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A Burlington police officer injured in a Vermont Police Academy “hitchhiker scenario” drill settled a lawsuit with the state. Erin Bartle will get $30,000.


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urlington Telecom will invest $3 million over the next 10 years to boost local tech startups and nonprofits, officials announced Tuesday. Mike Loucy, the telecom’s general manager, spoke at the kickoff for the fourth annual Innovation Week, a series of events (including Seven Days’ Vermont Tech Jam) celebrating Burlington’s tech businesses. The funding could increase and may continue beyond the end of the decade, Loucy said at the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies office on Main Street. “But that’s our commitment out of the box, just to see how it works.” The announcement marked Loucy’s first public appearance since he was named BT’s president and general manager in May. He most recently worked at the Vermont Electric Power Company in Rutland as a senior manager. Loucy replaces Stephen Barraclough, who had served as the telecom’s GM since 2010 and is largely credited with improving BT’s financial standing. The Community Investment Funds were among several incentives that BT’s buyer, Schurz Communications, promised during negotiations with the city. The Burlington City Council selected Schurz’s $30.8 million bid for the city’s telecom in 2017, but the sale was only finalized in March. A group of community activists has sued over the sale, arguing that the terms don’t provide the greatest return to taxpayers. The money will be funneled into two pots. The Burlington Telecom Innovation Fund will invest $250,000 a year in

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a startup or growth phase enterprise, and the STEM & Technical Skill Fund will provide $50,000 to a nonprofit or similar organization that promotes technical education and workforce development. “Even though Burlington Telecom is not a city department anymore, it is continuing to move the community forward in numerous ways,” Mayor Miro Weinberger said. “This is an exciting example of that.” Seven entrepreneurs on an investment committee will approve the Innovation Fund grants. Priority will be given to businesses led by women, people of color and those with disabilities. BT will retain some equity in the selected companies, Loucy said. It will ideally start accepting applications by December, he added. Recipients of the STEM Technical Skill grants will be chosen by the board of BTV Ignite, a nonprofit that promotes Burlington’s gigabit-speed telecom network and hosts Innovation Week. Partners in that effort include the city of Burlington, Burlington Electric Department, University of Vermont and Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce. BTV Ignite is accepting applications for the STEM grant competition through November 27, according to its website. The award could be split between more than one entity each year; winners should be announced before year’s end, according to BTV Ignite project manager Adam Roof. Read Courtney Lamdin’s full story at


The University of Vermont launched an internship program for students who will help state legislators with tasks such as research. Unclear if they’ll earn $15 an hour.


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1. “Media Note: VPR Fires ‘Vermont Edition’ Producer Ric Cengeri” by Paul Heintz. Cengeri had worked for VPR for 12 years. 2. “Former Rutland Mayor’s Son Killed in Gunfight With Police” by Derek Brouwer. Police say Christopher G. Louras shot through the front door of the Rutland police station, then led officers on a brief car chase. 3. “A New Forest Canopy Walk Takes Visitors to the Treetops at VINS” by Elizabeth M. Seyler. The treehouse structure in Quechee allows visitors to wander through the forest canopy, 100 feet above the ground. 4. “All Our Hearts: Sharing Stories of Love, Grief and Hope From the Opioid Crisis” by Cathy Resmer. Family members share stories of four Vermonters lost to the opioid crisis. 5. “Boo! Burlington School Kills Halloween Parade” by Molly Walsh. Edmunds Elementary School students will no longer march in the annual celebration.

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cary Barre” isn’t so scary anymore. The city built on granite has shed its mocking moniker for a new one: the nicest place in Vermont, according to Reader’s Digest. Nicest as in most neighborly. Rachel Nelson, who nominated the 10,000person city, noted in her submission that the “craziest thing” about Barre is that “there’s no road rage.” “My husband and I joke that everyone is so polite that there is no right of way here, because no one will take it,” she wrote.

“There’s a very real, ‘Oh no, after you,’ attitude. It’s trippy.” Not to mention volunteerism, free special events, musical gatherings and business owners who recently “held a drive to ensure prom dresses for young women.” In bestowing the honor, Reader’s Digest editors highlighted the blue-collar town’s compassionate efforts to help those struggling with opioid addiction. The write-up mentions the Rapid Access to Medication-Assisted Treatment program, which “has been running for a year and has a 90 percent success rate of people following through with treatment.” As a local substance abuse treatment center looks for a new location, “neighborhoods all around town have offered to welcome the group.

“Ordinarily, folks are hesitant to have addiction recovery programs as neighbors, but not in Barre — not anymore,” the editors continued. Locals chimed in, too, commenting on the story on One woman wrote about how she always runs into friendly faces and stops to chat. “About time,” another person wrote. “I love our city.” So does Gov. Phil Scott, a Barre native. “Reading the comments about my birthplace — of neighbors helping neighbors in times of need and giving back to the community — makes me proud and nostalgic about the Barre I remember fondly,” he said in an emailed statement. SASHA GOLDSTEIN SEVEN DAYS OCTOBER 16-23, 2019


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Last week’s cover story, “Carbon Quandary,” presents a look at biomass energy that unfortunately misses the nuances of the practice and how it fits positively into our future. The role that biomass, and forest management in general, play with respect to our varied environmental crises is complex. Sequestration and storage of carbon is a huge part of how we mitigate the negative effects of climate change, but looking solely at carbon neglects the bigger picture of how we craft a more sustainable world in the face of this and other linked crises, like the degradation and loss of ecosystems from development and nonrenewable resource extraction, the despoliation of our natural resources through pollution, and the loss of biodiversity.  The author points out that burning biomass is not carbon neutral. What is also not carbon neutral is burning fossil fuels. However, unlike fossil fuels, wood is a renewable resource. It wasn’t produced half a world away under adverse cultural, economic and ecological situations. We didn’t tear off the top of a mountain to get it. If we spill it on the ground, it doesn’t poison our soil or our waters. In modern, responsible forest management, we harvest wood in ways that support the health and resilience of forests. Local extraction of resources, especially renewable resources, is extremely powerful, supporting resource security and social, environmental and economic justice.  No resource is perfect, but local wood is perhaps our most underappreciated one, and its benefits go far beyond carbon.  Ethan Tapper



[Re “Carbon Quandary,” October 9]: The McNeil plant using electricity generated from the burning of wood to power electric cars — as Burlington’s new climate change initiative proposes — is akin to putting East German soft coal in your gas tank. In terms of greenhouse gas emissions, wood is the dirtiest fuel source around — four to six times dirtier than natural gas and half again dirtier than coal, oil, diesel and gasoline. McNeil was retrofitted in 1989 to burn natural gas and can be readily switched over to that fuel exclusively. It has also



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I’m an evangelical pastor. Despite her cynical undertone, I appreciated Chelsea Edgar’s article [“Good News?” September 25]. While describing her experience at New King Church in South Burlington, she notes with discernible incredulity the apparent contradiction that the loving Jesus we preach would also insist we surrender the right to define our sexuality. Here’s when I knew she had struck oil. The message of Jesus is and always will be countercultural. The gospel — the good news that Jesus died and rose again to save sinners — sounds like “foolishness” and a “scandal” to those who don’t believe. So if Chelsea or any progressive people (or religious people, for that matter) are shocked by the gospel, I know they are on the right track. It is a commitment to the gospel, not a Southern political agenda, that animates the church-planting movement. It’s what inspired a group of Georgia, Vt., settlers in 1793 to “plant” the church I now pastor. It’s the message that I believe changes lives and restores communities.  Chelsea probably doesn’t share that belief. But that’s OK. She got close enough to try to understand it. In our tribalized culture, we need more people who do what Chelsea did: get close enough to

others to see and appreciate them, even to be shocked by their beliefs, and to continue to share this little state we all call home.   Thanks, Chelsea. If you ever want to talk to another pastor, my door is open. 

[Re “Vermont’s Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Control Access to Their ‘Public’ Records,” October 2]: Why do you keep writing articles about Vermont’s medical marijuana program with headlines other than “Why Do Vermont’s Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Still Suck”? I get that you don’t want to put down local businesses or something, but they offer an inferior product at a higher price, and the public is getting screwed. I keep wondering if it’s all blown out of proportion, but then I hear another credible account of moldy weed, dirty clones or just a lame-ass menu with employee attitude to boot. Here’s an idea: Purchase good indoor cannabis from, say, five different Vermont-based black market dealers, and purchase five different eighths from local dispensaries. Get them tested. I’m willing to bet any sum of money that, on average, the black market cannabis in Vermont is stronger, cleaner and cheaper than what passes for quality bud in the dispensaries, to say nothing of the fact that Vermont’s medical dispensary menus would have been almost up to date 20 years ago.

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“Good News?” [September 25], about evangelical churches in Vermont, made some great points about social isolation leading to life crises. I consider myself a spiritual person but would rather go to the “Church of the Beautiful View” than be in a building on a Sunday. I experience many of those “divine coincidences” when I take the time to stop and tune in to the Game Overall Director — GOD. If religion of any kind brings solace, I am good with that. These are confusing and depressing times, for sure, but when politics becomes a part of it, I begin to question the motives. To be judged for any choices we have made, from whom to love to the decision to end a pregnancy and everything in between, I think is ignoring the “judge not” part of the Bible. I seriously wonder: If Jesus came back, would he not be met with the same fate as his last incarnation? Political schemers use religion as the divide-and-conquer to control us. Counter that by recognizing the divine light in all of us, regardless of which religion we practice, and by reaching out and honoring our “common unity” by building community based on every interaction you have every day.

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Last week’s cover story, “Carbon Quandary,” didn’t adequately explain why Montpelier’s biomass heating project cost $20 million. The City of Montpelier and State of Vermont together spent that sum to build a new district heating system that replaced oil burners with new woodchip boilers. Another error in the same story: Northeast Wilderness Trust executive director Jon Leibowitz said he supports limiting logging on more — but not all — public lands in the state.  


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Get Connected Looking to get dialed in to the state’s tech industry? Seven Days presents the annual Vermont Tech Jam, a free one-day showcase of the Green Mountain State’s technology-related companies. Job recruiters, presentations and networking opportunities draw attendees to the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction.




Funny Business From Gilda Radner to Lena Waithe, groundbreaking comedians inspired Boston-based author Sheila Moeschen’s 2019 book The League of Extraordinarily Funny Women: 50 Trailblazers of Comedy. The colorful page-turner features illustrated profiles of comics who have made their mark with guts and wit. Moeschen chats about the book at Phoenix Books in Rutland and Burlington. SEE CALENDAR LISTINGS ON PAGES 53 & 55


Rock Out In a review of Dave Kleh’s 2018 album Suite of Dreams for Seven Days, Justin Boland wrote that the Burlington psych rocker’s sound is “charming as hell” and “deliciously weird.” Local music fans experience Kleh’s quirky style for themselves at a release show for the multi-instrumentalist’s latest record, Love Is Greater Than Infinity Divided by Zero, at SideBar in Burlington.




A great beauty who graced the silver screen in 1930s and ’40s films such as Ziegfeld Girl and Samson and Delilah, Delilah actor Hedy Lamarr was also an inventor who helped develop technology now used in GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth systems. Playwright Heather Massie channels the starlet in her one-person show, HEDY! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, Lamarr at the Stowe Town Hall Theatre.




The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival launches its monthly screening series, MNFF Selects, with a showing of Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater. Providing an intimate portrait of the late boundary-breaking jazz trumpeter, the 2019 documentary is an apt gateway into the series’ theme, “Fabulous Films About Fascinating People.” SEE STORY ON PAGE 25


Creepy Competition Run for your life! Participants in Danville’s first Zombie 5K each wear a belt holding three flags that they must protect from the undead lurking along the 3.1-mile course. Lose all three flags and you’re infected; retain at least one ’til the finish line and you’ve survived the zombie apocalypse. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 58


Clowning Around Seven Days readers voted Vermont Vaudeville the state’s best comedy troupe in the 2018 readers’ choice awards, the Seven Daysies. The Caledonia County company brings a fresh blend of music, comedy and circus artistry to the historic Hardwick Town House with its fall show, That’s Impossible! Arrive early for refreshments from Red Sky Trading and PapaGyro’s food truck. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 55








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The cover of this issue, illustrated by Matt Douglas, features a Jetsons-inspired talk show called “Tech Tonight.” Seated behind the desk is the host — the Vermont Tech Jam mascot, an androgynous spaceperson who has represented the annual career expo since it began in 2008. The “guest” is a smart speaker, one of those personal digital assistant devices that will play music on command, or answer your trivia questions, or tell you the weather. By now, these wireless doodads should be familiar to readers — smart speaker sales are expected to top 200 million by the end of 2019, according to the industry researchers at Canalys. The whimsical illustration essentially depicts what Seven Days writers do in every Tech Issue — they play host, talking with business, community and tech leaders around the state who offer a local perspective on the technological changes sweeping the globe. One innovation that’s getting a look this year is the latest in surveillance tech: VIDEO DOORBELLS. In “Private Eye,” Courtney Lamdin explains how these gadgets are helping cops solve crimes — and raising concerns among privacy and civil liberties advocates. In “Deblockracy Now?” Paul Heintz talks with officials in South Burlington who are experimenting with BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY to survey citizens about civic issues. Some advocates say it could one day even help people vote from their smartphones.

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Ken Picard surveys seven companies producing “TANGIBLE TECH” in Vermont. That includes everything from remote-controlled robotic tackle dummies to small satellite propulsion systems. And Margaret Grayson checks in on the GENERATOR, Burlington’s maker space. Five years after it was founded in the basement of Memorial Auditorium, the nonprofit has its own South End digs — home to entrepreneurs, artists and what’s billed as the country’s first permanent indoor drone racing track. This year’s Tech Issue also offers a new twist, suggested by the cover: Dan Bolles’ story about VERMONT’S ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TASK FORCE — “Signs of Intelligent Life” — concludes with a 450-word opinion piece composed by a computer. IBM’s Project Debater, an AI application, can synthesize information from thousands of sources to create arguments for or against any point in real time. In this case, Project


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Debater argues that social media does more harm than good. The words it strings together can be a little awkward and, frankly, a little creepy. One of its arguments against social media: It “creates the illusion that one’s opinion carries any weight in the world, thus swelling egos that are already too big.” Could the White House Twitter feed be one of its information streams? This issue coincides with the VERMONT TECH JAM, the annual free career and tech expo Seven Days produces. It’s an opportunity for Vermont’s tech businesses to recruit employees and for local colleges to explain how they’re preparing students for those jobs with academic degree and training programs. The event program is a pullout guide in the center of this issue. Stop by the Champlain Valley Exposition on Thursday, October 17, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to talk with the techies yourself. C AT HY RE S ME R SEVEN DAYS OCTOBER 16-23, 2019






Boo! Burlington School Kills Halloween Parade




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For many years, youngsters at Burlington’s Edmunds Elementary School paraded in costumes along Main Street or the field next to school to celebrate Halloween. Passing drivers often tooted their horns in appreciation, and parents and pedestrians clapped. The ritual won’t be happening this year. “We will no longer be having a Halloween Parade,” principal Shelley Mathias wrote in her weekly newsletter. “I know that this will be disappointing to some of our students, but there are enough students who are marginalized for any number of reasons that it isn’t appropriate to continue a tradition that has an effect of dividing students.” Some parents, such as Jennifer Moore, weren’t happy about it. “My fourth-grader came home in tears because her teacher said, ‘I have bad news for you. We are not going to be allowed to have a Halloween celebration,’” Moore told Seven Days last Thursday.

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rooke Dooley was fed up with the porch pirates. In only a few months last year, thieves had pilfered packages three times from the front step of her apartment in Burlington’s Old North End. When the culprits struck days before Christmas — making off with a box of gifts for her niece and nephew — Dooley bought a Blink XT, a motion-activated camera brand owned by Amazon. Then it happened again, right under the camera’s watching eye. Finally sick of their shit, Dooley decided to give it right back to them — litter-ally. Dooley wrapped up a few scoops of poo from her Siamese cat, Petunia K. Mittenscruff, and placed it on her porch. Within hours, Dooley’s camera caught an unknowing turd burglar in the act. She got an encore two days later, when a couple of crooks stole a litter-filled box in broad daylight. Dooley posted the footage on Facebook, mocking the “shitstealers” for their stupidity. She handed the footage over to police but never heard whether the criminals were caught. Either way, Dooley hasn’t had a package stolen since. While Operation Excrement was a good 14


laugh, Dooley recognizes there’s a serious side to this surveillance technology. The increasing popularity of inexpensive and unobtrusive cameras in residential areas means that taking your dog for a walk or simply knocking on the wrong door can put you on candid camera, without any control over what happens to the footage. “What need is there to subject ourselves, our neighbors and neighborhood, our visitors and guests to this intrusive surveillance?” asked Lia Ernst, a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont. “I would just ask people to consider very carefully whether it’s worth the cost.” One of the more popular surveillance system brands is Ring, a company best known for its video doorbells. Amazon purchased the firm in 2018 for $1 billion. Ringing a Ring doorbell sends a cellphone alert to the householder, who can click to see, hear and speak to the visitor in real time. Ring’s wide-angle

lens can also detect motion up to 30 feet away; in some cases, even passing cars can activate the camera, according to the company’s website. The base model costs just $100. For a $3 monthly fee, Ring subscribers can save videos to their accounts for 60 days or download clips to their computers. All users can post footage to the companion app, Neighbors, and label clips with tags such as “crime” or “suspicious.” Cellphone users can download the app and view the content, even if they don’t own a Ring product. Recent posts from the Burlington area document all sorts of activity: break-ins and bike thefts, purloined pot plants and a smattering of lost cats. Plenty of Vermonters own doorbell cams, but Ring positions itself as a crimefighting tool, not merely a security camera. The company has partnered with more than 400 law enforcement agencies across the country, including the Essex Police Department. The agency raffled off two PRIVATE EYE

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She emailed school officials, asking why the spooky ritual had to die. Superintendent Yaw Obeng responded that the administration is strongly discouraging Halloween events during the school day in all schools, not just Edmunds. It’s difficult to balance parental concerns about inappropriate costumes and children who can’t afford any costume at all with appreciation for the holiday, Obeng wrote in an email. “There are members of our community who celebrate Halloween as a religious holy day, members who feel the socioeconomic pressure of such a consumerized tradition, members who feel the food products marketed during [that] time go against their family’s dietary habits,” Obeng wrote. Others have had “first-hand traumatic experiences of violence that make talking about death, ghosts, etc. extremely alienating,” he added.  Contact:


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ermonters love their state but not their cellphone service. The hilly topography, low population density and demands that data-sucking smartphones put on wireless networks have led to slow connection speeds, spotty coverage and dead zones in rural Vermont. So it might come as a surprise that a growing number of residents are actively working to block better wireless technology. Concerned about possible health impacts of the next generation of cellular service, or 5G, wireless critics are hoping to thwart the expansion plans of powerful wireless carriers. At times, they’ve made dubious claims, blaming radio-wave radiation for everything from brain cancer to bee colony collapse. “We are not trying to scare people, but we are very concerned about some of the really severe health implications of some of these technologies,” said Derrik Jordan, a musician from Dummerston involved in a group called EMF Safety for Vermont. Fear of health impacts due to the

increasing use of electronic and wireless devices has persisted for decades, despite assurances from groups such as the World Health Organization that the concerns are unfounded. “To date, no adverse health effects have been established as being caused by mobile phone use,” the organization says. The rollout of fifth-generation technology is nevertheless stoking fears anew. 5G promises to dramatically increase wireless speeds compared to the current best technology, known as 4G. That would allow users to download movies in seconds and could help transform enterprises such as telemedicine, virtual reality and self-driving cars. To deliver those blazing speeds, however, carriers are tapping into higher frequencies in the radio-wave spectrum. The higher the frequencies, the faster the transfer of data. 5G would use what is known as the millimeter wave region of the electromagnetic spectrum, between 30 GHz to 90 GHz — a much higher frequency than cellphones and wireless routers use. Though capable of carrying enormous amounts of data, waves in this part of the spectrum don’t travel as far as lower frequency signals and can be more

easily blocked by things such as building walls and even wet leaves. So, 5G networks would require a larger number of small antennas closer to one another to be installed on street lights and telephone poles. That would be a sea change from relying on a few large antennas that cover wider areas from their perches atop mountains and church steeples. Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and some smaller providers have begun rolling out 5G in larger cities such as Los Angeles, Phoenix, Houston, New York and Boston. In Vermont, by contrast, only a limited number of antennas so far support even the slower 4G networks. Nevertheless, the prospect of a vast number of additional wireless antennas operating at higher frequencies worries a small number of environmental and health advocates. Annette Smith, an industrial wind power opponent and founder of Vermonters for a Clean Environment, said that while 5G may not be here yet, carriers are quietly building the infrastructure needed to make it a reality. “All the pieces of the puzzle are being put in place,” said Smith, who has joined those calling for a halt to 5G. CAN YOU HEAR THEM NOW?

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news Private Eye « P.14 of the devices earlier this summer. To enter, Essex residents had to download Neighbors and “like” the Essex PD on Facebook. “This is Neighborhood Watch 2.0!” the department proclaimed in a Facebook post announcing the contest. Police use the app to issue crime and safety alerts and can comment on users’ posts. They can also request video from subscribers by asking Ring to generate an email to certain users, urging them to share any relevant footage. “We can still go out and ask any citizen for videos or photos or anything they might have,” Essex Capt. Ron Hoague told the Essex Reporter in July. “All this does is change the ease of access.” Hoague did not respond to multiple interview requests from Seven Days. Ring’s website says the Neighbors app is designed with privacy in mind. Cops can’t tap into the cameras or see users’ real names or addresses. They can only see footage if a user elects to share it. Ring did not respond to specific emailed questions, instead sending a generic response about its product and privacy. “We believe that when communities work together, safer neighborhoods become a reality,” a company spokesperson wrote. “Ultimately Neighbors app users can choose how they want to interact with their community.” Sure, subscribers can ignore the asks, but “it can be very hard to say no” to police, Ernst said. In promoting Ring, cops act as a de facto Amazon sales force. If police really want neighborhood surveillance, they should propose it in a budget where it could be subject to public scrutiny, Ernst said. “Here, police are asking the public to basically self-surveil and bear the financial burden … for the benefit of law enforcement, without going through that community process,” she said. Randall Harp, a member of the Burlington Police Commission, agreed there’s cause for concern, particularly if facial recognition technology is integrated into these doorbell products. Last fall, Amazon applied for a patent to do just that. Harp broached the topic at last month’s police commission meeting and was pleased when Police Chief Brandon del Pozo said his department has no plans to partner with Ring and wouldn’t without commission oversight and guidance. Facial recognition technology is useful, del Pozo continued, but is unreliable in identifying people of color, who are already disproportionately targeted by law enforcement. Indeed, a 2018 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab study revealed that the software 16


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was near perfect in identifying white men but correctly recognized darker-skinned women only 65 percent of the time, the New York Times reported last year. Harp, who is black, worries about implicit bias when residents are encouraged to share footage of “people that don’t belong.” Last year, a Ring user uploaded a video showing a young black man ringing the doorbell at a home in Burlington’s New North End. The man explains that he and his friends are offering to perform “chores or work” around the neighborhood. The resident declines, and the man walks away. “Not sure if this is an issue,” the homeowner wrote on Neighbors. “Be wary.” The practice of stockpiling these clips — whether it’s done by Amazon or the police — is problematic, Harp said: “I think people haven’t thought as much about the implications of it.” Milton police Det. Nick Hendry, however, said asking residents for footage is similar to requesting it from a local business that was burglarized. Police could feasibly seek a subpoena if someone doesn’t turn over critical evidence, Hendry said, but most people are happy to comply. “What’s your reason for putting cameras on your house if you’re not going to use that footage to solve a crime?” he said. “To me, it goes hand in hand.” Earlier this summer, Milton police started the Community Camera Program, which asks residents to register their home security cameras with the department. Like Ring’s Neighbors, the program makes for more efficient detective work and builds community engagement, Hendry said. Even if people don’t register, the abundance of systems such as Ring is immensely helpful, Hendry said. Just a

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few weeks ago, someone provided Milton police with footage showing a suspect steal a Black Lives Matter flag from a neighbor’s home. The camera wasn’t on the registry and the culprit hasn’t yet been caught, but if criminals know neighbors are watching — and that cops are taking note of where cameras are placed — they might stay away.



“I only see good things coming from it and more crime being solved,” Hendry said. “I can’t see the negative [to our program].” Milton resident John FitzGerald registered both his Ring doorbell and Blink XT2 camera with local cops. While he recognizes the privacy concerns, he said, “the police department is using your security footage for the greater good. “It may not help you, but it may help a neighbor,” FitzGerald added. “That’s

how I look at it — the positives definitely outweigh the negatives.” There’s been strong pushback elsewhere. Just last week, 30 civil rights groups published an open letter calling on elected officials to end police partnerships with Ring over fears that the footage could be paired with Amazon’s fledgling facial recognition program and target people of color, among other concerns. “What is this private company that already knows so much about what we do and watch and buy … going to do with all this extra-sensitive data?” Ernst said. “How can we trust they won’t turn video footage over to police absent a warrant?” Crime victims who seek support through Burlington’s Parallel Justice program often request home cameras. The service, which helps victims even in cases when a crime has not been solved, or even reported to police, maintains a fund to reimburse victims for purchases they’ve made to feel safer at home, said Kim Jordan, a staffer there. Dooley, the kitty litter-using crime fighter, said she bought her camera with a Parallel Justice payment. As a woman who lives alone, she feels safer with it. She can be at work a mile away and click a button to see who’s at her door in real time. But Dooley also realizes that her comfort could come at a price if she shares the videos with the cops or uploads them to Amazon servers. “Are you catching a local thief but empowering a data thief?” Dooley asked. And are doorbell owners making their neighborhood safer, she continued, or just creating fear? “I don’t know,” Dooley admitted. “I don’t know where the line is.” m Contact:



Scott, Condos Break With Donovan Over Charging for Public Records BY PAUL H E I N TZ FILE: TAYLOR DOBBS

Vermont’s governor and secretary of state say they disagree with Attorney General T.J. Donovan’s recent decision to charge those who take photographs of public records while inspecting them. Donovan’s new policy came in response to the Vermont Supreme Court’s ruling last month that, while government agencies can charge members of the public for copies of records, they cannot charge for merely viewing the records. According to Donovan, those who use their own personal devices, such as a smartphone, T.J. Donovan to take photos of the records while reviewing them are essentially requesting copies. But Gov. Phil Scott and Secretary of State Jim Condos say they understand the Supreme Court’s decision quite differently. “I don’t think it’s right to charge a member of the public for taking a picture of a public record with their device,” said Condos, who, like Donovan, is a Democrat. According to Rebecca Kelley, a spokesperson for the Republican governor, Scott believes the Supreme Court’s ruling means “we cannot charge for inspections.” She added, “If copies are obtained during that inspection without the use of staff resources and no actual expenses are incurred, we would not charge in that scenario either.” Kelley said the governor would work with Secretary of Administration Susanne Young to make clear to state agencies and departments within the executive branch that they should follow Scott’s interpretation of the Supreme Court decision, not Donovan’s. The governor issued a verbal directive to that effect Tuesday morning during a meeting with his cabinet, according to Kelley. Vermont courts, meanwhile, will continue to abide by a June 2015 directive allowing members of the public to “photograph court documents using a telephone or other photographic device” without charge, according to state court administrator Patricia Gabel. The courts were unaffected by the recent ruling, Gabel said, because it applied only to executive branch policy, not the courts’ own rules. The debate over Donovan’s policy, which is likely to land in the legislature in January, has major implications for those who seek information about the government. While the state’s Public Records Act promises access to many official documents, state and local officials frequently charge hundreds — and sometimes thousands — of dollars for the time it takes government lawyers to redact sensitive information. Such expensive costs can prompt members of the public and the press to withdraw records requests — or opt against making them in the first place. In last month’s Supreme Court ruling, Chief Justice Paul Reiber argued that the legislature clearly distinguished between copying and inspecting documents when it wrote the Public Records Act. “By its plain language, this provision authorizes charges only for requests for copies of public records, not for requests for inspections,” he wrote in the 3-2 majority opinion. Donovan’s office responded to that decision with the new policy, which prohibits the use of personal devices to capture images of records while viewing them. “Any requester who elects to inspect public records shall not make electronic copies or photographs of the inspected records unless the requester is willing to pay applicable charges,” reads the policy, which was first reported on by In an interview Monday with Seven Days, Donovan argued that he has the authority to charge for a copy of a record — even if his office isn’t the one providing the copy. “If you want to inspect records, have at it,” he said. “But if you want to copy them, per the Supreme Court’s ruling, there will be a charge assessed based on the staff time and other type of resources expended to get those records ready for inspection.” Noting that the Supreme Court had ruled that government agencies could charge only for “requests for copies of public records,” Seven Days asked how taking a photo with a phone constituted making such a request. “I don’t think you have to expressly make a request to make a copy,” Donovan responded. “If you make a copy, then those reimbursable costs now can be applied.” He added, “If this fight is going to be over the word ‘request,’ then I guess we do need clarity from the legislature on this.” m Contact:


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hen South Burlington leaders recently began to consider building an indoor recreational center, they wanted to know what features residents most coveted. Turf? A movement studio? A maker space? Fortunately, there’s an app for that. Since June, the city has been partnering with Consensus, a Toronto-based tech firm, on a new smartphone application that allows South Burlington to poll its residents on public policy questions. So the city put the question to the app’s local users, and 563 of them responded. The winner? One hundred sixty-one said they hoped the rec center would include an indoor walking track. The app, also called Consensus, is part of a new wave of products that use secure blockchain technology to make democracy more accessible. Some tech evangelists hope such apps will eventually be used to conduct official elections in Vermont and throughout the United States. “We really ought to be voting on our smartphones,” said John Burton, chair of the Distributed Ledger Governance Association, a Burlington-based trade group that promotes the burgeoning blockchain industry. “The next generation is like, ‘This is crazy. Let’s get with it. Make [voting] more convenient.’” Blockchain, originally developed for the bitcoin cryptocurrency, is a recordkeeping technology that stores information on a distributed network, rather than on a single server controlled by a company or government. Proponents argue that it’s a secure and transparent tool to conduct business of virtually every type over the internet. Consensus uses blockchain technology to anonymously record, store and verify votes cast by the app’s users, according to chief strategy officer Dustin Plett. Though his company has no plans to corner the public elections market, he sees the app as an antidote to civic apathy and social media-fueled partisanship. “It can accelerate decision making and [help policy makers] better understand how citizens really feel,” Plett said. The company’s ongoing pilot program with South Burlington has allowed it to work out kinks in the app before making it available more broadly. One early problem it faced was figuring out a way to verify that users actually live in South Burlington. At first, they were required to 18




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scan photo identification showing a local The state has similarly sought to court the industry with a 2018 law allowing address, but some hesitated. Now the app uses smartphone corporate structures attractive to such geolocation to verify that users are within technology companies. South Burlington the city’s borders, though that doesn’t has also been working with another tech guarantee they’re actually firm, Silicon Valley-based residents. According to Propy, on a blockchain Plett, 1,056 people have system that helps record and manage real estate taken part in the polls, and 783 of them have been transactions. verified as using the app in So far, the city has put South Burlington. 21 questions to Consensus City manager Kevin users, who can elect to receive a push notification Dorn, who forged the partnership with every time one is asked and J O H N BUR TO N Consensus, believes it’s have two or three weeks to been successful. “It ’s answer it. At first, South another way to reach out to the public on Burlington focused on quality-of-life a real-time basis to ask their views on a issues, asking residents whether the city’s bike paths were well maintained particular issue,” he said. Dorn also has another motive: to (yes), whether the community could use demonstrate that South Burlington is another dog park (yes) and whether they welcoming to blockchain companies, were affected by noise from Burlington which he hopes will relocate to the city. International Airport (not at all).



But now, according to Coralee Holm, the city’s director of community engagement and innovations, “We’re testing the waters a little bit around what we ask.” The app is currently asking whether users “know someone who has been a victim of domestic violence” and, if so, “do you know that it was reported to the police?” City council chair Helen Riehle said she thinks Consensus has potential, but she’d like more of South Burlington’s 19,000 residents to use it — and more frequently. “I’m still confident that it will be a fantastic tool to gauge a little more in-depth thinking of the residents, but I don’t think we have evolved to it yet,” she said. “In some ways, they’re still working out the bugs.” Other Vermont municipalities have also been pondering the potential of blockchain technology for civic functions. Montpelier City Clerk John Odum thinks it could be used to store voter registration information so that it’s harder to hack. He said he’s been trying to find a way to deploy the technology in Vermont’s capital city. “I think it’s a potentially extraordinary tool not just for securing voter participation data but creating a powerful verification scheme that could alert me, as an election administrator, to any tampering,” he said. Odum is less enthusiastic about moving official elections to the smartphone — at least, for now. “Blockchain is such a new shiny thing that it can give people a false sense of security,” he said. “If you put your vote in the blockchain, that vote is, sure, going to be secure and verifiable … But with a mobile voting app, everybody’s smartphone or tablet becomes a voting machine, and those things are hackable.” Another challenge, according to Burton, is verifying a remote voter’s identity. In Estonia, a pioneer in electronic voting, every citizen has a state-issued digital ID card. It can be used as a travel document, an insurance card, and to


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After 12 years at Vermont Public Radio, producer and guest host Ric Cengeri was fired last Thursday, he told Seven Days. Cengeri was probably best known to public radio listeners as host of “VPR Café,” a weekly segment focused on food and agriculture that was axed in July. His primary job was producing the station’s daily public affairs program, “Vermont Edition”; he also occasionally guest-hosted it. According to Cengeri, VPR president and chief executive officer Scott Finn intercepted him in the station’s Colchester parking lot Thursday as Cengeri was returning from vacation. Finn led him into a conference room, terminated him and did not allow him to clean out his desk, Cengeri said. “It was a surprise. It was definitely a surprise,” he said. “There was no warning that there was anything amiss.” Cengeri declined to provide the explanation Finn gave him, saying, “I’ll let them explain.” Reached last Friday, Finn said, “We respect our employees’ privacy, so we don’t talk about personnel matters in the media.” Former “Vermont Edition” managing producer Sam Gale Rosen recently left the program for another position at VPR, which means that two of three producer positions are now vacant. But according to Finn, the station remains committed to the show, calling it “an extremely key part of VPR and its service to the community.” Cengeri, who previously worked in public relations, marketing and as a morning host at the Point FM, said he doesn’t know what’s next for him. “I’m almost 60 years old, so at this point, it’s hard to figure out what you do with your life,” he said. One thing that won’t change for Cengeri is his role as the namesake of and mascot for Citizen Cider’s popular ginger-infused beverage, the Dirty Mayor. “I’m still the mayor,” Cengeri said. “I’m still the Dirty Mayor.” m

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digitally sign documents and vote. Burton’s blockchain trade group, he said, has been asking the question, “How can we create a digital ID?” Voatz, a Boston-based tech company, has tried to tackle that problem by matching government-issued IDs with “video selfies” a user takes, according to founder and CEO Nimit Sawhney. Once it verifies a voter’s identity, Voatz uses smartphones’ biometric features, such as thumbprints and facial recognition, to retain security within the app. “So there are several checks here to make sure that it’s you and that you are an authorized voter before you get access to the ballot,” Sawhney said. Last November, West Virginia used Voatz’s app to make it easier for overseas voters and deployed members of the military to cast ballots in state and federal elections. This year, jurisdictions in Colorado, Utah, Oregon and Washington are following suit. Sawhney hopes to continue rolling out Voatz to other regions of the country — he has unsuccessfully courted the City of Burlington and the State of Vermont — and eventually move beyond absentee voters. “But it will be done in a slow, step-by-step way because we want to make sure that the security improves and people learn,” he said. Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos says that while he’s “not a Luddite, in terms of using technology,” he’s cool to the prospect of remote voting. “The issue is the security of it,” he said. “Many folks out in the field do not believe that blockchain or electronic voting is ready for prime time.” Given Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 election and hack state voting systems, Condos thinks it’s worth keeping elections old-school for now. “I consider a voter-marked paper ballot to be the gold standard,” he said. m

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Officials say the notion that 5G is going to take Vermont by storm fails to take into account that the state is a backwater in the eyes of major carriers and unlikely to soon attract the kind of infrastructure investment needed to make the next gen a reality. “I don’t believe that 5G is coming to Vermont in any meaningful way in the near term or even the long term,” said Clay Purvis, director of telecommunications and connectivity for Vermont ’s Department of Public Service. The state’s cell network has such a long way to go to catch up to basic service levels that worrying about the arrival of 5G seems premature, he said. “We have large swaths of the state that have no coverage whatsoever,” Purvis noted. So why, then, are people so worried about a technology that’s not arriving anytime soon? Partly because cell carriers and device manufacturers are using the term 5G in advertising whether it applies to their service yet or not, raising people’s expectation about upgrades that may be far off, according to Purvis. “There’s this thing swirling around called 5G, and nobody knows what it is, what it does or why we want it,” he said. “For consumers, I think, it’s very confusing.” Carriers are clearly sending mixed messages. As the Senate Finance Committee considered a bill in April that would make it easier to roll out and fund broadband services in the state, AT&T’s lobbyist in Montpelier, Charles Storrow, told the panel that 5G was “not going to happen anytime soon.” AT&T spokesperson Karen Twomey wrote in an email that the company was “laying the groundwork all across the country for our next generation network” but has “not made any public announcements on our 5G plans in Vermont yet.” When applying for permits for new cell towers, however, the company regularly cites the role the antennas will play in a 5G future. In at least a dozen applications before the Public Utility Commission, AT&T Mobility said the new equipment would “densify” its network and “allows AT&T to prepare for implementation of newer technologies — including 5G capabilities.” The projects include proposed new antennas in Burlington, South Burlington, Williston, Winooski, Essex and Shelburne. The uncertainty about 5G is proving confusing for residents of Fairfax. The Franklin County burg of 4,700 people is considering leasing a 56-acre chunk 20


of town forest to Verizon for a 130-foot cellular communications tower. The structure is needed to help the company keep up with network demand, town manager Brad Docheff said. Cell service downtown is good but with so many people using their phones, Verizon says it needs more bandwidth. “The purpose of the tower will not be to bring 5G to rural northwest Vermont,” Docheff said. “The way I think of it is, there will be another lane on the highway, so when traffic gets busy, there’s more space for everyone to operate.” Even though there are no plans to roll out the new technology “anytime in the near future,” the tower would be built in a way that is “5G compatible,” Docheff said. That troubles residents such as Jill Decker, who has lived on Fletcher Road beside the town forest for 19 years. The 67-year-old retired federal worker is a Verizon customer, but her current wireless phone and internet service relies on a tower four miles to the west, atop Georgia Mountain. The new antenna



would be a four-minute walk through the woods behind her home. “It’s constantly going through your home and through you,” Decker said of the radio waves. She’s heard people in public meetings say the project won’t be 5G right away, but that gives her little comfort. She reads stories, mostly on her computer connected to the internet through a Wi-Fi router in her bedroom, about communities pushing back against 5G, and she figures they’re probably on to something. “If people are in an uproar, normal regular people, and want it down, there’s got to be a good reason,” Decker said. She acknowledged, however, that she sometimes is influenced by online videos of unknown provenance or scientific validity. One she found particularly compelling was a video on YouTube of a plant

covered in aphids purported to be near an airport radar tower. “Every time that tower sent off a wave, all those little bugs in unison would jump up in the air, you know?” Decker said. That video, however, appears to have been produced in the 1970s by John Ott, a retired banker whose pseudoscientific inquiries focused on the effects of light on plants. While she can’t vouch for the scientific validity of such online info, Decker doesn’t think she should have to. The town should err on the side of safety of residents over money from a huge corporation, but the issue is divisive, she said. “People don’t know if it’s bad or good or what, and now everyone’s taking sides and getting angry,” Decker said. The town and Verizon haven’t settled on a price for the lease, but preliminary figures are “substantial enough” that it merits selectboard consideration, Docheff said. The proposed term is 25 years, renewable every five years. The town would not decide whether any tower could be built on the property. It would just decide whether to lease the land, and Verizon would be responsible for navigating the permitting process required by the Public Utility Commission. Still, residents’ concerns make the board’s decision more difficult, Docheff said. “In small-town Vermont, the rumor mill goes pretty wild, and it certainly adds complications to the job of getting information out there,” he said. People affiliated with EMF Safety for Vermont have played a role in disseminating theories of questionable authority. One member of the group, Beverly Stone, a Brattleboro resident who ran unsuccessfully for state Senate as an independent in 2018, gave a presentation in April to about three dozen people in Montpelier, suggesting wireless was responsible for the collapse of honeybee colonies because it interferes with their ability to navigate. She cited no specific studies. Experts say pesticide use is the most likely culprit of honeybee decimation. Another m e m b e r, Brattleboro resident Iishana Artra, described herself at the same meeting as an “EMF testing professional.” She said

she has a doctoral degree in psychology and claimed studies link wireless radiation to cancer, diabetes, depression, anxiety, resistance to antibiotics, disorientation, tinnitus and other forms of “neuropsychiatric suffering.” In an email, she deferred questions about science to Jordan. The all-volunteer group is not the first to be concerned about 5G. Emily Peyton, a perennial gubernatorial candidate who ran on the Liberty Union Party line in 2018, raised similar questions — albeit in a more alarmist fashion — in 2017, running newspaper ads that read, “5G: Deadly for Vermonters.” Jordan said the EMF Safety for Vermont group, which claims about 180 members, came together in January hoping to prevent the broadband bill from being a “Trojan horse” for the telecom industry’s 5G rollout, which relies on widespread deployment of fiber-optic cable. In addition to the public event at the Statehouse in the spring, members of the group testified before multiple committees considering the broadband bill. One woman, Deb Chandler, held a sign that read “Don’t Toast to 5G. We Are Toast With 5G” while she protested in the Statehouse cafeteria. They didn’t block portions of the bill that concerned them, including streamlining rules for placing new broadband gear on poles. They were, however, able to convince the Senate Finance Committee to add a requirement that the Vermont Department of Health study the health impacts of wireless radiation. That study is due in January. Dr. William Irwin, director of the Vermont’s Radiological Health Program, said he plans to base his report on a review of publications “of the highest scientific integrity and authority.” There is a “clear body of evidence” that the higher frequencies at which 5G operates, unlike lower frequencies, do not penetrate human skin in normal use. But determining whether the technology is safe involves issues of power and distance from antennas that deserve more study. Irwin thinks regular folks are right to ask questions, but he hopes they turn to solid science to inform themselves. “I think it’s very important for all of us to have a questioning attitude about whatever we are exposed to, whether it’s electromagnetic phenomenon or the food we eat,” he said. Jordan, for his part, has already made up his mind. “We’re trying to say that 3G and 4G are bad enough,” he said. “Let’s not make it worse.”  Contact:





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1964-2019 SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT. Larry R. Michaels died on October 4, 2019, at his home at the age of 55 from a gastrinoma (neuroendocrine tumor, or NET). He was born on March 3, 1964, in East Chicago, Ind. He grew up in Tinley Park, a suburb of Chicago. His early years included spending time with his cousins in Chicago and Indiana. He graduated from Providence High School, after which he enlisted in the U.S. Army. His service took him to Germany, then to Site R in Fort Ritchie, Md., and finally Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, Alaska, where he served in the Signal Corps with top-secret security clearance during the Gulf War. After an honorable discharge, he attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He graduated from Illinois State University with a bachelor in science and, later, from Aurora University with a master’s in recreation administration. He returned to Alaska, where he worked in outdoor education for many years. He spent much of his time climbing and camping in the great outdoors of Alaska with now lifelong friends. After the darkness of Alaska became too much, he took a cross-country trip in the lower 48 states. Fate found Larry in Vermont, where he made his home and found his chosen family in Cabot. During this time, he

spearheaded the creation of the Hardwick Trails, a multiuse system of hiking, biking and cross-country trails. He moved to Boston to work for Outward Bound in Boston Harbor and, later, for the Carroll School. Larry met Gretchen Gaida Michaels in Massachusetts, and they wed in 2007 in Vermont with Camel’s Hump as the backdrop. They made their home in Concord, Mass., for several years, enjoying the history and beauty of this area. During this time, Larry worked in real estate management in the Boston area. Larry and Gretchen moved to Vermont, where they lived first in Lincoln and then in South Burlington. Larry worked in real estate development at O’Brien Brothers Agency and then as a Realtor at Hickok and Boardman Realty. Larry became very engaged in community and civic life, helping manage the dump and Burnham Hall in Lincoln before helping to establish the South Burlington Business Association and serving on the South Burlington Affordable Housing Committee. He was involved with the South Burlington Rotary and served on the Queen City Park Audit Committee. He was committed to Mercy Connections, where he was a board member and chair of the finance committee. All of these words do not capture Larry’s zest for life and eagerness for adventure and trying new things. He had a skill for forming relationships and connecting people, even up until his final days. His figure could be imposing, but he could also be sensitive when interacting with his family and friends. Per Larry’s request, there will be no services. We will celebrate his life on Saturday, October 26, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Hotel Vermont in Burlington. Donations in his honor may be made to Hardwick Trails and Mercy Connections.

Todd A. Ploof 1966-2019 BARRE, VT.

Todd A. Ploof passed away in Burlington, Vt., on October 2, 2019, at the University of Vermont Medical Center. He was cared for patiently and lovingly by his partner, Nikki Bove; his family; and the staff at UVM. He was born in Winooski in 1966 at DeGoesbriand Hospital and lived a tumultuous life of health struggles, treatment and homelessness. His childhood was shaped by horrible experiences at the St. Joseph’s & Don Bosco Orphanage in Burlington, where he lived from age 5 to age 10. He was dropped off at the orphanage by a family member who trusted the orphanage to take good care of him. They did not. The abuse he was subjected to deformed his life. It did not kill his spirit, however, which remained undiminished by these difficulties. He was a very funny guy — well skilled at charming authority figures. He was probably best known for his signature look of wearing three pairs of dollarstore reading glasses at the same time — in lieu of prescription lenses. Being friends with Todd was a wild and largely joyous ride. There were so many people who cared for Todd and supported his growth and life, from the staff at Pathways to the staff at the Washington County Diversion Program and so many, many more. He often expressed his gratitude for those who helped him along. These social services are part of his story, too, and they supported his work of overcoming and of living his own life with its own happiness in his own way. After Todd died, a friend texted, “I hope that he has finally found peace.” And she meant what she wrote: It wasn’t just an obituarism. She truly hoped that he has finally found genuine peace. All of us who knew and loved him feel the same. RIP, Todd.

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o learn character design from Jax Jocson, apparently, you have to get out your crayons. The Californiabased concept artist sat at a table in the dining hall at the Camp Abnaki grounds in North Hero last weekend, surrounded by Crayola boxes and plastic bags full of dissected paper Pokémon figures. Jocson and her adult pupils mixed and matched the heads, limbs and torsos into new Pokémon characters. As she outlined one of them in crayon, Jocson doled out advice about building an animated character’s persona, accepting criticism and finding good instruction in her field. On the first weekend in October, Jocson — who designs characters and environments for video games and teaches at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco — was one of the instructors at Camp Mograph. Essex Junction-based MARK CERNOSIA conceived the new conference/sleepaway camp for professional motion designers and animators as an alternative to conferences more typical in the field. More than 70 attendees from around the 24


U.S. and beyond were instructed to step away from the screens where most of their work is made. Instead, they spent the weekend sculpting, making flipbooks and attending fireside chats with industry professionals

and graphic design, often incorporating text and communicating information, for anything from a product to a movie to a lyric video. Think of the animated Marvel logo that appears at the beginning of the



that literally took place around a fire. And, yes, campers slept in bunk beds in cabins and ate meals in a dining hall. “We’re in front of the computer, in front of screens, so much. Even when we’re quoteunquote ‘relaxing,’ we’re watching Netflix on the TV or playing games on our phones,” Jocson said. “[This] gets us back to touching things, back to the joy of tangible art. So much of what we are making in school, while we’re learning to be craftspeople, and so much of what we’re making … in the production pipeline, we won’t be able to touch.” Motion graphics combines animation

studio’s superhero movies, in which flipping comic-book pages form the words; or the title sequence of the television show “True Detective”; or a Nike commercial with a disembodied tennis shoe running, stretching, dancing and generally looking lightning-fast and cool. This field has become highly digitized in recent decades, as have many career paths. A study released in 2017 by the Brookings Institute, a public policy nonprofit, found that the U.S. workforce “is digitizing at an extremely rapid pace.” Between 2002 and 2016, the share of jobs requiring at least

“medium” digital skills jumped from 44 percent to 70 percent. The evidence can be found in just about any coffee shop — while working on this story at one of them, this reporter counted 23 other laptops. The Camp Mograph scene was just the opposite. Cernosia has been a motion designer for a decade and a full-time freelancer for more than a year. His recent creations include product videos for Darn Tough and Smith Optics, but designing is only half the hustle of freelance life; there’s also doing taxes, creating invoices and the sometimesdreaded networking. “I look at myself as a small business,” Cernosia said. “It’s a lot harder than I thought, but it’s a lot more interesting than I thought.” He found it remarkably easy to drop a few thousand dollars on a motion-graphics conference in New York City or Las Vegas but difficult to really connect with others in the industry once he was there. ANIMATORS CAMP OUT

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kicks off on October 16, to bring an exciting slice of international cinema to Burlington. But Chittenden County isn’t the only place to catch cool screenings this month, thanks to the ongoing programming of the MIDDLEBURY NEW FILMMAKERS FESTIVAL on the one hand, and a new partnership between VTIFF, VERMONT PBS and WHITE RIVER INDIE FILMS on the other. We’ve picked out five films not to miss; for many more options, check out the fest and series programs.

documentary portrait of the jazz icon. In Variety, Owen Gleiberman calls The Birth of the Cool “a tantalizing portrait: rich, probing, mournful, romantic, triumphant, tragic, exhilarating, and blisteringly honest.” MNFF Selects will continue through May 2020 and include both docs and narratives, such as the highly anticipated Kasi Lemmons Harriet Tubman biopic, Harriet. The “fascinating people” under the microscope range from David Crosby to Aretha Franklin to the late muckraking journalist Molly Ivins.

