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traffic models and land-use patterns. Coalition member Tony Redington said the design is a “vestige of the 1950s and ’60s that doesn’t fit the needs of today.” “Both the project and the natural and human communities through which it passes have significantly changed,” the 29-page filing reads. “The pace and magnitude of those changes has increased in the last 10 years since this project last went through [National Environmental Policy Act] review.” The suit says that review doesn’t account for the South End becoming a “vibrant city hub.” Just last month, however, the Federal Highway Administration ruled that the decade-old environmental review was still valid. Redington said this lawsuit effectively appeals that decision, and he thinks the public, if given the opportunity, would support a redesign.

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ven a presidential candidate can’t catch a break when it comes to parking in Burlington. A car registered to U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was ticketed and nearly towed from outside his New North End home on April 24, the night the city kicked off its annual street-sweeping effort. Sanders happened to be campaigning for president in Texas,

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they get swept. Free parking is available in three city-owned garages for those without offstreet spots. Sanders’ home has a driveway and a two-car garage. The Berniemobile was parked in his driveway earlier this week. On the bumper of the four-door hatchback was a sticker once common in these parts: “Re-elect Bernie for U.S. Senate 2012.” So was this the first time the city has nearly towed a presidential candidate? King had a response worthy of a politician: “No comment.” SASHA GOLDSTEIN

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A lot of grumbling has greeted the end of this session of the state legislature, in terms of how it ended and what it accomplished [Fair Game: “Endgame Fail,” May 29, and related coverage]. Lost in the noise is that the legislature is elected in a two-year cycle. Two sessions. Just ended was the first session. Bills that were not disposed of in this session will be picked up in the next, January 2020. So the two bills that are causing the kerfuffle among Democrats and others — paid family leave and raising the minimum wage — are not dead. The work done will be carried over to the next session, where the bills will be considered again. As to the criticism that the Democrats are a great disappointment: We should not expect a group of 94 people of different genders, geographies, ages, incomes, personalities, ethnic backgrounds, races, etc. to always agree. Contributing to the disappointment is the mistaken belief that because the Democrats have a veto-proof supermajority, they can get anything they want. They do not. All those diverse Democrats would have to agree. Nevertheless, the House passed 37 bills! They address issues such as broadband, workforce, abortion, childhood sexual abuse, waiting periods for handgun purchasing, banning plastic bags, fair and impartial policing, and funding for clear water. With all the attention on paid family leave and raising minimum wage, the substantial accomplishments of this session have been overlooked. The result is a distorted picture of what really happened in Montpelier this year.  Bill Kuch


Kuch is the chair of the Windsor County Democratic Committee.


[Re 802much: “Dude, Where’s My Scooter?” June 5]: A crucial question in my mind is whether the Lime electric scooters will be allowed on the Burlington bike path, akin to the current policy that tacitly permits bicycles with electricassist motors. Will road-licensed scooters be permitted on the bike path? What about electric motorcycles? The path



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The Seven Days article showcasing Health Hero Farm as a leader in Vermont’s growing animal-welfare-certified farming community was quite timely, because this was a hot topic in the 2019 legislature [“Better Beef,” May 21]. Lawmakers adjourned after signing off on a bill elevating the value of and growing markets for animal-welfare-certified products. The legislature’s annual agricultural development bill (S.160) included a provision making Vermont the first state in the nation to promote access to funding for independent animal welfare certifications in our farm business development program. This fall, farmers and businesses will be able to apply for grants from the Working Lands Enterprise Initiative to help them achieve these valuable certifications or expand their existing welfare-certified operation. This effort will help Vermont farmers meet the growing demand for welfare-certified products both in and outside the state.  Vermont is known for its local, sustainable food. The Vermont brand will be strengthened by this new emphasis on improving animal welfare and helping our farmers effectively communicate how they’re raising their animals. There’s still a lot to do as we work toward a more humane, transparent food system, but the passage of S.160 has set the tone

and ensures that Vermont will be at the forefront. Kara Shannon


Shannon works in farm animal welfare for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

[“A Möbius Yarn,” May 29] is a meaningful review of a difficult but engrossing novel. I felt alone on my journey reading it — and afterward, when I looked for reviews to help me articulate my complex feelings about the book. The other reviews praised Kathryn Davis (of whom I’ve long been a fan) but treated the work like a closed circuit, only addressing the whole, which gave me no insights into the huge, inchoate feelings the novel engendered. After reading your review, I feel I have a fellow pilgrim on my journey to understanding the ineffable landscape I traveled in reading The Silk Road.



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Out Dancing Who says dance performances have to take place in stuffy recital halls? For the artists in Traces: A Public Dance Happening, downtown Burlington is the stage for a full day of free events. Artists from around the state present movement pieces in myriad styles at outdoor locales around the Queen City. Visit the Vermont Dance Alliance website for a map. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 52


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UP, UP AND AWAY The Jimi Hendrix lyric “’Scuse me while I kiss the sky” may come to mind for attendees at the Quechee Hot Air Balloon Craft and Music Festival. Flying high in its 40th year, the fest features up to 20 airborne vessels making scheduled ascents throughout the weekend. Kids’ activities, local eats, a beer garden and more than 60 vendors have families on cloud nine.




Painting People “Do we understand the female as source of power?” Artist Deborah Brown explores this question in a collection of oil paintings that depict lone female characters in various settings. These works, along with paintings by Mark Barry, comprise the exhibition “Human Nature/Nature Human.” Amy Lilly reviews the show, open to the public on weekends at Waitsfield’s Bundy Modern.




Along for the Ride Lake Champlain provides unparalleled beauty and recreation during the summer season. Those who enjoy its 587 miles of shoreline can give back by pedaling in Switchback Bike for the Lake, an annual ride benefiting Friends of Northern Lake Champlain. Loops ranging from 30 to 100 miles start and end at Knight Point State Park in North Hero. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 53


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he Vermont Republican Party has been a ramshackle affair of late, lagging behind the Democrats in organization and fundraising, losing ground in the legislature, and failing to field competitive candidates in most statewide and congressional races. It’s been a dismal stretch … except in Franklin County, where Republicans have taken command and held their gains. The GOP holds nine of the county’s 12 House seats and both Senate seats, and it even managed a net gain of one seat in the 2018 election, which was otherwise disastrous for the party. So, what’s going on up there? The Franklin County success story has many authors, but one person exemplifies the effort: Sen. COREY PARENT (R-Franklin), who at age 29 is the youngest state senator and a five-year veteran of the legislature. He cites two keys to victory: working really hard to connect with voters, and gathering information to create a voter database. “People think it’s wizardry, but it’s not,” Parent said. “It’s making calls, going doorto-door and entering the information in our database.” Statewide, he said, “the Democrats have the advantage” in voter data. A robust, accurate database is immensely helpful to parties. It includes contact information gleaned from each voter interaction and identifies a voter’s issues and concerns. It also makes get-out-the-vote efforts much more efficient. The necessary foundation for this effort: candidates willing to do the fundamentals. “When I recruit candidates, I expect them to put the work in,” said Parent. “Knock on doors, do fundraising calls.” “We have a smart, active county party,” said first-term Rep. FELISHA LEFFLER (R-Enosburg Falls). “It’s about bringing everybody up to a good level of data collection.” For longtime Republican pols, that can be a step too far. Leffler has seen lawmakers who maintained “paper lists with highlighters,” which are fine for an individual candidate but not shareable with others on the ticket. Sen. RANDY BROCK (R-Franklin) sees it as “basic politics 101,” he said. “Connecting with and serving constituents. Going out, talking to people, knocking on doors, answering mail, picking up the phone, going to community events.” And then getting all that old-school information into the new-school database. “We know who our voters are; we stay in contact with them,” Brock said.



They also raise money — a lot more than most other county GOP committees. During the 2018 election cycle, three Franklin County Republican groups spent nearly $50,000 on campaign activities: funding an office; two staffers to answer phones, handle correspondence and coordinate activities; an Election Day phone bank; and $6,000 for an election night party. Compare that to the two-year total of $2,300 spent by Windsor County Republicans or $5,244 by the Chittenden County GOP. “Our fundraising success has followed our political success,” said Parent. “When we have a plan, we execute it well.” Franklin Republicans benefited from the generosity of some high-roller

benefactors. Big checks came from Monsanto ($2,000), the tobacco giant Altria ($3,000), Vermont fuel magnate SKIP VALLEE ($2,000) and ultraconservative donors LENORE BROUGHTON, and TOM and CAROL BREUER ($4,080 apiece). But most of the money came from local donors who gave less than $200 each. “They did a fantastic job in 2018,” said Vermont Republican Party chair DEB BILLADO. “They took the model that everyone should be using, applied it and went after the voters they needed.” Easy to say, but the Franklin County effort has been building for quite a while. “When I ran for auditor in 2004, there was Corey in his blue suit and Republican tie for my announcement,” said Brock. “It was

his 14th birthday. You don’t have it happen overnight. It takes time.” Rep. MIKE MCCARTHY (D-St. Albans), who serves as chair of the Franklin County Democratic Committee, says the county is especially fertile ground for the Republican appeal, due to a heavy population of Irish and French Canadian Catholics. “There are more people who are culturally conservative in Franklin County than in other parts of Vermont,” McCarthy noted. “It used to be, if you were a Catholic in Franklin County, you were a Democrat.” FRANK CIOFFI, a St. Albans native and president of the Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation, recalls those days very well. “The Democratic Party was the party up there for about 50 years,” Cioffi said. “My grandfather on my mother’s side was mayor of St. Albans and a state representative. My father and his father were aldermen.” All were Democrats. Cioffi believes the county’s conservative turn was sparked by the 2000 enactment of Vermont’s civil unions law, which offended many religious voters. “It started changing after that,” Cioffi said. “We had to fight like the dickens to get Howard reelected,” he said of then-governor HOWARD DEAN, who signed the civil unions bill into law. “Before that, he’d run around 60 percent” in Franklin County. SARA KITTELL served 18 years as a Democratic state senator from Franklin County before she chose not to seek reelection in 2013. She failed to win a seat in 2014 and 2016. She sees the county’s political balance as a delicate thing, prone to partisan swings. “I do think it’s a cyclical thing,” Kittell said. “We’re changing, making investments; young people are moving here; housing is going up.” Sooner or later, she believes, the pendulum will swing back to the Democrats. In the meantime, Parent has an idea for rebranding the VTGOP as the party of rural Vermont. He noted that the state’s economic growth has occurred almost entirely in Chittenden County. “There’s a real call for people who speak for rural Vermont,” he said. “The Republican message could play well.” Rural Vermont comprises a majority of the state’s landscape — but a decided minority of its voters. Parent’s expectations are measured. “Would it get us up to 76 seats?” he said, citing the number necessary for a House majority. “Probably not, but could it get us into the 60s? Yes.” That would allow the Republican caucus to provide a reliable backstop for a Republican governor like PHIL SCOTT or JIM DOUGLAS, but, as Parent acknowledged, that’s about all. Parent and his colleagues have shown




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how the Republican Party can grow, on relatively friendly turf, with years of diligent effort and energy. Problem is, the VTGOP has shown little evidence of possessing either commodity.

Courage After Dark

In April 2018, Gov. Scott made a move that required personal and political bravery: He signed a series of gun restrictions on the lawn of the Statehouse, surrounded by supporters and opponents of the measures. This year? Not so much. In a press release issued quietly on Monday evening, Scott announced he had signed H.57, a bill establishing abortion rights in state law — and vetoed S.169, which would have mandated a 24-hour waiting period for handgun purchases. So much timidity, so little time. A public signing of the abortion bill would have been a huge, symbolic act at a time when other Republican governors are signing the harshest possible abortion restrictions. How better to take a public stand for a cause that’s under attack from elements of his own party? As for the gun measure, advocates made a strong case that it would have prevented impulsive acts of violence or suicide. But apparently we’ve reached Scott’s limit of tolerance for offending the gun-rights community. His veto rationale is unconvincing. He wrote that S.169 failed to “address the underlying causes of violence and suicide,” which is true — but it was never intended to. It’s like forswearing chemotherapy because it doesn’t address the underlying causes of cancer. ALYSSA and ROB BLACK issued a statement Monday noting that the bill “would have saved lives.” The Essex residents became the leading public advocates for a waiting period after their son, ANDREW, shot himself last December with a gun he purchased only a few hours before his death. Perhaps the governor will arrange a meeting with the two, so he can explain his action in person. Surely he can convince them that the bill was irrelevant because it didn’t address the underlying causes of Andrew’s suicide.

member of our policy and politics team since December 2017. Before that, he spent four years as a digital reporter for Vermont Public Radio. And now he’ll turn off his brain for a while, working a summer job at a Vermont resort and doing plenty of rock climbing. After that? “In August, my wife, TORI, and I are moving to North Carolina,” Dobbs said. “She’s finishing up her graduate degree, and I’m following her to the next gig.” His future plans are unclear for now. “I’m definitely taking a break from government and policy reporting,” he said. “It requires 24-7 attention to do it well. There are a lot of other things in the world to pay attention to.” News editor MATTHEW ROY is sorry to see Dobbs go. “Taylor’s one of the good guys,” he wrote in an email. “He’s pursued some difficult stories, such as the treatment of Vermont’s out-of-state inmates. We’ll definitely miss him.” A familiar face is coming out of the bull pen to replace Dobbs: PAUL HEINTZ, my predecessor as Fair Game columnist and, since November 2014, the editor for the state policy and politics team. “Paul has been an excellent editor, but he’s wanted to focus on writing,” said Roy. “So we’re unleashing him from management duties so he can be a full-time reporter again.” And here’s something I’d bring up if any other publication were the subject: Seven Days’ news team has seen a lot of changes in recent years. In fact, four news reporters have left since the end of December: KATIE JICKLING, MARK DAVIS, ALICIA FREESE and now Dobbs. “Like all media outlets, we expect churn,” Roy wrote. “News staffers have left us to retire, travel internationally and pursue other opportunities. Meanwhile, we’ve been successfully recruiting terrific reporters … Our news staff is as solid as ever.” Seven Days has recruited very well. But one factor in that success is that, because of cutbacks and closures at newspapers across the country, there are a lot of experienced people looking for work. The “churn” has negative consequences for the reporters and the beats they’ve cultivated. And when talented writers such as Dobbs decide they’ve had their fill of journalism at a young age, it’s a sign of trouble for the news business. m


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Turnover is a fact of life in the news media, but it still hurts to report the departure of a bright young mind — especially someone who’s not only leaving a job, but also leaving the profession. Such is the case with Seven Days reporter TAYLOR DOBBS, who will soon take his leave of our office, the state and reporting in general. Dobbs has been a

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n a crowded, stuffy conference room in Burlington City Hall on May 28, Mayor Miro Weinberger announced his pick to run the city’s Community Economic Development Office. Lukas McGowan, tall and trim, wearing a navy blazer with a white dress shirt and no tie, told those assembled of his plans to support small businesses and to make the Queen City a more inclusive place. “This is a unique place, and CEDO is a unique government entity that has a big mandate” including social equity, McGowan said. The South Woodstock resident’s résumé boasts stints at a West Coast tech startup and several years working for former president Barack Obama and vice president Joe Biden. Like a handful of his new colleagues, McGowan is an Ivy Leaguer, a trait he touted when he gave a shout-out to other Harvard Kennedy School grads in the crowd. And just like most of them, McGowan is white. In seven years as mayor, Weinberger has appointed 29 department heads and hired seven senior mayoral office staffers. Only two of those 36 total people represent ethnic diversity: former Fletcher Free Library director Rubi Simon, a Latina woman who resigned in 2016; and Police Chief Brandon del Pozo, who is half Cuban. Stephanie Seguino, a University of Vermont economics professor who studies race and gender inequality, explained that Weinberger’s cabinet currently contains no racial diversity because Hispanic is an ethnicity, not a race, and del Pozo identifies as white. The lack of diversity in the upper echelons of Weinberger’s administration exists despite a 2014 strategic plan that laid out a framework for achieving more equity and inclusion in city government. The 82-page document, created by the Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity, listed 49 steps — including one to ensure that people of color are proportionally represented in the city workforce at all levels. That would mean 17 percent of the 825 city workers should be nonwhite, according to the most recent demographic data for Burlington. The number is actually about 7.5 percent, or 64 people, 2018 data supplied by the city shows; just over half of those nonwhite workers hold full-time positions. The only city leader of color is Yaw Obeng, a black man who serves as


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not been able to hire more candidates of — and search committees always include color for these senior leadership posi- a person of color, he said. tions,” he said. “We’ve struggled with it.” The city has also begun advertising “It” was evident last week, when the positions more broadly, in places such as mayor presented to the Burlington City email lists for minority communities. City Council his all-white slate of 16 department employees of color increased from 5 to 7 heads, from public works director to chief percent in four years, Weinberger said. innovation officer. The council confirmed Most of the time, a diverse candidate is them all, though del Pozo received two a finalist for high-level jobs. In 2015, del “no” votes because of recent controversies Pozo was one of two minorities among the involving his officers, two of whom have four final candidates, the mayor said. been sued for using excessive force against The city has strived for greater black men. gender parity, said Weinberger, who “Racism exists. Discrimination exists. hired Burlington’s first-ever female city We cannot accept or have a chief of police attorney, Eileen Blackwood, and chief who would allow such wrongdoing administrative officer, Beth Anderson. A for people of color in this Seven Days analysis found community without saying that throughout his tenure, anything,” Councilor Ali Weinberger has appointed Dieng (D/P-Ward 7) said at or hired women for nearly the meeting. half of the positions counted Dieng and other advocates argue that for this story. The city’s efforts “with respect to race there’s no excuse for the lack of diversity in the mayor’s cabinet, especially in light issues have not been as successful, which is a frustration,” he said. of a strategic plan adopted five years ago. “It’s not on the mayor’s radar,” Dieng, The challenge isn’t unique to his an African immigrant and the only black administration, Weinberger added, though man on the 12-member council, said in an former mayor Peter Clavelle, who served interview last week. “To me, he doesn’t in the 1990s and early 2000s, recalled that have a goal of diversifying both his mayoral assistant the leadership in the city.” and code enforcement Dieng plans to introduce director were black men. a resolution at an upcoming Still, Clavelle said his cabimeeting to address some net wasn’t as diverse as he’d HAL COLSTON of the issues. He wants to have liked. revive a long-forgotten council committee “We wanted a workforce that was at on diversity and equity and will ask the least as diverse as the city’s increasingly mayor to hire a new employee who would diverse population,” Clavelle said. “I focus solely on diversity and inclusion. thought a diverse workplace is a smarter, Currently, “there is no one person more effective, more responsive workcharged to be this voice,” Dieng said. place. It’s also an issue of equity and He’s partnering with Mark Hughes, fairness. executive director and founder of Justice “I see it as a challenge, but an important for All, an organization that aims to one,” he added. dismantle systemic racism in Vermont. In Weinberger said he understands his 2018, Justice for All successfully lobbied responsibility to “keep trying to do better the legislature on the same issue: Act 9 here,” and he admitted recent efforts have formed a state Racial Equity Advisory stalled. After the 2014 plan, he created a Panel and created an executive director “core team” that included people of color of racial equity to collect data and write and vetted hiring decisions through an policies. equity lens. “To me, it’s not about making stateThat work fell by the wayside in recent ments,” Dieng said. “It is about doing the years with turnover in the HR and CEDO work.” departments, both of which are tasked For his part, Weinberger defended his with diversity initiatives. And last year, progress in implementing the strategic Curtiss Reed Jr., a black man who serves plan. Since 2015, department heads have as executive director of the Vermont received implicit bias and cultural compe- Partnership, stopped consulting with the tency training. The city conducts national city, Weinberger said. Reed was out of the searches for high-level positions — though country and did not respond to requests most employees are hired from in-state for comment.




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Burlington School District superintendent — a position the mayor doesn’t appoint. Weinberger said he stands by his leadership team but recognizes he’s fallen short in recruiting, hiring and retaining employees of color, particularly those in charge of setting policies that could close equity gaps. “It is a frustration of ours that we have


Weinberger pledged to reboot the core team with the city’s new HR director, a white woman named Deanna Paluba, who has experience retaining a diverse workforce. That will start at a department-head retreat this month, the mayor said. “It’s something that weighs on me,” said Weinberger, who added that both of his daughters are nonwhite. “I feel this great opportunity to have an impact on the city that they’re being raised in.” State Rep. Hal Colston (D-Winooski), an advocate who contributed to the 2014 plan, said the city can’t blame Reed’s departure for its failings. “This is the mayor’s issue,” said Colston, who is black. “Come on, man. [Reed] gave you a tool to do something about it, but if you’re not doing anything about it, it’s not his fault. It’s you and your team that are asleep at the switch.” Colston said Burlington’s diversity deficit likely exists because its hiring process is contaminated by implicit bias. He once served on a Champlain College hiring committee and convinced the administration to include a neutral member to critique the hiring process in real time. The consultant pointed out when committee members’ negative reactions to an applicant’s answers were bias-based. “If we’re not called out in a productive way, we can’t learn and do things differently,” Colston said. “White folks are well-meaning, but they can’t help themselves because this is all they know. Until they learn a different perspective of how they’re analyzing a person who is qualified, they’re always going to go to their default.” And that means hiring leaders who look the same as they do, he said. Councilor Brian Pine (P-Ward 3), who served on the hiring committee for CEDO’s McGowan, said the job attracted more than 30 applicants, including some of color. McGowan was “by far” the most qualified, he said. “It sort of illustrated that this continues to be a really challenging municipality to recruit people [of color] to,” Pine said. “I would say there’s consensus on this issue, but yet we haven’t made progress, and that’s frustrating.” Kesha Ram, a former CEDO staffer who worked on the plan in 2014, is now an equity consultant for the City of Winooski. The Onion City’s public schools are 58 percent minority, substantially more than any other district in the state. Burlington is second with 37 percent. Ram said Burlington must continue its equity work so those kids, many of them New Americans, can envision themselves as leaders someday.

“Otherwise, those young people will see a dead end,” she said. “They don’t see a pathway to prosperity in their city.” Hughes, of Justice for All, said the problem is urgent. He reflected on Republican Gov. Phil Scott’s most recent budget speech, during which he said that Vermont needs more taxpayers to sustain the economy. To Hughes, that means Vermont — one of the whitest and oldest states — needs black and brown people. And as the state’s largest city, Burlington needs to lead. “I’m a radical African American, liberal, progressive,” Hughes said, “and I want to use a conservative white man’s return-on-investment language for this conversation: If Miro doesn’t get this right, then the state follows.” Colston, one of a handful of minorities serving in the Vermont legislature, agreed. “It’s not going to happen overnight, but it takes that kind of leadership to say, ‘OK, I get it,’” he said. “To be able to listen and to learn — that’s a different type of leader. I hope that’s Miro. That’s what it takes.” m


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HOW WE COUNTED Burlington’s mayor has the authority to appoint 30 city positions. We counted only appointments for the most influential of those: 16 city department heads, plus the mayor’s chief of staff, and his communications and projects coordinator. That amounted to 36 total appointments or hires by Weinberger, who is serving his third three-year term. The majority of these positions are reappointed annually, though some hold two-year terms. The mayor also fills vacancies, so the number of appointments is higher than the number of positions. We did not include Weinberger’s appointment of interim or acting directors. Many of his appointees have served for several years; we only counted them once unless they served in two positions — in which case they were counted twice. Nine department heads held their positions before Weinberger took office and stayed during his tenure, and we counted them. Lastly, we did not include his appointments of five assistant city attorneys/grand jurors, four constables (two of whom are also currently assistant city attorneys), and the poundkeeper, because people in those positions don’t influence policy or run a city department.

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Long Lines, Missed Flights: Airport Rush Hour Prompts Reconfiguration of TSA Access P HO TO S & STO RY B Y MOLLY WAL SH


line of 60 bleary-eyed passengers snaked through a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint at Burlington International Airport last Thursday morning, roller bags in tow, while a security officer called out: “One at a time, please. Boarding passes and IDs, please.” It was 5:15 a.m. — rush hour for the TSA. Sometimes as many as 800 passengers shuffle through screening to board 12 flights that take off between 5:30 and 7 a.m. — the busiest departure window at Burlington’s small but expanding regional airport. Alex Thompson stood in line and noted with some worry that it seemed “longer than usual.” The Burlington grad student managed to catch her 5:50 a.m. flight to Detroit — but just barely, as it took 25 minutes to get through security. She’d arrived at BTV only 55 minutes before departure, though airport officials urge passengers to leave a two-hour buffer. “They were boarding the flight when I got there,” Thompson explained later. She was lucky. BTV is seeing more early morning traffic jams at its two TSA checkpoints, and more people are missing flights. Resurfacing of the tarmac next to the northern concourse has temporarily reduced gate access at that end of the airport. More early morning flights are now departing from the southern concourse, squeezing the TSA checkpoint there. To remedy the situation, and prepare for even more passengers, the airport is building a $300,000 walkway project that will connect the checkpoints so one can relieve the other during peak-time bottlenecks. “The bottom line is, really, we’re growing,” said Nic Longo, deputy director of aviation administration at the Burlington airport. The number of BTV passengers is up 13.8 percent over last year, an increase of 51,000 boardings. The TSA can screen about 300 people an hour at each checkpoint, but sometimes one of them is slammed with 500 people in an hour, Longo continued: “Obviously, the math doesn’t work there.” Last week, the Burlington Board of Finance and City Council approved an airport budget amendment that greenlighted the walkway project. The hope is to get it done quickly, possibly within six weeks. “We want this operational for our peak loads this summer,” Longo said.


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Passengers waiting to board a flight at Burlington International Airport

Airports nationwide are expecting more passengers — and longer security lines — during the upcoming vacation season. The number of people flying in the U.S. has increased 12 percent since 2011, according to a recent article in the New York Times, while the number of TSA agents has dropped by the same percentage, from 47,630 to 41,928. The situation could get worse if President Donald Trump follows through on his threat to move TSA agents to protect the U.S.-Mexico border. Some have already gone voluntarily — but not from Vermont. “That hasn’t really impacted us at all,” said Bruce McDonald, federal security director for the TSA in Vermont. “I’ve got people that would love to go,” he said of the security job swaps. But given the circumstances, he said, BTV can’t afford to spare any agents. Currently, passengers leaving from Burlington must be screened at the dedicated concourse from which their flight is leaving. Those flying on United or JetBlue head to

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The southern TSA checkpoint at BTV


the northern checkpoint on the second double the usual 14-minute queue that floor. Customers flying Delta, American exists between roughly 4:45 and 6:30 Airlines and Frontier use the first-floor a.m., he said. “There are times in the last southern checkpoint. month or so, we’re The design is running about 20 outdated, airport offito 25 percent above cials say. Soon, travelcapacity, and that’s ers who pass through just not something either checkpoint will that can be sustained,” be able to access all gates, like at most McDonald said. “We do need some relief.” other airports in the country. Staffing up in Vermont, a region with “The TSA screening demand is at an extremely low unemployment, has also all-time peak making it difficult to process been a challenge for the TSA. McDonald all the customers in a timely fashion, declined to say how many TSA positions resulting in missed flights,” BTV direc- are allocated to the airport, citing security tor of aviation Gene Richards and airport protocols, but a national TSA press officer chief financial officer Marie Friedman said via email it’s around 100. About 5 wrote in a memo requesting the budget percent of those jobs are currently vacant. amendment. “Due Starting pay is to this constraint, about $17.55 per the Airport realizes hour, but shifts that that connecting the begin before dawn concourses would don’t help with offer benefits to recruiting. All the customers and airlines want flights allow customers to to leave at 5:30 a.m. seek multiple TSA regardless of TSA BRU CE MCDONALD screening locations capacity, McDonald when the Airport is said, so passengers busy.” have time to get to bigger hubs, change The plan? In an area beyond the planes and arrive at far-flung destinasouthern checkpoint, crews will punch tions on the same day. “That’s the way a hole in a wall that faces the runway on the market runs,” he said. the ground floor. Then they’ll build an Many airlines allow travelers who enclosed walkway and ramp that goes up miss flights to stand by for the next to the second floor. Existing space on that available. But several local airline reps side of the terminal will be walled off and at BTV declined to speculate how often made into a hallway that provides access TSA is to blame. “We don’t provide those to the gates beyond the north checkpoint metrics, as passengers might be late on the second floor. for various reasons, including traffic, The enclosed ramp will be made from personal reasons, etc.,” American Airlines shipping containers, which airport offi- spokesperson Ross Feinstein explained cials also used in February to create a new via email. gateway ramp when Frontier first started Afternoons at BTV, when far fewer operating out of Burlington. The airline planes depart, are better: The TSA wait offered direct flights to Orlando during the time averages less than two minutes, winter and began flying to Denver in May. McDonald said. Last Saturday, United started direct Some frequent fliers at Burlington service to Denver in apparent competi- airport have figured that out. Russell tion with Frontier. Commercial flight Womer, 32, a real estate software consuldepartures out of BTV are projected to tant who lives in Charlotte, avoids bookincrease 6.5 percent this year, a figure that ing early morning flights from BTV. “You represents 700 more departures than last are going to experience much more clutyear. ter, much longer lines,” he said. “That’s by Under the current system, one check- far the worst time to hit it.” point is sometimes underutilized while McDonald has advice to impart, the other is overloaded. “You can only too: Pay attention to the bright-orange squeeze so many passengers through,” signs all over the airport. “If there’s one McDonald explained, adding that the message I could get across, it’s arrive connecter “will absolutely help for the early,” he said. “We don’t say arrive two passenger flow.” hours early just for the fun of it.” m On May 20, the early morning wait Contact: time spiked to 34 minutes — more than




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She went on to question the governor’s motives in going public (“If he really wanted answers, he would have found me.”) and called his critique “insulting” to her and victims in the cases. “I have not made ANY decisions based on politics, and I will absolutely not start now,” she wrote. The charged rhetoric underscores the trauma the three crimes inflicted on the communities where they occurred, the victims and their families, and first responders. Aita Gurung killed his wife, Yogeswari Khadka, 32, with a meat cleaver outside the family’s home in Burlington’s Old North End in October 2017. He severely injured his mother-in-law, Tulasa Rimal, in the attack. In dismissing his case, George said experts concluded Gurung was psychotic at the time of the crime. “Voices were telling him to kill his wife,” and he did so in a “violent frenzy beyond anything that he exhibited before,” she wrote. After George’s decision, Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo posted his reaction on his Facebook page, noting that

his officers had stopped the attack and tried to aid the victims. His statement was not meant as criticism of George, he said. It focused on the couple’s 8-year-old daughter, who was not home at the time of the attack. “As long as I live I will never forget how a little girl changed before my eyes when her grandfather told her that her mother was gone and was never coming back,” del Pozo wrote. George also dismissed charges against Louis Fortier, who was accused of murder in 2017 for fatally stabbing fellow homeless man Richard Medina, 43, in broad daylight on the corner of Church and Cherry streets in downtown Burlington. Experts hired by the prosecution and defense alike agreed Fortier was insane when he stabbed Medina. She also dropped first-degree murder charges against Veronica Lewis, who shot her firearms instructor, Darryl Montague, multiple times at his gun range in Westford in 2015. He survived. A defense expert diagnosed her with schizoaffective disorder characterized by paranoid delusions. The state’s expert concurred. All three have been patients at the Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital in Berlin, a secure facility, since shortly after their arrests. In each case, the state lacked enough evidence, in the face of such expert testimony, to convince a jury that the defendants were sane at the time of their crimes and should be held responsible by the criminal justice system, George said. “This was not an easy decision,” George said in an interview. “This was not something I took lightly. This is something I lost a lot of sleep over. And I would never have done it if I felt like there was another option.” George’s decision was striking partly because it closely followed her successful prosecution of Steven Bourgoin, who killed five Mad River Valley teenagers in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 89 in October 2016. Bourgoin’s attorney, Bob Katims, also raised an insanity defense at trial, but a jury found the Williston man guilty of murder last month.

GOT A NEWS TIP? NEWS@SEVENDAYSVT.COM George decided to dismiss the charges against the three other defendants in April but delayed the move to ensure that Bourgoin received a fair trial, she said. A key difference between those cases and Bourgoin’s, the state’s attorney explained, is that the prosecution had a credible expert who found Bourgoin sane at the time of the crash. Defense experts who concluded otherwise largely relied on statements by Bourgoin, including his claims about his internet searches that prosecutors proved were false, George said. Bourgoin will likely draw a lengthy prison term when he is sentenced this summer. As part of the agreements to dismiss the other defendants’ criminal cases, judges committed all three to the care of the Department of Mental Health. That’s what appears to have most concerned Scott. In his letter, he noted that “there is no longer a possibility of supervision by the Department of Corrections or conditions of release to protect Vermonters.” Decisions about the continued treatment of such patients, including whether they need inpatient or outpatient care, when they’ll be released, and under what conditions, will now be made by each patient’s clinical team, attorneys and family law judges. Involuntary commitment orders are initially for 90 days, after which the state must ask a judge annually for a yearlong extension. “The state has to justify keeping the person confined based on the existence of the mental illness and the danger that the person might pose if they were not provided with treatment,” explained Jack McCullough, director of the Vermont Legal Aid Mental Health Law Project. McCullough and three other Legal Aid attorneys represent most of the state’s patients in such cases. The proceedings are generally closed to the public and don’t get media attention, he said. State and federal laws prohibit the department from disclosing treatment information about any patient, including details about their release, according to Department of Mental Heath Commissioner Sarah Squirrell. That troubles George, who noted that victims such as Montague will be in the dark. Crime victims should be told when the perpetrator is released, she said. But that’s not possible, said Mourning Fox, deputy commissioner of the Department of Mental Health. If the department feels the person is an imminent danger to themselves or others because of their mental health issues, they won’t be up for release, Fox said. Further, if officials know that someone is a serious risk to another

person, they have a “duty to warn” by alerting law enforcement. Beyond that, the department can’t reassure the community or crime victims that a patient won’t become violent again, Fox said. That’s not something the Department of Corrections or Parole Board can do, either, he noted. “None of us can guarantee that someone will or will not do something in the future,” Fox said. The department that must care indefinitely for these three patients has chronic capacity issues. There are just 45 Level 1 beds in the state for those who require intense treatment for acute mental illness. That’s actually more than Vermont had before the state hospital in Waterbury closed after flooding during Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. Nevertheless, the number falls far short of the need, according to the Vermont Medical Society, which has called the situation a crisis. Squirrell acknowledged that capacity is a serious issue. Patients whose cases originated in the criminal justice system tend to spend longer in treatment. In turn, fewer beds are available overall, and patients who urgently need care wait in emergency rooms, she said. Gurung had been released from the University of Vermont Medical Center, where he had sought treatment, just hours before the attack. Squirrell said 12 additional inpatient beds at Brattleboro Retreat are coming online in 2020, but they aren’t all that’s needed. Investments in lower-level facilities and residential programs are also crucial to ensure that people have appropriate places to go as their treatment evolves, she said. Donovan, who formerly served as Chittenden County state’s attorney, said he didn’t expect to decide whether to refile criminal charges anytime soon. He called the governor’s letter “an extraordinary request” and expressed hesitation to intervene. “I understand the issue of public safety, but I also understand the issue of due process,” Donovan said. “The fact is that Sarah George is an independently elected prosecutor, and it’s her case, and it’s not my role to second-guess elected prosecutors who are litigating their cases.” Nevertheless, since public safety concerns have been raised, Donovan said it’s his responsibility, as both the state’s top law enforcement officer and counsel for the Department of Mental Health, to find a way to address them. “There are no easy answers on this,” Donovan said. “The fact of the matter is, we have a problem, so let’s solve it.” m

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Charlotte Writer’s Manifesto Calls for a More Assertive, Ambitious Vermont Stephen Kiernan believes the federal government is falling apart — and it’s up to Vermont to save itself. In a new manifesto released Wednesday, the Charlotte writer and former journalist argues that the Green Mountain State must assert itself with bold policy ideas that could solve the state’s most pressing problems and serve as inspiration to its peers. “In sum, the country is divided, Washington is a mess, and Vermont’s influence is waning,” Kiernan writes. “Therefore the central question is this: In a Stephen Kiernan time of federal collapse, what can a small state do to thrive?” The 8,300-word tome, called “Vermont to the Tenth Power,” is named for the 10th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which reserves for the states any powers not specifically granted to the federal government. In Kiernan’s view, Vermont should consider a “deliberate assertion of state powers, independent of a federal government that is increasingly hamstrung and feckless.” The 59-year-old former editorial page editor of the Burlington Free Press isn’t making the case on his own. Thirty-one Vermonters — many of whom have made their names in government, the nonprofit world and the arts — cosigned the document. They include former attorney general Bill Sorrell, former Burlington mayor Peter Clavelle, former Agency of Human Services secretary Gretchen Morse, Committee on Temporary Shelter executive director Rita Markley, and writers Chris Bohjalian and Jay Parini.

Kiernan said he deliberately avoided asking current officeholders to add their names to the manifesto, reasoning that doing so could saddle it with political baggage. But he does hope that politicians will adopt its arguments. “In my fantasy life, someone will run for office using some of these ideas,” Kiernan said in an interview. More important than that, he said, is for the document to inspire a dialogue about Vermont’s future. “I hope there’s some conversation about it. I hope there’s some debate about it. I hope there’s some objection to it,” he said. The project began, Kiernan said, when he was told that Vermont’s aging philanthropists were not being replaced by a younger generation of givers. As he explored the problem, he came upon others, such as the state’s graying workforce — and even the advanced age of its three-member congressional delegation. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is 79, while Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is 77 and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) is 72. “Today their seniority works to Vermont’s benefit, giving our state influence disproportionate to its size,” Kiernan writes. But, “when they leave office and are replaced by rookies, our state’s clout will suffer.” Vermont has a history as a “laboratory of innovative ideas” and should become one again, Kiernan argues. Those ideas could include establishing Election Day as a state holiday, enhancing civic education and requiring greater financial disclosure from political candidates.


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Vermont State Police Won’t Investigate Champlain Valley Dispensary The Vermont State Police has declined to investigate allegations that Champlain Valley Dispensary illegally grew hundreds of marijuana plants at a Craftsbury vegetable farm. The law enforcement agency reviewed information compiled last October by the Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets but “determined there was no appropriate criminal investigation or charges based on the facts of the case,” said Adam Silverman, a state police spokesperson. Instead, VSP referred the matter to the Vermont Crime Information Center — which directly oversees the medical marijuana registry — for regulatory review, Silverman said. That process can include “sending a notice of noncompliance or a notice of violation, or suspending or terminating a dispensary’s certificate,” according to Silverman. Both state police and the crime info center are divisions within the Vermont Department of Public Safety, which is responsible for regulating the state’s medical marijuana program. Since dispensaries first opened in 2013, the

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Policy, it is responsible for implementing criminal justice policies and advising the attorney general on policy matters. Toensing’s departure was first reported by Toensing has been vice chair of the VTGOP since November 2013 and has used his legal expertise to be a thorn in the side of Democrats and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). In early 2016, Toensing filed a complaint with the Department of Justice seeking an investigation into Jane O’Meara Sanders, the senator’s wife, over her work while president of now-defunct Burlington College. Toensing asked officials to investigate whether she’d committed bank fraud by overstating the college’s pledged donations in a loan application.


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The feds launched an investigation, and it was not until late 2018 that Jeff Weaver, speaking for the Sanders family, announced that the feds had decided not to bring charges. Weaver said Toensing’s request for an investigation had been part of a “multiyear political smear campaign against Jane Sanders.” Toensing has used public records requests repeatedly to embarrass political adversaries. He revealed that a state trooper had voided a speeding ticket for then-gubernatorial candidate Peter Shumlin. In 2013, he represented Shumlin’s neighbor Jeremy Dodge, who claimed Shumlin had ripped him off on a land deal.



Vermont Republican Party vice chair Brady Toensing is leaving the state — and party leadership — for a job with the U.S. Department of Justice. He’ll be a senior counsel for its Office of Legal Policy. Toensing had already split his time between Vermont and Washington, D.C., where he works at a law firm owned by his mother, Victoria Toensing, and stepfather, Joseph diGenova. Toensing is leaving the firm and giving up his Vermont residency to live full time in D.C. The 51-year-old attorney declined to share additional details about his new job because the Department of Justice has strict policies governing who can publicly speak about its operations. According to the mission statement of the Office of Legal

department has never suspended or terminated one’s certificate to operate. It’s unknown if any regulatory review has been started or completed. The results would likely be kept confidential under the state-adopted “Rules Regulating Cannabis for Symptom Relief,” which prohibit the release of records pertaining to a dispensary without the express written consent of the dispensary operator, Silverman said. Champlain Valley Dispensary executive director Shayne Lynn said his business has “a general policy of not sharing our internal information.” “We acted in compliance with our state laws and regulations and are in good standing with our regulators,” Lynn said last Friday of the VSP decision. “We consider the matter closed. We do, though, remain strong advocates for standardized labeling and testing for both cannabis and hemp here in Vermont for better customer protection.”






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even Days writers can’t possibly read, much less review, all the books that arrive in a steady stream by post, email and, in one memorable case, a bale of turtles. So this monthly feature is our way of introducing you to a handful of books by Vermont authors. To do that, we contextualize each book just a little and quote a single representative sentence from, yes, page 32. Inclusion here implies neither approval nor derision on our part, but simply: Here are a bunch of books, arranged alphabetically by authors’ names, that Seven Days readers might like to know about. 


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Lynn Levine, Heartwood Press, 74 pages. $10.95.

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Jan Gangsei, Aladdin, 272 pages. $7.99.

It’s never a good sign for Farley when Mom starts referring to herself in the third person. Twelve-year-old Farley Andrew Turner (yes, he knows that spells “FAT”) is tired of being the class clown, the goofball, the kid who tries to set his own farts on fire. His childhood crush has moved back next door, and he’s hell-bent on showing her a svelter, smoother Farley. But when the tween explores a selfimprovement website, he gets more than he bargained for: A tiny surferdude guru escapes the digital realm and camps out in Farley’s bedroom to torment him with daily affirmations. Farley’s first-person narration is fresh and funny, and this middle-grade novel from Chittenden County’s Jan Gangsei should delight kids with its gleefully silly humor. Under all the farting and burping and high jinks, though, there’s a serious message. Farley thinks self-help means putting himself on a draconian diet and reading War and Peace. But as he finds more productive ways to leave his comfort zone, he learns that what makes him likable is liking himself. M . H.

Christie K. Kelly, BookBaby, 362 pages. $17.95

Under the water she searches for The Why. Olivia Alfieri has escaped death at least three times in her life, including two near-drownings as a child. Most recently, she and her husband, Marco, have narrowly avoided becoming the victims of a gas leak in their own home. Shaken, they seek refuge in the idyllic mountains of rural Vermont. And that’s when the dreams start, in Christie K. Kelly’s The Six Gifts: Part 1: Secrets, the first book in a six-part series loosely inspired by the author’s own real-life brushes with death. Are Olivia’s dreams something more — visions, perhaps? Her obsession with her strange nighttime chimeras and the mysteries of her own mortality leads her to Colorado on a mystical quest of healing and self-discovery. The Vermont author sends her heroine on a series of fateful encounters along the path to finally understanding “the Why.” D.B.

The subhead of this book isn’t kidding: Identifying Ferns is small enough to fit in your pocket. Even so, it contains all the information an amateur botanical sleuth could need when strolling through typical shady fern territory. Then again, Levine informs us that the world contains some 12,000 species of fern, so perhaps some of them are sunbathers. Skeptics may be surprised to find these graceful plants rather fascinating. For one thing, they appeared on Earth 400 million years ago, which puts them way ahead of smarty-pants Homo sapiens. And each time a massive planetary die-off occurred, hardy fern spores survived. (If some variety happens to be taking over your backyard, now you know why.) No guidebook is useful without illustrations, and the ones here, by Briony Morrow-Cribbs, are excellent for identifying, say, the ebony spleenwort or the spinulose wood fern, as well as fern body parts from blade to stipe. If you thought you cared only about the edible fiddlehead (aka ostrich fern), Levine’s petite volume might make you open your fronds — er, mind. P.P.


The Wizard of Odd Gary K. Meffe, Green Writers Press, 358 pages. $19.95.

