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Legislative leaders formally apologized for Vermont’s role in the eugenics movement of the early 20th century. Welcomed by many as long overdue.



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Hundreds of shiny, happy people packed the bleachers at Burlington High School’s athletic complex last Friday night to watch a football game and a drag show. The Seawolves — a team made up of Burlington, South Burlington and Winooski players — bested the St. Johnsbury Academy Hilltoppers 35-14. But the loudest cheers came during a halftime performance that featured around two dozen costumed students and teachers strutting their stuff in a runway-style drag ball. Burlington High School’s Gender-Sexuality Alliance club planned the event — a striking juxtaposition to the robust masculinity typically on display during football games — as a creative way to show support for the LGBTQ community. The halftime entertainment started in dramatic fashion. Performers, partially obscured by a swath of blue fabric held up by volunteers, made their way down the track that circles the football field while a techno beat pulsed. The fabric dropped to reveal students and teachers decked out in over-the-top outfits. English teacher Andrew LeValley, an adviser to the Gender-Sexuality Alliance, channeled Marie Antoinette, with a ruffled taffeta frock and a voluminous blonde pouf wig embellished with jaunty peacock feathers. Another


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performer shined bright in a head-to-toe gold ensemble, including a lamé cape and bell-bottomed body suit. A first-year student Rollerbladed down the track wearing a full-length, pumpkin-colored gown. Fans erupted into full-throated screams as each performer camped it up — with a twirl, shimmy or beautyqueen wave — at the end of the runway. As the show came to an end, Burlington superintendent Tom Flanagan joined the performers on the track, wearing a rainbow cape and holding up a mini rainbow flag. BHS junior Adalee Leddy described the drag show as “absolutely amazing.” “Everyone was so committed,” Leddy said. And “the crowd was so supportive.” Ezra Totten, a BHS senior and student leader of the Gender-Sexuality Alliance, said the club hopes that the drag ball will become an annual tradition and that other high schools around the country will be encouraged to put on similar events. It felt “amazing to see how many people showed up,” Totten said. “It shows the Burlington community is there for each other.” Read Alison Novak’s full story and check out Cat Cutillo’s photos and video at

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1. “13 Burlington Pizza Reviews: The Good, the Bad and the Unexpected” by Seven Days staff. A slice noted as the Most “This Is Indeed Pizza” Pizza was just one that our gourmands sampled. Other finds: Best Weekly Special and Most Customizable. 2. “Performers in Drag Shine at Burlington High School Halftime Ball” by Alison Novak; slideshow and video by Cat Cutillo. The midgame entertainment was a fabulous success. 3. “Bristol Elementary Teachers Ask for Help After Violent, Destructive Student Behavior” by Alison Novak. Teachers say the school environment has become unsafe due to behavioral problems. 4. “The Retirements of Sharon Meyer and Tom Messner Forecast the End of an Era in Vermont Media” by Dan Bolles. The two have been telling Vermonters what to expect weather-wise for decades. 5. “Residents Evicted From Burlington Homeless Encampment Following Arrests” by Courtney Lamdin. Mayor Miro Weinberger ordered the move after two campers were cited for alleged crimes.

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The Lower Dover Field Station, a hotel in the tiny Central American nation of Belize, is nestled in a 100-acre plot of jungle. It boasts easy access to nearby ancient Mayan ruins, a winery and bird-watching opportunities. It’s also plastered with infographics about COVID-19 created by the Vermont Department of Health. Madeline Reynolds, a 65-year-old American expat who owns the station with her husband, Bill, told Seven Days that she first saw the graphics posted in a grocery store while shopping in the nearby Mennonite community of Spanish Lookout. They covered all the expected prevention

methods — social distancing, handwashing and mask wearing — and included photos for each recommendation. That made it ideal for her hotel, Reynolds said, since one of her staff members cannot read. “The picture tells it all,” she said. “No words needed, no matter the circumstance.” She tracked down the Vermont health department’s website, printed the graphics and taped them up throughout the grounds. Then, feeling guilty about borrowing the images, she emailed a thank-you to the department. “Even though they say Vermont, we are displaying them anyway to teach and remind everyone (from Spanish speaking employees to New Zealand guests) of proper Covid prevention procedures,” she wrote. Reynolds need not have worried: The

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[Re WTF: “Do Mobile Advertisements Violate Vermont’s Ban on Billboards?” August 18]: My mother-in-law, Frances Bailey Pelkey, was the legislator who proposed Vermont’s billboard law. She was returning from a trip from Plattsburgh, N.Y., to Highgate and was overwhelmed by the sights along the highway and byways, thinking how advertisements were obscuring the beauty that is New England. The advertising on vans is the same ilk as the big, gaudy signs that overwhelmed my mother-in-law. Please keep Vermont pristine by keeping all advertising off the roadways. Jayne Pelkey


Editor’s note: Point taken about the mobile advertisements, but the glory for introducing Vermont’s billboard law goes to the late representative Theodore M. Riehle Jr., according to state archivist Tanya Marshall. He introduced the bill, H.450, in 1968, and it eventually passed. The law is an Act to Provide Services for Tourists to Regulate Outdoor Advertising. Seven Days profiled Riehle in 1997, in “The Life of Riehle”; noted his 2008 death with a blog post, “Billboard-Free”; and, most recently, acknowledged his lasting contribution to the Vermont landscape in a January 27, 2021, story related to our Good Citizen Challenge.


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[Re Off Message: “Assessment of Burlington Police Finds Serious Deficiencies, Supports Smaller Force,” September 15]: Seven Days’ coverage of the assessment of police operations in Burlington has fallen short of its usual standard of impartiality and accuracy. In its September 15 story, we are told in the lead paragraph that the draft report (leaked to the reporter) “found that the department needs between 76 and 83 sworn officers — suggesting that the city council’s controversial decision to cut the force to 74 cops last summer wasn’t far off target.” This conclusion is based on erroneously comparing apples and oranges, thereby compounding the confusion that has plagued this discussion. The council number of 74 is the “maximum” number of officers. The final CNA report recommended 81 to 88 “Total officers with



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Burlington International Airport” (page 61), which adjusts for the need to have a higher total head count to cover staffing shortfalls created by officer attrition and is meaningfully higher than the councilimposed cap of 74. The October 1 story titled “Consultant Changes Burlington Police Assessment After Requests From Mayor, Chief” seems designed to foster distrust of the process and the final report. The story is simply wrong in its assertion that consultants made changes to their staffing recommendation. If we subtract from the 81 to 88 recommended total, the five officer positions needed to cover shortfalls due to attrition, we get a range of 76 to 83 — exactly the same numbers in the draft report. In future coverage, I hope that Seven Days will take more care in covering this important issue. Jane Knodell

my family’s experience, bullying of all kinds is not handled well at that school. I am very concerned that most schools are heading in that same direction. Schools are getting larger, social media has taken a strong hold of our children, and violence is more prevalent. Despite our nation’s efforts to divide us by pointing out our flaws and differences, we need to make sure we don’t neglect the things that can keep our kids safer in school and moving forward in unity. We need more counselors and mental health advisers in every school (who are actually available when needed). We need a student resource officer in every school for protection. We need classes about the hidden dangers within social media. Perhaps we need a specialist in the schools who monitors student behavior, looks into social media of students (when necessary) and watches for signals of students who need some crisis intervention.


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As a pipeline owner in northern Minnesota, I am surprised that Beverly Little Thunder of the Lakota of North Dakota came to Vermont to show our activists what to protest [Off Message: “Marchers in Burlington Protest Pipeline Expansion in Midwest,” September 24]. Pipeline company Enbridge abides by the “road less taken” to safely lay a pipeline that avoids environmental and cultural paths. Lakes, wild rice and sacred sites are abundant in Minnesota and are given due respect. The land and water remain usable for recreation and

You asked how to find someone to do the nearly impossible job of writing the Fair Game column [From the Publisher: “The Write Stuff,” September 29]. My advice: Don’t. I think you should cede that weekly analysis to, which has a much deeper bench to draw upon. Instead, create a weekly column on a range of issues, with rotating authors from across Vermont. This would give you a great opportunity to lift up a wider range of diverse voices. Lisa Cannon



I am pleased to see a research-based article on e-bikes [WTF: “Do E-Bikes Pose More Risks Than Conventional Bikes?” October 13]. I’ve noticed a greater number on the bike path this summer. And, having cycled recreationally for more than 50 years, I happily endorse e-bikes, as they extend our ability to exercise and recreate. What’s more critical for all users is that the wheeled — cyclists, skaters, e-bikers — give notice when passing pedestrians. Walkers, strollers and dog handlers need to know when we are being passed. “On your left,” “On your right,” “Behind you,” “Passing you.” The bike path is a crowded, multiuse trail that calls for safety measures, lest anyone be surprised or hurt. I’m promoting a culture of civic courtesy and safety signaling, which is not widespread at the moment.


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Search History Using only their cellphones and earbuds, self-guided participants in Junction: A Walking Tour experience more than a century of White River Junction history. From a silent film actress in 1920 to a biracial teen in 1970 to a writer searching for a pandemic scoop in 2020, the characters and audio scenes brought to life by Northern Stage offer new perspectives on WRJ locales.




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The evil geniuses behind Nightmare Vermont have been deprived of the screams of audience members since 2019, so patrons can expect an extra eerie evening. This year’s immersive horror experience in Essex Junction’s Champlain Valley Exposition blasts victims into a postapocalyptic future filled with monsters, cannibals and telekinetic terrors, brought to life by an all-volunteer cast and spine-chilling special effects.

Do androids dream of electric solo exhibitions? The wallpainting AIs created by UK studio Kaleider just might. As part of its Grand Reopening Ceremony, Burlington’s Flynn unveils “A Portrait Without Borders,” a new mural in the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery composed of hundreds of images of smiling Vermonters, drawn this month by these little mechanical masters.



Freaky Farm Folks seeking wholesome holiday activities find a packed program of tricks and treats at A Family Halloween at Woodstock’s Billings Farm & Museum. Kids in costume get in free with a ticketed adult, and everyone enjoys a day of candy acquisition, parades, pumpkin bowling, spooky stories, creepy crafts and hayrides around the grounds.




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Through the magic of technology, moviegoers at Hanover, N.H.’s Hopkins Center for the Arts get to experience the Metropolitan Opera’s first performance of an opera by a Black composer, streamed straight to the big screen. Composed by Grammy Award-winning jazz musician Terence Blanchard and directed by James Robinson and Camille A. Brown, Fire Shut Up in My Bones dramatizes Charles M. Blow’s moving memoir. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 86

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In advance of the premiere of her newest piece this month at the Flynn, Jordanian Canadian composer Suad Bushnaq joins several other immigrant musicians for the Vermont Symphony Orchestra panel “In Conversation: New American Musicians.” Local soul singer Myra Flynn moderates this discussion of art and heritage at the University of Vermont Recital Hall in Burlington. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 86


Quoth the Raven At Montpelier’s Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Rachel Hinton, author of the award-winning collection Hospice Plastics, leads “Poetry & Horror,” a workshop dedicated to helping writers unleash the undead and embrace the unearthly in their verse. Participants learn from published poems and then create their own — in person (masked) or via Zoom. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 88





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“Where are all the workers?” Employers in all sectors across Vermont are asking that question as they struggle to hire people during this pandemic period dubbed “the Great Resignation.” Back in 2008, the labor shortage was more specific: Local tech companies claimed they couldn’t find enough talent to grow their businesses here. They watched as college graduates left Vermont, lured by the computer glow of distant cities. The state’s economic development office went so far as to host recruitment parties in Boston to reverse the “brain drain.” At Seven Days, we started getting job ads from companies that generally like to stay under the radar; they’re not seeking local publicity. We asked ourselves: Do Vermont residents — especially young ones — even know that their state is home to cutting-edge enterprises working in biotech, robotics, renewable energy, software development and precision manufacturing? Not just big-name businesses, like GlobalFoundries and GE Healthcare, but smaller innovators, too, such as Greensea and Creative MicroSystems. Some fascinating companies you’ve probably never heard of are quietly solving big problems in little Vermont. So we helped create a tech expo and career fair to showcase them. The Vermont Tech Jam collects some of the state’s most innovative employers in

one place to facilitate connections between recruiters, job seekers and students — in our own backyard. Finding the right spot for the event has been a challenge: Over the past 13 years, the Jam has happened at Main Street Landing, Champlain College, the former Sheraton, the Champlain Mill, Memorial Auditorium and the Champlain Valley Exposition. In 2011, we snagged the empty storefront recently vacated by a Borders bookstore on Church Street for a pop-up iteration; the space is now home to a CVS. In retrospect, though, we were always waiting for a venue like Hula. Four years ago, it was an oven factory. Now the Burlington lakeside campus is a gleaming, energy-efficient tech hub hosting entrepreneurial activity of all shapes and sizes. No space better illustrates the forces of industry, imagination, investment and renewal, which makes it the perfect setting for our mostly annual event. (There were two Tech Jams in 2008. Last year, for obvious reasons, we skipped it.) At the last Jam, in October 2019, a rep from Beta Technologies explained the efforts of its engineers to build an all-electric aircraft at Burlington International Airport. He also dropped the name of the company’s first paying customer: Martine Rothblatt, founder of Sirius Satellite Radio, transgender activist, pilot and CEO of United Therapeutics, a

company that aims to manufacture and transport human organs for transplant. From that moment, we’ve been trying to get Rothblatt, who has a home in Lincoln, to the Jam. Score! In the final hours of the Vermont Tech Jam on Saturday, October 23, Seven Days reporter Chelsea Edgar will interview Rothblatt and Beta founder Kyle Clark live at Hula. It might seem odd that a newspaper is in the expo business; in 2019, Seven Days won an economic development award for producing this event. The truth is: Organizing the Tech Jam leads us to stories that we otherwise wouldn’t find. The proof is in this week’s issue. Our reporters sought out the most interesting tech tales in Vermont, including five local companies trying to make better batteries — a prerequisite for storing renewable energy. Other takeaways: One of Beta’s best engineers is a woman who survived a mass shooting in Montréal; maneuvering satellites through space is easier because of a Burlington invention; for Vermont restaurants, some gadgets are here to stay; and serial entrepreneur Paul Budnitz just got $20 million for his latest animation effort. Read all about it in this week’s paper. And, to learn more about Vermont’s tech sector, come Saturday to discover it yourself. Don’t forget to bring your résumé. And a mask. You’ll find loads of potential employers — exhibitor space is sold out — represented by workers who, in some cases, found their dream job right here.

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The Burlington Free Press Moves to Williston



B Y S A S H A G O L D S T EI N The Burlington Free Press is no longer based in Burlington. After nearly 200 years in the Queen City, the local daily has given up its downtown digs for an office park in suburban Williston. While staffers have been working remotely since the pandemic began in March 2020, executive editor Emilie Stigliani said several members of the 12-person newsroom gathered last Thursday for the first time at the new location. Most of those people will continue to work remotely, she said, though staffers can use the office.

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he robots will begin their mission when the snow melts next spring. Some no larger than a quarter, the insect-like devices will crawl under bridges, swim into storm drains and climb power lines — targets that are inaccessible to their human overlords. Swarms of these so-called “micro-robots” will deposit wireless sensors to monitor the structures’ resilience to strong winds, heavy rainfall and other environmental forces, feeding data back to researchers on the ground. The four-year study, led by University of Vermont mechanical engineering professor Dryver Huston, won a $4 million grant from the National Science Foundation earlier this month. The application was competitive, with a one-in-four chance of winning, Huston estimates. He owes his success to a newfound commitment to research at UVM, the likes of which he hasn’t seen in his 34 years on campus. “The plan is to try and compete for more of these big grants,” Huston said. “It’s an investment that sometimes pays off.” The man with the plan? Kirk Dombrowski, who runs UVM’s Office of the Vice President for Research. The office manages grant awards for all seven 16


colleges at UVM, and as vice president, Dombrowski is in charge of tracking the spending and overseeing the office’s 140 employees. A transplant from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Dombrowski arrived in Burlington in April 2020 and immediately made his mark. For the fiscal year that ended in June, UVM attracted $227 million in research funding — an all-time high that easily eclipsed the previous year’s $181.7 million record haul. Before Dombrowski, UVM wouldn’t have dreamed of reaching that number, said Dan Harvey, the research office’s director of operations. “We all would have said, ‘You’re out of your mind. That would never happen,’” Harvey said with a laugh. “But it did, and a lot of it is because of him.” Not only has Dombrowski broken records, he’s also built a foundation for success, his colleagues say. Early on, Dombrowski hired a team of grant writers


who collaborate with faculty to apply for funding, and he helped open a brand-new Office of Engagement on campus to assist small businesses in doing the same. This month, he convinced the state’s energy leaders to join forces to apply for a slice of the federal infrastructure bill. Dombrowski hopes his work has a tangible impact on UVM’s campus, the city of Burlington and beyond. “I think that universities are transformative to the communities around them,” Dombrowski said. “We need to show people there remains a huge benefit to higher education, not just for the people who are in it.” Dombrowski grew up in Gloucester, Mass., and came back East after nearly seven years at Nebraska-Lincoln, where he taught sociology and served as the associate dean for research. A trained cultural anthropologist, Dombrowski has studied how to slow the spread of HIV in rural Puerto Rico and how to prevent suicide among Indigenous people. BIG MAN ON CAMPUS

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“It’s really nice to actually all come together,” Stigliani said. “Williston is a different beast, but I think we’re all really happy to be together there.” The circulation department has been there since December 2020, when parent company Gannett sold the 45,000-square-foot building on Burlington’s South Winooski Avenue that housed the paper’s printing press. The Free Press has been printed in Portsmouth, N.H., since May 2020. For many years, the editorial and advertising departments of the Free Press worked out of offices on College Street. In 2014, they moved to 100 Bank Street, adjacent to what would become the CityPlace Burlington site. The Freeps initially had 11,000 square feet of space on the seventh floor, plus a 4,000-square-foot community room on the third floor, the paper reported in 2014. The newsroom — and circulation — has shrunk since then. Stigliani said the paper gave up the Bank Street office entirely in the spring. When Seven Days visited the new Williston space last Friday, the glass doors were locked, and a man who identified himself as the circulation manager declined to speak to a reporter. He referred questions to Stigliani. Reached by phone, Stigliani said the move is “actually pretty great,” noting that the paper has “a huge readership in the suburbs of Burlington.” She also said, “I’ve never spent this much time in Williston, but I’m kind of digging it.” m Courtney Lamdin contributed reporting.

A Harbor From Hacking

A Vermont cybersecurity firm’s soup-to-nuts approach leads to rapid growth B Y A NNE WA L L ACE ALLE N • FILE: MICHAEL TONN


any people were surprised by the wide-ranging consequences of the ransomware attack that hit the University of Vermont Medical Center last year. But not Justin Fimlaid, founder and CEO of the Colchester cybersecurity company NuHarbor Security. “What we saw at UVM, we’ve seen elsewhere,” Fimlaid said. The hack paralyzed scheduling for weeks and delayed some patients’ care. It cost the hospital millions and caused a cascade of problems across the UVM Health Network that took months to resolve. “I wish it weren’t the case,” he added. Fimlaid launched NuHarbor in 2014 after

leaving his information security job at Keurig Green Mountain. He quickly found his new company’s services to be in high demand. Its success is due in part to an uncommon approach. While many companies offer to help businesses prevent cyberattacks, NuHarbor provides constant monitoring. NuHarbor assesses a client’s vulnerability by launching its own benign cyberattack against the company’s software. It can then install protective measures and train workers to recognize phishing attacks such as the one that led to widespread problems at UVM Medical Center. NuHarbor also helps clients choose cybersecurity insurance policies.

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“We’re trying to change the industry,” Fimlaid said. That means the customer doesn’t have to worry about what has happened since the last time NuHarbor performed a systems analysis. “Instead of making it a once-a-year activity, let’s change how we deliver it and do it continuously.” That approach landed NuHarbor on Entrepreneur magazine’s list of most entrepreneurial companies in America in 2017 and 2018, an honor bestowed upon those who “are mastering the art and science of growing a business.” By late 2018, the company needed to move out of its Essex Junction offices to a larger space in Colchester. NuHarbor


has 90 employees and is still expanding: Fimlaid expects to hire about 60 more people by the end of 2022. Some clients hire NuHarbor to prevent breaches. Others are required to undergo security testing and training by their insurer or their own customers. And some clients are the unfortunate ones that call after an attack. Fimlaid wouldn’t identify NuHarbor’s clients, citing confidentiality. “Sometimes we can help, and sometimes we can’t,” Fimlaid said. “In all cases, it’s hard to un-ring a bell.” He added, “I can tell you real horror stories.” The UVM Medical Center ransomware attack in October 2020 was one highly publicized horror story. To protect patient data, hospital IT staff had to take down the network’s electronic health records system, Epic, as well as employee email and internet connections. IT experts then had to rebuild the infrastructure before reentering backed-up files and data. They also had to scan and clean 5,000 computers. The hack ultimately cost the health network upwards of $50 million. NuHarbor wasn’t called in to help the hospital, but the frequency of such highprofile attacks has helped the company to grow. The global research firm Gartner predicts that companies worldwide will spend more than $150 billion this year on information security and risk management technology and services. The research A HARBOR FROM HACKING

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“I want them to try things that might fail,” Dombrowski said of faculty. “[We’re] trying to give people credit for the innovation of the ideas rather than their success or failure.” Dombrowski has also supported partnerships with UVM’s neighbors. In 2019, Harvey, Dombrowski’s chief of staff, began working with the Burlington Electric Department to build a solar research facility at the city’s McNeil Generating Station using decommissioned solar panels. The city will provide the space for free and is already storing the equipment at McNeil. UVM, meanwhile, will pay $150,000 to cover the permits and BEAR CIERI

At Nebraska-Lincoln, Dombrowski organized teams of researchers to go after big grants. One $12 million award from the National Institutes of Health funded the university’s Center on Rural Addiction, which studies substance use in the rural Midwest. UVM’s Office for the Vice President for Research has existed for years, but few people off campus know of it — a reputation Dombrowski is working to change. His department is the go-to place for faculty members seeking both research grants and private equity to bring their inventions to market. It helped launch Benchmark Space Systems, a startup founded by UVM grad Ryan McDevitt. Formed in 2017, the company builds technology to propel small satellites. In June, Benchmark’s products were used for a rocket launch by SpaceX, the aerospace outfit run by Tesla cofounder Elon Musk. (For more on Benchmark, see page 39.) “That’s the ideal goal,” Harvey said. “UVM faculty [and students] create something really cool, and then we figure out how to help bring it to market and create jobs and further cement UVM’s role in the community as a catalyst.” Dombrowski has taken that mission to heart. When he arrived at UVM, the research office had just one grant coordinator to assist faculty such as Huston to write major applications. Now there are six. They help make completing the applications, some of which are 300 pages long, slightly less daunting. Dombrowski also brought in a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm to find lesser-known grant opportunities. Huston said he likely wouldn’t have won funding without the support. He’s pleased that UVM is propping up other disciplines instead of just focusing on its Larner College of Medicine, the biggest grant-getter. “Kirk has tried to say, ‘OK, can we bring the rest of the campus up to that level of activity?’” Huston said. “That’s the mentality.” Dombrowski’s goal is to elevate UVM to one of the nation’s most prestigious research institutions — specifically, those conferred with the coveted “R1” designation from the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education. Since 1970, the organization has classified colleges and universities using benchmarks that have changed over time. Most recently, in 2018, the commission gave the R1 label to just 131 universities that participate in “very high research activity.” R1 schools include Dombrowski’s former one, Nebraska-Lincoln, and

Purdue University in Indiana, where UVM president Suresh Garimella previously served as the VP of research. When UVM hired Garimella in 2019, he took the helm of a university divided over recent cuts to its humanities program. Students and faculty staged a protest, criticizing UVM’s budgeting model that shifted funding from the liberal arts to science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. Late last year, UVM proposed cutting more than two dozen programs from its College of Arts and Sciences but later found the cash to save many of them. Dombrowski says investing in nonSTEM areas is key to reaching R1 status.

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Qualifying universities, he said, have to show that their research funding is comprehensive and includes a wide range of academic disciplines. UVM is currently an R2, just one step removed from the R1 status, but the step up would signal to funders that it’s “a worldclass research university,” Dombrowski said, “not just a place that does some really good medical research.” UVM has struggled to keep all-star faculty who feel limited by the school’s research opportunities, Dombrowski said. Joining the elite classification could attract talented, more diverse faculty and graduate students, he said. In other words, the label would give people a reason to come to Vermont — and stay. “It has a lot of immediate positive implications,” Dombrowski said. He hopes to meet the standard by 2024. His colleagues say Dombrowski’s fast-paced, innovative style is refreshing. Dombrowski says he simply encouraged his office to be more proactive — not just managing grants but also competing for them. His workplace philosophy is equal parts aggressive and forgiving.

construction, and will provide the power to McNeil’s joint owners — BED, Green Mountain Power and the Vermont Public Power Supply — at no cost. The facility is scheduled to open next year. “UVM can play a really important role in developing technologies that can help us with reducing emissions and managing energy use,” BED general manager Darren Springer said. He hopes that the facility will inspire students to look for jobs in the clean energy sector after graduation. In the summer of 2020, Dombrowski helped set up the new Office of Engagement, which is charged with bolstering Vermont’s skilled workforce. The office, which UVM calls “the university’s front door,” helps private companies write grants, hosts business roundtables and sets up paid student internships. In less than a year, the office created 365 of these internship positions. Earlier this year, UVM undergrad Skylar Bagdon started a new program — Academic Research Commercialization, or ARC — through which teams of students partner with inventors to create startup

companies. The fledgling initiative got off to a good start, but when Dombrowski learned that it needed funding to continue another year, he hit the phones. “Within, like, a month, he had gotten a donor to give $50,000 to run the program,” said Harvey. “Now we’re creating ways for these students to stay in Vermont.” Kerrick Johnson is similarly impressed with Dombrowski, calling him “the most entrepreneurial person I’ve met at UVM, ever.” Johnson is the chief innovation officer for the Vermont Electric Power Company, known colloquially as VELCO, which runs the state’s electricity transmission system. VELCO is also one of the 15 members of Dombrowski’s new Vermont Clean Energy and Resilience Consortium. The group, which is composed of several electric utilities and tech companies, wants to collaborate to get some of the $1 trillion in the infrastructure bill that is currently stalled in Congress. The plan, along with President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion Build Back Better proposal, would expand high-speed internet access, upgrade power grids and offer rebates for electric vehicles. Experts estimate that, together, the measures would eliminate up to a billion tons of carbon pollution, the equivalent of taking 250 million cars off the road forever. The Vermont consortium’s goal is to “import dollars that help us advance the energy vision we already have,” Johnson said. This could include expanding Vermont’s electric vehicle charging stations or investing in public transit. Johnson said he was impressed that Dombrowski cold-called leaders of Vermont utility companies, some of whom he’d never met, to get them involved. Dombrowski says the energy project is one way to make UVM more accessible and not simply the “university on the hill.” At first, he found that business leaders doubted him because they’d found UVM unreliable and unresponsive in the past. People who work at the school questioned whether the university could become a premier research institution without sacrificing instruction. Eighteen months in, Dombrowski says his doubters are coming around. Faculty see that investing in research creates academic opportunities outside the traditional classroom. CEOs are noticing that Dombrowski shows up and delivers on his promises. For Dombrowski, the job boils down to making higher education more relevant to more people — a challenge he says he’s prepared to tackle. “We’ll just have to keep demonstrating that we are committed,” he said, “and then demonstrate it again.” m


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Vermont’s Cannabis Control Board estimates that spending on recreational marijuana could reach $225 million annually by 2025, which would translate to nearly $46 million in new state taxes. The figures are just some of the news from a highly anticipated report it released last Friday. The 64-page document lays the groundwork for state regulation of a legal market starting next year. The board is proposing rules and fees, subject to legislative approval, for those who will grow, process, test and sell the weed. The report was filed to several House and Senate committees that may hear testimony in the next several weeks, before the full legislature reconvenes in January, said James Pepper, chair of the Cannabis Control Board.

There’s a reason to hurry: The rules must be in place in time for Vermont’s medical marijuana dispensaries to begin selling recreational pot by the May time frame established in previous legislation. That’s also when small growers, defined as operations with 1,000 square feet or less, could get their licenses and start planting. “Whatever happens in the legislature, we need them to pass our fee bill pretty quickly,” Pepper said. “They have to deal with it sooner or later if they want us to be on time for that May 1 deadline.” The report details several proposed tiers for indoor and outdoor growers, with up to 1,000-square-foot plots at the smallest end of the spectrum for both. At the other end, growers could get a “tier six” license: up to 37,500 square feet outdoors and 25,000 square feet indoors. The state might initially limit growers to the smaller tiers as it figures out the appropriate supply for Vermont’s market. The report says Vermont likely needs 450,000 square feet of combined cannabis “canopy” to sprout enough weed. The document games out potential yields from grow operations split evenly between indoor and outdoor, as well as a 20 percent outdoor/80 percent indoor scenario. Outdoor operations, Pepper said, are “just too risky” for large growers.

“Plus, there’s always this idea that you can get between four and six harvests indoor over the course of a year, [while] you’re pretty much limited to one harvest outdoor,” he said. Outdoor operations are also trickier to secure. The board is still considering various measures it will require for growers. “What is too much, and what really kind of cuts against the natural kind of aesthetic of Vermont?” Pepper said. “If we have, say, 200 small cultivators, do you really want 200 chain-link fences around?” The board recommends offering two types of retail licenses: nursery, which would allow the holder to sell seeds and plants; and storefront, which is the more traditional cannabis dispensary model, though such shops could also sell seeds and plants. The board isn’t proposing to limit licenses, though state statute allows only Vermont’s five existing medical marijuana license holders to have a so-called integrated license. Medical dispensaries, which will be allowed to sell in the recreational market, can grow as much weed as they want. The report leaves open the possibility for future license types that would enable holders to run co-ops for growers, sell pot from established businesses such as general stores, deliver cannabis to customers, and sell for on-site consumption or at events such as concerts. Geoffrey Pizzutillo, executive director of the Vermont Growers Association, said members of his nonprofit trade org have worked closely with the Cannabis Control Board and are pleased with aspects of the report. But the group wants more of those future license types to be included in the first round “and not kicked down the road,” he said. By statute, the board must collect enough in license fees to pay its annual budget, which could be as much as $2.8 million next year. But to do so would require exorbitant annual fees that could keep people from participating in the industry, the report says. Instead, the board proposes smaller fees: $750 each year for an outdoor operation of up to 1,000 square feet, and $1,000 for nurseries. Large-scale growers, though, would have to pay up to $37,500 for the biggest indoor operations. “Lower fees will invite more applications and licensees, while encouraging participants in the illicit market to join the regulated market,” the board wrote. Read the full story — and the complete report — at m



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hen Kerry Walker’s unemployment insurance payments halted without explanation in June 2020, she called the Vermont Department of Labor repeatedly to find out why. Eventually, she learned that there was a problem with her Social Security number. She’d never heard the number questioned before, and nobody she talked to at the state could explain just why the labor department’s dysfunctional 50-year-old computer system had snagged on her claim. Weeks later, Walker, a massage therapist and yoga instructor in Huntington, got a letter saying her claim had been dismissed. Walker is one of the thousands of Vermonters whose lives and finances were upended by the pandemic — and by the computer-related problems that erupted when Congress handed state labor departments the task of sending money to people who were suddenly out of work. The pandemic highlighted problems with the Vermont labor department’s outdated computer system, which was overwhelmed by claims in March 2020. The system did not have the computing capacity to help claimants such as Walker, many of whom reported spending hours on hold with call centers. The existing online system has no way of collecting claimants’ email addresses; those filing for the first time must talk to someone on the phone who collects the information manually and enters it into the computer. A limited online system exists for those who already have filed initial claims. A new online claim system created to help speed the process during the pandemic was taken down after it was flooded with hundreds of thousands of fraudulent claims. At the root of the problems is the department’s reliance on a mainframe from 1970 with limited computing power. The mainframe runs on a language, ancient by programming standards, called F COBOL, which predates the also ancient COBOL. People who know F COBOL tend to be in their seventies. When the pandemic struck, the department was already short on staff who knew the mainframe. Finding people who know F COBOL is difficult enough; finding ones who understand the weekly benefits system and how it has been configured over the last quarter century is nearly impossible, said Labor Commissioner Mike Harrington.

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“We were already kind of limping along, having challenges managing the load even before the pandemic,” he said. “The fact of the matter is, we had eight to 10 people answering our phones. We had six people adjudicating cases.” As workplaces shuttered, unemployment claims in Vermont soared from about 6,000 a week to as high as 95,000 per week. Claimants such as Walker reported myriad maddening problems. Ordered by the federal government to create new online forms, the department developed ones that were almost impossible to fill out. Self-employed people were required to list an employer — although they didn’t have one — in order to gain access to the system. Calls to the department went unanswered, and when contractors were hired to help with call volume, claimants complained that the people who answered the phone had no access to the computer system, so they couldn’t answer questions. In the absence of computing power, human mistakes were legion. The labor department mistakenly gave out a southern Vermont woman’s phone number to claimants who asked to speak to a manager. A collating error sent thousands of claimants’ Social Security numbers to strangers’ mailboxes. Labor commissioners have been saying for years that replacing the mainframe is key to modernizing the department’s unemployment insurance operations.

“It’s an oversized server that processes a lot of simplistic data,” said John Quinn, who leads the state’s Agency of Digital Services and has been involved in the labor department’s emergency response since the pandemic began. The state is now working on a $30 million overhaul. “It’s elderly; it’s on its last legs,” Sen. Randy Brock (R-Franklin), who chairs the Joint Information Technology Oversight Committee, said. “It needs a lot of work and pampering and Band-Aids just to keep it running.” Walker, the massage therapist, finally gave up on the time-consuming work of trying to get answers from the state and started seeing her massage clients again. “That is what I had to do,” said Walker. “I used all my savings.” Vermont had been looking at ways to modernize the labor department system long before the pandemic. In 2014, it entered an agreement with Idaho and North Dakota to create a new system. That ultimately fell apart because of incompatible regulations and timelines among the three states. Vermont had invested more than $10.5 million in federal funds before walking away. Last year, Harrington asked lawmakers for $4 million to kick off an effort to move the unemployment insurance services to


the cloud, basing the part of the system that claimants use on the popular software provider Salesforce, which some other state agencies use already. The motto of San Francisco-based Salesforce: “Keep your customers happy anywhere.” Lawmakers rejected that request last year, choosing to wait and see whether the federal government would pay for the upgrade. “The commissioner has said openly to us that if you ask us to do anything else to modify how this thing works, you have the potential for a catastrophic collapse,” Brock said. “The legislature didn’t pay attention to the warning this past session.” But this year, lawmakers did agree to appropriate state funds to fix the problem. The department expects to pay $3.5 million for the first phase of a four-phase plan to modernize the system. Legislators have also ordered an independent consultant’s review of the existing system and of options for replacing it, including those used by other states. The report is due by December 15. Complete replacement of the unemployment insurance system is expected to cost about $30 million and take a decade to complete, Quinn said. In the end, Vermont will have a cloud-based system. As for the mainframe, “Use it as a boat anchor,” Quinn said. The new system will enable jobless people to check the status of their claims, said Harrington — just as many patients can log on to review medical test results. If another emergency occurs, even one the size of the COVID-19 pandemic, the new system will be built to handle it, Quinn said. “I want to make sure the DOL system is scalable, whether it’s a massive influx of people or the number of services offered,” Quinn said. His office is finishing an RFP seeking a company to build a portal for claimants and employers. That’s expected to take up to 18 months. “These companies that we use, whether it be a Microsoft or Salesforce or Oracle, are massive companies with massive data centers all over the U.S.,” he said. “These big companies can scale out enough to offer these services to multiple states.” At the end of the first phase, Quinn said, workers and employers will be able

to log in to a functional online system that will help the department organize claim information more efficiently. Through the other phases, the mainframe will be replaced, and the department’s data and services will migrate to the cloud. Quinn said that’s a more secure way to store data, and using proven technologies will save money. “While people may think, Oh great, another big website, this is way different,” he said. “We’re not building it ourselves; we’re putting together best-of-breed technologies.” That’s an important distinction, say lawmakers who have witnessed previous attempts to develop state computer systems such as Vermont Health Connect. That system, created in 2013 for the

terminals, leading to frequent computer crashes at some courthouses. There are also success stories, such as the system overhaul at the Department of Taxes. “We hired someone else to do the whole thing,” said former state senator Tim Ashe. “That project has been one of the ones that left very few people with migraines.” It’s a clear sign the state isn’t equipped to create a custom system, Ashe said. “It’s not that we don’t have a very dedicated IT staff, but the most sophisticated IT operations are not in state governments,” he said. “And then, of course, most people don’t run for governor or for the legislature because they want to micromanage IT projects.”

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state’s health insurance marketplace, was plagued with technical problems from the start. The state ultimately fired a consultant who had been paid millions to build it. Some of the functions that were supposed to be automated are still being completed manually. The Department of Motor Vehicles and the Vermont Judiciary both launched system upgrades about a decade ago that failed. The judiciary recently tried again, rolling out an electronic case management system that replaces paper recordkeeping. It has not been accompanied by hardware upgrades at public access

Sen. Jane Kitchel (D-Caledonia), chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee and vice chair of the Joint Fiscal Committee, said that past IT missteps have led to important changes, such as a contract with an independent consultant at the legislature’s Joint Fiscal Office who reviews big tech projects. Like Ashe, Kitchel said it’s clear that an off-the-shelf product is the way to go. As for Walker, the Huntington massage therapist, the termination of her benefits in June 2020 remains a mystery. “A couple of months later, I got a piece of paper in the mail saying they had dismissed my claim, with no explanation, no nothing,” said Walker. “I am OK, but there are so many people hurting,” she said. “I knew if it’s happening to me, it’s happening to other people. I think about all the people who are homeless, or what my experience would be for someone else who may not have a spouse who has a decent income, and what that would have meant.” m


October 29, 2021 6:00 p.m. Margaret Bass Community Panel and Community Q & A Norma Hardy

Mark Hughes Sherwood Smith Monique Taylor

Philonise Floyd Brother of George Floyd

Burlington, Vermont

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Proof of Vaccination and Mask required. Moving into the fall, the Flynn requires proof of full

vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test from all ticket holders. You need to present your vaccination card (the physical card or a photo) or proof of a negative test (within 72 hours) at the door. The Flynn also requires that all attendees wear a mask while inside the venue. Children who are ineligible to be vaccinated will be allowed to enter and need to wear a mask. All staff, crew, and volunteers at the Flynn are required to be fully vaccinated.

