to stream on all major platforms.

being particular, including 12 originals and a twangified version of, appropriately enough, “Swan Lake.” They represent what Lindner considers to be some of the finest songwriting of his career. It’s hard to argue with him. Like many of his 100-plus original tunes, the new material blends sweet sentimentality with winking charm. But as its title implies, Spirits is, well, a spiritual sort of record. And as one might expect, Lindner’s is a gentle sort of spirituality. Opener “Pandora” waltzes in on a rolling banjo line and Jon Glik’s lilting fiddle as Lindner recounts the Greek myth of Pandora’s box. But the following track, “Tell the Bees,” really sets the album’s tone. Bob Amos, one of many notable Vermont guests, takes lead vocals, giving life to Lindner’s writing in his pure, clear tenor. “Tell the bees the hour is nigh / Time has come to say goodbye,” Amos sings, harmonizing with his daughter, Sarah Amos, and Lindner. Then, “When my last frail breath is drawn / Tell the bees to fly me home.”

On “Jesus Wept,” inspired by the closest thing to an expletive Lindner’s Quaker mother was ever heard to utter, he wonders what J.C. might weep about if he returned now. Predictably, Lindner finds no shortage of material — “A dark morass of evil and despair / a viper’s pit of sin and misery,” he sings. That’s not to say Lindner’s spiritual ruminations are all bleak. “The Big Game” is a rowdy bluegrass romp set at a poker game with the Devil — voiced by Nate Gusakov — with the highest stakes imaginable. And brother Willy Lindner takes the lead on the album’s most uplifting track, “Rainbow.” The record, and perhaps Banjo Dan’s recording career, closes on “Wooly Bear,” about an old Vermont tradition of predicting the length of an upcoming winter by the stripes on the woolly bear caterpillar. It’s a metaphor, of course, which Lindner reveals with his signature humble style, singing, “Wooly Bear, Wooly Bear, what do you know? / Will we have a mild winter, or 10 feet of snow? / Will we ever find respite amid all this strife? / Will we ever find peace in this life?”


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s the weather warms up, our thoughts slide toward summer fun: boat rides, sunsets on the beach, tropical cocktails … underwear parties? OK, so maybe not everyone’s ideal vacation includes a halfnaked, drug-fueled dance-athon. But for the characters in Fire Island, a group of twentysomething gay friends who work unglamorous jobs in New York City, their annual pilgrimage to the titular resort is a chance to let loose and feel free for a week. As the New York Times recently put it, this rom-com directed by Andrew Ahn is a “worthy new entry” in the genre of escapist vacation movies — and it features a diverse ensemble cast with serious comic chops.

The deal

Will you like it?

As you can tell from the above summary, Fire Island is yet another creative modern take on Pride and Prejudice. The movie opens by giving us a knowing wink, as Noah picks up Jane Austen’s novel and dismisses its famous first sentence as “some heteronormative bullshit.” Yet, for all its old-fashioned values, the book appears to set an irresistible template for romantic comedies. It’s fascinating to watch how Booster adapts the classic plot to fit a milieu of drag shows, karaoke nights and orgies. Austen’s emphasis on female chastity has no place in this story; its only notable female character is Erin (Margaret Cho), a delightfully 60

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Noah (Joel Kim Booster, who also wrote the film) has a taste for good literature and a distaste for monogamy. When he and four longtime friends set sail for Fire Island, he’s looking for fun, not a boyfriend. Before chasing his own bliss, however, he’s determined to help his nerdy friend Howie (Bowen Yang) get laid. When Howie hits it off with a handsome pediatrician named Charlie (James Scully), Noah is overjoyed. The problem is, Howie and Charlie are as slow to act on their feelings as blushing high schoolers. Meanwhile, Charlie’s preppy friends seem eager to cut short the budding relationship — particularly the glowering lawyer Will (Conrad Ricamora). When Noah overhears Will calling him “not hot enough to be that annoying,” he swears to get the better of his proud antagonist. But is he, perhaps, being a bit prejudiced?

A group of gay friends celebrates summer the old-fashioned way — by partying hearty on Fire Island — in Ahn’s Austen update.

world-weary lesbian who hosts the crew at her house and serves as their maternal, slightly loopy Mrs. Bennet figure. Yet sexual etiquette remains a fraught issue, as it’s bound to be in any era. Here, the unpardonable sin of the rakish Wickham character (Zane Phillips) involves consent and the use of a phone camera. As for Austen’s intense class consciousness, it feels all too appropriate in a modern setting, reinforced here by the casual racism of some of the more affluent characters. Fire Island doesn’t have the sumptuous visuals of period Austen adaptations, or much visual texture at all. But Booster’s witty dialogue flies fast and furious, sometimes accompanied by a harpsichord or string quartet on the soundtrack to remind us of the source material. Rife with references to books and other movies — Noah and Will bond over a mutual love of author Alice Munro — the screenplay gives us a vivid sense of the self-conscious cultural moment these characters inhabit. Our sense of what Noah wants from his vacation never entirely coheres, though. His backstory with Howie remains blurry, so it’s not clear why he invests so much

energy in “fixing” his friend. Noah is certainly attracted to Will and vice versa, but neither ever makes the standard romcom turn toward affirming monogamy, nor do they explode right out of the Austen framework and have mind-bending, no-strings sex. While their chemistry is there, it never feels entirely realized on-screen. Most of Austen’s heroines fixate on marriage to men of means because it’s the only way they can have a measure of autonomy. When you take away that clear-cut motivation, what’s left? While social inequities persist in the world of Fire Island, Booster stops short of suggesting that marrying a member of the 1 percent — even a smoldering-hot, smart, sensitive one — could ever be a solution. Maybe the compromises that Austen’s characters made just aren’t feasible anymore. Without a substitute goal, Fire Island sometimes feels lacking in clear stakes. Still, the movie’s unabashed emphasis on queer people enjoying themselves — without apologies — is a perfect fit for Pride Month. Just like a good vacation, Fire Island offers a wealth of incidental

pleasures on the way to its inevitable conclusion. MARGO T HARRI S O N

IF YOU LIKE THIS, TRY... “HEARTSTOPPER” (eight episodes, 2022; Netflix): While Fire Island is proudly R-rated, this adaptation of Alice Oseman’s webcomic about high schoolers offers a more PG-13 gay romance.

(10 episodes, 2022; HBO Max): Or, if you prefer to see LGBTQ representation in a comic vein with an emphasis on mocking the patriarchy, set sail with this instant cult hit about a none-too-deadly crew of 18th-century pirates. “OUR FLAG MEANS DEATH”

“TALES OF THE CITY” (10 episodes; 2019; Netflix, Pluto TV): Long before Fire Island, Armistead Maupin chronicled the lives and loves of an earlier generation of gay men in a newspaper serial (later novelized) that started funny and turned deadly serious as AIDS entered the scene. It was adapted for TV in the 1990s, and this recent sequel brings the characters into the 21st century.

NEW IN THEATERS BENEDICTION: A decorated soldier and poet of World War I turns against the war in this drama about the turbulent life of Siegfried Sassoon (Jack Lowden and Peter Capaldi), directed by Terence Davies (A Quiet Passion). With Tom Blyth. (137 min, PG-13; Savoy) JURASSIC WORLD: DOMINION: No longer contained, dinosaurs compete with humans for space on Earth in the latest installment of the action franchise, directed by Colin Trevorrow and starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and Laura Dern. (146 min, PG-13. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Paramount, Roxy, Star, Stowe, Sunset, Welden) MONTANA STORY: Haley Lu Richardson and Owen Teague play siblings who return to their family’s ranch homestead to confront their legacy. Scott McGehee and David Siegel (What Maisie Knew) directed. (114 min, R. Savoy)

CURRENTLY PLAYING THE BAD GUYSHHH A crew of animal outlaws tries to convince the world they’ve reformed in this animated comedy from director Pierre Perifel, featuring Sam Rockwell and Awkwafina. (100 min, PG. Bijou, Essex, Majestic)


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. Capitol [Wed 8 only], Essex, Majestic, Roxy, Sunset)


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, Roxy, Savoy, Stowe, 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). (139 min, R. Marquis [ends Thu], Paramount [Wed 8 only], 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). With Rory Kinnear and Paapa Essiedu. (100 min, R. Majestic, Savoy; reviewed 5/25) TOP GUN: MAVERICKHHHH 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). (131 min, PG-13. Big Picture, Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Paramount, Playhouse, Roxy, Star, Stowe, Sunset, Welden)



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THE BOB’S BURGERS MOVIEHHHH The Belcher family faces an existential threat to its burger-joint livelihood in this big-screen adaptation of the Emmy Award-winning animated sitcom. Loren Bouchard and Bernard Derriman directed. (102 min, PG-13. Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Sunset)

CRIMES OF THE FUTUREHHH1/2 David Cronenberg returns with a new body horror film in which Viggo Mortensen and Léa Seydoux play performance artists who regale audiences with new mutations of the human body. (107 min, R. Roxy, Savoy)

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GARDENING 101: GROWING YOUR GARDEN: As growing season kicks into high gear, Vermont Garden Network experts help novices set themselves up for a successful summer. Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington, 5-6:30 p.m. Free; donations accepted; preregister. Info,


FLOATING SOUND BATH: Singing bowl and gong player Stephen Scuderi delivers a unique massage and sensory experience. Railyard Apothecary, Burlington, 6 p.m. $20-40; preregister. Info, 777-0626.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘AMAZON ADVENTURE 3D’: Viewers experience 19th century explorer Henry Bates’ journey through the Amazon rainforest. 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. ‘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

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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. Through June 19. $6-12; VTIFF members benefits apply. Info, 660-2600. ‘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, noon, 2 & 4 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $11.50-14.50; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848. ‘MICROCOSMOS’: Using incredible close-ups, slow motion and time-lapse photography, this documentary tracks the daily lives of insects in meadows and ponds. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. ‘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, 11:30 a.m., 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $14.50-18; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848.

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, Morrisville, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 888-3853.

health & fitness

ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION EXERCISE PROGRAM: Those in need of an easy-on-the-joints workout experience an hour of calming, low-impact movement. United Community Church, St. Johnsbury, 1:302:30 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, 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; 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@


BON IVER: The iconic indie folk band jams on the lawn. Bonny Light Horseman open. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. $75; free for kids 12 and under. Info, 652-0777. BURLINGTON DISCOVER JAZZ FESTIVAL: A stellar lineup of jazz musicians hits Queen City streets in a celebration of the genre. See for full schedule. Various downtown Burlington locations. Free. Info, 863-5966. SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: ANDRIANA CHOBOT: The expressive alto immerses listeners in a multigenre soundscape combining pop, folk, rock and jazz. Burlington City Hall Park, 12:301:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7166.


DEVELOPING SELF: Participants reflect on their experiences and reconnect with their values in order to address life’s challenges. Mercy Connections, Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 846-7063. U.S. CITIZENSHIP TEST PREPARATION: 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.


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.

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Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know by Adam Grant, a psychology guide for those who want to become more open-minded. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. FFL BOOK CLUB: Lit lovers break down Catherine Adel West’s tale of tragedy striking a Black Chicago family, Saving Ruby King. Hosted by Fletcher Free Library. 6:30-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, bshatara@ SO YOU HAVE A MANUSCRIPT, NOW WHAT?: RACHEL HADAS: The prolific poet explains the publication process to wordsmiths who are ready to get their collections out there. Presented by St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. 7-8:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 748-8291.



THURSDAYS IN THE GARDEN: Horticulturalist Chad Donovan helps home gardeners upgrade their game with a new lesson every week. Red Wagon Plants, Hinesburg, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 482-4060.


20TH ANNUAL VERMONT EMPLOYEE OWNERSHIP CONFERENCE: Workers and business owners gather to learn about the benefits of becoming a co-op. See for full schedule. Davis Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, 8:30 a.m.5 p.m. $150-175; preregister. Info, 338-7448. CHAMBER OPEN HOUSE: Local business owners network, buy raffle tickets, tour the Chamber’s coworking space, peruse local art and partake in refreshments. Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce, Berlin, 5-6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 229-5711. 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.


CHRIS MCKINLEY: The Hartford Historical Society presents a talk on the history of the town’s train stations. Greater Hartford United Church of Christ, Hartford Village, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 296-3132.

IDEA TO ACTION: YOUR THREE-WEEK ROADMAP TO SELF-EMPLOYMENT: Mercy Connections helps entrepreneurial workshop attendees become their own bosses. 1-3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 846-7063.

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‘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.


AFTER HOURS BOOK CLUB: Patrons discuss Think Again: The

FREE STORE: Neighbors swap books, kitchenware, shoes, clothing and small items of all kinds. BALE Community Space, South Royalton, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, OPENING MEETING: The local museum holds viewing hours after a long, pandemic-enforced hiatus. Sheldon Historical Society

Museum, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 370-4148.


ANNUAL VERMONT FOREST INDUSTRY SUMMIT: Foresters convene for two days of networking and panels about the industry, climate change, the supply chain and more. See for full schedule. Burke Mountain Resort, East Burke, 2-8:30 p.m. $25-200; preregister. Info, 828-1260. DOWNTOWN & HISTORIC PRESERVATION CONFERENCE: The Preservation Trust of Vermont and the Department of Housing and Community Development present a day of panels on how local history and revitalization can coexist. Various St. Johnsbury locations, 8:45 a.m.-7 p.m. $50; preregister. Info, 522-2444.


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,


MUSIC ON THE FARM: NOAH Y MAURIZIO’S ACOUSTIC NOMADS: Farm-fresh foods and Latin Appalachian tunes are on the menu at a pastoral party. Fable Farm Fermentory, Barnard, food and bar service, 5:30 p.m.; music, 6-9 p.m. $5-20; preregister; limited space. Info, 234-1645. PIZZA BY THE POND: A woodfired oven warms pies made of local ingredients while local bands regale diners. Blueberry Hill Inn, Goshen, 5-8 p.m. $22-35; free for kids 5 and under; preregister; limited space. Info, 247-6735.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘AMAZON ADVENTURE 3D’: See WED.8. ‘BACKYARD WILDERNESS 3D’: See WED.8. ‘DONBASS’: See WED.8. ‘MEERKATS 3D’: See WED.8. ‘NEPTUNE FROST’: Vermont International Film Foundation screens a Rwandan sci-fi musical rooted in themes of anti-colonialism and Afrofuturism. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7-8:45 p.m. $6-12; VTIFF member benefits apply. Info, 660-2600. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: See WED.8.


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RICHMOND FARMERS MARKET: An open-air marketplace featuring live music connects cultivators and fresh-food browsers. Volunteers Green, Richmond, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 881-1249.

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SEA LIFE SCAVENGER HUNT: See WED.8. TEEN ADVISORY BOARD: Teenagers meet new friends and take an active role in their local library. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.



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, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 888-3853.


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. ECHO SUMMER MUSIC SERIES: Local musicians put on a waterfront show for families. ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Pay what you can; cash bar. Info, 864-1848. 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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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. COMICS CLUB!: Graphic novel and manga fans in third through sixth grades meet to discuss current reads and do fun activities together. Hosted by Brownell Library. Essex Teen Center, Essex Junction, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. 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. PARACHUTE FUN!: Little ones frolic under the rainbow ‘chute and play with hula hoops. Grades K 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.