“Well, I do admit to getting lonely sometimes,” said Watson, pondering, “but nah, I’m too old to start over with someone.” Subtitled “A Vermont Tale of Community Devotion,” this personable novel from Brandon author Gary K. Meffe should make locals nod in recognition. The setting is Odderton, a town of 700 in the Northeast Kingdom. Eighth-generation Vermonter Kate Langford has just inherited the Odderton Country Store, which comes with 137 years of history and a $116,000 debt with a tight deadline. Can she raise enough money to save the town’s gathering place? Or will the bank — or worse, a predatory New York developer — swallow it up? Meffe populates his tale with lovable oddballs — some “Odd Country” regulars call themselves just that — and serves it with a generous dollop of gentle humor. While Kate’s plight may evoke a Frank Capra fable, some rural Vermont general stores — most recently, the Monkton General Store — really have fundraised to translate community goodwill into economic survival. If that real-life relevance lends urgency to this slice of local color, so does the passionate and informed messaging about the climate crisis from Meffe, a retired science prof. M.H.

Junkyard at No Town J.C. Meyers, Rootstock Publishing, 376 pages. $17.95.

“Martha, Centennial 21 is the up and coming real estate outfit in the country, and Vermont is in the middle of a real estate boom, but if you’d rather be growing dope and copping fucking firewood in the hills, be my guest.” Each character in Junkyard at No Town is so delightfully, stubbornly Vermonty that it’s no surprise author J.C. Meyers hails from Calais. In the first 32 pages, we meet Jules, an offbeat graduate who flees from suburban New York to middleof-nowhere Vermont; Martha, his Realtor aunt who dropped out of college years ago to start a commune; and Lutheria Tupper, a rough, tough farmer whose ancestors founded the town where the three characters’ paths cross. That town, Iraton, is as quirky as its inhabitants. Created by a surveying error and settled by accident, it lies right beside a tract of land that surveyors never accounted for, dubbed “No Town.” Meyers prefaces his book with the disclaimer that Iraton and No Town are fictitious places, but the romance and oddities of Iraton feel true to life; Vermonters will find joy in the authenticity of Meyers’ portraiture of their charismatic state.


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Lines Vermont Gets Local Adults Dancing


ntering a dance studio for the first time takes bravery at any age. But for adults who haven’t danced in a while, or never did, it can feel like leaping off a high dive. And if the room is full of youngsters, well, that can send the most intrepid adventurer hightailing it back home. LINES VERMONT aims to make the leaping — and twirling, tapping and tendu-ing — as stress-free and convenient as possible. The new South Burlington studio and store, which opened on May 29, offers daily classes in ballet, barre, contemporary, hip-hop, jazz, tap, Pilates and yoga — and caters to adults. “You don’t have to register,” said co-owner JUNE BUECHNER CARNEY. “You can just drop in and take classes, and there are no recitals, nothing else.” Classes range from beginner to advanced and are designed for adults but also serve teens “mature enough to be on their own,” Carney noted. Participants may pay by the class, purchase five- or 10-class packs, or buy monthly memberships for unlimited classes. Located in the former Kids City on Farrell Street, Lines Vermont also houses Carney’s dance supply store, formerly Lines for the Body in Williston. Since 2008, the store has been the local go-to source for apparel and footwear for dancers of all ages. Lines Vermont fulfills a longtime dream for Williston resident Carney and co-owner MEGAN STEARNS of Hinesburg. Both women grew up in dance studios and were particularly inspired by New York City’s Steps on Broadway, a studio that serves dancers of all ages and levels. They appreciated the inclusive community created as principal ballet dancers practiced alongside octogenarians, and they believed the same was needed in Vermont. They also sought to complement youth-oriented local studios that follow the academic calendar by offering classes year-round and offering workshops and master classes taught by world-class instructors from Vermont and beyond. “We really wanted to bring in teachers that create a very supportive atmosphere,” said Stearns, former creative director of Let’s Grow Kids. She and Carney, who teach at the studio, have hired instructors that include former professional dancers. All of them “instill a joy of dance and have a teaching style that acknowledges that people have different body types, 24

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DANCE so different things are going to work for them,” Stearns said. To avoid an insular or competitive culture, instructors encourage students to learn from other teachers and at other studios, she emphasized. After a recent beginner ballet class taught by HALEY BRADSTREET, three women had only good things to say about the class and what Lines Vermont offers.



“Haley’s energy is great. She’s so enthusiastic,” said CHARLOTTE HARDIE of Charlotte. “I’m always looking for more movement or dance classes in the area. I’m so grateful for this opportunity. Most studios are geared to teens or kids, so it’s nice having a community that’s more adult-dance focused.” “I’ve never taken ballet before,” said JULIANA TAYLOR of Burlington. “It’s nice to feel welcomed.” In addition to the ballet class, she had taken a Pilates stretch class earlier in the day with former ballet pro STEFFI THOMAS.

June Buechner Carney and Megan Stearns in the Lines Vermont studio

“There was an amazing woman who was older than 60 in class with us, and she was killing it!” Taylor remarked. All classes take place in a stunning 1,600-square-foot studio. With a sprung floor, a long wall of mirrors, tall windows, a vaulted ceiling and three skylights, the space is bright and welcoming. “It’s topof-the-line. We spared no expense with the studio,” said Stearns, who believes it’s a comfortable size for 40 to 50 people. She and Carney expect that number of dancers at this Sunday’s master classes with American Ballet Theatre principal dancers Devon Teuscher and Corey Stearns. The latter, who is Megan Stearns’ brother, will teach an intermediate-level class; Teuscher will teach intermediate and advanced classes. The studio also has changing rooms for women and men, two bathrooms, and a shower on-site. The nearly 1,400-square-foot store is equally inviting. A chandelier hangs near the entrance over a custom wooden counter, colorful clothing dangles from racks, and a raised platform is designed specifically for pointe shoe fittings. The entire layout was conceived by Stearns and Carney and designed by JASON CARNEY, the latter’s husband and a partner at Williston-based E4H Environments for Health Architecture.

Small touches speak to the co-owners’ desire to create an inclusive and community-oriented vibe. A comfortable couch and chairs facing a swath of windows at the studio entrance encourage shoppers and students to watch classes. The website invites Vermonters to suggest classes they’d like to take. And collaboration with REV stationary-bike fitness center next door has already shaped Lines Vermont offerings. “Everybody over there was asking for yoga classes, something not as intense” as bike workouts, Carney recalled. Aware that the studio’s Harlequin marley floor isn’t conducive to dancing in high-heel shoes, Carney and Stearns already are thinking about expansion. Decorative plumbing and hardware showroom Close to Home, which was next door, just moved to Pine Street. “In six months, if things are going well and no one’s in there, we’d love to have a studio for ballroom, with a wooden floor,” Stearns exclaimed. m Contact:

INFO Ballet master classes with Corey Stearns and Devon Teuscher on Sunday, June 16, 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., at Lines Vermont Dance in South Burlington. $25-40; preregistration encouraged.



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On and Off the Beaten Path at the Montréal Mural Festival Cities the size of Montréal are like mazes. Once you step off a main thoroughfare and begin poking around in alleys and side streets, there’s no guessing what you’ll find. The Montréal Mural Festival offers the best possible reason to follow your nose. Running through Sunday, June 16, on boulevard Saint-Laurent between rue Sherbrooke and avenue Mont-Royal, it features the creation of more than a dozen new murals. It also offers educational events, concerts, non-mural art and after-parties, and it has inspired numerous small-scale projects. Closed to cars during the 11day festival, the boulevard is a pedestrian’s paradise for shopping, eating, watching street performers and asking locals for the inside scoop. Resident Geoffroy Vouillot said he enjoys the fest because “it celebrates the ephemeral nature of street art,” as he pointed to two new murals being painted over old ones. He knew where to find gems from previous fests,

such as the face of Leonard Cohen, painted by Kevin Ledo in 2017, that gazes lovingly from a building on rue Napoleon. In a somewhat-hidden alley across from rue Roy Est, “Thirty real graffiti artists are filling the walls to commemorate Alex Scaner,” said artist and rapper Osti One. He’s a member of Artgang Montréal, a collective that organized the project in memory of the beloved fellow artist who died recently. In another nod to the past, artist Noa Ne’eman explained why artists were creating black-and-white chalk drawings on boulevard sidewalks. “We spoke with local shop owners and residents about their memories from this block,” and the drawings represent “the zeitgeist of the street,” she said. Now in its seventh year, the festival’s “gigantic urban artworks are a great way to stop passersby in their daily routine and to trigger their interest in art,” wrote festival senior account manager Karine Vézina by email. “We are ready to take them to the next chapter of their art journey.”

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uck Delisle called me for a ride into town. “My car is stuck at the mechanic’s, and there’s an appointment I don’t want to miss.” He shared the pertinent details, and we arranged a pickup for the following morning. Tuck’s home was on Spear Street in Charlotte, “a single-family ranch with a green roof and a bit worn around the edges,” as he described it. In a neighborhood sprinkled with high-end properties, Tuck’s house was, let’s say, noteworthy: not what you’d call ramshackle, but give it a few years. My customer emerged as soon as I pulled into the driveway. I’ve always been drawn to big, brawny guys, and Tuck, though an older man, was all that — a Viking raider, a warrior sprung from “Game of Thrones.” (If I had to speculate, I’d say my attraction harkens back to some caveman genetic memory; in the battle for survival, you want the big dudes on your team.) Tuck swung into the shotgun seat, and we shook hands. He had clear, nearly translucent blue-gray eyes, and his wavy hair was a stormy blend of red and gray that brushed his shoulders. His hands, I noticed, were exceptionally large and powerful, as if designed for wielding a battle-ax. I felt like saying, “So, do you really need to make this appointment, or shall we set sail for invasion and plunder?” Shaking off my Viking fantasy, I asked, “So, Tuck, do you own this property?” “I do. I bought it in the ’80s for $125,000, a couple of prime acres in Charlotte,” he replied. “Now it’s worth multiple times that, really as a teardown. I might let it go in the next year or two. Taking care of the place, particularly in the winters,

jeez — it gets old when you get old, if you know what I mean.” “Copy that,” I said with a chuckle. “Ya think you’ll move into town?” “I just don’t know. I’m not a condo-type guy.” “You sound like a native. Did you grow up here?” “You ever hear of Brunswick?”

when I graduated, I found work and I’ve been here ever since.” Williston Road was jammed with traffic, because what else is new? Tuck observed, “These roads get more congested every year, don’t they?” “Well, growing up in New York City molded my perspective on traffic jams,” I answered. “The Big Apple puts the ‘lock’


“Vaguely,” I said, trying to recall. “Wait, it’s deep in the Kingdom, right?” “As deep as you can get, brother. Essex County, right on the Connecticut River. Yup, my father was a rural mail carrier. He would supplement the family income by trapping beaver in the summer, and we would help with that. You could get about 30 bucks an animal — a lot of money back then — and we’d take upwards of 50 most years. On our own, we boys would trap muskrat for a buck and a quarter a hide. I later grew to regret that part of my rural heritage. Trapping is just being mean to animals. Simple as that.” “Ya got woke, did ya?” “Well, I don’t call it that,” he replied, smiling. “I think you just evolve, hopefully, courtesy of the school of hard knocks.” “How’d you end up in Burlington?” “I went to UVM, class of ’72. We were the first students living in what was known as the ‘shoeboxes’ — the three nondescript dorms adjacent to the hospital. When they were razed a few years ago, I remember the school sold individual bricks to the alumni as a fundraising gimmick. Anyway,

in ‘gridlock,’ you see. By comparison, anything Burlington throws at me is just a walk in the park.” “Copy that,” he said, echoing me from earlier in our chat. Aha, this person is a listener, I thought, feeling genuinely touched. In my experience, this is an exceedingly rare quality. I’ve spent much of my adult life trying to learn that precious art. “So, you strike me as a creative type,” I said. “Are you into, like, music or art?” “I actually collect art. I have for years. I go through different phases. For a while, I really got into the Hudson River School — you know, the landscape artists from upstate New York.” “That’s entirely cool. I’m fascinated by art history. Do you have any valuable pieces?” “Nothing like a Rembrandt or a Gauguin, but I have owned a few paintings accepted by Sotheby’s for auction when I was ready to sell them.” “What about music? Who do you love?” “You know, I’ve always felt that was a profound question, because I think you can tell a lot about a person from his or her

answer. For me, it’s always been Gordon Lightfoot. I’ve seen him perform live many times. He’s just about lost his voice at this point, but it hardly matters to his real fans. In Canada, he’s a national treasure. When he passes, the entire country’s gonna shut down for a day.” “Yeah, I love the guy, too. I choke up every time I hear ‘If You Could Read My Mind,’” I said. “I think it’s the greatest song ever written about heartbreak and loss — a man tenderly speaking to his lover in the process of breaking things off. And through the pain, his words are so clear-eyed and honest. It just kills me when he sings, ‘But for now, love, let’s be real.’” “Well said, man. How about you? Who’s your guy or gal?” “Jackson Browne,” I replied, “since the first time I heard him in the early ’70s. I appreciate and enjoy a lot of the other singer-songwriters — Joni, Bruce and James come immediately to mind — but with Jackson it’s another level. His music speaks directly to my soul, note by note, word by word.” Tuck just smiled and nodded at me, which conveyed — more effectively than words, really — that he got me. So, Gordon and Jackson. The big man, I think, was spot-on. It felt like we had indeed learned something fundamental about each other. m All these stories are true, though names and locations may be altered to protect privacy.

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Pro-football dreams lead Vermonters to a humble arena BY D ER EK B R O U WER

Joanna Morse and Jeff Porter (far right) with the Vermont Bucks


he New England Premier Sportsplex, in Danvers, Mass., advertises itself as a place for batting practice and birthday parties. Its 200-foot-long indoor turf field typically hosts Little League baseball and youth soccer clinics. Next to a small concession stand in the main lobby, there’s an arcade game that, for a couple of quarters, will measure how hard you punch. Its locker area doesn’t include showers, but the facility has a row of bleachers for family and friends. The pitched roof is just high enough to accommodate a football pass. The 14 members of the Vermont Bucks expected more from the venue in which they would play their first indoor football game as near-professional athletes. They had been preparing for this contest for months and dreaming about something like it for years. Instead of a welcome, after a long drive


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in two rented vans, they found the owner of the opposing team hunched over the turf field, spraying red and black hash marks onto its 50-yard span. Paint fumes permeated the facility. The goalpost uprights still lay unassembled in each end zone. Hunter Nunes-Wales, 19, had put on a button-down shirt for the occasion. “I think we got overdressed,” he said to a teammate as they waited outside, to avoid the smell. Nunes-Wales — five foot nine, 190 pounds and bursting with raw athleticism — is trying to get to the National Football League. The last time a Vermonter managed that was in 2001, when NunesWales was still a toddler. He lives in Isle La Motte, on a farm owned by his adoptive parents. He took their surnames after the state removed him from the custody of his biological father. Last summer, the Burlington Free

Press told Nunes-Wales’ story and, with it, published a haunting photo of him sorting through rubble of the since-demolished apartment building where he endured physical abuse. At the time, Nunes-Wales’ performance as a running back and linebacker at Missisquoi Valley Union High School had just earned him a spot on the roster at Castleton University, a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III program that does not offer athletic scholarships but represents the highest level of football competition in Vermont. During the preseason Nunes-Wales tore a knee ligament, then started drinking and skipping classes. He dropped out and moved home. Now he works at a beer distributor for $15 an hour. In search of a way back to the gridiron, Nunes-Wales landed this spring on football’s island of misfit toys: arena league, an indoor riff on the sport where cast-asides

from the NFL’s college pipeline toil for a second chance. Arena football compresses the game down to the size of a hockey rink — it’s 50 yards, instead of 100 — and reduces the number of on-field players per team from 11 to eight. Instead of running out of bounds, receivers tumble over padded boards. The enclosed environment encourages a frenetic pace and high scores, like a pigskin pinball machine. Professional arena leagues have imitated NFL glitz for decades but struggled to replicate its glory. A tantalizingly few players, however, have managed to cross over, including Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner and former New England Patriots wide receiver David Patten. Nunes-Wales joined the Vermont Bucks, a once-professional arena team that played one season in Burlington, in 2017, using players recruited from across

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the country. Ne w ow n e r Joanna Morse has ambitions of restoring the franchise to a level that attracts the region’s finest athletes. This year, Vermont athletes were all she could afford. Morse reincarnated the Bucks as a semipro “professional development” species, where the players plunked down a fee to compete. Their games were all at the Danvers Sportsplex, outside Boston. Football players are a rare breed in Vermont, and those who will pay to play are even fewer. Shorthanded for their comeback game, the Bucks would need Nunes-Wales to line up on offense, defense and special teams. The Bucks’ opponents, a New England Patriots knockoff called the New England Cavalry, arrived with branded bags and hoodies. Their players were more than formidable. A six-foot-three, 380-pound lineman would defend their quarterback, dubbed “the Human Joystick” for his crafty quickness. “They’re huge, plain and simple,” Nunes-Wales said. But on a football field, Nunes-Wales felt no fear. It was the place where his troubles and failings fell away, where he always found an opening to run. “My sanctuary,” he called it. He couldn’t not play. Nunes-Wales and his teammates changed into their new safety-orange uniforms, strapped on reconditioned helmets and lined up for kickoff.

There was a brief time in Vermont when the pursuit of professional football didn’t require such a humbling detour. The previous version of the Bucks introduced the indoor game to Burlington in the spring of 2017. Part-time NASCAR driver and South Hero native Tim Viens bankrolled the team with an investment of nearly a half million dollars. His team competed on one of the state’s most prominent competitive stages, the University of Vermont’s Gutterson Fieldhouse. In its inaugural year, the team secured a major sponsor in Heritage Ford and won a Can-Am Indoor Football League championship. The Northeast Sports Network broadcast its games. Viens seemed to have found a paradoxical niche. Football in Vermont was in bad shape, so roughed up that in September 2017 the Wall Street Journal suggested that it might become “extinct.” The following year, Burlington and South Burlington high schools would combine programs so they would have enough kids to field a team. No reliable tally of Vermont high school football players exists, though even the Vermont Interscholastic Football League’s executive secretary, Bob Hingston, acknowledged that participation has “gone downhill.” High school football teams require dozens of players, so they’re often the first athletic programs to crack as Vermont school enrollments shrink, Hingston said. The sport is further plagued here, as elsewhere, by concerns around the potential lifelong side effects of concussions. HBO’s documentary show “Real Sports” recently reported that the concussion crisis may be leading to white flight from youth football as affluent families spurn its inherent health risks. And Vermonters who do play must leave the state to elevate their game. There are no local scholarships to chase, and only a few Division III colleges and adult amateur teams to cheer. Viens’ Bucks brought flair to a sport in need of a spit shine in rural New England. Players stormed onto bright orange turf at the Gut each week through a giant inflatable helmet and a cloud of smoke. Dancers wooed crowds of up to 2,000-plus, flanked on the field by Heritage Ford trucks and SUVs. An antlered Bucks mascot highfived young fans, and a DJ spun tunes. The kickoff for the inaugural home game, in March 2017, was delayed 30 minutes because the pregame show blew an electrical fuse. During the game itself, beer-toting

spectators and their children leaned against the sideline boards, right next to the action. “It was wild,” recalled Ed Hockenbury, one of UVM’s associate athletic directors. “It was much different than what you’d see with our games,” said Gregg Bates, a UVM associate athletic director, referring to Catamounts hockey. “It brought in a different crowd.” The game’s NFL-like atmosphere blew away Brendon Hutchins, a former high school player in St. Albans who had gotten tickets for his 19th birthday. Hutchins had already run up against the limits of playing competitive football in Vermont. He discovered the sport as a heavyset high school first-year and managed to transform into a chiseled team captain by his senior year at Missisquoi Valley Union. He played at Castleton for a year but dropped out, he said, due to the cost of tuition. “It was shattering,” he recalled. “Having to hang up the cleats and not know if I was going to play again was really, really hard on me … It felt like I was always going to have to wonder, What if ? And living with what-ifs is not fun.” Hutchins’ birthday game at the Gut planted another one. “Sitting there, watching that game, I definitely had that thought in my head: This would be so cool to be in this uniform, with so many people around, playing,” he said. “It would be a dream come true.” Two years later, he’d get his chance to understand how it felt. The team no longer had smoke machines or dancers, just a bright orange jersey with Hutchins’ name on the back.


As the Bucks’ 2018 season neared, Viens sold the team to a group of New Hampshire and Massachusetts men. Within a month, the new owners abandoned the project. The reason was never made clear. Viens said the buyers didn’t actually have the money to cover the deal. They told Vermont media at the time that certain terms of the sale hadn’t been met. The Bucks’ collapse was not shocking in an arena industry known for grand visions that fail to deliver. Morse, an accountant, said she had been the Bucks’ vice president of operations, in charge of contracts, player housing, sponsorships and marketing. “You name it, I did it,” she said. Morse had helped the team build a foundation for success, only to see it disappear as “a lot of shady, under-the-table stuff went on” with the sale. She sued Viens last year, claiming he walked away from the team without honoring the remainder of her employment contract for the second season, worth about $33,000. According to her civil complaint, Morse and Viens had agreed that she would move up to become president of the club in its second year. In a recent interview, Viens was dismissive of Morse’s contributions, referring to her as his “part-time secretary.” Morse worked at Burlington College until the school shut down. She’s THE MIGHTY BUCKS

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Jeff Porter and his players at practice

professional, gets to the point and usually has an iced coffee in her hand. She’s also thrifty and unpretentious. When a player arrived at a game without his black socks, she offered to loan him her black nylon tights. Morse, 38, is also a mother in a football household in Colchester. Her son started playing in the first grade. Between helping organize youth leagues and watching him compete throughout high school, Morse saw the challenges that players face in Vermont. She heard coaches disabuse her son of expectations that he could take it to the next level. He’s heading off to college next fall to play football for the University of New England.




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arena and paid players was out of the question. “There can be a lot of publicity and a lot of hype, but if you don’t have serious people behind it, providing solid funding or base, it’s not going to go anywhere,” said Bob Johnson of the Vermont Principals’ Association, which oversees high school sports. But by starting out as a travel-only team with unpaid players, Morse managed to cut out more than 90 percent of the expenses. She convinced a family friend to cover the rest. She needed time, too, to earn back the trust of fans and sponsors. A spring 2019 season would be the demonstration project. Her prodigal Bucks could then return to the Gut in 2020 having earned their stripes, ready to go pro.

Practice began in a cramped conference room, where Morse first went over the fine print. The mandatory cost to play was a league fee of $50. Jerseys — if players wanted their name on them — were another $55. Optional accident insurance, to defray the costs of any injuries, was $31 a month, an Aflac salesperson explained. Players were also responsible for their equipment, though Morse had managed to acquire a stash of used helmets. Their 10-year service life had recently expired, but with some TLC and a fresh coat of paint, they’d suffice for a short arena season. More fine print: Playing in an arena league can jeopardize athletes’ amateur status, which means they can’t return to college to play. Nunes-Wales didn’t realize that until the following weekend’s practice. He was talking about his prospects of playing at a junior college when a teammate chimed in about the potential eligibility issue.


If Morse was a part-time secretary, she was a secretary with a bold new vision for the team her former boss had let slip away. Instead of importing talent from around the country, she would try to cultivate Vermont players, like Hutchins, who had skills but nowhere to showcase them. In turn, Vermonters would rally behind the team and, over time, the Bucks would become the pride of Vermont. “I put so much effort into this team, I’m not going to just walk away and let it go,” she said in March. “I know I have the skills and the ability to do this.” There was one glaring problem with Morse’s plan: She didn’t have money. Without financial backing, bringing back a professional-level team with a home-turf

“I’m probably not going to a juco school, then,” Nunes-Wales said, shrugging it off. His new Bucks team was already beginning to jell. By midMarch, tryouts had yielded 19 players for a roster with 21 spots. Players had signed contracts at a plastic table in front of a Bucks logo so Morse could snap a photo to promote them online. Some recruits were college graduates with professional careers, including wide receiver Jordan Goodrich, a special educator who played at Castleton, and former UVM club team quarterback Jack Leclerc, a software developer. Andrew Knapp, a veteran, father and recruiter for the Vermont Army National Guard, said he tried out as a way to challenge himself. He hadn’t competed since he was a kid. Blaine Tardy, a five-foot-10 lineman, wrote in a signing note posted to the Bucks website that his goal was to block well for his younger brother, Nunes-Wales. Making the team was a “huge landmark” for Hutchins, who had been staring down a potentially football-less future after withdrawing from Castleton. He posted to Instagram an image of a text message in which coach Jeff Porter invited him to officially sign with the team. “To all of those who doubted me and still continue to doubt me, I feed off your negative energy,” he wrote. “Officially a Buck!!!!” Porter set the tone. The club coach at UVM, Porter looks like an old-school gym teacher with his balding head and red face. He has a drill sergeant’s voice, but he utters only encouraging words. “He doesn’t ever yell at us,” Hutchins said. “He’ll guide us and put us in the best position to be successful.” Hutchins had aimed to play on Porter’s team in college, but he wasn’t accepted into UVM’s athletic training program. Before his rejection, Hutchins recalled that Porter drove to his family’s gym in Swanton to drop off a team jersey for Hutchins. Porter’s encouragement was infectious. The Bucks began to see their collective talent. Kicker Josh Taylor, a graduating UVM senior who played on the school’s JAMES BUCK

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club team, noted his new teammates’ strength and speed. He said he had never seen a squad this good.


Away from the practice field, the season was off to a rougher start. S p o n s o r s we re n ’t interested in advertising with a team that had no home turf. UVM made clear it couldn’t host an arena team in 2020 while the Gut underwent renovations. In April, Morse’s sole investor-friend pulled out. Morse also faced competition for whatever arena niche in Vermont might still exist. A former Bucks assistant coach, Claude Flynn of Atlanta, and equipment manager Michael Mazzella, a science teacher at Rice Memorial High School, announced they were partnering to create an arena team in Middlebury called the Vermont Brew. They were preparing to play in 2020 and had already secured a home field in Middlebury College’s Howard E. Brush Arena, Mazzella said. Like Viens’ Bucks, they intended to pay their players, whom they would pull from across the country and house in Addison County for four months each year. Morse was still hanging on to one advantage: Her team had a league. Morse signed the Bucks to play in the upstart New England Arena League. Its Darwinian adaptation in the capricious business of arena football was that all teams would compete at one central field. The NEAL’s

approach lowered the barrier for entry and enabled other shared benefits. The league would broadcast each game live online so fans could watch and players could collect film. The players’ league fee was supposed to guarantee them online statistics and bio pages that would help them get noticed by scouts. The league’s creator, Kevin Corbin of New Hampshire, also owned its keystone team, a former pro club called the New England Cavalry. Such arrangements are common in arena football; they also pose an obvious conflict of interest. Morse said she had been assured a neutral commissioner and board members from each club would control the NEAL to ensure fairness. But warning signs emerged. Two teams dropped out, leaving the league with four, including the Bucks and the Cavalry. When the league’s arrangement with a host field in Rhode Island fell apart, the season had to be pushed back to midMay and relocated to Danvers. Corbin began describing the 2019 campaign as a “beta model.” Players, meanwhile, gossiped about Corbin’s colorful rap sheet, which included a bizarre 2017 encounter with Salisbury, Mass., police that began outside a strip club. He was arrested. Later, in a cell, an irate, naked Corbin allegedly used his own urine and feces to block a jailhouse security camera. (He pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct but denies the allegation regarding the camera.) “There are some days where I wake up and I’m like, Why am I doing this? What am I doing?” Morse said. “But I’ve committed, and I have a group of people who have committed, and I’m going to stick to my commitment.” So Morse rented a pair of vans for game day and told the team to meet at the Colchester Park and Ride at 8:30 a.m. for the trip to Danvers. Like some of her players, Morse dressed with swagger for the team’s debut, in a black pantsuit, hoop earrings and sunglasses. Like her players, Morse said she wasn’t sure what to expect. “I have no idea,” she said. “I try to think positively.”

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Fewer than 100 spectators occupied the Sportsplex, counting the players and the dads, moms, girlfriends and siblings who’d made the four-hour drive from Colchester to watch. But as soon as Corbin’s Cavalry kicked off, it sounded like 1,000. The claustrophobic venue amplified every bit of the THE MIGHTY BUCKS

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intensity that had been building for the past three months. Noise from every cheer, whistle, play-by-play call, yell, thud and crunch had nowhere to go but to bounce off the concrete walls and ceiling and collide back over the field. From the sideline, each play became dizzying and terrifying, a tangle of 16 human springs uncoiling at once, a microburst within a thunderstorm of human energy.


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The Bucks opened with a play none of them had ever tried in a game because, outside arena football, it’d be illegal. One of arena football’s quirks is a rule that lets one wide receiver run forward before the snap. Nunes-Wales lined up several yards behind the line of scrimmage, then sprinted toward it a second before Leclerc called “hike.” He juked outside and caught a pass wide-open in the end zone. The Bucks lined up for a two-point conversion — Taylor, their kicker, was missing the game to attend his college commencement — and scored on an end around. The score was 8-0. 34

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The Cavalry returned Nunes-Wales’ kickoff deep into Bucks territory. On defense, Hutchins blitzed on the first play through a gap in the offensive line. A five-foot-seven, 255-pound bowling ball of a fullback stepped in his way. Hutchins bounced off him and scrambled toward quarterback Marquis Eberhart, who was already living up to his Human Joystick nickname. Eberhart pivoted to evade Hutchins’ outstretched arm, rolled right and threw a dart pass on the run. The Bucks’ defense broke up that pass but couldn’t contain him for long.

The Cavalry scored three consecutive touchdowns. Slender, pale and tattooed, Corbin was out on the turf, screaming at his players before each snap. Whenever confusion over the rules or a call arose — which, with only two referees, happened frequently — Corbin jumped into the fray. When the Bucks, down 8-22 in the second quarter, threatened to score again, Corbin convinced the referees to call a “five-minute warning” time-out. “He’s making his own rules, right?” one of Cavalry coaches said to the Bucks sideline. The Bucks scored after the time-out. They needed only one more touchdown to tie the game. On the next drive, Leclerc rolled right and threw a 15-yard pass to wide receiver Goodrich, who made a diving catch behind the defensive back for another touchdown. Goodrich shimmied as he sat up on the turf. His teammates swarmed. Somehow, it was still the second quarter, though no one knew how much time was left. The Cavalry had scored once more, and the Bucks were near midfield, down 20-28. Leclerc pitched the ball, and Nunes-Wales dodged four tacklers but couldn’t gain a yard. On second down, Leclerc threw the ball away to avoid a sack. But something was wrong with NunesWales. He walked off the field, wincing. A defender had hit him headfirst in the torso. “I broke a rib,” Nunes-Wales said, choking back tears. He pounded both fists on the bench. Knapp asked Morse to find the medical staff, which had been promised in league flyers, along with “player safety & concussion protocol.” Corbin pointed to his sideline and yelled “Trainer!” The trainer hobbled over on crutches. As the man began applying white athletic tape to Nunes-Wales’ rib cage, the Bucks turned the ball over on downs. Eberhart joysticked his way to a touchdown on a long scramble. He completed a two-point conversion with a pass to his 380-pound lineman. A few players started shoving. The Cavalry recovered their own kickoff, then scored again as the half finally expired. The score was 20-44. There were still 30 minutes to play, and time was not on the trailing Bucks’ side. “It’d be different if I wasn’t getting beat on every play,” Nunes-Wales said. “Playing offense, defense and special teams, it takes a toll on you … But we don’t have enough players.” He had pulled up his jersey and removed his pads to relieve the pressure on his ribs. He wanted to keep playing, he said, “but they won’t let me.”

HOMEWARD BOUND When the game ended, the teams shook hands and posed for pictures together on the field. The scoreboard read Cavalry 74, Bucks 46, but the scorekeeper had lost track during the first half. The Bucks stuffed their sweat-soaked jerseys in their bags, loaded their pads into the vans and settled in for a pungent trip home. They were tired but not defeated. The day had raised questions about the league, but it answered any the Bucks had about themselves. “We still held our own against them,” Hutchins said later. “We’re the new team on the block.” The players in Porter’s van decided to watch film from the game. The recording, taken by a Massachusetts company that specializes in youth sports, wasn’t as professional as they’d imagined. Much of the footage was shot from behind a net, was blurry or cropped out part of a play. It wasn’t going to attract many fans or pro scouts. They skipped forward to the secondquarter touchdown pass from Leclerc to Goodrich that had nearly tied the game. Leclerc tapped Goodrich’s cellphone screen to zoom in on the receiver’s celebratory dance. They passed the phone around so everyone could watch it. If they’d turned up the volume, they would have heard what the surprised announcer had proclaimed over the crowd’s din in his nasal Boston tone: “The Vermont Bucks just won’t give up!” m Contact:

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POSTGAME X-rays showed that Nunes-Wales’ rib was bruised, not broken, and he scored four touchdowns in the Bucks’ next game. They won it, and the one after, against disorganized teams that turned out to be little more than practice squads with some Cavalry players sprinkled in. The Cavalry did not play their other scheduled league games and instead traveled to West Virginia to face a professional team. Referees in that game ejected Corbin for arguing a call. Short on players and frustrated with the league, the Bucks decided to skip a “championship” game against the Cavalry last Saturday, ending their season. Morse and her players are still chasing their dreams. Hutchins and Nunes-Wales said they plan to play in outdoor adult amateur leagues this summer. Morse is looking for a home field for Bucks games next spring.

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ermaids are unlikely agents in the climate action movement. But in Liz Canner’s new virtual reality video game, Lost City of Mer, they might be the key to galvanizing people to give a shit. “As I started doing research into what moves people in games, I learned that if you make games that are about imaginary creatures, people are actually more moved to save them and take action,” the Vermont-based filmmaker said, demonstrating the game at the White River Indie Festival in White River Junction two weekends ago. Lost City has traveled far and wide to other festivals and exhibitions over the past year; it will be released to the public in November. I had been looking forward to trying the game (and losing my VR-ginity) since I read about the project. While some VR takes players to landscapes they can only imagine, Canner’s game immerses users in a fantastical adaptation of her own experiences. Canner, 51, who lives in Norwich, Vt., and New York State, snorkels for fun; that’s how she learned coral reefs are deteriorating as the climate crisis worsens. Horrified by the denial of the problem in Washington, D.C., the activist and artist set out to create something that would evoke the same visceral reaction in others. Lost City allows users to swim through an underwater world ravaged by pollution and witness the impacts of human actions, 36

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both positive and negative, with Canner’s own mythical, technological twist. Before it was my turn to take Lost City for a spin, I watched two other users try it at one of two stations in the lobby of Barrette Center for the Arts, where the demo was held during WRIF. The second station had been set up to accommodate walk-ins after most of the 15-minute time slots filled up in advance. The first player, Ivy Schweitzer of Norwich, has been diving IRL in Bonaire with her husband, Tom Luxon, for more than 10 years. She loved being able to look around in the game without the constraint of heavy diving equipment and audibly “oohed” and “aahed” throughout her trial. “I’m a little dizzy, ’cause I just really got into it,” she said when she finished. Luxon, who’d already done the demo, was equally excited about his dive. “But I would do it with my contact lenses next time,” he noted, touching his glasses’ frames. Heartened by my predecessors’ rave reviews, I had Canner fit me with the headset and handheld controllers as she gave me an instructional spiel. Talking slowly and holding the controllers above her head, she looked like a flight attendant explaining emergency protocol. I learned to bring the controllers down to swim up, up to swim down. Pull the trigger to pick something up, and swivel your head to look around. Reach out your hand to give the narwhal a snack.

Though I had watched the others play — through a small monitor that showed what they saw in their goggles, like a movie — no amount of 2D diving could prepare me for the sensation of the real thing. With the VR gear on, I was so transported that I bumped into the wall once or twice as I breaststroked forward. I began to understand why Canner, whose gaming background begins and ends with Pac-Man, chose virtual reality as the platform for her project: The experiential technology is uniquely evocative in a way that fosters empathy for the game’s world and characters. Lost City opens in a cave, where a small seal named Athina informs the user that she is the sole survivor of Mer; the rest of the population has died from ocean acidification and rising temperatures. As users get their bearings and learn to swim around, they begin to piece together the background of this world. They navigate through the Metamorphosis Lab, where the arrow on a large CO2 meter shows that the ocean is oversaturated with carbon dioxide; the empty University of Human Seduction, where the mermaids once practiced singing to lure humans into loving and saving the environment; and, finally, the secret coral gardens. There, players are instructed to plant coral to revive the ecosystem (analogous to the robotic planting of coral that scientists are doing today). And voilà! The mermaids


begin to return to life. At this point, the screen darkens, and users are encouraged to go to the game’s website to see how they can reduce their damage to the real environment. Lost City, which was made using the same program as the popular game Fortnite, is visually stunning, with a glowin-the-dark color palette. The VR technology is thrilling, too; though the game is animated, the swimming movements and slooshy white noise of the ocean are surprisingly lifelike. In an interview, Canner said she hopes the game’s vividness and optimism will help users combat feelings of paralysis as they confront the climate crisis. While the dead coral in the game visually represents climate destruction, the act of replanting is meant to be empowering, even creative. In the complete version of the game (this one was tailor-made for the festival circuit), users will have even more chances to interact with the forces wreaking havoc on Earth’s oceans. “Part of the problem is, we don’t feel a sense of agency because [the climate crisis] feels so huge,” Canner said. “But, actually, we’re a piece of the whole thing. So we do have agency.” Rutland’s Pat Hunter found that aspect of the game powerful. Like Schweitzer and Luxon, she falls outside the typical gamer demographic, but she quickly picked up the movements she needed to propel her virtual self through the water and pick up

coral stalks. “To make something grow and create, as opposed to watching it die off, was part of the impact,” she said. “Being a creator rather than a destroyer, as the human being.” Research supports the logic behind Canner’s creation. The Stanford Ocean Acidification Experience showed that a VR simulation illuminating the causal relationship between human action and environmental degradation was likely to make participants feel more ownership of the environment and encourage them to change their behavior. Participant Media’s This Is Climate Change also uses VR technology to yank viewers out of denial by showing them scenes of deforestation in the Amazon and climate-caused famine in Africa. “We know that when people are perceiving risk, two main things are important,” said D.G. Webster, an associate professor of environmental science at Dartmouth College and one of Lost City’s scientific advisers. “One is called availability, which basically means that it is both vivid and salient to the individual. The other is affect, which is essentially your gut response to the risk.” Through its amalgamation of the

natural and supernatural, Lost City tackles at Giverny. Canner, the daughter of two both. anti-nuke activists from Groton, Mass., has To bring the game even further into the practiced artistic activism since her teens. real world, Canner and her developers have For years, her chosen medium has been created an app of the same name, currently documentaries; her best known is Orgasm available for beta testing. It functions like Inc. (2009), which traces the pharmaceutia nautically themed pedometer, meant to cal industry’s quest for a “female Viagra.” influence users’ everyWhile Lost City is day habits by highCanner’s first foray lighting how many into both VR and pounds of carbon climate activism, it dioxide they can save doesn’t come out of by walking instead of nowhere. She’s been driving. Their actions pushing the enveare linked to prizes lope for years, lookthey can receive in the ing at social issues VR version. through the lens of Although I didn’t new technologies connect the app to even in her earliest L IZ C ANNE R the game to reap its documentaries. A WearCam-based doc virtual rewards, I did try it and found it chronicled the lives of sneakily satisfying. It was gratifying to see nine people in Arlington, Va., after the 9/11 my step count climb in tandem with the attacks. A 2006 project for iPhone Video “CO2 saved” meter. At the very least, it was allowed viewers to interact with the erased a departure from my usual gloom-and- history of Native Americans in Canner’s doom thoughts about the climate crisis. hometown based on their geolocation. The game is packed with artistic Canner has been eyeing VR for a while, influences, from Georgia O’Keeffe and she said, but only recently decided the Antoni Gaudí to Claude Monet’s gardens technology was up to snuff. To gamify her



artistic vision, she enlisted a large team of experts, programmers, designers and interns. Among them are Gregory Bennett, the game’s animator, codirector and coproducer; and 17-year-old Eli Marcoux, a competitive gamer who will help Canner market Lost City to a more serious gaming audience. As she’s devised and molded the 3D world of Mer, Canner has enjoyed coloring outside the lines. In the creative details of the game, her sense of play is palpable. “That’s the nice thing about doing something fantastical,” she said, laughing. “I felt very liberated after doing documentaries for so long.” The full version of Lost City will be available for headset-owning audiences in November wherever VR games are sold. They’ll be able to find a free updated version of the companion app in app stores. Given adequate funding, Canner said, the game will have another chapter. She’s not one to rest on her corals — er, laurels. m Contact:

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errick Senior has got balls — more than 1.7 million at last count, he said, “and we’re just getting started.” His plan: to collect more than 21 million used tennis balls by 2022, and his long-term goal is to gather every used ball played on tennis courts across the United States. Senior isn’t a hoarder or the owner of a chain of dog rescues. The 63-year-old retired businessman from Shelburne is just an avid tennis player who realized one day that the sport he loves has an unsustainable habit. “In tennis, you open a can of balls, play with them for an hour and a half, and then you toss them out,” explained Senior, who’s on the courts four or five days a week. Curious about how many balls get thrown in the trash nationally, he did a little research and was stunned by what he discovered. Each year, more than 125 million tennis balls, or 20,000 tons of non-decomposable rubber and nylon, end up in U.S. landfills, making tennis one of the sporting world’s largest generators of solid waste. “I realized that there’s got to be something we could do about it,” he said. So Senior served up an ace solution. In 2016 he founded RecycleBalls, a South Burlington nonprofit that makes it easy for tennis clubs and fitness centers around the country to recycle their used balls. RecycleBalls, whose motto is “Yellow is the new green,” provides its partner facilities with free recycling bins which, once full, get shipped to Vermont at no cost to them. The balls are then ground up, separated into their components and used for a variety of applications. With a skeleton crew of a half dozen people, RecycleBalls has built a nationwide network of more than 950 partner facilities in nearly every state. In just three years, the program has been so successful that Chicago-based Wilson Sporting Goods, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of tennis equipment, signed on as the program’s lead sponsor. Senior is ideally suited to this bold mission, having spent more than three decades working in manufacturing, branding, national distribution and customer service. The Montréal native moved to Vermont in 1982 with a video distribution company called Selection Video, which provided videos and rental equipment 38

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to convenience stores throughout the Northeast. After 20 years, however, Senior “saw the writing on the wall” for the future of video rental and moved on to other products. His company, Selection Unlimited, started installing cappuccino machines in convenience stores, eventually expanding to more than 1,000 locations across the U.S. and Canada and becoming a major player in the cappuccino machine market. Senior sold that business in 2018. In 2015, Senior started researching ways to recycle spent tennis balls. France launched a tennis ball recycling program in 2009 called Opération Balle Jaune (Operation Yellow Ball). But nothing comparable existed in the United States, which is by far the world’s largest tennis market. With help from his son and cofounder, Ryan, and several of Ryan’s high school friends, Senior began putting tennis ball recycling bins at Chittenden County courts. They started at the EDGE Sports & Fitness, which has 19 courts, including 14 year-round indoor courts, at three facilities in Essex and South Burlington. According to EDGE co-owner and president Mike Feitelberg, their players go through “an

alarming amount of tennis balls” — about 2,000 per month at the Kennedy Drive facility alone. “Derrick came to us early on with what I thought was a remarkably wonderful concept,” Feitelberg added. “And, of course, we jumped on board with open arms.” Initially, Senior had no idea what they’d do with all of the used balls. Nevertheless, the positive feedback they received almost immediately motivated him to find a solution. “The reaction from players was just incredible,” Senior said. “They were like, ‘This is great! We’re so glad you’re recycling.’” In 2016, Senior and his son brought a prototype recycling bin to Chicago-area tennis facilities to solicit their feedback. With input from them, as well as tennis pros and players back in Vermont, Senior invented a now-patented cardboard recycling bin, which lets the balls go in but not fall out. But Senior knew that it wouldn’t be enough to just distribute recycling bins and expect tennis pros and fitness center employees to do the rest. Applying his experience in the national beverage

industry, he developed a simple program that makes shipping the balls to Vermont virtually effortless for his partner facilities. “People had to love what we’re doing. That was a key ingredient,” he explained. “If that wasn’t part of the mix, we were nowhere.” RecycleBalls’ green and yellow cardboard recycling bins are now the program’s mainstay. When a new tennis facility signs up, RecycleBalls ships them a bundle of 10 bins, which pack flat and are easy to assemble. RecycleBalls’ partners sign an agreement in which they promise to place the bins and promotional posters courtside and diligently maintain them. Each bin holds 200 balls and weighs 26 pounds when full. When a bin reaches its capacity, someone at the facility brings it to their front desk or a local UPS facility and then immediately replaces it with a new one. Affixed to each bin is a preprinted and prepaid UPS shipping label for its return trip to Vermont, so there’s no cost to the facility itself. In fact, RecycleBalls’ partners can claim a tax deduction of 40 cents per ball. So if a tennis center donates 10,000 balls per year to RecycleBalls, Senior explained, that’s worth $4,000. Almost every day, a UPS truck stops






Senior conceded. The material has been tested in several products, including weaving it into T-shirts, though they’ve yet to find the right fit. It might also be useful as blown insulation or as filler for stuffed animals. (A Vermont Tenny Bear, perhaps?) “I don’t know what the solution is, but I do know we’re producing a lot of it,” Senior added about the nylon felt. “I’d really like to bring in high school and college students and have them SEN IOR help us figure this out, and keep it in Vermont.” Senior is currently searching for an executive director to help him grow the recycling program throughout North America. But his final challenge may be the hardest: making the nonprofit 100 percent financially sustainable while keeping the recycling program cost-free to its members, which he believes is essential to its long-term success. “Each of those bins is like $80 in their pocket as a tax deduction. So recycling becomes profitable for them, and that’s what’s spurred our growth,” Senior added. “There’s no reason for these bins to not be in every [tennis] facility in the country.” With more than 10,000 tennis centers in the U.S. alone, Senior still has a long way to go before he can declare game, set and match. But the Vermont nonprofit has garnered national attention: Earlier this year RecycleBalls was named a finalist for a 2019 Halo Award, North America’s highest honor for social and environmental corporate initiatives. “Vermont is solving a national problem right now,” he added. “That’s what drives me, to inspire people to change their habits.” m

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At Fisher Brothers Farm in Shelburne, Sisters of Anarchy ice cream is named for the three daughters of Becky Castle and Bob Clark. Visitors to the ice cream stand will likely glimpse the sisters, ages 11 to 15, helping out around the farm and ice cream operation. The ice cream is churned on-site, starting with dairy produced by Kingdom Creamery of Vermont in East Hardwick. Many of the creative flavors feature farm-grown herbs such as peppermint, and fruit including blackberries, raspberries and lesser-known aronia.




