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Earlier this year, Vermont lawmakers allocated $7 million so that childcare programs could give retention bonuses to staff. For childcare center directors — many of whom are losing employees and struggling to fill open positions — that money can’t come soon enough. Throughout the summer, they waited patiently for an update. On August 9, they got one from the Vermont Department for Children and Families’ Child Development Division: While the agency could not yet spend the $7 million, “it is anticipated that we will receive authority in mid to late August.” Once that happened, the message said, an application would be released so childcare providers could apply for the funds. That left Julie Buechler, executive director of Ascension Childcare in Shelburne, hopeful. But in the weeks that followed, six staff members resigned from Ascension. Two took jobs with local school districts where they will work shorter hours for more money and better benefits. One moved to another childcare program. Two moved out of state, and one left the field for health reasons. As a result, Ascension has cut enrollment and curtailed hours. While the center once served more than 72 children, it’s now able to take just 55.

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Buechler hasn’t heard anything further about the bonus funds, and her hope has turned into frustration. Miranda Gray, deputy commissioner of DCF’s Child Development Division, said the unit was finalizing the applications and developing a tutorial to explain to childcare providers how to fill it out. “[We] hope to have the application out to the field soon to apply,” Gray wrote. Buechler is dismayed by the lack of a more concrete timeline. While she’s not sure whether the money would have convinced the staff members who resigned to stay, she said the bonuses would boost her employees’ morale. Ascension is far from the only childcare center that’s had to scale back services due to staffing shortages. In June, Seven Days reported on the unprecedented challenges childcare centers were having in hiring and retaining staff. Just this month, a shortage of qualified teachers led a well-established center, Heartworks Burlington, to abruptly close one infant and one toddler classroom, leaving families scrambling to find alternatives. Read Alison Novak’s full story and keep up with developments at


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1. “Vermont Issues First Three Licenses for Retail Cannabis Sales” by Derek Brouwer. The Cannabis Control Board’s action will allow businesses in Burlington, Rutland and Middlebury to open soon. 2. “CityPlace Developers Move Toward Building Affordable Housing on Vacant Site” by Courtney Lamdin. Builders want to move forward with an eight-story affordable housing complex as an initial step in redeveloping “the Pit” in downtown Burlington. 3. “UVM Health Network Slams Regulators Over Budget Decision” by Colin Flanders. The Green Mountain Care Board approved a smaller budget increase for the University of Vermont Medical Center than hospital officials had sought. 4. “UVM’s New School of the Arts Gathers Many Creative Disciplines Under One Roof” by Ken Picard. While college arts programs around the country are struggling to attract students and funding, the University of Vermont is doubling down on such offerings. 5. “Burlington Councilor Jack Hanson Resigns to Apply for City Job” by Courtney Lamdin. The council approved the creation of the position, a net-zero project and equity analyst, in June.

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MAN ON A MISSION On January 1, 1999, an 88-year-old political activist from New Hampshire named Doris Haddock embarked on a 3,200-mile crosscountry walk to drum up support for campaign finance reform. Affectionately known as “Granny D,” Haddock finished her trip to Washington, D.C., on February 29, 2000, garnering widespread media attention along the way. South Burlington resident Rick Hubbard — an author, activist and retired lawyer — learned about Granny D through a distant relative, who also happened to be Haddock’s grandson. Inspired by her resolve, Hubbard traveled to Kentucky to walk alongside her for a week.

More than two decades later, Hubbard, 80, is preparing to follow in Granny D’s footsteps. On October 1, he’ll begin his own traverse across the country to rally fellow Americans to fix democracy. He’s hoping to generate awareness and support for political solutions he’s passionate about: passing voting rights legislation; having open, nonpartisan primaries and ranked-choice voting; allowing all citizens to make small donations to campaigns through an income-tax rebate; and outlawing gerrymandering. Starting in Los Angeles, Calif., Hubbard will make stops in more than 30 towns and cities — from Las Vegas, Nev., to Lincoln, Neb. — where he’ll meet with local activist groups, speak with citizens and give speeches. A support RV, driven by a rotating cast of volunteers, will follow

Hubbard on his journey and take him on side trips to different towns. Hubbard plans to arrive outside of Washington, D.C., in December — of 2023. After going home for the holidays, he’ll return to the U.S. capital in the New Year to engage with lawmakers. An avid hiker and walker, Hubbard hopes to log an average of 10 miles per day, five days a week on his route. He’ll have to take one detour to fly home and get the battery in his pacemaker replaced. “I don’t know how many years I have left, but I do know that, statistically, it’s pretty small,” Hubbard said. “So why not take a chunk of it and do what I can?” Follow along at Hubbard’s website, ALISON NOVAK SEVEN DAYS SEPTEMBER 21-28, 2022



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I understand that Seven Days does not assess or evaluate the content of the paid political advertising that it publishes. Yet its readers should still understand when a political placement crosses a line, as last week’s full-page ad by Tom Licata did. Licata attempts to “inform” Vermonters by stating: “Among Socialism’s 45 goals read into the 1963 Congressional Record were...” and goes on to list four rather startling objectives. The implication is that 1) these are socialism’s current and self-stated goals; and 2) the Democrat Party is, in fact, socialist and therefore shares these aims. Thankfully for Democrats, and indeed for all Vermonters, this is a gross misrepresentation at best and an outright lie and an attempt to deceive Vermont voters at worst. These “goals” were fabricated by a discredited, racist, far-right conspiracy theorist in 1958 and published in a book called The Naked Communist by W. Cleon Skousen. Skousen opposed all federal agencies, wanted all public lands and national parks sold to private individuals, and advocated for removing the separation of church and state. He opposed federal and state income taxes. He was shockingly and blatantly racist, calling African American children a slur considered offensive even in the 1960s and stating that American slave owners were the real victims of the slavery system, while slaves “were usually a cheerful lot.” I hope that any Vermonter does their own research on Licata and his views, regardless of their political party affiliation. Jeffrey Loiter



Last week’s story about Democratic gubernatorial candidate Brenda Siegel, “Underdog ’s Appeal,” misstated the status of an emergency pandemic-era program housing the homeless in hotels and motels. The program, known as the General Assistance Housing Program, reverted to pre-pandemic eligibility in June 2022, when a new transitional housing program took effect.




Reading about Naomi Wood’s death [“Trust Fail,” September 7] flooded me with wild grief and an uncanny sense of relief. Aligned with Naomi’s family, I extend my condolences and outrage and want to share the context for the strange relief I feel. Eight and a half years ago, I got out of what I now know was a cult. Since then, I’ve studied coercive control, published a book about it, started a career in cult recovery and launched a movement that gives voice to cult survivors. Within weeks of snapping out of my 18-year odyssey with a new-agey therapy group gone cultic, I found myself chatting with a couple of men who sat at a table covered in brochures about addiction and the “wonderful program” that was helping them. Their countenance was familiar, and the hair on the back of my neck rose to attention. Between my consulting work, writing classes I facilitate and my volunteer work with, I have now heard hundreds of personal stories of cultic abuse. Some of the most devastating come from the “troubled teen” industry. Alison Novak’s powerful article offers us the heartrending story of Naomi, who will never get to tell her own story. And I am both relieved and grateful that Novak’s skillful reporting shines a steady, necessary light on an entity that deserves further scrutiny. Gerette Buglion HYDE PARK


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Response, Crime Victims Say,” September 7]: Of course, this is entirely the fault of the Burlington City Council. They created this mess and have never wanted to accept responsibility for blowing up the Burlington Police Department. This speaks to their lack of character. Good people left BPD because government officials didn’t have their backs. These “officials,” aka council members, have zero expertise in police matters, yet they chose to weigh in on the George Floyd killing to conflate that event as if it were related to incidents in Burlington, Vt. What an incredible mistake! The council members erred in responding to protests by 300 people outside the BPD as if they were the be-all and end-all of political opinion. Fools, wimps, cowards — they should all be removed. All these shootings and deaths are legitimately on their hands. What a disgusting bit of governmental malfeasance. Steve L’Heureux



[Re “Sen. Patrick Leahy’s New Memoir Offers a Wealth of Stories From an Eventful Career,” August 26]: Was Sen. Patrick Leahy being paid to write so-called books or defend the taxpayers’ interests — especially since they’re the ones who made him a multimillionaire during his 50 years feeding at the public trough? Too bad Seven Days joined the Leahy love fest versus asking the real question. Ted Cohen


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Leafing Town The little Northeast Kingdom village of East Burke throws its largest annual shindig, the Burke Fall Festival, this weekend. The village green is replete with rural delights, including horse-drawn wagon rides, a farm animal petting zoo, cow plop bingo, rubber ducky races in Dish Mill Brook, a wildlife show and a craft fair featuring over 70 vendors. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 69


Friends of the Pod The Kents’ Corner State Historic Site presents the next installment of Words Out Loud at Calais’ Old West Church, featuring M.T. Anderson and Erica Heilman. Guided by the theme “Where Text Meets Sound: Vermont Writers Across Genres,” the author and the podcaster, respectively, discuss the interplay of text and speech.


JIMINY CRICKET! First Congregational Church of Essex Junction continues its Community Concerts @ First series with an appearance by folk act Cricket Blue. Praised as “master storytellers” by NPR, the duo brings a literary, folkloric flair to every song it sings. Accompanying Cricket Blue is string ensemble Trio Arco. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 70



No Way to Handle Things Anyone whose world was rocked by adolescence will find much to relate to in the Tony Awardwinning musical Spring Awakening, presented by Northern Stage at Barrette Center for the Arts’ Byrne Theater in White River Junction. Impassioned indie rock numbers tell the story of several repressed kids coming of age in 19thcentury Germany, proving that teen angst truly is universal. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 71


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From his home in Ripton, elevation 1,680 feet, author Bill McKibben keeps an eye on the Vermont media, on occasion emailing words of encouragement to local journalists who go the extra distance. Last week, he shared his view with the readership of the New Yorker magazine, to which he has been a longtime contributor. In a Thursday “Daily Comment” entitled “How Vermont’s Media Helps Keep the State Together,” he gave Seven Days props for our extensive coverage of food, arts and politics. He noted that the paper’s “true specialty is high-calibre long-form journalism, marked not just by careful reporting but by literary flair.” Pat Bouffard delivering Seven Days My sole quibble: I wish McKibben had also written the caption for the photo that illustrated the story, which shows a Seven Days delivery guy navigating a handcart stacked high with papers on snowy Church Street in Burlington. The minimalist explanation reads: “A man delivers newspapers in Vermont, where various local media outlets provide different Wren on the job and complementary ways of with Nat Michael understanding the state.” A more informative caption would have been: “Pat Bouffard delivers Seven Days newspaper — a weekly job he and his brother, Joe, have done for more than a quarter century. Prior to that, they did the same work for the daily Burlington Free Press.” Only one delivery technician has worked for Seven Days longer than the Bouffard brothers: Nat Michael of Jericho, who has had a route since the first issue on September 6, 1995. For 27 years, she’s been one of the individuals who show up at our loading dock early on Wednesday morning, fill their cars with stacks of newspapers, and head out to deliver them to more than 1,000 locations in Vermont and northern New York. These 18 essential workers are the connective tissue of our local media business. They clean up our racks, remove and tally any of the previous week’s papers that remain — a tiny number, according to our auditors at the Circulation Verification Council — and deliver the latest issue, often to readers eager to snag a copy off the top of the stack. Although the once-a-week job seems perfect for loners, it actually requires some people skills. “When Seven Days shows up, it’s usually a very positive exchange. People like to engage our drivers,” circulation director Matt Weiner

said. “If you were a total introvert and didn’t like people, it’s maybe not your thing.” Michael supplies the businesses that make Seven Days available to readers in Colchester, Milton, and dozens of towns in Franklin and Lamoille counties. They expect her on Wednesdays. Many of the proprietors and employees on her route also looked forward to seeing her beautiful dog, Wren. Riding shotgun, the Catahoula leopard dog, a rescue, was Michael’s “chief navigator” for more than a decade. “I knew she was the perfect dog,” Michael said of a telling moment shortly after picking Wren up at North Country Animal League in Morrisville. “When we stopped at an intersection, the two of us looked both ways.” Wren rarely left the car — except for bathroom breaks — but Michael’s regulars brought the dog treats. When this spring Wren became too old and frail to ride in the car all day, they sent the dog snacks home with Michael. “We had a wonderful summer of naps and snacks and CBD, which is not a bad way to live,” she said. Wren was 13 and a half when she died on September 9. She’d spent 11 years on the road with Michael. Her predecessor, a lab-hound mix by the name of Callie, rode the route for a dozen. Will Michael enlist another canine copilot? “I have to. I can’t imagine…” she said, trailing off. Michael has never missed a Wednesday. She reads Seven Days religiously. And, like the Bouffards, she gets our paper in addition to delivering it. That might not matter to the New Yorker, but it means a lot to us.

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n October 2020, Burlington city leaders switched on a pulsating water splash pad and declared City Hall Park reborn. Doreen Kraft, executive director of Burlington City Arts, called it the Queen City’s “crown jewel.” Others proudly envisioned the downtown square block as the city’s “front yard” or “living room.” Mayor Miro Weinberger, a student of urban design, had championed the idea that the $5.75 million renovation would transform how residents perceive and use the green space abutting city hall. He dedicated the “revived” park to the victims of COVID-19, a pandemic then still raging, and said he hoped it would serve “as a beacon of hope and renewal in these times.” Nearly two years later, City Hall Park is a long way from fulfilling that optimistic vision. Despite a blitz of city-sponsored events that have drawn more visitors, the park increasingly serves as visible evidence of the city’s most pressing challenges: its housing crisis, the spike in gun violence, and a social services system that 14


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can’t handle the pandemic-propelled surge in addiction and mental illness. The mayor is facing pressure to bring change to the park, though the complexity of the situation, coupled with widespread staffing shortages, suggests an immediate solution is unlikely.



Earlier this month, the park was the site of a late-night, execution-style murder — the fourth time shots were fired there since June 2021. Some visitors use drugs inside the park’s new public restroom, and, on August 20, a man was found dead from an apparent drug overdose in a public bathroom

inside city hall. Between July 2021 and June 2022, emergency crews took 10 people from the park to the hospital as a result of drug overdoses. Burlington police are on pace this year to receive more calls for problems in the park than at any point in the last decade. Weinberger said the number of complaints he’s fielded in recent months is “unprecedented.” “I think, at times, it has been worse than prior to the pandemic,” he said. That sentiment is shared by local business owners, who didn’t hold back during a September 9 meeting with the mayor. The park has become a “poster child” for the city’s problems and a public relations disaster, said Eric Farrell, a developer of upscale apartments. “I think the perception is: If we can’t clean up City Hall Park, then we’ve lost control of the entire city,” Farrell said. Many of the 100 or so people who attended the virtual public safety town NO PICNIC

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The partners behind the CityPlace Burlington project are moving ahead with developing affordable housing on the long-vacant site — a first step in finally rebuilding on what’s come to be commonly called “the pit.” Last week, the developers submitted a request to use $275,000 in federal grant money to help build an eight-story project in partnership with the Champlain Housing Trust. The grant would fund a small fraction of the 80- to 88-unit project’s estimated $26.3 million price tag. “This is very positive,” Brian Pine, director of the city’s Community & Economic Development Office, said. “This is certainly greater progress in at least this part of the project coming to fruition, and I think that bodes well for the whole project.” Progress on the CityPlace site has been stalled since developers tore down the Burlington Town Center mall in 2017. Former owner Don Sinex, who sold his shares in the project earlier this year, had proposed 14-story towers with shopping and apartments. But years of construction delays have instead left a dusty expanse in the center of town. The project is now helmed by three local businessmen: Dave Farrington of Farrington Construction, Al Senecal of Omega Electric Construction and Scott Ireland of S.D. Ireland. Scaled-back plans call for nearly 430 homes — including the 80 or so affordable units — shops, restaurants and public space. Initially, the affordable units were to be included within CityPlace’s two 10-story towers, but the developers are now pitching them as part of a stand-alone, eight-story building at 130 Bank Street. Pine said developers will have to revisit the city’s Development Review Board to modify their permit. Champlain Housing Trust CEO Michael Monte said the organization has a good working relationship with the CityPlace partners. “They want us to be part of it, we’d like to be part of it, and I think, at this point, it’s looking very positive,” he said. m

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n 2020, as COVID-19 shuttered businesses and forced millions out of work, the federal government flooded states with funds to set up new unemployment programs. Now, a year after one of those programs expired in Vermont, the state is asking recipients to prove that they qualified. Roughly 17,000 Vermonters who enrolled in the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program did not submit documents the state now says it needs to verify their work history. The Vermont Department of Labor has spent more than six months trying to collect the federally mandated paperwork and has only made it through about a third of the backlog. It now expects the effort to spill into next year. The postmortem is the consequence of Vermont’s decision to continue relying on the honor system even after the federal government called for a stronger vetting of claims in an effort to prevent fraud. State officials say the review will help catch fraudsters and protect Vermont from potential federal punishment. But it has also led to confusion and anxiety among the many people receiving the requests, who must gather months-old documents, emails and text messages to help prove their case. Those who fail to convince the department could be asked to pay back thousands of dollars. “Our goal here is to not be punitive,” said Cameron Wood, director of the state labor department’s unemployment insurance division. “Our goal is to make sure we’re complying with requirements that the [U.S. Department of Labor] has put on us … so that we don’t get into any punitive situation.” The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program was established in the spring of 2020 to support people who lost income because of COVID-19 and did not qualify for traditional unemployment. These included farmers, gig workers, part-timers and the self-employed. Almost anyone who lost wages because of COVID-19 qualified: those who had to care for a sick family member, who had to stay home to watch their children during school shutdowns or whose households lost income because of a








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University of Vermont president Suresh Garimella took aim at the media for its coverage of a federal probe into allegations of antisemitism on campus, asserting that the complaint that prompted the investigation, and its subsequent portrayal, “painted our community in a patently false light.” Jewish advocacy organizations alleged in October 2021 that the university failed to adequately address harassment directed at Jewish students, including vandalism of the UVM Hillel building and social media posts by a teaching assistant threatening to lower the grades Suresh Garimella of Zionist Jews, a faction that identifies Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people. “The uninformed narrative published this week has been harmful to UVM,” Garimella charged. “Equally importantly, it is harmful to our Jewish students, faculty, staff, and alumni.” Seven Days wrote about the complaint on September 13 and received a statement from UVM, which said it planned to cooperate with the investigation by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. Last Thursday, Garimella insisted that UVM responded appropriately to the incidents in the complaint. With regard to the teaching assistant’s social media activity, “the university took prompt action to ensure that the objectionable statements did not adversely impact students in the classroom and further, to perform a thorough review to ensure all grades were awarded on a non-discriminatory basis,” he wrote. The alleged vandalism of the Hillel building was traced to students who tossed small rocks at a window to get a friend’s attention, Garimella wrote. The complaint also alleged that two student groups discriminated against Jews by stating on social media that Zionism would not be tolerated within their membership. The university determined that the two groups were not officially recognized by the university and, therefore, were not subject to UVM policies, Garimella said. Jewish leaders and advocacy groups later blasted Garimella’s defense of the university’s conduct. m


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No Picnic « P.14 hall spoke in similarly pitched tones about how unruly behavior throughout the nearby Church Street Marketplace is disrupting their businesses and scaring off customers. Ernie Pomerleau, whose late parents donated $500,000 to the City Hall Park renovation and have their names etched into the new fountain, bemoaned “aggressive” panhandling on Church Street and the number of drug users and homeless people sleeping in and around the park. “This thing is beyond epic,” Pomerleau said. Deb Miller, co-owner of Ken’s Pizza and Pub, claimed that tourist visits to downtown Burlington had been replaced by “gangs.” City Hall Park has long been a contested space, thanks to its central location near essential services and a boutique shopping district. Those with a voice in city politics have expressed safety concerns for years, while others have detected in such complaints a bourgeois discomfort with the presence of the poor, homeless and nonconforming. When the park was closed for construction in 2019, a couple of homeless men who frequented the park formed a mini-encampment on a nearby sidewalk in protest; business owners complained that other displaced park-goers were

disrupting Church Street. The construction also displaced the city’s beloved Saturday farmers market, which moved to a location on Pine Street and has yet to return downtown. Weinberger believed that improving the park’s design and hosting more events would attract people there and, in turn, deter crime and antisocial behavior. The extensive renovations, nearly a decade in the making, were financed through a mix of philanthropy, tax increment financing and other capital revenue streams, along with about $1 million in general taxpayer funds. Since the park reopened, Burlington City Arts has staged concerts, movie screenings, speakers, activities and artist markets — totaling more than 130 events this summer. In August, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) rallied there with state Sen. Becca Balint (D-Windham) and hundreds of supporters in the homestretch of Balint’s successful primary run for U.S. House. And just last week, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, the ice cream moguls who founded Ben & Jerry’s, were spotted walking along the park perimeter, a film crew in tow. “There’s a lot of great stuff happening in the park,” said Michael van Gulden, CEO of Chocolate Thunder Security, a private security firm the city uses at city hall. His staff generally wear yellow polo shirts, carry walkie-talkies and are

unarmed. Van Gulden attributes some of the public perceptions of the park to the “haves” being “dismayed by the people who have not.” Yet a video posted to Twitter of a recent encounter between a Chocolate Thunder security guard and a park-goer only underscored the current tensions. The video captured an employee named Mac McGill confronting a shirtless man who McGill said was injecting drugs on the steps of city hall. “I’m minding my own fucking business,” the man can be heard telling McGill, who is pointing and yelling at him when the 35-second clip begins. “No, it’s my business when you’ve got a drug kit on the fucking steps!” McGill replies. McGill then tells the man that “you’re on your way to dying young” and to “get off the stairs.” A second video captured McGill picking up a needle from the top of the steps, then accidentally pricking himself with it. The city hired Chocolate Thunder to monitor city hall and City Hall Park in 2021 but scaled back the arrangement this year to exclude the park due to staffing constraints, Weinberger said. In an interview, McGill said he was posted at city hall part time for nearly a year — usually as the only uniformed rule enforcer in the area. Police, he said, almost never responded when problems

arose. McGill said he’d been threatened so many times at city hall that he began carrying pepper spray, but he was proud of his work. After the video was posted, McGill said he was offered a new post in Essex, which would have doubled the length of his bus commute from Montpelier. Instead, he quit but considers his departure a “de facto firing.” Van Gulden declined to discuss McGill’s employment but said he was not fired. “Obviously I’m the problem in City Hall Park, not the needles, not the drugs, not the execution-style murder,” McGill said sarcastically. Howard Center’s Street Outreach program, a team of six when fully staffed, can help when people using the park act in problematic ways, said Deanna Ryerson, the organization’s crisis director. Street outreach workers



get to know regular park visitors over time and help connect them to social services when desired. Those relationships are helpful when someone’s in crisis, she said, but their knack for empathetic conversation and de-escalation isn’t a panacea, especially for more serious behaviors involving weapons or drug sales. Law enforcement and social workers each play important roles, and neither has the resources needed to meet the scale of the problems Burlington is facing, she said. The city created a plan this summer to restore regular police foot patrols downtown, but Weinberger said the department frequently doesn’t have enough officers on shift to make that happen. The mayor said he thinks the problems at the park have been made worse by an evolving drug market that has pivoted toward fentanyl and methamphetamine. Meanwhile, homelessness has gone up dramatically, Weinberger said, with between 60 and 70 people sleeping outside in Burlington every night. “These are big factors that certainly are not specific to City Hall Park, but I do think that City Hall Park is a place where ... you can really see them very visibly,” Weinberger said. There are times when people from “enormous socioeconomic difference” have been able to enjoy City Hall Park

simultaneously, the mayor said. But he worries that the park’s reputation is keeping kids and families away. He said the King Street Center, where his wife works, got raincoats and water shoes for children in its Head Start program so they could take trips to the park’s new fountain. They haven’t used the equipment once this summer, Weinberger said. Officials are working aggressively to come up with new solutions, the mayor said, but it’s going to take time because the drivers of the problems are complex and resources are limited. “We are going through a historically challenging time, and it’s not just here,” Weinberger said during his recent meeting with business owners. At the same time, the mayor told Seven Days, he doesn’t want to impose new rules or policies that could push out park users “because of the way they look, the way they dress ... that doesn’t meet some middle-class standard.” Howard Center’s Ryerson also questioned the notion that the city can simply “clean up” the park. “When we say ‘clean up the park,’ what does that actually mean?” Ryerson asked. “And where are those people to go for help, and how are they going to get help, and do they want help?” “We need to offer certain services. We need to address these very serious concerns. But we need to embrace everyone along the way,” she added. The park was getting ample use last Thursday. A couple groups of regulars hung out in different quadrants, chatting, eating and sharing smokes. A Jay-Z song floated from a portable speaker as families, including some with infants and toddlers, passed through or ate lunch. A woman with a walker sat on one bench; on another, a younger person toting a sealed Childish Gambino record drew in a sketchbook. On a third bench, a man was gripping a sizable glass bong, and on a fourth, a Seven Days reporter surveyed his surroundings. In the northeast corner, near the Whiskey Room, a man who appeared high ambled awkwardly on the sidewalk for about an hour, as if he were trying to balance on a paddleboard. He eventually removed his shirt and disappeared in the direction of Church Street. As the noon lunch hour wound down, about 40 people were spread across the park. One woman’s particularly conspicuous setup included camp chairs and a hamper’s worth of clothes that she’d draped over benches to dry. She was bent over the edge of a mulched bed of plants, tossing handfuls of roots into a cardboard box — weeding. m

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The tiny town of Ripton will vote — again — on the fate of its beloved elementary school B Y R A CHEL HEL L M AN • PHOTOS: CALEB KENNA


arah Paquette, a mother of three, loves everything about Ripton Elementary School. She’s grateful for the individual attention her two sons have gotten from teachers there and appreciates the “family vibe” of the 53-student school, the only one in the tiny town. She’s worried, though, that her youngest child — just 18 months old — won’t get the same experience as the older boys, ages 7 and 10. “I would be devastated if she didn’t get to go to school here,” Paquette said earlier this month as she watched her two sons romp around the school’s playground. But that very well could be a possibility, as townspeople once again ponder the school’s future. A year ago, Paquette and other Riptonians voted overwhelmingly to secede from the Addison Central School District, which had threatened to close the town’s K-5 school. But now, rejoining the parent district may be the only way forward. Voters will have their say on September 29, when they cast ballots in a referendum that could ultimately determine whether the school stays open. Residents face a set of unsavory choices. They can vote yes and return to a district that once appeared poised to shutter their school — or no, potentially opening the way to a lengthy legal fight and longerterm uncertainties over whether the town, with 739 residents, is too small to serve as its own supervisory school district, as the state claims. To many in town, the upcoming referendum feels like a catch-22 with a Groundhog Day twist. “I don’t think there’s any satisfactory answer for unity at this point,”

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said Molly Witters, one of five members of the Ripton School District Board. Ripton, a picturesque town set in the Green Mountain National Forest, is not the only place in Vermont facing such existential questions. The elementary school is among a slew of small, rural schools — including ones in Addison, Weybridge, Starksboro and Lincoln — that have opted during the past year to withdraw from larger supervisory school districts in an attempt to save themselves from potential closure. The upcoming vote caps a year and a half of scuffling between Ripton and the State Board of Education over its capacity to administer needed services, such as special education. The tussle tracks with a larger debate surrounding the future of small districts under the 2015 schoolmerger law known as Act 46. “Our state motto is ‘Freedom and Unity.’ And I think that motto and that

balance — because there’s sort of this inherent tension between freedom and unity — really speaks to the challenge that everyone’s been facing with this withdrawal,” Oliver Olsen, chair of the State Board of Education, said. Those questions of freedom and unity in education have long been in play in Vermont, a state with a rich history of small-by-design rural school systems that were — and, in some cases, still are — locally governed. But plummeting enrollments and rising education costs led Vermont lawmakers to move to a consolidated education approach through the passage of Act 46. Ripton and its neighbors took the state’s initial guidance to heart. In 2015, Addison Central School District, which includes schools in Bridport, Cornwall, Middlebury, Ripton, Salisbury, Shoreham and Weybridge, became one of the first

consolidated supervisory unions to form under Act 46. A supervisory union provides critical services — such as transportation, special education and data management — to its constituent districts by pooling resources. Students in the ACSD go to middle and high school in Middlebury. But with the expiration of state merger money in 2017, ACSD began crafting a strategy for making the most of its limited resources that would include the closure of one to six of its schools. The ACSD board made it clear at that time that Ripton Elementary, no matter the configuration, would likely shutter. Community members in Ripton were devastated and angry. If Ripton Elementary were to close, students would most likely be distributed to neighboring elementary schools, which would mean long bus rides down mountain roads. Advocates for keeping Ripton Elementary open said it has been a huge draw for the town and has been thriving. The school building, constructed in 1989, is also one of the newest in the district. In a bid to prevent ACSD from shuttering the school, Ripton residents gathered nearly 1,000 signatures to change the district’s articles of agreement so that Ripton, and any town faced with the same threat in the future, would have final say in its own school’s closing. The idea is not new; most unified districts in the state already have protection provisions in place. Ultimately, though, the ACSD board voted against changing the articles of agreement, thus sealing Ripton’s fate. With few options on the table, Ripton’s school board voted in 2021 to secede from

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YOUR OPINION IS VALUED! ACSD and form its own school district. “The impetus for going forward with this wasn’t just educational, which certainly was part of it,” Witters said. “But also that, as a town, we should have a say.” The next challenge for Ripton was finding a supervisory union to join. The town had been advised by an attorney at the state Agency of Education that it was too small to become its own supervisory district in the manner of larger standalone districts, such as Burlington. The problem was, none of the supervisory unions near Ripton wanted to take on the elementary school, citing financial hindrances and geographical challenges. “The bottom line is,” Olsen said, “nobody wanted Ripton. They sort of voted themselves off the island, and then they had no other island to go to.”

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That led the State Board of Education, in January, to make an unprecedented — and highly contested — move, designating Ripton as its own supervisory district. Ripton was expected to lay the groundwork for providing special education, transportation and central administrative offices for itself. Critics said the action set Ripton up for certain failure. “In the case of Ripton, the State Board of Education has abdicated its responsibility to Ripton’s children by placing Ripton in a position which they knew was untenable,” said Margaret MacLean, who served on the State Board of Education from 2013 to 2015. She also was the professional development director for the Rural School and Community Trust, a nonprofit group that advocates for equitable funding for rural schools. During this year’s legislative session, state officials acknowledged the awkwardness of Ripton’s situation and, more broadly, began to recognize that the threat of closures was prompting secession moves by small schools. In an effort to reverse the legal framework that landed Ripton in its predicament, the state legislature passed what is now known as Act 176. The measure requires stricter guidelines for districts seeking withdrawal and created what Olsen

called a “one-time off-ramp” that would allow Ripton to undo its decision to secede and rejoin ACSD. By July, Ripton was expected to show the State Board of Education that it was prepared to be its own supervisory district. Ripton collaborated with nearby Lincoln, which was in the process of seceding from its own district, to propose a merged “Mountain Supervisory Union” that would marry the two. But after reviewing Ripton’s materials, the State Board of Education voted unanimously that there was an “overwhelming risk” if Ripton assumed full responsibility for educating its students next year, whether on its own or through a new supervisory union with Lincoln. The State Board is expected to respond to Lincoln’s withdrawal plan later this month. The board has already advised Ripton and ACSD officials to discuss reconciliation. That left Ripton, in many ways, right back where it started. Ripton’s efforts, however, appear to have begun shifting the needle at ACSD. Peter Burrows, the district superintendent, acknowledged in a recent board meeting that the issue of small schools seeking a say in their fate isn’t going away. ACSD has formed a subcommittee looking at changing its language and policy around school closures. And the board has two new members who support the rights of small schools. But Witters said that by the time Ripton residents go to the polls this month, they won’t know whether ACSD will make the changes necessary to protect Ripton from closure. On the Ripton Elementary playground, Paquette sounded like many other parents: confused over what is the “right” vote for her children. But, she said, “whatever we can do to keep the school open is the choice.” Olsen credits Ripton for elevating the school closure conversation to the state level, where it has garnered legislative attention and opened discussion about the unintentional consequences of Act 46. Witters said that isn’t enough. Ultimately, Ripton’s fate — and that of other small schools around the state — is still shrouded in uncertainty. “Were doing this for all small communities in ACSD and, really, across the state,” Witters said. “We want to have a conversation about how Act 46 is really manifesting. Can we check back in and say, ‘Is this working? And if it’s not working, what should we change?’” m Rachel Hellman covers Vermont’s small towns for Seven Days. She is a corps member of Report for America, a national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms. Find out more at

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them to ask more probing questions about someone’s job loss and why that person was not able to return to work sooner. They might wonder why a COVID-19 diagnosis kept someone out a job for nine months, for instance, or why someone did not return to work after their place of employment reopened. “It’s really going to depend on the facts of the case,” Wood said.



People who can’t satisfy the department’s requests, or who ignore them altogether, are sent into “overpayment,” a designation that means the state believes it shouldn’t have paid someone and wants its money back. The labor department can choose to waive debts when claimants are not at fault, but it demands repayments from those deemed to have purposefully misrepresented their situation. Wood confirmed that some people have been sent into overpayment because of the review but said he didn’t know how many;

he hoped to compile that information “in the coming months.” Vermont’s labor department has already faced heat from the feds over its handling of unemployment claims during the pandemic. The state relaxed some key eligibility requirements for its traditional unemployment system to help get money out the door amid delays in the early COVID-19 shutdowns. It stopped checking whether people had refused a job offer before filing a claim and whether they were ready and able to work. The U.S. Department of Labor caught on in the spring of 2021 and demanded that Vermont re-adjudicate thousands of claims or risk losing access to several federal pandemic benefit programs. Vermont officials pushed back on the directive, saying it would further strain the already overburdened state unemployment system and put thousands of workers’ benefits at risk. The feds haven’t pressed the issue further. But the Biden administration appears determined to recoup some of the hundreds of billions of dollars believed to have been fraudulently siphoned out of various pandemic programs over the past two years. President Joe Biden signed bills last month extending the statute of limitations for some pandemic-related fraud from five years to 10. “My message to those cheats out there is this: You can’t hide. We’re going to find you,” he said during the signing at the White House.

Among the Vermonters now trying to convince the state that they were rightfully paid is Carol Greenhouse, a 59-yearold Huntington resident who enrolled in the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program in April 2020. Greenhouse was juggling freelance gigs — copyediting for an entrepreneur magazine and grant writing for a North Carolina nonprofit — when COVID-19’s arrival spurred both companies to stop sending her work. She informed the labor department through an online sign-up form that she’d lost her work because of the pandemic and collected payments for most of the next 18 months, until the program ended last September. The first time Greenhouse heard she needed to submit anything more, she said, was when a state employee contacted her two weeks ago. She initially thought it was a scam and questioned why the labor department was requesting more documents so long after the program ended. “I submitted everything I was asked for,” she added. “I don’t think I would have gotten [the benefits] if I hadn’t.” A call to the labor commissioner’s office eventually convinced her it was for real. Greenhouse is now trying to collect what the department needs and believes she will be able to defend her case. But the thought that she could be asked to pay back more than $20,000 still weighs on her. “What would I do then?” she asked. m


Burlington City Council Green-Lights Cannabis Businesses B Y CO U RT N E Y L AM D I N

Three cannabis shops — and an indoor grow operation — are a step closer to opening in Burlington after city councilors signed off on their plans on Monday. The applications were the first considered under the city’s cannabis control process, which requires weed entrepreneurs to obtain local approval on top of a state

license. Only one of the companies vetted on Monday — Ceres Collaborative — has a state permit in hand. All three retail shops aim to open on or around October 1, the expected first day of sales in Vermont’s adult-use market. Their operators all spoke at the meeting about their plans. Representatives from Ceres, which is owned by Toronto-based SLANG Worldwide, said they plan to sell cannabis products at their 190 College Street storefront. The business previously offered CBD products there. “We look forward to being a responsible corporate citizen here in Burlington,” Russ Todia, Ceres Collaborative’s chief operating officer, said. Jahala Dudley described her company, Grass Queen, as a women-owned, majority

queer-owned business that will run a small retail shop at 71 South Union Street, sharing a building with Folino’s Pizza and the Wallflower Collective. Dudley said she wants the shop to be inclusive and said it will cater to “older users that maybe have not felt comfortable” purchasing or using cannabis. The third shop will open at 699 Pine Street as an offshoot of Green State Gardener, a CBD and grow-supply store. The new Green State Dispensary will be the company’s “THC-facing business,” chief operations officer Brooke Jenkins said, referring to tetrahydrocannabinol, a psychoactive compound found in cannabis. Jenkins said the Pine Street site will also have a “tier one” cultivation facility, the smallest type of grow operation.

Councilor Mark Barlow (I-North District) expressed some concern about Green State Dispensary’s proximity to the Champlain Elementary School on Pine Street. At about 0.4 miles away, the shop would be well outside the state-mandated 500-foot buffer. But Barlow wondered if the city should consider enlarging the buffer zone between cannabis operations and schools. Assistant city attorney Hayley McClenahan said the city would need to research whether that’s possible under state law. The grow applicant, Kennet Dall, was not in attendance but told the council’s cannabis control subcommittee last week that his grow operation would be located inside his New North End home. m

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Susan J. Wheeler, of Burlington, Vt., passed away peacefully on August 26, 2022, at the age of 90. She was born on October 18, 1931. She grew up in Wellesley Hills, Mass., and attended Beaver Country Day School. After graduating from Wellesley College, she lived in Denver, Labrador and San Francisco before settling in Burlington in 1969. Known for her wit, her tall tales and her humorous takes on everything from radio transmission to crow behavior, Susan cut her own path through life and touched many lives along the way. She was known for teaching, community service and political activism. She was a mother of six, a very active parishioner at St. Paul’s Cathedral and a host to many international travelers. She served as a justice of the peace, a guardian ad litem, a fire commissioner and a Vermont state representative from 1997 to 2002. Despite rancorous debate over contentious issues, Susan was a very Vermont Democrat and maintained strong relationships across the aisle throughout her life. Regardless of party affiliation, she believed everyone has a voice and would urge anyone to speak up when it really matters. She continued to serve as justice of the peace and as a teacher and was proud to have earned the title of “tough old

broad” from a local political columnist. Susan held court wherever she was and remained sharp as a tack to the end. Her family is grateful to the staff at the Residence at Shelburne Bay for the wonderful care she enjoyed during her final years. Because of their kindness, her every day was “peachy.” Susan was preceded in death by her parents, Marion and Leeds Wheeler; her sister, Marilee Wheeler; a son, John Martenis; and a grandson, Robert John Cheeseman. She is survived by five children, Sara Cheeseman, Brook Martenis, Paul Martenis, Nell Wheeler and Sam Wheeler; as well as nine grandchildren, Chris, Emma, Joshua, Ned, Kate, Sterling, Kent, Stella and Zane. A funeral will be held at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Burlington on Saturday, October 15, at 10 a.m. Gifts in Susan’s honor may be made to the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS), the Vermont Foodbank or any organization working to empower women to make positive social change.





APRIL 3, 1957SEPTEMBER 12, 2022 SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT. Paul Thomas Maher, son of Mary-Barbara Maher and the late Dr. Frederick J. Maher Jr., has passed away in his home of many years in South Burlington, Vt. He was 65 years old. Paul was born on April 3, 1957, in New York City. He graduated from South Burlington High School, class of 1975, where he was a standout athlete, winning the state championship in the mile and the half mile. He set state track records that held for many years. After studying at the University of Vermont

and Lyndon State College, Paul embarked on a career in sales. For many summers, he shared his athletic passions with the beloved campers of Brown Ledge summer camp, where he worked as a swim coach

and developed a love for theater. Health issues beset Paul in the later years of his life, making it difficult for him to work and devote time to the things he loved. Remaining an avid reader throughout, he was a fan of the science fiction genre, often encouraging his young nieces to read and keep their sense of wonder alive. Helping to care for his aging parents in their last years in the family home, Paul remained a family man through all seasons of life. Paul is survived by his mother, Mary-Barbara Maher; his siblings, Elizabeth H. of Manhattan, N.Y.; Michael and his wife, Mieneke, of Burlington, and their

daughters, Olivia, Ilona and Adrianna; Matthew and his wife, Li-Li Yang, of Arlington, Mass.; and his best friend of 50 years, Stephen Foley. He was predeceased by his youngest brother, James Patrick Maher, in 2011. A Catholic funeral mass will be celebrated in his honor on Monday, September 19, at 3 p.m. at Saint John Vianney Church, 160 Hinesburg Rd., South Burlington, VT. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Love Unconditional, Inc., P.O. Box 357 Hopkinton, MA 01748. Love Unconditional is a nonprofit ministry partnership caring for the poor and truly vulnerable in the Dominican Republic.

at her grandparents’ farm in Herkimer, N.Y. Next, the family moved to Burlington, where she played violin with the Vermont Youth Orchestra, studied with Gladys Colburn and graduated a year early from Burlington High School. At the University of Vermont, she earned a degree in clinical microbiology as a stepping stone to a possible career in medicine. While living in the Hollow in North Ferrisburgh in the late ’70s and early ’80s, she worked at the Charlotte Family Health Center and volunteered her skills as an EMT and crew chief with Charlotte Rescue. Along with her partner, Jim Dickerson, she helped run

a successful antique and art auction business, which allowed her to move on and funded her becoming a competitive dressage rider and trainer. After remarrying in 1988, Lisa opened Wingwalker Farm in Shelburne, a horse boarding facility where she was resident trainer. In 1996, she sold the farm to focus on competing in the Northeast U.S. and Florida dressage show circuits. All was going well until 1998, when, on a sunny August afternoon in North Ferrisburgh, a backfiring silage truck caused the young horse she had just mounted to bolt, trip and roll, leaving her permanently paralyzed from the chest down. Lisa had a curious and probing intellect, never met a stranger, was an inveterate flirt and could stop the show with her gorgeous smile. She loved cats, corgis, any athletic endeavor, gardening, birding, baking and Red Sox baseball. She never tired of listening to Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen and Mark Knopfler. The only thing she really didn’t like was being cold. Through the many setbacks associated with spinal cord

injury, Lisa bravely regained and maintained physical independence and, for many years, continued to teach dressage. However, this past summer intractable medical complications led her to conclude the struggle as she saw fit. Lisa is survived by her father, Terry Boyle, and his wife, Robin Worn; mother, Marilyn Wheeler; aunt, Louise Abeling; sister, Martha McHugh, and her husband, Tim; brother Matt Boyle and his wife, Kerry Bechloff; brother Dan Boyle; nieces, Alex and Kyra McHugh and Sara Boyle; nephew, Aiden Boyle; brother-in-law, Stefan Kulski; and sister-in-law, Helena Landis. As she flies west, Lisa also leaves her husband of 35 years, Julian Kulski, for whom the concept of a broken heart is no longer academic. Rest in peace, my sweetheart. Lisa wished to thank Dr. Halle Sobel and the staff of the University of Vermont Medical Center for years of extraordinary care and Visiting Nurses Association nurse Sierra Gepka. Her family thanks the remarkable McClure Miller Respite House.

