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Elka Schumann, whose personal and artistic partnership with her husband, Peter, was a guiding force of Bread and Puppet Theater for almost 60 years, died on Sunday. She was 85. Her death, at North Country Hospital in Newport, was confirmed by Michael Romanyshyn, a family friend and longtime puppeteer. Elka was “everything” to Bread and Puppet, Romanyshyn said. “She was the heart and soul.” Elka was born in Russia in August 1935 to a Russian mother and an American father. Her family set out for the United States when she was a young girl. Elka met Peter, an artist and puppeteer, in his native Germany while she was a college student studying abroad. The Schumanns were married in 1959 and lived in New York City, where Peter founded Bread and Puppet on the Lower East side of Manhattan in 1963. The couple moved with their five children to Plainfield in 1970, before settling at the Bread and Puppet farm in Glover in 1974. Elka was the “bedrock” for both the family and the theater, said her son, Max Schumann. This summer, Bread and Puppet is celebrating the
50th anniversary of its Domestic Resurrection Circus. Elka, dressed in white, walked arm in arm with Peter across the natural amphitheater on July 11 for the opening performance of the season. She took her seat on the grassy stage and played recorder during the show. She also participated in last Saturday’s performance, Romanyshyn said. In recent years, Elka became interested in gatherings to remember and mourn the dead in the pine woods at Bread and Puppet, where a memorial village of sculptures, paintings and installations pay tribute to deceased puppeteers, artists, friends and family. One little house honors Elka’s parents, John and Masha Dikareva Scott. Walking through the memorial village two summers ago, Seven Days’ Sally Pollak reported, Elka stopped at a site in the grove of trees and listened to Peter as he talked about people dear to them whose names he had carved on a board to mark their deaths. When he got to the last name, where space had run out on the carving, Elka said: “Peter, you really should make another board.”
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CANOES FOR A CAUSE On the hunt for a 14-foot birchbark canoe? From August 5 to 15, you can bid on two watercraft of historical significance to benefit the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, a Waitsfield-based nonprofit that manages 740 miles of waterways from Old Forge, N.Y., to Fort Kent, Maine. The canoes were donated separately, five years apart. In 2015, Jim Henry, founder of Mad River Canoe, gifted one of 120 canoes made by Henri Vaillancourt, a renowned builder of traditional Indigenous canoes. Karrie Thomas, Northern Forest’s executive director, said that for a while the Vaillancourt hung in
her garage, awaiting the moment when it might be transformed into stewardship dollars. Then, last year, Bob and Donna Stafford donated the second canoe, one of only 30 built in Québec’s Maniwaki Reserve in 1959 to commemorate the 350th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain’s arrival. “We only have so much space,” said Thomas. “If people are going to keep giving us boats, we might as well start auctioning them.” The Vaillancourt has never been on the water. With a retail price tag in the vicinity of $10,000, said Thomas, canoes of that pedigree are more like pieces of fine art. “The idea of paddling it is kind of nerve-racking,” she said. “Definitely
wouldn’t want to hit a rock with it.” The Maniwaki canoe has had a more active life. “It would need some work to float and paddle, but it’s really an incredible piece of history. You couldn’t buy one anywhere else.” Bidding for the Vaillancourt will begin at $7,500; for the Maniwaki, $1,700. While their sale will help ensure that the Northern Forest Canoe Trail remains accessible to future generations of paddling enthusiasts, Thomas is a bit wistful about saying goodbye. “It’ll be hard to let go of them,” she said. “They’ve been good friends.” For more information, visit northernforestcanoetrail.org/birchbark. CHELSEA EDGAR SEVEN DAYS AUGUST 4-11, 2021
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[Re “Dumpster Divining: Should Burlington Take Over Waste Collection? Councilors Talk Trash Options,” July 28]: Waste management is a municipal responsibility. The question is how to pay for it. Does the community incur debt like getting a mortgage to buy a house, or avoid debt and make residents pay whatever fees private waste haulers charge? Which option is most financially responsible? With franchising, the city is divided into service areas, each of which is bid on separately. Different neighborhoods end up paying different rates for the same service by different private haulers. Private franchise contracts must be long enough, like seven years, so small haulers can buy new trucks and recoup their costs through the prices they charge. Franchise contracts lock in escalating annual rates so the projected $38 monthly cost today will automatically increase every year. Also, an “opt-out” limit will be set on how many residents can self-haul their own trash to a CSWD Drop Off Center. Nearly 25 percent of Burlington households are self-hauling. With a cost of $6 per 55-gallon can, it makes no sense for folks with too little trash to pay $30 to $50 a month for pickup. If more than the contract’s max “opt-out” limit want to self-haul, Burlington public works
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“Persecutive” and “disturbing” are two adjectives to describe the banning of the Burlington Ward 3 City Council Republican candidate from the Old North End’s Facebook group. Christopher-Aaron Felker has been denied access to some 1,500 Ward 3 potential voters while the other two candidates have full access. Felker’s transgression, according to the Old North End’s Facebook moderator Holly Beckett, is that Felker is a known “transphobic” whose “hate speech” “doesn’t sit right with me.” Felker’s campaign says his “view is shaped by his religious faith and in line with the Catholic Church.” This kind of censorship in Vermont politics should not be tolerated. Believing that men are born men and that women are born women are the beliefs of all the major world religions: Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Hinduism. Apart from religion, Natural Law, the moral basis of our nation, shares these views. What’s going on is a kind of purge of reason, for ideology. It’s a kind of
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I enjoyed your take on the Lake Willoughby area [StayTripper, “Mind the Gap,” July 28] but was surprised you didn’t mention either Sentinel Rock State Park or the extremely “Vermonty” organic, self-service golf course nearby. Sometimes it’s difficult to find one’s ball among fallen apples and large mushroom caps, and mature dandelions growing in the putting greens present a special challenge, but the views and affordability make up for any deficiencies. David McGown
Jim White’s support for increased nongame funding in Vermont is laudable [Feedback: “Name of the Nongame,” July 7], though his suggestion that game funds be used for nongame disregarded the illegality of that action. Since 1937, state wildlife programs have been funded primarily by a federal excise tax on guns, ammunition, archery equipment, etc. The funds: 1) are apportioned to the states annually based on their land area and hunting licenses sold; 2) must be matched by a 25 percent state share (most often from hunting
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Over the last five decades, sculptor Leslie SUPPORTED BY: Fry has been experimenting with a variety of mediums and art forms. Her work has been exhibited around the world and locally. Recently, Fry’s career has been chronicled in a new book featuring text by art historian William Lipke.
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Let’s Get Mythical The 1980 Olivia Newton-John vehicle Xanadu makes new magic in Charlotte this week as a musical directed by local theater whiz kid Schuÿler Edgar Holmes. In association with Bishop’s University in Québec and featuring a cast of experienced young thespians, this campy classic tells the story of a schlubby chalk artist, a roller derby and a Greek muse fallen to Earth, all to the tune of music by Electric Light Orchestra.
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Dog Days Given all the outdoor food and music festivals happening this summer, Fido and friends deserve some fun, too. Folks and their familiars descend upon Dog Mountain in St. Johnsbury for a superb symposium of provincial pooches: the annual Summer Dog Party. Games, live music by Shrimp Tunes and treats for both species in attendance make for an afternoon of canine delight. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 64
FLOAT ON Smartphones, psychedelics, teaching your kids how to tie their shoes — all these topics and more were on Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock’s mind as the band crafted its long-awaited seventh studio album, The Golden Casket. Fans of the audacious indie outfit get to rock along to these new songs as the band’s national tour touches down at Essex Junction’s Champlain Valley Exposition.
Reels on the River Lovers of quick flicks can look no further than the 40th Anniversary Asbury Short Film Concert at White River Junction’s Briggs Opera House. Hosted by White River Indie Films and Vermont movie maker John Griesemer, the showcase features classics alongside recent award winners, including local emerging filmmaker Cedar O’Dowd’s “Noah’s Last Day.” SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 64
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Cultivating Curiosity Locavores and the agriculturally curious show their appreciation of regional food and the farmers that grow it as Vermont Open Farm Week kicks off this Sunday. Needle felting, butter churning and goat herding are on the docket as farms, orchards and other Green Mountain sites offer interactive activities for all ages. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 64
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Sorcery in the Scottish Highlands is the topic of the hour when Vermont Writers Prize-winner Nancy Hayes Kilgore launches her new book, Bitter Magic. Vermont Book Shop presents a virtual reading and Q&A session for the debut of this fantastical novel inspired by true events in the life of accused witch Isobel Dowdie. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 65
Cretaceous Carnival Dino devotees of all ages enjoy hands-on activities and neck-straining sights at the Montshire Museum of Science’s “Summer of Dinosaurs.” The exhibit features ancient eggs, interactive exploration stations and the fossils of adult and adolescent allosauruses to help visitors learn first-hand about the lives of these scaly specimens. SEE GALLERY LISTING ON PAGE 55
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Like thousands of Vermonters, I was glued to a screen on Sunday night watching Elle Purrier St. Pierre of Montgomery run for it in Tokyo. The fleet-footed Olympic competitor placed third in a qualifying heat for the “middle-distance” track event: the women’s 1,500-meter race. Purrier St. Pierre covered the .93 miles in 4:05.34 — fast enough to participate in the semifinals on Wednesday morning. By the time this newspaper hits the streets, we’ll know whether she did well enough to advance to the final race on Friday. Elle Purrier St. Pierre leading Jessica Hull of In truth, I’d be watching even if I didn’t live Australia in a heat of in the same state as Purrier St. Pierre. I love the the 1,500-meter race in Olympics — from diving to discus, archery to Tokyo on Monday artistic swimming — and would be an enthusiastic spectator for all 16 days if I didn’t have a job. Perhaps because I spent my teenage years trying to become a ballet dancer, I understand the drive and sacrifice required to master a physically demanding discipline. For the young athletes who make it to the Olympic games, the ultimate test of body and spirit, that effort is on full display. Perfection lies within their chalky grasp. In my view — from the couch — every one of them deserves an audience. It infuriates me the way U.S. broadcaster NBC skips over lesser-known competitors to focus almost exclusively on Americans. Especially in the swimming and track events, the camera pans over countless chiseled individuals Elle Purrier St. Pierre representing Pleasant Valley Farms at a milk giveaway whom the announcers obviously know nothing about. I bet there are some event in St. Albans in May 2020 remarkably compelling stories on that refugee team. Instead, we get cameras trained on the families of every American who might win a medal. If the athletes don’t deliver, they disappear, along with their relatives. It’s gross. In search of fair treatment and global justice, I find myself gravitating to the Canadian channel, CBC. The pace is slower. There’s not as much jumping from event to event. And the Canadian cameras capture inclusive but unsexy moments, such as the arrival of swimmers, one by one, on the pool deck for an upcoming race. Every athlete is properly identified, and we learn something about that rare competitor from Tunisia or Brunei. I watched Canada beat the U.S. in a hard-fought beach volleyball match, during which the announcers were full of compliments for both teams. Even the ads are wholesome. The ones with the motto “Everyone plays for Canada” make me tear up. Or maybe I’m just excited about the U.S.-Canadian border opening to American travelers on Monday, one day after the Olympics end. Lest I sound like a traitor, I felt swells of pride and patriotism when NBC zoomed in on Purrier St. Pierre in the starting blocks on Sunday night. With her blond hair tied back in a ponytail, she smiled. Then: On your marks, get set, bio. While Purrier St. Pierre If you like what we do and can afford to help ran, sinew in sunglasses, the announcers talked about pay for it, become a Seven Days Super Reader! her family’s dairy farm and her efforts to help the Look for the “Give Now” buttons at the top of Vermont Foodbank during the pandemic. They even sevendaysvt.com. Or send a check with your got the shot of her family and friends watching the address and contact info to: race at home in Montgomery. SEVEN DAYS, C/O SUPER READERS Whether it ends in the thrill of victory or the P.O. BOX 1164 agony of defeat, Purrier St. Pierre’s Olympic story BURLINGTON, VT 05402-1164 amounts to an amazing experience for a talented For more information on making a financial and caring athlete. Vermont is lucky to be able to contribution to Seven Days, please contact claim her, no matter where she winds up on the Corey Grenier: leaderboard.
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Burlington police are increasingly demoralized — and planning to leave their jobs
obering.” That’s how two Burlington police commissioners described results of a survey by the police union that tallied a long list of complaints — and a desire by more than half of the cops who responded to find work somewhere else. The survey should ring alarm bells for both sides of the police debate: Supporters of deep cuts may see more departures than they bargained for; those who want positions restored may find the ranks already deeply thinned. At a police commission meeting last week, Officer JOSEPH CORROW, vice president of the Burlington Police Officers’ Association, shared results of the survey, in which 28 of the 50 officers who answered said they were looking for jobs elsewhere. “We were the pinnacle of law enforcement in the state. People wanted to come here. People don’t feel that way anymore,” Corrow told commissioners. One officer he quoted said the department is the “laughingstock” of its peers. The survey questions were open-ended and asked, in essence: Why are you still working at the Burlington Police Department? What do you want to see changed? What is the major reason you’re staying? What would keep you from leaving if you’re looking elsewhere? The anonymous answers were brutal: “The job used to be fun and occasionally satisfying and rewarding but now it’s constantly miserable,” was one response that Corrow read to the commission. “Most of that misery is being generated by the city administration/council ... the most dishonest group of people I’ve encountered in my entire profession. I’ve given the best years of my life in this job getting kicked, punched and spit on only to be rewarded with a group of people spreading lies and hatred about me and my coworkers to further their misguided ideologies.” Another said: “Last summer my daughter was terrorized at Burlington Parks and Rec summer camp by other children when she mentioned I’m a police officer. They threatened to light our car on fire and kill me and my wife. My daughter has had difficulties processing this and still will not talk to me about it.” A third worried that “the smartest and most talented and experienced are leaving due to bad conditions … a talent and brain drain that needs to be remedied immediately. It will take decades to make up for this.” 14
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understand where the community’s at, and then the community can understand where the officers are coming from,” Grant said. “I do think there’s a legitimate conversation about certain things that do need to change that are considered to be systemic and issues of racial inequities,” Grant said. Commission chair JABULANI GAMACHE echoed Seguino. “As a bartender, I think ‘sobering’ is the proper word for what we just heard,” he said. On Monday, the commissioners met again and voted to recommend that the city council raise the cap on the number of officers by eight positions. (See story on page 16.). It’s unclear whether the council will take up the proposal when it next meets, on August 9.
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Corrow told commissioners he didn’t intend to spread “doom and gloom” but to present reality. “I’m not here to say that you’re doing a terrible job. I’m not here to blame you. I’m not here to do any of that. I’m just here to make you aware of what the officers that work at the department are currently thinking,” he said. “It’s almost every day I hear somebody I didn’t know is looking for employment somewhere else.” The city council last year agreed to reduce the force by 30 percent through attrition, from a maximum of 105 officers to 74, in response to racial justice protests and after allegations that some officers — including Corrow — had used excessive force. The department is down to 75 officers, according to Deputy Chief of Administration MATTHEW SULLIVAN, who said 31 officers were looking elsewhere, three more than Corrow’s survey. The best-case scenario, Sullivan told commissioners, is that only 10 officers would leave in the next year; the worst-case scenario would be 20. That would put the midnight shift in jeopardy, Sullivan said. That’s “where we’re at and where we’re
possibly going. It’s definitely something that I’ve struggled with for the past year,” Sullivan said. The current level of staffing means the department is paying for an average of 15 hours of overtime work each day, not all of which is voluntary. One officer who worked an extra shift fell asleep driving home, crashed his vehicle and “thankfully … was not injured,” Sullivan said. A consultant hired by the city will report in September on how the department conducts its policing and what resources it needs to do the job. Corrow told commissioners he is worried that too many officers will leave before then. Commissioners’ reactions at last week’s meeting were mixed. “I just want to acknowledge how hard a time this is for the BPOA and the officers, and I really appreciate you sharing that information with us. It’s very sobering,” said commissioner STEPHANIE SEGUINO, a University of Vermont professor who has studied racial profiling and traffic stop data. Commissioner MELO GRANT pushed back and said city leaders represent the people’s views. “What we need to do is have better community engagement so our officers
The middle seat on an airplane offers more space and comfort than a crowded legislative committee room at the Vermont Statehouse. Lobbyists, members of the press and citizens sometimes have to climb over one another to reach one of the few seats; the alternative is to join the ranks of those forced to stand — perhaps for hours — inches behind a seated lawmaker. The odors of perfume, cologne and sweat mingle in the small, stuffy committee rooms. Sen. JOE BENNING (R-Caledonia) once guided a woman who fainted into his chair before she hit the floor. But, for better or worse, thanks to COVID-19, committee rooms where most legislative business is conducted will be less crowded when lawmakers return to the Statehouse in January after more than a year of working remotely. Lawmakers plan to provide larger spaces for some committees while also limiting the number of people in committee rooms. It’s challenging because much of Vermont’s 19th-century Statehouse is a warren of small rooms and tight spaces not designed for 21st-century social distancing. The solutions won’t be easy. Or cheap. The legislature has set aside $2.5 million to make needed improvements and will likely use every dime. But the good news — again, thanks to COVID-19 — is that the return-to-the-Statehouse plan actually will make it easier for more Vermonters to observe the legislature. During the pandemic, lawmakers met via Zoom, and the public could tune in remotely to watch live or to view archived recordings. Lawmakers plan to continue these practices.
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Celebrating 45 42 very comfortable years! A legislative summer-study committee will present recommendations on August 15 for how all 180 lawmakers can safely return. While many questions remain unanswered, several things seem clear: The Statehouse will be open to the public, and the current plan is to require neither masks nor proof of vaccination to enter. “Do we want a vaccination police person at the door to say, ‘Are you vaccinated or not?’ and if you’re not, then saying you can’t come in?” asked Rep. ALICE EMMONS (D-Springfield), chair of the House Committee on Corrections and Institutions and head of the study committee. “Well, we’re not going to do that … People need access to their government. The question is, how can we provide that access in a safe manner?” Benning, who also sits on the study committee, seconded Emmons. “I know there’s a lot of people who are just chomping at the bit to see mandated masking or mandated vaccine passports,” he said. “I’d be uncomfortable doing that.” Most visitors are aware of the Statehouse’s crowded spaces and will protect themselves, he said. “Will there be an idiot or two? Sure. But we can’t legislate for idiots.” Benning said lawmakers are racing to buy broadcast equipment for the 25 committee rooms, and he hopes that providing continued internet access will reduce the number of people who come to Montpelier. In some cases, lawmakers’ expectations have been unrealistic. For example, the legislature’s information technology director, KEVIN MOORE, recently warned lawmakers that his staff of eight technicians would need more help to manage a hybrid system in which lawmakers are working in the building and meetings are also broadcast. During the pandemic, he said IT staff were overwhelmed by demands, such as late-night calls from lawmakers who expected solutions by morning. Technicians had to assist multiple committees simultaneously, which he said would only be more complicated with lawmakers spread throughout the building. “The pressure on IT staff was absolutely immense during the pandemic. It was constant, at times overwhelming and exhausting,” Moore said. Outside help may be needed, he added, because information
technology and providing audio visual services are different skills. “It’s complicated,” Emmons said of the evolving return plans. “It’s like an onion. You start peeling off one layer, and it raises another layer and then another layer.” Her study committee will recommend limiting occupancy in the 14 House and 11 Senate committee rooms to “actual seating capacity,” a likely max of 20 or so, she said. That cap leaves little room for observers after House members or senators are seated, along with their staff of clerks, witnesses, legislative lawyers and fiscal analysts. Emmons’ utopia would have an alternate site at the Statehouse from which an overflow audience could watch. Or, Benning said, some hot-button hearings could be moved to larger, alternative sites close to the Statehouse. The study committee ruffled some feathers when it explored whether House Republicans could caucus in the Senate chamber if they need more space. The House and Senate are “two different countries sharing the same building,” JOHN BLOOMER JR., a former senator and now defender of Senate rules and decorum as its staff secretary, told Emmons’ committee. “With all due respect, whether we want representatives sitting at [a] senator’s desk, I’m not sure,” Bloomer said. What if a House member saw confidential Senate information? “It may seem like a protectiveness, whatever, but the whole idea is you’re going into someone else’s country.” Not to mention, he said, there have been “nasty issues like spilled hot chocolate and tipped desks” when outsiders have used the Senate in the past. Sen. ALISON CLARKSON (D-Windsor), a study committee member, chided him. “John, these are extraordinary times, and I think we’re all trying to think outside the box a little bit about space use,” she said. Lawmakers were already planning a major Statehouse expansion before the pandemic, which Benning said is even more urgent. But Bloomer is not the only one whose sense of how the Statehouse should work may be disrupted. Benning conceded any return plan is likely to irritate many denizens — lawmakers, lobbyists, the press and the public. “We’re going to be making decisions, ... [and] 100 percent of the people in the building will be pissed off about something,” he told Fair Game. m
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’m not a gun guy. I haven’t handled a firearm since I squeezed off a few rounds from an old .22 rifle at summer camp more than 35 years ago. Nor have I felt the impulse to own a gun for personal protection, whether due to privilege or delusion or both. I’ve also figured, rightly or wrongly, that owning a gun — statistically speaking — would tend to make my family’s home less safe, not more. So when Henry Parro opened the state’s first indoor shooting range in Waterbury in late June, I didn’t pay it much mind. Then one novel feature caught my attention: firearms for rent. I’ve rented cars and skis and stand-up paddleboards — even a snowmobile once — but I’d never heard of a place where you could walk in, plunk down a credit card and minutes later be firing an assault rifle. That is, however, exactly what I found myself doing one morning last week. 16
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If Parro’s grand business plans hit the mark, gun enthusiasts from around the region will soon be descending on Waterbury as well. His new multimillion-dollar, 20,000square-foot building resembles an elaborately refurbished dairy barn or tourist welcome center. Its cupolas, red wood siding and reclaimed barn timbers say traditional Vermont, while the sliding glass door at the entrance lends a modern feel. “We’ve designed this to be a destination,” Parro said from a balcony high above the shop’s expansive retail floor. “We’re going to be drawing people from all over the Northeast. We already are.” A wedding party from Brooklyn recently swung by on a lark to use the range, while a group of law enforcement officers from across the Northeast attended a training session put on by a major gun manufacturer, Parro said.
Most of those I met, however, were locals, including Barbara Walton of Waterbury, who toured the store with her 16-year-old grandson as she looked to sign him up for shooting classes. “I want a small gun for myself, too,” she said. Parro, a former member of the Vermont National Guard and ex-police officer in South Burlington and Waterbury, has run a gun shop catering to sporting enthusiasts and law enforcement officers on Route 2 in Waterbury for nearly 40 years. He first learned about gun safety as a kid hunting with his father, back when the frigid first day of deer season was “like a state holiday,” he said. As interest in hunting has waned and more people have moved to Vermont from other states, Parro has found that his customers are looking not just to buy guns but also for a convenient place to learn to use them safely and effectively. SHOTS FIRED
Burlington Police Commission Recommends Raising Roster Cap B Y C O L I N F L A N D ER S firstname.lastname@example.org Burlington police commissioners voted unanimously on Monday to recommend that the city temporarily increase its police roster by eight officers, citing an unexpectedly high attrition rate in the year since the city council capped the department’s staffing at 74. The ultimate decision will lie with the city council, which is next scheduled to meet on August 9. It’s unclear if the body will take up the issue then. The vote marks the second time in several months that commissioners have called on the council to raise the staffing cap. And it comes as local business leaders have renewed their calls for an increased downtown police presence in light of recent violent incidents. “We’re losing a downtown for everyone because it does not feel safe and secure for people who want to come here,” Kelly Devine, executive director of the Burlington Business Association, said prior to Monday’s vote. The city council is expected to receive a long-awaited outside assessment of the department next month, but it will take councilors time to sift through those recommendations, noted police commissioner Stephanie Seguino, who authored Monday’s resolution. Meanwhile, the number of officers has fallen faster than anticipated: The department will likely have just 70 officers by the end of September, according to Seguino. Acting police Chief Jon Murad has said the number could drop to 59 based on the number of people eligible for retirement. “Given the long lead time to hire new officers, BPD will remain understaffed relative to the cap of 74 for some time,” Seguino’s resolution said. It also called on the city council to immediately hire two more social workers, also known as community support liaisons. It’s unclear when — or whether — city councilors will take up the commission’s staffing recommendation, given that they have already weighed in on the question of raising the cap this year. In January, the police commission urged councilors to approve an 82-person roster “pending a fuller assessment of BPD and the overall public safety apparatus in Burlington.” At the time, Mayor Miro Weinberger warned that the department’s “staffing crisis” was jeopardizing public safety, and both he and Murad pushed for 84 officers. But councilors didn’t budge, narrowly voting to keep the cap at 74. m
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hirley Landry didn’t mince words when asked to describe what it was like to live under COVID-19 restrictions for more than a year. “Terrible,” Landry said as she finished lunch last week at the Waterbury Area Senior Center. During the pandemic, Landry left her apartment above the senior center only when one of her children took her for a drive or to a doctor’s appointment in Barre. Her kids got her an iPad and taught her how to use FaceTime so she could have virtual visits with her family. She did lots of puzzles. Still, “it was bad,” she said of the isolation. Recently, Landry has found some relief. In early July, the senior center, where she was a regular before the pandemic, reopened three days a week for in-person meals and socializing. As Landry contemplated a square of carrot cake with thick white icing, she recalled the first day she returned to the center. It was “wonderful” to be with friends again, she said. “I was talking to the walls,” Landry said. “It’s just great to get back.” But just as seniors are beginning to return to some semblance of normalcy, COVID-19 cases in Vermont are creeping up again, and troublesome news about the virus is emerging. On Saturday, the state reported 70 new coronavirus cases, the highest one-day total since early
May. And earlier last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended indoor masking, regardless of vaccination status, in areas of the country with substantial or high COVID-19 transmission. There is also news of breakthrough cases of the virus in fully vaccinated people, and emerging data show that vaccinated people can spread the now-dominant Delta variant of COVID19. Debates are under way about whether people need booster shots six to 12 months after receiving the initial jab because of waning efficacy. But for now, Vermont — with the highest vaccination rates in the country and relatively low levels of COVID-19 transmission — feels safe enough for seniors at the Waterbury center. Landry was one of about 20 people who showed up for meatloaf and mashed potatoes on July 28, a Wednesday, which is known around the center as the “premiere” lunch day because of its heartier offerings. During the meal, seniors chatted about new haircuts and exercise routines, did crossword puzzles and sang a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday” to the center’s cook, Donna Barr. Until March 2020, the center was open Monday through Friday and it wasn’t unusual for up to 50 people to share the Wednesday lunch, center SOFT OPENING
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Downtown Burlington’s L.L. Bean to Move to Williston B Y A NNE WAL L A C E ALLEN firstname.lastname@example.org When Cathy Davis, president of the Lake Champlain Chamber, heard the L.L. Bean store is moving out of downtown Burlington to Williston, she wondered if the many delays in the neighboring CityPlace mixed-use development were a reason. The retailer, which opened in downtown Burlington in 2014, is right next to the stalled CityPlace site, commonly known in Burlington as “the pit.” “It’s disappointing to see them leave,” Davis said. She said L.L. Bean had probably expected to have an interior entrance linking it to CityPlace. “Obviously that entire project is taking longer than I think most people expected it to.” Finney Crossing, a mixed-use development in Williston, announced on Facebook recently that L.L. Bean will build a new store there that will open in the summer of 2022 between Healthy Living and Union Bank. L.L. Bean, a Maine-based global chain that sells clothes, outdoor gear and home furnishings, is one of the headliners in CityPlace Burlington’s promotional materials. But the developers of the stalled mixed-use development need to complete their financing arrangements before work begins. And while some legal actions against the developers have been resolved, two lawsuits are still pending in Vermont Superior Court. Davis said the large, well-known retailer will be missed. “[I]t can be a draw that brings more business to the downtown and makes the downtown more lively,” she said. Downtown Burlington has lost other national retailers in recent years, including the Gap and Eddie Bauer. Davis noted that while L.L. Bean’s impending departure is bad news for Burlington, downtown appears to be busy this summer. Hotels are reporting they’re more heavily booked than usual; restaurants look busy and sidewalk traffic has returned to pre-pandemic levels, she said. And, she said, Burlington continues to offer something Williston can’t. “There is nothing like wandering Church Street on an afternoon and stopping to have lunch,” she said. “While there is shopping and dining in Williston, it’s just not the same experience; it caters to different needs and different interests.” m
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Shots Fired « P.16 “I’d tell them that there were no indoor ranges in Vermont, and they just couldn’t believe it,” he said. There are gun clubs and shooting ranges around the state, but all are outdoors and typically require memberships. It’s also legal in most rural towns to fire guns “from your back porch,” Parro said, which could explain the absence of indoor ranges until now. The environmental contamination that can occur from pumping so much lead into the ground, not to mention the dangers of unregulated outdoor shooting, all help explain the shift toward indoor shooting ranges, he said. Parro began getting serious about bringing a combined retail shop and indoor range to Waterbury in 2016. He visited several facilities around the country, including one in Utah that impressed him called Ready Gunner. He bought land along the Winooski River just a quarter-mile from his former shop. He convinced his suppliers, such as Connecticut-based gunmaker Ruger, to commit to a larger presence in the new store. He hired local architect Joe Greene to design the building and shepherd it through the permit process. And after a successful soft opening in July, Parro says he’s bracing himself for a robust grand opening this week. During one of my visits to the shop in late July, James Roy browsed the firearm selection with his 10- and 12-year-old sons
to see about replacing their little Crickett .22 rifle with something more powerful. “I’m fully supportive of everything he’s doing here,” said Roy, who owns a pizzeria in town. “It’s gutsy.” Anything that brings in more visitors and revenue — something the town’s brew pubs and Ben & Jerry’s factory do a decent job of already — can only help businesses like his, Roy said. Parro said he hopes his airy, open retail space, hands-on displays and try-beforeyou-buy opportunities will break through the fear factor surrounding guns, much of which he said is manufactured by the media. He likened his sales approach to the way electronics retailers display cellphones on top of the counter instead of behind it, allowing customers to fiddle with the latest phones to become comfortable with their features. “I said, ‘Why couldn’t we do that with handguns?’” he said. “Now we’ve got possibly 200 handguns on display that people can touch and interact with.” The main part of the store is laid out with pistols in the center, dozens of long rifles neatly lined up along the walls, and all manner of ammunition, holsters, targets, scopes and other gear in between. The visitors — and the volleys of gunfire — seemed to come in waves. The store filled with shoppers around lunchtime and after 5 p.m. Long quiet stretches were broken by occasional bursts of muffled gunfire. One nook carried familiar local products including maple syrup, honey and Darn Tough socks. Apparel from Utah-based Black Rifle Coffee Company provided
somewhat more provocative products, such as a baseball cap sporting an American flag struck through with a blue line, an image some see as supportive of law enforcement. Salesman Mike Morin of Troy said the wide range of guns and gear available was intentional. “We’re trying to appeal to pretty much everybody,” he said. A pink .22-caliber rifle made just for kids, selling for $169, caught my eye. In a nearby case, a Derringer-style pistol tiny enough to fit in a purse cost just $159. Beside it, a Ruger 338 Lapua, effectively a civilian version of a long-range military sniper rifle, was mounted on a stout tripod — yours for just $2,000. Other specialty rifles went for double that. Some days Morin sells just a couple of guns, other days seven or eight. Last year’s sharp rise in gun sales nationally seemed to be a reaction to the riots that convulsed the nation following the murder of George Floyd, he said. “The world kind of went crazy there for a little bit,” Morin said. All those new gun owners just reinforce Parro’s contention that the time is right for a firearms business that combines retail, rentals and a safety-focused indoor shooting range. To experience the offerings of this temple to the Second Amendment, I paid for a lane for an hour ($18). I rented a Ruger 9mm pistol and a high-powered, semiautomatic AR-15-style rifle made by a company called Heckler & Koch ($35 each). (Parro and his staff reject the term “assault rifle” as inflammatory and imprecise and, in all cases,
prefer the term “firearm” to “weapon.”) I also picked up 100 rounds of ammo ($25 for 50 pistol rounds and $59 for 50 rifle rounds) and chose the standard six-bullseye target ($1.99) over the zombie or the gun-wielding bad guy daring me to shoot him in various highlighted organs. After I reviewed three pages of range rules, watched a 10-minute safety video, took a short quiz, and donned eye and ear protection, range safety officer Josh Noble led me through two sets of bulletproof doors. Inside one of the 10 available lanes, I stapled my target to the carrier, then tapped a touch screen that could send the target sliding out up to 25 yards. I started with five yards. Noble showed me how to load the 9mm bullets into the magazine, shove the magazine into the grip, slide back the surprisingly stiff bolt, release the safety and prepare to fire. I lined up the sights as best I could, gently squeezed the trigger and — BAM! I missed. A tiny hole appeared wide of the target. Even from that short distance, I found it surprisingly challenging to keep the sights centered on the bullseye. Round after round, magazine after magazine, however, I slowly improved my accuracy.
Kevin McCallum (left) and Josh Noble
Once, having lost count of how many bullets were in the magazine, I put the pistol down with a live round in the chamber. Noble quickly spotted my error and cleared the chamber; the unfired bullet dropped to the floor where it fell into a grated collection channel. That’s exactly how many firearms accidents happen, Noble said: when even
experienced shooters don’t make sure the chamber is empty when cleaning or re-holstering their pistols. While the pistol was manageable, even comfortable to hold and fire, the rifle was a different beast altogether. Everything about it — its weight, tactical scope and overall lethality — was downright intimidating. The fact that the first magazine refused
to click into place didn’t help either, further unnerving me. What if I just broke a $3,500 rifle? A fresh magazine worked just fine, though, and after loading it, I sent the target out to 15 yards. When ready, I lined up the target in the cross hairs, pulled the stock onto my shoulder, squeezed the trigger and — BA-BOOM!!!!! It is difficult to describe the impact — physical and personal — of that first shot. It felt like a meteor had struck the earth in front of me. A deep shock wave coursed through my body, the recoil rippling through my arms and right shoulder with astounding power. Being that close to an explosion of such magnitude — controlled and focused as it was — rattled me. I composed myself and continued to fire round after concussive round, the puffs of acrid gunpowder smoke carried downrange by a powerful ventilation system. My accuracy gradually improved until it became easier to hit the target with the rifle from 25 yards than with the pistol from five. It was exhilarating, but I never got comfortable firing it. I’m not sure what scared me more — the power of that weapon or the fact that I could have taken one home that day. m
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news director Vicki Brooker said. The facility is taking its reopening cautiously, even though more than 95 percent of senior citizens in Vermont have received at least their first COVID-19 vaccination. Brooker is reopening the center slowly, in part because she doesn’t want seniors — who have had the highest hospitalization and death rates from COVID-19 — to have unrealistic expectations that everything is full steam ahead. A sign on the center’s door says visitors who are not fully vaccinated must wear a mask and follow social distancing rules. Brooker said she abides by the honor system and hasn’t yet asked seniors for proof of vaccination. Saying they were concerned about the mental and physical effects of social isolation on older adults, state officials announced in April that senior centers could reopen with virus mitigation measures in place. But Justin Blackman, the Waterbury center’s board chair, said the seniors he talked to then told him that they didn’t want to return if they had to wear masks or eat at opposite ends of the table from their friends. The center’s leadership also wanted to make sure all staff members and volunteers were vaccinated before reopening. So they took their time, putting a fresh coat of paint on the walls and recruiting additional volunteers, until the state reached its 80 percent vaccination goal and Gov. Phil Scott lifted all COVID-19 restrictions in June. Now, the vast majority of the approximately 40 senior centers in the state are open. Half of them are back to their pre-pandemic programming, according to Conor O’Dea, director of the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living’s unit on aging. The other half have ramped up slowly due to factors such as staffing issues, fewer seniors interested in participating and a shift to more online programming. O’Dea said COVID-19’s Delta variant is on the radar of senior center directors he’s talked to, and that they’ll look to the state health department for guidance on how to cope with the new threat. In the first week of July, the Waterbury center invited just 10 of the “regulars” for lunch, as well as a handful of other guests, to make sure that the staff, volunteers and board members could pull off an in-person meal. “It went swimmingly,” said Brooker. Every week since, a few more people have returned. “I think as seniors see other seniors coming here, there’s a comfort level that’s building,” said Brooker. 20
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Last week, Arlis Fuglie was one of the seniors enjoying lunch with friends. She surveyed the room and remarked that the mealtime crowd used to be larger. “I don’t think everyone’s quite ready for this yet,” Fuglie said. “It’s really hard getting used to being out there after that long of not.” She recalled a recent interaction with a friend in a parking lot. She gave the person a hug and then thought, “Oh my God, what have I done?” before realizing that it was OK.