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hen Bob Clark was growing up in upstate New York, 80 percent of the family on his mother’s side farmed. “Now, I’m it,” he said. In 2011, after two decades of “trotting around the country,” Clark and his wife, Becky Castle, moved with their three daughters back to the East Coast from Pasadena, Calif. A couple of years later, they bought a long-fallow Shelburne dairy farm, established an assortment of berry plants and named the operation in honor of Clark’s mother’s family. “It would make them happy that someone, somewhere is running a Fisher Brothers Farm,” he said. From its inception, the goal was not to sell fruit but to produce ingredients for a value-added product. The couple began to make their own ice cream featuring farmgrown produce and set up a small scoop shop at the farm. They also have a traveling ice cream truck. “We wanted to make sure our daughters knew something about where things come from, both agriculture and business,” Clark said. The Castle-Clark family’s ice cream enterprise, called Sisters of Anarchy, is but one example of Vermont farm-based food — and one result of the creative energy and hard work that keep the state’s agricultural landscape vibrant. From sweet treats to an Italian feast, here are seven delicious ways to eat on a Vermont farm this summer.

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Purple Haze, for example, pairs a bright, tart aronia base with sweet aronia brownie chunks. Whiner is flavored with the farm’s Marquette grapes. Do not expect sprinkles or chocolate sauce, Clark cautioned: “When you have that much good stuff to put in the ice cream, we want you to taste it.”

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Maple Wind Farm, Richmond, 434-7257,

For the second year, Maple Wind Farm is hosting monthly fried-chicken dinners on select Friday nights through October. “We wanted to share our good food around our signature pasture-raised chicken,” said farm co-owner Beth Whiting, “and no one else was doing farm-fried chicken.” The dinners take place at the farm’s Richmond barn and packing location on Route 2. Before or after digging into a plate of crunchy fried chicken, corn bread and several side salads, diners can peek into the cozy brooder barn. That’s where chicks spend their first two and a half weeks before heading to the fields, where they are moved to fresh grass daily. Guests can linger to listen to live music, sip beer from Stone Corral Brewery and finish up with a scoop from the Sisters of Anarchy ice cream truck. LISTEN IN ON LOCAL FOODIES...


Maxwell’s Neighborhood Farm, Newport; Sprague Ranch, Brookfield; 828-2430,

Dairy still accounts for the most agricultural acreage and revenue in Vermont. While traditional red barns with grain silos and black-and-white cows continue to dominate the state’s farming image, dairy farmers are eager to share that they are not stuck in the olden days. Enter the Breakfast on the Farm program, now in its fifth year, which offers free on-farm breakfasts and tours. This summer’s breakfasts will be at Maxwell’s Neighborhood Farm in


Newport on Saturday, June 22, and at Sprague Ranch in Brookfield on Saturday, July 27. Volunteers help make and serve a pancake breakfast with Vermont maple syrup, sausage, fresh berries, yogurt and, of course, milk to drink, as well as coffee and tea. (Breakfasts are free, but tickets must be reserved.) There also are hands-on activities for kids and education stations set up around the barns. Chelsea Sprague of Sprague Ranch said that she and her husband, Keith, are looking forward to welcoming the public to their fifth-generation family farm, which they run with his father and uncle. “We’re doing everything as well as we possibly can to help protect the water and the land,” she said. “We want people to be informed about what a conventional dairy farm looks like and feels like.”


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A fan of ÂĄDUINO! (DUENDE) and its related businesses — RADIO BEAN and LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP — will become executive chef of the Burlington restaurant in mid-June. CHUCK SPOCK, currently executive chef at CORK WINE BAR & MARKET in Stowe, is leaving that position and moving to the restaurant at 10 North Winooski Avenue, which specializes in global street food. ÂĄDuino! (Duende) occupies the middle space of the three LEE ANDERSON-owned enterprises in the Old North End. “One of the big pushes for me personally to move there is that I really enjoy the Burlington food scene,â€? Spock said. “I feel like it’s

a lot more vibrant than any [other] part of the state.â€? He added that he likes hanging out and listening to music at Radio Bean and Light Club. Spock, 37, who has a master’s degree in sustainable food systems from Green Mountain College, noted the appeal of the vegetarian and vegan options on ÂĄDuino! (Duende)’s menu and its use of local produce. “That’s really what interests me,â€? he said. “You have a large variety of spice profiles and flavors to choose fromâ€? at ÂĄDuino! (Duende), the chef continued. “I think it’s a unique style of food.â€? Spock started in the restaurant business as a 14-year-old dishwasher in suburban Philadelphia. He’s lived in Vermont for 10 years and worked at ROOTS in Rutland and STONE CORRAL BREWERY in Richmond before his Cork gig. Current ÂĄDuino! (Duende)

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farm. After enjoying an elegant and bountiful spread of freshly baked and cooked fare made by McCurdy, guests can take a pasture walk, wander through five greenhouses full of flowers, and say hello to the pigs and beefalo. Then they can select from an abundant array of farm-grown blooms and provided containers to create their own arrangement with the input of Hale and a guest floral designer. “This is a way for us to bring all the things we love together,” McCurdy explained. A plus is that they can stay home to do it. “It’s so nice to be able to bring people here,” he said. “It generates some income and brings us joy.”

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Ale Rellini and Stefano Pinna blend the flavors of their native Italy with those of Vermont in monthly lunches and dinners made primarily with ingredients they raise, forage and cook from scratch at Agricola Farm. A ticket to the private event entitles guests to a preprandial guided tour of the Panton farm to see the pigs, sheep, poultry, and garden featuring Italian vegetables and herbs. It also includes discounts on its packaged meats, as well as wine purchased for the BYOB events at Vergennes Wine. The multicourse meals take place in the couple’s 1850s farmhouse and have the leisurely feeling of a big, warm family gathering. A three-hour dinner might meander through eight courses, including house-cured mutton sausage, rye fritters stuffed with smoked pork and wild greens, fresh pasta, braised pork shoulder, and a delicate panna cotta. “We don’t compromise the authenticity of the recipes,” Rellini said. “It’s really designed for people to experience the whole meal like we would in Italy.”


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Owl’s Head Berry Farm, Richmond, 343-3387,

Back in the 1990s, before farms hosted events regularly, Owl’s Head Berry Farm in Richmond started its Music While You Pick series on many Tuesday and Thursday evenings during the July and August berry season. Picking of the blueberry kind starts at 5 p.m., and picking of the musical kind — mostly bluegrass and blues — begins at 6 p.m. Local artists range from Red Hot Juba’s jazz and blues to the Vermont Bluegrass Pioneers. There is no fee other than a two-quart-minimum berry purchase per adult.

Traditionally, attendees have brought their own picnic suppers, but this year, said co-owner Rachel Gray, a few food and beverage vendors will offer their wares on select nights, including the Pie Empire food truck, the Udder Guys ice cream, Simple Roots Brewing and Citizen Cider. “Many people love to bring their own food,” Gray said, “but we wanted to give people another option.”


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Located at 3 Elm Street, the store is undergoing significant renovation and will also offer expanded parking next door where Pool World was, Neri said. Originally opened in 1981, the market closed in April 2015 after more than three decades. Neri bought it in 2017 and tried to lease it to another supermarket operator. “I didn’t plan on running it myself,” he said, “but I’ve got great people so decided to do it.” Among those is longtime local butcher JIM BLAIS. “He’s the best of the best,” Neri said. Blais worked for 18 years at Shelburne Supermarket (now SHELBURNE MARKET) and then for five years at GREEN PASTURE MEATS in Shelburne and New Haven before a recent stint at a chain supermarket. Blais will bring his meat-cutting expertise to Greg’s, as well as his relationships with local farmers. Offerings will include meats from the western U.S. and Vermont, and he will make his own sausages. He’s looking forward to working at a locally owned market again: “I’m not much of a corporate guy,” Blais said.



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the truck to a changing cast of culinary characters who will peddle their wares at events in and beyond Addison County. “This truck kind of combines a lot of things for me,” Lisa Mitchell said, “like my love of cooking and food, building community, and networking with chefs and giving them a platform to experiment and thrive.” To refurbish the 1988 GMC, a Houston food truck in its past life, the Mitchells enlisted a cohort of local businesses and individuals. Michael Kin, the 47-year-old AQUA VITEA art director known locally for his colorful kombucha bottle designs, was tapped to give the truck an exterior that showcases its core mission. Kin, once a naturalist educator for

the Audubon Society in Oregon, said he was thrilled to dive into the “evolution” aspect of the project. He has painted panels on both sides of the truck that illustrate a vivid history of food and cooking. Middlebury’s twoin-one restaurant and bakery, the ARCADIAN and HAYMAKER BUN, will be the first to take the wheel during Foodaroo. Chef MATT CORRENTE and his wife, CAROLINE, who is Haymaker’s baker, will plan their menu around the truck’s equipment and spatial limitations. The Arcadian options will be their take on Italian street food, they said. Check out Seven Days’ Bite Club coverage online for more deets and a slide show of Kin’s work on the truck.

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flock of five Suffolk sheep huddled along the eastern edge of a pen in Shelburne Vineyard, too timid to approach the humans waiting for them to notice a new opening in the electric fence. Amid the rows of grapevines where the sheep presently stood, the vegetation was grazed down to the ground. But on the opposite side of the fence, the untouched grass stood higher than the sheep’s withers. With some gentle prodding from their shepherd, Mike Kirk of Greylaine Farm in Charlotte, the sheep overcame their skittishness and made a beeline into the tall grass. Once inside their new pen, the ewes scurried from one spot to another, eagerly gobbling up fresh clumps of white clover, dandelions and Kentucky bluegrass. Above the sheep’s heads, the woody grapevines and their tender green shoots remained well beyond reach. “This basically looks like we mowed last week,” observed Shelburne Vineyard’s Ethan Joseph, scanning the ground that the sheep had shorn clean over the last four days. “We’re already talking about how to scale this up and take it vineyardwide next year.” Ordinarily, the pairing of lamb with wine has a very different meaning to Joseph, who’s been head winemaker and vineyard manager at Shelburne Vineyard since 2008. But since November, he’s been working with Kirk and researchers at the University of Vermont on a small, federally funded pilot project to study the benefits of integrating sheep into the vineyard along Route 7. Their goal: to better understand what impact the practice will have on the grapes, wine, soil, sheep and environment, as well as the farm and vineyard’s bottom lines and whether other vineyards 44

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in Vermont could benefit from adopting it, too. This unusual collaboration began with an adorable photo of a lamb. In October 2018, Meredith Niles, an assistant professor in UVM’s food systems program who studies sustainability, food security and agricultural policy related to climate change, was in New Zealand conducting research. On her first day there, she tweeted a photo of herself holding a lamb on a farm in Marlborough, a wine region where grazing sheep amid vineyards is commonplace. When someone in UVM’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences retweeted Niles’ photo, it went viral and eventually reached Kirk. He then forwarded it to Joseph, with whom he’d attended college at UVM. They reached out to Niles and, within days, set up a meeting. Three weeks later, they submitted a grant application to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study the feasibility of integrating sheep into the vineyard. “The timing was insane,” Kirk recalled, “but here we are.” Why do vineyards throughout New Zealand, the world’s 15th-largest wine producer, routinely keep sheep around, while almost none in the U.S. or other wineproducing countries do? The short answer, Niles noted, is because sheep are virtually everywhere in New Zealand, a country of 4.5 million people and 27 million sheep. By contrast, there are only 500,000 sheep in the U.S. Niles first became curious about the practice herself while working on her dissertation at the University of California, Davis beginning in 2009. While studying cap-and-trade policies in the U.S. and New Zealand, she traveled to two of the latter’s

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renowned grape-growing regions: Marlborough and Hawke’s Bay. “I had seen sheep in their vineyards for years but hadn’t thought much about it,” she explained. “And then I started to realize, no one else had thought much about it, either.” As Niles discovered through her research, the reasons differed depending upon whether she spoke to sheep farmers or grape growers. In Marlborough, much of the agricultural flatland near the ocean, which had once been used for sheep farming, had transitioned in the last 30 years into more profitable wine production. But sheep farming continues in the hill country, where the colder climate and rockier terrain make growing grapes impractical. During the winter, when there’s nothing in the hills for the sheep to eat, the grass still grows in the more temperate flats, Niles explained. So many sheep farmers have established relationships with winemakers to graze their animals amid the grape rows. That relationship, Niles discovered, is

symbiotic. The farmers grazing their sheep in the vineyards don’t have to spend money on feed during the winter. The vineyards that allow grazing use fewer herbicides and mow less frequently, saving them money on fuel, labor, fertilizer and other inputs. Moreover, Niles found that those benefits were reaped regardless of the vineyards’ size, which in her study ranged from small, boutique vineyards of 10 hectares to huge commercial vineyards of thousands of hectares. Joseph at Shelburne Vineyard had heard about the practice of keeping sheep years earlier and had even tried it once himself. About eight years ago, he had a small test site of grapes at Shelburne Farms, where he tried bringing in sheep. “It failed miserably because our timing was way off,” Joseph recalled. Because the vine trellises were closer to the ground, and the sheep were brought in later in the growing season, the animals ate the tips off the vines, preventing them from bearing fruit.


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VERMONT EMPLOYEE OWNERSHIP CONFERENCE: Keynoter Janet M. Edmunson shares her expertise with business owners and economic development professionals. Davis Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, registration, 7:30-8:30 a.m.; conference, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $115-150. Info, VERMONT WOMENPRENEURS BIZZ BUZZ MEETUP: Members of the business community connect and share resources over coffee, tea and a light breakfast. The Skinny Pancake, Burlington, 8:30-10 a.m. Free. Info, info@


COFFEE TALK: Friends, neighbors and AARP Vermont volunteers catch up on upcoming activities and issues facing older Vermonters. Nomad Coffee — South End Station, Burlington, 9-10 a.m. Free. Info,


FIBER RIOT!: Creative types get hooked on knitting, crocheting, spinning and more at an informal weekly gathering. Mad River Fiber Arts & Mill, Waitsfield, 5-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 496-7746. KNITTER’S GROUP: Needles in tow, crafters share their latest projects and get help with challenging patterns. All skill levels are welcome. South Burlington Community Library, University Mall, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140.


LEGISLATIVE ROUNDUP — WHAT HAPPENED, WHAT DID NOT & WHAT’S NEXT?: Sierra Club Vermont hosts a conversation with three Statehouse climate champions who discuss the state of climate legislation. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 505-1540. SOLAR HAPPY HOUR: Imbibers sip complimentary drinks featuring Barr Hill Gin while learning the value of pollinators, as well as how to harness the power of the sun. Three Penny Taproom, Montpelier, 5-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 398-7118. SUE MORSE: In “Animals of the North: What Does the Future Hold?,” the environmentalist speculates on the fate of the region’s species in the face of the climate crisis. Community Center in Jericho, refreshments, 6:30 p.m.; presentation, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 899-6736.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘BOY ERASED’: Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe portray the parents of a young man forced into a church-supported gay conversion program. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. ‘DINOSAURS ALIVE 3D’: Audience members embark on a virtual hunt for fossilized clues revealing the behavior and world of extinct reptiles. 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, $11.50-14.50; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848. ‘MYSTERIES OF THE UNSEEN WORLD 3D’: An awe-inspiring picture reveals phenomena that can’t be seen with the naked eye. 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. ‘OCEANS: OUR BLUE PLANET 3D’: Actor Kate Winslet narrates a virtual odyssey into the largest and least-explored habitat on Earth. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $11.50-14.50; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848. ‘THE PRINCESS BRIDE’: “Inconceivable!” A young woman and her true love battle the evils of a mythical kingdom to be reunited in this 1987 fairytale film. Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, 7 p.m. $5. Info, 533-2000. ‘VAN GOGH & JAPAN’: A 2019 film shown as part of Great Art Wednesdays provides a portrait of the island country’s influence on the Dutch painter. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 11 a.m. & 7 p.m. $8-13. Info, 382-9222.


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Moving Picture When film and theater fans think of Chicago, they may envision the 2002 movie starring Renée Zellweger or the long-running Broadway musical. In fact, the jazzage story of Roxie Hart, a young wife on trial for murdering her older lover, first hit the silver screen in 1927. Based on a hit 1926 stage play, the silent film was thought to be lost, until 2006. Luckily for cinephiles, an original print turned up in the estate holdings of legendary director Cecil B. DeMille, who supervised the picture’s production. Local composer Jeff Rapsis provides a live score for a Brandon Town Hall silent film series screening.

‘CHICAGO’ Saturday, June 15, 7 p.m., at Brandon Town Hall. Donations. Info, 603-236-9237,

As Father’s Day approaches, generous children ponder the perfect gift for dad. Local car connoisseurs may opt to treat family members to a day (or two) at the Shelburne Museum Classic Auto Festival. Vintage vehicles made in 1994 or earlier roll onto the museum grounds for this 16th annual cruise down memory lane, presented in collaboration with the Vermont Automobile Enthusiasts. Attendees may also steer toward games, hands-on activities and barbecue fare. This year’s fest features a special focus on trucks.

JUN.15 & 16 | FAIRS & FESTIVALS SHELBURNE MUSEUM CLASSIC AUTO FESTIVAL Saturday, June 15, and Sunday, June 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at Shelburne Museum. Regular admission, $8-65; free for members, active military and kids under 5. Info, 985-3346,



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he people who migrated to America in the 1600s from Ireland, Scotland and England brought with them the basic styles of music that are generally considered to be the roots of bluegrass music as it is known today,” according to the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation. Centuries later, the genre is going strong, inspiring several annual festivals in Vermont alone, including the Rattling Brook Bluegrass Festival. From late morning into the night, area acts such as the VT Bluegrass Pioneers; Two Cents in the Till (pictured); and Beg, Steal or Borrow serve up traditional and original tunes at this 35th annual string-music shindig.

Think your work environment is stressful? Try flying worldwide missions in the cockpit of a U.S. Navy fighter jet. The Norwich University College of Graduate and Continuing Studies hosts Carey Lohrenz, the Navy’s first female F-14 Tomcat fighter pilot, as the 2019 Residency Conference keynote and Todd Lecture Series speaker. Now a sought-after business consultant and public speaker, Lohrenz draws parallels between her high-pressure experiences operating on an aircraft carrier and the fast-moving business world. Members of the public may listen in on her talk “Lessons in Leadership.”

CAREY LOHRENZ Wednesday, June 19, 7 p.m., at Mack Hall Auditorium, Norwich University, in Northfield. Free. Info, 485-2633,

RATTLING BROOK BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL Saturday, June 15, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., at Belvidere Recreational Field. $20; free for kids under 12. Info, 793-4354.


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CHOCOLATE TASTING WITH NUTTY STEPH’S & LIBERTY CHOCOLATES: Locally made cacao-based confections please palates. Brookfield Old Town Hall, 7 p.m. $10; free for kids under 18; preregister. Info, 276-3808. COMMUNITY SUPPER: A scrumptious spread connects friends and neighbors. The Pathways Vermont Community Center, Burlington, 5-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 888-492-8218, ext. 300.


BRIDGE CLUB: Players have fun with the popular card game. Burlington Bridge Club, Williston, 9:15 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. $6. Info, 872-5722. CRIBBAGE & PINOCHLE: Card sharks engage in friendly competition. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3322. ‘THE CROSSWORD SHOW’: “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” writer Zach Sherwin presides as three panelists solve a puzzle live onstage. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 8 p.m. $1520. Info, 540-0406.

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BONE BUILDERS EXERCISE CLASSES: Folks of all ages ward off osteoporosis in an exercise and prevention class. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 7:30, 9 & 10:40 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3322. CHAIR YOGA: Comfortable clothing is recommended for this class focused on balance, breath, flexibility and meditation. Barre Area Senior Center, 11 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, 479-9512. FATHERHOOD: POSTPARTUM MOOD & ANXIETY DISORDERS: Dads explore the transition into parenthood with Jennifer Auletta and Chris Robinson of the Family Center of Washington County. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5:30-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, info@hunger RESILIENCE FLOW: Individuals affected by traumatic brain injuries engage in a gentle yoga practice. Sangha Studio — Pine, Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 448-4262. YOGA4CANCER: Meant for anyone affected by the illness, this class aims to help participants manage treatment side effects and recovery. Sangha Studio — North, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Donations. Info, 448-4262.



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LIVE ON THE LAWN: LOVING DAY EDITION: Singer-songwriter Myra Flynn lends her talent to a concert honoring the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia, which struck down laws against interracial marriage. Outdoor stage, Davis Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. 6/5/19 4:09 PM

LOVING DAY CELEBRATION: Pints of Loving Day Ale in hand, folks commemorate the 1967 legalization of interracial marriage with tunes spun by DJ Craig Mitchell. Zero Gravity Craft Brewery, Burlington, 5-8 p.m. Free. Info, lovingdayvt@gmail. com.


BEGINNER & INTERMEDIATE/ ADVANCED ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASSES: Learners take communication to the next level. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. LUNCH IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE: SPANISH: ¡Hola! Language lovers perfect their fluency. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.


MURAL FESTIVAL: A city street serves as an open-air museum during an 11-day international celebration of public art. Boulevard SaintLaurent, Montréal. Free. Info, 877-266-5687. ST-AMBROISE MONTRÉAL FRINGE FESTIVAL: The world’s most offbeat performers convene for live music, theater performances and everything in between. See for details. Various Montréal locations. Prices vary. Info, 514-849-3378.


Find club dates in the music section. BURLINGTON CITY ARTS SUMMER CONCERTS: THE JOHN DALY BAND: Heartfelt melodies and carefully crafted hooks are the bread and butter of this Vermont band. Lower Church St., Burlington, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7166. DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE: SOLD OUT. Indie rock songs from 2018’s Thank You for Today carry from an outdoor stage. Jenny Lewis opens. Shelburne Museum, 7 p.m. $53-49; free for kids 12 and under. Info, 877-987-6487. OLD NORTH END NEIGHBORHOOD BAND TEEN MUSIC JAM: Be they accomplished musicians or just starting out, young players find harmony in the traditional music of Burlington’s past and present immigrant groups. Boys & Girls Club, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 881-8500. VERMONT GIRLS CHOIR AUDITIONS: Young vocalists vie for spots in a professional singing ensemble and education program. Various locations statewide. Free; preregister. Info,


CPR CLASS: Participants learn a lifesaving emergency procedure. Hartland Public Library, 6:15-8 p.m. Free. Info, 436-2473.


BRIAN TRZASKOS: Addressing listeners as part of the Vinspire: Informing and Inspiring the

North Country series, the speaker uncovers “Your Hidden Motivational Drivers and How They are Impacting Your Health and Relationships.” Strand Center Theatre, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 5:30-7 p.m. Donations. Info, 518563-1604, ext. 105. IGNITE TALKS: Each speaker in a diverse lineup gets five minutes to share exciting and educational stories on a wide range of topics. Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. $5. Info, 859-0100. MARTHA KNAPP: Attendees embark on an illustrated tour of prominent buildings designed by local architect Louis Sheldon Newton. Greater Hartford United Church of Christ, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 296-3132. WENDELL POTTER: Known as an insurance industry whistle blower, the author provokes thought with “Medicare for All: What’s Stopping Us? Reigniting the Fight for Universal Health Care in the United States and Vermont! How Can We Get There?” Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 595-2820.


TECH HELP WITH CLIF: Electronics novices develop skill sets applicable to smartphones, tablets and other gadgets. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, noon & 1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-6955.


THE BAKE OFF: Larry Shue’s The Foreigner gets divided into thirds when three directors each lead separate casts in a portion of the production. Black Box Theater, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $29.70-33. Info, 862-1497. ‘GODSPELL’: This musical retelling of the Gospel of Matthew follows Jesus Christ and his disciples as they sing and dance their way through modern-day New York City, spreading a message love. That is until Judas comes along and … well, you know the rest. Stowe Town Hall Theatre, 7:30 p.m. $14-20. Info, 253-3961.


BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP: Fans of the written word delve into The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. VETERANS BOOK GROUP: Women who have served in the U.S. military connect over reading materials and a light dinner. Women’s Comprehensive Care Center, White River Junction VA Medical Center, 5-6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 295-9363, ext. 6134. WRITING CIRCLE: Words pour out when participants explore creative expression in a lowpressure environment. The Pathways Vermont Community Center, Burlington, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 888-492-8218, ext. 303.


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COMMUNITY FORUMS FOR A HATE-FREE VERMONT: The Office of the Vermont Attorney General and others host a conversation on hate crimes, bias incidents and how to respond. Hartford High School, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 828-3171.


HERB WALK: Herbalist Katherine Elmer leads a stroll through the UVM campus to identify the medicinal plants that populate Burlington. Bring layers and bug spray. Jeffords Hall, University of Vermont, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 861-9753.


VERMONT SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AWARDS: Vermont Business Magazine and the U.S. Small Business Administration bestow honors upon notable entrepreneurs. Country Club of Vermont, Waterbury Center, 4-7 p.m. $3050. Info, 863-8038.


COMMUNITY-WIDE CELEBRATION OF ADDISON COUNTY HOME HEALTH & HOSPICE’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY: Locals recognize the nonprofit agency’s five decades of professional home-care service. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 382-9222. OVER DINNER SERIES: Doctor Zail Berry and Erica Marks are the featured guests at a monthly presentation and discussion with local changemakers. The topic is advance care planning. The Hive on Pine, Burlington, 6-8:30 p.m. $20. Info, 862-8127.


ARTSMART: BALLET & THE ‘CARMEN’ SUITE: Vermont Farm to Ballet’s Marya Carmolli moderates a conversation ahead of a screening of Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema: Carmen Suite/Petrushka. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe, noon. Free for Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema ticket holders. Info, 760-4634. BOLSHOI BALLET IN CINEMA: ‘CARMEN SUITE/PETRUSHKA’: Dancers leap and twirl across the screen in broadcast performances of a one-act ballet by Cuban choreographer Alberto Alonso and a new creation by contemporary choreographer Edward Clug. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 1 p.m. $10-17. Info, 760-4634.


ELECTRIC CAR EXPO: Drivers scope out vehicles such as the Tesla Model 3 and the Nissan LEAF while learning about clean transportation. Peacham Village Green, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 503-1258.


CCTV 35TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING, STORIES & COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Friends new and old celebrate the past, present and future of public access television with engaging stories by media activists and community builders. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 862-3966. FEAST & FIELD MARKET: Prepared foods and music by vibes and harp duo Julian & Charles are on the menu at a pastoral party. Clark Farm, Barnard, 5-9 p.m. $5-10. Info, TROPICAL FISH CLUB MONTHLY MEETING: Speakers ranging from local hobbyists to nationally known aquarium aficionados share their expertise. Essex Junction VFW Post, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 372-8716.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘CAPOTE’: Set in 1959, this 2005 drama follows author Truman Capote as he researches the murder of a Kansas family for his novel In Cold Blood. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. ‘CHALK: BEDROCK OF FLY FISHING’: A screening of this must-see film for anglers supports Rutland’s Moon Brook trout habitat restoration project. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 7 p.m. $15. Info, 775-0903. ‘DINOSAURS ALIVE 3D’: See WED.12. ‘MYSTERIES OF THE UNSEEN WORLD 3D’: See WED.12. ‘OCEANS: OUR BLUE PLANET 3D’: See WED.12. SCHOOL’S OUT ROAD TRIP MOVIE MARATHON: Independent films provide inspiration for future excursions by car. Popcorn and drinks are provided. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, noon-7 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211.

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BURLINGTON EDIBLE HISTORY TOUR: Foodies sample local eats on a scrumptious stroll dedicated to the Queen City’s culinary past. Awning behind ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 1 p.m. $55. Info, eliseandgail@burlingtonedible COMMUNITY LUNCH: Gardengrown fare makes for a delicious and nutritious midday meal. The Pathways Vermont Community Center, Burlington, 1-2 p.m. Free. Info, 888-492-8218, ext. 309. FOOD — FIRE — FOAM: Woodfired pizza, small plates, Foam Brewers beer and Barr Hill Gin Business Thyme slushies fill bellies as Eric George provides a folk-music backdrop. Terrace, Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Info, 855-650-0080. PEACHAM FARMERS MARKET: Area residents and visitors alike

rejoice in local flavors, kids’ activities and live tunes. Peacham Village Green, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, peachamfarmersmarket@gmail. com. VERMONT COUNCIL OF WORLD AFFAIRS ANNUAL DINNER: Diners honor University of Vermont president Thomas Sullivan over a shared meal. Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, reception, 6 p.m.; dinner, 7 p.m. $50-100; preregister. Info, WATERBURY FARMERS MARKET: Cultivators and their customers swap veggie tales and edible inspirations at a weekly outdoor emporium complete with live music and yoga demos. Rusty Parker Memorial Park, Waterbury, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, waterbury WORCESTER COMMUNITY MARKET: Fresh organic produce, live bands and kids’ activities bring neighbors together. 66 Elmore Rd., Worcester, 5-8 p.m. Free. Info,


CHITTENDEN COUNTY CHESS CLUB: Checkmate! Strategic thinkers make calculated moves as they vie for their opponents’ kings. Shaw’s, Shelburne Rd., South Burlington, 7-9:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-5403.

health & fitness

BEGINNERS TAI CHI: Students get a feel for the ancient Chinese practice. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 223-1772.

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BONE BUILDERS: Seniors rise and shine with an exercise program meant to increase bone density and muscle strength. Barre Area Senior Center, 8:309:30 a.m. Free. Info, 479-9512. CHAIR YOGA WITH SANGHA STUDIO: Supported poses promote health and wellbeing. Champlain Senior Center, Burlington, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 448-4262. COMMUNITY MINDFULNESS: A 20-minute guided practice with Andrea O’Connor alleviates stress and tension. Tea and a discussion follow. Winooski Senior Center, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 233-1161. FALLS PREVENTION TAI CHI: Students improve their ability to stay steady on their feet. Barre Area Senior Center, 3:45-4:45 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 479-9512. KARMA KLASS: DONATIONBASED YOGA FOR A CAUSE: Active bodies hit the mat to support local nonprofits. The Wellness Collective, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. Donations. Info, 540-0186. YANG 24 TAI CHI: Slow, graceful, expansive movements promote wide-ranging health and fitness benefits. Great Room, Wright House, Harrington Village, Shelburne, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 735-5467.


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YOGA: A Sangha Studio instructor guides students who are in recovery toward achieving inner tranquility. Turning Point Center, Burlington, 5-6 p.m. Free. Info, 448-4262.




Find club dates in the music section. BURLINGTON CONCERT BAND REHEARSALS: Enthusiastic players of brass, woodwind and percussion instruments find perfect harmony. St. Mark Catholic Parish, Burlington, 6:45-8:45 p.m. Free. Info, burlingtonconcertbandvt@ DAVID CROSBY & SKY TRAILS BAND: Folk-rock fans catch the cofounder of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash playing tunes from his 2017 solo album Sky Trails along with some of his greatest hits. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 7:30 p.m. $66-86. Info, 603-448-0400. SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: Oenophiles let loose with live music by Third Shift, award-winning wine and mouthwatering eats. Snow Farm Vineyard, South Hero, picnicking begins, 5 p.m.; music, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost of food and drink. Info, 372-9463. VERMONT GIRLS CHOIR AUDITIONS: See WED.12.


adaptation of Norton Juster’s classic 1961 children’s novel. Weston Playhouse Second Stage at Walker Farm, 4 p.m. $10-20. Info, 824-5288.

CHAIR YOGA: Students with limited mobility limber up with modified poses. Sangha Studio — North, Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 448-4262.


GONG MEDITATION: Sonic vibrations lead to healing and deep relaxation. Yoga Roots, Williston, 7:30-8:30 p.m. $18. Info, 318-6050.

BOOK GROUP: SUMMER READS: Bibliophiles share their all-time best beach reads and page-turners they’d like to crack open. New members are welcome. Fairfax Community Library, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 849-2420. KATHRYN DAVIS: Listeners devour passages from the novel The Silk Road. Phoenix Books, Burlington, 7 p.m. $3. Info, 448-3350.


‘THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF COMEDY (ABRIDGED)’: Audience members are in stitches as a Lost Nation Theater cast explores what has made people laugh from ancient times through the present day. Lost Nation Theater, Montpelier City Hall, 7:30 p.m. $10-30. Info, 229-0492. ‘GODSPELL’: See WED.12. ‘THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH’: Poor, bored Milo never knows what to do with himself. That is until a mysterious package arrives containing a tollbooth that whisks the boy along a fantastical quest in this theatrical




Find club dates in the music section.

ECSTATIC DANCE VERMONT: Inspired by the 5Rhythms dance practice, attendees move, groove, release and open their hearts to life in a safe and sacred space. Christ Episcopal Church, Montpelier, 7-9 p.m. $10. Info,

BELLOWS FREE ACADEMY FAIRFAX ALUMNI BANQUET: Former students catch up during a social hour and dinner. Bellows Free Academy, Fairfax, social hour, 5 p.m.; dinner, 6 p.m. $20. Info,



CONTRA DANCE: Chimney Swift come through with live tunes while Lausanne Allen calls the steps. North End Studio A, Burlington, beginners’ session, 7:45 p.m.; dance, 8-11 p.m. $9; free for kids under 12. Info, 877-3698.



TAI CHI YANG 24: Students get an introduction to a gentle form of exercise said to benefit internal organs. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3322.

BALLROOM & LATIN DANCING: Singles, couples and beginners are welcome to join in a dance social featuring waltz, tango and more. Williston Jazzercise Fitness Center, 8-9:30 p.m. $10. Info, 862-2269.


WENDELL POTTER: See WED.12, Kennedy Brothers Building, Vergennes.

TAI CHI STUDIO: Beginners and experienced practitioners alike perfect their steps with limited guidance. Barre Area Senior Center, 11:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 479-9512.


WORKSHOP: THE JOB SEARCH PORTFOLIO: Career seekers create and customize documents essential to a job hunt. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11 a.m.12:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info,

HOT TOPICS SUMMER LECTURE SERIES: Vermont Law School’s John Echeverria presents “The Mexican Border: Property Rights and the Environment.” Room 012, Oakes Hall, Vermont Law School, South Royalton, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 831-1371.

LIVING RECOVERY: Folks overcoming substance abuse move, breathe and make positive change in a moderately paced flow yoga class. Sangha Studio — Pine, Burlington, 4-5 p.m. Donations. Info, 448-4262.

SOLAR HAPPY HOUR: See WED.12, Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 4:30-6:30 p.m.


CIRCUS ARTS TRAINING JAM: Daring individuals perfect skills ranging from juggling to tight-rope walking with CAMP Burlington members. Aikido of Champlain Valley, Burlington, 6:30-9 p.m. Donations. Info, LOUNGE 91: Green Mountain Railroad passengers delight in live music, cocktails and hors-d’oeuvres as picturesque scenery rolls by. Union Station, Burlington, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $60. Info, 800-707-3530. REMINISCENCES SERIES: ‘OLD ENGINES’: Friends and neighbors swap memories over a potluck dinner. Old Stone House Museum, Brownington, 5-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 754-2022. THE SPARKLE CLUB: Those in need of a little rest and relaxation start the weekend off right with access to the Healing Lodge, Sanctuary Lounge and

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BURLINGTON CITY ARTS SUMMER CONCERTS: GRAYSON TY: Based in Western Massachusetts, this pop singer-songwriter has drawn comparisons to James Bay and Ed Sheeran. Lower Church St., Burlington, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7166. WED.12 | FILM | 'Van Gogh & Japan' locker rooms, plus a mini bottle of Champagne or rosé. The Spa at Spruce Peak, Stowe, 5-7 p.m. $30. Info, 760-4782.

fairs & festivals

B3 FEST: BIKES, BREWS & BEATS: Group rides, mouthwatering fare, local libations, live music and more make for an epic familyfriendly mountain-bike bash. Park St., downtown Stowe. Free. Info, 253-7321. B3 FEST BLOCK PARTY: Food tastings and samples from area producers, craft brews and live music round out an outdoor celebration of bikes, brews and beats. Park St., Stowe, 4-9 p.m. Free. Info, 253-7321. QUECHEE HOT AIR BALLOON CRAFT & MUSIC FESTIVAL: Adventure seekers get blown away by airborne carriers at this 40th annual high-altitude happening. Kids’ activities, tasty fare and live entertainment complete the fun. Quechee Village Green, 3-10 p.m. $5-15; free for kids under 5. Info, 295-7900.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section.

ANIMÉ NIGHT: Enthusiasts view and chat about the latest animated shows from Japan. Enter through the side door. Laboratory B, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 777-9012. ‘DINOSAURS ALIVE 3D’: See WED.12. ‘MYSTERIES OF THE UNSEEN WORLD 3D’: See WED.12. ‘OCEANS: OUR BLUE PLANET 3D’: See WED.12.

food & drink

CHAMPLAIN VALLEY DINNER TRAIN: Passengers feast on a three-course meal while riding the Green Mountain Railroad from Burlington to Middlebury and back. Union Station, Burlington, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $89. Info, 800-707-3530. PUBLIC CUPPING: Coffee connoisseurs and beginners alike explore the flavor notes and aromas of the roaster’s current offerings and new releases. Brio Coffeeworks, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 777-6641. RICHMOND FARMERS MARKET: An open-air marketplace featuring live music connects cultivators and fresh-food browsers. Volunteers Green, Richmond, 3-7

p.m. Free. Info, info@richmond SUN TO CHEESE TOUR: Fromage fans go behind the scenes and follow award-winning farmstead cheddar from raw milk to finished product. Shelburne Farms, 1:453:45 p.m. $20 includes a block of cheddar; preregister. Info, TRUCK STOP: Mobile kitchens dish out mouthwatering meals and libations. Live DJs and outdoor entertainment add to the fun. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 5-10 p.m. Cost of food and drink. Info, 540-0406.



health & fitness

ADVANCED SUN TAI CHI 73: Participants keep active with a sequence of slow, controlled movements. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 1-2 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3322. BONE BUILDERS EXERCISE CLASSES: See WED.12, 7:30 & 10:40 a.m.

EMMA BACK: “Strife and Joy,” a musical dialogue traversing the inner landscape of the human experience, features vocal percussion, jaunting melodies and jazzand klezmer-inspired violin riffs. Strafford Town House, 7-9:30 p.m. $10-15. Info, emmabackmusic@ THE GRINDING STONE TRIO: Masters of accordion, bouzouki and bass, respectively, Jeremiah McLane, Owen Marshall and Corey DiMario hit all the right notes in tunes from France and the British Isles. ArtisTree Community Arts Center & Gallery, South Pomfret, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $20. Info, 457-3500. MONICA RIZZIO: Autobiographical country tunes from 2016’s Washashore Cowgirl win audience members over. Brandon Music, 7:30 p.m. $20; $45 includes dinner; preregister; BYOB. Info, 247-4295. OLD SKY & MARXIST JARGON: The Wishbone Collective Concert Series gets underway with two Burlington bands doling out Americana and anti-capitalist folk-punk music, respectively. Wishbone Collective, Winooski, 8-11 p.m. Free. Info, STELLARIA TRIO: The Burlingtonbased classical ensemble delights listeners with works by Haydn, FRI.14

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COEXISTING WITH BEARS: An interpretive ranger demystifies large furry mammals and other area wildlife. Nature Center, Little River State Park, Waterbury, 6 p.m. $2-4; free for kids 3 and under; call to confirm. Info, 244-7103.

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TUE 25 BILL SCHUBART: 7PM DO I HAVE A BOOK IN ME? THU 27 SHARON LAMB: THE NOT 7PM GOOD ENOUGH MOTHER Phoenix Books Burlington events are ticketed unless otherwise indicated. Your $3 ticket comes with a coupon for $5 off the featured book. Proceeds go to Vermont Foodbank.

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‘HARVEY’: Valley Players kick off their 40th anniversary season with Mary Chase’s Pulitzer Prizewinning farce about mid-20thcentury psychiatry, the nature of happiness and one invisible rabbit. Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield, 8-10 p.m. $16. Info, 583-1674.

WRITER’S BLOCK: Scribes bring essays, short stories, one-act plays and poems to be critiqued by a supportive audience. Barre Area Senior Center, 10-11:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 479-9512.

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CHAMPLAIN VALLEY AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL MONTHLY MEETING: Activists gather with the goal of advancing human rights. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info,

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‘THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH’: See THU.13, 1 & 4 p.m.

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FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: Sports fans cheer on their favorite players in an international soccer competition. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, Jamaica vs. Italy, noon; England vs. Argentina, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211.


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FROGGER!: Folks find slippery, bumpy amphibians by sight and sound. A-Side Beach, Little River State Park, Waterbury, 7 p.m. $24; free for kids 3 and under; call to confirm. Info, 244-7103.

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VETERANS FOR PEACE MONTHLY MEETING: Those who have served their country attend a morning meeting to discuss ways of informing the public of the causes and costs of war. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 439-5397.


QUEEN CITY MEMORY CAFÉ: People with memory loss

accompany their caregivers for coffee, conversation and entertainment. Thayer House, Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 656-4220.


CONTRA DANCE: Nils Fredland calls the steps at a traditional social dance with high-energy music by the Faux Paws. Capital City Grange, Berlin, introductory session, 7:45 p.m.; dance, 8-11 p.m. $5-15. Info, 225-8921. FAMILY BALLROOM DANCE: Children are welcome to hit the dance floor at a Vermont USA Dance gathering replete with workshops and open dance time. Holy Family Parish Hall, Essex Junction, open dance, 6:30 p.m.; intermediate waltz, 7-7:45 p.m.; beginner hustle, 7:45-8:30 p.m.; open dance, 8:30-11 p.m. $5-15. Info, 482-2896. TRACES: A PUBLIC DANCE HAPPENING: Burlingtonians feast their eyes on moving performances taking place around the city. Visit for a map. Downtown Burlington, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, jessie@


GAS & STEAM ENGINES SHOW: From early tractors to cars, engines from throughout history are on display at this familyfriendly — and noisy — event. Food is available. Old Stone House Museum, Brownington, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Donations. Info, 754-2022. GUIDED TOURS: History buffs explore the home of Revolutionary War patriot John Strong. DAR John Strong Mansion Museum, Addison, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $3-10. Info, LEGAL CLINIC: Attorneys offer complimentary consultations on a first-come, first-served basis. 274 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 383-2118. LOUNGE 91: See FRI.14. SANCTUARY CITY COFFEEHOUSE: Locals bring a dish to pass and a song, poem or story to share in an open-mic setting. First Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington, 6-8:30 p.m. Donations. Info, herbschr@gmail. com. STUNT KITE FLIERS & ARCHERY HOBBYISTS MEETING: Open to beginning and experienced hobbyists alike, a weekly gathering allows folks to share information and suggestions for equipment, sporting locations and more. Presto Music Store, South Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 658-0030. TALENT SKATEPARK FAMILY REUNION FUNDRAISER 2.0: Members of the local skateboard community roll in to rally support for the indoor park, set to reopen as a nonprofit organization. Ryan Miller, Gone Wrong, A2VT and Jarv perform. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 5:30 p.m. $10. Info, 540-0406.

fairs & festivals B3 FEST: BIKES, BREWS & BEATS: See FRI.14.