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10/15/21 3:05 PM

news Burlington City Council Votes to Add More Police Officers


CRIME The Sears Lane encampment



After months of vociferous debate, the Burlington City Council voted to effectively allow the police department to hire as many as 87 officers, up from a limit of 74 set in June 2020. The early Tuesday morning vote technically set the limit at 79 officers, but the figure did not include the eight cops who are assigned to the Burlington International Airport. The measure passed 8-4 after hours of debate that began on Monday evening. Progressive Councilors Zoraya Hightower (Ward 1) and Jane Stromberg (Ward 8) joined the four council Democrats and two independents in favor. “This is within range of what CNA recommended,” Hightower said, referring to the Virginia-based nonprofit whose assessment of the department suggested a higher staffing level. “I think it is time for us to stop talking about numbers.” Progressives led the charge in June 2020 to reduce the police force by 30 percent, through attrition, to 74 cops total. The department has now shrunk to fewer than 70 active officers, prompting Mayor Miro Weinberger and acting Police Chief Jon Murad to twice ask councilors to hire more officers and avert a “public safety crisis.”

investigations unit, which focuses on sex-based crimes and child abuse, and its domestic violence prevention officer. “If you vote for that, you are voting for a functional police department; if you’re voting against that, I think you’re voting against a functional police department, and I don’t think we’re ever going to get to an agreement until there’s a change in this council,” Weinberger said. m


Councilors Jack Hanson and Zoraya Hightower

Effort to Halt Eviction at Sears Lane Encampment Fails B Y COU R TNE Y L AMD IN

Until Monday, the majority of councilors had refused to heed those calls. They changed course after CNA’s report recommended an “authorized headcount” of 77 to 80 sworn officers — not including those at the airport — to achieve an active force of between 72 to 75 cops. The city released the report earlier this month. The decision is a win for Weinberger, who had called for a roster in the 85- to 88-officer range after receiving the CNA recommendations. Before the vote, the mayor made clear that he was frustrated with the councilors’ continued quibbling. He blasted the council Progressives for cutting the number of officers last year and then complaining that the conversation was too focused on the “cap.” The mayor said the Progressives needed to approve an 80-officer head count in order to keep the department’s special



A bid by Burlington Progressives to halt the eviction of people living at a homeless encampment on Sears Lane fell short on Monday night. Councilor Joe Magee (P-Ward 3) attempted to add the item to the city council’s agenda, but he needed eight of 12 councilors to do so. Four Democrats and independent Councilor Mark Barlow voted against the measure, which failed 7-5. Councilors voted just minutes after Mayor Miro Weinberger announced that he would extend the residents’ move-out date from October 19 to 26. Weinberger had announced the mass eviction last week following two arrests at the site. One man was cited for trafficking methamphetamine, and another for threatening city firefighters with what turned out to be a pellet gun.

People have lived in makeshift shelters on the city property for years. Officials had tried without luck to find a partner to manage the site. Weinberger said the recent criminal activity had made the camp’s existence “untenable and unacceptable.” Progressive councilors criticized the mayor for displacing vulnerable people while the state’s COVID-19 cases are at their highest since the start of the pandemic. The Progs also argued that the residents would simply relocate to other parts of the city. “I am not confident that folks at Sears Lane will be able to find housing in this short period of time,” Magee told fellow councilors. American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont counsel Jay Diaz called the eviction plan cruel and said it violates terms of a 2-year-old settlement agreement between the ACLU and Burlington. That settlement requires the city to provide campers with a written notice to vacate, outlining the reasons a shelter would be removed. Diaz said the ACLU sees “no grounds for the emergency removal or the collective punishment of these members of our community.” The topic garnered impassioned comments at the meeting. Business owners and parents of children who attend the nearby Champlain Elementary School expressed concern about crime at the camp. Dozens of others — including some current and former residents of the Sears Lane site — pleaded for the city to stop the eviction. “How is downtown going to get safer when all these people have nowhere to go?” Burlington resident Thaya Zalewski asked. m

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company PitchBook reported over the summer that, by midyear, cybersecurity companies had raised $9.9 billion in venture capital worldwide, almost as much as they raised in all of 2020. The pandemic-era rush to remote work and cloud-based storage — both of which can expose companies to additional risk — has further propelled the expansion of the industry, according to Gartner. It’s not clear how many cybersecurity companies are based in state. Jeff Couture, executive director of the Vermont Technology Alliance, said many of the state’s IT companies provide some security services. Several large cybersecurity companies are located in metro areas such as Washington, D.C., which is home to a deep pool of prospective employees with the right skills, said Scott Stevens, a dean of the Division of Information Technology & Science at Champlain College. But, he noted, it’s becoming more common for cybersecurity firms to employ a remote workforce and operate outside major cities.


Champlain College places interns studying cybersecurity with NuHarbor. Stevens said the typical starting salary for a student who has completed an internship is $70,000. “They’re snatched up pretty quickly,” he said. (See related story, page 49.) NuHarbor employs 35 Champlain College alumni and nine from the University of Vermont. The company has small offices in Boston and Washington, D.C., but Fimlaid, who grew up on a farm in New Hampshire and lives in Stowe, said he’s determined to keep the company’s main office in Vermont. He is still the sole owner of the business. Over the last few years, NuHarbor has received nearly $325,000 in training and hiring incentives from the state, according to the Agency of Commerce and Community Development. Fimlaid doesn’t expect to have any trouble finding workers to get his staff levels up to 140 or 150 by the end of next year. Some will be remote, but he wants most to work from Colchester. “Keeping payroll in the state is the true economic value for the state,” he said, “and we’re committed to trying to do that.” m



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Richard Thomas Kemp passed away on September 28, 2021. Richard was born in Bronx, N.Y., but grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., during the Great Depression. He had three brothers and two sisters. He attended Catholic school, joined a monastery for two years and, after conscientiously resisting forced military service during the Korean War, became a lifelong pacifist. He met Frances McGonagle in the early 1950s, and they married in 1956. Their affection for the Catholic church dimmed when they had difficulty finding a priest in NYC willing to marry them, an interracial couple. Together, they raised six children. Richard’s commitment to progressive causes began early in his adult life. From delivering free lunches through Friendship House in Harlem, to his role as union shop steward at a paper mill, to his position supporting academic and vocational training for youth at the Rodman Job Corp Center, Richard was a strong and steady advocate for others. In the early 1970s, there was a job opening in human resources at IBM in Essex Junction, which brought Richard and his family to Vermont. Once retired, he spent decades of his life thereafter working tirelessly for peace and racial and economic justice. His community activism in Burlington subsequently led to serving on the boards of

the Vermont Community Loan Fund, Peace & Justice Center, Champlain Housing Trust, Community Justice Center and CCTV (public access media). He was an active member of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington and held the distinction of being the first African American Burlington city councilor. As host of the Center for Media and Democracy Community Television broadcast “Near and Far,” he interviewed people from all walks of life on his show. Archived episodes can be viewed at node/kemp. Richard collected and donated used medical and science textbooks to a medical school in Cape Coast, Ghana, and low-cost medical supplies, crutches, etc. to a small hospital in Guatemala. He lived for many years as a resident of the Flynn Avenue Co-op, the first of its kind, developed by Champlain Housing Trust. His advocacy, organizing and policy development efforts helped to further the cause of affordable housing. In 2010, CHT recognized

Richard with the Carole Pack Volunteer of the Year Award. He was later selected to represent his neighbors, residents and the board at the United Nations World Habitat Day celebration in Angola, where CHT was presented with a World Habitat Award. Richard’s biography, Journey North, written by Katherine Nopper, was published in 2012. In 2019, CHT named a building Kemp House in honor of Richard. The Vermont Racial Justice Alliance plans to designate its new Cultural Empowerment Center in Burlington’s Old North End as the Kemp Center in honor of his life’s work: his commitment to community and justice. During his final days, he was warmly attended by the staff at Birchwood Terrace Healthcare and Bayada Hospice, along with family and friends. He is survived by a sister, Joyce, and a brother, William; six children, Christine, Carl, Gregory, Stephen, Martha and Kathleen; 14 grandchildren, Jaada, Wynston, Grace, Benjamin, Vanessa, Martha, Sam, Rosa, Sean, Ruby, Nathaniel, Blake, Evelyn and Andrew; and six great-grandchildren, Aminyah, Isaiah, Malachi, Liam, Stella and Vivian. Richard is also survived by his longtime companion, Laura Solomon. He leaves a legacy of service, loved ones and his beloved community in a better place. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a generous donation in Richard’s memory to the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington. A celebration of life will be held in spring or summer 2022, date to be announced.



Martha L. (Lapointe) Trotter DECEMBER 6, 1928-OCTOBER 9, 2021 BURLINGTON, VT.

Martha L. (Lapointe) Trotter, a lifelong resident of Burlington, Vt., passed away in peace at the McClure Miller Respite House in Colchester on October 9, 2021. She chose to release her spirit while her youngest daughter was present. She was two months shy of her 93rd birthday. Born on December 6, 1928, Martha was the ninth of 13 children born to Arthur and Emilia (Sicard) Lapointe. She and her siblings, along with far too many relatives to list, lived in what is now a historic residential community of Burlington: Lakeside. It was Lakeside that defined Martha’s life. Those who knew her learned just how revered Lakeside was to her. Martha graduated high school at Hudson Academy (now Presentation of Mary Academy) in Hudson, N.H. After two attempts at convent life, fate interceded and took her to Burlington, Vt. She worked at the telephone company and made lifelong friendships. Through her sister Bernadette, a nun and RN at Fanny Allen Hospital and Hotel Dieu, she met her future husband (or, rather, he met her) while he was employed at Fanny Allen. Earl and Bernadette enjoyed a delightful friendship, but after listening to Earl’s relentless inquiries, unending questions and futile pursuits regarding her sister, Bernadette finally told Martha, “For goodness’ sake, Martha, marry him!” On October 8, 1955, she married Earl D. Trotter, originally from Mount Vernon, N.Y. They raised four daughters, making Tracy Drive their home. Thanks to Martha, Tracy Drive became the new Lakeside: a community that would sustain memories and friendships among families for life. As the girls grew older, the family moved to Staniford Road, next door to their lifelong friends, the Deforges. And what fun it was! In the 1970s, Martha became the first female to drive a school bus in the state of Vermont. Employed by the Colchester School District for several decades, she rose in her career from driver to manager of transportation for the district. In her retirement, she oftentimes crossed paths with adult children whom she’d driven — and sometimes even their children. Martha is predeceased by her husband, Earl; her parents, Arthur and Emelia; her brothers, Eli, Henry, William, David and Arthur; and her sisters Muriel, Bernadette, Marguerite, Theresa, Helen Benoit and Bibianne

McDowell. She is survived by her loving sister Agatha Lapointe of Essex Junction, Vt. Martha leaves behind her four daughters, Paula Trotter (Suzanne Prindiville), Kay-Ellen Willette (Charlie), Elizabeth Trotter (Richard Blum) and Donna Savage, (Patrick); and her four grandchildren, Calli and Chelsea Willette, and Shea and Jack Savage. Martha was a Ma tante to 36 nieces and nephews. Her children, grandchildren and others will remember her never-ending words of support, optimism and encouragement. Martha enthusiastically attended countless sporting events, including T-ball; peewee hockey; little league; and high school baseball, basketball, cross-country running, and track and field. She was a fixture at University of Vermont men’s and women’s basketball games for over three decades. Martha was proud of her own athleticism — as a girl playing baseball with the boys at Lakeside Park; as a young woman, skiing, speed skating and swimming; and as a mom in summer league softball with the gals at Leddy Park. Martha was all about family, friends, love and joy. The Trotter girls would like to acknowledge the dedicated clinical and caregiving teams that were instrumental with our mom’s peaceful passing; Birchwood Terrace (C-Wing) and McClure Miller Respite House (Cardinal Room #3). Special recognition to Dr. Alicia Jacobs for her loving and healing care to our mom, to Kathy Keenan for her special kinship with mom for almost 50 years, and to Norm and Barb Deforge along with Chubby and Flo Moran (all deceased) for their everlasting friendship spanning over seven decades. A special thank-you to our incredibly supportive spouses, Suzie, Charlie, Richard and Patrick, and to Aunt Agatha, Jacky Deforge, Judy (Carpenter) and Jo-Ann Deforge, cousin Mary Kim Lavery and her sister, Marsha Drake, for guiding us through this challenging and ultimate journey. You are the experts. To Dad’s best man, Jim Felony (Semper Fi) and Sue Knapp for keeping our connection strong and vibrant. And, finally, to Laurie Hill for bringing lunch to her best friend. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the McClure Miller Respite House in Colchester. Calling hours are on Friday, October 15, 4 to 7 p.m., at Lavigne Funeral Home in Winooski. Words of remembrance will begin at 6:15 p.m. Masks are required. A private burial will be held at a later date.

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Their shared love of nature led the couple to choose Sleepy Hollow for the ceremony. It was a beautiful fall evening with foliage and magnificent views of Camel’s Hump. Rev. Diane Sullivan officiated the wedding, and local band Barbacoa rocked the reception.

IN MEMORIAM Virginia L. Sweetser 1981-2020, ESSEX, VT.

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7/14/21 3:52 PM

Charging Ahead


A pack of battery innovators has made Vermont a hub in a surging industry




ucked away in a modest office building in Shelburne, above a childcare center and down the hall from a massage therapist, a group of young engineers is trying to change the world. Their company, Resonant Link, is developing wireless charging technologies that may someday revolutionize how people power up cars, medical devices and even robots. In a nondescript conference room, chief technology officer Aaron Stein removed a thin, white doughnutshaped coil from the center of one of the company’s charging units last week and proudly held it aloft. “This is the magic inside,” he said. The potent technology at the heart of Resonant Link’s charging devices was developed at Dartmouth College, the alma mater of Stein and the company’s three other founders. When they decided to hone the technology


Anyone can sell you a battery. Putting one … on top of a mountain and making sure it works is a completely different story. G R EG G N O B L E

Talk with representatives from Beta Technologies, Resonant Link and Dynapower at the Vermont Tech Jam on Saturday, October 23, at Hula in Burlington from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. To attend the event, register at



for commercial applications, the group could have set up shop in Boston or Silicon Valley. They instead chose to grow their startup in the fertile Champlain Valley, seeking to tap into the deep pool of talent in the state’s fast-growing battery technology industry. From its roots powering antennas on remote mountaintops and scientific outposts in Antarctica, Vermont’s renewable energy industry has emerged as a hub of expertise and innovation in the dynamic energy storage industry. Today, the state is home to a diverse ecosystem of companies competing and collaborating to meet the surging demand for battery storage systems that are transforming the transportation, renewable energy, health care and consumer products industries. “The concentration of clean-energy talent and, specifically, battery energy and power conversion talent in Vermont is uncanny,” said Adam Knudsen, CEO of South Burlington-based Dynapower. Companies in the sector are experiencing double-digit growth, receiving an infusion of investment capital and competing for qualified workers. Leading the way are homegrown players such as grid-level storage specialists Northern Reliability and WEG Electric. Both trace their roots to Northern Power Systems, a pioneer in off-grid power solutions founded in Warren in 1974.


Over the years, transplanted businesses have energized the industry with new talent. Dynapower’s first CEO, Peter Pollak, moved what had been an automotive-focused firm from Detroit to Vermont in 1989, drawn by the area’s quality of life and his connections to the University of Vermont. More recently, local startups such as Resonant Link and electric aircraft pioneer Beta Technologies have been developing novel battery technologies that place them at the forefront of their emerging fields. They’re all taking advantage of the dramatic drop in lithium-ion battery prices as global manufacturing capacity soars to meet the intense demand from the burgeoning electric vehicle market. Lower prices and ever-improving performance are making it cost-effective to hook up tractor trailer-size battery packs to electric grids, soak up excess power from solar and wind farms, recharge fleets of EVs, and even power all-electric aircraft. The willingness of utilities such as Green Mountain Power and electricity co-ops to embrace battery technologies to clean up Vermont’s power supply is also helping burnish the state’s reputation as a leader in the field, said Geoff Robertson, a program director with the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund. “For Vermont to have both the companies working in battery storage and also the utilities that are even willing to consider it — that is unique,” Robertson said. Whether Vermont companies can grow quickly enough to meet demand is a huge unknown and potential stumbling block to further growth. Industries in the state are struggling to recruit employees. Most energy storage companies have multiple job openings for everything from electrical and mechanical engineers to project managers, salespeople and assembly technicians. That makes the competition for employees intense. Resonant Link just poached Richard Morin from Dynapower to be its new director of business development, for example. The demand also presents a huge opportunity for young professionals. UVM engineering students with experience building alternative-energy race cars are finding their skills in high demand at firms such as Beta. These young engineers and electricians are eager to work for companies speeding the transition to a carbon-free energy future. Said Gregg Noble, a vice president at Northern Reliability, “Right now, I’ve got twentysomethings just soaking up our 50 years of experience.” Here’s a look at five of the firms in this dynamic ecosystem.

Gregg Noble of Northern Reliability

Jay Bellows of Northern Reliability


The loading dock at Northern Reliability’s new Waterbury headquarters is packed with stout metal boxes crammed with all manner of electronic gear in various stages of assembly and testing. The shipping container-size crates house stacks of lithium-ion batteries, as well as the electronic components and controls that allow them to charge or discharge their stash of electrons on demand. The market for what are effectively huge Tesla Powerwalls is so great that the company has already outgrown the office and manufacturing space it took over from Keurig Green Mountain in January. Its largest battery pack, a mobile unit dubbed NOMAD, is so big that workers had to cut a hole in the loading dock wall to accommodate the 15-foot-tall units. Northern Reliability was spun off in 2007 from the pioneering Northern Power Systems. By focusing on off-grid power solutions, Northern Power had gained expertise

in generating wind and solar renewable energy, as well as storing it for later use. At first, Northern Reliability kept its focus on off-grid technology across every continent, including weather and research stations in Antarctica. But in 2015, the company’s new CEO, Jay Bellows, redirected the firm closer to home to help utilities and renewable energy developers use storage to green up power grids. It’s a fast-growing sector: Allied Market Research expects the value of the global grid-tied battery storage market to soar from $9 billion last year to $30 billion in 2030. As it competes with bigger players, Northern Reliability stresses its track record for designing and maintaining durable battery systems in inhospitable climates. “Anyone can sell you a battery,” Noble said. “Putting one at White Sands Missile Range [in New Mexico] on top of a mountain and making sure it works is a completely different story.” Increasingly, the company’s batteries are being installed in less extreme landscapes, such as suburban Stapleton, Colo., where many homes are topped with solar panels. The local utility tapped Northern Reliability to design and maintain a

network of batteries that would smooth out what amounts to a daily infusion of intermittent power, Noble explained. But the experience that Northern Reliability engineers gained in harsh environmental conditions — whether Vermont winters or Antarctic extremes — still informs how the team designs and builds its systems, Noble said. From the thick insulated doors to keep the batteries warm to the air conditioning units to keep them cool — both vital to optimizing battery life and performance — the company’s weatherproof enclosures and battle-tested control systems have been keys to its success, he said. The 25-person company has more than doubled the size of its staff since its pivot in 2015 and is expecting to double again in the next couple years, Noble said. Much of that growth may come from construction and deployment of its NOMAD mobile batteries, a partnership with battery maker Kore Power. The tractor trailer-size units can effectively replace the dieselpowered generators that provide juice for athletic competitions, concerts and other events with short-term power needs. Noble acknowledged that assembling such enormous units will likely require more space, but he indicated that the firm is well-positioned to keep growing. “Stay tuned,” he said.


The other branch of Northern Power’s former business is now owned by a South American electric motor company that operates in Barre. How that happened is somewhat complicated. After off-loading much of its storage business in 2007, Northern Power focused CHARGING AHEAD SEVEN DAYS OCTOBER 20-27, 2021

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on creating large-scale wind turbines. But the publicly traded company struggled financially. It found a buyer for the biz in 2016: the Brazil-based multinational power component firm WEG S.A. While the wind turbines are no longer built in Barre, its wind power experts are still there, said Chris McKay, director of battery energy storage solutions for WEG Electric, a U.S. subsidiary of the company. The 20 Vermont employees form a sort of crack Skunk Works engineering team focused on WEG’s wind turbine projects around the globe, he said. In 2019, the firm snapped up what remained of Northern Power’s energy storage business, which it is now positioning for rapid growth. McKay’s side of the operation focuses on designing and selling grid-scale batteries, meaning it competes with Northern Reliability. WEG also specializes in delivering the whole package of design, permitting, construction and management of the battery units long-term, McKay said. Large utilities and organizations embarking on expensive, long-term energy storage projects want to partner with stable companies; WEG offers both an agile U.S. team and the backing of a large international corporation, McKay said. WEG has 30,000 employees around the globe and $4 billion in revenue. Grid batteries are increasingly connected to wind and solar projects; the devices store energy for when the sun sets and the wind stops blowing. Vermont-based Encore Renewable Energy’s new solar setup at Middlebury College is an example. The project will generate 30 percent of the college’s power needs, inching it closer to its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2028. When complete, a battery will be able to soak up 2 megawatts’ worth of electricity from 29,000 solar panels during the day and discharge that power when it’s needed. Utilities that purchase power on regional grids can also use such batteries for a cost-cutting advantage known as “peak shaving.” They buy electricity when it’s cheap, store it and dip into these reserves when prices peak, such as on hot summer evenings when air conditioners across New England are cranking. The Vermont Electric Coop partnered with WEG in 2019 to create a 2-megawatt battery project in Hinesburg. And earlier this year in Barre, WEG completed an investor-owned 5-megawatt battery, now the state’s largest and one that GMP uses to keep power costs down. Vermont has become a “miniature center of excellence” in the energy storage

Adam Knudsen of Dynapower

The battery energy storage market is so large and has such huge needs that it allows just a ton of opportunity for collaboration between organizations.


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Batteries in Barre built by WEG

space due to a unique blend of its strong environmental ethos and independent thinking, McKay said. “The expertise that is here from years of being involved in these kinds of activities has lined the state up well to lead an industry that is taking off,” McKay said.


Dynapower has reinvented itself before, and it’s in the process of doing so again. When the company was based in Detroit, it focused on power converters for the auto industry. After moving to Vermont in the late 1980s, it expanded into power components for industries such as mining, aeronautics and the military, including the


systems that power the Patriot missiledefense systems. The company specializes in the kind of “bidirectional inverters” that allow energy to flow back and forth between renewable energy projects, the grid and storage batteries. Five years ago, clean energy represented just a fraction of the company’s total business. Today, it’s half. In three years, CEO Knudsen expects it to be three-quarters. Striding through the company’s cavernous 150,000-square-foot South Burlington facility last week, Knudsen pointed out power conversion systems heading to U.S. Department of Defense installations that he couldn’t discuss, as well as others ready for shipping to large-scale solar projects in Massachusetts.

Energy storage is growing so quickly that the Vermont companies in the sector tend to work with one another instead of directly competing, he said. A 100-kilowatt Northern Power wind turbine has spun outside Dynapower’s facility since 2009, and Dynapower converters are integral components in the systems that Northern Reliability builds, Knudsen said. This includes a backup battery system installed at the Statehouse in 2020, which eliminated the need for the historic building’s diesel-powered generator. “The battery energy storage market is so large and has such huge needs that it allows just a ton of opportunity for collaboration between organizations,” Knudsen said. CHARGING AHEAD

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Finding enough workers is a challenge, but it’s one the company is meeting in a couple of ways. It partners with contract manufacturing firms, such as Manufacturing Solutions in Morrisville, when jobs get too big to handle in-house, Knudsen said. It also recruits out of state. In the past 12 months, Dynapower has hired more than 30 workers, bringing its staff total to 160. Some designers and salespeople work remotely from North Carolina or California. “I have given up finding the best people that will move to Vermont to help support our growth,” Knudsen said. “We’re out there looking for the most talented people, period, and you know what? We don’t care where they live.”


Sean Donovan’s job at Beta Technologies isn’t as sexy as those of the pilots who get to practice vertical takeoff and landings on its experimental Alia aircraft. But his work to build better battery packs is just as crucial to getting its allelectric flying machine off the ground. Donovan’s job as a mechanical engineer on the battery team is to maximize the power output of the 20,000 lithium-ion batteries aboard Beta’s aircraft, minimize the weight and convince federal regulators that the whole thing won’t catch fire in midair. It’s a tall order, and he and the Beta team are going to great lengths to custom-build batteries that will surpass the rigorous safety standards that Federal Aviation Administration officials are likely to require before certifying the aircraft. Beta will have to prove that the aircraft — in particular the 650 pounds of batteries that account for half its weight — can perform safely in extreme weather and temperature conditions. “The battery is such a core part of the aircraft, so it has to be bespoke,” Donovan said between roars of successive F-35 jets flying over Beta’s battery fabrication facility in Williston. One of the key challenges is to make the battery packs as light as possible. The batteries themselves — mass-produced cells similar to those that give a Tesla electric vehicle its punch — make up 80 percent of the battery pack weight. The remaining 20 percent comes from the wiring, fasteners and housing that keep it all together. That’s where Donovan is looking for weight savings that don’t compromise safety. Lithium-ion batteries can overheat. In 2013, custom-built batteries on a Boeing 787 30



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Beta Technologies engineers installing the aircraft’s batteries

Phyo Aung Kyaw of Resonant Link showing a wireless charging component

Dreamliner caught fire, grounding the fleet for three months. Boeing and its battery supplier were faulted for not ensuring that overheating cells wouldn’t ignite neighboring ones, known as thermal runaway. The company redesigned the battery packs in part by encasing them in steel boxes. Beta’s battery packs are several generations removed from those early efforts, but Donovan nevertheless knows the company is “going to be held to the crazy extremes” in the FAA certification process. To lighten the battery packs while preserving their safety features, engineers are crafting many of the components in-house. Last week, technicians molded thin strips of plastic that would hold the cells snugly in each battery module. They perform the tedious process themselves to ensure that the plastic sleeves achieve a uniform thickness, thus shedding any unnecessary weight. “Just adding a gram at the cell-group level is adding a kilogram to the aircraft,” Donovan said.

For a company trying to squeeze maximum aircraft range between charges, every ounce matters. Over the summer, Alia flew 205 miles on a single charge, well on its way to achieving a target range of 250 miles using the energy-intensive vertical takeoff and landing mode. When the aircraft lands at one of the charging pads that Beta wants to deploy across the nation, battery technology would come into play again. The batteries wouldn’t be charged off the grid but from battery banks, much like those that Dynapower is selling for EV charging stations. When the aircraft touches down, it’s going to need a lot of energy fast. A battery pack can trickle charge off the grid when not in use, then dump all that power into an aircraft in a matter of minutes — without stressing the grid, he explained. “It’s in the realm of charging five Teslas simultaneously,” Donovan said. “It’s quite a bit of power.”

Beta Technologies expects to recharge its airplanes with thick power cables for the foreseeable future. But the day is coming, if those Resonant Link engineers in Shelburne have anything to say about it, when electric aircraft and other machines and devices can be charged without power cords. Cellphone manufacturers have been offering wireless charging for years, but speeds still lag behind wired charging, said Grayson Zulauf, the startup’s chief executive officer. The company’s technology delivers the juice at a speed five times greater than conventional wireless methods. Wireless chargers work by using resonant inductive coupling, in which a magnetic field induces electricity to leap from one coil to another nearby one. The technology is not new — think Nikola Tesla, who first employed it in the 1890s. And it’s been incorporated into medical devices in a limited way for decades. Resonant Link, which was founded in 2017, is working with a more power-dense, efficient coil design that the company’s founders invented at Dartmouth in 2013. It’s called a multilayer self-resonant structure. In the simplest terms, the coil is more efficient because it uses foil sheets that are 10 times thinner than typical copper wire, Zulauf explained. How those thin sheets are arranged allows the company to cram more power into a smaller package. Better wireless charging could make pacemaker battery replacements a thing of the past. It could also vastly improve the lives of people who live with medical devices that are now powered by wires that run into their bodies. The company’s target markets also include EVs, consumer electronics and mobile robots used in manufacturing. Zulauf envisions fleets of vehicles that would recharge automatically when parked over charging coils, eliminating the need to plug in. Mobile robots’ batteries could be juiced up when they return to a warehouse docking station. Charging coils in loading docks could keep forklifts ready for use. Last year, the company’s staff consisted of its four founders. It now employs 16. Resonant Link has developed relationships with eight medical device manufacturers and has an upcoming pilot program meant to prove its wireless EV promise. Said Zulauf, “We’re lucky and honored to be part of the growing clean-energy cohort that’s forming right now in the Burlington area.” m

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Pushing the Limits

Skier, pilot and shooting survivor Manon Belzile is the “motor ninja” at Beta Technologies B Y CH E L SEA ED GAR • LUKE AWTRY

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n Manon Belzile’s glass-walled office at Beta Technologies, a dry-erase board displays the words: “I don’t want to be bothered with limits.” The quote, Belzile said, is hers. “Or shoes,” she added, glancing begrudgingly at her wizened Blundstones. “I would also rather not be bothered with shoes.” In a perfect world, she explained, she would go straight from sandals to ski boots, with nothing in between; her goal, in life and at Beta, is to optimize efficiencies of both the mechanical and existential variety. Belzile, 51, answers to sundry titles at the South Burlington electric aviation startup: According to the official org chart, she’s vice president of propulsion; she also goes by “VP of Radness” and, on Slack, “Motor Ninja.” But at Beta, with its Silicon Valley-esque nonchalance about such formalities, 32


Belzile defines herself solely by her work. And her work, literally and figuratively, drives the company forward. Her all-consuming preoccupation: building the lightest and most powerful motor that can safely propel Beta’s signature electric aircraft, Alia, up to 250 miles, at cruising speeds of 170 miles per hour, while carrying a payload of up to six passengers, or the equivalent in cargo. To that end, Belzile and her team of 28 engineers spend their days in feverish pursuit of the simplest effective configuration of magnets and copper wire, the main components of the motors commonly used in today’s electric vehicles. Once they’ve hit upon a potential winner, they subject it to a battery of tortures — scorching it, freezing it, frying it with voltage of lightning-like intensity — to determine its ruggedness.

In the nascent field of jet-fuel-less aviation, Beta has already cleared some significant regulatory hurdles. Last year, the Federal Aviation Administration gave the go-ahead for Alia to begin flight tests over Plattsburgh International Airport; in the spring of 2021, Alia became only the second electric aircraft approved for airworthiness by the U.S. Air Force. Meanwhile, major companies have been placing bets on Beta’s

continued success. In April, the company inked a deal to sell at least 10 Alia planes, at roughly $4 million a pop, to United Parcel Service by 2024; United Therapeutics, whose CEO, Martine Rothblatt, put up $1.5 million to help founder and CEO Kyle Clark launch Beta in 2017, has requested 60 aircraft to be delivered by 2026 to transport the synthetic human organs the biotechnology firm plans to manufacture.

Chelsea Edgar is interviewing Beta Technologies founder Kyle Clark and United Therapeutics CEO Martine Rothblatt in a keynote presentation at the Vermont Tech Jam on Saturday, October 23, at Hula in Burlington. The talk is at 4 p.m. Admission is $10 in advance; $15 on the day of the event. Representatives from Beta will also be staffing the company’s MobileDome flight simulator from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. To attend the event, register at


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But the path to commercial certification, which Beta needs in order to make good on those commitments, is far from clear-cut. “We believe in our motors, but the FAA will need to be convinced,” said Belzile. “And they have no experience with electric motors, so we have to generate all the data to back them up.” By her estimate, producing enough data to assure the FAA of Alia’s safety could take up to three years. In one of Beta’s design laboratories, a gleaming, glass-encased room with a unicorn stenciled on the door, Belzile showed off a dummy of the rotor currently being used in Beta’s two Alia planes, which rested in a hangar about a dozen yards away like bony, prehistoric beasts. Over the inescapable din of machinery, she extolled the virtues of the rotor — a wreath of magnets inside a metal ring, about 21 inches in diameter, that looks a bit like a specialty cake mold. “This goes into a motor that develops nearly 500 horsepower and weighs not even 100 pounds,” she said. “The motor in my Tesla weighs three times that.” The animating principle of Beta’s aircraft, Belzile explained, is minimalism: “We only add metal where we need it, as opposed to thinking from the outside in, which is how the other guys do it — starting with the structure, and adding on and on.” Belzile, who lives in Fairfield, worked


in the aviation industry for the first 11 years of her career — first at Pratt & Whitney, then at a gas turbine manufacturing company in California. In late 2018, she had just left her job as an engineering specialist at Husky Injection Molding Systems in Milton, the local arm of an Ontario-based company that makes plastic parts for a mind-numbing array of everyday objects. “I wasn’t having all that much fun anymore, and it was looking like it was going to be a really great winter,” said Belzile, who wakes up at 4 a.m. most mornings during the ski season to squeeze in at least one run down Smugglers’ Notch or the Underhill side of Mount Mansfield. When she told one of her coworkers at Husky, Brandon White, that she was devoting herself to the full-time pursuit of ski bumming, White showed her a Seven Days article about Beta, then just a year old, and its pursuit of cleaner aviation. “He said, ‘I don’t believe you,’” recalled Belzile. “‘This is where you’re going.’” That winter, Belzile applied herself to the self-assigned task of skiing 150 days. But, as White had predicted, she soon got bored. She toyed briefly with the idea of designing and selling ultra-efficient weed cultivation systems, but ultimately, she said, “I decided that was just not going




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to be very helpful for humanity.” As a winter sports fanatic, she was more deeply concerned about the environmental impact of fossil fuel-guzzling technologies. She remembered the conversation she’d had with White about Beta, so she submitted her résumé, even though the company had no listed job openings. Within a couple weeks, Belzile had a meeting with Clark, the founder and CEO. Clark told Belzile that Beta needed someone who could design an inverter, which supplies motors with electrical current. Belzile explained to Clark that she’d never done that before. “He told me, ‘It’s mostly a thermal problem,’” said Belzile. “And I said, ‘Ah! I know thermal problems. I can do that.’” In the spring of 2019, Belzile became Beta’s 25th employee. (White, her former Husky colleague, came aboard shortly thereafter; the company has since grown to 300 employees and counting.) Wesley Grove, Husky’s chief operating officer, believes that Belzile’s particular combination of engineering prowess, single-minded determination and impatience for bureaucracy makes her an ideal fit for Beta. “She’s not afraid to share her mind, and she’s generally right, which doesn’t always go over well in corporate America,” said Grove. “But Beta is run organically, with a very flat structure, and everybody’s just doing what needs to be done to make the project go forward. And I think it really suits her well.” Her confidence, he added, allows her to tackle engineering problems that would intimidate other people — for instance, figuring out how to keep Alia’s motors cool during flight, which is crucial to the safety of the aircraft. “It’s a real problem that aerospace people haven’t solved,” Grove said, chuckling. “And there’s Manon, working on it.” There is an unmistakable air of competitiveness about Belzile, the kind of self-possessed intensity that comes from having a complete working knowledge of your physical and psychological limits. Belzile, who grew up in New Brunswick, Canada, represented her country in women’s track cycling at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul; for eight years, she and her husband, John, a chemist, lived on a sailboat off the coasts of Connecticut, Los Angeles and San Francisco. (Their two children, now 17 and 18, spent their toddlerhoods at sea.) When Belzile was learning to fly one of Beta’s helicopters — free flight lessons are a standard Beta perk — a pedal malfunctioned, causing the craft to spin wildly. By some combination of luck and skill, Belzile managed to regain control and land safely. 34



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“My philosophy is that I’m going to extract myself out,” Belzile said. “And if I cannot extract myself out, well, too bad for me.” In fact, Belzile has extracted herself from far worse. In December 1989, when she was studying mechanical engineering as an undergraduate at Montréal’s École Polytechnique, a man armed with a Ruger and a hunting knife entered a secondfloor classroom and ordered the women and men to stand on opposite sides. After declaring that he was “fighting feminism,” he opened fire on the women. Belzile, who was in class on the sixth floor, mistook the gunshots for celebratory firecrackers, an end-of-the-semester antic for École Polytechnique seniors.

It was 5:30 in the evening, already dark, and a light snow was falling. Later, after she’d gotten home, she noticed a bullet hole in the cuff of her boots. When she opened her backpack, she discovered that another bullet had pierced the outside pocket, tearing through a pencil case and two books before lodging itself in her differential equations textbook, just inches shy of her back. Fourteen people were injured and 15 died MANO N B EL Z I L E in the massacre, including Belzile’s rock-climbing partShe and her classmates took the escalator ner, a woman named Anne-Marie Edward. downstairs to see what was going on; as Surviving that experience seems to they approached the third floor, she saw have given Belzile a newfound freedom, someone bleeding on the ground. a kind of memento mori that helps her “That’s when we were like, ‘Holy shit,’” bypass much of the bootless worrying that Belzile said. As she got off the escalator and incapacitates other people. “I wouldn’t say made her way toward the exit, she came I feel invincible,” said Belzile, “but I do feel face-to-face with the gunman. The thing that shit is going to happen, and I might as about having a gun pointed at you, she well have fun. Because if I can’t have fun, explained, is that the brain can’t assimilate what else am I going to do?” the facts; it feels dreamlike, unreal. “My bag And fun, for Belzile, means perpetual was full, and I should have thrown it at him motion. This summer, a shoulder injury or kicked him in the nuts,” Belzile said. “But kept her from rowing on the pond near her I didn’t think like this. I just ran.” As she house, so she learned how to ride an e-foil, sprinted away, he fired after her, shattering an electric surfboard that cruises on a tail the glass walls along the corridor. wing above the water’s surface. E-foiling, Miraculously, Belzile made it around a she said, makes her feel weightless, as if corner and out an emergency exit, unhurt. she’s in flight. m


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elieve it or not, I still remember my first Zoom meeting. That’s primarily because it was less a meeting and more a virtual dance party hosted by a good friend and DJ. It was very early in the lockdown of 2020, and I was one of dozens of virtual attendees who were all too excited to collectively dance our anxieties away in front of a computer. It wasn’t long before attendees discovered they could easily change their Zoom backgrounds, adding a new level of absurdity. Suddenly we were no longer trapped in our apartments but dancing in the vastness of the Milky Way galaxy. I found myself holding an illustrated book of cat breeds up to my webcam to create the illusion that several felines had crashed our party. By the end of the night, much of the animal kingdom was in attendance, and, for a few fleeting moments, the unbearable uncertainty of the early pandemic slipped from my mind. In the weeks that followed, Zoom and other online platforms rapidly shifted from a novel way to connect with others to an unavoidable part of daily life. For Vermonters fortunate enough to have robust and reliable internet, the online world replaced offices, classrooms and other gathering spaces. Performing artists and cultural organizations, hit particularly hard during the pandemic, also had to embrace serving audiences virtually. Events that once took place in packed venues were performed in empty rooms and viewed on the same devices that people used to check email and argue with strangers on social media. Almost overnight, our relationship with technology drastically changed. Nineteen months later, what have we learned, and why do many of us feel so damned tired after an online meeting? It’s not just you: “Zoom fatigue” is a thing. In a peer-reviewed study published in February 2021, Stanford University communications professor Jeremy N. Bailenson identified key sources of “nonverbal overload” that can cause exhaustion during virtual meetings. Imagine an in-person meeting in which everyone is standing right in front of you, looking directly in your eyes. Now imagine that one of them holds up a mirror so you’re forced to look at yourself nonstop. Though this could be a scene from a psychological thriller, it’s essentially what we experience in every online meeting. The excessive close eye contact is intense, and seeing oneself for hours at a time is highly unnatural, Bailenson wrote. We also have limited mobility when sitting in front of a webcam, and it’s harder to send and receive nonverbal cues, he found. The cumulative effect is that we’re exerting much more mental energy than we realize while videoconferencing. It can cause exhaustion — and could explain why some people still haven’t learned to unmute themselves before talking. Bailenson suggests a number of solutions, such as reducing the size of your virtual meeting window to minimize face size, using an external keyboard to gain

distance from the screen, using an option to hide yourself from view, and turning off your camera for a moment and moving around the room. Want to help the climate while you’re at it? An April 2021 study by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Purdue and Yale universities found that turning off your camera can reduce your environmental footprint during a meeting by 96 percent. Minimizing emissions while potentially improving the mental health and energy levels of employees? I’m no manager, but that seems like a no-brainer. Vermont arts and culture organizations have learned some other surprising things during the age of virtual gatherings. In April of last year, the Vermont International Film Foundation launched its Virtual Cinema, an online platform that allows users to stream full-length films for a limited time.