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Bev Wells, who sat next to Fuglie and stayed after lunch to play dominoes, said she was excited when she found out the center was reopening. She and her two sisters constituted a pod while the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order was in place, but she found it boring and depressing to be cooped up in her apartment, unable to see her grandkids. “I thought the virus made us very lazy,” Wells said. “You just sat so much that when you could get out, like, ‘Do I have the energy?’ … I tried most days to get dressed because we would at least go into the puzzle room in our building.” On her first day back, Wells said she took stock of people she hadn’t seen in more than a year: “How much they aged, who lost weight, who gained weight, who survived.”
Wells said she feels lucky to be weathering the pandemic in Vermont, though she’s starting to get concerned about the Delta variant and rising case counts. “I don’t want to be stuck in the house again,” Wells said. “But I did wear my mask in Shaw’s yesterday. I wasn’t taking any chances. We get a lot of out-of-staters here, so I just wanted to be safe.” Wells said she does feel safe interacting, maskless, with fellow seniors, since the vaccination rate is so high among her age group. Those who work with seniors say the strategies and new programs developed during the pandemic will serve older people well going forward, especially if the state has to put COVID-19 restrictions in place again. Pre-pandemic, for example, the Central Vermont Council on Aging offered exercise classes that didn’t seem suited to being done online, according to Kathy Paquet, the council’s wellness director. But the agency helped instructors adapt them, and they’re now accessible to more people than ever. The council also provided art kits to 135 central Vermont seniors last fall and winter. Each participant was paired with a volunteer who could walk them through the project and chat with them by phone or video. The agency is planning to expand the program this year. Luke Rackers, the council’s communications director, said the pandemic provided an incentive to help overcome barriers — including
affordability and lack of tech know-how — that keep seniors from using computers and navigating the internet. The council teamed with Williston-based nonprofit Technology for Tomorrow to provide overthe-phone training that taught 20 seniors how to access Zoom. “There’s still a lot of people out there who may say things like, ‘I don’t like computers,’” he said, “but when they find out that ‘Oh, I can video conference with my niece in Texas from Vermont,’ a light bulb goes off and there’s a whole new goal for them to work towards.” Still, there’s nothing quite like being together again in person, said Brooker, who came out of retirement in June 2020 to lead the center after volunteering there for a few years. She and board chair Blackman, the resident tech expert, are planning to bring back Sunday movie night in August. They’ll start with the 1936 musical Show Boat, projected on the center’s wall. But they’ve also stocked the kitchen’s freezer with enough frozen meals to provide seniors with a couple of days of food if the center were to close abruptly, said Blackman. That kind of precaution wasn’t something they ever thought about before the pandemic. “But now we know on a deep level that that could happen. It’s not theoretical anymore,” said Brooker. “It’s like, next month you might be shut down and have hungry seniors. And so that’s in our DNA now. So that’s why we talk about it now and think about it. It’s very real.” m
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Vermont students should wear masks when school starts in a few weeks, Education Secretary Dan French said on Tuesday. But with no state of emergency in effect, the “guidance” from the state amounts to recommendations, and rules will be up to local school districts, he said. Districts should ask students to wear masks regardless of their vaccination status, French said at Gov. Phil Scott’s weekly news conference. Later, at schools where 80 percent of students over age 12 and staff have received at least one dose of vaccine, the guidance calls for districts to allow vaccinated students and staff to remove their masks. Students under 12 aren’t yet eligible to be vaccinated. French noted that there won’t be any social distancing in the state’s guidance, which is expected to be issued this week. “Masking is a good strategy at the beginning of the year, as students and staff settle into patterns of full in-person instruction,” he said. Vermont’s in a markedly different situation this year as opposed to last. In September 2020, five months into the pandemic, vaccines weren’t available, so the state relied solely on masking and distancing measures. Many schools were preparing for remote instruction. And Vermont was under a long-running state of emergency, which enabled the state to mandate restrictions for the districts. The state Agency of Education still has many questions to answer as the school year gets under way, such as whether students could be denied entry to school if they fail to follow masking rules enacted by the local school board. French said that decision will be up to the school districts, not the state. “This specific question is one we’ll have to explore further,” he said. COVID-19 cases are up in Vermont and around the country. But Scott and other officials remain confident that Vermont’s high vaccination rate — 84.1 percent of residents have now received at least one dose — will protect the state from the hospitalizations and deaths
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The 1911 Vermont House/Hotel Vermont at Main and St. Paul Streets had famed rooftop dining. The property’s website recalls, “The hotel’s chief attraction was the Roof Garden, a glass-enclosed solarium in the center of the roof. There, guests could lounge on swing seats and easy chairs amid lush plants; a restaurant offered grill and à la carte service. Outside the solarium, they could stroll along the fourteen-foot tiled walkway that circled it, and gaze out at Lake Champlain and the mountains. A 1913 brochure noted: “The sunsets from this
point are beyond description and the roof garden affords the guests a quiet and restful retreat.” I recall it still in business during the 1950s. A “solarium,” was it open to guests during colder weather?
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system to encourage waste reduction and materials reuse. I know the borrowing needed for a municipal system is a real issue, but rejecting a public system out of hand for this reason is shortsighted, given all the advantages. The council should delay a final vote on August 9, especially since Wards 1 and 3 will not have their councilors present, to take time to explore a municipal system, including the availability of federal stimulus or other funding. Gene Bergman
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I, too, was sexually assaulted by Jack Hanson, I think. It happened about 20 years ago, probably on Tuesday, because on Tuesdays I feel like a woman usually. Or on Wednesday, when I usually feel like a man. On other days I feel like nothing, so I couldn’t have been assaulted on those days. I have never met Jack Hanson in person, but I dreamt about it, so it must be true. He assaulted me and I went along with it, but under the context, who could blame me? I hope Burlington City Councilor Max Tracy takes this accusation seriously, and I also hope that you send a reporter to interview me and that you will spend some valuable space in your paper on reporting it. And please, my pronoun is Her/ His Highness. P.S. If you, by chance, think I am nuts, please read the article I am referring to in Seven Days [Off Message: “Burlington City Councilor Is Accused of Sexual Assault,” July 13]. Evzen Holas
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circumstance in life and spread happiness amongst anyone who encountered her. A service in Deb’s memory will be held on Friday, August 6, from 10 a.m. to
noon at the Underhill Town Hall located at 12 Pleasant Valley Rd., Underhill, Vt. 05489, and followed with a hike to the top of Mount Mansfield to celebrate Deb. We welcome all who would like to show up and share some of the great adventures and memories we shared with Deb. We also invite you to share your memories and condolences by visiting awrfh.com. In lieu of flowers, Deb and family would prefer you make a donation to any of the following charities. Poker Hill School at pokerhillschool.org/ fundraising.html; Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park at donate.friendsvinp. org/giving/donation; and Brewster River Mountain Bike Club at brmbc.org/ deborah-towne-memorialfund.html.
(Fran) Williams; sisters Nancy Rogers, Elaine Peake and Donna (Brian) Perry; and numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly. His family described him
as not only a hardworking, generous man who always put others first, but also as someone who was always there for you when you needed him the most. There was nobody else who was so full of endless stories or could tell a joke quite like him. He expressed his love by spending all his free time with his family and grandchildren, going on adventurous road and fishing trips. He also enjoyed sharing with them his endless knowledge of hunting and maple sugaring when not working on multiple building projects with them. He will be ever so dearly missed from all of our lives. The family is planning a celebration of his life on August 14, 2021, noon, at 12 Roy Dr., Underhill, Vt. Private services will be held at a later date.
FEBRUARY 3, 1971JULY 27, 2021 WILMINGTON, VT.
Our beloved Deborah Towne left this earth after a brief but difficult battle with cancer. A fighter until the end, she passed away on July 27 at the age of 50. Deb was born on February 3, 1971, in Brattleboro, Vt., to Mary and Clarence (Buzzy) Towne and grew up in Wilmington, Vt. She is survived by her husband, Matias Miguez, and son, Andres Miguez; her mother, Mary Towne; her sister, Kathy (and her husband Travis) Robinson; and many nephews and a niece. Deb was a passionate mother and wife who always loved adventure and to find new places around the world surrounded by nature. She
was a great asset to the financial and banking sector where she managed several banking branches. Deb was an avid skier, sailor, diver and climber who challenged every
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DECEMBER 14, 1944JULY 26, 2021 UNDERHILL, VT. Robert C. Williams, 76, of Underhill, Vt., returned “home” to join his two sons, Mark and Mike Williams, in heaven, surrounded by his loving family on July 26, 2021. He was born in Hardwick, Vt., on December 14, 1944, the son of Earle and Mildred (Underwood) Williams. He graduated from the Hardwick Academy in 1962. He is survived by his loving and dedicated wife, Diane (Dessureault) Williams, of 54 years; remaining son, Randy Williams; only daughter, Lori Anne (Todd Weston); and daughter-in-laws Tammy Williams, Gina Williams and Cherie Whitehead; along with
many grandchildren: Jessica, Richard, Shawn, Desirae, Sarah, Nathan, Cody, Trevor, Jacob, Marissa and Katie; great-grandchildren, Rudy and Timmy; brothers Dennis (Lorette) Williams and Arthur
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(G.E): 11 years in Burlington and 22 years in Rutland. She held various roles, including payroll, cashier, technical recruiter, the water distillation department and in purchasing as a clerk/buyer. Song and music were important to her life and gave Shirley so much. It was part and parcel of everything she ever did. Shirley sang barbershop in Rutland, Burlington, and Barre for 57 years until 2019 and leaves behind many lifelong friends. Other than music, there was nothing Shirley enjoyed more than receiving letters from her friends and a game
of pinochle. Shirley will be remembered for her gifted sewing skills and her amazing apple pie. She was also an avid line dancer. A deeply devoted fan of the Boston Red Sox, Shirley regularly kept score “in her books” for every game spanning many decades and rarely missed one. She could talk about the players, strategy, trades and current events with the most avid Red Sox fans. Shirley loved the water and always had her beach bag packed. Heather and Alan would like to thank McClure Miller Hospice house for their care, compassion and support during her last days. A celebration of Shirley’s life will be held in the Common Room of her residence, Town Meadow, on Saturday, August 14, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A light lunch will be provided. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the McClure Miller Respite House in Colchester, Vt., in memory of Shirley Wisell. We love you lots, Brave Lady.
operations, where he was involved with many of the residential and commercial real estate development projects around the world. After retiring, he began a second successful career as a building development consultant. A smart, methodical, caring man who was also athletic, Ralph played varsity basketball in his younger years and later thoroughly enjoyed tennis and golf, playing the latter well into his eighties. Additionally,
both he and Joan were accomplished gardeners whose dual passion was tending their lush flower, fruit and vegetable gardens. Ralph also understood the importance of giving back to his community and spent many years during his retirement working as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, where he was recognized as an outstanding volunteer of the year. Last but not least, he had a dry sense of humor, a loving heart and a generous spirit. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family. He was extremely proud that all of his children are caring and close friends. A mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church in Great Falls, Va., on Monday, August 30, at 10 a.m. He and Joan will later be interned at Arlington National Cemetery. Contributions in his memory may be made to Habitat for Humanity or the Nature Conservancy.
FEBRUARY 22, 1931JULY 31, 2021 ESSEX JUNCTION, VT.
We announce with profound sadness, Shirley Irene Wisell passed away holding the hands of her son Alan and his wife, Heather, at sunrise on July 31 at the McClure Miller Respite House in Colchester following a short battle with gastric cancer. She left us with as much dignity as she lived her life. Shirley was born on February 22, 1931, to Hobert and Lena (Steeves) Iby. She leaves behind her beloved son, Alan Wisell, his wife, Heather Godin, and her much loved grandson Aidan of Williston, Vt. She also leaves her ex-husband, David E. Wisell, and Sandy Patch of Rutland; a brother Henry and his wife, Lorraine (Bundy) Iby, of Williston and their children; her nieces and nephew. She was predeceased by her eldest son, Charles Edward Wisell, on February 22, 2012. Shirley worked diligently for 33 years at General Electric
Ralph Michael Della Ratta JANUARY 15, 1922JULY 18, 2021 GREAT FALLS, VA.
Ralph Michael Della Ratta of Great Falls, Va., formerly of Mill Neck, N.Y., and Essex, Vt., died on July 18, 2021, at age 99. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 71 years, Joan, in 2019. He is survived by his brother Joseph, his three children and their spouses, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren, as well as nieces and nephews. Ralph grew up in Greenvale, N.Y., and worked at Grumman assembling Hellcat aircraft before joining the Navy during WWII as a landing craft (LST) pilot in both war fronts. He later earned an associate’s degree from North Shore Community College. Upon graduation, Ralph worked his way up the corporate ladder at Levitt & Sons, Inc., eventually rising to senior vice president of
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n a recent morning when I stepped outside my house in Charlotte to walk the dog, I heard the hum of a propeller plane overhead. The sound of singleengine aircraft isn’t unusual in the area at this time of year. Planes routinely fly to and from Burlington International Airport 18 miles away, and seaplanes fly over Lake Champlain. In addition, Shelburne Airport is eight miles to the north; Basin Harbor Airport in Vergennes, 16 miles to the south. Each of the turf airstrips averages about two dozen flights per week, according to AirNav.com, a website for pilots and aviation enthusiasts. What drew my attention to this particular plane was the erratic sound of its engine, which was unlike the usual drone of most small crafts. Gazing up, I spotted a bright-yellow biplane performing loops over a nearby field. When I mentioned it to my kids later that morning, my son said that he and his friends had seen similar aerial stunts earlier in the week. We weren’t the only ones. Several other residents in the area posted comments on Front Porch Forum about the aerobatics, as such stunt flying is called. “Totally enjoyed the little air show today!” wrote Charlotte resident Sue Schermerhorn in a July 8 post. “Pilot looked like he was having a great time, too.” “We also enjoyed watching the acrobatics,” Tom Bove of North Ferrisburgh posted the following day. Bove noted that his father was a pilot and used to do similar stunts in the 1960s. “It’s great to see someone keeping the art alive,” he added. But not everyone on the ground appreciated the attitude, or altitude, of the aerial maneuvers, much less the hour of the morning when they commenced. “It’s quite a show. But over people’s homes?” wrote Megan Price of Charlotte in a June 9 post. “Since when did this area become the playground of a Blue Angels wannabe?... Fly high, fly safe, and keep going, please!” Like fireworks shows, aerobatics aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. While some people ooh and ah at the aileron rolls and stall turns, others immediately google the Federal Aviation Administration’s complaint line. So, what are the rules regarding aerobatics? Robin Guillian is director of Vermont Technical College’s Professional Pilot Technology program. A certified flight instructor and former commercial
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AEROBATICS AREN’T EVERYONE’S CUP OF TEA. airline pilot, Guillian explained that all planes must abide by FAA-mandated “minimum safe altitude” requirements. Those vary depending upon what the plane is doing and where. Generally speaking, she said, pilots must fly at an altitude that allows them to make an emergency landing if the aircraft loses power, “without undue hazards” to people and property on the ground. “So, let’s say you’re flying at 2,000 feet and your engine goes, and you manage to land in a field and not kill yourself,” she said, “but, unfortunately, you take out a fence and a cow on the ground. You would be considered breaking federal aviation regulation.” Additionally, under FAA regulation 91.303, which covers “special flight operations,” “No person may operate an aircraft in aerobatic flight over any congested area of a city, town or settlement … [or] over an open air assembly of persons.” Think a Lake Monsters game or a high school graduation. Air shows, like those held periodically on Burlington’s waterfront, receive temporary FAA authorization to perform those maneuvers near crowds. Aerobatics are also prohibited within four nautical miles of a federal highway, below 1,500 feet or when flight visibility
is less than three miles. Guillian said that when she takes her instructors up to perform such moves, they’re done at about 6,000 feet. “So, if you ever see someone doing aerobatics low, it’s not me or my students,” she added. One Charlotte resident who saw the aerobatics plane jotted down its tail number: N98TS, or, in the phonetic alphabet of aviation, November 98 Tango Sierra. (This is the Whisky Tango Foxtrot column, after all.) According to the FAA aircraft inquiry website, the plane is a German-built Extra 300. However, the FAA noted that it’s not a biplane but a monoplane registered to Beta Technologies of South Burlington. Evidently, more than one aerobatic plane is performing stunts. Beta Technologies made news last week when one of its pilots crash-landed a helicopter on the Colchester Causeway and walked away with only minor injuries. A spokesperson for Beta confirmed that its fleet includes aerobatics planes, including the one identified over Charlotte. The electric aircraft startup encourages all of its employees to obtain a pilot’s license and pays for their instruction and flight time. Matthew Edson, a former F-16 fighter pilot who now works as a flight instructor
at Beta, explained that he uses the aerobatics plane for training pilots on spin awareness and upset recovery — potentially lifesaving techniques — as well as for teaching competitive aerobatics. “We do it in a variety of locations and obviously well within the federal regulations and the guidelines put forth by the Federal Aviation Administration,” he said. But with more than 45 certified pilots at Beta, several of whom fly the aerobatics planes, Edson couldn’t say, without knowing specific dates and flight times, who might have been flying over southern Chittenden County. If members of the public are ever concerned about the performance of a particular plane, such as how low it’s flying, Guillian suggested they call the control tower at Burlington International Airport. Even if you’re really bad at estimating altitude, don’t worry about it, she said. Air traffic controllers should be able to see it on their radar. “And if they’re not on the radar, they’re definitely flying too low!” she said with a laugh. m
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yle Tatsak and Miquelle Thurber love living in Stowe, where there are miles of trails for walking their two dogs. They go snowboarding and rock climbing together when they’re not working. But this summer, the two are reluctantly preparing for a move to Michigan, where Tatsak’s family lives. After six months of searching unsuccessfully for an apartment they can afford, the two have made the difficult decision to relocate to a region where they know they can buy a home for less than $200,000. Renting is just too expensive, the two said, and buying a home in Vermont is completely out of reach. Tatsak has already found a new job near Ann Arbor, and his family is helping Thurber, 23, who works for the State of Vermont, find something new, too. “We’re moving out of state in order to start a proper life and save money for retirement, or for anything aside from having to pay bills,” said Tatsak, 32, who works as an electrician at the Stowe Mountain Resort and as a bartender in town. “Vermont doesn’t seem — at least currently or in the near future — to be a place where we can do that.” Vermont’s housing shortage has stumped policymakers for years, even decades, but the problem appears to have peaked in recent months. It’s difficult to find a place to rent or buy, even for those who can afford the asking price. Real estate brokers and landlords place a good share of the blame on the COVID19 pandemic, which inspired scores of newcomers to seek the relative safety of Vermont, bidding up the price of singlefamily homes or renting if they could not buy.
The housing shortage has become so acute that it’s starting to affect every aspect of social and economic life in Vermont. Job seekers who have found the perfect position have to turn down offers because they can’t find housing nearby. Romantic partners who are breaking up can’t move apart because there’s nowhere to go. Pleas for housing leads are a regular feature of online community forums. Young adults, unable to afford their own place, are living with their parents in greater numbers than at any time since the Great Depression — a phenomenon that started before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Pew Research Center. “This is the first time I can ever remember the housing crisis affecting everyone, not just the low-income,” said Cindy Reid, development director at Cathedral Square, which develops and manages 26 affordable housing communities in northwestern Vermont. Reid, who has worked in Vermont housing for three decades, said there is a perfect storm of adverse conditions right now.
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“The income disparity just continues to grow, so people on fixed incomes have a really hard time affording anything good,” she said. “Known homelessness grew in the pandemic, and people from out of state are buying Vermont homes sight unseen, in some cases for cash, and Vermont workers cannot compete with that.” Housing advocates say typical Vermont incomes aren’t high enough to support buying or building a home. The same is true for rentals: A full-time Vermont worker would have to make $23.68 an hour, or $49,258 annually, to afford a typical two-bedroom apartment here, according to the annual Out of Reach report published last month by the National Low Income Housing Coalition. By contrast, the average Vermont renter earns about $13.83 an hour. Vermont’s rental vacancy rate is 3.4 percent, and Chittenden County’s is about 2 percent, according to the Vermont Housing Finance Agency. A healthy vacancy rate is around 5 percent, according to the VHFA, which said the state needs nearly 4,000 new rental homes to meet current demand. Meanwhile, real estate brokers have become so accustomed to bidding wars that they’re unsurprised when they field a dozen offers or more on a property that hit the market just the day before. The median sales price on a Vermont home rose a whopping 45 percent between
May 2020 and May 2021, according to the Vermont Association of Realtors. “They’re selling as soon as they hit the market,” said Laurie Mecier-Brochu, a senior manager for the Sotheby’s real estate agency that covers Vermont and part of New Hampshire. “We don’t have the inventory for people to look at, and it creates a fervor.” It’s not just anecdotal; the Vermont Center for Geographic Information analyzed property transfer tax payments for 2020 and found that real estate sales to out-of-state residents rose 38 percent that year. The value of the transactions rose nearly 80 percent, according to a report published earlier this year. Expensive homes aren’t the only object of this frenzy. Kay Curtis, board president at the 300-unit Tri-Park housing cooperative in Brattleboro, said she was flooded with requests for mobile home rentals last year. “During COVID, we had people walking off the street saying, ‘What have you got? We’ll buy it,’” she said. A lot of renters say they’re being pushed out because their landlords are selling the homes they live in, eager to cash in on the housing boom. And there just isn’t enough inventory to meet the demand. The number of available listings for sale dropped by more than half between June 2020 and June 2021, according to the Vermont Association of Realtors — from 3,510 homes last June to just 1,607 for sale this June. Michael Monte, CEO of the Champlain Housing Trust, said his group received 914 applications from January to April this year for just 50 available apartments.
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There’s no statewide count of apartments, but would-be renters say listings are often claimed just minutes after an advertisement runs. That’s what Tatsak and Thurber found when they started looking for a less expensive apartment this spring. Since March 2020, the two have paid about $2,000 per month, including utilities, for their two-bedroom apartment. They knew the rent would be a stretch when they moved in, but they were desperate.
After six months of searching, they haven’t succeeded in finding something more affordable. “Most places I contacted already had an extensive list of applicants,” said Tatsak. He recently responded to a Craigslist ad that had been up for three hours. The woman who answered the phone said she had someone who was interested, but she’d put him on a waiting list. “She was like, ‘Keep in mind, you’re like 25th’” on the list, Tatsak said.
Vermont’s housing problems have been a long time in the making. Even before 2010, the number of new homes in the state increased just 1 percent per year, and the pace has stagnated since, according to a state housing needs assessment for 2020 to 2025. The state has some of the oldest housing stock in the country, and regulatory and financial barriers discourage for-profit developers from building new homes. High land prices and a labor shortage also suppress construction. Global factors are at play, too, including the growing income gap, rising construction materials prices, and low interest rates that encourage home purchases. The National Association of Realtors, which recently released a study on the affordability gap, said the years of underbuilding is a national phenomenon. Short-term rentals also play a role by taking off the market homes and apartments that were once available for long-term occupancy. And Vermont has one of the highest proportions of second homes in the country — a rate that’s rising, according to the state needs assessment. Many of those homes are only occupied part time. “Honestly it’s hard to not feel xenophobic against everyone we’re
seeing moving up here, especially rich people with multiple houses,” said Jack McCarthy, who works at a Montpelier restaurant and has been trying since June to find an apartment with three friends. He thinks those second homes could be put to better use: “It’s like, ‘Oh, cool, thanks for taking the space you’re not going to live in for half the year.’” Efforts to solve the housing crunch take many forms. Employers are adopting creative strategies to help workers find housing, with some going as far as to put out calls to the community. Municipalities are taking a hard look at the housing stock in their communities and pondering ways to encourage more affordable options. The state as a whole, meanwhile, expects to spend hundreds of millions of dollars in COVID-19 relief money beefing up housing options. But such long-term solutions offer little relief to those currently in need of a new place to live. Just ask Maureen Kendall, 61, who spent six years in Florida caring for her now-deceased parents but wanted to return to Vermont, where she grew up. After a nine-month online search turned up few housing leads, Kendall and her 25-year-old son packed up their belongings in late June and drove north. They spent about a month bouncing around central Vermont hotels. Describing herself as “old school,” Kendall has struggled to adapt to the world of modern apartment hunting, frequently running into online scams or landlords who want application fees and other personal information before she can even schedule a walk-through. “I’m not really good at the computer stuff,” she said. “I’m still looking on the side of the road for ‘for rent’ signs.” She was initially hoping to find a two-bedroom apartment in St. Albans, where her son grew up, and recently managed to track down two options within their maximum budget of about $1,500 a month. “One was perfect, and we wanted it desperately,” she said. The landlord, however, turned them down after learning that neither had secured a job in Vermont yet. The other apartment, meanwhile, “was an absolute dump,” Kendall said. “The floors were uneven. It was filthy. It stunk. It was just nothing that we could even consider staying in.” The proposed rent? Just shy of $1,500. Kendall and her son are now living and working at the Stowe Inn — she as a chef, he as a dishwasher — while they continue their search. They pay a daily NOWHERE TO GO SEVEN DAYS AUGUST 4-11, 2021
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Nowhere to Go « P.29 room charge that she declined to detail. Their list of must-haves no longer includes two bedrooms, and they are no longer limiting themselves to the northern part of the state. “It doesn’t matter where we live in Vermont at this point,” Kendall said. “We just want to come home.” A permanent home is what Natalie Costagliola, 77, and her husband, Leonard, are looking for. The two moved to Vermont two years ago to live closer to their children and grandchildren. She and her husband both grew up in Brooklyn, where he later worked as a butcher; Natalie was a customer service representative for AAA. The couple, who moved only twice during their first 50 years of marriage, has already moved two times since arriving in Vermont — with a third in the offing. Their landlady is moving back into the Montpelier condo that the pair are renting. They need to be out at the end of August and haven’t found a place that they can afford on their Social Security income. They can pay the rent, which is currently $1,400, Natalie said, but they’ll have trouble putting down a security deposit until they get back the one for their current home. And they’re not interested in assisted living, she said, though Leonard, who is in his eighties, suffers from dementia. “I don’t think I could afford it, and I don’t want my husband to be institutionalized,” said Natalie, who cried when she talked about his illness. “We are doing our darndest to take care of him at home.”
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Megan Rudy, an orthopedic trauma nurse at Dartmouth-Hitchcock medical center, was in a hospital room recently when a physician asked the patient about life at home. Among the questions: Have you ever had housing instability, or not been able to pay your rent, or not had a place to live? Although she wasn’t the one being asked, Rudy reflected that her own responses would have surprised her just a short time ago, when the idea of housing instability hadn’t occurred to her. “I could literally check the box for ‘homeless with two children,’” Rudy, 41, said of her own situation. She had to leave her rented home in Woodstock in mid-June when her landlord moved back in, and while she found a house nearby to buy, the closing isn’t until the end of August. Her kids are with their father. 30
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Unable to find a place to rent for the summer, Rudy stayed with friends and stored many of her possessions in her car. In early August, she was able to rent a home from a friend’s parents for four weeks. She never expected to find herself in the position of sleeping on friends’ couches at this stage of her life. “It’s very, very humbling, more humbling than getting divorced,” she said. “I don’t know what I did wrong. I’m very fiscally responsible and save and do all that stuff.” Like Rudy, many of the people who are searching for homes have parents or children they need to house, and they’ve had to settle for something that wasn’t quite what they’d wanted. Kendra Wright began searching for an apartment in Barre last fall after her fiveyear marriage soured. But when she found no two-bedroom apartments that fit her budget, the 29-year-old decided to give her relationship another chance. “That didn’t fare well for me,” she said. Wright restarted her search this spring, hoping that she could find a three-bedroom apartment big enough for her two kids and her father. After a frustrating three-month search, Wright finally landed a new place in Rutland this July.
It’s far from perfect: The two-bedroom unit doesn’t have enough room for her father, and the $905 rent represents about half of her take-home pay as an optician trainee. Still, she knows she’s one of the lucky ones. More than a dozen other people told Seven Days that they have spent months looking for housing to no avail. Most said they were in the running for places, only to see them scooped up at the last minute by someone else. Molly Duff, a 26-year-old graduate student at the University of Vermont, recalled contacting a landlord just 15 minutes after a $1,300, two-bedroom apartment in Burlington’s South End was posted on Craigslist. “I really had my fingers crossed that I was going to hear back,” Duff said. She never did: Within a few hours, the post was gone. “Obviously someone was quicker than me.” State Rep. Kelly Pajala (I-Londonderry), a single mother of two teenagers, started looking for a place to rent in June when her landlord told her he planned to sell her condo. As Londonderry town clerk, Pajala is required to live in the Windham County ski town. After searching in vain for several weeks, Pajala recently tracked down
the owner of an empty house and got permission to rent it. Friends helped her clean the place, which was full of trash and abandoned furniture. She said the ordeal has left her exhausted and constantly worried. She won’t be able to relax until the lease is signed, and she said one of her children is anxious and sad about the situation. “It’s hard to tackle the everyday things that come up when a lot of your energy is being consumed by where the roof is that you’re going to be sleeping under,” Pajala said. The intense competition has given landlords a lot of power. Many apartment hunters say they rarely hear back when they inquire about availability — even those who consider themselves ideal tenants, with reliable jobs, high credit scores and great references. “It’s not enough in this market,” said Kristi Loven, 39, who has spent much of the last six months obsessively refreshing housing websites. “It’s nowhere near enough.” Loven and her husband own a modest Bolton home that was deemed unsafe after a 2019 flash flood wiped away much of the backyard. They now worry every time it rains heavily and fear the house won’t last through another spring thaw.
The couple initially considered trying to purchase another house but decided against it after seeing home prices skyrocket during the pandemic. They are now looking to rent a two-bedroom apartment and hope to stay in Chittenden County; they have a 7-year-old daughter with autism who receives services in Burlington, and Loven’s husband, Wes Melville, works at a Keurig warehouse in Essex. But even with a healthy monthly budget of $1,750, the competition has proven too great. Loven estimates she has reached out to well over 50 places. She recently followed up with one rental manager at a large apartment building to ask about the chances of her family getting a unit by October. The response? “They’ve had so many applications coming in that they’ve stopped processing them,” Loven said. “It certainly makes us feel like we have no hope,” she added. McCarthy, the Montpelier restaurant worker, recalled a similar experience, saying he and two friends paid a $45 application fee to a Montpelier housing management company, only to be told the apartments they had applied for had already been rented. He displayed his email exchange with the landlord showing that the group had spent $135 on three applications, money they could ill afford. The landlord responded, “If you filled out the questionnaire and was not contacted then either you didn’t qualify for that particular unit or there was 6 qualified applicants ahead of you and we ended up moving forward with one of them.” McCarthy and his would-be roommates spent some time tenting at a state park and camped for a while on a friend’s land 45 minutes from Montpelier.
IN SEARCH OF SOLUTIONS
Housing has a direct role in the economic recovery. Many employers say they’re being held back by a worker shortage, and they tie that directly to the low housing supply. The problem is particularly acute in resort areas such as the Mad River Valley, where second homes make up more than 55 percent of the housing stock in the seven towns near Sugarbush Resort and Mad River Glen ski areas. A 2020 report from the valley’s housing committee said housing is largely out of reach for families making less than $100,000 per year, according to Kaziah HavilandMontgomery, the committee’s coordinator. In 2019, 68 percent of the area’s workers made less than $40,000 a year, she said.
“Anecdotally, our lack of affordable housing options has become even more desperate since the release of the report,” Haviland-Montgomery said in July. Rachel Lee Cummings, executive director of the Counseling Service of Addison County — a nonprofit that has a job vacancy rate of roughly 15 percent — recalled an instance before the pandemic when a newly hired staffer resigned because he was unable to find a house to which to move his family from Massachusetts. Other staffers would prefer to live closer to the agency’s Middlebury offices but can’t find any suitable options, Cummings said. She worries the commute might eventually become too great for some. “There’s plenty of jobs closer to their home,” she said. When Jennie Lohmann, 47, relocated to Vermont from Connecticut during the winter to start a new job at Burlington’s Converse Home, she filled out more than 20 apartment applications and contacted the managers of nearly 60 properties. The closest place she could find was in Morrisville, an hour away. Lohmann moved in at the start of this year but was back on the hunt a few months later: Her partner, who has been living in Florida temporarily for work, wanted to join her in Vermont, and the couple needed a larger apartment — ideally, one closer to her job. Again, she found few options. She finally managed to secure a three-bedroom apartment last month. The $1,350 rent includes both heat and electricity, “which is huge,” Lohmann said. The only problem? It’s located in Johnson, adding another five minutes to her commute. “I was very lucky last winter because, while it snowed, it never really accumulated,” she said. “I don’t think I’m going to get so lucky this year.” The need for housing has become so acute in Rutland that on July 22, Mary Cohen, director of the nonprofit Housing Trust of Rutland County, met with representatives from other local affordable housing organizations and from five of the region’s largest employers to talk about how to address the problem. The five — including the city’s public school system, the local hospital, Killington ski resort, Casella Waste Systems and General Electric — have identified housing as one reason they can’t find the workers they need, Cohen said.
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Nowhere to Go « P.31 At the meeting, the group agreed to talk to developers about creating a public-private partnership. Cohen said developers aren’t building mediumcost housing because they can’t get the financing they need; contributions from employers could close the financing gap. And “we could have access to [federal] money if we come with the right proposal that makes sense,” she added. Vermont has set aside around $150 million in federal coronavirus money for housing projects. Some employers have already come up with innovative ways to provide housing for their workers. Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington has bought and renovated four local homes in recent years to sell at a reduced price to hospital employees. The hospital created a nonprofit called Healthy Homes for Bennington so other companies can eventually take part. The main objective is to help workers find housing, but the hospital is also trying to revive downtown Bennington, said Kevin Dailey, a vice president at the hospital who is in charge of the program. Some of the houses were bought out of foreclosure or at a tax sale. Healthy Homes sold them for around $150,000. The project was suspended in 2020 and 2021, but it will start shopping for another derelict house in the spring, Dailey said. “We’re only interested in homes that nobody in their right mind would buy,” he said. Because of the recent increase in construction costs, “it’s still too much for a business person to acquire them and renovate them.” Short-term housing, which is a high need for hospitality businesses, farms and hospitals, has been in particularly short supply for years; ski areas such as Sugarbush and Killington have purchased local motels to house their seasonal workers. Yet it’s also a little easier for some hospitality businesses than others to provide housing. Jay Peak rents its own condos to employees on a first-come, first-served basis, said Steven Wright, the resort’s president. About half are set aside for the foreign workers that live at the resort every winter and half for workers from the local area. “Although we’ll reduce our net revenue by some percentage, without dedicating more space to the team, we wouldn’t be able to attract both the volume, and quality, of staff that we’ll need to meet our goals here,” Wright said. 32
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The problem isn’t confined to ski resorts. Mike Lubas and his partners at Vermont Tent Company in Essex Junction usually hire foreign workers through special visa programs for their busy summer season, although they didn’t hire any this year due to COVID-19. To ensure that they can house visiting workers next year, Lubas and his business partners met on July 27 to talk about buying a house or a block of apartments. “If we bought it and charged them some type of rent that is affordable for them, could that be a solution?” he said. “The housing market has gone through the roof; who knows if we could afford something like that?” It’s not just employers who are joining in the search. Vermont Law School has no on-campus residences and is scouring South Royalton in an effort to house its incoming fall class, which is expected to be larger than usual, said Justin Campfield, the school’s director of communications. The community-wide plea included people who have never rented to anyone before, Campfield said. “As a result, we’ve had multiple community members reach out to offer rooms in their homes, although we are continuing to work to find housing,” Campfield said.