CAROLAN FESTIVAL: Devotees of Turlough O’Caloran salute the historical Irish composer with concerts, workshops and participatory dancing. No dogs, please. Mallery Farm, Worcester, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. $10-20; preregister for supper. Info, 229-9468. POCOCK ROCKS MUSIC FESTIVAL & STREET FAIR: Performances by regional acts enliven this celebration of artisanal crafts and specialty food and drink. The fun continues during an afterparty at Hatch 31. Downtown Bristol, 3-8 p.m. Free. Info, 760-6076. QUECHEE HOT AIR BALLOON CRAFT & MUSIC FESTIVAL: See FRI.14, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. RATTLING BROOK BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL: Acts such as the VT Bluegrass Pioneers; Two Cents in the Till; and Beg, Steal or Borrow pick and strum at this annual family-friendly affair. See calendar spotlight. Belvidere Recreational Field, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. $20; free for kids under 12. Info, 793-4354. SHELBURNE MUSEUM CLASSIC AUTO FESTIVAL: Folks cruise down memory lane at a celebration of trucks featuring vehicles from many eras, along with games, barbecue bites and Lake Champlain Chocolates ice cream. See calendar spotlight. Shelburne Museum, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular admission, $8-65; free for members, active military and kids under 5. Info, 985-3346. SOUNDS OF THE EARTH: Live music, vocal and drumming workshops, kids’ activities, food trucks and more make up a festival honoring the work of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and environmental activist John Luther Adams. Presented by the New Music on the Point Festival and Scrag Mountain Music. Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms, noon-6 p.m. Donations. Info, 377-3161.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘CHICAGO’: Pianist Jeff Rapsis provides a live score for this 1927 silent picture about Prohibition-era corruption and American celebrity culture. See calendar spotlight. Brandon Town Hall, 7 p.m. Donations. Info, 603-236-9237. ‘DINOSAURS ALIVE 3D’: See WED.12. ‘MYSTERIES OF THE UNSEEN WORLD 3D’: See WED.12. ‘OCEANS: OUR BLUE PLANET 3D’: See WED.12.

food & drink

BURLINGTON EDIBLE HISTORY TOUR: See THU.13. BURLINGTON FARMERS MARKET: More than 90 stands overflow with seasonal produce, flowers, artisan wares and prepared foods. 345 Pine St., Burlington, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free.


Info, burlingtonfarmersmarket. CHAMPLAIN VALLEY DINNER TRAIN: See FRI.14. CHOCOLATE TASTING IN MIDDLESEX: Candy fanatics get an education on a variety of sweets made on-site. Nutty Steph’s Granola & Chocolate Factory, Middlesex, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 229-2090. HOT DOG DAYS OF SUMMER: Free frankfurters satisfy snackers. Green Mountain HarleyDavidson, Essex Junction, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4778. SHELBURNE FARMERS MARKET: Harvested fruits and greens, artisan cheeses, and local novelties grace outdoor tables. Shelburne Parade Ground, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 482-4279.

health & fitness

CARVE YOGA CURIOUS?: Yoga, aerobic exercise and resistance strength training come together in a stress-relieving total-body workout. Hot Yoga Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 999-9963. CLIMB OUT OF THE DARKNESS: Pedestrians make strides in a stroller-friendly 1-mile walk meant to shine a light on perinatal mental health. Proceeds benefit Good Beginnings of Central Vermont. Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 595-7953.


SPANISH/ENGLISH ‘INTERCAMBIO’: An hour of Spanish speaking gives way to an hour of English conversation. Essex Free Library, noon-2 p.m. Free. Info, 879-0313.


PRIDE YOGA: LGBTQ individuals and allies hit the mat for a stretching session suited to all levels. Sangha Studio — Pine, Burlington, 5-6 p.m. Donations. Info, 448-4262.




Find club dates in the music section. BIG DADDY WEAVE: Contemporary Christian songs lift spirits. Becca Bradley and Jonathan Chu open. Barre Civic Center, 7 p.m. $25-90. Info, 476-8188. PARKAPALOOZA!: Montpelier’s summer music series kicks off with the soulful sounds of Myra Flynn and honky-tonk tunes by the Starline Rhythm Boys. Hubbard Park, Montpelier, 3-7 p.m. $3-10. Info, 223-7335. STELLARIA TRIO: See FRI.14, Brandon Music, 7:30 p.m. $20; $45 includes dinner; preregister; BYOB. Info, 247-4295. VERMONT GIRLS CHOIR AUDITIONS: See WED.12. ‘WELCOMING THE STRANGER’: Local performers such as Miriam Bernardo, Allison

Mann and members of the Montpelier Gospel Choir lend their talents to a benefit concert for Annunciation House, an El Paso, Texas, organization providing food, shelter and services to migrants. Montpelier St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 7-9 p.m. Donations. Info, 522-2376.


CADWELL LOOP BIRDING WALK: Break out the binoculars! Birders join Rutland County Audubon Society members in search of winged wonders. St. Alphonsus Ligouri Church, Pittsford, 8-11 a.m. Free. Info, birding@rutland CAMELS HUMP VIA BAMFORTH RIDGE HIKE: A difficult trek takes outdoor adventurers up the Long Trail’s largest elevation gain to the Camels Hump summit. Contact trip leader for details. Free; preregister. Info, 899-9982. FINDING BIRDS BY EAR: Fans of feathered fliers learn about 41 different species that live in and around the park. Little River State Park, Waterbury, 9 a.m. $24; free for kids 3 and under; call to confirm. Info, 244-7103. LITTLE RIVER RAMBLE: With help from a park interpreter, hikers plan the route and duration of a guided trails tour. Little River State Park, Waterbury, 10 a.m. $2-4; free for kids 3 and under; preregister; call to confirm. Info, 244-7103. MAKING TRACKS, SEEING SKINS & SKULLS: Outdoorsy types search for signs of fur-bearing animals and make plaster-ofparis track casts to take home. Nature Center, Little River State Park, Waterbury, 4 p.m. $2-4; free for kids 3 and under; call to confirm. Info, 244-7103. STREAM SAFARI: Dip nets in hand, nature lovers survey shady waterways. Nature Trail, Little River State Park, Waterbury, 2 p.m. $2-4; free for kids 3 and under; call to confirm. Info, 244-7103. SUNSET AQUADVENTURE PADDLE: Stunning scenery welcomes boaters, who explore the Waterbury Reservoir in search of local wildlife. Contact Station, Little River State Park, Waterbury, 7 p.m. $2-4; free for kids 3 and under; preregister; limited space; call to confirm. Info, 244-7103.


FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: Sports fans cheer on their favorite players as Canada battles New Zealand in an international soccer competition. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. SWITCHBACK BIKE FOR THE LAKE: Pedal pushers travel distances of 30, 60, 80 and 100 miles at this benefit for Friends of Northern Lake Champlain. A barbecue follows. Knight Point State Park, North Hero, rolling start, 7-10am; barbecue, 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $65; $15 for barbecue for nonriders. Info, 923-6740.


MOHAMMED SAWALHA: The Palestinian House of Friendship director and peace activist speaks about his work providing enrichment to youth and adults in the midst of military occupation. Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info,


THE BAKE OFF: See WED.12. ‘THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF COMEDY (ABRIDGED)’: See THU.13. ‘GODSPELL’: See WED.12. ‘HARVEY’: See FRI.14. ‘THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH’: See THU.13. ‘UNDER MILK WOOD’: In their debut performance, the Lakeside Players give a staged reading of Dylan Thomas’ exploration of life in a small Welsh village. Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, 7:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 533-2000.


POETRY EXPERIENCE: Writers share original work and learn from others in a supportive environment open to all ages and experience levels. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211.

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RESPONDING TO THE HUMANITARIAN CRISIS AT OUR BORDERS: Panelists from nonprofit action groups in Boston and Vermont look at how people of faith and goodwill can respond to the needs of local migrants, asylum seekers and refugees. Childcare and interpreters are available. Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 1-5 p.m. $10; preregister. Info, 279-2378.



COMMUNITY MINDFULNESS PRACTICE: Sessions in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh include sitting and walking meditation, a short reading, and open sharing. Evolution Physical Therapy & Yoga, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, newleafsangha@


BALKAN FOLK DANCING: Louise Brill and friends organize participants into lines and circles set to complex rhythms. Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, 3:30-6:30 p.m. $6; free for firsttimers; bring snacks to share. Info, 540-1020. SALSALINA SUNDAY PRACTICE: Salsa dancers step in for a casual social. Salsalina Dance Studio, Burlington, 5:30-8 p.m. $5. Info,





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HU CHANT: SOUND OF SOUL: People of all faiths lift their voices in a spiritual exercise followed by contemplation and conversation. Eckankar Center, Burlington, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 800-772-9390.


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See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘DINOSAURS ALIVE 3D’: See WED.12. ‘MT. PHILO COMMUNE’: A short 1973 documentary provides a portrait of a unique local community. A Q&A with commune members follows. Mt. Philo Inn, Charlotte, 4 p.m. $20 suggested donation. Info, 660-2600. ‘MYSTERIES OF THE UNSEEN WORLD 3D’: See WED.12. ‘OCEANS: OUR BLUE PLANET 3D’: See WED.12.


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EAT UP! AT THE GREEN: Locals skip cooking dinner in favor of food and drink from area purveyors served amid art, live music and good company. Camp Meade, Middlesex, 4-9 p.m. Free. Info, 496-2108. FATHER’S DAY BBQ BASH: Suds lovers take Dad to the Tap Room for the release of the McKenzie Switchbrat, a beer brat made with Switchback Ale. Lawn games, can releases and live music by She Was Right top off the afternoon. The Tap Room at Switchback Brewing Co., Burlington, noon-6 p.m. Free. Info, 651-4114. WINOOSKI FARMERS MARKET: Families shop for fresh produce, honey, meats, baked goods and prepared foods from vendors at an outdoor marketplace. Champlain Mill, Winooski, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, farmers


GAMES PARLOUR: Strategic thinkers bring favorite tabletop competitions to play with others. Champlain Club, Burlington, 2-8 p.m. $5. Info, orsonbradford@

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SUMMER SERIES WITH SUKHA YOGA: An outdoor class led by 10-year-old Kayla Myles supports the King Street Center. Church Street Marketplace, Burlington, 9-10 a.m. Donations. Info, 324-9016. TECH-ASSISTED MEDITATION MEETUP: Mobile devices and headphones in tow, participants explore digital tools and

techniques for achieving deep focus. Satori Float & Mind Spa, Shelburne, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info, 498-5555.


DADS BOWL FREE FOR FATHER’S DAY: Two free games reward papas who mention this listing. Spare Time Family Fun Center, Colchester, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Info, 655-8100. FATHER’S DAY BRUNCH: Dads feel the love at a special shindig featuring the rock, soul and blues stylings of the Toasters. Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 533-9399.


‘A CENTURY SONGBOOK’: An uplifting show by Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre celebrates the last 100 years of Jewish history in Montréal through songs and stories. Sylvan Adams Theatre, Segal Centre for Performing Arts, Montréal, 1:30 p.m. $54. Info, 514-739-7944.


ROCKIN’ THE LITTLE RIVER: TOUR OF THE WATERBURY DAM: Visitors explore a reforested encampment and discover how the Civilian Conservation Corps saved the Winooski Valley from flooded ruin. Meet at the top of the dam, Little River State Park, Waterbury, 11:30 a.m. $2-4; free for kids 3 and under; call to confirm. Info, 244-7103. WILDFLOWER WANDER: Strollers learn to use iNaturalist while seeking seasonal blooms. Register at the park office, Little River State Park, Waterbury, 2 p.m. $2-4; free for kids 3 and under; call to confirm. Info, 244-7103.


FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: Sports fans cheer on their favorite players as the U.S. battles Chile in an international soccer competition. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, noon. Free. Info, 865-7211.

PIKNIC ÉLECTRONIK MONTRÉAL: DJ sets and beat-driven music propel a dance party of epic proportions. See piknicelectronik. com for details. Plaine des jeux, Montréal, 2-9:30 p.m. $16-119. Info, 514-904-1247.

KILLINGTON IDF SKATE & LUGE WORLD CUP: Top skateboard racers and lugers from around the globe compete in a high-speed showdown on the fastest race course in the world. Killington Resort, 9:15 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Free for spectators. Info, 800-734-9435.





Find club dates in the music section. BURLINGTON CONCERT BAND: Local musicians present a varied program of marches, show tunes and pop classics. BYO blanket or lawn chair. Battery Park, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, burlingtonconcertbandvt@ KEB’ MO’: An intimate solo show highlights the Grammy Award winner’s gift for storytelling and love of the Delta blues. Jontavious Willis opens. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 7:30 p.m. $47-82. Info, 603-448-0400. STELLARIA TRIO: See FRI.14, Shelburne United Methodist Church, 3-4:30 p.m. VERMONT GIRLS CHOIR AUDITIONS: See WED.12.

DAVE BROWN: Through stories and photographs, the speaker takes attendees on a virtual journey through his many paddling trips on the lakes and rivers of Labrador, Québec and Ontario. Craftsbury Public Library, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 586-9683.


THE BAKE OFF: See WED.12, 2 p.m. ‘THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF COMEDY (ABRIDGED)’: See THU.13, 2 & 7:30 p.m. ‘DIAGONAL LIFE: THEORY AND PRAXIS’: Papier-mâché puppets bring the bewildering and downright funny implications of diagonality to life in this Bread and Puppet Theater production. Audience members snack on sourdough rye bread with aioli after the show. Paper-Mâché Cathedral, Bread and Puppet Theater, Glover, 3 p.m. $15. Info, 525-3031.

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‘HARVEY’: See FRI.14, 2-5 p.m. ‘THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH’: See THU.13. ‘UNDER MILK WOOD’: See SAT.15, 3 p.m.

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HANDWORK CIRCLE: Friends and neighbors make progress on works of knitting, crocheting, cross-stitch and other creative endeavors. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘DINOSAURS ALIVE 3D’: See WED.12. ‘MOONLIGHT’: Nominated for eight Academy Awards, this 2016 drama follows a young black man from childhood to adulthood in a rough Miami neighborhood. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. ‘MYSTERIES OF THE UNSEEN WORLD 3D’: See WED.12. ‘OCEANS: OUR BLUE PLANET 3D’: See WED.12.

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POP-UP IZAKAYA: Lion Turtle Tea transforms the winery and tasting room into a one-nightonly Japanese noodle shop. CO Cellars, Burlington, 6 & 8 p.m. $40; preregister; limited space. Info, 458-0530.


BRIDGE CLUB: See WED.12, 6:30 p.m. CRIBBAGE & PINOCHLE: See WED.12. MAGIC: THE GATHERING — MONDAY NIGHT MODERN: Tarmogoyf-slinging madness ensues when competitors battle for prizes in a weekly game. Brap’s Magic, Burlington, 6:30-10 p.m. $8. Info, 540-0498. PITCH: Players compete in a trick-taking card game. Barre Area Senior Center, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 479-9512.

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BONE BUILDERS EXERCISE CLASSES: See WED.12. CHAIR YOGA WITH SANGHA STUDIO: Supported poses promote health and wellbeing. Heineberg Senior Center, Burlington, 10:45-11:45 a.m. Free. Info, 448-4262. COMMUNITY CONVERSATION ON ALCOHOL: Underage drinking and alcohol’s impact on local residents are among the topics on the table during a discussion with area prevention professionals and treatment providers. Light refreshments are provided. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. COMMUNITY HERBAL CLINIC: Supervised clinical interns offer guidance and support to those

looking to care for themselves using natural remedies. By appointment only. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Montpelier and Railyard Apothecary, Burlington, 4-8 p.m. $10-30; additional cost for herbs; preregister. Info, 224-7100. GUIDED GROUP MEDITATION: In keeping with the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, folks practice mindfulness through sitting, walking, reading and discussion. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 7:158 p.m. Free. Info, 505-1688.


‘A CENTURY SONGBOOK’: See SUN.16, 8 p.m.


Find club dates in the music section. SAMBATUCADA OPEN REHEARSAL: Burlington’s samba street band welcomes new drummers. Neither experience nor instruments are required. 8 Space Studio Collective, Burlington, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 862-5017. VERMONT GIRLS CHOIR AUDITIONS: See WED.12.


FIVE MONEY QUESTIONS FOR WOMEN: Financial advisor Kirstin Dearborn talks dollars and sense when outlining a process for identifying and reaching monetary goals. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info,


CORN HOLE LEAGUE: Partners vie for cash prizes in a popular lawn game. Barre Elks Lodge, 6:30-10 p.m. $10. Info, 279-5776. FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: Sports fans cheer on their favorite players in an international soccer competition. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, South Africa vs. Germany, noon; Nigeria vs. France, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211.


GLOBAL TALK, LOCAL TASTE: Local beers in hand, activists, scholars and professionals discuss cross-border trade at a Vermont Council on World Affairs networking gathering. Queen City Brewery, Burlington, 5:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info,




VOICES OF COLOR SHOWCASE: People of color exercise their artistry when sharing stories and poetry. Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 8-10:30 p.m. $1. Info, 660-9346.


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POC IN VT AFFINITY GROUP: People of color come together in the name of sharing stories and building community in a predominately white state. New attendees are welcome. Peace & Justice Center, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 863-2345, ext. 9.


HATE BUSINESS PLANS? HERE’S A TOOL TO HELP: Using a case study example, SCORE Vermont presenters introduce entrepreneurs to Strategyzer’s Business Model Canvas in a fast-paced, interactive seminar. Peoples Trust Company, 1 Franklin Park W., St. Albans, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 764-5899. STEPS TO START A BUSINESS: Entrepreneurs learn what it takes to get a new enterprise off the ground. Center for Women & Enterprise, Burlington, 3-5 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 391-4870.


COMMUNITY DROP-IN CENTER HOURS: Wi-Fi, games and art materials are on hand at an open meeting space where folks forge social connections. GRACE, Hardwick, 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 472-6857.



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COMMUNITY CRAFT NIGHT: Makers stitch, spin, knit and crochet their way through projects while enjoying each other’s company. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211.


SWING DANCING: Quick-footed participants experiment with different forms, including the Lindy Hop, Charleston and balboa. Beginners are welcome. Champlain Club, Burlington, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $5. Info, 448-2930.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘BLAZING SADDLES’: A small western town is stunned when a corrupt political boss appoints a black sheriff in Mel Brooks’ classic comedy cowritten by Richard Pryor. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 1:30 & 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. ‘DINOSAURS ALIVE 3D’: See WED.12.

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‘MYSTERIES OF THE UNSEEN WORLD 3D’: See WED.12. ‘OCEANS: OUR BLUE PLANET 3D’: See WED.12. ‘THE THIN MAN’: A retired detective and his wealthy wife investigate a murder in this comedy from 1934. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7-10 p.m. Donations. Info, 540-3018.


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HANDS IN THE KITCHEN: Home cooks learn about herbs in the kitchen in a hands-on workshop series promoting nutritious habits for adults ages 50 and up. O.N.E. Community Center, Burlington, 4-5:30 p.m. $5 includes a shared meal; preregister. Info, 864-0123. OLD NORTH END FARMERS MARKET: Locavores score breads, juices, ethnic foods and more from neighborhood vendors. Dewey Park, Burlington, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, oldnorthendfarmersmarket@


BRIDGE CLUB: See WED.12, 7 p.m.

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BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE TAI CHI: Whether they’re new to Sun-style practice or wish to review core moves, students join Elizabeth Wirls for some gentle exercise. South Burlington Recreation & Parks Department, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 735-5467.

and mentoring augments an hour of instruction. South Burlington Recreation & Parks Department, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 735-5467. REIKI CLINIC: Thirty-minute treatments foster physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. JourneyWorks, Burlington, 3-5:30 p.m. $10-30; preregister. Info, 860-6203. TAI CHI TUESDAYS: Friends old and new share a healthy pastime. Barre Area Senior Center, advanced, 1 p.m.; intermediate, 2 p.m.; beginner, 3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 479-9512. TUESDAY GUIDED MEDITATION: Participants learn to relax and let go. Stillpoint Center, Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 318-8605.


ITALIAN CONVERSATION GROUP: Parla Italiano? Language learners practice pronunciation and more in an informal gathering. Hartland Public Library, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 436-2473.

COMMUNITY HERBAL CLINIC: See MON.17, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

‘LA CAUSERIE’ FRENCH CONVERSATION: Native speakers and learners are welcome to pipe up at an unstructured conversational practice. El Gato Cantina, Burlington, 4:30-6 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0195.

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prospective students. Aikido of Champlain Valley, Burlington, 6:157:15 p.m. Free. Info, 951-8900. MICHELOB ULTRA GOLF LEAGUE: Players take swings in a weekly 9-hole scramble tournament. Sign up as a team or an individual. Killington Golf Course, 5 p.m. $25-30 includes dinner and prizes; preregister. Info, 422-6700.

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skills in the Romance language over a bag lunch. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. PAUSE-CAFÉ FRENCH CONVERSATION: Frenchlanguage fanatics meet pour parler la belle langue. Burlington Bay Market & Café, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 430-4652.


join the ensemble as they hone their skills in preparation for their summer concert. Cornerstone Community Church, Milton, 7-8:45 p.m. Free. Info, 893-1398. SHAPE NOTE SING: Locals lend their voices to four-part harmonies at this weekly sing-along of early American music in the “fa-sol-la-mi” tradition. Bread and Puppet Theater, Glover, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 525-6972.

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Find club dates in the music section. MILTON COMMUNITY BAND REHEARSAL: New musicians may

FREE AIKIDO CLASS: A one-time complimentary introduction to the Japanese martial art focuses on centering and finding freedom while under attack. Open to

HOT TOPICS SUMMER LECTURE SERIES: Vermont Law School’s William Schulte shares “China’s Belt and Road Initiative: What Is It and What Does It Mean for the Environment?” Room 012, Oakes Hall, Vermont Law School, South Royalton, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 831-1371. MIKE BLUST: The Rutland County Audubon vice president offers a fun (yes, fun!) introduction to bird anatomy. Maclure Library, Pittsford, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 483-2972. RACE CONVERSATIONS: Guided by Ijeoma Oluo’s book So You Want to Talk About Race, community members explore concepts of culture, power and equity with professor William Edelglass. Waterbury Public Library, 6:307:30 p.m. Free. Info, 244-7036.



BURLINGTON FREE WRITE: Aspiring writers respond to prompts in a welcoming atmosphere. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 999-1664. FOOD BOOK CLUB: Readers digest Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6-7 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, info@hungermountain. coop. JACKSON ELLIS & SARAH WARD: Two authors introduce lit lovers to their respective novels, Lords of St. Thomas and Aesop Lake. Lawrence Memorial Library, Bristol, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 453-2366. S.R. MARTIN: The New Hampshire author shares her 2016 novel Minders of the Mountain, which follows the story of Sara as she begins her journey to become a special protector of the White Mountains. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 745-1391. WINE & STORY OPEN MIC: Prompts inspire first-person narratives told to a live audience. Shelburne Vineyard, 7:30 p.m. $5. Info, 863-1754.


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Valley movers and shakers. Open Door, White River Junction, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, babettekurylo@

TOXIC WHITENESS DISCUSSION GROUP: Peace & Justice Center representatives facilitate a conversation on the harmful effects of white supremacy on communities and individuals. Peace & Justice Center, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 863-2345, ext. 1.




WOMEN’S SUCCESS SUMMIT: Sandra Yancy, founder and CEO of eWomenNetwork, shares her business evolution with emerging entrepreneurs. Vermont National Country Club, South Burlington, informal networking, 10:15 a.m.; summit, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $59-99. Info, michellemcglade@ewomen


BOOKMARK STITCH-IN: Needleand-thread enthusiasts embroider items for saving one’s place in a page-turner. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 878-6955. FIBER RIOT!: See WED.12. KNITTER’S GROUP: See WED.12.


VERMONT DANCE ALLIANCE MEETUP: All are welcome to mix, mingle, network with fellow Upper

PARENT UNIVERSITY GRADUATION: Moms and dads celebrate the skills they’ve learned with the Burlington School District organization. Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington, 3:30-6 p.m. Free. Info,


SOLAR HAPPY HOUR: See WED.12, Babes Bar, Bethel, 5:30-7 p.m.


MEMORABLE TIMES CAFÉ: Those living with mild to moderate memory loss and their care partners convene for casual social time. Refreshments are provided. Vermont History Center, Barre, 1:30-3 p.m. Free. Info, 476-2681.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘DINOSAURS ALIVE 3D’: See WED.12. JUST-FOR-FUN MOVIES: Film buffs keep their eyes glued to the screen for an all-ages flick.

Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. ‘LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE’: When a bespectacled seven-year-old played by Abigail Breslin wants to win a beauty pageant, her wildly dysfunctional family embarks on a road trip to help her realize her dream. Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, 7 p.m. $5. Info, 533-2000. ‘LOVING’: Based on true events, this 2016 picture tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple arrested for interracial marriage in the 1960s. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. ‘MYSTERIES OF THE UNSEEN WORLD 3D’: See WED.12.

COMMUNITY SUPPER: See WED.12. LEDDY PARK BEACH BITES: Lakeside picnickers enjoy games, adult beverages, food-truck fare and live entertainment. Attendees on two wheels make use of free bike valet service. Leddy Park, Burlington, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 864-0123.


BRENDAN KELLY: Drawing on his understanding of Chinese medicine, the acupuncturist and herbalist discusses “Understanding Late-Stage Neurological Lyme.” Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info,



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GERMAN CONVERSATION GROUP: Community members practice conversing auf Deutsch. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. LUNCH IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE: SPANISH: See WED.12.


solo or in teams of up to five, tackle the trails. Athletes cool down at an afterparty. Killington Resort, 1-5 p.m. $15-150. Info, 800-734-9435.


Find club dates in the music section. BURLINGTON CITY ARTS SUMMER CONCERTS: THE TALBOTT BROTHERS: Guitars in hand, the siblings combine rock, blues and pop stylings with honest storytelling. Lower Church St., Burlington, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7166. OLD NORTH END NEIGHBORHOOD BAND TEEN MUSIC JAM: See WED.12. SONG CIRCLE: Singers and musicians congregate for an acoustic session of popular folk tunes. Godnick Adult Center, Rutland, 7:15 p.m. Donations. Info, 775-1182. VERMONT GIRLS CHOIR AUDITIONS: See WED.12.


FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: Sports fans cheer on their favorite players as Scotland battles Argentina in an international soccer competition. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211.

CAREY LOHRENZ: Serving as the 2019 Residency Conference keynoter and Todd Lecture Series speaker, the first female F-14 Tomcat fighter pilot in the U.S. Navy doles out “Lessons in Leadership.” See calendar spotlight. Mack Hall Auditorium, Northfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 485-2633.




‘GODSPELL’: See WED.12. THE METROPOLITAN OPERA LIVE IN HD: ‘ROMÉO ET JULIETTE’: Tenor Vittorio Grigolo and soprano Diana Damrau embody the star-crossed lovers of Charles Gounod’s dreamy adaptation of Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $6-15. Info, 748-2600.





GAYME NIGHT: Friends bond over contests such as Cards Against Humanity, Jenga Giant and Scrabble. Bring or borrow a game. Pride Center of Vermont, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 860-7812.





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PRUNE, PINCH AND TRELLIS: Learn different techniques to trellis vining veggies for maximum yields and plant health all season with the expert staff at Red Wagon Plants. We will also demo different pruning techniques for perennials, shrubs and annual flowers in the gardens for maximum blooms and plant health. Light refreshments and handouts included. Sat., Jun. 15, 10 a.m.-noon. Cost: $30/2hour class, handouts, refreshments. Location: Red Wagon Plants, 2408 Shelburne Falls Rd., Hinesburg. Info: Julie Rubaud, 482-4060, julie@redwagonplants. com, events.

BUDGET BRANDING RAPID VINYL SCREEN PRINTING: Rapid Vinyl Screen Printing (Vinyl Training included). Get your brand out there! Learn how to make affordable merch using Adobe Illustrator and a vinyl cutter! Hands-on workshop teaches students how to make multicolor prints using mesh screen and vinyl application techniques. Learn tools necessary to turn drawings into reproducible designs. Mon., 6-9 p.m., Jul. 15-29. Cost: $235/3-week class; incl. $10 material fee. Location: Generator, 40 Sears Lane, Burlington. Info: Sarah Sprague, 540-0761,,


dance DANCE STUDIO SALSALINA: Salsa classes: nightclub-style, group and private, four levels. Beginner walk-in classes, Wed., 6 p.m. $15/person for one-hour class. No dance experience, partner or preregistration required, just the desire to have fun! Drop in anytime and prepare for an enjoyable workout. Location: 266 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Victoria, 598-1077,


ALTERNATIVE FIRING IN CLAY: Looking for a different way to fire clay? This course offers opportunities to fire clay in raku, obvara, pit, electric and gas-reduction kilns! A supportive and fun atmosphere with an instructor who holds extensive knowledge on the subject of alternative firing. Plus you get tons of open studio time. Mon., Jun. 17-Jul. 29, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $290/2-hour class. Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648,, ART & POTTERY IN MIDDLEBURY: Adults: Clay Hand Building and Wheel, Working with Colored Porcelain, Digital Photography, Oils, Watercolors, Plein Air Painting, Basket Making. Children: Clay Hand Building and Wheel, Colored Pencil Drawing. Art Camps: Dragons, Art is Delicious, Art of Israel, Nature Art, Welcome to the Zoo, 5 Days of Fun, World of Color, Art is Everywhere. Location: Middlebury Studio School, 2377 Rt. 7, Middlebury. Info: Barbara Nelson, 247-3702,,

drumming TAIKO AND DJEMBE CLASSES IN BURLINGTON!: Open classes in September. New drumming sessions begin the weeks of 10/8, 11/26, 1/7, 2/4, 3/11, 5/6. Intermediate Taiko: Mon., 6-8:20 p.m. Taiko for Adults: Tue., 5:30-6:20 p.m., & Wed., 6:30-7:50 p.m. Djembe for Adults: Wed., 5:30-6:20 p.m. Taiko for Kids and Parents: Tue., 4:30-5:20 p.m. World Drumming for Kids and Parents: Wed., 4:30-5:20 p.m. Drums provided. Conga classes, too! Visit schedule and register online. Location: Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave., Suite 3G, Burlington. Info: 999-4255,

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BROADWAY KIDS: Our shining stars learn kid-friendly showstoppers, gaining confidence and onstage skills. We even discover some cool behind-thescenes secrets when we tour the backstage areas of the Flynn MainStage theater. A special Broadway-style performance for family and friends ends the week. Instructors: Elisa Van Duyne & David Nacmanie. Ages 8-10, Mon.Fri., Jul. 8-12, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Cost: $225. Location: FlynnArts, Burlington. Info: 652-4537,,

design/build ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR: Learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator, including the pen tool, pathfinder, image trace and more. This class will include instructor-led exercises and projects. Gain a strong foundation of skills along with learning many “shortcuts” in the program. Perfect class for those who want to be proficient with the laser cutter. Mon., Jun. 17-24 or Aug. 19-26, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $125/person. Location: Generator, 40 Sears Ln., Burlington. Info: 540-0761, education@generator, THE BLACKSMITH’S KNIFE: The blacksmith’s knife is a forged blade, handle and all, from a single piece of steel, incorporating twists, curls and flourishes to practice basic smithing techniques while producing a useful tool. Unique options for personal touches. Get hands-on experience with tools like the forge, hammer, anvil and belt grinder. Wed., 6-9 p.m., Jul. 10-31 Cost: $340/person; incl. $40 material fee. Location: Generator, 40 Sears Ln., Burlington. Info: 540-0761,,


LATIN JAZZ INTENSIVE: Students work with jazz trumpet and luminary Ray Vega and a variety of artist-educators. Place into one of three combos, apply the principles and nuances of improvisation, investigating chord structure and developing melodic creativity. Latin hand percussion workshops spice up the days and add to your musical toolkit. Ages 13+, Mon.-Fri., Aug. 5-9, 12:30-5 p.m. Cost: $365/person; incl. jazz performance ticket. Location: FlynnArts, Burlington. Info: Sarah Caliendo, 652-4537, scaliendo@, SILENT FILMMAKING: Calling all budding filmmakers ages 11-14! Learn the elements of silent moviemaking, including performing, storyboarding, scripting, filming with iPads and editing with iMovie. Work as a team to produce your own short silent film. Instructors: Elisa Van Duyne and Ross Ransom. Mon.-Fri., Jul. 22-26, 8:30 a.m.3 p.m. Cost: $350. Location: RETN, Flynn Ave., Burlington. Info: 652-4537, scaliendo@flynncenter. org, TAP DANCE INTENSIVE MINICAMP: Instructor: Elisa Van Duyne. This intensive for ages 8-10, designed for beginning dancers and those with some experience, will catapult young tappers into the world of tap dancing. Various tap styles will be explored as students hone their rhythmic ear and toes, one shuffle-ballstep at a time! Mon.-Wed., Jul. 1-3, noon-3 p.m. Cost: $135. Location: FlynnArts, Burlington. Info: 6524537,,

BROADWAY SHOWSTOPPERS DANCE: For students in/interested in Flynn Show Choirs. We’ll explore a variety of Broadway and movie musical styles. Structured to benefit beginning dancers & those w/ training. Learn to feel/ express music through dance. Build new skills in a supportive environment. At week’s end, we’ll perform several show-stoppers. Instructor: Karen Amirault. Mon.-Fri., Jul. 22-26; Ages 6-8: 8:30-11:30 a.m.; Ages 9-14: noon3 p.m.) Cost: $225. Location: FlynnArts, Burlington. Info: 6524537,,

UNDER THE BIG TOP: Run away with the circus! Campers create clown costumes and characters for their own circus experience. Theatrical exploration of adventures awaits audiences and performers under the big top. Mesmerize family and friends at week’s end when they join us on the Flynn’s MainStage for our spectacular show. Instructor: Tracy Martin. Ages 6-8, Mon.-Fri., Jul. 15-19, 1-3:30 p.m. Cost: $185. Location: FlynnArts, Burlington. Info: 652-4537, scaliendo@,

BLACKSMITH: HAND-FORGED JEWELRY: Students get handson experience with tools like the forge, hammer and anvil. Create bracelets, arm cuffs and pendants. Learn how to control a hammer, incorporating twists, curls and others to practice basic smithing techniques while producing a unique piece of jewelry. Receive 10% off for both workshops, e-mail: Sat., Jun. 22, 9-4 p.m. Cost: $200/person; incl. $25 material fee. Location: Generator, 40 Sears Ln., Burlington. Info: Generator, Sarah Sprague, 5400761, education@generatorvt. com, BLACKSMITHING: CANDLE HOLDERS: Students will get hands-on experience with tools like the forge, hammer and anvil. Learn how to control a hammer while incorporating twists, curls and other flourishes to practice basic smithing techniques while producing a unique candle holder. Pair with Hand-Forged Jewelry to receive 10% off for both workshops. Sun., Jun. 23, 9-4 p.m. Cost: $200/ person; incl. $25 material fee. Location: Generator, 40 Sears Ln., Burlington. Info: Sarah Sprague, 540-0761, education@generatorvt. com,

fundamentals of programming an Arduino-based microcontroller by prototyping with alligator clips. You’ll learn how to find and apply Arduino sample code to make your fabric light up in the color and pattern of your choice. More information online. Wed., Aug. 7 & 14, 5-7:30 p.m.; or Sat., Jun. 22, 10-3 p.m. Cost: $180/person; incl. $30 material fee. Location: Generator, 40 Sears Ln., Burlington. Info: Sarah Sprague, 540-0761,,

kids KIDS’ SUMMER CAMPS!: Sign up for both camps in the same week and receive 20% off both camps! Learn how to light up your wardrobe, create a game with a 3D printer/laser cutter, build your own chair in the wood shop, or design and print your own stickers and shirts with a vinyl cutter! Jun. 24-29 and/or Jul. 8-12, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Cost: $295/camp (materials incl.). Location: Generator, 40 Sears Ln., Burlington. Info: Sarah Sprague, 540-0761,,

language SPANISH CLASSES STARTING SOON: Classes start June 17. Learn from a native speaker via small classes or personal instruction. You’ll always be participating and speaking. Lesson packages for travelers, lessons for young children; they love it! English as Second Language instruction online. Our 13th year. See our website or contact us for details. Beginning Jun. 17. Cost: $225/10 weekly classes of 90+ min. each. Location: Spanish in Waterbury Center, Waterbury Center. Info: 585-1025,,

martial arts

INTRO TO GARMENT SEWING: Students learn to read and follow a sewing pattern, take measurements to choose size, trace patterns, prepare fabric for cutting, cut fabric, and transfer pattern markings. Students will sew the garment on a sewing machine. Students will leave with a wearable garment at the end of the class. Mon., Jul. 8 & 15, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $175/2-week class; incl. $25 material fee. Location: Generator, 40 Sears Ln., Burlington. Info: Sarah Sprague, 540-0761,, INTRO TO PROGRAMMING (WITH ARDUINO): Working with fabric and conductive thread, we will review basic circuitry and the

VERMONT BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU: Brazilian jiujitsu is a martial arts combat style based entirely on leverage and technique. Brazilian jiujitsu self-defense curriculum is taught to Navy SEALs, CIA, FBI, military police and special forces. No training experience required. Easy-to-learn techniques that could save your life! Classes for men, women and children. Students will learn realistic bully-proofing and self-defense life skills to avoid them becoming victims and help them feel safe and secure. Our sole purpose is to help empower people by giving them realistic martial arts training practices they can carry with them throughout life. IBJJF and CBJJ certified black belt sixthdegree instructor under Carlson Gracie Sr.: teaching in Vermont, born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. A five-time Brazilian National Champion; International World Masters Champion and IBJJF World Masters Champion. Accept no Iimitations! Location: MARTIAL ARTS

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massage ASIAN BODYWORK THERAPY PROGRAM: This program teaches two forms of massage: amma and shiatsu. We will explore oriental medicine theory and diagnosis, as well as the body’s meridian system, acupressure points, and yin-yang and fiveelement theory. Additionally, Western anatomy and physiology are taught. VSAC nondegree grants are available. FSMTBapproved program. Starts Sep. Cost: $6,000/625-hour program. Location: Elements of Healing, 21 Essex Way, Suite 109, Essex Jct. Info: Scott Moylan, 288-8160,,


meditation LEARN TO MEDITATE: Taught by qualified meditation instructors at the Burlington Shambhala Meditation Center: Wed., 6-7 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-noon. Free and open to anyone. Free public meditation: weeknights, 6-7 p.m.; Tue. and Thu., noon-1 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-noon. Classes and retreats


ancient martial art increases strength, flexibility, vitality, peace of mind and martial skill. Beginner classes Sat. mornings & Wed. evenings. Call to view a class. Location: Bao Tak Fai Tai Chi Institute, 100 Church St., Burlington. Info: 3636890,

tai chi SNAKE-STYLE TAI CHI CHUAN: The Yang Snake Style is a dynamic tai chi method that mobilizes the spine while stretching and strengthening the core body muscles. Practicing this

200-HOUR AYURVEDA INTEGRATION PROGRAM: Join us in learning and immerse yourself in the oldest surviving preventative health care system. This program is ideal for yoga teachers, counselors, therapists, bodyworkers, nurses, doctors, wellness coaches, herbalists, etc. VSAC approved and payment plans available. Can transfer hours to Kripalu’s Ayurveda Health Counselor program. More information here: 2020 schedule: Feb. 8-9, Mar. 7-8, Apr. 4-5, May 2-3, Jun. 6-7, Jul. 11-12, Aug. 15-16, Sep. 12-13, Oct. 17-18, Nov. 14-15. Cost: $2,795/person. Location: The Ayurvedic Center of Vermont, 34 Oak Hill Rd., Williston. Info: Allison Morse, 872-8898,, classes.

writing SOURCE WRITING: Source writing is a form of writing focusing on authentic expression from the many layers of our being. In this expressive writing workshop, you will identify your stories and threads of meaning to incorporate new material and find inspiration for those still-untold stories and poems you are yet to write! Sat., Jun. 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $75/6-hour class; incl. lunch. Location: Maya Retreat Center, 2755 West Shore Rd., Isle La Motte. Info: Jeanette O’Conor, 370-5075,,


EVOLUTION YOGA: Practice yoga in a down-to-earth atmosphere with some of the most experienced teachers and therapeutic professionals in Burlington. New this summer: Yoga on the Lake, at the Community Sailing Center, MWF, 7-8 a.m., and Saturday, 7:30-8:30 a.m.; and Yoga in the Park, Tuesday, 7:15-8:15 a.m., at Oakledge near Sunclock; and Thursday, 7-8 a.m., in Smalley Park. Daily drop-in classes including $10 community classes, Yoga Wall and Yoga Therapeutics classes led by physical therapists. Dive deeper into your practice or register for our Yoga Teacher Training for Healthcare Providers. $10-$15/ class; $140/10-class card; $10/community class. New students $100/10-class card. Location: Evolution Yoga, 20 Kilburn St., Burlington. Info: 864-9642,

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rummers often find themselves hidden from view at the back of the stage. Such placement is crucial because of the way sound travels. Placing drummers behind a group’s other players ensures that they’ll hear the beat and stay in time. It’s a shame to hide timekeepers, though, since drum work can be especially dazzling to watch. Burlington music fans have likely seen drummer Ezra Oklan perform many times. Or rather, they’ve perhaps seen the local projects in which he plays: Kat Wright’s soul ensemble and pop-blues duo Dwight & Nicole. Whether or not folks have actually laid eyes on him depends on a person’s height and vantage point from the crowd. Them’s the breaks for a drummer. Audiences will have no problem getting a view of the 41-year-old Vermont native in his new band, Matthew Mercury. That’s because, for the first time in his lifelong music career, Oklan is stepping fully into the spotlight as front person and vocalist. The pop-rock outfit celebrates the release of its self-titled debut album with a free show on Friday, June 14, at ArtsRiot in Burlington. Matthew Mercury is a searing selection


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of acidic pop tunes. Ranging from spar- EP cover doesn’t do Oklan’s personality kling, almost new-wave inclinations to justice. “We could all be in a van together ragged, dirty rock, the tracks fizz with a for six weeks and be laughing and having sharp, metropolitan edge. They stem from just as much fun at the end as we did at the partnership of Oklan and longtime the start.” friend and collaborator Matthew Dublin — Though he’s a native Vermonter — born though Dublin, a Brooklynite, only writes and raised in Enosburg Falls — Oklan spent for the band. He’s not part of its live lineup most of his adult life in New York City. “I just couldn’t get out and only briefly appears on the album. While of northern Vermont fast preparing to introduce the enough,” explains Oklan. project to the world, they A high school dropout, decided that Oklan would he obtained his GED at be its front person, which 17 — without studying, he by Oklan’s own admission says — and headed to New seems an odd choice at York City to study jazz at first glance. the New School. That E ZR A OK L AN institution provided many “I am the worst singer in the band,” he says withconnections, through out a hint of irony. which he was able to quickly transition In conversation, the salt-and-pepper- into playing music full time. Throughout haired musician smiles and cracks jokes his NYC years, Oklan played with bands frequently. He exudes a friendly, disarm- and artists such as Inouk, Oakley Hall, ing energy — the exact opposite of what’s Nicole Atkins, and Rachel Platten of “Fight conveyed in his grave expression on the Song” fame, and he opened for mega-stars cover of Dwight & Nicole’s Electric Lights EP. such as the Killers and Dave Matthews “We have so much fun together,” Band. Dwight & Nicole’s Nicole Nelson writes In addition to playing music, Oklan to Seven Days, confirming that the band’s influenced the production and sale




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of several music apps from developer Bitcount ltd. Notably, he was instrumental in the development of the company’s metronome app, Clockwork, and a musicaugmenting program called StagePass. While touring major venues such as Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre or NYC’s Madison Square Garden, Oklan and his cohorts would record short input signals while the auditoriums were completely empty. This would capture the natural reverb and room tone of a given venue. In the StagePass app, users can then listen to recorded music from their iTunes libraries filtered through the digital essence of many famed rock-and-roll hot spots. Oklan returned to his home state in 2015 with his wife, Leah, also a native Vermonter. Burnt out on city living, the two sought a more laid-back lifestyle. They now have two daughters. The first thing Oklan did upon returning was join up with Kat Wright and, later, Dwight & Nicole. Meanwhile, the wheels of Matthew Mercury were slowly turning, as they had been for years. Oklan and Dublin have been pals since a brief stint at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, Mass., in the mid1990s. Later, in the 2000s, the two played together in bands Ambulance LTD and the Red Romance. They’ve been tinkering with Matthew Mercury tunes for years. Though both lived in Brooklyn — Dublin is still there — they collaborated mostly via the internet. After drafting a skeletal demo, Dublin would send work along to Oklan, who would layer in drums. The two composed approximately 60 songs total, all without working physically in the same room. “Dublin and I, we’re partners,” says Oklan. “We know how each other writes. We’re really good together.” The self-titled LP is full of scorching pop-rock tunes. Power chords mingle with bright torrents of synths and spirited drumming. Energy rises and falls throughout in dynamic waves. “London” pulses with a hint of goth spirit, while “Dark City” is a spritely synth-rock banger. “Burn Right Down,” with its boisterous chord progression and irresistible hook, is primed for alternative radio airplay. Oklan attributes the album’s sonic panache to his coproducer, Burlington native Jeremy Mendicino. FRONT AND CENTER

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News and views on the local music + nightlife scene B Y J O RD A N A D A MS

End Game

And just like that, the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival came and went. The 10-day marathon wrapped on Sunday and was just as engrossing as ever. Music poured out of practically every one of the Queen City’s cafés, restaurants and bars. The fest, while largely a success, was stricken with a couple of high-profile cancellations: ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES and BRIAN WILSON, who were set to perform last Thursday and Sunday, respectively. With the two artists succumbing to health issues, both physical and mental, there was nothing that could have been done, as is the case with most last-minute cancellations. (Unless, of course, you’re MORRISSEY, who seems to cancel more than he actually performs.) Wilson’s tour will likely be rescheduled, though it’s currently up in the air. The BEACH BOYS cofounder is still set to embark on a string of dates later this summer with fellow ’60s band the

ZOMBIES, so that bodes well for the artist’s

return to Vermont. While Wilson’s Flynn MainStage performance was flat-out canceled, St. Paul & the Broken Bones’ tent show at Waterfront Park otherwise went on as scheduled with support act TANK AND THE BANGAS moving into the top slot. Locals SMALLTALKER also laid down a smashing set. As I stood in the tent last Thursday watching the crowd go absolutely bananas for Tank and her outrageously talented ensemble, I thought to myself, What else does the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival want in a headliner? Jazz or jazz-adjacent genre? Check. Broad appeal? Check. Dazzling stage presence? Check. Ability to work the audience into a frenzy? Check. Inclusive spirit? Check. This isn’t a criticism. I’m not rolling my eyes and suggesting Tank and co. should have been the evening’s headliners right from the get-go. But I do think that perhaps the band should have been given its own separate headlining show rather than been

sandwiched between two other acts. Perhaps this hypothetical show could have been staged at another venue — assuming, in this parallel universe I’m conceiving, St. Paul & the Broken Bones were still scheduled to headline the tent. Ultimately it doesn’t matter, because Tank and the Bangas did get to perform the show they deserved to play. And they got a justifiably thunderous reaction from onlookers.