“We started offering several new releases a month, and at the beginning people were very, very excited,” recalled VTIFF executive director Orly Yadin. As the months progressed, however, Yadin noticed viewership declining. “People were beginning to get used to the fact that they were just stuck at home viewing,” she said. “They were tired of streaming, basically.” Viewers told Yadin that when they did stream content at home, they opted for undemanding things that offered an escape — not the types of carefully curated films associated with film festivals. As someone who rewatched both “Breaking Bad” and “The Sopranos” during lockdown, I certainly understood that choice. But when VTIFF held an all-virtual festival in October 2020, viewership once again increased. “That showed us that just regular streaming of a title here or there attracts less attention than if you create a whole event around it,”

Yadin explained. “We have to work extra hard to get people to watch our online offerings.” Last week VTIFF held its latest festival, a hybrid of in-person and virtual screenings. Yadin said in-person turnout was even higher than expected and that virtual screenings accounted for about 20 percent of tickets sales. Streaming fatigue didn’t seem to impact the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, which offered several virtual small ensemble concerts last season. According to executive director Elise Brunelle, each virtual event sold more tickets than the one before it, something she partially credits to commissioning new works. “A lot of it is around how you market it and how you reach different audiences,” Brunelle said. “The big question is, are they going to follow us now to the full orchestra performances?” The VSO will find out on Saturday, October 30, when it returns to the Flynn Main Stage in Burlington for its first live indoor concert since the pandemic began. Instead of livestreaming the event, the orchestra plans to release a streamable, edited version two weeks after the concert. “The most important thing that I’ve

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heard was that people really value quality recording,” Brunelle said. “If we’re going to invest our time and effort in a quality musical performance, it’s just as important that we do that with the quality of the audio and video. It’s a whole other layer of responsibility.”


SO DAMNED TIRED AFTER AN ONLINE MEETING? White River Junction-based theater company Northern Stage has experimented with a variety of virtual offerings during the pandemic, ranging from live readings and discussions to a fully interactive play. “It was a very meaningful experience for us,” said producing artistic director Carol Dunne. “We found that we got a lot closer to a lot of our audience members.” The company, which held its last Zoom event in March, has no plans to return to

streaming. “It was a beautiful way to keep people connected to theater during the pandemic,” said Dunne, “but it doesn’t replace live theater.” Northern Stage hasn’t abandoned technology entirely, however. The company’s latest production, Junction, is a site-specific “walking play,” during which audience members use a cellphone and headphones to be guided to various scenes in White River Junction. Dunne also noted that many auditions still occur over Zoom. Every presenter I spoke with said virtual programming helped bring their work to a wider audience. Assuming this impact applies to all patrons, I asked Inclusive Arts Vermont executive director Katie Miller whether she thought that streaming was making the arts more accessible. “Actually, no,” she responded in a devastating blow to my preconceived notions of access. Miller acknowledged that streaming has eliminated transportation barriers and been hugely beneficial to immunocompromised individuals, but she emphasized

that technological challenges can be greater for people who live with disabilities. “There are many things about the online space that are inherently inaccessible,” Miller said. “It is almost an entirely visual world.” For people who are visually impaired, it’s particularly challenging to navigate virtual events, a difficulty that’s compounded if they are hearing screenreading software while listening to presenters or performers, Miller added. Her organization is partnering with the Vermont Arts Council to offer a ninemonth series that starts on November 2 about improving digital access to arts programming for people with disabilities. Despite their challenges — including the capacity to exhaust us — virtual gatherings seem here to stay. As we continue to find ways to improve our experiences, I’m confident that life may get a little better for us all. As Miller eloquently put it, “Any accommodation feature that’s good for one person is usually good for lots of people.” On that note, I’m off to stare at something other than a screen for a while. m




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hat goes up must come down — and that can be a problem for companies that rely on satellite-based technology. Burlington-based Benchmark Space Systems has an answer: a propulsion system that allows small satellites to maneuver in orbit and defy the pull of gravity. The 4-year-old company installs intricate mechanical components on small satellites that emit short, controlled bursts of gas to correct and stabilize their trajectory, making it possible to reposition a satellite as needed. Demand for products like Benchmark’s is increasing as the number of businesses chucking hardware into orbit grows exponentially. Small satellites, referred to as “smallsats,” have become essential to Earth-imaging companies, which collect the data used to study everything from natural phenomena such as weather patterns to complex movements of people and their effects on the economy and society. For instance, a count of cars in a Walmart parking lot could theoretically be extrapolated to predict oil futures. Satellites are also vital to telecommunications companies, which use them to provide space-based cellphone coverage, replacing the cell towers that now dot Earth’s landscape. Just as computers have shrunk from room-size behemoths to devices that can fit in your pocket, satellites have scaled down from the size of a school bus to that of a microwave oven. After hitching a ride into orbit through rideshare services like Spaceflight, a sort of Uber to space, smallsats need to reposition themselves to carry out their missions and avoid other craft. That’s where Benchmark comes in. “The big challenge is that satellites, to do their job, have to be able to move around in space, full stop,” said Ryan McDevitt, cofounder and CEO of Benchmark. McDevitt, 40, and his growing team of engineers are among a number of companies blazing trails in the realm of space mobility. The field is still in its infancy, so satellite companies can choose among propulsion technologies. Benchmark’s involves chemical propellants; others rely on electrical propulsion. Each has advantages and disadvantages, McDevitt said.





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Visit the Benchmark Space Systems office and talk with company representatives at the Vermont Tech Jam on Saturday, October 23, at Hula in Burlington from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. To attend the event, register at “You use chemical when you want to move fast, and you use electric when you want to move efficiently,” McDevitt said. Even as the auto industry rapidly shifts toward electric vehicles, “in space, the physics is such that there will always be a need for both,” he continued, referring to electrical and other modes of propulsion. On June 30, Benchmark’s technology was installed on three of the 88 smallsats aboard the SpaceX Transporter-2 rideshare mission, a first for the Burlington startup. Two of those smallsats were U.S. Department of Defense contracts that McDevitt was not at liberty to discuss. The other satellite was a joint project of space-tech company Orbit Fab and satellite maker Astro Digital. Once a traditional satellite reaches

orbit, its path is controlled by the Earth’s gravitational pull, which keeps it circling the planet. But the orbit is not a perfect loop; it’s a gradual spiral. Eventually, gravity and atmospheric friction cause objects to wind their way back to Earth, burning up on reentry. Micropropulsion systems such as Benchmark’s correct a satellite’s trajectory, keeping it in orbit for longer periods. The number of man-made objects circling the Earth is likely to grow enormously in the next decade, from hundreds, currently, to “4,000 satellites to 40,000 satellites to 400,000 satellites” by the early 2030s, McDevitt said during an interview at Hula, the South End coworking campus that houses Benchmark. The longer those satellites can stay in space, the more useful they’ll be.

Given the growing commercialization of space real estate, Benchmark is exploring ways to make its clients’ satellites even more mobile. In addition to maneuvering around other space traffic, smallsats will need to be serviced and refueled in orbit — a process referred to as on-orbit servicing, assembly and manufacturing. “If you have 40,000 satellites, it starts to make sense to have an ecosystem like gas stations and tow trucks,” McDevitt said. Getting to and from such hypothetical servicing and refueling stations will also require propulsion. Benchmark’s leadership is interested not only in providing that propulsion but also in managing all aspects of a smallsat’s journey in space. “That takes the burden off the customer,” McDevitt said. “Let them focus on whatever they’re experts at … and let us be the experts at the thing we’re experts at, which is: How do you move around in space?” McDevitt and Benchmark’s cofounder, Matt Shea, launched an early version of OUT OF THIS WORLD SEVEN DAYS OCTOBER 20-27, 2021

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Out of This World « P.39 their company in 2014, building on the work McDevitt had done as an undergraduate at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts and as a graduate student at the University of Vermont. McDevitt’s doctoral research, funded in part through NASA’s Vermont Space Grant Consortium, focused on fuel injection for micropropulsion systems. McDevitt licensed back the technology he’d developed in UVM’s labs and made it the foundation of Benchmark. “When it’s one of our faculty, what we try to do is give them the licensing terms that allow them to be really successful,” UVM vice president of research Kirk Dombrowski said by phone. “Our hope is that these companies get big and rolling and successful, and we really can watch them grow and have a really positive impact on society.” Benchmark’s initial funding of $50,000 came through another UVM incubator, Spark-VT, a board of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and other professionals connected to the university that helps researchers commercialize their work. This money was a crucial stamp of approval, McDevitt said, allowing the partners to win additional government grants and investor backing before reincorporating the company in 2017. Benchmark doesn’t do its own manufacturing. While the company’s engineers design the propulsion systems, an assortment of U.S. contractors makes their components, which are then inspected, assembled and tested at Benchmark. “We’re testing to make sure [our tech] works the way that we said it was going to, and then we’re testing to make sure that it will survive going to space,” McDevitt said. The labs at Benchmark headquarters were fairly quiet during a visit in early October, despite an energy that suggested organized chaos. Tools, components and all manner of equipment were strewn and heaped about. One room held several refrigerator-size devices that help Benchmark make sure everything’s working properly. One of those is a blast chamber equipped with bulletproof glass for testing the chemicals used in the propulsion system. A vacuum chamber helps Benchmark test and measure the thrust its components generate in a vacuum, a huge factor in space mobility. Since the technology needs to perform in the vacuum of space, company workers simulate that environment as much as possible. Using hot and cold thermal chambers, 40


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Benchmark uses; third, he likes the firm’s collaborative attitude. “They didn’t just say, ‘Give me your requirements, and I will build you a thing,’” Bracken said. “It was very easy for us to get on the same page.” That collaborative attitude extends to how McDevitt sees Benchmark’s role in Vermont’s economy. Of the company’s 37 employees, 24 work at Benchmark HQ. Some work at an office in Pleasanton, Calif., while others are scattered around, working from home. Most of the 13 new positions the company will create in the next year are likely to be in Vermont, McDevitt said. “One of the things that really drove me to start the company was wanting to build [space] jobs in Burlington,” he said. Beyond creating jobs, McDevitt has kept his connections to the UVM research community, serving as an industry mentor for students in the Senior Experience in Engineering Design (SEED) program, some of whom intern with Benchmark. Several of Benchmark’s earliest employees were students whom McDevitt taught at UVM while he was pursuing his PhD. “That’s a huge part of our story,” he said. m

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eaching online during the pandemic made Elizabeth AllenPennebaker think of her father — not just because the octogenarian shared her home in Burlington’s Hill Section, near her office at Champlain College. William Boone Pennebaker Jr. came to mind because he helped develop the technology that allowed her to keep working when COVID-19 prevented in-class learning. An assistant professor in the college’s Core division, she often told her dad, “It’s because of you that I have a job.” Bill was an engineer with expertise in computer software science. At the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., he helped develop a way to compress a photoSTORIES graph, enabling its efficient storage and transport while preserving “Life Stories” is a the quality of the monthly series image. It was called profiling Vermonters who have recently a “joint photodied. Know of graphic experts someone we should group,” aka JPEG write about? Email — which, in turn, us at lifestories@ was instrumental in the development of the MPEG, or moving picture experts group, used for videoconferencing. Bill and company laid the groundwork for the innovation, said computer engineer Robert Moorhead, a former coworker of Bill’s who is now a professor at Mississippi State University. “It’s key,” he said. “I wouldn’t call what Bill did revolutionary, but it was definitely evolutionary,” Moorhead said, noting that developing JPEG technology was a collaborative endeavor among several groups. In 2020, between Zoom classes, AllenPennebaker, 52, told her father: “‘Hey, Dad. We use JPEGs all day long.’” Bill and his late wife, Margaret Carlson Pennebaker, discovered Vermont in the mid-1960s. Before they were married, the two regularly drove from Westchester

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County, N.Y., in an unheated, red Volkswagen Beetle to ski at Mad River Glen. “By the time you’re done with that trip, you’re either in love, or you can’t stand each other and don’t want to see each other again,” Allen-Pennebaker said. For Bill and Margaret, it was love. They got hitched in 1967 and settled in Carmel, N.Y., with dreams of moving to Vermont after retirement. In his professional and personal pursuits, Bill was a problem solver — an engineer, inventor and builder who was deeply focused on his projects. “Bill was literally the prototype classic engineer,” Moorhead said. “He did things in an orderly fashion. He was accurate. He developed things. He thought things through. He was tenacious. Bill didn’t talk about something unless he thought it was going to work.” While at IBM, he and colleague Joan Mitchell developed the algorithms for

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cabinets with a contemporary twist: a hydraulic lift that moved the TV around. He also crafted beautiful pieces of miniature furniture that were exhibited at the Bennington Museum. At Margaret’s encouragement, he ran for and won a seat on the Shaftsbury Selectboard. She died in 2006, the first of the six years he served. While Bill held elected office, the State of Vermont directed the Town of Shaftsbury to close and cap its landfill, according to Wynn Metcalfe, who was chair of the selectboard at the time. Bill took it upon himself to handle the project, researching the best and safest methods to shut the landfill and working with the state to facilitate the closure. His work saved Shaftsbury tens of thousands of dollars, Metcalfe estimated. “It was a big deal, a huge deal,” Metcalfe said. “The scientist came out in him, and he had the time and wanted to do it. And he did.” Bill worked on other inventions outside of IBM. He and a friend designed an early version of the electric bicycle that was powered by a car battery; the harder the rider pedaled, the more power the battery supplied. “My father knew that all these modern e-bikes were derived from the work that he had done,” Allen-Pennebaker said. When he could no longer live alone, in 2015, Bill moved in with his oldest daughter. “My father was so wonderful, we duked it out over who was lucky enough to get him,” Allen-Pennebaker recalled. “And I won.” He died at home on September 8, 2021, of progressive supranuclear palsy, at the age of 85. m

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anky and Guggimon are BFFs, though Guggimon likes to torture Janky. He’ll drive an ax into Janky’s head or slap him around or light his face on fire. Janky is a goof who gets into his own messes. In a video posted on TikTok in August, he jumps from the roof of a building holding a wimpy umbrella and wearing only underwear and a helmet. He lands in a wood chipper, and his rainbow-colored blood spews everywhere. Janky and Guggimon are animated characters created by Superplastic, a 3-year-old toy and entertainment company based in Burlington. It is the latest venture of local entrepreneur Paul Budnitz, founder of the successful Kidrobot collectible toy company and the Ello social media platform, which connects artists and other creators. Budnitz also had a bike business, the now-shuttered Budnitz Bicycles. Janky and Guggimon started out as toys, vinyl collectibles designed by an international roster of street artists, including illustrator Mcbess, Japanese manga maker Junko Mizuno and Huck Gee, who is Superplastic’s director of art and production. In late 2019, the company’s team of 18 animators and computer-generation experts, many of whom have worked for powerhouse production studios such as Pixomondo and Disney, brought the characters to virtual life on social media with the goal of turning them into “synthetic celebrities.” In an age of Instagram influencers, YouTube sensations and TikTok teens dancing their way to fame, the company is bypassing the traditional means of marketing animated characters through studios and production houses. It has big plans for turning its roster of “talent” into pop culture phenomena, with all the exposure and e-commerce that brings. Janky vaguely resembles a cat, with whiskered cheeks and, in animated form, eyes that turn to hearts when he wants something. Guggimon is a tall rabbit with shark teeth and a sinister grin. He smokes cigars, wears fashionable clothing such as snakeskin pants, and treasures his ax collection. “We really wanted to make cartoons, 3D animated characters, and tell stories,” Budnitz said last week from his office at the Karma Bird House on Burlington’s Maple Street. “The idea was, like, what if we use social media to make our characters famous?” he said. “And not only that, but the fans



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can talk to them directly. So we’ll treat them like they’re already celebrities and let fans just connect with them. And they got really fucking famous, and it’s really working.” The social media profiles of Janky and Guggimon and their newer female compatriots, Dayzee and Staxx, collectively have more than 8 million followers, Budnitz said. As of last week, 3.5 million TikTok users followed @reallyjanky. Sponsorships have followed the followers. Dayzee and Staxx have modeled Gucci sneakers on Instagram. Janky has hawked Red Bull, Prada and, strangely, Purell hand sanitizer on his feed. Hip-hop artists J Balvin

and Rico Nasty collaborated with Guggimon and Janky on toy designs. This summer, Guggimon and Janky appeared as playable characters in new releases of the blockbuster video game Fortnite. Its maker, Epic Games, contacted Superplastic and worked with the Burlington team to design the characters’ wardrobes and imagery. Gamers can pay or “power up” to use them as avatars or “skins.” Janky fights with deadfish nunchucks. A Superplastic movie is in the works, too, starring Janky and Guggimon as “psycho killers,” Budnitz said. Superplastic is making the “animated, hiphop horror movie” in-house and plans to release it in a couple years. This year, Superplastic also dived into the burgeoning market for NFTs, or

non-fungible tokens: digital representations of an actual or virtual item — often a work of art or fashion design — that collectors can purchase. The consumer gets a unique creation and an unchangeable record of the transaction, usually made via a virtual currency such as Ether. The company rolled out its first NFTs in February. In July, it teamed up with Christie’s, the venerable auction house, to sell nearly 10,000 more NFTs and promoted them with a video called “The Janky Heist.” In the video, Janky and Guggimon attempt to break into Christie’s to steal artwork, including their own toy creations, and mistakenly blow the whole collection to bits. Pieced back together, those digital bits became the NFTs for sale. Buyers received one-of-a-kind artworks that also give them access to special Superplastic events, online content and an exclusive store on the company website. The NFT sales have generated almost $7 million for the company, Budnitz said.


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About 6,500 collectors paid prices ranging from $250 to $250,000. Coming soon: Superplastic’s own cryptocurrency called Jank Koinz, digital tokens that give the holders special privileges in the Jankyverse. “We’re at this space where experience matters more than the thing, and the thing doesn’t necessarily have to be physical anymore,” said Elaine Young, a professor of digital and social media marketing at Champlain College. “What Superplastic and groups like this and brands and others are doing is, they’re creating an experience ... or opportunities for people to connect around something that is, for lack of a better term, not real.” For those more interested in Superplastic’s hard goods, about 30 stores around the globe — including Underground Closet, a streetwear shop on Burlington’s Church Street — currently carry Superplastic toys and apparel. In the spring, the company has plans to open a store in New York’s SoHo neighborhood, where it will sell its own products along with other luxury brands. A special room will allow visitors to interact with the characters’ holograms, Budnitz said. If it sounds like the company has a lot of balls in the air — perhaps too many — Budnitz would agree. Normally, he said, a budding business at this stage would be retrenching — that is, shifting from spending to making money after testing an array of concepts or products to see what works. “NFTs, crypto, toys, movies, TV, streaming, fashion — that sounds pretty insane,” he admitted. According to a Superplastic announcement planned for Wednesday, October 20, a group of investors is putting $20 million behind that insanity. GV (formerly Google Ventures) and Craft Ventures led this round of funding. Their fellow backers include actors Jared Leto and Justin Timberlake; the investment team of hip-hop artist the Weeknd; and the entertainment mogul Scooter Braun. Budnitz said the founder of Twitch, a streaming service for gamers, and the founder of the Tinder dating app have also invested. Janky put up a Tinder profile for a

hot minute, and people tried to date him, Budnitz said with a laugh. Investors at Craft Ventures believe virtual characters have a lot of potential, and Superplastic has the creative chops to take advantage of today’s social media and animation technology, said Bryan Rosenblatt, a partner in the firm. “What’s more scalable than a human celebrity? A virtual one, where you can have a team of people working on it,” he said. Rosenblatt noted the enthusiasm of Janky and Guggimon fans, as well as the big reaction he gets when he introduces people to the characters. “With this type of stuff, that’s what you want.” While cutting-edge technology has fueled Superplastic’s growth, Budnitz insisted that its concept is fundamentally old-fashioned. “The way to think of what we’re doing is, we’re making, like, a really fucked-up version of Disney 1956,” he said. “That’s kind of my model.” Walt Disney’s company was plenty innovative for its time, Young agreed: “One could argue Mickey Mouse was an influencer.” Think of Janky as the modern Mickey, dressed in brand-labeled colorful sweatshirts and board shorts. The often violent dynamic between him and Guggimon has its roots in the comedy duo of Laurel and Hardy and Looney Tunes cartoons starring Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner. The murderous duo of Itchy and Scratchy from “The Simpsons” also comes to mind. “I don’t think what they’re doing is necessarily new,” Young said of Superplastic. “It is leveraging a set of technologies and systems to create something that can take advantage of the platforms we have today in some really interesting ways.” Budnitz, 54, studied fine art at Yale University and graduated in 1990. He made a few films and started a business or two. Then came a 2002 trip to Tokyo, which left him fascinated by the collectible-toy scene and inspired by the goth fashion trend and wave of street art there. “I grew up loving comic books, animation, Japanese streetwear,” he told this reporter in an interview several years ago. Soon after returning from Japan, Budnitz launched Kidrobot in California with that urban-art vibe in mind. To create its toys, he worked with many of the same Guggimon artists, including Gee, who design for Superplastic today. Kidrobot developed a cult following. Its signature characters,


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Dunny and Munny, are on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 2012, Budnitz sold Kidrobot to a longtime investor in the company; he left soon afterward and moved with his wife and daughter to Burlington because they thought it would be a cool place to live, he said. After dabbling in a few other ideas, he founded the Ello artists’ network, which he turned over to his partners two years later. He was still running Budnitz Bicycles, which he’d started while at Kidrobot, when he and Gee brought Superplastic to life in May 2018. They used a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to finance an initial run of Jankys and a few other toys. It blew past its $25,000 goal to $80,000 in a couple hours, ultimately raising more than $500,000. A year later, another Kickstarter brought in more than $460,000. With the inclusion of the funding announced on Wednesday, total investment to date has reached $38 million, according to the company’s statement. Although he declined to disclose sales figures, Budnitz said Superplastic is profitable. The toys sell out quickly once they’re released, sometimes within minutes. Superplastic makes limited runs of certain designs, partly because scarcity drives demand. On the website, the toys range in price from $15 for a mystery pack of a dozen or so 3.5-inch Jankys, each designed by a different artist, to $250 for a 15-inch Janky or Guggimon, to $5,555 for a glossy,

white-painted Ginormous Janky or Ginormous Guggimon sculpture. The company has 30 full-time employees; some work remotely and others in an open third-floor space inside Karma Bird House. Many workers come directly from the University of Vermont or Champlain College, drawn by the opportunity to learn alongside experienced, top-notch experts in their field, Budnitz said. He describes Superplastic as a management company — a creative team supporting the characters, aka the “talent,” who are creating their own stories. “Their life mission is really to become as famous as possible,” Budnitz said of the characters. On social media, “fame” correlates with influence, which isn’t determined by the number of followers, Young said: “That’s a fake metric, because you can inflate those.” Influence, she continued, is “when physical products are selling for over $5,000, when virtual products are selling for a certain amount of money and people are buying them, when there’s engagement — so not just ‘likes’ but actual conversations and chatter about when that product does something, drops something, does involve itself in something, is part of a meme or some other pop-culture reference.” Ultimately, Superplastic’s success depends on the influence that Janky and friends wield. That’s what translates into sponsorships, endorsements, collaborations and the income those deals generate for the characters. “There are kids dressing the way Janky dresses on TikTok and copying how he dresses,” Budnitz said. “There are whole memes of people copying the clothing they wear. Really, the whole thing about this company is that these characters, they can do everything a human can do.” Superplastic’s influencers might not be real humans, but their influence is as real as it gets. m

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“I had a couple of interviews from different facilities,” Pagarelski, 20, said. “They were my top one.” Through a scholarship-for-service program called Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation, aka SMART, her future employer pays for two years of college tuition, plus health benefits and a monthly stipend, in exchange for Pagarelski’s promise to stay on the job for two years. “It’s very, very generous,” Pagarelski said. She is one of 211 students at Champlain majoring in cybersecurity or digital forensics, Goldstein said. About 70 more minor in those subjects or take relevant classes. The program, established in 2007, started with 35 or 40 cybersecurity majors. It has grown apace with demand for workers trained to stay one step ahead of cybercriminals all over the world.


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In Susmann’s view, the nation desperately needs a workforce that can help protect its infrastructure, which he characterizes as “on its own” and vulnerable. “There is no one between the infrastructure and our adversaries. They have to be able to withstand that first punch and fight through the problem until help can come.” The cybersecurity curriculum at Norwich includes studying what’s known as “information advantage.” It involves teaching students to recognize and evaluate disinformation or propaganda disseminated online. “If we look at the most recent revelations by Facebook, we see that the large tech companies are vying for your attention on their platforms, and that’s how they generate revenue, gobs of revenue,” Susmann said. Students learn about and attempt to understand the “social media echo chamber,” he said, “and pulling out those component pieces that are driven by specific groups trying to tear at our democracy.” As he thinks in these global terms, Susmann also takes personal precautions in his computer use. He has two computers. One is reserved solely for financial activity; he never sends an email on it or uses it for any form of social media, because those activities can compromise the system. Still, he set up every account on that computer to require multifactor authentication: Susmann types in his username and password and waits to


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That demand is not a huge surprise. The F-150 has been the nation’s bestselling vehicle for more than 40 years; it’s the most popular vehicle in Vermont. But the fact that Ford is rolling out a battery-powered model is a big deal. It’s yet another signal that the auto industry is shifting gears to producing more electric vehicles, or EVs, in an effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, Ford just announced plans to build three new factories to make electric cars and trucks and batteries; the automaker has pledged that 50 percent of its vehicles sold will be electric by 2030. Meanwhile, General Motors has committed to releasing 30 new EVs worldwide by 2025 and eliminating tailpipe emissions from new light-duty vehicles by 2035. Many other automakers are making similar commitments to electrify their product offerings. Tesla is leading the pack; it sells more EVs than any other automaker. Its stock is currently valued higher than other automakers’, too. 52


Vermont is also taking steps to make it easier and more affordable for drivers to switch to EVs. With more than 300 public charging stations available, it already leads the nation in public plug-in locations per capita. The legislature has funded programs to spur businesses to add more — and approved money to help EV buyers. The bottom line? It’s a good time to consider your EV options. Read on for insight from local EV drivers about their experiences with range, battery performance and incentives they found — and get a peek at what’s coming down the road. In Welcome’s words: “The future is now.”

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Your Next Car — or Truck — Might Plug In arly adopters and climate change activists aren’t the only ones interested in electric vehicles these days. Don’t believe it? Visit Lamoille Valley Ford in Hardwick. Rick Welcome, the dealership’s general manager, has been in the business for 18 years. He’s never seen more demand for a vehicle than he’s seeing for Ford Motor Company’s new, all-electric F-150 Lightning, scheduled to arrive in the spring. More than 100 customers have joined Lamoille Valley Ford’s reservation list for the EV version of the pickup truck, which starts at $40,000 for a base model.


Head to its website, and the first thing you’ll see is two big pickups with a field of wind turbines in the background, along with two prompts: “Reserve Ford Maverick” — a hybrid truck — and “Reserve Your 2022 Ford Lightning.” The pivot to auto dealers acting as renewable energy advocates might seem odd, but to Welcome, the general manager, it’s a logical move. “You’ve got to pick which side of history you’re going to be on, being the dinosaur and deciding that vehicles are always going to run on gas and oil and that’s never going to change, or we’re going to be part of the future,” Welcome said. “I think everyone’s woken up to it now, and I don’t think anyone would deny it.” Interest in the Lightning only confirms Ford’s conviction — and the dealership’s — that EVs are the future of the business. “I think we’re all going to own electric cars at some point,” said Welcome. Dave Roberts, coordinator of Drive Electric Vermont, sees that trend, too. When the organization launched about nine years ago, early EV adopters could choose from about two all-electric models, he said. Today, there are about 40 EV options. The group’s website, driveelectricvt. com, lists all the plug-in vehicles available in Vermont, with details about range, cargo capacity and price, along with links to dealerships. There are more all-wheel-drive options than you might think — and more on the way, he said. Roberts anticipates that the Lightning,

That’s useful information. One of the biggest concerns for drivers when it comes to buying electric is how far an EV can go on a charged battery and where drivers can charge when the battery runs low — aka range anxiety. The earliest modern EVs could go 50 to 80 miles on a charge, requiring more frequent charging at a time when charging locations were harder to find. Batteries in newer versions can handle trips as long as 500 miles. The number of charging spots is multiplying, too. Charging time depends on the method: A regular 120-volt outlet, known as Level 1 charging, will give an EV battery about five miles of charge per hour. At Level 2, or 240 volts, an hour of charging adds 10 to 20 miles of travel. Naomi Winterfalcon, a Monkton resident who owns an all-electric Kia Soul, received a free Level 2 charger from Green Mountain Power and paid an electrician to install it, she said. Sitting in her driveway, her Kia charges up in four to five hours. Rapid charging, or Level 3, can fill a battery to 80 percent of its capacity within 30 minutes to two hours. Also called DC fast charging, it requires a compatible plug, which can differ depending on the automaker’s model. Most public charging stations also charge fees, though many businesses — including City Market in Burlington and the new Hannaford supermarket off Shelburne Road in South Burlington — have installed them as a customer courtesy. The state’s Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment program has provided grants to organizations to add EV charging stations. Welcome said Lamoille Valley Ford hopes to add a bank of DC fast chargers with an upcoming renovation.

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Some employers have added charging stations as an employee perk. Ben Lustgarten lives in a South Burlington condominium that has no charging station, but he can power up his Chevy Bolt for free during his workday at NRG Systems in Hinesburg. Charging your EV for a long trip can still be a bit of a challenge. Roberts of Drive Electric Vermont said: “It can be done, but it just requires a lot of advanced planning and patience.” EV drivers who map their stops and factor in charge time — pinpointing a rapid-charge site where they can plug in during a lunch break, for example — can make it work. Vermont has approved funds for another 17 fast-charging sites, and state officials are looking at areas with the greatest need, said Michele Boomhower, director of policy, planning and intermodal development at the Vermont Agency of Transportation. The state is aiming to install rapid charging within 30 miles of every Vermonter, within five miles of every highway interchange and every 50 miles on the state highway system, she said. Another thing to consider: EV driving range typically drops in the winter, when cold temperatures reduce the lithium-ion battery charge and vehicles use more power to heat the cabin. On the coldest winter days this can mean a 25 to 50 percent reduction from the official range provided by the manufacturer. Drivers can offset some of the loss by turning on heated seats instead of cabin heat or warming the vehicle while it’s plugged in. On the plus side, the electric drivetrain tends to add to an EV’s weight, which provides better traction than many comparable gasoline-powered vehicles. Lustgarten’s Bolt has other advantages, too. “Probably the most common reason that people like them is the instantaneous torque, because right when you put your foot on the pedal, the electric motor just goes,” he said. “They’re super quiet, which is really, really nice,” he added. “They’re not obnoxious. It’s easier to hear things, and it’s just a more pleasant driving experience.”

Naomi Winterfalcon of Monkton charging her all-electric Kia Soul

COST CONCERNS In 2019, the average American spent about $2,000 on gasoline. With an EV, that cost is greatly reduced for most drivers. Service for an EV also drops by about 30 percent, Welcome estimated. A battery-powered engine is far less complicated than an internal-combustion one. EV owners still have to replace tires and fix brakes and suspension — particularly if they drive frequently on Vermont’s dirt and rutted roads. And, of course, they’ll still need snow tires in the winter. The biggest cost of an EV is the car or truck itself. Vermonters can take

up to $4,000 toward a purchase or lease, depending on their household income and tax filing status; and the state’s MileageSmart program, run by Barrebased nonprofit organization Capstone Community Action, offers low-income households money toward a used EV or hybrid. Drive Electric Vermont has an incentives calculator that can help you determine how much you can get back on an EV purchase. Next year, Vermont plans to launch a new incentive program called Replace Your Ride, like a cash-for-clunkers deal, to not only encourage people to invest in

purchase, as well. “We are really focused on getting household transportation costs lower,” said Boomhower. Winterfalcon received about $5,000 from MileageSmart when she bought her used Kia Soul EV in the spring, she said. Her utility, Green Mountain Power, gave her about $750, too. All that helped reduce the $21,000 sticker price by 25 percent. Those, plus the cash she put down, brought her monthly payments under $200, she said. And she didn’t have to spend $120,000 on a Tesla to get a comfortable ride while saving energy.

“This car has all sorts of things I’ve never had in a car before, like heated seats,” she said. “I don’t know what half the buttons are. There’s just so much going on in that car. The message is: You don’t have to sacrifice anything to drive an electric car.”

REDUCING EMISSIONS Naomi Winterfalcon, her dog and her all-electric Kia SoulWinterfalcon bought an EV to cu t down on using fossil fuels. “I’ve been really working on getting them out of my life,” she said. “It’s climate change, but it’s also wherever they’re produced, fossil fuels wreak havoc on the people there, the environment, and I just don’t want to be part of it anymore.” Many Vermonters don’t. The Vermont Global Warming Solutions Act, passed in 2020, requires the state to reduce emissions in order to combat climate change. Vermont must cut greenhouse gas pollution by 26 percent from 2005 levels by 2025; by 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2030; and by 80 percent from 1990 levels by 2050. The state also created the Vermont Climate Council, which is looking to rev up adoption of EVs to help meet those mandates, Boomhower said. More EV investment is expected in the next legislative session, she added, including plans to convert Vermont’s own gaspowered fleet of buses and light vehicles to electric. EV owners drive with energy use in mind. And if they forget, their vehicles will nudge them. Winterfalcon said her Kia sends her email messages about her battery level. Inside the car, the dashboard shows her the amount of charge she has left and when she’s consuming more or less of it. “I like it because it makes you more aware of what you’re doing and how you’re driving and what your energy usage is,” she said. Lustgarten explained that he takes advantage of regenerative braking in his Chevy Bolt. It reverses power from the motor and returns it to the battery if he decelerates instead of applying the brakes to stop. “It is super nice to be driving and knowing you’re not putting any emissions into the air,” he said. While sitting in traffic, “I just look around, and I’m like, If every single one of these cars were an EV, it would be so quiet and the air would be so clean.” n IN SUPPORT OF THE FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE, THIS ADVERTISEMENT WAS COMMISSIONED AND PAID FOR BY:




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rebounded faster than the capacity of short-staffed restaurants. Tech can also help reduce wasted time and ingredients — a boon to restaurateurs who are dealing with skyrocketing food costs and the need to match competitive pay. Even where servers still take orders table-side, menus can be delivered via customer phones or wall monitors, cutting down on the trips to each table. Paper pads have been replaced by electronic tablets or handheld devices that zap orders for fettuccine Alfredo or chicken korma directly to a screen at the appropriate cooking station in the kitchen. At the end of the meal, the same handheld devices can take a credit card payment at the table, or customers can pay by scanning a QR code on a printed bill. At Pro Pig Brewery, a food runner arrived at Sears’ table with two beers within five minutes of her successful order. The delivery was followed closely — and a little sheepishly — by Sears’ companion; the electronic order had arrived before he even made it to the front of the line at the bar. Pro Pig Brewery manager Kirstyn Quinn said she pitched the QR ordering system to her bosses in May and rolled it out later that month. Unlike the restaurant side of Pro Pig’s operation, the brewery traditionally has not had table service. During peak tourist season, Quinn said, a long line often stretched out the bar door. “Especially after the pandemic, people were wanting to keep their distance, and we really wanted to avoid the bottleneck situation,” Quinn said. She’s happy with the results of the trial. While some customers still order at the bar, most use the QR system. Now, “we can do more [orders] more efficiently,” Quinn said, noting that the technology has eliminated the need for a third bartender. Like every other restaurant in Vermont and BIGGER BYTES


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nationwide, Pro Pig has struggled to fill empty positions; staffing difficulties have kept it closed two days a week, Quinn said. An unexpected benefit of the new system is that it gives bartenders more time to answer questions about the beer list and Pro Pig’s brewing process, Quinn said. They can chat while filling electronic orders for a runner to take outside. And, Quinn added, the total on the average check has increased. In the past, the line might have deterred customers from ordering one more beer. Now, she said, “It’s just a click on your phone, and it comes right out.” While new ways to order and pay are most visible to the public, restaurant owners and managers deploy technology for everything from hiring and scheduling shifts to tracking menu performance and ordering ingredients. “My team can take and do inventory on their phones, and I can review and approve invoices from anywhere on my phone,” said Domenico “Mimmo” Spano, owner of Mimmo’s Pizzeria & Restaurant locations in St. Albans, Essex Junction and South Burlington. “Everything is digital. Pretty soon we’re gonna make digital pizzas.” That’s not happening yet, but there’s plenty of other digital activity in the kitchen. During a recent lunch hour at Mimmo’s in South Burlington, screens at four different stations displayed a steady stream of orders as they came in online, via the main register or servers’ handheld devices. A Tinker Bell trill alerted cooks to each new order, which changed color on the screen as time elapsed. When cooks finished a dish, they double-tapped the order. Online takeout customers automatically received a text notifying them it was ready, and staffers packed it up. Working on some calzones, cook Noah Allyn explained that in the past a printer churned out paper tickets for each order that he had to pull off and read. He appreciates the greater ease of reading the screen. With the color coding, “you can just glance at it and see where you’re at. I’m blind in one eye,” Allyn added. While technology is a big presence in Mimmo’s kitchen, Spano doesn’t want it to tentacle into every aspect of his business. Mimmo’s servers still bring printed menus to each table before inputting orders for meatball subs and balsamic chicken salads into their handheld devices, in keeping with the owner’s belief that diners expect and deserve a human touch. “We’re not a gas station,” Spano said. “We don’t just feed people.” Topher Lyons, owner of Trail Break Taps + Tacos in White River Junction, concurred. “People go out to eat to have interaction and engagement,” he said. “They want the

chatter. To be a regular somewhere means having rapport with the staff.” Lyons is far from a Luddite. He invested in an electronic ordering system when he opened, about four years ago, and has gradually added more features. The startup hardware bill was about $10,000, he said, and he’s had to upgrade server tablets once. Total software fees run about $380 monthly. During the pandemic, Lyons replaced printed menus with tabletop QR codes. After customers view the menu on their phones, servers take orders at the table on tablets. “I fear losing that hospitality touch,” Lyons told Seven Days on a Thursday morning heading into a holiday weekend. “I don’t think I’d be interested in owning a restaurant at that point.” Three employees had quit that week, and another three had called in that morning to say they would miss upcoming shifts.

