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A woman who was left battered and unconscious after a Valentine’s Day beating and rape in Burlington 25 years ago issued a statement last Friday in anticipation of her attacker’s release from prison. “I have watched, read, ruminated, and prayed over this release. It has been a years’ long process,” Kami Calevro wrote in the statement, released to the news media through an attorney. “Initially I wanted to hide from it. But this is a part of my life and running from it at the conclusion is not how I would have it end. “In coming full circle with a statement as myself, as Kami Calevro, I wish to send these words: Let us assure our girls and women that there is no shame in rape, let them know that there is a full life after violent crime, and let us remind everyone that no matter the outcome, we all must come together for the greater good of society.” Calevro’s assailant, Craig Yandow, is to be released from the Southern State Correctional Facility on Wednesday, October 13, after completing his sentence. Vermont’s Department of Corrections has labeled him at moderate to high risk to commit another sexual offense, in part because he would not participate in sex offender treatment while behind bars. Yandow will live in Essex. The town police department, along with the Essex Community Justice Center, hosted a virtual meeting last Friday evening to answer questions about his release. About 50 people attended. Calevro was 23 on the freezing-cold night in 1996 when

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Yandow chose her at random and attacked her as she walked along North Champlain Street. A barking dog alerted its owner, who found Calevro bloodied, unconscious and partially nude. “The fact that he left me — he could have walked away with murder,” Calevro told Seven Days for a cover story in 1997. “That is even more important than the fact that he raped me. Obviously that’s a biggie, too, but this person had no regard for human life — for my life.” Yandow was arrested and charged in May 1996 after DNA and other evidence linked him to the crime. The case drew national attention because his parents spent 41 days in jail for refusing to testify about their son, who had allegedly confessed to them. “I am grateful for the 25 years served, yet disappointed that these years were spent untreated,” Calevro wrote, without naming Yandow. “It would benefit all involved if he were to accept the assistance offered by the Restorative Justice Center. My hope is that he successfully reintegrate into society and for the community to stay safe from anything like this ever happening again.” Read Sasha Goldstein’s complete story at Craig Yandow




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1. “Burlington-SoBu Volleyball Game Called Off After Racial Harassment From Stands” by Alison Novak. Officials stopped play because a spectator hurled racial and transphobic slurs. 2. “St. Albans Family Frustrated After School Investigation Into Racist Meme Sputters” by Alison Novak. A 17-year-old Black student received a racist meme at school via an iPhone AirDrop. 3. “Kimberly Quinn Overcame a Dark and Turbulent Past to Become Champlain College’s Wizard of Wellness” by Ken Picard. Our cover story details Quinn’s effort to teach everyone on campus how to be more mindful, grounded, playful and adept at managing their emotions. 4. “Small Boat Exchange Is Sold to Its Two Employees” by Anne Wallace Allen. The Shelburne business has helped thousands of people get out on the water. 5. “Woman Speaks Out Ahead of Her Rapist’s Release From Prison” by Sasha Goldstein. Kami Calevro made a public statement about the release of her assailant, Craig Yandow. Seven Days wrote about the Valentine’s Day rape in a 1997 story.

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FRIDAY NIGHT SIGHTS Burlington High School’s homecoming football game this year will feature plenty of queens — drag queens, that is. The school, which partners with South Burlington and Winooski High to field the Seawolves football team, will host a drag ball at halftime on Friday, October 15, during a contest against St. Johnsbury Academy. Put on by the school’s Gender-Sexuality Alliance club, the event will feature some 30 students and staff from the Burlington and SoBu high schools strutting their stuff on a catwalk before performing a lip sync of “Rainbow Reign” by Todrick Hall. “I think it’s hard for boys to express an effeminate side of themselves, and often that might

be the side they love the most,” said Andrew LeValley, a Burlington English teacher and faculty adviser to the club. “So this is a moment for them to literally put that on for the world to see, and take a few minutes and walk down a runway and be proud.” LeValley said he and a friend came up with the idea, then brought it to club members, BHS principal Lauren McBride and Burlington athletic director Quaron Pinckney, all of whom were “on board excitedly.” Putting on a drag show at a football game, long considered a tough-guy sport, is part of the point, LeValley said. A National Football League player on the Las Vegas Raiders recently came out as gay, and there are surely more in the league, he noted. Why can’t football also have a softer side?

“We have to assume that there are LGBTQ folks everywhere, which include[s] really masculine spaces,” LeValley said. “Why does this space have to be one way or the other? It can be both, and there’s beauty and benefits in having it be both.” Judging from a recent spate of bad behavior at Vermont high school sporting events, LeValley acknowledged that some “haters” could show up and make a stink. “I know our students, and I know our staff, and I know our community, and I think there’s going to be an overwhelming amount of support for this,” he said. “And I think we are going to rely on those people, who are the majority, to shut down the few bad apples.” SASHA GOLDSTEIN SEVEN DAYS OCTOBER 13-20, 2021




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I’d like to reassure Seven Days readers that no one “yelled fire” or went “off the rails” in reporting on Stephen Bates, Black sheriff of Vergennes [“Chief Example,” September 29; Feedback: “Don’t Yell ‘Fire,’” October 6]. Responsible reporters and historians do not embellish facts or jump idly to conclusions. Newspaper articles are not footnoted the way scholarly ones are, so the reference for the possibility of arson in the burning of the Bates family home was not included in the Seven Days piece. The source document is the July 2, 1880, Vergennes Enterprise & Vermonter report on the blaze. It said, “Some think the fire the work of an incendiary, either to draw Mr. B. from the bank [where he was night watchman] and leave it exposed to burglars, or in revenge for the faithful discharge of his duties as city sheriff.” Sheriff Bates clearly had the admiration and respect of most Vergennes residents, but perhaps not previously convicted or would-be criminals! To be clear, no one “slurred” the voters of Vergennes. In fact, my comments at the recent historic marker ceremony included the following: “Stephen Bates was a remarkable man, and so were the citizens of Vergennes. Together, they did something entirely out of step with their times.” I hope everyone has a chance to stop by and see — and be inspired by — the marker in Vergennes. Jane Williamson


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I pick up Seven Days weekly in Rutland. Although residing almost two hours from Burlington, I rely on the paper to keep me informed about the plethora of Burlington cultural events.


Last week’s news story headlined “Tip of the Cap?” inaccurately described one of City Councilor Ali Dieng (I-Ward 7)’s votes on the proposed number of police officers in Burlington. He voted against limiting the force size in June 2020 but has since voted twice to maintain a 74-officer cap.



where we see disproportionate impacts. Equally apparent is the fact that lax gun laws across the country have given the U.S. one of the highest rates of gun violence in the world. The Vermont chapter of Moms Demand Action is committed to saving lives by promoting gun safety across the state of Vermont; supporting evidence-backed, commonsense gun safety measures; and partnering with those who help to support our mission. Gun ownership and gun safety aren’t incompatible — they go hand in hand. The labor union members I know support efforts to make our communities safer from gun violence. They support commonsense policies that respect the rights of Vermonters while also keeping guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them, such as domestic abusers and others with violent histories. Patricia Byrd

I was heartened to read your feature on jazz saxophonist Marty Fogel [“Playing It From the Heart,” September 29], and I’ve appreciated the fact that jazz icon and University of Vermont professor Ray Vega has been on the Vermont jazz scene for many years now. A fellow New Jersey transplant like Marty, I had come to recognize Marty’s talented contributions to the New York metropolitan jazz scene over the decades. I’m happy he is a present fixture on the Burlington jazz scene. Thanks, Seven Days, for the meticulous article. Russ Layne



Vermont likes to brag up its “quaints,” and how Montpelier leaders are saints, but when asked to confess of their EB-5 mess, candid and transparent they ain’t. Cindy Hill


worthlessness of official COVID-19 narrative dissent. I, too, grew up thinking the “news” gave us the “truth.” Then my thirties and forties happened. I began to curate my own sense of the truth based on my own reading, listening, and personal experience with powerful and trusted institutions. My own sense of the World We Live In is not reflected in almost any media. So I do not assume shared “facts” with my neighbors, especially about big, fuzzy topics like “medicine” and “politics.” We have to analyze, as best we can, who is telling us “facts” and why. It is important information that Bill Gates and Kaiser Permanente sponsor NPR. I share more or less the same beliefs about COVID-19 as Chelsea Green publisher Margo Baldwin and author Dr. Joseph Mercola, as well as some of Baldwin’s nonmedical beliefs mentioned in passing to help establish her credentials as an Unserious Person. I wish both were given more space to lay out their cases — or, heaven forbid, to debate a representative of the official COVID-19 narrative. Neil Berger


A few weeks ago, we saw a photo of a girl “flipping off” parents protesting mandatory masking at Champlain Valley Union High School [Off Message: “CVU Student Goes Viral After Flipping Off Anti-Mask Protesters,” September 6]. A lot of readers shared the student’s apparent frustration with those who simply cannot accept facts and therefore endanger lives. It seemed to go without saying that cogent engagement was impossible with people so obviously and egregiously wrong. Chelsea Edgar’s “Best-Selling Bunk” cover story [September 22] showed equal certainty about the



Recently, Vermont’s AFL-CIO adopted a resolution in support of gun rights as a means of defense for the union and vulnerable communities from violent extremists and to uphold democracy [Off Message: “Labor Orgs Spar Over Vermont AFL-CIO Gun Rights Resolution,” September 24]. Ample evidence demonstrates that gun violence is a public health crisis that must be addressed at all levels, especially in communities of color,



COVID-19 vaccination rates in Vermont have been a key point in the state’s virus prevention pathway, which, compared to other states and globally, has been very effective. In [Off Message: “Vermont’s COVID-19 Outlook Is Uncertain, Top Official Says,” September 17], you note that Vermont’s ability to resist against the Delta variant surges was due to nearly 78 percent of Vermonters receiving at least their first vaccine dose. Though vaccines and boosters are widely available here, lack of accessibility to the COVID-19 vaccine around the world hinders health outcomes for all ages. I urge readers — in particular, Vermont’s U.S. senators, Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders, and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch — to support the NOVID Act. NOVID supports global vaccine funding and distribution to improve access to the COVID-19 vaccine for low- and middleincome countries. $25 billion would be allocated to purchase these vaccines, and FEEDBACK

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The retirements of Tom Messner and Sharon Meyer forecast the end of an era in Vermont media B Y D A N BOL L ES, PA GE 28


From the Publisher How Long?

To improve medical wait times, Vermont first has to decide how to measure them

Testing Their Mettle

School administrators say they can’t manage the state’s new COVID-19 testing proposal

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Shelburne Farms awarded $500,000 to continue restoring historic Breeding Barn

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Cartoon Collaboration

Vermont’s migrant farmworkers tell their stories in a new compilation

The Art of Transformation “The Fleming Reimagined” reflects the UVM museum’s ongoing reckonings

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Creature Crawl Ghouls, goblins and grim reapers of all ages gather at Burlington’s Rock Point School for the annual Ooky Spooky 5K Race to Benefit COTS. Costumes are encouraged, especially for anyone angling for the Best Costume Prize, and all funds raised benefit the Committee on Temporary Shelter and its advocacy for long-term solutions to homelessness. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 66


You Can Jive For those who have never attended a silent disco, here’s how it goes: You don a pair of wireless headphones, DJ Sean beams his beats straight into your ears, and worries of noise complaints become a distant memory. Lebanon Opera House’s Silent Disco With LIVEMIXKINGS takes place in Colburn Park for a late-night dance party under the stars.


QUEEN OF ARTS Drag queen, artist and activist Untitled Queen presents a Drag Show in conjunction with “Untitled (Reading Rainbow),” her new exhibition at White River Junction’s Kishka Gallery & Library. Jess Ramsay and Vermont drag artist Rhedd Rhumm also perform music and spoken word during the weekend of events. The immersive installation explores queerification and decolonization through works in paper, sculpture and textile.



Earth Day At Greensboro’s Highland Center for the Arts, Artists Uniting for Wildlife brings together beloved musicians to raise funds for the Vermont Wildlife Coalition and various Lake Champlain conservation groups. On the docket are troubadour Dave Mallett, roots rockers the Mallett Brothers Band and Americana mainstay Tish Hinojosa.




Saving the World As part of its 2021 fall conference This Mazéd World: The Humanities and Climate Change, Vermont Humanities presents an energizing evening with Bill McKibben. In his virtual talk, the founder and author of the seminal book The End of Nature illuminates how the arts are just as crucial as the sciences in the fight against the climate crisis. TL NF SE ITZ FR OF SY RTE COU




Trans Literation Torrey Peters visits the Vermont Studio Center’s virtual stage for a special reading and conversation with journalist and VSC alum Naomi Gordon-Loebl. This year, Peters’ debut novel, Detransition, Baby, became the first book by an openly transgender woman to be long-listed for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 67

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In this issue, you’ll find another two full pages of letters to the editor about our “Wildlife Wars” cover story from two weeks ago. To put it mildly, animal advocates who oppose certain hunting practices — such as trapping and using hounds to track game — do not see eye to eye with the people who have been happily “harvesting” Vermont fauna that way for generations. Read the missives carefully, and you’ll notice another key player in this heated debate: Facebook. In their letters, a number of sportsmen describe the experience of posting pictures of their prey on the social media platform — and the threats that have ensued. Ted Sheloski of Ira, for example, killed a coyote with a bow and arrow on his own land. “Being proud to take out a predator, I posted it on Facebook,” he wrote. “That’s when the trouble began.” He said he received hateful messages from people he didn’t know, who wrote things like: “You should be shot with a bow” or “I’ll show you how it feels.” Weird as it is for an alleged woodsman to publicize his kills on social media, it’s no less unsettling that he was targeted and vilified by a virtual mob. There’s no shortage of disagreement in the world these days — between hunters and animal advocates, public health officials and vaccine skeptics, Republicans and Democrats, pro-choice and anti-abortion activists — and the rhetoric on all sides seems to be escalating. Last week a lone voice on Capitol Hill revealed one possible reason: Facebook makes money by making you mad. Data scientist Frances Haugen went before a U.S. Senate subcommittee to warn the country that the algorithms designed by her former employer were “dangerous.” In plain language, and with reams of supporting documentation, Haugen explained how Facebook’s machine-learning algorithms study the preferences of each individual user in order to select and deliver content customized to keep that person’s attention. Unfortunately, the most compelling material is often the most divisive. That “engagement-based ranking,” as she called it, “is pulling families apart. And in places like Ethiopia, it is literally fanning ethnic violence.” In her opening statement to lawmakers, Haugen said, “I’m here today because I believe Facebook’s products harm children, stoke division, and weaken our democracy.” She left out that they also destroy local media. But I guess that’s old news. Those of us who have lost ad dollars to Facebook won’t shed a tear if it gets broken up, regulated or further exposed. In March I got an email from a local business owner who used Facebook exclusively to advertise his retail store. He had been locked out of his account, which needed updating, and couldn’t get in touch with the company to report the problem. He had tried everything, he told me, and could not reach a human being. Ironically, he was asking me for help. I couldn’t resist pointing out: If he were advertising with Seven Days or any other Vermont media company, he’d surely get immediate assistance. And his dollars would support local news gathering rather than enrich Mark Zuckerberg. In the end, it took congressional intervention to fix the guy’s issue with Facebook. U.S. Rep. Peter Welch’s office stepped in to reach a “liaison” at the company. By now, he and everyone else on Capitol Hill should know: The problem with this unbridled, profit-driven social media company is so much larger. Interested in becoming a Super Reader? Which brings me back to our old-school letters to Look for the “Give Now” buttons at the top the editor. I edit each one for clarity, which involves of Or send a check with contacting the author to verify identity and intent. your address and contact info to: This week, two writers asked me to remove the final SEVEN DAYS, C/O SUPER READERS sentence of their letters. One explained, “I wrote this P.O. BOX 1164 BURLINGTON, VT 05402-1164 ‘off the cuff’ so to speak, in a matter of seconds when I was commenting on FB and someone asked me to send For more information on making a financial it to 7 Days, so I did but ... I don’t want to come across as contribution to Seven Days, please contact confrontational.” Katie Hodges: Once you’ve made an inflammatory comment, it’s VOICEMAIL: 802-865-1020, EXT. 110 hard to undo the damage. Maybe that lesson is finally EMAIL: SUPERREADERS@SEVENDAYSVT.COM starting to sink in.


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Top Vermont officials won’t push for another mask mandate despite growing numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths. During the administration’s weekly press conference on Tuesday, both Gov. Phil Scott and Health Commissioner Mark Levine said it wouldn’t make a difference if the state were to require people to wear masks in indoor public places. Currently, the state recommends people do so. “Look at who would abide by a mandate,” Levine said. People who believe that masks and vaccinations are important in controlling the pandemic would follow the rules, he said. Others probably wouldn’t. “So it’s very challenging,” Levine said. “We know that masks are effective. There’s no question about that, even though people seem to be newly raising that question again.” Scott agreed. “I don’t think my saying it, or us mandating that, is going to get one single person to wear a mask that doesn’t want to wear a mask,” he said. A mandate, he said, would distract people from focusing on managing the pandemic response. “It would just create one more controversy,” he said. The weekly briefing reflected the current uncertainty about Vermont’s COVID-19 response. Three months after the Delta variant spread across the country, Vermont is the only New England state in which the number of positive cases is still increasing. Last week, it went up by 26 percent; the seven-day average of daily new cases is around 217. Case numbers are particularly high in the northeastern county of Orleans, home to Derby and Newport. The trend represents a setback for the state. Earlier this month, officials thought Vermont was headed in the direction of other U.S. states, where numbers climbed for about nine to 10 weeks before declining. Fourteen people have died in Vermont so far this month of COVID-19 — about half of them vaccinated. In July, just two people died of the virus. Scott was asked why numbers aren’t dropping in Vermont. “I wish I had the answer,” he said. “I think we all wish we had the answer.” m



ermont Human Services Secretary Mike Smith announced in early September that his agency would investigate the problem of people being forced to wait months — and, in some cases, more than a year — to see physician specialists. A team of state officials and regulators has assembled in the weeks since, meeting regularly as it embarks on what will be Vermont’s most comprehensive assessment of wait times ever. The charge: Establish benchmarks for how long people should wait for medical care, collect data to find where backlogs exist, pinpoint the root causes and brainstorm solutions — all by the end of the year.  But before any of that can happen, investigators must first decide what, exactly, they need to measure. That could prove a surprisingly difficult task. There’s no agreed-upon standard for tracking patient wait times, and some of the more common metrics can fail to capture the true extent of the problem.  There’s also a dearth of existing data: Vermont regulators have only surveyed wait times at hospitals a few times over the last decade, and independent medical practices have never been included. The pandemic’s seismic disruption has only worsened matters. Officials hope the investigation will produce not only a diagnosis but also a treatment plan. “This is an access problem,” Smith said in an interview last week. “The longer you wait for access, the worse the health outcomes can be … and the more expensive they become.”  Medical wait times have long plagued parts of the United States, but comprehensive probes are rare. No organization routinely tracks wait times for medical appointments, and the data that is available has often come from one-off studies or media reports, making broad comparisons challenging.  A Seven Days cover story published last month cast light on the situation in Vermont, finding that patients can wait a year or more to see neurologists, urologists and other specialists at the state’s largest hospital, the




University of Vermont Medical Center. But the extent of the problem remains unclear. The state hopes to change that by including every Vermont physician in its assessment, regardless of whether they work for a hospital. Vermont had nearly 2,500 practicing physicians in 2018, according to a state survey that year. “Before we can jump to problem solving, it’s important that we understand where this happens,” said Ena Backus, Vermont’s director of health care reform, who’s leading the investigation. “Is it system-wide? Is it certain regions of the state? Is it more likely to happen for some people than others, or some services versus others? “The qualitative information — and our own experiences [of waiting] — really needs to be arrayed in a quantitative way,” Backus said. Backus’ team is composed of officials from the Agency of Human Services, the Department of Financial Regulation and

the Green Mountain Care Board, a powerful independent entity that regulates health care in Vermont. A pair of consulting firms — including Oliver Wyman, a New York City-based firm that has been providing the state’s COVID-19 projections — will offer technical and research assistance. The first question the team is grappling with is how to measure patient access across the state’s entire health care system. Individual practices often report wait times through the “third-nextavailable appointment” metric. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit that advocates for more patient-centered health care systems, says that reporting the third open slot instead of the first offers a better reflection of availability. That’s because cancellations can lead HOW LONG?

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They’re going to call on John Freeman, who started the business in 1984, if they need advice. “John has been really helpful to us; he really wants us to succeed,” said Moll, 30, who has worked at the company on weekends for about four years. Buckner, 32, has worked there full time for seven years. Freeman, 66, said he started thinking about retiring nearly two years ago. He wants to buy an old fishing boat, fix it up and do some travel by water. “I’ve always wanted to do the rivers in Europe, and I’d love to spend a year in the Mediterranean,” Freeman said. His wife is on board with that plan, at least for short stints. “That’s the dream while I am still hale and hearty.” Though he never put the business up for sale, Freeman said he often heard from people who thought they might want to buy it. But if they had the money, they lacked the boating expertise; if they knew about boats, they didn’t have the money. He wanted to make sure that the buyer could keep serving his longtime customers. “Being the small boat guys, we get a lot of people involved in boating,” he said. “We’re good at holding people’s hands. A lot of them stayed ... and moved on to much bigger boats.” Freeman said the Burlington area’s growing waterfront needs a place that fixes and sells modestly priced watercraft. He estimates 10,000 boats have passed through his hands. “A lot of the other guys, you have to have $30,000 to walk in the door,” he said. “In our shop, you can have $200 and get a boat.” m




The Small Boat Exchange, a venerable Shelburne business that has sold thousands of boats through the years, is now owned by its two former employees. The business changed hands last Friday. New owners Stephen Buckner and Drew Moll said they plan to expand the business, which includes a Route 7 showroom, a service area and about 175 boats.

to earlier open slots and make a clinic’s performance seem better than it is. The Green Mountain Care Board asked Vermont hospitals to use this metric when reporting access data during this summer’s budget cycle. Eleven of 14 hospitals reported their data in this format, and the results show backlogs for certain specialties are common across the state. Neurology is the top offender; of the seven non-UVM Health Network hospitals that reported data for the specialty, five said their third-next-available appointment was at least two months out, with the longest wait at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (163 days), followed by Rutland Regional Medical Center (92 days).  Some experts are skeptical of the thirdnext-available appointment metric, noting that it only provides a snapshot into future availability, reveals nothing of recent performance and can be misleading. Vizient, a national health care company based in Texas that works with hospitals to reduce their costs and improve their performance, encourages its members to track a different metric instead: the percentage of new patients who are seen within a certain time frame.  The UVM Medical Center, a longtime Vizient member, uses this metric with a goal to see 80 percent of new patients within two weeks. And so does the health network’s two other hospitals in Vermont: Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin and Porter Medical Center in Middlebury.  John Brumsted, CEO and president of the UVM Health Network, said he prefers the metric because it allows his hospitals to easily gauge their performance against Vizient’s other members through the company’s massive private database. (Hospitals are prohibited from sharing information about competitors publicly, and Vizient did not return a request for aggregated data.)  “The only metrics that are relevant to us are those that we can benchmark ourselves against other similar organizations,” Brumsted said. Otherwise, he said, “we’re just comparing ourselves to ourselves, which is a fool’s errand.”  Some, however, have questioned how UVM tracks patient access. Jessica Holmes is a Middlebury economics professor and Green Mountain Care Board member who is participating in the wait times investigation. She said at a recent meeting that she suspects the health network underestimates the true problem at its hospitals because knowing that, say, 30 percent of patients got scheduled within two weeks “doesn’t really tell us what happens to the other 70 percent of patients.” She said the metric also likely fails to capture the experience of people who seek care but go

elsewhere because the waits are too long — something she herself has done. The health network’s data was still concerning. New patients were seen within two weeks only 46 percent of the time at the UVM Medical Center, 56 percent of the time at Porter Medical Center and 37 percent of the time at Central Vermont Medical Center. As they ponder what data to ask for, Vermont officials may be able to glean some lessons from their northern neigh-



bors. In 2006, Canada began tracking wait times for five “priority” areas — eye surgery, cancer surgery, cardiac surgery, joint replacement and diagnostic imaging — to bring more transparency around the waiting that had by then become a defining and notorious characteristic of the nation’s universal health care system. Provinces report how many people sought treatment in each priority area and how long 50 percent of patients — the median — and 90 percent of patients waited. For instance, the latest report shows that half the patients seeking knee replacement surgery waited fewer than 197 days, while half waited at least that long. The 90th percentile clocked in at 405 days, meaning the other 10 percent of patients waited longer.  The country also established bestpractice benchmarks that hospitals strive toward, such as completing 90 percent of hip or knee replacements within 26 weeks. Backus, Vermont’s investigative lead, said it was too soon to know what data her team will request from health care providers, but she doubted a single metric

would suffice. No matter what measures are chosen, Backus said, uniformity will be key: All providers must report the same data or else the exercise will fail. The state, not providers, will decide what to measure, she said. After determining what data to collect, the state will next need to figure out how to obtain it. Larger hospitals will have an easier time fulfilling any requests, since they have dedicated data teams. But workforce shortages at smaller hospitals extend to virtually every department, said Jeff Tieman, president and CEO of the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems. That includes data and analytics departments, “which may not be more than one or two people” for some hospitals, he added. “Our hospitals will do everything they can to answer the agency’s questions, because it’s important information,” Tieman said. “But we’ll also hope that [the Agency of Human Services] will be understanding about limitations of the moment.” Susan Ridzon, the director of HealthFirst, an organization that represents Vermont’s independent doctors, said much will depend on what the state asks for. “I honestly don’t know how or if our practices track this specifically,” she said. “I could see it being a challenge to collect the data in any standardized way and in an administratively simple way.” She was less concerned with how her group of doctors would compare in the assessment: “The wait times at our practices are far shorter.” It’s not clear what the state will do in the event that a health care provider is unable — or unwilling — to provide data. “We’re going to need to cross that bridge if we come to it,” Backus said. “If there are limitations in the information that can be collected, we’ll have to note where.”  The investigative team’s final task will be to figure out what’s driving the biggest backlogs — and what can be done. Smith, the human services secretary, hoped to have the work completed in time for lawmakers to take up any legislative recommendations when the session begins in January. “Is it workforce shortages? Is it IT challenges? Is it scheduling and managing appointments?” Smith asked. “I see the final report having all those elements in it.” Brumsted, the UVM Health Network leader, said he hopes the final report will help Vermonters understand three main points: Long wait times are a national problem; hiring more doctors isn’t a silver bullet; and the hospitals in his network are accepting responsibility for their struggles. “We’re not blaming anybody,” he said. “We know that it is a problem, and we’re working really, really hard [to improve].” m


UVM Health Network Releases Strategic Plan to Reduce Wait Times B Y COL I N FL A ND ERS • The University of Vermont Health Network has released a plan to confront the years-old problem of long waits for medical appointments, offering a mix of new and old initiatives. Seven Days detailed the problem in a cover story last month, recounting how patients are waiting months — and, in some cases, more than a year — for certain specialty care at the state’s largest hospital, the University of Vermont Medical Center. The state is now investigating the issue and says it hopes to publish a report by the year’s end. The health network’s plan says it will reduce these backlogs by addressing staffing shortages, increasing patient capacity and using technology to create a more efficient system.

Employees confirmed that backlogs have existed for years. The network’s plan details steps to bolster staff recruitment and retention, from hiring a dozen more recruiters to offering more bonuses. It’s also conducting a market analysis to ensure that compensation levels are competitive and is seeking a partnership with local developers to create more affordable housing. At the same time, the network says it’s working to make better use of the resources it already has. The quickest way to do that, officials said, is through technology. The network launched a $150 millionplus health records system, Epic, two years ago. Now, it is working to install the system across the UVM network’s six



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heep farmer Annie Hopper had so much wool piling up in her barn that she was using it to insulate her chicken coop. Katie Sullivan had a truck, expertise and an idea. The two met at a pasture management conference in 2018. A year later, Sullivan purchased 50 pounds of wool from Hopper and started her business, Bobolink Yarns. Now she works as a sort of yarn broker, gleaning wool from Vermont farmers who are raising sheep for meat, milk or fun. Sullivan has the wool milled, dyes it herself and then sells it at a premium through stores and wool shows. By serving as a connection between the state’s widely scattered sheep farmers and their markets, Sullivan has found a way to promote the fiber world she loves. Right now, she’s just a small player in a large and complex industry; her goal is for the business to become bigger. Meanwhile, she’s one of the few people in Vermont who actually make a living — albeit a meager one — through sheep farming. “All of us have other careers,” Elaine Fortin, a board member at the Vermont Sheep & Goat Association, said of the sheep farmers she knows. She’s a retired software engineer who teaches swimming. Sullivan grew up in a New Hampshire family that was deeply involved in the fiber arts. After a few other career starts in agriculture and social services, she knows she’s lucky to spend her days handling wool and using her gift for color and dyeing. “My secret weapon is that my mother is a lifelong knitter and wrote my patterns,” Sullivan said. Her small home in Albany is piled high with yarn and the kits she creates with materials to make hats, socks and mittens. “I was an infant in a basket the first time I went to a yarn shop.” Nobody knows exactly how many people are raising sheep for wool in Vermont, or how much they produce. According to the state Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, there were 704 sheep farms in Vermont in 2017, most with fewer than 50 animals. Wool can be the most lucrative product from sheep if it’s treated and marketed properly. But raising sheep for wool requires a level of care and marketing energy that shepherds who raise the animals for meat or milk often don’t have. Hopper, 29, raises sheep for meat. Until


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Sullivan came along, “honestly, I was putting it in a giant pile and ignoring it,” Hopper said of the wool from her 90 ewes on Scuttleship Farm in Panton. Scuttleship can only get 50 cents a pound on the open wool market, called the wool pool, in New England, Hopper said. That makes Sullivan’s $3 a pound a relative windfall. Sullivan pays farmers more because she can use her experience and skill to sell the yarn at a premium. She buys wool from about a dozen farms. Two years into her business, Sullivan is still working through piles of wool that people have been storing for years. She usually purchases about 100 pounds at a time and then goes back for more. The pandemic prompted a renewed interest in crafts, but it also put the brakes on the in-person wool and yarn sales where sheep farmers sell wool and the products they make from it. Many producers rely on events such as the annual Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival in Tunbridge, which moved online in 2020 and 2021, to

sell their products. Rep. Carolyn Partridge (D-Windham) said she missed thousands of dollars in sales when the large wool shows in Maryland and New York were canceled last year. She’s counting on this year’s New York State Sheep & Wool Festival on October 16 to make up for some of last year’s losses. “If I can have a really good show, it will get me through the winter,” said Partridge, who has been raising sheep for 40 years. If not, “it’s the kind of thing where I might be spending a portion of my Social Security check to keep them fed. That’s how it was last year.” The Vermont Sheep & Goat Association, which has about 175 members, has been trying to find better ways to market Vermont wool for years. For fiber producers who avoid social media, brokers such as Sullivan can help. “I really enjoy the sheep, but I don’t enjoy marketing anything,” said Peter Wright, a physician at DartmouthHitchcock Medical Center who raises 15 Shetland sheep on his Bosque Verde Farm in Norwich. He sells his wool through Norwich Knits, a local knitting and craft shop, but has many pounds of surplus. “It would almost take the fun out of it for me to spend time reaching out to Etsy.” He hadn’t heard about Sullivan’s business. Dave Martin, the president of the Vermont Sheep & Goat Association, has 70 ewes and has been selling wool for 30 years. While Fortin helped him use Facebook to sell wool online last year, he’s not interested in doing that again.

“I don’t have the energy to maintain it,” said Martin, who lives in Underhill and sells some of his wool to Sullivan. “That’s an issue with a lot of small-scale agriculture. You can grow the animal, but how do you market, as well? There’s a limit to how many hours there are in a day.” Many sheep farmers keep just a few animals that are raised for meat, milk or wool. Whatever their purpose, the sheep generally need to be shorn annually, leaving farmers with a cache of wool. Sullivan looks for high-quality wool that is in good condition, has it milled, hand-dyes it and winds it into 7-ounce bundles called skeins. Vermont wool isn’t in demand like some specialty products, such as cheese and maple syrup, are. Most fiber artists are accustomed to the soft and processed wool produced in Montana, Australia and other dry places, Sullivan said. “If you go into a regular yarn store anywhere in the country, it’ll be piles of fine merino,” Sullivan said. But in damp Vermont, that type of wool is difficult to produce. Vermont wool and yarn tend to be coarser and more durable. “I can pay more because I’m willing to market local wool as a premium product, instead of apologizing for the wool being what it is,” she said. “It’s durable and a wool to create heirlooms from, and it’s more interesting than yet another supersoft merino.” At her home, she held up some fine imported merino. “This is the Little Debbie snack cake of yarns,” she said. Then she proffered a loop of hearty Dorset yarn — named for a breed of sheep, not for the Vermont town — of the kind that makes scratchy but durable sweaters and mittens. “And this is your grandma’s granola.” That “granola” is popular in northern New England, but Sullivan said she was laughed out of the yarn stores she visited while on a sales trip in Connecticut. Store owners said they loved the yarn, but their customers wouldn’t buy it. “There are cultural forces at work,” she said. “People think softer is better. But softer means pills in your armpits and less durability. You can pay a tremendous amount of money to knit yourself a sweater that will only look new for a year or two.” She’s finding plenty of takers, including

tourists. Jen Carlo, who recently bought a store in Waterbury called Yarn, said she sold out of Sullivan’s hat kit in September. “A lot of visitors will come in and ask for specifically Vermont yarn,” Carlo said. Lily Trajman, who owns Norwich Knits, views Sullivan’s business as a service to sheep farmers. She has a room set aside for locally grown or dyed yarn, including Sullivan’s. At $40 per skein, compared to about $5 for a skein of highly processed wool at one of the chain craft stores, Vermont yarn comes at a premium. “It’s mostly out-of-state people who want something of Vermont before they head back to wherever they came from,” said Trajman.

the pasture on a recent day, three bottlefed ewes competed for space to rest their chins on her. She’s president of the Bluefaced Leicester Union of North America. And she’s working with a farmer friend on a blanket-making project using a mill on Prince Edward Island. Sullivan used to worry that the state would eventually run out of shepherds, putting the kibosh on her business. “In Vermont, to put a fine point on it, a lot of the people in the sheep business are in the retirement and Social Security time of life,” said Sullivan, who is 38. “Then I realized Vermont has an endless cycle of 55-year-olds who move here and get sheep and learn all about sheep, and stop when they are 75.”