Lisa Boyle

OCTOBER 8, 1954SEPTEMBER 17, 2022 CHARLOTTE, VT. Lisa Sheryl Boyle, 67, passed away on her own terms on September 17, 2022, in the presence of family at the McClure Miller Respite House, after a 25-year struggle with the challenges of a spinal cord injury. She was born on October 8, 1954, in Newport, R.I. She lived her first 10 years like a nomad, moving through several states while her father established a career in landscape architecture. After he was awarded a Harvard Eliot Traveling Fellowship, from 1961 to 1963, the family traveled throughout Europe — living in a Volkswagen camper — and settled for a time in a small German village. Unsurprisingly, in a short time, 8-year-old Lisa had learned to speak German and became the family translator. The family later settled at Duck Pond Corners in Charlotte, Vt., where Lisa attended Charlotte Central School and cared for her first horse. As a young girl — before she rode a horse — she rode dairy cows

Bonnie L. Juenker

SEPTEMBER 11, 1934SEPTEMBER 17, 2022 BURLINGTON, VT. We regretfully announce the passing of Bonnie L. Juenker, of Burlington, Vt., on September 17, 2022. Bonnie was surrounded by her family when she passed away peacefully at the McClure Miller Respite House. Bonnie was a loving and dedicated mom to a family of seven. She was born on September 11, 1934, in Mishawaka, Ind. She was a highly regarded professional secretary and worked for a major bank, universities, law firms and an accounting firm. She had a strong religious conviction and a deep faith in God. She will be laid to rest in Resurrection Park next to David, her deeply devoted husband of 24 years, whom she struggled to live without since 1981. Her priority was to provide education for her five children, all while keeping a sense of humor. She created her own vocabulary and taught her children words like “poo-poo-fluffers,” “snifflebits” and “whozeewhatsits,” with the conviction that they were real words. She raised us kids with Post-it notes. Her strong secretarial skills came in handy for filing owner’s manuals and the sales receipts for every product in the house. She

created detailed handwritten instructions on how to operate a VCR and the three remotes. If no manual were available, she created an index card with specific details for operation. She knew how to run an office before computers were cool, was the master of the Rolodex and was proficient on a Mag Card typewriter. It was hard to distinguish between the sounds of mom typing and mom popping corn. She had mad skills with the sewing machine, too. She would create beautiful school ties and jumpers, curtains, and matching bedcovers, and she even stitched her two fingers together. Not only did she excel at home economics, she was adept at any food challenge and was a master of beefhunkles, Friday mishmash and fivehour pot roast. She would caution, “Hot hot burny burny!” while passing a casserole. Her snowcap cookies

and roof stickers were the envy of all the folks at Mater Christi, St. Johns, and Boy Scouts’ gatherings. Dad’s favorite treat was her lemon meringue pie. She insisted all tools must have Juenker written on them in black MarksA-Lot. She was the queen of regifting and loved supporting the free table at McAuley Square. She disliked the smell of fish, but she loved cod! To support her neighbors in assisted living, she had her fill of chicken meals and wanted to say, “Please, no more lemon bars!” Her last effort was to get the family back together. Job well done! We will miss you, Mom. Mom’s Blessing: “I will say, have some love and compassion and hope, all of you. You have been God’s delight. He created you out of love.” A mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, September 23, 2022, 11 a.m., at St. John Vianney Church in South Burlington, with burial to follow in Resurrection Park Cemetery. The family encourages you to support your nursing and health care workers and make a donation to the charity of your choice on Bonnie’s behalf. Arrangements are in care of the Ready Funeral & Cremation Services. To send online condolences to her family, please visit

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IN MEMORIAM Catherine Hughes 1956-2022

Catherine Hughes, 65, passed away at her home on July 29, 2022. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2 p.m., at All Souls Interfaith, 291 Bostwick Farm Rd., Shelburne, VT. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Catherine’s name to the Humane Society of Chittenden County, 142 Kindness Ct., South Burlington, VT 05403.


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THE $165,000,000 QUESTION

Liz Derry with her kids, Sawyer and Hazel


After a year of tax increases, Burlington voters wrestle with a large bond for a new high school BY COURTNEY LAMDIN & ALISON NOVAK




n a cloudy Tuesday evening in early September, Liz Derry walked down Cross Parkway in Burlington as her two young kids rode their bikes up and down the street. Derry has lived in the modest New North End neighborhood for seven years, and her 5- and 8-year-olds attend nearby Flynn Elementary School. Asked by a reporter if she would support a $165 million bond on November 8 to build a new high school, Derry said she hadn’t followed the situation closely but unequivocally supports the project, even if it would raise her taxes. “Whatever we have to do is OK with me. I’d rather just have them be in a good place,” Derry said, gesturing to her kids. On the other side of the street, James Vincent, a longtime resident whose children recently graduated from Burlington High School, said he was still undecided. “It just seems like the scope of the project and the cost is way, way, way out of whack with the size of our city and what we can shoulder,” Vincent said. “I’m not convinced that’s what’s required.” Derry and Vincent are just two people on a single, dead-end street, but their responses reflect how city residents are weighing the choices they face. Over the past 20 years, Burlington voters have almost always agreed to tax increases for the city’s schools. This time around, however, they find themselves in a tugof-war between the desire to move high school students out of makeshift temporary quarters into a spacious, 21st-century school building — and the high cost of what would be the biggest school bond in Vermont history. For nearly 1,000 Burlington high school students, failure of the bond would almost certainly mean more semesters in

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the former downtown department store where they now attend classes. They were moved to the windowless classrooms in March 2021, after elevated levels of airborne toxic chemicals known as polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, were found on their Institute Road campus. For many homeowners, passage of the bond would mean a substantial increase in their annual property taxes at a time when they are still smarting from last year’s property reappraisal, which significantly raised their tax bills. Estimates released by the district show that a home assessed at $370,000 — close to the city’s median assessed value — would pay an additional $805 a year in taxes, or about $67 more a month. Residents who pay based on their income could owe considerably less, but the district hasn’t published many details. And there’s another worry. Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger supports the proposed high school, and the city council voted unanimously last month to put the bond on the ballot. But Weinberger, who


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has spent years getting the city to a place of financial stability, is also concerned that the project could lower the city’s credit rating and reduce its ability to pay for other municipal improvements in coming years. School district officials have promised to seek state and federal grants and to conduct private fundraising to reduce the amount of debt homeowners would take on. Still, they concede, the bond amounts to a substantial ask. “We are taxpayers ourselves, and so we’re highly aware of the expense,” school commissioner Kendra Sowers said. In fact, one former school commissioner, David Kirk, said he will likely vote no — the price tag is simply too high, for one thing. A homeowner in the New North End, Kirk would pay about $700 more in annual school taxes if the bond passed. The increasing cost of gasoline and groceries is hard enough to stomach, Kirk said. “We’re in double-digit inflation times … I mean, a box of Rice-a-Roni is up over 50 percent,” he said. “[This bond] may drive

I would vote yes for a raise for any teacher and any staff person in the school, every time, without question. But this is a big step. JAME S VINC E NT

me out of the city. We’re contemplating that every day.” City Councilor Mark Barlow (I-North District), a former member of the school board, sees it differently. He’ll vote yes on the bond, he said, because it’s no mystery why some families have moved to places such as South Burlington. “They have a high school, and we don’t. We’re in a department store,” Barlow said. “In order to maintain Burlington’s appeal … we’re gonna have to have a high school.” School district leaders say time is of the essence. They hope to begin demolition of the old buildings in late December or January and have the new school ready for

students in the fall of 2025. Their plans call for a 250,000-square-foot, energy-efficient building with an airy, two-level common area for dining and gathering, a 750-seat tiered auditorium, a large community gym, and multiple outdoor classrooms and gathering spots. Meanwhile, the prospect of building an expensive new school may have contributed to the defeat last December of the city’s $40 million spending plan to fix up sidewalks and replace aging fire trucks. Voters approved a scaled-back $23.8 million bond in March — the same day the district announced that the new school would cost upwards of $160 million.

Other districts have attempted to pass school bonds in recent years, with mixed results. In May 2019, a $58 million bond to support a campus-wide overhaul in Winooski was approved by a margin of just 22 votes. That project is scheduled to be completed later this fall. In 2020, South Burlington voters overwhelmingly rejected a $210 million bond to renovate the city’s middle and high schools. And last November, residents of six towns resoundingly voted down a $60 million bond to renovate Harwood Union Middle & High School. Burlington voters have only rejected a school budget twice in the past 20 years. State Sen. Phil Baruth (D/P-Chittenden), a former Burlington school commissioner, said the last time he saw a concerted effort to oppose school spending was in 2002, when a group put signs around town with a slogan bemoaning the expected tax hike. There’s no sign yet of organized public opposition to this bond, but voters are weighing the pros and cons in the privacy THE $165,000,000 QUESTION SEVEN DAYS SEPTEMBER 21-28, 2022

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of their homes. Vincent, the undecided Cross Parkway resident, said he supports education, despite his reservations. “I would vote yes for a raise for any teacher and any staff person in the school, every time, without question,” Vincent said. “But this is a big step.”


When the new Burlington High School opened its doors to students on Institute Road in the fall of 1964, the community hailed it as a beacon of modernity. The sprawling New North End campus has since lost its luster. The maze of buildings and insufficient insulation have made heating and cooling difficult. Many of the mechanical systems and building materials are worn out, and the steep and uneven walkways don’t comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Four years ago, the school district sought to remedy those problems with a large renovation that would have consolidated the campus, modernized classrooms, updated mechanical systems and fixed accessibility problems. Burlington residents approved a $70 million bond in November 2018, with 74 percent in favor. But in the summer of 2020, during the course of environmental testing before that renovation, PCBs were found on campus, spurring the district to shut down the building. Additional testing revealed the chemicals had spread into the ceiling, walls, concrete foundation and soil. Key to getting voters’ support for the bond, school officials believe, is making clear that the school had a multitude of problems even before PCBs were discovered. The chemicals were just a nail in the coffin. During an August walk-through of the campus — a 254,000-square-foot network of six buildings connected by covered walkways — school leaders pointed out some of the trouble spots: windows with broken seals, clouded from humid air that had seeped between the panes; brackish water dripping from exposed ceiling pipes and collecting in a bucket; metal heating pipes on the roof, exposed to the elements, their insulation ripped apart by pigeons. The building has only continued to decay in the two years it’s been unoccupied. Walkways are overrun with weeds; boarded-up library windows and piles of books accumulating dust give the building a postapocalyptic air. A dummy lay slumped over in a hallway, and blank bullet casings — remnants of a Burlington police active shooter drill — were scattered across the floor, adding to the eerie atmosphere. 26


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During the tour, Burlington High School principal Lauren McBride recalled how students would prop open exterior doors to take shortcuts between buildings, creating safety issues. On hot and cold days, McBride would jam a blanket into her drafty office window. Peeking into her abandoned office, she saw that the blanket was still there. In an interview with Seven Days, school board member Aquilas Lokossou, a 2018 BHS graduate, recalled the drastic temperature swings from one part of the building to another and how the covered walkways leaked when it rained. The layout “didn’t support people who had a hard time getting around campus,” he said. Kate Stein’s son Seamus learned firsthand how hard the campus was to navigate. A 2019 grad, Seamus has cerebral palsy and uses crutches to get around. To make it to physics class, he had to contend with three elevators, an outside path and several walkways. If an elevator were broken, he’d scramble to find someone to help him climb the stairs so he wouldn’t be late to class. “It sort of breaks your heart,” said his mother, who now works in the high school’s special education department. “Everyone should be able to get to their classroom.” She will vote for the bond. Kathlin Bibens, mom to three children in the district, is also convinced of the need for a new school. Her husband, a window installer, worked for years fixing glass in the old building. “He’d come home and talk about how much work was needed and how often what he was doing was a Band-Aid,” Bibens wrote in an email.

Superintendent Tom Flanagan (left) listening to Marty Spaulding of PCI Capital Project Consulting on a tour of BHS

And that’s to say nothing of the PCBs. The discovery of the chemicals in August 2020 spurred the Vermont Department of Health to recommend that students and staff vacate the building until more information could be collected. The district searched for a temporary space and eventually landed on the unoccupied former Macy’s on Cherry Street. The state paid $3.5 million to transform the department store into a functioning school by March 2021. In the meantime, the district continued testing to see how widespread the PCB contamination was. Reports from superintendent Tom Flanagan about the results read like a slow-moving train wreck. In February 2021, he reported that high levels of PCBs were found in the glue under the flooring tiles in two buildings,

requiring sampling of the concrete slabs underneath. The next month, Flanagan shared more bad news: PCBs had seeped as deep as three-quarters of an inch into those slabs. By April 2021, Flanagan said the planned renovation did not look feasible. To adhere to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency guidance, so many PCB-laden materials would have to be removed that little of the building would be salvageable. In May 2021, the school board voted unanimously to start planning for a new high school. After considering a number of sites, school officials ultimately decided the Institute Road campus was the best option, both financially and logistically. But they found a hurdle in their path later that month, when the Vermont


Blank bullet casings — remnants of a Burlington police active shooter drill — were scattered across the floor, adding to the eerie atmosphere.

The BHS library

Department of Health quietly loosened its guidance for acceptable airborne PCB levels in schools. Under the new guidance, 28 of the 40 rooms that were tested at Burlington High School fell below the state’s new “action levels,” which determine when schools need to identify and abate potential PCB sources inside their buildings. Nevertheless, the district’s leaders decided last December to stay the course because of the widespread contamination already found in the building materials. Even if those materials were removed, the district concluded, the school would be subject to ongoing and costly testing to ensure levels remained below the revised state thresholds. The district estimates the new school will cost $190 million — $138.6 million for construction, $30 million for soft costs such as furnishings and design fees, and $21.4 million for demolition and remediation of PCB-laden materials and soil. The average cost per square foot would be about $538, which the district’s architectural firm has said is in line with schools built in Massachusetts in recent years. Yet officials will still need to win over residents who disagree with the need for a new high school. Peter Lorrain, who graduated from Burlington High School in 1975, lamented that voters aren’t being given a choice to renovate the building and said he’s a “no” on the bond. A former engineer, Lorrain suggested the district budget $30 million to remediate the PCBs and $30 million to address other deferred maintenance. Asked how he came up with his estimate, Lorrain acknowledged, “That is probably more of a WAG: a wild-ass guess.” Mannie Lionni, a retired architect who has lived in Burlington since 1979,

said he’s not convinced that PCBs have harmed students and staff who have spent time in the building. He thinks that demolishing the school is a drastic and financially extravagant step. “I’m 90 years old — my mind is pretty much made up,” Lionni said. He also plans to vote no. Understanding the scale of what they are asking residents to pay, school officials have worked to cut project costs. They’ve moved more than half of the technical center’s programs off-site to shrink the building’s footprint and are in talks with electric aviation company Beta Technologies to locate aerospace, automotive, advanced manufacturing and pre-tech programs in a wing of its new building at the Burlington International Airport. The school’s two alternative programs, OnTop and Horizons, will remain at their current locations of Rock Point and St. Mark’s Catholic Church, respectively. Officials have also identified $25 million for the project — $10 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds, $10 million from a previous bond allocation and $5 million from a budget surplus over the next five years. Still, that leaves up to $165 million for taxpayers to fund through a 20-year bond with a 3.5 percent interest rate. Despite the scale of the project, both Flanagan and school commissioners remain steadfast in their belief that a new school is the right option. “It’s a broken building. It’s 58 years old,” school board chair Clare Wool said of the current campus. “We believe putting money into something that is new and free of contamination is money well spent, versus remediating something that is really not 100 percent remediable.” THE $165,000,000 QUESTION



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Christina Erickson likes the idea that her seventh grader may someday attend a brand-new high school, free of toxic chemicals. But after last year’s reappraisal — which increased her taxes nearly 25 percent — she’s also thinking about how it will affect her budget. Erickson said her family could afford another increase, but she knows others can’t, even if they support the school project. “We vote for these things because we want them and don’t really realize there’s this implication that follows,” Erickson said. “It’s hard for me to really reconcile that because I think, We can make these things happen, and it will be great! And then I get my tax bill and I’m like, Wow, OK, that really kind of hurts.” Many voters are seeing the same conundrum. They want to support the school bond, and they don’t want higher taxes — but they can’t have one without the other. The bond comes at a particularly tough time. Nearly 90 percent of single-family homeowners are paying higher taxes as a result of last year’s reappraisal, which resulted in a 60 percent jump in median single-family home values. People with higher assessed values will pay more for the school bond. Add record-high inflation into the mix, and it’s not hard to see why people are struggling with the question. Sebastian Ryder and her husband, Jeff Bower, know the inadequacies of the school building firsthand. Bower has worked in the district’s information technology department for 13 years, and Ryder, a former paraeducator, said cracked walls, missing tiles and broken fixtures were commonplace. But in her view, the district is asking for more than one of its own employees can afford. Ryder, whom Seven Days interviewed last year about the reappraisal, said that process upped her household’s monthly tax payments by about $200 — a significant amount considering she and Bower make $65,000 combined. The school bond could tighten the squeeze. “If my personal impact is another $200 a month, I can’t,” Ryder said. Ryder isn’t the only one unsure of how the bond would affect their budget. The district has published detailed tax estimates for households making $140,000 or more but not for the more than 70 percent of Burlington households that make less. These “income-sensitized” taxpayers receive a tax discount because their incomes and home values fall within 28


A rendering of the student commons

I think the legislature recognizes that

this is bigger than Burlington. CITY COUNCILOR MARK BARLOW

A rendering of the exterior

certain thresholds. They’d also pay less toward the school bond. But the district has only provided one example for income-based taxpayers. A household with a $50,000 income and $370,000 home would owe $190 more in taxes per year, or about $15 per month, the district said. Nathan Lavery, the school finance director, is working on a chart of tax estimates for other income-based payers and plans to share it at a town hall event on Wednesday, September 21, at the downtown high school. Several residents interviewed by Seven Days said they need to see those figures before deciding how to vote. Others expressed concern that the bond is coming at a time when people are already struggling. Hill Section resident Steven Boutcher said he’ll vote yes on the bond but fears that will make him complicit in exacerbating the city’s affordability crisis. “We need to keep things affordable, but the school bond measure, it just has to happen,” Boutcher said. “It’s an acknowledged conflict. I don’t know how you get around it.”

Boutcher is especially concerned that middle-income families, whom he called “the lifeblood of a city,” will be driven out. Deena Frankel, a South End resident who was also featured in last year’s reappraisal story, doesn’t want Burlington to become an enclave for the wealthy. Like Boutcher, Frankel said she both supports a new high school and could afford a tax increase, but she’s concerned that the overall cost will create more wealth disparity in a city that already struggles with high housing costs and homelessness. Frankel, who doesn’t have children, said she supports the schools and, as a Vermont master naturalist, has taught educational programs there. But she’s leaning toward voting no on the bond. “Unfortunately, what’s probably a very meritorious proposal by the school board for a first-class, new high school is getting caught up with that incredible feeling of uncertainty … of this moment,” she said. Fellow South Ender Robin Berger agrees. A parent to a senior, Berger wants to see a new high school built and will vote for the bond, but she fears that the cost could seal the bond’s fate.

“I want the best for the children of Burlington because they are our future taxpayers, wage earners, citizens of this city,” she said, but “Burlington housing is at such a crisis moment that I think it’s going to make it a harder sell.” Berger also pointed out that the bond may spur landlords to raise their tenants’ rents, a phenomenon that happened during the reappraisal. Several landlords Seven Days spoke with confirmed that when their taxes go up, so do the rents they charge. Erickson, the mom of a seventh grader, has been discussing the bond with her neighbors in the Old North End, many of whom are just as conflicted about the choice ahead. Given such mixed opinions, Erickson said she has no clue if the bond will pass or fail. She said she’ll vote yes. “Even if it’s not for my kid, [I hope] soon there will be an excellent high school that’s in our community,” she said. “How we get there, I can’t predict at all.”


Mayor Weinberger, a parent of two Burlington students, supports the school bond. But he also recognizes what it means to approve it. If the bond passes, the city would exceed its debt limit and put other large projects on hold. Such a move could also


plans. The mayor and city council want to save the structure, but there’s no money to do it. No city money, anyway. Next month, officials will begin a search for a partner organization that can help restore the building, Weinberger said. There are other projects waiting in the wings. In 2019, the Fletcher Free Library proposed a $19.8 million renovation to add more meeting spaces, an indoor café and an outdoor terrace. But without city money, the library must seek philanthropic support or make small improvements over time. The city has also been discussing consolidating two fire stations into one new facility in the South End, though Weinberger said that plan — which could cost up to $30 million — is years away, regardless of the high school decision. And there are other expensive and important issues, South End resident Frankel said, such as the housing shortage and creating a sustainable public transportation system. She also questions how the borrowing will affect the city’s credit rating, which was near junk bond status a decade ago after Weinberger’s predecessor, Bob Kiss, diverted city funds to save the struggling Burlington Telecom. Since then, Weinberger has raised the city’s credit score six steps, saving millions of dollars in interest payments on city and school loans. “Isn’t [that] one of the big things he bragged about in seeking reelection?” Frankel asked. Weinberger acknowledged that he’s not entirely sure how the city’s credit rating will fare but said he’s optimistic, at least in the short term: The latest report from Moody’s Investors Service gave the city a good fiscal outlook despite the impending school bond. “They didn’t downgrade us or signal alarm over that,” Weinberger said. “The way I read the report, I think there’s some reason to be hopeful, at least as long as things don’t worsen further.” At the same time, even one downgrade would have a measurable impact. Katherine Schad, the city’s chief administrative officer, estimates that taxpayers would owe nearly $2.4 million more in debt service over the bond’s lifespan, or about $118,800 a year, if the city’s rating dropped from its current Aa3 to A1. “It’s not like we’re talking about the difference between raising your taxes $200 a month versus $2,000,” Schad said. “But over a 15-year bond, even if it’s only an extra $15 a month for a household, you think about people on the edge: $15 times 12 [months] times 15 years — it starts to add up.” THE $165,000,000 QUESTION

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Weinberger said voters will need to weigh the potential for more taxes against the risk that more families will leave if Burlington doesn’t have a functioning high school. In that case, “something very deep about the community would be lost,” he said.


On a sunny Thursday evening, hundreds of Burlingtonians flocked to Institute Road’s D.G. Weaver Athletic Complex for a backto-school concert sponsored by the Flynn. As a high school soccer game wrapped up, the multigenerational crowd — parents leading their preschoolers by the hand, teens roaming in small packs, older folks in camp chairs — grooved to the music, then watched a trio of larger-than-life, luminous bird puppets move jerkily through the space. The mayor, police chief and school superintendent were all there, surveying the scene and chatting up constituents. School commissioners had set up a display with information about the school bond. It was the kind of gathering that made the campus feel like a real community hub, except for one thing: an uninhabitable high school looming in the background. The district is hoping such events can drum up support for the bond. With mail-in ballots for the general election going out in less than a week, officials are pitching the project with a clear message: The district is doing everything possible to avoid borrowing the full $165 million, from courting private donors to asking the state for money. How successful they’ll be remains an open question. Some years ago, Burlington would have been in a good position to get state dollars. The Agency of Education paid 30 percent of school construction costs but stopped the practice in 2007 due to a backlog of projects. Today, Vermont is the only state in New England with no designated money going directly to school construction. Massachusetts, for example, has invested $16 billion in school buildings since 2004, using a portion of the state’s sales tax. Vermont school officials have for years asked for the state’s help to fix aging buildings, many of which were built in the 1960s and 1970s. They scored an infinitesimal victory in 2021, when the legislature passed a bill to assess the cost of various school improvements and potential funding sources, but legislators said the moratorium is likely to continue, at least for a while. Vermont Education Secretary Dan French said funding a construction aid program would be “challenging at this point in time” but believes that updated 30


Burlington school and city officials speaking with residents about the project

facilities are an important part of providing a quality education. Knowing construction aid has dried up, Burlington officials have started a fundraising campaign in partnership with the Burlington Students Foundation, a nonprofit started in 1996 for community members to make tax-deductible donations for school projects. In the past, money has been used to fund college scholarships, performing arts programs and library materials. Superintendent Flanagan told city councilors last week that the district had so far raised about

Barlow is confident Burlington will win state support. For one, he said, the legislature has already set aside $32 million for PCB testing and remediation in Vermont schools. And he hopes that Gov. Phil Scott’s support for workforce development will translate to funds for the tech center, which serves students across the region. “I think the legislature recognizes that this is bigger than Burlington,” Barlow said. But that very point could work against the Queen City. After Burlington’s PCB

This vision of Burlington as a place of opportunity, as a place where people of all backgrounds want to live, is threatened if we don’t solve this. MAYO R MIR O W E INBE R GE R

$50,000 from private donors. Putting a generous contributor’s name on a new gym or auditorium is not out of the question, board chair Wool said. Finance director Lavery said the district is researching and, in some cases, beginning to pursue around 16 federal and state grants. The bulk of those programs would provide money for narrowly tailored initiatives such as energy efficiency, stormwater infrastructure, outdoor classrooms and workforce development. Finding outside funding is “about being creative,” Lavery said. But some city officials are still looking to the state to help solve Burlington’s problem. Councilor Barlow, one of the more fiscally conservative members of the body, said Burlingtonians shouldn’t have to shoulder the entire remediation cost, since the state changed its thresholds for acceptable PCB levels midstream. “Part of this is on the state for having essentially kicked us out of the building,” Barlow said.

discovery, the state required all schools built or renovated before 1980 — when PCBs were banned — to test indoor air for the chemicals before July 2026. The process, which began this spring, has already identified PCBs in two schools: Brattleboro’s Oak Grove and Cabot School. The latter school closed its gymnasium in late August after the discovery. Because other schools are likely to need PCB money, it’s unclear how much the state would give to Burlington. Sen. Ann Cummings (D-Washington), a former chair of the chamber’s Education Committee, said it’s too soon to say where the money will go. Burlington may be an outlier, “or we could turn out to have 10 Burlington High Schools,” Cummings said. “I think that’s what we’re waiting for, to find out the scope of the problem.” Mayor Weinberger isn’t losing faith and said lobbying for state money will be the city’s “top priority” in the upcoming

legislative session. He also said he’d consider approaching private donors or using his political action committee, Partnership for Burlington’s Future, to advocate for “yes” votes. The mayor has previously used PAC funds for mailers and online advertising encouraging voters to approve a city budget, agree to permit reform and expand the city’s downtown improvement district. At the same time, Weinberger made clear that the project, and its eventual cost, is in the district’s hands. “I’m committed to it. I’m gonna do everything I can,” he said, but “I think it’s a school district project. They’ve got to lead that effort.” School commissioners said they’re up for that challenge but also stress that the approval of the bond is important for the entire city. “What’s going to happen to Burlington if we don’t have a high school?” school commissioner Sowers asked. “Will families want to move here?” School officials are hesitant to discuss a plan B — or what would happen if the bond doesn’t pass. The district would “have to regroup and be on the ballot again in March,” Sowers said. “But we want to live in a city that … has a great high school, and we need to ensure that we have that for the next generation,” she continued. “We would like to stick with plan A.” Back at the concert, school board members tried to make their case to voters as the sun went down over the Queen City. Mike Healey, who moved with his wife to the New North End in May after raising their now-adult children in Kentucky, was easily won over. Healey said he’ll support the bond because when his kids were growing up, people before them had helped fund their schools. The way Healey sees it, supporting this project is a way to “pay it forward,” he said. Nearby, dozens of young kids squealed with glee as they chased the towering bird puppets across the grass, trying to pet their beaks and gazing up into their glowing eyes. One day, not too long from now, those kids will start high school. Burlington voters will ultimately decide just what kind of school it will be. m

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Hammer It Home Antique tools fill a South Hero barn at the Arnold Zlotoff Tool Museum B Y S A LLY POL L AK • PHOTOS: JAMES BUCK


n 2007, Paul Zlotoff bought 180 acres in South Hero with an RV park, a marina, a defunct convenience store and a farmhouse that belonged to a member of the Allen family — yes, those Allens. The site, which also includes a golf course, is called Apple Island Resort. But Zlotoff, a 72-year-old businessman from Michigan, didn’t buy the property for its acreage or amenities. He wanted the big red barn, built in 1900, that stands on a rise just off Route 2. “I only bought the RV resort to get the barn,” he said. The building was just the right place for the Arnold Zlotoff Tool Museum. After a major restoration of the timber-frame structure, the free museum opened in 2008. It displays the vast and varied tool collection that Zlotoff ’s late father, Arnold, amassed over about four decades. He cataloged each piece, noting on an index card what the tool is, when and where he purchased it, and its price, according to Paul. An industrial arts teacher at a public junior high school in New York City, Arnold collected roughly 3,000 tools and implements. The majority of the objects are 19th-century woodworking tools, but the collection includes specialties such as tools used by wheelwrights and carriage makers, coopers and loggers. Displayed among the crosscut saws and hammers, the planes and prying implements, are a set of eclectic items: poultry yokes and eel spears, a broom-making machine, and a mortar and pestle made from a hollowedout tree stump. Arnold, who was born in 1922, began collecting tools when he was student at a teacher’s college in western New York following his service in World War II. He needed tools for his shop class, Paul said, and answered a classified ad from a woman who was selling a wooden chest filled with her father’s tools. “They had a bit of an antique quality,” Paul said. “And while my dad used them, it piqued his interest in older implements. I think he largely was motivated by the independent self-sufficiency — and ingenuity — of the early Americans.” About 2,500 objects collected by Arnold fill shelves in the barn, according to Ted Ingraham, a woodworker and restoration specialist from Ferrisburgh

Paul Zlotoff






who is executive director of the museum. Another 500 or so items are in storage. Ingraham, 75, himself a collector of antique woodworking tools, wrote interpretive signs that describe and explain the Zlotoff collection. The tools harken back to a time when people had to make what they needed, he said, including tools. “People nowadays have no idea how to make something if they don’t have an electric tool,” Ingraham said. “Something they can plug in, like a drill or a skill saw.” Loggers of a bygone era used axes to cut down a tree and crosscut saws to cut logs. They pounded an identifying mark, often an initial, into the butt-end of logs with

Tools in the museum

a log marker to identify trees they felled. Wheelwrights measured the circumference of a wheel with a circular tool called a traveler. They welded iron to form around the wooden wheel, hammered it in place and poured cold water on it to shrink it. “People didn’t have machines to depend on for anything,” Ingraham said. Paul Zlotoff, the oldest of Arnold’s three sons, is chair of a Michigan-based real estate and private equity company called Uniprop. He grew up in Rockaway,

Queens, in a house filled with his father’s tools and other antiques. In addition to teaching, Arnold worked weekends as a handyman. In the summer, to get his boys out of the city, Arnold was a maintenance man at summer camps in upstate New York and New England. “My father had a work capacity unlike anyone I ever knew,” Paul said. “He was amazing.” On his day off at the summer camps, with his little kids in the back seat of his

1950 Chevy sedan, Arnold drove around New England looking for antique tools and furniture. The Zlotoffs went to estate sales, checked out the contents of old barns and visited dealers. “We’d get dragged along, and the truth is, we hated it,” Paul said. “Sitting in the car, and there was nothing for us to do.” At the end of the summer, the family drove back to the city in a car filled with Arnold’s finds. He built a custom roof rack

to transport the goods, boxed and covered in a tarp. The kids, often left seatless, eked out space for themselves in the Chevy, Paul said. “God bless him,” Paul said. “He would figure out a way to load it up.” In retirement, Arnold and his wife, Ruth, lived in Orlando, Fla. A “space-engineering genius,” as Paul described him, Arnold packed up his tools and shipped them to his new home. In his will, he left Paul in charge of the collection, to do with it what he thought best. Building the museum was, in part, what led Paul to buy a summer home in South Hero in 2002. He had a little attachment to New England from college at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass. Beyond that, he enjoys the activities that Vermont has to offer: sailing, swimming, cycling and hiking. And he thought his father’s tools should return to the region from which they originated. “I don’t want to have a midwestern museum about pieces that belong in colonial America,” Paul said. Five years after moving to South Hero, he learned the RV park with a run-down barn was for sale. “I let the tail wag the dog,” Paul said. “I bought the whole damn property because I said, ‘That barn is the right place for the museum.’” The museum is open Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., from Memorial Day through October 8, with a guide on-site. Four accompanying videos, viewable on the museum website, explain how the tools were used. Also on view in the barn, on the level below the tool exhibit, is a rotating display of Paul’s antique and classic cars and motorcycles. Half a dozen automobiles from Paul’s 40-car collection, which includes Jaguars, Alfa Romeos, Triumphs and Ferraris, occupy exhibit space in the barn. He keeps the full fleet in a 12,000-squarefoot building equipped with a shop, an office and storage space. The vehicles comprise a newer section of the museum, having been on display for two or three years. “There’s more interest in cars than there is in antique tools,” Paul said. “I’m realistic about that, too.” m

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Tragedy at the Overland Suleiman Kangangi, a pioneer in African cycling, died in a Vermont gravel race B Y K I RK KA RD A SHIAN





hen Suleiman “Sule” Kangangi, a professional cyclist from Kenya, began the 59-mile Vermont Overland gravel race in West Windsor on the morning of August 27, he had every reason to expect his team to win it. A little over three hours later, his teammates had finished first and third. It wasn’t until later that afternoon that they learned Kangangi, their team captain, had perished from injuries sustained in a crash nobody saw and no one can fully explain. “Sule is our captain, friend, brother,” Team Amani said in a statement posted on Instagram. “He is also a father, husband and son. Gaping holes are left when giant’s [sic] fall. Sule was a giant. Instead of leading us at the front of the pack, he will now lead us as our guiding pole star as we press forward in the realization of his dream.” Kangangi, 33, was a pioneer in the African cycling community. The odds had been stacked against him from the beginning. When he was 12, tribal clashes occurred in his village, and he had to leave school. For the family to survive, his mother hired him out as a cattle grazer for $8 per month. Playing sports was not an option. He was born in Eldoret, a city of 500,000 people in the Rift Valley, near the famous running town of Iten. Situated 7,900 feet above sea level, Iten is the home of legendary runners, such as Edna Kiplagat and Mary Keitany, and the site of a high-altitude training center. Many local runners had gone abroad to win big marathons and get sponsorship contracts with large brands, bringing recognition and resources back to Kenya. Kangangi sensed that the locals were not as sanguine about cyclists, who had yet to achieve the fame of Kenyan runners. The first time Kangangi saw a bike race was in 2010, when he was 22 years old, and the race passed through Eldoret. “I was amazed and stunned by the speed, how the bikes were flying,” he told a reporter from VeloNews last year. “Not only that, the town was [at] a standstill, and everyone was cheering.” Kangangi wanted to experience that speed, that feeling for himself. He joined a local cycling club and started putting in the miles. In 2016, Kangangi became a professional road racer, signing with Kenyan Riders Downunder, the first Union Cycliste Internationale team to be

Suleiman Kangangi

registered in East Africa. He then raced for four years in Europe, Africa and Asia with Bike Aid, a Germany-based professional team whose mission is to develop African cycling and athletes. In 2017, he became the first Kenyan to finish on the podium in a race on the international professional cycling calendar. At the same time, he was organizing charity rides for children in Kenya and working to develop opportunities for young riders. Like all professional road cyclists, Kangangi dreamed of riding in the Tour de France. As he reached his early thirties, however, he sensed another opportunity that was more realistic and served his personal desire to grow cycling in East Africa: racing on gravel. Gravel cycling is less than 15 years old as a discipline, and it has surged in popularity as interest in U.S. road cycling has declined. Where road races are intense affairs with shaved legs, $12,000 bikes and fierce competition, gravel events are like marathons, where all kinds of people share the start line, from elite professional athletes to people in jean shorts just hoping to finish. That spirit of inclusivity, along with a large network of underused dirt roads, has fueled a boom in the sales of gravel bikes and accessories in the U.S., along with a packed calendar of gravel races and rides that attract thousands of riders.

Picking up on that trend, Kangangi and American Mikel Delagrange, an international criminal lawyer at the United Nations and an avid cyclist, organized the Migration Gravel Race in Kenya in 2021. Held in the Maasai Mara National Reserve, the four-day stage race traversed 650 kilometers of rugged gravel roads and single-track trails and attracted former World Tour professionals, such as Laurens ten Dam, Thomas Dekker and Vermont’s Ian Boswell. The idea was to hold a world-class event on the East Africans’ home turf, so they could test themselves against top-level riders, learn race strategies and tactics, and create future racing opportunities. Kangangi finished second in the 2021 race to ten Dam, who retired from the World Tour at the end of 2019 and had raced in 10 editions of the Tour de France. In all, seven East Africans finished in the top 10. Given the success of the Migration Gravel Race, Delagrange and Kangangi decided to build a gravel cycling team for East Africans. “Once we saw that our riders in their own contextual milieu were performing better than expected, the idea was, We need a vehicle to get them into races that are handpicked for their talent,” Delagrange said.

At the end of last summer, that vehicle became Team Amani, a professional gravel and mountain biking team composed of riders from Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. Similar to a traditional road team, Amani has corporate sponsors from the cycling industry, such as Wahoo, SRAM and POC, and the 12 members of the team earn a salary. This year, the team began competing in full force, with Kangangi as the leader. In March, Kangangi and Kenneth Karaya competed as a two-man team in the Absa Cape Epic, a mountain bike stage race in South Africa. Karaya didn’t finish, but Kangangi went on to complete the race solo. The team also organized a second edition of the Migration Gravel Race, which was won by Amani team member John Kariuki, and a new event called Evolution Gravel Race, a five-day point-to-point race in Tanzania, which Kangangi won. Racing in Africa was always part of the plan for Amani, but an important goal was to travel to the U.S., which has the biggest and most competitive gravel scene in the world. Boswell, a retired World Tour professional living in Peacham, is the athlete liaison at Wahoo, and he and the fitness technology company were leading the effort to secure visas for a few Amani riders to race in the U.S. this season. The visa process took much longer than expected, but since arriving in early August, Kangangi and his three Amani team members had competed in the SBT GRVL race in Colorado and in the Gravel Worlds race in Nebraska, finishing in the top 20 in both. During their stay in the U.S., the Amani riders also had a chance to experience world-class training facilities for the first time. They underwent aerobic testing at the Wahoo Sports Science Center in Boulder, Colo., hitting numbers matched only by the world’s best cyclists. They also learned about their unique nutrition needs through salt-loss and carbohydrate consumption tests. At the Vermont Overland, in West Windsor, Kangangi’s teammate Kariuki finished in first place, more than four minutes ahead of the next rider. Another teammate, Jordan Schleck, finished third.


Delagrange was following the Overland on Instagram from his home in Switzerland. “When John crossed the line, we were just freaking out,” he said. “It was a moment of absolute joy because we had been targeting the U.S. for so long. And then one minute later, I got a call that changed all of our lives forever.” Kangangi had crashed by himself on a smooth dirt road descent and sustained severe internal injuries. No one witnessed him go down. Everyone who knew him and knows the racecourse is perplexed by what could have caused the accident. Boswell was able to recover Kangangi’s GPS data from his cycling computer, and it showed him traveling at 31 miles per hour just before he crashed. The handful of riders ahead of him, however, had hit speeds of up to 50. Kangangi was not going too fast for the conditions. “I’ve seen all the evidence, and it really just is completely random,” Boswell said. “He was an incredibly competent bike rider. The road was smooth dirt. There are much rougher and technical sections on the course that he already rode.” The Vermont Overland, which includes nearly 8,000 feet of climbing, is a unique

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gravel race because it contains seven or eight sections of what are known in the state as Class IV roads — unmaintained public rights-of-way that resemble Jeep trails. They are often hilly and rocky and challenging to ride on a gravel bike, which is a drop-bar bike like a road bike, but with wider tires and better gearing for climbs. Minor crashes are fairly common in gravel races, but life-threatening crashes are extremely rare.