“I think people are looking for technology to offset some of the frustrations,” Lyons said. His dream technology would clone his best employees, he joked. In real life, electronic menus and ordering have helped streamline workflow. Digital menus allow real-time updates — if, for example, supply-chain problems were to prevent the delivery of duck wings for Trail Break’s maple sambal wings or jackfruit for its pineapple-braised jackfruit burritos. But technology can also precipitate new problems. Online takeout ordering saves phone time, but Lyons said he often has to shut it down because the dining room is so busy. Then people start calling, and, he admitted, “We just take the phone off the hook.” At Foam Brewers and its sister restaurant, Deep City — both on the Burlington waterfront — co-owner Jon Farmer said

he is constantly reevaluating how best to leverage technology. Both operations introduced electronic menus accessible by QR code during the pandemic, but Deep City recently reinstated paper menus. “We want to create a community-like atmosphere and good conversation,” Farmer explained. “You don’t pick up a piece of paper and get distracted by Instagram.” On the Foam side, Farmer said, the volume of customers on busy weekends obliged the team to reconsider its stand against TV-like wall monitors displaying tap lists. As at Pro Pig, Farmer said, they have found that the screens free up bartenders to have “a real conversation about the beer” rather than just rattling off a list. Farmer is finessing the software so that staff members can update the menu at any time from their phone. He tested this system recently for Foam’s Funk on the Water festival. With a roster of 75 beers from 25 breweries, many attendees were interested in specific beers. Farmer set up a way for them to register for text updates based on a list he updated as soon as fresh kegs were tapped. Not all restaurateurs have embraced technology. On the other end of the digital spectrum is Revolution Kitchen, on Center Street in downtown Burlington, which doesn’t even have a computerized sales register. “We’re in our sixties,” said Debra Maisel, who owns the restaurant with her husband, Peter. The couple did accept online takeout orders early in the pandemic, when it was just the two of them cooking. “That was the best thing we ever did, because you don’t have to answer the phone,” Debra said. The flip side of the convenience was that orders came in so fast and furious, they often found themselves in the weeds. “I’m fucking Lucy popping the chocolates in my mouth,” Debra said, referring to the iconic “I Love Lucy” episode in which a candy production line overwhelms Lucy. The Maisels are back to in-person dining three nights a week — by phone reservation only. The restaurant is shortstaffed, and those days are exhausting. “Three days a week, we pack it in,” Debra said. “We have to disappoint a lot of people.” What she really wants from technology, Debra quipped, is robots. “I need a robot who just comes in and goes to work, and I don’t have to ask how they’re feeling,” she said. “I love people and how my waitstaff treat the customers, but it’d be great if I could have someone who’d prep the food, cook the food, make the desserts and wash the dishes — even replace my husband!” m

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or decades, Vermonters have gathered to salute and savor the state’s edible and drinkable products. We celebrate the sweetness of maple, the richness of cheese and the abundance of local craft brews. This week, for the first time, a more obscure foodstuff takes the spotlight: chicory. A crew of enthusiastic friends, farmers and frisée fans have created Vermont Chicory Week to promote the often bitter, sometimes misunderstood plant that’s a staple vegetable in Europe. “Those bitter flavors are not as common in American cuisine,” said Andrea Solazzo, director of community engagement at Vermont Foodbank. Acting as an “enthusiastic community member” while on maternity leave, she said, she dreamed up the event with herbalist Sophie Cassel of Red Wagon Plants and Hilary Martin and Sophie Howat, both co-owners of Diggers’ Mirth Collective Farm. Leafy chicory varieties — radicchio, escarole, sugarloaf, dandelion, frisée and Belgian endive, for example — are often mistaken for lettuce or cabbage. But they’re members of the Asteraceae (or daisy) family and related to the wild chicory that grows along the roadside and to the chicory root often used as a coffee substitute or additive. Solazzo said her group was inspired by the Seattle-based Chicory Week, which advocates for bitter greens throughout the Pacific Northwest. For one week each year, according to the event’s website, participating farmers and restaurateurs NEW LEAVES

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New Leaves « P.58 “promote the heck out of radicchio and its place in the PNW food scene,” aiming to increase the vegetable’s “consumption, production and enjoyment.” “We’re all big radicchio and chicory fans, and we were pretty jealous of [Chicory Week] on the West Coast,” Solazzo explained. “We wanted to start a similar tradition here, recognizing that they’re crops that grow really well in Vermont.” The first Vermont Chicory Week, which runs through Sunday, October 24, began on Monday with a chicory coffeefueled kickoff in the morning and a growers’ roundtable in the evening. Rounding out the event are tastings at the Old North End and Burlington farmers markets, chicory swag with illustrations by Christine Hill, a virtual cooking class with Seven Days food writer Melissa Pasanen, a bitter digestive class at Railyard Apothecary, a virtual bitter cocktails demonstration with Caledonia Spirits beverage director Sam Nelis, and a DIY Poke Bar “chicory crawl” to sample chicory dishes. (See a recipe for roast chicken with radicOrder online at chio, shallots and delicata squash at Restaurants and food businesses around Burlington and Montpelier are showcasing chicory all week: Pizze8v-scalepoke080421 1 7/30/21 10:33 AM ria Ida, Poppy Café & Market, Pizzeria Verità, Trattoria Delia, Miss Weinerz, Bistro de Margot, Barr Hill by Caledonia Spirits, and Dedalus Wine Shop, Market & Wine Bar. Radicchio is a regular ingredient in the flavor-packed sandwiches at Poppy. Still, the Burlington restaurant created MIDDLEBURY a special sandwich for Vermont Chicory Week. The Bitter Woman features prosciutto, radicchio, endive, arugula, golden raisins, Castelvetrano olives, onion jam, pickled fennel, Parmesan, garlicky bread crumbs and a Caesar aioli. Each Vermont Chicory Week event is designed to demystify the bitter greens and get people excited about them — Each adult season pass something Martin tries to do when customers approach the Diggers’ Mirth includes up to two season stand at farmers markets. passes for children who are “A lot of times, people think the escarole is lettuce,” Martin said. “Then it’s a 12 years old or younger! backpedaling thing when I correct them, and they’re disappointed. But that gives Each adult season me the opportunity to talk about how pass will also include Purchase by wonderful it is.” a fully transferable November 1st Showy radicchios, such as the paleand Save! punch pass good for green-and-red-speckled Bel Fiore, are five full day visits. an easier sell, Martin said. The mild variety was a new one for Diggers’ Mirth this season, and its pretty, loose heads flew off GET THE DETAILS AT the stand. “Sometimes escarole doesn’t look

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dramatic enough to draw attention,” Martin added with a laugh. Chicories aren’t a huge crop for Diggers’ Mirth at Burlington’s Intervale, but the farmers started growing a few on a whim a couple years ago. The varieties they planted — escarole and a tightheaded, purplish-red radicchio called Indigo — grew very well, especially in the cool weather at the beginning and end of Vermont’s growing season.



Right now, Diggers’ Mirth has a small patch of sugarloaf chicory, also known by its Italian name, pan di zucchero. They’d hoped to grow more chicory for Vermont Chicory Week, but the radicchio they planted midsummer didn’t survive the heat, and a planting intended for fall harvest was “chomped by deer,” Martin said. Sugarloaf is a great introduction to chicories for wary eaters, though. Its green head looks like a long cabbage, its leaves wrapped around the core in an intricate pattern. “It should be popular because it’s mild and sweet. It has even been called ‘the gateway chicory,’” Martin said. Sugarloaf is also among the easiest

chicories to grow, along with escarole, said Julie Rubaud, owner of Hinesburg’s Red Wagon Plants. Farmers grow it the way they grow lettuce: by transplanting seedlings into the ground and harvesting them when they’ve grown large heads. But these plants are more forgiving for the home gardener: They can be planted from mid-April through mid-August, they don’t need row covers, and they’re relatively pest- and disease-resistant. Escarole’s crinkly leaves give each head a variety of flavors and textures. As the plant grows, the dark green outside leaves photosynthesize, but the tender inner leaves don’t because they’re shaded from the sun, leaving them white or pale pink and less bitter. “Escarole is a good crop for home gardeners to grow, because a home gardener has the luxury of letting them size up,” Rubaud said, referring to letting the plants get larger than they would on most farms. “So you really get to appreciate all those textures, colors and flavors. I love lettuce, but I would take an escarole salad over lettuce salad any day. It feels like a meal.” The chicories we eat today were primarily bred in the last 150 years, likely originating from European farmers who used chicory root as animal fodder, Rubaud explained. When stored, the roots would sprout shoots. “The farmers discovered that the shoots were yummy to eat in the winter when they were desperate for something fresh,” she said. “Like so many delicious things, they just came out of super thriftiness.”




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Some chicories, such as Belgian endive and Tardivo radicchio, are still grown in a similar way: They’re “forced” by harvesting the roots, then manipulating light and temperature to produce delicate leaves. “It’s pretty technical and involved, but I would be so psyched if there were home gardeners who wanted to try,” Rubaud said. “We could have a study group.” There are many chicories for people to explore, she added. The key to enjoying them is threefold: “It’s in how you grow it, how you wash it and then how you dress it,” Rubaud said. Preparation takes a bit of “leaf triage” — washing three times to get everything out of the tight, wrinkled leaves and then separating pale, tender leaves for salad and dark, sturdy ones for braising or grilling. But once it’s clean, a single head can make multiple versatile meals. Rubaud even uses radicchio as a base for nachos, inspired by a recipe in Joshua McFadden and Martha Holmberg’s Six Seasons: A New Way With Vegetables.


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Solazzo makes a bitter green salad with raw and grilled radicchio, segmented grapefruit, pistachios, “a bunch of parsley, and a mustardy, shalloty dressing,” she said. She also loves her mom’s approach to cooking escarole, which involves blanching and sautéing the large green leaves, mixing them with cannellini beans, then eating them on toast, bruschetta-style. However chicories are enjoyed, “the goal is to commune around this beautiful vegetable, learn more about it, and get it more integrated into our community of eaters and growers,” Martin said. “That’s what’s amazing about Chicory Week,” Rubaud said. “It’s a little niche and random, but there’s so much to dive into.” After the last few years, there’s something poetic about reveling in the beauty of bitterness. m

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all of music,” Borromeo violinist Nicholas Kitchen opines in the latest episode of Kevra’s “Muse Mentors” podcast. (In the absence of performances, Kevra taped 16 episodes of the podcast over the past year and a half; she will release episodes monthly going forward.) Rounding out the program are “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” a string quartet by 80-year-old Black American composer Adolphus Hailstork, whose work was recently performed at President Joe Biden’s inauguration; and a minuet from Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice featuring Kevra on flute.

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rts calendars are filling up again with live performances, and each seems like a gift in these pandemic times. In the opinion of this writer, certain classical concerts on the schedule shouldn’t be missed — because they offer not just the joy of hearing live music but also opportunities to support the musicians and singers who have had so little work over the past 19 months. With headliners ranging from pillars of Vermont’s music scene to national stars, here are five concerts to put on your calendar. Capital City Concerts hasn’t held a live concert since March 7, 2020, days before the lockdown. Now flutist Karen Kevra’s Montpelier-based series is back with a message of “healing, celebration, joy and communion — coming together again after being apart for so long,” Kevra said during a phone call. That’s why she programmed Ludwig van Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, op. 132 for the series’ return this weekend, to be played by the acclaimed Borromeo String Quartet in Montpelier and Burlington. Beethoven wrote the piece in thanks for surviving a near-fatal illness in 1825, two years before his death; he titled the third movement “Holy Song of Thanks From a Convalescent to the Divinity.” “This music is a kind of a soundscape, and there’s just nothing like it — really, in 62




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When has mezzo-soprano powerhouse and Metropolitan Opera regular Susan Graham ever performed in Vermont? Never, per this writer’s research. Yet that’s where she’ll be on October 29, at Middlebury College’s Mahaney Arts Center, singing a brand-new work by Richard Danielpour. Vermonters may recognize his name from duets he composed for cellist Sharon Robinson and her husband, violinist Jaime Laredo, while Laredo was the Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s music director. Graham and the string sextet Music From Copland House will perform Danielpour’s A Standing Witness, a song cycle based on 13 poems that former U.S. poet laureate Rita Dove wrote at the composer’s request. Voiced by a “standing witness,” the poems explore signal events and figures of the last 50 years in America, from the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968 to 9/11. A final song reveals the identity of the witness. (Clue: It’s a statue — an interesting challenge for Graham’s compelling acting skills.) Danielpour’s song cycle was co-commissioned by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series and the other 10 members of Music Accord, a consortium that commissions new chamber music and includes the likes of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The Middlebury concert will be the New England premiere of A Standing Witness, after an initial performance in Chicago. Allison Coyne Carroll, the Middlebury series’ director, petitioned for the series to join the consortium in 2019 before the series’ 100th anniversary season that year. Reached during a joint phone call with Coyne Carroll, Mahaney Arts Center director Liza Sacheli said, “We’re trying to ensure the health of our musical future [so that] our audiences have new work to experience over the next hundred years.” Graham is not the only acclaimed singer whose itinerary includes Vermont. Dawn

Upshaw, a soprano who was the first vocal artist to win a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant, in 2007, will appear at Dartmouth College’s Hopkins Center for the Arts on January 19 with the Brentano String Quartet in a fascinating program. In the first half, Upshaw will sing selections from Baroque opera, including the final lament by Dido from Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. In the second half, she’ll appear as a new, rewritten Dido in Dido Reimagined, a monodrama by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Melinda Wagner and librettist Stephanie Fleischmann. The work was co-commissioned by the Hop. In a YouTube video about the genesis of the project, Fleischmann says that she and Wagner wondered, “What does it mean [today] to be broken by love when you’re an incredibly strong woman?” These days, the pair reasoned, opera heroines don’t have to die — in the case of Purcell’s Dido, by suicide — so they devised a contemporary parallel. It’s no surprise that Upshaw, with her famously expressive soprano voice, mentored Vermont’s own Mary Bonhag, cofounder of Scrag Mountain Music and a skilled soprano with a knack for expressivity. Bonhag studied with Upshaw from 2008 to 2010 in the graduate vocal arts program that Upshaw founded at Bard College, and for two seasons as a fellow at Tanglewood Music Center, where Upshaw is head of the Vocal Arts Program. “[Upshaw] has this deep conviction about the music and the words that she portrays to the audience,” Bonhag told Seven Days. “She becomes the piece when she performs. As an audience member, I can’t help but become completely drawn in.”

Well-Tempered Clavier: Book 2, as well as Chopin’s nocturnes and Scriabin’s preludes, he wrote in an email. The latter, he pointed out, were inspired by Chopin’s preludes, which in turn were inspired by The Well-Tempered Clavier. All that practice has been for one goal, he said: “The experience of sharing live music with audiences in a hall.” In the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series’ final concert of the semester, pianist Diana Fanning will join the Schumann Quartett on November 11 for Robert Schumann’s Quintet in E-flat Major. Fanning has taught at Middlebury College for nearly four decades and has regularly traveled abroad to perform, including with the Takács Quartet and Alexander String Quartet. Based in Germany, the young Schumann Quartett — named for its three brothers Schumann, unrelated to Robert — recently completed a three-year residency with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The quartet will provide the first half of the program: Mendelssohn’s Quartet in A Minor and Maurice Ravel’s Quartet in F Major. Schumann’s quintet, its exuberance sandwiching a funeral march, will make for a resonant finish.

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Suffering Love Theater review: Much Ado About Nothing, Stowe Theatre Guild B Y J O R D AN A D AMS • COURTESY OF ADAM SILVERMAN

Spoiler alert: Even though villains are punished at the end of Much Ado, there’s no true accountability for the women’s suffering. Most of the women in the play, Hero and Margaret in particular, are at the mercy of the men around them. It’s frustrating to watch women written without much agency. But it’s not fair to hold a 400-year-old play to modern standards, and what riles us up is also what makes Much Ado a perfect conversation starter.



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hey say all’s fair in love and war. But the adage falls apart when we take power and gender into consideration. Stowe Theatre Guild’s production of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing heralds the romantic comedy as a battle of the sexes. Though the play’s female characters may triumph in skirmishes of wit, they never have a chance to win the long game. Much Ado is as much about the joy and beauty of love as it is about truth. But when social hierarchies and deep-seated insecurities work to obscure the truth, truth and love often end up at odds, just as the play’s male and female characters do. The story begins in the wake of a successful military campaign when a




group of soldiers, led by prince Don Pedro (Jack Bradt), arrive in Messina, Italy, for a monthlong sojourn. Governor Leonato (Adam Silverman) welcomes them into his home. Among them are pompous Benedick (Dominic Spillane), lovestruck dum-dum Claudio (David Rapp) and “plain-dealing villain” Don John (Tim Sheridan), the prince’s bastard brother. Leonato’s daughter Hero (Katelyn Shaw) and niece Beatrice (Maren Langdon Spillane) join the welcoming party. Benedick and Beatrice are longtime sworn enemies, but their “merry war” of witty barbs belies their true feelings. Meanwhile, Claudio gushes over Hero and vice versa. Quickly, they’re set to marry. But Don John, rogue that he is, plots to break them up for no reason other than that he’s a self-admitted dickhead. Perhaps

living in his brother’s noble shadow has soured his outlook, but his motives are never explained. Similarly meddlesome but more wellintentioned is the coalition of Don Pedro, Claudio, Leonato, Hero and her lady-inwaiting Margaret (Ramona Beskin, in a hybrid role combining Margaret with another character, Ursula). They scheme to pair up the dueling Beatrice and Benedick. After some farcical deception, things take off for the bickering duo. Of course they’ve been secretly in love for years, only needing others to point it out. Meanwhile, Don John’s smear campaign against Hero’s virtue destroys Claudio while besmirching Margaret in the process. Hardly questioning the lies he’s told about Hero’s alleged infidelity, Claudio reacts viciously and makes a public spectacle.

Director Joanne Greenberg nodded to the play’s original Sicilian setting by placing her production in New York City’s Little Italy neighborhood. She also set the show in the 1920s, a choice with important implications. The anxieties of that era, when people were grappling with the aftermath of the First World War and the 1918 flu pandemic, parallel our own. In addition, in the 1920s women were redefining their roles in society, and suffragists and flappers alike were defying norms. A look at Texas’ current abortion law may inspire us to ask how far we’ve really come a century later — another timely conversation topic. Matt Bacewicz’s set conjures a quaint neighborhood street corner, where bloomers and other underthings hang from clotheslines. A flower shop and produce stand flank a central townhouse façade, which is equipped with a sizable stoop and patio. You can practically hear an ink-stained ragamuffin with an armful of newspapers shouting, “Extra, extra!” This set design distinguishes the Stowe production from the familiar film adaptations of Kenneth Branagh and Joss Whedon, who set the play in a pastoral expanse and a private mansion, respectively. Staging scenes instead in a public

thoroughfare primes the audience to expect that the characters’ secrets will be poorly kept. Everyone’s business is literally out in the streets. Other elements make Stowe’s Much Ado a winsome production. Amy Papineau’s costumes — sequined frocks, midcalf skirts, kitten heels, double-breasted blazers and vests — are vibrant and colorful. Intermittently played recordings of ’20s tunes such as “Ain’t Misbehavin’” and “I Can’t Give You Anything but Love, Baby” anchor the setting. The show’s lead actors, real-life spouses Spillane and Langdon Spillane, are suitably matched. Almost exactly the same height, neither has the upper hand physically. The characters’ power in the story, too, tends to be on par. A pair of peripheral players delivers unexpectedly captivating performances. Tom Hunt brings Don John’s main accomplice, Borachio, to life with vivid flair, emphasizing the character’s outsize influence on the story’s central action. And Beskin’s guitar-playing, sarcasticas-hell Margaret/Ursula elicits plenty of laughs. Outdoor theater reigned in the summer of 2021, but the shift to indoor theater as winter approaches is bound to be bumpy. Much Ado is a case in point: Stowe Theatre Guild had to cancel the show’s first week because of a “close call” with COVID-19, according to a public announcement. Even though audience members are required to show proof of vaccination and wear masks while in the building, breakthrough infections are surely on people’s minds. With capacity already reduced from 180 to 100 heads at Stowe Town Hall Theatre, the play’s opening night had only about 30 attendees. A small crowd can’t generate much palpable energy, and that deficiency seemed to transfer to the onstage action, which could use a bit of tightening here and there. The production shone in its ensemble scenes, however. And whenever opportunities for physical comedy arrived, the actors seized them with great success. Much Ado is most beloved for its beautifully crafted dialogue. Its characters’ tongues dance nimbly in puninfused banter, expounding on love in many ways. Some obsess over it and others decry it, but everyone wants it — even if they can’t admit it. m

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eidi Broner nearly didn’t become an artist. Chalk it up to teenage rebellion. Growing up on Long Island in New York, she didn’t especially get along with her father, whom she described as “a really good abstract painter.” Among four daughters, Broner said, he “picked me out” to follow his métier. She wasn’t having it. But luck — or fate or maturity — intervened and, in her thirties, Broner changed her mind. “I really did want to have a good relationship with him,” she said, “and I did want to pursue art.” Today, the Calais-based painter, 69, is widely known for her depictions of people at work, particularly those in the trades. That interest has strong resonance now, a time of universal shortages in the labor force. A large piece recently exhibited in the “20/20 Hindsight” exhibition at Art at the Kent is a stellar example. Titled “Spreading

Cement,” it features an African American man, clad in jeans, a white sweatshirt and a backward ball cap, doing just that. His face is in profile; he’s intent on his job, not self-consciously posing. The figure is exceedingly well rendered, from his posture to the drape of his clothes. But in a Broner painting, realism bumps gently into the transcendental. In this case, a void surrounds the worker, as if he’s spreading cement at the edge of the world. This mist of pastel hues suffused with light is painted so exquisitely that it cannot be called nothingness, though. Here, “absence” has a presence, if an ethereal one. Broner captures what being lost in thought looks like, as if her human subject produces a corona of concentration that only she can see. “Heidi has been on our radar for a long time,” said Nel Emlen, one of three cocurators who assemble the annual Art at the Kent exhibition. “We pool our ideas and go through them once we choose a theme. When we decided on the theme for this show [honoring makers from the historic site’s past], Heidi immediately came to mind.” Emlen appreciates Broner’s “ability to tell stories about the workers through the painting,” she said. At the exhibition, “people kept circling back to Heidi’s work and really enjoying it.” Emlen added that more men commented on the work than is typical. One gentleman even said, “I’d like to see a painting of me at work,” the curator recalled. Broner had 24 paintings in the “20/20” show — many of them measuring a few inches rather than feet. By no means does she paint only male laborers. A work called “Order Out of Chaos” freezes a waitress mid-bustle as she prepares tables for a lunch rush. Like “Spreading Cement,” this painting includes relatable details: red ketchup squeeze bottles, paper napkin rings and the server’s practical Danskos. But Broner trades a cluttered café background for that celestial ether. The tables seem to float on a cloud. Broner doesn’t always paint workers. “I particularly like going to a roller derby,” she said during a studio visit. “I like people in a parade, a balloon vendor.” She also likes to paint rocks and animals. That said, the work in progress perched on her easel last week features a young man bent over a pail and a small stack of bricks. Broner’s photograph of the worker — she generally shoots first, paints with acrylics later — reveals a messy construction site. The painting eliminates that distraction. “I kind of approach a painting as if it’s an abstract,” Broner said. “I’m not attached to the original photo; I can move elements



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in the space, change the colors. I know, to a lot of people, the face says a lot about the person, the personality. But I see the body — it says so much about who they are. “I like people, seeing their vulnerabilities and strengths,” she continued. “It’s just delicious to look at people.” Broner herself is slender, graceful, composed. Greeting a reporter at the rural home she shares with her husband, builder Mason Singer, she claimed to be nervous but warmed to talking about her life’s path — both to Vermont and to making art. Perhaps the nonchalant entrance of her cat broke the ice. Samson, a yelloworange fellow, has a configuration of fur between his eyes that gives him a permanent don’t-mess-with-me scowl. It’s impossible not to smile in his presence.

Broner said she left high school early and eschewed college. She sang with a Renaissance music group and worked with theater companies — “I gravitated toward making props and set pieces,” she said. She made puppets for an opera about Frida Kahlo. She worked at a macrobiotic restaurant in New York City. After visiting a friend who was attending Goddard College, Broner moved to Vermont at age 22. “I felt like there was so much to do in New York, but it was about watching other people do stuff,” she said. “I wanted to do my own stuff.” She landed a cooking gig at Montpelier’s Horn of the Moon Café. Her theater experience led her naturally to Bread and Puppet Theater, the Glover-based TASK ORIENTED

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‘FLUID EXPRESSIONS’: The annual awards show by the Vermont Watercolor Society features 30 outstanding paintings in a variety of styles, both realistic and abstract. October 21-December 17. Info, 496-6682. The Gallery at Mad River Valley Arts in Waitsfield.

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ART EVENTS OPEN HOUSE: Visitors can sip hot cider on the lawn before exploring the gallery exhibitions and activities in the Hands-On Room, touring new classroom spaces, creating monoprints with a press, and making custom tiles in the new ceramic studio for a community mosaic. Masks required. The Current, Stowe, Saturday, October 23, noon-4 p.m. Free. Info, 253-8358. ‘A PORTRAIT WITHOUT BORDERS’: As part of its Grand Reopening Celebration, the Flynn unveils a new mural created by UK studio Kaleider’s team of painting robots. Amy E. Tarrant Gallery, Burlington, Saturday, October 23, 7:30 p.m. $125; free for livestream option. Info, 863-5966. TALK: PAT MUSICK: The artist discusses how astronauts’ view of Earth from space has influenced her work and shows slides of art that addresses current environmental issues. Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, Tuesday, October 26, 7 p.m. Free for SVAC members; $5 for nonmembers. Info, 362-1405.

is truly a rock star. He has so many works in this 21st annual show at Studio Place Arts that it could be called “Giuliano & Friends.” But 14 other talented Vermont artists contribute pieces, as well — not all of which are sculptures in stone. “Rock Solid” also includes drawings, paintings, mixed-media works and even furniture that in various ways extol the qualities of stone. The show is “solid” in the authoritative sense of the word, from the precise graphite drawings by Mark Heitzman to the petrified wood in David Hurwitz’s “Biomorph” tables to the elegant contours of Nancy Diefenbach’s “Timeless,” hand-carved in Champlain black marble (pictured). This yearly exhibition is a reflection of and tribute to the industry of Vermont’s Granite City. Visitors to Studio Place Arts will be encouraged to take the Art Stroll — an easy walk around downtown to view a remarkable number of granite sculptures both historic and contemporary. They include an outsize zipper, a gargoyle bike rack, a statue of poet Robert Burns and a majestic World War I monument with a bonus acoustic phenomenon. Maps are at the gallery and downloadable at “Rock Solid” is on view through October 30. The


f B. LYNCH: “Pull Back the Curtain,” a fantastical universe of the Reds and the Greys, disparate societal factions set in the 18th century, using puppetry, drawing, painting, linoleum block printing and digital animation. October 23-February 13. f GUILD OF VERMONT FURNITURE MAKERS: “Evolving Traditions,” contemporary works in wood crafted by members of the guild. October 23-February 13. f MICHAEL ABRAMS: “Arcadia Rediscovered,” a luminous, misty painting installation that invites viewers to be mindfully in the world. October 23-March 5. f NATALIE FRANK: “Painting With Paper,” abstracted portraits of imagined female figures, each accompanied by an animal, in wet pigmented cotton and linen paper pulp. October 23-February 13. f VERMONT GLASS GUILD: “Inspired by the Past,” contemporary works in glass exhibited alongside historical counterparts from the museum’s collection. October 23-March 5. f WILLIAM RANSOM: “Keep Up/Hold Up,” mixed-media installations that speak to the current state of social tension in the U.S., the reckoning with a history of white supremacy, and the potential for flare-up or collapse. Reception: Saturday, October 23, 11 a.m. Refreshments served outdoors; masks required indoors. October 23-March 5. Info, 257-0124. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.

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‘ABSENCE: SEEING AND UNSEEING THE FLEMING’S COLLECTION’: Large text labels throughout the museum appear in place of artwork that had been on view for decades and whose subject matter or background was deemed hurtful to members of the community. Instead of filling the spaces with new artworks immediately, staff have left them as intentional signs of their commitments to transparency and reckoning. ‘ABSTRACTS: OPENING SPACE FOR IMAGINATION’: Paintings displayed on the Marble Court balcony that allow the museum to reconsider outdated exhibition traditions and start to envision what comes next. ‘THE LEARNING STUDIO’: Part gallery, part classroom, this exhibition space invites visitors to take part in intimate conversations about art and material culture on view from the museum’s collection. The works show how artists have always been open to documenting experiments and showing pieces in process. STORYTELLING SALON: A selection of artwork from the collection by staff that inspire thinking about the power of storytelling to enact change. The newly created space is for gathering ideas about what new kinds of stories can be told in the museum, sharing multiple perspectives and inviting new voices. Through December 10. Info, 656-0750. Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont, in Burlington. AL LARSEN: “Four Feet Forward: Objects, Excess & Illusion,” video and mixed-media pieces incorporating puppets and everyday objects by the Champlain College faculty member. Through November 28. Info, 865-8980. Champlain College Art Gallery in Burlington.

ART HOP IN SPACE: Fifty Vermont artists and 12 studio artists exhibit fiber arts, illustrations, paintings, collage, prints and hundreds of original works in the gallery and the halls of the Soda Plant. Through November 20. Info, spacegalleryvt@gmail. com. The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington. ARTWORK AT UVMMC: Oil paintings of cows by Stephanie Bush, wood shadowboxes by Sam Macy and abstract butterfly paintings by Maria Angelache in the Main Street Corridor and Ambulatory Care Center 3; mixed-media paintings by Kathleen Grant in McClure 4; acrylic paintings and monotypes by Elizabeth Powell and photographs by Kristina Pentek in ACC 2. Curated by Burlington City Arts. Through January 24. Info, 865-7296. University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington. EVI CUNDIFF: Stained-glass works by the local artist. Through November 20. Info, 859-9222. Great Harvest Bread Co. in Burlington. HOSTILE TERRAIN 94: A participatory exhibition created by the Undocumented Migration Project: handwritten toe tags representing migrants who have died trying to cross the Sonoran Desert from the mid-1990s to 2020, geolocated on a large map of the Arizona-Mexico border. A team of anthropology students from the University of Vermont will facilitate participation in tag-filling, in which members of the public write the details of the dead and then place the tags on the map. Through November 5. Info, 863-3403. Fletcher Free Library in Burlington. JENNIFER MCCANDLESS: “Living Among the Humans,” hand-built ceramic sculptures that satirically challenge viewers’ perspectives on societal norms. Through October 30. Info, 324-0014. Soapbox Arts in Burlington.

KEVIN DONEGAN: “Your Cart Is Empty,” sculpture and installation of colorful found, altered and crafted objects that populate the floor, walls and ceiling of the gallery. Through October 31. Info, 363-5497. Flynndog Gallery in Burlington. LARGE GROUP EXHIBITION: Members of the South End Art + Business Association show works in a variety of mediums. Through November 20. Info, 859-9222. The Maltex Building in Burlington. LARGE SEABA EXHIBITION: Many member-artists of the South End Arts + Business Association display works in a variety of mediums. Through November 20. Info, 859-9222. RETN & VCAM Media Factory in Burlington. LISA MYERS: Etching, chine-collé and watercolor by the local artist. Through November 20. Info, 859-9222. Noyes Auto & Tire Service in Burlington. SEABA MEMBERS GROUP SHOW: Dozens of local artists exhibit works in a variety of mediums on multiple floors of the building. Through November 20. Info, 859-9222. The Innovation Center of Vermont in Burlington. SHELTER CULTIVATION PROJECT: The Burlingtonbased arts collaborative, founded by Shawn Dumont, celebrates the culmination of a yearlong arts project with a gallery exhibition and pop-up shop featuring artwork and handmade goods by local and international artists. Through November 1. Info, 343-4767. Karma Bird House Gallery in Burlington. SOUTH END ART HOP JURIED SHOW: Fifty artists working in a variety of mediums on all three floors of the building. Juror Mark van Wagner chose as first-, second- and third-place winners Longina Smolinski, Suomo Snook and Kalin Thomas, respectively. Frankie Gardiner won honorable mention. Through BURLINGTON SHOWS






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November 30. Info, 859-9222. The Vaults in Burlington. TAWNYA MCDONALD: Photography by the local artist. Through November 20. Info, 859-9222. Speeder & Earl’s Coffee in Burlington. ‘...WILL YOU SING?’ MURAL: A 43-foot, wall-size mural, a project of Big Heavy World, features photographs of more than 200 Vermont musicians and audio clips of their music. Collaborators include photographers Luke Awtry and Jim Lockridge, design firm Solidarity of Unbridled Labour, Vermont Folklife Center and Gamma Imaging of Chicago. On view during business hours in the building’s entry hallway. Through December 31. Info, info@bigheavyworld. com. Howard Space Center in Burlington.

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She had a camera with her, but it was out of film. “I went to the store, bought some film and took a lot of photos of them,” Broner recalled. “I would watch them for a while to see what they were trying to do. “I just really enjoyed the subject,” she continued. “I still do.” The cement spreader painting, it turns out, has a special significance to Broner. “When my father was dying in New York City — I was helping to take care of him — I wanted to show him a photo of the painting [in progress],” she said. “I couldn’t get it to him before he became unresponsive.” Broner had a hard time returning to that painting after her father passed, but with encouragement from a friend, she eventually did. “I kept painting out more and more of the background; it was like my father’s death, teetering on the edge, his experience of dying,” she said. Yet death is not what she has in mind when painting her figures today. “When I work from a photo, it’s not a still. There’s a stillness around them, but I like to see their focus,” Broner said. “It’s also an awareness. I think that we have an ability to focus on something but also an ambient awareness of what’s around you.” If Broner’s paintings effectively exalt workers — the people who fix our streets, climb utility poles, lay bricks — their point isn’t just to witness these normally overlooked people, she suggested, but to show us something about them. “You see the results [of their work,] but not how it gets done,” she said. “This is how it gets done.” m

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can make meaning by moving through and holding space. Through October 30. ROB MILLARD-MENDEZ: “Crafted Narratives,” sculptural works fueled by a love of lowbrow humor, absurdity and wordplay and inspired by folk and outsider art. Through October 30. ROBERT WALDO BRUNELLE JR.: “Vox Pop: Cartoons,” an exhibit of pen-and-ink drawings in the Quick Change Gallery. Through November 20. Info, 479-7069. Studio Place Arts in Barre. ‘THE CATAMOUNT IN VERMONT’: An exhibition that explores the feline symbol of Vermont through the lenses of art, science and culture. Through May 31. Info, 479-8500. Vermont History Museum in Montpelier. EMMA NORMAN: “In the Night of Day,” photographs of San Francisco Bay as the skies turned amber from wildfire smoke and fog on September 9, 2020. Through December 31. Info, Center for Arts and Learning in Montpelier.

ADRIENNE GINTER & ERIKA LAWLOR SCHMIDT: Hand-cut paper works that tell stories from nature, and monotypes that reflect the natural world and the interconnectedness of all life, respectively. Curated by Burlington City Arts. Through January 31. Info, 865-7296. Pierson Library in Shelburne.

GERARD RINALDI: “Becoming Nothing: 1980-2015,” a retrospective of photography, video and mixedmedia works by the late artist, curated by his nephew Rob Rinaldi and gallery director Susan Calza. Through November 13. Info, Susan Calza Gallery in Montpelier.

DANIELA RIVERA & JENNY OLIVIA JOHNSON: “Migrating Landscapes,” a multimedia exhibition with the visual artist and composer/sound artist, respectively; both are artists-in-residence at SMC. Through October 21. Info, McCarthy Art Gallery, Saint Michael’s College, in Colchester.

GROUP SHOW 45: Members of the gallery exhibit works in a variety of mediums. Through October 31. Info, The Front in Montpelier.

‘THE EARTH BESTOWS’: Artworks that engage and explore Earth’s endangered gifts. Artists from across the country are affiliated with the New Perennials project, a multiyear exploration of agriculture and education as dominant influencers of what we eat and how we think. Gallery open by appointment only. Through November 1. Info, 985-3819. All Souls Interfaith Gathering in Shelburne.

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

ELLIOT BURG: Photographic portraits shot on the streets of Havana, Cuba. Gates 1-8. SHANNON O’CONNELL: Paintings with phosphorescent and UV-sensitive pigments mixed into the paint, allowing secondary paintings to be revealed. In the Skyway. Through December 31. Info, 865-7296. Burlington International Airport in South Burlington. ‘A. ELMER CROWELL: SCULPTOR, PAINTER, DECOY MAKER’: Drawing from Shelburne Museum’s renowned decoy collection, the exhibition features milestones in Crowell’s prolific artistic career, from the earliest miniature goose he carved in 1894 to the very last bird he made before retiring in the early 1940s. Through October 31. ‘IN PLAIN SIGHT: REDISCOVERING CHARLES SUMNER BUNN’S DECOYS’: An online exhibition of shorebird decoys carved by the member of the Shinnecock-Montauk Tribes, based on extensive research and resolving historic controversy. Through October 5. ‘PATTERN & PURPOSE: AMERICAN QUILTS FROM THE SHELBURNE MUSEUM’: The museum presents 20 textile masterpieces from its collection dating from the first decades of the 1800s to the turn of the 21st century, organized by associate curator Katie Wood Kirchhoff. Online only at Through February 1. Info, 985-3346. Shelburne Museum. ‘EXPANDING VOICES: PERSPECTIVES ON BIRDING’: Visual art as well as poetry and prose pieces that address the collective experiences of 2020. Through October 31. Info, 434-2167. Birds of Vermont Museum in Huntington. NEIL DAVIS: Abstract acrylic paintings by the Montpelier artist. Through October 29. Info, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library in Williston.


‘ROCK SOLID’: An annual exhibit, since 2000, showcasing stone sculptures and assemblages by area artists and 2D works that depict the qualities of stone. Through October 30. AUSTIN FURTAK-COLE: “Moves,” scratch drawings depicting ambiguous figures in motion, teasing at how physical forms

JENNIFER BRYAN: “Liquid Mind,” abstract paintings by the NU alumna ’05. Through December 10. Info, 485-2183. Sullivan Museum & History Center, Norwich University, in Northfield.