She noted that there’s a high hidden cost to the inexpensive, bulk yarn of unknown provenance used by most knitters. Much of it undergoes chemical treatment so the finished product can safely go into washing machines. The bargain prices probably reflect low pay for the people who produce that yarn thousands of miles away, Trajman said; shipping to distant lands increases the environmental footprint. There could be other uses for Vermont’s surplus wool. University of Vermont researcher Kimberly Hagan is experimenting with using wool pellets as fertilizer; Hopper sold her 500 pounds of wool this year. If pellets turn out to be a viable product, that would make things easier for farmers, Hopper said. “Doesn’t matter the color, the breed; you just put it in the grinder,” she said. Sullivan’s in the fiber business because she loves the way the fiber looks and feels. She likes her friendly sheep, Bluefaced Leicesters, who graze near her home. “My sheep have names, but I also eat them,” she noted. When she crouched in

Younger people such as Sullivan have entered the business in recent years by buying yarn stores or starting farms. Partridge, who has been attending the huge New York State Sheep & Wool Festival for decades, credits knitting magazines for making the fiber arts appealing to a new generation. “In New York, there is a really strong presence of young people in their twenties who show up, and a strong presence of BIPOC and LGBTQ folks who show up,” she said. “I love it. It’s so, so heartening to have that diversity in terms of my customers.” The popularity of the New York festival, which drew 30,000 people in 2019, signals to Sullivan that her business can have staying power. “More and more people are taking up knitting and handicrafts as something that is soothing and tactile and makes you feel you have gotten something done with your hands,” she said. “They need that comfort. That is only good news for me and other Vermont shepherds.” m

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news in the first week of school because of the stress. More than 30 COVID-19 cases have been discovered in the district so far. Around 50 staff members are absent each day because they’re sick or quarantining, and no substitutes are available to fill in. Staff are going without lunch or planning time. Secretaries are teaching classes, and central office staff are pitching in when they can. Contact tracing is not working, because students who are close contacts don’t quarantine and are instead “out and about in the community,” Olsen-Farrell said. Slate Valley is offering voluntary surveillance testing, but only 150 of 1,600 staff and students opt to get swabbed weekly. Olsen-Farrell estimates that more than 50 percent of Slate Valley students ages 12 and up are still not vaccinated, although they’re eligible. Of the three school years affected by the pandemic, “this is by far the worst year yet,” Olsen-Farrell said. “There’s just not a good flow of information that’s coming from the state. And there’s not a lot of support for schools.” She said she’d welcome help from an outside organization, such as the Vermont National Guard, to manage contact tracing and testing. Grand Isle Supervisory Union has had only five positive COVID-19 cases since school started, two of which were caught through weekly surveillance testing. But each time the district gets word of a positive case, it means many hours of work for school nurses and principals, superintendent Michael Clark said. The morning of Clark’s interview with Seven Days on October 6, the Folsom Education and Community Center, a K-8 school in the district, identified a case. In the wee hours before class began, district leaders drafted an email to middle-school families, telling them not to come to campus that day. Then school officials started contact tracing to identify close contacts of the infected community member; that can be 20 to 40 people, Clark said. The school nurse and principal had to call each close contact to walk them through the quarantine rules. The Test to Stay system would still involve contact tracing. But instead of requiring unvaccinated kids to quarantine, the school would administer a rapid antigen test to close contacts every day for up to seven days, a process that Clark estimates would take around an hour each morning. Clark foresees a number of logistical challenges: He doesn’t know where the testing would happen or how challenging it would be to get a parent to come to school and pick up their child if they tested positive. That’s to say nothing about who 20



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would manage the testing, which takes several minutes to show results. “I’ve got openings right now for teachers, behavior interventionists, para[professionals], cooks, that I cannot fill in Grand Isle County,” Clark said. French acknowledged that there are “finite resources” for the new testing strategy. He also believes rapid antigen tests will become harder to find as more states “are waking up” to the Test to Stay strategy. “There’s no ‘go live’ date statewide” for the program, he said. “But I think it’s fair to say that, during this month, Test to Stay will receive a lot of focus and energy.” French thinks that refining the guidelines for contact tracing, so that fewer students are considered close contacts, could make Test to Stay more feasible. Instead of requiring a whole class to quarantine when one student tests positive, for example, only those who sat within three feet of the positive student would be considered a close contact. Contact tracing is currently very labor intensive, but it still isn’t helping school officials zero in on positive cases, he said. Instead, it captures a lot of kids who never end up contracting COVID-19 — and keeps them from attending school. French noted that data show there is minimal spread of COVID-19 in classroom settings when students are wearing masks. The state has recommended universal masking in schools at least through November 1. “I think we have to let go of this sort of broader net, if you will, and do it in a targeted way,” French said. “If we can

get the [close contacts] down safely, then that’s going to allow us … to do Test to Stay.” In the meantime, French is encouraging schools to fill out the necessary paperwork to operate the new testing program. About half the schools in the state have begun that process. French said the state could potentially deploy teams of people to help districts that are especially hard-hit by COVID-19. But the Agency of Education could have just as much trouble finding workers as school districts do. “I would argue, operationally, based on my experience in Vermont, we would do [testing] less efficiently than the [local school district],” said French, who was superintendent of the BenningtonRutland Supervisory Union for nine years. School administrators aren’t so sure. In the North Country Supervisory Union, three elementary schools — Derby Elementary School, Newport City Elementary School and Newport Town Elementary School — have already had to go temporarily remote this year. The district has had more than 100 positive cases since school began. Superintendent John Castle said school nurses and principals are overburdened. “Are we capable of squeezing out more time from folks? Barely,” Castle said. “And I say that out of the utmost respect for all of our staff, who are really expending themselves in so many ways, and it’s exhausting. I worry about how much more we can ask of them.” m

A TESTING GRAB BAG The state is giving schools access to four types of COVID-19 testing tools, each meant to respond to different needs. SURVEILLANCE TESTING: Weekly PCR,

or polymerase chain reaction, testing for asymptomatic students and staff to identify COVID-19 in the general population. PCR tests are sent to a lab, and results typically take multiple days. “TEST TO STAY” RAPID ANTIGEN TESTS:

For students who have been exposed to COVID-19 in school. Asymptomatic students would be tested each morning before entering their classroom for seven days from the date of last exposure. Test results come back in 15 to 20 minutes. If negative, students could go to class instead of quarantining, but they should continue to quarantine outside of school. IN-SCHOOL PCR RESPONSE TESTING:

Meant for testing a large number of unvaccinated students seven days after their last exposure to COVID-19 or testing vaccinated close contacts between three and five days after exposure. Also could be used to test symptomatic students and staff after a negative antigen test to ensure they don’t have COVID-19. TAKE-HOME PCR TESTS: Schools would

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OBITUARIES Virginia L. Sweetser

Henry Weinstock

On December 11, 2020, heaven gained an angel when our beautiful Ginny lost her battle with PTSD. Virginia L. Sweetser was born in Berlin, Vt., in 1981, to Susan and Gene Sweetser and was raised in Worcester and Essex, Vt. She was a 1999 graduate of Essex High School and the National Sports Academy in Lake Placid, N.Y., where she was the fiercest of hockey players, skating every day in the Herb Brooks Olympic Arena. She served as a legislative page in the Vermont legislature and was invited to attend Girls’ State. She attended the University of Vermont and Saint Michael’s College before transferring to University of MissouriKansas City, where she received her BA and then her master’s degree in social work. She was also a graduate of the Police Academy. As a licensed clinical social worker in Missouri and Kansas, she worked with sexual assault victims and children. She was a mentor and counselor to many. She volunteered thousands of hours at the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault while in college and then joined them professionally as a counselor and therapist after earning her degree. She also taught MSW students at UMKC. Virginia specialized in sand tray therapy and wrote her master’s thesis on it. She made a difference in the lives of countless people. Ginny was also a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, having served with the 443rd Transportation Co., Fort Riley, and deployed to Iraq, stationed in Tikrit at FOB Speicher. Sgt. Ginny, as she was known (or “Sweets”), drove the HETs for the Army and traveled in or led many convoys in Iraq during the early phase of OIF, from 2003 to 2005. She witnessed

Henry Weinstock, 87, passed away after a brief illness at his home in Jericho, Vt., on October 2, 2021, surrounded by his immediate family. Henry was born in 1934 in Antwerp, Belgium, to Eugene Weinstock and Yolande Lövi. He was a survivor of the Holocaust, narrowly escaping deportation in 1942. He was sheltered by the Comite de Defense des Juifs, an interfaith group affiliated with the Belgian Resistance that was responsible for saving the lives of 3,000 Jewish children. While hiding in the Ardennes countryside, he saw some of the fiercest fighting of World War II, during the Battle of the Bulge. He was eventually reunited with his father, who survived imprisonment at Buchenwald. In 1946, Henry and his father were among the first war refugees to arrive in the U.S. and described what they had witnessed in his father’s published memoir, Beyond the Last Path. More recently, Henry was interviewed about his experiences for a Vermont Public Radio podcast entitled “Luck and the Kindness of Others.” As a teenager in New York City, Henry worked many odd jobs, including messenger, cabin boy and taxi driver. Drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War, he served as an X-ray technician

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war, and it rarely left her. She was later a member of the Vermont Army National Guard Headquarters 1/86th FA. Virginia was a friend to many, a fighter for those without a voice and an advocate for those who needed someone to have their back. She stood up for her beliefs and helped those who did not have the strength to stand. As a hobby, Ginny built many dollhouses, most of which she donated to children in need. She loved her Jeep and her off-roading friends. She had recently taken up skydiving and found serenity in that. And she was continuing the Vermont Sweetser family tradition as a basket-making apprentice with her dad. She was a world traveler, having visited many global locations with her family and friends. She skied on the Smugglers’ Notch Racing Team and then became a snowboarder. She loved to dance and hike and was an accomplished equestrian and tennis player. She loved her family and friends beyond words. She was selfless and always put everyone’s needs before her own. She helped her Pop-Pop when he battled cancer and helped her Nunu when that battle was lost. She was the best sister Francesca and Caitria Sands could have asked for — the love she had for them was Earth-shaking. She was their best friend and hero. Left to remember her beautiful soul are her parents, Susan and Gene; her beloved Nunu, Crete Williams; her sisters Francesca and


Caitria Sands and Analei Campbell; her soul sister and best friend, Nicole Murray; her stepfather David Sands; her aunt Cathy and uncle Bob Lahm; her uncle Bobby Williams; her many cousins, including Bill and Kelli Ogden and Michael Ogden; her four cats; and many more family, friends, mentees and people in whose lives she made a difference. A celebration of Ginny’s life of service will be held on Thursday, October 21, 2021, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Essex Alliance Church in Essex Junction, Vt. (5 to 5:30 p.m. will be a reception line, 5:30 to 7 p.m. will be the service, and 7 to 8 p.m. will be a repast at the church.) All are welcome. Burial will be the following day at the Vermont Veterans Cemetery in Randolph, Vt. We will be leaving Essex at 9:30 a.m. for an 11 a.m. burial service (and we could sure use your support that day, too). In lieu of flowers, we request that you consider a contribution to the Virginia L. Sweetser Memorial Scholarship Fund for women veterans. Contributions may be made online at everloved. com/life-of/virginia-sweetser. Arrangements are through A.W. Rich Funeral Home in Essex Junction, Vt. The family requests that those attending Ginny’s celebration of life wear vibrant colors if possible. The colors of the rainbow were Virginia’s signature flair. Since Stargazer lilies were Ginny’s favorite, please plant some Stargazer bulbs in the spring in your garden and think of Ginny every year they bloom. Our hearts are broken. IGY6;

at the 2nd Evacuation Hospital in Bad Kreuznach, Germany. During leaves, he traveled on his Zündapp motor scooter to Paris, where he found his passion for French language and literature. From a young age, he also spoke Flemish, Hungarian, English and German, and he acquired other languages while traveling extensively through North America, Europe, the Middle East and East Africa. At a youth hostel in Denmark, he met Joanna Smith, whom he would marry in 1969. Henry studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, the City College of New York, New York University and SUNY at Albany, where he completed a PhD in French literature. He taught French and English as a Second Language for many years at Rockland (N.Y.) Community College. In 1984, the family moved to Jericho, Vt., where Henry became well-known for his love of French and biking, often combining the two with “century” rides into Québec and back. He was active in French conversation groups,

peace and justice activities, and sharing his wartime experiences with school groups, always with a goal of promoting dialogue, understanding and compassion. He was also a fan of opera and classical music and was happiest on his bicycle, chopping firewood, tinkering with his vegetable-oil-fueled truck, reading French philosophy and meeting people wherever he went. During retirement, he continued to travel and supported Joanna in her work as a physician in Alaska, Arizona, China and Vermont. Henry is survived by his wife, Joanna Weinstock, of Jericho, Vt.; son André “Jamie” Weinstock (Michelle Hewitt) of Somerville, Mass.; daughter Katherine “Kait” Armstrong (Kent) of Andover, N.H.; three grandchildren: Scout, Helen and Patch; a brother, Albert, of Hungary; and extended family and friends around the globe. Henry and his family are deeply appreciative of the wonderful care he received while hospitalized at the University of Vermont Medical Center. A celebration of his life is planned for next summer. Contributions in Henry’s memory may be made to “to build a better Vermont through biking and walking.” Arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Ready Funeral Home, South Chapel, 261 Shelburne Rd., in Burlington. Please visit to place online condolences.

IN MEMORIAM John Joseph McMurry 1975-2021

John Joseph McMurry, 46, was born on February 19, 1975, and passed away peacefully at home in the early morning on September 20, 2021. A celebration of life will take place on Monday, October 18, 2021, from 4 to 9 p.m., at the St. John’s Club in Burlington, Vt.


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as a legal secretary and later worked at the University of

Vermont. She will be remembered as a gentle and loving soul who was entertained by her much-loved cats. She is survived by her husband, Michael Scrodin, of Colchester, and by her children and their spouses, Brian and Lee Carbonneau of Dallas, Ga.; Erik and Rachel Carbonneau of Rockville, Md.; Alison and Justin Breen of Short Hills, N.J.; Jon Carbonneau of Essex, Vt.; Mikala and Jeremy Wacker of Denver, Colo.; and Aundrea and Jeff Campbell of

Benbrook, Texas. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren; two brothers, Marc Fournier of Westport, Mass., and Paul Fournier of Hinesburg, Vt.; one sister, Monica Barry of South Hadley, Mass.; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service shall be held on October 16, 2021, at the Daybreak Church, located at 67 Creek Farm Plaza, Colchester, Vt., at 1 p.m., and by live video on Call Mike at 802-238-8414 for additional information.

his death in 2015. Together they raised three children. Josephine was active in the First Congregational Church of Essex Junction, the Burlington Garden Club, the Red Cross, Meals on Wheels and the University of Vermont Medical Center Auxiliary for many years. She enjoyed bird-watching, golf, bowling, furniture refinishing, sewing and travel, and she was an avid gardener; however, Jo’s greatest joy was her family. She is survived by her son Peter (Marguerite) of Chapin, S.C.; her daughters Jill Stout (Tony) of Ferrisburgh, Vt., and

Joanne of Milton, Vt; and her grandchildren, Josephine Stout, Pierson Haines and Joanna Haines. She was predeceased by her husband; five sisters, Laura, Elizabeth, Eleanor, Marjorie and June; and two brothers, Stan and Elsworth. The family would like to thank family friend Chris Sandt, the staff of the Arbors in Shelburne, Vt., and care providers Donna, Heather and Louise for their caring and support. If desired, donations in her memory may be made to UVM Medical Center

Auxilary, UVM Medical Center, 111 Colchester Ave., Development Office, Given 3N, Burlington, VT 05401 ( volunteer/auxiliary) or to the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, Feeding Chittenden, P.O. Box 1594, Burlington, VT 05401 (feedingchittenden. org). Services will be private, per her wishes. Arrangements are in the care of the Cremation Society of Chittenden County, a division of the Ready Family. To send online condolences, please visit


Diane Scrodin, 71, of Colchester, Vt., died on March 5, 2021, after a battle with ALS. She was born in Newport, Vt., to the late Pauline (Choquette) Fournier and the late Fernand Fournier. She graduated from Sacred Heart High in Newport and from Champlain College in Burlington. She had a career

Josephine Haines

FEBRUARY 4, 1925OCTOBER 1, 2021 WILLISTON, VT. Josephine (Galvin) Haines of Williston, Vt., passed away on October 1, 2021. Josephine was born in Salisbury, Vt., the daughter of George and Florence (Gale) Galvin. She received her nursing degree from Mary Fletcher Hospital and worked as an OR nurse. On September 21, 1945, she married Carleton Haines. Their marriage lasted 70 years, until

Scot MacMillan JANUARY 29, 1972OCTOBER 6, 2021 BURLINGTON, VT.

Scot MacMillan, 49, left this world to journey on to the next on October 6, 2021. He is and forever will be our beloved son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend. We are bereft without him. He did all the usual stuff: He grew up in Groton, Mass., and graduated from Long Island University C.W. Post. He had a career in marketing. More importantly, he was a man of generous love, compassion, hilarity and true kindness. He gathered people close and created a dynamic family of friends whom he united with his passion for music. DJ SMAC’s love of music centered on Phish, all the funk and dance parties. He relished traveling and adventuring. Scot found fun absolutely everywhere. He was the most hilarious uncle to his nephews and niece. He enjoyed entertaining them and did so with gusto. He adored his parents. He tended lovingly, with a hint of humor, to his dad during Joe’s illness and final days. Scot loved to laugh and made people laugh until

there were tears. His wit was unparalleled. He leaves behind his mother, Mary; his sister Beth and her husband, Dan; his sister Julie and her husband, Mike; his nephews, Aidan and Makai; and his niece, Hollis. He also leaves his legacy of enduring and powerful friendship with so many, including the Flock, the LIU crew, the Cape Cod crew, the Vermont PBS crew and so many more. He felt your love in this last year. And, lastly, he leaves his cat, Monk. A celebration of his fantastic life is planned for the spring of 2022 In lieu of flowers, Scot asked that donations be made to the Burlington, Vt., food bank and Meals on Wheels.

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they would be end-to-end administered to make sure they are not going to waste. COVID-19 has obviously not gone away in Vermont, even after having the highest vaccination rate in the country. Through getting vaccinated in Vermont and supporting the movement to get people around the world vaccinated, we can help flatten the COVID-19 curve. I call upon Leahy, Sanders and Welch to support the NOVID Act through Congress and help those who do not have access to the vaccine right now find access and stop the spread. Lexi Rivet



[“Wildlife Wars,” September 29] brings up so many issues to comment on. First, Commissioner Louis Porter fought the bill to have mandatory reporting of pets caught in traps, yet he is taking credit for it, like it was something he thought of and supported. Second, I completely agree with Andrew French that we should not be arguing over this. We have asked for open discussions with the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, and we have asked for statewide roundtable discussions regarding how we are treating animals in Vermont — and have only continued to argue for eight years. I thought we were beyond the namecalling, but this article has clearly shown that is not the case. Again we are focusing on the flatlander thing. The reality is: This is not about where you were born; it is not about tradition or anti-hunting or animal advocates. The petitions and bills introduced have been an attempt to make hunting more humane, to stop the intentional abuse that occurs when you release a pack of six relentless dogs on one innocent animal, to stop the cruelty aspect of slob hunting that engages in animal suffering as a form of entertainment and needless pain. This is about a civilized and evolved society changing with the times, not pretending that animal abuse is acceptable. Kerry Edmunds



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Brenna Galdenzi of Protect Our or terrorizing bear families through the Wildlife continues to operate hastily woods with hounds for recreation. It’s and attempt to control dialogue that not a “false dichotomy”; it’s a specious she doesn’t agree with. I wrote a letter comparison. Some sportsmen believe their “tradito questioning POW and some general comments from its Facebook tions” are forever enshrined in the site. Galdenzi attempted to get the letter Vermont Constitution, which was written pulled, I think, because she thought my when open land was far more plentiful and comments were not flattering to her cause. the state was less populated. Now there She went further, posting on POW’s Facebook page, threatening to sue me and allowing CONTRACT false information to be shared. TRACING It’s against the law to bait bears in Vermont. Instead of correcting the wrong comments, she allowed the dialogue to continue and reinforced it. When I gave her a chance to say she supported muzzleloader deer hunting and bow hunting, she failed to Animal defenders respond. struggle to change Please continue with your hunting and trapping traditions in Vermont journalism practices.

that we all coexist within a circle. When I trapped a red fox that had denned in a barn and brought it home, my son was so excited to see it and be up close and personal with such a magnificent animal. I took a picture of the fox and my son and posted it to show my friends and family. POW shared that photo on its site, and I instantly received death threats in my personal messages and awful comments toward my 6-year-old son. When I reached out to defend myself, it was instantly taken down off the site so I couldn’t be heard. That fox was creating a problem and is now used as a tool for teaching kids about some of our wildlife. I feel that POW has personal opinions, not biological facts. We all care for our wildlife. By regulating populations with harvesting, we keep all species of animals at a much healthier, more stable herd.

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Trapping and “hounding” are cruel, barbaric and inhumane BREAKING THE MOLD BUBBLING UP activities that should be outlawed. A DOOBIE-OUS CLAIM Furthermore, hunting must be further regulated to protect our wildlife. Two steps would help accomplish this: are far more people here, and many of Contact your Vermont state legislators them want to see better protections for to support more diverse representation wildlife. Dismissing them as not being on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Board “Vermonters” won’t get us where we and enact laws to prohibit trapping and need to go. This is of heightened concern “hounding.” when those dismissals come from people The times are a-changin’, and Vermont with power, as we’ve seen with certain must adapt to them. members of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Richard LeCompte Board. Since we can’t seem to come to any BURLINGTON sort of compromise with those in charge at Fish & Wildlife, we will take it to the Vermont Statehouse, where democracy ‘SPECIOUS COMPARISON’ is possible and diverse opinions are Kevin McCallum’s excellent article welcomed. [“Wildlife Wars,” September 29] made Lisa Jablow clear that the stalemate in this arena grows BRATTLEBORO directly out of the deep divide in our country right now. It’s a tangled web that can’t be untangled, much less explained, in 250 VERMONTER VALUES WILDLIFE words. I want to write about my experience with One point that caught my attention Protect Our Wildlife. I am a born-andwas a claim by outgoing Fish & Wildlife raised Vermonter, an avid hunter and Commissioner Louis Porter that the a licensed trapper. I was raised to value divide between “consumptive” (hunting all wildlife. I’m raising two children of and trapping) and “nonconsumptive” my own, and this is the lifestyle I want (e.g., bird-watching) uses of wildlife was to instill in them — not just to respect a false dichotomy. He strangely attempts animals, but people, too. to draw parallels between activities such As sportsmen, we play a part in the as bird-watching — whose practitioners, longevity of these species. My years of he claims, “tromp through nesting areas” being in the woods and studying wildlife — to trapping animals in leghold traps and human interaction have shown me PAGE 26

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The professional organization that represents fish and wildlife departments nationwide, the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, calls for a transformation to meet the changing times. However, those who head up the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department seem stuck in the past. Vermont surveys conducted by the Center for Rural Studies show that Vermonters don’t support many of Fish & Wildlife’s core positions, such as recreational trapping. In a 2018 survey conducted by Colorado State University, Fish & Wildlife staff indicated that management isn’t doing enough to address change. The dramatic drops in hunting and trapping license sales are evidence that the times are changing in very significant ways. Fish & Wildlife must evolve in order to remain relevant and attract new sources of income. This is not the time for a commissioner to simply maintain the status quo. This is a time for a new commissioner to be responsive to the 1,000 Vermont species that need conservation. A new commissioner must recognize the threats of climate change and focus resources to address the highest priorities and not maintain Fish & Wildlife’s direction on cruise control. A new commissioner must be able to transform the department to address today’s challenges; that includes reaching across the aisle and working with all Vermonters, not just hunters and trappers. I urge Gov. Phil Scott to appoint a new commissioner who is capable of



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A few years back, I was hunting on my farm with a bow and shot a coyote. Being proud to take out a predator, I posted it on Facebook. That’s when the trouble began. Anti-hunters I don’t even know started to harass me very badly on my page. Then they started with private messages to my page, things like “You should be shot with a bow” or “Meet me I’ll show you how it feels” and other life-threatening private messages. These people are out of their minds. Hunting in our state is more than tradition; it is also population control. Without it, we would see way more rabies and other things like that. We hunters pay good money to be able to enjoy our sport. Protect Our Wildlife and other anti-hunter groups need to be controlled. I was scared that they would find me and do me harm when this happened to me. Ted Sheloski



Hunting, fishing and trapping. It’s murder, more murder and torture. This is not a melodramatic statement, nor is it exaggeration. It is the simple truth. If you kill someone — or any animal of any species — for a reason other than self-defense, it is murder. Any explanation

that is more involved or contrived is just an attempt to justify and rationalize the actions you make to fulfill your desires. You kill things — trap and torture and skin fellow earthlings — because you don’t give a damn about them. You see yourself as superior and therefore more deserving of life, when, in fact, reasoning and judging from your actions and lack of empathy and compassion, you are far inferior to any nonhuman animal that you may victimize with the violent expression of your demented bloodlust. I can just hear all your excuses and reasons spewing uncontrollably forth. “Nature, conservation and tradition”? Bullshit, bullshit and bullshit! You do it because you want to do it. Then you cherry-pick, contort and distort statistics to justify your desires. Be honest, at least to yourself. It may save you some expensive therapy bills. Peter Johnson



However and whenever the issues at the Fish & Wildlife Department get addressed, there must be a basis in fact guiding the transformation. As excellent as it was, the “Wildlife Wars” article conveyed misinformation about Fish & Wildlife’s finances. Commissioner Louis Porter stated that about a third of its budget comes from license sales. In actuality, according to Fish & Wildlife’s own pie chart, only 26 percent comes from license sales. Perhaps a small rounding error from 26 percent to 33 percent? Not exactly. The commissioner overstated the amount by $1.8 million!

That distortion led the reporter to a second error, when he reported that twothirds of Fish & Wildlife’s budget comes from hunters, trappers and anglers. There is no factual basis for that conclusion despite Fish & Wildlife’s contention, even on its website. While it does receive a third from two federal excise taxes, those taxes stem from a whole range of sources — not just hunting and fishing. Those include trap, skeet and target guns and ammo, as well as the millions of handguns and rifles bought for personal protection. The most definitive published research on this is from emeritus professor of wildlife ecology John Litvaitis of the University of New Hampshire, who concluded that only 23 percent of one fund came from hunters and anglers, while 45 percent came from other sources. Applying his research to Vermont leads to the conclusion that only 40 percent of Fish & Wildlife’s budget comes from license holders; the rest, from people who don’t hunt, trap or fish. Walter Medwid



“Wildlife Wars.” Imagine the outrage from anti-hunters if a houndsman or trapper had labeled a letter or commentary as such? Brenna Galdenzi’s organization assumes that it owns Vermont wildlife, which needs “protection” from Vermonters who hunt and trap when it is, in fact, supported by that very community. Protect Our Wildlife believes it knows best when it

comes to wildlife, but what has it done to foster wildlife conservation? To my knowledge, it’s done nothing to improve wildlife habitat, which is the single most important element to maintaining a reasonable population of wild critters. A couple years ago, when hunting and trapping groups pooled money to support land conservation in Stowe, Galdenzi attacked the land trust for adding it to the public trust instead of supporting it. This land, which will provide critical habitat, is now preserved in perpetuity. Where was POW? Lobbying, bombarding the media with half-truths, and harassing the Fish & Wildlife Department. These anti-hunting and trapping groups are motivated by emotion, not science. They are as rabid as those opposing abortion. They want to control the Fish & Wildlife Board? To what end? Would we want a right-to-lifer on the Planned Parenthood board? Seven Days’ love affair with Galdenzi is apparent. Regulated taking of wildlife results in a positive for Vermonters, our wildlife included. A member of POW told me about seeing a wolverine in her backyard. Before these organizations place demands and restrictions on Vermonters who support our wildlife, I suggest they learn the difference between a wolverine and a woodchuck. Jerry D’Amico


Editor’s note: Seven Days editors wrote the headline “Wildlife Wars” for Kevin McCallum’s September 29 story. We believe it is an apt description of this conflict.

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om Messner and Ben Frechette couldn’t quite agree on Saturday’s weather. Seated before a bank of large-screen monitors in the weather office of the NBC5 news studio in South Burlington, the two TV meteorologists went back and forth over a small detail in the weekend forecast for the Thursday evening broadcasts. Both men predicted rain. But Frechette’s outlook was sunnier — or at least partly sunny. Saturday’s weather icon in his forecast was a rain cloud obscuring a peek of sun that suggested late-day clearing. “You really think we’re gonna get sun?” Messner asked dubiously. Again they checked the computer forecast model, 28


in which a blob of green oozed its way across northern New York, Vermont and New Hampshire to indicate wet weather throughout the region — but maybe not all day. Messner ran the model a few more times before leaning back in his chair, hands clasped behind his head, and turning to his younger colleague. “You got a coin?” he asked. Frechette is a relatively new member of the NBC5 First Warning Weather Team. He joined in 2019, the year after his graduation from Northern Vermont UniversityLyndon with a bachelor’s degree in atmospheric sciences and meteorology. Messner is … well, he’s Tom effin’ Messner.

For 31 years, Messner has been the face not just of NBC5 but also of local TV weather in northern New York and Vermont. Hell, for some he’s practically the face of weather itself, perpetually grinning from ear to ear. After Grace Potter and Bernie Sanders, Messner is perhaps the region’s most recognizable public personality. So when Messner, 60, announced his impending retirement in a broadcast last month, he was forecasting a major shift in the weather of Vermont media. Messner’s final broadcast is scheduled for Friday, November 26, the day after Thanksgiving. He will broadcast live, one last time, from the tree-lighting ceremony on Burlington’s Church Street Marketplace.

Messner’s announcement came just months after the retirement of his counterpart at the local CBS affiliate. In June, Sharon Meyer ended her 42-year career at Burlington’s WCAX Channel 3. Meyer, now 64, started behind the scenes at WCAX in 1979 and joined the weather desk in 1986. She replaced original WCAX weather anchor Stuart Hall when he retired in 1990 — the same year Messner joined NBC5, then known as WPTZ NewsChannel 5. Despite a stark contrast in styles, Messner and Meyer have enjoyed oddly parallel careers covering Vermont’s always interesting but rarely life-threatening weather. Just a couple clicks apart on the TV dial,

From left: Tom Messner, Erin Clark, Bob Solarski and Blaine Applegate in the early 1990s


asked, “What should it say? ‘Scattered showers’?” Messner smirked and, without skipping a beat, quipped, “How about ‘Rain like hell’?”


Boyishly charming, always upbeat and seemingly ageless, Messner could be Vermont’s answer to the late TV icon Dick Clark. Like “America’s oldest teenager,” he got his start in broadcasting on the radio. “I don’t have a great story about how I got into this like so many weather geeks do, like, ‘Oh, I’ll never forget the blizzard of ’78,’” Messner said in a recent interview at NBC5 studios. “I got into this whole thing completely by accident.” Messner grew up in a suburb of Rochester, N.Y., the middle child of five. While attending the College of Wooster in Ohio, he got involved with the campus radio

station, first as a disc jockey, then as program director and finally, in his senior year, as general manager. He graduated with a degree in business economics but took a series of radio jobs after school, eventually landing at a Top 40 station back in Rochester. While there, he noticed an unusual help-wanted ad. “There was a local TV station that was the dog of the market, just a bad TV station,” Messner recalled. “But they needed a weekend weather forecaster.” The station, WROC Channel 8, was so desperate to find a weatherperson that it did something Messner had never seen before: “They held open auditions,” he said. “And I got the job.” Messner quickly realized that “I had no idea what I was talking about,” he said. Back to school he went, this time for meteorology. He left the station to study at the State University of New York, Oswego and took a job as the weatherman at what was then WFYF Channel 50, now WWTI, in nearby Watertown, N.Y. There he also wrote, produced and hosted a train-centric children’s program called “The TV-50 Kaboose Club.” “The show actually became quite popular,” Messner said. In 1990, “The TV-50 Kaboose Club” won a New York State Broadcasters Association Award. At the ceremony in Saratoga Springs, Messner hobnobbed with the delegation from WPTZ Channel 5, now NBC5, which was then based in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Soon after, he saw that the station was hiring a chief meteorologist. He interviewed and got the job — and, as he put it, “The rest is history.”


they’re two of the most prominent media personalities in the region. They arrived together, will leave together, call each other friends and were inducted into the Vermont Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in the same 2016 ceremony. “Having a Sharon Meyer and a Tom Messner … two people with such followings, who are so talented and who stay at their stations for so long, is so rare,” said former NBC5 anchor Stephanie Gorin, who retired from broadcasting last year after 26 years. “We got spoiled,” she continued. “I don’t know of any other market that has had such luck.” Messner’s announcement made headlines on both sides of Lake Champlain and even across the U.S. border. In a September 21 piece for the Montréal Gazette lamenting the weatherman’s departure, columnist Bill Brownstein dubbed the relentlessly positive Messner “the Ted Lasso of meteorology.” Meyer’s farewell occasioned similar and perhaps even more heartfelt fanfare. In a WCAX tribute aired on June 4, she received video messages from a chorus of prominent locals. Among them were Gov. Phil Scott and three former Vermont governors, the state’s entire U.S. congressional delegation, WCAX colleagues past and present, actor Rusty DeWees, and, yes, Messner himself. “Sharon is Vermont,” WCAX anchor Darren Perron told Seven Days. What, then, will Vermont and its TV landscape be without Meyer and Messner? Colleagues say the pair’s departures signal the end of an era in local media. “They’re giants,” WCAX news director Roger Garrity said of Meyer and Messner. “I kind of look at them as the last of the breed in small-market television, where people were around for decades at a time.” “Longevity builds familiarity, and familiarity builds trust,” said Garrity, who himself has been at WCAX for 34 years. “The trust builds loyalty, and that’s what we want: people coming back every day.” In weather as in news, the best way to build a dedicated audience is to tell it like it is. That’s something Meyer and Messner have spent decades doing, on screen and off. Back in the NBC5 studio, Messner and Frechette ultimately opted for a rainy Saturday forecast with no sun. “That’s enough of a difference to affect people’s plans,” Frechette explained to a reporter. Then, turning to Messner, he

Well, sort of. “In fact, he wasn’t our first choice,” NBC5 anchor and reporter Stewart Ledbetter revealed. At the time, Ledbetter was WPTZ’s news director. Messner was his secondever hire, he recalled, but only after it became clear that another candidate wouldn’t work out. “We agonized over filling that position,” Ledbetter said. “Because … then and now, it’s a critical staff position. It’s highprofile, and you hope to build your brand with help from the chief meteorologist. They’re super-visible, and we knew it was important. We had to get it right.” Thirty-one years and countless forecasts later, it’s safe to say they did. Messner is ubiquitous in Vermont living rooms, whether he’s delivering the weather in the studio or, almost as frequently, from state fairs, car shows, music festivals and parades from Burlington to Brattleboro. In one memorable instance, he gave the


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forecast while standing waist-deep in a ball pit. For the past three decades, Messner’s presence at an event meant it was a big deal — or at least helped it seem like one. Said Ledbetter, “To call [hiring Messner] a home run would be diminishing the success of it.”


Meyer’s route to the WCAX weather desk was similarly fortuitous. “It doesn’t happen this way anymore,” she said in an interview near her home in Williston. In the late 1970s, Meyer was studying to be a veterinarian at the University of Vermont. As part of a senior class, she came to the WCAX studio for a taping of “Across the Fence,” the long-running farm and home program that the station coproduces with UVM. “This light bulb went on, like, Wow, you can actually make a living doing TV,” she recalled. In 1979, Meyer joined the WCAX production department, from which Hall plucked her in 1984 to join the weather desk. Meyer succeeded Hall after he retired six years later and became the station’s second-ever weather anchor. She was also, according to WCAX vice president and general manager Jay Barton, the first woman to lead a Vermont network’s weather team. TV news was particularly male-dominated in the 1980s and ’90s, he noted. “So to have the first person in the marketplace who’s a female weather leader — and in the most prominent newscasts on our station — that made her stand out,” Barton said. But, he added, “She probably would have anyway.” Meyer, who grew up outside Boston, described herself as “always a science kid.” Her father was a physicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “So, if I was going to do any reporting, it was always going to be weather,” she said. Unlike Messner, Meyer is not a meteorologist — a title that, according to the American Meteorological Society, requires a specialized bachelor’s degree. She did, however, take meteorology courses and has been a member of the AMS since 1988. Meyer explained that, when she joined the weather team in the 1980s, very few TV weather reporters were actual meteorologists. Local weather reporters would go to the National Weather Service at Burlington International Airport for daily briefs, which they transformed into TV forecasts. 30


Stephanie Gorin and Tom Messner

“When I started, you just had a map that you would stick these plastic numbers on,” she recalled, chuckling. “I was lucky that I was able to evolve with the technology.” There’s an old joke about weather forecasting: It’s the rare profession that allows you to be wrong half the time and still get paid. That gag has dated, though, as technological advancements increase the accuracy of forecasting, at least in the short term. Now, instead of people complaining that the forecast is wrong, Meyer said she tends to hear from people who are upset that the weather isn’t what they wanted it to be, as if it were her fault. “I may look like Mother Nature, but I’m not her,” she joked. Messner noted the same trend. Even in a region with notoriously fickle weather and an array of microclimates, advanced radar and computer algorithms now make it possible to predict, almost to the minute, when and where weather will change. “In 1990, the weather [forecast] for the next day was pretty good, and you started to lose quite a bit by day two, day three,” he recalled. “Now we can look at a map and say, ‘That rain over there will be over here by noon.’ “Things have improved so much,” Messner said, “that when it’s wrong, you can really get burned.” He remembers the days before green screens and high-tech gizmos such as


Tom Messner with Al Roker


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In recent years, WCAX and NBC5 have gone back and forth as the region’s mostwatched local news outlet, routinely swapping first and second place in the Nielsen ratings. But in 1990, with anchor Marselis Parsons in charge, WCAX was the undisputed king of Vermont’s TV news, as it had been for decades. In staff meetings at Channel 5, “we used to joke that we were Avis,” Ledbetter recalled, citing the car rental company’s famous “We Try Harder” ad campaigns from the 1970s. “When you’re only No. 2, you try harder. “We tried to have a front line of anchor talent who were engaging and dynamic

and likable and different from what viewers saw on Channel 3,” Ledbetter continued. “At the time, Channel 3’s slogan was ‘Vermont’s own,’” Gorin said. “So we were up against a tried-and-true station that people really liked. We were the scrappy underdogs who were not going to settle for No. 2.” “We were trying to figure out a strategy to eat into Channel 3’s historic lead,” Ledbetter said. “Tom was key to that.” One factor that led Ledbetter to hire Messner was the weatherman’s charisma and willingness to do almost anything, on screen or off. “I still remember the recommendation we received from one of his employers,” Ledbetter recalled. “It said, ‘Hire this guy. He does it all.’” The foundation of Messner’s celebrity is his drive not just to inform his community but also to engage with it. There’s probably not a corner of the region from which Messner hasn’t broadcast, and not CHANGING WEATHER


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a major event or good cause that he hasn’t publicized by showing up. “When I think of the two sides of being everywhere, I think two positives come out of it,” Messner said. “I like to be able to help out with the community. And here, if you do have a name, you can make a difference. Because it’s small, and people are accessible and … very nice. “That’s always been really important to me,” he continued. “So it’s been good for whatever organization I’ve been working with or broadcasting from, and it’s also good for the TV station and me, to be perfectly honest.” “He’s worked his butt off,” Ledbetter said. “And what you don’t see is how many years he would come in early and go to a school that might have been an hour-and-a-half drive away and talk to a fourth-grade class for an hour and get back in his car, go back to the station, put on a suit, and do his five, six, 10 and 11 o’clock shows. That’s a level of commitment that you don’t find in everyone.” “With Tom, what you see is what you get. He really does smile that much,” said Gorin, who succeeded Messner on the weather desk at Channel 50 in Watertown before joining him at Channel 5. “But he also has a serious side. And he took the business of broadcast journalism and television news and meteorology very seriously.” According to Gorin, Messner’s years of school visits offer evidence of both his genuine desire to connect with people and his shrewd strategy for building viewership. “He knew that if you could win the hearts of the kids, you would win the hearts of their parents,” she said.






If the ever-sunny Messner is Vermont’s Dick Clark — or Ted Lasso — the elegant, even-keeled Meyer brings another celebrity to mind. “I often call her the Martha Stewart of Vermont,” said Perron, the WCAX anchor. “Without the jail.” Where Messner commands attention with energy and enthusiasm, Meyer draws in viewers with subtlety and warmth. “Weather sometimes can be a little in your face,” WCAX’s Garrity observed. “And Sharon never believed that’s what it was all about. She really thought that It’s just my job to tell you what’s going on, and I’m going to do it as clearly and concisely and accurately as possible.” “I remember the old man, Red Martin, used to say, ‘Who, what, when, why and 32


From left: Sharon Meyer, Alexandra Marks and Brad Wright, circa 1990

where, and then get off the air,’” Meyer said, referring to Stuart “Red” Martin, who cofounded WCAX in 1954. The Martin family owned the station until 2017, when Atlanta-based Gray Television acquired it. “She just has that ability to connect with people, that ‘Oh, she’s like a friend or a sister or a mother,’” Garrity continued of Meyer. “People really have an affection for her.” “Just about every place I go, someone brings up Sharon,” Perron agreed. A viewer recently approached him at his gym to chat about Meyer. “He talked to me

for probably 15 minutes about everything he remembered about her,” he said, “how he loved her and had a crush on her.” Like Messner, Meyer cultivated her fan base through a mix of studio work and venturing into the community. In addition to reporting the weather, she regularly produced field segments, including creemee tours, nature highlights and gardening tips in the summer, and foliage treks in the fall. She still does postretirement gardening spots for WCAX with master gardener Charlie Nardozzi. Meyer credited her predecessor, Hall,

with teaching her the weather. “He was the most gracious man ever,” she said. But it was Parsons, she said, who encouraged her to branch out. “He took over as my mentor and added the other part of it, the stories, the features … that show how people are enjoying the weather or how the weather is affecting them.” While Meyer and Messner have been direct competitors for almost their entire careers, they are also friends. Or at least Messner thinks so. “It’s like two quarterbacks after the game,” Messner said. “They hug or shake hands.” “Tom who?” Meyer joked. Because it’s a small market with only so many TV broadcasters, Meyer explained, it’s natural to become close with the competition, “because they’re the only

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ones who understand … what your life is like.” She added that, because she and Messner approached TV with their own distinctive styles, they always had room to be colleagues and competitors. “I could never out-Messner Messner,” she said. “Why would I even try?” While Messner embraces his public persona — WCAX’s Barton called him the “charismatic center of Channel 5” — Meyer tends to be more reserved. You can see the contrast, Meyer suggested, on those occasions when both stations are broadcasting from the same location. “When we’re in public together and people are coming to Tom, he’s right there,” she said. “And I’d be hiding behind him. “We just have different personalities,” she continued. “He’s got the personality for getting out there, and I’m more of a one-on-one person.” “I think we both ended up right where we belonged,” Messner said.

Over the years, both Meyer and Messner have had opportunities to move on to larger markets. In small-market media, that’s the typical circle of life: Young talent comes in, hones its chops and moves on to bigger cities after a few years — or burns out. That pattern makes it all the more remarkable when folks like Meyer and Messner stick around. “TV is kind of like baseball,” said WCAX weather reporter Gary Sadowsky, who’s been at the station for 30 years. “You’ve got the major leagues, and then you’ve got the minor leagues. We’re like a minor league team.” Some years ago, Messner was wooed by a station in Pittsburgh, which is currently the 24th-largest market in the U.S., according to Nielsen. By comparison, Burlington-Plattsburgh is ranked 96. Messner and his wife, Kate, traveled to the Steel City, where they were wined and dined. On the flight home, Kate posed a question to her husband. “She asked me, ‘Is this your dream job?’” Messner recalled. “And the answer was obvious.” To understand why Messner stayed, you need only see him on a live shoot. On September 29, he was broadcasting from Switchback Brewing in Burlington for an event hosted by Feeding Chittenden, a local nonprofit that works to combat food insecurity in Chittenden County. Between segments, Messner was setting up shots, coordinating impromptu on-air interviews and mingling with the crowd. He had made his retirement announcement the previous week, so it was a hot topic among attendees. Throughout the two-hour shoot, people approached him constantly, whether they knew him

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personally or not, as if he were an old friend — which, in many ways, he was. As Messner struggled under an imbalanced armload of Feeding Chittenden merch that he needed for his next segment, a beer drinker shouted a question to him across the patio: Did he still bike around Plattsburgh? Another excited fan interrupted Messner mid-conversation to say that he’d been watching him since he moved to Vermont 20 years ago. One woman, chagrined to hear of the weatherman’s impending departure from NBC5, offered retirement advice. “Don’t commit to anything for the first year,” she suggested. “At first you won’t know what to do with your free time, so you’ll go overboard trying to fill it up.” Messner handled each interaction, even the awkward ones, with graciousness and his trademark smile. “My favorite part of the job has always been the community aspect of it,” he said later. “I’ve had a few opportunities to leave, but we sort of looked at the big picture. And it’s just better here.” So why step back now? Particularly on TV, Messner looks like he hasn’t changed much since 1990. Some of that is a product of his youthful energy. But, he conceded, it’s also partly the magic of television. “I’ve got wrinkles, too — lines on my face,” he said, chuckling. “Thirty-one years is a long time,” he went on, noting that he’ll turn 61 in November. “Especially during the last year or so with the pandemic, like a lot of people, I’ve just realized there are other things I’d like to do, too.” His wife is a New York Times best-selling children’s author who’s penned some 50 books. Pre-pandemic, Kate traveled frequently for speaking engagements. Messner plans to join her as those opportunities return. “I definitely married up,” he joked. Fun fact: The Messners, who live on the lake just south of Plattsburgh, met when Kate worked at Channel 5 as a reporter. Messner has also long been active as an investor in the local startup community. He declined to go into detail, citing potential conflicts with his current position at NBC5. But his LinkedIn page lists a number of familiar local endeavors under the banner of Messner Investments. Since 2017, he’s had dealings with Mamava, which makes lactation pods; Bolton Valley Resort; EZ-Probate, which helps people file legal paperwork without a lawyer; and the spacecraft propulsion company Benchmark Space Systems. He also has rental property in Naples, Fla., and 34



has made numerous business investments in California. “I’m really interested in the startup community here and helping it grow,” Messner said. “This is such a great place to start a company. Things are happening, and I’m hoping to be involved in that.” Messner will still make occasional appearances on NBC5, particularly for big events. And he’ll continue to be involved in the community — for instance, with organizations such as Feeding Chittenden. A longtime supporter of the nonprofit, he’s served as a member of its ambassador program since it launched last year. “I won’t be disappearing,” Messner said. Shortly after Messner’s announcement, NBC5 named Tyler Jankoski the station’s next chief meteorologist. A member of the First Warning Weather Team since 2017, the Penn State grad is a certified broadcast meteorologist and member of the American Meteorological Society. “He’s one of my favorite people in the industry,” Jankoski said of Messner,

describing him as a friend and a mentor. “And I know what he means to Vermont — which,” he conceded, “is a little nerve-racking.” Messner noted that Jankoski and Frechette have helped keep him up on weather science and changes in tech. In turn, Messner has tutored his younger colleagues in more nuanced aspects of the job. “The thing that has always struck me about him is his understanding of the business of TV and marketing in general,” Jankoski said. “He just understands how people receive things … and overall how to treat people.” He added, “It’s a lot more than weather.”