There are a number of possible causes of Kangangi’s crash. His bike may have failed. His hand may have slipped off the handlebar. An animal may have run in front of him. But in the absence of concrete evidence, the crash is being treated by the cycling community as a freak accident. In a post on Instagram, Vermont Overland owner Ansel Dickey wrote: “There are

no words that can describe the magnitude of the loss that was Sule Kangangi’s unfortunate accident and death this weekend … I know that people are anxious to learn of the circumstances of Sule’s passing. In complete transparency, no one knows how Sule’s crash occurred.” Kevin Bouchard-Hall, one of the best gravel riders in the Northeast, was with Kangangi for most of the race. A few miles before the crash, they had descended together at high speed down a notoriously rough and long Class IV section called Pope Road. If someone were to crash on the course, it would probably be on that section. But Kangangi rode it cleanly with BouchardHall, setting one of the fastest recorded times on that segment. “This guy knew how to ride his bike,” Bouchard-Hall said. A few seconds after he crashed, Kangangi was surrounded with people who were trying to save his life. BouchardHall, a physical therapist, performed CPR until the first EMTs were on-site. An emergency room doctor who was in the race stopped to help and rode with Kangangi in the ambulance, assisting the crew with clearing his airway, inserting

chest tubes, and administering transfused bags of blood and IV fluids. After an hour of CPR with no heart rhythm, Kangangi was pronounced dead at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He is survived by his wife and three children, ages 10, 6 and 4. A memorial fund has been set up to support his family, for whom he was the sole breadwinner. Kangangi would surely have been proud of his teammates’ performance in the Overland. The team planned to return to European racing this month, starting with the Gravel World Series in Spain. Delagrange hopes people will remember Kangangi as a defining character in the timeline of East African cycling. Before him, there was only the traditional and nearly impossible path of Eurocentric road racing. After him, the opportunities have opened up. “He would not tolerate us moping about and being sad,” Delagrange said. “He’d want us to get back up and fight.” m

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Restoration Station At Vermont Chalky Paint, a radio DJ offers nontoxic products and DIY lessons B Y K E N PI CA RD •






hen Sarah Spencer asks her wine-sipping customers at Vermont Chalky Paint to “show your jugs,” she’s not being saucy or inappropriate. She just wants to see how their latest DIY home improvement projects are coming along. Spencer, who regularly hosts Show Your Jugs Paint ’n’ Sip events in her Essex Junction storefront and studio, chose her signature slogan to honor the wry humor of her mother, Joan, who died of breast cancer in 1985. “Jugs” refers to the kind of plastic containers normally used for maple syrup, in which Spencer bottles and sells her interior paints. Once the jugs are empty, customers can repurpose them into lamps, gnomes and holiday decorations — with help from Spencer’s classes, kits and free videos. She honors her mother again by donating a percentage of her sales to cancer charities, including Camp Ta-Kum-Ta in South Hero and the Cancer Patient Support Foundation in Williston. Vermont Chalky Paint might have seemed unlikely to be a success story when it launched as a web-only business in 2017. Spencer, a single mother and Burlington radio DJ, had no previous experience in manufacturing, making paint or selling physical products. But the self-described serial entrepreneur and award-winning internet marketer knew exactly what she wanted to offer to consumers: eco-friendly, nontoxic products to restore furniture, cabinets and other home décor. And she found a Vermont manufacturer to help. Now, with a brick-and-mortar store that complements her online business, Spencer has carved out a niche for do-it-yourselfers all over the country. All of her paints are manufactured in Vermont, mostly from locally sourced materials such as calcium carbonate (chalk) mined in Middlebury and whey protein, an organic by-product of cheesemaking. Spencer’s customers are people who aim to remodel their kitchens or bathrooms or spruce up old furnishings for a fraction of the cost of hiring a professional. “People come in here to try things that they might have never been brave enough to do on their own,” she said. “It’s a supereasy paint to work with. It’s great for a beginner, great for an expert.” Entering Spencer’s Railroad Avenue storefront, across the street from the

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Amtrak station, you might not realize at first that it’s a paint store. Though Spencer paints in the back room, the store doesn’t reek of chemical fumes. “You don’t smell anything when you walk in here, except my coffee,” Spencer said. Unlike the mass-produced paints sold in big-box stores, Vermont Chalky Paints are low in volatile organic compounds, the toxic chemicals that make some people sick and can be carcinogenic. That makes her products ideal for people with infants and small children, as well as those with respiratory or chemical sensitivities. Vermont Chalky Paint sells paints in 16 colors, as well as a clear-coat finish that’s a nontoxic alternative to polyurethane. It also offers natural brushes and kits to give cabinets and furniture a distressed, antique look. Spencer particularly enjoys working with customers who come in with what she calls their “problem child” — an inherited antique dresser, vanity or desk that doesn’t match anything in their house. They don’t want to get rid of it, but it needs an overhaul. She offers free instructional YouTube videos, including one that

teaches people how to use découpage to reface furniture. Several découpage pieces stand in her store, including an old Davenport desk she bought at a garage sale for $10. She went online, purchased an Alice in Wonderlandthemed image, printed it, cut it out, and used her clear coat and découpage technique to decorate the desk. She’s now selling it for $595. “It’s super easy and a beautiful effect,” Spencer said. Teresa Randall used Vermont Chalky Paint’s all-in-one ProPack kit ($99.95) when she remodeled her North Concord kitchen a few years ago. Because she planned to sell the house, Randall didn’t want to spend thousands of dollars on a professional renovation. Spencer guided her through the process and provided her with videos, Randall said. Working at night and on weekends, Randall refinished the cabinets in about two weeks. She believes her modest investment of time and money made all the difference in selling the house. “I definitely think it made it more appealing,” she said. “Sarah was great

to work with, and everyone was really impressed with the final product. It was really nice to see the transformation.” Charlotte electrician Steve Spadaccini had a similar experience when he wanted “a fresh look” for the natural oak kitchen cabinets he’d installed in the 1980s. Laid up with a leg injury, Spadaccini worked with Spencer, who came by his house to help him repaint the cabinets. “It was like my own personal class,” he said. “We’ve been really happy with the end product … It changed the whole concept of the kitchen.” Spencer’s storefront, which she opened during the pandemic, is a return to her roots. The 57-year-old Essex Junction native grew up not far from the spot her business now occupies. As a child, she often went there to buy candy when it was called the Tip Top News. “I was probably their No. 1 consumer,” she said. When Spencer got home, her mother would make her empty her pockets to see how much candy she’d bought that day. At 13, Spencer contracted StevensJohnson syndrome, a rare skin disorder that

covered her from head to toe in painful blisters and left her unable to see or speak for a month. Her doctor gave her a 30 percent chance of survival and, if she lived, a 50 percent chance of being left blind. “The nurse said it right in front of me. I was devastated,” Spencer recalled. “But my mother said, ‘Sarah doesn’t listen to anyone. She doesn’t listen to me, so she’s certainly not going to listen to you. She’s going to outlive all of us.’” Spencer made a full recovery. But in her twenties, after losing her mother to cancer, she felt directionless. One day, while mucking out her horse barn, she heard about a radio contest, called in and won. Louie Manno, the longtime Burlington radio jock who answered the phone, told Spencer she had a great voice. “So I said, ‘You got a job for me?’” Spencer recalled with a laugh. “And he says, ‘Yeah, actually, I do.’” Though her father warned her that Manno was probably kidding, Spencer went down to the station to claim her prize and her new job, still wearing her dirty barn boots. The station manager hired her on the spot. That was in 1985. Spencer has worked for Hall Communications ever since. When she’s not at Vermont Chalky Paint on weekdays, she

deejays for WOKO and WKOL, aka KOOL 105.1. Meanwhile, she started other businesses, such as, for couples planning their own weddings; and, a freelance internet marketing firm. Both are still operating. Though Vermont Chalky Paint was her first foray into selling products, Spencer was no newbie to home improvement when she started the business. In 2005, she bought a 2,500-square-foot barn in Richmond, built in 1801. She agreed to forgive her ex-husband’s child support debt if he would gut the barn so she could convert it into her home. Spencer admitted that she didn’t know what she was doing at the time and didn’t care. “I just had an idea of what I wanted,” she said. She went dumpster diving to outfit the kitchen and finished the rest of the house on a shoestring budget. Five months later, she moved in. About a decade ago, a Middlebury woman hired Spencer to do internet marketing for her online paint company. Though the concept of selling paint online seemed like “the craziest thing I ever heard,” Spencer said, she helped the woman quadruple her sales.

After the woman retired and closed her business, Spencer said to herself, “How hard can it be to make paint? Famous last words of a fool,” she recalled. In 2017, Spencer competed in FreshTracks Capital’s Road Pitch, an annual multiday motorcycle trip for investors, who stop in Vermont towns to hear entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas.



There she met Andrew Meyer, owner of Vermont Natural Coatings, a Hardwick company that manufactures environmentally friendly paints, stains and finishes. When Spencer explained the products she wanted to sell, Meyer agreed to partner with her. In an interview, Meyer said that, while his company provided the technical

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P R O D U C E D B Y 7 D B R A N D S T U D I O — PA I D F O R B Y P O M E R L E A U R E A L E S TAT E

Rita Markley at COTS in Burlington

Focused on the Fix After 30 years of solutions-oriented advocacy for the homeless, COTS director Rita Markley retires


he number of people experiencing homelessness in Vermont is higher than ever. According to the state’s most recent annual count, there were 2,780 people who lacked stable housing, up from 2,591 last year. Pre-pandemic, the count was typically between 1,000 to 1,500. Included in that number are numerous families and children. Homelessness is driven by a variety of factors, including a shortage of affordable housing and skyrocketing rental costs. The problem can feel overwhelming. That hasn’t stopped housing advocate Rita Markley from trying to solve it. Markley, 63, is the executive director of the Burlington-based Committee on Temporary Shelter, aka COTS. She got involved with the organization as a volunteer in 1992, became its first development director, then took over the top job in 1996. By the time she 38


retires at the end of the month, she’ll have spent most of her adult life working to improve outcomes for those who find themselves without a home. Founded in 1982, COTS was initially an organization dedicated to keeping people without homes from freezing during Vermont’s harsh winters. In its first decade, it began providing some temporary housing and developed a holistic approach to addressing homelessness. Markley inherited that foundation and has built an impressive organization upon it, one with

a $3.8 million budget, a staff of 60, a day station where people can get a meal and a shower, nearly 100 units of permanently affordable housing — and a donor base to support it all. She’s remained undeterred by the enormity of the problem. “The sky is always falling,” she said. “We have to focus on what we can fix.” COTS communication and development director Rebekah Mott suggested that despite all of Markley’s accomplishments, it’s her solutionsdriven attitude that will be her most important legacy. “Every barrier, every roadblock that she comes across, Rita has created this culture where we focus on the fix,” she said.

‘I NEED TO MOVE’ Driving Markley’s focus is her seemingly boundless energy. COTS

sponsors an annual walk in May — this year’s raised more than $200,000 — but Markley, fit and remarkably enthusiastic, looks like she’d be up for a COTS run. Maybe a COTS marathon. When leading visitors on a tour through the building over the summer, she bounded up the stairs and gestured with her whole body as she talked. Markley wears a Fitbit and regularly racks up 15,000 to 18,000 steps a day. That adds up to about seven to nine miles. “When there are hard problems, I need to move,” she said. COTS’ headquarters at 95 North Avenue, purchased in 2010 and renovated in 2017, provide ample evidence of what the organization has accomplished during Markley’s tenure. The first stop on the tour was the Housing Resource Center, located just inside the main door on the first floor. The center, established during the economic downturn in 2008, provides up to $7,000 in emergency assistance to help people retain their housing. In its first year, it kept 351 families housed. In fact, roughly two-thirds of what COTS does today is preventative, keeping people from becoming homeless in the first place. The Housing Resource Center also helps pay for up-front costs like security deposits, first and last months’ rent, and necessities that people need but that often don’t come with an apartment — things like shower curtains and dish-drying racks. When people do end up losing their housing, COTS can sometimes help by sheltering them. The organization operates both an overnight and a daytime drop-in shelter for adults, as well as two shelters for families with children — one of which was purchased and renovated under Markley’s leadership when the numbers of unhoused families with children began to skyrocket in the late ’90s and early 2000s. COTS also operates what it categorizes as “deeply” affordable permanent housing. There are 14 apartments on the second floor of its renovated headquarters. The organization also owns and manages several apartment complexes throughout Burlington totalling nearly 100 units. Recently, while considering how COTS could increase the supply, staff had the idea of adding more housing on an existing property, and a

feasibility study proved it was possible. A new 16-unit complex specifically for families who are experiencing homelessness is breaking ground soon. New England Federal Credit Union has pledged $1 million to help build it, and private grants from the Hoehl Family Foundation, the Pomerleau Family Foundation and several other anonymous donors will soon make it a reality.

more about how Markley arrived here in the first place. A Washington, D.C.-area native, she attended the University of Maryland and did graduate work at George Washington University, studying Sino-Soviet relations.

a volunteer, I had no idea that this organization would become the greatest love of my life, besides my family,” she said. The release also featured quotes from two of the many Vermont leaders who have recognized her work.

TREATING ALL WITH DIGNITY AND RESPECT Markley is also committed to making sure the residents and guests who use COTS’ services are treated with dignity and respect. Its spaces reflect those values. The building tour ended at the clean and inviting day station common area, where guests sit to charge their phones, access Wi-Fi, and use computers to search for jobs or housing. Markley pointed out that the architect who designed the room consulted with guests to figure out how they’d use it. That led the organization to purchase comfy chairs instead of couches, so people wouldn’t have to share seating, and it led to the installation of sounddampening panels on the ceiling. Markley explained that common areas like this can be noisy places, especially with guests unloading bags, jangling water bottles and keys, and talking with each other. The panels noticeably reduce that din. Peace and quiet is a luxury that people who are secure in their housing take for granted. Another one: the ability to do laundry. Markley enthusiastically showed off the giant washers and dryers capable of laundering a guest’s sleeping bag or wet clothes after a rain storm. She also spoke about the machines’ effect to Auditi Guha of “People put on clean clothes for the first time and they know they smell good and they feel good. And they’re willing to think not just about this crisis today, but to look up a little and believe something else might be possible ahead,” she said.

INSPIRING OTHERS TO TAKE ACTION The VTDigger article was one of many that have appeared since Markley announced her departure. This has given Vermonters a chance to learn

Above: Markley singing with colleagues Debbie Schlosser, Katherine Long and Tim Coleman at a retirement party for Coleman at COTS. Below: Markley showing off the new washer and dryer at COTS

After her father died, she decided to relocate to a place where she could find community and meaningful work. Her search led her to Vermont in 1991. She contacted the United Way, where she connected with longtime human services advocate Dolly Fleming, who later ran Mercy Connections. Fleming sent her to COTS. Markley reflected on those days when she announced her retirement. “When I first walked through the doors of COTS 30 years ago as

Mark Redmond, director of Spectrum Youth & Family Services, said: “It has been my utmost privilege to work alongside of and collaborate with Rita Markley. Words cannot express the incredible support she has been to me personally and to the many others who are involved in the fight to not only house the homeless but to create a city, state and world built on justice and human dignity.” U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy called Markley “a steadfast champion” for

Vermont’s homeless population. “Rita has continuously approached the challenge posed by homelessness with creative solutions centered around the individuals she seeks to serve. Marcelle and I have the deepest respect for her compassion, her spirit and her dedication to her work. We wish her all the very best in her retirement.” Markley’s not sure what her next chapter will bring — other than a chance to rest. The last two and a half years have been the most challenging of her career. At the onset of the pandemic, when the number of families and individuals sheltering in area motels exploded, COTS created a brand-new team to do outreach and housing navigation at more than a dozen of these sites. Often, these staff were the only lifeline people had to the outside world. COTS connected people with the technology necessary to continue mental health and medical treatment online, and it connected them to food resources. Despite the tightest housing market in recent history, COTS was able to permanently house over 150 households from 2020 to 2021. Also, while most other service agencies — and the rest of the world — flipped to remote service, Markley insisted that COTS keep a human being at the front desk. She couldn’t bear the thought of someone coming to COTS scared and unable to navigate the new online reality, only to meet a locked door with a complicated phone tree. Often, that meant sitting at the front desk herself. Her plan now? “I’m going to take a long winter’s nap,” she said at the conclusion of the tour. No doubt she’s earned it. Tom Stretton, who chairs COTS’ board of directors, summed up her tenure in a statement: “Rita is an intrepid leader who has inspired thousands of others to take action to end homelessness. It is no exaggeration to say that through her work, both directly and indirectly, Rita has touched millions of lives.”  COMMISSIONED AND PAID FOR BY:




Fat of the Land

For chef and food writer François de Mélogue, cooking is about stories B Y S U ZA NNE POD HAIZE R







n the back of a freezer at his St. Albans home, nestled near trays of homemade moussaka and dozens of containers of garden tomato sauce, François de Mélogue keeps tubs containing six pounds of “super fat.” For more than eight years, de Mélogue, 58, has been saving the flavorful cooking fat from his duck confit, occasionally mixing in other fats such as wellseasoned pork lard. After he uses and cools the mixture, it goes back in the freezer until he needs it again. And again. De Mélogue’s super fat has a story — a history made of up many meals — and that suits him well. A writer, photographer and erstwhile founding chef at the acclaimed Provençal restaurant Pili Pili in Chicago, de Mélogue owns more than 2,000 cookbooks, most of which are historical and French. He’s busy writing three of his own. Today, de Mélogue earns his baguettes and beurre as a freelance writer and owner of VT Snapshot, taking photographs for architecture firms, real estate agencies and other small Vermont companies. What binds all of his work together is a passion for weaving tales using light, color, words and food. Some of de Mélogue’s culinary essays — such as “How a Rabbit Taught Me to Cook,” about the time that he was tricked into eating his childhood pet — appear on Medium’s Heated site, which was originally curated by Mark Bittman. While Bittman’s cookbook persona is that of “the minimalist,” however, de Mélogue leans more toward “maximalist,” embracing an aesthetic characterized by abundance and vibrancy. His kitchen is neat and spacious, but it features a dispenser used solely for pastis, a clear, pale green, anise-flavored liqueur that turns opaque and milky when mixed with a few drops of water. Nearby is an antique mezzaluna, a curved Italian tool for chopping herbs, resting on a thick butcher block hollowed from use.


de Mélogue said with a chuckle. This year, his 11-year-old son insisted that he grow fewer squash plants. Most days, de Mélogue serves up restaurantworthy midday meals for his family. His wife, Lisa, an executive assistant for a tech company, leaves her home office at lunchtime to dine on an array of salads, thin chickpea-flour pancakes known as socca and whatever else her husband has dreamed up. After she returns to work, de Mélogue might spend the afternoon developing recipes and editing photographs. Spending time in de Mélogue’s airy kitchen, watching him stand at a spacious rolling island shelling just-harvested

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Through a sliding door, visitors find a trim yard and an everexpanding garden, bursting with French and Italian heirloom tomatoes, radicchio, and alliums such as leeks and shallots. Deep-red piment d’espelette peppers cling to plants that are rapidly turning brown. Then there are the zukes: “Last year, we had 150 consecutive meals with zucchini,”




cranberry beans and chopping tomatoes for soupe au pistou, is like being in the audience at a reading. His stories, threaded with pithy phrases, have a practiced quality, and his delight in them is evident. Orating as he wields a chef knife — a family heirloom, he said, not of particularly high quality — de Mélogue discussed his appreciation for French recipes. But he doesn’t think less of any other cuisine. “Food is perfect. There is no such thing as imperfection,” he declared. “If it tastes good, it tastes good.” That’s a tenet he learned from his mother, a native of Marseille. Born in Chicago to French immigrants in 1964, de Mélogue grew up assisting his mother in the pursuit of fine ingredients. She would put him on her bicycle and ride FAT OF THE LAND

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Vegetarian Indian Restaurant Namaste Garden to Open in Essex Junction Chittenden County’s newest Indian restaurant is taking a different approach: It’s entirely vegetarian. NAMASTE GARDEN will open at 34 Park Street in Essex Junction on Monday, September 26. The restaurant will serve vegetarian and vegan specialties from north and south India, owner SHARANDEEP MATRI told Seven Days. The menu includes a wide variety of curries, samosas and pakoras, as well as traditional sweets such as gulab jamun, ladoo and barfi that are made in-house — a rarity in the local Indian restaurant scene, Matri said. Matri owns Namaste Garden with her husband, VISHAL ATTRI, and her

brother SANDEEP KUMAR. It is the trio’s first restaurant, though Matri has catered from home in the past, and her family ran a restaurant in Punjab, India. The vegetarian eatery takes over the space formerly occupied by the Food Bar, which closed in July. Open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, Namaste Garden will offer late breakfast, lunch and dinner for on-site dining, takeout, delivery and catering. Beer and wine will be served. “We want to cook meals on demand with fresh spices and ingredients so our customers can taste real Indian food,” Matri said. “And if they’re Indian, they can have that back-home taste.”

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through dangerous parts of town to find sweetbreads, or drive an hour to buy a baguette, de Mélogue recalled. On one occasion, his mother sawed the legs off the family’s “beautiful dining room table” to make it more suitable for a Moroccan dinner party. “She was fearless,” de Mélogue said. His father, a French professor at the University of Chicago, was somewhat more restrained, though equally fervent about sharing his heritage. In his late teens, de Mélogue was reading Gourmet magazine when his interest was piqued by an ad for the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier. To apply, he simply had to write an essay. “I didn’t know where I was going to fit in in the world,” de Mélogue remembered. He already had a camera and had turned his bedroom into a darkroom, but the cooking profession called to him. Culinary school seemed like a match, even when NECI chef-instructor Michel LeBorgne tried to scare young recruits with tales of 100-hour workweeks and holidays spent away from family and friends. De Mélogue attended NECI and fell hard for the Vermont landscape. Vowing to return one day, he went west for his first externship, working with chef Franklin Biggs at the lauded Café Mariposa in Park City, Utah. “It was the best job. He was unpretentious,” de Mélogue said of Biggs. And Biggs put up with his young apprentice — who was, at the time, de Mélogue confessed, a loudmouth and “an asshole” with a brash, “take no prisoners” attitude. Biggs took de Mélogue’s youthful foibles in stride and gave him the chance to invent specials, with the caveat that he accept critical feedback. In 2002, after many gigs at urban restaurants, rural inns and everything in between, de Mélogue helped open Pili Pili in Chicago. The Provençal spot was named one of the world’s best new restaurants by Food & Wine and praised in the pages of Gourmet and Bon Appétit. By that time, though, de Mélogue was beginning to tire of the industry, as his culinary school teachers had predicted. The long hours were taking their toll on his personal life and energy level. A few years after he met Lisa, he decided to shift his focus to travel, writing and photography. In 2015, de Mélogue produced his first cookbook, Cuisine of the Sun: A Ray of Sunshine on Your Plate, which he candidly called “terribly written and self-published.” His next book, French Cooking for Beginners: 75+ Classic Recipes to Cook Like a Parisian, was contracted by a


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publisher that identifies hot trends using analytics and finds writers who can pump out books to meet the demand. Nevertheless, de Mélogue said, he’s pleased with the result, published in 2020. “I love that book because I got to tell stories,” he said. A reader would be unlikely to detect

Cucumbers with an Opinel knife

that French Cooking for Beginners was the product of a book mill. The volume features elegant photography (not by de Mélogue), childhood stories, and clear, simple recipes for dishes such as lentil salad, roasted chicken and ratatouille, with plenty of informative sidebars and tips. Although the dishes in the book bear

their French names — such as Potage Saint Germain, Hivernale — most are simple and seasonal. The fancysounding “potage” is split pea soup with ham. The spirit of French cooking, de Mélogue says in the book, is being adaptable and using what you have, such as canned chickpeas, or water in place of


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stock. “Let your own taste buds be the judge,” he writes. The day his book was published, de Mélogue and Lisa began looking for a home in Vermont. They wanted to provide stability for their son during his boyhood years, although their longterm goal is to live in a modified school bus and travel the country in search of delicious meals. The home they eventually purchased was larger and had less land than they’d hoped, de Mélogue said, but they got it at a fair price, despite the pandemic real estate bubble. Plus, he noted, the rolling kitchen island, which can be tucked away under a cupboard, was a significant selling point.

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Settled for the time being, de Mélogue is pursuing his passion projects while building his photography business. His book ideas include a memoir with recipes and a book about the foods of Provence, which will go into depth about the origins of each recipe. Someday, he would like to give the same treatment to the classic recipes of Vermont. De Mélogue sees his yet-to-bewritten books as his legacy, just as the cookbooks he collects hold the legacies of their 19th- and 20th-century authors. “I’m not going to invent a cure for a disease. I’m not going to become a billionaire. A book is what will keep my soul alive after I’m gone,” he said. That and a few pounds of luscious, decadent super fat. m

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of breakfast and lunch on Thursday, September 22. For breakfast, customers can order staple items such as huevos rancheros and sausage gravy and biscuits from the counter and dine on-site in the market. The creemee window will offer drip coffee and convenient grab-and-go breakfast tacos, with meat, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free versions available each morning. The counter’s lunch menu will be barbecue-centric, with chopped pork sandwiches and Santa Maria-style tri-tip steak — influenced by Archambeault’s time in California, where he and his wife, DANI, lived before moving to Vermont in 2018. Premade salads, soups and sandwiches will be available from the market coolers all day. Archambeault spent a decade managing winery tasting rooms around Paso Robles, Calif., and developed a barbecue catering program for Derby Wine Estates. When the family moved to Cornwall, he transferred that knowledge to his role managing the pub at Middlebury’s OTTER CREEK BREWING before striking out on his own with ShireTown. (Dani is a partner in the business but continues to work in hospitality for WHISTLEPIG.) The building’s history as a market dates back to 1815, Archambeault said; it was most recently home to Ales Family Restaurant. He plans to fill ShireTown’s freshly renovated market space with local products, picnic provisions and housebaked breads, rather than the convenience store-style goods stocked there in the past. “It has supplied a lot of college students because of the proximity to the [Middlebury College] campus,” Archambeault said of the space. “But the culture of food has changed. Everything’s a little bit more refined these days.” ShireTown has seating for roughly 30 people inside, between a newly built banquette and antique Windsor chairs; it will serve brunch on Saturdays. Local craft beer and cider will be available, along with draft wines from a four-handle wine kegerator. Creemee service will continue yearround, too. In the winter, Archambeault said, customers can enjoy their soft serve in the warmth of the market’s wood hearth. m

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Dinner in the Den Feeling at home at Fox Market and Bar BY J O R D AN BAR RY •


love an impromptu dinner party. Planned in little time, they’re often low-key; I throw together whatever’s in the fridge, chill a fun bottle of wine and don’t fret if the napkins don’t match. I love them even more when I don’t have to host. A meal at Fox Market and Bar in East Montpelier feels like a cool, casual dinner party with friends — one that’s likely to end with a board game, tarot reading or late-night dance party. Co-owners Liv Dunton and Doni Cain opened their specialty food market and beer-and-wine bar on Route 2 in June 2021. The only gay bar in Vermont, it’s been a safe space for the queer community since day one. Fox Market has also grown into a delightful place to eat and drink. It has a clever bar-snack menu, weekly themed dinners that travel the globe, local beers and some of the most affordable natural wine in the state. It’s the place to go for Fox Market drag karaoke or a queer dance party, and for dinner and a glass of pét-nat in the cozy, living room-like den upstairs. “We imagined it as somewhere that our friends and family would want to spend time and as a space where people can come as a refuge, to feel loved and cared for,” Dunton said. “But the food is our fastestgrowing category when we run numbers.” The market side does a brisk morning business with coffee, piles of pastries, and grab-and-go breakfast sandwiches. There’s usually a lunch rush, Dunton said, and a steady stream of people stop in to say hi and grab a few essentials throughout the day. Cain and Dunton both worked at local food co-ops prior to opening their multifaceted market. That natural food influence shows up in Fox Market’s wide array of local and organic produce, meats, cheeses and pantry goods. “But we also love gummy bears,” Dunton said. “We like to have a little fun with it.” Around 3:30 p.m., the focus shifts to the bar side of the building. I rolled in with friends mid-evening on a quiet, rainy Tuesday. A few folks dodged the drizzle at tables out back, and several shoppers picked up the night’s grab-andgo dinner special: tofu curry. From the doorway, the 30-plus wine, cider, beer, ready-to-drink cocktail and nonalcoholic bottles and cans above the central bar caught my eye. Dunton and Cain made a conscious choice to stick to wine and beer, rather than hard liquor, to keep the space comfortable





amber glasses. Some napkins were floral, others embroidered or plain. The plates were the surviving members of many different china sets. Our table quickly filled with the curry, dolmas, fried chicken and onigiri we’d ordered from the short and sweet bar menu. With a gluten-avoider in tow, we’d skipped some of the bar’s staples: cheesy pretzel blobs, pork-filled bao and savory hand pies called Fox Pockets. But the JFC — karaage-style fried chicken thighs ($8) — was a gluten-free treat for our long-suffering celiac friend, and it paired Go Go Nuts (coconut fried chicken) perfectly with the bubbly chenin. We also fawned over the onigiri — Dunton’s favorite snack from their travels in Japan. The heat of the garlicchile crisp filling ($5) hid inside tightly wrapped nori but cooled quickly when slathered in a yuzu aioli. I dipped the smoked salmon version ($5) in a tangy housemade barbecue sauce that came with the fried chicken. Even the summer salad ($8) is like something you’d eat at a friend’s house; each one is assembled according to the maker’s whim with whatever exciting seasonal produce is in stock. Ours was topped with pickled onions and slices of apple; together with the various small plates we ordered, it made for a full meal. We lingered over the last bites and finished the bottle of wine before browsing the market on our way out. The Fox Market team offers more substantial dinners on Saturdays, often exploring cuisine and wine flights from regions around the world, from Austria to North India. It also hosts ticketed five-course dinners every other month. Saturday, September 24, will be Basque Night. People from around the state head to Fox Market for its queer dance parties — the next of which is scheduled for October 29. The community-focused side of the business is central to what Cain and Dunton are building, but the food and drink are worthy of the same draw. Either way, it feels like home. m

Liv Dunton and Doni Cain

for people who don’t drink. In the market and bar, their deeply researched wine lineup features everything from orange wine and piquette to accessible pinot grigio and cabernet sauvignon. I chose a sparkling chenin blanc from South Africa ($9 per glass), thanks to Dunton’s detailed and enthusiastic description. Two of my dining companions joined me; the third ordered Dirt Church Brewing’s Brut IPA ($5). The whole experience had a casual ease: Order drinks and food at the bar, take your table marker — ours was Billy Porter — and find a seat at the booth near the bar or a cozy couch, armchair or table upstairs. Self-serve shelves overflowed with a variety of tableware for customers to grab, all from the local ReStore. I was drawn to an elegant crystal water carafe and tiny

INFO Fox Market and Bar, 3070 Route 2, East Montpelier, 522-2322, Call, text, email or message on social media to reserve a spot for Basque Night on Saturday, September 24.

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The inaugural Green Mountain Book Festival kicks off this weekend B Y SEVEN D AYS S TAFF


urlington is the place to be for Vermont bibliophiles this weekend. Running Friday through Sunday, September 23 through 25, the first-ever Green Mountain Book Festival brings more than 60 authors, poets and journalists to the Queen City for a blowout celebration of the written word. Following an opening reception and a private dinner with headlining author Ruth Ozeki on Friday, the festival offers a robust slate of programming on Saturday and Sunday. Panel discussions at the Fletcher Free Library run the gamut from genre-specific talks on nonfiction, mysteries and thrillers to ones on memoir writing, unconventional publishing and finding inspiration. About 20 poets and authors will read from their latest works. Other notable events include the Banned Book Open Mic, the Poet’s Brunch and Book Signing, a used book sale, and a night of performances and readings at Light Club Lamp Shop. Ozeki will speak and read on Saturday at Burlington City Hall

Auditorium. Acclaimed local poets Stephen Cramer and Shanta Lee Gander close the fest on Sunday afternoon. The Green Mountain Book Festival’s board is composed of fixtures of the local literary scene, including a co-owner of Phoenix Books, a past president of the Burlington Writers Workshop, a local writing podcaster and a Fletcher Free librarian. With deep roots in the state’s literary community, the festival offers an embarrassment of riches, especially for an inaugural event. To help curious readers find their way, we’ve highlighted a few authors and events not to miss. DAN BOLLES

INFO Green Mountain Book Festival, Friday through Sunday, September 23 through 25, at various Burlington locations. Prices vary.

Ricardo Wilson

In his 2020 study The Nigrescent Beyond: Mexico, the United States, and the Psychic Vanishing of Blackness, Ricardo Wilson asks why the “collective imagination of the Mexican nation” has historically considered itself “devoid of a black presence.” Released the following year, his An Apparent Horizon and Other Stories was a finalist for the Vermont Book Award and the Big Other Book Award. An assistant professor of English at Williams College in Massachusetts and the director of Outpost, a residency program for writers of color from the U.S. and Latin America, Wilson has established himself as a writer and educator 46


unafraid to delve into the thorny wilds of the subject of race in North America. The tales in An Apparent Horizon and Other Stories touch on everything from a West Indian man’s work building the Panama Canal in the early 20th century to a mother’s cold, tense drive to the funeral home to pick up the ashes of her son, who recently died by suicide. Wilson reads selections of his work with Vermont fiction writer Megan Mayhew Bergman. C HR I S FA R N S WO RT H

INFO Ricardo Wilson reads on Saturday, September 24, 12:30 p.m., in the Fletcher Room, Fletcher Free Library, in Burlington. Free.

For a certain vocal minority of the American populace, trying to get books that deal frankly with social issues such as racism and LGBTQ rights banned from libraries and schools has long been a favorite crusade. Some classics, such as I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou and The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, have weathered decades of challenges. But the past couple of years have seen the largest uptick in challenges to diverse books since the American Library Association started tracking such efforts two decades ago. Conservative agitators have brought their reactionary views into the literary world, targeting books ranging from Maia Kobabe’s Gender Queer to Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give. Give Because the Green Mountain Book Festival coincides with the national Banned Books Week, a centerpiece of the weekend’s programming is the Banned Book Open Mic. Anyone — from community members to featured authors — can sign up to read a passage from their favorite frequently banned book to this free speech-loving crowd. “Because we honor free expression and diverse voices, we are pleased to open this opportunity to the public,” festival board member Elaine Pentaleri said. “This promises to be a dynamic addition to our festival events and a vibrant way to raise the voices of those in our community.”


INFO Banned Book Open Mic, Saturday, September 24, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., on the Fletcher Free Library lawn (rain location TBA) in Burlington. Free. To participate, sign up in person at the library on the day of the event. LIT PARTY

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Wyn Cooper

In Way Out West, Wyn Cooper’s debut novel, Ronald Reagan is president, people listen to Led Zeppelin and Bob Seger on their stereos, and weed is called pot.

Set in 1983 and ’84, the book is a “historical novel,” Cooper, 65, said with a laugh. “The world was so different then.” But the book was contemporary when he wrote it in 1987 and ’88. It just took a while — 35 years — to get published. Cooper, a poet who now lives in Halifax, Vt., was living in Salt Lake City when he wrote Way Out West. The novel is set in Nevada and Arizona, a landscape Cooper loves and considers “almost like a character in the book.” An element of mystery surrounds the meeting of the novel’s principal characters: a stuntman and a woman from Denver who’s starting anew and asking herself, Is it lethal here? “But I’m not going to say no to When he finished writing, Cooper [Fitch] after he said yes,” Cooper said. So sent the manuscript, originally titled the author made revisions, including Turn It Up, to publishers and agents tweaks to the plot and stylistic changes in New York City. In return, he received to reflect how he writes now, he said. “really nice letters” — all of which He also wanted a new title; the rejected the novel. original is a reference to Van Morrison’s “I hate rejection,” Cooper said. “So, I song “Caravan.” “The two main didn’t send it out for over 30 years.” characters are obsessed with music,” In the meantime, he published Cooper explained. “They can’t stand several books of poetry. A poem called silence.” “Fun” in his 1987 debut collection, The Cooper considered about 150 titles Country of Here Below, gained fame over two months, he said. He convened when Sheryl Crow adapted it into the a group of author friends to read the lyrics of her hit song “All I Wanna Do.” book and vet his suggestions. But he He’s also written songs with singercouldn’t decide on a songwriters David new one, so he stuck Broza and David with Turn It Up. Baerwald. Then, last Cooper had put his month, as the novel novel away in a box. was being typeset, Every five years or Fitch emailed so, he took it out and Cooper a new read it and thought, suggestion: Way Wow, I wrote a novel! WYN COOPE R Out West. Like the “And I was always original title, it’s a proud of myself that I musical reference: had accomplished that,” he said. the name of a song by Big Star. A year ago, Cooper gave publication “It all fit together beautifully,” Cooper one more try. He sent Turn It Up to said. Stona Fitch, a novelist and founder Way Out West will be available at the of Concord Free Press. The small end of September. Cooper plans to read Massachusetts publishing house, which from both the novel and his poems at counts authors such as Russell Banks the book festival. and Joyce Carol Oates on its advisory “I always believed in the book, and I board, gives away books and asks that also thought it wouldn’t be published,” the recipients reciprocate by donating he said. “I was resigned to that. I have no to a charity of their choice. Concord Free idea what people are going to think of it. Press has helped generate $4.5 million We’ll soon find out.” for charity using this method, according S A L LY PO L L A K to its website. Cooper had met Fitch through a mutual friend seven years before INFO he sent him the manuscript. Fitch Wyn Cooper reads on Saturday, accepted it for publication. Suddenly, September 24, 2:30 p.m., in the Pickering Cooper said, he had some misgivings Room, Fletcher Free Library, in Burlington. about the book, even feeling Free. embarrassed by it.





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Creator Seth Honnor on his live game show/social experiment “The Money” BY D AN BO L L E S •


f you could spend a small pot of cash on anything you wanted, what would you choose? Some might splurge on new clothes or a fancy dinner. Responsible types might put it toward bills or, with winter on the way, new snow tires. Civicminded do-gooders would likely invest in a community project or help an underfunded public service. Or maybe you’d just blow it all on scratch tickets and hope for the best. No judgment here. But what if you had to persuade a roomful of strangers with ideas of their own to spend it on one thing, and one thing only, lest this mysterious windfall vanish? What would you choose, and how would you convince the others that yours is the best idea? Moreover, what if someone else had a better idea? That’s the central conceit behind “The Money,” an interactive production created by British artist Seth Honnor. Equal parts game show, unscripted theater and social experiment, “The Money” is a “fiendish, clever show that tests your generosity,” according to the UK’s Daily Telegraph. It is also a hell of a lot of fun. When they buy a ticket, audience members choose to be either one of 15 “players” or a “silent witness.” Players sit at a table onstage and have one hour to come to a decision about how they will spend a pot of real cash. The silent witnesses watch from the audience — at least at first. If no consensus in reached, the money rolls over to the next production. However, at any point in the show, silent witnesses can buy in and become players themselves. Likewise, players can opt out of the game by hitting a gong and walking away — though they can buy back in if they’re so moved. There is no limit to the number of players in the game once it starts. Two hosts introduce the show and umpire the game’s minimal rules but otherwise have no intervention. Players make pitches for what to spend the money on. The only criteria: It has to be legal, and the money can’t go to charity. “Not because I don’t like charity, because I do,” Honnor explained in a recent interview from his home in England, “but because it defers responsibility away from the group. It’s quite an easy thing to do.” The pot, funded by ticket sales, is usually a few hundred dollars, though it can grow much larger, especially if it rolls over. According to Honnor, the largest pot in the show’s 10-year history was about $4,500. Honnor, who stages similarly provocative interactive installations around Europe through his production company, Kaleider, called “The Money” the “most important piece of work I’ve made, without a doubt.” He’s toured the show on five continents, from the Sydney Opera House

They bought a boat together, and they called the project “Clean the Shitty.” The idea was they had this kind of time-share in this boat that they could use for leisure, but they had to agree to clean the canals as they went. As far as I know, they still have it. SD: That’s awesome. What else? SH: In China, they had a popularity contest. The players agreed that, after the hour was up, the most popular player with the silent witnesses would take all the money. They all agreed to it, therefore they got the money. So, they held a contest after the hour was up and everyone voted for this guy who got the money. He had come up with the idea, actually. People do all sorts of things. They go out to dinner with each other. Someone took quite a lot of money to a place where he regularly worked in Africa and gave it out in one-pound denominations to as many people as he could find. I’ve spoken to him since about the challenges of direct giving and what it is to be a white man going there and giving out money. SD: Yeah, that’s a thorny one. SH: It was fascinating. It seemed like a good idea around the table. But in reality, there were all sorts of ethical and logistical issues with that. Like, are you actually putting these people in danger giving them the money? Sometimes the stories have these long tails. Sometimes they’re beautiful and amazing, and sometimes they’re complex. The show kind of continues to ask questions about the power of money. SD: You’ve made two TV pilots but never went to series. What happened? SH: Neither of them managed to capture it. Or they tried too hard to capture it and, in doing so, kind of killed its essence.

Seth Honnor

in Australia to the Houses of Parliament in London. This week, in collaboration with the Flynn, “The Money” begins an eight-show run of city halls and high school auditoriums in Vermont, with two-night stops each in Burlington, Middlebury, White River Junction and Montpelier. Read on for the rest of Seven Days’ conversation with Honnor.

THEATER SEVEN DAYS: What are some of your favorite things that the money has been spent on? SETH HONNOR: There was a really lovely one in the Netherlands where lots and lots of people bought in. Normally, I can get the rhythm of a show, even if it’s in another language. But I wasn’t next to anyone who could translate, and suddenly everyone was buying in and I was like, “What’s going on?”

SD: It does seem like the sort of thing that would be easy to reality TV-ify and ruin. SH: It works really well live, and TV really wants to heavily control the format of the work. This show works because it’s one hour, bookended, and that’s it. And in that hour, anything can happen. So, it’s much more like sport in that sense than it is like theater. Although, like sport, it’s very theatrical. There’s lots of drama. SD: “The Money” is a game, and it’s theater. But it’s also a social experiment. What was your hypothesis when you started? SH: All art is a social experiment, in some sense. And in some ways, “The Money” is not an experiment because no one’s judging; no one’s got a thesis. I’m not setting people up to be researched.

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Players at “The Money”

People are brilliant. They’re amazing. They’re really, really interesting. And this show is about people’s beauty, ingenuity [and] their difficulty with each other. So, for me as an artist, it’s important that I respect that in doing a project like this. And it’s fun. I guess if there’s any thesis here, it’s that I’m interested in money and what our enthrallment with it is. We’re all in the same system; I’m not pretending that I’m any different. But we really are all enthralled with it. SD: You’ve done this show all over the world. Have you noticed cultural differences in the way people approach the game in different places? SH: What I always say is that I can’t begin to read a culture off a few shows of “The Money” because that would be ridiculous. But… The reality is that, in the Netherlands, they’re really good at coming to a decision. Or, like, in Italy, there tends to be a lot of talking. Or in Australia, they tend to be incredibly competitive about it. There are things that make you go, “Oh, yeah. That makes sense.” SD: What about in America? SH: One of the most interesting outcomes happened the last time we were in America. We don’t let people give to charity. But this guy wanted to make a new charity that gives teddy bears to police officers so that they’ve got something to give children when they’ve been caught up in violent crime. He got the money. Then, a year later, I got a message from

a police department in Connecticut. It had a picture of a kid with a teddy bear by a police car, and it said, “There was a terrible incident today, but luckily our police officers were armed with teddy bears from your project.” SD: One of the hardest things for people to do right now is to agree on anything. How does polarization manifest in the game? SH: Often, we go to arts festivals and someone jokes that they’re going to give it to a right-wing party or something. And I long for someone to be represented from that party there, because it would make for a better conversation. And the show can hold those conversations. It’s actually really interesting when you get people with opposing values, because then you really do have to talk it through if you’re going to come to any sort of agreement. I know Vermont prides itself on getting out and talking and voting. So, I hope we see a bit of that, of trying to get to some shared values. m This interview was edited and condensed for clarity and length.

INFO The Flynn presents “The Money” on Thursday and Friday, September 22 and 23, at Burlington City Hall Auditorium; Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25, at Hartford High School in White River Junction; Tuesday and Wednesday, September 27 and 28, at Middlebury Union High School; and Friday, September 30, and Saturday, October 1, at Montpelier City Hall; all shows 7 p.m. $1525.