MERYL LEBOWITZ: “A Way from Reality,” abstract paintings. Through November 30. Info, 479-7069. AR Market in Barre. NAN CARLE: “Notable Sculptors of Barre Gray Granite,” photographs that celebrate and explore sculptors keeping the stone arts alive in Barre. Through October 30. Info, 476-4605. Vermont Granite Museum in Barre. ‘PASTEL MUSIC’: Thirty members of the Vermont Pastel Society show their works. PATTY HUDAK: A solo exhibition of large-scale installation, painting and botanical ornaments inspired by woodlands. Through October 30. Info, 262-6035. T.W. Wood Gallery in Montpelier. TUMBLING BLOCKS COMMUNITY QUILT PROJECT: Montpelier Alive exhibits the Capital City’s newest piece of public art, a project intended to help “stitch together” the community during the pandemic. More than 250 individuals, including more than 100 students, contributed designs for panels that Sabrina Fadial collated and made into a “quilt.” Through December 31. Info, 488-4303. Montpelier Transit Center. VERMONT CLAY GUILD DISPLAY: The nonprofit group of ceramic artists exhibits some of their creations in a variety of styles. Through November 30. Info, Capitol Region Visitors Center in Montpelier. ‘VIEWS OF VERMONT’: Watercolor paintings by Gary C. Eckhart and chine-collé print etchings by Lisa Myers that capture natural scenes of the state’s countryside, small towns, family gatherings and whimsical animals. Through October 30. Info, 279-5048. ART, etc. in Northfield.


DUSTY BOYNTON: “Odd Lot,” recent large-scale, irreverent paintings by the Vermont artist. Through October 30. Info, 881-0418. 571 Projects in Stowe. ‘EXPLORING EARTH’: An exhibition that reflects on the intersection of spirituality and art, celebrating Earth magic, spirit animals, and plants and transcendence; work by Isaias Crow, Jennifer Herrera Condry, Will Kasso Condry, Amy Hook-Therrien, Gilbran and Harlan Mack. Presented in participation with “2020 Vision – Reflecting on a World-Changing Year,” a statewide initiative of the Vermont Curators Group. On view by appointment. Through October


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CALL TO ARTISTS 14TH ANNUAL LEGO CONTEST: All ages are invited to design and build original Lego sculptures and display them at the museum November 11 through 14. Details and entry form at Entries must be delivered to BMAC on Monday, November 8, 4-6 p.m. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. $5. Info, 257-0124. 2021 GINGERBREAD CONTEST: Bakers, schools, organizations, businesses, families, adults and young people are invited to submit their imaginative gingerbread creations. No kits. Preregistration is not required but is appreciated. Entries must be delivered on November 17 or 18, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Details and entry form at Chaffee Art Center, Rutland. $10. Info, 775-0356. 2021 PHOTOGRAPHY SHOOT-OUT: Last year’s Shoot-Out winner, Orah Moore, chose the theme of “Shadows” for this year’s juried show, which will be in November. Photographers are invited to submit their best work interpreting the theme literally or figuratively. Limit of two entries per artist. Deadline: November 6. Axel’s Frame Shop & Gallery, Waterbury. $20 per entry. Info, 244-7801. CALL TO FIBER AND TEXTILE ARTISTS: SeamWorks is looking to showcase local fiber and textile artists for the upcoming holiday season for our community center’s focus on handmade for the holidays. Email Rebecca McDonald at SeamWorks, Burlington. Through November 1. Free. ‘FACE IT’: We are hardwired to look carefully at what other people’s faces reveal — the lines of age, a gamut of emotions, even an attempt to disguise what’s on their mind. We want to share portraits and self-portraits, abstract or realistic, masked or unmasked, in any medium that convey a wide variety of ages, backgrounds, emotions and expressions. Submission info at Deadline: December 4. Studio Place Arts, Barre. $10 for nonmembers; free for SPA members. Info, 479-7069.

31. Info, Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort. EXPOSED 2021: The annual outdoor sculpture exhibition highlights artists who focus on current political and social constructs/issues/systems through the relationship of language, sculpture and installation; and language as culturally specific, ideological, controversial, challenging, identifying, uniting and separating. Artists are Tomas Vu, Tony Tasset, Lynn Sullivan, Mildred Beltré, Oasa DuVerney, Jonathan Gitelson, Daniel Bejar, Aya Rodriquez-Izumi and Gabriel Sosa. Through October 23. MELEKO MOKGOSI: “Scripto-Visual,” small and large paintings paired with different kinds of text; the Botswana-born, New York-based artist investigates the links between these elements in relation to the politics of representation. Through November 13. Info, 253-8358. The Current in Stowe. JAMES RAUCHMAN: “Self: Reflection,” paintings that push the boundaries of portraiture. NITYA BRIGHENTI: “Of Openness and Closeness,” drawings and paintings. Through October 29. Info, 888-1261. River Arts in Morrisville. ‘LAND & LIGHT & WATER & AIR’: The 14th annual exhibition features Vermont and New England landscape paintings by more than 70 member artists. ‘LET US INTRODUCE YOU’: An exhibition showcasing five established artists new to the gallery: Jane Ashley, Amy Hook-Therrien, Lisa Miceli, Jen Violette and Liane Whittum. Through November 7. Info, 644-5100. Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville.

HAVE YOUR PICS DRAWN BY ROBOTS: The Flynn invites participants in the American premiere of the interactive art installation “A Portrait Without Borders,” a mural created by the community and a team of robots from the UK-based studio Kaleider. Using a customized web portal, anyone can submit their portrait, which is turned into an original black-andwhite line drawing that is in turn drawn directly onto the gallery walls by Kaleider’s robots. Info at Deadline: October 20. The Flynn, Burlington. Info, 652-4500. HOLIDAY ARTISAN GIFT SHOW: Seeking artisan products including pottery, fiber items, clothing, fine art, photography, jewelry, glass, wood products, specialty foods and more for event November 5 and 6. Booths are eight by four feet. Food trucks and tent spaces also available. Applications at chaffeeartcenter. org. Chaffee Art Center, Rutland. Through November 2. $25 per booth. Info, info@ MICRO-GRANTS FOR ARTISTS: The Montpelier Public Arts Commission is offering a microgrant program for Vermont-based artists for up to $1,500 for permanent or temporary art installations throughout the city. The request for proposals is open for an indefinite period; artists may submit at anytime during the year. The commission will review and award grants twice yearly, with deadlines of October 31 and March 30. For more info and to review the RFP, visit Info, 522-0150.


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‘PIECING TOGETHER ART’: Artists and makers in all mediums are invited to focus on the transitional use of pieces to create a whole work of art. Examples: piecing together two painting styles, collage, assemblage, themes, double images or concepts. Art will be exhibited in November. Details at Deadline: October 29. The Satellite Gallery, Lyndonville. $10 entry fee. Info,

MARYA LOWE: “Vibrantsee/d,” a solo exhibit of wallhung works by the fiber artist. Through October 30. Info, MICHAEL MAHNKE: “A River Moving in You,” a large-scale, site-specific work by the gallery cofounder, located on the Johnson Village Green, that reflects the natural environment and our relationships to one another. Through December 31. Info, 646-519-1781. Minema Gallery in Johnson. SUSAN ABBOTT: “In Place,” new paintings by the Vermont artist. Visitors must be vaccinated. Through October 29. Info, 635-1469. Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, Northern Vermont University, in Johnson.

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

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‘5X5’: A group exhibition of raku pottery by Valerie Dearing, works in hand-dyed fiber by Ellen Spring, paintings by Michelle Turbide, photography by Anne Majusiak and wood creations by David King. Through October 31. Info, 453-4032. Art on Main in Bristol. ‘DREAMING OF TIMBUCTOO’: An exhibit that unearths the little-known story of Black land ownership in Vermont, told through a series of MIDDLEBURY AREA SHOWS

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“HENRY AT 200’: An exhibit celebrating the museum founder and collector of New England history with documents, photographs, scrapbooks, autographs, Middlebury imprints, diaries, music ephemera, relics and even a lock of Napoleon’s hair. ‘SIGHTLINES’: Photographs by Caleb Kenna and paintings by Jill Madden that explore the Joseph Battell and Breadloaf Wilderness areas of the Green Mountains. Through December 31. Info, 388-2117. Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History in Middlebury. ‘ITTY BITTY: TINY TEXTS IN SPECIAL COLLECTIONS’: Books from the 17th to 21st centuries that measure between 1.8 and 10 centimeters, from religious manuscripts to cookbooks, children’s books to Shakespeare. Visitors are not currently allowed in the library but may view the works online at tinybooks. Through May 31. Davis Family Library, Middlebury College. JEFF BYE: “Shenandoah,” paintings created during the pandemic inside the Cooper Community Center in Shenandoah, Pa. Intended to be a school, the building was abandoned due to the onset of the 1918 pandemic. Through October 31. Info, 458-0098. Edgewater Gallery on the Green in Middlebury. ‘LOCALLY GROWN’: New landscape paintings by Woody Jackson, Sara Katz and Sage TuckerKetcham in distinctively different interpretations. Through October 31. Info, 458-0098. Edgewater Gallery at Middlebury Falls. ‘A MODERN ARTIST: THE COMMERCIAL ART OF RACHAEL ROBINSON ELMER’: The seasonal exhibition explores the early 20th-century success of the artist as a professional illustrator for periodicals and publishers, from children’s books to advertising. Through October 31. Info, 877-3406. Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh. ‘PRIDE 1983’: Through interviews with organizers, photographs and scanned images of historic documents, the exhibit, curated by Meg Tamulonis of the Vermont Queer Archives, explores the origins and lasting legacies of Vermont’s first Pride March on June 25, 1983, in Burlington. It can also be viewed online at Through March 25. Info, 388-4964. Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury.


MALLORY PEARSON: “Eat Crow,” artwork by the Queens-based artist that portrays themes of folklore, femininity and loss and how these elements interact with the southern United States. Through October 31. Info, 800-639-8521. Castleton University Bank Gallery in Rutland. ‘NATURE REVEALED’: Rutland County Audubon open art show. Donations accepted for the organization’s educational programs. Through October 29. Info, birding@rutlandcountyaudubon. org. Chaffee Art Center in Rutland. SCULPTFEST21: Sculptural installations in response to the theme of “artifact” by local and regional artists. Through October 24. Info, 438-2097. The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center in West Rutland.

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champlain islands/northwest ‘TRANSCENDENCE’: Golden fabric creations by Catherine Hall and Buddhist- and Hindu-inspired sculptures by Shelley Warren. Through November 21. Info, 355-2150. GreenTARA Space in North Hero.

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

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ALAN JENNINGS: “Finding the Way Home,” animated films the artist created about growing up in Vermont, including “The Northeast Kingdom,” “Dream of Deerman” and “The Bill Jennings Mysteries”; and the drawings, paintings and sculptures he uses to make them. Watch at Through December 31. Info, 748-2600. Catamount Arts Center in St. Johnsbury. GRACE EXHIBITION: Artworks by participants in the Hardwick-based Grass Roots Arts and Community Effort program. Through October 29. Info, 626-6049. The Satellite Gallery in Lyndonville. ‘ISOLATING TOGETHER IN WOOD AND WOOL’: Melinda and Ford Evans, together known as Four Crows Wood and Wool Works, show their creations produced during the pandemic. Through November 13. Info, 748-0158. Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury. ‘A LIFE IN LISTS AND NOTES’: An exhibition that celebrates the poetic, mnemonic, narrative and enumerative qualities of lists and notes. The objects on display span myriad creative, professional, bureaucratic, domestic and personal uses of lists through the ages. Through May 31. Info, 626-4409. The Museum of Everyday Life in Glover. MARCY LINDSTADT: “Pandemic Pastels,” paintings made in the time of COVID-19. Through November 16. Info, 525-3366. The Parker Pie Company in West Glover.


STJ ART ON THE STREET: A walkable gallery of downtown storefronts and shop windows featuring fine art by Mwanga William, George Pearlman, Andrea Pearlman, Kelly Doyle, Barbara Grey and Tara Moreau. Indoor galleries along the route include work by Harlan Mack, Jackie Fox, Elizabeth Nelson, Anna Lorenzini, Keith Chamberlin, Terry Ekasala and others. Through November 30. Info, 748-2600. Downtown St. Johnsbury. ‘THE VOYAGE OF THE ARTFUL OTTER’: Wildlife artworks by Cole Johnson, Rob Mullen, John Potter, Bonnie Rowell, Beth Sightler, Sue Weston and Patricia Pepin. Sales benefit the Vermont Wildlife Coalition, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum and the Lake Champlain Committee. Through October 31. Info, 533-2000. Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro.

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

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


ALAN DEL VECCHIO: “Moments,” digital prints and photography. Through November 28. Info, The Beyond Gallery in Bennington, VT. DUSTY BOYNTON: “Boundless,” new paintings and mixed-media works by the Vermont artist, curated in collaboration with Stowe’s 571 Projects. Through December 31. Info, jfranklin@benningtonmuseum. org. Bennington Museum. MARY RUEFLE: “Erasure,” altered books by Vermont’s current poet laureate. Through October 31. Info, 440-4507. Robert Frost Stone House Museum in Shaftsbury. NORTH BENNINGTON OUTDOOR SCULPTURE SHOW: The 24th annual exhibition brings large-scale outdoor works to the historic village and surrounding area, curated by local artist Joe Chirchirillo. Through November 7. Info, jrc373@ Various locations around North Bennington. ‘OUR TANGLED CHOICES: ART AND THE ENVIRONMENT’: Works in a variety of mediums by Pat Musick and Michelle Lougee that explore the fragility of the planet and the choices humans make that impact its health. Through November 14. SVAC MEMBER EXHIBITION: Works in painting, sculpture and other mediums by member artists of the gallery. Through November 28. Info, 362-1405. Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester. STELLA QUARTA DECIMA GALLERY OPENING: “Anticipation,” a group show featuring artists

Matthew Monk, James Rauchman, Diane Sophrin, Hannah Morris, Kate Burnim and Lynn Newcomb. In addition to the pop-up gallery, art can be viewed at Through October 31. Info, 498-4996. Stella Quarta Decima in Manchester.


‘CHANGING SEASONS: INNOVATIONS AFTER SEVENTY’: A group exhibition of Vermont artists including Ria Blaas, Alexandra Bottinelli, Paul Calter, Bob Eddy, Rachel Farrow, Jean Feierabend, Paul Godenschwager, Margaret Kannenstine, Ellen Langtree, Judith Lerner, Jim Robinson and Martha von Ammon. Through November 6. Info, 728-9878. Chandler Gallery in Randolph. JOAN HOFFMANN: “Libraries and Barns: Vermont en Plein Air,” acrylic and watercolor paintings by the South Royalton artist. Through November 21. Info, 889-9404. Tunbridge Public Library. ‘MONSTERS’: A showcase of pieces from 22 artists across a range of styles and mediums. Artists were invited to interpret the title however they saw fit. Through October 30. Info, blackmeadowgalleryand Black Meadow Gallery and Tattoo in Randolph.

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

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but also, the song lyrics themselves direct how to proceed and unlock the next song. “After I released Blood in the Water last year, I didn’t know what to do next,” 6radley said by phone. “I was writing, but something felt missing from doing these digital releases. I remembered being a kid and getting a physical copy of a record. You could listen and open up the liner notes or jacket sleeve, and it was all so immersive. I missed that.” The desire to make his next album something more substantial coincided COURTESY OF LUKE AWTRY PHOTOGRAPHY

Humans are perpetually using technology to forge new musical frontiers, from adding new holes to flutes and recorders to the artificial intelligence programs of IBM’s Watson and Google Magenta’s NSynth Super. Thinking about the music tech trends that have occurred during my lifetime alone is dizzying. I recall the hand-wringing as CDs seemed to be replacing vinyl — funny how that turned out, eh? I remember the debates in pop and hip-hop over AutoTune, as well as METALLICA freaking out about Napster. They turned out to be sort of right, folks — sorry, not sorry. The intersection of music and technology is an ever-evolving relationship, and in the right hands it’s really exciting. Enter Burlington’s only trap-metal musician, 6RADLEY. The masked and dreadlocked artist — real name BRADLEY YANDOW — has been prolific the last few years, releasing three EPs and even a Christmas single in 2020. He has taken it up a notch with his forthcoming EP, Boredgames. While the five-song EP is chock-full of 6radley’s blend of nu metal, hip-hop,

hard rock and pop, Boredgames is more than meets the eye. The album is also linked to a video game he created, called 6radley the Game, in which the gamer plays as, well, 6radley. While progressing through the game, “murdering, maiming and burping all the way,” 6radly says, players can unlock songs from Boredgames for free. Not only do players score new tracks,

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with his discovery of GB Studio, a free, retro game creator that allowed the artist to make games for the old-school Nintendo Game Boy Color handheld gaming system. Though he “just fucked around with it” for a few months at first, he said, one day a revelation hit him. “I wanted a medium that would connect people to this album more than streaming,” he said. “Plus, I loved all those old Game Boy Color games. Pokémon Gold was my first game! So, once I realized I could make my own retro-style game for the EP, I had to do it.” The process wasn’t easy. 6radley would often spend days fixing bugs and even working on the project by using a remote desktop connection while on break at his job. He eventually finished the game. The title track, “Boredgames,” drops on Friday, October 29, on all streaming services. The entire album will follow sometime in the spring. But fans can play 6radley the Game now at, and once they complete every level, they can download the entire album, as well as some bonus tracks hidden throughout. 6radley hopes to continue creating video games for his new music with Unreal Engine, another free game development platform, though the process would be much more complex than creating content for a Game Boy. “It would take me easily three times as long to make something in Unreal than it did with GB Studio,” 6radley admitted. “But, who knows, maybe I’ll have to try it for the sequel, because it would look amazing.” He also plans to perform his material live but acknowledged the challenges of collaborating with other musicians. “I was in a band called DEAD SEAS and BETTER THINGS,” he recalled. “And I was always trying to push those bands out of the comfort zone, which just created more conflict. It was all so exhausting; it just made sense and was so freeing to go it alone. But it would be really cool to put together a band to play this stuff someday.” For now, 6radley is promoting his new single, EP and video game. As I imagine the video games that other local bands might create, it would be a crime if ROUGH FRANCIS didn’t make a skateboarding one, right?

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Grand Opening in Colchester the MEAT PUPPETS at Higher Ground some years ago. It was the feeling of stumbling into someone else’s high school reunion. Looking around, I could see I was the lone party pooper, so I decided to take my mopey energy out of there. As I was leaving the club feeling slightly confused, a friend from college was standing outside, nodding his head to the blasts of Colley’s sax. As our eyes met, my friend grinned and said, “Hey, PHIL LESH is at Nectar’s tonight! Are you going?” Behind him, a girl loudly exclaimed, “What fucking year is it, anyway?” and I nodded so hard my FIL E: LU neck hurt. KE I’ll never begrudge someone for wanting to hear their favorite tunes, and I’m certainly capable of Omega Jade nosediving into my old music passions. (I bought GENESIS tickets, for fuck’s sake!) Sometimes, though, you just can’t go home, so to speak. I think I’ll hold on to my Morphine memories and just be content with that.

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at Radio Bean. So over the weekend I turned back the clock and took a proper nostalgia trip. For those of us who spent time trying desperately to look cool in the ’90s, MORPHINE’s music was essential. In the time of the alt-rock gods and guitardriven, angst-ridden songs, Morphine — with Mark Sandman’s laid-back, cooler-than-anyone-you-know vocals and Dana Colley’s signature baritone sax — hit like nothing else. The entire energy at a party would change the minute someone put Cure for Pain on. Heads started bobbing, and a room full of 20-year-old assholes suddenly felt very, very cool. The one and only live Morphine show I saw was on the old H.O.R.D.E. tour in 1997. I had sat through an excruciating set by a jam/reggae act that I would later buy weed from. I knew things were turning around when the tie-dyed shirts disappeared and several people dressed all in black, pensively smoking cigarettes, surrounded me. Morphine hit the stage moments later, and I recall it seeming odd to see them in the daylight. But, goddamn, did they own that show. Even the hacky sack crowd seemed a little let down when Blues Traveler took the stage afterward. It was with these memories in my mind that I headed to Radio Bean last Friday night. About a block away from the club, I heard Colley’s sax echoing down North Winooski Avenue, and I had the weirdest inclination to turn around and head home. I chalked it up to the crushing ennui of modern life and kept walking. Only at the club did I recognize that feeling for what it was: nostalgia, floating like a balloon in my head. The present was a needle, pushing into the balloon. The pop happened within minutes. To be clear, Vapors of Morphine sounded pretty damn good. Singer and bassist/guitarist JEREMY LYONS did a capable, if not impossible, job of filling in for Sandman, who died in 1999 after suffering a heart attack onstage. The band tore into Morphine’s catalog with relish, and the decent-size crowd at the Bean was engaged. I was cold, though, detached and feeling weirdly out of place. The sensation was similar to when I saw


Burlington rapper and comedian OMEGA JADE relaunches the Rhyme and Unreason showcase this Saturday, October 23, at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in Stowe. Sponsored by the Alchemist Brewery, the event is a unique fusion of hip-hop and comedy. Jade originally hosted Rhyme and Unreason as a series at the Light Club Lamp Shop in Burlington, but the pandemic put the event on hold. It’s coming back at a bigger venue with multiple comedians and MCs. After each comedian finishes their set, a rapper will take the stage and reinterpret the jokes in freestyle verse. Tickets are $25 in person, but the event will also be livestreamed for $10. Visit for tickets and more information. Nectar’s holds the Burlington Record Fair this Sunday, October 24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event, now in its fifth year, features thousands of records from vendors all across the Northeast. For those hungry for some sweet crate scores, you can buy an early bird ticket for $5 to get first dibs on the records. After noon, admission is free. There will also be live DJ sets throughout the day. m

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Raise your hand if you’ve ever been a 17-year-old girl. I have! And I am all too aware of the consuming emotions that come with the territory. Some teenage girls funnel these emotions into sports, others into the visual arts, but Lily James Roberts has chosen to work out her feelings through songwriting. On September 24, the Monkton native released her debut album, The Brazen — a six-song EP that offers a window into Roberts’ world. If I had my druthers, I would have

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Put on your headphones and enter the ether. With echoing whispers, chants and harmonies, Andrea Tomasi’s new album, Into the Mystery, drops listeners into mindfulness. The experience — at times like walking in the woods or watching ocean waves — is meditative, mellow and a reminder that a powerful voice is an interesting instrument. On her website, Tomasi, a native Vermonter and Montpelier resident, calls herself “an embodiment-lover, a presence-cultivator … a frequency and

liked the album to kick off with the second track, “Apocalypse.” Though darker than the actual opening track, “One Step,” it is undoubtedly stronger and demands the listener’s attention. It begins as an acoustic number featuring guitar and voice only, then it blasts off at the oneminute mark with fuzzy electric guitar and headbanging drums as Roberts sings about apocalyptic nights with a healthy dose of angst. The third song, “Blue Melody,” represents a dramatic shift from its preceding track — it’s much more aligned with Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You” than Paramore’s “Misery Business.” The title fits both the song’s mood and lyrical content, with lines such as “I

never meant to fall in love with you / I tried to tell myself again and again that it wasn’t true / But there’s something in your eyes that pulls me back to you.” Roberts moves out of her low tones in the choruses, showcasing a sweet, soaring vocal timbre for the first time on the album. Luckily, Roberts continues the trend in the following track, “Love, Lily,” in which we’re treated to more airy vocals with an enchanting vibrato. The title track, which closes the album, is probably the catchiest of the bunch. Roberts shoots the listener a warning in each refrain: “Don’t fear the dark / You better fear the brazen.” It’s easy to imagine a music hall full of teenagers screaming this back as their brand-new anthem. The break in the bridge is a nice effect, giving the ear a few seconds to rest before a series of crunching power chords reintroduces the chorus.

The Brazen is a solid first release by a talented up-and-coming artist. Sonically, the album would have been well-served by a little more polish and better mixing. It’s a shame that the production’s poor quality sometimes detracts from the songwriting and performances. Hopefully, The Brazen is just one of many albums in Roberts’ future, and the next will be a better-finished product. Catch Roberts with backing band Enemy of the People on Saturday, October 23, at 8 p.m., at the Monkey House in Winooski. The Brazen is now streaming on Amazon Music and will be available worldwide through CD Baby in the near future.

resonance explorer.” She calls singing an “expression of profound embodiment” that puts her in the “‘now’ of each moment.” In-the-moment presence is a recurring theme throughout Into the Mystery, which draws on folk, new-age, ambient and traditional Celtic music. Tomasi wrote her debut 2013 album Hurricane Dream in New York City and made it at Team Love Records in New Paltz, N.Y. Into the Mystery was a yearlong project that she wrote and recorded in a cramped Portland, Ore., bedroom. She aimed to offer “a source of healing for the world,” according to her Bandcamp page, and drew inspiration from poets such as Wendell Berry and Rumi. Though she wrote Into the Mystery while on America’s West Coast, the

Green Mountain influence is strong: Tomasi credits fellow folk musicians Abigail Nessen Bengson and Moira Smiley as mentors. Mindfulness teachers will tell you that conscious breathing centers souls and calms nerves. Tomasi, a trained yoga instructor, often audibly inhales to prepare to sing a note and audibly exhales as she sings it. She seems to invite the listener to breathe along with her. In “The Peace of the Wild Things,” Tomasi sings the lyrics of Berry’s poem of the same name; her delivery amplifies his sentiment that curative peace can come from nature. As she sings about awakening unsettled in the night at the start of the song, her pitch rises, relaying anxiety. By the time she sings the final line about resting in grace, her voice has lowered to a hush, as if she has sighed with relief. The sound of chirping birds infuses “Visible Breath,” whose lyrics are from the

Oglala Sioux Nation myth of the White Bison Spirit Woman, according to Tomasi’s Bandcamp page. “With visible breath I am walking / A voice I am sending as I walk / In a sacred manner, I am walking,” she sings. Simon Jermyn’s picked guitar notes join the avian chorus as Tomasi, between the poem’s stanzas, raises and lowers her vocal register, chanting “whoas” and “ohs” like a mantra. Although some critics have heard echoes of Joni Mitchell and Buffy SainteMarie in Tomasi’s voice, her sweet vocal clarity invoked thoughts of Feist’s The Reminder, and her vaguely Delores O’Riordan diction, of the Cranberries. Any track on Into the Mystery sounds Celtic enough to play on NPR’s “The Thistle & Shamrock” or WGBH Boston’s “A Celtic Sojourn.” Program directors, are you listening? Into the Mystery is available on






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his week, in honor of the Tech Issue, I reviewed a film from Germany that asks that timehonored question: What if Mr. Right were actually an algorithm in a robotic body? Directed and cowritten by Maria Schrader (Love Life), I’m Your Man was a nominee for the 2021 Berlin International Film Festival’s Golden Bear award. As of press time, it’s playing at Montpelier’s Savoy Theater and Merrill’s Roxy Cinemas in Burlington, and it’s rentable on various streaming platforms.


SEX MACHINE Eggert plays a scientist testing out a robot boyfriend in Schrader’s thought-provoking comedy.

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Will you like it?

Stories of robot romance predate the digital era. Arguably, the very first one was the Pygmalion legend, in which a sculptor falls for the statue he created. And most such stories have the same moral: Be careful what you wish for. Their protagonists learn that an inhuman lover who seems too perfect might not be the best partner for the long haul. So why does I’m Your Man play out differently, with Alma initially rejecting Tom and then warming to him? Well, it’s 2021. While robots mistakable for handsome men still do not exist (sadly), most of us have ample experience interacting with algorithms that are hell-bent 78



Archaeologist Alma (Maren Eggert) isn’t looking for love. She’s happy to spend long hours at the museum with her research team. But for some reason (it’s never quite clear), Alma’s boss makes her research funding contingent on her willingness to serve as a tester for a new line of humanoid robots that are designed to be perfect romantic partners. For three weeks, she must live with Tom (Dan Stevens), an attractive machine who has been programmed to satisfy her every desire. Well, sort of — much of Tom’s romantic programming is actually boilerplate based on demographic generalizations. Alma rolls her eyes when he makes her a Champagne brunch or fills her bathtub with rose petals. None of that feels as real as what she shared with her ex (Hans Löw). As Alma spends more time with Tom, though, she finds herself enjoying and even needing his company. Is this love? Friendship? Or has his algorithm simply decoded her at last?

on decoding our psyches to fulfill their corporate imperatives. We know they’re not always good at it — until sometimes, without warning, they are. We roll our eyes at targeted advertising only to find ourselves growing emotionally dependent on likes and shares. Who’s the robot now? Stevens is eerily perfect as the embodiment of an artificial intelligence’s struggle to get under our skin. On Tom’s first date with Alma, his “romantic” behavior is intrusive, even creepy; we can see why she’s reluctant to take him home. But as he observes her at her best, her worst and everything in between, we can practically see the rapid calculations happening behind his eyes. By the time he’s done, he knows what she needs better than she does herself. Eggert’s naturalistic performance is the perfect foil for Stevens’ slickness. With her perpetually worried face, Alma seems like a woman who gave up a long time ago on experiencing any form of bliss. But deep down, she has a tender heart, and Tom is determined to unlock it. Basically a series of conversations, I’m Your Man plays much more like a witty two-character stage drama than it does

like a cinematic romantic comedy. The jokes are deadpan verbal barbs rather than laugh-out-loud pratfalls. Tobias Wagner’s whimsical score feels out of place. And the ending … well, whether it’s happy or not is perhaps the movie’s central question. Schrader doesn’t create a pervasive mood the way Spike Jonze did in Her, but I’m Your Man raises similar questions about whether we’re watching a true dialogue or a monologue. If Tom’s sole purpose is to mirror Alma’s secret cravings back to her, is she still alone when she’s with him? Or is he a new class of being with whom it’s still possible to make an authentic connection? We rarely see Tom without Alma. But in one tantalizing scene, left to his own devices, he orders a very specific coffee drink and then asks the barista, with a twinkle in his eye, whether she could have guessed that he lacks the capacity to want anything. Wanting, it seems, separates the human from the inhuman. If AIs ever learn to enjoy impersonating us, we could all be in big trouble. M A R G O T HARRI S O N


back before the World Wide Web, this rom-com from director Susan Seidelman made the radical proposition that an AI might have the edge over a human partner. John Malkovich plays a scientist who has created a robot in his own image. PR flack Ann Magnuson falls for the machine, who has a naïve charm his creator lacks. HER (2013; Sundance Now, rentable):

Joaquin Phoenix plays a lonely urbanite who falls in love with his virtual assistant (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) in Jonze’s meditation on what it means to connect. (three seasons, 2015-18; Amazon Prime Video, Hoopla, rentable): Robots may make good lovers, but all kinds of thorny ethical issues emerge when they develop consciousness. That’s what happens in this British sci-fi series, in which people can buy humanoid machines to use as maids, companions, sex workers and more. HBO’s “Westworld” explores a similar premise. “HUMANS”

NEW IN THEATERS DUNE: Director Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049) takes on the first half of Frank Herbert’s epic sci-fi novel about space colonization, political intrigue, drugs and mysticism. Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson and Oscar Isaac star. (155 min, PG-13. Big Picture, Essex, Marquis, Paramount, Playhouse, Roxy, Savoy, Star, Stowe, Sunset, Welden) THE ELECTRICAL LIFE OF LOUIS WAIN: A biopic of a Victorian guy who painted anthropomorphic cats? Played by Benedict Cumberbatch? Why not? Aimee Lee Wood and Claire Foy also star; Will Sharpe directed. (111 min, PG-13. Savoy) RON’S GONE WRONG: In this animated family comedy, a middle schooler gets a robot friend (voice of Zach Galifianakis) to help him fit in — but his new pal’s malfunctions complicate his life. Sarah Smith and Jean-Philippe Vine directed. (106 min, PG. Capitol, Essex, Star, Sunset, Welden)

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

THE HIDDEN LIFE OF TREESHHH1/2 This documentary from Jörg Adolph and Jan Haft explores the thesis of Peter Wohlleben’s book of the same name: that trees communicate with one another. (101 min, PG. Savoy) I’M YOUR MANHHHH A scientist (Maren Eggert) participates in an experiment where she must live with a robot (Dan Stevens) programmed to be her perfect partner in this indie comedy from director Maria Schrader. (105 min, R. Savoy) LAMBHHH1/2 The discovery of a mysterious newborn proves a curse to a childless couple in this acclaimed indie horror drama from Iceland, starring Noomi Rapace. Valdimar Jóhannsson directed. (106 min, R. Roxy, Savoy)

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

*MAJESTIC 10: 190 Boxwood St., Williston, 878-2010,

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

MARQUIS THEATER: 65 Main St., Middlebury, 388-4841,

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

MERRILL’S ROXY CINEMAS: 222 College St., Burlington, 864-3456,

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

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

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

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

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

SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGSHHH1/2 A martial arts master (Simu Liu) must confront his own dark origins in the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Destin Daniel Cretton directed. (132 min, PG-13. Majestic) THE VELVET UNDERGROUNDHHHH1/2 Todd Haynes (I’m Not There) directed this documentary about the avant-garde rock band with the cooperation of its surviving members. (120 min, R. Savoy)

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VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGEHH1/2 Tom Hardy returns as the Marvel super-antihero in a new adventure. Andy Serkis directed. (90 min, PG-13. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Roxy, Sunset)



HALLOWEEN KILLSHH In the sequel to the 2018 Halloween reboot, a vigilante mob tries to put an end to Michael Myers’ reign of terror. With Jamie Lee Curtis. David Gordon Green directed. (105 min, R. Bijou, Essex, Majestic, Paramount, Roxy, Star, Sunset, Welden)

THE LAST DUELHHH1/2 Two noblemen face off after one assaults the other’s wife in Ridley Scott’s historical drama set in medieval France, starring Matt Damon, Adam Driver, Jodie Comer and Ben Affleck. (152 min, R. Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Roxy)


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WED.20 activism

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


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


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


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

JUNCTION: A WALKING TOUR: Using only a cellphone and headphones, intrepid adventurers guide themselves through a century and a half of local history. Various White River Junction locations. $1519. Info, 296-7000.



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

climate crisis

THIS MAZÉD WORLD: MEG MOTT: The Vermont Humanities climate change series continues as an award-winning constitutional scholar leads a discussion of her talk “Are ‘We the People’ Up to the Task?” 7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, info@



See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘ANTARCTICA 3D: ON THE EDGE’: Viewers discover that a cold, icy land is stunning, still pristine and home to an incredible variety of life. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, noon, 2 & 4 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $14.50-18; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848. ‘AUSTRALIA’S GREAT WILD NORTH 3D’: An educational and entertaining film takes viewers on an epic adventure through some of Earth’s wildest landscapes. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 11:30 a.m., 1:30 &

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

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3:30 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $14.50-18; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848. ‘DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA 3D’: Moviegoers join scientists on a journey through a surreal world of bug-eyed giants and egg-laying mammals. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $14.50-18; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848. ‘LA VEUVE DE SAINT-PIERRE’: A woman finds herself poised between two men in 1850s France in this emotionally charged romantic epic. Masks and proof of vaccination required. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. ‘MEERKATS 3D’: A tenacious mammalian matriarch fights to protect her family in a desolate environment. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 10:30 a.m., 12:30, 2:30 & 4:30 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $11.50-14.50; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848.

SENIOR CENTER WEEKLY LUNCH: Age Well and the Kevin L. Dorn Senior Center serve a hot, sitdown lunch. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 12:30 p.m. Donations; preregister; limited space. Info, 923-5545. VERMONT CHICORY WEEK: Farmers, apothecaries, cooks and restaurateurs offer daily virtual and in-person events for bitter green buffs. See vermontchicory for full schedule. Various Burlington locations. Free. WEEKLY WINE TASTING: Themed in-store tastings take oenophiles on an adventure through a wine region, grape variety, style of wine or producer’s offerings. Dedalus Wine Shop, Market & Wine Bar, Burlington, 5-8 p.m. Free. Info, 865-2368.


ARCHITECTURAL SCAVENGER HUNT: Structure sleuths hunt through downtown to compete for a prize from American Institute of Architects Vermont. Clue sheets available at or Ilsley Public Library. Various Middlebury locations. Free. Info,

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

supported by seats. 10 a.m. Free. Info, 244-7036.

health & fitness

STEPS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE: Fundraisers document their monthlong pursuit of a wellness goal to raise donations for Steps to End Domestic Violence. Various locations statewide, Through October 30. Donations; preregister. Info, 658-3131.

ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION EXERCISE PROGRAM: Those in need of an easy-on-the-joints workout gather for an hour of calming, low-impact movement. United Community Church, St. Johnsbury, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 751-0431. AYURVEDA PROGRAM ONLINE: Maryellen Crangle and Dorothy Alling Memorial Library lead a 12-week introduction to this ancient Indian and Nepalese healing and lifestyle tradition. 2-3:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, programs@ BURLINGTON MOVES: Fitness fanatics of all stripes gather on the grass for body weight workouts. Dogs welcome. Andy A_Dog Williams Skatepark, Burlington, 6:15-7 a.m. Free. Info, burlington CHAIR YOGA: Waterbury Public Library instructor Diana Whitney leads at-home participants in gentle stretches

FALL PREVENTION SUN-STYLE TAI CHI: Humans boost their strength and balance through gentle, flowing movements. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-3322.

TAI CHI SUN 73 CLASS: Practitioners enjoy a peaceful morning of movement. Ages 55 and up; prerequisite is Tai Chi for Fall’s Prevention series 1, 2 & 3. Middlebury Recreation Center, 1011:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, TAI CHI: SUN-STYLE 73: A sequence of slow, controlled motions aids in strength and balance. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 11:20 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 223-3322.


AFLCR SOCIAL HOUR: TROISIÈME MERCREDI: Francophones fine-tune their French-language conversation WED.20

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Council send culinary sleuths to various regions of the state to explore art, history, the outdoors and, of course, cheeses. Various locations statewide. Free. Info,

food & drink

COFFEE CORNER MORNINGS: The new senior center opens its doors for tea, coffee and friendly conversation every weekday morning. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 846-4107. THE HUNT: Clue packets provided by the Vermont Cheese

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

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

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


OCT. 22-24 & 29-31 | HOLIDAYS All Aboard Wannabe Sherlock Holmeses and amateur Hercule Poirots may find a perfectly puzzling Halloween experience in the Shelburne Museum’s virtual murder mystery party, The Scarab’s Curse. The museum’s vintage Grand Isle train car transports participating sleuths to 1912, where the impresario of a traveling antiquities exhibit is found dead — stabbed, in fact, by a golden dagger! And the ancient Egyptian mummy is missing from its sarcophagus! In this fully interactive whodunit, investigators explore every elegant compartment, interview each secretive suspect and unravel the case of the escaped undead. Proceeds benefit the Shelburne Museum’s stewardship and preservation efforts.

‘THE SCARAB’S CURSE’ Fridays, October 22 and 29, and Saturdays, October 23 and 30, 7-9 p.m.; and Sundays, October 24 and 31, 1-3 p.m. Online. $15; preregister. Info,, SEVEN DAYS OCTOBER 20-27, 2021


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ONLINE PRENATAL YOGA: Mothers-to-be build strength, stamina and a stronger connection to their baby. 5:45-6:45 p.m. $5-15. Info, 899-0339.