At WCAX, meteorologist Dan Dowling has replaced Meyer as the leader of the station’s weather team. Meteorologist Jess Langlois showed up in June, joining fixtures Gary Sadowsky and Dave Busch.

Dowling has been at WCAX since 1998; he interned with Messner, whom he described as gracious and generous, at Channel 5. He described Meyer as a down-to-earth, team-focused leader — and a friend. “Sharon was the glue that held our weather team together,” he said. Like Messner, Meyer found herself rethinking her life and career during the pandemic, during which she mostly delivered the weather from the Williston home she shares with her husband, Rene Bourne, who owns Bourne’s Service Center in South Burlington. WCAX furnished her with a home studio setup, which gave her segments even more of a Martha Stewart feel. “It’s not like I was getting sick of the business,” she said on a recent walk through the Mud Pond Country Park, a natural area in Williston. “It’s just that there are a lot of other things I’d like to do. And I thought that it would be a good time to start having more time to do that.” While she’s still enthusiastic about broadcasting and will remain a WCAX contributor, she conceded that the schedule demands of TV news can be burdensome. Particularly as local networks invest more in their news operations to counteract the audience-draining effects of streaming, the job requires long and unconventional hours with unforgiving deadlines. “Six o’clock is six o’clock,” Meyer said. Like Messner, she places travel high on her retirement list — to the extent that the pandemic allows it. She also plans to indulge her love of animals, horses in particular. Earlier this summer, she served as the celebrity awards presenter at a horse show, something she hopes to do more often. Beyond that, Meyer’s goal, at least for the immediate future, is simply to enjoy the place she’s spent her entire adult life covering. On a walk through the woods with a reporter in tow, she paused frequently to admire the surroundings, often interrupting herself to note changing leaves, birds and the occasional newt. “Oh, look!” she exclaimed midsentence as a red eft scurried around the mossy base of a tree. “Isn’t he cute?” She took a picture with her phone. Asked about her and Messner’s parallel careers, Meyer chalked most of the similarities up to coincidence. After all, she noted, Hall, her predecessor at Channel 3, and Bird Berdan, Messner’s at Channel 5, left those stations around the same time. “But what’s not a coincidence is that this area kind of captures people,” Meyer said. “If you find yourself in a job that you really like in a place you really like to be, you’re gonna stick around.” m

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Beyond the Call

John King and colleagues reflect on his 56-year career with the Burlington Police Department S TO RY & PHOT OS BY KE N PICARD •


hen John King joined the Burlington Police Department in July 1965, he received just five days of law enforcement training. It included one day to memorize a map of Burlington, another to learn city ordinances and a third to study state criminal statutes. His paycheck for the first week: $62. By week two, King was handed the keys to a police cruiser and sent on solo patrol, with strict instructions never to leave Burlington while on duty; his municipal authority ended at the city limits. He wasn’t even allowed to stop a burglary in progress in South Burlington, which he watched from across the street in Burlington, King recalled. Much has changed in police training and jurisdiction since then, but fellow cops have consistently held King in high regard. At a time when officer morale is low, recruitment is flagging, and some Burlington residents, including members of city council, want to defund the police and exert tighter civilian oversight, King’s recent retirement party provided a rare opportunity for the men and women in blue to celebrate one of their own. On the afternoon of September 24, civic leaders and members of the police department gathered in Battery Park to mark the end of King’s 56-year career. The 77-year-old Waterbury native stood quietly in plain clothes before a crowd of about three dozen, all there to honor his decades of service. Vermont Public Safety Commissioner Mike Schirling noted that King actually had two police department careers: one as a police officer, which he left as commander — a rank now called deputy chief — and a second, starting in 1991, as parking enforcement manager. Schirling, who retired from the Burlington Police Department in 2015 as chief, called King “the epitome of service, dedication and perseverance.” Burlington’s acting police chief, Jon Murad, shared highlights from King’s time on the force, including the 1973 arrest of international fugitive L. Wayne Carlson, a notorious Canadian bank robber and jail breaker. Carlson had been stopped and taken into custody at the U.S.-Canada border, Murad explained, and brought to what was then the Burlington Correctional Center. He used a smuggled .38 36


John King at his retirement party

LAW ENFORCEMENT Smith & Wesson to take seven sheriffs and five prisoners captive and make his escape. “John found him several days later and made the pinch,” Murad said, for which King was awarded Patrolman of the Year. At the ceremony, Murad gave King a plaque of the police department shoulder patch — made out of Lego pieces. King, a Lego enthusiast, had discovered a few years ago that Murad’s wife, Bonnie, is also a fan and had given her some of his sets. In appreciation, she crafted him the BPD logo. John Tracy, aide to Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), presented King with a letter from the senator and a flag that had flown over the U.S. Capitol. Tracy said King is the last retiring Burlington police officer to have worked with Leahy when he was still Chittenden County state’s attorney. Burlington attorney Joe McNeil, who also spoke at the ceremony, has known King the longest of anyone in the city. McNeil and King attended Camp Holy Cross in Colchester together when they were kids and have been friends ever since. McNeil, who served as Burlington city attorney for nearly 38 years, recounted a

story about King that he said exemplified his friend’s reputation as a man of principles. One day in the 1980s when Bernie Sanders was mayor, someone parked in his reserved spot on Main Street, forcing Sanders to park elsewhere. As a result, McNeil said, Sanders’ “old beater of a car” racked up three or four parking tickets. Fuming, Sanders told McNeil to void the tickets, a decision that McNeil and


King normally made together. This time, however, McNeil took the action unilaterally. Later, King gave McNeil an earful for his breach of protocol. “[King] understood that parking administration can quickly go off the rails,” McNeil said. Anytime you dismiss a ticket, he added, “you run the risk of being accused of favoritism.” King’s career spanned more than a third of BPD’s 156-year history. An amiable man of few words, King was the only member of his family to enter law enforcement. His father was a granite shed worker in Barre; his mother, a stay-at-home mom.

After graduating from high school on a Friday in May 1962, King left for the Army on the following Monday. Though he had expected to serve in Vietnam, after the Bay of Pigs invasion his military police company was deployed to the Panama Canal, where he spent the next three years. Upon his return to Vermont in 1965, King heard on the radio that the Burlington police were hiring. He applied and started work the following week. In 1965, Vermont had no training academy for municipal cops, King said. According to the Vermont Criminal Justice Council, the first basic training course for any of the state’s law enforcement personnel was held in 1968, in a building previously used as a sanitarium for tuberculosis patients. At first, only state troopers attended. When town and city police cadets finally were admitted to the academy, state police instructors taught all the courses. This created tension, King recalled, because municipal cops perceived that state cops were running the show. To alleviate such concerns, the academy asked municipal police to serve as instructors. In the first co-taught class, King joined a state police lieutenant to educate cadets on accident scene investigation. Several years later, when police radar came into widespread use, King was one of two instructors sent to New York State to learn how to train other officers in their use. City policing was quite different then than it is today. In the 1960s and ’70s, most patrols were done on foot, King said, and there were call boxes on virtually every corner that officers used to communicate with dispatchers. “You had to flip the lever every half hour to let the station know you were OK,” he recalled. “There was a red light on top, and if you saw that red light on, it meant the station wanted you.” In some respects, policing was also more laid-back. King remembers when the city jail was located on the corner of Main Street and South Winooski Avenue, adjacent to the fire station, where a public parking lot now sits. “There were times when you’d arrest somebody and tell them to walk over to jail, and you’d meet them there later,” he said. “And you’d go over there, and they’d be sitting on the steps waiting for you.” During night shifts, King carried a key

ring to let himself into any business in downtown. Sometimes he’d go on duty at midnight and be in the only car on the road. It wasn’t unusual, he said, to work two or three consecutive nights without a single call. “I don’t think people had the tendency to call the police as often as they do today,” he said. But King also had his share of frequent flyers. He recalled one elderly woman living alone in the South End who periodically called the police to report a stranger in her yard. “So we’d go down and talk to her,” King said. “All she really wanted was for you to come in, and she’d have warm chocolate chip cookies and a glass of milk for you.” Parking enforcement was also very different back then. In the ’70s, if someone had unpaid parking tickets, the city

didn’t impound their vehicle, as it does today. “We arrested the driver and took them over to jail,” King said. “And that person stayed in jail … overnight and was arraigned the next morning.” And because parking tickets were considered a criminal offense, appealing one was a risky proposition. “I had to explain to the person that … if you lost, you would get a criminal conviction on your record for the rest of your life,” King explained. Schoolteachers, postal workers and even fellow cops rarely appealed for fear of losing their jobs. By the late 1970s, King had successfully lobbied the legislature to make parking tickets a civil offense. When King became parking enforcement manager in 1991, he heard his share of excuses from people trying to get out of paying tickets, he said. Some were legitimate; others, ridiculous. Usually, King held firm and wasn’t swayed by sob stories. There were some notable exceptions, though. One morning King got a call from a man who was staying at the Radisson Hotel — now a Hilton — on Battery Street. The man had parked on College Street the night before and woken to find his car missing. After an overnight snowstorm, the vehicle had been towed because it was blocking snowplows. As the man explained to King, he was visiting Vermont from Hawaii for a meeting at IBM in Essex Junction. He had never seen snow before in his life and called his wife to tell her how beautiful it looked. “He said, ‘I just never conceived that you would have to plow it to clean the streets,’” King recalled. So King voided the ticket, but the man still had to pay the towing charge. Looking back, King is thankful he never had to fire his gun in the line of duty as a policeman. “I enjoyed my work,” he said. “I enjoyed driving to work in the morning, and I enjoyed driving home in the afternoon. If anything, I hope people remember that I tried to treat them equally, fairly and uniformly.” m

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Cartoon Collaboration Vermont’s migrant farmworkers tell their stories in a new compilation B Y M E L I SSA PASANEN •


he story of Guadalupe unfurls over eight densely illustrated pages, heavy with ink and emotion, in the recently published The Most Costly Journey: Stories by Migrant Farmworkers in Vermont Drawn by New England Cartoonists. It starts with 26-year-old Guadalupe on a harrowing 10-day journey from her native Mexico to the United States, where her father has gone to find work. “I was happy to see my father, but very sad for being in a place with a completely different culture, without knowing the people, the church or the food,” the text reads in a panel depicting a black-andwhite figure surrounded by shadowy gray people. “This was the beginning of my American dream.” The Most Costly Journey, published in May by the Vermont Folklife Center, is a compilation of cartoons originally released in Spanish as individual booklets. Its 19 chapters use a wide range of cartooning styles and perspectives to bring to life the challenges that migrant farmworkers face, from debilitating loneliness to the constant specter of deportation. Two dozen members of Vermont’s migrant farmworker community, all identified by pseudonyms, contributed their stories. Besides their challenges, they shared their joys: the freedom that comes with earning a driver’s license, the tight bond between a father and son, the rewards of planting a garden of familiar vegetables and herbs. Published in English with a Spanish edition in the works, the book grew out of the booklet project that started in 2015 with the transformation of recorded interviews into biographical cartoons. The cartoon booklets have been distributed throughout the state to help farmworkers feel heard and show them that they are not alone, said Julia Grand Doucet, the outreach nurse who initiated the project. Doucet works for Open Door Clinic, a nonprofit that provides free health care to uninsured or underinsured Addison County residents. About half its patients are migrant farmworkers, many from Mexico. The booklets, which are still in circulation, serve as “icebreakers” to help health outreach workers and farmworkers




broach difficult topics, Doucet said. For example, someone might be sad about missing a family event back home, such as a daughter’s quinceañera celebration. “We could open up a conversation about how that must feel bad, and here’s a story about someone who missed his daughter’s wedding,” Doucet explained. “It also allowed people to open up by reading someone else’s story. They might read about alcoholism and be able to say, ‘Oh, yeah, this happened to me, too.’” Guadalupe, who has lived in Addison County for almost 13 years, shared her story in part to help other migrant workers, she said. Former Vermonter and Seven Days contributing cartoonist Iona Fox collaborated with her to create her narrative. “The process was difficult: telling your story to someone you don’t know, remembering what you went through,” Guadalupe said through an interpreter last week at Open Door Clinic in Middlebury. “As time goes by, one must cope with it and tries to forget it.” But, she added, the process “took some weight off that I was carrying.”


Guadalupe’s path to the elusive American dream took several nightmarish turns before it inched toward a happy ending. The cartoon depicts her splitting from an abusive partner only to find herself a new mother struggling through a Vermont winter without a home or a job. “People think that crossing the border is the hardest part,” Guadalupe says in the book. “But the worst part is finding a way to survive after you arrive.” An endnote to her story provides contact information for WomenSafe, an Addison County nonprofit serving victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Like many migrants, Guadalupe is undocumented, she said. Despite the risks of sharing her story publicly, she said she wants to support other women in similar situations and let them know that their legal status would not prevent them from getting help.

Doucet came up with the idea of marrying life stories with cartooning after multiple farmworker patients reported serious physical complaints that could not be traced to any specific medical cause. She concluded that the symptoms were precipitated by chronic stress and anxiety caused by isolation, insecurity and awareness of the dangers still faced by loved ones back home. Around the same time, Doucet heard a radio broadcast about applied cartooning, or the use of cartoons to inform, educate and empower. The practice has proved especially effective in reaching people whose literacy is limited. Knowing that talk therapy wasn’t culturally familiar or accessible to farmworkers, Doucet hoped that encouraging them to share their stories might have therapeutic value. She found that “if you expressed interest, the stories just kind of poured out.” Doucet served as coeditor of the project, which was named “El Viaje Más Caro” (“The Most Costly Journey”), along with Andy Kolovos, associate director and archivist at the Vermont Folklife Center; Teresa Mares, an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Vermont; and Marek Bennett, a New Hampshire-based cartoonist and educator. UVM Extension’s Bridges to Health program helped collect stories and uses the booklets in its outreach efforts.

The power of the booklets’ stories, and the bravery of those who shared them, impelled Doucet and her colleagues to bring them to a larger audience. “I struggled with what to do with what felt like a gift,” she said. “You open up all of this trauma and kind of darkness. We’re collecting these stories, but [the storytellers are] still left in that place. I feel like we can’t just take it for granted, that we need to magnify it somehow.” All profits from The Most Costly Journey support Open Door Clinic outreach initiatives. Grants, community donations and a crowdfunding campaign provided income to pay the cartoonists, publish the booklets and books, and develop a guide to help community health workers use the materials for outreach. Throughout the process of collecting the stories, translating them and transforming them into cartoon form, the storytellers’ viewpoints and comfort levels were paramount, Doucet said. Each participant reviewed their cartoon in draft form and was able to request changes. “We wanted to show their perspective, their interpretation and their understanding of their story,” she said. “They have ownership of it.” Known as subject-driven ethnography, this approach is integral to the mission of the Vermont Folklife Center, according to Kolovos. “It’s a collaborative process,” he said. The Middlebury-based organization has supported other projects documenting Addison County’s migrant farmworker community and has hosted Day of the Dead celebrations. Kolovos is a self-professed comics nerd who appreciates the accessibility and creativity of the medium. He and Bennett worked together to pair regional cartoonists with the stories. A story about a migrant coming to terms with his sexuality went to a cartoonist with an interest in LGBTQ issues. For a story about a woman navigating an unplanned pregnancy, Kolovos approached a cartoonist who is a mother. One of the cartoonists is John Carvajal of Montpelier, who came on board in 2016 as a recent graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction. He illustrated the story of Jesús that appears in The Most Costly Journey . An illustrator as well as cartoonist, Carvajal grew up in Florida, the son of

Colombian immigrants. He’s not sure why his family left Colombia. “My dad doesn’t really talk too much about that,” Carvajal said, but he suspects it had to do with “the whole drug cartel situation.” Because he is a native speaker, Carvajal was able to work with the interview recording in its original form. Jesús’ story included the all-too-familiar horror of a family member back in Mexico being threatened or kidnapped for ransom because relatives in the U.S. have access to cash. But Carvajal gave that dramatic plot point only four panels. Instead of focusing on it, he portrayed unrelenting loneliness as the deeper wound. His illustrations show Jesús working with the cows, in a field and staring out the window — always alone. “I think that’s something that’s kind of skimmed over a lot,” Carvajal said, “just how hard it is when you’re in a situation that difficult and you’re so far away from your family.” Guadalupe concurred that leaving family, friends and community is excruciatingly hard. “To decide to emigrate requires great courage and strength,” she said. “It is a difficult, painful decision [with] many dangers.” “Some people will say, ‘Why do you come here?’” Guadalupe continued. “Everyone who is here, we have a great need to be here; otherwise we wouldn’t come.” Reasons include rampant gang violence and extreme poverty, she elaborated. Doucet recently heard a story that motivated her to consider a second round of interviews and cartoons. An 11-year-old girl had a copy of The Most Costly Journey because her mother, who came from Mexico and has worked on Vermont dairy farms, helped with the project. The youngster is not a big reader, Doucet recounted, “but her mom said she sat down with it and read it end to end without moving. When it was done, she said, ‘Can you get me more of these?’” m

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The good, the bad and the unexpected at Burlington’s 13 pizza joints B Y S E V EN D AYS STAFF



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he very first issue of Seven Days — published on September 6, 1995 — included a story about pizza. “The Pies Have It” rated nine pizza places that delivered in Burlington, noting details such as the staff’s telephone manners — a prime concern in those days before online ordering. We’ve written about pizza a few times since then — after all, it’s the original takeout food, and Vermonters eat a lot of it. But 26 years have passed since the last c o m p re h e n sive Burlington pizza story, and we figured it was time for an update. For our survey of the current BTV pizza scene, we drew reviewers from across the Seven Days staff. Within city limits, we found 13 non-chain restaurants that focus on pizza. A few are familiar faces from 1995: Leonardo’s Pizza, Mr. Mike’s and Manhattan Pizza & Pub. The world of cheese-andsauce-on-bread has changed in a quarter century, though. Pizza isn’t just pizza these days — it can be Neapolitan-style, Detroit-style, flatbread, square, round, vegan or gluten-free. What follow are individual perspectives on Burlington’s 13 pizza spots — from staples at old favorites to unexpected new orders — complete with quirky superlatives.

Leonardo’s Pizza, 83 Pearl St., 862-7700, ME






Pizzeria Ida, 622 Riverside Ave., 540-0191,

With a $34 base pie, Pizzeria Ida is Burlington’s most expensive pizza. If you weighed one of its hefty pizzas, the cost per ounce would probably compare favorably with that of some of the city’s other high-end offerings. Either way, I’d argue that Ida’s naturally leavened crusts and skillfully layered, best-quality toppings are worth the price. Some online reviewers disagree. They cite crusts closer to charred than properly blistered and mercurial customer service. Scraggly bearded pizzaiolo/ co-owner Dan Pizzutillo regularly posts Instagram soliloquies as full of swagger as his dough is full of ideal gluten development. “The owner is an ass,” one Yelper wrote — and he’s a fan of the place. The BYOB restaurant reopened in July for on-site eating with a few outdoor tables. Daily menus are posted only on Instagram, and takeout orders are placed by phone. I favor Ida’s Sicilian-style square pies made with a multiday-aged dough that bakes up thick, airy and chewy. When squares were sold out on a recent night, I settled for a spinach-and-sesame round. It turns out the round pies have transformed during the pandemic in style, size and price. The pizza spilled out of its 18-inch box with a tangy, chewy crust that cradled fior di latte mozzarella, caramelized fennel, spinach and garlic cream. My new problem: round or square?

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I’ve been ordering Leonardo’s delivery for 15 years: from my University of Vermont dorm room, from the couch when I was too hungover to move and, frequently, during the pandemic. Leonardo’s always has coupons, and the staff executes my weird order perfectly: green peppers and extra pineapple. A Leonardo’s pie is infinitely customizable: five sauces, three crusts (including glutenfree) of various thicknesses, 24 toppings and seven cheeses (including vegan). The place has something for everyone at almost any time of day. (It’s open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.) Until last week, I’d never been to Leonardo’s to pick up the pizza. An hour after placing an order through the Leonardo’s app, I arrived at the original Pearl Street location, where the biz has been since 1990. (The other location, in South Burlington, delivers to some Burlington customers.) It’s a call-when-you-get-there curbside system. My medium pie ($16.60, since I’d forgotten to use any coupons) was still in the oven, but watching the sunset over the lake kept me occupied. When the pizza was ready, I grabbed a slice for immediate gratification, then buckled the box into the passenger seat. Leonardo’s pies are cut into small slices that make it easy to say, “Oh, just one more.” If you can save any, the pizza is very reheatable and makes a great breakfast. Jordan Barry

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As a gluten-intolerant pizza lover, I have tried a lot of gluten-free options of Cheese wildly varying quality. So I do not put this lightly: American Flatbread serves the best gluten-free pizza I’ve ever had. Many bake up so hard that I worry for my teeth. By contrast, Flatbread’s bubbles up chewy and crisp and tastes like herbs and wood fire. For the sake of a well-rounded evaluation, I brought my fiancée, who eats gluten but not dairy, and her dad, who eats both. I got the Eggs Benedict flatbread ($26), which is only available on Mr. Mike’s, 206 Main St., 864-0072, weekend afternoons and is obscenely delicious. It stars jammy eggs, tangy Cheap and greasy. Two words you hollandaise and smoked pork loin. My may or may not love having assobeloved gluten-free crust — made by ciated with your pizza. At $3 for a West Meadow Farm Bakery — costs an cheese slice, Mr. Mike’s isn’t going additional $5.50, a small price to pay. to put a dent in your wallet. Your My fiancée ordered a daily special, colon? Debatable. the bánh mì pie ($19) topped with an Look, if this is a pizza beauty contest, Mr. Mike’s Asian-accented bean spread and a carrot slaw. isn’t taking any She wished for more awards. As flat and Vietnamese flavor but uninteresting as a reported that her dairytown in the middle of free cheese ($2 extra) Indiana, this is food was delightfully melty, that serves to do one without the off flavor that thing: soak up the many have. Her dad got a booze. half Revolution and half Taste-wise, Mr. New Vermont Sausage Mike’s is just a pie ($15) and loved member of the pack of food spots serving the the decisively fennelCHRIS FARN SWORTH flavored sausage. When bar crowd. The dough they compared my crust is fine. The cheese is with theirs, they judged the flavor on fine. The toppings are, y’know, fine. par, though the regular one was thicker What Mike’s does have going for it with a more satisfying chew. I promise, is a walk-up window with a ferohowever, that all who are gluten-averse ciously fast response time. The will be fully satisfied. employees fire out slices faster than Emily Hamilton the chanting of an auctioneer who’s just drunk a Red Bull. The key is to eat those bad boys as quickly as they hand them to you; you don’t want Mr. Mike’s for leftovers. For the time being, there is no inside dining at Mr. Mike’s. Some of the employees I talked to said indoor service was likely to resume soon, though, which can only be a good thing. If there’s any pizza place in town that benefits from having a bar right inside it, it’s Mr. Mike’s.

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Commuters who park in the large lot at 115 Lakeside Avenue in Burlington have a new on-the-go breakfast option. Since September 29, the pink-and-cream POLITE CRUNCH BAKERY

teardrop trailer has been popping up on the eastern perimeter of the lot most weekdays at 6:30 a.m. Baker-owner KELSEY HATCH offers freshly baked muffins, cake doughnuts and quick breads, such as pumpkin-chocolate chunk and toffee-glazed banana mini loaves, along with chilled cans of BRIO COFFEEWORKS nitro coffee. Hatch, 28, described herself as an avid hobbyist baker, although she did bake for a year at Burlington’s MONARCH & THE MILKWEED. She left her most recent job as a marketing coordinator in August to become a full-time baking entrepreneur. “I was ready to see if I could make it into a profession,” Hatch said. “The mobile concept allows me to play around with different audiences. I would love to be parking in other lots, too, and even downtown for late-night desserts.” She gives credit to her family for many of her

recipes, such as her Holly Bar, a fudgy chocolatechunk brownie created by and named for her mom. Hatch also loves to experiment. She has added ground juniper berries to carrot cake and frosted it with lime buttercream. “It had some gin-and-tonic vibes going on,” she said. Now she’s working on a lemon poppyseed roll — a hybrid of a cinnamon roll and a lemon poppyseed muffin. Her business’ name comes from the phrase she once used to describe biting into a baked good that was crunchy outside and soft inside. “I called it a polite crunch,” Hatch said, “and it stuck.” Find hours and an optional preorder link on Instagram @politecrunchbakery. Melissa Pasanen


Business is budding in the new COTTONWOOD CROSSING DEVELOPMENT in Williston. JR’S WILLISTON

opened on Monday, bringing pizza, pasta and other Italian specialties to 32 Cottonwood Drive, Suite 105. This is the second restaurant for owner BOGDAN ANDREESCU and business partner KYLE CRETE, who opened JR’S ORIGINAL at 348 Main Street in Winooski in 2018. After a few years in business, they were looking to expand, and the new development near Taft Corners seemed like the right place, Andreescu told Seven Days. “It’s a nice area out there, and I’m just that crazy kind of guy who needs projects all the time,” he said. “So I decided to open up a second location and make it work.” The menu in Williston is “pretty much the same” as that of the Winooski spot, Andreescu said, with pizzas, calzones, stuffed breads, hot hero sandwiches, wings, salads, and appetizers such as bruschetta and fried calamari. The Original House Special pizza comes with meatballs, sausage, pepperoni, peppers, onions and mushrooms. Customers can pick their own pasta-and-sauce combo or choose from a lengthy list of classic Italian and Italian American specialties, such as eggplant, chicken or veal parmigiana; lasagna; and shrimp scampi. With 50 seats, Jr’s Williston is a similar size to the original, offering on-site dining, takeout and delivery. Outdoor dining will arrive next spring. Both restaurants are open Monday through Saturday, 4 to 9 p.m. Jordan Barry

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Who eats pizza for lunch?! Not me! Who eats deep-dish pizza?! Definitely not me! So it was strange to find myself eating a noontime, thick-crusted pizza from Pizza 44 last week. Baked in a cast-iron pan in the pizzeria’s wood-fired oven, the pie was a bready skyscraper relative to the thin, crispy crusts I grew up on in pizza mecca New Haven, Conn., and mecca lite Philadelphia. Yet Pizza 44’s pan-baked Caprese pie ($18) was its own delight: The crust was airy, light and crisped-up at the edges. Downing a piece was like eating a slice of sponge

cake crowned with a warm salad; the sausage we requested on half the pie ($1 extra) roughed up the purist Caprese toppings. Pizza 44 alerts takeout customers by text when their order is ready. My phone beeped while I was drinking a beer in the parking lot biergarten of Queen City Brewery, which shares a building with Pizza 44. With the outdoor space to ourselves, my daughter and I enjoyed the pizza, the sunshine, the English-style ale and a final picnic of the season. Sally Pollak











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Big Daddy’s Pizza, 177 Church St., 863-0000, Big Daddys Pizza VT on Facebook

I lived on pizza for an entire summer in ’95. I was in New York City, and my staple was Famous Ben’s Pizza on Spring and Thompson. So when our food team asked me to review a local shop, I agreed. And because I love NYCstyle pizza, with its soft dough and large, flat slices, I chose Big Daddy’s. A true pizza test is best taken when I have the munchies, so I skipped breakfast, did a bong hit for brunch and biked into town. To my chagrin, Daddy’s didn’t open until 4 p.m. But it is open until 2 a.m., and it delivers everywhere in BTV, SoBu and the ’Noosk. (Individual slices and on-site dining are on hiatus.) After killing some time, I ordered a couple pies. Amid the melted mozzarella, the Carnivore ($23.99 for a 20-inch) was packed with fresh, warm chunks of sausage, ham, meatballs, bacon and pepperoni. It smelled like my grandmother’s kitchen and paired well with the pinot noir that I had bought earlier. Its vegetarian counterpart, the Tree Hugger ($23.99), was sown with all the crisp greens and veggies my health nut friends covet. The giant slices dwarfed my plate and reminded me of hot summer nights in Little Italy. That’s no surprise: Owner Eric Czado’s great-uncle ran a pizza joint on the Lower East Side in the 1940s. That’s amore. Jeff Baron



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Piesanos Burlington, 176 Main St., 862-1234,

After a long night out with friends, sometimes I need pizza to power me home, and Piesanos is my go-to. It might not be the best slice in the world, but it never fails to deliver when I need it most — say, at 2:45 on a Friday night (technically Saturday morning). For as little as $13.99, I can get a 12-inch pie to share with my besties or to feed myself for a couple meals. Or, if I’m solo, I might just go for a basic cheese slice ($3.30). With Main Street views and the wafting smell of freshly baked pizza, Piesanos is a good place to eat and take in the scene, but I often grab my order to-go for the drive home.



Most days, I eat gluten-free, and Piesanos’ gluten-free crust doesn’t make me feel shortchanged. Not a super-adventurous eater, I typically stick to classics like cheese or pepperoni, but I was swayed recently to try the Buffalo chicken pizza topped with spicy breaded chicken, creamy ranch dressing and gooey mozzarella. Each bite was crunchy, rich and spicy. Now I’m tempted to run through the rest of Piesanos’ specialty pies. Keeping it in the family of pizza that evokes a whole different menu item — up next, chicken Parm pie.

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Ken’s Pizza and Pub, 71 Church St., 862-3335,

Ken’s Pizza and Pub is the Swiss Army knife of Burlington pizzerias. There’s something for every situation: patio seating under umbrellas for Church Street Marketplace shoppers, a spacious pub with 14 TV screens for catching the latest sports, Captain Tom’s Tiki Bar out back and a takeout window around the corner on Bank Street. Again like a reliable Swiss Army knife, the actual pizza at Ken’s Pizza is nothing fancy, but it gets the job done. You want leeks or goat cheese on your slice? Keep moving, pal. This is straight-up New York-style thin crust. Montréal smoked meat, banana peppers and taco seasoning are as exotic as it gets. As a Long Island native, I’m an unapologetic pizza snob. Cheese (Don’t get me started on that Chicago abomination they call deep-dish “pizza.”) Recently, my family and I got two pies at Ken’s: a standard cheese ($18) and a Buffalo chicken ($22). The breaded chicken wasn’t as wings-spicy as my Buffalo-native wife and I would have preferred, but the kids plowed through their cheese slices, which were neither floppy-thin nor overly doughy. The standouts of our meal were the Caesar salads, which Ken’s serves with anchovies (on request) and its own homemade dressing. There’s a reason Ken’s Pizza has been N NE SA around since 1973, and it’s not just the view. PA A S LIS


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Fans of “The Simpsons” know the name Duff well. Homer Simpson’s favorite beer is a cultural touchPepperoni Sliced pork, apples, scallions and a drizzle of maple barbecue sauce stone at Burlington’s Three Needs Tap Room, which for years hosted afternoon keg parties called Duff Hour that coincided with syndicated broadcasts of Fox Broadcasting’s first family. After its move from College Street to Pearl Street in 2012, the Needs opened up a little side business in its front vestibule: the Pizza Cube. Its flagship offering is the Duff, a pie made with a savory beer-cheese sauce and topped with bacon and green onions. Veg heads can get it with tomatoes and spinach instead, and flavor cravers might want to try it “rasta”-style with three kinds of peppers. Manhattan Pizza & Pub, 167 Main St., 658-6776, Like all of the Cube’s offerings, the Duff slice With its thin crust and large, foldable slices, New York-style freshly reheated slice. The pizza was nice and hot pizza is the go-to for countless pizza fans, four Ninja Turtles but not too hot. The crust was crispy — not crunchy ($3.75) is thin and crispy and at least one internet-famous subway rat. Manhattan Pizza — and the dough had a lightness that I found irresistwithout feeling insub& Pub brings a taste of the big city to Burlington but combines ible. Like the slice itself, the pepperonis were huge stantial. The special sauce it with the atmosphere of a neighborhood pub — and an impres- and delicious. I finished that slice so fast I can’t recall gives it a nice tang, and sively long draft list. if I even took the time to chew it. the flavor lands best in its JORDAN ADAMS Instead of ordering slices to-go like a busy New Yorker, I My second slice was topped with thinly sliced meaty form. opted to dine in, which I was relieved to discover required pork, apples, scallions and a drizzle of maple barbeThe greatest part of proof of vaccination. I kept things simple with a slice of cue sauce ($3.60). The unconventional toppings blended beauthe Cube: If you’re hanging out pepperoni ($2.93) from one of the six premade pies behind tifully. By the time I had finished, I was happier than a subway inside or out back in the sheltered, the counter. rat tasting pizza for the first time. smoke-friendly patio, you can Two minutes later, a friendly staff member brought out my Bryan Parmelee add a slice to your bar tab. As Mr. Burns would say: “Excellent.”








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Pizzeria Verità, 156 St. Paul St., 489-5644,


Give me a thin-crust pizza, I’ve always said — until I bit into pies, creative cocktails, salads and antipasti in a rustic-chic a hefty square of the thick-crusted, Roman-style downtown space. The restaurant added outdoor seatpie that Pizzeria Verità serves on Thursing during the pandemic and offers day nights alongside its usual Neapolitantakeout. style pizzas. Verità’s thin-crusted, tomatoThe airy crust came blistered and crisp sauced Neapolitan pies have from the wood-fired oven, piled with many fans, but I found both the roasted peppers and spicy, housemade standard and gluten-free crusts ’nduja sausage. That sausage provided disappointingly limp and the an assertive counterpoint to the sweet Margherita topping fairly bland peppers, while the crust delivered a on a recent visit. Count me among satisfying crunch with every bite. All those who hope to find Romanthese qualities held up when I reheated style on the menu more than once one of the 5-by-6-inch squares ($5.50 a week. If not, I am always more for a square, $20 for a whole pie) the than happy with a light meal of next morning for breakfast. antipasto, which comes with Verità has been a mainstay on the focaccia, a glass of wine and the Roman-style with housemade upscale end of Burlington’s pizza restaurant’s terrific tiramisu. ’nduja sausage scene since 2012, offering personal Candace Page 44


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When it comes to the science of pizza layers, Detroit has cracked the code: dough, toppings, cheese, then sauce. The cheese is the hottest part of the pizza; when on top, it’s mouth-scorching. But a nice little dollop of sauce is all you need to protect the roof of your mouth. The crew at Folino’s gets it. Even straight out of the oven, the chunky, rectangular Detroit-style pizza, baked in a steel pan, is the right temperature for diving into. Which is good, because once I see it, I’m not waiting. Most of Folino’s pies are apizzastyle — thin-crusted and slightly charred from the wood-fired oven — but I tend to go for the focaccialike Detroit-style options, which are the right size for a big personal pizza or a splittable add-on to one of the thin-crusted pies. I shared the pepperoni ($14.50) and a salad ($6.75) on a recent visit. The menu calls the Detroit-style a “cousin” of Sicilian deep-dish, and the fluffy, doughy center of each slice certainly fulfills my Sicilian cravings. The cheese goes edge to edge, delivering a crispy-sided slice while satisfying my cheesybread cravings, too. Pies are available for takeout or to bring next door to neighborhood bar Wallflower Collective and pair with a cocktail. Folino’s dine-in system is quick and easy, though: Grab a table, order and pay at the counter, get a frosty glass from the cooler, and crack open whatever you BYO-ed. Even on a busy night, I was in and out (and stuffed) in less than half an hour.






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It took several calls over the course of three minutes to get through to the New North End’s pizza spot at 5:30 p.m. on a Friday. But La Boca is worth the busy signal. Just 30 minutes and a text alert later, the restaurant was sliding my pies out the window to me: a Dan’s New Workout Routine ($19) and an Apple Cheddar ($17). La Boca’s pizzas aren’t the cheapest, but the restaurant has a full menu, including vegan options. I tried the Dan’s first, thinking the Apple Cheddar would make for a better dessert. That pizza is juicy. Crumbled Bolognese meat was paired with gooey ricotta on a perfectly foldable and chewy slice so flavorful that I could barely put it down to take notes. La Boca’s just-burnt-enough crust left ash on my fingers that I hastily licked off before gobbling a second slice. The Apple Cheddar had all the decadence and comfort of Vermont in one cheesy bite. The maple hit me first, starting a cascade of sweet and savory flavors as the crispy bacon and caramelized onion kicked in. I couldn’t really taste the apple, but the thin slices added a satisfying crunch. I’d make eating La Boca my new workout routine every day, if only my wallet and high-waisted jeans would allow it.



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isitors to Shelburne Farms are likely familiar with some of the property’s architectural marvels, such as the five-story, castle-like Farm Barn or the stately mansion-turned-inn. But further exploration reveals another striking, if lesser-known, building: the Breeding Barn, a 44,000-square-foot structure that has only occasionally been open to the public. Shelburne Farms, an educational nonprofit, recently received a $500,000 Save America’s Treasures grant from the National Park Service to continue restorations on the 130-year-old barn. In the last 25 years, Shelburne Farms and its donors have invested more than $3 million in barn improvements, including interior stabilization, a new roof and a fire suppression system. The farm’s old dairy barn, a majestic structure that stood across from the Breeding Barn, burned to the ground in 2016 after it was believed to have been struck by lightning. The grant will allow Shelburne Farms to nearly complete the $1.3 million in renovations remaining on the Breeding Barn. The money will be used to continue 46


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restoring the barn’s 688 original windows and to reshingle the entire exterior. Terms of the grant require Shelburne Farms to match the $500,000 with private donations and to complete the projects within the next year. The farm is working to secure donations, said chief advancement officer Robin Turnau. Doug Porter, an architectural conservator AL E C and University of Vermont researcher, is overseeing the work. The goal, said Shelburne Farms president Alec Webb, is to use the barn more frequently and to “incorporate this amazing building into an equally amazing campus for the future.” He imagines it serving as an “inspiring classroom” and a space for large gatherings. When this phase of work is completed, the barn will be open to the visiting public and integrated into the farm’s walking trails. Webb’s great-grandparents, William Seward Webb and Eliza Vanderbilt Webb, amassed the 3,800-acre estate in the 1880s, a portion of which is now known as

Shelburne Farms. Like the Farm Barn and the inn, the Breeding Barn was designed by R.H. Robertson, a New York Citybased architect who designed churches and skyscrapers in the Northeast, including Manhattan’s New York Savings Bank and Park Row Building. William Seward Webb, a businessman and politician, used the Breeding W E BB Barn to breed Hackney horses. Later, the Webb family leased it as a beef feedlot. In the 1970s, descendants founded the educational nonprofit and eventually donated the property to it. Shelburne Farms was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2001, largely on the merits of the Breeding Barn, according to the organization’s website. Over the last two decades, the barn has been used a few times per year as a space for large gatherings and agricultural events. It’s been dressed up in white tablecloths for the Visiting Nurse Association’s 100th anniversary dinner



and has hosted cattle again for a 4-H multicounty show. Jane Goodall spoke there in 2001. It also has played a less glamorous role, as a storage space for farm equipment and gravel. The barn features a two-acre hipped roof and a gable-roofed arched entry. Its timber frame is supported by iron elements, built by the same company that worked on the Empire State Building. Its style, according to Turnau, is unique to Roberston. Inside, the barn is cavernous. It has great acoustics and has hosted musical performances. The main space is the interior exercise ring, where horses were once worked; it covers more than 31,000 square feet, nearly three-quarters of an acre. Light filters in from 28 dormer windows at the second-story roofline and from the lantern, the open tower that tops the center of the building. When Seven Days visited, the dirt floor was neatly groomed, ready for a memorial service for Jack Lazor, the cofounder of Westfield’s Butterworks Farm who died in 2020.