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Parasite If you ate up Snowpiercer on Netflix, you’ll want to catch the latest from South Korean director Bong Joon-ho, screening on October 19 at VTIFF. This time the director’s setting isn’t futuristic, but his class-conscious satire is even more wicked, according to advance reviews of this winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. The plot concerns a family of down-on-their-luck con artists who attach themselves to a wealthy household and proceed to squeeze the 1 percent for all it’s worth. The A.V. Club called the result a “genrebending gut-punch.” And VTIFF has plenty more narrative films that grapple with meaty subjects, such as Clemency, in which Alfre Woodard gives an acclaimed performance as a prison warden tasked with carrying out the death penalty.

Miles Davis: The Birth of the Cool The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival proper takes place in August, but programming continues year-round with a monthly screening series now called MNFF SELECTS. This year’s focus is biography, or “Fabulous Films About Fascinating People,” starting on October 17 with Stanley Nelson’s

Mr. Toilet: The World’s #2 Man Sure, you’re giggling. But the lack of sanitation facilities is a very real global problem, and Jack Sim, Singapore-born founder of the World Toilet Association, is out to solve it. Lily Zepeda’s documentary, screening October 22 and 24 at VTIFF, explores what happens when the passionate poop-disposal advocate takes on the challenge of bringing six million new toilets to India. Not all the docs at VTIFF are as, um, crap-focused, but several broach uncomfortable subjects. When Lambs Become Lions, for instance, examines the conflict between conservationists and poor Kenyans fighting to maintain their livelihood — the ivory trade. In the doc/fiction hybrid The Infiltrators, two undocumented immigrants expose the inner workings of a detention center.

Noyana: Singing at the End of Life Champlain College prof KEITH OPPENHEIM made this 28-minute doc about the NOYANA SINGERS, a Burlington chorus that sings to patients in hospice care. According to one interviewee, noyana is a FILM HOPPING

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he was warned. “Stay on the trail,” said the man carrying a shovel and passing her on the path. “Stay on the trail, you’ll be fine.” A sign along the way reminded her. The whispers of the forest cautioned her. But she didn’t listen, and the ground swallowed her. “Listen,” by BRENT CAMPBELL and E3 Productions, won best picture at the NORTHWEST NIGHTMARES FILM FESTIVAL in St. Albans in 2018. Now in its seventh year, the horror film fest invites amateur and experienced filmmakers to “compete for gory glory.” This year’s first screening and awards night is Monday, October 28, at the WELDEN THEATRE. A second screening is Tuesday, October 29. KRIS ZACH SCHEFFLER is in his second year of organizing the festival for Franklin County’s NORTHWEST ACCESS TV. It began in 2013, when executive director ELIZABETH MALONE asked staff for ideas to get more people interested in using the equipment and engaging with the station. KRIS HOYT, program director at the time, had always loved scary movies. “On top of the work he was doing for NWATV, Kris advocated for this horror film festival that also had an education component to it,” said Scheffler. The station provided use of its filmmaking and editing equipment, as well as classes on using the equipment, script writing, directing, special effects and all that goes into making a film.

“Elizabeth gave us the freedom to really go after it,” Hoyt said. That first year, they expected four or five entries and were surprised to have 13 films. “It’s a very human thing to be scared,” Hoyt said. “When I was about 13, my parents told me I was too old for trick-ortreating. So, instead, I invited my friends over and rented a bunch of scary movies. That feeling of excitement and fear, and the camaraderie of everyone freaking out at the same time, is a cool dynamic.” That dynamic will be in play when festival entries are projected at cinema scale on the Welden’s largest screen. Filmgoers are encouraged to dress in spooky costumes and bring appropriate props. To be entered in the HOYT competition, films must be original, horrorthemed or a horror subgenre, rated PG-13, and less than 10 minutes long. The online submission portal closes at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, October 21. A panel of judges makes its selections before opening night and then will present Oscar-like trophies for best picture, horror, acting, cinematography, costume design, film editing, production design, screenplay, sound design and special effects at the awards party following the premiere. The bestpicture winner will also receive a cash prize. Audience members will vote for their favorite on opening night. RENÉE LAROCHE-RHEAUME and her husband, DAVE RHEAUME, entered the festival its first



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year, winning best picture for “Come With Me,” a film about a haunting involving a fictional 1920s train wreck in St. Albans and the star-crossed lovers just dying for someone to figure out what happened to them. “Two years after our win, Elizabeth asked if I would like to coordinate the festival, as Kris Hoyt was moving on to other endeavors,” said Laroche-Rheaume, who owns Spotlight Vintage, an apparel, costume and accessory boutique in St. Albans. “Each year the film fest has grown in popularity, and it has become a staple event in Franklin County.” She and Rheaume, who heads marketing and design for 14th Star Brewing, now serve as judges. “When it comes to making a film, great character development and a solid story can easily outweigh big-budget special effects,” Laroche-Rheaume continued. “Use what is available to you and have fun.” St. Albans-based filmmaker Campbell

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cash awards in various categories on October 18. The selection is as varied as the region, with narratives such as internationally award-winning Major

Arcana and the deliciously eccentric “Little Beery’s March” mixing with documentaries on subjects such as the opioid epidemic, a Buddhist master and the phenomenon of Canadian

said there were two catalysts for his awardwinning film “Listen.” “We’d seen this really cool effect of somebody getting pulled into the ground, and we developed a story around what would put someone into that situation,” he said. Second, his crew wanted to use the monument-shot technique. “In The Shining [1980], for example, it’s the two little girls standing in front of the elevator,” Campbell noted. The monument shot becomes a moment in the film when the visual itself becomes iconic. “It worked out for us as the last shot of our film.” Campbell, too, is a lifelong horror film enthusiast. “I’ve had a love of horror film ever since I was a kid and my dad took me to see my first one, The House That Dripped Blood [1971],” he said. Campbell first entered Northwest Nightmares in 2017 with his film “Legend of the Hanging Tree,” which also won best picture. He dedicated it to his dad, who died in 2013. The festival organizers never imagined

“snowbirds.” Made Here will screen at VTIFF over three days, October 16 to 18, then travel to the Upper Valley for November 1 to 3 screenings in White River Junction, courtesy of WRIF.

Diamantino “An inspired blast of lunacy, with giant puppies.” That’s the headline the Los Angeles Times gave to its review of this unclassifiable film from Portugal, screening October 21 and 23 at VTIFF. Diamantino (Carloto Cotta) is a nonetoo-bright beefcake soccer star with a good heart. After his compassion for

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how much their event would evolve. “It’s an amazing way to be part of the community and see how much creativity we have in this area,” said Hoyt, who teaches creative technology and civics at Richford Junior Senior High School. “It’s grown from a St. Albans event to a northern Vermont event.” A second screening night was added because the first kept selling out. “The folks who are working on the festival treat every film as a jewel and have great respect for all the filmmakers and content creators,” said Campbell, who with his E3 team is putting the finishing touches on this year’s yet-to-be-named entry. “They put everybody’s work in the best light possible. It’s fun for everyone.” Organizers use the week between the close of submissions and the screenings to produce movie posters for each film, which are displayed in the theater. “It makes it look like a legit Hollywood film festival,” Scheffler said. He praised Welden’s manager and projectionist ROB BLISS for his enthusiastic support: “He loves this thing.” “This festival gives people of all ages a chance to flex their creative muscles and try something new,” LarocheRheaume said. “In an age where we are all consumed by our technology, it’s important to keep the arts alive. “We’ve had previous contestants go on to star in large theater productions, and others go on to pursue audiovisual courses in college, after discovering their love for filmmaking during Northwest Nightmares,” she said. “It’s really inspiring to see what people dream up as a result of this event.” m

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— the underlying bass line in Baroque music. They are among 25 notable musicians on the program, including violinist Laurie Smukler, a faculty member at the Juilliard School who will solo on the concerto. RICHARD RILEY will conduct the musicians, a 22-member chorus and the three soloists. The BURLINGTON CHORAL SOCIETY music director points out that the melody in the chorale appears in three of the seven movements, tying the piece together. “You would think, How boring to work with the same melody,” Riley says. “But that’s the genius of Bach. Sometimes [the melody] is straightforward, other times incredibly intricate.” As for the German, Riley engaged a chorus member who happens to be a native speaker to coach the singers on pronunciation. (Taubl jokes that only the singers know how to pronounce the cantata’s name; the musicians refer to it as “Walk It Off.”) Bach’s text interweaves the hymn, centered on the parable of the 10 virgins called to bring lighted lamps to a wedding, with intimate verses about the betrothed couple. “The text is more or less out of a sacred text,” Riley says, “but it ends up being presented as something that’s very personal: My friend is mine, and I am yours. Love will never part us. It’s so human.” Taubl also describes Wachet auf as “very human.” “It has a healing quality to it,” she adds. “It’s not grandiose in the same way as the Magnificat. There’s a sense of peace and bringing together of humanity.” For a couple of hours, at least. m

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hen CAPITAL CITY CONCERTS offered one of Johann Sebastian Bach’s cantatas — the Magnificat — last fall to soothe the politics-weary, audiences packed both St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Montpelier and Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Burlington for the performances. And their attention never flagged. “No one even moved between movements, people were so engaged,” recalls cellist EMILY TAUBL. The response led CCC founder and artistic director KAREN KEVRA to program another Bach cantata this year: Wachet auf, rust uns die Stimme known in English as Sleepers Awake. The concerts will take place in both venues again, thanks to a two-year grant from the Vermont Community Foundation’s concert-artists fund. The all-Bach program also includes solo arias for soprano, tenor and baritone and the Violin Concerto in A minor. “I’m a sucker for Bach,” Kevra says, explaining that the composer’s works are her go-to escape from political news. “Who’d have thought that the political climate could be darker and more insane this year than it was last year?” she adds. “But it is.” Bach composed more than 200 cantatas, but Wachet auf, first performed in 1731, is one that audiences are likely to recognize. Set to a German hymn written in 1599, the work has seven movements. The fourth, “Zion hört die Wächter singen” (“Zion hears the watchmen singing”), includes an unforgettably lyrical melody in the strings accompanied by an understated tenor line. Taubl, a University of Vermont affiliate artist who just became principal cellist of the Springfield Symphony in

Animators Camp Out « P.24 “In a city, you might all come together for a class or a presentation, and then everyone disperses and you don’t see them,” he explained. “Here [at Camp Mograph], we’re all contained and sharing ideas and just talking and really having more, like, heavy conversations, instead of the technical. Instead of ‘How do you do this?’ it’s more like ‘Why do you do this?’” On a leaf-peeping drive through rural Vermont last fall, Cernosia had an idea: What if he invited several people he knew 28




Massachusetts, has played the fourth movement often at weddings and other events. “You can’t help but feel this sense of calm when you hear it,” she says. “It transcends language, it’s so beautiful. It works for any occasion — somber or joyful. It speaks to everyone’s emotions somehow.”

For those unfamiliar with the movement, Kevra says, “I don’t think you have to know it to love it. I think you’ll go home loving it.” Taubl and LOU KOSMA, a double bass player who is music director of the VERMONT PHILHARMONIC, will play the continuo part


who worked in the field to hole up in an Airbnb in Vermont, unplug, appreciate the foliage and talk craft for a weekend? The idea quickly ballooned as his colleagues and acquaintances across the country responded. In the end, “an Airbnb” turned into a rented YMCA camp in the woods, and “several friends” turned into 75 people who bought $425 to $525 tickets for the weekend event. They included motion designers, animators, illustrators and even sound designers. Cernosia — the only one based in Vermont — and friends Liam Clisham, Matt Milstead and Dave Koss all served as camp directors.

“I feel so restored, and it’s been, like, one day,” said Camp Mograph instructor Caitlin Cadieux of Troy, N.Y., over a lunch of pulled-pork sandwiches on Friday. “It’s so gorgeous here.” Camp attendees at her table agreed that Camp Mograph was different from many of the conferences they attend, and they enjoyed the opportunity to unplug. “I’m pretty sure it’s unhealthy how much time we spend on the computer,” said Israel-based motion designer Kenji Ito. Cernosia, who floated in and out of classes, noted that while the invited

instructors had come with rough syllabi, the lessons were quickly taking on a life of their own as students asked questions and steered discussions. He hopes to make Camp Mograph an annual event. “It’s back to your roots, in a way, when we’re in such a fast-paced environment in our industry,” Cernosia said. “Sometimes you don’t have the time to just sit down and draw.” m

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ne of my taxi’s satellite radio channels is MSNBC, which broadcasts, in real time, an audio-only version of the TV channel. It was 9 p.m., and I was listening to “The Rachel Maddow Show” en route to a pickup. I love Rachel Maddow. No, I mean it — if she’d have me, I would marry Rachel Maddow. Rachel, you see, is single-handedly getting me through the Trump presidency. Knowing she will be there every evening to review and make sense of the daily chaos and mayhem gives me the fortitude to get out of bed in the morning and face the day. That being said, I never mix politics and business. If I’m listening to MSNBC when a customer enters the cab, I switch to a music station. As much as is feasible, I strive to cultivate an oasis of tranquility within the four-wheeled submarine that is my mobile office. Filling the space with political talk is antithetical to an atmosphere that calls for less Rachel and more Enya. That being said, the evening when I picked up Ross Evans came at the end of a particularly brutal day of presidential shenanigans, and I really needed my daily hit of Rachel to reorient my frazzled brain. So, as Ross climbed in, I asked (against my better judgment), “Do you mind political radio? I’m listening to Rachel Maddow.” “Sure, no problem,” Ross replied as he settled into the seat beside me. I was driving him, a middle-aged guy with graying hair, from downtown Burlington to Colchester Village. “She’s on MSNBC, right?”

“Yup, she has a nightly show.” “Oh, yeah,” he said. “I’ve listened to her. That entire station is a big mouthpiece for the deep state. What’s your view about that?” Oh, crap! I thought. This is exactly what I deserve for contravening my own policy. Bye-bye, oasis.

“All right,” he said. “I’m with ya. And it just so happens that I have a pretty cool story. In the mid-’80s, when I was about 25, I inherited an apartment house on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. It was six stories and had 20 units. So, I moved into the building and that became my life. I was the building manager,


I’d heard of the “deep state.” Along with the “fake news,” it’s one of the core conspiratorial tropes favored by our president and echoed by his true believers. “I’m interested in actual journalism done by people who have studied and practice the profession,” I replied. “You know, dedication to uncovering the facts and the truth.” “Sure, but that’s the rub. How do you know what the truth is? Everybody’s biased.” Rabbit holes are for rabbits, I thought, coming to my senses. Perhaps a better person than I might possess the capacity to productively and respectfully engage with this man on these matters. But I knew myself, and I was about to get real negative real fast. Best for all concerned to nip it in the bud. Changing the radio to a light-jazzy channel called Watercolors, I said, “You know what, man? Let’s not do this. I’d much rather hear your story. Like, are you a local or didja migrate up here?”

superintendent, maintenance man — I did it all.” “That must have been an amazing time to live in that neighborhood. That was the Rent era, right? All the artists and squatters — the whole scene.” “It sure was, and I loved it. I’d go to CBGB’s all the time and saw some awesome bands. But, anyway, by the late ’90s, I felt it was the right time to sell the place as condominiums, and I put a ton of cash into fixing it up. The existing tenants had the right to buy their units at one-third the market value, but even so, I netted a shitload of money. Unfortunately, I was financially reckless, and I got into day trading. Then, when the crash of 2008 hit, I essentially lost everything.” “Oh, man — what a blow,” I commiserated. “Yeah, that it was. So, I pulled up stakes and relocated to Nova Scotia. I had every intention of settling there but soon realized I am, like, an American and

headed back. I drove the long way, which took me through Stowe. I stayed in a small hotel on the Mountain Road and found that I really took to the community. So I never left.” “Ross, that is a cool story. But what are you doing for income up there?” “That’s the best part. I picked up a lot of skills when I managed the property I owned in the city, so I reinvented myself as an all-purpose handyman. I get all kinds of work from the wealthy property owners in Stowe. I really do it all for them. I’ve never advertised, and I’ve never lacked for work.” “That’s so great,” I said. “The old cliché really worked for you: Life threw you lemons, and you made lemonade. I bet you’re leading a better life now than if you’d stuck it out in the Big Apple.” “You’re right about that, man,” Ross agreed. “I think about it a lot.” I’m so glad I switched channels, I thought after dropping Ross off at his friend’s house in Colchester. Sometimes I need to view life in all its stark relief courtesy of my girl Rachel, but other times call for the anodyne comfort of Watercolors. m All these stories are true, though names and locations may be altered to protect privacy.

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Williston; number of employees: 65

In 1987, Steve Arms founded the company known today as LORD Sensing MicroStrain Systems. The tiny sensors he developed began in orthopedic biomechanics, measuring the strain of human movements on knee ligaments damaged in sports and workplace injuries. Three decades later, many of the microsensors that LORD Sensing makes still help laborers stand, balance and move around on the job — but, increasingly, those workers are robots. “A lot of these systems that have historically relied on human labor are more and more transitioning to automated systems labor,” said Gregg Carpenter, senior field applications engineer at LORD Sensing. “Inertial sensing systems are vital 32


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to allowing those [automated] systems to operate.” Inertial sensors act as a robot’s “inner ear,” Carpenter explained, enabling it to balance and adjust its position and velocity as it moves. Simple inertial sensors in smartphones track the user’s location and adjust the view screen based on the phone’s orientation. Carpenter, who’s been with the company since before LORD purchased MicroStrain in 2012, noted that the explosion of cellphone technology drove down the cost of inertial sensors. This price drop enabled LORD Sensing to find even more applications for its own, more advanced technology. Its inertial sensors are now finding applications in construction, agriculture and mining. LORD Sensing’s products are also found in the antenna-pointing systems used on commercial aircraft to connect to ground-based internet services. So, the next time you check your email mid-flight, there’s a good chance this Vermont company helped deliver it to your inbox.



ermont has long been a hotbed of entrepreneurs who influenced their industries — from Ben & Jerry’s founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield to Burton Snowboards’ Jake Burton Carpenter. The state’s technology sector is having an equally outsize impact in fields such as robotics, aviation and sports, attracting national and even global attention. While many tech companies in the Green Mountain State produce software and other digital solutions, the seven profiled below create physical products. They manufacture things that users can use or wear or step into, such as Revision’s protective eyewear, Beta Technologies’ electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle, and Mamava’s private pods for mothers who breastfeed. These seven companies include the state’s largest private employer, GlobalFoundries — which produces components used in consumer electronics made by other companies — as well as those with just a handful of employees, such as Mobile Virtual Player. LORD Sensing MicroStrain Systems and other tech companies have been around for decades; others, including Benchmark Space Systems, were founded in the last few years. All but GlobalFoundries were founded in Vermont. Each company is developing cuttingedge technology in its field, and some are creating entirely new fields. Find them all at “7 Tech Wonders of Vermont” at this year’s Tech Jam.

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Benchmark Space Systems South Burlington; number of employees: 13

One of the fastest-growing sectors of the aerospace industry is small satellites, aka “smallsats,” which range in size from a loaf of bread to a mini fridge. Benchmark Space Systems builds propulsion systems for smallsats, which move and reposition them in space. Ryan McDevitt, Benchmark’s CEO and vice president of research and development, cofounded the company in 2017 with Matt Shea, chief operating officer and vice president of product development. McDevitt initially developed the core technology while working on a NASA-funded project as part of his doctorate in mechanical engineering at the University of Vermont. Among the biggest challenges Benchmark faces, McDevitt explained, is educating customers about why smallsats, which are used for telecommunications, ground mapping and Earth imaging, even need propulsion systems. Because they’re in low Earth orbit, smallsats eventually slow down, fall out of the sky and burn up upon reentry. In fact, early models, which had no propulsion, were treated as disposable,

Bechmark Space Systems’ satellite system assembly

sometimes operating for no more than six months. “But that doesn’t fit in with the idea of using space responsibly,” McDevitt said. “As people put more sophisticated technology on these small satellites, they want to get more value out of them.” Once a satellite is in space, Benchmark’s propulsion systems kick in to move the satellite out of the path of other satellites, reposition it for new tasks and, at the end of its life, bring it down safely over an ocean versus, say, a forest or city.

Benchmark’s propulsion systems are also eco-friendly. Other rocket propellants use hydrazine, a hazardous, cancer-causing chemical that’s dangerous to manufacture. By contrast, Benchmark’s systems use a chemical that’s safer to handle and breaks down into water and oxygen. Though smallsats orbit miles above the Earth, McDevitt believes they have an impact on Vermont. “There are a bunch of companies that want to be the ones providing high-speed internet to everywhere, including to rural areas,” he added. “Obviously, a big thing we think about in Vermont is broadband connectivity, and these small satellites are going to be a part of that story.”

Mamava Burlington; number of employees: 27

It’s long been known that breastfeeding provides numerous benefits to infants and mothers alike. But all too often, nursing mothers have trouble finding clean, comfortable and private settings in which to nurse or express milk. Since 2013, Burlington-based Mamava


In 2010, Dartmouth College’s head football coach, Eugene “Buddy ” Teevens, eliminated tackling from all team practices. Why? He was concerned about what repeated blows to the head would mean for his players later in life. At the time, researchers were beginning to recognize the relationship between multiple head traumas and what’s now called chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative disorder that afflicts many National Football League players. “They were living the dream of every young football player,” said John Currier, a research engineer at Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering. “And yet, they [ended] up, in many cases, committing suicide or suffering from very severe dementia in their late twenties and thirties.” While watching a practice in 2012, Currier asked Teevens how he could get more student athletes engaged in engineering projects. Teevens suggested that they build a movable, pop-up tackle bag that his players could chase and hit. “I said, ‘Buddy, I think we can do that,’” Currier recalled. The idea behind Mobile Virtual Player was born. Currier presented the idea to his engineering students, four of whom developed a prototype robotic tackling dummy that simulates a human player. It led to the development of a commercial product: MVP|DRIVES, which weighs 190 pounds, evades tacklers and reaches speeds of 18 miles per hour. In its first two seasons of use at Dartmouth, MVP|DRIVES reduced player concussions by 58 percent. In 2015, Currier and Teevens launched the Mobile Virtual Player company, which now sells robotic tackling dummies to half the teams in the NFL, as well as to dozens of high school and college teams nationwide. The company has since expanded into military and law-enforcement training. Its Humanoid Engageable Kinetic Training Robot, or HEKTR, can be used as a target in live-fire exercises and in hand-to-hand combat training. Whether the police, the military or athletes use the robotic training dummies, Currier added, “We’re trying to take those unnecessary hits out of the equation.”

has been building freestanding lactation “pods,” or private nursing suites. Cofounders Christine Dodson and Sascha Mayer were inspired to launch the company by their own experiences of having to breastfeed and pump milk in less-than-ideal locations, including public restrooms, cars and windowed conference rooms. Mamava’s lactation pods, which are free to use, are now found in airports, shopping malls, sports arenas, big-box stores — even at the Statue of Liberty. This fall, the company reached an important milestone: the sale of its 1,000th pod.

Mobile Virtual Player robotic tackling dummy

A mom going into a Mamava lactation “pod”

Beta Technologies’ crew with the prototype electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle

While breastfeeding is low tech, Mamava is not. In 2014, the company introduced its first free smartphone app, which enables on-the-go moms to find available pods and other private nursing locations, said Rebecca Roose, Mamava’s director of digital products. Last year, the company updated its app with additional features. The awardwinning version, which is still free, tells users whether a pod anywhere in the country is vacant, which is helpful for mothers flying into an airport who need to make a tight connection. If one is occupied, the app indicates how long it’s been in use — the average time is 20 minutes — and sends an alert when it’s free. Once inside a pod, mothers can use the app to adjust the room’s airflow and lighting. If no Mamava pod is available, the app lists more than 4,000 alternative locations to nurse, such as publicly available lactation lounges and private rooms in libraries, schools and hospitals — and lets moms submit their own recommendations. Because breastfeeding can feel isolating, Roose added, “We noticed that moms organically were leaving notes inside the pods for the next moms to find as words of encouragement.” This new app lets moms share those notes digitally, offering inspirational messages such as “You’re doing the right thing,” and “I know it’s hard, but you’ve got this.”


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Beta Technologies South Burlington; number of employees: 50

Aviation has a nasty habit to kick: fossil fuels. As one of the fastest-growing sources of global greenhouse gases, commercial aircraft account for about 3 percent of all human-caused CO2 emissions, according to the Environmental Defense Fund. If aviation doesn’t change course, its greenhouse emissions are projected to triple by 2050. Enter Beta Technologies. Its eVTOL, or electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle, combines the flight characteristics of a helicopter and fixed-wing airplane. The company designed revolutionary cockpit and control systems that replace mechanical moving parts with wired and even wireless technology.

The brainchild of company founder Kyle Clark, Beta’s experimental aircraft is “just coming out of stealth mode,” said chief operating officer Tom O’Leary. Over the last year, Beta has built and flown a prototype eVTOL that, he claimed, is the world’s largest electric aircraft by weight. This year, O’Leary added, Beta has taken what it learned from more than 200 tests on the prototype and built a commercially viable aircraft that it plans to bring to the Federal Aviation Administration for certification. The South Burlington startup has also inked a deal with its first customer: United Therapeutics, a biotechnology firm that does research and development on organ TANGIBLE TECH SEVEN DAYS OCTOBER 16-23, 2019

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Tangible Tech « P.33 transplants. Soon, Beta’s eVTOL will be able to transport organs from one medical facility to another 250 miles away — a flight range comparable to today’s twinturbine helicopters. But as O’Leary pointed out, eVTOL’s advantage over conventional helicopters isn’t just that it can travel as far on cleaner fuel. Electric aircrafts’ operational costs also will be significantly lower. As he explained, aircrafts with internal combustion engines must be overhauled regularly, which essentially means being taken apart piece by piece. This process dramatically increases the aircraft’s downtime and maintenance costs. Because electric vehicles don’t require such overhauls, he noted, their operational costs are projected to be four to five times lower. Though 250 companies worldwide are currently developing eVTOLs, O’Leary said that Beta’s size and reputation are soaring: In the last year alone, the company grew from 15 employees to 50 — and it’s still hiring.

Revision’s laser-protective eyewear

Revision Essex; number of employees: 130

Military and law-enforcement agencies are in a constant race against emerging threats to their personnel and equipment. One Vermont company is offering protection from high-tech weapons that can disorient or blind troops and flight crews — and even bring down a military or civilian aircraft. Revision — part of Revision Military until the eyewear division was sold to a private equity firm in early October

— designs and manufactures protective eyewear that guards against “directedenergy,” or laser, attacks. “Officially, there aren’t many laser weapons that are being acknowledged, but there are groups using lasers as an offensive tool,” said Garth Blocher, a research engineer who helps design Revision’s eyewear. “There are thousands of laser strikes on aircraft in the United States and internationally every year.” Indeed, the Federal Aviation Administration began documenting

laser strikes on aircraft in the 1990s. In 2006, the FAA reported 384 laser strikes. By 2016, those incidents had climbed to 7,398. Just weeks ago, Vermont State Police reported that someone had shone a laser into the cockpit of a DartmouthHitchcock Advanced Response Team medical helicopter in the Burlington area. Such incidents can come from someone who doesn’t realize the hazards posed by hitting a plane with a laser pointer, or from terrorist organizations that use lasers to try to injure personnel and damage flight equipment. Though other companies make laser safety goggles, Blocher said, Revision’s are highly desired by military and law-enforcement personnel for two reasons: They protect against a variety of wavelengths, and they have ballisticresistant properties suitable for combat situations. “We’re truly one of the only companies in the world making … laser-protective eyewear,” Blocher added. “And we’re not only developing those solutions here in Vermont, but we have our whole R&D and manufacturing capability here.”

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Essex Junction; number of employees: more than 2,500 in Vermont and 16,000 worldwide

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months to manufacture them. Because these chips are imprinted with lines as tiny as 350 nanometers (or one-billionth of a meter), a speck of dirt .02 micrometers (one-millionth of a meter) is “catastrophic,” Miller said. For comparison, Miller noted that a human hair is 30 micrometers wide; a typical skin flake, 35 micrometers. A single 12-inch wafer may contain 30,000 chips. The Essex Junction plant produces 40,000 to 50,000 such wafers per

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t’s rare to hear the head of a nonprofit admit that, in fact, the organization should not work. But Chris Thompson, the outgoing executive director of Generator, will tell you that even as he stands in Burlington’s 11,500-square-foot maker space: Such facilities often fail. When Thompson and a group of other locals launched Generator in 2014, they had relatively low expectations. Generator was originally billed as a pop-up, an experiment in shared community workspace, in the basement of Memorial Auditorium on Main Street. “We thought, The worst thing that could happen is, we’ll just sell all the tools,” Thompson said. But in early 2017, Generator moved into its current location on Sears Lane in the South End; today, it has an operating budget over $500,000, according to its 2018 tax forms, and Thompson said he has 10 employees. Generator had 14 individual studio spaces at the old location; it now has 22 spaces and more than 400 members who pay monthly dues. Thompson, who was one of the founding board members, came on as Generator’s executive director in 2017. A maker space is a place where people with common interests gather to work on projects while sharing ideas, equipment and knowledge. It often has traditional woodshop and manufacturing tools, as well as computers and high-tech equipment such as 3D printers and laser cutters. There are two reasons most maker spaces fail, Thomson said: “They lose their space … because they have no money ... [Or] they’re all volunteer and, without paid staff, all-volunteer maker spaces burn out. You kind of have to scale a little at the beginning … And you’re not going to get the scale if you’re too specialized.” How has Generator managed to survive and grow, even becoming a role model for other nascent maker spaces around the state? For Thompson, the secret is in the diversity of its programs. They include a business training program for artists and entrepreneurs; yearlong projects to encourage women and gendernonconforming high school students to explore science, technology, engineering

Chris Thompson beneath the drone racing track at Generator

and math; hands-on workshops for groups of kids and teens; a contest for product pitches; a lecture series; a mentorship program; and advanced manufacturing training for high school students. “It’s a balance between trying to do too much and trying to do too little,” Thompson said. “So we err on the ‘too much’ side of things. But we pull it off.” Maggie Robinson, Generator’s director of community outreach, said she was often the only girl in her high school shop classes. Today, her priority is making sure underrepresented people get a chance to explore the maker space’s tools. More than half of the participants in Generator’s outreach programs have been women, she said. Vermont is home to a few other maker spaces, including the MINT in Rutland and the Foundry in Lyndon. Jim Schenck, cofounder and former president of the Foundry, said that while Generator

serves as the model for the other spaces, not every choice it makes would necessarily work for his organization in the Northeast Kingdom. He noted that as Generator grows and matures, its staff and members seem to have less time to engage in small community and civic events, such as fairs. The Foundry operates three days per week from the shop space at Lyndon Institute, a boarding high school, and about 40 people regularly use the space, Schenck said. He added that the Foundry doesn’t have to focus on income because the school donates the space. “In our current organization, we are really blessed with the ability not to be rigorous about the dollars. Not everything has to turn a profit,” he said. “We’re lucky enough to be flexible in the way we do it.” Like Thompson, Schenck said that a diversity of offerings is key to the Foundry’s existence. “We know that if we try to specialize too much … we’d be long gone,” he said. A stroll through Generator’s space reveals an incredible range of works, some in progress and some completed. It’s hard

to miss the neon-lit racing track for drones, strung from the ceiling. Built by Vermont Drone, a drone photography company, it’s reportedly the first permanent indoor drone-racing course in the country. Some makers have designated studios, which are cubicles that line the outside of a common space with tables, but they can still see and talk to each other. Travis Vogel’s studio holds prototypes of beverage display racks — simple stands that use springs or gravity to make a can of wine or seltzer pop into place when the can in front of it is removed. In one corner sits a full-size Donkey Kong arcade game, a vintage game that Jake Blend is restoring. On the opposite end of the room, Marcus Bretto makes high-end violins, right down to custom varnish designed to hold up for hundreds of years. The wooden skeleton of a standup paddleboard sits outside the woodshop, waiting to be filled with foam by Marc Heinzer, a professional boatbuilder. Out behind the building, lamp sculptor Clay Mohrman is constructing a massive arch out of driftwood.

“[It’s] a space that caters to so many different populations, be it artists, entrepreneurs, engineers, designers,” said Christine Hill, Generator’s director of communications. She was one of the first graduates in its entrepreneurship program, through which she developed her jewelry business. “People come for a very specific reason with very specific goals, but then they’ll cross paths with somebody from a totally different discipline,” she said. “There’s just this magical element to the whole thing, where it really is — excuse the buzzword — a place where community is built.” Twenty-two artists and makers rent studios for $270 to $295 per month; another 400 pay $95 for a monthly membership, which allows access to all of the tools and common workspaces. Corporate memberships start at $3,000 annually; companies can purchase these for business development or for use by their employees. Fabricator Matt Flego said that Generator “drastically changed my life.” He was one of the first studio members of Generator when it opened in Memorial Auditorium. In a neighboring cubicle, Aaron Wisniewski “was just making stuff that was very different from everyone else,” Flego said. Wisniewski was a scent designer who later cofounded Alice & the Magician Cocktail Apothecary, a company that makes aroma essences for use in bars and kitchens. Years after their first encounter, Flego and Wisniewski, along with a few other partners, launched OVR Technology, which produces scents to accompany virtual reality experiences. Dan Harvey, the president of Generator’s board of directors, said he often gets calls from people in other cities around the state hoping to start maker spaces. He said he thinks Generator’s success would be hard to replicate, because it relied heavily on philanthropy in the beginning. Generator started with $75,000 from private donors, according to board member and Generator cofounder Michael Metz. “That’s why, when Chris came on [as director] a few years ago, I said, ‘We’re not a startup anymore,’” Harvey said. “We need to be less reliant on philanthropy and more reliant on earned income.” He’s happy with the progress the organization has made in that direction. In 2018, 42 percent of Generator’s revenue came from earned income — class fees, memberships and studio rentals — according to its impact statement. The rest came from philanthropic gifts and grants. Harvey’s biggest concern for the future is ensuring that Generator’s ambitions

Travis Vogel working with a 3D printer

Elliott Katz working with the plasma cutter

don’t expand beyond its capabilities, and that its leaders don’t overextend themselves by embracing every new opportunity that arises. “It’s fun being the cool thing, but it’s easy to get distracted,” Harvey said. “It’s the distraction that I worry about undermining Generator, more than anything.” The organization is also currently searching for its fourth executive director in five years. Thompson will step down

worked as director and sole employee of the state’s Office of the Creative Economy, now defunct — held the job for about two years, then left abruptly in 2017. Harvey shared a statement with Seven Days that the board had issued about Torres’ departure at that time. It said that Torres “moved on to pursue other opportunities” and thanked him for his contributions to the organization. Torres, who’s currently the executive director of a maker space in Massachusetts, responded by email to a Seven Days inquiry. “For nearly three years I had the opportunity to grow Generator with an extraordinary team of staff and volunteers,” he wrote. “We transformed the organization from a foundling startup in the basement of Memorial Auditorium to a world-class community asset. I can’t comment beyond that other than to say that it would take a lot to knock the organization off that trajectory.”



from the position at the end of this year to focus on his own art, though he’ll rejoin the organization’s board. Before him, Lars Hasselblad Torres — who’d previously founded Local 64, a coworking space in Montpelier, and

Before Torres, Christy Mitchell was Generator’s executive director, from 2014 to 2015. She left the job to focus on the S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in the Soda Plant, which she founded. In addition to directing that venue, which includes small artist studios, Mitchell took the position this summer as executive director of the South End Arts and Business Association. Harvey is taking Generator’s leadership changes in stride. “There’s been some turnover. Am I worried about it? Not at all,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to seeing who we can find.” He added that he’d be perfectly happy to find “another Chris.” For his part, Thompson said he hopes the new director will have strong administrative skills. Harvey works at the University of Vermont in the office of the vice president for research, which he said plays a key role in the state’s economic development. By helping small businesses and creating jobs, Generator encourages UVM graduates to stay in the area, he said. UVM, like Saint Michael’s College and the Community College of Vermont, utilizes Generator’s space for some class offerings. Generator leases its quarters from Champlain College, which has a designated area within the building for its own students to work. In October, Generator will begin its latest Jump/Start program, an entrepreneur development training and business incubator. Jump/Start participants get free access to Generator’s space, mentoring from industry professionals and a stipend. The upcoming session will focus on helping artists build their businesses. Elliott Katz, the maker space’s operations director, is an artist himself. He’s particularly enthusiastic about different varieties of computer-controlled cutting machines, including a laser cutter for small prototypes and a machine called a plasma cutter, which uses large amounts of electricity to heat sheets of metal and then cuts through them with compressed air. During Seven Days’ visit, Katz donned protective sunglasses with thick, greentinted lenses to demonstrate. With the press of a few buttons, the plasma cutter was spitting sparks, cutting a solid sheet of metal into a Vermont-shaped bottle opener in a matter of seconds. It was somewhat terrifying and very cool. With roughly six hours of shop training and a membership to Generator, anyone can wield the power of the plasma. m Contact:

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Signs of Intelligent Life The Artificial Intelligence Task Force wants to do AI the Vermont way B Y D A N BOL L ES & CATHY RESME R


The AI Task Force will hold a public meeting at the Vermont Tech Jam, Thursday, October 17, 1 p.m., at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction. Free.





postapocalyptic reality TV show “The Colony.” Cohn is currently assigned to the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab, a research facility in Cambridge, Mass. Working on AI is part of his day job, as well as his civic duty. He puts the task force’s mission in perspective. “We segmented what we thought AI could be used for in Vermont,” Cohn explains. “How would AI be used in agriculture? How would it be used in natural resources? How would it affect industry and manufacturing? How would it affect services?” The task force has taken public testimony from experts in a broad range of fields. It has also solicited input directly from the public, as it will during the Tech Jam meeting, to assess and address Vermonters’ feelings about AI. “One of the things that’s been very interesting is how much concern there is around AI,” says Cohn. “I’ve been surprised at how much of the public discussion on this is around the potential


rtificial Intelligence was once the stuff of science fiction. Now it’s here, and every publication from the Washington Post to Wired to the Wall Street Journal is full of articles and videos exploring it. Depending on whom you listen to, AI will be a job killer or a job creator; a tool to boost productivity or Skynet from the Terminator movies; a technology that will dramatically transform society or an overhyped nothingburger. To help prepare for this uncertain and potentially disturbing future, Gov. Phil Scott impaneled an Artificial Intelligence Task Force in 2018. Its mandate: to “investigate the field of artificial intelligence” in the state and make recommendations for how the technology can be responsibly applied in Vermont’s economy and government. The group, whose report is due to be submitted to the state legislature by the end of this year, has hosted several public meetings over the past few months, inviting Vermonters to present their questions, comments, ideas and concerns. The next one takes place on Thursday, October 17, at the Vermont Tech Jam in Essex Junction. Receiving and processing all of this input is a group that includes engineers and academics, as well as labor leaders, Rep. Brian Cina (P-Burlington) and retired Vermont Supreme Court justice John Dooley. Perhaps its best-known member is Richmond resident and IBM Fellow John Cohn. A hardware engineer by training, Cohn, 60, has earned more than 100 patents over his four decades at IBM. As playful as he is brilliant, Cohn has also helped fuel the DIY maker movement in Vermont, emceeing FIRST international high school robotics competitions wearing a tie-dyed lab coat and a crown of colorful LED lights. He even logged a two-month stint living in an abandoned warehouse for the Discovery Channel’s



downsides and care we have to take with AI. And that’s true, we do. “But I tend to be a technology optimist,” he continues. “So, while it does make sense to be concerned about new technology and how it’s going to interact with the rest of the world … overall, the upside of this stuff is so compelling that, as long as you can teach people to design it carefully, ethically and safely and in a human-centric way, that benefit is going to be very positive. Cohn notes that people tend to think of AI in a very general way. “So, rather than focus on the technology, what we were trying to do is think about how AI will affect Vermont, what it can do for Vermont, in all of these different ways,” he says. “Can we become a haven for AI that supports Vermont’s small and mighty independent businesses? Can we build on Vermont’s small and mighty and green notion to have it amplify, not threaten, what we’re doing?” Still, it’s hard for people to visualize what that means and what AI can do.

OPINION: SOCIAL MEDIA BRINGS MORE HARM THAN GOOD Seven Days asked Cohn if it would be possible to have some of the AI technology he works on write an article, for instance. Could AI replace journalists? The request turned out to be too logistically difficult to fulfill. But Cohn did have a suggestion: What about publishing an argument from one side of a debate? He pulled a few strings at Big Blue and got permission to let Seven

Days reprint an argument from Project Debater. Project Debater is the latest of IBM’s Grand Challenges, a category of projects that includes the chess-playing supercomputer Deep Blue and the brainiac bot Watson — the latter of which bested “Jeopardy!” champs Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter on the TV trivia show in 2011. Project Debater doesn’t come up with its own original arguments. It works by digesting a massive corpus of written material — mostly newspaper and magazine articles and commentary — on a given topic and then distilling it into a structured argument, depending on which side of a debate it’s been given to argue. The practical applications of a program

that can formulate purely logical and dispassionate arguments — and react in real time to counterpoints — are enormous. “Let’s say a city council wants public opinion on what we should do with a city park. How would you actually weigh that and synthesize that?” says Cohn. “You would get a ton of data, but it’s really hard and expensive to parse that scientifically and measure nuance.” Project Debater, he continues, is “a tool for someone who wants to explore different points of view.” Like its older siblings Deep Blue and Watson, Project Debater competes with humans. While it’s not unbeatable in a debate (yet), Cohn says the computer has largely impressed. “Debater is still learning,” says Cohn. “So it has beaten some world-class debaters and it has not beaten some world-class debaters. It’s close, though. It debates like an expert.” But don’t take his word for it — see for yourself. What follows is an argument the computer devised during a debate about the effects of social media at the United Nations’ AI for Good Global Summit earlier this year in Geneva, Switzerland. Yes, the computer is essentially arguing against using computers — at least for our social media fix. Because fun, right? Please note that Seven Days’ human editors and proofreaders have resisted the powerful urge to correct Project Debater’s punctuation or fix any grammatical errors, as that would defeat the purpose of the project. Take it away, PD… m

BY PROJ E C T D E BAT E R Warm greetings, AI for good visitors. The following narrative was composed automatically, from short arguments contributed by many people around the globe. There are four issues I would like to address. They explain why Social media brings more harm than good. I will begin by claiming that Social media do not allow accountability of who is disseminating fake news. Then I will comment about family, addictive behaviors and opinion. Fake news first. Social Media is being used as a manipulation tool to benefit the interests of a small group of people at the expense of the majority. It is often misused as a channel to spread rumors and falsehoods and such news can spread in an uncontrolled manner. Content in social media is too easily faked and can negatively influence too many people’s thoughts. Fake news can cause misleading information, which results in the world misjudging the situation. I also mentioned family. Children and young adults are struggling in school because of the overuse of social media on smartphones which is taking away from their focus in the classroom. Social media entice people to paint a picture of themselves and their families which is often too good to be true because they want to keep up appearances. Facebook use can cause addiction and loss of important quality time with the family. Social media claims to keep people

connected with their families and friends but it actually seems to bring feelings of loneliness more often than it brings feelings of togetherness. Let’s move to addictive behaviors. Social media in its current and most prolific forms rewards users’ negative traits, like attention seeking, and reduces their real-life interactions with other human beings. Though social media brings people closer, it is causing too much of anxiety, noise and unwanted information overload, ultimately negating and over-weighing the positive effects it brings. Some young people commit suicide because they are being harassed on their social network. Excessive screen time and notifications of individual social media users can easily distract users from face-to-face interaction.  Finally, opinion. Social media creates the illusion that one’s opinion carries any weight in the world, thus swelling egos that are already too big. It gives many a false perception of reality as it makes it very easy for people to avoid having productive discussions. Because of social media people tend to stay in the comfort zone of their filter bubbles, so they end up isolated from diverse opinions. The opinion of a few can now determine the debate, it causes polarized discussions and strong feelings on non-important subjects.  These arguments from the crowd convey that Social media brings more harm than good. Thank you for listening. 

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he keg in the conference room is a hint, as are the beer taps decorating the walls. All suggest that Vermont Information Processing is a tech company focused on the beverage industry. From a campus at the Water Tower Hill office park in Colchester, VIP creates software and processes data to help customers manage inventory, distribution and sales through web and mobile applications. It has quietly grown over the past decade from 183 to 429 employees. The list of clients has grown, too, now exceeding 1,000 distributors and 800 suppliers. Execs at the privately held, employeeowned company won’t disclose profits or revenues, but they anticipate more growth. VIP plans to construct one or two buildings on recently purchased adjacent land within three years and to continue expanding the workforce. “We’re constantly, constantly hiring,” said human resources assistant Stephanie Slocum. “We’re not short of work,” agreed company president Dan Byrnes. “So we’re always looking.” VIP’s customers range from international beer behemoths such as Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors to Vermont’s own Switchback Brewing, Fiddlehead Brewing and Long Trail Brewing. The company also counts spirit makers and wineries as clients, including national players such as Jack Daniels and E. & J. Gallo Winery, as well as Vermont’s Caledonia Spirits. The software programs that VIP designs don’t make beer or wine, but they touch nearly everything else in the economic chain that puts beer in the fridge and cocktails on a restaurant bar. The company’s EasyPick app is designed to help warehouse workers find, scan and accurately load orders using iPhones and Bluetooth scanners. VIP’s digital sales sheet allows beverage salespeople to pull up a picture and description of a product on an iPad to make a more visual pitch to store owners. Other programs help with ordering, tracking products and inventory, monitoring display space, delivery, and payments. Burlington-based Switchback uses VIP’s web-based software iDIG to track how much beer is selling where and when on a given day. “In an industry where there’s so much competition, there’s so many breweries

Stephanie Slocum and Ray Rouleau in the Tap Room


out there, it gives us the specificity to hone in on these items that are important,’’ said Darby Kitchel, territory sales manager for Switchback. In a siloed industry, VIP has worked to offer software for all three components of the beverage world: supply, distribution and sales. As a result, the company has a unique footprint in the industry, said Ray Rouleau, VIP’s director of strategy and supplier sales, on a tour of the office last week. The company has a big reach, observed Jeff Couture, executive director of the Vermont Technology Alliance, an industry trade group.