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


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

mad river valley/ waterbury

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

champlain islands/ northwest

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

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


ONLINE PRENATAL YOGA: See WED.20, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

THIS MAZÉD WORLD: VERMONT TEEN SHAKESPEAREANS SAVE THE PLANET: Get Thee to the Funnery Shakespeare camp attendees look at climate justice through the lens of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Presented by Vermont Humanities. 7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info,


BABYTIME: Pre-walking little ones experience a story time catered to their infant interests. Fletcher Free Library,



Burlington, 10:15-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.

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


BABY & TODDLER MEETUP: Tiny tots and their caregivers come together for playtime, puzzles and picture books. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 888-3853. PAPIER-MÂCHÉ MASK MAKING: Halloween haunters of all ages get delightfully messy making masks for costumes or decoration. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 3:304:30 p.m. Free. Info, 888-3853.

upper valley

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

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


ONLINE PRENATAL YOGA: See WED.20, 12:30-1:15 p.m.


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

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BIG BLUE EXPRESS HALLOWEEN TRAIN RIDE: Courageous kids take a (not so) scary ride while parents manipulate spooky puppets. Presented by Big Blue Trunk. University Mall, South Burlington, 2:30-7:30 p.m. $10. Info, 343-3302.


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


ONLINE PRENATAL YOGA: See WED.20, 8:30-9:15 a.m.


FAMILY PLAYSHOP: Kids from birth through age 5 learn and play at this school readiness program. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10:15-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 863-3403. FRIGHT BY FLASHLIGHT: See FRI.22. NATIONAL CHEMISTRY WEEK CELEBRATION: ECHO and the Saint Michael’s College Chemistry Department reveal, through hands-on activities and magic shows, how chemistry powers our world. ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Regular admission, $14.50-18; free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848.

chittenden county

BIG BLUE EXPRESS HALLOWEEN TRAIN RIDE: See FRI.22. THE MINIATURE FARM HARVEST FESTIVAL: Families celebrate fall with horse trick-or-treating, tractor rides, crafts, live music and a silent auction. The Miniature Farm, Milton, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Prices vary. Info, 238-8883.


BATIK FOR TEENS: Teenage creatives learn the delightfully messy art of dyeing patterns onto fabric with hot wax. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 1-4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 426-3581. DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: THE CANDLEKEEP MYSTERIES: Teens bring their imaginations and their problemsolving skills to this weekly collaborative roleplaying game. Masks required. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. Info, anthony. PUMPKIN CELEBRATION BOOK & BAKE SALE: Costumed kiddos buy books, nosh on treats and carve jack-o’-lanterns for a candlelight Pumpkin Walk. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, book & bake sale and crafting, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Pumpkin Walk, 3 p.m.-8 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581.

champlain islands/ northwest

GLOW RUN!: Runners of all ages don their spookiest, shiniest looks for a Halloween-themed race. Hard’ack Recreation Area, St. Albans, kids’ fun run, 6 p.m.; adults’ 5K, 7 p.m. $10. Info, 524-1559.

brattleboro/okemo valley

DRAG QUEEN STORY HOUR: Emoji Nightmare and Nikki Champagne read picture books and invite little ones to celebrate the fun and fluidity of childhood. Epsilon Spires, Brattleboro, 3-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, info@


ONLINE PRENATAL YOGA: See WED.20, 10:15-11:15 a.m.


ADAPTIVE AERIAL CLASS: Kids of all abilities ages 7 through 12 learn aerial dancing with hanging fabrics. Masks required. Murmurations Aerial, Burlington, 12:30-1:45 p.m. Pay what you can. Info, NATIONAL CHEMISTRY WEEK CELEBRATION: See SAT.23.

chittenden county

BIG BLUE EXPRESS HALLOWEEN TRAIN RIDE: See FRI.22. SOCIAL SUNDAYS FAMILY ART: Registered families pick up take-home kits to complete with video or typed instructions. Milton Artists’ Guild Art Center & Gallery. Free; preregister. Info, 891-2014. VERMONT COMMONS SCHOOL FALL OPEN HOUSE: The grades 6 through 12 prep school opens its doors to potential students and their parents. Vermont Commons School, South Burlington, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 865-8084.

upper valley

A FAMILY HALLOWEEN: A costume parade, trick-or-treating, pumpkin bowling and spooky stories make for a freaky festival the whole family can enjoy. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular admission, $8-16; free for members and kids in costume. Info, 457-2355.


INCLUSIVE INTEGRATED ARTS FOR FAMILIES: Students integrate science, math and art in an eight-week course for homeschoolers or families looking for an online afterschool activity. Presented by Inclusive Arts Vermont. 3-5:15 p.m. Pay what you can. Info, 871-5002. ONLINE PRENATAL YOGA: See WED.20.


Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.

chittenden county

BIG BLUE EXPRESS HALLOWEEN TRAIN RIDE: See FRI.22. OUTDOOR STORY TIME: See THU.21. PRESCHOOL STORY TIME ON THE GREEN: Dorothy Alling Memorial Library leads half an hour of stories, rhymes and songs. Masks or social distancing required. Williston Town Green, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.


FULL STEAM AHEAD TUESDAYS: Kids learn art, science and math through games and crafts, including paper airplane races, LEGO competitions and origami. Ages 6 and up. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 3:30-4 p.m. Free. Info, 888-3853. UKULELE LESSONS: Preteen pickers ages 8 through 11 learn the basics from librarian Rachel Funk. Instruments and other materials provided. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 3-4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, youthservices@




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

chittenden county

AFTER-SCHOOL CRAFT: MINI PUMPKIN PAINTING: Little artists from kindergarten through middle school craft ghoulish gourds for their Halloween displays. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 2-3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918.

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


chittenden county

LAST-MINUTE HALLOWEEN COSTUME SWAP: Kids bring their getups that they’ve outgrown to give to those in need. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 5 p.m. Free. Info, 888-3853.


outside vermont PLAYGROUP FOR AGES 0-2: See WED.20.


ONLINE PRENATAL YOGA: See WED.20, 12:30-1:30 p.m.


SING-ALONG WITH LINDA BASSICK: Babies, toddlers and preschoolers sing, dance and wiggle along with Linda out on the library lawn. Fletcher Free Library,


TEEN ADVISORY BOARD MEETING: Teenagers snack on free food and take an active role in their local library. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, youthservices@centennial THE NOISY PAINT BOX: See WED.20.

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skills via Zoom. 5-6 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, VIRTUAL ELL CLASSES: English language learners of all abilities practice writing and speaking with trained instructors. 6:30-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, bshatara@


‘YEV’: Scapegoat Carnivale’s award-winning play about a Siberian hermit, a McGill University student and a retired Russian geologist returns to the stage. Maison de la culture Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Montréal, 8 p.m. Can$2. Info, general@


‘ABSENCE’: Jazz icon Terence Blanchard remembers his late mentor Wayne Shorter with the help of the E-Collective and Turtle Island Quartet. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7:30 p.m. $15-50. Info, 603-646-2422. WILD WOODS SONG CIRCLE: Singers and acoustic instrumentalists gather over Zoom for an evening of music making. 7:15-9:15 p.m. Free. Info, 775-1182.


DESIGN FOR AGING, DYING & DIGNITY: KATRINA SPADE: The ReCompose founder explains how her company is revolutionizing death care in an eco-friendly way. Presented by Yestermorrow. 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 888-496-5541. DEVELOPING SELF: Participants reconnect with their core values in this virtual self-help class from Mercy Connections. 10 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, 846-7063.


‘THE HONKY TONK ANGELS’: The tunes of Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette and others make for a foot-stomping musical. Masks and proof of vaccination required. The Grange Theatre, South Pomfret, 2-4 p.m. $35-45. Info, 457-3500.


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

THU.21 business

LUNCH & LEARN: BRINGING YOUR COMPANY VALUES OUT TO PLAY: Leadership consultant Debra Corey illuminates the best ways for business owners to center their company around their core ethics. Presented by Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies. Noon-1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 866-232-9423.


JUNCTION: A WALKING TOUR: See WED.20. QUEEN CITY GHOSTWALK TRUE CRIME THURSDAYS: True crime buffs learn about Burlington’s most infamous murders and misdeeds with author and historian Thea Lewis. Sensitive subject matter. Ages 16 and up. 199 Main St., Burlington, 7 p.m. $25. Info, TRAVELERS CIRCLE STORYTELLING NIGHT & POTLUCK: Locals bring a dish to share and stories of a wild encounter they had on their journeys – whether to Greece or to the grocery store. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 5-8 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 229-6206.

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Centennial Library, Morrisville, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 888-3853.

health & fitness



NIGHTMARE VERMONT: Patrons of the paranormal sign up for screams and scares at an immersive haunted maze and vendor fair packed with live entertainment. Ages 12 and up; masks required. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, 7, 8 & 9 p.m. $15-18. Info, info@



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‘YEV’: See WED.20. Centre culturel et communautaire HenriLemieux, Montréal, 7:30 p.m.

‘AUSTRALIA’S GREAT WILD NORTH 3D’: See WED.20. ‘DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA 3D’: See WED.20. ‘FOLLIES’: National Theatre Live brings its filmed 2017 production of Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical to the movie theater. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $7-21. Info, 748-2600. LAKE PLACID FILM FESTIVAL: Film fanatics from all over converge in the Adirondacks for four days of screenings, panels, classes and camaraderie. See for full schedule. Olympic Center, Lake Placid, N.Y., 1:30-11:30 p.m. Various prices; $135 for festival pass. Info, 518-302-1375.

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ARCHITECTURAL SCAVENGER HUNT: See WED.20. HEARTS CARD GAME CLUB: No experience is necessary and new players are always welcome at the weekly meeting of this card game crew. Morristown

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



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INCOME PROPERTY FINANCING: New England Federal Credit Union guides webinar students through the wide world of mortgages and other real estate loans. 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 764-6940.


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RED BENCH SPEAKER SERIES: CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF SKI JUMPING AT HARRIS HILL: The Vermont Ski & Snowboard Museum presents a panel of accomplished skiers to reflect on the rich history of one of Brattleboro’s favorite mountains. 7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 253-9911.

‘MEERKATS 3D’: See WED.20.

Saturday, Oct. 23, 7:30 pm Barre Opera House “Sounds shockingly like the Rolling Stones and demonstrates the dramatic difference between a cover band that plays the tunes and a tribute band that lives them.” - The Philadelphia Daily News

POP-UP HAPPY HOUR: Locals connect over drinks at a speakeasy-style bar. Hosted by OUT in the 802. Lincolns, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 860-7812.

‘LIFE... AS A SONG’: Ten contemporary poets pay tribute to the golden age of Canadian and Québec music at this innovative Blue Metropolis Foundation performance. 8 p.m. Free. Info, 514-932-1112.

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


HALLOWEEN HOME DECORATING CONTEST: St. Albans locals festoon their porches with their best spooky decor for a chance to win prizes. Various St. Albans locations, 6-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 524-1559.

NEW TECH CLASS: The Waterbury Public Library unveils the items and digital resources that patrons may never have guessed they could check out. 6 p.m. Free; THU.21

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‘THE HONKY TONK ANGELS’: See WED.20, 7:30-9:30 p.m. ‘MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING’: Stowe Theatre Guild sets Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy in New York City’s Little Italy in the 1920s. Stowe Town Hall Theatre, 7:30 p.m. $14-20. Info, 253-3961.


PENS & PAGES: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett serves as inspiration for discussion and writing exercises in this Mercy Connections reading group focused on Black people’s experiences. 1:30-4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 846-7063.


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THIS MAZÉD WORLD: ERIC WESTERVELT: One of NPR’s most prolific correspondents digs into worsening droughts and forest fires and what they mean for the future. Presented by Vermont Humanities. 12:15 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, info@vermont THIS MAZÉD WORLD: THE CROSSROADS PROJECT: The Fry Street Quartet scores a multimedia storytelling experience from this sustainability advocacy group and Dr. Robert Davies of Utah State University. Presented by Vermont Humanities. University of Vermont Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $5-38.50. Info, info@


PERENNIAL HARVEST DAYS: FINAL GATHERING: A panel of community partners and an afternoon of music, dance and workshops close out this New Perennials series. Middlebury College, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, QUEEN CITY GHOSTWALK DARKNESS FALLS TOUR: Paranormal historian Thea Lewis highlights haunted happenings throughout Burlington. 199 Main St., Burlington, 8 p.m. $20. Info,

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QIGONG WITH GERRY SANDWEISS: Beginners learn this ancient Chinese practice of meditative movement. Presented by Norman Williams Public Library. 8:30-9:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, programs@ STEPS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE: See WED.20.


COMMUNITY PUMPKIN CARVING NIGHT: Squash savants of all ages sculpt eerie effigies for use in the upcoming Pumpkin Walk. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4107.

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MOONLIGHT MADNESS: Buskers, magicians and circus performers take over the town as local businesses offer discounts and extended hours. Presented by Montpelier Alive. Downtown Montpelier, 4:45-9 p.m. Free. Info,

NIGHTMARE VERMONT: See THU.21. ‘THE SCARAB’S CURSE’: Actors bring the Shelburne Museum’s Grand Isle rail car to spine-tingling life for a virtual Halloween murder mystery experience. See calendar spotlight. 7-9 p.m. $15; preregister. Info, events@


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FRENCH CLUB: LES PROMENADES: French learners of all ages go for a lunchtime stroll around town and bulk up their conversation skills. Howe Library, Hanover, N.H., noon-1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info,

‘AUSTRALIA’S GREAT WILD NORTH 3D’: See WED.20. ‘DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA 3D’: See WED.20. LAKE PLACID FILM FESTIVAL: See THU.21, 9 a.m.-midnight. LAKE PLACID FILM FESTIVAL TRIBUTE GALA: The Festival honors Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck, creator of I Am Not Your Negro and the HBO series “Exterminate all the Brutes.” High Peaks Resort, Lake Placid, N.Y., 6:30-10 p.m. $125-1,650. Info, 518-302-1375.


‘MEERKATS 3D’: See WED.20.

JENNIFER GROUT: The Vermont singer-songwriter accompanies herself on the oud — a Middle Eastern lute-type instrument — alongside multi-percussionist Colin Henkel. Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, 7 p.m. Pay what you can. Info, 728-9878.

‘YEV’: See WED.20. Maison de la culture du Plateau-MontRoyal, Montréal, 7:30 p.m. Free; preregister.


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POP-UP ART CAFÉ: Art and live music meet tapas and wine at a cultural convergence hosted by Gallery on the Green owners Chip and Opal Evans. Soulfully Good Café, Woodstock, 6-9 p.m. Cost of food and drink; preregister. Info, 457-7395.

MORETOWN OPEN MIC: Family-friendly music, short plays and spoken-word pieces entertain audience members. 7-10 p.m. Free; preregister. Info,

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FALL PREVENTION SUN-STYLE TAI CHI: See WED.20, 10-10:45 a.m. ONLINE GUIDED MEDITATION: Dorothy Alling Memorial Library invites attendees to chill out on their lunch breaks and reconnect with their bodies. Noon-12:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, programs@





Cut, Print Amateur filmmakers, slice-of-life documentarians and those with a big box of family memories on tape sitting in the attic bring their 16mm, 8mm and Super 8 reels to the Vermont History Museum for Home Movie Day. In the morning, museum archivists teach attendees how to preserve and properly file their films, answering any questions they may have. Then the whole crew heads over to the Savoy Theater, where everyone’s home movies are projected on the big screen. Local author and organizer Allen Gilbert also provides commentary on the newly digitized version of The Epic Journey, his filmed documentation of his 1970 cross-country road trip in a Volkswagen bus.

HOME MOVIE DAY Saturday, October 23, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at Vermont History Museum in Montpelier. Free; preregister. Info, 622-4092,


‘THE HONKY TONK ANGELS’: See WED.20, 7:30-9:30 p.m. ‘FOOL FOR LOVE’: The Essex Community Players bring Sam Shepard’s classic play about self-destructive love to life. Essex Memorial Hall, 7:30-9 p.m. $18. Info, 878-9109. ‘THE MOUNTAINTOP’: Penned by Katori Hall, this theater work is a moving exploration of the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Weston Playhouse Second Stage at Walker Farm, 7:30 p.m. $50-74. Info, 824-5288. ‘MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING’: See THU.21. ‘THE SUFFRAGIST REENACTMENT SOCIETY’: Three actresses take audiences on a madcap ride through the history of women’s voting rights in this Vermont Suffrage FRI.22

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FALL OPEN HOUSE: Prospective students and their families tour the State University of New York campus. SUNY Plattsburgh, N.Y., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 518-564-2040.


JUNCTION: A WALKING TOUR: See WED.20. MORE THAN A MARKET: A WALKING TOUR OF BURLINGTON’S LOCAL MARKETS: Locals take a stroll through the past and present of immigrant culture in the Old North End. Meet at 7 Pine St. under the arch, Burlington, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, cbarrett@ QUEEN CITY GHOSTWALK DARKNESS FALLS TOUR: See FRI.22.

ETHIOPIAN & ERITREAN CUISINE TAKEOUT: Foodies from the Old North End and beyond sample Mulu Tewelde’s spicy, savory, succulent meals. Vegetarian options available; bring your own bag. 20 Allen St., Burlington, 4 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, tewmlde@ MIDDLEBURY FARMERS MARKET: Produce, prepared foods and local products are available for purchase at this year-round bazaar. Middlebury VFW Hall, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, middleburyfarmers POP-UP ART CAFÉ: See FRI.22. VERMONT CHICORY WEEK: See WED.20. WEEKLY WINE TASTING: See WED.20. Dedalus Wine Shop, Market & Wine Bar, Stowe, noon-3 p.m. Info, 585-7717.



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See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘ANTARCTICA 3D: ON THE EDGE’: See WED.20. ‘AUSTRALIA’S GREAT WILD NORTH 3D’: See WED.20. ‘DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA 3D’: See WED.20. ‘FIRE SHUT UP IN MY BONES’: Moviegoers witness the Metropolitan Opera’s first production of a piece by a Black composer and a Black director. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 1 p.m. $1022. Info, 603-646-2422. HOME MOVIE DAY: Amateur filmmakers learn how to archive and preserve their 16mm, 8mm and Super 8 reels, then reconvene at the Savoy Theater to see their creations on the big screen. See calendar spotlight. Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 622-4092. ‘THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME’: Composer Jeff Rapsis improvises a live score to a 1923 silent film adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic novel about a reclusive bell ringer. Brandon Town Hall, 7 p.m. Donations. Info, 603-236-9237. LAKE PLACID FILM FESTIVAL: See THU.21, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. ‘MEERKATS 3D’: See WED.20.

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BURLINGTON FARMERS MARKET: Dozens of stands overflow with seasonal produce, flowers, artisan wares and prepared foods. 345 Pine St., Burlington, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, manager@burlington


CHOCTOBERFEST: Special chocolates and other local foodstuffs round out a delectable tasting platter. Lake Champlain Chocolates Factory Store & Café, Burlington, noon-4 p.m. Free. Info, 864-1807.

FALL PREVENTION SUN STYLE TAI CHI: See WED.20. Father Lively Center, St. Johnsbury, 10-11 a.m. STEPS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE: See WED.20.


NIGHTMARE VERMONT: See THU.21, 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10 p.m. ‘THE SCARAB’S CURSE’: See FRI.22.


‘FOLK TALES’: Culturally rich pieces by Dvorak, Pejačević and Kreisler make for a delightful evening with the Champlain Trio. University of Vermont Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 656-3040.

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AMYTHYST KIAH: The Grammynominated rocker redefines roots music with her inventive rhythms. Alexander Twilight Theatre, Northern Vermont University-Lyndon, Lyndonville, 7 p.m. $15-38; free for students. Info, 748-2600. BORROMEO QUARTET: One of Boston’s most enthralling string quartets is joined by flutist Karen Kevra for an evening of Beethoven and Gluck. Streaming option available. Bethany United Church of Christ, Montpelier, 7:30-9 p.m. $15-25. Info, info@ CLASSIC STONES LIVE: Keith Call has moves like Jagger as front person of this Rolling Stones tribute band. Barre Opera House, 7:30 p.m. $29-38. Info, 476-8188. GRAND REOPENING CELEBRATION: Afro-pop superstar Angélique Kidjo headlines the triumphant reopening of the Flynn, followed by a dance party with dj cRAIG mITCHELL. The Flynn, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $125. Info, 863-5966. RHYTHM NOMADS: Balafons, gongs and West African talking drums make for a perfectly percussive performance from a celebrated world music trio. Masks and proof of vaccination required. Next Stage Arts Project, Putney, 7:30 p.m. $5-15. Info, 387-0102. SESSION AMERICANA: A folk-rock collective and its vintage instruments take the stage for an eclectic musical experience. Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, 7-9 p.m. $22. Info, 533-2000. WILL PATTON ENSEMBLE: Bakersfield’s own multi-instrumentalist and his band bring Brazilian jazz and bebop tunes to town. Masks and proof of vaccination required. Meeting House on the Green, East Fairfield, 5-7 p.m. Donations. Info, 827-6626.


COMMUNITY HIKE: Chittenden County Forester Ethan Tapper leads a nature walk while teaching locals about forest management and climate resilience. Red Rocks Park, South Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info,


VERMONT TECH JAM: Techies find new jobs or rub shoulders with others in the industry. BETA Technologies CEO Kyle Clark and Sirius Satellite Radio founder Martine Rothblatt keynote. Presented by Seven Days. Hula, Burlington, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $10-15; free for morning session only. Info, 865-1020, ext. 110.


‘THE HONKY TONK ANGELS’: See WED.20, 7:30-9:30 p.m. ‘FOOL FOR LOVE’: See FRI.22. ‘THE MOUNTAINTOP’: See FRI.22. ‘MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING’: See THU.21. ‘THE SUFFRAGIST REENACTMENT SOCIETY’: See FRI.22. Latchis Hotel & Theater, Brattleboro, 7:30 p.m.


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

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See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘ANTARCTICA 3D: ON THE EDGE’: See WED.20. ‘AUSTRALIA’S GREAT WILD NORTH 3D’: See WED.20. ‘DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA 3D’: See WED.20.

3D printer, and attendees get one free print to use at their leisure. 2-3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-3403.



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See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘ANTARCTICA 3D: ON THE EDGE’: See WED.20. ‘AUSTRALIA’S GREAT WILD NORTH 3D’: See WED.20. ‘DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA 3D’: See WED.20. ‘MEERKATS 3D’: See WED.20.

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


LET’S TALK: ESL CONVERSATION HOUR: Lebanon, N.H.’s Howe Library hosts a midday gathering for those looking to practice their English. Noon-1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, jared.jenisch@


‘THE SCARAB’S CURSE’: See FRI.22, 1-3 p.m.

IRISH LANGUAGE CLASS: Celtic-curious students learn to speak an Ghaeilge in a supportive group. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.

‘EVERY BRILLIANT THING’: Daniel Brochu performs a one-man show about a child trying to show his clinically depressed mother why life is worth living. The Studio, Segal Centre for Performing Arts, Montréal, 2 p.m. $25-67. Info, 514-739-7944.


ALEXANDER STRING QUARTET: Northeast Kingdom Classical Series opens its season with this prominent New York City chamber group. Masks and proof of vaccination required. South Church Hall, St. Johnsbury, 3 p.m. $6-18. Info, nekclassicalseries@ BORROMEO QUARTET: See SAT.23. The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Burlington, 3-4:30 p.m.


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DR. ELIZABETH GURIAN: True crime fanatics learn about patterns among serial killers from a Norwich University criminology professor. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.


MONTHLY BOOK CLUB: New and veteran members alike join in the conversation about Pip Williams’ novel The Dictionary of Lost Words. Jaquith Public Library,

Marshfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581.

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VSAC WEBINAR ON FAFSA: Vermont Student Assistance Corporation outreach counselor Carrie Harlow walks attendees through completing an application for financial aid. 6-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 800-642-3177.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘ANTARCTICA 3D: ON THE EDGE’: See WED.20. ‘AUSTRALIA’S GREAT WILD NORTH 3D’: See WED.20. ‘DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA 3D’: See WED.20. ‘MEERKATS 3D’: See WED.20.

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




IN CONVERSATION: NEW AMERICAN MUSICIANS: Local singer Myra Flynn moderates a panel of some of the state’s most accomplished immigrant musicians. Presented by Vermont Symphony Orchestra and University of Vermont’s Lane Series. University of Vermont Recital Hall, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 864-5741. THE MONKEES: Hey, hey it’s the Monkees! The 1960s pop rock group stops in Vermont on its Farewell Tour with original members Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz. The Flynn, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. $63-84. Info, 863-5966. TUE.26

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BROWN BAG BOOK DISCUSSION: Dorothy Aling Memorial Library’s virtual book club dissects Ann Patchett’s The Dutch House over lunch. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, POETRY CLUB: Local poet Jodi Girouard leads a supportive verse-writing workshop for those who would like feedback on their work or who are just happy to listen. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 11 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, sbplinfo@

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‘BEATRIX FARRAND, REDISCOVERED’: The Burlington Garden Club of Vermont presents Colleen Plimpton’s one-woman show about Beatrix Farrand, America’s first female landscape architect. Masks and proof of vaccination required. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 1 p.m. Free. Info,

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


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Memorial Library leads an informal discussion about what’s in the news. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, WATERBURY HISTORICAL SOCIETY ANNUAL MEETING: Howard Coffin speaks on how Vermont women kept things running during the Civil War. Open to the public; masks required. Waterbury Municipal Building, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 244-8089.




See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘ANTARCTICA 3D: ON THE EDGE’: See WED.20. ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN FILM SERIES: ‘RICHARD LEPLASTRIER: FRAMING THE VIEW’: Burlington City Arts presents this documentary about one of Australia’s most renowned architects, who lives away from the limelight in a house accessible only by boat. Free. Info, 865-7166. ‘AUSTRALIA’S GREAT WILD NORTH 3D’: See WED.20. ‘DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA 3D’: See WED.20. ‘MEERKATS 3D’: See WED.20. ‘YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN’: Mary Shelley’s tale of hubris and horror gets an uproarious update in Mel Brooks’ madcap comedy. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600.

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DEVELOPING SELF: See WED.20. EARN WHILE YOU LEARN: Unemployed job seekers ages 55 and up learn about the Senior Community Service Employment Program, a federally funded jobs training program for older individuals. 9-10 a.m. Free. Info, RETIRE CONFIDENTLY FINANCIAL FORUM: A panel of New England Federal Credit Union advisers answers questions about setting yourself up for a successful retirement. 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 764-6940.


DESIGN FOR AGING, DYING & DIGNITY: CASEY ENGELS: Yestermorrow Design/ Build School and Casey Engels of Williston’s Willowwood Death Care lead a conversation about approaching death mindfully. 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 888-496-5541. JUSTINE SNOW & AMANDA DIAZ: The Vermont Institute for Civic & International Involvement presents two legal professionals in conversation about the injustices surrounding the death penalty in the U.S. 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info,



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POETRY & HORROR: Awardwinning poet Rachel Hinton facilitates a workshop dedicated to the mysterious, nightmarish, spinechilling side of poetry. Zoom option available. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. m

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Burlington City Arts spring class registration is now open! Find these classes and many more at COLLAGE NIGHT W/ JESS GRAHAM: Get creative at home with Vermont artist Jess Graham. Jess is known for her strikingly colorful designs, paintings and collages. She will share tips and techniques to make unique collages with newspaper clippings, magazine pages, scraps of paper and more. Class includes materials and two hours of instruction. Tue., Oct. 26, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $40. Location: BCA Studios, Zoom. Info: Kiersten Williams, 865-7157,, DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY OPTION 2: Explore the traditional, analog, black-and-white darkroom! Learn to properly expose blackand-white film, process film into negatives and make silver gelatin prints. Film, paper and darkroom supplies included. Bring your manual 35mm or medium format film camera and an exposed roll of black-and-white film to the first class. Wed., Nov. 3-Dec. 15, 6-8:30 p.m. (No class on Nov. 24.) Cost: $270. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Kiersten Williams, 865-7157, kwilliams@, FAMILY PAINT: Spend a morning with teaching artist Kara Ware in BCA’s painting and drawing studio. Using our paints, brushes, easels and more, your family will create beautiful works of art. Supplies are provided; no experience needed. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Adults may assist their child(ren) free of charge. Sun., Oct.


24, 10 a.m.-noon. Cost: $25/participant. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Kiersten Williams, 865-7157, kwilliams@, FAMILY PRINTMAKING: Spend a morning with teaching artist Kara Ware using our printing plates, inks and press, and create beautiful works of art. All supplies are provided, no experience needed. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Adults may assist their child(ren) free of charge. Sun., Nov. 7, 10 a.m.-noon. Cost: $25/participant. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Kiersten Williams, 865-7157, kwilliams@, FRIDAY FAMILY CLAY: Family friendly! A ticket provides a wheel demonstration at the beginning of class, wheel access (for ages 6+), hand-building for any age, unlimited clay and time to create. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Adults may assist their child(ren) free of charge. Fri., Oct. 1-Nov. 5, 5-6:30 p.m. Cost: $20/ participant/class. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Kiersten Williams, 865-7157,, HOME STUDIO DIGITAL PHOTO: Learn the basics of making a great photograph with your digital camera in this four-week online class. Mark La Rosa guides students through basic camera controls such as aperture, shutter speed, ISO ratings, shooting in RAW, lens choices, metering techniques and more. Students need a DSLR or digital Mirrorless camera. Mon., Oct. 25-Nov. 15, 6-7:30 p.m. Cost: $120. Location: Zoom. Info: Kiersten Williams, 865-7157,, HOME STUDIO: DIGITAL PHOTO: Learn the basics of making a great photograph from home with your digital camera, in this fourweek online class. Learn basic camera controls like aperture, shutter speed, ISO ratings, shooting in RAW, lens choices, metering techniques and more. Students must have their own DSLR or digital Mirrorless camera. Ages 13+. Mon., Oct. 25-Nov. 15, 6-7:30 p.m. Cost: $120. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Kiersten Williams, 865-7157,, POTTERY: Join teaching artist Catie Owen in the BCA Clay Studio to create bowls, cups, sculptures, and more through wheelthrowing and hand-building


techniques. Learn surface design and decorating tips to make your pieces amazing. Class fee includes up to three pieces to be fired and glazed by the studio. Sun., Oct. 24-Nov. 21 (no class on Oct. 31), 2-4 p.m. Cost: $75. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Kiersten Williams, 865-7157, kwilliams@, POTTERY AGES 6-12: Join teaching artist Catie Owen to create bowls, cups, sculptures and more through wheel-throwing and hand-building techniques. Learn surface design and decorating tips to make your pieces amazing. Includes up to three pieces to be fired and glazed by the studio. Items will be food/dishwasher/ microwave-safe and lead-free. Materials provided. Sun., Oct. 24-Nov. 21, 2-4 p.m. (no class on Oct. 31). Cost: $75/participant. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Kiersten Williams, 865-7157, kwilliams@,

dance TANGO MONDAYS IN BURLINGTON: 6-7 p.m., Technique for Both Roles: partner-free way to improve or begin your tango journey. 7-8:30 p.m., Partner Class + Practical, role fluid. Vaccinated only — we care (and we card)! Ongoing series. Basics, variations and how to improvise! Cost: $15 or pay what you can. Location: Nataraja Studios, 215 College St., 3rd Floor, Burlington. Info: Eva Zimet,,

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


GENERATOR is a combination of artist studios, classroom, and business incubator at the intersection of art, science, and technology. We provide tools, expertise, education, and opportunity – to enable all members of our community to create, collaborate, and make their ideas a reality. CUSTOM PRINTED CARDS WORKSHOP: This workshop teaches participants to create hand-printed cards by editing

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INTRODUCTION TO RASPBERRY PI: Learn all about the Raspberry Pi Pico 2040 microcontroller! You’ll build and program a circuit that will be able to control a ring of LEDs. No prior experience is needed, and the components will be yours to take home for further exploration. Tue., Nov. 9, 6-9 p.m. Location: Generator, 40 Sears Ln., Burlington. Info: Sam Graulty, 540-0761, education@, generatorvt. com/workshops. LASER ETCHED GLASSWARE: Make your own custom glassware! Participants will create design files in Adobe Illustrator and learn how to use the Epilog laser cutter and rotary tool to etch designs onto wine, pint or rocks glasses. This is a great way to make a oneof-a-kind gift. Tue., Oct. 19, 5:308:30 p.m. Location: Generator, 40 Sears Ln., Burlington. Info: Sam Graulty, 540-0761, education@, generatorvt. com/workshops.

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martial arts AIKIDO: Discover the dynamic, flowing martial art of aikido. Learn how to relax under pressure and how aikido cultivates core power, aerobic fitness and resiliency. Aikido techniques emphasize throws, pinning techniques and the growth of internal power. Visitors are always welcome to watch a class! Basics classes meet 5 days/wk.

and Perception (a study of the nervous system as it relates to movement), Aug. 18-23. Designed as a four-part modular program, people have the option to attend individual workshops or sign up for all four. Thu., Nov. 18-Sun., Nov. 21. Cost: $475; room & board incl. No one turned away for lack of funds. Discount for all 4 workshops. Location: The Field Center, 61 Williams Rd., Bellows Falls. Info: Nuria Bowart, 510-847-1145,,

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

movement AXIS SYLLABUS WORKSHOPS: Axis Syllabus four-part study of dynamic motion at the Field Center. The Axis Syllabus offers movers of all disciplines an opportunity to experience a deeper respect for this design called the human body. First session: Everything Comes From the Feet, Oct. 18-21. Second session: Spinal Musings, Feb. 17-20. Third session: Axial Arcing (moving the limbs from the spine), May 17-22. Fourth session: Reception

NEW BEGINNER TAI CHI CLASS: We practice Cheng Manch’ing’s “simplified” 37-posture Yang-style form. The course will be taught by Patrick Cavanaugh, a longtime student and assistant to Wolfe Lowenthal; Wolfe is a direct student of Cheng Man-ch’ing and founder of Long River Tai Chi Circle. Opportunities for learning online also available! COVID-19 vaccination is required to attend in person. Mask requirements are based on CDC recommendations, venue policy and group comfort. Starts Oct. 6, 9-10 a.m., open registration until Oct. 27. Cost: $65/mo. Location: St. Anthony’s Church (Gym), 305 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Info: Long River Tai Chi Circle, Patrick Cavanaugh, 490-6405, patrick@longriver, TAI CHI CLASS IN PERSON/ ONLINE: Improve your balance, alignment, looseness and awareness. Two new beginner classes: one in person and one online. Inperson class: information below. Online class: Thu., 5:30-6:30 p.m., starting Nov. 4. Taught by Djemila Cavanaugh of Long River Tai Chi Circle, school of Wolfe Lowenthal, direct student of Cheng Man-ching. In-person classes: COVID-19 vaccination required, and mask per CDC guidelines, venue policy and group comfort. Starts Nov. 2, Tue. 7-8 p.m.; registration open until Nov. 30. Cost: $65/mo. Location: Bethany Church, 115 Main St., Montpelier. Info: Djemila Cavanaugh, 4900225, djem.translator@gmail. com,

women FULL MOON CEREMONY FOR WOMEN: Join international bestselling author, educator, filmmaker, speaker and consultant Shajen Joy Aziz of Woodstock, who will welcome the circle of friends and group leader Cassie Reed, yoga instructor 200 hours RYT, Ayurvedic cooking consultant and master gardener, in a special full moon celebration focused on letting go of what no longer serves. Wed., Oct. 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $20/2-hr. ceremony & Ayurvedic meal. Location: The Grange, Route 100A, Bridgewater. Info: Mountain Girl Yoga, Cassie Reed, 356-2946,,

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


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The District 4 Environmental Commission is reviewing this application under Act 250 Rule 51—Minor Applications. A copy of the application and proposed permit are available for review at the office listed below. The application and a draft permit may also be viewed on the Natural Resources Board’s web site (http://nrb.vermont. gov) by clicking on “Act 250 Database” and entering the project number “4C0451-4.”

If you feel that any of the District Commission members listed on the attached Certificate of Service under “For Your Information” may have a conflict of interest, or if there is any other reason a member should be disqualified from sitting on this case, please contact the District Coordinator as soon as possible, and by no later than November 8, 2021.


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hearing. Any hearing request by an adjoining property owner or other person eligible for party status under 10 V.S.A. § 6085(c)(1)(E) must include a petition for party status under the Act 250 Rules. Prior to submitting a request for a hearing, please contact the district coordinator at the telephone number listed below for more information. Prior to convening a hearing, the Commission must determine that substantive issues requiring a hearing have been raised. Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law may not be prepared unless the Commission holds a public hearing.



ACT 250 NOTICE MINOR APPLICATION #4C04514 10 V.S.A. §§ 6001 - 6093 On October 11, 2021, The University of Vermont and State Agricultural College, 16 Colchester Avenue, Burlington, VT 05405 filed application number 4C0451-4 for a project generally described as renovations to the Hills Science Building including: (1) construction of an addition at the southeast entrance to include an elevator tower; (2) construction of improvements to the northeast entrance; (3) reconstruction and expansion of the connector between Hills and Benedict Auditorium; (4) installation of replacement windows; and (5) construction of new sidewalks, utilities, and landscaping and installation of a new generator. The project is located on 105 Carrigan Drive in Burlington, Vermont.



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ACT 250 NOTICE MINOR APPLICATION #4C055010F 10 V.S.A. §§ 6001 - 6093 On October 4, 2021, Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation, 60 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401 and High Fidelity, Inc., 115 Catamount Drive, Milton, VT 05468 filed application number 4C0550-10F for a project generally described the construction of a 48,000 sf single-story industrial building, a 672 sf accessory building, greenhouse, parking areas and related site improvements on Lot 13B of the Catamount Industrial Park for the cultivation and processing of cannabis. The project is located at Catamount Drive in Milton, Vermont. The District 4 Environmental Commission is reviewing this application under Act 250 Rule 51— Minor Applications. A copy of the application and proposed permit are available for review at the office listed below. The application and a draft permit may also be viewed on the Natural Resources Board’s web site (http://nrb.vermont. gov) by clicking on “Act 250 Database” and entering the project number “4C0550-10F.” No hearing will be held and a permit may be issued unless, on or before November 1, 2021, a person notifies the Commission of an issue or issues requiring the presentation of evidence at a hearing, or the Commission sets the matter for a hearing on its own motion. Any person as defined in 10 V.S.A. § 6085(c)(1) may request a hearing. Any hearing request must be in writing to the address below, must state the criteria or sub-criteria at issue, why a hearing is required and what additional evidence will be presented at the hearing. Any hearing request by an adjoining property owner or other person eligible for party status under 10 V.S.A. § 6085(c)(1)(E) must include a petition for party status under the Act 250 Rules. Prior to submitting a request for a hearing, please contact the district coordinator at the telephone number listed below for more information. Prior to convening a hearing, the Commission must determine that substantive issues requiring a hearing have been raised. Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law may not be prepared unless the Commission holds a public hearing. If you feel that any of the District Commission members listed on the attached Certificate of Service under “For Your Information” may have a conflict of interest, or if there is any other reason a member should be disqualified from sitting on this case, please contact the District Coordinator as soon as possible, and by no later than November 1, 2021. If you have a disability for which you need accommodation in order to participate in this process (including participating in a public hearing, if one is held), please notify us as soon as possible,

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HVSS PRIVATE STORAGE UNIT AUCTION NOTICE OF SELF STORAGE LIEN SALE HARBOR VIEW SELF STORAGE, 8 HARBOR VIEW ROAD, SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT 05403 Notice is hereby given that the contents of the self storage unit listed below will be sold at public auction by sealed bid.