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fter an online-only summer in 2020, Burlington’s Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival roared back to in-person operations this June. The four-week summer string conservatory for students in high school through graduate school usually takes place at the University of Vermont, which was closed to public programs because of the pandemic. So the 170 students lived at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, performing and attending concerts there and at Elley-Long Music Center. Overall, the festival went off without COVID-19 outbreaks or other hitches. But the stress of putting on the event took a toll on its artistic director, violinist Kevin Lawrence, who founded the festival in 2005. “It was a big deal to have a program in person; everyone was walking on clouds. But it just about killed me,” Lawrence said by phone from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he teaches and chairs the strings department during the academic term. The stress hit especially hard after a year of enjoying an unusual amount of practice time on his instrument due to virtual classes and canceled performances, he said. Lawrence announced he was stepping down after 17 years during this summer’s festival, which ended in late July. (He will continue to serve on the faculty.) By September, the board had chosen his replacement from several qualified applicants: violinist Elizabeth Chang, a festival faculty member since 2007. “This comes at a moment when the festival is in great shape — financially, musically,” Lawrence said of the change of leadership. Chang, who is a professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and teaches in the precollege division of the Juilliard School, has founded or cofounded several smaller festivals that she continues to lead as artistic director. Those include the Five College New Music Festival and the UMass Amherst Bach Festival and Symposium, the latter of which she cofounded with her former student Amanda Stenroos, who is the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival’s general manager. Lawrence said he modeled the festival on Meadowmount School of Music in Westport, N.Y., where he studied for five years and taught for 14 years. (Other local Meadowmount alumni include Soovin Kim,

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who founded the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival in Colchester, and Jaime Laredo, the recently retired music director of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra.) While at Meadowmount, Lawrence managed to visit Burlington at least once a summer. “It was like going to Paris,” he recalled. Lawrence spent another decade serving as dean and then director of the Killington

Music Festival. On one of his annual visits to the Burlington area with Killington colleagues to play live on Vermont Public Radio, he decided to found a new festival in the Queen City. The Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival attracted 75 students in its first year and 120 in its second — more than Killington had ever had, said Lawrence, who sees Vermont’s most populous city as a draw in itself. His wife, Barbara Lawrence, served as the Burlington festival’s business manager for 12 years. Like Meadowmount, the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival is a practiceintensive program for young musicians who have committed to becoming professionals. Two-thirds of the typically 200 participants are college-age or older, and many are already studying with the faculty members, who currently number about 40. The students practice for four hours every morning and rehearse for an hour and a half each afternoon. In the evening, they or their teachers perform concerts, which the public can attend (though the seven faculty concerts attract the biggest audiences). “This is a music festival where education and music making both take place at a high level,” said Fran Pepperman Taylor, a violinist and St. Mike’s instructor who just stepped down after nine years on the festival board.

“It all happens in a welcoming, inclusive and kind atmosphere — and that’s not always true of these things,” Taylor continued. “Kevin and Barbara’s personalities really established the personality of the festival.” The packed faculty concerts, Taylor added, regularly feature “200-plus young people hootin’ and hollerin’ who love that music.” New artistic director Chang said her vision for the festival is to build on its success. “GMCMF works really well the way it is,” she noted, “so I want to be careful not to mess with it too much.” She does have a few tweaks in mind, though, including “inviting a young professional quartet on the cusp of a good career to talk to the students about what it’s like to be at that point.” Previous notable guests have included members of the Emerson String Quartet; cellist Yo-Yo Ma gave an online master class last year. Chang also plans to continue Lawrence’s Classical Encounters initiative, which brings students into downtown Burlington to perform pop-up concerts and get a feel for public engagement and response. For that, she may have to enlist shuttles: The festival’s leadership will decide in the next few weeks whether to continue operations at St. Mike’s or return to UVM. Salvatore Macchia, chair of the UMass Amherst music and dance department, has known Chang for 17 years and cofounded the Five College New Music Festival with her in 2009. In addition to her talent for putting together “exciting” programs, Macchia said, “Liz has a real way of identifying needs that the community might find engaging.” He cited an online speaker series that Chang organized last spring to explore how musicians in and outside academia are effecting social change through music. It drew national audiences. When asked what interested her most in her new position, Chang said, “Getting to know the people in Burlington, the supporters and board members. I know the internal workings really well, but I had not had much of a sense of how the public appreciated the program and having all these young people and concerts [in town]. I’m really excited about the community part of it.” m

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Farm Girl: A Memoir

Searching for Chester Arthur

Megan Baxter, Green Writers Press, 264 pages. $19.95.

Harry Goldhagen, self-published, 38 pages. $12.99.

It was the biggest onion harvest the crew had seen, and we are all grinning...

Chester Arthur’s spirit continues to linger over Fairfield.

A photo printed on the last page of Megan Baxter’s memoir is captioned “The crew at Cedar Circle Farm [& Education Center], circa 2003.” It’s Baxter’s favorite photo of herself, she writes — unposed on an old truck full of onions at the East Thetford farm at the end of a hefty harvest, with a huge smile and messy hair. The Hanover, N.H., native’s memoir recounts the year that began with her sixth summer working on the farm. Baxter juxtaposes the growth in the fields with the distance growing between her and her faraway fiancé, who’d fallen into addiction. In this rich account of the rhythms of farming along the Vermont side of the Connecticut River — and a long, lonely winter in Portland, Ore. — the Pushcart Prize-winning essayist captures the pain of a tense reunion in an off-the-grid cabin and the hangover resulting from a tequila-fueled argument. Then she brings readers into a foggy cornfield at dawn, where “the world is reduced to rows of wet stalks.” JORDAN BARRY

Vermont boasts connections to many well-known historical figures. Fairfield author Harry Goldhagen wants his readers to know that U.S. president Chester A. Arthur, born in Fairfield in 1829, is one of them. In his graphic novel Searching for Chester Arthur, Goldhagen traces the history and influence of our 21st commander in chief. Readers learn about Arthur’s days as a lawyer, his rise to the vice presidency under president James Garfield and how he assumed the top office after Garfield’s assassination in 1881. In traditional comic-book panels, Goldhagen tells Arthur’s tale with a colorful presentation of stylized documents and photographs, some historical and others original. He directs readers to Arthur-related historic sites and landmarks in and around Fairfield. At one point, Goldhagen illustrates Arthur’s obscurity relative to other presidents by depicting a day when he hit the streets of Burlington to see whether or not pedestrians could recognize Arthur from a giant cardboard cutout. Fewer than half could — but that was more, Goldhagen writes, than he expected. JORDAN ADAMS

because art: Commentary, Critique, & Conversation John R. Killacky, Onion River Press, 242 pages. $20.

One rainy day … a Shetland pony mare gave birth to Raindrop, a beautiful roan filly. In this collection of essays and interviews, Vermont state Rep. John R. Killacky (D-South Burlington), former executive director of the Flynn, writes about the confluence of art and politics — and the “empathic bliss” he experiences in the presence of his Shetland pony. Like other writing in the book, the 2017 piece “The Gifts of a Pony Named Raindrop” is reprinted from a previous publication. Killacky reveals that he first fell for a pony named Raindrop as a youth in Illinois. These days, decades later in Vermont, he rides a pony of the same name from the seat of a two-wheeled cart. A former professional dancer who became disabled after spinal cord surgery, Killacky writes that Rainbow “allows me to dance and run again, reconnecting to my lost kinetic self.” The book’s subjects of critique and conversation comprise a who’s who of late 20th- and early 21st-century American art and culture, including composer John Cage, choreographer Bill T. Jones and cartoonist Alison Bechdel of Bolton. SALLY POLLAK

introducing you to a handful of books by Vermont authors. To do that, we contextualize each book just a little and quote a single representative sentence from, yes, page 32. m

The Correctional Facility Bill Schubart, Magic Hill Press, 134 pages. $18.

Someone of nondescript sex steps from the far side of the ferry into view. Is there something in Vermont’s water that inspires local writers to try their hand at modern versions of Dante? South Burlington poet Seth Steinzor recently published the final installment of his verse take on the Divine Comedy. Now Hinesburg’s Bill Schubart offers his Inferno in prose novella form. Taglined “A modern journey into Dante’s Inferno and the ensuing metastasis of evil,” The Correctional Facility is narrated by a middle-aged scholar whose environmental research has “thoroughly discouraged me about our earthly prospects.” Reeling from personal losses, he takes a “walkabout” in the Adirondacks, where he encounters his equivalent of Virgil — Walt Whitman. The poet guides the narrator on a tour of the afterlife, which is no longer the Catholic hell but a vast “correctional facility” where dead souls prepare for rebirth by learning to comprehend the harm they did in life. With an urgent focus on nature and the climate crisis, Schubart finds clever illustrations of the endurance of evil in a secular world. MARGOT HARRISON



They Knew: The U.S. Federal Government’s Fifty-Year Role in Causing the Climate Crisis James Gustave Speth, the MIT Press, 304 pages. $27.95.

I summarized these conclusions in my Preface to the “Global Energy Futures and the Carbon Dioxide Problem” report. James Gustave Speth, who chaired the Council on Environmental Quality during president Jimmy Carter’s administration, lays out the case for the U.S. government’s complicity in the current climate crisis in his new book. In 2015, 21 youth plaintiffs sued the U.S. federal government, claiming that by advancing the climate catastrophe, it was depriving their generation of life, liberty and property without due process. Speth, who issued reports on the climate situation over the years for different administrations, goes full Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein to investigate that claim, asking what the government knew and for how long. The answers are predictably depressing. Despite testimonies from countless experts, often hired by the administrations themselves, each effort to combat the climate crisis has stalled. Yet Speth offers some hope as he witnesses the younger generations getting ready for a fight. Readers will be both enraged and motivated to action. CHRIS FARNSWORTH


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“The Fleming Reimagined” reflects the UVM museum’s ongoing reckonings BY PAME L A P O L S TO N •


n the European and American Gallery of the Fleming Museum of Art, a white sheet of typing paper is affixed to the wall in place of an 18th-century painting by Thomas Hudson. It seems a paltry and surely temporary replacement for the 5-by-4-foot oil on canvas — perhaps the gallery version of a “Back in 5 minutes” note. In fact, the two-paragraph statement on the paper is highly charged. It begins: “This space used to include a portrait of Anne Isted (1684-1783), who was an enslaver.” The text goes on to explain how the exploitative Isted family gained its wealth. But that first sentence alone speaks to the sea change currently taking place at the University of Vermont’s 90-year-old museum. Written by curator Andrea Rosen, the statement observes that this gallery “is full of celebratory depictions of white Europeans and Euro-Americans whose wealth and status were built on the backs of people of color.” In short, such paintings “reinforce white supremacy,” and that is precisely what the museum aims to identify, examine and extinguish within its walls. “The Fleming Reimagined” is not the title of a single exhibition but rather a rubric for several thoughtful presentations of works from the permanent collection; repurposed spaces for public engagement; 52


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and a newly created, strongly worded values statement called “A Living Document of the Museum’s Reckonings and Transformations.” Museum staff are also courting public opinion from both the campus and broader communities — including through robust appeals in this newspaper. Their intention is to “follow through on feedback with honest, reflective answers about past failures and ways we are committing ourselves to listening to the audiences we serve,” the living document reads in part. Rosen said the staff plans to hold meetings

every couple weeks to consider this input and the museum’s responses. Collectively these efforts represent a dramatic do-over in the Fleming’s criteria for exhibitions, acquisitions and teaching. “To have these conversations and selfexaminations, and to do it all publicly and transparently, is educational for all of us,” said museum director Janie Cohen. “It’s really uncomfortable at first and then, at a certain point, it’s not uncomfortable anymore.” To some observers, the museum’s transition might seem like too much too fast.

But, as Rosen observed wryly in a phone interview, “There’ve been too many years of not doing anything!” Numerous museums worldwide had begun to reevaluate their cultural biases before the police killing of George Floyd in May 2020. But that tragedy and the ensuing Black Lives Matter protests accelerated the Fleming’s dive into self-reflection, assistant director Chris Dissinger acknowledged during a museum tour. The staff quickly assembled an exhibition for fall 2020 aptly titled “Reckonings.” Museum employees and student interns not only pulled germane pieces from the collection but also wrote labels that explained why the artworks spoke to “the moment.” Those works can still be seen in a slideshow on the Fleming’s website. That was just the beginning of a more collaborative approach at the museum. During the pandemic-induced closure, staff had the luxury of time off from what Rosen called “the churning wheel of planning exhibits.” In the new process, every member of the team has had a place at the table. As curatorial leader since 2015, Rosen admitted that it took some getting used to. “It’s definitely a change for me in my role,” she said. “I’m a bit more of a coordinator rather than the decision maker. But sharing power is essential to change.”


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That belief is now writ large on a gallery wall: “To truly collaborate is to cede singular authority, which few of us do willingly. What creative possibilities exist in making those power struggles and negotiations visible in art?” In addition to thoughtful prompts and values-driven statements sprinkled throughout the Fleming, visitors will find a wide range of artworks and interactive opportunities.

“Fourhand Choker” by Katia Santibañez and James Siena



The exhibition/deinstallation in the second-floor European and American Gallery is called “Absence: Seeing and Unseeing the Fleming’s Collection.” In addition to the painting of Anne Isted, the unseeing extends to a number of other removed artworks “that have been on view for decades and whose subject matter or backgrounds is hurtful to members of our community,” reads an information panel. While those pieces of paper speak volumes, they might also inspire a viewer to pay closer attention to the works that remain. Downstairs, the East Gallery presents a thoroughly engaging selection of more recent acquisitions. The choices are diverse, from a hilarious cartoon panel by Vermonter Alison Bechdel to a remarkable 3D paper construction by late New York artist Elizabeth Murray to an extraordinary seven-color woodcut print created by Katia Santibañez and James Siena.

That last image adorns the front of the Fall 2021 Museum Map. The print, made by two artists taking turns on its design, “represents how important collaboration is,” Dissinger said. “For me, this illustrates the element of trust.” A portion of the East Gallery, currently dubbed Learning Studio, is filled with worktables used by faculty and students when examining items from the collection. According to Dissinger, visitors are welcome to listen in on their classes. Across the Marble Court, the smaller Wolcott Gallery now offers the Storytelling Salon: A cluster of comfortable chairs in the center of the room is available for scheduled group discussions or for anyone to plop down and contemplate the art on the walls. Again, these pieces come from the permanent collection; some were included in last year’s “Reckonings” show. Each of them inspires story-making. Finally, “Abstracts,” a selection of nonrepresentational contemporary paintings installed in the balcony, should not be missed. The pieces “make room for imagination,” according to a museum description, and “allow us to reconsider outdated traditions and start to envision what comes next.” Dissinger and Rosen both noted that people have asked what the museum will do with artworks now deemed offensive. For the time being, they’ll go into storage with the bulk of the museum’s 25,000 objects. Rosen said some pieces might be pulled out for teaching purposes in the future. Then she mused, “Can a racist work be useful in education?” The reimagining is a work in progress. For now, Rosen suggested, “Instead of focusing on what’s come down, what can we put up?” Ninety years ago, the Fleming’s first director — zoologist Henry F. Perkins — founded the Eugenics Survey of Vermont, notes Cohen in a written introduction to “Absence.” This year, the Vermont legislature unanimously voted to issue a formal apology for its role in supporting forced sterilizations of individuals considered inferior. The Fleming staff, too, have extended a collective mea culpa, laid bare personal and institutional reckonings, and embraced a commitment to becoming an anti-racist organization. “I think this is our most important moment,” Dissinger said of the museum. “People are watching what we do and should be.” m

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‘VIEWS OF VERMONT’: Watercolor paintings by Gary C. Eckhart and chine-collé print etchings by Lisa Myers that capture natural scenes of the state’s countryside, small towns, family gatherings and whimsical animals. October 13-30. Info, 279-5048. ART, etc. in Northfield.

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14TH ANNUAL DOMINO TOPPLING EXTRAVAGANZA: Veteran domino toppler and YouTube superstar Lily Hevesh and other domino artists arrive in Brattleboro 48 hours in advance to begin setting up for the big show. Correctly guess how many dominoes are set up, and you could start the entire chain reaction. This year’s event is presented both in person and online. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Sunday, October 17, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 257-0124. AL LARSEN & IAN VANEK: The Champlain College faculty member and guest artist, respectively, present a live performance with the themes of Larsen’s current exhibit, “Four Feet Forward: Objects, Excess & Illusion.” Champlain College Art Gallery, Burlington, Thursday, October 14, 7-8 p.m. Info, 865-8980. ‘MAKING SPACE’: Musical performances by Photay and Elori Saxl with installations by Vermont and New York artists Rory Potts, Tin and Ed, Vanishworks, Wylie Garcia, Will Gebhard and Jemila MacEwan. Bauschaus VT, Charlotte, Saturday, October 16, 2-8 p.m. $20 suggested donation. Info, zachary. TALK: JOAN HOFFMAN: The artist gives a presentation on the history of en plein air landscape painting in America from 1850 to 1950 in conjunction with her current exhibition. Tunbridge Public Library, Friday, October 15, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 889-9404. ‘UNTITLED (READING RAINBOW)’ DRAG SHOW: Performance, spoken word and sound installation with Untitled Queen, DJ Jess Ramsay and friends, in conjunction with the current exhibition. Masks and proof of COVID-19 vaccination required. Reserve ticket at Kishka Gallery & Library, White River Junction, Saturday, October 16, and Sunday, October 17, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, info@

Melinda and Ford Evans It’s increasingly common for exhibition descriptions or artist statements to note when an artist created a body

of work during the pandemic. Though artists typically work alone anyway, the implication is that works produced in this fraught period of mandatory seclusion are imbued with special significance — even if they aren’t “about” living in the time of COVID-19. For Melinda and Ford Evans of Barnet, months of sheltering in place really did prompt a consequential development: They began taking a collaborative approach to their work in felted wool and wood, respectively. “Isolating Together,” their dual exhibit at the Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild’s Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury, features a selection of these new works. In a phone conversation, Ford Evans said the couple have been married 45 years,

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working with wool, while a nearby wooded area inspired Ford’s craft.


‘ABSENCE: SEEING AND UNSEEING THE FLEMING’S COLLECTION’: Large text labels throughout the museum appear in place of artwork that had been on view for decades and whose subject matter or background was deemed hurtful to members of the community. Instead of filling the spaces with new artworks immediately, staff have left them as intentional signs of their commitments to transparency and reckoning. Through December 31.



College; he is retired.) They are members of Company X, a hybrid dance-theaterpuppet ensemble based in Nova Scotia and Vermont. And each of them embarked on a visual art practice after moving to Vermont 25 years ago. Raising sheep led Melinda to Despite their decades of togetherness, it took a pandemic quarantine for Melinda and Ford to pool their talents in wool and wood. One result, pictured, is “Progeny,” a cluster of felted-wool orbs of various sizes perched on tiny carved-wood tripods. “In our collaborative process, we said we want to do things that please us,” Ford said. “You get your ego out of the way and stay open, and a lot can happen.” “Isolating Together” is on view through November 13.



‘ABSTRACTS: OPENING SPACE FOR IMAGINATION’: Paintings displayed on the Marble Court balcony that allow the museum to reconsider outdated exhibition traditions and start to envision what comes next. Through December 10. ‘THE LEARNING STUDIO’: Part gallery, part classroom, this exhibition space invites visitors to take part in intimate conversations about art and material culture on view from the museum’s collection. The works show how artists have always been open to documenting experiments and showing pieces in process. Through December 10. STORYTELLING SALON: A selection of artwork from the collection by staff that inspire thinking about the power of storytelling to enact change. The newly created space is for gathering ideas about what new kinds of stories can be told in the museum, sharing multiple perspectives and inviting new voices. Through December 10. Info, 656-0750. Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont, in Burlington. AL LARSEN: “Four Feet Forward: Objects, Excess & Illusion,” video and mixed-media pieces incorporating puppets and everyday objects by the Champlain College faculty member. Through November 28. Info, 865-8980. Champlain College Art Gallery in Burlington. ART HOP IN SPACE: Fifty Vermont artists and 12 studio artists exhibit fiber arts, illustrations, paintings, collage, prints and hundreds of original works in the gallery and the halls of the Soda Plant. Through November 20. Info, The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington. ARTWORK AT UVMMC: Oil paintings of cows by Stephanie Bush, wood shadowboxes by Sam Macy and abstract butterfly paintings by Maria Angelache in the Main Street Corridor and Ambulatory Care Center 3; mixed-media paintings by Kathleen Grant in McClure 4; acrylic paintings and monotypes by Elizabeth Powell and photographs by Kristina Pentek in ACC 2. Curated by Burlington City Arts. Through January 24. Info, 865-7296. University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington.




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DANIELA RIVERA & JENNY OLIVIA JOHNSON: “Migrating Landscapes,” a multimedia exhibition with the visual artist and composer/sound artist, respectively; both are artists-in-residence at SMC. Through October 21. Info, McCarthy Art Gallery, Saint Michael’s College, in Colchester. ‘THE EARTH BESTOWS’: Artworks that engage and explore Earth’s endangered gifts. Artists from across the country are affiliated with the New Perennials Project, a multiyear exploration of agriculture and education as dominant influencers of what we eat and how we think. Gallery open by appointment only. Through November 1. Info, 985-3819. All Souls Interfaith Gathering in Shelburne. ELLIOT BURG: Photographic portraits shot on the streets of Havana, Cuba. Gates 1-8. SHANNON O’CONNELL: Paintings with phosphorescent and UV-sensitive pigments mixed into the paint, allowing secondary paintings to be revealed. In the Skyway. Through December 31. Info, 865-7296. Burlington International Airport in South Burlington.

‘A. ELMER CROWELL: SCULPTOR, PAINTER, DECOY MAKER’: Drawing from Shelburne Museum’s renowned decoy collection, the exhibition features milestones in Crowell’s prolific artistic career, from the earliest miniature goose he carved in 1894 to the very last bird he made before retiring in the early 1940s. Through October 31. ‘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, 2022. ‘NEW ENGLAND NOW: PEOPLE’: The second exhibition in a biennial series featuring multimedia works by 10 contemporary artists from New England’s six states, celebrating the communities and peoples of the region. Through October 17. ‘PATTERN & PURPOSE: AMERICAN QUILTS FROM THE SHELBURNE MUSEUM’: The museum presents 20 textile masterpieces from its collection dating from the first decades of the 1800s to the turn of the 21st century, organized by associate curator Katie Wood Kirchhoff. Online only at Through February 1. PETER KIRKILES: “At Scale,” mixed-media sculptures of common objects, such as a clock, a ruler and a truck, in unexpected sizes. The works are scattered around the grounds of the museum. Through October 17. Info, 985-3346. Shelburne Museum. ‘EXPANDING VOICES: PERSPECTIVES ON BIRDING’: Visual art as well as poetry and prose pieces that address the collective experiences of 2020. Through October 31. Info, 434-2167. Birds of Vermont Museum in Huntington. NEIL DAVIS: Abstract acrylic paintings by the Montpelier artist. Through October 29. Info, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library in Williston. TODD LOCKWOOD: “One Degree of Separation,” large-scale black-and-white portraits by the local photographer. Through October 14. Info, 846-4140. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall.


‘ROCK SOLID XXI’: An annual exhibit, since 2000, showcasing stone sculptures and assemblages by area artists and 2D works that depict the qualities of stone. Through October 30. AUSTIN FURTAK-COLE: “Moves,” scratch drawings depicting ambiguous figures in motion, teasing at how physical forms can make meaning by moving through and holding space. Through October 30. GAIL SKUDERA: “In the Current,” artworks influenced by looking through the screen of a computer or an iPhone, in the Quick Change Gallery. Through October 16. ROB MILLARD-MENDEZ: “Crafted Narratives,” sculptural works fueled by a love of lowbrow humor, absurdity and wordplay and inspired by folk and outsider art. Through October 30. Info, 479-7069. Studio Place Arts in Barre. ‘THE CATAMOUNT IN VERMONT’: An exhibition that explores the feline symbol of Vermont through the lenses of art, science and culture. Through May 31. Info, 479-8500. Vermont History Museum in Montpelier. EMMA NORMAN: “In the Night of Day,” photographs of San Francisco Bay as the skies turned amber from wildfire smoke and fog on September 9, 2020. Through December 31. Info, Center for Arts and Learning in Montpelier. GERARD RINALDI: “Becoming Nothing: 1980-2015,” a retrospective of photography, video and mixedmedia works by the late artist, curated by his nephew Rob Rinaldi and gallery director Susan Calza. Through November 13. Info, Susan Calza Gallery in Montpelier. GROUP SHOW 45: Members of the gallery exhibit works in a variety of mediums. Through October 31. Info, The Front in Montpelier. JENNIFER BRYAN: “Liquid Mind,” abstract paintings by the NU alumna ’05. Through December 10. Info, 485-2183. Sullivan Museum & History Center, Norwich University, in Northfield.

JESSE AZARIAN: Landscapes and pop-culture artworks by the Vermont artist. Through November 6. Info, 225-6232. Filling Station in Middlesex.

natural environment and our relationships to one another. Through December 31. Info, 646-519-1781. Minema Gallery in Johnson.

MERYL LEBOWITZ: “A Way from Reality,” abstract paintings. Through November 30. Info, 479-7069. AR Market in Barre.

SUSAN ABBOTT: “In Place,” new paintings by the Vermont artist. Visitors must be vaccinated. Through October 29. Info, 635-1469. Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, Northern Vermont University, in Johnson.

NAN CARLE: “Notable Sculptors of Barre Gray Granite,” photographs that celebrate and explore sculptors keeping the stone arts alive in Barre. Through October 30. Info, 476-4605. Vermont Granite Museum in Barre. ‘PASTEL MUSIC’: Thirty members of the Vermont Pastel Society show their works. PATTY HUDAK: A solo exhibition of large-scale installation, painting and botanical ornaments inspired by woodlands. Through October 30. Info, 262-6035. T.W. Wood Gallery in Montpelier. TUMBLING BLOCKS COMMUNITY QUILT PROJECT: Montpelier Alive exhibits the Capital City’s newest piece of public art, a project intended to help “stitch together” the community during the pandemic. More than 250 individuals, including more than 100 students, contributed designs for panels that Sabrina Fadial collated and made into a “quilt.” Through December 31. Info, 488-4303. Montpelier Transit Center. VERMONT CLAY GUILD DISPLAY: The nonprofit group of ceramic artists exhibits some of their creations in a variety of styles. Through November 30. Info, Capitol Region Visitors Center in Montpelier.


DUSTY BOYNTON: “Odd Lot,” recent large-scale, irreverent paintings by the Vermont artist. Through October 30. Info, 881-0418. 571 Projects in Stowe. ‘EXPLORING EARTH’: An exhibition that reflects on the intersection of spirituality and art, celebrating Earth magic, spirit animals, and plants and transcendence; work by Isaias Crow, Jennifer Herrera Condry, Will Kasso Condry, Amy Hook-Therrien, Gilbran and Harlan Mack. Presented in participation with “2020 Vision – Reflecting on a World-Changing Year,” a statewide initiative of the Vermont Curators Group. On view by appointment. Through October 31. Info, Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort. EXPOSED 2021: The annual outdoor sculpture exhibition highlights artists who focus on current political and social constructs/issues/systems through the relationship of language, sculpture and installation; and language as culturally specific, ideological, controversial, challenging, identifying, uniting and separating. Artists are Tomas Vu, Tony Tasset, Lynn Sullivan, Mildred Beltré, Oasa DuVerney, Jonathan Gitelson, Daniel Bejar, Aya Rodriquez-Izumi and Gabriel Sosa. Through October 23. MELEKO MOKGOSI: “Scripto-Visual,” small and large paintings paired with different kinds of text; the Botswanaborn, New York-based artist investigates the links between these elements in relation to the politics of representation. Through November 13. Info, 253-8358. The Current in Stowe. JAMES RAUCHMAN: “Self: Reflection,” paintings that push the boundaries of portraiture. NITYA BRIGHENTI: “Of Openness and Closeness,” drawings and paintings. Through October 29. Info, 888-1261. River Arts in Morrisville. ‘LAND & LIGHT & WATER & AIR’: The 14th annual exhibition features Vermont and New England landscape paintings by more than 70 member artists. ‘LET US INTRODUCE YOU’: An exhibition showcasing five established artists new to the gallery: Jane Ashley, Amy Hook-Therrien, Lisa Miceli, Jen Violette and Liane Whittum. Through November 7. Info, 644-5100. Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville. MARYA LOWE: “Vibrantsee/d,” a solo exhibit of wall-hung works by the fiber artist. Through October 30. Info, MICHAEL MAHNKE: “A River Moving in You,” a large-scale, site-specific work by the gallery cofounder, located on the Johnson Village Green, that reflects the

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PHILIP HERBISON: Assemblages made with “recuperated” wood, found objects and acrylic paint. Through November 6. Info, 244-7801. Axel’s Frame Shop & Gallery in Waterbury.

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f ‘5X5’: A group exhibition of raku pottery by Valerie Dearing, works in hand-dyed fiber by Ellen Spring, paintings by Michelle Turbide, photography by Anne Majusiak and wood creations by David King. Reception: Friday, October 15, 5-7 p.m. Through October 31. Info, 453-4032. Art on Main in Bristol. ‘DREAMING OF TIMBUCTOO’: An exhibit that unearths the little-known story of Black land ownership in Vermont, told through a series of panels featuring enlargements of historic photographs and documents. The visual storytelling is a signature program of the Adirondacks-based project John Brown Lives! Through October 31. Info, 382-9222. Jackson Gallery, Town Hall Theater, in Middlebury. HANNAH SECORD WADE: “Swamplands,” large-scale, green-dominated paintings by the Maine-based artist. Open by appointment. Through November 30. Info, 877-2173. Northern Daughters in Vergennes. “HENRY AT 200’: An exhibit celebrating the museum founder and collector of New England history with documents, photographs, scrapbooks, autographs, Middlebury imprints, diaries, music ephemera, relics and even a lock of Napoleon’s hair. ‘SIGHTLINES’: Photographs by Caleb Kenna and paintings by Jill Madden that explore the Joseph Battell and Breadloaf Wilderness areas of the Green Mountains. Through December 31. Info, 388-2117. Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History in Middlebury. ‘ITTY BITTY: TINY TEXTS IN SPECIAL COLLECTIONS’: Books from the 17th to 21st centuries that measure between 1.8 and 10 centimeters, from religious manuscripts to cookbooks, children’s books to Shakespeare. Visitors are not currently allowed in the library but may view the works online at Through May 31. Davis Family Library, Middlebury College. JEFF BYE: “Shenandoah,” paintings created during the pandemic inside the Cooper Community Center in Shenandoah, Pa. Intended to be a school, the building was abandoned due to the onset of the 1918 pandemic. Through October 31. Info, 458-0098. Edgewater Gallery on the Green in Middlebury. ‘KEY TO LIBERTY: THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION ON LAKE CHAMPLAIN’: An exhibition that explores local connections to the nation’s fight for independence; also “Nebizun: Water Is Life,” featuring works by Abenaki artists about the importance of water health; and the Hazelett Small Watercraft Center, a two-story exhibit space that presents the history of small human-powered watercraft on Lake Champlain. Through October 17. Info, meg@ Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vergennes. ‘LOCALLY GROWN’: New landscape paintings by Woody Jackson, Sara Katz and Sage Tucker-Ketcham in distinctively different interpretations. Through October 31. Info, 458-0098. Edgewater Gallery at Middlebury Falls. ‘A MODERN ARTIST: THE COMMERCIAL ART OF RACHAEL ROBINSON ELMER’: The seasonal exhibition explores the early 20th-century success of the artist as a professional illustrator for periodicals and publishers, from children’s books to advertising. Through October 31. Info, 877-3406. Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh.


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‘PRIDE 1983’: Through interviews with organizers, photographs and scanned images of historic documents, the exhibit, curated by Meg Tamulonis of the Vermont Queer Archives, explores the origins and lasting legacies of Vermont’s first Pride March on June 25, 1983, in Burlington. It can also be viewed online at Through March 25. Info, 388-4964. Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury.


MALLORY PEARSON: “Eat Crow,” artwork by the Queens-based artist that portrays themes of folklore, femininity and loss and how these elements interact with the southern United States. Through October 31. Info, 800-639-8521. Castleton University Bank Gallery in Rutland. ‘NATURE REVEALED’: Rutland County Audubon open art show. Donations accepted for the organization’s educational programs. Through October 29. Info, Chaffee Art Center in Rutland. ‘PRIORITY PRINTS’: Eighty artist members of the Monotype Guild of New England present 140 monotypes using a wide range of printmaking methods. Through October 17. Info, 353-6502. Stone Valley Arts in Poultney. SCULPTFEST21: Sculptural installations in response to the theme of “artifact” by local and regional artists. Through October 24. Info, 438-2097. The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center in West Rutland.

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f ‘TRANSCENDENCE’: Golden fabric creations by Catherine Hall and Buddhist- and Hindu-inspired sculptures by Shelley Warren. Reception: Friday, October 15, 4-6 p.m. Through November 21. Info, 355-2150. GreenTARA Space in North Hero.

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AMY HOOK-THERRIEN & MOLLY HARPER: “Birches at the Border,” watercolors and pottery respectively, that celebrate one of New England’s most iconic tree species. Through November 30. Info, 295-4567. Long River Gallery in White River Junction. JANET CATHEY: “A Tonic of Wilderness,” a solo exhibition of woodblock prints. Through October 29. Info, 295-5901. Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction. JIM WESTPHALEN: “Voices From the Land,” photographs of the rural landscape. Through October 20. Info, 457-2355. Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock. KIP KING: “Meditation & Metamorphosis,” a selection of photographs by the Norwich photographer that celebrate Vermont’s landscape; also 10 meditations on stone and its metamorphoses. Through October 31. Info, 457-2295. Norman Williams Public Library in Woodstock. LISA CURRY MAIR: “Old Barns of Weathersfield,” 11 paintings by the Vermont artist best known for her painted floor cloths. Through October 31. Info, lisa@ The Inn at Weathersfield in Perkinsville. SCULPTUREFEST: An annual outdoor sculpture exhibition featuring more than 30 artists curated by, and on the property of, Charlet and Peter Davenport. More info and directions to private locations at Through October 31. Free. King Farm in Woodstock. UNTITLED QUEEN: “Untitled (Reading Rainbow),” a site-specific installation of paper, soft sculpture and textile by the Brooklyn-based artist, drag performer and community organizer. The exhibition explores queerification, liberation, decolonization, power and pleasure in reading. Through October 31. Info, 347-264-4808. Kishka Gallery & Library in White River Junction.

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ALAN JENNINGS: “Finding the Way Home,” animated films the artist created about



CALL TO ARTISTS 14TH ANNUAL LEGO CONTEST: All ages are invited to design and build original Lego sculptures and display them at the museum November 11 through 14. Details and entry form at Entries must be delivered to BMAC on Monday, November 8, 4-6 p.m. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. $5. Info, 257-0124. 2021 PHOTOGRAPHY SHOOT-OUT: Last year’s Shoot-Out winner, Orah Moore, chose the theme of “Shadows” for this year’s juried show, which will be in November. Photographers are invited to submit their best work interpreting the theme literally or figuratively. Limit of two entries per artist. Deadline: November 6. Axel’s Frame Shop & Gallery, Waterbury. $20 per entry. Info, 244-7801. ‘FACE IT’: We are hardwired to look carefully at what other people’s faces reveal — the lines of age, a gamut of emotions, even an attempt to disguise what’s on their mind. We want to share portraits and selfportraits, abstract or realistic, masked or unmasked, in any medium that convey a wide variety of ages, backgrounds, emotions and expressions. Submission info at studioplacearts. com. Deadline: December 4. Studio Place Arts, Barre. $10 for nonmembers; free for SPA members. Info, 479-7069. HAVE YOUR PICS DRAWN BY ROBOTS: The Flynn invites participants in the American premiere of the interactive art

growing up in Vermont, including “The Northeast Kingdom,” “Dream of Deerman” and “The Bill Jennings Mysteries”; and the drawings, paintings and sculptures he uses to make them. Watch at Through December 31. Info, 748-2600. Catamount Arts Center in St. Johnsbury. GRACE EXHIBITION: Artworks by participants in the Hardwick-based Grass Roots Arts and Community Effort program. Through October 29. Info, 626-6049. The Satellite Gallery in Lyndonville. ‘ISOLATING TOGETHER IN WOOD AND WOOL’: Melinda and Ford Evans, together known as Four Crows Wood and Wool Works, show their creations produced during the pandemic. Through November 13. Info, 748-0158. Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury. ‘A LIFE IN LISTS AND NOTES’: An exhibition that celebrates the poetic, mnemonic, narrative and enumerative qualities of lists and notes. The objects on display span myriad creative, professional, bureaucratic, domestic and personal uses of lists through the ages. Through May 31. Info, 626-4409. The Museum of Everyday Life in Glover. MARCY LINDSTADT: “Pandemic Pastels,” paintings made in the time of COVID-19. Through November 16. Info, 525-3366. The Parker Pie Company in West Glover. ‘STILL LIFE, LIFE STILL’: Mary Ellen Bartley, Kate Emlen, Tucker Nichols, Jon Redmond and Margaret Sparrow pay homage to everyday objects in paintings created during the pandemic. Masks required. Through October 15. Info, 533-2000. Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro. STJ ART ON THE STREET: A walkable gallery of downtown storefronts and shop windows featuring fine art by Mwanga William, George Pearlman, Andrea Pearlman, Kelly Doyle, Barbara Grey and Tara Moreau. Indoor galleries along the route include work by Harlan Mack, Jackie Fox, Elizabeth Nelson, Anna Lorenzini, Keith Chamberlin, Terry Ekasala and others. Through November 30. Info, 748-2600. Downtown St. Johnsbury.

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‘DEEP BLUE’: Curated by American artist Katherine Bradford, this group show examines “deep blue” as a color and as a phrase that can describe mood,

installation “A Portrait Without Borders,” a mural created by the community and a team of robots from the UK-based studio Kaleider. Using a customized web portal, anyone can submit their portrait, which is turned into an original black-and-white line drawing that is in turn drawn directly onto the gallery walls by Kaleider’s robots. Info at Deadline: October 20. The Flynn, Burlington. Info, 652-4500. MICRO-GRANTS FOR ARTISTS: The Montpelier Public Arts Commission is offering a micro-grant program for Vermontbased artists for up to $1,500 for permanent or temporary art installations throughout the city. The request for proposals is open for an indefinite period; artists may submit at anytime during the year. The commission will review and award grants twice yearly, with deadlines of October 31 and March 30. For more info and to review the RFP, visit Info, 522-0150. ‘PIECING TOGETHER ART’: Artists and makers in all mediums are invited to focus on the transitional use of pieces to create a whole work of art. Examples: piecing together two painting styles, collage, assemblage, themes, double images or concepts. Art will be exhibited in November. Details at Deadline: October 29. The Satellite Gallery, Lyndonville. $10 entry fee. Info, thesatellitegalleryvt@

the natural environment, music and even a region’s political landscape; more than 70 paintings, sculptures, photographs, works on paper and videos by 70 artists. CLARK DERBES: “Time Travelers and Portals,” illusionistic sculptures carved from blocks of wood and painted. KATHERINE BRADFORD: “Philosophers’ Clambake,” more than a dozen luminous, dreamlike works that merge color field painting with figuration. Advance reservations recommended but not required. Through November 28. Info, 952-1056. Hall Art Foundation in Reading. DELITA MARTIN: “Between Worlds,” a year-long installation in the museum’s front windows that reimagines the identities and roles of Black women in the context of Black culture and African history. Through May 31. SCOTT BOYD: “Endangered Alphabets,” sculptures that pair the ancient form of the obelisk with near-extinct languages. Through November 30. Info, 257-0124. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.

f ERIKA SOMOGYI: “Luminous Bloom,” atmospheric watercolor paintings by the Brooklyn-based artist. Closing reception: Friday, October 22, 7 p.m., with performance on synthesizer by Annie Hart Through October 23. $18 for concert. Info, jamie.mohr78@ Epsilon Spires in Brattleboro.


