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The lights are back on at Burlington’s premier performing arts center. At Saturday’s gala reopening celebration, “Dear Flynn Theater!” were the opening words of Vermont storyteller Ferene Paris Meyer — the first spoken from the Main Stage since mid-March 2020. Her story was part love letter to the theater, extolling its community-enriching capacity, and part memoir of her personal journey as a woman of color. A few minutes into her tale, local chanteuse Nicole Nelson stepped onstage and began humming. The Resistance Revival Chorus traveled down the aisles holding candles to join Paris Meyer and Nelson onstage. They performed rousing songs that moved the audience to clap and cheer. Then guitarist Dwight Ritcher, violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain and drummer Ezra Oklan joined the group to rock the house. Nelson’s soulful voice easily traversed octaves, and Roumain added touches of jazz and blues at just the right moments. As the tech crew prepared the stage for Afro-pop superstar Angélique Kidjo, Flynn executive director Jay Wahl stepped into the spotlight with his first remarks to a Main Stage audience since he took the job in January. Then it was Kidjo’s turn. With drummers and guitarists from around the world, the four-time Grammy Award

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[Re From the Publisher, October 13]: Paula Routly got it right in accusing Facebook of being a profit-driven “Anti-Social Media” company. We’ve all heard about Facebook’s lackluster attempts to control dangerous content such as hate speech, bullying, child exploitation, etc., but Routly draws attention to another looming issue: abuse of retail advertisers. As a Facebook advertiser, I can attest that what Routly reports on is not an isolated incident. From 2018 to 2020, we “boosted” Facebook posts with a budget of $50 to $100 a month. In June 2020, however, Facebook, without authorization, charged our credit card 10 times our budget. When we protested, we were referred to a chat room “algorithm” for resolution. In July 2020, the charge jumped to $508. As requested, we re-sent all pertinent background information. No response. In August, the fleecing continued, this time up to $630. When we advised our bank of the overcharges, we were advised that our Facebook experience was “not unusual.” The only way to stop bogus charging was to cancel our credit card. When this


The October 13 story titled “Beyond the Call,” about John King and his 56-year career with the Burlington Police Department, incorrectly identified acting Police Chief Jon Murad’s wife. Her name is Vonnie Murad.



some time. EVs are great, and when our old Toyota Corolla finally wears out, we likely will replace it with an EV. As more vehicles on the road use electric motors instead of gasoline, where does the highway maintenance money come from? Gas taxes are the major source of highway maintenance funding, and right now EVs are paying nothing toward that. As the number of EVs on the road increases, we need to develop an equitable way of taxing them to be sure there are roads for them to drive on! Michael Fullerton



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The October 13 Ask the Reverend column surprisingly perpetuated the dangerous myth that “while there are some sex workers in the business of their own accord, the trade is unfortunately rife with human trafficking.” Human trafficking is a horrific crime, but conflating consensual adult sex work and trafficking is harmful. The vast majority of individuals involved in sex work are consenting adults. In 2020, the Federal Bureau of Investigation reported that arrests for prostitution-related offenses outnumbered those for trafficking nearly 38 to one. Those who urge that we fight human trafficking by continuing the failed policy of prohibition for consensual adult sex keep both sex workers and trafficking victims in harm’s way — consenting adults are arrested and prosecuted, while

actual victims of trafficking face barriers to services. The leading human rights groups in the world — including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, UNAIDS, the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women and the World Health Organization — have come out in support of the decriminalization of consensual sex work in order to address human trafficking worldwide. Evidence from around the world shows that where prostitution has been decriminalized, exploitation decreases. We cannot use overbroad language in describing this problem, especially when the vast majority of human trafficking happens in sectors other than the sex industry. I appreciate that we are beginning to discuss sex work openly. Safe Sex Work Vermont, a group of individuals and organizations concerned about the health and safety of all Vermonters, launched, a resource for everyone wanting to know more about this critical issue. Henri Bynx


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[Re Off Message: “Residents Evicted From Burlington Homeless Encampment Following Arrests,” October 14; “Progressives Decry Decision to Clear Out Burlington Homeless Encampment,” October 15; “Sears Lane Residents Petition Court to Stop Eviction From Burlington Encampment,” October 20]: Oh, the irony. When the City of Burlington wants people out of its property, it allows the unwanted five days to vacate. When a private landlord wants people out for equally egregious behavior, they must endure 4.5 months, and that’s if the landlord does everything right. I’m not saying the people in that Sears Lane encampment don’t need more time. No, but bad tenants need to get gone much more quickly. Isn’t two months of not paying rent sufficient? Where else do people get that long to simply not pay a bill? Quicker evictions would lower rent, because landlords wouldn’t have to provide for the inevitability of getting an eviction-able tenant. About nine years ago, it cost me $19,000 to evict a tenant, which was about three years’ profit for my entire duplex. How fair was that? Eric Johnson



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Small-City Scares Spines are tingled and hairs are raised all weekend long at Scarefest Vergennes, a horror film festival mashed up with a costume contest and a frighteningly fun dance party at the Vergennes Opera House. Screenings include psychological thriller Darling, social media-skeptical crime flick Like Me and nostalgic slasher film The Ranger.

Foul Contending Rebels Theatre Cooperative, Burlington’s feminist acting troupe, gets those fires burning and cauldrons bubbling for a special Halloween performance of Macbeth at ArtsRiot. Audience members are encouraged to dress in their Prohibition best for this fully immersive staging set in the 1920s speakeasy scene.



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At the Hopkins Center for the Arts in Hanover, N.H., the Mali Obomsawin Sextet unveils Sweet Tooth, a song cycle about Indigenous identity, colonization and love that the Odanak Abenaki bassist and Dartmouth College alum began composing during her senior year. After, Dartmouth’s Coast Jazz Orchestra plays an improvisational and inventive set list ranging from Duke Ellington to Sun Ra. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 69


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Day of the Dead The divide between art and viewer disintegrates in “Hostile Terrain 94,” an interactive exhibit at Burlington’s Fletcher Free Library. University of Vermont anthropology students encourage visitors to handwrite toe tags, each representing a real person who has died at the U.S.-Mexico border, to hang on a map of the Sonoran Desert. SEE GALLERY LISTING ON PAGE 54




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didn’t know there was anything like this in Burlington,” he told me after investing hours, in the day and at night, getting to know the neighborhood. Nor did most of the rest of us. Thank you, James.

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When he’s not shooting for Seven Days, freelance photographer James Buck documents disaster-relief and humanitarian efforts in some of the harshest spots on Earth. Since the end of 2018, he has worked as a volunteer for the nonprofit Project HOPE in Ethiopia, Namibia, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Malawi, Indonesia and post-hurricane Bahamas. Earlier this year, the same organization sent him to India to witness and chronicle the ravages of the coronavirus. But none of those “missions” prepared Buck for Haiti, where he spent almost the entire month of September. The island nation was already reeling from two destabilizing calamities — in July, its president was assassinated; in August came a magnitude 7.2 earthquake. While Buck was there, thousands of beleaguered Haitian refugees amassed at the Texas-Mexico border. The U.S. responded by shipping them home. “They were lucky if they had a James Buck distributing water in southwest Hai backpack and a passport,” Buck said. ti At the time, Project HOPE had stopped sponsoring volunteers such as Buck; the situation in Haiti was too dangerous, they told him. So Buck flew to Port-au-Prince on his own, arranging transportation and accommodations in a country increasingly controlled by violent gangs. The local government was largely missing in action. With the exception of Doctors Without Borders, very few aid organizations were functioning. Buck found a small one, and “I ended up sort of just pitching in and helping with whatever I could,” he said, such as delivering fresh water. After finding a flight to the earthquake zone, he teamed up with a Swedish freelance reporter, illustrating her stories for various newspapers. “There was such a desperate level of need … It was fatiguing and sometimes frightening,” Buck said. But he said he never felt physically threatened. While he ably captured the destruction and myriad relief efforts, the intimate portraits of the people he encountered suggest he earned their trust. “I was constantly having this argument in my head — and, much of the time, out loud in French — explaining why I do what I do,” Buck said. “I’m trying to raise awareness about the situation so that the people who can help, will.” It’s not surprising that, when he’s back in Vermont, People waiting at the water distribution Buck seeks out some of the toughest assignments at Seven Days: photographing the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests in Battery Park and the itinerant people who were housed in hotels during the pandemic, as well as illustrating our 2019 “Hooked” series about substance-use disorder. He brings patience, vulnerability and an empathic eye to communities that might seem impenetrable to a photographer less experienced at documenting those in crisis. “I’m trying to tell people about underreported stories that there’s not really another way to get to,” Buck said. That is, he hopes to shed light on places and situations we would not see otherwise. In this week’s issue, we’re sharing Buck’s remarkable Interested in becoming a Super Reader? images of the homeless encampment at Sears Lane Look for the “Give Now” buttons at the top in Burlington; you can read more about the secluded of Or send a check with shantytown, and see his photos, on page 22. In Buck’s your address and contact info to: capable hands, the shoot turned into a photo essay. “I SEVEN DAYS, C/O SUPER READERS P.O. BOX 1164 BURLINGTON, VT 05402-1164

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Teal Wiegand and her dog, Monster

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ust a few weeks after Teal Wiegand lost her restaurant job in March 2020, she knew she was ready for a career change. Restaurants that had stayed open in the early months of the pandemic offered only takeout, so tips — the bulk of a server’s pay — had become largely a thing of the past. Wiegand didn’t see the hospitality industry recovering anytime soon, so the former art teacher enrolled in a three-month computer coding class. Now she supports herself as a freelance web developer. People are quitting their jobs in record numbers these days. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national quit rate hit a high of 2.9 percent in August, at 4.3 million. The departures spurred by the pandemic have been dubbed “the 14

Great Resignation,” a wave that Harvard University labor economist Lawrence Katz calls “a once-in-a-generation ‘Take This Job and Shove It’ moment.” But the newly jobless don’t seem to be applying for other positions, leaving a gap that has mystified employers and economists. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported last Friday that 7 percent of the jobs in Vermont are unfilled. While employers were reporting a worker shortage long before the pandemic, resignations have increased since COVID19-related shutdowns began. Many people who were laid off found themselves with the time to reassess their goals and decided to pursue training for other careers. Others can’t go back to work because childcare is still in short supply. And some worry about


being exposed to the virus in customerfacing jobs such as hospitality. The lack of workers is taking a toll on businesses. Restaurants and retailers have cut back their hours because they can’t find staff; companies are offering hundreds or even thousands of dollars in hiring bonuses to entice applicants. “I am in a position now, honestly, that I have never been in 11 years,” said Tina Hebb, who owns a cleaning business in Thetford. She estimated that she has turned away about 30 clients this autumn because she can’t find the workers she needs. Nobody responds to her job ads,



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ard work isn’t typically on the list of job responsibilities for a school administrator. But on a recent Friday, Montpelier Roxbury Public Schools superintendent Libby Bonesteel, clad in a baseball cap and blue jeans, pushed a lawn mower outside Montpelier High School for an hour. School librarian Sue Monmaney posted a picture of the unlikely scene on Twitter. “Superintendent @Bonesteelvt pitching in wherever it’s needed,” Monmaney wrote. “Is there anything she can’t do or won’t try for [Montpelier Roxbury schools]?” The school district is short five custodians, which means the remaining staff “are working just a massive, unhealthy amount of overtime,” Bonesteel told Seven Days last week. “And to help that cause, so they don’t burn out … we’re working to find different ways to relieve them of an hour or two of some of the overtime work. So, I found myself out mowing the lawn.” Bonesteel also arrives early some days to help clean school buildings before students arrive. Recently, the district’s payroll clerk offered to vacuum classrooms so that Bonesteel could go home at the end of the day. Other central office staff and board members are also volunteering to help clean. Montpelier Roxbury is, in addition, facing a shortage of paraprofessionals, food service workers and substitute teachers. And the district is far from alone. Across the state, schools are dealing with unprecedented labor challenges that are straining teachers and staff and spurring administrators to devise stopgap solutions.


Substitute teacher Adrienne MacIntyre teaching a second-grade class at Mary Hogan Elementary School in MIddlebury

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think? What’s happening in Vermont reflects a national dearth of school workers. Forty percent of school administrators describe their staffing shortages this year as “severe” or “very severe,” according to an EdWeek Research Center survey. While private employers such as retail stores and restaurants can curtail hours or limit services, schools are among a number of essential systems — including childcare centers, senior living facilities and hospitals — that simply aren’t able to downshift their operations when they face a labor crunch. Innovation is the order of the day.



Eldercare facilities are offering signon and referral bonuses, gift cards, and free meals to entice staff, said Laura Pelosi of the Vermont Health Care Association. And last Friday, the University of Vermont Medical Center announced that it is helping to find temporary employees to bolster the care available at the Burlington Health & Rehabilitation Center nursing home. That’s to relieve a logjam of patients who can’t leave the hospital because they need more care than the rehab center can currently provide. The Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living is paying for temporary “traveling” nurses to work there. For schools, money isn’t the problem. Districts have received an influx

of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds from the federal government that can be used to hire additional staff. “I mean, that’s been great — the federal dollars that have rolled in,” said Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union superintendent Adam Rosenberg. “But right now, it’s a personnel issue. This has been the toughest year in terms of hiring anyone — substitute teachers, kitchen staff, custodial staff, teaching staff. I mean, you name it.” His district has had to apply to the state Agency of Education for many provisional licenses this year to enable staffers to work outside their certification area — for example, allowing paraeducators to serve as special educators. “It’s just very difficult finding individuals to do this work,” he said. The salaries, fixed in labor contracts, are low. “In a normal year, we might get 15 applicants” when there’s an open position, said Peter Burrows, the superintendent of the Addison Central School District. “This year, we may get one or two. It’s just a stark contrast in terms of the number of people out there looking for work in schools.” Substitutes are also hard to find, Burrows said, which means that schools have to move employees to different parts of the building throughout the day to ensure adequate coverage. Staff members must be more flexible than ever, which can add to their fatigue, he said.



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news Hebb said. “By the end of the year, if I don’t have staff, I’ll have to close.” For some people, just having the time and space to think at all — free from commutes, social gatherings and, in many cases, work — made the difference. Wiegand said she probably wouldn’t have left serving if she hadn’t been laid off. Unemployment insurance allowed her to rethink her future. “It gave me a chance to explore options simply out of interest,” she said. She ended up combining her love of art with an exploration of coding. “It just became a delightful snowball effect of: This is interesting; I am pretty good at it; this course is available in my area; now I am enrolled.” Charlotte Aurora of Duxbury had a similar experience. “This time has been revolutionary and has provided us with a huge amount of creative brainstorming and planning time,” said Aurora, who lost her job as a bartender and server in March 2020. After more than 18 months collecting unemployment and working on her farm with her husband, she has no plans to go back. “You don’t get paid enough,” Aurora said of restaurant work. “And people are really rude and horrible.” Wiegand, too, said she was happy to leave some customers behind. “Working in a restaurant is like living in the Wild West, where you never know what each day brings,” she said. “Now I can work from home, and play with my dog all day, and not feel any apprehension about going to work.” Randy George, who owns Red Hen Baking in Middlesex, said a barista recently resigned after a customer lashed out at him upon learning that he couldn’t get the type of lid or straw he wanted. The lids are backordered due to supply chain problems. “He said, ‘That’s stupid, and so are you,’” George said. The barista had been at Red Hen for two years. “That was the final straw for him. He put in his notice that day.” Alex Horner, who cofounded the Burlington Code Academy, where Wiegand trained, said applications from hospitality workers have increased from about 25 percent of new students pre-pandemic to about 33 percent today. The typical starting salary for a graduate of the $12,000 program is $51,000, he said. Still, people are leaving their jobs in all sectors, at all income levels. Health care centers are also reporting unusual staffing problems; the University of Vermont Medical Center had 300 nursing vacancies in September. The good news for hospitals: Many displaced workers are training for health care jobs. Vermont Technical College’s 16


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Randy George making pizza at Red Hen Baking

four-year nursing program grew 300 percent this year after the legislature funded tuition assistance, spokesperson Barbara Egan said. And almost half the students taking classes at Community College of Vermont through a new tuition-free workforce program chose health care, said Tiffany Walker, associate dean of workforce education. For many workers, the pandemic opened the door to self-employment. Statistics released by Etsy, the online marketplace for artisans, show that its sellers nationwide made $13 billion in 2020, an increase of 142


“A ONCE-IN-A-GENERATION ‘TAKE THIS JOB AND SHOVE IT’ MOMENT.” percent since 2018. The company won’t release data on how many of those sellers live in Vermont, though a spokesperson did say Vermonters have more than 140,000 items listed on the site. For Aurora and her husband, selfemployment means trying to live off the land, a longtime dream for both. They survive on unemployment insurance, savings and farm income. They use the local food shelf, cut their own wood for heat, and sell meat and hemp. Aurora picks up occasional work as a health coach. “We both have worked in the service industry as a way to survive, until we can sort of make our dreams come true,” Aurora said. Vermont, which has one of the oldest populations in the country, was already facing a wave of retirements pre-pandemic.


Layoffs and health concerns related to the pandemic accelerated retirement plans for millions of older people nationally, according to the AARP. Many other people who left their jobs still don’t feel that it is safe to return. For example, a teacher resigned from Turtle Island Children’s Center in Montpelier because he was worried about catching the virus at work, director Vicky Senni said. “He got a job that pays almost double and has benefits, and he works from the safety of his home,” Senni said. Childcare, already in short supply before the pandemic, remains a huge barrier, according to Rhoni Basden, director of the job-training program Vermont Works for Women. Parents lucky enough to have their kids enrolled face a new reality: Some centers won’t allow children with common symptoms such as a runny nose to return until they get a negative COVID-19 test. “There goes the winter,” said Basden, who has a 4-year-old and a 6-year-old. “They all have runny noses. That’s why it’s hard to make a commitment to a low-wage job.” Childcare centers themselves are struggling to staff up, because they can’t afford to pay more than $12 or $13 an hour. “It’s always been hard to find workers,” said Rebecca Tanner, director of Northeast Kingdom Preschool and Child Care in Lyndonville. She recently closed the childcare center for 10 days after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19. “It’s definitely gotten worse in the last year. There has never been a shortage like we have now.” Many people are declining to settle for jobs that they really don’t want. Tim Farr, a longtime former restaurant worker who returned to college and then got an MBA at Southern New Hampshire University, is living on unemployment insurance of $583 per week and holding out for

an office job. He’s determined not to end up back in the service industry. “I’m not looking for some job where I am pressing buttons at a cash register making a little above state minimum wage, because that would be untenable for me,” he said. “I’d be in the same position I’m in right now, or worse.” Farr means that if he earns a little more money, he’ll go over the benefits cliff, the eligibility threshold for programs such as the state childcare subsidy, the renter’s tax rebate and Medicaid. Staying under the income threshold — a figure that varies according to program and household size — confers other advantages too, such as a state property tax reduction, heating assistance, and free appliances and services from Efficiency Vermont. That’s also a huge concern for Aurora. “We have to watch our income and make sure we stay under a certain amount so we don’t lose Medicaid,” she said. Senni said some of her workers qualify for Medicaid. “I’ve wanted to give a couple of teachers raises but, after speaking with them personally, decided not to because they would lose that, and they have young children at home,” she said. “We’re right on the benefits cliff.” Some employers blame the weekly federal unemployment supplements of $600, and later $300, for the disappearance of job seekers. But the termination of that benefit in early September didn’t result in a rush of applications. The labor shortage has put workers in a stronger bargaining position, and they’re starting to take action to improve their working conditions. Bloomberg Law reports that labor-organizing activity is growing, including at large employers such as Starbucks and Amazon. It’s too early to say whether workers who are pressing for better conditions will succeed, said Katz, the Harvard economist. “Maybe workers can hold out for six months and then the world will go back to the way it was before the pandemic,” he told the Harvard Gazette, the university’s online news service. “Or maybe the current moment reflects a permanent change in people’s values and a change in their willingness to withhold labor supply, individually and collectively.” Whatever the cause, it’s a moment that gave Ryegate bookkeeper Nichole Fandino no choice. She quit her office job in August after trying to juggle full-time work with caring for her 4-year-old. She has some bookkeeping clients now and is pretty sure she’ll find enough to make a living. In trying to take care of her child, her job responsibilities and herself, Fandino said, she felt as though she were failing at all three. Said Fandino, “I was burnt out.” m

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Like Bonesteel, Burrows has been helping with lunch duty and hall supervision. Principals and school board members have been filling in for classroom teachers. At Addison Central, parents and community volunteers — who have not been allowed in school buildings for more than a year as a COVID-19 precaution — are returning this month to help in classrooms and with lunch duty and afterschool activities. And the district has increased the pay rate for substitutes who commit to working multiple days a week. But the extra hands haven’t stopped the churn. Trina Villa began working in food service at Barre City Elementary School in 2014. She was drawn to the job because it allowed her to have the same schedule as her school-age daughter, and she likes to cook. But Villa left last month because the work became increasingly hard for what she was being paid — just $11.75 an hour. Last year, students ate lunch in their classrooms, and only half of them were at school at any one time due to hybrid learning, Villa explained. But this year, with school back to full capacity and some students eating in their classroom

and others in the cafeteria, her job became more complex. “It was just a whole mess, because I had to do the work of, like, four people because we were super short-staffed, and I still was just getting minimum wage,” Villa said. “And I was like, ‘I can’t.’” Now, Villa works at a local deli — in a position that pays $13 an hour and has a parent-friendly schedule. “I love it,” she said. “My boss is super chill.” At Slate Valley Unified School District in Fair Haven, two teachers walked off the job in the first week of school because of the stress, according to superintendent Brooke Olsen-Farrell. In Winooski, staff absences have almost tripled, since those who have any COVID-19 symptoms are often instructed to stay home. And, said the district’s human resources manager, Sarah Haven, “We’re having a hard time finding subs to come in and fill those daily absences.” Though applying to work as a substitute is an easy, online process, Haven said, substitutes are still required to have a college education or be in college, which limits the candidate pool. Over the summer, Haven said, she

Montpelier Roxbury superintendent Libby Bonesteel mowing the lawn outside Montpelier High School

contacted about 30 people on the district’s substitute list to see if they were interested in working this school year; more than half of them told her they’d taken a different career path or another full-time job. The lack of subs means that teachers have had to give up their planning time to cover other classrooms, Haven said. Principals are also regularly teaching classes. Paraeducators, sometimes called instructional assistants, who often work with individuals or small groups of students, are also in short supply. Few people applied for those jobs when the district sought to fill them over the summer. Winooski’s director of special education now spends much of her time figuring out how to fill the staffing gaps, Haven said. In the Essex Westford School District, 16 special education teacher positions are open, the district’s codirector of student support services, Erin Maguire, said. The district is working as hard as it can to make sure all special ed students are receiving the services they’re entitled to, but “we absolutely need more people,” Maguire said. “Jobs are posted, but no one is applying.” Literacy and math specialists and coaches — positions that focus on students’ specific academic needs — are often called on to cover the classes of absent teachers, which impedes their ability to perform their jobs, said Essex Westford director of human resources Deb Anderson. The lack of consistency can lead students to act out, said Burrows of Addison Central. “I think if you don’t have enough employees to cover all of the needs within the school — and those needs are really various in terms of all the different roles that employees fill — then it becomes harder to support students,” Burrows said. The bus driver shortage means that bus routes are regularly canceled, Anderson added. And while districts are working hard on day-to-day fixes, leaders say they’re not sure how to alleviate, more generally, the pressure schools face. Some say one relief valve will be opened when more school-age children become eligible to be vaccinated — but for now, many are resigned to just pulling together as a community and waiting it out. “I think the fatigue that everybody is feeling is real, and I think it’s just kind of where we’re at,” said Addison Central superintendent Burrows. “And we need to continue to do what we can and hope that [the difficulty] starts to subside and we get back into a good rhythm.” Bonesteel put it more succinctly. “Part of it is,” she said, “you just got to do what you have to do.” m


Fired Burlington Airport Director Gene Richards Sues to Get His Job Back B Y S A S H A G O L D S T EI N Gene Richards, who was fired last month from his job as director of the Burlington International Airport, has sued the City of Burlington in an attempt to regain the post. The suit, filed in Chittenden Superior Court on October 12, also demands that Richards be given the full, complete documents related to an investigation into his conduct. If he gets neither his old position nor those papers, he argues, he should receive “a proper post-termination due process hearing, compensatory damages for lost income” and his legal fees. In a statement last Thursday, mayoral spokesperson Samantha Sheehan said the city was aware of the suit but had yet to be served. “The City disputes the substance ... of the appeal and at the appropriate time and manner will reply through counsel,” she wrote. Richards was placed on leave on June 30 after a complaint about his conduct. The union that represents airport workers urged the city to fire him. But Richards refused to step down, and on August 27, Mayor Miro Weinberger said he would begin the process to fire him. A report conducted by workplace investigator Anita Tinney had found that Richards regularly used profanity and “physically intimidating behavior” against airport employees and called them “useless and ungrateful to their face.” By city charter, Weinberger could not unilaterally fire Richards, so the Burlington City Council held an unprecedented public termination hearing on September 9. Ten councilors voted to fire Richards, more than the eight required. Richards’ suit, filed by his attorney, Richard Cassidy, says the former airport director had no chance to defend himself because he had not seen Tinney’s full, unredacted report. Rather, the city released a version that lacked witness names and other specifics such as dates, places and times of alleged misconduct, the suit says. Before his hearing, Richards had filed a public records request for more information. The city did not provide the material in time, and Richards could only testify that “he was sorry if his conduct had been offensive to some employees,” the suit says. Weinberger, meanwhile, “knowingly and intentionally damaged Richards’ reputation” during the termination hearing, the suit alleges. m





Sarino Macri at home on Sears Lane

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head of a 9 a.m. eviction on Tuesday, protesters arrived at a Burlington homeless encampment and started chanting, anticipating a confrontation with city police. The group of 30 brought strength in numbers, as well as signs. The activists offered to chain themselves to structures at the Sears Lane camp if city officials attempted to remove residents by force. But the deadline for the campers to clear out came and went without conflict. City workers posted “No Trespassing” signs around the site’s perimeter. Some residents packed their vehicles and drove off, while others hunkered down to escape the pouring rain. Social workers stopped by to help the campers book hotel rooms. One woman clutched a printed copy of her hotel reservation. “Thank you, guys,” she told the social workers, her teeth chattering from the cold. It was a subdued chapter in a drama that began earlier this month with two arrests at the South End encampment. One man was accused of selling methamphetamine, and another of pointing a replica assault rifle at a city firefighter. The city had allowed the encampment to exist on public property for years, but the recent incidents convinced Mayor Miro Weinberger that the situation was untenable. He gave residents 12 days to pack up and move out. Progressive city councilors tried to get 18

the mayor to reverse course but failed. And two Sears Lane residents unsuccessfully petitioned the Vermont Superior Court to halt the eviction. The judge did give the residents a day in court, but it’s scheduled for Thursday, October 28 — two days after the eviction. Seven Days journalists spent the last week interviewing Sears Lane residents, documenting their lives in the waning days of their community. While some rushed to pack all their worldly possessions, others felt immobilized by the challenge of finding somewhere else to go. But by Tuesday at noon, according to a spokesperson for the mayor, “everyone on-site” had either accepted help or made plans to find another place to live. Still, the jolt of the sudden eviction had shaken the campers. “What do I do? It’s this place or nothing,” Ruth, a 24-year-old Sears Lane resident who didn’t share her last name, said last week. “If ‘lost’ was a person, it would definitely have my face.” Unhoused people have sheltered at the site for the better part of 15 years, according to an estimate by one former resident. Located off Pine Street near the Burlington bike path and train tracks, the partially wooded spot was once home to just a few tents scattered among the trees. Since the pandemic, however, it has stretched into an adjacent parking lot with residents living in campers, portable carports and hand-built tiny homes.


There’s no running water or electricity, so the nearly 30 campers rely on loud generators for power. The noise, along with thefts, vandalism and drug use, have prompted people who live and work nearby to call the cops frequently. From January through September, Burlington police have received more than 120 calls about incidents on Sears Lane, according to city data. But Ewing Fox, who uses a friend’s workshop across the street, said when he’s called, police have told him they lack the number of cops to safely respond. Fox said he doesn’t feel safe there at night and that campers have thrown rocks and fired some kind of projectiles over his vehicle. They also left bags of used hypodermic needles on his friend’s property, he said. Fox himself was homeless in Burlington in the 1990s while he struggled with alcoholism. Now sober, Fox said he has sympathy for the campers but isn’t sorry to see Sears Lane close. The city allowed the site “to become what it was,” he said. “There’s some really decent people who are down there,” Fox said. “But because the city is refusing to even enforce their own laws that are on the books for everyone else, it’s become kind of a lawless region.” The city broke up the camp four years ago, citing concerns over belongings that had accumulated there. But people gradually returned, and city officials seemed to tolerate it.