Work the Dance Floor

In a rare crossover occurrence, I’m going to take the remainder of this column to answer a Whiskey Tango Foxtrot question that came in over the weekend. If you aren’t familiar with WTF, it’s a recurring column helmed by Seven Days staff writer KEN PICARD. Readers can write in asking various questions about their community — usually the kinds of things that aren’t googleable and require a little bit of investigative journalism. We’ve answered questions about natural phenomena, civic projects and even explanations of bizarre shit seen on the side of Vermont’s roadways. Picard forwarded to me the following question: “Burlington is a really cool city, but WTF are the gay/trans/mixed dance clubs?” (We can assume the W SOUNDBITES

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MOOGS PLACE: Open Mic Night, 8:30 p.m., free.


ARTSRIOT: The Crossword Show with Zach Sherwin (comedy), 8 p.m., $15.

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LOCALFOLK SMOKEHOUSE: Open Mic with Alex Budney, 8:30 p.m., free.

FOAM BREWERS: Familiar Faces (jam, eclectic), 6:30 p.m., free. HALF LOUNGE: Chromatic (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

champlain islands/ northwest

JP’S PUB: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free. JUNIPER: The Ray Vega Quartet (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free.

TWIGGS — AN AMERICAN GASTROPUB: Isabella Sances (jazz), 7 p.m., free.

LEUNIG’S BISTRO & CAFÉ: Jake Whitesell Trio (jazz), 7 p.m., free.

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MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Open Mic with Andy Lugo, 9 p.m., free.

HIGHLAND LODGE: Trivia Night, 6:30 p.m., free.

NECTAR’S: Sun Parade, Chazzy Lake, Comakati (indie), 8 p.m., free/$5. 18+.

PARKER PIE CO.: Christine Malcolm (folk), 7 p.m., free.

ORLANDO’S BAR & LOUNGE: Tim Pamlieri, Ryan Dempsey (jam), 9 p.m., $5.

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OLIVE RIDLEY’S: Karaoke with DJ Jon Berry & DJ Coco, 9 p.m., free.

RED SQUARE: Barbacoa (surf), 7 p.m., free. RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB & WHISKEY ROOM: RambleTree (Celtic, world), 7 p.m., free.


SIDEBAR: Godfather Karaoke, 10 p.m., free.


THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Lowell Thompson and Friends (alt-country), 7 p.m., free.

ARTSRIOT: Matthew Mercury (rock), 8 p.m., free.

VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Ignite Burlington (storytelling), 7 p.m., $5. Indie Rumble (improv), 8:30 p.m., $5.

CLUB METRONOME: No Fun Intended: A Disco Techno Party with Andy Kershaw, 10 p.m., free.

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CITY SPORTS GRILLE: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.

BURLINGTON ST. JOHN’S CLUB: Karaoke, 8:30 p.m., free.

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Ahmed Gallab bridges the gap between Nigerian

funk and modern indie R&B. For years, the Sudanese Brooklynite was a master sideman, sitting in with major players Yeasayer, Of Montreal and Caribou. In May 2019, he released his fourth studio album, Dépaysé. As confrontational as it is groovy, the new music fluidly

MONKEY HOUSE: Lume, Meth, Comrade Nixon, Nick Awad (rock), 8 p.m., $7/10.

represents Gallab’s cultural heritage. Perhaps his most emphatic record to date, the nine-

THE OLD POST: Karaoke with D Jay Baron, 8 p.m., free.

according to press materials. Catch Sinkane on Sunday, June 16, at ArtsRiot in Burlington.


SWEET MELISSA’S: Bella and the Notables, Carrie Cook (jazz), 8 p.m., free.


MOOGS PLACE: Trivia Night, 6:30 p.m., free. Jim Charanko (Americana), 8 p.m., free.

mad river valley/ waterbury

ZENBARN: Wednesday Night Dead (Grateful Dead tribute), 7 p.m., free.

middlebury area

CITY LIMITS NIGHT CLUB: Karaoke with DJ Amanda Rock, 9 p.m., free.

northeast kingdom PARKER PIE CO.: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.

outside vermont

track collection chronicles “an immigrant’s journey of self-discovery in Trump’s America,”

FOAM BREWERS: B-Town (covers), 9 p.m., free. HALF LOUNGE: Four-D (house), 10 p.m., free. JP’S PUB: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free. LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Twiin Speak (folk-soul), 7:30 p.m., free. Barbacoa (surf), 9 p.m., $5. DJ Taka (eclectic vinyl), 11 p.m., $5.


MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Umami (pop, hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.


NECTAR’S: Seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., free. Swimmer, Doctor Rick (jam), 9 p.m., $6.


MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Moochie (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

ARTSRIOT: The Expendables, Tropidelic (rock), 8:30 p.m., $20.

NECTAR’S: Trivia Mania, 7 p.m., free. Mi Yard Reggae Night with DJs Big Dog and Jahson, 9:30 p.m., free/$5. 18+.

DELI 126: Vinyl Me, Please presents the Spins (vinyl listening party), 6 p.m., free.

ORLANDO’S BAR & LOUNGE: The Devon McGarry Band (rock), 10 p.m., free.

DRINK: Downstairs Comedy Open Mic, 8 p.m., free.

RADIO BEAN: Jason Baker (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free. Kala Farnham (Americana), 8:30 p.m., free. 10801 (jazz, grunge), 10:30 p.m., free.

THE FARMHOUSE TAP & GRILL: After Dinner Comedy with Lindsey Jane Haddad (standup), 8 p.m., free. FINNIGAN’S PUB: DJ Craig Mitchell (open format), 10 p.m., free. THE GARAGE: Gentle Temper, Allison Fay Brown (folk), 8 p.m., free. HALF LOUNGE: DJ SVPPLY & Bankz (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. JP’S PUB: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free.

MONOPOLE: Open Mic with Lucid, 10 p.m., free.

LEUNIG’S BISTRO & CAFÉ: George Petit Trio (jazz), 7 p.m., free.

THE SKINNY PANCAKE (HANOVER): String Band Karaoke (live band karaoke), 6 p.m., free.

LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Shane Hardiman Trio (jazz), 8:30 p.m., $5. Light Club Jazz Sessions and Showcase, 10:30 p.m., free.

RED SQUARE: Lush Honey (funk, jazz), 7 p.m., free. D Jay Baron (hip-hop), 11 p.m., free. RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Cre8 (open format), 11 p.m., free. SIDEBAR: The Red Newts, Spunhouse (country, blues), 9 p.m., $3. VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Gareth Reynolds (standup), 7:30 p.m., $15. The Mainstage Show (improv), 9 p.m., $5.

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THE DOUBLE E LOUNGE AT ESSEX EXPERIENCE: Jam Nation (open jam), 7:30 p.m., free.

MAGIC HAT BREWING COMPANY: Pints and Punchlines (standup), 7 p.m., free. MONKEY HOUSE: Selector Sets with Scottie Disco, Ian Sherman, Nicho Kimberly and DJ Disco Phantom (vinyl DJs), 8 p.m., free. THE OLD POST: Salsa Night with DJ JP, 7 p.m., free. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Left Eye Jump (blues), 7 p.m., free.


BAGITOS BAGEL AND BURRITO CAFÉ: Old Time Music Session, 6 p.m., free. CHARLIE-O’S WORLD FAMOUS: Thomas Gunn (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (MONTPELIER): D. Davis and Django Soulo (folk-rock), 7 p.m., free. SWEET MELISSA’S: Tim Brick (country), 8 p.m., free. THREE PENNY TAPROOM: Myra Flynn (neo-soul), 8 p.m., free. WHAMMY BAR: Open Mic, 7 p.m., free.

ORLANDO’S BAR & LOUNGE: The Mushroom Cloud (funk-rock), 9:30 p.m., free. RADIO BEAN: Friday Morning Sing-Along with Linda Bassick & Friends (kids’ music), 11 a.m., free. DJ Djoeh (eclectic), 5 p.m., free. Alice Limoges (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free. Kass Melo (indie fok), 8:30 p.m., free. Lyon’s Disciple (reggae), 10 p.m., $5. Loving the Alien: A David Bowie Tribute, 11:30 p.m., $5. RED SQUARE: Tom Caswell’s Blues Jam, 3 p.m., free. Phantom Airwave (funk, soul), 7 p.m., free. DJ Rekkon (open format), 10 p.m. DJ Craig Mitchell (open format), 11 p.m., free.

SIDEBAR: TUFA and the Pride (rock, folk), 8 p.m., free. Moochie (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): The Dimmer Twins: Mr. Charlie Frazier and Gary Wade (covers), 7:30 p.m., free. VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Gareth Reynolds (standup), 7:30 & 9:30 p.m., $20/27.

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THE DOUBLE E LOUNGE AT ESSEX EXPERIENCE: Troy Millette (folk-rock), 7:30 p.m., $10/15. HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Erin Cassels-Brown, Danny and the Parts, Laurel, Dream City Dance (indie folk), 8:30 p.m., $10/12. JERICHO CAFÉ & TAVERN: Leno, Young & Cheney (rock), 7 p.m., free. MAGIC HAT BREWING COMPANY: Elephant Jake (punk), 7 p.m., free. MONKEY HOUSE: Untapped: A Night of Burlesque and Drag, 9 p.m., $10. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: The Natural Selection (rock), 5 p.m., free. A House on Fire (rock), 9 p.m., free. STONE CORRAL BREWERY: Chris Lyon (Americana), 8 p.m., free.


BAGITOS BAGEL AND BURRITO CAFÉ: Benefit for Bernie with Allison Mann with Jill Pralle, the New Originals (singer-songwriter), 6 p.m., donation. CHARLIE-O’S WORLD FAMOUS: Bishop LaVey (singer-songwriter), 6 p.m., free. Magic User, Dune Hunter, Pleasure Vice (electronic, punk), 9:30 p.m., free. GUSTO’S: Jacob Green (singersongwriter), 5 p.m., free. Robin Gottfried Band (rock), 9 p.m., $5. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (MONTPELIER): Malayna Johnson (singer-songwriter), 6 p.m., free. SWEET MELISSA’S: Honky Tonk Happy Hour with Mark LeGrand, 5:30 p.m., free. WHAMMY BAR: Liz Beatty and the Lab Rats (rock), 7 p.m., free.


EL TORO: Rebecca Padula (folk), 7 p.m., free. MOOGS PLACE: Blue Fox (blues), 9 p.m., free.

middlebury area

CITY LIMITS NIGHT CLUB: DJ Amanda Rock (hits), 9:30 p.m., free. OTTER CREEK BREWING CO./ THE SHED BREWERY: Sarah King (blues, rock), 5 p.m., free.


RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ KermiTT (eclectic), 9 p.m., $5.

IRON LANTERN: Cooie Sings (Americana), 6 p.m., free.

REVELRY THEATER: Comedy with a Splash of Color (standup), 9:30 p.m., $7.

champlain islands/ northwest

RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB & WHISKEY ROOM: DJ SVPPLY (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

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Guerrilla Queer Bar of Burlington. The monthly event occurs at a different bar each month, the location of which is announced on the day of. Locations are chosen based on a couple of factors. First and foremost, the group chooses accessible venues, in terms of both physical and financial accessibility. But the events, referred to as “takeovers,” happen in places that are generally not considered LGBTQ spaces. June’s takeover, which marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, is also on Saturday. Follow the group on Facebook to find out where the takeover is going down. These are only a few options but should be enough to get you started. Talk to people you meet at these events, and you’ll find more. Another thought: Burlington is at a point where most venues would like to think of themselves as progressive as well as inclusive of all types of people. But, in reality, it varies from bar to bar. People still can find themselves in uncomfortable situations. And the only way to root out these issues is to talk about them. Tell bar staff and security if you’re feeling uncomfortable. If you feel like you can’t, get someone to do it for you. Bystanders are becoming more and more primed to help people in need, especially marginalized folks. It may be hard to do in the moment, but it’s the only way things will change. 

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in this particular WTF is “where,” not “what.”) Thanks for asking, Seven Days reader! I’m glad you did, especially because it’s Pride Month. I’ll do my best to answer you, but first I’ll say: It’s complicated. Currently, Vermont does not have a designated LGBTQ bar. Folks over the age of 33 or so will rightly remember 135 Pearl — or Pearl’s, as it was colloquially called. The eclectic queer nightclub used to occupy the space now home to, of all things, Papa John’s. Since the club closed in 2006, there have been a few attempts to launch a specifically LGBTQ bar. In 2017, Winooski’s ill-fated Mister Sister briefly operated the space that, until recently, housed another short-lived business, Drafts N Crafts. You can read the whole Mister Sister saga on our website. The short version: People found the bar’s name offensive. Its owner, CRAIG MCGAUGHAN, refused to change it. A few months later, the bar closed. But just because there isn’t a brickand-mortar queer establishment doesn’t mean there aren’t any specific nights and events of the rainbow variety. And beyond that, a number of recurring events may not be queer-specific but are certainly branded in a way that suggests an open, welcoming spirit. For instance, on Friday, June 14, recent Burlington transplant DJ ANDY KERSHAW is kicking off a new dance party at Club Metronome. Dubbed No Fun Intended: A Disco Techno Party, the event’s description states in no ambiguous terms that Kershaw wants “everyone in attendance to feel comfortable and safe to lose themselves on the dance floor.” The event page goes on to say that the following behaviors will not be tolerated: touching without consent, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia and violence, either physical or emotional. On the following evening, Saturday, June 15, the Light Club Lamp Shop hosts its second annual Proud AF Pride Ball. The epic event offers a variety of entertainment, including a strippeddown set from punk goddess MIKU DAZA, a drag cabaret hosted by omnipresent queens NIKKI CHAMPAGNE and EMOJI NIGHTMARE, and an out-of-this-world set from LCLS resident DJ TAKA. Another good option — though not necessarily a dance party — is the

MILLI VANILLI, “Boy in the Tree” THE BELLE STARS, “The Clapping



KIESZA, “Hideaway” C&C MUSIC FACTORY, “Oooh Baby” GREENSKEEPERS, “Wanna New Drug”


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TWIGGS — AN AMERICAN GASTROPUB: Bob MacKenzie Blues Trio, 7 p.m., free.



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realm of indie folk. But his songs often dabble in elements of dream-pop, psychedelia and more traditional Americana. Despite the artist’s growth and changes, his impeccable lyrical sensibilities, earthy tonal landscapes and charmingly

OLIVE RIDLEY’S: Kevin Sabourin (of Lucid) (singer-songwriter), 6 p.m., free.

bleak outlook remain steadfast. Catch Phosphorescent on Tuesday, June 18, at the Higher Ground Ballroom in South Burlington.




DELI 126: Arthur Sadowsky & the Troubadours (jazz, world), 9:30 p.m., free. FLYNNSPACE: Stand Up, Sit Down & Laugh (standup), 8 p.m., $12. FOAM BREWERS: Full Walrus, Birdgangs (indie), 9 p.m., free. HALF LOUNGE: Molly Mood (hip-hop), 8 p.m., free. Blackout Barbie (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. JP’S PUB: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free. LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Proud AF Pride Ball (drag), 7 p.m., $10. DJ Taka (eclectic vinyl), 11 p.m., $5. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Blanchface (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. NECTAR’S: Joe Agnello (of Swimmer) (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free. The Peacheaters: An Allman Brothers Band Experience, 9 p.m., $5.

since the early 2000s. As his

Phosphorescent’s acoustic-driven tunes land largely in the

NAKED TURTLE: Justin Friello (singer-songwriter), 6 p.m., free. Glass Onion (The Tragically Hip tribute), 9 p.m., free.

CLUB METRONOME: Pick of the Glitter: A Burlesque Fundraiser, 8 p.m., $13-27.50. Retronome (retro dance hits), 10 p.m., free.


sound has evolved and tightened over the years. Structurally,

MONOPOLE DOWNSTAIRS: Happy Hour Tunes & Trivia with Gary Peacock, 5 p.m., free.

BLEU NORTHEAST SEAFOOD: Jeff Wheel (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free.


extensive discography shows, his somewhat unclassifiable

MONOPOLE: The Mountain Carol (electro-pop, psychedelic), 10 p.m., free.

ARTSRIOT: Talent Skatepark Family Reunion Fundraiser featuring Ryan Miller, Gone Wrong, Jarv, A2VT (eclectic), 7:30 p.m., $10.


songwriter Matthew Houck has performed under the

EL TORO: Stefani Capizzi (folk), 7 p.m., free. RLANDO’S BAR & LOUNGE: Mike MacDonald (of Strange Machines) (singer-songwriter), 10 p.m., free. RADIO BEAN: Duo d’Accord (classical, jazz), 5 p.m., free. Zap! (rock), 7 p.m., free. Jake Swamp and the Pine (Americana), 8:30 p.m., free. House with a Yard, Pappy (Americana), 10 p.m., $5. RED SQUARE: DJ Raul (Latin), 6 p.m., free. Lazer Dad (’90s covers), 7 p.m., free. Mashtodon (open format), 11 p.m., $5.

VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Good Clean Fun! (familyfriendly improv), noon, $5. Gareth Reynolds (standup), 7:30 & 9:30 p.m., $20/27.

STONE CORRAL BREWERY: Buckshot (covers), 8 p.m., free.

MOOGS PLACE: The Yoozsh (rock), 9 p.m., free.

WATERWORKS FOOD + DRINK: DJ Craig Mitchell (open format), 9 p.m., free.

TRES AMIGOS & RUSTY NAIL STAGE: Seth Yacovone Band (blues, rock), 9 p.m., $5/10.

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THE DOUBLE E LOUNGE AT ESSEX EXPERIENCE: Jacob Green (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free.

RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ ATAK (house), 11 p.m., free.

HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: The Music of the Grateful Dead for Kids, noon, $15. Rebirth Brass Band, the Melting Nomads (funk, hip-hop), 8 p.m., $20/23.

REVELRY THEATER: Boom City (improv), 7:30 p.m., $7. Late Night with Thelma Forbanks (variety), 9:30 p.m., $7.

HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: The Brother Brothers, Oshima Brothers, Eva Rawlings (folk), 8 p.m., $10/12.

RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB & WHISKEY ROOM: DJ C-Low (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. DJ C-Low (eclectic), 11 p.m., free.

MONKEY HOUSE: The Dead Shakers, Anamon, Ivamae (psychedelic, experimental), 9 p.m., $5.

SIDEBAR: DJ SVPPLY (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

THE OLD POST: Saturday Night Mega Mix featuring DJ Colby Stiltz (open format), 9 p.m., free.

THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Cricket Blue, Reid Parsons (indie folk), 7:30 p.m., free. SMITTY’S PUB: The Rough Suspects (rock), 8 p.m., free.

ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Graziano, Slim and Schofield (rock), 5 p.m., free. Strange Purple Jelly (jam), 9 p.m., free. PARK PLACE TAVERN: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., free.

BAGITOS BAGEL AND BURRITO CAFÉ: Irish Session, 2 p.m., donation. Barry Bender (singersongwriter), 6 p.m., free. BUCH SPIELER RECORDS: Community DJ Series (vinyl DJs), 3 p.m., free. CHARLIE-O’S WORLD FAMOUS: Astrocat, Dino Bravo (grunge), 9:30 p.m., free. GUSTO’S: Kevin McEnerney (singer-songwriter), 6 p.m., free. DJ LaFountaine (EDM), 9:30 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (MONTPELIER): Brett Hughes and Matt Flinner (Americana), 5 p.m., free. SWEET MELISSA’S: Coquette, Guano Loco (rock), 9:30 p.m., free. THE DEN AT HARRY’S HARDWARE: The Groovebirds (rock), 7 p.m., free. WHAMMY BAR: The Barn Band (’50s and ’60s covers), 7 p.m., free.

ZENBARN: Mal Maiz, Kina Zore (cumbia), 9 p.m., $10/12.

middlebury area

CITY LIMITS NIGHT CLUB: DJ Earl (hits), 9 p.m., free.


THE HOWLIN’ MOUSE RECORD STORE: Jack and the Jukebox, the Cosmic Factory, Discavus (art rock), 8 p.m., free.

champlain islands/ northwest 14TH STAR BREWING CO.: Tim Brick (country), 6 p.m., free.

NORTH HERO HOUSE INN & RESTAURANT: Steve Hartmann (folk), 5:30 p.m., free. THE OLD FOUNDRY AT ONE FEDERAL RESTAURANT & LOUNGE: She Was Right (Americana), 6:30 p.m., free.

TWIGGS — AN AMERICAN GASTROPUB: Cooper & LaVoie (blues, rock), 7 p.m., free.

outside vermont

MONOPOLE: Wickmore Jazz Trio, 10 p.m., free. OLIVE RIDLEY’S: Sound King (hits), 9:30 p.m., free.

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ARTSRIOT: Sinkane, Bassel & the Supernaturals, DJ Disco Phantom (funk, indie), 8:30 p.m., $15. THE FARMHOUSE TAP & GRILL: Bloodsugar (soul), 6 p.m., free. HALF LOUNGE: Comedy Showcase, 8 p.m., free. Open Decks, 10 p.m., free. LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Showtunes Karaoke: Disney Edition, 7 p.m., free. RADIO BEAN: Pete Sutherland and Tim Stickle’s Old Time Session, 1 p.m., free. Song From a Hat with Andriana Chobot (folkrock), 5 p.m., free. Ryan Fauber and Jonah Salzman (covers), 7 p.m., free. Andrew Victor (folk), 8:30 p.m., free. S.M. Wolf (power pop), 10:30 p.m., free.



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REVIEW this The Dead Souls, Even If I Lose Myself (SELF-RELEASED, DIGITAL)

Every summer, music journalists attempt to select the annual “song of summer.” In past years, the unofficial honor has gone to tracks such as Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” or Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito.” While sometimes hotly contested, the song of summer is always catchy, bright, upbeat and full of sonic color. Unequivocally, the Dead Souls’ latest album, Even If I Lose Myself, yields nary a song for such consideration. OK, so that intro was kind of a fake-out. And, to be honest, the Burlington-based post-punk band’s record is not a fresh summer release. Its members, Etienne Tel’uial and Kevin Shames, certainly weren’t gunning for the song-of-summer crown — as far as I know. Published to

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Bandcamp a few days before the end of 2018, the seven-track record only recently landed on Seven Days’ music desk. And now that the sun is actually feeling warm and people are ready for beach parties and barbecues, I find it deliciously ironic to highlight the album’s unholy descent into darkness just as summer is starting to peak. Even If I Lose Myself has all of the calling cards of ’80s alternative bands such as the Cure and Cocteau Twins, as well as newer revivalists such as the Horrors. Tel’uial and Shames, who originally hail from San Juan, Puerto Rico, furnish their tunes with strident melodic guitar lines, arctic electronic drums and bellowing vocals. Tel’uial sings lead with sour, griefstricken dedication. From start to finish, the album has a cohesive tone, literally and figuratively. The two have a clear vision of their sound, even if that vision is a murky mess of raw emotion.

No words are minced on “Depression.” “I took your hand / And pulled you close / But the shadows came / We fell away,” sings Tel’uial with bitterness and melancholy. The quickened thrum of guitar and stabbing beats assail his confession. Grinding guitar opens the dour “Suicide Party.” The slow-motion dreamscape snaps into consciousness at its chorus, describing a maddening moment amid a late-night bacchanal. It simulates the inner upheaval of hurt feelings amplified by drink. “Stupid Boy” is a menacing treatise fueled by an unbridled id. “The night is an open sore / And your lips are all I want,” Tel’uial sings over whip-cracking beats. His words eventually disappear into a darkened vortex of feedback. Ominous opener “Sixteen” and titillating closer “November Girl” bookend the album with strong start and end points. Gloomy and raw, the lo-fi recording fits nicely atop the band’s growing catalog of deliciously dismal releases. Even If I Lose Myself is available at






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When songwriters assume characters, I often wonder how thin the veneer is. Is a character in a song a tool, a prism through which to shine a story? Or is it a mask, a way for the songwriter to find a comfortable enough distance to tell their story? On his debut solo EP Heartbreak Hits, Burlington’s Trackstar, aka Adam Turner, seems to do a little of both — though the specific tactic used often depends on the, um, track. (OK, I just got the pun.) “I Wish (I Was Over You)” opens the four-song set of lovelorn indie rock with an almost floating sound. After a brief swell of synths, an unhurried but steady beat sets in. Once the notes start falling like raindrops from Turner’s guitar, it’s clear where this is all going, emotionally. Turner describes his character, Trackstar, as having “a comical amount

of confidence in the face of self-doubt.” He sits on the grass of his home field on the EP’s cover, an athlete past his prime, arm in a sling and bandage-wrapped head looking rather worse for wear. The halcyon days are gone, but fuck if he’s going to let that stop him. I’m not sure Turner is fooling anyone, though — his chin may be up, but these are generally songs of lament. “Space” finds Trackstar and his backing band humming along with an almost late-’70s Genesis swagger. Turner brought in all sorts of Burlington talent for the record, including drummer Ezra Oklan (Dwight & Nicole, Matthew Mercury) and several of the Dead Shakers — most notably Kevin Bloom, who also recorded and mixed Heartbreak Hits. It’s a hell of a lineup, and each member does his part to take Turner’s songs to all sorts of interesting places. Turner’s character, however, is less tidily constructed than the band. The songwriter can’t don too thick a mask; he’s made a heart-on-sleeve collection of


songs that necessarily relegate his alter ego to the back seat. That’s not a bad thing, though. Turner’s tender, almost confused glances at emotional pain come across better for the authenticity. Still, Turner has expressed an interest in using characters to continue playing out — and, as he puts it, “leaning in” to — his anxieties and inner workings. Those could be fascinating experiments, and he has the songwriting chops to pull it off. But Heartbreak Hits is a more intimate kind of work. “I.D.K.” finds our hero grappling with how to regard the woman who broke his heart, pondering a simple question over a jangly riff. “Sleepin’” brings the record to a contemplative yet sweet note. He studies Untitled-89 his love sleeping next to him, perhaps in a flashback, and ponders how well he knows her and how well she knows what she wants. Is it him? All we know at the end is that no matter the answer, Trackstar is going to keep his bruised chin up. Trackstar opens for Texas lo-fi project Dead Sullivan this Sunday, June 16, at the Monkey House in Winooski — and Turner has promised to be in full character. Heartbreak Hits is available now on Spotify.

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RED SQUARE: Gordon Goldsmith and Collin Cope (folk), 4 p.m., free. John Lackard Blues Band, 7 p.m., free. RUBEN JAMES: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Bluegrass Brunch, noon, free. VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Fanny Pack (standup), 7 p.m., $5.

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HEALTHY LIVING MARKET & CAFÉ: Art Herttua (jazz), 11 a.m., free. HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: LGBTQLOL (standup), 8 p.m., $8/10. MISERY LOVES CO.: Disco Brunch with DJ Craig Mitchell, 11 a.m., free. MONKEY HOUSE: Dead Sullivan, Trackstar (indie rock), 8:30 p.m., $3/8. 18+.



NECTAR’S: Dead Set (Grateful Dead tribute), 9 p.m., $5.

weird but true stories from America’s past. They

MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., free.

RADIO BEAN: Sara Trunzo and Tiffany Williams (Americana), 7 p.m., free. Honky Tonk Tuesday with Ponyhustle, 10 p.m., $5.

Fargo bank robbery of 1997, the life of one-

RADIO BEAN: Frozen Treats (indie rock), 7 p.m., free. Jesse Agan (pop-rock), 8:30 p.m., free. Potentially Lobsters, Nick Awad (surf-punk), 10:30 p.m., free.

SIDEBAR: Ron Stoppable (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

SIDEBAR: Open Mic, 7 p.m., free. Family Night (open jam), 9 p.m., free.

THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Ukulele Kids with Joe Beaird (sing-along), 9:30 a.m., free.

THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Comedy & Crêpes (standup), 8 p.m., free.

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THE DOUBLE E LOUNGE AT ESSEX EXPERIENCE: Open Mic Night with Kyle Stevens, 6 p.m., free. HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: New Politics (alternative), 7:30 p.m., $.99.

SWEET MELISSA’S: Live Band Karaoke, 8 p.m., donation.


northeast kingdom

HARDWICK STREET CAFÉ AT THE HIGHLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS: The Toasters (rock, soul), 10 a.m., free.

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THE FARMHOUSE TAP & GRILL: Silver Bridget (folk, covers), 7 p.m., free. HALF LOUNGE: Saint Nick and Jack Bandit (EDM), 10 p.m., free.

MOOGS PLACE: Seth Yacovone, 7 p.m.

mad river valley/ waterbury

LAWSON’S FINEST LIQUIDS: Myra Flynn (neo-soul), 5 p.m., free.


DELI 126: The Laugh Easy (standup), 8 p.m., free. THE FARMHOUSE TAP & GRILL: Remember Baker (folk, bluegrass), 5:30 p.m., free. LEUNIG’S BISTRO & CAFÉ: Dayve Huckett (jazz), 7 p.m., free. LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Grup Anwar (classical Arabic), 7:30 p.m., free. Marbin (jazz-rock), 9:30 p.m., $10.

“He’s a genius,” says Oklan of Mendicino. “He’s one of the best musicians and producers I’ve ever met.” Oklan says that Mendicino urged him and Dublin to completely rerecord selections from the Matthew Mercury archive. “He was like, ‘These sounds are offensive,’” recalls Oklan. Matthew Mercury was recorded over a five-month period in 2018. The group — keys player Chris Hawthorne, bassist Dan Bishop, drummer Steve Hadeka, and Mendicino on guitar — sat down to 51 recording sessions to achieve the polished power-pop heard SEVEN DAYS JUNE 12-19, 2019

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HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Phosphorescent (indie), 8 p.m., $25/28. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Trivia with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., free.

Cohosts Dave Anthony and



riff on topics including the infamous Loomis term president George H.W. Bush and the contentious 1876 election of Rutherford B. Hayes. A standup comedian and writer, Reynolds is known for scripting episodes





“Idiotsitter,” “You’re the Worst” and



He performs Thursday through Saturday, June 13 through 15, at the Vermont Comedy Club in Burlington.

WATERWORKS FOOD + DRINK: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.



CHARLIE-O’S WORLD FAMOUS: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., free.

FOAM BREWERS: Familiar Faces (jam, eclectic), 6:30 p.m., free.

SWEET MELISSA’S: Blue Fox’s Open Mic, 7 p.m., free.

HALF LOUNGE: IANU (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.


JP’S PUB: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free.

MOOGS PLACE: Chris Lyon (Americana), 7:30 p.m., free.

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HATCH 31: The Welterweights (country), 7 p.m., free.

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RED SQUARE: CRWD CTRL (house, techno), 7 p.m., free. DJ A-RA$ (trap, house), 10 p.m., free.

RED SQUARE: Mashtodon (open format), 11 p.m., free.

BAGITOS BAGEL AND BURRITO CAFÉ: Eric Friedman (folk), 11 a.m., free.

BLUE PADDLE BISTRO: Blue Rock Boys (bluegrass), 6 p.m., free.

also be hilarious, as evidenced by the podcast The Dollop.

MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Frozen Treats (indie rock), 9:30 p.m., free.

MONKEY HOUSE: Erin CasselsBrown (indie folk), 6 p.m., free. Gold Light, Lisa/Liza (indie), 8 p.m., $3/8. 18+.

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on the nine-track collection. The songs were primarily tracked at Lane Gibson Recording and Mastering studio in Charlotte. Thematically, Dublin says, the record is a “survey of disintegrating relationships filtered through a mordant sense of humor.” He’s likely not talking about a ha-ha sense of humor, per se. The tunes, often appointed with poetically ambiguous lyrics, tread on some intense themes: loneliness, impatience, frustration and passion, to name a few. “The standard shit people write about,” says Oklan, chuckling. But the punchy, bright productions diffuse the tension of heartache and loss,

JUNIPER: The Ray Vega Latin Jazz Sextet, 8:30 p.m., free. LEUNIG’S BISTRO & CAFÉ: Paul Asbell Trio (jazz), 7 p.m., free. LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Irish Sessions (traditional), 7 p.m., free. El’Zabar/Murray Duo (jazz), 9 p.m., $10. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Open Mic with Andy Lugo, 9 p.m., free. NECTAR’S: Sun Parade, Yestrogen, Miku Daza (indie), 8 p.m., free/$5. 18+. RADIO BEAN: Jesse Savio featuring Paul Comegno (rock, blues), 5:30 p.m., free. Vervex (dream pop), 7 p.m., free. Liam Alone (singer-songwriter), 8:30 p.m., free. Mosaic featuring members of Kat Wright and the Welterweights (jam), 10 p.m., $5. RED SQUARE: Avery Cooper Quartet (jazz), 7 p.m., free.

RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB & WHISKEY ROOM: RambleTree (Celtic, world), 7 p.m., free. SIDEBAR: Godfather Karaoke, 10 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Lowell Thompson and Friends (alt-country), 7 p.m., free. VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Open Mic, 7 p.m., free. Indie Rumble (improv), 8:30 p.m., $5.

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JERICHO CAFÉ & TAVERN: Bluegrass Session, 7 p.m., free. MONKEY HOUSE: Camp Saint Helene, Zack DuPont (indie), 8 p.m., $3/8. 18+. THE OLD POST: Karaoke with D Jay Baron, 8 p.m., free. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Double Shot (rock), 7 p.m., free. STONE CORRAL BREWERY: Trivia Night, 7:30 p.m., free.

resulting in lighter fare that smacks of selfreflection and personal growth rather than wallowing in pain. Despite having fronted projects in the past, Dublin fully backs Oklan as the voice of Matthew Mercury. “Ultimately, I don’t think it matters who knows who wrote what, at least as far as the listener goes,” Dublin writes in an email. “As far as feeling like I’m getting my propers or whatever, it’s enough just to know that people appreciate the music or are at least hearing it.” Despite some trepidation and reticence, Oklan fills the role of front person exceedingly well. In a string of promotional


MOOGS PLACE: Trivia Night, 6:30 p.m., free. Jim Charanko (Americana), 8 p.m., free.

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BAR ANTIDOTE: Sarah King (blues, rock), 7 p.m., free. CITY LIMITS NIGHT CLUB: Karaoke with DJ Amanda Rock, 9 p.m., free. HATCH 31: Tom Caswell Blues Jam, 7 p.m., free.

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MONOPOLE: Open Mic with Lucid, 10 p.m., free. 

videos from local director Kayhl Cooper, Oklan commands the viewer’s attention with fervor and grit — as though he’s been fronting rock bands for years. “Beyond anything else, the prerequisite for leading a band is believing in what you’re doing,” says Dublin. “Whether you do or not, the audience can pick up on it almost immediately.”  Contact:

INFO Matthew Mercury perform on Friday, June 14, 8 p.m., at ArtsRiot in Burlington. AA. Free.

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he Bundy Modern, a restored 1962 gallery perched on a hill in Waitsfield, is hosting a single show of two artists’ work this summer. This is a departure for owners June and Wendell Anderson, who live in the building and are responsible for its sensitive restoration. Since opening the gallery in 2015, they have typically mounted two or three exhibits per season. This pared-down season, the Andersons said during a recent visit, is an acknowledgment that visitors often can’t manage attending multiple shows. The rural destination gallery is an hour’s drive from both Stowe and Burlington. The Andersons have also noticed that the building attracts as many visitors as the art, they said. Harvard Graduate School of Design-trained architect Harlow Carpenter’s creation is a flat-roofed, modernist box with a 23-foot-high glass curtain wall in the front that frames stunning mountain views. Carpenter was instrumental in convincing his parents to fund architect Le Corbusier’s only building in North America — Harvard’s Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, also completed in 1962 — and the Vermont building reflects “Corbu”’s deep influence. The Bundy’s daylight-flooded brick walls are an excellent place to see “Human Nature/Nature Human: Deborah Brown and Mark Barry,” featuring two artists with very different aesthetics. The Andersons spotted Barry’s work in the “Made in Vermont” show at the Hall Art Foundation in Reading last year. Barry is one of the few Vermont artists collected so far by Andrew and Christine Hall, whose foundation includes work by Gerhard Richter, Damien Hirst and other notables. He suggested the Andersons pair his work with that of his friend, Brooklyn artist Brown. The two figurative painters share an interest in narrative — or at least vignettes — and both depict women with their dogs. (The dog link may have seemed more pronounced because Nina, the Andersons’ black Lab, followed this reviewer from painting to painting.) Both artists seem less interested in details of the face than in expressions of the body. But there the similarities end. Brown, a graduate of Yale University with a master’s in fine art from Indiana University, is

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influenced by classical figurative painting. Her human figures, all female nudes derived from her imagination rather than models or photographs, verge on voluptuous without quite reaching it. These goddess-like, solitary women are alpha females surrounded by their packs of dogs. The latter sit with their owner and keep watch, ears cocked, or accompany her like an advance guard as she strides, in many cases, through water. In three of Brown’s paintings — “Avenger,” “Shaded” and “On Guard” — the woman holds a sword, a reference to



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classical depictions of Judith, though she is unencumbered by Holofernes’ head. (Brown has similar paintings in the series, not included in this show, that she titled “Judith.”) Male bodies are absent from these paintings, leaving the eye to focus on the narrative possibilities of each nude female. The kneeling woman in “Stream” seems chilled, shoulders hunched and arms held tightly to her body; her sidelong gaze singles out the viewer with an apprehensive look. The figure in “Climber 1” and “Climber 2,” however, appears triumphant, wearing nothing but knee-high boots and scampering up a tree trunk or shaking a branch so energetically that leaves appear to scatter. The nature in Brown’s paintings is decidedly dreamlike, the land- and waterscapes belonging to no particular place. “House Boat” depicts a nude and her dog balancing on boards in a flooded room — the locus of a common recurrent dream. Darkness inhabits all the paintings, encroaching on woods, streams and even the otherwise innocuously sunny beach of “Yellow Sands 1,” which is bordered by nighttime black. Brown’s brushwork is loose and impressionistic. At times she draws with her brush, outlining figures with minimal strokes that nevertheless capture their



movement perfectly — especially that of the dogs. In “Yellow Sands 1,” the canines, possibly terriers, are outlined in unexpected colors, including red, blue and green. Nudes are shaded in greens and blues; apocalyptic streaks of red punctuate the darkness in “Avenger.” Color, for Brown, is in the service of mood. Barry’s use of color, by contrast, is a defining aspect of his paintings, which depict humorous moments in ordinary life. In “Woman With Her Sampler,” for example, a purple-haired woman, wearing a gray shirt and royal-blue “Avenger” by Deborah Brown

A tabletop, its contents and its base are all represented on the same vertical plane in “Seated Woman.” The effect is to leave the focus on the interaction of solid blocks of color: red table, blue background, green corner. The bold color choices and flattened pictorial space bring to mind any number of experiments, starting with Henri Matisse’s paintings from the 1910s and ’20s, yet Barry’s approach to figures is all his own. Far from Brown’s voluptuous goddesses, the angular, skinny women he depicts in this show hold their feet in impossible positions yet somehow communicate a veracity of gesture and attitude. The forager in “Scavengers” is practically wrapped around a tree in her focused determination to pluck a mushroom beside its base, one purple foot jutting into the air. The bathtub-bound figures in “Soak” and “Woman in Her Tub” cross their feet at awkward angles yet still look relaxed, their unrealistic limbs conforming to the tub’s shape. Barry tends to fill a canvas to its edges with stylized compositions whose forms echo each other. “Scallywags and Muse” depicts a water skier in a strapless red swimsuit, a baseball cap-grasping motorboat driver and a gleeful dog poised at the boat’s helm — the muse. The painting’s


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pants, selects a chocolate from a box with obvious delight while the black dog at her feet raises its snout hopefully. Red walls and a window opening that’s part yellow and part green complete the colorful palette. The Bennington artist is a practitioner of faux-naïve art: He paints with the flattened perspective and childlike figuration of someone without training, but he earned a bachelor’s in fine art at Swain School of Design (now part of University of Massachusetts Dartmouth College of Visual & Performing Arts) and pursued graduate studies at Johns Hopkins University.

composition is a tightly wound spiral: The boat is being turned at speed, and the waves encircle its oval shape while the waterskier’s position parallels its long side. Three blocky white clouds punctuate a strip of pink sky, their tops as flat as the canvas’ edge. Barry’s ability to convey moments of excitement is evident in other paintings, including the humorously titled “Orbs of Death,” in which two circular sleds hurtle side by side down a snowy hill. One is airborne, the other steered by a determined sledder. A more refined style or more realistic colors could hardly make a viewer feel the same excitement, or chuckle with the same level of recognition. m Contact:

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‘THE PORTRAIT’: A group exhibition of photographs, juried by Amy Holmes George, that fit the theme, from selfies to more creative approaches. Through June 15. Info, 777-3686. Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction.

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 ‘SUSPENDED IN FOCUS’: A group show of 18 artists who have diverse stylistic approaches to their individual work but are united in an intense focus on their subject matter. Reception: Friday, June 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m. June 14-July 23. Info, 985-3848. Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne.

‘WINDOW ON THE NORTHEAST LANDSCAPE’: Watercolors by Kathleen Manley and Christine Zavgren and oil paintings by Jane Morgan. Through July 21. Info, 899-3211. Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho.