ALAN DEL VECCHIO: “Moments,” digital prints and photography. Through November 28. Info, The Beyond Gallery in Bennington, VT. DUSTY BOYNTON: “Boundless,” new paintings and mixed-media works by the Vermont artist, curated in collaboration with Stowe’s 571 Projects. Through December 31. Info, jfranklin@benningtonmuseum. org. Bennington Museum. MARY RUEFLE: “Erasure,” altered books by Vermont’s current poet laureate. Through October 31. Info, 440-4507. Robert Frost Stone House Museum in Shaftsbury. NORTH BENNINGTON OUTDOOR SCULPTURE SHOW: The 24th annual exhibition brings large-scale outdoor works to the historic village and surrounding area, curated by local artist Joe Chirchirillo. Through November 7. Info, Various locations around North Bennington.

‘OUR TANGLED CHOICES: ART AND THE ENVIRONMENT’: Works in a variety of mediums by Pat Musick and Michelle Lougee that explore the fragility of the planet and the choices humans make that impact its health. Through November 14. SVAC MEMBER EXHIBITION: Works in painting, sculpture and other mediums by member artists of the gallery. Through November 28. Info, 362-1405. Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester. STELLA QUARTA DECIMA GALLERY OPENING: “Anticipation,” a group show featuring artists Matthew Monk, James Rauchman, Diane Sophrin, Hannah Morris, Kate Burnim and Lynn Newcomb. In addition to the pop-up gallery, art can be viewed at Through October 31. Info, 498-4996. Stella Quarta Decima in Manchester.


‘CHANGING SEASONS: INNOVATIONS AFTER SEVENTY’: A group exhibition of Vermont artists including Ria Blaas, Alexandra Bottinelli, Paul Calter, Bob Eddy, Rachel Farrow, Jean Feierabend, Paul Godenschwager, Margaret Kannenstine, Ellen Langtree, Judith Lerner, Jim Robinson and Martha von Ammon. Through November 6. Info, 728-9878. Chandler Gallery in Randolph. JOAN HOFFMANN: “Libraries and Barns: Vermont en Plein Air,” acrylic and watercolor paintings by the South Royalton artist. Through November 21. Info, 889-9404. Tunbridge Public Library.

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‘BRING YOUR BEST!’: An annual juried show open to all ages and mediums in abstract or representational work. PATRICIA DOWNS: “Between Layers and Stitches,” sculptural wall hangings in crocheting, weaving, knotting and sewing. Through October 29. Info, 518-563-1604. Strand Center for the Arts in Plattsburgh, N.Y. ‘CALLING FROM THE MOONLIGHT’: Artworks with themes on the moon, harvest and dreaming. Artists include Jane Ashley, Barbara Bartlett, Jim Bellisle, Dan Brenton, Linda Bryan, Sapira Cheuk, Anne Cogbill Rose, Elizabeth D’Amico, Greg Gorman, Deborah Hanson, Cindy Heath, Margaret Lampe Kannenstine, TylerAnn Mack, Elizabeth Mayor, Elizabeth Meyersohn, Dorothea Osborn, Travis Paige, Kathryn Peterson, Evelyn Roberts, Rebecca Rolke, Adele Sanborn, Kathy Stark, Heather Stearns, Laura Tafe, Karla Van Vliet, Samantha Wiebkin and Arthur Zorn. Through November 5. ‘WHAT YOU GET IS WHAT YOU SEE’: Paintings by members of the artist critique group 8xONE: Kate Cone, Charles Depuy, David Fisk, Jim Jordan, Rachel Jordan, Anne Cogbill Rose, Jonathan Rose and Joseph Saginor. Through November 12. Info, 603-448-3117. AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, N.H. ‘ECOLOGIES: A SONG FOR OUR PLANET’: An exhibition of installations, videos, sculptures, paintings, drawings and photographs that explore the relationship between humans and nature, and disruptions to the planet’s ecosystems caused by human intervention. Through February 27. ‘HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR ONE VOICE TO REACH ANOTHER?’: An exhibition of major works from the museum’s collection, along with new acquisitions and loans, that explore the theme of voice in both physical and metaphorical registers. Through February 13. ‘THE WORLD OF YOUSUF KARSH: A PRIVATE ESSENCE’: A showcase of 111 silver-gelatin portraits by the renowned Armenian Canadian photographer, shot and printed himself; donated by the artist’s estate and his widow. Through January 30. RAGNAR KJARTANSSON: “Sumarnótt” (“Death Is Elsewhere”), an immersive installation by the Icelandic artist, filmed under the midnight sun, consisting of a seven-channel video and musical soundscape that surround the viewer. Through January 2. Info, 514-285-2000. Montréal Museum of Fine Arts. ‘THORNTON DIAL: THE TIGER CAT’: Part of a new acquisition of 10 artworks from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation, the exhibition looks closely at the late artist’s work and the ways in which it broadens an understanding of American art. Through February 27. Info, 603-646-2808. Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H. m


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News and views on the local music + nightlife scene BY CHRI S FARNSW ORT H

For the Birds A thought occurred to me the other day as I headed out to catch a show. For all the changes in the music industry — specifically, the differences in how we discover and consume music — the old ways haven’t lost their power. What I mean is that, more often than not, I don’t learn about a band from social media or searching Bandcamp or Soundcloud, though all those methods have yielded gold in the past. Rather, most good recs still come from that most reliable of sources: Someone yelling over house music at a bar to tell me about a show they saw the previous weekend. There are certainly downsides to this ancient method of recommendation: Band names are mangled; no one ever describes the genre accurately; someone lies about the bassist being into them … all the standard issues. But, at the end of the day, I heard about almost every band in town that has blown me away from the prophecy of an excited/inebriated friend. If you don’t have at least one person in your life ranting to you about music you’ve never heard of, do yourself a favor and find one. The latest example of this phenomenon is LILY SEABIRD. It seemed there were months when I couldn’t

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get through a music conversation with anyone before they stopped midsentence to interject, “Yo, Lily Seabird, though.” Thus began the dreaded “I’ve heard of her” responses that always make me die inside a little. Then, this month, Lily Seabird released Beside Myself, and I quickly understood what all the buzz was about. The eight-song album is as strong a debut record as you’ll find, a lo-fi yet colorful collection of slow-burn indie rock. Lily Seabird — real name Lily Seward — writes songs that are at once confessional and cathartic and full of pop hooks. It’s a devastating combo, heightened by the juxtaposition of her ethereal voice and the grit that she and her band put into Beside Myself’s tracks. One listen to “Fire Song” will give you a sense of her embarrassment of riches, from the earworm melody to the crunchy guitars to the horn section coming in for the chorus. Seward played the horns herself, she told me as we sat down recently for a chat about her new record. “I actually started the whole music thing when I learned to play saxophone when I was 9,” she said. “Other kids had sports and activities or whatever, but all I wanted to do was play sax. So I wrote my mom this letter about why I wanted one.”



The letter did the trick, and she got that saxophone. “I still have it, actually,” Seward said with a laugh as she brushed her bangs off the top of her glasses, squinting in the sun. “It’s in my car right now. I’m going to go play on a friend’s album!” By 13, she was playing in her school jazz band. She’d picked up the guitar and started to write songs. She played in all-girl punk bands in high school, then moved to New York City in 2017 to attend the New School, a university with a strong performing arts program. From the get-go, however, she knew NYC wasn’t the right fit for her. “I just had this bad feeling about the city that was building the whole time I was there,” Seward confided. “It just got stronger and stronger. One day I sort of realized, I hate it here; I need to move, because I think something bad is going to happen.” Not long after she dropped out of the New School and moved north to Burlington, the pandemic reached the U.S. “I was living with eight people in a four-bedroom apartment in the city,” she said. “It really sucked. So I’m just so glad I got out when I did.” It didn’t take Seward long to make a splash in the local music scene. She transferred to the University of Vermont,

where she connected with bassist NOAH SCHNEIDMAN, coproducer of Beside Myself. Not long after, she met CHARLIE HILL, a Burlington expat formerly of indie rockers BISON, who plays solo under the moniker CHAZZY LAKE. Hill mastered the recordings that Seward and Schneidman made in her apartment over the winter, and those became the album. “I tried to do it all myself at first,” Seward admitted. “But I’m a perfectionist, and the fact that I didn’t know what I was doing yet, as far as recording — it just pissed me off. But that’s what’s cool about Burlington. Almost everyone I know is a songwriter or musician themselves, and they dig working together.” The record’s first single, “Bug,” dropped in May. It’s a fuzzed-out rocker that finds Seward singing about feeling small and wanting to be “someone a little less like me.” The notion of embodying multiple people in one is pervasive, with many of the songs conveying a sort of mourning for what Seward sees as fading innocence. “I wrote these songs mostly between when I was 17 and now,” the 22-year-old said. “In that time, I feel like I’ve stopped being a girl and become a woman. But there are times when I miss that person, the girl I was, who was maybe a little less jaded sometimes.” On the flip side, Seward welcomes the new assertiveness she gained from making her album. “I don’t give as much of a fuck as I used to,” she said with a grin. “If I want to play a show with a band, I just email them and say, ‘Hey! Can I play with you?’ The impostor syndrome has faded.” With a record like Beside Myself, it’s no wonder Seward feels like the real deal. Check it out at lilyseabird.

A Redux of Time

When SEAN HOOD finished his latest EASTERN MOUNTAIN TIME record, Seven, back in spring 2020, he faced the same conundrum that many other musicians did at the time: What the hell to do with it? Everyone was trapped in their homes, lying about learning to bake bread or speak a second language. Or they were out in the streets protesting police brutality. It wasn’t the ideal situation in which to release a record, as Burlington artists such as FRANCESCA BLANCHARD and ROUGH FRANCIS discovered. While Hood knew

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the release would be muted, he decided that “there might be some benefit or catharsis for others in putting out some new music during the lockdown,” he wrote in an email. So Hood released Seven, and, yup, the album disappeared like all the other local efforts, doomed to be a museum piece from a year no one wants to remember. Which was a shame, because the record is one of Hood’s best — true-blue Americana full of clever songwriting and good ol’-fashioned country-guy blues. Fortunately, Hood also thinks the record deserves another chance. “The record wasn’t really finished,” he said. “And I don’t love the version that I shared back then.” So Hood remixed and even resequenced the record, adding a new cover for the rerelease. The new, shinier and less quarantine-affected Seven will come (back) out in early November on

JOSHUA GLASS has finally released the video for “Megaphone,” the first single off his 2020 album, Smile Off the Clock. Featuring Glass sauntering through South Burlington’s University Mall playing a ukulele as he laments an old lover stepping out on him, the track is a catchy slice of late-’70s singersongwriter AM gold, and I’m here for it all day. Fellow singer-songwriter ANDRIANA CHABOT, who often plays dueling piano shows with Glass, costars as the ex who’s letting the city know she’s found a new beau. Why is the video dropping a year after Smile Off the Clock was released? On Facebook, Glass explained that making a DIY music video in the time of COVID-19 was anything but easy. “The whole thing was a year in the making,” Glass wrote. “But believe us, it wasn’t supposed to be. A combination of characteristically unpredictable Vermont weather, crazy schedules, and the second wave COVID hitting this state — only a week after filming began — forced us to constantly change locations, the plot of the film, and our mindsets.” Kudos to Glass for sticking with it and releasing the video, which is up now on the artist’s YouTube channel. m

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One of my favorite subgenres of Vermont music is the “I just got to town” record. We take in a lot of artistic vagabonds in the Green Mountains, and their inevitable responses to the new surroundings rarely disappoint. Matthew Jadin, aka Dogface, moved to Winooski from Florida in 2020. He didn’t waste much time embedding in the scene and joined the music incubator Community of Sound, home to experimental artists such as Gahlord Dewald, Lauren Costello (ouzkxqlzn) and Jo Bled. He released his debut, self-titled EP in February, a five-


As I sit back in my chair and listen to Zac Burns’ newest album, Twenty, there is a devil and an angel on my shoulders. On my left, it’s that old curmudgeon George Bernard Shaw, croaking out his famous phrase, “Youth is wasted on the young.” But before I start yelling at skateboarders or bitching about TikTok, Tyler, the Creator appears on my right, telling me, “Youth is something I never wanna take for granted.” I vacillate between these two modes so often while listening to Twenty that I feel as if I’m getting whiplash. Burns, a Jericho native who studies music production

track collection of off-center indie folk-rock that clocks in at just under 15 minutes. But Jadin packs a lot of his musical personality into the bite-size EP, establishing himself as a unique songwriter with an eye for the surreal. “Long Walk to Winooski” displays Jadin’s songwriting charms. It starts as a crunchy rocker full of big hits — Jadin plays all the instruments on Dogface, except for some snazzy guitar solos provided by Luke Awtry, who produced the EP at his A9 Studio. (Awtry is also a freelance photographer and Seven Days contributor, and he plays with Jadin in the Americana outfit Danny & the Parts.) The song moves from big rock to a verse of acoustic ruminations before transitioning

again into a jangly indie-rock arrangement. The piece is reminiscent of David Berman’s Silver Jews project; perhaps it’s the insouciance of the lyrics. When Jadin sings, “Well, I’ve been walking round this town for a couple weeks now / I’m starting to notice that everything is exactly the same as my home town / There’s drunks on the stoop / I’m thinking of you,” he manages to combine something earthy and seemingly pedestrian with a feeling of being emotionally unmoored. In those simple lines, he conveys that a change in scenery rarely stops our obsessions. As curious as he seems about his new home, Jadin does reflect heavily on where he’s been in “Tomahawk.” He builds a groove of pulsing bass and a straightforward, four-on-the-floor drumbeat that has a little of the Pixies’ “Wave of Mutilation” to it. “There are

people all about / Blurring backgrounds look like drapes in a painting I saw once back in Florida / But you never cared much for the arts,” Jadin sings in a quavering voice. His penchant for rooting lyrics in the mundane, only to reveal them as façades for something deeper, catches the listener off guard. That’s a good thing. Since Dogface is such a small sample of Jadin’s work, it’s easy to feel that there’s more to this artist than he’s sharing. Yet the brevity of the EP doesn’t detract from its appeal. When Jadin briefly dips into jazz on “Interlude,” it’s clear his songwriting can effortlessly move through genres while retaining its own character. That’s rare, and something we’ll hopefully see more of from Jadin in the future. Dogface is available at dogfacebtv.

and technology at the Hartt School in Connecticut, recently turned 20. Like many an artist before him, Burns was inspired to document that especially poignant moment when childhood fades and the onrushing wave of adulthood looms ahead. Opening track “20” sets the tone, with Burns warning the listener, “Don’t close your eyes / life will pass you by.” The music is restrained, a simple piano figure underpinning a tender melody. It carries a feeling of world-weariness and a sense of the clock running out. “It’s just a fantasy when you’re 20 / and you’ll find you’ve been lost in yourself all this time,” Burns sings. The George Bernard Shaw on my

shoulder becomes agitated whenever those sentiments pop up on the album — which is often. Burns has all but crafted a concept record about his exodus from his teenage years, assigning great import to the emotions that change brings. On the other shoulder, Tyler, the Creator reminds me of how much incredible music was made by 20-yearolds writing about childhood’s end. At the risk of being reductive to one of the great albums of the 20th century, Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon is basically Roger Waters freaking out as he realizes he isn’t a kid anymore. Musically, there’s a maturity to Burns’ writing that elevates the 20 tracks on Twenty. By and large, he dwells in the world of pop, with some light tendencies toward R&B. His compositions are clever and, in some cases, reach encouraging

highs, such as on the tender ballad “What If I Could Call You Mine?” The album could use a few more shifts of energy — 20 tracks is a long time for a listener to stay interested. Twenty is a reserved piece of music, more akin to a reverie than something one might dance to. But when Burns does drop a beat, the effect is telling — as on “Boston 2,” which features the Gurkus Gang and pushes into hip-hop territory. The ennui that permeates the record fades, and a sense of youthful exuberance arises. Maybe Burns isn’t totally ready to embrace the drudgery of adulthood. It’s a strong, polished album full of the philosophical musings of a boy transitioning into manhood. I’d love to hear Burns record Forty in a couple decades, then compare the two. For now, stream Twenty on Spotify or iTunes.

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he ongoing Vermont International Film Festival features three films it chose jointly with Middlebury College’s Film and Media Culture Department. One of those picks is Norwegian writer-director Joachim Trier’s The Worst Person in the World, for which its lead won the Best Actress award at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival. Catch this very European comedydrama — not yet released in the U.S. — on Saturday or Sunday at Main Street Landing Film House in Burlington, or watch it virtually (geoblocked to Vermont) on Tuesday, October 19.


The deal

Bright and personable, Julie (Renate Reinsve) isn’t sure who she wants to be. She ditches med school to study psychology, then ditches that for photography and an artier crowd. Nearing 30, she’s working retail and living with an indie cartoonist (Anders Danielsen Lie) who’s a generation older and eager to start a family. But Julie doesn’t feel ready for kids, and she doesn’t love being her famous boyfriend’s social appendage. Leaving a literary party where she feels ignored, she encounters and crashes a wedding reception, where she clicks instantly with a stranger (Herbert Nordrum). Is this where her adult life will finally start — or is it just another phase?

Will you like it?

Writing the summary above, I realized that The Worst Person in the World could easily have been insufferable. The title admits as much. Julie is a familiar character type: the privileged, neurotic urbanite with so many choices that she can’t choose. Instead, she samples a procession of identities, not unlike Hannah in HBO’s “Girls” or Marianne in Sally Rooney’s novel Normal People — always game for new experiences, always eager to move on. Julie’s good company, though. With her emotionally transparent features, Reinsve has a winning, puppyish quality that puts the audience on her side. The movie draws us in with a glowing, Instagram-ready palette and the fast-paced frothiness of a rom-com, even as an omniscient narrator adds sterner notes of self-awareness. The first hour is full of montages, some pretty and others pointed: As Julie 62


BAD ROMANCE Reinsve and Danielsen Lie play a passionate but troubled couple in Trier’s deconstructed rom-com.

celebrates her birthday with her family, we see a slideshow of her female forebears, all of whom had multiple children by her age. The film gently mocks Julie’s restlessness while also taking satirical aim at the social pressures that people — particularly women — feel to reproduce. While at the start The Worst Person in the World goes down as easily as a cream puff, it gets more substantial as it continues, covering about four years over the course of 12 “chapters.” Cutesy montages give way to set pieces in which darker tones emerge — many with the streets and vistas of Oslo as a background. The wedding-crasher sequence feels like something that Marcel Proust might have imagined. While it beautifully captures the power of instant infatuation, it also displays a more destructive side of Julie than we’ve seen. (Presenting herself as a doctor, she uses her assumed identity to berate an innocent guest for bad parenting.) A ’shroom-trip chapter called “Julie’s Narcissistic Circus” is both hilarious and unsettling. In yet another chapter, a hyperreal device evokes the power of romance to make time seem to stop in its tracks. In the bigger picture, of course, time is unstoppable. A person can only

experiment with so many identities and lovers before their allotted span is up. That’s the message of the final chapters, in which all of the movie’s darker undercurrents come to the surface. Trier pulls a classic melodrama trick to get the audience to start taking Julie’s story more seriously, but he earns our emotions with the restrained, naturalistic script (cowritten with Eskil Vogt). Danielsen Lie’s character initially seems poorly fleshed out, but once he and Julie go their separate ways, he emerges more clearly as an archetype of the “edgy” Gen X artist trying to defend his legacy from a generation that has always been online. The continued evolution of his relationship with Julie reminds us that romance is only a small slice of life. The Worst Person in the World captures the fierce energy and hyperbole of youth, the sense that any chance meeting could send one’s life spinning off in a new direction. Julie’s freewheeling postadolescence may last longer than that of her ancestors, but fears lurk on the horizon — she cites the climate crisis as one reason not to reproduce. With this last stand-alone film in his Oslo Trilogy, Trier gives us a pretty

concoction with a savory center. We may be tempted to judge Julie, but we know that, in the end, time isn’t on her side. MARGO T HARRI S O N


ber 15 and virtually on October 17): Another selection made with Middlebury College is the latest from Céline Sciamma (Portrait of a Lady on Fire). Critics have hailed it as a sensitive portrayal of a bereaved child receiving comfort from an unexpected source. OSLO, AUGUST 31 (2011; Kanopy, Strand

Releasing, rentable): Danielsen Lie starred in all three films in Trier’s Oslo Trilogy. In this, the dark middle entry, he plays a young man fresh out of rehab and struggling with what comes next. THELMA (2017; Kanopy, Tubi, Hulu,

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FREE GUYHHH In this action comedy, a mildmannered bank teller (Ryan Reynolds) learns that he’s actually just an AI in a violent video game. Shawn Levy directed. (115 min, PG-13. Majestic) THE HIDDEN LIFE OF TREESHHH1/2 This documentary from Jörg Adolph and Jan Haft explores the thesis of Peter Wohlleben’s book of the same name: that trees communicate with one another. (101 min, PG. Savoy) I’M YOUR MANHHHH A scientist (Maren Eggert) participates in an experiment where she must live with an android (Dan Stevens) programmed to be her perfect partner in this indie comedy from director Maria Schrader. (105 min, R. Roxy, Savoy)

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: Todd Haynes (I’m Not There) directed this documentary about the avant-garde rock band with the cooperation of its surviving members. (120 min, R. Savoy)

LAMBHHH1/2 The discovery of a mysterious newborn proves a curse to a childless couple in this acclaimed indie horror drama from Iceland, starring Noomi Rapace. Valdimar Jóhannsson directed. (106 min, R. Roxy, Savoy)


THE MANY SAINTS OF NEWARKHHH This prequel to “The Sopranos” chronicles the formative years of mafia boss Tony Soprano (Michael Gandolfini). Alan Taylor directed. (120 min, R. Majestic)

THE ADDAMS FAMILY 2HH Everyone’s favorite spooky family returns in the sequel to the 2019 animated comedy. With the voices of Oscar Isaac and Charlize Theron. (93 min, PG. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Star, Stowe, Sunset) THE ALPINISTHHH1/2 Peter Mortimer and Nick Rosen’s documentary profiles solo mountain climber Marc-André Leclerc. (92 min, PG-13. Savoy)

NO TIME TO DIEHHH1/2 James Bond returns from retirement to tackle a villain (Rami Malek) who targets people’s DNA in Daniel Craig’s swan song as the superspy. Cary Joji Fukunaga directed. (163 min, PG-13. Big Picture, Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Playhouse, Roxy, Star, Stowe, Sunset, Welden)

DEAR EVAN HANSENHH A lonely high schooler (Ben Platt) finds love and fame through an act of deception in the adaptation of the Tony-winning stage musical, directed by Stephen Chbosky. (137 min, PG-13. Majestic)

SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGSHHH1/2 A martial arts master (Simu Liu) must confront his own dark origins in the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Destin Daniel Cretton directed. (132 min, PG-13. Essex, Majestic)

DON’T BREATHE 2HH1/2 A resourceful blind man (Stephen Lang) with a dark side must defend himself and the kid he’s raised from a home invasion in this horror sequel. Rodo Sayagues directed. (98 min, R. Sunset)

TITANEHHH1/2 Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, this body horror drama from Julia Ducournau (Raw) tells the story of a young woman (Agathe Rousselle) who has carnal (metal?) relations with a car. (108 min, R. Roxy)

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MAPLE WEBINAR SERIES: MAPLE FORESTS & CARBON: The University of Vermont Extension teaches maple growers how to manage the carbon levels of their sugarbush. 7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 828-2430.


CURRENT EVENTS OVER ZOOM: Dorothy Alling Memorial Library leads an informal discussion about what’s in the news. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, VERMONT WOMEN’S MENTORING PROGRAM: Mercy Connections trains new mentors for vulnerable women seeking healing, jobs and safe housing. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info,


DROP-IN KNITTING GROUP: Needle jockeys gather to chat and work on their latest projects. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 888-3853.


MERCY ECOLOGY CELEBRATION: The ecospiritualist organization hosts an evening of connection and light refreshments. Masks and proof of vaccination required. Mercy Farm, Benson, 4:30-6 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 537-4531. SAVE THE LAKE: Lake Champlain Sea Grant and Charlotte Public Library show aspiring conservationists how to get involved. 7-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 425-3864.


JUNCTION: A WALKING TOUR: Using only a cellphone and a pair of headphones, intrepid adventurers guide themselves through a century and a half of local history. Various White River Junction locations. $1519. Info, 296-7000. QUEEN CITY GHOSTWALK GRATEFUL WEDNESDAYS: GHOSTS & LEGENDS OF LAKE CHAMPLAIN: Brave souls learn about the darker side of Burlington on a guided waterfront walk with author and historian Thea Lewis. Partial proceeds benefit area organizations. Union Station, Burlington, 7 p.m. $20. Info, mail@queencityghostwalk. com.


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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. ‘AUSTRALIA’S GREAT WILD NORTH 3D’: An educational and entertaining film takes viewers on an epic adventure through some of Earth’s wildest landscapes. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 11:30 a.m., 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $14.50-18; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848. ‘DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA 3D’: Moviegoers join scientists on a journey through a surreal world of bug-eyed giants and egg-laying mammals. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, ongoing, 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. VERMONT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: ‘FAYA DAYI’: Ethiopian Mexican filmmaker Jessica Beshir returns to her home city of Harar in this hypnotic documentary. The Savoy Theater, Montpelier, 2-4 p.m. $5-12. Info, 660-2600. VERMONT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: ‘THE FIRST DEATH OF JOANA’: In a whimsical Brazilian story of gender, sexuality and secret love, a 13-year-old girl finds answers to old family mysteries in her

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imaginary universe. 10 a.m.-11:59 p.m. $12. Info, 660-2600.

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‘MEERKATS 3D’: A tenacious mammalian matriarch fights to protect her family in a desolate environment. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 10:30 a.m., 12:30, 2:30 & 4:30 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $11.50-14.50; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848.

SENIOR CENTER WEEKLY LUNCH: Age Well and the Kevin L. Dorn Senior Center serve a hot, sitdown lunch. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 12:30 p.m. Donations; preregister; limited space. Info, 923-5545.

‘PAN’S LABYRINTH’: A young girl escapes from her abusive stepfather and into an eerie, fantastical world in Guillermo del Toro’s modern classic. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. VERMONT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: ‘TRY HARDER!’: In a brand-new documentary, five students at an elite San Francisco high school navigate exams, racial tension and the college admissions process. 10 a.m.-11:59 p.m. $12. Info, 660-2600. VERMONT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: ‘TAMING THE GARDEN’: This striking environmentalist documentary tells of a former Georgian prime minister’s attempts to populate his vast estate with trees. Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 4:30 p.m. $5-12. Info, 660-2600. VERMONT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: ‘THE WHALER BOY’: In this tender Russian film, a young man falls in love with a webcam model after the internet comes to his tiny whaling village. 10 a.m.-11:59 p.m. $12. Info, 660-2600. VERMONT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: ‘WILDLAND’: 17-yearold Ida becomes entangled in her family’s web of extortion and violence in this Danish crime drama. Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7 p.m. $5-12. Info, 660-2600.

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

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10TH ANNUAL HARVEST RUN FOR SUSTAINABILITY: Runners of all ages pick a route through Burlington at a virtual fundraiser for the Sustainability Academy. 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Donations. Info, 864-8280. ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION EXERCISE PROGRAM: Those in need of an easy-on-the-joints workout gather for an hour of calming, low-impact movement. United Community Church, St. Johnsbury, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 751-0431. AYURVEDA PROGRAM ONLINE: Maryellen Crangle and Dorothy Alling Memorial Library lead a 12-week introduction to this ancient Indian and Nepalese healing and lifestyle tradition. 2-3:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, programs@ BURLINGTON MOVES: Fitness fanatics of all stripes gather on the grass for body weight workouts. Dogs welcome. Andy A_Dog Williams Skatepark, Burlington, 6:15-7 a.m. Free. Info, CHAIR YOGA: Waterbury Public Library instructor Diana Whitney leads at-home participants in gentle stretches supported by seats. 10 a.m. Free. Info, 244-7036. FALL PREVENTION SUN-STYLE TAI CHI: Humans boost their strength and balance through gentle, flowing movements. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-3322. PERENNIAL HARVEST DAYS: HEALTH & WELL-BEING: The New Perennials series continues with a panel on how connecting with the Earth can improve health. Zoom option available. All Souls Interfaith Gathering, Shelburne, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, newperennials@ STEPS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE: Fundraisers document their monthlong pursuit of a wellness goal to raise donations for Steps to End Domestic Violence. Various locations statewide. Donations; preregister. Info, 658-3131. TAI CHI SUN 73 CLASS: Practitioners enjoy a peaceful morning of movement. Ages 55 and up; prerequisite is Tai Chi for Fall’s Prevention series 1, 2 & 3. Middlebury Recreation Center, 1011:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info,

TAI CHI: SUN-STYLE 73: A sequence of slow, controlled motions aids in strength and balance. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 11:20 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 223-3322.


VIRTUAL ELL CLASSES: English language learners of all abilities practice writing and speaking with trained instructors. 6:30-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info,


ACOUSTIC OPEN MIC NIGHT: Artists of all stripes have six minutes to share a song, story or poem. No microphones; meet at the second-floor loft. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, COMPOSER TALK: Evan Premo, Christopher Cerrone, Carlos Simon and Eric Nathan discuss their work featured in upcoming Scrag Mountain Music concerts. See calendar spotlight. 7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 377-3161. FUNDRAISER FOR JOSH’S HOUSE: Conductor Kim Diehnelt leads the Me2 orchestra in an evening of classical music and storytelling to benefit the veterans’ wellness center. Elley-Long Music Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 238-8369. NORTHERN HARMONY: Village Harmony’s world-music chamber ensemble goes virtual with a filmed concert for online viewers. Pay what you can. Info,


DESIGN FOR AGING, DYING & DIGNITY: JULIE LINEBERGER: The architect and president of Wilmington’s Wheel Pad investigates the current state of accessible housing for those caring for loved ones at home. Presented by Yestermorrow. 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 888-496-5541. DEVELOPING SELF: Participants reconnect with their core values in this virtual self-help class from Mercy Connections. 10 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, 846-7063. MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT: Age Well and New England Federal Credit Union teach online learners the ins and outs of signing up for health insurance. 6-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 800-400-8790.


BRIAN LINDNER: The historian tells the tale of the 1944 Air Force bomber crash on Camel’s Hump. Livestream available. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. Free; preregister for Zoom option. Info, 223-3338.


ARCHER MAYOR: Norman Williams Public Library hosts the author of the new crime thriller Marked Man. 4:30-5:30


p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, programs@ ASHLEY C. FORD: Dr. Jude Smith Rachele of the Howard Center welcomes the best-selling author for a conversation on mental health, race and LGBTQIA+ issues. 4-5:15 p.m. Free; preregister. Info,



PERENNIAL HARVEST DAYS: FOOD SYSTEMS: Leaders in sustainable farming imagine what a long-term, eco-friendly food economy could look like. Presented by New Perennials. Wilson Hall, McCullough Student Center, Middlebury College, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info,


DRIVE-IN CEDRR ANNUAL MEETING: Chamber & Economic Development of the Rutland Region celebrates its first birthday with a broadcasted retrospective and plenty of food trucks. Vermont State Fairgrounds, Rutland, 5:30 p.m. $25; preregister; limited space. Info, 773-2747. OCTOBER MIXER: The Franklin County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s regular mixers are back in person — this month, surrounded by the artful ambience of a local gallery. Artist in Residence Cooperative Gallery, Enosburg Falls, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $5-8. Info, 524-2444. SMALL BUSINESS LENDING: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW!: A panel of local lenders answers entrepreneurs’ questions about business loans. Presented by the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity. 10-11:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 860-1417, ext. 121.


‘THE CANNABIS QUESTION’: Vermont Public Radio and Vermont PBS follow up a virtual film screening with a Q&A featuring a panel of cannabis legalization experts. 7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info,


LAMOILLE TACTICAL BASIN PLAN PUBLIC MEETING: The Lamoille River watershed planner gives a five-year update, and community members offer feedback on the water-quality restoration process. Remote options available. Greensboro Town Hall, 6-7:45 p.m. Free. Info, 424-3149.


PAINT ’N’ SIP: Artists of all skill levels enjoy a Halloween-themed session and some luscious libations. Supplies and refreshments provided. Fairfax Community

Library, 5 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 849-2420. THURSDAY ZOOM KNITTERS: The Norman Williams Public Library fiber arts club meets virtually for conversation and crafting. 2-3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info,


JUNCTION: A WALKING TOUR: See WED.13. QUEEN CITY GHOSTWALK TRUE CRIME THURSDAYS: True crime buffs learn about Burlington’s most infamous murders and misdeeds with author and historian Thea Lewis. Sensitive subject matter. Ages 16 and up. 199 Main St., Burlington, 7 p.m. $25. Info,


See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. VERMONT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: ‘ANNE AT 13,000 FT.’: An antisocial skydiver tries not to push everyone in her life away in this humanist Canadian character study. 10 a.m.-11:59 p.m. $12. Info, 660-2600. ‘ANTARCTICA 3D: ON THE EDGE’: See WED.13. ‘AUSTRALIA’S GREAT WILD NORTH 3D’: See WED.13. ‘DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA 3D’: See WED.13. ‘THE LONELIEST WHALE’: After a screening of this invigorating documentary, cinematographer Alan Jacobsen and marine scientist Dr. Ingrid Biedron lead a discussion. Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-8. Info, 603-646-2422.


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10TH ANNUAL HARVEST RUN FOR SUSTAINABILITY: See WED.13. GENTLE MOVEMENT SERIES: Amy LePage leads movers in a therapeutic yoga practice. Zoom option available. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 12:15-1 p.m. Free; preregister for Zoom link. Info, 223-3338. STEPS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE: See WED.13.




FINANCIAL WELLNESS WORKSHOP: One Day in July fiduciary financial advisers destress the budgeting process by incorporating breath work and yogic relaxation. Zoom option available. Burlington Yoga, 1:302:45 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 518-522-8048.

VERMONT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: ‘TAKE ME SOMEWHERE NICE’: This sardonic, surreal feature follows three teenagers on a captivating road trip through Bosnia. 10 a.m.-11:59 p.m. $12. Info, 660-2600.

UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP TEST PREPARATION: Applicants work one-on-one with tutors to study history, government and geography – and to practice English, if needed. Zoom option available. Mercy Connections, Burlington, 9-10:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 846-7063.

VERMONT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: ‘LUZZU’: The fisherman at the heart of this Maltese drama must choose between his family’s traditional profession and assimilating into the modern world. Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 4:15 p.m. $5-12. Info, 660-2600.



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AMY GODINE: The curator of the Dreaming of Timbuctoo exhibit tells the story of an antebellum Black homestead in the Adirondacks. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 6 p.m. Donations. Info, 382-9222.


‘THE HONKY TONK ANGELS’: The tunes of Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette and others make for a foot-stomping musical. Masks and proof of vaccination required. The Grange Theatre, South Pomfret, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $35-45. Info, 457-3500. T-REX BROADWAY SERIES: ‘SONGS I’VE LIVED’: Colchester native and denizen of the Great THU.14

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MEDICARE ADVANTAGE & DRUG PLANS: Age Well helps potential Medicare customers compare plans for the upcoming year. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 800-642-5119.

‘WAR HORSE’: Handspring Puppet’s astonishing creations bring the smash-hit play to life in a filmed National Theater production. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $7-21. Info, 748-2600.

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AFTERSCHOOL CITIZEN SCIENCE: ZOONIVERSE: Little wildlife biologists grades 4 and up learn how to identify African animals by photograph with the Charlotte Library. 4-5 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 425-3864. ONLINE PRENATAL YOGA: Mothers-to-be build strength, stamina and a stronger connection to their baby. 5:45-6:45 p.m. $5-15. Info, 899-0339. UNDERSTANDING SPECIAL NEEDS TRUSTS AND HOW TO FUND THEM: Vermont Family Network teaches parents of kids with special needs how best to save for their children’s futures. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 876-5315.

chittenden county

‘SEVEN WORLDS, ONE PLANET’: Animal lovers grades 5 and up watch a documentary about Asia’s rarest wildlife. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 2-3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918.


THE NOISY PAINT BOX: Creative kids learn to connect lit and art by sculpting, painting and reading picture books. Ages 6 and up. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, cvarner@

champlain islands/ northwest

MAD SCIENTIST LAB: Aspiring Frankensteins ages 8 and up concoct color-changing potions and bubbling brews. Fairfax Community Library, 1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 849-2420.

outside vermont

PLAYGROUP FOR AGES 0-2: Babies, toddlers and their caretakers meet new friends and play to their hearts’ content. Howe Library, Hanover, N.H., 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 603-643-4120.


ONLINE PRENATAL YOGA: See WED.13, 12:30-1:30 p.m.


CRAFTERNOON: Weaving, knitting, embroidery and paper crafting supplies take over the Teen Space. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-3403.

chittenden county

OUTDOOR STORY TIME: Kids enjoy an hour of books, songs, dancing and fun. BYO blankets or chairs. Masks required. Winooski Memorial Library, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 655-6424.




BABY & TODDLER MEETUP: Tiny tots and their caregivers come together for playtime, puzzles and picture books. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 888-3853. READ TO A THERAPY DOG: XANDER: Novice and nervous readers find a calm, comforting environment in which to practice when Xander visits the library, courtesy of Therapy Dogs of Vermont. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 888-3853.

upper valley

PARENT & CAREGIVER MEETUP & PLAYGROUP: Those with new and prewalking babies gather to chat and sip coffee while the little ones play. Older siblings welcome. BYO mug. Norwich Public Library, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Info,

outside vermont

MORNING STORY TIME: Kids ages 2.5 through 4 hear a story before playtime and arts and crafts. Howe Library, Hanover, N.H., 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 603-643-4120.


ONLINE PRENATAL YOGA: See WED.13, 12:30-1:15 p.m.


FRIGHT BY FLASHLIGHT: Adventurous youngsters become experts in vintage ghost-hunting techniques. Ages 8 through 12; must be accompanied by an adult. Lakeview Cemetery, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. $12-18; limited space. Info,

chittenden county

AUTUMN CAMPFIRE: Outreach for Earth Stewardship leads an evening of stories, s’mores and visits with its owl ambassadors. Shelburne Farms, 5-6:30 p.m. $5; preregister. Info, cwright@


STORY TIME & PLAYGROUP: New youth librarian Sasha McGarvey encourages creativity and exploration in kids under 6. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 426-3581.


ONLINE PRENATAL YOGA: See WED.13, 8:30-9:15 a.m.


FAMILY PLAYSHOP: Kids from birth through age 5 learn and play at this school readiness program. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10:15-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 863-3403. FRIGHT BY FLASHLIGHT: See FRI.15. OOKY SPOOKY 5K RACE TO BENEFIT COTS: Goblins and ghouls of all ages don costumes and run or walk to raise funds for the Committee on Temporary Shelter’s efforts with the houseless community. Rock Point School, Burlington, 8-10:30 a.m. Donations. Info, 863-1104.

chittenden county

CELEBRATION WITH ALLEN BROOK SCHOOL: The library and the school mark

the start of their new partnership with a reading of the picture book Hands Up! by Breanna J. McDaniel. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. HORSE-DRAWN WAGON RIDES: Pat Palmer of Thornapple Farm and his majestic Percherons usher passengers through the majesty of a beautiful fall morning. Shelburne Farms, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3:15 & 3:45 p.m. $7-10; preregister. Info,


BATIK FOR TEENS: Teenage creatives learn the delightfully messy art of dyeing patterns onto fabric with hot wax. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 1-4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 426-3581. DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: THE CANDLEKEEP MYSTERIES: Teens bring their imaginations and their problemsolving skills to this weekly collaborative role-playing game. Masks required. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. Info,


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MNFF SELECTS FILM SERIES: ‘MY OCTOPUS TEACHER’: The family-friendly Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival series kicks off with a hit documentary about a diver and his eight-legged friend. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, 382-9222. PERENNIAL HARVEST DAYS: THE WILLOWELL FOUNDATION: Environmentalists of every age stroll the sculpture gardens, take in a magic show, enjoy family-friendly outdoor activities and hear a presentation from Migrant Justice. Willowell Foundation, Monkton, noon-5 p.m. Free. Info, newperennials@


INCLUSIVE INTEGRATED ARTS FOR FAMILIES: Students integrate science, math and art in an eight-week course for homeschoolers or families looking for an online afterschool activity. Presented by Inclusive Arts Vermont. 3-5:15 p.m. Pay what you can. Info, 871-5002. ONLINE PRENATAL YOGA: See WED.13.