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Katherine Arden

Waterbury author Katherine Arden moves through worlds like nobody’s business. In real life — before she was a best-selling author — she lived in Moscow, harvested macadamia nuts in Hawaii and skied in the French Alps. On the page, she journeys between the wintry wilderness of 14th-century Russia, a Lake Champlain haunted by demons and mystical spirit worlds. All of this traveling makes her a writer of immense imagination, capable of crafting tales in which readers of all ages can get lost. Arden’s debut series for adults, the Winternight Trilogy, burst onto the fantasy scene in 2017 with the New York Times best-selling The Bear and the Nightingale. This book and the next two in the series, The Girl in the Tower and The Winter of the Witch, follow the young speaker-to-the-spirits Vasya as she grows into a woman who must save Russia from war and demonic threats. The trilogy earned Arden nominations for the Hugo Award, the Locus Award, the Vermont Book Award and the John

Katherine Arden

W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. Her sophomore series, the Small Spaces Quadrilogy for middle-grade readers, is set in a Vermont besieged by lake monsters and creepy clown demons.


INFO Katherine Arden reads on Saturday, September 24, 1:30 p.m., in the Pickering Room, Fletcher Free Library, in Burlington. Free.

Festival headliner Ruth Ozeki published her first book, My Year of Meats, in 1998 and has been winning awards and garnering international acclaim ever since. Based in Massachusetts, New York City and British Columbia, Canada, the novelist, filmmaker and Zen Buddhist priest is adept at magical realism. “Ozeki ensouls the world. Everything in her universe, down to a windowpane and a widget, has a psyche and a certain amount of agency and can communicate,” Judith Shulevitz writes in a New York Times review of The Book of Form and Emptiness, Ozeki’s latest. The 2021 novel, which won the UK-based Women’s Prize for Fiction, tells the story of a 14-year-old boy who

finds solace and guidance in the voices of sentient objects in his house after his father’s tragic death. Ozeki’s My Year of Meats and All Over Creation (2003) have been published in 14 countries and 11 languages, and her A Tale for the Time Being (2013) won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and has been published in more than 30 countries. She is a professor of English language and literature at Smith College. E LI ZABE T H M. S E YLE R

INFO An Evening With Ruth Ozeki, Saturday, September 24, 4 p.m., at Burlington City Hall Auditorium. $10; $20 includes a presigned copy of The Book of Form and Emptiness.

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riting about the annual Art at the Kent exhibition is both a pleasure and an exercise in frustration: the former because every bit of art on display at the Kents’ Corner State Historic Site in Calais is engaging; the latter because there are far too many pieces to acknowledge in this limited space. But we can’t complain about such a merry convention of creativity. The 2022 iteration, “Interplay,” brilliantly melds a multitude of works by 20 Vermont artists. Space is something the Kent has in abundance: a warren of small rooms and, up a steep flight of stairs, a capacious former ballroom. The building shows its age gracefully, with layers of faded wallpaper, exposed lath, and windows and doors that first opened upon the 19th century. This backdrop is a supporting player in the exhibition’s pageant — a necessarily brief one, since the venue is not winterized. The gentle mashup of old and new calls to mind a line in William Shakespeare’s The Tempest: “What’s past is prologue.” Cocurators Nel Emlen and Allyson Evans, along with state curator David Schutz, excel at arranging contemporary artwork both inside and outdoors at their beloved historic site, finding purpose for every nook and cranny. But “Interplay,” the 15th exhibition at the Kent, may be their most vivacious assemblage to date. “When we were gathering works, we were looking for bridges between disparate pieces,” Emlen told Seven Days. “This time we paid more attention to that [than usual].” Battered by COVID-19 and “feeling the weight of the world,” she added, “we intentionally looked at work that was joyous.” Even so, the trio took some time to arrive at the show’s title. “We didn’t want to tell people how to feel,” Emlen observed. The artworks do a good job of that on their own — first and foremost with color. From bold abstractions by Sara Katz to meditative pastel canvases by Cynthia Kirkwood to richly saturated pigment-ink monotypes by Drew Clay, imagery pops in every room. The curators sometimes pair works of similar color value, doubling their visual vitality, and elsewhere create energetic contrasts.

“Mother and Child” sculpture by Clark Derbes; “Dream 022721.001” by Drew Clay




From left: “Queen of Light” and “Feathered Friends” by Pamela Smith

“The Wayward Bench” by George Sawyer; “Mud Season 9 Patch” quilt by Rosalind Daniels

The idea of interplay runs deeper than hue, though, manifesting itself in thematically linked subsets of shape, pattern, materiality or concept. On a mantel in one room, for instance, is a James Secor painting called “The Purposeful Structures Hold Us Apart.” The distorted triangular and rectilinear shapes in the semi-figurative dreamscape seem to commune with Clark Derbes’ jutting carved-wood piece “Fractal Time Traveler,” perched on a pedestal below. The curatorial choice to scatter each artist’s works among the rooms provides

frequent opportunities to consider their dialogues. Derbes’ painted polygons are simpatico with a number of 2D pieces throughout the Kent. Printmaker Rachel Gross’ masterful geometric compositions on paper or shaped plywood complement other artworks even as they command attention. Gross represents a smaller subset within “Interplay”: relatives. In a second-floor room, her intaglio and woodblock prints face a mixed-media installation by her daughter, Eva Sturm-Gross. The latter, “Eschaton of Leviathan & the Birdshead Messiah,”

Foreground: "Pose" by Gerald K. Stoner; back from left: "Slip Stream" and "Bloom Camp" by Rachel Gross; "Portal" by Mark Ragonese




“Eschaton of Leviathan & the Birdshead Messiah” by Eva Sturm-Gross

“Black Jack” by Sara Katz

“Introverre/decolétage” by Josh Bernbaum

consists of four floor-to-ceiling paper scrolls with two suspended banners hanging perpendicular to them at either end, forming a semi-enclosure. Printed in black and red with esoteric symbology, including the Ouroboros, the installation is graphically arresting and impeccably crafted. Seating comprises another subset in this exhibition, and some of it is LOL funny. Timothy Clark’s armless Windsor chair, painted robin’s-egg blue, sits demurely before a fireplace and echoes the color in a trio of Katz paintings on the mantel. By contrast, Clark’s “Big Red Chair,” sited on the lawn, is too big even for Papa Bear. Not to be outdone, Mark Ragonese presents a very high chair made of twisty driftwood. Back indoors, a long black bench by George Sawyer swoops aggressively skyward at one end, deterring any would-be sitters. Pamela Smith embodies her own category: folk art flavored with magical realism. Her vivid, beautifully rendered figurative paintings and papier-mâché sculptures are charming and slyly sophisticated, certainly answering the curatorial call for joy. Josh and Marta Bernbaum contribute the only glass works in the exhibition, in forms that demonstrate the medium’s versatility. Josh’s blown, carved and shaped pieces, such as the curvy “Introverre/decolétage,” are simply exquisite. In Marta’s “heavy necklace” series, teardrop-shaped “jewels” the size of paperweights are strung together and arrayed on pedestals. Peering into them, a viewer sees slightly distorted photographs that illustrate their titles. “Dissolution of Democracy,” for instance, reveals depressingly on-point images that we really don’t want to see. This necklace, if worn, would be a true albatross. The sole dark note in this year’s Kent exhibition underscores its mission: to observe how well we can play together. m

INFO From left: “Green and Pink Octahedron” by Cynthia Kirkwood; “Sunshine Stripes” by Jane Davies

“Interplay,” along with an installation honoring late Burlington artist Maggie Sherman, on view through October 9 at the Kents’ Corner State Historic Site in Calais. Closing celebration: Sunday, October 9, 3 to 5 p.m.

NEW THIS WEEK barre/montpelier

CABOT ARTISTS: A curated exhibition showcasing the work of the visual arts community. September 24-October 2. Info, 227-0036. Cabot Art Barn.

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f 6X6: A MINI EXHIBITION: An exhibition of 2D artwork with dimensions of six inches square by more than 50 local artists. The theme commemorates the store turning 6 months old. Reception: Thursday, September 22, 5-7 p.m. September 22-October 29. Info, 989-7225. Sparrow Art Supply in Middlebury. f ‘THE LIFE OF WATER’: An international juried exhibition of photographs of water in all its forms and sources. Opening reception: Friday, September 30, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. September 28-October 21. Info, PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury.

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f ‘MASKED’: A juried exhibition of visual artworks by 22 artists with disabilities, organized by Inclusive Arts Vermont. Reception: Friday, September 23, 5-7 p.m. September 23-October 15. Info, 404-1597. Main Street Arts in Saxtons River.

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f PARK DAE SUNG: “Ink Reimagined,” 23 large-scale ink paintings, some on view for the first time in the U.S., by the renowned Korean artist; curated by Sunglim Kim, Dartmouth College associate professor of art history. Artist talk: Thursday, November 3, 5-6 p.m., for the annual Dr. Allen W. Root Contemporary Distinguished Art Lectureship. September 24-March 19. Info, 603-646-3661. Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H.

ART EVENTS ART CAFÉ WITH MUSIC: Explore this year’s contemporary art exhibition, “Interplay,” with fresh baked goods, tea and live piano music. Kents’ Corner State Historic Site, Calais, Friday, September 23, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Info, 828-0749. ARTISAN MARKET: An outdoor marketplace featuring arts, crafts, specialty foods and other handmade items. Chaffee Art Center, Rutland, Saturday, September 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Info, 775-0356. ARTIST & CURATOR CONVERSATION: BETH GALSTON AND MARA WILLIAMS: Artist Beth Galston and curator Mara Williams discuss Galston’s immersive, multimedia installation “Unraveling Oculus” at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. Register for the Zoom event at brattleboromuseum. org. Thursday, September 22, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 257-0124. ARTIST TALK: KATHY STARK: The Vermont artist talks about her solo exhibition of paintings. The Front, Montpelier, Friday, September 23, 5:30 p.m. Info, BIWEEKLY FIGURE DRAWING SOCIAL: Tickets are limited to 20 seats and are first come, first serve. Live model; bring your own beverages and supplies; curated playlist. RSVP at Wishbone Collective, Winooski, Wednesday, September 21, 6-8 p.m. $15. Info, BTV MARKET: An expansion of the former BCA Artist Market includes arts, crafts and other wares, as well as food and live music. Burlington City Hall Park, Saturday, September 24, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Info, 865-7166. ART EVENTS SEVEN DAYS SEPTEMBER 21-28, 2022

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FRIDAY NIGHT FAMILY NIGHT: Family members of all ages are invited to explore art-making through playful and experimental methods. Radiate Art Space, Richmond, Friday, September 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $10; free for 5 and under. Info, GALLERY OPENING: Jean Cherouny, an artist, educator and curator, invites fellow artist Chris Selin to show her plein air paintings. Light refreshments available. Jean Cherouny Fine Art and Design, Winooski, Sunday, September 25, 2-5 p.m. Info, 349-9491. RICHMOND ART CRAWL: Radiate Art Space presents an outdoor community event with more than 40 vendor booths, food trucks and kids’ activities. Parking at Volunteers Green. Richmond Town Hall, Sunday, September 25, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Info, TALK: ‘ROCKWELL KENT’S GLOBAL INFLUENCES AND INSPIRATIONS’: Alice Boone, curator of education and public programs, discusses the impact of the artist’s travels on his work, in conjunction with a current exhibition. Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont, Burlington, Wednesday, September 28, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 656-0750. TERRY J. ALLEN: “Migrants, Labor of Life,” images by the Vermont-based photographer accompanying Milk With Dignity, a fifth anniversary celebration of the agreement between Migrant Justice and Ben & Jerry’s, with live music from Kat Wright, Pia Zapata and Tish Hinojosa. Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, Saturday, September 24, 3-6:30 p.m. $20 advance; $25 at the door. Info, 533-2000. ‘WALKING AS LEARNING TO SEE’: A sensory observation workshop with artist Roberley Bell, in conjunction with her outdoor sculptural installation. Preregister; space is limited. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Sunday, September 25, 2 p.m. $10; free for BMAC members. Info, 257-0124. WEBINAR: CURATORS IN CONVERSATION: Shelburne Museum curator Katie Kirchhoff and David Brody, professor of design studies at Parsons School of Design, discuss paintings in the current exhibition “Luigi Lucioni: Modern Light.” Preregister for Zoom link. Wednesday, September 21, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 985-3346.

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‘ANYWHERE FROM ANYWHERE’: A collection of drawings by more than 20 artists. Through December 1. Info, Karma Bird House Gallery in Burlington. ART HOP JURIED SHOW: Artwork by more than 70 artists submitted for competition in the 30th annual South End Art Hop; juried by David Griffin. Through December 10. Info, 859-9222. The Vaults in Burlington. ‘BLACK FREEDOM, BLACK MADONNA & THE BLACK CHILD OF HOPE’: “Black Freedom, Black Madonna, and the Black Child of Hope,” designed by Raphaella Brice and created by Brice and Josie Bunnell, a mural installed for Burlington’s 2022 Juneteenth celebration, featuring a Haitian-inspired image of liberation. Through June 18. Info, 865-7166. Fletcher Free Library in Burlington. ‘CALL AND RESPONSE’: Artworks by 16 members of the Howard Arts Collective, each inspired by a piece in the museum’s collections. ‘DARK GODDESS: AN EXPLORATION OF THE SACRED FEMININE’: Largescale black-and-white photographs by Shanta Lee, based on the inquiry, “Who or what is the Goddess when she is allowed to misbehave?” ROCKWELL KENT: Prints by the iconic American artist (18821971) from the Ralph C. Nemec collection. Through December 9. Info, 656-0750. Fleming Museum of



Julian Adon Alexander Drawings and paintings by a young artist from New York City inject a slice of urban life at Kishka Gallery & Library in White River Junction. Julian Adon Alexander, who earned his BFA at the School of Visual Arts, favors depictions of quotidian — and nocturnal — scenes around his Queens neighborhood. His subjects are “places and people that one might walk by on the way to a destination and otherwise not pay attention to,” explains a gallery statement. Alexander is not the first or only artist to enshrine on paper his close observations of “the unremarkable.” But his style is certainly his own. Densely toned drawings in graphite center Black faces and dark objects against equally dark skies. The result is murky, mysterious compositions that require close looking — like trying to find one’s way in a moonless night.

Yet details emerge with startling clarity, such as wheel rims on a car, the graceful arch of a metal light post, the mortar in a brick wall. A curious character recurs in some of Alexander’s drawings: a blobby, presumably human figure swaddled from head to toe in black. Only large, catlike eyes peer out from the masked face, usually watching another person in the composition. Is he stalker or protector? Whatever this figure may signify to Alexander, its bogeyman quality is universally relatable. The artist’s paintings use more color, contrast and negative space, and the cover illustrations shown on his website emphasize his gift for portraiture. Alexander’s exhibition, “Effigies,” is on view at Kishka through October 2. A closing reception is noon to 3 p.m. Pictured: “Late at Night.”

Art, University of Vermont, in Burlington.

Ainsworth Plourde and Vera Longtoe Sheehan and members of Richmond Racial Equity; the 10 panels celebrate the Abenaki origins of practices still important to Vermont culture. Through May 31. Info, Richmond Town Hall.

‘CONNECTIONS’: Howard Center Arts Collective presents an art installation of painted mailboxes and mosaics, inviting viewers to reflect on the benefits of oldfashioned mail delivery and to consider whether mailboxes have become relics of the past. Through July 31. Info, artscollective@ Howard Center in Burlington. KELLY O’NEAL: Painterly photographs focused on the beauty of place. Curated by Burlington City Arts. Through October 31. Info, 865-7296. Mascoma Bank in Burlington. ‘MORE THAN AN OBJECT: THE CONTEMPORARY STILL LIFE’: A group exhibition that presents multiple innovative variations on an age-old format in mediums including painting, photography, animation and sculpture. Through October 8. LOUISE ARNOLD: Landscape paintings. Lorraine B. Good Room. Through October 7. SKY HOPINKA: “Fainting Spells,” two experimental films that explore themes of culture and homeland as the artist reflects on the complexity of his Indigenous identity. Through October 8. Info, 865-7166. BCA Center in Burlington. ‘MORE THAN A MARKET’: An exhibit celebrating local, immigrant-owned markets in Burlington, South Burlington and Winooski, featuring an installation that re-creates the feel of a busy market, as well as wall panels with archival and contemporary photographs. Third floor. Through December 23. Info, 989-4723, O.N.E. Community Center in Burlington.


‘PORTRAITS OF PRIDE’: An exhibition of photographs by M. Sharkey of individuals who were part of the 1983 Pride March; presented by the Pride Center of Vermont and the Vermont Folklife Center. Through September 30. Info, 865-7296. Burlington City Hall. ‘VOICES OF ST. JOSEPH’S ORPHANAGE’: Photographs and stories of abuse and recovery from the Catholic-run Burlington orphanage, which was home to more than 13,000 children from 1854 to 1974. Presented by the St. Joseph’s Orphanage Restorative Inquiry and the Vermont Folklife Center. Through December 16. Info, 656-2138. Billings Library, University of Vermont, in Burlington. WYLIE GARCIA: “Tending Constellations,” a solo exhibition of recent paintings that emerged from the emotional spaces between grief and joy, uncertainty and hope. Through October 8. Info, 324-0014. Soapbox Arts in Burlington.

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‘ABENAKI CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE VERMONT COMMUNITY’: A series of murals designed by Scott Silverstein in consultation with Abenaki artists Lisa


ART & DESIGN FACULTY EXHIBITION: Artworks by Mallory Breiner, Brian Collier, Jordan Douglas, Peter Gallo, Gordon Glover, Becca Gurney and Will Mentor. Through September 23. Info, McCarthy Art Gallery, Saint Michael’s College, in Colchester. ART AT THE AIRPORT: Caleb Kenna, aerial photographs of Vermont (Skyway); and Kathleen Fleming, acrylic paintings inspired by landscapes (Gates 1-8), curated by Burlington City Arts. Through September 30. ROB HITZIG & BEAR CIERI: Abstract geometric paintings on birch panels (Skyway), and photographs from the artist’s Quarry Survey (Gates 1-8). Through December 6. Info, 865-7296. Burlington International Airport in South Burlington. BRIAN DROURR & STEPHANIE BUSH: Nature photographs and paintings of cows, respectively. Curated by Burlington City Arts. Through October 18. Info, 865-7296. Pierson Library in Shelburne. ‘EYESIGHT & INSIGHT: LENS ON AMERICAN ART’: An exhibition of artworks that illuminates creative responses to perceptions of vision; four sections explore themes ranging from 18th-century optical technologies to the social and historical connotations of eyeglasses in portraiture from the 19th century to the present. Through




‘IN PLAIN SIGHT: REDISCOVERING CHARLES SUMNER BUNN’S DECOYS’: An online exhibition of shorebird decoys carved by the member of the Shinnecock-Montauk Tribes, based on extensive research and resolving historic controversy. Through October 5. ‘OUR COLLECTION: ELECTRA HAVEMEYER WEBB, EDITH HALPERT AND FOLK ART’: A virtual exhibition that celebrates the friendship between the museum founder and her longtime art dealer, featuring archival photographs and ephemera, a voice recording from Halpert, and quotations pulled from the women’s extensive correspondences. Through February 9. LUIGI LUCIONI: “Modern Light,” more than 50 landscape paintings, still-life works, portraiture and etchings by the prolific artist (1900-88) and a comprehensive examination of his career. Through October 16. MARIA SHELL: “Off the Grid,” 14 contemporary quilts that push the boundaries of the traditional gridded format by the Alaska-based quilter. Through October 16. NANCY WINSHIP MILLIKEN: “Varied and Alive,” four monumental outdoor sculptures set in a pollinator meadow that embody the museum’s commitment to environmental stewardship and feature natural materials intrinsic to the region. Through October 16. Info, 985-3346. Shelburne Museum. ‘FINE FEATHERS’: Works by more than 60 artists and poets inspired by birds and feather colors, shapes, patterns and functions. Through October 31. Info, 434-2167. Birds of Vermont Museum in Huntington.

f JESSICA SCRIVER: “Growth Patterns,” new paintings in mixed media that explore shape, pattern, texture and color. Reception: Friday, September 30, 5-7 p.m. Through October 29. Info, 985-3848. Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne. LINDA BLACKERBY: Vibrant abstract paintings by the Vermont artist. Through October 2. Info, Shelburne Vineyard. MARY LOU MARCUSSEN: “Camp, Champ, Champlain,” acrylic paintings by the Williston artist that celebrate camp life in all seasons. Through September 25. Info, 899-3211. Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho. SOUTH BURLINGTON SHOWCASE: An exhibition of more than 60 paintings, photographs and mixed-media works by local artists Gin Ferrara, Jeffrey Pascoe and Michael Strauss. Through December 13. Info, South Burlington Public Art Gallery.


ALISA DWORSKY: “The Folded Line,” large-format, multidimensional drawings that engage with the question of what it means to make a line. Through September 29. Info, 279-5558. Vermont Supreme Court Gallery in Montpelier. AMY HOOK-THERRIEN: Watercolor paintings by the Vermont artist. A portion of sales benefits the nature center. Through September 30. Info, 2296206. North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier. BOW THAYER: Vibrant paintings by the Vermont musician and visual artist. Through October 11. Info, 225-6232. Filling Station in Middlesex. ELLIOT BURG: “Tunbridge Fair,” an exhibit of black-and-white photographs by the Middlesex photographer. Through September 30. Info, 2724920. Capitol Region Visitors Center in Montpelier.

f EVE JACOBS-CARNAHAN: “Knit Democracy Together,” a five-foot-long sculpture of the Vermont Statehouse constructed from the knitted works of more than 50 crafters. Also on view are the artist’s mixed-media allegorical sculptures of knitted chickens encountering voting challenges. Art Walk reception: Friday, October 7, 4:30-7 p.m. Through October 31. Info, 279-5558. Vermont Statehouse, Card Room in Montpelier. f ‘INTERPLAY’: Works in a variety of mediums by 20 Vermont artists fill the historic house and grounds in this annual exhibition and illuminate time, memory and personal story; also, a recognition of staff artists at the Vermont Studio Center and an installation honoring late Burlington artist Maggie Sherman.

Closing celebration: Sunday, October 9, 3-5 p.m. Through October 9. Info, Kents’ Corner State Historic Site in Calais. JEANNE AMATO: Vibrant woodblock prints of Vermont and the natural world beyond. Through September 27. Info, 479-0896. Espresso Bueno in Barre. JEROME LIPANI: “Visual Fugue,” analytical abstractions and assemblages of found materials, conceived as scores for music and dance improvisation. Through September 30. Info, jeromelipani@ Plainfield Co-op.

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JILL MADDEN: Oil paintings on linen and gouache paintings on watercolor paper that explore the unique wilderness areas of the Green Mountains. Through September 30. Info, 223-2328. Vermont Natural Resources Council in Montpelier. KATHY STARK: “New Work 2019-2022,” paintings constructed of repeating marks that might evoke fields of crops, flocks of birds, schools of fish or families of color. Through October 2. Info, 552-0877. The Front in Montpelier. ‘ROCK SOLID XXII’: The annual celebration of stone includes sculptures, assemblages and other works in the main gallery and plaza. RAY BROWN: “Transformative Moves,” a lifetime retrospective of the paintings, drawings, prints and more by the late local artist. Curated by NNEMoCA on the second and third floors and in the Quick Change Gallery, as well as annex locations at AR Market and Morse Block. Through October 29. Info, 479-7069. Studio Place Arts in Barre. REGIS CUMMINGS: “Retrospect,” paintings in response to the pandemic and the war in Ukraine, by the Montpelier artist. Through October 28. Info, 279-5558. Vermont Statehouse Cafeteria in Montpelier. ‘THE WORLD THROUGH THEIR EYES’: Watercolors and drawings by 19th-century Norwich alumni William Brenton Boggs and Truman Seymour depicting scenes in North and South America, Asia, Europe and Africa. Through December 16. Info, 485-2886. Sullivan Museum & History Center, Norwich University, in Northfield.


‘LAND & LIGHT & WATER & AIR’: An annual exhibition featuring more than 95 works by local and regional artists who paint the Vermont countryside. Through October 30. ‘LET US INTRODUCE YOU’: Paintings by five artists who have not previously exhibited in the gallery: Robin Reynolds, Ellen Hopkins Fountain, Kate Follett, Ella Delyanis and Caroline Loftus. Through October 30. 2022 LEGACY COLLECTION: An exhibit of works by 16 distinguished New England landscape artists plus a selection of works by Alden Bryan and Mary Bryan. Through December 24. Info, 644-5100. Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville. ALTERNATIVE TAKES GALLERY: An exhibition by Misoo Bang, Richard Britell and Mary Reilly featuring three different perspectives on the world, from the architecture of Western civilization to the natural world, to the individuals navigating both, accomplished with paint, collage and graphite. Through October 31. Info, 760-4634. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort. ‘THE ART OF THE GRAPHIC’: Eight displays of snowboards that let viewers see the design process from initial conception to final product; featuring artists Scott Lenhardt, Mark Gonzalez, Mikey Welsh, Mishel Schwartz and more. Through October 31. Info, 253-9911. Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum in Stowe.

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‘EXPOSED’: The annual outdoor sculpture show featuring works by nine Vermont artists sited on the Current lawn and downtown. Through October 22. Info, 253-8358. Various Stowe locations.

f ‘GRACE: 45 YEARS OF CREATIVITY’: An exhibition of works by participants in the Hardwickbased Grassroots Arts and Community Effort, which STOWE/SMUGGS SHOWS

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‘EARTH & FIRE’: A group exhibition of artworks in glass and ceramic by local artists. Through October 14. Info, 224-6878. Mad River Valley Arts Gallery in Waitsfield. GREEN MOUNTAIN PHOTO SHOW: An annual unjuried exhibition open to professional and amateur photographers in a variety of styles, formats and subject matter. Through October 9. Info, info@ Red Barn Galleries at Lareau Farm in Waitsfield.

f KATE SMITH & ELIZABETH NELSON: Abstract paintings drawn from memories of special places. Meet the artists: Friday, September 23, 6-8 p.m. Through October 9. Info, 244-7801. Axel’s Frame Shop & Gallery in Waterbury. ‘REACT! AN ECOART CALL TO ACTION’: Works that address social and ecological issues in collage, book art, sculpture, fiber, clay and found-object assemblage by Pamela Wilson, Jennifer Volansky, Dorsey Hogg, Kevin Donegan and Anne Cummings. Through October 15. Info, Grange Hall Cultural Center in Waterbury Center. ‘TO MARKET’: Large-scale black-and-white paintings by Shelley Reed and elaborate cut-paper installations by Randal Thurston. By appointment. Through October 9. Info, 777-2713. The Bundy Modern in Waitsfield.

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2022 PICNIC BASKET RAFFLE: An annual fundraiser for the museum featuring baskets handpainted by Nancie Dunn, Gary Starr, Gayl Braisted, Warren Kimble, Danielle Rougeau and Fran Bull. Bidding is at Through October 10. CAMPUS THEATER MOVIE POSTERS: A virtual exhibit of posters and other ephemera from Middlebury’s former movie theater, which opened in 1936. It was later converted to the current Marquis Theater. Through January 7. ‘ADDISON COUNTY COLLECTS’: An eclectic exhibition of objects and personal stories from 36 area collectors, celebrating the local and global community. Through January 7. ‘ADDISON COUNTY KIDS COLLECT’: A continually growing exhibition of photos of Addison County children with their personal collections. Through January 7. ‘ARTISTS IN THE ARCHIVES: COMMUNITY, HISTORY & COLLAGE’: Collage prints by 23 artists from seven countries that reflect upon the idea of community in the 21st-century world. Curated by Kolaj Institute director Ric Kasini Kadour. Through January 7. ‘THE ELEPHANT IN THE ARCHIVES’: An experimental exhibit reexamining the museum’s Stewart-Swift Research Center archival collections with a critical eye toward silences, erasures and contemporary relevance. Through January 7. CHUCK HERRMANN: “Sculptures of Perseverance,” eight poignant works by the Shoreham wood carver created in response to the ongoing Ukrainian tragedy. Through January 7. Info, 388-2117. Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History in Middlebury. BETSY SILVERMAN & RACHEL WILCOX: “About Town,” paintings of the urban landscape. Through September 30. Info, 458-0098. Edgewater Gallery at the Falls in Middlebury.



Through October 23. Info, 438-2097. The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center in West Rutland.

CALL TO ARTISTS 2022 PHOTOGRAPHY SHOOT-OUT: The theme for this year’s competition is “Reflections.” First-place winner gets a solo show at Axel’s in 2023. Two entries per photographer. Rules and details at Axel’s Frame Shop & Gallery, Waterbury. Through October 8. $20. Info, 244-7801. 2022 SUNDOG POETRY BOOK AWARD: The Sundog Poetry Book Award is open to submissions from all Vermont-based poets who have not published a first or second book. Final judge Shanta Lee Gander will select the winning manuscript and write an introduction for the book. The winning poet will receive a cash prize of $500, 50 copies of the book and assistance with promotion. Details and application at Through September 30. $20. BCA ELEVATION GRANT: Burlington City Arts announces a one-year pilot funding opportunity designed to support regional artists and artist groups with grants between $500 and $5,000. The goal is to help address the basic challenges of art making at any stage of the creative process. Find details and application at Deadline: November 15. Info, BTV WINTER MARKET: Burlington City Arts is taking applications for a rotating group of 20 local artists, makers and food vendors who will set up booths in City Hall Park Friday through Sunday, November 19 to December 23. Deadline: October 3, 9 a.m. CALL FOR EXHIBITORS: Enter your group show, traveling exhibit or new body of work for the 2022-23 season in our community gallery. We seek thought-provoking exhibits that examine the human experience. CAL is an interdisciplinary art center that celebrates diversity, equity and inclusion in all forms. Submit artwork at Deadline: December 31. Center for Arts and Learning, Montpelier. Info, 595-5252. ‘CELEBRATE’: Studio Place Arts members can sign up to participate in a gift and art show (November 9 to December 29) that includes ceramics, wearables and fiber, cards, bin art, ornaments, paintings and other 2D work, jewelry and glassware. Deadline: October 8. Info at Studio Place Arts, Barre, Through October 8. $20-35. Info, 479-7069. CHAMPLAIN VALLEY CRAFT SHOW AND ANTIQUE EXPO: Artisans, artists and specialty food makers are welcome to apply for this exhibition held during the Champlain Valley

‘COLOR’: Photographs in vivid color juried by Jeff Curto, in the gallery and online. Through September 23. Info, PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury. ‘DISSENT! ABOLITION & ADVOCACY IN PRINT’: An exhibition of 19th-century print materials used as a platform to expose the horrors of enslavement and spread calls for emancipation in the United States. Through October 23. Info, 877-3406. Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh. ‘THE ORWELL ARTISTS’: Works by 11 artists including pottery, collage, painting and more. Through October 15. Info, 989-7225. Sparrow Art Supply in Middlebury. RORY JACKSON: “Be Still,” paintings of landscapes and skies by the local artist. Through September 27. Info, 989-7419. Edgewater Gallery on the Green in Middlebury. SAMUEL WYATT: “Writing on the Wall Project,” new paintings that explore the light, shadow, textures and graffiti in urban settings. Through September 30. Info, 382-9222. Jackson Gallery, Town Hall Theater, in Middlebury.

Expo, October 21 to 23. Details and application at Through October 1. Info, COZY NOOK CRAFT FAIR: Seeking crafters of handmade items and makers of specialty foods (not baked goods) for November 5 event. Details at Deadline: October 10. Essex Memorial Hall. $35-45 per table. Info, CREATIVE AGING GRANTS: The Vermont Arts Council is offering grants up to $4,000 for organizations to provide skill-based arts instruction and social engagement led by experienced teaching artists for older adults aged 60-plus. Info and application at Through November 1. CREATIVE FUTURES GRANTS: With $9 million in funding from Vermont’s last legislative session, the Vermont Arts Council is offering up to $200,000 grants to creative sector nonprofits and for-profit entities, including sole proprietors, that have sustained substantial losses from the pandemic. Find details, application and info about applicant workshops at First deadline: November 1. Info, ‘TIME OF CHANGE’: All artists and makers in all mediums are invited to create work focusing on the entry into the transitional month of November. Work will be displayed at the gallery. For details and to request an entry form, email Deadline: October 27. The Satellite Gallery, Lyndonville. $20. WELCOME BLANKET PROJECT: The public is invited to submit handmade blankets and welcome notes to gift to refugees and new Americans. Both will be displayed in an upcoming exhibition before distribution. Welcome Blanket was created by Jayna Zweiman, cofounder of the Pussyhat Project. Instructions and drop-off locations at Heritage Winooski Mill Museum. Through November 30. Info, ‘WHIR, CLANK, BEEP’: An upcoming show is about machines: simple levers and pulleys, farm equipment, robots, computers and AI. Kinetic sculpture, working machines, 2D and 3D depictions of real and invented machines, and sculptures made from machine parts are all welcome. Deadline: December 10. Info at Studio Place Arts, Barre. $10; free for SPA members. Info, 479-7069.

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DAVID STROMEYER: The artist’s outdoor venue featuring 70 large-scale contemporary sculptures. Through October 10. Info, 512-333-2119. Cold Hollow Sculpture Park in Enosburg Falls. JANET VAN FLEET & DIANE GAYER: “We the People,” Van Fleet’s large figures made with found and repurposed materials; and Gayer’s “Do Trees Have Standing?,” photographs that document the first days of building Burlington’s Champlain Parkway through the Englesby Brook and ravine. Through September 26. Info, 355-2150. GreenTARA Space in North Hero.

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‘BEYOND WORDS’: A group exhibition of book-inspired art by invited artists in the Connecticut River Valley region. Through November 30. Info, 295-4567. Long River Gallery in White River Junction. JENNIFER MAHARRY: Fine art wildlife photography by the Woodstock, N.Y., artist in celebration of VINS’ 50-year anniversary. Through November 30. Info, 359-5000. Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee.

f JULIAN ADON ALEXANDER: “Effigies,” graphite drawings and acrylic paintings by the New York City-based artist. Artist talk and closing reception: Sunday, October 2, noon-3 p.m. Through October 2. Info, 347-264-4808. Kishka Gallery & Library in White River Junction. ‘MENDING THE SPACES BETWEEN: REFLECTIONS AND CONTEMPLATIONS’: Prompted by a vandalized Bible, 22 artists and poets respond to questions about how we can mend our world, find ways to listen and work together. Through November 30. Info, 649-0124. Norwich Historical Society and Community Center.

f ‘MULTIPLE AVENUES: ARTISTS EXPLORE PRINTMAKING’: A faculty exhibition featuring a variety of works by Michael Smoot, Susan Smereka, Jes Raymond, Lynn Newcomb, Mary Mead, Patty Hudak, Rachel Gross and Janet Cathey. Reception: Friday, October 7, 5-7 p.m. Through October 31. Info, Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction. ‘TRIO: PUTTING IT TOGETHER’: Artworks in paint, collage and found objects by Sloane Dawson, Margaret Kannenstine and Amy Schachter. Through September 24. Info, 457-3500. ArtisTree Gallery in South Pomfret.

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‘1,111 COPPER NAILS’: A 36-year retrospective of the Bread and Puppet calendar. Through December 31. Info, Hardwick Inn.

ARTISTS FROM THE GABLES: An exhibition of works in a variety of mediums by Bob Lloyd, Hellen Dillon, Lowell Klock and Bill Ramage. Through October 1. Info, The Gables at East Mountain in Rutland.

f ANN YOUNG: “In a Dangerous Time,” paintings that focus on people in troubling times and abstracted images of magnified natural objects. Included are three commissioned paintings concerning the West Saharan human rights activist Sultana Khayya. Reception: Friday, September 30, 4-6 p.m. Through October 30. Info, 748-2600. Catamount Arts Center in St. Johnsbury.

BILL RAMAGE: “A Lamentation for a Lost Lexicon, Phase Two,” variations on Jasper Johns’ “Three Flags” paintings by the Rutland artist. Through October 8. Info, B&G Gallery in Rutland.

‘CASPIAN ARTS AT MAC! WELCOME!’: Works in a variety of mediums by members of the Greensborobased artist organization. Through October 29. Info, 334-1966. MAC Center for the Arts Gallery in Newport.

f ‘NEW DATA/NEW DADA’: An open-call exhibition

‘COMING CLEAN’: An exhibition that considers bathing practices throughout time and across cultures, including religious immersion and ritual purification, bathing as health cure, methods of washing in extreme environments, and much more. All kinds of bathing and scrubbing implements are on display. Through April 30. Info, 626-4409. The Museum of Everyday Life in Glover.

ALTHEA BILODEAU LAMB & JUDITH REILLY: “Common Threads,” fabric and fiber art. Through November 6. Info, 247-4956. Brandon Artists Guild.

of 40 collage and 3D assemblages that explore, echo, translate or reinvent Dada, by artists from the U.S. and Canada. f ‘THE STORY’: An open-call exhibition of contemporary photographs whose visual narratives evoke a response in the viewer, by artists from Vermont, New York, California and Texas. Reception: Saturday, September 24, 5-7 p.m. Through November 20. Info, 325-2603. Stone Valley Arts at Fox Hill in Poultney. SCULPTFEST22: An annual outdoor exhibition of sculptural installations in a variety of mediums.

ELLY BARKSDALE & MARTHA ELMES: “Women— Strength in Numbers,” works by the local artist that draw attention to women power. Through September 30. Info, The Satellite Gallery in Lyndonville.


JUDITH JACOBS: “Transience,” photographs of time. Through September 27. Info, 525-3366. The Parker Pie Company in West Glover. RACHEL LAUNDON: “Metamorphosis,” a solo exhibition of creations using found materials. Through October 8. Info, 748-0158. Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury.

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ALISSA BUFFUM: The mixed-media painter and sculptor is the first recipient of the gallery’s Working Artist Program, which provides studio and exhibition space. Visitors are welcome to experience her art-making process during gallery hours. Through November 28. Info, 289-0104. Canal Street Art Gallery in Bellows Falls. BARBARA CAMPMAN: “In Passage,” painting, assemblage and mixed media by the Vermont artist. Through November 6. Info, 387-0102. Next Stage Arts Project in Putney. ‘FELT EXPERIENCE’: Works by five artists who use the medium of felt in diverse and novel ways: Marjolein Dallinga, Ruth Jeyaveeran, Melissa Joseph, Liam Lee and Stephanie Metz; curated by Sarah Freeman and Katherine Gass Stowe. Through October 10. ‘NEBIZUN: WATER IS LIFE’: Artwork by Abenaki artists of the Champlain Valley and Connecticut River Valley, including protest art created in support of the Native American Water Protectors; curated by Vera Longtoe Sheehan. Through October 10. BETH GALSTON: “Unraveling Oculus,” an immersive sculptural installation using natural elements and video recorded in a silo. Through October 10. FRANK JACKSON: “There/ There,” abstract landscape fresco paintings that address questions of place, memory and experience. Through October 10. MIE YIM: “Fluid Boundaries,” vivid paintings of unsettling hybrid creatures by the New York City-based artist; curated by Sarah Freeman. Through October 10. OASA DUVERNEY: “Black Power Wave,” a window installation of drawings by the Brooklyn artist, inspired by images of Chinese Fu dogs, the cross and the Yoruba deity Èsù. Through May 6. ROBERLEY BELL: “The Landscape Stares Back,” outdoor sculpture on the museum lawn. Through October 10. Info, 257-0124. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. ‘EGGSHELLS & CHEEKBONES’: A family of artists — painters Alison Crossley and Felix Roberts and land artist Tristan Roberts — exhibit their works together for the first time. Through September 30. Info, 704-441-5338. 118 Elliot in Brattleboro. KRISTOFFER ORUM: “Mundane Monsters,” a multimedia exhibit by the Danish artist that offers humorous, inventive takes on the modern relationship of nature and culture. Through October 7. Info, Epsilon Spires in Brattleboro. LEON GOLUB: Nearly 70 expressive figurative paintings that explore man’s relationship with the dynamics of power, spanning the American artist’s career from 1947 to 2002. LOIS DODD: A survey of some 50 paintings by the American artist from the late 1950s through last year that depict places she lives and works, from rural Maine to New York City. Through November 27. Info, Hall Art Foundation in Reading.


‘MANY AMERICAS: ART MEETS HISTORY’: More than a dozen artworks and installations that use divergent histories as a point of departure to address present-day issues. Curated by Ric Kasini Kadour. Through November 27. Info, 362-1405. Elizabeth de C. Wilson Museum, Southern Vermont Arts Center, in Manchester. ‘PARKS & RECREATION’: An exhibition of paintings past and present that explores the history and artistic depictions of Vermont’s state parks and other formally designated natural areas. Contemporary works on loan from the Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville. Through November 6. ‘PERSPECTIVES: THE STORY OF BENNINGTON THROUGH MAPS’: A collection that

shows the changing roles of maps, from those made by European colonists showcasing American conquests to later versions that celebrate civic progress and historic events. Through December 31. NORTH BENNINGTON OUTDOOR SCULPTURE SHOW: The 25th annual outdoor sculpture show at locations around town, as well as more works by regional artists inside the museum. Through November 12. Info, 447-1571. Bennington Museum. SOLO EXHIBITIONS: Ten artists exhibit their work in a variety of mediums: Barbara Ackerman, Justin Kenney, Arnela Mahmutović, Evan McGlinn, Julie Merwin, Heather Palecek, Robert Ressler, Ron Vallario, Katrin Waite and Ann Young. Through November 6. Info, 362-1405. Yester House Galleries, Southern Vermont Arts Center, in Manchester.


‘THE ART OF HALVES HALF KNOTS’: A group exhibition of textile arts in quilting, felting, sewing, crocheting, knitting, embroidery and mixed media. Through October 22. Info, 775-0356. ‘WHOSE NEW WORLD?’: An exhibition of works in a variety of mediums by nine regional artists who explore social justice issues. Through September 24. Info, 728-9878. Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph. JOHN DOUGLAS: “Anywhere but Here,” a solo exhibition of photographs by the Vershire artist. Through September 30. Info, 889-9404. Tunbridge Public Library. PEGGY WATSON & ROARKE SHARLOW: Mixedmedia paintings and painterly digital photographs, respectively. Through September 25. Info, artetcvt@ ART, etc. in Randolph.