The final days at a homeless encampment in Burlington’s South End

How to manage the site, though, has long eluded officials. Last summer, the city proposed building a low-barrier shelter there using $1.3 million in coronavirus relief funds. But the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, which was in charge of disbursing the money, denied the application. This fall, the city put out a call for an organization to oversee the camp, but none responded. Activists say it’s inhumane to displace vulnerable people just before winter, at a time when Vermont’s COVID-19 cases are the highest since the pandemic began. In court filings and interviews, residents said they felt they were being punished for a few people’s poor choices. The decision to clear out the pop-up neighborhood didn’t sit well with Paul Dragon, executive director of the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity. Staff members at his Burlington nonprofit, which offers programs to prevent homelessness, bring food to Sears Lane every day and help residents receive medical care. Dragon thinks the city should have created a long-term plan to rehouse the homeless residents rather than evict them over the actions of two people. “It’s easy to say things about a place that looks like that,” Dragon said, referring to the trash-strewn site. “And then you go there, and you really understand that it’s very different from people’s perceptions.” Campers describe Sears Lane as a sort of drop-in center for wayward souls. Some tent for a few days, while others stay for months. Many describe the encampment as a community where people help one another, a dynamic that was evident during Seven Days’ visits to the site last week. One afternoon, a group helped a camper tow a junk car to a scrapyard. On another, a man walked from tent to tent to offer a steaming serving of Hamburger Helper to anyone who was hungry. Sarino Macri brewed coffee last Friday inside his tiny home as city bulldozers hauled away trash outside. He’d lived at Sears Lane for months, in an 8-by-10-foot structure built of materials he salvaged from dumpsters. An American flag hung proudly over Macri’s cot, under which was a suitcase and plastic bin containing the rest of his belongings. Kindling was stacked neatly near a woodstove in one corner. Outside, a small Santa Claus figurine welcomed visitors at the front door. As he crouched over the hot plate at his feet, Macri lamented that city officials have no compassion for him and his neighbors. “I want to stay here,” Macri said. “I wanted to make a sanctuary place here.” Jordan Orcutt moved to Sears Lane nearly three years ago, after he left his

friend’s apartment because too many people there were using drugs. At the camp, he shared a living space with his girlfriend, Lexy Grundy, one of the plaintiffs in the court case against the city. Orcutt, 27, spends much of his time in the workshop he fashioned out of a discarded carport. Inside are the tools of the various trades Orcutt has picked up — most recently, he’s started making coffee tables out of slabs of wood. People would come to Orcutt if they needed supplies. One afternoon last week, two visitors popped in with various requests. Wire stripper? Orcutt had it. Spare trailer light? Naturally. With days to go before the city’s move-out deadline, Orcutt hadn’t even started packing. “I’m struggling on making my home not feel like a home right now,” he said, challenging Mayor Weinberger to spend a night at the camp.



“He would understand the struggle,” Orcutt said. “He’d probably understand a lot of the people down here and their stories and realize that he’s not just reclaiming public property — he’s essentially mass-destroying their lives.” Orcutt broke down when he learned about the eviction notice. He wishes the city would give them another chance to stay, if not more time to leave. “We’re just in a rut,” Orcutt said, a tear running down his cheek. “Once you get down as far as we are, it’s not impossible, but it’s really hard to have the mental strength to pull yourself out of it, especially when shit like this happens. We’re already down. Why shit on us even more?” Other campers professed a love-hate relationship with Sears Lane, seeing it as a saving grace for the shelter it provides and a living hell for fueling their worst inclinations. A middle-age man at the camp last week said he has an apartment in Burlington but goes to Sears Lane daily because he’s using meth again.

“You gravitate to where you belong,” the man told a reporter. “We ain’t gonna hang out with Bill Gates, that’s for sure.” Ruth, the 24-year-old camper, landed at Sears Lane six months ago when the state placed her 2-year-old son with a foster family. Last week, fellow campers destroyed the home Ruth shared with her son’s father, Elijah, after an argument. The city disposed of their belongings in a cleanup on October 22, believing their site had been abandoned. That Friday afternoon, Ruth struggled to pitch a tent in a far corner of the wooded lot. Her fingernails caked with dirt, Ruth wiped tears from her face as she reflected on her circumstances. “I think I’d probably be dead if I didn’t have this place, but I think I might die here,” she said. “I’m like a shell of my former self.” Ruth perched on a boulder, smoking a cigarette that she had bummed off another camper. She watched wistfully as parents and their young children zoomed down Sears Lane on bicycles. Ruth’s eyes lit up when she saw staff from CVOEO wheeling a cart of food into the site. She trotted up the worn dirt path to grab sandwiches and containers of pasta salad. The social workers came bearing good news: Ruth could stay in a hotel for the night, they told her. Leaving the tent behind, Ruth wrapped herself in a blanket and waited at the encampment’s edge for an Uber to whisk her away. After one night’s reprieve, Ruth was back at Sears Lane on Saturday. Ahead of the eviction Tuesday, Elijah packed up his and Ruth’s belongings and waited to be set up in a hotel, this time for a longer stay. Other people wanted to leave but were worried that anything they left behind would be stolen. As some campers loaded up, the protesters formed a circle near the entrance, chanting, “This is what community looks like.” They belted, “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey through a megaphone. One man, Noah, surveyed the activists with skepticism as he attached a trailer to his truck. “I don’t know what they’re cheering for. They could be over here helping,” Noah said. “They’re here for their own mission, not ours.” m



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Photojournalist James Buck spent much of the last week with residents at the Sears Lane homeless encampment in Burlington ahead of Tuesday’s scheduled eviction. Many of the residents who spoke with him declined to provide their full names. Here’s what they did tell him. See more photos and stories at

Residents open up about life at Burlington’s notorious homeless encampment S T O RY & PHOT OS B Y JAMES BU CK

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Noah at his campsite

After he turned 18, Noah was homeless in downtown Burlington for two years. But he was able to rebuild his life, he said, spending a decade as a carpenter and tradesman. “I was a normal member of society up until about two months ago,” Noah said last week. “But when my son’s mom left me, I said, ‘Fuck it.’ I stopped paying my bills and came out here.” Noah built a home and a workshop at the encampment. He’s a skilled maker who took this journalist on an early morning dumpster-diving mission to salvage tools and materials for building sheds and trailers. He also fixes up cars at his workshop and sells them, he said. He’d made a life for himself at Sears Lane, living with his girlfriend, with whom he has a close bond, in an RV that he insulated himself, using electricity from a generator. Noah worries about his girlfriend, who recently learned that she was pregnant. He’s very protective of her. “I don’t want this life for myself, and I don’t want it for her,” he said. Once the encampment became a hot political issue, local media crews would show up with cameras whenever there was a disturbance, an arrest or a move by the city to push people out. Residents, including Noah, felt their privacy was violated by the constant outside scrutiny. Other intrusions were worse: People often stole his tools and materials, he said. Last week, Noah was frantically working to build a storage unit on his trailer to pack up his entire life and workshop as the city deadline loomed. His hand was broken, and he was under immense stress. “I’m fucked,” he said, despairing about how to move his workshop — and where he would go. “It’s bittersweet leaving here,” he said, “but it’s hard being here.”


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Lexy Grundy at the encampment

Carol’s husband, Mitchell, in their tent


Nibbler is a tiny 6-week-old Chihuahua puppy with big shoes to fill. His owner, Carol, lost custody of her children, ages 5 and 10. Heartbroken, she carries the puppy around. “When the world rips everything from you and you got nothing, the pets help,” Carol said, cradling the pup. “I would give anything to have my kids back,” she said. Carol writes poetry and creates art at the camp, where she’s lived on and off for three years. She left more stable housing because of a family dispute. At the camp, she’s lived a few months with her husband, Mitchell, in a tent connected to their car. The two of them work as roofers wherever they can. They’re skilled tradespeople who make camp supplies out of scrap.

The city deadline loomed in 12 hours, but Jordan Orcutt’s sprawling workshop and makeshift home weren’t anywhere near packed. “It’s super stressful,” he said. Two years ago, he created a workshop for his woodworking at Sears Lane. He ended up sleeping in his car next to it when his apartment became unsafe, he said. He wound up living there and built an empire of woodworking and car repair. His plot is full of tools of every kind. Orcutt is an artisan who makes tables, selecting and working pieces of wood until they’re just right, often refinishing them several times. His eyes light up when asked about the pieces, and he will take them out one by one to introduce every interesting and unique board.

His home with his partner, Lexy Grundy, 18, anchored Sears Lane. But life there wasn’t easy. Last winter, Grundy got frostbite on her hands and suffered nerve damage. They’d since insulated their home, made an oil burner and even put up security cameras. Everything they had, they said, came from dumpster diving. In less than a day, it was all supposed to be gone — somewhere. “They don’t care about us lower-class people,” Orcutt said. “They want us to try to ‘better ourselves,’ but we’re content as we are.” Grundy had called Sears Lane home for a year. “We have our own community — even though we argue, which happens in families. I don’t think I’d know what to do without this place,” she said. “I’d probably be sleeping under a fucking bridge.”

She’s frustrated by how the city treated the encampment. She feels like no one cares about residents, that they’re just the dirt under everyone’s feet — disposable. When people pass on the street, they stare or snub their noses, she said. “I just want to show people the truth, open their eyes, see the people they’re hurting. They think, because we’re nobodies, they can push us around,” she said. But Sears Lane is a community, she said; people look out for each other. They check in on her. She has a painful wound on her leg and gets medical care for it when she can. She doesn’t want to see the encampment destroyed. “These people have worked so hard for this community,” she said, “and they deserve to keep it.”

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statistically more likely to be vaccinated, make up a smaller share of the overall cases. The same trend holds across geographic lines. Between mid-September and midOctober, Vermont’s seven most vaccinated counties — Chittenden, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Washington, Addison, Rutland and Bennington — reported 33 percent fewer infections per capita than the seven least vaccinated counties, despite representing a much higher portion of the population. Similar disparities appear in the rates of hospitalizations and deaths. “At this point, there’s no doubt that if you’re unvaccinated, the virus will find you,” Gov. Phil Scott said last week. State officials seem far less interested in discussing another theory for why Vermont’s latest surge has lasted so long: whether the lack of COVID-19 mask and social-distancing requirements has played a role. Scott has come under intense scrutiny in recent weeks for his refusal to reinstate any restrictions despite the prolonged surge. At a press conference on Monday, a group of state lawmakers, school professionals and concerned citizens called on Scott to reimpose his state of emergency order and do more to respond. Speakers argued that Scott’s vaccination-only approach has allowed the Delta variant to run rampant across the state, disrupting schools and infecting thousands. They demanded that Scott issue another mask


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ermont, the most vaccinated state in the country — the poster child for America’s pandemic response — is in the midst of its worst surge of COVID-19 infections to date. What gives? State officials wish they knew. They have been puzzling over this question for weeks and say the answer likely involves factors common to surges elsewhere in the country: a highly transmissible strain, unvaccinated people, waning effectiveness of vaccines over time and relaxed pandemic rules. But one of Vermont’s leading infectious disease specialists believes that an additional factor may be at play, one that speaks more specifically to the state: Vermont may be falling victim to its own success. Vermont’s decisive measures early in the pandemic to shut down businesses and reduce personal interactions, coupled with residents’ enthusiastic and early pursuit of vaccinations, kept the worst of the pandemic away — for a time. Consequently, as the Delta variant rages, plenty of unvaccinated Vermonters have never had COVID-19 and therefore have neither vaccine-induced nor natural immunity. “The thing that really determines how much immune protection the population in an area has from COVID-19 is both vaccination and prior history of infection,” said Dr. Tim Lahey, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Vermont Medical Center. “If you do a great job of protecting people from infection, that means the vaccines are doing all of the immunity lifting,” Lahey said. “That’s good, because it’s safer, but that means you’re going to have a susceptible population out there for longer than if more had been infected.” While state officials have struggled to pinpoint exactly what’s driving the current wave of infections, they have a better idea of who’s getting swept up in it. The short answer: the unvaccinated, who officials estimate make up roughly two-thirds of the 14,000 cases Vermont has reported since mid-July, according to state data. That’s despite the fact that unvaccinated Vermonters now represent only about 30 percent of the population. Children age 9 and younger, who are too young to be vaccinated, have experienced the highest rates of infection during this time, followed by people between the ages of 10 and 39. Those 40 and older, who are

mandate for schools and indoor public settings, hire more contact tracers, and increase the number of health care and social work staff in schools. “It’s completely inexplicable to see the lack of action from the administration at this point,” said Rep. George Till (D-Jericho), a practicing physician. “It’s as if they’ve fallen asleep at the wheel.” Scott has argued that mask mandates would only stir up controversy without making a big difference in public health, noting that only one school in Vermont has resisted the state’s masking

recommendations and that many people are still choosing to wear masks in public. “I don’t think my saying it or us mandating that is going to get one single person to wear a mask that doesn’t want to wear a mask,” Scott said earlier this month. He has instead implored Vermonters to consider their own “personal responsibility,” calling that the key to slowing the surge. Scott reiterated his stance at his weekly press conference on Tuesday, saying that he did not believe a majority of Vermonters want new restrictions or another state of emergency.

experts agree that the quick uptake likely helped Vermont initially fend off Delta this summer and weather the surge better than states with lower vaccination rates, by turning what could have been an astronomical spike — one that overwhelms hospitals — into a more moderate but prolonged wave. “Our Delta surge was more of a blunted surge,” said Vermont Health Commissioner Mark Levine. “It wasn’t this steep climb up like we see in many of the Southern states and then a [quick drop] downward. We see us going up on a more gradual basis, then hanging out at plateau levels for a longer period of time.” Vermont’s Delta surge has nevertheless proven quite disruptive. The state reported record-breaking numbers for both daily case counts and weekly averages this month, while hospitalizations and deaths crept up to levels not seen since last winter. It’s hard to know how big a role the waning efficacy of vaccines is playing in all this, Dr. Lahey, the infectious disease specialist, said, in part because a number of breakthrough cases were always expected. “It’s possible that it’s a contributing factor,” he said, “but the math suggests that it’s small” compared to unvaccinated transmissions. His bigger takeaway was that more vaccinations are needed across the board. Public health officials have long been unsure what percentage of the population needs to be vaccinated to have broad protection from COVID-19 surges. The hope early on was that, “if you do a great job of vaccinating adults only, that’ll be enough,” Lahey said. The fact that Vermont is still experiencing such high transmission rates despite vaccinating roughly 80 percent of people age 12 and older confirms that more people must be vaccinated — including children, he said. “If we could vaccinate the majority of our kids, then our percentages start to drop really low in terms of vulnerable people,” Lahey said. Last week, Pfizer reported that its coronavirus vaccine for children had a 90 percent efficacy rate in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 in a clinical trial of kids ages 5 to 11. The federal government is now considering whether to authorize the vaccine for children. If and when that happens, Vermont officials say, the state is ready to start vaccinating them. m



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Winooski Soccer Player Could Face Criminal Charge From Enosburg Game BY AL IS O N NO VAK • Authorities are weighing whether to charge a Winooski High School soccer player with assault for allegedly headbutting an Enosburg Falls High School player during a game last month — a legal step that would be extremely rare in Vermont school sports. The Winooski Police Department sent the Chittenden County State’s Attorney’s office a report on October 11 that found probable cause that the 19-year-old player committed what would be a misdemeanor offense. The September 18 game gained widespread attention after Winooski superintendent Sean McMannon said that three Enosburg athletes directed racial slurs at the Black Winooski athletes, calling them “the N-word, monkey and terrorist.” The Franklin Northeast Supervisory Union, which includes Enosburg Falls High School, said last week that its two-and-half-week investigation into the matter found no evidence to substantiate the allegations of racial abuse. But superintendent Lynn Cota said she considers the investigation incomplete, because Winooski student athletes declined to answer questions and the Winooski School District did not share its investigatory notes. A Winooski district spokesperson said officials provided Enosburg investigators with “specific information” about the racial abuse, but administrators did not allow students to be interviewed, based on legal advice. Meanwhile, the mother of a student who was allegedly head-butted called police in Winooski after the game to report what had happened — prompting a criminal investigation. Bob Johnson, who has spent 19 years at the Vermont Principals’ Association and now serves as its associate executive director, said he had never heard of a



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Vermont student athlete facing criminal charges for violent behavior against another player during a game. “It’s a very rare occurrence,” Johnson said last week. The Winooski player was suspended for two games. The VPA held a subsequent disciplinary hearing for the student on September 28. The organization wouldn’t release the results, but the student played in a game that night. The Winooski School District declined to comment on the criminal investigation. In the Winooski criminal affidavit, Officer Owen Dugan wrote that an Enosburg mother and her son traveled to Winooski to give sworn statements about the incident. The Enosburg athlete said his jaw was in pain, and he planned to see a doctor. Upon reviewing video of the game taken by Enosburg Falls newspaper the County Courier, Dugan determined that the Winooski player had head-butted his Enosburg opponent “with force great enough to cause him to immediately drop to the ground.” State’s Attorney Sarah George will decide whether to charge the Winooski student with a crime punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of $1,000. George confirmed that her office is reviewing the case. Cota said that the Franklin Northeast district would “welcome the opportunity to come together with Winooski and repair harms that exist between the two school communities.” The Winooski School District said it would decline for now. Said the district, “Because there has not been any acceptance of responsibility for the racial abuse reported by our student athletes, this may be a difficult path to navigate and could create more harm to [Winooski] student-athletes.” m


[Re Off Message: “Despite Rising COVID-19 Numbers, Vermont Officials Say No to Mask Mandate,” October 12]: The statement of Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine that mask mandates would not work because only the unvaccinated would not comply with them was disappointing and illogical. First, it is not accurate to conflate the unvaccinated with those refusing to wear masks. While there is overlap, many who have refused to be vaccinated have done so for reasons unrelated to ideology. Many wear masks indoors now, despite the absence of a mandate. Second, mask refuseniks constitute a segment of the population that has squandered its opportunity to act in a community-minded manner. This reminds one of the problem of drunk driving, which has persisted despite mandates and criminal penalties. Should we just say that those who abuse alcohol are going to drive under the influence anyway and give up on enforcement? Instead, those who have chosen not to follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Levine are exactly the people for whose behavior the mandates should be instituted. Finally, the claim that other states’ mask mandates did not work is also false. The proper analysis should examine what would have happened if the mandates had not been imposed. There is no credible evidence to suggest that the number of cases and deaths would not have changed without mask mandates. Indeed, the modeling used by the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation has consistently illustrated the mitigating effects of mask mandates. Levine should follow the guidance of his employees and reconsider his decision. Brian Sullivan



Last week’s calendar noted that the Metropolitan Opera’s HD broadcasts of current shows can be seen at the Hopkins Center for the Arts in Hanover, N.H. These broadcasts can also be seen in Middlebury and Rutland. Check out the schedule of operas at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater website or at the website of the Paramount Theatre in Rutland. David Clark




“The Art of Transformation” [October 13] raises important questions about censorship and the role of a university museum. Authoritarian regimes tell citizens what they can read and see, banning books and removing artworks. A liberal democracy allows citizens to read and view and decide for themselves what is good or bad, just or unjust. Many museums have enhanced information on artworks, informing viewers of the context and raising challenging questions about racism, colonialism and sexism. The Fleming appears to have chosen censorship over education. University museums serve students and faculty by collecting and curating

original works. Thomas Hudson was an important 18th-century English portraitist, a teacher of Joshua Reynolds. Removing his work is simply making it harder for University of Vermont students to study art firsthand. The work removed is a portrait of Anne Isted, “who was an enslaver,” according to the Fleming Museum of Art label that has replaced the painting. Isted lived in England all her life. She, like many of her upper-class peers, had colonial land holdings. Labor was provided by enslaved persons. Was this wrong? Yes. Did Isted know she held slaves? Undoubtedly. If the portrait of an old woman absentee slaveholder must be removed, shouldn’t the UVM library also purge the works of Thomas Jefferson, who was not an absentee enslaver but an active one?

Engaging audiences in challenging and uncomfortable discussions about history, culture, power and oppression is central to a university’s mission. Deciding what can or cannot be read or viewed is censorship, pure and simple. Bruce Wyatt



I grew up with the Fleming Museum of Art in the days when the wonderful Margit Holzinger was its curator; both she and the tiny museum were a big part of my “education.” So I was drawn to your article [“The Art of Transformation,” October 13]. I was not surprised that Andrea Rosen called out the museum’s “celebratory

and could support moving her portrait to a section for artworks of dubious moral value, I feel that removing the portrait from display is a serious mistake. Censorship remains censorship even when the motivation is sincerely well meant. Removing every portrait of people whose lives might cause offense today would empty the halls of many museums. Whom does that benefit? Raymond Huessy



The actions of the Fleming Museum of Art’s curators in their decision to remove paintings and replace them with history lessons seem well intended but ill thought-out. On reading [“The Art of Transformation,” October 13], one nagging thought kept at me. Who the hell is Anne Isted? The answer? No one to whom I would have given any thought until her life was functionally enshrined in a paper that replaced her portrait. This woman, who only seems to exist on the internet as that single painting, had no history or relevance and had been all but erased by the passage of time, becoming just yet another semi-anonymous subject of a piece of artwork. By taking the focus away from the artist and putting the “Absence” in the European and American Gallery at the Fleming Museum of Art spotlight on the subject, the curators have elevated this woman from the dust depictions of white Europeans ... whose of the past, deeming her more important wealth ... [was] built on the backs of than the artwork and artist for whom she people of color.” What stopped me in my was the subject. tracks was that Pamela Polston added: Somehow, that action seems far more “that is precisely what the museum like it “reinforce[s] white supremacy” aims to identify, examine and extin- than just simply taking down the paintguish within its walls.” I have no prob- ing without fanfare and replacing it lem with the Fleming (or anyone else) with a work more reflective of diversity, “identifying and examining” anything letting Isted remain nothing more than it wants to; what worries me is the word the title of a painting to be forgotten. “extinguish.” The proposed idea of focusing on I grew up with Thomas Hudson’s what can be put up instead of explainportrait of Anne Isted, but I never ing in paragraphs what came down is a thought it argued for her moral worth; far more constructive way to tackle the on the contrary, it rather tellingly issue. Enshrine those more deserving, portrays a person only too content with rather than let exploiters become more her extraordinary privilege. It also was a solidly visible in our history, functionally painting by a renowned British artist, and immortalizing their names and deeds. I felt lucky to have it where I could see Fran Bellin it. So while I am all for informing anyone ESSEX who visits the museum of Isted’s faults SEVEN DAYS OCTOBER 27-NOVEMBER 3, 2021





Megan Battey 1957-2021 MIDDLEBURY, VT.

Megan Battey, a longtime Vermont resident, died on September 25, 2021, at her home in Middlebury, Vt., at age 64. Megan grew up in Maryland and graduated from BethesdaChevy Chase High School. At Middlebury College, she majored in studio art and Italian, graduating cum laude in 1979. Shortly thereafter, she began working as the assistant to the director of the Johnson Gallery, eventually becoming visual resources coordinator for the History of Art and Architecture Department, a position she held until her retirement in 2016. “For decades, Megan was the indispensable hub around which an active department grew and evolved,” shared Glenn Andres, professor emeritus. “Beyond her visual world, she loved poetry and dance, served as makeup artist to generations of Middlebury Community Players, delighted in her friends, and reveled in a string of idiosyncratic cats. She supported and enriched the lives around her.” A trained archaeologist, Megan worked on projects throughout New England and abroad. She volunteered at Homeward Bound, Addison County’s Humane Society, and with Addison Allies, helping Mexican dairy farmworkers. As a certified master gardener, she served on the board of the Middlebury Community Garden since 2014 and volunteered at Helen Porter Nursing and Rehab, maintaining garden beds for the residents. She was married to the late George Todd, a Middlebury faculty member from New Haven, Vt., from 1992 until 2019. “She was an exceptionally lovely person with many friends and many talents,” said Dana Barrow, who worked with Megan in the Visual Resources Center for 10 years, starting in 1999. “She loved travel, art, archaeology and the performing arts. Her constancy, thoughtfulness and generosity make the idea that she is no longer with us all the harder to accept.” A memorial will be held on November 6, 1:30 p.m., in the Middlebury College Chapel.




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loved music, Christmas, babies and animals. Getting kissed by a dog and having a cat on her lap brought her joy, but having a baby in the room was the all-time best. She frequently kept a doll named Baby in her lap, and she would think it funny to occasionally fling it across the room to get attention. Those witnessing this would most likely cover up a laugh. Robin didn’t go to college, have a career, buy a house, get married or have kids. She didn’t vote, pay taxes, give speeches, sit on any advisory boards or have a driver’s license. She never went on a plane, rode a bicycle, skied or ran a marathon. Because of her disability, she was not capable of doing any of these things. She was, however,

a human being capable of feeling joy, sadness, pain, love and kindness — expressing it in her own unique and special way to those around her. Lessons could be learned if you were paying attention. Our lives would have turned out very differently if Robin were different. For that, we are eternally thankful and feel divinely blessed that she was born into our family. She was predeceased by her father, Dick Corey, and leaves behind her mother, Eveline Corey, of Williston; Kim Corey of Colchester; Dan Corey and his wife, Beth, of Colorado Springs; and Heidi Corey of West Rutland. We will dearly miss her presence on Earth, but we feel a peace knowing that she is finally free from the burden of her brain and limitations of her body. So walk, run, dance and sing, our sweet Robin. I will take good care of Baby doll, but every now and then I may have to fling it across the room to get some attention. Say hi to Dad for us. There was a private graveside service at Resurrection Park in South Burlington on Thursday, October 21. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Robin’s memory to either Community Care Network | Rutland Mental Health | Rutland Community Programs (; Special Olympics; or any animal rescue of your choice.

all knew she was beyond “Super”! Jan enjoyed many things, especially Rice Memorial High School sporting events and Stunt Nite with her sister Agatha “Tootsie” Morrow. She was predeceased by her parents, John and Carolina Cassarino; her brother Paul Cassarino; and her husband, Robert E. Handy. Jan leaves behind her children: Mary Small (Phillip) of Colchester, Lisa Manley (Mark) of Essex, Robbi Holmes (Adam) of Colchester and Earl (Alexis) Handy of Shelburne. She was fondly known as “Sito” by her grandchildren: Kaitlyn and Tyler

Small; Ryan and Sara Manley; Harrison, William and Grant Holmes; and twins Genevieve and Nicholas Handy. She also leaves her brothers Joseph and Alfred Cassarino; sister, Tootsie; several nieces and nephews; treasured Sand Dunes friends at Barney’s Point; and numerous beloved friends and customers of Handy’s Lunch. Jan will always be remembered by all as a sweet, kind and loving person. The family would like to thank the entire staff at the Respite House for their care the last few weeks. In lieu of flowers, it was Janet’s wish that donations be made to Rice Memorial High School (in memory of Janet Handy) and St. Jude Children’s Hospital. These are two organizations that were near and dear to her heart. Calling hours will be on Friday, October 29, 4 to 7 p.m., at Ready Funeral Home’s South Chapel, 261 Shelburne Rd., Burlington. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, October 30, 11 a.m., in St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Burlington, with interment to follow in Resurrection Park Cemetery, South Burlington. Please go to to place online condolences.

JANUARY 26, 1961-OCTOBER 8, 2021 Our brave Robin boarded the express train to heaven on October 8, 2021. First-class. She was the beloved firstborn daughter of the late Richard “Dick” Corey and his wife, Eveline (Boulanger) Corey. Robin was cognitively and physically disabled since birth in 1961. She lived at home until she was 6 years old, then resided at Brandon Training School until it closed in 1993. After a short time living in a group home in Rutland, we were blessed to learn that Lance and Terri Monger and their family wished to welcome her into their home. Robin comfortably resided there for the next 22 years. Our family is forever grateful to the Monger family for the attention and loving care they provided to her over that time. We would like to give a heartfelt thanks to Melody Bell for providing a loving home for Robin over the past three years and acknowledge Dana McMahon, public guardian of the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living, for her compassionate support and guidance. Robin had an infectious laugh and

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JULY 16, 1937-OCTOBER 17, 2021 BURLINGTON, VT. Janet C. Handy died on Sunday, October 17, 2021, at the McClure Miller Respite House, from Lewy body dementia. Born Giannetta Iolanda Cassarino on July 16, 1937, in Middlebury, Vt., she was the daughter of Sicilian immigrants John and Carolina Cassarino. She liked to tell the story of how she was committed to becoming Americanized and decided to go by “Jan.” She graduated from Middlebury High School in 1955, then moved to Burlington to work for the telephone company. She married her true love, Robert “Bob” E. Handy, on May 25, 1963. They had four children, Mary, Lisa, Robbi and Earl. She was very active in their lives, attending school and sporting events. As the kids grew older, Jan joined Bob in their family business, Handy’s Lunch. When Bob passed away in 1996, she continued to work at the diner until 2018 with her son Earl. When she was 80 years old, she was featured as a Super Senior on WCAX-TV — we

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here are landing places — and then there are landing places. The two meet near the intersection of Airport Drive and Airport Road in South Burlington, where Burlington International Airport and its aviation affiliates surround Eldredge Cemetery on three sides. The cemetery is nestled between Beta Technologies and Heritage Aviation, bordered on two sides by fences with signs that warn: “Federal Law Prohibits Unauthorized Entry.” In the still of the graveyard, moss and lichen inch their way over headstones, obscuring the names of the dead. Little beeps and flashing lights from the runway — nearby, but a world away — signal action. From a rise in the burial ground, you can read the logo on a plane as it ascends to the southeast; from the same spot, you’ll want to duck and cover your ears at the speed and roar of a fighter jet. Roughly 220 planes and 1,400 people land at the airport every day. At the cemetery, which operates at a slower place, 573 people have reached their final destination over the course of 225 years. Unidentified soldiers from the War of 1812 and the Civil War are buried here, along with people whose surnames are familiar to locals: Bostwick, Holbrook, Patchen, Van Sicklen. Generations of some families are buried at Eldredge, including 17 members of the Isham family, whose deaths from 1822 to 2014 span nearly two centuries. Why was a loud, bustling, stress-inducing transit center located next to a few acres of cedar and crab apple trees and scores of old gravestones? If this were a NIMBY situation, the opposing voice might belong to longgone Samuel Allen. His burial at Eldredge (sometimes spelled Eldridge) in 1797 was the first, according to But alas, he and those who surround him — including 13 other Allens — must forever hold their peace. BTV, the airport’s code name, arrived in 1920. It has grown in 100 years from a grass landing strip to a 90-acre complex with two asphalt-and-concrete runways. Last summer, due primarily to a “massive increase” in private plane operation, BTV hit a three-year high of an average 348 landings per day, according to acting director Nic Longo. Despite their plainly different tone and tenor, an airport and a cemetery are not such strange bedfellows. Each is well suited to flat land and open space. For an airport, a site outside the center of town, where it 28



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can grow, is desirable, Longo said. Around the country, other airports have relocated cemeteries to make room for expansion, he said, noting that in Savannah, Ga., a runway was built around a headstone. “There’s no intention of us ever doing that in Burlington,” Longo added. Patrick Healy, president of the Vermont Cemetery Association, wrote by email that early cemetery sites, usually family plots on farms, were sometimes chosen for their view. This makes Eldredge a prime spot. Looking east from the graveyard, past trucks and airplanes, Mount Mansfield and Camel’s Hump rise in the distance. “I believe in the past, people would look at the aesthetics of the piece of land first,” Healy wrote. His understanding corresponds with information that Thomas Visser, professor of historic preservation at the University of Vermont, discerned from a quick look at an 1869 map titled “Plan of City of Burlington and Town of South Burlington.” The cemetery, Visser explained, was near a major thoroughfare, Winooski Turnpike, now called Williston Road. In 1869, Eldredge School stood to the south of the cemetery, and a cluster of residences, about a dozen large lots, surrounded it. Visser surmised that this was farmland laid out in the 100-acre parcels common to Burlington’s outskirts at the time.