ACTING & IMPROVISATION WORKSHOP: Thespians in training ages 8 through 13 gain essential drama skills with Dirt Road Theater cofounder Maren Langdon. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 2:305 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 426-3581.


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.

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ACORN CLUB STORY TIME: Kids 5 and under play, sing, hear stories and take home a fun activity. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 10-11 a.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 745-1391. OPEN STAGE: Local high school students put on an all-ages open mic. Catamount ArtPort, St. Johnsbury, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600.

JUN. 11 | FAMILY FUN Free; preregister. Info, youthservices@ centennial

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STORY TIME!: Songs and stories are shared in the garden, or in the community room in inclement weather. Norwich Public Library, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 649-1184.

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LITTLE ARTISTS: Wee creatives make mini masterpieces while playing and learning fun art techniques. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 748-8291.


ONLINE PRENATAL YOGA: See WED.8, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

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The Scaly Show The Vermont Institute of Natural Science hosts a hoedown for all things herpetological at Remarkable Reptile Day. Visitors learn about turtles, lizards and snakes from all around the world during a day of hands-on programming. From reptile-inspired crafts and games to a journey along the forest canopy walk designed to get kids thinking like cold-blooded critters. Wildlife ambassadors are on hand all day for meet-and-greets with reptiles who hail from far-flung locales, New England and VINS itself. Saturday, June 11, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee. Regular admission, $15-18; free for members and kids 3 and under. Info, 359-5000,


ACTING & IMPROVISATION WORKSHOP: See WED.8. 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.

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.


SEA LIFE SCAVENGER HUNT: See WED.8, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

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.

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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.

JANAY BROWN-WOOD & SAMARA GARDY: The author and illustrator of the picture book Miguel’s Community Garden read their story and lead an art activity. Presented by Phoenix Books. 11 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 448-3350.


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.10, 1-3 p.m.


AFTERSCHOOL LEGO TIME: Builders in kindergarten through fourth grade enjoy an afternoon of imagination and play. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

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.



ONLINE PRENATAL YOGA: See WED.8, 12:30-1:15 p.m.


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

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DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: Imaginative players in grades 5 and up exercise their problem-solving skills in battles and adventures. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. FRIDAY MOVIES: Little film buffs congregate in the library’s Katie O’Brien Activity Room for an afterschool screening of a G-rated movie. See southburlington for each week’s title. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140.

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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. SUMMER READING PROGRAM KICK-OFF EVENT: Little lit lovers pick up their summer reading challenge packets, make jellyfish lanterns and listen to Pirate Pete’s tales of adventure on the high seas. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info,


LITTLE ONES’ YOGA: Be a dog! Smell a flower! Stretch like a kitty! It’s all part of this movement session for tots ages 5 and under. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 888-3853. SAT.11

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ROYALTON FARMERS MARKET: Local farmers sell their produce, bread and eggs to villagers. South Royalton Town Green, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 763-8302.


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,

CLASSIC MOVIE NIGHT: ‘MY FAIR LADY’: Wouldn’t it be loverly to attend a community screening of the beloved musical that won Best Picture in 1965? St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291. ‘DONBASS’: See WED.8. ‘IT’: Silent film accompanist Jeff Rapsis provides a live pipe organ score for this jazz age romantic comedy. Epsilon Spires, Brattleboro, 8-10 p.m. $15. Info,


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

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


BURLINGTON DISCOVER JAZZ FESTIVAL: See WED.8. CLINT BLACK: The country music legend draws on three decades of hits to show why he’s still one of the best in the game. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 8 p.m. $79-99. Info, 775-0903. JESSE COOK: The lauded Canadian guitarist brings his unique brand of rhythm and rhumba to the stage. Livestream available. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 7 p.m. $15-55. Info, 760-4634.


JOYS OF JUNE BIRD MONITORING WALK: Community scientists watch for warblers, spy sparrows and hear hawks to contribute to Audubon’s database. Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington, 7:30-9 a.m. Free. Info, 434-3068.


CCTV’S 38TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: Community members stop by in person or online to reminisce about the CCTV Center for Media & Democracy’s decades of television work. Little Park, Burlington, 5-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 862-3966. PETE GUMMERE: An antiabortion Catholic deacon delivers a presentation titled “Moral and Practical Issues With Vermont’s Reproductive Liberty Amendment.” Shelburne Saint




Giving Back

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Logan Chaput grew up surrounded by talented musicians in the Northeast Kingdom. He took the lessons he learned from them with him to Ithaca College, where he spent the last four years accumulating awards and singing in venues up and down the East coast, including Carnegie Hall. Now, the baritone returns home for a benefit concert supporting the creation of new youth theater and arts programs at the Highland Center for the Arts. Picnicking audience members can pack a dinner or preorder one from a menu that includes pork wraps, curry, and mac and cheese.

EMERGING ARTIST CONCERT SERIES: LOGAN CHAPUT Friday, June 10, 7 p.m., at Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro. $5-10. Info, 533-2000, Catherine of Siena Church, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, vossjc@ 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.


‘A... MY NAME IS ALICE’: The Artistree Community Players present an uproarious musical revue featuring a smorgasbord of sketches and songs by some of Broadway’s best composers. The Grange Theatre, South Pomfret, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $30-40. Info, 457-3500. ‘THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT’: See WED.8. ‘MARY POPPINS’: The Plattsburgh High School Drama Club teams up with Adirondack Regional Theatre to finally pitch its pandemic-delayed,

SEVEN DAYS JUNE 8-15, 2022

AFGHAN/UKRAINE REFUGEE RELIEF DINNER: Sales of mouthwatering takeaway meals benefit the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants Vermont with Afghan refugees and Hungarian Interchurch. Greensboro United Church of Christ, 5-7 p.m. Donations. Info, 533-2223.


BURLINGTON DISCOVER JAZZ FESTIVAL: See WED.8. EMERGING ARTIST CONCERT SERIES: LOGAN CHAPUT: The up-and-coming baritone and Northeast Kingdom native raises funds for HCA’s youth arts programming. Picnic dinners available for preorder. See calendar spotlight. Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, 7 p.m. $5-10. Info, 533-2000. FREE FIRST FRIDAY EVE: BEG, STEAL OR BORROW: The museum opens its exhibits to one and all, and the lawns overflow with food, drink, lawn games and live music. Shelburne Museum, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 985-3346. SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: CHAMPLAIN JAZZ QUARTET: Parkgoers take in some al fresco jazz from the local mainstay ensemble. Burlington City Hall Park, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7166. YOUNG ARTISTS RECITAL: The student singers-in-training of Opera Company of Middlebury perform under director Dawn Pierce of Ithaca College. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 7 p.m. $15. Info, 382-9222.


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.

MYERS CONTAINER SERVICE TRIPLE CROWN SERIES ROUND NO. 1: The racetrack’s 2022 season continues with the first of three nail-biting competitions. Thunder Road Speed Bowl, Barre, 7 p.m. $5-30; free for kids under 6. Info,


supercalifragilisticexpialidocious show. Plattsburgh High School, N.Y., 7 p.m. $8-10. Info, 518-572-6003.


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‘ORPHÉE AUX ENFERS’: The Opera Company of Middlebury, accompanied by a full orchestra, presents Jacques Offenbach’s satirical take on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 7:30 p.m. $55-80. Info, 382-9222.





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@



GREEN MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL & BOOK SALE: Lit lovers of all ages go wild at a four-day extravaganza of author readings, book sales and family-friendly activities. See for full schedule. Manchester Community Library, Manchester Center, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 362-2607. MORNING BOOK GROUP: Readers start the day off right with a lively discussion of The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 10:30-11:30 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140. NO PRESSURE BOOK GROUP: There are no rules and no assignments in this virtual book club, at which readers discuss old favorites, current obsessions and recent recommendations. 7-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 244-7036.



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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@

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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, 229-1549.

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


‘ROMEO & JULIET’: Shakesqueer Vermont shakes up the classic tragedy with a sapphic love story and a post-apocalyptic setting. Old Labor Hall, Barre, 7 p.m. Free; donations accepted. Info,




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WAKE ROBIN TAG & BOOK SALE: It’s back! Deal seekers select secondhand treasures from a wide array of gently used items. Wake Robin Retirement Community, Shelburne, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 264-5100.




SWING DANCE TO DJ MUSIC: Vermont Swing’s DJs keep everyone moving with jazz, big band and contemporary tunes. BYO soft-soled shoes. Beginner lesson, 7:30 p.m. Champlain Club, Burlington, 8-10:30 p.m. $5. Info, 864-8382.



See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘ROBIN HOOD’: Composer Jeff Rapsis improvises a live score in honor of the 100th anniversary of 1922’s biggest silent blockbuster. Brandon Town Hall, 7 p.m. Free; donations accepted. Info, brandontownhallfriends@ ‘AMAZON ADVENTURE 3D’: See WED.8. ‘BACKYARD WILDERNESS 3D’: See WED.8.

‘HAMLET’: Neil Armfield directs the Metropolitan Opera premiere of Australian composer Brett Dean’s modern, musical take on Shakespeare’s masterpiece. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 12:55 p.m. $16-25. Info, 748-2600. ‘MEERKATS 3D’: See WED.8. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: See WED.8.

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ADVENTURE DINNER: VINEYARD DINNER: Chef James Kitchens perfectly pairs a multicourse meal with local, natural wines. Evening includes a private tour of the vineyard. Lincoln Peak Vineyard, New Haven, 6-8:30 p.m. $175; preregister; limited space. Info, 248-224-7539. BURLINGTON FARMERS MARKET: Dozens of stands overflow with seasonal produce, flowers, artisanal wares and prepared foods. Burlington Farmers Market, 345 Pine St., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 560-5904. CAPITAL CITY FARMERS MARKET: Meats and cheeses join farm-fresh produce, baked goods, locally made arts and crafts, and live music. 133 State St., Montpelier, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, montpelierfarmersmarket@ NOODLES FOR BURMA: Sales of scrumptious noodle dishes benefit those impacted by the coup in Myanmar. First Baptist Church of Burlington, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Donations; preregister. Info, ST. JOHNSBURY FARMERS MARKET: Growers and crafters


FRENCH CONVERSATION FOR ALL: Native French speaker Romain Feuillette leads an informal discussion group. All ages and abilities welcome. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 878-4918.


BAKED WITH LOVE: Community donated goodies go on sale to benefit the Pride Center of Vermont’s SafeSpace AntiViolence Program in honor of Fern Feather. Barre City Hall Park, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Price of food. Info, 839-9504. CENTRAL VERMONT DRAG BALL: Friendly neighborhood drag queens put on a colorful show. Old Labor Hall, Barre, drag tips and closet sale, 5-7 p.m.; stage show and dance party, 8 p.m.-midnight. $10-25. Info, 206-799-2025. PRIDE FAMILY POTLUCK: Out in the Open hosts an all-ages lunch in celebration of rural LGBTQ community. Living Memorial Park, Brattleboro, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, info@weareoutin


BEG, STEAL OR BORROW: Bluegrass fans tap their toes to warm harmonies and virtuosic instrumentals at an outdoor concert. Donations benefit historic venue restoration. Meeting House on the Green, East Fairfield, 5-7 p.m. $10. Info, 827-6626. BURLINGTON DISCOVER JAZZ FESTIVAL: See WED.8. GUSTER & THE WOOD BROTHERS: Two bands let loose with haunting sonic collages and freewheeling improvised tunes. Mexo-Americana duo David Wax Museum opens. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. $57; free for kids 12 and under. Info, 652-0777. MIDDLEBURY NEW MUSIC CRAWL: Music lovers hop around town taking in performances from up-and-coming percussionists, pianists and composers. See for full schedule and list of venues. Various Middlebury locations, noon-6 p.m. Free. Info, 267-886-5359. WALKER FARM MUSIC: PETE BERNHARD: The Vermont bluesman teams up with opener and lowcountry crooner Mary-Elaine Jenkins for an evening of rootsy

BIRD-FRIENDLY MAPLE TOUR: Visitors learn what makes a sugar bush into a welcoming avian habitat. BYO binoculars. Buck Family Maple Farm, Washington, 9-11 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, EARLY SUMMER BIRDING: Members of the Green Mountain Audubon Society lead an expedition through fields, forest and wetlands in search of birding surprises. Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, Swanton, 7-9 a.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, gmas@greenmountain FREE FISHING DAY: License requirements are lifted for one glorious day, opening the doors to anyone who wants to try their hand at angling. Various locations statewide. Free. Info, 828-1000. WORDS IN THE WOODS: BRYAN BLANCHETTE: The Abenaki singer-songwriter leads a literary trek through the forest as part of this Vermont Humanities series. Elmore State Park, Lake Elmore, 6 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, jpelletier@vermonthuma



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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.


Juried Art Fair 10am-5pm Saturday, September 17th


BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL FILM SERIES: ‘SWEET SWEETBACK’S BAADASSSSS SONG’: Rajnii Eddins hosts a screening of Melvin Van Peebles’ 1971 landmark of Black indie cinema that overflows with R-rated action, revolutionary politics and kaleidoscopic filmmaking. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.

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bliss. Walker Farm, Weston, 7-9 p.m. $25-60. Info, 824-5288.





CENTRAL VERMONT HUMANE SOCIETY WALK FOR ANIMALS: Animal lovers and their furry friends parade through the Capital City to raise funds for rescue critters. Vermont Statehouse lawn, Montpelier, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free; donations accepted; preregister. Info, 476-3811.

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VERMONT LAKE MONSTERS: See WED.8, 6:05 p.m. WEEKLY EVENT: Racers tear up the track in pursuit of the title. Devil’s Bowl Speedway, West Haven, 7 p.m. $5-20; drive-in free for kids 12 and under. Info, 265-3112.




BILL HEINRICH: The author of the spiritual self-help book The 7 Levels of Truth: The Answer to Life’s Biggest Question gives a talk and signs books. Spirit Dancer Crystals & Gifts, Burlington, 1-2 p.m. Free. Info, 660-8060. FRIENDS OF FFL BOOK SALE: Eager readers score new titles for their nightstands and help support library programs in the process. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403. GREEN MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL & BOOK SALE: See THU.9, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. POETRY EXPERIENCE: Local wordsmith Rajnii Eddins hosts a supportive writing and sharing circle for poets of all ages. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.


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See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘AMAZON ADVENTURE 3D’: See WED.8. ‘BACKYARD WILDERNESS 3D’: See WED.8. ‘DONBASS’: See WED.8. ‘MEERKATS 3D’: See WED.8. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: See WED.8.

‘THREE MINUTES: A LENGTHENING’: A 2021 documentary takes a granular, meditative look at a home movie shot in the late 1930s by a Jewish family in a small Polish town. Virtual option available. Beth Jacob Synagogue, Montpelier, 5-6 p.m. Donations. Info, 978-697-5969.