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DEAR SIMON PHOTOGRAPHY: “Book of Eve,” studies in human form, shadow and light. Through September 30. Info, 518-563-1604. Strand Center for the Arts in Plattsburgh, N.Y. ‘DIANE ARBUS: PHOTOGRAPHS, 1956-1971’: Nearly 100 black-and-white prints shot by the late American photographer primarily around New York City. Through January 29. ‘VIEWS OF WITHIN: PICTURING THE SPACES WE INHABIT’: More than 60 paintings, photographs, prints, installations and textile works from the museum’s collection that present one or more evocations of interior space. Through June 30. NICOLAS PARTY: “L’heure mauve” (“Mauve Twilight”), a dreamlike exhibition of paintings, sculptures and installation in the Swiss-born artist’s signature saturated colors. Online reservations required. Through October 16. SABRINA RATTÉ: “Contre-espace,” digital artwork by the Montréal artist that creates an interaction between architecture and landscape, projected onto the façade of the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion from dusk to 11 p.m. Through November 27. SHARY BOYLE: “Outside the Palace of Me,” a multisensory exhibition that explores how identity and personality are constructed in the age of social media. Through January 15. Info, 514-285-2000. Montréal Museum of Fine Arts. ‘FIREFLIES AND FREEZE TAG’: A curated group exhibition of 26 New Hampshire and Vermont artists whose artwork reflects on the joys of summer. Through September 24. MARGARET JACOBS, NANCY SEPE & LI SHEN: Solo exhibitions in multiple materials and disciplines; the three artists share an interest in storytelling through objects considered culturally or socially significant. Through September 30. VICTORIA SHALVAH HERZBERG: “Native Plants and Invited Immigrants,” figurative works in mixed media by the Vermontbased artist. Through October 20. Info, 603-4483117. AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, N.H.

f ‘MADAYIN: EIGHT DECADES OF ABORIGINAL AUSTRALIAN BARK PAINTING FROM YIRRKALA’: The first major exhibition of Aboriginal Australian bark paintings to tour the U.S., a contemporary interpretation of an ancient tradition of Indigenous knowledge expression. Public celebratory events: Thursday, September 22, through Saturday, September 24. Through December 4. Info, 603-646-2821. Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H. m


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Bring Out Your Dead

As I stood on the roof of the studio, overlooking a sun-kissed vista of Burlington, I watched the light turn to crimson on the steel and glass of nearby windows, and I wondered whether KEVIN BLOOM was microdosing. To be fair, everything Bloom had said to me in the half hour or so we’d been hanging at his downtown studio was completely sensible, logical and highly engaging. He’d gone from talking up his beloved 1973 Yamaha PM1000 console, which he purchased from Vermont Public and painstakingly restored, to lamenting the current dire housing situation in Vermont. We riffed about his trusty Fender Jazzmaster, which he once graciously allowed me to borrow back in 2019 for a few gigs. We talked restaurants and dim sum. We even spoke at length about his cat. So I really had no reason to think Bloom might be in an altered state as we watched the sun set on Lake Champlain 58


atop the roof of SpicY wOrLd. (Yes, that’s how it’s written. You’re not the one microdosing. Or maybe you are, and if so, wow. Who microdoses and reads the paper? Way to go!) But there was just something about the way the light hit the cerulean blue of his eyes and the slow smile Bloom flashed as he stared down upon the city. “Kev, are you microdosing?” I asked him. “Ha! No, not at the moment. What about you?” he replied. “No,” I replied, watching light dance on the lake below. “But I sort of wish I was.” That’s also how I felt as I listened to an advance copy of the DEAD SHAKERS’ new LP, Some Shapes Reappear. A record bristling with beauty, psychedelic layers of sonic color, indie rock ambience and an overarching grand vision overseen by Bloom, Some Shapes Reappear is easily one of the best sophomore albums I can think of from any Vermont artist. The Dead Shakers have been a vital

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band in the area for a few years now, certainly since their debut All Circles Vanish dropped in 2018 to wide acclaim. Operating more like a backing band for Bloom, the Shakers have had a revolving lineup featuring multiple drummers, a cello, microtonally tuned guitars and what seems like half the bass players in Burlington. But at the center of the group is Bloom’s studio wizardry and singularly off-center songwriting. Bloom’s idiosyncratic writing elevates Some Shapes Reappear above its predecessor, which is no mean feat. The acid-washed surf rock of “Compost Is the Future (Self )” hits like a cross between a KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD B side and something BRIAN WILSON might have written when off his meds. “My Death,” which features vocals from local indie rocker LILY SEABIRD, manages to be both thought-provoking and airy, like a paper airplane soaring through the sky with an obituary written on it. And the delicate, indie-meets-yachtrock vibe of “Doing the Dishes” is such a unique brand of pop that I wanted it to be much longer than just over a minute and a half. Throughout the record, Bloom never lingers in one place too long: The music constantly shifts, conveying a sense of restlessness. Some Shapes Reappear doesn’t allow the listener to get comfortable but provides so much

mystery and intrigue that there’s never a thought about turning back. Bloom all but shepherds the uninitiated into his world of Technicolor dreams, unafraid to lose the thread he never bothered to establish in the first place. “Writing this record was really different than the first one,” Bloom told me, after we had climbed back through the window into his studio. “I know what I’m doing a lot more than I did then, especially in the studio.” Bloom is hardly the first musician to fall in love and immerse himself with a recording studio, but his relationship to SpicY wOrLd informs much of the new record’s character. “During the pandemic, I know other musicians approached my landlord,” Bloom told me. “He could have easily rented to all sorts of other people who were able to pay a lot more than I could, but he never did.” To further complicate things, Bloom was laid off during the pandemic, exacerbating his fears of losing SpicY wOrLd. His landlord let him pay rent as he could, allowing Bloom to continue working on Some Shapes Reappear. “It was huge,” Bloom said. “I’m not sure how many other landlords in town would have done that.” With his studio secure, Bloom was able to craft an album to his specifications. He solidified the band’s lineup, which includes VINCENZO SICURELLA on synthesizers, JEREMY MENDICINO on bass and vocals, and BRENDEN PROVOST and ZACK HAMES on drums. Bloom also brought in other local musicians, including Seabird, EZRA OKLAN (MATTHEW MERCURY, DWIGHT + NICOLE), LAUREN COSTELLO (OUZKXQLZN) and Future Fields’ DAN ROME, which helped establish the record’s massive sound. He was also able to take the time he needed to craft dense, psychedelic layers. “I spent 10 hours playing the guitar part over and over and over again,” Bloom recalled of recording “Doing the Dishes.” “It’s an amalgamation of hundreds of guitar tracks all glued together,” he added, “more tracks than there are seconds in the song itself!” For all the cherubic smiles and bohemian casualness surrounding the Dead Shakers’ music, Bloom knows he has leveled up with this new album, a truly riveting, gorgeous collection of music. To herald its release on Friday, September 23, he has been posting a video a day on the band’s YouTube page. In fact, he plans on shooting and releasing a video for every single track on the LP. “We’ve progressed as a band,” Bloom asserted. “I’m not sure I can say exactly how, but I can hear it, and it’s really special.”


Dwight + Nicole

BiteTorrent September has seen a torrential downpour of new Vermont music. The best part is, most of these new singles are advance releases before full albums drop in October, so there’s plenty more to come! First up is blues and soul act Dwight + Nicole’s latest single. “Angel,” recorded at Ocean Sound studio in Norway, finds the group in an emotional and reflective mood, as singer and bassist NICOLE NELSON’s powerful, yearning vocals show empathy for those who have to say goodbye to recently departed loved ones. The single is the first release from the band’s forthcoming LP, The Jaguar, the Raven & the Snake, which is out on October 21. “Angel” is due out this Friday. But you can hear it a night early this Thursday, September 22, when Dwight + Nicole play at Higher Ground’s Backside 405 series, supporting Houston soul act the SUFFERS.

Northern Vermont Americana outfit the MAPLE RUN BAND are releasing their sophomore record in November, titled Used to Be the Next Big Thing. According to the band’s press release, the album is a concept record of sorts, “a collection of short stories about the average everyday woes that wear us down as we progress through life,” wrote front person TREVOR CRIST. In anticipation of the upcoming record drop, the Maple Run Band will release “Tears of a Fool” this Thursday as an advance single. The song, which is the first of three advance singles, can be streamed or downloaded at

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CLUB DATES live music WED.21

Find the most up-to-date info on live music, DJs, comedy and more at If you’re a talent booker or artist planning live entertainment at a bar, nightclub, café, restaurant, brewery or coffee shop, send event details to or submit the info using our form at

Movie Night Burlington-based Latin-folk singer-songwriter


spent much of 2021 crowdfunding and writing grants to produce

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


Cosmic the Cowboy with the Leatherbound Books (indie rock) at Monkey House, Winooski, 8:30 p.m. $5.

made up of material culled from Hernandez’s debut LP, Amanecer, centers on

Courtyard Music Series (blues, jazz, rock) at Halvorson’s, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Folk Talk Trio (folk) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Irish Sessions (Celtic folk) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.

Please contact event organizers about vaccination and mask requirements.

her vision of a music video trilogy. Tres Pedazos, a three-song conceptual piece

Lake Waves with No Fun Haus, the Leatherbound Books (indie rock) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free.

the theme of generational trauma. Songs “Winter,” “Quiet” and “Amanecer” all get the big-screen treatment this Sunday, September 25, at the Higher Ground

Matt Hagen (singer-songwriter) at Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 4 p.m. Free.

Showcase Lounge in South Burlington, just a few days after they premiere online at Glide Magazine. The duo of MIRIAM BERNARDO and MICHAEL CHORNEY kick things off,

Moondogs with the Most Wanted (rock) at Nectar’s, Burlington, . $5.

followed by the live premiere of Tres Pedazos and a full-band set by Hernandez.

The Natural Selection (covers) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 5 p.m. Free. Rebecca Turmel (singersongwriter) at Gusto’s, Barre, 6 p.m. Free.

Ivamae with Julia Rose (indie soul) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free.

Reproductive Rights Rally featuring Sarah King, Kat Wright, Francesca Blanchard, Father Figuer, Acquamossa (indie soul, pop, rock) at Backside 405, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. $20/$25.

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

The Shane Murley Band (Americana) at 14th Star Brewing, St. Albans, 6 p.m. Free.

Kendall Street Company (jam) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 8 p.m. Free. Live Jazz (jazz) at Leunig’s Bistro & Café, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free.

Small Change Tom Waits Tribute (tribute) at Charlie-O’s World Famous, Montpelier, 9:30 p.m. Free.

Matt Hagen (singer-songwriter) at Vermont Pub & Brewery, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.

Soulshine Revival (Allman Brothers tribute) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 9 p.m. Free.

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

Spooky Buddies (jam) at Martell’s at the Red Fox, Jeffersonville, 6 p.m. $20.

Tai Verdes (R&B, pop) at Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, 7 p.m. $25/$28.

Sticks & Stones (rock) at the Old Post, South Burlington, 8 p.m. Free.

Wednesday Night Dead (Grateful Dead covers) at Zenbarn, Waterbury, 7 p.m. $5. Willverine (live looping) at the Wallflower Collective, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.



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

AmerikanaBlue (Americana) at the Parker Pie, West Glover, 6:30 p.m. Free.

Acoustic Thursdays with Zach Nugent (Grateful Dead tribute) at Red Square, Burlington, 5 p.m. Free.

Brevity Thing (bluegrass, folk) at Jericho Café & Tavern, 6 p.m. Free.


Alex Stewart Quartet and Special Guests (jazz) at the 126, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free. Bella and the Notables (jazz) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. DOSE (jazz) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Dylan Patrick Ward with Inflatable Alien (singersongwriter) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Hello Shark, Paper Castles and Blueberry Betty (indie rock) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 8 p.m. $10/$15. Jay Critch with Mally Bandz, Vendetta (hip-hop) at Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 8 p.m. $30/$35.


The Owl Stars (folk) at Black Flannel Brewing & Distilling, Essex Junction, 6 p.m. Free. Ricky Montgomery with Delaney Bailey (indie pop) at Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $20/$25. The Suffers with Dwight + Nicole (soul, blues) at Backside 405, Burlington, 7 p.m. $20/$25.

Jeff Shelley (covers) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 6 p.m. Free.




About Time (funk rock) at Jericho Café & Tavern, 6 p.m. Free.AliT (singer-songwriter) at Stone’s Throw Pizza, Richmond, 6 p.m. Free. Ally and Jeremy Tarwater (folk) at Whammy Bar, Calais, 7 p.m. free.

Dave Mitchell’s Blues Revue (blues) at Red Square, Burlington, 2 p.m. Free. EVNGwear (jazz fusion) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free. Green Heron (folk) at Happy Valley Orchard, Middlebury, 6 p.m. Free.

Atom Ghost (rock) at Monopole, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 10 p.m. Free.

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

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

Josh Jakab (singer-songwriter) at Taps Tavern, Poultney, 6 p.m. Free.

Club d’Elf featuring Rob Compa of Dopapod (jazz) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 8 p.m. $5. Dos En Uno (alt rock) at Monopole, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 10 p.m. Free. Heartless (Heart tribute) at Gusto’s, Barre, 8:30 p.m. Free. Left Eye Jump (blues) at Red Square, Burlington, 2 p.m. Free. Nice & Naughty (folk) at Whammy Bar, Calais, 6:30 p.m. Free. On Tone Music (singersongwriter) at Taps Tavern, Poultney, 6 p.m. Free. Pat Markley (jazz) at Bleu Northeast Kitchen, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free. Phantom Airwave (rock) at Red Square, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Purple (Prince tribute) at Moogs Joint, Johnson, 6 p.m. $22.

Rough Suspects (acoustic rock) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 5 p.m. Free. Satta Sound (reggae) at Switchback Brewing, Burlington, 3 p.m. Free. Sierra Hull with Taylor Rae (bluegrass) at Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 7 p.m. $20/$25. Some Hollow (indie rock) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Sweet Lillies (bluegrass) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 8 p.m. Free. Tim Brick (country) at Stone Corral, Richmond, 7 p.m. Free. Vundabar with Another Michael (indie rock) at Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $18/$22. Wild Street (hard rock) at CharlieO’s World Famous, Montpelier, 9:30 p.m. Free.


Giovanina Bucci (singersongwriter) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 1 p.m. Free. King Arthur Jr. (singer-songwriter) at Vermont Pub & Brewery, Burlington, 1-4 p.m. Free. Marcie Hernandez with Miriam Bernardo, Michael Chorney (folk) at Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $10/$15. Myriam Gendron with Wren Kitz (indie folk) at Monkey House, Winooski, 7:30 p.m. $20. Pup with the OBGMs (punk) at Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, 7 p.m. $25/$27. Sunday Brunch Tunes (singersongwriter) at Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 10 a.m. Waterwheel 25th Anniversary with Osiris (Aquarium Rescue Unit tribute) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 7 p.m. $20.


311 with Tropidelic (alt rock) at Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, 7 p.m. $45. D. Davis, JJ, Cookie and Timothy Quigley (jazz) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Dead Set (Grateful Dead tribute) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 7 p.m. $10. Honky Tonk Tuesday featuring Pony Hustle (country) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 9 p.m. $10. Resonant Rogues (folk) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 7 p.m. $5.


Bim Tyler (folk) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Bluegrass & BBQ (bluegrass) at Four Quarters Brewing, Winooski, 6:30 p.m. Free. Courtyard Music Series (blues, jazz, rock) at Halvorson’s, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Irish Sessions (Celtic folk) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.

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

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

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

No Scrubs: ’90s Night with DJ Ron Stoppable (DJ) at Club Metronome, Burlington, 10 p.m. $5.

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

Reign One (DJ) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.

Metal of the Month with the Path, Mushroom Teeth and Old North End (metal) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.

Saturday Selections with DJ Pato (DJ) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, noon. Free.

Sean Kehoe (jam, loops) at Orlando’s Bar & Lounge, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Wednesday Night Dead (Grateful Dead covers) at Zenbarn, Waterbury, 7 p.m. $5. Willverine (live looping) at the Wallflower Collective, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

djs WED.21

Black Carl! with Saka, Mirror Maze and Path (dubstep) at Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $15/$20. DJ CRE8 (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free. Queer Bar Takeover (DJ) at Charlie-O’s World Famous, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free.


DJ Baron (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free. DJ Chaston (DJ) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 11 p.m. Free. DJ CRE8 (DJ) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, midnight. Free. Mi Yard Reggae Night with DJ Big Dog (reggae and dancehall) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 9:30 p.m. Free. Molly Mood (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, 8 p.m. Vinyl Thursdays (DJ) at Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 5 p.m. Free.


ATAK (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free. Ben Blanchard (DJ) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free. DJ Craig Mitchell (DJ) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 11 p.m. Free. DJ LaFountaine (DJ) at Gusto’s, Barre, 9 p.m. Free. DJ Taka (DJ) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 11 p.m. $10. Dub Sessions EDM Dance Party (dance) at Zenbarn, Waterbury, 8 p.m. $10. Move B*tch: 2000s Hip Hop Night with DJ Svpply (DJ) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 10 p.m. $5.


DJ A-Ra$ (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, midnight. Free. DJ Raul (DJ) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. DJ Taka (DJ) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 11 p.m. $10.


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

open mics & jams WED.21

Lit Club (poetry and literature open mic) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Open Mic (open mic) at Monopole, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 10 p.m. Free. Open Mic Night (open mic) at Skunk Hollow Tavern, Hartland Four Corners, 5:30 p.m. Free. Open Mic with Danny Lang (open mic) at Taps Tavern, Poultney, 7 p.m. Free.


Open Mic (open mic) at Whammy Bar, Calais, 6:30 p.m. Free. Open Mic (open mic) at Orlando’s Bar & Lounge, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free. Open Mic Night (open mic) at the Parker Pie, West Glover, 6:30 p.m. Free.


Green Mountain Book Festival Presents: Lit Night (book festival) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.


Open Mic Night with Justin at Charlie-O’s World Famous, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m.

MON.26 TUE.27 Bluegrass Jam (bluegrass) at Taps Tavern, Poultney, 7 p.m. Free.

VT’s Funniest: Prelims (comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7 p.m. $10.


Beth Stelling (comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $25.


Beth Stelling (comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. $25. Bob Marley (comedy) at the Flynn, Burlington, 8 p.m. $44.75.


Beth Stelling (comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. $25.


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


Standup Comedy Open Mic (comedy open mic) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.

trivia, karaoke, etc.

▲ The Villalobos Brothers, 10/21


Trivia Night (trivia) at Alfie’s Wild Ride, Stowe, 7 p.m. Free.


Elisabeth Blair Book Launch (book launch) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 5 p.m. Free. Lord of the Rings Trivia (trivia) at Monopole, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7:30 p.m. Free. Trivia & Nachos (trivia) at Four Quarters Brewing, Winooski, 6 p.m. Free.

SEPTEMBER Dreamers’ Circus . . . . . . . . . . . . 9/30 OCTOBER Dmytro Choni, piano — Van Cliburn Bronze Medalist . .


Chien-Kim-Watkins Trio: Beethoven Weekend . . 10/14 + 10/16

Trivia Night (trivia) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free.

The Villalobos Brothers . . . . . . 10/21

Trivia Thursday (trivia) at Spanked Puppy Pub, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free.

Sam Reider & Jorge Glem: Brooklyn Cumaná . . . . . . . . . . . 10/28


Open Mic with D Davis (open mic) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free.



Open Mic Night (open mic) at Skunk Hollow Tavern, Hartland Four Corners, 5:30 p.m. Free.

Fall Sessions


Trivia with Brian (trivia) at Charlie-O’s World Famous, Montpelier, 8 p.m. Free.

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



Karaoke with DJ Party Bear (karaoke) at Charlie-O’s World Famous, Montpelier, 9:30 p.m. Free.

NOVEMBER Ariel String Quartet . . . . . . . . . . . 11/4 The Small Glories . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/18

DECEMBER Trio Mediæval . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Tuesday Night Trivia (trivia) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

Open Mic with Danny Lang (open mic) at Taps Tavern, Poultney, 7 p.m. Free.


Barrel Room Trivia (trivia) at Black Flannel Brewing & Distilling, Essex Junction, 6:30 p.m. Free. m

12/9 ▲ The Small Glories, 11/18

Trivia Night (trivia) at the Depot, St. Albans, 7 p.m. Free.

Open Mic Night (open mic) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.

▲ Dmytro Choni, 10/7


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The album kicks off with the rhythmically complex “Only Time Will Tell.” Light on its toes, it skips along with syncopated start-stops, signaling a bookish bent toward music theory. But it’s also colorful as hell, with Hartswick busting out velveteen scatting about halfway through. Something in the Water balances bangers such as “By the River” with sweatblotting slow jams such as “Guilty.” The latter is as stripped-down as the album gets: Hartswick’s vocals and McBride’s bass chase each other in a loose parallel groove. The song’s honest lyrics echo its structural nakedness. “I been drinkin’ / And I shouldn’t come by, I know,” Hartswick sings to a lover. An ode to bad decisions, the song plods through shame and regret. With theatricality and precision, Hartswick and company weave together influences from pop music, neo-R&B, blues, gospel and a dash of acoustic rock. Hartswick is a sensitive but strong-willed protagonist who, despite the flaws she reflects upon, endears herself to listeners. Something in the Water is available at

From there, Robscure goes solo on “S T A T I C,” delivering a personal testimony with real charisma and gravity. The song is far from flashy, but it exemplifies his recent growth as an artist. Robscure’s ear for transforming beats and rhymes into a compelling journey for the listener has matured beyond his years. He’s also forging his own voice into a style that’s much more than the sum of his influences. Up next is “Open the Window!,” a celebration of nature in Vermont that veers into outright pop. This would damn near be a misstep without the staccato acrobatics of Hella Fader artist Juni the Wiccan. But his chemistry with Robscure — and their straight-up joy together — makes the song a perfect fit. That kind of risk-taking defines the whole second half of this short, strong project. “VENT” is an expansive canvas of earnest, conscious rap, with warm crooning and a spoken-word outro. The following cut, “the feng shui,” featuring

Fractal Boi, is almost underwhelming at first yet turns out to be a lean, hypnotic journey with some Madlib aesthetics. None of the guest artists here is just phoning in 16 bars; these are all true collaborations from start to finish. Closer “V01D” wraps up the EP on a high note, reprising earlier themes over the course of a long, playfully introspective verse. Dense with recursive wordplay and layered rhyme schemes, Robscure still makes it sound conversational and effortless. Like any sensible rap entrepreneur, Robscure is a fully self-contained operation, taking on mixing and mastering duties himself. He delivers his cleanest and lushest work to date, with a huge dynamic range. AIR is a deceptively breezy album that cements Robscure’s place at the forefront of Vermont’s new wave of hip-hop artists. He’s carved out his own sound, and he’s leveling up with every release. This is an EP with an album’s worth of ideas, a perfect introduction to an artist at the height of his newfound power. AIR is available on all major streaming platforms.


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riverside, flying high on swing sets and playing with imaginary friends. They live freely, without self-judgment. Knowingly, she cries, “Please never let the world extinguish that fire!” Hartswick constructs the song like a pep rally with clickety-clack percussion and deep blasts of trombone and trumpet. Here, and throughout her sophomore outing, her soaring voice is a focal point around which her world-class team of instrumentalists make merry. Of the many noteworthy guests, renowned bassist Christian McBride, a frequent presence at the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, provides thrumming tones on seven of the album’s nine cuts. Cowritten with guitarist Nick Cassarino, the album showcases the long-standing partnership between the two Vermont expats. The songs touch on loss, regret and destructive choices — but also perseverance, contentment and joy. “We wanted to celebrate the human experience,” Hartswick said in a press release.

Central Vermont rapper Robscure came up under the tutelage of the Boomslang crew (RIP, JL) and has since grown into a force of his own. After a stint in Winooski, he’s currently trying to make it in New York City. Along the way, he has made a name for himself through consistent, carefully curated projects that blend old-school lyricism with adventurous production. Robscure’s latest offering, AIR, is the most ambitious tightrope act of his career to date. Why? He balances his tried-andtrue approach with new stylistic risks. He starts off the EP with two of the best rap songs out of Vermont this year. “Pilot,” featuring Rivan C., is a catchy and clever summertime banger that sets the bar dangerously high. Yet “Echo” is every bit as great, a richly musical future R&B ballad with a knockout performance by vocalist Eva Rawlings.


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on screen Pearl ★★★★★



prequel to a slasher film that came out just six months ago may not seem a likely candidate for cult status. But if you saw Ti West’s X in March, with its memorable double performance by Mia Goth, you may have an inkling of why horror fans anticipated Pearl, an origin story for its villain. On TikTok, young women are dressing up in blood red like the film’s title character and turning sound bites from her dialogue into memes. How did an ax murderess get so popular?

The deal

It’s 1918. World War I and the flu pandemic are raging, but things are all too quiet on the Texas farmstead where Pearl (Goth) lives with her German immigrant parents, waiting for her soldier husband to come home. While Pearl’s grim-faced mother (Tandi Wright) urges her to care for her paralyzed father and put her own dreams aside, the young woman escapes into a world of fantasy, sneaking off to the movies and entertaining the livestock with dance routines. When she gets particularly fed up with Mom’s nagging, Pearl spears a gander on a pitchfork and feeds it to the alligator in the pond — because, yes, despite its cheery Technicolor palette, this is a horror movie. As Pearl’s dreams fight a losing battle with reality, her violent tendencies blossom.


Will you like it?

If you don’t have a stomach for gore, you’re never going to see this movie. If you’re a gore fan who’s bored to tears by the overwrought theatrics of classic Hollywood musicals and melodramas, Pearl isn’t for you, either. But if you happen to exist in the tiny Venn diagram overlap of people who love horror and the glossy aesthetic of Douglas Sirk movies, get to the theater. West has made your Citizen Kane, and Goth could be your long-shot pick for an Oscar. Hyperbole? OK, maybe — but Pearl embodies the principle of “Go big or go home.” This is a film that showcases a seven-minute, one-shot monologue in which a sociopath earnestly explains her worldview, a film that evokes the imagery of The Wizard of Oz only to stage a scene in which its fresh-faced, love-starved 64


Goth gives a career-making performance as a farm girl with big dreams in West’s horror period piece.

heroine makes out with a scarecrow in a cornfield. And somehow it works! Pastiche and period pieces are nothing new for West. His 2009 breakout film, The House of the Devil, was set in the early ’80s and paid homage to the heyday of VHS horror. Scary as it was, it was easy to dismiss as a film nerd’s stylistic exercise. X is a pastiche, too, with obvious parallels to The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. But in that film, West used the viewer’s historical perspective to draw out perennially compelling topics: ageism, the generation gap, the technological shifts that can render an artist’s work obsolete. In X, set in 1979, Goth was a modern version of a medieval memento mori tableau: She played both the bitter, elderly Pearl (under prosthetics) and the carefree young Maxine Minx, who cavorts around Pearl’s decaying homestead in a pair of overalls, starring in a porn flick as a farmer’s daughter. In Pearl, Goth wears the overalls again, but now there’s nothing playful or erotic about the getup. In 1918, being a real farmer’s daughter is backbreaking labor. The screenplay, which West and Goth cowrote, is simple and refreshingly period appropriate, with few winks at

modern viewers. Viewers who haven’t seen X won’t be confused. And the central performance is transfixing. With her transparent features, reminiscent of the young Judy Garland, Goth makes us feel Pearl’s desperate need to escape from her mother’s doctrine of hard labor. Her dreams are so big that they light up her whole face, turning her incandescent. Pearl reminds us of countless classic figures in American cinema whose striving makes them inherently sympathetic — the problem is, she won’t stop at anything to attain her goals. “I feel things very deeply!” she screams at a suitor who sees the peril too late. When the world refuses to cooperate with her dreams, she does her best to reshape it — with a pitchfork or an ax. It’s an origin story reminiscent of Joker. But Pearl is less generous to its heroine: She’s less a victim of social persecution than of her own delusions. Pearl embodies the possibility that inside every brighteyed theater kid or would-be social media star, every sweet young American with a dream, is a core of ruthlessness. We may turn from the character in repulsion, but we can’t deny her raw energy or that of this dementedly exuberant movie. With

its pandemic imagery, Pearl transcends pastiche to become creepily relevant. MARGO T HARRI S O N

IF YOU LIKE THIS, TRY... FAR FROM HEAVEN (2003; Starz, rent-

able): Todd Haynes paved the way for West by doing his own Sirk pastiche in this homage to midcentury melodrama. Sirk’s actual films are hard to find streaming; check your local library. CARRIE (1976; Amazon Prime Video,

AMC+, rentable): Horror fans will find echoes of Brian De Palma’s classic Stephen King adaptation in Pearl’s bloody palette and its central motherdaughter conflict. “CASTLE ROCK,” season 2 (10 episodes,

2019; Hulu, rentable): Speaking of King, the second season of this series inspired by his work tells the origin story of Annie Wilkes from Misery. Like Goth, Lizzy Caplan does a powerful, spooky job of fleshing out a monstrous character.

DON’T WORRY DARLING: In the 1950s, a homemaker (Florence Pugh) begins to suspect there’s something wrong with the utopian community where she and her husband (Harry Styles) live in this thriller from director Olivia Wilde. (122 min, R. Capitol, Essex, Marquis, Paramount, Star, Welden) LOVING HIGHSMITH: Eva Vitija’s documentary examines the life of classic thriller writer Patricia Highsmith through the lenses of love and family. (83 min, NR. Savoy) MOONAGE DAYDREAM: This documentary from Brett Morgen (The Kid Stays in the Picture) traces the career of David Bowie with cooperation from his estate. (135 min, PG-13. Savoy) RAILWAY CHILDREN: City children are evacuated to Yorkshire during World War II in this family drama directed by Morgan Matthews. John Bradley and Jenny Agutter star. (95 min, PG. Essex)

CURRENTLY PLAYING BARBARIANHHHH An accidental double booking turns out to be the least of an Airbnb guest’s problems in this horror thriller from Zach Cregger. Georgina Campbell and Bill Skårsgard star. (102 min, R. Capitol, Essex, Majestic)

FUNNY PAGESHHH1/2 A teenage cartoonist drops out of school and goes in search of a mentor in this satire from Owen Kline, a nominee at the Cannes Film Festival. (86 min, R. Roxy)



GIGI & NATEHH1/2 A young man who is quadriplegic bonds with his service animal — a capuchin monkey — in this family drama. (114 min, PG-13. Bijou, Welden) HALLELUJAH: LEONARD COHEN, A JOURNEY, A SONG: This documentary looks at the singersongwriter through the lens of one of his most beloved songs. (118 min, PG-13. Savoy) HOCKEYLAND: The rival teams of two Minnesota towns square off in Tommy Haines’ documentary. (108 min, NR. Welden) THE INVITATIONHH1/2 A young woman (Nathalie Emmanuel) finds romance and terror at an English country estate in this gothic thriller. (104 min, PG-13. Majestic) MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ONHHHH1/2 A YouTube star comes to the big screen in this all-ages mockumentary. (90 min, PG. Roxy; reviewed 6/22) MEDIEVALHH1/2 Ben Foster plays 15th-century Czech warlord Jan Zizka in this historical adventure. Petr Jákl directed. (126 min, R. Majestic) ORPHAN: FIRST KILLHH1/2 Isabelle Fuhrman stars in the prequel to 2009 horror film Orphan. (99 min, R. Palace)

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BEASTHH1/2 Idris Elba plays a widowed dad who must defend his two teenage daughters from a lion in Baltasar Kormákur’s horror drama. (93 min, R. Bijou, Stowe)

PEARLHHHHH In 1918, a young woman (Mia Goth) dreams of escaping her home on an isolated farm in this prequel to last year’s horror film X. (102 min, R. Essex, Majestic, Palace, Paramount, Roxy, Star; reviewed 9/21)

THE BIRTH OF INNOCENCE: About a decade ago, Vermont storyteller and director Malcolm D. Parker was convicted of defrauding investors in his new age documentary. At long last, the finished film hits local screens. (74 min, NR. Savoy)

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PARAMOUNT TWIN CINEMA: 241 N. Main St., Barre, 479-9621,

TREMORS (Sunset) WANDERING… BUT NOT LOST (Savoy, Fri only)

PLAYHOUSE MOVIE THEATRE: 11 S. Main St., Randolph, 728-4012,

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SINGHH1/2 (Bijou, Majestic, Palace, Welden; reviewed 7/20)

SAVOY THEATER: 26 Main St., Montpelier, 229-0598,


STAR THEATRE: 17 Eastern Ave., St. Johnsbury, 748-9511,

(* = upcoming schedule for theater was not available at press time)

*STOWE CINEMA 3PLEX: 454 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-4678,

*BIG PICTURE THEATER: 48 Carroll Rd., Waitsfield, 496-8994,

SUNSET DRIVE-IN: 155 Porters Point Rd., Colchester, 862-1800,

*BIJOU CINEPLEX 4: 107 Portland St., Morrisville, 888-3293,

WELDEN THEATRE: 104 N. Main St., St. Albans, 527-7888,

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WED.21 business

FALL JOB FAIR 2022: Job seekers hand out résumés to local employers and even interview on the spot. West Side Ballroom, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 3-7 p.m. Free. Info, 518-563-1000.


HEAT PUMPS: Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity shows homeowners how to make the switch to a more eco-friendly method of keeping the house warm or cool. 10-11:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 860-1417, ext. 121.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘AMAZON ADVENTURE 3D’: Viewers experience 19thcentury explorer Henry Bates’ journey through the Amazon rainforest. 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. ‘BACKYARD WILDERNESS 3D’: Cameras positioned in nests, underwater and along the forest floor capture a year’s worth of critters coming and going. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 11:30 a.m., 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $14.50-18; admission free

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for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848. ‘THE DAYTRIPPERS’: A family sets off on a road trip to confront the daughter’s cheating husband in this 1997 dramedy. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. ‘SEA MONSTERS 3D’: An adventurous dolichorhynchops travels through the most dangerous oceans in history, encountering plesiosaurs, giant turtles and the deadly mosasaur along the way. 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. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: Sparkling graphics take viewers on a mind-bending journey from the beginning of time through the mysteries of the universe. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, noon, 2 & 4 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $14.50-18; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848.

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COOK THE BOOK: Home chefs make a recipe from one of the library’s cookbooks and share the dish at a potluck. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. DANVILLE FARMERS MARKET: Villagers shop local from various vendors handing out

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fruits, veggies, prepared foods and more. Danville Village Green, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, FEAST FARM STAND: Farmfresh veggies and other delights go on sale at this market featuring weekly activities such as yoga and cooking demonstrations. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 223-2518. THE MAPLE 100: Vermonters fill out bingo cards with a month of maple-themed activities for a chance to win prizes from local vendors. See for all events and locations. Various locations statewide. Free. Info, 828-2430. MEET THE MAKERS: A BOOZY POP-UP SERIES: Guests delight their palates with exclusive cocktails and rub elbows with some of Vermont’s leading distillers. Ticket includes two drinks and an appetizer. Pauline’s Café, South Burlington, 5-7 p.m. $30; preregister. Info, 862-1081.


BINGO AT THE EAST VALLEY COMMUNITY HALL: Weekly games raise funds for the meeting hall renovation. East Valley Community Hall, East Randolph, 6-8 p.m. Cost of cards. Info, eastvalleycg@ MAH-JONGG NIGHT: This 19th-century Chinese game fits right in at the historic ballroom. Refreshments served. Kents’ Corner State Historic Site, Calais, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-6613.

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in need of an easy-on-the-joints workout experience an hour of calming, low-impact movement. Waterbury Public Library, 10:3011:45 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 244-7036. AYURVEDA: Maryellen Crangle and Dorothy Alling Memorial Library host the first session of a 12-week introduction to this ancient Indian and Nepalese healing and lifestyle tradition. 2-3:30 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, BONE BUILDERS/ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION EXERCISE PROGRAM: Folks of all ages ward off osteoporosis in an exercise and prevention class. Online, 7:30 a.m.; Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 9 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3322. CHAIR YOGA: Waterbury Public Library instructor Diana Whitney leads at-home participants in gentle stretches supported by seats. 10 a.m. Free. Info, 244-7036. LONG-FORM SUN 73: Beginners and experienced practitioners learn how tai chi can help with arthritis, mental clarity and range of motion. Bixby Memorial Library, Vergennes, 10-11:30 a.m. Free; donations accepted. Info, beverlyblakeney@ YANG 24: This simplified tai chi method is perfect for beginners looking to build strength and balance. Bixby Memorial Library, Vergennes, 1-2:30 p.m. Free; donations accepted. Info, beverly


ELL CLASSES: ENGLISH FOR BEGINNERS & INTERMEDIATE STUDENTS: Learners of all abilities practice written and spoken English with trained instructors. Presented by Fletcher Free Library. 6:30-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, bshatara@ PAUSE-DÉJEUNER: RICHARD LORENZ & BRIGITTE HELZER: Alliance Française of the Lake Champlain Region hosts the president of the Vermont Military Museum and AFLCR member Brigitte Helzer in a talk about the “Merci Train.” Noon-1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info,


LIST YOUR UPCOMING EVENT HERE FOR FREE! All submissions must be received by Thursday at noon for consideration in the following Wednesday’s newspaper. Find our convenient form and guidelines at Listings and spotlights are written by Emily Hamilton. Seven Days edits for space and style. Depending on cost and other factors, classes and workshops may be listed in either the calendar or the classes section. Class organizers may be asked to purchase a class listing. Learn more about highlighted listings in the Magnificent 7 on page 11.



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

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

music + nightlife Find club dates at local venues in the Music + Nightlife section online at


THRIVE QTPOC MOVIE NIGHT: Each month, Pride Center of Vermont virtually screens a movie centered on queer and trans people of color. 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, VERMONT PRIDE SEDER: LGBTQ+ Jews and allies gather for an evening of readings and community. Ages 13 and up. Social Hall, Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info,


TROY MILLETTE: Heartfelt original country-rock songs carry through the air, courtesy of the Fairfax musician. Shelburne

Vineyard, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 985-8222.

Burlington, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 846-7164.

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



LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR FORUM: League of Women Voters of Vermont hosts candidates David Zuckerman and Joe Benning in a moderated Q&A. Livestream available. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info,


GRAPHIC DESIGN & LAYOUT 101: Dana Dwinell-Yardley teaches attendees the basics of designing eye-catching posters, social media graphics and more. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. WOMEN AND MONEY - TAKING CHARGE OF YOUR FINANCIAL FUTURE: Women learn how to overcome various challenges to effectively save for retirement. Presented by New England Federal Credit Union. Noon-1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 764-6940.


ILYSE MORGENSTEIN FUERST: The professor of religion explores how faith and organized religion continue to shape our lives. Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building, University of Vermont, Burlington, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-0756.


PAULA FRANCIS: The author of 18 Pair of Shoes: Adventures of a Happiness Walker introduces a new project. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 1-2 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE: The Vermont Council on World Affairs presents a day of virtual talks, workshops and panels looking toward world peace. Hybrid in-person and virtual reception ends the day. Hauke Family Campus Center, Champlain College, Burlington, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. $25-100; preregister. Info,


KNITTING GROUP: Knitters of all experience levels get together to spin yarns. Latham Library, Thetford, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 785-4361.


WATERBURY HISTORICAL WALKING TOUR: Skip Flanders of Waterbury Historical Society points out significant homes and landmarks during a mile-long stroll. Waterbury Public Library, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 244-7036.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘AMAZON ADVENTURE 3D’: See WED.21. ‘BACKYARD WILDERNESS 3D’: See WED.21. ‘THE CITY WITHOUT JEWS’: Klezmer violinist Alicia Svigals and pianist Donald Sosin play a live, original score for this prescient 1924 silent film. See calendar spotlight. Epsilon Spires, Brattleboro, 8:35 p.m. $20. Info, ‘SEA MONSTERS 3D’: See WED.21. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: See WED.21.

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THE MAPLE 100: See WED.21.

THU.22 business

FALL JOB FEST: Southern Vermont job seekers meet with prospective employers. Depot Park, Rutland, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 786-5837. HIRING2DAYVT VIRTUAL JOB FAIR: The Vermont Department of Labor gives job seekers a chance to meet with employers from around the state. 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 828-4000.


FREE STORE: Neighbors swap books, kitchenware, shoes, clothing and small items of all kinds. BALE Community Space, South Royalton, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 498-8438. MENTOR TRAINING FALL 2022: New volunteers who want to help support women healing from prison and other encounters with the criminal justice system learn the ropes. Mercy Connections,

ROYALTON FARMERS MARKET: Local farmers sell their produce, bread and eggs to villagers. South Royalton Town Green, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 763-8302. VERGENNES FARMERS MARKET: Local foods and crafts, live music, and hot eats spice up Thursday afternoons. Vergennes City Park, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 233-9180.


‘THE MONEY’: Generosity is the name of the game in this highstakes experience where audience members must agree how to donate a pot of dough before the clock runs out. Burlington City Hall, 7 p.m. $15-25. Info, 863-5966.

health & fitness

FALL PREVENTION TAI CHI: Humans boost their strength and balance through gentle, flowing movements. St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Vergennes, Levels 1 and 2, 9-10 a.m.; Level 3, 10-11 a.m. THU.22

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BRADFORD DOG PARK GRAND OPENING: Dog shows and all-ages activities launch this new canine destination in style. Elizabeth’s Park, Bradford, noon-5 p.m. Free. Info, recreation@

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northeast kingdom

2022 F.O.L.K. FESTIVAL: The Friends of Lowell Kids host a day of parades, barbecue, bounce houses, baking contests and lots more fun for all ages. Lowell Graded School, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free. Info,


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AFTERSCHOOL CRAFT: Little artists paint their own abstract acrylic masterpieces. Grades 3 and up. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 2-3 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 878-4918.

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MUSIC AND MOVEMENT WITH MISS EMMA: The star of “Music for Sprouts” and “Mr. Chris and Friends” leads little ones 5 and younger in outdoor singing and movement inspired by the changing of the seasons. Shelburne Orchards, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 985-2753.

BABY TIME: Parents and caregivers bond with their pre-walking babes during this gentle playtime. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. BABYTIME: Teeny-tiny library patrons enjoy a gentle, slow story time featuring songs, rhymes and lap play. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 846-4140. LEGO BUILDERS: Elementary-age imagineers explore, create and participate in challenges. Ages 8 and up, or ages 6 and up with an adult helper. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140.

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TEEN ART CLUB: Crafty young’uns ages 12 through 18 construct paper jellyfish lanterns to bring underwater ambience to their bedrooms. Waterbury Public Library, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 244-7036.

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PEABODY AFTERSCHOOL FUN FOR GRADES 1-4: Students make friends over crafts and story time. George Peabody Library, Post Mills, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 333-9724. SCIENCE YOGA: This full-body, playful program combines body awareness with an introduction to early science topics ranging from dinosaurs to planets. See calendar spotlight. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Regular admission, $15-18; free for members and kids under 2. Info, 649-2200. STORY TIME!: Songs and stories are shared in the garden, or in the community room in inclement weather. Norwich Public Library, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 649-1184.