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‘200 YEARS—200 OBJECTS’: In the final celebratory year of the university’s bicentennial, the museum exhibits a curated selection of artifacts, documents and images from the school’s collections. Through December 21. Info, 485-2886. Sullivan Museum & History Center, Norwich University in Northfield.


 ‘IDENTITIES: CULTURAL CREATIONS’: Artworks by Misoo and Wendy Copp that address identity in a changing world. Reception: Friday, June 14, 5-7 p.m. June 14-July 14. Info, GreenTARA Space in North Hero.

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art. In their group exhibition currently on view at Burlington’s S.P.A.C.E. Gallery, artists

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ing three late local artists, Betsy Goldsborough, Brenda Phillips and Margaret McCracken, that shows the arc of how the disease influenced their artwork. Reception: Friday, June 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m. June 14-July 6. Info, 457-3500. ArtisTree Community Arts Center & Gallery in Woodstock.


Guild of Vermont are always ready to turn another page. That is, to turn it into a piece of display creations that use the book or its attendant parts, or are otherwise inspired by the concept or content of books. The volumes are variously cut up, torn, sculpted, sewn, collaged and folded like accordions. Text might appear, but these works are not necessarily for reading. You can still check them out, though. Through June 29. Pictured: an untitled piece by Charlotte book artist Marcia Vogler.

 RAE NEWELL: “The Tunbridge Fair,” a solo show of paintings by the Bridgewater Corners artist. Reception: Sunday, July 21, 2-4 p.m. June 18-September 5. Info, 889-9404. Tunbridge Public Library in Tunbridge Village.

are suited to all levels of drawing, painting and sculpture backgrounds and expertise. Easels and tables available. River Arts, Morrisville, Tuesday, June 18, 3-5:30 p.m. $10. Info, 888-1261.

KEVIN DONEGAN: “Low Places: New Constructions,” eclectic found-object assemblages. Open by appointment only. Through June 30. Info, 363-5497. New City Galerie in Burlington.

 ROB FISH: Paintings by the Vermont-based, New York-trained landscape figurative artist, Projects Gallery. Reception: Sunday, June 23, 4 p.m. June 19July 21. Info, 767-9670. BigTown Gallery in Rochester.

OPEN STUDIO PAINT FOR FUN: Spend two hours painting, drawing or collaging. No experience needed. Many materials provided. Expressive Arts Burlington, Thursdays, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 343-8172.

ROBERT WALDO BRUNELLE JR.: Recent paintings by the Jericho artist and seventh-generation Vermonter. Curated by Little Umbrella. Through June 30. Info, 391-4083. Gallery at One Main in Burlington.

PAINT N’ SIP NIGHT: Paint on historic slate recovered from the Irasburg Leach Public Library while enjoying wine and snacks. Preregistration required at Old Stone House Museum, Brownington, Saturday, June 15, 7-9 p.m. $45 nonmembers, 10 percent off for members. Info, 754-2022.

‘A SAMPLE OF JAZZ RECORDS’: Archival photographs and posters and commissioned prints from artist Felix Sockwell. Photographs contributed by Luke Awtry and Michael Worthington. Through June 30. Info, 652-4500. Amy E. Tarrant Gallery in Burlington.

ART EVENTS ARTIST TALK: PETER LUNDBERG: The sculptor speaks about his experience as an artist and shares slides of his work. The Sparkle Barn, Wallingford, Friday, June 14, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 446-2044. BCA SUMMER ARTIST MARKET: A contemporary outdoor market that offers unique handmade items by Vermont artists including ceramics, woodworking, jewelry, games, clothing, accessories and more. Burlington City Hall, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free to browse. Info, 865-7166. ‘EPHEMERA: TRANSITORY, ENVIRONMENTAL ART’: Inspired by the materials found along the shore and among the trees, shrubs and grasses, participants will create their own works of environmental art, individually or collaboratively, using only what is found on the site. Bring a bag lunch. Burlington Bike Path, Saturday, June 15, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, ‘FAMILY PORTRAITS’: A gallery talk with artist-inresidence Adeline Praud. 77Art, Rutland, Wednesday, June 12, 7 p.m. Info, FIGURE DRAWING SOCIAL: All skill levels, live model, bring your own supplies, donation based. Wishbone Collective, Winooski, Wednesday, June 19, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 603-398-8206. FRIDAY NIGHT ARTIST TALK: Krystle Brown, Elizabeth Schneider, Timothy Harding and Bill Ramage discuss their work. 77Art, Rutland, Friday, June 14, 7 p.m. Info, ‘I REMEMBER BETTER WHEN I PAINT’: A documentary film about the positive impact of art and other creative therapies on people with Alzheimer’s and how these approaches can change the way society looks at the disease. Followed by talkback and tour of current exhibition. ArtisTree Community Arts Center & Gallery, South Pomfret, Saturday, June 15, 4-6 p.m. $7. Info, 457-3500. INGRID TREMBLAY: The Montréal sculptor and artistin-residence talks about her abstract works in a variety of mediums. The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center, West Rutland, Wednesday, June 19, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 438-2097. OPEN STUDIO FIGURE DRAWING: Sessions featuring a variety of approaches to working from the figure


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TALK: JIM BLAIR: The longtime National Geographic photographer gives an informal talk about his work, in conjunction with current exhibit “Being There.” Middlebury College Museum of Art, Friday, June 14, 1 p.m. 802-443-3168.

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AL SALZMAN: Five large painted murals and a selection of round drawings by the Vermont artist. Through June 26. Info, 371-7158. Flynndog Gallery in Burlington. ‘BOUND TO HAPPEN’: An exhibition of artwork by members of the Book Arts Guild, featuring a wide range of subject matter, techniques and mediums. Through June 29. Info, 578-2512. The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington. CAROL MACDONALD: “Civil Discourse,” prints featuring birds that speak to the 24-hour news cycle and these polarizing times. Through June 30. Info, 863-6458. Frog Hollow Vermont Craft Gallery in Burlington. CHARLIE HUDSON: “Walking Peripherals,” new work by the Brooklyn-based painter that explores dimension, light and movement. Through July 14. Info, 324-0014. Soapbox Arts in Burlington.

‘THE THINGS WE KEEP WITH US’: A collaborative work conceived by mixed-media artist Ashley Roark and featuring works using paper and small saved items by 21 individuals of various ages and backgrounds. The works, and accompanying audio, tell the stories and meaning of these items and what has kept the participants connected to them throughout their lives. Through June 29. Info, 923-6522. The Soda Plant in Burlington. VERMONT COMIC CREATORS GROUP SHOW: Comics and cartoons by the local member group. Through June 28. Info, Fletcher Room, Fletcher Free Library in Burlington. ‘VULVA EPIPHANIES’: Fine art photographs created by Jocelyn Woods in collaboration with Gordon Fischer. Through June 14. Flynndog Station in Burlington.

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‘ALL THE WATERS’: Twenty-five artists from Chittenden County show works in oil, watercolor, pastel, collage, photography, glass and mixed media. Through August 31. Info, 899-3211. Jericho Town Hall. ANTHILL COLLECTIVE: The Burlington graffiti artists install work in the brewery’s Artifactory. Through July 31. Info, 658-2739. Magic Hat Brewing Company in South Burlington.

FRANCES CANNON: Watercolor paintings, ink drawings and books by the writer and artist. Through June 29. Info, 338-7441. Thirty-odd in Burlington.

HAROLD WESTON: Works by the modernist painter and social activist (1894-1972) dubbed “the Thoreau of the Adirondacks.” Through August 25. Info, 985-3346. Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, Shelburne Museum.

 JERRY RALYA: “1,” pastel works from the artist’s “Social Justice” and “Vessels” series. Curated by Little Umbrella. Reception: Friday, July 5, 5-8 p.m. Through July 31. Info, 391-4083. The Gallery at Main Street Landing in Burlington.

‘IN THEIR ELEMENT’: An installation of sculptures on the museum grounds by contemporary artists Rodrigo Nava, Jonathan D. Ebinger and Dan Snow. Curated by Carolyn Bauer. Through October 31. Info, 985-3346. Shelburne Museum.



‘ALLEGORY’: Storytelling works by Julia Zanes, Donald Saaf and Hasso Ewing, presented with Art at the Kent curators Nel Emlen and David Schutz. Through June 22. Info, 738-3667. The Garage Cultural Center in Montpelier. ‘AWAKENINGS’: Floral still life paintings by Kate Longmaid and Asian-inspired abstracted landscapes by Tom Merwin. MICHAEL STRAUSS: “The Magic of Seeing – Inside and Outside of the Frame, Exploring the Illusion of Light, Space, Form and in Landscape Painting,” acrylic and ink paintings. Through June 28. Info, 262-6035. T.W. Wood Gallery in Montpelier. ‘FAULT LINES’: Artists explore the current political climate and the resulting fractures in our world that threaten discontinuity and potential explosive energy. ‘TECTONIC PLATES AND TOPOGRAPHIC TILES’: Sculptural stoneware inspired by geologic forces by Deborah Goodwin. Second Floor Gallery. DIANE SOPHRIN: “Present Continuous: Commentary and Form,” drawn and painted writings on stitched, layered paper scrolls. Third Floor Gallery. Through June 29. Info, 479-7069. Studio Place Arts in Barre. ‘I LOVE IT WHEN I’M WRONG; YES, WHITE PEOPLE, IMMIGRATION IS ABOUT SKIN COLOR’: This multimedia installation using sculpture, audio and video examines discrimination, opportunity and individual triumph. Through June 29. Info, 224-6827. Susan Calza Gallery in Montpelier. JAMIE HANSEN: Photography and assemblages from the streets of Cuba. Through September 1. Info, 552-8105. The North Branch Café in Montpelier. JANET CATHEY & LINDA BRYAN: “Deeper Than Blue,” hand-pulled woodblock prints and cyanotypes, respectively. Through June 21. Info, 371-4100. Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin. JANET VAN FLEET: “Vanishment,” new work by the Vermont artist exploring the fraught relationship between humans and the natural world, and using, in part, materials repurposed from previous bodies of work. Through June 28. Info, 272-5956. Vermont Supreme Court Gallery in Montpelier. JESSE LOVASCO: Drawings of endangered medicinal plants by the herbalist, artist, poet and 2018 Ecological Art Fellow with United Plant Savers. Through June 30. Info, 229-6206. North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier. KATE BURNIM AND DARYL BURTNETT: “Almost Forgotten: Works Exploring the Overlooked through Line, Shape and Texture,” paintings and works on paper that range from loosely representative to abstract. Through June 28. Info, 828-3291. Spotlight Gallery in Montpelier. LYNA LOU NORDSTROM: “Obsessed With Color,” 16 selected works by the Vermont printmaker that span 1996 to 2017. Through June 22. Info, 479-7069. Morse Block Deli & Taps in Barre. MERRY SCHMIDT: Paintings inspired by the natural world by the local artist. Through July 3. Info, 426-3581. Jaquith Public Library in Marshfield. ‘SHOW 32’: Recent work by Vermont-based contemporary artist-members. Through June 16. Info, The Front in Montpelier.




‘VERMONT MUSIC FAR AND WIDE’: An interactive exhibit of artifacts that tell the story of Vermont popular music history in recent decades, including band photographs 1990-2000 by Matthew Thorsen, compiled by Big Heavy World. Through July 27. Info, 479-8500. Vermont History Museum in Montpelier. ‘THE WAR OF IDEAS’: Propaganda posters from the collections, spanning the Civil War to World War II and illustrating everything from recruitment to support on the homefront. Through October 25. Info, 479-8500. Vermont History Center in Barre.


ANN YOUNG: “Sunshine and Shadow,” realist paintings that consider the good and bad sides of human nature. Through July 10. Info, 888-1261. Gallery at River Arts in Morrisville. ‘BEYOND BORDERS: MEXICO CITY, VERMONT’: Photographs by students at Green Mountain Tech and Career Center in Hyde Park and students at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City. Through June 21. Info, 635-1469. Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, Northern Vermont University in Johnson. ‘EBB AND FLOW’: A juried exhibition of more than 100 artworks by 76 artists in which water is the predominant element of the composition. MARY AND ALDEN BRYAN: “Paintings of the Southwest,” a 35th anniversary exhibition of 30 works from the 1940s by the late namesake and founder of the gallery. Through June 23. Info, 644-5100. Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville. JIM WESTPHALEN: “Of Land and Light,” new images of the Vermont landscape by the local photographer. Through August 3. Info, 253-8943. West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park in Stowe.

NORTHERN VERMONT ARTISTS ASSOCIATION: The 88th annual exhibition of members. Through July 6. Info, 644-8183. Visions of Vermont in Jeffersonville. ‘PEAK TO PEAK: 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION THEN AND NOW’: An exhibition of photographs and artifacts to highlight the evolution of the division’s equipment and training since its beginning in 1943. Through October 31. Info, 253-9911. Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum in Stowe.

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‘HUMAN NATURE/NATURE HUMAN’: Paintings by Deborah Brown that focus on a lone female character; and paintings by Mark Barry that provide poignant recognition of the humor, warmth and universality of everyday experience. Weekends only. Through October 13. Info, 583-5832. Bundy Modern in Waitsfield.

‘HIDDEN TREASURES SERIES: THE SHEPARD FAMILY CONCERT COMPANY’: A special exhibition of objects related to the popular 19th-century singing group. Through June 30. THE LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE OF DAN KILEY’: A touring retrospective exhibition in celebration of the internationally renowned, Vermontbased landscape architect (1912-2004), featuring four dozen photographs of his designs, biographical information and interpretive analysis. In partnership with the Vermont chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Cultural Landscape Foundation in Washington, D.C., and the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation. Through September 1. ANDREW MARKS: Fantasy creatures carved from briar burl and mounted on stone. Through August 31. Info, 388-2117. Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History in Middlebury.

ROSALIND DANIELS: “Abstractions in Fiber and Photos,” images characterized by color, geometric shapes and clean lines. Through July 6. Info, 244-7036. Waterbury Public Library.

‘HOME: A COMMUNITY ART SHOW’: More than 40 Addison County artists and makers contributed paintings, photography, textiles and more to this non-juried exhibition. Through July 4. Info, 4534032. Art on Main in Bristol.

SAM TALBOT-KELLY: “Draft of a New Harmony in a Slip Dress Pocket,” an installation of experimental costume/set design, hybrid animals and abstract paintings that reimagine Greek myth and Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Transcendentalist views of nature. Through June 29. Info, 244-7801. Axel’s Gallery & Frame Shop in Waterbury.

‘ICE SHANTIES: FISHING, PEOPLE & CULTURE’: An exhibition of large-format photographs featuring the structures, people and culture of ice fishing by Vermont-based Colombian photographer Federico Pardo. Includes audio reflections from shanty owners drawn from interviews by VFC. Through August 31. Info, 388-4964. Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury.

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‘50 X 50: COLLECTING FOR THE MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART’: An exhibit that marks 50 years of acquiring art by bringing together one work from each year. Included are paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and photography, from antiquity to the present and from diverse cultures. Through August 11. Info, 443-3168. Johnson Memorial Building, Middlebury College.

renowned photographer for the National Geographic Society. Reception: Wednesday, June 19, 4:30 p.m. Through August 11. Info, 443-3168. Middlebury College Museum of Art. JIM WESTPHALEN: “The Enduring Landscape,” a new collection of photographs of the Vermont countryside and its weathered structures. Through June 30. Info, 989-7419. Edgewater Gallery on the Green in Middlebury.

MAX KRAUS: Photographs by the retired engineer, inspired by life and explorations around Middlebury. Through June 16. Jackson Gallery, Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. ‘NATURAL GRACE’: Colorful still-life paintings by Jill Matthews and layered, abstracted landscapes by Hannah Bureau. Through June 30. Info, 458-0098. Edgewater Gallery at Middlebury Falls. ‘NEW GROWTH’: New work from Anna Dibble, Anne Cady, Bonnie Baird, Hannah Morris, Hannah Secord Wade, Julia Jensen, Pamela Smith and Susanne Strater that celebrates the change of season in Vermont and acknowledges how the artists push creative boundaries. Through July 14. Info, 877-2173. Northern Daughters in Vergennes. PAT LAFFIN: “Childlike Memories,” a fifth annual mixed-media exhibit of pieces that relate the artist’s fondest memories of childhood, along with a bit of fantasy. Through June 30. Info, 453-6309. Tourterelle in New Haven. ‘ROKEBY THROUGH THE LENS’: An exhibition that offers visitors an opportunity to consider the nature of photography as artifact, social practice and contemporary art. Through June 16. Free. Info, 877-3406. Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh.


ANNUAL MEMBERS’ EXHIBITION: Member-artists of all levels show their work and exchange ideas. Through July 14. Info, 438-2097. The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center in West Rutland. AUDUBON MEMBER PHOTO SHOW: Avian pictures taken by the Rutland County Audubon Society members. Through July 31. Info, 775-7119. Maclure Library in Pittsford. RUTLAND/KILLINGTON SHOWS

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‘THE BLUE SWANS’: Works by friends and fellow artists Klara Calitri, Linda Hampton-Smith, Molly Hawley, Patricia LeBon Herb, Phoebe Stone, Mary Swanson, Sarah Wesson and Yinglei Zhang. Through June 22. Info, B&G Gallery in Rutland.

Born in

New York City, Andrew Marks graduated from Middlebury College in 1966, but the education didn’t exactly prepare him for a

‘DREAM MACHINE II’: Classic retro arcades collected by Nick Grandchamp. Through June 30. Info, 603732-8606. West Street Gallery in Rutland.

vocation. After running through a series of

RITA FUCHSBERG: “Ladies in Waiting,” an installation that examines the experiences of women on death row. Through July 14. Info, 438-2097. The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center Gallery in West Rutland.

it essentially changed his life. Long a pipe

part-time jobs, he met a working artist, and aficionado, Marks returned to Vermont and set about carving, from a stash of briar burl,

‘THE ART OF WOOD’: A 20th-anniversary group exhibit that interprets the theme across all mediums, including fabric, glass, ceramic, paint and wood. Through June 25. Info, 247-4957. Brandon Artists Guild.

beautiful and sophisticated smoking pipes — for 40 years. His reputation for these carefully crafted items is international.

‘TIME ASCRIBED’: William Ramage and Shelley Warren collaborate on an immersive installation that combines video, sculpture and drawing. Through June 22. Info, The Alley Gallery in Rutland.

But eventually Marks began to pursue additional artistic outlets; the Henry Sheldon Museum in Middlebury is now

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exhibiting a selection of his “fantasy

SUSAN LARKIN: “A Nice Walk,” a solo exhibition of recent work by the Isle La Motte painter, based on her daily walks in the woods. Through June 27. Info, 928-3081. Fisk Farm Art Center in Isle La Motte.

creatures.” Also made from burl, and mounted on stone, the small animals were inspired by the fetish carvings of the

upper valley

‘DESTINATION: SPACE!’: A series of exhibitions that highlights the art and science of space exploration and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission’s moon landing. Through August 4. MINDBENDER MANSION: An eclectic exhibition full of brainteasers and interactive challenges guaranteed to test brain power and problem-solving skills. Developed by Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Through September 2. Free with museum admission. Info, 649-2200. Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich. FEATURED ARTISTS: Wooden jewelry by T. Breeze Verdant, naturally dyed fiber works by Jennifer Johnson, and sculptural glass and ceramic works by Alissa Faber. Through June 30. Info, 457-1298. Collective — the Art of Craft in Woodstock. JOAN MORRIS: “You Are the Music,” shaped-resist dyed prints built from “automatic 3D ink drawings.” Through June 30. Info, 295-5901. Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction.


Zuni tribe, who believe that all things are imbued with spirit. Marks’ contributions to the spirit world are on view through August 31. Pictured: fantasy creatures.

KEVIN RUELLE: Faux-vintage Vermont travel posters by the Burlington artist. Through June 25. Info, 295-3118. Zollikofer Gallery at Hotel Coolidge in White River Junction.

‘CUMULUS’: A group exhibition featuring cloudcentric work in a variety of mediums. Through July 14. Info, 533-2045. Miller’s Thumb Gallery in Greensboro.

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DEBRA WEISBERG: “Drawn to Touch,” mixed-media installations and stand-alone pieces that use tape, fiber, fiberglass mesh and hydrostone to create sensory awareness of spatial relationships between the body and the material. Through June 14. Info, 748-2600. Catamount Arts Center in St. Johnsbury.

‘CONTINUUM’: Paper constructions by Lian Brehm and reduction prints by Phillip Robertson. Through July 14. Info, 563-2037. White Water Gallery in East Hardwick.

DONNA UNDERWOOD OWENS: Photographs of animals by the Vermont animal whisperer. Through June 18. Info, 525-3366. Parker Pie Co. in West Glover.

 GAAL SHEPHERD: “Hallowed Ground,” paintings, pastels, photography, sculpture and Irish poetry that pays tribute to the devotion of the faithful from Neolithic Erin to contemporary Ireland. Reception: Friday, June 14, 5 p.m. Through July 21. Info, 5332000. Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro. HARRIET WOOD: A retrospective exhibition of abstract paintings by the octogenarian Vermont artist. Through June 30. Info, 472-7164. 3rd Floor Gallery in Hardwick. JAY HUDSON: Realistic acrylic landscape and bird paintings of NEK subjects. Through August 31. Info, Community National Bank, Barton Branch. ‘THE PIVOT AND THE BLADE: AN INTIMATE GLANCE AT SCISSORS’: A collection of objects that convey the long human relationship to scissors, their design and explore myriad professional, creative, superstitious, violent and domestic uses. Through December 31. Info, 626-4409. The Museum of Everyday Life in Glover.

 RACHEL LAUNDON: “More Than Fish to Fry,” colorful mixed-media sculptures. Reception: Friday, June 14, 4-6 p.m. Through July 12. Info, 748-0158. Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury. ROSS CONNELLY: Photographs from the artist’s “Nature’s Designs” and “The Border Wall—Nogales, Ariz.” series. Through June 30. Info, 535-8602. The Clip Joint & Co. in Hardwick.

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AMY BENNETT: “Nuclear Family,” small paintings about large issues, including marriage, child rearing and female identity. JOSEPH DIGGS: “Proud 2 Be American,” mixed-media works that combine action painting, graffiti and realism and reflect the artist’s life as an African American in the U.S. SANDY SOKOLOFF: “Emanations,” mystical, Kabbalah-inspired paintings by the Grand Isle artist, who is showing his work for the first time in 30 years. Through June 16. Info, 257-0124. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. ‘MADE IN VERMONT’: A group exhibition of new and recently completed work by Vermont artists, including paintings, works on paper and sculpture by Arista Alanis, Steve Budington, Clark Derbes, Jason Galligan-Baldwin and Sarah Letteney. MALCOLM MORLEY: Approximately 40 paintings, sculptures and works on paper created between 1964 and 2016 by the British-born American artist and founder of super-realism. RICHARD ARTSCHWAGER: Some

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40 paintings, sculptures and works on paper that reference everyday objects, symbols, people and places, often made from unconventional and industrial materials. The American painter, sculptor and draftsman died in 2011. Open for tours 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Through December 1. $10. Info, 952-1056. Hall Art Foundation in Reading.


‘COLOR / GESTURE: EARLY WORKS BY EMILY MASON: Small paintings on paper with explosive color created by the abstractionist in the 1950s and ’60s. Through September 8. Info, 447-1571. Bennington Museum. DONA MARA: “REFLECTIONS: The Intangible Things,” a career concept exhibition by the southern Vermont artist, featuring abstract works in multiple mediums that reflect both love of and fear for the planet. Through July 20. Info, 768-8498. stART Space in Manchester.


CATHY CONE: “Grasp the Sparrow’s Tail,” black-andwhite photographs by the director of Workshops

and Studio at Cone Editions. Through June 23. JASON HORWITZ: “Pilgrimage,” paintings based on physical and spiritual journeys. Through June 23. PAUL BOWEN: “Wood Ledge,” sculpture made from found wood and tools, and drypoint prints. Through June 16. Info, 767-9670. BigTown Gallery in Rochester. ‘EYE-CATCHING’: More than 20 area artists show work in a variety of mediums in this annual exhibition. Through June 15. Info, 728-9878. Chandler Gallery in Randolph.

CALL TO WRITERS: POETRY + PROSE READING: Call to writers of all ages and experience levels (including none) to submit original one-page poetry or prose in response to the current Al Salzman exhibit of large-scale political paintings at Flynndog gallery for Voicing Art Reading event on June 22. Writers must visit the gallery in person or via video tour with the Poartry Project founder and write a family-friendly work in direct response. Deadline: June 13. Free. Info, FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS: The Cambridge Arts Council’s 11th annual event is Saturday, August 10; a gently curated showcase of fine art in all mediums, but we are especially interested in increasing the number of painters. Registration and more info at Downtown Jeffersonville, Through August 9. Booth fee $40; $25 for students. Info, JURIED SHOW AT THE AIR GALLERY: The artist-run gallery has monthly jury sessions in July, August and September. Contact or visit website for more information. Artist in Residence Gallery, St. Albans, June 12-September 4. Free. Info, ‘MAG WHEELS: ARTISTRY IN MOTION’: The Milton Artists’ Guild is looking for artists to participate in this August exhibition. It will feature all art related to automobiles, including photography, sculpture, 3D, mixed media, paintings and video. More info: director@ Deadline: June 20. Milton Artists’ Guild Art Center & Gallery. Info, 559-2774. ‘ROCK SOLID XIX’: This annual exhibit showcases stone sculptures and assemblages by area artists, September 17 through November 2. We are also looking for 2D works that display the qualities of stone. Visit studioplacearts. com/calls-to-artists.html for submission instructions. Deadline: August 2. Studio Place

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GARY BARRON: “Revered Vermont Libraries,” drawings in Prismacolor pencil. Through June 30. Info, 685-2188. Chelsea Public Library. JEAN GERBER: “Landscapes,” oil paintings of scenes from Vermont, New England and the far north by the local artist. Through June 17. Info, 889-9404. Tunbridge Public Library in Tunbridge Village. PETER CUNNINGHAM: “All You See Is Glory; Big Stars and Maritime Moments,” images by the longtime, internationally exhibited photographer. Curated by Dian Parker. Through June 15. Info, White River Gallery in South Royalton.m

CALL TO ARTISTS CALL TO ARTISTS AND WRITERS: Brattleboro native Desmond Peeples is rebooting Mount Island, a literary publication focused on supporting rural LGBTQ and POC writers and artists, as an online iteration. Accepting submissions from members of underrepresented communities and allies. Details and guidelines at Rolling deadline. Info,


Arts, Barre. $10 submission fee; free for SPA members. Info, 479-7069. SOLO & SMALL GROUP SHOWS: SPA uses its second- and third-floor spaces for solo and small group shows. Artists are encouraged to submit a proposal for consideration of such a show in 2020. Visit for submission instructions. Deadline: June 28. Studio Place Arts, Barre. $10 submission fee; free for SPA members. Info, 479-7069.

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SOUTH END ART HOP: Artists can register to show work or enter the juried exhibit, and businesses can register to show artists’ works for the 27th annual, three-day arts festival in Burlington’s South End. Deadline: July 4. Info: SEABA Center, Burlington. Info, 859-9222. ‘UNBOUND VOL. IX’: Call for entries to the ninth annual juried exhibit of unique works exploring what a book can be, art using the book as material or format. Presented by ArtisTree Gallery in conjunction with the Bookstock Festival in Woodstock. Open to all 2D, 3D, installation, assemblage, film and video artists who are working in New England or New York. More info at Deadline: June 28, 6 p.m. ArtisTree Gallery, South Pomfret. $30 entry fee. Info, 457-3500. VERMONT STUDIO CENTER RESIDENCY FELLOWSHIP: All applicants will be automatically considered for one of 25 merit-based awards; open to all artists and writers living and working anywhere in the world. We also have a number of special awards, many with stipends. See complete list of awards, eligibility and info at vermontstudiocenter. org/fellowships. Apply online at vsc.slideroom. com. Deadline: June 15. Vermont Studio Center, Johnson. $25. Info, 635-2727. VOLUNTEER ARTIST NEEDED: In need of a mural being painted at a downtown business property. Will provide the canvas if you will donate your time. High traffic area; mural will be highly visible. Please contact Melissa Greenfield at 658-4200. Burlington Health and Rehab Center, Through July 1. Info, melissa.

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movies The Secret Life of Pets 2 ★★


equels customarily offer more of the same. The Secret Life of Pets 2 breaks with that tradition. It offers less. Less Albert Brooks and Steve Coogan (exactly zilch). Way less Louis C.K. Less off-the-wall cockeyed brilliance — of the original’s three writers, only Brian Lynch reported for follow-up duty. Even less running time. The 2016 film was 87 minutes long. This one’s shorter by a minute. On that count, I’m not complaining. Perhaps the most problematic paucity is that of narrative cohesion. Directed by Chris Renaud, who helmed No. 1 with help from Yarrow Cheney, the new installment is less a feature than a bundle of shorts lashed together with a dearth of finesse. One of the three sections follows everyterrier Max (Patton Oswalt) and supersize sidekick Duke (Eric Stonestreet) as they grapple with changes on the home front. Their owner, Katie (Ellie Kemper), has met someone, married and had a baby. The first half of this thread essentially recycles the dynamic between the two lead pups in the earlier picture. Initially, they freak out on the arrival of a rival for Katie’s atten-


tion, but bonding promptly ensues. This time around, Max resents the newborn, then inexplicably becomes protective to the point of neurosis. The second half concerns a stay at a relative’s farm and revolves around gags about animals and noises that likewise freak out Max. A high point involves bovine flatulence. Then there’s a saga featuring Snowball, the motormouth bunny voiced by Kevin Hart. Between movies, he’s inexplicably morphed from a supervillain into one of the law-abiding animals, one with delusions of being a superhero. His superpower, unfortunately, isn’t being funny. It’s basically shrieking and screeching at every opportunity. In a reunion that has gone pretty much unheralded, unpromoted and, for that matter, unnoticed, Hart is paired with Night School costar Tiffany Haddish, here voicing a new dog who enlists Snowball’s assistance in rescuing an abused tiger cub from the clutches of an evil circus owner. We know the guy is evil because he carries a whip, has a Russian accent and dresses like the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz. Let’s just say this isn’t the strongest of the movie’s story lines. But it feels like a Citizen Kane-2001: A Space Odyssey double bill beside the third, a throwaway digression in which Gidget (Jenny Slate) loses the prized toy that Max entrusted

PET PEEVES The follow-up to Illumination’s surprise 2016 hit has almost none of the original’s offbeat charm.

to her while he’s away. It’s a bouncy thing she allows to bounce into the apartment of an elderly lady who lives with a battalion of illtempered cats. Gidget must seek the counsel of know-it-all Chloe (Lake Bell), who teaches her how to pass for a canine so she can penetrate enemy lines and retrieve the plaything. A high point involves the litter box. Well, it didn’t take long for this franchise to go to the dogs (obligatory critic pun). The first film had the largest opening weekend ever at the time for an original film. More sig-

Dark Phoenix ★★


hat can you say about a twentysomething girl who suddenly acquired the power to destroy the world? That she was beautiful. And a Mutant. That she loved some guy (Tye Sheridan) who spent the entire movie wearing a visor, though we never found out what they saw in each other. That she caused a lot of A-list actors to wring their hands, and then things exploded, and then the movie was over. But Jean Grey, aka the Dark Phoenix (Sophie Turner)? We never knew her at all. If I’m doing a riff on Erich Segal’s Love Story, it’s because the latest X-Men movie likewise asks us to take the lovability of its heroine on faith. Technically, this is the fourth film in the prequel/reboot series that started with the far superior X-Men: First Class (2011), and the third time writer-director Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Apocalypse) has adapted aspects of Marvel’s The Dark Phoenix Saga. That cycle is renowned among comics fans for its portrayal of a beloved character’s descent into darkness. But Jean hasn’t played much of a role in the preceding films, and Dark Phoenix fails to establish her as a character we care about, let alone a beloved one. The result is a muddled movie that makes hash of the story fans expect without serving up much for casual viewers to enjoy, either. A prologue establishes that Jean’s telepathic and telekinetic abilities played a role in the accident that left her an 8-year-old 76 SEVEN DAYS JUNE 12-19, 2019

SHADES OF GREY Turner and Chastain do their best to look iconic in Kinberg’s tired, muddled version of a classic X-Men story.

orphan. Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) gave her a home at his school for Mutants, but apparently he couldn’t assuage the rage within. After a mysterious cloud of space energy supercharges Jean’s powers, she goes Carrie on her former teammates and mentor, egged on by an alien (Jessica Chastain) with an agenda of her own.

The thing is, Stephen King showed us exactly what Carrie White was exacting vengeance for. In Jean’s case, it’s harder to say. Dark Phoenix’s hand-wringing goes into high gear when the other X-Men learn of Xavier’s paternalistic treatment of child Jean and mount a long-brewing challenge to his leadership, spearheaded by Raven (Jennifer Lawrence, phoning it in). Yet Xavier’s

nificantly, it was an original film. The writing, artwork and performances were outrageously, delightfully bonkers. The animals truly were wild. It was borderline Dada. With the possible exception of The Godfather Part III, I can’t think of a revered property that plummeted in quality as steeply from one chapter to the next. This is a slapdash mishmash of the tossed-off, formulaic and trite. Illumination should have done everyone a favor and kept it a secret. RI C K KI S O N AK

sins are so foggily delineated that the operatic angst feels unearned. With almost no scenes to establish her perspective, Jean comes off as a spoiled adolescent raging at Daddy. If Captain Marvel proved one thing, it’s that aliens characterized solely by their haughty disdain for Earthlings make boring antagonists. For all Chastain’s efforts to be slinky and sinister, she lacks the campy charms of Ursa in Superman II, and her motives are vague at best. If one cast member manages to rise above the dull, humorless screenplay, it’s Michael Fassbender as Magneto. He does most of his acting with his hands, raining metal debris on his enemies with the gusto of a conductor leading an orchestra; that, at least, is fun. Even better, he has a henchman who attacks with killer braids that dart like snakes. Dark Phoenix demonstrates the obvious: We don’t care about our heroes “going dark” unless we already know them in the light. There’s a reason the makers of the Avengers movies gave us all those drawn-out origin stories. Here, a few sharply written scenes might have sufficed to clarify Jean’s character, but she remains an icon in search of a personality. Love may mean never having to say you’re sorry, but someone should be sorry for this mess. MARGO T HARRI S O N


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THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARMHHH1/2 John Chester’s documentary chronicles his and his wife’s eight-year struggle to make a farm sustainable in drought-ridden California. (91 min, PG)

DARK PHOENIXHH In the latest X-Men installment, the superheroes grapple with the transformation of teammate Jean Gray (Sophie Turner) into the dangerously powerful Dark Phoenix. Simon Kinberg directed the all-star cast, including James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence. (113 min, PG-13; reviewed by M.H. 6/12)

NOW PLAYING A DOG’S JOURNEYHH In this sequel to A Dog’s Purpose (but not to A Dog’s Way Home), a canine (voiced by Josh Gad) continues to seek his meaning in the lives of his owners. With Dennis Quaid and Marg Helgenberger. Gail Mancuso directed. (108 min, PG)

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLDHHH1/2 Everybody’s growing up in the animated Viking-with-a-dragon saga. With the voices of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera and Cate Blanchett. Dean DeBlois again directed. (104 min, PG)

ALADDINHH1/2 Disney revives the tale of the street urchin who finds a magic lamp with this live-action version directed by Guy Ritchie, starring Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Jasmine and Will Smith as the genie. (128 min, PG)

JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 — PARABELLUMHHH1/2 Keanu Reeves once again plays a super-hitman targeted by fellow hitmen in the third installment of the self-aware action franchise, again directed by Chad Stahelski. With Halle Berry and Ian McShane. (130 min, R; reviewed by M.H. 5/22) MAHH Octavia Spencer plays a lonely woman whose motives may not be entirely above board when she invites a group of teens to party down at her place in this horror thriller from director Tate Taylor (The Help). With Diana Silvers and Juliette Lewis. (99 min, R; reviewed by L.B. 6/5)

AMAZING GRACEHHHHH Sydney Pollack’s concert film, derailed by technical difficulties and later reassembled by Alan Elliott, captures Aretha Franklin performing at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Los Angeles in 1972. (89 min, G)

POKEMON DETECTIVE PIKACHUHH1/2 In this family adventure comedy, a Pokémon detective (voiced by Ryan Reynolds) teams up with a young human (Justice Smith) whose dad has gone missing. Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) directed. (104 min, PG)

AVENGERS: ENDGAMEHHHH It takes all Marvel’s effects wizards, a huge cast and a three-hour runtime to put the Avengers back together again in the second half of this two-parter. With Brie Larson, Scarlett Johansson, Karen Gillan, Paul Rudd, Robert Downey Jr., etc., etc. Anthony and Joe Russo (Avengers: Infinity War) directed. (181 min, PG-13; reviewed by M.H. 5/1)

RED JOANHH1/2 Judi Dench plays British KGB spy Joan Stanley, who transmitted nuclear secrets. With Sophie Cookson and Stephen Campbell Moore. Trevor Nunn directed. (101 min, R)



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GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERSHH1/2 In the sequel to Godzilla (2014), humans battle the mighty lizard while he gets competition in the worldwrecking business. Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga and Millie Bobby Brown star. Michael Dougherty (Krampus) directed. (131 min, PG-13)

ALL IS TRUEHHH Kenneth Branagh stars in and directed this historical drama about the final days of William Shakespeare, in which the playwright returns to his Stratford home and wife (Judi Dench) after the Globe Theater burns down during a performance of Henry VIII. With Ian McKellen. (101 min, PG-13)

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In the 1960s, Gemini musician Brian Wilson began writing and recording best-selling songs with his band the Beach Boys. A seminal moment in his development happened while he was listening to his car radio in August 1963. A tune he had never heard before came on: “Be My Baby” by the Ronettes. Wilson was so excited he pulled over onto the shoulder of the road and stopped driving so he could devote his full attention to what he considered a shockingly beautiful work of art. “I started analyzing all the guitars, pianos, bass, drums and percussion,” he told the New York Times. “Once I got all those learned, I knew how to produce records.” I suspect a pivotal moment like this could unfold for you in the coming weeks, Gemini. Be alert!

ARIES (March 21-April 19): We may not have to travel to other planets to find alien life. Instead of launching expensive missions to other planets, we could look for exotic creatures here on earth. Astrobiologist Mary Beth Wilhelm is doing just that. Her search has taken her to Chile’s Atacama Desert, whose terrain resemblances that of Mars. She’s looking for organisms like those that might once have thrived on the Red Planet. In accordance with astrological omens, I invite you to use this idea as a metaphor for your own life. Consider the possibility

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Philosopher Martin Buber believed that some stories have the power to heal. That’s why he said we should actively seek out stories that have the power to heal. Buber’s disabled grandfather once told him a story about an adored teacher who loved to dance. As the grandfather told the story, he got so excited that he rose from his chair to imitate the teacher and suddenly began to hop and dance around the way his teacher did. From that time on, the grandfather was cured of his disability. What I wish for you in the coming weeks is that you find stories like that. CANCER (June 21-July 22): My dear Cancerian, your soul is so rich and complicated, so many-splendored and mysterious, so fertile and generous. I’m amazed you can hold all the poignant marvels you contain. Isn’t it sometimes a struggle for you to avoid spilling over? Like a river at high tide during heavy rains? And yet every so often there come moments when you go blank, when your dense, luxuriant wonders go missing. That’s OK! It’s all part of the Great Mystery. You need these fallow phases. And I suspect that the present time might be such a time. If so, here’s a fragment of a poem by Cecilia Woloch to temporarily use as your motto: “I have nothing to offer you now save my own wild emptiness.” LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): America’s premier eventologist is Leo-born Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith. When she was going through a hard time in 1991, she resolved to buoy her spirits by creating cheerful, splashy new holidays. Since then she has filled the calendar with over 1,900 new occasions to celebrate. What a perfect way to express her radiant Leo energy! National Splurge Day on June 18 is one of Adrienne’s favorites: a time for revelers to be extra kind and generous to themselves. That’s a happy coincidence, because my analysis of the astrological omens suggests that this is a perfect activity for you to emphasize during the coming weeks. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “Let me keep my mind on what matters, which is my work,

which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished.” Virgo poet Mary Oliver made that statement. It was perfectly reasonable for her, given her occupation, although a similar declaration might sound outlandish coming from a non-poet. Nonetheless, I’ll counsel you to inhabit that frame of mind at least part-time for the next two weeks. I think you’ll benefit in numerous ways from ingesting more than your minimum daily dose of beauty, wonder, enchantment and astonishment.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Libran philosopher Michel Foucault articulated a unique definition of “criticism.” He said that it doesn’t dish out judgments or hand down sentences. Rather, it invigorates things by encouraging them, by identifying dormant potentials and hidden beauty. Paraphrasing and quoting Foucault, I’ll tell you that this alternate type of criticism ignites useful fires and sings to the grass as it grows. It looks for the lightning of possible storms and coaxes codes from the sea foam. I hope you’ll practice this kind of criticism in the coming weeks, Libra — a criticism that doesn’t squelch enthusiasm and punish mistakes but instead champions the life spirit and helps it ripen. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Help may be hovering nearby but in an unrecognizable guise. Rumpled but rich opportunities will appear at the peripheries, though you may not immediately recognize their value. A mess that you might prefer to avoid looking at could be harboring a very healthy kind of trouble. My advice to you, therefore, is to drop your expectations. Be receptive to possibilities that have not been on your radar. Be willing to learn lessons you have neglected or disdained in the past. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): As much

as I love logic and champion rational thinking, I’m granting you a temporary exemption from their supremacy. To understand what’s transpiring in the coming weeks, and to respond with intelligence, you will have to transcend logic and reason. They will simply not be sufficient guides as you wrestle and dance with the Great Riddle that will be visiting. You will need to unleash the full power of

your intuition. You must harness the wisdom of your body and the information it reveals to you via physical sensations. You will benefit from remembering at least some of your nightly dreams and inviting them to play on your consciousness throughout the day.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): For the sake of your emotional and spiritual health, you may need to temporarily withdraw or retreat from one or more of your alliances. But I recommend that you not do anything drastic or dramatic. Refrain from harsh words and sudden breaks. For now, seal yourself away from influences that are stirring up confusion so you can concentrate on reconnecting with your own deepest truths. Once you’ve done that for a while, you’ll be primed to find helpful clues about where to go next in managing your alliances. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): I’ve got a list

of dos and don’ts for you. Do play and have fun more than usual. But don’t indulge in naïve assumptions and infantile emotions that interfere with your ability to see the world as it really is. Do take aggressive action to heal any sense of abandonment you’re still carrying from the old days. But don’t poison yourself with feelings of blame toward the people who abandoned you. Do unleash wild flights of fantasy and marvelous speculations about seemingly impossible futures that maybe aren’t so impossible. But don’t get so fixated on wild fantasies and marvelous speculations that you neglect to embrace the subtle joys that are actually available to you right now.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “At times, so many memories trample my heart that it becomes impossible to know just what I’m feeling and why,” writes Piscean poet Mark Nepo. While that experience is familiar to everyone, it’s especially common for you Pisceans. That’s the bad news. But here’s the good news: In the coming weeks, your heart is unlikely to be trampled by your memories. Hence, you will have an excellent chance to know exactly what you’re feeling and why. The weight of the past will at least partially dissolve, and you’ll be freer than usual to understand what’s true for you right now without having to sort through confusing signals about who you used to be.


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COCONUT CARBON FOR FLATULENCE  We had fun whilst shopping in the medicines section. You had a lovely smile and were very tolerant of my sense of humor as I teased you. Perhaps you just thought me odd or felt sorry for my affliction.  I’d like to see you again. When: Wednesday, June 5, 2019. Where: Rutland Discount Foods. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914761 MEEEEOW ... YOU, ME, NOW? I saw you through a window. Tall, dark hair and holding a cat. You looked at the cat, and then we made eye contact. The cat was cute; so were you. I can’t help feline in love. When: Tuesday, June 4, 2019. Where: near Domino’s and Pingala. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914760 FELLOW HANDLER AT TARGET As I was leaving with my service dog, I caught a glimpse of you and your service dog. You looked young like me. I wish I had the guts to say hello. It could be nice to connect over being handlers and young disabled folx. When: Saturday, June 1, 2019. Where: Target. You: Woman. Me: Nonbinary person. #914759 EASTERN DRAGON CHOW You had lunch with another woman. You left but returned to use the ladies’ room. I saw the ring on your finger but wonder if it carries much weight. I was alone at the next table toward the kitchen. Would love to chat with you. Loved seeing your legs! When: Monday, June 3, 2019. Where: Eastern Dragon, St. Albans. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914758 GILLIAN AT MARKET32 So nice to be rung up by a real person. Even nicer when that person has such a lovely smile! When: Thursday, April 11, 2019. Where: Market32. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914719

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Dear Reverend, My husband and I are happy together, but we’re at a kinda unhappy point in our lives. He’s dealing with a chronic health condition that understandably takes up a lot of his time and energy — and mine, too, in supporting him and secretly worrying about him. It’s like having a full-time job on top of our full-time jobs. We don’t have enough free time to hang out and enjoy things right now. How can we carve out some fun time together? Beyond Netflix, I mean!