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DEDALUS WINE CRUSH: Ticket holders at this killer block party get three pours of mouthwatering wine and a serving of delicious local food. See calendar spotlight. Dedalus Wine Shop,

Market & Wine Bar, Burlington, noon-4 p.m. $30. Info, 865-2368. FOOD FOR TALK COOKBOOK CLUB: Home chefs make a recipe from Black Food: Stories, Art and Recipes From Across the African Diaspora by Bryant Terry and meet to compare results. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3-5 p.m. Free; preregister. Info,

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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,




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PRIDE HIKES: BUTTERNUT HILL NATURAL AREA: All ages, orientations and identities are welcome to explore the floodplain forests and Lake Champlain shorelines. Butternut Hill Natural Area, North Hero, 1-3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, gwendolyn. ‘ROMEO & JULIET’: See FRI.10. 4 p.m.


THE APHASIA CHOIR OF VERMONT: Singers with a language disorder caused by stroke or injury give an inspiring performance for picnicking audience members. Milton Outdoor Performance Center, 2-3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 288-9777. BURLINGTON DISCOVER JAZZ FESTIVAL: See WED.8, Through. COLIN MCCAFFREY: The songwriter and sideman springs to life as a solo artist, showcasing his original work and sharing the story of each ditty. Plainfield Town Hall Opera House, 4-5 p.m. $20. Info, 498-3173. THE DISCO BISCUITS & UMPHREY’S MCGEE: A longtime trancefusion outfit teams up with a veteran jam band for an eclectic, psychedelic show. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. $54; free for kids 12 and under. Info, 652-0777. PLAY EVERY TOWN: Prolific pianist David Feurzeig continues a four-year, statewide series of shows in protest of high-pollution worldwide concert tours. Hazen Union School, Hardwick, 4 p.m. Free. Info, playeverytown@

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EARLY BIRDER MORNING WALKS: An experienced birder leads a walk to discover who’s singing, calling, nesting or flying around the grounds. BYO binoculars and wear good walking shoes. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 7-8:30 a.m. Free; donations accepted; preregister. Info, 434-2167.




‘A... MY NAME IS ALICE’: See THU.9, 2-4 p.m. ‘MARY POPPINS’: See THU.9, 2 p.m.



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See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘AMAZON ADVENTURE 3D’: See WED.8. ‘BACKYARD WILDERNESS 3D’: See WED.8. ‘DONBASS’: See WED.8. ‘MEERKATS 3D’: See WED.8. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: See WED.8.


BRIDGE CLUB: See THU.9, 1-2 p.m.


BONE BUILDERS/ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION EXERCISE PROGRAM: See WED.8. 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.


ENGLISH CONVERSATION CIRCLE: Locals learning English as a second language gather in the Board Room to build vocabulary and make friends. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140.


ST. JOHNSBURY TOWN BAND: The nation’s third-oldest community band regales locals during a weekly ice cream social. Caledonia County Courthouse, St. Johnsbury, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8575.




MUST-READ MONDAYS: Lit lovers cover The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America by Timothy Egan. Presented by Brownell Library. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-6955.

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CEDRR MIXER: Chamber & Economic Development of the Rutland Region members and friends eat, drink and win prizes. Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport, North Clarendon, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 773-2747.

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ADULT KNITTERS & CROCHETERS: Fiber artists purl and treble among friends. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 888-3853.


SWING DANCING: Local Lindy hoppers and jitterbuggers convene at Vermont Swings’ weekly boogie-down. Bring clean shoes. Beginner lessons, 6:30 p.m. Champlain Club, Burlington, 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. ‘AMAZON ADVENTURE 3D’: See WED.8. ‘BACKYARD WILDERNESS 3D’: See WED.8. ‘DONBASS’: See WED.8. ‘MEERKATS 3D’: See WED.8. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: See WED.8.

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FOOD TRUCK POP-UP: Between games of corn hole, hungry people nab dinner and dessert from local Jamaican, Mediterranean and BBQ joints. Three Rivers Path Trailhead Pavilion of the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail, St.


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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: See FRI.10. WALK-IN VACCINATION CLINIC: Folks ages 5 and up drop by to get the jab, whether it’s their first dose or second booster. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 1-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.

FLAG DAY CELEBRATION: History presentations and activities for all ages mark the anniversary of the adoption of the stars and stripes. Bennington Battle Monument, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, 828-3051. ORGAN CONCERT WITH DR. WILLIAM TORTOLANO: The prolific pipe organist gives a patriotic performance in honor of Flag Day. Shelburne Museum, 2-3 p.m. Regular admission, $8-25; free for members, active military and kids under 5. Info, 985-3346.


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





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GRAND ISLE FAMILY FISHING FESTIVAL: Families snag trout in the hatchery pond and learn about the popular pastime with the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. Ed Weed Fish Culture Station, Grand Isle, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 372-3171.

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REMARKABLE REPTILE DAY: Visitors discover the amazing world of lizards, turtles and snakes with up-close encounters, hands-on activities and coldblooded crafts. See calendar spotlight. Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Regular admission, $15-18; free for members and kids 3 and under. Info, 359-5000.


ONLINE PRENATAL YOGA: See WED.8, 10:15-11:15 a.m.


GENDER CREATIVE KIDS: Trans and gender nonconforming kiddos under 13 enjoy fun, supportive group activities while their parents and caregivers chat. Outright Vermont, Burlington, 2-4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 865-9677. SENSORY-FRIENDLY SUNDAY: Folks of all ages with sensory processing differences have the museum to themselves, with adjusted lights and sounds and trusty sensory backpacks. ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 9-10 a.m. Free; preregister. Info,


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West African music and movement put on a joyous show. Burlington City Hall Park, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7166.

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JUSTIN S. MORRILL HOMESTEAD OPEN HOUSE & PUPPET SHOW: Families tour the grounds of the 19th century politician’s home in between ice cream scoops and No Strings Marionette’s Jack and the Beanstalk. Justin Morrill Homestead, Strafford, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, 828-3051.




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

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INDOOR PRESCHOOL STORY TIME: Small groups enjoy a cozy session of reading, rhyming and singing. Birth through age 5. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30-11 a.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 878-4918. PRE-K STORY TIME: Librarians read picture books and teach games to young readers. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 5:30-6 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140. SEA LIFE SCAVENGER HUNT: See WED.8, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. TWEEN BOOK CLUB: Readers in grades 5 through 7 discuss a new book each month in a group run by tweens, for tweens. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

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BABY/TODDLER STORY TIME WITH MS. CYNTHIA: Tiny tykes have fun, hear stories and meet new friends in the


TUESDAY NIGHT GRAVEL BIKE RIDES: Pedal heads explore their local trails at this weekly meetup. Lamoille Valley Rail Trail, St. Johnsbury to St. Albans, 5:307:30 p.m. Free. Info, landanimal


BEYOND THE HEADLINES: CRISIS IN UKRAINE: Experts unfold the complexities of the war in Ukraine so listeners can be better informed, more effective supporters of those affected by it. Hula, Burlington, noon-7:30 p.m. Free; donations accepted; preregister. Info, 557-0018.


MALIA DRAGON BOAT TRY IT TUESDAYS: Paddlers of every experience level learn how to pilot a dragon boat, meet new friends and maybe even sign up for a

children’s section. Waterbury Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 244-7036.


NURTURING A CHILD’S SENSE OF WONDER DISCUSSION SERIES: Brownell Library and the Four Winds Nature Institute teach parents and caregivers of preschoolers how to encourage outdoor play and a sense of curiosity. 4:30-6 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-6956. ONLINE PRENATAL YOGA: See WED.8, 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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MIDDLE SCHOOL CRAFT TIME: Fifth through eighth graders drop in, hang out and get crafty. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 5:30-6:30 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.

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CATHERINE DRAKE: A young woman leaves her depressing Boston job and finds herself — and love — in the Green Mountains in this author’s debut novel, The Treehouse on Dog River Road. Norwich Bookstore, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 649-1114. RECITE!: Poets of all levels, from fledgling to professional, celebrate the spoken word at this virtual reading. 7-9 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, programs@norman WHAT’S ON YOUR NIGHTSTAND? THE NOT-A-BOOK-CLUB BOOK CLUB: Rebel readers discuss anything from book jacket design to the ebook revolution at this nonconformist meeting. Norman Williams Public Library, Woodstock, 10:15-11:45 a.m. Free. Info, 457-2295.



CHARLIE NARDOZZI: The awardwinning garden writer teaches locals how to grow a happy environment for pollinators. Worthen Library, South Hero, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 372-6209.


CREATE A ONE-PAGE MAP OF YOUR BUSINESS: Using a tool called the Business Model Canvas, entrepreneurs develop a guiding plan for their businesses. Presented by Women Business Owners Network Vermont. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 503-0219.

WORK IN PROGRESS: Members of this writing group motivate

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.






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, cynthia@

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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.

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

SEA LIFE SCAVENGER HUNT: See WED.8, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.


SUMMER READING PROGRAM CRAFTS: Kids make summertime crafts and talk about what they’re reading. Ages 8 and up, or 6 and up with an adult helper. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 846-4140.

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.

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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TEEN ART CLUB: Crafty young’uns ages 12 through 18 prep the Children’s Space for summer reading fun by making a giant octopus and other sea-themed decor. Waterbury Public Library, 6-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 244-7036.

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TEDDY BEAR PICNIC: People and stuffed animals of all ages pack a lunch and gather together for stories, songs and family-friendly fun. Bristol Town Green, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 453-5885.

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NIKKI SAMUELS: The children’s author reads from her book, Nature Parade, and leads a hands-on activity. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 745-1391. K



new production of the tragedy. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 7 p.m. $10-24. Info, 382-9222.

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‘DONBASS’: See WED.8. ‘JULES AND JIM’: Acclaimed French director François Truffaut’s magical film follows two men who fall in love with a woman who is a statue come to life. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. ‘LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR’: Powerhouse soprano Nadine Sierra brings her virtuosic vocalism and captivating stage presence to the Metropolitan Opera’s

COOK THE BOOK: Home chefs make a recipe from Lamees Ibrahim’s The Iraqi Cookbook and share the dish at a potluck. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. DANVILLE FARMERS MARKET: Villagers shop local from various vendors handing out fruits, veggies, prepared foods and more. Danville Village Green, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, cfmamanager@

DEDALUS FREE WEEKLY WINE TASTINGS: See WED.8. FILIPINO FEAST: PINAKBET: Chef Maria Garrido demonstrates how to cook an aromatic pork belly and vegetable sauté. Presented by City Market, Onion River Co-op. 5:30-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info,



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OPEN MIC: Artists of all stripes have eight minutes to share a song, story or poem. Virtual option available. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140. SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: BEAR’S TAPESTRY: Roller-coaster rhythms and folksy lyrics greet outdoor concertgoers on their lunch breaks. Burlington City Hall Park, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7166.

‘SUTRAS FOR A SUFFERING WORLD’ PANEL DISCUSSION: Scrag Mountain Music performers talk about their upcoming show that features the late poet David Budbill’s words set to music. Livestream available. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 377-3161.

explain how to manage different types of spending, debt and finances. 12-12:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 764-6940.

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






BYOBOOK GROUP: Lit lovers bring whatever they’re currently reading to this cozy Morristown Centennial Library book club. 6-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 888-3853. m


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down to the size of a Nalgene and was designed with the ease of storage and set-up in mind. Perfect for those last-minute gifts you forgot about while snoozing in your hammock. Sun., June 12, 1-4 p.m. Cost: $125/person incl. materials fee. Location: Generator, 40 Sears Lane, Burlington. Info: Sam Graulty, 540-0761, education@gen, workshops.


GENERATOR is a combination of artist studios, classroom and business incubator at the intersection of art, science and technology. We provide tools, expertise, education and opportunity – to enable all members of our community to create, collaborate, and make their ideas a reality. HAMMOCK-SEWING WORKSHOP: Join us and learn the process of creating your own custom, nylon backpacking-style hammock. This bi-colored hammock compacts

LIVE-EDGE END TABLE WORKSHOP: Emma Garvey will lead students through both the wood and metal shops as they build an end table composed of live-edge hardwood and steel tubing. They’ll cover skills including welding and preparing and finishing both wood and steel. Plus students will leave with a custom side table they created! Wed. Jun. 29, Jul. 26 & 13, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $400/person incl. materials fee. Location: Generator, 40 Sears La., Burlington. Info: Sam Graulty, 540-0761, education@generator, workshops. SPOON-CARVING WORKSHOP: Using a few quintessential green woodworking tools — the drawknife, gouge and spokeshave — we will go over one of the many ways to carve a spoon. We will cover getting material out of a log, steam bending the crook and finishing. All skills levels are welcome. Sun., Jun. 26, 9 a.m-noon. Cost: $125/person incl. materials fee. Location: Generator, 40 Sears La., Burlington. Info: Sam Graulty, 540-0761, education@genera, generatorvt. com/workshops.

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

Rio de Janeiro State Champion, and Gracie Challenge Champion. “Accept no imitations!” Location: Vermont Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 55 Leroy Rd., Williston.Info: 5982839,,


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,

CHINESE MEDICAL MASSAGE: This program teaches two forms of East Asian medical massage: Tui Na and shiatsu. We will explore oriental medicine theory and diagnosis, as well as the body’s meridian system, acupressure points, and yinyang and five-element theory. Additionally, Western anatomy and physiology are taught. VSAC nondegree grants are available. FSMTB-approved program. Starts September 2022. Cost: $6,000/625-hour program. Location: Elements of Healing, 21 Essex Way, Suite 109, Essex Jct., Info: Scott Moylan, 288-8160,,

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

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

VERMONT BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU: We offer a legitimate Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu martial arts program for men, women and children in a friendly, safe and positive environment. Julio Cesar “Foca” Fernandez Nunes; CBJJP and IBJJF 7th Degree Carlson Gracie Sr. Coral Belt Certified Instructor; teaching in Vermont, born and raised in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil! A 2x World Masters Champion; 5x Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu National Champion; 3x

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SEX: 15-year-old spayed female REASON HERE: Her owner could no longer care for her. ARRIVAL DATE: April 26, 2022 SUMMARY: She may be a super senior, but she’s still got some pep in her step and lots of love to give. Tequila enjoys basking in the sun, lounging in her bed (the more fluffy blankets the better for this princess!) and gobbling up all the snacks she can get her paws on. She also loves cuddling up next to her people and will lean in for all the pets you’re willing to give. We don’t know a lot about her past, but we’re hoping she’ll be just as spoiled as she deserves to be during her golden years. If you’ve got room in your life and in your heart for a frosty-faced pup, come meet Tequila and see if she’s the gal for you!


All dogs that are available for adoption are foster-to-adopt! We are offering a one-week trial period before making it official. Come on by during open hours to find out more information.

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DOGS/CATS/KIDS: Tequila has lived with another dog but needs to be the only dog in her new home. She has no known experience with cats or kids, but she likely needs a home without cats.


Visit the Humane Society of Chittenden County at 142 Kindness Court, South Burlington, Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m., or Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 862-0135 or visit for more info.