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Vermont will devote more than $150 million in coronavirus relief money to building and renovating housing over the next several years, far more than it’s ever had available for this purpose before. The money could create as many as 5,000 units over the next several years through repairs and upgrades at mobile home parks, renovation of existing buildings, and incentives for developers to build marketrate homes. But such initiatives could take years if not decades to roll out. In the meantime, competition for a place to live remains sky-high. Even as they prepare to move to Michigan in August, Tatsak and Thurber are still hoping they can find a way to stay. Thurber’s coworkers at the Department of Environmental Conservation, where she is an administrative assistant, have been helping her look for apartments. Thurber, who grew up in Barre, doesn’t want to leave her family or the landscape she loves. “We enjoy snowboarding, and the rockclimbing scene here is incredible,” she said. “It’s hard to find that in Michigan.” Rudy, the nurse, sometimes feels as though her own situation is the result of a personal failure. Then she remembers how many other people are facing similar situations. There are messages on local
online forums nearly every day from people who are looking for housing, often because their rental is being sold. She has friends in Lebanon, N.H., who have given up on finding a home. They’ve given notice at their jobs and are moving back to Massachusetts. “They don’t want to move, but they have to,” she said. At twilight on a recent drizzly day, McCarthy, the Montpelier restaurant employee, sat at a table under an umbrella at a closed Burlington business. Parked nearby was a car that contained all his belongings. McCarthy, 26, spent much of the pandemic living with his parents in Ferrisburgh and, after several soggy weeks in central Vermont, has returned to their home. But he wants more independence and can’t see how he’s going to get it. “I’m trying not to think about that,” he said of the future. Natalie Costagliola, the Montpelier resident who is caring for her husband, hasn’t had any luck finding another apartment, and her children aren’t in a position to host their parents. Visitors from the UVM Medical Center’s Home Health & Hospice dropped off some application forms for two local rental management companies, but Natalie said they didn’t have any openings. “I’m not young,” she said, “and moving every year is just killing me.” m
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ixteen teenagers stood onstage in a school gymnasium at the Lyndon Institute in Lyndonville and sang an emotional rendition of “Lockdown.” Written and inspired by Vermont teens, the song describes an experience that’s familiar to virtually every member of Generation Z: active-shooter drills in school and what it feels like to practice hiding for their lives. The all-teen cast of The Listen Up Musical had been rehearsing for barely a week when this reporter visited, but they already knew all the lyrics and were incorporating dance moves. They sang in unison:
Lockdown Stop and look around Get down on to the ground Want to yell but we’re not allowed. Lockdown Just run and go hide Don’t know if it’s even safe inside The silence seems so loud. The Listen Up Project and musical is the brainchild of documentary filmmaker and producer Bess O’Brien of Kingdom County Productions and associate producer Mitch Barron. Barron is the executive director of Centerpoint, a mental health, special learning and substance treatment center in South Burlington. The musical is based on the same concept O’Brien used to create her 2005 show, The Voices Project. As with that award-winning musical, content for this one came from interviews with more than 800 teens around the state. O’Brien described the archive of interviews, in which Vermont youths spoke about their lives, hopes, fears and ambitions for the future, as “a huge anthropological dig into what kids were thinking and feeling — and that was before COVID and George Floyd.” While The Voices Project touched on serious issues affecting teens, such as bullying, gender identity and mental health, Listen Up has a somewhat darker and grittier edge, O’Brien said. It wrestles with existential questions about gun violence, systemic racism, negative body image and the climate crisis. “The future for young people is very daunting,” O’Brien said. “There’s a sense of innocence that’s been taken away, that kids have to grow up a lot faster now and … take charge of their own future.” 34
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Yeshua Armbrister rehearsing (center) with cast of Listen Up
Listen Up’s statewide tour debuts on August 4 at Northern Vermont UniversityLyndonville and concludes on August 15 with a performance on the Statehouse lawn in Montpelier. The entire production, including teen interviews, hiring professional staff and fundraising more than $500,000, was three years in the making. Auditions were originally scheduled to begin in March 2020 for a tour last fall, but the pandemic sidelined them. So, O’Brien and her team quickly pivoted to scriptwriting on Zoom calls and scoring the music via online document sharing. The production was redesigned as an outdoor show to abide by socialdistancing guidelines from the Vermont Department of Health, one of the project’s major sponsors. On the recent July morning, four weeks before opening night, the cast and crew of 13- to 19-year-olds were working on a rigorous schedule. Living together in dorms at Lyndon Institute allowed them to rehearse eight to 10 hours a day, six days a week. Though other participating teens and
theater professionals were still producing costumes, sets, lighting and music, the show was coming together nicely. That was evident in the smiling faces of codirectors Isaac Littlejohn Eddy and Sarah Lowry, who watched rehearsal from close to the foot of the stage. Despite all the work they needed to accomplish before breaking for lunch, Lowry paused the rehearsal to ask the actors what was going through their minds while they sang “Lockdown.” One cast member said he was silently singing along with the soloist. Another said she was counting her steps and trying to remember where to position her body. But Lowry’s question was more than just a theatrical training exercise. A drama therapist and mental health clinician based at Centerpoint, Lowry works predominantly with adolescents and their families who suffer from trauma. As she explained later, routine check-ins are essential when dealing with emotionally intense material. “We want to make sure that the truth is not something that we’re scared to talk about, because that is the cultural norm,”
she explained. In fact, the posters and ads for Listen Up include mature-content warnings, lest anyone mistakenly assume that the show is as kid-friendly as Annie or Beauty and the Beast. Lowry’s question suddenly elicited a visceral reaction from one of the actors. Max Couture, a 16-year-old from Essex Junction, shared his experience of surviving a school shooting in Texas before moving to Vermont two years ago. “I was thinking about how it felt in that moment and really putting myself back there, because I had to hide in the closet,” Couture said. “You don’t even know what’s happening until you go on your phone and look at the news.” Soon, the entire cast was in an animated discussion about what the show’s adult audience members might think of activeshooter drills. As one pointed out, most adults likely have never experienced one themselves. “I’ve been doing active-shooter drills since I was 5,” another teen said. “They told us, ‘It’s in case someone comes in to kill you, you know where to hide.’ At 5 years old! This song makes me so angry!”
“Wow! OK, thanks for sharing that,” Lowry said, gently reining in the conversation without stifling an essential component of the creative process: tapping personal experiences and emotions and then conveying them to the audience. But powerful emotions must be harnessed effectively, warned Shani Stoddard, the show’s choreographer. As he told the cast, if making direct eye contact with an audience member during a difficult scene breaks your concentration, “Look elsewhere but still keep that same intensity.”
identities and physical and mental abilities. All seemed deeply committed to their roles as “ambassadors” for their fellow Vermont youth. Yeshua Armbrister is a 17-year-old cast member and songwriter living in Berlin. Armbrister, who is Black, described the multifaceted elements of his onstage persona. He wants to represent his own challenges as part of a racial minority in Vermont “while also bringing positive energy and light into the mix,” he said. In addition, Armbrister wants to represent other young people of color who were
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Next, Eddy and Lowry transitioned the rehearsal to a more uplifting song, “My Person,” a ballad about young love and romance. It came out of an interview with a couple, O’Brien explained; both teens are transgender. When she had asked whether they called each other “boyfriend” or “girlfriend,” they had replied that they use the nonbinary moniker “my person.” O’Brien was so taken by their response that she suggested it be the theme of a song. The young writers, cast and crew agreed. “It’s amazing how we’ve allowed ourselves the space to have multi-hour discussions with the ensemble about what it means to represent other people’s stories, while at the same time representing yourself onstage,” said Eddy. A 12-year veteran of the internationally acclaimed theater company Blue Man Group, Eddy is now assistant professor and chair of performing arts at NVU-Johnson. Wanting to represent many teen voices onstage, Listen Up assembled a diverse ensemble of more than two dozen actors, musicians, designers, and stage crew of various races, ethnicities, gender
interviewed for Listen Up but weren’t cast. “A lot of people of color feel like they can’t express themselves,” he said, “or they feel they have to act a certain way in order to be accepted.” Sadie Chamberlain, a 19-year-old actor and writer from Burke, described a similar experience as a performer with a disability. Chamberlain, who has a mild form of cerebral palsy, said she didn’t join this production aiming to represent other teens with disabilities. In fact, in past productions she felt as though she had been “put on this unnecessary pedestal” as an actor with physical limitations. That hasn’t been her experience with Listen Up, Chamberlain emphasized. On this production, she said, everyone has created an environment where “compassion doesn’t border on condescension.” Part of establishing that safe space stems from the show’s creative process itself. Early on, Eddy and Lowry decided to give the cast and crew plenty of room to explore and reinterpret the material. Using a nonhierarchical leadership RAISING THEIR VOICES
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structure and a collaborative approach called “devised theater,” the codirectors left large swaths of the play unwritten. It allowed the teens to continually rework the script, music, choreography and set design throughout the rehearsal process. As one cast member put it, “The creative process is the play itself.” “I’ve never worked in a scenario where my voice was so heard in the production development,” said Abi Perlah-Hard, 18, a member of the stage crew from Burlington who will study technical theater production in college this fall. “I have the ability to be like, ‘What if we did it like this?’” Stoddard, a professional choreographer, dancer and performer from the Northeast Kingdom, said that Listen Up has been unlike any of his previous productions. Coming into the rehearsal space, Stoddard said he initially assumed he would act as the teacher, and the teens would be his students. Oftentimes, however, he has found their roles reversed. “I’ve never been slapped so aggressively in the face — in the best way — by my own expectations of what I thought was going to happen,” Stoddard said. “Every day it’s a learning experience, and it humbles me.” Eddy agreed. “Theater is a political act, and how we run the rehearsal world is part of that political act,” he said. “The more that we give members agency and say in how and why we’re doing what we’re doing, the stronger the piece will be.” But allowing for such artistic freedom takes a delicate balancing act. “It’s exhilarating,” Eddy said. “It’s also terrifying, because we do have a deadline and a show to put on.” O’Brien, the show’s directing producer, has a well-earned reputation for taking on the weightiest of subjects with sensitivity and tact — without pulling punches. Her award-winning documentaries have delved into issues such as domestic violence, sex abuse, racism, incarceration
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and the challenges of growing up in foster care. O’Brien’s 2013 documentary, The Hungry Heart, inspired then-governor Peter Shumlin to devote his entire 2014 State of the State address to discussing Vermont’s opioid crisis. Then, after completing All of Me, a 2016 documentary about body image and eating disorders, O’Brien decided to return to live theater and the process she had developed for The Voices Project. The hired professionals — everyone on the project eschews the word “adults”— admitted that, at times, they felt an urge to protect the teens from exposing too much onstage about their own identities and personal experiences. But as they
quickly discovered, the youths arrived at the rehearsal space with high levels of sophistication to talk about the complex intersections of race, gender and identity. Often, it was the teens themselves who pushed to dig deeper into a particular topic to explore its complexities. “We do have a choice [about] how much water to let out of the fire hose. It’s our audience that sometimes we wonder about protecting,” said Trish Denton, artistic director of In Tandem Arts in Burlington and Listen Up’s production designer and art director. “But we’re going to put as much as we can into the mix and be as truthful as possible.” Like all of O’Brien’s projects, Listen Up
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is aimed at starting conversations around the state. After the traveling performances are finished, O’Brien and her team will create a video of the show, filmed live at Shelburne Museum, for public screenings this fall. She plans to send copies to schools throughout Vermont. (Due to pandemicrelated guidelines, O’Brien won’t host her usual post-screening Q&A sessions with the cast and crew.) At its core, the musical is about exploring the adversities Vermont teens face: poverty, isolation, alienation and family trauma, as well as the everyday stresses that come with teens’ ubiquitous online identities. (When The Voices Project came out, smartphones didn’t even exist yet, O’Brien noted.) But as associate producer Barron pointed out, Listen Up is also about finding ways to improve young people’s mental health, wellness and resilience in the face of adversities. Looking beyond the live performances, he hopes the show helps destigmatize conversations about difficult topics, a process he likened to a form of therapy. “What’s most important is not what happens that day in treatment,” he said. “It’s what happens the day after, and the week after, and the month after, and the years after.” Even given the weighty subject matter, the show has numerous moments of levity, happiness and inspiration. In fact, all of the teens interviewed for this story said their participation in the production was joyful, rewarding and fun. “Outside of work time, we’re like a big family, both functional and dysfunctional,” Armbrister joked. “Honestly, it’s been a great time.” Couture added, “And having our voices be heard is the best part of it.” m
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At Burly Axe Throwing, patrons bury the hatchet for fun BY ST EVE GOLDSTEIN
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any years ago, on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” the host asked singer and actor Ed Ames to demonstrate his skill at throwing a hatchet. He swung the axe in an overhead delivery at a male silhouette painted on a board — and buried the blade in the figure’s no-fly zone. The studio audience went bananas. That fabled axe has traveled figuratively through time and firmly embedded itself in the 21st-century zeitgeist. According to local and national business owners, people age 25 to 45 are flocking to axe throwing. It’s an equal-opportunity social activity that carries a frisson of danger but pairs well with alcohol. It’s also a sport, if you will, that appears harder than it actually is, allowing even a novice to achieve instant mediocrity. If that sounds improbable, check out the action at Burly Axe Throwing in Burlington’s Old North End. After a few tries, anyone with a pulse can look like Norse explorer Erik the Red. “I’d say it scratches a primal itch,” said manager Bryce Turner, “Also, it is legitimately fun, and it’s something new.” 38
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Vermont’s sole chopper club, Burly Axe opened two years ago in a garage bay at 294 North Winooski Avenue formerly occupied by Off Center for the Dramatic Arts. It offers introductory sessions, group events and mobile axe throwing. Fees start at $25; patrons must be 18 or older. Burly has a liquor license and Turner said he will turn away anyone under the minimum age; he claimed he’s yet to see a fake ID. No hard liquor is on the menu, but the club offers local beer, mead and cider, and the business hosts an axe-throwing league. Low overhead costs allowed Burly Axe to survive the pandemic shutdown; it reopened partially in January and now hosts as many as 200 throwers on a weekend night. COVID-19 proofing is easy, noted Turner, “when you tend to want, anyway, to be at least six feet away from the next guy throwing axes. And it’s not so hard to dip an [axe] handle in bleach.”
The axes — hatchets, really — weigh two pounds. Instructors teach a two-handed grip, though throwers often use a onehanded overhead swing. The target — five abutting 2-by-10 boards with stenciled concentric rings — is 12 feet away. The boards are cut from poplar, a soft wood that is more likely to accept than reject a hatchet. Chain-link fencing separates throwing lanes. “It’s a cooler version of bowling, more exciting, more intense,” said Mario Zelaya, founder and commissioner of the Torontobased World Axe Throwing League. That’s the closest thing to a governing body for the sport. The concept resembles darts, horseshoes or even cornhole, but what’s a beanbag compared to a hunk of sharpened steel? After all, there’s something primal about wielding a tool-cum-weapon that’s gone virtually unchanged for millennia. Humans began using axes in the Stone Age, and wielding an axe in modern times has long been the province of circus sideshows and lumberjack competitions. The sport, often called “urban axe throwing,” began to our north, claims
Toronto’s Backyard Axe Throwing League. When some bored friends threw an axe at a stump, it became a pastime and quickly caught on, according to the group’s website. At this point, axe throwing may be just one Big Lebowski away from cult status — or even joining the increasingly exotic roster of Olympic sports. “That’s the goal,” said Zelaya, a marketing guru and the CEO of Bad Axe Throwing, which has 45 franchises in North America and England. Currently, the only people winning gold are the owners of axe-throwing emporia popping up around the country; their business model is built on high volume, low overhead and beer. Market research firm IBISWorld reports that 360 venues in the U.S. produced revenue of $204 million in 2020. Researchers also find that firsttimers usually come back for more. The sport already had a track record when Mike Garber opened Burly Axe, so it wasn’t a blind leap into the entrepreneurial void. “The fact is that Burlington, charitably, is about a year behind other cities,” Garber said, “so it’s pretty easy to look at what
trends are happening in Montréal or Boston or New York City and then say, ‘Well, if it works in [those cities], then I can probably imagine I can make one work here.’” The Queen City isn’t on the, er, cutting edge, but axe throwing in other states has attracted bachelor and bachelorette parties, weddings, bar mitzvahs, birthdays, anniversaries, workplace team building, baby showers, retirement parties and even D-I-V-O-R-C-E. That’s right, axes for exes. “We let customers throw at pictures of anyone they want — it just can’t be political,” said Heidi Neufeld, COO of Bury the Hatchet, a chain with 16 locations in the U.S. and one in Romania. “I had my 60th birthday at one. We have romantic Valentine’s Day events. I even made a special [throwing] lane in Freehold [N.J.] for a local rabbi and 10 troubled teens.” One of her Pennsylvania locations can draw 400 to 500 throwers on a weekend night, said Neufeld, and, at $30 per lane, that’s not chump change. People who throw one axe want to throw more, and the danger factor is greatly exaggerated, she asserted. “I read on Facebook, ‘OMG, drinking and throwing axes!’ Well, you can drop a bowling ball on your foot.” At Burly Axe, Garber sells the image of woodchuck Vermont. “We like to lean more on the tool side of the axe, so we harken back to the logging and lumber history of Burlington and the Champlain Valley,” he said. On a recent Wednesday — league night — customers began trickling in to Burly Axe at 5:30 p.m. League members began practicing while the newbies gathered for the safety briefing the staffers call the “spiel”: the mostly intuitive caution that boils down to “Don’t be stupid.” Despite — or because of — the perception of danger, everyone, “with very few exceptions, is safety conscious and on their best behavior,” Garber said. “When we do our safety briefings … you can hear a pin drop.” Once the axes start flying, though, all you hear is the chunk, chunk, thunk of axes hitting wood, punctuated by yelps of delight and groans of sympathy. Targets usually last a week, but one large bartender from Burlington’s sports bar the Other Place managed to reduce a target to splinters with three throws, Turner said. Colorado native Olli Machina, a gamedesign major at Champlain College, is a Burly Axe league regular. Like other throwers, she’s competing against herself, trying to score high. A bull’s-eye earns five points, the next two concentric rings earn three and one, respectively, and two small orange dots at the top of the board are worth seven points. Machina brought along one of her professors to try throwing. “He loved it,” she said. “It’s just super fun. And then you
A view inside the cages at Burly Axe Throwing
The rules of axe throwing on the wall
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start coming more often to see if you can get a better score.” Over in a double-lane area, nine coworkers from Autism Bridges, a therapeutic center based in Bedford, N.H., were chucking axes with gusto, unfazed by the occasional ricochet of an axe failing to sink. Axe-throwing venues depend on revenue from work groups, which tend to throw and drink more than individuals. Owner Garber
has added a Formula One race simulator in an adjoining room in case throwers get arm-weary. Katie Watson, a University of Vermont psychology major from Ardsley, N.Y., came to Burly Axe as a customer and found a job there. “I had so much fun,” Watson said, “just the environment … seeing everybody drinking, having a good time. It’s really
cathartic. And for women, it is kind of like, you don’t get to tap into this area very often in society.” Turner gleefully described large men who come in to throw: “It’s hard for them to understand that a petite girl can absolutely destroy them.” He added that some women on first dates told him it was “fun” to see how guys would react to the challenge of axe throwing. While one might not associate the sport with romance, a couple from Tennessee drove to Burlington after hearing that Vermont’s pandemic restrictions had been lifted. During a visit to Burly Axe, the guy took a knee and popped the question. Commissioner Zelaya, who reckons there are 400 to 500 clubs in North America, said that many metro areas are at peak saturation but there’s room for growth in states such as Vermont, Wyoming, Washington and even California. He chuckled at how his “bad boy” sport has entered the mainstream. “Early on, when Bad Axe Throwing was looking for locations, we’d call landlords and tell them what we were doing, and it would be like, ‘Sorry, you want to do what?’ and they’d hang up,” Zelaya said. “Now, the property owners are calling us: ‘Hey we’ve got a great space here. What can we do to make it work?’” Garber has had no problems with the landlord, and he admitted to being taken aback by how the business has grown. “Now you can go in, throw axes, and drink beer and drive race cars and, you know, what else did you want?” m SEVEN DAYS AUGUST 4-11, 2021
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accidentally celebrated National Hot Dog Day in a very appropriate way this year: with a mustard-topped frank at the Vermont Lake Monsters baseball game on July 21. I usually ignore the “National Whatever Day” food and drink holidays. There are too many to keep up with, and the 21st could have been Mango Day or National Penuche Fudge Day, for all I knew. (Those two celebrations share July 22, it turns out.) Without realizing the significance of July 21, I took my seat at Centennial Field with a McKenzie Country Classics hot dog in hand. It wasn’t even one of the Lake Monsters’ “Hot Dog Hysteria” nights, when fans flock to the game for 25-cent franks. But it was still a quintessential summer experience — and we got to see the Lake Monsters win their record-breaking 14th consecutive game with a walk-off grand slam. Hot dog. The final Hot Dog Hysteria night of the summer is on August 11, but that’s not the only game in town. Whether you’re aspiring to beat Joey Chestnut’s competitive eating record of 76 hot dogs in 10 minutes or you’re
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According to frankfurter lore, Charles Feltman invented the first hot dog in 1867 as a handheld food to eat on the beach. Thanks to a pop-up at Hender’s Bake Shop & Café in Waterbury, Feltman’s of Coney Island dogs are now available in Vermont — and they come loaded with toppings. Hender’s owner Jessica Wright started her Lucky Dogs pop-up the last weekend in May, selling hot dogs and ice cream through a walk-up window on the bakeshop’s porch. She came up with the idea over the winter, looking for a safe way to supplement the business amid the uncertainty of the pandemic.
“In this small town, when tourism hits, a lot of the locals avoid restaurants on the weekends because they’re packed,” Wright said. “I wanted to create a safe, familyfriendly, quick and affordable dinner spot for the locals and for people to come and get something different.” Like any good snack shack or hot dog stand, Lucky Dogs is takeout only. On the bakeshop’s porch, the yellow-framed chalkboard menu lists the standard items: plain
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lucky dogs ($4, buy three, get the fourth free), chili dog ($8), Hawaiian dog ($7.75), Mexican street corn dog ($7.75), sweet & “sauer” dog ($7), and bánh mì dog ($7.75). Wright chose Feltman’s after sampling plain hot dogs from 12 different producers. She loves the smoky flavor and satisfying snap the casing makes when you bite into them. She also likes their unique longer size — they come six per pound instead of the standard eight. “You get the bun overhang,” Wright explained. “When you’re loading up a dog with tons of toppings, you need to know that there’s a hot dog in there.” Wright’s friends helped her brainstorm topping ideas around a social-distance fire pit last winter. She wanted the toppings to be fun and full of local ingredients, without the pressure of recreating the classics. The Mexican street corn dog, slathered in grilled sweet corn, spicy aioli, queso fresco and cilantro, is the best seller so far. The bánh mì dog — with peanut sauce, sweet and spicy pickled carrots, fresh herbs, pickled red onions, a dill pickle and spicy brown mustard — has also been popular. The pop-up also offers drinks from Vermont Sweetwater Bottling; Field Roast dogs for vegetarians; Hender’s Keto-friendly low-carb buns made with almond flour, which are also gluten-free; and ice cream scoops, sandwiches, sundaes and floats made with Island Ice Cream and cookies and brownies from the bakeshop. Lucky Dogs runs a weekly special contest, encouraging customers to submit ideas and flavor combos. The winning customer names the special and gets a free loaded dog and an ice cream float. On a sunny, 70-degree Friday evening, I headed up the porch steps with friends and ordered the whole menu. When they were ready, Wright and her team — decked out in aprons, face masks and hats emblazoned with hot dogs — brought the brightly topped dogs out to a table with a checkerboard tablecloth. There was a roll of foil on the table to wrap them to-go, but Wright said most customers aren’t going far enough to bother. “There have been nights where I think everyone just walked here, and we fed all of Winooski Street and the entire town of Waterbury,” she added with a laugh. We came from farther afield, so we carried our loaded dogs down the block to the Dac Rowe Athletic Field. There we found picnic tables under a pavilion and a baseball game to watch. The next Lucky Dogs pop-up will be FRANKS A LOT
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After 14 years, PAUL SEYLER of North Ferrisburgh-based VERMONT COOKIE LOVE has handed the baton — or should we say the cookie? — to a new owner. On July 15, Seyler, 52, sold his cookie business and popular seasonal creemee and ice cream stand on Route 7 for an undisclosed amount to MATT BONOMA, 42, of Charlotte. Bonoma grew up in Massachusetts and worked for more than a decade in food-and-beverage business consulting in Boulder, Colo. In 2019, he moved to Vermont with his wife, who is from Norwich, and the couple’s three children. When Bonoma learned Vermont Cookie Love was for sale, he was immediately interested. “I knew I wanted to do something entrepreneurial, and it meshed really well with my background,” he said. Besides, Vermont Cookie Love was already a favorite family destination. “This is a dream come true for our kids,” Bonoma said. “Their dad gets to be Willy Wonka.” Seyler and his former partner, Suzanna Miller, launched their cookie company at the SHELBURNE FARMERS MARKET in the summer of 2007. They initially offered four flavors of freshly baked cookies,
including their signature First Love chocolate chip, as well as hand-rolled tubes of frozen cookie dough. “It was an idea that we had over the kitchen table,” Seyler reminisced. “It’s really grown into this brand that people love.” In 2008, Seyler and Miller bought a 1,500-square-foot building at 6915 Route 7, where they built a production bakery in the back and a small cookie shop up front. The following summer, Vermont Cookie Love opened a creemee window. All aspects of the business will continue as normal through the ownership transition. Vermont Cookie Love currently generates about three-quarters of its revenue from retail sales. The company also sells gift
boxes online, and the frozen cookie dough is available in tubs at Chittenden and Addison County grocery stores. Bonoma sees growth opportunities for the business in adding more shops over time and expanding online sales. “Vermont’s got a great name in the food world, and everybody loves cookies,” he said. He plans to be a hands-on owner. “You’re doing something right when you’re 42 and come home covered in hot fudge,” Bonoma said with a laugh.
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In that article, the project’s architect, Steve Roy, noted that Lake Champlain Transportation needed to maintain the ability to work on ferries in the marina. “Right now, it’s just in limbo, and they are deciding what they want to do,” he said of the project. Restaurant Hotel Warnstedt, who also Positions Positions co-owns HEN OF THE WOOD in · Line Cooks · Room Waterbury and Burlington and Attendants · Prep Cooks PRO PIG in Waterbury, said in · Front Desk · Dish Washers a written message on Friday, · Maintenance · Servers July 30, that “Doc Waterfront · Bartenders is dead.” He explained that the · Support Staff waterfront restaurant “just · Restaurant Managers [wasn’t] workable given the marina security and the need for the ferry company to have Stop by today and ask to talk with some access to the water.” a manager or scan the code above Warnstedt lamented to request an application. “what would have been a restaurant with a huge lawn for games and music, as well as a public walkway and viewing platform,” describing the shelving of the project as a 862.6585 loss to both the public and the WindjammerRestaurant.com/employment local economy. But he did offer a glimmer of hope: “Hopefully, in the 8v-windjammer080421 1 8/2/21 10:24 AM future, we will find a way to move forward with something on that amazing property.” The project’s suspension was news to both Scott Gustin, Burlington’s principal city planner, and Roy, the project architect, when Seven Days reached them on Monday. Gustin said he’d been expecting to see a second sketch from Lake Champlain Transportation. “Restaurants are an allowable use,” he noted, that comply with public access requirements for the waterfront. However, he added, “I don’t know what’s going on with the ferry company’s needs down there.” “This is the first I’ve heard that it’s dead,” Roy said of the project. “Last we heard, it was on hold with an unknown future. But it’s Lake Champlain Transportation’s property, and it’s their decision.” Poke Bar Emails and a call to Lake Champlain Transportation Order online at www.thescalevt.com were not immediately returned.
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he orchard is a mistake,” Jody Bouchard proclaimed, sitting among his 300 semidwarf apple trees on a Waterbury hillside with a stunning view of Camel’s Hump. The mistake, he explained, dates back 28 years to an unexpected tax refund. Bouchard’s then brother-in-law had mentioned wanting an orchard to keep his five sons busy. With some of the windfall, Bouchard, now 69, decided to surprise him with one. “I bought 60 bare-root trees and start walking them down there,” Bouchard recalled. “He says, ‘I only want 12.’ And I’m thinking, What the frickin’ hell am I gonna do with 48 damn apple trees?” As mistakes go, this one turned out OK. This fall, for the third year, Bouchard is offering a limited number of communitysupported agriculture memberships that allow people to see his “mistake” for themselves. In his orchard, they find something unusual — apples that have never been sprayed. “From day one, square one,” Bouchard 42
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has not used a single drop of chemical pesticide, fungicide or herbicide — even organic ones. “We’re eating too many chemicals,” he said. Owl’s Head Orchard boasts a majestic stone stairway, edged with strawberry plants, that cascades down from the rustic home Bouchard built himself in 1978. Scattered around the property are 200 varieties of apple trees, plus plums, pears, peaches, berry bushes and grape vines. On a recent Friday morning, the soft crooning of mourning doves mingled with the sonorous booms of frogs in the pond at the foot of the hill. The spot ranks high among scenic Vermont orchards. But, after a short-lived pick-your-own experiment in the early 2000s, Owl’s Head has been mostly closed to public picking. “They didn’t twirl and pull the apples,” Bouchard said sadly, referring to the proper picking technique that every young Vermonter learns on fall field trips. “They damaged the trees. We had to shut it down.”
For the next 15 years, Bouchard and his three grandchildren — now 16, 19 and 21 — focused on milling apples into applesauce to sell and pressing fresh cider to give away. If you’ve driven to Stowe from Interstate 89, you may have noticed a handmade sign for Grandpa’s Homemade Applesauce where Guptil Road intersects Route 100. From there, three more signs guide you just over two and a half miles to gray-ponytailed Grandpa Bouchard himself, who’s most likely to be padding around barefoot, tending to his beloved trees and berry bushes. “You’re not supposed to be wearing shoes,” he admonished this reporter. “You’re an electrical-chemical reaction, and you’re supposed to ground out to this planet.” She promptly took off her shoes. In 2019, Bouchard ventured back into a more controlled version of pick-your-own, offering CSA memberships. Last year, he had 14 members, but he’s hoping for at least double that this year. The season-long relationship allows him to educate the public on how to harvest without hurting “his babies,” as he calls his trees.
For $120 up-front, members can pick four bushels of apples over the season. That’s about 180 pounds — for less than $3.50 per standard supermarket fivepound bag — but Bouchard is not counting closely. As long as people don’t fill a pickup truck, “I don’t give a rat’s ass how many apples you pick if you can use them,” he said with characteristic frankness. “That’s all I’m interested in. Don’t be wasteful.” Although some Vermont orchards produce unsprayed cider fruit, it’s rare to see fruit sold for eating whole grown that way. When people eat his fruit, Bouchard asserted, “they say they can taste the difference.” Bouchard’s approach is “pretty unique,” confirmed Terence Bradshaw, an assistant professor and apple specialist at the University of Vermont. He noted three possible factors that make it work. First, the orchard’s location, far from big commercial orchards, helps reduce exposure to pests such as apple maggots. Second, making sauce gives Bouchard “room to wiggle” because cosmetic and other small imperfections don’t show in the final product. Finally, Bradshaw pointed out, Bouchard has never made a living from his orchard. When he established his orchard, in the 1990s, Bouchard was working at IBM’s technology development lab in Essex Junction. He initially landed a job at the facility’s machine shop, thanks to an ability to
build things, he said: “I grew up in my grandfather’s machine and model shop.” The Stowe native’s appreciation for nature and the outdoors also runs deep. He started skiing at age 3 and a half. “Holy crap, we lived on the mountain!” he exclaimed. At 21, Bouchard decided to head out and see the world. “I got as far as Waterbury and said, ‘Damn, this is nice. I gotta get me a piece of it,’” he said. The young man ended up riding a motorcycle from Vermont to Miami, but he saw no reason to settle anywhere but the Green Mountain State. “I like my four seasons. A lot,” he said. In 1976, Bouchard bought his hillside 10-acre lot for $10,000. The old farmstead had no power lines, septic system or buildings. At the time, Waterbury was known mostly for the Vermont State Hospital, previously called the Vermont State Asylum for the Insane. “People would lock their [car] doors and not open them ‘til they got to the other side of town,” he said. But Bouchard didn’t care about the
town’s reputation, just as he didn’t care when people said it wasn’t possible to grow apples without chemicals. His day job not only supported his orchard but also informed his approach to it. “At IBM, they’d want us to do things that were impossible. Rather than get hung up on what was impossible, we’d say, ‘Let’s find a way to make it happen,’” he said. “This was just a great experiment. A standard orchard couldn’t afford to do that.” To control pests, Bouchard focused on increasing the population of natural predators. His three grandkids spent a lot of time with their grandfather. “I challenged the kids to come up with a strategy,” he said. They found that frogs and dragonflies were the most voracious pest eaters and collected five-gallon buckets of tree frog eggs and dragonfly larvae from nearby beaver ponds to put in the orchard pond. “It makes our numbers stupid [good],” Bouchard said proudly. Grandpa’s applesauce was really APPLE OF HIS EYE
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Most people don’t plan their hardware store trips around meal times. But, as someone who is easily overwhelmed by the towering aisles of paint, lumber and tools, the promise of a hot dog on the way out the door gets me through. Not that meal times necessarily matter when it comes to Out Front Foods, the hot dog stand in front of Home Depot in Williston. “People will get a hot dog when they’re not even hungry, because they smell them,” said Colby Wilbur, who owns the business with his wife, Margaret. The stand was closed for nearly 16 months due to the pandemic, but now the scent of hot dogs once again wafts through Home Depot’s automatic doors. And on a recent Sunday afternoon, a steady line of customers was either enjoying a late lunch or falling under the spell of the smell — myself included. The hot dog stand has been operating at the Williston Home Depot for about 23 years, Margaret said. The Wilburs have owned it since June 2018. “The guy started it with a cart that he brought in every day and took home
every night,” she explained. The cart was so successful that it eventually became a permanent fixture. “Most Home Depots either have a rental space indoors or a truck that comes and goes. We’re somewhat unique, being stationary.” Colby was a representative for Reinhart Food Service when he first started supplying Hebrew National hot dogs to the stand’s former owner. “After a while, he came to me and said, ‘I’m looking to get
telling them to shut down the stand immediately. Though they could have operated under state guidelines — and were well suited to takeout with their walk-up outdoor stand — they weren’t allowed to reopen until July 5, 2021. “Not being allowed to open was very frustrating,” Margaret said. “But we also have enjoyed our business so much that it never occurred to us to give up and get other jobs.” Instead, they used the funds from a COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan to purchase a food truck, which they parked at Berlin City Kia of Vermont last summer — just across Marshall Avenue from the entrance to Home Depot. “It seemed like a very strange location for people,” Margaret said. “But once they realized who we were, it made sense.” “I had one guy come in and say, ‘So, you’re trying to put the hot dog guy out of business.’ And I said, ‘I am the hot dog guy!’” Colby added. This summer, they’ve been parking the truck at Leddy Beach in Burlington. The weather-dependent site has been challenging during this wet summer, but it’s given the couple a chance to meet a different clientele — and expand the menu further to fit their needs. The Out Front Foods truck still sells hot dogs, but it also offers a vegan take on pulled pork and gluten-free rolls that they make themselves. At Home Depot, the Wilburs are focused on getting food out fast, and they deliver. When I ordered my Sunday afternoon hot dogs ($3.50 each), they were ready so quickly that I thought I might be taking someone else’s order. “It’s hot and it’s fresh and you’re not waiting,” Colby said. m
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Apple of His Eye « P.43 grandkids’ applesauce. The product was a multiyear, hands-on lesson in entrepreneurship and life skills. Bouchard believes strongly that it’s never too early to teach youngsters how the world works and that rewards must be earned. But, he asked rhetorically, “Who the hell’s going to hire a 6-year-old to do jack shit?” The value of the lesson went far beyond the ski passes the kids bought with the proceeds. “The applesauce business wasn’t to make money but to learn how to make and run a business,” Bouchard said. For one year, the family sold bulk applesauce to Central Vermont Medical Center. But when the hospital asked for one-cup plastic containers, “the kids decided they didn’t want to be part of the plastic island in the Pacific,” he said, and the arrangement ended. Bouchard’s grandkids helped formulate the apple blend for the sauce: 75 percent what he calls the “muscle apple” and 25 percent “spice apples.” The latter deliver “that little bit of bite in the ass,” Bouchard said. These days, the grandkids are off doing other things, and most of the sauce production is back to Grandpa. Bouchard sells about 2,000 to 2,500 pints annually at $5 apiece from a self-serve stand at the top of his driveway. While applesauce is a way to use imperfect fruit, Bouchard said, each year yields plenty of perfect apples among the many varieties dotting the hillside. Familiar classics such as McIntosh, Empire and Northern Spy mingle with “a crapload of antique varieties,” including Wolf River and Yellow Transparent. The orchard has about 20 unnamed apples from the University of Vermont — “all wicked good,” according to Bouchard.