“These historic maps give us an incredible view of a slice of time,” Visser Tombstone said. “It puts that moment at Eldredge of time in context. We can see these relationships: the land form, the uses, the density, the transportation routes.” If the area was farmland, and long-ago graves were dug on family farms, perhaps the Allen family had a farm there. One of the people buried at the graveyard is Mary Eldredge Allen (1779-1822). (If these Allens were related to Ethan Allen, who is buried at Greenmount Cemetery in Burlington, they most likely were cousins, according to Dan O’Neil, director of the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum.) Like Visser, airport director Longo values historical documents. He has a particular interest in the history of “aeronautical entities and airports” — but also in the “things around them and how we became who we are today.” “No matter what picture, what diagram or what historical photo I look at [of the Burlington airport], the first thing I look for is the cemetery,” Longo said. “That way, I have my point of reference.” In March 1865, the City of Burlington transferred the deed of the 2.6-acre cemetery to South Burlington. A month before the transfer, Burlington buried about

half a dozen indigent people, their names and histories unknown, in the graveyard, according to South Burlington city records. The burial site is likely an unmarked, open space on the south side of the cemetery, according to a 2019 sonar survey. The area could be where 24 soldiers from the War of 1812 are also buried, according to city clerk and sexton Donna Kinville. There are about 800 open plots at Eldredge, according to the 2019 survey, Kinville said. Some are close to the airfield, a spot some people covet. These folks are plane watchers and aeronautical fans who want to be buried near the action. Recently, a man purchased the prime plane-viewing plot in the cemetery, in its northeast corner; a big black headstone is already in place. An Eldredge plot measures 3.5 feet by 10 feet and costs $400 for a South Burlington resident — making it cheaper to stay put for eternity than to fly away for the weekend. m

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racy Dolan was traveling one night on a remote road in northeastern Afghanistan when local warlords stopped the car she was riding in. It was 2002, just a few months after the fall of the Taliban, and Dolan was working for the nonprofit ChildFund International to set up schools for Afghan children, most of whom had never had formal education. The kidnapping of Westerners was not yet common, but travel in isolated areas was always perilous because of land mines and heavily armed militants. “It’s funny. When you’re young, you don’t think much about security,” said 30

Dolan, who was 32 at the time but had already lived and worked in several conflict-ridden countries in Asia and subSaharan Africa. Dolan didn’t speak Dari or Pashto, Afghanistan’s most common languages, but from the tone and demeanor of the militants, who carried Kalashnikov rifles, she knew they meant business. Dolan’s Afghan guides answered their questions calmly and quickly, and soon the gunmen let the group continue. Later, one of the interpreters told Dolan he’d spun a yarn about how they were all working for the United Nations so that the warlords wouldn’t harass them further. It


was one of several occasions, Dolan said, when her Afghan partners had risked their own lives to save hers. Nearly two decades later, Dolan is looking forward to repaying such courage by helping compatriots of the Afghans who protected her. In September, Gov. Phil Scott appointed her director of the Vermont State Refugee Office. Her first order of business will be to coordinate state and federal assistance to as many as 100 Afghan refugees approved for resettlement in the Green Mountains. All were displaced by the rapid fall of Afghanistan’s government in August, including many who worked with the U.S. military during the 20-year war.

“The idea that I might play any small role at all in making Vermont more welcoming feels great,” Dolan remarked during an interview soon after starting her new job. Vermonters may recognize Dolan from her most recent position as deputy commissioner of the Vermont Department of Health, where she was often the face and voice of public health during the COVID19 pandemic. But the 51-year-old Jericho woman, who grew up in a working-class family in northern British Columbia, also brings to her new job more than a decade of international experience helping people in dire circumstances. Widely praised for


her emotional intelligence and ability to communicate directly but compassionately with the public, Dolan also excels at an unusual side gig — standup comedy. In this new stage of her career, Dolan will need to use all her skills to help refugees and asylum seekers start anew in an unfamiliar culture — and help Vermonters acclimate to the state’s changing demographics.

Right for the Job

Normally, the position of deputy health commissioner doesn’t attract much media attention. COVID-19 changed that, and until she left the health department in August, Dolan routinely appeared on radio and television to answer questions about the virus, vaccines, the Delta variant and the like. “Honestly, nobody really knew who I was until the pandemic,” Dolan said. Though running the State Refugee Office may seem like a departure from her previous job, Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine, Dolan’s former boss, said the fundamental nature of her work won’t change. She still will be focused on what he called “the social determinants of health” — access to medical and mental health care, food, housing, education, and employment. “I think that’s going to allow Tracy to have an amazing merger of her skill sets,” Levine said. Running the State Refugee Office, a tiny operation where she’ll have just one employee, will require more than the ability to navigate state and federal bureaucracies. Dolan must also work closely with local refugee advocates, including the Vermont office of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, the new Brattleboro chapter of the Ethiopian Community Development Council, and the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity. Dolan already forged many of those relationships during the pandemic, Levine said, when she worked to boost COVID19 vaccine rates among Vermont’s New Americans and other communities of color. Dolan will also need to assuage the fears and apprehensions that some Vermonters may have about foreigners resettling in their communities and encroaching upon an already tight housing market. Even before the first Afghans arrive, the media are watching to see whether Dolan can prevent the kind of controversy that polarized Rutland residents in 2016 after the city tried, unsuccessfully, to resettle 100 Syrian refugees. Ultimately, Dolan’s success may hinge on her ability to communicate effectively

Tracy Dolan (right) in Takhar Province, Afghanistan, in 2002

Dolan’s success may hinge on her ability to communicate effectively and sympathetically with a cross section of Vermonters. and sympathetically with a cross section of Vermonters. It’s a skill for which she was widely commended during her time at the health department. “She did that masterfully,” Levine said. “For many people in the state, Tracy was the reassuring voice about the pandemic.” Jane Lindholm, the former longtime host of Vermont Public Radio’s “Vermont Edition,” agreed. Soon after the pandemic began, Dolan became a weekly guest on the midday news program, fielding questions from Lindholm and listeners for the better part of the hour. “The thing that I especially appreciated about Tracy was that she was straightforward,” Lindholm said. “In interviewing public officials, I get really frustrated when I feel like they don’t answer the question. Tracy was really good about saying, ‘I don’t have an answer to that question.’ That’s refreshing, because it helps to build trust

with the journalist but also [with] the audience.” Dolan also did something else that impressed the 20-year veteran of public radio: She talked about the pandemic in personal terms. “Tracy liked to use her own family as an example in her answers,” Lindholm added. “She didn’t hold herself apart from everyone else … She would empathize in a very human way.”

Another Kind of Headliner

On a recent Friday evening, Dolan got personal again about herself and her family in a very different forum — onstage at the Vermont Comedy Club in downtown Burlington. Dolan, who’s been moonlighting as a standup comedian for eight years, was

opening four shows that weekend for the club’s headliners. She took the stage in a black leather jacket, jeans, espadrilles and hoop earrings that dangled beneath her short, jet-black hair. To warm up the crowd, she told selfdeprecating and (mostly) clean jokes about herself and her two teenage daughters. Divorced shortly before the pandemic began, Dolan riffed about being a single mother in her fifties and dating again. She did one bit about meeting an attractive man whom she considered “a nine” while she judged herself “a six, though with the exchange rate, I’m closer to an American four.” Dolan also riffed about her childhood spent in a trailer park. “I’m not trying to sound like I’m that much better than you, just because I grew RESCUE LINES


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up in a house that could move,” she joked. “My parents decided to raise me in a home that a mild breeze could lift up, magically spin around and turn into a meth lab.” Though seating capacity was limited for social distancing, the club filled with laughter. Dolan avoided jokes about controversial subjects, especially those related to public health, such as vaccine skepticism. “I might do something tongue-in-cheek about vaping,” Dolan explained about her comedy routine. “But for the most part it’s all about my family, my upbringing and my relationships.” About the only pandemic-related joke Dolan told that night touched on her difficulty returning to social situations after the lockdown. When she realized that she was struggling to focus during face-to-face conversations, Dolan told the audience, she took an online test to see whether she had attention deficit disorder; it came back negative. “Turns out what I do have is a profound lack of interest in other people’s lives,” she quipped. The joke got plenty of laughs. But to anyone in the room who knew that Dolan had spent the last 19 months trying to prevent Vermonters from dying of COVID-19, nothing sounded further from the truth. Actually, Dolan has spent much of her career deeply invested in the lives of others.

Navigating Cultures

Dolan grew up in Prince Rupert, a port city of about 12,000 people on British Columbia’s northwest coast, which she describes as “the rainiest place that people inhabit in North America.” By comparison, “Seattle feels like Florida,” she said during an interview at her new state office in Waterbury. Dolan was the youngest of six children in a lower middle-class family. Her childhood home — “a double-wide!” she proclaimed — was at the end of a cul-desac, with a basement and garage that her father had built, a yard with rosebushes, and a basketball hoop out front where neighborhood kids played. Dolan’s mother stayed at home to raise the kids, and her father worked as a millwright at the local grain elevator. Both parents were strongly pro-union and devoutly Catholic. “Like, very Catholic,” she clarified. “We said the rosary every day on our knees after dinner. I don’t know of any family that was more Catholic than us on this continent.” Because the family’s budget was tight, Dolan went to work at an early age. During 32


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Afghan girls at a school Tracy Dolan and her team helped establish in Takhar Province

summers in high school, she joined her father at the grain elevator doing manual labor, such as bleeding brakes on freight trains. The union jobs paid well, and she earned about $10,000 each summer, which she put away for college. Neither of her parents finished high school, but they were worldly in other ways, she said. Her father was an avid reader, and every night the family watched the evening news together on TV. As a girl, Dolan fantasized about becoming a television journalist. She studied political science and economics at the University of British Columbia and volunteered at the studentrun radio station. The day after graduating, at 21, she boarded a flight for Tokyo to take a radio job at NHK, the Japan Broadcasting Corporation. During her work there, she interviewed physicians from Doctors Without Borders, a conversation that sparked her interest in public health and led her back to Canada to earn a bachelor’s degree in public health education. In the mid-1990s, while finishing a master’s degree in community health, Dolan took a part-time job doing HIV prevention work in First Nation communities. The prevalence of HIV infection among British Columbia’s Indigenous people was among the highest in Canada. Much of Dolan’s work involved dispelling myths and misconceptions about how HIV spreads and breaking the stigma associated with the disease. She worked


closely with First Nation elders to use their culture and traditions to reach street youth who were using intravenous drugs and sharing needles. In 1999, as HIV ravaged Africa, Dolan took a job in Malawi for the nongovernmental organization Save the Children. After two years there and a year in Uganda, she became HIV project officer for Child-

For many people in the state, Tracy was the reassuring voice about the pandemic. HE A LT H C O M M I S S I O NE R DR. MARK LEVINE

Fund International, work that took her to Kenya, Zambia, India and Thailand. In 2002, Dolan crossed the border from Tajikistan into Afghanistan with $10,000 hidden in her shoes and another $10,000 in her bra — “$5,000 per cup,” she quipped. Dolan’s anecdote sounds like the setup for one of her jokes, but at the time it was

no laughing matter. In those days, she explained, there was no way to electronically transfer funds into Afghanistan, so cash had to be smuggled in. “Nobody told us whether we’d get in trouble for doing it,” she said, “but for sure they’d take it from us.” Dolan was on a mission to set up temporary schools, ostensibly to teach children how to read and write, she said. But the schools also provided “normalizing activities” for children who’d never known anything but poverty, war and destruction. “Our local Afghan colleagues — men and women who were program staff, interpreters, drivers, engineers — they were the engine behind the work and made it all possible,” Dolan recalled. Because the Taliban forbade girls from attending school, her NGO required that communities who received its aid educate girls as well as boys. One of Dolan’s first tasks was to recruit “teachers” — basically, any adults who could read and write — and give them several days of training. The Afghan educators also had to ensure that students showed up on time each day. “Some of the communities were still governed by warlords,” Dolan recalled. “Sometimes when we arrived, to call a meeting to order, someone would fire a


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round from their Kalashnikov into the air, and that served as the bell, so to speak.” Even as Dolan and her team tried to introduce Western values of gender equality, they respected local customs and sensibilities. Dolan never donned a full burka, but her clothing covered most of her body, from neck to ankles. And while she never felt threatened as a woman, “If I showed up without my male colleagues in a community or village, I wouldn’t be taken very seriously.” In one village, the elders told Dolan that there were no women who knew how to read or write — that is, until someone pulled her aside and showed her where those women lived. Nevertheless, Dolan was unsuccessful in negotiating their inclusion in the teacher training program; the male elders wouldn’t let them participate. “Other than navigating our way through land mines on the roads, the hardest part about working in education in Afghanistan was navigating the cultural and gender norms,” she said. A month after that initial teacher training, Dolan and her team returned to the village to see whether classes were still meeting; they were. In fact, one teacher told her that the most challenging part of teaching girls was getting them to leave once classes were over. “I hope they are OK now,” Dolan said, reflecting on recent events in Afghanistan, “and I hope for the women these girls have become.”

From Afghanistan to Vermont

During her stint in Afghanistan, Dolan met her future husband, Chanon Bernstein, who worked on the team setting up schools. The couple married in 2004 and had their first daughter the following year. They adopted their second daughter in 2009. Because Dolan and Bernstein didn’t want to travel internationally while raising their girls, the family resettled in Vermont, where Bernstein grew up. In March 2009, Dolan arrived in Vermont from Ethiopia on a Friday and started her job at the Vermont Department of Health on the following Monday. She began as the department’s director of planning, overseeing the Office of Minority Health and the Office of Rural Health and Primary Care. In January 2011, then-governor Peter Shumlin appointed her deputy health commissioner. Sharon Moffatt, Vermont’s health commissioner from 2006 to 2008, never 34


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Afghan boys and a teacher at a school Tracy Dolan and her team helped establish in Takhar Province

She didn’t hold herself apart from everyone else … She would empathize in a very human way. JANE L IND H O L M

worked with Dolan in state government. But the two met when Moffatt was with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, where Dolan chaired a national committee of high-ranking health officials. “I always found Tracy to be a great listener,” Moffatt said. “Tracy didn’t need to be the front person all the time.” Later, when Moffatt worked for the CDC Foundation, a nonprofit that supports the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, she and Dolan cooperated to fill vacant health department positions such as contact tracers, case investigators and laboratory technicians. (Early in the pandemic, Dolan did some contract tracing herself because the state was short-staffed.) “I worked with Tracy almost up to the day she left” in assessing the health department’s needs, Moffatt said, noting Dolan’s unwavering dedication. Moffatt said she was sad to hear that Dolan had left the health department. But speaking as a former public health nurse who spent two decades working with New


Americans, she said Dolan was an excellent choice to head the refugee office. “She brings a depth of understanding of the journey these individuals have taken,” Moffatt said. “Tracy is a very compassionate person … She does this work because she cares about people and the community we’re in.”

A Standup Leader

Dolan stumbled into standup comedy in her forties, when she befriended Marianne DiMascio, a regional director at the Community College of Vermont who also writes and performs sketch comedy routines for her theater company, Stealing From Work. “One day I said to Tracy, ‘You’re funny. Have you ever thought of doing comedy?’” DiMascio recalled. “And she said, ‘Actually, I’d love to do standup.’” So when Dolan first tried her hand at an open mic night at Nectar’s, DiMascio was in the audience. “She did it, and she was great — a real natural,” DiMascio said.

Dolan remembers it differently. “I’d been doing public speaking for a long time, and I got up and thought, I’m gonna be fine,” Dolan said. “My legs shook the whole time.” She stuck with it and soon discovered that she had a knack for standup. When Natalie Miller and Nathan Hartswick opened the Vermont Comedy Club in November 2015, Dolan became a regular. She has occasionally taken her routine on the road, performing at the She-Devil Comedy Festival in New York City and in Boston’s Women in Comedy Festival. “You never need to worry about Tracy,” Hartswick said. “She’s always got her act together, [and] she always does well in front of a crowd.” Miller agreed, calling Dolan “a pillar” of Vermont’s comedy scene. “Tracy’s got it all. How does she do it? She’s got kids. She’s got a job. And she’s one of the best people in the standup scene,” Miller said. “And she has experiences


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Rescue Lines « P.34 other people don’t have … so it’s cool to hear a different perspective.” In this very different part of her life, Dolan has shown the same helping instincts that led her to public health. According to Hartswick, she helps younger comics workshop their material and hone their routines. Recently, she started shadowing Hartswick, who teaches a course on standup, and she may soon take over as its instructor. “It’s a difficult class to teach, because you have to walk the line between giving people really solid, critical feedback but also not [crush] their spirit when they’re just starting out,” Hartswick explained. “I think Tracy is a really good candidate for that [ job].”

Gentle but Direct

Soon after starting her new job, Dolan met with Yacouba Bogre, executive director of New American advocacy organization AALV, and with Asma Ali Abunaib, who manages CVOEO’s Financial Empowerment for New Americans project, to talk about the needs of the arriving Afghans. Those needs will include assistance navigating the U.S. immigration system, understanding how to handle household finances in America and having ready access to translators. “This cannot wait for someone to understand English,” Abunaib said. “When you talk about financials, you talk about everything.” Dolan has also begun the flip side of her job — helping Vermonters prepare for the new immigrants. On October 19, she was among the featured guests at a Virtual Refugee Resettlement Town Hall organized by state legislators. The videoconference, with more than 100 participants and viewers, provided updates on the refugees’ status and suggestions for how Vermonters could help. Politicians spoke about the state’s rich tradition of welcoming newcomers, especially those fleeing war and persecution. Others extolled Vermonters’ virtues of tolerance, inclusion and hospitality. Then Dolan offered a reality check. “Vermont is a very welcoming state,” she said, “but it is not always a welcoming state for everyone, right?” Dolan recounted some of her experiences working with Afghan nationals and asked that if Vermonters see or hear things “playing around the edges of racism — because it can be a scary thing to think about people coming in from the outside who don’t look like you — put yourselves in the shoes of others.” 36

Tracy Dolan performing at the Vermont Comedy Club


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Dolan’s message was gentle but direct, like a health department official recommending that Vermonters wear masks, wash their hands and get vaccinated. Indeed, what got Dolan through the pandemic was the camaraderie she felt with her colleagues at the health department — “even on the hard days, that sense that you’re all in it together,” she said. “It’s really about the desire to make the community a better place and the world a better place.” m

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hite sheets shrouded the furniture like so many ghouls lying about the room. Tucker Foltz, the education programs manager at Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh, led me through the historic Robinson home and into the original kitchen, which dates back to the 1790s. Due to seasonal closures, the pandemic shutdown and restoration work, visitors haven’t crossed the kitchen’s ancient floorboards since November 2019. Under the deepening shadows of dusk, the air hung heavy with disuse. “There is where we’ll have the séance,” Foltz said. In the mid-19th century, Rowland and Rachel Robinson, second-generation owners of Rokeby farm, were swept up in the religious fervor of the popular Spiritualist movement. Through mediums, they spoke with the dead — or believed they did. This weekend the museum brings these séances back to life with “Spirits of Rokeby.” For the final event of its season, on Friday, October 29, and Saturday, October 30, the museum invites visitors to participate in authentic re-creations of mid-19th-century séances. The sessions are staged by actors and based on the transcripts of Ann King, a medium and family friend who documented the Robinsons’ conversations with the spirit world. A historian by trade and a theater kid by upbringing, Foltz is in his element. “We’re toeing the line between history and something that is a spooky experience but is based in reality,” he said. “Theater is the tie between the two.” In a pre-séance talk, museum director Dr. Lindsay Houpt-Varner will elaborate on that history before guests are escorted into the Robinson home for what the museum’s website calls a “participatory dramatization.” The 45-minute sessions will be limited to groups of 10, and masks are required. Inside the Robinson kitchen, participants will sit around the family’s original banquet table as actors Madeleine Murray, J. Louis Reid and Landon DePaulo re-create the séances King described. Murray, a local artist who, as a teenager, acted alongside Foltz at the Briggs Opera House in White River Junction, plays King. Asked about the event’s scariness level, she called it “spooky” and “very Halloween-y but not panic-inducing.” Still, communing with the dead is


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not most visitors’ first association with Rokeby and the family it memorializes. Foltz described the museum’s main draws as “the three As: abolition, art and agriculture.” While several of the Robinsons were celebrated artists and the property’s varied agricultural uses have been preserved for educational purposes, it is the first A — abolition — for which Rokeby is most historically significant. Born and raised Quakers, Rowland and Rachel Robinson were adamant abolitionists who demanded the immediate emancipation of all enslaved people in the U.S. They boycotted slave-made goods and organized against slavery at the state and national levels. Rowland helped start the Ferrisburgh Anti-Slavery Society, Foltz said, and was a founding member of the Vermont Anti-Slavery Society. During the 1830s and ’40s, the Robinsons gave freedom seekers headed for Canada housing and paid employment on the farm, often for months at a time. There are about 10 such verified cases of people finding temporary refuge at Rokeby, making it one of the most welldocumented sites on the Underground Railroad and garnering it recognition as a National Historic Landmark. In the early 1850s, Rowland and Rachel shifted their religious focus from Quakerism to Spiritualism. Their politics were consistent with the radical thinking embraced by the movement. In a recent Zoom presentation on “Spiritualism and the Robinsons of




Rokeby,” Houpt-Varner cited an 1858 convention held in Rutland where the various reform movements of the 19th century converged. At this convention, Spiritualism was discussed alongside progressive issues of the time, such as abolition and women’s rights, as well as pseudoscientific fads, such as phrenology. At the time, the Vermont Phoenix, based in Brattleboro, disparaged the attendees, calling them “reformers,” “free lovers” and “Spiritualists.” The Robinsons were hardly alone in their attraction to Spiritualism. In the May 31, 2021, issue of the New Yorker, Casey Cep estimated that, in the late 19th century, “somewhere between four million and eleven million people identified as Spiritualists in the United States alone.” The exact number is difficult to pin down because it’s hard to say who participated in séances merely as a curiosity or for entertainment and who were the true believers. But it is certain that the practice was popular among the era’s cultural elite. Adherents included author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, U.S. rep. Horace Greeley, first lady Mary Todd Lincoln and poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Others at least dabbled, such as author Mark Twain,

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abolitionist Frederick Douglass, Great Britain’s Queen Victoria, psychologist William James, and physicists Marie and Pierre Curie. Practitioners joined séances for a variety of reasons, Foltz explained. “Each group or individual seemed to be using Spiritualism in a different way,” he said. “With the Robinsons, it seemed very much to be communicating with dead loved ones and trying to access the afterlife for the

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purpose of emotional fulfillment — things that were left unsaid when someone died and trying to hash that out.” According to the museum’s records, much of the Robinsons’ communication with the dearly departed — including Rowland’s father and Rowland and Rachel’s eldest son, both of whom were named Thomas — involved asking after the spirits’ welfare and soliciting advice or ghostly intervention to improve the welfare of those still on Earth. The nature of the afterlife was another common inquiry. Spiritualists believe that just as a person can work to better themselves on Earth, so can a soul purify itself in the afterlife. The Robinsons sought the truth of Spiritualist doctrines and often asked their departed loved ones to describe what the spirit realm was like. King wrote down all these experiences and sometimes acted as the medium. She

was an intimate friend of the family, and the Robinson children called her Aunt Ann. After Rachel’s death in 1862, King even moved into the Robinson home, bringing her documentation, which the Rokeby now has at its fingertips. King was also interested in the prophetic possibilities of Spiritualism. One document in Rokeby’s collection is a transcribed séance that King copied from an 1857 issue of the Liberator, an abolitionist newspaper. During the session, a spirit warned of coming bloodshed and the dissolution of the Union over the question of slavery. Hostilities were already hot, but this communication came a full four years prior to the outbreak of the Civil War. Many such prophecies were circulated by Spiritualists at the time. The team at Rokeby is just beginning to unearth this branch of the Robinson’s history, but they’re excited to share what they’ve learned with the public — to entertain and educate. “We have these amazing records of spiritualist activity happening here, so we can base it all off of real events,” Foltz said. “We want to keep the professionalism of research, of interpretation, of exhibits, like we do with everything at Rokeby,” he continued. “But we want to have some fun with the history, because it’s that time of year.” m

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he phrase “knock on wood” has an imprecise origin, but its meaning is clear: striking knuckles on wooden objects supposedly wards off bad luck. Burlington woodworker Noah Burton says the idiom was just one inspiration for his company’s name, Knock Knock Natural Coffins & Custom Woodworking. “It’s death — death coming a-knocking,” he said with a wry smile over a cup of coffee in Burlington’s South End. Thus far, coffins are only a sideline at Burton’s one-man enterprise on Pine Street. He’s built two and sold just one — for a pet. But he hopes to find a market for his affordable, green alternative to highend caskets. The slim 32-year-old’s coffins are distinctive in several ways. With their elongated hexagonal shape and unvarnished surfaces, the pine boxes seem straight off the set of an old Western. Even more notably, Knock Knock coffins are completely biodegradable. The locally sourced wood and raw iron nails he uses will fully break down in soil over time, Burton said. The wood in conventional caskets will eventually decompose, too, but metal and other components won’t. A casket that completely biodegrades is a must for anyone wanting what’s known as a “green” burial, one that’s as environmentally friendly as possible. In a green burial, bodies aren’t embalmed, and they go into the ground in a simple shroud, a biodegradable container or nothing at all. Burton began crafting coffins as a way to grapple with his own mortality. “I tried to push it away at times,” he said of his thoughts about death. “And then I realized, maybe one of the ways to get a better understanding of it is to actually do some act that directly relates to it.” Burton has degrees in poetry and analytic philosophy. His 2020 book of poems, Clothesline Saga, is full of disorienting passages and darkly tinged non sequiturs. “I guess I’ve always had this thing with, like, really deep, heavy subjects,” he said, so his work as a coffin maker and poet “kind of relate in a certain way.”