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SEVENDAYSVT.COM/CLASSIFIEDS and the full Request for Qualifications document are available upon request. All firms submitting a request for pre-qualification determination will be notified, in writing, 30 days or more prior to the proposed bid opening. The Board of School Commissioners reserves the right to reject any and all submitted Pre-Qualifications, to re-advertise, and to waive any and/or all informalities. Project Description: BSD is seeking pre and post bond CM services for the construction of a new high school and technical center expected to be in the size range of 250,000 – 300,000 square feet and estimated construction cost range of $100m-$150m. The new building will include all program space required by Burlington High School, Burlington Technical Center, ONTOP and Horizon. The project design team is being led by the architectural office of Freeman, French, and Freeman out of Burlington, VT. The project start date is subject to a voter approved bond in November 2022. Schedule for the new work is planned to begin in the 2023 construction season with a anticipated substantial completion for the start of the 2025 school year. Pre-qualification statement & submission information: The Burlington Public School District requests Construction Managers submit Letters of Interest and pre-qualification statements in electronic format not later than June 22, 2022 to PCI - Capital Project Consultants. Contact Marty Spaulding at to obtain the full RFQ and pre-qualification criteria. LISTER’S RECORDS OF NOTICES POSTED We hereby certify that the Notices to Taxpayers of the time and place of holding the Grievance Meeting for 2022 and in the form as set forth on the opposite page were signed by us this day duly posted in the Town Clerk’s Office and in four other public places in said Town of Colchester to wit: Town Clerk’s Office - 781 Blakely Rd. Dick Mazza’s General Store - West Lakeshore Dr. Colchester Post Office - Malletts Bay Ave. Burnham Memorial Library - Main St. Simon’s Quick Stop - 6387 Roosevelt Hwy Dated at Colchester in the County of Chittenden this 3th day of June 2022. Geri Barrows Charlotte Gardner Angela MacDonald Listers of the Town of Colchester NOTICE OF TAXPAYERS Agreeably to the prov1s10ns of Title 32, Vermont Statues Annotated, Section 4111, notice is hereby given that the undersigned Listers within and for the Town of Colchester have this day completed the abstract of individual lists of persons, co-partnerships, associations and corporations owning taxable property in said town on the first day of April, 2022; that they have this day lodged the same in the office of the clerk of said town for the inspection of taxpayers; that on the 17th day of June, at _9:00_o’clock in the fore noon, the undersigned Listers, to hear grievances of person, co­partnerships, associations and corporations aggrieved by any of their appraisals or by the acts of such Listers, whose objections thereto in writing shall have been filed with them as prescribed by statute, and to make such corrections in said abstract as shall upon hearing or otherwise be determined by them; and that unless cause to the contrary be shown, the contents of said abstract will, for the year 2022 become the grand list of said town and of each person, co­partnership, association or corporation therein named. Given under our hands at Colchester, in the County of Chittenden, this 3th day of June 2022. Geri Barrows Charlotte Gardner Angela MacDonald Listers of the Town of Colchester


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NOTICE OF SELF STORAGE LIEN SALE, JERICHO MINI STORAGE 25 North Main Street, Jericho, VT 05465. The contents of the following self storage units will be sold at public auction, by sealed bid, on June 13, 2022 at 12:00 PM. Heather Hubbs #211 Robert Chausse #115 Units will be opened for viewing for auction, sale by sealed bid to the highest bidder, cash only. Contents of entire storage unit will be sold as one lot. OPENINGS: BURLINGTON CITY COMMISSIONS/ BOARDS Airport Commission Term Expires 6/30/23 One Opening Airport Commission Term Expires 6/30/25 One Opening Chittenden Solid Waste District Board – alternate Term Expires 5/31/24 One Opening Design Advisory Board – alternate Term Expires 6/30/23 One Opening Development Review Board - alternate Term Expires 6/30/24 One Opening Electric Light Commission Term Expires 6/30/25 One Opening Fence Viewers Term Expires 6/30/23 Two Openings Board of Health Term Expires 6/30/25 One Opening Parks and Recreation Commission Term Expires 6/30/25 One Opening Board of Tax Appeals Term Expires 6/30/25 One Opening Veicle for Hire Licensing Board Term Expires 6/30/24 Two Openings Vehicle for Hire Licensing Board Term Expires 6/30/25 Two Openings Applications may be submitted to the Clerk/ Treasurer’s Office, 149 Church Street, Burlington, VT 05401 Attn: Lori NO later than Tuesday, June 14, 2022, by 4:30 pm. If you have any questions, please contact Lori at (802) 865-7136 or via email City Council President Paul will plan for appointments to take place at a June 2022 City Council Meeting/City Council With Mayor Presiding Meeting. PRIVATE AUCTION OF STORAGE UNIT CONTENTS James Lafountain, last known address of 52 Deer Crossing Ln #2 Jeffersonville, VT 05464 has a past due balance of $386.00 owed to Champlain Valley Self Storage, LLC since 2/28/22. To cover this debt, per lease dated 6/30/19 the contents of unit #014 will be sold at private auction on, or after 6/18/22. Maurice Kelley, last known address of 235 Pearl St Apt 304 Essex, VT 05452 has a past due balance of $306.00 owed to Champlain Valley Self Storage, LLC since 2/28/22. To cover this debt, per lease dated 6/21/20 the contents of unit #411 will be sold at private auction on, or after 6/18/22. Lisa Friedman, last known address of 21 Carmichael Street #104 Essex, VT 05452 has a past due balance of $1,488.00 owed to Champlain Valley Self Storage, LLC since 2/28/22. To cover this debt, per leases dated 8/29/20, and 9/30/21 the contents of units #662, #663 and #968 will be sold at private auction on, or after 6/18/22. Auction pre-registration is required, email info@ to register. STATE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT CIVIL DIVISION WASHINGTON UNIT DOCKET # 21-CV-03437 U.S. BANK TRUST NATIONAL ASSOCIATION AS TRUSTEE OF AMERICAN HOMEOWNER PRESERVATION TRUST SERIES 2015A+ Plaintiff v. FRANK L. SANBORN A/K/A FRANK SANBORN AND NICOLE SANBORN OCCUPANTS OF: 71 Little River Road, Waterbury VT Defendants SUMMONS & ORDER FOR PUBLICATION THIS SUMMONS IS DIRECTED TO: Nicole Sanborn

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PLAINTIFF’S CLAIM. Plaintiff’s claim is a Complaint in Foreclosure which alleges that you have breached the terms of a Promissory Note and Mortgage Deed dated August 18, 2008. Plaintiff’s action may effect your interest in the property described in the Land Records of the Town of Waterbury at Volume 265, Page 24. The Complaint also seeks relief on the Promissory Note executed by you. A copy of the Complaint is on file and may be obtained at the Office of the Clerk of the Superior Court for the County of Washington, State of Vermont.

To the Creditors of: James Paul Prim, Sr., late of Milton, Vermont.

YOU MUST REPLY WITHIN 41 DAYS TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS. You must give or mail the Plaintiff a written response called an Answer within 41 days after the date on which this Summons was first published, which is __June 8, 2022_________, 2022. You must send a copy of your answer to the Plaintiff or the Plaintiff’s attorney, Loraine L. Hite, Esq. of Bendett and McHugh, PC, located at 270 Farmington Avenue, Ste. 151, Farmington, CT 06032. You must also give or mail your Answer to the Court located at 65 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05602.

Dated: 05/23/2022 /s/ Kristy Burnett Kristy Burnett, Administrator 227 Oak Knoll Road, Williston, VT 05495

YOU MUST RESPOND TO EACH CLAIM. The Answer is your written response to the Plaintiff’s Complaint. In your Answer you must state whether you agree or disagree with each paragraph of the Complaint. If you believe the Plaintiff should not be given everything asked for in the Complaint, you must say so in your Answer. YOU WILL LOSE YOUR CASE IF YOU DO NOT GIVE YOUR WRITTEN ANSWER TO THE COURT. If you do not Answer within 41 days after the date on which this Summons was first published and file it with the Court, you will lose this case. 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. 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. 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 The Affidavit duly filed in this action shows that service cannot be made with due diligence by any of the method provided in Rules 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 defendant, Nicole Sanborn, by publication as provided in Rule[s] [4(d)(l) and] 4 (g) of those Rules. This order shall be published once a week for three_ weeks beginning on _June 8______________, 2022 in the Seven Days, a newspaper of the general circulation in Washington County, and a copy of this summons and order as published shall be mailed to the defendant Nicole Sanborn, at 32 South Main Street, Waterbury, VT 05676, defendant’s last known mailing address. Dated 5/31/2022 _/s/ Robert A. Mello____ Hon. Robert A. Mello Presiding Judge

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Name of Publication: Seven Days Publication Date: June 8, 2022 Address of Probate Court: Vermont Superior Court Chittenden Unit - Probate Division PO Box 511 Burlington, VT 05402-0511 STATE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT PROBATE DIVISION CHITTENDEN UNIT DOCKET NO.: 22-PR-01962 State of Vermont Superior Court Probate Division Chittenden Unit Docket No.: 22-PR-01962 In re ESTATE of David R. Marcelino NOTICE TO CREDITORS To the creditors of: David R. Marcelino, late of Colchester, VT. 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: 6/2/2022 Signature of Fiduciary: /s/ Philip E. Marcelino, Jr. Executor/Administrator: /s/ Philip E. Marcelino, Jr. c/o Paul R. Morwood, 333 Dorset St., South Burlington, VT 05403 802-862-2135 morwood. Name of Publication: Seven Days Publication Date: 6/8/22 Name of Probate Court: Chittenden Probate Court Address of Probate Court: PO Box 511, Burlington, VT 05402 STATE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT PROBATE DIVISION CHITTENDEN UNIT DOCKET NO.: 22-PR-03040 In re ESTATE of Ann D. Taylor NOTICE TO CREDITORS To the creditors of: Ann D. Taylor, late of Shelburne. 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: June 3, 2022



Legal Notices [CONTINUED] Signature of Fiduciary: /s/ Launa L. Slater Executor/Administrator: Gloria Gail Schamanek, c/o Launa L. Slater, Wiener & Slater, PLLC, 110 Main Street, Suite 4F, Burlington, VT 05401 (802) 863-1836 Name of Publication: Seven Days Publication Date: 6/8/22 Name of Probate Court: Chittenden Probate Court Address of Probate Court: PO Box 511, Burlington, VT 05402 STATE OF VERMONT VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT WASHINGTON COUNTY UNIT, CIVIL DIVISION DOCKET NO: 517-9-19 WNCV THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON, F/K/A THE BANK OF NEW YORK AS SUCCESSOR TO JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A. AS TRUSTEE FOR ASSET BACKED FUNDING CORPORATION, ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2005-HE1 v. ROGER M. ANDREY AND TODD N. SEYMOUR OCCUPANTS OF: 1227 Roxbury Mountain Road, Warren VT MORTGAGEE’S NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE OF REAL PROPERTY UNDER 12 V.S.A. sec 4952 et seq. In accordance with the Judgment Order and Decree of Foreclosure entered January 6, 2020, in the above captioned action brought to foreclose that certain mortgage given by Roger M. Andrey to Option One Mortgage Corporation, dated December 16, 2004 and recorded in Book 170 Page 798 of the land records of the Town of Warren, of which mortgage the Plaintiff is the present holder, by virtue of the following Assignments of Mortgage: Assignment of Mortgage from Option One Mortgage Corporation to Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. as Trustee for ABFC Asset-Backed Certificates, Series 2005-HE1, dated June 6, 2008 and recorded in Book 196 Page 1; (2) Assignment of

Mortgage from Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. as Trustee for ABFC Asset-Backed Certificates, Series 2005-HE1 to JP Morgan Chase Bank, National Association, as Trustee for ABFC Asset-Backed Certificates, Series 2005-HE1, dated July 6, 2009 and recorded in Book 201 Page 544; (3) Corrective Assignment of Mortgage from Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. as Trustee for ABFC Asset-Backed Certificates, Series 2005-HE1 to JP Morgan Chase Bank, National Association, as Trustee for ABFC Asset-Backed Certificates, Series 2005-HE1, dated December 16, 2009 and recorded in Book 205 Page 115; (4) Assignment of Mortgage from JP Morgan Chase Bank, National Association, as Trustee for ABFC Asset-Backed Certificates, Series 2005-HE1 to The Bank of New York Mellon, as Trustee for ABFC 2005-HE1 Trust, ABFC Asset-Backed Certificates, Series 2005-HE1, dated April 20, 2011 and recorded in Book 211 Page 64; and (5) Assignment of Mortgage from The Bank of New York Mellon, as Trustee for ABFC 2005-HE1 Trust, ABFC Asset-Backed Certificates, Series 2005-HE1 to The Bank of New York Mellon, f/k/a The Bank of New York as Successor to JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. as Trustee for Asset Backed Funding Corporation, Asset Backed Certificates, Series 2005-HE1, dated May 28, 2015 and recorded in Book 234 Page 302, all of the land records of the Town of Warren, for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing the same will be sold at Public Auction at 1227 Roxbury Mountain Road, Warren, Vermont on June 28, 2022 at 10:00 AM all and singular the premises described in said mortgage, To wit: Being all and the same lands and premises conveyed to Roger M. Andrey by Quit Claim Deed dated April 20, 2000 and October 2, 2000 and recorded at Book 134, Page 486 of the Town of Warren land Records.

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.

Place: Virtual or Municipal Conference Room, 3045 Theodore Roosevelt Highway, Bolton, VT, 05676. Zoom link: Call (audio only): +1 646 558 8656| Meeting ID: 879 7566 2274 The following applications will be reviewed:

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 25, 2022 By: __/s/ Rachel K. Ljunggren___ Rachel K. Ljunggren, Esq. Bendett and McHugh, PC 270 Farmington Ave., Ste. 151 Farmington, CT 06032

2022-29-DRB; Applicant: Tonya Wheelock. Property Owner: Betty A & Leland E Wheelock and Tonya L Wheelock. Seeking front setback waiver for a sugarhouse addition on 4384 Stage Rd. The property is in the Rural I District. (Tax Map #1-0034384). 2022-31-DRB; Applicant & Property Owner: Larissa Urban. Seeking front setback waiver for an addition (2 car garage) to an existing nonconforming structure (woodshed) on 4017 Stage Rd. The property is in the Rural I District. (Tax Map #11-0034017). 2022-33-DRB; Applicant & Property Owner: Samantha Avant. Seeking setback waivers for northern and southern property boundaries for an 8’ x 16’ porch on 3477 Stage Rd. The property is the Rural II District. (Tax Map #11-0033477). Additional information can be obtained through email by calling 802-434-5075, or by email at Pursuant to 24 VSA § 4464 and § 4471, participation in this local proceeding, by written or oral comment, is a prerequisite to the right to take any subsequent appeal.


Being all and the same lands and premises conveyed to Roger M. Andrey by Warranty Deed of Papani Realty Trust dated September 5, 1986 and recorded in Book 79, Page 550 of the Town of Warren Land Records.

Any person claiming a right to the goods may pay the amount claimed due and reasonable expenses before the sale, in which case the sale may not occur.

Said lands and premises may be otherwise described as being Lot 18 of the Roth Farm Subdivision consisting of 3.5 acres, more or less, together with improvements thereon.