One minor issue: Bouchard admitted that he’s not sure of the exact location of every variety. “The map for the orchard was in a typewriter case in my jeep,” he said. When that car was stolen from a Waterbury parking lot, he lost the map, along with a set of cutting torches and a splitting awl. But names aren’t that important to Bouchard. He encourages CSA members to walk around and taste until “you come across an apple that smokes your shorts.” His “favoritest” is the tart-sweet, garnethued Liberty. Abby Fish of Waterbury was a charter member of Owl’s Head Orchard’s CSA. The home daycare provider has known Bouchard for more than a decade and has long brought small groups to the orchard every fall. “It’s the most picturesque and peaceful place to pick,” she said. “It’s awesome to be able to show the kids that, even though an apple doesn’t look perfect, it can still be delicious.” Fish loves the variety and Bouchard’s personal touch. “Jody helps me remember which are my favorite for eating and which are going to make really good cider,” she said. “Every time I go up there, he shows me or teaches me at least one new thing.” Bouchard hopes that the CSA grows just enough to cover the cost of orchard maintenance. It would be good, he said, “if it could keep me from having to pull from my social security check to buy a new lawnmower.” Looking a little further ahead, Bouchard added, “I’d like to give the orchard to the kids. They grew up here. They know every rock, plant and tree on this hill.” m
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Theater review: Popcorn Falls, Vermont Stage B Y A L E X BROW N • email@example.com
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o welcome audiences back to live theater, Vermont Stage has picked a comedy that scrambles a bunch of hyperbolic characters together with no chance of overcoming an immense obstacle. Better yet, only two actors play all these denizens of a small town, changing roles at lightning speed. Staged outdoors at the Isham Family Farm in Williston, Popcorn Falls is humor with a big dollop of hope. The tiny town of Popcorn Falls is barely big enough to support a bar and grill. It has a grade school, a library and a lumberyard, but all of these are under threat now that a developer has rerouted the river that had provided the town’s lone tourist attraction, the titular falls. Bankruptcy looms, and the citizens are grumbling at the new mayor, Ted Trundle. Once the town is definitively broke, cold-hearted Mr. Doyle aims to convert the downtown to a sewage plant. The plot cannot withstand scrutiny, but the premise offers something fun to root for: If the town can put on a play, it will secure a theater grant and use the money to save Popcorn Falls. A happy ending must be hiding in there somewhere, but the town only has a week to produce the show. At first, putting on a play seems simple enough to Mayor Trundle. He’s prepared to write it himself, yet theater references sail over his head — and provide some of the show’s funniest moments. His story stalls at combining a pirate, a kitten and a romance, but he does grasp the need for a villain, even as Mr. Doyle keeps slithering in making threats. The citizens most eager to get onstage are several notches below experienced. “Is acting when you cry?” the selfie-snapping, gum-chewing Margie asks at tryouts, before she goes right back to scrolling on her phone. That swiftly sketched character is one of about 20 that actors Sarah Mell and Patrick Clow play over 90 minutes. Hats fly on and off, a shirt becomes an apron, a sweater becomes a cat and every voice is distinctive. The transitions and the results are equally entertaining, and each character is easily recognizable as the actors pinball through scenes featuring bunches of them. But they accomplish more than speedily swapping hats or throwing on an accent.
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Both performers give each character clarity, making their traits vivid. And it’s not just exterior indicators; something’s going on inside, too. Comedy is exaggeration, and the style that director Cristina Alicea establishes lets the performers have fun with overstatement even as they make their characters real enough to care about. Mell (who uses gender-neutral pronouns) has the bigger repertoire of characters and brings clever comic movement and great vocal range to them all. They use bottomless vocal fry for a millennial and an aristocratic register to portray elitist Ms. Parker, librarian and staunch cat owner. Mell vocalizes the cats just as accurately and has plenty of nuances left for breathy, flirtatious sixth-grade teacher Mrs. Stepp and the energetic, down-to-brass-tacks
Joe, Trundle’s right-hand man. With a scheming sneer and air quotes to demolish any hint of sincerity, Mell’s Mr. Doyle seethes corporate evil. In his principal role as the mayor, Patrick Clow moves the story ever forward through unending obstacles, like an out-ofshape skier who’s mistakenly strayed onto a moguls course but is determined to finish. Trundle has had his share of failures in love and work, but he’s not ready to let this bedraggled town become another one. When his hope flickers, Clow’s sad-sack face can make even disappointment look hilarious. His other roles are brief and silly and include making sound effects that would crack up any fourth-grader; they seem to work on the grown-up audience, too. The charm of this show is two actors working together. At Friday’s performance,
the pair had polished their characters well but were a little ragged in a few set changes. It’s fun to see a little failure and the finesse to recover from it, because these actors didn’t lose a beat, even when gusty wind whisked some props to the floor. The script calls for some hat and prop handoffs to take place in the open, with a “nothing up my sleeve” jauntiness. Playwright James Hindman’s farce offers dizzy changes and entertaining characters, though the script isn’t especially witty. Many one-liners are too flat to elicit a groan, let alone a laugh. The comedy comes from the impossible situation and, more so, from the impossible feat of two actors handling so many characters. Hindman himself is an actor, and his play is a celebration of how performers can turn a wig into a personality. Popcorn Falls is a brisk, bouncy ride and needs a sturdy set to keep the antics moving, and scenic designer Chuck Padula delivers. He lets the audience drink in the farm location with a field visible beyond the set’s low back wall. On the sides, two walls mask entrances and allow for fast character changes. The walls are the faux-est of faux brick, consistent with the dying town’s limited resources but drearily monotonous. The set’s virtue is its flexibility and openness to the elements. Costume designer Cora Fauser puts Mell in a black T-shirt and pants and then supplies an overshirt or other missing piece to finish a character. By varying posture, attitude and voice, Mell can switch gender and personality with just a hat or glasses. Clow can make a man out of a monocle. Pace, speed and surprise make the show fun. The gaping plot holes include an unresolved offstage disaster that might crimp the happy ending, but only a brute would imagine anything but a joyful outcome. The characters, who wear their flaws and failures like plumage, deserve no less. m
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From left: Alexa Herrera Condry, Will Kasso Condry and Jennifer Herrera Condry of Juniper Creative Arts. “Involving the community in a cocreative process also gives community members a sense of ownership over the artwork,” said Jennifer Herrera Condry. “They will defend it. They will protect it. They will speak on behalf of it, and they’ll continue to tell the story so that it doesn’t get lost.”
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n Saturday in the Old North End Community Center parking lot, close to 100 people worked on pieces of a new mural, titled “Moringa the Medicine Woman,” destined for an exterior wall of the center. The community paint day was integrated into the Ramble, a free annual event in the Burlington neighborhood.
As participants dipped brushes into yellow and green paint, Will Kasso Condry of Juniper Creative Arts stood on a scissor lift, wielding spray paint to fill the outline of the 20-by-20-foot mural. At tables below, his wife, Jennifer Herrera Condry, and their daughter, Alexa Herrera Condry, handed out stars, circles, crescents and diamonds for others to paint. The three members of Brandon-based Juniper Creative Arts describe themselves as a Black and Dominican family collective with a mission to create art that involves and celebrates historically excluded communities. “It is about giving visibility to people in public art,” Jennifer said. “When you look around, most of the public art doesn’t seem to reflect the full diversity of the Burlington community.” The image of a smiling Black woman with luna moth wings is part of Juniper’s Afro-pollinator series. The inaugural mural in that series, “Kelis the Afronaut,” was completed in September 2020 at Champlain Elementary School in Burlington’s South End. As with that mural, the shapes painted on July 31 will be collaged together with 96 pieces previously made by Burlington grade schoolers to create the wings. The Champlain Housing Trust, which owns the ONE Community Center building, commissioned the mural. A successful crowdfunding effort and match from CHT provided about $30,000 for the project. The community center houses organizations that serve residents of all ages and many cultural backgrounds, according to Michael Monte, the trust’s CEO. “The mural is a reflection of what’s happening in the building and in the community,” he said. The Afro-pollinator series is designed to radiate the positive power of joy. “You know how pollinators spread — literally — life, and we can’t live without them?” Will asked. “Afro-pollinators spread joy. We can’t have a just world without Black joy, no different than we can have a world without pollinators.” Many public images of Black people in recent years have been designed to draw attention to tragedy, Will noted. “The Black narrative is more than just a single story. Our goal is to showcase us from a place of joy,” the artist said. “Specifically, for the children to see themselves in states of pride, in states of royalty, of grace and dignity.” m
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Amir Mohamed, 18 months old, coloring a Juniper Creative Arts dragonfly with the help of his mother, Holly Barnett, of Burlington. “Black folks are endangered; pollinators are endangered,” said Jennifer Herrera Condry of Juniper Creative Arts. “Yet we’re seeing a generation of young folks who are also representing hope, who just want to live free and be free.”
An image of what the “Moringa the Medicine Woman” mural will look like in its finished state. “We believe the way that we can liberate ourselves is through our imagination,” said mural artist Will Kasso Condry. “You’ve got to imagine a life you want, no matter how fantastical.”
Julia Ciotti of Burlington, an assistant with Juniper Creative Arts, cutting out shapes for community members to paint. “At the center of it, it’s love and it’s spreading a message that people need to hear,” Ciotti said. “As the mother of a Black child, especially, it’s important to me that they know they are seen and they are powerful — and they have abilities they can tap into.”
Mercedes Mack grew up in Burlington and works as a DJ and writer, among other jobs. She was the model for the “Moringa the Medicine Woman” mural. “To me, it means the unstoppable nature of the people I come from. The only option is for me to bring forward the greatness of my lineage,” Mack said. “I have memories of being on North Street in high school and having cops follow me. But no matter the circumstances, I just can’t be stopped.”
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Magical Thinking Book review: A Chorus Rises, Bethany C. Morrow B Y S K YE JACKSON COURTESY OF BETHANY MORROW
hat happens when the spotlight dims? When you go from social media superstar to pariah? Such is the tale of teenage influencer Naema Bradshaw, the heroine of Bethany C. Morrow’s latest novel, A Chorus Rises, the sequel to A Song Below Water. One could say that Naema would have realized singer-songwriter Nina Simone’s wildest dreams — she is the very epitome of “Young, Gifted and Black.” Special emphasis must be placed on the word “gifted” here. Naema lives a fairy-tale existence. Blessed with gorgeous looks, a magical gift of melody and a legion of social media followers that would make any influencer who’s worth their salt jealous, Naema has it all. Her status, devoted boyfriend and tight group of friends are the envy of LOVE, a blog akin to Instagram, where Naema reigns supreme. In this young-adult tale of magic and social media madness, Naema also belongs to an elite magical race called the Eloko. This is a group of creatures whose power lies in the harmonious melodies they sing. The Eloko enchant, delight and enthrall all those who meet them. In addition, Naema is a member of a secretive and magical witness-protection program whose sole mission is to guard other mythological humanoid creatures. One fateful prom night, however, Naema’s life of power and privilege comes crashing down when she “outs” Tavia, a Black teenage siren she’s sworn to protect, by livestreaming across LOVE Tavia’s devastating power of turning people into stone. (A Song Below Water gave us these events from Tavia’s perspective.) Naema is figuratively “stoned” as a result of the incident, as she faces the physical brunt of Tavia’s power and the social media backlash that follows. Naema loses everything in an instant — her fame, her friends and her place in the elite magical protection network. Another complication? Tavia takes control of the narrative and sells her
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Power Dynamics Art review: Meleko Mokgosi, the Current
alking inside “Scripto-visual,” Meleko Mokgosi’s spectacular exhibit of paintings and prints at the Current gallery in Stowe, the viewer encounters an 8-foottall enlargement of a fist-shaking political poem by Gladys Thomas. “You that remade us / your mould will break / and tomorrow you are going to fall!” Mokgosi borrows the title of his work from Karl Marx: “The Social Revolution of Our Time Cannot Take Its Poetry From the Past but Only From the Poetry of the Future.” In the margins and between the lines, Mokgosi — Botswana-born, now based in Brooklyn — has handwritten commentary that provides crucial context. The poem condemns the Group Areas Act of 1950, by which South Africa’s apartheid government removed non-white people from their homes and relocated them to barren areas. This massive piece of stark text forces Western viewers to shift their default frameworks and “figure out how to empathize and look at something from a position that is not theirs,” as the artist told the New York Times in 2019. That is, to stop interpreting the revolutionary struggle evoked by the poem through the lens of white Europeans from a couple of centuries ago, and instead see it through the lens of South Africans living under apartheid several decades ago. To drive this point home visually, a small warning sign, emblazoned with the face of a German shepherd, hangs like a surveillance camera in the upper righthand corner of the poem. “ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK,” it reads. Mokgosi, an associate professor at Yale University, engages with notions of colonialism, democracy and liberation across African history. In doing so, he draws deeply on his study of critical theory, philosophy, psychoanalysis and pop culture. His work confronts the complex politics of representation, insisting that dominant Eurocentric narratives be “supplemented,” as the gallery guide delicately puts it. The pieces in “Scripto-visual” include larger figurative oil paintings, ghostly 52
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pigment- and photo-transfers, charcoal drawings, and smaller mounted texts, signs and posters. The artist’s choice of subjects varies widely, from almost photorealist portraiture to the muted, ethereal transfers. “My interest in representation has to do
with power because it is undeniably clear that there is a direct correlation between power and the production and dissemination of representation,” Mokgosi writes in his artist statement. To provide that representation, he
uses exclusively texts from the works of African and African American authors. Sometimes these texts are mounted separately in a painting’s periphery to provide a non-European frame of reference; elsewhere, the text is the piece, with the words enlarged to the size of an entire wall. In other works, Mokgosi includes fascinating handwritten annotations and commentary in the margins. The works in the Main Gallery consist mostly of large pigment- and photo-transfers on canvas and linen. Mokgosi renders these 8-foot-tall scenes in a muted palette of white, gray, black and beige, with ample negative space. This contrasts nicely with a diptych of large, untitled charcoal drawings on paper, which depict night scenes with hardly an inch of paper showing through the charcoal. Entering the West Gallery, the viewer is treated first to Mokgosi’s breathtaking “Objects of Desire 6.” Especially compared with the less figurative works and more somber tones in the adjacent gallery, this lush oil portrait of a woman kneeling in the grass seems like a luminous portal to another, brighter dimension. The woman’s expression, too, is arresting: hypnotic and inscrutable. With hands folded neatly over her striped skirt, she gazes calmly and assertively at the viewer — or perhaps just over the viewer’s head, like someone who’s assented to having their photograph taken by a stranger. Directly to the right of this portrait are mounted several pages of scanned typewritten text. This is some of the most rewarding reading in the exhibit, especially for those who’ve studied art history or spent serious time in museums. The pages are vintage museum wall labels describing Picasso as an innovative genius who discovered all the “primitive,” “magical” African art that would provide crucial inspiration to cubism and the art movements to follow. If Mokgosi had simply scanned and reproduced these labels and installed them beside his own virtuosic painting — almost winking at the viewer — that alone would be a devastatingly effective juxtaposition. Instead, he goes the extra mile and annotates them.
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f ELISE WHITTEMORE: “Traces,” a solo exhibition
of works on paper that explore the way hand and machine work together in the physical act of printmaking. Reception: Friday, August 6, 5-8 p.m. August 6-28. Info, 324-0014. Soapbox Arts in Burlington.
f SHELTER CULTIVATION PROJECT: The Burlington-based arts collaborative, founded by Shawn Dumont, celebrates the culmination of a yearlong arts project with a gallery exhibition and pop-up shop featuring artwork and handmade goods by local and international artists. Opening reception: Thursday, August 5, 6-8 p.m. August 5-November 1. Info, 343-4767. Karma Bird House Gallery in Burlington.
f TODD LOCKWOOD: “One Degree of Separation,” large-scale black-and-white portraits by the local photographer. Reception: Saturday, August 7, 4-6 p.m. August 7-October 14. Info, 846-4140. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall.
f GROUP SHOW 44: Artworks by members of the collective gallery. Art Walk reception: Friday, August 6, 4-8 p.m. August 6-29. Info, info@ thefrontvt.com. The Front in Montpelier. f PATTY HUDAK: A solo exhibition of large-scale installation, painting and botanical ornaments inspired by woodlands. Artwalk Reception: Friday, August 6, 4-8 p.m. August 6-October 30. Info, 262-6035. T.W. Wood Gallery in Montpelier. f RANDALL NEAL: Paintings and drawings on view in the SPA Classroom. Art Social: Sunday, August 8, 4-5:30 p.m. Masks required. August 5-14. Info, 479-7069. Studio Place Arts in Barre.
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A LUMINOUS PORTAL TO ANOTHER DIMENSION. The resulting notes are detailed, generous and occasionally hilarious, oscillating between academic rigor (“This discourse around the idea of the epiphany and genius is an important one to deal with”) and righteous takedown (“How exactly was this ‘collection’ acquired?” “This wall label is meaningless, and conceptually and historically shallow”). “Woman Sitting,” a massive 72-by-108inch charcoal drawing, is another standout piece. Depicting what appears to be a young white boy sitting on a Black woman’s lap, the drawing seems intentionally unfinished: Vast areas of negative space are left untouched, the geometric beginnings of other chairs just spectral lines. A vaguely menacing mood haunts this image. Beside the woman and the boy, a tall German shepherd sits faithfully, and
a Black toddler appears to be playing with a pup in another room. The opposite wall is hung with unframed political posters that deliver explicitly anti-colonial energy. “The people shall govern!” one reads. A 12-by18-inch map of Africa is collaged with righteous faces and the words “YOU SHOULD BE SO LUCKY, ALL WE WANT IS JUSTICE AND NOT REVENGE.” Text and image have long been combined to illuminate, persuade, teach, illustrate and organize. For a social media-obsessed culture awash in ironic pop-culture memes, the posters Mokgosi includes offer the welcome and necessary antidote of earnest messaging. German theater artist and poet Bertolt Brecht once declared, “Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.” Mokgosi’s “Scriptovisual” shows us that art can be both of these things in the same moment. m
INFO “Scripto-visual” by Meleko Mokgosi, on view through November 13 at the Current in Stowe. The artist and Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi, a curator at the Museum of Modern Art, present a talk on Saturday, August 14, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. thecurrentnow.org
f ‘THE WATERCOLOR TRIO’: Imagery of land, sea, and sky in paintings and digital art by Paula Cloudpainter, Kate Reeves and Kathleen Fiske. Reception: Friday, August 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m. with artist talks August 6-September 11. Info, 457-3500. Artistree Community Arts Center in Woodstock.
f ‘ART OF THE BOOK: IS IT A BOOK?’: Members of the Book Arts Guild of Vermont exhibit their literary-related creations. Reception and Artist Talks: Saturday, August 14, 4-6 p.m. August 6-September 18. Info, 748-0158. Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury.
f GABE DICKENS: “North Country Exposures: A
Candid Look at the Past Decade,” artwork created by the local photographer. Reception: Friday, August 6, 5-8 p.m. August 6-27. Info, 518-563-1604. Strand Center for the Arts in Plattsburgh, N.Y.
ART EVENTS BCA ARTIST MARKET: More than 25 Vermont artist and specialty product vendors show and sell their wares in the outdoor market. Burlington City Hall Park, Saturdays, 2-7 p.m. Info, 865-7166. CHARLIE HUNTER DEMO & STUDIO TOUR: The artist gives a plein air painting demonstration at the train station, followed by a tour of his nearby studio, in conjunction with a current exhibit at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. Preregister on BMAC website. Bellows Falls Train Depot, Saturday, August 7, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 257-0124. ‘EXPLORING THE NARRATIVE: A DISCUSSION WITH ARTIST JAUNE QUICK-TO-SEE SMITH’: Jami Powell, curator of Indigenous Art, has a virtual conversation with the artist to discuss her life’s work and her gift for storytelling. Register at hoodmuseum.dartmouth.
edu/visit. Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., Wednesday, August 4, 1-2 p.m. Free. Info, 603-646-2808. HOOD HIGHLIGHTS TOURS: What’s new on view? What have you missed while the museum was closed? To join this staff-led tour, meet in the Russo Atrium five minutes before the start time. No registration necessary. Unvaccinated visitors must wear face masks. Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., Thu., August 5, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 603-646-2808. THE HOOD REOPENS: After closing for renovations and the pandemic, the museum finally reopens to all. Unvaccinated visitors must wear face masks. Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., Wednesday, August 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 603-646-2808. ‘PROCESS, PRODUCT AND BLACK PRACTICE’: In this virtual talk, alumna Turiya Adkins discusses her exhibition investigating these three P’s and their intersections with African American artists. Adkins is interested in how the Black experience informs the ways in which Black artists use their materials. Register at hoodmuseum.dartmouth.edu/events. Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., Wednesday, August 11, 3-3:45 p.m. Free. TALK: ‘THE BIRTH AND REBIRTH OF THE SHELDON MUSEUM’: Author David Stameshkin discusses the history of one of the first community-based museums in the U.S. Register at henrysheldonmuseum.org. Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, Middlebury, Tuesday, August 10, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Info, 388-2117. TALK: TRENT CAMPBELL & ANGELO LYNN: Longtime photographer and editor/publisher, respectively, of the Addison County Independent share stories about the photographs in Campbell’s current exhibit. Preregister at henry sheldonmuseum.org. Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, Middlebury, Thursday, August 5, noon-1 p.m. Info, 388-2117. TALK: WENDY WHITE: VSC presents the New York City-based artist in a virtual discussion about how her work employs language and aesthetics that often relate to male-dominated areas. Sign up for Zoom link at vermontstudio center.org. Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Monday, August 9, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 635-2727. WEEKLY DROP-IN OPEN STUDIO: Care for your creativity and get inspired in the company of others as we create independently together. See poartry.org for more information and one-time registration for Zoom link. Fridays, 6-8 p.m. Free, donations appreciated. Info, email@example.com.
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‘BUBBLEGUM POP’: Pip & Pop, Matt Neckers, Jon Rappleye, the Smittens and Kathryn Wiegers contribute to this exhibit inspired by popular and consumer culture with fantastical themes. KAYLYNN SULLIVAN TWOTREES: “Falling into Language: A Travelogue,” an immersive installation of paintings, soundscapes and video featuring contemporary vocables (a sequence of sounds and syllables without literal meaning), created in collaboration with musicians from Vermont, India and Japan, and rooted in the oral tradition of the artist’s Native American and African heritage. Through October 9. Info, 865-7166. BCA Center in Burlington.
f CHRISTY MITCHELL: “Holding Pattern,” an installation set in an early 20th-century Victorian-style home that imagines conversations and changes to everyday life experienced over many decades and family dynamics. Closing Reception: Friday, August 6, 6-9 p.m. Through August 7. Info, christyjmitchell@ gmail.com. The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington. ‘HUMAN PLUS: REAL LIVES + REAL ENGINEERING’: A hands-on exhibition showcasing the ways that BURLINGTON SHOWS SEVEN DAYS AUGUST 4-11, 2021
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engineers innovate to help humans extend their abilities. Through September 6. Info, 864-1848. ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain in Burlington. ‘IT’S SMALLER THAN I THOUGHT’: A group exhibit of works by 16 local and international artists inspired by one of the world’s most famous paintings, Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa.” Through August 31. Info, vip@ safeandsound.gallery. Safe and Sound Gallery in Burlington. ‘SHE SUSTAINS US: HONORING AND PROTECTING MOTHER EARTH’: An eco-art exhibit presented by a collective of eight Vermont artists: Elena Brotz, Melanie Brotz, Annie Caswell, LaVerne Ferguson, Kara Greenblott, Emily Metcalfe, Colleen Murphy and Kelley Taft. Themes are related to environmental protection, honoring the Earth and the beauty of the natural world. Through August 31. Info, 540-8152. Chandler’s Dry Goods in Burlington.
DEB PEATE: An exhibition of watercolors, pastels, silkscreens, etchings and 3D wall art. Through August 31. Info, 425-6345. Charlotte Senior Center. ‘A. ELMER CROWELL: SCULPTOR, PAINTER, DECOY MAKER’: Drawing from Shelburne Museum’s renowned decoy collection, the exhibition features milestones in Crowell’s prolific artistic career, from the earliest miniature goose he carved in 1894 to the very last bird he made before retiring in the early 1940s. Online only at shelburnemuseum. org. Through October 31. ‘NEW ENGLAND NOW: PEOPLE’: The second exhibition in a biennial series featuring multimedia works by 10 contemporary artists from New England’s six states, celebrating the communities and peoples of the region. Through October 17. ‘PATTERN & PURPOSE: AMERICAN QUILTS FROM THE SHELBURNE MUSEUM’: The museum presents 20 textile masterpieces from its collection dating from the first decades of the 1800s to the turn of the 21st century, organized by associate curator Katie Wood Kirchhoff. Online only at shelburnemuseum.org. Through February 1, 2022. ‘REVISITING AMERICA: THE PRINTS OF CURRIER & IVES’: On loan from the Joslyn Museum in Omaha, Neb., the exhibition explores how the largest printmaking company in 19th-century America visualized the nation’s social, political and industrial fabric. Though known for lushly colored, nostalgic lithographs, the company also touched on social and political issues of the day. Through August 29. PETER KIRKILES: “At Scale,” mixed-media sculptures of common objects, such as a clock, a ruler and a truck, in unexpected sizes. The works are scattered around the grounds of the museum. Through October 17. Info, 985-3346. Shelburne Museum. ‘REGROUP: A SUMMER EXHIBIT’: Works by gallery artists in a variety of mediums. Through August 21. Info, 985-3848. Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne. SUSANNE STRATER: “Poppy Garden,” mixed-media floral paintings. Through August 15. Info, 877-2173. Northern Daughters Annex Gallery in Shelburne.
ALEX COSTANTINO & CLARK DERBES: “Color Contours,” 16 acrylic paintings on canvas and board; show presented by Studio Place Arts. Through August 14. Info, 479-7069. AR Market in Barre. BARRE ART SPLASH: An installation of painted fiberglass sculptures of cats, dogs and race cars by local artists sited along Main Street, to be auctioned off at exhibit’s end at the Vermont Granite Museum as a benefit for the Barre Rotary Club. Through September 18. Info, 479-0124. Various Barre locations. ‘THE PARADE IS COMING!’: An exhibit featuring more than 20 Vermont artists includes works on the walls and a parade of floats and marchers down the center of the main-floor gallery. Through August 19. BARRE ART STROLL: Take a self-guided sculpture tour
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and discover North America’s largest zipper made from local granite, a pair of granite gargoyles (a sculptural bike rack), and many more contemporary and historic sculptures throughout downtown. Guides available in the gallery and downloadable at studioplacearts.com. Through August 31. KATE FETHERSTON: “Deconstructed Landscape,” cold wax and oil paintings that examine perceptions of time and memory; third-floor gallery. Through August 19. MICHELLE LESNAK: “The Eternal Return,” mixed-media artworks that invite viewers to ponder the mystery of the places and figures portrayed; second-floor gallery. Through August 19. Info, 479-7069. Studio Place Arts in Barre.
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"American National Game of Baseball," lithograph by Currier & Ives
‘THE CATAMOUNT IN VERMONT’: An exhibition that explores the feline symbol of Vermont through the lenses of art, science and culture. Through May 31, 2022. Info, 479-8500. Vermont History Museum in Montpelier. DELIA ROBINSON: “Fragmented Glances,” a retrospective of work by the longtime Vermont artist. Through September 30. Info, robinson.delia@gmail. com. Montpelier City Hall. JENNIFER BRYAN: “Liquid Mind,” abstract paintings by the NU alumna ’05. Through December 10. Info, 485-2183. Sullivan Museum & History Center, Norwich University in Northfield. PAT MUSICK: “Exploring Technology: An Artist and an Astronaut Look at the Future,” mixed-media sculptures and works on paper inspired by the words astronauts have used in describing how they feel seeing Earth from space; in collaboration with former astronaut Jerry Carr. Through August 31. Spotlight Gallery in Montpelier.
“Revisiting America: The Prints of Currier & Ives” The Shelburne Museum is renowned for its wide
collections of Americana, from toys to tools, quilts to carriages. But a current exhibition
SUSAN BULL RILEY: Paintings depicting moments in nature, both flora and fauna. Through August 26. Info, 229-6206. North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier.
of Currier & Ives lithographs originated at the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Neb. The
SUSANNAH GRAVEL & CARA ARMSTRONG: Landscape paintings and works by the children’s book illustrator, respectively. Through August 31. Info, 279-5048. ART, etc. in Northfield.
from, a traumatic civil war while expanding westward and rapidly industrializing its
TUMBLING BLOCKS COMMUNITY QUILT PROJECT: Montpelier Alive exhibits the capital city’s newest piece of public art, a project intended to help “stitch together” the community during the pandemic. More than 250 individuals, including more than 100 students, contributed designs for panels that Sabrina Fadial collated and made into a “quilt.” Through December 31. Info, 488-4303. Montpelier Transit Center.
‘EXPLORING EARTH’: An exhibition that reflects on the intersection of spirituality and art, celebrating Earth magic, spirit animals, and plants and transcendence; work by Isaias Crow, Jennifer Herrera Condry, Will Kasso Condry, Amy Hook-Therrien, Gilbran and Harlan Mack. Presented in participation with “2020 Vision – Reflecting on a World-Changing Year,” a statewide initiative of the Vermont Curators Group. On view by appointment. Through October 31. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort. EXPOSED 2021: The annual outdoor sculpture exhibition highlights artists who focus on current political and social constructs/issues/systems through the relationship of language, sculpture and installation; and language as culturally specific, ideological, controversial, challenging, identifying, uniting and separating. Artists are Tomas Vu, Tony Tasset, Lynn Sullivan, Mildred Beltre, Oasa DuVerney, Jonathan Gitelson, Daniel Bejar, Aya Rodriquez-Izumi and Gabriel Spsa. Through October 23. MELEKO MOKGOSI: “Scripto-Visual,” small and large paintings paired with different kinds of text; the Botswanaborn, New York-based artist investigates the links between these elements in relation to the politics of representation. Through November 13. Info, 253-8358. The Current in Stowe. ‘ICONIC VERMONT’: A group show of paintings that highlight the most scenic Vermont locations by New England landscape artists. ‘MADE IN VERMONT’:
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exhibition of more than 60 prints “revisits” a country that endured, and then emerged cities. Before photography became commonplace, the images helped people to picture “the nation’s social, political and industrial fabric,” as the museum describes it. From their New York City printmaking business, Nathaniel Currier and James Merritt Ives prodigiously produced images that helped to shape Americans’ view of themselves — and to some extent still does. In addition to prints of newsworthy events of the day, Currier & Ives reproduced oil paintings as affordable, good-quality lithographs for the home. Chances are you’ve got one recreated as a jigsaw puzzle? “Revisiting America” is on view through August 29 in the Pizzagalli Center for Art & Education. Pictured: “American National Game of Base Ball.” A group exhibition of paintings that showcase the resourcefulness and creativity of Vermonters. Through September 6. Info, 644-5100. Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville.
f JAMES RAUCHMAN: “Self: Reflection,” paintings that push the boundaries of portraiture. f NITYA BRIGHENTI: “Of Openness and Closeness,” drawings and paintings. Reception: Thursday, August 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Through October 29. Info, 888-1261. River Arts in Morrisville. KASEY CHILD: A solo exhibition of contemporary abstracted landscapes that documents the climate emergency by the Burlington artist. Through August 31. Info, email@example.com. Vermont Frame Game in Stowe.
f ‘LIGHTNESS OF BEING’: A post-pandemic show featuring works by four Vermont-based female artists: Patty Hudak, Tuyen My Nguyen, Chiara No and Tara Thacker. Closing reception: Saturday, August 28, 5-7 p.m. Through August 28. Info, 646-519-1781. Minema Gallery in Johnson.
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JAN SANDMAN: “The Way Light Answers,” cold wax and oil abstract paintings, primarily created during
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the pandemic. Through August 14. Info, 244-7801. Axel’s Frame Shop & Gallery in Waterbury. ‘LANDSCAPES & INSCAPES’: Figurative landscapes in watercolor from the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s by Adolf Dehn; and large-scale abstract-expressionist works by Virginia Dehn. The pair were a vital part of the postwar art community in New York City. Open by appointment only. Through October 10. Info, 777-2713. The Bundy Modern in Waitsfield.
HANNAH MORRIS: “On Second Thought,” works in collage, gouache and Flashe paint. Saturdays or by appointment. Through August 15. Info, 877-2173. Northern Daughters in Vergennes. “HENRY AT 200’: An exhibit celebrating the museum founder and collector of New England history with documents, photographs, scrapbooks, autographs, Middlebury imprints, diaries, music ephemera, relics and even a lock of Napoleon’s hair. Through December 31. KATE POND: “From the Heart: A Sculptor’s Process,” three sculptures — two metal, one wooden — in the museum’s garden, plus maquettes and drawings by the Burlington artist in the gallery. TRENT CAMPBELL: “Faces of Addison
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County,” a retrospective of photographs by the longtime Addison County Independent photographer. Through September 11. Info, 388-2117. Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History in Middlebury. ‘KEY TO LIBERTY: THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION ON LAKE CHAMPLAIN’: An exhibition that explores local connections to the nation’s fight for independence; also “Nebizun: Water Is Life,” featuring works by Abenaki artists about the importance of water health; and the Hazelett Small Watercraft Center, a two-story exhibit space that presents the history of small human-powered watercraft on Lake Champlain. Through October 17. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org. Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vergennes. ‘A MODERN ARTIST: THE COMMERCIAL ART OF RACHAEL ROBINSON ELMER’: The seasonal exhibition explores the early 20th-century success of the artist as a professional illustrator for periodicals and publishers, from children’s books to advertising. Through October 31. Info, 877-3406. Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh. ‘PRIDE 1983’: Through interviews with organizers, photographs and scanned images of historic documents, the exhibit, curated by Meg Tamulonis of the Vermont Queer Archives, explores the origins and lasting legacies of Vermont’s first Pride March on June 25, 1983, in Burlington. Online only at vermontfolklifecenter.org. Through October 31. Info, 388-4964. Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury. SCOTT ADDIS & JOE BOLGER: “Studies to Studio,” plein air and studio paintings by the Vermont artists. ‘STUDIES TO STUDIO’: New work from painters Timothy Horn, William Hoyt and Rory Jackson that show the evolution of paintings that start as studies and are finished in the studio. Through August 31. Info, 458-0098. Edgewater Gallery on the Green in Middlebury.
JON OLENDER & JEN RONDINONE: “Reflecting on the Past and Future,” photographs and paintings on canvas and wood, respectively. Through September 30. Info, 775-0356. Chaffee Art Center in Rutland. ‘PORTRAITS OF A COMMUNITY’: Photography by Chuck Helfer, Tikko Freilich and Martin Van Buren III, along with vintage photos from the collection of the Poultney Historical Society. Through August 29. Info, email@example.com. Stone Valley Arts in Poultney.
champlain islands/northwest 2021 MEMBERS EXHIBITION: Work in a variety of mediums by 50 member artists from across Vermont. Through August 7. Info, christyjmitchell@ gmail.com. The Clubhouse Restaurant & The 19th Hole Lounge in Swanton.
DAVID STROMEYER: More than 60 large-scale metal sculptures are scattered across six scenic meadows. Picnics welcome. Through October 11. Free. Info, 512-333-2119. Cold Hollow Sculpture Park in Enosburg Falls. JESSICA SCRIVER & MARY ADMASIAN: “Transmigration: the passage of cells, populations and spirit,” paintings and sculptures, respectively, by the Vermont artists. Through August 29. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org. GreenTARA Space in North Hero.
JEANETTE FOURNIER: “On the Wing,” watercolor paintings of birds by the New Hampshire artist. Through August 31. Info, 295-4567. Long River Gallery in White River Junction. ‘PIECING THE PAST TO THE PRESENT’: The 35th annual quilt exhibition features juried contemporary quilts made by Windsor County quilters and historical quilts from the museum’s collection. Through August 22. Info, 457-2355. Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock. SCULPTUREFEST: An annual outdoor sculpture exhibition featuring more than 30 artists curated by, and on the property of, Charlet and Peter Davenport. More info and directions to private locations at sculpturefest.org. Through October 31. Free. King Farm in Woodstock.
SUMMER OF DINOSAURS: Explore the lives of dinosaurs, big and small, through exhibits about dinosaur eggs and babies, dramatic dinosaur fossil specimens, and a series of special events and programs for all ages. Through September 28. Info, 649-2200. Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich.