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Burton became a woodworker in the winter of 2017 and now works out of a space at Sterling Hardwoods, where a prototype of his pine coffin leans against a wall. That one actually will be his coffin, when the time comes, he said. Its presence


is unsettling to say the least, as its grim purpose is emphasized by the grinning faux skeleton that rests on top. Knock Knock’s aren’t the only green coffins available in Vermont. But unlike others, such as Vermont Custom Casket’s

visually striking, ornamental receptacles, Burton’s death boxes are cheap — $400 a pop. Vermont Custom Casket’s and more traditional ones start around $2,000. “I wanted to make a business that I didn’t see around town, [one] that actually used to be a part of every single town,” Burton said. “There used to always be a coffin builder, and [their wares] didn’t cost someone thousands of dollars.” Demand for Burton’s coffins is unclear. He says he’s cultivating potential buyers through other work he does and items he sells. Though they may receive a lot of attention in the media, green funerals still aren’t very popular. And the jury is out on what even constitutes a green burial, according to Joshua Slocum, executive director of Vermont’s Funeral Consumers Alliance. Governments don’t collect data on how many funerals are considered green, Slocum said, so it’s impossible to know how many happen yearly. “From practical experience talking to the public, there certainly is more interest in simple, natural burial than there used to be,” Slocum said by phone, adding that cremation is by far the dominant choice in Vermont. Burton got started in woodworking with New Hampshire woodworker Gabriele Tise, whose company, Tise Woodwork and Design, is known for high-end custom work. Burton was a complete novice when Tise hired him to help on a project, she said. “He had never read a tape measure before,” she recalled by phone. “He’s the first kind of green woodworker that I’ve taken [on.]” He caught on quickly, though, and left her employ with good skills, she said. Shortly after landing in Burlington in 2019, Burton fell in with the folks at Sterling, including Sterling Furniture Works owner Marc Leone. The woodshop is adjacent to Speeder & Earl’s Coffee, where Burton had briefly worked. Leone said he likes having an old-fashioned coffin maker among his colleagues. “We like a lot of those sort of no-nonsense elements that society used to have,” he said. While he seeks a market for his coffins, Burton also makes tables and other, smaller items. His work has a playful,

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coffins and immediately felt inclined to add a quilted lining, which led her to ask him to build a casket for her aging pooch. “[Burton] came into my studio one day when she was there and we measured her,” she said during a phone call. McVeigh plans to line the coffin with some special material printed with Rosa’s likeness. Partnering with Burton is a perfect fit, she said: “I use all-natural materials [like] cotton and linen, so the whole thing will degrade.” Before Burton built his first coffin, he’d made a wooden box to store a friend’s ashes, a painful process that nevertheless inspired his current interest in the craft. “Going through the grieving process while doing that, as hard as it was — it was actually extremely healing,” he says. “I made this thing out of something really difficult.” m

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helan O’Connor, co-owner of Pigasus Meats in South Hero, was raised vegetarian. He never thought much about his diet until he started working on the school farm while studying at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina. Tending beef cattle there, O’Connor saw firsthand how animals can interact with the land in both positive and negative ways. “Every little change you make — where you put a group of animals, what you feed them, how you move them — can make a big impact,” O’Connor said. During college, O’Connor, now 31, also learned that all forms of agricultural food production impact the Earth. From an environmental perspective, he explained, a veggie burger made from a monocrop of soybeans is not inherently better than a hamburger from a well-managed, grassbased livestock operation. Even wild sources of food, such as game, change the natural environment. “White-tailed deer have impact, too,” he said. In recent years, agriculture has captured headlines both for its

contributions to the climate crisis and for its vulnerability to increased extreme weather. O’Connor and his wife, Kelsey, 33, are among those who believe that both issues can be addressed by livestock farming that prioritizes investment in the soil. The couple maintain that how they farm pigs and chickens provides a good life for the animals, produces nutritious food and “cares for the biggest thing: the planet itself,” Phelan O’Connor said. “We’re trying to put the soil first. One way we do that is with our animals.” Pigasus is one of 11 farms in the inaugural cohort of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont’s statewide Jack Lazor Memorial Soil Health Stewards program. It ran from April through October of this year and helped farmers expand their knowledge of soil fertility and pasture management. (See sidebar, page 45.) The O’Connors and a small crew are raising 330 pigs and managing 1,600 laying





hens on the 170-acre conserved farm they bought in 2017. Their popular stand at the summer Burlington Farmers Market often has a long line for breakfast sandwiches made with the farm’s eggs and sausage. The flock produces about 44,000 dozen eggs annually, which are also sold to restaurants and at retail stores throughout northwestern Vermont. The farm’s pork — from whole hogs to sausages — goes to local restaurants, a few farmstands and specialty markets. During the pandemic, the farm’s email list leapt from 60 to 300 names, with a comparable rise in sales. On a recent Monday morning, Phelan O’Connor stood in a 2.5-acre paddock that contained 59 pigs. The animals rooted, nibbled on grass and investigated a trio of visitors. “We raise a lot of curious animals,” he said. The pigs and chickens spend about half the year outside, moving from paddock




to paddock on 65 acres of pasture. In this carefully managed rotational grazing, nutrients from the animals’ waste improve soil health, and animal activity stimulates plant growth below the soil’s surface. The chickens enter each paddock after the pigs have left, scratching through the manure for insect larvae and trampling down the vegetation, which creates “armor for the soil,” O’Connor explained. He described his pigs as “mutts,” a mix of heritage breeds that do well on pasture, including Yorkshire, Duroc, Tamworth, Berkshire and Gloucestershire Old Spot. Jeremy Wood, chef de cuisine at Dedalus Stowe Wine Bar, buys whole hogs from Pigasus and uses 100 percent of each animal in his dishes, such as grilled bonein pork chops with mustard sauce and pig’s head roulade with candied hazelnuts and tangerine. The fact that the pigs are raised humanely on pasture aligns with Wood’s ethical sourcing goals. It also “results in some of the most tender, flavorful pork I’ve ever had,” he said. PAY DIRT

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Pigasus is the only farm in this year’s Soil Health Stewards cohort that is not raising cows, sheep or goats. Unlike those ruminants, pigs and chickens cannot thrive solely on grass, but O’Connor said that well-managed pasture can satisfy more of his pigs’ dietary needs than generally thought. “We’re shooting for 20 to 30 percent of their nutrition [coming] from improved forages,” he explained. O’Connor said he has appreciated the information and connections to other Vermont farmers he gained through the Soil Health Stewards program. “There’s always more to learn,” he noted. Neither O’Connor nor his wife, natives of Virginia and western Massachusetts, respectively, came from farming backgrounds. But they were drawn to the work at Warren Wilson, where they met. They moved to Vermont in 2013 and incubated their new business at Stony Pond Farm in Fairfield before buying their South Hero farm. Kelsey also works in Burlington as a pediatric nurse, and the couple have a 7-month-old son. Phelan O’Connor has a tattoo of red clover, the Vermont state flower, on his right arm. “People say, ‘You must really love Vermont,’” he said with a chuckle. “But I didn’t even know I was going to move here when I got the tattoo in college.” He decided on clover, he said, because it’s good for pollinators, offers strong nutrition to grazing animals and fixes beneficial nitrogen in the soil, making it accessible to plants and animals. When the O’Connors bought their farm, they faced a lot of work to improve the soil’s health. Many of the fields had been hayed for years without much investment in the soil. It takes time to build up fertility that supports nutritious forage, and rotational grazing is a labor-intensive method. In early spring, the pigs are moved as often as three to four times a day to protect

fragile, wet soil and to make sure they don’t overgraze emerging plants. In the summer and fall, the timing of animal rotations depends on how the grass is growing but averages about every 12 to 24 hours. Most of the moves involve guiding the pigs to an adjacent fresh paddock by using temporary electric fencing as a cordon. With practice, the team got it down. “We can move 60 pigs in about five minutes,” O’Connor said. Although it might seem counterintuitive that the act of grazing can help build soil health, he explained how nipping the foliage tips prevents seed heads from developing and stimulates plants to send out deeper roots. That, in turn, pulls more carbon into the soil, builds soil structure and helps plants better tolerate dry periods. The rests between animal rotations are also key to optimal pasture health, O’Connor explained. During the fastgrowing spring, a paddock might need only 25 to 35 days to recover from grazing. In the height of summer, it might need 90 days. “Managing soil is really managing rest periods,” O’Connor said.


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The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont created the statewide Soil Health Stewards program in tribute to the late Jack Lazor, a pioneering organic farmer and cofounder of Butterworks Farm in Westfield. Through an equipment cooperative, organized farm visits guided by grazing experts, online meetups and informal networking, farmers from 11 Vermont farms, including Pigasus Meats, deepened their knowledge about soil fertility and pasture management. “Having strong, healthy soil makes you more resilient in terms of drought or heavy rain,” said Bill Cavanaugh, NOFA-VT’s Soil Health Stewards program facilitator. “It holds nutrients and water better. It fights erosion. It yields more and better feed. It also sequesters more carbon.” Program funding of $15,000 was initiated by a $5,000 gift in Jack Lazor’s honor from Stonyfield Organic, with matching funds provided by the Lazor family and Organic Valley. Stonyfield Organic cofounder Gary Hirshberg knew and admired Jack Lazor from the early years of the organized organic farming movement in the late 1970s. “We were from the same tribe,” Hirshberg said. “Jack was a shining example of what it takes to be successful as a small, organic farm business.”

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ast year, when Dara Lavallee joined a cadre of dairy devotees to take an online cheesemaking course, she was the only student choosing cultures and calibrating temperature to make cheese out of plants, specifically cream from soaked cashews. Instead of turning up their noses, her classmates were fascinated — and impressed. “‘That’s beautiful!’” she recalled them exclaiming over Zoom when she cut into her wheel. Lavallee had created what has become her signature brie — her proudest plantbased creation. For anyone who avoids eating dairy products, cheese is among the most challenging to substitute. Few alternatives have the right texture and tanginess. A taste of Lavallee’s brie reveals that it does: It’s a dead ringer in flavor and feel to the gooey French-style cheese. Lavallee and her husband, Ric, started selling the brie and then blue- and feta-style cheeses online and shipping them across the country. Catalyst Coffee Bar in St. Albans stocked Dara’s products in its cold case, and the couple developed a following. When pandemic-related shipping delays left them with one too many ruined loads, the Lavallees decided to set up a physical storefront and expand their offerings made purely from plants. In March, they opened Nourish café in the former Evelyne’s on Center bakery at 15 Center Street in St. Albans. Among the prepared foods in the display case, Nourish sells Dara’s cheeses, including a wedge of feta ($6.95) and a tub of chive-and-dill spread ($9.95), as well as breads and baked goods. The café also offers takeout meals; a few stools at counters facing the front windows allow customers to dine in. The menu covers a range of standard American fare in plant form, including burgers, pizza, chicken wings, mac and cheese — which customers swear is the real thing — and even vegan poutine with air-fried potatoes. Dara crafts the Nourish burger ($9.95) from pea protein and makes a housemade sausage from a textured, soy-based vegetable protein, sprinkling in spices to get the flavors right. Her lasagna ($12.95) includes her own feta and ricotta, which she makes from pulverized almonds, and she can add any of her cheeses to Nourish flatbreads. Some of Nourish’s selections taste closer to their real-meat counterparts than others.

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The chili, a special item on the day I visited, boasted a hearty meatiness derived from the Beyond Sausage crumbles mixed in. The tuna salad, a blend of chopped artichoke hearts and capers with a little seaweed for umami flavor, lacked the requisite fishiness of actual tuna but made for a meal-worthy dip with Nourish’s kalamata olive bread. For the Chikin Waldorf sandwich, Dara blends Mindful Chik’n with a dressing that’s half plant-based mayonnaise and half tofu, lending a creaminess that balances the sweetness of the cranberries in the salad. Nourish also sells prepackaged brands: nonmeat deli slices from Mia and Plant Provisions, as well as Be-Hive pepperoni derived from seitan. The dessert case bursts with cookies, cheesecakes and bars, such as chocolate espresso ($4.25), which incorporates tofu for a silky, mousse-like consistency — as rich as any full-dairy delicacy. Last week, in anticipation of Halloween, Nourish offered a cupcake topped with broken-glass sugar pieces and beet-based bloody drippings in the white frosting.


“We are supplying people what they want,” Ric said. “We are trying to transition them to what they need to be healthy.” The Lavallees use the phrase “wholefood, plant-based,” rather than “vegan,” to describe Nourish’s niche. “The term ‘vegan’ scares people away from the food,” Ric said. Many people still associate vegan eating with salads, bland tofu and off-tasting substitutes for animal products. Today, though, plant-based food manufacturers such as Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods have broadened the appeal and reach of vegan options. “In the last five years, we’ve seen tremendous innovation — some of it good, some of it not good,” Ric said. Critics have argued that heavy processing and excess sodium offset the potential health benefits of some faux meats. Good or not, the Lavallees credit the attention given to the new meat alternatives with convincing more people to eat more fruits, veggies, nuts and legumes. Some who had never considered giving up burgers and fried chicken are reasoning that they might

be able to help their bodies without sacrificing flavor. Sales of plant-based foods increased 27 percent in 2020 to $7 billion, according to a study funded by the plant-based foods industry and released in April. That dwarfed the 15 percent growth in overall U.S. retail food sales, the study found. Louise Fitzgerald of Swanton is among the consumers driving that trend. After her husband had a heart attack in September, he upended his previous way of eating, she said last week as she picked up a few Nourish dishes for dinner — mushroom risotto with roasted vegetables ($10.45), which was a daily special, and Thai noodle salad, one of the couple’s favorites. Their old standby restaurants and dinner plates full of meat and dairy had to stop. Now, she drops by Nourish about twice a week. “Our diet has definitely changed,” Fitzgerald said. “This has been a godsend for us.” Nourish’s owners met in 2005 in Atlanta, where Dara worked as a special education teacher and Ric sold Wi-Fi




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systems for a telecommunications company. She liked his pet dogs first, then him, she said. They married a year later. Soon after, Ric decided he wanted more meaningful work. He trained as a paramedic and continues to work for the St. Albans ambulance service — for the satisfaction and for the health insurance coverage — while helping his wife with the café. Before getting her teaching degree in Georgia, Dara studied at Le Cordon Bleu, the revered culinary school in Paris. “And it’s classic training, so I could cut up a whole pig,” said Dara, who has been a vegetarian since she was 28. She then worked in a high-end restaurant and a cooking academy in Los Angeles. The Lavallees, who are both 62, moved to Vermont in 2015. Dara started making cheese soon after taking a workshop on plant-based eating. On social media, she found a British cheesemaker using cashew cream and figured out the correct cultures, or bacteria, for specific kinds of cheeses — the same way she would for dairy versions.

Ric still consumed meat but, about five years ago, began thinking about the people he pronounced dead of cardiac arrest, some in their thirties. One day, he came home from his shift and asked Dara, “Am I next?” Ric has type 1 diabetes and a family history of heart disease. Two weeks after taking that same workshop on plant-based eating, he ate his final meat-based meal of beer and chicken wings. Not every plant-based food is healthy. Oreo cookies are vegan. So are French fries. At Nourish, the Lavallees emphasize health. Some of their products contain no oil and little or no sugar. Dara makes an oil-free hummus and a fruit-and-oat bar with no added sugar. Plenty of nutrition experts tout the benefits of olive and avocado oils as healthier alternatives to butter. The Lavallees subscribe to the doctrine that all oils, which are fats, contribute to arterial inflammation and heighten the risk of heart disease. “If you really want to learn about it, come on in,” Ric said. “We will introduce you to a new world of food that will excite your taste buds.” Customers have traveled to Nourish from as far as Portland, Maine, and some from Burlington have become regulars, Ric said. The Lavallees plan to expand to a larger restaurant space with more seating, kitchen capacity to provide a week’s worth of reheatable meals, and a place to host vegan wine-and-cheese tastings. They also would like a separate plantbased cheese production facility so they can take on more wholesale clients — and Dara can continue to perfect her cultures and nurture her bloomy rinds. “My goal,” she said, “is to have a factory to make cheese.” m

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In opener “Below the Falls,” the narrator, presumably a 19th-century doctor, presents excerpts from a dead woman’s diary. He — and seemingly Mills, too — primes readers to rethink what they know about ghost stories: They are always the same. A respectable narrator visits a country house where he experiences a series of unsettling incidents before the final appearance of the ghost bursts on his mind like a thunderclap. His faith is shattered or his sanity. He is changed forever. But if the defining quality of a ghost is its mystery, its otherness, I propose to you we are surrounded by such spirits whether we acknowledge it or not.




Ghost Writer Book review: Among the Lilies, Daniel Mills B Y J O R D AN A D AMS •


n Daniel Mills’ world, every town is a ghost town, and everyone in them is haunted. The places and characters in the Hinesburg author’s new 12-story collection, Among the Lilies, are besieged by disturbances both mundane and supernatural. It’s impossible to say which are more terrifying. Past lovers linger, refusing to loosen their grip on the hearts and minds of their former partners. Immutable choices echo restlessly in memories. The stain of trauma lingers on hillsides, in baseboards and in 48

the frozen New England dirt. There is no escape from turmoil. It’s in the air, inhaled by the living and exhaled by the dead. Mills describes his work, including the novels Moriah and Revenants, as Gothic fiction. His writing could also be called cerebral horror. He’s also a local truecrime aficionado, as heard in his podcast, “These Dark Mountains.” Among the Lilies, published by Canadian press Undertow Publications, corrals two new works and 10 previously released pieces, some completely reworked, into a


deeply affecting and sometimes horrifying volume. (Indeed, this reviewer endured nightmares after reading only the first two tales, “Below the Falls” and “The Woman in the Wood.”) Largely set in bygone eras, these stories burn slowly, flames figuratively licking the fingers as they turn the page. Mills writes with vivid detail and historical authenticity. His prose ranges from ornate to brusque, in parallel with certain qualities of Northeast life: lush and beautiful but also cold and stark.

In a script-like font, a troubled woman details a short period in her life before she is sent to a state psychiatric hospital. With little exposition, her alleged madness unfolds in a series of scenes iced over with familial dread and raging psychosis. The narrator is left to speculate about the factors that led to her committal. In a similar fashion, “Lucilla Barton (1857-1880)” recounts a spate of mysterious deaths through official documents. Birth, marriage and death certificates, newspaper clippings, and court testimony describe the gruesome fates of a family, all seemingly haunted by malevolent forces. “Lilies,” a lengthier story from which the book takes its name, is an homage to the Gothic fiction Mills adores. Perfectly named central characters Henry Feathering and Clemency St. James discuss Emily Brontë and Edgar Allan Poe while falling into a romance as ill-fated as those in Wuthering Heights or “Annabel Lee.” Lonely Boston scrivener Henry has been summoned to the country by his reclusive uncle, Edward, his last living relation. The story takes place mostly in and around Edward’s crumbling mansion, which has slowly decayed in the years after the death of his wife.

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FROM AMONG THE LILIES: ‘THE WOMAN IN THE WOOD’ My Uncle will not speak of his first wife. This evening at supper, I mentioned I had visited her grave & read the words carved upon the stone. He did not respond but proceeded to cut his lamb into dry strips, the knife scraping on his plate. Mary slurped & suckled at her mother’s breast. I said: I do not understand. Was she never found? Uncle Timothy set down his knife. His hands folded themselves into fists & I knew he was angry, though he is not one to show it. He said: You saw her grave. You know as much as anyone. And here he stood & stalked away from the table. My Aunt turned in her chair, as though to call him back & the babe’s mouth slipped free of her breast, exposing the nipple, which was red & inflamed & with a dribble of milk hanging from it. She was not embarrassed by this. She shifted the babe against her breast & covered herself with its mouth once more. She said: Martha went to meet someone in the wood. Another man. Oh, I said & was ashamed. It’s all right, she said. You weren’t to know.

Henry and Clemency quickly fall in love and make plans to marry. While walking the grounds of Edward’s estate, which will transfer to Henry upon his uncle’s death, the lovers discover the grave of Lily Stark, daughter of the house’s original owner. Edward tells Henry she died by suicide. “Her presence pervades this house, her agony,” Edward tells Henry, warning him not to take up residence with his bride in the house after he’s gone. When they ignore that advice, Henry and Clemency soon begin to feel a presence beyond their understanding. Even bulkier is the final story in the collection, “The Account of David Stonehouse, Exile.” The hardscrabble life of the title character is slowly explained through flashbacks that punctuate his lonely life in the woods. On the brink of starvation after a harsh winter, David and his trusty hound, Judah, take refuge in an abandoned house in the woods. Plagued by memories and apparitions from his former life in a cultlike Church of Christ community, he struggles to keep himself together. His history has a stranglehold on him, slowly driving him mad as the details of his current circumstances come to light for the reader. But danger lurks in the present, too. Mills dazzles with his accounts of yesteryear, but his contemporary settings are just as ripe with chills. In “The Lake,” a simple afternoon of swimming becomes a lifelong source of anxiety for a millennial teen. It recalls the ineffable dread of growing up in stories such as Stephen King’s “The Body,” perhaps better known in its film adaptation, Stand by Me. And “Dream Children,” set in downtown Burlington and on the shores of Lake Champlain, is a neo-noir mystery with a skin-crawling climax. Most petrifying is “The Woman in the Wood,” a brutally graphic haunting. Mills is at his most visceral telling the story of a young farm boy who slowly surrenders to violent visions. Mills’ descriptions of human and animal bodies — inside and out — are transfixing. Mills serves up horror in ways that feel all too real. He finds the realities that live in our most irrational fears and contorts and augments them into pure panic. m

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Book review: The Missing Mountain: New and Selected Poems, Michael Collier B Y B E NJA M I N AL ESHIRE •


he title poem of Michael Collier’s newest collection captures the poet at his best. “The Missing Mountain,” originally published in Dark Wild Realm (2006), combines images of specific objects and memories with lush description and satisfying philosophical twists. The unrhymed yet tightly controlled stanzas are composed of lines with a natural musical quality, somewhere between loose tetrameter and everyday speech. “‘Oh, wouldn’t it be nice,’ I used to sing, / and the mountains all around me answered, / but not the question I had asked.” The Missing Mountain: New and Selected Poems showcases a lifetime of art by Collier, an editor, educator and former Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference director, including works from his seven previous publications. The Cornwall resident has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship and the Pushcart Prize. He served as poet laureate of Maryland from 2001 to 2004 and is a University of Maryland professor emeritus. The Missing Mountain opens with selections from “My Bishop,” published in My Bishop and Other Poems (2018). Composed primarily of linked prose fragments, the long poem recounts a complex friendship between the poet and a disgraced Catholic bishop who was directly responsible for a cover-up of child sexual abuse but evaded prison. Forty years after the poet left the church (“serene now, vivid in the radiance of my disbelief”), the bishop suddenly appears at the poet’s father’s funeral and offers to hear the poet’s confession. In an epistle filled with equal parts condemnation and empathy, Collier conveys this surreal experience with generosity and flashes of anger. Addressing the bishop, he writes: A fondness for you stirred in me not as a kind of pity for what you’d become but for what I realized you’d always been: a short, insecure man with a compassionate heart, proficient at following directions but lacking the common touch — and whose timidity was now a form of cowardice?

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He lowers his head like a fur-covered anvil, as if he knows all things in the world change. His eyes are bisected by a horizon line of yellow light. You’re wondering what might happen if you move closer. There’s a language we speak to ourselves and one we use for others. I told you, he’s lowered his head. Nevertheless, you can see for yourself he’s chewing. What he swallows becomes his rumination. I too was attracted to someone I did not understand. With each other we were bestial — that’s not too strong a word. Although at first, at first, when our foreheads touched, we were curious.


WAY THAT MAKES SENSE OF THE UNSENSIBLE. from parish to parish, I see them in Hell, wearing their genitals around their necks instead of the white collars of their office,” Collier writes. There’s no easy way to approach a subject as emotionally fraught as sexual abuse. Perhaps that’s one reason poetry exists: to bend language in a way that makes sense of the unsensible when everyday words fail us. Collier writes in a proselike mode, allowing the narrative to unfold as his descriptive powers shine through. Sometimes he evokes disgust and pity simultaneously: “A white pharmaceutical rime crusts the corners of his mouth,” he writes of the bishop near the end of the poem. “The Storm,” another long poem from My Bishop and Other Poems, is a meditation on mortality centered on the Air Florida Flight 90 crash in 1982. Collier alternates between unrhymed quatrains and free verse, weaving in memories of his father’s death, a college roommate’s suicide and the time he saved a woman from being assaulted in a violent neighborhood. These loosely braided stories of loss and violence gather a cumulative power and charge the “storm within a storm” — the


poet’s description of the weather leading up to the disaster. Ultimately, the plane’s wreckage itself becomes animate: “fully / what it was, torn off its body, a wounded appendage, an explosion / of peeled-back skin.” Religious imagery and Greek mythology color many of Collier’s previous publications. The Ledge, a finalist for the 2000 National Book Critics Circle Award, references Odysseus and Telemachus, Sisyphus and Christ, Jesuits, prelates, and Mary. Occasionally, these allusions become so frequent that they feel like comically academic name-dropping. For example, in “Pay-per-view,” from The Ledge, the poet likens the sound of the scrambled porn channel on a hotel TV to music that “the Harpies might have made for Sisyphus / each time he reached the hilltop.” Zeus, Michael Collier Pandora and the four winds have cameos in the poem, as well. One of the strongest poems in the book, “Ghazal,” also from The Ledge, forgoes most such allusions; it’s also one of the few formal compositions in the new collection. “When I was young I couldn’t wait to leave home / and then I went away to make the world my home,” Collier writes. Ghazals originated as seventhcentury Arabic poems of love or mourning. Traditional ghazals adhere to strict rules: At least five linked couplets, which also stand independently of one

another, must end with the same word. A rhyme precedes that last word, reappearing in every stanza as the poem unfolds. For example, ghazal master Agha Shahid Ali’s “Tonight” opens, “Where are you now? Who lies beneath your spell tonight? / Whom else from rapture’s road will you expel tonight?” Collier’s take on the form doesn’t rhyme but stays true to most of these formal constraints, including an especially deft final couplet. Traditionally, this final pair of lines incorporates the author’s name, often using clever wordplay: “Never let me forget: colliers mine coal. Michael’s an angel. / In heaven as on earth the coal of grief warms the soul’s home.” New works in The Missing Mountain tend toward animals: Owls, possums, bees, falcons, goats, foxes, crows and turtles populate them. The final poem, “Tree Beyond Your Window,” consists of 12 tightly compressed lines in which the face of a turtle seems to appear in the gnarled bark of an autumn tree. “It wants to know, like an accuser in a dream, / what you have done with your life.” Lyrical questions demand lyrical answers, and the book concludes with the turtle reaching out, as it “implores you / to pull its ancient body from the tree.” Collier’s invitation to the human imagination feels urgent, as if the natural world were beseeching us to look twice before it goes missing. m

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those skills to use as a professional guide for sportsmen from New York City who summered in the Hamptons. By that time, Bunn had earned a college degree in education, briefly taught school and farmed land on the reservation. But his many years as a hunting guide are more germane to the decoy saga. Among the documents that Reason and Jannsen present is one of Bunn’s business cards, which states that his services as a hunting guide Sleuthing the origins of five controversial decoys include providing decoys. A photograph shows Bunn sitting in his at the Shelburne Museum booth at the 1906 National Sportsmen’s BY PAME L A P O L S TO N • Show in Madison Square Garden. He is clearly selling decoys. Rogers pointed out that an enlargement of the photo verifies that those birds match the qualities of the ones in the museum’s collection today: inletted head; upswept tail; a realistic, rounded breast; and carved articulation of the feathers. “These are some of the most beautifully carved birds in our UR B L HE FS collection,” Rogers said of Bunn’s YO S E COURT work. “He really knew bird anatomy.” Why were the shorebird decoys most recently attributed to Bowman — and earlier to Crowell? The story of mistaken identity is long and convoluted. Empirical evidence for Bowman (1824-1906) as a carver is skimpy — Rogers flatly called it “nothing” and Dowitcher and yellowlegs shorebird even “shady.” A millman from Bangor, stick-up decoys, circa 1890-1900, Maine, Bowman was known to hunt on by Charles Sumner Bunn Long Island. A sportsman’s diary from the together on a shelf. Soft lighting bathes Many decoy carvers did not sign their time mentions hunting with Bowman but their elegant contours. work, frustrating the efforts of future nothing about his making decoys. So where Clad for the occasion in a sweater with historians. “They were considered tools, did his decoy reputation come from? a colorfully embroidered duck, Rogers not works of art,” Rogers explained. What’s In the mid-1960s, the respected decoy introduced the flock to a reporter last week. more, purchasers often branded or wrote collector, expert and author William The curator admitted that his interest their names on the decoys to facilitate Mackey came across the collection of a Long in decoys is a recent one, but they became claiming them after a hunt. Island family who credited a previously “an obsession” as he researched the creator In the webinar, Reason and Jannsen unknown carver named Bowman. Mackey of this shorebird quintet. “You have no idea share what they’ve learned about the carv- eventually concluded that the decoys the wormholes I went down,” he said. ers of the decoys in question. Their source now at the Shelburne Museum were also That research began with a query a year materials include period photos, newspa- Bowman’s work. But even he, in an article ago on Rogers’ decoy-centric Instagram per articles, other print ephemera, and an for the Decoy Collector’s Guide 1966-67 account. It relied in part on the investiga- oral history from Bunn’s daughter, Alice Annual, described Bowman as someone tions of James Reason and Joseph Jannsen, Bunn Martinez, which was recorded and who was friendly but lazy, prone to drinking which have been documented in Decoy published in a book by her grandson, David bouts, and who carved decoys only to earn Magazine and elsewhere. A webinar with Bunn Martine. money for “supplies and a full jug.” the pair, recorded earlier this month, can be Charles Sumner Bunn “lived a long For decades before he “discovered” streamed on the museum’s website. and well-documented life,” the exhibition Bowman, Mackey had attributed those To corroborate Reason and Jannsen’s intro reads. “He was born, raised, married, same decoys to Massachusetts carver Crowcompelling evidence, Rogers said, he did reared his children and died on the Shin- ell (1862-1952). This incorrect attribution his own searches through periodicals necock Indian Reservation located within began with Joel Barber’s 1934 Wild Fowl and genealogical and legal records. The the boundaries of Southampton, New York.” Decoys. The book included a photograph museum analyzed paint samples from the Bunn lost his father when he was just and a watercolor illustration of a yellowlegs birds to narrow down the period in which 11, and his paternal grandfather taught shorebird decoy that Barber declared “a full they could have been made. him to hunt and fish. He would later put expression of the American fowler’s art.”




he snipe, a shorebird found all over the world, is attracted to marshes and their yummy invertebrates. Long legs facilitate wading around in the muck, and a skinny, elongated bill with highly sensitive nerve endings enables the bird to detect and slurp up dinner. This family of shorebirds also comes with handy plumage that helps camouflage it from predators. And, once airborne, the snipe tends to fly erratically, which makes it difficult for gun-toting humans to bring down. If you’ve ever wondered about the origin of the term “sniper,” aka sharpshooter, now you know. Human hunters found an answer to the snipe’s elusiveness: decoys. Lure a bunch of birds to a site, the thinking goes, and you have a better chance of bagging at least one. Artfully made decoys are prized by collectors. But their origins can be as elusive as the birds they depict, making their attribution a puzzle for curators. Such is the case of the five shorebird decoys spotlighted in a new virtual exhibition from the Shelburne Museum: “In Plain Sight: Rediscovering Charles Sumner Bunn’s Shorebird Decoys.” For decades, the decoys were attributed to William Bowman of Maine or A. Elmer Crowell of Massachusetts, both white men. The exhibition presents the evidence that they were actually created by Bunn (1865-1952), a member of Long Island’s Shinnecock-Montauk tribe. In an introduction, chief curator Kory Rogers calls the decades-long disagreement over this question “highly charged.” Recent developments in the story of the decoys’ provenance involve the kind of vicious partisanship that so commonly replaces objective investigation and civic discourse these days. Implicit accusations of racism have been made and denied. Rogers has even received threats for his stance. “In Plain Sight” illustrates that the world of decoy collectors is not the mildmannered milieu most of us might expect. If you think you don’t go for decoys, come for the opportunity to explore an engrossing curatorial rabbit hole. Shelburne Museum owns some 1,200 decoys — ducks, geese and other fowl that populate an inanimate aviary in the Dorset House. The five stars of the current exhibition, blissfully unaware of the dissension they’ve caused, perch

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Kory Rogers with a shorebird carved by Charles Sumner Bunn


NOT THE MILD-MANNERED MILIEU MOST OF US MIGHT EXPECT. Barber’s own collection of decoys ended up at Shelburne Museum when it was purchased by descendants of museum founder Electra Havemeyer Webb. Three of the five decoys in “In Plain Sight” are from the 1952 Barber acquisition, Rogers said. The other two came from separate donors. The confusion between Crowell and Bunn was more logical than the one between Bowman and Bunn, Rogers said. Both carvers were skilled in accurately reproducing the birds’ physiques. (The Shelburne Museum has a Crowell collection, too; a virtual exhibition of his work is on view through October 31.)