PRESCHOOL YOGA: Colleen from Grow Prenatal and Family Yoga leads little ones in songs, movement and other fun activities. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.

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LEGO CLUB: Children of all ages get crafty with Legos. Adult supervision

SEP. 21, 23 & 28 | FAMILY FUN Museum Moves You’ve heard of downward dog, but how about downward dinosaur? Every Wednesday and Friday, the Montshire Museum of Science hosts Science Yoga, a class for curious kids and their families that promises to teach both body awareness and exciting new STEM ideas. Each lesson has a different theme, from the prehistoric to the astronomical, and attendees can bring their own mats or borrow one. And since classes are free with admission, little ones can go on to explore all the physics, nature and engineering exhibits that the museum has on offer.

SCIENCE YOGA Wednesday, September 21; Friday, September 23; and Wednesday, September 28; 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich. Regular admission, $15-18; free for members and kids under 2. Info, 649-2200, is required for kids under 10. Winooski Memorial Library, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 655-6424. PRESCHOOL MUSIC WITH LINDA BASSICK: The singer and storyteller extraordinaire leads little ones in indoor music and movement. Birth through age 5. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30-11 a.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 878-4918. PRESCHOOL PLAYTIME: Pre-K patrons play and socialize out on the patio. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. READ TO A DOG: Little ones get a 10-minute time slot to tell stories to Lola the pup. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 878-4918.


PRESCHOOL STORY TIME: Energetic youngsters join Miss Meliss for stories, songs and lots of silliness.

Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.

mad river valley/ waterbury

PRESCHOOL PLAY & READ: Outdoor activities, stories and songs get 3- and 4-year-olds engaged. Waterbury Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 244-7036.


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KIDS MOVIE: Little film buffs congregate in the library’s Katie O’Brien Activity Room for a screening of a G-rated movie. See for each week’s title. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140. RICHMOND FARMERS MARKET: An open-air marketplace featuring live music connects cultivators and fresh-food browsers. Volunteers Green, Richmond, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 881-1249.

STUFFIE SLEEPOVER: Kiddos drop their plushy friends off at the library on Friday, then pick them up the next day and learn what they got up to overnight. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.



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

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TWEEN BOOK CLUB: Readers in grades 5 through 7 discuss a new book each month in a group run by tweens, for tweens. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

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SCIENCE YOGA: See WED.21. STORY TIME: Preschoolers take part in stories, songs and silliness. Latham Library, Thetford, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 785-4361.

TINY TOTS: Tiny tykes have fun, hear stories and meet new friends with Ms. Cynthia. Waterbury Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 244-7036.

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ACORN CLUB STORY TIME: Kids 5 and under play, sing, hear stories and take home a fun activity. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 10-11 a.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 745-1391. MARSHMALLOW ROAST: Sweet-toothed visitors get their toasting sticks ready for a sunset s’more fest. First package of marshmallows is free; additional packs available for purchase. Lavender Essentials of Vermont, Derby, 6-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 323-3590.


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ACORN CLUB STORY TIME: See FRI.23, 2-2:30 p.m.



SING-ALONG WITH LINDA BASSICK: Babies, toddlers and preschoolers sing, dance and wiggle along with Linda. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.

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DRAG QUEEN STORY HOUR: Emoji Nightmare and Katniss Everqueer read picture books and lead a craft session focused on activism, creativity, and the fun and fluidity of gender. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140. KARMA KIDZ YOGA OPEN STUDIO SATURDAYS: Young yogis of all ages and their caregivers drop in for some fun breathing and movement activities. Kamalika-K, Essex Junction, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Donations. Info, 871-5085.

ARTS & CRAFTERNOONS: Creative kids paint pretty insects together. Ages 8 and up, or ages 6 and up with an adult helper. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140. PLAYGROUP & FAMILY SUPPORT: Families with children under age 5 play and connect with others in the community. Winooski Memorial Library, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 655-6424. PRESCHOOL STORY TIME ON THE GREEN: Dorothy Alling Memorial Library leads half an hour of stories, rhymes and TUE.27

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Free; donations accepted. Info, WHEN SURVIVORS GIVE BIRTH: Nurses, midwives, physicians and other childbirth health providers learn how to support trauma survivors from pregnancy through postpartum. Presented by Howard Center. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 488-6912.



MUSIC ON THE FARM: THE BEECHARMERS: Farm-fresh foods and Americana tunes are on the menu at a pastoral party. Fable Farm, Barnard, 5:30-9 p.m. $5-20; preregister. Info, 234-1645.


AUDUBON WEST RUTLAND MARSH BIRD WALK: Enthusiastic ornithologists go on a gentle hike and help out with the monthly marsh monitoring. Meet at the boardwalk on Marble Street. West Rutland Marsh, 8-11 a.m. Free. Info, birding@rutlandcountyaudubon. org.


THOUGHT CLUB: Artists and activists convene to engage with Burlington‘s rich tradition of radical thought and envision its future. Democracy Creative, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info,


ELISABETH BLAIR: The poet launches her first book, the memoir in verse Because God Loves the Wasp, with a reading, signing and Q&A. Radio Bean, Burlington, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, ecblair@gmail. com.

FRI.23 dance

CAMILLE A. BROWN & DANCERS: A program of highlights from the history-making director and choreographer’s previous works take viewers on a journey through the history of Black American dance. Moore Theater, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7:30 p.m. $25-45. Info, 603-646-2422.


PIZZA BY THE POND: A woodfired oven warms pies made of local ingredients while local bands regale diners. Blueberry Hill Inn, Goshen, 5-8 p.m. $22-35; free for kids 5 and under; preregister; limited space. Info, 247-6735.


GROOVIN’ ON THE GREEN: Richmond rock band Northern Comfort soundtracks an evening of food, drink and dancing. Vergennes City Park, 6-9 p.m. Free; cash bar. Info, 598-7424.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘AMAZON ADVENTURE 3D’: See WED.21. ‘BACKYARD WILDERNESS 3D’: See WED.21. ‘SEA MONSTERS 3D’: See WED.21. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: See WED.21. ‘TAKING UP SPACE’: A new short documentary depicts Vermont powerlifter Laura Carter as she trains for a national strongman competition while grappling with grief. Q&A follows. Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7:30-9 p.m. $15. Info, 540-3018.


ADVANCED INTERMEDIATE ITALIAN CONVERSATION: Semifluent speakers practice their skills during a slow conversazione about the news. Fletcher Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, Noon-1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.


BRIAN MCCARTHY JAZZ ORCHESTRA: A 17-piece ensemble, featuring special guest Ray Vega on the trumpet, works its way through Latin jazz classics and original tunes. McCarthy Arts Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 652-2000.

THE ESOTERIKS: CANCELED. The Upper Valley music scene regulars pull from a varied repertoire of jazz, blues and Latin numbers. Seven Stars Arts Center, Sharon, 7-9 p.m. $15. Info, 763-2334. MUSIC JAM: Local instrumentalists of all ability levels gather to make sweet music. BALE Community Space, South Royalton, 7-10 p.m. Free. Info, 498-8438. RYAN OBER & THE ROMANS: Three folk-rocking cowpokes pick the night away. Shelburne Vineyard, 6-8:15 p.m. $5; free for kids under 16. Info, 985-8222.


FALL BIRDING: Folks of all interests and experience levels seek out feathered friends in flight. All supplies provided. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 7:309:30 a.m. Free. Info, 229-6206. VERMONT CLIMBING FESTIVAL: CRAG-VT hosts a weekend of climbing, camping, learning, celebrating and stewardship. Cochran’s Ski Area, Richmond, 5-10 p.m. $60; preregister. Info,

SEP. 22 | FILM


MILK WITH DIGNITY CELEBRATION & BENEFIT CONCERT: Migrant Justice marks the fifth anniversary of its landmark dairy labor agreement with Ben & Jerry’s with a festival featuring live tunes, Mexican food and free ice cream. See calendar spotlight. Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, 3-6:30 p.m. $1025. Info, 533-2000.

ABENAKI LAND LINK HARVEST CELEBRATION: NOFA-VT and Abenaki Helping Abenaki mark the end of a successful growing season with corn and bean processing, tastings, live demos, and tours of the farm. Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, Richmond, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info,

THE MAPLE 100: See WED.21.


THE PEOPLE’S FARMSTAND: Volunteers hand out fresh, local produce for free. Pomeroy Park, Burlington, 5-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-2345.

FALL FLEA MARKET TO BENEFIT PATHWAYS VERMONT: Over 20 tables of trinkets and treasures are up for grabs. Proceeds benefit mental health and homelessness initiatives. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 777-3624.

TRUCK STOP: Mobile kitchens dish out mouthwatering meals and libations. Live DJs and outdoor entertainment add to the fun. 377 Pine Street, Burlington, 4:30-9 p.m. Cost of food and drink. Info, 540-0406.

MISSION BAZAAR: Local vendors sell clothes, furniture, jewelry, accessories, iced tea, vintage and handmade items, doughnuts, bicycles, home decor, and so much more. Mission Bazaar VT, Burlington, noon-5 p.m. Free. Info,


‘THE MONEY’: See THU.22.

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SUN-STYLE TAI CHI: A sequence of slow, controlled motions aids in strength and balance. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 229-1549.

GREEN MOUNTAIN BOOK FESTIVAL: Ruth Ozeki headlines this weekend-long celebration of the written word, featuring panels, readings and a banned books open mic. See greenmountain for full schedule. Various downtown Burlington locations, 5-9 p.m. Free. Info, info@

EEE LECTURES: COLLEEN HICKEY: The Education & Enrichment for Everyone series continues with the Lake Champlain Basin

‘WANDERING ... BUT NOT LOST’: Director Paul MacGowan presents his new documentary about Tibetan monk Mingyur Rinpoche’s four-year nomadic retreat. Savoy Theater, Montpelier, 7-9:30 p.m. $8-10. Info, paul@ajoyfulmind. com.

ONLINE GUIDED MEDITATION: Dorothy Alling Memorial Library invites attendees to relax on their lunch breaks and reconnect with their bodies. Noon-12:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, programs@



TELLURIDE AT DARTMOUTH: ‘THE WONDER’: Florence Pugh stars in this Gothic psychological thriller set in a famine-ravaged Ireland. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 4 & 7 p.m. $8-15. Info, 603-646-2422.


Program coordinator’s address, “The State of the Lake and Ecosystem Indicators Report for 2021.” Virtual option available. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2-3 p.m. $8; $55 for season pass. Info, 363-6937.


RAISEACHILD VERMONT EXCLUSIVE ONLINE INFO SESSION & ORIENTATION: Pride Center of Vermont partners with RaiseAChild and the Vermont Department for Children and Families to explain the process and benefits of becoming a foster parent. 6-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 860-7812.

fairs & festivals

Klezmer and Clairvoyance In 1924, Austrian filmmaker H.K. Breslauer released The City Without Jews, a darkly comedic satire of antisemitism that seems, in retrospect, to predict with eerie accuracy many of the events of the next two decades. For many years, it was thought that the Nazis had destroyed every copy of the film in 1933 — until a complete print turned up at a Paris flea market in 2015. Newly restored and with a live original score performed by world-renowned klezmer violinist Alicia Svigals and acclaimed silent film pianist Donald Sosin, this prescient and still relevant film screens outdoors at Epsilon Spires.

‘THE CITY WITHOUT JEWS’ Thursday, September 22, 8:35 p.m., at Epsilon Spires in Brattleboro. $20. Info,,

THAYER HOUSE ANNUAL TAG SALE FUNDRAISER: Sales of vintage finds and home-baked goodies support low-income seniors in the community. Thayer House, Burlington, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 859-8864.


TOP SHELF VINTAGE CRAFTERS 2ND ANNUAL CRAFT SALE: Halloween decorators shop for eco-friendly options, including handmade, upcycled cats, bats and witches’ hats. Reading Historical Society, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info,





INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEANUP: Rozalia Project and partners clear the Lake Champlain shores of debris. A trash sort on Church Street follows. Community Sailing Center, Burlington, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 363-3320.

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BRISTOL HARVEST FESTIVAL: Crafters display their wares at this seasonal shindig featuring bandstand music, vendors and demonstrations. Bristol Town Green, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 388-7951. BURKE FALL FESTIVAL: Changing leaves give locals reason to celebrate autumn with a parade, horse-drawn wagon rides, vendors, rubber duck races, and farm animal meet and greets. East Burke Village, 9 a.m.3 p.m. Free. Info, 626-4124. FOREST FESTIVAL: Wagon rides, woodworking sessions, horse logging demonstrations and guided nature walks highlight the importance of the woodlands in all of our lives. Marsh-BillingsRockefeller National Historical Park, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free; preregister for nature walks. Info, 457-3368. MONTPELIER FALL FESTIVAL: Food, live music and games reward participants in a 5K race and kids’ fun run at this annual community shindig. Vermont Statehouse lawn, Montpelier, noon-4 p.m. Free. Info, 595-3959.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘AMAZON ADVENTURE 3D’: See WED.21. ‘BACKYARD WILDERNESS 3D’: See WED.21.

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Public Library & City Hall, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140.


‘THE MONEY’: See THU.22. Hartford High School.

TELLURIDE AT DARTMOUTH: ‘BARDO’: A Mexican journalist finds himself caught between home and the world beyond in the latest from award-winning director Alejandro González Iñárritu. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 3 & 7 p.m. $8-15. Info, 603-646-2422.

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‘WANDERING ... BUT NOT LOST’: See FRI.23. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7-9:30 p.m.

food & drink

ADVENTURE DINNER: MALT HOUSE DINNER: Guests tour a private malt house, sample brews, and enjoy a multicourse dinner alongside special guest, author and beer expert Joshua Bernstein. Earthkeep Farmcommon, Charlotte, 5:308:30 p.m. $167; preregister; limited space. Info, 248-224-7539. BURLINGTON FARMERS MARKET: Dozens of stands overflow with seasonal produce, flowers, artisanal wares and prepared foods. Burlington Farmers Market, 345 Pine St., 9 a.m.2 p.m. Free. Info, 560-5904. CAPITAL CITY FARMERS MARKET: Meats and cheeses join farm-fresh produce, baked goods, locally made arts and crafts, and live music. 133 State St., Montpelier, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, montpelierfarmersmarket@ FREE SATURDAY CHOCOLATE TASTINGS: A sommelier of sweet stuff leads drop-in guests through a tasting platter. Lake Champlain Chocolates Factory Store & Café, Burlington, 11 a.m.4 p.m. Free. Info, 864-1807. THE MAPLE 100: See WED.21. OKTOBERFEST: Decked out in dirndls and lederhosen, revelers enjoy beer, music, ax-throwing contests and German food. Black Flannel Brewing & Distilling, Essex Junction, 2-9 p.m. Cost of food and drink. Info, 857-5629. OKTOBERFEST: Brats and Bavarian pretzels keep beer lovers happy at this brewery bash. Simple Roots Brewing, Burlington, 3-9 p.m. Free. Info, ST. JOHNSBURY FARMERS MARKET: Growers and crafters gather weekly at booths centered on local eats. Pearl St. & Eastern Ave., St. Johnsbury, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, cfmamanager@gmail. com. SUMMER SAMPLING SERIES: Local makers and growers serve up bites for tasting. Mad River Taste Place, Waitsfield, 11 a.m.1 p.m. Free. Info, 496-3165.


BOARD GAME BRUNCH: The Friendly Tabletop Gamers of Essex and Beyond host a drop-in play session. South Burlington


MILES FOR MIGRAINE BURLINGTON WALK/RUN/ RELAX: Volunteers race or recline for migraine awareness and research. All donations benefit the University of Vermont Medical Center’s Headache Clinic. Veterans Memorial Park, South Burlington, 8:30-10:30 a.m. $35; free for kids 6 and under. Info, VERMONT WALK TO DEFEAT ALS: Participants pound the pavement to bring visibility to the terminal neurodegenerative condition commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Oakledge Park, Burlington, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 360-219-5842.


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BRIAN MCCARTHY JAZZ ORCHESTRA: See FRI.23. Alexander Twilight Theatre, Northern Vermont UniversityLyndon, Lyndonville, 7 p.m. $10.

THE JOHNNY CASH TRIBUTE SHOW: Audiences may think the Man in Black himself is in the building during this toe-tapping show. Enosburg Opera House, Enosburg Falls, 7-9 p.m. $20. Info, 933-6171. LITTLE FEAT: The classic rock fusion act celebrates the 45th anniversary of Waiting for Columbus, its first live album. The Flynn, Burlington, 8 p.m. $58.75-265. Info, 863-5966. PERFECT PITCH: Chad Hollister Band headlines this fundraiser for the Vermont Mountaineers baseball team featuring cocktails and kids’ games. Barr Hill by Caledonia Spirits, Montpelier, 6 p.m. $10-75. Info, RICHARD THOMPSON: The legendary British folk rocker brings down the house with his fleet-fingered fretwork. Barre Opera House, 7:30 p.m. $25-48. Info, 476-8188. ZARA BODE’S LITTLE BIG BAND: Swing tunes fill the afternoon air and get outdoor audiences SAT.24

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SEPTEMBER BIRD-MONITORING WALK: Birders at every experience level join museum staff in recording all the feathery friends living on the grounds. BYO binoculars. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 8-9 a.m. Free; donations accepted; preregister; limited space. Info, 434-2167. VERMONT CLIMBING FESTIVAL: See FRI.23, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.


GREEN MOUNTAINS’ STRONGEST: Vermont’s first United States Strongman competition sees amateur lifters from across the Northeast grunt and groan their way to glory. Switchback Brewing, Burlington, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $10. Info, NORTHEASTERN OPEN ATLATL CHAMPIONSHIP: Practitioners of this ancient dart-throwing technique compete for the title. Chimney Point State Historic Site, Addison, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. $5-10; free for kids under 15. Info, 759-2412.


TEDXHARTLANDHILL: A packed schedule of local speakers expound upon the theme of community. Afterparty featuring live music by KeruBo follows. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. $55-150; preregister. Info,


WRITE IN THE GARDEN: Naturethemed readings and writing prompts help wordsmiths at this workshop tend to their creativity. Horsford Gardens & Nursery, Charlotte, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info,


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19TH-CENTURY APPLE & CHEESE HARVEST FESTIVAL: Heirloom apples and local fromage flavor a day of historical games, farm animals, cider pressing and more. Justin Morrill Homestead, Strafford, 1-4 p.m. $5; free for kids under 15. Info, 765-4288. ALEXANDER TWILIGHT DAY 2022: Fall fun and a cake bake-off mark the birthday of the country’s first Black state legislator. Old Stone House Museum & Historic Village, Brownington, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, communications@ MARSHFIELD HARVEST FESTIVAL: ’Tis the season for cider pressing, live music, wagon rides, a chili cook-off and more. Old Schoolhouse Common,

VERMONT PUMPKIN CHUCKIN’ FESTIVAL: Soaring squash reach new heights thanks to handmade trebuchets at this benefit for the Clarina Howard Nichols Center. Live music and a chili cook-off round out the day. Mayo Events Field, Stowe, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $10; free for kids under 5. Info, 603-630-4800.


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LORI WILSON: The author and educator tells the story of governor Thomas Chittenden’s brother Bethuel, who founded Shelburne’s Trinity Episcopal Church. Pierson Library, Shelburne, 2 p.m. Free. Info,

It’s been five years since Migrant Justice’s Milk With Dignity program made its groundbreaking dairy workers’ rights agreement with Ben & Jerry’s. That’s certainly something to celebrate. Supporters can do just that at a shindig featuring a full afternoon of art, presentations, authentic Mexican food, cocktails and free ice cream. There’s also a packed lineup of live music, including Texas Latin singer Tish Hinojosa, Chilean experimental act Pia Zapata and local songstress Kat Wright (pictured). All proceeds benefit Milk With Dignity’s ongoing work.


CHRISTOPHER DANT: The local author (with his trusty pup Chauncey) reads from his trilogy of novels set in Thetford. Latham Library, Thetford, 4-5 p.m. Free; preregister. Info,

MILK WITH DIGNITY CELEBRATION & BENEFIT CONCERT Saturday, September 24, 3-6:30 p.m., at Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro. $10-25. Info, 533-2000,



WORDS OUT LOUD: M.T. ANDERSON & ERICA HEILMAN: The writer and podcaster, respectively, discuss words both written and spoken as part of a series highlighting Vermont writers across genres. A reception at the Kents’ Corner State Historic Site follows. Old West Church, Calais, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 223-6613.

‘SEA MONSTERS 3D’: See WED.21. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: See WED.21. TELLURIDE AT DARTMOUTH: ‘WOMEN TALKING’: Adapting the acclaimed novel by Miriam Toews, an all-star cast tells the story of a group of Mennonite women coming together to stop the cycle of abuse in their community. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 4 & 7 p.m. $8-15. Info, 603-646-2422.

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ADVENTURE DINNER: MOON DINNER: Diners take in the cosmic new moon energy at a mystical, al fresco feast featuring fire-kissed courses and moonlit tipples from James Beard-nominated chef Maria Lara-Bregatta. Earthkeep Farmcommon, Charlotte, 5:30-9 p.m. $167; preregister; limited space. Info, 248-224-7539.


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THE MAPLE 100: See WED.21. MONTPELIER PLACE: QUEEN BEE DAY BRUNCH: Locals sample honey-infused donuts and cocktails while pollinator ecologist Jason Mazurowski discusses the nearly 400 species of bee that live in Vermont. Barr Hill by Caledonia

THE MAPLE 100: See WED.21.


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GREEN MOUNTAIN BOOK FESTIVAL: See FRI.23, 10:30 a.m.10:30 p.m.

Marshfield, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581.


Spirits, Montpelier, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 229-6206. WINOOSKI FARMERS MARKET: Families shop for fresh produce, honey, meats, coffee and prepared foods from more seasonal vendors at an outdoor marketplace. Champlain Mill Green, Winooski, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, farmersmarket@downtown


‘THE MONEY’: See SAT.24.

health & fitness

COMMUNITY MINDFULNESS PRACTICE: New and experienced meditators are always welcome to join this weekly practice in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hahn. Sangha Studio — Pine, Burlington, 6:30-8:15 p.m. Free. Info, newleafsangha@

SUNDAY MORNING MEDITATION: Mindful folks experience sitting and walking meditation in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Shambhala Meditation Center, Burlington, 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Info,


CHORAL READING SESSION: Music lovers sit in on a church choir rehearsal directed by William Tortolano. McCarthy Arts Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 899-3564. COMMUNITY CONCERTS @ FIRST: CRICKET BLUE: The masterful folk musicians bring stories to life alongside the string players of Trio Arco. Donations benefit church outreach and Ukraine relief. First Congregational Church of Essex Junction, 3 p.m. $20 suggested donation. Info, 878-5745.


TOUR OF WATERBURY DAM: Visitors explore a reforested encampment and discover how the Civilian Conservation Corps saved the Winooski Valley from flooded ruin. Call to confirm. Meet at the top of the dam. Little River State Park, Waterbury, 11 a.m. $24; free for kids 3 and under. Info, 244-7103. VERMONT CLIMBING FESTIVAL: See FRI.23, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.


SUNOCO RACE FUEL SEASON FINALE: Racers tear up the track in pursuit of the championship title. Devil’s Bowl Speedway, West Haven, 4 p.m. $5-20; drive-in free for kids 12 and under. Info, 265-3112.

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ADVANCED TAI CHI: Experienced movers build strength, improve balance and reduce stress. Holley Hall, Bristol, 11 a.m.-noon. Free; donations accepted. Info, jerry@ BONE BUILDERS/ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION EXERCISE PROGRAM: See WED.21. GENTLE HATHA YOGA: Movers focus on alignment, balance and extending into relaxation. BYO mat. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 863-3403. LONG-FORM SUN 73: Beginners and experienced practitioners learn how tai chi can help with arthritis, mental clarity and range of motion. Holley Hall, Bristol, noon-1 p.m. Free; donations accepted. Info, wirlselizabeth@ RELAX & UNWIND RESTORATIVE YOGA AND BREATHWORK: Nicole Carpenter of the Breath and Balance leads a calming nighttime class for all levels. 8-8:30 p.m. Free; donations accepted; preregister. Info, 338-0626. WEEKLY CHAIR YOGA: Those with mobility challenges or who are new to yoga practice balance and build strength through


gentle, supported movements. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 3 p.m. Free; preregister; donations accepted. Info, 223-3322. YANG 24: This simplified tai chi method is perfect for beginners looking to build strength and balance. Congregational Church of Middlebury, 4-6 p.m. Free; donations accepted. Info, wirlselizabeth@


House Inn, Middlebury, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, DONALD YACOVONE: The Harvard University researcher launches Teaching White Supremacy: America’s Democratic Ordeal and the Forging of Our National Identity. Norwich Bookstore, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 649-1114.



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

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



NONBINARY SOCIAL GROUP: Genderqueer, agender, gender nonconforming and questioning Vermonters gather for virtual tea time. Presented by Pride Center of Vermont. 6:30-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, trans@

SWING DANCING: Local Lindy hoppers and jitterbuggers convene at Vermont Swings’ weekly boogie-down. Bring clean shoes. Beginner lessons, 6:30 p.m. Champlain Club, Burlington, 7:309 p.m. $5. Info, 864-8382.


REGENERATIVE SOUND BATH: Singing bowl and gong player Stephen Scuderi delivers a unique sensory experience. Sundara Yoga, Morrisville, 6-8 p.m. $15-20. Info, 777-0626.

ADDISON COUNTY WRITERS COMPANY: Poets, playwrights, novelists and memoirists of every experience level meet weekly for an MFA-style workshop. Swift



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TUESDAY FARMERS MARKET: The Ishams put the “farm” back in “farmers market” with vendor stalls and live music out by the barn. Isham Family Farm, Williston, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 872-1525.




TELLURIDE AT DARTMOUTH: ‘TORI AND LOKITA’: Two young Cameroonian refugees face off against ruthless bureaucracies and exploitative systems in the Belgian festival darling. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover N.H., 4 & 7 p.m. $8-15. Info, 603-646-2422.

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ADVENTURE DINNER: WINDFALL ORCHARD DINNER: Seasonal dishes and cider drinks make for a scrumptious feast in the shadow of the apple trees. Windfall Orchard, Cornwall, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $167; preregister; limited space. Info, 248-224-7539. FOOD TRUCKS AT THE FORT: Green Empire Brewing hosts a battalion of food trucks alongside live music and mini golf. Fort Ethan Allen, Colchester, 5-9 p.m.

‘THE MONEY’: See THU.22. Middlebury Union High School.

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COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: SOULSHINE POWER YOGA: Locals get moving at an outdoor, all ages class. Burlington City Hall Park, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7166. FALL PREVENTION TAI CHI: See THU.22. St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Vergennes, Levels 1 and 2, 9-10 a.m.; Level 3, 10-11 a.m. Congregational Church of Middlebury, 10-11 a.m. Free; donations accepted. Info, SUN-STYLE TAI CHI: See FRI.23.


PAUSE-CAFÉ IN-PERSON FRENCH CONVERSATION: Francophones and French-language learners meet pour parler la belle langue. Burlington Bay Market & Café,

UKULELE SHENANIGAN: Players with chord confidence and a steady strum join in a jam. Download song packet at Shelburne Vineyard, 6-8:30 p.m. $7; free for listeners. Info, 985-8222.


DELANEY WOODS BIRD WALK: A slow pace allows for plenty of photographs on this all-levels birding excursion. Delaney Woods Trail, Wells, 7:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 598-2583. TUESDAY NIGHT GRAVEL BIKE RIDES: Pedal heads explore their local trails at this weekly meetup. Three Rivers Path Trailhead Pavilion, Lamoille Valley Rail Trail, St. Johnsbury, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, landanimaladventures@


CHAMBER BREAKFAST CLUB: Washington County Senators Ann Cummings and Andrew Perchlik discuss the upcoming legislative session over a catered morning meal. Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce, Berlin, 8-9:30 a.m. $11; preregister. Info, 229-5711.


ARABELLA DANE: The photographer and flower show judge speaks at the Burlington Garden Club of Vermont’s monthly meeting. First United Methodist Church, Burlington, 1 p.m. Free. Info,


‘SPRING AWAKENING’: The road from adolescence to adulthood is marred by more than a few potholes in this Tony Award-winning rock musical set in 19th-century Germany. Byrne Theater, Barrette Center for the Arts, White River Junction, 7:30 p.m. $19-69. Info, 296-7000.


BROWN BAG BOOK CLUB: Readers voice opinions about Damon Galgut’s The Promise over lunch. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. CATHERINE SANDERS BODNAR: The retired professor and former travel writer launches her historical novel, Losing June: Coming of Age at the Foot of St. Helens. Phoenix Books Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 448-3350. EMBODIED POETRY COMMUNITY WORKSHOP: Poet Mary Rose Dougherty and mindful TUE.27

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A GLOBAL CALL TO HEAL THE PLANET: Thought leader Sandrine Dixson-Declève keynotes this conference marking the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking climate crisis report The Limits to Growth. Virtual option available. Robison Hall, Mahaney Arts Center, Middlebury College, 7-8:45 p.m. Free. Info, 443-5710.


CURRENT EVENTS: Neighbors have an informal discussion about what’s in the news. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 878-4918. WATERBURY PUBLIC LIBRARY COMMUNITY MEETING: Library patrons spitball together about what programs and services they would like to see over the next five years. Waterbury Municipal Building, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 244-7036.


STEP AFRIKA!: The United States’ first professional percussive dance company stomps and claps its way across the stage. The Flynn, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $25-49. Info, 863-5966.


ADVENTURE DINNER: WINDFALL ORCHARD DINNER: See TUE.27. BODEN ABOUT TOWN: WINE BAR TAKEOVER: Representatives from German wine importer vom Boden host a Riesling party with a focus on sustainability. Dedalus Wine Shop, Market & Wine Bar, Burlington, 5-9 p.m. Price of food and drink. Info, 865-2368. DANVILLE FARMERS MARKET: See WED.21. FEAST FARM STAND: See WED.21. HEALTHY MEAL COOK-ALONG: Nutritionist Lili Hanft demonstrates how to whip up a nutrient-dense dinner. Presented by City Market, Onion Rive Co-op. 5:30-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, THE MAPLE 100: See WED.21. MEET THE MAKERS: A BOOZY POP-UP SERIES: See WED.21. WPP COMMUNITY DINNER: Local cooks Julia Menéndez Jardón and Drew Diemar cook a delicious northern Spanish meal for pickup. Presented by Winooski Partnership for Prevention. O’Brien Community Center, Winooski, 4:30-6 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 655-4565.







‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: See WED.21. TELLURIDE AT DARTMOUTH: ‘WILDCAT’: A traumatized veteran finds solace in an animal rescue program deep in the Peruvian jungle. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center for 9/20/22 3:08 PM





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‘DAISIES’: Two spoiled girls, both named Marie, get up to stranger and stranger hijinks in this 1966 Czechoslovakian surrealist comedy. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600.

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THE MEATPACKERS: The beloved local band serves up its signature brand of contagious bluegrass. Shelburne Orchards, 12:30-2 p.m. Free. Info, 985-2753. TROY MILLETTE: See WED.21.


PABLO BOSE: The professor of geography and geosciences digs into the Biden administration’s attempts to rebuild the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program after president Trump’s cuts. Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building, University of Vermont, Burlington, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-0756. ROLF DIAMANT: The historian explains how abolitionism, the Civil War and the Reconstruction period gave rise to the concept of national parks. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.


COMPUTER BASICS CLASS WITH INSTRUCTOR CORINNE GUILMAIN: The very beginning is a very good place to start at this class covering how to use the internet, email and Zoom. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 2-3 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 745-1392.


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COMBINED NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT AND NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS STATE OF VERMONT September 21, 2022 Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development Josh Hanford, Commissioner, VT Department of Housing and Community Development One National Life Drive, Davis Building, 6th Floor Montpelier, VT 05620 802-828-3080

The purpose of this notice is to satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for *** *** *** *** activities to be undertaken by the State of Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development. Sec. 13.1.2 Definitions. This notice corrects a previous notice published on Sec. For the13.1.2 purpose ofDefinitions. this ordinance certain terms and words are herein defined as follows: September 7, 2022, by including estimated amounts Unless defined to the contrary in Section 4303 of the Vermont Planning and Development Act as amended, or ofSections funding for specific federal funds. defined otherwise in this section, definitions contained in the building code of the City of Burlington, 8-2 For and the purpose of this ordinance certain terms and 13-1 of the Code of Ordinances, as amended, incorporating the currently adopted edition of the American Insurance Association's "National Building Code" and the National Fire Protection Association's "National Fire words are herein defined as follows: Request for Release of Funds Code" shall prevail. Hotel/Motel (per room)

Additional definitions specifically pertaining to Art. 14 planBTV: Downtown Code can be found in Sec. 14.8, and

shall take precedence without limitation over any duplicative or conflicting definitions of this Article. Unless defined to the contrary in Section 4303 On or about October 7, 2022, the Agency will submit *** of the Vermont Planning and Development Act a request to HUD to release HOME Investment as amended, or defined otherwise in this section, Partnership Program funds under Title II of the definitions contained in the building code of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing City of Burlington, Sections 8-2 and 13-1 of the Act, as amended to undertake a project known as Code of Ordinances, as amended, incorporating the City Place Burlington Affordable Housing. It is in currently adopted edition of the American the location of the former Burlington Mall building, Insurance Association’s “National Building Code” and which was demolished in 2018. Prior to construction the National Fire Protection Association’s “National of the affordable housing project, a master podium Fire Code” shall prevail. structure will be constructed over most of the 2.53

Additional definitions specifically pertaining to Art. 14 planBTV: Downtown Code can be found in Sec. 14.8, and shall take precedence without limitation over any duplicative or conflicting definitions of this Article. *** Bed and Breakfast: An owner-occupied residence, or portion thereof, in which short-term lodging rooms are rented and where only a morning meal is provided on-premises to guests. Hostel: A place where travelers may stay for a limited duration, as recognized by the International Hostel Association. Hotel, Inn or Motel Lodging: An establishment providing for a fee three or more temporary guest rooms and customary lodging services (such as onsite staffing at all hours, lobby space, and room service), and subject to the Vermont rooms and meals tax. Lodging may, or may not, be owner occupied. Lodging does not include historic inns or short term rentals (except when per-building short term rental limits noted in Chapter 18: Minimum Housing Standards of the Burlington Code of Ordinances are exceeded). *** Short term rental (STR): A dwelling unit that is rented in whole or in part (i.e. renting bedrooms within a unit) to guests for less than thirty (30) consecutive days and for more than 14 days per calendar year and is subject to the Vermont rooms and meals tax, pursuant to Chapter 18: Minimum Housing Standards of the Burlington Code of Ordinances. *** Article 14-PlanBTV Downtown Code—*See attached excerpt for proposed changes. Appendix A—Use Table—All Zoning Districts—*See proposed changes on attached table. ** Material stricken out deleted. *** Material underlined added. tm/KS/Ordinances 2022/Zoning Amendment – ZA 22-08, Short Term Rentals CDO Secs. 3.1.2, 8.1.8, 13.1.2, Art. 14 and Appendix A-Use Table—All Zoning Districts 4/7/22 Adopted as amended by the Planning Commission, 3rd reading, 091222. LO

acre parcel, which will support multiple mixed-use buildings, including the proposed 8-story 80-88 unit affordable housing building, and will accommodate parking under the buildings. The master project also proposes reconnection of both Pine and St. Paul’s Street between Bank and Cherry Streets. This environmental review includes the entire land area, the parking and podium structures, reconnection of the two streets, and the affordable housing building itself. Mitigating measures include adherence to a Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation approved Corrective Action Plan, which requires the installation of a sub-slab depressurization system (SSDS) to mitigate impacts from off site vapor migration, monitoring of the SSDS, and additional soil testing, if required, for the purposes of assessing potential urban soils if any are encountered, and management of such soils. The SSDS will double as a radon mitigation system. The estimated total cost of the project is approximately $26,320,000 including approximately $1,000,000 in HOME Investment Partnerships American Rescue Plan Program funds and approximately $900,000 in National Housing Trust Funds via the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board (VHCB), and up to 20 project based vouchers via the Vermont State Housing Authority. Other Federal funding sources includes various funds provided by/ through the City of Burlington. A separate combined notice will be completed for such funds by the City of Burlington.

authorizing the submission of a request for release of funds. Comments must specify which notice they are addressing-the Finding of No Significant Impact or the Request for the Release of Funds.


Environmental Certification

Notice is hereby given that the contents of the self-storage units listed below will be sold at public auction by sealed bid.

The Agency and Josh Hanford, in his official capacity as Commissioner of the VT Department of Housing and Community Development, consent to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental review process and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. HUD’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act and related laws and authorities and allows the Agency to use HOME funds. Objections to Release of Funds HUD will accept objections to its approval of the release of funds and the State’s certification for a period of fifteen days following the anticipated submission date or its actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if they are on one of the following bases: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer Josh Hanford; (b) the Agency has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR part 58; (c) the grant recipient or other participants in the development process have committed funds, incurred costs or undertaken activities not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by the HUD; or (d) another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58, Sec. 58.76) and shall be addressed the HUD Director of Community Planning and Development Potential objectors should contact the HUD via email to verify the last day of the objection period. ESSEX TOWN PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA/ PUBLIC HEARING OCTOBER 13, 2022-6:00 P.M. IN PERSON OR VIA ZOOM 81 MAIN ST., ESSEX JCT., VT CONFERENCE ROOM • Zoom link: Join-Zoom-Meeting-Essex-PC • Call (audio only): 1-888-788-0099 | Meeting ID: 923 7777 6158 # | Passcode: 426269 • Public wifi is available at the Essex municipal offices, libraries, and hotspots listed here: public-wifi-hotspots-vermont

Finding of No Significant Impact

1. Public Comments

The Agency has determined that the project will have no significant impact on the human environment. Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is not required. Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR) which will be made available to the public for review at the Agency, National Life Building, One National Life Drive, Davis Building 6 th floor, Montpelier, Vermont 05620, between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm or via email at grace.

2. SITE PLAN: Glen & Ronalyn Cummings: Proposed 16,100 SF warehouse building located at 22 Corporate Dr. in the RPD-I Zone. Tax Map 72/Parcel 3/Lot 22.

Public Comments Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the Agency for the use of HOME funds, Attn: Environmental Officer, Department of Housing and Community Development, National Life Building, One National Life Drive, Davis Building 6th floor, Montpelier, Vermont 05620, or via email at grace.vinson@ All comments received by October 6, 2022, will be considered by the Agency prior to

3. PRELIMINARY PLAN: Linda & Patrick LeClerc: Proposed 8-lot residential PUD subdivision on a portion of the remaining undeveloped lands known as 1 LeClerc Woods in the AR Zone. Tax Map 73, Parcel 1. 4. PRELIMINARY PLAN: Don Weston d/b/a JMW Investments, LLC: Proposal for a 32-unit Planned Unit Development-Residential (PUD-R) located at 87 Pinecrest Drive in the Medium Density Residential (R2) District. Tax Map 48, Parcel 4-1. 5. Minutes: September 22, 2022 6. Other Business Submitted by S.Kelley, Z.A. on 9/16/22

Name of Occupant/Storage Unit Hathaway #300 Said sales will take place on September 23, 2022 beginning at 11:00am at Burlington Self Storage (BSS) 1825 Shelburne Road, South Burlington, VT. 05403 Units will be opened for viewing immediately prior to auction. Sale shall be by sealed bid to the highest bidder. Contents of entire storage unit will be sold as one lot. The winning bid must remove all contents from the facility at no cost to BSS. BSS reserves the right to reject any bid lower that the amount owed by the occupant or that is not commercially reasonable as defined by statute. OPENINGS: BURLINGTON CITY COMMISSIONS/ BOARDS Airport Commission Term Expires 6/30/23 One Opening Chittenden Solid Waste District Board-alternate Term Expires 5/31/24 One Opening Development Review Board-alternate Term Expires 6/30/24 One Opening Fence Viewers Term Expires 6/30/23 Two Openings Vehicle for Hire Licensing Board Term Expires 6/30/24 Two Openings Vehicle for Hire Licensing Board Term Expires 6/30/25 Two Openings Board for Registration of Voters Term Expires 6/30/25 One Opening Winooski Valley Park District Term Expires 6/30/24 One Opening Applications may be submitted to the Clerk/ Treasurer’s Office, 149 Church Street, Burlington, VT 05401 Attn: Lori NO later than Wednesday, October 12, 2022, by 4:30 pm. If you have any questions, please contact Lori at (802) 865-7136 or via email City Council President Paul will plan for appointments to take place at the October 17, 2022 City Council Meeting/City Council With Mayor Presiding Meeting. STATE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT CIVIL DIVISION LAMOILLE UNIT DOCKET # 22-CV-01078 THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON TRUST COMPANY, N.A. AS SUCCESSOR-IN-INTEREST TO ALL PERMITTED SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS OF JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A., AS TRUSTEE FOR TRUMAN CAPITAL MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST 2006-1 ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006-1 Plaintiff v. DANIEL W. BURGESS, VINCENT DERICO, ANDRIA CHANNELS AS FIDUCIARY OF THE ESTATE OF ROBERT BOMBARDIER, BRICE SIMON, DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY-INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF TAXES, LIBERTY SKIS CORPORATION AND UNITED STATES OF AMERICA OCCUPANTS OF: 63 Sterling Woods Road, Stowe VT Defendants



Legal Notices [CONTINUED] SUMMONS & ORDER FOR PUBLICATION THIS SUMMONS IS DIRECTED TO: Daniel W. Burgess 1. YOU ARE BEING SUED. The Plaintiff has started a lawsuit against you. A copy of the Plaintiff’s Complaint against you is on file and may be obtained at the office of the clerk of this court, Lamoille, Civil Division, Vermont Superior Court, 154 Main St, Hyde Park, VT 05655. Do not throw this paper away. It is an official paper that affects your rights. 2. PLAINTIFF’S CLAIM. Plaintiff’s claim is a Complaint in Foreclosure which alleges that you have breached the terms of a Promissory Note and Mortgage Deed dated September 23, 2005. Plaintiff’s action may affect your interest in the property described in the Land Records of the Town of Stowe at Volume 623, Page 71. The Complaint also seeks relief on the Promissory Note executed by you. A copy of the Complaint is on file and may be obtained at the Office of the Clerk of the Superior Court for the County of Lamoille, State of Vermont. 3. YOU MUST REPLY WITHIN 41 DAYS TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS. You must give or mail the Plaintiff a written response called an Answer within 41 days after the date on which this Summons was first published, which is _______________________, 20____. You must send a copy of your answer to the Plaintiff or the Plaintiff’s attorney, Loraine L. Hite, Esq. of Bendett & McHugh, PC, located at 270 Farmington Avenue, Ste. 151, Farmington, CT 06032. You must also give or mail your Answer to the Court located at 154 Main St, Hyde Park, VT 05655. 4. YOU MUST RESPOND TO EACH CLAIM. The Answer is your written response to the Plaintiff’s Complaint. In your Answer you must state whether you agree or disagree with each paragraph of the Complaint. If you believe the Plaintiff should not be given everything asked for in the Complaint, you must say so in your Answer. 5. YOU WILL LOSE YOUR CASE IF YOU DO NOT GIVE YOUR WRITTEN ANSWER TO THE COURT. If you do not Answer within 41 days after the date on which this Summons was first published and file it with the Court, you will lose this case. You will not get to tell your side of the story, and the Court may decide against you and award the Plaintiff everything asked for in the complaint. 6. YOU MUST MAKE ANY CLAIMS AGAINST THE PLAINTIFF IN YOUR REPLY. Your Answer must state any related legal claims you have against the Plaintiff. Your claims against the Plaintiff are called Counterclaims. If you do not make your Counterclaims in writing in your answer you may not be able to bring them up at all. Even if you have insurance and the insurance company will defend you, you must still file any Counterclaims you may have. 7. LEGAL ASSISTANCE. You may wish to get legal help from a lawyer. If you cannot afford a lawyer, you should ask the court clerk for information about places where you can get free legal help. Even if you cannot get legal help, you must still give the court a written Answer to protect your rights or you may lose the case. ORDER




The Affidavit duly filed in this action shows that service cannot be made with due diligence by any of the method provided in Rules 4(d)-(f), (k), or (l) of the Vermont Rules of Civil Procedure. Accordingly, it is ORDERED that service of the Summons set forth above shall be made upon the defendant, Daniel W. Burgess, by publication as provided in Rule[s] [4(d)(l) and] 4 (g) of those Rules. This order shall be published once a week for 3 weeks beginning on September 15, 2022 in the Seven Days, a newspaper of the general circulation in Lamoille County, and a copy of this summons and order as published shall be mailed to the defendant, Daniel W. Burgess, at 63 Sterling Woods Road, Stowe, VT 05672.

of Foreclosure entered February 10, 2022, in the above captioned action brought to foreclose that certain mortgage given by Jillian M. Dargie a/k/a Jillian Marie Dargie and the late Michael Dargie to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for GMAC Mortgage Corporation, dated June 28, 2004 and recorded in Book 114 Page 372 of the land records of the Town of Danville, 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 GMAC Mortgage Corporation to Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC dated July 25, 2013 and recorded in Book 149 Page 709 and (2) Assignment of Mortgage from Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC to PHH Mortgage Corporation dated April 24, 2019 and recorded in Book 165 Page 332, both of the land records of the Town of Danville, for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing the same will be sold at Public Auction at 944 McDowell Road, Danville, Vermont on October 19, 2022 at 10:30 AM all and singular the premises described in said mortgage,

6:35 PM for public comment regarding the following proposed amendments to the Colchester Code of Ordinances, Chapter 4: - Remove the following: (a) A General Electric Company Supra Safe Model 2HS or Model 2HSR shall be installed immediately adjacent to the primary entrance of a building on its exterior. - Replace with the following: (a) Knox Company box specified by the Colchester Fire Chief or his or her designee and shall be installed at a location specified by the fire chief or designee.