‘1111 COPPER NAILS: BREAD & PUPPET CALENDAR PRINTS’: Images from 36 years’ worth of calendar art created by Peter Schumann and printed by Elke Schumann (and dedicated to Elke); exhibit on all three floors of the inn. Through September 21. Info, VtPieGirlCo@gmail.com. CHARLES EMERS: Paintings, assemblages and prints on view in the third-floor gallery space, Wheelbarrow Art. Through September 30. Info, 472-3621. Hardwick Inn. ‘1111 COPPER NAILS: BREAD & PUPPET CALENDAR PRINTS’: Images from 36 years’ worth of calendar art created by Peter Schumann and printed by Elke Schumann; calendar and art for sale. Through September 21. Info, VtPieGirlCo@gmail.com. Front Seat Coffee in Hardwick. ‘OPEN TO LANDSCAPE’: Paintings, photographs, and works on paper by Keith Chamberlin, Terry Ekasala, Anni Lorenzini and Elizabeth Nelson that explore a range of artistic responses to Vermont’s dramatic landscape. Through September 26. ALAN JENNINGS: “Finding the Way Home,” animated films the artist created about growing up in Vermont, including “The Northeast Kingdom,” “Dream of Deerman” and “The Bill Jennings Mysteries,” as well as the drawings, paintings and sculptures he uses to make them. Watch at catamountarts.org. Through December 31. Info, 748-2600. Catamount Arts Center in St. Johnsbury. CASPIAN ARTS EXHIBITION: An exhibition of paintings, art quilts, jewelry, sculpture, assemblages, carving and more by area artists, produced during the pandemic. Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Info, email@example.com. White Water Gallery in East Hardwick.
‘GREEN’: A group exhibit of painting, photography, pottery, jewelry, fiber work and more that explore the verdant color, both as a hue and in its environmental sense. Through October 10. Info, 334-1966. MAC Center for the Arts Gallery in Newport. ‘LIFE IN LISTS AND NOTES’: An exhibition that celebrates the poetic, mnemonic, narrative, and enumerative qualities of lists and notes. The objects on display span myriad creative, professional, bureaucratic, domestic and personal uses of lists through the ages. Through May 31, 2022. Donations. Info, 626-4409. The Museum of Everyday Life in Glover. ‘OUT OF THE CLOSET AND HUNG’: Works from the permanent collection by Peter Schumann, Aaron Stein, John Brickels, Don Sunseri and more, along with a sculptural installation, “The Trump Library.” Docent-guided tours by appointment only. Through September 30. Info, 563-2037. Annex at White Water Gallery in East Hardwick. PAUL GRUHLER: “Harmonics: 60 Years of Life in Art,” an exhibition featuring the artist’s early geometric abstractions, the Chelsea Series, 1963-78. Through August 29. Info, 279-6403. Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro. STJ ART ON THE STREET: A summer show featuring the work of Vermont artists in storefronts, on the sidewalks and indoor galleries along Railroad Street and Eastern Avenue. Through September 6. Info, 748-2600. Various St. Johnsbury locations.
‘EXPEDITION’: Paintings, drawings, sculpture and installation by 17 artists that depict aspects of venturing into unknown lands and territories. Artists are: John Newsom, Matt Dillon, Inka Essenhigh, Michael Kagan, Wendy White, Donald Baechler, Raymond Pettibon, Ouattara Watts, André Butzer, Ann Craven, Torben Giehler, April Gornik, Andy Hope 1930, Richard Jacobs, John McAllister, Erik Parker and Alexis Rockman. ‘SEQUENCES: ODE TO MINOR WHITE’: Artworks by Andrea Belag, William Eric Brown, Niqui Carter, Kevin
CALL TO ARTISTS AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN TO ORGANIZATIONS: The National Endowment for the Arts will distribute relief funds through this federal program. These one-time grants will be awarded to support jobs in the arts and culture sector, keep the doors open to nonprofit organizations nationwide and assist the field in its recovery from the pandemic. Grants will be made to eligible organizations to support their own operations, even if they have received previous relief funding. Funding awards are $50,000, $100,000 or $150,000, and cost share/matching funds are not required. Deadline is August 12. Info at arts.gov. ANIMATE ST. JOHNSBURY ‘HONKING TUNNEL’: Vermont-affiliated artists are invited to submit proposals for an unusual public art project: the creation of a light- and art-filled passage to connect downtown to riverfront, specifically from Railroad Street and Depot Square through the “honking tunnel.” Three semifinalists will receive $500 each; a finalist will receive $10,000 for completion of the project. Details and application forms at catamountarts.slideroom.com; online submissions only. Deadline: August 16. $25. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury. BECOME AN EXHIBITING MEMBER: Show at the Brandon Artists Guild gallery year-round, participate in group and solo exhibitions and join a vibrant creative community. Apply at brandonartistsguild.org. Deadline: September 10. Free. Info, 247-4956. CERF+ COVID-19 RELIEF GRANT FOR ARTISTS, CYCLE 4: The artist safety net organization offers a fourth round of pandemic-era grants of $1,000 each for artists working in craft disciplines who are facing dire circumstances due to food, housing and/or medical insecurities. Priority will be given to BIPOC, as well as folk and traditional artists. Learn more and apply at cerfplus.org. August 10-31. COVID-19 CULTURAL RECOVERY GRANTS, ROUND TWO: The Vermont Arts Council and Vermont Humanities will distribute $1.2 million in relief funding to Vermont organizations through the federal program. Arts or humanities organizations that are incorporated in Vermont with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, that comply with federal and state legal requirements, and that are experiencing hardship due to the impact of the pandemic may apply, even if they received previous relief grants. Funding awards are $5,000, $10,000 and $15,000. An informational webinar to assist applicants is August 17; deadline to apply is September 14. Learn more and register at link. FIRST NIGHT NORTH IN ST. JOHNSBURY: Accepting online applications now for family-friendly acts to perform December 31, 2021. Artists may apply to perform one or two 45-minute sets. Application form at catamountarts.org. Deadline: August 31. Various St. Johnsbury locations. Free. Info, 748-2600. MILTON ARTISTS’ GUILD ART AND STROLL: The Guild is hosting its first craft fair this fall. Artists of all kinds can register for booths. There will also be music, food trucks, raffles and more. Sign up at miltonartistsguildstore.com. Deadline: September 1. $50 members, $80 nonmembers. Info, director@ miltonartistsguild.org. VERMONT HAND CRAFTERS CALL TO NEW ARTISTS: Vermont Hand Crafters, founded in 1955, is accepting applications for new fine art and craft members. Five jury sessions are planned for 2021. The day your application is received determines your jury session. More info and application at vermonthandcrafters.com. Through September 8. $40. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Larmon and Jessica Judith Beck that reflect the spiritual possibilities of abstraction, inspired by the late modernist photographer. CHARLIE HUNTER: “Semaphore,” paintings of crossing signals and railroad infrastructure by the Vermont artist. DELANO DUNN: “Novelties,” two series of work that address things we hold dear — family, love, comfort, tradition, connection — and things that threaten to undermine them: “Paradise,” works on paper that explore the insidiousness of stereotypes; and “Roux,” brightly colored, mixed-media works that incorporate family history and culinary tradition. Through October 11. DELITA MARTIN: “Between Worlds,” a yearlong installation in the museum’s front windows that reimagines the identities and roles of Black women in the context of Black culture and African history. Through May 31, 2022. ERICK JOHNSON: “Double Take,” large-scale paintings and street photography that juxtapose intentional and incidental pattern and abstraction. Through October 11. SCOTT BOYD: “Endangered Alphabets,” sculptures that pair the ancient form of the obelisk with near-extinct languages. Through November 30. Info, 257-0124. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. ‘DEEP BLUE’: Curated by American artist Katherine Bradford, this group show examines “deep blue” as a color and as a phrase that can describe mood, the natural environment, music and even a region’s political landscape; more than 70 paintings, sculptures, photographs, works on paper and videos by 70 artists. KATHERINE BRADFORD: “Philosophers’ Clambake,” more than a dozen luminous, dreamlike works that merge color field painting with figuration. TERRY EKASALA: New large-scale abstract paintings that border on representation, as well as works on paper. Self-guided visits; advance reservations recommended but not required. Saturdays, Sundays. $10. Info, 952-1056. Hall Art Foundation in Reading. ‘YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IT’S LIKE OVER HERE’: An exhibition of black-and-white photographs by Marion McCune Rice, a volunteer Red Cross nurse during World War I, taken during her four years working in hospitals in France. Letters, a medal Rice received, her nurse’s uniform and other artifacts are also on display. In conjunction with the Brattleboro Words Trail. Through September 1. Info, 118elliot@gmail. com. 118 Elliot in Brattleboro.
NORTH BENNINGTON OUTDOOR SCULPTURE SHOW: The 24th annual exhibition brings large-scale outdoor works to the historic village and surrounding area, curated by local artist Joe Chirchirillo. Through November 7. Info, email@example.com. Various locations around North Bennington.
‘HIDDEN MESSAGES’: An exhibition of fiber arts by 15 artists who push the boundaries of the medium. Through September 5. Info, 728-9878. Chandler Gallery in Randolph. m
‘LOOKING UP’: Artworks on themes of vertical vantage points by Dan Brenton, Betsy Derrick, Shawna Gibbs, Stephanie Gordon, Naomi Hartov, Kip King, Myles Moran, Scott Niemi, Julia Pavone, Matthew Peake, Dana Read, Stephanie Reininger, Anne Rose, Jonathan Rose, Laura Tafe, Sheryl Trainor and Michael Yacavone; in the Carter-Kelsey Lobby Gallery. Through August 14. BUNNY HARVEY & LAURIE SVERDLOVE: “Conversation,” paintings on canvas and paper in visual dialogue by the Vermont artists and friends. ELIZABETH MAYOR: “Playing With Choice,” woodcut prints and sculpture by the New Hampshire artist. Through August 20. Info, 603-448-3117. AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, N.H. ‘ECOLOGIES: A SONG FOR OUR PLANET’: An exhibition of installations, videos, sculptures, paintings, drawings and photographs that explore the relationship between humans and nature, and disruptions to the planet’s ecosystems caused by human intervention. Through February 27, 2022. Info, https://www.mbam.qc.ca/en/ticket-office/. Montréal Museum of Fine Arts. m
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I met the late MONIQUE FORD in the back of a club as I was loading in an amplifier. WEEN’s “Beacon Light” was playing over the PA, and I was absolutely freezing my southern-transplant ass off. It was almost 18 years ago, but I recall the memory with vivid clarity. We were just kids, though it never feels like that when I think back to that night. Monique’s eyes were shining under the neon lights of the bar, and her long, dark hair was swept up in a bun. In the ensuing years I would grow accustomed to it, but Monique’s presence was almost magnetic. You had to talk to this girl once you saw her; she was instantly the most interesting person in the room. Any room. I remember a snowstorm raging outside; I was soaked to the bone and shivering, staring at an empty club in despair. There would be no crowd that night and I knew it. So did Mo. She poured a shot of whiskey and pushed the glass toward me. Her face lit up and she hit me with that smile — the smile everyone and their house pets fell in love with. “Hey, there,” she said with a laugh in her voice. “I’m Monique. Looks like I’m your audience tonight.” I recall years of memories when I think of her, now that she’s gone. I see Mo screaming at the television in pure joy as she watches a hockey game, surrounded by friends. I see her a row behind me at a concert on the waterfront, dancing under a full moon. It hung over her head like a sigil that night. She seemed like a creature of pure magic. I see Mo coming out of the market, headphones, sunglasses and green Boston Celtics jacket on — the Queen of
the Queen City. She’s alive and present in my mind, doing all the little things that make up a life. There are so many stories I could tell about my friend Monique, who left this world last April. I could go on about her beautiful heart, her love of taking in the wounded, helping the misfit and believing in the underdog. I could tell you how much she loved listening to KEITH SWEAT, eating ice cream and watching basketball at the same time. Or how she would laugh maniacally and make you touch her nose so you could feel the weird cartilage where she had broken it multiple times over the years. I’m going to keep most of those stories to myself. I don’t have the word count to scratch the surface and, honestly, I’m Monique Ford not sure I’m ready to yet. So many others have Monique tales to tell, as well. And they’ll have a chance to tell them this Saturday, August 7. As a testament to Goodbye, Monique. You’ve become a the sheer number of lives Mo touched, legend in this city now. To me, though, the celebration of her life will be hosted you’re simply my friend, and I miss you. in two locations. The “MOmorial,” as it’s called, will start at the Essex Experience at 2 p.m. and feature DJs, a video compilation, and some of Monique’s Burlington’s comedy scene was thriving closest friends and family sharing before the pandemic threw a banana stories. At 6, the party moves to the peel on the stage. Much like live music, Three Needs, where Mo had tended the though, live comedy is roaring back, bar since 2005. baby. I honestly don’t know what it will be The Vermont Comedy Club reopens like not to see her behind that bar — I on Thursday, September 2, with a threehaven’t had the nerve to try. I do know night run of shows featuring KYLE KINANE it’s going to feel incredible and cathartic — and, good gravy, my body is ready. It to be with so many other people she was a hard year without live comedy, touched, all of us tipping our glasses to and knowing that the club reopens soon the sky and remembering a gigantically makes my heart happy. beautiful life.
There’s a chance to see some standup before that, however, with the Pop-Up Stand Up event happening in City Hall Park on Saturday, August 7. Running from 8 to 9 p.m., the show features local comedians JULIA COLASANTI, ASH DIGGS, JARED HALL and KATHLEEN KANZ. The event is Colasanti’s brainchild. She had a revelation that “people needed a pick-me-up, and I needed a project.” “The idea actually began during COVID,” Colasanti explains. “I went from living in Chicago and going to comedy open mics five days a week to living with my parents in Michigan and trying to score virtual comedy gigs.” She missed real audiences and shows — “even the shows I bombed” she says. Colasanti, who attended Saint
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The Princess Has Left the City
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but a young, talented artist has completed her collegiate tenure here in Vermont and will soon be leaving town. It’s the nature of a music scene based in a college town, but it still stings. This time it’s especially rough, as the artist in question is one of my favorites in recent years. LILI TRAVIATO, aka PRINCESS NOSTALGIA, is making the move to bigger markets, as so many other Vermont musicians have in recent years. From CAROLINE ROSE and
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of a Burlington tradition. Traviato aims to put more miles on her odometer than any of those acts, however, when she heads to Berlin, Germany, later this month. “It’s been an amazing time here,” the producer and singer says. “But it just feels like now is the right time to embrace change and take this chance.” Being in a city steeped in a tradition of avant-garde electronic music also appeals to Traviato, who professes her love of KRAFTWERK, among more modern influences. “It’s cool being in Burlington, where my music sort of stands out on its own,” she says. “But it also felt like no one really knew where to fit me in when it came to live shows, what kind of artists to put me on the bill with, that sort of thing. I’m hoping in Berlin I’ll find somewhere my music fits in a little more.” Traviato is leaving us with a parting gift, at least; her cover of DOLLY PARTON’s
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Michael’s College, moved back to Vermont in August 2020. As she dreamed of organizing a show, she realized she wanted it to be more than just a simple comedy event. “For me, mental health and comedy go hand in hand,” Colasanti says. “And the Howard Center does so much good and offers so many resources to support mental health. Part of their mission is to help communities thrive. But during quarantine, the words ‘community’ and ‘thrive’ had vanished from our vocabulary. I felt like we needed an extra dose of both.” So, while the event is free, guests are encouraged to donate. Anybody with a tight wallet gets roasted by the comedians. (Just kidding.) All proceeds go directly to the Howard Center. It sounds like a fine opportunity for people to do some good, for both their community and their own mental health.
Alt rockers PHANTOM SUNS have released a video for their new single “Cordyceps.” The song has a nice MEAT PUPPETS feel to it, full of dynamic shifts and catchy guitar licks. Head over to phantomsuns. bandcamp.com to hear the track, and check out the band’s first post-pandemic gig on Friday, August 13, at Swan Dojo. If you’re looking for even heavier stuff, Vermont metalcore outfit SAVING VICE just released a video for its single “Phantom Pain.” The band has been accumulating plenty of buzz and plays on Spotify recently, as well as rocking out a billboard in Times Square to promote the single. Cosmic cowboys WESTERN TERRESTRIALS, having been there and done that with the whole video thing, will release their debut feature film The Ballad of Ethan Alien on Friday, August 13, at Feast & Field Fable Farm in Barnard. The movie spawned from a song WT front person NICK CHARYK wrote with OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW’s KETCH SECOR, and it featured 8v-firstlight080521 on WT’s album Back in the Saddle of a Fever Dream. Telling the story of a dystopian future in which music and creativity have been banned, the film promises to be a proper head trip. There will be a second showing on Friday, August 27, at Camp Meade. Giddyap, space cowboy. m
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drummer Nolan Rolnick and Mike Farkas on the resonator, creating a four-piece capable of tackling gentle bluegrass and barnstorming country rockers in equal measure. Together, they used their gig-less year as a chance to finally record a debut record. These Times has the feel of a longgestating work. The songs are simple in
their basic construction but have been layered with care and skill. Album opener “Day to Day” features a gruff, transcendent vocal from Hughes. “Well the old Lake Street winters ain’t where I belong / the city ain’t where I should be /all the people complainin’ there’s too many people / I believe in Green Mountains and me,” he sings before Farkas joins in with a powerful harmony. The rollicking love letter to country living, hard drinking and Vermont sets the tone for These Times. The title track serves as the album’s comment on life during the pandemic. Thankfully, it avoids some of the clichés that abound on the subject — there’s nary a lyric about being on Zoom. “These times, these times, they’re going to swallow me whole,” Hughes croons over acoustic guitar and ghostly pedal steel. The song takes a turn away from the darkness, though, with lyrics about the sun shining through a lover’s hair, and fishing down by the lake.
The message is strong: Turn to nature to alleviate the madness of modern living. You can feel the desire for freedom on the track — that sense of “let me out of this house before I lose my fucking mind.” By and large, Saints & Liars are here to play some tunes, stamp some boots on the floor and throw back a cold drink. In “High Life,” the boys lay down a greasy shuffle that Rolnick turns into a driving rocker. It’s one of those metaphor songs that can wear thin, but its charm and the band’s tightness save it. Besides, a tribute to “the Champagne of beers” seems incredibly on brand for the record. There’s no polishing the turd of losing a year’s worth of gigs. Saints & Liars make the lost year count for them with These Times, a strong debut filled with well-written songs. Download the album at saintsandliars.com. The band plays Saturday, August 7, at the Vermont Roots Roadshow in Londonderry.
to a record, and Harple — also a member of Vermont jam band the Aerolites — seems to have cherrypicked the best elements of the genre.
Opening number “Ear to the Ground” is the album’s most psychedelic, introducing layers of instrumentation until the vocals appear more than a minute in. With an organ sound reminiscent of the Doors’ Ray Manzarek and an Indian-inspired drum beat, this song could have hailed from the 1960s. “Valley of the Vultures” brings a more modern flair to the album, though still grounded in ’60s roots. You could almost swear John Lennon and Paul McCartney contributed to the “oohs” in the chorus. At times, it sounds like Harple is channeling the Liverpudlians. “Flow” is another nod to the Beatles, particularly in the bass line that starts the song and the sitar-inspired Dobro — played by guest musician Wake Clinard — that comes in halfway through.
The next two tracks follow suit, combining the swirling sounds of the psychedelic era with some contemporary touches. Each of Harple’s compositions is interesting and varied, and he does a solid job of sticking to the genre without slipping into repetition. The title track, which closes the album, lands closer to the present — somewhere between Beck and the Flaming Lips. Fluffanutta as a whole is upbeat and lively and makes for easy listening. Harple performed and recorded the majority of the instruments and all of the vocals, an applause-worthy feat. Fluffanutta is available for streaming at jeremyharple.bandcamp.com/ releases.
Sometimes you have to make a shitty situation work for you. Southern Vermont’s Saints & Liars have traveled their brand of roadhouse roots music to venues across New England since forming in 2012. As it did for so many other hard-touring acts, 2020 served as one big kick in the privates for the band. But in the spirit of their rugged, Americana-influenced sound, they rolled up their sleeves and flipped the script. Despite being together for almost a decade, Saints & Liars had never recorded so much as a lick of their own music until the lost pandemic year. When guitarist/lead vocalist Jed Hughes and bassist Chris Rogers formed the group, they were an acoustic act, playing covers in living rooms. These days, the band also features
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Step right up to the Magical Mystery Tour! At least that’s what comes to mind when the organ and tabla kick off Jeremy Harple’s latest album, Fluffanutta. The West Glover-based musician leans into his self-described “psychedelic-jam-pop” sound throughout, with traces of those who forged the way before him. The six-song album is short and sweet — no 13-minute keyboard solos or wandering guitarists that take half a track to find their way back home. For that, this reviewer is grateful. What works onstage doesn’t always translate
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his week, I went on quite a trip … to a suburban multiplex, to watch a crowd of unmasked people watch a medieval epic that I suspect was trippier than many of them were expecting. From distributor A24, which specializes in arty horror and unsettling prestige films, The Green Knight is a take on the Arthurian legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight from writer-director David Lowery (A Ghost Story, The Old Man & the Gun). Lowery has made mainstream films, such as the live-action Pete’s Dragon remake, but this is not one of them.
A KNIGHT’S TALE Patel plays Sir Gawain in Lowery’s modern and mesmerizing take on the Arthurian legend.
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Maybe it’s best to start by noting everything The Green Knight is not. It’s not a straight adaptation of the anonymous medieval source, one of the founding texts of chivalry. It’s not a rollicking adventure, a familyfriendly fantasy or a solemn period piece like King Arthur. Finally, despite its dark palette and R rating, it offers none of the palace intrigue or rousing battles of “Game of Thrones.” So, what is it? Basically, a cerebral horror movie in a fantastically realized setting that is familiar and alien at once. The action is stylized enough to feel distant from us in time and space. Featuring singing giants and a talking fox, the movie might, for all we know, be happening on another planet. Yet the filmmaking gives it a hypnotic intimacy. 60
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No one mentions Arthur, Camelot or the Round Table in this movie. In an unnamed kingdom, Gawain (Dev Patel) is nephew and heir to the monarch (Sean Harris). But the young man is too busy carousing with his commoner mistress (Alicia Vikander) to take on the burdens of knighthood. One Christmas Day, a not-at-all-jolly green giant (Ralph Ineson) enters the palace and issues a challenge to the king. Seeing a chance to prove himself, Gawain accepts the terms and beheads the unresisting Green Knight with a single stroke. Unluckily for him, the sinister supernatural figure is no more killable than Jason or Freddy Krueger. To follow the rules of the Green Knight’s “game,” Gawain must travel to the creature’s lair a year later and receive the same kind of blow he dealt — one that will sever his head from his body.
When we first meet Gawain, the camera follows him rapidly through a filthy dwelling lit only by snatches of natural light. We have a visceral sense of being in the “dark” ages, which isn’t dispelled by the more opulent but equally tenebrous court scenes. A gothic horror mood pervades the whole film, from cinematographer Andrew Droz Palermo’s strategic use of shadows to the dissonant score by Daniel Hart to the bleak landscapes. When, after many vicissitudes, Gawain’s quest brings him to the hall of a mysterious Lord (Joel Edgerton) and Lady (Vikander again), their bright, airy home feels surreal and ominous — a tip-off that supernatural forces are at work. The seductive Lady asks Gawain to sit for a portrait and proceeds to capture his image with what appears to be a primitive camera. But by that point, we’re so deep in Gawain’s head space that 19th-century technology might as well be dark magic. Horror motifs are built into the material: In his eagerness to be a hero, Gawain has trapped himself in a situation in which the only way to uphold his ideals is to die.
As clever as Jigsaw in the Saw movies, the Green Knight uses the young man’s own pride to lure him into a chamber of horrors. But, just as Jigsaw has a twisted ulterior motive (to teach his victims the value of life), so the Green Knight actually has a deeper agenda for Gawain. While chivalry is Gawain’s salvation in the medieval text, the filmmaker has an agenda of his own, more of our own moment. If you’re wondering whether this Green Knight represents the Earth, ready to teach its human despoilers a lesson — well, Vikander practically spells that out in a monologue. But the movie is less a lesson in protecting the planet than a sober reminder that, whether we like it or not, we all return to Earth in the end. As Lowery showed in A Ghost Story, another movie that plays with time and space, mortality is more than an abstract concern for him. He has transformed the Green Knight legend into a memento mori, complete with a chilling long take on a corpse-strewn battlefield. While The Green Knight will disappoint those seeking big-screen adventure, its
mesmerizing oddness ensures it won’t soon be forgotten.
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• Valhalla Rising (2010; Sling, IFC Films Unlimited, AMC+, rentable): Do you enjoy seeing auteurs go medieval? Before Nicolas Winding Refn made Drive, he directed this gritty, bloody and very un-Hollywood Viking epic starring Mads Mikkelsen. • Gretel & Hansel (2020; Hulu, Epix, Paramount+, Philo, Sling, rentable): Arriving at the end of the trend of fairy-tale retellings, Oz Perkins’ twist on the brothers Grimm didn’t get much love, but it serves up a similar cocktail of folklore, dread and cinematic artistry to The Green Knight. • A Ghost Story (2017; Netflix, rentable): The anxieties about mortality and legacy that run through The Green Knight are front and center in this earlier indie from Lowery, in which Casey Affleck is doomed to haunt his former home, wearing a sheet with eye holes. MARGO T HARRI S O N firstname.lastname@example.org
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TRUCKS, TAPS & TUNES: Each Wednesday, the green serves as the grounds for a mini festival featuring food trucks, a beer trailer and live bands. Essex Experience, 5-8 p.m. Free. Info, info@ doubleevermont.com.
See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘ANTARCTICA 3D: ON THE EDGE’: Viewers discover that a cold, icy land is stunning, still pristine and home to an incredible variety of life. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 12, 2 & 4 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $14.50-18; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848. ‘AUSTRALIA’S GREAT WILD NORTH 3D’: An educational and entertaining film takes viewers on an epic adventure through some of Earth’s wildest landscapes. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $14.50-18; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848. ‘DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA 3D’: Moviegoers join scientists on a journey through a surreal world of bug-eyed giants and egg-laying mammals. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National
Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 10:30 a.m., 12:30, 2:30 & 4:30 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $14.50-18; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848. ‘HER SOCIALIST SMILE’: Helen Keller’s radical views and activism are excavated from the annals of forgotten history in this documentary presented by the Vermont International Film Foundation. $12; free for VTIFF All Access and Patron members. Info, 660-2600. ‘A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN’: Lovers of the classic baseball comedy enjoy a free screening. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. ‘PLATFORM’: The Vermont International Film Festival presents for online viewing the true story of three Iranian sisters working to become martial arts masters. Through August 31. $12; free for VTIFF All Access and Patron members. Info, 660-2600. ‘SEA MONSTERS 3D’: Audience members get up close and personal with some of the dinosaur age’s most fearsome marine reptiles. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 11:30 a.m., 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $14.50-18; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848. ‘THERE IS NO EVIL’: Shot in secret and smuggled out of Iran, this anthology film tells the stories of four men faced with
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food & drink
BROCCOLI BAR HAPPY HOUR: Foodies top off their Pingala Café vegan meals with Sisters of Anarchy Ice Cream scoops, as well as friendly games of Frisbee golf. Fisher Brothers Farm, Shelburne, 5-8 p.m. Prices vary. Info, 846-7370. THE HUNT: Clue packets provided by the Vermont Cheese Council send culinary sleuths to various Vermont regions to explore art, history, the outdoors and, of course, cheeses. Various locations statewide. Free. Info, email@example.com. LEDDY PARK BEACH BITES: Lakeside picnickers enjoy food truck fare, a beer garden, kids’ activities and live entertainment. Attendees on two wheels make use of the free bike valet service. Leddy Park, Burlington, 5-8 p.m. Free. Info, 864-0123. MARKET ON THE GREEN: Meat, cheese, ice cream and veggies are among the local products available for purchase at this weekly marketplace. Woodstock Village Green, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 457-3555. WEEKLY WINE TASTING: Themed in-store tastings take oenophiles on an adventure through a wine region, grape variety, style of wine or producer’s offerings. Dedalus Wine Shop, Market & Wine Bar, Burlington, 5-8 p.m. Free. Info, 865-2368.
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health & fitness
ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION EXERCISE PROGRAM: Those in need of an easy-on-the-joints workout gather for an hour of calming, low-impact movement. United Community Church, St. Johnsbury, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 751-0431. CHAIR YOGA: Waterbury Public Library instructor Diana Whitney leads at-home participants in gentle stretches supported by seats. 10 a.m. Free. Info, 244-7036. FALL PREVENTION SUN-STYLE TAI CHI: Humans boost their strength and balance through gentle flowing movements. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-3322. TAI CHI: SUN-STYLE 73: A sequence of slow, controlled motions aids in strength and balance. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 11:20 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 223-3322.
BCA SUMMER CONCERTS: ERIC GEORGE: Original folk songs from the 2021 album Valley of the Heart find eager ears. Burlington City Hall Park, 12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7166. ECHO SUMMER MUSIC SERIES: THE BREVITY THING: Listeners groove to acoustic rock, folk and blues stylings. ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $5-10; free for kid members; cash bar. Info, 864-1848. LIVE MUSIC ON THE LAWN: MOOSE CROSSING: Concertgoers soak up the smooth jazz stylings of the family-friendly Vermont band. Bolton Valley Resort, 6:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, 434-3444. MIDDLEBURY SUMMER FESTIVAL ON-THE-GREEN: TREETOP MANSION: The eclectic quintet lays down luscious vibes recalling 1960s psychedelia and 1990s rock. Middlebury Green, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 462-3555. MUSIC ON THE HILL: BRIAN COOK BAND: Musical boundaries are no match for the Vermont native, who plays a mix of rock, pop, soul, R&B, country and folk selections. Picnics are welcome. ArtisTree Community Arts Center & Gallery, South Pomfret, 6:30 p.m. $5; free for kids under 5. Info, 457-3500. TERRIBLE MOUNTAIN STRING BAND: Fiddling sisters Ida Mae and Lila Specker throw down a fresh, rambunctious folk spectacle. Mediterranean Mix serves food. Martha Pellerin & Andy Shapiro Memorial Bandstand, Middlesex, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 272-4920. VILLAGE HARMONY TEEN WORLD MUSIC ENSEMBLE: Youthful virtuosos perform a globe-spanning program for picnickers. South Hero Congregational Church, 4 p.m. Donations. Info, 372-4962.
BUTTERFLY BONANZA: If you plant it, they will come!
Participants peep the winged insects that visit the park’s perennial and wildflower gardens. Little River State Park, Waterbury, 1 p.m. $2-4; free for kids 3 and under; preregister; call to confirm. Info, 244-7103. LET IT GROW: A guided tour of the river’s habitat restoration area reveals how removing invasive plants yields wildflower gardens that attract pollinators, birds and dragonflies. B-Side Beach, Little River State Park, Waterbury, 1:30 p.m. $2-4; free for kids 3 and under; call to confirm. Info, 244-7103.
ROCKIN’ THE GREEN MOUNTAINS: Outdoor adventurers take a guided walk at the foot of the mountains. Waterbury Dam crest, Little River State Park, Waterbury, 11 a.m. $2-4; free for kids 3 and under; call to confirm. Info, 244-7103.
‘GUYS AND DOLLS’: The Very Merry Theatre arrives in Burlington for three indoor performances of the classic musical. Very Merry Theatre, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, info@ verymerrytheatre.org.
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, 2 p.m. $2-4; free for kids 3 and under; preregister; call to confirm. Info, 244-7103.
‘CLOSE (BUT NOT TOO CLOSE!)’: Presented by Project Y Theatre and the Women in Theatre Festival, this new musical takes audience members on a comedic journey into the world of online dating in the coronavirus era. Donations. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org.
MORRISVILLE COMMUNITY GARDEN TOURS: Attendees of the weekly music series wander over for complementary tours of the local garden plots. Oxbow Park, Morrisville, 5-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, email@example.com.
‘AN ILIAD’: A solitary storyteller interweaves contemporary references into a distillation of Homer’s epic poem in this Obie Award-winning solo show. Weston Playhouse Second Stage at Walker Farm, 2 p.m. $50-74. Info, 824-5288.
MUSHROOMS DEMYSTIFIED: Fungi fanatics learn about different varieties — fabulous and fearsome alike — found throughout the park. Little River State Park, Waterbury, 2 p.m. $2-4; free for kids ages 3 and under; call to confirm. Info, 244-7103. OWL PROWL & NIGHT GHOST HIKE: Flashlight holders spy denizens of dusk on a journey to 19th-century settlement ruins, where spooky Vermont tales await. History Hike lot, Little River State Park, Waterbury, 7 p.m. $24; free for kids 3 and under; call to confirm. Info, 244-7103.
‘LISTEN UP’: The ambitious musical based on the true stories of Vermont teens plays on the NVU rugby field. Northern Vermont University-Lyndon, Lyndonville, 7:30 p.m. $15-20. Info, 888-757-5559. ‘POPCORN FALLS’: Two actors play more than 20 townsfolk trying to stage a play to save their failing city in this feel-good comedy presented by Vermont Stage. Isham Family Farm, Williston, 6:30 p.m. $40. Info, 862-1497.
‘SEUSSICAL’: Weston Young Company performers captivate audience members with a stage adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ zany tale. Giorgetti Park, Rutland, 6 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 824-5288.
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A DAY FOR PEACE: Activists commemorate the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with a day of art, origami and storytelling. Dr. John Reuwer leads a discussion at 7:30 p.m., followed by a screening of Dr. Strangelove. Burlington City Hall Park, 1-10 p.m. Free. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org.
SWIFT NIGHT OUT: BURLINGTON: Birders and conservationists join Audubon Vermont in their Chimney Swift Recovery Project. Switchback Brewing Co., Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 434-3068.
FEAST & FIELD MARKET: Prepared foods and East African music by Zikina are on the menu at a pastoral party. Food and bar service begin, 5:30 p.m.; music begins, 6 p.m. Fable Farm Fermentory, Barnard, 5:30 p.m.
$5-20; preregister; limited space. Info, email@example.com. SOBU NITE OUT: Friends, families and neighbors mingle amid live music and mouthwatering cuisine. Veterans Memorial Park, South Burlington, 5-8 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4107.
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‘XANADU’: Talented local teens take to the outdoor stage in a sardonic rendition of the campy cult musical. 413 Carpenter Rd., Charlotte, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 355-1031.
MELISSA ERDELAC: The author teaches home cooks how to go wheatless on a budget at the Phoenix Books virtual book launch of Frugal Gluten-Free Cooking: 60 Family Favorite Recipes That Won’t Break the Bank. 7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 448-3350.
FRANKLIN COUNTY FIELD DAYS: Fairgoers go wild for fireworks, poker tournaments, drag racing, live music from Jamie Lee Thurston, rides, food and games galore. Franklin County Field Days Site, Highgate, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. $15. Info, 238-4904.
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through downtown to compete for a prize from American Institute of Architects Vermont. Clue sheets available online or at Brooks Memorial Library. Various Brattleboro locations. Free. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org.
health & fitness
ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION EXERCISE PROGRAM: See WED.4. FALL PREVENTION SUN-STYLE TAI CHI: See WED.4, 10-10:45 a.m.
QUEER CRITICAL MASS: No matter their skill level, riders hop in the saddle for a 4- to 8-mile bike ride in the Capital City. Masks and helmets are required. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 6 p.m. Free. Info, email@example.com.
‘DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA 3D’: See WED.4.
HISTORY OF THE PARANORMAL EXHIBIT: Prominent wraith whisperer Brian J. Cano leads admirers of the unearthly in lessons and after-dark ghost hunts. Wilson Castle, Proctor, 7 & 10 p.m. $20-150. Info, 773-3284.
‘HER SOCIALIST SMILE’: See WED.4.
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CONCERTS IN THE COURTYARD: MARK & JILL: The blues duo blends the sounds of Texas and New Orleans. The Avocado Pit serves sustenance and museum educators lead kids’ activities. Bennington Museum, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 447-1571.
‘ANTARCTICA 3D: ON THE EDGE’: See WED.4. ‘AUSTRALIA’S GREAT WILD NORTH 3D’: See WED.4.
‘PLATFORM’: See WED.4. ‘SEA MONSTERS 3D’: See WED.4. SUNSET SERIES AT SWIFT HOUSE INN/SUMMER OF SCORSESE: ‘GOODFELLAS’: Picnic dinners and drinks prime cinephiles for an al fresco screening of this 1990 biographical drama following Henry Hill’s involvement in the Italian-American crime syndicate. Swift House Inn, Middlebury, 8:30 p.m. $16; $70 for series pass. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org. ‘THERE IS NO EVIL’: See WED.4.
food & drink
THE HUNT: See WED.4. MAVERICK MARKET: High-quality products from Vermont artisans, as well as food truck fare and live music, populate a weekly bazaar. Essex Experience, 3:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 238-3934. MUSIC WHILE YOU PICK: THE BUCK HOLLERS: The fun-loving heartland rock outfit keeps things lively as locavores harvest fresh blueberries. BYO picnic and drinks. Owl’s Head Blueberry Farm, Richmond, 5-8 p.m. Minimum purchase of two quarts per adult; $6 per quart. Info, 434-3387. VERGENNES FARMERS MARKET: Local foods, crafts and hot eats spice up Thursday afternoons. Vergennes City Park, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 233-9180.