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Verifying provenance is a normal and necessary part of art collection. Once the attribution is considered settled, however, reattribution is “a laborious process,” Rogers said. Challenging the status quo might lead to an object’s devaluation. Perhaps that’s why more than one disgruntled collector, unhappy with Rogers’ decision to attribute the decoys to Bunn, has threatened to jeopardize his job, an endowed position at the museum, he said. So far, the threats have not panned out. Resistance to long-held beliefs about an artwork’s attribution can also result from the desire to be right or, more insidiously, from prejudicial beliefs. Without naming names, Rogers quoted a widely held opinion that Bunn’s carvings “don’t look Indian.” He added, “People may have a hard time believing a Native [American] carved them.” But Rogers believes that the reattribution of the carvings to Bunn should actually make them more valuable. They are rare examples of his art, and the craftsmanship is excellent. “The amount of trouble [he went] to for a work of art that you’re probably just going to blow the head off,” Rogers said with a laugh. Despite the blowback, Rogers said he’s managed to change a few minds about Bunn. He readily acknowledged that, despite all the research, Bowman can’t be ruled out definitively as the artist. But examining all sides and weighing the existing facts led him to the verdict voiced in the exhibition’s intro: “Shelburne Museum has concluded the evidence supports the reattribution of its three dowitchers and two yellowlegs to Charles Sumner Bunn.” m

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ARTIST TALK: B. LYNCH: The artist discusses her multimedia installation “Pull Back the Curtain,” which examines the corrosive effect of income disparity on society. Register for Zoom event at Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Thursday, October 28, 7 p.m. Info, 257-0124. CORRINE YONCE POP-UP: “Estate Sale,” a temporary installation of paintings and home objects that continues the themes explored in her solo exhibition, “Home in What Remains.” Soapbox Arts, Burlington, Wednesday, November 3, 5-8 p.m. Info, 324-0014. ‘JOSEPH BATTELL: A LIFE AND A LEGACY’: David Bain, Middlebury College senior lecturer in English and American literatures, gives a Zoom talk about the Middlebury resident who bequeathed his mountain lands to the college, in conjunction with a current exhibition of artwork exploring the local natural areas. Preregister at Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, Middlebury, Thursday, October 28, noon-1 p.m. $5.50 per household. Info, 388-2117. LECTURE: JACKIE SUMELL: “Growing Abolition,” a presentation on the interdependence of social sculpture, mindfulness practices, humanness and prison abolition by the Robert Rauschenberg Artist as Activist fellow and multidisciplinary artist. Williams Hall, University of Vermont, Burlington, Wednesday, October 27, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-2014.

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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.

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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 between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Details and entry form at Chaffee Art Center, Rutland. $10. Info, 775-0356. 2021 MEMBERS’ ART SHOW & SALE: An unjuried showcase of member-artist work. Online submissions due by November 6 at thecurrentnow. org. Artwork drop-off dates: November 8-13. The Current, Stowe. Info, 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. ANNUAL HOLIDAY MEMBERS’ SHOW: The show and sale, December 3 to 31, is open to artist members in any medium. Drop-off for submissions is Tuesday, November 16, through Tuesday, November 23. Details at strandcenter. org. Strand Center for the Arts, Plattsburgh N.Y. Info, 518-563-1604. CALL OPEN: A WINTRY MIX: You must be or become an AVA member to participate in the holiday exhibition and sale of fine art and craft, November 19 through December 31. Details at Deadline: November 1. AVA Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon, N.H. $25. Info, 603-448-3117. CALL TO FIBER AND TEXTILE ARTISTS: SeamWorks is looking to showcase local fiber and textile artists for the upcoming holiday season

‘UNBOUND’: Painting, sculpture and works on paper by Kirsten Reynolds, Rob Hitzig and Rachel Gross that explore contemporary approaches to abstraction as it relates to architecture, space and materials. BRADLEY BORTHWICK: “Objects of Empire,” sculptural installation that evolved from the artist’s research on the Dorset marble quarry and ancient Roman storehouses, and ponders shared cycles of civilization. Through February 5. Info, 865-7166. BCA 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. HOWARD CENTER ARTS COLLECTIVE: “Interwoven,” works in a variety of mediums by artist-members who have lived experience with mental health challenges or addiction. Through November 30. Info, 865-7296. Burlington City Hall.

for our community center’s focus on handmade for the holidays. Email Rebecca McDonald at SeamWorks, Burlington. Through November 1. Free. Info, ‘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. 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 Chaffee Art Center, Rutland. Through November 2. $25 per booth. Info, MICRO-GRANTS FOR ARTISTS: The Montpelier Public Arts Commission is offering a micro-grant program for Vermontbased artists for up to $1,500 for permanent or temporary art installations throughout the city. The request for proposals is open for an indefinite period; artists may submit at anytime during the year. The commission will review and award grants twice yearly, with deadlines of October 31 and March 30. For more info and to review the RFP, visit Info, 522-0150. ‘PIECING TOGETHER ART’: Artists and makers in all mediums are invited to focus on the transitional use of pieces to create a whole work of art. Examples: piecing together two painting styles, collage, assemblage, themes, double images or concepts. Art will be exhibited in November. Details at thesatellitegalleryvt. Deadline: October 29. The Satellite Gallery, Lyndonville. $10 entry fee. Info,

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 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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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. ‘THE EARTH BESTOWS’: Artworks that engage and explore Earth’s endangered gifts. Artists from across the country are affiliated with the New Perennials Project, a multiyear exploration of agriculture and education as dominant influencers of what we eat and how we think. Gallery open by appointment only. Through November 1. Info, 985-3819. All Souls Interfaith Gathering in Shelburne. ELLIOT BURG: Photographic portraits shot on the streets of Havana, Cuba. Gates 1-8. SHANNON O’CONNELL: Paintings with phosphorescent and UV-sensitive pigments mixed into the paint, allowing secondary paintings to be revealed. In the Skyway. Through December 31. Info, 865-7296. Burlington International Airport in South Burlington. ‘A. ELMER CROWELL: SCULPTOR, PAINTER, DECOY MAKER’: Drawing from Shelburne Museum’s renowned decoy collection, the exhibition features milestones in Crowell’s prolific artistic career, from the earliest miniature goose he carved in 1894 to the very last bird he made before retiring in the early 1940s. Through October 31. ‘IN PLAIN SIGHT: REDISCOVERING CHARLES SUMNER BUNN’S DECOYS’: An online exhibition of shorebird decoys carved by the member of the ShinnecockMontauk 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.

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.

‘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.

‘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.

NEIL DAVIS: Abstract acrylic paintings by the Montpelier artist. Through October 29. Info, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library in Williston.


‘ROCK SOLID XXI’: An annual exhibit, since 2000, showcasing stone sculptures and assemblages by area artists and 2D works that depict the qualities of stone. AUSTIN FURTAK-COLE: “Moves,” scratch drawings depicting ambiguous figures in motion, teasing at how physical forms can make meaning by moving through and holding space. Through October 30. 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. GERARD RINALDI: “Becoming Nothing: 1980-2015,” a retrospective of photography, video and mixedmedia works by the late artist, curated by his nephew Rob Rinaldi and gallery director Susan Calza. Through November 13. Info, Susan Calza Gallery in Montpelier. GROUP SHOW 45: Members of the gallery exhibit works in a variety of mediums. Through October 31. Info, The Front in Montpelier. JENNIFER BRYAN: “Liquid Mind,” abstract paintings by the NU alumna ’05. Through December 10. Info, 485-2183. Sullivan Museum & History Center, Norwich University, in Northfield. JESSE AZARIAN: Landscapes and pop-culture artworks by the Vermont artist. Through November 6. Info, 225-6232. Filling Station in Middlesex. MERYL LEBOWITZ: “A Way from Reality,” abstract paintings. Through November 30. Info, 479-7069. AR Market in Barre.

MARYA LOWE: “Vibrantsee/d,” a solo exhibit of wall-hung works by the fiber artist. Through October 30. Info, MICHAEL MAHNKE: “A River Moving in You,” a large-scale, site-specific work by the gallery cofounder, located on the Johnson Village Green, that reflects the natural environment and our relationships to one another. Through December 31. Info, 646-519-1781. Minema Gallery in Johnson. 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.

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.

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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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.

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

‘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.

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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DUSTY BOYNTON: “Odd Lot,” recent large-scale, irreverent paintings by the Vermont artist. Through October 30. Info, 881-0418. 571 Projects in Stowe. ‘EXPLORING EARTH’: An exhibition that reflects on the intersection of spirituality and art, celebrating Earth magic, spirit animals, and plants and transcendence; work by Isaias Crow, Jennifer Herrera Condry, Will Kasso Condry, Amy Hook-Therrien, Gilbran and Harlan Mack. Presented in participation with “2020 Vision – Reflecting on a World-Changing Year,” a statewide initiative of the Vermont Curators Group. On view by appointment. Through October 31. Info, Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort. 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.

‘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 panels featuring enlargements of historic photographs and documents. The visual storytelling is a signature program of the Adirondacks-based project John Brown Lives! Through October 31. Info, 382-9222. Jackson Gallery, Town Hall Theater, in Middlebury. HANNAH SECORD WADE: “Swamplands,” large-scale, green-dominated paintings by the Maine-based artist. Open by appointment. Through November 30. Info, 877-2173. Northern Daughters in Vergennes. “HENRY AT 200’: An exhibit celebrating the museum founder and collector of New England history with documents, photographs, scrapbooks, autographs, Middlebury imprints, diaries, music ephemera, relics and even a lock of Napoleon’s hair. ‘SIGHTLINES’: Photographs by Caleb Kenna and paintings by Jill Madden that explore the Joseph Battell and Breadloaf Wilderness areas of the Green Mountains. Through December 31. Info, 388-2117. Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History in Middlebury. MIDDLEBURY AREA SHOWS

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‘ITTY BITTY: TINY TEXTS IN SPECIAL COLLECTIONS’: Books from the 17th to 21st centuries that measure between 1.8 and 10 centimeters, from religious manuscripts to cookbooks, children’s books to Shakespeare. Visitors are not currently allowed in the library but may view the works online at Through May 31. Davis Family Library, Middlebury College. JEFF BYE: “Shenandoah,” paintings created during the pandemic inside the Cooper Community Center in Shenandoah, Pa. Intended to be a school, the building was abandoned due to the onset of the 1918 pandemic. Through October 31. Info, 458-0098. Edgewater Gallery on the Green in Middlebury. ‘LOCALLY GROWN’: New landscape paintings by Woody Jackson, Sara Katz and Sage Tucker-Ketcham in distinctively different interpretations. Through October 31. Info, 458-0098. Edgewater Gallery at Middlebury Falls.

Jeffrey Bye “Jeffrey Bye (b. 1971) is a painter.” So reads the unvarnished first line of Bye’s bio on his website. Literally and figuratively, his paintings also eschew gloss. Using matte oils in muted hues, Bye conveys on canvas the physical ruin and melancholic

‘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.

atmosphere of urban decay. Yet in his haunting interiors of abandoned buildings, it’s hard

‘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.

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MALLORY PEARSON: “Eat Crow,” artwork by the Queens-based artist that portrays themes of folklore, femininity and loss, and how these elements interact with the southern United States. Through October 31. Info, 800-639-8521. Castleton University Bank Gallery in Rutland. ‘NATURE REVEALED’: Rutland County Audubon open art show. Donations accepted for the organization’s educational programs. Through October 29. Info, Chaffee Art Center in Rutland.

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‘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. 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.

not to imagine the life they once enclosed. Bye attended the Rhode Island School of Design, studied for a year in Italy — where he developed his keen appreciation for the patina of aging architecture — and earned Hershey, Pa., and teaches at Pennsylvania State University. His current exhibition, titled “Shenandoah,” at Middlebury’s Edgewater Gallery on the Green primarily features his paintings set within the former J.W. Cooper School in Shenandoah, Pa. Bye’s subject matter evokes an existential sense of loss from the passage of time and owing to how the artist handles luscious light and its antipodal twin, shadow. This particular edifice, intended to become a high school in 1918, has an eerie resonance with the present: The building initially served as a hospital and morgue during that era’s global pandemic. Suitably, Bye created the paintings in “Shenandoah” during the 2020 COVID-19 shutdown. His works are on view at Edgewater Gallery through October 31. Pictured: “Intersection.” 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, 347-2644808. 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. ‘COLLABORATIVE TEXTURES: A WORD-IMAGE ENGAGEMENT’: An exhibition of poetry and painting by Sara Biggs Chaney and Michael Chaney. Their work explores the boundaries between order and eclecticism, male and female, individual and collective. Through November 18. Info, 626-6487. Quimby Gallery, Northern Vermont University-Lyndon in Lyndonville.




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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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. Through February 13. DELITA MARTIN: “Between Worlds,” a year-long installation in the museum’s front windows that reimagines the identities and roles of Black women in the context of Black culture and African history. Through May 31. GUILD OF VERMONT FURNITURE MAKERS: “Evolving Traditions,” contemporary works in wood crafted by members of the guild. Through February 13. MICHAEL ABRAMS: “Arcadia Rediscovered,” a luminous, misty painting installation that invites viewers to be mindfully in the world. Through March 5. NATALIE FRANK: “Painting With Paper,” abstracted portraits of imagined female figures, each accompanied by an animal, in wet pigmented cotton and linen paper pulp. Through February 13. SCOTT BOYD: “Endangered Alphabets,” sculptures that pair the ancient form of the obelisk with near-extinct languages. Through November 30. VERMONT GLASS GUILD: “Inspired by the Past,” contemporary works in glass exhibited alongside historical counterparts from the museum’s collection. Through March 5. 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. Through March 5. Info, 257-0124. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. ‘DEEP BLUE’: Curated by American artist Katherine Bradford, this group show examines “deep blue” as a color and as a phrase that can describe mood, the natural environment, music and even a region’s political landscape; more than 70 paintings, sculptures, photographs, works on paper and videos by 70 artists. 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.


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




and other mediums by member artists of the gallery. Through November 28. Info, 362-1405. Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester. STELLA QUARTA DECIMA GALLERY OPENING: “Anticipation,” a group show featuring artists Matthew Monk, James Rauchman, Diane Sophrin, Hannah Morris, Kate Burnim and Lynn Newcomb. In addition to the pop-up gallery, art can be viewed at Through October 31. Info, 498-4996. Stella Quarta Decima in Manchester.


‘CHANGING SEASONS: INNOVATIONS AFTER SEVENTY’: A group exhibition of Vermont artists including Ria Blaas, Alexandra Bottinelli, Paul Calter, Bob Eddy, Rachel Farrow, Jean Feierabend, Paul Godenschwager, Margaret Kannenstine, Ellen Langtree, Judith Lerner, Jim Robinson and Martha von Ammon. Through November 6. Info, 728-9878. Chandler Gallery in Randolph.

JOAN HOFFMANN: “Libraries and Barns: Vermont en Plein Air,” acrylic and watercolor paintings by the South Royalton artist. Through November 21. Info, 889-9404. Tunbridge Public Library. ‘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, 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.

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.

‘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

‘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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Ghosts Are Punks When I was just a wee little music reviewer running around telling adults the EAGLES sucked, I had a formative Halloween when I learned the true meaning of the spooky season. No, it isn’t candy. Pretending you are someone else is super cool, but that’s not it, either. Partying with your friends is also great, but let’s be honest: We use every holiday to do that. (What? You’ve never raged on Bennington Battle Day? You’re missing out.) What makes Halloween the undisputed coolest holiday (suck it, SANTA) is the feeling of chaos, of the supernatural, of death and of the unknown having their day. Some of my most vivid childhood memories

are of roaming around town with my neighborhood homies in stiff plastic masks, looking for ghosts. Don’t get me wrong: We all wanted bags full of candy. But more than that, we wanted to be scared. We’d look for the darkest, creepiest house and ponder who had died there and how they might haunt it. Unfortunately, it was just the suburbs. No self-respecting ghost was going to be caught dead hanging out in Mrs. Barry’s garden. But that feeling of invoking spirits from beyond the veil was just so thrilling. It’s never left me, even if I’ve yet to have my Ghostbusters moment. (No, not the DAN AYKROYD one, you perverts.) Judging by his latest EP, Burlington’s ERIC GEORGE is on the same page. In early October, the prolific folk and country



troubadour released Mostly Ghosts, a seven-song paean to the supernatural. Featuring songs about the free will of the living dead, reincarnation as a snake, and the ghost of a 1900s labor activist, the EP is a blast of rockabilly punk music that clocks in at less than 15 minutes. “I was sitting on my porch one day, and this line just came to me,” George told me recently over coffee. “‘I’m a ghost / I haunt / I’m gonna do what I want.’ It’s a pretty punk-rock thing for a ghost to say. That sort of kick-started this idea of making the record both a ghost album and a punk album.” Then he added, “Also, I’ve had a lot of supernatural things happen to me.” One event that influenced the creation of Mostly Ghosts was comparatively mundane, however. One day in Montréal, George decided to revisit his childhood passion for Rollerblading. Ash Diggs “I used to love it, but it had been forever,” he explained. “Basically, I just jumped back in too quickly. I had the confidence but not the skill.” Twenty minutes after lacing up, he wiped out and suffered a broken wrist. Not only was his fledgling Rollerblading career derailed, but also the injury meant no playing guitar or drums for months. Fortunately, before the pandemic, George and engineer JER COONS had recorded an entire punk record with SEAN PREECE on drums that had since been collecting dust. So George wrote new lyrics for those songs and brought the album back from the dead. With George’s high-energy guitars and anthemic vocals, Mostly Ghosts roars out of the speakers like a poltergeist having a rager. Songs such as “Queen Anne’s Lace” and “Joe Hill” carry a RAMONES-y swagger that would have CASPER THE FRIENDLY GHOST breaking bad in minutes, smashing shit in houses and driving out the living. This more aggressive EP shouldn’t surprise those accustomed to George’s laid-back country and folk work, though. For one, he released a punk record in 2018, Song of Love. For another,

the prolific songwriter views the line between punk and folk music as blurry to the point of not existing. “Punk was sort of my first love as a kid,” George revealed. He played in a punk band in eighth grade, when he had a teacher who was into hardcore punk music. “He taught a class called Roots of American Music,” George said, “and one day he turned all the lights off and put on some JIMMIE RODGERS.” At first, the classic country singer rubbed George the wrong way. “What the fuck is going on?” he recalled wondering. “This guy is yodeling!” But something clicked after a few listens. “There was an attitude to it I loved,” George said. “It was punk, man. I mean, these guys weren’t great singers. WOODY GUTHRIE wasn’t a good singer, but he didn’t care.” Folk and punk music embody creative freedom for George, which explains his ability to work in both genres. “The more music I make, the more I realize that there is no reason to not put out whatever you’re feeling,” he said. “I don’t have a nihilist attitude or anything, but I don’t really worry about who’s listening to my music. For me, feeling creative is being successful.” And if that means making a Halloween album, so much the better. “The potential of energy — which is what ghosts are — to hold memory … that freaks me right out,” George said with a nervous grin. “The hair on my arms goes up immediately. And isn’t that so cool?” Mostly Ghosts isn’t so much a collection of ghost stories as an album of songs from a supernatural point of view — a ghost slipping a demo under your door, if you will. “It’s an album about something else, something other, experiencing things that the living can never understand,” George said. Naturally, I had to ask him what he would do if he found himself haunting the Earth. “I think I’d just mess with animals,” he said, laughing. “I’d play with people’s dogs and knock balls around for cats to

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chase. I don’t think I’d be a rude ghost, though. “But mostly, I hope I don’t become one, because that means I’d have unfinished business,” he went on. “So please, nobody kill me! I don’t want to be a ghost.”

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Halloween doesn’t have to be all about the dark. Vermont Comedy Club is treating the spooky season as a good opportunity to take the piss out of the supernatural. For those who prefer cackling to screaming, the Burlington club hosts “A Nightmare on Main Street: Halloween Roast” this Friday and Saturday, October 29 and 30. Featuring some of the area’s best comics, the event continues the club’s tradition of comedians dressing as fictional characters and roasting each other mercilessly. (Poor JASON VOORHEES and NORMAN BATES better be ready for a lot of “your mom” jokes.) Local comedian and musician ASH DIGGS organized and produced the roast, which features more than 20 comedians and promises to be one of the biggest shows the club has put on since it reopened on Labor Day weekend. “These are far and away the most diverse shows, both onstage and behind the scenes, that we’ve ever had,” Diggs enthused in an email to Seven Days. He said he and his writing team have been cooking up the show since July. And don’t forget to check out what’s happening at the club on Sunday, October 31 — Halloween night. “POSSESSED!” features another lineup of local comedians. But, instead of dressing as FREDDY KRUEGER, STEVE BANNON or other horrific figures, they’ll be covering their own favorite comedians — living or dead. It sounds like a great chance to see famous standup routines performed by local talent. I might go just to see if anyone tries their hand at JACKIE MASON.


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single on Friday, October 29 — a cover of DIDO’s 2003 smash hit “White Flag.” The track will feature an accompanying music video and serve as the Burlington-based singer-songwriterproducer’s final release of 2021, as she transitions to working on her follow-up to 2020’s Make It Better. “This song is one of my favorite songs in the world,” Blanchard wrote in an email. “It came out when I was in sixth grade and it felt revolutionary. So I took my own spin on the recording, as opposed to recreating the perfect thing that it already is.” “White Flag” will be available on all streaming services.

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as an introduction to the trio’s prodigious skill. The VanNorstrand brothers lay down dueling fiddles over rhythmic blasts of acoustic guitar and Miller’s flowing banjo work. The tune has a “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” feel, occupying that bluegrass sweet spot where a collection of stringed instruments can create as much energy as a rock-androll rhythm section. “She’s Not Looking for You” offers advice for those experiencing unrequited love, including how to handle it gracefully. Witness this line: “Maybe there’s no harm in asking / But when you get your answer / Gotta learn to let her be, cause lemme tell you / It’s a long way from Browning to Great Falls and someone she can’t wait to see.” The Faux Paws want to let you down easy. Effortlessly flowing from folk to jazz, the band makes a cohesive sound from a range of influences. “Child of the Great Lakes,” a melancholy recollection of a childhood love, showcases Andrew VanNorstrand and Miller’s beautifully harmonized vocals.

But some of the album’s best moments are instrumental numbers. “Southport” is a thrilling, bluesy romp featuring foot stamps, claps, and a melody line that both fiddles and Miller’s saxophone revel in with abandon. It’s a virtuosic performance from the band, full of energy and drive. Which is good, because there are a few moments when the album bogs down in the saccharine. “Anyelsewhere” has some nice flourishes but comes across strangely lifeless and maudlin. Lyrics such as “It’s true I love you dearly / And it’s true what they say, that we are slaves of the hourglass / Bound by the horizon, and the sun sets near on every day” seem to put out a hopeless romantic vibe that comes closer to evoking an eye roll than tugging the heartstrings. It’s only a momentary slip for the album, however. By the time the record closes with “Racing the Sun,” the Faux Paws have put down a marker for their brand of clever, unpredictable tunes. Even allowing for the trio’s glittering individual résumés and the fact that its members have played together for nearly a decade, the record is still an ear-catching debut. Listen to The Faux Paws at thefauxpaws.

temper the rage without turning down the volume. On the opening title track, lead vocalist Chris Lamothe sets the tone from the first line: “All of us, we’re all the same / The same blood runs through our veins.” He acknowledges his own past mistakes and attempts at atonement while urging the listener to keep up the fight. In the background, his bandmates expertly plow through shifting time signatures and contrasting feels, as if giving instrumental voice to Lamothe’s own inner turmoil. Old North End have been together for a decade and are practically a Burlington hardcore all-star band. Collectively, the quintet’s members have logged time in such noted local acts as 12 Times Over, Blinded by Rage, Indecent Exposure, Slightly Used, Miss Misery and No Son of Mine. They’re all veteran players and approach the material with equal parts ferocity and nuance. Drummer Jon Dapo is the band’s backbone, his explosive playing a highlight

throughout. Bassist Eric Hodgson is understated and versatile, the perfect complement to Dapo. Jim Tye and Jason McSweeney form a nimble yet powerful two-guitar attack, equally adept at both melodic and mashing riffs that frame Lamothe’s visceral howls. The band claims a variety of classic hardcore punk and metal influences, from Hatebreed and Pantera to Bad Brains. Engineer Urian Hackney, who recorded, mixed and mastered the EP, does exquisite work channeling a vintage hardcore sound that’s both punishing and precise. Despite that throwback feel, at its best As O.N.E. is topical and urgent. EP standout “I Can’t Breathe” juxtaposes the breathtaking tragedies of police violence against Black people, California wildfires and the pandemic. And on the closer, “The Cancer,” Old North End issue a thundering call for revolution that rings as timely as ever: “We need solutions, we need an answer / We need some relief.” As O.N.E. is available at oneoldnorthend. Old North End play this Friday, October 29, at the Howlin’ Mouse record store in Rutland with Carnivora, Out of Danvers and Jeopardy.






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It’s not easy being a teenager in the far future. Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) is the offspring of a feudal duke (Oscar Isaac) and an acolyte of a Jedi-style religious order (Rebecca Ferguson). His mom thinks he’s a long-prophesized messiah, and the visions he keeps having suggest she’s not wrong. Political machinations force the House Atreides to relocate to the desert planet Arrakis, or Dune, which is the source of what’s called “spice,” a psychotropic drug that makes interstellar travel possible. To mine this precious substance (think oil), the galactic empire has colonized the planet, repressed its Indigenous residents and found ways to evade the voracious sandworms that roam the desert. Paul is fascinated by the desert people, the Fremen, who also suspect that he’s the messiah. A stealth attack by the Atreides’ longtime enemy sends him and his mother on a perilous journey where death or transformation awaits them.

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SAND TRAP Chalamet and Ferguson fight to survive the desert — and reams of exposition — in Villeneuve’s sci-fi adaptation.


rank Herbert’s 1965 novel Dune is beloved by fans of brainy science fiction, and it’s notoriously difficult to adapt to film. The 1984 version was a box office bomb that nearly derailed the career of up-and-coming director David Lynch. The Syfy Channel miniseries was more faithful to the book (and its sequels) but lacked the budget to make a space epic look epic. Now, at long last, comes a new bigscreen adaptation from Denis Villeneuve. As was Lynch in 1984, the Québécois director is up and coming, and he even has experience updating beloved sci-fi properties with his helming of Blade Runner 2049. Villeneuve made the bold decision to adapt just half of Dune, leaving the other half for a sequel that has yet to be greenlighted. Did the book defeat him the way it defeated Lynch? Find out in theaters or on HBO Max, where the film streams for its first month of release.