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Being certain premises consisting of 3.1 acres, more Dated at Hyde Park, Vermont this 13th day of or less, together with the improvements thereon, September, 2022 located on 944 McDowell Road, Danville, Vermont, and being all and the same land and premises conElectronically signed pursuant to V.R.E.F. 9(d) veyed to Jillian M. Dargie by Warranty Deed of even or near date and to be recorded in the Danville Land /s/ Daniel Richardson Records; being all and the same land and premises Daniel Richardson conveyed to Jeffrey A. Hale and Bethany A. Peak Superior Court Judge by Warranty Deed of William E. Wright and Karen J. Wright dated August 25, 2000 and recorded in Book STATE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT PROBATE 98 at Page 438 of the Danville Land Records. DIVISION CHITTENDEN UNIT DOCKET NO.: 22-PR-04715 Reference may be had to the aforementioned In re ESTATE of KEVIN O’HARA deeds and the records thereof and to all prior deeds and their records for a further and more complete NOTICE TO CREDITORS description of the land and premises hereby conveyed. To the creditors of: KEVIN O’HARA, late of Colchester, Vermont Reference is hereby made to the above instruments and to the records and references contained therein I have been appointed to administer this estate. All in further aid of this description. creditors having claims against the decedent or the estate must present their claims in writing within Terms of sale: Said premises will be sold and four (4) months of the first publication of this notice. conveyed subject to all liens, encumbrances, unpaid The claim must be presented to me at the address taxes, tax titles, municipal liens and assessments, if listed below with a copy sent to the Court. The claim any, which take precedence over the said mortgage may be barred forever if it is not presented within above described. the four (4) month period. TEN THOUSAND ($10,000.00) Dollars of the Dated: 7/19/22 purchase price must be paid by a certified check, Signature of Fiduciary: /s/ Caitlin J. O-Hara-Whalen 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, certiExecutor/Administrator: Caitlin J. O-Hara-Whalen fied check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check within c/o Gravel & Shea, PC P.O. Box 369 sixty (60) days after the date the Confirmation Order Burlington, VT 05402 802 658 0220 is entered by the Court. All checks should be made payable to “Bendett & McHugh, PC, as Trustee”. Name of Publication: Seven Days Publication Date: September, 21 2022 The mortgagor is entitled to redeem the premises at any time prior to the sale by paying the full amount Name of Probate Court: Vermont Superior Court, due under the mortgage, including the costs and Chittenden Unit expenses of the sale. Other terms to be announced at the sale. Address of Probate Court: 175 Main St, Burlington VT 05401 DATED : August 22, 2022 By: /s/ Rachel K. Ljunggren Rachel K. Ljunggren, Esq. STATE OF VERMONT VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT Bendett and McHugh, PC CALEDONIA UNIT, CIVIL DIVISION DOCKET NO: 212270 Farmington Ave., Ste. 151 9-19 CACV Farmington, CT 06032 PHH MORTGAGE CORPORATION v. TOWN OF COLCHESTER SELECTBOARD NOTICE OF JILLIAN M. DARGIE A/K/A JILLIAN MARIE DARGIE PUBLIC HEARING OCCUPANTS OF: 944 McDowell Road, Danville VT Pursuant to Title 24 VSA, Chapter 059, Sec. 1972(c), MORTGAGEE’S NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE OF Section 103 through 109 of the Town of REAL PROPERTY UNDER 12 V.S.A. sec 4952 et seq. Colchester Charter, and Section 1-4 of the Colchester Code of Ordinances, the Colchester Selectboard will In accordance with the Judgment Order and Decree hold a public hearing on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at

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The meeting is currently scheduled to take place at the Town of Colchester Town Offices, 781 Blakely Road, Colchester, Vermont, in the Outer Bay Conference Room on the third floor. Alternatively, you can email a note, up to 1,000 words, to with “Proposed Edits to Chapter 4” in the Subject and include your name. As with in-person Citizens to be Heard, we ask that you SHARE YOUR ADDRESS. The email will be shared with the entire Selectboard prior to the meeting and included in the information packet at the next meeting. You may watch the Selectboard meeting on live stream TV: If you have questions regarding these amendments, please contact Special Projects Manager, Seth Lasker at 802-264-5601. For publication no later than September 21, 2022 (15 days prior to Public Hearing). TOWN OF ESSEX SELECTBOARD NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING OCTOBER 3, 2022 6:35 P.M. The Selectboard of the Town of Essex shall hold a public hearing at 6:35 p.m. on October 3, 2022, at the Town Offices, 81 Main St., Essex Jct. and electronically on Zoom. You can find the link at or join via conference call (audio only): (888) 788-0099 | Meeting ID: 987 8569 1140; Passcode: 032060 The purpose of the public hearing is to consider final passage of Chapter 6.11, Public Nuisance, of the Municipal Ordinance. The Selectboard of the Town of Essex hereby ordains that changes be made to create Municipal Ordinance, Chapter 6.11, Public Nuisance. The purpose of the provisions is to provide ordinances regarding public nuisances, including disorderly conduct; excessive sound; public urination / defecation; public nudity; soliciting; aggressive panhandling; defacing buildings, structures and signs; alcohol; open fires; and fireworks. Full text of the proposed revisions may be examined at the Essex Town Offices, 81 Main St., Essex Jct., VT, or online at Should the Town of Essex Selectboard adopt these ordinances, they will become effective immediately. Citizens have the right to petition for a vote on the ordinance at an annual or special meeting pursuant to 24 V.S.A. § 1973. Five (5) percent of the qualified voters of the Town of Essex, by written petition filed with the Town Clerk no later than forty-four (44) days following the date of adoption by the Selectboard, may request that the voters of the Town disapprove of the Selectboard’s action at a duly warned annual or special meeting. Please direct questions to Lt. Robert Kissinger at or 802-878-8331. Andy Watts, Chair Essex Selectboard



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FAMILIES COPING W/ ADDICTIONS (FCA) GROUP (ADDICTION SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES) Families Coping w/ Addiction (FCA) is an open-community peer support group for adults 18+ struggling w/ the drug or alcohol addiction of a loved one. FCA is not 12-step based but provides a welcoming & stigmafree forum for those living this experience, in which to develop personal coping skills & to draw strength & insight from one another. Group meets weekly on Wed., 5:30-6:30 p.m., on Zoom. Check Turning Point Center website (turningpointcentervt. org) for Zoom link, listed under “Family Support” (click on “What We Offer” dropdown). FAMILY & FRIENDS OF THOSE EXPERIENCING MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS This support group is a dedicated meeting for family, friends & community members who are supporting a loved one through a mental health crisis. Mental health crisis might include extreme states, psychosis, depression, anxiety & other types of distress. The group is a confidential space where family & friends can discuss shared experiences & receive support in an environment free of judgment & stigma w/ a trained facilitator. Wed., 7-8:30 p.m. Downtown Burlington. Info: Jess Horner, LICSW, 866-218-8586. FAMILY RESTORED: SUPPORT GROUP FOR FRIENDS & FAMILIES OF ADDICTS & ALCOHOLICS Wed., 6:30-8 p.m., Holy Family/ St. Lawrence Parish, 4 Prospect St., Essex Junction. For further info, please visit or contact Lindsay Duford at 781-960-3965 or 12lindsay FIERCELY FLAT VT A breast cancer support group for those who’ve had mastectomies. We are a casual online meeting group found on Facebook at Fiercely Flat VT. Info: FOOD ADDICTS IN RECOVERY ANONYMOUS (FA) Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? FA is a free 12-step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, under-eating or bulimia. Local meetings are held twice a wk.: Mon., 4-5:30 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church, Norwich, Vt.; & Wed., 6:30-8 p.m., at Hanover Friends Meeting House, Hanover, N.H. For more info & a list of additional meetings throughout the U.S. & the world, call 603-630-1495 or visit G.R.A.S.P. (GRIEF RECOVERY AFTER A SUBSTANCE PASSING) Are you a family member who has lost a loved one to addiction? Find support, peer-led support group. Meets once a mo. on Mon. in Burlington. Please call for date & location. RSVP mkeasler3@ or call 310-3301 (message says Optimum Health, but this is a private number).

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GRIEF & LOSS SUPPORT GROUP Sharing your sadness, finding your joy. Please join us as we learn more about our own grief & explore the things that can help us to heal. There is great power in sharing our experiences w/ others who know the pain of the loss of a loved one & healing is possible through the sharing. BAYADA Hospice’s local bereavement support coordinator will facilitate our weekly group through discussion & activities. Everyone from the community is welcome. 1st & last Wed. of every mo. at 4 p.m. via Zoom. To register, please contact bereavement program coordinator Max Crystal, or 802-448-1610. GRIEF SUPPORT GROUPS Meet every 2nd Mon., 6-7:30 p.m., & every 3rd Wed. from 10-11:30 a.m., at Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice in Berlin. The group is open to the public & free of charge. More info: Diana Moore, 224-2241. HEARING VOICES SUPPORT GROUP This Hearing Voices Group seeks to find understanding of voicehearing experiences as real lived experiences that may happen to anyone at anytime. We choose to share experiences, support & empathy. We validate anyone’s experience & stories about their experience as their own, as being an honest & accurate representation of their experience, & as being acceptable exactly as they are. Tue., 2-3 p.m. Pathways Vermont Community Center, 279 North Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 802-777-8602, abby@ HELLENBACH CANCER SUPPORT Call to verify meeting place. Info, 388-6107. People living w/ cancer & their caretakers convene for support. INTERSTITIAL CYSTITIS/ PAINFUL BLADDER SUPPORT GROUP Interstitial cystitis (IC) & painful bladder syndrome can result in recurring pelvic pain, pressure or discomfort in the bladder/pelvic region & urinary frequency/ urgency. These are often misdiagnosed & mistreated as a chronic bladder infection. If you have been diagnosed or have these symptoms, you are not alone. For Vermont-based support group, email bladderpainvt@ or call 899-4151 for more info. KINDRED CONNECTIONS PROGRAM OFFERED FOR CHITTENDEN COUNTY CANCER SURVIVORS The Kindred Connections program provides peer support for all those touched by cancer. Cancer patients, as well as caregivers, are provided w/ a mentor who has been through the cancer experience & knows what it’s like to go through it. In addition to sensitive listening, Kindred Connections provides practical help such as rides to doctors’ offices & meal




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support network by participating in the group experience w/ people who have been through similar situations. 3rd Tue. of every mo., 5-6 p.m., at the New Hope Lodge, East Ave., Burlington. Info: Kay Cromie, 655-9136,

Tea & snacks provided. Thu., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Bring your babies! (Newborn through crawling stage). Located in Thatcher Brook Primary School, 47 Stowe St., Contact childrensroom@wwsu. org or 244-5605.

KINSHIP CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP A support group for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. Led by a trained representative & facilitator. Meets on the 2nd Tue. of every mo., 6:30-7:45 p.m., at Milton Public Library. Free. For more info, call 802-893-4644 or email Facebook. com/events/561452568022928.

NAMI CONNECTION PEER SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS Weekly virtual meetings. If you have questions about a group in your area, please contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Vermont, program@ or 800-639-6480. Connection groups are peer recovery support group programs for adults living w/ mental health challenges.

LGBTQ SURVIVORS OF VIOLENCE The SafeSpace Anti-Violence Program at Pride Center of Vermont offers peer-led support groups for survivors of relationship, dating, emotional &/or hate-violence. These groups give survivors a safe & supportive environment to tell their stories, share info, & offer & receive support. Support groups also provide survivors an opportunity to gain info on how to better cope w/ feelings & experiences that surface because of the trauma they have experienced. Please call SafeSpace at 863-0003 if you are interested in joining.

NAMI FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP Weekly virtual meetings. If you have questions about a group in your area, please contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Vermont, info@namivt. org or 800-639-6480. Family Support Group meetings are for family & friends of individuals living w/ mental illness.

NORTHWEST VERMONT CANCER PRAYER & SUPPORT NETWORK A meeting of cancer patients, survivors & family members intended to comfort & support those who are currently suffering from the disease. 2nd Thu. of every mo., 6-7:30 p.m., St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 11 Church St., St. Albans. Info: 2nd Wed. of every mo., 6-7:30 p.m. Winooski United Methodist Church, 24 W. Allen St., Winooski. Info:


LIVING THROUGH LOSS Gifford Medical Center is announcing the restart of its grief support group, Living Through Loss. The program is sponsored by the Gifford Volunteer Chaplaincy Program & will meet weekly on Fri., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., in Gifford’s Chun Chapel. Meetings will be facilitated by the Rev. Timothy Eberhardt, spiritual care coordinator, & Emily Pizzale MSW, LICSW, a Gifford social worker. Anyone who has experienced a significant loss over the last year or so is warmly invited to attend & should enter through the hospital’s main entrance wearing a mask on the way to the chapel. Meetings will be based on the belief that, while each of us is on a unique journey in life, we all need a safe place to pause, to tell our stories &, especially as we grieve, to receive the support & strength we need to continue along the way. MARIJUANA ANONYMOUS Do you have a problem w/ marijuana? MA is a free 12-step program where addicts help other addicts get & stay clean. Wed., 7 p.m., at Turning Point Center, 179 S. Winooski, Suite 301, Burlington. 861-3150. MYELOMA SUPPORT GROUP Area Myeloma Survivors, Families & Caregivers have come together to form a Multiple Myeloma Support Group. We provide emotional support, resources about treatment options, coping strategies & a


NARCONON SUNCOAST DRUG & ALCOHOL REHABILITATION & EDUCATION Narconon reminds families that overdoses due to an elephant tranquilizer known as carfentanil has been on the rise in nearly every community nationwide. Carfentanil is a synthetic opioid painkiller 100 times more powerful than fentanyl & 1,000 times stronger than heroin. A tiny grain of it is enough to be fatal. To learn more about carfentanil abuse & how to help your loved one, visit narconon-suncoast. org/drug-abuse/parents-gethelp.html. Addiction screenings: Narconon can help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family. Call today for a no-cost screening or referral: 1-877-841-5509. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS is a group of recovering addicts who live without the use of drugs. It costs nothing to join. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using. Info, 862-4516 or cvana. org. Held in Burlington, Barre & St. Johnsbury. NARCANON BURLINGTON GROUP Group meets every Mon. at 7 p.m., at the Turning Point Center, 179 S. Winooski Ave., Suite 301, in Burlington. The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of addiction in a relative or friend. Info: Amanda H. 338-8106. NEW (& EXPECTING) MAMAS & PAPAS! EVERY PRIMARY CAREGIVER TO A BABY! The Children’s Room invites you to join our weekly drop-in support group. Come unwind & discuss your experiences & questions around infant care & development, self-care & postpartum healing, & community resources for families w/ babies.


OPEN EARS, OPEN MINDS A mutual support circle that focuses on connection & self-exploration. Fri. at 1 p.m., Pathways Vermont Community Center, 279 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: Abby Levinsohn, 777-8602. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS (OA) A 12-step program for people who identify as overeaters, compulsive eaters, food addicts, anorexics, bulimics, etc. No matter what your problem w/ food, we have a solution! All are welcome, meetings are open, & there are no dues or fees. See for the current meeting list, meeting format & more; or call 802-863-2655 anytime! PONDERING GENDER & SEXUALITY Pondering Gender & Sexuality is a twice-monthly facilitated mutual support group for folks of any identity (whether fully formed or a work in progress) who want to engage in meaningful conversations about gender, sexuality & sexual orientation, &/or the coming-out process. Discussions can range from the personal to the philosophical & beyond as we work together to create a compassionate, safe & courageous space to explore our experiences. The group will be held on the 2nd Sun. & 4th Tue. of every mo., 1-2:30 p.m., either virtually or at Pride Center of Vermont. Email pgs@ for more info or w/ questions! POTATO INTOLERANCE SUPPORT GROUP Anyone coping w/ potato intolerance & interested in joining a support group, contact Jerry Fox, 48 Saybrook Rd., Essex Junction, VT 05452. QUEEN CITY MEMORY CAFÉ The Queen City Memory Café offers a social time & place for people w/ memory impairment & their friends & family to laugh, learn, & share concerns & celebrate feeling understood &

connected. Enjoy coffee, tea & baked goods w/ entertainment & conversation. QCMC meets on the 3rd Sat. of every mo., 10 a.m.-noon, at the Thayer Building, 1197 North Ave., Burlington. 316-3839. QUEER CARE GROUP This support group is for adult family members & caregivers of queer &/or questioning youth. It is held on the 2nd Mon. of every mo., 6:30-8 p.m., at Outright Vermont, 241 North Winooski Ave. This group is for adults only. For more info, email info@ READY TO BE TOBACCO-FREE GROUPS Join a free 4-5-week group workshop facilitated by our coaches, who are certified in tobacco treatment. We meet in a friendly, relaxed & virtual atmosphere. You may qualify for a free limited supply of nicotine replacement therapy. Info: Call 802-847-7333 or email quittobaccoclass@uvmhealth. org to get signed up, or visit to learn more about upcoming workshops! RECOVERING FROM RELIGION Meets on the 2nd Tue. of every mo., 6-8 p.m., at Brownell Public Library, 6 Lincoln St., Essex Junction, unless there’s inclement weather or the date falls on a holiday. Attendees can remain anonymous if they so choose & are not required to tell their story if they do not wish to, but everyone will be welcome to do so. The primary focus of a Recovering From Religion support group is to provide ongoing & personal support to individuals as they let go of their religious beliefs. This transitional period is an ongoing process that can result in a range of emotions, as well as a ripple effect of consequences throughout an individual’s life. As such, the support meetings are safe & anonymous places to express these doubts, fears & experiences without biased feedback or proselytizing. We are here to help each other through this journey. Free. SCLERODERMA FOUNDATION NEW ENGLAND Support group meeting held on the 4th Tue. of every mo., 6:30-8:30 p.m., Williston Police Station. Info, Blythe Leonard, 878-0732. SEX & LOVE ADDICTS ANONYMOUS 12-step recovery group. Do you have a problem w/ sex or relationships? We can help. Shawn, 660-2645. Visit slaafws. org or for meetings near you. SEX ADDICTS ANONYMOUS, MONTPELIER Do you have a problem w/ compulsive sexual behavior? A 12-step program has helped us. SAA Montpelier meets twice weekly at 6 p.m: Monday virtual meeting, details at; Thursday face-to-face at Bethany Church, Montpelier, details at Contact saa.vtrecovery@gmail. com or call 802-322-3701.

SEXUAL VIOLENCE SUPPORT HOPE Works offers free support groups to women, men & teens who are survivors of sexual violence. Groups are avail. for survivors at any stage of the healing process. Intake for all support groups is ongoing. If you are interested in learning more or would like to schedule an intake to become a group member, please call our office at 864-0555, ext. 19, or email our victim advocate at advocate@ SOBER REFLECTIONS: WOMEN’S RECOVERY GROUP All women+ are invited to this open, supportive recovery group, based in the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (but appropriate for all addictive behaviors, i.e. alcohol, drugs, relationships, etc.) presented at Mercy Connections, 255 S. Champlain St., Burlington. The format of the meetings will include readings, meditation, journaling & sharing. No registration/drop-in. Wed., 5:30-6:30 p.m. Info: kmercer@, 802846-7063, mercyconnections. org/schedule. STUTTERING SUPPORT GROUPS If you’re a person who stutters, you are not alone! Adults, teens & school-age kids who stutter, & their families are welcome to join 1 of our 3 free National Stuttering Association (NSA) stuttering support groups at UVM (join by Zoom or in person). Adults: 5:30-6:30 p.m., 1st & 3rd Tue. monthly; teens (ages 13-17): 5:30-6:30 p.m., 2nd Thu. monthly; school-age children (ages 8-12) & parents (meeting separately): 4:15-5:15 p.m., 2nd Thu. monthly. Pomeroy Hall, 489 Main St., UVM campus. Info:,, 656-0250. Go, Team Stuttering! SUICIDE SURVIVORS SUPPORT GROUP For those who have lost a friend or loved one through suicide. Maple Leaf Clinic, 167 N. Main St., Wallingford, 446-3577. 6:30-8 p.m., on the 3rd Tue. of every. mo. SUICIDE HOTLINES IN VT Brattleboro, 257-7989; Montpelier (Washington County Mental Health Emergency Services), 229-0591; Randolph (Clara Martin Center Emergency Service), 800-639-6360. SUPPORT GROUP FOR WOMEN who have experienced intimate partner abuse, facilitated by Circle (Washington Co. only). Please call 877-543-9498 for more info. SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE If you have lost someone to suicide & wish to have a safe place to talk, share & spend a little time w/ others who have had a similar experience, join us on the 3rd Thu. of every mo., 7-9 p.m, at the Faith Lighthouse Church, Route 105, Newport (105 Alderbrook). Please call before attending. Info: Mary Butler, 744-6284.

SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE: S. BURLINGTON This group is for people experiencing the impact of the loss of a loved one to suicide. 1st Wed. of each mo., 6-7:30 p.m., at the Comfort Inn & Suites, 3 Dorset St., Burlington. Info: Heather Schleupner, 301-514-2445, THE COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS SUPPORT GROUP The Compassionate Friends international support group for parents, siblings & families grieving the loss of a child meets every 3rd Tue. of the mo., 7-9 p.m., at Kismet Place, 363 Blair Park Rd., Williston. Call/email Jay at 802-373-1263, TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) chapter meeting. Hedding United Methodist Church, Washington St., Barre. Wed., 5:15-6:15 p.m. For info, call David at 371-8929. TRANS & GENDER NONCONFORMING SUPPORT GROUP As trans & GNC people in the world, we experience many things that are unique to our identities. For that reason, the Transgender Program hosts a support group for our community on the 1st & 3rd Wed. of every mo., 6:30-8 p.m., either virtually or at Pride Center of Vermont. The Trans & GNC Support group is for Vermonters at all stages of their gender journey to come together to socialize, discuss issues that are coming up in their lives & build community. We welcome anyone whose identity falls under the trans, GNC, intersex & nonbinary umbrellas, & folks questioning their gender identity. Email w/ any questions, comments or accessibility concerns. TRANSGENDER EXTENDED FAMILY SUPPORT We are people w/ adult loved ones who are transgender or gender nonconforming. We meet to support each other & to learn more about issues & concerns. Our sessions are supportive, informal & confidential. Meetings are held at 5:30 p.m., the 2nd Thu. of each mo., via Zoom. Not sure if you’re ready for a meeting? We also offer 1-on-1 support. For more info, email or call 802-318-4746. VEGGIE SUPPORT GROUP Want to feel supported on your vegetarian/vegan journey? Want more info on healthy veggie diets? Want to share & socialize at veggie potlucks & more in the greater Burlington area? This is your opportunity to join w/ other like-minded folks. veggy4life@, 658-4991. WOMEN’S CANCER SUPPORT GROUP FAHC. Led by Deb Clark, RN. Every 1st & 3rd Tue., 5-6:30 p.m. Call Kathy McBeth, 847-5715.

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ASSET MANAGER - Affordable Housing Vermont Tent Company is currently accepting applications for the following positions for immediate employment. Full time, part time, after school and weekend hours available for each position. Pay rates vary by position with minimum starting wage ranging from $17-$21/ hour depending on job skills and experience. We also offer retention and referral bonuses.

Evernorth is hiring an Asset Manager, Affordable Housing for our outstanding Asset Management team. This position is responsible for the long-term operational health of a designated portion of the Evernorth portfolio of properties while contributing to corporate oversight of portfolio performance and investment return. The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree or three years’ experience in property management, low-income housing tax credits, rural development, commercial leases, and property insurance. Proficiency in Microsoft Office 365 is required. At Evernorth, we believe in equal access to affordable housing and economic opportunities; the power of partnerships based on integrity, respect, and teamwork; and a collaborative workplace with professional, skilled and dedicated staff and we are an equal opportunity employer. For a full job description, please visit To apply, send cover letter & resume to Rewa Worthington:

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Sterile Reprocessing Technician This position is responsible for ensuring all basic surgical supplies, instruments and equipment are properly inventoried, decontaminated, assembled, inspected, packaged, stored, distributed & tracked in a safe, quality and timely manner throughout the hospital and supported off site clinics and locations. After training, is able to perform all basic CSR standard work.

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Assistant Road Foreman & Highway Maintenance The Town of Hinesburg has (2) openings in the Highway Department. The Assistant Road Foreman is a working supervisory position that works in collaboration with the Road Foreman. The Highway Maintenance Level II position reports to the Assistant Road Foreman and is responsible snow plowing, heavy equipment operation and general labor related to highway maintenance. The pay is competitive and dependent on qualifications. Benefits include: health, dental and disability insurance; paid time off; pension plan; and 13 paid holidays. A $3,000 bonus will be given upon successful completion of a 6-month probation period. A valid VT issued CDL is required.

PSYCHOTHERAPIST OPENING The Vermont Center for Anxiety Care, a private psychotherapy practice on Burlington’s waterfront, has an opening for a psychotherapist. Therapy experience with any age group including children. Can be licensed or post-master’s degree intern. Collaborative group with holistic approach and multiple specialties. Clinical supervision towards licensure provided as needed. Visit web site:

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JOB TRAINING. WELL DONE. Join the Community Kitchen Academy! Community Kitchen Academy (CKA) is a 9-week job training program featuring: Hands on learning, national ServSafe certification, job placement support and meaningful connections to community. Plus... the tuition is FREE and weekly stipends are provided for income eligible students! At CKA you’ll learn from professional chefs in modern commercial kitchens and graduate with the skills and knowledge to build a career in food service, food systems and other related fields. Throughout the 9-week course, you’ll develop and apply new skills by preparing food that would otherwise be wasted. The food you cook is then distributed through food shelves and meal sites throughout the community. CKA is a program of the Vermont Foodbank, operated in partnership with Capstone Community Action in Barre and Feeding Chittenden in Burlington. Next session starts in October in Burlington. APPLY ONLINE:

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Development Director CCTV Center for Media + Democracy is a nationally recognized community media center based in Burlington, Vermont. We are looking for an energetic and organized development leader with a track record of community engagement and financial success to be a team member and revenue leader, supporting CCTV programs through grant writing, underwriting and donor cultivation. For complete job description go to: cctv-hiring-development-director. Hours, Salary and Benefits: The position is 36-40 hours, weekly at a salary range of $50K-$54K commensurate with experience, skills, education and training. We offer a generous benefits package and CTO. CCTV is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome and encourage applications from visible minority group members, Indigenous persons, members of the LGBTQ community, persons with disabilities and others who may contribute to the diversity of the organization and reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. Send cover letter with CV of relevant experience and a writing sample to Lauren-Glenn Davitian, Executive Director, Position open until filled.


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The Edward Farrar Utility District (former Village of Waterbury) seeks a Water Superintendent for its water department. Candidates must possess or show ability to possess a Water Operator’s License issued by the State of Vermont; a VT Class 4C license is preferred. Prerequisites: high school diploma; understanding of math and science. Basic mechanical, electric, construction skills and experience in water operations helpful. This position involves some supervisory functions. Wage and benefits depend on qualifications. Position open until filled. Applications may be sent along with letters of interest and resumes to:

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Gravel & Shea PC, a Burlington, VT law firm seeks an experienced, professional receptionist/office assistant.

The primary responsibility of the clinical dietitian is to provide nutritional care and information to patients in and outside of the organization. This includes but is not limited to conducting screening and assessments of patients as ordered by the physicians, providing dietary counseling to patients, families and staff members, and preparing meal plans and nourishment programs for special needs of patients.

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Nutrition Services

Qualifications: • Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree from accredited college with Major in Food and Nutrition • Must meet requirements of the American Dietetic Association Registration, and attain status as Registered Dietitian, maintain registration through appropriate continuing education • Minimum of one year of experience in clinical dietetics

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Development Coordinator

The Office of Institutional Advancement at Saint Michael's College is inviting applications for the position of Director of Alumni and Family Engagement and Annual Giving. The Director of Alumni and Family Engagement and Annual Giving develops and manages robust and comprehensive programs to engage alumni and families that build and sustain lifelong relationships (including planning and managing Reunion). In addition, the Director implements communications and solicitation strategies to shape a sustainable tradition of annual support from donors, alums, and families. This position can be in-person based out of the Colchester, Vermont campus, or remote in the Boston, Massachusetts area. Travel required.

The Public Safety/Fire & Rescue Departments at Saint Michael’s College are inviting applications for a Per-Diem Dispatch Switchboard Operator to dispatch radio calls and operate the College switchboard. The successful candidate will be responsible for answering all incoming calls and directing calls to the appropriate party quickly, accurately, and professionally. This role receives all emergency calls for SMC campus and the surrounding community. Dispatch, switchboard, emergency services experience desirable, but we will provide training for a motivated and dependable person with demonstrated aptitude.

For a complete job description, benefits information, and to apply online, please visit:

For a complete job description, benefits information, and to apply online, please visit:

Supported Housing Youth Coach

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SEPTEMBER 21-28, 2022

Join Our Auction Team

Seeking Director of Finance and Administration . Central Vermont Adult Basic Education (CVABE) is a vibrant, well-established, fiscally healthy, communitybased nonprofit organization serving Washington, Lamoille, and Orange Counties. The Director of Finance and Administration plays an essential role on CVABE’s leadership team and is responsible for finance, budgeting, payroll and benefits, information technology, and general operations. Qualifications include:  BA or equivalent finance and accounting experience.  Minimum of three years finance and administrative

management experience including budget development and grant management.  Knowledge of nonprofit accounting practices.

Starting salary: $70,000 – $72,000 based on experience. CVABE pays 100% of individual health, dental and shortterm disability insurance, as well as employer 403(b) contributions. Six weeks paid vacation annually. Please submit cover letter, resume and three references by October 28, 2022 to: Position open until filled.

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Professional Careers in WORLDWIDE TRAVEL

We offer competitive wages & a full benefits package for full time employees. No auction experience necessary.

Join Country Walkers and VBT Bicycling Vacations, an award-winning, Vermont-based active travel company, and be part of our high performing, international team.


We have amazing opportunities for Marketing, Sales and Service Professionals interested in supporting worldwide travel adventures with a leader in the industry, positively impacting established brands and working with a team of collaborative and gifted travel pros.

• Sales and Marketing Manager: Develop, grow,

& sustain our forty-four-year reputation of providing amazing results for our commercial, auto, and real estate clients. Have experience in email, print, & digital marketing? Bring your knowledge and passion, you’ll find something to explore! • Auction Site Tech: Catalog, photograph & coordinate our commercial auctions. Thomas Hirchak Company is an at will employer. See details at:

We’re expanding our team and are seeking professionals for the following full-time positions.

• TOUR SALES CONSULTANT • GUEST SERVICES AGENT • MARKETING PRODUCTION MANAGER If you’re passionate, driven by excellence, want to make a difference and are looking for balance in your quality of life – check us out! Ready to learn more? Visit our career pages at or & submit your resume to


For further information on this position and others currently available, or to apply online, please visit Applicants must apply for positions electronically. Paper resumes are not accepted. Open positions are updated daily. Please call 802-656-3150 or email for technical support with the online application. The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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Find a job that makes it easier to sleep at night.

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

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

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Engaging minds that change the world

Candidates are required to submit a cover letter, CV, diversity statement, and list of three references. The search will remain open until the position is filled. For best consideration, complete applications should be received no later than October 13, 2022.

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Seeking a position with a quality employer? Consider The University of Vermont, a stimulating and diverse workplace. We offer a comprehensive benefit package including tuition remission for on-going, full-time positions. System and Technology Services Librarian - University Libraries - #F2383PO - The University of Vermont Libraries seek an imaginative, resourceful, inventive, and user-focused librarian to manage, enhance, and maintain a wide variety of commercial and opensource applications in a changing, information-technology environment. The successful candidate will possess strong analytical skills, a public services outlook, and a commitment to building services around UX principles. We seek applicants who enjoy new challenges, propose new solutions, and seize opportunities to acquire new skills. The Systems and Technology Services (STS) Librarian will serve as the University of Vermont Libraries’ technical lead as we migrate from a local Voyager LMS to a new, cloud-based, Alma consortium, expected to launch in 2024. The STS librarian will administer the Libraries’ current mix of Linux and Windows virtual servers (running on a local server farm managed by the University’s Enterprise Technology Services group), while simultaneously seeking efficiencies and opportunities for the enhancement of the Libraries’ technological offerings.

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

Children's Integrated Services Personnel Development Coordinator The University of Vermont Center on Disability and Community Inclusion with the Vermont State Department for Children and Families is recruiting a Children's Integrated Services Personnel Development Coordinator. This position will coordinate and facilitate the ongoing development of a comprehensive system of personnel development (CSPD) for Vermont CIS service. The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the institution. This position’s primary office will be located in the Waterbury State Office Complex. A hybrid telework schedule is negotiable. For more information and to apply, please visit


Request for Proposals

Executive Candidate Search Firm The Town of St. Albans is soliciting proposals from qualified firms to provide an executive candidate search for a Town Manager. The selected firm will facilitate the selection process. To view the complete Request for Proposal, visit: stalbanstown/business/ bid_rpf_opportunites. Please submit sealed bids to Executive Assistant Jennifer Gray at the St. Albans Town Hall offices located at 579 Lake Road, St. Albans, VT., by email at j.gray@ or by mail at P.O. Box 37, St. Albans Bay, VT. 05481 no later than 4:00pm, Wednesday, September 28th, 2022. Please direct questions to Ms. Gray at 802-524-7589, ext. 107 or

Director of Communications & Business Development

FARM MANAGER The Woodstock Foundation, Inc. seeks a farm manager for Billings Farm & Museum (BF&M) in Woodstock, Vermont. Sited on the farm established by Frederick Billings 151 years ago, BF&M today breeds and milks a herd of more than 50 blue ribbon Jerseys, producing more than 650,000 pounds of milk, some of which goes to Agri-Mark for Cabot products and some of which is used to craft award-winning artisan cheeses in partnership with Grafton Village Cheese. The Woodstock landmark is a Vermont destination which attracts thousands of visitors annually with its educational exhibits, engaging programs and special events that bring to life Vermont’s rural heritage.

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Join a dynamic team committed to creating economic opportunity in Vermont. The Director of Communications and Business Development serves as one of the primary contacts for the Chamber in the community and works closely with member organizations, builds strong partner relationships, creatively communicates the Chamber’s work, and assists with the development of new business. View the full job description at TO APPLY: Please email a resume and cover letter to and include “Director of Communications & Business Development” in subject line.


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DRB COORDINATOR/ASSISTANT ZONING OFFICER Full-time Development Review Board Coordinator/Assistant Zoning Officer position to serve as the primary staff person for the Town’s Development Review Board; process applications for land use permits; and play a key role in coordinating project review. A complete job description is available at This is an opportunity for a person who thrives in a busy office setting, is detail-oriented, well-organized, and is able to excel in a team-oriented, customer driven environment. Candidate must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, working knowledge of pertinent computer software, and background and/or interest in learning land use planning. Salary $23-$25/hr. with excellent benefits. Send letter of interest and resume to: Lee Krohn, AICP, Town Manager, Town of Shelburne, P.O. Box 88, Shelburne, VT 05482. E.O.E.

OPERATIONS SUPERVISOR Rhino Foods is seeking an Operations Supervisor for our 3rd shift Production Team! Ideal candidate will have experience in food manufacturing, possess strong leadership skills and be passionate about continuous improvement. Between 3 to five years’ experience in a fastpaced environment preferred, exceptional organizational skills and a common sense, “can do” attitude a must.

OUR ENGINEERING TEAM IS GROWING! Do you have design, development, and implementation experience in a food production environment? If so, we would love to speak with you! We are seeking experienced candidates, 3-5 years and a Bachelor’s degree preferred. Candidates should have exposure to the best and brightest in R & D, production and distribution of internal clients.


Hello Burlington Social Media & Content Manager


Hello Burlington is a destination marketing initiative of the Lake Champlain Chamber 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. View the full job description at

This role oversees a broad portfolio of accounts and interacts daily with Rhino’s amazing customers. Food manufacturing skills are great, and if you have a Bachelor’s degree and can collaborate with many teams, you’re the perfect person for this job! This role is the “face” of Rhino at trade shows and customer visits, plus builds on strategies to enhance profit and growth.

TO APPLY: If this sounds like you, please email a resumé, cover letter and content portfolio if available to info@ Include the phrase “social media and content manager” in subject line. The Lake Champlain Chamber is an E.O.E. 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.

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SEPTEMBER 21-28, 2022

Embark on a journey of possibilities and improve the future for Vermont youth. The City of Montpelier is seeking a personable, detail oriented and wellorganized public service professional to fill the position of Deputy City Clerk. The position is a regular, full-time position with a suite of benefits to include but are not limited to paid time off, retirement, health, dental, and vision insurance benefits. The Deputy Clerk works as a full partner with the elected city clerk and performs a wide variety of duties, including maintaining land records, vital records and official municipal records and documents as well as administering elections and interfacing with the public.

Saint Michael’s College is seeking applications from dependable, efficient workers to fill a full-time custodial position. The shift is Sunday 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and MondayThursday 5:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Successful candidates will join a team which cleans College buildings including dormitories, restrooms, offices, and classrooms. Training will be provided for the right candidate.

At the Bennington Museum in Bennington, the AmeriCorps member awakens curiosity and imagination in youth and transforms individuals by connecting them to the region’s diverse arts, rich history, landscape, and culture.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume and references to John Odum at or mail to: Montpelier City Clerk, 39 Main St., Montpelier VT 05602. This position will be posted until filled. The City of Montpelier is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Ride Coordinator/ Dispatcher:


At All-4-One’s The Space (Peer and Community Engagement Youth Center) in Springfield, the AmeriCorps members lend their talents to building creative and enriching opportunities at a new teen center, ensuring that local youth thrive.

The Deputy Clerk also helps collect tax and utility payments, parking tickets, and miscellaneous other payments. Hourly rate is $25.38 to $26.67 depending upon qualifications and experience. For a complete list of qualifications, please contact John Odum, at 802-262-6263.

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VT Youth Development Corps (VYDC) places full and part-time AmeriCorps members at youth-focused organizations across Vermont to foster positive youth development and build resilience. Use your ingenuity and skills to make a lasting impact in the lives of youth in Southern Vermont.


At In-Sight Photography Project in Brattleboro, the AmeriCorps member empowers youth to communicate their unique personal visions through inclusive afterschool 12:01 PM arts programming and community initiatives.


VYDC AmeriCorps members’ service benefits include: approx. $12.85/hr. (living allowance); a $6,495 education award; employee assistance plan; health care coverage, school loan forbearance, and child care assistance (if eligible); and professional development, training, networking, and experience in youth-related fields.

We are looking for a reliable Ride Coordinator/ Dispatcher to act as a communication point for all SSTA drivers on the road. You will use our automated scheduling software to: transmit messages and track vehicles, schedule and move same day rides, and act as the point of contact for all of our amazing drivers on the road! The ideal candidate must be primarily an excellent communicator and able to remain calm and composed in varying situations. You will be asked to multi-task as well as take the appropriate action with little supervision. The goal is to enable different parties to communicate well by ensuring the accurate and timely transmission of information.