THROWDOWN THURSDAYS: Live music sets the tone as adults vie for prizes in games of cornhole and disc golf. Sugarbush Resort, Warren, 5-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 583-6590.
POP-UP HAPPY HOUR: Locals connect over drinks at a speakeasy-style bar. Hosted by OUT in the 802. Lincolns, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 860-7812.
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Following stops in Texas, Louisiana, Washington, D.C., and other communities across the country, the roadtripping tour of Foglifter Press’ Home Is Where You Queer Your Heart pulls up at the Pride Center of Vermont for an evening of readings and celebration. Featuring essays, stories, poems and art by queer and trans creatives contemplating the concept of home in an often unkind world, this new anthology honors the front porches and chosen families that shape an identity. Phoenix Books sells copies of the collection and the participating authors’ other books on-site. Readers include Saul Lelchuk, Holly Painter, Alison Prine, Chris Vaccaro and other special guests.
QUEER HOME COOKOUT TOUR Monday, August 9, 6:30-9 p.m., at Pride Center of Vermont in Burlington. Free. Info, 860-7812. pridecentervt.org
ATOM & THE ORBITS: 1950s rock and roll meets Louisiana dance hall for an evening of open-air boogeying. Old Schoolhouse Common, Marshfield, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. HUNGER MOUNTAIN CO-OP BROWN BAG SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: SABOUYOUMA: City folk on their lunch breaks enjoy an Afro-funk adventure courtesy of the beloved Vermont band. Christ Episcopal Church, Montpelier, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 279-2236. MAIN STREET LIVE: Vermont Jazz Trio and guests soundtrack an evening of exploring all the wining, dining, sipping and shopping the village has to offer. Stowe Village Green, 5-8 p.m. Free. Info, email@example.com. MIDDLEBURY SUMMER FESTIVAL ON-THE-GREEN: BEG, STEAL OR BORROW: The acclaimed bluegrass joint lets loose their Appalachian-influenced instrumentals. Middlebury Green, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 462-3555. PARKAPALOOZA: NINA SKLAR & THE WEATHER BIRDS: The local band stops by this family-friendly outdoor concert series, where the venue features a 100-foot Slip ’N Slide. Hubbard Park, Montpelier,
5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 225-8699. PEDRO GIRAUDO TANGO QUARTET: The virtuoso bassist and his band deliver their singular sound out on the lawn. Courtyard Café, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 603-646-2422. SUMMERVALE: REID PARSONS: The blues singer and her band feature at this celebration of farms, food, family and friends. Intervale Center, Burlington, 5:308 p.m. Free. Info, 660-0440.
TOUR OF 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, 1 p.m. $2-4; free for kids 3 and under; call to confirm. Info, 244-7103.
STOWE LAND TRUST ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT: Teams of four compete in an 18-hole tournament. West Hills Golf Club, Stowe, Registration, 11 a.m.; tee time, noon. $195; limited space. Info, 696-2251.
VERMONT LAW SCHOOL’S HOT TOPICS IN ENVIRONMENTAL LAW LECTURE SERIES: Civil Eats senior policy reporter Lisa Held shines a light on “The Corporate Capture of Agricultural Climate ‘Solutions.’” Noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, ccollins@ vermontlaw.edu.
‘GUYS AND DOLLS’: See WED.4, 1-3 p.m. ‘CLOSE (BUT NOT TOO CLOSE!)’: See WED.4. ‘AN ILIAD’: See WED.4, 7:30 p.m. ‘LISTEN UP’: See WED.4. ‘POPCORN FALLS’: See WED.4. ‘ROCKIN’ IN THE USA!’: Re-Creation puts on a songand-dance extravaganza for veterans and their community. Briggs Opera House, White River Junction, 6 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 295-9363. ‘SEUSSICAL’: See WED.4. Shelburne Museum, 1 p.m. ‘WORKING: A MUSICAL’: The Tony-nominated show comes to the Champlain Valley with songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, James Taylor and others. Depot Theatre, Westport N.Y., 5 p.m. $25-34. Info, 518-962-4449.
VERMONT BE TRUE YOGA FESTIVAL: Yogis get their stretch on during this three-day fest raising funds for a nonprofit that offers health and wellness services to people in need. Milldale Farm Center for Wellness, Fairlee, 1 p.m. $100. Info, 522-2116.
See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘ANTARCTICA 3D: ON THE EDGE’: See WED.4. ‘AUSTRALIA’S GREAT WILD NORTH 3D’: See WED.4. ‘DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA 3D’: See WED.4. ‘HER SOCIALIST SMILE’: See WED.4. ‘MARTIN EDEN’: Director Jay Craven discusses his romantic adaptation of the Jack London novel after an outdoor screening. Hotel Coolidge, White River Junction, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 908-229-3820. ‘PLATFORM’: See WED.4. ‘SEA MONSTERS 3D’: See WED.4. ‘THERE IS NO EVIL’: See WED.4.
food & drink
THE HUNT: See WED.4. POP-UP ART CAFÉ: Art and live music meet tapas and wine at a cultural convergence hosted by Gallery on the Green owners Chip and Opal Evans. Soulfully Good Café, Woodstock, 6-9 p.m. Cost of food and drink; preregister. Info, 457-7395. RICHMOND FARMERS MARKET: An open-air marketplace featuring live music connects cultivators and fresh-food browsers. Volunteers Green, Richmond, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, info@ richmondfarmersmarketvt.org.
BCA SUMMER CONCERTS: ANNA MAY: Alternative Americana tunes carry from an al fresco stage. Burlington City Hall Park, 12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7166.
JACKSON GORE SUMMER MUSIC SERIES: STUDIO TWO: The Beatles tribute band takes the stage with songs from the preSgt. Pepper era. Jackson Gore Inn, Okemo Mountain Resort, Ludlow, 6-9 p.m. Free. Info, 228-1600. MIDDLEBURY SUMMER FESTIVAL ON-THE-GREEN: LOW LILY: The internationally applauded string band closes out a week of live music under the stars. Middlebury Green, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 462-3555. MORETOWN OPEN MIC: Family-friendly music, short plays and spoken-word pieces entertain audience members. 7-10 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org. MUSIC BY THE RIVER: MARCIE HERNANDEZ: The Latin indie folk singer-songwriter tugs heartstrings on the shores of the Ottauquechee. East End Park, Woodstock, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 457-3981. MYRA FLYNN: The soulful singersongwriter serenades at an al fresco dinner show. Picnics available for preorder. Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, 6:30 p.m. $8-20. Info, 533-2000. PARTY SOBER VT!: The Josh West Duo, Cricket Blue, DJ cRAIG mITCHELL, Zack Dupont and Tom Pearo rock the night away to celebrate Vermonters in recovery from substance use disorder. Burlington City Hall Park, 4-9 p.m. Free. Info, 861-3150. TWIDDLE: The jam quartet and guests pitch an invigorating show in support of organizations combating the opioid crisis. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, 6:30 p.m. $49-79. Info, 652-0777.
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VILLAGE HARMONY TEEN WORLD MUSIC ENSEMBLE: See WED.4. Lake Shaftsbury State Park, 6 p.m.
FRIDAY NIGHT DINGHY RACING: Serious skippers sail around Lake Champlain in this friendly competition series. Prior sailing knowledge required; Community Sailing Center, Burlington, signup, 4:30 p.m.; rigging begins, 5:30 p.m.; first gun, 6 p.m. Free; limited space. Info, 864-2499.
JANE AUSTEN TALK: The inn’s Persuasion-themed weekend kicks off with an informal lecture on the Royal Navy as Wentworth would have known it. Dessert included. Governor’s House in Hyde Park, 8-10 p.m. $15. Info, 888-6888. WEEKLY DISCUSSIONS ON CURRENT EVENTS: Newsworthy subjects take the spotlight in this informal discussion led by Sandy Baird. Meet on the library lawn. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, email@example.com.
‘ALIEN: THE STAGE SHOW’: Horror and hilarity ensue when the Phantom All-Stars bring this classic blockbuster to the stage. Phantom Theater, Edgcomb Barn, Warren, 8-10 p.m. Donations. Info, 496-5997. ‘GUYS AND DOLLS’: See WED.4. ‘CLOSE (BUT NOT TOO CLOSE!)’: See WED.4. ‘HMS PINAFORE’: Gilbert and Sullivan’s whimsical musical masterpiece opens the theater season. Unadilla Theatre, Marshfield, 7:30 p.m. $10-25. Info, 456-8968. ‘AN ILIAD’: See WED.4, 7:30 p.m. ‘OLIVER, JR.’: Full Circle Theater brings Victorian England to life with its rendition of the Dickensian musical. Homer Knight Barn, Island Arts Center, North Hero, 7 p.m. $10-15. Info, 372-8889. ‘POPCORN FALLS’: See WED.4. ‘SEUSSICAL’: See WED.4. Weston Playhouse Second Stage at Walker Farm, 1 p.m. ‘UMMA’: A young woman struggles to open a record store in 1970s Brooklyn in this award-winning student play. Warner Bentley Theater, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover N.H., 8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 603-646-2422. ‘WORKING: A MUSICAL’: See THU.5, 7:30 p.m. ‘XANADU’: See THU.5.
VIRTUAL POETRY HOUR: Lit lovers bring a few of their favorite poems for an hour of sharing, discussing and celebrating works of verse. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 439-5338.
FRIENDS OF ILSLEY LIBRARY BOOK SALE: Bookworms get bargains galore at this blowout benefiting library programs. Middlebury Town Offices, 11 a.m.2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 272-2111.
COURTESY OF VERMONT CORN MAZE
AUG. 7 | GAMES
‘AN ILIAD’: See WED.4, 7:30 p.m. ‘LISTEN UP’: See WED.4. Dresden Athletic Fields, Hartford, 7:30 p.m.
fairs & festivals
‘OLIVER, JR.’: See FRI.6, 2 & 7 p.m. ‘OUR DOMESTIC RESURRECTION CIRCUS’: An offbeat Bread and Puppet Theater production draws on traditional circus tropes to pull attention to the urgent issues of the day. Bread and Puppet Theater, Glover, 3 p.m. $10. Info, breadandpuppetreservations@ gmail.com.
FRANKLIN COUNTY FIELD DAYS: See THU.5, 8 a.m.-11 p.m. INCREDIBLE INSECT FESTIVAL: Armchair entomologists spend the day crafting, exploring bug safaris, and interacting with live caterpillars, bees and dragonflies. Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular admission, $15-17.50; free for members and kids 3 and under. Info, 802-359-5000.
MINTACULAR 2021: Rutland’s makerspace celebrates its birthday with an extravaganza of demonstrations, libations and family-friendly fun. The MINT: Rutland’s Makerspace, 1-4 p.m. Free. Info, 772-7087. SUMMER DOG PARTY!: Fourlegged friends and their people take over the mountaintop and enjoy live music, food and the great outdoors. Dog Mountain, St. Johnsbury, noon-4 p.m. Free. Info, 800-449-2580. VERMONT BE TRUE YOGA FESTIVAL: See FRI.6, 10 a.m.
See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. 40TH ANNIVERSARY ASBURY SHORTS FILM CONCERT: Cinema savants enjoy a medley of classic featurettes and recent festival darlings. Briggs Opera House, White River Junction, 1:30 & 7 p.m. $10-15. Info, 478-0191. ‘ANTARCTICA 3D: ON THE EDGE’: See WED.4. ‘AUSTRALIA’S GREAT WILD NORTH 3D’: See WED.4. ‘DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA 3D’: See WED.4. ‘HER SOCIALIST SMILE’: See WED.4. ‘PLATFORM’: See WED.4. ‘SEA MONSTERS 3D’: See WED.4. ‘THERE IS NO EVIL’: See WED.4. ‘WILD ORCHIDS’: Composer Jeff Rapsis improvises a live score to a silent 1929 romantic thriller starring Greta Garbo. Brandon Town Hall, 7 p.m. Donations. Info, 603-236-9237.
food & drink
BURLINGTON FARMERS MARKET: Dozens of stands overflow with seasonal produce, flowers, artisan
SEVEN DAYS AUGUST 4-11, 2021
‘CLOSE (BUT NOT TOO CLOSE!)’: See WED.4. ‘HMS PINAFORE’: See FRI.6.
HISTORY OF THE PARANORMAL EXHIBIT: See FRI.6, 8 p.m.
LAKE CHAMPLAIN DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL: Persevering paddlers take to the lake in support of Dragonheart Vermont’s programming for breast cancer survivors. Waterfront Park, Burlington, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 999-5478.
and “Seismic Change,” the two student-written winners of the Eleanor Frost Playwright Competitions. Warner Bentley Theater, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 603-646-2422.
‘POPCORN FALLS’: See WED.4, 6:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. ‘SEUSSICAL’: See FRI.6. ‘WORKING: A MUSICAL’: See THU.5, 7:30 p.m.
‘XANADU’: See THU.5.
If you build it, the live action role players, or LARPers, will come. Intrepid wizards, bards and knights dressed in their fantasy finest arrive at the Great Vermont Corn Maze for LARP Day: Epic Journey of Cornfusion. Each participant receives a Journey Bag containing Dice of Fate, Battle Cubes, maze coins and vouchers for trading with fellow adventurers. But danger waits around every turn as players face off against bridge trolls, time vortexes and other adversaries while seeking the three Journey Stones and trying to escape New England’s largest labyrinth intact.
VERMONT OPEN FARM WEEK: A week-long celebration of local food origins offers various venues for hands-on farm activities, with music and tasty treats. Various locations statewide. Free; fee for some activities. Info, diginvt@ vermontfresh.net.
Saturday, August 7, 9 a.m., at the Great Vermont Corn Maze in Danville. $25. Info, 748-1399. vermontcornmaze.com
wares and prepared foods. 345 Pine St., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, manager@burlingtonfarmers market.org. CRAFTSBURY FARMERS MARKET: Food, drink, crafts and familyfriendly entertainment are on the menu at this emporium of local merchandise. Craftsbury Common, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 755-9030. THE HUNT: See WED.4. POP-UP ART CAFÉ: See FRI.6. WAITSFIELD FARMERS MARKET: A bustling bazaar boasts seasonal produce, prepared foods, artisan crafts and live entertainment. Mad River Green, Waitsfield, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, waitsfield firstname.lastname@example.org. WEEKLY WINE TASTING: See WED.4. Dedalus Wine Shop, Market & Wine Bar, Stowe, noon-4 p.m. Free. Info, 585-7717.
ARCHITECTURAL SCAVENGER HUNT: See FRI.6. BOARD & TABLETOP GAMES: Lifelong gamer Vinni Yasi hosts a morning of fun and strategy for teen and adult players. Waterbury Public Library, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 802-244-7036. LARP DAY: Fearless adventurers suit up to conquer the ultimate quest: Escaping New England’s largest labyrinth. Great Vermont
Corn Maze, Danville, 9 a.m. $25. Info, 748-1399. See calendar spotlight.
health & fitness
FALL PREVENTION SUN STYLE TAI CHI: See WED.4. Father Lively Center, St. Johnsbury, 10-11 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 751-0431.
NIGHTSHADE FESTIVAL: Overhand Sam, Father Figuer and a smorgasbord of other musical mavericks bring the barn roof down. Nightshade Kitchen serves food. Red Barn Gardens, Williston, 3 p.m. $15. Info, 707-291-4283. TWIDDLE: See FRI.6. VERMONT ROOTS ROADSHOW: The musical stylings of some of Vermont’s finest bluegrass bands deliver a rollicking night of revelry. Magic Mountain, Londonderry, 4-10 p.m. Free. Info, 824-5645.
MAKING TRACKS, SEEING SKINS & SKULLS: See WED.4. MISSISQUOI PADDLE PEDAL: Cyclists and scullers assemble on the river for a day of classes, races and relays. Downtown Richford, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $10-20. Info, 496-2285. MUSHROOMS DEMYSTIFIED: See WED.4.
OWL PROWL & NIGHT GHOST HIKE: See WED.4. STARRY STARRY NIGHT: Educators from the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium lead a stargazing cruise aboard the Northern Star steamship. Lake Memphremagog, Newport, 8:30 p.m. $49.94. Info, 487-0234. STREAM SAFARI: Dip nets in hand, nature lovers survey shady waterways. History Hike parking area, Little River State Park, Waterbury, 2:30 p.m. $2-4; free for kids 3 and under; call to confirm. Info, 244-7103.
POINT TO POINT: Now in its 20th year, this riding and running event raises funds for the Vermont Foodbank. Vermont Statehouse lawn, Montpelier, noon-7 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, email@example.com. VERMONT LAKE MONSTERS: The Green Mountain State’s Futures Collegiate Baseball League team faces the Nashua Silver Knights. Centennial Field, Burlington, 6:05 p.m. $5-16. Info, 655-4200.
‘ALIEN: THE STAGE SHOW’: See FRI.6. THE 2021 FROST ONE-ACTS: Audiences appreciate staged readings of “The Other Girls”
#BTVFLEA: Marketgoers browse a multifarious mix of local artwork and vintage household goods. Vintage Inspired Lifestyle Marketplace, Burlington, noon-4 p.m. Free. Info, 488-5766. STOWE HOME & GARDEN MARKET: Horticulturalists and homemakers descend on stalls selling decor for indoors and out. Springer-Miller Center, Stowe, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 793-5241.
VETS TOWN HALL: Veterans share stories about their time in service, while community members listen. Godnick Adult Center, Rutland, 1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org.
MOON MEDITATION WITH HARP: River Buffum and Judi Byron lead an evening of contemplation and soothing strains under the moonlight. Waterbury Public Library, 8-8:45 p.m. Free. Info, 244-7036. SENSORY-FRIENDLY SUNDAY: Folks of all ages with sensory processing differences have the museum all to themselves, featuring adjusted lights and sounds and trusty sensory backpacks. ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 9-10 a.m. Free. Info, email@example.com.
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fairs & festivals
VERMONT BE TRUE YOGA FESTIVAL: See FRI.6.
the 3,000 people who built the Waterbury Dam. Camp Smith Trail parking area, Little River State Park, Waterbury, 1 p.m. $2-4; free for kids 3 and under; call to confirm. Info, 244-7103.
TOUR OF WATERBURY DAM: See THU.5, 11 a.m.
FRANKLIN COUNTY FIELD DAYS: See THU.5, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘ANTARCTICA 3D: ON THE EDGE’: See WED.4. ‘AUSTRALIA’S GREAT WILD NORTH 3D’: See WED.4. ‘DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA 3D’: See WED.4. ‘HER SOCIALIST SMILE’: See WED.4.
VERMONT LAKE MONSTERS: See SAT.7, 5:05 p.m.
THE 2021 FROST ONE-ACTS: See SAT.7, 4 p.m. ‘CLOSE (BUT NOT TOO CLOSE!)’: See WED.4.
VERMONT OPEN FARM WEEK: See SUN.8.
See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘ANTARCTICA 3D: ON THE EDGE’: See WED.4. ‘AUSTRALIA’S GREAT WILD NORTH 3D’: See WED.4. ‘DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA 3D’: See WED.4.
‘HMS PINAFORE’: See FRI.6.
‘HER SOCIALIST SMILE’: See WED.4.
‘PLATFORM’: See WED.4.
‘LISTEN UP’: See SAT.7.
‘PLATFORM’: See WED.4.
‘SEA MONSTERS 3D’: See WED.4.
‘OLIVER, JR.’: See FRI.6, 2 p.m.
‘SEA MONSTERS 3D’: See WED.4.
‘THERE IS NO EVIL’: See WED.4.
‘OUR DOMESTIC RESURRECTION CIRCUS’: See SAT.7.
‘THERE IS NO EVIL’: See WED.4.
food & drink
THE HUNT: See WED.4. WINOOSKI FARMERS MARKET: Families shop for fresh produce, honey, meats, coffee and prepared foods from seasonal vendors at an outdoor marketplace. Champlain Mill Green, Winooski, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, farmers firstname.lastname@example.org.
ARCHITECTURAL SCAVENGER HUNT: See FRI.6.
ANBESSA ORCHESTRA: Next Stage Arts presents a night with the seven-piece Ethiopianinspired funk band and guest Gili Yalo. Cooper Field, Putney, 5-7 p.m. $20; free for kids under 12. Info, 451-0053. 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, burlington email@example.com. LEVITT AMP ST. JOHNSBURY MUSIC SERIES: MIKE MAINS & THE BRANCHES: Hailing from Michigan, the indie rock outfit garners new fans in the Green Mountain State. Dog Mountain, St. Johnsbury, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. MODEST MOUSE: The indie rock favorites stun with selections from their long-awaited seventh studio album. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. $49.50-53.50. Info, 652-0777. SIX SUNDAYS IN CHELSEA: Townsfolk enjoy an afternoon of live music, art, dance and Sweet Doe gelato in historic downtown. North Common, Chelsea, noon-3 p.m. Free. Info, 685-4866.
‘POPCORN FALLS’: See WED.4, 2 p.m. ‘UMMA’: See FRI.6. ‘WORKING: A MUSICAL’: See THU.5, 3 p.m. ‘XANADU’: See THU.5.
BACK ROADS READINGS: MARY RUEFLE & JULIA ALVAREZ: Two poets join forces to read from their powerful work, followed by a reception and book signing. Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 633-4956. POEM TOWN RANDOLPH: Local poets David Cavanagh and Julie Cadwallader Staub read from their recent collections out under the trees. White River Craft Center, Randolph, 4 p.m. Free. Info, info@ whiterivercraftcenter.org.
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SUMMER POPS CONCERT: The Vermont Philharmonic returns for its first concert in 18 months, featuring joyful renditions of classical works and Broadway hits. Moose Meadow Lodge, Duxbury, 4 p.m. $5-20. Info, 244-5378.
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TOUR OF CCC CAMP SMITH: History hounds visit the remains of a 1930s work camp that housed
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food & drink
THE HUNT: See WED.4.
ARCHITECTURAL SCAVENGER HUNT: See FRI.6.
health & fitness
ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION EXERCISE PROGRAM: See WED.4.
QUEER HOME COOKOUT TOUR: The writers of the new anthology Home Is Where You Queer Your Heart stop in the Queen City as part of their nationwide tour. Pride Center of Vermont, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 860-7812. See calendar spotlight.
SAMBATUCADA OPEN REHEARSAL: Burlington’s own samba street percussion band welcomes new members. No experience or instruments required. Call to confirm location. 8 Space Studio Collective, Burlington, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 862-5017. VERGENNES CITY BAND: An allvolunteer community ensemble makes music on the green. Vergennes City Park, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 349-5906. VILLAGE HARMONY TEEN WORLD MUSIC ENSEMBLE: See WED.4. Volunteers Green, Richmond, 6 p.m.
‘CLOSE (BUT NOT TOO CLOSE!)’: See WED.4.
VERMONT OPEN FARM WEEK: See SUN.8.
DEVELOP A MINI BUSINESS PLAN FOR YOUR BUSINESS IN 90 MINUTES: Enterprising entrepreneurs outline their goals with help from Vermont Small Business Development Center experts. Rutland Regional Planning Commission, 9:30-11 a.m. & 121:30 p.m. Free. Info, 503-0219.
fairs & festivals
ADDISON COUNTY FAIR & FIELD DAYS: Vermont’s largest agricultural fair hosts horse shows, tractor pulls, kiddie rides and live entertainment. Addison County Fairgrounds, New Haven. $5-12; $15-45 for season pass; free for kids 5 and under. Info, 545-2557.
See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘ANTARCTICA 3D: ON THE EDGE’: See WED.4. ‘AUSTRALIA’S GREAT WILD NORTH 3D’: See WED.4. ‘DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA 3D’: See WED.4. ‘HER SOCIALIST SMILE’: See WED.4. ‘PLATFORM’: See WED.4. ‘SEA MONSTERS 3D’: See WED.4. ‘THERE IS NO EVIL’: See WED.4.
food & drink
THE HUNT: See WED.4. MUSIC WHILE YOU PICK: VT BLUEGRASS PIONEERS: The band’s classic bluegrass keeps spirits high as locavores harvest fresh blueberries and snack on Pie Empire’s meat and veggie pies. Owl’s Head Blueberry Farm, Richmond, 5-8 p.m. Minimum purchase of two quarts per adult; $6 per quart. Info, 434-3387.
MILITARY APPRECIATION NIGHT WITH THE LAKE MONSTERS: Active duty and retired military and their families get in free to watch Burlington’s home team face off against the Westfield Starfires. Centennial Field, Burlington, 7:05 p.m. $5-16; free for veterans, active military and their families. Info, 655-4200.
‘CLOSE (BUT NOT TOO CLOSE!)’: See WED.4. ‘LISTEN UP’: See WED.4. Landmark College, Putney, 7:30 p.m.
NANCY HAYES KILGORE: The Vermont Writers Prize-winning author launches Bitter Magic, her new historical novel about accused witch Isobel Gowdie, courtesy of the Vermont Book Shop. 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-2061.
VERMONT OPEN FARM WEEK: See SUN.8.
ARCHITECTURAL SCAVENGER HUNT: See FRI.6.
NEW MOON SACRED SISTERS CIRCLE: Women gather for meditation and magic at the start of a new lunar cycle. Oakledge Park, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. $15; limited space. Info, 518-350-08344.
health & fitness
fairs & festivals
FALL PREVENTION SUN-STYLE TAI CHI: See WED.4, 10-11 a.m.
PAUSE-CAFÉ FRENCH CONVERSATIONS: Francophones and French-language learners meet pour parler la belle langue. Burlington Bay Market & Café, 5 p.m. Free. Info, 343-5166.
ADDISON COUNTY FAIR & FIELD DAYS: See TUE.10. CELEBRATE THE ARTS AT WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE: River Arts, Wednesday Night Live, and Lamoille Neighbors come together to celebrate local art, music, poetry and ballet. Oxbow Park, Morrisville, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 888-1261. TRUCKS, TAPS & TUNES: See WED.4.
TUESDAY NIGHT LIVE: MARCIE HERNANDEZ: Latin rhythms enliven indie folk selections from the singer-songwriter’s debut album Amanecer. Legion Field, Johnson, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 730-2943.
TUNESDAYS: THE MICHELE FAY BAND: The bluegrass band arrives, banjos and mandolins in hand, for a night of live music on the farmstead. Pittsford Village Farm, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 989-0439.
‘AUSTRALIA’S GREAT WILD NORTH 3D’: See WED.4.
VERMONT’S FREEDOM & UNITY CHORUS REHEARSAL: Regardless of age, race or gender, singers lift their voices in songs that represent the ongoing struggle for justice. Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 6:45-8:45 p.m. $35. Info, vermontsfreedom firstname.lastname@example.org. VILLAGE HARMONY TEEN WORLD MUSIC ENSEMBLE: See WED.4. Knight Point State Park, North Hero, 6 p.m.
WEEKLY WINE TASTING: See WED.4.
ARCHITECTURAL SCAVENGER HUNT: See FRI.6.
health & fitness
ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION EXERCISE PROGRAM: See WED.4. CHAIR YOGA: See WED.4. FALL PREVENTION SUN-STYLE TAI CHI: See WED.4. TAI CHI: SUN-STYLE 73: See WED.4.
THE LARKSPURS: The Vermontbased Americana trio lets loose its ethereal harmonies and guitar solos. Mediterranean Mix serves food. Martha Pellerin & Andy Shapiro Memorial Bandstand, Middlesex, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 272-4920. MUSIC ON THE HILL: LEYEUX: Having studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Vermont singer-songwriter Jack Snyder integrates looping into his solo performances. Picnics are welcome. ArtisTree Community Arts Center & Gallery, South Pomfret, 6:30 p.m. $5; free for kids under 5. Info, 457-3500. VILLAGE HARMONY TEEN WORLD MUSIC ENSEMBLE: See WED.4. Elmore State Park, 6 p.m.
BUTTERFLY BONANZA: See WED.4. LET IT GROW: See WED.4. MAKING TRACKS, SEEING SKINS & SKULLS: See WED.4. MUSHROOMS DEMYSTIFIED: See WED.4. OWL PROWL & NIGHT GHOST HIKE: See WED.4. ROCKIN’ THE GREEN MOUNTAINS: See WED.4.
VERMONT LAKE MONSTERS: See TUE.10.
‘CLOSE (BUT NOT TOO CLOSE!)’: See WED.4.
See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section.
‘LISTEN UP’: See TUE.10.
‘ANTARCTICA 3D: ON THE EDGE’: See WED.4.
‘DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA 3D’: See WED.4. ‘HER SOCIALIST SMILE’: See WED.4. ‘PLATFORM’: See WED.4. ‘SEA MONSTERS 3D’: See WED.4. ‘THERE IS NO EVIL’: See WED.4.
food & drink
BROCCOLI BAR HAPPY HOUR: See WED.4. THE HUNT: See WED.4. LEDDY PARK BEACH BITES: See WED.4.
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1. Statutory parties: The municipality, the municipal planning commission, the regional planning commission, any adjacent municipality, municipal planning commission or regional planning commission if the project lands are located on a town boundary, and affected state agencies are entitled to party status.
The application can be viewed at the NRB web site (http://nrb.vermont.gov). From the menu, select “Act 250 Database.” Then, enter the Project Number “4C1274-1”.
2. Adjoining property owners and others: May participate as parties to the extent they have a particularized interest that may be affected by the proposed project under the ten criteria.
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PLACE AN AFFORDABLE NOTICE AT: SEVENDAYSVT.COM/LEGAL-NOTICES OR CALL 802-865-1020, EXT. 110. 111 West Street Essex Junction, VT 05452 802-879-5658 email@example.com Y:\NRB\Essex\DISTRICTS\DIST4\ PROJECTS\4C1251-4C1500\4C1274\4C1274-1\ Published Documents\District Commission Documents\4C1274-1 hearing notice.docx ACT 250 NOTICE MINOR APPLICATION #4C1144-7 10 V.S.A. §§ 6001 - 6093 On July 23, 2021, Camp Holdings, LLC, 78 Precast Road, Milton, VT 05468 filed application number 4C1144-7 for a project generally described as removal of an existing 3- bedroom home and construction of a 4,800 sf warehouse along with a gravel access drive and parking area. The project parcel includes an existing commercial building (19 Precast Road). The project is located at 3 Precast Road and 19 Precast Road in Milton, 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 “4C1144-7.” No hearing will be held and a permit may be issued unless, on or before August 20, 2021, 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 a hearing on its own motion. Any person as defined in 10 V.S.A. § 6085(c)(1) may request a hearing. Any hearing request must be in writing to the address below, must state the criteria or sub-criteria at issue, why a hearing is required and what additional evidence will be presented at the hearing. Any hearing request by an adjoining property owner or other person eligible for party status under 10 V.S.A. § 6085(c)(1)(E) must include a petition for party status under the Act 250 Rules. 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 may 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, and by no later than August 20, 2021.
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A public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday August 24, 2021 at 9:00AM at the Essex Junction District Office of the Agency of Natural Resources, 111 West Street, Essex Junction, Vermont. A site visit will be held before the hearing at 8:30AM at the site, meeting on the access road to the site at 123 Old Colchester Road in Essex, VT.
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If you plan on participating in the hearing on behalf of a group or organization, please bring: 1) a written description of the organization, its purposes, and the nature of its membership (T.10, § 6085(c)(2)(B)); 2) documentation that prior to the date of the hearing, you were duly authorized to speak for the organization; and 3) that the organization has articulated a position with respect to the Project’s impacts under specific Act 250 Criteria.
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ACT 250 NOTICE APPLICATION #4C1274-1 AND HEARING10 V.S.A. §§ 6001 - 6093 On June 18, 2021, A & C Realty, LLC, 31 Commerce Avenue, South Burlington, VT 05403 filed application #4C1274-1 for a project described as (1) 150,000 cy of bedrock removal, processing and shipment of material off-site; and (2) the construction of two additional 20,000 sf commerical buildings with associated site improvements. The project is located at 123 Old Colchester Road, in Essex, VT. This project will be evaluated by the District 4 Environmental Commission in accordance with the 10 environmental criteria of 10 V.S.A., § 6086(a).
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If you have a disability for which you need accommodation in order to participate in this process (including participating in a public hearing, if one is held), please notify us as soon as possible, in order to allow us as much time as possible to accommodate your needs. 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 that they have a particularized interest that may be affected by the proposed project under the Act 250 criteria. Non-party participants may also be allowed under 10 V.S.A. Section 6085(c)(5). Dated at Essex Junction, Vermont this 28th day of July, 2021. By: /s/ Stephanie H. Monaghan Stephanie H. Monaghan
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CITY OF BURLINGTON: IN THE YEAR TWO THOUSAND TWENTY ONE: A REGULATION IN RELATION TO RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE TRAFFIC COMMISSION— SECTION 7. NO PARKING AREAS. Sponsor(s): Department of Public Works Action: __Approved__ Date: _1/20/2021___ Attestation of Adoption: Phillip Peterson, EI Associate Engineer, Technical Services Published: 08/04/21 Effective: 08/25/21 It is hereby Ordained by the Public Works Commission of the City of Burlington as follows: That Appendix C, Rule and Regulations of the Traffic Commission, Section 7, No parking areas, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Burlington is hereby amended as follows: Section 7 No parking areas. No person shall park any vehicle at any time in the following locations: (1)-(568) As written. (569) On the east side of South Street, beginning at Holt Street and extending north to the driveway for 70 South Street. (570) On the west side of South Street, in the first and second spaces north of Glen Road. (571) On the east side of South Street beginning at Glen Road and extending north to the driveway for 46 South Street. (572) On the west side of Prospect Parkway, between the driveways for 194 Prospect Parkway and 204 Prospect Parkway. (573) On the east side of Prospect Parkway, beginning at Fairmont Street and extending north to the driveway for 201 Prospect Parkway. (574) On the north side of Fairmont Street, in the first space east of Prospect Parkway. (575)
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NOTICE OF TAX SALE The residents and non-resident owners, lien holders, and mortgagees of lands in the Town of Huntington, County of Chittenden and State of Vermont, are hereby notified that a levy upon the following described parcels of land has been asserted by the Town of Huntington through its Delinquent Tax Collector for taxes unpaid for the 2019-2020 tax year. Included with each description is the tax bill, which has been committed to the collector for collection as relates to the tax against each individual delinquent taxpayer. Said lands will be sold at public auction at the Town Clerk’s office in the Town of Huntington, on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at eleven o’clock in the forenoon, as shall be required to discharge such property taxes, with interest, costs, penalties and fees, unless previously paid. By virtue of the Tax Warrant and Levy and the tax bills committed to Brent Lamoureux, Delinquent Tax Collector for the Town of Huntington said Delinquent Tax Collector hereby levies against the parcels described below. Dated at Richmond, Vermont this 19th day of July, 2021. S/LAURA E. GORSKY, ESQ., Attorney for Brent Lamoureux, Delinquent Tax Collector, Town of Huntington, Vermont Laura E. Gorsky PLLC 13 East Main Street, P.O. Box 471 Richmond, VT 05477 (802) 434-3344 Telephone DESCRIPTION OF PARCELS
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Being a parcel of land said to contain 58.17 acres, more or less, and located at 3275 Camels Hump Road, Huntington, Vermont. Being all and the same lands and premises conveyed to Charles Atkinson Koskinen by Warranty Deed of Burrows Forest, LLC dated May 10, 2018 and recorded in Volume 111 at Page 394 of the Land Records of the Town of Huntington. Being Tax Parcel No.: 022170 (formerly No.: 022150). Parcel #2 Being a parcel of land with all improvements thereon located at 1425 Bert White Road, Huntington, Vermont. Being a portion of the same lands and premises conveyed to Markley E. Smith and Marijke Irene Smith by Warranty Deed of Richard T. Moore and Janet E. Moore dated April 17, 1967 and recorded in Volume 25 at Page 3 of the Land Records of the Town of Huntington. Being Tax Parcel No.: 016075. Reference is hereby made to the instruments aforementioned, and the records thereof, and the instruments therein referred to, and the records thereof, in further aid of this description. NOTE: Laura E. Gorsky PLLC and the Town of Huntington give no opinion or certification as to the marketability of title to the above-referenced properties as held by the current owner(s).