VIP employees playing street hockey

“VIP, somewhat quietly, really, has become a major player in software that is behind some of the major brands in the beverage industry, both the companies that are the distributors and the actual brands themselves,” Couture said. “Their software really runs at the core of a lot of these businesses,

and it ’s happening right here in Vermont.” VIP employees work in beveragethemed conference rooms (e.g., the Margarita and the Keg) or at desks arranged in an open-seating plan. There ON TAP SEVEN DAYS OCTOBER 16-23, 2019

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On Tap « P.41 are no individual offices or executive suites for company leaders. When he’s not roaming the office, Rouleau spends his time at a stand-up desk next to a window overlooking the parking lot. “I haven’t used a chair in, like, seven years,” he said. The company is not big on titles — Rouleau joked that he wasn’t even sure of his own. VIP emphasizes its egalitarian approach as a selling point to potential software designers and junior programmers. In a state with extremely low unemployment and a small tech sector, every pitch counts. “Their careers blossom here because there’s not a hierarchical structure,” Rouleau said. The office’s open design helps seed collaboration, added Byrnes, who was dressed on the sunny October day in athletic casual: khaki shorts and sneakers. “That’s the whole idea,” he said, “that we’re all communicating, that everyone is in touch with what’s happening.” The company’s bid to develop a team approach was visible in other ways, too. A group of sweaty employees tromped into the office from their lunch hour wearing shin guards and carrying hockey sticks. They’d just faced off at the company’s street-hockey rink behind one of its buildings. Out front, another group of employees raced up and down a basketball court. A few more were working out in an employee gym, which has locker rooms and showers. Christine Krebs often plays point guard during the lunch-hour basketball games. “I just always get refreshed and ready to do my second half of the day,” she said. She started as a software developer at VIP 14 years ago and now manages a data and analytics team that helps customers “find trends and find where they can sell product better.” Krebs said she has stayed because she likes the company culture and because there are opportunities to advance if “you are willing to work hard.” The workplace amenities exist to encourage both employee wellness and a winning attitude. In the rapidly evolving beverage industry, VIP is constantly cultivating new clients and developing new software solutions for their problems. “So, competition’s good,” Rouleau said. Of course, it’s not all about slap shots. Nurturing is part of the playbook, too. VIP is one of few local companies to offer on-site childcare. During Seven Days’ visit, infants and toddlers were taking their afternoon nap as a lullaby soundtrack played softly. Ben Barnum, a sales data entry employee, was holding his 11-month-old daughter, Addie. “I come down on my lunch breaks and watch her progress daily,” he said. 42


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The licensed facility has 60 slots for company members’ children between the ages of 6 weeks and 5 years. Parents must pay for the care but at a lower rate than most local childcare centers charge. VIP founder Howard Aiken, now retired, opened the company childcare center in 1990 to make the work-family balance easier for employees. “There were three or four women that were about to have their first babies,” said Louise Morgan, operations director. At that point, VIP had 24 employees and had just moved to new quarters in Colchester. The business was slowly expanding from its original mission: data collection and sales analysis for the beverage industry. When VIP was founded in 1972 in Burlington, cloud storage, email and smartphones didn’t yet exist. Customers would send sales info to VIP by bus; it would be keyed in and processed on a mainframe computer before returning to the customer as a tidy report.

As computers became common in workplaces, VIP began to offer beverage delivery route accounting solutions. And with more technological advances, VIP expanded its range of software solutions, including a big shift in recent years to mobile devices. In 2001, Aiken decided to sell the company to his employees — 45 at the time. His thinking? “I want to have the employees that helped build the company own this company,” according to Byrnes, who was one of those employees. He’s been with VIP for three decades. Today the company is 100 percent worker owned through an employee stock ownership plan. New hires begin collecting shares through a retirement program after one year and are fully vested after six. When they leave, they get cash value for the shares they have accrued. The structure helps build motivation, Rouleau said. “It goes into the whole culture. You work here because you’re an owner; you work here because it’s a family,” he noted.

VIP’s growth has accelerated over the past five years with the purchase of several other companies, including Beverage Data Network in 2015 and TradePulse in 2017. About 360 of VIP’s 429 employees are based in Colchester; the others work remotely or at small offices in states including California, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. In addition to helping customers do market research, VIP helps create analytics and market research reports for industry trade groups such as the Beer Institute and Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America. Jobs at VIP include customer support, as well as data “cleansing” to check sales and confirm that, for example, a vendor is a restaurant and not a convenience store. There is some employee turnover, but most hires who settle in wind up staying, Rouleau said. “Once you fit in, you are in. I always tell people: If you make it one year, you make it 10.” VIP’s intention to expand in Colchester is stymied by just one thing: a shortage of tech workers, specifically software developers. The company is willing to train recent grads in computer science and other technical fields and has had good luck with students from local schools. But it’s been more difficult to find experienced programmers and software developers. “To get someone that has … three, four, five years of experience, they are not around,” Byrnes said. Usually when employees come from out of state, it’s because they have some connection to Vermont, Morgan added. Some went to college here and want to move back, or they have family in the area. VIP tells prospective hires that they “don’t have to go to a big city” to have a career in tech, she said. Despite the hiring obstacles, VIP has no plans to leave Vermont for more fertile tech pastures, its leaders say. And, without shareholders to answer to, it’s unlikely the business will follow the familiar trajectory of a homegrown enterprise that gets purchased by an out-of-state corporation, which often then sheds or transfers jobs. Byrnes is adamant that such a change will not happen at VIP. “We are not interested in selling the company,” he stated firmly. m Disclosure: VIP is a Vermont Tech Jam sponsor. Contact:

INFO VIP will be exhibiting at the Tech Jam on Thursday, October 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction.

What if learning about civics were as easy and fun as playing a game?


On October 17, Seven Days, Kids VT and the Vermont Community Foundation will kick off the second Good Citizen Challenge, powered by a custom-made game engine designed by Burlington-based GameTheory.



building bridges between people who disagree with each other. Designed for students in grades 5 through 9, the Challenge is open to all Vermont K-12 students. Players who complete it will receive a medal, a T-shirt and other prizes and will


be invited to meet elected officials and be recognized for their work. Thanks to Dan and Jenna Sonneborn, the Evslin Family Foundation and the Vermont Community Foundation for underwriting this project.

Sample questions:

Sample activities: 1.

Draw a cartoon that illustrates the concept of separation of powers, also known as checks and balances.


Memorize and deliver the Gettysburg Address.


Community Engagement

Invite a current or former elected official to talk to your class. Ask them why they ran for office, what they love or loved about serving their community, and what their hardest decision was in that role.


What is Vermont’s state motto?


True or False: You need to be invited to a City Council or Selectboard meeting to attend.


What are the five freedoms protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution? Answers below

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Aquaculture Man A shrimp farmer in Charlotte puts a tropical spin on locavore dining B Y S A LLY POL L AK


n an old calf barn in Charlotte, where young bovines that would grow to be 1,500 pounds were once raised, a smaller animal is now in production: shrimp. The shellfish at Sweet Sound Aquaculture, Vermont’s first shrimp farm, will max out at about an ounce apiece. Once harvested, they are delivered to nearby restaurants, adding a tropical dimension to locavore dining. John Brawley, the 53-year-old founder and owner of the shrimp farm, is a University of Vermont graduate with a doctorate in marine ecology from the University of Maryland. Before starting his shrimp business, he owned and operated Sweet Sound Oysters, a three-acre oyster farm in Duxbury, Mass., for 15 years. Brawley’s oysters earned fans back in Vermont, where they were served at pop-ups at Hill Farmstead Brewery in Greensboro and in Chittenden County restaurants, including the Kitchen Table Bistro, Misery Loves Co. and the Farmhouse Tap & Grill. A year and a half ago, after

spending an increasing amount of time in Vermont, Brawley decided to return; he now lives in North Ferrisburgh. “I loved oyster farming,” Brawley said. “I have really fond memories, and I’m really happy I’m back here. It’s just another adventure, part of the journey.” Brawley’s business is one of several food and agricultural enterprises at the 600-acre Nordic Farms, which was purchased a year ago by Peterson Quality Malt and Jay and Matt Canning of Hotel Vermont. His project began with the conversion of the calf barn, an effort that involved removing concrete stanchions, pressure-washing the walls and constructing shrimp tanks. Baby shrimp, which are shipped from a hatchery in Florida, are raised in nursery tanks for about a month. Then Brawley moves them to 8-by-10-foot rubber-lined plywood tanks. Air circulates through the water in the 10 tanks, each of which has a capacity of roughly 2,500 gallons of water and 4,000 shrimp.

The shrimp grow for about three months in the tanks, where they live in saltwater that’s kept at 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Brawley produces the saltwater using well water from the farm and salt from dehydrated ocean water. Through his “DIY water-treatment system,” the water is recycled after harvest and returned to the tanks. Sweet Sound Aquaculture is harvesting about 100 pounds of shrimp per week. Brawley’s shrimp is on the menu at Hotel Vermont and Bleu Northeast Seafood; Doug Paine serves as executive chef of both. At Hotel Vermont’s Juniper restaurant, the shrimp is deep fried for a minute or two and seasoned with salt and pepper. It’s served head to tail in its soft shell and intended to be eaten in its entirety. For the diner who eats the whole shebang — tail, shell, eyeballs — the shrimp delivers a packet of fleshy flavor with a hit of crunch. AQUACULTURE MAN


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blendery in Burlington’s South End, is moving from a garage bay off Pine Street to the burgeoning food and farming scene at NORDIC FARMS in Charlotte. In its new location, HOF will have more and better space for aging, blending and conditioning beer, said TODD HAIRE, who founded HOF with BILL MARES four years ago. An offshoot of FOAM BREWERS in Burlington, HOF specializes in barrel-aged beers and sour beers. “We’ll be working seasonally throughout the year,� said Haire, who is a co-owner of Foam. “Brewing in the fall, filling up the barrels. Come summer, when fruit comes in from our neighbors, we’ll be using that [to] ferment the beer — and allowing those cycles to work naturally.� Pending the completion of the permitting process, HOF will be in place at Nordic Farms by December 1. The move will increase the size of the beer operation from 800 square feet to 2,500 square feet “with room to grow,� Haire said. In addition to HOF’s larger indoor area in Charlotte, its location at the 600-acre farm will allow for on-site agriculture as part of the blendery’s work. Haire and Mares, who


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The chefs who started the CARTE BLANCHE food cart last year are the new chefs at ARTSRIOT, the restaurant and music club at 400 Pine Street in Burlington. MOJO HANCY-DAVIS and CHRIS DONNELLY will run the kitchen, according to a press release from ArtsRiot co-owner PJ MCHENRY. The pair has replaced GEORGE LAMBERTSON, an ArtsRiot partner who left his chef position earlier this fall. Hancy-Davis and Donnelly have extensive restaurant experience in Vermont and beyond, including cooking at MISERY LOVES CO., where they met. They are introducing new dishes to the ArtsRiot menu this week but will continue to serve favorites such as the 400 Burger and popcorn chicken, according to the release. “Those items have a cult following,� McHenry said, referring to the burger and chicken, according to a press release. “But being able to

add lighter options to the menu with vegetables and fresh ingredients will provide balance and open up the options for gluten-free and vegetarian diners.� The menu changes will add “more sharable snacks and [a] ‘market’ section focused on Vermont ingredients,� according to the release. Lambertson ran the ArtsRiot kitchen for five years before leaving in early October on a cross-country road trip. “Our whole organization has so much appreciation for the hard work that George brought to our company,� McHenry said. “[B]ut it was clear that the best thing for Chef George and the best thing for ArtsRiot was to free him of his kitchen duties after 25 years working in the industry.� m

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food+drink Aquaculture Man « P.44 Brawley’s product also offers an element of excitement that comes from eating fresh catch in a landlocked state, plucked from an aquarium down the road. “The shrimp adds a really great shellfish option,” Paine said. “People want to eat shellfish, and it’s local, high quality and fresh.” Brawley talked shrimp with Seven Days last week. SEVEN DAYS: Tell me about your interest in aquaculture and how it led to the development of your shrimp farm in Charlotte. JOHN BRAWLEY: I’ve always been interested in the shoreline and marine systems, growing up on the water on Long Island Sound in Connecticut. I think that interest and lifestyle stuck with me throughout my life. After deciding to move from Massachusetts back to Vermont, it was a natural transition to continue aquaculture work. And I spent a couple of years researching what kind of options that would be. Shrimp became a clear choice, at least to begin with, because of their short growing time and the success that I had seen in other farms around the country. It takes work, but I think having the background in the oyster business prepares me well for this. It’s farming, and there are a lot of variables.

SD: What are the advantages to farming shrimp indoors as opposed to an outdoor operation? JB: These are tropical species, so they won’t survive

think the novelty of [shrimp] certainly results in curiosity and interest, at least initially. SD: Sweet Sound Aquaculture is part of an agricultural enterprise at Nordic Farms that includes livestock, grain and vegetable production, with more products to come. What does being part of this larger food system mean for your project? JB: I was prepared to do this in a stand-alone barn somewhere. Certainly, I feel fortunate and blessed to be part of this community at Nordic Farms. There’s a lot of cooperation across the businesses. We’re all very good friends; we all want to see each other succeed as we move on. One of the really cool things is, looking into the future, we see more cooperation. For example, using farm-specific products to feed our probiotics. I got my first batch of lactobacillus bacteria from Bobby Grim over at Foam Brewers and have had many talks with them about how to ferment these probiotics. The same bacteria they use in their sour beer have amazing, healthy benefits for aquaculture.


PACKET OF FLESHY FLAVOR WITH A HIT OF CRUNCH. I wouldn’t be able to work the next day. Here we’re independent of any weather — except for power outages, but I have a generator to cover that. The oyster work was a lot harder — outside, a lot of area to cover, dealing with a couple million new oysters a year. [Here] it’s all in this one room. I can listen to NPR and music, and it’s like maintaining a whole bunch of saltwater aquariums.

SD: Can you describe the process of raising shrimp, from the arrival of baby shrimp from a Florida hatchery to delivery to Burlington restaurants? JB: The first step is, I acclimate the shrimp to the conditions of the farm, which involves mostly monitoring salinity and temperature. They come at a certain salinity and temperature, so I have to spend a couple of hours acclimating them to the receiving temperature and salinity. Then they are fed a mixture of dry and wet food for the first week, and then all dry food for the subsequent three to four weeks, until they are counted, weighed and moved into the grow-out pools. Feeding takes place throughout the day, dawn to dusk, maybe four times a day — the feed rate is based on the biomass of the shrimp in each pool. And then water quality measurements are made on at least a weekly basis in each pool. I remove excess solids, typically weekly from each pool, and try to exchange up to 20 percent of the water volume every week or two. Harvest typically is a drain down of an entire pool. To harvest the shrimp, it’s easier to get them when the water is low. It’s almost like letting the tide go out on them. I do some minor maintenance work, put the water right back in — it’s all recycled water [through] a DIY water-treatment facility — and put the next batch in from the nursery. It’s a big conveyor belt.

SD: “Local shrimp” seems counterintuitive in Vermont. How do you gain a share of the market in a place that values local production? JB: For now [it’s counterintuitive]. I’m fortunate to have a history of good relationships with a number of restaurant owners and chefs in the area. And I’ve been working with several aspects of the agricultural and food community in Vermont; it’s a small community, and everyone knows each other. Oysters were novel when I was coming up. People were eating them, but not fresh. We opened a lot of doors and made a lot of good friends through the oyster business. I


SD: At the oyster farm in Massachusetts, water quality was maintained in part by the tide, which moved water in and out of the operation. What is the key to achieving and maintaining water quality in the tanks at Nordic Farms? JB: Maintaining balance in the microbial ecosystem and monitoring changes in water quality and responding to those changes. I’m always maintaining the organic material load in each pool and removing solids as necessary. And, of course, oxygen is critical, so making sure that the aeration is sufficient.

outdoors in Vermont. In the Gulf Coast, in Texas and Mississippi, the shrimp farms tend to be outdoors in big fields. I think outdoor farms have issues with birds eating the shrimp and disease spreading fairly rapidly. You can have a five-acre farm, so you can have a lot of shrimp going — millions of shrimp. The advantage of indoor aquaculture is, you have more control over the environment. When I was doing the oysters, if I woke up at 2 a.m. and I heard the east wind picking up, I had to get out of bed and make sure my boat and float was safe and secure, or

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SD: How do you like to eat shrimp? JB: We eat shrimp probably three or four times a week as an appetizer. We like to put them into an iron skillet, in butter, and sprinkle some spices on them. We experiment all the time with different rubs and spices from around the world, or herbs from the garden. We cook ’em, flip ’em over and eat ’em whole. m This interview has been edited and condensed for length and clarity. Contact:

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ater is the basis of beer. At about 90 percent of every lager, stout or IPA, it’s the canvas for flavor and the medium that binds together grain and hops into something drinkable. On the other end of the brewing process, it’s also what keeps things clean — and it’s the bulk of the waste. At the Alchemist, people are more likely to line up for Heady Topper than to get a glimpse of the brewery’s movingbed biofilm reactor. But eco-minded fans might like to know that the company’s approach to wastewater treatment is as good as its beer. Owners Jen and John Kimmich have made significant investments in processes and systems to reduce the environmental impact of the waste from both the Alchemist Cannery in Waterbury and the Alchemist Brewery and Visitors’ Center in Stowe. That waste reduction combines sidestream waste processing with the Stowe facility’s in-house high-tech watertreatment system. The million-dollar investment reduces the amount of highstrength effluent — wastewater containing organic material left over from the brewing process — that flows into the towns’ waste-treatment facilities. Both Alchemist locations rely on municipal water for brewing. That might give pause to some beer drinkers. But, John insisted, “Vermont’s water is outstanding.” The Alchemist’s brewery in Stowe is built over the town aquifer and, rather than digging their own well down into it, the Kimmiches made a conscious decision to take their water from the town. “The municipality spent a lot of time and money making sure everyone has access to clean water that’s safe,” Jen said. “So if you’re buying it from the municipality, that’s good for the town.” The municipal water is treated, but only minimally, giving the brewery “a great head start,” John said. “We have great water, and it’s a nice benefit, because we’ve lived in parts of the country where water is not so great, and that would make it much more difficult to create the flavors we want in the brewhouse.” Using municipal water is one way the Alchemist is investing in the infrastructure of its communities in Waterbury

Steve Miller observing one of the Alchemist’s on-site wastewater treatment tanks in Stowe

and Stowe. The focus on minimizing the impact of its wastewater is a more indirect investment, but it has a huge impact on the capacity and function of the towns’ waste systems. Back in its humble brewpub days, the Alchemist had no state discharge permits. “Everything I brewed, any waste I had — all the yeast, all the spent hops — everything went down the drain and into the town of Waterbury’s waste treatment facility,” John said. After Tropical Storm Irene hit the town in August 2011, Waterbury’s town offices were forced to close. When the waste flow from those offices went down, the high-strength brewing waste at the Cannery became a problem. The brewery had started producing and canning Heady Topper that year; as production grew, the Kimmiches got a crash course in state wastewater permitting. “We were really caught unaware,” John said. “There was a guy from the state standing in the brewery telling us, ‘You just can’t put everything down the drain anymore,’ and we didn’t know what to do, because it’s how we’d always done things.” Figuring out how to navigate the opaque permitting process — which included a well-timed conversation with James Ehlers, executive director of Lake Champlain International — set the

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Kimmiches on a path toward meeting state regulations. The couple turned to their relationship with Grow Compost of Vermont, a company run by farmers Lisa Ransom and Scott Baughman. Launched in neighboring Moretown, the company’s mission is to prevent organic material from going to the landfill and to put those resources back into the state’s soil.

“The Alchemist has been one of our most important generators of organic material since they were just the pub,” Grow Compost cofounder Lisa Ransom said. Grow Compost had been taking food waste from the Alchemist’s pub. When the liquid brewing waste became a problem, they began taking it — daily, in 55-gallon drums — as well. This process, known as sidestreaming, keeps high-strength organic matter from going down the drain. In this case, it means spent yeast from brewing tanks, spent hops from dry hopping, unfermented wort and lots of sugar. “They were dumping the drums on their windrows, which we quickly realized was ridiculous,” John said of where the farmers were putting the waste. The liquid was overwhelming the windrows, which aren’t designed to handle liquid waste. The two businesses worked together to find a solution for the troublesome substance, and they chose the anaerobic digester at Vermont Technical College. Anaerobic digesters produce renewable electricity from waste such as farm manure, food scraps and brewing by-products. It’s a biological process that mimics how ruminants (including cows, sheep and goats) extract energy from food. The process releases clean energy and recycles the nutrients in the waste into fertilizer that can be used on local farms. “The brewing waste is high-energy material, and it’s excellent for compost and making energy,” Ransom said. Grow Compost now collects the liquid slurry of brewing residuals from both Alchemist facilities and brings it to VTC in a specialized truck that keeps it from getting contaminated while in transport. That daily collection is an important part of the mutually beneficial relationship between the Alchemist and Grow Compost. Ransom considers the Alchemist the compost company’s highest priority, saying, “If we can’t be there, they can’t make beer.” “Grow Compost has been a great partner because they understand the value in this,” John said. “They can make money off of it, and we have somebody that will take our money and do the right thing with the waste.”

food+drink The companies have grown together, this winter, streamlining the process consistently achieving results well below and eliminating the more permeable the limits set by their direct-discharge 275-gallon containers that currently hold permits from the state. Those permits waste waiting to enter the system. allow for a specific level of biochemi“The air quality in Steve’s room will cal oxygen demand (BOD), a common vastly improve,” John explained, refermeasure of the strength of wastewater. encing where Steve Miller, the AlcheBOD quantifies the amount of dissolved mist’s wastewater manager, works. “And oxygen needed by aerobic microorgan- it’s going to make it easier for Grow isms to break down organic material [Compost] to do their job.” (i.e., waste) in the water. The Alchemist’s Miller, who as a former brewer has permit in Waterbury allows 65 pounds of been on both ends of the brewing cycle, BOD per day; thanks to this sidestream- sees similarities between caring for the ing relationship with Grow Compost, the system’s bacterial culture and managing cannery only produces 20 to 30 pounds a ferment during the brewing process. per day. “The bacteria aren’t nearly as sensiWhen it came tive as yeast are time to plan the during fermentabrewery ’s Stowe tion,” he said. “But it’s the same idea. We’re f a c i l i t y, w h i c h opened in July 2016, constantly trying to keep these bacteria the Kimmiches wanted to take their as healthy as can be, wastewater manageand then they’ll keep ment a step further. doing the bulk of the J OHN KIMMICH “We saw what was work for us.” at stake, and we love the water and we The culture is on a strict feeding love Vermont, so we really put all of our schedule, and Miller ensures that they efforts forward to go beyond just meeting always have air to keep the system from the regulations,” Jen said. collapsing. “It’s a balance. If they get too “We’re environmentalists,” John many nutrients at once, [the bacteria] will added. That motivation led to including overpopulate the reactor, and, instead of the World Water Works’ Ideal MBBR- having the thinner, cleaner water coming DAF advanced water treatment system through, it would be more like a gravy,” in the business plan for the new brew- Miller said. ery. The acronym refers to moving-bed The systems in place in both of the biofilm reactor and dissolved air flotation Alchemist’s production facilities go technologies. beyond the current regulations for brewThe Stowe facility does the same side- ery wastewater in Vermont. The Kimmistreaming as the Waterbury cannery, but ches are still working to improve them, the additional system reduces the BOD despite what they consider inconsistent output to less than one half of one pound regulation and murky information from per day. That’s less solid organic waste the state. per day than is produced by a three“Every brewery puts out different bedroom household. amounts [of BOD],” Jen said. “There are The system, which is essentially an a lot of breweries that don’t know what aerobic digester, was seeded with a lab- they’re putting down the drain, because sourced bacterial culture. Brewing waste some breweries are regulated and some enters the system through a massive aren’t.” settling tank, then it moves into a pumpThe couple hopes that leading by ing tank, and from there it flows into the example — developing sidestream digester at a constant rate of five gallons processes, testing their water and investper minute, or about 6,500 gallons per ing in more sophisticated wastewater week. treatment technology when they can The bacterial culture is a living organ- afford to — will encourage other producism and must be fed constantly to stay ers to consider their environmental alive. The culture breaks down the waste, impacts. which is then coagulated and skimmed “It’s an education thing, because off. That waste is taken to the anaerobic everything has this daisy-chain effect,” digester at VTC, and the water that goes John said. “It doesn’t just end when you down the drain is cleaner than the waste- dump it down the drain. Shit flows downwater created by a small family. stream.” m The room housing the wastewater system smells like a dirty fish tank. “That’s Contact: the smell of environmental responsibility,” John said. That smell will be reduced INFO when the brewery adds bulk waste tanks Learn more at


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POC IN VT AFFINITY GROUP: People of color come together in the name of sharing stories and building community in a predominately white state. New attendees are welcome. Peace & Justice Center, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 863-2345. SYSTEMIC RACISM: ORIGINS, IMPACTS & SOLUTIONS: What is systemic racism, and how does it manifest in Vermont? A brief talk lays the groundwork for a panel discussion on causes of and solutions to this system of oppression. First Congregational Church, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 532-3030.


BUSINESS PLANNING COURSE: In a 10-week class presented by the Center for Women & Enterprise, aspiring entrepreneurs gain the confidence and knowledge to launch a small business. Rutland Economic Development Corp., 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 391-4870.


THE COALITION FOR A LIVABLE CITY: BURLINGTON UNITED, POLITICAL SOLUTIONS: A discussion presented as part of the Vermont Institute for Civic and International Involvement’s fall conversation series examines current issues facing the Queen City. O.N.E. Community Center, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 355-4968.

LET’S TALK HOUSING: IMPACT, TRENDS & POTENTIAL: Michael Rama of Downstreet Housing & Community Development leads an open discussion on the state and future of housing from the perspective of central Vermont’s leading affordable housing enabler. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5-6 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, info@


PRODUCER & BUYER FORUM: Growers, buyers, food producers and distributors network during round-table discussion and a keynote talk by Dan Horan of Five Acre Farms. Kirk Alumni Center, Middlebury College, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $30. Info, 922-7060.


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


SQUARE DANCING: Swing your partner! Dancers foster friendships while exercising their minds and bodies. Barre Area Senior Center, 1-3 p.m. Donations; preregister. Info, 479-9512.

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BENEFIT CELEBRATION: Vermont Public Radio’s Jane Lindholm emcees an annual fundraiser featuring Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists who reported on alleged misconduct by movie producer Harvey Weinstein. Davis Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, 5:307:30 p.m. $50-250. Info, 3883355, ext. 301.




‘THE MAGIC FLUTE’ Tuesday, October 22, and Wednesday, October 23, 7:30 p.m., at Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H. $12-50. Info, 603-646-2422,

MEMORABLE TIMES CAFÉ: Those living with mild to moderate memory loss and their care partners convene for casual social time. Refreshments are provided. Vermont History Center, Barre, 1:30-3 p.m. Free. Info, 476-2681. QUEEN CITY GHOSTWALK: TRUE CRIME BURLINGTON: From one-off acts of deadly wrongdoing to famous serial killers, tales of sinister happenings spook attendees on this two-hour bus tour with storyteller Thea Lewis. 345 Pine St., Burlington, 7 p.m. $35. Info, 351-1313.

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See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ALMOST THERE: MOVIES ABOUT THE FUTURE: A 1979 picture imagines English writer H.G. Wells inventing a time machine to protect the future world from a murderer. See for title. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581.

Fright Nights Those looking for thrills and chills this Halloween season hop on the first annual Haunted Slay Ride, presented by Vermont Gatherings and Breakaway Farm. Geared toward adults and kids ages 14 and up, this creepy excursion isn’t your typical hayride — no leaf peeping, apple picking or other quaint autumnal activities here. Instead, brave souls have a scream as they encounter fearsome ghosts, ghouls and goblins. Vendors, food and drink, tarot card readings, and live entertainment are also on hand. Space is limited, so reservations are recommended. Hold on to your heads!

‘GAUGUIN IN TAHITI: PARADISE LOST’: An immersive movie provides a look into painter Paul Gauguin’s WED.16


Most opera fans are familiar with The Magic Flute, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s whimsical masterpiece about a prince who, given an enchanted instrument, embarks on a quest to rescue his true love from evil forces. In its own unique adaptation, Cape Town, South Africa-based theater company Isango Ensemble merges the classic story with a Tsonga folktale. (The Tsonga are a culturally related group of people who live in parts of Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and South Africa.) Audience members find the opera’s arias intact but, in an exciting twist, arranged for a trumpet player and marimba-based orchestra.

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HAUNTED SLAY RIDE Friday, October 18, and Saturday, October 19, 6:30 p.m.-midnight, at Breakaway Farm in Grand Isle. See website for additional dates. $15; preregister. Info, 778-9178,

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In July, jazz vocalist Veronica Swift performed “I’m Hip,” a song from her 2019 album Confessions, on WBGO’s “Singers Unlimited” alongside pianist Emmet Cohen. Video of the performance shows the 25-year-old chanteuse channeling the music not just through her voice but also her physical movements — think fluid hand gestures, subtle dance steps and rhythmic head bobs. In short, she’s feeling it. Swift shares her artistry with Upper Valley music fans in a concert at the First Congregational Church in Lebanon, N.H., presented by the Lebanon Opera House. Listeners can expect to hear bebop favorites and Great American Songbook classics. VERONICA SWIFT
















Sunday, October 20, 7 p.m., at the First Congregational Church in Lebanon, N.H. $30. Info, 603-448-0400,


From Page to Stage “Jane Austen was a radical,” writes Lost Nation Theater producing artistic director Kathleen Keenan in a press release for the Montpelier theater company’s production of Pride and Prejudice. “The fact that she wrote these stories, that they were completely from the feminine perspective … was radical.” For the final show of its 2019 season, LNT stages Austen’s beloved tale of the strongwilled Lizzy Bennet and the wealthy and enigmatic Mr. Darcy. Keenan directs a cast of Vermont and New York City actors in Kate Hamill’s lively theatrical adaptation that the Wall Street Journal says is “done over in the revved-up manner of a Hollywood screwball comedy.”

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journey from France to Tahiti in search of inspiration. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $6-15. Info, 748-2600. ‘HIDDEN PACIFIC 3D’: Some of the Pacific Ocean’s most beautiful islands and marine national monuments grace the screen. 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, $11.50-14.50; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848.

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‘INCREDIBLE PREDATORS 3D’: Advanced filming techniques expose the planet’s top hunters on land, under the sea and in the air. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $11.50-14.50; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848. MADE HERE SHOWCASE: A juried selection of filmmakers compete for a range of awards during three days of screenings presented as part of the Vermont International Film Festival. See for details. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington. Free. Info, 660-2600. ‘OCEANS: OUR BLUE PLANET 3D’: Actor Kate Winslet narrates a virtual odyssey into the largest and least-explored habitat on Earth. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, noon, 2 & 4 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $11.50-14.50; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848. ‘THY NEIGHBOR’: In this featurelength Christian thriller, a smalltown pastor worries that his neighbor may be threatening his family’s safety. Marquis Theatre & Southwest Café, Middlebury, 1, 4 & 7 p.m. $8-10. Info, 388-4841.



‘TINY GIANTS 3D’: An immersive film reveals the astonishing lives of the smallest of animals — think chipmunks and grasshopper mice. 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. VERMONT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Cinephiles keep their eyes glued to the big screen at this annual showcase of international, independent and local flicks. See for schedule and details. Various Burlington locations. $60-200 for festival passes; $5-10 for individual screenings. Info, 660-2600.

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samples of wild venison, moose and bear. Hosted by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and the Vermont Bowhunters Association. The Garage Cultural Center, Montpelier, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 828-1000.


BEGINNERS’ BRIDGE: Those looking to get in on the card game learn the basics from longtime player Grace Sweet. Waterbury Public Library, 6-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 244-7036. BRIDGE CLUB: Players have fun with the popular card game. Burlington Bridge Club, Williston, 9:15 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. $6. Info, 872-5722. MAH JONGG IN BARRE: Fun, friendship and conversation flow as players manipulate tiles. Barre Area Senior Center, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 479-9512. ROCK PAPER SCISSORS TOURNAMENT: All hands are on deck as competitors battle for bucks in an epic rock-paperscissors session. Proceeds benefit ANEW Place. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 6-10 p.m. $20-100. Info, 540-0406. VERMONT COUNCIL ON WORLD AFFAIRS SPOOKY CORPORATE TRIVIA NIGHT: Coworkers connect with local businesspeople while expanding their knowledge of international issues. Proceeds benefit VCWA youth programs. Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $350-500 per team. Info, 861-2343, ext. 5.

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ALL-LEVELS ACROYOGA CLASS: The mindfulness and breath of yoga meet the playful aspects of acrobatics in a partner practice. No partners or experience required. Sangha Studio — Pine, Burlington, 7-8 p.m. Donations. Info, 798-2651.

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CHAIR YOGA: Whether experiencing balance issues or recovering from illness or injury, health-conscious community members drop in for a weekly low-stress class. Waterbury Public Library, 10:15-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 244-7036. RESILIENCE FLOW: Individuals affected by traumatic brain injuries engage in a gentle yoga practice. Sangha Studio — Pine, Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 448-4262. YOGA4CANCER: Meant for anyone affected by the illness, this class aims to help participants manage treatment side effects and recovery. Sangha Studio — North, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Donations. Info, 448-4262.


ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE OF THE LAKE CHAMPLAIN REGION SOCIAL HOUR: Francophones fine-tune their French-language conversation skills over cocktails. Hilton Garden Inn Burlington Downtown, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, BEGINNER & INTERMEDIATE/ ADVANCED ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASSES: Learners take communication to the next level. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. FRENCH CLUB: CHANTEZ & PARLEZ: Subtitles allow folks of all ages and language levels to sing along with French-language songs. Attendees may also share travel stories en français. Rotary Room, Howe Library, Hanover, N.H., 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 603-643-4120. GERMAN CONVERSATION GROUP: Community members practice conversing auf Deutsch. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. LUNCH IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE: SPANISH: ¡Hola! Language lovers perfect their fluency. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.


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




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Find club dates in the music section. OLD NORTH END NEIGHBORHOOD BAND TEEN MUSIC JAM: Be they accomplished or beginner musicians, young players find harmony in the traditional music of Burlington’s past and present immigrant groups. Boys & Girls Club, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 881-8500. PINK MARTINI: It’s cocktail time! Attendees are transported by the ensemble’s retro-inspired blend of jazz, cabaret and lounge music with vocals by China Forbes. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 7:30 p.m. $49-69. Info, 775-0903.



SONG CIRCLE: Singers and musicians congregate for an acoustic session of popular folk tunes. Godnick Adult Center, Rutland, 7:15 p.m. Donations. Info, 775-1182.


NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL PUBLIC BANDING DEMO: Animal lovers join NBNC biologists as they capture, tag and release these pint-size fliers. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 7:30-9 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 229-6206.


HOUSING DISCRIMINATION 101: What do you do if you experience discrimination? A Q&A session augments a presentation by Devon Ayers of Vermont Legal Aid. Burlington City Hall Auditorium, 4-6 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 861-3092. LEARN HOW TO PUT YOUR HOUSE ON A DIET: STAGE TO LIVE OR STAGE TO LEAVE: Melanie Saia, director of staging services for the Malley Group at KW Vermont, shares strategies for preparing one’s home for life or for sale in the third of a threepart series. South Burlington Community Library, University Mall, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140. WICKED BREWS: HOME BUYING DOESN’T HAVE TO BE SCARY: New England Federal Credit Union representatives provide potential home buyers with the information they need to make smart mortgage choices. Costumes are encouraged at this workshop complete with pizza and beer. Queen City Brewery, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 879-8790.


BETH HUMSTONE: What can Vermonters learn from Italian town planning? Listeners find out from the urban planner’s talk “Coming Down From the Hill Town.” Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms, 5 p.m. Free; cash bar. Info, 658-6647. CURRENT EVENTS CONVERSATION: Newsworthy subjects take the spotlight in this informal discussion. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 878-4918. DAN BENARDOT: Led by the registered dietitian and former U.S. Olympic team nutritionist, the public forum “Key Considerations for Nutrition and Physical Activity” offers information on maximizing health, wellness and athletic performance. Room 202, Yokum Auditorium, SUNY Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7 p.m. Free. Info, 518-564-4150. ELIZABETH GRIBKOFF: Addressing audience members as part of the Current Topics in Science Speaker Series, the reporter imparts her knowledge in “Bumble Bees, Solar Panels and Wastewater Plants: The Environmental Beat.” Room 207, Bentley Hall, Northern Vermont University-Johnson, 4

p.m. Free. Info, les.kanat@north JEFF SPECK: In “Walking Your Way to Community Vitality,” the internationally recognized author, planner and walk-bike advocate talks about the economic promise of walkable communities and the benefits of designing streets that belong to everyone. Livak Ballroom, Dudley H. Davis Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 861-2700. TEDX BROWNELL LIBRARY: Lifelong learners watch TED Talk videos centered on the topic “March Against Injustice.” Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.


TECH HELP WITH CLIF: Electronics novices develop skill sets applicable to smartphones, tablets and other gadgets. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, noon & 1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-6955. TECH TUTOR: Techies answer questions about computers and devices during one-on-one help sessions. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 4-6 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918.


‘FOREVER PLAID’: A car accident cuts a promising young band’s career short before it starts. But they’re returned to Earth for one last big gig in this musical revue of 1950s doo-wop favorites. The Grange Theatre, South Pomfret, 7:30 p.m. $28-35. Info, 457-3500. ‘JORDAN’: Northern Stage presents the world premiere of Brenda Withers’ hauntingly relevant play examining how much humans give away online and what they risk in the technological age. Barrette Center for the Arts, White River Junction, 7:30 p.m. $19-59. Info, 296-7000. ‘THE LAST WIDE OPEN’: Jamien Forrest directs a cast of two in a romantic play portraying three alternate realities for a young waitress and an Italian immigrant. Presented by Vermont Stage. Black Box Theater, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $29.70-38.50. Info, 862-1497.


ARCHER MAYOR: Detective Joe Gunther faces new challenges in Bomber’s Moon, the latest novel in the local author’s best-selling Vermont-based mystery series. Norwich Bookstore, 7 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 649-1114. KRISTIN KIMBALL: The organic farmer and writer reads from and discusses Good Husbandry, a follow-up to her 2010 memoir The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food and Love. The Vermont Book Shop, Middlebury, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-2061.

SHEILA MOESCHEN: The League of Extraordinarily Funny Women: 50 Trailblazers of Comedy celebrates the likes of Lucille Ball and Tina Fey. Phoenix Books, Rutland, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 855-8078.

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SUSAN RITZ: Fiction fans join the author for a talk on her debut novel, A Dream to Die For. Phoenix Books, Burlington, 7 p.m. $3. Info, 448-3350.

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WRITING CIRCLE: Words pour out when participants explore creative expression in a lowpressure environment. The Pathways Vermont Community Center, Burlington, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 888-492-8218, ext. 303.

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BUSINESS TAXES 101: Freelancers and aspiring or newly established small business owners take notes on topics such as maximizing tax deductions and limiting bill surprises. Center for Women & Enterprise, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 391-4870.


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ENTREPRENEUR SUMMIT: Proprietors from all over the country learn the ins and outs of launching and scaling an online services business. ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. $199329. Info, 242-1352. FRANKLIN COUNTY REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OCTOBER MIXER: Friends and colleagues catch up while taking in local art and sweets from regional bakeries. Artist in Residence Gallery, St. Albans, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $5-8; preregister. Info, 524-2444.


BURLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE: Members of the public stay upto-date on the status of the BHS ReEnvisioning Project. Cafeteria, Burlington High School, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 324-4885.


COMPOST: HOW TO KEEP YOUR FOOD SCRAPS OUT OF THE LANDFILL: An interactive presentation by Lauren Layn of the Chittenden Solid Waste District demystifies the process of managing edible refuse. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.


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NET ZERO BUILDING TOUR: A guided journey through a netpositive office and warehouse building gives way to a reception with appetizers. SunCommon, Waterbury, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $1525. Info, 735-2192.


QUEEN CITY GHOSTWALK GHOSTS & LEGENDS OF LAKE CHAMPLAIN TOUR: Brave souls learn about the darker side of Burlington on a guided walk with author and historian Thea Lewis. Arrive 10 minutes early. Battery Park Fountain, Burlington, 7 p.m. $20. Info, 351-1313.

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CAREER & INTERNSHIP FAIR: Students and members of the public discover a wide range of professional opportunities while networking with area employers. SHAPE Fitness Center, Northern Vermont University-Johnson, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, beth.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘HIDDEN PACIFIC 3D’: See WED.16. ‘INCREDIBLE PREDATORS 3D’: See WED.16. ‘JAY & SILENT BOB REBOOT’: The stoners who first appeared in the 1994 comedy Clerks return to the big screen for a cross-country mission to stop Hollywood from rebooting Bluntman and Chronic, a comic book film based on the clueless duo. Cumberland 12 Cinemas, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7 p.m. $15-18. Info, 518-324-3888. Essex Cinemas & T-Rex Theater, 7 p.m. $10-12.50. Info, 878-7231.


‘LAKE EFFECT’: A filmmaker discussion follows a screening of this documentary about the possible link between bluegreen algae and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Ferrisburgh Town Offices & Community Center, 5:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, MADE HERE SHOWCASE: See WED.16. ‘MILES DAVIS: BIRTH OF THE COOL’: A 2019 documentary shown as part of the Biography Series by Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival Selects provides a portrait of the late American jazz trumpeter, bandleader and composer. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 7 p.m. $15; $105 for series pass. Info, 382-9222. ‘OCEANS: OUR BLUE PLANET 3D’: See WED.16. ‘RETURN TO SEND’ER’: Winter warriors gear up for the coming season by attending the premiere of Matchstick Productions’ latest ski film, shown on Church Street with a Switchback Brewing beer garden. Outdoor Gear Exchange, Burlington, 7 p.m. $5. Info, 888-547-4327.

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COMMUNITY LUNCH: Gardengrown fare makes for a delicious and nutritious midday meal. The Pathways Vermont Community Center, Burlington, 1-2 p.m. Free. Info, 888-492-8218, ext. 309.


CHITTENDEN COUNTY CHESS CLUB: Checkmate! Strategic thinkers make calculated moves as they vie for their opponents’ kings. Shaw’s, Shelburne Rd., South Burlington, 7-9:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-5403. CRIBBAGE: Friends connect over a fun-spirited card game. Barre Area Senior Center, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 479-9512.

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ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION EXERCISE PROGRAM: Seniors rise and shine with an exercise program meant to increase bone density and muscle strength. Barre Area Senior Center, 8:309:45 a.m. Free. Info, 479-9512. CHAIR YOGA: Comfortable clothing is recommended for this class focused on balance, breath, flexibility and meditation. Barre Area Senior Center, 1-2 p.m. Free. Info, 479-9512. CHAIR YOGA WITH SANGHA STUDIO: Supported poses promote health and wellbeing. Champlain Senior Center, Burlington, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 448-4262.

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COMMUNITY MINDFULNESS: A 20-minute guided practice with Andrea O’Connor alleviates stress and tension. Tea and a discussion follow. Winooski Senior Center, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 233-1161. FALLS PREVENTION TAI CHI I & II: Students improve their ability to stay steady on their feet. Barre Area Senior Center, 3:45-4:45 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 479-9512. SEED CLINIC: Small magnetic beads taped to acupressure points offer support for those experiencing difficult or stressful times. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Montpelier, 6:30-8 p.m. Donations. Info, clinicseed@ YANG 24 TAI CHI: Slow, graceful, expansive movements promote wide-ranging health and fitness benefits. Wright House, Harrington Village, Shelburne, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 735-5467. YOGA: A Sangha Studio instructor guides students who are in recovery toward achieving inner tranquility. Turning Point Center, Burlington, 5-6 p.m. Free. Info, 448-4262.


FRENCH CONVERSATION: Speakers improve their linguistic dexterity in the Romantic tongue. Bradford Public Library, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 222-4536.


‘THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW’: An all-star Montréal cast stages the cult-classic sci-fi musical. MainLine Theatre, Montréal, 8 p.m. $20-50. Info, 514-849-3378.


Find club dates in the music section. FELIX CAVALIERE’S RASCALS: An original member of the ’60s blue-eyed soul group the Young Rascals, the singer-songwriter has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Grammy Hall of Fame. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 7:30 p.m. $39-49. Info, 775-0903. JOHN WAITE: Known for the 1980s hits “Missing You” and “Tears,” the singer-songwriter brings decades of experience to the stage. Strand Center Theatre, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7:30 p.m. $25139. Info, 518-563-1604, ext. 105. TRIO SEFARDI: Three performers breathe new life into the musical heritage of the exiled Jews of Spain. Brookfield Old Town Hall, 7 p.m. $5; donations for kids under 18. Info, brookfieldoth@


SLOW & EASY HIKING: Walkers enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the forest while moving at a gentle pace. Ilene Elliott leads this public Barre Area Senior Center outing. Barre Town Forest, Websterville, 10:10 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 479-9512.



ADAM BOYCE: History buffs listen in on “What Say You, Elder?,” a lecture looking at the life and work of 19th-century Vermont minister Daniel “Elder” Field. Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 479-8500. CASSANDRA HARTBLAY: The sociocultural medical anthropologist applies her expertise when reflecting on the process of coproducing the play I Was Never Alone in locations worldwide. Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, Middlebury College, 12:15 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. JOSEPH CITRO: In conjunction with the exhibition “Conjuring the Dead: Spirit Art in the Age of Radical Reform,” the folklorist explores “Spirited Vermont — Green Mountain Mediums, Mystics and Miracle Workers.” Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, Middlebury, 7 p.m. Regular admission, $3-12; preregister; limited space. Info, 388-2117. LUNCH & LEARN: Bor Yang, the first woman executive director of the Vermont Human Rights Commission, talks about inequity in the Green Mountain State. Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, noon. $6-10. Info, 863-4214. RICH LYONS: A Co.Starters Speaker Series talk with the Passumpsic Bank chief financial officer covers sales projections and cash flow. Do North Coworking, Lyndonville, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, team@donorthcowork ROSS DOUTHAT: Former governor Jim Douglas moderates “Conservatism After Trump: Reaganism Restored or Populism Forever?,” a Q&A with the New York Times columnist. Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, Middlebury College, 4:30-6 p.m. Free. Info, 443-5310.


TECH SUPPORT: Need an email account? Want to enjoy ebooks? Bring your phone, tablet or laptop to a weekly help session. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291. VERMONT TECH JAM: Seven Days organizes the annual showcase of local tech-related companies, which gather under one roof for a job fair and expo. See for details. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 864-5684.


‘BLOOD, SWEAT, BABY AND LIFE AFTER ORGASM: STORIES FROM A MIDWIFE’: Through reflections and stories of hundreds of families, midwife Katherine Bramhall presents a one-person play illustrating the experience of pregnancy, labor and birth. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 7 p.m. $28. Info, 603-448-0400. ‘ESAI’S TABLE’: JAG Productions starts its fourth season with

the world premiere of Nathan Yungerberg’s mythical tale of black lives, friendship, family and love. Briggs Opera House, White River Junction, 7:30 p.m. $35. Info, 332-3270. ‘FOREVER PLAID’: See WED.16. ‘JORDAN’: See WED.16. ‘THE LAST WIDE OPEN’: See WED.16. ‘THE MOUSETRAP’: Randolph Union High School presents Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery, rich with comedy and suspense. Randolph Union High School, 7:30 p.m. $6-9. Info, 728-3397. NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: ‘A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM’: Performed at London’s Bridge Theatre, William Shakespeare’s comedy about lovers, actors and meddling fairies is broadcast to the big screen. Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington, 2 & 7 p.m. $18. Info, 863-5966. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $1625. Info, 748-2600. NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: ‘FRANKENSTEIN’: Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire) directed this 2011 theatrical adaptation of Mary Shelley’s iconic horror novel, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Creature. Shown on screen. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 7 p.m. $10-17. Info, 760-4634. ‘PRIDE AND PREJUDICE’: Lost Nation Theater presents Kate Hamill’s modern adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved work, which follows Elizabeth Bennett and her four sisters in their pursuit to secure their futures. See calendar spotlight. Lost Nation Theater, Montpelier City Hall, 7:30 p.m. $10-30. Info, 229-0492. THE TOOTH & NAIL CABARET: In a stop on their North East Coast Tour, performers entertain with an evening of feminist vignettes — expect revelry, protest and mourning. Art’s Alive Gallery, Burlington, 8 p.m. Donations. Info, VERMONT VAUDEVILLE: A madcap troupe of performers, including the internationally touring Pogo Fred and Billy Kidd, deliver the variety show That’s Impossible! Hardwick Town House, 7:30 p.m. $8-18; limited space. Info, 472-8987.


BRATTLEBORO LITERARY FESTIVAL: Guided by the theme of identity, a four-day pageturner party offers readings, panels and other literary happenings. See for details. Various Brattleboro locations, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 365-7673. READ TO A CAT: Lit lovers share stories with an in-training therapy feline. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3:304:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918. SHEILA MOESCHEN: See WED.16, Phoenix Books, Burlington, 7 p.m. $3. Info, 448-3350.

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OCTOBER FARM FRIDAYS: Participants get their hands dirty during a weekly work party on the college’s farm. Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 2-5 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2000.


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BAKURETSU CON: Fans of Japanese animé and culture geek out over panels, gaming and cosplay. Hampton Inn, Colchester, 9 a.m.-midnight. $20-65. Info, VERMONT REGIONAL WORKFORCE SUMMIT: One of a dozen summits taking place around the state provides actionable solutions for employers and promotes partnerships among regional and statewide service providers and educators. Northern Vermont UniversityLyndon, employer session, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; service provider and educator session, noon-3 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8303.