Cinema is all about visual and aural immersion, and Villeneuve takes full advantage of those capabilities. His Arrakis is stunning on an epic scale, with sweeping, wind-sculpted forms — often viewed from the air — and a bleached palette that recalls the sci-fi cinema of the ’60s and ’70s. This film is more austere than Lynch’s outré, steampunk vision, but it has a dreamlike quality that’s indelible in its own way. A story about the interplanetary battle to control a drug, Dune is an inherently trippy experience, and it’s pleasant to let the sights and sounds of this version wash over us. From gadgets to costumes to production and sound design, the movie is an engrossing tour of Herbert’s world. When it comes to those little things called characters and plot, however, we may find ourselves less satisfied. The biggest stumbling block to any Dune adaptation is the sheer weight of the exposition. When I saw Lynch’s version on its opening weekend, theater ushers handed out printed cheat sheets before the film, complete with a glossary — probably a first and last for a would-be blockbuster. Villeneuve’s version comes with no such external aids, but it’s stuffed with dialogue


MOVIE REVIEW designed to deliver maximum information. Combine that with Herbert’s elevated, portentous diction, and you have a script that poses a challenge to even the most talented thespians: How to bring these archetypes alive? As Paul’s mother, Jessica, whose machinations drive large parts of the story, Ferguson shows us the doubt and terror between her spoken lines. Isaac emotes powerfully with his eyes. Javier Bardem brings depth and grit to the Fremen leader Stilgar. But it’s Jason Momoa, as Duncan Idaho, who gives the film brief and muchneeded shots of charisma and — dare we say — even humor. One could be forgiven for wishing he were the hero instead of Chalamet’s Paul, who comes off as callow and unformed. While the script hints at the conflicts complicating Paul’s “chosen one” status, they remain on the drawing board. With any luck, a sequel will flesh out those conflicts and give us a deeper look into the mysterious world of the Fremen. Breaking off at a point that is far from conclusive, this Dune feels more like a very long pilot episode than a stand-alone film. That could be a problem for casual viewers; anyone seeking a fun space shoot-’emup will be sorely disappointed and probably

bored. The very elements that make Dune intriguing and refreshing for a high-budget genre movie also make it exhausting. But would I watch a sequel? Yep. MARGO T HARRI S O N

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rentable): Personally, I’m more partial to Villeneuve’s sequel to the cult film Blade Runner, an inventive piece of fan fiction that’s visually impressive in its own way. ARRIVAL (2016; Hulu, Paramount+,

Epix, rentable): Multiple languages — including sign language — are spoken in Dune. Communication with the “other” is a central theme of this brilliant alien-first-contact drama with which Villeneuve established his sci-fi bona fides.

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NEW IN THEATERS ANTLERS: Scott Cooper (Hostiles) directed this horror drama in which a teacher (Keri Russell) suspects her student may be connected to a creature haunting their small town. With Jesse Plemons and Jeremy T. Thomas. (99 min, R. Essex, Majestic, Star) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO: A newcomer to London (Thomasin McKenzie) has thrilling and then increasingly disturbing visions of the life of a 1960s glamour girl (Anya Taylor-Joy) in this psychological thriller from Edgar Wright (Baby Driver). (116 min, R. Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Sunset)

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. Capitol, Essex) DUNEHHH1/2 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, Bijou, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Paramount, Playhouse, Roxy, Savoy, Star, Stowe, Sunset, Welden; reviewed 10/27) THE ELECTRICAL LIFE OF LOUIS WAINHHH 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) 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. (105 min, R. Bijou, Essex, Majestic, Paramount, Roxy, Star, Stowe, Sunset, Welden) 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)

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


MY HERO ACADEMIA: WORLD HEROES’ MISSION: In the third animated film based on the My Hero Academia manga series, superheroes in training must foil a terrorist plot. (101 min, PG-13. Essex [dubbed and subtitled])

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)

RON’S GONE WRONGHHH1/2 In this animated family comedy, a middle schooler gets a robot friend (voice of Zach Galifianakis) whose malfunctions complicate his life. Sarah Smith and Jean-Philippe Vine directed. (106 min, PG. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Star, Sunset, Welden) 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) 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. Capitol, Majestic, Roxy, Sunset)



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MURDER MYSTERY NIGHT: Amateur sleuths get their Nancy Drew on to solve the mysterious (fictional) murder of a beloved townsperson. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 6-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info,

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MAPLE WEBINAR SERIES: NORTHEAST FOREST LAND TAXES & PROGRAMS: Mark Cannella of University of Vermont Extension gives an overview of the tax breaks available to maple growers. 7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 828-2430.


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.


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.


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

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’: An educational and entertaining film takes viewers on an epic adventure through some of Earth’s wildest landscapes. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 11:30 a.m., 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $14.50-18; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848. ‘DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA 3D’: Moviegoers join scientists on a journey through a surreal world of bug-eyed giants and egg-laying mammals. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 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. ‘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

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.

‘YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN’: Mary Shelley’s tale of hubris and horror gets an uproarious update in Mel Brooks’ 1974 madcap comedy. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600.

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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.

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

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. STEPS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE: Fundraisers document their monthlong pursuit of a wellness goal to raise donations for Steps to End Domestic Violence. Various locations statewide. Donations; preregister. Info, 658-3131. TAI CHI SUN 73 CLASS: Practitioners enjoy a peaceful morning of movement. Ages 55 and up; prerequisite is Tai Chi for

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.


CHELSEA G. SUMMERS & AMY GENTRY: Two wickedly clever horror and thriller writers give a behind-the-scenes look into crafting compellingly creepy novels. Presented by Flying Pig Bookstore. 6-7:15 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, flyingpigevents@


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

SENIOR CENTER WEEKLY LUNCH: Age Well and the Kevin L. Dorn Senior Center serve a hot, sit-down lunch. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 12:30 p.m. Donations; preregister; limited space. Info, 923-5545. 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 the American Institute of Architects Vermont. Clue sheets available at or Ilsley Public Library. Various Middlebury locations. Free. Info,

OCT. 29 & 30 | HOLIDAYS 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

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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.

CHAIR YOGA: Waterbury Public Library instructor Diana Whitney leads at-home participants in gentle stretches supported by seats. 10 a.m. Free. Info, 244-7036.

Fall’s Prevention series 1, 2 & 3. Middlebury Recreation Center, 1011:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info,


CURRENT EVENTS OVER ZOOM: Dorothy Alling Memorial Library leads an informal discussion about what’s in the news. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info,

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.

on the grass for body weight workouts. Dogs welcome. Andy A_Dog Williams Skatepark, Burlington, 6:15-7 a.m. Free. Info,



Time Warp Again It’s just a jump to the left — and a step over Lake Champlain — to see Adirondack Regional Theatre’s production of everyone’s favorite counterculture creep-fest, Rocky Horror Show, at the Strand Center Theatre in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Buttoned-up couple Brad and Janet are in for the ride of their lives when they stumble out of a storm and into the queer and uncanny castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. Audiences should be prepared not only to sing along to fan-favorite musical numbers such as “The Time Warp” and “Hot Patootie — Bless My Soul,” but also to participate in the call-and-response that turns this play into an eerily interactive experience. (No props allowed, however.)

‘ROCKY HORROR SHOW’ Friday, October 29, 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, October 30, 7:30 p.m. and midnight, at Strand Center Theatre in Plattsburgh, N.Y. $15-25. Info, 518-563-1604, ext. 105,



‘EVERY BRILLIANT THING’: Daniel Brochu performs a oneman show about a child trying to show his clinically depressed mother why life is worth living. The Studio, Segal Centre for Performing Arts, Montréal, 8 p.m. $25-67. Info, 514-739-7944.


SALLY PINKAS: The Dartmouth College resident pianist plays everything from Brahms to Beaudoin in a century-spanning set list. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7:30 p.m. $15-25. Info, 603-646-2422. SCOTT BRADLEE’S POSTMODERN JUKEBOX: Audiences get a blast from the past with modern hits played in the classic styles of bygone eras. Strand Center Theatre, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 8-11 p.m. $4464. Info, 518-563-1604.


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. 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,


‘BLUE WINDOW’: The inhabitants of five apartments in 1984 New York City get ready for a dinner party. Presented by the University of Vermont Department of Theater and Dance. Royall Tyler Theatre, University of Vermont, Burlington, 7:30-9 p.m. $10-22. Info, ‘THE HONKY TONK ANGELS’: The tunes of Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette and others make for a foot-stomping musical. Masks and proof of

vaccination required. The Grange Theatre, South Pomfret, 7:309:30 p.m. $35-45. Info, 457-3500.


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

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CULTIVATION CORNER: FORBINS FINEST: The Vermont Growers Association’s interview series continues with an appearance from an environmentally conscious cannabis farmer. 7-8:15 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, events@


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


See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘GET OUT’: Those who like their scares with a side of social commentary watch Jordan Peele’s modern horror classic, released in 2017. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140. ‘ANTARCTICA 3D: ON THE EDGE’: See WED.27. ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN FILM SERIES: ‘RICHARD LEPLASTRIER: FRAMING THE VIEW’: See WED.27. ‘AUSTRALIA’S GREAT WILD NORTH 3D’: See WED.27. ‘DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA 3D’: See WED.27. ‘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. ‘MEERKATS 3D’: See WED.27.

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ARCHITECTURAL SCAVENGER HUNT: See WED.27. HEARTS CARD GAME CLUB: No experience is necessary and new players are always welcome at the weekly meeting of this card game crew. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 888-3853.

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CHAIR YOGA WITH LINDA: Lowimpact moves are the order of the day at this weekly sit-down

yoga practice. Zoom option available. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 10:15-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 888-3853. STEPS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE: See WED.27.


THE HAUNTED FOREST: Locals in costume transform the park into a freaky labyrinth of frights. Ages 13 and up. Bombardier Park West, Milton, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Info, 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@ RICK WINSTON: The former owner of Montpelier’s Savoy Theater ventures into the history of horror movies from around the world. Presented by Norman Williams Public Library. 7-8 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 457-2295. SPOOKY STORIES AT LAKEVIEW: Thea Lewis of Queen City Ghostwalk shares spine-tingling stories replete with local history as warm drinks are served. BYO blanket or chair. Presented by Fletcher Free Library. Lakeview Cemetery, Burlington, 5-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.


DONNA THE BUFFALO: These beloved roots rockers bring to the stage the energy their fans have been obsessed with since 1989. Double E Performance Center’s T-Rex Theater, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. $20. Info, info@double JOSEPH KECKLER: The intensely original musician shares songs, arias, monologues and commentary from his works in progress. Moore Theater, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7:30 p.m. $6-10; free for Dartmouth students. Info, 603-646-2422. MALI OBOMSAWIN SEXTET: A Wabanaki musician and her band are joined by Dartmouth College’s Coast Jazz Orchestra for an evening of liberatory tunes. Next Stage Arts Project, Putney, 7 p.m. $18-22. Info, 387-0102.


‘CHOCOLATE AND MODERN SLAVERY’: Burlington’s Peace & Justice Center teaches chocolate lovers how to avoid cocoa companies with inhumane labor practices. 6 p.m. Pay what you can; preregister. Info, 863-2345. 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, THU.28

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Queen City Ghostwalk Fright by Flashlight FRI., OCT. 29 LAKEVIEW CEMETERY

Queen City Ghostwalk Darkness Falls Tour FRI., OCT. 29 COURTHOUSE PLAZA

Cannabis Cultivation: Setup & Supplies SAT., OCT. 30 GREEN STATE GARDENER

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Queen City Ghostwalk Darkness Falls Tour GLOW STICK NIGHT! SAT., OCT. 30 COURTHOUSE PLAZA

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BETH GOSS: The Howard Center director of client care and coordination explains the signs of compassion fatigue and how to manage burnout. 1-2:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info,


‘ARSENIC AND OLD LACE’: Some seemingly sweet old women may have sinister secrets in this dark comedy from the University of Vermont’s student-run theater group, the University Players. Masks and proof of vaccination required. Black Box Theater, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. $5-10. Info, ‘BLUE WINDOW’: See WED.27. ‘THE HONKY TONK ANGELS’: See WED.27. ‘ORPHAN MUSES’: Four siblings reunite to deal with the reappearance of their estranged mother. Presented by the Middlebury College Theater Department. Seeler Studio Theatre, Mahaney Arts Center, Middlebury College, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $5-15. Info, 443-6433.

The Flynn, Burlington, 6 p.m. $1528. Info, 863-5966.

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ECOCULTURELAB GATHERING: The collective of artists, scholars and activists seeking a more sustainable world holds an open meeting. University of Vermont Interfaith Center, Burlington, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, ecoculture@


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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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.

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.

PHOENIX BOOKS VIRTUAL POETRY OPEN MIC: Wordsmiths read their work at this evening hosted by local performance poet Bianca Amira Zanella. 7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 855-8078.


WRITERS ON THE RISE: NEHASSAIU DEGANNES: The multi-hyphenate Caribbean American actor and poet reads from her debut collection, Music for Exile. Presented by Vermont Studio Center. 7-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, info@ WRITING WORKSHOP WITH MELANIE FINN: The awardwinning author explains different plot structures to writers looking for the best way to get their stories down on paper. Norman Williams Public Library, Woodstock, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 457-2295.

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DIVERSITY SPEAKER SERIES: PHILONISE FLOYD: The Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center presents George Floyd’s brother and a panel of community members in reflection on the last two years of Black Lives Matter.






FOMO? Find even more local events in this newspaper and online:

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

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OCT. 31 | FAMILY FUN FALL PREVENTION SUN-STYLE TAI CHI: See WED.27, 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@ 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.27.


ENCHANTED FOREST 2021: Along a trail of glowing jack-o’-lanterns, visitors find the forest filled with art, music, song and magic. Masks required. Hubbard Park, Montpelier, 4:30, 5, 5:30, 6, 6:30, 7 & 7:30 p.m. $5-10; preregister. Info, 223-7335. HALLOQUEEN: Carlos the Über Driver, Vanna Deux and other special guests give a frightfully fun drag show. Ages 21 and up. The Depot, St. Albans, 8 p.m. $25-40. Info, NIGHTMARE VERMONT: See THU.28, 7, 8, 9 & 10 p.m. ‘ROCKY HORROR SHOW’: It’s just a jump to the left (and across Lake Champlain) to take part in one of theater’s funniest, rowdiest Halloween traditions. See calendar spotlight. Strand Center Theatre,

Tricks and Treats Downtown Montpelier transforms into a Halloween wonderland for a full afternoon of family-friendly fun. There’s something for witches and werewolves of all ages to enjoy: the costume parade, a spooky story corner from Kellogg-Hubbard Library, and the onemile Trick or Trot fun run benefiting Montpelier Roxbury Public Schools Partners in Education and Montpelier Alive. Performances from No Strings Marionette, Honeybee Steelband and Migmar Tsering’s Tibetan youth dance troupe captivate, and local businesses dole out candy when the town opens for trick-or-treating. A “Thriller” flash mob ends the evening with a ghoulish flourish.

MONTPELIER FALL FESTIVAL Sunday, October 31, 1-5:30 p.m., at Vermont Statehouse lawn in Montpelier. Free. Info, 223-9604, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7:30 p.m. $15-25. Info, 518-563-1604, ext. 105. ‘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. 7-9 p.m. $15; preregister. Info, events@ SCAREFEST VERGENNES: Connoisseurs of the uncanny enjoy a weekend of horror films, dancing and costume contests. Vergennes Opera House, 7-11 p.m. $10-50. Info, 877-6737. SPIRITS OF ROKEBY: Ghosts guide brave museum visitors through real-life séances that were held in the historic Robinson home. Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburgh, 5, 5:45, 6:30 & 7:15 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, 877-3406.


CINÉ CLUB: The Alliance Française of the Lake Champlain Region hosts a virtual movie night for attendees to discuss la forme et le fond. 7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info,


BLUE ÖYSTER CULT: The acclaimed metal band explodes onto the stage with its unique brand of intelligent hard rock. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 8 p.m. $45-65. Info, 775-0903. DAWNA HAMMERS: The singersongwriter debuts her new record Look Into the Fire: New Chants for a New World with an interactive, multimedia performance. All Souls Interfaith Gathering, Shelburne, 6-7:30 p.m. $20. Info, 985-3819.

KIND BUD: A one-man band puts on a psychedelic Facebook Live show using only his guitar and a looping pedal. 4:20 p.m. Free. Info, MUSIC FROM COPLAND HOUSE & SUSAN GRAHAM: The celebrated ensemble and mezzo-soprano play A Standing Witness, a new work from composer Richard Danielpour and former U.S. poet laureate Rita Dove. Masks and proof of vaccination required. Robison Hall, Mahaney Arts Center, Middlebury College, 7:30 p.m. $5-25. Info, 443-6433. SAVING VICE: The Vermont-born metalcore group rocks down the house. Deathcore outfit Gaslighter open. Masks and proof of vaccination required. Catamount ArtPort at Green FRI.29

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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.


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.

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


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. 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, 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,

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THE SCIENCE OF CANDY: Little mad scientists ages 6 through 11 learn about the tricks behind the treats. Waterbury Public Library, 3-4 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 244-7036.

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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.27, 12:30-1:30 p.m.


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.

chittenden county

BIG BLUE EXPRESS HALLOWEEN TRAIN RIDE: See WED.27. 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. READ TO A DOG: Little ones get a 10-minute time slot to tell stories to Lola the pup. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918.


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. JUNIOR NATURALIST SERIES: ADOPT A TREE: Tree huggers in training pick their favorite tree and get to know it using all their senses. Presented by the Lamoille County Nature Center. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 3:304:30 p.m. Free. Info, 888-3853.

mad river valley/ waterbury

SPOOKY SONGS & STORIES: Librarians in costume share Halloween-themed picture books and silly songs. Waterbury Public Library, 11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 244-7036.

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,


ONLINE PRENATAL YOGA: See WED.27, 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: See WED.27. TRUNK OR TREAT: Community members deck out their cars for Halloween and hand out candy to kids in costume. Bombardier Park West, Milton, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 893-4922.

SPOOKY SCARY STORIES & SONGS: The library’s Teen Advisory Board puts on a show of Halloween songs, stories and skits. Ages 8 and up. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 888-3853.


ONLINE PRENATAL YOGA: See WED.27, 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. HAVDALAH CONCERT: Congregation members and neighbors gather for a family-friendly evening of campfire songs to mark the end of Shabbat. Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 864-0218.

chittenden county

BIG BLUE EXPRESS HALLOWEEN TRAIN RIDE: See WED.27. GLOW WALK: Halloween enthusiasts of all ages take a stroll around the neighborhood and enjoy the lights and decorations. Retention pond, Market Street, South Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4107. PUMPKIN CARVING ON THE GREEN: Families who register get a free pumpkin and use of a carving kit to make their own devilish décor. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918.


DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: THE CANDLEKEEP MYSTERIES: Teens bring their imaginations and their problemsolving skills to this weekly collaborative role-playing game. Masks required. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. Info,

middlebury area

PUMPKINS IN THE PARK: Local farms hand out free pumpkins with which to paint the town orange. Carving tools and LED candles provided by Bristol Recreation Department. Bristol Town Green, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 453-5885.

upper valley

HALLOWEEN AT VINS: The museum embraces the weird and wacky with programming dedicated to nature’s creepiest creatures. Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Regular admission, $15-17.50; free for members and kids 3 and under. Info, 359-5000.



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.

3D PRINTING WORKSHOP: THE SKY’S THE LIMIT!: Dreamers ages 10 and up let their imaginations fly free when it comes to what they could 3D print at Fletcher Free Library. Free print included. 2-3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-3403.


ONLINE PRENATAL YOGA: See WED.27, 10:15-11:15 a.m.

PUMPKIN DECORATING & CARVING: Squash sculptors of all ages kick off Halloween weekend with a carving session. All materials provided. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 1-2 p.m. Free. Info, 888-3853.


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, alexandra@inclusivearts

chittenden county

BIG BLUE EXPRESS HALLOWEEN TRAIN RIDE: See WED.27. 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. TRICKS & TREATS MAGIC SHOW: Vermont Magic puts on a spook-tacular display. Every kid in costume gets a bag of candy. Delta Hotels Burlington, South Burlington, 1-3 p.m. $10-15. Info, 404-7302.


MONTPELIER FALL FESTIVAL: Trick-ortreaters, spooky storytellers, fun runners, costumed paraders and a “Thriller” flash mob take over downtown. See calendar spotlight. Vermont Statehouse lawn, Montpelier, 1-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-9604.

northeast kingdom

20TH ANNUAL HAUNTED LIBRARY: Book-loving specters hand out tricks and treats on the lawn. Masks required. Jeudevine Memorial Library, Hardwick, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 472-5948.


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.27.


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.

required. Williston Town Green, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.


ROBIN’S NEST NATURE PLAYGROUP: Outdoor pursuits through fields and forests captivate little ones up to age 5 and their parents. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 229-6206.


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, 3:304:30 p.m. Free. Info, 888-3853. PRESCHOOL STORY TIME: The 5-andunder crowd meets up for an hour of stories, songs, crafts and playtime. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 888-3853. UKULELE LESSONS: Preteen pickers ages 8 through 11 learn the basics from librarian Rachel Funk. Instruments and other materials provided. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 3-4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, youthservices@

mad river valley/ waterbury

BUTTONS & PINS: Librarians pull out the button maker so kids ages 6 and up can go wild with their imaginations. Waterbury Public Library, 3-4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 244-7036.


HOW FAMILIES & PROVIDERS CAN ACCESS RESOURCES THROUGH VT 211 & HELP ME GROW VT: Vermont Family Network hosts a talk with representatives from two organizations providing health and wellness assistance to families. 1-2 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 876-5315. ONLINE PRENATAL YOGA: See WED.27.



mad river valley/ waterbury

BABY & TODDLER STORY TIME WITH CYNTHIA: The library’s tiniest patrons get cozy for songs and play. Waterbury Public Library, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 244-7036.

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ONLINE PRENATAL YOGA: See WED.27, 12:30-1:30 p.m.


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

chittenden county

PRESCHOOL STORY TIME ON THE GREEN: Dorothy Alling Memorial Library leads half an hour of stories, rhymes and songs. Masks or social distancing

SPANISH MUSICAL KIDS: Vengan a cantar y aprender! Kids ages 1 through 5 learn Spanish through song out on the lawn. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:45 a.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.

chittenden county

AFTERSCHOOL LEGO TIME & BOARD GAMES: Kindergartners through fourth graders build block buildings or face off in board games. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 2-3 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 878-4918.

mad river valley/ waterbury

CODES, SIGNS & SIGNALS: Ciphers and other top-secret skills are on the lesson plan for aspiring spies ages 6 and up. Waterbury Public Library, 3-4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 244-7036.

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Mountain Mall, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $10-15. Info, 748-2600.


PUBLIC HEARING ON THE TASK FORCE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PUPIL WEIGHTING FACTORS: Community members testify in person before state legislators regarding this new initiative to provide equitable education in Vermont. Livestream available. Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info,


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


DANA SMITH: The Miller Center for Holocaust Studies presents “Jewish Art in Nazi Germany: The Jewish Cultural League in Bavaria” from the Keene State College professor. Billings Library, University of Vermont, Burlington, 4-5:15 p.m. Free. Info, 656-3180.



‘ARSENIC AND OLD LACE’: See THU.28. ‘BLUE WINDOW’: See WED.27. ‘THE HONKY TONK ANGELS’: See WED.27. FALL STAGED READING SERIES: ‘POOR CLARE’: The Dartmouth College Department of Theater presents Chiara Atik’s breathlessly funny modern spin on the Middle Ages. Warner Bentley Theater, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 8 p.m. $6-10; free for Dartmouth students. Info, 603-646-2422. ‘MACBETH’: Fires burn and cauldrons bubble at this Very Merry Theatre Halloween special. Masks required; costumes encouraged. Very Merry Theatre, Burlington, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 355-1461. ‘ORPHAN MUSES’: See THU.28.

SAT.30 bazaars

ARTISAN MARKET: Aesthetes browse artists’ stalls for pottery, paintings, woodwork, fiber arts and jewelry. Strand Center for the Arts, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 518-563-1604, ext. 101.


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OUTDOOR NEIGHBORHOOD BLOCK PARTY: Connections, a community of women-owned businesses, hosts a vendor market featuring their local wares. Firebird Café, Essex Junction, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free.


WHEELS FOR WARMTH: Sales of gently used tires benefit emergency heating assistance throughout Vermont. DuBois Construction Inc., Montpelier, and Casella Construction, Mendon, 8 a.m.-noon. Various prices. Info, 479-1053.


2021 LLHSM ANNUAL CONFERENCE: Historians from across Vermont gather for the yearly League of Local Historical Societies & Museums meeting. See for full schedule. Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, 8:45 a.m.-3 p.m. $10-25. Info, 479-8500.


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@


See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘ANTARCTICA 3D: ON THE EDGE’: See WED.27.

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.29.

‘AUSTRALIA’S GREAT WILD NORTH 3D’: See WED.27. ‘DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA 3D’: See WED.27. ‘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. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 12:55 p.m. $16-25. Info, 748-2600. ‘MEERKATS 3D’: See WED.27.

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

FOMO? Find even more local events in this newspaper and online:

art Find visual art exhibits and events in the Art section and at

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

music + nightlife Find club dates at local venues in the Music + Nightlife section online at music. Learn more about highlighted listings in the Magnificent 7 on page 11.

WEEKLY WINE TASTING: See WED.27. Dedalus Wine Shop, Market & Wine Bar, Stowe, noon-3 p.m. Info, 585-7717.


ARCHITECTURAL SCAVENGER HUNT: See WED.27. BOARD GAMES WITH THE FRIENDLY TABLETOP GAMERS: The Friendly Tabletop Gamers of Essex and Beyond host a gameplay session for teens and adults. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 10 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 846-4140.

health & fitness

FALL PREVENTION SUN STYLE TAI CHI: See WED.27. Father Lively Center, St. Johnsbury, 10-11 a.m. STEPS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE: See WED.27.


CHARITY PET COSTUME CONTEST: Furry friends of all shapes and sizes get in the Halloween spirit to support the Central Vermont Humane Society. Presented by Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce. Berlin Mall, noon-3 p.m. Donations. Info, 229-5711.


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‘CRIMSON PEEK: A HALLOWEEN BURLESQUE SHOW’: Green Mountain Cabaret performers and some special guests go bump in the night. Proof of vaccination required; ages 18 and up. Zenbarn, Waterbury, 9 p.m. $15-125. Info, 888-936-2276. ‘DEATH KISS’: A murder case centers on an actor who was actually killed during a death scene in this cult-classic Bela Lugosi vehicle, screened on film for Halloween. Best Western Plus Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 518-802-1220. ENCHANTED FOREST 2021: See FRI.29, 3:30, 4, 4:30, 5, 5:30, 6, 6:30, 7 & 7:30 p.m. HALLOQUEEN: See FRI.29. Ages 16 and up. 11:30 a.m. THE HAUNTED FOREST: See THU.28. A HAUNTED HARMONIOUS HALLOWEEN CONCERT: Bethany Church music director Christopher McWilliams plays a creepy concert with a litany of ghostly guests. Costumes welcome; proof of vaccination required. Bethany United Church of Christ, Montpelier, 7-8:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 223-2424. NIGHTMARE VERMONT: See THU.28, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 & 10:30 p.m. ‘ROCKY HORROR SHOW’: See FRI.29, 7:30 p.m. & midnight.

‘THE SCARAB’S CURSE’: See FRI.29. SCAREFEST VERGENNES: See FRI.29. SPIRITS OF ROKEBY: See FRI.29, 2, 2:45, 3:30, 4:15, 5:45, 6:30, 7:15 & 8 p.m. ‘SPOOKY SOIRÉE’: Spruce Peak Chamber Music Society plays scary selections from Schubert, Prokofiev and Brahms. Livestream available. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 7 p.m. $10-75. Info, 760-4634.


‘EVERY BRILLIANT THING’: See WED.27, 2 & 8 p.m.


DOGS IN A PILE & K.R.I.S: The two jam bands transform a theater into an immersive musical experience. Featuring special guests Double You. Double E Performance Center’s T-Rex Theater, Essex Junction, 7:30 p.m. $15. Info, info@

MALI OBOMSAWIN SEXTET & COAST JAZZ ORCHESTRA: The bassist, composer and Dartmouth alum unveils music she began writing her senior year, followed by an energetic showing from the jazz ensemble. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7:30 p.m. $7-12; free for Dartmouth students. Info, 603-646-2422. VERMONT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CLASSICAL SERIES: Conducted by Akiko Fujimoto, the ensemble plays an emotional program, including the world premiere of Suad Bushnaq’s cello concerto “Sampson’s Walk on Air.” Flynn Main Stage, Burlington, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $8.35-54.23. Info, 863-5966.


LATE FALL BIRDING EXCURSION: Intrepid bird-spotters catch a peek of late-season migrators with the Green Mountain Audubon Society. Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 8-10 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, gmas@ OCTOBER BIRD MONITORING WALK: Birders at every experience level join museum staff in recording all the feathery friends living on the grounds. BYO binoculars. Birds of Vermont Museum,

Huntington, 8-9 a.m. Donations; preregister. Info, 434-2167.






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

‘ARSENIC AND OLD LACE’: See THU.28, 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. ‘THE HONKY TONK ANGELS’: See WED.27. FALL STAGED READING SERIES: ‘RIDGWAY’: The Dartmouth College Department of Theater presents Charlie O’Leary’s ghost story about who can — and cannot — live safely in rural America. Warner Bentley Theater, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 8 p.m. $610; free for Dartmouth students. Info, 603-646-2422. ‘MACBETH’: See FRI.29, 2-3 & 6:30-7:30 p.m. ‘ORPHAN MUSES’: See THU.28, 2-4 & 7:30-9:30 p.m. ‘THE SUFFRAGIST REENACTMENT SOCIETY’: Three actresses take audiences on a madcap ride through the history of women’s voting rights in this Vermont Suffrage Centennial Alliance-commissioned play. Montpelier City Hall Arts Center, 7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info,


HALLOWEEN AT IRA ALLEN CHAPEL: Ghostly pipe organ music provides the soundtrack to readings of Edgar Allan Poe’s most ghoulish stories and poems. Masks required; costumes encouraged. Ira Allen Chapel, University of Vermont, Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-3040.


‘MACBETH’: Foul Contending Rebels Theatre Cooperative invites audience members to dress in their speakeasy best for this production of Shakespeare’s spooky tragedy, now set during Prohibition. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 2 & 7 p.m. $15-20. Info, destroy

health & fitness

‘THE SCARAB’S CURSE’: See FRI.29, 1-3 p.m.



COMMUNITY MINDFULNESS PRACTICE: New and experienced meditators are always welcome to join this weekly class, virtually or in person. Evolution Physical Therapy & Yoga, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Donations. Info,



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.