For a complete job description, benefits information, and to apply online, please visit:

For more information, visit the Vermont Youth AmeriCorps website: Phone: 802-229-9151. Email: Interested applicants can apply directly at my.americorps. gov/mp/listing/ In State box, choose Vermont. In Program box, type VYDC. Click Search. All VYDC positions will appear. Apply by October 10th, 2022.

Previous experience is a plus, but not required! We have a great team here to help train and get you up to speed.

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Law Office Manager

VYDC is a program of the Washington County Youth Service Bureau.

Para Transit Drivers:

Responsible for day-to-day operations of a busy medium sized Montpelier law firm.

E.O.E. Background check required.

We are looking for Drivers to transport SSTA clients in a comfortable, safe and timely manner. Driver responsibilities include driving a 27’ lift-equipped van, providing reliable door-todoor transportation service to those in need, and arranging regular cleaning and maintenance services for the vehicle. Ultimately, you will help us increase customer satisfaction, making sure clients who depend on us for their transportation needs are delivered best-inclass service! To be considered for this role, you should have a valid driver’s license, a clean driving record with no traffic violations, and a desire to contribute to your community! Note that you don’t need to have a car; we provide drivers with our own vehicles. Full or Part time positions available.

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Responsibilities include office management; financial management (accounts payable, accounts receivable, monthly billing, account management, preparation of monthly financial statements and tax filings ), paralegal support, and administrative duties. Candidates must possess a strong work ethic and be able to foster good working relationships with co-workers and clients. Prior office management experience a must, and knowledge of legal systems and filings highly preferable. Salary commensurate with experience. Send resume and references to Position, P.O. Box 1440, Montpelier, Vermont, 05601-1440.

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89 SEPTEMBER 21-28, 2022

Navigate New Possibilities Your Career at NDI is Waiting

by providing case management for individuals either for our Adult Family Care program or our Developmental Services program. The ideal candidate will have strong clinical, organizational and leadership skills and enjoy working in a team-oriented position. $47,000 annual salary.

At NDI we are driven by our belief that advanced spatial measurement solutions can help our customers in their aim to improve medical procedures and patient lives.

Residential Program Manager: Coordinate staffed residential and community supports for

We are hiring for the following positions:

Service Coordinator: Continue your career in human services in a supportive environment

an individual in their home. The ideal candidate will enjoy working in a team-oriented position, have strong clinical skills, and demonstrated leadership. $45,900 annual salary.

Direct Support Professional: Provide 1:1 supports to help individuals reach their goals in a variety of settings. This is a great position to start or continue your career in human services. Full and part time positions available starting at $19/hr. Residential Direct Support Professional: Provide supports to an individual in their home and in the community in 24h shifts including asleep overnights in a private, furnished bedroom. You can work two days, receive full benefits and have five days off each week! Other flexible schedules available, starting wage is $20/hr.

Shared Living Provider: Open your home to someone with an intellectual disability or autism and open a whole world to them, and to you. There are a variety of opportunities available that could be the perfect match for you and your household. Salary varies dependent on individual care requirements. Join our dedicated team and together we’ll build a community where everyone participates and belongs:

Quality Coordinator Sr Embedded Software Engineer Manufacturing Manager EE Component Engineer Electronics Assembler Full descriptions and to apply go to:

Early Childhood Program Director- Jericho, VT The focus of the Program Director is to oversee and support the First Roots Underhill early childhood team, and to participate in the program wide administrative needs (Senior Team) in an area of focus or expertise. The successful candidate will be a part of our senior leadership team that creates plans, sets goals, and collaborates effectively to achieve our Mission across all FRWR centers. We’re looking for an organized leader who can manage multiple projects and is excited by the opportunity to combine early education training with nature-based, emergent learning. As part of the senior team, you will be working in partnership with the FRWR Director of Professional Development & Curriculum, the Director of People and the Program Director (with consultation from the finance department) to create a culture of “yes” to foster infinitely creative, inspired and supported educators. Salary: $52,000-$57,200 per year SOME OF THE THINGS WE ARE LOOKING FOR IN YOU: Nature Based Education Enthusiast: Deep appreciation for the importance of using nature as a second teacher and finding joy in nature while securing a sustainable future for our children and our one planet. Education: Bachelor’s degree (Early Childhood Education, Human Resources, Social Work, or Psychology preferred). Director Credential Level 1, 2, or 3 a plus. Center-Based Early Education Work Experience: Perhaps you have work experience in an early childhood environment as a classroom teacher or as an Assistant Director. We are looking for the ability to inspire and motivate folks as people, beyond their teaching role. Human Resources Experience: Successful experience/coursework with supervision processes and personnel issues, facilitation roles or organizational psychology. Business Savvy: Solid understanding of the key drivers of an early education business model. Communication Skills: Distill and be able to have fair, clear and sometimes challenging conversations with all audiences. Interpersonal Skills: Build trust and effectively collaborate with everyone. Sense of Humor: Everything is easier if you can laugh with others -- and it brightens the day! Send resumes to:

Transportation Planner The Northwest Regional Planning Commission is hiring an entry level Transportation Planner. The Planner will help our region with a coordinated approach to transportation planning and project implementation. The Planner will coordinate with local, regional and state officials and serve as staff support for the region’s Transportation Advisory Committee and various modal or project-based committees. The Planner will provide technical assistance to municipalities, help to implement local transportation projects and complete traffic counts, and bike and pedestrian plans. This is an entry-level position; support and training will be provided to the selected candidate. Please consider applying even if your commitment to community and your interest in learning are your strongest qualifications. The ideal candidate has professional, educational or volunteer planning experience, and knowledge of multi-modal transportation or a related field. They will be a self-starter with skills in collaboration, project management, and written and in-person communication. A college degree in a related field is preferred but not required if lived experiences, education and/or professional experience demonstrate an ability to succeed at this position. More information is available at Please send a cover letter explaining your interest in transportation planning, a resume and three references to Catherine Dimitruk, Executive Director at jobs@nrpcvt. com, or 75 Fairfield Street, St. Albans, VT, 05478. Position will remain open until filled; interviews will begin in late September, 2022.




SEPTEMBER 21-28, 2022

Executive Director

Residential Educator

Be Montpelier Alive’s Next Executive Director! Are you passionate about building community? Are you a consummate connector and networker? Do you love supporting local businesses and promoting entrepreneurship? Are you skilled at diplomatically working with partners as diverse as city officials, state policy makers, nonprofit stakeholders, local business owners, and community members? Are you capable of juggling dozens of projects at once while maintaining your composure? Montpelier Alive, the nonprofit organization that works to enhance the quality of life for people who live, work in, and visit the City of Montpelier, is seeking a new executive director, and it could be you! For the full job description Montpelier Alive is currently accepting applications from candidates with a strong suite of skills, including relationship building, communications, fundraising, project management, and administrative skills. Candidates should have familiarity with nonprofit management, an appreciation for vibrant downtown communities, technological proficiency, and strong organizational and leadership skills. Application requirements: Cover letter, resume, and three professional references including at least one from a past supervisor. Email your application, and any questions about this position, to: by October 19, 2022.

Montpelier, the capital city of Vermont, is seeking:

FULL-TIME FEAST PROGRAM MANAGER Run the dynamic, growing and vital FEAST Senior Meals Program which offers the premier Meals on Wheels service to older adults in Montpelier and Berlin. Report to the MSAC Director and work closely with the FEAST team including the Kitchen Manager/Chef, kitchen assistants and many volunteers and interns. The professional in this position will be responsible for supporting the robust development of this core service for the City, ensuring timely delivery of meals, creation of socially engaging events and the recruitment, training and management of a large team of volunteers. This is a full-time position 30 hours per week. The starting rate of pay is $26.02 based on qualifications. This position has opportunity for significant professional growth for the right candidate.

PART-TIME KITCHEN ASSISTANT Help prepare the meals for the FEAST Senior Meals Program, report to the Kitchen Manager/Chef and MSAC Director. The professional cook in this position will be responsible for supporting the production of meals in a timely manner. This position works with kitchen volunteers, City employees, community agencies and Meals on Wheels drivers to support the Kitchen Manager/Chef with the smooth preparation, preservation and packing of FEAST meals. This is a temporary 20-week position part-time at 20 hours per week. The starting rate of pay is $22.50 based on qualifications. This position has opportunity for expansion into a permanent position. Montpelier is an equal opportunity employer. Please submit a cover letter and resume to Sarah Lipton, 58 Barre St, Montpelier, Vt 05602. Electronic submittals are appreciated to E.O.E For more information see:

Rock Point School, a small and supportive boarding and day high school, seeks Residential Educators to join our team! Residential Educators create a well-balanced dorm life for students. They lead fun weekend and evening activities, help students stay healthy, and provide guidance for the challenges of adolescence and communal living. Positions are full-time and include housing. For information and to apply: residential-educatoremployment-2022.



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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Vermont Legal Aid (VLA), one of the state’s largest law firms, is where Vermonters turn when they face a civil legal problem that threatens their rights, shelter, income, health, or well-being. VLA strives to advance fairness and justice in the civil legal system, address the social and economic barriers faced by our clients, and confront the underlying causes of poverty, discrimination, and inequality. VLA services are free. VLA seeks an Executive Director to lead this nationally recognized, statewide civil legal aid organization, and engage in the exciting process of envisioning the future of VLA, with the support and commitment of Board and staff. VLA is a strong, successful organization that is well-regarded, with a staff of 89, offices in Burlington, Montpelier, Rutland, Springfield, and St. Johnsbury, and an annual budget of $9.5 million. The next Executive Director will be a visionary leader with a demonstrated passion for advocating on behalf of low-income and other vulnerable populations, including families with young children, people with disabilities, New American communities, veterans, seniors, and other individuals impacted by poverty or marginalized by other factors. The successful Executive Director candidate will be a licensed attorney with significant legal experience; demonstrate a passion for social and racial justice; possess exceptional leadership skills; have substantial management experience; have grant writing or fundraising experience; and understand financial matters, including development of budgets, compliance with grant and contract requirements, and financial oversight. VLA’s Administrative Unit has historically been in Burlington, but the agency is open to your proposal on a remote work or a hybrid arrangement. VLA believes everyone in Vermont should have equal access to legal services regardless of their race, ethnicity, language, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexuality, ability, mental health, income status, age, or education. We are committed, through our practices and policies, to fostering cultural competence, inclusiveness, understanding, acceptance and respect in order to more effectively fight poverty, discrimination, and inequality. For more information about this position and how to apply, visit Screening of applicants begins immediately. To receive full consideration, submit your application materials by October 14, 2022.



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MANAGING DIRECTOR BOOKKEEPER Vermont Compost Company in Montpelier is seeking a Bookkeeper to join our team. A leading compost & potting soil producer of nearly 30 years, we provide a fun, dynamic and growing environment. Staff enjoy competitive wages and a full benefits package. Visit our website for more information: Careers

Sundog Poetry, a literary-arts nonprofit organization, seeks a part-time (15 hours per week, 50 weeks per year) Managing Director. The best candidate will be a self-starter with excellent management/administrative skills, fundraising experience, first-rate communication and organizational abilities, and expertise in marketing and outreach. The candidate will also work in close coordination with Board members on other Sundog needs such as budgeting, programming, and strategic planning, as the situation demands. We are looking for a one-year commitment, with opportunities for longer employment and increased hours dependent on fundraising. Pay: $22/hour. Resume review will begin September 15, for a contemplated November 1st start. Position will stay open until filled.

MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN Keens Crossing – Winooski, VT 05404 Full Time, 40 Hours, Pay Rate $24.72 Are you looking to learn new skills or to start a career? Are you looking to join a supportive team and a dynamic company? We are so sure you will love it at HallKeen Management that we are offering a $1,000 hiring bonus for the right candidate. All bonuses to be paid per company policy. Will entertain employees looking to relocate to Vermont. Responsibilities of Maintenance Technician are quite diverse including but not limited to Apartment turnovers, grounds keeping, various janitorial duties, painting, appliance, electrical, heating, plumbing and safety equipment repair & replacement & provide assistance at other company properties when needed.

For a full job description: For questions, contact: or call 802-730-5820

The qualified candidate must have reliable transportation and have the ability to assist in carrying appliances and climb ladders as needed.

Please send your application (cover letter and resume) to: SUNDOG.SEARCH@GMAIL.COM

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TOWN PLANNER POSITION The Town of Jericho (VT) is looking for its next Town Planner. Jericho (pop. ~5,080) is a small rural community in the center of Chittenden County about 30 minutes from Burlington to the west and Mt. Mansfield to the east. The community has 3 small historic village centers surrounded by a quintessential rural landscape and abundant recreational opportunities.


Do you:

Join the team at Gardener’s Supply Company!

• Want to work in a growing community that cares deeply about planning? • Seek a new challenge and opportunity to take your career to another level? • Want to play a leadership role in guiding the future of a dynamic rural small town? • Have a weakness for craft beer or coffee, maple creemees, and handmade chocolate all within walking distance of your office? If so, this job is exactly what you should be looking for! The primary responsibility of the Town Planner is to assist the Planning Commission in carrying out their statutory functions and supporting the Town Administrator in managing the implementation of grant funded projects. The work of the Town Planner involves researching, analyzing, developing, and proposing land use planning and development policies, plans and ordinances for consideration by the Planning Commission and Selectboard. This work requires a high degree of independence, initiative, sound judgment and professionalism. Jericho has a number of exciting planning initiatives currently underway that make this role particularly enticing including an update of the 2020 Town Plan, a wastewater feasibility study for the 3 statedesignated Village Centers, prioritization of ARPA funding, and a multi-modal path scoping study. The Town also has several very active citizen committees working on affordable housing, trails, land conservation, energy, equity, and social justice. Our ideal candidate will be: highly independent, curious, collaborative and a great communicator, and have a Bachelor’s degree and 3 or more years of experience in the field. Also experience in Grant writing and grant administration would be beneficial. The Town can offer a very competitive salary DOQ, a comprehensive benefits package, a flexible work environment, and a team-oriented work setting. Salary is commensurate with experience. For a complete job description please go to our website, on our home page is the link. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and list of three references to John Abbott, Town Administrator via email at or via mail at PO Box 39, Jericho, VT 05465. The Town of Jericho is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

We are a 100% employee-owned company and an award winning and nationally recognized socially responsible business. We work hard AND offer a fun place to work including BBQs, staff parties, employee garden plots and much more! We also offer strong cultural values, competitive wages and outstanding benefits!

Returns Processor:

This person coordinates with various departments at our Distribution Center to process customer returns in an efficient manner. Our ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills; can pay close attention to detail; experience with MS Office; can constantly lift 10-50lbs; and is a self-motivated team player with a “can do” attitude!

Ship-Alone Fulfillment Specialist:

This person is responsible for picking, packing, assembling, and shipping customers’ orders at our Distribution Center. Our ideal candidate will have the ability to stay focused and pay close attention to detail; have basic math and reading skills; ability to work independently; and the ability to frequently lift 5-80lbs.

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

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Embark on a journey of possibilities and improve the future for Vermont youth.

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VT Youth Development Corps (VYDC) places full and part-time AmeriCorps members at youth-focused organizations across Vermont to foster positive youth development and build resilience. Use your ingenuity and skills to make a lasting impact in the lives of youth in Northwest Vermont.

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At the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont based in Winooski, the AmeriCorps member inspires hundreds of Vermont high schoolers from across the state to create the future, helping youth think deeper and dream bigger through intensive summer programs with a mission of equity and accessibility. At Old Spokes Home in Burlington, the AmeriCorps member builds community and opportunity through access to bicycles with a variety of engaging programs to make bikes and biking more accessible to all. At Spectrum Youth & Family Services in Burlington or St. Albans, the AmeriCorps members enhance the lives of homeless and at-risk youth by providing a safe space, food, basic needs, life skills, and emotional support.


At the Willowell Foundation in Bristol and Monkton, the AmeriCorps members connect people to the arts, education, the environment, and each other through landbased programs and activities. Members serve at a naturebased pre-school in Bristol and an outdoor, alternative public education program in Monkton.

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Requirements: A Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field that meets CDD Licensing Requirements for Director plus 3 years of staff supervisory experience. Experience providing staff supervision is essential to this position and is required for employment. Experience working with families in a supportive, strength-based framework is foundational to all positions at BCS. Benefits: • Highly Competitive Salary • Health Insurance • Paid Annual, Personal, and Sick Leave

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PRINT DEADLINE: NOON ON MONDAYS (INCLUDING HOLIDAYS) Hypertherm is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we welcome all applications. All employment decisions are based on business need, job requirements, and our values as an Associate-owned company without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability,or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. Hypertherm is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we welcome all applications. All employment decisions are based on business need, job requirements, and our values as an Associate-owned company without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability,or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

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Description: The Burlington Children's Space is seeking an Executive Director to join our community. BCS is a vibrant, community based early care and education program with a 38-year history serving children from 6 weeks to 5 years old and their families. BCS is one of 5 Therapeutic Child Care Programs working in partnership with the Howard Center, an Early Head Start and Universal Pre-K partner program, and a Child and Adult Care Food Program participant. We have a 5 Star rating from the State of Vermont and NAEYC accreditation and are housed in the McClure Multi-Gen Center, a building we co-own with Outright Vermont.

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RACE EVENT MANAGER/ ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Mt. Mansfield Academy in Stowe, Vermont seeks a motivated individual who has an eye for detail to join our hard-working team. The Race Event Manager/Administrative Assistant manages preparations for race events and functions hosted at the MMA Clubhouse, organizes parent and community volunteers, and assists with day-to-day operations, communication, and execution of projects at MMA. Located at the MMA Clubhouse at Spruce Peak, the Race Event Manager/Administrative Assistant works closely with the Leadership Team at MMA.


The Flynn has a FULL-TIME opportunity to join our team

BUILDING OPERATIONS TECHNICIAN Looking for a unique job caring for one of Burlington’s most iconic buildings? The Flynn has an immediate opening on our facilities team. This role requires the ability to climb ladders, lift and carry up to 40lbs, and the ability to perform rigorous tasks for extended periods of time. Some evenings and weekends required as you will provide onsite support during a wide variety of shows. Annual salary of $40k plus benefits. Willing to train a highly motivated candidate. For detailed job description & more information, visit: Please submit application materials to:

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EXCITING POSITIONS AVAILABLE Champlain Housing Trust has several exciting positions available as it prepares to manage a community that will provide shelter to individuals who have experienced chronic homelessness. All positions require a high level of empathy, tolerance, a positive attitude, excellent customer service and conflict de-escalation skills and a strong commitment to the housing first model. Evening and weekend hours are required in all roles.

SITE MANAGER: This individual will be responsible for leading the day-to-day operations of the site including supervision and cultivation of a high performing team, scheduling, managing relationships with vendors and partners, and creative problem-solving. Supervisory experience is required, experience working in social services, housing programs, business management or a related field is strongly preferred. ASSISTANT SITE MANAGER (2): These

individuals will carry out a wide variety of duties supporting day-to-day operations, working closely with the Site Manager and Front Desk Associates to promote a positive experience for guests and staff. Experience working in social services, housing programs, retail, hospitality or a related field is strongly preferred. Supervisory experience is a strong plus.

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The Flynn Center is committed to hiring a breadth of professionals, and therefore will interview a qualified group of diverse candidates; we particularly encourage applications from women and people of color.


Hiring traffic control flaggers for a busy season.

Start at $18/hr and earn up to $22/hr within the first 3 months, with a $1,000 sign on bonus and other benefits. Growth potential and weekly pay periods with a great team environment. No experience necessary, we provide all staff with training and certification.

FRONT DESK ASSOCIATE (4): These individuals will welcome guests and promote a positive guest experience, providing professional, high quality service. Experience in social services, hospitality, retail or a related field is a strong plus. For additional details regarding these positions or to apply, please visit our career page: Equal Opportunity Employer - CHT is committed to a diverse workplace and highly encourages women, persons with disabilities, Section 3 low income residents, and people from diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds to apply.


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Development Manager Green Mountain Farm to School is recruiting for a Development Manager to lead fundraising initiatives and conduct supporting communication activities. Using measurable goals and outcomes, the Development Manager will work closely with the Executive Director to implement an effective, multi-year fundraising strategy, cultivate and expand our donor base, manage grant applications and reporting, as well as collaborate with other team members on appropriate and timely communications and outreach materials. We are seeking a community-minded skilled fundraiser with strong organizational & interpersonal skills to keep the momentum going! Full-time, salary range $51,5000 - $61,500+ commensurate with experience & comprehensive benefits package. Part-time considered on a prorated basis. Visit for full job description. EOE

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

MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN performs general maintenance work in BHA owned and managed properties, including building exteriors, common areas, apartments, building systems, fixtures, and grounds. Our Maintenance Techs are required to participate in the on-call rotation, which covers night and weekend emergencies.


as first point of contact for our customers in the Property Management office. This role answers the telephone and greets applicants and the general public at the main office, collects rent payments, provides administrative support to the Leasing and Eligibility Specialist, the Property Managers, and the Director of Property Management.

RAPID REHOUSING SPECIALIST provides assistance to community members

Nursing Coordinator Want your evenings, weekends, and holidays free? Adult day center committed to helping frail adults stay at home is seeking a 40 hour/ week Licensed Practical Nurse, with relevant experience. Oversee health monitoring services which promote health and wellness Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Tasks include administering medications, blood glucose monitoring, taking vital signs, treatments, wound care, documenting care provided and coordinating care with other health care providers and caregivers. Develop & implement plans of care. Supervise Nursing Assistants. Provide emergency first aid as needed. Good clinical, communication & organizational skills crucial. To apply, send resume and cover letter to CarePartners Adult Day Center at 640 Franklin Park West, St. Albans or download an application at E.O.E.


BOOKKEEPER Long standing family-owned real estate rental business in downtown Montpelier is seeking a detail oriented, data entry person to assist with QuickBooks, general office bookkeeping, payroll, and account receivables. The ideal candidate values accuracy and timeliness, and has software proficiency in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and QuickBooks.

who are without housing and have barriers to locating and securing housing in the community. This grant funded position works closely with our Rental Assistance department and Chittenden County Coordinated Entry and is a part of a skilled team that focuses on assessment, intervention, and service coordination of at-risk households.

Job Description: Part-time, flexible schedule, with the possibility of growth into a full-time position for a candidate who enjoys being valued for their attention to detail in a small office environment. The data entry specialist will work closely with the organization’s management to provide up to date financial details.

RECEPTIONIST manages the main office lobby and answers phones while providing great customer service, processes office mailings, and provides administrative support.

Pay: $18.00 - $23.00 per hour based on experience &proficiency. Send resumes to:

SENIOR STAFF ACCOUNTANT manages the accounting operations of the Authority. The responsibilities for this position include preparing timely and accurate accounting records and financial reports; managing operating budgets; and maintaining a comprehensive and effective system of internal controls. ***To learn more about these career opportunities, please visit: BHA serves a diverse population of tenants and partners with a variety of community agencies. To most effectively carry out our vision of delivering safe and affordable housing to all, we are committed to cultivating a staff that reflects varied lived experiences, viewpoints, and educational histories. Therefore, we strongly encourage candidates from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ+ individuals, and women to apply. Multilingualism is a plus! BHA offers a competitive salary, commensurate with qualifications and experience. We offer a premium benefit package at a low cost to employees. Benefits include medical insurance with a health reimbursement account, dental, vision, short and long term disability, 10% employer funded retirement plan, 457 retirement plan, accident insurance, life insurance, cancer and critical illness insurance and access to reduced cost continuing education. We also offer a generous time off policy including paid time off, sick, and 13 paid holidays. And sign on bonus of up to $2,000. If interested in these career opportunities, please submit your resume and cover letter to: Burlington Housing Authority is an E.O.E.

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HOME PROVIDERS NEEDED Community Developmental Services seeks singles, couples and families from Washington County area to open their home to an individual. •22-year-old man seeking home without young children. He uses augmented communication and enjoys being outside and would enjoy a farm setting with animals. The bedroom should be on the same floor as providers. Call Tracy - 802-636-7379. • 25-year-old female looking for a room or in-law apartment in the Burlington area. She would prefer to live in a home without children but pets are ok. She would like to live with someone open minded, possibly artistic and active in the local community. She would like to find social groups and activities to participate in to become familiar with her new community. She enjoys many forms of art, tattoos and painting specifically. Call Chelsey – 802-505-0281. • 28 year old man seeks home without young children. He loves computers, animation, planes, trains, and cars. Call Katie – 802-904-3414.


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Ten Thousand Villages Burlington (Church St), a nonprofit retailer, is hiring temporary, part-time Sales Associates (10-19 hours per week)! This position connects artisan partner stories and handmade products with the customer while maintaining excellent customer service. If you want to contribute to a vibrant work environment with a global impact, apply today!

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Embark on a journey of possibilities and improve the future for Vermont youth. VT Youth Development Corps (VYDC) places full and part-time AmeriCorps members at youth-focused organizations across Vermont to foster positive youth development and build resilience. Use your ingenuity and skills to make a lasting impact in the lives of youth in Central Vermont. At the Basement Teen Center in Montpelier, the AmeriCorps member creates a safe drop-in space for all youth ages 12-18 who are seeking a place to connect with peers and participate in activities which promote a healthy and active lifestyle.

• 30-year-old outgoing female seeks home that likes to be busy. Non-smoking, without children/teens or pets. Single woman preferred but couples with good boundaries. Call Sherri – 802- 636-7041.

At Maplehill School and Farm in Plainfield, the AmeriCorps members develop educational, community service, and farm-based opportunities for youth whose lives have been impacted by trauma and/or disabilities.

• 55 -year- old man seeking patient and active home provider, without young children or cats. He works for WCMHS as a peer mentor, he enjoys walks, hiking, swimming and snowshoeing. He uses Facilitated Communication (FC) and would like an individual who is open to training and learning the processes and best practices of FC so that he is able to communicate in his home setting. Call Leigh – 802-505-1889.

At the Twinfield Together Mentoring Project in Plainfield, the AmeriCorps member nurtures strong relationships and meaningful connections through mentoring, youth leadership, and a 7th-12th grade afterschool program, while valuing student voice and leadership.

• 54-year old man, seeks home in the Barre area. He is very active, loves fishing, biking, shopping, doing odd jobs, and watching TV. He prefers home without children or dogs. Call Brittany – 802-798-9115. • 64 year old woman seek quiet home, with first floor bed and bath, without children. She enjoys old country music, soap operas, car rides, visiting her family. Call Jayne – 479-1477. TRAINING, CLINICAL SUPPORT, TAX FREE STIPEND, AND RESPITE PROVIDED. * NOTE, MUST RESIDE IN WASHINGTON COUNTY OR THE TOWNS OF ORANGE, WILLIAMSTOWN OR WASHINGTON. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SHARED LIVING OPPORTUNITIES PLEASE CONTACT COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES • 802-479-2502 Ext 3416. For more details go to:

VYDC AmeriCorps members’ service benefits include: approx. $12.85/hr. (living allowance); a $6,495 education award; employee assistance plan; health care coverage, school loan forbearance, and child care assistance (if eligible); and professional development, training, networking, and experience in youth-related fields. For more information, visit: Phone: 802-229-9151. Email: Interested applicants can apply directly at my.americorps. gov/mp/listing/ In State box, choose Vermont. In Program box, type VYDC. Click Search. All VYDC positions will appear. Apply by October 10, 2022. VYDC is a program of the Washington County Youth Service Bureau. E.O.E. Background check required.


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VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEP. 22)

“Love your mistakes and foibles,” Virgo astrologer William Sebrans advises his fellow Virgos. “They aren’t going away. And it’s your calling in life — some would say a superpower — to home in on them and finesse them. Why? Because you may be able to fix them or at least improve them with panache — for your benefit and the welfare of those you love.” While this counsel is always relevant for you, dear Virgo, it will be especially so in the coming weeks.

ARIES (Mar. 21-Apr. 19): Even when your courage has a touch of foolhardiness, even when your quest for adventure makes you a bit reckless, you can be resourceful enough to avoid dicey consequences. Maybe more than any other sign of the zodiac, you periodically outfox karma. But in the coming weeks, I will nevertheless counsel you not to barge into situations where rash boldness might lead to wrong moves. Please do not flirt with escapades that could turn into chancy gambles. At least for the foreseeable future, I hope you will be prudent and cagey in your quest for interesting and educational fun.

TAURUS (Apr. 20-May 20): In 1946, medical professionals in the UK established the Common Cold Unit. Its goal was to discover practical treatments for the familiar viral infection known as the cold. Over the next 43 years, until it was shut down, the agency produced just one useful innovation: zinc gluconate lozenges. This treatment reduces the severity and length of a cold if taken within 24 hours of onset. So the results of all that research were modest, but they were also much better than nothing. During the coming weeks, you may experience comparable phenomena, Taurus: less spectacular outcomes than you might wish, but still very worthwhile.

than 1,900 newspapers. But, like all of us, he has had failures, too. In one of his books, Larson describes the most disappointing event in his life. He was eating a meal in the same dining area as a famous cartoonist he admired, Charles Addams, creator of “The Addams Family.” Larson felt a strong urge to go over and introduce himself to Addams. But he was too shy and tongue-tied to do so. Don’t be like Larson in the coming weeks, dear Leo. Reach out and connect with receptive people you’d love to communicate with. Make the first move in contacting someone who could be important to you in the future. Be bold in seeking new links and affiliations. Always be respectful, of course.

GEMINI (May 21-Jun. 20): Here’s a scenario

LIBRA (Sep. 23-Oct. 22): Tips for making the most of the next three weeks: 1) Be proud as you teeter charismatically on the fence. Relish the power that comes from being in between. 2) Act as vividly congenial and staunchly beautiful as you dare. 3) Experiment with making artful arrangements of pretty much everything you are part of. 4) Flatter others sincerely. Use praise as one of your secret powers. 5) Cultivate an open-minded skepticism that blends discernment and curiosity. 6) Plot and scheme in behalf of harmony, but never kiss ass.

that could be both an invigorating metaphor and a literal event. Put on Rollerblades. Get out onto a long, flat surface. Build up a comfortable speed. Fill your lungs with the elixir of life. Praise the sun and the wind. Sing your favorite songs. Swing your arms all the way forward and all the way back. Forward: power. Backward: power. Glide and coast and flow with sheer joy. Cruise along with confidence in the instinctive skill of your beautiful body. Evaporate thoughts. Free yourself of every concern and every idea. Keep rambling until you feel spacious and vast.

CANCER (Jun. 21-Jul. 22): I’m getting a

psychic vision of you cuddled up in your warm bed, surrounded by stuffed animals and wrapped in soft, thick blankets with images of bunnies and dolphins on them. Your headphones are on, and the songs pouring into your cozy awareness are silky smooth tonics that rouse sweet memories of all the times you felt most wanted and most at home in the world. I think I see a cup of hot chocolate on your bedstand, too, and your favorite dessert. Got all that, fellow Cancerian? In the coming days and nights, I suggest you enjoy an abundance of experiences akin to what I’ve described here.

LEO (Jul. 23-Aug. 22): For 15 years, Leo cartoonist Gary Larson created “The Far Side,” a hilarious comic strip featuring intelligent talking animals. It was syndicated in more

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Poet Mary Oliver wrote, “There is within each of us a self that is neither a child, nor a servant of the hours. It is a third self, occasional in some of us, tyrant in others. This self is out of love with the ordinary; it is out of love with time. It has a hunger for eternity.” During the coming weeks, Scorpio, I will be cheering for the ascendancy of that self in you. More than usual, you need to commune with fantastic truths and transcendent joys. To be in maximum alignment with the good fortune that life has prepared for you, you must give your loving attention to the highest and noblest visions of your personal destiny that you can imagine. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Tips

to get the most out of the next three weeks: 1) Use your imagination to make everything seem fascinating and wonderful. 2) When

you give advice to others, be sure to listen to it yourself. 3) Move away from having a rigid conception of yourself and move toward having a fluid fantasy about yourself. 4) Be the first to laugh at and correct your own mistakes. (It’ll give you the credibility to make even better mistakes in the future.) 5) Inspire other people to love being themselves and not want to be like you.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Capricorn poet William Stafford wrote, “Saying things you do not have to say weakens your talk. Hearing things you do not need to hear dulls your hearing.” Those ideas are always true, of course, but I think it’s especially crucial that you heed them in the coming weeks. In my oracular opinion, you need to build your personal power right now. An important way to do that is by being discriminating about what you take in and put out. For best results, speak your truths as often and as clearly as possible. And do all you can to avoid exposing yourself to trivial and delusional “truths” that are really just opinions or misinformation. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You are

an extra-authentic Aquarius if people say that you get yourself into the weirdest, most interesting trouble they’ve ever seen. You are an ultra-genuine Aquarius if people follow the twists and pivots of your life as they would a soap opera. And I suspect you will fulfill these potentials to the max in the coming weeks. The upcoming chapter of your life story might be as entertaining as any you have had in years. Luckily, imminent events are also likely to bring you soulful lessons that make you wiser and wilder. I’m excited to see what happens!

PISCES (Feb. 19-Mar. 20): In a poem to a lover, Pablo Neruda wrote, “At night I dream that you and I are two plants that grew together, roots entwined.” I suspect you Pisceans could have similar deepening and interweaving experiences sometime soon — not only with a lover but with any treasured person or animal you long to be even closer to than you already are. Now is a time to seek more robust and resilient intimacy.


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GIRL AT THE THRIFT SHOP We chatted and shared a few laughs. You are the cute brunette with the Tigger shirt. I’m the man who’s gray around the edges and told you a joke. Thought maybe we had a moment. Would you like to grab a coffee and chat? When: Saturday, September 17, 2022. Where: Replays. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915632 ON CAMEL’S HUMP SUMMIT We talked about the trails on the mountain and about your work as a traveling nurse — up here until December. Afterward, I was sorry we weren’t going down the same way. If you’d like to get together for a hike or a coffee, that would be cool. When: Saturday, September 17, 2022. Where: the summit of Camel’s Hump. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915631 BRUNETTE BEAUTY, RDH I spied you over some apple crisp and a stack of Breton crackers while you sat at the bar. Your eyes locked with mine more than once in a playful manner, but you may have been reacting to my flatulence. Care to meet up again at the same place? I’ll bring some Bean-o. When: Wednesday, September 14, 2022. Where: Winooski. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915630 TRASH TALKINGS Saw you dropping off my trash and recycling at CSWD. You were in scrubs. I was questioning my parking abilities. Your smile made my day, and your encouragement for better parking days ahead felt right. Coffee? Talk trash? When: Wednesday, September 14, 2022. Where: CSWD drop-off center. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915629 SANDBAR Chatting with you. Should have gotten your number. I think we should chat. When: Saturday, September 10, 2022. Where: Sandbar. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915625

PUPPY PLAYDATE? We met at Petco, and you showed me a picture of your dog, Riley, while making her a new tag. Does she want to meet for a puppy playdate? Let us know! When: Monday, September 12, 2022. Where: Petco. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915628 CUTIE WITH A DEAD PHONE I was sitting on my porch. You were walking by and asked to borrow a phone charger. I think you could tell I was into you. You said you hoped to see me again. Maybe responding to my iSpy is easier than catching me on the porch. When: Monday, September 12, 2022. Where: down the hill from UVM. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915627 IF TWO BY SEA You were spending a lovely day at the beach, as was I. If I had it to do over again, I wouldn’t have changed a thing but maybe would have tried to have been more engaging with you. Just was respecting your and your friend’s space. Perhaps another time, another place. When: Sunday, September 11, 2022. Where: Lake Caspian, Greensboro. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915626 HEY CULLIGAN WOMAN! To the brunette woman who drives for Culligan (I can’t remember your name): I just wanted to say I think you are totally sexy! Would love to get to know you sometime when you aren’t lugging jugs of water! When: Thursday, August 25, 2022. Where: carrying lots of water. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915622 SANG ALONG TO DAVID GRAY I sang “Babylon,” and your entire table sang along to “The Freshmen” by the Verve Pipe during my gig in Jeffersonville. I loved your enthusiasm and your silvery hair. Care to meet up for a drink? When: Thursday, September 8, 2022. Where: the Village Tavern. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915621

LOVE OF MY LIFE To the love of my life: I see you in my dreams. I see you during my waking moments. I’ve watched you grow into the most beautiful woman, mother and best friend I could ever ask for. I look forward to the many more years to come. Your Papa Bear. When: Friday, September 9, 2022. Where: dreamland. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915624 I’M SO PROUD OF YOU! You: a trans woman who stopped in at my place of work to discuss a mutual project. Me: cis woman. I see you. I saw how comfortable you seemed in your own skin. I don’t know you or know your path, but I’m so proud of you for being you and being true to yourself. Keep on being you! When: Wednesday, September 7, 2022. Where: around town. You: Trans woman. Me: Woman. #915623 SHELBURNE FARMS I really hate to resort to this because it never works, and, quite honestly, if someone iSpied me, I would probably freak out. You had long, curly blond hair, were wearing black shorts/black top, and were taking a picture of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks. I walked by and said hello, and we ended up walking the same way. When: Wednesday, September 7, 2022. Where: Shelburne Farms. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915620 BIKES PASSING IN THE MORNING We were at the bottom of the Intervale hill around 7 a.m.; you were coming down while I was starting up. We smiled, and I said “Mornin’” as you zoomed past. When: Monday, September 5, 2022. Where: Intervale Rd. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915619 GROCERY AISLE CROSSINGS Labor Day afternoon. You: in a green hoodie. Me: in a raincoat and mask. We kept crossing paths in the aisles. At the checkout line, you said it was the last time we’d do that — I hope not. Next time, let’s just go shopping together! When: Monday, September 5, 2022. Where: Montpelier Shaw’s. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915618 SELF-CHECKOUT, SHAW’S, COLCHESTER You: attractive brunette with great tan in the self-checkout line. Would love to know where you get such a great tan! When: Sunday, August 21, 2022. Where: Shaw’s, Colchester. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915608

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FAMOUS FEET You were leaving the store with your motorcycle helmet in tow and said something about forgetting something. I was wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses and managed a sheepish smile. Safe travels, and if you read this and want to connect, please drop me a line. When: Sunday, August 28, 2022. Where: outside Famous Footwear. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915615 NORTH END LAUNDROMAT, FRIDAY THUNDERSTORM Big boom. Pretty woman said the lightening was 2.3 miles away; I suggested 1,000 feet. Not a fair day for you: farmer, chef and writer. I’d like to meet again, if only to buy some veggies. HMU. When: Friday, August 26, 2022. Where: North End Laundromat. You: Man. Me: Man. #915613 OTTER CREEK BAKERY, 24TH, LOVELY DRESS You: lithe, short-haired blonde, pretty cream-and-black dress, black heels. Me: tall, glasses, ball cap, tomato-colored shirt, jeans. My comment on your pretty dress and how nice to see someone dressed up in Middlebury was answered with a big “Thank you” and lovely smile. I had to rush off. Care to have another coffee or perhaps lunch together? When: Wednesday, August 24, 2022. Where: Otter Creek Bakery, Middlebury. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915612

SELF-CHECKOUT, SHAW’S, COLCHESTER You: attractive brunette with great tan wearing shorts and sandals on Sunday, noontime. We were standing next to each other. Would love to know where you go to get such a great tan. When: Sunday, August 21, 2022. Where: Shaw’s, Colchester. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915610 CIDERSTOCK You were wearing a bright yellow WeeBee Oil & Lube shirt (A+ fashion choice), and I was the blonde. We hit it off! I’m posting here because I’m pretty sure I accidentally deleted a digit in your phone number while saving it, so if you read this and actually did want me to have your number, sorry and please let me know! When: Saturday, August 20, 2022. Where: Woodchuck Ciderstock. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915609 WOMAN AT WATERVILLE MARKET We met outside the Waterville market on the 109. We chatted about your dogs, young Daisy and her Rottweiler mom — both present in the car. You work long weeks in caregiving. Me: Chris. Gray beard, cap, dark T-shirt. You seemed very sweet and so lovely! Drop me a line here if you’d like to get in touch. When: Saturday, August 6, 2022. Where: Waterville market. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915603

TINY THAI CAT DAD You had a super-cute kitty in the car while you were waiting for your to-go order outside. I should have told you about how I just started bringing my cat out to the park and how we should have a little cat play date. If you see this and are single, I’d love to do that. When: Thursday, August 18, 2022. Where: Tiny Thai. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915611

REDHEAD, HUNGER MOUNTAIN HIKER Met you on top of Hunger Mountain. You were with two friends. Did we almost make a connection, except for me not getting it? If so, let’s do a hike together and get to know each other. When: Wednesday, August 3, 2022. Where: Hunger Mountain. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915598

DAYSIES, SPARKLY RAVEN-HAIRED BEAUTY You: tall, pretty woman with glasses, beautiful long, curly black hair, fetching sparkly black pants/vest outfit. Me: tall man, salt/pepper hair, pink blazer and tie, kept noticing you as we walked around the Daysies party. I wanted to say hi, didn’t find the opportunity among the gaggle of revelers. Would you care to share a hello some other time soon? When: Friday, August 5, 2022. Where: Daysies party, ECHO Center. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915602

ESSEX DISCOUNT BEVERAGE About 12:30. We talked about the sandwiches and the stuff on the counter. You like the turkey bacon, and I like the BLT but was going with the ham. If you’re single, I would enjoy talking to you again. Hope your lunch was great. And hope to talk to you again. Gerry. When: Wednesday, July 27, 2022. Where: Essex Discount Beverage. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915595


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Dear Reverend,

My father passed away in January. My mother has already gotten involved in a relationship with a man who was good friends with both of my parents. My siblings and I think it’s too soon and she hasn’t taken enough time to grieve our dad. How do we approach the subject with her?

Miss Ingdad (FEMALE, 39)

Popular belief says a person who has lost a spouse should wait at least a year before starting to date again. But popular belief doesn’t always translate well to real life. Everyone grieves differently, and there’s no right or wrong way to do it. There is also no timeline that one must adhere to. I don’t know how your father died, but if he was ill for a while, perhaps your mom started grieving his loss even before he passed. I know it must be strange to see your mother with a new person, but the most important thing is that she is happy. I’m sure she still loves and misses your dad, but life keeps moving and she’s found a way to roll

with it. Your father wouldn’t want her to be sad forever, so you and your siblings shouldn’t, either. The man she’s seeing was already a friend, so they had a good head start on the relationship. Your father liked him, too, so if you trusted his judgment, rest assured that the new guy isn’t a jerk. It’s fine to talk to your mother about what’s happening, but try not to let your feelings override the conversation. Keep in mind that finding love once in a lifetime is magical. Finding it a second time, especially later in life, is close to a miracle, and it should be celebrated. Good luck and God bless,

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