CELEBRATE PEACE: Autumnal soups and breads, arts and crafts, campus tours and live music round out a family-friendly send-up of peace and love. Mountain River School, Morristown, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info,


READ TO A THERAPY DOG: FIGMENT: Figment reports for duty straight from Therapy Dogs of Vermont to help out reluctant readers. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 10-11 a.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 888-3853.

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mad river valley/ waterbury

A HALLOWEEN HOOT: Miss Andrea of Musical Munchkins plays Halloween songs for kids ages 2 through 6. Costumes encouraged! Waterbury Public Library, 10 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 244-7036.


ONLINE PRENATAL YOGA: See WED.13, 10:15-11:15 a.m.


ADAPTIVE AERIAL CLASS: Kids of all abilities ages 7 through 12 learn aerial dancing with hanging fabrics. Masks required. Murmurations Aerial, Burlington, 12:30-1:45 p.m. Pay what you can. Info, SENSORY-FRIENDLY SUNDAY: Folks of all ages with sensory processing differences have the museum to themselves, with adjusted lights and sounds and trusty sensory backpacks. ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 9-10 a.m. Free. Info,

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GOOD NIGHT, FARM: SUNSET HIKE AND EVENING FARM ANIMAL VISIT: Families hike up Lone Tree Hill to enjoy a fall sunset, then visit with the farmyard creatures as they get ready for bedtime. Shelburne Farms, 5-6:30 p.m. $5; preregister. Info, SOCIAL SUNDAYS FAMILY ART: Registered families pick up take-home kits to complete with video or typed instructions. Milton Artists’ Guild Art Center & Gallery, . Free; preregister. Info, 891-2014.

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

AFTERNOON STORY TIME: Fun books, toys and crafts are on the docket for kids ages 3.5 through 5. Howe Library, Hanover, N.H., 1-2 p.m. Free. Info, 603-643-4120. PLAYGROUP FOR AGES 0-2: See WED.13.


LIZ MITCHELL: The Howard Center’s early childhood program director explains how parents and caregivers can build the best possible baby-raising village. 3-4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, mtraska@ ONLINE PRENATAL YOGA: See WED.13, 12:30-1:30 p.m.


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

chittenden county

FAMILY NIGHT HIKE: Fans of the freaky gather for a dusky trek along the trails. Glow necklaces provided; BYO flashlights. Hubbard Recreation & Natural Area, South Burlington, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4107. OUTDOOR STORY TIME: See THU.14. PRESCHOOL STORY TIME ON THE GREEN: Dorothy Alling Memorial Library leads half an hour of stories, rhymes and songs. Masks or social distancing required. Williston Town Green, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.


FULL STEAM AHEAD TUESDAYS: Kids learn art, science and math through

games and crafts, including paper airplane races, Lego competitions and origami. Ages 6 and up. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 3:30-4 p.m. Free. Info, 888-3853. MAKE YOUR OWN SPOOKY SLIME!: Young ones get in the Halloween spirit by crafting their own eerie ooze with which to creep out their pals. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 888-3853. UKULELE LESSONS: Preteen pickers ages 8 through 11 learn the basics from librarian Rachel Funk. Instruments and other materials provided. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 3-4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, youthservices@

mad river valley/ waterbury

ART CLUB: FRACTAL ART: Young artists ages 6 and up create their own masterpieces, alone and as a team. Waterbury Public Library, 3-4 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, cynthia@

champlain islands/ northwest

STEM CLUB: Budding scientists ages 9 through 12 get together for an hour of left-brain learning. Fairfax Community Library, 3:10-4:10 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 849-2420.

outside vermont

MUSIC & MOVEMENT OUTDOORS: Preschoolers and their caregivers sing and dance the morning away. Howe Library, Hanover, N.H., 10-10:30 a.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 603-643-4120.




FFL YOUNG WRITERS: Budding authors, scriptwriters and graphic novelists ages 10 and up learn more about the craft via prompts and group exercises. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 2-3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-3403.



mad river valley/ waterbury

LEGO CHALLENGE CLUB: Teams and solo artists build bold brick creations related to a monthly theme. Waterbury Public Library, 3-4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 244-7036

champlain islands/ northwest

MUMMY LUMINARIES: Creepy crafters create mummified candleholders perfect for adding some eerie ambience to any room. Ages 8 and up. Fairfax Community Library, 3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 849-2420.

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White Way Merritt David Janes leads a program of talented performers bringing Broadway to the Green Mountains. See calendar spotlight. Double E Performance Center’s T-Rex Theater, Essex Junction, 7:30 p.m. $20-35. Info, ‘YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN’: Fairfax Community Theatre brings “Peanuts” characters to musical life in its 30th anniversary production. Masks required and provided. Fairfax Community Center, 7:30-10 p.m. $13-25. Info,


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PENS & PAGES: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett serves as inspiration for discussion and writing exercises in this Mercy Connections reading group focused on the Black experience. 1:30-4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 846-7063. TORREY PETERS: The author of the Women’s Prize for Fiction-nominated Detransition, Baby talks to Vermont Studio Center alum Naomi Gordon-Loebl and reads from her work. 7-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, communica WRITING WORKSHOP WITH MELANIE FINN: The

award-winning author explains different plot structures to writers looking for the best way to get their stories down on paper. Norman Williams Public Library, Woodstock, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 457-2295.

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MIGRANT JUSTICE SPEAKING TOUR: The farmworkers’ rights organization discusses its Milk With Dignity program and upcoming demands on Hannaford. First Congregational Church of Thetford, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, 540-8370.


JUNCTION: A WALKING TOUR: See WED.13. QUEEN CITY GHOSTWALK DARKNESS FALLS TOUR: Paranormal historian Thea Lewis highlights haunted happenings throughout Burlington. 199 Main St., Burlington, 8 p.m. $20. Info,


See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘ANTARCTICA 3D: ON THE EDGE’: See WED.13. ‘AUSTRALIA’S GREAT WILD NORTH 3D’: See WED.13. ‘DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA 3D’: See WED.13. VERMONT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: ‘EL PLANETA’: A deadpan Spanish comedy follows the codependent,

contentious relationship between a mother and daughter on the brink of eviction. Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 4-5:30 p.m. $5-12. Info, 660-2600. VERMONT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: ‘FAYA DAYI’: See WED.13, 10 a.m.-11:59 p.m. $12. ‘MEERKATS 3D’: See WED.13. VERMONT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: ‘NO ORDINARY MAN’: Transgender actors, artists and writers tell the story of Billy Tipton, a trans jazz musician who lived and performed in the early 20th century. Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7:15-8:45 p.m. $5-12. Info, 660-2600. ‘NOSFERATU’: Vermont pianist Bob Merrill provides the live, spine-chilling score to this silent classic of vampire cinema. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 7:30 p.m. $10. Info, 603-448-0400.

I AM A CLICHÉ’: Documentarian Celeste Bell unfolds her AngloSomali punk-rocker mother’s life story. Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 8:45-10:15 p.m. $5-12. Info, 660-2600. VERMONT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: ‘THE RESCUE’: The newest documentary from the Academy Award-winning directors of Free Solo chronicles the dramatic 2018 rescue of 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave. Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 1 p.m. $5-12. Info, 660-2600. VERMONT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: ‘TAMING THE GARDEN’: See WED.13, 10 a.m.-11:59 p.m. $12. VERMONT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: ‘WHAT DO WE SEE WHEN WE LOOK AT THE SKY?’: Lisa and Giorgi fall in love, then fall victim to an inexplicable curse that changes both their faces in a whimsical Georgian romance. Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 1:30 p.m. $5-12. Info, 660-2600.

VERMONT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: ‘PETITE MAMAN’: Portrait of a Lady on Fire writerdirector Céline Sciamma’s newest film follows a girl who, through a tangling of the timeline, meets her mother as a child. Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7-8:15 p.m. $5-12. Info, 660-2600.




This documentary, a darling at Sundance, follows the journalists of India’s only women-led news outlet as they prepare to transition to digital. Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 4:30-6 p.m. $5-12. Info, 660-2600.

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COFFEE CORNER MORNINGS: See WED.13. FULL BARREL COOPERATIVE BREWERY SOFT OPENING: Beer and small bites are available for purchase at the debut of a new nanobrewery and pop-up beer garden. 12-22 North St., Burlington, 6-10 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 518-649-6464. THE HUNT: See WED.13. THE MAPLE 100: See WED.13. POP-UP ART CAFÉ: Art and live music meet tapas and wine at a cultural convergence hosted by Gallery on the Green owners Chip and Opal Evans. Soulfully Good Café, Woodstock, 6-9 p.m. Cost of food and drink; preregister. Info, 457-7395. RICHMOND FARMERS MARKET: An open-air marketplace featuring live music connects cultivators and fresh-food browsers. Volunteers Green, Richmond, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, info@richmond FRI.15

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‘NEW JAZZ MEETS BROOKLYN PUNK’: A father-daughter musician duo and their bands, Stephen Goldberg & Friends and Slut Magic respectively, come together for an eclectic show. Burlington City Hall Auditorium, 8 p.m. $1020. Info, slutmagicisawesome@ GALLERY CONCERT: Student performers, including the newly formed Cardinal Quartet, deliver a delightful lunchtime revue. Myers Fine Arts Building, SUNY Plattsburgh, N.Y., noon. Free. Info, 518-564-2471. JESSE TAYLOR BAND: The Burlington band lays down honest lyrics and catchy tunes. Partial ticket sales benefit the Rutland County Humane Society. Merchants Hall, Rutland, 8-11 p.m. $15. Info, darkshadows KEYSTONE REVISITED: The allstar cover band celebrates the music the Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders wrote together at the Keystone Club. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 7:30 p.m. $35. Info, 603-448-0400. MORETOWN OPEN MIC: Family-friendly music, short plays and spoken-word pieces entertain audience members. 7-10 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, shloinky@gmail. com. NORTHERN HARMONY: See WED.13. WESTFORD MUSIC SERIES: FREVO: Vermont’s eclectic classical crossover quartet presents a setlist of chamber, jazz, Latin and contemporary music. United Church of Westford, 4-5 p.m. Donations. Info, 363-0930.


MEDICARE MADE CLEAR: A licensed agent clears up common questions about enrolling in state health insurance. Bixby Memorial Library, Vergennes, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 222-0373.


‘THE HONKY TONK ANGELS’: See THU.14. ‘THE AGITATORS’: Two actors put on a staged reading of Mat Smart’s play about the 45-year friendship between Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 7 p.m. Donations. Info, 382-9222. THE FIRST-YEAR PROJECT: The Dartmouth College class of 2025


arrives onstage for its Theater Department debut. Warner Bentley Theater, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 603-646-2422. ‘FOOL FOR LOVE’: The Essex Community Players bring Sam Shepard’s classic play about self-destructive love to life. Essex Memorial Hall, 7:30-9 p.m. $18. Info, 878-9109.



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‘LA TRAVIATA’: Upper-class haughtiness threatens Violetta and Alfredo’s love in Verdi’s classic opera. Barn Opera, Brandon, 7:30 p.m. $50. Info, ‘THE MOUNTAINTOP’: Penned by Katori Hall, this theater work is a moving exploration of the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Weston Playhouse Second Stage at Walker Farm, 7:30 p.m. $50-74. Info, 824-5288. ‘THE SUFFRAGIST REENACTMENT SOCIETY’: Three actresses take audiences on a madcap ride through the history of women’s voting rights in this Vermont Suffrage Centennial Alliancecommissioned play. United Church of Newport, 7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, info@ ‘YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN’: See THU.14.


The Hills Are Alive

PERENNIAL HARVEST DAYS: BREAD & BUTTER FARM: New Perennials teaches attendees about land stewardship with a day of farmwork, fire building and fresh food. Bread & Butter Farm, Shelburne, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, newperennials@

Scrag Mountain Music opens its fall season in a big way with Hub New Music, a Bostonbased string and woodwind quartet that is taking the chamber music world by storm. At Montpelier’s Bethany Church and Warren’s United Church of Christ, their program includes the world premiere of Vermont composer Evan Premo’s Fire-flowers, a piece invoking the majesty and precarity of nature. Also featured are Eric Nathan’s Missing Words, a section from Carlos Simon’s Requiem for the Enslaved and Christopher Cerrone’s celebration of the poetry of Kenneth Koch, New Addresses. The Montpelier concert is simultaneously livestreamed, and earlier in the week the composers deliver an intimate virtual talk.



CVU CRAFT FAIR: More than 150 local artisans converge on the school to sell their wares. Sausage Shack Food Truck serves nosh. Masks required. Champlain Valley Union High School, Hinesburg, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info,


SILENT DISCO WITH LIVEMIXKINGS: Wireless headphones keep the outdoor dance party going well past curfew. Colburn Park, Lebanon, N.H., 9 p.m. $15. Info, 603-448-0400.


JUNCTION: A WALKING TOUR: See WED.13. MORE THAN A MARKET: A WALKING TOUR OF BURLINGTON’S LOCAL MARKETS: Locals take a stroll through the past and present of immigrant culture in the Old North End. 7 Pine St. under the arch, Burlington, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, cbarrett@ QUEEN CITY GHOSTWALK DARKNESS FALLS TOUR: See FRI.15.


HUB NEW MUSIC Virtual composer talk: Wednesday, October 13, 7:30 p.m., RSVP via Zoom. Concerts: Saturday, October 16, 7:30 p.m., at Bethany Church in Montpelier (livestream available), and Sunday, October 17, 4 p.m., at Warren United Church of Christ. Pay what you can. Info, 377-3161,

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CABOT APPLE PIE FESTIVAL: Adult and junior bakers tempt judges’ taste buds with flaky pastries boasting fall’s signature flavor. Cabot High School, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info,


See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘LILY TOPPLES THE WORLD’: World-renowned domino toppler Lily Havesh hosts a talkback and screening of her biographical documentary. Presented by Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. Latchis Hotel & Theater, Brattleboro, 7 p.m. $5-10. Info, 257-0124. ‘ANTARCTICA 3D: ON THE EDGE’: See WED.13. ‘AUSTRALIA’S GREAT WILD NORTH 3D’: See WED.13.

VERMONT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: ‘BECOMING COUSTEAU’: This National Geographic documentary tells the story of the deep-sea explorer and conservationist Jacques Cousteau. Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $512. Info, 660-2600. ‘BORIS GODUNOV’: The Metropolitan Opera’s production of a classic story of power and paranoia comes to the big screen. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 12:55 p.m. $16-25. Info, 748-2600. ‘DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA 3D’: See WED.13. VERMONT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: ‘EL PLANETA’: See FRI.15, 1:30-3 p.m. VERMONT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: MADE HERE FILM FESTIVAL AWARD WINNERS: Award-winning shorts by New

England filmmakers make for a compelling program, followed by a Q&A with the directors. Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 1-3:15 p.m. $512. Info, 660-2600. ‘MEERKATS 3D’: See WED.13. MOUNTAINFILM ON TOUR: Drivein viewers witness a selection of adventure-packed documentaries from Colorado’s Mountainfilm Festival. Big Picture Theater and Café, Waitsfield, 7-9 p.m. $75. Info, 274-0528. VERMONT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: ‘RUTH STONE’S VAST LIBRARY OF THE FEMALE MIND’: A Q&A with director Nora Jacobson follows the world premiere of this intimate portrait of a Vermont poet’s life and work. Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 4:15-5:45 p.m. $5-12. Info, 660-2600. VERMONT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: SUNDANCE SHORTS:

Seven festival favorites fill a fantastic program of featurettes. Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 11 a.m.12:30 p.m. $5-12. Info, 660-2600. VTIFF COMMUNITY CHAMPION AWARD: Bill Stetson receives the Vermont International Film Festival’s award for contribution to the enrichment of the film community at a special reception. Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 6:15-7 p.m. Donations. Info, 660-2600. VERMONT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: ‘WILD FOODS’: Viewers get a sneak preview of this upcoming food and travel show from PBS, followed by a reception with producers. Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 3:15-4:15 p.m. Free. Info, 660-2600. VERMONT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: ‘THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD’: This inventive Norwegian romantic comedy unravels all the messy, exhilarating aspects of falling in love. Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. $5-12. Info, 660-2600.

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BURLINGTON FARMERS MARKET: Dozens of stands overflow with seasonal produce, flowers, artisan wares and prepared foods. 345 Pine St., Burlington, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, manager@burlington CHOCTOBERFEST: Special chocolates and other local foodstuffs round out a delectable tasting platter. Lake Champlain Chocolates Factory Store & Café, Burlington, noon-4 p.m. Free. Info, 864-1807. THE HUNT: See WED.13.



CLASSIC STONES LIVE MIDDLEBURY FARMERS MARKET: Produce, prepared foods and local products are available for purchase at this year-round bazaar. Middlebury VFW Hall, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, middleburyfarmersmkt@ OKTOBERFEST DINNER PARTY, PRETZEL DEMO & MUSIK: A chef, an anthropologist and a German baker walk into a garden ... and throw the most authentic Oktoberfest this side of Bavaria. 79 Lakeview Terr., Burlington, 3-6 p.m. $75; preregister; limited space. Info, 484-459-1916. POP-UP ART CAFÉ: See FRI.15. WAITSFIELD FARMERS MARKET: A bustling bazaar boasts seasonal produce, prepared foods, artisan crafts and live entertainment. Mad River Green, Waitsfield, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, waitsfield WEEKLY WINE TASTING: See WED.13. Dedalus Wine Shop, Market & Wine Bar, Stowe, noon4 p.m. Info, 585-7717.


BEGINNER DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: Waterbury Public Library game master Vinni Yasi gathers novices and veterans alike for an afternoon of virtual adventuring. Teens and adults welcome. Noon-4 p.m. Free. Info, 244-7036.

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10TH ANNUAL HARVEST RUN FOR SUSTAINABILITY: See WED.13. FALL PREVENTION SUN STYLE TAI CHI: See WED.13. Father Lively Center, St. Johnsbury, 10-11 a.m. SARAH RAMSEY STRONG 5K AND AFTER-PARTY: Fundraisers of all ages run or walk the Burlington bike path for this Champlain College scholarship fund. Party follows, featuring prizes and raffles. The Spot at Hula, Burlington, 3-8 p.m. $1520. Info, sarahramseystrong@ STEPS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE: See WED.13. TEAM HOPE WALK: Power walkers unite to support the Huntington’s Disease Society of America. Leddy Park, Burlington, 10 a.m. $15-30. Info, 847-4334.


DAVID ROGERS: The guitarist fuses classical and jazz styles in a virtuosic performance. Stage 33 Live, Bellows Falls, 3-4:30 p.m. $10-15; limited space. Info, HUB NEW MUSIC: The trailblazing chamber quartet debuts Fireflowers, a new piece by Vermont composer Evan Premo, alongside other inspiring works. See calendar spotlight. Livestream available. Bethany Church, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Pay what you can. Info, 377-3161. JEFF PALADINO & THE S80’S: The prolific country-pop singer plays a punchy, passionate show.

Cabot Town Hall, 7-9:30 p.m. $1020. Info, 614-284-2331. NORTHERN HARMONY: See WED.13. VERMONT YOUTH ORCHESTRA: Some of the state’s most talented teen musicians come together for a stunning performance. Elley-Long Music Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 5:30 p.m. $2-5. Info, 655-5030.


CATAMOUNT HIKE: The Vermont Historical Society takes nature walkers on a trip through times gone by as they retrace the steps of an infamous 1867 catamount hunt. Villagers Ice Cream & Restaurant, Perkinsville, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 479-8500. RUTLAND COUNTY AUDUBON BIRD WALK: Beginner ornithologists of all ages go on a gentle hike and search for feathered friends. Meet at the marsh boardwalk on Marble Street. West Rutland Marsh, 8-11 a.m. Free. Info, birding@rutland


BOOTH BROS./H.P. HOOD MILK BOWL QUALIFYING DAY: Rescheduled. Time trials and 50lap races determine the docket for Sunday’s race-car championship. Thunder Road Speed Bowl, Barre, 1 p.m. $5-15; free for kids 5 and under. Info,


AMY GODINE: The historian commemorates the anniversary of radical abolitionist John Brown’s raid on a federal arsenal with her talk “John Brown’s Vermont.” Presented by the Rokeby Museum. 1-2:30 p.m. $5. Info, 877-3406.



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CIRCUS IN PLACE: Nimble Arts and Circus Minimus come together for an extravaganza of acrobatics in the great outdoors. 420 Meadowbrook Rd., Brattleboro, noon, 2 & 4 p.m. $15. Info, THE FIRST-YEAR PROJECT: See FRI.15.

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‘FOOL FOR LOVE’: See FRI.15. ‘LA TRAVIATA’: See FRI.15. ‘THE MOUNTAINTOP’: See FRI.15. ‘THE SUFFRAGIST REENACTMENT SOCIETY’: See FRI.15. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury.

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20TH-CENTURY AMERICAN WOMEN POETS: Writers of all levels use foundational poems to inspire their own work in this virtual class. 10 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, msinger@




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KATT PLUMLEY MEMORIAL FUNDRAISER: Live music, a crafts market and a screening of Weird Science raise money for the Howard Center and opioid harm-reduction efforts. Swan Dojo, Burlington, 1 p.m. Donations. Info, 598-4516.

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College, Hanover, N.H., 4 p.m. $515. Info, 603-646-2422. VERMONT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: ‘FAUCI’: Dr. Anthony Fauci jumps from our news feeds to the big screen in this engrossing biographical documentary. Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. $5-12. Info, 660-2600.


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ARTISTS UNITING FOR WILDLIFE: The Mallet Brothers Band, Dave Mallett and Tish Hinojosa unite to raise funds for the Vermont Wildlife Coalition. Masks required. Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, 3-5 p.m. $10-25. Info, 533-2000. CAROLINE ROSE: The pop rocker plays hits from her latest album, Superstar, featuring special guest Joanna Sternberg. The Stone Church, Brattleboro, 8 p.m. $22. Info, 652-0777. ‘A FANTASTIQUE RETURN’: The Vermont Youth Orchestra kicks off its 58th season with a tender, joyful program. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 3 p.m. $17-22. Info, 760-4634. HUB NEW MUSIC: See SAT.16. Warren United Church of Christ, 4 p.m. Pay what you can. Info, 377-3161. NORTHERN HARMONY: See WED.13.



VERMONT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: ‘THE WOMAN WHO RAN’: See SUN.17, 10 a.m.-11:59 p.m. $12; free for VTIFF members.

VERMONT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: ‘POLY STYRENE: I AM A CLICHÉ’: See FRI.15, 10 a.m.-11:59 p.m. $12. Info, 660-2600.

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VERMONT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: ‘THE WOMAN WHO RAN’: Korean director Hong Sangsoo explores female friendships in his trademark unfussy style. Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 4:45-6 p.m. $5-12. Info, 660-2600.

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‘MEERKATS 3D’: See WED.13.

VERMONT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: ‘POPPY FIELD’: In this Romanian drama, a Bucharest police officer must quell a far-right riot at a queer film screening. The Savoy Theater, Montpelier, 10 a.m.-noon. $5-12. Info, 660–2600.




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Denizens of the Great White Way make the journey up to Vermont for Double E Performance Center’s T-Rex Broadway Series, a tasting platter of songs and stories from hit musicals. The first of three shows, “Songs I’ve Lived,” gathers a cast of experienced Broadway performers, including Mamma Mia! and Newsies’ Liana Hunt, Bandstand’s Matt Cusack, Beauty and the Beast and Shrek the Musical’s Liz Shivener, and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’s Ben Jacoby. Colchester native Merritt David Janes, of School of Rock and The Phantom of the Opera fame, headlines this theater lover’s delight.

T-REX BROADWAY SERIES: ‘SONGS I’VE LIVED’ Thursday, October 14, 7:30 p.m., at Double E Performance Center’s T-Rex Theater in Essex Junction. $20-35. Info,, ORDINARY ELEPHANT: Husband and wife Pete and Crystal Damore display their mastery of harmony and the Americana tradition. Livestream available. Richmond Congregational Church, 4-6 p.m. $15-25. Info, 557-7589.


FEMALE BIRD IDENTIFICATION WALK: Avian admirers of all genders are welcome to join this quest for lady birds. Presented by Rutland County Audubon. Meet at the boardwalk on Marble Street. West Rutland Marsh, 8-11 a.m. Free. Info,


VERMONT MILK BOWL: Rescheduled. Race-car drivers vie for $62,000 in total awards at the final championship of the season. Thunder Road Speed Bowl, Barre, 12:15 p.m. $10-30; free for kids 5 and under. Info, info@thunder


DON MILLER: History buffs join the Vermont Historical Society board member for a deep dive


into Ethan Allen’s role as a folk hero. Masks required. Bennington Museum, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info, 447-1571.



THIS MAZÉD WORLD: BILL MCKIBBEN: Vermont Humanities presents an evening with the writer, founder and grassroots climate activist. 7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, info@

‘THE HONKY TONK ANGELS’: See THU.14, 2-4 p.m. CIRCUS IN PLACE: See SAT.16. ‘FOOL FOR LOVE’: See FRI.15, 2-3:30 p.m.

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MYSTERY BOOK GROUP: Literary gumshoes read The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen. Hosted by Charlotte Public Library. 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 425-3864.

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‘YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN’: See THU.14, 2-4:30 p.m.

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

BUSINESS BEWARE: THE PITFALLS OF USING TEMPLATES & ONLINE BUSINESS FORMS: Two attorneys explain how owners of small- and medium-size businesses can optimize their use of the web. Presented by the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce. 1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 229-5711.




‘THE MOUNTAINTOP’: See FRI.15, 3 p.m. ‘THE SUFFRAGIST REENACTMENT SOCIETY’: See FRI.15. Briggs Opera House, White River Junction, 2 p.m.

THIRD SUNDAY WRITING SALON: Writer Emily Arnason Casey and the Howe Library lead a workshop for wordsmiths of all genres and abilities. 6:30-8 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info,




‘MEERKATS 3D’: See WED.13.

BRIDGING CONTINENTS: Central Vermont Refugee Action Network moderates a panel of refugee Vermonters and host families. Waterbury Public Library, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 244-7036.

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PAUSE-CAFÉ FRENCH CONVERSATIONS: Francophones and French-language learners meet pour parler la belle langue. Burlington Bay Market & Café, 5 p.m. Free. Info, 343-5166. SPANISH & ENGLISH CONVERSATION PARTNERS: Neighbors looking for bilingual buddies practice both languages together, guided by translators and a weekly discussion topic. Bixby Memorial Library, Vergennes, 7-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 877-2211.


VERMONT’S FREEDOM & UNITY CHORUS REHEARSAL: Singers of all ages, races and genders lift their voices in songs that represent the ongoing struggle for justice. Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 6:45-8:45 p.m. $35. Info, vermontsfreedom


HOW TO BUY A TELESCOPE: Amateur astronomer and ’scope builder Neil Perlin runs through everything an aspiring stargazer needs to know. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 888-3853. MAP!: MAKE AN ACTION PLAN: Guest speakers and the Mercy Connections team teach students how to live their best post-pandemic lives. 10:30


a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, 846-7063. OPTIMIZING YOUR CREDIT: New England Federal Credit Union illuminates the best way to balance debt and optimize credit scores. 6-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 764-6940. YOU HAVE THE SKILLS: Vermont Works for Women teaches job applicants that their skills and experience make them qualified for more than they might think. 5:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 655-8900.


DR. LINDSAY HOUPTVARNER: In collaboration with the Charlotte Library, the Rokeby Museum director brings spooky vibes to a tour of séance records from the 19th-century Spiritualist movement. 7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 425-3864.


NEW PERSPECTIVES BOOK DISCUSSION & SPECIAL AUTHOR VISIT: Local author Eileen Day McKusick joins Dorothy Alling Memorial Library to discuss her book Electric Body, Electric Health: Using the Electromagnetism Within (and Around) You to Rewire, Recharge, and Raise Your Voltage. Noon-1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, POETRY CLINIC: Writers set their pens and minds in motion with group exercises and critiques in this ongoing drop-in gathering. 6-8 p.m. $5. Info, 888-1261. POETRY CLUB: Local poet Jodi Girouard leads a supportive verse-writing workshop for those who would like feedback on their work or who are just happy to listen. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 11 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, sbplinfo@ WINE & STORY: Lovers of libations and tellers of tall tales gather for an evening of good company. Shelburne Vineyard, 7:30 p.m. $5. Info, 863-1754.

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MIGRANT JUSTICE MILK WITH DIGNITY TOUR: Rural Vermont hosts this presentation by the migrant workers advocacy group, and attendees learn how they can get involved. First Presbyterian Church, Barre, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, mollie@


SEED SWAP: Gardeners herald the end of the harvest season by exchanging their non-GMO, preferably heirloom seeds. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140.



NERVOUS SYSTEM FOR MAX PRODUCTIVITY: Natanya Lara reveals how breath techniques and essential oils can make the workday less nerve-racking. Presented by Women Business Owners Network Vermont. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 503-0219.


MEET YOUR (NEW) NEIGHBOR: OCTOBER EDITION: Next Stage Arts rolls out the virtual welcome wagon for new Vermonters in the Putney area. 7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 451-0053.






See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘ANTARCTICA 3D: ON THE EDGE’: See WED.13. ‘AUSTRALIA’S GREAT WILD NORTH 3D’: See WED.13. ‘DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA 3D’: See WED.13. ‘LA VEUVE DE SAINT-PIERRE’: A woman finds herself poised between two men in 1850s France in this emotionally charged romantic epic. Masks and proof of vaccination required. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. ‘MEERKATS 3D’: See WED.13.

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FOMO? Find even more local events in this newspaper 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 music. Learn more about highlighted listings in the Magnificent 7 on page 11.



THE BOOK GARDEN REVIEW OF GAMES: Brad Carey of Montpelier’s beloved book and board game shop reveals what’s new in the world of tabletop gaming. Zoom option available. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.




AFLCR SOCIAL HOUR: TROISIÈME MERCREDI: Francophones fine-tune their French-language conversation skills via Zoom. 5-6 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, VIRTUAL ELL CLASSES: See WED.13.


‘ABSENCE’: Jazz icon Terence Blanchard remembers his late mentor Wayne Shorter with the help of the E-Collective and Turtle Island Quartet. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7:30 p.m. $15-50. Info, 603-646-2422. 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.


DESIGN FOR AGING, DYING & DIGNITY: KATRINA SPADE: The ReCompose founder explains how her company is revolutionizing death care in an eco-friendly way. Presented by Yestermorrow. 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 888-496-5541. DEVELOPING SELF: See WED.13.



Queen City Ghostwalk Darkness Falls Tour FRI., OCT. 15 COURTHOUSE PLAZA

Cannabis Cultivation: Germination & Propagation SAT., OCT. 16 GREEN STATE GARDENER

Queen City Ghostwalk Fright by Flashlight SAT., OCT. 16 LAKEVIEW CEMETERY

Queen City Ghostwalk Darkness Falls Tour SAT., OCT. 16 COURTHOUSE PLAZA

Seasons of Life: A Supportive Community for Women WED., OCT. 20 ONLINE

VCET Lunch & Learn: Bringing Your Company Values Out to Play THU., OCT. 21 ONLINE

Vermont Tech Jam 2021 SAT., OCT. 23 HULA

‘THE HONKY TONK ANGELS’: See THU.14, 2-4 p.m.


MEN’S BOOK GROUP: The Charlotte Library literary league convenes to discuss Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan. 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 425-3864. READING UPWARDS!: The Howe Library’s wellness-focused virtual book club reads When the Heart Waits: Spiritual Direction for Life’s Sacred Questions by Sue Monk Kidd. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, jared.jenisch@ m

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art 1-DAY FALL PAINTING WORKSHOPS: Small classes, 6-8 students, one-on-one teaching. Come learn and paint in and around our historic 1800s studio barn and perennial gardens. All experience-levels welcome; watercolor, pastel or oil. Demos taught. Includes gourmet farm-to-table lunch. Sign up soon! Every Sat., Sep. 18-Oct. 23, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Cost: $135/1-Day (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.). Location: 1-Day Painting Workshops, 692 Church Hill Rd., Charlotte. Info: Deborah Kehoe, 233-6463, deb@, kehoedesign. com/painting-workshops.

FRIDAY FAMILY CLAY: Family friendly! A ticket provides a wheel demonstration at the beginning of class, wheel access (for ages 6+), hand-building for any age, unlimited clay and time to create. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Adults may assist their child(ren) free of charge. Fri., Oct. 1-Nov. 5, 5-6:30 p.m. Cost: $20/per participant per class. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Kiersten Williams, 865-7157, kwilliams@,

DIY HALLOWEEN COSTUMES: Cut, sew and craft your way to the best Halloween ever! Basic materials are provided; please bring two ideas and any materials to help create your costume. Students must also bring a bagged lunch and snacks. Ages 6-12. Parents are invited to a costume parade at 3 pm. Fri., Oct. 15, 2021, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: $85. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Kiersten Williams, 865-7157, kwilliams@, FAMILY PAINT: Spend a morning with teaching artist Kara Ware in BCA’s painting and drawing studio. Using our paints, brushes, easels and more, your family will create beautiful works of art. All supplies provided; no experience needed. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Adults may assist their child(ren) free of charge. Sun., Oct. 24, 10 a.m.noon. Cost: $25. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Kiersten Williams, 865-7157,,



using Adobe Illustrator. Using their design and the Epilog Laser, they’ll fabricate a unique working clock. Wood and clock movement is included. Mon., Nov. 8, 6-9 p.m. Location: Generator, 40 Sears La., Burlington. Info: Sam Graulty, 540-0761, education@, generatorvt. com/workshops.

DJEMBE & TAIKO DRUMMING: JOIN US!: New classes (outdoor mask optional/masks indoors), starting Sep. 7, Nov. 8 and Jan. 18. Taiko: Mon., Tue., Wed. and Thu.; Djembe: Wed. and Thu.; Kids and parents: Tue., Wed. and Thu. All Thursday classes at Camp Meade Middlesex behind Red Hen! Schedule/ register online. Location: Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave., Suite 3G, Burlington. Info: 999-4255,,


BCA Studios COLLAGE NIGHT W/ JESS GRAHAM: Get creative at home with Vermont artist Jess Graham. Jess is known for her strikingly colorful designs, paintings and collages. She will share tips and techniques to make unique collages with newspaper clippings, magazine pages, scraps of paper and more. Class includes materials and two hours of instruction. Tue., Oct. 26, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $40. Location: BCA Studios, Zoom. Info: Kiersten Williams, 865-7157, kwilliams@,

Basics, variations and how to improvise! Contact Eva Zimet to learn more. Cost: $15/Or pay what you can. Location: Nataraja Studios, 215 College St., 3rd Floor, Burlington. Info: Eva Zimet,, facebook. com/groups/802tango.

HOME STUDIO: DIGITAL PHOTO: Learn the basics of making a great photograph from home with your digital camera, in this four-week online class. Learn basic camera controls like aperture, shutter speed, ISO ratings, shooting in RAW, lens choices, metering techniques and more. Students must have their own DSLR or digital Mirrorless camera. Ages 13+. Mon., Oct. 25-Nov. 15, 6-7:30 p.m. Cost: $120. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Kiersten Williams, 865-7157, kwilliams@, POTTERY: Join teaching artist Catie Owen in the BCA Clay Studio to create bowls, cups, sculptures and more through wheel-throwing and hand-building techniques. Learn surface design and decorating tips to make your pieces amazing. Class fee includes up to three pieces to be fired and glazed by the studio. Sun., Oct. 24-Nov. 21 (no class on Oct. 31), 2-4 p.m. Cost: $75. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Kiersten Williams, 865-7157,,

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JUNGIAN PARENTING: Learn how to be a better parent by applying Carl Jung’s wisdom and techniques in this experiential course full of exercises and actionable information. Led by Dr. Sue Mehrtens, teacher and author. To register, email us: Oct. 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $60. Location: Zoom. Info: Sue Mehrtens, 244-7909, info@jung,

LASER ETCHED GLASSWORK: Make your own custom glassware! Participants will create design files in Adobe Illustrator and learn how to use the Epilog laser cutter and rotary tool to etch designs onto wine, pint or rocks glasses. This is a great way to make a oneof-a-kind gift. Tue., Oct. 19, 5:308:30 p.m. Location: Generator, 40 Sears La., Burlington.Info: Sam Graulty, 540-0761, education@, generatorvt. com/workshops.



GENERATOR is a combination of artist studios, classroom, and business incubator at the intersection of art, science, and technology. We provide tools, expertise, education, and opportunity – to enable all members of our community to create, collaborate, and make their ideas a reality.

JAPANESE LANGUAGE COURSES: JASV offers three levels of Japanese in the fall semester via Zoom. Level-1 covers the first half of the textbook, Busy People 1. Level-2 covers the second half of Busy People 1. Level-3 uses Busy People 2. To register or learn more, email Linda Sukop, No classes Thanksgiving week. Level-1 Thu., Oct. 7-Dec. 16; Level-2 Wed., Oct. 6-Dec. 15; Level-3 Mon., Oct. 4-Dec. 13, 7-8:30 p.m. Location: Japan America Society of Vermont, Zoom. Info: 865-9985, jasv,

INTRODUCTION TO RASPBERRY PI: Learn all about the Raspberry Pi Pico 2040 microcontroller! You’ll build and program a circuit that will be able to control a ring of LEDs. No prior experience is needed, and the components will be yours to take home for further exploration. Tue., Nov. 9, 6-9 p.m. Location: Generator, 40 Sears La., Burlington.Info: Sam Graulty, 540-0761, education@, generatorvt. com/workshops. LASER CUT CLOCK: Use a laser machine to cut and etch a custom one-foot diameter wooden clock. Students will work with the instructor to design their clock

LEARN SPANISH LIVE & ONLINE: Broaden your world. Learn Spanish online via live videoconferencing. High quality affordable instruction in the Spanish language for adults, students and children. Travelers lesson package. Our 15th year. Personal small group and individual instruction from a native speaker. See our website for complete information or contact us for details. Sep. 13-22. Cost: $270/10 classes, 90+ min. each, 1 class/wk. Location: Spanish in Waterbury Center, Waterbury Center. Info: 585-1025,,

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

NEW BEGINNER TAI CHI CLASS: We practice Cheng Man-ch’ing’s “simplified” 37-posture Yang-style form. The course will be taught by Patrick Cavanaugh, a longtime student and assistant to Wolfe Lowenthal; Wolfe is a direct student of Cheng Man-ch’ing and founder of Long River Tai Chi Circle. Opportunities for learning online also available! COVID-19 vaccination is required to attend in person. Mask requirements are based on: CDC recommendations, venue policy & group comfort. Starts Oct. 6, 9-10 a.m., open registration until Oct. 27. Cost: $65/mo. Location: St. Anthony’s Church (Gym), 305 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Info: Long River Tai Chi Circle, Patrick Cavanaugh, 490-6405, patrick@longriver,

VERMONT BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU: This school was developed to communicate the importance of proper, legitimate and complete Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instruction. We cover fundamentals of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with a realistic approach to self-defense training skills in a friendly, safe and positive environment. All are welcome; no experience required. Develop confidence, strength and endurance. Julio Cesar “Foca” Fernandez Nunes was born and raised on the shores of Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Earning his black belt and representing the Carlson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Team, Julio “Foca” went on to become a five-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu National Champion, three-time Rio de Janeiro State Champion and two-time IBJJF World JiuJitsu Champion! Julio “Foca” is the only CBJJP, USBJJF and IBJJF-certified seventh-degree coral belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and self-defense instructor under late grand master Carlson Gracie Sr. currently teaching in the USA. Accept no Iimitations! Location: Vermont Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 55 Leroy Rd., Williston. Info: 598-2839,,

TAI CHI CLASS IN PERSON/ ONLINE: Improve your balance, alignment, looseness and awareness. Two new beginner classes: one in person and one online. Inperson class: information below. Online class: Thu., 5:30-6:30 p.m., starting Nov. 4. Taught by Djemila Cavanaugh of Long River Tai Chi Circle, school of Wolfe Lowenthal, direct student of Cheng Man-ching. In-person classes: COVID-19 vaccination required, and mask per CDC guidelines, venue policy and group comfort. Starts Nov. 2, Tue. 7-8 p.m.; registration open until Nov. 30. Cost: $65/month. Location: Bethany Church, 115 Main St., Montpelier. Info: Djemila Cavanaugh, 490-0225,,



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Parties entitled to participate are the Municipality, the Municipal Planning Commission, the Regional Planning Commission, affected state agencies, and adjoining property owners and other persons to the extent that they have a particularized interest that may be affected by the proposed project under the Act 250 criteria. Non-party participants may also be allowed under 10 V.S.A. Section 6085(c)(5).