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ECSTATIC DANCE VERMONT: Inspired by the 5Rhythms dance practice, attendees move, groove, release and open their hearts to life in a safe and sacred space. Christ Episcopal Church, Montpelier, 7-9 p.m. $10. Info, ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE: Sue Rosen lead adults and teens in steps popular in the time of Jane Austen. Elley-Long Music Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 7-9:30 p.m. $10-20; free for ages 35 and under. Info, 881-9732.



KIMBERLY BARTOSIK: The famed choreographer and 2019 Guggenheim Fellow presents her latest dance project, I hunger for you, in which she draws on personal experience to explore losing oneself in ecstasy. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 8 p.m. $35. Info, 863-5966.

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Spensley, the three members of the contra dance band, entertain. Jay Craven also discusses his peace work during the Vietnam War and shows his film on Vermont folk artist Gayleen Aiken. Chaffee Art Center, Rutland, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 775-0356. QUEEN CITY GHOSTWALK DARKNESS FALLS TOUR: Local historian Thea Lewis treats pedestrians to tales of madmen, smugglers, pub spirits and, of course, ghosts. Arrive 10 minutes early. Democracy sculpture, 199 Main St., Burlington, 7 p.m. $20. Info, 324-5467. SUNY PLATTSBURGH HOMECOMING: A slew of celebratory events such as horse-drawn carriage rides, a fall festival and a 5K run welcome alumni, friends and family back to campus. SUNY Plattsburgh, N.Y. Prices vary. Info, 518-564-2090. TRINITY ROCKS: A three-course dinner catered by Table 24 executive chef Steve Sawyer fuels fans for a soul and R&B concert by Rutland band Satin & Steel. Trinity Church, Rutland, 6 p.m. $30-60. Info, 775-4368.


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CHAIR YOGA: Students with limited mobility limber up with modified poses. Sangha Studio — North, Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 448-4262. GONG MEDITATION: Sonic vibrations lead to healing and deep relaxation. Yoga Roots, Williston, 7:30-8:30 p.m. $18. Info, 318-6050. MEDITATION PROGRAM: Stress, be gone! Students in this bimonthly gathering unlock a sense of calm through breath work and balancing chakras. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.


‘WORLD WITHOUT END’: Shown on reel-to-reel 16mm film, this 1956 sci-fi adventure has viewers on the edge of their seats with the story of astronauts propelled into a postapocalyptic Earth. Newman Center, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7 p.m. Donations. Info,


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SLOW FLOW YOGA: Trish DeRocher leads a gentle all-levels lunchtime lesson complete with herbal recommendations. Railyard Apothecary, Burlington, 1-2 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0595.

SENEGALESE FILM FESTIVAL: ‘MADAME BROUETTE’: Shown in French with English subtitles, a 2002 film follows a single Senegalese woman who takes drastic measures to care for her family. Room 101, Cheray Science Hall, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2000.

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PUBLIC CUPPING: Coffee connoisseurs and beginners alike explore the flavor notes and aromas of the roaster’s current offerings and new releases. Brio Coffeeworks, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 777-6641.

HARVEST SUPPER AT THE FARM: Animal petting areas and live music by Erin CasselsBrown set the stage for a feast of homegrown seasonal fare. Tail Feather Farm, Middlebury, 5-8 p.m. $16-24; free for petting area only. Info, 683-6436. PIN UP PICKLES SAMPLING: Foodies pop in to taste locally made small-batch dilly beans, pickled garlic and kosher dills. Kiss the Cook, Middlebury, 3:30-6 p.m. Free. Info, 349-8803.


Find club dates in the music section. THE BURNING HELL: Founded a dozen years ago by Mathias Kom, the idiosyncratic band exhibits joy and camaraderie in its live performances. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 8 p.m. $13. Info, 382-9222. DANA & SUSAN ROBINSON: A husband-and-wife duo channels the essence of rural America through fiddle, guitar, banjo and mandolin. River Arts, Morrisville, 7 p.m. $10-15; cash bar. Info, 888-1261. DOM LA NENA: CANCELED. The multilingual cellist and songwriter presents an ethereal blend of indie-folk and Latin music as part of the UVM Lane Series. University of Vermont Recital Hall, Burlington, preshow talk, 6:30 p.m.; show, 7:30 p.m. $5-25. Info, 656-3131. MELVIN SEALS & JGB: The Hammond B-3 wizard fronts an all-star jam band that harkens back to his 18-year stint in the Jerry Garcia Band. Vermont native and Trey Anastasio Band trumpeter Jennifer Hartswick is a special guest. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 7:30 p.m. $35. Info, 603-448-0400. MIDDLEBURY SONG FEST: Voice and piano duos François Clemmons and Cynthia Huard, Ali Dawson Gibson and Sadie Brightman, and Sarah Cullins and Sammy Angstman lend their talents to a two-day exploration of the classical song repertoire. Middlebury Community Music Center, 8-10 p.m. $15-20. Info, 388-2884.

HAUNTED RAIL TRAIL: Brave souls brace themselves for a spooky stroll on the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail. Groups leave approximately every 10 minutes. Park behind the Danville United Methodist Church. Danville Recycling Center, 6:30-10 p.m. Donations; canned food items accepted. Info, 227-3113.

SHAKE: Playing in an acoustic format, the Vermont band puts a modern twist on melodic rhythm and blues. Meeting House on the Green, East Fairfield, 7 p.m. $10. Info, 827-6626.

HAUNTED SLAY RIDE: Are you afraid of the dark? A Halloween hayride is full of surprises — think ghastly ghosts, grim ghouls and gruesome goblins. See calendar spotlight. Breakaway Farm, Grand Isle, 6:30 p.m.-midnight. $15; preregister. Info, 778-9178.

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NITEMARE AT THE LUAU: Quadra rock the stage at a Halloweenthemed fundraiser for the Milton Artists’ Guild featuring a raffle, a photo booth, and costume and limbo contests. 14th Star Brewing Co., St. Albans, 7-11 p.m. $18-20. Info, 891-2014.


SPOOKY MOVIE: A PG-rated picture elicits thrills and chills. Popcorn and drinks are provided. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:30-8:15 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.




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

music + comedy Find club dates at local venues in the music + nightlife section and at All family-oriented events are now published in Kids VT, our free parenting monthly. Look for it on newsstands and check out the online calendar at Learn more about highlighted listings in the Magnificent 7 on page 11.


WES URBANIAK & THE MOUNTAIN FOLK: Upright bass, ukulele, guitar, beatbox and vocals in tow, the band channels the spirit of Montana through music. Chandler Gallery, Randolph, 7:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 728-9878.


GENEALOGY: Using their memories, the internet and a library card, folks work with Carl Williams to record their own family history. Barre Area Senior Center, noon-1:30 p.m. Donations; preregister. Info, 479-9512.


EDUCATION & ENRICHMENT FOR EVERYONE: Cuban American Friendship Society president Armando Vilaseca delivers “Cuba: A New Cold War?” Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2-3 p.m. $5; $45 for the series. Info, 658-6554.


NORTH COUNTRY CYBERSECURITY CONFERENCE: This third annual gathering is designed to educate businesses and government agencies on safeguards for protecting user data and business intelligence. Au Sable Hall, SUNY Plattsburgh, N.Y., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $15-30 includes lunch. Info, 518-564-3054.


‘ESAI’S TABLE’: See THU.17. ‘FOREVER PLAID’: See WED.16. ‘INDECENT’: Playwright Paula Vogel’s Tony Award-winning tale recounts the true story of the cast of the 1923 Broadway play God of Vengeance, who were arrested on opening night on obscenity charges. Weston Playhouse Second Stage at Walker Farm, 7:30 p.m. $45-60. Info, 824-5288. ‘INHERIT THE WIND’: Essex Community Players stage Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee’s drama centered on the case of a science teacher accused of the crime of teaching evolution. Essex Memorial Hall, 7:30-10 p.m. $16-18. Info, 881-7116. ‘JORDAN’: See WED.16. ‘THE LAST WIDE OPEN’: See WED.16. ‘THE MOUSETRAP’: See THU.17. NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: ‘A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM’: See THU.17, Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7:30 p.m. $10-15. Info, 603-646-2422. ‘OLIVER!’: An orphaned boy yearns to escape London’s seedy underworld in this musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic tale Oliver Twist, presented by the Valley Players. Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield, 7:30 p.m. $10-20. Info, 583-1674. ‘PRIDE AND PREJUDICE’: See THU.17. ‘TRUMPILTON: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL PARODY’: A lighthearted and tastefully irreverent

musical parody presented by Klami/Holmes Productions takes a look at Donald Trump’s life and presidency. Not recommended for kids under 12. B&G Gallery, Rutland, 7:30 p.m. $9-12. Info, 922-8662. VERMONT VAUDEVILLE: See THU.17.


BRATTLEBORO LITERARY FESTIVAL: See THU.17. JILL MUDGETT: “Murder in the Vermont Woods: A Story About Race, Class and Gender in the 19th Century” is the tragic true tale of foul play, racism, disability and violence against women in central Vermont in the 19th century. Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 533-2000. WRITER’S BLOCK: Scribes bring essays, short stories, one-act plays and poems to be critiqued by a supportive audience. Barre Area Senior Center, 10-11:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 479-9512.

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CHAMPLAIN VALLEY AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL MONTHLY MEETING: Activists gather with the goal of advancing human rights. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, COCOA CAMPAIGN PRESENTATION: Child slavery and human trafficking in the cocoa industry are the focus of this seminar designed to educate, brainstorm solutions and create tangible action steps that fit each participant. Peace & Justice Center, Burlington, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 863-2345.


CROP MOB: Volunteers get their hands dirty while pitching in with the fall harvest. Bring sturdy shoes, layers, work gloves and water. Intervale Community Farm, Burlington, 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 861-9753.


SUNSOIL 2 CENT REFILL EVENT: Sunsoil offers refills of its organically grown, naturally extracted, unflavored CBD oil tincture at two cents per milligram. Bring your clean, empty Sunsoil bottle. Healthy Living Market & Café, South Burlington, noon-4 p.m. Free. Info,


QUEEN CITY MEMORY CAFÉ: People with memory loss accompany their caregivers for coffee, conversation and entertainment. Thayer House, Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 656-4220.


BAKURETSU CON: See FRI.18. WOMEN’S ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY CONFERENCE: Alchemist cofounder and CEO Jen Kimmich keynotes a 23rd

annual gathering geared toward those looking for business resources and opportunities. Vermont Technical College, Randolph, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 229-0569.


CONTRA DANCE: Kristen Planeaux calls the steps at a traditional social dance with high-energy music by Cloud Ten. Capital City Grange, Berlin, introductory session, 7:45 p.m.; dance, 8-11 p.m. $5-15. Info, 225-8921. ‘TALK ABOUT THE WEATHER’: Ranging in age from 2 to over 80, students from Dancers’ Corner showcase their best moves in the recital “Talk About the Weather.” Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 6 p.m. $12-21. Info, 603-448-0400.


BLUE JEAN BALL: Partygoers kick up their boot heels at a fundraiser for Franklin County Home Health Agency. American Legion, St. Albans, 6-11 p.m. $55. Info, 393-6767. E-BIKE & BREW TOUR: Electric bicycles transport suds lovers to three local beer producers via scenic routes. Lamoille Valley Bike Tours, Johnson, noon-4:30 p.m. $75 includes an appetizer and two souvenir pint glasses. Info, 730-0161. JUSTICE FOR ALL BIRTHDAY PARTY: Activists celebrate the Vermont-based racial justice nonprofit by boogying to the blues stylings of Dave Keller. Games, a karaoke contest and a chili cook-off round out the revelry. First Congregational Church, Burlington, 6-9 p.m. Free. Info, 532-3030. LEGAL CLINIC: Attorneys offer complimentary consultations on a first-come, first-served basis. 274 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 383-2118. NETWORKING & ACCESSIBLE GAMING: Blind and visually impaired individuals and their friends and families mix, mingle and engage in a little friendly competition as part of White Cane Day. South Burlington Community Library, University Mall, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 863-7530. QUEEN CITY GHOSTWALK DARKNESS FALLS TOUR: See FRI.18. STORIES & MORE FROM WHEN THE LAKE CHAMPLAIN BRIDGE CLOSED: Marking the 10th anniversary of the October 16, 2009, closing of the Lake Champlain Bridge, folks learn about the structure’s past and present. Chimney Point State Historic Site, Addison, 9:30 a.m.4:30 p.m. $25 includes lunch; preregister; limited space. Info, 759-2412. STUNT KITE FLIERS & ARCHERY HOBBYISTS MEETING: Open to beginning and experienced hobbyists alike, a weekly gathering allows folks to share information SAT.19

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and suggestions for equipment, sporting locations and more. Presto Music Store, South Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 658-0030. SUNY PLATTSBURGH HOMECOMING: See FRI.18.

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CABOT APPLE PIE FESTIVAL: Bakers tempt judges’ taste buds with flaky pastries boasting fall’s signature flavor. Crafts and raffles round out this benefit for the Cabot Historical Society. Cabot High School, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, FUR FEST: Animal lovers throw potential pets a bone at a Central Vermont Humane Society benefit with hors d’oeuvres, desserts, an auction and standup comedy from Ryan Kriger. Vermont Granite Museum, Barre, 5-8 p.m. $35. Info, 476-3811.

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SUKKOT ON THE FARM: Now in its sixth year, the festival features teachings from local mindfulness practitioners, regional rabbis, comedians, herbalists, youth environmental educators and local musicians. Living Tree Alliance, Moretown, 5 p.m. $1020. Info, 603-387-8687.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘A BAND CALLED DEATH’: A 2012 documentary tells the story of 1970s punk trio Death. A performance and Q&A with band members follows. The Double E Lounge at Essex Experience, 7 p.m. $30-65. Info, info@ ‘HIDDEN PACIFIC 3D’: See WED.16.

vast knowledge of the world of chocolate — along with a variety of samples to taste and compare. NU Chocolate, Burlington, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 540-8378. CHOCOLATE TASTING IN MIDDLESEX: Candy fanatics get an education on a variety of sweets made on-site. RabbleRouser Chocolate & Craft Co., Middlesex, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 229-2090. HARVEST DINNER & WINE PAIRING: Taste-bud-tempting vinos complement dishes such as a harvest vegetable phyllo pouch and almond-crusted pork tenderloin. Snow Farm Vineyard, South Hero, 6-9 p.m. $74.95; preregister; limited space. Info, 324-5563. LAWSON’S FINEST LIQUIDS TAPROOM ONE YEAR BIRTHDAY PARTY: Suds lovers celebrate the taproom with specialty beer samples, light fare, and live music by Native Tongue and Sugar Shack. Lawson’s Finest Liquids, Waitsfield, brewery open house, noon-4 p.m.; live music, 2-7 p.m. Free. Info, 496-4677. NORTHWEST FARMERS MARKET: Locavores stock up on produce, preserves, baked goods, and arts and crafts. Taylor Park, St. Albans, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info,

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BURLINGTON FARMERS MARKET: More than 90 stands overflow with seasonal produce, flowers, artisan wares and prepared foods. 345 Pine St., Burlington, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, burlingtonfarmersmarket. CAPITAL CITY FARMERS MARKET: Meats and cheeses join farm-fresh produce, baked goods, locally made arts and crafts, and live music. 60 State Street, Montpelier, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, manager@montpelierfarmers CHOCOLATE SCULPTURE DEMO: Artist Emily McCracken gives cacao a wow factor when creating a Halloween-themed confection. Lake Champlain Chocolates Factory Store & Café, Burlington, 2-3 p.m. Free; limited space. Info, 864-1807. CHOCOLATE TASTING IN BURLINGTON: Guest chef Patrick Duroeulx imparts his



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ZOMBIE 5K: Survival is the goal as runners encounter an array of terrifying characters along a 3.1-mile course. Danville School, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. $15-30. Info, 227-3113.


ARMENIAN LANGUAGE: Singing, dancing, drama and games promote proficiency. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 1-2 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211.


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



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USA DANCE VERMONT HALLOWEEN SOCIAL DANCE: Movers and shakers cut a rug in a relaxed setting that celebrates the art of ballroom dance. Elley-Long Music Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, open dance, 6:30-7 p.m.; cha-cha and West Coast swing classes, 7-8:30 p.m.; social dancing, 8:3011 p.m. $5-15. Info, 482-2896.

NEWBIE NOON HOT YOGA: First-timers feel the heat as they get their stretch on in a (very) warm environment. Hot Yoga Burlington, noon. Free; preregister. Info, 999-9963.



OOKY SPOOKY 5K: Participants in Halloween garb hit the trail for a 3.1-mile run benefiting the Committee on Temporary Shelter. Rock Point School, Burlington, 8-11 a.m. $10. Info, 863-1104.

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CAPITAL CITY CONCERTS: Richard Riley directs singers and a professional orchestra in “Sleepers Awake!,” a beloved Bach cantata. Montpelier St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 7:30 p.m. $15-25. Info, info@capitalcity CARLA BLEY: The all-student Coast Jazz Orchestra opens with a set of Bley’s big-band compositions before the jazz pianist takes the stage alongside saxophonist Andy Sheppard and bassist Steve Swallow. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7:30 p.m. $12-35. Info, 603-646-2422. CHAMPLAIN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA: Led by music director Matt LaRocca, the local ensemble presents “Americana,” a program featuring works by George Gershwin, Aaron Copland, William Grant Still and Vermont’s Erik Nielsen. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 7:30 p.m. $5-15. Info, 382-9222. COFFEE HOUSE: Outlaw country act Donna Thunder and the Storm, as well as other local musicians, get boots a-tappin’ during a family-friendly gathering benefiting Howe’s Hall restoration. United Church of Northfield, 6:30-9:30 p.m. $10. Info, 485-3770. COMMUNITY SING: Folks find harmony on World Singing Day


by lifting their voices in new and familiar tunes. Holley Hall, Bristol, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 453-7397. DANA & SUSAN ROBINSON: See FRI.18, York Street Meeting House, Lyndon, 7-9 p.m. $10-15; free for kids under 13. Info, 473-4208. FALLFEST: Students and members of the public go wild over sets by Coast Modern, 99 Neighbors and Princess Nostalgia. University of Vermont Patrick Gymnasium, South Burlington, 8-11 p.m. $10-30. Info, FELIX CAVALIERE’S RASCALS: See THU.17, Strand Center Theatre, Plattsburgh N.Y., 8 p.m. $29-54. Info, 518-563-1604, ext. 105. JEREMY MOHNEY: Backed by his band, the saxophonist transports audience members to the heyday of swing and hot jazz. Brandon Music, 7:30 p.m. $20; $45 includes dinner; preregister; BYOB. Info, 247-4295. JOHN MCEUEN & THE STRING WIZARDS: The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band cofounder and mastermind of the seminal 1972 album Will the Circle Be Unbroken plays in Randolph. Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, 7:30 p.m. $10-39. Info, 728-9878. MIDDLEBURY SONG FEST: Voice and piano duos Helen Lyons and Elaine Greenfield, Mary Bonhag and Marika Yasuda, and Ivy Walz and Diane Birr lend their talents to a two-day exploration of the classical song repertoire. Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, Middlebury, 8-10 p.m. $20-25. Info, 388-2884. THE REVENANTS: Bluegrass Gospel Project alums Taylor Armerding, Andy Greene and Kirk Lord band together to present original, time-honored and contemporary Americana music. Music Box, Craftsbury, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $10; free for kids. Info, 586-7533. SATURDAY KARAOKE: Amateur singers belt out their favorite tunes. Burlington VFW Post, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Free. Info, 864-6532. YVES LAMBERT TRIO: Québécois cultural heritage shines through traditional roots music by the La Bottine Souriante founder. Seven Stars Arts Center, Sharon, 7:3010 p.m. $20. Info, 763-2334.


BIRD MONITORING WALK: New birders and members of the Rutland County Audubon Society flock together to seek feathered friends on a 3.7-mile loop. Meet at the boardwalk on Marble St., West Rutland Marsh, 8-11 a.m. Free. Info, birding@rutland DELTA PARK HIKE: On an easy one-mile walk, avian enthusiasts observe migrating shorebirds and waterfowl. Contact trip leader for details. Free; preregister. Info, GMC WORK HIKE: Nature lovers in work clothes and sturdy boots give back to the community by

tending to Green Mountain Clubmaintained Duxbury trails. Rain date: October 20. Montpelier High School, 8 a.m. Free. Info, STARGAZING PARTY: Learn about the night sky and try out a telescope as you snack on moon pies and sip hot apple cider with Stellafane’s Dave Tabor. Weather dependent. Lakeview Cemetery, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211.


PUBLIC SKATING: Active bodies coast across the ice. Plattsburgh State Fieldhouse, N.Y., 11:15 a.m.12:45 p.m. $2-3; additional cost for rentals. Info, 518-564-4270.


CARLA BLEY: Members of the Carla Bley Trio discuss the pianist’s music and legacy. Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 603-646-2422.


CIRCA: ‘HUMANS’: The contemporary circus ensemble explores what it means to be human, both physically and emotionally, through jaw-dropping feats of acrobatics. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 8 p.m. $25-52. Info, 863-5966. ‘ESAI’S TABLE’: See THU.17, 2 & 7:30 p.m. ‘FOREVER PLAID’: See WED.16. ‘HEDY! THE LIFE & INVENTIONS OF HEDY LAMARR’: Heather Massie’s award-winning play tells the story of Hedy Lamarr, siren of the silver screen and inventor of groundbreaking technology. Stowe Town Hall Theatre, 7:30 p.m. $10-15. Info, 253-3961. ‘INDECENT’: See FRI.18, 2& 7:30 p.m. ‘INHERIT THE WIND’: See FRI.18. ‘JORDAN’: See WED.16. ‘THE LAST WIDE OPEN’: See WED.16, 2 & 7:30 p.m. ‘THE MOUSETRAP’: See THU.17. METROPOLITAN OPERA LIVE IN HD: ‘TURANDOT’: Soprano Christine Goerke plays the title role in Puccini’s final opera, a fairy tale about a prince who must solve three riddles to win the hand of an icy princess — or die trying. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 12:55 p.m. $16-25. Info, 748-2600. ‘OLIVER!’: See FRI.18. ‘ONCE’: A street musician and a Czech immigrant fall in love in this modern musical set in the streets of Dublin. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 7:30 p.m. $3545. Info, 775-0903. ‘PRIDE AND PREJUDICE’: See THU.17. ‘TOSCA’: The Opera Company of Middlebury brings Puccini’s story of a volatile diva, a sadistic police chief and an idealistic artist to the stage. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 3 p.m. $38. Info, 760-4634. ‘TRUMPILTON: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL PARODY’: See FRI.18.

VERMONT VAUDEVILLE: See THU.17, 2 & 7:30 p.m.


BOOK SALE: Bibliophiles stock up on used reading materials and other media to support the Friends of the South Burlington Public Library. Wheeler House, South Burlington, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, BRATTLEBORO LITERARY FESTIVAL: See THU.17, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. JACK & LYDIA CLEMMONS: The owners of Clemmons Family Farm educate and entertain listeners with vivid storytelling. A Q&A, refreshments and social time follow. Clemmons Family Farm, Charlotte, 4-5:30 p.m. Donations; preregister at Info, 765-560-5445. POETRY EXPERIENCE: Writers share original work and learn from others in a supportive environment open to all ages and experience levels. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. VOICING ART POETRY READING: Visual art meets the written word as poets share original pieces penned in response to the Flynndog Gallery exhibition “Of Joy and Other Acts of Resistance.” Nomad Coffee — South End Station, Burlington, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info, poartry WRITERS’ WERTFREI: Authors, both published and aspiring, meet monthly to share what they have written in a nonjudgmental, value-free atmosphere. Waterbury Public Library, 10 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, 244-7036.

SUN.20 bazaars

SANGHA STUDIO CLOTHING SWAP: Locals tap into the spirit of giving at an exchange of gently used threads and accessories. All proceeds benefit the studio’s youth yoga service programs. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 4:30-7:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 540-0406.



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


BAKURETSU CON: See FRI.18, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.


SALSALINA SUNDAY PRACTICE: Salsa dancers step in for a casual social. Salsalina Dance Studio, Burlington, 5:30-8 p.m. $5. Info, SUN.20

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BEHIND-THE-SCENES TOUR: Nature enthusiasts discover what it takes to rehabilitate and release hundreds of wild birds. Vermont Institute of Natural Science Nature Center, Quechee, 1-1:30 p.m. $10.50-12.50; preregister; limited space. Info, 359-5000, ext. 201. BRIDAL SHOW: Brides-to-be scope out food, flowers and cake in preparation for the big day. Killington Grand Resort Hotel, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $6-7. Info, 459-2897.

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QUEEN CITY GHOSTWALK CEMETERY TOUR: Paranormal authority Thea Lewis leads a grave adventure through historic headstones. Parking available at Burlington High School. Meet at Louisa Howard Chapel 10 minutes before start time. Lakeview Cemetery, Burlington, 6 p.m. $20. Info, 351-1313.

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See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘HIDDEN PACIFIC 3D’: See WED.16. ‘INCREDIBLE PREDATORS 3D’: See WED.16. ‘OCEANS: OUR BLUE PLANET 3D’: See WED.16.

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TECH-ASSISTED MEDITATION MEET-UP: Mobile devices and headphones in tow, participants explore digital tools and techniques for achieving deep focus. Satori Float & Mind Spa, Shelburne, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info, 498-5555.


‘DIMANCHES’ FRENCH CONVERSATION: Parlez-vous français? Speakers practice the tongue at a casual drop-in chat. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, steve


PRIDE HIKES: STERLING POND & SPRUCE PEAK: Clad in weatherappropriate clothing, LGBTQA+ hikers carpool to their destination for a moderate 2.8-mile trek. Shaw’s, Shelburne Rd., South Burlington, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Free. Info,


Find club dates in the music section. ALL-COMERS TUNES JAM: Irish, Scottish and French Canadian musical styles are in the spotlight during a democratic jam session. Seven Stars Arts Center, Sharon, 4-9 p.m. Free. Info, 763-2334. CAPITAL CITY CONCERTS: See SAT.19, Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Burlington, 3 p.m. CHAMPLAIN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA: See SAT.19, Grace Congregational Church, Rutland, 4 p.m. $5-15. Info, info@


CHOCOLATE TASTING: See SAT.19. DINE STOWE: From fine dining establishments to craft brew pubs, participating restaurants showcase their offerings for a fixed price. See for details. Various Stowe locations, 7 a.m.-11 p.m. $20.19 for specials. Info, 253-7321. HARVEST DINNER: Families feast on fall’s bounty. Brookfield Old Town Hall, 6 p.m. $15; donations for kids under 18; preregister; limited space; BYOB. Info, 276-3488. WINOOSKI FARMERS MARKET: Families shop for fresh produce, honey, meats, baked goods and prepared foods from vendors at an outdoor marketplace. Champlain Mill, Winooski, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, farmers


GAMES PARLOUR: Strategic thinkers bring favorite tabletop competitions to play with others. Champlain Club, Burlington, 2-8

NISHT GEFERLACH KLEZMER BAND: A concert of soulful and stirring songs from the golden age of New York’s Yiddish Theater lifts spirits. United Church of Westford, 4-5 p.m. Donations. Info, 879-4028. TENTH AVENUE NORTH: Favorites in the contemporary Christian music scene, the trio weaves inspiring themes into pop-rock numbers such as “By Your Side.” Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 7 p.m. $20-40. Info, 775-0903. VERONICA SWIFT: The ascendant young jazz vocalist and frequent Wynton Marsalis collaborator breathes new life into bebop favorites and classics from the Great American Songbook. See calendar spotlight. First Congregational Church, Lebanon, N.H. 7 p.m. $30. Info, 603-448-0400. VIENNA BOYS CHOIR: Members of the world-famous singing group dating back to the late Middle Ages lift their voices in a stirring concert. Barre Opera House, 3 p.m. $20-42.50. Info, 476-8188.


FALL NO NAME GRAVE & ATB RIDE: Cycling enthusiasts convene for a lengthy all-terrain ride through beautiful northern Vermont. Bootlegger Bikes, Jeffersonville, 8 a.m. Free. Info, 644-8370.


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BOB HOAR: The historian and Bennington Battlefield State Historic Park docent speaks about the storehouses that were the target of British forces at the Battle of Bennington — which actually took place near Hoosick, N.Y. Ethan Allen Homestead Museum, Burlington, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 865-4556.




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LITTLE FEAT: Even after 50 years, you know you’re still willin’ to rock out with this iconic band founded by a rad gumbo of former members of Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 7 p.m. $25-72. Info, 863-5966.


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

music + comedy Find club dates at local venues in the music + nightlife section and at All family-oriented events are now published in Kids VT, our free parenting monthly. Look for it on newsstands and check out the online calendar at Learn more about highlighted listings in the Magnificent 7 on page 11.

‘THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE’: Six quirky competitors face off in a fictional spelling bee in this musical comedy presented by the St. Johnsbury Players. St. Johnsbury School, 3 p.m. $8-10. Info, 535-9446. ‘ESAI’S TABLE’: See THU.17, 5 p.m. ‘FOREVER PLAID’: See WED.16, 2 p.m. ‘INDECENT’: See FRI.18, 3 p.m. ‘INHERIT THE WIND’: See FRI.18, 2 p.m. ‘JORDAN’: See WED.16, 5 p.m. ‘OLIVER!’: See FRI.18, 2 p.m. ‘PRIDE AND PREJUDICE’: See THU.17, 2 p.m. ‘TOSCA’: See SAT.19, Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, 7 p.m. $35. Info, 457-3981.




BRATTLEBORO LITERARY FESTIVAL: See THU.17, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. WORD. LITERARY EVENT: Authors Shirly Hook, Sara Tucker and Joan Feierabend reveal the personal motivations behind their new books. Esther Mesh Room, Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, 2 p.m. Donations. Info, 728-9878.

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TOXIC WHITENESS DISCUSSION GROUP: Peace & Justice Center representatives facilitate a conversation on the harmful effects of white supremacy on communities and individuals. Peace & Justice Center, Burlington, 5:306:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-2345.


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


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘HIDDEN PACIFIC 3D’: See WED.16. ‘INCREDIBLE PREDATORS 3D’: See WED.16. ‘OCEANS: OUR BLUE PLANET 3D’: See WED.16. ‘TINY GIANTS 3D’: See WED.16. VERMONT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: See WED.16.

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BRIDGE CLUB: See WED.16, 6:30 p.m. CORN HOLE: Competitors vie for points in this popular lawn game during 10 weeks of league play. Barre Elks Lodge, registration, 6 p.m.; games, 6:45 p.m. $10; cash bar. Info, 479-9522. MAGIC: THE GATHERING — MONDAY NIGHT MODERN: Tarmogoyf-slinging madness ensues when competitors battle for prizes in a weekly game. Brap’s Magic, Burlington, 7-11 p.m. $8. Info, 540-0498.

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


ENGLISH CONVERSATION CIRCLE: Language learners make strides — and new friends — in an ongoing discussion group. South Burlington Community Library, University Mall, noon-1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140. PLATTSBURGH CONVERSATION GROUP: French speakers maintain their conversational skills in a weekly meet-up. Plattsburgh Public Library, N.Y., 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, ajobin-picard@


Find club dates in the music section. PINK MARTINI: See WED.16, Fuller Hall, St. Johnsbury Academy, 7 p.m. $15-58; free for students. Info, 748-2600. SAMBATUCADA OPEN REHEARSAL: Burlington’s own samba street percussion band welcomes new members. No experience or instruments required. 8 Space Studio Collective, Burlington, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 862-5017.


FROM STRESSED TO BLESSED: Feeling overwhelmed, afraid or just plain stuck? Louise SaintOnge teaches a simple technique for reducing anxiety and improving peace of mind. Waterbury Public Library, 6-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 244-7036.


STATE OF THE WORLD COMMUNITY DISCUSSIONS: Activist Sandy Baird leads an open forum reflecting on and analyzing current events in a nonjudgmental setting. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7211.


PITCH: Players compete in a trick-taking card game. Barre Area Senior Center, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 479-9512.


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MUST-READ MONDAYS: Bookworms cover Isabel Wilkerson’s The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:307:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.

CHAIR YOGA WITH SANGHA STUDIO: Supported poses promote health and wellbeing. Heineberg Senior Center, Burlington, 10:45-11:45 a.m. Free. Info, 448-4262.


VOICES OF COLOR SHOWCASE: People of color exercise their

artistry when sharing stories and poetry. Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 8-10:30 p.m. $1. Info, 660-9346.

THANK YOU TO OUR 2019 Park Benefactors!

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AN INSIDE LOOK AT MASS INCARCERATION BY A BLACK VERMONTER: Daimeyon Williams discusses the Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Incarceration and EJI Lynching Memorial in Alabama, mass incarceration, growing up African American in Vermont, and the implications of race on Vermonters as a whole. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Jericho, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 532-3030.

Their generous support helps Vermont Parks Forever continue to enhance and protect Vermont State Parks!

MOTHER UP! MONTPELIER: Parents discuss the realities of the climate crisis and its effects on young people. Dinner and childcare are provided. Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info,


BURLINGTON GARDEN CLUB MONTHLY MEETING: Vermont artist Chris Gluck delves into her children’s book Art From Nature ABC’s With Leaf Collage Instructions. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 238-4213.

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BUSINESS PLANNING COURSE: In a 10-week class presented by the Center for Women & Enterprise, aspiring entrepreneurs gain the confidence and knowledge to launch a small business. Center for Agricultural Economy, Hardwick, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 391-4870. CELEBRATION OF WOMEN IN BUSINESS: Boot Camp for Women in Business sessions pave the way for a luncheon honoring professional women. Hosted by the North Country Chamber of Commerce. West Side Ballroom, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $75-90; preregister; limited space. Info, 518-563-1000.

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



VERMONT REGIONAL WORKFORCE SUMMIT: See FRI.18, Saint Albans Museum, employer session, 8:45 a.m.-1 p.m.; service provider and educator session, noon-4 p.m. Free. Info, 524-2194.


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


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


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘ANTARCTIC EDGE: 70° SOUTH’: Oceanographer Oscar Schofield and a team of researchers try to understand the climate crisis by studying its effects on a rapidly declining species of penguin. Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, 6-7:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 457-3981.

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‘THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT’: Three film students venture into a Maryland forest in search of a legendary local murderer. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7-8:45 p.m. Donations. Info, 540-3018. ‘HIDDEN PACIFIC 3D’: See WED.16. ‘INCREDIBLE PREDATORS 3D’: See WED.16. ‘OCEANS: OUR BLUE PLANET 3D’: See WED.16. ‘TINY GIANTS 3D’: See WED.16. VERMONT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: See WED.16.

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DINE STOWE: See SUN.20. FALLING FOR APPLES: Phil Murdock of Chapin Orchard talks about varieties, origins and qualities of the crisp, round fruit. Cider, doughnuts and apple slices are served. Milton Public Library, 6:30-7:45 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 893-4644. OLD NORTH END FARMERS MARKET: Locavores score breads, juices, ethnic foods and more from neighborhood vendors. Dewey Park, Burlington, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, oldnorthendfarmersmarket@ TUESDAY LUNCH: An in-house chef whips up a well-balanced hot meal with dessert. See barreseniors. org for menu. Barre Area Senior Center, noon. $6; preregister. Info, 479-9512.


BRIDGE CLUB: See WED.16, 7 p.m.


COMMUNITY HERBAL CLINIC: See MON.21, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. REIKI CLINIC: Thirty-minute treatments foster physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. JourneyWorks, Burlington, 3-5:30 p.m. $10-30; preregister. Info, 860-6203. TUESDAY GUIDED MEDITATION: Participants learn to relax and let go. Stillpoint Center, Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 318-8605.


ITALIAN CONVERSATION GROUP: Parla Italiano? Language learners practice pronunciation and more in an informal gathering. Hartland Public Library, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 436-2473. ‘LA CAUSERIE’ FRENCH CONVERSATION: Native speakers and learners say it all in French at a social conversational practice. Red Onion Café, Burlington, 4:30-6 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0195. LUNCH IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE: ITALIAN: Speakers hone their skills in the Romance language over a bag lunch. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. PAUSE-CAFÉ FRENCH CONVERSATION: Frenchlanguage fanatics meet pour parler la belle langue. Burlington Bay Market & Café, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 430-4652.

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BURLINGTON SONGWRITERS SONG-SHARING & FEEDBACK MEETING: Area songsters trade constructive criticism. O.N.E. Community Center, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 899-1139.

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LINDA RADTKE: Dressed in period clothing and accompanied by pianist Arthur Zorn, the

singer and researcher shares songs popular in Vermont during the Civil War. Bradford United Church of Christ, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 222-9621. MILTON COMMUNITY BAND REHEARSAL: New musicians may join the ensemble as its members hone their skills in preparation for their holiday concert. Cornerstone Community Church, Milton, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 578-3467. NELLA: The rising Venezuelan jazz singer performs songs from the recent film Everybody Knows — in which she starred alongside Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem — as well as her own intoxicating compositions. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $30. Info, 863-5966.




FAVORITE LOCAL FISHING DESTINATIONS: Experts reveal appealing local fly-fishing hot spots. L.L.Bean, Burlington, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 888-615-9973. HOME-BUYING WORKSHOP: Experts demystify the homebuying process for newbie house hunters, from identifying your family’s needs to closing. New England Federal Credit Union, Essex Junction, noon. Free. Info, 879-8790.


FREE AIKIDO CLASS: A one-time complimentary introduction to the Japanese martial art focuses on centering and finding freedom while under attack. Open to prospective students. Aikido of Champlain Valley, Burlington, 6:15-7:15 p.m. Free. Info, 951-8900.


CURRENT EVENTS DISCUSSION GROUP: Sandy Baird moderates a forum for the lively and courteous expression of views on the issues of the day. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. STEVE SWAYNE & RICHARD BEAUDOIN: Two music professors discuss the history of The Magic Flute ahead of Isango Ensemble’s Tuesday and Wednesday performances of Mozart’s best-loved opera. Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 603-646-2422.


INTERMEDIATE EXCEL: Formula entry, formatting, freeze pane and simple plotting become second nature at a tutorial on electronic spreadsheets. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 865-7217. INTRO TO EXCEL: Technology librarian Delia Gillen lays out the basics of electronic spreadsheets. Waterbury Public Library,


6:30 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 244-7036. SHIELDS UP! PROTECTING YOUR ORGANIZATION AGAINST CYBER THREATS: A one-day conference provides participants with tactics for responding to key risks. Champlain College Art Gallery, Burlington, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 865-5744.


THE ARTISTRY & POLITICS OF UTA HAGEN: Tuesday’s master class with Broadway actor Ted Brunetti and Wednesday’s

panel discussion “Surviving the Blacklist” celebrate the life of the Tony Award-winning performer and acting coach. Krinovitz Recital Hall, Hawkins Hall, SUNY Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7 p.m. Free. Info, 518-564-2243.

N.H., 7:30 p.m. $12-50. Info, 603-646-2422.

Stowe Free Library, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 253-6145.


PAT ESDEN: Fiction fans fête the release of the northern Vermont author’s latest fantasy novel, Things She’s Seen. Phoenix Books, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 872-7111.

‘JORDAN’: See WED.16, 7:30 p.m.

BURLINGTON FREE WRITE: Aspiring writers respond to prompts in a welcoming atmosphere. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 999-1664.

‘THE MAGIC FLUTE’: Known for transporting European classics into a South African setting, Isango Ensemble melds Mozart’s whimsical masterpiece with a Tsonga folktale. See calendar spotlight. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover,

IN OUR OWN BACKYARD: PETER ZHEUTLIN: The author introduces nonfiction fans to his recently published book, The Dog Went Over the Mountain: Travels With Albie: An American Journey.

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All people of color interested in being a part of the leadership of this racial justice policy advocacy group are encouraged to attend a monthly meeting. First Congregational Church, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 532-3030.

Enterprise, Burlington, 4:306:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 391-4870.



BUSINESS PLANNING COURSE: See WED.16. STEPS TO START A BUSINESS: Entrepreneurs learn what it takes to get a new enterprise off the ground. Center for Women &



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improvisation. Dance Theatre, Mahaney Arts Center, Middlebury College, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. SQUARE DANCING: See WED.16.


OPEN HOUSE: Parents and potential students learn the ABCs of the private Catholic school. Mater Christi School, Burlington, 8:30-11 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 658-3992.


DEATH CAFÉ: Folks meet for a thought-provoking and respectful conversation about death, aimed at accessing a fuller life. Pyramid Holistic Wellness Center, Rutland, 7-9 p.m. Free; donations accepted. Info, 353-6991. NURSING BEYOND A YEAR MEET-UP: Breastfeeding parents connect over toddler topics such as weaning and healthy eating habits. Aikido of Champlain Valley, Burlington, 9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 985-8228. QUEEN CITY GHOSTWALK: TRUE CRIME BURLINGTON: From one-off acts of deadly wrongdoing to famous serial killers, tales of sinister happenings spook attendees on this two-hour bus tour with storyteller Thea Lewis. 345 Pine St., Burlington, 7 p.m. $35. Info, 324-5467.


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See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN’: Milo Ventimiglia portrays a race-car driver who, with the help of a golden retriever, learns to navigate life’s twists and turns. This one-day-only showing benefits Homeward Bound. Marquis Theatre & Southwest Café, Middlebury, 1:30, 4 & 7 p.m. $10. Info, 388-4841. ‘GAUGUIN IN TAHITI: PARADISE LOST’: See WED.16. ‘HIDDEN PACIFIC 3D’: See WED.16. ‘INCREDIBLE PREDATORS 3D’: See WED.16.

5:00 – 9:00 AM Morning News Service Noon – 1:00 PM Noon News Hour

‘KUSAMA: INFINITY’: Shown as part of the Architecture + Design Film Series, the film focuses on the life and work of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. Burlington City Hall Auditorium, reception, 6 p.m.; screening, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7166.

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THE DAVE GRAM SHOW Interviews with political and business leaders, 9:00 – 11:00 AM authors, educators, and others in the news with call-ins from listeners.

MOVIE: Snacks are provided at a showing of a popular film. Call for details. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. ‘OCEANS: OUR BLUE PLANET 3D’: See WED.16. ‘TINY GIANTS 3D’: See WED.16. VERMONT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: See WED.16.

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BEGINNERS’ BRIDGE: See WED.16. BRIDGE CLUB: See WED.16. MAH JONGG IN BARRE: See WED.16. MAH JONGG IN WILLISTON: Participants of all levels enjoy friendly bouts of this tile-based game. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 1-3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

PINK MARTINI: See WED.16, Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $25-62. Info, 863-5966.


HOME-BUYING WORKSHOP: See TUE.22, New England Federal Credit Union, St. Albans, noon. Free. Info, 879-8790.


INGREDIENTS OF THE FICOSCORE PIE: Workshop participants bank tips for achieving an excellent credit score. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, info@hungermountain. coop.



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BEGINNER & INTERMEDIATE/ ADVANCED ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASSES: See WED.16. FOURTH WEDNESDAY CONVERSATION GROUP: Frenchlanguage conversation flows at a monthly gathering. Alburgh Public Library, 5:15-6 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, LUNCH IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE: SPANISH: See WED.16.


Find club dates in the music section. HALEY RICHARDSON & QUINN BACHAND: Two young instrumentalists infuse Celtic and American roots music with youthful energy. Burlington Violin Shop, 6 p.m. $20. Info, MENTALLY INTUNE: Singers find harmony in a community chorus for people living with depression. No experience or talent required. Rumney Memorial School, Middlesex, 6:30-8 p.m. Donations. Info, 272-7209.

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BRENNAN GAUTHIER: “A Real Monster on the Streets of Burlington: H.H. Holmes in Vermont” captivates true-crime connoisseurs. Milton Grange Hall, 7 p.m. Donations. Info, 893-1604. MICHAEL WISNIEWSKI: Addressing listeners as part of the Yestermorrow Speaker Series, the Duncan Wisniewski Architecture cofounder builds understanding of “EnergyEfficient Affordable Housing.” Yestermorrow Design/Build School, Waitsfield, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 496-5545. SCIENCE STUDENT INTERNSHIP PRESENTATIONS: Fishing, moose collaring and shoreline restoration are among the subjects discussed during this installment of the Current Topics in Science Speaker Series. Room 207, Bentley Hall, Northern Vermont University-Johnson, 4 p.m. Free. Info, les.kanat@northern


INTRODUCTION TO HTML5 & CSS3: Tech-savvy students in this three-part workshop learn the base language supporting all web pages. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 865-7217. TECH HELP WITH CLIF: See WED.16.





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FOOD & LIT BOOK DISCUSSION: Sicilian broccoli and sausage are on the menu during a discussion of Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan. Kiss the Cook, Middlebury, 6 p.m. $5; preregister; limited space. Info, 349-8803. WRITING CIRCLE: See WED.16. m

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225+ Classes for Everyone. CVUHS Campus HINESBURG. Full descriptions at ACCESS CLASSES FOR KIDS: Part of 225+ classes for all ages. These classes designed specifically for younger learners. Haircare, Macrame, Wood Slice Art, Sewing, Soap Carving, Whittling, Earthenware, Hip-Hop. Check website for appropriate ages for each of these great classes. Guaranteed. Full descriptions online. Senior discount. 10 minutes from exit 12. Location: CVUHS, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info: Access CVU, 482-7194, access@, ACCESS CRAFT: Part of 225+ classes for all ages. Ceramics (seven choices), Bowl Turning, Woodworking Workshop, Welding, Machining, Chainsaw Maintenance, Snowboard Building, Carving a Spoon, Rug Hooking, Collage, Spindle Making, Bracelets, Basket-Making with Alexa Rivera, Sewing, Clothing, Knitting, Pillows, Needle Felting, Quilting, Embroidery, Terrarium Design, Holiday Centerpiece, Women and Tool Use (four options). Full descriptions online. Senior Discount. 10 minutes from exit 12. Location: CVUHS, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info: Access CVU, 482-7194,, ACCESS CULINARY: Part of 225+ classes for all ages. Great eating in one-night, hands-on classes! Chinese Feast, Thai Feast and Spanish Specialties, Vietnamese, German, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian, Risotto, Pasta, Gnocchi, Apple Pie, Chocolate, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Pierogi with Luiza, Pickling, Fermented Foods, four different Ethiopian/Eritrean with Alganesh, Pierogi, Gravlox, Bubble Tea, Italian cookies, Cheese Making, Cake Decorating, YUM! Full descriptions online. Senior discount. 10 minutes from exit 12. Location: CVUHS, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info: Access CVU, 4827194,, cvsdvt.