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NOTICE: CITY OF BURLINGTON FULL BOARD OF ABATEMENT OF TAXES The Full Board of Abatement of Taxes of the City of Burlington will meet in Contois Auditorium, at City Hall, 149 Church Street on Monday, November 8, 2021* to hear and act upon the request for abatement of taxes and/or penalties from:

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Name of Occupant Storage Unit S Charlson Unit 4A-18 (10x12) Said sale will take place on or after October 29, 2021. Unit will be opened for viewing immediately prior to auction. Sale shall be by sealed bid to the highest bidder. Contents of entire storage unit will be sold as one lot. The winning bid must remove all contents from the facility at no cost to Harbor View Self Storage on the day of auction. Harbor View Self Storage reserves the right to reject any bid lower than the amount owed by the occupant (including late fees and fees associated with the auction) or that is not commercially reasonable as defined by statute.

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NOTICE OF SELF STORAGE LIEN SALE MALLETTS BAY SELF STORAGE, LLC, 115 HEINEBERG DRIVE, COLCHESTER, VT 05446 Notice is hereby given that the contents of the self-storage units listed below will be sold at public auction by sealed bid. Name of Occupant Storage Unit Christine Shahoud # 27 Said sales will take place on 11/5/21, beginning at 10:00am at Malletts Bay Self Storage, LLC, (MBSS, LLC)115 Heineberg Dr, Colchester, VT 05446. Units will be opened for viewing immediately prior to auction. Sale shall be by sealed bid to the highest bidder. Contents of entire storage unit will be sold as one lot. The winning bid must remove all contents from the facility at no cost to MBSS, LLC on the day of auction. MBSS, LLC reserves the right to reject any bid lower that the amount

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

PUBLIC HEARING-COLCHESTER DEVELOPMENT REVIEW BOARD Pursuant to Title 24 VSA, Chapter 117, the Development Review Board will hold a public hearing on November 10, 2021 at 7:00pm to hear the following requests under the Development Regulations. Meeting is open to the public and will be held both in-person at 781 Blakely Road and via Zoom: a) 17 MILL & MAIN LLC – Final Plat application for a minor planned unit development to subdivide an existing 2.14-acre lot to add an additional four building lots in the GD1 district. Subject Property is located at 984 Main Street, tax map 24, parcel 5. b) ST. MICHAEL’S COLLEGE, CHAMPLAIN HOUSING TRUST, & EVERNORTH – Final Plat application for a major planned unit development to establish 65 residential multi-family units in existing structures and associated surface parking in the GD2 District. Subject Property is located at Ethan Allen Avenue, tax map 20, parcel 4. c) TYSON & ALLISON MOULTON – Final Plat application to amend a previously approved 4-lot subdivision. Amendment is specific to Lot #3 and includes minor changes to driveway location and an increased building envelope size. Subject property is located at 514 Red Rock Road, tax map 77, parcel 5-5.

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is located at 78 South Street, tax map 11, parcel 10, unit 14. e) IRELAND INDUSTRIES, LLC – The Board will consider whether to re-open the hearing for the Site Plan and Conditional Use applications heard on October 13, 2021. If re-opened, the Board will hear the Site Plan application to construct two (2) three-story, 39-unit multi-family dwellings with underground parking in the Sunderland Farms PUD in the GD3 district and Conditional Use Application under Section 4.03G Table 1, Section 1.300 to allow ground-floor multi-family housing in the two (2) proposed 3-story multi-family dwellings on Lots 5 and 6 of the Sunderland Farms PUD. Subject property is located at 242 Severance Road, Tax Map 4, Parcels 30-5, 30-6, 30-28, 30-38 and 30-39 October 20, 2021

STATE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT PROBATE DIVISION CHITTENDEN UNIT CASE NO.: 21-PR-04760 IN RE ESTATE OF: ANNE S. CONLIN NOTICE TO CREDITORS To the Creditors of: Anne Conlin Late of: Burlington, Vermont I have been appointed to administer this estate. All creditors having claims against the decedent or the estate must present their claims in writing within four (4) months of the 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: 10/13/21 Signed: /s/ Edward Staiton Address: Edward Straiton c/o Daniel Mullen, Esq. Sheehey Furlong & Behm P.C. 30 Main Street, PO Box 66 Burlington, VT 05401-0066 Name of Publication: Seven Days Publication Date: 10/20/2021 Address of Probate Court: Vermont Superior Court Chittenden Probate Division PO Box 511 Burlington, VT 05401 STATE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT PROBATE DIVISION CHITTENDEN UNIT DOCKET NO.: 21-PR-005500 In re ESTATE of Barbara Fischman NOTICE TO CREDITORS To the creditors of Barbara Fischman, late of Williston, VT. I have been appointed to administer this estate. All creditors having claims against the decedent or the estate must present their claims in writing within four (4) months of the date of the first publication of this notice. The claim must be presented to me at the address listed below with a copy sent to the Court. The claim may be barred forever if it is not presented within the four (4) month period. Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021

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Signature of Fiduciary: /s/ Michael E. Chouinard

Date: October 11, 2021 Signature of Fiduciary: /s/ Faith Abair Executor/Administrator: Faith Abair, Admin., c/o Corey F. Wood, Esq., 34 Pearl Street, Essex Jct., VT 05452 802-879-6304 Name of Publication: Seven Days Publication Date: 10/20/21 Vermont Superior Court, Probate Division, Chittenden Unit 175 Main Street Burlington, Vermont 05401 802-793-4353 Name of Publication: Seven Days Publication Date: 10/20/21 Vermont Superior Court, Probate Division 175 Main Street, P.O. Box 511 Burlington, Vermont 05402-0511 STATE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT PROBATE DIVISION CHITTENDEN UNIT DOCKET NO.: 21-PR-04231 In re ESTATE of Joseph Chouinard Jr. NOTICE TO CREDITORS To the creditors of Joseph Chouinard Jr., late of Essex. I have been appointed to administer this estate. All creditors having claims against the decedent or the estate must present their claims in writing within four (4) months of the date of the first publication of this notice. The claim must be presented to me at the address listed below with a copy sent to the

Executor/Administrator: Michael E. Chouinard, 29 Morgan Rd., Jericho, Vermont 05465 802-3385230 Name of Publication: Seven Days Publication Date: 10/20/21 Chittenden Probate Court P.O. Box 511 Burlington, Vermont 05402 STATE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT PROBATE DIVISION CHITTENDEN UNIT DOCKET NO.: 21-PR-04757 In re ESTATE of Dimitri Boytchev NOTICE TO CREDITORS


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OCCUPANTS OF: 7906 Main Road, Huntington VT MORTGAGEE’S NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE OF REAL PROPERTY UNDER 12 V.S.A. sec 4952 et seq. In accordance with the Judgment Order and

Decree of Foreclosure entered June 11, 2021, in the above captioned action brought to foreclose that certain mortgage given by the late Jon Boise and Jacqueline C. Boise to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for Sterling National Mortgage Company, Inc., Subsidiary of Federally Chartered Bank dated December 14, 2007 and recorded in Book 95 Page 360 of the land records of the Town of Huntington, 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 Sterling National Mortgage Company, Inc., Subsidiary of Federally Chartered Bank to Countrywide Home Loans Servicing, L.P. dated May 5, 2009 and recorded in Book 98 Page 594 and (2) Assignment of Mortgage from Bank of America, National Association, successor by merger to BAC Home Loans Servicing, LP, formerly known as Countrywide Home Loans Servicing, LP to Carrington Mortgage Services, LLC dated April 16, 2018 and recorded in Book 111 Page 326, both of the land records of the Town of Huntington for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing the same will be sold at Public Auction at 7906 Main Road, Huntington, Vermont on November 17, 2021 at 10:00 AM all and singular the premises described in said mortgage, To wit: A certain piece of land in Huntington in the County of Chittenden and State of Vermont, described as follows, viz: Said land and premises are further described as follows: A parcel of land situated in that part of town of Huntington known as Hanksville and abutting the westerly side of the main highway leading from Huntington to Buells Gore. Together with a house and garage located thereon, Said parcel is a portion

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SEVENDAYSVT.COM/CLASSIFIEDS of the “George Hall Property”, so-Called, described as Parcel 2 in a Deed to Felix and Bertha Smith from Fay B. Shattuck as Administrator of the Estate of Bial C. Shattuck, dated April 17, 1948 and of record in Vol. 22, page 261 of said land records. Said parcel is further described as follows: Commencing in the westerly sideline of the aforementioned road at the northeast corner of the aforementioned George Hall property, so called; thence proceeding in a westerly direction at the right angles to the westerly sideline of the aforementioned highway for a distance of 181.5 feet, more or less; thence deflecting to the left and proceeding in a southerly direction in a course parallel with the westerly sideline of the aforementioned highway for a distance of 239.25 feet; thence deflecting to the left and proceeding in a southerly direction in a course at right angles to the westerly sideline of the aforementioned highway for a distance of 181.5 feet to a point in the westerly sideline of said highway, thence deflecting to the left and proceeding northerly in and along the Westerly sideline of the aforementioned highway to the point or place of beginning. Parcel ID#: 070110 Reference is hereby made to the above instruments and to the records and references contained therein in further aid of this description. Terms of sale: Said premises will be sold and conveyed subject to all liens, encumbrances, unpaid taxes, tax titles, municipal liens and assessments, if any, which take precedence over the said mortgage above described. TEN THOUSAND ($10,000.00) Dollars of the purchase price must be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check at the time and place of the sale by the purchaser. The balance of the purchase price shall be paid by a bank wire, certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check within sixty (60) days after the date the Confirmation Order is entered by the Court. All checks should be made payable to “Bendett & McHugh, PC, as Trustee”. The mortgagor is entitled to redeem the premises at any time prior to the sale by paying the full amount due under the mortgage, including the costs and expenses of the sale. Other terms to be announced at the sale. DATED : September 20, 2021 By: _/s/ Rachel K. Ljunggren_ Rachel K. Ljunggren, Esq. Bendett and McHugh, PC 270 Farmington Ave., Ste. 151 Farmington, CT 06032 STATE OF VERMONT VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT ORANGE UNIT, CIVIL DIVISION DOCKET NO: 16110-19 OECV WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A., AS TRUSTEE, ON BEHALF OF SASCO MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST 2007MLN1 MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-MLN1 v. DOUGLAS J. PARKER OCCUPANTS OF: 53 Central Street, Randolph 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 31, 2021, in the above captioned action brought to foreclose that certain mortgage given by Douglas J. Parker to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as



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nominee for Mortgage Lenders Network USA, Inc. dba Lenders Network, dated September 25, 2006 and recorded in Book 162 Page 293 of the land records of the Town of Randolph, of which mortgage the Plaintiff is the present holder, by virtue of an Assignment of Mortgage from Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for Mortgage Lenders Network USA, Inc dba Lenders Network to Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., as Trustee, on behalf of SASCO Mortgage Loan Trust 2007-MLN1 Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2007-MLN1 dated August 9, 2018 and recorded in Book 208 Page 750 of the land records of the Town of Randolph for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing the same will be sold at Public Auction at 53 Central Street, Randolph, Vermont on November 15, 2021 at 10:30 AM all and singular the premises described in said mortgage, To wit: LEGAL DESCRIPTION A certain piece of land in Randolph, in the County of Orange and State of Vermont, described as viz: Beginning at the northeast corner of the houselot of Virginia J. MacDougall (see book 79, page 335) on the southerly side of Central Street; thence running southerly 150 feet along the MacDougall’s east line; thence running 50 feet easterly in a line parallel with Central Street; thence running 150 northerly to Central Street; thence running 50 feet westerly to the place of beginning. Tax 1D# 207032.000 Reference is hereby made to the above instruments and to the records and references contained therein in further aid of this description. Terms of sale: Said premises will be sold and conveyed subject to all liens, encumbrances, unpaid taxes, tax titles, municipal liens and assessments, if any, which take precedence over the said mortgage above described. TEN THOUSAND ($10,000.00) Dollars of the purchase price must be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check at the time and place of the sale by the purchaser. The balance of the purchase price shall be paid by a bank wire, certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check within sixty (60) days after the date the Confirmation Order is entered by the Court. All checks should be made payable to “Bendett & McHugh, PC, as Trustee”. The mortgagor is entitled to redeem the premises at any time prior to the sale by paying the full amount due under the mortgage, including the costs and expenses of the sale.

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Property No. 1: Intentionally Left Blank. Property No. 2: Property commonly known and numbered as 2876 Duxbury Road, owned by Ellen M. May and George E. May, Jr., as joint tenants with the right of survivorship, conveyed to them by Quit Claim Deed of Ellen M. May, dated July 17, 2003, and of record in Book 60 at Pages 980-982 of the Town of Bolton Land Records. Said lands and/or premises will be sold at a public auction at the Town Office, 3045 Theodore Roosevelt Highway (U.S. Route 2), Bolton, Vermont, on Tuesday the 9th day of November 2021, at One o’clock in the afternoon (1:00 p.m.), to discharge such taxes with costs, unless the same are previously paid. Information regarding the amount of taxes due may be obtained at the offices of Robert E. Fletcher, Esq., Stitzel, Page & Fletcher, P.C., P.O. Box 1507, Burlington, Vermont 05402-1507, (802) 660-2555. DATED at Bolton, in the County of Chittenden and State of Vermont, this 7th day of September 2021. /s/ Amy Grover Amy Grover, Delinquent Tax Collector Town of Bolton TOWN OF ESSEX PLANNING COMMISSION AMENDED AGENDA/PUBLIC HEARING OCTOBER 28, 2021-6:30 P.M. MUNICIPAL CONFERENCE ROOM, 81 MAIN ST., ESSEX JCT., VT 5:15 P.M. Site Visit: The Commissioners will be conducting a site visit for lands located at 109 & 113 Brigham Hill Road. The public is invited to attend. 6:30 P.M. PC Meeting: Anyone may attend this meeting in person at the above address or remotely through the following options: - Microsoft Teams Join-Teams-Meeting-Essex-PC

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Additional information related to this application may be viewed at the Jericho Planning and Zoning Office during regular business hours. Chris Flinn Zoning Administrator VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT FAMILY DIVISION CHITTENDEN UNIT CASE NO. 20-DM-00841 Jody Benoit v. Jamie Blake, Jeremy Bathalon Plaintiff Name Jody L Benoit DOB 02/09/1962 v. Defendant Name Jeremy Bathalon DOB 12/21/1988 ORDER FOR SERVICE BY PUBLICATION To the above-named Defendant: You are hereby summoned and required to serve upon the Plaintiff, whose address is: 48 Old Colchester Road Essex Junction VT 05452, an Answer to the Plaintiffs complaint within twenty-one (21) days of the date of publication of this summons. You must also file a copy of your Answer with the Superior Court, Family Division at the following address: Chittenden Unit, 32 Cherry St Suite 200 Burlington, VT 05401 802-651-1709. If you fail to answer the Complaint within twenty-one (21) days of the date of publication, a default judgment may be entered against you and the Court may grant the relief demanded by the Plaintiff in the Complaint. Under most circumstances, your answer must state as a counterclaim any related claim which you may have against the Plaintiff, or you will thereafter be barred from making such claim in any other action. Plaintiffs action is a Complaint for De Facto Parentage Plaintiff is seeking: ( ) decree of divorce, legal separation or civil union dissolution; ( ) parental rights and responsibilities for the minor child(ren) of the parties;

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A copy of the complaint is on file and my be obtained from the clerk of the above-named Family Division of the Superior Court. The Vermont Office for Child Support also filed an appearance in this case. The Office for Child Support is seeking payment of debts due and owing to the State of Vermont.

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Other terms to be announced at the sale. DATED : October 8, 2021 By: _/s/ Rachel K. Ljunggren__ Rachel K. Ljunggren, Esq. Bendett and McHugh, PC 270 Farmington Ave., Ste. 151 Farmington, CT 06032

TOWN OF JERICHO- DEVELOPMENT REVIEW BOARD NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The Jericho Development Review Board will hold a public hearing at 7:00 pm on WEDNESDAY October 27, 2021 at the Jericho Town Hall to consider the following.

TOWN OF BOLTON’S COMBINED NOTICE OF TAX SALE The resident and non-resident owners, lienholders, mortgagees and all persons interested in the purchase of land in the Town of Bolton, County of Chittenden and State of Vermont, are hereby notified that the taxes assessed by such Town for the 2020-2021 and prior fiscal years remain, either in whole or in part, unpaid on the following described lands and/or premises situated in the Town of Bolton:

• A request to the DRB by Mansfield View HOA to amend a previously approved PUD. This property is located at 3 Raceway Road (Bittersweet Lane) which is in the Village Zoning District. • A request to the DRB from G.W. Tatro for preliminary plat review for a phased one of a major subdivision. This property is located at 366 Vermont Route 15 which is in the Village Center and Character Based Zoning District

Based on Plaintiffs affidavit, it appears that service cannot be made with due diligence by any of the methods prescribed in V.R.C.P .. 4(d) through (t). It is therefore hereby ORDERED that service of process shall be made upon Defendant by publication pursuant to V.R.C.P. 4(g). This Order shall be published once a week for two consecutive weeks between October 1 and October 30, 2021 in the newspaper of general circulation in Vem1ont, to wit “Seven Days,” and a copy of this Order shall be mailed to the Defendant at the last known address where Plaintiff believes he can be located, and a copy shall be sent to any valid email address that Plaintiff is aware Defendant is using to receive messages. Electronically signed on September 21, 2021 at 3:33 PM pursuant to V.R.E.F. 9(d). /s/ Megan J. Shafritz Superior Court Judge

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APDMH’s strong foundation is built on almost 90 years of care and the core values of kindness, community, partnership, and service. We invite you to apply to join our team that includes APDMH colleagues and the DartmouthHitchcock Development Office, and help shape the future of an innovative and vibrant element of New Hampshire’s only academic medical system.

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duties of the position include year-round road maintenance using appropriate equipment. The Town of Johnson offers a competitive wage and benefits package depending on skills and experience.

KITCHEN PREP/LINE A chance to be involved in all aspects of making our well-known sandwiches, salads, soup and more. Contact Cassyat

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

For over 20 years, we have been providing great career opportunities in the food industry. Get in touch with us if your passion is great food, and your needs include:

SOUS CHEF This position will work closely with our veteran Chef making great food and running a joyful, tight kitchen. We are looking for someone with a passion for food and for whom this is a career choice. Send resumes and inquiries to

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VNRC LEGISLATIVE INTERNSHIP The Vermont Natural Resources Council is seeking a Legislative Intern to assist VNRC and our partners, Vermont Conservation Voters and the Vermont Planners Association, in moving forward-looking environmental legislation in the Vermont State House in 2022. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated interest in state-level policies and policy making, strong oral and written communication skills, and be diplomatic, curious, and able to take initiative. Visit for the full job description and to apply.

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Ushio America, Inc. – at our Vermont location – is seeking highly self-motivated individuals to join our team as:

Engineering Manager Electro-Mechanical Assembler For more details on these positions please visit: Ushio offers a comprehensive benefit package. Interested applicants can apply via email or mail.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE ADMINISTRATOR We are seeking an Accounts Payable Administrator to join the Finance Team at Capstone Community Action. The Accounts Payable Administrator will be responsible for 3:51 PM all the accounts payable functions. Additional duties may include providing back up for accounts receivable, payroll and credit card payment functions. The ideal candidate would have an associate’s degree in accounting, experience in a fast-paced fund accounting/bookkeeping environment and possess a solid understanding of computers and software – notably Microsoft Excel. Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume to:

• Amazing industrial kitchen facilities • Creative gourmet menus built from scratch • Growth, opportunity, flexibility • Get your nights back – no late hours • For 27 years- A community culture like no other • Paid time off and full benefits We seek cooks at any level, whether curious about a culinary career or extremely seasoned; we can find a place for you. Please email a cover letter and resume to or complete an application online: E.O.E.

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THE CHILDREN’S LITERACY FOUNDATION (CLiF) is a nonprofit based in Waterbury Center. For 24 years, CLiF has inspired a love of reading and writing among almost 350,000 low-income, atrisk, and rural children throughout Vermont and New Hampshire. See for more.


Communications Manager: 24 hours per week. CLiF seeks a communications professional to manage our external communications, media relations, and overall outreach. Communications duties include: pitching media articles/op-eds and press releases to local, regional, and national outlets; writing, editing, and managing content for CLiF’s print newsletter, monthly e-newsletter, annual report, social media, weekly blog, and other communications materials; proofreading various communications; representing the organization at events and various media platforms; maintaining and updating the website, and participating in donor outreach and some limited grant writing. Work will be performed 24 hours per week in the CLiF office in Waterbury Center (and/or remotely during COVID-19). Requirements: Excellent writing and editing skills. Proven ability to manage projects. 3+ years experience in public relations, communications, marketing, or similar field. Experience in nonprofits a plus. Success with pitching various pieces of content to editors. Experience with blogging and social media, and other forms of media. Skilled with technology, including, Microsoft Office suite, Wordpress, and donor management software. Strong interpersonal skills. Must have reliable transportation to and from Waterbury Center. Send resume and cover letter by November 15 to

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Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Capstone Community Action, Inc. Human Resources, 20 Gable Place, Barre, VT 05641 Or e-mail to:

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Flexible schedules, competitive pay, opportunities for personal and professional growth. Team members can also earn benefits, paid vacations, meal discounts, health/welfare benefits and a 401K savings program, depending on eligibility.

Apply today! The Outside Sales Representative, for the residential customer base, is responsible for selling VGS products & services though lead generation, educating prospects on products & services through phone calls, in person connections, trainings and presentations, all while providing exceptional customer service. Working closely 10/12/21 11:14 AM with the Sales & Marketing Manager, product & service offerings,2v-Denny's101321-2.indd 1 both existing and new, will require delivery through innovative solutions to meet Vermonters’ energy needs and VGS’s Climate Plan; Net Zero by 2050. This position primarily provides technical assistance, promotion, and marketing of VGS programs to new and existing customers, including natural gas service, energy efficiency Server, Cooks, Host, programs as well as new and existing product and service Shift Leaders, Dishwasher offerings. The best Outside Sales Representative is adaptive to a fast-paced environment, self-motivated and genuinely passionate Denny's is looking for hardworking about the energy future of Vermont. Our generous benefits package includes comprehensive healthcare coverage, competitive compensation and bonus potential, 401(k) with employer contributions, and ample paid time off. Diversity & Inclusion Statement 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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individuals who enjoy working in a fast-paced environment. Denny's offers a competitive pay, great benefits, a clean sanitized work environment, and flexible schedules. Apply today! 802-863-4000 730 Shelburne Rd. South Burlington, VT 05403

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The Legislative support offices are currently hiring for several roles. The nonpartisan offices are an interesting, challenging, and exciting place to work. You will be part of a highly professional and collegial team that is proud of, and enthusiastic about, the mission of the state legislature. To apply, please go to 'Career Opportunities' at 3v-VTGeneralAssembly102021.indd 1

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VERMONT STATE COURTS The Vermont Judiciary is now hiring approximately 10 full-time, limited-service positions offering full benefits including healthcare, sick leave, holidays and paid time off. Positions to coordinate the use of audio/video technology to deliver court hearings over online meeting tools such as WebEx, Zoom and YouTube livestreaming. Working in either our IT Department (RIS) or the Planning and Court Services unit, this position exercises independent judgment and quick thinking. Extensive interaction with members of the legal community, judicial officers, court staff and the public. Remote work possible. High school and 4 years’ experience (will substitute 4-year degree for experience) with office systems required. Starting rate is $24.20 per hour.

A Bachelor’s degree in accounting and 5 years of experience in municipal government finances are preferred. An equivalent combination of training and experience may be considered. This is a full-time non-exempt position with excellent benefits, flex time available, and with some remote work hours possible after probation. The pay range is $22.00 to $30.00 per hour. A job description is available at the Hyde Park Municipal Office at 344 Route 15 West, or you may download it from To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to: or: Ron Rodjenski, Town Administrator, Finance Director Search, Town of Hyde Park, PO Box 98, Hyde Park, VT, 05655.

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The Town of Hyde Park is accepting applications to fill the position of Town Finance Director to assist the Town in maintaining financial and accounting records in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and procedures, state statutes and town policies.

Go to for more details and to complete application. These positions are open until filled. The Vermont Judiciary is an E.O.E.

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Review of applications to begin October 28, 2021, and position open until filled. Reference checks at end of hiring process.


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BOOKKEEPER/ FINANCE MANAGER The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission seeks an adaptable, self-motivated Bookkeeper or Finance Manager. Apply to join our team if you enjoy leveraging the power of people working together to help others achieve their goals! Permanent position at 30-40 hours per week performing professional level accounting work in the maintenance, review, and reconciliation of financial records to ensure compliance with accepted accounting principles and standards. Compensation commensurate with demonstrated ability within a salary range of $37,440 - $60,000 annualized for Bookkeeper. Associate’s degree in bookkeeping, accounting or related discipline and three to five years in a similar position; a bachelor’s degree in accounting, business or financial management preferred. Compensation commensurate with demonstrated ability within a salary range of $50,000 - $80,000 annualized for Finance Manager. Bachelor’s degree in accounting or related discipline and three to five years in a similar position; master’s degree in accounting, business or financial management preferred. Knowledge of state and federal grant management and contract administration highly desirable. Excellent benefit package. Flexible and collaborative work environment. For more information, please go to: Position open until filled; application review begins November 1, 2021. CVRPC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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


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Working Fields is expanding into Windham and Lamoille counties and seeking two individuals who share our commitment to second chances and social justice to build our business in these regions.

We are creating this highly responsible and independent position and estimate it to be an 18 to 30 hour per week commitment with the ability to expand to 40 hours per week if desired.

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Bolton location is hiring all positions, front and back of house. Highly competitive pay, 3 weeks paid vacation, retirement match, 2-5 day work week, and full tip share. Bolton location offers ski passes as an added perk! PT/FT/Management Pay range is $20.50 min/$30 max for hourly (base + tips). Send resumes to:

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Proficiencies we are seeking include: passion (to make the world a better place; confidence, capacity and conviction (to grow the foundation in terms of outreach and financial strength); understanding and belief in (the vision and mission of the Flyin Ryan Foundation); willingness and hunger (to take on the leadership role); public speaking; demonstrated proficiency with modern technology and social media; collaborative skills and ability to work independently; ability to seek, write and secure grant funding; attention to detail; attract and supervise interns; willingness to think outside the box; creative energy. This is a salaried position with flexible hours. It is our desire that the successful candidate be not only compensated but well compensated.

· 15 paid holidays · An employer matched retirement plan after one year of employment Applications must include a cover letter that describes the candidate’s interest in the position and relevant skills and experience, and a resume, and can be sent to this email address: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. LRC is an equal opportunity employer.

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ASSISTANT/ ASSOCIATE EDITOR PROSPECT PRESS seeks an Assistant/ Associate editor to have broad responsibilities pertaining to acquisitions, development, and production. This team member will also contribute to sales initiatives. We are a small company located in Burlington, Vermont, that publishes college textbooks for courses in Information Systems (see The ideal candidate will have 3+ years of relevant experience, interests in higher education and Information Systems, excellent communication skills, a positive learning attitude, and be a team player. College degree required. Prior experience working with a CRM, updating a website, and employing project management software a plus. This is an in-person position to start with potential for remote work in time. Salary is $45k-$55K per year, depending on experience. To apply send an excellent cover letter and a resume

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

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CHANGE THE FOOD SYSTEM AT FARMERSTOYOU.COM Year-round FT and PT careers available at Farmers To You in Middlesex. Join us in our work in rebuilding our regional food system. Pay starts at $17/hour and generous benefits are available depending on hours worked. Full description and to apply: pack-team.

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Tetra Tech International Development Services, based in downtown Burlington, is now accepting applications for a full time Administration Manager position. The perfect candidate will have minimum of 5 years’ experience in handling office administrative responsibilities, works with a high degree of professionalism and is passionate about the work our employees are doing around the world. We offer excellent benefits including medical, dental, vision, 401k program, PTO and more. To apply, please visit our website: 10/11/21 employer.

Vermont Afterschool is seeking a Communications & Development Coordinator to advance our work through strategic communications efforts and expanded development capacity. If you’re a systems thinker, amazing communicator, and enthusiastic collaborator who is passionate about putting your skills to work toward ensuring that all of Vermont’s children and youth have opportunities to be active, engaged, connected, and heard, this is the job for you. In this role, you’ll be an integral part of our dynamic and hard-working team and help to tell our story to diverse audiences. This is a full-time position that offers benefits and is based in our South Burlington, VT office. All staff are currently working hybrid remote/in-person schedules due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We strongly prefer that candidates be able to work regularly 3:30 PM from our South Burlington, VT, office when public health and safety guidelines allow. Reporting to Vermont Afterschool’s Executive Director, this position offers opportunity for growth and development, and we encourage all interested candidates to apply even if they do not meet all of the qualifications. HOW TO APPLY • We offer a competitive compensation package and the opportunity to play a role in growing an organization. Expected compensation for this position starts at $25/hour and depends on qualifications and experience. • To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis and must be submitted electronically. The position will be posted until filled and is available immediately. Vermont Afterschool is an equal opportunity employer, and we especially welcome applications from individuals who will contribute to our diversity. Full job description:

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WETLANDS RESTORATION PLANNER The Vermont Association of Conservation Districts seeks a qualified candidate to join our Conservation Programs team. The Wetlands Restoration Planner (WRP) is a full-time position that will serve throughout Vermont. Duty location to be determined upon selection in one the following USDA Offices - Rutland, Middlebury, Colchester, Williston or Berlin, VT. The WRP will assist the NRCS Resource Team and Wetlands Specialist with completing both on-site and off-site remote monitoring of conservation easements, the installation of NRCS approved conservation practices related to restoration and repair work on wetland easements and in the delineation of wetlands on farmland and forestland. Qualifications include: BA or BS in natural resources, biology, agriculture, soils, or hydrology or 5 to 10 years of practical experience in the above fields. Familiarity with map development, interpretation and competency and experience with ArcGIS and GIS is necessary. Knowledge of wetland and stream ecology, soils and soils classification; experience with mitigating water quality and non point source pollution impacting wetlands resulting from agricultural activities are desired. Starting wage is $17.03 per hour. Position includes training, health insurance benefits and leave package, as well as wage advancement along a path equivalent to the Federal General Services GS 6 pay grade. The position requires completing a USDA/NRCS security clearance process. Visit for detailed job descriptions and qualifications. Send cover letter, resume and contact information for three references by October 25 to or VACD, PO Box 889, EOE Montpelier, VT 05601

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STAFF NURSE Evenings (full and part-time availability) Wake Robin provides exceptional nursing care in a beautiful residential and long-term care setting, while maintaining a strong sense of “home.” We offer the opportunity to build strong relationships with staff and residents in a dynamic community setting. Our staffing ratios allow for you to provide the time and attention our residents need. Staff share a belief in the dignity and worth of each resident and each other. Our work environment and safety protocols are second to none!

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WAREHOUSE PICKER PACKER The Vermont Wine Merchants Company, a Burlington based, wholesale distributor of fine wine and specialty beer, is looking for full-time (plus some OT) warehouse pickerpackers 5 days a week. PTO and some benefits included. Please send a resume to: $500 starting bonus after 30 days

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IT AND NETWORK ADMINISTRATOR Vermont Legal Aid has reopened its search for a full-time IT and Network Systems Administrator. Vermont Legal Aid is a nonprofit law firm providing legal services to low-income Vermonters in five offices across VT. Three years of network experience in a Microsoft Windows environment and bachelor’s degree in computer science, or equivalent education and relevant experience is required. The ideal candidate has experience with Azure, Active Directory, Exchange Online, Office365, IP telephony, LAN/WAN, server and WS management (hardware and software), as well as providing help desk support to staff. Familiarity with case management systems (SaaS and proprietary), social media platforms, mobile devices, cloud migration, and cybersecurity are a plus.

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Family Wellness Coach and Program Developer The Vermont Center for Children, Youth, and Families (VCCYF) seeks a Family Wellness Coach to work at the VCCYF and New American Health Clinic at the Janet S. Munt Family Room. The New American Clinic provides care to children relocated from war-torn areas to Burlington through the US Refugee Resettlement Program. Work one on one with families and in groups as well as develop programming to implement in the New American Health Clinic and quality improvement initiatives to improve health and mental health outcomes for children and families. Using the Vermont Family Based Approach (“VFBA”) this position will provide intensive coaching in specific VFBA domains of wellness (see below). Develop and document training modules to facilitate state and national dissemination and implementation of the VFBA. Coordinate with the team at the Janet S. Munt Family Room as well as external collaborators in the community to connect families to wellness opportunities. Promotion of health equity and access to services for refugees, asylees, and immigrants. Ensure that refugees are being served in a linguistically and culturally appropriate manner and provide education and advocacy when necessary.

Applicants must have clear oral and written communication skills, an eagerness to learn, and the ability to work both independently and as part of a small IT team. In-state travel (vehicle required), some evening and/or weekend work, and the ability to occasionally lift and move up to fifty pounds is required. We are committed to building a diverse, social justiceoriented staff, and encourage applicants from a broad range of backgrounds. We welcome information about how your experience can contribute to serving our diverse client communities. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to a discrimination and harassment-free workplace. Salary is $61,610+ depending on experience, plus 4 weeks paid vacation and other excellent benefits. Application deadline is October 22nd, 2021.

Please send cover letter, resume, and a list of contact information for three references as a single PDF with “IT Administrator” in the subject line to: The full job description can be found at Please let us know how you heard about this position.

The VFBA is a clinical and public-health paradigm for health promotion, prevention, and intervention from a family-based perspective. The Family Wellness Coach (“FWC”) uses the VFBA to help families devise and 6t-VTLegalAid101321.indd implement a comprehensive individualized program of health and wellness and serve as a liaison between the family and other members of the health care team. This health and wellness program uses the VFBA domains of wellness, including mindfulness, music, exercise and sports, nutrition, reducing screen time, positive parenting, positive communication strategies, and community involvement. Master’s degree in social work or mental health counseling with active VT license and one to three years’ related experience required.

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Vermont Post Offices are hiring. City Carrier Assistants (CCA) $18.51 / Rural Carrier Assistants (RCA) $ 19.06 Vermont Post Offices are hiring. Postal Support Clerk (PSE) $18.69 / Mail Handler Assistants (MHA) $16.87 City Carrier Assistants (CCA) $18.51 / Rural Carrier Assistants (RCA) $ 19.06 These are our entry level starting positions. Part-time only job is the Postal Support Clerk (PSE) $18.69 / Mail Handler Assistants (MHA) $16.87 Assistant Rural Carrier (ARC) $19.06 for Sunday & Holiday delivery. These are our entry level starting positions. Part-time only job is the Assistant Rural Carrier (ARC) $19.06 for Sunday & Holiday delivery.


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Dishwasher/ Line Prep Cook Athens Diner is now hiring full time kitchen staff. Pay range: $15-$22 based on experience. 5 day work week; Wednesday - Sunday. We are looking for experienced dishwasher(s) and line and prep cook(s), willing to train the right candidate. Weekends are required. Apply: athensdinerHR

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Assistant Federal Defender

Our team at the Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District helps residents and businesses in our 19 member towns reduce, reuse, recycle, and rethink their waste for a more sustainable future.

Federal Public Defender Office, District of Vermont

The Federal Public Defender for the District of Vermont is accepting applications for an Assistant Federal Defender position. The federal defender organization operates under authority of the Criminal Justice Act (CJA), 18 U.S.C. §3006A, to provide defense services to indigent persons in federal criminal cases and related matters upon appointment by the U.S. District Court. The office location is Burlington, Vermont.

Are you a creative, motivated, collaborative, and highly organized person who can lead outreach, marketing, and public relations for our team? If you enjoy a fast-paced, goal-oriented work environment and want to be part of a team who cares about effecting positive change, we want to hear from you!

Requirements: The successful candidate will be an attorney with at least five years of trial experience, preferably with experience in federal court, able to write well and to perform legal research using computer research programs. Being a member of, or eligible for immediate admission to, the bar of the United States District Court for the District of Vermont, is preferred. (See Local Rules, District of Vermont, 83.1(a)). Proof of COVID-19 vaccination must be submitted upon hiring.

You will be working directly with residents, businesses, landlords and event planners to help them reduce waste; answering calls about what can go in a recycling or compost bin; producing fresh content for our website, social media, fliers, and ads; working to promote our award-winning Additional Recyclables Collection Center (and more); and you will serve as a subject matter expert and communicator of CVSWMD’s image.

Selection Criteria: The successful candidate will have clearly demonstrated an aptitude for excellence in criminal defense practice, a commitment to the representation of indigent accused persons, a reputation for personal integrity, and the ability to work cooperatively in a team environment. Experience in federal appeals work is a plus. Preference will be given to candidates who have made meaningful contributions to collaborative working environments that champion inclusivity. Salary and Benefits: Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications within the guidelines set by the judiciary salary scale for Assistant Federal Defenders, at a scale equivalent to that of Assistant United States Attorneys. The position is in the excepted service and does not carry the tenure rights of the competitive Civil Service. The private practice of law is prohibited. The position includes regular U.S. Government employment benefits, including annual leave, sick leave, health and life insurance, and a retirement system. Salary is payable only by Electronic Funds Transfer (direct deposit). The successful candidate will be subject to an FBI background check as a condition of employment.

This is a full-time position based in our Montpelier Office, with some remote work offered. Off-site, evening and weekend work, and travel throughout our district is occasionally required. We offer an outstanding benefit package that includes generous leave, 100% medical/dental/vision/disability/life insurance, 150% 401k match, a pet-friendly workplace, and more that provide our staff an excellent work/life balance.

How to Apply: Qualified attorneys are invited to apply by emailing a cover letter, a resume with a summary of trial and appellate experience, and three professional references, to Stephanie Baer, Administrative Officer,

Compensation is at Grade 6 on CVSWMD’s pay scale, or $18.59-$24.28 per hour, depending on experience. For full details about this position and how to apply, please visit Position will remain open until filled.