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Dated: 5/18/21 8/2/21 2:51 PM Signature of Fiduciary: /s/ Executor/Administrator: Donald Laberge, 4532 Greenbush Road, Charlotte, VT 05445 802-578-9983 Name of Publication: Seven Days Publication Date: 8/4/21 Name of Probate Court: Chittendend Probate Court Address of Probate Court: 175 Main St, Burlington, VT 05401 PUBLIC HEARING-COLCHESTER DEVELOPMENT REVIEW BOARD Pursuant to Title 24 VSA, Chapter 117, the Development Review Board will hold a public hearing on August 25, 2021 at the Town Office, 781 Blakely Road, to hear the following requests under the Development Regulations: a. ONE ARTS, INC. – Conditional Use Application under Table A-1, Use 7.800 to establish a large day care facility in the existing Malletts Bay Congregational Church serving 40 students in the Residential 2 (R2) District. Subject property is located at 1672 West Lakeshore Drive, tax map 53, parcel 44-1. The applications are available for review at the Municipal Offices located on 781 Blakely Road or online at colchestervt.gov. August 4, 2021
STATE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT PROBATE DIVISION CHITTENDEN UNIT DOCKET NO.: 21-PR-02661 In re ESTATE of Leo Laberge NOTICE TO CREDITORS
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To the creditors of: Kristina M. Oxholm, late of Shelburne I have been appointed to administer this estate. All creditors having claims against the decedent or the estate must present their claims in writing within four (4) months of the date of the first publication of this notice. The claim must be presented to me at the address listed below with
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Address of Court: Vermont Superior Court Probate Division 175 Main Street P.O. Box 511 Burlington, VT 05402 STATE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT PROBATE DIVISION CHITTENDEN UNIT DOCKET NO.: 21-PR-03292 In re ESTATE of Eric C. Davis NOTICE TO CREDITORS To the creditors of: Eric C. Davis, late of Burlington, Vermont. I have been appointed to administer this estate. All creditors having claims against the decedent or the estate must present their claims in writing within four (4) months of the date of the first publication of this notice. The claim must be presented to me at the address listed below with a copy sent to the Court. The claim may be barred forever if it is not presented within the four (4) month period. Dated: 6/4/21 Signature of Fiduciary: /s/ D. Dahline Executor/Adminstrator: Danielle Dahline, 20A Conger Ave., Burlington, VT 05401 802-595-9011 email@example.com Name of Publication: Seven Days Publication Date: August 4, 2021 Name of Probate Court: State of Vermont Chittenden Unit - Probate Division Address of Probate Court: PO Box 511, Burlington, VT 05402 STATE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT PROBATE DIVISION CHITTENDEN UNIT DOCKET NO.: 21-PR-03941 In re ESTATE of Charles Erdelyi NOTICE TO CREDITORS To the Creditors of: Charles Erdelyi late of Williston 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 the address listed below with a copy sent to the court. The claim may be barred forever if it is not presented within the four (4) month period. Dated: July 28, 2021 Signature of Fiduciary: /s/ Launa L. Slater Executor/Administrator: Elizabeth Marcus c/o Launa L. Slater, Jarrett & Luitjens, PLC 1795 Williston Rd., Suite 125, South Burlington, VT 05403 (802) 864-5951 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Name of Publication: Seven Days Publication Date: August 4, 2021 Name of Probate Court: Chittenden Probate Court Address of Probate Court: P.O. Box 511 Burlington, VT 05402-0511 STATE OF VERMONT VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT WASHINGTON COUNTY UNIT, CIVIL DIVISION DOCKET NO: 517-9-19 WNCV THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON, F/K/A THE BANK OF NEW YORK AS SUCCESSOR TO JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A. AS TRUSTEE FOR ASSET BACKED FUNDING CORPORATION, ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2005-HE1 v.
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PLACE AN AFFORDABLE NOTICE AT: SEVENDAYSVT.COM/LEGAL-NOTICES OR CALL 802-865-1020, EXT. 110. ROGER M. ANDREY AND TODD N. SEYMOUR OCCUPANTS OF: 1227 Roxbury Mountain Road, Warren VT MORTGAGEE’S NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE OF REAL PROPERTY UNDER 12 V.S.A. sec 4952 et seq. In accordance with the Judgment Order and Decree of Foreclosure entered January 6, 2020, in the above captioned action brought to foreclose that certain mortgage given by Roger M. Andrey to Option One Mortgage Corporation, dated December 16, 2004 and recorded in Book 170 Page 798 of the land records of the Town of Warren, of which mortgage the Plaintiff is the present holder, by virtue of the following Assignments of Mortgage: Assignment of Mortgage from Option One Mortgage Corporation to Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. as Trustee for ABFC Asset-Backed Certificates, Series 2005-HE1, dated June 6, 2008 and recorded in Book 196 Page 1; (2) Assignment of Mortgage from Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. as Trustee for ABFC AssetBacked Certificates, Series 2005-HE1 to JP Morgan Chase Bank, National Association, as Trustee for ABFC Asset-Backed Certificates, Series 2005-HE1, dated July 6, 2009 and recorded in Book 201 Page 544; (3) Corrective Assignment of Mortgage from Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. as Trustee for ABFC Asset-Backed Certificates, Series 2005-HE1 to JP Morgan Chase Bank, National Association, as Trustee for ABFC Asset-Backed Certificates, Series 2005-HE1, dated December 16, 2009 and recorded in Book 205 Page 115; (4) Assignment of Mortgage from JP Morgan Chase Bank, National Association, as Trustee for ABFC Asset-Backed Certificates, Series 2005-HE1 to The Bank of New York Mellon, as Trustee for ABFC 2005-HE1 Trust, ABFC Asset-Backed Certificates, Series 2005-HE1, dated April 20, 2011 and recorded in Book 211 Page 64; and (5) Assignment of Mortgage from The Bank of New York Mellon, as Trustee for ABFC 2005-HE1 Trust, ABFC Asset-Backed Certificates, Series 2005-HE1 to The Bank of New York Mellon, f/k/a The Bank of New York as Successor to JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. as Trustee for Asset Backed Funding Corporation, Asset Backed Certificates, Series 2005-HE1, dated May 28, 2015 and recorded in Book 234 Page 302, all of the land records of the Town of Warren, for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing the same will be sold at Public Auction at 1227 Roxbury Mountain Road, Warren, Vermont on September 1, 2021 at 10:00AM all and singular the premises described in said mortgage, To wit: Being all and the same lands and premises conveyed to Roger M. Andrey by Quit Claim Deed dated April 20, 2000 and October 2, 2000 and recorded at Book 134, Page 486 of the Town of Warren land Records. Being all and the same lands and premises conveyed to Roger M. Andrey by Warranty Deed of Papani Realty Trust dated September 5, 1986 and recorded in Book 79, Page 550 of the Town of Warren Land Records. Said lands and premises may be otherwise described as being Lot 18 of the Roth Farm Subdivision consisting of 3.5 acres, more or less, together with improvements thereon. 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. The mortgagor is entitled to redeem the premises at any time prior to the sale by paying the full amount due under the mortgage, including the costs and expenses of the sale. Other terms to be announced at the sale. DATED : July 21, 2021 By: __/s/ Rachel K. Ljunggren____________ Rachel K. Ljunggren, Esq. Bendett and McHugh, PC 270 Farmington Ave., Ste. 151 Farmington, CT 06032 STATE OF VERMONT VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT WASHINGTON UNIT, CIVIL DIVISION DOCKET NO: 320-10-20 WNCV NEWREZ LLC D/B/A SHELLPOINT MORTGAGE SERVICING v. CHERYL DUCHARME AND ROY L DUCHARME OCCUPANTS OF: 11 McHugh Road, Barre 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 June 17, 2021, in the above captioned action brought to foreclose that certain mortgage given by Cheryl Ducharme and Roy L Ducharme to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Homeland Mortgage Company, dated September 23, 2004 and recorded in Book 202 Page 452 of the land records of the Town of Barre, of which mortgage the Plaintiff is the present holder, by virtue of the following Assignments of Mortgage: (1) Assignment of Mortgage from Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Homeland Mortgage Company to Green Tree Servicing, LLC dated June 8, 2015 and recorded in Book 280 Page 480; (2) Assignment of Mortgage from Ditech Financial, LLC f/k/a Green Tree Servicing, LLC to New Residential, LLC dated February 20, 2020 and recorded in Book 308 Page 802; and (3) Assignment of Mortgage from New Residential Mortgage, LLC to NewRez LLC d/b/a Shellpoint Mortgage Servicing dated June 11, 2020 and recorded in Book 310 Page 746, all of the land records of the Town of Barre] for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing the same will be sold at Public Auction at 11 McHugh Road, Barre, Vermont on September 3, 2021 at 8:15 AM all and singular the premises described in said mortgage, To wit: A CERTAIN PIECE OF LAND IN THE TOWN OF BARRE, IN THE COUNTY OF WASHINGTON AND STATE OF VERMONT, DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS. BEING ALL THE SAME LAND AND PREMISES AS CONVEYED TO THE GRANTORS HEREIN BY WARRANTY DEED OF FAITH E. DEFORGE DATED NOVEMBER 14, 1975, AND RECORDED IN BOOK 68 PAGES 283-285 OF THE TOWN OF BARRE LAND RECORDS. THERE IS EXCEPTED AND RESERVED FROM THIS CONVEYANCE THE LAND AND PREMISES CONVEYED BY THE GRANTORS HEREIN BY THEIR WARRANTY DEED OF OCTOBER 16, 1988, TO PAUL K. MORRISON AND JOHN S. CLARK AND RECORDED IN BOOK 116, PAGE 254-255 OF THE LAND RECORDS OF BARRE TOWN.
PROPERTY ADDRESS: 11 McHUGH ROAD, BARRE TOWN, VT 056. 54 TAX.PARCEL 014-047.01 Reference is hereby made to the above instruments and to the records and references contained therein in further aid of this description. Terms of sale: Said premises will be sold and conveyed subject to all liens, encumbrances, unpaid taxes, tax titles, municipal liens and assessments, if any, which take precedence over the said mortgage above described. TEN THOUSAND ($10,000.00) Dollars of the purchase price must be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check at the time and place of the sale by the purchaser. The balance of the purchase price shall be paid by a bank wire, certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check within sixty (60) days after the date the Confirmation Order is entered by the Court. All checks should be made payable to “Bendett & McHugh, PC, as Trustee”. The mortgagor is entitled to redeem the premises at any time prior to the sale by paying the full amount due under the mortgage, including the costs and expenses of the sale. Other terms to be announced at the sale. DATED : July 21, 2021 By: ___/s/ Rachel K. Ljunggren___________ Rachel K. Ljunggren, Esq. Bendett and McHugh, PC 270 Farmington Ave., Ste. 151 Farmington, CT 06032 STATE OF VERMONT VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT WASHINGTON UNIT, CIVIL DIVISION DOCKET NO: 378-6-18 WNCV WILMINGTON SAVINGS FUND SOCIETY, FSB, D/B/A CHRISTIANA TRUST, NOT IN ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY BUT AS TRUSTEE OF SECURITIZED MORTGAGE ASSET LOAN TRUST 2015-1 v. MARK H. SAFFORD, DANIELLE M. SAFFORD AND CHRISTOPHER LAGERSTEDT OCCUPANTS OF: 2066 West Hill Road, Northfield 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 September 18, 2019 in the above captioned action brought to foreclose that certain mortgage given by Mark H. Safford and Danielle M. Safford to Bank of America, N.A., dated October 20, 2006 and recorded in Book 169 Page 77 of the land records of the Town of Northfield, of which mortgage the Plaintiff is the present holder, by virtue of the following Assignments of Mortgage: (1) an assignment of mortgage from Bank of America, N.A. to Wilmington Savings Fund Society, FSB, d/b/a Christiana Trust, not in its individual capacity but as Trustee of HLSS Mortgage Master Trust II dated December 29, 2014 and recorded in Book 204 Page 786 and (2) an assignment of mortgage from Wilmington Savings Fund Society, FSB, d/b/a Christiana Trust, not in its individual capacity but as Trustee of HLSS Mortgage Master Trust II to Securitized Mortgage Asset Loan Trust 2005-5 Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2005-5 dated May 15, 2015 and recorded in Book 207 Page 100 both of the land records of the Town of Northfield] for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing the same will be sold at Public Auction at 2066 West Hill Road, Northfield, Vermont on September 1, 2021 at 12:00 PM all and singular the premises described in said mortgage, To wit: Being all and the same lands and premises as conveyed to Mark H. Safford and Danielle M. Safford by warranty deed of Christopher Lagerstedt dated October 20, 2006 and to be recorded herewith in the Town of Northfield land Records.
Being a parcel of land said to contain 5 acres, more or less, together with dwelling house and other improvements thereon standing, now designated as 2066 West Hill Road, Northfield, VT. Being a portion only of the same lands and premises as conveyed to Christopher Lagerstedt and Toni H. Lagerstedt by warranty deed of Thomas C. Hartman and Louise M. Hartman, dated July 26, 2001 and recorded at Book 133, Page 124 of the Northfield Land Records. Toni H. Lagerstedt conveyed her interest to Christopher Lagerstadt by quit claim deed dated April 12, 2006 and recorded at Book 165. Page 995 of the Northfield Land Records. Subject to the terms and conditions of Northfield municipal and State of Vermont Wastewater permits. This conveyance is made subject to and with the benefit of any utility easements, public rightsof-way, spring rights, easements for ingress and egress, and rights incidental to each of the same as may appear more particularly of record; provided, however, that this paragraph shall not reinstate any such encumbrance previously extinguished by the Marketable Record Title Act, Chapter 5, Subchapter 7 of Title 27, Vermont Statutes Annotated. If it should be determined that all or a portion of the conveyed lands and premises are Vermont perpetual lease land, then same are conveyed as such. Reference is hereby made to the above-described documents, and the documents described therein and to the municipal land records in aid of this description. Reference is hereby made to the above instruments and to the records and references contained therein in further aid of this description. Terms of sale: Said premises will be sold and conveyed subject to all liens, encumbrances, unpaid taxes, tax titles, municipal liens and assessments, if any, which take precedence over the said mortgage above described. TEN THOUSAND ($10,000.00) Dollars of the purchase price must be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check at the time and place of the sale by the purchaser. The balance of the purchase price shall be paid by a 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 amount due under the mortgage, including the costs and expenses of the sale. Other terms to be announced at the sale. DATED : July 21, 2021 By:
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Rachel K. Ljunggren, Esq. Bendett and McHugh, PC 270 Farmington Ave., Ste. 151 Farmington, CT 06032
TOWN OF ESSEX PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA/PUBLIC HEARING August 26, 2021-6:30 P.M. MUNICIPAL CONFERENCE ROOM, 81 MAIN ST., ESSEX JCT., VT Anyone may attend this meeting in person at the above address or remotely through the following options: - Microsoft Teams https://www.essexvt.org/869/ Join-Teams-Meeting-Essex-PC - Conference call: (802) 377-3784 | Conference ID: 590 879 654 #
- Watch the live stream video on Town Meeting TV’s YouTube Channel. - Public wifi: https://publicservice.vermont.gov/ content/public-wifi-hotspots-vermont 1. Possible Discussion & Election of Officers 2. Public Comments 3. CONTINUED: Fleury Lands on Center Rd & Towers Rd: BOUNDARY LINE ADJUSTMENT: Towers Trust and Sally Fleury A Revocable Living Trust: Proposal for two boundary line adj. for properties located at 108 Center Rd & 18 Towers Rd in the CTR & B-DC Overlay. Tax Map 58, Parcels 1 & 1-3. SKETCH PLAN: Towers Trust: Proposal for a 6-lot subdivision located at 108 Center Rd in the CTR & B-DC Overlay. Tax Map 58, Parcel 1.
or give evidence regarding the matter may do so in person during the hearing, or by submitting their comments or other information to the Town Manager, in writing, prior to the hearing. If, after examining the premises and hearing from any and all interested persons, the Selectboard judges that the public good, necessity and convenience of the inhabitants of the Town of Richmond warrants discontinuing or reclassifying to a legal trail the aforesaid section of Town Highway 20, it will be so ordered. Dated at Richmond, Vermont this 6th day of July 2021. ___________________________ Christine Werneke Richmond Selectboard Chair
4. SITE PLAN: Forestdale Heights, Inc. & WT Builders, LLC: Proposal to construct 2 warehouse buildings totaling 11,200SF on a 2.38-acre parcel located at 22 Corporate Dr in the RPD-I zone. Tax Map 72, Parcel 3-22.
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TOWN OF RICHMOND NOTICE OF EXAMINATION OF PREMISES AND PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER DISCONTINUANCE OF A PORTION OF THE CLASS 4 SECTION OF TOWN HIGHWAY 20 ALSO KNOWN AS WILLIAMS HILL ROAD AND/OR PALMER ROAD Having received a petition from at least five percent of the Town’s voters, and pursuant to the requirements of Title 19, Chapter 7 of the Vermont Statutes Annotated, the Town of Richmond Selectboard will conduct an examination of the premises and a public hearing to consider the discontinuance of a portion of the class 4 section of Town Highway 20, also known as Williams Hill Road and/or Palmer Road. Pursuant to 19 V.S.A. § 775, the Selectboard may also consider reclassification of the aforesaid town highway to a legal trail. The description of the town highway section being considered for discontinuance or reclassification to a trail is: A portion of Class 4 Town Highway 20, a.k.a. Williams Hill Road and/or Palmer Road, beginning at the private driveway for the residential dwelling located at 1360 Williams Hill Road, a point approximately 3,620 feet west of the intersection of Town Highway 20 and Town Highway 22, a.k.a. Old County Lane, continuing approximately west/ southwest for approximately 2,260 feet along Town Highway 20 to its intersection with a private road known as Beatty Lane. All interested parties shall meet for the following: 1. An inspection of the premises at 6:00 PM on September 14, 2021, to begin at 1360 Williams Hill Rd. 2. A public hearing following the site inspection at 6:00 PM on September 21, 2021, at the Richmond Town Office, 203 Bridge Street, Richmond, VT 05477, to receive testimony from all persons abutting, owning, or interested in the matter of discontinuance of the above described section of Town Highway 20.
Meeting ID: 811 1543 8175 Passcode: 376237 Call-in: +1 929 205 6099 US (New York) Application materials may be viewed at http:// www.richmondvt.gov/boards-minutes/development-review-board/ one week before meeting or on-site at Town Hall during regular business hours; Please call 802-434-2430 for an appointment or if you have any questions. Public Hearings: Huntington Homes, LLC – Application Final Subdivision 2020-15. Continuation of Subdivision Final Review for a 9-lot subdivision (creation of 8 new lots, Sylvan Knoll – Phase II). Subject parcel located at 952 Kenyon Road, Parcel ID KR0952 in the Agricultural/ Residential (A/R) Zoning District Dowd Subdivision- Application Final Subdivision 2021-05. Final Subdivision Review for a 2-lot subdivision (creation of 1 new lot) at 2540 Hinesburg Road, Parcel ID HI2540, in the Agricultural/ Residential (A/R1A) Zoning District. Sketch Plan Review August 12, 2020. Nakatomi Plaza/The Big Spruce - Application CU 2021-04. Applicant seeks after the fact approval for an outdoor seating area that was built beyond what was approved by DRB application 2019-126. As per Section 5.3.4 DRB approval required for any changes or modifications to approved permits. Further, property is currently under an Order to Remedy and section 8.2.2(e) of the Richmond Zoning Regulations apply. Village Downtown (VD) Zoning District at 39 Bridge Street, Parcel ID BR0039.
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Executive Director Eden Central School Food Service Eden Central School seeks a motivated individual to join our school nutrition team. This position performs a wide range of cooking tasks to prepare student meals, cook from scratch and follow standardized recipes, comply with all state sanitation guideline requirements, and operate POS cash register system. Must be willing to attend trainings in child nutrition and take online trainings. Minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent, plus 1-2 years of cooking experience preferred, but can train the right individual. Familiarity with public school hot lunch programs desirable. Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds. School year position, 7.5 hrs daily. Send resume with 3 references to: Karyl Kent, 736 VT Rt 15w Hyde Park VT 05655 or email email@example.com.
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Sheldon Academy-Vermont Achievement Center is seeking a Special Educator to join our team of student centered staff and Community Partnerships. The successful candidate will be assigned to the Rutland Regional Medical Center-Project Search Program to support students with disabilities when placed at the Medical Center & Community Locations for technical training internships. Primary responsibilities will include: instructing students to learn employment skills such as communication, problem solving, teamwork, grooming, budgeting, and self-advocacy, and identifying and creating solutions for barriers and concerns that interfere with gaining and maintaining employment.
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Development Director Prevent Child Abuse Vermont (PCAVT) is seeking candidates for the position of Development Director. This position includes management of individual and corporate gifts and special events and is also responsible for implementing a communication plan using traditional and social media. The successful candidate must be passionate about our mission, a good communicator, easy to work with, competent and organized and willing to ask for philanthropic support of PCAVT. An undergraduate degree is required; advanced degree is desirable. Please submit a cover letter, resume, PCAVT online application and 3 references to: Search, PO Box 829, Montpelier, VT 05601. Or submit online at firstname.lastname@example.org. PCAVT is an E.O.E.
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Prevent Child Abuse Vermont is seeking a Family Support Programs Director to oversee the coordination and implementation of our family support programs throughout Vermont. We’re looking for an individual with strong leadership and management skills who has experience supervising others. Must have knowledge of child development, child abuse dynamics, adult learning principles, and a passion for helping families. The successful candidate will have strong organizational and interpersonal skills. An advanced degree is required. Position is full time and will be open until filled. Please send cover letter, resume, 3 references and application to: FSPD Search, PO Box 829 Montpelier, VT 05601-0829 Website: pcavt.org, Email: email@example.com E.O.E.
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VERMONT STATE COURTS Looking to enter the legal world and make a difference? $17.49 per hour, Limited-Service full-time positions. The Judicial branch of state government is rapidly expanding. Now hiring 15 or more two-year positions at locations across the state. Openings in Burlington, St.Albans, White River Junction, Barre, Newport, Brattleboro, Bennington, Woodstock, Middlebury, Rutland, Hyde Park, Montpelier, St Johnsbury. We offer a competitive rate with top-notch health, dental, paid time off and pension. The successful candidate will have 2 years’ general office experience, be a team player and good communicator, be able to use technology, be organized, and be seeking a prestigious and professional atmosphere. For a more detailed description and how to apply see vermontjudiciary.org/employment-opportunities/staffopenings. Job Code #21015.
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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR The Town of Northfield, Vermont (population 6,100) is seeking to hire an Economic Development Director to support local businesses in their sustainability, growth, and expansion; to build a network within the State and region to attract potential employers and residents to Northfield; and to support the town’s vision for housing and other key development priorities. The ideal candidate will have knowledge and work experience with municipal zoning and infrastructure, planning programs and processes, economic development tools and programs, and a proven successful record in economic development leadership roles. In addition, that person shall be a capable public speaker, communicate effectively with groups and individuals, engineers, architects, developers, businesses, and the general public, and capable of establishing working relationships and networks with developers, community organizations, and business professionals. This is a part-time position at 24 hours per week. The salary is negotiable based upon experience. A complete job description is available on the Town Web site: northfield-vt.gov or by contacting the town manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-485-9822. To apply, please E-mail cover letter and resume to jschulz@ northfield.vt.us or mail to: Northfield Town Manager, 51 South Main Street, Northfield, VT 05663. The Town is accepting applications through August 23, 2021, or until such time that the position is filled. The Town of Northfield is an equal opportunity employer.
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Lamoille Union High School seeks 2 motivated individuals to join our school nutrition team. These positons perform a wide range of cooking tasks to prepare student meals, cook from scratch and follow standardized recipes, comply with all state sanitation guideline requirements, and operate POS cash register system. Must be willing to attend trainings in child nutrition and take online trainings. Minimum of a high school diploma, or equivalent, plus one to two years of cooking experience preferred, but can train the right individual. Familiarity with public school hot lunch programs desirable. Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.
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community networks, home visiting, high quality childcare and concrete supports through our food shelf and financial assistance program. Do you believe raising healthy children and supporting families is key to building a successful future for our community? Come join our team at MFCC!
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Office of the Public Defender, Burlington. Previous secretarial experience required. Experience as a secretary in the criminal or juvenile justice system or human services field preferred. Must be able to work independently and as part of a legal team. Requires patience and the ability to work with a wide variety of people.
Full-time, exempt PG15 (union) position with State benefits. $15.48/hr. minimum. Email resume and cover letter by Sunday, August 15th to: firstname.lastname@example.org. E.O.E.
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VocRehab VR DATA ANALYTICS MANAGER VocRehab is currently seeking a VR Data Analytics Manager. This is an opportunity to join a highly innovative team of professionals helping Vermonters with disabilities go to work and advance in their careers. VocRehab has a strong commitment to being a data driven organization and using quality data to drive service provision. This position plays a dynamic and central role in our operations, helping to manage the VocRehab AWARE case management system and support our 200+ users statewide through business analysis, reporting design, user documentation and training, and help desk functions. Candidates must be experienced in conducting complex data analyses using data querying and management tools such as SQL, Excel, statistical packages, MS Power Query, and Power BI. This is an ideal position for creative thinkers who are motivated by the social mission of VocRehab and are ready to contribute their data management, research, and analytical skills to a good cause. If you delight in solving complex puzzles to bring the big picture into view, you’ll find this a great job with a great team. Reference Job Posting ID: 18610, Location: Waterbury. Status: Full Time. Application Deadline: August 16, 2021. The State of Vermont offers an excellent total compensation package. To apply, use the online job application at careers.vermont.gov or contact the Department of Human Resources Division, Recruitment Services at (855) 828-6700 (voice) or 800-253-0191 (TTY/Relay Service). The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The Town of Fairfield Selectboard is seeking a Town Administrator The administrator assists the five-member Selectboard in the general administration of the town. Day-to-day responsibilities include supporting all departments as needed, monitoring budgets, attending and participating in all Selectboard meetings, public relations, and coordination with the town’s elected and appointed officials. The starting salary for this full-time position is negotiable but is expected to be in the range of $45,000 to $50,000 depending on experience and qualifications. The town offers an excellent benefit package. The successful candidate will have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in public administration, political science, or business management or at least five years’ experience in an administrative or managerial capacity in either municipal government or business, or a combination of relevant experience and education. To apply in confidence, please email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to email@example.com with Fairfield Town Administrator as the subject, or mail to: Town of Fairfield Selectboard Fairfield Town Administrator Search PO Box 5, Fairfield, VT 05455 Resumes accepted until position is filled. E.O.E.
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Hinesburg Fire Department
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HOPE is hiring! We have three openings.
The Hinesburg Fire Department is accepting applications for TWO vacant positions of Firefighter/EMS Provider. We are seeking highly motivated individuals who will demonstrate their commitment to our town, residents and department.
ELECTRONICS TESTER 25 hours a week. Test and perform minor repairs on small appliances and electronics.
WAREHOUSE ASSOCIATE 40 hours a week. Responsibilities include machine maintenance, assisting with pickups and deliveries of large items, cleaning and repairing donated items, assisting customers. Must have solid mechanical and communication skills, valid drivers license.
RETAIL AND ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER 40 hours a week. Responsibilities include supervision of store personnel, ensuring quality customer service, providing clerical and other support to Warehouse Operations Manager, scheduling deliveries and pickups, answering the phone. HOPE pays a competitive wage. All positions offer life and disability insurance and paid time off. Full time positions also offer platinum medical coverage and dental insurance. To apply, send resume and brief cover letter to receptionist@ hope-vt.org, or mail to Personnel, HOPE, 282 Boardman Street, Middlebury. Learn about HOPE at www.hope-vt.org.
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The Hinesburg Fire Department consists of 30 on call members, responding to an average of 400 calls per year. HFD provides Fire and First Response EMS coverage to the towns of Hinesburg and St. George. HFD will be starting an AEMT level ambulance service before January 1st, 2022 with the 3-year goal of a paramedic level ambulance. The town of Hinesburg offers a competitive benefits package, details can be provided upon request. Starting rate of pay for probationary firefighters based on qualifications: $46,000$50,000 annually. These positions will work daytime shifts, up to five days per week with the schedule to be determined. Any questions can be directed to Interim Fire Chief Nicholas Baker at: firstname.lastname@example.org. These positions are open until filled. See the complete job announcement and job description at hinesburgvt.org. Submit cover letter and resume via email to Interim Chief Nicholas Baker at email@example.com.
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www.cvabe.org CLIMATE CAMPAIGN MANAGER VPIRG is HIRING!
Seeking a full-time Climate Campaign Manager for a 16+ month strategic organizing position. If you're an energetic, confident, creative climate leader eager to get out from behind your screen and create a buzz, organize media and visibility events, inspire policymakers to stop dragging their feet, and be a voice for unequivocal and urgent action on climate and equity, then we want to hear from you! Learn more and apply online at vpirg.org/jobs.
Teacher/Community Coordinators Seeking full-time Teacher/Community Coordinators in Morrisville, Bradford and Barre. Candidates must have:
• High levels of independence, spirit, drive and capacity for student recruitment, outreach and organizing community involvement to support student success
Northern Counties Health Care is looking for an energetic Psychiatric • Strong familiarity with the service area Finish Carpenters, Carpenters Nurse Practitioner (Adult or Family) • Proven capacity for teaching and guiding basic skills instruction and Carpenters Helpers. Good to help us achieve our goal of for adults and teens in: Pay, Full Time and Long Term! providing excellent healthcare to - Reading, writing, math, computer and financial literacy under-served populations within Chittenden County. - English Language Learning and U.S. Citizenship prep our federally qualified health Call Mike at 802-343-0089 or - High school diploma and GED credentialing centers. 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Applicants are encouraged on systems improvement and policy y until the state of emergency is lifted; to share in their cover letter how they can further our goals of social development utilizing BBF’s data, research ill be based out of one of our offices, which are justice and housing for all. We are an equal opportunity employer and network of regional and state public Rutland, St. Johnsbury, and Springfield. Some committed to a discrimination- and harassment-free workplace. and private stakeholders. The Policy and quired. FT, Hardwick Program Director will join a collaborative The Intake and Outreach Advocate/Paralegal Position will alary is $38,281 with salary credit given for team dedicated to strengthening and aligning the BBF Network perform outreach and callbacks, as well as provide information, Counties Health is ience. 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This is a 32-40 hour per week position. The opportunity involves · Strengthen and align the BBF Network Infrastructure to Staff will work remotely until the state of emergency is lifted; working in the primary care achieve the goals, strategies and objectives outlined in the however, the positions will be based out of one of our offices, settings to provide integrated which are in Burlington, Montpelier, Rutland, St. Johnsbury, and Vermont Early Childhood Action Plan to improve the well-being behavioral health services Springfield. Some in-state travel may be required. of children and families as part of our patients’ care · Function as BBF’s content expert on state and national early Starting (annualized) salary is $38,281 with salary credit given for delivery team. LICSW or LCMHC childhood policies relevant prior work experience. Four weeks paid vacation and 401(k) license preferred; license eligible retirement plan, as well as excellent health benefits. required. Competitive benefits · Promote understanding and utilization of the BBF Network. package including Health, Vision, Applications deadline is August 18, 2021. Your application should To apply please email a cover letter, resume and three references Dental, LTD, Life, 403b, and include a cover letter and resume, writing sample, and at least three by Monday August 9th at midnight. generous earned time. professional references with contact information, sent as a single Please send application materials as a pdf labeled: lastname_ PDF. Send your application by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with Apply online: firstname_PolicyandProgramDirector to: the subject line “Housing Advocate.” Please let us know how you Kmobbs@buildingbrightfutures.org. heard about this position. nchcvt.org/careers
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SOCIAL MEDIA & CONTENT MANAGER
RECEPTIONIST/ OFFICE ASSISTANT Gravel & Shea PC, a Burlington, VT law firm, seeks an experienced, professional receptionist/ office assistant. This position requires extensive communication with our clients, staff and the legal community; a strong work ethic; excellent organizational skills; and experience using a variety of software applications including Microsoft Office. Prior legal and/or law firm experience a plus. We offer a competitive salary, comprehensive health insurance, 401(k) and profit sharing, and other benefits. For more information about Gravel & Shea PC, please visit gravelshea.com. Qualified candidates should e-mail cover letter, résumé and references to: email@example.com. Gravel & Shea PC is an Equal Opportunity Employer GRAVELSHEA.COM
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THE CONVERSE HOME, an Assisted Living Community located in downtown Burlington, has a long history of providing a warm, caring home for our residents and a great work environment for our staff. We have career opportunities that offer competitive salaries and CTO, Health Insurance, Dental and Vision Insurance, Short Term Disability, Life Insurance and Pension benefits. We are always looking for dedicated, caring people to join our community! Apply online at conversehome.com under Career Opportunities or send your inquiries or resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Part Time Dayshift Registered Nurse Looking for a Registered Nurse to lead our amazing staff on dayshift: 6:30am-3:00pm, Monday-Wednesday. Occasional weekends. Full Time 40 hour Caregiver Night Shift Looking for an LNA or RCA to work overnight: 10:30pm-7:00am. Benefited position.
Hello Burlington is the Lake Champlain Chamber’s destination marketing initiative that promotes the greater Burlington area as a great place for leisure travel, meetings, and events. We are actively seeking a social media and content manager to help us strengthen our social media presence and to strategize and execute on content creation. The position is full time. DESIRED SKILLS • A creative eye, a strong written voice & ability to articulate our brand to our social media community. • Background running Facebook and Google Ad campaigns. • Able to respond quickly, effectively, and respectfully to interaction online. • Experience analyzing the results of activity and ad campaigns. • Photography, Videography, and / or design skills are a big plus. RESPONSIBILITIES As our Social Media and Content Manager, you will maintain our social media presence across multiple channels, regularly create and post content, assist in the development of an annual content calendar, act as the main point of contact for influencer partnerships, and run digital ad campaigns. You will work closely with our member partners and vendor network to execute and synchronize marketing efforts across multiple channels. ABOUT THE CHAMBER The Lake Champlain Chamber is an Equal Opportunity Employer that welcomes diversity in the workplace. We strongly encourage all qualified persons to apply. LCC is a non-profit organization that is in the business of seeking and supporting economic opportunity for all Vermonters. TO APPLY If this sounds like you, please email a resumé, cover letter and content portfolio if available to email@example.com. Include the phrase “social media and content manager” in subject heading. 7t-LakeChamplainChamber072821.indd 1
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STOWE FREE LIBRARY The Stowe Free Library is a cherished community institution and has 6,400 registered borrowers and 25,000 volumes in its collection. It is located within the historic Helen Day Memorial Building in the center of Stowe, a premier four-season resort community with a population of 4,300.
CIRCULATION LIBRARIAN The Stowe Free Library is seeking a customer service and detail oriented individual to fill the position of Circulation Librarian, and to assist in fulfilling our mission: “To Welcome, To Inspire, To Enrich the Mind.” This position involves direct contact with the public as well as maintaining the library’s patron database.
TECHNICAL SERVICES LIBRARIAN
Full Time 32 hour Caregiver Day shift Looking for an RCA to work 6:30am-3:00pm, including every other weekend. Memory care community. Benefited position.
The Stowe Free Library is seeking an enthusiastic, detail-oriented librarian to fill the position of Technical Services Librarian and to assist in fulfilling our mission: “To Welcome, To Inspire, To Enrich the Mind.” This position involves maintaining the library catalog system and processing material.
Full Time 32 hour Caregiver Day shift Looking for an RCA to work 6:30am-1:00pm, including every other weekend. Benefited position.
Both positions require a Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required, and an MLS from an ALA accredited school or a Vermont Department of Libraries Certification is preferred. Working knowledge of and experience with computers, Integrated Library Systems (ILS), data base management, and current technologies are preferred. Good verbal and written communication, customer service, organizational, and supervisory skills are required. Candidates must be able to perform detailed work and to lift and shelve books. This position includes evenings and Saturday hours, comes with excellent benefits and a starting salary of $17.66 - $18.63 per hour, contingent upon qualifications and experience.