ACCESS EMPOWERMENT: Part of 225+ classes for all ages. Basketball Coaching With Ute Otley, SAT Bootcamp, CPR and AED Training, First Aid Training, Women’s Self-Defense, Mindful Meditation, Self-Hypnosis, Massage, Mind-Body Practice, Reflexology, Biofield Tuning, and Juggling. Writing Workshops, Personal Finance for Women, Knowledge with Girlington Garage, Primitive Fire Building, Resumes. Talks on: Unsung Heroes of History, Lake Champlain Maritime, VT Architecture, Life in a Jar-book talk, Malta, Alzheimers, End-of-Life Doula. Also, Solar Energy 101, Bridge (two levels), Mah Jongg, Astrology, Feng Shui, Reiki, Herbals (three choices), Soap Making, and Tarot Reading. Full descriptions online. Senior discount. 10 minutes from exit 12. Location: CVUHS, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info: Access CVU, 4827194,, cvsdvt. ACCESS LANGUAGE: Part of 225+ classes for all ages. Intro to ASL, French (three levels), Spanish (four levels), Italian for Travelers, Bosnian, German (two levels)! Low cost, hands-on, excellent instructors, limited class size, guaranteed. Materials included with few exceptions. Full descriptions online. Senior discount. 10 minutes from exit 12. Location: CVUHS, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info: Access CVU, 482-7194,, cvsdvt.ce.eleyo. com. ACCESS NATURE: Part of 225+ classes for all ages. Beekeeping, Birding, Winter Tree ID, Woodlot Management, Edible/Medicinal Plants, Growing Mushrooms, Dog Body Language, Feline Behavior, Tree ID, Reptiles, Herbals (three choices), Soap Making. Guaranteed. Full descriptions online. Senior discount. 10 minutes from exit 12. Location: CVUHS, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info: Access CVU, 482-7194, access@, COMPUTER CLASSES: Part of 225+ classes for all ages. Cybersecurity: Personal Info, Tech Tutorial, Webpage program, Excel (three levels), Smart Phone Photography, Digital Photography (three choices), Intro to Digital Darkroom, Photoshop. Full descriptions online. Senior discount. 10 minutes from exit 12. Location: CVUHS, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info: Access CVU, 482-7194,, cvsdvt. MUSIC, FITNESS AND DANCE: Part of 225+ classes for all ages. Core Strength, Weight Training


for Women, Weight Training for Seniors, Zumba, Yoga (four choices), Tai Chi, Swing or Ballroom with Terry Bouricius, Line Dancing, Highland Dance, Hip Hop for Kids, Hip Hop for Adults, Guitar (two levels), Banjo, Harmonica, Mandolin, Ukelele, Fiddling, Circle Singing. Low cost, excellent instructors, guaranteed. Full descriptions online. Senior discount. 10 minutes from exit 12. Location: CVUHS, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info: Access CVU, 4827194,, cvsdvt.

business MANIFEST WITH KRISSY LEONARD: In this two-hour experiential workshop and training, you’ll connect with other like-minded women who desire greater clarity, purpose, income and impact in order to effect positive change — in their own lives and in the world. Nov. 2. Cost: $25/2-hour class. Location: Laughing River Yoga, 1 Mill St., Burlington. Info: Krissy Leonard LLS, Krissy Leonard, 779-7684,,

652-4537, scaliendo@flynncenter. org, HEY MASTER DJ!: Adults & teens 16+. Instructor: DJ cRAIG mITCHELL. This course is a prerequisite for small group, hands-on DJ instruction with cRAIG offered in the spring. Tue., Oct. 22-Dec. 3 (no class Nov. 26), 5:30-7 p.m. Cost: $150/6 weeks. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: Sarah Caliendo, 652-4537,, I AM MY ANCESTORS’ WILDEST DREAMS: Voices of People of Color Through Moth-Style Storytelling. Cost includes ticket to ArtsRiot Moth Story Slam on Nov. 12! Instructors: Ferene Paris Meyer and Susanne Schmidt. Thu., Oct. 24-Nov. 14 (no class Oct. 31), 5:30-7 p.m. Cost: $75/ three-week course. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: FlynnArts, Sarah Caliendo, 652-4537, scaliendo@flynncenter. org,

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

drumming TAIKO & DJEMBE CLASSES IN BURLINGTON!: New sessions start the week of Oct. 1 & Oct. 8! Classes for adults, kids and parents. Parade and conga classes, too. Intermediate Taiko, Mon., 6-8:20 p.m. Taiko for Adults, Tue., 5:30-6:20 p.m. & Wed., 6:30-7:50 p.m. Djembe for Adults, Wed., 5:30-6:20 p.m. Kids and Parents World Drumming, Wed., 4:30-5:20 p.m. Kids and Parents Taiko, Tue., 4:30-5:20 p.m. Drums provided. Schedule/register online. Location: Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave., Suite 3G, Burlington. Info: 999-4255,


AFRO-FUSION JAM CLASS: All ages. Instructor: Bonisiwe Green. Sun., Oct. 27-Dec. 8 (no class Nov. 24), 10:30 a.m.-noon. Cost: $150/6 weeks; $22.50/class to drop in. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: Sarah Caliendo,


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HALLOWEEN! MAKE A MASK THAT LIGHTS UP: By pairing conductive thread with sewable LEDs and a small battery, curious kids can add a flash of color and light to a piece of ordinary fabric! In this class, participants use laser-cut felt to create a personalized wearable mask that lights up even the spookiest Halloween night. Don’t worry if you don’t yet understand how a circuit works; you’ll learn! Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Sat., Oct. 19, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Location: Generator Makerspace, 40 Sears Lane, Burlington. Info: Sarah Sprague, 540-0761, education@generator,

VERMONT BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU: Brazilian jiujitsu is a martial arts combat style based entirely on leverage and technique. Brazilian jiujitsu self-defense curriculum is taught to Navy SEALs, CIA, FBI, military police and special forces. No training experience required. Easy-to-learn techniques that could save your life! Classes for men, women and children. Students will learn realistic bully-proofing and self-defense life skills to avoid becoming victims and help them feel safe and secure. Our sole purpose is to help empower people by giving them realistic martial arts training practices they can carry with them throughout life. IBJJF and CBJJ certified black belt sixthdegree instructor under Carlson Gracie Sr.: teaching in Vermont, born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A five-time Brazilian National Champion; International World Masters Champion and IBJJF World Masters Champion. Accept no Iimitations! Location: Vermont Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 55 Leroy Rd., Williston. Info: 598-2839,,

MAKE YOUR OWN COCKTAIL SPOON: This class will serve as a fun introduction to a few basic metalworking techniques. Create and personalize a traditional swivel cocktail spoon design and add your own filed, stamped or hammered details. Working with brass, students will have the opportunity to practice some of the following techniques: light forging, sawing, dapping, filing, sanding, and riveting or braising. No experience necessary. Sat., Oct. 19, 10-1 p.m. Location: Generator Makerspace, 40 Sears Lane, Burlington. Info: Sarah Sprague, 5400761, education,

language gardening FRUIT TREES FOR BEGINNERS: Learn about which fruits need mates for fruiting, pruning and fertilization. Oct. 20, 2-3:30 p.m. Cost: $15/register at: gardeners Location: Gardener’s Supply-Williston, 472 Marshall Ave., Williston. Info: Meredith White, 658-2433,, TERRARIUMS : Create a selfsustainable and easy-to-care-for environment for indoor plants. Register at gardenerssupplystore. com. Sun., Oct. 13, 2:30-4 p.m. Cost: $50. Location: Gardener’s Supply-Williston, 472 Marshall Ave., Williston. Info: Meredith White, 658-2433, meredithw@, gardeners

FRENCH AT WINGSPAN STUDIO: Private French Lessons for all levels. Adults and children. Learn with an experienced instructor, fluent speaker and encouraging teacher who has lived and worked in Paris, France and West Africa. Located in beautiful atelier in Burlington’s South End Arts & Industry District. Day time, afternoon and evening slots scheduling. Allons-y! Location: Wingspan Studio, 4A Howard St., Burlington. Info: Maggie Standley, 233-7676,, LEARN SPANISH & OPEN NEW DOORS: We provide high-quality, affordable instruction in the Spanish language for adults, students and children. Travelers’ lesson package. Our 13th year. Small classes, private lessons and online instruction with a native speaker. Also live, engaging, face-to-face online English classes. See our website for complete information or contact us for details. Location: Spanish in Waterbury Center, Waterbury Center. Info: 585-1025,,

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MEDIA FACTORY ORIENTATION: The gateway to checking out gear and using our facilities. We’ll take a tour of the Media Factory, go over our policies and the cool stuff you can do here, and fill out paperwork. Required: Photo ID and live, work or study in our service area. Register: mediafactory or 651-9692. Sat., Oct. 19, 11a.m.-noon. Location: Media Factory, 208 Flynn Ave., Suite 2G + 2K, Burlington. Info: Gin Ferrara, 651-9692, ginf@retn. org, VR FOR SOCIAL IMPACT WITH “THE LOST CITY OF MER” : Presented in conjunction with the Vermont International Film Festival, learn how virtual reality storytelling has the potential to make a social impact. Director Liz Canner offers sneak peek dives into an underwater fantasy built on science, followed by a presentation on VR storytelling. Register at factory or call 651-9692. Fri., Oct. 18, 3-5 p.m. Location: Media Factory, 208 Flynn Ave., Suite 2G + 2K, Burlington. Info: Gin Ferrara, 651-9692,, btvmediafactory.

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

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meditation: weeknights, 6-7 p.m.; Tue. and Thu., noon-1 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-noon. Classes and retreats also offered. See our website at Location: Burlington Shambhala Center, 187 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 658-6795.

photography HIGH SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHY: No experience required. Tell your story with photographs in this eight-week session for high school students! Students will explore their individual ideas, go on group photo shoots, process and print digital photos and zines in our digital lab, experiment with film photography in our darkroom, and participate in supportive discussions and critiques. All supplies and cameras provided. Scholarships available. For ages 14 to 18. Fri., Oct. 18-Dec. 13, 5-7:30 p.m. (No class Nov. 29.). Cost: $240/nonmembers; $216/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: BCA Studios, John Flanagan, 865-7166,,

psychology ARCHETYPES ILLUSTRATED: Discover how myths, legends and a powerful symbol system can reveal the complexes, pathologies and paths to healing in individual lives. Students will work with their own charts, as well as the charts of dozens of ordinary people. No prior background in astrology is required. Therapists may receive 8 CEUs. Led by Sue Mehrtens. Wed., Oct. 30, Nov. 6, 13 & 20; 7-9 p.m. Cost: $60/ person; registration required; to register, call Sue 244-7909. Location: Jungian Center for the Spiritual Sciences, 55 Clover Ln., Waterbury. Info: Sue Mehrtens, 244-7909, info@jungiancenter. org,

tai chi NEW BEGINNER TAI CHI CLASS IN BURLINGTON: We practice Cheng Man-ch’ing’s “simplified” 37-posture Yang-style form. The course will be taught by Patrick Cavanaugh, longtime student and assistant to Wolfe Lowenthal, student of Cheng Man-ching and founder of Long River Tai Chi Circle. Patrick is a senior instructor at LRTTC in Vermont and New Hampshire. Starts Nov. 6, 8-9 a.m.; open registration Nov. 27. Cost: $65/mo. Location: North End Studios, 294 N. Winooski

Ave., Burlington. Info: Long River Tai Chi Circle, Patrick Cavanaugh, 490-6405, patrick@longriver, http://longrivertaichi. org. SNAKE-STYLE TAI CHI CHUAN: The Yang Snake Style is a dynamic tai chi method that mobilizes the spine while stretching and strengthening the core body muscles. Practicing this ancient martial art increases strength, flexibility, vitality, peace of mind and martial skill. Beginner classes Sat. mornings & Wed. evenings. Call to view a class. Location: Bao Tak Fai Tai Chi Institute, 100 Church St., Burlington. Info: 3636890,

well-being 200-HOUR AYURVEDA INTEGRATION PROGRAM: Join us in learning and immerse yourself in the oldest surviving preventative health care system. This program is ideal for yoga teachers, counselors, therapists, bodyworkers, nurses, doctors, wellness coaches, herbalists, etc. VSAC approved and payment plans available. Can transfer hours to Kripalu’s Ayurveda Health Counselor program. More information at ayurvedavermont. com/classes. 2020 schedule: Feb. 8-9, Mar. 7-8, Apr. 4-5, May 2-3, Jun. 6-7, Jul. 11-12, Aug. 15-16, Sep. 12-13, Oct. 17-18, Nov. 14-15. Cost:

$2,795/person. Location: The Ayurvedic Center of Vermont, 34 Oak Hill Rd., Williston. Info: Allison Morse, 872-8898, ayurvedavt@,

women WHOLISTIC WORKSHOP FOR WOMEN: Re-Empower Self Care in this Wholistic Workshop for Women. Succulent Self Care for Sacred Sisterhood. This is your moment to enter consciously into your sexuality. You are beautifully and wonderfully cocreated. This course includes guided coaching into self care through visualizations, journaling, meditation and more. You will also receive yoga/ Pilates therapy to awaken, relax and tone the pelvic floor. Samples and introduction to yoni eggs, herbal tonics, essential oils and chocolates from local VT vendors. You will leave with tools and techniques to heal and enhance your womanhood. Sat., Nov. 2. Cost: $180/7-hour intensive workshop. Location: Be Well Massage, 782 Mountain Rd., Unit A, Stowe. Info: Gianna Skates, 683-1361,,

writing INTRODUCTION TO SCREENWRITING: Get your story out of your head and onto

the page! Learn the 3 Cs of screenwriting and how to develop strong characters. Explore various screenwriting tools for formatting a professional screenplay and take the next step in your filmmaking practice! Wed., Oct. 23, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $25/person suggested donation. Location: Media Factory, 208 Flynn Ave., Suite 2G + 2K, Burlington. Info: Gin Ferrara, 651-9692,, btvmediafactory.

yoga EVOLUTION YOGA: Practice yoga in a down-to-earth atmosphere with some of the most experienced teachers and therapeutic professionals in Burlington. All are welcome. Try our Beginners Series, Tuesdays, November 5 to December 17. We are all beginners. This is your invitation to enjoy learning the basics and start exploring the benefits of a yoga practice. Daily drop-in classes including $10 community classes, Yoga Wall and Yoga Therapeutics classes led by physical therapists. Dive deeper into your practice! $10-$15/class; $140/10-class card; $10/community class. New students $100/10-class card. New! Student Monthly Unlimited just $55/mo. Location: Evolution Yoga, 20 Kilburn St., Burlington. Info: 864-9642,

LAUGHING RIVER YOGA: Located in a beautiful setting overlooking the Winooski River. We offer highquality classes, workshops and trainings taught by experienced teachers who honor the beauty and wisdom of the yogic tradition. Check our website to learn more about trainings and workshops, including Katonah Yoga, October 4-6. All bodies and abilities welcome. Daily classes, workshops, 200- and 300-hour yoga teacher training. Cost: $65/first month of unlimited classes; workshop & training prices vary. Location: Laughing River Yoga, Chace Mill, Suite 126, Burlington. Info: 3438119, SANGHA STUDIO |: NONPROFIT, DONATION-BASED YOGA: Sangha Studio builds an empowered community through the shared practice of yoga. Free yoga service initiatives and outreach programs are offered at 17 local organizations working with all ages. Join Sangha in both downtown Burlington and the Old North End for one of their roughly 60 weekly classes and workshops. Become a Sustaining Member for $60/ month and practice as often as you like! Daily classes. Location: Sangha Studio, 120 Pine St. & 237 North Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 448-4262, info@sangha,




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Once in a Lifetime A look at Dave Kleh’s belated musical renaissance B Y JORD A N AD A MS

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eal estate agent Dave Kleh gives his clients a gift whenever he closes a sale: a CD of his original music. Most Chittenden County homebuyers probably wouldn’t suspect that the Keller Williams Realty representative is a prolific singer-songwriter and self-producer, but he is. In fact, he’s become one of the most reliable voices in local music, having released an album of original material every year since 2014. He continues his streak with his most audaciously titled record to date: Love Is Greater Than Infinity Divided by Zero. “I was really happy with the fluidity of the album, but it was a hell of a lot of work,” Kleh says with a weary smile. His white hair hints at his age, as do prevalent nods heard throughout his music to quirky ’70s and ’80s icons including Talking Heads, Devo and Frank Zappa. However, his youthful aura makes his years, 62, difficult to pinpoint.



Kleh has been a songwriter nearly all of his adult life. In the decade or so before he released his solo debut Me & My Friends, in 2014, he performed in an oddball rock group called the Fizz, formerly known as Flood in the Fizzy Factory. But his songwriting career stretches back much further. Some of the material heard across his solo albums was written more than 40 years ago. Only in the D AVE last five years or so has he made a concerted effort to get his music out in the world, for no real reason other than he’s finally mustered the time and energy to do it right. “When I quit the [Fizz] in 2014, my income doubled,” jokes Kleh, referring

to whatever paltry sums his former band collected from gigs. Of course, he’s never made any real money from playing music, but that’s not why he does it. “It’s so much fun to step up in front of a mic,” he says. “That’s what it’s all about.” Kleh celebrates the release of Love Is Greater... on Saturday, October 19, at SideBar in Burlington. And though the album overflows KLEH with myriad synth tones, crunchy organs, harmonica and psychedelic guitar, he’ll play the album release show largely the same way he makes music: completely solo — though he’ll do so with prerecorded backing tracks to give the performance a richer, fuller sound.



“When I show up at practice, everyone’s there,” he quips about his one-man band. Seven Days has struggled to define Kleh over the years. Regardless of any raised eyebrows or gentle ribbing about some of Kleh’s most out-there musical moments, all of the music scribes who’ve covered his work have come to the same conclusion: There’s much more to this guy than meets the eye. Behind the “cool dude” dark shades he sports on nearly all of his album covers lies the relentless mind of a talented artist bursting with ideas. Kleh’s current trade is real estate, but he spent much of his life as an entrepreneur. In the ’80s, he owned Finest Hour Hot Tubs in downtown Burlington, a respite for anyone looking to grab a quick soak. He wrote the company’s commercial jingle, which he’ll happily sing for you on command. But Kleh’s biggest claim to fame in the local business community is that he founded the iconic Pizza Putt, a South Burlington-based indoor miniature golf course and pizza parlor, in 1991. Kleh sold the beloved rec center in 2005; it closed permanently this year. Kleh got the itch to start making his own albums just after the Fizz’s dissolution. He slowly assembled a recording studio in the basement of his Colchester home, where he does all of his work. “I have to [work] when my wife’s in bed,” he says. Kleh’s discography grows by one every year. He followed up Me & My Friends with It Becomes a Hassle to Be a Genius When You’ve Run Out of Limes in 2015. In 2016 he released Laugh: A Collection of Drinking Songs from the 802, followed by It’ll Be Alright and Suite of Dreams in 2017 and 2018, respectively. The albums, including Love Is Greater..., vary thematically, but Kleh’s softly sung or spoken vocals, inventive composition and execution, and his knack for crafting compelling chord progressions tie them all together. For instance, Love Is Greater… opens ONCE IN A LIFETIME

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News and views on the local music + nightlife scene Death


If you haven’t yet caught a show at the Double E Performance Center at the Essex Experience, you need to get on that. Last Friday, MIRIAM BERNARDO and co. rocked the T-Rex Theater during the singer’s much-anticipated Songs From the Well album release show. In terms of sound quality — not to mention its dynamic lighting and beautiful cosmic backdrop — the room ranks exceedingly high, locally speaking. Screw that — it ranks high, period. One of the best reasons yet to check out the movie-theater-turned-concerthall arrives on Saturday, October 19: DEATH. The legendary Vermont-byway-of-Detroit rock band reunites for

a special set, preceded by a screening of MARK CHRISTOPHER COVINO and JEFF HOWLETT’s 2012 documentary feature A Band Called Death, plus a Q&A with founding band members BOBBY HACKNEY and DANNIS HACKNEY and guitarist BOBBIE DUNCAN. In case you aren’t hip to the Death saga, here’s a quickie primer: In 1970s Detroit, brothers Bobby, Dannis and DAVID HACKNEY (who died in 2000) formed rock band Death. After a few brushes with fame and success, the group disbanded, and the brothers Hackney moved to Vermont to settle down — Bobby and Dannis would go on to form the popular local reggae band LAMBSBREAD. Years later, Bobby’s kids, URIAN, JULIAN and BOBBY JR., discovered

the forgotten Death music and formed their own group, ROUGH FRANCIS, to pay tribute. For years, collectors had viewed Death’s long-lost record …For the Whole World to See as something of a Holy Grail or missing link in the evolution of punk music. When record label Drag City reissued the disc in 2009, critics rejoiced and music journalists swarmed. The doc came a few years later. “They really did our story justice,” Bobby Sr. says by phone. This week’s show marks Death’s first local performances since the end of 2016, when they played both the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts MainStage SOUNDBITES

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Greg Woods (indie rock) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 9:30 p.m. Free.

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Jim Charanko (Americana) at Moogs Place, Morrisville, 8 p.m. Free.


Irish Sessions (traditional) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

John Lensing (indie folk) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Julia Rose (folk, jazz) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.

John Lackard Blues Jam at Sweet Melissa’s, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free.

Matthew Mercury (rock) at Orlando’s Bar & Lounge, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

Open Mic with Andy Lugo at Manhattan Pizza & Pub, Burlington, 9:30 p.m. Free.

Mosaic featuring members of Kat Wright and the Welterweights (jam) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 10 p.m. $5.

Open Mic with Austtin at Monopole, Plattsburgh N.Y., 10 p.m. Free.

Patricia Julien Quartet (jazz) at Juniper, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.

Tom Caswell Blues Jam at Hatch 31, Bristol, 7 p.m. Free.

Queen City Hot Club (jazz) at Leunig’s Bistro & Café, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.


Coffee Corner Jam Session (jam) at Bagitos Bagel and Burrito Café, Montpelier, 7:30 a.m. Free.

Skyzoo featuring Elzhi, Landon Wordswell, Mister Burns, Philmore Greene, 60 East, Es-K (hip-hop) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 8 p.m. $10.

Irish Session at Jericho Café & Tavern, 7 p.m. Free.

Wednesday Night Dead (Grateful Dead tribute) at Zenbarn, Waterbury, 7 p.m. Free.

Open Mic at Whammy Bar, Calais, 7 p.m. Free. Open Mic Night at Moogs Place, Morrisville, 8:30 p.m. Free.


Berklee American Roots Night at Zenbarn, Waterbury, 7 p.m. Free.

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dance-rock and synthwave styles, the group’s music is propulsive, busy and extremely likely to incite a dance party. Named

Open Mic with Alex Budney at Localfolk Smokehouse, Waitsfield, 8:30 p.m. Free.

Carol Ann Jones (Americana) at Blue Paddle Bistro, South Hero, 6:30 p.m. Free.

after a Pacific Ocean atoll located halfway between the United States and the Philippines, the band’s moniker symbolizes


Cat Clyde, Craig Cardiff, Two Stroke Motors (folk) at ArtsRiot, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. $8.

American identities and their roots through their music. Wake Island perform on Friday, October 18, at the Monkey House

Colin Fowlie (folk) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

Babes Bar in Bethel.

Blackwolf (blues, roots) at Edson Hill Dining Room & Tavern, Stowe, 6:30 p.m. Free.

Dead Sessions Lite (Grateful Dead tribute) at Moogs Place, Morrisville, 9 p.m. $7. Django Soulo (singer-songwriter) at Tap 25, Stowe, 7 p.m. Free.

its members’ split cultural backgrounds. Philippe Manasseh and Nadim Maghzal, both Lebanese, explore their North in Winooski with support from locals ROOST, H.L.H. and DJ DISCO PHANTOM. The band also plays on Saturday, October 19, at

Out in the Valley Happy Hour at The Skinny Pancake (Hanover), N.H., 6:30 p.m. Free.

Hunny Ten (funk) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 10 p.m. $5-10.

REDadmiral, Greasface, Retinas (rock) at SideBar, Burlington, 9 p.m. $3.

Ira Friedman (jazz) at Leunig’s Bistro & Café, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

Shane Hardiman Trio (jazz) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.

James Clayton (indie folk) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.


James Harvey (jazz) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Jenni and the Jazz Junketeers at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. Free. Josh Panda & Discotick (rock) at Red Square, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Light Club Jazz Sessions and Showcase at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 10:30 p.m. Free. Matt Hagen’s Angel Bones and the Filthy Fist (experimental, singer-songwriter) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.


WAKE ISLAND play hard-hitting live electronica. Touching on hard house, ’80s pop,

The Aardvark (jam) at Charlie-O’s World Famous, Montpelier, 9:30 p.m. Free. a.m. rejoice (indie folk) at The Old Foundry at One Federal Restaurant & Lounge, St. Albans, 6:30 p.m. Free. And the Kids, Yestrogen (rock) at Zenbarn, Waterbury, 9:30 p.m. $12/15. Arthur James (blues) at Twiggs — An American Gastropub, St. Albans, 6 p.m. Free. Bad Accent (folk-rock) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Bob Gagnon (jazz) at Bleu Northeast Seafood, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.


City of the Sun, Old Sea Brigade (post-rock) at Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $12/15.

High Def (rock) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 9 p.m. Free.

Cooper-Childs Duo (jazz) at Stone Corral Brewery, Richmond, 8 p.m. Free.

Honky Tonk Happy Hour with Mark LeGrand at Sweet Melissa’s, Montpelier, 5:30 p.m. Free.

Dave Mitchell’s Blues Revue (open jam) at Red Square, Burlington, 3 p.m. Free.

How to Drown a Fish (indie folk) at Queen City Brewery, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.

Dead Sessions Lite See THU.17, 10 p.m.

Jay Lesage (singer-songwriter) at Olive Ridley’s, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 6 p.m. Free.

The Devon McGarry Band (rock) at Deli 126, Burlington, 9:30 p.m. Free. The Duel (rock) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 5 p.m. Free. Empire Rooks Alumni Show (soul, reggae) at Monopole, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 10 p.m. Free. Friday Morning Sing-Along with Linda Bassick & Friends (kids’ music) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 11 a.m. Free. George Petit’s Groovy Trio (jazz) at Tap 25, Stowe, 7 p.m. Free. Half Moon Run, Tim Baker (sold out) (indie rock) at Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, 8 p.m. $20.

Higher Education (jam) at Red Square, Burlington, 7 p.m. $5.

Jeremy Moheny & His Band (swing) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 9 p.m. $5. John Howell (Americana) at El Toro, Morrisville, 7 p.m. Free. John Lackard Blues Band at Moogs Place, Morrisville, 9 p.m. Free. Lilith (singer-songwriter) at The Skinny Pancake (Burlington), 7 p.m. Free. Lindsay Mower (singersongwriter) at The Skinny Pancake (Hanover), N.H., 7 p.m. Free. Mal Maiz, Luke Mitrani (cumbia) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 9 p.m. $5.

Not Quite Dead (Grateful Dead tribute) at Highland Lodge, Greensboro, 6:30 p.m. Free.

Irish Session at Bagitos Bagel and Burrito Café, Montpelier, 2 p.m. donation.


Family Night (open jam) at SideBar, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free. Open Mic at SideBar, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

Ocelot (jazz) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free.


Off the List (rock covers) at Gusto’s, Barre, 9 p.m. $5.

Open Mic with Andy Lugo See WED.16.

One Love for Climate Migration Benefit featuring Reverend Osagyefo Sekou (soul, funk) at The Engine Room, White River Junction, 7 p.m. $25.

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Phil Abair Band (rock) at The Old Post, South Burlington, third Friday of every month, 9 p.m. Free. QNA (hip-hop, jazz) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free.

Irish Sessions See WED.16.

Seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

Radical Love Drum: Jo Bled, das möge lauter, Hannah Eschelbach (experimental) at Community of Sound, Burlington, 8 p.m. Free.

Shane Murley Band (folk-rock) at Jericho Café & Tavern, 6 p.m. Free.

Red Hot Juba (country, blues) at Whammy Bar, Calais, 7 p.m. Free.

Victim of Metal, Aliendog (rock) at City Limits Night Club, Vergennes, 9:30 p.m. Free.

Rich Russell and Long River (indie folk) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free. Ricky Golden (rock covers) at Gusto’s, Barre, 5 p.m. Free.

The Slow Cookers (Americana) at Babes Bar, Bethel, 7 p.m. Free.

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and punk club 242 Main’s massive, bittersweet farewell party. The level of interest and support from fans still blows Bobby Sr.’s mind on a regular basis. “First of all, we never thought it would be such a continuing thing,” he says. “We still get emails that pour in every week from people who’ve just discovered [us].” He notes that the event may be the most in-depth and personal show the group has ever performed in Vermont. Expect to hear the classics, plus some new tunes and “a couple of surprises.” Oh, and fear not: Dancing or moshing of some kind is allowed, even though the venue is generally more of a sit-down affair. “It’s gonna be a rock-and-roll good time,” Bobby says. “We plan to just blow it up.” In other Death news, the flick receives its most prestigious screening to date on January 23 — at the freaking Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.! That’s some historic ish right there.

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Just a quick word on the University of Vermont’s upcoming FallFest: The annual concert, which hits Patrick Gymnasium on Saturday, October 18, features Los Angeles pop duo COAST MODERN (see the spotlight on page 76) in the headlining slot. But local hiphop collective 99 NEIGHBORS are also on the bill, marking a rare occurrence for the yearly event. Normally, a national touring act takes the secondary slot, such as indie band FRANKIE COSMOS, who opened for DR. DOG in 2018. It’s not unusual for UVM student bands and artists to find themselves on this bill. Former Burlingtonians ARGONAUT&WASP performed in 2013, jam band KUDU STOOGE added support in 2017, and slow-core group FATHER FIGUER opened the show last year. And this year, R&B badass PRINCESS NOSTALGIA, a current UVMer, is also set to perform. 99 Neighbors have been on something of a rocket ride this year after inking a deal with Nice Work, a creative incubator run by CHANCE THE RAPPER manager PAT CORCORAN, and distributor Warner Records. Even so, I just want to stress that it’s a big freaking deal for a local group to land this spot. I’m pleased for the crop of burgeoning artists at UVM to witness the rise of some hardworking local musicians.

Listening In If I were a superhero, my superpower would be the ability to get songs stuck in other people’s heads. Here are five songs that have been stuck in my head this week. May they also get stuck in yours. Follow sevendaysvt on Spotify for weekly playlists with tunes by artists featured in the music section. COAST MODERN, “Guru” MUNA, “Hands Off” PHANTOGRAM, “In a Spiral” ACTIVE CHILD, “When Your Love Is Safe” ROBYN, “Cry When You Get Older”




VTIFF.ORG Is There Anybody Out There?

Last week, we unveiled the new layout for our music and nightlife listings. Did you get a chance to see them? Instead of breaking them up by date and region, they’re now organized into five categories: live music, DJs, comedy, open mics & jams, and karaoke/trivia/etc. I envisioned the changeover as a way to help people find what they’re looking for more quickly. You can read more about my thought process in last week’s Soundbites. I’m just mentioning it again because I didn’t receive any reader feedback, positive or negative. I’m going to assume that means that you all love the new way of sorting club events, and we’ll continue on that way in the future. Hooray! Come to think of it, while I’m directly addressing the public, I’d like to urge all local bands and artists that are releasing albums in what remains of 2019, and hoping to have their work reviewed in Seven Days, to get in touch with me ASAP. The end of the year rapidly approaches, and we only have so many review slots available. While we aren’t super-duper strict about it, we do like our album reviews to stay current with local releases. That means we’ll likely review some 2019 material in the early weeks and months of 2020. But, at the rate we receive album review submissions, we pretty quickly move on to reviewing what’s new. 


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Wake Island, Roost, H.L.H., DJ Disco Phantom (electronic) at Monkey House, Winooski, 9 p.m. $5/10. 18+.



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Wendy Jo Girven (singer-songwriter) at The Tap Room at Switchback Brewing Co., Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.

traditions without ever sounding quite like any of the above — perhaps a product of the flamenco

The Wormdogs (bluegrass) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 10 p.m. $5.

Ground Showcase Lounge in South Burlington. OLD SEA BRIGADE open.

Zillawatt, Lush Honey (jam) at Orlando’s Bar & Lounge, Burlington, 9:30 p.m. Free.

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‘A Band Called Death’ Screening, Q&A and Live Performance (rock) at Double E Performance Center’s T-Rex Theater, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. $25-65. Barn Band (eclectic covers) at Whammy Bar, Calais, 7 p.m. Free. Barry Bender (singer-songwriter) at Bagitos Bagel and Burrito Café, Montpelier, 11 a.m. Free. Bike Thiefs, Blue Button, Pons (postpunk) at Monkey House, Winooski, 9 p.m. $5/10. 18+. Birdgangs (garage rock) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 10 p.m. $5. Blue Fox and the Rockin’ Daddies (blues) at Charlie-O’s World Famous, Montpelier, 9 p.m. Free. Bob Gagnon (jazz) at The Old Foundry at One Federal Restaurant & Lounge, St. Albans, 6:30 p.m. Free. Coast 2 Coast (rock, folk) at El Toro, Morrisville, 7 p.m. Free. Darryl Rahn and Ben Schnier (indie folk) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Dave Kleh (album release) (rock) at SideBar, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Dead Sessions Lite See THU.17, 9:30 p.m. The Dirty Looks Band (rock) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 9 p.m. Free.

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DJ Cre8 (open format) at Red Square, Burlington, 11 p.m. Free. DJ Ianu (open format) at Half Lounge, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free. DJ KermiTT (open format) at Red Square, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.


D Jay Baron (hip-hop) at Red Square, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free. DJ Bay 6 (hits) at Gusto’s, Barre, 8 p.m. Free. DJ Craig Mitchell (open format) at Ruben James, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free. DJ Cre8 (open format) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.

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DJ Disco Phantom (open format) at Finnigan’s Pub, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free. DJ Pilaf (hip-hop) at Manhattan Pizza & Pub, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.

Donna the Buffalo (roots, rock) at ArtsRiot, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. $20. Duroc (’80s covers) at Sweet Melissa’s, Montpelier, 9:30 p.m. Free. Ean Ray (singer-songwriter) at The Skinny Pancake (Hanover), N.H., 7 p.m. Free. ELEVEN (rock) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 5 p.m. Free. Eric George (country) at The Skinny Pancake (Burlington), 7 p.m. Free.

Mi Yard Reggae Night with DJs Big Dog and Jahson at Nectar’s, Burlington, 9:30 p.m. free/$5. 18+.


¡Baila Baila Baila! Latinx Dance Party with DJ Raul and DJ JP at Club Metronome, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free. DJ 2 Rivers (open format) at Rí Rá Irish Pub & Whiskey Room, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free. DJ Craig Mitchell (open format) at Red Square, Burlington, 11 p.m. $5. DJ Spags (house) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 10 p.m. $5. DJ Taka (eclectic vinyl) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 11 p.m. $5. Umami (hip-hop) at Manhattan Pizza & Pub, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.


Blanchface (open format) at Manhattan Pizza & Pub, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free. DJ A-RA$ (open format) at Red Square, Burlington, 10 p.m. $5.

High Voltage and Balla Voca do AC/DC at Olive Ridley’s, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 9:30 p.m. Free. Hunter (rock) at Monopole, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 10 p.m. Free. In the Pocket (jazz) at Bleu Northeast Seafood, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free. Jake Klar, Groundskeeper (Americana, rock) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free.

DJ ATAK (house) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 11 p.m. $5. DJ Earl (hits) at City Limits Night Club, Vergennes, 9 p.m. Free. DJ KermiTT (open format) at Rí Rá Irish Pub & Whiskey Room, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free. DJ Raul (Latin) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 5 p.m. Free. DJ Taka (eclectic vinyl) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 11 p.m. $5. Hot 97.5 Halloween Party (hip-hop) at The Engine Room, White River Junction, 9 p.m. $5. Move B*tch: 2000s Hip-Hop Night at Club Metronome, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.


Disco Brunch with DJ Craig Mitchell at Misery Loves Co., Winooski, 11 a.m. Free. DJ Two Sev (open format) at Red Square, Burlington, 11 p.m. Free. Open Decks at Half Lounge, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.

Jeremy Sanborn (rock) at The Skinny Pancake (Burlington), 8 p.m. Free. Justin Panigutti Blues Trio at Radio Bean, Burlington, 11:30 p.m. $5. Katie Dobbins (folk) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free. Left Eye Jump (blues) at Red Square, Burlington, 2 p.m. Free. SAT.19

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Jack Bandit and Friends (EDM) at Half Lounge, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.


CRWD CTRL (house, techno) at Red Square, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. DJ A-RA$ (open format) at Red Square, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.


Chromatic (hip-hop) at Half Lounge, Burlington, every other Wednesday, 10 p.m. Free. DJ Cre8 See WED.16. DJ KermiTT See WED.16. Vinyl Night with Bryan Parmelee, Ryan Forde, Matt Rogers and DJ Disco Phantom (vinyl DJs) at Monkey House, Winooski, 7:30 p.m. Free. m





Funk-rock ensemble DIGGS, with their high-energy shows and dynamic lineup of instrumentalists and vocalists, were a Queen City powerhouse — emphasis on were. During its recently ended 18-month run, the band flirted with becoming one of the next big things ’round these parts. Led by charismatic MC Ash Diggs, the genre-blurring crew delved into a familiar yet undeniably infectious sound akin to some legit Burlington legends — namely, Belizbeha, who just celebrated their 25th anniversary with a rare live performance. DIGGS even give their (mostly) retired forbears a shoutout on their website. So, why such a short shelf life? No specific reason, according to Diggs, just life. People go their separate ways no matter how good the party is. The front person remains prominent in the


Sixty-nine. That’s how many releases Windsor-based collective What Doth Life has released in 10 years of existence. Sixty-nine albums! Let’s just sit back for a moment and appreciate that statistic alone for what it is. No other local label, collective, consortium, imprint or league of super-friends can even come close to that sort of prolific output. As it celebrates a decade of documenting southern Vermont’s vibrant music scene, WDL has released Carton’s new EP, DOLLY. Along with the Pilgrims, one could argue that Carton are WDL’s flagship band. The members are all founding fathers of the collective and have put out a steady stream of music, with four releases over seven years. They also might be the label’s best band, which is saying a lot considering the talent on display down south. Carton possess that true spirit of

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local scene, though he may be seen more frequently in the comedy world. The 25-year-old recently debuted his one-man show, “Bi-racial Angel,” at the Burlington Fringe Festival at Off Center for the Dramatic Arts. Clearly, he’s a multitalented guy. Diggs’ verbose bars and a sumptuous, groove-happy backdrop are chronicled on his band’s first and final album, Rose Gold. His flow is largely loose and whimsical. A touch of Digital Underground’s Shock G lingers in his cadence. But Diggs handles heavy subject matter, such as self-medication, relationship stress and existential crises with appropriate gravitas while still having fun. Mood setting ranks high on the group’s to-do list. Seesaw horns and a crispy guitar riff set ablaze upbeat intro “Put Me On.” Combined with Diggs’ motor-mouth flow, it’s clear the group wants to spread good vibes from moment one.

Conversely, darkness looms over penultimate banger “Rose Gold.” Though Diggs oozes confidence (“I’m confident that everything I do is baller shit … I cannot leave the game until my name you acknowledge it”), he’s aware that it’s a fight. Mounting tension in the brass and guitars converge as the song erupts into cathartic bliss. DIGGS are masters of the rampup. The choppy seas of “Baby Daddy” smash horns and a wall of guitar into a perfect storm. “Get With the Crew,” a rousing, six-minute flex with modern jazz accents, doesn’t hit its peak until close to the three-minute mark. And closer “Both Ways,” a savage sendoff, hits its climax when its double helix of dirty soul and hard rock becomes fully entwined. DIGGS, we hardly knew ye. Luckily, the group was able to chronicle its brief but noteworthy moment in Burlington’s storied musical history. Rose Gold is available on all major streaming services.

alternative rock, the kind that maintains heaviness and weirdness without sounding like the thousands of faceless bands that all but ruined the genre more than a decade ago. They have dynamics, they have chops and, best of all, they have the songs. DOLLY launches with “complacent buffoon,” a Dinosaur Jr.-like rocker, all stomp and wry humor. Singer-guitarist Ryan Hebert definitely has a hint of J. Mascis in his writing and singing, but not so much that it dims the originality of what Carton do. The band’s ability to create a delightful cacophony is evident at the end of the track, with Hebert and Kiel Alarcon’s guitars buzzing and wailing over the rhythm section of drummer Bruce Black and bassist Brendan Dangelo. The EP captures the spirit of aggression that wedded college radio from the ’80s with the indie-rock explosion of the ’90s. “wotUrllyR2thm” drives with the grunge nihilism of Screaming Trees, with big chugging guitars and screaming feedback riding

Black’s high-energy drumming. By the next track, “you were wild here once!,” the band has settled into a groove you might find on the new DIIV record, all breezy pop and a chorus that delightfully devolves into noise before snapping right back to the head-bobbing verse. It isn’t clear whether the EP is in some way a spiritual sequel to the band’s 2014 release, Carlton, or not. While that album’s cover featured a stylized depiction of Carlton Banks from “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” DOLLY features a similar rendition of Dolly Parton. Artist Moira Hershey created both covers. It’s just another piece of Carton’s weird mystery, and long may it continue. The EP closes with the blistering “Lester Holt.” Hebert all but sneers the words “I laid down my weapons, they don’t make sense anymore” as the track builds and builds until Alarcon unleashes a volley of shredded notes on his guitar. It’s controlled chaos, and Carton have mastered the art. DOLLY is loud and available at Visit for even more of Windsor’s finest.





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Indie Rumble (improv) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7 p.m. $5. Open Mic at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.


Nikki Glaser (standup) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7 & 9:30 p.m. $25/32.


Jim Breuer: Live and Let Laugh (standup) at Strand Center for the Arts, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 8 p.m. $28-58. Junk Island (variety) at Revelry Theater, Burlington, 9:30 p.m. $7/8. Nikki Glaser See THU.17. Shuli Egar (standup) at Double E Performance Center’s T-Rex Theater, Essex Junction, 8 p.m. $20/25.


Boom City (improv) at Revelry Theater, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $7/8. Nikki Glaser See THU.17. The Thelma Forbanks SpookTacular (standup, improv) at Revelry Theater, Burlington, 9:30 p.m. $7/8.


College Improv Throwdown! at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7 p.m. $5.


Comedy & Crepes featuring Sam Ike (standup) at The Skinny Pancake (Burlington), 7 p.m. Free.


Laugh Shack with Sam Ike (standup) at Lincolns, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.


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Beach Bums Beginning in 2015, Los Angeles duo

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breadcrumb trail of singles leading up to the release of their 2017 debut, self-titled album. The standout was “Guru,” with its bouncy, reggae-inspired architecture and shrieking synth hooks. Prior to that, the pair created a series of educational hip-hop songs about physics and space as part of a special NASA initiative. With swagger to spare, the group rollicks back and forth between indie rock and stadium-worthy pop anthems, including

Eric Friedman (folk) at Bagitos Bagel and Burrito Café, Montpelier, 11 a.m. Free.

Pete Sutherland and Tim Stickle’s Old Time Session at Radio Bean, Burlington, 1 p.m. Free.

The Fonies (indie rock) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free.

Trae Sheehan (Americana) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 5:30 p.m. Free.

the University of Vermont FallFest on Saturday, October 19, at the Patrick Gymnasium in

Heather Gray (album release), Crys Matthews (singer-songwriter) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

Vermont Jazz Ensemble at Zenbarn, Waterbury, 4:30 p.m. $7/10.


The Jeff Salisbury Band (blues) at Red Square, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Melissa Ferrick, Fiona Luray (singer-songwriter) at Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 8 p.m. $17.

Ellis Paul (folk) at The Double E Lounge at Essex Experience, Essex Junction, 7:30 p.m. $20/25.

Moxie (indie rock) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free.


Earthgang, Duckwrth, Benji (sold out) (hip-hop) at Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, 8:30 p.m. $20-79.

VT Bluegrass Pioneers at The Skinny Pancake (Burlington), noon. Free. Whiskey & Wine (covers) at Red Square, Burlington, 4 p.m. Free.


The California Honeydrops (blues, roots) at Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, 8:30 p.m. $20/23.

a reimagined cover of MGMT’s iconic breakout “Electric Feel.” Coast Modern headline Burlington. Local hip-hop collective

Chad Hollister (rock) at Lawson’s Finest Liquids, Waitsfield, 5 p.m. Free. Erin Cassels-Brown (indie folk) at Monkey House, Winooski, 6 p.m. Free. Kyle Dine (educational music and storytelling) at Double E Performance Center’s T-Rex Theater, Essex Junction, 9 & 11 a.m. $5/7.


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Learic, D. French, Humble and Mavstar (hip-hop) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 9:30 p.m. Free.


Please What (alt-folk) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

Chris Lyon (Americana) at Moogs Place, Morrisville, 7:30 p.m. Free.

Seth Yacovone at Moogs Place, Morrisville, 7 p.m. Free.

Cody Sargent Trio (jazz) at Leunig’s Bistro & Café, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

Wes Urbaniak and the Mountain Folk (folk) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.

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with a psychedelic “Ode to Mars,” which pairs ribbons of wah-wah guitars and a rock-organ foundation, resulting in a ’70s throwback feel. He double-tracks his vocals: one with no effects, the other pitch-bent into a shrill, alien caricature. It’s groovy, surreal and unapologetically weird. Love Is Greater… departs from the politically inclined music heard on some of his earlier work — though Kleh is actually about as apolitical as they come. He claims to have not participated in a presidential election since casting a vote for the late Ross Perot in 1992. “I’m not too much into writing political stuff anymore, because it’s just rants,” he says.

Advance Music Acoustic SingerSongwriter Contest at Nectar’s, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.

The new album eschews songs like the globally paranoid “China” from It’ll Be Alright, or the dancehall-lite jab at the military of Me & My Friends’ “Song for the Troops.” Instead, he favors love songs, as the title suggests. It’s sort of the flip side of his feelings about government. “I’m aloof to politics because of the negativity,” he says, casting aspersions on civil servants who become millionaires, and vice versa. Kleh wanted his new album to be all about love — especially his love for his parents, both of whom died in the last few years. “Once your final parent dies, you can’t go to that higher authority anymore,” says Kleh of the disorienting process of losing his folks. “I can’t go home,” Kleh wails on the

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Honky-Tonk Tuesdays with Pony Hustle at Radio Bean, Burlington, 10 p.m. $5.

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album’s title track, a meandering odyssey that recalls Fastball’s organ-forward “The Way.” But his interpretation of the concept of love takes many forms. He’s much more literal on the sweetly humble “I Could Fall in Love With You” and the jaunty “Some Lovers.” He borders on overly sentimental territory but tempers his mushier inclinations with a dash of weird. Kleh wraps up his latest with the abstract epic “The Last Four Minutes of the Nuclear Age.” Layers of static and noise obscure sections of the largely piano-driven tune, which twists and turns through several movements. It’s Kleh at his most “high art,” disregarding the pop conventions that guide much of his work. Several things are true of Kleh’s work

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across his discography: He’s fearlessly novel, doesn’t hesitate to be silly, and regularly looks to the dreamier side of consciousness for inspiration. Looking forward, Kleh is already tinkering with some new songs for his next album, likely due out in 2020. But Love Is Greater Than Infinity Divided by Zero seems to be his masterpiece, a confluence of all of his creative powers. “Love is the greatest thing that there is,” he says. m Contact:

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ermont artists Sumru Tekin, Kate Donnelly and Thatiana Oliveira have launched a new collaborative venture called Single Channel VT. Its mission is to present a quarterly series of artist-curated screenings and discussions that explore the history and practitioners of time-based media. That is, works involving video, film, slide, audio and computer-based technologies. “Our goal here is to help facilitate a deeper way of looking at the moving image,” said Tekin, a multidisciplinary Turkish artist who lives in Charlotte. The three artists came together organically, having intersected in previous venues. Tekin and Burlington-based Donnelly first met as members of 215 College Gallery, an artist-run space that closed in 2011. Both met Oliveira when she began working as associate director of the MFA in visual art program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier, where she also lives. At the time, Tekin was VCFA’s exhibition coordinator for visual arts and Donnelly was completing her master’s degree at the school. “We found we share similar sensibilities and philosophies regarding contemporary art,” Tekin said, “and it was a natural fit to start a project together.” Each Single Channel VT screening will 78


feature a guest artist showing one of their works, along with a work by another artist chosen for how it influenced or informed the presenter’s own work. Tekin kicked off the series last Friday in the Greenhouse Building on Flynn Avenue in Burlington. Her presentation began with a viewing of Lebanese artist Walid Raad’s 1999 video “The Dead Weight of a Quarrel Hangs.” The 16:54-long color film “investigates the possibilities and limits of writing a history of the Lebanese civil wars (1975-1991),” according to publicity materials. Raad is a professor at the Cooper Union school of art and science in New York City. “Encountering Raad’s work was a revelation for me,” Tekin told the audience of about a dozen people. “I was in graduate school and struggling with how to address the shifting relationship between ourselves, our memories and our past histories through a visual language, when visual language was proving resistant to the task. “What could this look like?” she continued. “Perhaps it could be a series of specific ordinary events reflected against extraordinary events, allowing for movement from the particular to the universal.”

Tekin said she thought about Raad’s film for nearly 10 years before making hers, which is rather inscrutably titled “Adjustment – variation: ii – vi.” “The underlying impetus for my video and other work to date is the denial and rejection of the Armenian genocide by Turkey since its founding as the Turkish Republic in 1922 to the present day,” Tekin said before showing her 15:41long video. It includes footage of herself and her sister as children, taken in Turkey by her father, Şinasi Tekin. Snow scenes in the film were shot in various New England locations and serve as a reminder, she said, of Tekin’s hometown of Erzurum, and of her mother, who hated the snow. “One connection between Raad’s film and mine is the use of deliberate, creative constructions as points of departure from their sources: fantasies based upon memories and stories, activating echoes of an event,” Tekin said. “It was this idea of going from the specific and the personal to the universal. Everybody has conflicts within either their histories or their family histories.” She pointed out that family stories, just like cultural histories, are sometimes

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misrepresentations. “Maybe we find out later it wasn’t true at all, or it wasn’t how we remembered it,” Tekin said. She related this to the history of her people and to how histories are told, who gets to tell them, who gets to shape history. Last week’s screening was a “beta test” for Single Channel VT, Oliveira said. “We’re getting the temperature for what the interest and sustainability in something like this is.” After the screening of both films, audience members discussed their experiences of the works. Some asked questions about the meaning of certain images or text in the films, while others shared their own interpretations or observations. One woman admitted to knowing little of the Lebanese civil wars or the Armenian genocide. The artists named the series Single Channel VT to reference viewing the moving image on a single screen and the idea of focusing on one medium — the moving image — which itself encompasses many forms, genres and histories, Tekin said. “There aren’t a lot of spaces in general, let alone in Vermont, that devote themselves to the idea of contemporary timebased media,” Oliveira observed. While many galleries include video work, usually running on a loop that people view as they




pass by, the screening format invites viewers to a theater-like showing, where everyone watches the whole thing together. “That’s different than being in a gallery space where the viewers have the agency to walk in and out,” Oliveira said. “That’s well and good and has a wonderful place, but it’s not the same as looking at the entire thing, comparing two things, then having a dialogue around that.” Donnelly agreed. “I love to be able to talk about the works we just watched together, that everybody SUMRU experienced at the same time,” said the artist and educator, who runs a K-12 arts program at her Burlington studio. “It’s interesting to hear how people experience the work differently, and that’s one of the ways that the work can really expand.”