No hearing will be held and a permit may be issued unless, on or before October 26, 2021, a person notifies the Commission of an issue or issues requiring the presentation of evidence at a hearing, or the Commission sets the matter for a hearing on its own motion. Any person as defined in 10 V.S.A. § 6085(c) (1) may request a hearing. Any hearing request must be in writing to the address below, must state the criteria or sub-criteria at issue, why a hearing is required and what additional evidence will be presented at the hearing. Any hearing request by an adjoining property owner or other person eligible for party status under 10 V.S.A. § 6085(c)(1)(E) must include a petition for party status under the Act 250 Rules. Prior to submitting a request for a hearing, please contact the district coordinator at the telephone number listed below for more information. Prior to convening a hearing, the Commission must determine that substantive issues requiring a hearing have been raised. Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law may not be prepared unless the Commission holds a public hearing.

Parties entitled to participate are the Municipality, the Municipal Planning Commission, the Regional Planning Commission, affected state agencies, and adjoining property owners and other persons to the extent that they have a particularized interest that may be affected by the proposed project under the Act 250 criteria. Non-party participants may also be allowed under 10 V.S.A. Section 6085(c)(5). Dated at Essex Junction, Vermont this 4th day of October, 2021. By: /s/Rachel Lomonaco Rachel Lomonaco, District Coordinator 111 West Street Essex Junction, VT 05452 802-879-5658

If you feel that any of the District Commission members listed on the attached Certificate of Service under “For Your Information” may have a conflict of interest, or if there is any other reason a member should be disqualified from sitting on this case, please contact the District Coordinator as soon as possible, and by no later than October 26, 2021.

ACT 250 NOTICE MINOR APPLICATION #4C033114F 10 V.S.A. §§ 6001 - 6093 On September 24, 2021, City of Burlington, Burlington International Airport, 1200 Airport Drive #1, South Burlington, VT 05403 filed application










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The District 4 Environmental Commission is reviewing this application under Act 250 Rule 51—Minor Applications. A copy of the application and proposed permit are available for review at the office listed below. The application and a draft permit may also be viewed on the Natural Resources Board’s web site ( by clicking on “Act 250 Database” and entering the project number “4C0331-14F.”


If you feel that any of the District Commission members listed on the attached Certificate of Service under “For Your Information” may have a

If you have a disability for which you need accommodation in order to participate in this process (including participating in a public hearing, if one is held), please notify us as soon as possible, in order to allow us as much time as possible to accommodate your needs.

If you have a disability for which you need accommodation in order to participate in this process (including participating in a public hearing, if one is held), please notify us as soon as possible, in order to allow us as much time as possible to accommodate your needs.


No hearing will be held and a permit may be issued unless, on or before October 28, 2021, a person notifies the Commission of an issue or issues requiring the presentation of evidence at a hearing, or the Commission sets the matter for a hearing on its own motion. Any person as defined in 10 V.S.A. § 6085(c) (1) may request a hearing. Any hearing request must be in writing to the address below, must state the criteria or sub-criteria at issue, why a hearing is required and what additional evidence will be presented at the hearing. Any hearing request by an adjoining property owner or other person eligible for party status under 10 V.S.A. § 6085(c)(1)(E) must include a petition for party status under the Act 250 Rules. Prior to submitting a request for a hearing, please contact the district coordinator at the telephone number listed below for more information. Prior to convening a hearing, the Commission must determine that substantive issues requiring a hearing have been raised. Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law may not be prepared unless the Commission holds a public hearing.

The Applicant has requested a partial waiver of notice to adjoining landowners, pursuant to Act 250 Rule 10(F). The District Commission has granted the waiver request based on the determination that the adjoining landowners whose notice has been waived, reasonably could not be affected by the proposed project and that serving notice on all the adjoining landowners constitutes a significant administrative burden without corresponding public benefit.

number 4C0331-14F for a project generally described as modification of the grading to create a developable area for future tenant use in the existing quarry. The project is located at 1200 Airport Drive in South Burlington, Vermont. The application was deemed complete on October 1, 2021.


The District 4 Environmental Commission is reviewing this application under Act 250 Rule 51—Minor Applications. A copy of the application and proposed permit are available for review at the office listed below. The application and a draft permit may also be viewed on the Natural Resources Board’s web site ( by clicking on “Act 250 Database” and entering the project number “4C0065-3.”

conflict of interest, or if there is any other reason a member should be disqualified from sitting on this case, please contact the District Coordinator as soon as possible, and by no later than October 28, 2021.


ACT 250 NOTICE MINOR APPLICATION #4C0065-3 10 V.S.A. §§ 6001 - 6093 On September 29, 2021, University of Vermont and State Agricultural College, 16 Colchester Avenue, Burlington, VT 05405 filed application number 4C0065-3 for a project generally described as the construction of a gravel wetland and associated stormwater infrastructure at the UVM Forestry Research Complex. The project is located at 705 Spear Street in South Burlington, Vermont.

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Dated at Essex Junction, Vermont this 6th day of October, 2021. /s/ Stephanie H. Monaghan Stephanie H. Monaghan District Coordinator 111 West Street Essex Junction, VT 05452 802-879-5662 ACT 250 NOTICE MINOR APPLICATION #4C1160R-11 10 V.S.A. §§ 6001 - 6093 On April 28, 2021, South Village Communities, LLC, P.O. Box 2286, South Burlington, VT 05407 filed application number 4C1160R-11 for a project generally described as boundary line adjustments of Lots 63, 11, 11A, 11B, 48 and 48N; subdivision of Lot 11 into three lots; and Lot 48N into five lots. Also, the construction of 11 duplex residential buildings on Lot 11 and four duplex buildings on Lot 48N with supporting infrastructure. Two of the new lots will become open space and the ag leasehold will be enlarged. The project is located at 55 Allen Road East, 161 Allen Road East and 230 Preserve Road in South Burlington, Vermont. The application was deemed complete on September 15, 2021. The District 4 Environmental Commission is reviewing this application under Act 250 Rule 51—Minor Applications. A copy of the application and proposed permit are available for review at the office listed below. The application and a draft permit may also be viewed on the Natural Resources Board’s web site ( by clicking on “Act 250 Database” and entering the project number “4C1160R-11.” No hearing will be held and a permit may be issued unless, on or before October 29, 2021, a person notifies the Commission of an issue or issues requiring the presentation of evidence at a hearing, or the Commission sets the matter for a hearing on its own motion. Any person as defined in 10 V.S.A. § 6085(c) (1) may request a hearing. Any hearing request must be in writing to the address below, must state the criteria or sub-criteria at issue, why a hearing is required and what additional evidence will be presented at the hearing. Any hearing request by an adjoining property owner or other person eligible for party status under 10 V.S.A. § 6085(c)(1)(E) must include a petition for party status under the Act 250 Rules. Prior to submitting a request for a hearing, please contact the district coordinator at the telephone number listed below for more information. Prior to convening a hearing, the Commission must determine that substantive issues requiring a hearing have been raised. Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law may not be prepared unless the Commission holds a public hearing. If you feel that any of the District Commission members listed on the attached Certificate of Service under “For Your Information” may have a conflict of interest, or if there is any other reason a member should be disqualified from sitting on this case, please contact the District Coordinator as soon as possible, and by no later than October 29, 2021. If you have a disability for which you need accommodation in order to participate in this process (including participating in a public hearing, if one is held), please notify us as soon as possible, in order to allow us as much time as possible to accommodate your needs.

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redevelopment of property known as the former Champlain Transmission property located at 314 North Winooski Avenue in the city of Burlington. A copy of the application, which contains a preliminary environmental assessment and a description of the proposed redevelopment project is available for public review at the Burlington Clerk’s office and available via email requests from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation offices in Montpelier. Comments concerning the above referenced documents, and the application generally, may be submitted to the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, Waste Management Division, 1 National Life Drive - Davis, Montpelier Vt 05620; attention Kristi Herzer. telephone inquiries may be directed to Vermont DEC at 802-828-1138

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Come home to holiday gatherings, afternoons by the fire, breezy summer days, and a gracious way of life. Many updates make this home a comfortable residence, getaway, or hostelry. Natural materials complement the airy open floor plan, and a bedroom wing and master suite offer generous private spaces. A fourseason sunporch and a maker/hobby space are wonderful bonuses. Large barns, 49 acres to ride, hike, or ski, and proximity to Middlebury make this a premium property.” $850,000

Jeff Olson 2337 Route 7 South, Middlebury, VT 05753 802-989-9441

City of Burlington – Office of Community and Economic Development 149 Church Street Burlington, Vermont 05401 802-865-7000

Fantastic 4 unit multi-family property located on South Winooski Avenue, just blocks from Downtown Burlington featuring two 2-bedroom units and two 1-bedroom units, with a large back deck and covered porches. Convenient location close to shopping, restaurants, colleges, UVM Medical Center, and the waterfront. $695,900

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On or about October 21st, 2021 the City of Burlington will submit a request to HUD for the release of Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME) funds under Title II of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act, as amended, to undertake a project known as Rose Street Artists Co-Op Rehabilitation for the purpose of rehabilitation in a residential apartment building, including roof replacement, interior rehabilitation, window replacement, and improvements to rental units, with $275,000 in HOME funds and an additional $55,000 in other funds, located at 78 Rose Street, Burlington, VT 05401. The activities proposed are categorically excluded under HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58 from National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements. An Environmental Review Record (ERR) that documents the environmental determinations for this project online environmental-review/environmental-reviewrecords/?filter_status=PT%2CPN&filter_ state=VT&filter_city=BURLINGTON&program=ER R&group=.

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Any individual, group, or agency may submit written Zoom: Parties entitled to participate are the Municipality, comments on the ERR to the CEDO offices, located HW-AcreVT101321.indd 1 10/8/21 HW-CBHB101321.indd 12:25 PM 1 10/11/21 6:33 PM wd=ZjhqOE9abHhyaDZJUjFmc3BQcXhUdz09 the Municipal Planning Commission, the Regional on the third floor of 149 Church Street, Burlington, Planning Commission, affected state agencies, and VT, via email to, or via Password: 706819 adjoining property owners and other persons to the phone at 802-865-7000. All comments received by extent that they have a particularized interest that October 20th, 2021 will be considered by the City Webinar ID: 819 3055 3531 may be affected by the proposed project under the of Burlington prior to authorizing submission of a Act 250 criteria. Non-party participants may also be request for release of funds. Telephone: +1 929 205 6099 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 allowed under 10 V.S.A. Section 6085(c)(5). 312 626 6799 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 253 215 8782 ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATION or +1 346 248 7799 Dated at Essex Junction, Vermont this 6th day of October, 2021. The City of Burlington certifies to HUD that Miro 1. ZP-21-614; 77-87 Pearl Street (FD6, Ward 3C) Jacob Weinberger in his capacity as Mayor of Burlington Hinsdale / 77-87 Pearl St LLC Demolish existing /s/ Stephanie H. Monaghan consents to accept the jurisdiction of the historic barn and convert to green space. Stephanie H. Monaghan Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce District Coordinator responsibilities in relation to the environmental 2. ZAP-21-15; 230 Main Street (FD5, Ward 6S) Matt 111 West Street review process and that these responsibilities have Daly Esq / Mid-Town Associates Inc Appeal notice Essex Junction, VT 05452 been satisfied. HUD’s approval of the certification of zoning violation regarding non-compliance with 802-879-5662 satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and zoning permit 21-0478CA for building and site related laws and authorities and allows the City of demolition and conversion to green space. Burlington to use Program funds. Plans may be viewed upon request by contacting ANNUAL MEETING OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS the Department of Permitting & Inspections The Community Health Centers of Burlington will between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. hold its Annual Meeting including a celebration of HUD will accept objections to its release of fund and Participation in the DRB proceeding is a prerequisite their 50th anniversary on Thursday, October 28, the City of Burlington’s certification for a period of to the right to take any subsequent appeal. Please 2021, from 5:00-6:00pm via Zoom. The evening fifteen days following the anticipated submission note that ANYTHING submitted to the Zoning office will include a presentation by former Governor of date or its actual receipt of the request (whichever is considered public and cannot be kept confidential. Vermont, Howard Dean, MD. Dr. Dean will discuss his is later) only if they are on one of the following This may not be the final order in which items past work with CHCB and the importance of safety bases: (a) the certification was not executed by will be heard. Please view final Agenda, at www. net health care systems throughout the decades. the Certifying Officer of the City of Burlington; or the office Audience participation and questions will be made (b) the City of Burlington has omitted a step or notice board, one week before the hearing for the available via the Zoom chat function. RSVP is failed to make a decision or finding required by order in which items will be heard. required so please register at in advance at https:// HUD regulations at 24 CFR part 58; (c) the grant recipient or other participants in the development process have committed funds, incurred costs or NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO BROWNFIELDS REUSE undertaken activities not authorized by 24 CFR Part AND ENVIRONMENTAL LIABILITY LIMITATION 58 before approval of a release of funds by HUD; or BURLINGTON DEVELOPMENT REVIEW BOARD PROGRAM (d) another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2021, 5:00 PM PUBLIC Please note the Goldenjunk, LLc who’s address is CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that HEARING NOTICE 328 North Winooski Avenue Burlington Vermont the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of Physical location: 645 Pine Street, Front Conference 05401 is applying to the Vermont Brownfields Reuse environmental quality. Objections must be prepared Room, Burlington VT 05401 and and Environmental Liability Limitation Program and submitted in accordance with the required (10 V.S.A. §6641 et seq) in connection with the


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Legal Notices [CONTINUED] procedures (24 CFR Part 58, Sec. 58.76) and shall be addressed to HUD at 10 Causeway Street, 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02222. Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period. Miro Weinberger, Mayor of Burlington NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER THE CONDEMNATION AND DAMAGES RELATIVE TO 885 EAST LAKESHORE DRIVE Interested persons and persons owning or interested in property known as 885 East Lakeshore Drive, Colchester are hereby warned of a public hearing to be held by the Town of Colchester to consider whether to condemn 885 East Lakeshore Drive, Colchester for the purpose of maintenance and improvements to the stormwater drainage infrastructure and related improvements, and if so, to determine the damages sustained by such interested persons. A description of the project is located at the Town of Colchester offices for inspection and review. Pursuant to 24 V.S.A. § 2805, the proceedings will commence with an examination of the premises, convening at 885 East Lakeshore Drive promptly at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday November 9th. No testimony shall be accepted at the site visit. Following the examination of the premises, the Town of Colchester Selectboard will meet at 5:30 pm at the Town Offices to receive testimony from any interested parties. The hearing will consider whether it is necessary for the public use and benefit of the Town of Colchester to take and affect the lands of 885 East Lakeshore Drive and will determine the amount of any damages. The Town of Colchester Selectboard shall issue a written decision within 60 days of the hearing. Date of Hearing: Tuesday November 9, 2021 Time of Site Visit: 4:00 pm Location of Site Visit: 885 E. Lakeshore Drive Colchester, VT Time of Hearing: 5:30 pm Location of Hearing: Town of Colchester Town Office 781 Blakely Road, Colchester Description of Property: 885 East Lakeshore Drive including land, residential building, and other improvements as noted in attachments to an August 19, 2021 Memo from Town Manager Aaron Frank to the Selectboard.

PRIVATE AUCTION OF STORAGE UNIT CONTENTS Douglas Whitney, last known address of 111 Shelburne Road Unit #8 Burlington, VT 05401 has a past due balance of $1,562.00 owed to Champlain Valley Self Storage, LLC since 03/31/21. To cover this debt, per lease dated 6/11/15 the contents of unit #252 will be sold at private auction on, or after October 30, 2021. Jenny Tremblay, last known address of 5047 Mt. Philo Rd. Charlotte, VT 05445 has a past due balance of $1,185.00 owed to Champlain Valley Self Storage, LLC since 4/30/21. To cover this debt, per lease dated 9/30/19 the contents of unit #112 will be sold at private auction on, or after October 30, 2021. Jackie Trayah, last known address of 300 Lake Street Apt 107 Burlington, VT 05401 has a past due balance of $773.00 owed to Champlain Valley Self Storage, LLC since 5/27/21. To cover this debt, per lease dated 11/12/20 the contents of unit #198 will be sold at private auction on, or after October 30, 2021. Auction pre-registration is required, email info@ to register.

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE Burlington Comprehensive Development Ordinance Amendment ZA-22-01 Historic Preservation Rehabilitation Bonus ZA-22-02 Permitting Adjustments



Pursuant to 24 V.S.A. §4441 and §4444, notice is hereby given of a public hearing by the Burlington Planning Commission to hear comments on the following proposed amendments to the City of Burlington’s Comprehensive Development Ordinance (CDO). The public hearing will take place during the Planning Commission meeting on Tuesday, November 9, 2021, with the hearing starting at Time Certain 6:45pm. You may access the hearing/meeting as follows: To join virtually from a Computer, please click this URL to join, and enter the Webinar ID if prompted: Link: Webinar ID: 811 1522 9181 To join virtually by phone, dial this number and enter the Webinar ID when prompted: Number: +1 312 626 6799 Webinar ID: 811 1522 9181 To join the meeting in person: Sharon Bushor Room, Room 102, City Hall, 149 Church Street, Burlington, VT 05401 Pursuant to the requirements of 24 V.S.A. §4444(b): Statement of purpose: The purpose of the proposed amendments are as follows: - ZA-22-01: To correct a conflict in the use of terms regarding adaptive reuse of historic buildings and applicable development bonuses, and expand such bonuses to the Institutional District where applicable.

Property No. 2: Property commonly known and numbered as 2876 Duxbury Road, owned by Ellen M. May and George E. May, Jr., as joint tenants with the right of survivorship, conveyed to them by Quit Claim Deed of Ellen M. May, dated July 17, 2003, and of record in Book 60 at Pages 980-982 of the Town of Bolton Land Records. Said lands and/or premises will be sold at a public auction at the Town Office, 3045 Theodore Roosevelt Highway (U.S. Route 2), Bolton, Vermont, on Tuesday the 9th day of November 2021, at One o’clock in the afternoon (1:00 p.m.), to discharge such taxes with costs, unless the same are previously paid. Information regarding the amount of taxes due may be obtained at the offices of Robert E. Fletcher, Esq., Stitzel, Page & Fletcher, P.C., P.O. Box 1507, Burlington, Vermont 05402-1507, (802) 660-2555. DATED at Bolton, in the County of Chittenden and State of Vermont, this 7th day of September 2021. /s/ Amy Grover Amy Grover, Delinquent Tax Collector Town of Bolton TOWN OF ESSEX PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA/PUBLIC HEARING OCTOBER 28, 20216:30 P.M. MUNICIPAL CONFERENCE ROOM, 81 MAIN ST., ESSEX JCT., VT Anyone may attend this meeting in person at the above address or remotely through the following options: - Microsoft Teams Join-Teams-Meeting-Essex-PC

- ZA-22-02: To eliminate zoning permit requirement for change in use among permitted no-residential uses when no other standards apply; allow basic zoning permits for single-family uses on lots in non-design review district; and enable administrative review for zoning permits in flood hazard area unless project otherwise requires DRB review.

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2. Discussion/Work Session: Proposed Amendments to Zoning & Subdivision Regulations

These amendments apply to the following areas of the city: - ZA-22-01: Areas of the city located in Residential and Institutional zoning districts. - ZA-22-02: All zoning districts and areas of the city. List of section headings affected: The proposed amendments modify the following sections of the Burlington Comprehensive Development Ordinance: - ZA-22-01: Modifies Sec. 4.4.5 (d) 5.A.; relocates Sec. 4.4.5 (d) 6. B and Table 4.4.5-6 to become Sec. 5.4.8 (e) and Table 5.4.8-1; Modifies Sec 4.4.5 (d) 6. C; Modifies Sec. 4.4.5 (d) 6. D; and Modifies Sec. 5.3.4. 2. A - ZA-22-02: Modifies Sec. 3.1.2 (c) 1 and adds Sec. 3.1.2 (c) 18; Modifies Sec. 4.5.4 (f) 1. E; Modifies Sec. 4.5.4 (f) 6; Modifies Sec. 4.5.4 (f) 7; Modifies Sec. 4.5.4 (f) 8; and Modifies Sec. 5.2.1. The full text of the Burlington Comprehensive Development Ordinance is available online at www. Upon request, a hard copy of the proposed amendments can be viewed at the Clerk’s Office located on the second floor of City Hall, 149 Church Street, Burlington Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Amendments are also available online at DPI/CDO/Amendments

TOWN OF BOLTON’S COMBINED NOTICE OF TAX SALE The resident and non-resident owners, lienholders, mortgagees and all persons interested in the purchase of land in the Town of Bolton, County of Chittenden and State of Vermont, are hereby notified that the taxes assessed by such Town for the 2020-2021 and prior fiscal years remain, either in whole or in part, unpaid on the following described lands and/or premises situated in the Town of Bolton: Property No. 1: Intentionally Left Blank.

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TOWN OF ESSEX ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT AGENDA/PUBLIC HEARING NOVEMBER 4, 2021 6:00 PM MUNICIPAL CONFERENCE ROOM, 81 MAIN ST., ESSEX JCT., VT Anyone may attend this meeting in person at the above address or remotely through the following options: - Microsoft Teams https://www.essexvt. org/870/5481/Join-ZBA-Meeting - Conference call: (802) 377-3784 | Conference ID: 480 347 627# - Public wifi: content/public-wifi-hotspots-vermont 1. UNSPECIFIED USE: Victor Algazzali: Proposal to operate an AirBnB located at 17 Alderbrook Rd in R2 Zone. Tax Map 61, Parcel 1-71. 2. Minutes: September 2, 2021 Note: Visit our website at

VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT FAMILY DIVISION CHITTENDEN UNIT CASE NO. 20-DM-00841 Jody Benoit v. Jamie Blake, Jeremy Bathalon Plaintiff Name Jody L Benoit DOB 02/09/1962 v. Defendant Name Jeremy Bathalon DOB 12/21/1988 ORDER FOR SERVICE BY PUBLICATION To the above-named Defendant: You are hereby summoned and required to serve upon the Plaintiff, whose address is: 48 Old Colchester Road Essex Junction VT 05452, an Answer to the Plaintiffs complaint within twentyone (21) days of the date of publication of this summons. You must also file a copy of your Answer

with the Superior Court, Family Division at the following address: Chittenden Unit, 32 Cherry St Suite 200 Burlington, VT 05401 802-651-1709. If you fail to answer the Complaint within twenty-one (21) days of the date of publication, a default judgment may be entered against you and the Court may grant the relief demanded by the Plaintiff in the Complaint. Under most circumstances, your answer must state as a counterclaim any related claim which you may have against the Plaintiff, or you will thereafter be barred from making such claim in any other action. Plaintiffs action is a Complaint for De Facto Parentage Plaintiff is seeking: ( ) decree of divorce, legal separation or civil union dissolution; ( ) parental rights and responsibilities for the minor child(ren) of the parties; ( ) child support for the minor child(ren); (X) a finding of de facto parentage as to the minor child Jaydon Bathalon (D.O.B. 04/18/2014); A copy of the complaint is on file and my be obtained from the clerk of the above-named Family Division of the Superior Court. The Vermont Office for Child Support also filed an appearance in this case. The Office for Child Support is seeking payment of debts due and owing to the State of Vermont. Based on Plaintiffs affidavit, it appears that service cannot be made with due diligence by any of the methods prescribed in V.R.C.P .. 4(d) through (t). It is therefore hereby ORDERED that service of process shall be made upon Defendant by publication pursuant to V.R.C.P. 4(g). This Order shall be published once a week for two consecutive weeks between October 1 and October 30, 2021 in the newspaper of general circulation in Vem1ont, to wit “Seven Days,” and a copy of this Order shall be mailed to the Defendant at the last known address where Plaintiff believes he can be located, and a copy shall be sent to any valid email address that Plaintiff is aware Defendant is using to receive messages. Electronically signed on September 21, 2021 at 3:33 PM pursuant to V.R.E.F. 9(d). /s/ Megan J. Shafritz Superior Court Judge

WARNING: POLICY ADOPTION: CHAMPLAIN VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT The Board of School Directors gives public notice of its intent to adopt local district policies dealing with the following at its meeting scheduled on October 19, 2021: C9 - Delegation of Authority due to COVID-19 Pandemic E8 - Public Bidding/Contracts Copies of the above policies may be obtained for public review at the Office of the Human Resources Dept. in Shelburne, VT.

IN RE ESTATE OF ROBERT ROOT NOTICE TO CREDITORS To the creditors of Robert Root, late of Colchester, VT. I have been appointed to administer this estate. All creditors having claims against the decedent or the estate must present their claims in writing within four (4) months of the date of the first publication of this notice. The claim must be presented to me at the address listed below with a copy sent to the Court. The claim may be barred forever if it is not presented within the four (4) month period. Date: October 12, 2021 Signature of Fiduciary: /s/ Caroline R. Tirabassi Executor/Administrator: Caroline R. Tirabassi, 15 Waxing Lane, East Amherst, NY 14051 716-632-1921 Name of Publication: Seven Days Publication Date: 10/13/21 Vermont Superior Court, Probate Division 175 Main Street, P.O. Box 511 Burlington, Vermont 05402-0511

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Smugglers’ Notch Resort is seeking a sales-minded Vacation Planner who possesses the skills to sell vacation reservation packages via inbound and outbound phone calls, emails and online web chats in a positive and professional sales office environment. The successful candidate should be courteous, self-motivated and POST YOUR JOBS AT JOBS.SEVENDAYSVT.COM FOR FAST RESULTS, OR detail oriented.CONTACT Full-time position with aBROWN: mix of day,MICHELLE@SEVENDAYSVT.COM MICHELLE evening and some weekend shifts. Sales commissions will complement wages earned. Typing skills and friendly personality a must. Great resort benefits!


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Smugglers’ Notch Resort Human Resources 4323 Vermont Route 108S Jeffersonville, VT 05464

The Town of Johnson Public Works Department is seeking qualified candidates for full-time Equipment Operators. The routine duties of the position include year-round road maintenance using appropriate equipment. The Town of Johnson offers a competitive wage and benefits package depending on skills and experience.



Candidates must be eligible to work in the U.S., at least 18 years of age, must have a valid CDL, and must be able to perform the duties of the position. We are an equal opportunity employer. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender identity, veteran status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged. Interested candidates should go to: or send resumes by November 1st to:

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The Stern Center in Williston, VT seeks a Facilities Coordinator for 20 regular, daytime, in-person hours/week to maintain a clean and safe building and grounds. Responsibilities include light carpentry; minor building/ fixture maintenance and repair including plumbing/heating/cooling; routine cleaning including rubbish and recycling removal; snow and ice removal; painting; and other projects in accordance with candidate’s skill set. The Facilities Coordinator contributes to making clients of all ages and all employees feel safe and comfortable at the Stern Center. The Stern Center for Language and Learning is a non-profit education center. We invite you to learn more about us at To Apply, contact Emily Dawson, HR Director, at

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Registration Administrator & Office Manager Manage all program registration and create a positive and well run office environment.

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

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Recreation Activities Coordinator (PTE) The Town of Fairfax seeks a Recreation Activities Coordinator to help create and support community programs for residents of all ages.

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VEDA is Vermont’s economic development financing authority, staffed by a seasoned group of Vermont professionals. Since inception in 1974, VEDA has helped businesses and farms create jobs for Vermonters and enhance Vermont's working landscape. The stories of VEDA's borrowers reflect Vermont's changing economy over the years, with VEDA playing a central role in helping them bring their business dreams and projects to fruition. VEDA is searching for a highly motivated Director of Loan Closing to oversee all loan closing functions and lead the closing team in properly documenting and closing loans and providing excellent customer service.

Candidates should have knowledge of community recreation and experience planning, organizing, and leading recreation activities. The position is permanent, part-time at 20 hours per week with compensation of $16.50/hr. and requires a flexible schedule that includes some evenings, weekends, and holiday work. To apply, go to jobs. Application deadline is October 22, 2021.

VEDA offers a competitive salary and excellent health and The Town of Fairfax is an E.O.E. retirement benefit packages. Other perks include a flexible work environment, generous tuition reimbursement, and professional development and networking opportunities. 10/4/21 VEDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer 3v-TownofFairfax100621.indd 1 interested in increasing staff diversity.

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Support and grow our active contributor base by managing Raisers Edge/NXT database and overseeing development operations team. Full descriptions & apply at

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

Combined with great pay, benefits packages, and continuing education, this is a career opportunity you don’t want to miss.

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Feel free to stop in to our office at 54 Echo Place, Suite# 1, Williston, VT 05495 and fill out an application. Or fill out an application via our website at or email Tim a copy of your resume at

Stop sacrificing your free time driving from job site to job site; take your free time back! Licensed Trades at Smugglers Notch Resort work a predictable schedule and enjoy working in a familiar setting each day; giving you the gift of more flexibility and time at home. Get the sense of satisfaction that comes from installing and maintaining systems for their lifecycle.

Town of Fairfax, VT

Currently, we are seeking drivers to join our growing team. We are hiring for several full time and part time positions, as well as different shifts.

Development Operations & Database Manager



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Community Program Facilitator Have you ever wanted to work with the Abenaki community?


Legal Assistant Real Estate Sales

The Academic Enrichment Commons seeks a caring and competent

The Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi is looking for someone great with people, self-motivated, and experienced with Microsoft Office to help them with their community programming. The position of Community Program Facilitator is 10–20 hours per week and pays $20/hour.

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Athens Diner, Colchester VT is now hiring.

Dishwasher/ Line Prep Cook

Athens Diner is now hiring Our Real Estate Department individual who wishes to support the academic success of our full time kitchen staff. Pay in Colchester, VT has an neurologically diverse student population. The Collaborative range: $15-$22 based on immediate need for a Legal Educational Consultant will work full-time throughout the 10-month experience. 5 day work Assistant. Duties include academic year and demonstrate knowledge in the areas of learning week; Wednesday - Sunday. answering the telephone, disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and ADHD. The successful We are looking for experienced fielding customer inquiries, candidate must be adept at creating learning plans and setting dishwasher(s) and line preparing documents for sales transactions, working with clients and prep cook(s), willing goals that will lead to academic success for individual students. If you would like to see a and other attorney offices, to train the right candidate. The successful team-oriented candidate will be a highly motivated full job description or send scheduling and additional positive collaborator with excellent interpersonal skills. in a resume, please contact Weekends are required. office support. Two or more Joanne Crawford: years’ experience in a legal Apply: athensdinerHR For full job description, benefits information, and to apply online, joanne.crawford@ office setting, administrative please visit: experience and understanding of real estate transactions are required. Excellent attention to 10/11/21 2v-AbenkiNation100621.indd 10:14 AM 1 10/1/21 2v-AthensDiner092921.indd 10:44 AM 1 9/28/21 detail, accuracy and proficiency4t-StMichaelsCollegeEDconsult101321.indd 1 in Windows-based applications Summit Properties seeks an Accountant to are key for this position. join our accounting team. The position will be Cover letter and resume to 32-40 hours per week, depending upon needs and or workload. Applicant will take on a variety of accounting work, Bauer Gravel Farnham, LLP with a large focus on accounts payable functions, and general accounting Attn: Human Resources, support. Applicant will need to have accounting background, high 401 Water Tower Circle, The United States District Court is seeking a attention to detail and organization, strong work ethic, tech-savvy, and Suite 101, Colchester VT 05446 be reliable. Effective communication with the team and the rest of our qualified individual with operating system and Summit staff is necessary. Candidate will need to work regularly out of database management skills capable of functioning our main office in South Burlington, VT. in a dynamic, team-oriented environment. The


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Salary is commensurate with experience. BIPOC and LGBTQ applicants are encouraged to apply. WHAT WE OFFER: • Generous Paid Time Off policy • IRA with employer match • Employer-paid disability/life ins. • Pay: $20.00 - $25.00 per hour

• Significant contribution to health insurance plan • Dental & Vision plans payable with payroll deduction

duty station is Burlington, Vermont. Full federal benefits apply. Complete job description and formal application requirements are found in the official Position Announcement available from court locations in Burlington and Rutland and the court’s web site:

Join the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont as an Executive Assistant to the Bishop of the Diocese. The For information on how to apply please email Diocese is seeking a person with strong communication skills, excellent time management 4t-SummitProperties101321.indd 1 10/7/21 4t-USDistrictCourtDistrictofVT101321.indd 10:50 AM 1 skills, and trustworthiness. Work on beautiful Rock Point. Starting salary is $50,000. The Bishop’s Executive Assistant would normally attain the required knowledge, skills and attributes through completion of an Associate’s degree in Business Management, or an equivalent post-secondary degree, and a minimum of three years working in a small office environment or a combination of education and equivalent work experience in an office setting. A successful applicant should be proficient in the use of Microsoft Suite, FilemakerPro, and Apple products. Send resumes to

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Legislative Session Associate

Customer Service Associate The Customer Service Associate is responsible for processing incoming orders and for providing excellent customer service to our broad range of customers. The successful candidate will receive and process large amounts of incoming orders by phone, web, fax, or email. They will also be responsible for answering customer questions about our products, and about growing practices in general. The ideal candidate should have a passion for helping people, be able to use positive language and show attentiveness and adaptability to resolve customer complaints. Practical working knowledge of and experience with backyard and/or commercial vegetable production would be an asset. A complete job description can be obtained on our website: Please email your resume, cover letter, and references to Please put the job title in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No phone calls please.

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Necrason Group,, a Montpelier-based government and public relations firm, is looking for 1 to 3 motivated individuals to assist us during the upcoming legislative session. This is a temporary position (January – May 2022). Tasks include tracking bills, attending committee hearings, communicating with clients, researching legislative issues, attending staff meetings and other client-related meetings. This position offers competitive pay and extensive Vermont networking opportunities. Candidates must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, interest in policy and politics, ability to multitask and a sense of humor. Candidates must be available Tuesday through Friday (some Monday hours available), January through May 2022, some evening hours will be required. Some remote work possible, some time in Montpelier required. Send letter of interest and resume to Jessica Oski,

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OCTOBER 13-20, 2021

PHYSICAL THERAPIST - Lamoille North Supervisory Union The Lamoille North Supervisory Union is seeking a Physical Therapist to provide services to students grades PK-12 from November 1, 2021 until January 21, 2022. Four days per week: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday- to implement PT services per student IEPs.


Please contact Jen Hulse, Director of Student Support Services: Lamoille North Supervisory Union: 802-851-1178


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This is an opportunity to serve and give back to your community. Come be a part of our team. Someday we may find ourselves in need of these services. Position open until filled. TVSC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Rewarding Work • Flexible Schedules • Great Benefits

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The ED position is 30 hours per week. Salary is negotiable depending on experience. Responsibilities include program planning, Meals On Wheels, administration, community outreach, fundraising, supervision of paid and volunteer staff, recruitment of volunteers and overall daily operations of the Center. Must be able to pass a background check. We are a team of staff and volunteers who work together to provide the best services possible to our senior community. The services provided make a significant difference in the quality of life of our senior population.

McClure Gymnasium, 1138 Pine St., Burlington


Twin Valley Senior Center is seeking an Executive Director. TVSC is in a period of transition and this is an opportunity for someone with a passion for creativity and a mission driven vision to bring TVSC into the future.

4583 US Rt. 2, East Montpelier, Vermont 05651


For more information and job description, contact Denise Wheeler at 802-456-8730 or via email at

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WE ARE PROUD TO BE BANKERS! JOIN OUR TEAM! Northfield Savings Bank, founded in 1867, is the largest banking institution headquartered in Vermont. We are committed to providing a welcoming work environment for all. Are you looking to start or continue a career in the finance industry? Consider joining our team as a Community Banker!

Contracted Full-Time RN/LPN for In-Home Support


We are looking for a compassionate and reliable Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to make a difference in the life of a young man with a Developmental Disability and high-tech medical support needs in the families peaceful, lakeside home.

This frontline position is crucial in creating a positive, welcoming and inclusive experience for NSB customers. A successful candidate will have exceptional customer service and communication skills. Previous cash handling experience is a plus! The Community Banker will be responsible for receiving and processing customers’ financial transactions as well as opening and maintaining customer accounts and services. We are looking for someone who can develop relationships with our valued customers, protect bank and customer information, and maintain customer confidentiality. A high school diploma, general education degree (GED), or equivalent is required.

Duties of care include: • Administering medications • Providing daytime personal care and companionship


• Supporting community outings

NSB has training opportunities to engage employees and assist with personal development within our company. The average years of service for an NSB employee is 9! If you’re looking for a long-term career, join our team!

• Nursing assessments • Health status monitoring • Caregiver oversight


• Care coordination with the clients family, doctors, and treatment team

Competitive compensation based on experience. Well-rounded benefits package. Profit-Sharing opportunity. Excellent 401(k) matching retirement program. Commitment to professional development. Opportunities to volunteer and support our communities. Work-Life balance!

Ability to work independently while providing care in this pivotal role to keep this client safe is required. The pleasant home environment and personal one-to-one care allows for a close patient connection and a fulfilling experience. Interested or have questions? Email

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Now Hiring for Residential Construction

Are you looking to make extra money and want to work with a great, experienced team? Dakin Farm is currently seeking applicants to join our team of skilled staff for our busy upcoming holiday season.

Building company specializing in craft custom homes in Bristol, VT, seeks candidates with experience in residential construction for a variety of positions. Positive attitude and attention to detail are a must. Small teams, fast-paced, and friendly work environment with competitive pay and benefits.

WAREHOUSE PICKER PACKER The Vermont Wine Merchants Company, a Burlington based, wholesale distributor of fine wine and specialty beer, is looking for full-time (plus some OT) warehouse pickerpackers 5 days a week. PTO and some benefits

Parts a nalysts Triad Design Service, a subcontractor supporting major US companies in the aerospace industry, has a unique employment opportunity for the right person. Do you enjoy puzzles, solving complex problems, have an interest in engineering drawings? This might be the profession for you. “Parts Analyst” for Triad revises Illustrated Parts Breakdowns for publications in print or electronic media by performing the following duties: Review engineering drawings, engineering change notices, drawing parts list, specifications, vendor information and customer supplied source data. This person will evaluate and organize material and incorporate into publications according to set standards.

If local, artisanal construction for We have both full and included. a forward-thinking company in part time positions in our the Champlain Valley and Green Please send a resume to: Warehouse, Mail Order Mountains seems like a good Triad is looking for motivated candidates that are focused and Packing Department, and fit, we want to hear from you! analytical that possess the following qualities and skills. Triad has Specialty Food Production. $500 starting bonus after 30 days an excellent training program for the right person. We offer competitive Qualifications: wages, generous employee Excellent organizational skills Ability and interest in We’re discounts, and hours that 2v-Smith&McClain081821.indd 1 8/16/212v-VTWineMerchantsPICK101321.indd 5:50 PM 1 10/12/21 11:19 AM learning computer programs Attention to detail meet your schedule.

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Are you passionate about nonprofits and supporting the common good? Would you like to learn about and gain experience within VT’s nonprofit sector?

Join one of the best places to work in VT! Common Good VT (CGVT) is a recently merged statewide program of the United Way NWVT. This new position is responsible for supporting CGVT with clerical, communications and administrative support. Learn more at Send resume and cover letter to by 10/22/21.

More information is available at employment. This position will remain open until filled.