TOWN OF BOLTON DEVELOPMENT REVIEW BOARD PUBLIC HEARING: JUNE 23, 2022 The Town of Bolton’s Development Review Board will hold a public hearing on June 23, 2022, at 6:30pm.

WARNING POLICY ADOPTION CHAMPLAIN VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT The Board of School Directors gives public notice of its intent to adopt local district policies dealing with the following at its meeting scheduled on June 21, 2022: H7 Title I, Part A Parental Involvement Copies of the above policies may be obtained for public review at the Office of the Human Resources Dept. in Shelburne, VT.

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Join the team at Gardener’s Supply Company! Join the team at Gardener’s Supply Company! We are a 100% employee-owned company and an award winning and nationally recognized socially responsible business. We work hard AND offer a fun place to work including BBQs, staff parties, employee garden plots and much more! We also offer strong cultural values, competitive wages and outstanding benefits! Contact Center Supervisor: We’re searching for a supervisor to join our Contact Center team! As the supervisor you will support and supervise a team of Sales & Service Specialists, coaching the team to continuously improve performance. The person will also maintain a high degree of availability for questions to be able to assist in resolving operational or customer service issues. Our ideal candidate will have previous leadership experience within a customer contact center and have strong interpersonal & communication skills. The shift is Sunday - Thursday, with closing responsibilities. Sales & Service Specialist: We’re searching for several Sales & Service Specialists to join our Contact Center team! These individuals will be on the phone with customers, building relationships and representing our company in ways that reflect our core values. They will contribute to average order size and strive for customer satisfaction on sales as well as service calls. Our ideal candidate will have previous service and sales experience and exceptional communication skills as well as the ability to research solutions to customer problems or to answer questions.

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The Janet S. Munt Family Room is a Parent Child Center located in the Old North End of Burlington in Chittenden County. Our Mission is to provide a space that builds healthy, connected communities by supporting families and young children. Our vision is that every family is connected, healthy, and strong. We are a leader in fostering community and accompanying families as they realize their potential.

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ACCOUNTING SERVICES MANAGER The Town of Middlebury is hiring for an Accounting Services Manager position. You have the opportunity to join our team in a position that is responsible for operation and all accounting functions for the Town. A detailed job description can be found on the Town’s website: The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree, and a minimum of 5 years’ experience in a related field. The pay for this position is $63,000-$68,000 depending upon experience.

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Carpenters & Lead Carpenters We are looking for experienced carpenters with knowledge of old and new construction to join the Lewis Creek Builders, DesignBuild team! We are a passionate group of carpenters, designers, and construction management professionals working in a supportive, collaborative environment to manage every aspect of residential building and remodeling projects. Sign-on bonus equal to one week of gross pay! Flexible start date! Great benefits package! Apply online today: employment Or call 802.662.1630. Carpenter/Lead Carpenter Pay Range: $23.00-$40.00/hr

TRADING & OPERATIONS ASSOCIATE Rock Point Advisors, LLC, based in Burlington, VT, is a wealth advisory firm focused on helping clients make sound financial decisions and take advantage of the benefits of long-term investing. We are dedicated to managing portfolios in the context of plans carefully developed with our clients. Since our founding in 2004, our financial planning and investment management efforts have been guided by our fiduciary duty to our clients and our belief that doing what’s right matters. We work hard to deliver practical advice and responsible investing to help clients achieve their goals.

Duties and Responsibilities: • Develop the skills necessary to trade and allocate securities for client accounts • Provide general operations support to the firm, including client service, answering phones, data entry and records management

Qualifications: • Client-first mentality • Excellent interpersonal skills • Capability to multi-task with attention to detail • Ability to follow documented procedures and handle changing situations on the fly • Comfortable learning new technology and software

Salary and Benefits: • Salary commensurate with experience and position • Benefits include paid vacation, dental and health care insurance, 401(k) matching Please, No Phone Calls Send resumes to: Rock Point Advisors, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Expand Your Horizons with rbTech! Immediate opening, position open until filled

IT SUPPORT TECHNICIAN/ ENGINEER • Full Time, local travel, hybrid in-person/ remote (some in-person & on-site required) • Salary ($50,000-70,000/yr) OUR MISSION: rbTech exists to drive the productivity and success of our clients by creatively implementing technology that balances security, cost, complexity and performance.

WHO’S A GOOD FIT: We prefer candidates with at least 2 years of industry experience. Our ideal candidate will have excellent customer service skills, should be a strong communicator and a team player. You will need to have a strong desire to learn, and be willing to share your ideas for how to make your workplace better for both ourselves and our customers. You must be very comfortable with network fundamentals (NAT/ routing, DNS, DHCP etc.). We support a very broad range of network environments including Windows Server, Active Directory, VMware, Azure/ hybrid cloud, Microsoft 365, Google Workspace, Linux, BSD and much more.

WHAT MAKES US A GOOD FIT: At rbTech, we offer competitive salary commensurate with experience, a generous health care stipend, paid training, time off and retirement matching. We have a fun, casual workplace with an impossibly awesome team. Together we have built a company that we’re all proud of, and hope that you’ll be a good match for who we are, what we do, and how we do it.

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ORGANIZER AFT Vermont is hiring a smart, motivated organizer who is willing to work hard for social justice at the workplace and across Vermont. About AFT Vermont • A democratic, organizing labor union • The fastest growing union in Vermont • Has majority women membership & leadership We organize to win better wages, respect & improvements at work. Job posting:


40 hours/week with benefits, Burlington, VT Teaches basic and high school level reading comprehension skills including: Phonological Awareness, Phonics and Word Recognition, Key Ideas and Details, Craft and Structure, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas. These skills are taught to a diverse group of adults with a wide range of backgrounds, skills, and learning styles. Instruction includes individual and group classes of students, both inperson and online. Instructors are committed to providing high quality services to our students and are expected to create engaging and effective lessons, projects, and courses for our students. Instructors also play a critical role in creating a welcoming, supportive environment for new and current students. This position requires working in the Burlington Learning Center at least two days a week with the flexibility to work remotely the other day(s). Full description at: TO APPLY: Send a cover letter and resume electronically to: Equal Opportunity Employer

Showroom Coordinator If you are a hardworking, dedicated, and detail oriented person then we have a career opportunity for you at Blodgett Supply, a division of Hajoca Corporation. Our close-knit team of 20 works together to provide great service to our customers, and continuously strives to be the best in our business. We are looking for a driven individual for our Williston VT plumbing showroom. Showroom Salespeople provide product selection assistance and design advice to showroom customers as well as administrative support. As a Showroom Salesperson with Blodgett your specific job duties will include, but are not limited to the following: • Answering the phone, greeting customers, customer service, order entry, price quotes Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: • Detailed oriented with strong organizational and analytical skills. • Ability to work well both independently and within a team environment. • Outstanding customer service, verbal/telephone/written communication skills. • Establish and maintain positive working relationships with customers, vendors and co-workers. • A strong desire to be the best at what they do • Identify customer needs, provide solutions • Able to plan, organize and multi-task. • Ability to be self-directed, detailed & highly organized in work activities. Hajoca Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer (Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled). To apply go to:


Administrative Assistant


Vermont-NEA is seeking a highly qualified Administrative Assistant to provide support to our professional staff. This position includes the opportunity for telework in addition to in-person work in our Montpelier office. Vermont-NEA offers a competitive salary with an extensive benefits package including health insurance, retirement plan, paid leave, as well as cell phone and internet reimbursement to support telework assignments.


Current Opportunities Include: - City Carrier Assistant

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In addition to the specific qualifications below, this position requires exceptional interpersonal skills, careful attention to detail, excellent oral and written communication skills, managing multiple ongoing projects, and a commitment to confidentiality, all within the context of a highly professional and advocacyoriented membership organization.

- Rural Carrier Assistant - Assistant Rural Carrier (flexible Sunday delivery) - PSE Sales and Service Associate

Specific qualifications: This is not an entry-level position. BA or higher degree preferred; at least 3 years’ experience in an administrative assistant position; appreciation for the role of labor unions and for the work of public school educators; advanced proficiency in Microsoft Excel is required.

APPLY TODAY ©2022 United States Postal Service®. All Rights Reserved. The Eagle Logo is among the many trademarks of the U.S. Postal Service®. Privacy Notice: For Information regarding our privacy policies, visit The Postal Service is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all applicants regardless of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, genetic information, disabilities or veteran’s status.

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To apply, send a cover letter and resume, including names and contact information for at least 3 references to: Jeff Fannon, Executive Director, Vermont-NEA 10 Wheelock Street, Montpelier, Vermont 05602, or electronically to Position will remain open until filled.


Part-time Zoning Administrator (ZA) 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.



Benefits include: Competitive compensation and PTO, employer-supported healthcare (medical, dental, vision), life and short-term disability insurance, FSA, 401K and employer match, paid volunteer time

For complete job description, please contact Ann at the Lincoln Town office at: or (802) 453-2980.

WAREHOUSE MANAGER With a 43 year tradition in Morrisville, VT of time‐tested craftsmanship, Hearthstone is a worldwide leading manufacturer of home heating stoves and outdoor products. We’re looking to fill an opening for an experienced Warehouse Manager to help lead our expanding growth. Visit for details. Resumes welcomed at:

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Apply by email with a letter of interest and resume as a PDF attachment to Bill Finger, Selectboard Chair at admin@ or by mail to Bill Finger, Lincoln Town Office, 62 Quaker Street, Lincoln, VT 05443.

Mansfield Hall is a private, innovative residential college support program for students with diverse learning needs. We are looking for dynamic individuals to fill the following positions:



Position is open until filled.

Executive Director manages all aspects of Mansfield Hall’s program at a specific Mansfield Hall site. As a member of the Leadership Team, the Executive Director is expected to embody the mission, values, philosophy, and approach of the organization & to incorporate them into every aspect of the Mansfield Hall community.

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Join the team at Gardener’s Supply Company!

Qualifications: • A graduate degree in the social or behavioral sciences • 3-5 years of leadership experience as a school principal, head of a department, Executive or Associate Director, or similar position • Extensive experience with coaching individuals, supervising employees, and project management • Specific knowledge of and experience with some of the following topics and evidence-based practices: Neurodiversity, Autism, Executive Functioning Challenges, Anxiety and Stress Management, Young Adult Development, Collaborative Problem Solving, Motivational Interviewing, Social Thinking, Universal Design & Restorative Practices

ACADEMIC DIRECTOR The Academic Director functions in a leadership role at Mansfield Hall and must embody the mission, values, philosophy and approach of the organization. The role of the Academic Director is to serve as the primary academic case manager and coach for assigned Mansfield Hall students, guiding the development of students’ academic and self-advocacy skills as they learn how to navigate and find success in a post-secondary learning environment. The Academic Director works closely with the Director of Student Life and the Community Outreach Director to help students make positive change through our Pathway to Independence Model, including supporting students to set and meet goals as outlined in their Student Led Pathways to Independence Plan. The Academic Director reports to the Assistant Director.


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At Native, a Public Benefit Corporation

Primary responsibilities involve supporting the operations of at least one small scale digester and one biochar pyrolysis unit, both located on dairy farms, and other R&D climate technology projects sites in Vermont. This role includes routine maintenance, equipment troubleshooting and repairs, data collection, engaging with project hosts and farmers, engaging with local governmental officials and other entities, assisting with the preparation of validation and verification documents, and managing data for grant reporting. This role is considered full time at 30 hours/week and requires heavy lifting (<50 lbs), climbing a ladder and/or stairs, a valid driver’s license, and the ability to recognize red and green colors. Equal opportunity employer.

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For full job descriptions and to apply: 289 College Street, Burlington, VT 05401 (802) 440-0532 | Mansfield Hall is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workplace. People from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, women, and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply.

Join the team at Gardener’s Supply Company! We are a 100% employee-owned company and an award winning and nationally recognized socially responsible business. We work hard AND offer a fun place to work including BBQs, staff parties, employee garden plots and much more! We also offer strong cultural values, competitive wages and outstanding benefits! Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Coordinator: We’re seeking a talented individual to join our e-Commerce team to ensure our site production, web development and content creation practices are optimized for SEO to drive long-term financial success. Our ideal candidate will have 2+ yrs professional experience managing an SEO program of scale; experience with SEO enhancing software for reporting, execution, and scaling; 2+ yrs experience working with Google Analytics or other Analytics software for ecommerce retail business; be proficient in the MS Office Suite. Videographer: We’re seeking a collaborative team member to envision and help produce videos that tell our company’s product and brand stories. They will manage the production pipeline for all video projects and will own video pre-and post-production from outlining storyboards, working with script writers to publishing video content to YouTube and Vimeo, uploading to our DAM. Our ideal candidate will have bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience; film, photography or communications degree preferred; a min of 4 yrs of corporate, agency or studio experience in a video-specific project management and shooting/editing role; and proficiency in SLR Video Camera operation; iOS videography experience desired.

Interested? Please go to our careers page at and apply online!

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Solar O&M Service Tech

The Colchester School District (CSD) is actively seeking qualified candidates to join our team of educators and support staff. At CSD, we strive to prepare each student for success in life by providing an enriching, welcoming and safe environment. With five schools and over 2,100 students, the district offers a variety of student-facing and behind-thescenes job opportunities. CSD employees receive a generous benefits package, including competitive wages, excellent healthcare, dental insurance, long-term disability, retirement plan, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.

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. 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.

Come join our team! Current openings include:

• Educational Support Staff

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• Behavior Interventionist

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

• English Language Learning Support Staff • Custodial Manager • Day-Time/Night-Time Custodians

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• Food Service Worker • Front Office Administrative Assistant/Communications • Technology Specialist For a complete list of employment opportunities and to apply, visit You can also call the CSD Human Resources Department at (802) 264-5999.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR VAMHAR is currently searching for an experienced Executive Director with a history of engagement within the mental health and recovery communities. Grant funding expertise and strong communication skills are a requisite for this position. Qualifications: • 5+ years experience leading a community-based healthcare organization • Master’s degree in public health or public administration preferred • Deep understanding of issues facing the mental health and recovery communities • Experience with state and federal grant application and administration • Commitment to team-based leadership • Experience with marketing and social media communications *Salary Range: $85K+, with generous benefits, including health insurance, vacation, personal time off, and health savings account. VAMHAR is an Equal Opportunity Employer & Provider. All VAMHAR staff contribute to a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Application Deadline, June 24, 2022 Please submit resume and cover letter to:

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Join our dedicated team and together we’ll build a community where everyone participates and belongs. Positions include a $500 sign on bonus, a strong benefits package and the opportunity to work at one of the “Best Places to Work in Vermont.”

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Service Coordinator: Continue your career in human services in a supportive environment by providing case management for individuals. The ideal candidate will have strong clinical, organizational & leadership skills and enjoy working in a team-oriented position. $45,000 annual salary. Direct Support Professional: Provide 1:1 supports to help individuals reach their goals. Full and part time positions available starting at $18/hr. Residential Direct Support Professional: Work just

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

Employment Specialist: Be a part of Vermont’s leading supported employment program and help individuals discover their career path. The successful candidate will demonstrate reliability, strong communication skills, and the ability to solve problems effectively and professionally. Starting wage $19.00/hr. Shared Living Provider: Open your home to someone with an intellectual disability or autism and open a whole world to them, and to you. There are a variety of opportunities available that could be the perfect match for you and your household. Make a career making a difference and join our team today!