“Collaborative discussion serves to deepen the experience for all involved,” Tekin added. The Single Channel VT founders plan to host quarterly screenings, in Vermont or elsewhere, with artists of geographic, ethnic, racial and gender diversity. They will include artists who incorporate timebased media into their practice but may not use it exclusively. The next event is scheduled for March 28, 2020, featuring animator and moving-image artist Lisa T EKIN Crafts, a VCFA graduate who teachers in the Film/ Video Department at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. m

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‘ABSTRACTION’: Abstract images combine shapes, color, pattern, texture and imagination to create an image largely independent of visual reality. For an exhibition in January, we seek abstract images made in whatever way you choose. Curator: Kirsten Hoving. More info on website. Deadline: November 11. PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury. Through November 11. $39 for up to five images, $6 each additional image. Info, photos@ CALL TO ARTISTS: MURAL OPPORTUNITIES: Local nonprofit Arts So Wonderful has a graffiti-abatement program giving artists a chance to make public art and beautify Burlington. There are several current opportunities for artists to collaborate on murals around town before the winter weather comes, as well as plan for spring projects. Various Burlington & Winooski locations. Through October 31. Info, artssowonder CALL TO ARTISTS: BOTANICAL BLITZ: During the coldest months of winter, the gallery will turn into a botanical refuge with paintings and drawings, sculptural works, and installations that depict the plant, insect and animal worlds.

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We are looking for new work, in traditional and nontraditional media, for an exhibition January 21 to March 7, 2020. Deadline: November 15. For details, visit studioplacearts. com. Studio Place Arts, Barre. $10; free for SPA members. Info, 479-7069. ECOSYSTEM SERVICES THROUGH AN ARTIST’S EYE: The Orleans County Natural Resources Conservation District and the Memphremagog Arts Collective are looking for artists of all types to submit work around the theme of ecosystem services and agriculture. The juried exhibition will open on April 3, 2020, at the MAC Center for the Arts in downtown Newport. More info at or emily.irwin@vt.nacdnet. net. Memphremagog Arts Collaborative, Newport. Free. Info, 624-7022. ISLAND ARTS GALLERY CALL TO ARTISTS: Artists interested in showing at the gallery must submit an artist statement or biography, medium, and two to five high-quality digital images of their work to Mary Jo McCarthy at maryjomccarthy@ Deadline November 15. If accepted, each artist or artist group will be assigned a month for exhibition in 2020. Island Arts Gallery, North Hero. Free. Info, 372-6047. MEMBERS’ ART SHOW: All members are welcome to submit one or two pieces of work to this nonjuried show, which will open November 26. Send high-resolution images of work to, or call 253-8358 with any questions.

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Deadline: November 2. Helen Day Art Center, Stowe. Info, 253-8358. PHOTO CONTEST: Photographers are invited to enter up to three submissions of photos taken in Vermont between January 1 and November 22, the deadline date. Must attend at least one meeting of River Arts Photo Co-op to qualify. Winning images will be in an exhibit; prizes given. Visit RiverArtsVT. org for full submission guidelines, and submit images to River Arts, Morrisville. Free. VILLAGE HEALTH GRAND OPENING ART CONTEST: Professionals, amateurs, adults and children, including groups, are invited to submit work in all mediums for display. Send digital submission by November 30 to info@ Cash prizes. Rules and entry forms at Village Health, Middlebury. Free. Info, 382-9491.

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VOICING ART EKPHRASTIC POETRY READING SERIES: Calling for submissions/reading of original poetry written by all ages and experience levels in direct response to Mercedes Bautista’s “Joy and Other Acts of Resistance” exhibit at Flynndog Gallery, or other art of the writer’s choice, at the October 19 Voicing Art Poetry Reading. See poartry. org/voicing-art for livestream participation details and for submission guidelines. Deadline: October 18. Flynndog Gallery, Burlington. Info,


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f ‘TRANSCENDENT: SPIRITUALITY IN CONTEMPORARY ART’: A group exhibition of nationally recognized artists who explore or evoke themes of spirituality through their work, reflecting on questions of human nature, cultural identity and sanctity in everyday life. Artists include Anila Quayyam Agha, Leonardo Benzant, Maïmouna Guerresi, Shahzia Sikander, Zarina, and Vermont-based artists Sandy Sokoloff and Shelley Warren. f ‘TRAVIS SHILLING: TYRANNOSAURUS CLAN’: The Canadian-Ojibwe painter debuts a new series of work that explores the environmental impact of industry and the threat of extinction to the animal realm and indigenous culture. Reception: Friday, October 25, 5-7 p.m. October 18-February 8. Info, 865-7166. BCA Center in Burlington.

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f TOM WATERS: “Forest, Field & Stream,” landscape paintings in oil. Reception: Sunday, October 20, 2-4 p.m. October 17-November 24. Info, 899-3211. Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho.

ART EVENTS ARTIST & CURATOR’S TALK: ‘ROCK SOLID’: SPA resident artist Anne Sarcka discusses her paintings of local quarries in the “Rock Solid XIX.” Executive director Sue Higby briefly discusses the annual stone show. Studio Place Arts, Barre, Friday, October 18, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 479-7069. ARTIST TALK: TUYEN NGUYEN: The artist discusses her 2018-19 Studio Residency Program at SPA and her installations that couple configurations of thread, string and other materials with social justice issues. She also discusses her current exhibit, “Perspective,” and shares her planning and process. Studio Place Arts, Barre, Thursday, October 17, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 479-7069. ARTISTS’ TALKS: VERMONT PERSPECTIVES: Artists featured in the current exhibition “Contemporary American Regionalism: Vermont Perspectives” discuss their work and how they use art to connect to their communities. Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, Saturday, October 19, 3 p.m. Donations. Info, 362-1405. CURATOR TALK: ‘HOW WE BROKE ART’: Ric Kasini Kadour, curator of the current exhibit “Contemporary American Regionalism: Vermont Perspectives,” discusses moments in American art history that frayed the public’s relationship with art. Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, Saturday, October 19, 1 p.m. Donations. Info, 362-1405. GALLERY TALK: EVA GARCELON-HART AND BILL HART: As part of the museum’s monthly exhibit “Hidden Treasure Series,” the archivist and Middlebury College professor discuss a unique rendering of the John Brown farmstead in North Elba, N.Y., on a 19th-century tree fungus. Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, Middlebury, Wednesday, October 16, 1 p.m. $5. Info, 388-2117. PHOTO CO-OP: Lens lovers gather to share their experience and knowledge of their craft. Gallery at River Arts, Morrisville, Thursday, October 17, 6-8 p.m. $5. Info, 888-1261. ‘PROVENANCE MATTERS IN ANCIENT ART’: Associate curator of ancient art Pieter Broucke discusses the importance of determining provenance when building a teaching collection of antiquities. Mahaney Arts Center, Middlebury College, Friday, October 18, 12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-6433. RACHEL LINDSAY: ‘ARTIST AS ENTREPRENEUR’: The artist gives an overview of her career and experiences working as a cartoonist based in the Burlington area. Generator, Burlington, Wednesday, October 16, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0761. TALK: ‘HISTORY OF ACTIVIST ART IN VERMONT’: Burlington artist and educator Jen Berger discusses the history of art and activism in



Vermont — notably in 2D works, performances, films and creative direct actions — with attention to how an event can have a ripple effect. Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont, Burlington, Wednesday, October 16, 6 p.m. Free with museum admission. Info, 656-0750. TALK: ‘SPIRITED VERMONT — GREEN MOUNTAIN MEDIUMS, MYSTICS AND MIRACLE WORKERS’: Author Joe Citro discusses American spiritualism as practiced in Vermont, in conjunction with a current exhibit. Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, Middlebury, Thursday, October 17, 7 p.m. Free with museum admission. Info, 388-2117. THROW-A-THON CERAMICS BENEFIT: In this 25th annual event, to benefit the Vermont Foodbank and Operation Smile, participants create hand-formed and wheel-thrown ceramic forms and donate their work, which will be available for purchase at the annual Holiday Ceramics Sale on campus later this fall. Northern Vermont University-Johnson, Friday, October 18, noon-midnight. Info, 626-6459. TOURS OF THE HISTORIC BARN HOUSE: The Barn House consists of a granary and a cow barn, built around the turn of the 19th century and now conjoined. The tour features a special exhibit: “Travels of the Intrepid Couple: Stories, Art and Adventures of Lydia and Jack Clemmons.” Clemmons Family Farm, Charlotte, Saturdays, 10-11:30 a.m. Info, 765-560-5445. VERMONT ANIMATION FESTIVAL: In collaboration with Catamount Arts, NVU presents the fifth annual festival featuring workshops, demonstrations and a screening of Dean Kalman Lennert’s independent short, “Dear Anna Olson.” Northern Vermont University-Lyndon, Lyndonville, Friday, October 18, 1-9 p.m. Info, 626-6459. VERMONT ARTS AWARDS 2019: The Vermont Arts Council presents annual awards honoring François Clemmons, Castle Freeman, Joan Robinson, James Lockridge and Douglas Anderson. RSVP at secure. Robison Hall, Mahaney Arts Center, Middlebury College, Wednesday, October 23, 5:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, 828-5422.

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f AARON STEIN: “Off the Map,” work created using old license plates and found objects by the local artist. Reception: Friday, October 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Through October 31. Info, 863-6458. Frog Hollow Vermont Craft Gallery in Burlington. ART HOP JURIED SHOW: A group exhibition of works selected by a guest juror, with first, second and third prize winners. Open during Flynn performances or by appointment. Through November 30. Info, 652-4500. Amy E. Tarrant Gallery in Burlington. ‘BE STRONG AND DO NOT BETRAY YOUR SOUL’: Photographs by 47 artists from the collection of Light Work, a nonprofit based in Syracuse, N.Y., that explore topics of politics, social justice,


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Dermatology building in South Burlington will have something to look at besides skin-care products while they wait. The medical practice has made its spacious common room into a gallery. The first featured artist is Newbury painter Judith Lerner, whose undulating gouache landscapes and sensual coloration make for pleasant viewing indeed. A reception — for the business and the artist — is Thursday, October 17, 3:30-8:30 p.m. Through December 20. Pictured: “Cheetahs in Vermont.” identity and visibility. ‘RESIST! INSIST! PERSIST!’: Curated by UVM students in a fall 2018 art history class, the exhibit draws works primarily from the museum’s collection to explore how historical and contemporary artists have countered adversity and hardship with empowerment and expression. Through December 13. Free with museum admission. Info, 656-0750. Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont in Burlington.

‘IN THE STEPS OF FOLLY COVE’: ARTIST PRINT INVITATIONAL: Participating artists: Peter Bregoli Abigail Doan, Jean-Jacques du Plessis, Louise Eastman, Jonathan Fabricant, Elise Ferguson, Susan Abbott Martin, Joe Peppe, Mylene Pionilla, Wendy Small, Barb Smith, Russell Steinert, Janis Stemmerman and Andy Yoder. Through October 18. Info, 656-2014. Francis Colburn Gallery, University of Vermont in Burlington.

‘DARK MATTER’: The 11th annual “dark arts” group exhibition in multiple mediums, curated by gallery director Christy Mitchell. Through November 2. Info, 578-2512. The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington.

MARTIN SEEHUUS: “Far Away and Moving Very Fast,” paintings that focus on playful honesty. Through November 30. Info, 391-4083. The Gallery at Main Street Landing in Burlington.

DAVID HOLUB: Digital illustrations that combine words, images, whimsy, heartbreak and humor. Through November 30. Info, 862-9647. The Daily Planet in Burlington.

MERCHE BAUTISTA: “Of Joy and Other Acts of Resistance,” mixed-media installations that represent female identity by the Spanish-Mexican artist. Through October 30. Flynndog Gallery in Burlington.

‘DIMENSIONS OF CONNECTION’: An ongoing collaboration of performance and multimedia artist Anna Huff and creative media faculty member Al Larsen that explores how the human psyche coexists with emerging technology practices. Interactive media, performance and sculptural props invite playful exploration. Through October 31. Free. Info, 865-8980. Champlain College Art Gallery in Burlington. GARRETT MORIN: “Crowd Sorcery,” new works in pastel by the New York-based artist inspired by Neolithic monuments to the dead. Through November 16. Info, 233-2943. Safe and Sound Gallery in Burlington.


SCOTT ANDRÉ CAMPBELL: “Distribution,” mixedmedia geometric abstractions that create order from chaos. Through October 31. Info, 324-0014. Soapbox Arts in Burlington. STEPHEN MEASE: Special events and scenes of Vermont by the Burlington photographer. Through October 31. Info, 391-4083. Union Station in Burlington.

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‘EARTH PRESS PROJECT: DISPATCH FROM GAIA’: The culmination of the collaborative installation of artist Nancy Milliken Studio and Vermont poet laureate Chard diNiord, which has been in the Saint Michael’s




Natural Area since late August. Through November 1. Info, 654-2851. McCarthy Art Gallery, Saint Michael’s College in Colchester.

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equipment and training since its beginning in 1943. Through October 31. Info, 253-9911. Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum in Stowe.

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

CHRIS JEFFREY: Kinetic wall pieces that encourage the viewer to become involved in bringing the art to life, plus light boxes that seem to project colorful UV-lit structures into infinity. Through November 30. Info, 585-0867. Center for Arts and Learning in Montpelier.

SHOW 35: Recent works by members of Montpelier’s sole collective art gallery. Through November 30. Info, The Front in Montpelier.

f STEPHANIE SEGUINO: “Radical Empathy,” photographs that explore racial issues by the UVM professor of economics. Reception and artist talk: Wednesday, October 23, 3 p.m. Through October 25. Info, 635-1469. Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, Northern Vermont University in Johnson.

‘JOEL BARBER & THE MODERN DECOY’: The first major exhibition to explore the life, collections and artwork of Barber (1876-1952), with objects including decoys, drawings, photographs and watercolor paintings from the museum’s collection. Through January 12, 2020. Free with museum admission. ‘WILLIAM WEGMAN: OUTSIDE IN’: More than 60 works from the renowned artist’s collection, including Polaroid photos of his Weimeraners, pages from his handmade book Field Guide to North America and to Other Regions, drawing and postcard paintings. Through October 20. Info, 985-3346. Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, Shelburne Museum.

f JUDITH LERNER: Vividly colored landscape paintings by the Vermont artist. Reception: Thursday, October 17, 3:30-8:30 p.m., as part of grand opening of new building. Through November 30. Info, 660-8808. Dorset Street Dermatology in South Burlington. f MAXINE DAVIS: Fused-glass panels by the local artist. Demonstration: Saturday, October 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Through October 31. Info, 985-5124. Pierson Library in Shelburne. MAXINE DAVIS: Fused glass art by the local artist. Through October 31. Info, 985-5124. Shelburne Town Hall. ‘POLLINATE THIS!’: How can art explore, examine, and express pollination — metaphorical and otherwise? Experience how Vermont artists and photographers view pollination. Through October 31. Free with museum admission. Info, 434-2167. Birds of Vermont Museum in Huntington. SAM MACY: “Natural Color,” Vermont scenes assembled in hand-cut native and exotic wood forms using natural, untouched and unstained wood. Through November 24. Info, 985-9511. Rustic Roots in Shelburne.


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

‘CONDUITS’: Painters Liz Hawkes deNiord and Richard Heller and collodion print photographer Rachel Portesi explore underlying realities in their artworks. Through October 31. Info, 828-3291. Spotlight Gallery in Montpelier. ‘ROCK SOLID XIX’: An annual, since 2000, showcase of stone sculptures and assemblages by area artists, and other work that depicts the beautiful qualities of stone. DAMARISCOTTA ROUELLE: “Humanity – No Fear of the Other and the Good Life,” recent paintings. Third floor gallery. TUYEN MY NGUYEN: “Perspective,” installations made from tautly strung thread and string that explore scale differences in small and large configurations. Second floor gallery. Through November 2. Info, 479-7069. Studio Place Arts in Barre. ELIZABETH NELSON: “Northward,” paintings by the Vermont artist. Curated by Studio Place Arts. Through December 14. Info, info@studioplacearts. com. Morse Block Deli & Taps in Barre. GALEN CHENEY & TESSA O’BRIEN: Mixed-media paintings. Through November 1. Info, 262-6035. NORTHERN VERMONT ARTIST ASSOCIATION: A group show featuring works by members of the longtime artists’ organization. Through November 1. Info, 262-6035. T.W. Wood Gallery in Montpelier. ‘IN THE DETAILS’: Watercolors by Samantha Aronson and photography collage by Michelle Saffran. Music for the evening provided by Jay Saffran. Through October 31. Info, 279-5048. ART, etc. in Northfield. JANIE COHEN: “Rogue Cloth Work,” hand-stitched pieces of old cloth combined and transformed into new textile assemblages with new contexts. Through December 27. Info, 828-0749. Vermont Supreme Court Gallery in Montpelier. ‘MONKEYS, MISSILES AND MUSHROOMS’: Paintings and drawings by Marina Epstein that reflect the artist’s life in Vermont and exotic tropical influences from living in the Yucatan. Through October 30. Info, 229-6297. Capitol Region Visitors Center in Montpelier.

ADELAIDE MURPHY TYROL: “Anatomy of a Pond,” acrylic paintings and drawings, including larger fine-art paintings and small natural history armature illustrations. Through December 31. Info, 229-6206. North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier.

‘NORMAN ROCKWELL’S ARLINGTON: AMERICA’S HOME TOWN’: An exhibit chronicling Rockwell and other artists who lived in Arlington, as well as many local residents who posed for the scenes of everyday life they portrayed. A collaborative effort of the Canfield Gallery and the Russell Collection of Vermontiana. Through January 31, 2020. Info, 479-8500. Vermont History Museum in Montpelier.

AMY DAVENPORT: “Visual Splendor: Travels in Northern India,” photographs of architecture, street

PATRICIA LEAHEY MERIAM: Oil paintings of landscapes, animals, still lifes and more by the local

SUSAN WAHLRAB AND CHRIS MILLER: ‘UNCHARTED’: After a lifetime of artistic investigations, the central Vermont artists leap into uncharted waters with challenging materials, subject matter and presentation. Through November 22. Info, 738-3667. The Garage Cultural Center in Montpelier. ‘THE WAR OF IDEAS’: Propaganda posters from the collections, spanning the Civil War to World War II and illustrating everything from recruitment to support on the homefront. Through October 25. Info, 479-8500. Vermont History Center in Barre.


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f ‘BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL’: Juried paintings by members of the Vermont Watercolor Society illustrate diverse styles and techniques. Reception and awards ceremony: Sunday, October 20, 3-5 p.m. Through December 21. Free. Info, 496-6682. Vermont Festival of the Arts Gallery in Waitsfield. CAROL EBERLEIN: New pastel paintings by the Waitsfield artist. Through October 19. Info, 244-7036. Waterbury Public Library.

2019 SMALL WORKS SHOW: An annual exhibition that celebrates the little things, in 2D and 3D pieces 24 inches or less. Through November 9. Info, 253-8943. West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park in Stowe.

JOHN MATUSZ: Collage sculptures made from cardboard and ranging in size from 27 to nearly 70 inches tall, as well as large-scale abstract drawings in charcoal, pen and pastel. Through October 26. Info, 244-7801. Axel’s Gallery & Frame Shop in Waterbury.

BRIAN FEKETE: “Quixotica,” an exhibition of five large-scale oil paintings on canvas that explore abstraction, gesture and color. Through December 20. Info, 881-0418. 571 Projects in Stowe.

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‘EXPOSED!’: The 28th annual outdoor sculpture exhibition, featuring works on the gallery lawn. Through October 19. ‘UNBROKEN CURRENT’: Photography, painting, sculpture and mixed-media works by Mildred Beltré, Sanford Biggers, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Rashid Johnson, Harlan Mack and Carrie Mae Weems investigate cultural and personal identity, social justice and history. Through November 9. VASILIS ZOGRAFOS: “Studio of Archeo-virtual Spiritings,” contemporary paintings by the Greek artist that borrow from archaeological traditions and aesthetics. Through November 9. Info, 253-8358. Helen Day Art Center in Stowe. HEARTBEET LIFESHARING FIBER ARTS: Collaborative works of fiber artists and the therapeutic woodworking studio at the lifesharing communities in Hardwick and Craftsbury that include adults with developmental disabilities. f JENNIFER HUBBARD: “The View From Here,” landscape paintings featuring scenes from Lamoille and Orleans counties. Reception: Thursday, November 14, 5-7 p.m. Through December 27. Info, 888-1261. River Arts in Morrisville.

f ‘MOUNTAIN AIR’: A group exhibition of the mountain landscape featuring painting, photography and sculpture, curated by Kelly Holt. Reception: Friday, October 25, 5-6:30 p.m. Through November 22. Info, 760-4634. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort. ‘PEAK TO PEAK: 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION THEN AND NOW’: An exhibition of photographs and artifacts to highlight the evolution of the division’s

‘AMASSED AND UP-ENDED: DECODING THE LEGACY OF STUFF’: Objects, photographs and documents representing four generations of the Robinson family, and exploring how what we save over a lifetime helps to tell our stories. ‘STRUCTURES’: An exhibition repurposing the museum’s historic spaces as settings for contemporary art features work by Meg Walker, Axel Stohlberg, Dennis Versweyveld, Judith Rey, Steve Hadeka, Rob Hitzig and Yoko Ono. An international exhibition of mail art is in the Tourist Cabin. Through October 27. Info, 877-3406. Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh. ‘CEMETERIES OF ADDISON COUNTY’: Photography by Kathryn Wyatt that portrays the quiet beauty of local cemeteries through an artistic lens. Through November 30. Info, 349-0991. Lincoln Library. ‘CONJURING THE DEAD: SPIRIT ART IN THE AGE OF RADICAL REFORM’: Photographs and original drawings acquired by Solomon Wright Jewett (1808-94), a Vermont farmer, legislator and spiritualist who claimed supernatural powers, including bringing back the deceased. DANA SIMSON: “The animals are innocent,” mixed-media/ceramic sculptures and paintings featuring animals that address loss of habitat and food sources, among other perils. Through January 11, 2020. Info, 388-2117. Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History in Middlebury.

f CORRINE YONCE: “Somewhere Between Place and Home,” a multimedia exploration of three projects by the community organizer, artist and documentarian that explore what it means when one’s primary residence is something other than fully home.’ MIDDLEBURY AREA SHOWS

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SUE LAWRENCE & ANDREW WILLIAMS: Oil paintings with a fall foliage theme by the Claremont, N.H., artists. Through October 31. Info, 295-0808. Scavenger Gallery in White River Junction.

Reception: Friday, October 25, 5-7 p.m. Through February 29, 2020. Info, 388-4964. Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury.

WENDY KLEMPERER, MIRANDA THOMAS & JACKIE PADICH: Paintings and sculpture that incorporate natural imagery. Through January 5, 2020. Free with museum admission. Info, 359-5000. Vermont Institute of Natural Science Nature Center in Quechee.

ELLEN GRANTER: “Creatures Great and Small,” paintings inspired by the Massachusetts artist’s observations and love of wildlife that inhabits the New England coastline. Through October 31. Info, 458-0098. Edgewater Gallery at Middlebury Falls. HANNAH MORRIS: “Waiting to Happen,” a solo exhibition of new collages, composed of magazine photos and paper detritus, by the Barre artist. Through October 31. Info, 877-2173. Northern Daughters in Vergennes.

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‘’90S REIGN’: Work by students in the animation and illustration program. Through November 14. Info, 626-6487. Quimby Gallery, Northern Vermont University-Lyndon in Lyndonville.

KATHRYN WYATT: “The Cemeteries of Addison County,” photography that portrays the quiet beauty of local cemeteries through an artistic lens. Through October 31. Info, 458-2603. Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury.

DIANNE SHULLENBERGER: “Outdoor Influences,” works in fabric, thread, grasses, twigs and bark that capture the essence of the natural world. Through October 27. Info, 533-2000. Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro.

MUSEUMLAB: A diverse array of pieces from the museum’s collection selected by professors from a variety of disciplines; visitors are invited to observe the reactions sparked when this “teaching laboratory” displays art supporting various college courses. Through December 8. Info, 443-5258. Middlebury College Museum of Art.

‘FROM GRANITE TO GOLD’: An exhibit examining the life of Burdean Sebert (1900-95), the daughter of a local stonecutter who became a performer in a touring company, an Emmy winner for a TV show in Ohio, and then an instructor of drama and public speaking in Montpelier. Through October 17. Info, 472-8555. Hardwick Historical Society.

PETER K.K. WILLIAMS: Oil paintings including landscapes inspired by Vermont, Lake Champlain and the rainforest of Costa Rica, as well as recreations based upon Paleolithic cave paintings from France. Through November 10. Info, 382-9222. Jackson Gallery, Town Hall Theater in Middlebury.

‘ICELAND’: Eight large paintings regarding Iceland by Elizabeth Nelson. Through October 19. Info, 535-3031. Bread and Puppet Theater in Glover. KAREN HENDERSON: “Contemplate,” landscapeinspired textiles and mixed-media artworks. Through November 22. Info, 748-0158. Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury.

T.J. CUNNINGHAM & HELEN SHULMAN: “Ingress,” realist and abstracted landscape paintings, respectively. Through October 31. Info, 989-7419. Edgewater Gallery on the Green in Middlebury.

‘THE PIVOT AND THE BLADE: AN INTIMATE GLANCE AT SCISSORS’: A collection of objects that convey the long human relationship to scissors and their design and that explore myriad professional, creative, superstitious, violent and domestic uses. Through December 31. Info, 626-4409. The Museum of Everyday Life in Glover.

‘VOTES … FOR WOMEN?’: An exhibition of vintage photographs, banners and memorabilia that coincides with the 100th anniversary of the campaign to ratify the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920. Through December 8. Info, 443-6433. Johnson Memorial Building, Middlebury College.

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‘ART OF FIRE’: An all-media exhibit by members. Through November 5. Info, 247-4956. Brandon Artists Guild. DONA ANN MCADAMS: Acclaimed Vermont photographer and activist Dona Ann McAdams’ expansive oeuvre features historic black-and-white portraits of avant-garde performers, pioneers of queer liberation, portraits of people living with schizophrenia, Appalachian farmers, cloistered nuns, race track workers, and luminous images of horses, oxen and goats. Through January 4, 2020. Info, 579-9501. Castleton University Bank Gallery in Rutland. ‘GOING UP THE COUNTRY’: Juried works by member artists including woodcuts by Mary Azarian; oil paintings by Kathleen Kolb; paintings and sculptures by Susan and Patrick Farrow; Yvonne Daly’s painted, embroidered and silk-screened clothing; and much more. Through November 1. Info, 775-0356. Chaffee Art Center in Rutland.

f JOHN BROWDOWSKY: “Why 40 Still Lifes,” paint-

ings resulting from the artist’s project of painting one still life a week over 12 months. Reception: Sunday, October 27, 3 p.m. Through November 11. Info, B&G Gallery in Rutland.

SCULPTFEST2019: Site-specific sculptures by nearly a dozen artists, guest-curated by Bill Wolff. Through October 20. Info, 438-2097. The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center in West Rutland.

f WHITNEY RAMAGE: “(Dis)Embodiment,” multimedia works that utilize sculptures, performance videos, photographs and drawings to explore how the human body relates and interacts with the world. Reception: Sunday, October 27, 3 p.m. Through November 11. Info, The 77 Gallery in Rutland.



‘Conjuring the Dead: Spirit Art in the Age of Radical Reform’ As everyone knows, you really can’t start too early on your Halloween, um, celebrations — especially when real life is scaring the bejesus out of you. Middlebury’s Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History is totally down with this, offering not just an exhibition titled “Conjuring the Dead” but a related series of spook-minded speakers. On view are photographs and original artworks acquired by Solomon Wright Jewett (1808-94), a Vermont farmer and legislator who claimed a special superpower: curing ailments and bringing the deceased back to life. Other artifacts in the show provide context for the rise of 19th-century spiritualism. This Thursday, October 17, at 7 p.m., Vermont author Joe Citro presents a talk titled “Spirited Vermont: Green Mountain Mediums, Mystics and Miracle Workers.” See the museum website or these pages for future talks. Through January 11. Pictured: a drawing of Solomon W. Jewett and apparitions.

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COLEEN O’CONNELL: “Feathers, Ferns and Fish,” prints using a variety of techniques by the ecologically minded local artist. JENNA RICE: “Guitar Tattoos,” pyrographic artwork on musical instruments by the Weathersfield artist and musician. Through December 31. Info, 295-4567. Long River Gallery & Gifts in White River Junction.

‘ELEMENTS OF GLASS: FROM THE WORKSHOP OF SIMON PEARCE’: A collaborative exhibition with the renowned Vermont glassmaker explores the transformation from sand to glass, from design to finished product. Through March 31, 2020. Info, 649-2200. Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich. RACHEL GROSS: “Through the Curve,” new prints. Through October 28. Info, 295-5901. Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction.

‘ALCHEMY: METAL, MYSTERY AND MAGIC’: A group show featuring sculptures and painting by Jeanne Carbonetti, Sabrina Fadial, Alexandra Heller, Peter Heller, Pat Musick, Dan O’Donnell, Gerald Stoner and Johny Swing. Through February 29, 2020. Info, 258-3992. The Great Hall in Springfield. DOUG TRUMP: “By Rail,” 12 oil and mixed-media works on repurposed wood. Through February 9, 2020. FAFNIR ADAMITES: “Interfere (with),” a sculptural installation created with felted wool and burlap that focuses on intergenerational trauma and generational emotional turmoil. Through March 7, 2020. GORDON MEINHARD: “The Lives of Tables,” modernist still life paintings of tables that appear to become more animated as the series progresses, by the cofounder of the museum. Through March 7, 2020. MARÍA ELENA GONZÀLEZ: “Tree Talk,” an installation that uses rubbings and tracings of birch bark as templates for laser-cutting paper piano rolls. Through February 9, 2020. THELMA APPEL: “Observed/Abstract,” a survey of the career of a cofounder of the Bennington College Summer Painting Workshop, whose work now centers on the tarot. Through February 9, 2020. Info, 257-0124. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. ‘MADE IN VERMONT’: A group exhibition of new and recently completed work by Vermont artists, including paintings, works on paper and sculpture by Arista Alanis, Steve Budington, Clark Derbes, Jason Galligan-Baldwin and Sarah Letteney. MALCOLM MORLEY: Approximately 40 paintings, sculptures and works on paper created between 1964 and 2016 by the British-born American artist and founder of super-realism. RICHARD ARTSCHWAGER: Some 40 paintings, sculptures and works on paper that reference everyday objects, symbols, people and places, often made from unconventional and industrial materials. The American painter, sculptor



and draftsman died in 2011. Through December 1. Info, 952-1056. Hall Art Foundation in Reading. NATALJA KENT: ‘Movement Artifact,” large-scale, camera-less “photographs” created with direct application of light to paper in the darkroom. Through November 1. Info, 251-5130. Epsilon Spires in Brattleboro.

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22ND ANNUAL NORTH BENNINGTON OUTDOOR SCULPTURE SHOW: Outdoor sculptures and gallery exhibits featuring 41 artists throughout the historic village. Through November 3. Info, 430-9715. Various locations around North Bennington. ‘AUTUMN ANGLES’: The juried exhibition features works by SVAC artist members. Through November 17. ‘CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN REGIONALISM: VERMONT PERSPECTIVES’: Using works from the center’s permanent collection, the exhibition invites viewers to consider the framework of regionalism and the role art plays in society; guest-curated by Ric Kasini Kadour. Through October 20. ANDO HIROSHIGE: Woodblock prints by the Japanese master (1797-1858), curated by Steven Schlussel. Through November 17. RON ROSENSTOCK: “Sacred Places,” photographs of locations around the world where people have gathered to pray or be inspired. Through October 20. Info, 362-1405. Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester. ‘VISIBLE IN VERMONT: OUR STORIES, OUR VOICES’: A multigenerational photo and story exhibition highlighting the experiences of people of color living in or attending school in Vermont. Through December 30. ASA CHEFFETZ: VERMONT WOOD ENGRAVINGS: Works by the late printmaker (1896-1965). Through December 20. Info, 447-1571. Bennington Museum.

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‘AN ARCHIVE OF FEELING’: A group exhibition of photography, sculpture, painting, textiles and installation that ask what we hold and what materials are able to hold us. Artists include Lydia Kern, Caitlin LaDolce, Rachel Elizabeth Jones, Wylie Garcia, Janie Cohen, Josh Urban Davis, Morris Fox and Marina Leybishkis. Curated by J. Turk. Through November 3. Info, Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph. ‘COLORS IN LIFE’: More than 30 paintings by the Connecticut River Chapter of the Vermont Watercolor Society. Through November 10. Info, 889-9404. Tunbridge Public Library in Tunbridge Village.

f DEBORAH SACKS: “Cats, Landscapes &

Figures,” mixed-media prints by the local artist. Reception: Friday, October 25, 6 p.m. Through October 31. Info, 685-2188. Chelsea Public Library. JANET VAN FLEET: “Hanging Around,” mixedmedia constructions of found materials. Through November 9. Info, 685-4699. North Common Arts in Chelsea.

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f JORDAN LAURA MCLACHLAN & MORTON BARTLETT: “Family Matters,” a special exhibition of outsider art, in association with Marion Harris Gallery in New York City. Reception: Saturday, November 9, 3-5 p.m. Through February 29, 2020. Info, 767-9670. BigTown Gallery in Rochester. KATE EMLEN: “Breathe the Wind,” paintings large and small, inspired from immersion in nature. Through December 20. Info, 498-8438. White River Gallery in South Royalton.

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EVELYN R. SWETT: “Compost Compositions,” paintings that muse on waste and transformation. MARTHA STEIN: “A 40 Year Retrospective,” works in fiber sculpture. SHARI WOLF BORAZ + MARY GERAKARIS: “Borders of Consciousness, Dreaming in Color,” artworks in embroidery, and paintings on aluminum, respectively. Through November 16. Info, 603-448-3117. AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, N.H. m

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his film, like its subject, has no shortage of serious problems. Who its intended audience is supposed to be eludes me. Few under 50, I suspect, have any idea who Judy Garland was — beyond, perhaps, her role as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. And those old enough to recall her years as a bestselling recording artist, award-winning actress, stage performer and television personality are unlikely to have the patience for the one-note cliché that stands in for her here. Renée Zellweger pretzels her spine, paints her face and pouts to parrot the icon’s speaking voice (singing, not so much) in a performance that all but bellows Oscar Bait. As far as I can tell, it single-handedly kicked off this year’s awards-season conversation. I’ll be surprised, however, if anyone’s talking about it by the time the holidays roll around. Directed by Rupert Goold (True Story) and adapted from Peter Quilter’s play by Tom Edge, it’s the wispiest of the past year’s spate of musical biopics. Beside Judy, Rocketman looks like The Tree of Life. The movie focuses


on the entertainer’s final comeback attempt, a lucrative series of 1968 London concerts. But first, viewers are introduced to a Garland struggling to keep a roof over her children’s heads by singing in LA clubs for paltry sums. Booted from her hotel suite for lack of payment, she decides to leave them with ex-husband Sidney Luft (Rufus Sewell) and cross the pond. The audience is led to believe this offers Garland’s only hope of earning enough to keep the kids with her. Which rings iffy, given that the deal she made for her CBS variety show a few years earlier made her $24 million and was called “the biggest talent deal in TV history.” That must’ve been some hotel bill. Once the singer arrives in England, the picture shifts into hokum overdrive. Zellweger’s Garland is a virtual caricature of the tortured artist. She power-pops speed to get through the day, then is surprised when she can’t sleep at night. She refuses to rehearse, and then is surprised when her performances increasingly go off the rails. Take a wild guess whether cocktails are a problem. Flashbacks intrude on the narrative relentlessly, offering scenes re-creating her early days at MGM when studio head

A STAR IS BORING Zellweger generates a tiresome caricature of the tortured artist in Goold’s overrated Garland pic.

Louis B. Mayer (Richard Cordery) supposedly forbade her from nibbling a burger but made her take uppers and downers to maximize productivity. This is intended to explain the diva’s lifelong trauma and insecurity, but Iffy Alert: While Mayer certainly was a control freak, the fact is that Garland’s mother — a stage mother if ever there was one — got her hooked on pills long before she set foot on that yellow brick road. Is it just me, or is it weird that a movie about Judy Garland would show so little interest in Judy Garland movies? You’d never know, for example, that she was nominated for an Oscar and won a Golden Globe for

her performance in A Star Is Born (1954). Or that she and Luft were the first to see the remake potential in that now-perennial chestnut. And still she found a way to lose money on the deal. Speaking of big-screen plans that didn’t pan out: Sure, the film is at 83 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, but I bet Marvel-stuffed critics were simply so starved for anything spandex-free that they mistook Judy for a gigantic breath of fresh air. Which is understandable. It truly does blow. RI C K KI S O N AK

Gemini Man ★★


top me if you’ve heard this one: A seasoned pro who’s weary of “the life” decides to call it a career after one last job. The plan quickly goes awry, forcing the hero to return to his old ways to make things right. The plot device that launched a thousand crime movies is the starting point of Gemini Man, a bland action thriller directed by Ang Lee (Life of Pi, Brokeback Mountain). Will Smith stars as Henry Brogan, a 51-year-old sharpshooter and elite government assassin. In the film’s first — and best — sequence, Henry and his sniper rifle are positioned high in the Belgian countryside. A high-speed train approaches. Henry gets the all-clear through an earpiece from an agent on the train, takes a breath, and hits his mark through the train window from two kilometers away. There’s one catch: The guy he shot was a harmless molecular biologist, not a bioterrorist. Determined to get to the bottom of the deception, Henry finds himself the target of government agents and the nefarious Clay Verris (Clive Owen), the head of a secret black ops unit, who dispatches “Junior,” a 23-year-old assassin Verris created by cloning Henry’s DNA. The concept of a person battling a younger version of himself has intriguing possibilities. It’s the action-movie equivalent of the age-old baseball question: whether the aging 1930s version of Babe Ruth could hit the 21-year-old Ruth’s fastball, circa 1916. 84


TWIN KILLERS Smith and computer-generated Smith star in Lee’s disappointing action flick.

Unfortunately, the screenplay by David Benioff, Billy Ray and Darren Lemke just isn’t up to the task. The existential face-off between Henry and Junior (also played by Smith, using sophisticated motion-capture technology) is muddled by an overwrought Oedipal plot strand involving Verris, who acted as a surrogate father to Henry and now considers Junior his adopted son. The ethical debate over

cloning is likewise given short shrift in a few stilted dialogue scenes. Elsewhere, a romantic attraction between Henry and a fellow agent (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) goes nowhere. And while the dialogue makes some desperate attempts at comic relief, it simply isn’t funny. Lee’s direction is surprisingly lackluster, though he has his moments. A motor-

cycle chase features a pair of well-executed tracking shots (though it could have done without the cliché shot of pigeons in a plaza scattering into the sky). The services of action choreographer Yuen Woo-ping — who oversaw the gloriously staged fight sequences in Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon — could have been used in a sloppy hand-to-hand combat scene between Henry and Junior. It’s a hot mess of flailing limbs and slow-motion grimacing. One area where the film excels is shameless product placement. Coca-Cola is written into the script on a couple of occasions. OxiClean and Gorilla Wood Glue are unsubtly displayed during the climatic shoot-’em-up. I counted at least five visual plugs for beer brands sold by Anheuser-Busch InBev. Then there’s the unimaginative casting of Smith, who gives passable but often wooden performances in the dual roles. I get it: He’s a bankable action star with a proven track record, and the film had a $138 million budget. But imagine for a moment if the producers had taken a chance and cast someone like Mickey Rourke — an actor with greater range and emotional depth, whose career has seen better days. It would be fascinating to see the craggy Rourke of 2019 confronting the fresh-faced Mickey of his 1980s leading-man heyday. That would be a movie well worth watching, bad script and all. LU KE BAYN E S


NEW IN THEATERS THE LAUNDROMAT Dubbed “an earnest lesson in political economy dressed up as a farce” by the New York Times, director Steven Soderbergh’s film about the Panama Papers features a star-studded cast, including Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas. (95 min, R. Roxy) MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL Angelina Jolie’s sharp cheekbones return, along with more drama between humans and fairies, in this dark fantasy from director Joachim Rønning. Elle Fanning is the newly engaged Princess Aurora; Michelle Pfeiffer, the scheming motherin-law-to-be. (118 min, PG. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Palace, Welden) ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP A decade after the events of Zombieland, the undead have evolved into superzombies. Changing “family” dynamics mean that Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson and Abigail Breslin’s characters must evolve, too — or, perhaps, perish. Ruben Fleisher again directed. (99 min, R. Essex, Majestic, Palace, Roxy)

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NOW PLAYING ABOMINABLEHHH1/2 Lost in Shanghai, a young yeti needs help to return to his Everest home in this DreamWorks animated adventure. Jill Culton (Open Season) directed. With the voices of Chloe Bennet, Albert Tsai and Eddie Izzard. (97 min, PG; reviewed by M.H. 10/2) AD ASTRAHHHHH Brad Pitt plays an astronaut sent across the solar system on a mission to find his father (Tommy Lee Jones), who disappeared on a mysterious expedition, in this sci-fi film from director James Gray (The Immigrant). With Liv Tyler and Ruth Negga. (122 min, PG-13; reviewed by R.K. 9/25) THE ADDAMS FAMILYHH1/2 Charles Addams’ creepy cartoon family becomes a family animation directed by Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon (Sausage Party), with the voices of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron and Chloë Grace Moretz. (105 min, PG) BEFORE YOU KNOW ITHHH In this comedy-drama from director Hannah Pearl Utt (Disengaged), two sisters connect with the mom they thought was dead — after they find her starring on a daytime drama. Starring Utt, Ayden Mayeri, Jen Tullock and Alec Baldwin. (98 min, NR) BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHONHHHH Jillian Bell plays a New York millennial who decides to change her unhealthy lifestyle one mile at a time in this comedy from first-time writer-director Paul Downs Colaizzo. (104 min, R; reviewed by M.H. 9/25) DOWNTON ABBEYHHH The story of the to-themanor-born Crawley family and their servants continues in this offshoot of the TV series, which includes a royal visit. With Michelle Dockery, Matthew Goode and Maggie Smith. Michael Engler directed. (122 min, PG) GEMINI MANHH Will Smith plays an aging hitman who finds himself facing off against his own equally lethal clone (also Smith) as director Ang Lee (Life of Pi) makes a return to action cinema. With Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Clive Owen. (117 min, PG-13; reviewed by L.B. 10/16)



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HUSTLERSHHHH Strip club workers figure out a not-so-legal way to make more money off their wealthy clients in this comic crime drama from director Lorene Scafaria (The Meddler). With Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez and Julia Stiles. (109 min, R)

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IT: CHAPTER TWOHHH Pennywise the demonic clown (Bill Skårsgard) returns to his old tricks as the adaptation of Stephen King’s door-stop horror novel wraps up with this sequel set 27 years later. Starring Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader and Isaiah Mustafa. Andy Muschietti returns as director. (169 min, R; reviewed by M.H. 9/11) JEXIHH A phone addict (Adam Devine) is in trouble when Siri — oops, I mean “Jexi” (Rose Byrne), the new AI in his device — becomes his obsessed stalker. Somehow this is a comedy and not a horror thriller. Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (A Bad Moms Christmas) directed. (84 min, R) JOKERHHH In this stand-alone backstory for Batman’s nemesis, he’s played as a struggling funnyman by Joaquin Phoenix. Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz and Frances Conroy also star. Todd Phillips (The Hangover) directed. (121 min, R; reviewed by M.H. 10/9)

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OFFICIAL SECRETSHHH Keira Knightley plays British whistleblower Katharine Gun, who exposed NSA manipulation of the UN Security Council, in this biopic directed by Gavin Hood (Eye in the Sky). With Matthew Goode and Indira Varma. (112 min, R)

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In ancient holy texts from India, soma was said to be a drink that enhanced awareness and alertness. According to modern scholars, it may have been a blend of poppy, ephedra and cannabis. In Norse mythology, the beverage called the Mead of Suttungr conferred poetic inspiration and the ability to solve any riddle. One of its ingredients was honey. In Slavic folklore, raskovnik is an herb with the magic power to unlock what’s locked and uncover hidden treasures. It’s not a four-leaf clover but resembles it. I invite you Libras to fantasize about using these three marvels. To do so will potentize your imagination, thereby boosting the cosmic forces that will be working in your favor to enhance your awareness, confer inspiration, solve riddles, unlock what’s locked and find hidden treasures.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): “We can’t change anything until we get some fresh ideas, until we begin to see things differently,” wrote Aries psychologist James Hillman. I agree. And that’s very good news for you Aries people. In my view, you are more attracted to and excited by fresh ideas than any other sign of the zodiac. That’s why you have the potential to become master initiators of transformation. One of my favorite types of plot twists in your life story occurs when you seek out fresh ideas and initiate transformations not only on your own behalf but also for those you care about. I bet the coming weeks will bring at least one of those plot twists.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Metaphorically speaking, Taurus, you are now crossing a bridge. Behind you is the intriguing past; in front of you, the even more intriguing future. You can still decide to return to where you came from. Or else you could pick up your pace and race ahead at twice the speed. You might even make the choice to linger on the bridge for a while, to survey the vast vistas that are visible and contemplate, at a more leisurely pace, the transition you’re making. Only you know what’s best for you, of course. But if you asked me, I’d be in favor of lingering on the bridge for a while. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): As I write this, I’m sitting in a café near two women at another table. One sports a gold cashmere head scarf and pentagram necklace. The other wears a dark blue pantsuit and a silver broach that’s the glyph for Gemini the Twins. HeadScarf shuffles a deck of Tarot cards and asks PantSuit what she’d like to find out during the divination she is about to receive. “I would very much like you to tell me what I really, really want,” PantSuit says with a chuckle. “I’m sure that once I find out that big secret, I’ll be able to accomplish wonders.” I hope the rest of you Geminis will be on a similar mission in the coming weeks. Do whatever it takes to get very clear about what you want most. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Ancient Greek

philosopher Socrates was meandering through an Athenian marketplace, gazing at the appealing and expensive items for sale. “How many things there are in this world that I do not want,” he exclaimed with satisfaction. I recommend you cultivate that liberated attitude. Now is a perfect time to celebrate the fact that there are countless treasures and pleasures you don’t need in order to be charmed and cheerful about your life. For extra credit, add this nuance from Henry David Thoreau: People are rich in proportion to the number of things they can afford to let alone.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): I invite you to try this exercise. Imagine that one springtime

you grow a garden filled with flowers that rabbits like to nibble: petunias, marigolds, gazanias and pansies. This is a place whose only purpose is to give gifts to a wild, sweet part of nature. It’s blithely impractical. You do it for your own senseless, secret joy. It appeals to the dreamy lover of life in you. Got all that, Leo? Now, in accordance with current astrological omens, I suggest you actually try to fulfill a fantasy comparable to that one in the coming weeks.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): My Virgo friend Lola got a text message from her Scorpio buddy Tanya. “Why don’t you come over and chill with me and my demons? It’ll be entertaining, I promise! My inner jerks are howlingly funny tonight.” Here’s what Lola texted back: “Thanks, but no thanks, sweetie. I’ve been making big breakthroughs with my own demons — giving them the attention they crave without caving in to their outrageous demands — and for now I need to work on stabilizing our new relationship. I can’t risk bringing extra demons into the mix.” I suspect this is an accurate description of what could be happening for you, Virgo. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Inventor Buckminster Fuller (1895–1983) was a visionary genius in numerous fields, including architecture, design, engineering and futurism. In the course of earning 40 honorary doctorates, he traveled widely. It was his custom to wear three watches, each set to a different time: one to the zone where he currently was, another to where he had recently departed and a third to where he would journey next. “I know that I am not a category,” he wrote. “I am not a thing — a noun. I seem to be a verb.” I recommend his approach to you in the coming weeks, Scorpio. Be a verb! Allow your identity to be fluid, your plans adjustable, your ideas subject to constant revision. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “Art is good for my soul precisely because it reminds me that we have souls in the first place,” said actress Tilda Swinton. How about you, Sagittarius? What reminds you that you have a soul in the first place? Beloved animals? Favorite music? A stroll amid

natural wonders? Unpredictable, fascinating sexual experiences? The vivid and mysterious dreams you have at night? Whatever stimuli bring you into visceral communion with your soul, I urge you to seek them out in abundance. It’s Soul-Cherishing and SoulEnhancing Time for you.