HAFTA-HAVE-A-HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL: Modern Times Theater and other local organizations turn the whole village into an extravaganza of tricks, treats, music and marvels. Various Greensboro locations, 4-6 p.m. Free. Info,

DIMANCHES: FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUP: Parlezvous français? Speakers practice the tongue at a casual drop-in chat. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.


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‘EVERY BRILLIANT THING’: See WED.27, 2 & 7 p.m.


FACULTY RECITAL: PAUL ORGEL: The University of Vermont affiliate artist plays a cycle of melodic, Romantic works on the piano. University of Vermont Recital Hall, Burlington, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 656-3040.


‘BLUE WINDOW’: See WED.27, 2-3:30 p.m. ‘THE HONKY TONK ANGELS’: See WED.27, 2-4 p.m. FALL STAGED READING SERIES: ‘SATURDAY NIGHT/SUNDAY MORNING’: The Dartmouth College Department of Theater presents Katori Hall’s moving and hilarious portrait of a group of Black women whose lives have been upended by World War II. Warner Bentley Theater, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 5 p.m. $610; free for Dartmouth students. Info, 603-646-2422.

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VERMONT WOMENPRENEURS VIRTUAL SUMMIT: Women business owners share lessons learned from the pandemic and talk about navigating the unexpected. 6:30-8 p.m. $30. Info, 870-0903.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘ANTARCTICA 3D: ON THE EDGE’: See WED.27. ‘AUSTRALIA’S GREAT WILD NORTH 3D’: See WED.27. ‘DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA 3D’: See WED.27. ‘MEERKATS 3D’: See WED.27.

FOMO? Find even more local events in this newspaper and online:

art Find visual art exhibits and events in the Art section and at

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

music + nightlife Find club dates at local venues in the Music + Nightlife section online at music. Learn more about highlighted listings in the Magnificent 7 on page 11.


NOV. 2 & 3 | MUSIC Blues Brothers

$7-12; free for Dartmouth students. Info, 603-646-2422.


‘SHAKE & HOLLA’: Theatergoers hitch a ride down Highway 61 with the North Mississippi Allstars and the Rebirth Brass Band for a hybrid night of rock and jazz. See calendar spotlight. Fuller Hall, St. Johnsbury Academy, 7 p.m. $15-52; free for students. Info, 748-2600.

COOK THE BOOK: Home chefs make a recipe from Beata Zatorska’s Sugared Orange: Recipes and Stories From a Winter in Poland and meet to compare results. Noon. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918.

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



MAP!: MAKE AN ACTION PLAN: Guest speakers and the Mercy Connections team teach students how to live their best post-pandemic lives. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, 846-7063.

What do you get when you combine hill country rock, the undeniable funk of New Orleans brass and the Delta blues pedigree of legendary guitarist R.L. Burnside? Well, you get “Shake & Holla,” the collaboration of the Grammy-nominated band North Mississippi Allstars, freewheeling jazz group Rebirth Brass Brand and Burnside’s multiinstrumentalist grandson Cedric Burnside. The interrelated traditions of blues, jazz, rock and soul weave together for a night of exhilarating, foot-stomping music that invokes the feeling of hitching a ride down Highway 61.

INTERMEDIATE MICROSOFT WORD: Fletcher Free Library techies teach users how to makes their letters, résumés and flyers look extra spiffy. 6-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-3403.



Tuesday, November 2, 7 p.m., at Fuller Hall, St. Johnsbury Academy, and Wednesday, November 3, 7:30 p.m., at the Flynn Main Stage in Burlington. $15-55. Info, 748-2600,, and 863-5966,

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SAMHAIN RITUAL: A traditional Gaelic festival honors the dead and welcomes winter through song and a silent supper. Dress in black or white; feel free to bring offerings and musical instruments. Bread and Puppet Theater, Glover, 5:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 586-2059.





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organizers lead a discussion on sustainable, anti-capitalist methods of sharing resources with neighbors. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.




KNITTERS IN PERSON: Crafters of all abilities bring their projects and knit together, learn together and help each other out when needed. Norman Williams Public Library, Woodstock, 10:15 a.m.noon. Free. Info, 457-2295.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘ANTARCTICA 3D: ON THE EDGE’: See WED.27. ‘AUSTRALIA’S GREAT WILD NORTH 3D’: See WED.27. ‘DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA 3D’: See WED.27. ‘MEERKATS 3D’: See WED.27.

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ARCHITECTURAL SCAVENGER HUNT: See WED.27. LET’S PLAY CHESS: Players of all ages and experience levels come

together to play the king’s game. Coaching available. Feel free to BYO board. Masks required. Norman Williams Public Library, Woodstock, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 457-2295.

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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.




DARTMOUTH COLLEGE WIND ENSEMBLE: Audience members journey from England to Japan to Argentina via the ensemble’s globe-spanning program. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7:30 p.m.


DAVID HOLMES: Charlotte Library presents the author in conversation about his new book, On Being a Vermonter and the Rise and Fall of the Holmes Farm, 1822-1923. 7-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 425-3864. POETRY CLINIC: Writers set their pens and minds in motion with group exercises and critiques in this ongoing drop-in gathering. 6-8 p.m. $5. Info, 888-1261.

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See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘ANTARCTICA 3D: ON THE EDGE’: See WED.27. ‘AUSTRALIA’S GREAT WILD NORTH 3D’: See WED.27. ‘DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA 3D’: See WED.27. ‘MEERKATS 3D’: See WED.27.

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‘SHAKE & HOLLA’: See TUE.2. Flynn Main Stage, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $30-55. Info, 863-5966. WILD WOODS SONG CIRCLE: Singers and acoustic instrumentalists gather for an evening of music making. Zoom option available. Godnick Adult Center, Rutland, 7:15-9:15 p.m. Free. Info, 775-1182.


DESIGN FOR AGING, DYING, & DIGNITY: NORA EL-KHAURI SPENCER: The founder of the North Carolina nonprofit Hope Renovations discusses her work bringing together women in construction and seniors looking to age in place. Presented by Yestermorrow. 7-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 888-496-5541. DEVIN COLMAN: The architectural historian uses Burlington as a case study to dig into the mail-order homes craze of the early 20th century. Presented by Historic New England. 5 p.m. Donations; preregister. Info, 617-994-6678.


JESSICA LAHEY: The best-selling Charlotte author shares the lessons in her new book The Addiction Inoculation: Raising Healthy Kids in a Culture of Dependence. Presented by Charlotte Library. 7-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 425-3864. m

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even Days’ career and tech expo, Vermont Tech Jam, returned to Burlington on Saturday, October 23. The weather was perfect, and so was the timing. Dozens of employers came to Hula with open jobs to fill. Roughly 1,000 mask-wearing Jammers wandered through the former oven factory to talk tech: job seekers, college students, entrepreneurs, FIRST robotics coaches and teachers — including Karen McCalla, the recently announced Vermont Teacher of the Year. Exhibitor space sold out; so did the afternoon session.



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The Tech Jam concluded with a keynote presentation featuring Beta Technologies founder and CEO Kyle Clark and Beta’s first customer, Martine Rothblatt, CEO of United Therapeutics (see left). They spoke to a standing-roomonly crowd about their unique partnership, and where they see Beta going over the next few years. Look for a video of their conversation with Seven Days writer Chelsea Edgar at in the coming weeks.

Thank you to our hosts at Hula, to our community partners and to the exhibitors for making this one of the best Tech Jams ever. Looking forward to Jamming again in 2022!

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art DAVIS STUDIO ART CLASSES: Discover your happy place in one of our weekly classes. Making art boosts emotional well-being and brings joy to your life, especially when you connect with other art enthusiasts. Select the ongoing program that’s right for you. Now enrolling youth and adults for classes in drawing, painting and fused glass. Location: David Studio, 916 Shelburne Rd., South Burlington. Info: 425-2700,

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virtually. Tue., Nov. 16, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $40. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Kiersten Williams, 865-7157,, WIRE EARRINGS: Bring BCA’s jewelry studio home with you! Join local jeweler Bren Prescott on Zoom to make simple but satisfying metal wire jewelry. Learn the basics of wirework and beading to create your own unique pieces to keep or give as gifts. Includes two hours of instruction and all materials. Tue., Dec. 14, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $40. Location: Zoom. Info: Kiersten Williams, 865-7157,,

dance Burlington City Arts fall class registration is now open! Find these classes and many more at FRIDAY TEEN WHEEL: A ticket includes a wheel-throwing demonstration at the beginning of class, access to a wheel and time to create. There is a $5 fee per piece if you want your work fired and glazed by the studio. Finished pottery will be available for pickup four weeks after visit. Teens only. Fri., Nov. 12 & 19, & Dec. 3, 6-7:30 p.m. Cost: $20/ participant/class. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Kiersten Williams, 865-7157,,

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,,



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 a digital image, etching it into a woodblock using the laser machine, and hand-printing the block onto paper with a printing press. It’s the perfect opportunity to create thank-you notes, cards or any other type of printed materials. Mon., Dec. 6 & 13, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Location: Generator, 40 Sears La., Burlington. Info: Sam Graulty, 540-0761,, workshops. LASER-CUT CLOCK WORKSHOP: Use a laser machine to cut and etch a custom one-foot diameter wooden clock. Students will work with the instructor to design their clock using Adobe Illustrator. Using their design and the Epilog Laser, they’ll fabricate a unique working clock. Wood and clock movement is included. Mon., Nov. 8, 6-9 p.m. Location: Generator, 40 Sears La., Burlington. Info: Sam Graulty, 540-0761,,

HANDBUILDING: Join local clay artist Sarah Camille Wilson on Zoom, live from the BCA’s Clay Studio, to create clay work at home. Explore basic handbuilding techniques such as creating a strong, even slab; soft slab construction; hard slab construction; pinch pots; and coil building. Learn tips for texture and decoration. Thu., Nov. 18-Dec. 16, 6-7 p.m. Cost: $80. Location: Zoom. Info: Kiersten Williams, 865-7157,, PAINT NIGHT WITH JESS GRAHAM: Get creative at home with Vermont artist Jess Graham. Jess is known for her strikingly colorful designs and paintings. She will share pro tips and techniques as you paint together via Zoom. This is a fun way to get creative and meet other artists

and Thu.; Kids and Parents: Tue., Wed. and Thu. All Thu. classes at Camp Meade Middlesex behind Red Hen! Schedule/register online. Location: Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave., Suite 3G, Burlington. Info: 999-4255,,

drumming DJEMBE & TAIKO DRUMMING: JOIN US!: New classes (outdoor mask optional/masks indoors), Nov. 8 and Jan. 18. Taiko: Mon., Tue., Wed. and Thu.; Djembe: Wed.


MITTEN SEWING WORKSHOP: Create your own mittens from recycled sweaters (Bernie mittens, anyone?) with help from instructor Eliza West. We’ll provide materials, and you’ll leave with greater knowledge of sewing knitted fabrics and a great pair of mittens for yourself or someone on your holiday list. Basic knowledge of machine sewing is required. Wed., Dec. 15, 6-8:30 p.m.


Location: Generator, 40 Sears La., Burlington. Info: Sam Graulty, 5400761,,

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

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 seventhdegree 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 LEARN SPANISH LIVE & ONLINE: Broaden your world. Learn Spanish online via live videoconferencing. High-quality affordable instruction in the Spanish language for adults, students and children. Travelers’ lesson package. Our 15th year. Personal, small group and individual instruction from a native speaker. See our website for complete information or contact us for details. Location: Spanish in Waterbury Center. Info: 585-1025, spanishparavos@, spanishwaterbury

martial arts 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.

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 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,,

DRYPOINT CARD MAKING: With holidays coming up, this workshop is ideal for drawers and graphic artists who want to learn some printmaking and make an edition of 25 cards! Drypoint (a drawing etched onto plexiglass) will be combined with Chine-collé (the process of gluing a delicate paper to a heavier printmaking paper). Nov. 20 & 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $250/ day. Location: new new art studio, 4 Howard St., Suite I-17, Burlington. Info: Susan Smereka, 373-7096, susansmereka@,

tai chi NEW BEGINNER TAI CHI CLASS: We practice Cheng Man-ch’ing’s “simplified” 37-posture Yang-style form. The course will be taught by Patrick Cavanaugh, a longtime student and assistant to Wolfe Lowenthal; Wolfe is a direct student of Cheng Man-ch’ing and founder of Long River Tai Chi Circle. Opportunities for learning online also available! COVID-19 vaccination is required to attend in person. Mask requirements are based on CDC recommendations, venue policy 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,



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NOTICE TO CREDITORS To the creditors of Antoinette Arms, late of Burlington, Vermont. I have been appointed to administer this estate. All creditors having claims against the decedent or the estate must present their claims in writing within four (4) months of the date of the first publication of this notice. The claim must be presented to me at the address listed below with a copy sent to the Court. The claim may be barred forever if it is not presented within the four (4) month period. Date: 10/20/2021 Signature of Fiduciary: /s/ David Arms, Jr. Executor/Administrator: David Arms, Jr., Glenn Jarrett, Esq.; Jarrett & Luitjens, PLC, South Burlington, VT 802-864-5951 Name of Publication: Seven Days Publication Date: 10/27/21 Chittenden Probate Court P.O. Box 511 Burlington, Vermont 05402



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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,


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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 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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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 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 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,


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.


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 : 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 BOLTON, VERMONT NOTICE TO VENDORS: REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL The Town of Bolton, Vermont is seeking sealed RFPs from qualified vendors related to the feasibility of engineering, project scoping, financing, permitting, utility coordination, installation, annual inspection, display, knowledge transfer, and ongoing maintenance of photovoltaic arrays for the generation and net-metered transmission of electricity. RFPs are due by 4 p.m. on November 15, 2021. The full RFP is available on the town website, or by contacting the Town Clerk at 802-434-5075 x 222. The Town of Bolton reserves the right to reject any and all bids, in whole or in part.

TOWN OF BOLTON’S COMBINED NOTICE OF TAX SALE The resident and non-resident owners, lienholders, mortgagees and all persons interested in the purchase of land in the Town of Bolton, County of Chittenden and State of Vermont, are hereby notified that the taxes assessed by such Town for the 2020-2021 and prior fiscal years remain, either in whole or in part, unpaid on the following described lands and/or premises situated in the Town of Bolton: Property No. 1: Intentionally Left Blank. Property No. 2: Property commonly known and numbered as

Woodbury Town Plan-Listing of Section Headings: 1. About Woodbury and the Plan

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The purpose of the proposed Woodbury Town Plan is to establish a coordinated comprehensive planning process to guide decisions made by the Town of Woodbury. The proposed Plan, if and when adopted, will affect all lands within the Town of Woodbury.

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Planning Commission will hold a public hearing in the Woodbury Town Hall, 3675 Vermont Route 14, Woodbury, Vermont on Monday, November 15, 2021 beginning at 6:00 P.M. The meeting will be held for public review of and comment on the proposed Woodbury Town Plan pursuant to Title 24, Chapter 117 § 4444.

a. Historic and Cultural Resources b. Housing c. Local Economy and Community Development 4. Rural Services and Infrastructure

2876 Duxbury Road, owned Homeshare041520.indd 1 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) 6602555. DATED at Bolton, in the County of Chittenden and State of Vermont, this 7th day of September 2021. /s/ Amy Grover Amy Grover, Delinquent Tax Collector Town of Bolton

TOWN OF ESSEX PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA/PUBLIC HEARING November 18, 2021-6:30 P.M. MUNICIPAL CONFERENCE ROOM, 81 MAIN ST., ESSEX JCT., VT Anyone may attend this meeting in person at the above address or remotely through the following options: - Microsoft Teams Join-Teams-Meeting-Essex-PC - Conference call: (802) 377-3784 | Conference ID: 590 879 654 # - Public wifi: content/public-wifi-hotspots-vermont 1. Public Comments 2. CONTINUED-SKETCH: Negesse & Juanita Gutema: Proposal for an 8-unit, 5-lot PUD-R on a 37.8-acre parcel located at 137 Towers Rd in the AR & R1 zones. Tax Map 14, Parcel 39-11. 3. CONTINUED-SITE PLAN: Rick Bove d/b/a HDI Real Estate, Inc.: Proposal for 2 residential buildings totaling 30 apartment units; and 1 mixed-use building including 30 apartment units and 6000 SF of commercial space located at Commonwealth & 10 Carmichael St in the MXD-C Zone & B-DC Overlay. Tax Map 91, Parcel 1.

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The Selectboard of the Town of Essex shall hold a public hearing at 6:45 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021, in-person at the Town Offices, 81 Main St., Essex Junction, and online or by phone on Microsoft Teams. The link is available at or join via conference call (audio only): 802-377-3784 – Conference ID: 818 593 947#

5. Mapping out the Future

The purpose of the public hearing is to consider final passage of revisions to Chapter 4.04, Dog Licensing and Control, of the Municipal Ordinance.

Copies of the proposed Woodbury Town Plan may be obtained from the Town Offices at 1672 Vermont Route 14, Woodbury, Vermont. Copies of the Plan are also available online at: uploads/2021/09/9.17.2021-Woodbury-Town-Plan Draft-2.pdf

The Selectboard of the Town of Essex hereby ordains that changes be made to the Municipal Ordinance, Chapter 4.04, Dog Licensing and Control. The purpose of the revised provisions is to provide additions and revisions to an ordinance that has not been updated since 1996. The additions and revisions include the following: previously, failure to register a dog did not have a fine associated with the violation, dogs must wear a collar (revision); falsifying documents with the purpose of misleading the breed of dog (new); investigating a vicious dog complaint is outlined (revision); define potentially vicious dog (new); disturbance by sound defines a 15-minute period providing a measurable standard (revision); running at large – dog must be on a leash on public property, and when using sidewalks or in parking lots, must be on a leash no longer than 6 ft., not including listed exemptions (revision); removal of dog waste (new); confinement of animals (new).

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a. Land Use b. Implementation Program 6. Appendix: a. Woodbury Enhanced Energy Plan

Dated in Woodbury, Vermont October 14, 2021 Submitted by the Woodbury Planning Commission

VILLAGE OF ESSEX JUNCTION PLANNING COMMISSION PUBLIC MEETING NOVEMBER 4, 2021 6:00 P.M. This meeting will be held in person at 2 Lincoln Street and remotely. The meeting will be live-streamed on Town Meeting TV. • JOIN ONLINE: Click here to join the meeting. Visit for meeting connection information.

Full text of the proposed revisions may be examined at the Essex Town Offices, 81 Main St., Essex Jct., VT, or online at Should the Town of Essex Selectboard adopt these ordinances, they will become effective immediately.

• JOIN CALLING: Join via conference call (audio only): (802) 377-3784 Conference ID: 842051329#.

Citizens have the right to petition for a vote on the ordinance at an annual or special meeting pursuant to 24 V.S.A. § 1973. Five (5) percent of the qualified voters of the Town of Essex, by written petition filed with the Town Clerk no later than forty-four (44) days following the date of adoption by the Selectboard, may request that the voters of the town disapprove of the Selectboard’s action at a duly warned annual or special meeting.

Tree Advisory Committee comments on Chapter 7

Work Session for updates to the Village of Essex Junction Land Development Code.

Draft sign standard amendments for content neutrality Other Planning Commission Items. CCRPC presentation and discussion on West Central VT Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.

Please direct questions to Lt. Robert Kissinger at or 802-878-8331.

This DRAFT agenda may be amended.

Andy Watts, Chair Essex Selectboard

This meeting will be held in the conference room of the Essex Junction municipal building at 2 Lincoln St., Essex Junction, VT.

4. Minutes: October 28, 2021 5. Other Business

a. Transportation b. Local and Regional Services and Facilities c. Telecommunications and Broadband Connectivity d. Energy

TOWN OF WOODBURY NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given to the residents of the Town of Woodbury, Vermont that the Woodbury

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Vital Communities, a regional 8:27 PMnonprofit located in White River Junction, VT, seeks two full time additions to our Housing and Transportation Team to develop and implement integrated, community-based projects that work toward affordable, safe, efficient, reliable, and equitable transportation and housing in the Upper Connecticut River Valley. Successful candidates will have a passion for working collaboratively with community members, volunteers, and peer organizations. Qualifications include excellent project management, communication, and collaboration skills, and an understanding of transportation and home creation as complex, dynamic systems. Full job description at

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Email resume and cover letter to We will begin reviewing applications on November 1, 2021. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.


Vermont Low Income Trust for Electricity seeks applications for

VELCO DIRECTOR Full description and how to apply:

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ECHO seeks an experienced STEM educator to serve as our Public Programs Manager. This position coordinates a team of staff, interns, and volunteers in the development and delivery of STEM learning experiences for museum day guests, including daily design challenges in our Engineer It program space, walk-up natural history activities, and seasonal festivals and theme days. The ideal candidate 11:34 AM will be a dynamic STEM educator skilled in engaging early learners, youths, and adults; a detail-oriented project and events coordinator; an effective and supportive manager of staff and volunteers; and a skilled developer and builder of hands-on STEM programming.

Executive Director

ECHO is an Equal Opportunity Employer. ECHO requires all of our employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. For a full job posting, please visit




NVRH is looking for dedicated and compassionate RNs, LPNs and LNAs to join our team and provide high quality care to the communities we serve. NVRH provides a fair and compassionate workplace where all 4:19 PM persons are valued by the organization and each other, providing ongoing growth opportunities.

Do you have the skills, ambition and passion to manage a successful and growing ten-year-old nonprofit organization? We are seeking an Executive Director to ignite our continued growth. The successful candidate will mix passion for our mission with capacity to extend the impact of our programs and vision. We are looking for a visionary leader who is a team player and has the executive skills, fundraising experience, social media savvy, and commitment to our vision to grow the foundation. The addressable market for growth is massive and in critical need. We have stable relationships with community partners who support our mission. Check out our website to learn more about the Flyin Ryan Foundation:

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; 11:18 AM 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; ability to 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. Please forward your resume and letter of introduction to: Peter Hawks, 59 Northshore Dr., Burlington, Vt. 05408 or email


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FT and PT employees are eligible for excellent benefits including student loan repayment, generous paid time off, health/dental/vision, 401k with company match and much more!


INDUSTRIAL FOUR is a local company that specializes in 4t-NVRH092921.indd 1 9/24/21 assisting VT manufacturing companies, large and small, with total facility solutions, including packaging lines for The Montpelier Community Gospel Choir (MCGC) is a noncoffee and ice cream, mixers denominational, un-auditioned choir performing in the Africanfor chocolate production, American gospel tradition. We are looking for an Artistic Director to installation of raw material lead the choir in its third decade of serving Central VT and beyond. tanks and silos, and racking for products made. Our team Our new Artistic Director will be responsible for selecting of specialty trades work with repertoire, leading rehearsals, directing the band, and providing electrical control panels, any necessary support material. The ideal candidate will have safety lighting and equipment experience directing gospel choirs, working with inexperienced controls, installation of mechanical lines to equipment singers, and creating a sense of community and shared purpose. and safety stations, and Send resume with cover letter to the board chair: installation/relocation of all the packaging lines, racking systems, and specialty The Montpelier Community Gospel Choir is an E.O.E. Moreover, as services that our customers part of our commitment to equity, inclusion and justice, we actively may need. seek to strengthen our organization by diversifying our staff. We encourage applications from diverse candidates, including people Send resumes to: with disabilities, people who identify as LBGTQ+, and People of Color.


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ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain Burlington

Fun and engaging culture with benefits in Colchester, VT.

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Burlington Electric Department, the City of Burlington’s 100% renewably powered electric utility, is seeking an experienced Systems & Network Engineer to support our server and network infrastructure. This position is responsible for the stability, integrity, and secure operation of critical in-house and cloud-based systems and networks, as well as ensuring that systems, applications, and process work streams meet the information technology needs of BED’s individual business units. Our ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, IT, or related field with 5 years of Windows, Linux, VMware, and/or networking experience. This is an IBEW union position with potential for remote work flexibility under BED’s pilot policy. Women, minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The City of Burlington is an E.O.E.


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Communications Manager for Literacy Nonprofit

Legal/Office Assistant Gravel & Shea PC, a prominent mid-size law firm in Burlington, Vermont, seeks motivated legal/ office assistant. This is an entry level position for an organized and detail-oriented person who wishes to train as a legal assistant. The ideal candidate must have advanced skills with Microsoft Office software, have excellent typing skills, attention to detail, and the ability to answer phones and communicate with clients. Prior legal and/or law firm experience a plus. We offer a competitive salary, health insurance, 401(k) and profit sharing, and other benefits. For more information about Gravel & Shea PC, please visit Please e-mail cover letter, résumé and references to: Gravel & Shea PC is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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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.

Middlebury, VT Full Time

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).

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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.

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Primary responsibilities: Taking & scheduling all concrete/aggregate orders; dispatching and supervision of ready mix concrete, tractor trailer drivers and fleet. Individuals applying for this position must be able to work well in a fast paced, challenging and continually evolving environment. Requires excellent communication and computer skills. Dispatch experience preferred in similar industry. Benefit package: Health & Vision Insurance/ Paid Time Off/401(k) and Profit Sharing Retirement Plan/ STD/Life Insurance.

Looking for a new opportunity with a growing well-established Vermont-based member-owned financial Send resume and cover letter by November 15 to institution with great benefits? Then explore the available positions at New England Federal Credit Union, winner of the Seven Daysies “Best Bank/Credit Union” every year since 2012 and become part of our awesome team! 5v-CLif102021.indd 1 10/14/21 12:36 PMEmail resumes to:

Contact Center Representative Provides direct services and support to our members within a fast-paced call center environment. This role answers questions and provides superior customer service to our members regarding NEFCU products and services.

Member Service Representative Enhances our members and prospective members experience as the first point of contact by building relationships to understand their financial needs and assist in providing solutions and recommending effective credit union products and services.

Computer Operations Specialist Provide quality front-line primary technical support to end users through troubleshooting workstation and user problems.

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Executive Assistant

Vermont Legal Aid seeks candidates for a full-time Executive Assistant in our Burlington office to assist the Executive Director in managing a large statewide non-profit law firm. We encourage applicants from a broad range of backgrounds, and 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. The work involves a wide variety of complex assignments where independent action and a high degree of initiative are required. Responsibilities include management of grant applications and reporting, analyzing, and presenting caseload and other data, and general administrative support for the Executive Director and other senior management staff. BA or equivalent experience required. The successful candidate will have experience in an administrative or support capacity, professional or academic experience completing complex writing assignments, and proficiency in database query and reporting, Excel, Outlook, and Word. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are required. Base salary is $42,500+ with salary credit given for relevant prior work experience. Four weeks paid vacation, retirement, and excellent health benefits. Application deadline is Friday, November 5, 2021. Your application should include a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three references combined into one pdf, sent by e-mail to with “Executive Assistant” in the subject line. Please let us know how you heard about this position. See website for additional information:

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ROAD COMMISSIONER Server, Cooks, Host, Shift Leaders, Dishwasher Denny's is looking for hardworking 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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Full Time The Town of Underhill is seeking to fill the position of a full time Road Commissioner. This position is responsible for supervising and assisting the Road Crew which includes truck driver/laborers and equipment operators. This position is also responsible for managing road construction and maintenance, scheduling, coordinating supervision of the work performed on the Town of Underhill roads and maintaining clear and safe roadways free of dangerous hazards, ice and snow during the winter. The Road Commissioner also is responsible for various administrative duties as required to oversee the work of the department including payroll records, budget oversight and purchasing for highway expenditures. Work is performed under the general guidance of the Selectboard, but requires the ability to work independently following established policies, procedures and routines. This position entails extensive public contact.

As required by Vermont Statutes, this position must be appointed by the Selectboard. Therefore, the successful candidate will 11:13 AM be hired as a member of the Town’s Road Crew and then immediately appointed by the Selectboard.

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This is a chance to help shape the cultural conversation in Vermont. Use your networking skills, program development experience, and your love for the humanities to create thought-provoking programs at our evolving organization. The person in this position collaborates with team members and community partners to deliver humanities programming throughout the state. We are committed to using a diversity, equity, inclusion, and access lens to meet our mission and are searching for a person who can creatively and collaboratively generate new programs and ideas to expand this vision.

DEVELOPMENT AND DATA ASSOCIATE Your passion for measuring impact and supporting growth can thrive with Vermont Humanities. Our staff needs a person dedicated to the details of tracking, administering, and evaluating our development and programs efforts. We actively evaluate our programs for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility and are searching for someone who is also driven by these goals.

Lamoille Home Health seeks a Full or Part Time Nurse Educator (RN) who Town of Underhill, ATTN: Town Clerk thrives on designing, updating and Salary, benefits, and full job description online P.O. Box 120, Underhill, VT 05489 implementing the Agency’s training The deadline for submission is November 5, 2021. E.O.E. at program for all new and current client care staff. The position is based in the office, but includes joint visits with staff, as to ensure adherence to Agency5v-TownofUnderhill102721.indd 1 10/21/215v-VTHumanities102721.indd 4:21 PM 1 10/21/21 standards. Hourly rate starts at $30 with attractive benefit package. Previous City Carrier Assistants (CCA) $18.51 / Rural Carrier Assistants (RCA) $ 19.06 experience as a Nurse Educator is VEDA is Vermont’s economic development strongly desired/preferred. Visit Postal Support Clerk (PSE) $18.69 / Mail Handler Assistants (MHA) $16.87 financing authority, staffed by a seasoned City Carrier Assistants (CCA) $18.51 / Rural Carrier Assistants (RCA) $ 19.06 to complete an online application or call These are our entry level starting positions. Part-time only job is the group of Vermont professionals. 802-888-4651 for more details. Postal Support Clerk (PSE) $18.69 / Mail Handler Assistants (MHA) $16.87

Vermont Post Offices are hiring. Vermont Post Offices are hiring.