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TEACHERS ONE Arts Community School is seeking substitute teachers, afternoon support teachers and full time teachers to support our preschool (ages 0-5) at both of our schools in Burlington and Colchester as well as summer camp teachers for our elementary school age program in Burlington.

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Part Time Join our team of grassroots climate justice organizers! Learn more & apply by July 5:

We believe children are whole and right just as they are and our job as educators is to guide & support their development. Salary range: $37-$42K plus great benefits.

Zoning Administrator Fayston, VT Full job description at Land use permit administration, DRB and Planning Commission support, E911 coordination, and Health Officer responsibilities. Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, public communication experience, customer service skills, and solution-based focus. 32-hour/ week with benefits. Send resume & cover letter to:

AIDES FOR YOUNG MAN WITH AUTISM Daytime Aide: Sat, Sun, Mon and/or Tues, 6-10 hrs. per day, $20/hr. Weekend Respite: Fri and/or Sat overnights, $300/day. See KieselsteinAutism for details.

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SUMMER CAMP LEADERSHIP We are looking for camp leadership to oversee the waterfront programs and horse riding programs at a traditional overnight camp. Camp Farnsworth is overseen by the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains in Thetford, VT and runs from July 5th - August 12th. Room and Board is included in compensation. We can be flexible on live-in status for the right candidate. As a member of the leadership team you are responsible for overseeing the specialty program area; checking safety equipment and training counselors in proper area procedures. If you’re patient, energetic but strict when needed, we’d like to meet you. Responsibilities: • Plan outdoor activities or sports for groups of campers • Lead recreational/educational activities (e.g., water games, horseback riding and more) • Oversee children • Address behavioral issues Skills: • Proven experience as Camp Counselor or similar role working with children • Familiarity with camping and various outdoor activities • Organizational and communication skills • Energetic and positive personality • FirstAid/CPR-certified preferred

Requirements: Valid Vermont License at Independent Practitioner Level, ten (10) or more years of clinical and progressively responsible experience with five (5) years of experience at the Director or above level, in behavioral health, mental health, substance use or developmental services that includes providing direct clinical services to clients, developing relationships with referral, funding and community partners, and supervision of professional clinical staff; or any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Note: Gallagher, Flynn, & Company, LLP has been retained to conduct this search. Interested candidates may also apply by sending a resume and cover letter to Michelle Rawls, Director of Talent Acquisition, at

• Patient and reliable • Ability to meet the physical demands of the job (strength and stamina to follow strenuous activities like hiking, running, & crouching) • Current Lifeguard Certification (or interest in obtaining)

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The Chief Client Services Officer is responsible for providing overall leadership, direction, planning, and development of client services operations. This full-time position is accountable to ensure effective and efficient delivery of services across all programs and populations. The position will also provide key strategic direction and develop agency-wide systems, policies, and best practices.


• Educate campers through games and explorations • Set up and maintain equipment • Make sure all safety rules are followed • Keep accurate incident logs

• Experience with horses and barn management

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Competitive Compensation • Great Benefits, including 36 days of paid time off • Inclusive Work Culture Howard Center is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. The agency’s culture and service delivery is strengthened by the diversity of its workforce. Minorities, people of color and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. EOE/TTY. Visit “About Us” on our website at to review Howard Center’s EOE policy.

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PT, 3 mornings per week, approximately 15-20 hours. Fun and flexible job perfect for a creative person who likes to work independently.


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Champlain Valley Weatherization, a service of Champlain Valley office of Economic Opportunity, seeks contractors in Addison, Chittenden, Franklin, & Grand Isle counties. Projects include, but are not limited to weatherization, emergency heat restoration services, and efficiency, with focus on:

• Plumbing (Heat Pump Water Heaters)

• Roofing • Carpentry

DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES AND ADMINISTRATION Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA), located in Burlington VT, is recruiting for a new Director of HR & Administration. Formed in 1974, VHFA’s mission is to finance and promote affordable, safe, and decent housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income Vermonters. As one of Vermont’s leading non-profits in the affordable housing sector, the Agency needs a bright, innovative individual to work closely as a part of the Agency’s Executive Management team to attract, motivate and retain a dedicated team of 42 professionals.

• HVAC (Furnaces, boilers, heat pumps)

• Asbestos Abatement • Air sealing and insulating

As a federal & state funded grant program, we ask interested contractors to “sign on” with our program, but signing on doesn’t obligate a contractor to submit bids for a particular project. Additionally, Champlain Valley Weatherization seeks crew members to assist with client weatherization. No experience required, but knowledge of basic tools is a help. Please reach out to if interested in learning more about helping Vermonters reduce their heating costs and staying in their homes as a contractor or as a direct hire! CVOEO is an Equal Opportunity Employer

As an independent manager solely responsible for all of the Agency’s human resource functions, this position is charged with understanding the pulse of the workforce and bringing programs, policies, issues and opportunities forward so that VHFA can remain one of the best places to work in Vermont. The Director of HR & Administration will work closely with managers to continually improve management skills and coach individual staff as needed. They will administer all aspects of the Agency’s benefits, compensation, recruitment, training and performance evaluation, and onboarding and departing staff needs. Additionally, this position oversees the Office Manager and all associated administrative functions, including acting as a back-up for that role if needed.

Addison Community Action Associate Director

A minimum of five years of direct Human Resources management or administration experience, including extensive experience in the areas of benefit administration, employment law, payroll administration, and employee coaching is required. Two years’ supervisory experience is required. Demonstrated experience in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion including professional development, a high level of cultural awareness, attentiveness, and interpersonal skills is highly desired. High-level proficiency in Microsoft Office products is required. Experience with SharePoint is desired.

Our culture thrives by bridging gaps and building futures. The Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) seeks an individual to assist the Community Action Network Director with the planning, implementation and evaluation of activities of the Community Action program. They will collaborate with area partners; raise community awareness of services offered; supervise community action staff; work as part of a Community Action Network team with the Chittenden and Franklin/Grand Isle County offices; and provide direct service to individuals and families with low incomes related to emergency and basic needs as needed.

Consistently named one of the “Best Places to Work in Vermont,” the Agency offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. The salary range for this position is $90,000-$105,000. For a detailed job description and benefits overview, please see the Careers section of To apply, send cover letter (required; otherwise your application will not be considered), resume, and references to the Human Resources Department at Please consider including in your cover letter a description of how your unique background and experiences would contribute to the diversity and cultural vitality of VHFA. Position will be open until filled.

If you have a Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate discipline plus three years of community service experience; supervisory experience; strong planning, organizational and problem-solving skills; basic counseling skills; knowledge of public assistance programs and local social service resources; effective verbal and written communication skills, bilingual abilities are a plus; and a valid driver’s license we would like to hear from you!

VHFA is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workplace. We highly encourage people from historically underrepresented groups to apply including persons with disabilities, LGBTQ+ and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.

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We offer a generous benefits package, casual work environment, and a diverse and inclusive culture. Starting salary $60,000/year. To apply, please visit and include a cover letter and resume with your application. CVOEO is interested in candidates who can contribute to our diversity and excellence. Applicants are encouraged to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal. CVOEO is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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ROAD COMMISSIONER Full Time The Town of Underhill is seeking to fill the position of a full time Road Commissioner. This position is responsible for supervising and assisting the Road Crew which includes truck driver/laborers and equipment operators. This position is also responsible for managing road construction and maintenance, scheduling, coordinating supervision of the work performed on the Town of Underhill roads and maintaining clear and safe roadways free of dangerous hazards, ice and snow during the winter. The Road Commissioner also is responsible for various administrative duties as required to oversee the work of the department including payroll records, budget oversight and purchasing for highway expenditures. Work is performed under the general guidance of the Selectboard, but requires the ability to work independently following established policies, procedures and routines. This position entails extensive public contact. As required by Vermont Statutes, this position must be appointed by the Selectboard. Therefore, the successful candidate will be hired as a member of the Town’s Road Crew and then immediately appointed by the Selectboard. Underhill offers 100% Employer paid medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance to employees and their family & are members of Vermont Municipal Retirement Program (VMERS). For full job description and application, visit the homepage of the Town’s website at Send your cover letter, application and resume to or mail to: Town of Underhill, ATTN: Human Resources P.O. Box 120, Underhill, VT 05489 The deadline for submission is June 30, 2022. E.O.E.

BOOKKEEPER/ ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Nonprofit organization seeking an experienced, organized, motivated Bookkeeper and Admin. Assistant. Candidate will be highly attentive to details, thorough, personable and maintain utmost confidentiality. Strong organizational skills, well developed communication skills, solid people skills, knowledge of bookkeeping and generally accepted accounting principles and advanced Excel skills required; familiarity with Sage accounting software and Paydata/Assure payroll platform preferred. Duties include: accounts receivable, accounts payable, cash management, monthly reconciliations, payroll and benefits administration. Administrative duties may include database list maintenance, Web page updates, social media postings, general support to project staff. Position works closely with CFO & all staff. Full-time position: Hybrid work schedule requires 2 days per week in our Montpelier office. Salary commensurate with experience. Generous benefits including health, dental, vision and retirement. Send a cover letter, two references and resume to: Meghan Monahan - Clean Energy Group, Inc. 50 State Street, Suite 1, Montpelier, VT 05602 Email:

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WEATHERIZATION TECHNICIAN Includes assisting and installing blown in cellulose and spray foam. The tech will receive extensive training for the product and application process. Pay starts at $20/hr and will increase with experience. Applicants with previous experience in construction/ building trades will be seriously considered. Work week is full time: 4, ten-hour days, Monday through Thursday. VALID DRIVER'S LICENSE REQUIRED TO APPLY. Resumes to:

Our opening is for a person who may work in any of our six classrooms depending on the daily needs. Candidates would be working in a co-teaching position alongside the current lead teacher. This is a full time position, Monday-Friday. Ideal candidates will have training in Teaching Strategies Gold, be well versed in Child Care Licensing Regulations,VT Mandated Reporter and Orientation Training and be familiar with V.E.L.S. We offer eye and dental coverage as well as a Simple IRA retirement plan. We offer professional development reimbursement and access to student loan forgiveness programs. Associate’s degree in ECE or related field preferred. Come join our amazing staff! Email resume to:

Literacy Program Manager Development/Finance Coordinator For Literacy Nonprofit The Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF) is an award-winning nonprofit based in Waterbury Center. For 24 years CLiF has inspired a love of reading and writing among 350,000 low-income, at-risk, and rural children up to age 12 throughout Vermont and New Hampshire. CLiF is currently building a new headquarters in Waterbury Center. See for more.

LITERACY PROGRAM MANAGER: 32-40 hours per week. CLiF seeks an enthusiastic, organized programs professional to help manage some of CLiF’s most important literacy programs and to build and cultivate relationships with schools, libraries, and other nonprofits across VT and NH. Duties include: Working with CLiF grantees to develop and schedule CLiF Year of the Book, Rural Library, Momentum, and other programs; working with program colleagues; planning CLiF’s community literacy and rural library conferences; collaborating with CLiF presenters including authors and illustrators; outreach, including writing and presentations. (This position does not involve teaching or curriculum development.) Requirements: 4+ years of program development experience with proven success in creating and managing community programs. Passion for literacy. Excellent project management, organizational, and people skills, with exceptional attention to detail. Proven ability to manage projects and small teams. Strong computer proficiency required; Apple preferred. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Comfortable speaking with groups.

DEVELOPMENT/FINANCE COORDINATOR: 32-40 hours per week. CLiF seeks an enthusiastic professional with development, bookkeeping, and database experience to assist with CLiF’s fundraising efforts, manage CLiF’s donor database, prepare finances for off-site processing, and undertake other related tasks, such as bulk mailings. Duties include: Processing donations using Neon donor database. Generating thank you letters to donors. Donor outreach. Writing grants. Assisting Executive Director in expanding CLiF’s fundraising capabilities. Giving presentations, and representing CLiF at public events. Preparing reports and weekly bank deposits. Some accounting (primarily preparing accounts payable for off-site processing). Assisting with office management. Requirements: 4+ years of development and donor database experience. Experience with QuickBooks, or willingness to learn. Passion for literacy. Excellent project management, organizational, and people skills, with exceptional attention to detail. Proven ability to work in teams and independently. Strong computer proficiency required; Apple preferred. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Comfortable speaking with groups. Send resume and cover letter by June 24 to Some work performed in CLiF office, some done remotely. CLiF offers a friendly and collaborative working environment.




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Family Support Programs Coordinator


Prevent Child Abuse Vermont is seeking two Family Support Programs Coordinators to be part of a statewide team. Successful candidates will be located in one of the following counties: Washington, Windsor, Orleans, Caledonia or Lamoille and will organize, oversee and facilitate parent education and support groups. The position involves some travel around the region. Duties also include recruitment, training and supervision of volunteers, outreach and collaboration with community partners.

Montpelier, the capital city of Vermont, is seeking a Facilities and Sustainability Coordinator. This is a key staff position for facility management, implementing the City’s Net Zero plan, and recommending energy policy. Develops and manages practices and programs within the municipality’s government and in concert with City residents and businesses. This position will focus on the City’s commitment to reducing energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, ecological impact, and overall costs; strengthening reliability, resiliency, and sustainability; sustaining investments in facilities, and employing new technologies and energy infrastructure.

Prevent Child Abuse Vermont, FSPC Search - PO Box 829 Montpelier, VT 05601-0829 For application visit:

Knowledge of child development and child abuse, love of parent education/ support, and experience with online facilitation are all a plus. Reliable transportation required. Bachelor’s degree in human services or related field required. E.O.E. Please email cover letter, resume, and 3 references, along with the employment application to or mail to:

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REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: · Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Building Sciences, Mechanical Engineering, Planning, Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, Architecture, Engineering Technology, Renewable Energy, or related field. Equivalent years of relevant experience may be substituted for education. · Demonstrated interest in Sustainable energy and mitigating environmental impact. · Availability to attend evening meetings. · Must have or obtain a valid Vermont driver’s license.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: · Experience working with local, regional or state government and community agencies and organizations. · Ability to work independently, cooperatively, and effectively with the public, staff and volunteers. · Clear and effective written and verbal communication skills and the ability to speak publicly to groups of all sizes. · Ability to oversee and facilitate projects for timely completion. · Ability to create comprehensive budgets and financial forecasts. · Knowledge of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems (HVAC); knowledge of lighting systems utility systems’ operations · A working knowledge of and direct experience in municipal government processes and functions. · Familiarity with Vermont municipal regulations and policies. · An understanding of the needs and demands of public service. · Familiarity with regulations, funding restrictions and public decision making processes. The salary range is $52,790 to $66,893 annually based on qualifications. The City offers an excellent benefits package and a dynamic professional environment. TO APPLY, please electronically submit a cover letter and resume to by July 8, 2022. The selection process may include background check, drug test and/or psychological exam. The City of Montpelier is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we strongly encourage people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ applicants, and people from other underrepresented groups to apply, recognizing and respecting that diverse perspectives and experiences are valuable to our team and essential to our public service.