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ing weeks will be a favorable time to arrange a series of high-level meetings among your body, mind and soul. You might even consider staging an extravagant conference-like festival and festival-like conference. The astrological omens suggest that your body, mind and soul are now primed to reveal choice secrets and tips to each other. They are all more willing and eager than usual to come up with productive new synergies that will enable each to function with more panache and effectiveness.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “I believe in

inhabiting contradictions,” writes Aquarian author and activist Angela Davis. “I believe in making contradictions productive, not in having to choose one side or the other side. As opposed to choosing either or choosing both.” I think Davis’ approach will work well for you in the coming weeks. It’s not just that the contradictions will be tolerable; they will be downright fertile, generous and beneficent. So welcome them; honor them; allow them to bless you with their tricky opportunities and unexpected solutions.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Piscean pianist Frédéric Chopin (1801–1849) was a poetic genius whose music was full of sweetness and grace. “Without equal in his generation,” said more than one critic. Today, more than 170 years after his death, his work remains popular. Recently an Italian sound designer named Remo de Vico created an original new Chopin piece that featured all 21 of the master’s piano nocturnes being played simultaneously. (You can hear it here: As you might imagine, it’s a gorgeous mess, too crammed with notes to truly be enjoyable but interesting nevertheless. I’ll counsel you to avoid a similar fate in the coming weeks, Pisces. It’s fine to be extravagant and expansive and mulitfaceted; just don’t overdo it.


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COUPLE LOOKING TO HAVE FUN! Hello, my girlfriend and I are in an open relationship. I’m 26; she’s 25. We are looking to either explore and meet a female or another couple to have drinks and maybe more. We also go solo! So either way, we are looking for good people looking for a good time and fun. Tattoos19, 26, seeking: W, Cp, Gp, l SINGLE MALE EXPLORING Single, white athletic male. 32 y/o living in South Burlington. Senator802, 32, seeking: Cp, Gp MAYBE I’LL VOTE! HAHA? Hi, sweetie pie! SWM, long blond hair. Love rock, AC/DC, Zoso (Zeppelin tribute), Pink Floyd to heaviest metal. I love nature, animals. Empathic, compassionate, caring people — I’m one, also! I’ve been celibate more than 18 months. Considering, I’ve a very high libido, stamina. Unique and very knowledgeable prowess. I love satiating my lover (very often)! Not bragging, being honest. Compatibility is the key! Let’s come together and meet, vice versa! Your move, sweetness. Teafortwo, 56, seeking: W LIFE SHOULD BE ENJOYED Life is not meant to be enjoyed by yourself. I am a semiretired accountant looking to share activities with female company. I am healthy and enjoy having lots of things to do. Outdoor activities are my favorites, but also enjoy the movies, bowling and dining out or just having a good conversation. vtufo1, 71, seeking: W, l ACTIVE MAN IN WHEELCHAIR Middle-aged guy looking for someone nice, warm, friendly who still has fire in the tank. I’m in a wheelchair, but I’m very much alive. dragonborn, 49, seeking: W, l BASIC GUY SEEKS SAME Down-to-earth, basic guy seeking the same. Shy at first, but outgoing and friendly. Seeking the same. Sense of humor A++. Just looking for a regular to hang with and maybe more. Osheaga, 50, seeking: M FAT HIKER, DOWN-TO-EARTH Looking for a good friend to play around with. I am in a crazy, controlling relationship. Just looking for a kind, understanding heart to feel free with once in a while. Nighthiker84, 35, seeking: W UNUSUAL OLD MAN I’m a 57-y/o conservative, Christian Navy veteran with unusual tastes and interests in the bedroom. I’m seeking a woman between 20 and 40 who matches my unusual interests for a friends with benefits relationship. I’m honest and loyal, and I expect the same in return. VermontPappa, 57, seeking: W LOOKING FOR A GOOD TIME Not looking for anything serious, unless it happens. I’m a freak and love women. Love to satisfy in every way possible. Burgess1980, 39, seeking: W, l NY GUY IN VT Nice guy. Offbeat sense of humor. Looking for that certain someone who can help me feel at home. I like dinner and a movie or Church Street, then a Lake Monsters game. I love theater or live music or hangin’ out at home smokin’ a doobie and chillin’ to some vinyl. Tidy but not a clean freak. urwatuis, 59, seeking: W, l

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NOTRE DAME JACKET, WAITSFIELD FARMERS MARKET I asked, “College or high school?” and then became so flustered by the smiling, handsome man answering me that I stuttered! When you came back, I was too busy working to ask if you were local (and single?). When: Saturday, October 5, 2019. Where: Waitsfield Farmers Market. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914889 BEAUTIFUL SERVER AT PENNY CLUSE You were wearing a red leopard-print shirt. I’m pretty sure I noticed you checking me out while I sat at the counter eating my tofu scram. I was wearing a brown-and-pink flannel. Hit me back if you want to do more than look. When: Saturday, October 12, 2019. Where: Penny Cluse Café. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914888 FITNESS FANATIC I see you often. Most of the time you are furiously working the exercise bike; I’ve always admired how fit you are. Finally, last week, I was working out next to you. As you finished I looked over at you, and you gave me a warm smile. Meet at the exercise bikes soon? When: Tuesday, October 8, 2019. Where: Planet Fitness, Plattsburgh. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914887 BESPECTACLED FELLA IN MEHURON’S I grabbed an unruly bunch of kale and may have shaken water on your shoes. You said goodbye as you left and waved as I drove away. Do I know you? I’m still curious a few weeks later, so I figured ... maybe this guy also likes to do the crossword and occasionally browse the I-Spys for fun? When: Monday, September 30, 2019. Where: Mehuron’s. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914886

DINNER AT SHELBURNE FARMS, 9/29 You sat behind me at a table in a cream-colored outfit, at the end of the table. I sat at the end of my table. We made eye contact several times and exchanged smiles. No rings on your hand ... Single? When you left, I said goodnight and wished you safe travels. Would enjoy seeing that smile again. Coffee? When: Sunday, September 29, 2019. Where: Shelburne Farms. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914885 LOST DISC GOLF DISC, WILLISTON I spied a wandering disc golf disc that may belong to you, spotted at the course behind the Williston Central School. No name/number, but it’s from an event, so it may have some sentimental value! Check the Lost & Found section on Craigslist for more ways to contact me if it’s yours. When: Sunday, September 29, 2019. Where: Williston. You: Nonbinary person. Me: Man. #914884 BFA ST. ALBANS SOCCER MOM We met at Ocean State in St. Johnsbury, starting at olive oil, then Indian food and finally at checkout. I recited my poem “artistry,” and you enjoyed it. I’m hoping you’d like to resume our conversation and provide me an opportunity to read more of my work. When: Wednesday, October 2, 2019. Where: Ocean State, St. J. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914883 I BELONG TO YOU I turned and saw you for the first time; dark and handsome, strong and sleek, quick half-smile, expressive eyebrows. Our eyes met; my heart slowed down to beat your name. When we walked together, it seemed, by silent pact, that we belonged to each other already. When I asked what you thought of me, you just pointed at your smile. When: Saturday, August 17, 2019. Where: Middlebury Co-op. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914882

REDHEAD, OLD NORTH END We’ve crossed paths a number of times. Winooski laundromat next to Pho Hong, the intersection of North Street and North Winooski, and a number of times at Trader Joe’s. I’m nervous and shy, but I want you to know I can’t get you off my mind! I’m 5’1, blue eyes, brown hair in top knot, short facial hair. When: Friday, September 27, 2019. Where: Trader Joe’s. You: Woman. Me: Trans man. #914881 AUBURN HAIR, GRAY DRESS, SUNGLASSES Lake Placid corner store, 11:30 a.m. You: amazingly attractive with your slender legs, big smile and beautiful auburn hair. You walked by me next to the juice cooler. I said, “It’s a beautiful day,” and you smiled and said it’s an “amazing day.” Any day would be amazing with you. Find me, babe, and let’s seize the day. When: Wednesday, September 18, 2019. Where: Lake Placid. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914880 BRIGHT EYES, NO BS ATTITUDE You: blue eyes, tall, no-bullshit kind of attitude, always in uniform. Me: curious about you. I see you often, and randomly, in Montpelier, always working hard. Always on the move. You’re tough to find, but I seize up when you’re right in front of me. I want to become acquainted with you. Do you drink? I’ll buy. When: Wednesday, October 2, 2019. Where: Montpelier. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914879 HAM & CHEESE LOVER I spy my hot cheese, the occasional peanut butter to my jelly. I’m astounded every day by what we found — I’m excited for all the adventures to come! Love, Ham lite. When: Saturday, April 13, 2019. Where: in a field. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914878 WALKING BY MY HOUSE You’re either walking alone or with your man almost every day. We always exchange smiles, waves or small flirts, and I’ve seen you smiling ear to ear when you hit the end of my house. Yes, you have my motor running. So anytime you want to just stop and tell me what’s on your mind, please do it! I dare you! When: Monday, September 30, 2019. Where: off North Ave. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914877

BARISTA BABE AT ONYX I heard you talking about wanting to have a baby. I’ll father it for you. You’re tall and beautiful and really kind. Let’s make babies and dress them in cashmere sweaters with names like Jacque and Arabica. Meet me at Onyx. I’ll be wearing tortoiseshell non-prescription glasses and a J.Crew cashmere sweater. When: Saturday, September 28, 2019. Where: Onyx coffee. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914876 BERLIN WALMART MEASURING WINDOW BLINDS I helped you measure the extension cord to determine the size for your kitchen window. I was taken by your eyes and smile. Should have asked if you needed help with the installation, but when I looked for you, you were gone. If you see this and still need assistance with any house-related tasks, please respond. When: Saturday, September 28, 2019. Where: Berlin, Vt. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914875 PET PATH CROSSING You: handsome, jeans, blazer with possible cat carrier accessory. I was wrangling an anxious hound dog and smitten smile after seeing you in the lobby at drop-off/ pickup. You may not have seen me, but if you’re interested in a free drink, it’ll keep me from forming a fake friendship with a vet to try and secure your digits illicitly. When: Tuesday, September 24, 2019. Where: Orchard Veterinary. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914874 QUEEN AND KARAOKE You were still in your coat, and I, a black sweater. We talked briefly about song choices. You seemed shy, but I was trying to convince you that it would be fun. We were both marveled by a local’s rendition of “Amazing.” I had to bring my friend home but would like to continue our conversation. When: Thursday, September 26, 2019. Where: J.W. Ryan’s, St. Albans. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914873

GIRL WITH THE PEARL NECKLACE We cross paths on North Cambridge Road in the mornings as you’re leaving for work. You’re gorgeous in any of your many form-fitting dresses. We make eye contact as I pass by. We both smile, and my heart melts. I wake up hoping to see you again — that smile, blond hair and blue eyes are the highlight of my day. When: Monday, September 23, 2019. Where: Cambridge. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914870 FIRST BRANCH, MONDAY MORNING, ICED TEA You had already ordered, and the barista was making a mess of the counter, spilling everything all over the place. I ordered iced tea, but they didn’t have any, so we brewed one and put it over ice. We had some small talk, but I felt we could have chatted. As I walked out, I wished you a wonderful day. When: Monday, September 23, 2019. Where: First Branch, South Royalton. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914869 MICHELLE, WATERFRONT BIKE PATH Always nice to see you! OK, so you didn’t go to UVM! Can we meet to continue the conversation? Perhaps grab an app at Shanty on the Shore? You are in my thoughts, and I think we would click very well. Guy on bike! A. When: Sunday, September 22, 2019. Where: BTV waterfront. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914868 WALMART Urusala, I saw you Thursday afternoon at work in Walmart and didn’t feel comfortable approaching you at work. I was all in blue work clothes, and I think you’re really cute and would like to get to know you better. Coffee or something? When: Friday, September 20, 2019. Where: Walmart. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914866

TRADER JOE’S JUST NOW, 9/27 You were in a cardigan and striped skirt. I was helping my mother shop. No easy way to say it, but I just stopped. Sorry that I kept looking. I’m not creepy, I promise. If you see me and have two minutes for a call, I could introduce myself. I should have today. When: Friday, September 27, 2019. Where: Trader Joe’s. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914872

HANNAFORD, ST. ALBANS, THU., 9/19 You: red hair, white top, brown pants. We saw each other as I walked in, said hello a few rows later, and I was behind you at checkout. Me: short-sleeve button-up, T-shirt and shorts. Hope you see this! When: Thursday, September 19, 2019. Where: Hannaford, St. Albans. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914865


Irreverent counsel on life’s conundrums

Dear Reverend,

A friend of mine constantly posts rather provocative and sometimes explicit photos of themselves on Instagram. I like to think I’m an open-minded person, but sometimes I feel they go too far, and it makes me a little uncomfortable. Should I say something to my friend about it?

Visually Vexed (FEMALE, 29)

Dear Visually Vexed,

I’m assuming this person is an adult and you’re not their mother, so I’m going to advise that you keep your lips zipped. Your friend’s posts are a part of their freedom of expression, and nobody likes anybody messing with that, friend or not. Posts that we find annoying and/or offensive are a fact of social media life. Be it photos of food, travel, kids or the occasional

testing of nudity policies, something is bound to bug the crap out of you. The good news is, nobody is forcing you to look. On Instagram, you can mute a person’s account so their posts don’t show up in your feed. It’s not as harsh as blocking the person, because they can still see your posts and send you messages. And, unlike blocking or unfollowing, they’ll never know that

you’ve done it. There are similar options to mute or snooze people on Twitter and Facebook. If you want to stay in the loop without losing your mind, you just have to do a little editing. In the words of Rock Man from my favorite movie, The Point, “You see what you want to see, and you hear what you want to hear. You dig?” Good luck and God bless,

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A public hearing is scheduled for Monday, October 28, 2019 at 9:30 AM at the Essex Junction District Office of the Agency of Natural Resources, 111 West Street, Essex Junction, Vermont. A site visit will be held before the hearing at 8:30 AM at the site, meeting roadside at the southern end of Leo Drive in Essex, Vermont. The following persons or organizations may participate in the hearing for this project: 1. Statutory parties: The municipality, the municipal planning commission, the regional planning commission, any adjacent municipality, municipal planning commission or regional planning commission if the project lands are located on a town boundary, and affected state agencies are entitled to party status. 2. Adjoining property owners and others: May participate as parties to the extent they have a particularized interest that may be affected by the proposed project under the ten criteria.

ACT 250 NOTICE APPLICATION #4C07815A AND HEARING 10 V.S.A. §§ 6001 - 6093 On September 6, 2019, John Leo filed application #4C0781-5A for partial findings under Criterion 9(B) (primary agricultural soils) for the subdivision of former Lot #3 into seven new lots, with no construction proposed at this time. The project is located on 15 Leo Drive in Essex, Vermont. This application was deemed to be complete on October 8, 2019 after the receipt of supplemental evidence. The Commission intends to narrow the scope of the hearing to Criteria 9B (primary agricultural soils) unless that scope is expanded by the Commission at the hearing.


3. Non-party participants: The district commission, on its own motion or by petition, may allow others to participate in the hearing without being accorded party status. If you plan on participating in the hearing on behalf of a group or organization, please bring: 1) a written description of the organization, its purposes, and the nature of its membership (T.10, § 6085(c)(2)(B)); 2) documentation that prior to the date of the hearing, you were duly authorized to speak for the organization; and 3) that the organization has articulated a position with respect to the Project’s impacts under specific Act 250 Criteria.


If you wish further Ridgefield Road, Shel10/7/19 FSBO11:38 milliken100919.indd AM 1 05482 filed information regarding burne, VT participation in this application #4C0376-2 hearing, please contact for a project generally the district coordinator described as redevelop(see below) before the ment of an existing 3.28 date of the first hearing acre parcel. The Project or prehearing. If you have includes demolition a disability for which you of an existing abanare going to need accom- doned motel, pool area, modation, please notify shed, and paved drive/ this office at least seven parking area. Two new days prior to the above residential buildings will hearing date. be constructed that will comprise 24 senior housIf you feel that any of ing units each (48 total the District Commission units), along with related members listed on the site improvements. The attached Certificate of Project is located at Service under “For Your 3972 Shelburne Road in Information” may have a Shelburne, Vermont. conflict of interest, or if there is any other reason The District #4 Environa member should be dismental Commission is requalified from sitting on viewing this application this case, please contact under Act 250 Rule 51 the district coordinator — Minor Applications. A as soon as possible, no copy of the application later than prior to the and proposed permit are date of the first hearing available for review at or prehearing conferthe office listed below. ence. The application and a draft permit may also be A copy of the application viewed on the Natural and plans for this project Resources Board’s web is available for inspection site (http://nrb.vermont. by members of the public gov) by clicking on “Act during regular working 250 Database” and enterhours at the District #4 ing the project number Environmental Office. “4C0376-2”. The application can also be viewed at the Natural No hearing will be held Resources Board web and a permit may be issite (http://nrb.vermont. sued unless, on or before gov) by clicking on “Act November 1, 2019, a 250 Database” and enter- person notifies the ing the project number Commission of an issue above. or issues requiring the presentation of evidence Dated at Essex Junction, at a hearing or the ComVermont this 8th day of mission sets the matter October 2019. for hearing on its own motion. Any hearing By: /s/Rachel Lomonaco request must be in writRachel Lomonaco, Dising to the address below, trict #4 Coordinator must state the criteria or 111 West Street subcriteria at issue, why Essex Junction, VT a hearing is required and 05452 what additional evidence 802-879-5658 will be presented at the rachel.lomonaco@ hearing. Any hearing request by an adjoining property owner or other interested person ACT 250 NOTICE must include a petition MINOR APPLICATION for party status. Prior to #4C0376-2 10 V.S.A. §§ submitting a request for 6001 - 6093 a hearing, please contact On October 8, 2019, the district coordinator Gabriel & Diane Handy, at the telephone number 66 College Parkway, listed below for more Colchester, VT 05446 and information. Prior to Black Bay Ventures XII, convening a hearing, the LLC, c/o David Shenk, 226 Commission must deter-


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mine that substantive as soon as possible, no fsbolynn101619.indd PMprior to the 1 issues requiring a hear- 10/7/19 later2:09 than ing have been raised. response date listed Findings of Fact and above. Conclusions of Law will not be prepared unless Should a hearing be the Commission holds a held on this project and public hearing. you have a disability for which you are going If you feel that any of to need accommodathe District Commission tion, please notify us by members listed on the November 1, 2019. attached Certificate of Parties entitled to Service under “For Your participate are the MuInformation” may have a nicipality, the Municipal conflict of interest, or if Planning Commission, there is any other reason the Regional Planning a member should be disCommission, affected qualified from sitting on state agencies, and adthis case, please contact joining property owners the district coordinator and other persons to the

extent they have a particularized interest that may be affected by the proposed project under the 10 criteria. Non-party participants may also be allowed under 10 V.S.A. Section 6085(c)(5). Dated at Essex Junction, Vermont this 9th day of October, 2019. By: /s/ Stephanie H. Monaghan Stephanie H. Monaghan District #4 Coordinator 111 West Street Essex Junction, VT 05452 802/879-5662

stephanie.monaghan@ 10/14/19 3:21 PM ACT 250 NOTICE MINOR APPLICATION #4C087710A 10 V.S.A. §§ 6001 - 6093 On October 7, 2019, John Larkin, Inc & 1185, LLC, 410 Shelburne Road, Burlington, VT 05401 filed application #4C0877-10A for a project generally described as installation of a building-mounted sign and construction adjustments to the building and site of a previouslypermitted project (Larkin Terrace). The

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SEVENDAYSVT.COM/CLASSIFIEDS Project is located at 1185 Shelburne Road in South Burlington, Vermont. The District #4 Environmental Commission is reviewing this application under Act 250 Rule 51 — Minor Applications. A copy of the application and proposed permit are available for review at the office listed below. The application and a draft permit may also be viewed on the Natural Resources Board’s web site (http://nrb.vermont. gov) by clicking on “Act 250 Database” and entering the project number “4C0877-10A”. No hearing will be held and a permit may be issued unless, on or before October 30, 2019, a person notifies the Commission of an issue or issues requiring the presentation of evidence at a hearing or the Commission sets the matter for hearing on its own motion. Any hearing request must be in writing to the address below, must state the criteria or subcriteria at issue, why a hearing is required and what additional evidence will be presented at the hearing. Any hearing request by an adjoining property owner or other interested person

must include a petition for party status. Prior to submitting a request for a hearing, please contact the district coordinator at the telephone number listed below for more information. Prior to convening a hearing, the Commission must determine that substantive issues requiring a hearing have been raised. Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law will not be prepared unless the Commission holds a public hearing. If you feel that any of the District Commission members listed on the attached Certificate of Service under “For Your Information” may have a conflict of interest, or if there is any other reason a member should be disqualified from sitting on this case, please contact the district coordinator as soon as possible, no later than prior to the response date listed above. Should a hearing be held on this project and you have a disability for which you are going to need accommodation, please notify us by October 30, 2019. Parties entitled to participate are the Mu-

nicipality, the Municipal Planning Commission, the Regional Planning Commission, affected state agencies, and adjoining property owners and other persons to the extent they have a particularized interest that may be affected by the proposed project under the 10 criteria. Non-party participants may also be allowed under 10 V.S.A. Section 6085(c)(5). Dated at Essex Junction, Vermont this 8th day of October, 2019. By: /s/ Stephanie H. Monaghan Stephanie H. Monaghan District #4 Coordinator 111 West Street Essex Junction, VT 05452 802/879-5662 stephanie.monaghan@ NOTICE OF LEGAL SALE View Date 10/31/2019 Sale Date 11/01/2019 Heather Cardinal Unit 424 Tara Ann Parizo Unit 018 Peter Kenny/ Jim Kenny Unit 001 Easy Self Storage 46 Swift Street South Burlington, VT 05403 (802) 863-8300


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NOTICE TO CREDITORS To the Creditors of: Madeline Pauline Letourneau late of Burlington. I have been appointed to administer this estate. All creditors having claims against the decedent or the estate must present their claims in writing within four (4) months of the first publication of this notice. The claim must be presented to me at the address listed below with a copy sent to the court. The claim may be barred forever if it is not presented within the four (4) month period. Dated: 10/4/2019 Emilie Baker Signature of Fiduciary /s/ Emilie Baker c/o Glenn A. Jarrett, Esp., Jarrett & Luitjens, PLC, 1795 Williston Rd., Suite

STATE OF VERMONT VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT ADDISON UNIT, CIVIL DIVISION DOCKET NO: 113-7-18 ANCV COLONIAL SAVINGS, F.A v. CHRISTOPHER CAVOLICK AND MARTHA M. COONS OCCUPANTS OF: 1499 Sand Road, Ferrisburgh VT MORTGAGEE’S NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE OF REAL PROPERTY UNDER 12 V.S.A. sec 4952 et seq. In accordance with the Judgment Order and Decree of Foreclosure entered August 5, 2019, in the above captioned action brought to foreclose that certain mortgage given by Christopher Cavolick and Martha M. Coons to Union Bank, dated September 15,






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[CONTINUED] 2014 and recorded in Book 149 Page 115 of the land records of the Town of Ferrisburgh, of which mortgage the Plaintiff is the present holder, by virtue of the following Assignments of Mortgage: (1) Assignment of Mortgage from Union Bank to Colonial Savings, F.A. dated September 15, 2014 and recorded in Book 149 Page 123 and (2) Corrective Assignment of Mortgage from Union Bank to Colonial Savings, F.A. dated April 18, 2018 and recorded in Book 161 Page 359, both of the land records of the Town of Ferrisburgh for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing the same will be sold at Public Auction at 1499 Sand Road, Ferrisburgh, Vermont on November 7, 2019 at 12:00 PM all and singular the premises described in said mortgage,

westerly of the centerline of Town Road #8.

Being all and the same lands and premises conveyed to Christopher Cavolick and Martha M. Coons by instrument of approximate even date herewith and to be recorded in the Town of Ferrisburgh Land Records. Said lands and premises being more particularly described as follows:

Reference is hereby made to the above instruments and to the records and references contained therein in further aid of this description. Terms of sale: Said premises will be sold and conveyed subject to all liens, encumbrances, unpaid taxes, tax titles, municipal liens and assessments, if any, which take precedence over the said mortgage above described.

Being all and the same land and premises conveyed to Paul A. Richey and Angela C. Richey by Warranty Deed of Scott W. Denny and Andrea M. Denny dated November 11, 2005 and recorded in Book 116 at Page 554 of the Town of Ferrisburgh Land Records.

TEN THOUSAND ($10,000.00) Dollars of the purchase price must be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check at the time and place of the sale by the purchaser. The balance of the purchase price shall be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check within sixty (60) days after the date of sale.

Being Lot 2 consisting of 1.6 acres located on Sand Road in Ferrisburgh, VT, as set out on a survey plat of John A. Marsh, Registered land Surveyor dated May 27, 1991 and recorded at Map Book 5, Page 5 in the Town of Ferrisburgh Land Records.

The mortgagor is entitled to redeem the premises at any time prior to the sale by paying the full amount due under the mortgage, including the costs and expenses of the sale.

Also conveyed by quitclaim only is that portion of land lying easterly of the right of way of Town Road #8 and adjacent to said Lot No. 2 and


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DATED : October 1, 2019 By: /s/ Rachel K. Ljunggren Rachel K. Ljunggren, Esq. Bendett and McHugh, PC 270 Farmington Ave., Ste. 151 Farmington, CT 06032 STATE OF VERMONT VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT CALEDONIA UNIT, CIVIL DIVISION DOCKET NO: 220-1018 CACV DITECH FINANCIAL LLC v. YVONNE MARIE MCCOWAN A/K/A YVONNE M. MCCOWAN OCCUPANTS OF: 74 Mountain Avenue, Saint Johnsbury VT MORTGAGEE’S NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE OF REAL PROPERTY UNDER 12 V.S.A. sec 4952 et seq. In accordance with the Judgment Order and Decree of Foreclosure entered July 9, 2019, in the above captioned action brought to foreclose that certain mortgage given by Yvonne Marie McCowan to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., dated








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January 26, 2007 and recorded in Book 322 Page 3 of the land records of the Town of Saint Johnsbury, of which mortgage the Plaintiff is the present holder, by virtue of the following Assignments of Mortgage: (1) Assignment of Mortgage from Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. to Countrywide Home Loans Servicing, LP dated January 13, 2009 and recorded in Book 337 Page 453 and (2) Assignment of Mortgage from Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. to Green Tree Servicing LLC, k/n/a Ditech Financial LLC dated July 12, 2013 and recorded in Book 373 Page 142, both of the land records of the Town of Saint Johnsbury for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing the same will be sold at Public Auction at 74 Mountain Avenue, Saint Johnsbury, Vermont on November 6, 2019 at 11:30 AM all and singular the premises described in said mortgage,


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20 Elm St., Newport, VT (off Sias Ave.)

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Reference is hereby made to the above instruments and to the records and references contained therein in further aid of this description.

TEN THOUSAND ($10,000.00) Dollars of the purchase price must be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check at the time and place of the sale by the purchaser. The balance of the purchase price shall be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check within sixty (60) days after the date of sale.

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Wow! What an opportunity to GROW your future! Former green houses and flower shop. This business has thrived for 50± years. Spacious retail shop, 4BR Victorian home, shop and workshop areas. 1.3± acres.

Foreclosure: 6.54± Acre Parcel

Thur., Nov. 14 @ 1PM (Register from 12PM)

4526 Darling Hill Road, Derby, VT 6.54 acres of great land off Prouty Drive.

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SEVENDAYSVT.COM/CLASSIFIEDS to redeem the premises at any time prior to the sale by paying the full amount due under the mortgage, including the costs and expenses of the sale. Other terms to be announced at the sale. DATED : October 1, 2019 By: /S/ Rachel K. Ljunggren, Esq. Rachel K. Ljunggren, Esq. Bendett and McHugh, PC 270 Farmington Ave., Ste. 151 Farmington, CT 06032 STATE OF VERMONT VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT CHITTENDEN UNIT, CIVIL DIVISION DOCKET NO: 1164-1217 CNCV WILMINGTON SAVINGS FUND SOCIETY, FSB, D/B/A CHRISTIANA TRUST, NOT INDIVIDUALLY BUT AS TRUSTEE FOR PRETIUM MORTGAGE ACQUISITION TRUST v. MICHAEL BOYAJIAN, BARBARA BOYAJIAN, BAY COURT CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION, MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION, SYSTEMS, INC. AS NOMINEE FOR BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. S/B/M TO COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS OCCUPANTS OF: 25 Baycrest Drive, South Burlington VT MORTGAGEE’S NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE OF REAL PROPERTY UNDER 12 V.S.A. sec 4952 et seq. In accordance with the Judgment Order and Decree of Foreclosure entered January 28, 2019, in the above captioned action brought to foreclose that certain mortgage given by Michael Boyajian and Barbara Boyajian to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., dated December 4, 2007 and recorded in Book 804 Page 535 of the land records of the City of South Burlington, of which mortgage the Plaintiff is the present holder, by virtue of the following Assignments of Mortgage: (1) Assignment of Mortgage from Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. to Bank of America, N.A., successor by merger to BAC Home Loan Servicing, LP fka Countrywide Home Loans Servicing, LP dated August 10, 2012 and recorded in Book 1097 Page 97; (2) Assignment of Mortgage from Bank of America, N.A. to Green Tree Servicing LLC dated May 30, 2013 and recorded in Book

1165 Page 251; and (3) Assignment of Mortgage from Ditech Financial LLC fka Green Tree Servicing LLC sometimes known as Green Tree Services, LLC to Wilmington Savings Fund Society, fsb, d/b/a Christiana Trust, not individually but as Trustee for Pretium Mortgage Acquisition Trust dated August 28, 2018 and recorded in Book 1441 Page 170, all of the land records of the City of South Burlington for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing the same will be sold at Public Auction at 25 Baycrest Drive , South Burlington, Vermont on October 30, 2019 at 1:00 PM all and singular the premises described in said mortgage,

On November 25, 2003, Susan A. Victory conveyed her interest in the subject premises to Michael Boyajian by Warranty Deed recorded on November 26, 2003 in Volume 648, Page 757 of the Land Records of the City of South Burlington. All that certain condominium situate in the City of South Burlington, County of Chittenden, State of Vermont, being known and designated as follows, viz: Being all and the same land and premises conveyed to Susan A. Victory by Warranty Deed of LTH Associates and Larkin Tarrant Roehl Partnership, dated June 28, 1990 and recorded in Volume 295, Pages 340-343 of the City of South Burlington Land Records. The property of Bay Court Condominium consists of a certain parcel of land, together with all buildings and improvements now or hereafter located thereon, and all easements rights and appurtenances now or hereafter belonging thereto in the City of South Burlington in the County of Chittenden and State of Vermont, more particularly described as follows: A parcel of land containing 5.77 acres and located northerly of Harbor View Road and westerly of Bay Court Drive, and being all of “Cluster A” as shown on a plan of lands entitled “Plot Plan -Clus-

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Homeshares MIDDLEBURY Share a home w/ senior veteran who enjoys sharing stories. $200/mo. rent in exchange for cooking 2x/week, housekeeping & companionship. Furnished bdrm.

HINESBURG Share a rural home on beautifully landscaped property with artistic woman in her 60s. $550/mo. (all inc). Must be dog-friendly!

SOUTH BURLINGTON Share an apartment w/ active woman in her 40s with Down syndrome. Pay no rent (small share of utils) in exchange for cooking 2x/week, sharing housekeeping & companionship. Shared BA. No pets.

Finding you just the right housemate for over 35 years! Call 863-5625 or visit for an application. Interview, refs, bg check req. EHO

To wit: Property Description For Property Located at 25 Baycrest Drive Unit #207, Burlington Owned by Michael Boyajian

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ter A, Bartlett Property Harbor Heights Condominiums” dated June 1983, prepared by Krebs and Lansing Consulting Engineers, Inc., and of record in Plat Book 200 on Page 47 of the City of South Burlington Land Records, and the revised lot plan entitled “Revised Lot Plan Bay Court Condominiums (formerly Harbor Heights - Cluster A)” dated December 1988, Project No. 81139, of record in Map Book 252, on Page 116 of said Land Records.

This parcel is conveyed with the benefit of a right of way reserved unto the Declarant, its successors and assigns, over the roads and streets within the parcel known as Harbor Heights Condominium for access and egress to the parcel designated as “Cluster A” on the first above referred to plan, and an easement hereunder for the purpose of laying, replacing and repairing any utility lines needed to service the said “Cluster A”. This parcel is subject to a 30 foot utility easement and a 20 foot sewer easement previously conveyed to the City of South Burlington and shown on the plan above referred to. Tax ID: 0150-00207 Reference is hereby made to the above instruments and to the records and references contained therein in further aid of this description.

Terms of sale: Said premises will be sold and conveyed subject to all liens, encumbrances, unpaid taxes, tax titles, municipal liens and assessments, if any, which take precedence over the said mortgage above described. TEN THOUSAND ($10,000.00) Dollars of the purchase price must be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check at the time and place of the sale by the purchaser. The balance of the purchase price shall be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check within sixty (60) days after the date of sale. The mortgagor is entitled to redeem the premises at any time prior to the sale by paying the full amount due under the mortgage, including the costs and expenses of the sale. Other terms to be announced at the sale. DATED : September 26, 2019 By: /s/ Rachel K. Ljunggren Rachel K. Ljunggren, Esq. Bendett and McHugh, PC 270 Farmington Ave., Ste. 151 Farmington, CT 06032

THE CONTENTS OF STORAGE UNIT 0103662, 01-03664 LOCATED AT 28 ADAMS DRIVE, WILLISTON VT, WILL BE SOLD ON OR ABOUT THE 24TH 2019 TO SATISFY THE DEBT OF EDWARD BROWN. Any person claiming a right to the goods may pay the amount claimed due and reasonable expenses before the sale, in which case the sale may not occur. THE TOWN OF BOLTON IS SEEKING REQUESTS FOR PROPOSALS FOR AUDITING SERVICES DUE BY 4 P.M. ON DECEMBER 2, 2019. The full RFP is available on the Town of Bolton website:

support groups VISIT SEVENDAYSVT. COM TO VIEW A FULL LIST OF SUPPORT GROUPS ADDICT IN THE FAMILY: SUPPORT GROUP FOR FRIENDS AND FAMILIES OF ADDICTS AND ALCOHOLICS Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m., Holy Family/St. Lawrence Parish, 4 Prospect St., Essex Junction. For further information, please visit thefamilyrestored. org or contact Lindsay Duford at 781-960-3965

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ADULT SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE LOSS SUPPORT GROUP Support group forming. Meetings are every third Thursday of the month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. starting September 19, 2019, in Williston, VT. The support group is for anyone who has been touched by suicide loss recently or long ago who wants to work through their grief in a safe, respectful environment. Contact Joanna at joanna. or 802-777-5244. Maria at or 802-879-9576. Please leave a message so we can get back to you for a mutually acceptable time to talk. AL-ANON For families & friends of alcoholics. For meeting info, go to vermontal or call 866-972-5266. ALATEEN GROUP Alateen group in Burlington on Sundays from 5-6 p.m. at the UU building at the top of Church St. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Daily meetings in various locations. Free. Info, 864-1212. Want to overcome a drinking problem? Take the first step of 12 & join a group in your area. ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION SUPPORT GROUP This caregivers support group meets on the 2nd Tue. of every mo.

from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Alzheimer’s Association Main Office, 300 Cornerstone Dr., Suite 130, Williston. Support groups meet to provide assistance and information on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. They emphasize shared experiences, emotional support, and coping techniques in care for a person living with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia. Meetings are free and open to the public. Families, caregivers, and friends may attend. Please call in advance to confirm date and time. For questions or additional support group listings, call 800-272-3900. ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION TELEPHONE SUPPORT GROUP 1st Monday monthly, 3-4:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required (to receive dial-in codes for toll-free call). Please dial the Alzheimer’s Association’s 24/7 Helpline 800-272-3900 for more information. ARE YOU HAVING PROBLEMS W/ DEBT? Do you spend more than you earn? Get help at Debtor’s Anonymous plus Business Debtor’s Anonymous. Wed., 6:307:30 p.m., Methodist Church in the Rainbow Room at Buell & S. Winooski, Burlington. Contact Jennifer, 917-568-6390. BABY BUMPS SUPPORT GROUP FOR MOTHERS AND PREGNANT WOMEN Pregnancy can be a wonderful time of your life. But, it can also be a time of stress that is often compounded by hormonal swings. If you are a pregnant woman, or have r ecently given birth and feel you need some help with managing emotional bumps in the road that can come with motherhood, please come to this free support group lead by an experienced pediatric Registered Nurse. Held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Birthing Center, Northwestern Medical Center, St. Albans. Info: Rhonda Desrochers, Franklin County Home Health Agency, 527-7531. BETTER BREATHERS CLUB American Lung Association support group for people with breathing issues, their loved ones or caregivers. Meets

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first Monday of the month, 11 a.m.-noon at the Godnick Center, 1 Deer St., Rutland. For more information call 802-776-5508. BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP IN ST. JOHNSBURY Monthly meetings will be held on the 3rd Wed. of every mo., 1-2:30 p.m., at the Grace United Methodist Church, 36 Central St., St. Johnsbury. The support group will offer valuable resources & info about brain injury. It will be a place to share experiences in a safe, secure & confidential environment. Info, Tom Younkman,, 800-639-1522. BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION OF VERMONT Montpelier daytime support group meets the 3rd Thu. of the mo. at the Unitarian Church ramp entrance, 1:302:30 p.m. St. Johnsbury support group meets the 3rd Wed. monthly at the Grace United Methodist Church, 36 Central St., 1:00-2:30 p.m.  Colchester  Evening support group meets the 1st Wed. monthly at the Fanny Allen Hospital in the Board Room Conference Room, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Brattleboro meets at Brooks Memorial Library on the 1st Thu. monthly from 1:15-3:15 p.m. and the 3rd Mon. monthly from 4:15-6:15 p.m. White River Jct. meets the 2nd Fri. monthly at Bugbee Sr. Ctr. from 3-4:30 p.m. Call our helpline at 877-856-1772. CANCER SUPPORT GROUP The Champlain Valley Prostate Cancer Support Group will be held every 2nd Tue. of the mo., 6-7:45 p.m. at the Hope Lodge, 237 East Ave., Burlington. Newly diagnosed? Prostate cancer reoccurrence? General discussion and sharing among survivors and those beginning or rejoining the battle. Info, Mary L. Guyette RN, MS, ACNS-BC, 274-4990, CELEBRATE RECOVERY Overcome any hurt, habit or hangup in your life with this confidential 12-Step, Christ-centered recovery program. We offer multiple support groups for both men and women, such as chemical dependency, codependency,






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FCA FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP Families coping with addiction (FCA) is an open community peer support group for adults 18 & over struggling with the drug or alcohol addiction of a loved one. FCA is not 12-step based but provides a forum for those living this experience to develop personal coping skills & draw strength from one another. Weekly on Wed., 5:30-6:30 p.m. Turning Point Center,


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FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF THOSE EXPERIENCING MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS This support group is a dedicated meeting for family, friends and community members who are supporting a loved one through a mental health crisis. Mental health crisis might include extreme states, psychosis, depression, anxiety and other types of distress. The group is a confidential space where family and friends can discuss shared experiences and receive support in an environment free of judgment and stigma with a trained facilitator. Weekly on Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. Downtown Burlington. Info: Jess Horner, LICSW, 866-218-8586.




DISCOVER THE POWER OF CHOICE! SMART Recovery welcomes anyone, including family and friends, affected by any kind of substance or

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUPPORT Steps to End Domestic Violence offers a weekly drop-in support group for female identified survivors of intimate partner violence, including individuals who are experiencing or have been affected by domestic violence. The support group offers

FAMILIES, PARTNERS, FRIENDS AND ALLIES OF TRANSGENDER ADULTS We are people with adult loved ones who are transgender or gender-nonconforming. We meet to support each other and to learn more about issues and concerns. Our sessions are supportive, informal, and confidential. Meetings are held at 5:30 PM, the second Thursday of each month at Pride Center of VT, 255 South Champlain St., Suite 12, in Burlington. Not sure if you’re ready


CENTRAL VERMONT CELIAC SUPPORT GROUP Last Thu. of every month, 7:30 p.m. in Montpelier. Please contact Lisa Mase for location: lisa@ harmonizecookery. com.

DECLUTTERERS’ SUPPORT GROUP Are you ready to make improvements but find it overwhelming? Maybe two or three of us can get together to help each other simplify. 989-3234, 425-3612.

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

for a meeting? We also offer one-on-one support. For more information, email rex@ or call 802-238-3801.


CELEBRATE RECOVERY Celebrate Recovery meetings are for anyone with struggles with hurt, habits and hang ups, which includes everyone in some way. We welcome everyone at Cornerstone Church in Milton which meets every Friday night at 7-9 p.m. We’d love to have you join us and discover how your life can start to change. Info: 893-0530, julie@

CODEPENDENTS ANONYMOUS CoDA is a 12-step fellowship for people whose common purpose is to develop healthy & fulfilling relationships. By actively working the program of Codependents Anonymous, we can realize a new joy, acceptance & serenity in our lives. Meets Sunday at noon at the Turning Point Center, 179 So. Winooski Ave., Suite 301, Burlington. Tom, 238-3587,

DIVORCE CARE SUPPORT GROUP Divorce is a tough road. Feelings of separation, betrayal, confusion, anger and self-doubt are common. But there is life after divorce. Led by people who have already walked down that road, we’d like to share with you a safe place and a process that can help make the journey easier. This free 13-week group for men and women will be offered on Sunday evenings, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Sep. 8 through Dec. 1, at the North Avenue Alliance Church, 901 North Ave., Burlington, VT. Register for class at essexalliance. For more information, call Sandy 802-425-7053.

a safe, confidential place for survivors to connect with others, to heal, and to recover. In support group, participants talk through their experiences and hear stories from others who have experienced abuse in their relationships. Support group is also a resource for those who are unsure of their next step, even if it involves remaining in their current relationship. Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. Childcare is provided. Info: 658-1996.


sexual addiction and pornography, food issues, and overcoming abuse. All 18+ are welcome; sorry, no childcare. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; we begin at 7 p.m. Essex Alliance Church, 37 Old Stage Rd., Essex Junction. Info:, 878-8213.

activity addiction. It is a science-based program that encourages abstinence. Specially trained volunteer facilitators provide leadership. Sundays at 5 p.m. at the 1st Unitarian Universalist Society, 152 Pearl St., Burlington. Volunteer facilitator: Bert, 3998754. You can learn more at smartrecovery. org.

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CEREBRAL PALSY GUIDANCE Cerebral Palsy Guidance is a very comprehensive informational website broadly covering the topic of cerebral palsy and associated medical conditions. It’s mission it to provide the best possible information to parents of children living with the complex condition of cerebral palsy. cerebralpalsy cerebral-palsy.

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Open 24/7/365. Post & browse ads at your convenience. 179 So. Winooski Ave., Suite 301, Burlington. FOOD ADDICTS IN RECOVERY ANONYMOUS (FA) Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? FA is a free 12-step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, under-eating or bulimia. Local meetings are held twice a week: Mondays, 4-5:30 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church, Norwich, Vt.; and Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m., at Hanover Friends Meeting House, Hanover, N.H. For more information and a list of additional meetings throughout the U.S. and the world, call 603-630-1495 or visit G.R.A.S.P. (GRIEF RECOVERY AFTER A SUBSTANCE PASSING) Are you a family member who has lost a loved one to addiction? Find support, peer-led support group. Meets once a month on Mondays in Burlington. Please call for date and location. RSVP or call 310-3301 (message says Optimum Health, but this is a private number). GRIEF SUPPORT GROUPS Meet twice a month: every second Monday from 6-7:30 p.m., and every third Wednesday from 10-11:30 a.m., at Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice in Berlin. The group is open to the public and free of charge. More info: Diana Moore, 224-2241. HEARING VOICES SUPPORT GROUP This Hearing Voices Group seeks to find understanding of voice hearing experiences as real lived experiences which may happen to anyone at anytime.  We choose to share experiences, support, and empathy.  We validate anyone’s experience and stories about their experience as their own, as being an honest and accurate representation of their experience, and as being acceptable exactly as they are. Weekly on Tuesday, 2-3 p.m. Pathways Vermont Community Center, 279 North Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 802-777-8602, abby@

HELLENBACH CANCER SUPPORT Call to verify meeting place. Info, 388-6107. People living with cancer & their caretakers convene for support. INTERSTITIAL CYSTITIS/PAINFUL BLADDER SUPPORT GROUP Interstitial cystitis (IC) and painful bladder syndrome can result in recurring pelvic pain, pressure or discomfort in the bladder/pelvic region & urinary frequency/ urgency. These are often misdiagnosed & mistreated as a chronic bladder infection. If you have been diagnosed or have these symptoms, you are not alone. For Vermont-based support group, email bladder or call 899-4151 for more information. KINDRED CONNECTIONS PROGRAM OFFERED FOR CHITTENDEN COUNTY CANCER SURVIVORS The Kindred Connections program provides peer support for all those touched by cancer. Cancer patients as well as caregivers are provided with a mentor who has been through the cancer experience & knows what it’s like to go through it. In addition to sensitive listening, Kindred Connections provides practical help such as rides to doctors’ offices & meal deliveries. The program has people who have experienced a wide variety of cancers. For further info, please contact LGBTQ SURVIVORS OF VIOLENCE SafeSpace offers peer-led support groups for survivors of relationship, dating, emotional &/or hate violence. These groups give survivors a safe & supportive environment to tell their stories, share information, & offer & receive support. Support groups also provide survivors an opportunity to gain information on how to better cope with feelings & experiences that surface because of the trauma they have experienced. Please call SafeSpace 863-0003 if you are interested in joining. LGBTQ VETERANS GROUP This veterans group is a safe place for veterans to gather and discuss

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ways to help the community, have dinners, send packages and help the families of LGBTQ service people. Ideas on being helpful encouraged. Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday, 6-8:30 p.m., at Christ Episcopal Church (The Little Red Door), 64 State Street, Montpelier. RSVP, 802-825-2045. LIVING THROUGH LOSS: WEEKLY SUPPORT GROUP The Volunteer Chaplaincy Program at Gifford Medical Center invites community members to attend “Living Through Loss,” a grief support group from noon to 1:30 p.m. every Friday in the Gifford Medical Center Chapel. The group is open to anyone who has experienced loss. Each of the Friday sessions is facilitated by Gifford Volunteer Chaplain Anna Mary Zigmann, RN, an ordained minister and spiritual care provider specializing in trauma and loss, or by the Rev. Timothy Eberhardt, spiritual care coordinator for the Chaplaincy Program. There is no religious component to the group apart from the Serenity Prayer to close each meeting. For more information, email teberhardt@ or, or call 802-728-2107. MALE SURVIVOR OF VIOLENCE GROUP A monthly, closed group for male identified survivors of violence including relationship, sexual assault, and discrimination. Open to all sexual orientations. Contact 863-0003 for more information or safespace@pride MARIJUANA ANONYMOUS Do you have a problem with marijuana? MA is a free 12-step program where addicts help other addicts to get & stay clean. Ongoing Wed. at 7 p.m. at Turning Point Center, 179 So. Winooski, Suite 301, Burlington. 861-3150. MYELOMA SUPPORT GROUP Area Myeloma Survivors, Families and Caregivers have come together to form a Multiple Myeloma Support Group. We provide emotional support, resources about treatment options, coping strategies and a support network by participating in the

group experience with people that have been though similar situations. Third Tuesday of the month, 5-6 p.m. at the New Hope Lodge on East Avenue in Burlington. Info: Kay Cromie, 655-9136, NAMI CONNECTION PEER SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS Bennington, every Tue., 1-2:30 p.m., CRT Center, United Counseling Service, 316 Dewey St.; Burlington, every Thu., 3-4:30 p.m., St. Paul’s Cathedral, 2 Cherry St. (enter from parking lot); Berlin, second Thu. of the month, 4-5:30 p.m., CVMC Board Room, 130 Fisher Rd.; Rutland, every 1st and 3rd Sun., 4:30-6 p.m., Rutland Mental Health Wellness Center, 78 S. Main St.; No. Concord, every Thu., 6-7:30 p.m., Loch Lomond, 700 Willson Rd. If you have questions about a group in your area, please contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Vermont, program@namivt. org or 800-639-6480. Connection groups are peer recovery support group programs for adults living with mental health challenges. NAMI FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP Bellows Falls, 3rd Tue. of every mo., 7 p.m., Compass School, 7892 US-5, Westminster; Brattleboro, 1st Wed. of every mo., 6:30 p.m., 1st Congregational Church, 880 Western Ave., West Brattleboro; Burlington, 2nd & 4th Tue. of every mo., 7 p.m., HowardCenter, corner of Pine & Flynn Ave.; Berlin, 4th Mon. of every mo., 7 p.m. Central Vermont Medical Center, Room 3; Georgia, 1st Tue. of every mo., 6 p.m., Georgia Public Library, 1697 Ethan Allen Highway (Exit 18, I-89); Manchester, 4th Wed. of every mo., 6:30 p.m., Equinox Village, 2nd floor; Rutland, 1st Mon. of every mo., 6 p.m., Rutland Regional Medical Center, Leahy Conference Ctr., room D; St. Johnsbury, 4th Wed. of every mo., 5:30 p.m., Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital Library, 1315 Hospital Dr.; Williston, 1st & 3rd Mon. of every mo., 6 p.m., NAMI Vermont Office, 600 Blair Park Rd. #301. If you have questions about a group in your area, please contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Vermont, info@namivt.

org or 800-639-6480. Family Support Group meetings are for family & friends of individuals living mental illness. NARCONON SUNCOAST DRUG AND ALCOHOL REHABILITATION AND EDUCATION Narconon reminds families that overdoses due to an elephant tranquilizer known as Carfentanil, has been on the rise in nearly every community nationwide. Carfentanil is a synthetic opiate painkiller 100 times more powerful than fentanyl and 1000 times stronger than heroin. A tiny grain of it is enough to be fatal. Click here to learn more about carfentanil abuse and how to help your loved one. You can also visit parents-get-help.html for more information. ADDICTION SCREENINGS: Narconon can help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family. Call today for a no cost screening or referral: 1- 877-841-5509 NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS is a group of recovering addicts who live w/ out the use of drugs. It costs nothing to join. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using. Info, 862-4516 or Held in Burlington, Barre and St. Johnsbury. NAR-ANON BURLINGTON GROUP Group meets every Monday at 7 p.m. at the Turning Point Center, 179 So. Winooski Ave., Suite 301, Burlington. The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of addiction in a relative or friend. Info: Amanda H. 338-8106. NEW (AND EXPECTING) MAMAS AND PAPAS! EVERY PRIMARY CAREGIVER TO A BABY! The Children’s Room invites you to join our weekly drop-in support group. Come unwind and discuss your experiences and questions around infant care and development, self-care and postpartum healing, and community resources for families with babies. Tea and snacks provided. Weekly on Thursdays, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Bring your babies! (Newborn through crawling stage). Located within Thatcher Brook Primary School, 47 Stowe Street, childrens

Contact childrens or 244-5605. NORTHWEST VERMONT CANCER PRAYER & SUPPORT NETWORK A meeting of cancer patients, survivors & family members intended to comfort & support those who are currently suffering from the disease. 2nd Thu. of every mo., 6-7:30 p.m., St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 11 Church St., St. Albans. Info: stpaulum@ 2nd Wed. of every mo., 6-7:30 p.m. Winooski United Methodist Church, 24 W. Allen St., Winooski. Info: hovermann4@ OPEN EARS, OPEN MINDS A mutual support circle that focuses on connection and selfexploration. Fridays at 1 p.m., Pathways Vermont Community Center, 279 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: Abby Levinsohn, 777-8602. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS (OA)  A 12-step program for people who identify as overeaters, compulsive eaters, food addicts, anorexics, bulimics, etc. No matter what your problem with food, we have a solution! All are welcome, meetings are open, and there are no dues or fees. See meeting-list/ for the current meeting list, meeting format and more; or call 802-8632655 any time! POTATO INTOLERANCE SUPPORT GROUP Anyone coping with potato intolerance and interested in joining a support group, contact Jerry Fox, 48 Saybrook Rd., Essex Junction, VT 05452. QUEEN CITY MEMORY CAFÉ The Queen City Memory Café offers a social time & place for people with memory impairment & their fiends & family to laugh, learn & share concerns & celebrate feeling understood & connected. Enjoy coffee, tea & baked goods with entertainment & conversation. QCMC meets the 3rd Sat. of each mo., 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Thayer Building, 1197 North Ave., Burlington. 316-3839. QUEER CARE GROUP This support group is for adult family members and caregivers

of queer, and/or questioning youth. It is held on the 2nd Monday of each month from 6:30-8 p.m. at Outright Vermont, 241 North Winooski Ave. This group is for adults only. For more information, email info@outrightvt. org. QUIT TOBACCO GROUPS Are you ready to be tobacco free? Join our FREE five-week group classes facilitated by our Tobacco Treatment Specialists.  We meet in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.  You may qualify for a FREE 8-week supply of nicotine replacement therapy. Contact us at (802)-847-7333 or QuitTobaccoClass@

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SCLERODERMA FOUNDATION NEW ENGLAND Support group meeting held 4th Tue. of the mo., 6:30-8:30 p.m. Williston Police Station. Info, Blythe Leonard, 878-0732. SEX & LOVE ADDICTS ANONYMOUS 12-step recovery group. Do you have a problem w/ sex or relationships? We can help. Shawn, 660-2645. Visit or for meetings near you. SEXUAL VIOLENCE SUPPORT HOPE Works offers free support groups to women, men & teens who are survivors of sexual violence. Groups are available for survivors at any stage of the healing process. Intake for all support groups is ongoing. If you are interested in learning more or would like to schedule an intake to become a group member, please call our office at 864-0555, ext. 19, or email our victim advocate at advocate@ SUICIDE SURVIVORS SUPPORT GROUP For those who have lost a friend or loved one through suicide. Maple Leaf Clinic, 167 N. Main St., Wallingford, 446-3577. 6:30-8 p.m. the 3rd Tue. of ea. mo. SUICIDE HOTLINES IN VT Brattleboro, 2577989; Montpelier (Washington County Mental Health Emergency Services), 229-0591; Randolph (Clara Martin Center Emergency Service), 800-639-6360.