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NP APPOINTMENT OBSERVER Somewhat embarrassed to be writing this, as you were the NP student at my appointment. Besides thinking you’re beautiful, I picked up on a depth and intelligence and grounded quiet, sensitive strength that resonated with me. And made it reeeally hard to concentrate on myself and my appointment! Tea? When: Monday, April 29, 2019. Where: South Burlington appointment. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914751 NATIONAL LIFE BROWN DELIVERY MAN Do you ever slow down for more than a passing “Hi”? Your shorts are back and, wow, those leg muscles stir me! You: hot. Me: wet! When: Monday, May 20, 2019. Where: Montpelier. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914750 THINKING MUCH TOO HARD Why not go for broke? Trade in all your chips and learn how to be free. Why abstain, why jump in line — we’re all living on borrowed time! So do what you like. When: Sunday, May 19, 2019. Where: Tullamore. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914749 LIFE’S TOO SHORT TO I’m grateful the lyrics came to me as I was leaving and I was able to connect with such a beautiful woman about a meaningful song. I hope to see you again. Maybe we’ll get to the chorus. When: Sunday, May 19, 2019. Where: Knead Bakery. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914748 IN LINE AT MOE’S In line behind you. You were with boyfriend but kept checking me out, and we shared a few smiles. You’re hot and seemed interested, so HMU. When: Sunday, May 19, 2019. Where: Moe’s. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914747 WALKING ALONE Well, you have been spied. I would like to get to know more about you. Thoughts? When: Tuesday, May 14, 2019. Where: Seven Days. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914745

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BEAUTIFUL SMILE You were shopping. You were wearing a mauve dress. I was wearing a blue T-shirt and a smile. You have a beautiful smile. I would like to connect. When: Sunday, May 26, 2019. Where: Walmart. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914753

Obviously, you love your husband and want to help him in every way you can, but coping with an illness can put a strain on any relationship. It’s easy to forget that you need to take care of yourself in order to be any good at helping somebody else. Kinda like how they tell you to put your oxygen mask on first in airplane safety instructions. My husband was very ill for a while last year. I thought I could handle everything myself, but it was incredibly draining, both physically and emotionally, and I started to have a little caregiver burnout. ( is a great resource.) Once I gave myself permission to take a

NOT GONNA REACH MY TELEPHONE It’s strange how distant we are for seeming so close. Our hearts speak different dialects of the same language, and mine is worn down from trying to understand. I’m not sure what you get from all of this, but I should probably get out from under it. May we both find the kind of anarchy we’re seeking. When: Sunday, May 19, 2019. Where: on the rocks. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914746 WORDS THAT I AIN’T SPOKEN Roy Orbison singing for the lonely ... Hey, that’s me, and I want you only! Don’t turn me home again — I just can’t face myself alone again. Don’t run back inside, darling; you know just what I’m here for. So you’re scared and you’re thinking that maybe we ain’t that young anymore? Show a little faith, there’s magic in the night! When: Monday, October 1, 2018. Where: in dreams. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914743 S’MORES AND POPCORN To the handsome bearded man: You were buying makings for s’mores and popcorn. I was a few people behind. We exchanged extended smiles. If I was directly behind you, I would have struck up a conversation. Hopefully you see this and want to meet. I like s’mores and popcorn, too! When: Friday, May 3, 2019. Where: Market 32, Shelburne Rd. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914739 TENDER MOTHER WITH MAGIC SMILE We sat opposite each other in the dining area. I wore funny “clothes,” and you could probably sense I was mesmerized. As I gathered the courage to talk to you, your son ran off and the moment was lost. I hope I see you again. When: Saturday, May 4, 2019. Where: Middlebury Co-op, 12:25 p.m. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914738 WATERBURY CROSSROADS GAS DBL E The sailor coming out again / the lady fairly lept at him / that’s how it stands today / you decide if he was wise... Stopped for gas tonight. We exchanged “pleasantries” over how sleepy the weather was. There was something in the way you smiled. Coffee? Drinks? Dinner? Apologies if you’re happily involved with someone. Figured I had to take a chance. When: Thursday, May 2, 2019. Where: Waterbury Crossroads. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914736

break here and there — as simple as having my sister hang out with my husband while I went out for an hour or two — I felt a million times better. So please remember to be good to yourself. As far as finding time to hang out with your hubby: This might sound a little lame, but you just need to make it happen. People find time to do all kinds of things that aren’t particularly enjoyable: mowing the lawn, paying bills, going to the dentist. Spending time with the person you love most in the world is way more important than any of those things, don’t you think?

CAN’T ASK A TELLER There’s an intriguing banker in Morrisville. You’re tall and pretty. I saw you again April 24. I needed a haircut and small bills from your coworker. I can’t believe you’re single, but I hope you see this anyway. You’re a fox. When: Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Where: Morrisville. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914729 PREGNANT ON CHURCH ST. I saw a very attractive pregnant woman walking past Outdoor Gear Exchange, and I didn’t see a ring. I smiled; you smiled back. Maybe we can get a mocktail? When: Monday, May 13, 2019. Where: Church St. You: Man. Me: Man. #914744 BEAUTIFUL WOMAN, TAN CROSSTREK We chatted briefly leaving the PO, and I was so dumbfounded by the conversation I’d just had inside that I didn’t even realize how gorgeous you were or think to ask you out until after the fact. But wow, I’d love to see you again, and hopefully you can show the new guy in town around. When: Tuesday, April 23, 2019. Where: Bristol Post Office. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914728 WE BOTH BEGIN WITH D Years ago, you entered a bar in Montpelier. I followed. Pretended not to know you, flirted, drank our Scotch neat. Bartender warned you, yet I walked out with you, kissing, touching, nearly made love on the way to your place. A passerby smiled, spying your revealed skin. We were hot. Let’s be hot again. When: Saturday, January 11, 2014. Where: Montpelier, years ago. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914716 SECOND FLOOR, UVMMC It was great talking to you. I was looking for the main lobby front desk. I just wanted to send you an I Spy to say thanks. I hope that it will brighten up your day, since it was such a rainy one when we met. BTW, loved the bling in the ears.  When: Tuesday, April 9, 2019. Where: second-floor elevator, UVMMC. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914714 BTV CONTACT Hello, S. We had a great dialogue while waiting for our bags from Detroit. You left quickly — I hope it wasn’t something I said — without giving me your number. How can I contact you? M. When: Sunday, March 17, 2019. Where: BTV. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914690

You don’t have to shoot for the moon. Start by just shaking up your daily routine a little. Have breakfast outside, find a recipe for dinner that you can make together, sit outside and look at the stars for 20 minutes before you go to bed. Easy-peasy. Life is too damn short not to enjoy yourself. Good luck and God bless,

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ACT 250 NOTICE MINOR APPLICATION #4C0824-5C 10 V.S.A. §§ 6001 - 6093 On May 14, 2019, Rice Lumber Company, Inc. and Rice Realty, Inc., 4088 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, VT 05482 filed application #4C0824-5C for a project generally described as the modification of the previously approved access roadway to direct residential traffic away from the Lot 2 retail area by constructing a new access point from the common portion of Shagbark Lane onto the residential portion of Shagbark Lane. The project is located 4188 Shelburne Road in Shelburne, Vermont. The District #4 Environmental Commission is reviewing this application under Act 250 Rule 51 — Minor Applications. A copy of the application and proposed permit are available for review at the office listed below. The application and a draft permit may also be viewed on the Natural Resources Board’s web site (http://nrb.vermont. gov) by clicking on “Act 250 Database” and entering the project number “4C0824-5C”. No hearing will be held and a permit may be issued unless, on or before June 24, 2019, a person

notifies the Commission of an issue or issues requiring the presentation of evidence at a hearing or the Commission sets the matter for hearing on its own motion. Any hearing request must be in writing to the address below, must state the criteria or subcriteria at issue, why a hearing is required and what additional evidence will be presented at the hearing. Any hearing request by an adjoining property owner or other interested person must include a petition for party status. Prior to submitting a request for a hearing, please contact the district coordinator at the telephone number listed below for more information. Prior to convening a hearing, the Commission must determine that substantive issues requiring a hearing have been raised. Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law will not be prepared unless the Commission holds a public hearing. If you feel that any of the District Commission members listed on the attached Certificate of Service under “For Your Information” may have a conflict of interest, or if there is any other reason a member should be disqualified from sitting on this case, please contact the district coordinator as soon as possible, no later than prior to the response date listed above. Should a hearing be held on this project and you have a disability for which you are going to need accommodation, please notify us by June 24, 2019. Parties entitled to participate are the Municipality, the Municipal Planning Commission, the Regional Planning Commission, affected state agencies, and adjoining property owners and other persons to the extent they have a particularized interest that


STORAGE BIN AUCTION AIRPORT SELF STORAGE 1900 Williston Road, South Burlington, June 21 at 9AM Spenti/BLA Partners, Burlington Labs Unit D-15 Erin Scott Unit E-9 Linda Fratus Unit Unit D-3 Matt Burt Unit B-12 Dakota Burr Unit A-13 Leigh Rucker Unit C-7 may be affected by the proposed project under the 10 criteria. Non-party participants may also be allowed under 10 V.S.A. Section 6085(c)(5).

BURLINGTON DEVELOPMENT REVIEW BOARD TUESDAY JULY 2ND, 2019, 5:00 PM PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Burlington Development Review Board will hold a meeting on Tuesday July 2nd, 2019, at 5:00 PM in Contois Auditorium, City Hall. 1. 19-0575CU; 366 North Ave (RL, Ward 7N) Eric Corey Convert single family home to a duplex. 2. 19-0840CA; 51 Staniford Rd (RL, Ward 4N) Adam Frowine and Anne Lawson Appeal of administrative denial of proposed mudroom addition. 3. 19-0951CA/CU; 183

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Dated at Essex Junction, Vermont this 5th day of June, 2019. By: /s/Aaron Brondyke Aaron Brondyke State Coordinator 111 West Street Essex Junction, VT 05452 802/5952735 aaron.brondyke@

Ward 7N) George and Sherri Loso Request for 1 bedroom bed and breakfast; Related site improvements Plans may be viewed in the Planning and Zoning Office, (City Hall, 149 Church Street, Burlington), between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Participation in the

DRB proceeding is a prerequisite to the right to take any subsequent appeal. Please note that ANYTHING submitted to the Planning and Zoning office is considered public and cannot be kept confidential. This may not be the final order in which items will be heard. Please view final Agenda, at www. drb/agendas or the office notice board, one week before the hearing for the order in which items will be heard. STATE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT CHITTENDEN UNIT PROBATE DIVISION DOCKET NO. 510-4-19 CNPR In re estate of Judith Pillion-Morley NOTICE TO CREDITORS To the creditors of Judith Pillion-Morley late of Shelburne, Vermont. I have been appointed to administer this estate. All creditors having claims against the decedent or the estate must present their claims in writing within four (4) months of the first publication of this notice. The claim must be presented to me at


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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. Date: Sunday, June 3, 2019 /s/ Deborah Mayfield Signature of Fiduciary Deborah Mayfield Executor/Administrator: PO Box 285 Shelburne, VT 05482 802-497-2006 Name of publication Seven Days Publication Dates: June 12, 2019 Name and Address of Court: Chittenden Probate Court PO Box 511 Burlington, VT 05402 STATE OF VERMONT VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT CALEDONIA UNIT, CIVIL DIVISION DOCKET NO: 70-3-18-CACV THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON FKA THE BANK OF NEW YORK AS TRUSTEE FOR THE CERTIFICATEHOLDERS OF THE CWABS, INC., ASSETBACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2016-14


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v. CHRISTINE S. FERRANT, MICHAEL E. FERRANT, MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., AS NOMINEE FOR COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS, INC. A CORPORATION OCCUPANTS OF: 131 York Street, Lyndon 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 February 22, 2019, in the above captioned action brought to foreclose that certain mortgage given by Christine S. Ferrant and Michael E. Ferrant to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., dated August 16, 2006 and recorded in Book 178 Page 9 of the land records of the Town of Lyndon, of which mortgage the Plaintiff is the present holder, by virtue of an Assignment of Mortgage from Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., As Nominee for Countrywide Home Loans, Inc.

Post & browse ads at your convenience. to The Bank of New York Mellon fka The Bank of New York as Trustee for the Certificateholders of the CWABS, Inc., AssetBacked Certificates, Series 2016-14 dated August 30, 2011 and recorded September 6, 2011 in Book 207 Page 483 of the land records of the Town of Lyndon for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing the same will be sold at Public Auction at 131 York Street, Lyndon, Vermont on June 18, 2019 at 11:00 AM all and singular the premises described in said mortgage, To wit: Meaning and intending hereby to convey all of the same land and premises as conveyed to Scott W. Desjardins and Catherine E. Dunn by Warranty Deed of Jean M. Minor and Debra A. Minor, dated January 28, 2004 and recorded January 30, 2004 in Book 159, Pages 171-172 of the Lyndon Land Records, and described as follows: “Being a certain parcel of land estimated to contain one (1) acre, more or less, together with the dwelling house and the other improve-

ments thereon, located on the southerly side of York Street, at No. 131 York Street, in Lyndon Corner, so-called, in the Town of Lyndon. Also a certain small parcel of land located on the northerly side of said York Street. Also another certain parcel of land estimated to contain one (1) acre, more or less, located southerly of and adjacent to the parcel of land first hereinbefore mentioned. Said parcels of land being all of the same land and premises conveyed to the Grantors herein, Jean M. Minor and Debra A. Minor, by Quitclaim Deed of Jean M. Minor, dated August 25, 1982 and recorded in Book 78 at Pages 448449 of the Lyndon Land Records. Being further described as all of the same land and premises conveyed to Jean M. Minor by Decree of Distribution of the Probate Court for the District of Caledonia, in the matter of the Estate of Geraldine Provencher, dated June 18, 1982 and recorded in Book 78 at Pages 327-329 of the Lyndon Land Records. Being further described as all of the same land and premises conveyed

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to Ronald J. Provencher and Geraldine F. Provencher by Warranty Deed of C. E. Pearce and Marie A. Pearce, dated October 9, 1944 and recorded in Book 40 at Page 127 of the Lyndon Land Records. SUBJECT, NEVERTHELESS, to such utility line easements as may appear of record in the Lyndon Land Records. Reference is hereby made to the aforesaid deeds and the records thereof, to the aforesaid decree and the record thereof and to all prior deeds, decrees and conveyances in the chain of title and the records thereof for a more particular description of the land and premises conveyed herein.” 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



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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 certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check within sixty (60) days after the date of sale. The mortgagor is entitled to redeem the premises at any time prior to the sale by paying the full

MORTGAGEE’S NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE OF REAL PROPERTY UNDER 12 V.S.A. sec 4952 et seq. In accordance with the Joint Judgment Order and Decree of Foreclosure entered April 3, 2019, in the above captioned action brought to foreclose that certain mortgage given by Shannon H. Reilly to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Sovereign Bank, N.A., dated May 20, 2013 and recorded in Book 1217 Page 398 of the land records of






the City of Burlington, of which mortgage the Plaintiff is the present holder, by virtue of an Assignment of Mortgage from Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. (MERS), as nominee for Santander Bank, N.A., formerly known as Sovereign Bank, N.A. to Santander Bank, N.A. dated January 4, 2018 and recorded in Book 1379 Page 126 of the land records of the City of Burlington for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing the same will be sold at Public Auction at 203 Elmwood Avenue, Burlington, Vermont on July 8, 2019 at 10:00AM all and singular the premises described in said mortgage, To wit: Being all and the same land and premises conveyed to Shannon H. Reilly by Warranty Deed of David J.B. Driscoll and Liza K. Driscoll dated September 28, 2005 and recorded in Volume 935 at Pages 372-373 of the City of Burlington Land Records. Being a lot of land with dwelling house thereon, situated on the westerly side of Elmwood Avenue in the City of Burlington, Vermont. Said lot has a frontage on Elmwood Avenue of 34 feet, more or less. The dwelling house thereon is known and designated as No. 203 Elmwood Avenue, Burlington, Vermont. Reference is hereby made to the above instruments and to the records and references contained therein in further aid of this description. Terms of sale: Said premises will be sold and conveyed subject to all liens, encumbrances, unpaid taxes, tax titles, municipal liens and assessments, if any, which take precedence over the said mortgage above described. TEN THOUSAND ($10,000.00) Dollars of the purchase price must be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check at the time and place of the sale by the purchaser. The balance of the purchase price shall be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check within sixty (60) days after the date of sale.

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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.



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DATED: April 23, 2019 By: _/s/ Rachel K. Ljunggren Rachel Ljunggren, Esq. Bendett and McHugh, PC 270 Farmington Ave., Ste. 151 Farmington, CT 06032


DATED: May 17, 2019 By:/S/ Rachel Ljunggren, Esq. Rachel Ljunggren, Esq. Bendett and McHugh, PC 270 Farmington Ave., Ste. 151 Farmington, CT 06032


Other terms to be announced at the sale.

In accordance with the Judgment Order and Decree of Foreclosure entered October 18, 2018, in the above captioned action brought to foreclose that certain mortgage given by Thomas J. Forgues to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for CitiMortgage, Inc., dated July 21, 2010 and recorded in Book 348 Page 510 of the land records of the Town of St. Johnsbury, of which mortgage the Plaintiff is the present holder, by virtue of an Assignment of Mortgage from Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for CitiMortgage, Inc. to CitiMortgage, Inc. dated April 22, 2016, and recorded in Volume 407 at Page 102, of the Town of St. Johnsbury Land Records for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of



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.




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 certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check within sixty (60) days after the date of sale.

THOMAS J. FORGUES OCCUPANTS OF: 62 Duke Street, Village of St. Johnsbury, Town of St. Johnsbury VT

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amount due under the mortgage, including the costs and expenses of the sale. Other terms to be announced at the sale.


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foreclosing the same will be sold at Public Auction at 62 Duke Street, Village of St. Johnsbury, Town of St. Johnsbury, Vermont on June 19, 2019 at 2:30 PM all and singular the premises described in said mortgage,



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 : June 6, 2019 By:___/s/ Rachel K. Ljunggren__________ Rachel K. Ljunggren, Esq. Bendett and McHugh, PC 270 Farmington Ave., Ste. 151 Farmington, CT 06032 STORAGE AUCTION A public storage auction will be held on Friday June 21, 2019 8:30am at Booska Movers Inc. 180 Flynn Ave. Burlington, VT 05401. Items being held for: Jennifer Lamotte, 175 Kennedy Dr., So Burlington, VT 05403. Anyone wishing to settle any of these account to prevent the liquidation of their goods can do so by contacting Booska Movers before May 16, 2019 4:30pm at 802-864-5115. THE CONTENTS OF STORAGE UNIT 02-00450,0200503 LOCATED AT WINTER SPORT LANE WILLISTON, VT, WILL BE SOLD ON OR ABOUT THE 20TH OF JUNE 2019 TO SATISFY THE DEBT OF TIM CHICOINE. 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. THE CONTENTS OF STORAGE UNIT 0102422,01-03511 LOCATED AT 28 ADAMS DRIVE WILLISTON, VT, WILL BE SOLD ON OR ABOUT 20TH OF JUNE 2019 TO SATISFY THE DEBT OF SCOTT NICHOLSON. 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. THE CONTENTS OF STORAGE UNIT 0103658 LOCATED AT 28 ADAMS DRIVE WILLISTON, VT, WILL BE SOLD ON OR ABOUT 20TH OF JUNE 2019 TO SATISFY THE DEBT OF TANYA WIGMORE. Any person claiming a right to the goods may pay the amount claimed due and reasonable expenses before the sale, in which case the sale may not occur.

TOWN OF BOLTON NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING DEVELOPMENT REVIEW BOARD (DRB) AT BOLTON TOWN OFFICE3045 THEODORE ROOSEVELT HIGHWAY BOLTON, VERMONT 05676 The DRB will hold a public hearing on Thursday, June 27, 2019, starting at 6:30 pm at the Bolton Town Office to consider the following application: Application 2019-15CU: 56 Fern Hollow Rd., Derek Howard & Kimberly Ead, applicants and landowners. Seeking variance for reduced side yard setback & permit to construct a 2-story 28’x24’ garage with 2nd fl. accessory dwelling unit apt. The property is located in the Rural II Zoning District. (Tax Map #8-4010065) The DRB will also accept additional evidence and public comments on two continued public hearings from its meeting of 23 May 2019, re: Application 2019-15CU: 2996 Stage Rd., Jane Mulcahy & Trevor Kreznar, applicants Application 2019-01CU: 1811 Happy Hollow Rd., Richard Weston, applicant Application 2019-02-CU: 501 Sharkeyville Rd., Stephen Goldfield, applicant The hearings are open to the public. Additional information may be obtained at the Bolton Town Office, Mon.-Thurs. from 8:00-4:00PM. Pursuant to 24 VSA §§4464(a)(1)(C) and 4471(a), participation in this local proceeding, by written or oral comment, is a prerequisite to the right to take any subsequent appeal. If you cannot attend the hearing, comments may be made in writing prior to the hearing and mailed to: Zoning Administrator, 3045 Theodore Roosevelt Highway (US Route 2), Bolton, Vermont 05676 or via email to: zoningbolton@ VERMONT NATURAL RESOURCES BOARD NOTICE OF ACT 250 JURISDICTIONAL OPINION #4-269 On June 3, 2019, the District #4 Coordinator issued Act 250 Jurisdictional Opinion (“JO”) #4269 pursuant to 10 V.S.A. 6007(c) and Act 250 Rule 3(C), in response

SEVENDAYSVT.COM/CLASSIFIEDS to a request made on May 31, 2019 from Greg Dixson on behalf of Jeff Mongeon and Travis Fitzgerald. The Jurisdictional Opinion states that the Project consists of the demolition of three existing residences and outbuildings at 101 Main Street, 109 Main Street and 18 Mansion Street in Winooski, VT, and replacement with a four-story building that has two commercial spaces on the first/ garage levels and 74 residential dwelling units on the first through fourth levels (“Mansion Street Apartments”). The JO also states that the Project, on its own, does not trigger jurisdiction as development because of its location in a Neighborhood Development Area and its status as a PHP. Furthermore, demolition of the contemplated structures located at 101 Main Street and 18 Mansion Street has been adequately addressed through review by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation. Finally, under 10 VSA § 6001(3)(A)(I)(ff), demolition of 109 Main Street has been adequately mitigated through a signed Memorandum of Agreement, dated May 14, 2019, setting forth a procedure by which to address the loss of the historic structure under Criterion 8. Overall, the proposed project does not trigger Act 250 jurisdiction. Copies of this jurisdictional opinion have been served on all persons specified in 10 V.S.A. 6007(c) and Act 250 Rule 3(C). A copy of the jurisdictional opinion may be obtained by contacting the District Coordinator at the address/telephone number below. Reconsideration requests are governed by Act 250 Rule 3(C)(2) and should be directed to the District Coordinator at the address listed below. Any appeal of this decision must be filed with the Superior Court, Environmental Division (32 Cherry Street, 2nd Floor, Ste. 303, Burlington, VT 05401) within 30 days of the date the decision was issued, pursuant to 10 V.S.A. Chapter 220. The Notice of Appeal must comply with the Vermont Rules for Environmental Court Proceedings (VRECP). The appellant must file with the Notice of Appeal the entry fee required by 32 V.S.A. § 1431 and the 5% surcharge required by 32 V.S.A. § 1434a(a), which is $262.50. The ap-

pellant also must serve a copy of the Notice of Appeal on the Natural Resources Board, 10 Baldwin Street, Montpelier, VT 05633-3201, and on other parties in accordance with Rule 5(b)(4)(B) of the Vermont Rules for Environmental Court Proceedings. Dated at Essex Junction, Vermont this 3rd day of June, 2019. /S/ Stephanie H. Monaghan, District Coordinator District #4 Commission 111 West Street Essex Junction, VT 05452 802-879-5662 stephanie.monaghan@

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BURLINGTON AREA PARKINSON’S DISEASE OUTREACH GROUP People with Parkinson’s disease & their caregivers gather together to gain support & learn about living with Parkinson’s disease. Group meets 2nd Wed. of every mo., 1-2 p.m., continuing through Nov. 18, 2015. Shelburne Bay Senior Living Community, 185 Pine Haven Shores Rd., Shelburne. Info: 888763-3366, parkinson, CANCER SUPPORT GROUP The Champlain Valley Prostate Cancer Support Group will be held every 2nd Tue. of the mo., 6-7:45 p.m. at the Hope Lodge, 237 East Ave., Burlington. Newly diagnosed? Prostate cancer reoccurrence? General discussion and sharing among survivors and those beginning or rejoining the battle. Info, Mary L. Guyette RN, MS, ACNS-BC, 274-4990, CELEBRATE RECOVERY Overcome any hurt, habit or hangup in your life with this confidential 12-Step, Christ-centered recovery program. We offer multiple support groups for both men and women, such as chemical dependency, codependency, sexual addiction and pornography, food issues, and overcoming abuse. All 18+ are welcome; sorry, no childcare. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; we begin at 7 p.m. Essex Alliance Church, 37 Old Stage Rd., Essex Junction. Info: recovery@essexalliance. org, 878-8213. CELEBRATE RECOVERY Celebrate Recovery meetings are for anyone with struggles with hurt, habits and hang ups, which includes everyone in some way. We welcome everyone at Cornerstone Church in Milton which meets every Friday night at 7-9 p.m. We’d love to have you join us and discover how your life can start to change. Info: 893-0530, julie@mccartycreations. com. CELIAC & GLUTEN-FREE GROUP Last Wed. of every month, 4:30-6 p.m., at Tulsi Tea Room, 34 Elm St., Montpelier. Free & open to the public! To learn more, contact Lisa at 598-9206 or

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CEREBRAL PALSY GUIDANCE Cerebral Palsy Guidance is a very comprehensive informational website broadly covering the topic of cerebral palsy and associated medical conditions. It’s mission it to provide the best possible information to parents of children living with the complex condition of cerebral palsy. cerebral-palsy/ CODEPENDENTS ANONYMOUS CoDA is a 12-step fellowship for people whose common purpose is to develop healthy & fulfilling relationships. By actively working the program of Codependents Anonymous, we can realize a new joy, acceptance & serenity in our lives. Meets Sunday at noon at the Turning Point Center, 179 So. Winooski Ave., Suite 301, Burlington. Tom, 238-3587, DECLUTTERERS’ SUPPORT GROUP Are you ready to make improvements but find it overwhelming? Maybe two or three of us can get together to help each other simplify. 989-3234, 425-3612. DISCOVER THE POWER OF CHOICE! SMART Recovery welcomes anyone, including family and friends, affected by any kind of substance or activity addiction. It is a science-based program that encourages abstinence. Specially trained volunteer facilitators provide leadership. Sundays at 5 p.m. at the 1st Unitarian Universalist Society, 152 Pearl St., Burlington. Volunteer facilitator: Bert, 399-8754. You can learn more at smartrecovery. org. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUPPORT Steps to End Domestic Violence offers a weekly drop-in support group for female identified survivors of intimate partner violence, including individuals who are experiencing or have been affected by domestic violence. The support group offers a safe, confidential place for survivors to connect with others, to heal, and to recover. In support group, participants talk through their experiences and hear stories from others who have experienced abuse in their relationships. Support group is also a

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personal coping skills & draw strength from one another. Weekly on Wed., 5:30-6:30 p.m. Turning Point Center, 179 So. Winooski Ave., Suite 301, Burlington.

EMPLOYMENTSEEKERS SUPPORT GROUP Frustrated with the job search or with your job? You are not alone. Come check out this supportive circle. Wednesdays at 3 p.m., Pathways Vermont Community Center, 279 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: Abby Levinsohn, 777-8602.

FOOD ADDICTS IN RECOVERY ANONYMOUS (FA) Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? FA is a free 12-step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, under-eating or bulimia. Local meetings are held twice a week: Mondays, 4-5:30 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church, Norwich, Vt.; and Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m., at Hanover Friends Meeting House, Hanover, N.H. For more information and a list of additional meetings throughout the U.S. and the world, call 603-630-1495 or visit

FAMILIES, PARTNERS, FRIENDS AND ALLIES OF TRANSGENDER ADULTS We are people with adult loved ones who are transgender or gender-nonconforming. We meet to support each other and to learn more about issues and concerns. Our sessions are supportive, informal, and confidential. Meetings are held at 5:30 PM, the second Thursday of each month at Pride Center of VT, 255 South Champlain St., Suite 12, in Burlington. Not sure if you’re ready for a meeting? We also offer one-on-one support. For more information, email rex@ or call 802-238-3801. FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF THOSE EXPERIENCING MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS This support group is a dedicated meeting for family, friends and community members who are supporting a loved one through a mental health crisis. Mental health crisis might include extreme states, psychosis, depression, anxiety and other types of distress. The group is a confidential space where family and friends can discuss shared experiences and receive support in an environment free of judgment and stigma with a trained facilitator. Weekly on Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. Downtown Burlington. Info: Jess Horner, LICSW, 866-218-8586. FCA FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP Families coping with addiction (FCA) is an open community peer support group for adults 18 & over struggling with the drug or alcohol addiction of a loved one. FCA is not 12-step based but provides a forum for those living this experience to develop

G.R.A.S.P. (GRIEF RECOVERY AFTER A SUBSTANCE PASSING) Are you a family member who has lost a loved one to addiction? Find support, peer-led support group. Meets once a month on Mondays in Burlington. Please call for date and location. RSVP mkeasler3@gmail. com or call 310-3301 (message says Optimum Health, but this is a private number). GRIEF SUPPORT GROUPS Meet twice a month: every second Monday from 6-7:30 p.m., and every third Wednesday from 10-11:30 a.m., at Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice in Berlin. The group is open to the public and free of charge. More info: Diana Moore, 224-2241. HEARING VOICES SUPPORT GROUP This Hearing Voices Group seeks to find understanding of voice hearing experiences as real lived experiences which may happen to anyone at anytime.  We choose to share experiences, support, and empathy.  We validate anyone’s experience and stories about their experience as their own, as being an honest and accurate representation of their experience, and as being acceptable exactly as they are. Weekly on Tuesday, 2-3 p.m. Pathways Vermont Community Center, 279 North Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 802-777-8602, abby@

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Experienced auto body collision tech needed at Majestic Auto Body. Must be experienced full phase, start to finish tech with own tools and valid driver’s license. Paid Holidays, 2 week paid vacation, plus sick/personal days. Competitive wages and health insurance.


This is a lifetime career opportunity with Omega Electric Construction. We are currently hiring apprentices for the electrical program. This is an opportunity to become a licensed journeyman electrician in only 4 years!

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TECHNICIAN Seeking Fiber Optic Installation Technician for ValleyNet LLC, the operating company of ECFiber. Become part of a team of dedicated people providing fiber optic internet to homes and businesses in East Central VT.

AmeriCorps Member Seeking a fun, interesting, meaningful opportunity to collaborate with diverse stakeholders and local leaders to help Vermont transition to a clean energy future? The Vermont Natural Resources Council, coordinator of the Vermont Energy & Climate Action Network, seeks a motivated individual with interest and expertise in community outreach, communications, clean energy and climate action. Find out more and apply: Applications are due July 19, 2019. VNRC is an EOE.

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Experience is valued, but not necessary. The basic skills required are familiarity with computers, and an understanding of home 4t-VNRC061219.indd 1 6/10/19 networks on PCs, Macs and various Wi-Fi mobile devices. With your commitment to work reliably and collaboratively with The Sharon Academy, Sharon, VT attention to detail and a passion for our mission, we will train you on everything else. The Sharon Academy, an independent school in Sharon, VT, offers all the advantages of a small school See the full job description at environment. On our two campuses for grades 7-12, we provide a nurturing and challenging environment where Please complete the online students are able to thrive academically, emotionally Application Form, and submit it and physically. Founded on the Common Principles of with a cover letter and your resume the Coalition of Essential Schools, TSA emphasizes selfto directed, mastery learning. or via mail to: The Sharon Academy presents an outstanding leadership Human Resources, ECFiber/ opportunity and seeks a new Head of School for July, ValleyNet, 415 Waterman Rd, 2020. Interested candidates are directed to: Royalton, VT 05068 ValleyNet, LLC is an equalApplication deadline is July 15, 2019. opportunity employer.

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Patient Access Specialist This position coordinates scheduling, registration, insurance and payer eligibility management and financial screening for patients, families and visitors. Positions available in Burlington, South Burlington and Colchester. Sign on Bonus up to $4000.

(SOUTH BURLINGTON) Omega Electric has an immediate opening with long-term job opportunities for a warehouse person. Some of the duties are shipping and receiving of electrical materials, answering phone calls, picking materials to fill orders. Electrical experience a plus. Omega offers a competitive salary along with an excellent benefit package. EOE & Women are encouraged to apply. Please respond by email:

TECHNICIAN We are a small engine retail and repair shop, looking for a full time technician. Some experience required; however, would be willing to train. Should have an aptitude to read schematics; some computer experience is required. Saturday on a rotational basis is required. Send resumes to:



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The Dutch Deli in Winooski is a local hot-spot that has just been rebranded to bring European street food with a Vermont twist, located in Williston, VT. We are looking for an experienced Kitchen Manager to join us and lead the Back of House team. As Kitchen Manager, you would oversee all Back of House operations and be responsible for planning and executing new and established recipes, and purchasing, receiving, pricing, managing kitchen staff, scheduling kitchen staff, kitchen cleanliness, and presenting all food products. Pay is either an hourly rate of between $16 to $20/hour depending on experience, or salary agreed upon at hiring. This is a unique opportunity to expand your resume by mastering a little-known cuisine, while leading a fast-paced team through a key phase of its rebranding. The deli offers an inclusive and caring work environment and offers great opportunities for growing your career and skills. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Wake Robin, in partnership with Vermont MedEd, is happy to announce our LNA training program. Wake Robin is Vermont’s premiere retirement community and ranks among the top 100 nursing homes in the country; an award due in large part to our excellent staff and facility. Our goal is to provide training and employment opportunities consistent with Wake Robin’s unique brand of resident-centered care. If you have at least 2-years experience in caregiving, wish to grow your skills among the best, and begin your career as an LNA, contact us. Interested candidates, please send resume and cover letter via email to For additional information see our Employment page at or like “Wake Robin Works” on Facebook. Wake Robin is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Receptionist/secretary position in health professional office. 3-4 days a week. Requires ability to pleasantly interact with patients when scheduling appointments, preparing exam forms, typing reports, and other office duties. Should be comfortable with computer programs that support these activities. Fax resume to (802) 985-8553 or email to



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Open Hearth After School Kids in Waitsfield seeks co-director to focus on 3-6 year-olds.

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P/T Facilities Maintenance Position The Terraces Independent Retirement Community is hiring a P/T Facilities Maintenance person. The responsibilities include light house cleaning, trash removal, painting, mowing, shoveling and supporting residents with minor repairs. Competitive compensation, flexible hours Mon-Fri and great work environment.

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Carpenters Wanted! Needed Immediately! Finish Carpenters, Carpenters and Carpenters Helpers. Good Pay, Full Time and Long Term! Chittenden County.

HEBREW TEACHER Shalom! HEBREW TEACHER needed for our vibrant Wednesday after school program, Olam Chesed. We are looking for a creative and organized educator with a passion for engaging kids and the talent to bring the Hebrew language to life. Wednesdays from 2-7 p.m. and select holidays. Generous hourly rate. Send resume and cover letter to

Call Mike at 802-343-0089 or Morton at 802-862-7602.

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CARING PEOPLE WANTED Home Instead Senior $200.0 Care, a provider Sign o 0 of personal Bonus n !!! care services to seniors in their homes, is seeking friendly and dependable people. CAREGivers assist seniors with daily living activities. P/T & F/T positions available. 12 hours/week minimum, flexible scheduling, currently available. $12-$16.50/hour depending on experience. No heavy lifting. Apply online at: or call us at 802.860.4663.


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LEAD TODDLER TEACHER NAEYC accredited early learning program seeks energetic, fun-loving individual to lead a classroom of young toddlers. Duties include curriculum planning and implementation, building relationships with children, families, and coworkers, and collaborating with team members daily to provide a high quality environment. Send resumes to:

Burlington’s Makerspace

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Join VT’s super-friendly green cleaning company. Locally owned. Be independent, earn extra money and stay active all at the same time! EOE. Call 802-863-5900 or apply on our website at: employment/


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Vermont’s premier continuing Care Retirement Community seeks a member to join our housekeeping team. Housekeepers work collaboratively to support residents who live independently as well as those who live in residential care. Housekeepers are critical to the well-being of residents and the quality of the Wake Robin environment. Candidates must have housekeeping and/or industrial cleaning or industrial laundry experience.

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This position requires exceptional interpersonal and organizational skills, careful attention to detail, proofreading abilities, excellent oral and written communication skills, strategic thinking, an ability to manage multiple ongoing projects, and a commitment to confidentiality, all within the context of a highly professional, fast-paced and advocacyoriented membership organization. Responsibilities include tracking case and project deadlines, filing, answering phone calls, scheduling, billing, and other duties assigned. To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and two letters of reference, which may be mailed or delivered to the attention of: Kristie Ferguson at Vermont-NEA, 10 Wheelock Street, Montpelier, Vermont 05602; or electronically to This position will remain open until filled. Vermont-NEA is an equal opportunity and affirmative action

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Vermont-NEA is seeking an experienced, proactive administrative professional to provide legal and administrative support to our attorneys and professional staff. Qualified candidates will have a minimum of two years’ experience working as a legal assistant, with preference given to those with labor law and/or litigation experience. This is a full-time position.

Oversee community outreach employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained programing to engage and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans inspire over 1000 participants are strongly encouraged to apply. annually in Chittenden County and beyond, including 7-12 grade STEM workshops and a business bootcamp for earlystage entrepreneurs. Responsi-5v-VTNEA060519.indd 1 6/3/19 bilities include instructor training/supervision, writing curriculum, and developing community partners. 2+ years outreach experience required. Please send cover letter and resume to: P S Y C H I AT R I S T / M E D I C A L D I R E C T O R

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True North Wilderness Program is seeking a board-certified, part-time Psychiatrist to join our clinical team as the Medical Director. True North is a licensed residential treatment center and wilderness therapy program located in the beautiful Green Mountains of Central Vermont in Waitsfield. True North is a small, independently owned program, providing personalized therapeutic interventions and transition support for 14-17 year old adolescents and 18-25 year old young adults with an emphasis on assessment and family participation. This is an excellent opportunity to work for a nationally recognized therapeutic wilderness program, be part of a dynamic, supportive team and live and work in a fantastic community. The Medical Director will consult with True North clinicians and other referring professionals regarding student medical care including reviewing and providing advice to True North clinicians regarding student medication regimens, provide ongoing case management support and diagnostic evaluation. The Medical Director will drive and hike to meet with students in the outdoors. This could be an ideal adjunct to a private practice. Competitive salary and benefits offered including medical, dental, vision and accident insurance, a retirement savings plan, paid time off, flexible schedule and company ski pass discount at Sugarbush Resort. Send resume and cover letter to

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Retail Sales Manager

Seeking a passionate chocolate lover to join and lead our dynamic retail team! Must enjoy working with the public and care about providing customers with an exceptional experience. As a Retail Sales Manager you will lead and manage all store operations including: managing daily procedures, organizing and effectively merchandising products, providing customer-focused service, following established procedures, hiring, developing and directing people, providing training and product knowledge. Ensure store is operating efficiently and cost effectively by monitoring expenses, inventory, safety and security, profit assessment, scheduling efficiency, and staffing. Prior retail and barista experience a plus.

The Town of Jericho is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Road Foreman to manage a six-person Highway Department. Jericho (pop. 5,005) is a rural bedroom community in close proximity to Burlington with 61 miles of town highways This “working” foreman position requires experience with personnel management, all aspects of highway and bridge construction and maintenance, employee and contractor oversight, equipment operation and maintenance, job safety, mechanical ability, record keeping and communication skills, budget 5.25”development, and any other tasks assigned by the Town Administrator. The position is full-time and requires a flexible schedule which will include nights, weekends, and holidays. This position is hourly, with a starting range of $26.50/hour - $29.50/hour commensurate with experience. An excellent benefits package is also offered. To apply, please email a confidential cover letter, resume, and three references to with Jericho Road Foreman Search in the subject line or send to:

Full-time position available at our Church Street location. Ability to work weekends and holidays and extended summer hours, a must.

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LEAD ADMINISTRATOR The Condo Guy and Today’s Homes of Vermont of Re/Max North Professionals is looking for a lead administrator to join our small but fastpace team located in Burlington, VT. Job duties include but are not limited to answering the telephone, taking messages, scheduling appointments, preparing real estate forms, documents and correspondence, ordering supplies, mailing newsletters, distributing reports, making photography and maintenance arrangements and maintaining electronic and paper filing systems. The real estate administrative position also handles updating information on the Multiple Listing Service, social media including Facebook, Instagram posting, email newsletters, in addition to creating ads for marketing online and print. Send resumes to:


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Northern New England’s premier performing arts center has an immediate opening for an IT Director.


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Zoning Administrator/Sewage Control Officer/ Health Officer/E911 Coordinator

The Town of Charlotte is accepting applications for a Zoning Administrator/Sewage Control Officer/ Health Officer/E-911 Coordinator. The primary responsibility of this position is to administer land use permitting. The position also staffs the Zoning Board of Adjustment and is responsible for enforcement of the Charlotte Land Use Regulations, 4695 system permitting (with the assistance of a MATCH 302-3 wastewater ugh every effort is made to ensure that this artwork is correct, 0-81-100-77 25-0-95-0 internship-opportunities.html Licensed Designer), performance of the statutory duties of D DESIGN cannot assume liability beyond the corrections needed. the Health Officer, and issuing E911 addresses. Please submit application materials to: The position is a permanent position approved for 40 hours per week. Compensation is in accordance with the Town of Charlotte Salary Administration Policy. The starting wage rate is between $18.80 and $21.27, based on qualifications and experience. Generous health benefits are offered.

Flynn Center for the Performing Arts Human Resources Department 153 Main Street Burlington, Vermont 05401 or email No phone calls, please. EOE. The Flynn Center is an employer committed to hiring a breadth of professionals, and therefore will interview a qualified group of diverse candidates; we particularly encourage applications from women and people of color.

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Gravel & Shea PC has an opening for an office administrative assistant to work primarily with our litigation team. This position is part-time, 20 hours per week, Monday through Friday. The ideal candidate must be computer literate with knowledge of Microsoft Office software, have excellent typing skills, and attention to detail. No law firm experience necessary. Please e-mail cover letter, résumé and references to: Gravel & Shea PC is an Equal Opportunity Employer

A job description can be viewed at; see right-hand sidebar. To apply, please send a resumé and cover letter to The deadline for submitting an application is July 5th.

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BOOKKEEPER/ OFFICE ASSISTANT Office in Shelburne looking for a part time bookkeeper and office assistant for approximately 12 hours a week depending on skills and interest. Basic bookkeeping skills with Quickbooks needed, good computer skills with Apple, Word for Mac necessary and additional computer skills a plus.


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We are an agency-free community with over 3 years of deficiency-free surveys. We offer competitive wages, shift differentials and benefits as well as monthly staff appreciation.

Compensation is based on experience and capabilities. Benefits include medical and dental, 401k with profit sharing, and an engaging work environment.

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Select is looking for an energetic and detail-oriented individual with strong communication and organizational skills to join our accounting team in a fast-paced, highly transactional business.