0.20 FTE, Permanent Champlain Valley School District’s team of school psychologists is seeking an individual who wants to join our team for one day a week. The team meets regularly to support each other, is well resourced and includes clinical psychologists and national certified school psychologists. Our team is close knit, consulting with one another as needed and regularly collaborating with teachers, speech and language pathologists and school administration. Jobs/activities/duties are flexible based on the individual's interest and areas of expertise, and could include psychoeducational evaluations, risk assessments, autism and ADHD evaluations, student program consultation and professional development. In our work we prioritize providing succinct, readable evaluations that support students, teachers and families. If interested, please submit an application (letter of interest, resume, and proof of licensure) online to:, job # 3917441. We welcome applications from individuals who care about kids and have significant experience in at least two of the job/activities/duties listed above. Any questions please contact Cindy Cole at: CVSD is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to ensuring that all of our students achieve our mission - which means we are also committed to developing a faculty and staff that represents the inclusive, welcoming environment we seek to develop for students and families. We seek applicants with diverse experiences who share this commitment and strongly encourage Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), immigrants, women, and LGBTQ candidates to apply. CVSD Equity Policy.


School Psychologist Franklin West Supervisory Union is seeking a School Psychologist to be part of a dedicated student services team.



AES Northeast is still GROWING! As one of the largest full-service design firms in Northern NY and Vermont, we are adding several new positions to our team. We have openings in our Plattsburgh, NY and Williston, VT offices for talented professionals. We are currently filling the following positions: Assistant Project Manager Project Manager Environmental/Process Engineer Project Architect

Resident Project Representatives (Full Time & Seasonal)

The Converse Home is an assisted living community located in downtown Burlington. We are seeking a Housekeeper for full-time benefitted positions. Candidates should be caring, work well in a team environment, and have a desire to work with the elderly.

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The Housekeeper’s responsibilities include cleaning residents’ rooms and common areas, bed making, and trash removal.

Electrical Engineer

Come join a great team and love where you work!

AES offers competitive salaries, generous benefits package, and flexible work environment/schedules. For more information and to apply, visit:

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CHITTENDEN COUNTY There is no better time to join NSB’s team!

Our innovative apparel manufacturing factory, located in Burlington’s South End Arts District, is looking to expand Fourbital Factory’s team. At Fourbital, sustainability means a people and planet-first mentality. Our mission is to create a future in fashion from process to product.

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.

Here are our open positions:

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.

We look for individuals who have great energy and are detail-oriented. We offer competitive compensation, medical, dental & vision benefits, flexible time off and paid parental leave. We are a training factory and welcome whomever is interested in apparel manufacturing to apply. Equal Employment Statement (EEO) We strongly believe in the value of growing a diverse team and encourage people of all backgrounds, genders, ethnicities, abilities, and sexual orientations to apply. Apply at:

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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Public Works Coordinator $21.66 - $22.43/hour w/Competitive Benefits

Seeking an administrative professional with excellent customer service skills. Provides a wide range of administrative and technical support, including processing all internal and external customer service requests, basic business and financial tasks, community education and outreach, and data mgt.


Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Communications or a related field, or commensurate work exp., including 3-5 years of customer service exp. in an office setting. Prior experience in public works desired. Submit cover letter, resume and application online by visiting Open until filled. Equal Opportunity Employer.



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The Vermont Association of Conservation Districts (VACD) is extending the deadline for application for a full-time EASEMENT AND CONSERVATION PROGRAMS ASSISTANT position. This position supports the work of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) by providing assistance to NRCS’ Easement and Programs staff that facilitate and oversee financial assistance programs offered by NRCS. The position will be located at the Colchester NRCS State Office. The Programs Assistant (PA) will be a skilled and experienced administrator who will work alongside NRCS State Office staff as they implement USDA Farm Bill conservation, easement and Regional Conservation Partnership (RCPP 2018) programs and will be responsible for accurate documentation and tracking of applications, contracts, and financial records utilizing customized software as well as maintaining ongoing communications with customers and partners. Excellent verbal, written, computer and customer service skills required. The ideal candidate will be well organized and able to work independently with accurate attention to detail. Bachelor's degree with an interest in conservation is preferred. Starting salary is $17.52 per hour & includes yearly salary advances, health benefits and holiday, vacation & sick leave. Application deadline: June 15th.

CONSERVATION PROGRAMS ASSISTANT The Vermont Association of Conservation Districts (VACD) also seeks qualified applicants for a fulltime CONSERVATION PROGRAMS ASSISTANT position. The position will be located at either the White River Junction or Rutland NRCS Field Office to be determined in consultation with the chosen finalist. This position supports the work of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) by providing assistance to NRCS’ Field Office staff that facilitate and oversee the financial assistance programs offered by USDA and NRCS. The Program Assistant (PA) will be a skilled and experienced administrator who will work alongside NRCS Field Office staff as they implement USDA Farm Bill conservation programs and will be responsible for accurate documentation and tracking of applications, contracts, and financial records utilizing customized software as well as with maintaining on-going communications with customers. Excellent verbal, written, computer and customer service skills required. The ideal candidate will be well organized and able to work independently with accurate attention to detail. Bachelor's degree with an interest in conservation is preferred. Starting salary is $17.31 per hour and includes yearly salary advances, health benefits and a generous sick, holiday and vacation leave package. Application deadline: June 20th. Visit for detailed job descriptions. Send resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to: Joanne Dion at or to VACD, PO Box 889, Montpelier, VT 05601. Equal Opportunity Employer

FINANCE & HUMAN RESOURCES ADMINISTRATOR Apply your knowledge, skills and experience to work with the General Manager and manage the financial and human resources of CVSWMD. Assist with staff recruitment, onboarding and orientation with a commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion. Your passion for spreadsheets, detail and accuracy will also help us develop systems, track data and assess key trends related to the business of the District. Some remote work available. 40 hours/week, $21.56 to $30.77/hour Location: Montpelier, VT

RECYCLING/HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE (HHW) PROGRAM COORDINATOR Organize and lead five HHW annual collection events throughout our district, staff our award-winning Additional Recyclables Collection Center (ARCC), drive our box truck and help the CVSWMD provide excellent service for its residents by becoming a subject-matter expert. Fun, active, rewarding work with tremendous opportunity to learn about solid waste and serve residents and organizations in central Vermont. 40 hours per week, $18.70-$24.93/hour. Location: Barre, VT

FIELD ASSISTANT/DRIVER Passionate about recycling? Join our team and become an expert while staffing our award-winning Additional Recyclables Collection Center (ARCC) and helping with special collections. You’ll make a real difference in how Vermonters recycle “beyond the blue bin,” process materials for end-markets, and work in a fun, active, fast-paced team environment. 20 hours/week, $13.60 - $19.83/hour. Location: Barre, VT

At CVSWMD, we help residents and organizations in our 19 member towns reduce, reuse, recycle, and rethink waste for a more sustainable future. We offer excellent benefits that include generous leave, 100% medical/dental/vision for employee and family, and retirement. For complete job description and full details about how to apply, visit Positions will remain open until filled.



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Skilled Carpenter/Project Manager Established Waterbury builder hiring skilled, reliable, carpenters/project manager.

Business Assistant As a key member of the Student Government Association’s (SGA) business operations team, the SGA Business Assistant will provide support for human resource and business operations including student employee and temporary staff hiring, file and data management, financial reporting, analysis and management, and student club purchasing oversight. Reporting directly to the Business Manager of SGA, this position will actively collaborate with the Business Manager and other key staff and student leaders on the SGA Business Office team. The Business Assistant will be a contact for current temporary employees, student club leaders, vendors, and UVM administrative departments, as appropriate, to provide business and financial oversight and guidance to the over 200+ recognized student clubs and organizations.

Competitive wages based on experience and performance, tool allowance, retirement, paid time off. Send resumes:

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Evernorth is hiring! At Evernorth, we believe in equal access to affordable housing and economic opportunities; the power of partnerships based on integrity, respect, and teamwork; and a collaborative workplace with professional, skilled and dedicated staff — and we are an equal opportunity employer.

DIRECTOR, REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT Burlington, VT. Evernorth is hiring a Director, Real Estate Development for our fabulous Real Estate team! This position implements goals and strategies for the department and assists the Sr. Vice President, Real Estate Development in developing the overall work plan for the department. This person will steward a balanced approach to the development pipeline, which includes the financial, environmental, and social goals of the pipeline. They will lead the Evernorth project management team and serve as a resource for department members. This position will also take primary responsibility for a limited number of projects working as a project manager or a developer.

COMMUNITY INVESTMENTS TEAM Burlington or Portland, ME The Community Investments Officer collaborates between Evernorth staff, external partners, project sponsors, developers, and funders by analyzing and underwriting affordable housing and community and economic development investment opportunities, guiding projects from development through investment approval and closing. We are looking for someone with a bachelor’s degree; financial modeling, project management, critical thinking, organizational, attention to detail, and interpersonal skills; the ability to work independently on multiple projects simultaneously; and a working knowledge of affordable housing, economic development, and/or community development programs.

Several Crisis Positions Open at Howard Center APPLY AT • Crisis Clinician and Leadership Positions (FCCC) • Police Embedded and Outreach Roles • Hospital Diversion Positions (ASSIST) • Substance Use Crisis Residential Positions (ACT1/Bridge)

The Community Investments Closing Manager collaborates as the liaison between Evernorth staff, external partners, project sponsors, developers, and funders, to coordinate, organize, and manage real estate closings for affordable rental housing and community development investments. We are looking for someone with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience and/or paralegal training/certification with experience supporting real estate transaction closings. The ideal candidate will have excellent communication, project management, attention to detail, organizational skills, and be able to manage multiple real estate closings simultaneously. The right candidates would like to grow in each role and be a part of a collaborative, highly motivated, fun, dedicated, and experienced team and mission-driven organization. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Recruiter at For full job descriptions, please visit our website- E.O.E.

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National title insurance underwriter seeks to hire an attorney to join its Vermont team. A strong working knowledge on the varied and unique aspects of Vermont real property transactions, the search and examination process, and familiarity with the issuance of title insurance commitments and policies is needed. Vermont Bar admission required. The position requires 4 -7 years of residential and/or commercial real estate experience and a solid working knowledge of Microsoft Office.

PT, 3 mornings per week, approximately 15-20 hours. Fun and flexible job perfect for a creative person who likes to work independently. Please email resume to


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Sound too good to be true? Not at Red Hen!

Our ideal candidate will be decisive and have strong analytical, communication and problem-solving skills. They must be able to work independently and with our customers, should possess an interest in working on large commercial real estate projects, will be required to disseminate within the company and the marketplace recent updates or changes in Vermont real estate laws, and present educational seminars and/or webinars. Very competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package including full health benefits, 401K, and Employee Stock Purchase Plan. This is currently a remote position. Please send cover letter and resume to

For over 20 years, we have been providing great career opportunities in the food industry. Get in touch with us if your passion is great food, and your needs include: • Consistent schedule: 40 hr/weeks • A livable wage • Health care

• Paid time off • Retirement plan with company match

WE ARE HIRING FOR: 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 hand-crafted, 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 contact Scot at scot@

BARISTA Making top-notch espresso drinks and serving customers great food. Previous customer service and cash handling experience necessary. Contact Hannah at

Conservation Stewardship Director VHCB seeks a highly capable, self-motivated individual with strong communication skills, attention to detail, and ability to work as part of a team to join our conservation staff. Primary responsibilities include managing VHCB’s conservation stewardship program and GIS mapping. The Stewardship Coordinator will also support project underwriting, measuring and conveying program impact, public outreach and policy development. Qualifications: Prior experience and training in agriculture, natural resources, and/or land conservation and a working knowledge of stewardship on conserved lands. Proficiency with GPS and GIS, Word, Excel and ArcGIS is required. Experience with program tracking and database and document management systems is strongly preferred. Some travel and field monitoring; a valid driver’s license and ability to work outdoors is necessary.

Housing & Conservation Program Coordinator Are you interested in joining a team of dedicated colleagues in a fast-paced and collaborative working environment? At VHCB we are making a significant impact creating affordable housing for Vermonters, and conserving and protecting Vermont's agricultural and recreational land, natural areas, forestland, and historic properties. We are seeking a detail-oriented individual to join us in addressing the urgent housing and conservation needs facing Vermonters today. The Program Coordinator provides support to the Housing and Conservation teams, working across a wide range of programs and initiatives. Key job duties will include data management (tracking, updating, and reporting project information), compliance monitoring, document management within a digital system, and other administrative tasks. Qualifications: Ability to learn our database and digital document management systems; strong written and verbal communication skills; proficiency with Microsoft Office and PDF software and a demonstration of curiosity and commitment to VHCB’s mission. Some experience with affordable housing and/or conservation programs is a plus. Full-time positions with competitive salary and comprehensive benefits. EOE. VHCB is committed to ensuring diversity in our workplace and candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Full-time positions located in our Montpelier office. Reply by June 20 with cover letter and résumé to: Read the job descriptions at: Untitled-14 1

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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.


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

OUTREACH COORDINATOR Primary responsibilities include building and maintaining partnerships and communication with clinicians and partners in local rural communities as well as with national partners. Duties include developing and overseeing externally focused community services, resources, and educational projects. Additional responsibilities include providing leadership in utilizing practitioner expertise and coordinating clinician efforts to support UVM CORA programs, topic-based presentations, and curriculum components. Lead efforts to organize and oversee needs assessments and evaluations of UVM CORA clinical educational offerings.

Bachelor’s degree in specific or related science and two to four years’ related experience required, preferably in a related field such as behavioral or biological sciences, psychology, social work, or medical areas. Experience with productivity software applications required.

deliverables focused on identifying OAT providers/clinics who treat pregnant people, coordinating and organizing activities related to the Center’s other clinically-oriented programs, developing & maintaining processes for tracking complex Clinical & Translational Core activities.

Bachelor’s degree in a related field and two to four years’ of administrative experience supporting lab or center operations and outcomes. Proficiency with project management software and Microsoft Office suite (e.g., Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).

RESEARCHER ANALYST Design and lead data collection efforts, conduct complex statistical analyses, and interpret resulting data for ongoing needs. Responsible for creating clear and useful data-based reports and recommendations for UVM CORA faculty and staff, partners, and stakeholders. Provide technical assistance on data collection, data sources, and statistics. Collaborate with the UVM CORA Clinical Core to plan and oversee research activities, validate methods, and evaluate progress and results directly related to UVM CORA’s recent supplemental funding. Master’s degree in specific or related science and three to five years’ related experience required, preferably in a related field such as statistics, behavioral or biological sciences, psychology, social work, or medical areas. Experience with statistical analysis software (STATA, SAS, etc), Microsoft Office suite (e.g., Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) required.

ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR The Administrative Coordinator will provide high-level administrative and operational support and leadership to the HRSA-funded UVM CORAResponsible for organizing, supporting and engaging in strategic planning for core operations, working with Center faculty and staff to complete HRSA-requested

RESEARCH PROJECT ASSISTANT Provide research assistance for the Education & Outreach Core. Assist in developing, implementing, and evaluating large-scale data collection and educational systems for rural providers across the US. Collect, synthesize, analyze, and report data on provider uptake and treatment outcomes. Prepare grant reporting deliverables including compilation of qualitative and quantitative data. Support educational activities and research new evidencebased substance use disorder best practices for curriculum and materials development. Bachelor’s degree in related field and one to three years’ experience in a related field such as behavioral or biological sciences, psychology, social work, public health, health education, or medical areas required. Experience supporting research dissemination including strong data, writing, and comprehension skills, and knowledge of how to translate research into evidence-based content and curriculum desirable. Proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite (e.g., Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) required. Familiarity with evidence-based practices and research for opioid and substance use disorders desirable.





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BURLINGTON HOUSING AUTHORITY (BHA) in Burlington, VT is seeking candidates to continue BHA's success in promoting innovative solutions that address housing instability challenges facing our diverse population of extremely low-income families and individuals. Join us and make a difference in our community!

CONTROLLER manages the accounting operations of the Authority. The responsibilities for this position include preparing timely and accurate accounting records and financial reports; managing operating budgets; and maintaining a comprehensive and effective system of internal controls, all of which are designed to ensure the accuracy of BHA’s reported results, mitigate risk, and ensure that resulting financial statements comply with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and the U/S/ Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requirements. The Controller also hires, trains, manages and retains skilled accounting staff.

LEASING AND ELIGIBILITY SPECIALIST is responsible for the waitlist selection, screening for program eligibility, gathering information for Property Managers to screen for tenant suitability, processing lease ups, processing tenant move out files, monitoring vacancies and providing back up assistance to the Property Managers.

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SITE BASED SERVICE COORDINATOR supports those who have mental health and substance abuse challenges and/or who have moved from homelessness to Decker Towers, South Square, and Champlain Apartments. This position works closely with the Property Manager and other site-based staff to identify challenging behaviors and respond with appropriate direct service and coordination of community services with a goal of eviction prevention and facilitating a healthy tenancy.

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BHA offers a competitive salary, commensurate with qualifications and experience. We offer a premium benefit package at a low cost to employees. Benefits include medical insurance with a health reimbursement account, dental, vision, short and long term disability, 10% employer funded retirement plan, 457 retirement plan, accident insurance, life insurance, cancer and critical illness insurance and access to reduced cost continuing education. We also offer a generous time off policy including paid time off, sick, and 13 paid holidays. And sign on bonus of up to $2,000. If interested in these career opportunities, please submit your resume and cover letter to:

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WAREHOUSE NON-CDL DRIVER The Vermont Wine Merchants Company, a Burlington based, wholesale distributor of fine wine and specialty beer, is looking for full-time (plus some OT) driver position(s), 4 days a week. Drivers start their day at 6am and work until the route is finished (typically by 4pm). The right candidate has a good balance of customer service skills and time management. Employment for drivers pending a driving record check.

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

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

ReArch values employees, providing a safe and fun work environment with opportunity to develop skills, engage in stimulating and challenging projects and opportunity for growth within the company. We offer a competitive salary, annual bonus, 401k plan, generous vacation package, health and dental insurance along with life insurance, short and long term disability along with a strong wellness program. We are currently hiring for the following role:

ADMINISTRATIVE AND ACCOUNTING ASSISTANT The Administrative and Accounting Assistant will partner with the Accounting team to provide superior customer support to clients, subcontractors and coworkers. RESPONSIBILITIES: • Answering incoming phone calls, screen and direct to appropriate team member.

• Process release of liens and perform follow up with subcontractors.

• Greet and assist visitors.

• Ensure reception area is tidy and presentable.

• Receive, sort and distribute mail and package deliveries. • Maintenance of office and kitchen supplies.

• Assist with conference registration and related travel for participants.

• Assist with Accounts Receivable processing.

• Participate actively with other administrative support staff in assisting other team members, as required.

• Compliance Management assistance.

• Additional duties as assigned.

• Assist with Accounts Payable processing.

QUALIFICATIONS: • Candidates should have an Associates or Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or related field or have previous experience in a similar role. Our ideal candidate has a strong customer service focus, with a professional communication style along with a team player attitude. • The Administrative and Accounting Assistant will be located at our South Burlington, VT office location, set in a beautiful park setting, with a nearby gym & walking trails outside our door. ReArch Company will only consider email or postal mail submissions; no phone calls please. Please submit resume and cover letter including salary requirements in confidence to: or via mail to ReArch Company, Inc., Human Resources, 88 Technology Park Way, Suite 2, South Burlington, VT 05403.

Full-time positions with competitive salary and excellent comprehensive benefit package. Equal Opportunity Employer. Reply with cover letter and résumé to: Positions will remain open until filled. Read the job descriptions at:

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Resumes & cover letters that do not meet these qualifications and address complete education, work history and salary requirement will not be considered. Only applicants chosen for interviews will be contacted. E.O.E.

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Vermont Bar Association

Executive Director The Vermont Bar Association is seeking candidates for the position of Executive Director. This is a policy leadership and administrative position responsible for leading, managing and executing the affairs of the 2,270 member Vermont Bar Association under the direction of the President and Board of Bar Managers.The ideal candidate will have a JD degree (preferred but not required), and have administrative, personnel and budget management experience. Prior experience with the legislative process is desirable, as the Executive Director is the VBA’s voice in the legislature as well as with the other branches of Vermont state government.The ability to liaison with other professional organizations, county bar associations, civil legal service delivery agencies and the Vermont Supreme Court is required. The Mission and History of the Association are found at A complete description of the role and duties of the position can be found at Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience, and is accompanied by an excellent benefits package. Interested candidates should submit a letter expressing in detail why they are interested in the position.The letter should be accompanied by a current resume and the names of (and contact information for) three references. Materials should be submitted electronically to VBA President-Elect Andrew Manitsky, Candidates with questions about the position or the process may send them to Andrew at the same email address. Please apply by no later than June 15, 2022. Former VBA Executive Director Bob Paolini will serve as Interim Executive Director as of July 1, 2022, through whatever start date is established for the successful applicant.


STAFF ATTORNEY Vermont Legal Aid is seeking a full-time staff attorney to work in its Mental Health Law Project (MHLP). The MHLP staff attorney is part of a small, dedicated team that represents Vermonters in a range of mental health commitment and medication cases, and other involuntary mental health or guardianship matters. 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 meeting with clients labeled mentally ill in inpatient or outpatient settings, factual investigation and analysis, legal research when appropriate, preparation of legal documents, pleadings, and motions, review of voluminous medical records, consultation and collaboration with other Project attorneys, work with expert medical witnesses, representation at trial, and some appellate work. Applicants must be admitted to practice law in Vermont or eligible for admission by motion. The position is remote until VLA changes its remote work policy; however, the position will be based out of one of our offices, which are in Burlington, Montpelier, Rutland, St. Johnsbury, and Springfield. In-state travel in a personal vehicle required. Starting salary is $57,500, with additional salary credit given for relevant prior work experience. Four weeks paid vacation and retirement, as well as excellent health benefits. Attorney applicants must be licensed to practice law in Vermont or eligible for admission by waiver. Application deadline is June 10, 2022. Your application should include a cover letter and resume, bar status, writing sample, and at least three professional references with contact information, sent as a single PDF. Send your application by e-mail to with the subject line “Mental Health Staff Attorney – June 2022.” Please let us know how you heard about this position.

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY BY ROB BREZSNY REAL JUNE 9-15 TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “The great epochs of our life come when we gain the courage to rechristen our badness as what is best in us,” wrote philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. When I read that ambitious epigram, I didn’t know what he was referring to. By “badness,” did he mean the ugly, pathological parts of us? That couldn’t be right. So I read scholars who had studied the great philosopher. Their interpretation: Nietzsche believed the urges that some religions seek to inhibit are actually healthy for us. We should celebrate, not suppress, our inclinations to enjoy sensual delights and lusty living. In fact, we should define them as being the best in us. I encourage you Bulls to do just that in the coming weeks. It’s a favorable time to intensify your devotion to joy, pleasure and revelry.


It’s an excellent time to correct and uplift your self-image. I invite you to speak the following affirmations aloud: “I am not damaged. I am not on the wrong path. I am not inept or ignorant or off-kilter. The truth is, I am learning how to live. I am learning how to be a soulful human, and I am doing a reasonably good job at that task. I do a lot of things really well. I’m getting to know myself better every day. I constantly surprise myself with how skilled I am at adjusting to life’s constant changes. I am amazed at how much progress I have made in learning how to live.”

ARIES (March 21-April 19): “It takes a spasm

of love to write a poem,” wrote Aries author Erica Jong. I will add that it takes a spasm of love to fix a problem with someone you care about. It also takes a spasm of love to act with kindness when you don’t feel kind. A spasm of love is helpful when you need to act with in a confusing situation and when rtists Willintegrity Kasso Condry, Jennifer you want heal the past so it doesn’t plague Herrera Condry andtotheir daughter, the future. All the above advice should be lexa, are the team behind Juniper useful for you in the coming weeks, Aries. Are reative Arts. The trio creates there any other variations you can think of? rtwork that features Black and Fill in the blank in the next sentence: It takes rown people, withofthemes of Afro- . a spasm love to ______________

CANCER (June 21-July 22): In the Tibetan language, the term nyingdu-la means “most honored poison of my heart.” Many of us know at least one person who fits that description: an enemy we love to hate or a loved one who keeps tweaking our destiny or a paradoxical ally who is both hurtful and helpful. According to my analysis, it’s time for you to transform your relationship with a certain nyingdu-la in your life. The bond between you might have generated vital lessons for you. But now it’s time for a reevaluation and redefinition. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): “Don’t pray for the rain to stop,” advises Leo poet Wendell Berry. “Pray for good luck fishing when the river floods.” That’s useful advice for you, my dear. The situation you’re in could turn out to be a case of either weird luck or good luck. And how you interpret the situation may have a big impact on which kind of luck it brings. I urge you to define the potential opportunities that are brewing and concentrate on feeding them. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Virgo writer Julio Cortázar (1914–1984) once remarked, “How tiring it gets being the same person all the time.” That’s surprising. In fact, Cortázar was an innovative and influential author who wrote more than 30 books in four genres and lived for extended periods in five countries. It’s hard to imagine him ever being bored by his multifaceted self. Even if you’re not a su-

perstar like Cortázar, Virgo, I expect you will be highly entertained and amused by your life in the coming weeks. I bet you will be even more interesting than usual. Best of all, you will learn many fresh secrets about your mysterious soul.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The blogger Frogbestfriend says, “One of the biggest problems with society nowadays is that I am so, so sleepy.” Frogbestfriend is humorously suggesting that his inability to maintain good sleep habits is rooted in civilization’s dysfunctions. He’s right, of course! Many of our seemingly personal problems are at least partially rooted in the pathological ways the whole world operates. Our culture influences us to do things that aren’t always healthy and wise. I bring this to your attention, Libra, because now is a favorable time to meditate on society’s crazy-making effects on you. Now is also a pivotal moment to heal yourself of those crazy-making effects. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Poet Maggie Smith writes, “We talk so much of light. Please let me speak on behalf of the good dark. Let us talk more of how dark the beginning of a day is.” I offer her proposal as a fertile theme for your meditations. Of all the signs in the zodiac, you Scorpios are most skilled at teasing out the good stuff from shadows and secrets and twilight. And your potency in these matters is even higher than usual right now. Do us all a favor and find the hidden redemptions and potential regenerations. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): When

actors and other creative people in film win Oscars at the Academy Awards ceremony, they come on stage and deliver short talks, acknowledging their honor. These speeches often include expressions of gratitude. An analysis revealed that over the years, Sagittarian director Steven Spielberg has been thanked by winners more often than anyone else — even more than God. Based on my reading of astrological omens, I believe you deserve that level of appreciation in the coming weeks. Please show this horoscope to everyone you know who may be willing to carry out my mandate. Be proactive in collecting tribute, credit and favors.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): In the ancient Greek story of Odysseus, the hero leaves his home in Ithaka to fight in the Trojan War. When the conflict is over, he yearns to return to the beloved life he left behind. But his journey takes 10 years. His tests and travails are many. The 20th-century Greek poet C.P. Cavafy offered advice to Odysseus at the beginning of his quest: “As you set out for Ithaka, hope your road is a long one, full of adventure, full of discovery ... Keep Ithaca always in your mind. Arriving there is what you’re destined for. But don’t hurry the journey. Better if it lasts for years, so you’re old by the time you reach the island, wealthy with all you’ve gained on the way.” As you begin your new phase of returning home, Capricorn, I invite you to keep Cavafy’s thoughts in mind. (Read the poem at Translated by Edmund Keeley.) AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “I have

never, ever, ever met anyone who has regretted following their heart,” writes life coach Marie Forleo. But what exactly does she mean by “following their heart”? Does that mean ignoring cautions offered by your mind? Not necessarily. Does it require you to ignore everyone’s opinions about what you should do? Possibly. When you follow your heart, must you sacrifice money and status and security? In some cases, yes. But in other cases, following your heart may ultimately enhance your relationship with money and status and security. Anyway, Aquarius. I hope I’ve inspired you to meditate on what it means to follow your heart — and how you can do that intensely during the coming months.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Actor and author Jenny Slate testifies, “As the image of myself becomes sharper in my brain and more precious, I feel less afraid that someone else will erase me by denying me love.” That is the single best inspirational message I can offer you right now. In the coming months, you will earn the right and the capacity to make the same declaration. Your self-definition will become progressively clearer and stronger. And this waxing superpower will enable you to conquer at least some of your fear about not getting enough love.

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Dear Reverend,

A very dear person I’ve known for 32 years has reconnected with me after a long time. She suggested having a commitment ceremony, but we’re having trouble finding someone to do the ceremony. We’ve asked people who are friends with both of us on Facebook, but they don’t have cars or other ways to get to us. I’m 70, she’s 50, and we’re both on disability. Do you have any suggestions?

Mr. September

(MALE, 70)

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 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 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 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

Dear Mr. September,

I’ve married a bunch of people and, to be honest, the officiant is basically a glorified emcee — someone to keep things moving along and make sure whoever needs to say something gets their cue. Sure, I say, “Yay! You’re married now!” at the end and sign some papers, but the only thing that actually matters is that two people have decided to spend their lives together. Unlike a marriage, a commitment ceremony isn’t legally binding. There are no papers to sign, and you don’t need witnesses. Since they are not formally recognized by church or state, there are no restrictions

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

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

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

on what you can or cannot do. You can even do it yourselves, but I understand the desire for some formality to mark the occasion. Could a friend use a ride service such as Uber? If transportation is really a sticky wicket, you could have a virtual meet-up with your friends on Zoom or FaceTime. If you don’t use those sorts of things much, perhaps you have a technologically savvy pal who can help you set it up. If all else fails, you can create your own private ceremony for just the two of you first, and then celebrate with friends at a later date when it’s easier for you be together. Good luck and God bless,

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