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CUSTODIAN - FULL-TIME Saint Michael’s College is seeking applications from dependable, efficient workers to fill a full-time custodial position. This position requires the individual to work on Saturdays. Successful candidates will join a team which cleans College buildings including dormitories, restrooms, offices and classrooms. Training will be provided for the right candidate.

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SUPPORT ENGINEER & MEDIA SPECIALIST/TRAFFIC Vermont PBS is currently searching for 2 postions: a Support Engineer as well as a Media Specialist/Traffic to join our team: The Support Engineer is primarily responsible for maintaining Vermont PBS’ on-air programming continuity, providing Skilled Operation of Vermont PBS’ Sony/PMM highlyautomated on-site channel playout system as well as Engineering Support to troubleshoot and repair Sony/PMM hardware, software and ancillary critical signal chain circuits and devices. The ideal candidate will work nights and weekends, and is familiar with signal flow, digital video formats, transcoding, satellite downlinks, off-air receivers, closed captioning and digital distribution (web and other media) and transmitter remote control and monitoring systems. Experience and knowledge of television broadcasting, as well as general proficiency with computers and applications, is essential. The Media Specialist/Traffic position is responsible for Vermont PBS’ on-air programming management and traffic duties as well as managing media for broadcast and online. Media Specialist/Traffic duties include independent responsibility for preparing logs for channel playout, as well as preparation, enhancement and quality control of daily broadcast and digital video assets. The ideal candidate should be familiar with digital video formats as well as possess an understanding of broadcast asset workflow, satellite downlinks, closed captioning and digital (web and other media) distribution. Full job descriptions can be found on our Careers page: Please submit resume and cover letter to: Vermont PBS, Attn: Human Resources 10 East Allen Street, Suite 202, Winooski, VT 05404 Or: E.O.E. 7t-VTPBS100919.indd 1

MSW strongly preferred. Seeking an experienced supervisor and program manager to lead services for Vermonters with HIV. Responsible for the supervision of 7 case managers, a small direct services case load, data collection and grant reporting, and limited HIV testing. Experience with addressing complex ethical scenarios, participatory management style, collaboration with community partners, and oversight of state/federal grants is required. Candidates must have life experience and/ or working knowledge of HIV/AIDS and practice from a non-judgmental, harm-reduction model. Knowledge of Ryan White and HOPWA funding streams, housing, mental health, and substance use disorder, and local resources is helpful. Reliable transportation required. Starting salary: $39,500- $42,000; full health & dental; excellent benefits; flexible working environment. Email cover letter and resume by October 25th to: Peter Jacobsen, Executive Director Vermont CARES Position open until filled; HIV+ individuals and people

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Monkey Do! Indoor Playgrounds is looking for full and part time staff for its new 12,000 square foot indoor playground in Williston. Duties include café help, front desk staff, and playground monitors. Please contact with a resume and letter of interest.


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PART TIME Property Management Company looking for an articulate, energetic people-person to join their team part-time. Some tasks included in position are conducting property tours, communicating with prospective renters, processing applications, providing extraordinary customer service, scheduling appointments, taking the lead on the marketing efforts and community outreach, planning resident events 11:01 AM and administrative tasks. Must be able to multitask and thrive in a fast paced environment. Strong sales aptitude and computer proficiency is required. The work schedule is Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 12-5. Wednesday from 12-6. Schedule may vary and can include some weekend hours for tours. Candidate must be flexible and willing to work as needed. If you are interested please e-mail resume to


Gravel & Shea PC, a prominent law firm in downtown Burlington, VT, has an opening for a legal assistant. The ideal candidate will have law firm experience in real estate and corporate practice areas, and a comprehensive knowledge of Microsoft Office software. This position requires a strong work ethic, an eagerness to learn and excellent writing, communication and typing skills. Minimum of three years’ law firm experience preferred.

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We are a locally owned Retirement Plan Consulting and Administration Full Time Overnight Firm seeking a creative, energetic and detail oriented individual to join Monday-Friday our professional team to provide support and assist Senior Pension 12 a.m. and 8 a.m. Consultants within a team environment. The successful candidate will develop a thorough knowledge of the regulatory environment For more info, go to: surrounding qualified retirement plans and gain experience with plan design and operation. Professional growth potential through training is offered; prior experience is not required. We offer a full benefit package. This is not a telecommute position. 6:19 PM 9/9/19 Qualifications include: proficiency with Microsoft Office suite (Excel 3v-Spectrum091119.indd 1 and Word), mathematics/accounting skills, excellent written/verbal communication with sound problem solving and decision making skills. Email your resume to or mail to: DIRECTOR OF

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The Morristown Centennial Library in Morrisville, Vermont is looking for our next valued colleague in the role of Circulation Clerk. This position includes all aspects of patron service at the circulation desks in Adult and Youth Services; assisting Adult Services staff and Youth Services Librarian with daily tasks and projects as needed; aiding in the processing and reshelving of materials; partnering with co-workers in maintaining neat, safe and organized physical space in both departments and on library grounds; and other functions as needed. We are looking for a personable, capable and efficient co-worker who can multi-task, remain calm in an often-busy public library environment, maintain patron privacy and work well with patrons and other staff. Hours are Tuesdays 9:30-5:00; Wednesdays 11:00-5:00; Thursdays 9:305:00; Fridays 11:00-5:00; and at least one Saturday per month, 8:30-2, with a range of 27-32 hours per week. Rate of pay is $13.00 per hour. Please send letter of interest and resume with three professional references to Please, no telephone calls. Resumes accepted until October 30th.

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The Vermont Foodbank seeks a Director of Food Resources. This full-time, benefited position is responsible for ensuring a steady flow of food donations and 5:02 PM procurement to the Foodbank from local, regional and national food suppliers by developing new relationships and cultivating existing relationships in the food industry. The Director of Food Resources is responsible for managing the Foodbank’s food rescue program and for adherence to the AIB safe food handling procedures. The Foodbank offers a competitive salary and generous benefit package. A complete job description and application is available online at Please be sure to include a cover letter & resume. E.O.E.

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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR Be Part of a Pivotal Moment in History! Are you an ambitious, dynamic, and experienced fundraiser? Join the ACLU of Vermont team and work on the front lines of defending and advancing civil rights. Visit to apply. Application review begins November 1 until position filled. ACLU of Vermont is an EOE. All are encouraged to apply. 2v-ACLU100919.indd 1

The Bridge, a bi-monthly newspaper in Montpelier, VT, is seeking an editor-in-chief with solid newswriting and editing experience and the organizational skills to manage the nonprofit business. Salary range for the 40-hour-a-week job is $42,000 to $45,000, with health insurance and paid time off. Applicants interested mostly in the editing and writing aspects may apply to work for fewer hours. For more information about The Bridge and these options, please go online to To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and three writing samples to by Monday, Oct. 28, 2019.

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FULL-TIME CUSTODIAN The Automaster is seeking a full-time Custodian. The Automaster is a well-respected, award winning, family owned automotive dealership group that has been servicing the North Country for over 50 years. Our vision is to create a sustainable legacy that redefines luxury within our industry, and inspires passion and confidence among our customers, while remaining committed to our core values. Resmues to shaleigh@ E.O.E.

Looking for maintenance help within a property management company MonFri 8am - 4pm. We offer Health Insurance, dental Insurance, paid time off, sick time and 401K. Requirements: Valid driver’s license & your own vehicle. Live in or within 20 minutes of Burlington. Painting & some carpentry skills. Be comfortable with cleaning apartments during turnovers. Be available to be on call every other week. Non Smoker. Please send resume for review:

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The Vermont Judiciary is recruiting for several full-time, permanent Docket Clerk positions to perform specialized clerical duties including data entry and extensive customer service over the phone. Locations in Burlington, Newport, White River Junction, and Chelsea. High School graduate and two years of clerical or data entry experience required. Starting at $16.88 per hour with excellent benefits, paid holidays and leave time. Open until filled. EOE. Candidates shall submit a complete and up-to-date Judicial Branch Application and resume. An electronic version of the Application may be found at employment-opportunities/staff-openings.

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Third Place Inc., the company behind Zero Gravity Craft Brewery, American Flatbread Burlington Hearth, Monarch & The Milkweed, and The Great Northern, seeks a Full-Time Bookkeeper. The position will fulfill a range of accounting needs for all affiliate companies and report to our CFO. An ideal candidate will have strong working knowledge of accounting processes, an in-depth knowledge of Quickbooks including inventory management functionality and the ability to manage multiple accounting needs across different companies simultaneously.

Join a committed (and fun!) team of professionals who support excellence in energy efficiency. Optimal Energy is an industry leader with a growing client base. We actively promote clean energy that offers the most environmentally responsible ways to meet local and national energy needs. If you have excellent analytic skills and care about the environment, send your resume to

This position is 40 hours per week with compensation between $22 - 24 per hour. Compensation is commensurate with experience. Eligible for health and dental benefits.

We are currently seeking an Analyst / Sr. Analyst, and have other opportunities at the Consultant / Sr. Consultant level.

This position will be based in Burlington, Vermont and will remain open until filled. Third Place, Inc. is an E.O.E. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to

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CLINICAL PATIENT SAFETY ATTENDANT The Clinical Patient Safety Attendant is responsible for specific aspects of direct patient care and monitoring focused on safety, under the direct supervision of a Registered Nurse. LEARN MORE & APPLY:

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New senior leadership position to support the company’s continued rapid growth by facilitating efficient workflows and systems, and ensure continuous improvement, within the production floor, supply chain, warehouse, and order fulfillment operations. Seeking candidates with relevant management experience in CPG manufacturing who can contribute to our commitment to providing a place of employment that is engaging, supportive, and open-minded, rich in creative and productive work. We’re a rapidly growing Certified B Corporation producing and distributing a sustainable alternative to plastic wrap for food storage, made from beeswax and cloth, located in Middlebury, VT. Bee’s Wrap is committed to using our business as a vehicle for social change, bettering the lives of our customers, employees, community and planet. Learn more and check out our hive: EOE.

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Flooring Sales/Project Manager Current opening for a retail flooring sales professional. Come work in a fast paced environment engaging with the public and construction professionals. Position is extremely dynamic. A typical day may consist of sales floor work, interior design, project management, field measuring, and estimating. Candidate must have strong basic math skills and great attention to detail. Must be highly organized, punctual and able to handle multiple tasks and responsibilities concurrently.

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ACCOUNTING ASSISTANT The Green Mountain Club seeks a part-time, temporary Accounting Assistant to focus on accounting and finance responsibilities for the organization.

We are a small company that has been around for nearly forty years. We strive to have a positive work environment and try to laugh as hard as we work. We offer health insurance, a matched 401k, paid vacation time, year end bonuses and other perks. We are not open on the weekends so that we can all have time for family and leisure. Experience in sales or construction is preferred, but we are willing to train the right candidate.

Apply in person 210 East Main Street, Richmond, VT

Primary responsibilities will include accounting and fiscal bookkeeping tasks, accounts payable, GL reconciliations and other projects as needed.

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Leonine Public Affairs in Montpelier is seeking an on-site web developer to help improve and maintain our custom legislative tracking application and assist with day-to-day maintenance and IT operations. Experience with object-oriented PHP and Javascript is required. Our application is built on the Symfony PHP framework and uses React and Reflux for the Javascript backbone. It is constantly being improved to meet our clients' needs so this developer will be crucial in the full feature-building process, from idea to deployment. Candidates should be excited to flex their creativity and willing to learn on the job as new challenges arise. The position will report directly to the Director of Information Technology. Benefits include health insurance, 401(k) and generous paid time off. Salary begins at $45k/yr. but is negotiable based on experience.


The City seeks a Senior Capital Projects Accountant to be responsible for the financial lifecycle of capital projects. This is a unique opportunity to help define and implement improved practices and to serve as the liaison between the departmental project managers and the Treasurer’s team, in addition to being responsible for tracking and reporting on capital projects.

Please submit your letter of interest and resume electronically. Position open until filled. For a full job description and to apply, please visit

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General Description: The Facilities Maintenance Technician is part of a crew assisting with general maintenance tasks for a large portfolio of commercial buildings. General Responsibilities: • Perform daily property tours & routine maintenance tasks • Minor plumbing, electrical and HVAC as required • Seasonal tasks such as snow clearing, weeding, mowing • Assist/monitor work performed by outside contractors • General cleaning, and upkeep of properties Personal skills and attributes: • Commercial building knowledge • Treats employees, tenants, vendors, and subs as partners * We offer a competitive wage and benefit package!

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The Vermont Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB) seeks a Program Director to administer the Healthy & Lead-Safe Homes Program. This supervisory position, based in Montpelier, is responsible for the dayto-day management of all aspects of the program. The ideal candidate will have direct experience with lead hazard control and/or residential rehabilitation, as well as experience overseeing federally funded housing or social service programs. Requirements: strong communication skills and the ability to utilize common software tools. Funded by federal grants from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, the program provides critical services to families and children statewide. Read the job description at Reply with cover letter and resume to: Laurie Graves at Position remains open until filled. Questions? Call Ron Rupp at (802) 828-2912 or email:

Send resumes to:, or mail to: ICV Construction, Inc., 30 Main St., Suite 401 Burlington, VT 05401

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Are you a fearless team player who loves a challenge and wants to work with passionate people at a CAUSE driven company? Then National Life is looking for you! We have an immediate opening for an experienced Web Designer/ Developer to join our inhouse creative team. This role will be responsible for creating and websites and landing pages, interactive online experiences, and eyecatching email commuications. You should have a bachelor’s degree in Web Development, Digital Media Design, or related discipline, three years (or more) of related work experience, and an inspiring online portfolio. For the complete description and to apply online visit:

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HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT GROUNDS MAINTENANCE / EQUIPMENT OPERATOR 24-28 hours per week. Requirements: valid Driver’s License, an acceptable DMV Background Check.

Seeking an experienced, organized individual for a part-time Business Manager position. Responsibilities include: managing the A full job description is available on the billing system, tracking Town of Richmond website: expenses and paying invoices, preparing monthly reconciliations and budgets, DIGITAL ARCHIVIST managing the Financial Aid 2h-TownofRichmond101619.indd 1 10/15/19 10:20 AM process and fulfilling HR Lake Champlain Access Television, a responsibilities. Must possess non-profit community media center, is excellent communication searching for highly-organized candidates skills, initiative, flexibility capable of working independently for a temporary Digital and an entrepreneurial Archivist position. This person will be responsible for converting a collection of VHS and DVD media into digital spirit. Experience working files and storing them in accordance with current practices. in a school environment preferred. Please email for a full job description. No phone calls, please.

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BURLINGTON SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS THE FOLLOWING JOB OPPORTUNITIES • Bus Drivers/Bus Aides • HVAC Technicians - day & evening • Maintenance Utility - day & evening • Custodians - day & evening Premium pay for all positions! Full benefits and retirement package for permanent positions. Must have reliable transportation. To apply, visit and click on “Careers”or call Beth at 864-8453. E.O.E.

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This full-time position provides home care support for a highly independent adult quadriplegic. Ideal candidates will be intelligent, open to learning new things, excited by and interested in out-of-state travel (up to five weeks a year, not consecutive), and committed, with a fun and outgoing personality. Please submit a resume and cover letter to

This part-time position is responsible for payroll, bookkeeping, invoicing, purchasing and administering staff benefits. Oversees all accounts, taxes, annual budget, endowment and investments. A candidate with Human Resources experience and/or knowledge is preferred. Apply at

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Flexible schedule that includes weekends. We provide a livable wage and fabulous company benefits. Please e-mail cover letter and resume to Melinda Moulton, CEO.

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

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Are you an experienced full phase Auto Body Collision Tech? Do you do quality work? Have your own tools and valid driver’s license? Then start working for our shop with a long history and good reputation. Sign on Bonus. Good wages with paid holidays, vacation, sick/ personal days and health insurance benefit. Email or call Tom or Martha with interest: 802-244-5465.

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Are you an intelligent, social, fun-seeking individual? Are you excited by the opportunity to travel, meet new people, and learn new things? Are you the type of person that is happiest in a casual, friendly, non-competitive environment?

Seeking a patient, reliable, friendly and organized person who loves the arts. Job duties include setting up spaces for events, some administration, cleaning and maintenance.

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Vermont Interfaith Power and Light is looking for a coordinator to assist with communication, fundraising, event planning, membership growth and other support activities. Computer skills a must. Excellent writing skills, a passion for environmental issues, and an understanding of interfaith matters necessary. Position is 12 hours/week, $20/hour, work from home. Some travel required. Email cover letter and resume:

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K J Construction, Inc., an Essex Junction-based General Contractor, is seeking dependable and hard working Carpenters and Carpenter Helpers. These positions are full time and long term. Ideal candidates would have experience in all aspects of commercial construction to include framing, drywall, taping, painting, acoustical ceilings, doors and hardware. If you feel that you would be a good fit for our team please contact us. These positions are available immediately. Send resume to

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OPERATIONS COORDINATOR This position maintains all systems, processes, and logistics that allow Outright Vermont’s programmatic and philanthropic initiatives to thrive. This includes all aspects of managing the office, coordinating internal and external communications, and being the foundation that supports programs, events, and community engagement. This position anchors all administrative functions across the organization, ensuring Outright runs efficiently while enhancing our capacity to reach more LGBTQ+ youth, their families and communities across Vermont. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to:

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Wake Robin seeks a skilled Unit Clerk to assist with staff scheduling and administrative support for each of our neighborhoods. Duties include assistance with staff scheduling, resident information management, chart processing, filing, and phone coverage. Qualified candidates will have certification in medical office management or related education, and at least 2 years’ experience providing administrative support in a medical setting. Wake Robin offers an excellent compensation and benefits package and an opportunity to build strong relationships with staff and residents in a dynamic community setting. If you have high standards of service and are interested in joining our team, please send resume to or visit our website,, to complete an application.

Are you looking to become part of a company with a unique culture and have a flexible work schedule? Our employees consider BioTek not just a workplace but a community built on respect and trust. As a market leader in life science instrumentation and drug discovery research, we are recognized globally for our innovative product line and excellent customer service. For specific duties and requirements for all open positions, please visit To apply, send resumes to: BioTek is a Veterans/Disabled/LGBT and E.O.E.

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Working Bridges Resource Coordinator


We are looking to Vermont’s raw talent to grow our company. Train for just 8 weeks and enter a full-time career*

United Way of Northwest Vermont (UWNWVT) is hiring a full-time Working Bridges Resource Coordinator (RC). Working Bridges is an employer collaborative (managed by UWNWVT) made up of local organizations focused on practices to support their collective workforce. The RC works at 4-6 employer sites & directly assists employees with non-work related issues. The RC is a certified Community Resource Specialist (CRS) and financial coach (willing to certify the right candidate) who meets with employees individually to assess, educate and coach them about community and employer resources to address life issues that are impacting work. The primary role of the RC is to provide resource navigation and financial coaching for employees at their place of work.. The RC will also participate in the evaluation of innovation pilots for the employer network. Qualified candidates will possess an entrepreneurial spirit with the ability to build relationships, honor diversity and adapt to different work environments. They will also possess strong communication, excellent listening, and effective speaking skills. Organizational skills are necessary to manage multiple commitments to employer worksites, complex employee resource needs and program responsibilities. Knowledge of local community partners, including employers, nonprofit organizations and government agencies highly beneficial. Valid driver’s license and personal transportation required. Must be willing to work non-standard work schedule including early mornings & late evenings occasionally. Bachelor’s degree preferred. Direct experience navigating community resources and working across sectors managing multiple relationships preferred. UWNWVT is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are looking for candidates to join this growing 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 11/1/19 to: No phone calls please.


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• $4,800 grant provided during training

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• Potential to earn $50,000 or more in your first year • Full benefits: health, dental, paid vacation, 401k and more • Variety of work schedules


• Fun & engaging work, using cutting edge technology


• Ideal sales environment: NO cold calling or travel!

Kirkpatrick & Goldsborough, PLLC, a South Burlington, Vermont law firm, is seeking to hire a highly-motivated individual to provide administrative support to a senior partner and other attorneys doing primarily litigation support.

• Generous base salary plus uncapped commission • Obtain state licensure during training

Candidates must be executive secretary caliber, detail-oriented while maintaining efficiency, have strong verbal, written and comprehension skills, and be a team player able to: answer phones, greet clients, order supplies, check in mail, billing, organizing discovery, filing documents, and typing.

* Full-time employment guaranteed upon successful completion of the 8-week program.


Candidate must be flexible and have the ability to manage multiple projects for multiple attorneys, strong technical skills and a working knowledge of MS Office applications a must. Prior office/business experience, prior business/legal experience is a must. References (3) are required. Salary is commensurate upon ability and experience.

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

Forward cover letter, resume to: Mary Kirkpatrick, Esq., Kirkpatrick & Goldsborough, PLLC, 1233 Shelburne Rd., Suite E1, South Burlington, VT 05403, or by email to:


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EVENT MANAGER Wrenegade Sports is seeking a professional event organizer with an interest in entrepreneurial business and passion for fitness and healthy living. The ideal candidate will be an independent self-starter, versatile with strong outreach and administrative skills, and have ability to travel and a desire to learn and be involved in many aspects of the business. The Event Manager will be responsible for developing and managing execution of Wrenegade Sports events in collaboration with the Wrenegade Sports team. In addition, the Manager will travel to all Wrenegade Sports events and have specific on-site roles, depending on their abilities and company needs, such as Venue Manager, Course Manager, Merchandise Lead, and other roles integral to the Wrenegade event participant experience. The Event Manager position at Wrenegade Sports offers great opportunity for development, increased responsibility, and growth within the company. Go to for the full job description. Send resume and cover letter to:

EMPLOYMENT SPECIALIST Way2Work, a leading developmental service supported employment program, is seeking a creative and outgoing individual to join their dynamic team. The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting individuals in developing career goals, job-seeking skills, securing employment, and on-thejob training. In addition, the candidate will collaborate with businesses to build partnerships for long-term community-based employment. Must demonstrate reliability, strong communication skills, and the ability to solve problems effectively and professionally. This full-time position offers a comprehensive benefits package, a great work environment, and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others. Submit resume and cover letter to Michelle Paya,

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PREP LEADER American Flatbread, Middlebury Hearth is interviewing for a Prep Leader. We are looking for someone with the ability to see a job through to completion, great communication skills, and an enthusiasm for cooking with local, seasonal, and organic foods. Baking, knife skills and prep experience are helpful, but we are happy to train the right candidate and value a positive attitude above all. Full time, Tues-Sat, 8:30-4:30 pm. Please stop in or download an application at: and forward it to Chef Samantha: samantha@

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.



GAS CONTROLLER We are seeking a Gas Controller to monitor and control the transmission and distribution systems. Forecast gas demand, manage the supply portfolio, and procure short term supply to ensure maximum profitability while maintaining system integrity. The Gas Controller is an entry level position in the gas control department. It is expected that the individual will work toward full competency as outlined within this position description and move to the position of Gas Controller.

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Children’s Mental Health Care Managers provide consultation, education and technical assistance to local Designated Agencies around the VT System of Care regarding the needs of children with significant mental health needs. Provides clinical care management of children, youth, and their families to access and/or transition to the appropriate level of treatment. This position also participates in quality oversight and improvement efforts in the broader System of Care. For more information, contact Dana Robson at Department: Mental Health. Status: Full Time. Job ID # 1243. Application Deadline: October 29, 2019.


The Education Programs Manager will lead a team of three and will ultimately serve as the State Director for Career Technical Education (CTE) working within the Agency’s purpose to provide leadership, support, and oversight to Vermont’s CTE system. The ideal candidate will have experience as a manager and leader under a collective bargaining agreement, a background in curriculum, instruction, and assessment, and knowledge of funding and delivery issues in CTE. For more information, contact Jay Ramsey at Department: Agency of Education. Status: Full Time. Job ID # 2960. Application Deadline: October 29, 2019.


The Agency of Digital Services is seeking to hire a Director assigned to the Agency of Administration. This is a full-time, appointed position located in Montpelier, Vermont. This position is responsible for all IT activities at the Agency of Administration. The Agency of Digital Services team assigned to the agency is comprised of two teams, one that supports the Tax Department and one that supports the ERP system. For more information, contact Kristy Pirie at kristy.pirie@ Department: Digital Services. Status: Full Time - Exempt. Job ID # 3034. Application Deadline: Open Until Filled.


We are committed to building a work community that is inclusive and represents a vibrant diversity of background, experience, perspective, and thought. Candidates across all markers of identity (age, race, gender, ability, communication style, etc.) are highly encouraged to apply.

Please go to to view the full job descriptions and apply today!

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Building a community where everyone participates and everyone belongs.

The Chief Data Officer (CDO) is the senior leader responsible for developing and governing our data and information strategy in order to drive business decisions and efficiency. The CDO develops data procedures and policies and works closely with various Vermont State Agencies and Departments to collect, prepare, organize, protect and analyze data assets while ensuring that the State of Vermont meets industry best practices. For more information, contact Kristy Pirie at kristy.pirie@ Department: Digital Services. Status: Full Time - Exempt. Job ID # 3035. Application Deadline: Open Until Filled.

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LITIGATION ATTORNEY Mission-driven Burlington law firm seeks an associate attorney with 3-5 years of litigation experience to practice civil and administrative litigation in its Burlington office.

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER Vermont Legal Aid seeks a full-time CFO to work in its Burlington office. The CFO is responsible for the overall financial operations of a large non-profit law firm and its partner organization with over 85 employees and annual combined budgets of $9 million. Must be able to prepare and analyze financial statements, make budget projections, provide guidance on critical financial matters, and clearly communicate results to the Executive Director and staff. Duties include: grant and contract compliance and reporting; preparation of overall program and contract budgets; organizational cash flow and forecasting; long-term financial planning with the Executive Director; leading the process for annual audit and Form 990 filing; and supervision of accounting and human resources staff.

We are one of Vermont’s 2019 Best Places to Work, and we are committed to making a positive difference in the world and enjoying what we do. Our civil litigation practice consists of general commercial litigation in state and federal courts, often for clients promoting renewable energy, affordable housing, health care and downtown revitalization. We conduct administrative litigation before the Vermont Public Utility Commission, Act 250 District Commissions, and other administrative tribunals at the federal, state and local levels. Our litigation associate will assist in both types of litigation, with experience in one or both of them and a demonstrated desire to grow and excel as a litigator. We are an equal opportunity employer and we seek to increase the diversity

within our firm. Please send a cover letter and resume to applications@ Qualifications: Minimum of a four-year degree in accounting or related field; advanced accounting degree (MPA/CPA) preferred; minimum of eight years of experience in accounting and/or financial management, preferably in a non-profit setting; demonstrated proficiency with Excel and Abila MIP or equivalent fund accounting 9/13/19 software program. Excellent fringe benefits including 4 weeks’ paid vacation per year. 4t-DunkielSaunders091819.indd 1 Starting salary $88,297 + DOE. Email your cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references to Eric Avildsen, Exec. Director, c/o Betsy Whyte,, by October 28, 2019.

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VLA is an equal opportunity employer committed to cultural competency in order to effectively serve our increasingly diverse client community. Applicants are encouraged to share in their cover letter how they can further this goal. Visit our website for more information and complete application instructions: 7t-VTLegalAid100919.indd 1

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Join the Advancement Team at Middlebury College Would you like to represent an exceptional global liberal arts institution with campuses in Vermont and California? Middlebury’s Office of Advancement currently has four career opportunities for experienced professionals. Our Advancement professionals communicate the College’s story, engage alumni and parents in the life of the institution, and inspire them to support it. Join our dynamic team of smart, dedicated people who work hard and have fun helping Middlebury to thrive.

Annual Giving Administrative Coordinator

This position manages the customer service function for the Annual Giving Office answering questions and offering excellent customer service support. This position also oversees coordination of office systems, including class reporting, volunteer mailing list, and specialized reports. To view the complete job description and apply online, visit

Assistant Director of Annual Giving

This position oversees fundraising for a specific cohort of alumni classes as well as cultivates and solicits Middlebury constituents for Annual Fund gifts of all sizes. The Assistant Director of Annual Giving travels regularly, conducting face-to-face donor and volunteer visits as well as strategic phone and email cultivation/solicitation. To view the complete job description and apply online, visit

Assistant Director of Annual Giving (Direct Mail and Digital Communications)

This position actively manages fundraising and engagement campaigns that increase donor participation and annual donations through audience segmentation, compelling messaging and innovative multi-channel outreach. Serves as the technical expert, analytics point person and project manager for Annual Giving communications (print mail, email, digital campaigns, texting). To view the complete job description and apply online, visit Offers of employment are contingent on completion of a background check. Information on our background check policy can be found here: EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability Untitled-42 1

The Town of Colchester is seeking its first town-wide Fire Chief. The Fire Chief will evolve the Town’s fire services from three fire departments with a total of approximately 90 volunteers to a town-wide fire department with career staff augmenting volunteers. Three career firefighters will provide coverage during weekday daytime when we have a deficit of volunteer respondents to structure fires. The fire department will continue to assist the separate Rescue department. This will require leadership, technical firefighting and managerial abilities, as well as aptitude for working with volunteers. Candidates should have significant experience in administration of a fire department. Professionalism, integrity, credibility, and strong customer service are musts. A record of successful implementation of change in fire human resources, technology, and practices; data-driven decision-making; strong written, verbal, public, and organizational communications skills; effective emergency management; strategic planning; problem solving; and a commitment to continuous improvement to provide the highest level of fire services given the available resources is required. Given the significant volunteer component, candidate should expect to become active in the Colchester community. See to view job description and to apply online. Hiring salary range is $80,941-$83,387, plus a competitive benefit package. Submit cover letter, resume and application by November 1, 2019 to E.O.E.

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CATAMOUNT OUTDOOR FAMILY CENTER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Catamount Outdoor Family Center (COFC) is seeking a qualified individual to serve as an Executive Director to help further our mission and fulfill our vision of a community in which playing in nature is everyone’s first choice. This role will drive growth through 1) creating new programming and events, 2) evolving, expanding, and marketing existing programming, and 3) developing new partnerships and relationships through community outreach. An enthusiastic, entrepreneurial professional is desired. COFC's year round operations include camps, clinics, school visits, naturalist programs, races, group and individual outings, all taking advantage of the well maintained property with 26 miles of trails for hiking, trail running, mountain biking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, fat biking and sledding. COFC was founded in 1978 and since 2005 Catamount has been operating as a 501(c)3 non-profit, and strives to offer opportunities for all ages and abilities. Go to for details and to apply.


**CPP Pre-Arrival Specialist (new positions avail.) – Associate’s degree or work equivalence required. • Outreach and Admissions Specialist – Bachelor’s degree and at least two years’ experience required.


• TABE Testing/Scheduling Coordinator – Bachelor’s degree in education. A combination of education and experience may substitute for degree. • Academics Instructor (Math) - Bachelor’s Degree and Vermont State Teacher Certification.


• Finance Assistant (Part-time) - Post-Secondary degree in Accounting, Business Administration or related field.

Food Services

• Cook Assistant – High School Diploma

Security, Safety & Transportation

**Campus Monitor (4 Full Time Positions Available!) – High School Diploma required • Campus Monitors On-Call - High School Diploma required

Independent Living

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NorthCountry is Hiring! Join the team Gallup ranks in the top 3% worldwide for employee engagement!

• Life Skills Secretary/SGA – High School Diploma required • Residential Counselor – Requires Bachelor’s degree and 15 credits of social 5:08 PM service/social science class work. • Independent Living Advisor - High School Diploma required. • Independent Living Advisor (On-Call) - High School Diploma required.


Member Service Representative (Chittenden County)

• Recreation Aide (Full/Time) – High School Diploma required **Recreation Aide (P/T) – High School Diploma required • Recreation Aide (On-Call) – High School Diploma required

Submit applications to our portal: for all roles. Employment will be at a Federal Department of Labor facility. Applicants will be subject to drug testing and a full background check. **Critical need positions! E.O.E. OF FEMALES/MINORITIES.

Provide world-class service face-to-face, over the phone, and in writing. Your typical day will include processing transactions for accountholders, opening accounts, and providing accurate information about our products and services. One to three years of similar or related experience is required, as well as a high level of maturity and confidentiality. This position requires some Saturday shifts. NorthCountry offers competitive pay, opportunity for advancement, and a generous benefit program. n Paid holidays & paid time off n Medical, dental & vision

insurance n Life insurance

100A MacDonough Dr. Vergennes, VT 05491 802-877-0159

n 401(k) with employer

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Middlebury College Dining Services Middlebury College is a top-tier liberal arts college with a demonstrated commitment to excellence in faculty, teaching, and research. An Equal Opportunity Employer, the College is committed to hiring a diverse staff as we work to foster innovation in our curriculum and to provide a rich and varied educational experience to our increasingly diverse student body. In addition to excellent compensation and competitive health, dental, life, disability, retirement, and vision benefits, Middlebury offers a generous time-away program. Currently hiring for:

Catering Team Member, Driver/Steward/Event Preparation

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$15.22 per Hour Minimum plus Generous Benefits For full description and to apply, visit:

n Employee training n Wellness program

Dining Room Servery Worker

$11.00 per Hour Minimum plus Generous Benefits For full description and to apply, visit:

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$15.22 per Hour Minimum plus Generous Benefit For full description and to apply, visit:

NorthCountry is an equal opportunity employer.

Cook, Retail Foods

$15.22 per Hour Minimum plus Generous Benefit For full description and to apply, visit:

Offers of employment are contingent on completion of a background check. Information on our background check policy can be found here: EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability

Insured by NCUA

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Commercial Roofers & Laborers

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

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PLOW SERVICE Looking for Plowing & Shoveling person from 4am to 8am. 4 lots with 20, 40, 45 and 70 parking spots. Requirements: Own your own plow truck & sander Must have proper Liability & Workers’ Comp Insurance Please contact us via email:

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FedEx Delivery Driver Full time, $750/week. Part-time option available. Work seasonally or year round. Send contact info to: Vermontfedexdriver@

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MACHINE OPERATORS – Essex & Williston, VT • The Machine Operator is responsible for monitoring Keurig Dr Pepper’s production processes; including operating manufacturing equipment and maintaining compliance with Keurig Dr Pepper’s high standards for safety and quality. This role will be engaged and understand initiatives to improve safety, quality, delivery, cost and culture. • Full Description:

Do you work in food services and want to join an amazing staff, have great hours, and work with the best residents? Our dining team is expanding!



• As a Material Handler you will execute storage, material handling, replenish and fulfillment functions within the Plant while meeting our World Class Manufacturing and Distribution standards. • Full Description:


This is a perfect opportunity for individuals with the time and drive to begin their working experience, or for professionals who wish to supplement their current career endeavors. Experience as a server is preferred but not required. We will train applicants who demonstrate strong customer service skills and a desire to work with an active population of seniors.


Seeking a Sous Chef to help manage daily kitchen operations. Wake Robin provides a fine dining experience with a focus on farm to plate freshness, and a work environment that is hard to find in the restaurant industry. • We work from scratch, not from a box • 40% of our produce is local/organic • Innovative on-site protein butchering and smoking • Manageable schedule ending in early evening • Superb kitchen facilities with excellent benefits

Positions available on all shifts at both Essex and Williston sites. Shifts work approximately 14 days/month with regular overtime opportunities available! Shifts schedules are: • D1 Monday-Wednesday, alternating Thursday 6:00am-6:15pm • D2 Friday-Sunday, alternating Thursday 6:00am-6:15pm • N1 Monday-Wednesday, alternating Thursday 6:00pm-6:15am • N2 Friday-Sunday, alternating Thursday 6:00pm-6:15am • $2,000 SIGN-ON BONUS FOR WEEKEND NIGHT SHIFT (N2) OR $1,000 SIGN-ON BONUS FOR ALL OTHER SHIFTS. Machine Operator wages range from $17-19 per hour including shift differential. Experienced operators eligible for competitive hourly rate. $5,250 education tuition assistance available for employees with 6 month of service that are enrolled in graduate and undergraduate degrees in related fields.

Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) is a leading coffee and beverage company in North America with dual headquarters in Burlington, MA, and Plano, TX, with annual revenue in excess of $11 billion. KDP holds leadership positions in soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, water, juice, and juice drinks and mixers, and markets the #1 single serve coffee brewing system in the U.S. The Company maintains an unrivaled distribution system that enables its portfolio of more than 125 owned, licensed and partner brands to be available nearly everywhere people shop and consume beverages. With a wide range of hot and cold beverages that meet virtually any consumer need, KDP key brands include Keurig®, Dr Pepper®, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters®, Canada Dry®, Snapple®, Bai®, Mott’s® and The Original Donut Shop®. The Company employs more than 25,000 employees and operates more than 120 offices, manufacturing plants, warehouses and distribution centers across North America. Benefits built for you: Our people are the heart of our business, which is why we offer robust benefits to support your health and wellness as well as your personal and financial well-being. We also provide employee programs designed to enhance your professional growth and development while ensuring you feel valued, inspired and appreciated at work. Keurig Dr Pepper Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and affirmatively seeks diversity in its workforce. Keurig Dr Pepper Inc. recruits qualified applicants and advances in employment its employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, genetic information, ethnic or national origin, marital status, veteran status, or any other status protected by law. EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/ Disabled. Candidates must be able to pass a background check and drug test, as applicable for the role.

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Our Sous Chef will have experience with menu planning, food production, safety and sanitation. Most importantly, they will lead staff in delivering a fresh, innovative, and high quality dining experience our residents have come to expect. Must have at least 5 years of experience as an advanced cook in a high quality restaurant/hotel setting, demonstrated experience managing food planning and production, and strong staff leadership skills. Wake Robin offers an excellent compensation and benefits package and an opportunity to build strong relationships with staff and residents in a dynamic community setting. If you have high standards of service and are interested in joining our team, please send resume to or visit our website,, to complete an application. Wake Robin is an EOE.

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Pillsbury Senior Communities are


Care Providers/LNA

Are you looking to belong to a warm and loving working family who appreciates your dedication and hard work? LNAs provide direct care assisting residents in their daily activities as outlined in the customized service plan. Must have compassion for and desire to work with the elderly. Must demonstrate the ability to work responsibly as a team member as well as an individual. Previous experience working with the elderly. Essential functions: • Personal care and nursing - Assist residents with activities of daily living, including but not limited to, bathing, dressing, grooming, changing of bed linens, positioning, transfer and mobility. • Keep proper records of care - Report observations to licensed nurse/supervisor promptly. Report any changes in resident’s condition to the supervisor. Be knowledgeable about the residents’ biographies, preferences, habits and interests. • Work as a team with dining services to assist in: Setting up serving carts for each meal, serving meals to residents’ tables according to diet orders, bussing tables and preparing dishes for washing, cleaning dining room, including wiping tables and chairs, setting tables for the next meal. • Collect laundry and distribute linens, garments, etc. in accordance with Community procedures. • Assist in cleaning resident rooms, dining areas, public areas.

Charge Nurse/RN/LPN

Are you ready to become part of a dedicated, caring healthcare team? Are you looking to belong to a warm and loving working family who appreciates your dedication and hard work? We are looking for a Full Time Charge Nurse and Part Time Charge Nurse to join our outstanding team. Our mission is to make a difference in the changing lives of seniors by providing a safe, homelike community with a compassionate and caring staff. Duties include but are not limited to: • Oversight of day-to-day functions to ensure appropriate services are provided to each resident. • Direct nursing care to residents with a variety of conditions. • Assesses, observes and evaluates resident well being, communicates directly with physician and/ or medical director, implements physician's orders and communicates changes in orders with staff nurses. Identifies any restorative or rehabilitation needs for long term residents. • Updating resident information. Answering resident calls and dealing with emergency situations. • Check treatment book for treatments that are on your shift and carry out treatment orders.

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Assist with charting and monthly summaries. Supervise caregivers. Candidates should work effectively with other personnel, residents, family members, visitors, and the general public. Our company offers competitive wages, a full benefits package after 90 days, and a gracious time off accrual program. Experience working in a long-term care setting a plus. Dependability is a must!

COOK Are you ready to become part of a dedicated healthcare team? We are looking for a full time cook. Prepares meals for the regular and special diets for residents as determined by daily/weekly menus. Understands and is able to follow guidelines for special diets, and special menus for events. Responsible for overseeing kitchen staff and directing as needed. Minimum Eligibility Requirements: • High school diploma or equivalent preferred. • At least six (6) months prior experience in a food service department preferred. • Supervisory experience desirable. • Compassion for and desire to work with the elderly. Essential functions: • Must have a strong knowledge with residents’ dietary needs and special diets. • Must communicate closely with nursing department regarding dietary needs. • Prepare food for events & daily meals as needed. • Works closely with Executive Director, Community Relations Manager and Activity Department concerning special events. • Strong working knowledge concerning proper food storage procedures, e.g., like items together, labels facing front, dating when necessary. • Works cooperatively with other cooks evaluating leftovers and plans for use; labels, dates and stores leftovers properly. • Monitor the temperature for freezer and refrigerator. • Keeps work area clean and sanitizes work surfaces, takes out trash as necessary; performs assigned cleaning duties, e.g. dishes, cookware, flatware and trays using approved procedures. • Follows menus accurately, demonstrating accuracy in weighing, measuring, and portioning food. • Consults menus/recipes for thawing and doing advance preparation when possible; completes and posts menu sheets daily. • Ability to operate electric and steam cooking equipment and dishwashers; cleans equipment, pots and pans, after use; reports repairs as needed. • Receives deliveries in accordance w/purchase orders. • Places produce order on a weekly basis.

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Executes the master menu plan, adjusting for nutritionally equivalent substitutes, leftovers, and emergencies; records hot and cold food menu change on production sheets. Ability to work in a fast paced, multi-tasking environment. Supervises daily final cleanup and lockup of kitchen.

Medication Technician Provide medication assistance and administration for residents in accordance with training, certification scope of practice and regulatory requirements. The Medication Technician works with other team members to assure an environment which is homelike, safe and supports Resident Rights. Minimum Eligibility Requirements: • Minimum of one-year previous experience as a Medication Technician. • Experience as a caregiver/resident assistant caring for the elderly in an assisted living or long term care setting is preferred. • High school diploma or equivalent preferred. • Must be 18 years of age or older. • Must have the ability to remain calm under stressful situations. • Ability to communicate effectively with residents, families, staff, vendors and general public. • Compassion for and desire to work with the elderly. Essential functions: • Observe residents for changes of condition, communicate observations to the Wellness nurse or Wellness Manager. • Assist in maintaining the medication cart and storage room in a neat and orderly manner. • Accept responsibility for accurate medication counts and for security of the medication cart and medication storage room for assigned shifts. • May be called upon to assist residents with activities of daily living, including but not limited to, dressing, grooming, eating, transferring, and mobility, as needed. • Engage residents in meaningful conversation, socialization, and activity while providing personal care and medication assistance. • Respond to all resident needs/requests for care promptly and provide/obtain assistance as necessary. • Observe residents for changes in physical, emotional, mental or behavioral condition, unusual symptoms, medication side effects, accidents, injuries or unusual occurrence and reports immediately to supervisor. • Complete all documentation such as medication administration records, incident reports, change of condition reports, and behavior documentation as requested and in a timely manner. • Assist in the dining room during resident meal times as needed.

We offer a competitive salary and a friendly working environment. EOE. Willingness to undergo a background check, in accordance with local laws and regulations.

Send cover letter and resume with job title included to:

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