Application submissions must be received no later than October 29, 2021. The Federal Public Defender for the District of Vermont is an equal opportunity employer. Women and BIPOC are encouraged to apply. 9t-VTFederalPublicDefenderOffice101321.indd 1

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ARTISTIC DIRECTOR The Montpelier Community Gospel Choir (MCGC) is a nondenominational, un-auditioned choir performing in the AfricanAmerican gospel tradition. We are looking for an Artistic Director to lead the choir in its third decade of serving Central VT and beyond. Our new Artistic Director will be responsible for selecting repertoire, leading rehearsals, directing the band, and providing any necessary support material. The ideal candidate will have experience directing gospel choirs, working with inexperienced singers, and creating a sense of community and shared purpose. Send resume with cover letter to the board chair: The Montpelier Community Gospel Choir is an E.O.E. Moreover, as part of our commitment to equity, inclusion and justice, we actively seek to strengthen our organization by diversifying our staff. We encourage applications from diverse candidates, including people with disabilities, people who identify as LBGTQ+, and People of Color.

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RN - ASC CLINIC ADMINISTRATOR This position is a DYNAMIC and RARE opportunity for a successful Nurse Leader who is looking to expand their leadership skills in an Ambulatory Surgery Center setting! Come join our incredible Eye Surgery Center Team and enjoy a collegial, stable and uniquely friendly successful work environment! Vermont Eye Surgery & Laser Center has been providing expert eye surgery since 2008. Our mission is to provide a safe physical environment for both patients, staff and providers. We strive to help alleviate patient stress & anxiety, to provide an atmosphere of compassion and to provide professional, knowledgeable, highly skilled surgeons and staff who deliver expert care based on technical skills, new research, new products and new ideas.

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Town Treasurer The Town of Waitsfield is looking for an organized and motivated candidate to serve as its Town Treasurer. The 3-day per week position offers competitive pay and benefits, a very flexible schedule, and a chance to work in one of Vermont’s most vibrant and beautiful communities.

The RN ASC Clinic Administrator reports directly to the Medical Director and to the Governing Body.

The Town Treasurer is responsible for: keeping all of the Town’s funds, including receipt, investment, and disbursement of funds; keeping a record of taxes voted, billed, and collected; collecting other funds receivable by the Town, and paying orders drawn on Town accounts. The Treasurer additionally serves as the Assistant Town Clerk and the Water Clerk for the Town’s water system.

The RN ASC Clinic Administrator works closely with the Clinical Director and the Charge Nurse providing educational in-services and day to day guidance to all staff and to ensure that the ASC functions in accordance to regulatory compliance at all times.

A bachelor’s degree in accounting, public administration, or similarly applicable discipline is preferred (although not required), or a course of study in accounting or equivalent subjects, as well as at least three years experience in the area of accounting (in the public or private sector) including experience management payroll, employee benefits, and accounts payable and receivable.

The Eye Surgery Center is located in the highly desirable Chittenden County, which is surrounded by the Green Mountains and Lake Champlain in South Burlington, Vermont.

For a detailed job description, please visit the Town of Waitsfield’s website: Salary is commensurate with experience.

Sound interesting and exciting? A list of essential skills and responsibilities not listed above are available to qualified candidates. APPLY TODAY! We look forward to meeting you!

To apply please submit a cover letter and resume including contact information for three professional references via email to or mailed to:

Visit our Webpage @ to take a further look at Vermont Eye Surgery & Laser Centers’ mission, vision, providers, procedures and photos.

Town Administrator 4144 Main Street Waitsfield, VT 05673

Please send your cover letter and CV to:

This position is open until filled. Please reach out if you have any questions.


The Town of Waitsfield is an equal opportunity provider and employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, gender, or familial status.

Questions can be directed to or (802) 496-2218 ext. 5.

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OCTOBER 20-27, 2021

FACILITY MANAGER, ARCC Our team at the Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District helps residents and businesses in our 19 member towns reduce, reuse, recycle, and rethink their waste for a more sustainable future. CVSWMD’s award-winning Additional Recyclables Collection Center (ARCC) provides an outlet for traditional and non-traditional recyclable materials that can expand and adapt as needed that furthers the goal of zero waste to meet the needs in central Vermont. Are you an experienced team leader who is organized, motivated, detail-oriented, and inspired to make a difference? If yes, and if you also enjoy a fast-paced, physically active, customer-oriented work environment, we want to hear from you! As Facility Manager, you’ll be helping residents, businesses, and organizations recycle; answering questions and providing information from the public; supervising 3-4 staff members and organizing daily workflow; developing and providing ongoing staff trainings; overseeing facility/warehouse operations; ensuring materials are received, handled and processed to maximize recyclable value safely while following all regulatory requirements; and creatively thinking about how to improve systems, share and communicate information, and optimize efficiency. Whether you are staffing the facility and assisting customers; participating in state-wide safety and materials management meetings and trainings; dismantling, sorting, and processing materials, you and your team are recycling experts on everything from TVs to toothbrushes, and plastic bags to black plastic. This is a full-time position based in our Barre facility with approximately 1 day per week in our Montpelier office. Off-site, weekend work and travel throughout our district is occasionally required. We offer an outstanding benefit package that includes generous leave, 100% medical/dental/vision/disability/ life insurance, and a 150% 401k match that provides our staff an excellent work/life balance. Compensation is at Grade 8 on CVSWMD’s pay scale, or $20.71-$31.84 per hour, depending on experience. For full details about this available position and how to apply, please visit This position will remain open until filled.

CONSTRUCTION PROJECT SPECIALIST The Burlington Housing Authority (BHA) in Burlington, Vermont is seeking a full time (40 hours per week) Construction Project Specialist to join our dedicated team of professionals who assist low-income households by providing access to safe, affordable housing and retention support services that promote self-sufficiency and vibrant neighborhoods. This position works closely with and supports the Director of Asset Management. The primary function of this position is to coordinate small to medium sized renovation and repair projects at all owned and managed properties. This position also will assist in the development and preparation of construction project bid specifications, requests for proposals and project requirements, manuals, and plans, as well as other aspects of project management, which include working with contractors, interfacing with tenants, and assisting the department with capital needs planning and day to day operations in the office and out in the field. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of modern methods, materials, and practices of the various trades, including carpentry, plumbing, and electrical maintenance and repair, and all phases of construction contract management, effective verbal and written communication skills, excellent organizational and computer skills with an emphasis on Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat and Google Apps. Previous construction project management experience is preferred, as well as a valid driver’s license and personal means of transportation within the greater Burlington area. Must be sensitive to the needs of elderly, disabled and low-income housing. BHA serves a diverse population of tenants and partners with a variety of community agencies. To most effectively carry out our vision of delivering safe and affordable housing to all, we are committed to cultivating a staff that reflects varied lived experiences, viewpoints, and educational histories. Therefore, we strongly encourage candidates from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ individuals, and women to apply. Multilingualism is a plus! BHA offers a competitive salary, commensurate with qualifications and experience, and an excellent benefit package. If interested in this career opportunity, please submit your resume and cover letter by October 29, 2021, to: HUMAN RESOURCES, BURLINGTON HOUSING AUTHORITY 65 MAIN STREET, BURLINGTON, VT 05401 10v-BurlingtonHousingAuthorityCONSTR102021.indd 1

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Superplastic is a globally recognized entertainment and product company that creates original animated characters and turns them into massively engaging celebrities on both new and traditional media. Our virtual influencers Janky, Guggimon, Dayzee & Staxx have millions of followers and collaborate with celebrities, artists, and premier brands such as Gucci, Fortnite, J Balvin, the Gorillaz and more. We produce some of the world’s finest designer toys, apparel, NFTs, movies, and other animated entertainment. Our world headquarters are located in beautiful Burlington, Vermont and we are hiring for the following positions that are based 100% in our office at 47 Maple Street. Superplastic is in an explosive growth stage, and this is a fantastic opportunity to join our amazing team of awesome “characters.”

Burlington Housing Authority (BHA) in Burlington, Vermont seeks three full time (40 hours per week) Specialists for our growing Housing Retention Department. Rapid Rehousing Specialist provides assistance to community members who are without housing and have barriers to locating and securing housing in the community. This grant funded position works closely with our Rental Assistance department and Chittenden County Coordinated Entry and is a part of a skilled team that focuses on assessment, intervention, and service coordination of at-risk households. Offender Re-Entry Housing Specialist provides housing placement and retention services to high-risk offenders returning to the community from long-term incarceration. This grant funded position works as a part of a skilled Housing Retention Team and in close collaboration with Burlington Probation and Parole and Dept. of Corrections Central Offices. Candidates must have the ability to work in a respectful and supportive capacity with individuals with criminal history.


Highly creative and with a passion for social media & pop culture trends, you will be responsible for the development and execution of strategic initiatives for all Superplastic marketing channels, including mobile messaging, social media, online advertising, events, partnerships, website/SEO, guerrilla marketing and PR. Reports to the CEO and collaborates heavily with internal and external creative partners.

Housing Retention Specialist provides eviction prevention and service coordination to low-income seniors, persons with disabilities and families. This position will work as a part of a skilled team and will focus on assessment, intervention, and service coordination of at-risk households.


Bachelor’s degree in Human Services or related field and three to five years of experience working with home-based service provision is required. Outstanding organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple tasks are required. A valid driver’s license and private means of transportation is required. Candidates should be highly organized. Strong written and verbal communication skills and positive contribution to a collaborative team is a must.

Develop and lead the execution of Marketing strategies and initiatives that build the Superplastic brand and intellectual properties, and achieve company and departmental KPI targets. You will oversee a team that drives all Marketing disciplines including social media, email, PR, community, events, advertising, influencers, and promotions. Reports to the Marketing Director and collaborates interdepartmentally to achieve outstanding results.

BHA serves a diverse population of tenants and partners with a variety of community agencies. To most effectively carry out our vision of delivering safe and affordable housing to all, we are committed to cultivating a staff that reflects varied lived experiences, viewpoints, and educational histories. Therefore, we strongly encourage candidates from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ individuals, and women to apply. Multilingualism is a plus!


Prioritize revenue growth through experience and knowledge tracking paid media performance indicators with a strong focus on paid social, organic social, eCommerce, and influencer marketing. You will participate in strategic planning and follow all paid and organic initiatives, collecting data for performance reporting, day-to-day optimization and future planning. This position will report to the Head of Growth and collaborate with key stakeholders within marketing, sales, and product development to elevate the Superplastic brand and IP, as well as annual KPI goals across all areas of the business.

BHA offers a competitive salary, commensurate with qualifications and experience, and an excellent benefit package. If interested in this career opportunity, please submit your resume and cover letter by October 29, 2021, to: HUMAN RESOURCES, BURLINGTON HOUSING AUTHORITY 65 MAIN STREET, BURLINGTON, VT 05401 10v-BurlingtonHousingAuthorityHRS102021.indd 1

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OCTOBER 20-27, 2021

PHYSICAL THERAPIST - Lamoille North Supervisory Union

Assistant Planner for Climate and Energy

The Lamoille North Supervisory Union is seeking a Physical Therapist to provide services to students grades PK-12 from November 1, 2021 until January 21, 2022. Four days per week: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday- to implement PT services per student IEPs. Please contact Jen Hulse, Director of Student Support Services: Lamoille North Supervisory Union: 802-851-1178 3h-LamoilleNorthSchoolDist092921.indd 1

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PROPERTY MANAGER Burlington Housing Authority (BHA) in Burlington, Vermont is seeking a full time (40 hours per week) experienced and enthusiastic Property Manager to serve as a critical member of our property management team. This position provides oversight of day-to-day operations to ensure long-term viability of the properties assigned within BHA’s property portfolio. This position requires independent judgment, timely management of deadlines as well as discretion in carrying out responsibilities.

The ideal candidate has an interest in and commitment to energy and climate issues, a base of knowledge and related experience that will ensure success. A college degree is preferred but not required. This is a temporary position primarily funded by a special allocation from the legislature for one year and is expected to continue for an additional two years. More information is available at employment. This position will remain open until filled.

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The primary responsibility of this position is to ensure established property standards are achieved; maintain occupancy at acceptable levels; perform apartment move-in and move-out inspections; review delinquent accounts; conduct regular physical site inspections; review monthly financial statements; ensure that all properties are operating within standards of compliance and maintain effective and positive resident and community relations.

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Why not have a job you love? Join our dedicated team and together we’ll build a community where everyone participates and belongs.

Direct Support Professional

Be a part of a team working with a considerate, resourceful, wheelchair-using individual with a budding talent for photography and political activism. Support him in his home and a variety of community activities based on his interests. Multiple 24-hour shifts available.

The ideal candidate should have an associate degree or equivalent and at least two years of experience in property management. Experience in affordable housing would be preferable. Must possess outstanding organizational skills, strong written and verbal communication skills, as well as the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously. Must be adept at fostering positive and collaborative relationships with staff, residents, vendors, and community agencies alike and be sensitive to the needs of low-income households, elderly and disabled individuals.

Service Coordinator

Learn about strategies for individualized supports; build trusting, professional relationships; lead teams towards a greater goal; and continue your career in human services in a supportive & fun environment. The ideal candidate will have strong clinical, organizational & leadership skills and will enjoy working in a team-oriented position while improving the lives of others.

Direct Support Professional Overnights

Be a part of a team working with a considerate, resourceful, wheelchair-using individual with a budding talent for photography and political activism. You will support him in his home and a variety of community activities based on his interests. Multiple 24-hour shifts available.

BHA serves a diverse population of tenants and partners with a variety of community agencies. To most effectively carry out our vision of delivering safe and affordable housing to all, we are committed to cultivating a staff that reflects varied lived experiences, viewpoints, and educational histories. Therefore, we strongly encourage candidates from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ individuals, and women to apply. Multilingualism is a plus!

Shared Living Provider

Open your home to an individual with an intellectual disability or autism. We have a variety of opportunities that could be perfect for your lifestyle. This position includes a generous tax-free stipend, ongoing supports, assistance with necessary home modifications, respite and a comprehensive training package.

Information Technology Professional

Combine your joy of computer systems and your desire to improve the lives of others in this exciting new position. Provide I.T. support, oversee electronic health records system and ensure all systems are up to date and working smoothly. Experience in a variety of information technology systems required.

BHA offers a competitive salary, commensurate with qualifications and experience, and an excellent benefit package. If interested in this career opportunity, please submit your resume and cover letter by October 29, 2021, to:

$500 sign-on bonus for all positions. CCS employees receive comprehensive benefits package, including paid time off, affordable health insurance, and paid holidays. Visit and apply today!


The Northwest Regional Planning Commission is seeking a person highly motivated to address climate change and Vermont’s clean energy goals, for a new position of Assistant Planner for Climate and Energy. The planner will help our municipalities implement projects from their adopted energy plans and will help to further regional and local strategies in the state Comprehensive Energy Plan and Climate Action Plan. The successful candidate will assist with planning and implementation for energy conservation, greenhouse gas mitigation, and climate change adaptation/ resilience. The planner will work in coordination with municipalities, partner groups and regional and state agencies and organizations.

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

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

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

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Multiple Positions Open! Hayward Tyler, a leading manufacturer of industrial pumps and motors in Colchester, is seeking candidates to fill the following positions: Assembly Technician I:


Assembly Technician II:

The UVM Foundation is expanding and we invite you to grow your career with us. We are a collaborative, people-centered organization, committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and ages. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities.

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

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING Help execute our payroll and benefit programs, provide regular financial reporting and analysis, prepare operating statements, and help reconcile our balance sheet, among other duties. Must have deep technology, relationship, and critical thinking skills.

Buyer: Machinist II – 2nd shift: Inside Sales Representative: Regional Account Manager – Nuclear: Staff Engineer I: Design Engineer: Senior Design Engineer: Electro-Mechanical Engineer: Manufacturing Engineer: Quality Assurance Engineer: Project Manager: IT ERP Administrator:

BUSINESS OFFICE COORDINATOR Help execute expense, cash receipts and bank deposit strategies in support of the Foundation’s business goals. The Coordinator will also provide general management of our offices and facilities. Must have strong technical aptitude and be proficient with MS Excel. These are great opportunities for creative, motivated, and ambitious professionals that will help drive our programs towards success. Application review will begin immediately and will be accepted until the position is filled. For a detailed description of these opportunities, please visit:

We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits package. If you meet our requirements and are interested in an exciting opportunity, please forward your resume & salary requirements to: Hayward Tyler, Inc. – Attn: HR Department 480 Roosevelt Highway – PO Box 680, Colchester, VT 05446 Email: Equal Opportunity Employer 10v-HaywardTyler102021.indd 1

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Seeking two positions 25-30 hours/week

Begin a career, don’t start a job. Spend your time doing work that makes a real difference.

Are you a parent of a child with a disability or special health need? Vermont Family Network is hiring two 25-30 hour/week positions. The first Chittenden County based position, will focus on facilitating SibShops, a program for children and youth who have a sibling with a disability or special health care need, and provide family-centered health-related information and assistance to families and professionals. This person must have experience navigating health care systems and be able to work flexible hours including some Saturdays and evenings. The second position will be statewide and will focus on providing family-centered education-related information and assistance to families and professionals. This person must have experience navigating the special education system.

Are you compassionate, kind, resilient, and adaptable? Specialized Community Care is seeking unique individuals who will act as mentors, coaches, and friends to provide support for adults in Addison, Rutland, Franklin, and Chittenden Counties with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. This is a fun and rewarding career spent “Off the Couch.” We provide extensive training, support, professional growth and advancement opportunities in a family work environment. We offer pay increases after a probationary period and further advancement and pay for self-paced skill building. We want to hire your values and train the skills that will help make you successful. Let’s talk!

Email resume and cover letter to or by mail to: HR, Vermont Family Network, 600 Blair Park Rd., Suite 240, Williston, VT 05495.

Please contact us at 802-388-6388 Web: Email:

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WHERE YOU AND YOUR WORK MATTER... Are you looking for a new career with the opportunity to advance without having to leave your organization? Explore the employment possibilities with the State of Vermont. We are passionate about helping people thrive! DIRECTOR, RETIREMENT OPERATIONS – MONTPELIER

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


Are you passionate about supporting student success through improving school meals and student nutrition? Are you detail oriented and enjoy helping adults understand complex subjects? Do you thrive working in a team environment with significant independent work? If so, Child Nutrition Programs invites you to consider joining our team! The Agency of Education (AOE) is seeking a Procurement and Financial Consultant for our Child Nutrition Programs. For more information, contact Rosie Krueger at Department: Education. Location: Montpelier. Status: Full Time. Job ID# 22381. Application Deadline: October 25, 2021.

EXECUTIVE S TAFF ASSIS TANT – MONTPELIER The Vermont Community Broadband Board is recruiting an Executive Staff Assistant to support its work bringing fiber to unserved Vermonters. The Executive Staff Assistant will provide administrative support to the Executive Director and VCBB Board Members. The Assistant will attend VCBB meetings to provide technological support, note taking and other administrative functions including preparation for meetings. The Assistant will perform administrative and technical work at a professional level. For more information, contact Carol Flint at Department: Public Service. Location: Montpelier. Status: Full Time – Limited Service. Job ID #22361. Application Deadline: October 26, 2021.

CONTRACT S & GRANT ADMINIS TRATOR – MONTPELIER Public Service is recruiting a Contracts & Grants Administrator to support the work of the Vermont Community Broadband Board bringing fiber to unserved Vermonters. The Contracts and Grants Administrator will provide oversight, management, coordinating and liaison work with grantees and contractors. Duties include oversight and management of the preparation of proposals, grants, contracts, reports, budget development and provision of technical assistance. For more information, contact Carol Flint at Department: Public Service. Location: Montpelier. Status: Full Time – Limited Service. Job ID #22352. Application Deadline: October 26, 2021.

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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. AGENCY DIRECTOR OF DIGITAL SERVICES, AOA – MONTPELIER The Agency of Digital Services is seeking to hire an Agency Director of Digital Services assigned to the Agency of Administration (AOA.) The Agency Director of Digital Services is the senior IT Leader for an Agency within the State of Vermont. This position is responsible for all IT activities at the Agency. The AOA provides services for the general operation of Vermont State Government. For more information, contact Lisa Goslant at Status: Full Time, Exempt. Location: Montpelier. Job ID #20102. Application Deadline: November 3, 2021.


Would you like to make a valuable contribution supporting statewide design and construction? We are currently accepting applications from all architectural and engineering candidates. Candidates should have experience associated with capital improvement and maintenance projects. In addition to project management, this position will also assist the Design and Construction Program Chief with managing technical reviews, vendor evaluations, design guidelines, standard specifications, and procedures. For more information, contact Jeremy Stephens at Department: Buildings & General Services. Status: Full Time. Location: Montpelier. Job ID #19529. Application Deadline: Open Until Filled.

DEPUT Y CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER – MONTPELIER The Deputy CFO will serve as “second in command” and will be seen as a subject matter expert and a statewide leader on financial matters. Position is responsible for internal control system review and development, all aspects of the day-to-day financial accounting, monitoring, reconciliations, reporting and technical assistance across the Agency. Position will account for all state and federal grant dollars, and prepare, submit, and monitor AOE’s annual budget. Telework opportunities available. For more information, contact Bill Bates at Department: Agency of Education. Status: Full Time. Location: Montpelier. Job ID #21305. Application Deadline: October 24, 2021.

GENERAL COUNSEL – MONTPELIER The Vermont Department of Public Service seeks a General Counsel to provide legal advice and services to the Vermont Community Broadband Board, its Executive Director and Communication Union Districts. General Counsel I will provide counsel on a variety of complex issues with substantial legal, financial, transactional, and public interest considerations that inform the work of the Board. For more information, contact Carol Flint at Department: Public Service. Location: Montpelier. Status: Full Time – Exempt. Job ID #21881. Application Deadline: October 26, 2021.

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

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SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. (VITL) is seeking an experienced Systems Administrator to successfully support, monitor, and maintain VITL’s computing and telephony infrastructure and services. They will contribute to development of strategic and tactical plans for infrastructure projects and advancement, working with the Director of Technology. The Systems Administrator is responsible for the successful management and implementation of infrastructure related projects, including office, co-location datacenter, and Microsoft Azure infrastructure. Responsibilities also include assisting the Director of Technology with the oversight and management of all external infrastructure service providers and vendors. RESPONSIBILITIES OF THIS POSITION ARE: • Organizes and inventories IT infrastructure assets • Ensures IT and telephony assets have appropriate monitoring in place to identify problems, issues, and capacity needs • Plans and manages system upgrades and patching • Acts as the lead in VITL’s existing and future Azure cloud migration projects • Operates and maintains VITL’s Azure cloud infrastructure Seven Days • Provides hands-on support in troubleshooting infrastructure problems and issues Issue: 10/20 • Assists in supporting office technologies, including end-user computers, printers, telephony, and Due: 10/18 by 11am audio-visual equipment Size: 3.83 x 7 to issues and problems identified, considering alternatives to arrive and optimal • Formulates responses solutions and1technical effectiveness Cost: balancing $570.35costs (with week online) • Anticipates needs and issues and proactively identifies solutions to ensure smooth operations and problem avoidance • Reviews technical specifications with other team members and adjusts as necessary • Works well with other team members to reach consensus on technical approaches • Designs and documents appropriate detailed test plans intended to prove the integrity of planned solutions • Develops necessary contacts for system testing and develops a workable schedule for system testing which minimizes inconvenience and rework for those involved in testing • Works closely with customers to ensure solution meets their needs and adjusts solution as necessary • Makes recommendations regarding the evaluation of technologies • Assists with reaching consensus on system evaluation and planning decisions • Works effectively with the Director of Technology to finalize comprehensive strategic and tactical plans • Contributes to prioritization & management of the portfolio of active and planned infrastructure projects THIS IS A FULL-TIME PERMANENT POSITION REQUIRING THE FOLLOWING SKILLS: • Associate’s degree in related field, bachelor’s preferred • 3 or more years’ experience as a systems administrator in a Windows environment • 1 or more years’ experience with cloud technologies, preferably Azure • Demonstrates business area and health care knowledge • Strong knowledge of IT infrastructure technologies and principles including cloud technologies • Experience with Windows Server, Hyper-V, NetApp storage, Cisco UCS, and Microsoft SQL Server • Familiarity with IT security technologies, standards, and principles • Capacity for strategic and tactical thinking in development of infrastructure plans • Excellent problem solving and analytical skills • Ability to prioritize, manage, and optimize highly detailed, demanding, and technical tasks • Team-oriented attitude, thrives in a collaborative environment • Positive and flexible work ethic Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. (VITL) is a nonprofit organization that advances health care reform in Vermont. VITL assists Vermont health care providers with adopting and using health information technology, to improve the quality of care delivery, to enhance patient safety and to reduce the cost of care. VITL is legislatively designated to operate the health information exchange (HIE) for Vermont, and is governed by a collaborative group of stakeholders including health plans, hospitals, physicians, other health care providers, state government, employers, and consumers. For more information, please visit To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to No phone calls please. 12t-VITL100621.indd 1

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY BY ROB BREZSNY REAL OCTOBER 21-27 TAURUS (April 20-May 20): In Norway, you don’t call your romantic partner “boyfriend” or “girlfriend.” You say kjaereste, which is gender neutral and is translated as “dearest.” In Sweden, you refer to your lover as älskling, meaning “my beloved one.” How about Finland? One term the Finns use for the person they love is kulta, which means gold. I hope you’ll be inspired by these words to experiment with new nicknames and titles for the allies you care for. It’s a favorable time to reinvent the images you project onto each other. I hope you will refine your assumptions about each other and upgrade your hopes for each other. Be playful and have fun as you enhance your empathy.


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Self-help author James Clear describes a scenario I urge you to keep in mind. He speaks of “a stonecutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow, it will split in two.” Clear adds that “it was not that last blow that did it — but all that had gone before.” You’ll thrive by cultivating that same patience and determination in the coming weeks, Libra. Proceed with dogged certainty that your sustained small efforts will eventually yield potent results.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Even the wisest among us are susceptible to being fascinated by our emotional pain. Even those of us who do a lot of inner work may be captivated and entranced by frustrations and vexations and irritants. Our knotty problems make us interesting, even attractive! They shape our self-image. No wonder we are sometimes “intensely, even passionately, attached to suffering,” in the words of author Fyodor Dostoevsky. That’s the bad news. The good news, Aries, is that in the coming weeks, you will have extra power to divest yourself of sadness and distress and anxiety that you no longer need. I recommend you choose a few outmoded sources of unhappiness and enact a ritual to purge them.

Creedence Clearwater Revival, led by Gemini musician John Fogerty, achieved tremendous success with their rollicking sound and socially conscious lyrics. They sold 33 million records worldwide. In 1970, they were the best-selling band on the planet, exceeding even the Beatles. And yet, the band endured for just over four years. I foresee the possibility of a comparable phenomenon in your life during the coming months. Something that may not last forever will ultimately generate potent, long-term benefits. What might it be? Meditate on the possibility. Be alert for its coming. Create the conditions necessary for it to thrive.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Cancerian philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau wrote, “I am unlike anyone I have ever met. I will even venture to say that I am like no one in the whole world. I may be no better, but at least I am different.” I urge you to make that your own affirmation in the coming weeks. It’s high time to boldly claim how utterly unique you are — to be full of reasonable pride about the fact that you have special qualities that no one in history has ever had. Bonus: The cosmos is also granting you permission to brag more than usual about your humility and sensitivity, as well as about your other fine qualities. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Nigerian poet Ijeoma Umebinyuo writes, “I will always want myself. Always. Darling, I wrote myself a love poem two nights ago. I am a woman who grows flowers between her teeth. I dance myself out

of pain. This wanting of myself gets stronger with age. I host myself to myself. I am whole.” I recommend you adopt Umebinyuo’s attitude as you upgrade your relationship with yourself during the coming weeks. It’s time for you to pledge to give yourself everything you wish a lover would offer you. You’re ready to claim more of your birthright as an ingenious, diligent self-nurturer.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): As author David Brooks reminds us, “Exposure to genius has the power to expand your consciousness. If you spend a lot of time with genius, your mind will end up bigger and broader than if you spend your time only with run-of-the-mill stuff.” I hope this strategy will be at the top of your priority list during the next four weeks. You will have abundant opportunities to put a lot of “excellent stuff into your brain,” as Brooks suggests. Uncoincidentally, you are also likely to be a rich source of inspiration and illumination yourself. I suspect people will recognize — even more than they usually do — that being around you will make them smarter. I suggest you help them realize that fact. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Nobel Prizewinning poet Odysseus Elytis was speaking like a consummate Scorpio when he said, “What I love is always being born. What I love is beginning always.” Like most Scorpios, he knew an essential secret about how to ensure he could enjoy that intense rhythm: He had to be skilled in the art of metaphorical death. How else could he be born again and again? Every time he rose up anew into the world like a beginner, it was because he had shed old ideas, past obsessions and worn-out tricks. I trust you’ve been attending to this transformative work in the past few weeks, Scorpio. Ready to be born again? Ready to begin anew? To achieve maximum renaissance, get rid of a few more things. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “I haven’t

had enough sleep for years,” author Franz Kafka (1883-1924) once confessed to a friend. It showed in his work, which was brilliant but gaunt and haunted. He wrote stories that would be written by a person who was not only sleep-deprived but dream-deprived. The anxiety he might have purged from his system

through sleep instead spilled out into the writing he did in waking life. Anyway, I’m hoping you will make Kafka your anti-role model as you catch up on the sleep you’ve missed out on. The coming weeks will be a fantastic time to fall in love with the odd, unpredictable, regenerative stories that well up from your subconscious depths while you’re in bed at night. They will refresh your imagination in all the right ways.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “The reason life works at all is that not everyone in your tribe is nuts on the same day,” writes author Anne Lamott. I will add that on rare occasions, virtually everyone in your tribe is functioning at high levels of competency and confidence. According to my analysis, now is one of those times. That’s why I encourage you to take extraordinary measures to marshal your tribe’s creative, constructive efforts. I believe that together you can collaborate to generate wonders and marvels that aren’t normally achievable. Group synergy is potentially at a peak — and will be fully activated if you help lead the way. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): I believe

your plan for the rest of 2021 should borrow from the mini-manifesto that Aquarian author Virginia Woolf formulated at age 51: “I will go on adventuring, changing, opening my mind and my eyes, refusing to be stamped and stereotyped. The thing is to free one’s self: to let it find its dimensions, not be impeded.” Does that sound like fun, Aquarius? It should be — although it may require you to overcome temptations to retreat into excess comfort and inertia.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “Anyone who isn’t embarrassed of who they were last year probably isn’t learning enough,” writes author and philosopher Alain de Botton. That’s too extreme a statement for my taste. But I agree with the gist of his comment. If we are not constantly outgrowing who we are, we are not sufficiently alert and alive. Luckily for you, Pisces, you are now in a phase of rapid ripening. At least you should be. The cosmos is conspiring to help you learn how to become a more vibrant and authentic version of yourself. Please cooperate! Seek all available updates.


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EVERYWHERE IN MY DREAMS, MONTPELIER I’ve seen you many places. Tall, kind, carefree. When will our paths cross? My heart and soul need us to find one another for a happy journey together. Me: tall, soulful woman. You: tall, kind and looking for last love. When: Friday, October 1, 2021. Where: everywhere. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915438 CITY MARKET SUNCATCHER You: basking like a lizard outside the downtown co-op at the table closest to the entrance. Me: finding nothing to say that could possibly enhance the pearl-perfect moment you seemed to be enjoying. Let’s have a moment like that together at my favorite sunset spot. It’s an obvious one, but few people seem to know it. When: Wednesday, October 13, 2021. Where: City Market downtown. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915436 CITY MARKET LUNCH RUN You told me I looked like I was going for your roast beef sandwich during the lunch rush. You weren’t wrong. Maybe we have lunch together sometime? When: Wednesday, October 6, 2021. Where: City Market. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915435 THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW! Our paths are running next to each other. I hope they cross sooner rather than later. I hope you turn here as much as I do. When: Sunday, October 10, 2021. Where: my daily read. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915432 DARK CIRCLES UNDER YOUR EYES You: finishing two weeks of night shifts and still smiling and singing. Me: in awe and in love. Wishing you an amazing birthday, mi amor! You have no idea how incredible you are. When: Thursday, October 21, 2021. Where: Burlington waterfront. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915431

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Irreverent counsel on life’s conundrums

Dear Reverend, Are you considered queer or gay if you ask your girlfriend to peg you? I’ve always enjoyed watching it, but I’m too hesitant to go through with it.

Ben Dover

(MALE, 58)

HEARTBREAKER Why do you have to be a heartbreaker? / Is it a lesson that I never knew? / Got to get out of this spell that I’m under ... my love for you. / Why do you have to be a heartbreaker, when I was being what you want me to be? / Suddenly everything I ever wanted has passed me by. / Yes, I mean you. When: Thursday, April 1, 2021. Where: in your guest bed. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915426

JUGGLING BABE OUTSIDE UNCOMMON MARKET You: carrying primary-colored juggling clubs at the entrance. Me: in a blue car at the corner, on my way to clean the community fridge. The eye contact! I’d love to cross paths again. When: Tuesday, September 21, 2021. Where: Uncommon Market, Montpelier. You: Gender nonconformist. Me: Nonbinary person. #915419

SHELBURNE ROAD, ADVANCED AUTO PARTS You and your guy were waiting at the counter as I walked by and wished you good luck on your project. Did I imagine it, or did you come over by me a few times and then bend over in front of the air fresheners for my benefit? If so, I’m really glad you did. Meet for a drink? When: Friday, September 24, 2021. Where: Shelburne Rd. auto parts store. You: Couple. Me: Man. #915425

FOREVER, EVER? Forever never, seems that long until you’re grown / And notice that the day-by-day ruler can’t be too wrong. / I wish I could become a magician to abracadabra all the sadder / Thoughts of me, thoughts of she, asking what happened to the feeling that her and me had. When: Sunday, October 14, 2018. Where: separate ways. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915416

BURLINGTON CUMBERLAND FARMS, GAS, SMILES You: F, light brown hair in a bun, blue Volkswagen wagon parked at the pump. Me: M, tall, salt-and-pepper hair, shorts, floral mask, held the door for you as you came in. We caught each other’s eye, smiled as you walked to the pump. I said hi. I should’ve come over to talk. Care to do that sometime? When: Tuesday, September 21, 2021. Where: Cumberland Farms, Pine St., Burlington. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915424 THE TRAILS ARE CALLING YOU Your truck parked next to my car. The image of you a continuous melody in my head. And then I did not mean to get so close. Catching my breath as I walked away. Reminding me why I had to stop so many months ago. “It’s much too much.” When: Wednesday, September 8, 2021. Where: close, but not close enough. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #915422 BURLINGTON BIKE PATH SNAKE HEADS-UP You broke from your run to let my pup and me know of the snake in the middle of the bike path up ahead. He would have grabbed it if you hadn’t said anything. All I had was “Ah, thanks,” as I was taken aback by your radiance. Would love to navigate some other paths together with the pup sometime. When: Thursday, September 23, 2021. Where: Burlington bike path. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915421

Dear Ben Dover,

BAYSIDE PAVILION You were celebrating your sister’s birthday. I was having dinner with my son next to you. When you left, you said goodbye. I would love to buy you a drink sometime. When: Saturday, September 18, 2021. Where: Bayside. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915412 GEORGIA MARKET You: blue shirt and jeans, and some tats. Me: blue shirt and shorts. We smiled at each other, said hi, and then I dropped my keys and said, “Sh*t.” I would enjoy hearing from you if you are single! G. When: Wednesday, September 15, 2021. Where: Georgia Market. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915410

FARMSTAND OUTSIDE OF MONTPELIER I don’t know who you are, but I saw you buying some veggies. I was just buying corn, like a total loser. You left on your bike. I left in my car, like a total loser. My mask wouldn’t let me smile at you. I guess I just wanted to say hi. It’s nice to know you exist. When: Sunday, September 19, 2021. Where: Farmstand. You: Genderqueer. Me: Woman. #915415 US THREE, SUNSET RIDGE TRAIL You: two women hiking down Mansfield/ Me: the guy who passed you going the opposite way, just below the summit. We chatted briefly. Was it me, or did it feel refreshing that we all paused to begin a funny little conversation? You two were beaming with positive energy. Would be fun to have you as adventure friends this fall. When: Sunday, September 19, 2021. Where: Mount Mansfield, Sunset Ridge Trail, just below the junction of Laura Cowles trail near the summit. You: Group. Me: Man. #915414 DMV SB, MONDAY 9/20, MORNING You: with beautiful auburn red hair, “shaggy” bell-bottoms, black blouse. Caught you checking me out many times, even through the window as you left. Me: too polite to approach. Me: wearing a mask with the same beautiful colors as your hair. I’d love to learn of your interest and curiosity in me. I’m a very single lover of gingers and intelligence. When: Monday, September 20, 2021. Where: DMV SB. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915413

I guess that depends. Do you consider yourself queer or gay? No? Then no. Since you didn’t say otherwise, I’m assuming that you’re a cisgender (someone whose gender identity is the same as their sex assigned at birth) man who has a cisgender female girlfriend. If this is correct, I’d say that you’re a straight guy who likes the idea of a little ass play. And you’re certainly not alone. For the uninitiated, pegging is when a woman performs anal sex on a man using a dildo, usually a strap-on. Although the term came about in 2001, the act has

NICE GUY BRIAN AT ARTSRIOT Wormdogs were playing. You were sitting on the stools on the front porch. My wife sat next to you; she said you had a great conversation. Inside, we were standing a behind you; she teased about wanting to dance with you. She gave you her card and has been eagerly awaiting your email! Let’s go see some music soon! When: Saturday, September 11, 2021. Where: ArtsRiot. You: Man. Me: Couple. #915409 HONKY TONK TUESDAY, RADIO BEAN You were raised near the coast of the eastern Mediterranean. On the eve of September 14, you danced East Coast swing with me. You offered a drag from your cigarette as I left. I remarked that you’re an amazing person. I’m sorry I disappeared so quickly. Listening to your experience and kind teacher’s heart would very likely enhance my humanity. When: Tuesday, September 14, 2021. Where: Radio Bean, Burlington. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915408 RE: STEAMY KISSES I’m sure a lot of people have had steamy kisses in steamy cars at Oakledge. I’m hoping that you are the one I’ll always love, no matter what. If you see this, I still want you to tell me something. When: Monday, July 22, 2019. Where: Oakledge. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915407 WILLISTON SCHOOL JOGGER We talked at Williston School. Your dog had been at Crate Escape, and you were “multitasking” on the paths behind the school. I said hi again later as you were jogging. Meet me for a walk — same place, same time? When: Wednesday, August 25, 2021. Where: Williston. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915397

been around for a lot longer. The Marquis de Sade, a French aristocrat, wrote about it in his 1795 book, Philosophy in the Bedroom. Lately, pegging has been popping up more often in mainstream movies and TV, like in Deadpool and “Broad City.” Anal sex can be very pleasurable for a man because of the magical prostate gland. From what I understand, stimulation of the prostate can lead to mind-blowing orgasms. If your girlfriend is open to trying new things in the bedroom, why hesitate to ask for what you want? She might enjoy playing the more dominant role. Watch a few videos together and, if she’s into it, go on an excursion to your local sex shop for supplies. Life is too short to worry about labels. Go ahead and get your peg on. Good luck and God bless,

The Reverend

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