Clinical Director Responsible for the full continuum of resident therapeutic experience, supervises the clinical/resident services staff (includes clinicians, case managers, and support staff ), oversees crisis team, and supports family relations. Will be a member of the Ranch Leadership Team and must be enthusiastic about becoming a member of a therapeutic community. Master’s degree in psychology, counseling, social work, or closely related field required. Ideal candidate will have held a clinical license for 5 years, and have supervision/management experience. Must thrive on multi-tasking – flexibility and spontaneity are key! Life at the Ranch can be challenging, but richly rewarding; being a member of a caring community is what makes the Ranch experience as deeply fulfilling as it is unique. Must live within a 30 minute commute. Applicants must send a cover letter indicating their interest in Spring Lake Ranch along with resume to:, or fax to (802) 492-3331, or mail to SLR, 1169 Spring Lake Road, Cuttingsville, VT 05738.

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NURSING OPPORTUNITY Our established nursing team is looking to add one more fabulous team member. Ideal candidate is available for 4 shifts per week and has a passion for supporting residents in an intimate Memory Care setting. CDP certification preferred, training will be provided. We are seeking an upbeat, skilled and creative individual with a passion for connecting with our residents and staff. If you have the desire to work in a collaborative environment and appreciate a support system second-to-none, we’d like to meet you. Please send your resume to: Maureen Ellison RN, Director of Operations at Mansfield Place Assisted Living and Memory Care 18 Carmichael St., Essex Jct., VT 05452 802-871-5808

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Director of Property & Asset Management Administrative Coordinator Middlebury College seeks an Administrative Coordinator to work with the Director and the other members of the Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs (OGSP) to support the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of grants from foundation and corporate prospects and government agencies. This work involves a high level of engagement with internal and external constituents. As the work of OGSP evolves, the Administrative Coordinator will play a key role in adapting new technologies and systems to help maximize the overall productivity and efficiency of the office. Requires a combination of education and experience in line with the requirements outlined for this position. Must have outstanding communication and interpersonal skills; the ability to manage multiple tasks in a deadline-driven environment; attention to detail; highly developed customer service skills, and the ability to work independently and take initiative. To view the complete job description and apply online, visit

The Housing Trust of Rutland County (HTRC), a nonprofit housing development and management organization based in Rutland, Vermont, is seeking a strong, motivated leader for the position of Director of Property & Asset Management. The Director of Property & Asset Management will be tasked with effectively and responsibly leading efforts to ensure the financial health and performance of a portfolio of 370 units, and the long-term care and preservation of the physical condition of those real estate assets.

The successful candidate will lead the property management and maintenance team and motivate that team to meet Middlebury College employees enjoy a high quality of life with excellent compensation; competitive organizational goals; will develop and monitor property health, dental, retirement, and vision benefits; and educational assistance programs. operational and capital budgets; will develop asset management plans, and oversee the implementation of EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability. those plans; will design and oversee systems and procedures necessary to ensure compliance with all federal and state regulations; and will forge strong collaborations with local Untitled-78 1 6/6/19 1:26 PM service providers to support the success of our residents.



The candidate for this position must possess strong leadership, organizational, problem-solving, planning and analytical skills. Bachelor’s Degree required; seven years of experience in mid-management leadership preferred. Nonprofit housing experience preferred.

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NIGHT CUSTODIAN Harwood Unified Union School District has an opening for a night custodian beginning July 1, 2019. This position is at Harwood Union High School. Experience is preferred, but not required. Competitive rate of pay and benefits offered. Please submit a letter of interest, resume, and 3 letters of reference to: Ray Daigle Harwood Unified Union School District 340 Mad River Park, Suite 7 Waitsfield, VT 05673 EOE

Send cover letter and resume by June 24th to EOE.

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• Flexible schedules

PROGRAM FEATURES: JOB FEATURES: • Vermont-grown company • Dedicated student support • Guaranteed $4,800 grant for living expenses  Flexible schedules employment* • Fun & engaging work • Starting Dedicated student support  VermontǦgrown company salary of $31,000 • Cutting edge product plus uncapped commission  Guaranteed employment*  Fun & engaging work and benefits No cold calling  Starting salary of $31,000 plus •  Cutting edge product • Performance-based salary uncapped commission No cold calling • No travel  increases PerformanceǦbased salary increases  No travel • State licensure as Insurance • No salary draw  Producer State licensure as Insurance  No salary draw Producer * Full-time employment guaranteed upon successful completion of the 8-week program. * Full-time employment guaranteed upon successful completion of the 8-week program.



Northern New England’s premier performing arts center is hiring a Chief Custodian.


The Chief Custodian will coordinate, oversee, and carry out a full range of custodial and maintenance tasks throughout the Flynn’s buildings and grounds. Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds, work vigorously for extended periods of time, and climb ladders. Successful candidates need to be reliable, hard-working, detail oriented, and have relevant experience. For a detailed job description and more information, visit: Please submit application materials to: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts Human Resources Department 153 Main Street Burlington, Vermont 05401 or email No phone calls, please. EOE.

The ITAR Program is funded in part by a grant from the Vermont and U.S. Departments of Labor. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, The ITAR Program is funded in part by a grant from affiliation the Vermont and U.S. Departments of Labor. All qualified genetics, political or belief. applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetics, political affiliation or belief. 6t-VTHiTEC052919.indd 1

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ERADICATE NEEDLESS BLINDNESS Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP | Cureblindness) is a VT-based nonprofit working to provide critical eye care services, training for health professionals, and enhanced eye care infrastructure throughout the developing world where lack of access to eye care results in unnecessary blindness. HCP has offices in Vermont and in the Washington, DC metro area, with programs in 7 countries on 2 different continents. HCP is actively seeking new team members to help scale our work: Major Gifts Officer, Institutional Development Officer and Digital Communications Coordinator. Please visit our website for complete job descriptions, To apply, please submit resume and cover letter to:

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OFFICE MANAGER Job Type: Part-time 9-3 M-F $15/hr

Malletts Bay Self Storage is looking for an Office Manager with strong customer service experience. This position will be responsible for managing the rental of storage units, and customer service. The ideal candidate will live locally and desire long term employment.

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT McNeil, Leddy & Sheahan, P.C. is seeking a full-time administrative assistant. The ideal candidate will be personable, professional and have excellent communication and computer skills. The position includes word processing, answering the telephone, greeting clients, mailing, and general office tasks. Prior office/legal experience is helpful but not required. Parking is provided. McNeil, Leddy & Sheahan is a Burlington law firm with a varied practice and over 40 years of experience serving clients throughout Vermont. Interested candidates please send a cover letter and resume via email to or by mail to:

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The Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (VABVI) seeks detail-oriented individual to provide support in research & writing foundation grant proposals, writing newsletters, social media communications, town solicitations, special events and other projects as needed. Position requires excellent written and verbal communications and organizational skills. Entrylevel position. Send cover letter, resume and three references to: VABVI John Thomas 60 Kimball Ave. S. Burlington, VT 05403 Or:

McNeil, Leddy & Sheahan, P.C. Attn: Employment 271 South Union Street Burlington, VT 05401


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The Department of Tourism and Marketing is seeking a Content Marketing Specialist who will serve a pivotal role in researching, developing and managing the content essential in marketing the state as a tourism destination. This will entail researching and writing social media 12:26 PMand digital content, long-form narratives, video scripts, and other editorial content. You will also work with industry partners on content acquisition and deployment and maintain partnerships with industry groups. For more information, contact Nate Formalarie at Nate.Formalarie@vermont. gov. Department: Commerce & Community Development. Status: Full Time. Location: Montpelier. Reference Job ID #1846. Application Deadline: June 18, 2019.


The Vermont Dept. of Human Resources seeks a HR generalist to join a dynamic team supporting multiple departments in the Agency of Human Services. The ideal candidate will work effectively with all levels of employees and management, organize and prioritize work effectively and adapt to changing demands in a fast-paced environment. Duties will include work in recruitment, position management, performance management, accommodation requests, supervisory coaching, and labor relations. Please Note: This position is being recruited at multiple levels. If you would like to be considered for more than one level, you MUST apply to the specific Job Requisition. For more information, contact Valerie Nikel at Status: Full Time. Reference Job ID #1824 or #1781. Application Deadline: June 16, 2019.


The Adult Services Division’s (ASD) Long-Term Services & Supports (LTSS) Unit is seeking an experienced RN for the Choices for Care Program. You will supervise our Chittenden County field staff, providing support and oversight for clinical determinations and utilization review. This role includes collaboration with other units to recommend and implement system improvement across all home and institutional settings. This position has a Monday- Friday schedule with no on-call hours. For more information, contact Colleen Bedard at Department: Disabilities Aging and Independent Living. Status: Full Time – Limited. Location: Williston. Reference Job ID # 1482. Application Deadline: June 20, 2019.

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We’re looking for folks to work in our Produce Department: a full time Assistant Produce Manager, as well as a few substitute employees to build and maintain our Produce displays as Produce Stockers. The ideal candidates for these positions will help create an excellent customer experience, be team players, be available to work early mornings, evenings, and weekends, and have some former work experience with fruit and vegetables. If you’re interested in the Assistant Manager job, you must have worked in a supervisory capacity and have some experience with placing orders, training and scheduling staff, and understand buying and pricing. Both of these positions (and others!) are posted on our website at Apply online today! We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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We’re all about mission at Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC). Help us fulfill our mission of providing all Vermont students with information and financial resources to reach their educational goals. You’ll work in a relaxed yet challenging environment. We offer many topnotch benefits, plus a fabulous on-site fitness room & café. VSAC is looking for a goal oriented, team player and change agent to join its Aspirations Project team. This part-time, 46week/year position is instrumental in working directly with High School students, families, community and school staff to increase exposure to college and career planning. The Aspirations Project provides resources, strategies and access to career and college readiness preparation through information and activities designed with host schools to build a school’s college and career culture and capacity to engage all students in future planning. The Aspirations Project Coordinator works with VSAC’s Aspirations Team and School’s Steering Committee to implement strategies, offer on-site support, and coordination of services with teachers, students and the educational community. The Aspirations Coordinator will work in the assigned school setting (currently Barre). The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Counseling or related field, experience in working with school and college age youth, a valid driver’s license and a satisfactory background check.

Apply ONLY online at VERMONT STUDENT ASSISTANCE CORPORATION PO Box 2000, Winooski, VT 05404 EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled

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Located in South Burlington, Grippin Donlan Pinkham is one of the largest CPA firms in Vermont. We provide our customers sophisticated, high-value services and close personal attention. We provide our employees with challenges, unlimited potential for career growth and a positive work environment.

WE ARE CURRENTLY HIRING: • BOOKKEEPER Go to for full job description.

• STAFF ACCOUNTANTS Go to for full job description.

Join the GDP team and move forward with us. Please send cover letter and resume to: David Putnam, Grippin Donlan Pinkham 3 Baldwin Avenue, South Burlington, VT 05403 For more info, go to:

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TRUE INDIVIDUALS ARE OUR FAVORITE KIND OF TEAM. Hotel Vermont is looking for warm and engaging Vermonters to help our guests explore like a local and relax like it’s their job. Do you like connecting with others? Are you passionate about Vermont winters? And springs, summers and autumns? What year is your Subaru? What’s your idea of a perfect day in Vermont? Or night? Do you embody our ideals of community through your positive and respectful attitude? Do you like questions? We can’t wait to hear your answers! Hotel Vermont - Cherry St, Burlington

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We are interviewing for the following positions:


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Executive Director

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PROGRAM DIRECTOR 101-THE ONE We’re looking for an experienced broadcaster with a strong background and passion for ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s music. The PD is responsible for all aspects of programming including music scheduling, managing on-air staff, imaging, station strategy, and developing and executing revenue-generating sales and promotions. The position also requires a daily air-shift, along with a weekend voice track shift and live appearances and live remotes. Top candidates will be versatile and possess exceptional PD, on-air and web/social media skills. The best candidates will be detailoriented with excellent writing and production skills to image and brand our stations. People skills and the ability to work closely with talent, department heads and a talented sales team are critical. Energy and enthusiasm are a must! Competitive pay and benefits including health, dental and vision insurance and 401(k). See the complete job description at The Radio Vermont Group is the oldest family-owned media group in the country and an industry leader since 1931. We serve our communities by delivering great on-air content every day and through our involvement in our communities. If you believe you would help us move into our second 100 years of excellence, we would love to hear from you. Please send all inquiries to, subject line: PD 101-The One. Include a cover letter, one-page resume and MP3 of on-air work. Or, mail your information to:

Radio Vermont, 9 Stowe Street, Waterbury, VT 05676, ATT: Steve Cormier. No calls please.

Family support organization seeks professional in Chittenden County to assist in the development and coordination of early intervention service plans, conduct home visits, and communicate with multiple agencies and school districts. Must have experience parenting a child with special needs, knowledge of familycentered care, and strong communication skills. Cover letter and resume to HR, Vermont Family Network, 600 Blair Park Rd., Suite 240, Williston, VT 05495, or email EOE.

Special Services Transportation Agency (SSTA), a private nonprofit organization operating out of Colchester, Vermont, is seeking an experienced Executive Director. SSTA was founded to respond to the need in Chittenden County for transportation services for the elderly and disabled. Our mission is to provide accessible transportation for people who have specialized mobility needs. With a fleet of over 70 vehicles operated with 75 full and part- 3v-VTFamilyNetwork061219.indd 1 time employees, SSTA provides coordinated transportation service to individuals and many local human service agencies. The transportation services provided by SSTA give its diverse clients opportunities to attend job training, employment, and PHARMACIST & medical appointments, as well as to access social opportunities. SSTA delivers between 600 and 700 rides per day and the demand and need for this service continue to grow. THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE WILL HAVE: • Undergraduate degree is required and a Master’s degree desired in Business or in a human services related field. • A proven track record in managing human service related organizations in a complex regulatory environment. • Extensive experience in operations, and financial management. • Strong management and communication skills • Knowledge of the Paratransit industry is desired • Strong board development and community leadership skills SSTA offers a competitive salary and benefits package, and is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer. Please forward your letter of interest and resume to: SSTA Search Committee SSTASEARCH@GMAIL.COM

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TECHNICIAN Are you looking for a wonderful place to work? We would like to add some employees to our team. Pharmacist and Certified Pharmacy Technician. You will be working in a fast paced environment as a team player. I am looking for a friendly people person. You will need to have good customer service skills and want to be helpful. You will be working with a cash register, answering phones, filling prescriptions. Must have basic math skills. There is a mandatory drug test. Pharmacist would be helping with the compounding. You would be working with a wonderful group of employees. No evenings, no Sundays. Please send cover letter and resume to apply,

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DO YOU LOVE SELLING? DO YOU LOVE SHOES? Danform Shoes is a locally owned, family-operated shoe store business. *selection varies by store

We are looking to add to our sales and management team. If you’re a confident, self-motivated people person that enjoys a team retail environment this is a great job for you! Strong organizational and communications skills and the drive to advance in the workplace are a must. This is a full-time position, 40+ hours, weekend days and some holidays. We provide extensive training about footwear and properly fitting shoes. This position will start on the sales floor and will advance to the management team. Hourly wage, paid holidays, employee discount and weekend incentive pay.

The District is seeking a full time, school-year LPN to work as part of the middle school healthcare team. Working under the general supervision of the School Nurse, will assist in the smooth and efficient operation of the health office and provide appropriate level of healthcare services to students and staff. Qualified candidates will have a current Vermont Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Registered Nurse (RN) certification from an approved nursing education program, or comparable qualifications (example: EMT certified), two years experience in a health related setting or school setting. Experienced with middle school level students preferred. Current CPR, First Aid, Related Medical licensure in nursing, emergency medical response or relevant health/medical field preferred. Interested candidates may apply through Schoolspring: or may forward a resume and three references to: South Burlington School District Human Resources, 550 Dorset Street, South Burlington, VT 05403.

Apply in person at any Danform Shoes location or through our website: Additional part-time sales associate positions available.

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PCC’s Educational Content Team is seeking a content creator and technical writer. Our team turns complex software procedures and pediatric industry topics into focused, engaging educational and instructional content.


SALES REPRESENTATIVE Seeking experienced Customer Service & Sales Representative for ValleyNet LLC, the operating company of ECFiber. Become part of a team of dedicated people providing fiber optic internet to homes and businesses in East Central VT. This position requires excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to develop and maintain a growing customer base. Working closely with our installation and customer service teams, your commitment to collaborate and provide superior client support will ensure our customer relations are second to none! See the full job description at Please complete the online Application Form, and submit it with a cover letter and your resume to or via mail to: Human Resources, ECFiber / ValleyNet, 415 Waterman Rd, Royalton, VT 05068 ValleyNet, LLC is an equalopportunity employer.

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The Physician’s Computer Company is a privately held Winooski-based healthcare IT Benefit Corporation. We foster a friendly, casual, hardworking environment that values our employees, clients, and community. We offer competitive benefits as well as some uncommon perks. THIS POSITION REQUIRES: • Excellent writing and editing skills

We make things that matter - from the products that enable the way we live today to the technologies that drive what’s possible for tomorrow.

MECHANICS AND TECHNICIANS Enable Advanced Semiconductor Equipment Maintenance and Perform Continuous Improvement Activities.

We are excited to announce new starting wages for Mechanics and Technicians!

• Journalistic skills: the ability to interview SMEs, take detailed notes, and produce concise instructional content

Mechanic Requirements:

• A demonstrated comfort with computers, software, and new technologies

First Call Maintenance & Preventative Maintenance

H.S. Diploma w/ Demonstrated Technical Experience

• The ability to work independently on a deadline

Mechanic Job Requisition: 18002513

THE PREFERRED CANDIDATE ALSO HAS: • Knowledge of issues facing the health care industry and/ or pediatrics • Professional experience as a writer, reporter, teacher, information architect or technical content creator • Comfort with web production software and technologies such as Wordpress, HTML, etc. • Experience recording voice-overs, creating instructional videos, or other multimedia experience To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, writing samples, and a video sample (if available), to by 6/16/19. You can learn more about PCC at at and review some of the content we produce at

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Mechanic Starting Salary:

Experienced→ up to $21.50/hr Days; up to $24.18/hr Nights

• A willingness to learn, adapt, and take feedback

No phone calls please. AA/EOE

Mechanic Job Responsibility:

Technician Requirements:

2 year Associate’s → Electrical or Mechanical

Technician Job Responsibility:

Preventative & Reactive Maintenance

Technician Starting Salary:

Up to $26.00 Days; up to $29.25 Nights

Technician Job Requisitions:

New College Graduate→ 18003089 (Graduated w/in last 18 Months) Intern→ 18003090 (Enrolled in 2 year Technical Associate’s) Experienced/Entry Level→ 18002106 You must be 18 years or older with high school diploma/GED to apply. For more information about responsibilities, required qualifications, or how to apply contact: or 802-769-2790 or apply on our website:

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POLICE OFFICER & COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST (DISPATCHER) Seeking motivated candidates for careers in law enforcement.



Are you a nurse in search of a position that brings joy and fulfillment personally and professionally? The Converse Home is a small Assisted Living Community located in downtown Burlington and we may be the place you have been looking for. We are now hiring a Full-Time Evening Nurse 2:30pm-11pm, 32-40 hours per week including every other weekend. The right person for this job will: • Bring their own positivity to a strong team, • Be very organized and excel in time management, • Provide excellent care to our residents, and • Hold an active State of Vermont Nursing License The Converse Home offers a competitive salary, evening differential and excellent benefits including medical, dental, life insurance, retirement, and vacation time. Visit to fill out an application and learn more about our community! Please send your resume to

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The City of Winooski seeks a Per Diem Firefighter to join our team. Per Diem Firefighters serve the community by responding to a wide variety of situations, COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST - Successful candidates will ranging from emergencies have strong multi-tasking abilities and work well under pressure. that immediately threaten life Strong communication skills and availability to work nights and or property to routine citizen weekends required. requests for information or For more information on these positions assistance. Individuals in this visit our website: role are scheduled for Per Diem Shifts during which they provide station coverage, operational support, and 6/11/19 emergency response during 4t-ColchesterPolice061219.indd 1 the assigned shift. Applicants must have current Firefighter I Certification.


“The City of Winooski: Vermont’s Opportunity City”

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PCC is growing—Join us and work in a fantastic team culture! Our friendly, informal, hardworking, and clientfocused environment supports our 80+ employees to have work-life balance while delivering an industryleading software solution to pediatricians nationwide. We are seeking a Client Systems Administrator to join our eight-person Technical Solutions Team.

For full position description and to apply please visit

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HUMAN RESOURCES COORDINATOR Vermont Legal Aid seeks a highly-organized person for a full-time Human Resources Coordinator position in its Burlington office. Responsibilities include: preparing payroll, administration of fringe benefits, managing employee timesheet submission and leave balances, and preparation of routine state and federal employment reports. Successful applicants must be detail oriented, adaptable, and work well in a small team environment. Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel, and two or more years’ experience with Human Resources responsibilities required. Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources or related field required, unless applicant has an Associate’s Degree and at least five years of relevant experience. Position is non-exempt and requires 37.50 hours per week. Commitment to social justice is desirable. Starting salary $37,250 – $62,670 depending on experience. Four weeks paid vacation, and excellent fringe benefits. Email your cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references as a single PDF file with the subject line “HR Coordinator position” to Eric Avildsen, Executive Director, c/o Betsy Whyte ( by June 17, 2019.

Our Technical Solutions Team provides a broad range of technical services for our clients. They provide telephone support and function as a general IT resource to our clients, perform remote systems and network administration, and travel to client sites to install servers, networks, and perform upgrades. We stay on top of technology and continuously research and develop new solutions for our clients. This position requires strong technical expertise along with exceptional customer service and communication skills. Applicants for this position should have three or more years of experience providing systems and network support in a fast-paced, professional environment. Technical skills should include Linux, Windows and MacOS, shell scripting, TCP/IP, DNS, DHCP, firewalls, wireless, and VPN. Good security practices are essential. To learn more about PCC, this role and how to apply, please visit our website at This position is open until filled. As a Benefit Corporation, we place high value on client, employee and community relationships. PCC offers competitive benefits as well as some uncommon perks. PCC is located in the Champlain Mill in Winooski, VT.

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POLICE OFFICER - Opportunity to join a vibrant, community oriented and supported law enforcement agency in community of 17,000 on the shores of Malletts Bay. Successful candidates will have strong work ethic, integrity, and be a team player. Minimum of 18 years old, High School or GED graduation required. Military and/or college preferred.

No phone calls, please. AA/EOE.

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Champlain Orchards is one of the oldest, continuously-operating orchards in Vermont, and we take pride in growing premium fruit, being careful stewards of our land, and sustainably contributing to our beautiful state. We are seeking a Finance Coordinator who shares our values and who is an experienced and thoughtful professional.

“We make things that matter - from the products that enable the way we live today to the technologies that drive what’s possible for tomorrow!”

This position reports directly to the Finance Manager and plays an integral role in overseeing the company’s financial activity and procurement expenditures. For a complete job description and listing of required qualifications, please visit our website:

Get a free college education and save up to $57K in College expenses while working full time with benefits.

If you are interested in joining our extraordinary team, please apply to with your current resume, a cover letter detailing your interest in the position, and 3 professional references.

You can earn a starting wage up to $18.50/hour which is over $38K per year! After completion of the program in 4 years, you can earn a wage of $26/ hour which is over $54K per year!

We look forward to hearing from you!

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We are looking to hire into this competitive program, high school grads who are 18 years or older**, who have demonstrated technical aptitude, and have achieved high scholastic and community accomplishments.

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Senior Community Banker Shelburne Road

There is no better time to join NSB’s team! Northfield Savings bank is looking for a professional to join our team as a Senior Community Banker in our Shelburne Road Branch located at 1120 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, VT. This position offers an excellent opportunity to work for a premier Vermont mutual savings bank.

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Job Responsibilities & Requirements • A thorough knowledge of banking and the technology which enables customers to conduct financial transactions, the ability to build customer relationships, earn trust, and maintain confidentiality is essential. Exceptional customer service, opening and maintaining customers’ accounts and services, as well as guiding customers through the consumer loan process in accordance with established policies and procedures are requirements of this position. • The Senior Community Banker must possess excellent communication and customer service skills for both internal and external customers. Requirements include 3-5 years of bank experience and registration with the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System. A Bachelor’s degree is preferred. Find your place with us at NSB • Northfield Savings Bank, founded in 1867, is the largest banking institution headquartered in Vermont. NSB offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including medical, dental, profit sharing, matching 401(K) retirement program, professional development opportunities, and a positive work environment supported by a team culture. Northfield Savings Bank hours of operation are Monday – Thursday, generally 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Please submit your resume and application in confidence to: (Preferred) Or mail: Northfield Savings Bank Human Resources P.O. Box 7180 Barre, VT 05641-7180 Equal Opportunity Employer/Member FDIC

High School Diploma with demonstrated technical aptitude

Program Responsibilities:

First call maintenance and preventative maintenance - attend college based courses at VTC Williston Campus

Program Starting Wage:

Experienced up to $18.50/hour days; up to $20.81/ hour nights. 401K, Vacation, Sick-time, Quarterly Bonus Program, Medical, Dental and Vision Plans and many more...

Program Requisition: Requisition # 19001101

For more information about responsibilities, required qualifications or how to apply contact: or 802-769-2790 or apply on our website: **18 years old by 08/16/2019

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Champlain Community Services is a growing developmental services provider agency with a strong emphasis on self-determination values and employee and consumer satisfaction.


DIRECT SUPPORT PROFESSIONAL Join our Direct Support Professional team and work one on one with individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism. This is an excellent job for applicants entering human services or for those looking to continue their work in this field. Send your cover letter and application to Karen Ciechanowicz,

RESPITE OPPORTUNITY Essex family is seeking respite for young adult who wants to get out in the community to explore his interests. Support in transportation to and from work may be needed, and transportation from a college campus in Williston two afternoons a week. This young adult is very articulate, has several hobbies and many interests. This is a great position for someone looking for a few extra hours a week. Please send your resume and letter of interest to William Pebler, 7t-ChamplainCommServices060519.indd 1

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CCS is seeking an individual or couple to provide residential supports to an individual with an intellectual disability in your home. A generous stipend, paid time off (respite), comprehensive training & supports are provided for the following positions. Support a personable man in your accessible home. This individual enjoys fishing, being out in nature, taking ferry rides and socializing. The ideal candidate will support him in accessing his community and with activities of daily living Support a humorous gentleman with autism who enjoys walking, crunching numbers, drawing and bowling. Support a kind gentleman who enjoys being involved in the community and in social settings. The ideal candidate will be patient, flexible and have strong interpersonal and communication skills. Person-centered facilitated communication training is provided. For more information contact Jennifer Wolcott, or 655-0511 ext. 118.

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Manufacturing Team Leader:

Director of Development Reporting to the ED, the Director of Development is accountable for the performance and success of fundraising events and strategies for the Vermont Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. This person will mobilize and manage staff and volunteers to implement chapter development strategies. Based in Williston, Vermont, this position requires frequent travel within the state and occasional travel throughout the United States. Minimum Requirements: • Bachelor’s degree; CFRE or CFRM highly desired • 5+ years of mgmt level experience in marketing, fundraising, nonprofit management or related field • Demonstrated expertise in event planning and execution • Experience in major donor cultivation preferred

The Team Leader is accountable for ensuring that production scheduled for completion is executed in a timely manner and within all quality parameters. Responsibility for all employees to include developing, coaching, etc. as well as the safety and productivity of all employees on his/her team.

Electrical Test Technician:

The Alzheimer’s Association has been ranked as one of the Best Nonprofits to Work For by The Nonprofit Times nine years in a row, recognizing our leadership, competitive compensation and benefits, flexibility and mission-driven atmosphere. Apply at

Support the development and integration of electrical heating and sensing products or technologies for the Hot Runner business. Responsibilities include cable assembly construction, custom electrical panel enclosure design and construction, system documentation, material ordering and laboratory maintenance.

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RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE LOAN ASSISTANT We are seeking a full time Residential Mortgage Loan Assistant for our growing South Burlington Loan Office. This individual will be responsible for performing a variety of administrative duties to provide loan origination and documentation support for our Mortgage Loan Union Bank isOffi pleased to announce the opening in mid-July cers. Other responsibilities include overseeing theof our newest completion accuracy of loan documents, full service branch officeand located in the Finney Crossing processBusiness Park at the loans and proper loan documentation inintersection ofing Williston andensuring Zephyr Roads. cluding input of information and preparing all related Union Bank continues the tradition of being a local Vermont community bank, loan documents, follow up on verifications and credit and providing the full array of banking products and services our customers reports, preparation of loans for underwriting, as well expect. We pride ourselves with being an employer of choice by offering as commitment letters, notes, and other loan documenchallenging and rewarding opportunities. tation and set career up, assisting customers with advances on an home construction and providing all other loanposition, who We are seeking individual for lines a full-time customer service support outstanding needed. Requirements writis driven to provide customer include service,excellent is technologically adept, ten and oral communication, and banking a minimum of 2 years is helpful but and has a continuous desire to learn. Prior experience loantraining experience a familiarity of for the right not required. of Weprior willresidential provide the andwith knowledge base secondary market mortgage loan products is preferable individual who has a passion for helping others. but not required. Attention to detail, strong organizaWages for thistional position commensurate with experience. skills,will andbethe ability to multi-task are essential.

Support the growth of our controls operations by applying the latest manufacturing techniques and processes to support our customers and grow our business. Improve methods and processes to establish ongoing top-notch technical operations. (Electrical Engineer preferred)

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Assist with the development and implementation of corporate global customs compliance and security programs to ensure compliance with international customs regulations, operating policies, procedures, and internal/external controls.

Manufacturing Technician: Set up and operate manual equipment, such as grinders and pneumatic tools to safely remove sharp edges and/or blend intersecting features. Read and interpret mechanical drawings and production travelers to determine necessary actions in the finishing, testing and inspections area.

CNC Machinist: Set up and operate precision milling and turning machines such as milling machines, millturn lathes, deep drilling machines and grinders to make and repair products. Responsible for machine setup, first piece validation and exceptional quality. Ability to navigate through programming the machine to adjust feeds and speeds to optimize part quality and efficiency is a plus.

Union Bank offers a comprehensive benefits program for full time employees, including three options of medical insurance coverage, two dental insurance options, life and disability coverage, a robust 401(k) plan with a generous company match, and paid vacation, personal and sick leave.

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Champlain Community Services is a growing developmental services provider agency with a strong emphasis on self-determination values and employee and consumer satisfaction.

SERVICE COORDINATOR CCS is seeking a Service Coordinator to provide case management for individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism. The ideal candidate will enjoy working in a team-oriented position, have demonstrated leadership and a strong desire to improve the lives of others. This is a great opportunity to join a distinguished developmental service provider agency during a time of growth. Send cover letter and application to David Crounse,



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Summary: The employee in this position is responsible for maintaining information technology hardware and associated services. This includes computers/laptops, mobile devices (Chromebook, iPad), software applications, and associated technology and services in the district schools. This role also provides professional technology customer service to staff and students on a help desk. Occasional support of district audio visual equipment is required. Qualifications: • High school diploma minimum. Associate’s degree or greater in a computer or information technology related field highly preferred. • Experience with modern Windows and Mac operating systems. • Experience with mobile devices (Chromebook, iPad). • Positive and professional attitude. • Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds safely

CAREER FAIR We invite you to join us at our On-Site Career Fair! JUNE 21, 2019 10AM – 2PM At 100A MacDonough Dr. Vergennes, VT 05491 In the Security Building OPEN POSITIONS INCLUDE:

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A privately-held, dietary supplement company seeks an experienced sales and marketing professional to oversee the business in Montpelier, Vermont. The role would report to the owner, and be responsible for day-to-day business operations as well as increasing sales to physicians throughout the United States.

DESCRIPTION Milton Town School District is seeking a highly collaborative and strategic business manager who is able to provide cost effective leadership in administering the financial affairs of the MTSD. The ideal candidate will direct strategic and tactical educational and non-academic financial planning and operations in partnership with Milton school and town personnel. Candidates must have expertise in accounting with experience in business and/or school finance, and be able to work with diverse stakeholders to provide the necessary educational services with the financial resources available and to ensure that the school district derives maximum benefits from the prudent expenditure of funds via the administration and supervision of all programming. Salary and benefits comparable to education and experience.

ROLE RESPONSIBILITIES: • Helps to define the short and long-term business strategies • Assists with annual budget and financial analytics • Works with Marketing/Sales Team to achieve new market and product expansion.


• Communicates effectively with other departments within the organization and functions effectively within a team environment.

Milton Town School District is focused on continuous improvement of learning and teaching, offering ample opportunities for professional growth. Just 25 minutes from Burlington, the urban center of Vermont, Milton is an easy commute from Chittenden and Franklin Counties. Milton’s location provides access to numerous cultural venues, including Flynn Theater, The University of Vermont, Shelburne Museum and Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park. Milton has excellent recreational facilities, such as Sand Bar State Park, Arrowhead Public Golf course, and Eagle Mountain Hiking trails.



• Budget analysis and implementation.

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• Assist in review of marketing and communication for yearly conference.

• Sales and marketing experience in direct-to-consumer and business-to-business companies.

Master’s in Accounting preferred or Bachelor’s in Business or Accounting with comparable experience considered Minimum of 5 years’ experience in accounting or business administration in a school setting or comparable experience Citizenship, residency or work visa

• Sales and marketing analytics • CRM and Data management. • Internet and digital marketing. Hubspot experience a plus.


• Leadership and management.


Communicate effectively with all stakeholders as applicable. Implement district policies; follow school practices/procedures. Assume supervisory responsibilities as assigned. Demonstrate a commitment to continuous professional development. Model professional behavior at all times. Collaborate with other school and district staff members to achieve the district’s mission and school’s annual goals. Perform other responsibilities as assigned by the superintendent.

• Passion for the natural health industry, and desire to contribute to a mission- based business. • 5+ years of experience in business, marketing, communications, or related discipline • Experience in the natural health or dietary supplements industry. • Experience working with physicians in a sales or educational function


• BS or BA Degree required • Strong organizational abilities along with excellent oral and written communication skills. Conscientious, emotionally intelligent leader

Milton Town School District is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

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Year round, full time positions. Good wages & benefits. $16.50 per hour minimum; Pay negotiable with experience. EOE/M/F/VET/Disability Employer Apply in person at: A.C. Hathorne Co. 252 Avenue C Williston, VT 802-862-6473

GREEN MOUNTAIN FARM-TO-SCHOOL FOOD HUB LOGISTICS MANAGER To learn more, visit: To Apply: Submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to No phone calls please. Position opened until filled. EOE.

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Engaging minds that change the world Seeking a position with a quality employer? Consider The University of Vermont, a stimulating and diverse workplace. We offer a comprehensive benefit package including tuition remission for on-going, full-time positions. Library Support Generalist - Howe Library - #S2090PO - Assist with customer service and operations associated with the Howe Library Circulation and Reserve Department. Download, scan and link electronic reserve documents; add, modify, and interpret database records; and answer general questions about reserves. Provide customer service at the Circulation Desk; supervise student employees at the Circulation Desk; open the library, monitor building security, and interpret library policy. Monitor maintenance of the physical library. Troubleshoot technical difficulties with Voyager Circulation module, as well as with networked computers, printers, and copiers. Respond and assist library users with organizational, directional, and technical questions and service requests. Provide library tours, create displays, and engage in other library outreach activities. Operate University vehicle to deliver Library material as part of the courier delivery service on an occasional basis. Candidates are required to apply on-line with cover letter and résumé. Student Accessibility Services Specialist - Center for Academic Success - #S2098PO - The SAS Specialist ensures that students with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations and services necessary for access to coursework, programs, services, extracurricular activities and facilities at the University of Vermont (UVM). Under supervision from the SAS Program Manager, the SAS Specialist determines coverage under relevant disability laws by reviewing pertinent documentation and students’ narratives, then designs accommodations and services on an individualized basis. This position works with the other SAS Specialists in a team environment to ensure that students’ accommodations are reasonable and appropriate. The person in this position supports diversity efforts by assisting all students to reach their full potential, educating the University community on diversity issues, and participating in community-building events. The SAS Specialist also provides information and consultation to prospective students, and screening services to at-risk students. As a member of the Center for Academic Success team, this position helps carry out the mission of CFAS, which includes a commitment to diversity, multiculturalism, social justice, and to fostering a collaborative, multicultural environment. Master’s degree in learning disabilities, special education, counseling, or a related field; two years experience working with people with disabilities and knowledge of relevant community resources; knowledge of federal and state disability laws; and experience and commitment to serving diverse populations. Experience working in a postsecondary setting preferred. Staff Hiring Band Hiring salary budgeted at low end to mid pay band.

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for these Chittenden County positions! Voted one of the Best Places to Work in Vermont for the past three years, we support our employees as they grow as people and professionals. We are currently seeking candidates to fill Member Service Consultant positions in our Burlington and Williston branches. Responsibilities for this position include: • Engaging members through outstanding customer service and advocacy • Helping meet members’ needs through proactive consultative sales • Referring members to investment advisory and insurance solutions • Following up on sales leads in person and by telephone • Building relationships in the community through local events Banking experience is NOT required for this job. We will train the right candidate. VSECU offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, and vision coverage; life and disability insurance; a strong retirement package with matching 401K contributions; tuition reimbursement; paid time off; paid volunteer time off; and wellbeing programs. Business hours are Monday through Friday, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

The title for this full-time position is Burlington Member Service Consultant. Learn more and apply at Burlington Branch: 125 St. Paul Street Williston Branch: 1755 Essex Road

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Looking for summer boatyard help. Duties include boat assembly, cleaning, rigging, delivery and some heavy lifting. Boating experience helpful. Driver’s license required. Start immediately. Call 985-5222 or apply in person.

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Our Center for Technology, Essex is seeking a Preschool Lab Supervisor to assist the teacher of our Childhood Education/Human Services program. The Childhood Education/ Human Services curriculum focuses on training in child development and managing a classroom, and exploring careers in human services including social work, psychology, teaching, childcare worker and many others. The program involves running an on-site preschool, as well as supervising apprenticeship students at area child care facilities. This course offers the availability of six college credits, assigns college-level reading and vocabulary and is academically rigorous in an effort to prepare students for the challenges of the workplace or to further pursue a career if Childhood Education/Human Services at the collegiate level.

Job responsibilities include building a strong cohesive team of Application Systems Analysts; providing support to Norwich’s ERP and SIS system (Ellucian’s Banner) and a combination of related applications such as OnBase, Argos, Dynamic Forms, DegreeWorks, Salesforce, Slate, EAB Navigate, and many other smaller specialized applications; providing testing and analysis of proposed changes and upgrades; and assisting with the creation of reports via Argos or other reporting tools.

APPLICATION SYSTEMS ANALYST Provide implementation/maintenance, operational oversight, troubleshooting, testing, documentation, training and support on a variety of Enterprise and specialized software applications.

The Preschool Lab Supervisor shall be responsible for supervising the daily operations of CTE’s Preschool Lab and assist the program instructor in the education of students including management of student behavior; record keeping; instructional assistance; classroom and field work/laboratory safety, security, set-up and organization; and interaction and communication with students, support staff, parents/guardians, and other internal and external constituents.

WINDOWS SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR Provide installation, deployment, operation, maintenance, upgrades, backup and troubleshooting for all University Windows servers and Enterprise Applications, and virtual server and application environment. This will include but is not limited to Windows Enterprise Server, MS Active Directory, windows networking (DHCP/ DNS), Office 365 Administration (Exchange, Sharepoint).

WE ARE SEEKING CANDIDATES WITH THE FOLLOWING QUALIFICATIONS: • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or other appropriate discipline preferred plus 2 to 4 years of industry experience.


• Working knowledge of Reggio Philosophy of early childhood education.

Supports university-wide efforts to foster, facilitate, and support the effective use of new and existing instructional technologies to enhance teaching and learning. Specifically collaborates with faculty to identify and integrate the use of mobile and other technologies that enhance teaching and learning for on-campus and distance based programs, support innovation, and promoted student engagement and success.

• Understanding of child and adult learning and development • Holds or is eligible to hold a valid VT Educator license with an Early Childhood Education endorsement. • Experience working with children/adolescents and adults especially those with special needs or at-risk of dropping out of school.

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• Good group childcare and preschool level teaching skills; good rapport with and enthusiasm for working with young children.

• Good basic administrative and supervisory skills.

All candidates must be authorized to work for any U.S. employer. A post offer, pre-employment background check will be required of the successful candidate.

• Excellent oral and written communication skills, interpersonal skills and planning skills.

Norwich University offers a comprehensive benefit package that includes medical, dental, vision, group life and long term disability insurance, flexible-spending accounts for health and dependent care, 403(b) retirement plan with employer match, employee assistance program, paid time off including parental leave, and tuition scholarships for eligible employees and their family members.

• Dedication to providing a safe and respectful learning environment for students. Position pays $17.91/hour. Consideration may be given for prior Preschool teaching experience. Excellent benefits package available including family medical and dental insurance; 30K term life insurance; tuition reimbursement; retirement plan with up to 6% employer contribution; and paid sick/family, personal and holiday leaves. For additional information, or to apply, please visit (Job ID 3084385). EOE. 10v-EssexWestfordSchoolDistrictPRESCHOOL061219.indd 1

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LOOKING FOR WORK? GPS located at The Burlington Free Press has shifts available putting flyers into the newspaper. • Saturday Night Shifts are Required. • Shifts are fast paced and the work is easy (up to 25 hours weekly). • Pre-Employment Drug Test & Background Check is Conducted. • Starting pay is $11.50 per hour. Apply Online at: Req# 7291 or Stop by for more Information Monday Through Friday 2-4 PM

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*Start by 7/1/19 and stay thru 12/26/19 to qualify for a $500 Seasonal Bonus to be paid out on 12/13/19.

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OPPORTUNITY, GROWTH, COMMUNITY! Are you interested in learning more about the building materials industry? Curtis Lumber is willing to train and teach employees who exemplify a great attitude and willingness to learn. WILLISTON OPEN POSITIONS: CDL Drivers Counter Sales BURLINGTON OPEN POSITIONS: Inside Contractor Sales CURTIS LUMBER OFFERS: Comprehensive Health Benefits Paid Time Off 401k/retirement plan Employee discount …And much more! Please visit our locations or website for more details and to apply

SEEKING APPLICANTS FOR A VACANT SEAT ON THE VERMONT LABOR RELATIONS BOARD The Vermont Commissioner of Labor, on behalf of the Labor Board Review Panel, will be accepting nominations from persons interested in serving on the Vermont Labor Relations Board in a management capacity. Qualified candidates’ names will be submitted by the Panel to the Governor for review and appointment. The Vermont Labor Relations Board determines appropriate bargaining units, conducts union representation elections, adjudicates unfair labor practice charges and hears grievances in cases involving relations between employers and employees of the State of Vermont, Vermont State Colleges, University of Vermont, municipalities, school districts, and small private operations. This appointment will be to fill a six-year term beginning in July 2019. Board members must be available to serve at hearings which are conducted in Montpelier, as well as assist in special projects as determined by the Labor Board Chair or Executive Director. Labor Board members are not considered state employees and have no compensation or benefits other than receiving a minimal stipend for their work and expense reimbursement (mileage and meal reimbursement) for travel to hearings or other assignments. The current vacancy is for one (1) position, with a management background and meeting the following qualifications: • A candidate must possess “experience, knowledge, character, integrity, judgment and ability to act in a fair and impartial manner.” 3 V.S.A. 921(a)(1) (B). • A candidate must be a US citizen and a resident of the state of Vermont for at least one year immediately preceding appointment. • A member of the Board may not hold any other state office. • The Review Panel shall consider the skills, perspectives, and experience of candidates to serve on the Labor Board. Interested candidates should send the following information to the Commissioner of Labor by the deadline of June 20, 2019: Information: 1. A brief (not to exceed one page) letter of interest, specifically identifying that you are applying as a management representative to the Board, and outlining your credentials to serve in that capacity; 2. Up-to-date resume (not to exceed 2 pages) 3. A separate list of not more than 5 references with contact information Mail or email all information to: Labor Commissioner Lindsay Kurrle, 5 Green Mountain Drive, P.O. Box 488, Montpelier, Vermont 05601-0488, Information received after 4:30 PM on June 20, 2019 will not be considered. If you are chosen for an interview, you will be asked to come to Montpelier to meet with the Review Panel on a date determined by the Panel. For more information on the role of the Vermont Labor Relations Board, you can review Vermont statutes, 3 VSA Sec 921, et al., or visit their website at If you have questions regarding the vacancies or the process to apply, contact the Vermont Department of Labor at 802-828-4301 or email the Commissioner at

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