A $2500 sign-on incentive is being offered if/when hired full time or $1250 if/when hired Benefited Part Time.

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


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.


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VEDA offers a competitive salary and excellent health and retirement benefit packages. Other perks include a flexible work environment, generous tuition reimbursement, and professional development and networking opportunities. VEDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer interested in increasing staff diversity.

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Are you a dedicated and compassionate nurse tired of working a hectic schedule? The Converse Home, an assisted living community in downtown Burlington, is looking for a Full Time experienced RN or LPN to join our established team of fun and caring people. Work 32-40 hours per week for our non-for-profit organization and get to know 16 of our wonderful residents living in our memory care community.

MEDICAL COURIERS AND DELIVERY DRIVERS 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.

The right person for this job will be compassionate, dedicated, a team player and a detail oriented nurse.

Feel free to stop in to our office at 54 Echo Place, Suite# 1, Williston, VT 05495 and fill out an application.

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Pretrial Services Coordinator

The Pretrial Services Program is for adults with substance use or mental health treatment needs who are going through the court process and awaiting final case resolution. LRC is looking for a Coordinator who can quickly connect program participants with treatment and other community-based services. The ideal candidate, in addition to a bachelor’s degree, will be a seasoned professional with experience with trauma-informed and culturally sensitive program delivery, training, education and/or lived experience in the fields of substance use, and/or mental health, and strong communication and people skills.

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

• Paid time off • Retirement plan with company match


PASTRY BAKER We’re hiring for a pastry baker to assist in production of everything from cookies and scones, to pies and croissants. Professional baking or cooking experience is required. You must enjoy working independently and with a team. Schedule includes early mornings and weekends. Please e-mail a letter of interest and resume to

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

· $43,160 annual starting salary · Comprehensive benefit package including health, dental, and life insurance · Paid sick and vacation leave · 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:

EVENTS & COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR Vital Communities, a regional nonprofit located in White River Junction, VT, seeks a full-time Events & Communications Coordinator responsible for managing Vital Communities events (in-person, virtual, and hybrid) in close coordination with other Vital Communities staff. This includes the goal-setting, planning, promotion, day-of operation, and follow-up for events, as well as collaboration on fundraising and budgeting. This position will also assist the Communications Manager, with a primary focus on social media and website content. Full job description at Email resume and cover letter to Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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LRC is an equal opportunity employer.

A chance to be involved in all aspects of making our well-known sandwiches, salads, soup and more. Contact Cassyat cassy@

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LRC is a unique and special place to work. It is a team-oriented non-profit organization that is widely recognized for its high quality and innovative work. Consider joining the LRC team if you are a professional who thrives in a dynamic workplace that promotes employee well-being and is known for its inclusive and collaborative work environment. The position requires on-site work in the Hyde Park office, and includes:

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Carpenters Wanted! Needed Immediately! Finish Carpenters, Carpenters and Carpenters Helpers. Good Pay, Full Time and Long Term! Chittenden County. Call Mike at 802-343-0089 or Morton at 802-862-7602.

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Immediate openings Full-time and flexible part-time schedules Days, early evenings, & weekend shifts

Sign on bonus up to $3,000 for qualified candidates!

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

Retail Operations Manager: This person will

The Town of Huntington has an immediate opening for a part-time (avg. 16 hrs/wk) ZAO. Responsibilities include administering the zoning, flood hazard & subdivision regulations, issuing zoning permits, answering questions & providing information to the public regarding zoning & land use, researching permit files, investigating complaints & violations, and providing staff support to the DRB.

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Zoning Administrative Officer

Apply in person 210 East Main Street, Richmond, VT

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Communications & Publications Intern

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Pharmacy Technician Trainees assist with the filling of prescriptions, answering customer inquiries, updating patient records, and much more! A High School Diploma or GED is required. Trainees will obtain a Pharmacy Tech license with the State of Vermont Board of Pharmacy before the start of employment. Join us and build the foundation for your career.

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NEIWPCC and the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) are seeking a creative intern to assist with communications and publications tasks, including production of LCBP education and outreach materials and maintenance of LCBP-managed websites. Refer to our website for the full position description: neiwpcc. org/about-us/careers/internships.

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be responsible for developing and implementing store operational procedures that improve labor productivity and support the customer experience (and help fuel our retail expansion!). The ROM has day-to-day responsibility for store communication and coordinating the delivery and receipt of goods. Additionally, the ROM supports retail through weekly, monthly, and annual store accounting, reporting and data analysis, and identifying opportunities for operational improvements. Our ideal candidate will have 10+ yrs of retail operations management experience; strong technical skills with MS Office; strong communication skills; and advanced knowledge of the garden center and horticultural industry preferred. Interested? Please go to our careers page at and apply online!

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CONSTRUCTION PROJECT SPECIALIST We have a great benefit package! Norwich University offers medical, dental, vision, group life and long term disability insurance, flexiblespending accounts for health and dependent care, 403(b) retirement plan with employer match, employee assistance program, paid time off including parental leave, and tuition scholarships for eligible employees and their family members. Full COVID vaccination is required for all on-campus employment.


Responsible for defining, developing, testing, analyzing, and maintaining new software applications to support business requirements. The Programmer will also research, design, document, and modify software specifications throughout the production life cycle.


Primary responsibility is to coordinate and organize project activities throughout ITS. This position works closely with the PMO Director to ensure projects are well communicated, staffed appropriately, effectively tracked/updated, and are on schedule.


Oversees operation of the Advancement Services Team - manages gift recording and processing, including supervision of two data and gifts specialists. Responsible for improving overall data quality and reporting for the Development and Alumni Relations Teams. A senior member of the Development Office, this position contributes to the planning, strategic direction, personnel development, and leadership of the unit.


Responsible for outreach to, and engagement with Norwich alumni (both traditional and online graduates), students and parents; being the primary point of contact for in-person and virtual events and programs; creating, planning, implementing and evaluating NU Club and Regional events; and being the liaison to, and point of contact for affinity groups.

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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

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EXPERIENCED CAREGIVERS We are a Teaching, Learning & Growing Community

Vergennes Residential Care is looking for loving, dedicated, and experienced caregivers who are looking to work at a familyowned and reliable place!


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DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION SERVICES The Vermont School Boards Association (VSBA) is seeking a Director of Education Services. This position manages all aspects of training for school boards, designs an annual curriculum of school board development, and delivers educational workshops in multiple formats and through varied media. For more information about the position, including a detailed job description, visit Resume, cover letter and list of three references should be submitted by November 1 to

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ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNICIAN I Position Snapshot Technicians handle waste activities including the sampling, analysis processing, documentation and disposition which are received at or shipped from the facility. Day in the Life After grabbing your favorite morning beverage, you can expect to: • Direct off-loading operations • Cleans tanks and equipment with pressure washer • Prepares waste for shipment • Use light equipment - such as forklift, pallet-jack, lift gate, and drum dollies - to load, unload and move recycling and waste • Maintains facility retainers and drum storage • Performs general housekeeping of storage facility and drum 2:28 PM storage What you need to apply • High School Diploma or GED • Lift up to 50 lbs. • Ability to wear and use personal protective equipment (PPE) For your hard work • Tuition reimbursement after six months • Opportunity for professional growth • Employer paid certifications and training • 100% employer paid medical for you • Paid Time Off • Cash Recognition Programs

• Up to $20.00 /hour to start* • Includes a pay enhancement of $2 per hour for all package handlers from 9/19/21-1/08/22 • New Bonus Surge is $1 per hour from 10:00PM - 10:00AM. This location is participating in an Hours Worked bonus program from 8/15/21 to 1/08/21. If part-time package handlers work 25+ hours within the week, they will earn a $100 bonus. If full-time package handlers work 40+ hours within the week, they will earn a $200 bonus. This location is also participating in a Weekend Bonus program from 8/01/21 to 12/30/21. If a package handler works on Saturday or Sunday, they receive a $50 bonus. If they work both days, they will receive a $100 bonus. This location is participating in a Sign On Hours Worked bonus program from 7/4/21 to 12/25/21. If new part-time package handlers work a minimum of 100 hours in their first month, they will earn a $250 bonus. • Fast paced and physical warehouse work – why pay for a gym membership when you can get paid while working out? • Warehouse duties include loading, unloading, and sorting of packages of various sizes. • Part time employees work one shift a day; full time employees work two shifts. • Shift lengths vary based on package volume – generally part time employees work between 3 and 6 hours a day. Full time employees can expect to work between 6 and 10 hours. • Overtime paid after 40 hours per week. • Reasonable accommodations are available for qualified individuals with disabilities.

Find out more at US Ecology is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status, among other factors.

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• Excellent benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance, tuition reimbursement, and more. Apply online: 635 Community Drive, South Burlington, VT 05403

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HOUSING RETENTION SPECIALISTS Burlington Housing Authority (BHA) in Burlington, Vermont seeks three full time (40 hours per week) Specialists for our growing Housing Retention Department.

CHEF MANAGER We are an established, yet growing, Vermont lakeside lodge & restaurant looking for a passionate & talented Head Chef to lead our team and take on a true partnership role with a profit interest in addition to strong salary.

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.

Purchased and completely renovated in 2017, our lakeside lodge & restaurant are prospering with tremendous summer & fall tourist and events business. Our overall business has doubled since our 2017 launch year. Our lodge offers accommodations for 150 guests. Our completely renovated and spacious, casual - yet distinct - pub fare restaurant (2 floors, outdoor patio, seating for 150 guests and 3rd floor loft event space for 160 guests), is popular among locals, tourists, groups and wedding parties.

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.

OUR HEAD CHEF WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR: • Day to day management and operation of the restaurant year-round • Menu development & pricing ordering • Kitchen team hiring/scheduling/management • Event menu development, purchasing & tastings • Event catering - with the banquet chef • Informing appropriate persons of needs or issues within the 3-story restaurant building

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.

AS OUR HEAD CHEF & PARTNER YOU WILL ENJOY: • Complete autonomy (within our expected levels of service and brand guidelines) • Busy summers and relaxed winters (4 day work week possibility in the winter) • Hands-free maintenance of the 3-story restaurant building • A completely renovated, spacious kitchen with a separate banquet line and ample storage and refrigeration - and easy access to restaurant/bar area • Fantastic views and lake-side amenities • +$80,000-100,000 total compensation package (to start) • 75,000 annual base salary • Health Insurance contribution • Retirement Ira 3% match • Annual Profit Interest in the restaurant • Job Type: Full-time

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:

Pay: $80,000.00 - $100,000.00 per year


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Moretown, VT

The Town of Moretown is looking to fill the position of Zoning Administrator. This is a part-time position with no benefits.

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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 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. 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.

HOUSEKEEPING Seeking candidates to be apart of our award-winning hospitality team. Responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of all guest rooms and public spaces. • Experience: Previous housekeeping experience preferred. Will train right candidate. • Requisites: High school graduate or equivalent. Must be able to work independently and as part of a team. Must possess excellent communication skills. Ability to work in fast pace environment and have strong attention to detail. Shift is mainly 7am/8am- 3pm/4pm but must be available to work flexible schedule, including weekends & holidays.

SERVERS Seeking candidates to serve in our award-winning restaurants which showcase menus drawn from the best purveyors in New England. Candidate must efficiently serve all dining guests in the Red Rooster and/or Richardson's Tavern in a timely and professional manner. Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner Opportunities. Full Time and/or Part Time. • Experience: 1 year prior serving experience in fast paced environment. • Requisites: High school graduate or equivalent. Minimum age is 18. Must possess excellent interpersonal skills, be passionate about service, and be able to multi-task. Knowledge of food and beverage, including beer & wine preferred. Must be available to work flexible schedule, mainly P.M. shifts approx 4pm-10pm, weekends & holidays.

SPA FRONT DESK We are looking for the right candidate to join our Spa Team. Our front desk team takes spa reservations over the phone and in person and assist to create memorable experiences for our guests. In addition to reservations they create warm welcomes and fond farewells for the spa guests. This position is ideal for a candidate who enjoys being part of a team and has a keen attention to details. Full Time and Casual positions available. • Experience: Prior customer service experience. • Requisites: Effective communication and phone skills and computer skills are desired. Flexible schedule, must be able to work weekends & holidays. Must thrive in fast paced environment. Apply online:

For a detailed job description, please visit the Town of Waitsfield’s website: Salary is commensurate with experience. Questions can be directed to or (802) 496-2218 ext. 5. To apply please submit a cover letter and resume including contact information for three professional references via email to or mailed to:

Town Administrator 4144 Main Street Waitsfield, VT 05673 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. 7t-TownofWaitsfield102021.indd 1

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

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

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

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At Spruce Peak we have something special. As the premier Vermont mountain community, we are surrounded by the natural beauty of the Green Mountains. The Lodge and Club are slopeside at Stowe Resort; gorgeous for year-round adventures, escapes, destination weddings, and more. We take pride in our teamwork, high standards, and diversity. It’s fitting that we are located at the pinnacle of Vermont!

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The Front Office Manager leads and creates standards for the day-today operations of the Front Office, Bell Services, Transportation, Ski Valet and Concierge teams. In addition to competitive pay and health benefits, Spruce Peak employees enjoy a host of great benefits, including ski-passes, fitness memberships, and free or discounted stays at Hyatt hotels worldwide. Settle into a long-term groove with us or explore endless career opportunities with Hyatt – apply now at Proud diversity advocates and EOE.

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NEKCA is looking for qualified individuals to join our growing team and to make a difference in the communities where they live. We offer competitive benefits including promotional opportunities, medical, dental, generous paid time off, and a competitive retirement contribution plan.

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

Open and Anticipated Positions Include... NEWPORT • Accounts Payable Accountant • Family Support Specialist: Maternal Mental Health Program • Intake and Referral Coordinator • Crisis Fuel Outreach Coordinator • Youth Advocates HEAD START PRESCHOOL (locations variable) • Bus Driver (Newport) • Children’s Services Manager (Newport) • Associate Director • Co-Teacher (Hardwick) • Covid-19 Screener (variable) • Early Head Start Home Visitor (Hardwick) • Family & Community Engagement Manager

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. 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!

ST. JOHNSBURY • Community Care Specialist • Intake Coordinator Position/Referral Staff • Outreach Coordinator GILMAN • Food Service Provider FLEXIBLE LOCATIONS • Director of Economic Equity • Micro Business Counselor • Energy Counselor

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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 • Provides hands-on support in troubleshooting infrastructure problems and issues • Assists in supporting office technologies, including end-user computers, printers, telephony, and audio-visual equipment • Formulates responses to issues and problems identified, considering alternatives to arrive and optimal solutions balancing costs and technical effectiveness • 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

Evening Custodian to work Monday - Friday, from 3:00pm to 11:30pm. Some overtime and weekend work may be required. Primary duties include cleaning classrooms, offices, and common areas. Prior experience preferred. Requirements include High School Diploma or GED, the ability to lift 50 pounds, and to work both independently and as part of a team. The Winooski School District offers a competitive benefits package which includes vacation, sick, and personal time along with employer paid portion of health insurance premium. Free life and dental insurance. Salary: $ 13.83 to $ 17.41 Per Hour Apply online:

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Innovative funding agency seeks a full-time Financial Assistant to join our financial team. Lead the accounts payable and grants disbursement processes and provide support in other accounting tasks, helping manage state, federal, and private funding sources for programs that support Vermonters. Never a dull moment, a supportive environment to work in, and a great mission to support! Strong attention to detail, concern for accuracy, exceptional organizational and time management skills as well as the ability to work well under pressure are essential. Qualifications include a minimum of four years’ experience in accounts payable and other bookkeeping functions. Read the full job description at www.vhcb. org/about-us/jobs. This is a 40-hour per week position with a comprehensive benefits package. EOE. Please reply with cover letter and résumé to: Position open until filled.


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

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ANTICIPATED INTERIM NETWORK ADMINISTRATOR Winooski School District is seeking a person to maintain, configure and facilitate operations of the district’s network system. The ideal candidate will have a two or four year college degree in a network-related field and be proficient in computer operations, hardware and software (Apple/PC) applications. The candidate must have the ability to work collaboratively, creatively and be self-directing. Apply online:

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: Buyer:

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SNOWPLOW/EQUIPMENT OPERATOR Temporary Seasonal The Town of Underhill is seeking to fill the position of Temporary Seasonal Snowplow/Equipment Operator. This position is a temporary seasonal snowplow operator. The position requires the person be responsive to calls when roads in Underhill need plowing, sanding or salting, as well as vehicle maintenance. Hours will vary depending upon weather conditions and the needs of the municipality. Hours will vary weekly and may require weekends and holidays. Work is performed under direct supervision of the Road Foreman or Commissioner, in accordance with established routines and procedures. As a temporary position it exists only during the snow plowing season (December – April).

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CUSTOMER SERVICE POSITION Williston Union Bank, your hometown community bank since 1891, is an employer of choice in the markets we serve. We offer challenging and rewarding career opportunities. Currently, we are seeking a motivated individual for a full-time customer service position in our Williston (Finney Crossing) branch office. This individual will conduct teller transactions, and will be further trained to open new accounts and provide other branch office support. Prior banking experience is helpful but not required. We will provide the training and knowledge base for the right individual who has a passion for helping others. We are seeking individuals who have demonstrated outstanding customer service, are technologically adept, cash handling experience, and have a continuous desire to learn. Union Bank is offering a $500.00 signing bonus to the successful candidate for this position. Starting wages are a minimum of $15.00 per hour, but may be higher based on prior work experience. Union Bank offers a generous and comprehensive benefits program for full time employees, including three options of medical insurance coverage, two dental insurance options, a robust 401(k) plan with a generous company match, fully paid life and disability insurance, and paid vacation, personal and sick leave. To be considered for this position, please submit a cover letter, resume and references to:

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Mardi Gras is a boisterous festival that happens every February all over the planet. One hot spot is New Orleans. The streets there are filled with costumed revelers who enjoy acting in ways that diverge from their customary behavior. If you want to ride on a float in the parade that snakes down Royal Street, you must, by law, wear a festive mask. I invite all of you Scorpios to engage in similar festivities for the next three weeks — even if you’re not doing much socializing or partying. It’s a favorable time to experiment with a variety of alternate identities. Would you consider adopting a different persona or two? How could you have fun playing around with your self-image?

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Aries philosopher Emil Cioran wrote, “When I meet friends or people I know who are going through a difficult period, I usually have this advice for them: ‘Spend 20 minutes in a cemetery, and you’ll see that, though your worry won’t disappear, you’ll almost forget about it and you’ll feel better.’” I don’t think you’re weathering a terribly difficult phase right now, Aries, but you may be dealing with more riddles and doubts and perplexities than you’re comfort-

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): According to some spiritual teachers, desire interferes with our quest for illumination. It diverts us from what’s real and important. I know gurus who even go so far as to say that our yearnings deprive us of freedom; they entrap us and diminish us. I strongly disagree with all those ideas. I regard my longing as a primary fuel that energizes my drive to free myself from pain and nonsense. How about you, Taurus? In alignment with astrological omens, I authorize you to deepen and refine and celebrate the yearning in your heart. Your title/ nickname could be: 1. Yearning Champion. 2. Desire Virtuoso. 3. Connoisseur of Longing. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Author Jes-

samyn West confessed, “I am always jumping into the sausage grinder and deciding, even before I’m half ground, that I don’t want to be a sausage after all.” I offer her testimony as a cautionary tale, Gemini. There’s no astrological reason, no cosmic necessity, that decrees you must become like a sausage anytime soon. Such a fate can be easily avoided. All you must do is commit yourself to not jumping into the sausage grinder. Also: In every way you can imagine, don’t be like a sausage. (To meditate on sausage-ness, read the Wikipedia entry:

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Our fellow Cancerian, author Franz Kafka, told us, “It is often safer to be in chains than to be free.” And yes, some of us Crabs go through phases when we crave safety so much that we tolerate, even welcome, being in chains. But the fact is that you’re far more likely to be safe if you are free, not in chains. And according to my reading of the astrological omens, that’s extra true for you now. If you can celebrate Halloween without risk from COVID-19, here are costume suggestions: runaway prisoner, escape artist, freedom fighter.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Some of us yearn for allies who can act like saviors: rescue us from our demons and free us from our burdensome pasts and transform us into the beauties we want to become. On the other hand, some of us do all this hard work by ourselves: rescue ourselves from our demons and free ourselves from our burdensome pasts and transform ourselves into the beauties we want to become. I highly recommend the latter approach for you in the coming weeks, Leo. If you can do Halloween without risk from COVID-19, here is a costume suggestion: your own personal savior. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “One of the reasons people are so unhappy is they don’t talk to themselves,” says author Elizabeth Gilbert. “You have to keep a conversation going with yourself throughout your life,” she continues, “to see how you’re doing, to keep your focus, to remain your own friend.” Now is a favorable time to try such an experiment, Virgo. And if you already have skill in the art of carrying on a vibrant dialog with yourself, now is a perfect moment to upgrade and refine it. Try this experiment: Imagine having a conversation with the Future You. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “In the absence of willpower, the most complete collection of virtues and talents is worthless.” Libran occultist Aleister Crowley wrote that, and I agree. But let’s phrase his idea more positively: To make full use of your virtues and talents, you must develop a strong willpower. And here’s the good news, Libra: The coming weeks will be a favorable time to cultivate your willpower, along with the assets that bolster it, like discipline, self-control and concentration. If you can do Halloween without risk from COVID-19, here are accessories I recommend for you to carry with you, no matter what your costume is: a wand, a symbolic lightning bolt, an ankh, an arrow, a Shiva lingam stone or crystal. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Jung-

ian psychotherapist and storyteller Clarissa Pinkola Estés reminds us, “In fairy tales, tears change people, remind them of what is important, and save their very souls.” I hope you’re open to the possibility of crying epic, cathartic, catalytic tears in the coming weeks, Sagittarius. According to my analysis, you have a

prime opportunity to benefit from therapeutic weeping. It could chase your fears and cure your angst and revivify your soul. So please take advantage of this gift from life. Be like a superhero whose superpower is to generate healing by crying.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Filmmaker Wim Wenders said, “Any film that supports the idea that things can be changed is a great film in my eyes.” I’ll expand upon that: “Any experience, situation, influence or person that supports the idea that things can be changed is great.” This is a useful and potentially inspiring theme for you to work with right now, Capricorn. In accordance with astrological rhythms, I hope you will be a connoisseur and instigator of beneficial, beautiful transformations. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Fitness buff

Jack LaLanne was still doing his daily workout when he was 95. He was also famous for performing arduous feats. At age 65, for example, he swam a mile through Japan’s Lake Ashinoko while towing 65 boats filled with 6,500 pounds of wood pulp. I think you’re currently capable of a metaphorically comparable effort, Aquarius. One way to do it is by mastering a psychological challenge that has previously seemed overwhelming. So meditate on where your extra strength would be best directed and use it wisely! If you can do Halloween without risk from COVID-19, here are costume suggestions: fitness buff, bodybuilder, marathon runner, yoga master.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): When birdwatchers describe a bird, they speak of its “jizz.” This term refers to the distinctive character of its habitual movements, flying style, posture, vocal mannerisms and coloring. One aficionado defines jizz as the bird’s “indefinable quality” or the “vibe it gives off.” I’ve got a theory that right now you’re as birdlike as you’ve ever been. You seem lighter and freer than usual, less bound to gravity and solemnity, and more likely to break into song. Your fears are subsiding because you have the confidence to leave any situation that’s weighing you down. If you can do Halloween without risk from COVID-19, here’s a costume suggestion: the bird that has your favorite kind of jizz.


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Irreverent counsel on life’s conundrums

Dear Reverend,

I bought an old house six months ago. At the closing, the previous owners gave me a photo of the man who built the house in the 1920s, who they believe still haunts the place. I’ve definitely felt his presence here, and lately I’ve been having very vivid erotic dreams about him. I’m fine with that, but I’m not so sure they’re dreams. Is it possible I’ve been having sex with a ghost?

Casper Canoodler

(FEMALE, 37)

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Dear Casper Canoodler,

I suppose anything is possible. Tales of sexual encounters between living humans and ghosts have been around for centuries and are present in many different cultures. Most notably, the incubus and succubus spirits have been said to take on human form to seduce mortals. The term for sexual attraction or interaction with ghosts is spectrophilia, and it’s not as uncommon as you might think — there are all

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

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

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

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

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

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

FOREVER, EVER? Forever never, seems that long until you’re grown / And notice that the day-by-day ruler can’t be too wrong. / I wish I could become a magician to abracadabra all the sadder / Thoughts of me, thoughts of she, asking what happened to the feeling that her and me had. When: Sunday, October 14, 2018. Where: separate ways. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915416 FARMSTAND OUTSIDE OF MONTPELIER I don’t know who you are, but I saw you buying some veggies. I was just buying corn, like a total loser. You left on your bike. I left in my car, like a total loser. My mask wouldn’t let me smile at you. I guess I just wanted to say hi. It’s nice to know you exist. When: Sunday, September 19, 2021. Where: Farmstand. You: Genderqueer. Me: Woman. #915415

sorts of books and articles about the subject. Celebrities Anna Nicole Smith, Kesha, Bobby Brown and Lucy Liu have all claimed to have had sexual relations with ghosts. There is a “spiritual guidance counselor” in England who believes she’s had sex with more than 20 apparitions. In 2016, a 45-year-old woman named Amanda Teague took it to the next

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 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

level when she married the ghost of a 300-year-old Haitian pirate. They broke up in 2018, but that’s another story. If you believe that you’ve had sex with a ghost, who’s to say you haven’t? As long as your rendezvous are friendly and enjoyable, then, in the words of Steve Perry: “Don’t stop believin’.” Best part is, you don’t have to worry about using protection — other than maybe some sage and white candles. Just in case. Good luck and God bless,

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49-y/o woman seeks male 55+. I love nature along with water and walking. I’m spiritual, looking for companionship with truth and honesty, building life through good and bad, and becoming stronger. I enjoy dancing, music, charity work and adventure to learn from. #L1535 Slim guys 18-36 wanted. Willing to meet at any time of your calling. #L1534 GWM seeking other GM for friendship and more. Write me with name and phone number. #L1532

Bi-curious male, 40s, seeking pen pals and phone freaks. Confess your closet kinks, freaky fetishes and taboo tales. I’m open-minded and nonjudgmental. I want to know all your sexy secrets. All are welcome. I’ll reply if asked. #L1539 36-y/o SWM seeking captivating pen pal. Looking to establish an upright, modest relationship with like-minded people. I’m funny, energetic, appealing and enjoy the little things. I love the beauty the outdoors bring. Open to all. Life’s too short to miss an opportunity. Can’t wait to hear from you. #L1538

I’m a GWM, 60s, 5’9, 170 pounds, seeking a man or men into spanking and/or wearing/ using adult diapers. #L1540 I am a rural woman interested in building a romantic relationship. I follow the teachings of Dr. Pat Allen, inspired by science and Taoist philosophy. I want to be cherished by a gentleman who wants to be respected. #L1537 65-y/o woman, but not showing my age yet, looking to meet calm, mature, honest men. I enjoy adventures with most outdoor activities, animals, music. #L1536

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I am a crossdresser (M-to-F) seeking female friends for coffee, friendship or just corresponding. Any age, race and ethnicity OK. Retired and ready. Will answer all letters. #L1531 SWM seeks SBF for lovers. Winter is coming, and I need someone to keep me warm. Honest and clean. Phone. #L1530 How feral’s feral? Energetic Luddite(s) indeed, but easier to be progressively backward with a mischievous coconspirator. Artist here, resourceful cottager, surrounded by books and mason jars. Worth every penny of your $5. If you disagree, I’ll reimburse! M seeking F. #L1529

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Reply to these messages with real, honest-to-goodness letters. DETAILS BELOW. Humble, honest, loving and fun 69-y/o searching for his soul mate to enjoy life’s adventures with. Looking for that special gal who enjoys skiing, beaches, boating, biking, animals and cares for our natural environment. Someone spiritual who can “see the light.” A love of theater, music and dancing a plus. #L1528 Discreet oral bottom. 54y/o SWM, 5’8, slim, dark hair, blue eyes. Seeking any wellhung guys, 18 to 55 y/o, who are a good top and last a long time for more than one around. Phone only, but text. Champlain Valley. #L1526 70-y/o WM seeks mid-70s to mid-80s WF. I want to experience sensuality with a very mature WF woman. Phone number, please. #L1524 GM in Rutland County seeking other GM or bi for social interaction. Maybe leading to FWB or more. I’m easygoing, stable and like adventure. Phone only. Hope to hear from you. #L1523

Fit 50ish M, green-eyed, kind and witty, seeks fit F 40 to 60. Well read, rugged, capable, collected, patient. Values community, gardens, art, acts of making. Let’s cook, share absurdist humor, read together. Prefer handwritten to the screen. Simple! #L1522 I’m an older male seeking any age. It’s so enchanting in the woods. The silence, the peace and the wonderful sounds of nature. I’d love to share the caress of nature with a good friend. Lovely wonderful person, 5’9, 150 pounds, older nonsmoker. #L1521 Man looking for a woman. I will return calls to everyone. I’m over 50 y/o. Widower. She died very young of cancer. Time to move on. Please leave your name and number. #L1520 SWM, mid-50s, seeking SWF, 50s to 60s. Looking for life partner. I am fit, financially secure, very well grounded. Strong desire to travel crosscountry. #L1519

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