Part Time 26 hour Caregiver Day shift Looking for an RCA to work 6:30am-1:00pm weekdays and 6:30am-3:00pm on every other weekend. Part Time “All Star” Support Staff Looking for a friendly and compassionate individual to support our residents with daily activities, meal support in the dining room, & one on one visits with our residents. Every other weekend. Full Time Caregiver 30 hours 4pm-9:30pm on our Memory Care Community
Job descriptions and application can be obtained on the Town of Stowe website: townofstowevt.org. Send employment application, letter of interest and resume to: Town of Stowe, Attn: Recruiter, PO Box 730, Stowe, VT 05672 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. EOE 7t-TownofStoweLIBRARY071421.indd 1
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Companion/Caregiver Richmond - 23-year-old, developmentally delayed woman, is looking for a HIRING ALL POSITIONS! fun, attentive, female to Please Apply in Person help with daily tasks in at Papa Frank’s: her home and community. 13 West Center St., Winooski She loves music, dancing, (802) 655-2423 laughing, animals, and art projects. Year-round, 20 hours per week, Tuesday1t-PapaFranks072821.indd 1 7/26/21 10:22 AM DENTAL HYGIENIST Friday 8 am-1 pm. Own transportation and clean We are looking for an driving record needed. experienced dental Non-smoker. Background hygienist to join our check required. $16.50 per family oriented general hour starting pay. practice in Burlington. To apply: Email resume to: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
STAFF NURSE (LPN OR RN) Flexible Shifts Wake Robin seeks health care staff who are licensed in Vermont to work collaboratively to provide high quality care in a fast paced residential and longterm care environment, while maintaining a strong sense of “home.” We offer an opportunity to build strong relationships with staff and residents in a dynamic community setting. We offer flexible schedules, tuition reimbursement, loan programs, great benefits and an amazing community setting, all at a pace where you can be your best. Starting your nursing career? We always welcome new nurses! Interested candidates please email a cover letter and resume to email@example.com or complete an application online at wakerobin.com. Wake Robin is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 5h-WakeRobinNURSE072821.indd 1
THE DREAM PROGRAM IS HIRING!
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Share a passion for our mission to help close the opportunity gap? We are currently hiring full time employees and AmeriCorps members to support our youth and volunteer programs serving kids in Chittenden, Caledonia, Franklin, Bennington and Windsor counties.
FULL TIME EMPLOYEES: • Youth Service Manager Burlington area • Youth Service Manager St. Albans • Grant Author and Compliance Extraordinaire AMERICORPS MEMBERS: • Community Organizers • Mentor Coordinators (College Programs) • Mentor Coordinators (High School Programs) • Communications Coordinators • Board & Alumni Coordinators • Camp DREAM Coordinators • Camp DREAM Stewards • Adventure Coordinators To see full descriptions, go to dreamprogram.org/workwith-us If interested, please email recruit@ dreamprogram.org.
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Join the UVM Career Center in promoting career exploration, readiness and success. Multiple openings, all requiring a demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion. Applicants are encouraged to include in their cover letter information about how they will contribute to the diversity of the institution. More details and to apply: uvm.edu/hrs/jobs. Please apply by August 13th.
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(Posting No. S2959PO & S2960PO) Engage students, alums, employers, faculty, and staff in industrythemed networks. Curate, develop and deliver relevant programs and resources. Mentor and supervise peer advisors. Facilitate and coach career development across social identities, actively engaging in creating a welcoming and inclusive environment. Qualifications: 2+ years of work experience and master's degree in related field, or equivalent combination. Advanced skills in relationship building, program development and facilitation, communication/promotion, coaching/counseling, and event planning preferred. Experience with pre-law advising a bonus.
CURRICULUM & ASSESSMENT SPECIALIST (Posting No.S2966PO)
CAFE STAFF: Previous food service/cash handling experience necessary. Job requirements include: • Customer Service • Making espresso drinks Contact Hannah at firstname.lastname@example.org
WE’RE LOOKING FOR A PASTRY BAKER! Our pastries include a variety of laminated products, pies, scones, cookies and many things in between. We are committed to using high quality, organic ingredients and work with many local farmers to source these. We offer great pay and benefits including paid vacation/sick days, retirement plan, and health insurance. Professional baking or cooking experience is required.
Orchestrate a comprehensive career preparation curriculum providing relevant opportunities throughout the student lifecycle; working closely with faculty and staff partners to integrate career preparation into academics/advising; creating content to advance our equity and inclusion goals; and consistently building in and using purposeful assessment. Qualifications: 2+ years of experience in career education, communications or curriculum design, and master's degree in related field, or equivalent combination. Partnership cultivation, facility with technology and project management skills required. Experience using a LMS platform, report writing & assessment strongly desired.
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DISHWASHER: We are hiring for a full-time position washing dishes and bussing tables in our cafe. This position offers excellent benefits including health care, paid time off, and a retirement plan. Come work with a great bunch of people in our bustling business! Contact Randy: email@example.com or (802) 223-5200 x12
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Year Round work for Class A & B truck drivers. Minimum of 2 years CDL driving experience required. Work will include the hauling of stone, dirt, asphalt and rock salt. Hourly wages with overtime. Night work during the summer road construction season might be required with a premium hourly rate. $1,200 Sign on Bonus paid out over time. $200 at start of employment, $500 after 90 days, $500 after 180 days. Employee must be in good standing at the time of payout to get bonus.
Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital has a variety of open positions including:
RNs, LPNs, LNAs, Coding & Administrative.
Hiring full-time chefs & cooks with commercial kitchen experience! Competitive pay & benefits available.
Benefits include: 401(k), Medical Insurance, Paid time off for Holidays, Vacation and Sick Time. Apply at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Full-time, part-time and per diem schedules available. Shift differentials and per diem rates offered.
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ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain Burlington, Vermont ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain is a dynamic, nationally acclaimed science and nature center committed to inspiring and engaging families in the joy of scientific discovery, wonder of nature and care of Lake Champlain. Our vision is for a science-savvy community where people and nature thrive together.
ECHO seeks an experienced senior professional to THIS INSTITUTION IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. THIS INSTITUTION IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. guide the development and execution of strategies to strengthen and align ECHO’s culture with our 77-CVOEO080421.indd 1 8/2/2120,10:43 AUGUST 1, 2021 PLEASE POST THROUGH AUGUST 2021 AM AUGUST 1, 2021 PLEASE POST THROUGH AUGUST 20, 2021 strategic and growth objectives. The Director will EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT define and establish performance standards and VERMONT LEAGUE OF CITIES AND TOWNS design, implement and manage the end-to-end The Vermont League of Cities and Towns seeks a professional, organized, human resources and organizational development efficient, and computer-savvy executive administrative assistant who has processes to support talent acquisition, retention and demonstrated multi-tasking skills and who can provide excellent customer leadership development. The Director will create and execute a strategic talent investment roadmap focused on strengthening our workforce, amplifying employee experience, purposely distinguishing our culture, and developing leaders to live our values to deliver best in class results for a museum. The Director will report to the Executive Director and will partner with the Senior Leadership Team, employees, and external partners to ensure ECHO lives its mission to “inspire and engage families in the joy of scientific discovery, wonder of nature, and care of Lake Champlain.” Full job description is available at: echovt.org/jobs. ECHO is an E.O.E and welcomes resumes from individuals who will contribute to our diversity. Send resume & cover letter to email@example.com with Director of Talent Development in the subject line. Application Deadline: August 31, 2021
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THIS INSTITUTION IS AN EQUAL EMPLOYER. This position provides administrative support to OPPORTUNITY members of the VLCT Leadership team and VLCT Board of Directors. In addition, the position coordinates member services, manages the membership database/customer relations manageAUGUST 1, 2021 PLEASE POST THROUGH AUGUST 20, 2021 ment (CRM) system, and manages affiliate group relationships.
The position requires excellent customer service and organizational skills, an eye for detail, and the ability to anticipate the needs of the Leadership team and the Board of Directors. The position manages confidential and sensitive personnel and financial information. This position reports to the Director of Human Resources and will have other duties as assigned. This position may have some remote work flexibility after the initial training period. College course work or other certificate and five or more years’ experience as an executive/management level administrative assistant is required. A four-year college degree is preferred. General clerical training and/or experience with Windows-based computer software, including Microsoft Office Outlook, Word, and Excel required. Experience working with and updating membership-type databases including Microsoft Access and CRM systems required. Possession and maintenance of a valid State of Vermont driver’s license in good standing desired. The Vermont League of Cities and Towns offers an excellent total compensation package, a convenient downtown Montpelier location, a trusted reputation, and great colleagues! To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, writing sample and three professional references in confidence to firstname.lastname@example.org with Executive Admin as the subject. Please visit Classifieds | Vermont League of Cities and Towns for the complete job description and for information about VLCT. Salary range is commensurate with experience. The application deadline is Monday, August 30. Resumes will be reviewed as they are received. Position open until filled. EOE. 7t-VTLeagueofCities&Towns082421.indd 1
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Physician’s Computer Company (PCC) has designed, developed, and supported our award-winning pediatric software for over 30 years. As our electronic health record solution is driving greater demand for our services, we need to expand our team. PCC is seeking to fill the following positions:
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PCC is seeking a Technical Support Specialist to join our customer care team. Technical Support Specialists are responsible for troubleshooting and resolving clients problems with PCC provided hardware, operating systems, networks, and peripherals. They respond to client calls, entering and managing their service needs into our help desk software, and participate in rotating coverage for on-call, after-hours emergency support.
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Ideal applicants for this position should have two or more years of experience in a professional setting that includes supporting Windows and Mac OS X operating systems, TCP/IP networks (firewalls, wireless, DNS, DHCP, VPN, etc.), and experience with Linux, including bash scripting.
PCC is seeking an experienced Systems Administrator to join our Information Technology Services team which supports both our client and corporate systems. This position will work primarily on client systems. In addition to general systems administration activities, this position will focus on coordinating & performing server upgrades, & performing preventive maintenance on servers, firewalls, & other network equipment. You will also function as a technical escalation resource for PCC staff regarding client infrastructure issues, & develop new tools to deploy, manage, & monitor client networks. Applicants for this position should have three or more years of experience providing systems support in a fast-paced, professional setting. Technical skills should include Linux (RHEL or derivatives), Windows and MacOS; server virtualization; Google Cloud or AWS; bash, python or perl scripting; configuration management tools (e.g. Ansible); and TCP/IP networking including LAN, WAN, firewalls, wireless, and VPN. Knowledge of good security practices is essential. These positions require strong technical expertise along with exceptional customer service and communication skills. Some travel may be required. In order to keep our employees and families safe, PCC employees have been working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are slowly opening our office and expect our Winooski office will be fully reopened this Fall. Employees will have a hybrid remote/in-office work option. To learn more about these positions, please visit our website at pcc.com/careers. The deadline for submitting your application is August 6, 2021. Please email a cover letter and resume to jobs@ pcc.com with the position you are applying for in the subject line. As a Benefit Corporation, we place a high value on client, employee, and community relationships. Our company offers a friendly, informal, and professional work environment. PCC offers competitive benefits as well as some uncommon perks. No phone calls, please. AA/EOE
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Lead teams and implement program activities; work closely with the ED to administer KidSafe Collaborative operations. Requirements: Strong communication and writing, organization, program management, team facilitation; commitment to working collaboratively. Master’s Degree in social work or related field with 4-5 years’ relevant experience; comparable experience may be considered in lieu of advanced degree Salary $49-52K, health/dental/vision, time-off benefits.
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT - Part Time 20-hour/week administrative support to keep our small office running smoothly. Requirements: good organizational and interpersonal skills, written and oral communication; work independently and with others; proficiency in MS Office suite. Donor data base (LGL) experience preferred. Responsibilities include: taking accurate meeting minutes; data entry and maintenance, banking, purchasing, scheduling, communications, filing and maintaining accurate records. Salary: $16/hr. Prorated health/dental/vision, time-off benefits.
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We at Alpine SnowGuards recognize the value that our Customer Service Team brings to the company. As a CS Team member, you have the opportunity to build stronger customer experiences and lasting relationships with our customers through responsive and comprehensive assistance. If you are passionate about working with customers, easily understand mechanical concepts, and are an excellent communicator, this is the perfect position for you! Alpine is a 100% employeeowned company and snow guard manufacturer located in Morrisville, VT. When you join the Alpine team, you will enjoy a comfortable and friendly working environment, competitive wages, excellent health care benefits, paid time off, and the opportunity to financially benefit from the company's growth and strong profit margins. Send resumes to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
VSJF BUSINESS MANAGER Join our values driven team and be responsible for bookkeeping, contracts management and some HR duties in support of our innovative programs and services -- all aimed at strengthening Vermont’s economy. Employee health and dental insurance, paid time off, and retirement contribution. VSJF is an equal opportunity employer. Job description at: vsjf.org/ about-vsjf-vermont/jobopenings. Apply by 5pm, 9/8/21 at email@example.com.
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Since inception in 1974, VEDA has helped businesses and farms create jobs for Vermonters and enhance Vermont’s working landscape. The stories of VEDA’s borrowers reflect Vermont’s changing economy over the years, with VEDA playing a central role in helping them bring their business dreams and projects to fruition. VEDA has an excellent opportunity for a motivated individual to join our team as a Loan Closing Assistant. The successful candidate will have a positive customer service attitude, and strong communication and computer skills. Accuracy and attention to detail is required. VEDA offers a competitive salary and excellent health and retirement benefit packages. Other perks include a flexible work environment, generous tuition reimbursement, and professional development and networking opportunities. VEDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer interested in increasing staff diversity.
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Housing Coordinator The position will ensure that resettled refugees are provided with safe, sanitary, and affordable housing. The position will be responsible for: researching and securing affordable housing; coordinating apartment set-up; managing donations of furniture and household items, including transportation, storage, and distribution; providing safety orientation and renter education to newly arrived refugees; coordinating/supervising interns and volunteers; developing and maintaining relationships with area landlords, property managers, housing trusts, and housing authorities.
Come join our team at Central Vermont Substance Abuse Services (CVSAS) in Berlin VT. CVSAS provides a full array of substance use disorder services to people in Central Vermont. We offer IDRP, assessments, drug court case management, medication assisted treatment, intensive out-patient, aftercare and recovery services to adults and transition aged youth.
HUB Counselors - $3,500 Sign On Bonus We have openings for full time HUB Counselors to work with adults as a part of our Hub & Spoke medication assisted therapy (MAT) program. This position will focus on access, engagement and stabilization with adults addicted to opiates. Work will involve conducting assessments, case management, developing treatment plans, providing group & individual counseling, making referrals, and coordination with community partners such as the DOC, DCF, or other treatment providers. Previous experience working with people in recovery from addictions is preferable. A Master Degree is strongly preferred, but a Bachelor Degree with previous experience will be considered. Must obtain AAP credential within 6 months of hire. Weekly individual and group supervision is provided. Working hours are roughly from 6:00a.m. - 2:00p.m.
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Marketing & Visual Brand Designer UnTapped is seeking to add a detail-oriented and team friendly Marketing and Visual Brand Designer to perform production, web and marketing design with our small group in Williston, VT. UnTapped was founded in 2014 with the belief that maple syrup can serve as a better athletic fuel than the artificially flavored and sweetened goop currently on the market. Based in Williston, VT, we now offer three different lines of nutrition and hydration and are always working to add more. We strive to provide high quality products and exceptional customer service. Responsibilities: • Graphic/production design and copy editing of packaging, marketing assets, website and blog/email • Wordpress Website maintenance and metrics • Google Ads and reviews maintenance and metrics • Customer service and event staffing as needed/available Skills required: • Ability to use Adobe suite • Ability to maintain/use WordPress website • Proficient in English grammar • Positive attitude (we all have days that are worse than others!) • Good customer service skills This is expected to be a full time (40 hours/week) in person position. Apply online: UnTapped.cc/Careers.
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Senior Legal Assistant Federal Public Defender Office District of Vermont The Federal Public Defender for the District of Vermont is accepting applications for the position of a full-time Senior Legal Assistant. The federal defender organization operates under authority of the Criminal Justice Act (CJA), 18 U.S.C. '3006A, to provide defense services to indigent persons in federal criminal cases upon appointment by the United States District Court.
Provide support to direct service programs. Previous supervision experience and strong organizational skills required. Grant writing skills desired (see website for more job details). Applicants are encouraged to include in their cover letter information about how they will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the organization. Competitive salary and benefits package included. Letter of interest and resume to: email@example.com or Hiring Committee, WomenSafe, PO Box 67, Middlebury, VT 05753
DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR New part-time position to provide donor stewardship and annual fundraising plan. Fundraising experience, strong organizational and administrative skills, and ability to meet strict deadlines required (see website for more job details). Applicants are encouraged to include in their cover letter information about how they will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the organization. Competitive salary and benefits package included. Letter of interest and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org or
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Requirements: Applicants should: have a bachelor’s degree and at least three years of legal assistant experience or a combination of comparable education and experience; demonstrate strong interpersonal communication skills, with experience in working with diverse and underserved populations; have a high level of organization and attention to detail; effectively prioritize tasks to meet critical deadlines; excel at working independently and taking initiative while also being part of a team; have advanced knowledge of legal terminology and citation; be able to quickly learn district and circuit court rules and protocol; and be highly proficient in Office 365 (Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams, PowerPoint), Adobe Acrobat, and database management. Salary and Benefits: Starting salary commensurate with experience and qualifications, with a starting salary range from $48,770 - $70,025. Salary is payable only by Electronic Funds Transfer (direct deposit). The position is in the excepted service and does not carry the tenure rights of the competitive Civil Service. The position includes regular U.S. Government employment benefits including annual leave and sick leave, health and life insurance, and a retirement system. The successful candidate will be subject to an FBI background check as a condition of employment. How to Apply: Please email a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Stephanie Baer, Administrative Officer, at email@example.com. Women and BIPOC are encouraged to apply. Applications must be received by August 23, 2021. The Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Vermont Is a Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital, located in Berlin, Vermont is recruiting for a strength-based leader to oversee daily operations for a 25 bed facility. The ideal candidate will have had demonstrated success in leading teams, ensuring clinical excellence, and operating with financial strength. The CEO, in collaboration with Appointing Authority and VPCH Leadership team, is responsible for designing, developing, and implementing a strategic plan to support the hospitals success. To apply: e-mail resume and cover letter to Emily Hawes at Emily.Hawes@vermont. gov. Department: Mental Health. Status: Exempt, Full-time. Job ID #18793. Application Deadline: August 8, 2021.
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TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “Look for a long time at what pleases you, and longer still at what pains you,” wrote the novelist Colette. What?! Was she making a perverse joke? That’s wicked advice, and I hope you adopt it only on rare occasions. In fact, the exact opposite is the healthy way to live — especially for you in the coming weeks. Look at what pains you, yes. Don’t lose sight of what your problems and wounds are. But please, for the sake of your dreams, for the benefit of your spiritual and psychological health, look longer at what pleases you, energizes you and inspires you.
(JULY 23-AUG. 22):
The next two months will be a propitious time for you and your intimate allies to grow closer by harnessing the power of your imaginations. I urge you to be inventive in dreaming up ways to educate and entertain each other. Seek frisky adventures together that will delight you. Here’s a poem by Vyacheslav Ivanov that I hope will stimulate you: “We are two flames in a midnight forest. We are two meteors that fly at night, a two-pointed arrow of one fate. We are two steeds whose bridle is held by one hand. We are two eyes of a single gaze, two quivering wings of one dream, two-voiced lips of single mysteries. We are two arms of a single cross.”
ARIES (March 21-April 19): Filmmaker Federico Fellini had an unexpected definition of happiness. He said it was “being able to speak the truth without hurting anyone.” I suspect you will have abundant access to that kind of happiness in the coming weeks, Aries. I’ll go even further: You will have extra power to speak the truth in ways that heal and uplift people. My advice to you, therefore, is to celebrate and indulge your ability. Be bold in expressing the fullness of what’s interesting to you.
(May 21-June 20): If you deepen your affection for butterflies and hummingbirds, I will love it. If you decide you want the dragonfly or bumblebee or lark to be your spirit creature, I will approve. You almost always benefit from cultivating relationships with swift, nimble and lively influences — and that’s especially true these days. So give yourself full permission to experiment with the superpower of playful curiosity. You’re most likely to thrive when you’re zipping around in quest of zesty ripples and sprightly rhythms.
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Life is showing you truths about what you are not, what you don’t need and what you shouldn’t strive for. That’s auspicious, although it may initially feel unsettling. I urge you to welcome these revelations with gratitude. They will help you tune in to the nuances of what it means to be radically authentic. They will boost your confidence in the rightness of the path you’ve chosen for yourself. I’m hoping they may even show you which of your fears are irrelevant. Be hungry for these extraordinary teachings. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Virgo spiritual au-
thor Don Miguel Ruiz urges us not to take anything personally. He says that if someone treats us disrespectfully, it’s almost certainly because they are suffering from psychological wounds that make them act in vulgar, insensitive ways. Their attacks have little to do with what’s true about us. I agree with him and will add this important caveat: Even if you refrain from taking such abuses personally, it doesn’t mean you should
tolerate them. It doesn’t mean you should keep that person in your life or allow them to bully you in the future. I suspect these are important themes for you to contemplate right now.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “People who feel
deeply, live deeply, and love deeply are destined to suffer deeply,” writes poet Juansen Dizon. To that romanticized, juvenile nonsense, I say: No! Wrong! People who feel and live and love deeply are more emotionally intelligent than folks who live on the surface — and are therefore less fragile. The deep ones are likely to be psychologically adept; they have skills at liberating themselves from the smothering crush of their problems. The deep ones also have access to rich spiritual resources that ensure their suffering is a source of transformative teaching — and rarely a cause of defeat. Have you guessed that I’m describing you as you will be in the coming weeks?
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Professor of psychology Ethan Kross tells us there can be healthy, creative forms of envy. “Just as hunger tells us we need to eat,” he writes, “the feeling of envy could show us what is missing from our lives that really matters to us.” The trick is not to interpret envy as a negative emotion but to see it as useful information that shows us what we want. In my astrological opinion, that’s a valuable practice for you to deploy in the coming days. So pay close attention to the twinges of envy that pop into your awareness. Harness that volatile stuff to motivate yourself as you make plans to get the very experience or reward you envy. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Poet Walt
Whitman bragged that he was “large.” He said, “I contain multitudes.” One critic compared him to “a whole continent with its waters, with its trees, with its animals.” Responding to Whitman, Sagittarian poet Gertrud Kolmar uttered an equally grandiose boast. “I too am a continent,” she wrote. “I contain mountains neverreached, scrubland unpenetrated, pond bay, river-delta, salt-licking coast-tongue.” That’s how I’m imagining you these days, dear Sagittarius: as unexplored territory: as frontier land teeming with undiscovered mysteries. I love how expansive you are as you open your mind and
heart to new self-definitions. I love how you’re willing to risk being unknowable for a while as you wander out in the direction of the future.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Poet Ezra Pound wrote a letter to novelist James Joyce that included the following passage: “You are fucking with my head, and so far I’ve been enjoying it. Where is the crime?” I bring this up, Capricorn, because I believe the coming weeks will be prime time for you to engage with interesting souls who fuck with your head in enjoyable ways. You need a friendly jolt or two: a series of galvanizing prods; dialogues that catalyze you to try new ways of thinking and seeing; lively exchanges that inspire you to experiment. AQUARIUS
(Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Blogger Mandukhai Munkhbaatar offers advice on the arts of intimate communion. “Do not fall in love only with a body or with a face,” she tells us. “Do not fall in love with the idea of being in love.” She also wants you to know that it’s best for your long-term health and happiness if you don’t seek cozy involvement with a person who is afraid of your madness or with someone who, after you fight, disappears and refuses to talk. I approve of all these suggestions. Any others you would add? It’s a favorable phase to get clearer about the qualities of people you want and don’t want as your allies.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): I gave my readers homework, asking them to answer the question, “What is your favorite rule to break?” In response, Laura Grolla sent these thoughts: “My favorite rule to break is an unwritten one: that we must all stress and strive for excellence. I have come up with a stress-busting mantra, ‘It is OK to be OK.’ In my OKness, I have discovered the subtle frontier of contentment, which is vast and largely unexplored. OKness allows me not to compete for attention, but rather to pay attention to others. I love OKness for the humor and deep, renewing sleep it has generated. Best of all, OKness allows me to be happily aging rather than anxiously hot.” I bring this to your attention, Pisces, because I think the coming weeks will be a favorable time for you to investigate and embody the relaxing mysteries of OKness.
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WATERBURY POST OFFICE PARKING LOT You: In a white van in the parking lot. Me: Stopped in front of you to check on my kayak. CCR was blasting from my car. You commented about music events. I did, too. Sure would like to talk some more. When: Monday, July 26, 2021. Where: Waterbury Post Office Parking Lot. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915366 BULK THURSDAY BEAUTY We were both at the spice rack in the downtown City Market on a Thursday afternoon. You were wearing a colorful dress and had blonde wavy hair. I was wearing a baseball cap and black glasses. We talked about your spice containers. I was intrigued but didn’t know how to parlay our spice conversation into something spicier. Let’s reconnect. When: Thursday, July 29, 2021. Where: downtown City Market. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915364 WARREN JULY 4 PARADE Chatting by the General Store block party was fun. Loved your VT outfit: big rubber boots and shorts! You knew the women in the band were local teachers’ daughters, and your hesitancy in sharing where you grew up was intriguing. Your smile could light up a room. Want to meet for a meal or drink and chat some more? When: Sunday, July 4, 2021. Where: Warren Parade Block Party. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915363 BMW SUV We chatted, blocking traffic just a little. I thought maybe you had something else you wanted to say? Maybe you should say what’s on your mind, but then I could be mistaken? Want to get together for coffee or an adult drink? When: Thursday, July 29, 2021. Where: Franklin County. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915361
GREEN RIVER, THURSDAY AFTERNOON, JULY 22 We were admiring each other’s black Bell canoes, chatted a bit and introduced ourselves; you’re from Montpelier. I knew I should have asked to stay in touch but hesitated, unsure about your status with your regular paddling partner. Is there room in your life for a friend? It would be sad, indeed, to miss the opportunity. When: Thursday, July 22, 2021. Where: Green River Reservoir. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915360 CITY MARKET SOUTH END ROAD You have neon hair. I had camo pants. We both were seen push-riding our carts at the same time. Driving away on the dirt road, you stopped to say hi! We got rushed by cars behind you. You had to peel off fast and said your first name and last name, but I could not hear your last name! When: Friday, July 23, 2021. Where: City Market South End. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915358 RE: “HOW CAN WE RECONNECT?” Via text, we have reconnected. Tonight I sent him an Instagram of what happened on our first date. No, we never worked together. We drive the same brand of car. Mine is blue. His is black. Yes, I have piercings: ears, nose, tongue and nipples. What more would you like to know? When: Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Where: Colchester Pond. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915357 SHAMWOW Your chapter in my book is over. It will forever be one of my favorites, but I cannot keep rereading it hoping for a different ending. Scoots. When: Friday, May 18, 2018. Where: Maple Valley Café. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915356
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NOTHING VENTURED? Thanks for the wave from your silver HRV. Would you like to ride along on the next nice day? When: Wednesday, July 21, 2021. Where: 14 headed south. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915359 PRETTY BLONDE AT MAPLEFIELDS MILTON I held the door open for you, as you had a cast on your right foot. You had a white/ gray form-fitting dress on. I thought you looked amazing. I couldn’t help but look at you while in the store. I’d love to meet you and get to know you. Interested? When: Wednesday, July 21, 2021. Where: Maplefields at Chimney Corners. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915355 RE: CO-OP GIRL Young lady, I’m waiting. Does someone need to teach you to use your manners? ;) When: Wednesday, July 21, 2021. Where: co-op. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915354 MAJESTIC MAIN STREET RUNNER Fair-skinned, brisk brunette with a serene stride. Regularly running by my window, making me wish I was in step on the streets with you. How many miles do you go? What else might we share beyond brick beats from our feet? If you spy a runner with a bird on his chest, you’ve found your admirer. Hopefully you do! When: Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Where: Main St., Burlington, near August First. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915353
CAN’T STOP THINKING ABOUT YOU I tried but can’t stop. You were with two guys and a baby but no ring — it gave me (maybe false?) hope. I don’t think you even saw me, but on the off-chance you did and maybe you’re looking, too — you look like an absolute angel. I couldn’t help but wish it was me making you smile. I’m Dave. When: Friday, July 2, 2021. Where: University Mall, South Burlington. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915350
I really like to pleasure myself, but I’m struggling to reach orgasm. Any tips on how to do this?
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If I held the secret to women having an orgasm every time, I would be a bazillionaire living on a private tropical island somewhere. Alas, that is not the case, but I do know a thing or two. First things first. Some medications, such as antidepressants, can throw a wrench in the works. If you are on any prescriptions, you should talk to your doctor about switching things up. He or she could also
I SPY ...with my little eye, a beautiful girl. Dark brown hair in a ponytail, red Jeep, dark glasses. You were pumping gas. I was watching you, hopefully in a way that was flattering and not creepy. :) When: Friday, July 16, 2021. Where: Shell station. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915348 LOST IN HEALTHY LIVING Lovely smile from under your bucket hat somewhere around the wine. In the vitamin aisle, we exclaimed what a maze the place is! I (tattoos, black dress) asked if you knew where you were going. You said, “No, I’m too addled from the heat.” Wish I’d lingered longer; wonder if we had more to say. Interested in another conversation? When: Thursday, July 15, 2021. Where: Healthy Living. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915347
MIDD CO-OP BEAUTY Line 6, cashier with the curly red hair at the co-op. You played hard to get, but if I got you alone I bet I could make you be a good girl for me. Intrigued? When: Sunday, July 4, 2021. Where: Middlebury Food Co-op. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915338
BEAUTIFUL TALL WOMAN ON PINE I heard you and saw you, and I’m interested. Sorry about the slow roll on my bike. I was hoping for an opportunity to say hello. I hope you find what you are looking for. When: Friday, July 16, 2021. Where: Dealer. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915344
rule out any other medical conditions that might be at play. If none of that is the case, your issue may be all in your head. Thinking too hard about having an orgasm is a surefire way to make it not happen. Next time you’re going solo, don’t focus so much on the finish line. You need to relax and enjoy the ride in order to get there.
CYNTHIA AT MARKET 32 I saw you. You were working organizing shelves. Would like to know more. Single. When: Thursday, July 15, 2021. Where: Market 32. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915341
WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Sarah, Lisa, Angie ... to name a few. Here’s to all the girls I’ve loved and lost, whether we spent years together or just moments. I hope you are doing well. When: Saturday, July 10, 2021. Where: in memory. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915339
RE ‘HOW CAN WE RECONNECT?’ Did you ever reconnect? If not, maybe some clues: Did you work together? What color is your “car”? How about his? Do you have any piercings? Mystery and intrigue here! When: Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Where: maybe Colchester Pond. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915345
YOGA BABE LIKED MY CANOE You liked my canoe and had a lovely smile. Go for a paddle sometime? When: Friday, July 16, 2021. Where: yoga, then co-op. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915342
RUTLAND HANNAFORD 7/15 You were behind me in the checkout line. We exchanged a few smiles but didn’t speak. You wore shades and a Red Sox hat; I was the girl in the blank tank and pink skirt. We both bought beer and ice cream. I wouldn’t mind having a pint of either sometime. When: Thursday, July 15, 2021. Where: Rutland Hannaford. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915343
CO-OP CUTIE You: red hair, blue eyes, banging bod, still playing it safe behind a mask, I want to say 25 to 30? Me: tall, fit, brown hair, 30s, grabbing some DIPA before the store closed. I wanted to stay and chat, but the store was closing. Maybe I can take you out sometime. When: Friday, July 9, 2021. Where: Middlebury Co-op. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915340
GRAY JEEP, NY PLATES, CITY MARKET I honestly don’t even know how you hit that speed within the confines of the parking lot. Anyway, I was the tall fella in a Red Wings shirt and cap, then we saw each other again inside. I think you’re tall and pretty and seem interesting. Please confirm the last piece. When: Sunday, July 18, 2021. Where: City Market. You: Woman. Me: Gender non-conformist. #915346
YOU It’s wrong that I still miss you after what you did, but I wish things had ended differently. While there’s no hope we can get back what we had, maybe things didn’t have to be so final. I’d like to part on better terms. When: Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Where: in and out of my life too fast. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915351
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LAKE GODDESS Aphrodite reincarnate. Lure me to my doom with your Siren song. When: Saturday, June 19, 2021. Where: Blueberry Lake. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915352
OAKLEDGE COVE CUTIE, 7/6 8 P.M. You: tall, smiley man with dark hair and black dog. Me: woman sitting with friends and a goldendoodle. My friend mentioned her dog was friendly. You replied, “My dog likes to fight ... but I’m friendly.” I watched you leave and noticed you stopped to soak in the sunset. My dog also likes to fight. Meet sometime with our dogs on leash? When: Tuesday, July 6, 2021. Where: Oakledge Cove. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915334
If you like baths, taking a long, hot one not only relaxes your mind but gets your circulation going in all the right places. Get in the mood by reading an erotic story or watching some sexy flicks. Changing up your technique could also help. If you always use a vibrator, try using just your hands — or vice versa. If you go at it for a long time, your lady bits can become over-sensitized, so remember to take a break once in a while. Masturbation should be a pleasure, not a chore. So, get your head out of the game, relax and have fun experimenting along the way. Good luck and God bless,
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I’m an older male seeking any age. It’s so enchanting in the woods. The silence, the peace and the wonderful sounds of nature. I’d love to share the caress of nature with a good friend. Lovely wonderful person, 5’9, 150 pounds, older nonsmoker. #L1521 Man looking for a woman. I will return calls to everyone. I’m over 50 y/o. Widower. She died very young of cancer. Time to move on. Please leave your name and number. #L1520 SWM, mid-50s, seeking SWF, 50s to 60s. Looking for life partner. I am fit, financially secure, very well grounded. Strong desire to travel crosscountry. #L1519 Discreet oral bottom. 54y/o SWM, 5’8, slim, dark hair, blue eyes. Seeking any well-hung guys, 18 to 55 y/o, who are a good top and last a long time for more than one around. Phone only, but text. Champlain Valley. #L1526 70-y/o WM seeks mid-70s to mid-80s WF. I want to experience sensuality with a very mature WF woman. Phone number, please. #L1524 GM in Rutland County seeking other GM or bi for social interaction. Maybe leading to FWB or more. I’m easygoing, stable and like adventure. Phone only. Hope to hear from you. #L1523
I am a cross-dressing female (MTF) and very Scorpio. Seeking a female of any age/ race. Will swap house cleaning (windows, floors, dishes, etc.) for fashion/makeup advice. Fit and financially secure. Disease and drug free. I will gladly respond to all letters. #L1525 Fit 50ish M, green-eyed, kind and witty, seeks fit F 40 to 60. Well read, rugged, capable, collected, patient. Values community, gardens, art, acts of making. Let’s cook, share absurdist humor, read together. Prefer handwritten to the screen. Simple! #L1522
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66-y/o SWM seeking SWF, 50 to 63. Gentle, unassuming, soft-spoken, creative vegetarian seeks a fit, affectionate, unadorned woman who takes delight in gardening, folk music, candlelight and bicycle rides. Let’s explore the islands together. Are you coming? #L1517 DWW seeks divorced/single man of appropriate age range. I am 59 and still fine. Active, down-to-earth poet and educator. Would like to start with a coffee or a walk first. Life is short and stranger than fiction. #L1516
Reply to these messages with real, honest-to-goodness letters. DETAILS BELOW. 56-y/o single woman. Humbled, thoughtful. Hoping for a safe, kind, honest relationship with a man. Calm in nature, love for nature. Morning coffees, long walks, talks, sunsets, art, music, dance, friends, family, laughs! Willing to see and resolve suffering. Unconditional love and support find me at home. Phone number, please. #L1486 SWM seeking SWM any age. Must love top and fem bottom. Looking for steady lover. Gay or bi, any race. Phone. #L1515 Male widower looking for woman for FWB/LTR, maybe more. Please be 18+. Send me your name, info and phone number. I will return all calls back to you. Look forward to meeting you. #L1513 Male, 55, seeking woman to cocreate a beautiful life/family close to the Earth on the land with plants, animals and wildlife. Together a vessel of love to manifest the dormant ancestral pulse of people living close to nature absent the turnkey life mayhem. Wolcott. Clearing the woods. #L1512
GM 60-y/o seeks sexually active 70-plus male. I love giving and receiving oral. Virgin but would love to bottom to a lover. Enjoy all activities nude. #L1514 Senior male, mid-60s, seeking older males 65 to 80 for carefree and fun moments of pleasure. Must be DD-free and have completed both COVID shots. Safe and kind. Life is too short to not have moments of pleasure. It’s been a rough past year. #L1511 David, 73, Vermont gentleman. Growing, enjoying a healthy life mentally and physically. We are so blessed with a home like Vermont! Chemistry, spirit, health! I will listen to all you say and believe all you do! #L1510 I like to listen and learn. I’ve been lucky enough to travel a lot in business. I’d like to adventure more, maybe to Western Europe. I’d like to find someone who appreciates the little things and a best friend who is truthful and trustworthy. #L1509
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