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OCTOBER 13-20, 2021

COVID Services Coordinator The Vermont Law School community welcomes and encourages candidates of diverse backgrounds to join our team of dedicated staff and faculty in South Royalton! Vermont Law School is seeking a full-time COVID Services Coordinator to focus on coordinating the Covid response efforts for students, staff, and faculty on the VLS South Royalton campus. The Covid Coordinator will report to the Vice Dean for Students and the One VLS Action Team (OVAT) for direction and collaboration on Covid safety efforts. This position serves as the onsite coordinator and primary contact for Covid response, testing, contact tracing, PPE supplies, signage and communication, education, and campus clearance. This person in this position also acts as a liaison between outside groups and the VLS Leadership. No medical experience is necessary for this position; Associate’s or Bachelor’s preferred. The perfect candidate will have excellent organization and communication skills. You must be adept in a Microsoft environment and be able to learn specific database systems for testing results. An ability to keep personal information confidential and maintain a calm, professional demeanor is critical.

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GENERAL STORE OPERATOR East Calais Community Trust is seeking a Store Operator for the East Calais General Store. 4520 VT ROUTE 14, EAST CALAIS, VERMONT Are you looking to become a vital part of a beautiful small town community?

The East Calais Community Trust (ECCT) is seeking a store operator/lessor who will be a creative partner in serving and revitalizing our rural communities. resumes and links to: resumes and links to: resumes and links to:

The local non-profit ECCT purchased the historic building that houses the general store and three affordable apartments in 2020. Thanks to numerous grants and donations the ECCT is currently renovating the building, which is scheduled to reopen in summer 2022. The store will have a brand new deli kitchen 2v-PlaceCreative101321 1 10/11/21 and be ADA compliant.

This position will primarily work regular office hours on campus at Vermont Law School, however there may be hours required before or after hours or on weekends on an emergency basis. Excellent benefits and compensation are available for the right candidate.

The East Calais General Store building is located along busy VT Route 14 and is the only store between East Montpelier and Hardwick, the gateway to the Northeast Kingdom. Set in a picturesque Vermont village, the store has been an economic anchor and community gathering place since the 1850s.

Please apply at: Apply/518755/Vermont-Law-School/Covid-Services-Coordinator

For more information including architectural drawings and a link to the RFP, please visit:

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Weatherization Crew Members


The Town of Norwich, Vermont seeks a collaborative and dynamic full-time Town Manager. Norwich (pop.3,400) has a $5.3 million budget and 20 full-time employees. The community features a rural area and lifestyle, scenic beauty and natural resources, as well as a quality school system. The Town Manager is responsible for supervising and coordinating the overall operations of the town and is responsible for managing the day-to-day affairs under the general direction of the fivemember selectboard as provided for under Vermont law. A detailed job description is available at uploads/2021/10/Town-Mgr-job-description.pdf. The successful candidate will have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in business administration or public administration, or related field, a master’s degree is preferred along with some municipal experience in an administrative or managerial capacity; or an equivalent combination of experience and training. Salary range is $85,000 to $102,000, commensurate with experience and training. Excellent benefits are offered. To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references as PDF file attachments, in confidence, to with Norwich as the subject. Our preferred deadline to receive applications is Friday, October 29, 2021. EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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The Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) Weatherization Program is growing! Do you have building trades experience or want to learn them with a focus on energy efficiency and building science? Do you want to help CVOEO tackle climate change, poverty and create healthier homes for Vermonters? We are looking for crew installers to fill our open crew positions. Applications from folks new to weatherization as well as experienced installers and trades people are encouraged. The work is hard, the reward is great, the pay is good, the benefits are outstanding, and the work year round. If this sounds like you might find a career with us, we want to hear from you! The ideal candidate must have a High School diploma or equivalent; basic carpentry/electrical skills; ability to safely use power tools / equipment, including on ladders; and have an understanding of building construction and materials as well as the principles of energy efficient retrofits. We are looking for team players with a positive, can-do attitude. This position is physically demanding. Desired qualifications include training in OSHA 10; lead safe renovator; and First Aid/CPR. Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation required. This is a full time position with excellent benefits. Please visit to apply.


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Facilities Director Opening


Missisquoi Valley Union Middle/High School is hiring a Facilities Director. This is a full-time, full year position with competitive salary and benefits. The Facilities Director oversees all custodial and maintenance activities throughout MVU's 140,000 square feet of buildings and 97 acres of land.

This position will be in charge of CSA membership, marketing and distribution of Full Moon Farm’s organic vegetables, meats (chicken and pork), eggs, flowers and CBD products. The position is year round, with seasonal fluctuations. It is a salaried position with 4 weeks off in the deep winter and initially one week off in the summer. This person will regularly be educating consumers about organic agriculture, food production, and the local food system (all of which can be learned on the job).

For additional information, interested candidates are asked to apply via or email a letter of interest and resume to

This position will be responsible for weekly distribution of farm products at four locations. Three CSA pick-ups and the Saturday Burlington Farmers market. Skills needed: good organizational skills, communications, customer service, retail math, moderate computer skills, physical ability to repeatedly lift 40-50 pounds. More specifically, this person will be calculating quantities of various products needed for daily distribution. Will need to be communicating with wash station manager and production manager to maintain inventory. Will load delivery vehicle, drive to selected locations and set up a stand for individual sales and distribution.

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GENERAL ASSEMBLY • Legislative Paralegal • Committee Assistants • Resolutions Editor and Coordinator The Legislative support offices are currently hiring for several roles. The nonpartisan offices are an interesting, challenging, and exciting place to work. You will be part of a highly professional and collegial team that is proud of, and enthusiastic about, the mission of the state legislature. To apply, please go to 'Career Opportunities' at 3v-VTGeneralAssembly101321.indd 1

COMMUNICATIONS & DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR Vermont Afterschool is seeking a Communications & Development Coordinator to advance our work through strategic communications efforts and expanded development capacity. If you’re a systems thinker, amazing communicator, and enthusiastic collaborator who is passionate about putting your skills to work toward ensuring that all of Vermont’s children and youth have opportunities to be active, engaged, connected, and heard, this is the job for you. In this role, you’ll be an integral part of our dynamic and hard-working team and help to tell our story to diverse audiences. This is a full-time position that offers benefits and is based in our South Burlington, VT office. All staff are currently working hybrid remote/in-person schedules due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We strongly prefer that candidates be able to work regularly from our South Burlington, VT, office when public health and safety guidelines allow. Reporting to Vermont Afterschool’s Executive Director, this position offers opportunity for growth and development, and we encourage all interested candidates to apply even if they do not meet all of the qualifications. HOW TO APPLY • We offer a competitive compensation package and the opportunity to play a role in growing an organization. Expected compensation for this position starts at $25/hour and depends on qualifications and experience.

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To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis and must be submitted electronically.

The position will be posted until filled and is available immediately. Vermont Afterschool is an equal opportunity employer, and we especially welcome applications from individuals who will contribute to our diversity. Full job description:

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

• Paid time off • Retirement plan with company match

WE ARE HIRING FOR POSITIONS IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS: Pastry Baker: We’re hiring for a pastry baker to assist in production of everything from cookies and scones, to pies and croissants. Professional baking or cooking experience is required. You must enjoy working independently and with a team. Schedule includes early mornings and weekends. Please e-mail a letter of interest and resume to Sous Chef: This position will work closely with our veteran Chef making great food and running a joyful, tight kitchen. We are looking for someone with a passion for food and for whom this is a career choice. Send resumes and inquiries to Kitchen prep/line: A chance to be involved in all aspects of making our well-known sandwiches, salads, soup and more. Contact Cassy at Barista: Making top-notch espresso drinks and serving customers great food. Contact Hannah at

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OCTOBER 13-20, 2021

MENTAL HEALTH INITIATIVE DIRECTOR United Way of Northwest Vermont is looking for someone to Lead and manage United Way’s Mental Health Initiative using a Collective Impact framework to engage partners and effect systems change, leading to more effective and efficient services and resources to support mental health and well-being across Northwest Vermont. The Director will drive and oversee internal and external functions, including outreach and engagement, convening and facilitation, communications, advocacy, alignment of activities, capacity building, data, and evaluation. United Way NWVT has been recognized as a Best Place to Work for three consecutive years. Employees enjoy a range of excellent benefits including health, dental and vision insurance, a generous paid vacation policy, 403(b) contributions, a robust wellness program and much more. We are looking for candidates to join our team who will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the organization. Interested candidates may visit for the full job description. To apply candidates should send via e-mail a resume and cover letter by 10/22/2021 to: 5h-UnitedWayNorthwestVT100621.indd 1

ASSISTANT RECORDS CLERK The City of South Burlington is looking for an Assistant Records Clerk – Public Records Coordinator. This position will manage sizable, complex or routine public records requests from within and outside the agency; documents and tracks all dates relevant to public records requests; corresponds with parties requesting public records; prepares written cost estimates in connection with public records requests; collaborates with agency personnel to ascertain the volume and nature of responsive records; identifies confidential, exempt and sensitive information in responsive records; performs and coordinates redaction of confidential, exempt, and sensitive information; utilizes agency software to identify, organize and redact public records; remain current on laws, rules and policy potentially impacting public records; maintains and updates list of exemptions to public records per Vermont law. For further information and job description please use our website: To apply, please send cover letter and resume and references to Jaimie Held, Human Resource Manager at

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Executive Director

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IT AND NETWORK ADMINISTRATOR Vermont Legal Aid has reopened its search for a full-time IT and Network Systems Administrator. Vermont Legal Aid is a nonprofit law firm providing legal services to low-income Vermonters in five offices across VT. Three years of network experience in a Microsoft Windows environment and bachelor’s degree in computer science, or equivalent education and relevant experience is required. The ideal candidate has experience with Azure, Active Directory, Exchange Online, Office365, IP telephony, LAN/WAN, server and WS management (hardware and software), as well as providing help desk support to staff. Familiarity with case management systems (SaaS and proprietary), social media platforms, mobile devices, cloud migration, and cybersecurity are a plus. Applicants must have clear oral and written communication skills, an eagerness to learn, and the ability to work both independently and as part of a small IT team. In-state travel (vehicle required), some evening and/or weekend work, and the ability to occasionally lift and move up to fifty pounds is required. We are committed to building a diverse, social justiceoriented staff, and encourage applicants from a broad range of backgrounds. We welcome information about how your experience can contribute to serving our diverse client communities. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to a discrimination and harassment-free workplace. Salary is $61,610+ depending on experience, plus 4 weeks paid vacation and other excellent benefits. Application deadline is October 22nd, 2021. Please send cover letter, resume, and a list of contact information for three references as a single PDF with “IT Administrator” in the subject line to: The full job description can be found at Please let us know how you heard about this position.

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YWCA Vermont is at a pivotal moment in the life of the organization with the long-serving Executive Director stepping down. YWCA Vermont is seeking an experienced and dynamic Executive Director to lead the organization into its next chapter. The ideal candidate will be responsible for the organization’s direction and vision, the management of staff, and furthering YWCA Vermont’s equity, diversity, inclusion, social justice, and anti-racism principles.


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The ideal Executive Director candidate will be someone who can align strategy and programming with the available resources; who can build a collaborative culture where staff are supported, sustained, and held accountable for their goals; and who has a passion for the arts, camping, farming and/or hospitality. This person will also bring a demonstrated commitment to social and racial justice, and experience building and retaining high-quality, diverse teams. The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following attributes: • Commitment to YWCA Vermont’s mission and values • Lead YWCA Vermont staff with a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion and anti-racism • Experience in the summer camping industry • Volunteer Management • Fundraising and development experience • Experience operationalizing a vision and strategic plan, continually assessing, monitoring progress, and adjusting • Cultural and operational dexterity; able to move across a variety of stakeholder groups • Experience galvanizing staff culture • Deep understanding/compassion for change management • Nonprofit background preferred, including senior level program, administrative, or executive experience • Proven success in juggling multiple projects and competing priorities with attention to detail. Send cover letter and resume to:

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Vermont Post Offices are hiring. City Carrier Assistants (CCA) $18.51 / Rural Carrier Assistants (RCA) $ 19.06 Vermont Post Offices are hiring.

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City of South Burlington is looking for a skilled Equipment Operator to do manual work in the operation of public works equipment for all highway division projects. This involves the maintenance of 11:51 AM city streets, sewers, parks and other city property. For further information and job description please use our website: To apply, please send cover letter and resume and references to Jaimie Held, Human Resource Manager at


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DIRECTOR OF BOARD RELATIONS Work directly with the Foundation’s Vice President for Strategic Engagement, the President and CEO, and other members of the Foundation team to help drive engagement among the Foundation’s Board of Directors, Leadership Council, and Fellows groups. Must have deep technology, relationship, and project management skills.

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CATMA is seeking a creative and passionate individual who thrives at influencing travel behavior change in an equitable and inclusive manner and is available to work 25-30 hours/ week. The Marketing Associate will be responsible for strengthening and creating effective marketing collateral, strategies and campaigns to promote sustainable transportation options for commuters and our membership. We offer a dynamic, casual and professional work environment. Benefits include salaried position, flexible schedule, flexible in-office hours, paid holidays, PTO accrual, professional development and network opportunities, subsidized transportation perks. Salary commensurate with experience, $20-$25/hour. Full job description and application info:

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MENTOR Vermont is looking to expand our team by hiring two fulltime positions to further our reach and make a bigger impact. MENTOR Vermont is a statewide non-profit organization that provides funding, resources, and support to youth mentoring programs across Vermont so they can meet the needs of young people in their communities. Join us! Visit to learn more and to view the full job listings.

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PUBLIC RELATIONS AND OUTREACH COORDINATOR Our team at the Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District helps residents and businesses in our 19 member towns reduce, reuse, recycle, and rethink their waste for a more sustainable future. Are you a creative, motivated, collaborative, and highly organized person who can lead outreach, marketing, and public relations for our team? If you enjoy a fast-paced, goal-oriented work environment and want to be part of a team who cares about effecting positive change, we want to hear from you! You will be working directly with residents, businesses, landlords and event planners to help them reduce waste; answering calls about what can go in a recycling or compost bin; producing fresh content for our website, social media, fliers, and ads; working to promote our award-winning Additional Recyclables Collection Center (and more); and you will serve as a subject matter expert and communicator of CVSWMD’s image. This is a full-time position based in our Montpelier Office, with some remote work offered. Off-site, evening and weekend work, and travel throughout our district is occasionally required. We offer an outstanding benefit package that includes generous leave, 100% medical/dental/vision/disability/life insurance, 150% 401k match, a pet-friendly workplace, and more that provide our staff an excellent work/life balance. Compensation is at Grade 6 on CVSWMD’s pay scale, or $18.59-$24.28 per hour, depending on experience. For full details about this position and how to apply, please visit Position will remain open until filled.

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ACCOUNTS PAYABLE ADMINISTRATOR We are seeking an Accounts Payable Administrator to join the Finance Team at Capstone Community Action. The Accounts Payable Administrator will be responsible for all the accounts payable functions. Additional duties may include providing back up for accounts receivable, payroll and credit card payment functions. The ideal candidate would have an associate’s degree in accounting, experience in a fast-paced fund accounting/bookkeeping environment and possess a solid understanding of computers and software – notably Microsoft Excel. Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume to:

When you work for the State of Vermont, you and your work matter. A career with the State puts you on a rich and rewarding professional path. You’ll find jobs in dozens of fields – not to mention an outstanding total compensation package.


Capstone Community Action, Inc. Human Resources, 20 Gable Place, Barre, VT 05641 Or e-mail to: Capstone Community Action, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Provider. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Director position is responsible for the administration and operation of the State’s public pension plans for State and municipal employees and public-school teachers and administrators. Requires administrative, management, consultative, technical, and supervisory work at a senior professional level. Interprets and implements state retirement statutes and federal regulations with extensive interaction with retirement boards, legislators, actuaries, and legal and IT professionals. For more information, contact Albert LaPerle at Department: State Treasurer’s Office. Location: Montpelier. Status: Full Time. Job ID #19761. Application Deadline: October 25, 2021.

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10/11/21 10:38 AM

Assistant Federal Defender Federal Public Defender Office, District of Vermont

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ACCOUNT MANAGERS Working Fields is expanding into Windham and Lamoille counties and seeking two individuals who share our commitment to second chances and social justice to build our business in these regions. Working Fields Account Managers are ambassadors for our mission: improving the lives of individuals through employment opportunities. They are simultaneously creative problem solvers who thrive on client collaboration and empathetic leaders who provide ongoing support to our associates. These are full-time, salaried positions. Office locations will be determined in partnership with the new hires; some remote work is possible. 3-5 years of experience in Account Management or relevant field preferred.

Responsibilities: • Recruit, evaluate, and hire associates for placement. Match associates with high-fit jobs and recovery coaches, considering skills, interests, and stability. • Provide excellent service to clients (employers) by identifying and filling open positions, as well as supporting successful placements. • Build and maintain relationships with referring agencies and community partners in the region. • Interface between the client, associate, and recovery coach to ensure that expectations are met and exceeded for all parties. • Maintain accurate records in our applicant tracking and CRM system. To apply, send resume and cover letter to:

The Federal Public Defender for the District of Vermont is accepting applications for an Assistant Federal Defender position. The federal defender organization operates under authority of the Criminal Justice Act (CJA), 18 U.S.C. §3006A, to provide defense services to indigent persons in federal criminal cases and related matters upon appointment by the U.S. District Court. The office location is Burlington, Vermont. Requirements: The successful candidate will be an attorney with at least five years of trial experience, preferably with experience in federal court, able to write well and to perform legal research using computer research programs. Being a member of, or eligible for immediate admission to, the bar of the United States District Court for the District of Vermont, is preferred. (See Local Rules, District of Vermont, 83.1(a)). Proof of COVID-19 vaccination must be submitted upon hiring. Selection Criteria: The successful candidate will have clearly demonstrated an aptitude for excellence in criminal defense practice, a commitment to the representation of indigent accused persons, a reputation for personal integrity, and the ability to work cooperatively in a team environment. Experience in federal appeals work is a plus. Preference will be given to candidates who have made meaningful contributions to collaborative working environments that champion inclusivity. Salary and Benefits: Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications within the guidelines set by the judiciary salary scale for Assistant Federal Defenders, at a scale equivalent to that of Assistant United States Attorneys. The position is in the excepted service and does not carry the tenure rights of the competitive Civil Service. The private practice of law is prohibited. The position includes regular U.S. Government employment benefits, including annual leave, sick leave, health and life insurance, and a retirement system. Salary is payable only by Electronic Funds Transfer (direct deposit). The successful candidate will be subject to an FBI background check as a condition of employment. How to Apply: Qualified attorneys are invited to apply by emailing a cover letter, a resume with a summary of trial and appellate experience, and three professional references, to Stephanie Baer, Administrative Officer, Application submissions must be received no later than October 29, 2021. The Federal Public Defender for the District of Vermont is an equal opportunity employer. Women and BIPOC are encouraged to apply. 9t-VTFederalPublicDefenderOffice101321.indd 1

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CLOSING COORDINATOR/ASSISTANT Real Estate Department Real Estate Department in a busy law firm located in Colchester, Vermont, has an immediate need for a Closing Coordinator/ Assistant. Duties include answering the telephone and fielding customer inquiries, preparing legal documents for residential real estate transactions, working with clients and other attorney offices, scheduling and additional office support. Two or more years’ experience in a legal office setting, administrative experience and a basic understanding of residential real estate transactions are preferred. For success in this position, excellent attention to detail is required, and accuracy and proficiency in Windows-based applications is key. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to: or Bauer Gravel Farnham, LLP; Attn: Human Resources 401 Water Tower Circle, Suite 101 Colchester, VT 05446

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PROPERTY MANAGER Burlington Housing Authority (BHA), located in Burlington, Vermont strives to provide low-income, vulnerable members of our community access to safe, affordable housing and retention support services in ways that promote resident selfsufficiency and vibrant neighborhoods. We are seeking a highly qualified individual to serve as a Property Manager for our portfolio of owned and managed properties. This dynamic individual will possess hands-on experience and the demonstrated ability to successfully manage day-to-day operations. The Property Manager will execute the financial and operational objectives established by BHA and ensure compliance with all federal, state and local laws is maintained; ensure that systems are in place or created to maximize resident and employee safety and health, and to preserve the physical assets; seek opportunities to enhance communications and to build collaborative relationships with supervisors, peers, subordinates and residents; prepare for and attend regular meetings with the property management staff to present detailed reports on portfolio status; and complete other tasks assigned by the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and/or Executive Director. The successful candidate will thrive in a team oriented environment and should possess the following: • 5 - 7 years of Property Management experience

WAREHOUSE PACKAGE HANDLER • Up to $19.00 /hour to start* • Includes a pay enhancement of $2 per hour for all package handlers from 9/19/21-12/25/21. This location is participating in an Hours Worked bonus program from 8/15/21 to 12/25/21. If part-time package handlers work 25+ hours within the week, they will earn a $100 bonus. If full-time package handlers work 40+ hours within the week, they will earn a $200 bonus. This location is also participating in a Weekend Bonus program from 8/01/21 to 12/30/21. If a package handler works on Saturday or Sunday, they receive a $50 bonus. If they work both days, they will receive a $100 bonus.

• Demonstrate a high level of property management expertise, analytical ability, financial acumen, real estate software knowledge • Solid verbal, written and customer service communication skills • Ability to manage maintenance programs, marketing and leasing activity, occupancy, financial analysis, and annual tenant certifications. • Leadership skills to create the trust & influence needed to effectively manage a property and its residents. • Strong background in operations and turnaround situations. • Confidence in creating effective solutions for how to deal with challenges or problems. • Certified as a Tax Credit Specialist and/or Certified Occupancy Specialist. • Be sensitive to the needs of low-income households, elderly, and disabled individuals.

This location is participating in a Sign On Hours Worked bonus program from 7/4/21 to 12/25/21. If new part-time package handlers work a minimum of 100 hours in their first month, they will earn a $250 bonus. If new part-time package handlers work a minimum of 100 hours in their second month, they will earn an additional $250 bonus. Details will be discussed during the hiring process.

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!

• Fast paced and physical warehouse work – why pay for a gym membership when you can get paid while working out?

BHA offers a competitive salary, commensurate with qualifications and experience, and an excellent benefit package. If you are interested in this career opportunity, please send a cover letter and resume to:

• Warehouse duties include loading, unloading, and sorting of packages of various sizes.


• Part time employees work one shift a day; full time employees work two shifts. • Shift lengths vary based on package volume – generally part time employees work between 3 and 6 hours a day. Full time employees can expect to work between 6 and 10 hours.

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COMMUNITY SUPPORT Begin a career, don’t start a job. Spend your time doing work that makes a real difference. Are you compassionate, kind, resilient, and adaptable? Specialized Community Care is seeking unique individuals who will act as mentors, coaches, and friends to provide support for adults in Addison, Rutland, Franklin, and Chittenden Counties with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. This is a fun and rewarding career spent “Off the Couch.” We provide extensive training, support, professional growth and advancement opportunities in a family work environment. We offer pay increases after a probationary period and further advancement and pay for self-paced skill building. We want to hire your values and train the skills that will help make you successful. Let’s talk!


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WAREHOUSE NON-CDL DRIVER The Vermont Wine Merchants Company, a Burlington based, wholesale distributor of fine wine and specialty beer, is looking for full-time (plus some OT) driver position(s), 4 days a week. Drivers start their day at 6am and work until the route is finished (typically by 4pm). The right candidate has a good balance of customer service skills and time management. Employment for drivers pending a driving record check. $500 STARTING BONUS AFTER 30 DAYS OF EMPLOYMENT. PTO AND SOME BENEFITS INCLUDED. Please send a resume for application: 3h-VTWineMerchantsDRIVER101321.indd 1

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Engaging minds that change the world Seeking a position with a quality employer? Consider The University of Vermont, a stimulating and diverse workplace. We offer a comprehensive benefit package including tuition remission for on-going, full-time positions. Enrollment Management Professional - Registrar’s Office - #S3110PO The University of Vermont’s Registrar’s Office is recruiting for an Enrollment Management Professional. This position evaluates undergraduate student records and determines credit to be awarded for courses completed for transfer into the University. Creates and maintains degree audit and degree audit requirements. Creates and maintains catalog records in BANNER. Advises students, faculty and staff about accreditation and University transfer credit policy and procedures with supervision received from Assistant Registrar for Transfer Affairs.

MULTIPLE PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS OPEN! Concept2, the market-leading manufacturer of stationary fitness ergometers and composite racing oars, has several exciting openings for people looking for long-term careers with one of Vermont’s premier employers. The positions are based in our Morrisville headquarters, but can involve varying degrees of remote work, if desired.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree and two to four years related experience required. Aptitude for math, detail oriented, and effective communication skills (written and verbal) required. Effective customer service skills required. Ability to demonstrate a commitment to diversity, social justice and fostering a collaborative multicultural environment required.

SUPPLY CHAIN PROFESSIONAL You will conduct procurement, logistics and compliance activities. The work involves using data to analyze requirements, and purchasing components, supplies and equipment in accordance with best practices. Team goals are to ensure timely materials delivery, manage costs and quality, and to respect international trade compliance protocols.

Operations & Reporting Specialist - Career Center - #S3096PO Promote career success through efficient systems and meaningful reports. Work closely with center staff to support use of systems and technologies by colleagues, students, and employers with close attention to improving accessibility and inclusivity. Develop recordkeeping and quality control processes, maintain data integrity, find novel ways to integrate tech solutions, train users, troubleshoot issues, and support events. The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the institution. Applicants are encouraged to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal.

IT SUPPORT SPECIALIST You will help support a variety of local, remote, and cloud based resources for a staff of 110+ in Morrisville, VT and in our four European subsidiaries. The work involves analyzing, installing, documenting, testing, maintaining, troubleshooting, and supporting computer hardware, operating systems, software applications, peripherals, and network equipment.

Associate’s degree and 1-3 years related experience, or an equivalent combination, required. Strong tech and people skills a must. Requires: attention to detail, effective problem-solving and thoughtful communication. Strong candidate will have advanced experience with Microsoft Excel and familiarity with career services software (e.g., Handshake). Application review will begin October 18th. NW Migrant Regional Coordinator - UVM Extension - #S3139PO - UVM Extension is hiring a Regional Coordinator. This position will be located in UVM Extension’s South Burlington Office, but will have extensive travel throughout various areas in Vermont.

WEB DEVELOPER The primary task will be to help maintain and develop our websites. These include an ecommerce site, the Concept2 Logbook and various internal websites. You will also provide support for customers and internal users with technical issues. This job can be done remotely in either the US or the UK, but you must be able to travel to Morrisville, VT or Nottingham, UK if onsite work at one of the offices is needed.

The Regional Coordinator works collaboratively with Migrant Education Program and Farmworker Health team members to strengthen farmworker programmings capacity to connect with and effectively implement education and health services, activities, and projects to farmworkers living in the northwest region of Vermont. This individual will be responsible for identifying and enrolling eligible migrant farmworkers living in the assigned region. Functions include: facilitating educational services for enrolled students utilizing judgement to prioritize work and selecting appropriate methods to respond to needs as they arise and performing ongoing assessments of and assist in creating responses to farm health and safety education needs on dairy farms. This position functions with minimal daily supervision, while working in collaboration with a statewide team of outreach professionals and program coordinators to fulfil programmatic objectives. High School diploma and two to three years’ related experience required. Applicant must be proficient in Spanish/English and demonstrate cultural humility as well as the ability to effectively and independently plan, organize, and coordinate access to educational and health services. Strong interpersonal and communication skills required with experience and capacity to work with diverse audiences. Proficient computer/multimedia skills essential. Must have the ability to travel and work a flexible schedule, which at times will include evenings and weekends.

IMPORT/EXPORT COMPLIANCE PROGRAM LEADER Your main responsibility will be to ensure Concept2 is compliant with all applicable US Customs and Border Protection laws and regulations, and those of any other federal agencies governing the importation and exportation of merchandise to and from the US. Successful Concept2 employees combine self-sufficiency and personal accountability with strong teamwork skills. Concept2 has an informal office setting, flexible work schedule and excellent compensation and benefits, including fully paid medical, dental, and vision premiums for employees and their families.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the institution. Applicants are encouraged to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal.

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“We must never be afraid to go too far, for truth lies beyond,” declared novelist Marcel Proust. I wouldn’t normally offer that counsel to you Libras. One of your strengths is your skill at maintaining healthy boundaries. You know how to set dynamic limits that are just right: neither too extreme nor too timid. But according to my analysis of the astrological potentials, the coming weeks will be one of those rare times when you’ll be wise to consider an alternative approach: that the most vigorous truths and liveliest energies may lie beyond where you usually go.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): According to my understanding of the upcoming weeks, life will present you with unusual opportunities. I suspect you will find it reasonable and righteous to shed, dismantle and rebel against the past. Redefining your history will be a fun and worthy project. Here are other related activities I recommend for you: 1. Forget and renounce a long-running fear that has never come true. 2. Throw away a reminder of an old experience that makes you feel bad. 3. Freshen your mood and attitude by moving around the furniture and decor in your home. 4. Write a note of atonement to a person you hurt once upon a time. 5. Give yourself a new nickname that

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Taurus poet Donte Collins’ preferred pronouns are “they” and “them.” They describe themself as Black, queer and adopted. “A lover doesn’t discourage your growth,” they write. “A lover says, ‘I see who you are today, and I cannot wait to see who you become tomorrow.’” I hope you have people like that in your life, Taurus — lovers, friends, allies and relatives. If there is a scarcity of such beloved companions in your life, the next eight weeks will be an excellent time to round up new ones. And if you are connected with people who delight in your progress and evolution, deepen your connection with them. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Gemini author

Lisa Cron advises her fellow writers, “Avoid exclamation points! Really!! Because they’re distracting!! Almost as much as CAPITALIZING THINGS!!!” I’ll expand her counsel to apply not just to writers but to all of you Geminis. In my astrological opinion, you’re likely to find success in the coming weeks if you’re understated, modest and unmelodramatic. Make it your goal to create smooth, suave, savvy solutions. Be cagey and cool and crafty.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu told us that water is in one sense soft and passive, but is in another sense superb at eroding jams and obstacles that are hard and firm. There’s a magic in the way its apparent weakness overcomes what seems strong and unassailable. You are one of the zodiac’s top wielders of water’s superpower, Cancerian. And in the coming weeks, it will work for you with even more amazing grace than usual. Take full advantage of your sensitivity, your emotional intelligence and your empathy. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Leo author James Baldwin told us, “You read something which you thought only happened to you, and you discover that it happened 100 years ago to [Russian novelist] Fyodor Dostoyevsky. This is a great liberation for the suffering, struggling person, who always thinks that he is alone.” In that spirit, Leo, and in accordance with astro-

logical omens, I urge you to track down people who have had pivotal experiences similar to yours, either in the distant or recent past. These days, you need the consoling companionship they can provide. Their influence could be key to liberating you from at least some of your pain.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Poet Octavio Paz described two kinds of distraction. One is “the distraction of the person who is always outside himself, lost in the trivial, senseless, turmoil of everyday life.” The other is “the distraction of the person who withdraws from the world in order to shut himself up in the secret and ever-changing land of his fantasy.” In my astrological opinion, you Virgos should specialize in the latter during the coming weeks. It’s time to reinvigorate your relationship with your deep inner sources. Go in search of the reverent joy that comes from communing with your tantalizing mysteries. Explore the riddles at the core of your destiny. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Author William

S. Burroughs claimed his greatest strength was a “capacity to confront myself no matter how unpleasant.” But he added a caveat to his brag: Although he recognized his mistakes, he rarely made any corrections. Yikes! Dear Scorpio, I invite you to do what Burroughs couldn’t. Question yourself about how you might have gone off course, but then actually make adjustments and atonements. As you do, keep in mind these principles: 1. An apparent mistake could lead you to a key insight or revelation. 2. An obstruction to the flow may prod you to open your mind and heart to a liberating possibility. 3. A snafu might motivate you to get back to where you belong. 4. A mess could show you something important you’ve been missing.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): In her

novel We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Sagittarian author Shirley Jackson wrote, “Today my winged horse is coming, and I am carrying you off to the moon, and on the moon we will eat rose petals.” I wonder what you would do if you received a message like that — an invitation to wander out on fanciful or mysterious adventures. I hope you’d be receptive. I hope you wouldn’t say, “There are so such things as flying horses. It’s impossible

to fly to the moon and eat rose petals.” Even if you don’t typically entertain such whimsical notions, the time is favorable to do so now. I bet you will be pleased with the unexpected grace they bring your way.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Capricorn author Susan Sontag wrote about people who weren’t receptive to her intensity and intelligence. She said she always had “a feeling of being ‘too much’ for them — a creature from another planet — and I would try to scale myself down to size, so I could be apprehendable and lovable by them.” I understand the inclination to engage in such self-diminishment. We all want to be appreciated and understood. But I urge you to refrain from taming and toning yourself down too much in the coming weeks. Don’t do what Sontag did. In my astrological opinion, it’s time for you to be an extra vivid version of yourself. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “I am diag-

nosed with not having enough insanely addictive drugs coursing through my body,” joked comedian Sarah Silverman. Judging from current cosmic rhythms, I’m inclined to draw a similar conclusion about you. It may be wise for you to dose yourself with intoxicants. Just kidding! I lied. Here’s the truth: I would love for you to experience extra rapture, mystic illumination, transcendent sex and, yes, even intoxication in the coming weeks. My analysis of the astrological omens suggests these delights are more likely and desirable than usual. However, the best way to arouse them is by communing with your favorite nondrug and nonalcoholic inebriants. The benefits will last longer and incur no psychological cost.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “The truth is,” writes cartoonist Bill Watterson, “most of us discover where we are headed when we arrive.” I sense this will describe your life during the next six weeks. Your long, strange journey won’t come to an end, of course. But a key chapter in that long, strange journey will climax. You will be mostly finished with lessons you have been studying for many moons. The winding road you have been following will end up someplace in particular. And sometime soon, I suspect you’ll spy a foreshadowing flash of this denouement.


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Irreverent counsel on life’s conundrums

Dear Reverend,

Now that sex work is decriminalized in our state, I’m wondering how to safely and respectfully go about finding a sex worker. My preference would be cis women. In an ideal world, I would find someone I would have a compatible personality with and be able to talk to. But I’d also be happy with strictly transactional sex. I have paid for sexual services before, and I’ve experienced both kinds. It feels like a topic that isn’t appropriate to bring up with any of my friends, men or women, so I don’t know where to start.

Johnny Cumlately (MALE, 32)

BURLINGTON BIKE PATH SNAKE HEADS-UP You broke from your run to let my pup and me know of the snake in the middle of the bike path up ahead. He would have grabbed it if you hadn’t said anything. All I had was “Ah, thanks,” as I was taken aback by your radiance. Would love to navigate some other paths together with the pup sometime. When: Thursday, September 23, 2021. Where: Burlington bike path. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915421 JUGGLING BABE OUTSIDE UNCOMMON MARKET You: carrying primary-colored juggling clubs at the entrance. Me: in a blue car at the corner, on my way to clean the community fridge. The eye contact! I’d love to cross paths again. When: Tuesday, September 21, 2021. Where: Uncommon Market, Montpelier. You: Gender nonconformist. Me: Nonbinary person. #915419 FOREVER, EVER? Forever never, seems that long until you’re grown / And notice that the day-by-day ruler can’t be too wrong. / I wish I could become a magician to abracadabra all the sadder / Thoughts of me, thoughts of she, asking what happened to the feeling that her and me had. When: Sunday, October 14, 2018. Where: separate ways. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915416 FARMSTAND OUTSIDE OF MONTPELIER I don’t know who you are, but I saw you buying some veggies. I was just buying corn, like a total loser. You left on your bike. I left in my car, like a total loser. My mask wouldn’t let me smile at you. I guess I just wanted to say hi. It’s nice to know you exist. When: Sunday, September 19, 2021. Where: Farmstand. You: Genderqueer. Me: Woman. #915415 US THREE, SUNSET RIDGE TRAIL You: two women hiking down Mansfield/ Me: the guy who passed you going the opposite way, just below the summit. We chatted briefly. Was it me, or did it feel refreshing that we all paused to begin a funny little conversation? You two were beaming with positive energy. Would be fun to have you as adventure friends this fall. When: Sunday, September 19, 2021. Where: Mount Mansfield, Sunset Ridge Trail, just below the junction of Laura Cowles trail near the summit. You: Group. Me: Man. #915414

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DMV SB, MONDAY 9/20, MORNING You: with beautiful auburn red hair, “shaggy” bell-bottoms, black blouse. Caught you checking me out many times, even through the window as you left. Me: too polite to approach. Me: wearing a mask with the same beautiful colors as your hair. I’d love to learn of your interest and curiosity in me. I’m a very single lover of gingers and intelligence. When: Monday, September 20, 2021. Where: DMV SB. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915413

RE: STEAMY KISSES I’m sure a lot of people have had steamy kisses in steamy cars at Oakledge. I’m hoping that you are the one I’ll always love, no matter what. If you see this, I still want you to tell me something. When: Monday, July 22, 2019. Where: Oakledge. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915407 ISLAND LADY Lost on an island searching for the siren to sing my mountain song. Spent a day in heaven under the stars, hugging trees down by the beach. Lost in my world tangled with your root. Left while fungus grows, soil sows and we both grow. Your song is still in my heart missing the times we are apart. When: Friday, August 27, 2021. Where: Isle La Motte. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915406

BAYSIDE PAVILION You were celebrating your sister’s birthday. I was having dinner with my son next to you. When you left, you said goodbye. I would love to buy you a drink sometime. When: Saturday, September 18, 2021. Where: Bayside. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915412 GEORGIA MARKET You: blue shirt and jeans, and some tats. Me: blue shirt and shorts. We smiled at each other, said hi, and then I dropped my keys and said, “Sh*t.” I would enjoy hearing from you if you are single! G. When: Wednesday, September 15, 2021. Where: Georgia Market. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915410 NICE GUY BRIAN AT ARTSRIOT Wormdogs were playing. You were sitting on the stools on the front porch. My wife sat next to you; she said you had a great conversation. Inside, we were standing a behind you; she teased about wanting to dance with you. She gave you her card and has been eagerly awaiting your email! Let’s go see some music soon! When: Saturday, September 11, 2021. Where: ArtsRiot. You: Man. Me: Couple. #915409 HONKY TONK TUESDAY, RADIO BEAN You were raised near the coast of the eastern Mediterranean. On the eve of September 14, you danced East Coast swing with me. You offered a drag from your cigarette as I left. I remarked that you’re an amazing person. I’m sorry I disappeared so quickly. Listening to your experience and kind teacher’s heart would very likely enhance my humanity. When: Tuesday, September 14, 2021. Where: Radio Bean, Burlington. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915408

The first thing you should do is research Vermont laws about sex work, because it definitely has not been decriminalized. A bill that was passed, H.18, took effect on July 1. It states that if a person reports being a victim or a witness to a crime that occurred while they were involved in prostitution, that person “shall not be cited, arrested, or prosecuted for a violation of the prostitution statutes or for minor drug possession.” While there are some sex workers in the business of their own accord, the trade is unfortunately rife with human trafficking. Vermont’s law is mainly meant to prevent humantrafficking victims, sex workers and, sometimes, clients from being afraid to report crimes

BIKE PATH NEAR LEDDY You were walking your puppy (yellow lab?), and I passed you twice as I reached the end of my running loop and turned around. I smiled at your dog, and you smiled at me. Can I join you two on a walk sometime? When: Friday, September 10, 2021. Where: Burlington waterfront path. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915405 BURLINGTON, FRIDAY EVENING, BIG SMILES 5 p.m. Me: M, parked in loading zone by Sweetwaters, unloading my car. You: F, tall, pretty, blond, flat-brim black hat, long black boots. Your smile lit up the afternoon. We smiled at each other like we knew each other. I said hi; you beamed and walked on up College Street. Care to say hi and more sometime? When: Friday, September 10, 2021. Where: Church Street Marketplace, Burlington. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915404 RED-HOT RED ROCKS RUNNER You were wearing red shorts and have a tat on your left shoulder. Our eyes briefly met as we greeted each other at the crossroads in Red Rocks Park. I was walking my black-and-tan doggo. Are you local? Care to walk together sometime? When: Sunday, September 5, 2021. Where: a perfect Sunday morning. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915400

committed against them. The law has nothing to do with decriminalization of transactional sex. It’s crucial that you fully understand all the legalities, potential harms and personal risks involved in soliciting. Locally, the Ishtar Collective — Vermont’s only organization dedicated to sex workers’ rights and welfare — advocates for policy change in the state, fights sex trafficking and aims to destigmatize this line of work. You can show your support for that mission by attending Ishtar’s annual fundraiser on October 22, from 5 to 9 p.m., at Switchback Brewing in Burlington. Good luck and God bless,

The Reverend

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